(Eternal Glorious Fountain Ministries – EGFM)
SOS Ajegunle: 28th May, 2015.
Opening prayers By Pastor Ayo:
Let’s pray that we will get into the thoughts of the Lord’s heart. The things that bring weight in the spirit may not be high revelations – His impressions on our hearts are higher than writing. On the face of the paper, you can feel an impression. What thinking carries is impression: it goes with weights. Let’s pray that the Lord will draw us further into His impressions – that our hearts will move when He speaks.
When the Lord was speaking to the Israelites, it was in words written on stones. When speaking to Moses, He said He spoke to him “face to face” – that was impressions: the Face of the Lord communicates His thoughts and feelings. Someone who has no impression has only heard words: but if you have both His Words and His impressions, you can be closer to Him.
Cry out: “Lord, take hold of our spirits and souls; that we’ll have indelible impressions inscribed in our hearts!
We don’t always obey because we easily forget things: the instructions that came to us at last week’s meetings, some of us have forgotten! Satan has robbed us of the capacity to receive instructions and to keep them. Let’s pray not to be forgetful hearers; that we’ll be firm and strong in our souls as the word of the Lord is coming to us in impressions.
We need to be firm in our thoughts – whereby instructions don’t just slip away. Seasons come and go; but our OBEDIENCE is what measures our growth in each of those seasons.
One reason we are weak is because we try to “reason out” what the Lord is saying. What are the reasons we have not to walk in love towards our sister/brother? Anytime we try to ask, “Why” in the face of His commandments we are fighting the Lord. Let us pray that the Lord will deliver us from our reasons; that we’ll obey as we ought to obey.
Opening Charge By Pastor Ken:
Our obedience will procure for us an excellent life. We are in a season where the Lord is instructing our hearts – if God is talking to you, you’re blessed – Because some cannot hear Him at all. What God is doing in our midst is a growth process for us, so let’s not truncate it with disobedience.
God has lavished His love for us; when you know God’s love, emotionally, you’ll be secure. E’s teaching us His love. We feel accepted in the beloved as He is putting His discipline on us. The demands of the Lord can’t make us run away. Don’t let Satan lie to you that God prefers others to you. Let’s be rooted and grounded in the love of God.
We go through situations that hit us hard and tend to make us keep our heads bowed: This is a time to reinforce our understanding that God loves us. That’s what’s keeping us in the path – God’s love.
God is dealing with us in a military sense: When a soldier goes to war, it’s for the sovereignty of his kingdom. Let’s give ourselves wholly to this fight of faith so that our commitment will be total.
Let’s be stirred up in our hearts. Pray for people that are weak – “strengthen your brethren”. Some are facing severe attacks of Satan. Let our hearts be fully assured in all the will of God. Let hearts be strengthened and stirred up.
Finally, let’s pray for the meeting commencing today in Houston, Texas (USA). There was serious flooding in the U.S states, Oklahoma and Texas: Houston was affected. That’s enough discouragement for some. They won’t want to lose their houses or will be busy fixing their houses because of the flood. Let’s pray that men will be fully stirred to take up the provision of grace that’s available in this season in Jesus’ Name, amen!
Ministering: Pastor Emeka Egwuchukwu
(Singing): Eternity (by Misty Edwards)
Last week, we looked at 1 John 3. In Hebrews 10:16, God said: “I will put My laws in their hearts”.
The putting of the law in our hearts is the writing. The law is the Spirit of the living God. That Spirit is commandment.
One scripture that brings it out well is 1 John 3:23-24.
1 John 3:23-24
“And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us”.
The Holy Ghost is acting as a seal upon our hearts until the redemption of our souls. The new birth is called by Peter the washing of regeneration (Titus 3:5). That talks of the sanctification of your spirit. What you must understand is how sanctification is applicable to the spirit, soul and body.
“The Lord sanctify you spirit, soul and body”. There has to be sanctification in your soul and body (1 Thess 5:23).
