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MIND CONTROL 86: The Finale

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This is the last episode of the series.

I will make an attempt to summarize where we have come from and where we are going.

Hopefully the summary in itself….. will throw the final bit of light to understanding the message of Christ….. and why he was sent to us.

So let’s start from the top.

Why exactly was Jesus born?

John 18:37
37 FOR THIS REASON I WAS BORN, AND FOR THIS I CAME INTO THE WORLD, TO TESTIFY TO THE TRUTH. EVERYONE ON THE SIDE OF TRUTH LISTENS TO ME.”

Jesus was born…… so that he could let us know the truth.

John 7:28-29
28 “YES, YOU KNOW ME AND WHERE I WAS BORN AND RAISED, BUT I AM THE REPRESENTATIVE OF ONE YOU DON’T KNOW, AND HE IS TRUTH.
29 I KNOW HIM BECAUSE I WAS WITH HIM, AND HE SENT ME TO YOU.”

Jesus has insight into this “truth”…… because he knew the Father….. and was sent by him.

Luke 5:32
32 MY PURPOSE IS TO INVITE SINNERS TO TURN FROM THEIR SINS, NOT TO SPEND MY TIME WITH THOSE WHO THINK THEMSELVES ALREADY GOOD ENOUGH.”

There is an open invitation…… for those of us who are interested in listening and want to get to know this “truth” that he talks about.

But it requires something:

Matt 16:24-25
24 “IF ANYONE WOULD COME AFTER ME, HE MUST DENY HIMSELF AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME.
25 FOR WHOEVER WANTS TO SAVE HIS LIFE WILL LOSE IT, BUT WHOEVER LOSES HIS LIFE FOR ME WILL FIND IT.

It requires you to give up your life…… in order to find “life”.

Matt 7:21
21 “NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ WILL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, BUT ONLY HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.

Its not about “talking”……. It is about “doing” the will of the Father.

What is the will of the Father?

Luke 10:27-28
27 “‘LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND, ‘LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF.'”
28 “DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.”

Life….. is dependent on a relationship with the Father.

A relationship with the Father……is dependent on love.

John 7:16-17
16 “MY TEACHING IS NOT MY OWN. IT COMES FROM HIM WHO SENT ME.
17 IF ANYONE CHOOSES TO DO GOD’S WILL, HE WILL FIND OUT WHETHER MY TEACHING COMES FROM GOD OR WHETHER I SPEAK ON MY OWN.

If you do what Jesus says…… you will find out if his message is the truth.

John 17: 22
22 I HAVE GIVEN THEM THE GLORY THAT YOU GAVE ME, THAT THEY MAY BE ONE AS WE ARE ONE:
23 I IN THEM AND YOU IN ME. MAY THEY BE BROUGHT TO COMPLETE UNITY TO LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT YOU SENT ME AND HAVE LOVED THEM EVEN AS YOU HAVE LOVED ME.

We are no different from Christ once we follow his message.

We have been given his glory as sons of the Father

Luke 18:17
17 I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, ANYONE WHO WILL NOT RECEIVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD LIKE A LITTLE CHILD WILL NEVER ENTER IT.”

The only way you can enter the kingdom of the Father….. is if we become like little children.

Luke 17:20-21
20 “THE KINGDOM OF GOD DOES NOT COME WITH YOUR CAREFUL OBSERVATION,
21 NOR WILL PEOPLE SAY, ‘HERE IT IS,’ OR ‘THERE IT IS,’ BECAUSE THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU.”

The kingdom of the Father is not a place that you look forward to when you physically die.

The kingdom of the Father is within you…… and you have to make a choice about whether you want to be a part of it.

The choice is not dependent on words…… it is dependent on actions.

Matt 5:48
48 BE PERFECT, THEREFORE, AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT.

It is dependent on perfection.

Perfection……is defined by “love”

Matt 7:13-14
13 “ENTER THROUGH THE NARROW GATE. FOR WIDE IS THE GATE AND BROAD IS THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION, AND MANY ENTER THROUGH IT.
14 BUT SMALL IS THE GATE AND NARROW THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO LIFE, AND ONLY A FEW FIND IT.

The gateway to a relationship with the Father appears hard…… but the truth of the matter is that it is easy.

It is solely dependent on your decisions.

