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No Reward for Pretenders

By January 24th, 2015Uncategorized13 min read
I think it’s absolutely
remarkable how God programmed the human mind. Simply fascinating! One of my
current reads is Dr. Eric R. Braverman’s ‘Younger Brain, Sharper Mind’ and reading this has been quite the learning process for me. Coincidentally also, Kenneth Copeland’s guest on his show over the past week has been Dr. Caroline Leaf who is a
renowned neurosurgeon and brain specialist. I’ve loved listening to her explain
how the brain operates especially in line with God’s Word, and how finally
science and scientists are slowly seeing alignment between their research and
things which the Bible has already made quite clear.
I have especially loved the
information regarding how memory is formed, the different kinds of memory, and
the word associations and connectivity patterns in our brains. Since this is
not a scientific blog, I will spare you the details. And much as my flesh would
at this time love to try and impress you with some of the scientific jargon I
have added to my dictionary recently, I won’t go there. I promise! So why did I
start talking about it then? Well sis, I had an experience yesterday that made
something I had read and heard recently so much more real to me than it had
ever been before, because I could practically visualize from my learning’s just
how that connection happened.
I was in attendance at a seminar
on the economic outlook for the country in 2015 and I was pretty enthralled by
what was a brilliant and highly practical presentation by the
country head of JP Morgan. Towards the end of his presentation and while making
recommendations of how best to hedge in 2015, he said ‘If it is a luxury purchase, then make sure you can afford it. There will
be no reward for pretenders in 2015’
. I blanked out for a couple of minutes
after this and it took everything in me to pull myself back to the present
moment so as not to lose the other key points he was making.
You see sis, as he made that
statement, my mind made an immediate connection to the Kingdom of God, to eternity in Heaven, to what the Bible says about there being many surprises on the last day and about the first being last, last being first..
I heard clearly in my Spirit ‘The reward of Heaven is not for pretenders to the
. Wow! In those few minutes that I ‘spaced out’, the Holy Spirit
ministered so many things to my heart sis. He did! This is what I hope I can
share with you today. It wasn’t about the science of the mind connection per
se. I mean, I could only reason that aspect out after the fact. And it certainly
wasn’t about the economics of oil prices, liquidity, politics, business and
investments, etc that I had been listening to. No sis, this was about life… the
truest form of life… the one we expect to be translated into when our time on
this side of eternity is over.
I have mulled this over time and
again since yesterday and I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is as
much a message for me as it is for you sis. It is either a message we need to
hear ourselves, or one which perhaps we need to preach to and share with someone who is close to
us. The reality of life plays out – in my view, as an adaptation of an age long cliché. So,
we can fool everyone most of the time, but we can’t fool everyone all of the
time. We can even fool ourselves some of the time, but we certainly cannot fool
ourselves all of the times. And then, we can fool everyone else, ourselves included,
most or some of the time… but we can never fool God even one time. Yep! We can
only always NEVER fool Him, for He see all things and knows all things. Hey
sis, this is the God for Whom the darkest of nights is like day right? The
One Who is Himself light?  The One Who
knows our thoughts afar off? The One Who is all seeing, all knowing and all
powerful? The One Who knows the end from the beginning? The One Who sees and knows the secret things in the deepest darkest places? Hmmm! How do we want to
think we can ever fool Him sis? How? Absolutely always Never!