That which happened to the spirit is called new birth or regeneration, but Peter calls it the washing of regeneration to mean that our being born again is our spirit being sanctified unto the Lord. That sanctification is different. It takes knowledge. “Sanctify them by thy truth. Thy word is truth” (John 17:17).
The Word is what constitutes the water for the soul. Baptism is sanctification. That new birth is baptism for your spirit. It’s your spirit that became one with Christ at first. Your soul will also come to being one with Him.
The baptism is applicable to the spirit, soul and body as sanctification is baptism. Water baptism being explained is what happened to our spirit – buried corruptible and raised incorruptible, buried in weakness bur raised in strength (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).
1 John 3:24
“And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us”.
The commandment is what is tattooed within Him. How will you write in a spirit? It has to be with spiritual substances which will qualify it. Nothing can enter God that is not of the same quality with God. In Him is no darkness or death (1 John 1:5). He’s love – there’s no hatred. He’s holy. He’s whole – there’s no mixture. There’s nothing in Him that’s not consistent with His nature. If He’s Spirit, they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23). Everything in Him has to be the same quality and quantity – He is consistent.
“Ye are our epistles written…seen and read of all men” (2 Corinthians 3:1)
‘Written with ink’
The ink which God uses to write the law in our hearts is the Spirit of the living God. It’s that Spirit of life. That law is called the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, the Father and the Holy Ghost. What is being used to write the law is the Spirit of the living God. When He’s written in our hearts and minds, it will come to pass that, “I’ll put My Spirit in their hearts”. That which I’m writing is the spirit of the living God. ‘God’ refers to the 3 of Them.
‘The Spirit of the living God’ refers to the Spirit of the 3 of Them. The Father is Spirit; the Word is Spirit, then Holy Ghost is also Spirit.
“This is how we know that He abideth in us by the Spirit He’s given to us” (1 John 3:24). When that commandment is fully written in us, God has come in. That’s how God has given Himself to us. When a man has been fully written on, that man has received God.
1 John 4:13
He’s given us the Spirit of life which is in Christ Jesus. Your spirit is dwelling in Him right now and He’s dwelling in Him now. Your spirit has received this portion by being born of God and the seed of God in your spirit. Your soul has not yet started dwelling in God: but we will dwell in God.
The things of God are exciting. We are going to dwell in Him and He will dwell in us. He’s the One who filleth all in all. “I will dwell in them and walk in them”.
“In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:20).
This is how we know He is in us because of the Spirit He’s given to us (1 John 3:24).
When you hear ‘commandment, (commandment isn’t the 10 commandments – that’s not how God writes – by chiselling upon a stone. [He writes on hearts] The law of God is the Spirit of life which is in Him. That ‘law’ is commandment. It’s Spirit. It’s the Spirit of life. When you have that Spirit of life, there’s a way He behaves, there are things He shows.
1 John 3:23
“And this is His commandment, That we should BELIEVE on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and LOVE one another, as He gave us commandment”.
That law/commandment, which is the Spirit, behaves this way: Faith and Love! The belief in the name of the Son is actually faith. Both are within the behavioural pattern of that Spirit.
“That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
How do you walk after the Spirit?
Is it closing your eyes and praying in the Spirit all the time on the streets? You can’t walk in the Spirit without engaging that law. To engage that law, you engage it by faith and love.
When I engage faith, I’m walking in the Spirit. Both of them go together. They are 2”sides of the same coin. We walk by faith and we walk in love. Those 2 activities are how the Spirit of God behaves.
God raises His standard and tells you: “This is My stature or length. If you want to come to Me, you have to be like this”.
God is meek and lowly. He can be that to all men but when you want to come to Him, you have to meet that. Coming to Him isn’t a dislocation from one place to another – ‘He that cometh to Him must believe that He is and is a rewarder of them that dilgently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)’.
