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The message for 2020

This year 2020 so far has been the year of the unexpected with the pandemics coming into play (Covid- 19 and BLM). Covid-19 kept a large proportion of the world in Lockdown. These unexpected occasions has been a time of revelations. It has revealed cracks in the walls of our relationships with God, family and other fellow humans — high numbers of reported divorce cases , deficiency of self-control, unjust treatments of our fellow human beings and many others.If there is one message this season is trying to communicate, it is that we need to Repent.

Articles for this Season.

  1. To repent we need to discover the cracks in our walls that needs mending. The Power of The Truth: What do believers do in this time of Revelation?
  2. Cannot see the need for repentance? Then it is high time to turn to God, to hear him speak to us of areas in need of adjustments. Turn Aside: A Call to Mysteries.
  3. Having hard times repenting? Having a conviction but refusing to repent is one of the signs that we may be on the slippery road to destruction. Conviction and Repentance.
  4. Have you gone into sin in this season due to your weaknesses and you do not feel worthy to be called a Christian anymore? The precious blood is sufficient for you. Are you a Saint? : Affirming your status in Christ.
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Dealing with difficult times from biblical perspectives

You might have prayed for a job and got one. You might have prayed for healing and got healed. But when you prayed and the situation does not change, it means the way out of that situation is in changing You. Prayers changes situations but not all of them. Paul testified about this in his prayers concerning his weakness (2 Corinthians 12: 7–9).

The book of Exodus from the Bible encapsules the story of the Israelites deliverance from bondage. The fascinating thing about their deliverance is the route God took them through before they could get to the promised land. When moses was considering the direction their journey would take, God intervened. According to map he did not take them through a shortcut but the opposite (Exodus 13 :17–18). He took them through the wilderness. He did not only instruct them in that direction but he led them. Some scholars suggests that the real reason for His decision is to take out Egypt (the lifestyle, the worship etc.) fully from Israel.

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The Enemy is a better Trainer

Their journeys in the wilderness depicts that it is a place filled with barrages of doubts and concerns from the hardship to survive: where are we going? Maybe we should had stayed in Egypt, at least we were sure of what we were doing? Moses have you brought us here to kill us? The enemy came in the form of doubts to hinder them from stepping into the promises God had for them. For those who did not trust God, doubts gave birth to unbelief and led to their destruction. On the contrary, the enemy was defeated by those who trusted God. The wilderness is full of test and trials; it is the classroom of a believer.

This journey of the Israelites is the same as a christian journey after New birth (deliverance from sin into new life by blood of christ). Christ commands her destiny and instead of finding situations rosy all the time she find herself also in difficult times. When you prayed and do not get an answer, when the prayer is about you, God is dismantling and building a new you that will fit the destination He promised.

Although, the wilderness may be an unbearable place for a believer it contains enormous benefits required for a believer to be fortified. The benefits are the same as the benefits of a natural wilderness;

  1. You learn to recognize the sound of different birds in the wilderness; you learn to recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit from that of devils to make godly decisions.
  2. You learn how wild animals attack in the wilderness; you learn the techniques and strategies of satanic agents.
  3. You learn to follow the atlas to get direction in the wilderness; you learn the significance of the reading the Word of God
  4. You get used to journey delays in the wilderness; you learn to take on patience and perseverance as virtues.
  5. You learn to travel the path of the wilderness; you become an experienced soldier of Christ.

The Key to a successful wilderness travel is to release yourself to the one who is leading YOU. By that the enemy will not stand a chance.

After the Wilderness

This story of the Israelites travel relates to our spiritual journeys, but more so it also relates to our everyday lives. When we endure we finally step into the promises God for our lives just like they inherited the promised land. The pandemic and recession are wildernesses that births doubts and concerns that alter our lifestyles: the way we react to life, the way we care for our fellow humans, make us reflect about the things that are important to us and where we have been doing wrong.

Histories testifies good of the changes that succeed these wildernesses. For example, the implementation of universal healthcare and societal healthcare came to be after the influenza pandemic. Also the great recessions changed the perception of people to be more community-oriented in their behaviours and lifestyles.

Endure the classroom, the tests will soon be over.

In everything we have won more than a victory because of Christ who loves us — Romans 8:37

Excerpt from The Wilderness : classroom of a believer (Treasures from the Mount : Ornaments of Faith)

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The Power of the Truth

What do believers do in this time of Revelation?

