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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.

 

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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 them. 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.      

 

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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.

 

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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…

 

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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.

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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?

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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REDEFINING THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY

 

insight into the prophetic

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:

 

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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

continuation…

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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 the 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 connotes 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 beginning and finishing the journey of 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 to 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. Meaning that his or her desire, will, emotion, feelings and longing 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 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 project 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 keeps us in view of our sheer spiritual identity, 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 these 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…
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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.

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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. 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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the function of a cyber church in a cyber age

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The Place and Function

Of A Cyber Church in a Cyber Age

Redefining the Church in an Information Age,

 

Part 2

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Seizing the moment of opportunity

One important lesson I have learnt in life is that new season often come with various kinds of challenges and opportunities. The issue, however lies in our perceptional ability to precisely discern and judge things through the wisdom that is from above, so we can turn to our own advantage what may present itself as the enemy’s scheme. Opportunities are disguised in trials, challenging and even in fear in some cases. The fear of the unknown is really what hinders us from taking advantage of the various opportunities heavens is opening for us especially through the World Wide Web.

my journey into the world of computer

Moving into the next phase of the Lords agenda for the church means that we must learn how to go down to Egypt and recuse those enslaved by the spirit of Pharaoh. In some cases, our apprehension over situations we are not familiar with is highly rooted in cultural or religious beliefs. For those of us who are not early in life expose to the world of knowledge and information may react to things in a different way to people who have been exposed, and have leveraged themselves through extensive traveling opportunity. You may find what I am about to say funny, but this is a true story of myself.

When I finished my bible training in 1991, I was offered the opportunity to go learn computer illiteracy course but I rejected it.  My main reason for the rejection was built on the fact that I’ve been already informed that the anti-Christ was going to use the computer to destroy the world. Since my view of computer knowledge was already established on its negative impact on people globally, it becomes difficult for anyone to persuade me of learning it.

the power of exposure

As much as that information carries a large degree of truth, the issue however was my approach of understanding.   If I had known someone back then who could precisely explain to me, and give me important reasons why I need the computer as a servant of the Lord to enhance my bible study and research, I am sure, I will would have been persuaded.

The point here is, the perceptions we’ve developed through the years in approaching things or people alike does greatly impact how we interact, respond or even utilize opportunities open to us. By 1995, my mentality towards the world of computer had been greatly enriched through my exposure to certain folks I came in contact with who purely preached the message of the kingdom back then but were also computer savvy. Beyond my spirit in agreement with what I had from them, I also noticed how they utilized the power of information technology, coupled with their laptops and projectors to seamlessly communicate the gospel.

This experienced galvanized me to buy my first laptop in 1996. By 2004 just before I relocated to South Africa, our church community launched a skill empowering project, which back then, was one of the first of its kind.  The church auditorium, was turned into a computer lab where everyone, including people of the Muslim faith were all given the opportunity to be computer literate. This project brought so much joy into my heart when I saw the zeal and passion of individuals who are hungry to learn.

 My point is, if the church will ever move up to the next reality of divine intent, we need to adjust our perception and concept of interface with the world around us. The truth is, the church will not always have these free social platforms to express the knowledge of the kingdom as we have it today. We therefore need to awaken ourselves to the realization while we still have this opportunity made available before it’s too late. No one really knows when this door of social media will be scrambled or even shut down completely. Yet, while we have this lifetime opportunity, let us maximize every moment to strategically share and push the agenda of heaven through all social media.

Using these platforms to showcase a prideful, frivolous and selfish agendas is certainly a misrepresentation of the purpose of the lord for Facebook, Twitter Google plus and other platforms available. We have to start taking the focus off ourselves and truly start promoting the cause of kingdom agenda through social media forums. We need to be weary and careful of what we say, post and twit.

As believers, your words and mine must be highly seasoned with the divine wisdom and intent of this season. Our words and statement should go viral until society and governments across the world notice that the kingdom of God is coming near them.  Our hearts must be awakened to the unheard cry of millions surfing aimlessly and vulnerably on the internet.

The field of social media 

Think about this for a moment, the most vicious hardened jihadist make most of their recruitment via the social media platform. What indignation on the church of the lord. The very same platform, we have been given as a gateway to reach the unreached are the same tool this destructive elements are using to advance their destructive agendas.  We need to step up our mission and mandate to reach this powerful digital field many have neglected to humanist, capitalist and jihadist ideology.

 It is unfortunate that we still see believers and spiritual leaders alike, who are so timid and afraid to use the social media to effectively advance the purposes of the Lord because they still sees it as something inspired by the devil.

While on the flip side, those who have taken advantage of   now using it to abuse, control and manipulate the spiritually blind and on-informed.  Some pastors and spiritual leaders, due to their insecurity and unbiblical agendas, have gone as far as trying to censor, monitor and even discourage their members from using the social media.

This is mostly unfortunate. Heaven has granted you and me to be part of a company of warriors of righteousness and harvesters at the same time; and our field is the World Wide Web.  We need to start integrating our voices, resources and other forms of capacities to take this vast land of the internet world. The fact is, I am not certain if the church will continue to exist from the way many of us have grown to know it; the idea of investing in some palatial building structure with congregation seating and listening to the preacher, in my opinion may no longer be realistic in the era we are stepping into, if biblical prophecy is true to its description of the operational character of the third day church.

I however do know one thing which I am fully certain about is that the church of the lord will abide and remain strong until the final appearance of the Son of man. While this is not my focus in this article, I, however, do believe we need to start considering and making the right adjustments in terms of changing the concept of our gatherings and meetings in a manner that will help us travel light.

One way we can start changing the face of the 21st century church community is through having a strong online presence. And this means that we have to invest in building a strong community cyber platform across the web that is not easily penetrated by viruses.

Why we need to build a cyber church system

Constructing an impregnable cyber system with the necessary technical edge to advance the initiative of the kingdom of God is a must for us today. Why? There are more people today who are more active in the cyber world than in the physical world. It is so design today that nothing works in the physical realm without a direct connection to the cyber world. I feel this strong urge to remind you as I remind myself why we’ve been given this window of opportunity through the social media platforms to preach the gospel of the kingdom.

We have to be keenly aware of the reason the Lord has made available the world of Facebook, Twitter, Google plus, YouTube and the rest of the social media platforms for this season. Believe me, the 21st century media hub initiatives are divinely orchestrated to push and advance the prophetic agenda of the lord to a precise conclusive end. Regardless of what these social media platforms are presently being used for, their primary objective must be kept afresh within our hearts and alive in our as prophetically oriented individuals.

You and I as members of the church of the Lord needs to start seeing things strategically, most especially what is happening in the world of social media and it’s a-complained technologies. To still view Facebook and the rest media as some trending platform to express our own self agenda opinion is certainly a misplaced priority as a believer in Christ. We are told through the word of God that whatever we do must be done as unto the lord.

If we follow scripture for what it says, our priority will drastically change and enhance the larger body as we engage the gates of hell. The social media is an effective and strategic tool, heaven has inspired certain individuals to create the spirit of fulfilling biblical prophecy. The only way prophecy like the mountains shall be made low, the valleys filled and the crooked parts made straight can only be through a Channels like this. Imagine the numbers of open source collaborations communities online that has made a huge difference in the lives of millions.

 The release of the Cyrus spirit

There is virtually anything you are looking for to help you become whatever you believe you’ve been designed to achieve with minimal amount to purchase such application or information. The Lord has not only poured out his spirit for us to prophesy, and see visions and dreams, he has also equipped certain individuals with the spirit of Cyrus to build a system that can birth and midwife kingdom initiatives through technological innovations and development.

This grace or resource if you will, is a capacity associated with the ability to invent and Engineer things that could further fast-track the fathers redemptive plan for humanity and all creation. Regardless of how humanist philosophy sees technology, believers should understand that all forms of technological breakthroughs are ordained and designed by God to fast-track the manifestation of the Son of God.

This spirit of Cyrus as we’ve seen it is manifesting in an increased level in our time through individuals leading the frontier of technological breakthroughs and development in the Silicon Valley. This spirit is usually released at the threshold of a new prophetic turn in the earth. new technology are signs of impending coming judgement of the Lord like we see in the days of Noah.  

This grace in most cases, function through men and women we may not term as religious, yet the father raises them to strategically release creative opportunities and resources for his Church and purpose to be known. These individuals accelerates and further amplify the prophetic voice of the Lord across platforms and system especially in marketplace. 

This creative spirit is consistently released through the turn of a new century as the church transits into a higher, matured level of the promotion new strategic truths for kingdom representation.  As the advent of the printing press technology accelerated the spread of sound biblical knowledge during the unfortunate Roman Catholic Dark Age era, the lord is also now using the various technology initiatives of the World Wide Web and the social media platforms to release the pure strategic apostolic truth for humanity. This is the most important hour for the church to unite in faith and grace in order to fast-track the divine intent of the Lord of creation.

preparing for war

Having said this, sadly, we still have brethren, even though they’ve been exposed to the reality of the shifting seasons like this, are still pervaded by wrong frame of thought and beliefs with regards to the usage of the social web. Their attitude toward technology and the use of social media as a vehicle of propagating the gospel is still very much hindered by the lack of openness to the current speaking of the Spirit of the lord. Their misgivings towards the utilizing the full potential of social media as a platform to advance the general development of the corporate body through integration is a major setback for kingdom initiative.

As we meditate on this great phenomenal, we should start to think of how we can effectively translate this opportunity to a powerful irresistible recognized force in the earth. When you think of the success story of a community like the life church who built Youversion bible App, you then begin to understand and appreciate what I am trying to communicate. The Youversion bible App is one of the most used bible Apps globally today. As powerful as this may sound, it is just a fraction of what still need to be done within the kingdom community if we are going to fulfill the mission of the great commission.

Building a true kingdom community that becomes a hub of representation and expression of sound biblical principles that can answer and defend the cause of the faith we are called to preach and teach in my view is highly recommended and necessary today.

I sense prophetically that we have to drastically shift away from a low ranger mentality of using social media. We are already seeing how individuals are being targeted both online and offline in some countries just because of their faith orientation.  Believers across all platforms should learn to connect to other platforms with the resource technology that will not only protect them against the new types of enemies surfacing online, but that can also help them to achieve their individual ministry mandate online and offline.

There is a need to awaken our research and development department in building a powerful irresistible firewall system. We need to build a community system that can stand bold, strong and strategic as  watchmen on the watchtower of kingdom initiatives online. The enemy is not sleeping. The fact is, he’s already planning his next attack and we have to be on the watch before he strikes. Cyber war is becoming more real and popular to the point that it has today become a game changer the concept of conventional battle.

There more we accept the reality of a cyber world as believers the more we need to start putting a strategic digital firewall in place to keep our activity online and offline secure. My point is, the church need to drastically change its focus, platform and strategy of expression from a mere physical building to a structure of strategic digital systems that can easily and effectively interface with the reality of the 21st century community.

Still ignorant of the purpose of social media

While I am excited with regards to the development and progress the social media has afforded today’s society, I am also a bit worried due to the sheer ignorance that still paved the minds of certain people when it comes to the utilization of the social media tool. The time where a large number within the body of Christ still view social media merely as a platform to consume, share or post entertaining materials is now over. Please don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with us having fun on these platforms as long as we fully understand the very essence and purpose of their existence.

We cannot build a true kingdom hub online if everyone is merely speaking or doing their own thing without willing to integrate with others. The ‘promotion of my own thing kind of attitude’ only further enhances the evil scheme of the enemy online. In a situation where so called friends on your Facebook account ignore and refuses to engage and interact with important issues being discussed in my opinion, is a reflection of another agenda. If we cannot intelligently engage in discussions or comment on a vital point that bothers or affects a friend, I truly why such a person should be maintained as a friend on such social media account.

One thing is, now clear, the social media network has to a large degree helped us identify those who share the same passion, vision and objective with us, and this is highly important. While those who don’t can still be maintained as friends, but at least you now know where to place them in the order of priority. We most never forget that the primary purpose of social media in connectivity and interaction. Regardless of what we know, if we are unwilling to connect with others idea and opinion, something is critically wrong with our relationship concept.

Social media, the point of convergence

If the church is going to make a serious impact through the social media, we certainly need to start streamlining our thoughts, words and expression under various unique banners of kingdom initiative. Please note this, I am not just referring to pastors who just open a corporate account for their churches.

Pastors and spiritual leaders must learn to interconnect and integrate their grace, gifts and community with other parts of the body so that their own community can fully benefit from the supply of other members of the body. We need to remember that the body is made out of many parts, and not one single unit. There very core objective of the social media platforms is to enhance our integration and collaboration as members of the body of Christ.

The propagation of the gospel of reformation, redemption, transformation and the ultimate restoration of all things back to Christ can be greatly enriched through these platforms the lord has strategically positioned for his church today. But in a situation where some view these platforms as a place to display their carnality, promote their myopic pet doctrines, and unduly take advantage of the confused and desperate folks, I believe this is a huge disappointment and a setback for the reason of social media. There’s a need to be awakened to the present opportunity given to us as members of the body of Christ to utilize this season of opening to push out as much research possible for people to be able to access.

Like Joseph in Egypt, these are seven seasons of abundance. The season and days of need are coming. Whatever can be stored for communities must be stored because the days of spiritual drought are getting closer.  There will arise another King, who does not know Joseph nor his God, and will seek to persecute the lord’s people in the days of his ruling.