Like I said…… this is the end of the series.

This series serves a purpose that revolves around only one thing…….. to point you towards the Father.

The cliché way to go would be to say “the end”.

But given the context of what we are discussing…… ill take the ironic approach.

It is my hope that this isn’t the end……. But the beginning.

The beginning of a relationship with the Father…… one that you will be able to actualize now that you know the truth about his will.

So this isn’t the end……. It is once again……. To Be Continued…..

One love.

 

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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in THOUGHTS

 

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MIND CONTROL 85: A Thin Line Between Pleasing God, And Men

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Crossing over to the other end of the spectrum…… there are those who do have a genuine desire to know the Father…… but they feel the need to make this known to the rest of the world….. and end up going about things the wrong way.

Matt 6:1-18
1 “BEWARE OF PRACTICING YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS BEFORE MEN TO BE NOTICED BY THEM; OTHERWISE YOU HAVE NO REWARD WITH YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.
2 “When therefore you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
3 “But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing
4 that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

What we need to understand is that it is all about you and the Father.

If the reason why you are giving 1 million pounds to charity is because you want people to see you as a good person…… you are not doing it because of the Father.

We need to make sure that the “good” we supposedly do…… does not have benefits for “us”…. Otherwise in truth your motive is very likely to be selfish.

Christians make a show of “goodness” indicating once again that they really don’t understand the message.

5 “And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
6 “BUT YOU, WHEN YOU PRAY, GO INTO YOUR INNER ROOM, AND WHEN YOU HAVE SHUT YOUR DOOR, PRAY TO YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN SECRET, AND YOUR FATHER WHO SEES IN SECRET WILL REPAY YOU.

I have a friend that lives next door to a church called “Mountain of Fire”.

True to their name they “call down fire” 3 times a week and are a complete nuisance to everyone that lives on that street.

What is the point of screaming all night at the top of your lungs…… fighting against demons so that everyone will consider you to be a “powerful Christian”.

How does this play any relevance to an individual relationship with the Father?

7 “AND WHEN YOU ARE PRAYING, DO NOT USE MEANINGLESS REPETITION, AS THE GENTILES DO, FOR THEY SUPPOSE THAT THEY WILL BE HEARD FOR THEIR MANY WORDS.
8 “THEREFORE DO NOT BE LIKE THEM; FOR YOUR FATHER KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED, BEFORE YOU ASK HIM.

I cannot count the amount of times as a child I had to say “the grace”…. And all sorts of other prayers that can only be described as “meaningless reptition”.

Imagine having a friend who every time you spoke to him you read something from a script.

Is that a relationship?

Never the less, Jesus gave us a guide line to help our frame of thought.

9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
10 ‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.’
14 “FOR IF YOU FORGIVE MEN FOR THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS, YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER WILL ALSO FORGIVE YOU.
15 “BUT IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE MEN, THEN YOUR FATHER WILL NOT FORGIVE YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS.

It is ironic that just above we are told not to engage in meaningless repetition…… yet verses 9-13, more commonly known as the “lords prayer”, is probably one of the most repeated scriptures ever written.

It is important for us to understand the prayer…. And not just repeat it …. In order for it to have any form of relevance in our lives.

The prayer starts with emphasis once again on the name “Father”.

The name “Father” is Hallowed…… meaning that it is holy and sacred.

Belonging to one single individual.

This establishes the relationship and terms of reference.

He then says that we should ask for the will of the Father to be done in our lives…. And for his kingdom to come to us.

It is important to emphasise something critical that we have talked about in the past.

The will of the Father is done in heaven…… but it is not done on earth.

It is your choice….. to take a decision to allow the will of the Father to be done in “your life”.

Then he says that we should ask him for food….. because the Father is in the business of looking after his children.

The Father is also in the business of forgiving….. but only if you are willing to forgive other people as well….. call it “tit for tat” if you like.

Then he says we should ask the Father not to lead us into temptation….. but to deliver us from evil.

Please note: evil is not something that we are absolved from….. but we will be delivered from it…… if we ask him.

This isn’t a prayer that is to be repeated constantly with the occasional rephrasing of words.

It is a guide that gives you an idea of what our mind set should be like.

At the end of the day….. when you have a “relationship” with the Father…… you can talk to him about whatever you want.

