SOUTH AFRICA AND ITS SEXUALIZED CULTURE.

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SOUTH AFRICA AND ITS SEXUALIZED CULTURE.

Grappling within teens girls

 Motherhood culture…

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

On Friday, the 6th of September 2018, I listened to a troubling presentation done by stats SA, Home Affairs, and the department of education on SABC on the impact of teenage pregnancy in South Africa.

Information from SA statistics

Numbers released by Statistics South Africa last week (30 August 2018) show that more than 3 000 girls aged between 10 and 14 became mothers or registered the births of their children in South Africa last year. Over 100 000 teenagers became moms in the same year.

 

The Recorded Live Births report commissioned by the state’s official statistician, Statistics South Africa, showed that a total of 3 261 girl children aged between 10 and 14 became registered mothers in South Africa last year. Of the 3 261, 1 959 registered the births, late which means the babies were born earlier.

 

This is a shocking information that should trouble any serious government, individual, church, or community leader. As I listen to this interview on SABC 3, I could not avoid tears rolling down my eyes as my thoughts began to ponder about the future of these children who have become mothers with absentee fathers. It is said that seventy percent of the fathers of these teen mothers are nowhere to be found, they’re identities cannot be captured on the Home Affairs database.

This is the height of irresponsibility from the men who impregnate these girls. It is likewise affirmed that South Africa is becoming a fatherless generation. Meaning that most of the children being born are growing up without a father in the house, no wonder many of the South African boys are becoming homosexuals, due to this lack of a well-defined identity by their fathers. These are all big issues that could overwhelm anyone without the required spiritual wisdom and apostolic, governmental grace to engage them effectively. When you listen to some social issues, you will immediately agree with most of the things I’ve been saying that the church needs to change its wineskin and concept of visibility and operation within society.

 A weak, religious, church, philosophy does not have the required capacity for such complex, socioeconomic and sociocultural challenges.  I have had several versions of the reason why teenage pregnancy is increasing in South Africa, especially, amongst the colored and black community, but the one that shocks me the most is, teens are lured by some guys, or their parents just for the sake of the social grants that come from the government.

The question is, how much do these teenagers get from the social department that they would forfeit their future for this kind of lifestyle. Something is terribly wrong with the social fabric of this nation that requires an urgent, strategic engagement to be fixed. There cannot be a lasting economic security for South Africa if these challenges are not handled seriously and effectively. When you convert the monetary loss of this social irresponsibility from the taxpayer, then you’ll realize that the nation is actually at a loss than gain.

The money government is spending to try to manage these avoidable issues are far greater than the money they can spend on preventing and empowering these teens to become better, productive citizens. But of the cause, this is seen as a political strategy by some politician to stay in power. The government cannot continue to play political games with the lives and destiny of this vulnerable teens.

It is highly hypocritical to preach or talk about moral regeneration while the very system that drives the laws and policy mechanism of South Africa, allows pupils as young as the age of 12 to be loose and indecent, by giving them the freedom they have no mental or emotional capacity to handle. Please, don’t get me wrong, every child should, and must be given the space and the right to express their God-given or constitutional right of freedom.  We shall elaborate more on this point, but for now let’s look at this rising, destructive trend.

Irresponsible policy and leadership

The idea of promoting social rights and freedom by allowing children to have their choice in such a highly complex matter, in my strong opinion, is an irresponsible policy decision, particularly in a society like that of South Africa where it is still struggling with one of the highest rates of marginalization, poverty, and inequality, divorce, criminal activity, drugs, prostitution, and the list continues. To allow teens to experiment on drugs, alcohol, and sex is not only immoral but a failure in leadership right from the position of parenthood all the way to those in church and state power.

Experimenting sex certainly is not part of the preparation for educational empowerment, nation-building, or economic development, if you ask me. In fact, it is one of the easiest ways to destroy a nation and its economy. Such high-level call to allow teens to make a decision on when to start seeing the posit sex openly is a violation of the moral dignity of society.

To do such a thing requires a deep sense of maturity and responsibility that should first be carefully taught and nurtured, not just within the walls of a classroom, as crucially important as that may be, but by a well-informed parent, who should by default know the character formation of their children’s sexuality better than any teacher, social workers, or any other entity or group in the society for that matter.

 

There are certain rights that should be effectively managed and held in custody of the true ministry of parenthood, while they seek to build the right, quality character foundation that should allow their child to effectively grow up spiritually, psychologically, and biologically. The position of responsibility and accountability of the choice and decisions made in life begins from the solid foundation established through the assignment of parenthood.

It is a fact that feelings and sexual chemicals within humans are most active between the teenage and adulthood stage, yet, if the right, balance, educational interaction and relationship is formed between caregivers and parents, such period can be correctly and effectively managed with the help of right leadership from all the necessary stakeholders.

Teen sexualization

Two months back, a news made headlines on SABC news, which said that primary school children, this is the age between 4-10 are more sexually active than teens in the secondary grades. This is shameful and shocking, to say the least.  This almost sounds impossible, but of course, the truth is being told, and we sure do need to wake up to this reality.

 

Sometimes, you want to ask the question, where are the parents? But the fact is, we know where the parents are. Many of them are very busy trying to make ends meet; and unfortunately, by the weekend, many of the parents are both drunk with alcohol. I have seen too much of this scenario, and this is often the opportunity where these predators gained the opening into the lives of these teens.

 

For the rich parents, they hardly care or have the time to bother about the emotional or spiritual state of their children because they are all over the place, playing the high life as long there’s enough money for the caregivers and housekeepers to spend on the children.

 

These children who are regularly mentored on TV Popstars, and the irresponsible nude shows they watch, begin to emulate what they saw on the television with one another. The world of the YouTube and other social media has not really helped them. The culture of sex and sexual idolization that is accepted and practiced by the Europeans and the Americans becomes the preferred culture most teenagers want to embrace without thinking of the consequence.             

 

South Africa has grown to become a highly sexualized society, like many other western and European countries, unfortunately, and this is not good for a nation that is highly youthful in the number of its population, and still very young in its democratic formation, and the process of integrated sociocultural ideology. The almost nonexistent or loss of the sense of moral compass of the society, in general, is like trying to take a journey without a map or a directional GPS to lead one that precise destination.

Before proceeding into the issue I’ll like to bring to our attention, I think it is critical for us to lay this foundation as we ask some key questions that should give us a sense of objectivity and direction, and these questions are, what is the collective vision of South Africa for the future? where are we going as a nation, what can we define as that point of arrival in terms of the value model of the nation?

 

What sort of future do we envision for our kids? Who is the architect of this visionary mandate for the nation, what philosophy and ideology foundation, formulate the knowledge and understanding of such vision for the nation?

How do we intend to arrive at that future? And lastly, dose such vision carries within its compass, a moral direction, and what informs such morality? I have deliberately placed these questions in the front view of the challenges that are before us so we can have a measuring rod system to judge and appraise where we are now and where we want to be tomorrow.

It is clear that the footing of the eventual implosion and collapse of any society starts with the condition, and maybe, the celebration of its denial mechanisms. The inability to humbly identify and courageously challenge headlong, the moral deficiency of a society is first a problem of a weak and uninformed leadership character.

One of the main assignments of leadership right from the core family unit to the place of a provincial, national, and international space, is to shape and inform citizens in a particular manner that allows a sense of character discipline through the promotion of sheered moral values. Understanding the complexity of the formation of society, in terms of exposure, educational brackets, race, religious preference, and economic status, and other sociocultural realities enhances a great deal the precise formation of the right, national identity that helps in bridging the divided gaps.

Seventy percent of the population of South African falls under the bracket of millennial, meaning that the culture and direction of its values should be one that is speaking into the formation and establishment of a sound moral character discipline required in the building of the necessary productive template for personal and societal development.

How can we begin to address the concept of transformation when we have directly neglected the core process of forming the base of a solid foundational principle in human development? The misplaced priority in the process of democratic value has continued to play out in the kind of people the society produces today. The lack of a clear, balanced understanding of the type of nation we want to see lead us to adopt a kind of a finished product of societies that do not fully reflect nor represent a mold value of a stable society.

If our ideology and definition of building a strong nation is merely fixated on growing the economy without first developing a well-informed, disciplined, highly educated society with a strong moral based community, am afraid, all that we have invested time, money, and energy to build will soon be destroyed under the pressure of indiscipline.  To assume we can build a progressive, prosperous society without investing in a solid, and a well-balanced, behavioral, moral character values of millennia are a lie.

What is this blessers ideology in SA?

I have listened to this idea of a group of rich and highly influential individuals known as the blessers, who assume the responsibility of providing a financial and material blessing to young ladies, even if they are married in exchange for sexual pleasure. The most unfortunate thing about this is, many of these men are members of churches who play key leadership roles, while others are in the private and political space, who act on behalf of the government in society.

The question, however, is, what is driving South Africa, particularly, the millennial generation, as a society that is becoming extremely sexualized? What do I mean by being sexualized? Let me start by answering this question by sharing what came out of google search when I asked for what it means in definition as a sexualized society? This is the answer “there are societies where women apparently do not masturbate, do not feel any particular pleasure by sexual activity, and where female orgasm is an unknown phenomenon that does not even have a name.  Female sexual desire is a quality that can be fostered or suppressed during upbringing”.

 

You will certainly agree with me that this is a very shallow expiation with an undertone agenda of what the media wants to promote regarding the ideology of sex and sexuality, and this is certainly of the challenge’s society is faced with today, the disinformation and neutralization of truth.  If we don’t seek to prove to learn and truly find out what we are seeking for, we shall be given a wrong value and ideology of the real nature of things. It is a natural, non-truth that humans by default, experiment and utilize sex for different purposes beyond the act of seeking pleasure.  

 

Sex can be used as a weapon to win dominance, influence, position, authority and power. It can be used to blackmail, intimidate, manipulate, gain both material and financial status.  Because of the pleasure and power behind sex, it has become a tool many are now using to elevate themselves to whatever status, they desire as long as they can maintain the mechanism of attraction from the side of the female and provision from the side of the male.

    

 Meaning that almost everything within the daily, operative social system of human’s is one that gravitates towards the promotion and idolization of sex as a communicative, advertising tool. Normalizing the idea and culture of using sex even as children and teens as a normal, acceptable, open practice is an agenda that has been pushed forth for decades that has finally become a reality.

 

Sex is a gift from God to consummate a relationship that is tied in the love and covenant of marriage. Sex outside marriage is not just biblically wrong but carries the potential to destroy the joy of individuals, and the moral balance of society.

The idea of sex as an inter-cause between two intimate individuals has become a long gone, obsolete idea within the cultural system of the 21st-century society. Sex and sexy terminology have become so interfaced and inter-used in sales promotion, and even in just normal conversations. It’s become so bad that I have often heard and read many of our Christian fellow sister social media post, use the term ’sexy’ to refer to themselves or their children while they are trying to express some form of beauty complement.

There has been certainly a systematic groundwork of desensitization, in terms of the kind of societal values certain groups, or entities would like to see in South Africa, and I believe such a mission must have begun right from the Apartheid days, or even before.

Sexualizing a society is a powerful means of not just stealing or destroying just the identity AND FUTURE of a society, it’s also a powerful method of owning and enslaving the people.  When you give a careful thought to what I’ve just said, it will undoubtedly prove why the issue of the 21ST-century slavery trade is the second largest trade in the world; abuse of women, girl-child, and the sodomizing of teenage boys is on the increase even within the walls of the Church.  

 

The point we must not lose focus of, which I think is highly important in dealing with these multi-layered, complex issues before is that, South Africa as a nation is a nation that is suffering from:

  1. SELF-ABUSE,
  2. POWER ABUSE,
  3. CULTURE ABUSE,
  4. RELIGIOUS ABUSE, AND LASTLY,
  5. SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

These abuses speak directly to what I have earlier alluded to, when you desensitized a nation in terms of what defines its identity and core value of such society, you have indirectly opened such a society to accept abuse as her normal ways of life.

What is the driving force behind teen pregnancy?

What in the world will drives teens, undergraduates, and most young professional, both ladies and men alike, into such a perverted, concept of financial lifestyle known as blessers?  Well, it is clear that it is both ignorance and poverty, which is not just the lack of money, but the total lack of the right, moral, value within homes and communities. When the lack of decency increases within society, it opens the door for other kinds of abnormality to thrive.

Yes, the economy plays a key role in how individuals and the society respond to sociocultural challenges, but we cannot lay the blame solely on the lack of finance or opportunity on issues that bring disgrace and shame to our names, families, community, and national identity.

The impact of the kind of lifestyle we choose to accept and practice as a social norm has a nation carries a greater impact in our socioeconomic condition than we can imagine. There’s no doubt that we are seated with a major social crisis time bomb in South Africa than we admit, and it will take an open acknowledgment of this, in humility to begin to find the right solution so we can salvage the destiny of our children and the millennial.

There are several complex, multi-layered issues that have grossly contributed to this major challenge, currently threatening the future of teens and millennia that must be addressed precisely and strategically. But the greatest contributor comes from the abdication of parental visibility and leadership responsibility within the family and the broader community. What do I mean by this? When fathers and mothers directly or indirectly neglect their sole objective and responsibility to others, particularly, to the government, social workers, traditional rulers, and the church community.

There are several abnormally I have personally noticed, having lived in this nation for almost two decades now, and I have watched how children have been left and neglected to assume the role of parenthood for their siblings, of course, due to several reasons. The first major reason is directly connected to the issue of poverty. Poverty is a major contributor to the sociocultural challenges the nation is faced with. Yet, poverty must be understood, way beyond the narrow-minded definition of the mere lack of money, or the opportunities one need in life.

Poverty is a state of mind, affected by other factors, which includes the lack of a sound, relevant, all-inclusive, educational, productive system. You don’t necessarily need to have a degree as highly as important as it is to have a good, qualitative educational culture. While I advocate education for all, I, however, believe that education must be tailored made for various reasons that should correctly address the unique challenges and limitation of individuals and their society. To address poverty, you have to correctly and efficiently identify people’s history and social exposures mechanism.

Poverty is how we think, and have been made to see others, particularly, those we think are far better us, or the people we assume we are better than them. It is amazing what the indoctrination of poverty can produce within the mind frame of fallen human thought pattern. Poverty doesn’t just produce a false sense of high self-esteem, it also creates a deep sense of destructive, low self-esteem that allows for all sorts of dysfunctional, rebellious, behavioral patterns to existence, particularly amongst children and teens.

Poverty, the lack of an honorable sense of dignity, identity is the central core of prostitution if you begin to think about it. While people may say it’s a job that pays, and that may be a fact, but what kind of a job do you want to get yourself involved in, that will make you offer the most sacred part of your Body to be violated for a few minutes just for money? This is a practice that destroys not just your body, but also your identity and dignity. It’s a recognized fact that prostitution is now a general practice even amongst teens in primary and secondary schools here in SA.

This is one of the reasons where all kinds of dysfunctional, delinquent characters are being displayed in the schools. Schoolers are not merely sleeping with other pupils, they are now having sex with their instructors. Some of the girls are disrespecting their female teachers to the point of physically hurting them. Teen girls have become more aggressive in the schools. Drugs and alcohol are being used in schools, while the teachers can do very little to challenge or try to stop them.

The role of Apartheid

 

Some of these teens now willfully record and post these obscene acts on the internet for others to watch as if they are advertising themselves, and the unfortunate things is, the church and government seem not to have the right, effective solution in addressing the challenge.  As I struggle to understand some of these factors that lead to this massive manifestation of such character within the young democratic culture of South Africa, I cannot but to link some of these issues to the ungodly, legacy of apartheid, racist, segregation policy.

Now, I am not saying the regime promoted the act of indecency. In fact, I think, at least, on face value that they stood against it. But the very agenda they promoted surely did clear the pathway for the kind of dysfunctional family and societal lifestyle we are witnessing today.

Apartheid was more than a geographical and economic segregation but was a psychological weapon used in trying to dehumanize others that don’t fit into their definition of whiteness exclusiveness. Apartheid used race, science, education, medicine, the economy, church and religion, and of course, other forms of segregation and sexuality in trying to destroy the majority’s identity so they may control the people at will.

This diabolic, destructive agenda was not hidden from the today, ruling party, but unfortunately, when they came to power, they refused to tackle the very heart of this problem. They, rather, went into building ineffective schools and in-functional RDP housing units that could not adequately address and correct the complex, sociocultural and economic divide of society.

The lack of the correct, determined political will to address the wrong of the past through massive, aggressive campaign to sensitize society, particularly, those who have suffered massive segregation, marginalization.  Those who have been excluded from the mainstream economy has to be systematically addressed not just by giving them what is known as RDP houses that don’t address the issue of community exclusions, and the present reintegration.

Rebuilding the social structure of South Africa starts by engaging the false, social views, most people living within the poverty bracket have been systematically forced into belief and accept.  You cannot change people by merely seeking to change their clothes. No. You must be ready to reach deep into their frame of thought, you need to address their understanding to live, self, and the environment.  We need to carefully and honestly identify the challenges, understand them thoroughly, and humble ourselves to seek for the right, lasting solution in addressing them.

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HOW SOME CHRISTIANS STILL VIEW, CONNECT, AND INTERACT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

 

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HOW SOME CHRISTIANS STILL VIEW,
CONNECT, AND INTERACT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Three categories of Christians characters on social media

A must read if you’re interested in the mandate of the kingdom beyond today’s religious walls.

 

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

I am sure by now we all must have come to this conclusion, that the social media has become a powerful, effective platform of the convergence of thoughts, ideologies, experiences, grace and wisdom that can immensely enhance our corporate identity and mandate as members of the body of Christ

 

A platform for accelerated integration

Since the beginning of the restoration of God’s divine, redemptive program on the day of Pentecost over 2000 years ago, the social media has stood out to be the most powerful, single apostolic tool, given to the church to facilitate and accelerate the mandate of reformation and reintegration of the body of Christ, for the single fact that it allows us to source and resource each other’s grace, wisdom, gifts, and spiritual experiences beyond the religious border and walls of men. The social media has by far brought equalization of information, knowledge and resource for personal and corporate human development, and the list goes on.

After the scattering and confusion of human language and its false system of unity structure. epitomized through the Tower of Babel, the ideological culture behind the internet and social media technology has turned out to become an important part of human convergence and its socioeconomic lifestyle, that has become almost non-avoidable part of life. Our lives, families, work, business and even spirituality are all interconnected to today’s 21st century social media culture.

Unfortunately, many are still skeptical about its use, in terms of what they define as the ultimate end result of the eschatological prophetic expectation and manifestation of the internet and the social media. The reality is, almost everything we own and use from a material point, are vulnerable to human government, and in fact, carries a fingerprint of an international, global political influence that we cannot completely avoid.

Right from the way we use our phones, to our banking system, all the way to how our social identity is captured in schools, malls, and recreation facilities, are all tools for the state to track and know our preference better. Thus, to argue non-usage of the social media will make us safer or be protected from the powers that be is a total lie.

But the point is, if we can just lift our eyes beyond the narrow prophetic expectation that has sought to limit the intention of the mandate of the Father’s redemptive program, we will begin to appreciate that the social media is merely a tool given just as past seasons and generations were also given tools that facilitate the development and advancement of the agenda of the kingdom.

How we understand and utilize this tool is paramount to the heart of the Father and those given the spiritual responsibility to guard and manage this tool before the next unveiling season of God for creation emerges.

I’ll like to speak through this note, some points I have noticed, and I feel I should carefully highlight them as we press further into our mandate for the 21st century, even as the concept of social media become more and more part of our spiritual interaction.

Reexamining the philosophy of our connection

Just as there are those we will naturally connect to in conversations, there those who may not be that fortunate in our preference of what we term as like. We struggle to connect with some individuals not necessarily because what they are saying is incorrect or irrelevant, it’s just something about the stronghold of the prideful, fallen, adamic nature in our personalities that makes us think or feel we connect better with some people, and disconnect with others.

Please hear me well, I am not referring here to those individuals who go out of their way to attack our character and grace without personally knowing who we are, such individuals, regardless of who they are, or what they represent must be confronted, and be politely asked to leave our space for the sake of our own peace.

I am referring here to people who see things differently, after all, we all see things differently, and the reality is, only in the matured character, nature and culture of the kingdom life, can we all see things through the ascended, prophetic view lens of Christ who fills all things.

 

A presumptive, repulsive, character, attitude is increasingly playing out on social media platforms today amongst Christians, to the degree that it’s beginning to threaten the apostolic integration of the emerging ecclesia, and I am greatly concerned about this negative trend even as we enter the new spiritual season.

The fact that we usually don’t know or have the historic background of individuals we connect to on social media, even if we may have been informed about them, should better inform us to be more careful and cautious on how we think, see, and respond to what we read on people’s social timeline.

 

We don’t have to always agree with everything we see, or read on others page and timeline, yet, it is critically important how we respond in our disagreement with what we read. Disrespecting and being rude to people because we don’t agree with their view, culture, doctrine, and even theology is the lowest form of immaturity, particularly, if we claim to be a follower of Christ, and worse still, to be a leader who is representing the body of Christ.

It is highly critical we remind ourselves often that we are engaging with people and not robots on social media; yes, people we may never have met nor have naturally contacted are those we seek to befriend and interact with on social media.

Therefore, your approach should be that of a person with a keen, wisdom and desire to want to learn and understand where the ideological background that informs such individuals and their [writings] post comes from, so your comments and inputs can be more constructive, precise, and complementary, if need be, than to just merely seek to dismiss what you read due to your lack of a broadened knowledge, insight, and understanding.

The social media is all about interaction; the way we interact therefore, should be highly defined by wisdom, sobriety, and matured understanding. One of the laws of effective engagement with social media, indeed also the law of human relations, is to never assume or presume about any person or subject.

 

In other words, you must be highly informed, willing to listen, with a well-balanced emotional intelligence to engage in conversation, regardless of how complex the nature of the subject matter of discussion may seem. What we see, write, or say in response to what we read, carries real time, spiritual and emotional energy that may better enhance our lives and assignment, or keep us critical, negative and disconnected and ultimately isolate us in our potential relationships.

 

I have in the past written extensively about the importance and impact of social media in relating to the concept of the kingdom of God, and I think I should repost some of these important articles to refresh our minds. It’s amazing how our unseen, individual character attitudes, beliefs, preferences, ideologies, insecurities, exposures, ignorance and maturity are all displayed on social media today without us knowing it. The social media platform, for many is a place the can post and say whatever they feel like saying without a sense of sensitivity to divine direction.

 

To them, it’s a place where they confront others, especially, those they avoid, or are afraid to debate and engage in real time conversation. The social media is not and should never be a place to score point or try to judge others. It’s really unfortunate that many who use the social media space, still do not fully understand the power of the platform in the transformation of others because they haven’t realized the power of human character and the impact of words.

Your words, or post is the very extension of your life and spirituality. Your word goes before you, and words carry every last essence of your person and personality. Your words cannot betray you, but you can absolutely betray your own words by your act of duality. I have been on Facebook since 2007, and by the grace of God, I’ve been able to maintain my presence by representing the gospel of the kingdom.

Today, I have more people following me and what we represent on Twitter and WordPress than Facebook, yet, I have chosen to maintain my presence on Facebook because I believe this is the desire of the Lord until he speaks otherwise. We move only by the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit and not by how we feel.

I have said this before, please, permit me to say it again, the social media is a powerful platform not just to connect with each other, but to effectively advance the mandate of the kingdom, and this is a game changer for the advancement of ministry.

Yet, it is critical we get this clear, the kingdom of God just like that of the powers of darkness gets to be advanced through human vessels. If representatives of the kingdom of God don’t have the pure, refined knowledge and maturity of how to connect and interact with others who may not necessarily belong to their constituents, within the broader scope of the ecclesia’s community, how can we then advance the kingdom of God in an integrated manner if we have a wrong attitude of response on social media?

 

Attitudes and response

 

Many of us who claim to be representing the kingdom completely lack the values and culture of the kingdom, and this is even now played out on social media that requires we urgently address it. I see these types of responses on social media which I think we should give a thought, so that we are not driven by a wrong spirit when responding to people’s post or comments.

 

There are posts and comments we are naturally drawn to, and often times, we agree with what has been said. Yet, there are other posts and comments we see, and we immediately scroll through to the next page, because what is being said is regarded by us as irrelevant. Such posts, takes nothing, nor had to us in terms of energy or value.

 

There are other posts, however, that when we see their titles or captions, we get agitated, defensive, critical, and in fact, we immediately react to such post and writings without processing our thoughts. We allow our imbalance, sometimes, immature emotions drive our action, in a very negative, reactional mode.

 

This third kind of attitude is poorly birth out of several reasons that are often presumptive and misconstrued. I have tried to highlight some of the reasons for this kind of response which are;

A. You assume the you know better

B. You feel the point or matter raised is misrepresenting

C. You assume the post is a directly or indirect challenge to your personality, or to the constituent you represent, and so you, react.

D. You don’t like the tone in which the post comes across to you.

E. You assume the person addressing the subject matter is not a qualified authority on the subject.

F. You feel you are an authority who have some good knowledge about the content or subject matter in the post, but what you read seem to be challenging your benched marked knowledge by a greater, elevated understanding, and that of course, makes you feel out of control, and instead of you seeking in humility to learn, you rather choose to react to the post and the writer in a very negative manner

G. You just don’t like the person even though you’ve never met the individual before. Something in you just don’t like the person or his or her personality. Basically, you’re being prejudiced, and this is an anti-Christ spirit by definition.

Meeting people on social media, and engaging with them in a polite, constructive manner demands we first remove from our thought and intention, every form of prejudice and stereotype attitude, formed within the mindset of our subconscious, particularly as followers of Christ and members of the household of faith.

 

As men and women whose values of existence differ from that of the world system, our culture and outlook to life should never be that which seeks to break down others and the mandate of the kingdom. The only thing we are called to destroy, is the works of darkness and not our brothers and sisters. We must learn to consciously follower the nature character of Christ in all we say and do.

 

Let’s stop running with a message that is yet to be truly formed in us, and if we do, that will be known as hypocrisy. A blind, judgmental attitude without clearly understanding of the content and context of what you’re reading, or that is being communicated through other means, is a clear reflection of gross childishness.

It’s time to be the light of the world, even on social media. We must stand for truth and defend the cause of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and his kingdom, with faith, sobriety, fairness and boldness without apology. We must never give in to religious and unholy compromise. Yet, we must never show rudeness to others, particularly, those who are non-followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let your light so shine that men may see and give glory to your heavenly Father who knows and sees all things.

 

The pathway of maturity

Allowing ourselves the opportunity to develop and know more about others culture, identity and even values, is a beautiful gesture that will further build and enhance our strategy of communication and integration.

There’s a world out there that is far bigger than what we assume we know and understand. A matured person always seeks first to be quite to learn and add to his or her knowledge by listening to others spiritual ideology and experience.

Sometimes, being quiet does not mean you’re ignorant, it simply means that you are seeking as a matured person, to learn more from others experience, particularly, if they are speaking on a subject that interest you, or maybe they are speaking from a perspective that seem a bit strange and different from the default environmental view lens perception you are accustomed to, which often happen in the Body of Christ due to various reason.

If you’ve not truly learnt the wisdom within the principle of being quiet with a strong, keen, observational attitude that pays close attention to details, particularly about people, places, and events, there’s the likelihood that you will always jump into false, negative conclusions.

Let’s be part of those building the kingdom of God through the lives of others.

A CORPORATE PRAYER FOR ALL SOJOURNERS AS WE ONCE AGAIN APPRAOCH THE SEASON OF RENEWAL

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PRAYERS BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

Father, we give you thanks for your eternal love that you have eternally given to us as a seal of your eternal covenant with us your people. We, as your tribe in the earth, today has come again to renew the covenant of eternal memorial in this place; in this place you have ordained for your name to be hallowed in righteousness, peace, and joy in your Holy Spirit. This place, in your son that you have given to every summoned traveler to find rest and peace, even in you has become the place of the return and rest from the weariness of the journey. Yes, we have come individually and corporately as members of your household to again find your voice and strength as we get renewed and reformed in the reality of your eternal desire.

This day is our day of rest since we have stepped out of the sixth day of man. We have entered the boundary line of the seventh day order in you, and our lines have fallen in pleasant places and we have a godly heritage. We have come to find rest in you and with you in the journey of entering your realm of eternal knowledge and fullness. Indeed, you came to give us life and the life in fullness, our desire is to experience and share the full reality of your life, so we may glow in the fullness of your light without any form of shadow.

 

Father of light, we rest in your covenant of truth as we behold and embrace the sight of the promised Land before us. We are the seal and symbol of your covenant of salt in the earth. We season every sphere and regions of the earth with the illuminating light of your eternal prophetic truth; we are the covenant of sault in our families and communities. We do recognize our place and responsibility as the salt of the earth and the light of the world, and that is the reason why we have returned to this place to be renewed and refreshed in the revelation of your ever-increasing light, so we may not remain weak and dimmed like Eli.

 

We leave behind the shadows of insecurity, doubt, fear, disappointments and discouragement. We take up our cross and follow your footsteps according to your unique plans for us. We break the strongholds of past hurts and pain that has almost blind and crippled us from journeying unto that eternal height in you. We embrace your identity for us; we bind our spirit, soul, and body to your staying healing power and authority, even as we loosen the chains of darkness over our necks, arms, and feet in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

 

We cast down thoughts, imagination, and every false declaration that have exalted itself above your prophetic intention and destiny for us. We once again declare that the bondage of Egypt, still lingering within our minds and thoughts, faculties is shattered as we see your light on the truth of your name.

We proclaim upon us that we are not the children of the bondwoman, we are born of Sarah, our mother who is from above. Yes father, all that comes from above is above all earthly influence and dominance. We are from above, because we are born of you, and so we declare in the name of your Son, that the chains of Egypt, Babylon, and the new Age spirt is shattered in our minds and thought patterns. We declare the total liberation of our soul’s faculties, even as we renew and retain the knowledge of our eternal identity in Christ.  

 

We renew the vow of your grace and eternal truth has we celebrate the memorial of Passover and Pentecost in the knowledge of the feast of the revelation of the tabernacle alive within our spirit and corporate communities. We today seek to enter a renewed sense of rest even as we individually and corporately battle the giants and Goliaths of our households and communities.

 

We know that you are for us and not against us, we therefore allow you to show us the pathway of eternal victory in your name. We let go of the old religious patterns and strategies of operation we have learnt. We have come to a perfected day in your kingdom culture, where all things are seen and done from an ascended reality of truth. We receive the present, current blueprints and direction in our victory in warfare.

We remind ourselves that your plans and purposes for us are plans of good and not evil, so the floodgates of evil may rise against us, but will surely not prevail against us. We are confident that your promised presence will continue to fight for us as we hold our peace in you. We are confident of your promise to always grant us the victory.

Yes, father of light, we have victory in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our strength and shield. We shall not be moved for Christ rod and staff will comfort us as he prepares a table of heavenly meal for us in the presence of our enemies. We eat this day for strength and courage, and not for pleasure even as we journey further into new frontiers of light and darkness.

 

 Father, we are your children, called by your name. Grant to us the heart and desire to continue to remember that each of us represent a place and a purpose in your eternal prophetic objectives for each other. Help us to love you deeper, help us to love ourselves truly, but most of all, enable us to love your Body and the world you sent us to without fear of rejection. Grant us new sight to see your light and truth in the lives of our members; yes, your body is our member, and we all belong to that member. Help us to know each of our roles, and function in that role as we assist our brothers and sisters’ function in their assigned places.

 

Father of light, we have come to the place of circumcision, the place of memorial, the place where the two edge-sword of your word cuts and divine the motives and intent of the heart. We ask you today, even as we enter this new junction in our journey to remove from within us everything that does not glorify your name in the earth.

 

Our desire is to truly and effectively represent your life and nature. Our desire is that men may see you in all we say and do. Remove lies from our lips. Give us a single eye; grant us the lips of the ready writer. Help us to speak words of hope, faith, and courage to the tired and discourage on the journey. Father in the name of your son, we acknowledge our lack of participation in the active knowledge and relationship with the Holy Spirit you sent to lead and guide us into all truth.

 

Precious Spirit of truth, we repent and turn from this ignorant position we have falsely accepted. We openly acknowledge that we can do nothing without your leading and assistance, so, in this renewed season, we declare that we will learn to trust and wait for your voice to lead us even into all truth. We know that there are deeper realms and realities you eagerly desire to show us in the matters of the kingdom. How foolish and shortsighted we are to assume that what we intellectually and religiously know about your ways and the kingdom of God will give us the right of passage into the realities of the dominion kingdom lifestyle.

 

We repent and turn to you; lead us, guide us, show us the ancient pathway. Bring us into the ascended dimensions of your prophetic intention for this season. We offer our entire lives, family, and intentions  to you. May your kingdom come; may your will be done in us. Make us instruments of your peace where there’s war and hatred even within your household. Help us to hear the cry of the nation’s seeking saviors and deliverance from the bondage of the fall. We are your sons, called by your name. In this place of covenant renewal, we receive re-newness of life. May our sight be recalibrated to see what you see.

 

May our vision be strengthened again. May we see with clarity the country afar, grant us strength like father Abraham to walk the length and breadth of the land you’ve given to us to possess in this place of rest. Give us the strength of the patriarch Enoch, to journey with you until we are no more, show us the building technology of Noah to construct your eternal intent for our family, city, and generation. Give us the heart of integrity like David to lead a people to the place of your rest. Father of light, our help comes from you, we look up to you to provide and direct our pathway as you make us instrument and channels of blessing to the needy, help us to tenderly but swiftly respond without delay to the cry of the nations.

 

We are yours, all that we have, all that we have, and hope to become belongs to you, so we totally surrender our lives to you again. As we journey into the next sphere in this transition, grant us the memory to always remember your promise word that says, you will never leave us nor forsake us. Our faith is anchored on your eternal love, promise, and hope. Thank you, father of light, for in your light we see light to journey on.

BATTLING DISCONNECTION IN THE WORLD OF CONNECTIVITY.

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I don’t think the world as ever been so lonely and disconnected than it is today. We live in an area where virtually everything and almost everyone is technologically linked to each other. Computer programing and algorithm has redesigned the way man communicates with its environment and workplace to FastTrack efficiency and productivity.

Yet, the bitter reality is that man, more than ever before has remained disconnected with himself, and those that matters to him the most. Unfortunately, this disconnection is not limited to just the society; this disconnection is also deeply rooted with the church and amongst spiritual leaders. It seems there’s a fear amongst church leaders to openly and sincerely connect with each other. We rather connect on pulpit preaching bases than on a heart to heart relationship.

 

The body of Christ is today suffering in loneliness and utter disconnection with each other due to certain truths and values we have refused to learn and address as the appropriate footing in establishing a solid, kingdom community life. This level of superficiality is not only displayed amongst the general society, but also across the body of Christ. As we look into the current condition of our nations, particularly here in South Africa, we have seen a sharp division not just on a racial level but even among political party lines.

 

The ANC, DA, EFF are all suffering clear division amongst themselves, so then I wonder, how can we have any meaningful development when the seemingly political gatekeepers of the nation are faced with political killings and factionalism? I have always seen myself as a bridge builder; a portal to connect members of the body of Christ together, and this is one of the reasons why I have refused to start another local church community even unto this point, but from the current look of things I am seriously reconsidering my stand on this matter.  

 

My desire is to be a true advocate of unity and corporation in the advancement of the kingdom of God. Yet, I have been misunderstood, accused, and even abused by these insecure church leaders. I was once confronted by some white Christian groups with a colored pastor in the community that whatever training plans I was thinking of carrying out for the community is not welcomed.  But I believe the Lord is now empowering me with a fresh grace and prophetic insight in dealing with this evil spirit of division that is hindering the advancement of the work of the kingdom of God in this nation and across the globe.

 

The father’s desire is that his house must be built in this hour through the power of the corporation of the fivefold ascended ministry gifts and grace. A house of truth unity and corporate grace that can truly reflect his glory among the nations. We need to raise the standard of God’s prophetic counsel on this new day; a mandate of hope that will unite men’s heart including that of Children, families, and the nations of the world. Stereotypes and racist elements cannot and should not be tolerated across our community as kingdom regents in this season. We must find the punchline to unite the various grace and gifts given to build and equip the saints without delay. 

Last Sunday, just before lunch was ready, I was sharing with bishop Abraham’s brother, about an incident that happened in Johannesburg while I was still living there. There was this young lady who just after the Wednesday service went home to hang herself to death. No one really knew what led her to making such a brutal decision to commit suicide. But the fact remained, that she had suffered and battled loneliness and disconnection for a while.  What baffled me was the fact that she took her own life just after returning from church service.

The point is, the fact that we attend church, or are faithfully committed in our various weekly church meetings does not shield us from the inner struggle of disconnection, fear, rejection, and loneliness. It will certainly be an understatement to say that disconnection has become a growing trend amongst Millennials particularly here in South Africa and in the western world.

Married people, church folks, and the society in general are badly suffering disconnection with themselves. Many of us are more connected to our little gargets than real people. It seems we today prefer to live in the cyber space world rather than the real life where we are required to engage with real people dealing with real, complex issues.

I guess the reason for this is because we think it’s easier to confidently handle such gargets like phones, or do I say control such kind of relationship with things rather than people.  It’s so easy to connect with what we can control and manipulate than people who will challenge our opinions, values and standard of thinking. No wonder some parts of Asia and Europe today are already investing hugely in what are known to be adult IE computer dolls, designed for sex stimulation. The world is losing the power of its essence as humans. We are seeking for some kind of objects we can manipulate like a remote control, but this is certainly showing how seek we are becoming as humans living in the earth today.

 

Every one of us at some point will have to face this serious issue of disconnection whether we like it or not. At some point of my life, I have had to face my demons of disconnection, and have come to understand the various levels of disconnection challenges, and why we find ourselves at this point of insecurity. We also must understand that at some point we may not be really facing disconnection as a personal issue, but rather know that certain folks due to their insecurity and fear have rather chosen to disconnect themselves from us.

 

This kind of disconnection is not of our own making, but a reflection of how people feel or think towards us. This is not what I am focusing on. This kind of disconnection I am dealing here with expressly relates to the dysfunctionality of our individual hearts towards others. The things that make us withdraw from people, particularly those whom heaven has ordained for us in assisting us fulfill our called, ordained prophetic assignment.     

 Disconnection is a deep reflection of the spirit of the Age. It is a manifestation of the spirit of division, we see reflected through the built golden image of Nebuchadnezzar, according to the book of Daniel chapter 2:31.      

 

 The fear of rejection and unworthiness must be banished from amongst us. We need to create a solid platform for young men and women to connect in an atmosphere of security, liberty and discipline. We must be a voice of change in our society through a lifestyle that encourages corporation and togetherness. One thing the church has is the power of community, and that community must be restored back to its place of glory and power even as we enter this new day of kingdom advancement. This is the time to properly connect with each other’s grace, faith, and even pain so we can effectively know and understand where we are in our journey of transition and spiritual development in order to represent the prophetic mandate of the father for our generation.                 

 

DIVINE INTENTION IN NATION BUILDING

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One of the subtlest deceptions Satan is peddling amongst modern {secular} society is that ‘the knowledge and wisdom of God is not relevant or progressive enough, in playing a strategic role in the formation of policies that defines the transformation of good governance, most especially in areas of socioeconomic agendas.

 

This fallacy is already disproved when one carefully examines the history of human society’s development. The founding fathers of most countries, including Europe and the United State of America, all draw the inspiration of their national identity and constitution formation from the Holy Bible. Science and nature itself proves that nothing of its own self can exist without drawing its source from something else. Everything in life is directly or indirectly linked to a source, or to resource another. This is the concept of a perfect ecosystem.

 

The source of man is God, and he is totally designed to depend on the wisdom and direction of God’s Spirit, particularly in times of political and socioeconomic uncertainty. Therefore, if the 21st century community of nations, including South Africa is going to survive the challenges of the unfolding future, the wisdom of God must be embraced at all levels of governance. God, the creator of life, gave man an unlimited ability to imagine, and create, and the reason for is for man’s personal and corporate development, and not to foolishly challenge the wisdom and authority of his creator.

God breathe into man his own very {life} Spirit, giving him unparalleled access into his creative power nature. None of the created beings of God, including {Satan} Lucifer, has such access and opportunity. This ability was designed to help him explore, discover and {create} invent things for the improvement of his society. This was a clear fact in the Garden of Eden.

 

Adam was given the key to the Garden of Eden. He was giving the responsibility to nature and nurture the animals in the garden. It is important that we remember that all discoveries or inventions came from an existing reality somewhere deep within the Spirit of God. All things exist in God and function perfectly through his Spirit. Without him, nothing exists both in the visible or invisible realm.

There are depths of God within the creative nature of the spirit and the soul of man that are yet to be uncovered. The rebellious and prideful nature of the fallen man has continued to hinder and pervert his creativeness, such that, many among the humanist liberal movements today, view following the ways and wisdom of Christ as a hindrance to social and economic progression.

 

This continuous, promoted lies amongst the mainstream churches, particularly in Europe, has led many members of the Body of Christ to stop following the pathway of the Spirit of truth, and this has opened the church to all kinds of strange doctrine and liberal acceptance.

The spirit and the soul of man are designed by God, the creator to walk in harmony with his truth in order for it to reach the zenith of his creative and productive destiny. Therefore, when we go to school to learn, education should not be offered in a way that portrays God as a liar or even non-existed.

The reality is, facts are based on evidential truth presented; the truth can only be accessed when one genuinely encounters him, who is the source of all truth-Jesus Christ. Today’s society might not have had the opportunity to hear this true gospel of Christianity, however, the time has come for architects of tomorrows society to start inculcating this knowledge in the mentality of man.

 

This is what needs to be reformed as we continue as the remnant members of the Church of the Lord continue to represent Christ kingdom in the earth. Therefore, separating state and religion was designed by humanistic philosophy in trying to disconnect the influence of the laws of God from redeeming and transforming society in a way where equalization of state power and resource becomes the building blocks of all members of the society.

 

While I believe without doubt that the founding fathers of the modern philosophy of democracy had the intention of a balance of power, however, a lot still needs to be clear in the process of reforming and broadening the values of democracy. Righteousness in its true definition should be the solid foundation of any nation’s leadership that honestly seeks the wellbeing of its citizens, and we must pursue such position of rightness within all sphere of our national life.

A TRIBUTE TO A POLITICAL LEADERSHIP ICON, WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA

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A TRIBUTE TO A POLITICAL LEADERSHIP ICON,

WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

In my growing up to the cognizance of some of the key leadership vanguards, shaping the political and socioeconomic narrative of the state of South Africa, Winnie Mandela style of leadership has been one of those out of the many entities that never stop to catch my attention. To write about women in Frontline, global political leadership, her life will certainly qualify as one. For the single fact that her entire life as a youth, wife, and mother was dedicated to the struggle of her nation’s freedom from the devilish, apartheid, minority leadership junta.

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Here is a woman, like any other young ambitious lady, whose dream and heart’s desire is to be married to a visionary man, who will dedicate his life and career to building a successful, stable, growing family, with the children being able to look up to their parents for love, care, security, provision, and other forms of spiritual, psychological, and emotional sustenance. Yet, the opposite was the case for this great leadership icon, who lived and dedicated almost her entire life to fighting for something she could never or would have never imagined.

The life of Winnie Madikizela is a life of selfless-sacrifice that needs to be understood in context; appreciated, and truly celebrated not just by the nation of South Africa, but in the hearts of every young woman, growing up in this 21st century society, particularly, in the Southern African regions, enjoying at least today, the fruit of a protracted battle of political freedom.

the making of leaders of nations

A nation is made of various unique characters of men and women at the hem of its leadership affairs. Some are strategically born and groomed to take up leadership position at various levels of socioeconomic space. While in some other cases, many are drawn into leadership space by the virtue of their proximity to people of great influence in society.

Yet, there is another group of those in leadership, who have been trained, prepare and groomed within the hard environment of the struggle of marginalization, racism, poverty and inequality they see and feel amongst their own countrymen and woman. This third kind of leaders are usually more authentic and practical in their Leadership calling assignment because the agonizing cry of the need of the people is what fashioned their spirit, soul, and body to embrace the call to a voice and the servant of representation on behalf of the people.