To be continued…

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The Present Reality of a Cyber Church

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Redefining the place and function of the

church in an information Age,

prophetic perspective to building

a 21st century governmental church

Part one

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

 

 

A template of the current shift

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. 1 Corinthians 15:

Apostle Paul was indeed a spiritual man who clearly understood the laws that defined and govern both the natural and spiritual realm. He understood the order and law of the two man which till this very moment defines and also differentiates the two system call Adam. The first man is reflective dust, in other words, what can be seen, torch or contacted physical. While the second man, the last Adam is from above. Above means that dimension which is alien to this physical realm, but yet, relevant in its purpose and assignment to the earth. The earth is the realm of assignment. The place of fulfilling heavens divine assignment. All the progressive technological  discoveries and interventions we’ve seen in the past 6000 years all attest to the father’s redemptive and restored plan for man and creation. Wow!

The two system

The operation or function of the second man, the last Adam lives in two dimensional realms of life that can interconnect without being influenced or corrupt from the order of the earth. Paul also knew that what is seen in the natural comes from the unseen dimension of the Spirit. He further explain that what define spirituality cannot be truly value, measured or applied if there is no physicality that embodies such dimension.  In other words, miracle can only be miracle if they are done in the realm where there are laws and principles that makes it impossible for such to take place.

Therefore, defying gravity on earth becomes a miracle because it is not a natural occurrence here. However in space, such act will not be seen as a miracle due to a different atmospheric climate. Therefore, Paul argues in verse 46 of the scripture above us that the spiritual does not come before the natural manifestation of things, even though he knew that everything seen in the natural is sourced and sustained from another dimension that is purely spiritual. However, to grasp this reality, there has to be a convergence; a confluence point where these two reality are attracted to each other without contradicting the essence and purpose of their union which is to manifest thei knowledge of the fathers glory.

This, I believe is what the church is still struggling to comprehend in regards to how to shift from a tangible brick concept of building to a true spiritual community call the church of the living God. As i present some of this point I felt has been highlighted within my spirit with regards to the current transition of the body of Christ from how we use to know it to another reality which may be the final reality of church structure before the appearance of the Son of man. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to lead us to the pool of ‘sent’ so we can receive clearer insight for what is ahead of us. The multiple organs and function of the church must now come together for the sole purpose of manifesting the knowledge of the glory of the lord by using the cyber platform.

The present increase of innovative technological breakthroughs are all pointing to one source and objective-the salvation of man. The world is now waiting for a church that is not boxed nor confined to a particular formula or geographical location in other for her to function in the power of her apostolic commission. We are in a new day where everything is changing in a pace we can hardly catchup. We now have to reconsider the way we use the current available technologies to build and establish the church of the third day. Welcome to the cyber Age.

Understanding the Information Age

As the Industrial Age reshaped the general image and identity of society, to the point of almost altering the narratives of past historic values. So today we are seeing the present Information Age, not only changing the narrative of life as we know it, but also consolidating the previous technological discoveries and their breakthroughs under one unit that can be accessed by just a push of a button.  We are certainly now in a time of updates and upgrades of the core drivers that allow us to effectively engage with ourselves and the larger society in a creative and productive manner.

The church now needs to tap into a new dimension in Christ that elevates her spiritual and mental capacity to a higher ascended reality of what I call the creative character of the Spirit, which is only sourced through a well-developed, integrated prophetic spirit-man. When we say we are living in a changed world, it is crucial we put this in context and perspective of the various structures, systems and demography that once defined how humans lived, work, interact and even communicated with one another in time past.

As technology continues to redesign and alter not just the way we work and interact, but also eroding the moral and spiritual value of existence, there’s now a need to build and establish a powerful governmental leadership-based cyber church that can strategically and effectively give motivation, insight, clarity and direction with regards to the lords current prophetic agenda for humans within the 21st century society.

 Please not that this idea is beyond just having a website, blog or social media accounts as important as this is. Building an apostolic cyber church community mean that we are not only live streaming our individual community activities, but that we have the capacity and will to multi-integrate our various grace, gifts capacity and revelation under various relevant initiatives, designed to advance the influence and footprint of heavens agenda within our communities.

As knowledge continue to increase in an accelerated pace and new doors of understanding (insight) is opened for us, there must be a new sense of depth in the activity of the Spirit in guiding our renewed mind, in terms of how we think and represent the inflow of ideas designed to construct they type of a church established on the mountain top for all to see and stream towards according to Isaiah chapter 2.

As the father continues to update the window driver of our spirit-man which of course allows us that gain access into the of present apostolic initiative, every member of the body of Christ most now allow the Holy Spirit to systematically remove those old obsolete drivers and plugins that can no longer interface with the current revealed standard of the kingdom.

As we are lead to move from one dimension of truth into a multitude dimensional sphere of life, as seen in the matrix movie for those who have watched it, we need to understand that this realm of possibilities can only be effectively manage by a people whose  spiritual structure has come of Age according to Gal chapter 4:1. The fact is, we cannot experience a true lasting (transformation) change if we only limit it to the mere ability to use machine, technology and software to enhance how we communicate, as crucially important has this maybe.

The true meaning of change

The transformation of hearts that truly connects with one another is the reality of true change and development in society. There has never been such a time in human history where people seem to be so technologically connected but yet so divided and isolated. We’ve seen more broken homes and relationships even with the increase of applications that seeks to prevent this kind of misshappening. Suicide and murder has sharply increased in the past decade. Change does not happen due to our latest gadgets or the number of social media we belong; change is a thing of the heart.

Furthermore, change, in terms of development and contribution to the wellbeing of others has mostly been stirred from individuals who through a particular need in their lives or their community, seeks to find a solution by developing ideas and products that speaks into the solution of such needs. This season of intense need for God and the realities of his kingdom has finally ushered into our time and generation, a powerful technological breakthroughs system that is now giving everyone the opportunity and resource to achieve their dream and vision through an open source community, for a certain, the way we see and do church has to drastically shift if we must remain a driver of change in the 21st century global community.

The parallel reality of a technological Age

Think for a second how the world of smart phones and tablets have totally changed the way and manner we share and consume information today. Being able to communicate and share ideas, resource and capitals across multiple platforms with one another is one of the greatest achievements of this generation. And this I most agree, requires a different breed of well spiritually integrated men and women who clearly understand how to lead and manage these resources effectively.

The technological advance at the disposal of this present generation indeed has the capacity to either destroy the entire world through a switch in a minutes, or capitalize on this massive technological resources to develop, empower and transform the very poor and vulnerable across regions of the earth.  The challenge here is to keep pushing for an agenda that will continue to speak to the moral conscience of those in leadership across regions to stand on a high moral ground when making decision that will impacts and affect the lives of their followers but their own immediate family.

Our ability to access information and translate them into any language we desire is no longer a dream but a true reality. The level of opportunity open for communities across regions of the earth to harness this platform of transformation and strategic integration has never been so real. These are historic moment in creation when we consider the speed we now have in accessing and processing knowledge and information or strategic development. The availability of Wi-Fi today is a game changer to information consumption and general human development. There is certainly a need to be sensitive and highly discerning of this sacred moment of opportunity given to us.

 

 to be continued 

 

 

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Pressing forward in 2016

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    Pattern of things to come

                          THIS MESSAGE IS ADDRESS TO BELIEVERS WHO

                          SEEM TO HAVE A CLEAR SENSE OF THEIR FUTURE

                            AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT THAT CERTAIN OF

                                WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THEM

                                           

                                          By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Entering a critical moment of change

Greetings friends and family! We are indeed so grateful to the most high who has again granted us grace through his mercy to be found alive and active as we press towards the finishing line of the year. 2015, like the previous years have witnessed an incredible increase in what the scripture refers to as the birth pang.

The various cultural shifts, socioeconomic and geopolitics maneuvering witnessed across the globe in 2015 all attest to the fact that our world as entered a critical moment in the redesigning of its political and economic reliance.

We have seen unprecedented changes take place within the core belief system of society in terms of how religion and the New Age believe system is now shaping leadership and the perceptive moral footing of the 21st century society. Our nation here in South Africa was not left behind in the crusade of seeking and charting a new socioeconomic leadership direction.

 

South African, searching for a new leadership philosophy

As we begin to witness the true reality of the closure of a ‘leadership, built on the liberation philosophy’ to a different type of governance that is skillful and strategic in redesigning the platform of socioeconomic opportunity for all South Africans, we also need to be weary of those who may desire to hijack the process by taking undue advantage of the transitional gap.

The truth is, the current voice of opposition to the ANC lead government are not ready and mature enough to lead a complex nation like South Africa, and of cause, it is crystal clear that the current political leadership team have ran out of creative leadership strength, and it seem the people are saying they have over stayed their welcome.

While we see a lot of zeal without the balance of knowledge and wisdom to lead, we need to precisely pray and intercede that the current national leadership transition does not end up like some of the failed state we are witnessing across the continent. We will discuss more on this in another article coming soon.

However, as society moves from what has long been defined and accepted as the core moral norm into an uncertain terrain of the humanist frame of thinking, the church needs to strategically accelerate her drive towards the reestablishment of what is known as a true apostolic community as seen in the first century. The new normal as to be that which is sourced from the stream of Heavens River flowing out of the Garden of Eden. We can no longer drink from the order of the polluted stream of the Law of Moses.

Changing the obsolete wineskin

The obsolete wineskin of the current church will continue to make her vulnerable not just to the extremist jihadist crusade but also to the ever-growing voice of the antichrist movement in the west. There’s a need to now increase the voice of God’s prophetic marching order for the church and the nations so we can see a new order of a well matured governmental prophetic company arise in the earth in the fulfillment of their ordained mandate in this third day.

Keeping ranks in the order of our various levels of grace and gifting’s in the true spirit of mutual submission will enhance the power of true governmental community lifestyle needed to face the demonic principality over spheres across the nations.

The prophetic parallel  

We must remain relevant to our various posts, gates and walls as the angel of the Lord once again passes through the land of Egypt in total destruction of its firstborn. The day of the birth of the Sons of God kind of church is the day of the death sentence of the first born sons of the Egyptians. The day heaven came to judge Pharaoh and his nation is the same day the Lord liberated his own. We need to understand the parallel. First the natural then the spiritual.

As we discern this moment, there are things we need to start aligning our lives to in terms of the appropriation of the prophetic mandate of the Lord for our generation. Now is the time for the full restoration of the missing apostolic doctrine and tradition. We must learn again to continue in the purity of the apostle’s [teaching] doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. There must be a restoration of the message and spirit of the covenant that births the heart of true community and relationship.

In this day of increase darkness and weeping in the land of Egypt will also be the greatest season where the church will witness the unprecedented global harvest. This means that the army of the Lord must be dressed ready to lead a nation out of bondage into the glorious freedom and jubilee of kingly priesthood.

I was greatly encouraged by listening to Dr. Ben Carson recently, who is one of the leading presidential republican candidates who made it is political campaign to face and challenge the very foundation of the American politics call politically correct philosophy.

This ungodly philosophy has been used for decades to attack and stop anything and anyone that sound godly and righteous in the American society. The lord is using this man and many others to regain the voice and liberty of the church among Americans society and its leadership.

One very reason why the current Donald Trump presidential campaign is leading and gaining ground among the people is a clear view that people are fed up and tired of the lies, hypocrisy and deception the American political philosophy is currently built on. Heaven has begun to shake and shift things from the corridor of power.

A foretaste of things to come

I believe, this is a foretaste of the kind of debates and discussion, we will be having in seasons to come, and we have to prepare a church knowledgeable and mature to stand and debate the doctrines and tenets of our faith in the hope of winning some.

We need to build and invest in the competency of every believer as the wisdom of this world arises to challenge the philosophy of our faith. Dr. Ben Carson reminds me of Daniel in Babylon. We have to believe the Lord to give us the Spirit of wisdom and boldness to defend our faith without aggression.

As the day of the Lord draws closer upon man, the earth will continue to witness groaning of all kinds; they will be increased labor pain that tells us to remain prepared and be ready for the birthing of a glorious company of people known as the man-child tribe, the sons of the God Company of saints who will finally stand as the three of heavens witness on earth.

We are getting closer to that season where everything we know and understand about the church and humanity is taking a new form and shape. My point is, the context of our plans and objective for the coming year should be defined in the light of the progressive unfolding prophetic agenda of the father for this end of days.

Don’t be carried away be false prophetic prediction

Let us not be carried away by some emotionally stirred prophetic prediction future-telling of religious charlatans. More than ever before, there’s a need to readjust our eyes and focus on the Lord that no matter what may be happening around or within us we will remain unmovable and unshakable. I strongly believe that this year has afforded many of us the opportunity to learn and be equipped with various unique knowledge and experienced that can further enhance our advancement in the coming seasons.

If you have lost a sense of direction

Yet not too many will be able to precisely say for a fact that they are looking forward to the coming year with great expectation unfortunately. Many are in the place where they have lost their sense of meaning and direction to life. The meaning of purpose, vision and destiny is almost becoming a foreign idea for these folks.

 While they may be found among believers or even seem to be handling spiritual leadership matters, there is something deeply wrong with the philosophy of their relationship with God and men. On the natural, when you encounter these brethren, you will assume everything is perfect with them. However, they’ve been discovered to be the most isolated, lonely and frustrated folks within the community of God’s people.

While they may be the best in caring and ministering to others, yet, their own life is filled with discouragement, unending emotional pain and bitterness of their childhood memories which is presently affecting their current relationship and work productivity.

 Their connection with social media is basically to help them go through the day or they will lose their mind. Facebook and other social media platforms have become their source of strength and therapy.

There’s no doubt about finding quality information and answer on social media platforms if we know what we are searching for. My point however is, you cannot depend or survive on social media alone as the precise reference point of gathering strength in dealing with the highly complex inner struggles of your life.

 

The rise of true kingdom community

There has to be a real-time community where we can truly connect physically and spiritually in searching and receiving the pure kingdom truth that can build and enhance our sense of community, integration, transformation and restoration.

The days ahead of us requires that the church becomes a powerful kingdom community center where individuals and families alike can come to and find strength and hope for the days ahead.

