SERVICE IS WORSHIP


To worship God is to serve him. Service to God is a physical expression of reverence. I wonder which type of man will love a woman and not want to spend his last card and time in proving it… At least, I know the majority of men does that. Money plus time proves love, money minus time doesn’t. Our salvation is not dependent on our love for God but the level of commitment we are willing to give is dependent on it.

Service is more audible than prayers, don’t let anyone talk you out from service to God. Singing “Lord I love you” a thousand time doesn’t indicate love for God, it is in service that love is shown!

Text messages, Facebook announcement or even public proposal with knees on the ground doesn’t indicate love, they are very vocal but until there is a voluntary commitment to someone, love has not been proven. Many times we gather as believers, enjoy music, watch drama, laugh together and say we are only here to worship. Yes, fellowship is beautiful and more beautiful is service to God. You can’t separate service from fellowship, if you do that, you’re just a visitor.

The quality of your worship is shown in the quality of your service to God. Worship is beyond songs, songs are instruments of expression but the song in itself isn’t enough. Sometimes we tell people we love them just because we feel emotional, we talk about love when a certain song strikes a chord in our hearts but love dwells beyond the confines of emotions, love stays even where emotions fail! Love is a decision expressed in absolute commitment. It is in our love walk with God that we worship him. Anything that we do as an expression of love to God is worship.

No matter how much you pray, it doesn’t take the place of service, no matter how much you know and how much you study, it doesn’t take the place of service! Service is your commitment to the expansion project of God. People may know you as a pious man who wakes up every night to pray, you may have become so popular for your prayers but when you only pray, your worship lacks merit. God will commit more in the hands of a loyal servant who knows so little than in the hands of a learned elite who does nothing.

Personally, how much one prays doesn’t so much indicate love for God, people may pray because they are being outweighed by their problems but in service, we are proving that our personal problems cannot outweigh our love for God! Every man has issues that they are battling with, those who serve regardless are simply placing the kingdom above their problems. The same principle of seeking the kingdom first applies in service. Serve the Kingdom first! When we are ready to serve, this becomes what we pray for and what we yearn for all the times, an opportunity to serve!

It is true that you cannot outdo God in love, you cannot love God much more than he loves you, your love for God doesn’t make him better and your less commitment to him doesn’t make him less the God that he is. However, service to God makes you better. It empowers you to live a more fulfilled life. The satisfaction of a believer should not be in how much money he made, how much cars he bought, how much inventories he made; as awesome as all of these are, our fulfilment as believers stems from how much we were able to do in and for the kingdom!

God cannot entrust some degree of a task to you when you are not committed in service to him. It is in service that we fulfil certain purposes. He keeps loving you but he can’t trust you with responsibilities when you are not ready to serve. As awesome as it is to give money for the kingdom, service in the kingdom is the best way to show appreciation for God’s love! When we give as grateful people, we give in the place of service. Giving doesn’t replace service, we give, not to pay off our roles but as part of our roles! We give money and we also give our time and our strength! We give our all! In the package of service, giving is inclusive.

The Bible says “let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” As awesome as shouting, clapping and dancing are, it only makes sense when we clap, shout, sing and dance in the place of service! We have breath so that we can worship God here on earth, as long as we still have breath in us, we ought to serve. As you are serving the Lord, you are dancing, as you you are serving, you are singing! This is the real thanksgiving!

Now, when we talk about service, what do we mean? To serve God is to be part and parcel of what God is doing on earth. Many of us are beneficiaries but we are not partners! To serve God is to migrate from being a beneficiary to also being a partner of what he is doing! We have been given the ministry of reconciliation, we are ministers in this kingdom and the duty of ministers is to serve the purpose for which we have bee called. The Bible says

“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18 NLT

We have a task now!

