Many people know about God but do not know God. There is a difference between knowing about God and knowing God. John 3:27 says, “A man can receive nothing, except it is given from above.”
There has been a great mix-up in the church. It is the erroneous assumption that spiritual truths can be intellectually perceived. This has affected our preaching, our praying, our singing and our activities. It is possible to grow up in a Church but not know God at all because God is not known by external things. In John 16, it is perfectly plain that the Spirit of God is the One who reveals God to us. Remember this: You only know Jesus as far as the Holy Spirit is pleased to reveal Him to you.
◾️You can know about Christ dying for you.
◾️You can be a publisher of the Bible.
◾️You can head this or that religious organisation.
◾️You can be the Founder or General Overseer – and still never know God at all – because only by the Holy Ghost can we know God.
You can read your New Testament and still never find Christ in it. You can be convinced that He is the Son of God and still never find Christ. The Holy Ghost reveals Christ. If you are reasoned into Christianity, some wise fellow can reason you out of it – unless you know the Holy Spirit, because knowing Jesus is knowing the Holy Spirit.
God chooses grace rather than works (Ephesians 2:8). He chooses grace because He knows we are weak. He knows our limitations. He knows our shortcomings. If the Lord had chosen works rather than grace, no one would merit His mercy because our righteousness is like a filthy rag before Him. What we call our good works are like filthy rags before Him (Isaiah 64:6). In other words, man is undeserving of God’s mercy. In Romans 3:10, the Bible says no one is righteous, not even one. If we are to come to His presence, we must acknowledge our position as sinners in need of redemption. In Luke 5:8, Peter, on seeing Jesus, fell on his knees saying, “Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinner.” By this, he acknowledged his position as one undeserving of the Lord’s presence.
To acknowledge our position is to admit our weakness. When we come before Jesus in sincerity and humility of heart, He would receive us with compassion. I mean we would receive His favour. When we come to God in any form – He sees beyond our appearance (John 2:23-24). The Bible says Jesus knows all men – what man is made of, their nature, designs, secret plans, disposition and true character. If man gives out anything, Jesus knows whether the man is truly generous or merely wants to be seen. If man speaks, Jesus knows whether the intent is merely to flatter or whether he speaks what he truly believes in his heart. We know what men do but Jesus knows the designs of their heart. Therefore, let us approach God in sincerity and humility of heart.
– Prophet T.B. Joshua
Just as Jesus Himself is the solution to the problems of all mankind, so He expects us to be a solution to someone in trouble. This was what He meant when He said to His disciples – in fact, all believers, ‘As the Father hath sent Me, so send I you’ (John 17:18; 20:21). In other words, Jesus was simply saying, “As the Father had commissioned me to be a solution to someone in trouble, so have I commissioned you a solution”.
You may say you are not properly placed to be of help to someone in dire need. Consider the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). He met someone who was in great need of a helper. Though he was not properly placed in monetary terms, he knew that what was in his hand at that point in time could be a solution to the problem at hand. He could not afford to look the other way even though other better-placed individuals had looked the other way as they passed the victim by. He knew he was commissioned to be a solution to someone in trouble. To him, providing a solution to someone in such circumstance was an assignment from God and he could not afford to fail God. What did he actually have in his hand? Certainly, he had no more than a keg of palm wine and a few coins – just his personal provision for his journey. It did not matter to him if he had to exhaust his personal provision for his own journey in the course of solving another’s problem. It also did not matter to him whose interest he had to serve, whether a Jew or Gentile, friend or foe. What was uppermost in his heart was the need to carry out his assignment as a commissioned solution provider.
The Samaritan had every reason to be excused from showing compassion on the wounded Jew. First, the Jews and people from Samaria were arch-enemies. Ordinarily, they would not see eye-to-eye. Second, he hadn’t the requisite resources to provide any fundamental solution to the badly wounded and dying Jew. Third, it was very probable that the robbers might come and attack him in the course of trying to help the robbery victim. But there was one compelling force, which encouraged him to defy all the odds against him – the need to help someone else in trouble. It did not also matter to him if the priests and Levites – the most likely people who should be moved to compassion – looked the other way or not. He knew that every man God created is a solution to some problem.