Bearing in mind that if you know him…… there are certain things that wouldn’t cross your mind as a frame of discussion in the first place

16 “AND WHENEVER YOU FAST, DO NOT PUT ON A GLOOMY FACE AS THE HYPOCRITES DO, FOR THEY NEGLECT THEIR APPEARANCE IN ORDER TO BE SEEN FASTING BY MEN. TRULY I SAY TO YOU, THEY HAVE THEIR REWARD IN FULL.
17 “BUT YOU, WHEN YOU FAST, ANOINT YOUR HEAD, AND WASH YOUR FACE
18 SO THAT YOU MAY NOT BE SEEN FASTING BY MEN, BUT BY YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN SECRET; AND YOUR FATHER WHO SEES IN SECRET WILL REPAY YOU.

It is important that we recognize that we are dealing with the Father….. and not with a man.

Its not about doing the things that you do so that other men can admire you for it.

It is about a relationship between you and the Father.

Jesus says:

John 4:23-24
23 A TIME IS COMING AND HAS NOW COME WHEN THE TRUE WORSHIPPERS WILL WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH, FOR THEY ARE THE KIND OF WORSHIPPERS THE FATHER SEEKS.
24 GOD IS SPIRIT, AND HIS WORSHIPPERS MUST WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.”

The Father is interested in a relationship with you that has a “meaning”.

He is not interested in your efforts to please men.

He is interested in one thing and one thing only……..”YOU”

To be continued……

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2011 in THOUGHTS

 

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MIND CONTROL 84: A Narrow Road To Travel

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As said previously……Jesus gives us the keys….. and puts us in the drivers seat.

Matt 7:7-14
7 “ASK AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU; SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND; KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO YOU.
8 FOR EVERYONE WHO ASKS RECEIVES; HE WHO SEEKS FINDS; AND TO HIM WHO KNOCKS, THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED.
9 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
12 SO IN EVERYTHING, DO TO OTHERS WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO TO YOU, FOR THIS SUMS UP THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.

There is no beating about the bush.

If you ask…… you will receive.

If you seek…… you will find.

If you knock….. the door will be opened to you.

But it comes with a fundamental requirement…….”love”

13 “ENTER THROUGH THE NARROW GATE. FOR WIDE IS THE GATE AND BROAD IS THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION, AND MANY ENTER THROUGH IT.
14 BUT SMALL IS THE GATE AND NARROW THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO LIFE, AND ONLY A FEW FIND IT.

Not many people will find the Father.

Not many people will get to know the Father.

There is no other way to get to the Father…..outside of love.

One thing is certain…… the gate of love is small…… the road of love is narrow…. And only a few people will have the willingness to find it.

Luke 11:5-13
5 And He said to them, “Suppose one of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;
7 and from inside he shall answer and say,’ Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything. ‘
8 “I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet BECAUSE OF HIS PERSISTENCE HE WILL GET UP AND GIVE HIM AS MUCH AS HE NEEDS.
9 “AND I SAY TO YOU, ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN TO YOU; SEEK, AND YOU SHALL FIND; KNOCK, AND IT SHALL BE OPENED TO YOU.
10 “FOR EVERYONE WHO ASKS, RECEIVES; AND HE WHO SEEKS, FINDS; AND TO HIM WHO KNOCKS, IT SHALL BE OPENED.
11 “Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?
12 “Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?

The principle is set in stone so we need to understand it.

A lot of us talk to some being we refer to as “God” never really expecting to hear from him.

We attribute the good things that happen in our lives to God and the bad things to the devil.

We don’t really have a relationship.

It is mostly about as intimate as a gambler and a slot machine.

Constantly asking for things and giving things so we can get things in return.

Even our human relationships are not this fickle….. yet we think we can get away with this when dealing with a being that can see our hearts.

The scenario above is relatively symbolic.

A clear emphasis needs to be placed on the word…… “persistence”.

Do you honestly think that the Father cannot tell whether or not you truly want to know him?

Do you think that the Father cannot tell that what you really want are the things you feel you can get from him?

The Father says we should ask…..and we will receive.

But an important question needs to be considered……

What are we asking for?

Are we asking him for cars, houses, fame and fortune?…… Or are we asking him for a relationship?

