IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO SAY THAT ACADEMIC WORK DESTROYED MY SPIRITUAL LIFE.
EVERY TIME YOUR PRAISE AND WORSHIP LIFE IS DRYING UP, YOUR PASSION FOR GOD IS DYING.
IF YOU ARE PASSIONATE FOR GOD, WHATEVER CARRIES HIS PRESENCE ATTRACTS YOU.
ANY SPIRITUALITY THAT DOES NOT AFFECT YOUR RESOURCES IS FAKE.
IF GOD HAS TOUCHED YOUR HEART, IT WILL REFLECT IN YOUR HANDS.
-Pastor Paul Enenche
3. PASSION AND DISCIPLINE FOR THE STUDY OF THE WORD.
When we were growing up in the Lord, you will never catch us without a copy of the Bible, a Bible that is complete and pocketable or that is inside the bag. There are two things that you would never catch us without as university students, you can’t catch us without a Bible and without copies of tracts, it was permanently in our possession. Reading in the library or wherever we are reading, the table on which we are reading, the content is not complete until there is an anatomy and physiology book and a Bible is also there, it’s not complete. That is, you read for 1,2 or 3 hours, your break time is for scriptures. ChurchGist. You don’t generate fire just like that. It was impossible to say that academic work destroyed your spiritual life, it was impossible. Matthew 4:4. Luke 4:4. At that time we had Franklin Bible, it was very sweet, it made life easy, I’m not sure if there was audio Bible then but there was Franklin Bible then and many other study Bibles, we were not planning to be a pastor, I had no plan to be a pastor, I was just a Christian and a Child of God on fire and all these things were tools available, it is a healthy thing to have a daily reading plan. Four chapters of the Bible in a day will make you cover the Bible in 1 year. How many of you know this? If you read 8 chapters in a day, you will finish the Bible in 6 months. You read like 16 chapters in a day, you would finish the Bible in 3 months, I don’t know if I’m mixing things up but if you read 40 chapters every day, you will finish the Bible in 1 month. So, there was a season in my life where I would just lock up myself and just finish the Bible in a month, 20 chapters in the morning, prayers in between and 20 chapters in the night. By the time the month was over I was through with the Bible.
Now, you know what that does for you, it gives you information, it gives you references. The reading of the Bible makes available revelational references such that when the Holy Spirit wants to talk to you using a verse, it is easy because the verse is there. He said He will bring to your remembrance, so He can’t remind you of things that do not exist. It says to pray from your study life, that is sitting down with some verse to get light out of it, what that does for you is that it gives you depth and then explodes your faith and then it transforms your life. ChurchGist. Reading gives you reference availability. The insight in the word gives you depth, gives you light, changes your life and explodes your faith. All of a sudden you see something you’ve never seen before and your faith explodes, change then happens.
So, when you leave here and you return back to school or to your home and you want to confirm that you’re intensely spiritual, your prayer life, your fasting life and then your passion and discipline for the Word.
4. PRAISE AND WORSHIP PASSION.
The climate of worship is the climate in which we soak in His presence, everyone who is on fire for God has a passion for His presence and there is nothing that conveys the presence of God like the climate of worship. Psalm 22:3. Psalm 89:15, 100:4. Praise and worship literally keeps you in His court. Psalm 84:1-4. I remember in our time there was a lot of Maranatha Worship, Integrity worship and a lot of Vineyard songs, it was flying around the campus. For me as a person, my study was not complete until worship was playing in the background. How many of you know the cassette called “Twin-can”? It has the capacity to carry two tape recorders. It’s right there and the cassettes are everywhere, not CDs, I’m sure there are babies here who don’t know cassettes, not to talk of records. I used records also to listen to B J Thompson. But the climate was dense in my own study. Some people said they can’t do it, but for me that was the best climate for studying, a climate dense with worship.
Praise the Lord!
Every time your praise and worship life is drying up, your passion for God is dying. If you’re passionate for God, whatever carries His presence attracts you, including the Word and Worship, anything that carries His presence attracts you. ChurchGist. Praise and Worship passion and it has nothing to do with a good voice, it only has to do with passion for God.
5. SACRIFICIAL GIVING AND LIVING.
Romans 12:1-2. Your life is literally a sacrifice for God, a sacrifice for your generation. In your resources, in your time, in your resources especially. I started tithing from the year 1986, in higher institution, that is 36 years ago right, from pocket money of #30, again I wasn’t planning to be a preacher, I didn’t think I would be a preacher. Yet, the accuracy of tithing has not broken for one day for 36 years. ChurchGist. Any spirituality that does not affect your resources is fake. Any level of passion you have for God that does not touch your resources is not genuine. Sowing seeds and giving as a student, not that I was planning to be a pastor but that I saw it in scriptures.
Brethren came to our room and they took the food, it was everybody’s food, I’m sure it’s still like that in some places. ChurchGist. When I got married, I was still very new to marriage. I was still at an average student’s age because I married at the age of 26, I was invited to come and preach somewhere and in those days the preaching was very brutal, just as I am doing now, deep things that will make you sober. After I finished preaching and dropped the microphone, the next person that came to pick the microphone said, thank God for that Word, the contribution that we asked you to bring, how many people brought their own today? I said what, contribution, I went up, I broke the protocol, it’s a Church, I said excuse me, give me the microphone, he gave me the microphone.
I said you know what, the message you just heard is so intense, please I want you all to go home, meditate over what you’ve heard and apply it to your life. Please, how much are you trying to raise? When he told me, I said me and my wife will pay it, don’t bother anybody anymore, we will pay it. We paid for it, out of our doctor’s salary of #2,400. The things you see didn’t start today; I remembered the Church like yesterday. One day I travelled out of home and there was a meeting, a pastor came and preached about sacrifice, my wife gave her clothes and gave me clothes in my absence. ChurchGist. How many of you know that if I was a bad husband and I didn’t know God I would have gone to collect my clothes back? I mean you can give your own but not my own in my absence. But she knew me, she knew if I was around, it would be the same thing. She gave her clothes and gave my clothes. Today I don’t struggle to wear any clothes, anybody who complains about my dressing is just wasting his or her time, I don’t waste money on clothes and shoes, I don’t know the last time I went to the market to look for a shoe or wrist watches, many years ago a sacrifice opened that way. I can assure you; it works.
When I preach on tithing today, I saw it working for me as a student in the higher institution, I saw it work and I saw it in the Bible and I don’t preach it because I want somebody to give, neither do I preach it because I am looking for money or the church is looking for money, because it is working for me and anything I have proved I will preach, because i know it will give people result. If God has touched your heart, it will reflect in your hands.
-Pastor Paul Enenche on “THE FIRE FREQUENCY” Ignite Conference|| Dunamis International Gospel Centre.
For the full message read: https://churchgist.org/when-you-are-spiritually-intense-the-thought-of-you-invokes-revival/