Seeking The Kingdom #
Welcome to The University of God. We want to thank all of you who sent your questions in to us. As our mentor Prophet TB Joshua taught us: If you are interested in the subject and are eager to learn, you will always strive to sit at the front, ask questions and engage with the teacher. Remember in the University of God, the heart, man’s spirit is the workshop, and the Holy Spirit, the Divine Teacher. That is the promise of God that Jesus gave us in the Book of Matthew 7:7 that if you seek Him, you’ll find Him. If you seek Him with all your heart. Remember, to seek the Kingdom of God is to have the Kingdom of God. God doesn’t mind, doubt or questions, as long as those questions cause us to seek Him, to draw closer to Him, to seek His Word. God’s Word is the final authority settling all questions and problems. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are going to examine some of your questions in the light of God’s Word.
Our senses are the veil that Separate us from Him – What is the use of our senses then? Why did God give us those senses? Can our senses be used to seek Him? #
A Look At The Senses #
The Book of Psalm 115:4-7 in depicting idols, gives us a graphic picture of the five senses.
“Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear;
Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle;
Feet they have, but they do not walk;
Nor do they mutter through their throat.”
- Pslam 115:4-7
God gave us the five main senses that enable us to interact with the physical world in which we live as human beings. The basic function of these five senses is to help us communicate adequately with the people around us. They also help us to locate, identify and apprehend the surrounding objects and navigate safely through our environment. These senses are all connected. I mean, they work together and send to the brain the input signals or information from the environment, our brain, the laboratory of sense knowledge processes all this information, identifies those signals through the database of our memory and provides the right response. All this happens in real time.
So let’s look at those five senses.
- With the sense of sight, we can see and identify the things God created, objects and the people around us. The sight is the main sense to navigate safely through our environment, to drive, to walk, to read.
- With the sense of hearing, even without visual contact, we can have a clear knowledge of our immediate environment by distinguishing the specific sound they emit. For example, the sound of a bird or recognising a friend’s voice.
- With the sense of smell we can perceive the odours, the fragrance, and check whether something is good or maybe the food is spoiled.
- With the sense of taste, we can assess the sweetness or bitterness of food before consuming it.
- With the sense of feeling or touch, we can sense the ambient temperature to know the proper clothes to wear to protect our body consequently. We can feel the weight or hardness of an object.
- This food smells nice – yes, I want to taste it! These clothes are beautiful – I want to buy them! It’s too cold and windy today – I don’t want to go to the beach anymore!
You can notice how influential our senses can be on our choices and actions. Consider the use of our senses. For example, you are driving. All of a sudden, a pedestrian crosses the road. As a driver, you find yourself immediately with a decision, a response. Either you pull the brake, or when your speed is too fast, you have to steer away from the person. You can see all the senses work together. I see. I pull the brake; I turn the wheel. So all these actions happen simultaneously in real time. They are all connected. They work together. You can notice how influential our senses can be on our choices and actions. What we see, hear, smell, taste, feel can influence our thoughts. What do I mean by influencing our thoughts? I mean, they have an influence on our desires and will. Our thoughts can influence our action or inaction. Why? Because man exercises the will through his mind. That’s the sense of discretion or reasoning.
A Sense Of Discretion #
Human beings are different from animals. A human being is not a robot. He’s a free moral agent. Because of all the interactive influences from the environment that require the right response or attitude, God wants us to have an independent mind – a mind that thinks by itself. God has given to man the ability to think and choose between what is relevant or not – that’s common sense, to choose between what is right or wrong, that’s sense of judgment, to choose between good and bad – that’s moral sense. That’s the outcome of senses of reasoning and responsibility – necessary for life in community or society.
Man depending on his lifespan, grows physically from embryo to toddler through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. We can see that physical growth is a function of time. As we grow in age, we go through the stages of the human life. Man is not only a physical person but an intellectual and moral person. And it’s important to remember that since life and its responsibilities are in stages, man also must grow in intellectual maturity. How? Intellectual growth is a function of learning – learning from what we do. Learning from what we study, what happens around us and learning what from what happens to us. Have you wondered whenever a person meets a new person in a new relationship? The first questions they mutually ask about themselves will be about their background, education, occupation in life. Very few will address their spiritual life. So that is what makes the difference between man’s point of view and God’s point of view.
