Archive | November 2013

BEGIN THE MONTH WITH JESUS

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The gate of the last month of the year must be opened with prayer and you must be ushered in by the hand of the Most High God in the name of Jesus

Isaiah 42:16 “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. ”

THE OTHER SIDE OF JESUS (8)

Bible In One Year-Day 317 (Wednesday, November 13, 2013)

Commentary: Acts25-28. When God called Abram out of idolatry, He promised him many blessings as he obeyed His call. These promises eventually became a covenant. As far as God is concerned, His promises are just the same as His covenant.

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, to the glory of God by us.”

His faithfulness is what makes them be the same even if promise and covenant are two different things. This means, in essence, that the spirit behind a promise and a covenant matters. The evil spirit stays faithful to the course of the evil covenant while that of God remains faithful to God’s word. This covenant gave hope to Abraham and his descendants. This covenant became the hope of the descendants; hope of glory. The descendants documented the policies binding the covenant in books. Each time they read the scripture, they got hope that God will fulfill His promises to Abraham their father. This was Paul’s testimony before King Agrippa.

Acts 26:6-7 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God to our fathers: To which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.”

Abraham descendants never knew that what they hoped to attain by serving God day and night was Jesus Christ. But Paul’s experience of the reality of this promise on his journey to Damascus totally transformed him from darkness into light. His life before the journey was absolutely in darkness even though he was well learned in the theory of the promises and the laws. To be well read in the scripture is very good but it is not the life of the other side of Jesus. The life of the other side of Jesus is a thing of experience just as Paul testified before the King, Acts26.

Acts 26:13-14 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”

Paul mentioned two things in his experience; the light and the voice. The light destroyed the power of darkness and the voice exploded in two in him; the Spirit and the Life. Through the light he discovered the Way, and through the voice the Truth was made known to him and the Life in the voice gave him eternal life that swallowed up death in victory. The moment he received the revelation knowledge of the truth, all he had intellectually acquired (as spoken and written by the prophets) became irrelevant to him.

1 Corinthians 13:8-10 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”

Paul had vast knowledge of the word and knows much of prophecies. But when the perfect word from the God who sent the prophets came, all he had known vanished and a new knowledge and experience was given to him. The appearance of Jesus perfected the entirety of Paul even though he was still a sinner; this is grace at work.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

Paul was a very perfect model of an unimaginably transformed life by the other side of Jesus.

Acts 26:15-16 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared to thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear to thee;”

Once the Word enters you, GRACE and TRUTH changes everything in and about you; grace to overcome sin and truth to walk in light. Paul, hitherto, walked in darkness with all his intellectual acquisitions. But the enterance of the Word changed everything he ever knew. He had a better understanding of what he knew. Without the other side of Jesus in you, all the degrees of Bible Colleges will kill and lead people into error just as Saul operated before his encounter with the Light.

When Jesus walked on earth, He was everything to anyone that came in contact with Him, even while in the womb; John the Baptist received his baptism from Jesus while in the womb. While His disciples were in the peril of the waters, He walked on the Sea to save the sinking Peter. At the initial part of His ministry, He was in a wedding and after the wine of their joy was exhausted, He converted water to renew their joy. Jesus can use anything to ensure the joy of His own is full. He used the mouth of a fish to pay the tax for His disciples. Dead Lazarus was restored to life and he, at a time, calmed the Sea. Whatever you have read about Him in the gospels is still in vogue on a greater measure of grace in the epistles. He has not stopped His work on earth but doing it By His Spirit. The other side of Jesus is;

  1. The “Another Comforter”
  2.  The Helper
  3. The God in us
  4. The Sufficient grace
  5. The Strength in our weaknesses
  6. The Glory that re-brands our lives
  7. The Anointing that is working through us
  8. The Anointing that teaches
  9. The Inner Life

10. The Divine being in us.

11. The Law of the Spirit of life that sets us free from the law of sin and death.

12. The Greater One in you

13. The God that worked Himself into us

14. The Power of the Apostles

15. The Treasure in earthen vessel

16. The Life that death cannot kill; the serpent’s poison reduced and killed the first Adam but could not kill Apostle Paul because the second Adam has worked Himself into him, Acts28.

He is God in you. God the Father worked in Jesus and Jesus as His Spirit is in you, therefore, you have God in you.

John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.”

Beloved, the other side of Jesus is the life of His Spirit in your spirit. The nature of that Spirit is what the scripture refers to as the fruit of the Spirit; these are the characteristics of Jesus. Once He is fully resident in your spirit, you are changed and rebranded into His nature and you start manifesting His character in this mortal body.

Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”

Jesus is the new law that breaks the backbone of the law of sin and death. Once you receive Him into your spirit, you no longer walk in the flesh but in the light of that Spirit because you have understanding. The food of your spirit is the word of God which renews and strengthens you day by day

\2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”

This life is given to us to glorify God, not only when things are good, but also in our difficult times, in sickness and in good health, in pain and in comfort. There should be no moment of sadness in us.

The book of Acts really shows us how a life is transformed when Jesus comes in as His Spirit. Many believe Him but refuse to receive Him in their spirit. They are only emotional and religious in their receiving Him. The evidence of His presence in us is the transformed character.

Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”

We become conscious of sin and abstain from doing it, even when under duress. Only by the presence of the other side of Jesus in us could we have hope of His glory.

Colossians 1:27 “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Romans1-4. Keep the fire of prayer burning and alive on the altar of love.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

THE OTHER SIDE OF JESUS (7)

Bible In One Year-Day 316 (Tuesday, November 12, 2013)

Commentary: Acts21-24. There is only one true source of information in matters pertaining to life and that is Jesus. In His walk on this earth, He made us know that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. These are the three cogent essentials of life. Without the Way there is no going, without the Truth, there is no knowing and without the Life, there is no living (usually song as a chorus).

John 14:6 Jesus saith to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.”

As a man grows into maturity, he needs to know his way, not only through this world but into eternity; God the Father being the destination. He needs to know the truth about the world, his destiny and where he is going. And finally, he needs life to glorify God in difficult times through this world. We know that the world is crooked and rough. There is not any rest in this particular world because of satanic activities; stealing, killing and destruction. For this reason, we need the life that kills the death of this world. All these essentials are packaged in Jesus. Not until one finds Jesus and believes in Him, these essentials are not there for such; money, fame and comfort of this world cannot give these things. As far as this world is concerned, it has not any peace to offer anyone but tribulations as Jesus says.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

The conscious saints will have this truth in them and move ahead in their callings. The path to eternal is in the tribulations of this world; therefore, we need to endure as Christ endured the cross.

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”

Faith is the only wagon available to ply the paths of tribulations of this world to eternal life.

Since Jesus came as a package of the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE, accepting His other side is having these essentials in us. His Spirit carries us as the Lord directs. He leads us into all truth and He is the life in us that kills death to the glory of God the Father.

John 16:13 Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you (factor of the Way) into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak (factor of the Truth): and he will show you things to come (factor of life).”

Just as Jesus did in His walk on earth, He is still doing greater things as His other side through us.

The disciples, including Paul, were in all wise led by the Spirit of Christ.

Acts 21:4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.”

And for as long as they have this Spirit, tribulations were things of joy to them. They knew that for as long as they have the Spirit of life in them, they are in perfect contact with God’s love. Therefore, tribulations were no threat to their ministry but a buttress.

Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;”

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

While the disciples were in the boat and great storm arose against their peace and comfort, Jesus walked on the Sea to comfot them. The other side of Jesus is still the Comfort in tribulations.

2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

Paul knew that the life in him could not be killed and therefore was always ready to pursue the will of God with it; he never compromised. Agabus, the prophet, spoke by the Holy Spirit that if Paul ever entered Jerusalem, a very great tribulation will befall him, Acts21:10-14. The people who heard him tried to persuade Paul out of going to Jerusalem. But Paul recognized the will of God in that prophecy and therefore refused to be persuaded. This was another tribulation in which the Life in him was enough as grace to glorify God. Whatever the Spirit of God says is the absolute truth.

Acts 21:14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.”

Paul refused to be carried away with the comfort of this world. He embraced the grace in the Spirit of life to ensure the will of God in this troubled world. Many men of God and Christians in general had lost the grace through the comfort of this world. Satan is working very hard to release worldly splendors just to steal, kill and destroy anointing of Christians. Many pulpits have lost the flame and the focus of the kingdom of God’s dear Son. In this wise, the glory of the other side of Jesus has departed unaware. We need to know when to leave our comfort zone for the will of God. The will of God is not in the comfort zone, just as Jesus did not fulfill the prophecy of His death in any comfort zone but on the cross at Calvary. There was shedding of the blood and water, feeding with vinegar and forsaken by the Father. Though He bargained with God for another path, there was not any other to get this glory but the cross.