For the word of God is living and active, Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

During my clinical internship 13 years ago, my supervisor told me;

There are two types of people in this world, those who investigate and examine themselves and those who don’t. The people that don’t makes up the majority of the people you will spend your time with, then once in awhile you will get lucky and get a client who suffers from introspection and self examination, then that is when you get to do the fun stuff.

She was right, so many years of counselling and most people are not interested in doing deep diving of their emotions or what drives them. They just want me to fix them, give them the answers, spell it out for them. Many times I have to take them down the journey of self examination and they don’t even know we are going there until we arrive.

The same can be said of society as a whole, we do things but we do not think about them or why they are or not a good idea or what is motivating our actions. We do not consider other people’s motives, we lack spiritual or psychological discernment. Take for instance the mass exodus towards toilet paper, in the midst of national crisis , no one stopped to consider why they were buying toilet paper, they just followed the herd. Watching people scramble for toilet paper was heart-breaking, reminded me of the simplicity and fragility of our mind and how quickly we can be led astray by our emotions.

Sometimes we Need others to tell us who we really are…

No one is immune to periods of lack of discernment. We all fall into the space of existing where we don’t think much. Not until someone jolts us and gives us feedback or shares their experience ,do we notice the road we are traveling on.

Take for instance the recent article about Walmart about the removal of beauty products from locked cases. How many times had I looked at the products behind cases without giving it much thought, without questioning even if it did not make sense? I just accepted the situation and had not considered the motives behind it, until the article pointed it out.

We are living in the time of Revelation

God is revealing the hearts of men all around us, he is revealing the condition of our hearts as well. The truth is cutting through the paucity of good we hold for our fellow men and women. These revelations are cutting through the core of us, destroying the traditions, the myths we hold about our Christian culture and myths we hold about each-other. Do we really think highly of others, esteem them more than ourselves? (See Romans 12:3)

God’s message to us in this season is to REPENT

King David went about his business despite his sins, oblivious and disconnected until the prophet Nathan pointed them out to him the errors of his ways. Once the situation was pointed out to him he repented (See 2 Samuel 12:7). Repentance is always a choice. David could have chosen to not repent.

Our silence, our apathy is complicity. We have hidden ourselves behind the pillars of religion and forgotten the word of God and what is required of us as being servants of the most high. We are required to defend those who cannot defend themselves for whatever reason. We are required to not just sit back in the face of iniquity and do nothing and say nothing.

Like Nathan we just have to tell the truth. Lift up the truth in every situation that is our job, let God do the rest. These past few weeks, oppression has been pointed out to us and the word of God has judged us all, for it is written:

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8–9.

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True Light

What type of light do I have?

But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. (Ephesians 5:13 KJV)

What is True Light?

When light shines there is always the revelation of truth. What is known as darkness is cast away and everything becomes clear.

Every Child of God is a Light (see Matthew 5:14). Hence, at the presence of a child of God, darkness should be cast away.

“But how come demons participate in your worship?”.

Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness (Luke 11:35 KJV)

Lights are distinct by power. The power determines how bright the light shines. For example – an halogen lamp shines brighter than a 60 Watts bulb. Consequently, it determines the amount of darkness it can cast away (the revelation of truth, it provides). Some lights such as x-ray light shines brighter to reveal the skeletal system of living creature. The brightness of a child of God is dependent on the measure of the life of Christ he or she possesses. The more of Christ, the brighter he or she shines and vice-versa. 2 Corinthians 13:5 – Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

The definition of True light is simply a Light that is void of darkness (see 1 John 1:5)

And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not. (John 1:5 KJV)

More of Christ

More of Christ implies the presence of more light. Hence, the elimination of darkness. More of Christ can be achieved by abiding in his presence, listening and continuous obedience to Christ (see Luke 10:41-42, John 14:23). The more of walk in daily obedience to Christ, the more of life of Christ that we have (see 2 Corinthians 13:5). Perhaps what this implies is holiness (see Hebrews 12:14, Matthew 5:8).

Evidences of True light

A threat to Spiritual darkness – when true light shines, it is always a threat to spiritual darkness. This is always the norm in the live of our lord Jesus Christ, that when he enters a domain occupied with demons, they always complain at his presence (see Luke 4:34, Mark 5:7). The Gadarene Demoniac was a sign of the Spiritual Darkness of the city and no wonder, Christ and his disciples were told to leave.