There are many who have come into positions of leadership by dispossession through the barrel of a gun. And they’re those who actually think that authentic leadership is truly acquired just by the voter’s box, at least, we now know this is also not completely true, since those in power are usually known to buy the votes of the already impoverished and marginalized majority.

the call of true leadership

Leadership is a call to respond to the desperate needs of the voiceless and the powerless in society, regardless of their political or religious affiliations. Leadership is birthed by various occasions that calls for our response and solidarity to the critical needs and condition of the mass.

These individuals, who seldom understand, or rather choose not to understand the narrative of some narrow-minded bureaucracy definition of democratic process of negotiations, in their own rights, find their leadership voice and authority within the environment of marginalization and dignity of the impoverished to stand up and fight without flinching

These struggles highlight the underlined character values, and the philosophy that shapes the leadership direction of these men and women. Yet, beyond this, the character values of these icons also impact the history of their people, and determines to a large degree, the future trajectory of the entire nation and regions. Within the struggle for emancipation at all levels, the gray lines of our weakness and strength become even more visible for others to criticize while it gives others the opportunity to assist in covering until that singular mission of liberation and transformation is achieved.

Leadership, particularly, within the scope of national reform, transformation and unity, requires men and women with strong insight, wisdom, and adaptive value system of operation. A character that doesn’t see the challenge and allow itself to collapse within it, but rather see a way out, and willing to follow that pathway until the light at the end of the tunnel becomes glaring for all to see and embrace. Today, Winne Mandela exemplifies these qualities of character amongst those who have greatly shaped and influence the transformative, ongoing program of this great nation.

Was her life a perfect leadership model, certainly not. Did she give her heart to Christ before she died? Well, I don’t honestly know. I believe only those who are very close to her will be able to testify of her personal and spiritual stand with the Lord, and if she did, only the father will be able to ascertain such confession, and it will certainly be great if that is the case.

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One thing I do know, and is worth acknowledging, and that is, she served her nation and generation, and that is something noteworthy and appreciating by all prophetically sighted spiritual gatekeepers over this realm.

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As new leadership begins to emerge in the refining of the prophetic destiny of this nation, it is our duty as prophetic watchmen, who are positioned on the ramp, to continue to observe and highlight the inflow and outflow of the various shifts in leadership seasons. There is no doubt, a generation of leaders within the context of the struggle and revolution is passing away, and a new order of leadership within the narrative of a new nation is being born.

learning from the past in engaging the future

The great question is, how aware and prepared is the current youthful, western culture, materialistic driven South African Millennials ready in effectively engaging the next political and economic leadership landscape of the nation? These are some important questions we need to start asking even as the concept of leadership narrative changes from all spectrums. There’s a need to learn from the past concept of leadership as the old guard fades way.  But most importantly, there is serious need to precisely understand the nature of the future before us, in order to know the necessary models of changes required in making the required move in leadership. As South Africa learns and celebrate the sacrificial service of such woman like Winnie Madikizela Mandela, we need to craft a new, resilient, strategy leadership competent for the future ahead. it’s no more time to waste! We celebrate the life of Ma Minnie Mandela!  

A PRAYER OF SPIRITUAL RESTORATION

 

 

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BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

A PRAYER WE ALL CAN PRAY TOGETHER IN THIS NEW DAY.
IN CASE YOU NEED A RESTORATION IN YOUR LIFE OR MINISTRY AS MOST OF US DO, THEN, THIS INSPIRED WORDS OF PRAYER MIGHT JUST HELP YOU RE-START THE PROCESS IN THIS DAY OF HONORING THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

ANYONE CAN PRAY THIS PRAYER, AND YOU CAN ALWAYS RETURN BACK TO IT WHENEVER YOU FEEL LIKE IT.

 

Father, as I join millions of the body of Christ to commemorate and honor the glorious reality of the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary over 2000 years ago.

I————–dedicate my entire spirit, soul, and body anew to you this day. I offer myself as a new living sacrifice, holy and acceptable for you and you alone.

I return to the place of the renewal of the covenant and relationship you made with me and my generation. I come this day to the place of your mercy, goodness, and forgiveness. I have come to the place of your cleansing with pure water of your word, for your word is truth.

I come to your mercy seat. Father, in the name of your Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who died to give me a new life, eternal joy and hope, I declare with my lips this day that I belong to you, and you alone. Like the prodigal son, I return home to you, my first and only true love.

 

 Forgive me for taking advantage of my position as a son in the house; forgive me for spending and wasting my inheritance on things that carries no eternal value.  Forgive me for taking advantage of your love and provision as a son. Forgive me for not waiting on you, and for you to continue to provide for me according to your progressive plan and purpose for me.

Forgive me for not trusting in you even though I daily profess your name. I repent for looking into the world system to meet my needs and supplies even though they never satisfy. Forgive me of my lack of understanding of your ways and intent even when you’ve made it so clear in your word.

 Forgive me of my insecurity when you are my father; teach me to embrace your fatherhood and love in this spirit of love and sincerity.  This day, I realize that without the ongoing reality of Christ truth, growing and expanding  daily in my thoughts, emotions, and desire, I will slide back down to seeking worldly things in trying to meet my needs.

I acknowledge that nothing in this current, dysfunctional world system can give me a lasting satisfaction; no money, fame, influence, individuals, position, and calling can replace your peace, faith, joy and hope in my life.

I come to the place of the cross; the place of abandonment of my fear, sorrow, failures, weakness, shame, greed, pride, and self-serving attitude. I take up my cross this day, and I chose to follow you to the place of death, where it will no longer be I who lives but Christ, the hope of all glory.

I declare with my mouth that I am not ashamed of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is the power of salvation and redemption of all creation, young, and old, rich or poor. Grant me the understanding to know that my first priority in life, regardless of my position of influence is to win abiding souls into your kingdom.

Awaken my love and passion for your assignment in my heart again. Help me to shift awsu from the self-centered narrative of the gospel. Grant me grace and boldness like you granted David, Ruth, Joseph, Esther, Daniel and his company to stand firm in this hour of the fallen away. Grant me your love and compassion to see the Whitefield, ready for harvest.

Make me again a passionate instrument and vessel of your harvest for my community and generation. Rebrand me with your Spirit that releases kingdom passion and compassion heart for the poor and spiritually blind and confused.

Grant me again the quickening Spirit that resurrected my Lord after three days from the grave. Quicken me by your wonderful Spirit. Let this new day of resurrection bring me to a place of spiritual height and rest; it’s my desire to accelerate in my calling and purpose.
Awaken my spirit with boldness, courage, and wisdom to see the world the way you see it, and approach it the way you desire me to approach it. Help me to hear the joyful sound of your Spirit, calling out a generation that will stand out for you in this third day reformation.

Grant me again a broken and a contrite heart that will stand firm with the truth. Yes, it is my desire to stand and advance the ministry of your truth in this season, particularly, as the message of materialism takes deep root within the hearts of men across the church.

Help me not to compromise my position with you. Grant me the revelatory wisdom to carry enough midnight oil, in waiting for you, and your prophetic intent of my community, city, and generation. Help me not to go into slumber.

Grant me the strength of heart to wait upon you in all things. Father, I receive your love; the love you gave me and the rest of creation when my Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross.

 I receive the love you showed the church when you resurrected him on the third day. Yes, I receive the love and glory you manifested during his forty days of preaching and teaching about his kingdom after his resurrection.

I receive the love and revelatory knowledge of the ascended life and nature; yes father, I am seated with you this day in heavenly places, far above all principalities, wicked spirits, and powers in heavenly places. I take my place of eternal victory in you over the forces of darkness. I take my stand as your representative and ambassador in the earthy and heavenly spheres.

I declare that I have victory over every false unhealed emotion that seeks to control and manipulate me. My feelings, this day receives the healing balm of your word and Spirit.

I bind my thoughts, desires, passions, feeling, and my entire emotional sensory faculties to the staying power of the word of life. I will no longer be ruled and controlled by my old appetites and desires.

I speak your quietness and rest to my mind and soul.  I declare this day that my spirit, soul, and body is in agreement to God’s divine agenda. My destiny is anchored on Christ eternal plan for me and my family. I do not give in the spirit of humanism; I am sent to represent the kingdom of God here on earth.

Therefore, my entire intent and objectives streams towards fulfilling my assigned, prophetic mandate. I have grace that abounds unto all good works. I have more than enough to carry and fulfill Christ ultimate desire for my life and family.

I am secure in Christ. I am perfect in Christ. I am healed in Christ. I am blessed and highly favored in Christ. My destiny is in Christ. I will not fail nor be destroyed by the enemy for I know that he who has begun a good work in me this day will perfect it unto the day of his glorious appearance.

I am counted as a true citizen of the commonwealth of heaven. Greater is he who is in me than the spirit of worry, doubt, anxiety, fear, disparity, rejection, racism, lack, and poverty in the world system.

 I declare this day that I bring a new fragrance of hope and life to creation. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I stand for peace, justice, equity, reformation, transformation and development in my community, city, and the world at large.

 

I will no longer be silenced by the enemy. I shall no longer be afraid to declare where I stand. I will not be side-lined by my weakness and limitation, for I can do all things assigned to me as ministry in Christ Jesus.

I proclaim that I am a member of the ecclesia of God in the earth, and through me, the knowledge of the glory of Christ is covering the earth as the waters covers the sea. I will live and not die to continue to raise the standard of the advancement of the kingdom of God wherever I go.

I am now a renewed, reengineered, and re-empowered saint who will continue to show the love and goodness of my father to a world that desperately need Christ. I will allow my life to be a salt and light to my family, colleagues, and community.

Thank you for supplying all my needs according to your riches and wisdom in Christ Jesus. I wait for your best time and season in meeting all things.

Thank you, Jesus Christ, for dying and resurrecting for me and my generation.  I will always put my trust and hope in you regardless of the trial and challenges you may allow to come my way. I believe they are there to build and perfect me into all good works.

May your kingdom continue to prosper through my hands within the church community and everywhere I go to represent you.  You are sovereign in all things, and nothing is out of control with you. Your kingdom is now advancing in me and through me,and the gates of hell shall not prevail over me and your corporate church.

 

Thank you for a new day and a new season of resurrection in my life, family, and ministry. In Jesus Christ name I pray Amen.

THE PROGRESSIVE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

 

 

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Recalibrating the revelation of
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BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

2 Corinthians 5:16-17
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

We can know Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of Joseph and Mary, and build an embankment around this rich, historical narrative of the gospel, or better still, camp around the wonderful, miraculous, ‘bless me type of ministry’ that surrounds the narrow minded, religious, material gospel philosophy we’re witnessing today, and never really proceed further to experience his full spiritual richness in our lives and ministries.

The fallen, religious human mind is a very complex faculty in that it’s been tutored and programmed to see and even create its own reality of ‘truth’ from a very narrow, self-serving, idealistic perspective, and this can really limit us from pressing into the scope of discovering the revelatory depth of who Jesus Christ ought to be in and through our lives. A proper, honest examination of our spiritual footing will greatly explain our current spiritual configuration, priority, and the quality of knowledge we are presently pursuing in the environment of kingdom expression.

 

In my personal walk with the Lord and the experience I have witnessed from others, I’ve discovered that we can easily be limited, or sometimes be imprisoned in the religious environment and traditional perspective, we grew up even as tongue talking, charismatic, Pentecostal Christians. I have therefore sought to use this short note to highlight some of the credible, important truth we’ve learned, but have also been discovered to be grossly limiting in our theological and spiritual experience in truly moving on to discover the ascended Christ in his full glory and sovereignty. We must all seek to press beyond the 30, and 60-fold experience of our walk with the Lord to that realm of fullness of revelatory insight and experience after the resurrected, ascended life in Christ.

 

While many of us might have started our journey of the knowledge of Jesus Christ the son of Joseph and Mary, the carpenter who stepped into ministry at the age of 30 years with great powerful miracle and healing ministry behind him. We must also, however, thrive in our quest to know the Jesus Christ, who sat in mount Olive and taught us some of the most powerful, systematic human interpersonal concept of relationship. [Mathew chapter 5, 6, and 7]

Further still, we need to press into, and beyond knowing the Jesus Christ, the son of man and the son of God, with great healing and miracle ministry who could see into people’s hearts and intentions even before they open their mouth. Still, we can further go on to know the Jesus Christ, who is the son of man and the son of God who did more than feeding, healing, and providing for the domestic, socioeconomic needs of people as highly important and necessary these various aspects of Christ ministry is to man.

Yet, we must proceed beyond this great knowledge of the Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who fights our battles for us and provides for all our needs, to the Jesus Christ, whose ultimate desire is to be our king and lord regardless of our status and condition in life.
Meaning that we must go on to know the Jesus Christ who is the king of kings and lord of lords. Meaning that this revelation of Jesus Christ must see all human authority has one that comes from him directly or indirectly.

This revelation of Jesus Christ of Nazareth understands that no authority on earth or in the heaven exist without his knowledge and approval. This kind of spiritual insight requires a different pattern of thinking to accept and embrace this profound theological concept of Christ sovereignty, when one considers all the evil, tyrannical rulers the world has experienced, and some are still witnessing unfortunately in some regions of the world today. All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus Christ, the son of the living God.

Yet, still, we must proceed to know that Jesus Christ is far beyond his position of power and authority over all forms of darkness and evil system. We also need to know by revelation and deep experience, the all compassionate, loving heart of Jesus Christ for all humans of all race, color, tongue and tribe, and all creation seen and unseen.

It will however also be presumptive to stop our knowledge and acknowledgement of Christ even from this grand position of truth. The current, increasing culture of a utilitarian gospel cannot, and will never bring us to the true scope of identifying and interacting with the ascended revelatory life of Christ that is highly needed in efficiently handling the complex challenges of human life.

We will need to understand by heart that all that Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of the living God did in his human, earthly ministry is not to be compared to his ascended, revelatory life and nature when we finally move beyond what we’ve seen and experienced before, during, and after the cross. Meaning, what we know from this limited prism of truth and revelation.

We must go on to the realm of the ascended life of the resurrected and ascended Christ to begin to understand his eternal intention and design for us. All we will ever know, experience and receive from Jesus Christ on this side of the eternity is merely a fraction to the ascended revelatory knowledge of who we are, and who Christ is to us. Friends, the revelation of Jesus Christ are in degrees of knowledge and experience regardless of our depth of relationship with Christ.

There’s a Jesus Christ, we know before the cross, there’s a deeper revelation of Christ revealed after his resurrection, which began to reveal Christ from the context of his kingdom purpose. But further still, the full reality of Jesus Christ began to be unveiled to the church when John was banished to the island of Patmos to see and hear the ascended, glorified voice of him who spoke like the voice of many waters who is Christ, the pattern son.

It was from this mountainous island of Patmos, that place of secluded elevation that John was invited to see what no human has ever seen or understood of the true revelatory reality of the ever-increasing life, glory, power, and authority of Jesus Christ who is both a Lion and the Lamb at the same time.

This is the main reason the book of revelation is called the revelation of Jesus Christ. It is important we know that the book of revelation is about the person of Jesus Christ in relationship with his chosen, victorious bride who has made herself ready. Beyond the apocalyptic wars, images, signs, wonders, creatures, and the grand victory of good over evil, the book of revelation is about the unveiling of the glory of Christ, the pattern Son to his conquering, victorious church.

It’s time to go beyond the veil and discover the revelatory life and light revealed between the ministry of the cherubim. It’s time to move to the next reality of our revelatory walk with Christ as we continue to feed on the fruit of the tree of life.

Hebrews 6
1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.

Let’s go on in search for the eternal, in-depth experience locked in Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life.

11 reasons why Christian cults thrive today

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11 REASONS WHY CHRISTIAN CULTS THRIVE TODAY

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

The power of misconception

There’s no doubt that the church of the living God is in one of her best days since its establishment in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. Yet, with the same breath, we are likewise discovering some of the worst character misrepresentation of the church’s identity and spiritual philosophy since its inception. Misconception of the very essence of Christ, and the objective of the kingdom of God within the life of an individual and society generally has been a major tool the enemy has employed to promote his lies and deception, particularly within the mainstream church today.

There are critical questions every person who decides to go on with Christ needs to honestly answer to avoid being led astray by what can be termed as Christian cult. Christian cult is when individuals who claim to be representing Jesus Christ takes a principle, a word or statement, or could be a value standard in the bible to establish, or promote a false, self-centered agenda that does not glorify the father’s divine intention for his church and the society.

Furthermore, Christian cult is when we take the most sacred values and principles of God, and his kingdom and try to fit them into our own idealistic narrative and paradigm of spirituality. In other instances, we systematically extract the consequence of not adhering to a divine standard, or the core values within the word of God, and then cleverly use the philosophy of Babylon to try to explain our way out of such biblical injunction.

While in other cases, we reduce the sovereignty of the Father to the concept of what is good or evil which in most cases are captured in the spirit of how we’ve come to understand justice from the viewpoint of a humanist democratic philosophy. The need for sound biblical footing in the initiative of forming the right world view is one of the most critical objective of being part of the corporate body of Christ which does manifest in various forms, shapes and sizes.

 

Everyone came to Christ with a formed pattern of thinking

When you read the book of Act you’ll immediately notice the amount of time prioritized by the elders of the early church to teach and train the numbers of new convert being added to them by the Lord. New converts who accepted the Lord in most cases, already have well-established value standard and belief system that has shaped how they see and think, and it is the duty of the church to systematically change or correct these old, erroneous perspectives of life with the preferred biblical world-view that must be done in the spirit of love, care and concern.

When this principle of apostolic teaching is however not prioritized by the church leadership it does not only open the possibility for those new converts to return back to their old ways of lifestyle, but also opens the converts to falsehood and deception, perpetuated in the name of following some deep enlightenment spiritism experience.

Context and the coherency of truth

Our society today is flooded with strange teachers and false prophets who claimed to have been sent by the Lord with some special message from the Lord Jesus Christ himself, and unfortunately, very few within the body of Christ are effectively armed with sound biblical doctrine and the right spiritual lifestyle to challenge the lies being offered to these innocent saints seeking for light and direction.

 Accurate biblical definition brings clarity and context to the coherency of truth; particularly, regarding matters of separating sound spiritual judgement from the promotion of the doctrines of devils as the bible calls them according to 1 Timothy 4:1. What we say, how we say it, and the unspoken motive behind what we say, are all highly critical in dealing with the matter of biblical truth and error.

The best of intentions, or statement made regardless of how biblically accurate they may sound can become misinterpreted, which of cause, will always work as an advantage for the kingdom of darkness which always seek to find loopholes in our concept of handling of the word of God to promote the agendas of darkness.  Arguably, the distortion of truth is one of the deadliest powers behind every thriving, established Christian cult I have seen and studied.

The grand plan of the enemy

There’s a deliberate, strategic ongoing warfare to remove every iota of biblical definition of truth and the eternal values that makes such truth relevant and productive within the values of human relationship and its various sociocultural space. I have long time discovered that the enemy we are dealing with his not really care how successful we think we are; nor is he moved about the number or size of our church auditorium, congregation, or the fact that we preach and teach using correct biblical references to emphasize our dogma.

Neither is the enemy really concerned that you make lots of money, and your business is expanding in leaps and bounds for as long as you do not imbibe the core values and culture of your existence on the footing of the uncompromised ethical biblical value culture.

The kingdom of God is a cultural lifestyle in whose philosophy and ideology is established on the footing of the truth of Christ, and this truth informs the foundation that defines our moral values for establishing relationship and other required sociocultural norms.

If this reality of existence is not clear to us, I can assure you that it’s only a matter of time before you bite the fruit of the three of the knowledge of good and evil which then takes away your consciousness of the presence and essence of the three of life, and this is where many falls under the error of cultism.

The pendulum of truth swings on the balance-scale knowledge of the Son of God, and the humanity ministry of the Son of man. Biblical application of truth hangs on this statement; meaning that the ascended, revelation of Christ as the Son of God, and the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, the son of Joseph and Mary, are two functional, combined entities in one personality.

 For the redemptive work of the father to be accomplished on the earth, the incarnation of Christ into Jesus Christ is necessary, or else the Lord will merely remain a spiritual being floating around without a body to carry out his ordained prophetic mandate in the earth.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit today becomes evident in the earth through two main basic organs which is the evidence of the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the evidence of the ministry of the body of Christ.

Hebrews 10: 5

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;

 As our Lord Jesus Christ, the anointed one, operated in these two realities, every one of us should also learn to function simultaneously in these two dimensions of life without overemphasizing one.  This principle can be located throughout the scriptures, and it is critical we know how they function within and around our called spheres of existence seamlessly.

A truth that is empowers deception

It is regrettable to announce that one of the greatest deception that has ever flooded the gates of society is now coming from inside the church; yes, I mean the charismatic, Pentecostal, apostolic, tongue talking community of believers who have received some measure of insights and truth that is not firmly established on the footing of the absolute revelatory knowledge of the person of wisdom and truth.

The entirety of the truth is a component of various revelatory dimensions and encounters of experience within the embodiment of the person of truth himself, Jesus Christ. But to merely claim as a fact, that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of truth without being able to substantiate this spiritual knowledge with sound biblical facts that produces clarity of insight and understanding, in my sincere opinion, does not do justice to the ministry of truth representation at all.

1 Peter 3:15

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

The truth is given to us in measures of thirtyfold, sixtyfold, and of cause hundredfold accordingly. The challenge here is not the level we are in the scale of received truth, or what we are doing with such measure of truth received, as highly as important as they are; the challenge is, on what spiritual philosophical foundation is that knowledge of biblical truth build on?

This is a very important subject that requires the ministry of the Holy Spirit to thoroughly enlighten us, lest we misunderstand the context of this truth.

How we see, and express truth is still a major issue within the body of Christ today. I’ve discovered two people can be on this same point of truth with two different spiritual lens-view and interpretation. The context to which we accept and relate to the matters of God’s word is as equally important to the revelatory values we extract from the principle of biblical truth.

If our knowledge and expression of truth cannot bring the potential 21st century Ethiopian eunuchs of our time into the kingdom of God, am afraid, such truth is not complete, nor does is it stand on the frame of knowledge for precise, fruitful soul-wining interaction.    

Regrettably, some of the deadliest cults in the world today use the bible as one of their key reference literature text. Why?

1.            Because cults know that many, including Christians, don’t like to read. They see people as naïve and gullible

2.            They have mastered the art of misinterpretation of the truth to suit their own narrative

3.            They know that people generally love and believe the Bible some religious text even though their lives don’t necessarily reflect the values and principle of the bible 

4.            They also know that most Christians don’t engage the painful treadmill to study the bible accurately for themselves

5.            People are hardly knowledgeable about matters of exploring the truth in relating to another world view

6.            They know that very few desire within their hearts the true revelation of Christ as much as they desire the act of ceremonial religious practice

7.            They know that many are desperate for some kind of spiritual awareness, sensation, or experience that is mystical.   

8.            They are aware that most humans are insecure, lonely, and afraid; people want protection and they are willing to pay any price for such protection    

9.            They know that deception can only thrive when there’s a good measure of truth in what they claim to be offering.

10.          They are aware that humans by default are designed to either lead or follow; they, therefore, seek for those who are yet to discover their leadership capacity to follow their diabolical ideology of leading. They recruit these individuals and brainwash them to follow their beliefs without arguing or challenging them what they teach.

11.          They are mostly established in regions and areas where the biblical principle of pathetical values has been contaminated and perverted to service their own agenda. Meaning that, you will usually find them establish their cult centers in places where the whole idea of an overly tradition or even teaching on respect and submission has been stretched to a weapon of manipulation, intimidation and control. This is a dangerous place to find yourself, and unfortunately, we have lots of places like that in Africa.       

12 REASONS TODAYS CHURCH NEED THE RESTORATIVE, MINISTRY GIFT OF A TEACHER.

 

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12 REASONS TODAYS

CHURCH NEED THE RESTORATIVE,

MINISTRY GIFT OF A TEACHER.

 

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

  1. He or she carries the grace of clarifying and expositing the various facets of truths within God’s word in the most clear, simplified format of understanding.

 

2.  The teacher caries the gift to simplify and further amplify certain scriptural references that could be defined as hard to understand in the bible.

 

3. A Bible gifted teacher by designed is infused with some of the best qualities of the ministry gift of a prophet, in the sense that he or she carries a rear keen insight into the counsel of God’s truth. He is aware of the broader intention and objectives of the father in the art of applying biblical truth to inform, reform, transform, and ultimately, restore man back to his original position and estate in Christ.

 

4. teacher, by default and the practice of learning, understood the destructive implication of manipulating the written word, and a revelatory, inspired message, to promote certain strange narratives or agenda within the body of Christ.

 

5. The ministry of a teaching priest balances the entire fivefold ministry by the principle values of a sound and a well balanced teaching which includes, rebuking, correction, and training in the art of righteousness. [ A position of right standing before heaven and earth] 2 Timothy 3:16

 

6. The teacher’s main concern is to identify and build the various organs and departments of the body of Christ as an effective outreach, solution driven functional ministry. A teacher equips to release each of his students as a kingdom driven personality, furnished with the philosophy and authority to reach the nation  as primarily ordained as the great commission.

 

7. A teacher is not moved or carried away by the exuberance of its audience. He calm’s them down while imparting truth for the sole purpose of giving insight, wisdom, and understanding to his audience. I have often times witness amongst brethren who claimed to be a voice within the current apostolic circles how the objective of their message was strategically captured by  the crowd they  seek to minister to. They completely lose the spiritual direction and objective of the message mandate to another dominant spirit present in the atmosphere.

The soulish excitement of the mass completely shifts the focus and direction of the message to a different order that merely plays to the very tune the people love to dance to. What a failed messenger. A true teacher of the word defines the parameters of the reach and the atmosphere of his preaching and teaching. No one dares to take control of such sacred space except the Holy Spirit.

 

8. The ministry of the teacher knows how to identify false humanist, or cultic spiritual practices operating within a church community, and he’s got the accurate biblical principles, wisdom, and value order to precisely root out such false doctrines and practice as the bible will prescribe.

 

9. The ministry of the teacher prepares the ecclesia to correctly and effectively handle the practical, socioeconomic and sociocultural issues within society. The teacher helps the church on how to precisely interface its grace and resource with those in charge of institutional governance in the society without necessarily compromising the values of the word of God.

 

10. A true gifted Bible teacher teaches doctrine, not just from the point of theology, but from the ascended perspective of the power of lifestyle. The end-result of a sound kingdom knowledge is the power of lifestyle, and not just the burden of some knowledge that pups up the flesh. A primary aim of a teacher of God’s word seeks to perfect the saints in a manner that hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ back to earth.

 

11. A teacher functions in the position of spiritual maturity; as an elder, he or she is seated at the city gate of wisdom in leading the corporate body of Christ.

 

12. A sound biblical teacher is a wise master builder who is perfected in the art of taking truth from both old and new covenant to establish the current advancement of kingdom initiative.

HOW FIRM IS YOUR FAITH, AND HOW PREPARED ARE YOU TO DEFEND IT IN A SECULAR SOCEITY? 

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HOW FIRM IS YOUR FAITH, AND

HOW PREPARED ARE YOU TO DEFEND IT?

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

The father is allowing the New Age culture and philosophy of the days we live in to challenge and make demands on every aspect of what you claim to know or believe, to the level that you will almost begin to doubt even the very experience you once had with God in his presence or at the backside of the wilderness.

The society, many of us live, particularly here in Africa is still very much insulated from the brutal attacks and criticism confronting many of our Christian brethren in Europe, America, and a major part of the Arab world, and am afraid it’s only a matter of time before that flood of full-blown assault reaches our shoreline. My worry however is, how ready and prepared are we taking into the cognizance the weak, unbiblical promotion of what is termed Christianity today.

As long as what determines the major core of our Christianity still centers around personal economic breakthrough, am afraid, we cannot be fully prepared for this evil tide coming. As along as our ideology of Christian faith is still very much tide to our ancestral traditional beliefs and culture, we are not match for the flood of deception coming to sweep many away. For as along as our desire is to merely select what suit our narratives faith for our own self-center gain, we will certainly not be able to stand and challenge the issues of our day.

1 Peter 3:14-17
14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their intimidation; do not be shaken. 15 But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to articulate a defense to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But respond with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who slander you will be put to shame by your good behavior in Christ. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

What a template of truth that lays for us our marching order in engaging the 21st century, humanist, New Age society already knocking down many churches in the west. Unfortunately, I do not think many of our leaders sees the urgency of this eminent battle coming to our shoreline of the church in Africa. Since we live in a borderless cyber world, we need to get our priority straight if we must be prepared to face this assault of hell.

This scripture outline for us what we need to do in terms of positioning ourselves as we respond to the sons of darkness. We will have to go beyond the equation of bible passages to knowing and understanding how to break down the principles and values of truth in a manner that allows us to effectively and strategically answer the hard question of the Pilate, Pharaoh, and the queen of Sheba approaching our kingdom space.

The presumptive and assumptions of Christian theology, and of cause, the populace false sense of spirituality floating around many of our church communities in the last two decades or so, has cost the church dearly, particularly with the teens and young adult. The inability to define, and precisely articulate in clear terms what truth is, and how truth relates to their day today choices and productivity are a major problem I have noticed. When Pilate asked Jesus Christ, what is truth, he was actually echoing the general philosophical challenge the world of his day was faced with.

The lack of a logical sense and the spiritual base to correlate the entire Greek philosophy of spirituality in a powerful political and military dominance of the Roman empire was a major concern not just to Pilate, but to the greater philosophers and thinkers of the ancient world. This philosophical problem explained where the Greeks have so many gods that literally competes with human’s population just like the Hindu religion of India.

What further compounded this issue was the fact that some bunch of so-called illiterates who claimed to be the very custodian of the embodiment of the truth kept preaching and teaching everyone that Christ is the truth, and they were proving the facts of their message both in doctrine and through the power of signs and wonders. The early believers clearly understood the doctrine of the apostolic truth, and their lifestyle mirrored this truth for the rest of the world to see.

The unfortunate thing is, Pilate never waited for Jesus Christ reply of his question, I have no doubt that our Lord would have given him a full definition and explanation of who the truth is, and how he can connect to this truth as the only way, the only truth, and the only life to God the author of all things seen and unseen.

There’s no doubt society today, just as in the days of Pilate, are also in deep search for the answer of this great question, what is truth? The question of what is truth is both an ancient and contemporary question, but many Christian leaders do not really see the importance of the question as a powerful strategy to win the world back to Christ.

While we claim we know the answer to this great question, many however, have stopped searching the word like the Bereans Christian for the right principle of conveying the mystery of truth to a blind world in a manner that can restore their sight. today, Spiritism and false beliefs have replaced the quest for sound, biblical knowledge that can offer the answer to a world in need to God. there are just too many in the church who have become religious Pharisees, meaning, they are merely professing a faith their heart and thought no longer follow.

To seek to accept or declare biblical truth that your own life’s values and philosophy does not agree with in practice is the highest level of self-delusion if you ask me. What makes the truth true to you I not a matter of who preached, or taught it, it’s a matter of personal conviction.

Conviction is the footing of establishing truth within human conscience. When truth, or anything that sounds like the truth to you, finds its way into the human conscience it alters one’s perspective and belief. However, when biblical truth which is both written and revelatory by designed finds its root deep into the human heart, it redesigns conscience in a man to remove the fallen idea of how humans see right and wrong to how heaven defines truth.

We know that there are three compound words that holds Christianity together as a cord of sound spirituality; and their faith, hope, and love. Each of these words defines the basis of how we see and relate both to Christ, his Church, and the world in general. If any of these three are not properly understood, and corporately flowed in relating to life and the various challenges thrown to us, we will, at some point begin to doubt our foundation and trust in what we believe.

One of the three compound words is faith, and personally I think we still have a long way to go in truly understanding what faith actually mean from God’s viewpoint. However, Hebrews chapter 6 informs us that faith is not abstract but rather substantial. If this is true which I know it is, how do we substantiate this truth with biblical facts in a manner that our faith does not stand in the knowledge and wisdom of men?

Indeed, faith is the [element] substance of things we hope for… and the very evidence of things not seen, the big question then will be, what defines and constitute the substantial evidence of such faith? Too many Christians, as a religious practice now and confesses what the scripture says, but in actual fact, their belief is actually established on something else.

This something else is that which family, society, friendship, or past circumstance that falsely establish within the subconscious. When our Lord Jesus Christ made this profound statement, these people worship me with the mouth, but their heart is far from me, he was establishing the basis of duality within a man’s ideology that says you confess Christ with your mouth but can also place your allegiance or philosophy somewhere else.

The reality is, the Lord is not seeking for a ritual of worship from his followers. In actual fact, he was seeking a concept of lifestyle individuals called worshipers, whose philosophy and culture of existence is firmly established around the very character nature of his person. Christ by design, is the anointing, or the grace that enabled Jesus, the Son of man to function within the reality of what has been prophetically written about him.

The days we live demands we go beyond the veil of what we believe and confess, to the next realm of experiencing truth to the degree that the truth becomes the very philosophy and culture that drives the understanding of our interaction and engagement with every aspect of existence.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that we will not be challenge; in fact, the very purpose of coming into this realm of truth is be able to stand firm in the days where you and I will be challenge like Joseph in Egypt, and Daniel in Babylon.

Only they who know their God will be able to stand and do exploit in this new day. Remember, the scripture says the devil also believes and tremble, but such believe did not cause him to change his mind. A believe that carries no power to change our stand and position is a weak believe!

 

There are simply too many ‘truth’ being postulated out there without a concrete, solid foundation laid within the hearts of the community of the body of Christ to hold firm these revelatory, apostolic truths. Many members of our churches are starting to give in under the weight of some so-called revelation they’ve been running with without precise, solid footing to hold the such ‘truth’. You cannot build nor establish truth beyond the quality, strength of your foundation.

Revelatory truth is likened to building a house. You need to first establish certain biblical principles and values standard to solidify the foundation of what you intend to build before the main structure begins. The church likes to quote the end-result of a truth in the bible without first understanding the process and mechanism that makes such truth becomes a reality.

There are two concepts of truth in the word of God. The first is defined as a progressive principle, in other words, it requires that you take an action based on faith and believe while the second concept deals directly with the result of the first; meaning, the final manifestation.

We must shift from merely declaring the manifestation of the end-result of truth, and start understanding how to align ourselves with the values and process of truth so we can arrive at the point of matured understanding of the intended will and objective of Christ for us. this indeed is knowing the truth that will eventually set us from the assault of darkness. i hope this piece of truth will assist us from becoming serious with our spiritual journey.

 

PROPHECY AND ITS FULFILLMENT

 

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BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

When the season of a precise, prophetic word kicks into activation in time and space, the manifestation of such words does not necessary have to pan out towards a particular direction or expectation of our own person, or even that of a corporate group of people. How many times have we missed the precise speakings and fulfillment of God will through prophecy because we allow false, inaccurate spiritual frame of thinking to judge our hope and expectation.

The intention of the father in the fulfillment of what was declared must be in synch with clear biblical values, principles and standards that does not contradict the overall desired counsel of the father either for a community, or a nation. Prophecies, especially with regards to communities, cities, and nations are given on a seasonal, progressive base that requires awareness and maturity for accurate interpretation and clarification.

Just has we need to read the word of God in a pre-and post-content attitude before we can truly understand the mind of the father for the statement in use, so it is with prophecy. If we lack the context of a given prophetic word, we will certainly misjudge the direction, intention, and the divine expectation of the Spirit of thou says the Lord.

Prophecy aligns with certain eternal value standards, and revelatory framework that must be precisely clear to intercessors, watchmen, and gatekeepers. Prophecies do not work with our own preference or expectations of truth, justice, or even judgement.

Purity of heart and thought is needed in seeing and participating in God’s prophetic program. When we mix our unbridled feelings and emotion to the unfolding plans of the Lord because we base our eyes on how negative and terrible things seem on the outward, we will definitely step out of our position like Saul into a ministry position we are not assigned, and that eventually bring disqualification and judgement on us.

  Understanding the overall kingdom agenda of God over your life, family, community, city and nation gives you the edge to follow the progressive, unveiling truth of God’s prophetic plans, and its fulfillment in time.

 

 

 

 

PICTURES, MEMORIES, AND YOUR FUTURE

 

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PICTURES, MEMORIES, AND THE FUTURE

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

 

There’s a mystery behind every image taken by your camera. By the way, I wish you all a glorious, adventurous, kingdom advance in 2018. As Matter has been scientifically shown to carry enough memory capacity to house our past, present, and even future information in whatever data format due to its mass and volume composition. This immediately explains why still pictures, or moving images [films] can be stored not just in CD’s, flash drives, or smart phones, but in (anything) substance with mass and volume.

The technology of storing data has gone way beyond these primary storing devices to a more complex and advanced concept, like storing information in a piece of transparent glass. Someday soon, your bedroom house glass windows, or door enterance glass might not just be used for storing information, but to also communicate and audio visual life image due to its richness in mass.

Whatever Data storaging devices man has long used, or will later discover through sicence, will still not be good enough to stand in comparison of what the human brain is capable of capturing in terms of storage and processing Data. The development and utilization of the human brain, in my opinion is still in its infant stange when one carefully consider, and understand what the Godhead invessted in the creation of man, when they said, let us create man in our own image and likeness. 

Machines, even with artificial intelligence cannot produce morals and emotions; the best of machines are what the best of humans compute them to perform. The human brain, by default of its creation by God is programmed to do anytinng its mind can imagine. its capacity of computation is a byeproduct of the state or condition of its soul.

The human soul is the agine room of the human brain. the spiritual wellbeing, or condition of the soul determines or the brain ought to founction. The more the human brain gets to be restore back to its original state within the restored spirit, the more effective and productive the soul and the function of the brain becomes. What the human [brain] soul capture, is captured in its entirety.

Meaning, it does not just capture pictures, but also captures the very emotion and sprit that led to the capturing of such image. in order words, the brain capptures the emotional history behind the event. That’s why sound plays a critical role in making movies.

If all you see in a movie is just mere picture without the right wave of sound effects to awaken your emotion, you really don’t feel anything from what you’re watching. Sound effects, releases the accompanied necessary feelings and emotion that connects humans in relation to what the intended movies was designed for.

In other words, a movie of action requires a sound effect that transmits suspense, fear, and anticipation in order to create that impact of action., and so o goes with the movie design for romance, etc. There’s so much more to what we see, hear, and feel than we can ever know.

Our past does not have to be clouded in Unforgiveness and regret and disappointments, there are lots of great memories captured in pictures and image laying within our old, dusty photo albums, or within those digital storage devices that requires us to visit from time to time.

If God has afforded our generation the scientific advantage of capturing, either through painting or data image processing, the history made in moments of love, care, and even times of great challenges and distress, we should then learn to savor each memory made through what has been captured through our digital devices in a manner that enhances our capacity to become better humans within the sphere of our calling and assignment.

Each spent moment, minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months made in a year are the very building blocks that shapes and formed who we have become. Every little thing around you carries the memory of your life existence; your life impact and occupies every atom, space, and time spent within and round your environment.

If what houses my humanity is made of the earth, dust, it means that dust, does not just houses the DNA code of my humanity, but also hides the treasure of the memories of each journey I have made through the passage of time. Everything that comes out of the earth bear the memory of an image and imprint of my house of clay.

My point is, as Adam was given dominion over all things, all things, including the ATOM that produces the technology that captures my image and those around me. That’s just awesome. Our lives are not merely designed to occupied by the struggle of survival throughout calendar year. No, life is the formation and accumulation of the memories captured in moments spent with those who afforded us the time and opportunity to change in a progressive Manner within our sub-consciousness.

True change occurs when the fearful and resentful images of our memories are traded for new images that encourages faith, hope, and possibilities. What we see through the eyes of stored memories does not just remind us of who we were, but what we have become, and are becoming in a manner that affords us the courage and the opportunity to invest the fruit of our transformation in the lives of other who may need to hear the process of our own journey towards progressive change.

There are choices we have made in the past that can never be undone regardless of how hard we try. Yet, we can look back through the images and pictures we have either created in faculty that stores past mistakes within the mind, or capture another image that paints the journey of redemption, forgiveness, hope, the love of the father within our heart. Your mind is a canvas that allows you or anyone to paint their desired image if you allow them, and such images carries the power to influence not just your memory but your future.

Pictures are more than fine images to me; they are the history of my journey through life and the very source of strength and motivation that gives me hope, joy and expectation of a glorious tomorrow.

Each of these pictures houses a part of me that is rich in both the message, and in the current position of my movement towards that preferred, spiritual location of the father in my life. Photos have been one of my prophetic ways of expressing my calling and the rich history of my journey towards Christ my Lord. Many of the message I’ve been given are best capture in photos and writings.

I am not an orator, but I have been given the gift of visualization, and this gift has help to shape how the father speak and lead me towards his desired will and agenda in various seasons in time. I hope you will see more than some nice pictures and images. My desire is for you to precisely hear the voice and speakings of the father through these pictures even as you review your own journey.

LIFE IS A JOURNEY TOWARD FREEDOM

 

life is a journey

 

LIFE IS A JOURNEY TOWARD FREEDOM
A LIFE TRANSFORMING ARTICLE.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

If you are struggling to make sense why you seem stuck at a particular point of your life’s journey, and the inputs and efforts of your spirituality seem not to be yielding the expected, desired result, well don’t give up hope on yourself. I’ll recommend that you read this short article that should give you some clear perspective and motivation in moving forward towards your glorious destiny in Christ. This note is from my own personal life experience. I pray it minister life to you.

Introduction

Between past memory and a future hope, there’s a present reality of your life that is seemingly trapped in time; a time that is regulated by people and events you don’t have control over. The reality is, many of us were born into apparently negative environments, complex circumstances, and even families we never had the power of choice to choose, or influence their decisions and control over us, if we do, many of us will certainly have chosen an alternative route and environment of existence.

 

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

This scripture in Jeremiah was made by the father himself towards his own children while they were still under the oppressive chain of their Babylonian captors. The condition or environment we find ourselves regardless of how we got there is in material in comparison to the eternal plan and purpose of the father for us. Human condition, irrespective of how terrible cannot stop nor alter the spoken, living promise of the father. however, our unbelieves and doubtful state of mind can stop and hinder us from entering the promised inheritance of the father for us.

This scripture according to Jeremiah 29:11 is a sure word that is eternally settled in bringing all who believe in Christ Jesus into their destined promised Land irrespective of their past or present condition. Yet, how we come into this reality of eternal truth is a complete different ball game because the dealings of the father for each of us are uniquely different from person to person and even region to region.

We may have a common faith and spiritual inheritance in Christ, however, the process of entering such inheritance differs in personal faith and spiritual experience, and that’s a very good thing to note. We have shared along this article before, but I sense many are still confused and in doubt about certain things with regards to their future destiny.

To understand our future is to have a keen prophetic insight and guiding wisdom into how our past has shaped our frame of thinking and perceptional insight. In other words, having keen knowledge of the reason why the father allowed certain circumstance to happen to us, or why certain unpleasant people were brought into our lives at certain seasons is a powerful spiritual position.

The ignorance of the sovereign nature of the father over his people is a major weapon in the hands of the enemy until this hour against the people of God. Satan has continued to capitalize on our blindness and lack of understanding towards the will of God by robbing us of entering the sphere of righteousness, peace, and joy in the kingdom.

Managing our past

Many of us like the children of Israel in some form of captivity would have doubted this promise according to Jeremiah 29:11. Why? We often allow the pain of our emotional state of mind to define and control our response not just to God but also to one another. Pain is a powerful tool we are yet to accurately understand and therefore, its negative influence has continued to work against our spiritual state of being.

 

To the level we understand our emotion is to the level we know ourselves, and to the degree we know ourselves is to the point we are able to submit to the desired, ordained process of the father for us in terms of embracing all the instruments and people placed across our path in helping to shape our destined purpose. Circumstance and people produce two things in every human, pain and joy. These two are powerful emotional instrument that can swing our lives in two different directions, it all depends on how we understand and effectively manage them accordingly.

If you study the characters of these two-emotional instrument you’ll realize that ‘pain’ usually reside within the thought realm of our past traumatic experience, while joy dwells in the anticipative realm of what is, or about to come.

One of the main reasons why we tend to fix our attention more on yesterday’s mistakes, pain, frustration, rejection, fear and doubt is because the negative emotions produced in our yesterday is usually more real and severe to the soul realm than to choose to invest our thought and emotion on a sense of joy that is yet unseen. One can argue that it takes more faith and courage to shift our frame of thinking from the usual position of playing the victim than to advance with a breakthrough attitude mentality.