The future is in your past

Back to my main point, our childhood is one of the most influential reality still shaping our present existence. If we don’t effectively handle this aspect of our past that is still a threat to us today, I am afraid, it will continue to predict and shape the very outcome of our future regardless of the prophetic team or title we give to the coming year.

Experience, good or bad is some of the best tools heaven employs to refine and perfect all that is required to shape us into what we’ve been designed for in life. Furthermore, if we’ve not been taught how to positively make use of the various experiences of our lives either good or bad, there is the possibility that we can be found to be perpetually trapped in the negative experience and circumstances of our past.

In the next few days, we will be stepping into 2016. And as usual, many already have sets of objective, purpose and plans for the coming year. This is a very good discipline that encourages motivation, focus and direction as a believer. Life’s development is designed by a sustained practice of movement towards a set goal and objective.

The word of the lord enjoys every believer to discover their place and purpose in life. Not until we have fully grasped the very essence of our life and the purpose why we are born into the environment we find ourselves, we will certainly not have the precise sense of objective and direction towards the place of our ordained prophetic assignment.

if you however fall into this category of those who through knowledge or providence are able to identify, and are able to move towards a set objective for the coming year, I salute you and will encourage you to keep focused and pace with that which you have set before yourself.

The father has a placed for you in the future if you will return to the past

However, there is another category of individuals who may not be as certain and clear with regards to what the future, 2016 holds for them. By the way, this group I am referring to are not just limited to the unsaved folks. This includes Christians and even those in leadership position if you ask me.

And the reason for this is not because these individuals lack knowledge or understanding with regards to how to dream or make things happen. Nor is that they don’t know how to pray. No, some of the people I am referring to here to some degree are seen to have achieved some level of ‘success’ in life and ministry.

 However, deep within some of these men and women, there is a subtle, brutal ranging battle within them that is almost seeking to enslave them to their past pattern of thinking.

The past is a crucial part of any person that cannot be wiped off or wished away. We can, however gain vital lessons that can help our development or that of another through the appropriation of the right lessons even though these lessons may sometimes expose us to very deep emotional and psychological pain for a season.

The power of pain

Pain is good if it will led to us winning and breakthrough in our immediate future. Yes, the story of some of our past is quite difficult to tell or share. However, the only way we can conquer those feelings of abuse, misuse, injustice, miss future, and marginalization, the loss of a very close family in our childhood or teenage life is by confronting them in the spirit of true forgiveness. If the memory of our past still hurts and hunts us, it means that we have not truly learned what forgiveness is all about, and therefore, we are not ready to advance into the future.

If we are yet to let go of those inner issues of our hearts that causes us so much pain and depression, we are then saying we are not ready to step into the future. Remember, the future is not a calendar year. It is the decision we make daily to leave behind what holds us back yesterday.

As long as you still feel the sense of guilt, neediness and victimization mentality, it means there’s still a major stronghold erected within the invisible wall of your mind that needs to be pulled down. These strongholds are like parasites that feeds on every negative thought and feeling you allow within your soul.

For example, the thought of fear and rejection will build or enhance the stronghold of insecurity and uncertainty. The motivation to step into new areas of life will be interpreted as a challenge from such a person.

When you condone negative thoughts and feelings

They are forever in opposition to change. When you condone the thought of rejection, you will see your best friend and ally as an enemy who is playing to attack you. Meaning that you interpret people’s good will from a suspicious negative perspective. This kind of people eventually becomes isolated and of cause, prone to satanic or demonic attacks.

The enemy keeps the pressure of attacking their thought and emotion of these people until he tries to snuff every ounce of hope, faith and love out of their lives. The point I am making here underscores the fact that seemly activity towards a goal does not necessarily define progress and fulfillment in a life that is still trapped by his or her past.

 Some of the things we see or even term as great achievements today in the body of Christ are actually fig leaves we employ to cover our inner nakedness and shame. As individuals suffer insecurity and dysfunctional behavioral challenges, so does a family, community and the larger society. The inability to embrace a healthy emotional or spiritual life can damage, and is damaging the very structure of society.

 This is a position many, especially within the body of Christ will not like to acknowledge or deal with due to levels of difficulty strongholds they will have to confront.

Secondly, the type of entertainment setup pattern of worship in most church community those not allow for such kind of serious issues. And if such issue shows up unnoticed, we relegate them to individuals without the training and skill to handle them. This kind of attitude is indirectly telling the people to keep their problem.

Why some cannot emotionally free in our church settings

While we may preach and teach the truth, the kind of administrative structure within this gathering does not encourage individuals to come forward in sharing the deepest secrets of their lives. The only time people seem to be willing to share something in our church community is when they have a testimony of a job promotion or financial increase unfortunately.

Why? That is the kind of culture set in the house by the leadership. More so, those who in the past have dared to share something that tends to make the church look or sound incompetent was immediately shut down. Therefore, people will rather keep silent with their challenge and emotional struggles because they don’t want to be seen as though they lack faith, vision and Revelational understanding to mention a few.

I felt identifying with this group of people in terms of trying to make sense of their inner struggles and condition will give them a sense of hope, faith, love and courage they need first to adequately understand what is happening to them and take the necessary step to move out of the prison of past emotional bondage.

Some of the things I have learned about people is that everyone is looking for someone who they can truly share some of the deep issues troubling their hearts. They just need a listening ear.  Due to the lack of sincerity and openness most especially in the church community, many have remained trapped in the prison of the past; they are dying silently out of loneliness and self-rejection.

Because we live in society that only thrives on lies and deception, it has become even more difficult today to actually find those who are willing to acknowledge that we have issues that requires serious assistance even among people of the way.

 I know what I am taking about

I can talk about this because I have been in that state of life where the thought of ending your life crosses your mind even as a believer. Depression becomes your companion, fear takes the place of faith. The voice of hopelessness becomes almost stronger than the voice of hope and faith. Hate almost pushes away your inherent nature of love by the power of deliverance manifest to pull one out of such dark alley.

Dealing with the complex dysfunctional realities of our lives could be highly challenging if there is a lack of truth and the unwillingness to confront the past reality of our lives.

I struggled to make sense of the condition that seem to have trapped me with little or no answer even after praying. While you are among people, the sense of emptiness and loneliness flood your mind without knowing what to do until there was a divine intervention.

The impact of what I am sharing takes more than the general bible knowledge and response you may get from a friend or fellow church members am afraid.  Understanding who you are in the light of truth is one the most important aspect in stepping into the zone reality of lasting freedom. Yes, freedom and liberty in Christ is what gives you the courage to step out of that inner conflict no one but you can see.

The future is what you make of it today

As you get yourself ready for the coming season, allow me to highlight some point I felt should help you make sense of your future. The days ahead of us all are symbolic of a mountain climbing experience. Those who remain in the valley will be decided for by the circumstances, challenges and evil system of the Age.

 Regardless of who you are, where you are, where you’ve been or what you’ve done, or what someone has done to you; you belong to Christ and him alone! You are never disenfranchised. I need you to be firmly established in some of these facts and truth that will guide you as you press further into 2016, and you need to press into 2016 with the strength of the Holy Spirit.

Here are the things you need to know by revelation:

  1. 1. God, your Heavenly Father knew you before you were born. The fact is, he created you, and set up the circumstances within the environment that now shape what is now termed as your life.

You’ve been destined for a successful life, regardless of your knowledge, what you term as failures or inabilities. He is the one working in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do you believe this? You need to.

  1. You are not a product of an accident, even if you were born out of wedlock or rape. The circumstances surrounding your birth might not have been right in human eyes. Yet, the Lord used them as the vehicle to Lunch you into this world. Your Heavenly Father, the creator of your life, has the most perfect plan for you regardless of the condition or confusion around you.
  1. The reality of your past memory can be one of the most powerful instruments designed to shape you into your heavenly ordained assignment on earth. Do not allow the enemy to turn what your heavenly father ordained to build and nurture you in displaying his glory for your defeat.
  1. 4. Remember, whichever way you are born, you have an enemy that is relentless in his pursuit to destroy you. Even if you are born into royalty with all the opportunities in life to be whatever you want to be, you will still have enemies and challenges that will try to stop you.

Therefore, only when you live in the revelation of Christ, who is your victory, you will be defeated. Christ is your key and driver into the future.

 Never fill embarrassed about your own challenge, embrace it and use it as the tool the Lord has ordained for you to be the best you’ve been designed for. Note this, all human has their own unique challenges regardless of their admission or not.

  1. 5. Progress is not about the big things done or achieved as good as they may be. Progress is about gaining that sense of:
  1. a) MEANING TO LIFE
  2. b) PURPOSE FOR EXISTENCE
  3. c) FULFILLMENT WITH WHO YOU

ARE AND WHAT YOU ATE SENT TO DO

  1. d) RIGHTEOUSNESS PEACE AND JOY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
  1. 6. NEVER RUN WITH THE PACE OF OTHERS. BE ENCOURAGED AND MOTIVATED BY WHAT YOU SEE OTHERS DO OR ACHIEVE, BUT NEVER TRY TO COPY THEM, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT GRACED NOR GIFTED TO DO WHAT THEY DO, AND MORE SO, YOU WILL ONLY BE REWARDED FOR YOUR OWN GIVEN ASSIGNMENT.
  1. THE FUTURE IS NOT A PLACE BUT THE PERSON OF CHRIST. IF YOU ARE IN CHRIST, YOUR FUTURE WILL NOT ONLY BE SECURED BUT FULFILLING.
  1. REMBER THAT PROPHECY ARE NOT MERE WORDS AND THEY CANNOT FULFILL THEMSELVES. THE KEY IS, THE TESTIMONY OF CHRIST IS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY.  THERE, KEEP THE TESTIMONY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ALIVE IN YOUR LIFE AND YOU WILL BE A LIVING FULFILLMENT OF EVERY PROPHETIC WORD ORDAINED FOR YOUR LIFE AND COMMUNITY.

 Please remember that your future is in Christ and not in the crisis of the days head

Have a fulfilling and prosperous 2016

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worship and the new priestly order

precise pattern to worship

WORSHIP, THE TRUE TEST OF

THE CHURCH MIGRATING TO THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD.

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

 PART TWO

CHRIST, THE PATTERN

Biblical concept of worship is define as both the (separation) consecration and devotion of one’s entire life and work system to the service of the Father and his glorious kingdom. The life and service of our lord Jesus Christ mirrors to his church both past, present and future what it means to be a true worshipper. A careful study of the word of God from Genesis to the book of revelation consistently reveals this universal theme of the Lords eternal intent for creation which is the worship of the Almighty Jehovah.

The battle of Christ in the wilderness and of cause in gethsemane were both centered on the issue of the image and content of worship. Our lord battled the principalities of his day and the deep cravings of his Adamic [nature] soul to maintain an undivided focus and allegiance to worship to his father. He will not seek the path of equality with his father, but rather submitted his will and glory to the wisdom of his father in showing his church how to live a life of total consecration to the service and purposes of the Father.

A NATION OF PRIESTHOOD

An entire nation was called, consecrated, separated and given a powerful divine worship system designed to mirror heavens acceptable pattern of worship.  The priesthood the father ordained Israel to practice through their lifestyle was strategically planned to keep them in sync with the mind of the lord, and to stir the heart of the hidden nations to jealousy so they could turn from their perverted system of idol worship to the one and only true God. Israel was called to represent the entire nations of the world through their priesthood. We however know that they failed in that assignment due to their corruption and dysfunctional identity.

They served and worship the father for various reasons that are not necessarily to reveal the very intent of worship. Their priesthood was corrupt and perverted through the incorporation of foreign ideologies to their system of worship. In other words, they worshiped God but not wholeheartedly; there were things imported into their lives that defiled both the altar and temple of their worship.

Today, we still see the old deceptive practice of worship within the house of God. In fact, the man of sin has subtly crept into the (heart) temple of most believers and his demanding worship from the Saint without their knowledge. I feel an urgency within my spirit to sound the trumpet of awakening most especially amongst those who claim to be present custodian of the message of apostolic reformation.

SINCERITY IS NOT ENOUGH

 There is a present strong emphasis with regards to the structure and the functional pattern heaven will employ in the service of the third restored temple. The notion that we can offer our worship anyhow or anywhere without necessarily adhering to the lay down priestly order as long as we are sincere is a fallacy the enemy has long used to lie and deceived many, and in fact, some have incurred the judgment of the Lord.

THE PRIESTLY ORDER

One of the main reasons why the lord took his time to give his people the pattern of approaching and ministering unto him is to prevent the issue of using our own yardstick or standard of worship. Unfortunately today, there are various types of temples and altars built by men who desire to reach Jehovah, and he has continued to look down from heaven to destroy this temples by scattering and confusing the communication language of the people. This simple fact explain where there are so much confusion, disagreement and church break up in our time.

A PICTURE OF WHAT IS COMING

However, the more we continue to have clearer understanding into the operational pattern of this third day temple, the more our hearts must adjust and align in the ministry of reformation to perfectly house all of heavens wisdom and resource for the church perfection. This temple that the father is constructing is within the heart-core of those who have both heard and have respond to sound of this new prophetic order, assigned to shift things in the sphere of communities, cities, and nations. This temple that is not crafted by any earthly wisdom or human strength will ultimately become the place of divine initiatives in this third day.

 It will be a hub for kingdom government and authority as prophet Isaiah foretold. The place of elevation; the mountain and citadel of heaven speaking for all creation. This temple where Christ will finally reign in be glorified before his final physical appearance will manifest some of the most powerful, but yet humble priestly men and women any generation has ever witnessed.

 THE THIRD DAY PRIESTHOOD

 I am convinced that most of the things we are struggling to make folks understand with regards to church government, and the order of Levitical service will all fall in place as we shift into this third day priesthood order. As long as we remain under the priesthood that is still governed by the school master and their hierarchal pyramid system of leadership, the people will never accept or arrive at the reality of spiritual wisdom and maturity.

