Love

John 14:15: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (ESV)

There should be no presumption in love, it should be followed by action. In the case of Jesus, he said your love for him is manifested in obedience to him. There is no sentiment in the matter. You need to walk the talk.

Right from the first chapters of the bible, the battle has been about obedience. Adam and Eve faced it and they failed (Genesis 3). Jesus faced it and he passed (Luke 4:1-13).

Jesus said that he must do the work of him who sent him (John 5:1-5). For him, being on the earth was about doing the will of God, following his mandate, embracing his purpose in every way.

That should also be your own stance. Jesus sent us to the world, the way the father sent him (John 20:21). Let that be the basis of your life.

Obedience is an exercise of the will, and God wants to empower our will to choose and do his will, uncluttered by fear, ignorance and distraction.

The empowerment comes by the Holy Spirit coming into us to pour the love of God into us, so that it becomes our default to obey, breaking into light, and we sense the grieving of the Holy Spirit in us when we are merely thinking of disobeying (Ephesians 4:30).

God is Spirit

exoplanet-571906_640John 4:24: God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (ESV)

Jesus was setting the records straight about who God is. He should know since he came from him. John said: no one has seen God at anytime but the only begotten of the father, who is in the bosom of the father, he has declared him (John 1:18).

The mandate of Jesus when he was on earth was to reveal the father, who sent him to the world. He was to be a bridge builder, connecting us with the reality of who the father is.

The fact that God is Spirit is an unchanging reality, which means, as Jesus noted, that it is those who are spiritually enabled that can connect with him on an individual basis. That spiritual engagement comes through the blood of Jesus which paved the way for the Holy Spirit to come again into man after he became sin-infected (Hebrews 9:14).

Connection with God is primarily through spiritual means, it is not through rituals, or following certain codes. It is about a change that has been effected in us, it is about becoming new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17), not a patching up of the old relic.

It is a new order of being fitted with the equipment of a new spirit through Jesus (John 3:1-8), otherwise, everything else is a joke, because God is Spirit and you can’t change that.

video: Humility

Humility is three things:  obedience, service, prayer

2Chronicles 12:5-7

2Ch 12:5 And Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah who had gathered to Jerusalem from the face of Shishak. And he said to them, So says Jehovah, You have forsaken Me; and I also have forsaken you in the hand of Shishak.
2Ch 12:6 And the leaders of Israel and the king were humbled. And they said, Jehovah is righteous.
2Ch 12:7 And when Jehovah saw that they were humbled, the Word of Jehovah came to Shemaiah, saying, They have been humbled. I will not destroy them, and I will give to them a little deliverance. And I will not pour out My fury on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.  (ESV)

Video: God with man

Solomon asked a question in the Old Testament that was answered in the New? He asked: will God dwell with man?

2Chronicles 6:14-18

2Ch 6:14 and said, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart,
2Ch 6:15 who have kept with your servant David my father what you declared to him. You spoke with your mouth, and with your hand have fulfilled it this day.
2Ch 6:16 Now therefore, O LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father what you have promised him, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk in my law as you have walked before me.’
2Ch 6:17 Now therefore, O LORD, God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you have spoken to your servant David.
2Ch 6:18 “But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built! (ESV)

Video: The archers

Do you know that there are demonic archers interested in bringing you down? Watch out.

1Chronicles 10:1-3

1Ch 10:1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa.

1Ch 10:2 And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul.
1Ch 10:3 The battle pressed hard against Saul, and the archers found him, and he was wounded by the archers. (ESV)

Video: Fight

2Kings 14:15-16

2Ki 14:15 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash that he did, and his might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
2Ki 14:16 And Jehoash slept with his fathers and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel, and Jeroboam his son reigned in his place. (ESV)

Deliverer

sea-241665_640Daniel 6:27: He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”

This was the confession of a heathen king after seeing how the lions who surrounded Daniel all night in a den did not harm him at all (Daniel 6).

These were not sedated or tame lions as they later tore to pieces those thrown into the same den on the same day Daniel was removed. Daniel was preserved while others were destroyed. That is your portion.

David wrote that a thousand may fall by my left hand and ten thousand by my right, but no evil will come near my dwelling place (Psalm 91). He affirms the Lord is his deliverer, saying because it happens to others does not mean it will happen to him. No matter the pressure he faces, he comes out tops. It means whatever evil intention they have against him, they will not succeed. The enemy may want to destroy him but he came tops. The intention of his enemy over him will not come to pass.

