Laboring in the Spirit_Spiritual Sensitivity

Eph_1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Christianity is a relationship. A relationship that is best enjoyed when the Christian is spiritually alert and active.

I do not know about other religions, but one thing I know and very sure about is that if you call yourself a Christian and you are not spiritually active, you will be grossly cheated in life.

Listen to me, there can be a monumental change in the prosperity and peace we enjoy today if we dared to be more active in the spirit.

Though created in the physical, man is more a spiritual being than any form else.

This statement is by no means discounting our physicality, no! far from it. We eat in the physical, we drive in the physical, we cook in the physical, we bath in the physical….

My point however is that everything we do in the physical is being regulated and controlled by the spiritual.

A man for instance cannot just die, unless it is settled in the spiritual.

It is amazing how someone or some persons will wake up in the night and carry a small idol representing a physical man and call his/her name three times and stab the idol in the chest. And about the same time when this is done, the man that is called and stabbed gives up the ghost instantly regardless of his location. It is not magic, these are real life spiritual matters.

This is the reason why Hezekiah knew when the news was brokered to him by prophet Isaiah that he was going to leave the realms of the physical world, he cried because he understood clearly that for Isaiah to communicate such breaking news, it must have been settled in the spiritual.

Listen, what we call breaking news on earth are settled matters in the spiritual.

So, any Christian who is spending more of his/her time in the flesh, giving more attention to the vanities of this world and ignoring spiritual matters will soon come to a standstill.

Because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His apostles walked in the Spirit, all of them knew when the time of their departing had come. None of them died by accident.

Jesus spent time settling things with His Father at the garden of Gethsemane and putting His ministry in order before going to the Cross.

There is none of the Apostles of Jesus Christ and other faithfuls of God who died suddenly.

Paul said in 2 Ti_4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

Peter, John, James, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Joseph, David, John the Baptist, all of them knew when it was time to go back home. None of them left by accident.

For this reason, just like Jesus, Hezekiah, Paul, Moses, Elijah, God expects us to tidy up our homes and assignments so we can rest in peace.

As a child of God, you should not leave this world and all that you have labored for crumbles in your absence including your ministry, family and business.

I Love the way Abraham left:

Gen 25:5  And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

Gen 25:6  But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.

Gen 25:7  And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.

Gen 25:8  Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

Gen 25:9  And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;

One of the questions that must be settled today is how come the so called Children of God of our generation just die suddenly without any trace.

They die and the centre of their home, ministry and business can no longer hold.

One of the reasons that has been revealed is that many of us as Christians are very insensitive to spiritual matters.

And because of our deliberate naivety concerning spiritual things, we are not able to live our lives to the fullest according to the will of God.

The bible says that the Word of God is the mirror of our lives. You and I need to constantly look at the dictates of the word of God and judge ourselves whether our lives are in tandem or perfect alignment with what God says.

To the extent that the bibles says in 1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

If everything about our lives does not show our peculiarity, our royalty and holiness both now and even in your picture of the nearest future, then there is a problem.

The issue we are discussing today (insensitivity to spiritual matters) is one of the reasons, why many Christians although royalty by redemption are impoverished and stagnated in life, yet they have the seal of Christ over their foreheads.

Eph_1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Every blessing (all spiritual blessings) has been provided in the spiritual real in heavenly places. Thus, there is nothing you need as a blessing here on earth that you cannot get in the spiritual realm in heaven.

This is the reason why John the Baptist revealed to us in Joh 3:27  John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

Though it is in heaven, God does not expect it to remain in heaven.

For this reason, Jesus had to make available the key of heaven to you and I to get whatever we need in the heavenly realms

Mat_16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Amongst the apostles, Peter was one of the persons who received these keys.

He however did not receive it on a platter of gold. He didn’t receive it because he claimed he loved Jesus Christ like most people will do. He didn’t receive it because he was just a follower of Christ, just has we have today many followers without the keys to the heavenly blessings.

Peter got the keys to the heavenly blessings because he labored in the spirit. He was very spiritually alert.

Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

How did it happen?

Many people were following Christ like peter, but where comfortable with the miracles and the meals that he provided.

Many people were following Christ like Peter, but were just satisfied with comfort and the healings that he gave.

But Peter among the followers, would retreat to his privacy and would labor and engage the spiritual realms, who is Christ. God, reveal this man to me. Heavenly Father, reveal this man to me until one day, the reality of who Christ really is was shown to him privately.

Jesus made it clear that it was not just books, it was not internet, it was not science that revealed the personality of Christ, it was God through the Spirit that revealed to him and that earned him the Keys to blessings of heaven.

If you will go the way of Peter today and not just be comfortable coming to church and singing praise and worship, if you will go the way of peter and fulfilling church attendance will not just be a weekly ablution, if you will go the way of Peter and going to convention will not just be one of those risk to be taken perhaps my miracles will come, if you decide to be more spiritually alert and labor in the spirit, you will soon get your own copies of the keys of the blessings of heaven.

The bible says Mat_16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: In other words, the keys are available, but not yet given to you. For you to be given, you must labor.

Physically speaking, enduring success is the type that is labored for. It is a delusion to think spiritual blessings are released without some good levels of labor.

Blessings!!!

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