BORN AGAIN – WHAT NEXT PART 1?
From Sam-Best Ewruje, an able minister of the New Testament, not of man, nor by man, not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but by the will of God through the Grace and Mercy Christ given unto me. Abundance of Grace and Gift of righteousness which is by Grace be unto you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please be patient to read. It will set you free. This may look a bit long but please be patient because it will set you free for life.
NOW THAT YOU ARE CHRISTIANS, BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS WHAT NEXT?
We have been talking about salvation and being born again. Last article we talked about how to be born again. Please, no offence. There are Christians and born again Christians. You may have been in Church for years but you have not personally or publicly confess Jesus as your Lord and saviour or received Him as your personal Lord and Saviour, please go to “Do you know Jesus page”. It does not matter the denomination. Jesus Christ died for all.
When you have received Jesus, what next? This is more than a million dollar question and it is very important and by God’s grace you will find help as you surf Cybergospel! My experience is such that, when we become saved, we are churched until church goes out of us. Due to lack of understanding of the purpose of God, people warm pews for years. Yes, we do work in various departments or units of the church but that is not the eternal purpose of God in Christ Jesus. Apart from what we do in church which we sometimes called serving, we practically warm the pews for years and eventually “fight” for the pulpits or some other church positions or chores at church service or even get our own pulpit. I want to let you know today that every believer in Christ has a pulpit. So carry your pulpit everywhere!! I will explain this in another subject.
The Great commission Jesus gave seems to be turned inside out. Jesus said – “Go ye into the world…. and preach or teach but it seems like in this age he may have said – “Go ye into the churches and preach or teach …… From my own experience it came to a point most pastors or ministers will not even let go of members until they pass through lengthy processes and when they eventually leave some pastors will actually curse and refuse to pray for them or bless them. So we sit down for years and we soon find out that we have spent all our lives without witnessing to anyone let alone leading anyone to Christ. Eventually we are just receiving without giving out to the community we find ourselves. Eventually we become spiritually obese feeding on the word of God and not “exercising” by releasing the word that God has given you. I do not mean Bible bashing. Jesus did not do anything with anyone without their consent even when their problems were obvious. He asked the man with an obviously withered hand “what can I do for you”?
So why are we in this state of becoming obese with teachings and training and we cannot move anymore because we are so spiritually fat and just warm the pews some more.
Please do not be shocked! Please keep up with this series and you will be blessed and set free from some of the deception or lies that prevent Christians from fulfilling God’s perfect plan. We will examine one example now:
BECOMING FREEDOM FIGHTERS: THE GLADIATOR SYNDROME
When we are born again, God has a plan for us bigger than ourselves, family, church affiliations and even a nation for some of us. Satan is aware of the purpose of believers but he does not know God’s exact plans and how God will bring it to pass, so he fights blindly and ruthlessly to steal, kill and even destroy. The Scripture call him and his cohorts blinding spirits because he himself is blind. In doing this he causes havocs. He fights dirty. He can destroy a whole nation to achieve his purpose eg when Jesus or Moses were born he killed all the children in a nation just so he can destroy the Messiah. He comes to steal, kill and to destroy.
Now when we become born again, Satan piles on the pressure either by our circumstances, sickness, debts, lacks, mistakes, the pasts, guilt, low self esteem, anything and everything. Sooner or later, he reduces us to our old self which is what Jesus has come to deliver us from in the first place – SELFISHNESS. After a while we start fighting defensively for what Satan has stolen, or taken or for our blessing etc. We who are suppose to be on the offensive become defensive as if it is a see-saw game where the devil moves and God defends Himself by us.
No! It is not a see-saw game. God has the ultimate plan. God by His mercies answers those prayers like He did in time past in the wilderness in answer to the murmurings, moaning, whining and doubts of the people. God said they tempted Him. They wanted to prove Him. God does not need to prove Himself. He is God. He said the first pre-requisite for you to come to Him you is that must first believe that He exists. Hebrews 11:6. God wants His perfect will for us rather than His permissive will. He answered with miracles, great signs and wonders in the wilderness eg parting red sea, water from rock and even manna from heaven. God eventually gave them a king when it was not God’s perfect plan. God’s ultimate plan is to have a new creation but they wanted to be like others eg have something like an image they can relate to or have a king like other nations. God is a spirit. He said I am not like what you see physically. Don’t try to relate to Me physically. Please note that Satan’s ways are subtle, he will not come direct because you will know. He will tempt you with something that is very appealing and even plausible to shield the evil consequences.
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
Now this is where also modern day or New Testament Christians have become gullible and even do worse than the Old Testament believers. It is one of the reasons why many make merchandise of them in the name of deliverance, come and get your blessings even when the word says we are already blessed because of Christ, bring this amount and get this, fast 10 days and get this etc. They come up with all sorts of formulae, steps, 10 steps and 10 ways etc. All those steps giving, fasting, praising, worshipping, reading the word and praying are all good but they are not what get us the blessings, they are not means to an end. They are part of the normal lifestyle of the born again Christian, a new creation.
Everything in Christ is freely given, freely received. Those things like prayer, fasting, the word, are what God uses to prepare us for His daily plans. Eventually His ultimate eternal plans begin to unfold through regular fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ. The bible says God planned for us before the foundation of the world, before the devil ever thought of coming to Eden. It was because he was driven from heaven that is why he came to attack man, the object of God’s love and original plan.
