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How Should A Christian Fast

To answer this question you must first understand what fasting is. Christians still have a long way to go in understanding the New Covenant. We  pick a lot from the Old Covenant and call them New Testament doctrine. To read about what fasting is under the New Covenant click here.

Now a Christian is meant to fast everyday, 24 hrs for the rest of his life. In fact fasting is Christianity, if you are not fasting you are not in Christianity. Fasting is how we live the Christian life. For more,  read Fasting In The New Covenant.

Or rather get my book, The New Covenant.

 

What’s The Relationship Between The New Covenant

There has been a great deal of controversy in defining the dividing line between the Old and New Testament (Testament is another word for covenant). Where did they meet and where did they part? What is the relationship between both covenant?There is an ongoing argument on what should be picked from the Old Testament and what should be dropped. Many have argued on what Jesus meant when he said, Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).

‘Fulfill’ in this passage means to express the meaning. Jesus came to accomplish and express the meaning of all that is in the Old Covenant. We run into problems and confusion because we try to decide on the Old Testament without trying to know its meaning, its purpose and how it is actualized in Christ. When we know and understand the fulfillment then we can truly practice the New Covenant.

The New and the Old Covenants are not at war with each other, Christians had made it look that way. The truth is that the Old and the New Covenant are not two things but one. If you look closely at the Scripture you would realize that God referred to the two as one. Paul gave a better explanation of the relationship between the Old and the New Covenant when he used the sentence, “shadow of things to come”. A man’s shadow is not an alien, the shadow is not another man instead it is the same man. It is a dark projection of the man’s image on a surface. The man is the substance and the shadow is a reflection of that substance. This is why Jesus said he had come to fulfill and not to destroy the Old Covenant. He came to reveal the substance that has been projected through the Law of Moses. The Law and the Prophets were meant to reveal a substance by projecting its shadow. But this shadow cannot give enough information and details about the substance. Jesus came to fulfill and accomplish the very substance that was foreshadowed in the Law and Prophets.

For too long Christians have looked at the Old Covenant as a substance. They either see it as a substance different from the other substance (the New Covenant) or they see it as a substance joined together or intertwined with the other substance (the New Covenant). Both points of view are wrong and that is why there has been so much confusion on this issue. A man is not intertwine with his shadow even though he is one with his shadow. His shadow is not in him but lies apart from him. The reason why we mix the substance with the shadow is because we don’t know the substance. Let’s admit it, we do not know the New Covenant. Even the early Christian do not really know it, that is why God Paul with a staggering revelation of the New Covenant.

Ever since the time of Paul the Church have been growing in the knowledge of the New Covenant. What we practice is an impure version of the New Covenant. Our inability to define the dividing line between the Old and New Covenant has caused us to produced something impure. The New Covenant practice in it purity would produce a glory that would overshadow all the miracles in the Old Testament.

“If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!” (2Cor 9-11).

The Old Covenant was so glorious that Moses (the messenger of the covenant) had to cover his face with a veil because the people could not behold him. If the Old Covenant could be so glorious, how much more the new and perfect Covenant? The reason we are not seeing all that glory is because we continue to interact with the shadow claiming we are practicing the New Covenant.

What then is the New Covenant? Using the foundation lay down by Paul and the technique he applied  I try to reconstruct the major constitute of the New Covenant, to reveal the substance foreshadowed in the Old Testament. Here in my book, “The New Covenant” much detail is given concern the New Covenant in it purity and how it should be practiced onto our glory. You can download this book for free.

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Should Christians Pay Tithe

Yes Christians should offer tithe. I use the word ‘offer’ because tithe is beyond monetary payments. Even in the Old Testament the word “pay tithe” was never used. In fact God never asked that money should be paid as tithe. Read more about tithing in the Old Testament, just click here.

The Church has failed to understand Tithe in the context of the New Covenant. Christ has fulfilled the Law which includes all that God commanded in the Old Testament. Christ is Tithe, he is the meaning, the essence and the fulfillment of Tithe.