Designed To Talk Walk In The Spirit #
In Galatians 5, God wouldn’t have commanded us to walk in the Spirit if He had not designed us to operate in the Spirit. The Bible said that God has created man, human beings, in His own image and likeness. The Book of Job 33:4 says man is the greatest product of the Holy Spirit; man is a divine work of art. Why? Because mankind is designed to think, to talk, to act and to plan with God. Man is therefore designed to live in tune with God. Are we living in tune with God?
Always remember God is Spirit. So, the question that we need to ask ourselves is: WHAT IS MAN?
The Bible is the believer’s database for his personal opinion. What does the Bible say about man, about you and I? The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 that man is a spiritual being but has a soul and a body. In other words, man has a physical and spiritual nature. Man is not only a physical, intellectual person; he’s also a moral and spiritual person, because we are made to be like God in our heart and God is Spirit. So take note. Whenever the Bible refers to man’s heart, it refers to man’s spirit – the spirit of man. That’s why in the Book of 1 Samuel 16:7, Matthew 15:8, the Bible stresses that when it comes to rightful judgment, God’s perspective about man always point to man’s heart, man’s spirit. This means that God sees man as a spirit being, living in a physical body. Man’s spirit is the part of man that has spiritual consciousness. I mean, spiritual awareness. Man’s spirit is a part of man that is connected to the spirit realm and receives inspiration and revelation from God, who is Spirit.
Let us think now of a biblical character who was really in tune with God in spirit. We have to remember Moses. Consider the attitude of Moses as he and his people were trapped in between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptian armies. Surely, the people of Israel had every reason to think that the end had come considering the size and military might of the Egyptian armies. We can read about this in the Book of Exodus 14:10. The Israelites therefore cried out not only in fear, but also in rebellion and anger directed against Moses and his God. They allowed their senses to dictate the direction of their faith and got overwhelmed by fear and completely forgot all the miracles that God had performed for them and had done on their behalf. Rather than getting offended by his people’s reactions and lack of faith, Moses was calm, calculated and determined. Even in the midst of extreme provocation, the Bible says he was very calm, confident and peaceable. Why? Because his focus was on God. I mean, his spirit was connected to God. And that is why he could overcome what his senses were telling him.
Why Man Cannot Use Their Senses To Seek God #
The answer to this question is straightforward. God is Spirit. Therefore, we cannot know God by our feelings and senses or external human faculties because God is invisible, incorporeal, immaterial. He’s a supreme being who lives in the realm above the senses. He lives in the spirit. Therefore, to seek God, you must be in the spirit. And you can only see Him and relate with Him in the spirit realm by revelation. What do we mean by revelation? Revelation brings to our spiritual senses the reality of spiritual things that cannot be perceived by our natural human senses. As we have natural organs embedded in our physical body that feed our human senses with information from the environment like our eyes, our ears, our hands, etc God has also endowed us with spiritual senses as well, embedded in our spirit.
The Conscience – Our Spiritual Sense #
The main spiritual sense God has planted within our spirit is our conscience. The conscience is the organ of the spirit to discern spiritual things. That’s what Prophet TB Joshua calls a sense of righteousness. Let’s listen to what Apostle Paul said in the Book of Romans 8:16. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” What does this mean? This means that a sense of righteousness brings an awareness of self knowing. I mean, awareness of who you are in Christ Jesus. The question is: How does this awareness come? That awareness comes through revelation when the Holy Spirit bears witness to our spirit. How does the Holy Spirit bear witness to our spirit? Through our conscience. Paul further explained in Romans 9:1. “I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit”
Therefore, 1 Corinthians 2:9-15 teaches that that our natural senses cannot apprehend nor know the things of God or things of the Spirit because they can only be discerned spiritually. And if all this seems a bit much for you, don’t worry. In the foundation series as we continue, all this will be broken down. So you can really understand how we can relate to God through our spirit and what actually is man – his spirit, his body, his soul. So stay tuned as you get more of that on the foundation series coming up soon. So when it comes to the knowledge of man, our senses cannot see the heart or spirit of man. They can only see man’s physical body because that is the part of man that is connected to this visible world. The realm of the senses. Man’s body and senses cannot connect to the spiritual realm. It is only man’s spirit which is the spiritual part of man that can connect to the spirit realm, which is God’s dimension.
How do we log into that dimension? To log on to that realm of the spirit, man must be in the spirit led by the Holy Spirit. Our spirit, our heart is the communication point, contact point for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit uses our heart to communicate with us. And God speaks to our heart, to our spirit, not our ears. We advise you to read the Book of Acts 17 – when the people of Athens were seeking God with their senses and sense knowledge in order to seek and worship God.
“For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.”
