Stay The Course (8)

Holy Saints,

You must understand that the spiritual realm is greater than the physical realm. This is because the SPIRITUAL REALM GAVE BIRTH TO THE PHYSICAL.

Today, many people are afraid because they give so much attention to the physical realm than the spiritual realm. Worst still is that there are those who doesn’t even know that the spiritual realm exists. There are those who are in church, they hear the Word but they are distracted because they are not giving their attentions to the right things.

If you will consistently go to the Word and allow the Word of God to build you up, you will grow. IF YOU CAN PUT HIS WORD TO PRACTICE IN YOUR LIFE YOU WILL NEVER FAIL.

As a Christian, your spiritual man has to be trained, nurtured and developed. THE CHANGES THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN YOUR BODY AND IN YOUR MIND COMES FROM YOUR SPIRIT. That is why you must focus more and give attention to your Spirit. For any changes to happen (physically, financially, maritally, etc) it must come first from your Spirit.

Always remember that God expects you to grow. GOD DOESN’T RELATE WITH YOU IN YOUR MIND BUT HE RELATES WITH YOU THROUGH YOUR SPIRIT. Adam died a spiritual death and not a physical death.

¶¶Genesis 2:16-17 (KJV) says, “16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”.

Adam eat of this fruit and he died Spiritually. ¶¶Genesis 3:6-7, 11, 22-23 (KJV) says, “6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken”.

After this incident we are told that Adam lived for many more years physically even though spiritually he was a dead man. ¶¶Genesis 5:5 (KJV) says, “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died”.

Today, there are those who still depend on physical signs to hear from God. That’s not the way God talks to us today. If you will develop your Spirit, you will have that constant communion with Him. If you will develop your Spirit, your discussion with Him will come naturally without you having to look for physical signs.

¶¶1 Peter 2:2 (KJV) says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”.

The key word in this portion of scripture is “DESIRE”. Whenever your study the Bible, the Word of God doesn’t have to look attractive for you to give it your attention. A particular scripture mustn’t be “a shouting scripture” before you give it your attention. Whenever you study the Word, your focus should always be on what will happen to you after you have studied it.

Apostle Paul said in ¶¶1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV), “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things”. The Revised Young’s Literal Translation (RYNT) version says, “When I was a babe, as a babe I was speaking, as a babe I was thinking, as a babe I was reasoning, and when I have become a man, I have made useless the things of the babe”.

Can you plot the graph of your life? Can you say that there is a noticeable change in your life today compared to where you are coming from and with the word of God that you have received? Have you looked at those things that you have done in the past that looked childish?

¶¶Proverbs 22:15 (KJV) says, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him”.

There are those who while they were growing up, either the rod was not applied to them or that they refused to take correction and they grew up foolish. Today, such people have to take that rod that wasn’t applied as an adult.

One of the reasons your human spirit must be developed is GROWTH. Can you know that you have grown? Can a lady who is still saying, “I’m very emotional”, says she has grown. Why do you have some people who are always moody and they can’t be corrected? It’s because they haven’t grown.

Say this…
I am not emotional!

TO BE EMOTIONAL MEANS THAT THERE IS A DEMON THAT YOU ARE DANCING WITH. Don’t say there is nothing wrong in being emotional after all God is emotional too. I know that God has emotions but we are not looking at the negative side of emotions.

Never be found or be defined by negative emotions. ¶¶Proverbs 14:30 (MSG) says, “A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones”. ¶¶ Proverbs 29:11 (GW) says, “A fool expresses all his emotions, but a wise person controls them”.

When will you become a man? Paul said “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things”. God expects you to grow. He wants you to grow. If you find yourself still doing the things and stuffs you shouldn’t be doing then you are not growing.

Why are you always waking up late? Why do you come to Church or go to work late? That is wrong and doesn’t show an excellent Spirit in you. Stop saying you are an African. That is backwardness. You are not an African. God is always on time therefore you should always be on time too.

When Daniel prayed, God answered him immediately – on time. The delay that Daniel experienced wasn’t caused by God but because there was something in the air that Daniel needed to know – life is spiritual and not physical.