What is true of Christ is also true of the Church and down to individual Christian. Christ is tithe, therefore the Church is tithe and the individual Christian is tithe. This is because Christ, the Church and every believer are one body — we are the body of Christ.

To learn more about this and how to offer tithe as a New Testament believer follow the links below:

Christ Is Tithe

Tithing In The New Covenant

Tithe And Financial Prosperity

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How To Be A Man After God’s Heart

“And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’” (Act 13:22).

David stand out as a very special character in the Bible. He occupied a very special place in God’s heart. God was ready to give David anything. He even said would have given David more and more wives if he ask Him. We know that God only wants one wife for one man but He was ready to go the extra mile for David. He made an everlasting covenant with David and align David with Himself. The Son of God became the son of David — Jesus was called the son of David.

God gave David access to things… even things that were meant for only the New Testament people. David was an Old Testament man that lived in the New Testament reality. Paul described David as one who has tasted the reality of the New Testament:

“But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work. King David spoke of this, describing the happiness of an undeserving sinner who is declared to be righteous: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord.” (Rom 4:5-8).

Despite his mistakes God loved him and he was so dear to God’s heart. What made David so special? Why did God love and favoured David despite his imperfections? What did David do that made him so dear to God? And how can you enter into this level of favour with God? Below are very helpful points that would answer the question in your heart.

1) Exalt God Above All Other

David was one who has put God first in his life. God was more important to him than any other as such he always saw God in everything. He entered the camp and he didn’t see a giant taunting the Israelites. He saw an uncircumcised Philistine taunting the Almighty God. He sees God in every situation because he has exalted God above all situations.

When he did something evil he exclaimed that he had done this evil against God. Not against uzia who he murdered, not against the people he was enthroned to protect and not against Besheba who he defied with that sinful act. But to him it was against God and God alone, God is all that matters. Paul teaches that the servants should serve as if they are serving God and not man. If you exalt God above all you would see God in all and do all as to God.

2) Completely Trust And Rely On God

David trust and rely completely on God. As a boy he attacked beast because he knew he a child a covenant where God promised to put fear — fear of the covenant people — in the heart of all other both man and animal. So David knew that these beasts were afraid of him as a member of the covenant and as a result he could chase them around and even slay them.

God promised to give David the throne and David never raised a finger to get this throne by his power. But he waited patiently for God even when opportunity came to slay Saul and take the throne. He knew God who has promised will take him there. Many a times we feel like we have to do something to make God promises come to pass but all we have to do is trust and rely on Him. Just focus on walking with Him and He would surely take you there even if it delay.

3) Pursue God With All Of Your Being

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 109 and it is all about a desire and a love for the law and the word of God. David was so in love with the word of God, he desperately wants to follow God. David was passionately pursuing God; spending time in His presence, desiring to hear from Him and follow Him.

David was a man with a deep hunger and a sincere love for God. All other obeyed the law because they fear the punishment and because it is a tradition, their identity as a people. But David obeyed because he is in love with this God and this God has become his pleasure.

If God could see these qualities in you He would surely pull you close to His heart. You would become so attractive to Him that He can resist but to bless you with all your heart desires and even more.

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6 Things In The Old Testament About Tithe You Never Knew

The doctrine of tithing is a very popular Christian doctrine preached and taught in most Christian churches. The book of Malachi is the most popular book used in preaching about tithe. Many Christians justify the doctrine of tithe by saying, “it is a principle of God and it has existed long before the Mosaic Covenant”.

However, the Old Covenant is beyond the Mosaic Covenant, it also includes the Abrahamic Covenant. I talked more about this in my book The New Covenant. The truth remains that many Christians have never seen or heard a teaching on tithe that properly explain how tithe was practiced in the Old Testament. Before you can talk about how Tithing should be in the New Covenant you must understand what it is in the Old Covenant. Here are basic facts about tithe in the Old Testament, facts that are hardly mentioned in most Christian churches.