In his time, David confronted many enemies. The first enemy he faced which will define his life for many years was a powerful one. It was King Saul, who deplored the power of the state against David. How will you feel having the power of the state was deployed against you? David had to run out of the country. He needed to really depend on God even in the midst of despair for his life.

He got into trouble for doing the right thing, for doing the necessary thing, something he was stirred by God to do, which was take Goliath’s head off his neck (1Samuel 17). So doing the right thing does not free you from persecution. It might actually be the precursor for it. Paul said those who will live righteous will suffer persecution (2Timothy 3:12). Jesus was killed for doing the will of God, and because of the amazing result he got, the religious leaders were jealous, and were set on having him dead (John 11:53).

It was also David’s moment of glory that stirred persecution against him because it worked to stir up jealousy in the heart of the king, who became set on ending his life. That was a powerful enemy but God was more powerful.

God delivered David from Saul, not by him organising an assassination attempt on him. He refused to “help God,” even though he was advised to do that.

Throughout his ordeal with the king, he maintained utmost respect for him. He had to wait until Saul got to his end in a battle with other nations. But that did not mean that David troubles were over. After God delivered him from Saul, he also delivered him from many more.

Soon after he was made king he needed to deal with the remnant of Saul’s loyalists. The bible says that the battle continued between the house of David and the house of Saul and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker and the house of David waxed stronger and stronger (2Samuel 3:1).

Eventually he became the king of the whole Israel but then he started facing bigger enemies, it was now his responsible to take care of not just his personal enemies but the enemies of the whole nation.

The kings of other nations fuelled by hate for Israel wanted to take out the nation and their king, and he needed to depend on God’s direction and he established himself as a formidable warrior king, with reputation that lasts even to this day. He stands as the deliverer for Israel, helped by God.

David acknowledges God. He said he is the one who trains his hands to bend a bow of steel, he said through God he runs through a troop and he leaps over a wall (Psalm 18). He accomplished great things because God is his deliverer.

God even delivered him from his own son Absalom, who nurtured an ambition to remove his father from the throne to become king. David was the anointed one. He is the one who replaced Saul but God’s ordination, but Absalom wanted to take over by his own scheming. He almost succeeded, because all Israel went after Absalom, they followed him in his rebellion, seeking do away with David.

All were against him, but God being with him evens out the odd. In the end, it was Absalom who died while David who had to run away from Jerusalem was restored to his kingship (2Samuel 15:1-18-33, Psalm 3).

He was not expecting the attack by his son. He had experienced fiery jealousy from a jealous king, the enemy of rival kings, but he was shocked by Absalom’s treachery. It was the height of it. It was a stab in the back, a betrayal. But God fought for David. Driven by revenge Absalom was driven to his death, and David was delivered.

David praised God who delivered him from many dangers, from his many enemies. Though he faced many hurdles he succeeded because trusted in God. He wrote: some may trust in chariots but we will trust in the name of our God (Psalm 20:7). You never found him doubting God. And the bible says that those who trust in God will be like mount Zion that can never be moved (Psalm 125:1).

The one who fixes his eyes on God, on Jesus, will not sink in the water of life. Jesus walked on water to the disciples on the boat on the Sea of Galilee, and he asked Peter to come towards him on the water which was an impossible task by natural thinking (Matthew 14:22-32). But he walked, setting his eyes on Jesus. But when he started paying more attention to the boisterous wind and the rising wave, he sunk. When he cried out to Jesus, he lifted him up, delivering him, and he was brought safely back to the boat.

Jesus said he is with us always even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). He delivers from all dangers. The primary thing Jesus delivers us from is sin (Matthew 1:21). And by giving us his nature, we come into peace. He said he gives us his peace not the way the world gives (John 14:27).

We are delivered from eternal damnation. He becomes our gateway to heaven, to freeing us from eternal damnation. He opens our eyes, freeing us from blindness, and when he teaches us, he deliverers us from ignorance. He said: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor (Luke 4:18-19).

The bible says that by his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). So while he was being beaten and battered in the hands of the Roman authority all stirred up by the devil, we are moved into the rest from ill-health. So his wounds were our deliverance. He proclaimed deliverance for the captives via his own body.

Proving the fact of our resurrection, Paul said that we were buried with him and are also raised up with him to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4). We do not just follow God, he also follows us with his presence. Jesus is alive in us and as he is the deliverer. We get to be his operational base on the earth as we extend deliverance to the captives through his name.