¶¶Daniel 10:11-13 (TLB) says, “11 And I heard his voice–“O Daniel, greatly beloved of God,” he said, “stand up and listen carefully to what I have to say to you, for God has sent me to you.” So I stood up, still trembling with fear. 12 Then he said, “Don’t be frightened, Daniel, for your request has been heard in heaven and was answered the very first day you began to fast before the Lord and pray for understanding; that very day I was sent here to meet you. 13 But for twenty-one days the mighty Evil Spirit who overrules the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the top officers of the heavenly army, came to help me, so that I was able to break through these spirit rulers of Persia”.

There are those who have been praying for something and it has been 6 years and counting. The problem for that delay could be your mind. That’s why I have always told you to renew your mind. When you talk do you sound gibberish? Do you talk like an infant that when he or she is talking, only the mother can understand?

Paul said in ¶¶1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV), “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things”. GROWTH is seen from your mouth first. When you open your mouth can people see maturity in you?

From today, let GROWTH be demonstrated in the way you talk. Let there be an UNDERSTANDING in all that you do. Paul said I understood as a child. There are things that you will be told or asked to do that doesn’t look meaningful to your natural sense but you take it, you accept the instructions because you have come to maturity.

¶¶1 Corinthians 14:20 (KJV) says, “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men”. The Contemporary English Version (CEV) says, “My friends, stop thinking like children. Think like mature people and be as innocent as tiny babies”.

A child will put everything they see in their mouth because they are a child. When you hear people say, “is that all that we will eat”, it shows you that they are a child.

Jesus said in ¶¶Matthew 4:4 (KJV), “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God“.

When you can talk to your child like a man and he or she can contribute to what you are saying, it shows that the child has grown. THERE IS AN ACTION YOU MUST TAKE TODAY. YOU MUST STOP TALKING LIKE A CHILD. YOU MUST PUT AWAY CHILDISHNESS.

Are you growing? Paul said I became! I arrived! Stop saying nobody is perfect. You can attain it. You can attain perfection because your are born after God.

In Genesis during creation, God saw that everything he created was good, they were perfect, fitting, pleasant. Genesis 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25 (KJV) says, “10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD. 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD. 21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD”.

¶¶Hebrews 5:13-14 (KJV) says, “13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil”.

Many people come to Church and they constantly whip themselves thinking they were not righteousness. When they raise up their hands to pray the devil will ask them to bring their hands down. Pastor said what they need is to grow. You are as righteous as everyone. DON’T SAY BECAUSE YOUR TALK DIRTY YOU ARE NOT RIGHTEOUS. RIGHTEOUSNESS IS NOT ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY BUT ABOUT WHO YOU ARE.

Take not of the tenses in Hebrews 5:13 (KJV). It says, “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe”. For as long as you continue to use milk, you will become ineffective. When you keep praying and issuing commands to God, you are still a babe. God expects you to grow. It’s normal for a little child to ask the father to carry him but not as an adult. Such an adult will be acting abnormal if he or she should ask to be carried.

There are some of you that have found yourself complaining, enjoying babyhood Christianity because you have continued to use milk. For as long as you continue to do that, you are going to be unskilled. STOP LIVING AT THAT BASELINE OF CHRISTIANITY. You must grow up!

When you keep saying to others, “stop talking to me like that”, you are still a baby. As an adult, you think more of your children’s welfare than your personal issues because you are an adult now. Only a child cries that they are hungry.

¶¶Hebrews 5:14 (KJV) says, “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil”.

There are many of you here that for every little thing bothering you, you are always saying to yourself,” I want to see Pastor”. What you need is not to see me but to perform your miracle using the words that you are hearing.

The Amplified Version of Hebrews 5:14 (AMP) says, “14 But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law”.

A child cannot distinguish between good and evil. Only an adult can. The New International Version of Hebrews 5:14 (NIV) says, “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil”.

IF YOU WILL TRAIN YOUR SPIRIT, IT WILL BE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. Your Spirit should be so trained to pick signals. IF YOU CAN BE ABLE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CHANGE THINGS. When you hear, “don’t be afraid!”, it’s God that is talking to you.

