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TRANSACTING BUSINESS WITH GOD 2

Torchworld Ministries Int.
An Article by Apostle Joseph Mintah
Teaching Tuesday

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We are still looking at transacting
business with God. We must understand that the God that we are serving is a
very relational God and also very transactional. Last week we saw that God
deals with us basically on two fronts. The realm of grace and the realm of
glory.
In the scriptures there are higher themes
and lesser themes. In other words, God rates things. There are certain things
that are highly esteemed by humans but are rated very low by heaven.
Luke 16:15
“And he said unto them, All of
you are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts:
for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of
God.”
Therefore in order to transact business
with God we must understand the value He places on things. We should begin to
assess things through God’s value system.
In Old Testament days, the things people
gave to God were valued according to the shekel of the Tabernacle. The shekel
was the currency they used
(It
still is). But the shekel in the Tabernacle had a different value. So if you
wanted to buy a sheep near the Tabernacle for sacrifice, you would pay a
different, in fact, higher amount than when you buy it anywhere else
( Ex 30:11-16). I used
this to illustrate a spiritual truth. Which is that, things have a different
meaning as you draw close to God and mature in your walk with Him. He becomes
transactional with you as you grow into maturity. He starts making demands on
your life. When you are a growing believer you are only introduced to the
relational side of God. As you become matured you are introduced to His
transactional side. He begins to make demands and give destiny instructions.
John 21:18
“Verily, verily, I say unto you,
When you were young, you gird yourself, and walked where you would: but when
you shall be old, you shall stretch forth your hands, and another shall gird
you, and carry you where you would not.”
John 21:19
“This spoke he, signifying by
what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he says unto
him, Follow me.”
Jesus explained what I am saying succinctly in
the above scripture. There is a way God treats you when you are young and there
is way He treats you when you mature.
Also, when it comes to the lesser themes
of scripture, God is very relational but when it comes to the higher themes He
is transactional. The lesser themes of scripture are things that pertain to
this life. They are treated as lesser themes in scripture. For examples, things
like what we will eat, what we will wear, jobs, career, marriage, healing, prosperity,
etc. All these things are not higher themes in scripture. Jesus pointed it out
in
Matthew 6:25
“Therefore I say unto you, Take
no thought for your life, what all of you shall eat, or what all of you shall
drink; nor yet for your body, what all of you shall put on. Is not the life
more than food, and the body than raiment?”
Matthew 6:33
“But seek all of you first the
kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto
you.”
The higher themes in scripture are things
that pertain to the WILL of God being accomplished on earth. . The Will of God
connects to things like the kingdom of God, the Glory of God, The Nature of
God, His Name
(reputation)
etc. These are higher themes. These things must be sought at a price.
When you are praying about a lesser theme,
you just pray in faith and believe you receive and you will have it. But when
you are praying about a higher theme like say revival for your city, it doesn’t
just take one prayer of faith. In fact it can take the prayers of several
generations to secure revival in a city. 
Because there, God is transactional. There is a price to pay for
revival. When His Kingdom comes, it means He is dominating a piece of this
earth. When that happens, that piece of earth becomes an extension of heaven
where His will is done exactly as it is done in heaven.
Matthew 6:10
“Your kingdom come, Your will be
done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
The only thing on earth that moves heaven
is the WILL of God.
Psalm 23 is a very interesting psalm which
explains all these and also details the journey from grace to glory. The
shepherd led the sheep to green pastures not to the wilderness. He then led him
to still waters not troubled waters. All this was in the realm of grace so the
shepherd was very relational. But at a point the shepherd began to lead the
sheep in the paths of righteousness. It says FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE. Now its
getting into a higher theme, HIS NAME
(His reputation). Now its not about the
sheep anymore, its about the reputation of the shepherd. That was when he began
to go through the valley of the shadow of death. The shepherd had to apply His
rod and staff. After the sheep went through the valley of the shadow of death,
the Shepherd brought him to a table prepared. This one is bigger and better
than green pastures. After that the sheep had the anointing on his head and it
run over into his cup. Then he said surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
forever.

The higher themes of scripture come with a
price but the results in the glory of God in your life. I will continue with 7
principles we must understand if we mean business with God. That will be next
week.

Blessings.

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