This unfortunate character of submitting and accepting the victim narrative, negatively reinforces the desire to focus on the soul realm which is what the flesh and of course Satan desires of humans. This is a highly complex, lingering character that controls and manipulate the fallen Adamic nature of all humans.

The scripture said of Christ, because of the joy that was set before him, he endured the cross. Enduring the cross which is the total summary of our emotional pain, failures, persecutions, and disappointment becomes real when the emotion of joy overrides the reality of our past, and we can clearly see into the future outcome of what we are stepping into.

 

Embracing your future in freedom

The truth is none of us was designed to live in our past memory filled with disappointments and regrets, but in a now future, defined by vision, faith, hope, courage, and trust in Christ who knew you before events and circumstance ever happened to you. The fact is, those horrible circumstances of our past or even present condition are all designed for a reason that can only be comprehended when there’s a precise alignment of our insight and judgement to that of Christ eternal blueprint for our existence.

My own life experience

Comprehending life’s situation and people around us is a powerful spiritual position and strategy that greatly enhances our acceleration into the future. It’s amazing how we can grow up in certain frame of thinking that could either limit or enhance our motivation in becoming fulfilled in life.

There are so many things we actually thought we had full knowledge, insight and understanding into as Christians. But the fact is, our knowledge, which may be theoretical or even theologically have not been effectively synchronized with the eternal intention of the father in terms of his prophetic agenda for us. Knowledge is laudable, but the wisdom that releases applicable understanding should be more desirable in all things.

This is my own testimony like many; I experienced what it felt like to be dropped down with a broken limb like Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan. My life’s accident and cognition impediment affected my state of judgement to the degree that it altered my image and identity. Rather than being drowned deep into the love of the father ordained to save and protect me, I rather hated everything that love meant and represent to me because of those who misrepresent the love of God around me.

I chose rather to live in fear, insecurity, doubt, worry and unbelief. Hate and bitterness becloud my heart and identity instead of love, mercy and forgiveness. I allowed myself to be consumed by fear and the opinions of everyone to the degree that their views shaped and determined my actions and reactions even after I have given my heart to Christ.

Introduction to God’s love

You see, I really do not understand back then the true meaning of accepting Christ. I did what everyone else did in terms of their religious and church service obligations; no one told me that there’s another journey of salvation that is a continual, renewal and developmental experience within my soul faculties. I struggled with deep pain, frustration, and anger until I came to the end of myself. Coming to the end of yourself is a phrase we’ve adopted in kingdom community that means a person have tried and used everything that can be tried in terms of human resource, wisdom, and strength to resolve a problem yet without a lasting result.

 

I was then introduced to the love of God, which was more of an experience within my soul, I mean the faculty that defines my behavioral character and pattern of reasoning. Until this love of Christ began to reveal myself to me in the light of ascended biblical truth, I never realized how damaged and lost I was even in my proclamation to be a Christian.

 

I discovered that the love of God, at least in my own case, is an unfolding journey of revelation; a revelation that invites us to another various spheres of spiritual experience  trust, and confidence in the knowkedge of the fatherhood of God, which is one of the most difficult aspects in coming into the true meaning of kingdom centered love.

To know or accept the love of God is to first accept the fatherhood of God. Knowing God as Abba is one of the most difficult spiritual revelation because of the degree of the damaged, dysfunctional stronghold realities locked up within the human soul realm. When we pass the stage of knowing and accepting the fatherhood of God’s love, another portal is opened for another realm of spiritual experience that leads us further into the mystery of the eternal love of the father for us.

This acquired knowledge and understanding, then takes us further into another veil of divine invitation to share in the experiential life of the sovereign nature of the father over our lives and others regardless of the condition or circumstance around us. It is from this point that the scales begin to drop from our eyes to see ourselves and things the way they truly are. The false beliefs, rejections, fear, doubt, self-assertions, self-protection, self-promotion, and self-defense, we’ve built for many years begins to reveal themselves and begin to collapse before us.

This is the point where heaven begins to reintroduce you to yourself. For the very first time you begin to see the strongholds and walls you’ve indirectly or directly allowed others, or even yourself to build within and around you.

The experience that makes us effective

Friends, while it is necessary for us to know the love of God by what we have been told in the scripture, or what has been revealed to us by revelation. However, our measure of the reality of the father’s love in our lives can only be identified by how much of the soul life we have given up for the Spirit of God to gain ascendance over our entire existence.

 

We can have all the revelation and insight about the love of God in our developmental spiritual stages. We might be able to soundly and effectively write, preach, and teach about the mystery of God’s everlasting love. If, however, the strong romantic feelings about our negative past experiences, and the agonies of yesterday’s disappointment still remain and holds our psyche in captivity, am afraid, we cannot truly claim that we have freedom, or have sincerely entered into the experiential sphere of a lifestyle governed by the divine love of the father. Yes, we may abundantly be benefiting from the fruits of the father’s love, but we will lack the power to comprehend and effectively reciprocate such love to others even when we desire to do so.

What we consciously give up in the sacrifice of our feelings and the emotional psychology of pain that directly relates to the traumatic challenges, failures, and disappointments we experienced in the past is the due price required in advancing into that ascending, revelatory, experiential knowledge of the transforming love of the father in our lives.

Knowledge is always a tool that guides us into a realm of experience or the utilization of a required skill. The fact that we know, or have experienced certain things either good or bad does not mean that we have a keen knowledge of the meaning and purpose of such events or experience. The meaning of what we experience is only given when we have a deep, intimate, biblical ascended relationship with the Spirit of the Lord, who knew us and has planned all things to work together for his own good pleasure for lives.

A kingdom centered love is measured by what we are able to give up and continually release in our toxic emotional soul faculty than merely the knowledge we have of the father’s love. There’s just so much I know of the love of God that I have not received if you will, the capacity to engrain such truth into my daily walk, and that is because of the continual negativity one is faced with, especially amongst those who claim to love us.

The light of the father’s love can only shine perfectly where there’s the darkness of hate and unforgiveness. If we are unwilling to turn on the light of the father’s love in the midst of bondage, pain, and cruelty, how can we boast of knowing or having the love of God? Friends, there’s just so much we know in our spirit-man that cannot be applied to the dysfunctional soul state. We have to move beyond the position of acquired spiritual knowledge to the point where we can begin to effectively use such truth to pull down the negative, dysfunctional faculties of our soul in order for our spiritual walk to be perfected in Christ.

 

I had to start using each truth that came to me as a revelation to start tearing down all the false images and negative thoughts and imaginations I have allowed to build a wall within my mind. In my teenage life, I was told I will never amount to nothing, yet I knew I was somebody in search for an identity to become somebody. This is where my journey and passion for truth began. I discovered myself through the love I was shown in the fatherhood of God. Knowing that nothing can change how the father feels about me is liberating.

 

My greatest fear has now become my greatest weapon of creativity and advancing my kingdom assignment. Yes, there days I still feel like given up and running away, but the grace of the father is sufficient in reminding me of who I am in his eternal love, and this truth brings me freedom and allows me to press further into his ordained prophetic agenda for me. Spiritual freedom is an event, but the freedom of your entire life’s faculty is a daily experience that comes from you reminding yourself of who you are, and what the love of the father has achieved on your behalf.

As you get ready to close the year and step into 2018, you must remind yourself that you are a continual, working project in the hands of the Spirit of the Lord. Do not allow your present state of mind or feeling to hijack your ordained, prophetic destiny in Christ. See how far you’ve come with the Lord and where he is leading you. It’s time you also embrace the pure, undiluted love of God as you come to the end of yourself and the opinions of others about you.

 

SPIRITUAL ETHOS AND KINGDOM COMMUNITY.

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SPIRITUAL ETHOS

AND KINGDOM COMMUNITY.

Reclaiming the blueprint of kingdom community

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Acts chapter 4

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

 Act chapter 2

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

THE MATRIX OF KINGDOM ETHOS

In this scripture above, we are introduced to the matrix that shaped and defined the community life of the body of Christ and the institution called the ecclessia. 

These two scriptures can be said to be the summary of what the church ought to become in its progressive advanced stage of maturity and representation.

The world of the church is shaped and measured by what these scriptures declares, and I strongly believe that we are stepping into that arena where we are going to witness this kind of kingdom community across the world again even in greater measure of life and power. Anything outside the concept and value order described in these passages certainly do not represent the eternal objective of the father for his Body.

The quality of heart and soul that formed the foundation on which the apostolic spirit was released is much needed again today even as we continue to witness the shaking of everything the father has not defined to be his church. How we need the wind and fire of God again in our gatherings so there can be a clear demarcation of the profane from the holy.

It is evidently clear than we need to reexamine with clarity what constitute spiritual life and culture of the Saints. As we continue to reap the impact of biblical truth misrepresentation and foreign doctrines and ideologies within the body of Christ, we now need to rise to the task of drilling deep into the core of what a true apostolic community means and represent not just before the father, or the Church, but also before the world as the days of Daniel in Babylon and Joseph in Egypt. The nature of the days we live in no longer permits us to be presumptive, casual, or frivolous with our mandate of divine representation.

THE CHALLENGE OF TODAY’S CHURCH SYSTEM

There are several issues that has bedeviled the Body of Christ till this very moment; from the issues of wrong doctrine, inconsistent character lifestyle, financial misappropriation, excessive focus on miracles without biblical foundation, materialism and prosperity message, to sexual scandals from leaders and members of the church to the lack of effective visibility of the church in assisting the socioeconomic challenges of the very poor and vulnerable in society.

These unfortunate issues have caused many within and outside the church system to start challenging the legitimacy of some the so-called spiritual demands and practices within the Church community for example the idea of tithing one tent of our income to the church.

Many are now calling for the collapse of the current religious system of worship which is modeled after the worldly Babylonian system, and the fact is, many no longer believe in the denominational, episcopal concept of church leadership which is basically built on a worldly system of religious service. This certainly gives reason to why many now belong to the house church groups which are seen to be more open and honest in dealing with each other’s desire in the journey of spiritual discovery.

 Any religious system that segregates or disenfranchise people due to some religious rites and influences does not represent the eternal blueprint of Christ for establishing his Church. The church of Christ was not built on Peter like some erroneously assumed; the church was established on the revelation of Christ showed to Peter by our heavenly father.

 

CORRECTING THE MISCONCEPTION

A man does not initiate nor owns a church; a man whose life has been thoroughly processed and prepared in the school of Christ can be used to kick start the process of what the father desire to carry out through Christ Body, and once that is initiated, such a person must then allow the ministry of the apostolic/prophetic foundation to commence with Christ been the chief cornerstone.

The misconception of who owns the church in terms of how such assembly was formed has been a major controversy, and this should not be if there’s a clear revelatory insight to how the Lord desire his church to be birthed, formed and shaped. While the idea of initiating the birth of a church in a region may be given to a man, it is however impotent we understand that the church is own by Christ. He said I will build my church…

Christ is the builder of his Church, and his Church is not the building made of stones and bricks. Christ church is made of hearts and souls of men, united together in their eternal prophetic identity, values and callings.

The church is a body that functions as a coherent biological organism. Many have been subtly seduced to fix their attention more on the church as a business organization rather than a biological organism with a divine culture ecosystem, ordained to con-depend on each other’s creative part in providing the required nutrients and nourishments for each component of the corporate body to effectively grow and mature into Christ.  The church of the Lord is built and sustained through circumcised and consecrated hearts, called living stones.

The determination to confront the inaccurate definition and miss-representation of what church of the Lord and its leadership constitute in society has never been so under the pressure of media and government scrutinization, and If you ask me, I personally believe that this is the doing of the Lord to separate the wheat from the chaff. The church of the Lord cannot continue business as usual, things are changing very fast, and we must grasp the entire apostolic picture of the present demand of the house the father is constructing.

 

RECLAIMING THE CHURCH’S CULTURE

This material is not an exhaustive work on this subject but the piece of information here can help to kickstart a conversation of many of these issues that is crippling the maturity and advancement of the Church in this new epoch. We are in the consummation of an Age, as the dawn of a new spiritual season falls on us. We must learn to prepare to enter this new day of the Lord travelling light without any form of bitterness and confusion with regards to our position as members of the body of Christ.

Therefore, looking back to recapture the essence and ethos of the church, in my view is one of the most important subject if we must effectively advance into the 21st century reality of our mandate. Looking at Acts chapter 2 and chapter 4 we do not only see what culture constitute in terms of the spiritual ethos of the saints, but we also see in clear definition the very life essence and the objectives of the ecclesia as a community, ordained to wholly represent the new order of a kingdom civilization on earth.

 In this order of community representation, we immediately see certain powerful concepts that shaped the spiritual footing and the ecosystem on which Body of Christ was formed. These highlighted points, I referred to here as the main building blocks of the spiritual ethos [culture] of the ecclesia. These building blocks can be defined as the core base philosophies of a sound, biblical apostolic kingdom community:

An education and relational system

A sustainable spiritual life ecosystem

A powerful shared community faith system

A socioeconomic financial ecosystem

THE INVISIBLE WAR OF CULTURE

Here is a fact, for any mission or objective to have a resounding successful inroad in the society, its representatives must without doubt understand the vision, or what can be said to be the ultimate end of such vision.  Still, to only have the end in mind without considering the correctness of the vehicle, designed to drive such vision, which I choose to refer to as PHILOSOPHY, is to die.

 While the understanding of vision is highly significant in keeping the end of our assignment in focus, however, the philosophy that shapes and drives such vision must become the motivating arrowhead that guides the highly needed values and ideology for interacting and engaging others within society.  Culture is a powerful system, nations and societies for centuries have used to conquer, control, and even to push the influence of their political and economic crusade across regions.

The Babylonians and the Roman empires used the power of culture to assimilate the nations they conquered in war times. Culture seeks to target your identity, language, beliefs and diet. This very principle is still very much in use today by some of the world super powers.

It’s amazing to discover that many have never been to America, the United Kingdom or Europe, yet, these powerful western cultures bear their fingerprint in almost everything people across the world do, say, and buy. Many in Africa, especially South Africa whose economic socialist policy seem to be anti-west have been directly and indirectly assimilated by the powerful American cultural value system.

Culture has gone beyond the keeping of some moral codes as important as they are; culture has far exceeded the norms passed down by the traditions and beliefs of our ancestors. Today we see the progressive humanist agenda pushing to rewrite and redefine the understanding of what culture and believes means to our children, teens, and Millennials as the new normal of a post-modern New Age society.

New age culture has become the DNA that defines today’s, democratic, globalized, one world anti-Christ movement.  We live in a world of cultural battles; the ideologies that govern our beliefs, even as a follower of Christ, we are constantly embattled by strong foreign values and appetites that appeals to our soulish desires and preference.

Many of our church leaders, including husbands and fathers have lost the power of living by sound morally ordered manhood family ideology. Unfortunately for us, the enemy we are faced with today are fighting the battle of ideology and not of capital or materialism as the media will strongly want us to believe. Behind every dollar earned by the jihadist movement, there’s a clear aim to further push their ungodly agenda of destruction.

THE PHILOSOPHY OF MONEY IN CULTURE FORMATION

The Islamic Jihadist without doubt have almost penetrated every aspect of societal life. You find them across the major cities of the western world as their government tries very hard to keep their security operators equipped, which are usually seen as some of the best in the world.

The evil philosophy driving these crusaders of destruction do not mind intermingling with the richest in society, or the poorest in vulnerable communities in order to infiltrate these grassroot with their diabolic ideologies. Weak immigrational laws have allowed this ungodly religious philosophy to breed their evil seed within the most vulnerable within the society. They have taken the concept of micro economic principle to infiltrate aspects of the society government will hardly noticed, and before you know it, they have caused irrevocable damages amongst the most vulnerable of the society.

The church must change its attitude and philosophy of money if we are going to win the battle in this end of days. We cannot afford to have a church who merely sees and use money for its own personal enrichment, survival and material display, such immature frame of thinking has long become obsolete. Money is a tool to use in advancing true godly kingdom prophetic agenda. Having a strategic blueprint to how money and the church offering should be administered in our priestly assignment is the next challenge the Body of Christ must be ready to face headlong even as the church’s monetary system is under harsh scrutiny today from all aspects.

 The understanding of money and other forms of capital in driving the concept of a kingdom philosophy is highly critical if the church must advance in fulfilling her apostolic mandate in this season. In this season of kingdom agenda, our spiritual culture must be upgraded, or do I say, return to its original designed agenda.   We need a different order of priestly philosophy that clearly understand the mind of the father towards money in the advancement of driving sound, apostolic leadership and socioeconomic influence, especially in the marketplace.

 Money is a powerful economic tool that empowers the inner configuration of its bearer or seeks to control or own those who have less of it or more of it. It all depends on the configuration of the heart’s posture that drives its bearer.

Therefore, a follower of Christ without a sound spiritual philosophy when it comes to money, is like a group of individuals in the house of representative without full legislative powers to effect policies. When the assault against the church shifted to fighting the core footing of the church’s values and philosophy, the powers of darkness began to win its battle against the saints.

The enemy truly don’t care how powerful our sermon may sound, or how beautiful are our songs, nor does he really bother about the numbers of mega structures we are able to build as long as we don’t wake up to the true reality of our ascended philosophy.  Philosophy is what people with vision and objective live or die for, and that is becoming even clearer today. The church must now shift aware from an ideology of MERELY USING ITS RESOURCE AND GRACE FOR SELF-ENRICHMENT AND SELF-ENTERTAINMENT TO WHAT IT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR WHICH IS TO DISCIPLE NATIONS.

 

THE MSSING LINK

There’s a missing link in today’s definition and practice of Christianity that has made it so easy for it to be infiltrated and influenced by other strange religious beliefs and ideologies, and this missing link is the removal of what I term as the core spiritual tradition that defines our citizenship as a kingdom of priests and kings unto our God.

 The Church according to 1 Peter chapter 2:9. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. The word nation in this translation refers to a tribe or community with its unique own unique cultural identity. It is clear that what Christ came to establish is complete departure from the former philosophy of interaction and existence. Everything the ecclesia represent stems from the eternal order of the father’s counsel and designee; a pattern of existence that is a blueprint standard and pattern of how humans and society ought to exist at all levels.

In order words, we should not just be identified by our large numbers of gatherings, fine motivational messages, or better still, the mega structures we’ve built that are now call churches. The church is a spiritual entity with a definite cultural identity that ought to be identified by those highlighted four core pillars mentioned above. these foundational pillars are the definer of the ecclesia’s community philosophy of existence as the mandate of the kingdom advances in society.

The point is not just the physicality of what we have built, or desire to achieve in relating to those four ideals, but the spiritual philosophy behind them. If we understand that the primary mission of the Church is to redeem, reform, transform, and restore man back to the divine order in the garden, then we begin to appreciate the need to have a working system, with a technical framework that makes that mission a reality.

 Society should have a clear, definite holistic picture of who we are as it was seen in the first century when the church was born. The very first expression that was clear to then world about the church was its power of community. Ever before the church began to manifest the power to heal and perform miracles on people, the very first thing we see as a priority was its establishment of a powerful ecclesiastical apostolic community lifestyle according to

 2 Corinthians chapter 8

1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

The church as a kingdom community functioned within the framework a true spiritual unity; they first offered themselves to themselves before they ever gave of their belongings to the advancement of the course of their newly found organized community. You will notice from the very beginning that their power of shared community life gave everyone a sense of commitment and responsibility to see the establishment of this new vision to increase and grow beyond the influence of one person. Here is the pattern and I believe without doubt that the present concept of church has completely moved away from the blueprint.

As the nation of Israel was known and identified by its 12-tribal identity, we should also be clearly known and identified by our corporate apostolic kingdom culture with each one, reflecting its own unique life with the broader community culture.

Each of the twelve tribes of Israel carries a unique spirit and leadership assignment that cannot be effectively carried out by other tribes within the nation of God. For example, we know that the tribe of Juda was designed as the leadership arrowhead of the entire clan.

They’ve been chosen by providence to be the tribe that will release the anointing and Spirit of the Messiah to the world. The Levites are known for the priestly assignment within the house of God.  Every time the Lord desire to do something new amongst his people, the Levites are the ones that prepares the ground in terms of consecrating the heart of the people to embrace the desire of God amongst his people. They are also known as those who prepare the entire worship system that leads the people into the presence of God.

Their spirit is zealous in reaching and responding to the holy things of the father.  The point I am emphasizing here is, the community life of the church is a very powerful and unique spiritual principle that must be prophetically understood in the place of building the civilization of the kingdom within earth.

I have always advocated that the heart of this third reformation of the Church of the living God will not merely focus on the message being preached, but will also zero on the very container [vessel] that will be carrying the message. In order words, the environmental life that will house the message will be as important as the very message itself.

The body of Christ can no longer afford a situation where we seem to be hearing the right thing, yet in the same breath the vessel and environment that conveys such message contradict the very life value and culture of the message.

This is hypocrisy at its best. To build an effective platform that will strategically influence society in a very strategic manner must require that will first build a powerful kingdom community with a clear defined cultural system and tradition.

DEFINING THE COMMUNITY OF THE SAINTS

If we refer to the church as the Body of Christ, or a kingdom community, we are then indirectly, or directly saying that we have a clear governing operating system with its own leadership values, socioeconomic philosophy and educational system policy that is generally accepted and implemented by everyone who belongs to the body of Christ.

And this community effectively operates within the larger society without isolating itself as a cult. The very essence of the body of Christ is to influence society, therefore, we are not referring to an idea of isolation here, but a concept of identity and the capacity to effectively resource what we stand for in terms of our calling and assignment within society.

A community by design is coherent, powerful, and effective in the sense that it has all the necessary lifeline components and inputs for its governance, socioeconomic development, productivity, sustainability and independence. The Church is an entity of biblical spiritual community that exist with a common objective to creatively establish the kingdom of God within every sector of human realm. If Adam was given the authority to govern the earth as a king priest before the father, and we see the second man, the last Adam who came to finally restore and consummate that same ministry assignment given to the first man in the garden, It’s obvious that we start focusing the heart of our apostolic assignment into the same frame of the ministry objective in this hour.

To reclaim back every aspect of what the first man lost in the garden in terms of the leadership of the earth, we need to spiritually identify within the community life each one’s grace and positional influence in order to effectively carry out our corporate mandate of restoring and administrating the earth according to divine order.

Meaning, the organs and faculties that defines both the assembling of the ecclesia’s life, and its strategic objectives are not just for the mere sake of interdependence on each other’s gift, resources and grace, but should be seen as a corporate entity that is integrated within the life of Christ to coexist within the common framework of a spiritual culture and citizenship.

Understanding kingdom culture

As we can see according to Acts chapter two that a systematic tradition was being established that will eventually define the framework of the culture that will form the foundation on which the kingdom of God is perfectly established.  Our understanding of culture or even the word tradition is one that has been greatly influenced by the humanistic view lens, and every time we try to understand or define spiritual reality through our inherited, societal frame of thinking, we will definitely not arrive at the right point of truth.

Now, if you try to get a definition of a culture from your secular dictionary you’ll certainly not arrive at the most accurate meaning of the word. Culture defines the commonalities of our identity, perspective, beliefs, character values, faith values, and of cause the shared hope and expectation of our callings and objectives as the body of Christ.  Culture defines the acceptable value system that drives a mission mandate and the philosophy of our common expression and expectation. The fact is, you cannot have any sense of spirituality without a powerful sense of a driven culture philosophy behind it; a sound kingdom culture is spiritual in all intent and purposes. As we have godly centered culture system, so we have perverted and corrupt cultures that promotes the activities of darkness within cities and regions of the earth.

A true, biblical culture does eliminate every form of humanists, racist, nationalistic ideology. The promotion of the unity of faith is only establish through the realization of the common culture we share in the revelatory life and nature of Christ as the Body of Christ.  The challenge we are faced with inside the body of Christ today is that people desire to practice Christianity without a set, defined, biblical cultural value system, and of course this is impossible.

Every kingdom, nation, society, or even companies and organizations establish culture to define the framework of who they are and what they represent. In other words, culture is what defines your identity, values or even services and product amongst others.  When there’s no clear definition and identification of culture within any environment, anyone can do as they wish; lifestyle, expectations and productivity become subversive.

Biblical doctrine is the very framework designed to help the church build a strong cultural philosophy. The believes and practice of Christianity is not just based on some good idea and spirituality passed down through certain popular beliefs and opinions. Biblical doctrines which are the overall teachings of Christ and his prophets and apostles established on certain practices and values system, ordained to release and produce a certain outcome of thinking and behavior that honors and glorifies the father through the power of our individual lifestyle.

To arrive at this kind of predictive community lifestyle within the body of Christ, we must embrace the ministry of sound, apostolic discipleship which is the platform that releases doctrine to the body of Christ. These doctrines which are coherent and consistent throughout the teaching of the old and New Testament lays the foundation to start building a powerful, spiritual community ethos that stand out as a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden to other nations.

 To build a powerful kingdom philosophy which is highly needed now, we need to return to the teachings of Christ. These teachings are filled with strategic, systematic layers of divine truths that enhances our ability to engage ourselves as the body of Christ, and earthly interactions and relationships without compromising our values or moral ethics.

Doctrine by design are biblical teachings that maps out the parameters of what is biblically accepted or rejected as the standard ethical, moral, spiritual values of anyone called to follow the ways and footsteps of Christ. Furthermore, biblical doctrines are principles and spiritual, moral codes taught with the objective to enlighten us in the knowledge, wisdom, ascended understanding of the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ as the only way, the only embodiment of eternal truth, and the very life that creates and sustains all things in heaven and the entire universe.

True doctrine doesn’t just give you good head knowledge, or theology, as many believe today; true spiritual doctrine, or what you may call apostolic doctrine, gives you the key to the power of lifestyle. A lifestyle that transcends your own limited definition and experience of a Church you grew up knowing, or how Christianity ought to be practice. Doctrine lays the foundation for the emergence and representation of accurate kingdom lifestyle with the power and the authority for representation in Egypt or Babylon.

DEFINING THE APOSTOLIC

The apostolic is not a movement.  The apostolic is the foundation and culture on which the New Testament church is built on, and it’s also that spiritual culture is which defines and establishes sound biblical doctrine within the society of God’s people. An authentic, balanced biblical doctrines by design, are the building blocks of a true spiritual ethos. Without a pure apostolic spirit, there can be no formation of the ministry of the ecclesia.

The ecclesia, which is the core representation of the body of Christ to the society sources its revelatory wisdom, knowledge, values and identity from what the ascended fivefold apostolic grace releases to her. The church by design and intent is apostolic because she is ordained and sent by our Lord Jesus Christ to represent its purposes and interest in society. Yes, we are in the day of the restoration of the apostolic ministry because it was one’s systematically dissolved in the church by the diabolic, Roman catholic spirit.

REESTABLISHING APOSTOLIC PHILOSOPHY 

From the beginning of time, the knowledge men received, and the manner in which such knowledge is received and interpreted by others, whether from a religious, biblical, spiritual viewpoint, or from a primitive, cultural, traditional view, or even from today’s secular, charismatic, modalism all stems from the degree of trust and willingness to defend what we believe.

What we believe, and how we came to believe what we believe is something I personally feel needs to be reconsidered as the battle of the last day church narrows down to that of the clash of highly powerful modern and ancient demonic philosophy that now seeks to redefine human culture.

Yes, the church carries the eternal, undoubted truth, but if the church’s idea of truth remains on the peripheral of what such truth can gain for our personal or even corporate growth without addressing the primary reason why the truth was given to us, then, this generation is at the risk of losing the ground of what defines us as Christ representatives. For truth to function in its true potency, it requires a define, spiritually processed thought system that is found on the very revelation and values of Christ our pattern for existence.

A NEW FRONTIER OF WARFARE

A thought that is completely shaped by an ideology that is governed by what I will refer to as an ascended, spiritual philosophy is a powerful, engaging tools system to face the forces of darkness and overcome them. Truth works within certain environment that creates a sense of love, wisdom, understanding, and acceptance of the entire counsel of the father’s will and desire without rejection. The truth is not just some information we know; truth is a life that works within a code system, ordained to change our behavior and perception and outlook.

Therefore, the mind faculties must be trained to accept and process truth in its total sense in other for such truth to permeate the entire philosophy of reasoning. The enemy hates the truth not just because of the information we are going to gain but because of the transformation and liberation such truth will cause to happen within families and societies. The more we embrace the tenants of sound, holistic apostolic truth, the more changes occurs within the frame of societal behavioral lifestyle.

Whenever the mission of truth is sent to reform and transform communities, there’s a powerful principality, assigned to frustrate such mandate.  The nature and objective of warfare have not changed as we see from the beginning. The old ideology the enemy used in the garden to deceive and lure man from the position of truth is still the same today. The only difference is, the manner and focus of attack has slightly shifted from how it used to appear.

The attack on truth today is coming through the utilization of secularism and liberal movement within the community of universities and other government institutions to challenge every kind of philosophy that tries to advance the idea of morality and exclusivity of truth whether from an educational, political, or economic perspective.

The agenda to methodically eradicate Christianity has majorly played out its role by mingling a false value system into the building model of the church’s assignment to reform society through the mission of apostolic discipleship.  Trying to neutralize the spiritual, ideological frame of existence of the 1st century pattern of the church community, which of course remains the authentic, legitimate apostolic footing of the church culture has in many ways strengthened the thrust of today’s capitalist, material driven secular Christianity.

One of the many reasons why we seem to be struggling in making inroads in our apostolic assignment as the church of Christ, most especially in the arena of having a passionate, Christ centered, kingdom driven, entrepreneurial believe system in the Southern region of Africa, and of course, the rest of the world, is because the Church and its faith values have been SEDUCTIVELY, and systematically drifted off the IDEOLOGY of being a KINGDOM ORIENTED PHILOSOPHERS.

When we consider this simple but highly profound definition of philosophy as the study of the fundamental NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE, REALITY AND EXISTENCE, one immediately sees the connection of our position and assignment as the church of the living God.

The increased battle the 21st century church is confronted with is that of the authenticity and acceptance of biblical truth from society. There’s no doubt that sound, biblical apostolic truth is what defines and configures the very footing, foundation, and pillars of our faith philosophy as sons of God.

Yet, when the enemy, through seasons of relentless attacks is finally able to convince some of our leaders and gatekeepers that the very substance of the truth our faith is anchored on is inaccurate and inconclusive, then we’ve got a huge problem that needs urgent doctrinal correction.

The fact is, when Christ gave the command to his church to go disciple the nations, what he was directly saying is, go (display) show the nations, including the Jews, Greeks and the Roman philosophers that his knowledge, wisdom, glory and the majesty of his kingdom is the ultimate of all philosophical standards and values of human culture.

 Emperor Constantine the great was generally known and accepted as one of the deadliest adversaries of the 4th century church; in fact, he was known as the one who managed to infiltrate and fragment the culture and philosophy of the church by merely recognizing and giving the church state political powers.

This emperor never fought the church with swords, bows and arrows. All he needed was to divide the church by giving the church judicial, legislative authority in Rome, which in turn weakened the core driving prophetic agendas of the church which is to win the state to Christ and not just a church organization. This powerful strategy Constantine introduced is still playing out on various levels of our assignment and engagement in Babylon.

 

Celebrating 500 years of Martin Luther’s reformation And the present state of the church, and way forward. Conclusion

  

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TRACKING THE CURRENT POSITION OF THE CHURCH IN

THE UTILIZATION OF THE PRESENT INTERNET

TECHNOLOGY AS WE CELEBRATE 500 YEARS OF

MARTIN LUTHER REFORMATION AND

THE PRINTING PRESS TECHNOLOGY

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

Conclusion….

In the past ten years or so, we have seen what some leaders referred to as ‘rebellion’ in the church, in the sense that many of their flocks now have open access to express their own view and experience of faith and spiritual encounters without necessarily standing behind a church pulpit, or some form of formal church gatherings.

And the fact is, most of these folks who now have internet access to utilize the medium of YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms might never have had the opportunity to be given the mic to share their experience and testimony of their spiritual dealings and walk with Christ because they are seen as spiritually unworthy enough to share the front role stage of the church with some of the ‘most spiritual’, and highly influential rich folks.

The world of internet and social media like your WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube has not only given the opportunity for everyone to express themselves, and learn something new, but has also given everyone the platform to become a voice, and of cause, hear the voice of everyone, regardless of their spiritual background and orientation.

REFORMATION AND THE HARLOT SYSTEM

Few days ago, the church and the nations celebrated 500 years of Martin Luther reformation. There’s no doubt that the turning-point of that reformation was the invention of the printing press that accelerated the truth coming out of the reformation tribe. The repressive religious system of the catholic church could no longer stop the reformation movement even with all their resources and manpower’s. The church and the nations were finally free, and the freedom came through the loss of many lives, but majorly through the printing press breakthrough technology that spread and accelerated the knowledge of the reformation.

Heaven finally crushed that wicked harlot system, called organized religion. The people of God through the ministry of the invention of the press and others who were strategically position for that season brought liberation to humanity. The back of the dark age was broken, and a new day of spiritual and social freedom was ushered into the earth through a company that will not be broken by the spirit of religious witchcraft and illegitimate leadership.

INTERNET, SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE SPIRIT OF REFORMATION

It is crystal clear as a noon day that the present church and the nations are in the midst of another powerful reformation just as it was in the days of Martin Luther. The father has also made available to us the technology and platform of the internet, and social media networks to express his current truth, which unfortunately has also been almost captured, and limited behind the walls of certain churches, organized religion, and what some call apostolic networks since the late 80s.  The release of the internet platform and the establishment of powerful social media has indeed accelerated the move of God in this season in a manner most pastors and church leaders are afraid to face.

The reality is, the false narrative they’ve built in the past in terms of how the want their congregation and the rest of the world to view them has been knocked down through the open source internet platforms. Since pride, deceit, and arrogance were the strong driving force behind their guardedness and protectionism philosophy of ministry, and the Lord desire his people to be built up so they can step into their ordained destiny, the father had to create these interconnectivity social media hub to spiritually speak to his people in a manner that will instruct and equip them. Now here is the other side of the coin.

IMMATURITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW SEASON

Many of those who now have access to this vast world of internet and social media, like the children of Israel who came out of the land of bondage don’t have the right cultural value and understanding of engagement on this platform unfortunately. Many of them are ignorant, rude, prideful and carnal in their interaction.

Many things are happening on the social media platform in regards to the shaking and rebuilding of the foundation of the house of God that may seem confusing, and sometimes abusive of the grace and eldership of those who have been sent to lead in the spirit of this project of re-construction, and I quickly want to address this misguidance.

The internet and social media age is one of the greatest technologies of our time, given to build, empower, and leverage our capacity with those who have already been resourced with the necessary competence and skill and insight. The social media platform is divinely engineered by Christ to close all socioeconomic and religious/spiritual disparities.

Some of us who were living on stale bread of the 80s, or early 90s revelation of Christianity have been accelerated into the current speakings of the father in this new day, and I know that many are still struggling to adjust because we’ve not been properly adjusted and orientated on this new direction of interaction, but I am certain that we shall all be equalized as we allow the Spirit of Christ to lead us as we open up in the spirit of truth and honesty.

There’s no doubt that the internet Christian ministry is still very much in its developmental stage, at list here in Africa, and we need to recognize this in order to allow us to develop the right capacity and skill to manage how we engage on this platforms.  The spiritual regulation of how we utilize the social media in the process of the building of the house of God which is our lives must be addressed.

OVERSIGHT AND GUIDIANCE OF THE NEW DAY

The inability to strategically manager how we use the social media networks as Christians is almost truncating the very purpose of this strategic, prophetic global media platforms. Someone needs to start waking up to the very essence of the social media platform. We need to start teaching and correcting, even rebuking certain folks who uses the social media to express their own selfish agenda and ungodly way, that’s if they claim to be members of the body of Christ. If they are not member of the church of the Lord, we have no right to rebuke them but to correct them in love and that is based on what the word of God informs us.

The fact that we are not in a physical [building] house does not give us the right to discredit the ways and order of the things of the Spirit and the body of Christ.  One of the things I have noticed in my interaction online is to realize the nature of work that still need to be carried out within the hearts of many who are members of the body of Christ.

There are things we have assumed that are not necessarily accurate in terms of the ways and culture of the kingdom of God. We need to learn how to balance or maybe leverage the human and spiritual resources exposed to us through the social media in our physical gatherings and fellowship as members of the church of the Lord. I can understand why certain men of God try to stay away from social media, especially Facebook, and that it’s because of the arrogance, rudeness, and insensitivity of certain folks.

Some have actually tried to use the social media to correct and even rebuke their pastors and elders in the church, and this is completely not acceptable. If you have any issue with your leaders or pastor, you have the right as a child of God to call the attention of how you feel to your leader regardless of how he or she may view your point.

Yes, I do understand that certain men of God have actually made themselves none approachable even to their members. Even with such leaders you can still either send them a mail or text, and if they refused to contact you, you can then inform their pastor friends about your plight in the spirit of humility. And if they still do not give you the necessary attention, having proven that you’ve satisfied your conscience, you are then free to leave such a house quietly without bitterness.

THOSE WHO WILL ENTER THE NEW DAY OF THE LORD

I am highlighting this point because we are stepping into a new spiritual season that demands that we precisely understand the sacredness of what the father is bringing us into or else, we will be denied entering the promised land, just as we see with the children of Israel, except for Caleb and Joshua who was said to have a different spirit of excellence.

Please note that you cannot just go on social media to express your feeling without considering what the word of God says regarding what you about to say. Don’t think that because they’re nobody physically monitoring your words, comments, and post online in terms of spiritual oversight gives you the authority or license to say anything, or do anything you wish without consequence. You’ve got to remember that we’ve been given this window of social media opportunity for one reason alone and that is for the rebuilding of the house of God.

CHURCH IS ORGANIZED, WITH A BORDERLESS SPIRIT

The church is not just a gathering of stone of words and revelation if you will without a clear, constructive, directives and structures of divine intent. We cannot abuse this spiritual moment of divine release through the spirit of Cyrus and start playing games with heaven’s mandate for this now moment.

Secondly, the very life nature of our movement which is born in the Spirit of the love of Christ allows us to walk in the spirit of a unified administration of the various grace, gifts, and callings in a manner that helps to reach and disciple nations as we are commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ. One of my personal spiritual [duties] assignment is to provide sound, doctrinal teachings, sourced through an advanced prophetic wisdom in other to give clear revelatory knowledge and insight of the way, the truth, and the divine life of Jesus Christ, as the only operating system of the church as she engages the nations even through the social media platform.

PRESSING FORTH IN THE MANDATE

To allow another philosophy that is rebellious and frivolous to penetrate the camp is to allow ourselves to be capture by the spirit of Egypt. The almost reliance of our identity and survival through the aggressive western, humanist culture is to abdicate the future of our movement to the hands of Pharaoh and Babylonians system of government which has already capture certain souls within the body of Christ. There is an urgent need to stop building randomly and start structuring systematically according to the spiritual pattern given to us.

The knowledge of the operation of the kingdom of God built through sound spiritual values and governmental system must be understood and followed to the letter in this season of systemic spiritual warfare. The vast reality of the released values and principles of the reformation and restoration of the house of God, through the hospice of a sound, apostolic system in dealing with the issue of immaturity and the protocol of divine interaction in this epoch must be firmly understood and utilized to the maximum.

Heaven has provided the body of Christ the tool of internet and social media to fast track our kingdom initiatives, and it is left to us to seize this moment before it’s too late in carrying out our prophetic mandate. We need to readjust our hearts and wineskin to this new direction of the Lord as we corporate with the Holy Spirit to guide and lead us as we build a system of kingdom lifestyle that can interface between a terrestrial and celestial church system.

The resources available for this present church must be clearly understood and utilized in a manner that should further build and empower the corporate body of Christ even to that reality of kingdom mandate in the 21st century. The way we see the body of Christ and the administration of church relationships and interaction, especially on cyber community must now be precisely redefined and upgraded with full flexibility, yet without compromising our apostolic doctrinal assignment and spiritual stand in engaging the high places.

 

The wineskin, or structure  of  past reformation emphasis is no longer good in sustaining the kind of momentum required to express the life of God within a humanistic system of thinking. learning to rep[resent the present prophetic voice of the father for the nations through the world of social media cannot be compromised. We must be very careful of how we represent our calling, grace and gift on social media and other platform of interaction in this day of the shifting of season.

This platform has no mercy for carnal frivolous behavioral lifestyle. Projecting wrong values and contrary principles within the walls of your church can lead to a serious backlash on social media because you don’t know who is listening and recording you. The issue is not about being overzealous by monitoring what we say in public; the issue is rather about challenging ourselves to align to the kind of life heaven has ordained for us both as leaders and followers of Christ.

We must raise a spiritual standard that is ten times better than the hypocritical system of Babylon. We must use the social media platforms and the rest of the technologies available to advance the knowledge of the kingdom of God especially amongst the Millennials.

We cannot afford to be weak or shortsighted in our engagement. We need an upgraded spiritual template with a strong prophetic spirit to marching on towards that place of impact. This is the best day for the church of the Lord.  This is a new spiritual season for the Body of Christ. Welcome to the third day of kingdom manifestation.

 

HOW TO IDENTIFY A TRUE PROPHET

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HOW TO IDENTIFY A TRUE PROPHET

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Quite often today, we are becoming over burden by the lingering effect of the false ministries of the prophets all around, and so we tend to focus more on how to identify these false prophets, and I believe we still need to do more with regards to this unfortunate reality in the body of Christ.  However, we seem to be neglecting a critical aspect that can enhance and accelerate the issue of dealing with these false prophets which is a strong capability to effectively identify the true prophets when we meet them.

The ministry of false apostles and prophets are almost clouding our judgement to discerning and recognizing those the Lord has given to us due to their seemingly simplicity of lifestyle. This is a vital point that needs a sound ministry of a teaching priest to bring clarity and balance in our spiritual discernment.

Therefore, I will be sharing a few valuable points here to help us recognize a true prophet if we have the privilege of meeting one. We don’t want to be caught up in trying to identify the negative while we can no longer recognize the authentic. Do you know that almost 90% of the prophet’s ministry is an expression of a behavioral lifestyle, embodied within a value system that is synchronized with the value standard, passion, and principles of the Spirit of Christ?

Every aspect of a prophet’s existence and interaction either with the Body of Christ, the Church, those outside the church, and creation generally all carries a specific prophetic agenda that could either be defining the very approved order of the father, or be found aggressively challenging the compromising, corrupt lifestyle of what he sees on ground, especially within it’s immediate geographical matron.

 

The prophet, by default design, carries a strong governmental capacity to challenge and confront anything, or person, especially within the body of Christ found to be playing a double standard with the things of the Spirit. This we see in the life of Paul as he confronts the compromising character of apostle Peter according to Galatians chapter one.

The entire life history of a true prophet is more of the message than what you hear him articulate. Ninety percent of his message is not taught by words, they are rather caught by coming under his heavenly climatic atmosphere and environment. The imprint of his message is more of a regulation of a life, and the administration of his personality as he adheres to the Spirit of Christ as the bearer of the ultimate testimony of the Spirit of prophecy.

 

 If you desire to know a true prophet, don’t just take his words on a face value, or his ability to perform miracles, signs and wonder as the approved hallmark of his calling, you must be willing to vigorously listen, study and discern the strong hand of the Lord upon his or her life from the beginning of his day on earth.

The constrains, restrains, and the strong [guidance] leading of the Spirit of the Lord in his movements of leadership influence are all parts of the defining factors of the very nature character and identity of the prophet’s life and assignment.

The authenticity of his calling and refining processes is usually defined by what is demanded and taking from him than what he receives, or giving to him, as the case is in our lower level of revelatory understanding of heaven’s provision. What he is not, defines more of what he is as an approved standing before the father, than what he is before the eyes of his fellow brethren and the rest of the world. He’s value and measure of approval is completely different from the general acceptable charismatic [gift] standard of ministry.

A life of a prophet, the heavenly man, is a riddle; a proverb, and a symbol of things that was, and is, and yet to come. His entire being embodies the living message he is sent to preach and represent to those he’s been sent to. However, only a hand full of saints, who through the fruit of humility and brokenness can effectively read the ways and ministry pathway of a sent prophet. When they say come, that’s when he says my time has not yet come, and when they say to him, let’s go, that when he tarries and remains; he is a constrained man.

