Jesus Christ didn’t form any religious movement and called it “Christianity religion” however, He revealed to His disciples a simple way of life, a perfect principles to achieve oneness with God. The divine principle of life and mysteries of God’s kingdom revealed by Christ was described as THE WAY, not Christianity……
And asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to THE WAY, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem(Acts 9:2.)
However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of THE WAY, which they call a sect. (Acts 24:14)
Then Felix, who was well acquainted with THE WAY, adjourned the proceedings. “When Lysias the commander comes,” he said, “I will decide your case.” (Acts 24:22)
The teaching of Jesus Christ was called the way, because both His character and his message reveals accurate spiritual pathway to obtain sinlessness and immortality in God. Now, “Christians” need to renew their mentality from building religious empires (Roman Catholics, protestant, Anglican, Methodist, Baptists, Pentecostal etc) and focus their attention on total conformity to the image of Jesus Christ. In addition, the true disciples of Yeshua (Jesus Christ) are to worship God in spirit and truth (John4:20-24), meaning that it’s no longer about following a set of manmade rules, or religious doctrines, everything must be based on the divine pattern and principles of worship the Spirit is revealing to us now.
The greatest problem facing us today is that the majority of “Christians” have chosen to adhere to what men say instead of hearing from and following the Holy Spirit; for instance, the Lutheran Christian groups have established with the teachings of Martin Luther and refused to accept anything contrary to what Luther said about Christ and His kingdom, the Presbyterians established on the doctrine of John Calvin and John Knox, Mennonites on the teachings of Meno Simon, Methodist on John Wesley, most Baptists on John Smith, Pentecostals construct on the views of William J. Seymour, Charismatic’s on Demos Shakarian, David du Plessis and Dennis Bennett. Church of God worldwide follow Herbert W. Armstrong’s doctrine, Word of faith movement follow teachings of Kenneth E. Hagin, Jehovah witnesses follow Charles Taze Russell, Seventh Day Adventists on the prophecies of Ellen G. White, Latter Day Saints settled on the doctrines of Joseph Smith. Christ embassy on Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s philosophy, Living Faith (Winners Chapel) on financial prosperity of teachings of David Oyedepo. You can’t find any Christian denomination that’s not following someone’s view of Christianity, only very few Christians are hearing directly from the Spirit and that’s what made Christianity religion powerless!
Most Christians aren’t willing to accept anything new from God because they believe their leaders have revealed all that’s needed to know about Him. Each Christian must follow the move of the Spirit and obey its principles. The move of the Spirit referred to here is different from “Pentecostal ajasco”, it’s not people shedding emotional tears during “church service” or people falling down under “the anointing” or running around and shouting inside of a religious cathedral. The move of the spirit represents a paradigm shift or divine revolution; a complete turnaround from one way of doing things to another way that’s usually diametrically opposite, or a change from one way of thinking to another. It's a transformation, a sort of metamorphosis, or when a significant change happens, usually from one fundamental view to a different and better view.
A good example of spiritual revolution or paradigm shift is the Old Testament and the New Testament. The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John1:17), the Mosaic Law came before grace and truth, but since Christ came with an elevated and more accurate revelation of God compared to Prophet Moses, the disciples of Moses had to shift from the Law completely to establish fully in the grace and truth in order to achieve their spiritual destiny in God. We shouldn’t conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom12:2). Constant renewal of our minds requires fresh revelation from God each day, as we pursue our eternal destiny in Christ; we are bound to shift with the Spirit of God as He’s revealing to us a fresh and more advanced revelation of Christ and divine pattern of worship daily. When people adhere to the old move of the Spirit, and refuse to shift when a fresh revelation is revealed by God, the people sooner or later conform to this world, because as the knowledge of God is increasing so is worldly knowledge growing. We’re made to grow from faith to faith, strength to strength, and from glory to glory till we all reach God’s predetermined state of perfection….
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God (Psalm84:5-7).
Stagnancy isn’t God’s will for any of His children; we must achieve a more advanced level of knowledge, revelation, wisdom, power, holiness, purity and glory daily, just as Peter the apostle said…. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (2Peter1:5-7). Our spiritual advancement (growth) should be constant, we should be increasing instead of decreasing; for instance, our level of separation, inward purification and dedication at this moment shouldn’t be the same tomorrow, each day should be our new beginning. God desires us to be progressive spiritually and physically, one common proverb says, “a river that does not flow will stink.” If a Christian fails to advance spiritually and chooses not to be fixated in the knowledge and character of Christ, the system of this world will overtake and dominate that person again. Spiritually, there’s no such thing as retreat; the saints of God must be in constant growth; shifting from one paradigm to another until we achieve our divine destiny in Christ. Let’s be conscious of seeing and hearing from God every second so that we can successfully fulfill our destiny in Christ.
Sharpening our Inner Eyes:- Nothing will change in our lives until we change the way we see things. We can’t change the way see things unless we begin to view things using our internal sight, which are the eyes of our heart. Our inner eyes can be sharpened through fasting, prayer, studying and daily meditation. Oftentimes, we need to separate ourselves from everyone and every activity to spend time alone with God. It’s good to pray with a group of true Christians, but it‘s more important to spend time alone with the Spirit. During the time that Jesus was physically here on earth, He spent most of his time alone praying and meditating in quiet private places…
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. (Mark1:35) And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God (luke6:12).
It was during the course of quite time, prayer and spiritual meditation that Isaac discerned his wife when he saw her coming far off….
And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. (Genesis24:63-64)
It’s obvious that we Christians have abandoned the life of private prayer, fasting and meditation for the eastern religions; we now see meditation as something belonging to the Hindu, Jain, Buddha, Silk, Hare Krishna and other Indian sects. But we’re commanded to meditate on God’s word day and night;
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua1:8).
Christian meditation is different from “trans and yoga” kinds of meditations. The words that we’re to meditate daily are the eternal revelations of God revealed to our spirit man by the Holy Spirit, or the rhema word received from the written word of God. Inward illumination and rhema can be received when the peace of God is still in our hearts; when your mind isn’t occupied with the troubles of this life, but holding unto the promises of God. When it comes to prayer, there’s no other way to learn prayer than to pray. To develop a life of meditation, you can start by not talking too much! Know when to talk and when not to talk, and when you talk make sure that you’re only saying something that’ll make a positive impact in the life of the person or people listening to you.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ephesians4:29).
Avoid gossiping completely; always mind your own business! To discipline your tongue, eyes and ears is vital to develop your inner eyes. What you watch and listen to will determine what fills your heart and it’s from the abundance of the heart that your mouth speaks (Mathew12:34). You can’t watch dirty movies, listen to filthy music and foolish discussions, and expect to see spiritually the holy things of heaven and speak life-giving words. When you filter what you see, hear and say daily, the eyes of your heart will begin to sharpen. You should know that there’s no other way to live for God than to walk in the spirit; living by what our spirit accurately perceives about God and the inward witness of the Holy Spirit.