Does Church membership make one a Christian?

The requirements for being a Christian were given by Jesus with these words:

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

‭‭John‬ ‭10:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

A true Christian is not just the one who hears the voice of Jesus from the written Word, but he is a Christian by being a follower in obedience to what is heard. It’s not just enough to say the sinner’s prayer, in repentance of sins and acceptance of Christ Jesus into the heart. A true believer in Christ Jesus must show diligence, by listening for and obeying His voice from His written word.

The followers of Christ don’t seek for a way to please themselves. They see God’s word as having the final say in their decision making process. They take God’s written word literally for what it says, without adding to it or subtracting from it.

And with this type of attitude through studious obedience to Jesus, they will always listen carefully to hear the voice of Jesus from their hearts. If anyone is not walking in obedience to God’s written word, that person can’t walk in obedience to His voice also.

God’s Spirit lives on the inside of us to reveal His voice to us, as we are walking in obedience to His written word. That’s also why a Christian reads the holy scriptures daily – so as to keep on listening and obeying the voice of Jesus. 

If a person truly knows Jesus, then such a Christian will never struggle to obey His voice. There will be no doubt in that believer, as to the authenticity of the voice which is heard. He or she may have received some trainings and instructions through the local Church, so as to be able to walk in obedience to the Lord.

Now, it’s possible to be reading the Bible daily, without even hearing God’s voice. And this is because some are not reading the Bible, with the intention of listening to His voice. Many of these people are doing so for philosophical or academic purposes. 

Others are reading the Bible so as to satisfy the desires of their flesh. They may still be living in sin, and are seeking a justification for their sinful lifestyle pattern from the scriptures. 

But the scriptures says:

“He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

‭‭I John‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Deep calling to the deep in the spirit 

An immeasurable and unquantifiable depth of God’s wisdom awaits you

But for the Holy Spirit filled Christian one supernatural ability in our lives, which can help in guarding the mouth from being entrapped; is the tremendous potential of developing skillfulness, with the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is a lifetime supernatural skill development, that all Holy Spirit filled believers gets better with daily. 

It’s important to grow up spiritually by using them; because the more we are functioning with our spiritual gifts, the more effective we will become, in enforcing Christ’s victory over the enemy on the earth. The enemy recognizes every believer in Christ by the constancy with which, we are exercising our spiritual skills against him. This is how he gets to know us very well, and he is terrified whenever he sees us getting better with their usage (Acts 19:15). 

The Bible says:

“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:..”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:6‬a NKJV‬‬

The ability to develop skills in using these spiritual gifts, is on the inside of every Spirit filled Christians. But whether or not a Christian is developing skills with these gifts is personal. We will all have to give an account about, what we’re doing with our gifts before Jesus one day (see Matthew 25:14-30). 

There are however great potentials within us with each one of these spiritual gifts. These potentials within us were what Paul was referring to, when he prayed for the Ephesians in this way by saying:

“that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:17-19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

David also foresaw these potentials in the spirit, when he wrote:

“Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:7-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

As David called deeper and deeper in the spirit to the Lord, he recognized that the Lord kept pouring of Himself upon him. And as God’s presence overwhelmed David, a new song sprang up from his heart to the Lord. 

David had written his Psalms and songs from the abundance of God’s presence upon him. Apart from being anointed of the Lord, David had learnt to develop spiritual skills so as to get into God’s presence at any time. And today we are still being blessed with the depth of some of the wisdom, that were revealed by the Holy Spirit to him from his personal spiritual experiences. 

For us today however we are in a much more privileged position than David was in. We do have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us. David could only see as much as the anointing over his life would allow him to see. But we do have the fullness of the Godhead Himself, living permanently on the inside of us today.

This is one advantage that we have as Christians today over David. 

God will fill your mouth with new songs

Singing in the spirit opens you up into the realm of glory

And by releasing ourselves to sing in the spirit, as David obviously was doing; we can begin to tap into so much wisdom, from the fullness of God in our lives. As we lift up our voices to sing in the spirit to the Lord, the depth of our spirit man will begin to call, to the depth of God’s Spirit within us.

Whenever you step out by faith to be singing in the spirit, you are moving into the realm of the supernatural, which is spiritually sealed to the devil. 

This spiritual exercise is what takes your focus away from the distractions of the world, so as to be focused on Jesus alone in the spirit. The devil will use all kinds of tactics to prevent you, from stepping out by faith into this realm; but you must be determined never to get yourself distracted by him.