He does not dance to the popular rhythm or sound of the day. He or she only responds to the melodious sound of heaven.  A prophet’s agony, burden, limitation, lack, wants, needs, increase, open doors or shut doors are all part of a grand designed purpose, ordained to bring the judgment of the Lord, or the eternal realities of his kingdom closer to rebellious communities and the earth in general. He’s inadequacies, creativities, influence, relationships, rejections or acceptance by others are all part of his life’s message and speakings of the kingdom life order to those around him.

His life is an atmosphere of creativity to some desiring life and productivity, while he may also be the very rod of the fathers to a wrong, corrupt, deceptive atmosphere or environment. He’s entrance, and departures are deep prophetic messages from the father that cannot be taken for granted within a church community or the larger society .

He does not seek the glory, fame, or favor of men. He has learned to wait on his father to send all his supplies without hoping in man’s provision. Yet, he is extremely cognizant that the father will often use the least people around or from afar to meet his needs, and when those needs are met, he does not continue to look up to the same people, means, or method the father used yesterday for his today’s provision. For a man can receive nothing except it is given from above. [John 3:27]

These are some ways and value standard of identifying a kingdom centered prophet.      

 

TRACKING MATURITY IN TRANSITION PART 3

 

 

 

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TRACKING MATURITY IN TRANSITION PART 3

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

 

 2 Timothy 3:5

 Having a form of godliness but denying its power.

Have nothing to do with such people.

PRESUMING SPIRITUAL MATURITY

To presume, and generalize knowledge, and the progressive experience in spiritual subjects is to make one of the greatest errors in the art of spiritual journey. Spiritual things from biblical perspective are often not related to formulas. Secondly, when it comes to the issue of Spiritual maturity, you begin to talk about the reality of kingdom principle and Christ lifestyle which is alien to what many have come to believe and accept as Christianity today.

Most of the teachings and traditions being practiced in our Christian gathering and denominations are clear extension of the refined Roman-catholic spirit and Judaism, traditional practice. These two school of thoughts are the most influential customs that influences what is today known and called the Christian religion, and of course, they are not consistent with what Christ established as his ecclesia.  You must have noticed that these two-main influence, with many others carries a form of godliness but denies the power of true biblical value relationship.

 

A FORMULA OF RELATIONSHIP, WHICH ONE SHALL IT BE?

A formula by design, will always give a predicted result as long as your calculation is defined and precise in relating to your expected end result. However, in spiritual dealings and realities, you can accurately get all the formulas right and still not arrive at your predictive, expected result. Why? The father never intend to relate with his body of earth from a mentality or perspective of some formulas or laws.

Yes, in our early days of salvation experience, we might assume that the Father can be related to from a position of certain formulas. Example, I could still remember when I was growing in the Lord, often times when I pray regarding certain issues of need, I will usually get my prayer answered almost exactly the way I have requested it. I had somewhat mastered the formula of my approach to God in terms of what I desire him to do in my life, and to some level, it seems the father was playing along in relating to me in terms of those limited, somewhat religious mind frame I was using to approach him.

I was innocent, naïve, or even ignorant regarding the ways of the kingdom. In fact, back then, am not sure if I do understand what salvation truly mean and how to experience spiritual life within my new relationship with the Father. All I did was an extension of what I see many do around. I didn’t understand that there’s anything like spiritual development, or the right protocol value of approaching the things of the kingdom.

All I understood was the language of the word of faith; confess it and claim it, and then, a lot of hypes in my praise and prayers; and of course, a passionate sense of worship without necessarily understanding what i was doing as long as there’s result. I was result oriented and not principle and value focus like many back then.

If I can just pray the more and worship with more passion, God will answer my prayers. As you can see, my motive of doing those things was already predicated on what God can do for me, rather than, doing those things because I am a son, called and chosen to give glory to my father who has already given all things to me.

 

RITUAL OR SPIRITUALITY?

 The unfortunate thing however was, these powerful spiritual principles of approach back then were taught from a perspective of what I can gain, or get in return for my own personal benefit. Basically, this concept, or idea of spirituality is a user-friendly philosophy of spirituality’. Everything is passionately pursuit as long as it is going to personally bring me blessing, increase, promotion, and prosperity regardless of the alternative father may have in store for me.

As you can see, the principles were right, but the motives were completely wrong. Unfortunately, this is still how many are approaching the things of God which is formula based. This is an approach of a slavery, orphan spirit many are still expressing in their spiritual quest.  The father does not desire to deal with any of his children from this fallen, humanist, religious value. Formula is a deep reflection of the ministry of the law still operating in our lives.

We are called to journey in the redeemed nature of our spirit in true relationship; a relationship that is born out of trust, faith, and complete obedience to the ways and life of the kingdom of God.  The term relationship is one of the most abused and misunderstood words today both in the body of Christ and generally in society. And this is a deliberate, strategic plan from the kingdom of darkness to corrupt, dilute, and desensitize the power and value the word, like many others within the hearts of men.

 

 

 WHEN SPIRITUALITY MEANS SOMETHING ELSE

There’s no strategy as powerful as reducing or nullifying the meaning of something in the public domain until such a thing means something else from its original meaning of intent. This is one subtle way the enemy has tried desensitizing our spiritual sight and values, especially in this contemporary age. The battle to reduce the meaning of words, and discredit the power of God’s values and philosophy is an ever-increasing warfare in our time.

We live in a day where truth is viewed as relative philosophy. in order words, there’s, truth is no longer absolute. With such false frame of thought, anyone can give their own interpret to what they think is correct with regards to moral values or even biblical principles.  People now have the audacity to challenge the truth and value behind every word spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ.  Keeping the true meaning and intention of words in its original, intended, context has become a critical to objective in maintaining the very essence and value of kingdom truth.

The purpose and value of truth is reduced if the words used in conveying such truth is not clear or understood to be saying what it is intended for. Therefore, if I say I love you, and you don’t understand the original meaning and purpose of the word love, you will certainly borrow the general meaning and value system society uses to measure the value of what I am saying to you. This is a very serious matter that needs those in the apostolic ministry to clarify, at list this is one of the core objectives of those in the office of authentic apostolic governmental ministry.  Words are no more words if they’ve lost their very essence, values, and core objectives.

RELATIONSHIP, A JOURNEY TO SPIRITUALITY

Therefore, to say that relationship is the very essence of our spiritual development is a serious statement when we capture the true essence of the word term relationship from divine meaning and perspective. Relationship is the single tread that ties the mystery of the Godhead together in that order of perfect unity that makes them one in three. My point is, there’s more to understand in the very nature and life of God in relating to relationship than we can understand with our unregenerated frame of thought.

The idea of formulating, rituals, and laws is easily understood from the carnal, humanist frame of thinking, but God does not live in such a realm. Even when he gave us the law, a type of formula, was for the objective of schooling us to understand certain fundamental principles required to build the necessary character values having been in living in a slavery, abusive lifestyle for a long season. It’s more challenging to manage freedom if one has been in bondage for as long as one can remember.

You need to set certain guidelines and rules in place in order to protect those coming into this freedom. Freedom can soon have turned to self-bondage when the right values and understanding of lifestyle has not been inculcated. This is what the Lord did when he gave the children of Israel the commandment of approaching him and relating to one another in the camp.

The moment we move into the art of living according to his eternal design, the good, elementary principle of formula and laws no longer suffices or applies to us because we’ve transited into the lifestyle of covenant through the blood of Jesus Christ, for this is the heart of our calling in kingdom order of relationship.

UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUALITY

Back to the point I was trying to make about the idea of maturity. I have highlighted all this explanation just to make this important point that I hope you’ll now be able to appreciate. You cannot presume or jump into conclusion when it comes to spiritual development and maturity. Therefore, to assume the fact that you stand shoulder to shoulder with your teacher at school, or boss at the workplace suddenly makes you equal with them. Or better still, to assume the fact that you have the same matured body features and figures with your parents suddenly makes you equally matured as your mother or father is indirectly placing a curse on your own head according to the word of God.

Maturity, in particular, spiritual maturity, is not merely defined by a person’s Age; if your definition of maturity, or the respect of individuals is merely limited to their age gap, or material acquisition and influence in society, then you’ve certainly proven that you lack the knowledge of basic life principles and the core values that drives human existence.

 I see this sense of disrespect within the body of Christ in the name of spirituality, especially on social media. If you have ‘knowledge’, such knowledge, regardless of how potent must function within an atmosphere of humility, honor, wisdom and respect. If your knowledge or quest for knowledge exhibit pride and arrogance, you have nullified the law that makes truth work within your life, and therefore, you will be rejected from accessing divine things.

The template that gives you the code to access spiritual revelation is a template of humility to those who are given the mission of spiritual apostolic stewardship. Because many have not been taught that spiritual things operate through the ministry of what could be liken to the ministry of certain folks within kingdom called gatekeepers, they assume they can just walk into the presence of the father to ask for anything in terms of spiritual revelation.

THE PROTOCOL OF BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY

Spiritual things work through divine protocol and these protocols works through certain underpinning value systems that interfaces between heaven and earth. If you lack the knowledge of the ways of the Spirit, you will be denied access to the ascended life of God, or the things of his kingdom, especially in a position or atmosphere where there’s a corporate gathering of the Saints.

There are people within the body of Christ who are designed over regions to be portals of revelatory access. These elders at spiritual gates of nations, cities and communities regulates and carefully administrate the apostolic construction, or prophetic engagements that generally flows into regions and atmospheres according to heaven’s divine season. This is the idea behind the church and the angel position within the seven nations in Asia minor according to the book of Revelation. Those churches are planted to regulate the spiritual, socioeconomic, and political destiny of their cities for Christ. They are the original governing leaders of their communities.

 

Celebrating 500 years of Martin Luther’s reformation And the present state of the church, and the way forward

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TRACKING THE CURRENT POSITION OF THE CHURCH IN

THE UTILIZATION OF THE PRESENT INTERNET

TECHNOLOGY AS WE CELEBRATE 500 YEARS OF

MARTIN LUTHER REFORMATION AND

THE PRINTING PRESS TECHNOLOGY

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

INTRODUCTION

 

 

This message you’re about to read is a generational truth. Meaning, this is not a general conventional message you’ll hear on Sunday. Generational truth can be defined as a truth, message, or revelation that cuts across our various levels of our spiritual orientations, perspectives and understanding.

It seeks to bring insight and wisdom where there’s been confusion with regards to the dealings of the father within certain seasons or epoch. Generation truth cuts across the atmosphere that binds us to a certain frame of spiritual thought, voice, or even dealt with in a particular geographical region or community.

This truth is usually transcendent of our limited revelatory knowledge or even spiritual culture and expectations. Its ultimate purpose is to effectively close an epoch or generation as it ushers in the next phase of the speaking of the Father without leaving any loose ends behind. Generational truth brings clarity as it bridges the division and schism within the body, especially in the area where heaven has begun to announce a new day.

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH, MATIN LUTHER’S KEY

I will start out this article from a backdrop of a similar sort of spiritual environment Martin Luther and the rest of the early church fathers found themselves in regard to the perversion of the word of God, and the entire spiritual culture of the church back in the early century.

By the time Martin Luther, who, himself, was formerly part of the religious, organized system of the Roman catholic church realized the sacrilege the catholic church had committed to the principles and value standard of God’s word and the body of Christ, he could no longer be satisfied, or silent with his religious monk practice, he knew he had to challenge the evil beast of Catholicism, defacing Christ, his kingdom, and the image of his church on earth.

When the Lord finally opened his eyes of spiritual understanding of the powerful principle of the just living by faith and not through what the Pop and the papacy’s tradition teachers, he was indeed ready to have a showdown with the entire Roman catholic church order.

 The courage to speak and challenge the falsehood was summoned through what he had encountered through the written word of God. As we know back then, the Bible was only available to the Pop and very few elites amongst the religious order of the catholic church. Ignorance and spiritual blindness was perpetuated back then by keeping the written word of God away from the general public. All kinds of lies, deceit, falsehood, occultism, and satanic practices had been brought into the Christian faith. In fact, the church had become a den of thieves and armed robbers. The house of God had become a house of idolatry and witchcraft practice.

 As Martin Luther was determined to find a way to break the spell cast upon the people of God and the nations through the cult of the papacy, we also in this sacred day of the Lord must be determined to break the religious, humanist  spell cast upon the present-day church.

There’s no doubt that the Lord Jesus Christ is now releasing the spirit of Cyrus across the globe with the mandate to restore his living temple across the nations, and this is being down through resources and technological capacity like the internet, social media and other strategic means required to fast the movement of the rebuilding of heaven’s initiatives.  This is the third day of the Lord; a day of the third reformation, and we are excited to be alive in this sacred season of the Spirit.

Those called, graced and processed for this present third day reformation must arise with faith, courage, wisdom, holy zeal challenge demonic powers, position to resist the advancement of the kingdom of God across the churches and cities.

 AT IT WAS IN DAYS OF MARTIN LUTHER

Today, there are powerful, seductive humanist western [cultures] philosophies that has been methodically mixed with today’s Christianity, just has we have African animalist beliefs and traditions, imported and mixed with biblical, spiritual philosophy, such that most of the understanding and knowledge that drives what is today defined or celebrated as Christianity across our cities, are powerful demonic, foreign values, sourced from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the spirit of the strange woman who has captured the souls of men; and of cause, the kings of the earth who have also decided to lay in bed with this woman.

These are the nature of the entities and personalities we have allowed to freely coexist with us in the guise of trying to fill the house of God with souls. Instead of the church capturing and influencing these nations with the eternal truth and culture of heaven, we’ve been rather capture and assimilated into their own Babylonian ways of thinking.

MY PROPHETIC BURDEN

Personally, one of my prophetic assignment as a gatekeeper, is not to merely guard the walls and gates of the ecclesia from the spirits of these foreign invaders, but to also make sure there’s preservation of the sacred order of our kingdom apostolic faith-life, and our citizenship identity as we continually engage with society in the advancement of our movement in the earth.

The idea of a sound, apostolic spiritual tradition has almost been eroded from today’s church. Apostolic faith tradition is that spiritual culture and identity the church of Christ was established on at its very inception, and yet, it is the list known and practiced in the body of Christ today. Without understanding the very culture and philosophy that drives the spirituality of the church, it becomes very easy to accept any form of spirituality as long as they sound good and feels good.

This explains why many church leaders today are subtly embracing the demonic New Age/ ancient Greek mythology philosophy.  The culture of the Christian faith is one of the most powerful virtues we have that clearly separates Christianity from other religions, especially the eastern religion that practice false piety, self-discovery, and a soulish philosophy of love.

NEW AGE AND THE SPIRIT OF SEDUCTION IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

 As the church continues to get bombarded by a foreign, humanist concept of freedom, liberty, and love in the name of democracy and the New Age ideology, we need to recapture our biblical definition and values system of Christ centered love in the context of what redemptive freedom is, and means to the overall development of our apostolic faith.

As we are expected to grow in all things into the full status of Christ as his body in this season, so we have to guide our understanding of precise kingdom community life and its interaction, so we are not misled by a strong spirit of the anti-Christ and delusion in the name of exercising spiritual liberty and democratic right.

The deception and seduction of freedom and self-actualization philosophy are some of the most powerful weapons the enemy is using today to lure many away from the pathway of sound apostolic community and their heritage in Christ. A precise, biblical concept of spiritual freedom is constrained and guided under the strong, governmental leadership of the Holy Spirit and his vetted apostolic elders at the gates.

Our liberty cannot be known or expressed outside the values and laws of the Spirit which are manifested through the nature character of the fruit of the redeemed spirit.   As long as we cannot adequately define to our people what sound apostolic community is and mains before the father and our gathering, we will remain potentially deceived by the ministry of the angel of light who is Lucifer himself. For as long as we cannot differentiate the false light from the true light we cannot fully appreciate the glory of God even when we are attracted by the father’s presence.

  The new age philosophy and interpretation of globalization is currently contending with the spiritual definition and meaning of a true, kingdom global order of Christianity. It’s important we separate these two in clear definition and values standard.

TWO GLOBALIZATION NARRATIVES

While we may both be expressing the same language of globalization, we, however don’t mean the same thing in values and objective, and I strongly believe we need to identify the difference. There’s no doubt about the current global church movement the Father is building today as we continue to witness the collapse of the prison walls religious bondage, manipulation, and authoritarianism in the church.

In the past ten years or so, we have seen what many leaders refers to as rebellion in the church in that many of their flocks now have access to express their own experience of faith and encounter with their heavenly father without necessarily standing behind a pulpit in their various church gatherings.

And the fact is, most of these folks might never have had the opportunity to be given the mic to share their experience and testimony of their spiritual dealings and walk with Christ because they are seen as unworthy enough to come share the front role stage of the church with some of the ‘most spiritual’, and highly influential rich folks.

The world of internet and social media like your WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube has not only given the opportunity for everyone to express themselves, and learn something new, but has also given everyone the platform to become a voice, and of cause, hear the voice of everyone, regardless of their spiritual background and orientation.

 

to be continued…

 

I AM AN AFRICAN

 

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I AM AN AFRICAN!

Happy Heritage Day!

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

I am an African with the heavenly heritage and identity. I am an African whose grandeur of beauty, honor and glory speaks of an eternal heritage found in the ancient of days himself. I am an African whose life story speaks of war, yet victorious. I am an African who refuses to be crushed down by the forces of fear, diseases, poverty limitation, and systemic marginalization. I am an African whose lineage speaks of creativity, productivity and prosperity; I am an African with a rich inheritance of wisdom and great honor among the commonwealth of nations.

I am an African whose life is rooted in the rich history of men and women who stood to defend their place, position, and the rich heritage of their identity before time began. I am an African who refused to allow the history of the dark days of slavery to alter its narrative of a dignified continent. I am an African who is highly informed and reformed by the knowledge passed down through the passage of truth discovered in the holy writes about how the gospel of the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ came to Africa from Jerusalem.

I am an African who understood that the gospel of redemption has always been connected to Africa and Africans, right from the days of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the commission of the first missionary of the gospel to the then known world by Paul and Barnabas.

 I am an African who knows without a shadow of doubt that the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is not a white man’s gospel as a narrow-minded ideological folks would like the world to believe. I am an African whose image and likeness is found in the Spirit and life of the Godhead, yet connected with a highly rich Yoruba culture.

Yes, I am a Yoruba from Nigeria, with a profound, colorful heritage; an heritage who prides itself in the honor of an exceptional educational heritage, creativity and strong leadership spirit. I am an African that was taught to respect, honor, and serve my elders, farmily, community, and the nations.

I am an African who is not bound to a narrative of a third world ideology; for I have always been in the mind and thought of my heavenly father, the creator of all races, tribe and nation.

I am an African with its root enriched in the understanding that my place of birth is part of my prophetic call and assignment in the shaping of my development and movement towards the place of my prophetic assignment in destiny.


 I am an African with an identity that is void of insecurity or disenfranchisement; I am not disadvantaged of opportunity because I know who I am. My identity and heritage is one that is way beyond how racial limitation, socioeconomic boundaries, nationalism, and the false, progressive, humanist globalist believe system sees the world.

 I am an African with deep spiritual root and creative resource. My root is deeply established in a culture of life that is more ancient than that of the Israelites, the Egyptians or the Ethiopians.

My philosophy is far more superior than that of the Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, or even what is defined as the first world Europeans. My culture is stronger, richer, and even more powerful and complex than the western world ideology of nationhood and capitalist economic advantage.

I am an African with a global identity; an identity that is eternal and borderless by design. I am an African that sees beyond my color, language, or position. I am proud of who I am and what I am becoming as an African, global kingdom citizen. I am proud and please with my dark skin and black hair for I am fair and wonderfully made by the hands of my creator in his image.

I am an African that is truly awakened to the true origin and lineage of my ancestors. Men and women found in the holy writes of God’s word. Ancestors who journeyed and transformed the earth with a culture of faith, hope, and love in their creator.

 I am an African with the bloodline of the second ADAM, ABEL, ENOCH, ENOSH, NOAH, ABRAHAM, AND SARAH, JOSEPH, DAVID, and many other holy men and women.  I am an African whose life and heritage is not tainted by the slavery of the past. I am an African with a redeemed spirit and transformed soul to love, care, nurture, and nature my sons and daughters in their true eternal identity. My heritage is not one that is burdened by lack, poverty, and exclusion.

 

I am an African with hope of future possibilities. I am an African given the authority and power to redeem, inform, reform, transform, and ultimately restore my generation, both white, colored and blacks to their original identity, place and authority before the fall. I am an African, and I am proud of my heritage as an African.

Making sense of this new spiritual season

 

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Making sense of this new spiritual season

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

There are dimensions of spiritual truths and realities coming into focus in this hour that can only be understood and practically applied through the various prisms of spiritual sight and understanding. Since interpretation of spiritual [things] realities are often regulated by the various levels of revelatory insight, wisdom and maturity, we are thus expected to precisely understand the kingdom required standard for us to measure up to at every stage of our growth, maturity, and transition.

Yes, we do know that our lord Jesus Christ is the perfect measurement standard for our ultimate maturity, but then, the fullness of Christ is hidden within the various revelatory dimension of grace and truth locked up within men and women whose lives model the pathway to that place of Christ fullness. For instance, there must be a coming into the operating value system of Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Esther, Joseph, Elijah, David, and so on.

There are highly effective, powerful, kingdom truth and value system within the lives of these men and women that must be triggered within our own spirit in order to come into the confluence of the nature and glory of Christ stature.

These are not just old testament heroes as religious spirit will have us believe. These individuals are divine technology that enables us to journey beyond the walls of religion and false humanist philosophy into the very operational life of true kingdom lifestyle.

In our movement to Zion, the place of perfection, we must carefully monitor the various process mechanisms and seasons of development as we journey further towards that point of perfection in Christ.

We must know and be able to articulate the measuring yardstick of the father for each new season of our lives, such that when we reach the zenith of such season, we can easily transit into the next order of the life without struggling as the case seem to be with many of us today. For we have not a permanent city, must we are seeking that which is to appear in Christ. Looking for some kind of permanent structure of existence here without transitioning into our inheritance in Christ is the mistaken decision anyone can make.

 The opening of a new season of truth ushers in new dimensions of spiritual emphasis and realities that must enhance our former position of knowledge and grace as we forge ahead into the next level of maturity.

The challenge is, if what was embraced or believe in the past does not represent the counsel and order of truth, we will suffer a great challenge moving on with the Lord to his next level of spiritual demand.  What we’ve experienced and even celebrated as a position of an ascended light from one dimension of truth will now be tried and tested with the pressing in of a new and a higher position of kingdom truth being ushered into our various realms of existence.

Every operating system of our existence will be challenged and scrutinized if they actually meet the required standard of engagement in this new day of the Lord. Nothing will be left out to assumption. Every aspect of our believe philosophy will be brought under the scrutiny light of the divine standard.

All that we’ve built in the former position of a celebrated light of truth that doesn’t reflect the full image structure of Christ that is required for development for such season will be adequately refined, adjusted, or even discarded to make way for the most excellent representation of such truth to be properly understood and well seated within the structure of our existence as the body of Christ.

 Our former positions of thirty and sixty-fold of spiritual knowledge or wisdom now need to be calibrated as we approach the borderline of the kingdom age. A new day of the lord is surely before us, and it’s beginning to make demands that are not easy, and we must respond with the right attitude of faith and trust.

The capability to press into the required confluence of equalized truth within our immediate family, region or nation, demands that every member of the ecclesia is thoroughly furnished and equipped with the right kingdom template and structure of what defines the house of God and life in the kingdom.

The spiritual competence that is capable to precisely absorb, and process the current weight of governmental response to the challenge of this season will be one whose prophetic spirit has been seasoned and processed through seasons of divine refinement and maturity.

Those who have allowed themselves to be adequately taught and (discipled) mentored through the ministry hand of the potters in shaping them into his preferred, designed order in the school of the revelation of Christ will be those whom heaven will be releasing to take their rightful place at the gates of apostolic succession at the gate of representation before the nations.

To these individuals, the prophetic or the apostolic ascended ministry has changed from a gift based understanding, or a titled driven mentality to a well, developed, matured, operating DNA of their restored identity and culture in Christ.

We are now moving beyond the emphasis of a gift to an origin of life, designed to redeem, reform, transform, and ultimately restore creation back to its ordained place in the father. Such position of orientation will fast track the coming of our lord and savior back to this planet without delay. Behold, the former order of perceiving and engaging what we know as the ministry has drastically changed for good. New wine now requires a new wine skin of orientation. Can you see this?

 

THE BOOK OF THE GENEALOGY OF JESUS CHRIST

 

 

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THE BOOK OF THE GENEALOGY OF JESUS CHRIST

A prophetic perspective into your spiritual heritage and bloodline

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Mathew 1:1

As the father draws my attention to this fascinating scripture, I once again saw the importance of the body of Christ, not just to identify with our physical place of birth, regardless of how wonderful we might have cherished such upbringing, or how dreadful and traumatic the experience of such place still lingers within the walls of our imagination and memory.

The emphases I felt the father was drawing my attention to was to reexamine the meaning and role genealogy played in his progressive, redemptive, and restorative program of his Son. I realize that the body of Christ in this crucial epoch needs to rediscover and encourage itself to prophetically embrace its authentic, spiritual [identity] genealogy, which biblically is more important and relevant than any natural family lineage, regardless of how noble or royal such lineage might be according to John chapter 3.

 

Genealogy is a powerful mystery

Genealogy is a powerful mystery, embedded within the realities of human life and its highly complex, sociocultural definition and protocols. Our lineage is a picture and a story of our identity, both in the natural and spiritual form.  Our lineage speaks deeply into why we are who we are and the hope of what we directly or indirectly long to become.

The invisible code of our identity pushes us towards a certain direction and preference, we may not necessarily be aware of but are there to determine our next move. We cannot deny or wish away from our genealogy.  Genealogy is deeply rooted within the very life of God within the human spirit. All lineages are traced back to Elohim, the creator of the heavens and earth. The vastness of his glory is reflected in the vast array of billions of stars born every hour. The human spirit, which is a direct reflection of the father’s image and likeness of the father tells us about this mystery of genealogy, connected to our eternal purpose and destiny in Christ.

It’s significant that I quickly state that genealogy is way beyond some elemental reality that can be touched and possess. Yes, lands, wealth and other material things are transferred from generation to generation. But true genealogy is a spiritual identity that can only be transferred and imparted through the divine bloodline of those who have been apprehended and summoned to be the custodian of the prophetic agenda of the father on earth. There’s a company amongst the sons of men, whose lives is a prototype of the ladder Jacob encountered on his way to Harran with angels ascending and descending.  [Genesis 28:10]

The prophetic [messenger] angels type of representation are the portals of the seasons of heaven on earth. They carry and announces shift in seasons; they connect and relocate each of God’s people to their aligned destiny in time. They are representatives of the prophetic the glorious, heritage of the commonwealth of heaven on earth. Heaven uses their location, position and seed to birth and initiates the advance prophetic mandate in time.

 

Why Abraham and David?

This is one of the reasons why Abraham was chosen and called to be the starting point of a new generation of heaven’s redemptive program.  Abraham was a very wealthy man who chose to leave behind what defines his wealth, custom and identity to listen and follow this God who introduced himself to him as his great reward.  David on the other hand, was a teenager whose heart was deeply in love with the God of his ancestors. His heart was searching for something outside the earth. His desire could not be met by things within the reach of this planetary system; there seem to be found in David not just a heart after God, but a passion to reflect and represent all of God’s purpose on earth.

I strongly believe that these are some of the qualities found in these two icons that connect the spirit of the Christ assignment to them. They became the lineage that kick-starts the process of eternal redemption of God in the earth. The prophetic program of the Father is connected and activated on earth through the powerful process of genealogy. For Christ Messianic assignment to become an effective, redemptive reality, he needed not just a body to legitimatize his function, but also a divinely selected, and a well approved, and prepared bloodline to execute such a mandate.

 As our natural birth connects us to a large family tree, so is our spiritual birth. We all have a spiritual genealogy that is eternally connected to our identity and character disposition. Our entire spiritual life is a formation of one seed that reflects two distinct characters, that of David and Abraham, as we’ve just noted.

There’s a uniqueness to your spiritual personality, calling and assignment that should not be mistaken or generalized by humanistic, or religious popular opinion. There’s a profound, prophetic utterance the father made after the fall of man in the garden that is still being fulfilled even to this season. This prophetic word, deals with the judgment of the serpent through the seed of the woman. Well, creation and the church are still tracking the ultimate manifestation of this judgement.

 Today we know that the seed of the woman was Jesus Christ, who journeyed from genesis and through the lineage of Abraham and David until he finally bruised the head of the serpent on Calvary and his ascension back to his father.

 I am very weary of the gospel that tries to clone everyone into one single identity, especially in the way we practice Christianity today. Your genealogy speaks deep into the core of your spiritual identity. It speaks into the formation of how you get to the place of concluding on certain knowledge and beliefs within the universe of Gods prophetic purpose which ultimately leads to how you respond to your spirituality and assignment.

 

Tracing your spiritual lineage

Who we are as believers and followers of our lord Jesus Christ carries very deep, rich, spiritual history that must not be taken lightly. Each of our spirits, and the proceeding formation of the fruit of spirituality carries a DNA code that can be traced to certain individuals within the world of our assignment. Every born again, spirit-filled believers are members of a divine clan, representing a vast, corporate, life within the bigger framework of the father’s eternal, prophetic counsel.

You may be part of a church organization, or may even be given a post of leadership, but that place or position may not truly resonate within the core identity of your spiritual genealogy, and therefore, you’re not able to perform and produce to the fullness of your assigned, spiritual capacity.

This is something I have personally witnessed, but highly challenging for many to accept, especially if you are a pastor who have labored and invested into people to be part of what you’re building. In my years of pastoring, I have had the painful experience of releasing some of our most gifted and resourceful members of others ministry. Initially, the experience did not sit well with my spirit until the father began to deal with my heart regarding the matter until I realized their leaving was not just for my good but for the general advancement and building up of the kingdom of God.

When we build to own and not to release, it will be highly difficult to positively respond to this kind of teaching. This is a day of the restoration of lost truth in order for the house of God to be perfectly constructed according to divine order. Our function in the kingdom is far bigger than the little empires we have built for ourselves in the name of ministry. The ministry is the Lord’s and not ours.

 There’s a company of people you belong to the kingdom of Israel that enhances your grace function better in the eternal prophetic order of heaven. Please do understand that this does not mean that the house, or its leadership is doing something wrong; in fact, this experience has nothing to do with right or wrong. This is more about proper alignment that allows for effective functioning of our assigned destiny.

This is about where and who you’ve been divinely connected to with the prophetic plan of the father. The entire twelve tribes are the very identity and the summation of the nation of Israel, but each of the tribes carries its own unique image, purpose, and assignment that clearly distinguish them from the rest but also complement the rest.

 I’ve seen so many today in the body, especially among some of us who claim to be part of the apostolic reformation community who either lack the divine knowledge and the operational principle of the genealogy order of operation. Yes, there’s been so much emphasis on fathering and the orphan spirit, yet, little have been discussed or even mentioned regarding the rich life, embedded with the mystery of spiritual genealogy.

I’ve discovered that the main motive for our one-sided teaching emphasis on fathering and sonship is mainly centered on the whole issue of gathering more people, influence and resource for our individual camps and networks, and not really about the core issue of spiritual alignment and advancement of the body of Christ to maturity.

The order of heaven is designed in such a way that every one of us is a reflection, or do I say, an extension of someone’s spiritual experience. For example, the person who led you to the Lord, and maybe discipled you has a part of his or her spiritual DNA impacted into the building blocks of your spiritual edifice.

Although in most cases, we hardly realize or recognize this fact, and when we do, we pretend as if it’s not a big deal. In my own case, I could still remember two important people who played a major role in my discipleship development. If not for these two individuals, am not sure if I’ll be where I am today regarding my spiritual journey.

Identifying your spiritual bloodline

Friends, it’s a fulfilling thing to be able to help members of the body of Christ in this season of great spiritual prostitution of truth and sacred things find their true identity and genealogy. The whole history of a person’s life and originality is encoded within his or her genotype. Your spiritual genotype carries the answer to your genealogy, including who are ordained to mature you into perfection in Christ.  The one who helped in developing your spiritual knowledge and awareness, to some degree, determines the quality nature of your spiritual orientation and identity.

Our spirit carries a journey of rich history; how you see and understand things either natural or spiritual is linked to various inputs and information data your spirit receives and process as true spiritual reality. The wholeness or fragmentation of your spiritual knowledge, to a large degree speaks into your understanding and process of your genealogy.

To realign yourself back to divine order and functionality, you must identify your biblical, spiritual bloodline, and am not talking about you tracing your root to some natural Jewish tribe in Israel like many are doing today in America or Africa.

This is a spiritual thing that the father that can only be done through the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit.  If your heart is truly searching and you’re open to the word of God, the Father will connect you to your place and tribe, and there you will truly find rest for your soul. Your eternal, prophetic assignment on earth is what defines your genealogy and tribal, kingdom community.

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 7

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A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third day ecclesia.

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

Part   7

theme scripture:

Romans chapter 5:1-4

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope

2 Corinthians 4:17

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

Romans 8:18

I consider that our present sufferings are not comparable to the glory that will be revealed in us.

Job 23:10

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Continuation.

We are almost toward the end of this explicit series on revelatory concepts required to access, and at the same time function within the accepted standard of the kingdom of God. However, there are still some crucial lessons and principles to glean through the life of the patriarch Job.  Job is a pattern that in the scripture that predates the rule of the Mosaic law, and speaks to us of the things yet to be revealed in this season regarding understanding the mystery behind trials, suffering and tribulation. 

It is important that we differentiate between the coming destruction upon those who out rightly reject the truth in Christ, and the process of tribulation appointed for every member of the body of Christ, ordained to refine and prepare us for the glorious appearance of our bridegroom.

To be that church without spot, wrinkle or blemish, we will surely have to go through the crucible of refinement.  In this part, we shall begin to zero into some highly crucial spiritual understanding as we engage the forces that are set in place to derail us from our ultimate assignment of becoming like Jesus Christ, the pattern Son.  

Part 7

 

A principle that predates the Mosaic law

It is difficult for many today to put themselves in the kind of position Job and his family found themselves, Yet, many of these people are the very ones promoting the whole concept of the return of Christ to earth without truly building and preparing the church to finish its assignment.  

We cannot begin to fathom what Job went through emotionally, spiritually and of cause, psychologically as he battled with the lack of the understanding of his wife and his highly zealous, religious friends, who are completely clueless of the transaction between the father and Satan to test the faithfulness of Job.

This transaction literally employed the ministry of Satan’s affliction to test and prove the [righteousness] right standing of Job before his maker.  Not even Job’s opinion was consulted before he was assigned this unprecedented tribulation. Job had no reference to what was going on in his life, nor his family, except that he later knew the father had allowed the test to prove the reality of his goodness, faithfulness and kindness which were all tested to the max. 

The tribulation of Job was pre-law, our tribulation and suffering will be post-law. If we are going to be a triumphant church like that of Job over Satan’s affliction, I am afraid, we must borrow spiritual pattern from this iconic spiritual portal. Learning to embrace pain, suffering, disappointment and tribulation for the sake of Christ needs to be taught again as a criterion for spiritual advance.  This is highly necessary due to the nature of the days we have stepped into.   

The virtue of pain received through the ministry of trial and tribulation, equips and positions us in an ascended quality of a spiritual experience that is precise and balanced, enriched, and fulfilling in the spirit of joy than someone who merely depend on some acquired third party info knowledge of the truth that is yet to be tried and tested through the crucible.

Today, there are so many restored spiritual principles, and values of kingdom truth to the body of Christ, yet, we seldom hear a well-balanced, biblical message on one of the church’s core fundamental pillars in building character stability which is the ministry of suffering and tribulation.

 

Tribulation, our school master

The word of God informs us that suffering is a type of a school master that prepares us for the wok of ministry. As the church regains its position and influence within the global community without compromising its stand for truth and justice, we are going to see and increase aggression against the values, principles, and model the church stand for from the left. Hence, there is a need to be adequately prepared for what is coming ahead. 

Jesus Christ, the son of marry was the earthly agent the father chose to house, carry and represent his prophetic agenda for the redemption of the Jews and the entire creation. However, Jesus had to learn a vital spiritual law and principle that prepared him to perfectly function as a true regent in the earth. Hence, the scripture said, he learned obedience by the things he suffered.

Obedience to the will of the father can only become possible when man’s will have been brought under the governing leadership of a well refined character lifestyle. This is totally impossible without submitting and yielding to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, which comes through total submission to the law of righteousness in Christ Jesus.

Only the law [principle] of the Spirit of life in Christ, not outside of Christ can set us free from the law of Sin and death. Sin and death reigns within the unregenerated soul. A soul whose faculties are yet to be given over to the Lord only give the enemy the right opportunity to influence its desire, passion and will.

We therefore see the Lord, in most cases, put the soul into certain difficult condition or position to cause a rude awakening for us to see things from a different view lens in order to make or accept the right choice, even when the choice may seem to hurt us at the moment but then we know that it will produce the harvest of righteousness. We can pretend to be what we are not without anyone ever finding out, but we cannot lie to God, ourselves and Satan himself. Consequently, our activities, decisions and agenda must be regarded in the light of these three entities for us to have lasting victory.  

As we press into the new day of the 21st century, we have begun to see a drift and shift in direction and agenda of what formerly constitutes as a norm in the past seasons of the church. Whether the 21st century church community is ready or not for the harshness and the persecution of the new, humanist millennial generation, we are certainly going to be seeing an increase in the ministry of suffering coming which in turns will be one of the most important virtues returned to the church as she gets ready to finally ready to engage Babylon.

Prophetically, the church is in the twilight of the last face of its existence from its former weaken and blind position as the day of the kingdom of heaven presses upon the dwellers of the earth. The closure of one age obviously leads to the reopening of another, which in most cases is usually more strong, glorious and majestic, at least from kingdom perspective. However, this truth, is not consistent with the kingdom of men, which we know rises and fall to become even weaker and more ignoble in all sense as revealed in the book of Daniel.  

Please do note, when I refer to suffering or persecution within the community of saints, I am referring to that painful, required dealings and experience every called, sanctified, disciple of Christ is duly ordained to face and go through because they have become a true witness of Christ. We are all called to be Christ witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost part of the earth. This command is far beyond the making of disciples. Being a witness also refers to a position where we bear the pain and assault for the sake of the gospel of Christ.

Make no mistake, some of the seemly unending domestic and family wars and the challenges you are faced with today may just be part of the process of your own tribulation, designed to build character, stability, and understanding in preparation of what you’ve been assigned and called by heaven to represent in the kingdom of God in days not afar.  

The two kinds of suffering

However, it is equally important I make a differentiation between this glorious call of spiritual development through suffering from some so-called ministry of exclusion and piety we see from the roman catholic monks who claim to have given up themselves over to some so-called life of poverty and suffering in serving society.

That’s what the word of God refers to as trying to pay your way through self-righteousness or good works, and this is completely far from what the lord is emphasizing and calling his church to embrace as we press into a day of engagement with Babylon. 

This is a suffering a man called himself into to gain, or find some so-called enlightenment. No amount of penitence or self-affliction can be accepted by the father. For our righteousness are like filthy rags before him. further still, I am not referring to a suffering one gets into because one broke a civil law, or engaged in some ungodly, compromising situation that forces the mighty hand of the law, or some punishment on you.

These are self-afflicted sorrow or suffering if you will. However, there’s a challenge, persecution or tribulation that you’re currently in because of the revelation of Christ and passion to ascended to the mountain of the lord. A tribulation that comes due to your desire to know and please the father through your lifestyle.

A persecution that comes because you stand to be a witness for Christ in a society that is increasingly being hostile to Christ and his followers.  A persecution that comes because you will not compromise the standard of truth in your relationship or at your workplace.  A suffering that is increasingly becoming a true reality in many Christian marriages and families alike today.

When one spouse refuses to stand for truth in support of the other, and continues to stand in the way of the culture of the kingdom either directly or indirectly in trying to break the spirit of the other.  This is becoming a trendy reality in most western, new age society. Marriage has become a powerful [weapon] tool in the society for the promote of secularism which of course, is against any value, principle, or culture connected to reality of kingdom truth.

We live in an Age when men are growingly becoming afraid to be fathers, husband and true men in the workplace according to the natural order, or ordained pattern.  Men are becoming afraid to stand for the values of sound, moral biblical truth because of the fear of reprisals from the government due to the feminist policies set in place.

Suffering for purification

I am referring to the suffering that will lead you to the island of Patmos like apostle john the beloved. I am highlighting the tribulation that befalls you due to your uncompromising passionate love and stand for the reality of kingdom of the father. if we must see the glory of the father in the days ahead of us, then we need to develop a sense of a lifestyle of love, faith, and hope amid the purifying fire of Babylon.

We need to be like Daniel in the lion’s den with a full assurance of the presence of the father, or like Joseph who was bitrade by his own very brothers, yet learnt the heart of forgiveness because he understood that nothing happens without the very approval of the father himself. I discovered that one of the kingdom keys that gave the early church the edge of boldness and authority against the on relentless persecutions, temptations and trials they faced before the religious and political system of their day was their keen, personal, in depth revelatory knowledge and experience of the lord.

The eyes of these men and women have been opened into a in depth life of kingdom reality to the degree that whatever they may be faced in the human realm could not hinder, stop or crippled them from pressing further into the arena of fulfilling their prophetic mandate. They reached a spiritual zenith of knowledge that could not be denied after they each encountered a transforming experience with Christ.

However, this transformation did not start overnight. We do remember that almost all of the disciples who talked and walked with Christ during his earthly ministry at a point could not boldly stand in defense of their allegiance with the lord in his trial before the Sanhedrin, even though they’ve been informed in advance of what was going to happen.

Their knowledge and awareness of how they will deny Christ and be scattered could still not prevent them from compromising when the time came.  We had Peter, who out of zeal proclaimed that he will never deny or leave Christ even though others may. Yet, we now know that peter did not only denied Christ once, but three times, so to open the eyes of peter to something valuable about the principle of kingdom lifestyle that is deficient in his walk with the Lord.

The truth is, peter meant every word he uttered when he said he will not denied Christ. Peter thought that the power of self-determination and assurance was enough to decide in making a consistent kingdom centered life decision. 

Peter learnt that following the lord and his divine agenda cannot be merely built on a self-confidence choice, regardless of how seemingly knowledgeable, determined, or persuaded we may think we are. The father will make sure every strength we have that is not completely depend on him will be drained from us. Every resource we depend on in trying to carry out his prophetic mandate is brought to an end.

Whatever kind of religious or philosophical doorway we might have pass through into what we now call Christianity, our spiritual orientation, or exposure must process through a standard quality of faith experience (the eye of a needle) for everyone to come out on other side with the same standardized concept of truth, wisdom and understanding in the lord. 

Many, up until this hour have built their faith walk and knowledge of spiritual things on some form of external frenzy, or popular religious tradition and beliefs that doesn’t represent the ways and irture of God’s kingdom truth. This kind of spiritual philosophy will not suffice in days to come. We will need more than what makes us feel good and materially confident to step into a season where everything we ever stand for, or claim to be the truth will be challenged to its roots.

We must see the wisdom in embracing the rout the lord has ordained for us to bring us to that place or point of adequate development and maturity for precise representation. While we are highly sighted that what is before may attract temptation, trials and persecution, yet, we should be certain that all of that are ordained by the father so his light can effectively shine through us.

A new perspective in confronting the future

Therefore, out perception to engaging the future is one of a victor and a conqueror, regardless of what is ahead. Hence, this is a refresher note to awaken and further prepare those who may not be informed of the spiritual challenge and quality of life that is ahead of the body of Christ.

As the ecclesia of the lord further approaches a day of increased, advancement of its prophetic agenda across the nations, we are adequately informed of the increased activities of the powers and forces of darkness in using every available system of the world to try to stop, and push back the eternal mandate of heaven.

Whiles there’s a resounding ascendance call unto the mountain of the lord, the church on the same parallel will be facing an increased birth pang in preparation for this glorious day of manifestation of the intent of Christ in the earth. In other words, our assignment to occupy the earth until the lord’s return will be more faced with hostile resistance from the kings and systems of the earth.

