GROWING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND HIS POWER VERSUS LIVING A SAINTLY LIFE
To the glory of God every church is a congregation of saints. The saints are being perfected individually and collectively. Actually, two are better than one. That is confirmed in the Bible (Eccl. 4:9). So, saints of God are people of God who are redeemed by the Blood of Jesus and are being transformed in their souls into God’s perfect image. Nevertheless, not every member of a congregation of saints is saintly. Many have enough to grow but just have remained retarded in their souls. The power of God, the anointing or the gifts may be available in and on such people but will be passive in manifestation. Knowledge is power! The Bible confirms this fact in the sense that ‘they that know their God shall be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32b).’ But what is the case between knowing and living Jesus? How far will knowledge determine exploits? What is the sense of the words “shall be strong?”
Briefly and digressively, many are baby-saints and many remained so even after spending years in the fold, feeding on God’s word in His saints’ world. Without any unnecessary adjective attached to the word ‘Christians’ to describe a degree of Christlikeness, We, Christians are all saints. But not all of us are saintly. A baby prince or princess can be dressed royally but cannot yet walk, talk, or act in a princely manner. That is the case of a baby saint and an adult saint. An adult saint is the saintly saint. A baby saint hears the truth but does not know or understand the truth and cannot yet freely live it. So, such is not free from the deeds of babes, especially, from errors. In fact, babes defecate on their bodies and still proudly walk about. Others will be irritated and stay away from a stinking-faeces-framed child but the parents, most especially the caring mother, will take the child and clean him or her. God used this caring nature of the mother in Isaiah 49:15 to show that he’d written us in the hollow of His palm. A maid or servant (adult saints) can also clean the baby. It is foolishness for relatives that are grown-ups to beat, reject, or hate an INFANT for being dirty. Apostle Paul said to the Galatians, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again UNTIL CHRIST BE FORMED IN YOU, I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you (Galatians 4:19-20). Paul is worried about them- they’re babies. Jesus said that the little children shouldn’t be prevented from coming near Him. The point is that a saint among saints is on a distinct level regarded as a babe or an adult. When the truth is known it will set us free. Adults are knowledgeable and are free from all forms of childish (punishable but venial) errors. That, actually, to a holistic extent, is spiritually absolutely but naturally supposedly.
Now, it’s a fact that ‘knowing isn’t the same as doing’. To know and agree that an action is bad is different from not performing such action. That’s why many quickly accredit the Devil when caught in bad acts. In other words, such people admit that they know they’ve done what they’d known before to be bad and they want the popular and bold bad Being, Satan to take responsibility. Oh that the knowledgeable be strong so that they can do exploits!
I was at Church (Christ Cares Evangelical Mission) on Friday, 11th of March, 2016. It was a prayer meeting. Around 6:00pm when the one-hour prayer session was being rounded off, the Spirit of God told me loudly but within that the reason why many aren’t doing exploits despite knowing their God is that they aren’t conscious of the mutuality between GROWING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND HIS POWER and LIVING A SAINTLY LIFE. I imagined what that could mean. Well, it’s because many people keep waiting on God for the infilling of the Holy Ghost (as if Holy Ghost is just coming from heaven and they, like waiting at the airport to receive a returning relative, are waiting on God for the Holy Ghost). Many keep praying for some gifts of the Holy Ghost, earnestly showing desire for great or best gifts as Apostle Paul advised. Many of these people (never all of them), however, are just baby saints. Also, later, the following day as I was writing this, around 11:08 am, the Holy Ghost said many are very saintly saints before but have been wounded and yet want to operate in their powerful state in the Spirit but wouldn’t be able to. A wounded warrior no matter how skilled must first recuperate before going to war. Just as the skill of a wounded warrior isn’t removed the gifts of God in certain anointed or gifted saints are irrevocable. But just as the wounded warrior must recuperate the fallen saint (who now struggles to live godly life that used to be very easy for him or her to live) must first repair the crash in his or her soul, gradually progressively. He or she must get the rightness in the relationship with God in an adult-saint position recovered. No doubt he or she is still one of the saints. But at that point such a person is neither a baby saint nor a saintly saint. Such a saint is a baby-adult saint. That kind of hybrid isn’t acceptable to God. Just as the lukewarm fellow will be spewed out of Jesus mouth a baby-adult saint is in the danger of being spewed out. God hates assorted saintliness. To appear or resemble a saintly saint and to enjoy the appellation as such while being a baby-adult saint is dangerous. A baby-adult saint in the sense the Holy Ghost is trying to show us is a saint who is an adult in knowledge but an infant in deeds. A baby may be unsteady in his or her shaky walking steps and may fall at irregular or regular intervals. An adult shouldn’t be unsteady or shaky and shouldn’t fall. However, an adult, conditionally, may slip or stumble and fall. That possibility is a fact! But such adult will not get up and walk some steps only to fall again and then shakily get up, walk again and fall; that happening several times in a walk. No, that’s not normal! Such adult is sick and needs attention either medical or traditional. That person must be treated urgently. The best advised is that the person should go somewhere for treatment just to eat, and take drugs and rest!
