© Ayo Oluwagunna
We have since the start of the year, for this series been considering the content of our text in Ephesians 3:16-21. God has been faithful in guiding and guarding us by the Holy Spirit on this unstoppable journey. And coming now to "the midst of the years" – we are aligning with such a time during which the Prophet Habakkuk pleaded with God for REVIVAL and Mercy. We discern and declare this an era of the Rise of High-Fliers. This realization will be fueled by the revelation of faith, and to that we now connect...
"That Christ may dwell in your hearts BY FAITH..." (Eph. 3:17)
The key phrase that inspires our caption “Divine OPERAtions” is “BY FAITH”
The subject of Faith is both definitive and infinitive. We can only try within our tight time frame on this side eternity, to take and treat a tip that is sure to help us on this trip into true revelation and realization of destiny in God.
To keep this post as relatively short as possible, I’ll be sending it in 3 parts:
* Part 1 - EXPRESS PURPOSE AND POWER OF CHRIST’S INDWELLING PRESENCE
* Part 2 - EXTENSIVE POSTURES AND PACES FOR CHRISTIANS' IMMINENT PROGRESS
* Part 3 - EAGLE PROVOCATION FOR PERFORMANCE AGAINST COMPROMISING INNATE POWER
I must state that the whole of this part of this series is to communicate the Holy Spirit's provocation of God's children to progression into their possessions. The people of God have dwelt too long both in the Pit of TRANSGRESSION, and on the Plains of TRADITION...it is time to rise to the Peak of TRANSFORMATION!
Part 1 - EXPRESS PURPOSE AND POWER OF CHRIST’S INDWELLING PRESENCE
I want to say upfront that “THE INDWELLING OF CHRIST IN THE CHRISTIAN’S HEART IS A FACT THAT CAN ONLY BE EXPERIENCED AND EXPRESSED BY FAITH”
Having said that, I want to submit that "Real FAITH is never passive…but proactive, positive, progressive, procreative and productive"
Measures and proportions of productivity may differ among us as God’s people according to divine dispensations of grace and gifts, as we can individually perceive and receive. But Christianity and our claim to spirituality is nothing but confirmed falsehood and vanity if all we parade is passivity.
Diligent resolves without cogent results is indicative of lifelessness stipulated and manipulated into tragic reality by the trite traditions of men that engender dead fruitless faith. Living faith must produce living fruits by the Spirit of God through the OPERATIONS of the living Christ who dwells within.
Our stark lack of spiritual GAIN only makes professors of the Christian faith VAIN nominal persons! (James 2:20 - But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?)
It is pure, raw error to keep claiming that you carry Jesus inside you and not ever see results. THE CHRIST I CARRY INSIDE ME IS NOT THE DEAD ONE STILL HANGING ON THE CROSS – BUT THE RISEN ONE. That’s the same Jesus they killed and buried, but who fully rose again to life on the third day with proof of an empty tomb – as it remains till date! It follows then that this living Christ cannot dwell inside me without WORKING Wonders. The validity of His indwelling is known by His unending activity, even by His Divinity within my humanity.
If you say you are a Christian and no WORK is going on inside you, I certify you that CHRIST is NOT there...again, if He was ever there in the first instance. I suggest you look well to see that your heart is more of a TOMB than a TEMPLE. And the Living Christ is not to be found WAITING in a lying posture in a TOMB, but He is WORKING in His TEMPLE of Worship.
ARE YOU A TOMB OR A TEMPLE?
I make bold to say that Jesus is not in that place or person where there is no ongoing living and life-liberating Word, Worship and Work. It is a massive miserable mistake to be labouring, looking for Jesus in a quiet queer Tomb as many parade today. There is no sense looking for the sign of the Saviour in many people who are just those I call “sepulcher believers” and of course in many places that should be called “tomb assemblies”. How we need angels to redirect true seekers away from such persons and places in whom / which Jesus is not. See Luke 24:1-6 - (5) And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, "WHY SEEK YE THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD? He is not here, but is risen..."
My Saviour is not lying down Dead in a Tomb Sepulcher, but Alive and active in His Temple Sanctuary – I don’t know about you…but He’s alive in Me. A true believer must be able to tell the world If you’re looking for this living Jesus…LOOK INSIDE ME.
That was why Peter and John were audacious enough to command the miraculous – They told the lame man who was laid at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple… “LOOK ON US”
Of course, the lame man could not enter the physical structural Temple to see and feel God. In any case, most of the able-bodied people who even entered hardly ever encountered God in there! It was just the routine of religion and tradition with all its limitations on revelation – it was unfortunate that the living Jesus was not in that Beautiful Temple - but Peter was saying if you’re looking for the living JESUS, here we are – The Temples of the Living God – “LOOK ON US” and see Jesus doing His work of Wonders in and through us!
The Operations of Jesus in and through the early believers and ministers formed the basis and provided the platform for His performance in miraculous manifestations through missions to the nations in their generation.
Christ does not have His DWELLING in us just to stay and lay inside us DOING nothing! JESUS CHRIST, the same yesterday and today and forever was never, is never and shall never be IDLE. (Heb.13:8; Acts 10:38)
The habitation of God is an expression of expected experiences of impartation to carry out specific, strategic operations, and FAITH IS THE MOST ESSENTIAL ASSET FOR THE SUCCESS IN ALL OPERATIONS OF DIVINE PROJECTS.
THE GODHEAD IS EVER AT WORK.
1) The FATHER @ Work - Philp. 2:13 - For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
2) The SON @ Work - John 5:17 - But Jesus answered them, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.”
3) The HOLY SPIRIT @ Work - Rom. 8:11 - But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
YOUR PERSONAL OPERATION MUST THEREFORE ALIGN WITH THE ETERNAL DIVINE OPERATIONS.
Col. 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 (28) Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus (29) Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
“THE INTERNAL OPERATIONS OF CHRIST IN BELIEVERS IS THE SOURCE OF STRENGTH FOR OPTIMIZATION OF THEIR EXTERNAL LIVING” The mightier the internal workings, the greater their capacities for corresponding outworkings in fulfilling living and ministry. However, it takes personal perceptivity and intentionality to be able to align with what God assigns. Col. 1:29 - Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
The sum of all said is this:
GOD IS A GOD OF OPERATIONS, and all His Operations are by Faith because all levels of living and labouring for the Lord in the Spirit are all by Faith.
The precedence for this is seen in God's incredible act of creating the entire Heavens and Earth and all in existence by God’s own direct, personal faith. And our perception and possession of this reality itself depend on our exercise of the brand of faith by which the elders obtained a good report in their successive generations. Believers in this generation cannot enter the dimension of Divine OPERATIONS without this faith of the indwelling, living Christ.
Heb. 11:1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (2) For by it the elders obtained a good report. (3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Faith is so important to God that the only means of Perceiving and Pleasing God, as well as Partnering and Progressing with Him and Prospering according to His Purpose is by FAITH.
Heb. 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
Seekers of God in Faith and Seers of His Glory and Fullness!
C'mon... into OPERAtion mode.
Continued in Part 2
"EXTENSIVE POSTURES AND PACES FOR CHRISTIANS' IMMINENT PROGRESS"