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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.

 

He proved to the King and all the men of his generation that there is another realm where true men gains insight, instruction and direction that transcend this limited weak realm of existence. The scriptures said he reach deep into his shepherd’s bag for one of the five smooth stones he had earlier collected from the river.

 

This young lad once again is calling and challenging the men of South Africa and this generation to gather at the foot of this epic battle season, and start learning again what it means to be a real man who will stand up to the challenge, and completely defeat  the Goliath’s of economic, sociocultural and religious giants of our time. It’s time to undress our minds from its weakness and dysfunctional past. It’s a new day to war in righteousness.

 

Contemporary patterns often demonstrated in the economic, socio-cultural, political, and  religious contexts reveal the need for a total shift in the configuration of the male man from the old pattern of a carnal, spiritually sightless and character-deficient personality to that of the morally whole well perfected, ascended vision-driven nature of the last Adam, the man Jesus.

Solomon further expresses his apprehension regarding a city, family or society that positions immature men in highly sensitive leadership position. In fact, he sees such blind decision as a curse on the entire community, city or nation.