TODAY’S DEVOTION (Saturday 4th July 2020)
“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.
“Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” Isaiah 48:17-18NKJV
WELCOME TO THE 184th DAY OF OUR YEAR OF REJOICING
What a day to be alive and well. God have been faithful to us in this lock-down period. We cannot thank GOD enough for His glorious moves and marvelous works in the lives of men and women through our lock-down ministry, so to speak. I am referring to the special ministry to households called “CHURCH IN THE HOUSE.”
Tomorrow is another day for encounter through this special ministry. Join us right at home, on “MORNING CLOUD TELEVISION” on StarTimes Channel 195 if you are within Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu and part of Machakos counties. You can also get us through digital search on any smart tv within same locations.
If you are outside these locations, then join us online on MORNING CLOUD TV KE face book page, or you subscribe to my personal You Tube channel, RICHARD E. E. TAKIM. Now to our devotional for the day! Let me begin by sharing some important information about us; things that perhaps many have not realized.
In our devotional yesterday we did share that “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceed from the mouth of God.” I am so glad that the statement did not come from a theologian or a religious person, it came from God Himself.
He taught Israel just that one lesson for 40 years. If the lesson were not important, learning about it would not have been that long.
NOW, WHY DID GOD SPEND SO LONG A TIME TO TEACH A NATION JUST THAT?
You see, when God speaks, He does not speak to the body of man. He speaks to our spirits. So, when He feeds man with His word, He does not feed his body. He feeds his spirit. So, when God said, “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from His mouth” He was revealing to us what the human spirit needs to become alive in the spirit.
Simply put, He was telling us that just as the human body needs natural food (bread) to stay alive, so the human spirit needs spiritual food (God’s Rhema or proceeding Word) to stay alive.
Meaning, if the preaching you hear in your church is not a proceeding word from God, you will never come alive in the spirit. You will become spiritually weak, malnourished, and eventually die. But let us go further!
You see, man is made up of spirit, soul, and body because he was created in the image of God, who is also made up Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The spirit of man was designed to be his divine communication gadget. That is why the Bible says, “God is Spirit they that worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth.”
Now, what is the practical meaning of that? Here is it; with our spirits, we commune with God, with our souls we assimilate from God, and with our bodies we carry out the execution of what is assimilated. You see, God designed life to begin from within. He never designed life to begin from without. That is why the Bible says in proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (NKJV)
The heart within context refers to the spirit of man. It is in the heart or spirit of man that all divine activities take place. Then they are subsequently, communicated or transmitted from the spirit to the soul, and then the body. The body then bring into the natural world whatever was received by our spirits.
God designed our bodies to carry out whatever our spirits and the soul transmit to its senses, that is either good or bad. That is why He counseled us to yield our spirits to Him alone so that good things alone will be coming out of our lives.
NOW, WHY DID GOD CREATE MAN THAT WAY?
The reason is simple; man was originally created to outsource Heaven to the earth. Though his body was created from the ground or the earth, his spirit – the real man – came from God. In other words, the spirit of man came from GOD where his survival resources are.
His primary responsibility, therefore, was to bring things in Heaven to the earth as written in Heaven. That was how he named the animals. Obviously, He outsourced the names from Heaven to the earth and God did not change any of the names because all names corresponded with the names God gave those animals in Heaven.
The Bible says,
“Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.” Genesis 2:19 NKJV
Life before the fall of man was so beautiful because he successfully outsourced his earthly life from Heaven until the fall. But after the fall, he was disconnected from God and could no longer outsource his earthly life from Heaven. He began to outsource it from the earthly and satanic realms, resulting in all kinds of crisis on earth.
In other words, his spirit started outsourcing his earthly life from the earthly and satanic realm. So, when you see a man suffering or living an unbelievably bad and sinful life, his spirit is outsourcing something from another realm outside Heaven, into his life.
That is why the Bible says we should keep our spirits (heart) with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.
God is saying to us through this scripture that we should make sure that our spirits are reconnected back to Heaven, and feed with what proceeds from His mouth. That is the only way we can go back to the kind of life Adam lived before the fall; a life of outsourcing his earthly life from Heaven.
A MAJOR HIGHLIGHT IN OUR DEVOTIONAL TEXT THIS MORNING SAYS,
“Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”
This scripture is one of the lamentations of the almighty in the Bible. My wife read it in the opening session of the second day of our July Apostolic Breakthrough Seminar four years again, and it set my spirit on fire. It is one major read in scriptures that tells us how UN-NECESSARY SUFFERINGS OF LIFE are unnecessary.
We shared earlier that when you see a man going through terrible things in life, living a Godless life, and finding no peace, it’s a sign that his spirit is outsourcing a life outside Heaven to him.
God is saying to us in this scripture that no matter what may be going on in our lives, if we heed to His commandments or proceeding word, it will connect our spirits back to the Heavenly realm and change our circumstances.
In the Heavenly realm there is no war. There is just peace! So, if our spirits are connected back to the Heavenly realm, peace will begin to come into our lives like a river. Hallelujah!
This is where sitting in Churches planted in the Holy Place comes in. One of the greatest problems of men today is Church failure. Church has failed in connecting many back to the true GOD.
What is the message this morning? The message is simple; God never designed that our earthly lives be outsourced from the earth or demonic realm. God designed that our earthly life be outsourced from Heaven.
We malfunction spiritually, and come under intense hardship, curses, satanic attacks, and total disharmony in all aspects of life when our earthly lives are not outsourced from Heaven. In other words, if our earthly lives are not Heavenly governed, there will be no peace in our lives.
And God’s way of returning us back to that Heavenly governed life is by feeding our Human spirit (the man in us) with what proceed out of His mouth – the Rhema word.
There is always a Rhema word that will connect us to God to quench adversity in any crisis area of our lives. That word is what you must seek God to receive, assimilate and obey. If you do, your peace will be like a river according to the word of the LORD.
MAKE THIS SCRIPTURE AN ADDITIONAL MEDITATION FOR THE DAY
“Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their adversaries.
“The haters of the Lord would pretend submission to Him, but their fate would endure forever. He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.” Psalms 81:13-16 NKJV