Therefore, if we are yet to be trained on how to handle the assault of the enemy, we will abort the process of bringing forth the counsel of heaven by the smallest challenge the enemy throws at us. There’s a critical need to see what the scripture calls, the birth pang as key indicators of what is about to be unleashed through the glorious revelatory ministry of the company called sons of God upon the earth. Yet, if there’s no clear insight with regards to the desired purpose of passing through a season of pain and suffering in the birthing and nurturing of the fruit of sonship discipling within the ecclesia;

am afraid, there will be a relinquishing of the process of this sonship manifestation ministry ordained for representation. It is therefore, adequately important, we start putting into context the present requirements and challenges the church of the lord will face in days ahead as the confrontation of false. Religious, and humanist philosophy becomes a reality within the church.

This is not the time or day to draw back, or retire from these seemingly, endless difficulties and intense trials we are facing. We need to rather see these challenges as the divine standard platform required to process, and build the necessary spiritual skill and muscles as we advance further into the next frontier of our prophetic mandate.

 

INSIGHT INTO THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY. ARTICLE 6.

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ARTICLE 6.

THE PROPHETIC SPIRIT AND ITS TEMPRAMENT

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Isaiah 11:1-3

The spiritual character of a prophet

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord 3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

Since we know that the ecclesia carries different unique faces, it is therefore, important that the prophetic ministry is allowed to bring in advanced definition, clarity and Impetus to what the lord will have us built. The prophetic carries a strong anointing of what the bible terms as the craftsmanship spirit. The prophetic ministry is designed to be a giver of (creative) life and light (direction) to the (seed) vision assigned to the body of Christ.

While there are various components and emphasis of the prophetic ministry, its general, foundational objective however, is to edify (build up through intense fellowship with one another) the body of Christ. Since the primary assigned function of a prophet is designed to live in a perpetual state of worship, they are then seen as a ministry that is very close to the heartbeat of God.

While everyone else is called to worship God in the Spirit of truth, the prophetic ministry however, defines and captures what it is to live and breathe in the ascended reality of throne room worship. The prophetic truly understand the weightiness and essence of pure worship. The very mold and temperament of a kingdom-center prophet is defined to be the very essence of worship and warfare. Worship to a prophet is far beyond singing; it is the entire posture of his existence and outlook before the father, the body of Christ, and creation.

Worship, or devotion to a prophet is the very condition of lifestyle of total submission and obedience to the voice, leading and passion of the Holy Spirit. It is the desire to constantly be found where God is in his prophetic agenda for the church and humanity in general. Everything about the call of a prophet is reflected in his or her a priestly function of worshipping, interceding, meditation and fasting as the Spirit of the Lord will direct.

To a prophet, the act of worship is taken to a higher definition of the state of his thought, feelings, desire, passion, warfare, and temperaments, and even creative and imaginable ideas are deep reflection of worship to him. The whole makeup of a prophet, including what some may term as a mood, are all designed for a divine reason at specific times or season. No human will be able to precisely define the mood of a Prophet except those who can identify them by the Spirit.

 

The prophet’s emotional intelligence

The feelings and emotion of a prophet are not determined by good or bad time; they are rather determined by the spiritual state or condition of the heart of God over a given region or condition. The prophet’s emotional intelligence is defined by his or her spiritual wholeness; spiritual wholeness to a prophet is a combination of the operation of the ministry of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

The prophet composure is a direct link to the feelings of the father’s heart and burden in a given situation or environment.  For anyone who do not understand the spiritual, character temperament of a prophet, one could almost conclude that they are schizophrenic.  What usually excite other believers, to a prophet could be highly grievous due to how the lord feels about the very thing. While prophets could be seen by most people to be highly emotional, that should however not be assumed as weakness, because their state of emotion could most time be a direct reflection of an imminent danger or even a coming judgment.

This temperament unfortunately, are still areas, major part of the body of Christ are still struggling to perfectly understand, particularly amongst the leadership of the church, and this lack of understanding, usually leads to misunderstanding in their interactions even amongst those who may think they know them.

While prophets are connected to earthly realities, they can however be completely detached from things that gets people very happy and excited unfortunately, and this is not of their making. Their heart is forever searching for realms and realities beyond this realm of life.

Prophets seeks to walk in a continual state of purity of heart and intentions; they seem to be too detailed about things that others may feel are not that important. This is where, in most cases they get into trouble, especially with their immediate family, friends, and very close ministry staff workers who in most cases assumes they don’t care or concern about family and other domestic issues.

 

The heart of a prophet

The priority of the state of a prophet’s heart is completely different in value from what may concern most folks at a given time, and this is not because they don’t care. In fact, their love and care can only be truly measured when we truly understand the level of the burden of their heart.  

It is crucially important to understand the world of prophets before getting close to them because their life is a two edge-sword. They could easily pick up habitual sinful nature, if such sin nature remains unchecked; they could highly be grieved to the point of reacting in a manner that may look unacceptable.

A prophet understands that everything regarding his existence is regulated by intent and providence. Therefore, he sees himself and every other thing from the vantage view of the Fathers eternal will. He is very aware that he owns nothing, and whatever is at his or her disposal are dedicated for the furtherance of the will and purpose of the father. The truth is, a matured prophet understand that he is a Nazarene, called to function both as a Levites and priest amongst the rest of the community.

Furthermore, the office of a prophet can be said to house a specialized grace which deals with detailed assignment of executing and regulating the judicial initiatives of kingdom advancement.  This is more of a high level governmental position that interacts with activity that shapes and shifts condition of existence both from natural and spiritual realm.

Due to their solid footing on the priestly ministry of prayer and intercession, they carry executive authority and power to address entities the scripture refers to has principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual wickedness in high places regardless of their geographical location.

The prophets’ office or mantle if you will, releases divine truths, doctrines, principles and kingdom value standards that were once sealed, forgotten or lost in time past. In other words, the core ministry of the prophet’s office deals with:

1- The ministry of the word or revelation

2- The ministry of redemption

3- The ministry of presentation,

4- The ministry of representation,

5- The ministry of revival,

6- The ministry of reformation,

7- The ministry of transformation

8- The ministry of the restoration of all things and few other we shall look at in our next session on this discussion.

 Thank you for taking the time to read and follow me in this past few weeks on this teaching. We shall look into some practical side of the prophetic ministry in our next session.

to be continued…

THE REDEPLOYMENT OF KINGDOM GOVERNMENTAL GATEKEEPERS

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A prophetic word for the church and its watchmen

 By  Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

 

Isaiah 60

8“Who are these that fly along like clouds, like doves to their nests?

9 Surely the islands look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish, a bringing your children from afar, with their silver and gold, to the honor of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor

 

My holy one have flown the sky like clouds that have refused to give its rain in its due season. Like the dove to their nest, the clouds of yesterday’s obsolete victory have covered and hid my gatekeepers and watchmen within the nest of their memories of war.

They are hidden away; the gatekeepers have been hidden away for a while now. They have been hidden from the view of men who took for granted the covering of my grace and shield; even from men within my own household, and the nations who are desperately seeking for leadership direction and counsel of peace in times of war.

The gatekeepers are governmental kingmakers in the earth whom the father ordained to be peace-brokers over the seen and the unseen realms of the universe. However, this is not their doing to be quite in the season when it seems their voice is desperately sought for in leadership direction. For it was I, the Lord who seized their voice from speaking.

Yes, the unheard voice and authority of my watchmen and portals was my own doing to reveal the deep corruption taking place within the sanctuary of my people. The unspoken voice and less seen activity of true passionate intercession for a while now is a revelation of how the hearts of my people have turned away from me, and to reveal the degree of how my people have turned to familiar spirit and divination.

 I, the Lord called for dryness; a drought in the land when the hearts of my people grew fat and lukewarm over the former gains and provision of my outpouring rain. I called for a famine of my word and true revelation of my speakings when the house of Israel, my church, refused to no longer acknowledge my presence and glory. I brought the wisdom of my portals and watchmen to obsolesce; and the glory of my gatekeepers to a place of redundancy and mockery.

Since no one sought the way to Zion, but allowed the pathway to Shiloh overgrew with wild grass and beast with no one to control them, so I caused my people to depend on what their hands have built and created that their folly and emptiness may be exposed for all to judge.

My people prayed and interceded for their own gain, pleasure, and desire; they’ve mastered the act of using my gift and grace to build a name for themselves. My leaders contest the heart of my people with me; they thrived in the game of falsehood and the emptiness of self-glory. They deceive the innocent and turned the hearts of the Nazarenes to drink wine. My people have lost the passion and hunger for my ways, truth and life desire. Their gain of yesterday’s prayers and intercession have now become the monument of shame and blindness, hindering the very development and maturity of my people; for they say, see what our hands have gained in the place of ‘our prophetic insight and prayers.

While they seem to be spiritually active, yet, their so-called activity is a deep reflection of their, emptiness, fear and insecurity with one another. Their gathering in what they call prayers and intercession brought death in place of life to the camp. Their feast and breaking of bread brought more division and sickness rather than healing and edification to my body.  Their prayers and intercession became a strange fire before me, for I was grieved, and therefore, judged them that they may not be eternally condemned.

My gatekeepers became weary and tired of the perversion within my house.; they therefore became weak and voiceless at their post until they slept off like in days of Lot at the gate of Sodom and Gomorrah.

As my gatekeepers became even more weary and overwhelmed by the arrows of the enemy, so in my goodness and mercy, I called them off their post to myself that they may regain the revelation of my love and that of my Son.  Now, I am reawakening and upgrading the spirit of my GATEKEEPERS as I get ready to redeploy them back to my church across cities and nations of the world. I have been at work within the hearts of my own watchmen as I withdrew them for a season to rest and unlearn the ways of human effort even in the place of self-will prayers and intercession.

I have drained them of the wisdom and strength of religion, traditions of men and the sensuality of an unhealed emotion even in their prayer closet. I have been teaching them about how to perfectly view from a vantage position of a wall once broken, but now restored even with a higher elevation like the LADDER OF JACOB that could CONNECT to TWO realms and realities AT THE SAME TIME. 

Many, even within my household have ignorantly written off my gatekeepers and portals as men and women who have lost their place, strength, wisdom and vision into the divine activity of heaven for earth. No, I called them into myself to strip them of their old wineskin which no longer carry the currency and propensity of my present governmental mandate.

The prayers and intercession that was coming from the stream of these weak and tired guards, made my church even weaker and more soulish in their expectation, therefore, I shutdown their interaction and engagement in the heavenlies that Satan my not continue to take undue advantage of my warriors of righteousness.

It’s been a period of dryness and refreshing at the same time as I allowed the season of healing and restoration to pass over them for the regroving of the spirit of my vessels of war.  I have at this moment, set a new platform of interaction, intercession, and interception in spiritual activity over regions and spheres that will ultimately establish the true foundation and pillars of righteousness, peace and joy in replacement of the weak system of humanism and false religion.

 Now, I am ready to release this new guards of men and women who indeed understand not just the times and season, but are true leaders in their own rights to give leadership through wisdom for the marching forward of my church as the submit to one another in mutual love and respect for their calling and assignment.

These watchers of the night and the days of men are becoming seasoned doorways of a fresh release of my speakings and zeal, as they through the Spirit of supplication and intercession infuses into my church, the grace and desire to passionately imprint upon the hearts of my saints the will to establish my kingdom agenda in the earth.

I will continually embolden these gatekeepers with courage who are my portals of truth and the custodian of the revelation of the outpouring of my Spirit and prophetic agenda for this season of the end. I will reinforce their forehead with the identity of my [nature and authority] name as I did with Ezekiel and the rest of my prophetic servants who stood against the mouths of lions in their time. These ones will not be weary nor get tired; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not faint, for my presence will be their covering and canopy.

If you care to know, the eyesight of these company of men has been upgraded with a greater, advanced prophetic vision and inclination to see afar and know that which is yet to enter the thoughts and the hearts of men and the prince of the air. These gatekeepers are now being deployed across the spheres of life with governmental authority to bring the decree of the father to bear over creation.

They are deployed to announce the appointment of fresh governing authority at the gates of all entry points of divine transaction within communities and inner cities. The stirring of the spirit of supplication is now awakening new governmental intercessors who are stirring the heart and passion of the father to see his eternal, kingdom desire become a forceful reality across the body of Christ and within the nations.

Prisoners of hope across the lands are currently emerging with a refreshed sense of destiny, courage and determination for the restoration of the broken walls and burnt gates of nations. The Spirit of the Lord is stirring the Nehemiah’s of this generation as apostolic watchmen and prophetic gatekeepers are taking their rightful place again. The combination of the priestly heavenly watchers and earthly elders are now fast tracking the agenda of the kingdom for this hour.

Here are they who have given themselves no rest until the house of Zion becomes a true eternal habitation for ELOHIM. The order has changed in the heavens regarding the activities of the father for his church and creation, and so men position in the earth must now precisely align themselves to the current, prophetic oracles of the father. There is now a glorious flying out of a truly empowered and renewed company of men and women like eagles, known as portals and gatekeepers of Christ across the airspace of our corporate gatherings and family communities.   

There’s now an advanced deployment of well-seasoned, governmental prophetic voice, who are collaborators with highly skilled and creative apostolic blacksmith engineers, with the finest of the spirit of humility, honor, and well matured, wisdom eldership posture, seated at the entrance gates of cities and regions of continents.

 

The prophetic engagement and collaboration between heavenly initiative and activity beneath the waters of the earth as we saw in genesis is accelerating a divine reformation and restoration of highly matured, tested sons of the kingdom out of the four-head-streams of the RIVERS OF EDEN. Look, here they come, flying with healing on their wings for the redemption and restoration of creation.

Can you hear the flapping of their wings? Can you hear the sound of their trumpet blasting across the clouds of the heavens over men? Listen to the voice of their singing like the sound of many waters flowing from the ALTAR before the father’s presence. See the robs of their humility shining with the brilliancy of the presence of the father as they go forth announcing the speaking and comings of the LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH.

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ… the portals have been repositioned. The gatekeepers are taking their place again. The watchmen are now watching with a washed, elevated, governmental sight to see afar and prepare the church and the nations for the days of his glorious appearance. It is a new day, members of the household of faith; this is the third day church. A new identity of the gatekeeper’s ministry has been redeployed with an advanced governmental authority to push the prophetic further the initiative of kingdom harvest to the ultimate end. Heaven is recruiting new portals, gatekeepers and watchmen, won’t you avail yourself to this glorious calling?

This is the voice of one under the hospices of Portalsgate resource.

Shalom!

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPHETIC OFFICE AND ITS VARIOUS GIFTS EXPRESSION PART 5

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Continuation part 5

INTRODUCTION TO THE MINISTRY AND GIFT OF A PROPHET

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

The formation of a prophetic sprit. john the Baptist, a true pattern

The thoughts, action, temperament and preference of a chosen one is processed into divine conformity, which might take years before the person is CERTIFIED as Gods prophet. This process is way beyond a person merely operating in the nine gifts of his or her renewed spirit. It is crucially important we make this differentiation.

The fact that a person or group operates in a prophetic gift does not at all make them a prophet.  If we make the mistake of trying to identify a prophet by merely seeking out the ability to prophesy, discern, give words of knowledge, words of wisdom, or even performance of miracles, signs and wonders, we may risk falling into great deception and also miss the true imprint-seal of Gods approved prophet.

While the {word] verbal gift of prophecy are highly important as one of the functions of the prophetic ministry; however, the mere function of a gift is not enough to validate the sacred office of a prophet according to the word of the Lord.

A very good example of this crucial point is John the Baptist. Our lord Jesus Christ who is the chief prophet, described John the Baptist as the greatest prophet who ever lived. Think about this for a moment; John is greater than all of the men and women called and seen to function in scripture as prophets. From Abraham to Ezekiel, from Jeremiah to Isaiah, Elijah, Elisha and all the rest. One should be highly curious to want to know what makes this man so significant in the call and function of a prophet.

Yet, if one merely examine the life of John the Baptist from a religious humanistic perceptional interpretation of qualification, he will be immediately disqualified as a servant of God, less than seeing him as the greatest prophet who ever lived. Yet, everything about his life, temperament, food, clothes behavior and words are the very symbol of a true prophet.

His life is an embodiment of the call, ministry and anointing of Elijah. John was cloth in the spirit of a prophetic word that was de declared 4 thousand years before his birth. The prophetic ministry transcends time, space and events. It lived in the future reality of what was spoken in the ancient time.

 This man, john, never perform one single miracle in terms of opening the eyes of the blind or raising the dead, except for the reason that he was a chosen forerunner, wired and configured by the heaven to go in the Spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord and make his path straight.

So, then the question I think we should start by asking is, who is a prophet, and what are the primary and secondary objective of a prophet? This question will help us to define and clarify 1). The calling of a prophet 2). The making of the prophet 3). The function of a prophet.

Before we further on in this discovery, let’s start with a simple definition of who a prophet is from john’s pattern of life existence. Basically, the prophet is Jehovah’s spokesman, sent as a forerunner to reflect, represent, and declare the father’s will, desire and counsel.  His entire life is a material for the construction and reconstruction of a highway in the earth that allows the voice of God into every aspect of human life.

 There are still other secondary definition and objectives of the prophet we are going to be considering in the cause of this note that will give better clarity and amplification to the life and ministry of a prophet.

For now however, lets continue to examine the nature of what I call a prophetic spirit. The prophetic spirit houses two major grace or anointing if you will, one is designed to destroy the activities of darkness in the earth while the second, is design to build or construct the eternal designed agenda and counsel of heaven in the earth. The prophetic spirit primarily seeks to bring the establishment of Gods kingdom and government to bear in every aspect of human life.

THE FORMATION OF A PROPHETIC SPIRIT

A person with a strong, matured prophetic spirit is one called, chosen, prepared, and commissioned by the lord himself, but must be identified and sent (commissioned) by the ecclesia to represent the eternal will, counsel and objective of heaven for his generation.

Regardless of how called and anointed a prophet is, there is a need that his grace and spirituality be generally recognized, but not necessarily accepted by all for him or her to be able to function within the framework of the corporate body, even though it is advised that he should develop the patience to wait until his mature prophetic character is seen by all.

Let’s go back to those three cardinal questions we lay down as direction in understanding who a prophet is. The first question deals with the call of a prophet. Ephesians chapter 4 gives us a clue why God needs a prophet and therefore, calls one to represent him. Maybe before we go further into this idea, I need to clarify a theological notion that may not be necessarily wrong but do hamper in some cases how most people approach, relate and receive the ministry of a prophet.

In my study and observation of this ministry, I have noticed that many tend to address the subject of the prophet and the prophetic function from the position of the fall. In other words, they see the starting point of this ministry from the day Adam fell in the Garden which then deals with the issue of redemption, reformation and the ultimate restoration of all things back to God. While the second viewpoint deals with the subject from the eternal creative realm of God, which in my opinion, is a better position of approaching not just the subject before us but the entire ministry of the Spirit to man.

If we approach the things of the Spirit in the eternal past into time and then the future, our understanding of God, creation and even redemption will make more spiritual sense to us. The prism of our approach to any subject both natural and spiritual is crucial if we are going to arrive at a more accurate answer or solution.

Therefore, that which is defined and viewed as the function of a prophet or the prophetic gift if you will, is part of a larger component within the spiritual structure in God. Meaning, the prophetic is first a spiritual state of existence within the life of the Spirit before it is seen a function of ministry.

This aspect of life in God can be viewed and described as his creative (nature) force. In genesis chapter one, we are immediately introduced to this character nature of God, which is responsible for both the housing and deployment of the father’s intent in his creative nature.

And God SAID let us MAKE man in our image and likeness. The desire of God which is released through his (word) voice reveals the creative, prophetic nature of the father.

All the ascended ministry gifts handed to certain called and chosen vessel within the ecclesia for the perfecting of the saints, were all alive and functional within Christ as part of his normal life existence. The point is, before we ever had something called the ministry gifts, which includes the prophet’s office, they were all first a state of life in Christ. This is a very important point to note if we must truly understand who is a prophet.

The office of the prophet is first a valued standard of existence in the Spirit of Christ before it ever became a governmental administrative office given at the ascension of Christ to the church. We can further stress this point that the office of a prophet is that aspect in the Spirit of truth that makes known the fathers Essence, intent, passion, character, standard and the righteous requirements of the Lord in a consistent progressive manner. Having lay down this principle, we can then move on to another issue that reveals the character nature of the prophets according to Isaiah 11:2.

 Isaiah spoke about the components of the Spirit of the prophet in the context of his operational lifestyle. This was reveal in the light of what the lord was about to birth in the release of a powerful governmental leadership value in Israel. These characters embody the sevenfold Spirit of the Lord released upon any one called and chosen to function in the office of a prophet.

With this important principle in mind, we can confidently say that the prophet’s office is beyond the limited operation of some prophetic gifts; it is rather the expression of Gods life, manifesting through his complex multifaceted dimension of his (character-nature) Light through many ways and mains to demonstrate the lord’s approval or displeasure over situations and conditions of event within or beyond his geographical or territorial boundaries.

Going back to our definition from Ephesians chapter 4, we see that the prophet is one of the fivefold ascended ministry gift for the purpose of equipping, building and releasing the saints into their ordained place of functionality in life.

In other words, this (gifts) ministries we can say were officially released afresh after the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ back to his Father. Not that these ministries were not operational under the old covenant especially the office of the prophet, but they just could not bring any person into perfection according to the book of Hebrews.

 

THE PROPHETIC, AND THE PERFECTION OF THE BODY

Bringing (completeness) perfection to life and creation is one of the major reasons why the ascended ministry came into being. God desire everything and everyone to come into divine standard of living so that his will on earth through the church can come into ultimate perfection and fulfillment.

Like I said earlier, some of these ministry like that of the prophet were prominent under the old covenant but the completely lacked the redemptive anointing or capacity to reform and transform humans. Under the Old Testament, the prophetic could give sight and direction to Kings, raise the dead back to life, heal the sick, provide food for the needy, challenge evil forces of darkness, and even predict the future coming events but they lack the power and authority to transform the carnal deformity nature of man.

Therefore, the need for a change of testament was required and that could only be done through the death of Christ on the cross. The change of covenant brought a complete redefinition to all forms of ministry gifts in the Old Testament including that of the prophet’s ministry. This is a major turnaround in the order of the New Testament ministry gift.

This is why it is so highly important to always remember that the ascended ministry gifts were not some religious invention, or the idea of some intellectual knowledge; these ministries came out of the very life of Christ himself. They are the revelation of his light and nature for the healing, transformation and restoration of fallen human nature.

Therefore, to effectively and accurately define the prophetic ministry one must take into consideration the concept of what Christ meant when He said he will built his church. We need to understand the context of that statement in light of the prophet’s office or the prophetic gift. As Paul mentioned that the Primary ministry of the prophet is to build the church in accordance to the divine pattern of Christ.

We certainly know by now that the church is not some building built by bricks and stones. The church is a living spiritual organ of Christ character and nature walking within the various spheres of human existence. Church is who we are, and who we are is built to grow, develop and be productive unto the full reality of the stature of Christ image and likeness here on earth.

This directly mean that the primary function of the prophets office in the building of the church is to release sight, vision, strategic leadership direction, gift to faith, words of knowledge and words of wisdom, discernment, creative model, divine protocols, templates and blueprints, governmental strength, battle skill and strategy for the invasion of territories, building strong ethical moral values, administrative grace, kingdom doctrinal models, apostolic cultures and traditions, fostering an intense psalmist spirit, the injection of revelational principles and value standard of a strong apostolic culture.

Some of this spiritual quality and many more are innate in the ministry life of a prophet, and it is his duty to release these grace into the lives of individuals or organizations who have been taught to recognize, accept and appreciate the functional ministry of the prophetic. Unfortunately, not many pastors and spiritual leaders have the understanding of the true functional grace of the prophetic, so they don’t know how to prepare their people to truly benefit from the office of a prophet. Please note, I am not referring to charlatans who come in the name of a prophet to churches to emotionally arouse the people in other to raise money and promote self-agendas.

I am not referring to the so-called prophets who uses familiar spirit to speak what may sound true to the people but the source of their information and power is from the kingdom of darkness. I am referring to leaders who invites sound teaches into their houses to teach their people how to recognize and receive authentic ministry gifts which includes that of the prophetic office.

In other words, as the prophet is recognized as one of the foundational layers in the construction of the ecclesia, he is then able to adequately release into individuals or corporate leadership the spiritual framework that can better facilitate and enhance the initiative of kingdom assignment. The precise recognition and function of the ministry of the prophet is crucially important if we must build an accurate, all inclusive, effective productive kingdom center community initiatives.

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPHETIC OFFICE AND ITS VARIOUS GIFTS EXPRESSION. PART 4

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INSIGHT INTO THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY

My invitation, calling, and experience into the prophetic

ARTICLE 4

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

The various channels of Gods calling

The issue of how God speaks and how we are to listen and respond to him, I think is still a big issue the church corporately still need to devote quality time and space to rediscover. If I had someone around back then who could help in interpreting what I saw, I am very sure I could have gone far in the assignment of heaven for my life. The spiritual experience I had back then sent me on a journey of trying to discover what on earth I was assigned to do for the lord. I was very much aware that the hand of the Lord was upon me but I was clueless regarding the area He wanted me to function.

I finally decided to go study theology in a bible school amid my quest and hunger for God. I had thought going to a bible academy should help train and equipped anyone for ministry. Well, to some degree, I was wrong. However, that’s an issue for another occasion if the lord will permit us to share on that. Back to our teaching. I felt I should put this testimony down to help someone out there who may need this experience to kick start his or her own journey into the divine call of the Lord.

Fast forward to 2015, My personal migration and seasons of transition have introduced me to some dealings and development that has moved me away from certain engrained religious strongholds and church traditional beliefs I used to accommodate regarding the prophetic ministry to a more matured, broadened, effective and productive character nature in the act of understanding the core aspects of the workings of prophetic Spirit.

 

The prophetic in transition

The prophetic ministry is a continuous spiritual (transition) movement into the full life and stature of Christ image and likeness in precise lifestyle living and ministry representation. Each season of your spiritual transition and development introduces you to an entire new world of truth emphasis that demands death to the old, and a continuous readjustment to the new emphasis of the Spirit such that you are able to accurately and effectively engage the purposes of God and the act of kingdom representation in the Spirit of truth and purity.

The season of transition which is one of the most important and effective spiritual tools the lord applies in the transformational process of a Christian is usually used to reshape, adjust and empower the inner core character of a believer for effective engagement in the resolving of personal or corporate life’s complex challenges.

The more we are aware of the father’s mighty hand upon us and learn to respond to the frequent calling of the Holy Spirit in the act of preparing us for what we’ve been destined for, the easier it becomes to accept the process heaven has designed to introduce us to our prophetic image and likeness.

We must always remember that the prophetic is first a general character attitude of all believers in Christ before it grows and develop into a gift or office. Every believer in Christ should be adequately taught and disciple on how to effectively grow and develop the potential of their prophetic nature and identity received at the new birth of their spiritman.

The lord is the potter, shaping us into what he has divinely destined us to become before time began. There are conditions of needs, trials, persecutions, emotional situations, and physical circumstances and challenges way beyond our personal control or anyone’s ability for that matter that has been programed to develop and bring us to maturity.

The truth is, regardless of how spiritually skilled, knowledgeable or wise we may assume we are in trying to navigate these situations, they will fail because it is the lord himself using those instruments to both shape and introduce us for what he has destined for us as ministry.

Our religious knowledge of prayers, intercessions, studying of the word or even fasting cannot stop or hinder the process leading us to become Gods approved voice in the earth except we ourselves decides to put a stop to it. Some of the most horrible circumstances, trials and persecution I’ve been through in life were the finest instruments the lord used to shape and introduce me to a deeper and clearer insight of my ordained prophetic call.

 The discovery of the ministry of redemption in the life of any believer, which in most cases are done through sound biblical discipleship training, and a real-life circumstance challenges are some of the best ways of introducing a person into whatever ministry he or she has been called to represent for Christ.

This process is revisited from time to time to best fashion us into that well informed and well-built spiritual instrument that can effectively shape, transform and reform the church and the larger society back to heavens desired blueprint.

The moment we are able to learn to identify and submit to the principle and value standard of the father’s dealings in our lives in achieving the best we’ve been destined for, the easier it becomes to surrender ourselves to the rigorous refining process, regardless of the immediate pain and discomfort we may have to endure. Submitting our unrefined soul to the divine process of pruning and cultivation in becoming a good ground to receive the incorruptible seed of Gods kingdom, the easier it becomes for the channel of our sight, hearing and heart conception in the ministry of delivering precise prophetic message.

 

 

The danger of presumption

How many times have we seen an image or heard a voice without precisely knowing or understanding what they mean. The knowledge of the things of the Spirit are secretly embedded in the revelational life of God’s word and only those who have been thoroughly schooled and equipped in the act of searching out truth and revelation of the Spirit of Christ are able to precisely find and identify the mind of the lord. This is the meaning of the parable of the hidden treasure of the kingdom of God.

However, the mere fact that we’ve been taught in some biblical principle does not automatically give us inroad into the knowledge of the things of the Spirit. The conduit of our spiritual expression must be kept clean for revelation to be precise and accurate.

Words, vision, images, colors, dreams, sounds, events, voices and incidents are some of the vehicles the lord employs to convey his intent but we must have PURITY OF HEART AND THOUGHT for us to understand what the lord is trying to convey to us or through us.

The scripture says only the pure in heart will see God. Seeing God means that we are able to properly identify his thought, passion, speaking’s, desire and will at every season of his call and demand for our lives. Yet, seeing God or understanding his way is not enough to be adequately prepare for the spiritual journey ahead of us. We must be able to combine what we see, hear and have conceived within our spirit to precise interpretation of heavens intention as we walk in obedience. This simply mean that our spiritual eyes, hear and heart must constantly be in sync to the requirement of heaven at any given injunction.

My point is, understanding the prophetic gift or office cannot be done in isolation of the overall biblical footing of the ministry of redemption and sanctification, and the necessary journeying into the revelational pillars of love, faith and hope. These are big issues regarding moving into the prophetic. The knowledge of a solid Christ-centered oriented salvation or let’s say redemption, which is a more comprehensive term for the salvation of the spirit, soul and body. Redemption goes beyond the initial stage of just confessing our sins and accepting Jesus Christ into our spirit.

We need to understand that confessing Christ is just the foundation of a whole process of actually building the house of our redemption. We are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. The working out of our salvation is the process of bringing the soul back to the regulative authority of Gods kingdom within our renewed spirit.

There is a whole lot more to that journey of redemption many unfortunately are yet to discover. Building the foundational knowledge of any spiritual experience, which includes that of intercession or the prophetic requires that we have a sound, solid and balanced spiritual insight and biblical ideological footing of the ministry of redemption. It remains the only doorway to accessing any divine knowledge, dealings or spiritual transaction.

I am emphasizing this point because 99% of the problem we are today facing regarding spiritual leadership and ministry gifts in the church is directly connected to the lack of a thorough biblical doctrinal spiritual footing.  However, for us to venture into describing the intended designed blueprint and function of a prophet and the prophetic gifts on a general term. I will strongly recommend that we first need to lay aside whatever notion one had acquired regarding the prophetic.

The lack of biblical foundation opens the door for false tradition

There are tons of images and ideas that has been wrongly painted within the minds of the saints regarding the prophetic which has unfortunately led many to have believed in a lie. While there are quite a few good resource materials on this subject out there, but I must add, they are pretty difficult to find in most of the so-called Christian book shops that are mostly filled with motivational peak performance materials. It is quite sad to see the level of deceit and misrepresentation with regards to the ministry of the prophet today within the body of Christ.

To have a sound biblical concept of who a prophet is, and the operation of an authentic prophetic gift, we certainly have to be ready to prayerfully search the word of the lord diligently.  Another thing I’ve also noticed is that only a handful of believers today truly know or understand the difference between the prophetic gift and the prophet’s office.  There is certainly a significant difference between this two which I will try to identify as we unpack the revelation within this message.

The almost nonexistent of what is known as an authentic teaching priest ministry in today’s church community as allowed many strange and highly dangerous extra biblical demonic doctrines to invade pulpits and the minds of God’s people, especially in the area of prophetic gift.  The importation of The New Age demonic doctrines, and the widespread Judaism beliefs into the New Testament Christian community has also made things even more difficult.

There has never been a time in history where the church is desperately in need of a true authentic kingdom centered ministry of the prophet. But you will also agree with me that there has never been a season in history where the body of Christ has been under a continuous assault of wrong doctrines and half-baked, spiritually blind leaders who have allowed false prophets and false teachers to invade the house of God.

Many of the foreign teachings that has found their way into most of our churches in the community and the inner cities today are due to the issue of having weak, soulish, imbalance, spiritually dull and blind leaders at the gates of church affairs.

The inability to accurately discern and rightly divide the word of truth has unduly opened the lives of many Christians to soulish intercessory prophetic practice and beliefs. Many today have been ignorantly dragged away by this false men and women who uses intimidating teaching technics, manipulative gimmicks and a high level of familiar (demonic) spirit to seduce and lure the hearts of the spiritually unskilled and unlearned from the ways of the ministry of truth.

Churches whose footing and foundation are not rooted in the character nature of the person of Christ, the sound doctrinal teachings of the apostle and the cultural principle of Gods kingdom taught by seasoned teachers according to the book of Act are giving in to the false idolatry teaching of the New Age doctrine, Judaism practice, and other forms of humanistic denominational traditions.

Before we proceed further about the prophetic, I believe the lord will have me quickly address some of this lingering but highly deadly issue many leaders seem to be afraid to talk about in our churches today.

How many leaders including those who are now claiming to be part of the apostolic reformation today are importing carved image of a so-called ark of the covenant into the churches as symbol of the presence of God; many have gone as far as Israel to buy Ram’s horn as a seal of their intercessory prophetic endorsement.

I don’t understand what a Rams horn have to do with a New Testament apostolic centered prophetic community. This is completely unbelievable. I am not sure if these brethren truly read their bible, and if they do, how do they see and interpret what they read. Many churches in America and Africa have rushed into this error, and their congregations are massively being seduced into this great deception which is now causing a huge problem for the larger body of Christ.

The blowing of a Ram’s horn or the physical presence of some form of a carved Ark does not make a difference in our fellowship gatherings if we are not abiding in the continual reality of the will of the father, which is the only approved instrument that commands the fathers blessing and presence in our midst. In fact, those practices today are the very symbol of idol worship.

The Rams horn can be a powerful instrument of worship, but to set it aside as a kind of New Testament symbol of the prophetic or intercessory ministry is completely heretic     and deceptive, especially to young converts who are not grounded in the principles of biblical doctrine. Let me make this clear.

 The Old Testament scripture is undoubtedly hundred percent part of the New Testament, and their connection or use in the interpretation of the mind of the Lord in the New Testament can never be eradicated or misuse if we follow the guiding light of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

The new testament foundation

The fact is, the New Testament remained the only approved guiding light in interpreting what was (covered) veiled under the Old Testament. The Old Testament does not stand alone and cannot interpret itself in the light of the new covenant ministry; it is the new in Christ that interprets the old for the fact that the New Testament was introduced as the substance that brings to light and into fulfillment that which was vague under the shadow of the Old Testament.

The Old Testament was the school master, designed by the father himself to prepare and mature us for the reality of that which was to appear in the revealing of Jesus Christ who is the pattern of all human existence. The unveiling of Christ and his ministry when he came out of river Jordan with the proclamation of john testimony, behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the entire world, brought to an end the entire Leviticus order and its system of practice.

At the moment of that declaration, everything Judaism and its entire Levitical religious system represent became obsolete in the eyes of the father even though they still carried on practicing it. To therefore now try to drop the standard of what Christ died to establish as his church, to the level of the practice of Judaism in the New Testament community, in my strong view is crucifying Christ the second time.

An apostolic kingdom centered Christianity does not have a place for the practice of Judaism. This is a false doctrine many in the body of Christ today are being seduced to accept in the name of unraveling deep mysteries lucked in the Old Testament. There can’t be a higher or deeper revelation than Christ been the alpha and omega of all spiritual mysteries locked in God. Christ is the complete revelation and reflection of what we are destined to attained and become either from an individual or a corporate church perspective.

To begin journeying way deep into the realm of Gods mind in unveiling what embodies both the life and temperaments of what I call the Father’s prophetic nature is to totally be ready for a lifetime adventure into a dimension religious spirit is not allowed.

Deep within the Spirit of the Father is something call the creative, redemptive and restorative character nature of the father. This character nature of the Father, houses what we can term to be prophetic which is just more than some gift. It is a resident life in the Spirit of God, and we do need to understand how this life-nature function through what is already available in the word, and what will be eventually shown to us by the operations of the ministry of revelation which confirms the pattern of what is already written in the scripture.

We don’t just want to settle for some performance act without precisely understanding the technical operation function of the Spirit. Sometimes, it may not be necessary to understand the details of how certain things operate, but in other cases, a little technical or administrative insight can be of a great advantage in helping us to see and better relate to things more effectively. We shall further look into this concept of the formation of the prophet’s Spirit.

Suffice to say, the further we press into searching and seeking to know through the ministry of the Spirit of truth and revelation, we shall be shown things that may seem dark to us in the mystery of the prophetic but as we further press into truth, they will become clearer.

Exploring the makeup structure of the prophet is one of the most spiritual adventure I have ever experienced. When all your desires and passion is driven into focusing on wanting to experience spiritual things to better please the father, you will be surely invited to have a glimpse, and if you are truly desperate and hungry enough for more, you will be led into a lifetime experience of encountering the presence and glory of the father revealed in the face of Christ.

Nothing of the Spirit is stumbled upon or received by chance; a price must be paid to know and discover divine things, especially when it’s connected to the office of the prophet.  It is the glory of God to conceal a thing but the glory of the sons of God is to search them out. The prophetic lives in the center core of the father’s heart. No one stumble on this realm. You have to completely yield all of your spirit, soul and body to the father to prove that you are truly committed to this adventure of the Spirit.

The journey of searching what heaven construct and formulate within the core behavioral template of a chosen vessel to be heavens custodian of truth is a decision each person called must be ready to make.  Every minute detail of the life of a chosen vessel into this office is thoroughly processed through rigorous training in the word of God and also through strange life challenging circumstances to see that the making of a prophet is perfected.

Please note, this is not just about the operation of a gift in man, but the call to be able to precisely divide and deliver the intent and voice of heaven to earth dwellers without corruption or distortion. Therefore, the need for purity, trust, holiness, obedience, courage, boldness, right value model, sacrifice and unwavering stand for justice and equity is a high-watermark in the call and the making of a prophet.

 

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 6

 

part 6

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third day ecclesia.

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

 

theme scripture:

 

Romans chapter 5:1-4

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience hope.

continuation… Part 6

Redefining poverty

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [Mathews chapter 5:3]

Poverty itself must be understood from kingdom perspective so the enemy does not use the distorted world view to keep us disenfranchised from our position of completeness in Christ. There are those who are rich unto material things but are poor in the sight of the father, and this is the plan of the enemy.

Many Christians have been taught that poverty is the lack of the possession of things. While this may sound to be true from the human viewpoint, however, when you examine this believe from a true kingdom perspective and understanding, you immediately realize that such philosophy has no basis of standing. Every one of us have been apportion certain level of grace, favor, and virtue to allow us by default to produce all that we need for life and godliness according to the scripture.

None of God’s children is left wanting and disenfranchised. When there’s an understanding of our identity and position within the kingdom of sonship, we step into a reality of what is required for sustenance. Sustainability is a universal law that governs everything and everyone.

 On the other hand, there’s a poverty we are called into that keeps us joyful, peaceful and righteous. This poverty amid wealth, keeps us disciplined, focused, determined, humble, courageous in our spiritual journey unto perfection in Christ. This call into spiritual suffering, regulates the entire spiritual structure of the person as it gives us clear and sound outlook into the emerging reality of the father and his kingdom within us and through us.

It makes it easy to hear and access not just the mind of the Lord, but also regions that have been captured through the spirit of pride and materialism. This suffering is a call to meekness so one can inherit the earth. There are people I use to know who the Lord will visit at some seasons of their lives with a major complex challenge that shakes the very core of their spiritual foundation.

The father releases a particular wind to blow off the leaves on their trees only to make room for fresh greener one. But I can tell you honestly, that’s not a place you want to be if you’ve not been taught about the ways and dealings of the Spirit of God. Only those who are have been weaned from the gospel of materialism and carnal influence enjoy this spiritual reality because they now understand that such dealings are required for their perfection in Christ. The call to suffer with Christ is a virtuous thing we all need to embrace if we must be found matured and engage in the act of spiritual conquest

Yes, this suffering or tribulation is a seasonal reality for all spiritual migrants on earth. When the lord is trying to get our attention, or usher us into a new season, he will usually do that by announcing the wind of sufferings to shake and awaken us, and this is good if we are going to adequately learnt to know how to respond to this glorious dealing of the father.

There’s a virtue and glory revealed in the place of spiritual sacrifice. Experience in the ways of the lord and in the dealings of the ministry of the spirit of truth has begun to highlight and clearly separate between that which sound, look and even feel authentic from the actual acceptable biblical spiritual structure of a life refined and approved of the father to represent his voice and the activity of his kingdom in this new transitional season.

As we continue to witness the almost blurring of the line between biblically sound authentic spiritual value system from all those other things false brethren and charlatans are crafting today in the name of the lord. Truth bearer must continually seek from the lord how to raise the bar of spiritual standard and its required engaging value principle to the degree that the saints can precisely identify the false from the authentic. We must spiritually raise the capacity standard of the ministry of truth to the dimension it cannot be duplicated.

The consistency of readjustment

 

The constant readjustment of our wineskin and discernment capability to listen and flow at the same frequency heaven is broadcasting is highly recommended in this new day. We can no longer depend on the issues of the mere use of scripture and biblical phrases to ascertain if a person is one with lord or just a wolf in sheep clothing.

I hear a lot of noise about the apostolic and the kingdom of God but when you examine the life of the bearers of the message, you hardly see a scar-mark received as a token of the reward of a true bearer of the (truth) treasures of the life and message of the kingdom of heaven. The truth is not just about the accumulation of theological information, nor is about the acquiring of some revelation.

Truth is a spiritual experience one grows and develop into seasonally in obedience and complete trust to the ways and dealings of the Lord. As one further journey into the glorious life and nature of our lord Jesus Christ, the very embodiment of the spirit of truth, one also become both the receptor and reflector of the very nature of the life of truth in those areas we have completely yielded to the Lord.

You see friends, we can never compare the response behavioral attitude of a person who accidentally stumble on some spiritual things to a man who saw wisdom and value in selling all that he owns only to buy a piece of land, buried with a treasure of kingdom truth. They may both sound alike, look alike, or may even seem to share the same personality traits, but they sure do not have the same spiritual value structure and depth of perception in engaging the things of the kingdom.

 

 

The principle behind Job’s tribulation

 

The patriarch Job, is a character figure that predates the very theological base of some narrow down religious, or even spiritual argument that merely seeks to build the act of worship, righteousness, justice and the unfolding prophetic program of the father on the mere premise of keeping some ‘rigid’ acts of regulatory laws, beliefs and ceremonies as first seen under the old Mosaic covenant, and subsequently  seen in the religious church approach to understanding and interacting with the [Almightiness] sovereignty of the God of heaven and earth, who is also known as our father who is in heaven.

Our revelatory approach and understanding of spiritual matters and their realities far outweigh the very act of their manifestation through our lives. The seeking of an outward, material blessing as a sign of divine approval of worship or even righteousness is a powerful distractive mechanism from the enemy to lure us away from the true substance of what the father seeks to build and finally manifest through us at his appointed time of representation.

It is a fact that whatever is conceived through a process of seed carries within itself the season of fruition, as long as we allow other required processes of development to effectively play their part accordingly. In other words, you cannot have a seed not planted and water with the right atmosphere and expect to harvest fruit at some later season.

The pursuit of mere material manifestation without divine due process of a well-structured inner value principle, built on the accurate biblical pattern, always result in a state of deception and delusion that may lead to ultimate destruction if there’s no divine intervention. The renewal of our inward life is pivotal to the birth and sustainability of our journey into the kingdom life.

Those who merely seek to manifest certain spiritual or supernatural powers without a concrete footing of where and how this power gets to be formed in them to the degree of working through them risk being deceived by the enemy at certain point in their life.

It does not take too much wisdom to understand why many leaders and followers alike today in the body of Christ are open to wholesale deception and delusion for that matter.

It is my strong opinion that even some today who claim to be at the forefront of the present apostolic reformation message are yet to clarify the issue of the authenticity of their faith culture.  There are certain approaches with regards to values standard that still baffles many of us, especially, when it comes to the origin of life, creation, the purpose of man, and even on the matters of the existence of God himself.

