Seeking God the right way!

12033074_1194196190597142_6054356797361706805_nWhat does the scripture mean in the Gospel of John 14:14?

“Ask anything in my name and you shall have it”

Firstly let’s examine the proper context of what Jesus Christ meant by this portion of scripture. John 14:13 shows us the reason why Jesus made such a declaration. It was to only bring glory to the father in heaven. So the intent or end result of our asking should never bring glory to ourselves (pride or accomplishments) or to our sinful appetites but to bring glory & honor to God alone. Therefore before we ask, we should examine & discern our prayer requests. How will this bring glory to God? Am I asking for selfish reasons or for evil purposes? Am I asking for something unclean? Will God be pleased or glorified in this? James 4:3 declares 

And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong–you want only what will give you pleasure.

Secondly when we ask, we must ask & seek in his will (His holy purpose or predestined masterplan for us) 1 John 5:14 declares

This is the confidence we have in approaching God when we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Our prayers must always be offered in submission to the will of God. Colossians 1:9 declares

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.

Romans 12:2 also declares

And do not be conformed to this world (any longer with its superficial values and customs) but be transformed and progressively changed (as you mature spiritually) by the renewing of your mind (focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes) so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect ( in His plan and purpose for you).

Finally let us realize that prayer is a privilege that we all possess through the name of Jesus to talk to our eternal father in heaven. Let’s learn not to corrupt such a precious gift of communication with God. For when we ask, seek and knock the right way, He will surely answer!

Happy praying everyone! – Evg. Samuel Meesala

The Word of Jesus Christ

“Let the word of Christ Jesus richly dwell in you” – Colossians 3:16

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How can His word richly dwell in us?

1.Firstly we must be willing, clean & empty on the inside to receive his word and precepts on life. An empty, open vessel he can surely fill but a vessel already full can never be filled.

Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work- 2 Timothy 2:20-21

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins- Luke 5:37,38

This means that the word of man must no longer govern our thinking. Man’s opinions, judgements or comments must no longer effect us or change the course of our faith and joy.

2.Secondly we must never allow our minds and hearts to be controlled by our negative experiences from the past.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come – 2 Corinthians 5:17

This means that our very own opinion of ourselves mattes greatly. Never look down on yourself for you are indeed the created, restored work of God.

3.Thirdly let the opinion and mind of God govern you always. For in His eyes, you are blessed, redeemed, cleansed, sanctified, and powerful through His mighty Spirit that is always in work in you- Evg.Samuel Meesala

The Anointing – Evg. Samuel Meesala

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What does the Word Anoint mean?

The word “Anoint” means to smear or rub with oil, to fill or impart with power to bring about a completion of a specific task or to concentrate something or someone for special service.

God is very cautious when He appoints His Chosen leaders. He promptly trains and teaches them His ways before he summons them for service. These chosen and anointed vessels of God represent the heart and mind of Christ at all times to this fallen world.

How can we represent the heart and mind of Christ at all times?

Firstly we must understand that the Holy Ghost was given to us freely for a reason. God’s indwelling Spirit was designed to abide in us and speak through us the truths and ways of His kingdom. Matthew 10:20 declares

For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”

Luke 12:12 also declares

“For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

If we truly surrender our beings – our will, our plans, and our emotions to him, His Spirit is able to speak and work through us freely. Unfortunately many wrestle with the plans and purposes of God. They are unwilling to adhere to his thoughts because they are in love with their own. Genesis 6:3 declares

Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not strive with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

John 3:19 “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil”

God passionately searches  today for vessels that are willing to follow, obey and surrender. He strongly despises those that strive with His Spirit but vessels humbled before him, He will use and anoint. Throughout the old & New testaments, this principle of Anointing or being Anointed were apparent. All of the giants of faith like Moses, Joshua and king David were Anointed greatly by the Spirit of God. This Anointing enabled them to do great and marvelous things for God Almighty. Zechariah 4:6 declares

Then he said to me, “This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies

The Church today desperately yearns for this Anointing and for the Anointed ones to hear the true heart and mind of Christ. The worldly church today focuses so much on educational degrees to represent Christ. Although I’m  not a person that is against such education, a  degree that is devoid of His Anointing is mere emptiness. Many leaders have sadly departed from the ways and mind of Christ and are operating at a human intellect level, spewing out strange doctrines and practices that does not belong to the heart of God. Jeremiah 4:22 declares

For my people are foolish, they have not known me or my ways ; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

So what is the purpose of His Anointing?

