REDEFINING THE SPIRIT OF SUPPORTING GOD’S KINGDOM INITIATIVES.
A PROPHETIC BLUEPRINT FOR SUPPORTING KINGDOM-ORDAINED INITIATIVES.
AN UPDATE AND A GUIDING DIRECTIVE OF OUR FUTURE MINISTRY.
By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola
May I use this opportunity to wish all of you and wonderful holiday season and allow me again to express my deep gratitude, appreciation, and love to all those who have been of great support to me through their prayers and intercession, or those who have received the grace and burden from the Lord to sacrificially assist our ministry initiative financially, particularly in the year 2022.
The tradition of supporting missionaries and itinerant vessels of God has been practiced since the early days of the first century Apostolic Church community. Though, we’ve seen this type of ministry being fought and resisted today for many reasons that are not in line with what the Bible says about sent prophets, apostles, and teachers.
I am, however, deeply grateful to you, whom the Lord has sent to encourage me, by supporting the mission of fulfilling his dream and desire for his Church and bride in the field of the nation of South Africa and across the nations through our online ministry.
Your assistance has continued to bear fruit through the thousands of hours of work I continue to put in reaching the nations with the message of the nearness of the kingdom of God.
ROMANS 12:3 FOR BY THE GRACE GIVEN ME I SAY TO EVERY ONE OF YOU: DO NOT THINK OF YOURSELF MORE HIGHLY THAN YOU OUGHT, BUT RATHER THINK OF YOURSELF WITH SOBER JUDGMENT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FAITH GOD HAS DISTRIBUTED TO EACH OF YOU.
4 FOR JUST AS EACH OF US HAS ONE BODY WITH MANY MEMBERS, AND THESE MEMBERS DO NOT ALL HAVE THE SAME FUNCTION, 5 SO IN CHRIST WE, THOUGH MANY, FORM ONE BODY, AND EACH MEMBER BELONGS TO ALL THE OTHERS.
6 WE HAVE DIFFERENT GIFTS, ACCORDING TO THE GRACE GIVEN TO EACH OF US. IF YOUR GIFT IS PROPHESYING, THEN PROPHESY IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR A FAITH; 7 IF IT IS SERVING, THEN SERVE; IF IT IS TEACHING, THEN TEACH;
8 IF IT IS TO ENCOURAGE, THEN GIVE ENCOURAGEMENT; IF IT IS GIVING, THEN GIVE GENEROUSLY; IF IT IS TO LEAD, B DO IT DILIGENTLY; IF IT IS TO SHOW MERCY, DO IT CHEERFULLY.
Perspective and motivation
The scripture above is an excellent scripture, I have sought to build the philosophy of this article around, because I believe the principles and values shared here are explicit enough to dive both the understanding and the apostolic order of establishing and maintaining the various administrative structures of our assigned functions as members of the Body of Christ. When kingdom initiatives are established on well laid down apostolic values, it saves us the time and effort to explain ourselves and avoid unnecessary mistakes.
I understand that there’s a lot of confusion, misgivings, frustration, and other seemingly unanswered questions today in the Body of Christ. These are issues of money, giving, and the support of God’s work due to the serious abuse and manipulations that have taken place, and might still be taking place among some church organizations. And the truth is, we may not deal with all these anomalies, but we should be rest assured that the Lord is building his own Church, and the scheme] gates of hell will not prevail against her.
We, as followers of the Lamb, must continue to set the path and raise the bar of the kingdom value system, regardless of what people or society may think or say about us. Till our Lord returns, we will need resources and assistance to carry out our various assignments. Therefore, I am sharing this article from my own personal ministry need.
I know that I am not the only in some forms of need for support and I hope this will motivate anyone of our readers to get inspired by support other authentic ministers and ministries out there who are not able to to firmly stand due to financial limitation.
I have seen improvements in our online presence in the past 12 years we began this journey, and I know that we can do better if we get the right support. It is for this reason that I am appealing to you to follow our story and let the Lord speak to your heart in the spirit of truth to help advance the prophetic mandate given to me.
Our online audio messages, articles, and books have continued to be a reference resource material for both spiritual leaders and brethren in search of insight and direction for their lives. Your one-time or continual financial support has helped keep this vision and dream alive.