Many, in their faith philosophy, and spiritual approach, still struggles to confidently assure themselves on the issue of the sovereignty of God over their lives and everything else in the universe. These and many other spiritual fundamentals are what we see dealt with in the book of Job which is a beautiful piece of resource material we need to investigate as we once again sense the approach of the closure of the Age.  We shall not go on successfully with into this new season without dealing with the concept of the standardized concept of entering the Ark of God.

Building or entering the finalization of the Ark requires that all the divine measure given as a standard of accurate building is completely followed to the letter. How we know and understand the Godliness and fatherhood of the creator of the heavens and earth carries a far more implication of shaping our final destiny and relationship with the Lord and creation to whatever else we are seeking to receive or become in our Christian faith.

Perspective, of whatever kind, usually creates not just a general belief, opinion and approach system, but also forms the very basis of defining and interpreting what we want to see, belief, and accept, regardless of the proven errors and inaccurate facts.

There’s a big difference between deception and delusion. In the case of deception, it is when someone else uses the means of a lie, or dishonesty to mislead, by convincing you to see, accept or even reject an idea, fact or believe. In most cases, deception uses the power of what seem right in the eyes or thought to misdirect, shift or readjust your opinion, value or even the principle of general interpretation and interaction.

While delusion on the other hand, is more of a personal, inner false conviction, acceptance and even the assurance to suggest that what you think, see, belief and accept is most correct viewpoint or perspective, even when there are no concrete facts and evidence to prove that what you believe is inconsistent to absolute truth.

The ministry of Sonship

  6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” 8The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” 9Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10“Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11“But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD.  [Job 1:6-12]

I am highly intrigued whenever I have the opportunity to read or study the book of Job because it connects and explained to me a deep genealogical, ancestral lineage of my spiritual image and identity. The spiritual ties the church of the last days has in connection with the spirit of Job is something I am perceiving the lord will have us to begin considering even as we enter the closure and the reopening of another Age.

We know the book of Job is in fact one of the earliest and oldest writings of the scripture. Some say the book was written just almost the same time the book of genesis was penned down.  One thing is clear, the book is an ancient spiritual manuscript that gives us deep spiritual insight and technology with regards to the architectural design of the father sovereign process as also seen through the life of Joseph in Egypt.

 It is not coincidental that most of the prophetic expression today are centered around the return of the ministry of sonship, and yet, the very beginning of the book of Job start with the gathering of the sons of God before the council of the father, and we are old that Satan, who is also known as Lucifer was present as a son. One thing is clear from this gathering is that there is a kind of [spiritual beings] people who are given the title sons of God.

All sons are born of God. Yet, the birth of the first man, who is also known as Adam reflected a different type, or quality design of sonship the rest of the sons of God have not seen before.  Other sons, which also known as angelic being does carry a high measure of spiritual power and authority.

When the councils of son’s seats 

However, the ministry of the sonship of Adam was pattern after the image and likeness of the father himself. While this article is not directly on the ministry of sonship, I however thought I should give a brief background of this concept of sonship because of its link to the life and character nature of Job. The father had confidence in the sonship life of Job, and therefore, he was ready and willing to challenge Satan to test the quality standard of the spirit of sonship in Job.

While Lucifer, as a fallen [son] being now known as the accuser of the brethren was given the permission to also appear with other sons of God. He was given the opportunity by the father to test the integrity and position of Job as one of the reflections of the humans carrying the spirit of sonship who will not give in to the lies of the enemy as we see in the life of Enoch. Lucifer was asked by the father himself if he had noticed, or considered Job as the father’s most finest, most noble righteous man on the earth?  There was no doubt that the father was not just making a boast of the life of Job but was also making a statement and a declaration with regards to Job’s advanced spiritual status.  What an opportunity given to Satan to prove his case before the council of the sons of God.

Satan made it clear to the father that the only reason why Job was righteous was due to the

a]. the protection he enjoys over his life

b]. the protection of his family

c]. the provision and protection of his property

d]. the Father has blessed his handwork 

Satan declared to the father, you remove your hand of protection over his life and see if Job will not curse you to your face. Since Satan has well studied the fallen human nature to the degree that he can almost predict the response system of any man who is either searching for these four-seemly secure systems of man. Man, will do anything to make sure he gets these four points as his secure bulwark and protection.  Satan was impressing a point the father that man will seek these four pillars in his quest for spirituality or the worship of the father, or will continue to seek the righteousness of the father in order to maintain what was given to him by the father.

Satan was indirectly saying to the father that man does not worship you without reward expectation.  It is easy to worship the Lord, when there’s protection, provision and blessing. Therefore, the justice system of the father kicked in, go ahead and strip Job of everything he owns, including his children, afflict his body with sores, sickness and disease. In the sovereignty of the father as he prepares us for what he has eternally designed our life to achieve for his glory, we may have to go through certain painful and suffering season like Job did.

 

REDEFINING THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY

 

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REDEFINING THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY SERIES

PART 1

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Intention and consideration

We could begin this teaching and dialogue about the prophetic by first exploring the numerous testimonies, many have received in my early days of primarily functioning around some of the mainstream gifts of the spirit, associated with the prophetic department of the five-ascended ministry calling.

I could also do a brief highlight of some of the best materials, whose view on the subject of the prophetic ministry is mainly focused on a particular topic and direction which of course, are needed in the broader perspective of divine agenda. And on the other hand, I could also share with you, countless testimony of some highly-gifted servants of God, whose grace and giftens in the prophetic are known to be on the cutting-edge of current spiritual emphasis amongst their contemporaries.

Within the current mixture and perversion, we’re witnessing today, there are still those among us today who carries an undefiled, authentic prophetic grace, and they speak in a clear, divine order of their mandate, and you will be somewhat captured and enthralled with the great testimonies of these individuals as you hear or read their accounts.

But the truth is, my intention is not to merely get you interested by intrigue, or exited, based on the testimony and manifested gifts related to the charismatic side of the ministry of the prophetic.

 My honest intention is to systematically, in the spirit of simplicity, lead you behind the performing stage of what the prophetic ministry, grace and office is all about.  My desire is for us to explore and precisely locate the spirit and the man behind the gift or calling of the prophetic ministry.

As a new testament prophet, whose primary assignment is to teach, skill and equip the Saints for their own work of ministry, I passionately long to infuse your spirit and your entire being with a passion that will awake what is already locked inside of you through the information, revelation and experience you may have as you journey with me through that which I have received of the father in my days of training and development on the spirit of the prophetic.

My hunger is for your total man to know how to see, hear, understand, accept and relate to this seemly mysterious ministry gift. Therefore, in this note on the prophetic, you will find patterns that give insight into what I call, THE CALLING, THE PREPARATION and THE RELEASE to function.

A FOUNDATION THAT SHAPES THE CALL INTO THE PROPHETIC.

 

4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.

5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time, each will receive their praise from God.

6 Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. 1 Corinthians 4:4-6

This overhead scripture gives the accurate instructive, doctrinal framework that ought to guide our approach to any matter of divine engagement and initiative in life. The Lord in several occasions has used these words to guide, secure, and protect my heart from all forms of strange, ancient, doctrines and extra-biblical notions and philosophies, currently being awakened to challenge and frustrate the present reformation and redemptive agenda of the father for creation.

This is the day were all followers of the Lamb are requested to trim their lamp wick in anticipation of his arrival. Yet, only those whose lamps are filled with oil and are burning with greater intensity of Christ light will be able to survive the battle of falsehood loitering at every corner of our community in this season.

The conscience of our faith in the hope of our calling must be kept pure and in the right direction of divine intention, least our conscience becomes overridden by powerful, ancient demonic interference, designed to sway us off the track of sound spirituality.

Our ability to judge things both natural and spiritual must be guided on the state of our spiritual maturity which reflects an intense sense of discernment. The spiritual man judges all things while he is not judged by no man. Maintaining the scope of divine activity within the framework of biblical tenets and values are highly required in this hour.

The word of God Is the finality of spiritual understanding and the finalization of the standard that define and approves all forms of spiritual calling and experiences. Therefore, to grow within the ever-increasing reality of the word of God gives us the right spiritual foundation and insight into how we are to approach any matter, including that of the ascended ministry gifts.

FOUNDATION AND FRAMEWORK FOR THE CALL

It is highly important that we can precisely trace how we’ve been invited and introduced to the ways and things of the Spirit, including, the numerous ways and manners we received our ministry assignment and mandate.

One of the reasons for this is that it gives a clear picture of the spiritual philosophy that defines or shape the framework of what we term as our mandate assignment. This also helps to correct, adjust and further develop the foundational template required for sound, biblical perspective to life and ministry initiative.

The father will use various means and method to invite us to see his designed purpose for us. However, such means of invitation may not necessarily represent his consistent, reliable pattern and principle for divine assignment.

 A good example of this is, the call of Moses through the burning bush does not make the ‘experience’ of the burning bush a consistent, reliable doctrinal premise of how we must be called or invited to the ministry. I need to make this clarification and distinction, and there are so many other examples in the word of God that we can examine as unique to how the Lord will call individuals.

The mistake many have made in the past, and unfortunately are still making today is the fact they assumed that as long as there’s some form of result in terms of miracle, signs and wonders been produced through their gifts and ministry, the manner they step into such ministry should not matter or bother anyone for that matter.

If there’s no clear biblical footing to how the father invites us to share in his redemptive and restoration agenda, many will continue to use their own yardstick, or so-called spiritual experience somewhere, or through some means to legitimize their position of being given a [prophetic] ministry assignment which in most cases does not represent nor reflect the accurate biblical value standard for divine invitation. If the footing our calling and invitation to ministry is inaccurate, the entire construct of life and ministry will eventually become defected., it’s only a matter of time.

Therefore, the means of how we engage in what is known in the word of God as the way, the truth and [life] experience of Christ defines the footing and orientation to how we step in any form of ministry assignment, but in particular, the prophetic office and its various organs of ministry.

This primary insight of introduction which we shall still further consider will guide and direction our hearts through the spirit of discernment as we seek clarity, context to the precise foundational footing of the spiritual [material] substance that shape the templates that ultimately forms the inner value structure of what we term as ministry or the prophetic, or any ascended ministry grace.

If this perceptional understanding is not well-seated within us, it’s only a matter of before the house of what we term ministry starts to crack from its very foundation.  For if the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

MY PERSONAL EXPIRIENCE OF INVITATION INTO THE PROPHETIC

About five years ago, the Lord granted me a rare opportunity within the vastness of his grace to train and interact with few brethren back then with regards to some of the core character components, the nature and function of the prophetic ministry. Somehow, after the training, I was not opportune nor permitted to speak, nor publish the material on my blog which I will usually do with most of my materials for reasons only known to the father.

Not too long ago, I began to sense and feel the urgency in my spirit to revisit the subject, but I must admit that I have somewhat, unduly procrastinated on the matter until late 2015 when I received a message from a very dear brother who wanted my view on the ministry of a prophet. I felt convicted, and instantly recognized that it was the Holy Spirit indirectly prompting me to update and release the material for the spiritual edification of those who might need certain fundamental understanding, or clarification regarding the subject on the prophetic.

I could still remember the very first time I tried putting a comprehensive material together relating to this subject, was about two decades plus ago. This was just before the apostolic reformation stream began to gain popularity in some part of the [Nigerian] West African church community where I have had the opportunity to pioneer a work for the lord for about two decades plus.  Back then in the early 80s when I gave my heart to the Lord, the subject or the ministry of the prophets was at his pick in terms of giftens and manifestation.

The focus then was mainly founded on two premises; 1] the use of the gift for personal [material and emotional] blessing. 2] The use of the gift for eschatological end time events. The intensity of global political realignment caused many to major the prophetic on not just the coming of Christ but also on the manifestation of the anti-Christ-known as the man of Sin.

Back then, I was doing a series of study on the fivefold ministry gifts, and of cause, my major was in the prophetic office and its various organs of ministry, but unfortunately the material got missing in one of the commercial computer centers we were using back then for our ministry stuff.  Those were still in the days of floppy disk storage, and of cause virus infection was quite high back then. The truth was, losing those resourceful materials was quite painful and I could not just summon up courage and motivation to rewrite the material again after the incident.

THE MISSREPRESENTATION

Having operated in the prophetic grace for almost three decades, I have witnessed few extreme streams of the prophetic, and I have been graciously opportune to also see various seasons of prophetic shifts and emphasis function both within the body of Christ and across the nations respectively. And if I may quickly add, I Have also witness lots of gimmicks, weird, unbiblical and satanic stuff imported into the house of God in the name of Christ and the prophetic ministry just as we can see today.

This misrepresentation has caused a huge dysfunctionality and damage to the image of Christ and his Body across the globe that when people today hear that you are a prophet, their immediate reaction is to look at you first with a very suspicious perception, and I truly do not blame them because many have sadly been injured and hurt to the point of almost been destroyed by these impostors who send themselves and represent their own selfish interest in the name of a prophet.

The truth is, there is a lot the body of Christ is yet to know and thoroughly understand in terms of the precise footing and foundation of the character nature and functionality of all the ascended ministry gifts, but in particular, the office and gift of the prophet.

Through this note, my aim is to introduce you to the office and ministry of a prophet from the point of one who is graced with a watchman’s spirit and priestly prophetic teaching foundation, and maybe, you can journey with me on a narrow, ancient route that may possibly recalibrate your heart, sight and hearing capability.

It is indeed my desire that your faith and that of many within the present kingdom advance will gets energized with the capacity to press beyond the boundaries men and religious system has set in both defining and measuring what they assume as the prophetic ministry.

This resource should help in identifying what I call a prophetic spirit, a prophetic gift and the office of prophet. I have through the grace of God used my own personal experience and revelatory insight in the word of God to highlight the office of the prophet, built on a solid foundation of biblical truth and its guiding doctrines.

 I pray and hope that you will open your heart to the truths locked in the material because it has been written through the divine guidance and inspiration of the Spirit. There is nothing of self-glorification or man’s agenda here. My desire is to see that the corporate body of Christ quickly and accurately return to the apostolic pattern given to her at the ascension of our lord.

The prophetic ministry, like the rest of the ascension ministry gifts are the very extension of Christ life and desire for the building up of the saints and the restoration of creation from the bondage of the fallen Adamic nature. Meaning, they are not the idea of some religious groups or denominational system. Neither are they the figment of some intellectual humanistic ideologies that has been allowed to infiltrate and almost replace the function of the ascended ministry gifts today in some church communities. This is Christ very life, expressing himself in some unique dimensions without division or friction of intent. Here are some ways or forms the life and ministry of Christ is expressed through the prophetic spirit:

 

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Part 5

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION AND STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 5

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

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Part 5

 

The foundation to all knowledge

We cannot venture into the knowledge of things, whether they be things in the heavens of heaven or things beneath the earth or within the innermost being of man without first having the knowledge of the Holy One. This basic point I am flagging are essentially crucial to the issues we are going to further consider, and I desire us to reexamine the foundation that ought to give us that proper orientation in both engaging and interpreting the mind of the Lord with regards to the knowledge and culture of his kingdom.

As a student of the scripture, I have discovered that even those who have been given to the body to teach and instruct us on basic principles, values and precepts of the word of God to some degree, share a bit of misconception, prejudices, and misrepresentation for various obvious reasons.

And therefore, I believe that reexamining the core footing that defines our theological prism of ideology in consistent to biblical truth is highly necessary in order to have a correct, solid, holistic, unbiased spiritual footing as we press into the reality of what constitute a precise, standardized knowledge of accessing the kingdom of God.

 The true purpose of salvation

Firstly, the very spiritual footing that both carry and form the shape of the foundation of what is intended to be built as a spiritual edifies plays one of the most important roles in the journey of life. The outpouring substance of what is intended to be shaped as a template of our inner, cast spiritual structure must first align with the revelatory design of the heavenly temple pattern.

However, this is a huge challenge since not everyone had the right spiritual discipleship program to access the knowledge of the Spirit through a precise, standardized, revelatory knowledge of Christ and the kingdom.  One may quickly argue that isn’t that one of the reasons why salvation, through being born again was given?

Yes, that is one of the reasons, but we can equally also agree that not everyone duly understand, or have come to agree that the core purpose of salvation is not just to make it to heaven but to mature us in all knowledge and dealings of life.

True, biblical, precise teaching on salvation ought to teach us how to bring heaven down into our present domain, in a manner that affords us the grace to reflect the glorious beauty and grace of the kingdom of God to creation and humanity through our reborn and regenerated spirit-man. Salvation and redemption were given to create an equalized position for all to perfectly access the doorway into the revelation of Christ and his kingdom for all.

Hence, redemption becomes our school master that prepares us for the position of the sonship nature of the second man, the last Adam, who has become the pattern and template of how we see, receive and function in the ministry we’ve all been assigned.  This further background knowledge gives us insight into what we are examining as we are being called to ascend to another reality in the climbing unto the mountain of the Lord.

Understanding the ministry of suffering

The further we move into the day of the lord, the more resolute and determine we must become in embracing the virtue of suffering and the challenges presented to us in the spirit of joy and the fruit of the spirit as a necessary divine requirement in the preparation to be better equipped for the service of the ministry of Christ and his kingdom.

2 Corinthians 4:17

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

The word suffering among most Christians today has been tagged with a negative unacceptable experience. Yet, when we consider scripture carefully we see how the lord use the ministry of suffering to refine and perfect his vessels of honor.

Suffering is not just about the lack of food, good clothing, money, nice house, the lack of education, job and so on. There’s a suffering the lord has ordained and called his own into in an order to get the best of himself out of them.

The fact that Christians across the globe live in different political and socioeconomic realities, and to a large degree, those realities affects and shape their spiritual orientation and outlook of their faith. In order words, what some many consider as the norm in their part of the world may turn out to be persecution in another region or context.

 

Environment and perspective

By default, the environment we grew up plays a huge role in the shaping and the construction and formation of our lives orientation and general outlook. Here’s a good example, a believer who grew within a war zone environment, and a Christian who developed within an environment of peace, financial security and wealth will certainly not have the same faith perspective, insight to correct life’s value, and the preferred, operational value template and the opportunity to annex resources for productivity.

While this may not be categorized as a general principle, the fact remains that the realities of these two groups are world apart, and that does impact on their life’s view and spiritual prism.

Another example I have personally noticed in the last 15 years or so of my stay in South Africa, having the opportunity to pioneer a fellowship, preach and teach in various churches within the provinces, I can confidently say that, I’ve noticed a significant difference in the response system of the people to the gospel message.

Furthermore, there’s a unique character attitude many Christians display as they interact, perceive and even react to both the message and the messenger of the gospel from place to place. This concept I am relating to carries both a positive and a negative viewpoint that may not necessarily be seen or noticed on a face value relationship except the Lord opens one’s eyes to see it.

When you gather ministers of the gospel together in one place, and give the task of preaching from the same text scripture, you are certainly going to get varieties of insight and interpretations, and that is true. However accurate is their revelation, you can be rest assured that forty percent of what they might have said or taught are shaped directly or indirectly from the environment that shaped their perspective and life orientation.

This is a fact that cannot be denied. We are all products of our environment, either good or bad, and that’s the reason the Lord uses what is called a standardized knowledge of the spiritual [principle] truth to refine, balance or equalize our spiritual orientation so we don’t only reflect the experience of the environment that has shaped us, but rather see life and its various complex dealing through the eyes of Gods eternal design for us.

This simple, but, profound truth helps us to precisely interpret the whole concept of our lives, either from a positive or negative experience through the prism of the kingdom of God. Regardless of where we came from and the color of our skin or gender, our spiritual lens view changes to the father’s eternal designed blueprint for. Whether we are born with a royal blood, or we are from an African linage of slave trade, it really does not matter again, as our stature and identity in the kingdom of God brings us all back to that point of our true original state in the father, the state of sonship.

Unfortunately, not many understand this concept of life within the Christian faith, and therefore, the lord often use certain parallel kingdom value principles like tribulation, or even temporal lack to awaken the spiritual faculty of his own chosen people, and to also to help them create that sense of spiritual understanding in measuring up to that spiritual standard in accessing the portal of humility and the rest of the fruit of the spirit that truly enriches their soul.

We are told that we can only enter the kingdom through much suffering. This suffering is the glorious pathway into the life and virtue of kingdom culture. Whatever way or condition we’ve been naturally born, or whatever place or location we maybe current located, if we’ve not been through the access point of suffering, the experience of our spiritual orientation will certainly not be completed or lopsided. Therefore, it will be highly challenging for you or me to relate and understand the key spiritual building components for the kingdom life and its representation.

There’s a single binding principle that allows every member of the church of Christ to see and interact with each other according to the stipulation of the ministry of the tree of life. Before we can truly and effectively access the glorious life of the kingdom, the valley conditions of our lives must be filled up, the mountains must be made plain and the on straight road must be straightened out. These are dimensions of ideological beliefs and standards we’ve inherited that must be given up to the new life and culture of the kingdom we are entering.

Everyone whose desire to ascend into the reality of true kingdom lifestyle must come through this doorway of tribulation. The wealthiest people within the body of Christ have their own seasons of suffering. My point is, this is not about the lack of money. Spiritual suffering is not poverty and poverty is not spiritual suffering.

A believer can amass all the wealth of this world but he or she is completely poor unto the true riches of the kingdom. There’s a poverty every believer must experience, regardless of how rich they maybe, they must constantly seek this dealing of the spirit from the father to keep and maintain the sense of spiritual wealth in their journey towards the tree of life.

 

 

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 4

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by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

continuation…

Defining the word, knowledge

The Greek word gnosis means knowledge. This knowledge denotes various things to various traditions and civilizations, it just depends on the perspective of who is defining the source of such knowledge. However, the scripture emphatically clarifies and declares that the Lord gives wisdom and out of the pronouncements and declarations of his mouth comes [gnosis] knowledge and [insight] understanding [Proverbs 2:6].

Knowledge, wisdom and understanding are produced and released through a direct contact and relationship with the God of heaven and earth. All knowledge and wisdom come from God’s divine approval, including the ones Lucifer was allowed to have, and he’s currently using to lie and deceive his followers and the world in general.

Tracing the footing and objective of divine knowledge

Very few people have this basic spiritual understanding of knowledge in their heart. Therefore, it becomes highly difficult for these individuals to understand the divine operational pattern and purpose of the father when it comes to his use of knowledge, wisdom and understanding regarding any matter.  Keep this profound statement to heart because it will later bring perspective to our discussion when we start studying a critical value standard with regards to the spiritual technology unraveled through the tribulation and suffering of the life of Job.

 To have spiritual knowledge or experience without a thorough, biblically sound, prophetic understanding of its main reason and objective is a breeding ground for deception, misguidance, and of cause, highly dangerous as we can see this manifestation today in the mainstream traditional and new age churches. The essence of spiritual [revelatory] knowledge is not to merely expose scripture, or the display of spiritual gift in a manner that dazzle and mesmerize our audience to the point that it gives us entree to some pseudo influence that leverages our so-called visionary agenda in construction of some wonderful and lofty ministry dream.

When we do not thoroughly follow the divine protocol standard of ministry initiative, and we vigorously pursue the promotion of our own definition of ministry, we have indirectly given into the spirit of deception and delusion, regardless of how seemly effective or prosperous the ministry might look on a face value.

 When the search for knowledge leads to witchcraft

The power of blind spot in building ministry does not confine revelatory understanding sublime, bias, deceptive interpretation of the word of God, but also set the stage for the spirit of pride and arrogance which ultimately opens us and our ministry to a full-blown witchcraft activity.  A truth that has not set you free from the false agenda to use truth, people, or even a revelation as we see today to build something you term ministry for yourself in the name of the Lord is not the truth, but a lie that camouflages itself as an agent of truth from the pit of hell.

An ascended, purified truth on the other hand, primarily seeks to call you to submit your preconceived idea of truth and its intentions to the scrutiny and refining process of your heart and conscience before the father, as he works his way through every aspect of your life until you’re able to see the wisdom in you to relinquish all forms of power, knowledge and wisdom, which then leads you to the next phase where the father begins to show you his eternal, intended objective for his wisdom over any situation.

When the perspective of knowledge is not in alignment.

There were things, situation and conditions about my life I thought I had a perfect spiritual insight and understanding of until the next phase of my life began to unfold before my very eyes, and then I gradually realized how I had presumed the progressive voice and dealings of the intentions of the father for me.

There’s no mistake in the Lord, nor in his calling upon your life, or in your followership of his divine purpose. We only find ourselves in a difficult position when we build our dream and expectation on a false sense of spiritual purpose that is not resonating, nor consistent with the fathers unfolding eternal, progressive objective for us.

We don’t own ourselves nor out future.  Hence, we cannot dictate, or sway the prophetic program and events designed to shape and determine the ultimate manifestation of the assignment of our representation. For in Christ we aught to live, move and have our entire being. This is the way of true spiritual knowledge and fulfillment.     

When the father called Abraham, and gave a covenant of promise, all he said to him as part of his side of keeping of the covenant was for father Abraham to work with him in the heart of integrity and perfection. There’s no greater promise and a blissful future than to have a contrite and pure heart as we passionately follow the father.

The blessing of prosperity and a good family life stem out of the wisdom and knowledge that flows from the cleanliness of our well or stream.  The security of our future is not in the material we possess or in the tranquility of our marriages or ministry as highly important and necessary as they may be. We are quick to forget that we live on a battle front that requires we constantly maintain that position of rest and trust in the ever-abiding presence and glory of the Lord.

The future is not in what you know

Many indeed long for a future they can predict, determine and control to suit what they’ve envisioned and wanted in their days of youthful dream. Yet, wisdom is daily teaching and guiding us to understand that things are not usually the way we believe they should turn out in our narrow spiritual perspective.

Even then, as we grow in the things of the Spirit, we come to a day where the Lord takes our dream and fashion them into something even greater and beautiful than we can ever imagine. For all things work for the good of them who love the Lord and are called after his purpose.  My personal security should not be built around how I’ve been able to manage my past or present condition for a better, secured tomorrow as we’ve been commonly taught in the days of unbalanced faith prosperity theology.

Rather, my security, confidence and hope should be established on how I respond to the daily call of yielding myself to the father’s voice in full assurance of his guidance and provision as I match towards the field of my prophetic purpose.

The dreams I had of a perfect, undisruptive spiritual community, having spent the better part of my life battling to create for myself a seemly, a legitimate spiritual platform that can enhance the advancement of the assignment of the kingdom did not turned out as I had thought, and to some degree, I was disappointed in myself for the singular fact that I did not prophetically see some of the unfolding reality of my life.

 Furthermore, I have also learned with time and through the crucible purifying process of the Spirit that my primary calling, duty and assignment, regardless of my outward state is to daily carry my cross and follow Christ. Though our outer man may be wasting away through persecution and tribulation, yet the inner man is daily being renewed through the life and grace we have in Christ.  For that is my primary and the most important calling, to take up my cross and follow him wherever he leads.

Foundation for discovering true knowledge

Following Christ may sound so easy to many today when we consider how Christianity is been preached and projected from the liberal, humanist, material driven gospel preachers. However, it is now turning out to be one of the most challenging process of the faith culture as present apostolic [voice] fathers bring to view the correct standard of the gospel of Christ kingdom. This is turning to become highly challenging for today’s Christians to accept since they’ve been hardly schooled in the principles of knowing and following the accurate doctrines of the way, truth, and life of apostolic Christianity.

Following Christ requires that your entire faculty, aspiration, motivation and desire, all lineup with his intention and not yours or someone’s else. Following Christ is beyond the preaching or teaching of the gospel. To follow Christ is to completely yield to his will and counsel in everything you think, imagine, and desire. To follow Christ is to become a bondservant.

To follow Christ means to completely abandon every form of humanist wisdom or agenda that may sound or even look intelligent and let his voice alone guide you.  Where the cross will daily lead me, only the one I am following knows. This is a critical aspect in understanding the spiritual nature of an advanced prophetic orientation.

For this is what I call the protocol of the divine regulatory process of maturity in applying the divine wisdom and kingdom resource. This is the big revelation behind the wisdom the father applied when he sanctioned Satan to touch Job and destroy everything he ever built. Job’s spirituality, authority, reputation, business, wealth, and family were all completely brought to ruins except for his soul. What a way for the father to boast of his own. I question how many of today’s believers can the father confidently boast has he did with the life of Job before Satan.

False leadership and ministry orientation

It is an unfortunate reality that not every spiritual leader within the fraternity of the present apostolic reformation have clearly been taught to understand the mechanism of accessing the pure, undiluted, undivided apostolic knowledge that comes from the Holy one.

One major point that immediately highlight this deficiency is the fact that in the past three decades, the major part of the church has been pursuing the knowledge of God for its own selfish purpose and gain. Many within the church has sought knowledge and ministry gift illegally to build a ministry for themselves to the degree that today, ministry has become a business and family affairs.

The ministry has become what leaders dreamt and build for themselves, and later pass on to their groomed, biological children to inherite. This unfortunate, unbiblical and ungodly act of leadership misguidance has greatly exacerbated the number of illegitimate churches and ministries now opening up across communities within the nations.

When we consider the staggering number of folks who claim they are prophets or have been called into the prophetic ministry, one immediately see that something is wrong. The crave for the prophetic ministry from many is completely outside the legitimate restorative intention of the father. What we are seeing today with regards to what is being called the prophetic ministry is majorly build on the principle of demand and supply.

As the world becomes more uncertain and the world’s economy continues to collapse, many have become even more desperate and afraid of what their tomorrow hold, and therefore, they need someone who can look into the crystal ball and tell them about their tomorrow. Now we see desperate young men and women go into what they term as a pastoral school who later graduate them into some so-called spiritual leadership position.

The issue of unemployment and rebellion to leadership has led to many of the opening of what is called churches, and many have paid some so-called bishop to anoint them into the office of a prophet while they continue to consult the powers of darkness to give them some form of power to perform healings and miracles.

This unfortunate trend has brought a great deal of shame, not just to the church of the Lord, but also to those who stand in the position of leadership, and this is one of the reasons why we need to consider this article as a remedial solution to the present unfortunate state of the ecclesia.  Much of what is defined to be the operation of the knowledge or wisdom of God in most of these churches are powerful demonic operation, camouflaging to be the legitimate operation of the heavenly pattern.

Ignorance of the way, truth, and life of the kingdom is no longer accepted, we must go up higher in our spiritual vision to clearly understand and identify the precise apostolic operating wisdom of the father. Then, we won’t get betrayed and deceived by the lies of the foe sounding like the truth to many ears today.

 

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Part 3

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION AND STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third day ecclesia.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

PART 3

 continuation…

The church is changing from the way we know it

One of the most profound dynamics of life is the consistency of development, change and even transformation. Change is required in order to experience the life and power of the new in its entirety. Change is complex, yet, constant in time and space, even when we don’t seem to understand or experience its immediate effect in our lives. Nothing within the confines of time remains the same. Life revolves around the circle of change according to the writing of the preacher in Ecclesiastes chapter 3:1 [There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven].

This is not simply a natural law, but likewise a spiritual reality if maturity must be reached. The formation and establishment of the church were designed in a way that affords it to change as times, seasons, and occasions will require, or in some cases, as the prophetic agenda of the father will demand of the saints.

From the very inception of the church in the book of Act of the apostles, we have seen its operation and development primarily based on the released, or accessed knowledge of kingdom truth from the throne of grace. In other words, the church has been changing and functioning based on what the saints have discovered through its interaction with the ministry of truth, revelation and wisdom as each generation transits and transform its wineskin from one dimension of spiritual knowledge to the next.

The church grows and matures as the information and revelatory insight and capacity of its custodians increases. The laying down of new floors of divine truth in the reconstruction of the church is strictly built on the inner structural capacity of the its elders at the gate to understand and interact with each aspect of the ascended governmental values in its general program of development and productivity. 

We are systematically and aggressively coming to the end of the church from the limited, myopic way we’ve known and defined it from the past. Our methodology of understanding its position, function, influence and authority in the last three to four decades has obviously now become weakened, dysfunctional and obsolete.

A new governmental, structural wineskin is currently being tailored to house, redefine and redesign the next strategic engagement of the ecclesia as we challenge the humanist, sociocultural norms of this millennium. We are beginning to also see the Lord reinforce the core foundations and eternal pillars of the ecclesia in order to hold and stabilize the church from the assault of darkness that will be mounting up against the saints as she presses into a new sphere of engagement in divine initiative and spiritual warfare. 

The unfortunate thing however is that in the very midst of this advance, prophetic, governmental transition, we are still faced with the issue of having a very large population within the corporate community who have little or no knowledge of the life and the operational protocol of the culture of the kingdom of God. 

The tree of life is the access doorway

The lack of the revelatory knowledge of Christ from a well-balanced, biblical footing and understanding has continually weakened the saints from accessing the tree of life, which is the only portal into the reality and spiritual culture of the kingdom of God. Yet, these same individuals can so effortlessly and boldly quote, even to defend the tenants of their various church’s denominational belief values.

The knowledge many have of their spiritual leaders and value system of their various churches, in comparison to the knowledge they ought to have of the word of God, the revelation of Christ, and that of the cultural operating values of the kingdom of God is alarming. Paul said for we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord… [2 Cor 4:5] 

The preaching and teaching of some strange message that glorify self and our little institutions has continued to hinder many from seeing the importance of knowing and embracing the value standard of the kingdom of God which is the preferred standard of lifestyle.  If there’s one critical truth, I believe the Lord is presently declaring and restoring as a fundamental spiritual value standard, is on how the saints can regain in full access, the position and expression of the life the first man lost in Eden.

 

A journey back to Eden

Our journey back to the first state and estate Adam lost, and thus, was cast out of the paradise of God in Eden is a vital truth that is now requiring a high level, advanced, apostolic attention and engagement as we are brought to the border of the season of the restoration of all things. Both the reformation and the equalization of a sound, corporate prophetic sight, and a well-balanced apostolic [wisdom] doctrine in the building and preparedness of the saints in regaining perfect access in Eden has become a high watermark in the current deliberation of kingdom engagement initiatives.  

There is a subtle trend of teaching out there today that merely seeks to maintain the appetite of transition in the wilderness by feeding on manna without truly seeking to bring the church in the wilderness across Jordan, where she is able to re-access [the promised land] Eden. As we rightly saw that it was only two characters, Caleb and Joshua, out of the entire generation the father brought out of Egypt through the apostolic hospice of Moses.

These two icons carry an in-depth knowledge of how to access the reality of the kingdom of God, and of course, the rest of the Israelites who perished in the wilderness also shows us the character norms that will directly hinder and disqualify us from entering the promise Land of the father.

Caleb and Joshua are a type of apostolic pattern that crafts for us the kind of spiritual operating system that allows us to have seamlessly access the standardized knowledge of the will of the father in our corporate migration back to Eden. 

It is critical we remind ourselves of the main objective of why the Lord fed the church in the wilderness with manna less we develop a false doctrine of merely feeding on manna and never access the very purpose of the father for us.

The objective of manna in the wilderness

The scripture said, manna was provided to humble and prove the condition of the heart of the children of Israel, that they may know that man was not designed to live on bread alone but on every word, that proceeds from the mouth of the Father.This scripture seems to be strongly suggesting that the father was used the ministry of manna to purge out a false, prideful, value standard his people had gotten accustomed to in their seasons of slavery back in the land of Egypt.

 Even though manna sustained the Israelites throughout their journey in the wilderness, its mission, however, was to reform, transform and ultimately restore their original identity and dignity as a new spiritual breed, born of the father, with an ascended character [strength] fortitude as the march on with courage in possession of their position and inheritance in Canaan.

Manna was therefore designed to teach us how to trust the father in the spirit of faith, hope and complete dependence on his proceeding word. Manna was to fashioned in us after leaving Egypt, a new spiritual diet, a culture of faith, that allows us to grow and mature the kind of spiritual capacity and competence that allows us to engage the border of the land of Canaan without fear.  

Deuteronomy 8:3

“And He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.

Many of the teachings and preaching’s of the church, and even amongst some of the current apostolic community, only emphasizes on the peripheral gospel that merely seeks to maintain the appetite and pleasure of many who are still accustomed to the lifestyle in Egypt. For as long as there is still room within us to lust and look back to the pleasures of the bondage of Egypt and Babylon, I am afraid, there will never be a true quest and passionate hunger to return to our first original state in paradise.

The maintenance of the people outside the gate of paradise or even the promised land should be vehemently rejected and change for the preferred spiritual diet that enhances the ability and grace to quest for the Lord even in days like ours.  The church has spent too long a time wandering the wilderness of Canaan. We’ve gone pass living within the boundary line of the country of Canaan without the right governmental capacity to repossess.

Embrace the flaming sword of the cherubim

 

This is the time and hour to engage with the inner depth of the revelation of the father’s  love and mercy, as we embrace the ministry of the cherubim as we allow their flaming sword to fall on our flesh that our soul for complete redemption and restoration back to the father who is patiently waiting for us in [paradise] Eden. only those who will pass through the flaming sword of the cherubim will access Eden Again. It’s time to annex Eden again as our eternal inheritance with the standardized quality of faith and revelatory knowledge of the Holy One. 

Eden is where the glory lies, and the only place we are allowed to govern the realities of the earth. It is the place the father promised to meet and speak with us. This is the place and position where the two wings of the cherubim meet in perfect union of grace to function in our assigned ministries. To however access this realm again, we need what the scripture defines as the keys of the kingdom. These keys are symbolic of divine, revelatory knowledge, encounter and experiences in the spirit that allows us to pass through the portal of the gate of redemption and transformation into paradise.

Enoch, the seventh from Adam

The patriarch Enoch, the seventh from Adam carried that technology of divine knowledge to go on with the Lord to the next place of divine knowledge. Enoch restarts and redefined the whole concept of spiritual engagement and interaction as a righteous man found in the seventh generation from Adam.  Every seventh generation, or three of seven generations, opens a new spiritual portal of opportunities for redemption, reformation and even restoration.

The condition of the heart of Enoch in search for the God of his great grandfather unleashed a spiritual experience upon the earth that man has not felt since the days of the first man in the garden.  Enoch, being the seventh from Adam opened a spiritual portal of hope to walk with the lord again in the spirit of an undiluted knowledge and the fear of the father.  

The twilight of the seventh day

As we are witnessing a new portal opening for us to corporately access the doorway of entering the kingdom of God as in the days of Noah, we need to understand the sacredness of this hour and the immense spirit of distraction designed by the enemy to sway us away from this spiritual opportunity.

Friends, this is the twilight of the seventh day. The Spirit of the Lord is speaking expressly

A generation in search for knowledge

Today, we exist in a society that is highly driven by the quest for knowledge to the point of almost worshiping and lusting after it. In fact, today’s 21st century society and its economic revolution is mainly built and driven around what is now known as a knowledge based economy, and it does pay a great high premium of salary to individuals or groups who are known or seen to be intellectually sound and productive in various fields that can seamlessly increase economic growth.

 

Jeremiah 9: 23, 24

 23This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.

24But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!

The church itself is not immune from this sudden crave for some form of a higher dimension of spiritual knowledge that seeks to give her some kind of an honor and reputable position in the society. The quest for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil has been in high demand even from those we thought are the watchers and gatekeepers of the timing and seasons of the comings of God to the earth.   

Having a sense of knowledge is a beautiful and a wonderful feeling for many, especially, when such knowledge finally produces some experience of breakthrough and deliverance from a highly complex spiritual challenge regardless of how such knowledge is acquiredsly to our hearts not to give in to the same distractive plies of the enemy that hindered the generation of Noah from yielding to the prophetic warning voice of what is not yet seen, but assured of becoming a true reality in days of destruction.

Prophet Daniel declared that knowledge will increase in the last days and men will run here and there in search for some form of knowledge in trying to update their well of information. Yet, this quest for knowledge is for self-glorification and preservation. 

Daniel 12:4

But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

 

A generation in search for knowledge

Today, we exist in a society that is highly driven by the quest for knowledge to the point of almost worshiping and lusting after it. In fact, today’s 21st century society and its economic revolution is mainly built and driven around what is now known as a knowledge based economy, and it does pay a great high premium of salary to individuals or groups who are known or seen to be intellectually sound and productive in various fields that can seamlessly increase economic growth.

 

Jeremiah 9: 23, 24

 23This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.

24But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!

The church itself is not immune from this sudden crave for some form of a higher dimension of spiritual knowledge that seeks to give her some kind of an honor and reputable position in the society. The quest for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil has been in high demand even from those we thought are the watchers and gatekeepers of the timing and seasons of the comings of God to the earth.   

Having a sense of knowledge is a beautiful and a wonderful feeling for many, especially, when such knowledge finally produces some experience of breakthrough and deliverance from a highly complex spiritual challenge regardless of how such knowledge is acquired.

 

 

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 2

 

The purpose of tribulation and the standardized knowledge of accessing the kingdom of God

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third day ecclesia.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

 

PART TWO

The ministry of the third day

The ministry of the third day is the platform that introduces and ushers the body of Christ into the prophetic scope of both experiencing and manifesting the unfolding realities of the dawning of the kingdom age, which ultimately demands perfected lifestyle character and governmental capability from all of us. The current activity on earth today are being driven by powerful forces that have in-depth understanding of both the protocol and governing system of the kingdom.

It is becoming clearer that there are only two main agendas defining the present activity of men across the globe even though we’ve always known this. Whatever secret idea or intention of men’s activity in the past maybe, it is now obviously clear that the present events of human at all spheres are being streamlined to the battlefield of two kingdoms.

From global economic transactions to geopolitical negotiations, to the policies that defines our children’s healthcare, education, marriages, and family values, are all now being redesigned and streamlined to serve either of these two agendas; that of the kingdom of darkness, or that of the kingdom of light. Kingdoms, either of darkness or light, operates through powerful principles, systems, values standard, and preferred model of lifestyle that seeks to advance their desired objectives.

The implication of this is, if the church does not swiftly shift from its current weak, operational base, and begin to fully function on a higher premise of God’s kingdom administrative culture, she will certainly remain irrelevant in the current apostolic emerging reality of the kingdom of God. 

The wrong footing and emphasis built by church tradition and denominationalism for decades has made it extremely challenging for many to either comprehend the desired blueprint of what is known as the kingdom life, or accept what it entails to process its experience it in its true essence. 

Changing perspective to tribulation

 It is my desire to therefore use the few outlined principles and model values shared in this resource material to further demonstrate how the lord, in most cases uses various mains, but in particular, the ministry of tribulation or suffering to both define, refine, and leverage the understanding of the corporate church in bringing an in-depth prophetic perspective in showing us how we should view and experience tribulation, even as the cultural lifestyle of the kingdom is being formed within us.

I know that as you come across the term suffering, many are already quick to judge or dismiss the rest information yet to be read. I would, however, encourage you to please continue reading so you have a holistic paradigm of what the Spirit is communicating through this passage. There are realms of truth from the eternality of the Spirit that are currently open and restore to the Body of Christ in order to clearly make sense of the present demand of the Spirit, and deal with the growing, complex challenges of the present darkness.

Either we accept or reject the notion of suffering as a divine tool for perfection, it is a deep experiential reality, many of us can speak of extensively. Yet, our perspective of suffering like mine in the past, are usually not in coherence to sound biblical knowledge. Many sees and react to their challenges from a defeated, victim mentality even as believers. Yet, we are already told in the word of God that tribulation will come for the word sake. This simply means that if you are a Christian, and you love the word and practice what it says, you will be persecuted. This is one truth many would have so wished is not in the word of God.

The word of God must be seen and understood through correct, biblical perspective, regardless of how it sounds or seem to us. There are some who today believe that God is not that cruel to allow them go through certain difficulty. The presumed knowledge or idea we brought into our salvation experience with due correction has done a lot of damage to developing the right spiritual template.

 Eighty five percent of the entire scripture speaks and deals with the issue of suffering or tribulation as it is called in some cases. Yet, ninety percent of today’s Christians don’t feel comfortable talking about the idea of suffering as a legitimate message of the new testament church.  It is highly critical we have a clear, well defined, balanced biblical perspective with regards to any issue or subject or else we will be making the mistake of presuming the mind of the Lord in terms of his desire and expectation for us.

We want to explore the word of God and the Spirit of truth in order to have a broad base revelatory insight of the demand of the Lord for us, even from the very footing of our first approach to salvation up until the present orientation we have with regards to approaching this next phase of kingdom demand and engagement.  We shall later consider what the lord has in mind when he allows us to be purified through the furnace of life. For now, let’s deal with some powerful, basic spiritual footing that needs adjustment as we get ready to move on with the lord to the next frontier of the father’s objective.

