Committed Relationship

Committed Relationship

God loves us so much that he will not allow us to settle for second best. He will continue to push and lead us to the best that he has for us. In Jeremiah 29:11, God says "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God's best for you is the plan that he called you to do, it's the reason why you were born. If you are not pursuing that plan, and or in his plan already, you will never have 100% of the promises that God promises us in his word (e.g. peace that surpass all understanding, joy, Godly love, provision, perfect health, and righteousness in Jesus). The reason why those promises will not manifest in your life until you are pursuing God's plan, or doing the plan is because God knows that if he gives you everything before you are ready (e.g. Godly humble, walking in Godly love, spiritually mature, practicing righteousness, obedient, great faith) you will look at your relationship with him as a sacrifice instead of a commitment. God will not give you things that will separate you from him. He loves you too much to do that.

According to Wikipedia, a Committed Relationship is defined as an interpersonal relationship based upon a mutually agreed-upon commitment to one another involving love, trust, honesty, and openness..
  • Reading the word of God should not be a sacrifice for you. Some believers say they want to get close to God, but they don't want to speak to him. God speaks to us through his word. John 1:1 tells us that God is his word. If you want to know God, read his word and then he will start to speak to you through his word.
  • Praying should not be a sacrifice for you
  • Going to church should not be a sacrifice for you
  • Worshiping God should not be a sacrifice for you
  • Fasting should not be a sacrifice for you
  • Serving should not be a sacrifice for you
Doing those things should not be a sacrifice. If it is, you are under the Law of Moses, instead of the Covenant of Grace. Those things should be done because you are in a committed relationship with your heavenly father; who loves you so much that he made the greatest sacrifice, so that you wouldn't have to. He sent his righteous son to die on the cross for his unrighteous children, so that we can be righteous and have a relationship with him. God loves you so much that he refuses to allow our tears of guilt to make him give us second best.

Open your bibles, we are going to read  Exodus 14,Numbers 11, Numbers 13:25-14:10 and Joshua 1.

Exodus 14 - Beginning of the Israelites test of Worldliness.
When the Israelites saw the king and his army marching against them, they were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help. They said to Moses, “Weren't there any graves in Egypt? Did you have to bring us out here in the desert to die? Look what you have done by bringing us out of Egypt! Didn't we tell you before we left that this would happen? We told you to leave us alone and let us go on being slaves of the Egyptians. It would be better to be slaves there than to die here in the desert.”
Moses answered, “Don't be afraid! Stand your ground, and you will see what the Lordwill do to save you today; you will never see these Egyptians again. The Lord will fight for you, and all you have to do is keep still.” The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out for help? Tell the people to move forward. Lift up your walking stick and hold it out over the sea. The water will divide, and the Israelites will be able to walk through the sea on dry ground. I will make the Egyptians so stubborn that they will go in after them, and I will gain honor by my victory over the king, his army, his chariots, and his drivers.  When I defeat them, the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.”
Numbers 11 - Midway of the Israelites Test of Worldliness.
One day the Israelites started complaining about their troubles. The Lord heard them and became so angry that he destroyed the outer edges of their camp with fire.When the people begged Moses to help, he prayed, and the fire went out. They named the place “Burning,”because in his anger the Lord had set their camp on fire. One day some worthless foreigners among the Israelites became greedy for food, and even the Israelites themselves began moaning, “We don’t have any meat! In Egypt we could eat all the fish we wanted, and there were cucumbers, melons, onions, and garlic.  But we’re starving out here, and the only food we have is this manna.”The manna was like small whitish seeds 8-9 and tasted like something baked with sweet olive oil. It appeared at night with the dew. In the morning the people would collect the manna, grind or crush it into flour, then boil it and make it into thin wafers. The Israelites stood around their tents complaining. Moses heard them and was upset that they had made the Lord angry.
Numbers 13:25-14:10 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land. They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country;and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.  We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anakcome from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud.  All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness!  Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?”  And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.  Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them."  But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites. 
From what we read, we can see that God's best for us requires us to have great faith. Before we get to God's best for our life, we have to pass the test of Worldliness. The Israelite's who wondered in the desert for 40 years was tested with the same test that Jesus was tested with, and that I was tested with and that you will be tested with. It is the test of worldliness. As we read in Numbers the Israelites complained during the test because they looked at their relationship with God as a sacrifice. When it was time for them to receive their blessing from God, they feared because the blessing God had for them took great faith to get. Their unbelief is exactly why the failed their test, and did not receive the promise that God had for them. Despite of seeing miracles and hearing from God, they still didn't believe.

John 1:1-11 - Those who failed the test did not enter the promise land but their children did.
Joshua 1:1-11 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide:  “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsakeyou. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.
The Test of Worldliness
The Israelite's failed the test of worldliness. Jesus passed the test of worldliness, and after many years, I finally passed the test of worldliness. To listen to my testimony, watch the video titled The Command to Love, and 3 Levels of the Holy Spirit. Everyone who is a believer will be tested with the test of worldliness. Why? Because satan is the ruler of this world according 2 Corinthians 4:4, and we can see that when Jesus was being tested by God, and tempted by the satan. Satan kept offering him worldly things.
God is interested in our heart; he wants to see if we've truly denied ourselves and picked up our cross to follow Jesus, or if we are following the ruler of this world. A lot of people come to Jesus, but they don't deny themselves. In Matthew 22:14, Jesus tells us that many are called, but few are chosen. The reason is because they haven't passed the test of worldliness, this means they are not developing spiritually.