He that cometh to God must believe that HE IS. What He IS is what He is in His Son.
The Son Jesus Christ is the standard raised for anyone who comes to God. The reward you’ll receive when you come is that which is in the Son. The name of the Son is the name of the Father and of the HG. That’s what God has raised.
Who is a liar? 1 John 2:22-23`
Vs 22, “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son”
You can’t have the Father without the Son. The Son is where they have emptied Themselves. The Father is in the Son. The Son (the Word) is in the Son. The Holy Ghost is in the Son.
Meaning They are saying: “This is our standard”.
1 Jn 3:23 – “And this is His commandment, That we should BELIEVE on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and LOVE one another, as He gave us commandment”.
We have to believe in the Son because we have to discern lie, he who is lie, and the spirit of the antichrist.
1 Jn 2:22 – , “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son”
1 Jn 4:20 – “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
How the spirit of the antichrist will drive a man is through the spirit in the fallen cherub. It’s a law. Law has to be embodied. ‘This is his commandment that we should believe in the name of His Son…and love one another’. The spirit of the antichrist also has its behavioral pattern. It will also be embodied by men. Men who behave according to that antichrist pattern will be antichrist.
Christ is the revelation of the life of God. The 3 of Them are in Christ. They want to be together in a man! I want that! That’s why I have to believe in the name of the Son of God. He that denieth that Jesus is the One where the Father and the HG poured Themselves is antichrist. Anyone who embodies that law will also declare the same. He will be a liar.
‘Lie’ is an agreement with darkness. That law in the fallen cherub is dark – “The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2). That law was written in the heart of every man but this law of the Spirit erases darkness. That’s how we know that we’ve passed on from darkness to light. We behave like this. If you have darkness in you, you’ll lie.
Lie is agreeing with darkness. Darkness is in the fallen cherub. Agreeing that darkness is also light is a lie.
Darkness is not blackness.
Darkness is a life that is anti God, anti faith, anti love. It’s a spirit. it’s called the law of the spirit of death. To agree with that other life, you’re saying: “There’s no true light; this one is also light. Why do you call it darkness? It has profiteth mankind”.
This is the condemnation: that men loved darkness because their deeds were evil (John 3:19). What do you love? Your life! That’s why Jesus said, “If anyone must come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
Your soul is capturing agreement with darkness as its consciousness. When light comes and you shrink from light, you’re calling it a lie. You’re saying eternal life isn’t the only life.
1 John 5:11, 13
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may
now that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”.
The promise of God to man is eternal life. God has man in mind that he would inherit eternal life not darkness. It’s that antichrist spirit that will show you that eternal life is called darkness. It’s from that darkness that arguments would spring up like: “Why would you say that Jesus is the only way?”
I was watching the film “Perfect Stranger” and that question was asked. Man wants to be on his own and follow another way and arrive at God: “I know the distance. I calculated it.”
It’s how God made it. They think saying “coming to God is the only way” is changing from one location to the other. To come to God, you have to have the Father, Son and the HG. There’s no other way you can be saved except through the name Jesus. When you’ve inherited Them, your face will show Their name. One who has God’s name on his forehead has arrived at God.
I can decide that I want to travel to Ore (a place in Ondo State, Nigeria) without using Lagos-Ibadan expressway. I could go through Epe (a place in Lagos State) and connect Ore without using that expressway. But this is not the same thing as arriving at God. There are no several routes to arriving in the Father – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
Jesus is the only way. The Father is in the Son. The Word is in the Son. The Holy Ghost is in the Son!
Those confused fellows that call themselves ‘thinkers’ – “In wisdom they didn’t know God. Their understanding was darkened…” (Romans 1:28)
Such people will show you black and say they don’t think it’s black; they think it’s white. That it’s by perception. “You perceive it to be black but I perceive it to be white … And who says what I’m saying is a lie and what you’re saying is true? It’s only in perception. There’s really no standard”, they’ll argue on and on.