Readjusting foundational philosophy

In whatever manner, we’ve come to know, accept, or even identify with what we generally term as salvation is not really the issue, but as we make our way into the core reality of what is known as the kingdom life, we are certainly demanded to have the same quality spiritual base, or experience in order to both access and precisely comprehend the nature and cultural life of the kingdom.

Being born of the water and of the spirit is both experiential and symbolic in the sense that they open the pathway which initiates us into a lifetime journey of interacting and understanding the things that emanate from heaven’s domain.

Not even our Lord will be allowed into his assigned earthly ministry without the experience of baptism. His Baptism in Jordan opens up the heaven for a release of a divine knowledge and approval into realms and dimension that grants and allows him to bring creation back into the culture of spiritual redemption.    

Defining standardization

Dictionary definition of standardization, defines it as the practice to the process of implementing and developing technical standards. Standardization can help to maximize compatibility, interoperability, safety, repeatability, or quality. It can also facilitate commoditization of formerly custom processes.

While some of these words may sound technical to some of us, they however, help us to have a clearer definition and insightful understanding of the concept of integrated kingdom economy. The power of the shared kingdom culture only kicks into effect when there is a clear knowledge and insight of the driving system of the common faith and value we have in Christ. Kingdom culture is the parallel structure of thinking and existence within the community of Saints. Any other thought pattern, regardless of how ancient or contemporary are subservient to the identity and nature of the new creation reality.

There’s only one doorway

Everyone entering the kingdom of God cannot enter through his or her own personal experience or standard without following the due process and value standard. There’s only one doorway into the glorious life of the kingdom, and has I have explained that access point is the revelation of Christ. The revelation of our lord Jesus Christ, which is also known as the Ministry of sonship is the universal platform and language by entering and interacting with the reality and demands of the kingdom.

As we know, not everyone has experienced this sound biblical knowledge of Christ due to various reasons. Thus, the Lord uses certain challenges if you will to bring his church to a standardized measure that allows everyone to pass through the same doorframe of understanding in experiencing and appreciating the cultural life of the kingdom of God.

We all are granted the same access to the things of the father. But not all of us share the same access point. Our access points are defined by the unique construct of our spiritual orientation and exposure. Why? Well, just as the way we are introduced to life generally differs, the same principle applies to the way and manner we are introduced to the life of god and the things of the spirit. 

Therefore, the manner we’ve been programmed to see, relate and respond to life and its activity both from the natural or spiritual point certainly will differ from each other, and the reason for this can be immediately traced to the value structure of our spiritual foundation and its orientation.

The role of spiritual environment

The environment of our spiritual development plays a key role in shaping our belief system, operational values and life expectations. As natural environment, can enhance or deter the success and productivity of a life so is it with spiritual environment. Who you are today has been greatly influenced by the climatic environment you were born into. As natural environment continues to affect who we are, so does spiritual environment.

As individuals, families and communities can be hindered from accessing certain breakthrough spiritual realities, so equally can an entire city, region or nation can be blocked or blind from accessing the speakings and frequency of the father for a given season due to their spiritual ignorance or location in accessing the speaking of heaven.

Engaging with entities and forces that represent the inflow or outflow of spiritual activity within a city or region is one of the core mandates of a true prophet. The inflow of knowledge and wisdom as spiritual tools for the building of the intention of the father first requires men and women who are living upon the mountain of the lord over their regions of location. 

In my study and observation, I discovered how our lord engaged with people and entities as he approaches specific regions and locations. In most instances, what takes place within a sphere is not really the issue, but those seated at the gate of representation. This concept of engaging people’s spirit based on their territorial location is an arm of the governmental grace that we need to revisit if we are going to effectively shift regions into a new spiritual environment that will equally empower them to achieve what has been predestined for them.

As natural climate places a huge role in the kind of fruits, crops and vegetables planted and harvested in a geographical region, so it relates to the reality of the spiritual climate. As one moves from place to place, one began to realize how certain people are easily open to the things of the kingdom while on the other side of the divide is a complete different story of rejection and sometimes persecution of those bearing the message of the kingdom of God.

When the truth, we preach, or teach is hugely influenced by the reality of our immediate environment, it hinders and limit us from developing a broader governmental prophetic perspective to embrace the greater theme of the message of the kingdom.

The message of the kingdom is the yardstick standard and melting point of all spiritual orientation and standard. In other words, if our concept of discipleship training is centered around what our lord Jesus Christ call the gospel of the kingdom, or the everlasting gospel as proclaimed in the book of revelation, we will certainly be at the center core of spiritual truth and its present emphasis. 

This is a huge subject that I will love to expand on as we step into the next phase of divine engagement. However, I want to zero on a different side that should give us a bit of opening into this message. One out of several things that differentiate a person’s spiritual experience from another is the weight of the cross they bear, and the scar of suffering acquired on their journey to the mountain of the lord.

Both the value standard and perspective of life within the culture of the kingdom is completely different to that of the one raised within a Christian circle taught only to see life from two prisms, the positive and the negative. The footing of our spiritual orientation is merely designed to cause us to react negatively to what may seem negative and of course, positive to what or a person who sounds positive around us. We may never learn to develop and embrace the right capacity the Lord has planned for our spiritual construction and value system. Seeing life through the eyes of the lord is not an easy thing to do, especially when our faith has been orientated to see and respond from certain religious or limited perspective.

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 1

The purpose of tribulation and the standardized knowledge of accessing the kingdom of God

Part 1

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third day ecclesia.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

 

Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

 

Tribulation and the formation of character

When we mention tribulation, or suffering, the first thing that comes to most mind, is the end time anti-Christ theology. Most part of the church has bought into the lie that merely defer tribulation to a time period in the future where the antichrist will have his reign for seven-year period.  Arguably, there’s no tribulation that can be greater in impact than the excruciating spiritual, emotional and psychological [pain] suffering the patriarch Job faced within a short period of his life.

What is so unique about the tribulation of Job is that it wasn’t caused by the act of personal sin as most Christians has been taught to believe. The suffering of Job was the sovereign act of the will and purpose of the father. And that sovereign nature of the operation of the father needs to become a deeper revelatory knowledge for many of us. The reality is, there will be a growing increase in trying to regulate and even shut down the activity of the church of the living God through various state apparatus in creating a full secularized society, and of cause the church will resist, and eventually be persecuted for its resistance as it has been done in the past.

The scripture and history clearly shows that the persecution of the church has always been there from its very inception. I do believe in the final showdown battle between the church and the antichrist. In fact, some of the unfolding events we are witnessing across Europe and America with respect to righteous right are laying the foundation for the appearing of the man of Sin.  However, the painful reality of suffering or tribulation I am referring to is a present, current challenges many within the body of Christ are faced with.

I am not considering the tribulation that might directly come from the enemy, but the one the father himself allowed the enemy to afflict us with in order to bring the best of is prophetic purpose to bear through us.

This is not some new, or strange doctrine, neither is it limited to some old testament prophet’s challenges.  The 21st century church will be persecuted in order for her to develop and mature into the kind of governmental entity she was ordained to be in the earth. 

All followers of Christ are summoned to daily carry their cross. The invitation to carry the cross is not a fun walk, but a painful drilling of our humanity until every aspect of the self-life is completely drained out of us. 

Some of the challenges we are going through, or will pass through are not necessarily because we are in some kind of sin, but because the father’s desire to gain glory through our lives, and if we don’t precisely understand this truth from a sovereign perspective wisdom of the father, the enemy will take advantage and cripple our capacity to face headlong the training that prepares us for reigning in life.  All things are working for the good of those who love the Lord and are called after his purpose.  

I have often wondered how to best capture in words the spiritual technology behind the majestic, glorious architectural design of the father’s knowledge and wisdom in dealings with his creation, especially the likes of the icon and patriarch Job.

As I study the multifaceted descriptions and display of the grand wisdom, power and authority of the father in display, I begin to progressively understand why the creation of man in the image and likeness of the father captures in summary the grand purpose and expression of such creative wisdom, and why the contention of the battle of the last day is centered on the issue of who will finally take residence and precedence over the human heart.

As the archangel, Lucifer, tried in the eternal past to dethrone the father from his glorious throne, he is also currently intensifying his diabolic scheme in trying to unseat him from his position over the human heart, especially that of those who have truly invited the father to come take his place over their hearts.

And the father through his justice nature must allow him to try as he did allow him to test the faithfulness and loyalty of the patriarch Job in the beginning. There will be nothing the enemy will be able to hold against the love and the justice system of the father in the final judgement and condemnation of Lucifer and his fallen angel to the lake of fire.

Hence, the battle of this third day characterizes the same battle objective of the first man in the garden and after he was cast out of the garden. The church of this new day is a type of the corporate Adam that must clearly understand the spiritual dynamics of this season, and adequately position itself in the light of the revelation of the wisdom and sovereign reality of the father’s unfolding prophetic agenda. 

The stage is now being set for the knowledge of the glory of God to cover the earth, even as the water covers the sea. Both the formation and outflow of the glory of the father through the church are a call to maturity. A maturity that enhances our spiritual template to function adequately in the proper formation of the inner structure required to carry with all grace, the weight of the dealings and displaying of knowledge of the glory of the Lord.

 While justification by faith in Christ gives the church access into peace, we must, however, move on to the next revelatory reality of knowing how to rejoice in the hope of the glory that comes through the weight of our tribulation. The quality life of those called to represent the initiatives of the father in this period will be defined by the character virtue of embracing the reality of being persecuted for standing for truth and righteousness.

 

Sovereignty and the display of God’s glory

There’s no doubt that the third day church is designed and mandated to usher in the golden era of the kingdom reign of God. It does make adequate sense for the church to start emphasizing on subjects and messages that are required to better groom and prepare the spiritual structure of the ecclesia in a manner that makes it possible to effectively fulfill this mandate.

This present house of the Lord has been sandaled with the administrative grace in creating the spiritual platform for the manifestation of the in-depth, glorious knowledge of the father for creation at all levels. Of a certain, creation is waiting in anticipation for the revealing of this matured company of Saints who are carriers of the glorious knowledge that will finally break the chains of bondage over death and decay.  

The vastness of one’s spiritual insight and understanding in terms of spiritual maturity cannot begin to comprehend the depth of glorious knowledge of the father from a limited, outer court position of the church’s spiritual orientation.

There are still realms, depths, heights, and measures of spiritual realities that are yet to be discovered, touched, or even explore in the second day reality of our journey as we now transit into the third day life in Christ.

The mountain of the father’s house is currently being built with well matured spiritual stones, brought out of the river of living water that are trained to fully trust and obey the display of the father’s wisdom even when it seems to contradict our limited apostolic theology and revelation. 

The glory of the father is in degrees and dimensions of knowledge that are only understood through the embracing of the mystery of the crucified ascended life. Trying to describe this spiritual phenomenal is almost an impossible task when it comes to the experiential knowledge of the glory of the father.

Nothing you’ve ever been through, or are going through, or will ever go through in the future can be compared to the wisdom ordained to be revealed through your life’s obedience to the father’s purpose and sovereignty. For man was ultimately ‘created to reveal the glory of God in a multidimensional way.

Many have extensively spoken and written about the glory of God, especially if we are student of the writings of the old covenant. However, very few can truly testify of a personal experiential knowledge of the glory of the lord as it relates to his sovereignty in suffering and tribulation. Furthermore, the glory of God as we have studied in the past is not some misty cloud somewhere.

Neither is it all about the expression of the power and authority of God. The glory of God is about the operation of his wisdom and sovereignty over all things. His sovereignty is the very essence of his glory, who he is in our lives, and what he desires to achieve through our lives are best known to him. Of all the excellency, beauty and majesty of the father, his glory is the most profound expression of his life, image and essence, and yet, he has chosen to hide this glory within the life of his redeemed creation.

Precise expression of this glory is one of the lord’s objectives for his ecclesia in this season. The preparation and process required for this glory to precisely manifest is what we are trying to discover and glean from this material.

The knowledge of his glory

Those who have journeyed and have reached a milestone of maturity through the grace of the lord, can also testify to how they’ve been brought to the point of losing everything they defined as the most wonderful achievements, especially in their search and quest to fulfill some kind of grand ministry assignment.

Only for them to be introduced to another layer, or dimension, in the glory of the ascended life that brought them to nothing, except to finally behold the majestic, glorious, wisdom and love of the father, shining through the face of our Lord Jesus Christ, and then suddenly realized that that’s all they’ve ever needed to be fulfilled in their journey of faith.

A new height in the ascended journey brings us to start gaining a better glimpse of this glorious revelation of the life in Christ. These individuals have arrived at a place of complete death to everything their former life had offered them, and they’ve just beginning to understand the essence of the very life of the glory they were being invited to experience at the summit of their trial, pain and tribulation for the sake of kingdom truth.

A changing season for the church

In the last two thousand years, the corporate body of Christ has witnessed growth, reformation and transformation and resistance at all front. The church has been through various seasons of development and changes; from the very core of its assigned message and mission objective, to its priestly leadership philosophy have all been through a relentless, brutal assault from organized, humanist, tradition that in some cases, forces the church to back down, and compromise its stand against the enemy.

While in another season, the attacks from the enemy, made the church to even become more creative, strategic, stronger, resolute and determined to press beyond the boundaries of compromise, fear, pain and persecution into that advanced arena of its prophetic spiritual conquest even unto death.

The fear of death was crushed by the early church to the degree that it became a joyful pleasure to embrace persecution and death. The sense of the counsel and will of the father in their tribulation became the very fuel that drive their understanding to build a true apostolic community, established on their eternal faith and hope in Christ.

Building a commonality of a faith culture

A common denominator that gave the early church the edge over the scheme of the enemy back then was its shared power of community life. Christians back then clearly understood that the teachings of the apostle and the elders were built on the foundation of a powerful spiritual community lifestyle, whose value standard was primarily established on the core principle of Christ life, and the developing reality of his kingdom in the earth.

In other words, the faith doctrines being taught and established back then were built on the premise of a new culture, the culture of the kingdom of God. The Christianity they sought to build was established on the foundation of the power of truth and lifestyle which became the footing of the new society they were called to establish.

Their faith, hope and love was not separated from their societal beliefs and obligation, neither was it divorced from their social economic responsibility. Their common, standardized believe system was in complete harmony with their social lifestyle either in business or career. Their homes, family and friends were all extensions of their common faith philosophy, unlike we have today.

Today, the church is trying to establish a faith doctrine that is completely alien to the lifestyle of those who profess the faith.  No wonder, the more people tend to know, or even seem to understand of the Christian faith they profess, the further their lifestyle speaks otherwise of such knowledge. This scenario, further makes it highly challenging to reconcile our doctrinal faith foundation from the actual reality of our true preferred position of values and principles models. Duality is a major challenge to the current reality of the church and its leadership. True biblical knowledge must be coherent to the power of lifestyle.

While many today claims to understand the standard principles of the message of the kingdom of God, they however deny the power thereof. If we must therefore rectify this anomaly we must once again consider several principles and factors that can precisely give us the biblical direction the father has ordained to bring us to the confluence of accessing the reality of his kingdom.  

My purpose through this material, is to rediscover that ancient path that guides us into the concept of what I call the standardized principle of accessing the life reality of the kingdom.  The body of Christ has entered a crucial season that demands a thorough, broad knowledge, insight and wisdom into the operational life and nature of the kingdom of God, if she must successfully advance the ministry of the third day.

 I have written extensively in the past about the ministry of the third day, which basically begins to wrap up the false operational humanist, church traditional belief system as the dawning of the government of the father’s kingdom makes its grant entrance into the activity of man in all dimensions of existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHANGING OUR METHODOLOGY IN A SEASON OF CHANGE

 

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 a prophetic signpost

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

1 Corinthians 9:

19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Pressing into the reality of the future demands that we regain our creative, leadership identity in engaging the spirit of Babylon and Egypt without compromise. As we press into the environment of our assignment in this new day, we need to learn again how to constantly and effectively change and regulate our structural wineskin in a manner that keeps us highly relevant, effective, and productive to the community of the saints, and to the nonbelieving society in general.

Some of us are yet to properly understand how to transit and [communicate] articulate our prophetic mandate outside the definition of what we’ve come to know and accept as church environment. One of the messages that has become so important to me in this season is finding the best platform of expressing the mind of the Lord beyond the Christian, religious language, and environment we have built for centuries.

The prophetic expression of the father for this season can no longer be housed within a religious system that cripples and limits its governmental declarations and productivity. A few weeks ago, the lord used my mouth to make a statement that left a deep impression within my spirit, and the word is, many out there, are have become tired of the church, therefore, they have chosen to remain in their houses, yet, they are searching for God.

Friends, the issue has never been God or the people’s desire or rejection of his truth, but the agent that claims to be representing God. Becoming all things to all men in this season will speak directly to how we now define church to people, and how they can relate and communicate to that entity in a manner truth can still resonate within the lives of the people. Changing the way, we define church must now line up with how we do church.

The opportunity that will be coming our way in communicating the gospel of Christ and his kingdom in this third day will be completely different to the one we’ve been used to. There’s a new environment we are called to engage, that is completely foreign to religious language and ideas.

We may have the right message or even anointing, but still be found to be locked within the old wineskin of congregating and interacting, therefore, the acceptance of the message becomes weaken, redundant or even rejected by those who needs to receive it.

Please note, the message of the kingdom will never be changed nor compromised. However, the methodology of expression will need to be constantly renewed and updated in a manner that is seen to be relevant and accepted by those we are called to reach in the world.

 Therefore, as we move within the timeless seasons of the Lord in this third day, we must understand when the voice of the father is leading us to go buy grain Egypt, or become a cup bearer to king Artaxerxes in Susa, or even become a dream interpreter for some of the most powerful politician in Babylon.

Whatever you and I may face, or be asked to carry out in the journey of representation should be viewed as a motivating force to reach the point where the mountain of the Lord’s house becomes the highest of all mountains on earth.

ESSENTIALS TO MAINTAINING A STRONG FAITH WORK AND LIFE’S OBJECTIVE IN 2017

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ESSENTIALS TO MAINTAINING A STRONG

FAITH WORK AND LIFE’S OBJECTIVE IN 2017

Wisdom builds her house series.

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Conclusion

Here are the rest essentials we need to either remind ourselves or build within the spiritual template of our being as we move further in fulfilling our various missions and life objectives. These are not exhaustive in themselves, however, but they give us some of the guidelines into the foundation that keeps our focus and objective in harmony with the character consistency for a successful developmental journey.

Here’s our foundational scripture again.

 

Luke 14:

28“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

29For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.

Highlighted points to consider:

  1. Desire and pursue to be a person of integrity. Learn to practice keeping your words and promise. Never promise what you will not keep. Always stand by your promise even to your own hurt. Let your yes be yes, and your no be no. The lack of integrity devalues you and your relationship with people, even if you’re a person of great wisdom and revelation. If I cannot trust your promise, you have no voice or message to offer.
  1. Daily make it a conscious priority to practice killing the spirit of covetousness, and the manipulation of others to force them to do things for you, for this is witchcraft in operation.
  1. Be quick to repent of a known, revealed sin, and daily ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any hidden sin in your life so there’s no hindrance between you and your Heavenly Father.
  1. Practice blessing people around you with good, motivational, encouraging words even in days you may not feel like doing it. Remember, goodness is not the act of feeling. It is the attitude of love and care. Beyond this, seek to bless others with financial or material substance, especially if you live in an environment where such practice is uncommon. Gain full mastery over the spirit of materialism and mammon, even as you learn to value money by investing it into things and people that adds value to your work with the father.
  1. Daily long to pray for your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, spiritual leaders, and the ministry community you belong. Pray for those in political and business leadership, pray for your nation, and other regions of the globe. Develop the love for the ministry of governmental intercession.
  1. Make it your priority to quickly ask or receive forgiveness from others.
  1. Make it your choice and practice to know and develop in the practice of obeying the will of the father for your life. Trust the lord to give you a clear prophetic insight into his agenda for your life, family, ministry, and even for your nation and generation.
  1. Seek to improve yourself in the core areas of your vision assignment. Don’t give in to procrastination or the fear of insecurity. Be the best in your field of business or Career. Be a true kingdom professional representative wherever you are placed or called to function.
  1. Be creative and prompt with time. People usually rate and value you by how you spend your time.
  1. Seek to be a person of insight, wisdom, and rich understanding not just on the issues of time and season, but also in the way you interact with people of other culture or nationality.
  1. Make it your practice to stay away from people, places and things that may stir your soul to be lustful and carnal.
  1. Always create an atmosphere that is conducive for you to hear the voice of God, and freely move in the direction of the Spirit. Vigorously pursue the development of the spirit of discernment all the time. Remember, everyone you meet daily are first spiritual being. Therefore, learn to relate and respond to them as one.
  1. Be in charge of your (money) income regardless of how small or big it may be. Don’t let trend, fashion, the media, and your insecurity determine how you spend your money and other resources. Learn to streamline your income to areas that can add value to your life. invest in assets and not in liability.
  1. Seek to improve your value in the relationship the father has given to you. Look for ways to add value to people in your life. Don’t use people. Rather invest in their grace, gift, and skill so that they can reach their full potential.
  1. We all are called into some form of leadership responsibility. As I will regularly say that leadership is first a spiritual state before we recognize its responsibility. You need to continually build your leadership grace, insight, and skill through the various avenues the father has planned for you daily.

 

Essentials to building a strong faith work and life’s objective in 2017

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Wisdom builds her house series.
By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola
Part one
Luke 14:
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
In the next few days, I will be sharing some basic, essential spiritual values I believe should help give direction and bring perspective to our starting point in whatever the Lord may have in store for us in the days ahead.
The scripture in Luke chapter 14:28-30 lays the right focal view and footing into how to approach our faith and the objective of the Lord for his assignment in our lives. If you carefully look at verse 28, it started on the note of supposing one of you want to build a tower. Some scripture used the word desire instead of want. However, the two words connote the same meaning or purpose.
In other words, the project of building a tower, which is symbolic of a position or place of security and defense requires a clear, mid, and long-term planning. The concept of spiritual longevity is highly essential in the beginning and finishing of our God-given objectives for 2017.
Furthermore, a tower is a place of communication, a place of anticipation, preparation, and offense against the oncoming enemy. In our contemporary, 21st century era, it represents a position of power; both economically and politically.
The point I’m trying to emphasize here is that too, just merely desire to want to build a tower and merely estimate the cost will not get you to the place of accomplishment.

Often time, when we look at the word desire or want, we usually limit it to what we want.

However, if we go deeper into the understanding of what sound spirituality entails, we begin to realize that a truly redeemed believer is one whose soul faculty has been totally offered to the Lord on the altar of sacrifice. Meaning that his or her desire, will, emotion, feelings, and longings have been harvested to the Lord.
When the Lord completely takes control over your spiritual being, your soul, which houses the faculty of your desire, will and emotion, cannot but align with the divine regulatory, standard and value of the Spirit.

Therefore, to desire to build a spiritual tower from the point of truth and understanding is a corporation between the spirit and the soul in total agreement with the will of the Father.

I gave this brief illustration to make this point as we further embark on the various projects the Lord may have assigned us.

There are various things, or decision that is highly important for many of us to carry out this new year. And I will truly encourage us to get started as we gather the necessary information, skill, strategy, resources, and capacity.

However, most of those seemingly money-spinning ideas may be irrelevant to some of us because they are not part of our core area of calling, purpose, and assignment in life.

Nevertheless, there are commonalities we all share as kingdom regents that must be maintained as basic priorities that keep us in view of our sheer spiritual identity, the culture within the broader scope of our spiritual migration, which I strongly feel I should highlight in this twilight of the year 2017.

These essentials we all must pursue if we must go on with the Lord and be part of the spiritual house the father is constructing for the ultimate representation of his prophetic program in this season.

Some of these points may appear or sound very elementary. Yet, many of us have either forgotten them or don’t regularly exercise them.

The aim of this highlight, therefore, is to awaken our remembrance and stir our desire again toward their fulfillment.
1. You must seek to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind.
2. You must Vigorously pursue righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit
3. You must daily gather the wood of fresh fire on the altar of prayer, worship, praise, and thanksgiving.
4. Loving your family, neighbor, and colleagues as you love yourself could sometimes turn out to be highly challenging, especially where there’s been a long period of systematic abuse, severe rejection, manipulation, and regular misunderstanding.
5. Nonetheless, our call to love is not a suggestion or some good idea, but a true godly command we all must adhere to if we truly desire to be free from the chain of bondage and go forth to prosper in our life’s journey.
to be continued…

Engaging the high place of your father’s house as you engage 2017

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 by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Generational issues are one of the most challenging factors that homes, family, and the community are grappling with. Yet, this is one of the least understood spiritual concept in the scripture. The enemy has done a great job of misleading many when it comes to addressing the issue of the high places. Satanic Stronghold, or high place is beyond geographical location or monuments dedicated to the worship of demons or some ancestral spirits as the case maybe in many parts of Africa.

 Yes, we do have regions today being awoken to the worship of ancient demonic spirits, and we are continually seeing cities in Europe and America that are openly and boldly welcoming the worship of Lucifer and all its evil paraphernalia’s. Yet, this is little to compare to the strongholds that have been systematically erected within the minds of individuals.

I am referring to [strongholds] high places build within our frame of thinking by the virtue of birth and association to the point that we’ve come to accept them as parts of our life and personality.  In other words, we don’t even see them or accept them as a built garrison of the enemy within our lives. This fortress of the enemy cannot be address just be wishful thinking desire, or some little charismatic prayers. It takes strategic, governmental prophetic direction from the Lord to precisely address this issue.

 

Josiah’s reformation.

19Just as he had done at Bethel, Josiah removed all the shrines at the high places that the kings of Israel had built in the towns of Samaria and that had aroused the Lord’s anger.

 20Josiah slaughtered all the priests of those high places on the altars and burned human bones on them. Then he went back to Jerusalem.

21The king gave this order to all the people: “Celebrate the Passover to the Lord your God, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant.”

22Neither in the days of the judges who led Israel nor in the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah had any such Passover been observed.

23But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was celebrated to the Lord in Jerusalem.

24Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem. This he did to fulfill the requirements of the law written in the book that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the temple of the Lord. 25Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.

Ignorance of the impact of generational stronghold, or high place, as the word of God will most time refer to them, are one of the most complex factors that cripples individuals, marriages, family, churches, and even a society from maximizing heaven’s ordained prophetic agenda and inheritance. One of the worst sins committed against the Lord was the erection of high places to the worship of foreign gods in the land of Israel. Today, high places are being built by spiritual leaders within various church communities so that people will not see or understand the ways of the true God.

Not even Gideon with his encounter with the angel of the lord will be allowed to advance into his ordained promise and mandate without firstly addressing the high place of his father’s house.

Judges 6:25-27

25That night the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s bull, and the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it 26and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of the stronghold here, with stones laid in due order. Then take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you shall cut down.” 27So Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the Lord had told him. But because he was too afraid of his family and the men of the town to do it by day, he did it by night.

It’s extremely important we locate and develop the boldness and resolve to engage the high place of our father’s house. It is unfortunate that we still see folks today who desire to engage in some form of apostolic reformation assignment who are yet to effectively locate and deal with the immediate high-places of their homes and lives.

We want to admit it or not, there are powerful strongholds, inherited from our biological and spiritual father’s house that has erected some of the most negative fortress of a personality familiar spirit within our minds.

These high places have continued to challenge how we see, respond, and accept our place and heritage in Christ by virtue of our biological birth and spiritual leadership influence, our lives have become shaped either for good or bad.

As we grow into the fullness of the life we have in Christ, it is our individual responsibility to learn to reject the wrong, negative spirit that has characterized our identity and personality.

As we get prepared to step into 2017, I pray and hope we will take the time to look inward as we examine the hidden strongholds that can stop our advance into God’s destiny for us in the coming season.

Before you click the like button next time.

 

While most of us are on social media to interact and develop productive friendship relationship, we nevertheless need to be highly mindful that not everyone on these platforms  are there for the right reason, and this includes those we may assume to be Spirit filled Christians.

It is becoming clearer that what we say or project on social media are instantly becoming the very extension of our physical, personal world to the degree that someone can gain instant opportunity or breakthrough. While others on the other hand can Incur the wrath of friends or be displaced at the work place because of a wrong attitude expressed on these media networks. Hence, we see these two parallel sides on social networks that we must be cognizant of.

My worry however is the increasing reality of the idea of those who employ the social media to project their false belief in regards to how they manipulate and interpret the word of God to frame their own narration of reality. Please friends, carefully read and understand the intent of what I am saying before I am misinterpreted. 

I am not proposing that people should not comment or like our post. It’s been proven that for the fact that someone clicked the like button on your page or post does not necessarily mean they are in complete agreement with you. My point is, clicking the like button has become a measuring yardstick of who we think like us or dislike us. 
This is such a shallow concept of relationship in terms of matured, biblical standard, and I suggest we should move away from this carnal notion.

Before you post your words, comment or click the like button, it’s important to capture the state of your thought and attitude, particularly with regards to what you’ve just read. Many of the posts and comments we read almost instantly on Facebook are reactionary by nature. While you have those who are given a true, inspiring, motivational, encouraging and challenging message to the body of Christ on the cyber space. 

You also bear on the other side, those who will be  either responding intelligently to what have been written, or those who will be negatively reacting through their unhealed and unbalanced emotions.

My focus, however, on this note, is to highlight this set of group who seek to use the social media to reinforce a seemingly biblical believe to enforce a rebellious (attitude) stronghold they know exist within them. Because of their knowledge of the word of God, coupled with some biblical traditions they’ve mastered down the years of their Christianity, it’s  easy for them to use scripture to say what they want to say without necessarily having the spiritual and emotional discipline to deal with matters objectively.

It is really difficult to falter these individuals if one lacks a deep sense of discernment and the operation of the Spirit of wisdom within. You have innocent, spirituality unskilled  Christians in the name of unity or relationship, following these individuals or group exclusively to be used for endorsing their false, unbiblical, disobedient narrative of what they term as the gospel of the kingdom. In most cases, they use their knowledge of scripture, giftedness and a sense of maturity to lure others who may be exposed to the scripture, but have very limited knowledge on the laws of sound, balanced biblical interpretation.

Let’s not seek to endorse or reinforce people’s inherent strongholds by merely clicking the like  button on social media, especially when such opinions are back up by  using the word of God outside. Anyone can  use the word of God to say or mean whatever they want it to say for them. Often times, scriptures are used for interpreting our own bias, narrow view of what we think, see or believe regarding a person or situation.

 I have often picked out how excellent scriptures are taken out of context to buttress the idea of a particular perspective we want to project. This is a clear reflection of witchcraft practice in its highest level. If we permit others to manipulate us to approve or justify their wrong belief system just because they’ve perfected the act of using scripture to validate their opinion, we shall be greatly judged for our blindness and lack of discernment. This is a word for all believers and followers of the lamb.

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DEMOCRATIC ELECTION AND HEAVEN’S PROPHETIC PROGRAM

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

The current ongoing America election is far from the race of two strong democratic ideologies. Ideologies are shaped and influenced by a preferred philosophy. The policies that shapes and determine nations are designed to project certain belief system either good or bad. Any wise one tracking the current global affairs, we immediately realize the strong direction of the two main candidates running for the position of presidency in the White House. 

The battle over the seat of the White House has never been this personal and challenging in the history of America. It’s clear that people are now hungry for a new direction in the policy of governance while the other seeks to maintain and push for the policy of globalization. Whoever wins the seat of the White House will certainly determine the next direction in the fulfillment of global prophetic affairs, in terms of the ultimate collapse of the empire of the kings of the earth.

 

There’s no doubt that what is behind the force of election shapes the economic, political and spiritual climate of a region. While democracy is not the concept of God’s government. It is however, accepted as the best way of human government, and if we are in this world, our lives and that of our family will be influenced by the democratic government and leadership in place.

 

The scripture abundantly made clear that we respect and honor human government, for it is the lord himself who placed them in the position of authority.  Therefore, it will be naïve of any Christian to suggest that the political shift within nations, but in particular, the nation of America, carries no serious meaning or relevance to the ongoing emergence of the kingdom of God. It’s like saying that the political architecture of the Roman Empire has nothing to do will the prophetic unveiling and fulfillment of Christ redemptive purpose for his generation.

 

The world of Palestine and it’s then socioeconomic and political landscape was planned and arrange as a portal for the prophetic redemptive program of the father. Everyone, including the Roman occupation of Israel had a key role to play in that which the father designed to carry out in those days. Nothing happened habitually. Every movement, thought, action and decision were divinely designed to lead to what was has been planned in the fulfillment of God’s program. Jesus said to John at River Jordan, let it be so for the fulfillment of what has been written to become manifest. 

 

Prophecy doesn’t fulfill themselves. They must be carried, nurtured and birth within the setting of their ordained place of fulfillment. The prophetic desire of the father is shaped by a company of watchers, positioned as salt and light within a geographical region. These men and women track the movement of the Spirit for their nation and generation.

 

Hence, they know what to do within any given situation in their region of assignment. As gatekeepers, they track and follow the prophetic trajectories of the Spirit, even amongst the things we will count as ordinary and irrelevant. It is, therefore, critically important, we understand that even things like election and voting plays a huge role in the advanced fulfillment of divine intent.   

 

A shift in the prophetic trajectory of any generation requires the ecclesia to update again, it’s revelatory wisdom and insight into the mind and will of the father to accurately adjust the structure posture and direction of what we are building. This allows the church to perfectly align with agreement towards what the Spirit was saying and demanding for the next season.

 

 The ongoing shaken of the foundation of the nations will continue to the attention of the kings of the earth is drawn to the hand writing of the father on their walls. Only those who have been sealed on the forehead will be able to read and interpret the writings of the Lord. There’s now a specific writing of the Lord upon the walls of every nation, including the nation of America. Those who are designed to play key role in the acceleration of the fulfillment of God’s prophetic calendar are now being posited to their rightful place with authority to speak with authenticity and accuracy.

As we continue to live in the days of the last kingdom of Iron and clay, we need to change our prophetic lens to see and understand the role each of are called to play in bring forth the judgment counsel of the Lord upon Babylon. The battle against the tradition, ideology and ways things has been for decades are now coming to an end.

 

 As new formats of leadership arises with a nationalistic agenda, we will continue to see the battle of ideology play out on every front. A globalist mentality is now being challenged even from within the Europe. The architectural purpose of globalization is being tested as iron and clay cannot hold together.

 

It is clear that the globalization socioeconomic policy builds on the foundation of the western world concept of democracy is now falling apart as people begin to realize how they are losing their identity and economic security. Americans also tow the same line the British did a few months ago by leaving the European Union.  Yes, this new direction of the policy will change the economic direction of the nations for a while until new relationship and bilateral agreements are reached. Our position as the church of the Lord is to continue to hold the standard of the Lord within the [blindness] confusion of the heart of men.  We are called to be a light house; a city set on the hill that cannot be hidden. It’s time we update of the prophetic software for increased engagement with the nations and kings of the earth.  Let’s make disciples of all nation. 

REVELATION, PERCEPTION AND ITS INTERPRETATION Conclusion

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By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

PERSONAL VIEW AND REVELATION

 

Many, in their zeal and excitement of describing what they’ve perceived or felt in their spiritual journey will usually accept such knowledge or experience to be the literal, general acceptable yardstick standard of spiritual accuracy and development. To the degree that they, in most cases, fall into the trap of measuring, viewing and even interpreting others spiritual life through their one-sided, piggy hole, personal revelatory position unfortunately.

The fact is, some of us, in our personal walk with the lord may have reached certain spiritual zenith or experience if you will, that may even suggest we have embodied some of the greatest depths of prophetic revelatory knowledge, and that is fine. However, we need to constantly remind ourselves at all occasions to put into context and perspective the kind of audience we are relating to. Meaning that the more we can discern the spiritual level and standard of the individual or community, we are interacting with helps us understanding what to share, and how best to convey the revelation we want to share.

 Declaring what you believe has been given to you doesn’t mean you’re wrong, particularly in an era of fast social media platforms. And it should not also be assumed that those who may refuse your persuasion and position of revelation at the ‘moment’ are wrong too.  We certainly all don’t wake up at the same time.

The sun rises earlier in some time zone than other places. This is true with the issue of spiritual development and maturity. This fact doesn’t stop us from sharing with others, the deep things of the Spirit. In fact, our desire is to leave behind the elementary realities of the gospel and migrate further into the ascended realm of transformation in Christ. My point is, while we may pursue the advance dimension of kingdom life, we should never impose that position we have just discovered with others.      

 

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT AND REVELATION.

While our journey towards the zenith of the revelation of Christ, the full status of all truth carries a universal sound of awakening and development. However, the transitional momentum and experience towards such confluence of sound is usually a unique, personal dealings of knowledge and experience that must be respected and appreciated by all. While others may get stirred, motivated and encouraged through what is preached and taught, how they process the information, and relate to the lord in terms of their exposure to the truth they’ve received will ultimately determine their spiritual growth, capacity maturity onto that next level in transition.

Revelation is one of the most beautiful and most important aspects of the dynamism of spiritual growth and transition. The elevated knowledge received through the opening of the mystery of revelation comes with the tendency, if care is not taken, to develop a sense of superiority complex.  The word of God says, Knowledge puffs up, including spiritual knowledge.

This is a highly sensitive and conscious place to be as we move to seek to know and build the designed mind of the father for our day. The desire to want to know things, more so, if they are things that must do with the future, is a quest more Christian and non-Christian alike tenaciously longs for.

 

The fact is, the quest to seek the unknown is what the enemy used in the first place in the garden to seduced Eve to disobey the instruction of the father. That same desire is what the evil one is using to lure many to seek all forms of false portals to gain access into what is unclear to them. Having access today into that which intended for tomorrow gives humans, some sense of security, and that answers the many reasons why millions today have fallen prey to the spirit of false prophetic ministry.

 

As believers and followers of the lamb, it is critical that we understand that revelation, regardless of it’s grand influence, is should never be assumed as the yardstick of measuring spiritual development or maturity. Revelation is a key that grants access to that which is hidden to the natural faculty. While revelation allows, us access into divine things, the condition and posture of our spirit-man, however will determine what we do with such revelatory information.

 

The act of revelation Itself does not determine nor alter the shape of affairs; it is how we understand and precisely execute the revelatory knowledge that produces impact and the desired transformation. Indeed, revelational [truth] knowledge can greatly enhance our process of development in making the necessary adjustments through the divine knowledge accessed, as we apply wisdom and understanding to the decisions we are taking. The part you’ve been shown or given in terms of revelational insight was designed to shift your understanding with regards to the demand of the lord for your growth.

 

Furthermore, the ministry of revelation, which is one of the core arm of the prophetic ministry, is designed as a schoolmaster, assigned to prep the saints on the oracles of biblical spiritual growth and development into the perfect day in Christ. So, when we make statements relating to our spiritual (status) state of knowledge, understanding or experience, regardless of how genuine our expression, we must vigorously seek to effectively communicate such position of truth in a humble, balanced, persuasive, intelligent manner.

 

Our communication of divine matters, including the ministry of revelation and restored truth should always cause our students, audience or listeners to seek to what to learn by appreciating what we are saying in the spirit of grace and humility. This implies that when people hear or read our stuffs, while they admire us, we should never create an impression or atmosphere that suggests we are better and indispensable to the people. While people can enjoy the freedom to respect, honor and even serve the grace of the Lord in our lives due to sacrificial lifestyle they can see in us.

 

 They should, however never be encouraged to think they cannot be more proficient than us in their pursuit of revelation in fulfilling their own given assignment. If our materials or message of faith directly or indirectly shifts the heart of the people to start looking at us as some super spiritual being, we have certainly set ourselves up to fail.

 

While people seek to honor and appreciate us, and in fact, they should do that as often as they are led by the lord. We must, however never suggest the idea of spiritual superiority in our communication and representation of divine things. There’s a need to always try to (display) show how the Lord brought us to that point of spiritual (experience) persuasion and understanding of spiritual things, for this is the chief purpose of the mission of a teacher.

Everything our lord did was reveal to his disciple after the crowd had left. The matters he felt they were not ready for was kept to be revealed through the ministry of the Holy Spirit after his ascension. Our spiritual expression should not be understood as if we are communicating revelatory knowledge with sublime arrogance and pride. We must seek to bring the people up to the next level of the father’s plan for the people and not where we think they should be in our own measure standard of life.

 

 It’s so easy to presume where the people should be because we measure ourselves by other’s standards. Constantly remember that there are three levels of believers and positions in our Christian Faith, and in in fact, all we know and express in our ministry of truth and revelation are also benchmarked by these three levels according to the word of God.

 

I am referring to what Christ called the thirty-fold position, the sixtyfold and of course, the hundredfold dimension which relates to the fullness or completeness of all things in Christ. All that was created in the development of the body of Christ are designed in parts. Your assumed fullness or completeness is only a part of a greater dimension within the body that must fit into its rightful place for the church to perfectly function towards that point of maximum creativity and productivity kingdom community.  It is naive for a community like the Corinthians church to be engaging in ideas of the second coming of Christ amongst themselves while they are just beginning the process of developing and integration as a community being commissioned to interpret the prophetic purposes of the lord for their region and time.

 

 

AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH

Those called to be leaders and role model in the current advanced emergence of kingdom order, must develop beyond the mere preaching and celebration of the revelation to its intended, precise position of strategic implementation. It is biblically clear that revelation is for personal development and corporate edification. Yet, the implementation of such given (truth) revelation becomes highly relevant when it can make contact and impact through the domain of its carrier to the society.

 

A revelation that does not produce the creative life force of growth, reform and transformation within and outside our immediate environment needs to be reconsidered of its source and authenticity.  Heaven centered revelation as seen through scripture must make contact and impact with the earth in a way that attracts the attention of the people of the world to a new standard and position of kingdom lifestyle.  Our lord Jesus Christ as we know, was, and he’s still is, the embodiment of all spiritual insight and revelatory knowledge. He is the Revelator and the revelation. Still, his life and message was felt in the corridors of political and economic powers of his days.

 

The entire Roman Empire system knew him. They recognized his authenticity and influence without raising an army or sword to fight. If truly, the revelation given to you has become flesh, it will progressively and naturally transform your world and environment without effort. It’s amazing how today’s church loves running with powerful kingdom truths that are yet to develop and transform us internally.

 

We revel in sharing what we’ve seen, and that’s good, but not good enough if we are going to represent the affairs of the kingdom. It must be that which we have seen, touched and our hands have handled having been with him on the mount. That is a true reflection of the force of an ascended life. The word became flesh and dwelt among men, and we beheld his glory…

 

After the encounter of the revelation at the upper room, there was an immediate contact with the religious system of the day that attract the attention of Roman Empire leadership. Authentic spiritual insight or revelation must be transformed into a viable, creative nonresistance force that attracts the nations into the field of the lord’s harvest. The big question is, are the nations beholding the glory of what we are today declaring as a revelation today? Something to think about.

 

THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH, A GOOD EXAMPLE

 As insightful and matured the Corinthians church seem in chapter 1 of Corinthians, one would expect this church to also be a community of peaceful, united, corporate community, pursuing the grace and life of their corporate assignment in the spirit of matured understanding. Unfortunately, it’s not so, as you begin to read chapters two and three further, you start to see the childishness and immaturity of this community.

 

Suddenly you get the sense of how far they are from what was depicted in chapter one as well spiritually developed community. I use to know folks back in my teenage days as a zealous Christian in separate search for anointing and revelation. In those days, there was a sense of deep respect and admiration for anyone who seem to have in depth knowledge and insight into the word of God.

Young fellow will spend there to school fees or their incomes to buy Christian literatures. Others, like me, who seem to have a partial understanding of a calling will go for concordance, commentaries and theological materials just to polish my spiritual insight, and I can tell you that it was enjoyable. Nevertheless, the purpose of this seemingly wonderful spiritual request was to prove a point to others that you’re the best. Thus, while people listen and applauded what was coming out of my mouth, my heart was taking the glory. The exercise was never truly designed to bring glory to the lord. It was all about competition. This is the same thing I see today amongst many leaders. While they are articulating the right things in terms of what is expected, their hearts, however are seeking to take the glory.