In view of this, beloved, the Spirit of life in you is the abounding grace and it is to help you give God the glory through tribulations and in comfort. Your song should be sweeter and full of hope when things are harder more that when they are so smooth. Your situation should not dictate your fervency in praising and working for God; the life in you must give the order.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Acts25-28. Keep the fire of prayer burning and alive on the altar of love.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

THE OTHER SIDE OF JESUS (6)

Bible In One Year-Day 315 (Monday, November 11, 2013)

Commentary: Acts17-20. Jesus made us to know that a person can only be regarded as His friend only if such obeys His commands.

John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

You could preach, minister, sing and do all sorts of thing in the name of Lord, if the condition of friendship is not fulfilled, they all amount to vanity. To be a friend of Christ has the condition of doing what He commands. It is one thing to memorize His words by heart, and it is another thing for you to do them sincerely and faithfully. When you have His word within you as just letters, it will remain in the flesh, i.e. intellect. But when you have His word in your mind as Spirit, you have life and that life gives light to your soul. You converse with the Spirit of the Word in your mind. Since Jesus is the Word, then you have the other side of Christ in you. This other side of Christ makes you do things beyond your imaginations. Paul was under such compellation when he got to Corinth.

Acts 18:5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit (compelled by the Spirit in spirit), and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.”

The other side of Jesus is His Promise, which is the Holy Spirit and He is to help us in all our ways and doings.

  1. Help us to the will of God.
  2. Guide us into all truth.
  3. Reveal things to us, Acts18:9-11
  4. Direct us in the right path.
  5. Help preach Christ to people, i.e. show people the proper and accurate way.
  6. Strengthen us in our weaknesses
  7. To remind us of the words Jesus has spoken to us.

For instance, the word as written in the book of Jeremiah (Jer31:33), says that the condition for God to be our God and for us to be His people, is to obey His command. The Spirit also reminded us of this in the book of Hebrew.

Hebrews 10:15 “Whereof the Holy Spirit also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them”;

Hebrews 8:10 “… and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”

Anything we do without proper compliance with His command will amount to error, no matter the polish we put into.

Apollo, for example, was very eloquent and vast in the scripture. He was able to teach accurately but not by the Spirit of God because he had not experienced the other side of Jesus. According to the scripture, he went to school to learn the way of the Lord.

Acts 18:24-25 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed (taught) in the way of the Lord; and being fervent (zealous) in the spirit, he spoke and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.”

He was able to teach people about the God he never experienced. To the people, he entertained them through eloquent speeches, whereas, what the people needed was life. Unfortunately, he could not give them that life because he was not having it as well. His teachings, which sounded sweet and right, were inaccurate in the ears of those with life, Aquila and Priscilla. They had to take him aside to let him realize the error in his manner of teaching the right way of the Lord.

Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him to them, and expounded to him the way of God more perfectly.”

This shows us that without the other side of Jesus fully realized in us, our work for the Lord cannot be accurate and it may amount to working without authority. It is the other side of Jesus in us that gives the heavenly authority to be certified as God’s children and Him our God. A genuine servant of God carries this virtue and grace.

John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

The people need the life in Christ and not eloquence. If they are not able to contact this life, they may manage the entertainment you give for awhile. But when the real life appears, they will go there. As soon as we receive him as Spirit, He brings in the needed life. Through the introduction of this life into us, we get illuminated and the darkness and death in us get banished.

John 1:4-5 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

Without the presence of this aspect of the other side of Jesus in us, we could become easy preys of the enemy.

For the reason that Paul had the other side of Jesus in him, God worked through him as a testimony of heavenly approval.

Acts 19:11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:”

Some Jews imitated the unusual manner of Paul’s ministry, their lives were endangered. They worked without heavenly authority and the enemy of their soul questioned them. Though their ministry looked the same with that of Paul, the difference is that one is of heaven while the other is according to the will of the flesh and of man; the flesh profits nothing.

Acts 19:13-15 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. …. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”

It is a dangerous mission to embark on field work without receiving heavenly endorsement; demons will ask questions and if you lie to the demons, you put yourself in more danger of being possessed. Because these children of Sceva kept quiet when asked of which authority they worked, their punishment was reduced to nakedness and some wounds. The Holy Spirit is the certification we need;

  1. To do the work of God.
  2. To be regarded as His children and friends.
  3. To rescue people in darkness.
  4. To be light to those in darkness.
  5. To Heal the hurts
  6. To operate in God’s agenda.

No matter how eloquent you are, without the fullness of the Spirit of Christ, the speech carries no life and light. And those who listen to such speech will still remain dead and in darkness.