The truth is Jesus was the one who took everything Satan has stolen including the earth. He defeated Satan (the strong man) and took the things for us. He now holds all the keys. Satan had right on earth but Jesus came and took it. He has no right over us. Now our mission is to seek God’s heart from heaven towards earth which UNFOLDS as we fellowship with Him. That is what he wants us to do now that we are saved from the devil and delivered us from his power and TRANSLATED us into His Kingdom!! We are now under heavens jurisdiction. No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered the heart of man what God has prepared for us hence we have to seek Him daily or put simply stay close to Him in fellowship daily.
Satan tricks us to pray from earthly points and visions and circumstances to heaven. When we pray like that, though we get some results, they distract us from God’s perfect plan. Example is Samson sent to deliver a whole nation but in his affliction and desperado, he lost the bigger picture and reduced a nation to vengeance for his 2 eyes and asked God to help him “only this once” when at that point he knew that even when his situation was hopeless, God will answer his prayers to the letter. He even said let me die with the Philistines, Oh Glory to God and His Christ. God answered Samson’s prayer to the letter. Can you see that if he prayed differently and remembered God’s plan as a judge to a whole nation, well God would have answered him all the same. His enemies would have crumbled while he would still be standing. Sometimes our situation treats us like that and we bombard heaven reactively but I can tell you that God has bigger plans for some of us, to reach other people, communities, nations and the world. (TGBTG – To God Be The Glory)). Samson became a gladiator rather than a deliverer. Note that Samson’s prayer at the end was I, I, me, and my!! That is what happens when you lose tract of God’s plan. It is the acid test for Gladiator Syndrome. Your prayers become me, myself and I. This is contrary to the Lord’s prayer which contains our, us, we etc. It was a community prayer. Look at all the Pauline and apostles prayers. It was not a me, myself and I prayers. I am originally from Nigeria. I will give you some practical examples.
In Nigeria cow foot is a delicacy when prepared with spices and condiments and it is called Bokoto. Those who eat bokoto look down on those eating fish, Mackerel being regarded as the lowliest one. Those who eat fish will be so despised and ashamed that they begin to pray hoping for the day when they start eating bokoto. Note that bokoto has little nutritional value mean while Mackerel is very nutritious, has vitamin D and omega H type values. This attitude also goes for mushrooms. Those who eat mushrooms are regarded as poor people who eat mushrooms because they cannot afford meet. Indeed you have to hide to eat mushrooms. When I came to the United Kingdom, I discovered that fish was even more expensive than meat and chicken was quite cheap. I found mushrooms were sold in Marks and Spencer and were more expensive than bokoto. Indeed Nigerians made cow foot to become expensive in the UK. They used to be discarded.
The most shocking example for me was the boarding school system. Wow! Those of us who were boarders looked down on those coming from their homes (called day students) as the scum of the earth. They were so ashamed and treated horribly that they could not come to join us for games or prep or use the library etc. They run home because they do not want to be seen. Some will hang around with friends like boarders until it is quieter and they slip home quietly. Note that boarders paid through their nose and do serious examinations to get a place in the boarding schools. You are like a king kong as a boarder. Your family has to be at least middle class. When I came to the UK, I noted that some say that sending your children to boarding school was abuse. I couldn’t believe it. I enjoyed boarding school so much I made excellent grades, read all the Shakespearean plays, Rider Haggard books, pursued academics hard but also played hard, fairly good in sports and I enjoyed excellent social life. So as the adage goes one man’s meat is another man’s poison.
26And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them.
27Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women that beheld while Samson made sport.
28And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
30And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
All Jesus wants us to do as New Testament Believers is to occupy and drive out the devil and his cohorts, resist them ie constantly drive them out – not analyse them, or know them intimately. Jesus said, the one to know intimately is Jesus and the Father. That is eternal life. That is what Paul, Moses and great men of God aspired – “that I may know thee”! Many people have written pages of expositions on the devil that by the time you finish reading them, you cannot even see as many words of Christ and His grace. Paul says I preach Christ not myself or the devil. Jesus said I cast out devils by the finger of God! You are no match for the devil without Christ. Please do not act like Gladiators, most of them eventually die in battle bloodily without touching any lives. They died for the entertainment and the cheers of the masses such as when we give our so called “testimonies”. Good testimonies are the ones that start and end with God eg I was jobless BUT God helped me and gave me a job – that is grace. That is different from, I did not have a job but I fasted, gave £1000 offering and I got the job and end it with praise God!! That is works.
We are new creatures thriving on the finished works of Christ. The summary is that when we fight according to our circumstances, situations and our surroundings, the likelihood of missing God’s perfect plan is high. When we seek God and His plan other things will fall in place. Many equate the fact that they have wealth, comfort and have no suffering as evidence of spirituality. The Word of God does not say so. Paul has so many troubles yet he wrote most of the books after the 4 Gospels.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
So rest in Christ’s finished work and relax in His presence as the Holy Spirit helps you live this new life. Have fun in the Lord. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. He dwells in us. Glory to God. Next we will examine 2 other notions that colours our purpose after we are born again. These are the notion of God as a “Problem Solver” and as a “Making Life Better” God
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