3 April 2014 by Natasha Kim CM-
If you’ve already read the previous article entitled, “Sons and Daughters of the Almighty King”, then you would know that though we are not royalty, we have a right and an inheritance that are much greater according to the Word of God in the Bible and the Word that was preached by Pastor Dr Paul Chen at the River of Life Sanctuary, on the 16th of March 2014. After getting to know this fact, therefore one might ask, how does one get to be a part of this son-ship and get closer to God in order to create the bond of a lifetime with our King? Paul continued on with his preaching and shared about how we can get on the path to son-ship! First and foremost however, we must remember that the devil does exist and he opposes the birth of God’s children on this earth. We were born with an enemy that continuously tries to hurt us. “It is our duty to know this and not give up, because that is the devil’s desire – that we give up,” shared Paul.
Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, "Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive." (Exodus 1:22)
But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. (Exodus 2:3)
The verses above tell the story of how Moses was born. Moses was blessed because he was found in the papyrus basket by the Pharaoh’s daughter instead of being cast into the Nile. Later on, the Pharaoh himself adopted Moses to become his son, and Moses lived in luxury within the palace walls while people outside those walls were suffering. Despite that, Moses was humble and decided to follow God. He left all his luxuries behind, and though he could have stayed on as an Egyptian prince, he was after the greater good for he understood God’s ways. “Like Moses, we need to be drawn out of our earthly carnal nature before we can become full sons of the father,” shared Paul.
In order to be like Mose, and to be on the path to son-ship, in this case, we need to:-
Tithe our Time and our Substance
As Children of God, in order to fully engage ourselves with God, we need to read the Word in the Bible, serve in Church, and activate God’s miracle supply, as mentioned in 1 Kings 17:10-16 below. Do not be afraid for the Lord will take care of your needs when you tithe.
10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. (1 Kings 17:10-16)
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6:16)
The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.” (Acts 10:24-26)
Have a personal Relationship with God
“Like Moses we need to have a deep personal relationship with God” shared Paul.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and the only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwell in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:12-16)
True children of God need to bear lasting fruit
Moses went to the people who were enslaved and set them free. “Likewise, we want to go to those who are enslaved by the world and ruled by satan, and bring them the good news – that they have already been set free by Jesus! A good way to start off the process of bearing lasting fruit, is to touch the lives of those close to you or around you by sharing your testimonies on how you have come to know Christ and how you have been blessed by Jesus," said Paul. He then began to give another illustration of this by sharing a story about a man named John Pounds, who was a muscular labourer in the 1800’s.
John was severely crippled when he fell and broke his bones. Since he could no longer work at the dockyard, he decided to become a shoemaker. Even in his pain, he began to read the Bible, and through that, God touched his heart. When he eventually opened up his own shoe shop, John felt a burden in his heart to make surgical boots or corrective shoes for crippled children. Before he passed away, he managed to help 500 children who were poor and homeless and taught them basic writing and arithmetic skills. There are so many things you can do to bear lasting fruit in this world; it is quite limitless once you set your mind to it. There are so many out there in need of your help!
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please himin every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10)
“And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:14)
True children of God will impart the Spirit to those who come after them
I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (Romans 1:11-12)
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:1-2)
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)