I stopped writing at this point. In Kenneth Hagin’s The Healing Anointing he said that if one does not write God’s message down it may be missed. I wrote it down as it came that Friday. But I had left the paper at Church. I needed to see the paper to be able to continue. In fact I needed to get the soil and seed illustration. When I stopped writing It was 11:45am, 12-03-16!
Now, this is the exact point:
Don’t be deceived that it doesn’t matter! It really does. Actually, if God needed to use a sinner or anoint a sinner for use He will choose the chiefs of them (to change before using them as He changed Paul) and He’ll perform through them. But a Christian called or anointed must learn to live in the truth of the word in Isaiah 52:11 which is “Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.”
We shouldn’t be deceived that our ways of living do not really matter. We must be true to the truth that we cannot continue in sin that grace may abound. All people working for God must know that supernatural manifestations count on our bodies’ sacredness. Rejoice, by the Spirit of God, not by might, we can do all things!
A magician knows what to avoid and what to allow to be able to perform certain tricks or cast certain spells. In Yoruba world for example, Sango is believed to appreciate His being born under a kola tree such that he doesn’t eat kola and his worshippers being immersed in such belief won’t dare eat kola. Worshippers of idols so respect and fear their supposed gods such that they won’t joke with the forbidden things. All rules being observed, they can perform their rites and tricks.
Christians are serving the only true God. The body is His temple. The body is the place of the engine (power) that works.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof Romans. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans:12-14)
Most times people use grace to argue against grace. The grace saves us from sin by teaching us to deny ungodliness not only in speech but also in deeds. We can't continue in sin that grace may abound. Certainly, we can't! But many people live in sin and cited grace as their confidence. Grace really is our confidence. Never should we approach the throne of mercy in self-righteousness. But some people hide in grace-covering for their weaknesses when in actual sense they enjoy the so-called weaknesses and wouldn't just want to give up. Well, they mayn’t enjoy the weaknesses. They might just be addicted to things they do not like. That happened to Paul as revealed in Roman 7. Addiction is very miserable. Paul cried for help. God helped him! There’s no one God cannot help and there’s no situation God can’t save from.
When we talk of sins, unholiness and ungodliness many quickly imagined sexual sins. Of course sexual sins, as a category, is one of (and important among) the chiefest and deadliest sins. We read in 1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” We also read in 1 Thessalonians 4:3 “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.” So, it is one of the deadliest sins. In Thessalonians 4:3 above we’re made to know that the will of God is for us to avoid sexual sins. That aspect of man’s life concerns God very much. He’s interested in a family such that men are commanded in the laws to perform ‘the act’ satisfactorily to their wives. For example, in Deuteronomy 25 the ‘duty of the husband to their wives’ is a phrase repeated many times. Paul said it’s better to marry than to burn. So, sex is sacred between two people married to each other- only between them! Outside the bond of marriage, sex is burning, destroying. In fact, in Ephesian 5:3 we read “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints”. Such sins shouldn’t be named among us anymore.
But many do not care how they lived the commandments as far as sexual purity commandments being just some of the commandments are obeyed. Remember, covetousness, also forbidden in the Ten Commandments, is mentioned in Ephesians 5:3 as something that must not be known among us anymore.
For example, let us evaluate a person who attends a denomination where the truth of Malachi 3:8-13 is taught and known, and still refuses to pay tithe. I wouldn't know how to describe someone whose denomination rejects the compulsion of tithing. The one who knows that not paying tithe is robbery to God and still refused to pay- knowing but not doing good- is sinning and is therefore ungodly and unholy.
How is someone who keeps malice or hate someone and someone unrepentant and unforgiving holier that someone who takes bribe or cheat (for example, in examination)? It's simple. The weight of one sin in the conscience is heavier than another. For example, a Christian who lies and then asks for forgiveness easily gets relief from his conscience than someone who aborts a pregnancy. Naturally, or psychologically, some sins in moral sense are more terrible than others.