For example, a local assembly is a place where believers are taught and trained to growth. It is not moral to belong to a local assembly and not serve, it is abnormal when the majority of people in Church aren’t serving. Services encourage your Pastors and leaders, service helps the flow of things in the assembly, service makes it much easier for others to receive of the word of God, service aids in the growth of the assembly and further increases the level of impact the Church makes, services relieves many responsibilities off one person! In serving, you are saying to God “I can’t pay you Lord but this is the much I can do!” God didn’t just ask us to serve, we were empowered and gifted for service. The reason you were blessed with certain gifts of the Spirit is for service in the kingdom. The Bible says

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4‭, ‬7 NLT

Don’t wait till you become a Pastor to serve, don’t wait till you have enough money to be able to get committed in the kingdom! Don’t venture into bigger roles when you’ve not gotten used to the smaller roles. We all want to play the major roles but you can start by encouraging other believers, checking up on them when their commitment is wavering, joining a department and all of that.

On a greater and even more important scale of preference, you serve God ultimately when you commit yourself to preach the gospel, extending hands to help the less privileged, showing love to your neighbours including your enemies, following up younger believers and teaching them the word of God. By younger, I mean those who haven’t so grown. Your commitment can stir up a hunger in their hearts. Reaching out to souls extends to using our social media pages for the purpose of the kingdom, it isn’t less important and it shouldn’t be preferred below other things!

When you serve in the little, God gives you strength for the much. Not as though you don’t have that strength already but you grow in capacity! Whatever makes a child grow is inside the body of the child. When the child is feeding well, the body is being fueled and nurtured into growth. Everything you need from God is in you already and there are degrees of these things that only develops in the place of prayer, some develop in the place of study and others develop in the place of service.

God can only entrust huge responsibility on people who are sold out and not on people whose comfort are a priority! I say it again, service doesn’t get God to love you more, he can’t love you less, God doesn’t have the ability to love you any less but God will never entrust in the hands of a man who isn’t sold out the greater responsibility of handling the scared offices in the kingdom that only servants qualify for.

In God’s kingdom on earth, there are only two categories of persons… Servants and babies. Babies don’t take responsibilities, they want to be served all the time and all they want is about their comfort! They don’t want vegetables, they don’t want fibres, they can’t eat bones too and they prefer just a little milk and so much sugar!

The gift of God is without repentance but there are calls of God that can only be answered by those who are sold out! Service to God shouldn’t be done out of pressure but with gladness. The Bible says

“Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.” – Psalms 100:2 NASB

“And whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:27‭-‬28 NASB

Blessings!

ETERNAL SALVATION – For The Records


From 2015 when we started George’s Diary Blog to this moment, a lot of thoughts has been shared on the subject of eternal salvation, some of the opinions also came from the notes I havee kept from years before 2015 when God started opening my eyes on the subject of salvation. Some of these thoughts may have been improved and made clearer as we grow. Before I heard the word “OSAS”, I already believed that Salvation is eternal. The reason was simple, that was what I understood as salvation from the day it became clear to me. John 3:16 which I started quoting as a little child says

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH, but have ETERNAL LIFE”

First, the criteria for salvation is the belief in the Son sent by God to the world; Jesus. In a nutshell, that is faith! So, salvation is by faith in Christ Jesus. Secondly, the invitation was given to whosoever and the result of believing is that “whosoever” shall not perish but instead have the life of God. I grew up knowing John 3:16 even before I could read comprehension in school. The doctrine of eternal salvation is accurately and vehemently captured in John 3:16

If you’ve followed George’s Diary, you’ll see a consistent use of the word “eternal salvation” other than “once saved always saved”, while you may find traces of the later, we have been much more consistent with using the word “eternal salvation”. The reason is that many people hinge on semantics to discredit us and therefore I prefer to use those things I know are word-for-word in consistent with what the Bible teaches. This doesn’t mean I believe differently from what many others who use the word “OSAS” believe. Another reason is because of some very few personal thoughts that I have kept to myself until there is more light in that area. The only thing I want to achieve with this article is to make my stand on the doctrine of eternal salvation very clear.