13 “IF YOU THEN, BEING EVIL, KNOW HOW TO GIVE GOOD GIFTS TO YOUR CHILDREN, HOW MUCH MORE SHALL YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM?”

We have been told to ask…….. but my dear friends…… it is not a blank check.

The Father wants to see what you will ask him for.

The Father only gives one gift…… and it is the greatest gift he could ever give to you.

He gives you……. “himself”.

He gives you “his spirit”…….. the Holy Spirit.

But most of us do not see the value in this.

We do not see the value of having a relationship with the Father.

But we see the value in cars and houses.

It is this skewed way of thinking…… that ensures that we are constantly asking…..but never receiving….. we are constantly seeking ….but never finding…. we are constantly knocking….. but the door is never opened.

Because we are asking for the wrong things.

The Father is not interested in your level of prosperity in the world.

He is interested in “knowing you”.

But the truth of the matter is this…… we are not interested in knowing him.

If we had it our way….. we would choose to live forever and enjoy the pleasures of the world……. rather than choose to have a relationship with the Father.

It is our mind set….. that is the greatest hindrance to knowing who the Father really is.

Mark 10:13-15
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “LET THE LITTLE CHILDREN COME TO ME, AND DO NOT HINDER THEM, FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD BELONGS TO SUCH AS THESE.
15 I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, ANYONE WHO WILL NOT RECIVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD LIKE A LITTLE CHILD WILL NEVER ENTER IT.”

We need to become like children.

Children of the Father are defined by what they do.

It is one thing to “claim to be” a child…… it is another thing to “be” a child.

You cannot be a child….. yet do nothing in relation to what your Father says.

To be continued…..

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in THOUGHTS

 

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MIND CONTROL 83: Because I Tell You The Truth, You Do Not Believe Me

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Why is it that till now we have failed to understand the message of Christ?

Why is it that Christians have gotten the message upside down?

Its simple……

The reason why Christians have never understood the message.

Is because Christians don’t actually do what Christ says.

They do what the “Bible” says.

As we have realized….. there is a fundamental difference between the message of Christ….. and the message of the “Bible” as a whole.

The word of God is “in” the Bible….. but the word of God is “not” the Bible.

John 8:37-59
37 I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet YOU SEEK TO KILL ME. BECAUSE MY WORD FINDS NO PLACE IN YOU.
38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”
39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “IF YOU WERE ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN, YOU WOULD DO WHAT ABRAHAM DID,
40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God; this is not what Abraham did.
41 You do what your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.”

For whatever reason…. The words of Christ have not found a place in our hearts.

That is why we don’t do what our Father does.

That is why we don’t “constantly do good”

42 Jesus said to them, “IF GOD WERE YOUR FATHER, YOU WOULD LOVE ME, FOR I PROCEEDED AND CAME FORTH FROM GOD; I CAME NOT OF MY OWN ACCORD, BUT HE SENT ME.
43 WHY DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT I SAY? IT IS BECAUSE YOU CANNOT BEAR TO HEAR MY WORD.
44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
45 BUT BECAUSE I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, YOU DO NOT BELIEVE ME

The reason why we don’t understand the message Christ is not because it is difficult to understand.

It is because we cant bear to listen to his message.

Nobody wants to hear that if a man slaps you……you should turn the other cheek.

We want to hear that if a man slaps you…… punch him in the face so he won’t do it again.

Society teaches us to “look after number 1”….. every man for himself.

Nobody is interested in a man that turns the other cheek…… we are interested in heroes like Arnold Schwartzeneggar, Jet Li and Steven Segal…. People who would beat the crap out of the “bad guys”.

The irony of it all…… is the reason why we don’t believe in the message.

We don’t believe in the message…… “because it is the truth”

If is was a lie….. we would have believed it.

If it was what we wanted to hear….. we would have accepted it.

But the message of Christ does not fill churches.

People want to hear about physical blessings, fame and fortune.

That is what fills churches.

46 Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?
47 HE WHO IS OF GOD HEARS THE WORDS OF GOD; THE REASON WHY YOU DO NOT HEAR THEM IS THAT YOU ARE NOT OF GOD.”

The reason why we are not willing to hear the word of God is because we are still of the world.

We love the world…..and the things in it.

But you cannot love the Father ….. and love the world.

