ESSENTIALS TO MAINTAINING A STRONG
FAITH WORK AND LIFE’S OBJECTIVE IN 2017
Wisdom builds her house series.
By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola
A brief recap of the introduction
There are commonalities of grace, wisdom and understanding we all share as kingdom regents that must be maintained as basic priorities that keeps us in perspective of our sheer spiritual identity, culture, and heritage within the broader scope of our spiritual migration and perfection, which I strongly feel should be highlighted and rehearsed again as we press further in this new day call 2017.
28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him,
30 saying, ‘This man began to build, and was not able to finish
These essentials we all must pursue if we must go on with the Lord and be part of the spiritual house the father is constructing for the ultimate representation of his prophetic program in this season. Some of these points may appear, or sound very elementary. Yet, many of us have either forgotten them or don’t regularly exercise them.
The aim of these highlight therefore is to awaken our remembrance and passionately stir our desire again toward their fulfillment even as the day of the Lord presses in on us.
12. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13. Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before,
14. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
As the apostle, Paul engaged with the Philippian church brethren to keep them focused on maintaining a sound, steady, spiritual momentum, he admonishes them on several highly important, spiritual value system that will keep their eyes single on the journey of life.
However, verse 12-14 of Philippians 3 seem to summarize the central theme his message, more so, as they face unending assault and persecution from the political, religious system of their day. There’s no question that today’s 21st century church will also need to walk in the newness of this spiritual truth as we daily rehearse the powerful value principles locked within it.
It is so easy to come to that point of relaxation and familiarity, where we either assumed we have outgrown some of the spiritual exercises, required to maintain a sound, healthy spiritual life, or we just feel we no longer have the conducive time or space to regularly practice these essentials. While some believe that the church is now in some kind of deep, ascended, revelatory, a spiritual mystery era that has outgrown these basics they now call old school, Pentecostal teachings.
I guess it’s just immaturity and presumptuous, to get into such conclusion since there’s no scriptural reference to this mistaken assertion. We need to be a balanced student of God’s word in order to be able to precisely divide the word of God.
When you thoroughly examine some of the spiritual content and context of those who are supposedly carriers of present day apostolic reformation teaching, you will, unfortunately, see the shallowness, or even, the emptiness of their message.
A message is not the semantics, or of the trendy phraseology being used. A biblically sound apostolic message is one that carries the eternal heartbeat content of the father, being declared in a relevant manner that awakens, development and transit the body of Christ to that next reality of heaven’s desire.
One of the things the Lord has graced me through the years is a deep burden to see the body at all levels grow and mature to such a level that we all can interact with each other’s spiritual state in a manner that assist us to minister to the society.
Therefore, I have learnt to discern and understand my audience, and to also be able interface with the various dimensional flows of the Spirit without necessarily deemphasizing or over emphasizing one aspect of spiritual truth to the other. Seeking to minister through the grace of balancing biblical truth and perspective is one of my aims in walking with the Lord.
Paul reminded the brethren, that not as though he himself has reached that zenith of spiritual perfection, but one thing, he has learned, that has consistently kept him in perfect view of eternity is not to recall the memories of the past in a negative form, or prideful, assumptions manner of some attained greatness.
Instead, he seeks to daily pursue the very intention of his calling in Christ, in order to understand and fulfill his mission as he presses through the agonizing trials, temptations, and the attacks of the enemy that may seasonally come his way. Friends, the days ahead of the church demands that we not only strive to remember these admonitions of the apostle Paul, but equally determine to consistently practice them until they become our second nature.
As Paul sighted his devotional lifestyle, attitude to the brethren, we too must learn to [force through] press through certain challenges, people and events, the enemy may utilize in trying to derail or even stop our spiritual advancement. Many are familiar with this particular scripture to the point that they’ve almost lost its value content.
As I have mentioned in my previous post that there are several initiatives, many of us are going to embark on this year that are required for our life’s sustainability even in the marketplace. Notwithstanding, the points I am highlighting through this note are what I call the essentials to move on with the Lord in our spiritual journey.
These highlighted points are necessities regardless of our calling or business focus. As humans, we all face difficult times. There are past issues and circumstance that tends to build within our minds regrets, doubt, fear, and uncertainties with regard to our future. Nevertheless, the future is not a place or event.
The future is a person-the person of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Moving into the reality of our spiritual development is a call to a daily watering of our desire and passion to maintain a lifestyle of purity, love and passion for Christ and his kingdom agenda regardless of where we are serving in Babylon. This is the concept the life of Nehemiah reflects in Babylon.
While it seems, he was in a place of comfort in captivity, his heart is forever connected to the broken, fracture and dysfunctional state of his homeland. While serving the king, his heart is burdened with a more important matter to his father and ancestors. What a life he leads!
Some of us have become too busy and preoccupied as chamberlains in the palace of the king of Babylon to the degree that we have completely forgotten that we are in captivity, and must keep the burden of Jerusalem alive in our hearts so we don’t get assimilated by the powerful foreign identity and culture of Babylon.
If Jerusalem is not in view, through your penthouse house window, it’s only a matter of time before your identity and name will be lost in the genealogy and chronicles of counted, authentic kingdom priesthood. Therefore, these key points we I have highlighted must daily, or regularly practice to maintaining a fervent, precise and refreshed spiritual journey into the mountain of the Lord.
So, lets continue to examine these points.
6. You must develop a continuous hunger and passion for the person of the Holy Spirit since he is as equally God, as the person of the Son, or the Father.
This truth must become a personal, continual, progressive revelation to you, regardless of your spiritual status. We are all living in the [day] era of the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
7. There are dimensions past Pentecostal or charismatic move, or even the current apostolic reformation initiative has come to understand in the context of the mysterious nature and ministry of the Holy Spirit, and we need to open ourselves completely to what the Lord is saying today with regards to the ministry of the Spirit as he assists us to navigate the days ahead of us.
8. There’s no revealing of Jesus Christ, the pattern Son without the reality of the Holy Spirit working in and through our lives. Without him your revelation and spirituality is all futile.
to be continued…