More Than Your Local Issues…

Many Christians know that we are engaged in spiritual warfare, but for most of us, the perception of that warfare is not really as it is. We think of it in the sense that the enemy, the devil, is out to stop our progress, to stop our prosperity, to stop us from being rich… This kind of thinking is so local to ourselves and our issues, that it fails in every way to represent what God wants to do in, and through us.

We forget that the primary reason the enemy resists us, is to try to stop the purpose of God from being fulfilled on the earth, from being fulfilled in our lives.

We need to understand that the first aspect of the purpose of God is that Christ be formed in our hearts and lives. Without this purpose being accomplished, every other one is moot. God’s primary purpose for us is to be like Christ, to be conformed to the image of His Son (Rom. 8: 29, Gal. 4:19). The enemy understands this also, so keeps us distracted with all sorts of pursuits, wrong teaching, wrongly focused spiritual exercises, essentially frustrating the grace and the purpose of God. In a sense, we have become like soldiers armed with sophisticated and deadly weaponry but shooting in all sorts of directions, with no coordinated fire, and making absolutely no impact.

We then spend our lives running in circles, not really making much spiritual progress, and essentially hitting our heads against the ‘wall’. Endless pursuits that offer no real spiritual advantage. Pursuing ‘enemies’ both real, contrived, and imagined, instead of chasing after God.

Till we realize that our most important pursuit is to be like Christ in all that we are and do, then we will never make the impact on our world that God expects from us. We will never be able to, like the early church, ‘turn the world upside down’ for Christ. We will always be the pursued not the pursuer. The victim, not the victor. The oppressed not the oppressor. At the mercy of the devil and his cohorts. Our ‘Christianity’ will never find the true fulfillment that God intended.

When this primary purpose of God is established in our lives, then all the things we seek and so strongly desire, become ours. They come into our lives with the ease and grace that God promised that they would. They come as a blessing that adds no sorrow. They come with much grace in a manner that preserves our lives rather than decimates it.

We need to clearly know and understand that as long as our purposes are not aligned with God’s, they fail to matter in the general scheme of things. God’s purposes have far-reaching intentions, way beyond our own ‘local’ issues.

So, focus on God. He will show you what to pray, how to pray, and what to do. This strengthens you to resist the enemy’s attempts to frustrate God’s purpose in and for your life. Focus on Christ. Everyday of your life is supposed to see something about Him birthed in your life. The Apostle Paul put it very clearly in Ephesians 4:13 as the purpose for God putting ministry gifts in the Church.

…Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:… (KJV)

This is God’s main purpose for us. This is the basis on which our Christianity will be judged. This is the pathway to continuous victory in life.

God bless…

 

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13 thoughts on “More Than Your Local Issues…

  1. Sad that the MOGs and Papas in the Lord have not helped at all. The teaching out there marvels me especially in New Gen Churches. I wonder when we stopped thinking and asking hard questions like the Corinthian Church and stopped having common sense. I remember back in the day when a Pastor was trying to convince me to sow my school fees and trying to justify it with bible passages. I had one question for him; the Bible says ‘honour your father and your mother so that your days may be long’, so will I be honouring them by using my school fees for the work of God? He mumbled something and knew then I wasn’t his targeted market. If only Christians would ask questions of their leaders the way we ask of our political leaders, maybe all the rot in the church will be minimised.

    1. Thank you Amaa for your very candid comment. Everything they say rises and falls with leadership, and we must really hold them accountable. Also, if I feed you with poop, it would be entirely your choice either to eat it or refuse it, so the people really need to start thinking correctly, and reading what the Bible says, and most importantly, understand the ways of God for themselves. Thanks and God bless

  2. Great and inspiring! This is what most Christians do not understand, praying for witches and wizards that may not even exist, giving them attention instead of giving God such attention. This also translates into Christians always looking for a mediator such as pastors, prophets etc. to pray for them when in the real sense God has given us the authority and privilege to communicate directly with Him because we don’t know these salient points you shared. God bless you Sir!

  3. Key article for the season we’re in. Great comments from Amaa and you Ifeanyi. I believe we must work to help open the eyes of our brothers and sisters of the faith.

    1. I totally agree with you sir. The preoccupation with the icing instead of the cake is the enemy’s strategy to keep us ineffective. May the scales continue to fall from more eyes.

  4. Doc, exactly! Thanks for this article, helps to put our aspirations and activities in perspective.

    May we all attain the mark for the prize of the high calling. Amen

  5. Precisely ! You just preached Matthew 6:33….. The strategy of the devil has always been to distract man from God’s bigger picture.
    Seek the giver not the gift…
    Seek His face not His hand…
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. God bless you.

  6. Great, Ifeanyi. This reechoes what is written in Rev 4:11 – Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

  7. Nice piece and true to the letter. We christians need to explore more of the Bible to come to the understanding and saving knowledge of the word. Thanks Ifeanyi for sharing

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