Whose Jesus do you know?
Is your faith a “Hotspot Faith?”
Your God is the God of Abraham? The God of Isaac? The God of Jacob? Does this lineage stretch all the way to you or does it stop somewhere on Pastor or Reverend or perhaps Prophet so and so? Is your faith a hotspot faith? Whatever could you mean by that? you may ask. A hotspot faith is a faith that is not able to stand alone. You see once a wifi hotspot is switched off or shutdown everything that is connected through it also loses connection. Throughout his ministry on earth, Christ equipped his disciples to stand alone and not be “hotspot believers”. This is why even after he died, their faith remained alive. Sadly nowadays we witness masses of believers turning away from their denomination and often times even from God himself because such and such a pastor, or reverend, elder or prophet has sinned and fallen within the public eye. I’ll pose my title question again :Whose Jesus do you know? If you know “my Jesus” you are bound to fall because I am a man, and as hard as I may try to live a righteous life I am bound to fall short. If you are following “my Jesus” you’ll stray when you see me stray. When I fail in your eyes it will be as though Jesus has failed.
God wants a personal relationship
However God desires to have a personal relationship with each and every one of us. Take note: I said “personal” not “inter-personal”. He wants you to know him for yourself. When you know Christ personally, no matter what any prophet or elder or Science itself may say or do your faith is unshaken! Jesus desires to walk besides each one of us on a daily basis. When believers become dependent on a leader who is human, the burden on him becomes great. In mega-churches with hundreds of thousands of members it becomes less and less possible to have direct access to the leaders. This leaves us to walk alone. Jesus is omnipresent! He is able to walk on each and every one of us’ paths without giving more attention to another or loving another any less than another. That is why is extremely essential to have direct access. When Christ died the veil that blocked us from accessing the holy of holies was torn from top to bottom. This was done to grant us direct access to the king.
Sons of Sceva
Acts 19:11-20 speaks of a season in which God was doing some mighty works. In a season such as the one in which we are living today. While Paul and the other apostles were moving in the spirit and bring liberty to the captives. The bibles speaks the sons of Sceva. These boys I believe were amused by what they saw the apostles do. They picked up what I have heard described as a “hotspot” anointing. They tried to cast out demons “in the name of Jesus whom Paul spoke of.” Their knowledge of Jesus was not first-hand. They knew him through another. Their results were different from what the expected. They were beaten until their clothes tore off them. The problem here was not that the sons of Sceva did not have the right motives. The issue here was that they knew of Jesus “whom Paul spoke of.” If you are in the same place life will answer you in the same way, “Jesus we know but who are you?” You can not be identified in Christ until you know Christ personally. Someone else put it more beautifully, he said “God’s aim is to make us his BRIDE, not just disciples.” When you become a bride, you share in the power and possessions of your groom. Just because he knew God himself Elijah was able to stand up against the prophet of Baal. When you become one with Christ, people begin to see him when they look at you. The bible says when you saw Jesus you saw the father! The authority is not placed on individuals but on Christ who is in these individuals.
I have read of multiple things being done in the name of Jesus, most recently that of a “naked church.” Until you know Jesus for yourself you are open to being led astray. However when you know Jesus personally you have the ability to read something of that sort and instantly know that is not the Jesus that you know. Many will come in his name, the bible prophesied this long before we lived. It still speaks today, with even more relevance. The word is distorted or twisted because we as believers follow our “leaders” blindly! You eyes should be more on Christ himself than on any preacher or whatever else they call themselves.
I am happy to see a great work of God. Am always pleased to see the hand of God on people’s lives. To see the young prophesy and such, that is what I live for! However when I begin to see people focus complete on the map of God and not the God of that man. You see one says the God of preacher or prophet so and so shall see me through. You hear of these individuals then placing these leaders’ picture and what not and then attesting their deliverance to these things. You see God is a jealous God. He will not share his glory with men!!! Anyhow that is a subject for another post. As a believer you aim is to be open to God’s pursuit of you, to draw nearer to him and he draws near to you. Your aim should be to know him more and more so you and Jesus become a union. The purpose of leaders is guidance, in the same way that parents and other elders would guide us in marriage. They are not to take the place of Jesus, in the same that a best man at a wedding does not take the place of the groom.
The Jesus you believe in should shift from being the God of so and so to being your God! When that shift occurs you gain authority, you speak more boldly and with more confidence in these things. My prayer is that the kingdom of God would live in each and every one of us and not just in a chosen few. In the last few months the question I have gotten the most from all over the world is “How do I do what you do?” “How can I hear from God as you do?” These words bring the realisation that some people begin to focus on YOU instead of HIM (God). I believe we are living in a great time where the holy spirit is moving among us like no generation before. Acts 2:17 says: In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
We are in these lasts that were spoken of. And take note that he says he will pour out his spirit upon “ALL” people and not “SOME” people. Seek Christ and not man.