The scripture declares in Luke 4:18

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free”

Notice that the Anointing has a vision and a set direction – To proclaim good news to the poor ( the lost) to proclaim freedom for the prisoners (those in sin and under the bondage of Satanic lies and trickery) and sight to the blind (those who are deceived in false truths or doctrines) Therefore every child or servant of Christ that receives the Anointing of the Holy Ghost, receives also its divine vision, purpose & set direction. The vision and purpose birthed by our flesh eventually fades away and at some point totally dies within us. We are captured by a completely new vision imparted by the Anointing . This becomes our prime vision and goal. Paul was able to perceive this hidden truth and experience it in his life, hence he made the bold statement found in Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me”

May we all receive His precious Anointing today and truly be the Anointed men and women for God. May we all learn to  represent His heart and mind in this fallen world -Evg Samuel Meesala

 

The Cross

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“And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me.” -Matthew 10:38

What does the message of the cross mean for believers? First, it means that we must die to our flesh and become alive to His purpose (the spirit). Secondly, we must suffer in taking the message of the gospel to the lost.

The crowds flocked to Jesus not to see him but to see His spirit. Jesus was a servant and we must be servants, surrendering our flesh to God daily as Jesus did.

So, why are we tempted?

“Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one. But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death. Do not be misled, my beloved brethren.” -James 1:13-16

This verse tells us that evil desire leads to sin and sin leads to death. It also tells us that a person who has died to their flesh does not need to be tempted. Jesus says in John 14:30 (see below) that the devil has no claim on Him and has no power over Him.

“I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.]” -John 14:30

The biggest enemy of self denial is pride but Jesus says that if you follow Him, you don’t have to worry excessively about your image or what other people think. You’re already accepted as God’s child and if people find fruit in your life, they find the Father.

“Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life]. He who receives and welcomes and accepts you receives and welcomes and accepts Me, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts Me receives and welcomes and accepts Him Who sent Me.” -Matthew 10:39-40

We, as believers, need to be stripped of the world and equipped with the gospel. When we empty ourselves of the world we are able to carry God’s love and His will.  We have to die to our own vision in order to become God’s image bearers and fruit bearers.

God showed His love to humanity by giving his own Son, Jesus, to redeem us and that is the primary message of the cross. However, to become disciples and become obedient to God’s will we must learn to carry our own personal cross, to deny our fleshy desires, and to die to self.

The Nation of God

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

John 15: 19

Throughout the scriptures we find that God moves mightily in the lives of people who are modest, deserted and have no proper standing with this world. This nature or attribute of God’s work often portray to us his vast mercies and endless compassions for his people. In the following books of the written word, we find God chose a peculiar nation called Israel as His own special people to reveal Himself and work wonders among them for His glory. This choice was based solely on his love for the nation and its forefathers. The following Scriptures support my statement.

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Compassion

It was a bitter, cold evening in northern Virginia many years ago. The old man’s beard was glazed by winter’s frost while he waited for a ride across the river. The wait seemed endless. His body became numb and stiff from the frigid north wind.

He heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves galloping along the frozen path. Anxiously, he watched as several horsemen rounded the bend. He let the first one pass by without an effort to get his attention. Then another passed by, and another. Finally, the last rider neared the spot where the old man sat like a snow statue.

As this one drew near, the old man caught the rider’s eye and said, “Sir, would you mind giving an old man a ride to the other side? There doesn’t appear to be a passageway by foot.”

Reining his horse, the rider replied, “Sure thing. Hop aboard.”

Seeing the old man was unable to lift his half-frozen body from the ground, the horseman dismounted and helped the old man onto the horse.

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The True Gospel

bu9x_good_news_107650040And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15

These were the final words of our Lord before he left this world to sit at the right hand of our Father in Heaven. Wounded greatly by the accusations and betrayal of his own brethren and friends, Crucified by his own fellowmen, Christ never for once lost hope on mankind but continued his tale of love and compassion to those that believed in Him. The gospel of St Luke 19:41 reveals  the Lord Jesus lamenting for the city of Jerusalem.

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.”

Ezekiel 16:1-12 further talks about God’s love for Jerusalem

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The Spirit Transforms

What is Sanctification?