This is the same doctrine for which I have been abused by fellow church-folks, the same doctrine for which many severed all ties with me and the same doctrine for which my conviction is too strong that it had to rob me of the wisdom of reaching a compromise to keep some relationships, especially those who believe that once you don’t believe what they believe, you’re an enemy. The religious folks will always play the major role in the persecution of those who stand for the truth and the funny thing is that they won’t know they are persecuting us, they will always see it as though they are fighting for God.

There are few points that capture a large chunk of our stand, here in George’s Diary and other affiliate outfits and ministries on the doctrine of eternal salvation otherwise known as eternal security.

1. WHOSOEVER IS IN CHRIST is a new creature. We became new in our spiritual DNA, our past loosed hold on us which means that our new life is founded on God’s righteousness and not on sin!

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

2. There is no place for works for the guarantee of salvation. We act as saved because we are saved, we don’t act to be saved. Paul called Galatians foolish for ever thinking they can earn salvation based on works.

“Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” – Galatians 3:2‭-‬3 NLT

3. A believer cannot lose his salvation, a believer cannot reject salvation. Anyone who claimed to be a believer and later denounced the faith, he never believed in the first place. When people denounce the faith, it is proof that they never believed the gospel. To believe is without doubt; doubting to the extent of turning back from what was once claimed to have been believed

“These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.” – 1 John 2:19 NLT

4. A believer doesn’t sin, but even if a believer does sin, we have an advocate who intercedes on the behalf of the believer. The sin of a believer doesn’t nullify salvation. This is the ever-active work of Jesus! Jesus is the atonement for the sins of the entire world.

“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” – 1 John 2:1‭-‬2 NLT

5. We rest on the finished works of Jesus, we can’t improve on it or maintain it. If we are in Jesus, we are saved.

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” – Ephesians 2:8‭-‬9 NLT

6. The power of sin has been dealt with. The ability of sin to keep you condemned has been destroyed. You are now subject to God’s grace.

“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.” – Romans 6:14‭, ‬18 NLT

7. There is only one unforgivable sin and that is the sin of unbelief. It is unforgivable, not because God is lacking in some degrees of mercy but because total unbelief is the rejection of salvation in its entirety. To deny Jesus is the sin against the Holy Spirit.

“But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.  Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” – Luke 12:9‭-‬10 NLT

8. The maturity of the believer is not hinged on dos and donts but on the revelation of God’s word, as it renews our mind. We were not given ministers of the gospel to teach what is sin and what isn’t sin, the essence is for the maturity of the saints.

“This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” – Ephesians 4:13‭-‬14 NLT

9. We produce forth fruit as a result of what God is doing in us. It is God working in us to do good works and show forth our salvation.

“Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:12‭-‬13 NLT

10. The believer in Christ shouldn’t be afraid of judgment on any grounds because the believer is saved and eternally secured. Our love grows perfect every day in Christ.

“And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.” – 1 John 4:17 NLT

11. The Holy Spirit is the seal and guarantees that we are safe in Christ and that God is with us forever.

“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” – Ephesians 1:14 NLT

The only grounds on which people who question the doctrine of eternal salvation do so is is these questions “are you now saying we should continue sinning? Do you mean that if a Christian dies in fornication that he is not going to hell? Do you mean that when we don’t ask for the forgiveness of our sins that we are still saved?” But to some extents, these questions show our level of maturity, why should a Christian be thinking fornication all the time? Why aren’t they asking “if I was bitter about someone in my heart and suddenly die, am I going to hell?” Why are they only talking about the sins that we deem big?

The reason we keep debating sin is that we think it’s by moral instructions, that we can get men to growth… No, it’s not. Sin shouldn’t be a subject to dwell on, sin has been dealt with and as we grow in the word of God, we become more like God in the body, we continue to wear off the clothes of sin.

It’s either we are covered or we are not covered, its either we are saved or we are not saved. It is either we are sealed or we are not sealed.

