Apostle Joshua Selman: How To build a believer to a person of stature
If you want to build a believer to be a person of stature, he needs to come into an understanding of what Jesus has done. When you tell somebody that “while you were yet a sinner, unable to help yourself, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, that Jesus saw you, He loved you and He came to you, not demanding that you give him his life because of the threat for hell, He loves you and He’s given you an opportunity to be a partaker of His life and the only thing you have to do, is to believe that He loved you enough and died for you and that in saying yes to him, among the many things that happen to you, is that there is a translation from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His dear son. Now you have been vested with life eternal, alongside authority, the potential to manifest the God life has now been given to you. That is why the gospel is called Good News”. Hallelujah!
Now, the person can say “you mean with all this, my life of drinking, smoking, all this my life of drugs, all this my life of killing and destruction, Jesus can love someone like me? you say “yes”. Step one.
When you bring such a person, now the danger is if that is the only theology that remains with that person, there is trouble because the next assignment is to know that now we are not saved by good works but we are saved onto good works. That when you now become a believer in Christ, the next thing is that you begin to understand that there is the partnership with the word and the spirit to conform to the image of the Christ in experience.
And then, that eternal life that has been transmuted into your spirit, can not manifest just arbitrarily, it’s a product of knowledge, understanding and Faith.
Now you are taught the ways of God, the believer now works in the appreciation of what Jesus has done but also rises to a point of responsibility, knowing that I need to not add to what God has done but partner with what God has done to make it manifest.
So, sometimes with all due respect, we say things like “if God said it, I believe it and that settles it.” Of course, I know that those who say that, are very well intentioned and they are sincere but from the lens of scripture, that is not an accurate statement. How many times have you believed what God has said and agreed with it and confessed it and it did not work? Because it takes more than that. The entire journey of obedience is beyond the realm of confession, confession is part of the process but obedience is predicated on understanding.
- You need to know the provisions that have been there.
- You need to know the conditions allocated for those promises to be made manifest and then you need to obtain grace from God to walk in keeping with those conditions that is what is responsible for manifestation. Hallelujah.
So, I can know that Jesus died, defeated satan, death, hell and the grave. I can know that for a fact but ladies and gentlemen, I can know that I’ve been translated from every curse and I can even stand to declare “in the name of Jesus, there is no cause upon my life, in the name of Jesus oh my grandfather worshiped this, my grandmother worship this, in the name of Jesus, I am free from it” and yet, after all of that confession, it looks like satan is just watching you and said “just finish and get out of the way for me” and then you find out that there are many people who would tell you, Apostle I’m fasting, I’m praying and in the midst of the fasting and prayer I still see demons come to oppress me. You see that? And sometimes we men of God at a lost as to why, what should have caused that now and we say “just go, you are not serious with God, that’s why”. It’s not true.
That person is very serious with God, that’s even why satan is oppressing the person. Hallelujah.
I’m saying that, because it’s happening to many of us and sometimes we come to church and we just say “Amen” but we live back with our various questions and our frustrations and sooner or later the believer will become discouraged and say “you know what, I love the Lord, I will still keep doing church but I will really go and find a solution that befits my problem”, is why there is a mix of the Christian faith and many other extra biblical practices today.
And then, we say things like “the word of God works” and that is so true but the average believer has not experienced perpetually the victory that is in Christ. If we are to be honest and we are to admit it, a few people may have received like trickles of rain, a few testimonies here and there but most believer are yet to walk in the experience of this abundant life, the experience of this victory in Christ, the average believer does not have the confidence to be able to reproduce the victory in Christ here and now, it’s like if it happens, let it happen.
So we pray for instance and we say “father give me a job, change my life, do this and that.” If it so happens, we say wow, it happened. If it does not happen, after all we knew it would not happen.
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