Since all men have a spirit, we have to ask ourselves the question: Why is it that most humans seem to have no relationship with God?
The truth is that God has designed humans to operate in both natural and spiritual realms. But most of us live in the senses, I mean in the natural. And we are dull when it comes to the things of the Spirit. Because as the Scripture says in the Book of 1 Corinthians 2:9 the things of the Spirit are indistinct. We can’t see them. And the Bible further says in 1 Corinthians 15:46-47, “However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.”
These scriptures we have just read identify two types of men. The natural man and the spiritually minded man. The natural man is spiritually blind and dull in comprehension to the unseen realm. The spirit world is absolutely closed to his spiritual vision. It is only when the Holy Spirit illumines his spiritual eyes that he can see and understand the things of the Spirit. Ephesians 1:7-18 says that the Lord our God, Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give us the Spirit of Revelation and wisdom in the knowledge of Him that the eyes of our understanding may be opened So we may know what is the hope of His calling and what are the riches of His glory in His inheritance of the saints.
1 Corinthians 2:9-12
“But as it is written:
‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
So the question is: How do we connect to the Spirit? How do you connect to the Spirit? By faith. Believing in Christ Jesus – that is our only connection.
So how do we live by faith? Remember, we live by faith when we recognize our union with Jesus Christ in the spirit. To live by faith, our spirit must govern our senses, and for our spirit to govern our senses, our mind must be renewed by knowing the Word and acting on it.
So how do we know that our mind is renewed? Our mind is renewed when we begin to think not about our weaknesses and shortcomings, but of our righteousness in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
It is all about the Apostle Paul’s experience with the thorn. You see, when Paul was afflicted by a thorn in his flesh, he prayed to God many times for God to remove that thorn. But God said to him: My grace is sufficient for you. Why? For my strength is made perfect in weakness. Immediately, the revelation of the will of God came to Him, Paul never complained anymore. And he said, Brother, when I’m weak, I am strong. His mind was renewed and he stopped worrying about the thorn in his flesh. So let us summarize the answer to all these questions. The natural man – the man of the senses is only conscious of his body and has no awareness of the spirit realm. Why is it so? The Bible says that since the fall of man, man has lost his spirit consciousness because of sin and operates only in the natural. We can read about this in Genesis 6:3. The natural man’s spirit is dead to God because of sin ever since Adam, the human body, which the Bible refers to as the outer self, the outward man or the old man is the physical part of man designed by God to interact with the visible or the physical world. That’s true. While the spirit of man is the spiritual part of man designed by God to interact or communicate with the invisible or spiritual world where God dwells. The spiritual man is therefore, the one whose spirit has been recreated or regenerated by God’s power at the point of spiritual rebirth by faith in Christ Jesus. That’s what Jesus meant when He said to Nicodemus in the Book of John 3:3. You need to be born again. Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. ” (John 3:3)
What Do You Mean ‘On The Outside?’ #
By outside, we mean what is visible, material, physical – things you can see with your natural eyes, hear with your ears, things you can feel or know intellectually. In opposite, on the inside refers to the things that we cannot see, like man’s heart, man spirit, which is man’s spiritual entity that only God can see. That is why, concerning human beings, one needs to be guided by divine revelation to get to the heart of the matter when it comes to judgment. We know this. We know that we should not judge anyone by appearance because only God knows the true condition of the human heart. When it comes to the things of God who is unseen, we need to be in the spirit because only faith pleases God. Hebrews 11:6 – “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that God is and that He is the Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” We diligently seek Him, as we have said today, by faith. Remember, faith focuses on God who is unseen, while the natural sight focuses on the outside, what is visible, what is tangible, what is concrete. Therefore a spiritual man, I mean, the man of faith is not satisfied by sense knowledge but looks beyond it, because the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:7 – “We walk by faith, not by sight.” Yes, faith is from man’s spirit. I mean the invisible world or the spiritual world. And sight is from man’s body, the visible world or the natural world. 2 Corinthians 4:18 – “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
And the Bible further says in 1 Samuel 16:6-13, all about Samuel and David, the first king of Israel. Samuel, the prophet was sent to the house of Jesse in Bethlehem to anoint the new appointed King of Israel. When he came, he looked at the most handsome son of Jesse as being the chosen king but God rejected him and chose the one who was neglected, the young and rustic shepherd boy, David Ask Prophet Samuel in the Book of 1 Samuel 16:7 and he would teach you that we should learn to focus not on the outside I mean, not on the outward qualities of man which are visible. But rather we should focus on the inside by looking inwardly at the heart with the help of the Holy Spirit. If we want to see things the way God sees them about man. Yes, that was a short look into what it means outside and inside. We all need to develop our inner man, our spiritual man. And with the help of the Holy Spirit daily, every moment we can.