SOMETHING CANNOT HAPPEN TO YOU SUDDENLY. IF YOUR SPIRIT IS TRAINED, YOU WILL PICK THE SIGNALS. When you are asleep your spirit is not sleeping. If you develop your spirit it will pick signals that even your phone or neighbours cannot hear. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING IF YOUR SPIRIT IS DEVELOPED.

There was a story about a policewoman who was on duty on the road but suddenly started to pray and speak in tongues at the roadside. People and everyone around were wondering what was wrong with her. While she was doing that armed robbers were in get house. The robbers packed all her belongings but because she was speaking in tongues somewhere and dealing with an issue, the robbers started arranging her things back. A neighbour got to know too of the robbery and called the police. The armed robbers were arrested. Thank God this policewoman knew when to make power available.

There are some people who are picking signals but their Spirit are not matured enough to take charge and be more of a man. YOU MUST DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR SPIRIT. YOU MUST GROW YOUR SPIRIT BECAUSE IF YOUR SPIRIT IS DOING WELL YOU WILL DO WELL.

It’s with your spirit that you contact God. ¶¶Proverbs 20:27 (KJV) says, “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly”.

God will never relate with you through your mind. If everything about you is through your head you will live a frustrated life. When you allow the Holy Spirit to be your guide, you will continually have perpetual victory. The Holy Spirit will be your compass. You can be eating and you suddenly drop your spoon and start speaking in tongues because you are addressing a situation.

A member was praying and speaking in tongues during a Service. While he was doing that the mother’s kitchen collapsed but not after the Holy Spirit had taken her away from there. This happened while the brother was led to start speaking in tongues in the middle of a service.

YOU MUST REDEVELOPMENT YOUR SPIRIT – IT’S A PROJECT. Some of the issues you are having wouldn’t be happening if you are spiritually minded. When you develop your Spirit, you will be connected to divine realities. You will see what your mind can never know or see.

The more of God’s Word in your spirit the better your candle will burn and shine. When your spirit is develop there is no struggle.

Say this..
I am going to form a habit of training myself in the Word because if I do, I will become more receptive spiritually.

If the Holy Spirit can get you to listen to Him and do what you should do, nothing will be a surprise to you.

There are baby Christians who are ashamed to be called brethren because of their friends outside. ¶¶Psalms 1:1 (KJV) says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful”.

Be proud to be called brethren outside the Church. If you are not proud as a Christian, you are still a baby.

Many years ago I have tried to visit a brother but he will never allow me. He was always giving excuses until I decided to pay him a surprise visit only to discover that his walls were covered with half-naked women and Michael Jackson posters. Trust me, I tore them from the wall completely. How can such a man grow?

¶¶1 Corinthians 9:16-21 (NLT) says, “16 For preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t do it! 17 If I were doing this of my own free will, then I would deserve payment. But God has chosen me and given me this sacred trust, and I have no choice. 18 What then is my pay? It is the satisfaction I get from preaching the Good News without expense to anyone, never demanding my rights as a preacher. 19 This means I am not bound to obey people just because they pay me, yet I have become a servant of everyone so that I can bring them to Christ. 20 When I am with the Jews, I become one of them so that I can bring them to Christ. When I am with those who follow the Jewish laws, I do the same, even though I am not subject to the law, so that I can bring them to Christ. 21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not have the Jewish law, I fit in with them as much as I can. In this way, I gain their confidence and bring them to Christ. But I do not discard the law of God; I obey the law of Christ”.

If you are still ashamed of Christ, you are still a babe. ¶¶Psalms 1:2 (KJV) says, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night”.

You should always think through God’s word habitually. There is a reward for not been ashamed of being a christian.

¶¶Psalms 1:3 (KJV) says, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper”.

What will be so important to you that you will not attend a Cell meeting on Saturday? There is a prosperity that you attract to yourself in all that you do if you will habitually use your Spirit. Do you know that man is a spirit and life is spiritual? If you will train your spirit, there will be no surprises for you.

Go ahead and pray now! Declare that you are growing. You are no longer a child but a man.

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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