Beholding His Face

Posted May 29, 2012 by Davtsm
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As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied when I awake, with thy likeness.” Ps.17:15 KJV

Beholding His face produces satisfaction in me.

This satisfaction is based on the fact that when I come out of meditation (when I awake), I find myself looking as I saw myself in Him when I beheld His face i.e. I find in me, in my life, those things I saw concerning me in Him as I looked into the perfect law of liberty.

Every time I behold Him I see something new; my satisfaction is that when I awake, I see that thing in me.

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 1 Cor.3:18 KJV

“…from glory to glory” means this is not a one time thing, it is a continuous process. We are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory.

The more I look intently at the Word (Jesus Christ), the more I look like Him i.e. the more I become all He said about me.

~ David Adebola Oke

Love (…for the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts)

Posted May 19, 2012 by Davtsm
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Love and Forgiveness     (1)

We walk in love and forgiveness, doing good to all men, especially those of our kind” – the first line of our creed.

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Aliens (… in this world but not of this world, from another system)

Posted April 19, 2012 by Davtsm
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Our Creed

We walk in love and forgiveness, doing good to all men, especially those of our kind

We are faithful in what we do, and we are trustworthy

We walk by faith and not by sight

We are watchful and prayerful

We keep the peace as long as it depends on us

We put trust in no arm of flesh, not even in ourselves, but only in Him

Our loyalty is solely to the One who commissioned us, who keeps and maintains us on this side of heaven

We will look at all the above in details in subsequent writings.

In the parable of the ten minas, the Master said, “…, Occupy till I come.” Lk.19:13(b). We can understand that the Master doesn’t want us to just maintain what has been delivered to us, but to increase it.

To occupy, we have to forcefully contend for ‘space’.

While we keep the peace with all men, I think we should constantly remind ourselves that we are not here on a “peace keeping mission”, we are an occupational force.

“…, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” Matt.11:12

How do we exercise this force…?

If it is going to be neither by power nor by might (Zech. 4:7), i.e. not by money, intellect, or human connections (these are some ways strength is exercised in this world)*, but by His Spirit, then you’ll need tools that are operational and effective in our kingdom.

You can run around with your legs and you may be able to do a lot of things with your hands, but you must realize that your muscles don’t function in the spirit and that our God takes no pleasure in the legs of a man (Ps. 147:10).

I know some of us still think that we live by the standards of this world (2 Cor.10:2).

I agree we can camouflage (it’s an accepted principle in warfare, and we are at war). We can mix with them, but we can’t play by their rules, we can’t accept their value system. It just won’t work for us (2 Cor.10:3).

Here is a question we should ask ourselves as Christians.

Are we not been fool hardy when in a world where we are certified aliens and rebels, we try to compete with the children of this world, depending on the tools of this world?

Little wonder the tools are never as effective in our hands as they are in the hands of the people of this world.

These people end up appearing smarter than us. Why? They are at home in their games; they know their ways around (Luke 16:8).

In the parable of the smart/shrewd manager, the unjust steward was commended (Luke. 16:1-15).

As a Christian, you can’t do what this man did (he literally cheated his master), else you’ll be moving from sin to sin, and this will make you loose fellowship with God. Then one day, (because God loves you) your acts will come into the open; you will be embarrassed, loose all the ground you thought you have gained and eventually loose fellowship with men.

If only we will always live by our creed, using those tools that are natural to us. Like us, they are not of this world; they are from our home country. If only we will look not around but above for help. Then will we quickly see that the children of this world are no match for us (Eph.1:19); then will we quickly fulfill prophecies, heralding the coming of our Lord.

Eph.6:10-18 talks about the armour that is available to us.

However we should note here that by just putting on the armour (protective covering), we will be playing defensive. At best we will be able to stand and keep the ground we already have (and this will only be for a season), but we will not be able to gain any new ground for our God. The sword in our hand should not just be used to defend but also to charge forward.

So how do we live in this world? How do we wage this war? (2 Cor.10:4-6)

We don’t use the world system, no, we use the WORD SYSTEM.

We use words to demolish strongholds, arguments, and pretensions (infiltrations).

Taking captives means that we don’t just hold the fort, we press into enemy grounds.

The word system is a Kingdom technology we will keep exploring deeper and deeper on this blog.

Stay tuned.

~ David Adebola Oke

*Christians must master all these without ever depending on any of them.


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