Portalsgate online broadcast has been noted by Anchor, one of the foremost podcast platforms, owned by Spotify, as one of the most active content producers in the category of Spiritual Podcast with active user engagement. We see this as a milestone achievement in terms of the objective I sent for myself seven years again to be an online resource hub that offers the finest kingdom-base resources for the maturing of the Body of Christ.
Our website has continued to be a true kingdom convergence hub for those in need of authentic spiritual food. We are making even greater commitment to continue to provide and produce high quality material for spiritual development and maturity for those called to start a kingdom initiative or those seeking to transit from the old wineskin order into the current, kingdom demand of ministry and life’s standard.
Expanding our online presence
There are new aspects of ministry I am looking forward to introduce to our online media presence that would need your financial assistance, and pray that you will respond accordingly.
I began about two years ago to start building what I call my studio/office space, where I intend to use it for my podcast and broadcast. With the support of many of you, I have reached a milestone, even though there’s still a long way to go due to financial constraints. I believe with your support, I should finish this project by next year, 2023, by the grace of God.
Driven by ethics
I have made my stance on leadership abuse and financial misappropriation in the church clear, which has grossly affected and damaged the issues of trust and commitment in the Body of Christ today. The matters of support and money have almost become a sensitive subject due to the offense and damage it has caused in the lives of the people.
Many leaders today are almost afraid to touch this subject, because they are afraid of being labeled charlatans. Yet, this is one subject that we today need sound apostolic representation with the ethical authority to address if the Church is free from the mistakes of the past.
My principle and value on this subject have often played a part in my ministry challenges, at least in terms of financial support, so it seems. Yet, I also believe that it is for this reason, in my opinion, why some have made it their sacrificial responsibility and commitment to support me, and I am eternally grateful to these faithful brethren in the Lord.
No matter how challenging the needs sometimes may be, the Father has remained faithful by sending help across my way, even in occasions where it seems like I don’t know where or how the next bill or ministry obligations will be met.
My books and other materials have a great prospect of generating enough income to support me, my family, and the ministry, but the Lord has not given such permission to start commercializing the materials at this time. I have tried to live my life according to the grace given to me, and I fully intend to continue doing so until the Father speaks otherwise within the context of his provision.
Standing for the truth in obedience to the directive of the voice of the Lord comes with its price. If we are not prepared and determine for the backlash and consequence, one can be led towards confusion, doubt, or even regret why such a stand was taking at the first place. We are told everyone should be persuaded of their decision.
The scripture says “who would want to build a house and will not first sit down and count the cost if he can finish it”. This scripture is an arrowhead to launch men who will be Kingdom financiers in these last days to a new realm of understanding of divine increase and provision.
Giving towards a worthy cause
Supporting a ministry like ours requires a deep sense of commitment, which comes from a deep conviction of faith and personal calling to such a ministry. Giving towards a genuine vision is a calling that will be regularly tested. If we are not convinced about such a position, a person will eventually stop giving or reduce the level of support due to the pressure of life, or matters of bad attitude of spiteful arrogance and offense.
When you allow the root of bitterness and offense to take hold in your heart, either because the man of God spoke in a particular way you felt offended, or because he touched on a subject that is a sacred cow to your culture or religious position, you then begin to ask yourself, does this person actually deserve my offerings or support?
Nursing these kinds of thoughts because of the position you stand regarding a subject that is not heretic is a revelation that you might be dealing with a powerful religious or some humanism stronghold that is fighting back against the subject or position of truth over your life., and this is a major warfare if you ask me.
The truth is, no person is qualified enough to receive our gift offerings, but God does. Hence, the gift or offerings we give should be given as unto the Lord. The attitude of giving God’s vessels as unto the Lord is a matured position of spirituality that sees beyond the omission of men.
We give because of the commission, and once we sense the genuineness of a kingdom commission, and we see the fruits of such visionary initiative either in our own personal life or through others, we should offer our relentless support.
The prophetic and your support
I know without doubt that my message and prophetic spirit can be offensive to certain people, just like all the ministry of all authentic prophetic do. Why? The prophet’s office is designed to challenge values and agendas, revealed or hidden.
Secondly, the prophet is not just a mouthpiece of God, but also a priest, whose ministry is to accept and offer offerings and sacrifice unto the Lord. When the priest senses a compromise offering, it is his duty to remove such an offering before the wrought of God falls on the entire camp.