And no matter how tough your spiritual battle may be, as you are progressing while singing in the spirit; you must understand that you are in fact taking the spiritual warfare into another spiritual realm. You are stepping into the realm of the spirit that the enemy can’t penetrate fully into. 

But it is also the spiritual realm from where every strategies of the enemy against you can be exposed. That’s why we need to be very cautious about what comes out of the mouth in this realm. The tongue has to be completely yielded to the Lord. The angels are on a very high alert in this realm, because you are standing right there in God’s holy presence.

God’s presence is not a place where you say anything with your learnt language. The sacred language in that spiritual realm are tongues (1 Corinthians 14:2). 

The scriptures warned us about what to say with the tongue, when it says:

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.”

‭‭James‬ ‭3:6‬ ‭NKJV‬

According to the Apostle James the tongue inside your mouth, has the ability set your whole body “on fire by hell.” In other words your tongue can get you easily defiled or ensnared, if you’re not using it to glorify God. It has the ability to put sicknesses and diseases on the body. And your tongue also has the power in it to take your life.

But by taking your eyes off the distractions around you, so as to start using your tongue to glorify the Lord with spiritual songs; you are deliberately keeping your focus on Jesus, instead of being distracted by what the devil is doing around you. Singing in the spirit will help you in taking your eyes, off the pains and agonies of sicknesses and diseases. Your tongue will then begin to magnify Jesus as the healer; instead of using it to whine and complain about the pains. 

The tongue has the ability to disrupt the natural course of the body, to function and protect itself from falling sick. God created your body to naturally heal itself. But your tongue can also disrupt this natural ability of the body for you, if you’re using it to say the wrong or negative words. 

However we can get smarter with the tongue while in the spirit by using it against the devil, without necessarily getting ourselves distracted by him. We have our tongues in declaring the blessing on this earth. It was never created for cursing or to declare the works of the devil. 

God’s primary intention of giving us the tongue was in the commandment, that was given to Adam and Eve from the creation. The Bible says:

“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

With the tongue we can command the devil and every other created things on the earth. And with the tongue also Jesus said that we can bind the devil on this earth (Matthew 18:18). We can destroy all of his activities on earth today with COVID-19. What are you using your tongue for during this pandemic? 

Every created things, demonic activities, sicknesses and diseases are subject to us; as we exercise authority over them with the tongue. We have dominion and power over them all. They do not have any dominion or power over us. The only dominion and power that they have over you, are the ones that you are allowing them to have. It’s what you permit on the earth, that the host of heaven will agree with you about. Jesus had placed all dominion and authority on our lips (Mark 16:17-18). We need to be walking in them to stop COVID-19 with our tongues. 

Just like Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, we had been created in God’s image to “be fruitful, multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.” You were not created to live under the curses of sicknesses and diseases on the earth. You were created by God to become fruitful, multiplying, filling the earth and subduing it with God’s glory with your tongue.

Unfortunately some Christians are being ensnared by their tongues daily. They have become the victims of their own creation, through the misuse and the abuse of their tongues, as they are declaring the works of the devil, instead of declaring the blessing. What was created to be used in healing the body, and declaring the blessing of the Lord, is being ensnared to create destruction and anarchy around them.

One of the best ways of training the mouth in declaring the blessing, and to curb the excessive exploitation of the tongue by the devil, is to cultivate the habit of singing spiritual songs to the Lord. Don’t yield your tongue to the devil. Yield it to the Lord with spiritual songs of praise.

Praising and worshipping God with the tongue is something that the devil can’t stand. He does not want you to praise and worship God. He flees away from you as you begin to do it.

You can praise and worship God in your natural language, which the devil has the ability to understand. But he does not understand what you’re saying and doing, when you’re praising and worshipping God in the spirit, by singing psalms with other tongues to the Lord. 

When you are singing in other tongues, the devil does not understand what you are saying (see 1 Corinthians 14:2). So he moves far away from you because he knows that, you are able to release the power of God against him, through any spoken word from your mouth at any moment.

As you are in the spirit before the Lord, you have the ability to tap into every strategies of the enemy against you. It is from this realm that you can easily speak words with your natural language (which is understood by the devil), to terminate and destroy all his plans against you.