The emphasis of the lord for this new day is, change the wineskin of your existence and you will be able to function in the ascended knowledge and grace that will teach the ways of the kingdom effectively. The more we study and understand the mind of the Lord in terms of his requirement for communal lifestyle, the more we hear that we must remove every form of carnal and frivolous attitude of thinking. The offering of strange fire on this present restored altar will certainly incur the swift judgment of the Lord. Being able to discern the heart of the father is a present high watermark in terms of pressing into a higher realm of the father’s good pleasure.

DIVINE RESPONSE

 I am sure you’ve noticed that the way and manner the lord related to the Philistines in terms of accommodating their errors and mistake when they were zealously ready to return the Ark was completely different from the seemingly judgmental way he acted when the children of Israel were also planning to return the same Ark back to its rightful place under the hospice of King David. (1 Samuel chapter 5 & 6.).

Twenty years of the absence of the (presence) Ark of the Lord in Israel brought confusion and error into the order and leadership of the Levitical priesthood. Both the new leadership under King David and the priesthood system were so zealous that they completely forget the divine order given for the transportation of the Ark. This error of omission of the ancient priestly order lead to the death of a priest.

 When we consider the difference between the accepted mistake of the Philistines in transporting the Ark from the error of the priesthood under the leadership of David is the fact that one group have been taught the pattern and standard of transporting the Ark of the Lord, while the {Philistine} other was completely foreign and ignorant of the ways and pattern of approaching the God of Israel.  There are countless values, standards and principles heaven is unlocking to a remnant generation of priests who have being waiting for the restoration of the presence and glory of the Lord back to their lives and the church community.

LEARNING FROM THE PAST

We however, cannot afford to make the same mistake this priesthood system under the leadership of David made, due to the lack of a sound balanced teaching priest in the house of God. We are now entering a season of the end of ICHABOD.

 The knowledge of the presence and the glory of the father is gradually returning to our lives in this third day, and we must get rid of all foreign images and gods we have placed in the temple of the Almighty. Through insight of past dealing of the lord with his people, we in this new day now have a divine blueprint into what not to do in carrying the presence of the lord before the nation of Gods people in worship.

While the lord allowed his Ark to go into captivity only to stir the hearts of his people to grieve and jealousy, he was also laying down a powerful pattern for the next generation to learn of his ways and dealings so they don’t make the mistake of the past. As we further see the pattern of the fathers mind in unraveling the mystery of his good pleasure with regards to knowing his precise standard of accepted worship before him in this epoch moment.

RETURNING THE ARK

The father made room for the Philistines to make mistakes in their desire to return the Ark to its rightful place. They consulted their own priest with regards to how they should return the Ark, and the lord allowed it, but when his own children made what is seen as a zealous move without following the due priestly order and instruction, the lord was not slow to kill a zealous priest who showed no knowledge of what he should have known.

The order and function of the present priestly requirement in our fellowship activity cannot be assumed, and most thrive to surpass the hypocritical religious activity of the Pharisee if we continually have a standing before the lord/As we continue to study and examine the technology of David in the present building of the house of the lord. We will do ourselves a lot of good not to only study the good deeds of David but to also seriously learn from his mistakes. We desire a balanced understanding of the full intent of the father in the process of the reuniting of his presence back to earth.

SEEKING THE PRECISE ORDER

We have to now shift from an apostolic order who seem to know about the ways of the lord but cannot act accordingly when occasion call for it. I strongly believe that the return of the Ark of the lord through the place of intense devotional worship will start preparing the ground of our hearts for the coming of the season of the end. David was a man of great passion and knowledge of the ways and moves of the Spirit yet made this mistake of not inquiring and ascertaining the preferred pattern of carrying the presence of the lord from one location to the next. In this transition, we have to seek the precise way and manner of our movement so we don’t repeat the same mistake of the past. How we view and relate to the things of the Spirit of the lord which includes the pattern and content of our worship in this third day has to change.

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worship and the new priestly order

 

A NEW ORDER OF PRIESTHOOD
A NEW ORDER OF PRIESTHOOD

worship and the new priestly order 

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

PART ONE

WHERE WORSHIP BEGINS AND ENDS

In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; It will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. (Isaiah2:2)

This prophetic declaration by Isaiah has almost become the super theme scripture for those who now claim to be custodians of the current apostolic reformation message, and this is fine if the footing and template of what we are initiating is firmly established on the holistic revelation of Christ who is the faithful high priest of our profession.

My challenge however, is the inconsistent character attitude of those sounding this so-called apostolic trumpet. The establishment of the mountain of the lord’s temple has to mean more than some rhetorical skill we have mastered to prove a point in our insecurity and competitive lifestyle to one another.

YOUR WORSHIP EXPOSE YOUR POSITION

The sad reality today is the fact that many leaders and their followers alike have rigorously sought to master and perfect the art of ‘speaking’ the language of the current transitional demand of the Spirit without being known or sent by the lord. This act of hypocrisy has continued to pollute and distort the clear expression of the voice of the Lord, especially among young and immature seekers of the way.

However, the father has not left the saints vulnerable to this deadly gimmick playing out. Out of the many ways the Lord has chosen to test, prove, expose and approve our heart in the journey to the place of his mountain in Christ is through the ministry of pure worship. The central theme of the requirement of the lord from the days of the first man and his wife in the garden was to have a family of people born to be priest who will stand before him a perpetual lifestyle of worship.

THE FOOTING OF A TRUE APOSTOLIC TRANSITION IN WORSHIP

Let me be bold by saying that both the present footing and structure of what heaven is building and restoring in the earth through the Spirit of reformation is solidly established on a priesthood that has a continual standing before the face of the Lord like the cherubim. The cherubim ministry captures and perfectly express to us the type of corporate priestly kingdom life and service the Father is yarning to manifest for among those who have been harvested out of the rigorous outer court church religious activity we see in practice.

as we continue to critically examine many of the things that is being said and tag to be the true article of the current apostolic demand, one cannot but to see the extreme contradictions and inconsistency. One of these inconsistency is found and expressed in the ministry of worship.

The fact that a person or group of individuals can precisely articulate what heaven is saying for a season does not mean they have an authentic priestly standing before the father. Secondly, many I have seen proclaiming this ‘mixed wine message’ they call the apostolic are yet to change the structural atmospheric order of both their life and that of their house of expression. While they seem to be saying all the right things, their values and lifestyle preference betrays their message.

 Being able to build a church or any ministry initiative for that matter, does not mean we have the father’s approval to represent his priesthood and speakings in the earth. It is highly critical that we corporately and individually examine the very footing and motive that stirs our heart to respond to the demand of the lord especially in this end of days.

 There are very successful business plan and principles that if properly apply in gathering people, or in the construction of a project will certainly succeed according to human standard. And the truth is, many in the body of Christ have resulted to using this humanist philosophy and ideology to build and run what they today define to be an apostolic community. The house of the lord is not a business center and should not be run as one.

No wonder that those who try to run the church of the lord as a business model, have incurred the wrath of the father by turning their initiative into the ground for rebellion, division, confusion and frustration. Countless numbers of individuals attend these churches, give their best, but they still cannot find peace, joy, direction of heaven for their lives. It’s like the more the give of their hard earned money as offerings and tithes, the more they go bankrupt.

Lust, pride and all forms of iniquities are found within the walls of those gathering places they call church. This are powerful prophetic signal of heavens judgement over this places people are meant to believe are worship center. Indeed, they are worship center but certainly not the worship of Jehovah. I must resound it again as heavens voice to earth, that the church of the lord cannot be built by using seemly successful humanist managerial value standard.

THE CHURCH OF THE LORD IS NOT A BUSINESS CENTER

The church of the lord is a spiritual house that is lead and directed purely by the Holy Spirit through a purified, chosen and commissioned corporate eldership who function under the order of a Melchizedek priesthood. The priesthood that defines the administrative function of the house of God is one that is patterned after the similitude of heaven and not the earth. Whatever we claim the lord has assigned us to carry out cannot look like things of the earth. The father’s restoration plan is to bring everything into unity in Christ.

Meaning that whatever phase of the temple we may be representing at whatever given time, the posture and articulation of such priesthood should be sounding and resembling the blueprint of the heavenly pattern. There is nothing we are presently doing on earth today that does not have a heavenly replica. The tendency to want to use the things of this world to try to communicate the things of the Spirit though may initially sound wonderful, but it has always proven to corrupt the seed of truth especially in the pathway of those who truly desire to journey on the highway of heaven.

In the building of the Tower of Babel we see the deployment of the human standard resources at its best, and the injection of the soul life in the carrying out the project. building with bricks and mortars was not the pattern of heaven. in the divine pattern, we are instructed to use stones. stones already cut at the quarry site must fit into each other without friction.  The priests who minister before this massive, ‘mega tower temple church’ were determined to accomplish their desired end goal of reaching heaven on their own wisdom and strength and the father was already determined to destroy their ungodly effort.

If the lord has not spoken by coming down to see what the sons of men are building with their inherent soul power, they would certainly have reached their end goal, we would not have known that it is wrong to use such method. Therefore, the seemly success of a project or initiative does not mean they are approved before the lord. The end does not justify the means.

The fact that the lord came down and scattered and confused the communication language of the people back then immediately tells us that he is not in the business of approving such carnal, humanist wisdom method to accomplish his desired plan in the earth.

Secondly, the seemly ability to precisely define and use words like Greek, Hebrew or Latin lexicon effectively, certainly does not certify or qualify one as an authority within the community of the present third day spiritual emphasis. I strongly believe that the responsibility of establishing the mountain of the lord’s temple as the most elevated mountains in our day, lies on the character quality and function of a priesthood that will minister within the altar of this temple mountain.

We have perfected the act of precisely defining the ideals of this temple of the lord, some of us have gone as even describing what the temple will look like but alas, the purity lifestyle and worship system of the priesthood the father has ordained to minister before the altar of this temple coming down is still a mystery.

When we examine both the structural system and the spiritual administrative competency of most houses, you immediately see that something is wrong. The order of priesthood functioning within most of the community we term as church today does not reflect what we see in the scripture nor does it allow the Spirit of the lord, the liberty to move and direct things as he will and desire.

While in our corporate devotions, most especially in the Sunday gatherings, we seem to be vigorously engaged in the act and experience of corporate worship, yet, the configuration of our hearts and its agendas, seem to be suggesting something completely different from the lyrics and experience of the worship. So, I felt the lord will have me look into some of this issues in other to draw the church’s attention again to the more excellent path.

This article should not be seen or taken as a criticism to the current religious worship system, but rather as a challenge to prepare us to join the remnant generation heaven is calling to minister before this new temple coming down from the throne of grace.

CHRIST, THE PATTERN

Biblical concept of worship is define as both the (separation) consecration and devotion of one’s entire life system to the service of the Father and his kingdom. The life and service of our lord Jesus Christ mirrors to his church both past and present what it means to be a true worshipper. A careful study of the word of God from Genesis to revelation consistently reveals this universal theme of heavens intent for creation; the worship of the Almighty Jehovah.

The battle of Christ in the wilderness and of cause in gethsemane were centered on the issue of worship. Our lord battled the principalities of his day and the deep cravings of his soul to maintain an undivided focus and his allegiance of worship to his father.

 

 

 

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The two narratives of present day Christianity 

THE TWO NARRATIVES OF PRESENT DAY CHRISTIANITY

. “Because of the savor of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.”  Song of Solomon‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭KJVA‬‬

They are various reasons why people start a ministry, support a godly initiative, or even attend fellowship in places we often call the church. Loving Christ and the things of the father are not as plain and simple as many will like us to believe due to the unseen reasons and motives behind such claims.

The scripture before us gives insight into why people love Christ and his body, and if one does not carefully examine the scripture in its proper context one can easily assume the action and motive of the virgins to be accurate.

When you compare the whole chapter of Isaiah 53 with scripture like Isaiah chapter 4:1, one start to appreciate the concept of sound systematic interpretation of scriptures.  A church whose desire and motive is seeking to eat it’s own (doctrine) food and wear it’s own (righteousness) apparel, and yet still wants to bear the (nature) name of Christ is a church baptized in a strong spirit of deception and delusion.

We are not allowed to bring our own doctrine or idea of faith when it comes to the things of the Spirit. Neither can you define your own standard of righteousness as you approach the reality of the kingdom initiatives. One of the things we will continually see highlighted as we press into the ascended reality of the mountain of the Lord is the constant testing of our motives regardless of how simple or insignificant our actions and appearance may seem.

 There are two main philosophy driving the thrust of what is generally termed as Christianity today.  One is grossly defined by what Christ can do for them or help them to become. While the latter is simply seeking to discover the very essence of which they’ve been created and to live for such in Christ regardless of the condition or social status.

We are increasingly seeing the encouragement of a gospel that accommodate all a sundry in the name of ‘grace and mercy’ whilst the model and value standard of the kingdom of God is continually eroded and trampled upon. These two narratives are aggressively echoed in how we see or perceive a successful or not productive ministry. They define the template of our devotional prayers and general intercession.

They are highly reflected in the lyrics of the songs we sing in our praise and worship time, they are further reflected in the way we receive or give our offerings either financial or material; and of course, they ultimately define how we view and interact with people and the world around us.

So-called highly driven and successful churches and ministries alike today are unfortunately established on the first narrative. Which narrative is your faith walk built on?

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The reality of ideological war

Redefining the concept of biblical spiritual warfare
Redefining the concept of biblical spiritual warfare

Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare

THE REALITY OF IDEOLOGICAL WAR

                 Continuation of part 2

                by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola 

It is certainly an understatement to say that the ideological frame of thought of most societies, which by the way, includes the mainstream church membership perceptive value of existence has drastically dropped. Either we look at it from a sociocultural economic perspective, to the broader corporate governance and leadership policy, to the use of religion to dull and hypnotize the subconscious mind of the people.