When we discuss the gospel here at George’s Diary and other affiliated organisations, especially as regards to salvation, we don’t teach what we simply read in books or hear others, you won’t find us quoting anyone except the Bible because this is the same gospel that saved us when we were lost and confused. What changed us was the good news of God’s grace and his never-ending love. Our convictions stemmed up from the word when we knew nothing and when we knew no man!

We are so assured of our salvation that “making heaven” isn’t a prayers point you’ll ever hear us pray. When I do something wrong and I come to God in the place of prayer, I pour my heart to him and affirm how I didn’t get it right but I am not pleading for forgiveness to get God to forgive me, I am already forgiven even before I sinned, I simply key into that truth in all humility and absolute reverence to God. I also don’t have anything against people asking for forgiveness if that’s the level they operate in but the more you grow the more you understand what Christ has done and the more you stand on it.

When we keep teaching the word, we will discover that there is a change that comes from the word which moral instructions can’t give. If the gospel is God’s power unto salvation, we are rest assured that the gospel will also produce in us the desired fruits of the Spirit. To keep asking if believers will go to hell when they do something wrong is to outrightly say that the word lacks power and isn’t efficacious.

Jesus said “if you love me, keep my commandment” The Bible tells us further that the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts. It takes love to live for God’s glory and not a list of ten commandments or a persistent announcement and threats of hell. What Jesus asked us to do is to be witnesses for him and not to start marking people for condemnation.

I pray for you today, that as you open up to God and the words of his grace, you are built up and grounded and as you discover your inheritance in Christ, you live more and more for him. May the eyes of your understanding continue to be enlightened in the knowledge of God’s word so that you can be able to do what’s pleasing to God. Amen.

Blessings.

-George O.N-
House of Vasileia

Does God Have The Final Say?


In the part of the world where I come from, we always sing a call and response song that says

“Who has the final say?
Jehovah has the final say…”

I believe in the sovereignty of God, I believe that God can do what he pleases and no one can question him about it, I believe that God can do all things all by himself! But I also believe, with regards to what the scriptures teach, that in God’s sovereignty, he has chosen to work closely with man in establishing his agenda on earth. In his sovereignty, he has chosen to leave us with an opportunity to make choices. Talking to the Israelites, Joshua said to them

“Choose today who you will serve. For me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

As much as God had chosen the people of Israel, as much as God brought them out of Egypt to worship and serve his agenda, God still left them with the choice of choosing him or not. God’s say wasn’t final in their individual lives. I haven’t come to refute the sovereignty of God, I have come to show us how God uses his sovereignty. When God gives us an option but also show us the option he wants us to take, it means that God has seen the consequences of our wrong decisions and want us to decide rightly for ourselves. Choice is one gift God gave to man, he isn’t forcing the man to obey him, he gave us free will so that we can freely follow!

In this regard, you have the final say! God has already given his word and his word became a person, Jesus Christ, in whom we find rest. However, not everyone is saved because not everyone has accepted Jesus. You begin to implement God’s word and his judgement the moment you say “yes” to his word. Until you accept his word for your life, it may not become yours and the consequences of rejecting his word are yours to bear. The Bible says in John 3:16

“…Whosoever believes shall not perish.”

To say yes to God’s word means to stay in active compliance with his word. God told Abraham to go to a land that will be shown to Him. God didn’t force Abraham to a land, he just instructed Abraham to go to the land that will be shown to him and Abraham obeyed. He said yes by being in active compliance with God’s word and he fulfilled the purpose God designed for him. Had Abraham refused? God would use someone else and Abraham would bear the consequences of disobedience. Sometimes, it is not like God is punishing us for disobeying him, we simply walk into danger by ourselves when we refuse to obey.

For example, God’s word instructs that we flee all forms of sexual immorality. Committing immorality may not make God punish you but the emotional hurt that comes after break up is something you walked into by yourself, the diseases or unwanted pregnancies that may arise as a result isn’t a punishment from God but a danger you walked into! When you forsake the bridge and drive straight into the river, you will drown!