It’s possible to sing in the spirit (tongues) and in the flesh also. The mind of a Christian that is not being renewed, can become a target of the enemy with evil thoughts. The devil can ensnare that mind and the tongue, to start singing in the flesh. A Christian who is not filled with the Holy Spirit can’t sing in the spirit (tongues). 

Godly pattern in the spirit 

Godly order is for the edification of the Church

That’s why the Apostle Paul said:

“How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭14:26‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This pattern as established by Paul is meant to guide us, from being tempted to use our gifts in fulfilling the desires of the flesh. This is something that must be done in an orderly manner under a corporate anointing. 

But you can’t do it effectively under a corporate anointing, if you have not been doing it privately. You can’t exercise spiritual skills effectively under a corporate anointing, if you have not been exercising such skills privately. 

Spiritual skills are better developed during your personal devotional time with the Lord. If you’re making mistakes with your skills during your personal devotion, the Lord will correct you. It’s better for you to get corrected privately by the Lord; instead of being corrected under the corporate anointing. This is how you can get weaned into spiritual maturity by the Spirit of the Lord in you.

As Paul said above you can have a revelation or teaching from the Lord, while you are in the spirit. Another person can have a psalm in the spirit also. But the same Holy Spirit can move the other person, to divulge your revelation and teaching in psalms and spiritual songs (tongues). He can be led to start interpreting your revelation for the edification of everyone present, without even knowing that the Holy Spirit is leading him to do so. 

A life that is completely surrendered to the Lord will be used of the Lord. The life that is still struggling with the things of this world, will struggle also with spiritual discernment. This is how it’s possible for some to interrupt and disrupt the flow of the Holy Spirit under a corporate anointing, because they are still struggling spiritually to move with the flow of the Holy Spirit.

They have not been privately developing spiritual skills with the gifts in their lives. It’s important that everyone flow together for God’s Spirit, to move in using the individual gifts within the whole body of Christ under a corporate anointing (Psalms 133).

Thoughts of evil will often go through the mind, before the devil ensnares the mouth to speak it out. But as we are singing in the spirit (tongues), we are taking the focus away from those traps of the devil. He flees away in terror of us, as we have chosen to rather be focused in the spirit on Jesus. 

The devil uses the images of evil or the thoughts of them with words, to often target believers in Christ in their minds. If you’re not smart enough to recognize his tactics, you may get yourself caught in his trap. 

That’s how the devil operates against the mind of the Christian, that is not being renewed (2 Corinthians 10:4-6). Many have often found themselves saying or doing, the things which they never wanted to say or do because of this. 

Singing in other tongues 

Open your mouth wide, and Jesus will fill it – Psalms 81:10

Singing in the spirit or other tongues helps in developing intimacy with the Lord. It helps us to put our tongues in check, by yielding it to magnify the Lord in the spirit. 

There are a lot of things that we often miss with the Lord, when we are not giving ourselves enough time to tarry in the spirit before Him. You can always do a lot of things in the spirit and by the Spirit, to resolve the issues of your life, as you are spending more time in the spirit before the Lord. It’s the moment of intimate fellowship with the Lord. It’s the moment when your heart is completely yielded for the Lord to minister back to you, as you are ministering to Him in the spirit. 

Moments of great exploits in the spirit are missed, when we are not spending enough time – singing in the spirit under the corporate anointing. Church meetings that are being rushed through, because of timing issues are the ones that are missing out a lot from the Lord. God wants to do much more in their midst, but they are constraining themselves with their clocks to roll everything away. 

You do have access into the two spiritual worlds of both God and of the devil, when you are singing in the spirit (tongues). You are never alone in this realm of the spirit. There are angelic beings available to minister to you, as you are praising and worshipping the Lord in other tongues. They are attentive to you, and ready to act in carrying out your word of command. Anything that a Spirit filled Christian says from that realm, is backed up by the angels in enforcing such words.

There are those who like to focus on their problems, while they are singing in the spirit. Obviously they have fallen in for the tricks of the devil. What they are doing with this type of posture before the Lord, is the glorification of the works of the devil. So they don’t get anywhere with it. It’s impossible for the Lord to minister back to them, with the focus on their problems; instead of focusing on Him and all that had been done for them in Christ Jesus.

But by focusing on Jesus while singing in other tongues, we are bringing Christ’s solution into any situation. We are bringing heaven in, so as to intervene in the circumstances which surrounds us. This is very important especially in the midst of the spiritual warfare surrounding COVID-19.