1) Tithe was meant to be taken out of God’s blessings: God blessed Abraham and out of that blessing he gave tithe. The second time tithe was mentioned in the Bible it was Jacob saying: “I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.” (Gen 28:22). The Israelite didn’t really tithe until they possess the promised land. The land flowing with milk and honey is the main blessing of the Mosaic Covenant. Tithing was meant to be put into practice when they entered the land and start reaping from it. They were to tithe out of blessings of God.

“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s. It is holy to the LORD.” (Lev 27:30).

They didn’t tithe so that God can bless them but they tithe because God had blessed them. They gave back to God what God had given them.

2) Tithe were meant to be eaten: Have you ever heard your pastor say, “do not eat your tithe.” Well, God commanded the people of Israel to eat their tithe;

“You must not eat in your own towns the tithe of your grain and new wine and olive oil, or the firstborn of your herds and flocks, or whatever you have vowed to give, or your freewill offerings or special gifts. Instead, you are to eat them in the presence of the Lord your God at the place the Lord your God will choose—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns—and you are to rejoice before the Lord your God in everything you put your hand to.” (Deu 12:17-18).

Tithe were meant to be eaten in the temple. Tithe was meant to be used for a feast; eating and drinking before the Lord as a form of worship to God.

3) Money was not required for tithe: God never ask that money should be paid as tithe. Tithe were agricultural products. The only time money was mentioned was concerning those who cannot bring their tithe to the temple because of the distance. God ask them to sell their tithe, bring the money to Jerusalem and buy consumable goods that should be eaten in the feast at the temple;

“If the place of worship is too far from your home for you to carry there the tithe of the produce that the Lord has blessed you with, then do this: Sell your produce and take the money with you to the one place of worship. Spend it on whatever you want—beef, lamb, wine, beer—and there, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families are to eat and enjoy yourselves.” (Deu 14:24-26).

4) The Israelite were to tithe specifically for the fruit of the land: God didn’t ask the Israelite to tithe from just any source of income. God specifically said;

“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s. It is holy to the LORD.” (Lev 27:30).

There were other trade in Israel, for example there was tent making (Paul was a tent maker), there were those who makes fabric, there were iron smiths and so one. These people didn’t tithe out of these occupation. Tithing was specifically from the land because according to God the land belongs to Him and they must reverence Him by tithing from it.

5) Tithe were offered yearly: Under the Mosaic law God commanded that tithe should be paid annually;

“Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.” (Deu 14:22).

Tithe were paid once each year. The system of tithing was organized yearly; the tithe of the first, second, fourth and fifth year were eaten by the people in the temple. The seventh year is the Sabbath year while the third and sixth year is the year of tithing when the tithe were to be given to the Levites, foreigners, orphans and widows. This brings us to the fifth on the list.

6) The Levites only received the tithe of every three years: The system of tithing was organized in a three-year circle. The Levites were entitled to the tithe of every three years;

“At the end of every third year bring the tithe of all your crops and store it in your towns. This food is for the Levites, since they own no property, and for the foreigners, orphans, and widows who live in your towns. They are to come and get all they need. Do this, and the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.” (Deu 14:28-29).

This means that most of the tithe were eaten by the people, they were only commanded to give away the tithe of the third and sixth year. However, the tithe that were eaten were to be shared with the Levites. The Levites join in the feast since they don’t have agricultural product to tithe (the Levites were not allotted land to cultivate).

Conclusion:

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.” (Mal 3:10).

This verse did not imply that tithe must be paid every month or from every income including gifts given to you by others. This verse does not also imply that tithe were to be given to the church. The “storehouse” mentioned in this verse was a place where the tithe are stored so that it can be distributed to not only the Levites but the poor, the orphans and the widows. Also it was not necessary to bring it to the storehouse, the system allows you to distribute the tithe to the poor yourself.

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To Learn Further Follow The Links

Christ Is Tithe

Tithing In The New Covenant

Tithe And Financial Prosperity

The Growing Tithe

First Fruit And Burnt Offering

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