by Dino Nicholas
I have a mango tree in my yard, it produces mangoes. It doesn’t have to figure it out, it just produces mangoes. It produces mangoes because it’s a mango tree. It cannot produce peas or apples. It was created for that express purpose… to produce mango fruit.
When God made man (Genesis) He created us as human beings… we are not human doings but beings. Created to be something already predestined. This now is the source of demonic and satanic attacks on humans. It’s to drive us away from our first purpose. I know the popular teaching is wrapped up in man accomplishing by doing or hearing things in this life e.g. being purpose driven, a success, the head, walking in the power of God. Hearing all these are true but they are all a sideshow to our primary call as man. Paul, the apostle, reveals to us God’s original plans.
‘’For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.’’ Romans 8:29
This has always been the flow from the garden, to the tomb, to revelations. God is looking for more sons. We have however turned this glorious pursuit of God into a legalistic, religious system of rules, formulas and programs. The Church has been in a ‘rat race` to see who can be the best, the biggest, the most anointed. Winning Souls is no longer about producing sons but increasing membership. Our mailing list is longer than our prayer list. We must wake up and smell the dead roses and spend more time in prayer.
The number one purpose of man is to worship his Creator and to do this he must become or be who he was created to be. An eagle worships in flight, a stallion worships with every majestic stride, the fish, the ant and all of God’s creation worship through their nature. Only mankind have corrupted, lost the purpose of their nature. That’s why God released the plan of salvation, to redeem us back to who we were. Let me just say this here, salvation was never meant to save us from hell… first; but to restore us to God. We have spent so much time and effort trying to escape hell that we have missed His love by miles, hence we are struggling to live free for God, without God.
Religion has always been satan’s design for man. This is the greatest deception. Many go to a place of worship on a special day – completely oblivious to the deception they are walking into. Jesus told the woman of Samaria, ”ye worship ye know not what.’’ John 4:22. This was in response to her declaration of her life of worship and service to God. ‘’Or fathers worship on this mountain…”
They were worshipping for generations at that place in ignorance. I believe many in our time are in this same place. Our worship is empty, heartless and ridged because there is no relationship. We have become a people in need of external systematic controls because we are not internally governed by the Holy Spirit. Welcomed well into a Church building, just like the woman at the well, we can point to a place of worship but we cannot see the Person to worship right in front of us.
THE TOWER OF BABEL
“Come let us build ourselves a city and a tower whose top will reach to heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’’ Genesis 11:4
Abraham offers a profound contrast to the men of Babel. He was of a different spirit, the men of Babel strove to build for themselves (religion). Abraham proved time after time his willingness to give up everything earthly for a heavenly city. This heart for relationship with God earned him the very things the men of Babel strove to build in their own strength. ‘’And I will make of thee a great nation and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thy throne shall be a blessing.’’ Genesis 12:2
The Church’s departure from pursuing relationship with God, to a more ‘success driven’ system of following the most successful, has led us into a path of apostasy. We will discuss this word later… Suffice to say, not much time is given to the bride for her preparation to be with her lover. We have become followers of man and not desperate seekers of Christ. We are no longer ravished by His heart but impressed by the latest catch phrases and personalities.
We have in effect been kicking against our true selves and we have been twisted into something ugly and ungainly. We have become pretenders, actors being able to play the part, just long enough to convince ourselves we are okay. It would be strange to see a lion behaving like a cow. We would think that is crazy. So a Christian living comfortably without being in a relationship with God is equally crazy, unless, as scientists believe, we were hypnotised or indoctrinated.
“But there was a certain man, Simon, which before time in the same city, used sorcery and bewitched the people of Samaria…’’Acts 8:9
One man bewitched a city with sorcery, the art of manipulation and magical illusion. Does illusion sound familiar?