‘If it is a luxury purchase, then make sure you can afford it. There will
be no reward for pretenders in 2015’.
There will certainly be no reward of
the Kingdom of heaven for those who are pretenders in Christ. It doesn’t take much
to see or understand this does it? Or does it? Hmmm!  We cannot be casual about our Christianity
this year more than ever before. I don’t know why 2015, but really this is one caution
that doesn’t need us to ask why. We should never be casual about our
Christianity anyway, so if the Lord chooses to chastise you and I about it even
more today, then so be it, sis. So be it! I have since personally spent some
time trying to see in what areas of my life I might be positioning as a ‘Pretender
to the Kingdom’ and you know sis that as I examine my life, I also ask you to
examine yours right? Yep! I certainly do. You see, the plan is not for me to make Heaven
and leave you behind, or vice versa. Oh no, no, no! God helping us, we will both
be hugging each other in heaven one day, in Jesus name, Amen.
One thing that ministered to me as I was ‘ in the zone’ is that there are so many things that constitute pretense in the Kingdom. For
many, pretense will be about secret sins, hidden aspects of their lives
that they don’t want people to see – deep hurts, abuse, shame, a dark past (or present). It will be for many about sins of the flesh
– sexual sins, lusts and perversions. But the Holy Spirit showed me that
Kingdom pretense is also as much about the true state of one’s heart, and the motives
and intents for whatever a person does or says; about who we really are when no
one is watching; about how deep our love walk with Christ really and truly goes;
about pretending to walk in love whereas one’s heart is black towards a person,
but role-playing because we need that person to fulfill certain needs in
our life, or perhaps because being associated with them elevates our social, business, or even Kingdom profile  and status in some way or the other.
It ministered to me that pretending
in the Kingdom as a business person means outwardly profiling as a Christian,
while doing dirty deals, giving and receiving bribes and the like in the name of  moving forward and making money – after all ‘it’s just
. Pretending in the Kingdom would include positioning as
a Christ follower and yet secretly consulting oracles and diviners, or dabbling
in the occult through one means or the other. Pretending in Christ would include deciding to compartmentalize certain aspects of one’s life which are lived out
according to the dictates of flesh, the world and society; and then only allowing
God control to some degree in certain other aspects of one’s life – especially those
which are more visible to the brethren and which give an outwardly apparent
picture of holiness. Pretending in Christ’s Kingdom would include singing and playing gospel
music every Sunday, yet listening to music with lyrics that are sexually
explicit, glorifying sex, drugs, violence and even rape, every other day for
the rest of the week; spending money God gave you to grow a perverse industry while maintaining a hardened heart towards giving of tithes and offerings to further the work of the Kingdom. 
Pretending in Christ would include indulging an addiction to pornography
in one’s personal spaces, choosing to see it as just harmless ‘fun’; forgetting
or choosing to ignore the immoral and outright demonic aspects of the pornography
industry that clearly do not glorify the Christ you profess (not to mention
ignoring the fact of human trafficking and sexual slavery are the backbone
of this industry in our time, and that by buying and watching such movies, one
becomes a participant in promoting and progressing these atrocities and sins). Pretending in Christ is on one
hand outwardly professing Him as Lord and savior, claiming to trust Him to work
all things out for your good; and then cheating during tests and examinations;
sleeping around to get opportunities and promotions; backbiting, gossiping, and
indeed fabricating stories to put others down, stealing other peoples work and
claiming as your own so you can be favored or get ahead in the work space or
school setting, etc etc etc. 
You get my drift sis? Some of the things that
constitute pretense where God is concerned are hard stuff that we can all
readily relate with and indeed point our fingers at others for, but many Kingdom pretenses
are quiet, unseen, unspoken, but there nonetheless. It is those little foxes
that you and I need to search for and purge ourselves of, sis; those little
foxes that we can only discern with the help of the Spirit. It is not that we will not fall or fail on occasion sis. No, it’s not that. The Bible does say ‘though the righteous man fall seven times…’ So we will fall once in a while. But something is clearly out of line when our fallen state becomes our comfortable space, and we make absolutely no effort to move up and out of it, even knowing grace and strength are available to help us out. 
Bottom line? Pretending in Christ
is about not truly living in His image and likeness, and worse still… being
casual about it. We are not perfect sis, not even anywhere near that. But we
are also meant to grow in our walk in Christ. Hell is a luxury we can ill
afford to ‘acquire’, and Heaven is the one luxury we can more so ill afford to
miss. The onus is on us to decide daily and sometimes several times in a day,
which reward we will choose. ‘I set
before you life and death…. choose life!’
With each passing day we need
to very consciously examine our thoughts, words, actions, motives and intents
and work diligently to align them more and more with what we know will please
and glorify the father. True, as children of the living God, it is not by our
works that we are saved (lest any man should boast), but surely by our works we
will either attract, or repel, or keep others who are in darkeness indifferent to God and to His
Kingdom. This would be a major failing on our part as far as the mandate we
have to be salt and light, spreaders of the Gospel, fishers of men, is concerned.
There is also the fact that we
ourselves need to be sure we are walking in alignment with God for ourselves. We
cannot be casual about our salvation and God’s work of grace in our lives sis.
We cannot! If we do, what happens is that we become immune to our sin, and at
some point we don’t even notice that the glory has departed and we are no
longer hosting the Holy Spirit of God in us. No, we cannot allow this sis, for surely
none of us wants to be among those to whom God will say on the last day ‘Depart from me for I know you not’. It would
be too sad and too late (eternally so) for anyone to find out that while they were
celebrated on earth as being a good (dare I say ‘Great’) Christian, that in the eyes of God they were only ‘Pretenders
to the Kingdom’, undeserving of a the reward of a place in Heaven. May this
not be our portion in Jesus name, Amen.
May the Lord help us to stay
alert sis. May He help us truly see any area(s) of our lives that don’t really
look like Him and where we have gotten so used to not looking like Him that we don’t
even notice it any more. May He show us areas where we have become immune or
complacent to something that does not glorify Him, and may He give us the strength
to stand strong and make whatever changes we need to make in our lives – relationships we need to end, businesses we need to forgo, habits we need to drop, etc so that nothing
on this side of eternity will stand in the way of our receiving His crown and
entering into His embrace on the last day.
The Lord will help me sis, and He
will help you. By the mercies grace and power of the Holy Spirit, we will not
make the Blood which Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary and His ultimate sacrifice
for our sakes to be of no effect. No sis, as you and I recommit every area of
our lives afresh to God daily, as we draw closer and closer to Him in this
year, our assurance will always be that indeed we will not be classed among the
pretenders to the Kingdom; that we will daily conform more and more to His glorious
image; that by our very lives we will draw men unto Him; that our lives will be
truly pleasing to Him; and that in the end we will make Heaven in Jesus name, Amen.

Be blessed sis… for you surely

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