THE NEXT GENERATION CHURCH| Rev. Femi Bolaji


( The church after today)
Isaiah 2:2-4 (KJV)

2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law,and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.4 And he shall judge among the nations,and shall rebuke many people:and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Prophetically, we have come into a season where the Mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established above all hills!
There are many hills today; the hills of sport and entertainments, the hills of the social media, the Hills of commerce, the hills of fashion etc. The list goes on but the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established above these hills and when that happens, nations ( people of all race) shall flow into it seeking one thing ….. HIS WAYS!

PAY ATTENTION to verse 3 ‘And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob;and he will teach us of his ways,and we will walk in his paths:”

They will not come to the house of the Lord for just his ACTS, They will go up to learn his WAYS!

I see a church after this coronavirus saga whose spiritual TASTE BUDS will change.

The one who seeks his WAYS is bigger than the one seeking his ACTS:

Psalms 103:7 (KJV)
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

The children of ISREAL knew HIS acts but Moses knew the ways of God:

Exodus 33:13 (KJV)

13 Now, therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

The children of ISREAL saw his acts but they rebelled in the wilderness, doubted God and died. Moses saw his ways.

As long as you are a child ( infants spiritually) what you get is limited. You will be limited to the fireworks of God but when you grow up and become spiritually matured, what you would be introduced to is the Ways of the Lord.

This article is not out to downplay HIS acts among us, We need both! We need today his acts but more importantly his ways:

Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God has a way, God has a thinking pattern, we should be able to know how he thinks in a matter and be familiar with it that when a situation occurs, we know this is how he is thinking over this. That is the reason for having THE MIND OF CHRIST. When God says Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, he is saying have my thoughts, know my ways.

The early Apostles had a robust relationship with the Holy Spirit that they knew what his views were in a given situation even when he had not spoken:

Acts 15:28 (KJV)

28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

They said at the Jerusalem doctrinal dispute council meeting ‘ it seems good to us and the Holy Spirit ‘They were able to represent him correctly without him even speaking, they represented his views.

Some of you can represent your wife or husband in a given situation because having stayed together for long as close companions, you know their views.

His ways and thoughts are superior to ours. His acts are the by-product of HIS ways. His acts don’t produce his ways but his ways produce his acts. The one who seeks his WAYS is bigger than the one seeking his ACTS.

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

When Jesus advocates here that we should seek FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness( imputed one that we also praticalise) he was saying seek first HIS WAYS then the ACTS will follow.

A day after Jesus performed an outstanding miracle of feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fishes, a group of people who benefited from it came the next day to Jesus asking what shall we do that we might work the works of God:

John 6:28 KJV)
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

Jesus took five loaves of bread and fed the multitudes and they had twelve baskets full left!

That wasn’t ordinary, that wasn’t normal, that was out of this world.

They were saying to Jesus …., Is there any formula to these things? Are there any steps to take? By what arithmetics can this be done ?……..Is there something we need to do? There must be a key to it, there must be a formula or steps to it, So what must we do?

Suddenly these people wanted to know beyond just being beneficiaries of his acts, they wanted to know his ways.
They were two groups of people who followed God in the desert: Moses group and the children’s group. Moses group was small, it had Caleb and Joshua.

The children group wanted to see his acts, what they wanted to see was the acts and when the acts delayed in most cases when they needed water to drink and quench their thirst or meat to eat, they murmured.

At one instance, they journeyed three days in the desert and found no water and when they eventually found one, the water was undrinkable. Anyone could complain in such situation.

Caleb, Joshua and Moses knew his ways well enough. When they saw giants manning the post of their inheritance, they said ‘the giants are bread for us we are to take them’ . Those who didn’t know his ways ( The children’s group ) said God brought us here to kill us but those who knew his ways saw differently.
Moses said to them, if God brought us this way, he has some answers to this issue. If the pillar of cloud and fire didn’t lead us through any other route but by the Mariah water way, surely he has an answer for us there!

Shalom .
©RFB.

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