The alarming thing here is that this life altering changes will continue to systematically overwrite the original code system of human thought process. At list, this is the plan set in place by the forces of darkness through their positional principalities over communities, cities, regions and nations.

There are sleeping ancient powerful evil systems, awakened and positioned within various sphere of society today, whose core mission is to alter, challenge, override and corrupt the eternal prescribed order and principle of precise human existence. We know that these forces have infiltrate every aspect of life, and only those who are truly discerning and are equally prepared for this unseen mental ideological war can stand in victory at the end.

If you have not been taken to the river of the Spirit of truth for the washing of your sight, and shift from the sensual cosmetic concept of what is defined as ‘life or freedom’ today, am afraid you may not escape the strategy of defilement lurking around the soul of our community and cities today. The gods of this age has intensified their efforts to keep the minds of men and women blind and dull from knowing and accepting the truth. The battle for truth is more real than any war taking place today in the war turn regions of the earth.

Very few in the body of Christ today are actually aware or conscious of what is happening in the world or within their own lives, with regards to the rise of a host of powerful evil force of darkness, using the current democratic humanistic system set in place to desensitized and demoralized millions of human minds. We as the body of Christ are being called to wake up from our deep spiritual slumber into a new day of active participation of the deliverance and redemption of the soul of our family and community in this season of increased activity of darkness.

As the kingdom of the lord presses us further into a season of preparation in engaging the battle of the last days, we are also seeing increased illuminating light and insight been released from the throne of grace on this matter, as it relates to the needed arsenals required to engage and vanquish the forces of darkness waging war within the thought realm of members of the body of Christ.

Like I said earlier, there is a subtle ongoing war against all followers of our lord Jesus Christ that is more visible than any battle being fought against the worst extreme religious terrorist of our time. In fact, winning the battle against all forms of darkness and terrorism alike, will be undoubtedly determined to the degree we are able to identify and win this unseen but yet so real a battle.

I am referring to the battle taking place within the frame of thought of all humans. Winning the battle over your mind is not just another fine and trending message the 21st century church needs to hear and then shelve it to the archives of its revelational knowledge which is what we do best.

We are seeing a growing trend in church today where people are becoming more addictive to hearing so called new revelation from the super apostles and prophets that caries little or no power to challenge and reform the rigid inner structure of the perverted state of thought.

The future of the church, and every single human on this planet is determined on how serious we take this message, and of cause, apply its undiluted truth to every facet of our daily life existence.

There is virtually little or nothing we can do even as spiritually informed people without dethroning the soul from its current illegitimate position of authority and influence. The soul of man was not designed to rule, and God the father has not changed his mind regarding his original functional order of governance. The human Soul was created to express the life of God active within the human spirit.

Man is a spirit, created with a soul to relate and express love and affection which is God’s primary nature. Love, as prescribed from biblical view cannot be expressed without the functional capability of a well reformed, transformed and restored emotion.

The soul houses all the faculties that allows man to live and behave as his creator. It bothers me that today’s church can boast regarding the acquisition of some grand spiritual revelational knowledge, yet, very little seem to be known with regards to the core principles that both shaped and altered the inner reality of human behavioral character personality.

While a lot of strides has been made from the outer reality of our salvational experience, yet, the journey into the inner life of spiritual experience can only become effective when the soul is subdue and restored back to its original place under the influence of the spirit man.

The days we are entering are days where the rules of engagement in spiritual battles are fast changing, and we need to arm ourselves with a fresh ascended revelation that enhances and fast-track our ability to identify and be able cast down false imaginations and thoughts that has taken our minds and that of our community captive from reaching the height of its divine objective in creation.

When the view or perception we embody varies from consistent balanced spiritual footing, we have for a certain, directly or indirectly exposed the doorway of our minds to be influence by forces of darkness, and its modern day idolatry worship, expressed under the guise of democratic New Age Liberty.

to be continued…

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Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare

Redefining the concept of biblical spiritual warfare
Redefining the concept of biblical spiritual warfare.

Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare

Part 2

INSIGHT INTO THE FACULTY OF THE MIND

                                                                   by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

The mind is in no doubt one of the most powerful human faculties, designed within the soul realm by Jehovah himself to help man create, discern and make wise decision on various life’s complex issues and challenges. The mind is certainly a creative living force that if properly nurtured and channeled on the right biblical pathway, will not only accelerate our faith possibilities, but can also enhance redemption, development and ultimate restoration of all creation.

However, if the mind is neglected, indiscipline, untamed and spiritually malnourished of its required biblical truth, by default of its corrupt fallen nature, it carries enormous influence and capacity to impose its own rebellious agenda on you in a very subtle and unrecognizable manner that can cause you a huge spiritual setback. It is certainly true that whatever you drop within the soil of your mind will germinate, grow and produce its fruit in a multiple fold, it’s only a question of time.

 

Influence into the thought realm.

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”. ‭‭I Peter‬ ‭1:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

As we continue with this study I would like us to explore some fundamental spiritual values that could greatly improve our spiritual development mostly in this era of the third day reformation of the church and creation.

The epic battle of the Age is focused on the regaining, the reforming, and ultimately, the restoration of the lost faculties of man back to the divine order and influence of Christ authority and dominion. Whatever kind of war we have seen manifest either from spiritual or natural realm, all passes through the portal of the human mind. Ideologies, good or evil, are shaped by the thoughts that filters into the mind.

There is enough evidence in this current season that proves that Satan and his cohorts are intensifying their mandate activity through the systemic work of deception, ignorance and seductive luring to gain full control over the thought, emotion and imaginative realm of all humans especially those in key areas of leadership both from domestic life, educational communities, and of cause, corporate governing institutions.

Toddlers and teenagers are not left out from the assault of this satanic attack. From the songs they are expose to, to the video games they play, to the cartoons and programs they watch, are all strategically designed to lure, dull and capture the innocent minds of our children. The mission to capture and lock the soul in a state of carnal humanistic pattern of reasoning is very rife in this season.

Think of this for a moment, the history of your entire life, that of your family and the larger society are all predicated on the kind of thought pattern that both informed and shape the decisions that defines the present condition of life. Decisions are made based on our exposure of a particular knowledge or information at our disposal, which ultimately determine or shape our frame of thinking.

The current sociocultural realities, the battle of media propaganda, so-called technological ground breaking ideas, to the extremism of civil wars, religious terrorism, regional destabilization, systemic regional or community marginalization, sociocultural imbalances, racism, xenophobia, poverty and other forms of complex economic challenges; the policy of accepted perverse behavioral lifestyle in the 21st century society, and of cause, the promotion of corrupt leadership both from within the church community and the state to mention a few, are all defined by the ideological frame of thought which determines how society perceive, belief and ultimately decide regarding life.

Thoughts are the gateway into the human soul, we therefore need to be highly discerning in regards to how thoughts gets to be formed within our soul to the point of becoming a powerful tool in shaping our perception either for development or for destruction. The state of our thought and imagination plays a huge role in the overall make up of our destiny.

Whatever has become tangible and visible to the human eyes has first been conceived and birth through a certain frame of thought. The mind is the ground of conception either good or evil. The unregenerated mind is the portal to all forms of negativity. Meaning, how we choose to live in attitude and character is predicated upon the type of thoughts we are exposed to.

The salvation of our mental faculty is crucial to our spiritual breakthrough and advancement. Where we are today and what we are going to become in the future will be shaped and highly influenced by the condition of our frame of thought.

There is no doubt that even the best of wisdom and knowledge to a large extent are influence by the state of thought. If we are struggling with an unhealthy and unbalanced frame of thought, little or nothing can be achieved in terms of maximizing our spirituality and its related creative and productive capabilities.

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Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare

Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare
Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare

REDEFINING SPIRITUAL WARFARE SERIES

continuation of part one

your mind, the battlefield of the last day spiritual warfare

Primary spiritual knowledge in engaging the complexity of the soul’s faculty

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

The subjection of the unregenerated human thought pattern and the process of the transformed mind has been a fascinating subject to me. Ever since I discovered that one’s initial confession of Christ as his savior does not automatically overwrite the whole issue of the corrupt and degenerated state of the soul’s faculty.

Old imbibed habits, attitude and ideological beliefs locked within the soul realm, still to a very large degree, influence the view and decisions made even after the acceptance of the Lord. While the new life received at the foot of the cross did reawakened the dead human spirit, the process of the transformation and restoration of the sensory and emotional faculties of man through the power of the word however needs to kick starts the required change within the mind, so that there can be a synchronized lifestyle into one new man, reflecting the life and character nature of Christ in its fullness.


“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:14-16‬ ‭NKJV‬

A positive change in human character is hugely determined on the reformation and transformation of the thought and perception of man. Real lasting change is initiated through the inner working of the spirit of salvation within man’s faculty. This salvation, further proceeds to the seat of the soul, the realm of self-awareness and behavior.

The soul houses sensory cognitive navel system and other human behavioral science, which ultimately defines emotion, feelings, thoughts imagination, attitudes, ideas and desire, intellects, creativity and other human actions.

Traditions, Beliefs, and other human cultural identities are all parts of what is formed within the frame of the human soul. This is basically the realm where fallen human identity and personality are formed or shaped. Indeed, the salvation of the spirit-man kickstarts the process of the rebirth of the self-centered inherent nature of the soul until the entire faculties of the soul life becomes consumed in the light and glory of Christ image, already in existence within the spirit-man.

As simple as this truth may sound, it however remains one of the most difficult principle for many in the Body of Christ to understand, accept and practice. There is absolutely no way the culture and life of the kingdom of God can fully manifest through a mindset that is easily influence by the ideas and suggestions of humanistic and satanic ideological beliefs.

This has been an ancient battle that has almost destroyed the human race, and of cause, weaken the the church from exhibiting her governmental authority. The enemy has strategically establish a foreign rebellious way of thinking to the first man and his wife when he suggested that eating the forbidden fruit will open their eyes and they will be like God.

I felt it is important we clearly understand the whole concept of spiritual battle from a precise and broad biblical definition so we don’t find ourselves like the person who is beating the air according to Paul’s description in 1 Cor 9:26. This is a topic many have spoken and written about with great insight.

However, I strongly believe the Lord is shedding more light and broadening the spiritual insight of the church as it relates to the current position of the church in the place of kingdom advance. The light of divine truth is fast moving from the outer reality she has camped for a long period. The second day journey of truth demands we understand the present phases of the Spirit in terms of the progression of our salvation into the preferred place in God.

The salvation of the soul paves the way for man’s total reformation. It is at this point the nature and image of the last Adam becomes fully manifest in and through man. Both the life and the mind of Christ flows through this regenerated spirit, soul and body. Every aspect of the sleeping man from the fall in the garden is completely awakened through the power and glory of Christ.

The nature of the mind we are made of plays an important role in shaping and determining the kind of life and future we are going to experience both from a personal level to a more corporate global reality.

The fact that it is an open declaration in the word of God that the regenerated Mind is the (temple) habitation of God makes it even more challenging for every true follower of our Lord Jesus Christ to maintain a quality life of thinking that does not give in to challenge and assault of the enemy who is bent on corrupting the thought process and imagination of all men.

The enemy’s chief mission is to make sure that believers don’t live up to the standard value set in God’s word. We shall further look into the scheme of the enemy as it relates to the condition of human thought pattern.

Suffice to say, by divine construct, man is designed in three corporal departments, which are his spirit, soul and body. Two of these parts cannot be seen with the carnal eyes, while the last, which is man’s biological part gives covering and expression to the rest.

Our lord Jesus Christ gave an insightful example to differentiate the function of man’s tripartite reality according to mark7:15. What goes into a man, meaning, that which enters through the stomach as in relating to food is not what defiles a man.

He went further to explain also that what comes out of the man, meaning from his spirit or soul is what makes him on clean. Man’s defilement is based on the state or condition of his frame of mind which is housed by his soul. The soul houses all the psychological and emotional realities of a man’s world. We shall further examine this highly important principle.

Let us however understand this basic but highly critical protocol of human regeneration. The spirit, at the point of salvation is reawakened from spiritual death while the soul remains unsaved but can be influence to follow the direction and leadership of the regenerated spirit if its properly built and disciplined .

This however, is not be possible until the spirit man is energized with the life and light of Gods truth until it regains full authority and dominion over the total man. This is what Paul was trying to communicate to the Church in Rome, according to Romans chapter 12:1-3. The faculty of the three personality of man are patterned to function in harmony so their victory can be assured against the assault of darkness.

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Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare 

The battlefield of the mind

The battlefield of the mind.

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Part one

A brief background of the material

Please take note, this material has been put together with the view of assisting members of Christ body globally but in particular, South African believers to understand the nature of the current psychological warfare against her. And to also position her with a clear spiritual insight, mental and emotional (sound) discipline mind in engaging the enemy.

This material does not cover all spheres of spiritual warfare, but seeks to highlight the role the various faculties of the human soul plays in determining and shaping perspectives, habits and behaviors. 

There are multilayered complex social and spiritual issues taking place across communities that is obviously clear that humanistic psychology, as seemly necessary as they are, and of course, the mainstream religious paradigm are not capable of resolving human challenges.

Some of the key answer to these challenges lies in having a clear insight into the anatomy of the human soul. While the footing of this material is purely biblical, I have also taken the privilege of drawing from my own personal life, and the experience of others I have had the privilege of observing through the years of being in the ministry.

The note will be divided into several parts that will be spread across weeks of posting in other to assist individuals follow step by step the building up of their capacity until the full required statue is reach in terms of being able to stand firm against the devious schemes of the enemy. And if the material in any way blesses you, I would greatly appreciate your feedback or comment.  The Lord is building his church and the gates of hell shall not prevail over her.