Distinction between true and fake light – when true light shines there is the revelation of fake lights , lights that are inferior in brightness. It is no wonder when sometimes a child of God enters a gathering and he starts to be called a Pastor, due to conduct of his life, a way of life he ascribes to as a normal way of living. Oftentimes It is an indication that people in that gathering are not living according to the normal standard, it is fake light.

Holiness is a norm – A light that shines brighter than others is a result of more of indwelling of Christ due to holiness.

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Devils going to Church

On another day, the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him (Job 2:1 NJKV)

Discipleship is a long walk with Christ and the journey is filled with stumbling blocks – it is guaranteed that offenses must come (see Luke 17:1). How are we to react in the advent of offenses and why do they happen? This article discusses offenses by HYBRIDS.

It is becoming scary to go to church nowadays because you just do not know which is genuine. You cannot just regard everyone is your faithful brother or sister within the church. Nowadays, it’s becoming more important than ever before to be led by the Spirit of God, do proper research, fast and pray for guidance for the right church to attend. Of course, this is not applicable to all but those who are spiritually discerning. Oddities of a church could be the allowance of ritual processions of another religion – men dressing half-naked and spiting incantations during church service; in the name of religion tolerance. This admittance – the works of Hybrids.

An Hybrid in biological term is a product of two intercourse between two distinct species. This fusion brings about inherited traits from both parents. In other words, an hybrid is a cross-specie, having traits that are peculiar to the parents. This makes them versatile and adaptable to conditions the parents cannot survive. An example of an hybrid is the mule – a product of intercourse between the horse and donkey – inheriting endurance from the donkey and speed from the horse. Some of the two important traits that defines a Christian – 1) Sanctification by the Spirit – a residue of God in us. 2) The Culture – our general doctrines – singing hymns, going to church etc. An hybrid only possess the cultural traits and because culture is visible, their true nature is hideous and they go unnoticed. Imagine the soothsayer in Acts 16:16-19 goes to church, one would think she is a prophetess. Imagine if the apostles had not descended to Samaria to ensure baptism of the Holy Spirit, a sorcerer would have remained among the brethren unnoticed. They are powerful, undercover agents – their possession of other traits enables them to form alliance with the dark world. They are not pure breeds. And sanctification of the Spirit – they are void of the Spirit, possessing other spirits-

“who comes to you in sheep clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves” Matthew 7:15 KJV

The possessions of other spirits underlies their mission in the church – to cause offense. These are people by virtue of the spirits they possess, misinterpret and make void the Word of God. For example, justifying the behaviour of Cain in killing his brother Abel or calling their christian brethren Slaves –

“these men are the hidden reefs in your love feasts, shamelessly feasting with you but shepherding only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried along by the wind; fruitless trees in autumn, twice dead after being uprooted.” (Jude 1:12 KJV)

These are people substituting immorality with holiness on the grounds of grace –

“For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.” (2 Peter 2:18 KJV)

A tree is known by its fruits –

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness …” (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV)

They go unnoticed or unidentified in the church because of our spiritual binoculars do not fit the standard of the creator of all creations. The parable of the tares and wheat portrays the perspective of God in comparison to Man. God’s perspective of them is that they are completely different specie to what he has planted. We always see the same – no different specie unless we look closely, our spiritual lives become attuned to God. The thickness of their skin is so tough that it cannot be uncovered by ordinary fire but with pure fire.

The elders will commend that the case of hybrids is not new. Yes, its not new but the Prevalence of Hybrids is what is new. Never in times has there been a time when agents of darkness feels comfortable attending churches, camouflaging as Men or Women of God, occupying offices in churches. They are silent recruiters – passing on these spirits, powers to their children, who inadvertently sees church as an event gathering, having spiritual powers that differs from that of the Spirit of God – hence, we have hybrids.

The Prevalence of Hybrids indicates 3 things
1. Scarcity of the display of power of the Spirit — indicates absence of the Spirit. The absence of the Spirit makes Christianity an abode of fear, an inferior of other religions. Hence, in a gathering of believers where the Spirit is lacking, there are no testaments of divine acts, but activities and sympathetic worship. When the storm of life hits, then there rises a craving for more than activities but what works. This is an example of group of Christians that visits church in the morning but mediums in the night. And the disposition of a clergy to dark powers in order to prove divine acts. There has never been such a time to convince people, especially these group of people of the power of God.