That which is highly esteemed in the world is hated by the Father.

How can we love what the Father hates….. and expect to be like him?

48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
49 Jesus answered, “I have not a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.
50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it and he will be the judge.
51 TRULY, TRULY, I SAY TO YOU, IF ANYONE KEEPS MY WORD, HE WILL NEVER TASTE DEATH.”

Life…… is with the Father.

You will never taste death……because a relationship with the Father begins now….. and it never ends.

52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say, ‘If any one keeps my word, he will never taste death.’
53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you claim to be?”
54 Jesus answered, “IF I GLORIFY MYSELF, MY GLORY IS NOTHING; IT IS MY FATHER WHO GLORIFIES ME, OF WHOM YOU SAY THAT HE IS YOUR GOD.
55 BUT YOU HAVE NOT KNOWN HIM; I KNOW HIM. IF I SAID, I DO NOT KNOW HIM, I SHOULD BE A LIAR LIKE YOU; BUT I DO KNOW HIM AND I KEEP HIS WORD.
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 The Jews then said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”
58 Jesus said to them, “TRULY, TRULY, I SAY TO YOU, BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS, I AM.”
59 So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.

We need to make an effort to know this Father…….

Because without him…… we are dead…..

Dead men living in an illusion of what we consider to be life…..when in reality what we call life…..is death.

We have been given the keys and placed in the drivers seat.

All that the father requires us to do……. Is to hear and keep the words that he sent Jesus to deliver.

To be continued……

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2011 in THOUGHTS

 

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MIND CONTROL 81: If You Knew Him, You Would Know His Father Also

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Let us go back in order to go forward.

Jesus says:

Matt 11:27-30
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. NO ONE KNOWS THE SON EXCEPT THE FATHER, AND NO ONE KNOWS THE FATHER EXCEPT THE SON AND THOSE WHOM THE SON CHOOSES TO REVEAL HIM.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU AND LEARN FROM ME, FOR I AM GENTLE AND HUMBLE IN HEART, AND YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
30 FOR MY YOKE IS EASY AND MY BURDEN IS LIGHT.”

The father has been revealed to us……because we have the words of Christ at our disposal.

One emphasis needs to be made…… the relationship…. Is described as a “yoke”.

A yoke by definition implies that it is restrictive……because you are joined to something…. or in this case …. “someone”.

But Jesus has assures us that his yoke is easy….. and his burden is light.

In other words….. what the relationship requires of us in relation to the Father….. is easy….. and the burden involved with it….. is light.

John 8:16-19
16 But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I STAND WITH THE FATHER, WHO SENT ME.
17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid.
18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”
19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?” “YOU DO NOT KNOW ME OR MY FATHER, “JESUS REPLIED.”IF YOU KNEW ME, YOU WOULD KNOW MY FATHER ALSO.”

It appears there are certain similarities between Jesus and his Father.

If we can get to know and understand Jesus…..which is what we have been trying to do….. we will get to know and understand his Father.

John 5:16-20
16 So they began harassing Jesus as a Sabbath breaker.
17 But Jesus replied, “MY FATHER CONSTANTLY DOES GOOD, AND I AM FOLLOWING HIS EXAMPLE.”
18 Then the Jewish leaders were all the more eager to kill him because in addition to disobeying their Sabbath laws, he had spoken of God as his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.
19 Jesus replied, “THE SON CAN DO NOTHING BY HIMSELF. HE DOES ONLY WHAT HE SEES THE FATHER DOING, AND IN THE SAME WAY.
20 FOR THE FATHER LOVES THE SON, AND TELLS HIM EVERYTHING HE IS DOING; AND THE SON WILL DO FAR MORE AWESOME MIRACLES THAN THIS MAN’S HEALING.

There is an example to be followed.

And Jesus Christ sets the yard stick.

The Father constantly does good……. so the son constantly does good.

First principle…… in order to be a son of the Father….. you have to constantly do good.

This comes along with another emphasis…… “the son can do nothing by himself”.

As a son of the Father…… everything that you do has to be in accordance with the will of the Father…… even the remotest little detail of your life.

The son only does what the Father does.

As they say…… “like Father like son”.