INTRODUCTION

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7 NKJV
Without doubt, the state or condition of the mind of every member of the body of Christ in this epic season is going to play a crucial role in shaping the direction of the next kingdom frontier.  We are in a season where the spirit of insecurity and fear are becoming some of the most deadliest arsenals in crippling the courage, passion, motivation and drives of those who are being called into the reality of present prophetic kingdom advancement.

Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’ ” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.” Judges 7:3 NKJV

The current condition of humanity proves that the battle before us can only be won by those who have come into a matured revelational reality of what is referred to as a sound mind. Guarding the loins of our minds with the belt of truth is proving to be one of the most effective weaponry in facing the assault of the present darkness.

How we face and process the sociocultural and religious attacks against the church of the Lord globally will be highly determined by the quality of the state of the mind of each member of the body of Christ. Soundness of mind, which can also be referred to as a well balance, discipline and productive frame of thought, is proven to be one of the key major areas the church of the Lord needs to work on if we are going to win the battle of the days ahead.

The body of Christ in the past has majorly focused on the state of the spirit when it comes to spiritual warfare. We however need to understand that we cannot have all round victory over the activity of darkness without securing total victory in the arena of our mental faculty.

Those who understand the philosophy of war also clearly understand the impact they have over the human mind. In fact, one of the essence of war is to create a sense of fear and forceful submission to the stronger power. Wars are first fought and won in the mental faculty before boots are deployed on the ground. From the advent of time, human battles are designed to be a powerful tool in altering and reshaping the identity and the architectural landscape of nations and societies. The economy and the sociocultural architect of most society today have been undoubtedly shaped by the imprint of fear, designed in the times of war.

A very good example of this statement is the story of most colonized regions of the world but in particular, Africa. Poverty and fear is one of the enemy’s strongest arsenals in controlling and manipulating the image and identity of an entire region or even a continent.  It is said that there cannot be political freedom if there is no economic freedom. This statement is so true. However, freedom are seldom given by captors; they must be taken by those who are ready to fight.

This mean that something has to happen within the psych of individuals and the corporate community to want to be free from the strongholds that keeps them imprisoned. Make no mistake, the church is in the middle of an epic battle that is challenging every strand of truth she has ever believed and accepted. Unfortunately, today’s church, arguably, seem to be loosing the war due to the wrong frame of thought and weaponry we have deployed in the battlefield.

MY MOTIVATION ON THIS SUBJECT

Sometimes back, the Lord began to draw my attention to the subject matter of the battle of the soul as it relates to 1). Seeking to understand the pathway to the complete restoration of all aspect of the human life and its fallen faculties.

2). To highlight the impact of emotional and psychological damage the unregenerated soul creates under the influence of false identity, religious ideology, insecurity and self-interest within the body of Christ and the society in general.

3). To try to understand the creative potential and sheared capacity the regenerated soul can produce when it’s properly aligned and restored to its divine moral position of functionality under the guidance of the ministry of The Holy Spirit and the living word of God.

 I guess the manner in which the Lord related this subject to me is a clear indication that the church and the nations have entered the last frontier of spiritual warfare as the reality of the coming of the reign of Christ glorious kingdom becomes more eminent.

As the Spirit of the Lord began to unfold this words into my heart it’s as if i have never had or studied anything related to the subject of the soul before. It’s amazing to realize the enormous demonstration of governmental power and authority Sons of God are about to manifest on behalf of the kingdom of God as the subject of the souls restoration takes precedence.

However, they will only become a reality when we start giving hid to the current demand of the Spirit, which is to close all gaps of division and segregation within us across the entire body of Christ. Whatever the Church assumed to know regarding the condition of the soul as it relates to the works of human character personality needs to be properly reexamined in the context of the present illuminating light coming from the throne of grace.

The subjection of the unregenerated human thought pattern and the process of the transformed mind has been a fascinating subject to me. Ever since I discovered that one’s initial confession of Christ as his savior does not automatically address the whole issue of the corrupt and degenerated state of the soul’s faculty.

To be continued…

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The intent of apostolic faith

 

 

 the intent of apostolic faith

                                     The intent of apostolic faith

                                           Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Some few months back, the lord granted me the pleasure of  accessing certain truths regarding what is defined in the word of God as corporate faith; and I think some of the values shared in those words are truly enlightened principles that can accelerate the life’s journey of anyone traveling on the road to Zion in this new day. I certainly do recommend that you take the time out to read them on my blogpost.

Lately, the lord has been pulling my attention again to reexamine another frequency of his truth in the scriptures that expatiate on the character nature of faith. I would assume the Father is impressing this truth to me in particular due to the nature of the days we find ourselves and the kind of posture of heart require if we must advance to the next mountain of his pleasure.

We have entered an era where two opposite and opposing principles are living side by side, and we are required to precisely and effectively define and understand the principle and value model we have subconsciously subscribe to in other to accurately determine the source of our heart purpose and intent.

This deliberate spiritual scrutiny is highly crucial in particular for those who intend to successfully transit in what is today known as the third day ministry lifestyle. Intention, purpose and objective can be subtly corrupt if the source that feed our spirit or soul start reflecting an iota of an ambitious undertone. I cannot overemphasize this. In my almost three decades of ministry, I have discovered that it is so easy to slip from the center-point of divine intent, and this is because of one single deadly poison known as insecurity. One of the greatest qualities of a true follower of the lamb is to be totally secure in him. Insecurity is the breeding ground for all forms of fear and self-centered ambitions.

You will notice in genesis that the lord had already finished his work before he created Adam to dress it. The word dress means to maintain. Maintenance suggest that something is already in existence that only needs to be kept in a particular state or condition.  There are substance both in the spiritual and natural sphere the lord has designed man to maintain. This idea mean to give it life and direction through our presence and visibility.  The first man, Adam shifted from the center point, and therefore failed from his core Assignment which was to maintain the garden. The garden was his wife and every other thing that secure her purpose and assignment in God.

While he had the power and authority to name and nature creatures, he however failed to stop the enemy from having a deadly conversation with his (assignment) wife. Therefore, if we understand that our assignment is more of a spiritual stand in establishing that which the Lord has already brought forth, it eradicate the burden of trying to do something for God.

 Our position is not to try to do ‘things’ but to become what we have been originally designed and ordained to reflect through the image and likeness of the Father reflecting in our lifestyle conduct. Those who go around in trying to create (ministry) thing for themselves because they have become so insecure, then it only proves that something has to be urgently fixed within the dysfunctional reality of their soul.

 While our perceived assignment may reflect a lot of good creative intentions to the natural sight, when they are however scrutinized under a strong prophetic office, we see the shadow of fear, insecurity and illegitimate leadership manipulation as the driver of what we claim to be given by the Lord.

One can have a good intention with a subliminal corrupt agenda. This directly answers the question why very good people in the house of God ends up been corrupt. Corruption of life and ministry is a direct reflection of a slit shift of the heart from the center point. The centerpint of any person or assignment is remaining in the knowledge of becoming like Christ in his true essence, and not necessarily what you have built or achieve in his name. Kingdom centered intent are byproduct of a life that has totally embrace not just the pathway of the cross, but the very essence of the ascended lifestyle.

 If that which is pursuit in the name of God or ministry has not first become a sacrificial burnt offering, the ‘things’ we define to be ministry or great achievements in life will become the very instrument that corrupts the heart.  The definition of idolatry today is not farfetched from the very things we spiritually pursue even in our prayers before God. if the heart is merely seeking to serve Intent without us first capturing the ideology that we are the first and the only work he desire to perfect in the earth, we risk losing the heartbeat of the Fathers prophetic intent, which is a life that has (ascended) risen to him as a living smoke from the burnt offering of the altar of our lives. This is the work of the third day ministry. 

 There is a deception or should I say, a delusion that assumes that the Father is only pleased with what we have achieved or build in his name for the world to behold, most especially when they look grand and lofty. While we most seek to pursuit the pleasure of the father through the expression of what we have been given the grace to construct as portals of his divine expression in the earth, we should never forget that what the Lord is truly searching for is a soul that has willingly offer itself to be beheaded on the altar of the Father’s pleasure.

 These kinds of men are women are the ones Christ can truly and confidently place his life headship upon. The knowledge of what the father seeks for amidst the present darkness will continue to define and separate the two characters of lives found today within the body. As the Spirit of the lord continues to impress these demands on us, we all have the duty to be determined in offering him the pleasure of trust, obedience and sacrifice daily.

 As we see the increase of the activity of darkness manifest in various forms and shape across the globe, we should not be alarm of their threats because there is right now a fresh release of the spirit of supplication and intercession to seek the Lord more than ever before.

 The famine of truth and lack of the presence of the Lord the church had faced in the past decade is coming to a closure, and we are been given the opportunity again to partake of the season of refreshing coming from the presence of the Father.  This release of the grace to pray and seek the face of the Lord will allow the heart to be thoroughly threshed in readiness of to receive an update revelational understanding of the spirit of an overcomer admits the present darkness.

The demand to update and upgrade the quality of our faith to the standard that will make for our advancement is a major highlight in the mind of the Lord.  As a sojourner, seeking passage through time into the eternal realm, we need not only to be reminded frequently of the process and value standard required of us in our mission on earth, but to also learn to keep our eyes on the end of our journey so that we are able to persevere in times of tribulations and adversities. At each season of our migration into that ascended preferred life in Christ, we are introduced to different realities of faith.

Since faith is the core substance that allows us to please God, it becomes highly important for us to understand what pleases him at each injunction of our faith. What pleased him yesterday may be his displeasure today. Journeying into the things of the spirit is an unending reality that requires a childlike attitude daily from us in approaching the spiritual things.

 Therefore, recently again, the good lord caused me to peach my tent by Hebrews chapter 11:27, and as a sat, in search of the revelation and mysteries lucked within the scripture, I suddenly became aware of certain keys laying around for anyone who has responded to the summoning of the Spirit of the Father.

It seem the more we try to read and understand the scripture through the template of what men today tag as the kingdom truth, the more frustrated we have become for the reason that our thought pattern and its process of comprehension is still highly influenced by the knowledge of the three of good and evil.  Many among highly notable preachers and teachers of the word of God today have decided to settle for what I’ll like to refer to as an echo of other preacher word to survive and sustain their ministry.

There is absolutely nothing wrong in listening or even borrowing others concept of knowledge of the word as long as we recognize and acknowledge where they came from. My point is, those who have become lazy and too busy to labor in the place of sacrificing their time and space to pray and meditate on the values of seeking the kingdom first, and above all else should not think the lord will cheaply give them access into the kingdom keys of the third day portal.

Both the cultural environment and operational standard of the third day’s ministry is totally different from how we have viewed, received and function in our earlier ministry camps. While it’s easy to learn and speak the language of the third day ministry, you will however not be able to produce its fruit.

The process it takes to search, seek and discover the knowledge key to access the current mind of the Lord is found in the place of complete blindness to your former operational perception, and the readiness to shut down for a season until your sight is restored through the ministry of another ordained to lead you into the new day.

The template of how you think and see the word of God in regards to its interpretation and benefit has to shift from self-enrichment to Christ been magnified and glorified in your life first, and then through your life to the rest of the world. There are those who have been sent ahead of you to lead and guide you into what you are yet to see. Wearing the cloak of humility is a powerful transitional attitude character that will accelerate you into the next realm of heaven’s designed plan for your life.

The lord is reinventing the framework of our ideology and theology in other for his restored truth to perfectly seat without our soul fighting for space. What the Lord is saying and birthing in this new era demand a complete reorientation of how we see and understand the word who is the personification of Christ. Whatever you think you have attained or achieve for God should be laid as a burnt offering altar for the sacrifice of a new day that will be emerging from the smoke of the pleasure offering of your life raising to the throne the Father.

 The Lord will not cheaply offer you access into what someone else has defined to you as Gods thing. You need to come up higher into the place of sight and understanding to comprehend the new spiritual path created for those who are dead to their own glory.

The mind of the Father is wider and bigger than the entire universe put together a million times. Yet, it could be the closest experience we could ever have we there is a cultivation of the right attitude to listen and discern the lord’s voice.

The word of God is only living and alive only to those who have become completely blind and totally dead to the ways and pattern of this world. Within this pages of the word are journeys you must embark if you desire to see things that are made for your reformation and transformation.

I discovered that the scripture itself is only a portal that introduces us THE ONE CALL THE LIVING WORD. Until a man comes to the end of himself he cannot be introduced to his designed destiny deep within the heart of the father.  Therefore, the unlocking of certain spiritual doors as you open the pages of the word of God is highly crucial to the feeding of your Spiritman, and the deliverance of your soul from the image and culture of Sin. Back to Moses.

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iXenophobia, afrophobia, racism and its solution in south africa

 

XENOPHOBIA, AFROPHOBIA, RACISM AND ITS SOLUTION ONCLUTION OF PART OF THE ARTICLE

XENOPHOBIA, AFROPHOBIA, RACISM AND ITS SOLUTION

CONCLUSION OF PART OF THE ARTICLE

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Continuation…

We have seen so many dramatic events and changes take place in the past few weeks both from the ANC led South African government, and other civil organizations from within and outside South Africa who are seriously concern with regards to the recent barbaric attack on the African foreign immigrants.

Beyond media agenda

It is crucially important that we don’t allow this highly important issue to become another media flash point that grabs our attention and interest, but then suddenly gets over run by other developing events on the media, to the point where we forget and suddenly then realize we are back to the same very issue again few months down the line.

The media today has found a very subtle and deceptive way of controlling and influencing how humans think, relate and respond to life and highly important societal issues. I am very aware of the power of the media in trying to define and manipulate what society should see as important or less important.