Singing in other tongues is what gets us into that place with God, where His power begins to envelop us. Are you often in your private time of devotion singing in the spirit (tongues) to the Lord? When was the last time that you sang in other tongues to the Lord? 

Making melodies in the spirit 

Making melody to the Lord is a dive into His realm of glory

As we are getting more and more comfortable to speak with God in our heavenly languages, we will then need to learn how to be making melodies in our hearts to the Lord also. This becomes easier as you’re getting more freer in the spirit, to boldly communicate with God in other tongues: 

“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭14:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

According to 1 Corinthians 14:2 the devil doesn’t understand what you are uttering with melodies in your heart to the Lord. By making melodies in your heart, you are putting the enemy on his toes, because you are speaking mysteries that he cannot understand. 

The devil only understands your natural languages. The heavenly languages had not been learnt with your brain and the mind involved. So the devil can’t understand what you are saying. And because he has no access into that realm of your born again spirit man, he is seriously confused about what you are up to. 

Making melodies to the Lord in the spirit is what releases you into the realm of the spirit, where you will begin to speak as you are seeing from that realm. You will begin to issue out heavenly declarations on this earth, based on what the Lord is opening your spiritual eyes of understanding to see into.

It’s very important to let the holy scriptures be our guide while in the spirit. The devil is a master deceiver. He knows how to send negative signals through your mind in such moments. His goal is to distract you by creating confusion, about the voice of the Lord to you and his own signals. The devil knows how to make natural or normal things look scriptural to you. And sometimes he will use Bible scriptures to confuse your biblically sound doctrines about those things.

Being grounded and rooted in God’s word will help anyone to escape his tricks. God’s word will always guide you to every spiritual truth, so that you can’t ever be confused by the enemy. A Christian who is not being guided by the word of God – the Bible, can be easily deceived by the devil. 

It’s from this realm of the spirit that you are able to see, the protection that belongs to you in Christ Jesus in the midst of COVID-19. When you are speaking in other tongues, you are releasing spiritual forces from the heavens, to manifest what you are seeing in the spiritual realm into your physical world. You are encoding in other tongues a message to the Lord, which the enemy is never able to decode at all. 

That’s what terrorizes the devil about this supernatural ability in your life as a Christian. The devil does not know what you are about to drop on him, when you are making melodies to the Lord in the spirit. 

That’s why Paul said:

“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:17-19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Apostle Paul was saying here that we must “understand what the will of the Lord is.” This is important as we are getting into that realm of the spirit, where you can literally get yourself spiritually lost in the dive of God’s glory. Spiritual melodies in our hearts becomes powerful, when we are doing it with the understanding of God’s will. You can’t make spiritual melodies effectively to the Lord, if you’re not aware of His will for your life. The scriptures are there to guide every Christian into the will of God.

There are many mysteries of God that are waiting for us as Christians to tap into them, as we are singing in other tongues and making melodies to the Lord.

Preach the gospel in season and out of season 

Be ready at all times to do whatever God says..

I do remember an encounter that I once had with a wizard, while on a missionary trip in Kogi State, Nigeria some decades ago. I witnessed first hand how a witch doctor can mimic speaking in other tongues. The devil is a master imitator of spiritual truth. He does it to deceive gullible people. 

This wizard was making incantations as he was uttering his falsehoods in other tongues. But much more revealing at the time to me, was that he actually did believed that the incantations, that he was making were powerful. He eventually acknowledged that the ability of the Christians to speak in tongues, were disturbing his activities in the area. He had tried everything possible to stop them without any success. So he had decided to mimic what he had observed the group doing:

“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” 

James 2:19 NKJV

The devil believes also, but he trembles whenever we use the name of Jesus against him. This man had a powerful encounter with the power of God, which rendered his evil works completely useless. He eventually repented and got saved and delivered. His testimony caught many of his followers by surprise. They all repented and started to follow Jesus.

What I want to point out here is that this man had faith in the evil works that he was doing, just as a Christian can claim to believe in God also. Our faith in God is positive, but his own faith was evil and negative. But how much faith does the children of God have in the power, that’s available to them on the earth? Especially as we are making melodies and singing spiritual songs to the Lord. 

We have so much weapons of spiritual warfare at our disposal today to stop COVID-19. Are you using your authority in the name of Jesus, to declare healing and deliverance with your tongue into the lives of those around you? You have the authority in the name of Jesus with the tongue, to declare healing and deliverance over your community and nation. You also have spiritual gifts that you can be tapping into, by singing spiritual songs and making melodies to the Lord. 