How Can One Develop Faith In God Genuinely? #
First, there’s need to know what faith is. The problem of faith is made simply to understand when we know that faith is simply acting on what God has said. The main issue of our faith is the genuineness of that faith. For faith to be genuine, it must be based on Gods Word, which is Spirit and life. (John 6:63) Man speaks ordinary words but God speaks Words that are Spirit and life. But for mans word to become God’s Word, it must be affected by the Holy Spirit with life.
The question is: Can man speak the Words of life? Man speaks ordinary words but man can speak Words of life that are spirit and life when they are affected by the Holy Spirit. Those Words must be affected by the Holy Spirit with life. What do I mean by life in the Word? Gods Word is Spirit and life because it has the ability to produce a spiritual force that grows and develops within our heart called faith. It is that faith that moves our words to work wonders. That’s Bible faith. Bible faith is called the spirit of faith. 2 Corinthians 4:13 – “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak”. So, faith takes place in two places: With our heart we believe it; With our mouth we confess, and faith is both.
The example of the seven sons of Sceva shows that genuine faith is not imitation. Faith must arise in each person’s heart or inner conviction, which leads to real movement or real confession of faith. For faith to be genuine, the heart and the mouth should never conflict. In other words, we should mean what we say. This means we should believe what we confess. Do you believe what you confess? Do you mean what you say? Because scriptural faith or biblical faith is expressed by believing with the heart and confessing with the mouth. The mouth must have the heart’s full agreement before there can be an acceptable or genuine confession of faith. That’s the key, an agreement.
The question is: How can faith develop? The development of God’s Word in your heart gives birth to belief in your heart. Romans 10:17 – Faith grows as we hear and obey God’s Word.
How One Does Move From Sense Knowledge To Revelation Knowledge? #
Yes, that is what all of us as believers need to ask ourselves. Let’s remember what happened to the servant of Elisha. With his physical eyes, the servant of Elisha saw the immediate danger and fear gripped him. When his master prayed to God to open his spiritual eyes. His eyes were opened, and in the spirit, he saw angels around him. And what happened? His fear disappeared.
So, to move from sense knowledge to revelation knowledge is a matter of yielding your heart to the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who opens the eyes of our faith to see the hidden truth in Gods Word. Meditation in the Word of God brings revelation. That’s the key. We meditate till God give us a clear light, a clear understanding. So, when you meditate on the Word of God, allowing the Holy Spirit to take the lead, revelation will come and when revelation comes, it will carry you beyond the realm of senses into the very presence of God in the spirit and there you will see clearly; there the spiritual understanding comes.
2 Kings 6:15-17 “And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
Put yourself in the Scripture and hear God saying to you, Those that are with you are more than those that are against you. Many today in their homes are overwhelmed by their circumstances because we look at it in the natural and you become overwhelmed and fear comes and doubt comes. So, there is need for us to shift our focus from natural to spiritual. So to move from sense knowledge to revelation is by grace. All you need to do is to humble yourself under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Revelation. That change, that move is little by little, every day, little by little, every moment, little by little. It’s a journey and a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. So we’re so happy today that you joined us to take that step, that step into the spiritual.
No Shortcut To Spiritual Maturity #
There is no shortcut to spiritual maturity. Our earthly understanding must give way to spiritual understanding or revelation, to reach maturity. All the teachings we are giving you are not time bound. Please go over it, meditate on it, and ask the Holy Ghost to help you to have a better understanding of it. That’s the only way faith can grow into our lives. That we have a revelation does not mean we can force you to believe it; you must have your own revelation and conviction. How does it come? Read it, meditate on it. Allow the Spirit of God to enhance your understanding. We need to be mature as Christians because we are in an environment that is very challenging and God wants you to live by faith, to be strong in the faith. How can you do that? You can achieve that only by developing your relationship with the wonderful unseen Guest – the Holy Spirit. How? Attract his attention. And you can only do that when you meditate on the Word and pray and He will come and enhance the spiritual coasts, in Jesus’ name.
Just as Nicodemus came to Jesus in the night to ask questions, to find out and develop faith in Jesus, you too can watch this and ask questions in your heart to God and the Holy Spirit, the Helper, the Counsellor will come and answer your questions through the Word of God. That is why everything is in the light of Gods Word.