Therefore, I desire everyone reading this article to make a deliberate conscious effort to make sure we collectively remind ourselves daily in prayer and in our engagement with the society to push this ungodly spirit of fear, insecurity and hate not just out of South Africa, but out of the continent of Africa and the rest of the world.

This so called apprehensive phobia attitude we’ve seen shown to most black immigrants, which unfortunately has led to the death of hundreds of lives since 2008 up to date, in my opinion, highlights core fundamental issues that are yet to be resolved within the sociocultural psyche of South Africa. And I am convinced that this time around the government will do everything within its power and authority to resolve this big issue hanging over this great nation of people.

Perception and reaction  

When one puts into perspective the backdrop of South Africa’s horrific apartheid history, one immediately see the connection.  The connection to how we see, perceive, believe and react to issues and people within and around our world are all informed by the inner process and circumstances that informs and shape both the spiritual and psychological outlook of an individual or society. Societies are clear reflection of their historic foundation.

Identifying the social psyche of the nation

If South Africa was to be an individual, how would you see this person who has been through all kinds of horrific experience, and what kind of spiritual or medical solution will you recommend if you are a spiritual leader or a medical practitioner for that matter? I am of the view that the way the rest of the world including my own people from West Africa perceived the nation to some degree is inaccurate, and that is partly due to how the nation of South Africa presented itself before the global stage.

Here is a nation rich in the history of the great struggle against white imperialist and the ungodly apartheid regime; A generation of people who through the ungodly apartheid order had tried everything to systematically dehumanize and deprive them of what is rightly there’s, suddenly now have this opportunity to repossess the inheritance their forefathers fought and died for, in my opinion, brought a sense of mixed emotional feelings, they seem not to have ben prepared to handle either from the spiritual, psychological sociocultural, or economic point. The pressure to integrate was just too much. 

A parallel picture in the bible

This reminds me of the children of Israel who for four hundred and thirty years have been under the bondage of their taskmaster only for a generation to suddenly come into the reality that they will actually be leaving the house of slavery they have almost become accustom to. It is a clear fact in the scriptures that only two of that entire generation that came out of Egypt actually entered the Promised Land, not even Moses, the leader the lord used to bring the people out entered the Promised Land.

This concept we also see frequently in the situation where a nation has been through a long season of civil war or regime change that the very people who fought for revolution and change usually are not adequately prepare to effectively lead the nation. And I do not think this is a deliberate act by the people. It just happens that while you are in the process of fighting for change, society often allow this subtle deception of wanting to remove evil to so overshadow them to the point that they completely forget to reinstall the carrier of light with the capacity to bring lasting change.

The pain of war often do more damage to our soul and humanity than the very affliction received from the perpetrators of evil we are trying to get rid of. Many of those leading us in society, most especially in regions that have been through long seasons of civil wars are often damage humans, whose wounds and pains are covered up by the garment of their political office or appointment. There is more than meets the eye!

The nation of South Africa, if you ask me, was completely cut off guard at all points regarding the reason for her freedom, and the process of her transition from a protracted battle against apartheid to the point that she became cut up in so many peripheral things that both distracted and almost lured her away from her dignity and humanity. To me, this is one of the greatest mistakes that needs to be urgently and systematically fixed within the African community, and beyond if she must precisely take her rightful place in destiny.

Teaching the present the history of the past

The sense of knowing that something belongs to you, but you cannot have it because a draconian law prohibits you. I don’t think most people, including the current ANC leadership, truly understand or comprehend the emotional and psychological damage the past history of the nation has on the present day society.

I often here the slogan, the born free generation, and that is true, for there is a born free generation but what defines that freedom is not just the absence of apartheid or racism, but an awareness of the call and the responsibility of a people given the now opportunity to challenge and fix their past by building a new race of people, whose values and principle of life is architect on the solid foundation of true forgiveness, healing and reconciliation in creating a society with the vision and drive to collectively achieve great possibilities without racism. To me, this is freedom in the context of the South Africa of my dream.

While it is true that those in leadership today failed to have taught and conscientize their people regarding the sacrificial contributions made by the rest of the African countries, especially those from west Africa in fighting apartheid and its demonic operating system, one can understand that even those in government were not immune from the same psychological frame of thought that says we are now in charge and we will never again allow anyone or group of persons to invade our land or space again.

And this frame of thought seem to have preoccupy the minds of most of the formerly marginalized community people, and of cause, their traditional rulers, to the point that they became overwhelmed by the act of trying to protect all they now possess to the point of losing their sanity and humanity especially to the very same people who sheltered, housed and school some of their leaders while in exile.

If some of these people were adequately taught the role their African brothers played in the freedom of South Africa, they would have learnt to recognize, respect and appreciate these allies of their great heroes and patriarchs. The knowledge of history and its application helps a great deal in how we view and understand life and people around us. Any nation or society that forgets its history, risk not losing its identity and humanity but also its future.

We shall further consider this principle later on as we look into some key solution in resolving this continental nightmare. While the idea of South African dark history should not be used as a point to excuse the kind of treatment and mayhem we have seen delved on the blacks immigrants.

Is South Africa an angry society?

Yet, we cannot disconnect the impact of this attack on the both the spiritual and psychological dysfunctional operating template within the society. South Africa as a society need divine healing, and nobody should try to deny it. I am sure you have had the statement, South Africans are a very angry people; even the president himself at point had also viewed this sentiment.

While this may not be a general fact of the state of the society, and I don’t believe it is. However, the fact remains that when you consider the kind of criminal activity that takes place in South Africa, one cannot but to ask some very vital question that should lead us to precisely finding the answer and solution to the seemly complex sociocultural challenges. If anyone is sincere in dealing with issues that shapes and affect the identity of the nation, we then cannot lie to ourselves regarding the true state of things.

One of our problems as humans is that we tend to push things under the carpet that we don’t seem to know how to handle, especially on a national scale. I do not believe this is the right attitude in response to building a true healthy prosperous, vision driven society.

I in particular, have a burden for this great nation because I was sent here by the lord with a definite prophetic mandate, and I can tell you that the father is still deploying his engineers and wise master builders to help in the reconstruction of his divine architectural master plan for the nation. This resourceful men and women like me and many others, are already busy reforming and repositioning the right spiritual structural template through the ministry of strategic governmental intercessory initiatives.

Leadership and the act of mastering complex challenges

Therefore, we cannot afford to push things away or respond in a passive or reactive way just for the fact that we don’t understand the operating mechanism or condition of the present times. This kind of attitude will not only make us more weak and susceptible to our past fears and limitations, but also makes us more insecure and isolated from those the lord has positioned to assist in our restoration.

Having said this, the delay in response by the state to the xenophobia or Afrophobia attacks, and their inability to deftly arrest and prosecute the key leaders behind this mayhem, speaks into several points I would like to examine and highlight as we try to consider some vital management solution in dealing with this darkness we all seek to pass away.

Firstly, I would say that this issue should have been dealt with seriously in 2008 when so many immigrant lives were lost by the first attack. If fact, President Jacob Zuma admitted that they thought they had dealt with it. Well, if it was effectively dealt with initially, it would not have resurfaced.

If there a problem and you cannot find the root cause and decisively deal with it, it will certainly happen again, it’s only a matter of time.  Therefore, this matter clearly speak directly to the sense of weakness, ignorance and leadership disconnection in terms of effective strategic response.

Secondly, it echoes a fact that government did not realize the unprecedented ripple impact and damage such weak response could delve on its economy and the image of the nation from the rest of the world. And thirdly, it shows a complete ignorance and disconnection to the current binding architectural design realities of the 21st century global economic integration policy, which influences not just the socioeconomic boundaries of nations but also their immigration policy.

The complexity of national identity and foreign business interest

A very good example is Zimbabwe and South Africa economic partnership, which was reinforce just few weeks ago before this recent attacks on migrants again. While there is clear reflection of bad unproductive leadership ethics in Zimbabwe, yet, it is a known fact that most of big mining corporations in Zimbabwe are either own by South African business men or have a huge stake in them. This explain why the nation is home to over a million plus Zimbabweans.

Where the is an embracing of the ideology of globalization by any nation regardless of the socioeconomic status, there are bound to be positive and negative impacts, which migration is certainly one of them, and it is the core responsibility of the state and its various organs to precisely and effectively communicate and prepare its citizens ahead of time for those who will be coming into their country either to study, trade or further their business opportunity.

The interconnection of the 21st century society

It cannot be said that in the 21st century that there are certain regions in the earth who are xenophobic or Afrophobia in their outlook. The very nature and structure of the 21st century seeks to break down all form of barriers, especially if they are economic based. Europe today is faced with this same issue of migration, and the more it tries to toughen its immigration policies, the more it seem they fail. Why? The destabilization of a region has a powerful ripple effect on not just the immediate regions but on also on a larger global scale.

A protracted war in Libya, Syria or Nigeria defines the buying power somewhere completely not regionally connected. Why? The world today is economically interconnected. While we perfectly understand that this ideology of interconnection seem for now to be only benefiting some selected regions, especially those regions that have enjoyed political stability for decades or even centuries for that matter.

However, if other state in Africa can realize the negative impact of political destabilization, and put mechanisms in place to prevent both internal and external forces from disrupting their process of political transition, we will accelerate to the place of great achievement. Africa can no longer afford to sacrifice its destiny for certain few political agenda. Political stability in regions across the globe is a powerful principle to halve the issue of migration.

In fairness to South Africa

In all fairness to a society that has just ended three centuries of protracted battle of seeking her freedom, liberty and prosperity from the colonial apartheid junta, in my opinion, was not really given the necessary opportunity and space to heal properly, and to effectively disarm her mind from the perpetual war like attitude culture, cultivated in the days of the great resistance and arm struggle, which unfortunately is still the very default template driving the psyche of the society.

A deep rooted challenge

I am convinced in my heart, having lived here for 12 years plus now that there is still so much to do in terms of bringing healing to the deep wounds buried within the social psyche, caused by the past discrimination’s of the blacks and other ethnic groups in the country.

There is no doubt that this discrimination has negatively impacted the social psyche of the general society in terms of its perception and relationship not just with foreigner but also within its own community, and somehow, I feel that there’s a great sense of denial, both from the government and the society to confront this monster of fears, insecurity and pride eating up the heart compassion of the people.

When one consider the various national and socioeconomic issues that has been playing itself out right from the death of Nelson Mandela, up to this very day, one immediately see the need for a true and open debate and discussion in addressing those deep seated unresolved issues centered around racism and land redistribution.

The limitation of TRC and the way forward

While the TRC under the leadership of Archbishop Desmond Tutu did what it could it terms of trying to redress and reconcile some of the very few glaring issues; it is however clear that with the issues of high level racist challenges the nation has been facing of late, highlight strongly that the past is still very much with us. And if you ask me, I undoubtedly believe that there is a clear direct link from the already tensed racial issues within the society to what could be said to be xenophobia, or Afrophobia as most Africans would like to call it.

I do strongly believe that for the nation of South Africa to truly advance into the next frontier of transformation and economic realization there has to be a collective acknowledgement of the need to face headlong the hidden social wounds of the past. I assumed many in the nation must have felt that after the release of Nelson Mandela and other political prisoner under the apartheid government, and of cause the ushering in of an elected democratic government was going to be a smooth transition to democracy and prosperity. However, the damage already caused in the social psyche of the nation cannot be addressed or healed by a mere democratic constitutional model.

Beyond the framework of sound constitution  

While good leadership governance can set the precise groundwork for the healing process of the society, it should however be noted that it will take more than what South Africa as a nation pride itself on to bring lasting healing and transformation of mentality. While the nation boast to have one of the best constitutional framework globally, and the economy arguably is not doing too bad in terms of its increase in infrastructural capacity and productive capability.

However, the reality of interpreting these loadable policies framework into practical community centered driven values and principle of empowerment, development and transformation is yet to be seen on a ground zero level.

I arrived in South Africa in 2005, and I can tell you that the very first thing that caught my attention and challenged me for the first three months of my arrival was the numbers of informal settlements and of cause they quality of life people are subjected to In these zinc panel houses called shacks.

The picture of those informal settlements spoke volumes regarding the huge amount of social economic reform and transformation that must take place from the grassroots level if the ANC government wants to remain in leadership in the next 20years.

Many of the blacks and colored community living in these make shift houses are not only marginalized and disenfranchised but are also completely ignorant of the reality of the 21st century board less community that gives opportunity to people to find better quality of life for themselves outside the shores of their country.

The issue is beyond African immigrants

While many of the blacks in particular had lived and are seen to be happy and comfortable for decades with their foreign immigrant friends who came from other Southern African countries to work either in the farms or in the mines. The challenge however seem to be mostly with their fellow Africans coming especially from West Africa, in particular Ghana and Nigeria. While you will hardly find these foreign nationals like Nigerians or Ghanaians living outside their own communities, they however still seem to remain a threat to some South Africans for obvious reasons:

1. Their entrepreneurial business breakthrough culture which gives them the upper hand to work and survive in any given condition.

2. Their vast exposure, knowledge and skill capacity, which obviously makes them an asset to those in search for skilled labor force. And the truth remains that South African  business community is highly aware of the stiff competition out there, especially with the Asian market, and they are desperately in need of highly skilled knowledge based individuals that can enhance their productivity and market drive. In most cases, the people they usually find with such skill are the foreign nationals who already have this skill and training.

With this reality on ground, you cannot blame immigrants for doing a job you are not skill, trained or even willing to learn how to do. The issue here is more of an attitude of pride, insecurity and laziness. While many May disagree with me but the fact remains that most South African young adults are just unwilling to do certain jobs, and if they accept the job, they want to dictate to their boss how they will do the job all in the name of been protected by some labor laws.