Jesus says:

Matt 10:32-33
32 “WHOEVER ACKNOWLEDGES ME BEFORE MEN, I WILL ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE HIM BEFORE MY FATHER IN HEAVEN.
33 BUT WHOEVER DISOWNS ME BEFORE MEN, I WILL DISOWN HIM BEFORE MY FATHER IN HEAVEN.

By acknowledging Christ….. it is not limited to the level of faith and belief.

There has to be a practical manifestation of the acknowledgement.

Otherwise it isn’t real.

In other words……. Its not about “lip service”…… its about “doing something”.

John 10:34-38
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’?
35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came– and the Scripture cannot be broken–
36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? WHY THEN DO YOU ACCUSE ME OF BLASPHEMY BECAUSE I SAID, ‘I AM GOD’S SON’?
37 DO NOT BELIEVE ME UNLESS I DO WHAT MY FATHER DOES
38 But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

Severe emphasis needs to be placed on one thing.

The sonship that Jesus presents…… is based on “doing” what the Father does…… not just “saying” it.

As we previously established….. the Father constantly does good.

And thus Jesus leaves us with a significant injunction:

Matt 23:9
9 “AND DO NOT CALL ANYONE ON EARTH YOUR FATHER; FOR ONE IS YOUR FATHER, HE WHO IS IN HEAVEN.

It was an interesting day…… the day when Femi Aribisala (snr) called me and told me never to call him “Father” again.

That would be shocking news for any biological son to hear.

But from my understanding of things….. the message has become pretty clear to me.

We need to make a choice about who our “Father” is.

A son is obedient to the “Father’.

The son does what the Father does.

“Like Father like son.”

You cannot claim to have a “Father”…… yet pay no attention to what he says.

A Father by implication……”Fathers” his children.

He exercises parental control over his children.

He guides his children and teaches them what they need to know.

That is the significance of the parable of the “prodigal son”.

We have left the Father.

Some of us don’t even know that the Father exists.

We are dead……. because we are not with the Father.

Life…… is with the father.

Life can be found nowhere else but with the father.

Everything else is counterfeit.

We once were lost because we never knew……. but now that Jesus has told us the truth…….

We can get to know our Father.

And through knowing our Father……. we will find life.

To be continued……..

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in THOUGHTS

 

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MIND CONTROL 80: In The World But Not Of The World

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Let us take a look at a prayer that Jesus said concerning his disciples.

It is very important to situate the context of the scenario….. because it is specifically about his disciples.

It would be important to take what he says here into consideration…… assuming that we too want to be his disciples.

John 17:14-26
14 I HAVE GIVEN THEM YOUR WORD AND THE WORLD HAS HATED THEM, FOR THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD ANYMORE THAN I AM OF THE WORLD.

Pay attention to what he is saying here.

The reason why the world hates him and his disciples……. Is because he has given them the word of God.

Compare this with the reality of today…… where there are over 3 billion Christians.

3 billion Christians that love Jesus and the word of God.

How can this be?

Its simple……

The reason why so many people love the word of God…… is because it is not the word of God that they are preaching.

If it was……. A lot more people would hate it……rather than love it.

15 MY PRAYER IS NOT THAT YOU TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD BUT THAT YOU PROTECT THEM FROM THE EVIL ONE.

Please note…… he is not praying that God should take us out of the world.

Even though the world is an evil place…… there must be a reason why we are here.

If you have been paying attention so far…… you would see that the whole purpose of you being in the world… is to be confronted with all kinds of pleasurable and distracting situations….. and for you to choose God and other people above everything else.

The evil one could come in the guise of anyone or anything…… not necessarily an evil monster that controls you and makes you do evil things.

Now this is where it gets deep.

16 THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, EVEN AS I AM NOT OF IT.
17 SANCTIFY THEM BY THE TRUTH; YOUR WORD IS TRUTH.
18 AS YOU SENT ME INTO THE WORLD, I HAVE SENT THEM INTO THE WORLD.
19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

So even though as his diciples we are going to remain “in” the world…… we should not be “of” the world.

There needs to be a difference between us and everyone else.

We don’t do things….. the way the world does things.

We are sanctified by the truth.

We have been made holy…. By “believing” and “following” the message of Christ.