God brought salvation to the entire world through Jesus but some aren’t saved yet even though this salvation has been given. Until they say yes to God’s gift, it is not theirs. When a young man proposes to his girlfriend with a ring and the woman don’t accept the ring, the engagement hasn’t happened in the first place but the man has proposed. Believing is both vocal and active. The Bible says in Romans 10:10

“For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved”

We are justified in God’s sight just by accepting the gift of life that God has offered us. We begin to implement this salvation by becoming vocal about it! It is your acceptance of God’s salvation that makes it yours. Everything God has to say has been said in Jesus and it is now left for you to accept it and make it your confession! What are you saying today? What are your confessions today? Are you confessing a doctor’s report or God’s report? Are you confessing fear or hope? You’ve got the final say and what you see is what you say, what you say is what you get. Are you seeing fear or are you looking unto Jesus?

I admit you cannot stop God, your disagreement of his words cannot stop him from doing what he wants to do but it can stop you from benefitting from it. Until your mind is renewed, until there is a mentality shift from fate to faith, until you key into God’s life-changing words and plan for your life, you may never attain to that height God showed you that you will attain to.

You don’t just believe it in your heart, you also confess it with your mouth! You come to an agreement with God’s word and start allowing it to take form in you! When you confess God’s word over time, you’re letting it have a form in you, you are letting Christ have a formation in your character. This is what confession and the vocation of same do!

Now, you have a say! What are you saying?

Blessings

BLESSED, BUT BROKEN


In the Gospel, we see the story of how Jesus fed the five thousand with only a few fishes and bread. Feeding the five thousand was a great miracle, it is a remarkable one to reckon with but there is a deeper revelation in that act of Jesus. Let’s read

“Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people.” – Luke 9:16 NLT

Before the bread started multiplying, the Bible says that Jesus blessed the bread, gave thanks and went ahead to break the bread! If manna would fall from heaven in the old testament, why did Jesus have to break the bread? Why didn’t the bread just multiply without being broken? What was it about being broken?

The bread was blessed but the multiplication of the bread wasn’t in its blessing but in its breaking. This represented what Jesus was going to do, he was going to die and by his death he was going to become many! In the process of breaking, the bread reached about fifteen thousand people if we should count the women and children. The leftovers filled twelve baskets. People must have eaten to their fill, some might have eaten a double or triple portion and it was more than enough! Had Jesus continued to break it, it would continue to increase.

Jesus didn’t have to die to be blessed, Jesus even before death was blessing personified! Many were coming to Jesus and Jesus was healing them, forgiving their sins and setting them free! Despite all of the display of God’s greatness, there was a problem. Jesus was God’s way of being with a man but God didn’t just want to be with man, he wanted to spread himself and dwell in man. To achieve this, the blessed Jesus who was born of the blessed virgin mary had to be broken! The process of breaking doesn’t make any sense sometimes as we may see ourselves at the lowest level of life during that phase.

Jesus was powerful, men had sought to kill him before but couldn’t. Jesus had the ability to raise the dead, he had the ability to send armies from heaven but Jesus chose the path of breaking! He said in John 12:24

“I tell you the truth unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.”

As a child, I and my siblings created a micro garden on our verandah where we tried out some crops. We sowed tomatoes, we sowed pepper and we sowed beans. I know that when we plant a bean during the cold weather, at first it seems like nothing is happening and all of a sudden, this beans begins to rot and then break apart. The first time we tried it, we couldn’t bear the fact that our beans were rotting away, we thought that it was going to be the end of that bean and we even wanted to know if we could save it from rotting away! It was after we had given up on it that we saw a plant sprouting up from what is left of the decayed bean. In coming months, we harvested lots of beans from the plant!

You may be blessed but it doesn’t mean you can’t be broken! The beauty of seed is in the breaking. When our bean began to sprout, the beauty was becoming more evident. It may take time but it continued to grow, we began to see the beautiful flowers and then the multiple seeds! Sometimes, the blessing must die for its multiplication to start!