 

 When need to understand that the mouth can say all the right things while our hearts does not truly engage in the spirit of truth to want to see constructive change. A word that is yet to affect us cannot transform the listeners regardless of how finely fitted our lingual expression. Revelation is not simply about the use of words to communicate something we believe has been given or shown to us. Truly revelation is called to see and experience that which is behind the veil of human understanding to adjust our lives to fit that heavenly pattern.

 

 Therefore, seeking to understand what we’ve seen is a critical component of being custodians of the ministry of revelation. Making ambiguous statement, more so in our spiritual stands only without a standardized balance of a guiding doctrine, complicates the primary objective of the purpose of communicating our faith and hope which is to ultimately bring edification.  If we effectively communicate our spiritual position with the purpose to educate, reform and transform, we will eventually edify and build up the body into fullness in all things in as we convey revelation guided by the character quality of the fruits of our regenerate spirit.

 

 

 

REVELATION, PERCEPTION AND ITS INTERPRETATION

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INTRODUCTION

The most elementary, basic definition of the word revelation means to reveal or to unveil. Elohim, from the dawn of time has made the ministry of revelation his primary assignment. Creation itself is the very revelation of the father’s creative character nature.

Due to the deepest, hidden character nature of the father’s existence, he chose to create, formulate and express his own very nature through the creation of the first man in Eden. When he said let us make man in our own image and likeness, that was one of the most powerful and amazing declarations in the word of God that proves the ever-willingness of the father to both show and express his unveiling nature and creative wisdom.

 

It is obvious that Eden was not the genesis of all the creation of the Godhead. Eden however was the beginning of the introduction of another dimension of his character essence through the introduction of man. That which once lived solely in one dimension of eternity can now be seen or even accessed through the creation of man.  The conception of man in the garden of Eden was the beginning of the revelation of another dimension of the glorious, majestic, powerful nature of the father’s sovereignty over all things.

 

Man, was, and is still is the mystery that conceals and unveil some of the deepest secrets of the nature of the Godhead, and it’s for this reason it is said that eternality is (hidden) placed within man. Deep within the spirit of the regenerated man lies one of the most powerful spiritual realities and characteristics of the very essence of God, the creator of all things. Everything about man speaks and breath the very life of his creator. Man, is the seed of God, manifested in fruit of the character essence of his creator. The more man learns his place and substance in his creator, the more he can discover and recover from his fallen position from grace.

 

MY FOCUS

My focus, however, through this short note is not on the nature or purpose of revelation, but on how it is perceived, interpreted and misused in the vast community of saints across the globe today.

My intention is to therefore distinguish between the various understandings that guide and lead us to assume and prematurely conclude on the issue of personal revelation, which is today causing a major problem within the corporate community life of the church.

 

DEFINING REVELATION

Revelation, by nature, deals with issues and events that are both within the confines of time and outside of time. Revelation is designed to bridge two realms and worlds within the life of a redeemed person. Revelation is a sneak-view into the magnificent mystery of the life of Christ that is a living, embodied testament of an unfolding event that is already fulfilled within the characteristic life of the ministry of Christ in eternity.

The ministry of the (that which is revealed) mystery of Christ is the most eminent of all courses of knowledge and uncovering. There can’t be nothing higher or greater of either spiritual, academic or scientific than to possess a pure revelatory knowledge of the ascended Christ in his full glory. Nevertheless, this eternally fulfilled life in Christ must first become a working process of redemption and devotion in time for the union of what is already fulfilled to be completed in us.

 

Revelation is a continual process of an unveiling finished prophetic destiny of humanity and creation, carried out by a remnant generation, worthy to be chosen to participate in the birth and the fulfillment of the mysteries of the father, as seen through the exemplary life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of Mary and Joseph.

 

COMPREHENSION AND REVELATION

 Our understanding and interpretation of revelation must precede beyond the confinement of what may have been suggested to us by various school of thought and opinions, or better still, by what may appear to be the obvious interpretation of the answer needed within our own limited definition and understanding of knowledge, and I am referring to spiritual knowledge.

Since the comprehension of revelation or other forms of spiritual reality is an integral part of spiritual development, then it is assumed that anyone given access into divine reality will vigorously seek the deepest and most precise meaning and interpretation of what has been shown. This was clearly seen through the engagement of most of the prophets in the word of God. A good example is Zachariah, Daniel and John the beloved on the island of Patmos.

The upgrade of our Insight and perception into the character nature of sound, biblical spiritual foundation must then give us the precise footing and framework in both approaching and growing to comprehend with the objective for accurate interpretation of the given revelation. This, of course, must be done within the context of both the scripture and what has been communicated to us through the vehicle of revelation. How well informed in the matters of sound and balanced biblical doctrine and the maturing of the spiritual template of the recipient spirit-man, in relation to the character quality of the Spirit described in the book of Isaiah chapter 11:2 will ultimately determine the degree or intensity of the accuracy of his or her interpretation.

 

A PERSONAL VIEW OF REVELATION

It’s so easy to describe and even paint the image of a view seen from a (elevated) point or dimension without the necessary awareness of higher heights of the same mountain. There’s no doubt that this same view reality defines how most Christians experience and apply their dimensionality (revelatory) insight of a truth received as the yardstick standard in measuring their own growth or worst still, the spiritual level or position of others.  Cast your mind back to the amount of time you’ve been in some sort of argument or quarrel with another believer based on the issue of revelation, or better still, what you believed is the truth that should be emphases. I can confidently state that the major battle taking place today within the body of Christ is that of revelatory acceptance and practice.

 

We struggle and push each other to accept our own side of the story without considering maybe there’s a greater depth to what we’ve received.  We long for people to understand and believe what we are so certain the lord showed and gave to us on the mountain. Many of us have made enemies of our own brothers just for the fact that they cannot understand or receive what we believe to be our momentary truth.  The war over truth is now one of the fiercest battles of all times. Some today, who have taken the position of determining what is truth or not, seems to be lacking in some of the basic character qualities of the fruit of righteousness needed as the template that formulate the nature of the truth they claimed to be representing.

 

In other words, we can claim to have what may be termed as revelation, but yet, not necessarily displaying the necessary transforming lifestyle of the ministry of kingdom truth that judges and holds the basis of our revelation.

 

REVELATION WITHOUT FRUIT

 

Some of the company of what may be recognized as the prophetic apostolic reformation is becoming more of a spiritual elite club that only allows a particular kind of individuals who exclusively believe and accept the doctrine and dogma of such groups. I sometimes wonder what would have become of my own fate and that of millions, if the father had left the benchmark of spiritual growth and attainment to the hand of few ‘spiritual elites’.

 

Spiritual elitism has become a major challenge among many today, who claim to be seeing and representing the new spiritual shift and standard within the apostolic reformation company. There’s absolutely no question that we are during one of the glorious days of the lord, since the advent of the ecclesia over 2000 years ago.  Seasons of refreshing have been witnessed across the globe. Still, a far more glorious day of the lord is now upon us that requires corporate development and mutual understanding of the ministry of ascending truth.

 The church has witnessed some major growth and development since its inception, and we are near to witness again a more powerful movement of the redemptive prophetic program of the father across the world, and all this will take place because someone hungry enough of the things of the Spirit will be given access into a dimension that can shift and impact realities in the natural realm.

When we tap into dimensions that allows us to see what heaven desire to birth and model in the world as a true reflection of the father’s purpose and will, his kingdom becomes even more and more visible in the earth. The increase and flow of the ministry of revelation, particularly that which holds a rich sense of prophetic initiatives and engagement, usually comes with a touch of excitement, mostly where there’s little or no sense of balanced knowledge and wisdom to absorb.

 

MISINTERPRETATION AND REVELATION

More so if the received revelation is immediately associated with prioritizing training, skill, preparation and of course, maturity for precise representation. This wonderful sense of preparation and readiness are in most cases, misjudged due to a misinterpretation of the time or season of the fulfillment of the received revelation, which usually leads to a fictitious sense of expectation.

When revelation is mixed with a sense of preparation, steadiness, consistency in the lifestyle of truth appropriation, this development will eventually bring to bear the ministry of fulfillment. There’s certainly no doubt of the fact that ninety percent of the challenges currently being witnessed in the body of Christ are associated with the issue of revelation. Think of how many times we hide behind the word revelation or ‘God showed or told me’ just to get even with those who hurt us and release a relationship we encounter no longer befits us.

USING REVELATION FOR PERSONAL AGENDA

Since there’s no monopoly to revelation, and there are very few biblical values being taught to help us accurately judge what brethren term as revelation, we have continued to witness confusion and chaos, so much that the sacred ministry of truth and revelation has become one of our best vendetta machinery to settle lots of unresolved issues among ourselves, and this has continued to hinder and weakened the maturing and manifestation of the fullness of Christ life within the body.

In my strongest view, that which we are seeing today in the name of revelation amongst the saints is not a true reflection of the kind of fruit that matches the divine, biblical measurement of the ministry of revelation.  There’s so much noise of what is expected, but less fruit. Many have perfected the act of identifying what the kingdom looks like or should reflect. But very few have (entered) accessed the realm of the kingdom life to accurately model and display what the kingdom truly is. We are still stock in the realm of our first day knowledge of the matters of the kingdom. Yes, we’ve been born again filled with the Spirit, but our conducts and level of understanding still proves that we are among the first and second day of the outer court activity of the kingdom life.

 

To be continued.

 

ALONENESS

 

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The power of an authentic life

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

I know the first thing that comes to mind when you read this headline is that it sounds contradictory to what the scriptures says. Well, it may seem so, but it doesn’t if one carefully looks at the context and direction of my observation. Indeed, it was the Lord who said it was not good for man to be alone-all one.

Nevertheless, the aloneness of man, biblically speaking doesn’t in any way suggest that Adam was lonely. The purpose he was given companionship was designed for something far greater than his emotional need could comprehend, at least before his fall in the garden. In fact Adam was not aware he add any other need until the father decided it was not good for him to be alone. This issue was never about loneliness, but for that of purpose that far outweigh any sense of human need.

The definer of Adams fulfillment and satisfaction was his creator. Companionship and relationship was, and is still designed for a higher divine prophetic agenda.
Loneliness was the product of the fall, and it’s still very much is, in our 21st century post-modern humanist, self driven society.

Being alone in the sight of the father is not just a reflection of an inadequate capacity to effectively carry out a function, but to however reflect a balanced spectrum of a superior intelligence, ordained to show forth the multi-dimensional wisdom and glory of the creation of man in the class of divine beings.

Marriage was part of the father’s eternal grand design to portray his majesty, glory and sovereignty. We know that marriage has never been the idea of man or cultural belief.
Marriage is the first spiritual and the most powerful human institution, created by the father to display his eternal purpose for creation across the entire universe.

In other words, if you got married just because you were lonely, or for any other reason, outside of the divine blueprint, ordained for marriage, I am afraid, such marriage will lack the required joy and intimacy intended to attract the full blessing of the lord.  While this point is not the aim of this short note, I however felt it would be right to add this in the context of my point which is being alone.

We observed how our lord Jesus Christ, in several occasions, withdraws himself from the crowd to hear the next agenda and direction of the father for his earthly assignment.
It appears after every breakthrough and push towards his prophetic purpose, there is a withdrawal from the people.

The place of his withdrawal was the place of his vision and strength. He was a man of the people, yet he adequately understood why he must conceal himself from the same crowd he was sent to save. This is wisdom in display.   Amidst the endless pursuit of humans, vigorously seeking various forms of friendship and companionships.

However, the beauty of what each of us can bring to such position of (companionship) relationship, that’s if we succeed, will be ultimately determined by what has been carefully drawn and milked out from the quality of our seasons and time of aloneness. The best of our intelligence and productivity in any sphere of discipline is extracted from the point of qualitative quite time of being alone.

Think of this for a second, a person cannot acquire or experience a sound, well informed, qualitative education without investing seasons of quiet time to learn and be developed. Learning requires being alone. How many marriages, concerns and ministry functions today are failing for the singular fact that people have refused to spend quality time to learn to be alone in learning before engaging in such enterprise.

 When you always engage people, who are highly assuming or presumptive in their decision and judgements, that’s a clear sign that they’ve refused to learn the act of listening carefully in quietness before responding.

This kind of individuals do not just cause harm to their company, but also in their relationships even domestically. Maturity, specifically in spiritual matters requires a continual withdrawal from the crowd and public eye to learn, see and know how things are in order to effectively respond with the best of ascending knowledge and wisdom.

There’s the temptation to always look for the opinion and observation of society to afford us a sense of a pass mark even today on social media. We like our posts and remarks to be given a thumb upwards. The irony of this is, someone may like what you’ve posted, and may have benefited from it, and yet may not sense the need to click the like button. How would you judge or measure such behavioral expression?

In most cases because of our humanity, we feel sad for our post not being liked or noticed. It is my impression that people should as much as possible, especially if they are friends, should try to encourage each other by commenting and liking each other’s page.  Even so, if there’s no such response, and you know that what you’ve posted will benefit someone out in that respect, then, merely leave your post or comment there with a clear conscience, knowing fully well that you’ve done your part.

We need to learn to be around crowds, yet precisely be matured in discerning when the father is calling us to be alone with him. In a time when we are constantly being bombarded with all types of noises, especially from the world of news media, social media, sports and unending church programs, we must learn to be alone.

It is the spirit of rejection and insecurity that makes us feel frightened, or look to be losing our hold and control over people close to us, or even our spouse when they are going through a period of being called to be alone.

Every human, single or married needs that seasonal periods of being entirely. It is part of our human construction to find and rediscover ourselves within the context of the world we live in. How many leaders of companies and spiritual elders who desperately need that time for themselves by themselves and without any kind of interference from anyone.

This is a powerful healing therapy that is missing and lacking in our today’s busy life. I am not merely talking about going on holiday with your family. I am referring to that period you need in taking stock.

Learning to evaluate and determine the next step in your life’ journey is a powerful virtue of maturity. A time to stop and look at yourself in the mirror and evaluate how far you’ve come and talk to God in that personal, intimate relationship you’ve missed out for a while, even as servant-leader in ministry.

This is the point where you get to take a lot of things in, and can critically put things in perspective, especially in things that deals with important decision making.  A good successful leader makes a period of aloneness one of the most prioritized points in his or her endeavors. We can see that being alone does not necessarily mean loneliness or disengagement from divine activity.

One of the key manifestations of insecurity and false spirituality is the exhibit of a high-level sense of activity, especially when it sounds or looks highly spiritual. It is almost a general notion and acceptance that when we are seen to be seriously engaged in some form of activity, especially when it implies public view and their approval of acceptance of success, Which in this context may represents some act of the rigorous, unending church service and programs many of us are involved in with little or no resounding result of course, from heaven’s perspective.

We demand to learn and accept the beauty of being alone again and not feel guilty of what others may think or say about your season of silence.  Your productivity in any relationship requires that sometimes, you need to separate yourself for a season, stay away, or even move away to a different region or location as the Spirit of the Lord will lead you.

There’s a need to carefully follow the voice of the father’s direction for your life and that of your family during this epic season.  Being alone, specially when it is spirituality stirred, should always be seen as a virtue of a healthy productive life development.

The Unfolding of a new day

 

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The Unfolding of a new day
by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

This word was released in 2016

There’s an unfolding of heaven upon the earth in this new day. As the glory of this new day dawns upon every facet of the ecclesia’s life, the hearts of kingdom sojourners must become even more circumcised and pure, so they may walk circumspectly in the present unfolding truth that will cause them to become what wisdom has eternally destined and designed them to become in time.

We are now being awakened to take our eternal seat within the heart of the father as he shows us the mystery of the glory that now shines through the face of his Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Sonship is a dual [citizenship] dimension; a position and location within the administrative life of the government of heaven and earth that administer the very nature and intended dominion of the father’s kingdom over the individual who bears the message, and then through his or her life, to all spheres of life within the universe.

The position of our Sonship statue in Christ is far higher than thrones, dominions, powers and principalities. Sonship, a life, that only gets to manifest after one has embraced the ministry of death and the resurrected experience of the cross. A life that is imparted through the revelation of the ministry of suffering with Christ until his glory is revealed through refinement of the fire. Christ the anointing; the key that quickens the glorious ministry of representation as priest and King upon the mountain of representation.

Our spiritual act of service is now enabling us to see what eternity has offered us as the opportunity to trade the past glory of yesterday for a glorious position of what is being unveil through the glorious life that is concealed in the three of life. Time is a moment given to us to show our worth in the suffering of the cross. The cross is the place and point of upliftment before the father and over the system of the world. Without the experience of the cross life, there can be no experience of the ascended life of the father.

It is in the place of the cross that we truly discover the eternal hope prepared for those who have become worthy of the resurrected life through their obedience of laying down on the altar of sacrifice like Isaac submitted his soul to the will of his father. Until we have truly learned to completely yield and submit our soul and its entire faculty to the obedience to the will of Christ, we will not be allowed to eat of the produce of the three of life. Stepping into the place where we can start to know and experience the power of the coming age demands that we totally yield ourselves to the purifying process of the lord’s fire.

It is through this fire that we can see and walk in the reality of the glory of the master. The flame and the cross are the current instrument given as approved agent of the Spirit of truth and faith. When they introduce you to issues and circumstance that seem as if they are going to kill you or the assignment given to you, you need to be assured of the fact that they are only the machinery heaven uses to deactivate the old man and its ways in you.

When the old man and its action are completely brought to the foot of the cross, then you are ready to be reactivated in the ascended operational life of the Spirit of wisdom over the kings and the system of this world.  It is through the cross that we lose the false identity Babylon has given to us to want and need outside the tree of life. Many have mastered the ACT of Christianity and its rudiments while the life of Christ is yet to be birthed and formed within them.

Now and then, we meet and see those who claim to have been called into the ascended ministry gift, yet their entire life system completely negates what they profess. We still see those who seem to have mastered what many today call the present emphasis on the father, but the smoke and fragrance of their life, gives them up, because their heart agenda speaks of a foreign god. A spirit that has mastered the language and utterance of Christ kingdom and its administrative prophetic and apostolic grace is a danger to the camp. for these are wolfs in sheep cloths.

A life that has deluded many to believe that when a person can speak with persuasive and enticing words, and he or she is able to pull the mass towards a certain direction or doctrine, they must be called and approved by the lord.

When the work of the father is not completely wrought in a life, and such a person meets an opportunity to take up certain actions within the community of the ecclesia, such an assignment does not only make the person prideful, but also become delusional in the act of handling and dispensing spiritual gift to the degree that the person literally become a powerful tool in the hands of the enemy to corrupt the life and flow of the Spirit within the community.

The residue mixture of their former (carnal) identity, carried over into the Christian community without embracing death has got these fellows even more deluded to think it is enough to have scriptural knowledge, prayer, fasting and prosperity as the sign of approval by the father. When we become captured in the life and ways of the Spirit of Christ, we become totally illuminated to see ourselves in the true reality of our eternal position and location in Christ who has become all things to us.

The more we behold his eternality, the more we realize our own eternal identity, and so we can be the faceless and limitless saints, we like the wind that cannot be tamed or hindered by the forces of the earthly forces. The operation of existence is changing daily as the reality of our new created position in Christ becomes even more real to us.

There’s a construction going on within you that is establishing the edifice of the father within. We are now being revealed to the foretaste of that which will be made known in the father and elders in the new Jerusalem.

When we begin moving in the power of the eternity, we start living beyond the boundaries of time, pace and mater. The weakness of the flesh will lose its grip over us until immortality finds expression through our mortality. The activity of the Spirit is eternal by nature and design. Thus, the (ministry office) face we wear is basically for identification and administrative function.

Our position and location in eternity far outweigh whatever grace of ministry, we may receive or have experienced. There’s a realm beyond the church; therefore, a position in Christ awaits us far beyond the mount of religion and activity of the ecclesia.

The ecclesia is a function of an administrative order of the Saints. We cannot effectively administrate what is still to be fully formed in the order and pattern that can truly represent all of the glory of Christ house.

We are being called to look away again from that which has become known and defined as the church but has not been built or firmed by Christ himself. The church is the governmental life of God flowing out of Christ through his representative.  If we are representing Christ on earth, everything about our lives, right from our personal behavioral construct, to our marriages and businesses should be a living witness of the glorious beauty of the Ekklesia.

Those who in the past saw a side of the movement of the Lord and tried to identify it by calling it the church are becoming forgotten in the shadow of today’s ascended standard. The glory of this new day, which is the beginning of the journey of man from time back into eternity will continue to shake and shift the landscape of earthly dwellers.  Now is the time to move up to the mountain of the lord so you can have stability in the rock of all ages.

My ministry matching philosophy 


MY MINISTRY MATCHING PHILOSOPHY

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

It’s essential that we continually remind ourselves as servants of the lord, what is the motive and agenda behind our service to the father, his church and humanity. Sometimes, we can be so carried away in the act of ministry to the point we actually forget the driving philosophy behind our called purpose and assignment.

Ministry is not established on some act of theology or revelation we may have. Neither is it established because we know how to raise money to hold out some desire project and conference gathering as important as they may be. Ministry is discovered, shaped and matured out of seasons of faithfulness through periodical dealings of major needs, trust achievement, trials, pain and suffering even as one presses into the place of undivided attention of being a worshipper before the father.

The quantity of the knowledge and information we’ve gathered with regards to the revelation of Christ, humanity, creation or even heavenly beings will all be put to test through the ministry of fire. All these are designed to emasculate the soul from its illegitimate position of influence and authority until there’s a total elevation of the spiritman into its true place of leadership and governance.

Ministry is first about the dealings of God with a man before sending him to represent the order of heaven before man and creation. To the degree of the purity of the messenger is to the degree of his authority as a kingdom regent in the earth. 

This letter of Paul to the Corinthian church, captures in full the entire spiritual framework philosophy of what I personally defined to be ministry in case someone cares to know. 2 Corinthians chapter 6:3-10
3We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.

4Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;

5in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;

6in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;

7in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;

8through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;
9known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;
10sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

This truth defines the way I understand ministry, and the assignment of the kingdom I represent.

the oneness of the body and the function of the church

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the revelation of the body and the function of the church

The oneness of the body and the function of the church.

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Ephesians chapter 4:1-

 

The unity of the spirit within the body produces

A. Oneness of calling
B. Oneness of faith
C. Oneness of hope
D. Oneness of baptism
C. Unity of Christ headship and lordship.

 

We read 1 Corinthians chapter 12

You are the body of Christ.

There is no uncertainty that the primary theme of the message of apostle Paul to the church of Ephesus is the mystery of oneness in a highly diverse kingdom life and its system of apostolic functionality.

Understanding the oneness nature of the body admits the false apostolic/prophetic uniformity message, requires an in depth life and knowledge of the very core of the church’s existence.

In a day where Saints and the church alike are being cloned into some phase of a movement or message that only reflect one-sided knowledge of truth, teaching things that pertains to the convergence of the various spectrum of kingdom truth is highly important for the accuracy and maturity of the entire body of Christ.

As we step further into a day of spiritual clarity and the articulation of our image and identity In the forming of this present house.

The progressive nature of the spirit of wisdom and understanding have continued to speak to us in a fashion that is shifting our attention from the mere celebration of gifts, revelation and doctrine unto a more excellent ministry.

There’s certainly no doubt with regards to the importance of these three grace ministry in the comprehensive expression of a lasting house designed to unify Christ and his body.

The Arc of this present house is shifting more into a position of being adjusted and integrated into the rightful place we are designed to function as the body fully aligned to Christ the head of the church.

There are two main character components that are highly critical for the construction and constitution of a true representative prophetic priestly order for this season.

One is the revelatory role of the headship of Christ. While the second the is the revelatory nature of the Saints being the body of Christ.

The full agreement and harmonization of this two ministry is a game changer to the governmental prophetic activity of the lord in this season of the emersion of the kingdom of God.

The link of the headship of Christ back to a once disjointed body of Christ, prepares the ground for a powerful spiritual revolution within the church and the nations.

Apostle Paul indeed was a man of broadened prophetic insight and wisdom, in the sense that he was able to clearly see into what the church of his day and that of the future will be scrambling to comprehend as a body and the ekklesia.

He knew that the issue of the fall of man, in terms of him being able to precisely find stability in the truth of his identity, was going to be a major challenge which eventually opened the door for the spirit of deception and delusion.

He clearly realized that when gifts and its value system is somewhat placed above the supremacy of the ministry of the truth, there’s going to be a massive deception and a great fall away.

Paul and the rest of the apostles also knew that when the ministry of Christ headship and his body are not in perfect harmonization, the church will not be capable to walk nor function in the full capacity of its governmental assignment.

Hence, we discover the tone of his letter to the church of Ephesus. You will noticed that Paul first defined and clarified the nature and character life of the body as it refers with Christ and his body, before the issue of the functional ministry of church as Christ regent in the earth. This is highly important to the present building culture.

Regrettably, when we start talking about the ascended ministry of the church in Ephesians chapter 4, we somewhat bypass verse 1 to verse 5. In my judgment, these verses lay down the framework for the ascended gift ministry he began to explain from verse 9.

Context is the key word here if you are sincerely going to understand the restorative and reformation blueprint of this present house emphasis.

Consequently, I will like to expand a little bit with regards to the ministry of the body and the church as two different entities that function in a one unified spiritual climate.
Due to the nature of the days we live in, it is becoming more expedient that we remind ourselves of the various character nature and purpose we represent as the body of Christ, so as to precisely and effectively operate within the fabric of the present apostolic restorative initiative
Whilst our position as a church is highly substantial. I however do not think we have begun to comprehend the full revelatory truth and grace lucked within the ministry of the church as Gods regent to earth.

We need to place into perspective the deeper realities and dimensions of what the revelation of the body is in this new day.

The context of building the kingdom initiative of the father in this third day has to be exerted on the platform of a higher revelation of a true interconnected relational community life of the body of Christ.
Indeed, the body of christ is known and defined as the church, but to merely limit the entire kingdom assignment on the functional revelation of a ‘church’ does not allow us to fully explore the depth, breath, wight and hight of the mysteries of the kingdom of God amongst the saints.
I like to bring our attention to the definition of the church as a concept of a powerful organ system of community with a highly effective administrative governmental capacity.

And this is good as long as we accurately interpret the various administrative organ function of the body, and their unique chain of representation in the overall prophetic purpose of the father.
In other words, the current concept of the church suggests a position of functionality, which further reflects the position of authority, power and government.
This definition is highly crucial if we must look at our place in the execution of our mandate.

However, there are other equally important definitions and functions of the body we have to understand, and function in if we are truly going to have a holistic picture of who we are in christ and the role each of the those organ must play within the kingdom

I am sure we’ve had the phrase, the church is not an organization but a spiritual organism.

While this assertion may sound accurate to some degree. We, nonetheless, need to interpret the context of the various functions and the objective of the church, both as organism and an organized system designed to represent the affairs of God and his kingdom in the earth.

Having stated this, the current positioning and operational philosophy within the church, neither reflect, nor represent the ideals of the church as an organism and organization of divine representation.

There’s so much emphasis placed on the ministry and role of an organized church to the point that very few today believe in the place and function of the ministry of the body.

And this explains why most young believers who have received some form of truth or revelation, just want to get out of the house to express their desired freedom and liberty.

Most folks covets the kind of power, fame and fortune at the disposal of their spiritual father.

Their desire is to start their own version of ministry and enjoy the same variety of immunity their spiritual father enjoyed.

While others are just tired being asked to execute through certain routine they belief they’ve outgrown to the point of them wanting their own freedom like we observed in the life of the prodigal son in Luke 15.

There’s absolutely nothing improper for a person to begin his or her own church community if the timing and season are are if the lord.

My point however is, because people feel they’ve payed their dues, and consequently, they believe its their entitlement to be released to start their own church ministry. More so, they think they have some gifts and revelation others need to learn from.

And because leaders are discovered to have hidden agenda of merely using the gifts and grace of brethren without necessarily recognizing and appreciating them.

Seemly faithful members of our church communities no longer feel comfortable and obligated to remain and serve in the household due to several obvious reasons.

they rather decide to leave and embark on their own ministry even when their departure creates division and bitterness.

The perverted Babylonian system of church men is building today gives them an illegitimate power and authority to lord over people, specially those who are ignorant and desperate.

But people also today are becoming rebellious to the point that they start sowing the seed of subordination and discord between the brethren and the leaders. Where there is no effective accountability from leadership, in that respect there cannot be true responsibility.
It is highly relevant we start reminding ourselves of some basic, but yet powerful spiritual fundamentals that will enhance our progress and maturity in this third day.

The church is first designed as a spiritual, biological (body) house before it can then work as a true functional effective governmental Ekklesia community.
Both the organism and organization of the church aspect need to be properly sourced and aligned through doctrinal and spiritual accuracy of the father for this new day.

The issue that the torso of Christ is, however faced with is the relentless effort to merely build seemly powerful organizations, networks and church communities without allowing the body to grow through the inbuilt spiritual eco-system designed for her.
The environment that allows each organ and the various cell organisms of the body of Christ to develop to adulthood has been set up to be compromised and polluted by foreign toxic teachings and doctrinal interferences.

Hence, we are finding more people moving away from the environment that allows them to develop and be fully nurtured into their day of perfection and released to serve the father and his kingdom with a greater depth of wisdom and understanding as the eldest son was encourage to do in Luke chapter 15.

Today, the church is getting half baked spiritually proud and dysfunctional brethren who need to return back home to a father is who already waiting for them,

Entering the kingdom

We are designed to source our life, strength, grace, purpose, trust and promise through the concept of a greater vision beyond our own little world according to John chapter 15.
John chapter 15 is a vivid description of the eco-system of the church and its sustainability.

a refresher of the Christian faith concluding part.

 

THE POWER OF CHIOCE

a refresher of the Christian faith

concluding part.

 

THE POWER OF CHOICE

The redemption story.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

Understanding the sin tragedy

 I used to make this statement that we can never get to fully understand the gravity of sin, or what it did to the human nature until we precisely identify where man fell from, and what man fell into. Man fell from the position of glory according to the scripture, and we can identify that man also fell into himself. Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; The self-life, which eventually leads to judgement and destruction is what man inherited by yielding to the voice of the serpent.  Man wanted to be wiser than he already his. Adam was not satisfied and secured in who is and what the father has deposited in him, so he opted for the false counsel of Lucifer

The meaning of dominion and authority

Regardless of how we are able to exercise power and authority over things and others, if we are however unable to use such authority to restrain or constrain our own inner desires and appetites, we will eventually fail in our relationship with God and man. The dominion given to Adam was to start with him being able to subjugate (his will and desire) himself under the dominion and authority of the father.  Exercising restrain and dominion over our personal lives is the highest degree of spiritual government and maturity.  Our ability to exercise spiritual authority means nothing if we are unable to submit to the authority of God, regardless of the need.

The test of moral virtue

The test of Adam’s moral virtue and authority was to prove to himself and the powers of darkness that he is better than Satan and the fallen angels. It was clear that the lord was not attempting to tempt Adam by creating these two special trees call the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam, like the rest of the sons of God were created with the power of choice.

The ability for Adam and the rest of the sons of God like the cherubim and seraphim to have the ability to freely choose to serve and worship the father is of the greatest decisions the father made in the expression of righteouness and soverignty. This, of cause, was how Lucifer, Son of the morning was able to persuade one third of the angels to follow his rebellion against his creator.

The opportunity we all have

Adam’s opportunity to choose the instruction of the father was not really design to merely test his allegiance or commitment in obeying the will of The father, like many theologians and spiritual leaders have suggested. No. The power of choice was given to him to prove to himself and the rest of creation, including Satan that he has developed his ability to restrain himself from whatever form of temptation he may face. The word of God clearly state that the lord cannot be tempted by evil nor does he tempt anyone by evil. We are only tempted when we are dragged away by our own lust.

 

James 1:13-14   Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Let’s not forget that Adam and Eve were not only created in the image and likeness of God but that they constantly enjoy fellowship with the father, so one would naturally assume to think they would swing their choice to obey what they were told regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Nevertheless, it was not so. Man chose a different pathway. A pathway to follow a self-driven inclination contrary to the desired will of his father.

Adam’s self-centered choice

He made a choice to listen and follow the lustful and deceptive voice of the fallen of the arch angel by submitting to his already persuaded (wife) soul. The choice Adam made on that day brought him to the place where him and his wife were cast out of Eden. Every nanosecond of life is stirred and driven my choice. Whatever choice we make, will ultimately determine the direction and outcome of your life, and that of many within and around our world.

We cannot live life without choice. Yet, choice must be made from a well of knowledge that exist beyond the confined of the immediate needs and desire of our lives. Adam made a choice by listening to his selfish desire that lead the whole of creation into bondage.

The power given to us can only be effectively used as believers, if we learnt to relinquish our will, the place of choice making to the wisdom of the lord. While many will be concern about sharing some big revelation about Easter. I would rather take a simpler, but yet, a profound view to examine the question of how our choice affect our entire existence in this season.

 

Easter, an opportunity to retrospect

The revelation of Easter is the life of Christ, and the choice he made to pay the ultimate sacrifice for you and me and the entire human race. Easter is not about some religious dietary tradition not to eat meat, or more so, to follow some Roman Catholic Church dogma. It has always been the plan of the enemy to distort truth for some old wife fable. I still do remember asking folks back then when I was still pastoring, could you give me a bible reference to the whole issue why you must only eat fish on Easter? While people may say, well, it really doesn’t matter.

After all, it’s just a day’s event. what difference does it make? The issue however is, if you can choose to follow a popular tradition that carries no biblical truth or value, that already speaks volume regards to your faith quality. this note is addressing the issue of choice. If you cannot make choice about little things or what seem innocent, how can you make the right choice when it comes to the issue of life and death, or the advancement of the kingdom of God.

The choice Jesus made

Jesus Christ chose to come to earth, living his glory to die for you is not a church nor societal tradition. That is the most important reality that will under-guard the rest of the choice and decisions you will ever make in life.  And if you’re not sure of what you believe, it’s becomes very easy for you to be easily deceived or persuaded by anyone to follow what they believe. The death of Christ on the cross was to completely destroy the sin nature and everything that comes with sin so you can walk in the reality of a new culture, tradition and the power of new identity in Christ kingdom.

The questions you must ask yourself

Having said this, the question you should be asking yourself is, to what extent has the revelation of the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the cross affected and changed your life and world perception.  Secondly, to what degree of the choice of Jesus Christ transformed your narration and understanding of his unfailing love caused you to love others, and live a life of true kingdom representative.

While some of us may be basking in the beauty of being called a Christian, or even serving in some local church community. However, to what degree has the revelation of Christ reformed your life to the extent that your lifestyle is completely reformed and transformed for Christ glory. Have you genuinely decided to follow Christ and the ways of his kingdom, or are you merely going through some religious rituals call Christianity?

Please note that your purpose of serving Christ is to daily follow his voice and will, even at that the seemliest complex and difficult situation. The truth is, if you are merely pretending to be a Christian, when the enemy comes to test your faith or power of choice then you are going to realize how you’ve played the fool. Adam could not be found truly faithful, even though he had power, authority and dominion. He lacked the restraining strength to say no to his appetite and of cause, the enemy.

The ancient war is still the same today

The ancient battle Adam faced in the garden is still the same today. Regardless of the race, position, culture or belief, you and I will be faced with the decision of making the right choice, and the choice you make will determine the next cause of your life’s outcome. The irony is, no human being without the transformed nature of Christ living in them can make the right choice. No matter how hard they try to be considerate and thoughtful in their decision, there would always be that element of human limitation.

 Addressing the ability to choose right

One of the reasons why Christ died on the cross is to help us deal with this weak condition of choice making. The book of Romans chapter 7 shows us the degree of this human weakness and chapter 8 showed us how to eventually walk in freedom. This condition has been inherited through the carnal nature of the first man. However, the second man,who is also known as the last Adam has now given us another opportunity to be rebirth from that carnal nature inherited in Adam.

1 Corinthians chapter 15 gives clear insight into the principle of the exchange of our nature. Ephesians chapter 2 and 3 further informs us how this spiritual transaction took place, and how we can actually transit from the old nature into the new man in Christ. It is from this new position of a higher superior life that we can make quality decision that will positively change and transform the narrative of our past life.

Believe me, like I said earlier, this is not about you mere saying you are a Christian while you know deep down in your heart that you’ve actually not truly committed your soul-will and desire to Christ. The lord cannot be mocked. The fruit of your life will always speak to you personally about who is in charge of your life. Being born of God is not a child’s play or game. This is not some trendy thing happening today; this is the very demand of the father for all of his creation if we must enter his kingdom.  No one can truly please him or make decision that will positively impact his family or community without the Indwelling nature of Christ.

My commendation

So recommit your desire and ways to Christ, and he will give you the grace and strength to make the right choice for him. Be determined to follow him to the end and your life will be filled with joy and peace. It’s time you start ascending in the revelation of Christ. Don’t ever forget that these principles are the portal to walking in the life and power of the second man, the last Adam:

Crucifixion, death, burial resurrection and Ascension.

Peace to all those who love to see the appearance of our Lord in their fresh and this generation.

a refresher of the christian faith part two

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reestablishing the tenants of the faith

As the church enters the Frontline of a new kind of religious and sociocultural assault, in the battle to maintain, uphold and advance the revelation of Christ, and the multifaceted emerging realities of the gospel of the kingdom, which unfortunately, is still in its infant stage to many of us.  It’s become even more expedient for its leadership community to constantly rehearse and regularly practice the basic doctrine and tenets of her faith foundation, in order to maintain a formidable stand against the subtle in-flock, New Age, anti-Christ philosophy currently threatening the church’s advancement and representation globally.

it is essential we don’t stop teaching the revelation of Jesus Christ on precepts upon precepts, line upon line; the holy order of our redemptive heritage, and the unadulterated cultural life of the kingdom we now belong in Christ.  When One examine the general shallowness of the knowledge and understanding of most profess charismatic Christians today, with regards to the revelation of Christ, one cannot but worry about the future development and representation of the church’s leadership. Given priority to the systematic teaching and the (edifying) building up of the individual and the corporate community’s faith is highly crucial. The place and function of kingdom discipleship must be given its rightful place again.

 

Reclaiming the model

Reclaiming the precise model and value of the church’s corporate life, and the established doctrinal values and principles, in my opinion, is some of the key factors that will assist us reclaim the accurate definition and grace of what is known as the government of the kingdom of God in this hour of unprecedented assault. Therefore, to continually refresh our individual spirit, and the larger community of the household of faith as we advance unto corporate perfection in Christ, is a high watermark in this present season.

The church’s identity and image has never been so under attack like we presently see it. I believe that the traditional celebration of Easter gives the opportunity to be reminded and encouraged on some of the most important apostolic foundation of our love, faith and hope in Christ.  However, such biblical refresher cannot be complete without returning to where it all began in the garden.

There’s absolutely no way we can truly and effectively comprehend the revelation of the cross and the power of resurrection without returning to Genesis, the beginning of all things. The battle of Satan against Adam in the beginning was that of who gets the control over the human will and choice.

While the human spirit plays an important role in the overall developed and construction of a productive life. Man’s will, which is seated in the center-core of the soul, however defines and determine the ultimate decision he makes either for good or for worse. So, I’ll like us to briefly look at the singular issue of how Adam and his wife abdicated their God given power of choice to a moment of self-will government.

Adam, created innocent but not perfected

1Corinthians 15:22-23

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Man and creation from the dawn of time lived in an endless realm of bliss within the paradise of God called Eden. In the wisdom of the father, he created a man who carried and reflected his authority and glory at least to some high measure. All that man needed for his sustainability and the exercise of his governmental authority as trustee in the earth was provided for him in the garden.

The creation of man in the very image and likeness of God was a clear prophetic statement to Satan and the rest of the one third fallen angels of their eternal defeat. Beyond this, Eden was a perfect image of the community life the father designed and desired for man to cultivate and built for his family and the generations to come. in Adam’s innocence, he relished in the flurry of the father’s presence and glory until his very first test to prove his approval occurred.

This test was that of the will to choose; he rather chose to question the wisdom and command of his creator by yielding to the craving of his soul, stirred by Lucifer himself.  The scripture informs us that the father will usually come down in the cool of the day to fellowship with this unique creation call Adam. Nonetheless, this fellowship cannot be defined perfect to the rest of creation until every aspect of Adam’s spiritual and mental faculty yields in perfect harmony to his creator’s wisdom and desire.

Authority does not mean maturity

Adam expressed a high measure of the creative wisdom and ability of his creator. His intellectual and creative ingenuity was evident in how he was able to [examine] discern every animal created by God, and was able to precisely [NATURE AND NURTURE] name them. There’s no doubt that Adam was created innocent but not yet perfected. For the father to prove and defend his righteousness to principalities and powers, and the rest of the sons of God, Adam’s morality and spiritual virtue will have to be thoroughly tested and approved.

The fallen cherubim

The moral justification of the righteousness of the father was challenged when one third of his created angels chose to follow the prideful rebellion of one of his most carefully created beings to minister before his very presence.

The scripture refers to Lucifer as the cherubim that covered the glory of God. However, inequity was found in him when he decided to challenge the wisdom and supremacy of his creator. Lucifer made a choice within his heart to seek a position higher than that of his creator.  The power, authority and glory at his disposal deceived him of thinking he could convince the entire angelic host of heaven to support him. While one third choose to follow him two third however refused his diabolic act of treason.

The choice to follow

Friends, the issue of our service to God and his kingdom has never that of being forced or threatened to act. No. It has always been and it will always be by your personal choice. The center core of our work with the lord was never intended nor designed to be by coercion. Command is for beast without the soul or spirit to discern how to serve and worship the father in Spirit and in truth. All the father seeks for is worship and fellowship. A worship, which of cause is beyond an act but a true lifestyle of total obedience and submission to his will and counsel.

However, Adam seem not understand the spiritual desire even when we are told the father will come and have fellowship with them. There was a disconnection in the morality and spirituality of Adam. Morality was designed to be enhanced by the power of true worship, in Adam however, we saw this disconnection, which immediately informs us about a critical abnormally in the spiritual symphony of his worship.

Adams sight and focus has been corrupted, therefore, shifted from the very reason he was created which is to live a lifestyle of worship. It’s in the place of worship that we gain power and dominion over the self-life. The human will to choose from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is crushed.

The moment Adam and Eve’s attention were drowned away from the main reason why they were created, another alternative system of self-willed life sets which officially introduced sin to all earthly creation. From that moment of thought introduce by Lucifer. Adam began to doubt the morality and wisdom of God by rationalizing his idea to gain greater sight and become wiser.

 

Genesis 3:1-6  The snake was more clever than all the wild animals the LORD God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must never eat the fruit of any tree in the garden’?”  The woman answered the snake, “We’re allowed to eat the fruit from any tree in the garden except the tree in the middle of the garden. God said, ‘You must never eat it or touch it. If you do, you will die!'” “You certainly won’t die!” the snake told the woman. “God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened. You’ll be like God, knowing good and evil.” The woman saw that the tree had fruit that was good to eat, nice to look at, and desirable for making someone wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

The official introduction of sin

Adam’s choice literally became a poison that not only corrupt his soul and that of Eve, but the entire human race. Sin was officially introduced to humanity through the disobedience that lead to their excommunication from Gods presence and paradise which eventually lead to their inheritance of death.

The philosophy of denial

  Two thousand plus years later, humanity is still struggling within himself to answer the question, why is there so much war, destruction, disease, poverty and hatred across the world? The progressive humanist ideology to rationalize everything with his philosophical theory has unfortunately confined man to his own ways and wisdom. We saw Genesis how man tried to build a system called the tower of rebellion to reach God, of course, man and the tower was judged.

Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

The more man craved for answer and meaning to life, and desire to understand why things are the way they are, the more man becomes even more confused because he has decided to remove the idea of the existence of a creator out of his life and vocabulary.

  The deadly virus within the soul of man call sin cannot be removed regardless of what man does or where he goes. Even if man tried to create another home for himself in mass, sin and its characteristics will be found there. No amount of goodness or kindness man does that can remove or excuse him from the consequences of sin. For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.

Understanding the sin tragedy

I used to make this statement that we will never understand the gravity of what sin did to the human nature until we accurately identify where man fell from, and what man fell into. Man fell from the position of glory according to the scripture, and we can identify that man also fell into himself. Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; The self-life, which eventually leads to judgement and destruction is what man inherited by yielding to the voice of the serpent.  Man wanted to be wiser than he already his. Adam was not satisfied and secured in who is and what the father has deposited in him, so he opted for the false counsel of Lucifer.

to be continued