I was able to pass the test of worldliness (Glory be to God) by reading the word of God. The word was so ingrained in me, that when I was being tested by God and tempted by the devil, despite the, I was able to profess the word of God when oppositions came. Which is exactly how Jesus overcame his test from God, and the temptation of satan. We read throughout each Gospel, that satan tempted Jesus. Each time, Jesus overcame the temptation by speaking the word of God. Satan tempted Jesus with authority, money, and identity, read the blog post I wrote titled Overcoming Temptation.

How to pass the test of worldliness
A committed relationship with God will get you through the test and the temptation of satan. However, a sacrificial relationship will not. Which is the reason why the Law of Moses never made those who were under that covenant righteous. In order to pass the test of worldliness you have to have a committed relationship with God by:
1. Reading the word of God because you want to get to know God and not out of tradition, obligation or sacrifice.
2. You have to pray to God for Spiritual blessings.
3. You have to praise and worship God. When you pray you are seeking an audience with God. When you praise and worship God, he will seek an audience with you. The times that God has asked me what I want, without asking him for anything was when I was in deep praise and worship.

My testimony
If you have watched the video titled Command to Love and you want to hear how my test of worldliness played out continue watching.

In the Command to Love video I mentioned that the Holy Spirit lead me to put in my resignation in August. Note, the Holy Spirit lead Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. I put in my resignation and I thought the Holy Spirit was leading me to do so, so that my job could offer me more money. I never asked him, what's next. I stayed at my job and from August to November, I suffered tremendously financially. In November, after crying out for mercy the Holy Spirit led me to put in my resignation again, although I did not have another job lined up. Additionally, at this point my bills were stacked up because of the 3 months of disobedience. The day that I put in my resignation with a 2 week notice, I got an interview at LinkedIn. I thought to myself, OMG look at God coming through. Little did I know it was a stumbling block from satan. Two days before my last day of work, I was told by the Holy Spirit that I was not going to get the job and to trust him. I thought it was satan, so I rebuked the Holy Spirit. That same day, after 3 interviews over the course of 2 weeks, I was told that I did not get the job.The first day or two after not getting the job, I was a peace but the first day of being unemployed, I cried out to God. I am so glad that God prevented me from getting that job, it would have been second best and most importantly, it's not where God called me to be. So, after I cried out to God, the next day I woke up and battled with reading my daily biblical professions. I did not feel like it. However, I did and as I did, I was crying like a new born baby. When I read Deuteronomy 32:3-4, specifically the verse that says God is just. I broke down again and stopped reading it. An Angel of God told me to continue to read it. I forced myself but I read my biblical professions entirely.

I was supposed to start a fast on December 1 and this was not because from my knowledge them it wasn't because of situation that happened. It was a fast, I planned since Thanksgiving. I believe that the Holy Spirit lead me to fast, without me even knowing what would happen with the job situation. It was planned perfectly! So, I fasted and the first week of my fast, I was delivered from the spirit of fear; I did not even realize that I was oppressed by a unclean spirit for almost 22 years. After God delivered me, I was able to believe. I never knew that I had a struggle with believing because I was being oppressed. It make sense why God never delivered me before. If he would have delivered me from that oppression, more unclean spirits would have oppressed me if I was not practicing righteousness and if I had doubt in my heart (read Matthew 12:43-45). The Holy Spirit then directed me to give 50% of my final paycheck into tithes. This was the most that I tithed, and I didn't have a job lined up. My bills were stacked up. I tithed the 50%, despite of my situation. A week later I started a new job as a Consultant, 5 weeks later I started my MBA program. Since June of last year, Jesus told me his plan, purpose for my life. However, I didn't know how he wanted me to pursue it and I didn't ask. I thought that plan was for the future, and it didn't really register to me. I would have never guessed in a million years that I was born to Shepherd God's people. Jesus told me several times but I was more focused on my worldly aspirations, although I was living for God. It took this dramatic situation for me to have great faith and for my commitment to be stabilized.

It is now January and God has told me the following:
1.I will never have lack another day of my life
2.I am exalting you, because you exalt me
3.The ministry that I have called you to will grow rapidly

Those were just a few things God told me. If a non-believer or a non-sanctified believer would look at my current situation as of today they would say that I am in deep need but because I trust the promises of God, I would respond by saying it is written "God supplies all of my needs according to his riches and glory in Christ, Jesus (Philippians 4:19)." They may say you're weird or crazy, all of your bills are past due. I would respond back with it is written "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). Since God told made a promise in his word, and told me that I will never have lack another day of my life. That means exactly what he says, even at this moment I do not have lack, and I never will.

This is a testimony for you sent by God, to show you that before you are in God's perfect plan for your life, he will test you. During this testing he may allow satan to tempt you (but not more than you can bare as stated in 1 Corinthians 10:13). The point of God testing you is so that he can humble you, so that he can exalt you because God's best is not man's best. God's best is the promise in his world (e.g. peace that surpass all understanding, joy, Godly love, provision, perfect health, and righteousness in Jesus). It's on a matter of time before you see what I believe in the spiritual realm, and what God already sees now. My life will NEVER be the same.

Your test of worldliness
Your test of worldliness will begin when you are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can only lead you when you are filled with him. We read in Matthew 4:1 that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and then lead to the wilderness. I was also lead once I was full of Holy Spirit. Please watch the video premiering on Wednesday titled the 3 levels of the Holy Spirit. The reason you have to be filled with the Holy Spirit is you have to read the word of God, so that when opposition or the test of worldliness comes your way, you will be so filled with the word of God that you will stand firm in the word, as Jesus did and as I did. God wants to make sure that you can handle the blessing and that the blessings of God, will have you serving money, instead of God.

I give Glory and honor to my father, God ...who has helped me stand firm through my test of worldliness. My fathers words has been light for my eyes, light for my ears, and light for my heart.

I am going to leave you with the parable Jesus told the crowd through the Gospels...

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.  When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

I want to leave you with a scripture from 1 John 5:4
"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. "