Heart Check Tuesday 3 September 2019
We just concluded the International Prophetic Conference in Lagos and from that meeting it was evident that we have to emphasize the need for believers to sojourn through the mountains of Babylon with a sent mentality.
*When you go to a place without a sent mentality, the city will swallow you. But if you go down with a sent mentality, regardless of how difficult the terrain looks, you will find a crack that you can take advantage of.*
Unfortunately, many times, we go carelessly – we go without a plan, without a mission; and that makes us vulnerable because we are exposed to systems set up to suppress that which we carry and even work against the very assignment that we are sent to fulfil. Isn’t this why many would-be heroes in the kingdom miss their divine opportunities?
Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day” (John 9:5, NKJV) Do you realize that when He was talking about the will of Him that sent him, there was a ‘must’? That ‘must’ connotes a sense of obligation; it implies definiteness of purpose backed up with unreserved commitment. It was a no-going-back attitude.
*When you come to that point in your heart where there is a ‘must’ with regards to God’s agenda, then the devil can do nothing about you.*
Remember that many guys bound themselves with an oath to eat and drink nothing until they kill Paul. (Acts 23:12) They fasted; they were committed and dedicated; in fact, an act of covenant was included. But guess what? They could not even touch him because he had a ‘must’ on his life. He was preserved in his obligation to the agenda of the kingdom.
When Jesus went to Samaria, He discerned that the errand that God was sending Him to perform in the city was to dig a well in the woman who came to draw water from the well which Jacob dug for his descendants.
Observe the progression. First, when Jesus approached the woman to request water to drink, she identified Him as a Jew (perhaps, by His dressing) and somewhat despised Him.
Then Jesus took the issue further, saying, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water” (John 4:10). As soon as the woman discovered that Jesus was claiming to have the ability to give something valuable, she addressed Him more respectfully with ‘Sir.’ The progression from ‘Jew’ to ‘Sir’ was the first sign of digging.
Her attention had changed from querying Jesus’ identity to enquiring about the source of the water He wanted to give her. Then Jesus explained uniqueness of His own water: “the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13). That was the best evidence of His mission to dig a well in her just as Jacob dug a well for his descendants. Immediately, she jumped at Jesus’ offer, again evidencing a progress in Jesus’ digging process.
As she requested the ultimate water that Jesus possessed, Jesus dug further by saying, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” (John 4:16) But she denied having a husband. So, through Word of Knowledge, revealed to her the truth about her ‘marital career.’ At that point, she acknowledged Him as a prophet.
*Now, you must understand that knowing Jesus as a prophet is not sufficient to get water – even the Muslims know Him as such. In the issues of eternity that Jesus was raising with the woman, you have to hear God Himself because a prophet is handicapped concerning that matter.*
In the subsequent conversations that ensued, she raised issues that reflected a historical (“Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship”) and futuristic (“When He (the Messiah) comes, He will tell us all things”) knowledge of God. Both kinds of knowledge cannot benefit anyone in the present. So, Jesus revealed to her the current template of the economy of God: worship had left physical locations and it is now in the spirit. He also revealed Himself to her as the long-awaited Messiah and the fountain head of eternal life.
After digging had taken place in the woman to the point that she caught the revelation of Jesus, the river that came out of her affected the entire city. This was how Jesus focused on certain people when He knew that the key of the deliverance of cities were tied to them. Only a man with sent mentality can function this way.
By the time the apostles returned, Jesus had lost appetite for the food they went to fetch for Him because a sense of peace, satisfaction and fulfilment from the work accomplished had completely seized Him and galvanized His soul. He felt more satisfied than a man that ate bread and fish that He cried out saying, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34).
*Beloved, our appetite for fulfilling God’s will must supersede anything and everything that the world has to offer. This is how we can subvert kingdoms and establish the civilization of Christ in all institutions: staying on the ground until there is a sense of approval in our spirits.*
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