The weight of every sin pulls or drags to hell. God forgives all and any sin. But on earth the weight of each sin differs especially in the torture and torment of guilt. More often than not, Murder, affects the conscience more than lying does or stealing does. All sins take to hell. There are possibly sections in hell with different levels of sufferings. But I wouldn’t need to verify that. Since all sins lead to hell then all sinners are heading for hell. But thank God! There’s a way of escape for sinners! They have hope in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and redemption if they accept Him and repent even a minute before they die. Thank God for His grace! And thank God again and greatly that all Christians aren’t sinners. No, they aren’t. In that light, Christians aren’t meant for hell. No, they aren’t. They are not going to hell because they’ve been redeemed from the sting of death and the power of hell. But it’s critical that a Christian (who thinks he or she stands) may go to hell. That happens if he or she dies in sin or sinning. Sinners die in sinning- that’s their life and culture. Christians sleep in faith. But a Christian may die in sin. To die is sin means that the person isn’t sinning but may just commit one sin. In Ezekiel 18 we learnt that the point of death matters a lot. To die is sin is most tragic! The person has not been sinning and so has a long record of righteousness until the last moment of his or her life. Really, it’s tragic that the last moment sin can get all good records erased. Tragic indeed! So, a Christian who die in a sin not confessed, not forgiven and not forsaken is in danger of hell! And thank God again that there is no need to worry and fear because “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy (Jude 24).” Thank God, rejoice and I say again, rejoice because it’s a promise that, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” So, the just shall live by the faith that He will help us through His Holy Ghost leading us and he will keep us from falling. Hallelujah! Glory to God for His grace! Nevertheless, all unrighteousness is a sin. And we must be perfect. We can be perfect! But since we must always want more of Him (of His grace, power, Spirit, revelation, power of His resurrection, His blood, His name and forth) we can say we are getting perfected or receiving perfection.
We do know that “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2Peter 3:9).” God is patiently waiting for all people to bear fruits of repentance. There’s a song I love. The Holy Ghost inspired the writer/singer that “He’s the Holy Ghost… He’s changing everything in us in obedience to Christ.” That’s it. We’re transformed yet being transformed. We’re regenerated yet being renewed. We’re completely renewed and redeemed yet being renewed. We’re partakers of His divine nature yet being made to be partakers of His divine nature. We’re receiving the salvation that we’ve already received.
The Holy Ghost explained that the word is the Seed, the knowledge is the fertilizer. Man is the hired farmer and faith is the planting. The soil may be fertile and may not be. The soil here refers to the mind and body. Faith is also the harvesting but the body and mind affect the fruit. If I know the word and I have Faith then the seed is planted in my heart. It grows in knowledge and grace!
The crucial thing however is what kind of soil (body) the seed is planted on. A many years old baby-saint is a clay soil. It does not open for the seed easily. A baby-adult saint is a soil too sandy for farming. So, if someone remains a baby-adult saint, the will of God to use the person will be made passive by the person.
All we must know is that God has blessed the church. He wants us to be holy. Holiness is translated in Yoruba as iwa mimo which means pure or clean behaviour. It makes holiness mean only sexual uprightness to many. But being holy is more than that. In words, we just must by the help of Holy Ghost speak graciously. James told us that who does not err in words is perfect (see Matthew 12:37).
A car on the road has an engine that makes it work. It has a driver that controls the where it goes, when it stops, and how slow or fast it moves. There are wheels that actually roll to perform the moving. They roll as the engine works in them. In this sense, the driver is the man. The Power of the Holy Ghost and the gifts will be the engine. The body and the mind are the wheels. So, for the power to get to its dream point the wheels must be properly in place and the tyre covering the wheels must not be punctured. So, we mustn’t be surprised that despite His promise to really pour His Spirit (which He had poured) on us, the manifestation is still scarce and is not as desired. We simply need to make sure the wheels are proper with tyres well blown or filled with air and not punctured or if punctured must be repaired. Then, smooth drive! We must know that when the wheels are not the engine remains available. Long-keeping the engine unused may make it slow to function when the wheels are back but it soon gets its power and on we go.
The point is that our body is the temple of God and it must be clean. To make it clean isn’t our doing. It’s God’s doing. He cleanses us by Jesus Blood. He has already done that. But we must reckon with that grace that work righteousness in us.
My hand shall not destroy thing that belong to others out of envy; it shall not steal’ it shall not take a weapon against another person; it shall not slap anyone; it shall not write lies.
My mouth shall be full of praise. It shall not lie; it shall not abuse, insult or curse.
My legs, my eyes, my ears, my most secret parts shall all be sacred unto God. My whole body is a temple of God and must be holy. Then, Elohim in me will work out power.
Most of all, we must be perfect. I am perfect. I’m perfect not because you cannot possibly get something to say if you constantly spyingly search out as an accuser (just beware of Psalm 64:6-7). I am perfect because I have a clean record in heaven. That’s because I have faith in the imputed righteousness. That’s also because I do my all best to live the word. That, most especially, is because I plead the blood of Christ at the rare times I might notice an accusable phenomena. And then I remain clean and pure- perfect and holy. That’s because holiness and godliness becomes habitual with the help of the Holy Ghost. So, by Faith the just shall live. By faith the just shall be perfect. We must not by self-righteous pride be watchful and careful and effortful to live the word. God will then complement our consent and willingness by His grace.
Don’t be a baby-saint anymore. Being a baby-adult saint is more dangerous. Not being a saint or believer is most dangerous. Being an adult saint, that is, a saintly saint is God’s will for us. In all cases, except by “the dangerous permission of the weeds to be among the seeds, to grow together till the separation time” only adult-saints will manifest the edifying gifts. They are the adults!