Thirdly, we are today dealing with all forms of contrary spirits strategically set in place to compromise and weaken the voice of authentic men and women of God. The enemy has always sought to use domestic, household needs to distract and frustrate servants of God. We were told that priests in the Bible left their priesthood to take up jobs at farms to meet their needs.
My ministry, being a prophetic arrowhead, is driven through an ascended kingdom philosophy that seeks to expose any forms of contradictions and false positions behind what may seem genuine to the ordinary eyes. The calling of a true prophetic ministry concerns motives, and what is behind what may seem good works, but is a false counterfeit spirit of the antichrist.
An example of this is found in the life of brother Peter. Yes, the same Peter who announced Christ is the son of the living God turned to start rebuking our Lord because he told his disciples he was going to die. Our Lord Jesus Christ tuned and faced Peter and rebuked the false spirit using Peter to speak.
The amazing thing, however, is that we did not hear Apostle Peter decide to leave Jesus to start his own ministry, because Jesus said get thy behind me Satan. If it was today’s concept of Church and its democratic political leadership order, Peter would have left Jesus Christ, maybe, with some other disgruntled fellows who might have found issues with the Lord’s leadership position.
Peter certainly had a different mindset that reflected humility and submission, and no wonder he became one of the apostolic Fathers the assignment of the kingdom was handed over to.
Brethren, I am aware that it is a great challenge to give and support a prophet or a prophetic ministry for various reasons. Before you dismiss this critical point, let me inform you that very few even in the word of God truly caught the revelation of authentic giving to a kingdom-oriented prophetic leadership initiative.
Giving with the correct motive
At the beginning of the Church, in the book of Acts of the Apostle, we saw a man and his wife who sought to use the power of their financial resource to infiltrate the new born kingdom community. Thanks to a strong discernment spirit and apostolic authority of someone like Peter, who was able to fish out this antichrist spirit. Acts chapter 5.
Ananias, and his wife, Sapphira, sought to counterfeit the genuine giving and supportive spirit of Joseph, also called Barnabas, which means encourager. This man and his wife were both judged because they allowed the influence of money to betray their faith and commitment to the fellowship of the Saints.
I like to contextualize this point because of the various mistakes, misguided values, and false expectations we’ve seen in the past around ideas of gifts and the support of God’s work. As it is clearly documented, our Lord Jesus Christ had individuals who supported his ministry. In fact, some of their names are imprint in the word of God, and this is for a reason, but the reason is not for a reference to promote some carnal values or influence.
The Lord must help us understand how we understand money and use its influence to promote our desires and agendas. When we start giving because we have a profound desire and burden to support what we know is a genuine, authentic ministry, then I can assure you that you are part of a powerful governmental authority, advancing the cause of the kingdom of God.
When you however give, because you need to gain undue access and influence from God’s people, particularly those in one of the fivefold ministry, then you have already received your reward according to the scripture. Because you are giving to compromise the order and advancement of God’s prophetic objective, you put yourself in a very compromising position of judgment.
There’s a type of giving acceptable to the Lord on behalf of his priests, and there are types of giving unacceptable, regardless of the amount or quantity of such gift. Giving of tithes, offerings and other forms of spiritual gifts should be done in good attitudes of faith, commitment, and understanding of promoting the work of the Father to its conclusive finish.
Secondly, we should show appreciation to the vessel the Lord uses to be a guide and blessing to us, and he or she should be told how we appreciate and care for them. Giving money to God’s vessel is not enough. We need to speak and send them messages alongside whatever we are giving to express our gratitude.
When we give based on the emotion of good feelings, a day or time will come that you will not feel like giving, but that may be the day the desire you to reach out to his vessel. We should never determine our giving and support to God’s work based on carnal, emotional tendencies. Giving is a spiritual act of worship, and should be seen and maintained from this perspective.
Giving is a commitment of love, gratitude, and faith towards God’s work, especially from a ministry that is not pulpit based. As you know, my ministry is not church-pulpit based. I depend on the good support of the brethren for our online presence.
The unfortunate thing, however, is that I have perceived that some people felt that because they support me irregardless of their mount, I felt I am obligated to certain support positions or lines of narrative inconsistent to divine order and principles.