There is tremendous power available to us when we are making spiritual melodies to the Lord. Many have often been taking for granted the power that they do have in this spiritual realm. 

Whereas the wicked people of this world do have faith, in the wickedness that they are perpetuating around us. It’s really shameful to see the agents of the devil using a fake authority on this earth, while the people of God with the real authority, are having a cold feet with the authority on their lips and in their hearts.

COVID-19 is of the devil. God is never going about killing people. The devil has his agents on the earth, who are working for him. The agents of the devil are prepared to die for what they do believe. What are you doing with your authority to stop them?

But as the army of the Lord we need to not only believe in the power in the name of Jesus, to work wonders for us. It’s time now to rise up in unison, to start using our authority in the name of Jesus to stop COVID-19; instead of getting ourselves involved with the shenanigans of the world that is surrounding us. 

It is the declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that hinders the powers of darkness. Satan and the evil forces are rendered powerless when we are preaching the gospel, to heal the nations and set the captives free. That’s what BVIM’s mission to the end of the earth is all about. And we are committed to doing this until the return of the Lord. 

As Christians we must never be taking for granted, the spiritual effects of these various governmental restrictions on Churches as a result of COVID-19. They are meant by Satan to embolden his agents in your communities, while hindering the power of God from being released through your lips, with the declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The declaration of the gospel from your mouth prevents the satanic activities in your community. Satan can’t stand in the light of the gospel that is being proclaimed. That’s why he is using the governments to restrict and prevent Church activities. He knows that we can stop him through our corporate gatherings. Those governmental restrictions are just delaying the ultimate defeat of the devil and COVID-19 by the Church. 

Singing spiritual songs and making melodies in the heart to the Lord, is what connects your tongue as a believer in Christ with the Spirit of God inside of you. Your mouth will begin to speak the wisdom of God, instead of speaking the wisdom of this world during COVID-19. 

This makes it difficult for you to get ensnared with the tricks of the devil. Singing in other tongues and making melodies in the spirit, has to be part of the lifestyle of the Holy Spirit filled believer in Christ Jesus. 

This spiritual experience is what takes you into God’s glory. And when you are in His glory realm, you will begin to speak as you are seeing from His glory. You will begin to speak about the miracles of the Lord to stop, what the devil is doing with the coronavirus pandemic. 

The solution to stop it is not with the governments or their medical experts. This is a spiritual warfare that the Body of Christ worldwide will eventually win. Christ had given us the victory over it already. We just need to rise up in unison to enforce it.

The miracle to stop the pandemic is in the heart and the mouth of the believers in Christ Jesus. The declaration of the works of the Lord is the declaration of miracles, signs and wonders. And it is basically the declaration of the Lord’s glory. 

The Bible said about Jesus after His first miracle:

“This miracle in Cana was the first of the many extraordinary miracles Jesus performed in Galilee. This was a sign revealing his glory, and his disciples believed in him.”

‭‭John‬ ‭2:11‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Miracles are what reveals the glory of God for us to see. When you are declaring the sick as being healed, from the glory realm that you are seeing in the spirit, power is released to manifest what you are saying. This was what happened in Cana as Jesus declared, to the service men at the wedding to do what He had said. As they acted in obedience to Him the miracle took place. 

As Jesus once said:

“I speak what I have seen with My Father,..””

‭‭John‬ ‭8:38‬a ‭NKJV‬‬

Jesus was in the glory realm when he gave them the instruction, to fill up the vessels with water. He was speaking to them as He saw in that realm, what the Father was doing. And that is the realm of the spirit that you can also tap into today. You will see what the Lord is doing, and declare it to change your world.

Your positioning in the glory is what makes you dangerous to the devil. He knows you from afar and flees away in terror from you. Yes, you can put him far away from around your house during COVID-19 also. He will know where you are living, but he can’t come near it. That’s how you are protected in a time like this.

Your tongue will begin to declare what you are seeing in the spirit. The glory of the Lord will be manifested, instead of you being ensnared by the enemy. And you can dwell in that glory realm and under that anointing for as long as you want, because of His presence in you. 

This is how you overcome. This is your position of victory in Christ Jesus. Stand strong in it, unmovable and unshakeable by the devil:

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭15:57-58‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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