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Acts21-24. (we apologize for the lond standing error in the concluding sentence of our articles so far, this is corrected herewith); Keep the fire of prayer on the altar of love burning and alive

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA

THE OTHER SIDE OF JESUS (5)

Bible In One Year-Day 314 (Sunday, November 10, 2013)

Commentary: Acts13-16. To be called is different from to be chosen.

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

When you are called, you work with others for the assignment on ground. But to be chosen is to be separated from others for another specific assignment. This assignment is quite different from what is on ground. It could be to a set of people, to a nation, or to an authority. When you are called, you are called to join a group to accomplish a task. Your duty could be duplicated; i.e. two of you could be doing the same thing. This is not so when chosen; in this case, you are assigned a job which has not been carried out in the manner you are to do it before.

Saul was first called into a church where he worked with some Prophets and teachers. After some time, he was chosen for a specific assignment, i.e. separated from a usual work for another unusual work.

Acts 13:1-2 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”

He was faithful in his calling in ministering to the Lord. This shows that he was in love with the Lord. Without the love for God one cannot be faithful in ministering to the people. You must love the Lord with the whole of your heart before you could take up His work faithfully. Your service to the people hangs on the relationship you have with the Lord; this is the cross.

Notice that Saul was picked by the other side of Jesus which means Jesus owns ministry and He alone could assign work in His vineyard. There was no bitterness, rancor or dissatisfaction where he was. As at that time, though he had a gift, he was not given a ministry. The gift he had was for the work of the church and not to start a different church. His fasting was for more of God’s grace to do the work. It was His faithfulness that qualified him to be chosen by the same Spirit that gave the gift for the work of church. Because he had to go for a higher assignment, a greater grace was given to him just like the other apostles before him.

To receive a gift is not the same as to receive a ministry; and to receive a ministry is not the same as to receive a church. When you receive a gift and you decide to break off to start a ministry, you might not be able to stand the trials of the ministry because God’s grace is not there. Ministry is for a dispensation; to bring revival to the church, community or nation and it is to pave way for the expansion of the church and strengthen it. It does not last but wears out with time or as that person ages. If a ministry is converted to a church without the leading of the Holy Spirit, it will lose the supply of the Spirit; the Holy Spirit is not unruly.

The church, on the other hand, is established by God himself. It lasts for as long as the Lord comes, i.e beyond the life of the vessel used to found it. The church is strengthened by various ministries. It is an operation and a vision given to and headed by Apostles and prophets. Even after their death, the church grows the more. As a matter of fact, the explosion of the church is greater after the death of the vision carrier than when alive.

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say to you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

The church exploded beyond imagination as the apostles were being killed one-by-one.

The gift, ministry and the church are distinct but inseparateable because they are handed over by the Holy Spirit, the Lord and God the Father which are not separateable.

MLB 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 There are distinctive gifts of grace, but the same Spirit, and there are distinctive ministries, yet the same Lord. There also are varieties of things accomplished, but the same God does all the energizing in them all.”

From this scripture we see that gifts are given by the Holy Spirit, ministry is by the Lord and operations by God. When you receive the first gift, a measure of grace is attached. As you move to the ministry level, a greater grace is given to meet the demand of that level.

Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”

Faithfulness with the gift can move you to the level of receiving a ministry. Saul, a very learned person, submitted his intellectual knowledge at the feet of Jesus, embraced the gift of grace and remained faithfull after receiving it. He fellowshipped with his colleagues and ministered to the Lord only and not for self gratification but in humility. He was sent out by the Holy Spirit.

Acts 13:4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, departed to Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.”

Not too long he got into ministry work that he encountered the first ministry problem in the person of Bar-Jesus.

Acts 13:6 And when they had gone through the isle to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:”

Saulof Tarsus couldn’t have dealt with this principality with the gift of the Spirit, but with the authority of a ministry. No gift is listed that binds a demon into a person; what we have is to deliver a person from demonic possession. But because it was the Lord that called him into ministry, he invoked the hand of the Lord to deal with the evil.

Acts 13:9, 11 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Spirit, set his eyes on him, … And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.”

With the gift of the Spirit he could look intently to discern but with the hand of the Lord he could blind the sorcerer. You could have a gift as a package of initial grace, but you need to sacrifice and be faithful to obtain a higher calling into ministry. You don’t choose it, but the Lord decides that.

Gifts have their problems, ministries have and the operations have theirs. When you remain within the calling, you are covered under the grace for that position. You become a tempter when you go beyond your bound. But any trial that comes your way within that place you are called into would be judged. The other side of Jesus gives as He wills.

1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”

Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Acts17-20. Keep the fire of burning and alive.

Supo Abayode

+1-302-230-6792

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries

Delaware, USA