I think the issue of orientation regarding the value of labor and money plays a huge role here. Many are not just ready to learn a trade especially from the foreign nationals living within their community or in their place of trade. The economic template of South Africa is more of working in an office for someone rather than being encouraged to start their own business, and to learn the principle of waiting to see it grow gradually.

The principle of suppressing immediate gratification for a long term investment (income) increase is still very much foreign to many in South Africa.  I would strongly encourage many South Africans to take a trip to some of these African countries to see how people actually live and do business.

This can be further encouraged and promoted by some of the South Africa business corporation, operating in some of those countries like MTN, DSTV and SASOL to mention a few. Just the sight of these countries alone will change their perception and orientation of the people.

You can learn how to do business successfully just by observing others. It is amazing to discover that most South African don’t know how to bargain.  Why? The model and structure of marketing here does not promote the ability and value to bargain. Just learning the power to bargain can be so liberating.

I have met some highly respectable wonderful spirit filled South Africans; some have sought to find out from me certain things that bothered them regarding things they’ve had about my country and I in honesty tried to give them clarity and they were quite appreciative. While there are those who were very sarcastic and rude in their manner of approach and questions, obviously because of their preconceived notions.

 It is amazing to know that we live in days of internet connectivity where anyone can basically Google almost anything, and can almost precisely get the answer they desire if they know how to make use of the search engine. Yet, people today, specially here in SA still choose to remain blind and ignorant regarding the world around them, I find this very amusing! The scriptures says pride goes before a fall.

3. Their seemly innate leadership influence which unfortunately is both positive and negative. This believe is born out of the initial mentioned points. If you are seriously concern about your business, you know that you have to develop a leadership skill that will help in presenting and selling your product, which is first defined by how you carry and present yourself.

4. They are generally seen to be loud, proud and to some, very arrogant. While there is an element of truth in this description, unfortunately, they are not a precise description or representative of the general society from West Africa.

 The challenge of poor governance and mismanagement of resource by most African leaders, especially in Nigeria caused many to seek asylum and opportunity in this young democratic society.  Pre 1994, most West African nationals find their way to either Europe or America for opportunities and better life.

 As the immigration policy in Europe gets more difficult for most Africans, especially those from West Africa, South Africa became an alternative destination to gain that economic opportunity due to its well functional infrastructure and institutions.

 Young men and women from the West African sub region longs to compete on a global scale but unfortunately the environment back then does not have the kind of institutions and infrastructural capacity to turn those young minds dream into reality. Therefore, they made South Africa their next preferred destination.

 Most of these west Africa young adults came to further their academic education here in South Africa due to its internationally recognized certification, and most of them today have become great contributors to the growing economy of the nation of South Africa and the entire African continent.

 One thing I can confidently say about the west Africans, both young and old is that they possess that innate drive that not a person or circumstance regardless of how difficult, can dither them from attaining their set goal to succeed.

 This drive in most cases here are seen to arrogant or prideful. There is a need to understand the common paradigm of thinking of both South African and their African brothers if there is going to be a working together. Like I said, foreign national from West Africa are great achievers; they strongly believe in the principles of hard work, breakthrough and possibilities.

 They never take no for an answer regardless of the obstacles. Unfortunately, these West Africans who made their way into South Africa for obvious reasons were not however sensitive or considerate of the horrific historic baggage’s the society still carry with little help in discerning and dealing with these unseen dysfunctional emotional scar.

The fragility of their new found host became the very opportunity the enemy needed to trigger and awaken those still fresh memories of the long seasons of marginalization, disenfranchisement and dispossession. The major problem I see here is that of wrong perception, and perception is mostly caused by the lack of precise knowledge or wrong information if you will.

In fact in my findings, I discovered that very hand full of South Africans know very little about other African countries, and this ignorance to some large degree, contributed to the hash reception the migrants receive when they arrived here.

I have had my own share of misjudgment by those who already nursed a preconceived notion about those who are from Nigeria in particular. As a spiritual leader who is here on a divine mandate, I still struggle to get across to some people here who believed I must have a hidden agenda for coming to their country.  Such attitude makes you wonder if these so called spiritual leaders do actually understand what the scripture says regarding global discipleship and evangelization. I doubt it if you ask me.

 There is nothing I have not had said to me directly or indirectly in insinuating that I am a fake preacher for the fact that the truth we preach and teach challenge the blind traditional position of the people. There is nothing more dangerous that for spiritual leaders in a community to feel insecure of their other fellow preachers. The assignment of the kingdom of God cannot thrive in an environment of self-driven competition. Pastors have literally said to people not to come to my meetings not because I preach a false doctrine or have forced people to give me money, but just because I am a Nigerian.

 The fact is, I do not blame these so-called pastors because some of them might have seen or had some bad experience from few elements who came in the name of the Lord and have taken undue advantage of the people. However, as believers and followers of the Lord, there should be a keen sense of insight and discernment to identify those who are lying from those telling the truth.

 As I have emphasized in my first article that there is some much we can learn from each other, but this can only start when there true change of how we view each other. Respect and honor must precedes this process. Openness and tolerance for each other must be the foundation. What I am suggesting must be seen beyond mere trade between two countries, that is already taking place from an international trade policy perspective.

 I am referring to a community drive initiative whew there is a synergy of ideas, resources, capacity and skill monitored by someone or groups with little or no political agenda. There is a need to facilitate forums on a practical community levels where we can exchange of some of the innate economic driven values, idea and principle various Africa continents apply in buying and selling.

 And on a more secondary Levels, we can share short history stories and cuisine from various African countries where funds can even be raised to assist certain areas of the community. It is no secret that South African are one the largest consumers of Nollywood movies. Well, that is a very good forum to highlight and deal with Issues of Afrophobia, stereotypes, misconception and of cause, misrepresentation.

 Churches and other community development agencies need to be seriously encouraged by the government and other stockholders to buy into what I call a real, sincere, reform, community integration project in collaboration especially with the foreign nationals living within the community. At these forums, there can be an exchange of skill and other vital knowledge that can help the community to accelerate in growth and development.

 Government can directly engage with churches and known community leaders in partnership within some of the known skilled foreign nationals living in the community to directly or indirectly build and up-skill the capacity of their citizens.  This can be a win situation for everyone.

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Redefining manhood

Bringing the core reality of man into existence

  REDEFINING MANHOOD BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL INTENT

PART ONE

INTRODUCTION AND ORIENTATION

BY Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

There is certainly no doubt that one of the greatest battles the church and creation is currently faced with since the advent of the fall of man in the garden, up unto this very moment has been the continuous, relentless assault on the precise definition of man’s integrated image and identity.

Within the framework of man’s true image and identity lies the divine power and authority to change and transform the destructive mechanisms being used by extremist religious sects and the humanist system currently governing the larger part of society.

A man with a restored image, carries the very essence and value standard to reform, transform and ultimately restore creation back to its original ordained place in God.

The determining breakthrough factor of any society is largely hinges on the visionary capacity of its men. The advance of any nation is largely determined by the quality of its men. Highly productive, visionary sustained societies are birthed by quality men who are very well-developed, skilled, informed, and driven by strong ethical principles.

Men, by design are visionaries; they are pathfinders with a strong sense of INTENT, PURPOSE AND DIRECTION. Ideally, their adventurous nature allows them to break into new grounds and territories with little inhibitions. 

 

Although they may be leaders, but sometimes not too effective managers, and that is the main reason, the Lord places wise and virtuous women around them, who are wired with exceptional qualities of managerial skills to help them carry out their assignment. Whenever their inborn qualities are not functioning the way they have been designed, it simply means that something has gone wrong that needs to be urgently fixed.

We do know that the unholy conversation between Satan and Eve, and the subsequent deception that led to the fall was indirectly targeted at Adam and the male race. The assault did not just distort and neutralize God’s ordained image and identity in man, but having cost him his position of relationship with his heavenly father, he subsequently lost his assigned authority as the chief administrator of God’s estate.

Subsequent struggles, from the days of Cain and Abel, to the epic battles of our Lord Jesus Christ in the wilderness, and that of the garden of Gethsemane before his death and resurrection were all contentions for the eternal seed and identity of God in man.

The nature and scale of the battle also shifts at different levels. From being an internal contradictions within an individual to contending with socio-cultural forces, it can also assume a powerful ideological dimension of the state’s warfare against religion.

The plan to neutralize man’s spiritual IMAGE, IDENTITY and FUNCTION identity, and therefore, his ordained assignment within the structure of his family, home and church and the larger society has never been so ruthless severe.

It is extremely impossible for a state to assume the place and function of a man, and expect society to run smoothly. It is becoming evidentially clear that under today’s concept of democracy, just like in the days of communism, the state is trying to take total control with regard to how the home and families should be run.

Men are being stripped of their manhood in the name of promoting human rights. The ravaging feminist ideology, an off-shoot of humanism will not only destroy the family, but will also destroy the society as a whole.

In the context of a home, it is important to state that the notion of a rivalry between the man and the woman is alien to the original divine plan. God, in His divine order has set things in place, including how the male man and his family ought to live, and if we follow His values and set principles, we will enjoy a blissful society. The more rights the state tries to strip from men, the more dysfunctional society will become.

The way to empower women and children is by empowering the men with the Spirit of their Heavenly Father. The more men learn of their original identity in Christ, the easier it becomes for them to sacrificially offer their lives for the provision and protection of their family and community. It is highly important that I stress that the battle of the 21st century society will be determined and won by the quality of men produced by the society, and not the other way around.

As the Lord highlights the key qualities of men that He will use in this season to challenge the assault of darkness, we need to remind ourselves that we have to first unclothe our minds from the soulish carnal garment of Saul and that of Babylon with which we have been clothed by our natural birth circumstances.

Who we are, and the exploit we are able to carry out on behalf of God’s people will ultimately be by the quality and state of our spiritual and mental states. David learnt to unclothe himself first from the mentality of Saul before he faced Goliath.

“Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.

“Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.”

Your mentality defines your internal awareness and competence; in other words, the garment you wear will either prepare you for battle or prevent you from standing out when Goliath come calling.

 Many of the men of our time truly have the desire, and even to some extent, the passion to want to bring change to their family and community but they are wrongly dressed.

Wrong value standards like that of King Saul is certainly a wrong gear-amour to wear in the days of confronting the horns and the [principalities] gates hindering the rise of the church and nations in fulfilling their destiny.

The scripture above highlighted four insightful conversations between King Saul, David the Shepherd boy, his brothers and Goliath of Gath. These conversations actually reveal whose manhood was adequately prepared and ready from all the four characters.

Extracting certain core principles for the reality of manhood from the 1 Samuel 17:28-40 in my opinion, gives insightful wisdom to how to deal with the issue of a true visionary, competent company of men ready to bring deliverance to this generation.

 

Let’s highlight these four key conversations;

  1. 1. First conversation with Eliab, David’s eldest brother:

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

  1. 2. Second, the conversation of David with King Saul:

 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him. David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

  1. Third, the conversation of Saul with David:

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

  1. The last conversation which is the declaration of Goliath

Is the key point we shall be considering.

 

 

First Samuel 17

Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me.

If he is ABLE to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.

Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning! Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles, and your princes feast at the proper time— For strength and not for drunkenness! (Eccles 10:16-17)

THE TWO PILLAR FOUNDATION

 

These two scriptures introduce us to the whole essence of the subject matter of the reality manhood, and I do believe that as we approach this subject from the accurate realm of the knowledge of the tree of life, we will be able to systematically identify and neutralize from within the inner man, the carnal fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This latter has been the source of all known natural concepts of manhood. It is important that we do not base the interpretation of spiritual reality on carnal humanistic wisdom and ideology.

The approach of defining manhood from spiritual the dimension should further enhance the strength, courage, and determination of our spiritual pursuits unto that zenith of a perfect corporate man, which should be our default operating pattern in Christ.

The sad reality of Goliath’s unprecedented challenge was that not a single man in the entire parade of King Saul’s army, including the seemingly strong brothers of David were brave enough to face and challenge Goliath.

To understand the reason why King Saul and his men could not face Goliath, we need to look into the structure of Saul’s inner configuration; what kind of man was he on the inside? The architectural configuration of Saul’s inner make-up is a powerful indicator of the kind of values system that defined his manhood’s outlook, especially with his men on the battlefield.

It is clear that the life of Saul directly or indirectly impacts the moral capabilities of his men. A man (i.e. leader) with the right inner configuration will not only motivate and inspire other men within and around his world to function with uttermost skill and capacity, but will also equip them with the necessary courage and determination to advance and succeed in carrying out their assignments.

Saul, like Goliath, represents various layers of predominantly soulish, satanic strongholds and systems, positioned within and outside our world’s environment, and David represents a type of quality and character icon required to challenge and defeat this principality known as Goliath.

Therefore, accurate manhood exudes the qualities of a courageous fearless life to challenge and overcome the various satanic hindrances against the advancement of the people of God from one point of transition to the next.

The evidence of the days we live in both from the economic, sociocultural, geopolitical, and the religious ideological extremism, demands a total shift in the configuration of the male man from the old pattern of a weak, carnal and lack of visionary character lifestyle, to the very nature of a well perfected, ascended vision driven nature of the second man, the last Adam.

 

David, to some degree speaks into some of the core character qualities the lord is looking for in the men of our time for us to be truly empowered to take on the challenge of the Goliath of our day.

 

The remark of David to Saul in terms of his identity and believe system proves to us that, though he lives in a society that is generally controlled and influence by the King Saul ideological beliefs, he draws his own identity, ideology and inspiration of life from a higher dimension everyone else seem to be unaware of.

 

Even when the king tried to enforce his concept of manhood and warfare on him, he will not give in because they are alien to his identity. He said to the king, I cannot go with these because they have not been proven. Here is a powerful concept David is showing us that for the fact that the instruction is coming from a highly respected and influential person does not make it acceptable.

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