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

 

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

Three categories of Christians characters on social media

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

 

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

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

 

A platform for accelerated integration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reexamining the philosophy of our connection

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Attitudes and response

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

A. You assume the you know better

B. You feel the point or matter raised is misrepresenting

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

The pathway of maturity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PRAYERS BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

BATTLING DISCONNECTION IN THE WORLD OF CONNECTIVITY.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

DIVINE INTENTION IN NATION BUILDING

 Apostolic pattern in engaging the marketplace

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

A TRIBUTE TO A POLITICAL LEADERSHIP ICON, WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA

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A TRIBUTE TO A POLITICAL LEADERSHIP ICON,

WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

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

when destiny calls

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

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

the making of leaders of nations

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

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

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

the call of true leadership

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

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

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

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

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

leadership is beyond what we will ever understand

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

it’s beyond religion

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

learning from the past in engaging the future

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

A PRAYER OF SPIRITUAL RESTORATION

 

 

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BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

THE PROGRESSIVE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

 

 

the progressive revelation of christ
Recalibrating the revelation of
the pattern son in the church

 

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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