Daniel 1: 3 – 8
Just like JESUS, Daniel would not let the hunger for food and exotics take him away from GOD. Daniel was captured from Jerusalem and taken to Babylon just as we are born into this world but GOD desires that we triumph over this world of sin by righteousness. And this was what Daniel kept in his heart from his time in Babylon till his dying days.
Babylon is not without its wisdom and cleverness but CHRIST in us is the embodiment of GOD’s Wisdom that is True and Pure. Babylonian system knew of a fact that what changes a man quickly is food and language. Food, being what opens him up to accept what the food bringer is about to offer next; and language and literature when taught strategically, tend to change the person of the learner. It goes beyond curing ignorance to changing the behaviour and way of life of the person.
The most effective of attacks or assaults are the ones the victims accept or succumb to willingly. Just like CHRIST, Daniel’s delight was not in the choice and exotic food and wine of Babylon but in the Word of GOD. Even though he missed the noble and royal food of Judah/Jerusalem, the Word of GOD was his most cherished delicacy and means of communicating to/with the world.
So his decision was to avoid cultural change and stick with the Kingdom culture by making The KING’s Law is delight after all, he was a custodian of the same Law just as we all are as believers in this end time.
There is a movement that is not based on mind sentiments but on the true heartset of the HOLY SPIRIT . . . A movement that is not acknowledging a particular issue in our walks with GOD over other issues that are as important. A movement based on the wholesomeness GOD is offering to HIS people as a means of salvation from the old ways.
Many Christians have gone out of the wholesomeness of the Way of Life and only take some paths that seem convenient. So there are many languages spoken in the Church today based on what each faction desires to dwell on when GOD is ready to open us to something better and more rewarding in HIM and also open Himself to us in the same process. Although they are devout people who are holding on what they have been taught faithfully, GOD is saying “there is more to ME only if you can all come together as ONE and take part part in a wholesome relationship with ME.”
This movement is meant to show that these languages (issues/elements) are from the same Spirit of GOD and dwelling on one in particular is like shortchanging our lives. The people GOD is using for this movement are also from diverse mono-language backgrounds but they have seen the light and even in neutrality, they operate in all because they have subscribed to the fullness and oneness the Spirit of GOD offers. They wrought the wonderful works of GOD in any language as the Spirit leads . . . and this is because to HIM, there is only one pure language and HE is the author.
These sets of people are first the miracle . . . and miracle is not what they do but what happens in and through them. Miracle is how much of GOD has replaced the world in us since HE had bought us back with His Blood. But this will not have happen to them if they are not in ORDER. If POWER and the Spirit of the LORD must reside immensely in us, order on how things should be must be duly adhered to . . . people and things must be in order for the Spirit of GOD to flow without blockage or hindrance. These are the characteristics of these sets of people to whom GOD would put the responsibility of teaching and shepherding His people:
- They are of one state of mind as related to GOD’s Kingdom and their position in CHRIST.
- GOD is portrayed through them in a dynamic manner that is not bereft of accuracy and reliability.
- They will first attract sets of people that are associated with GOD, diligent in their duty from different walks of life because of their versatility both in the Kingdom of GOD and of men.
- They will shatter stereotypes and shook the very foundation of belief for the purpose of establishing the True belief of the person of CHRIST.
- They will debunk every notion of exclusivity that makes people believe some people are chosen to be chosen above all others.
- They will be gathered together from nations, tribes and tongues because their physical location or position or the language they speak would not matter.
- They will be rounded in utterance . . . they will enjoy liberties of GOD because they operate under a divine identity and culture.
- Their focus and agenda is GOD’s . . . all their dynamism, efficiency and dexterity point to the greatness and wonders of GOD.
- Their lives will make people hungry for the knowledge of GOD and these are the people that GOD would have touched their hearts to want to know HIM and understand His ways.
- In all, they must be prepared because there are some that are already profiting from the old wine and they will do everything in their power to sabotage the goodness resident in the new wine.
1Samuel 22:3-5; Nehemiah 8: 7-10
When GOD gives a word, it’s understanding can only be given by doing according this given word. When David told the king of Moab about learning what GOD would do for him, it was not staying put in the cave if Adullam even though it was his stronghold but going out of it in order to realize the Word of the LORD given to him when He was alone with GOD.
Anyone in the path of leadership must realize that ern though safety is of importance, exploit according to GOD’s given Word is what assures a safety that would last longer than one’a time on earth.
And GOD in HIS mercy knows our capability with respect to the Word HE wants to accomplish through us wen while we tread on the path of leadership. Because of this, HE institutes commands/commandments that serve as gracious guides as we journey through life. HIS commands are meant to help us know what to do per time as the obedience of these commands would bring outcomes (be it pleasant or unpleasant) that would make us come to the understanding of HIS intentions at particular points in time.
HE makes our obedience (through works) and understanding inseparable so that as HIS Glory is evident in whatever we do, joy would also fill our hearts thereby strengthening us to obey HIM more and more willingly.
There is a higher level of understanding that comes by doing and this is what GOD desires for any man on the path of Leadership. But learning by doing can only be accomplished through Faith in the ONE that gives the commands/commandments.
Many people have deduced a saying that we are not moved by what we see or feel but by the truth HIS Word reveals from IICorinthians5:7. But I say I am moved by what I feel because I feel the Word of GOD.
Apart from what we also refer to as living; which is purpose of a man on earth, GOD is also interested in what we refer to as daily living for surviving and being in good health. We must understand that GOD is not only interested in the purpose HE has allotted to each of us but how we also live that life that we think GOD is not really concerned about. HE is both interested in the content and the container.
When a man is dominated by the world system, everything he does from menial living up to career level is determined by the system and so should it be when we give our lives to the KINGDOM System of GOD. Every of our lives be it secular and social must be born out of the WORD of GOD which is Spirit and Life.
Let the Word dictates what you read, eat, wear, hear and say. The Word of GOD is not meant to stay in the Spiritual state; it must translate to the flesh and blood that we portray each and every day. Let the Word of GOD restructure our anatomy to what GOD designed it to be before the fall of man. When there is a tweak in the spiritual, it must manifest in the physical which is why we do things that we would not do normally in our mind. Whenever a man does contrary to what he believes, it shows that his spirit is not right with GOD and the mind no matter how sophisticated it is would only reveal the rottenness of the spirit.
We should let GOD take absolute control of our lives both in living as a purpose and living as maintaining or keeping the physical body. Absolute totality is what HE desires. HE desires that everything about us should function according to HIS grand purpose.
Peace To The Wise!