We have been sent……. TO BE DIFFERENT

20 “MY PRAYER IS NOT FOR THEM ALONE, I PRAY ALSO FOR THOSE WHO WILL BELIEVE IN ME THROUGH THEIR MESSAGE,
21 THAT ALL OF THEM MAY BE ONE, FATHER, JUST AS YOU ARE IN ME AND I AM IN YOU. MAY THEY ALSO BE IN US SO THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE SENT ME.

As previously established…… all of this implies to us who believe in his message.

Believing his message……. Will make you one with God.

But this is what is deep about it.

God is no longer known as God…… God….. is now known as Father.

This is where the reality of the message actually becomes significant.

There are many men who have acknowledged the existence of a “God”.

But no man ever claimed……..that God was his “Father”.

………And thus he presents us with a relationship.

Not a relationship that is fictional.

Not a relationship that is going to come into existence when you die.

It is a relationship that is “here and now”….. “in this world”.

You will be in him…… and he will be in you.

22 I HAVE GIVEN THEM THE GLORY THAT YOU GAVE ME, THAT THEY MAY BE ONE AS WE ARE ONE:
23 I IN THEM AND YOU IN ME. MAY THEY BE BROUGHT TO COMPLETE UNITY TO LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT YOU SENT ME AND HAVE LOVED THEM EVEN AS YOU HAVE LOVED ME.

There is no difference between us and Christ.

Christ is not some super human incapable of committing sin.

That would make him completely insignificant.

The only difference between Christ and the rest of mankind……. Is that “he had a relationship with God”.

But now….. he has given us his glory.

He has given us access to a relationship with God by telling us his will.

We can now talk to God openly and freely and the relationship is not creator to the created……

It is now “Father to Son”

24 “FATHER, I WANT THOSE YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO BE WITH ME WHERE I AM, AND TO SEE MY GLORY, THE GLORY YOU HAVE GIVEN ME BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD.

Jesus had a relationship with God before the world came into existence.

He came to the world…… and he revealed this to us.

He came to the world….. and he revealed intimate details about his relationship with his Father…… so that we too could be a part of it.

25 “RIGHTEOUS FATHER, THOUGH THE WORLD DOES NOT KNOW YOU, I KNOW YOU, AND THEY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE SENT ME.
26 I HAVE MADE YOU KNOWN TO THEM, AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE YOU KNOWN IN ORDER THAT THE LOVE YOU HAVE FOR ME MAY BE IN THEM AND THAT I MYSELF MAY BE IN THEM.”

The world did not know the Father before Jesus came.

They didn’t have a clue.

Jesus came and made his father known to us.

Yet the world still doesn’t have a clue….. and distorts his message presenting some super being that died for our sins.

But we will not be like the world.

We will hear the message……and understand it.

The message will become real in our lives.

The Father……will become real in our lives.

I tell you the truth because I know for a fact that this is not a lie.

It is a wasted life…… when a son never gets to meet his father.

Scrap that…..when a son never meets his father….. he doesn’t know what life is.

To be continued……

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in THOUGHTS

 

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MIND CONTROL 79: Discerning The Voice Of Strangers

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For some reason…… there is this illusion that Pastors are representatives of God….. appointed by God…… in order to tell us the truth about God.

But the fact remains…… the truth about God….. came through “one person”.

Jesus Christ.

John 10:1-18
1 “I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, THE MAN WHO DOES NOT ENTER THE SHEEP PEN BY THE GATE, BUT CLIMBS IN BY SOME OTHER WAY, IS A THEIF AND A ROBBER.
2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep.
3 The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and HIS SHEEP FOLLOW HIM BECAUSE THEY KNOW HIS VOICE.
5 BUT THEY WILL NEVER FOLLOW A STRANGER; IN FACT, THEY WILL RUN AWAY FROM HIM BECAUSE THEY DO NOT RECOGNISE A STRANGER’S VOICE.”

You cannot know God through any other means.

You cannot go through the window…… instead of going through the door.

What we fail to see is that Paul presents us with a window….. through his concept of salvation which only requires you to have faith in your heart and confess with your mouth.

But you can never get to God through the window.

You can only get to him through the door.

6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, I AM THE GATE FOR THE SHEEP.
8 ALL WHO CAME BEFORE ME WERE THEIVES AND ROBBERS, BUT THE SHEEP DID NOT LISTEN TO THEM.
9 I AM THE GATE; WHOEVER ENTERS THROUGH ME WILL BE SAVED. HE WILL COME IN AND GO OUT, AND FIND PASTURES.