That God has blessed you doesn’t mean you may not need to be broken, it doesn’t mean you may not have to be dragged out of your comfort zone into the fire! Your disposition during those moments of breaking matters. At the time of breaking, you may not understand it but you are being prepared for multiplication.

Joseph, the son of Israel had his own moment of breaking. He was having beautiful dreams, he was seeing himself in a condition that clearly shows that he was blessed but Joseph never knew what was going to come before him. He had to be sold into slavery, he had to go to the prison but all of that was moments of his breaking! Just like a seed, he was decaying, he was forgotten and suddenly, he started sprouting.

The moment of breaking is a moment of new things, its the moment of sprouting and it is one of the most important times in your life. Your breaking may not be pleasant, friends may desert you, people may betray or even deny you but if you can stay in it, you’ll sprout! For every man passing through the phase of breaking, greatness lies at the end of the tunnel! Jesus looked ahead and saw the joy awaiting him and he was willing to lay down his life. By his resurrection, ascension and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, Jesus is able to multiply through us, this is God spreading himself through man!

When the grain of corn doesn’t die, no matter how much it is blessed, it cannot multiply. What you are going through right now may be your own moment of breaking, pass through it with pride and enjoy it knowing that the glory ahead far outweighs suffering.

Blessings

Holy Jerusalem | Holier You


Our romance with Jerusalem, to some extent may be worth it. As a Christian, I also have my sentiments and emotional attachment to Jerusalem being that it was the centre of various shadows that represented Jesus and what he was coming to do. But my emotional attachment and bias isn’t the basis on which God’s word operate and when that bias begins to come in the way, it’s time to let go of it.

In the part of Nigeria where I was born, a lot of believers, especially pastors believe that visiting Jerusalem is one of the ways to increase in the anointing. Some claim go there to bring holy sand, holy water,  anointing oil and so on which they claim helps them in facilitating miracles. Other persons claim that the moment they went to Jerusalem, they encountered God and felt his presence. Was it really God or just psychology playing out on them?

Initially, I would ignore some of these things because of my bias for Jerusalem but I think often times we begin to let what we feel come in the way of truth! It is just like asking every English man to turn back and head to Germany as a means of finding fulfilment based on the fact that English developed from Germany. Here is what I know about the pilgrimage to the “Holy Land”.

Pilgrimage is beautiful, I would love to visit Jerusalem too! It will be fun to see the palace Jesus was crucified, the tomb and many other sites! But listen carefully, there is no spiritual impact in pilgrimage. If Jesus wasn’t in the tomb when the Marys came to look for him, is it now that he will be there? We often want to build churches on lands believed to have been walked upon by Jesus or the Apostles, we often want to venerate the exact place Jesus sat and the places he threaded his feet. As great as they are, this was not in the plans of Jesus, he clearly showed it. The Angel told the Marys ” why seeking the living among the dead?”

Pilgrimage is a nice tour, if you have excess money to spend, go ahead,/spend it and the Israel government will keep getting richer off the revenues they make and that is still not a problem. The problem is when you start seeing it as a spiritual exercise. “JP” is such a nice suffix to one’s name but it doesn’t make you more “spiritual” than those who haven’t gone there. It didn’t add anything to you, it removed from you, it removed money and time! Maybe it added some kind of emotional and intellectual experience but it has no spiritual impact whatsoever. It is as great as flying to New York to see the famous statue or flying to Paris to see the tower.

It is a kind of fun I would love to have someday and not something I am hoping will increase my anointing. You remember the story of the Samaritan woman? This was exactly her issue, the issue of visiting the holy hand to worship but Jesus changed her perspective forever. He wasn’t joking when he said “a time is coming and is now when you no longer need to go up to the mountain or go to Jerusalem to worship. Those who worship God will do so in Spirit and in truth!”

The worship and experience of God is not in going for sightseeing! As awesome as the Holy Land is, you are holier because you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! You are the holy place, the temple of the Holy Spirit. You are a better experience than what you seek in Jerusalem! Yes, the empty tomb says “he is no longer here” but your Spirit says “He Lives In Me”

Blessings