They forgot that our work is firstly a spiritual work that depends hugely on the spirit of discernment. Meaning that it is not just what we say that reveals our agenda, but how we think and express our unspoken loud words. The Father is the revealer of thoughts and motives regardless of distance.
I have had people who gave me for various selfish reasons, and I have equally felt the heart and genuineness of others who have kept giving out of sacrifice and love for God and his assignment. Brethren, I have pressing needs that can greatly enhance the advancement of my ministry.
The fact is 99 percent of my needs are ministry centered, and I certainly need individuals to support and commit to these ministry needs. However, I don’t desire a gift or relationship that seems to want to use their gift, or resource, to hamstrung the voice and orientation of my prophetic flare and mandate.
We should never get to the point or place where we use our financial gift or power to shift the narrative of the Father’s counsel for our time. This is one of the reasons why the past leaders of the Church almost missed out on what the Lord desires for their season.
I see that anti-Christ spirit rising up again, and I want us all to rise against it. Using your resource to manipulate or seek to control a narrative to support your agenda, regardless of how innocent it may seem, is a clear manifestation of the Jezebel, anti-Christ spirit.
If we close our bowels of mercy just because we need to prove a selfish reason to some individuals or a particular person, we are committing a great sin before the Lord.
This is not a writing of some kind of arrogance. I don’t have the luxury of such a self-centered attitude. But as a prophet, called to engage every form of antichrist spirit, it is my duty to root out any foreign spirit that may seek to compromise the Spirit of the advent of the ecclesia.
The need to support our online presence
Again, let me say this: I need your support and gifts, particularly financially, to continue to run this online work, publications, and other ministry initiatives the Lord is stirring within my spirit. I deeply desire those who will support with deep love, understanding, and sacrifice, so you can receive your reward in full.
Only the Lord can reveal the depth of my gratitude to all of you who have been of great support in the past seasons. As you know, whatever we give, we will receive back in multiple folds. Your giving is not just a spiritual law, but also a universal principle, and beyond these, it is also a kingdom culture.
The kingdom of God runs through our individual giving and support. The church in the book of Acts was run and established on this profound ministry, and it cannot be different in our day.
Yes, people have abused and taken undue influence on this subject, but I have sought to be transparent as much as possible on this subject. I pray the Lord will continue to speak to your hearts to support me in a manner that will save me time from all forms of distractions due to certain needs.
Allow me again to remind you or freshen your spirit that your gift towards me and the Portalsgate Platform is your personal revelation to be committed in love to the Father. He said when you give a cup of water to a prophet, you will receive a prophetic reward. The revelation behind a prophet’s reward is vast and complex spiritual realities that cut beyond what we have preached in time past.
I am sure the Father will allow us to examine this subject so that we can have a deeper and clearer understanding. However, you can accelerate your spiritual order of existence by genuinely responding to a genuine need in the life of a prophet, and that is clear in the scripture.
Your giving to a prophet and his assignment can actually realign your life, family, and ministry for effective development and performance. Giving to the prophet can enhance your spiritual perspective, vision, or God’s calling over your life. Giving towards the prophetic initiative can awaken certain dimensions of creativity, functions and value standards, which can greatly accelerate the position of life’s assignment.
Because of your love and support for an authentic prophetic voice of God, you can actually open your life and that of your household members like your children to start moving towards the correct order of life’s journey. They can be highly graced and favored to become a strong governmental voice for their generation.
LASTLY, THE PROFOUND SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, AND WISDOM IN THE LIFE OF A KINGDOM-ORIENTED PROPHETIC VOICE CAN SEAMLESSLY FLOW INTO YOUR HEART, OF CAUSE, WHEN YOU GENUINELY HAVE THE NEED TO USE AND APPLY SUCH A GIFT FOR GOD’S GLORY.
Friends, disciples, and colleagues in ministry, I look forward to working together in the coming year and the seasons ahead. I pray the Father will touch our hearts together to continue to mutually benefit from each other’s grace, capacity, and resources.
May the Lord keep blessing your stream or streams of income, and for those whom the Lord will be directing towards new ventures and ministry in this coming season, I pray you will rise up with the courage, wisdom, and faith it requires. May the Father’s work and assignments continue to prosper through our hands.
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May the Lord of the Harvest greatly increase your harvest of righteousness.
Happy new year in advance.