2. The lack of definition of what a Christian life is – a Christian life is that which is filled with the Spirit and garnished outwardly in conducts by the fruits of the Spirit. Hybrids do claim to have the Spirit but their conducts negates that of the Spirit. For example, you have someone who commits adultery and still claims to prophecy.

3. The rise of a faithless generation – the love for the things of the world have subjected this group of Christians to failing the second temptation of Christ (see Luke 4:6-7) . The sayings; “It works like charm” is preferred than “It works as the bible”. Faith application requires patience, but delayed gratification is not a virtue amongst upcoming generation but an easy life; something that works as fast as possible. Christianity does not offer rituals like pagan religions that are costly, but the price of faith.

The story of hybrids concludes with this – being an ardent church goer does not imply genuine Christianity. Should I then forsake the assembly of brethren with this knowledge of hybrids? No, but play my truthful part in fastening the community of believers. Avoiding the assembly of believers because of hybrids is an action rooted in misconceptions of what the kingdom of God is about. The Lord foresaw this and spoke about it – The kingdom of God is the gathering of all types of people both good and bad and then the sorting at the latter days (see Matt 2:20, John 2:2)

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 1:3 KJV)

Most importantly hybrids calls for a closer walk with God. Know your God!!! –

“but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32 KJV)

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”(Isaiah 40:31 KJV)

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, [21] Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. [22] And of some have compassion, making a difference: [23] And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (Jude 1:20-23 KJV)

Do not be Offended – And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me

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The People of Gadara

Unravelling the Value System of Kingdom Citizens and Non-Citizens

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.(Matthew 19:26 KJV)

We were in the boat, and from afar before reaching shore we could see a man who was hard at work, carrying big stones and heaping them upon each other but was bound in chains. For a moment, we thought soldiers might be around somewhere keeping his company while he carries out the labour duty assigned to him. Eventually, we arrived at the shore and as Master stepped on the ground with his right foot to alight the boat — suddenly a shout ‘Why are you here, we know who thou art, what have I to do with you Jesus son of the most high God?’. Lo and behold, it was the man hard at work. Drama of Exorcism unprepared for commenced —

Jesus: ‘Come forth out of him’

Demon: ‘I adjure thee by God, torment me not’

Jesus: ‘What is thy name?’

Demon: ‘My name is Legion, for we are many’

Demon: ‘I beg you send us anywhere, but do not send us out of this country’

Demon: ‘Please send us into the Swine nearby’

I beg you send us anywhere, but do not send us out of this country.

We arrived at the conclusion of the exorcism; Master sent them into the swine nearby. Immediately, the herd of swine about two thousand, thoughts of suicide possessed their minds and all rushed down the steep and choked themselves in the sea.

After the suicide, I saw strange beings in spirit form come out of the water and stood at the shore. It is strange that I alone saw this amongst the twelve, it must be the laying on of Master’s hand during the sending out of the seventy that is still having an effect on me. However, I look forward to an opportune moment alone with the master to talk about the scene.

Preparing to proclaim our popular message; ‘REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND’ as we drew near the entrance of the city of Gadara — we were approached by some people of the country, their countenance was not welcoming but rather anguish — we were called aside and after inquiry behind their anguish— we discovered it was because of the death of the herd of swine. Rational thoughts flowed within me, thoughts that should have emerged at the completion of the exorcism: ‘ Master again with his unrealistic approach to life, why should he cast demons into the swine, these serve as the livelihood of some people and now they are all dead. How are we going to repay for all that when they come looking for them?’. Well, it turns out that the herd of swine serves as the city’s means of livelihood and because we had nothing of such, as monetary value to replace them — the gingering of the message and hope we brought was silenced and we were implored to leave the city, lest we enter and cause even greater damage than before. They did not want to hear words, all their minds were focused on was their livelihood, even the restoration of the Man at the shore was minute to them. However, *we left a disciple there *; the man who was restored, Master shook his hand, sealed his partnership with us and asked him to declare our message to the whole country.

As we board the boat to depart the shore of the country, I saw the strange beings in the spirit form standing by the shore again, descend into the country like the motion of the wind. This time I got the message and it calls to mind the lesson from one of the discipleship meetings on exorcism: ‘The Last State of the Man[Country] is worse than the First’( see Matthew 12:43–45).