“ And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”
They don’t want to retain God. They don’t want God in their hearts. When God says this is white and you say it’s black, it’s condemnation. At the end of the day, there’s nothing called sin. It’s strong delusion. Strong delusion is already coming on the earth and men don’t know. The reason they don’t like God is because God is true. He’s called the Only true God. Someone might be angry and say: “Why do you call Him the only true God?”Anything not consistent with His nature falls below His standards. In Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). When you find darkness, it’s not Him.
Darkness corrodes, saps life, but life gives and increases. Life gives. It doesn’t finish. It won’t diminish because it’s ever-giving. The fear of Satan is that he must pass away. He makes people fear and he’s afraid that he’s expiring. He’s lie! He wants to fight life.It’s like you fighting with someone as a child and he tells you: “You didn’t really beat me. I only allowed you to carry me up because I didn’t want to disgrace you”. That’s a lie! Satan is afraid of passing away. All the tantrums from him are to remain but darkness can’t abide.”Darkness is already past” (1 John 2:8). So don’t reckon with it. It’s past. It’s old.The true light now shineth. When you begin to know Satan’s scared of passing away, then you’ll know all he has to scare you is passing away.
Anything that constitutes darkness and anything he can throw against you is past because darkness is past.Darkness is only a shadow. But in God there is no shadow. He can’t pass. He’s to come! His nature is “He Who is to come”. But there is one who is passing away; this world, sin, is passing away. But he who finds the will of God and does it will abide even while all these things are passing away (1 John 2:17).Someone is sick here by reason of this light. Come to agreement that that sickness is past already. Treat is as “past already”. Let it not constitute a mountain already. Tell it in the morning, “You’re past already because I’m doing the will of God. I’m a doer of the will so I can’t pass with you. I will find commandment. I’m doing commandment”. [Amen!]
You don’t know you’re doing commandment? You are! If you’re walking by faith, if you’re walking in love, you’re doing commandment. You’re doing the will of God! Hagin told one woman, “Tell Satan to take his hands off your child because you’re doing commandment!”He that doeth the will of God abideth forever. When you’re flesh, you’re agreeing with darkness. A grass will agree with darkness. When a man agrees with flesh, he’s just grass and will pass away – “The grass withereth and will fall” (1Peter 1:24).
As for me, I want to remain and do commandment. The commandment is for you to walk by faith and in love. Instructions will keep coming and as you do them, you’re locking yourself from the reach of darkness. It’s like a flood is coming and you have to dig in and stay there.Dig into faith, dig deep into love and stay there. Desire to walk in love much more than you have before – not by feeling but by faith. That’s how you’ll dig the trenches and that’s how you’ll stay and remain while darkness is passing away.A liar denies the Son. He denies the faith that is in the Son. He also denies love. “This is His commandment …that we should love”…The spirit of life generates faith and love. When the spirit is in a man, the man will naturally walk by faith and in love.1 John 4:20If any man says he has this law or commandment in him and hates his brother, he’s lying. He has another commandment in him.
“This is how we know we’ve passed from death to life because we love the brethren” (1 John 3:14).That spirit loves. That’s how He behaves. God can’t do otherwise. God is love. God is light. God loves to love. If any man says he loves God and hates his brother, he doesn’t have His commandment.You must see that God isn’t telling us to do what He’s not doing. He’s a lover. We’ve not reached His height of love. We’ve not yet got all of that commandment written in love; so we’ve not reached the height of His love. We need to reach the height of His love. The height of His love is the love that’s sincere. Our love still has shades of darkness which are conditions, favorites. Your love still has darkness. We’re still loving with much darkness that’s why it is not sincere: “I love him because I’ll get something from him. I like being around him because it will boost my profile”. Such a love hasn’t been perfected. Neither is, “I love him because I expect him to love me back”.