To sanctify is literally “to set apart for special use or purpose” or ” to make Holy”

If we take a concordance and start noting how sanctify, sanctification, holiness and related words are used, the first thing which may strike us is the various ways in which these words are used. To start with, sanctify is used in reference to a variety of objects. It may be applied to places as the camp of Israel, the hill of Zion, to time as the Sabbath, the fiftieth year or to people the firstborn, the priests, the congregation or individual people. It is also quite evident that the word sanctification has different shades of meaning. For instance, sanctification may also mean any of the following:

1.completed act, as when God sanctified Jeremiah before he was born or the seventh day at creation (Jer. 1:5; Gen. 2:2,3).

2.process, as when the Hebrews were exhorted to follow holiness or the Corinthians to perfect holiness (Heb. 12:14;2Cor. 7:1).

3. status that is possessed or enjoyed (1 Cor. 1:2).

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An experience and way of life to practice (1 Thess. 4:3-7)

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Humility before God

“Learn of me , For I am meek and lowly in heart”  Mathew 11:29

There is no harder lesson to learn than the lesson of Humility. It is not taught in the schools of men but only in the schools of Christ. It is the rarest of all gifts hence we seldom find a man or a woman who is following closely in the footsteps of the master in meekness and in humility. I believe that it is the hardest lesson which Jesus Christ had to teach his disciples while He was here on this earth. The way Christ took to teach them humility was by putting a little child in their midst and saying “ If you want to be great , take that little child for example and he who wants to be greatest let him be the servant of all. Dearly beloved if we humble ourselves before God we are sure to receive a great blessing from him. More depends on us than upon God. For God is always ready to give us his blessings. He gives freely but mankind is not always in a position to receive them. We must remember that God blesses the humble therefore we must get down in dust before Him. None will go away disappointed. Isaiah 57:15 declares

“For  thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place  with him also  of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones”

Did you ever notice the reason Christ gave for learning of Him. He could have said Learn of me because I am the most advanced thinker of the age. I have performed miracles that no man else has performed. I have shown my supernatural power in many ways. But No: the reason he gave was that He was meek and lowly in heart.

We read of the three men in the scriptures whose faces shone and all three were noted for their meekness and humility. We are told that the face of Christ shone at his transfiguration; Moses after he had been on the mount for 40 days, came down from his communion with God with a shining grace; and when Stephen stood before the Sanhedrin on the day of his death, his face was lighted up with glory. If our faces are to shine we must get into the valley of humility, we must go down in the dust before God. The one prominent virtue of Christ, next to his obedience was Humility. Being in the form of God, He counted it not a thing to be grasped to be on equality with God but he emptied himself taking the form of a Bond servant and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death. May God fill us this evening that we receive this meekness and humility before God.May He exalt us for His Glory.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time”   – I Peter 5:6

Oh to be nothing, nothing!

Only to lie at His feet,

A broken and emptied vessel,

For the master’s use made meek.

Emptied that He might fill me

As forth to His service I go;

Broken that so hindered

His life through me might flow.

Spiritual Worship

At the heart of true discipleship lies spiritual worship – That loving communion with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Mathew 4:10 declares

For it is written, Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks – John 4:23

A most helpful analogy of this relationship is suggested by the parable of the true vine and its branches. Through a mutual abiding relationship characterized by love and obedience, the servant brings forth spiritual fruit that glorifies God and bears the mark of true discipleship. The Gospel of John 15:8 declares

When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

It is noteworthy that the love and obedience of this relationship with Christ is the essence of true worship which must be nurtured and cultivated. As a process this communion is experienced through 4 specific stages. First the believer exhibits a spiritual awareness- an immediate and direct sensing of God’s presence. This presence of God is accomplished by consciously ignoring distractions in the environment and solely focusing upon the object of worship which is Jesus Christ. Once the presence of God is acknowledged, one must pass to the second stage which requires an openness of the self. There should exist a willingness within us to reveal the self with total transparency before God without pretense or excuse. Past this point of humility is the third stage called sharing. Sharing is a spiritual activity of the heart independent of the intellect in which the worshiper experiences both giving and receiving. Giving by means of expressing heartfelt honor and praise unto God and receiving by means of hearing the voice of God in solitude. It is within the experience of sharing that genuine fellowship with God occurs and makes possible the forth stage called transformation. The quality of this interaction brings about a spiritual change in the character of the worshiper that is reflected to the external world as more perfect fruit of the Spirit – the personality of Jesus Christ. This model of communion with God is dynamic and central to all dimensions of spiritual worship whether it be private, family or church worship

May the Holy Spirit God lovingly bestow upon us the sacred  experience of this true spiritual worship.