If Jesus is indeed the gate……. Then any message outside of what he preaches is a lie.

There is no middle ground.

He is either the truth….. or he isn’t.

Noone that came before him knew the truth…… which is the reason why he had to come in the first place….. so that he could make the truth known.

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I HAVE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, AND HAVE IT TO THE FULL.
11 “I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD. THE GOOD SHEPHERD LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP.
12 THE HIRED HAND IS NOT THE SHEPHERD WHO OWNS THE SHEEP. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
13 THE MAN RUNS AWAY BECAUSE HE IS A HIRED HAND AND CARES NOTHING FOR THE SHEEP.

Please note…… If Jesus is the “good shepherd”….. all other shepherds must be bad ones.

Its not such a mystery why it was pastors that killed Jesus…… because by implication….. Jesus came and revealed that they did not know the truth.

A pastor is in essence a “hired hand”……. caring for little more than the prestige associated with his position.

We all think we know an exception….. but in truth….. there is no exception.

There is the good shepherd….. and there are bad ones.

The emphasis needs to be correctly positioned….. there is only “one” good shepherd.

14 “I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD; I KNOW MY SHEEP AND MY SHEEP KNOW ME–
15 JUST AS THE FATHER KNOWS ME AND I KNOW THE FATHER—AND I LAY DOWN MY LIFE FOR THE SHEEP.
16 I HAVE OTHER SHEEP THAT ARE NOT OF THIS SHEEP PEN. I MUST BRING THEM ALSO. THEY TOO WILL LISTEN TO MY VOICE, AND THERE SHALL BE ONE FLOCK AND ONE SHEPHERD.
17 THE REASON MY FATHER LOVES ME IS THAT I LAY DOWN MY LIFE—ONLY TO TAKE IT UP AGAIN.
18 NO ONE TAKES IT FROM ME, BUT I LAY IT DOWN OF MY OWN ACCORD. I HAVE AUTHORITY TO LAY IT DOWN AND AUTHORITY TO TAKE IT UP AGAIN. THIS COMMAND I RECEIVED FROM MY FATHER.”

Jesus laid down his life in heaven…… in order to reveal the truth to us.

His sheep….. are those that “listen” to his words and “apply” what he teaches.

There is only “one flock”.

That one flock are those that listen and obey the words of Christ.

Christianity presents numerous flocks……. Pentecostals, Baptists, Lutherins, Catholics and the list goes on.

All these numerous flocks have different beliefs and different shepherds.

But there is only “one flock” and “one good shepherd”.

All the others are counterfeit.

John 18:37
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. IN FACT, FOR THIS REASON I WAS BORN, AND FOR THIS I CAME INTO THE WORLD, TO TESTIFY TO THE TRUTH. EVERYONE ON THE SIDE OF TRUTH LISTENS TO ME.”

If you were ever confused…… now is the time to get rid of the confusion.

Why was Jesus born?

Jesus was not born to die for our sins.

Jesus was born “so that he could let us know the truth”.

Like he said……

If you are on the side of truth…… you will listen to what he says.

There is no middle ground.

You’re either on his side….. or you’re on someone else’s.

Matt 7:24-27
24 “THEREFORE EVERYONE WHO HEARS THESE WORDS OF MINE, AND ACTS UPON THEM, MAY BE COMPARED TO A WISE MAN, WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE UPON THE ROCK.
25 “AND THE RAIN DESCENDED, AND THE FLOODS CAME, AND THE WINDS BLEW, AND BURST AGAINST THAT HOUSE; AND YET IT DID NOT FALL, FOR IT HAD BEEN FOUNDED UPON THE ROCK.
26 “AND EVERYONE WHO HEARS THESE WORDS OF MINE, AND DOES NOT ACT UPON THEM, WILL BE LIKE A FOOLISH MAN, WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE UPON THE SAND
27 “AND THE RAIN DESCENDED, AND THE FLOODS CAME, AND THE WINDS BLEW, AND BURST AGAINST THAT HOUSE; AND IT FELL, AND GREAT WAS ITS FALL.”

Its about time we inspected the foundation of our beliefs.

Otherwise…..falling will be inevitable.

To be continued…..

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in THOUGHTS

 

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