Jesus taught in Luke 14:12-14, “When you make a dinner or a supper, do not call your friends or your brothers, or your kinsmen, or your rich neighbors; lest they also invite you again, and a recompense be made to you. But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you shall be blessed, for they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just”.
But when we want to hold our feasts, we invite our colleagues so that we can show forth our glory. Love isn’t vain glorious. Love doesn’t seek vain glory. (I’m not saying don’t invite your colleagues. I just want to show you love. I’ve attended some functions and see what goes on there).When you’re dancing to the tune amidst your fellows, you’re declaring, “This is the class I belong to”. Amidst that class, you have the “creme de la creme”. That’s ‘cream in a cream’ – that cream is thicker than the other cream. You want to be the first among your equals. If you’re holding your birthday party and you bring beggars and the people in the party are all lowly people, flesh is crucified. There’ll be no glory; but your spirit will rejoice. Whenever you move against flesh, your spirit dances. Flesh will feel awkward.But Love (Jesus) identifies with the lowliest of all – ncluding fishermen and that won’t add to Him. He can also be among the richest and it doesn’t add to Him. He’s the true life! He doesn’t need men’s validation. We don’t need to be with the rich to be validated. We just need to be crucified in the flesh to be validated. On the contrary, anything we do to walk in love is to be justified. Man thinks he can get justification by tagging himself to something or a particular class.
Perfect love asteth away fear. One reason we don’t really love is that we are afraid of the low places. James was wondering in his epistle: “Are you not a sinner? When you tell the rich to take the front seat and tell the poor to remove his shoes and sit at the back? Is it not the rich that persecute you?” (James 2:6)The Lord said when you’re holding your party, invite the poor and lame to come and eat “that ye might be the children of your heavenly Father who maketh the rain and sun to be on the just and unjust” (Matthew 5:45)
What moves Him is that spirit of life. That’s how He behaves. He even loves the lowly more – He’ll find a way to crumble you if you’re high so that when you’re brought low/humble, He can help you.”The Lord your God dwells in the high place with them that are meek and lowly” (Isaiah 57:15).High place belongs to those who are meek and lowly.We fear – that’s why we don’t love well. Class is a lie. Here, the class is to cast superiority and inferiority complex; but in heaven, regarding class, the least is the greatest (Luke 9:48). The higher you are, the lower you go. The greatest is the servant of all (Matthew 23:11).
There’s no space for complex. Here, the highest in glory is the one that sits down. The highest and greatest servant is the Father. You can’t sit on that throne – they won’t find you. You will disintegrate and they will look for all the molecules of your body if you’re placed there. As He’s seated, He’s seated on things! Out of Him flow issues of life. Can you sit down and issue life?God sits down and issues life. He’s serving on that seat. He’s the greatest servant. If you sit, you’ll drain. They won’t find you. He’s also sustaining all forms of life – spiritual and physical. He sustains all life – even the ant.
There’s this flic (movie) from China “Read and dream”: the sleep that night was cool – no mosquito. Some use Snipper, Raid, Mortein to kill mosquitoes. But with all of that, God still sustains the common mosquito. You can’t finish killing them! There’s someone seated on the throne making sure that all life is sustained. He’s also giving eternal life!
To sit down there! Can you answer prayers the way He does? You’ll be confused. One is praying to you against the other and the other is praying against the other. What would you do if you were the one to whom all these prayers were directed at? Yet He (God) attends to all prayers one by one. When someone comes while you’re talking to me, you’ll know there’s a divided attention: but God listens with rapt attention even when many are talking to Him. When you’re talking to Him, He’s with you as if you’re the only one – it’s you that even drifts away!The Holy Ghost will be in this church manifesting and will be in another church and manifesting at the same time. They are servants: They serve. They give – They serve and give life.But there’s another life – a life of lies. That one finishes. His life is a life of lies. He knows he will finish. Don’t join him.
(Pastor Ayo closing with a Song):
“Father, we declare that we love You: We declare our everlasting love for You”.