“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his ways” (Ps. 37:23 NKJV)
We are all presently living in an “interesting” period and time in our country, Nigeria, and as sons of God we need to step up spiritually in order to be able to fulfill God’s ordained purpose and plan for our lives. And to be able to achieve this, it is now more compelling than ever before for us not only to hear from God, but also obey His instructions, for Him to lift us up (Isa. 60:1-2).
When we give and submit our life to the lordship of Jesus Christ, a spiritual operation is immediately activated. God gives us a new Spirit (Ezek. 36:27) and it is this new spirit that makes all the difference in our lives, and unless the power in the spirit that God has made available to us is activated, we will remain ordinary. We must never forget that we are spirit beings clothed in a body (flesh). Once we come to the realization of this fact, it becomes easy for us to connect with God.
We must be determined to build up our spirit by continually feeding upon the word of God which has transformative power to enable us mature and grow in the knowledge of God. God speaks and He is still speaking to His children (Heb. 1:1-3). In order for us to hear God when He speaks, we first and foremost must have to deal with our flesh by subjecting it to the word of God (Rom.12:1-2), for there is nothing good in our flesh (Rom. 7:18) which is continuously at war with our spirit (Rom. 7:23).
We must endeavour to go the extra mile to subdue the flesh in order for our spirit to come alive within us and be able to connect to and hear God. God is speaking all the time and He uses everything around us to speak to us (Ps. 19:1-4). But is our spirit sensitive enough to hear what God is saying to us today? We must not only feed our spirit with the word of God to develop our inner man, but we must also be determined to follow God no matter what it costs us. A decision to be God’s servant, based on love and not on any moral precept, or religious doctrine or even self discipline.
To succeed in this “interesting” time, we must be a bondservant (Rom. 1:1, Phil. 1:1, James 1:1). God will not accept our offerings and sacrifices when our lives are not submitted to Him. God wants to live inside of us. He wants our body to be a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1). He wants our body to be the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). He wants us to be a carrier of His presence, so that we can hear Him when He speaks to us (Ps. 40:6).
God is looking for a people who will serve Him out of love and not out of compulsion or fear (Isa. 29:13). A people who will diligently obey Him because they love Him (Deut. 28:1). A people whose agenda is to pursue God’s agenda in love, knowing that they have been purchased by the blood of Jesus (Acts 20:28). God loves us and He seeks a reciprocation of that love. Christianity is not a modification or an improvement of the old life. It is a new life. It is a relationship with God. God’s plan is to give us a new Spirit (Ezek. 37:27) which empowers us to please Him.
The ultimate plan of God is for us to be conformed to His image. God wants to establish His Kingdom and His righteousness in this world and He is looking for bondservants with similar desires (Matt 6:33). Our desires must be driven by our love for God (Luke 9:24). It’s all about what God can do in our lives for His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). It’s all about a bond to serve and please God based on the love we have for Him.