I am a solution to your problems, just as you are to mine. In other words, I am because you are and you are because I am. There are many people on the sickbed in the hospitals around you. Go there, visit them and show them your love and compassion. Who knows, that may be all that is needed for their recovery. Pray with them and pray for them. By doing this, you are not only helping to solve someone else’s problems, you may discover who you are thereby. You might have been sent to a person or a people. For example, Aaron was sent to a person while Moses was sent to a people. Aaron was a solution to Moses’ problem while Moses was a solution to the people of Israel’s problems. We are not equally gifted but no one is created without a gift and each gift is meant to meet a need (Exodus 31:1-10).
– Prophet TB Joshua
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God gives enough grace for each trial we face. Your trial could be sickness, poverty, failure; whatever is your trial, one thing is clear: As a Christian, you are given enough grace to face it. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. With Jesus, I can face any situation because He promised to see me through (Psalm 91:15). Therefore, let us not look back because we cannot make spiritual progress by looking back. We that walk with the Lord run the straight race through His good grace. You can only run the straight race through God’s good grace by not looking back.
In Romans 8:35, Paul asked, ‘What is it that can distract me from running the straight race with God?’ Can sickness, poverty, persecutions, hardship? No; in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Trust God’s authority, not man’s majority. Remember, each day God sends His loving aids to strengthen you and me. His aids are enough to see us through any situation. What is your situation? Remember, the Lord is our Shepherd. If the Lord is your Shepherd, you would not be in want. If the Lord is your Shepherd, His grace would be sufficient for you to face any situation you are in. If the Lord is your Shepherd, whatever situation you are in would strengthen your determination and desire for Him. Instead of your situation to hold you down, it would propel you. Instead of your situation to discourage you from praying, it would be an incentive to pray the more.
Ask God to give you enough grace to stand each trial you face. Your trial could be sickness, poverty or failure. Whatever situation you are in, ask God to give you enough grace to overcome.
– T.B. Joshua
Instead of being anxious about the events of tomorrow, we should learn to focus on serving the Lord wholeheartedly, doing our best and leaving the rest to Him. To do this, we are expected to run the straight race with Him – no distractions or diversions – with firm belief in His wisdom, power and goodness. To conquer anxiety and care, we should have absolute trust in GOD that He is working out the answer. Anxiety about tomorrow is burdensome as much as it is sinful. Our personal cares for the present, future, the family and others are capable of changing our focus from running the straight race with God, especially when they arise from unbelief and distrust.
It is the fear of tomorrow that leads men to lay up treasures here on earth in complete neglect of eternity. A focus on materialism can divert our devotion from God Almighty to the god of wealth. We fail to realise that treasures on earth have a habit of disappointing their owners; they do not offer permanent security. Though money and wealth are a useful support, we should not put our trust in them. Only treasure stored up in Heaven can guarantee us permanent security, especially when they are accompanied by a generous attitude towards others.
Because Peter was to be a blessing to his people, he had to taste hardship, disappointment, setback, failure and want. What are you going through now? What you are going through may be part of the events that would reveal God’s purpose for your life. Remember, there is something far more important than whatever situation you are passing through – your dream and goals. Are you intimidated in some way? There is something far more important than rejection – your dream and goals. Men of purpose do not concentrate on where they are now, their focus, aim and desire is on their destination.
Where are you now? What situation are you in now? Are you in abject poverty? Remember, the man that is poor is not the man that has no money but one without a dream. So, remember your dream. In other words, they are poor that have no dream. When Joseph was in the dry pit, he asked himself, “Where is my dream? I know this is not where I belong!” This awareness comforted him while in the dry pit, Potiphar’s house and the prison. In our spiritual walk with God, there are good and hard times. As Christians, when things tend to go contrary to our expectation, we remember our dream; our dream is our director, direction, guide and road map. Our dream imparts strength to endure and manage our present situation.
– Prophet T.B. Joshua
The wise man is the doer of the Word, for it is the doer of the Word that receives things from God. James 4:7 – “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”. In whatever situation you are facing in life, you must resist the devil by refusing to give in to offence. It is impossible to live this life without having the opportunity to be offended – but don’t keep or hold offence in your heart. When you retain offence in your heart, you will filter everything through it.
We must get rid of hurt, bitterness anger, resentment, malice, hatred, outrage and strife if we must fit into God’s divine arrangement for our lives. As Christians, our future demands for forgiveness. If we continue to dwell in the past, we cannot attain the future God has for us. We cannot discover new oceans if we do not lose sight of the shore. Therefore, the remedy against anxiety and worry is to cast our burden upon God, believing His divine will to calm our spirit. In place of anxious thoughts, we should freely offer thanksgiving from a heart fixed and established in God’s Word.