MANAGING YOUR SIGHT AND FAITH

 

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MANAGING YOUR SIGHT AND FAITH

A Christian refresher

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

1 Corinthians 12:11-13

Now these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So, the one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it.

 

Correct [vision] perception, and the proper management, or maintenance of our faith in the Lord does not only build a sound spiritual life, but also accelerate the Lord’s prophetic intension and dealings in an individual, or within the development of a kingdom, corporate community.

In our movement towards the day of [maturity] perfection and manifestation, it is becoming more glaring that maintaining a well-defined, and focused biblical, philosophy of prophetic sight and faith as part of our core spiritual components will greatly enrich and enhance our journey.  I regard these two, vision and faith, in my opinion, as twin value standards, designed by The Lord to work hand in hand in the reformation of our spiritual DNA unto that order of the ascended life in Christ.

Integrating this truth within the ongoing formation of kingdom culture, lays the precise footing, strong enough to build that divine Ark, ordained to transport us to the mountain of the Lord, even through the ongoing flood of destruction sweeping across cities and nations of the earth. Constructing a solid, broad-based spiritual structure with the capacity to house all of the Father’s prophetic intensions and purposes within the spirit-man requires a holistic paradigm of what Kingdom faith means and represent.

 You will agree with me that the moment The Lord summons or enlist an individual in the process of transition and restoration, there is first an aggressive process towards the correction of sight and the operational faith philosophy of such a person.

 The reason for this first position of call is clear in the scripture; the correction, or would I say, the right perception of vision and faith lays the foundation for any form of relationship, interaction, engagement or transaction in spiritual matters.

If this is the case, then it is important we reclaim the true definition of [sight] vision and faith so that we don’t make the mistake of building on the general assumed definition that is prevalent in most Christian community today. Like any other gift or grace (special resource or capacity) given to enhance our kingdom culture, vision and faith are not exempted from perversion and their extreme misappropriation.

 The moment spiritual gifts or values are reduced to the mere gaining of perishable material objects, they become abused and corrupted. I do understand why this is so; blindness to man’s corruption and his complex inner deficiency has been a key player in preventing him from precisely seeing the core objective for spiritual gift. Let him who think he stand take hid least he falls.

This is the time to test the footing and philosophy of our sight and faith again if it still aligns to the very divine will and standard of the father. These words may sound elementary to some of us, but they are the very foundation on which the framework of our spiritual structure is built on.

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PROPHETS AS APOSTOLIC BUILDERS

 

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PROPHETS AS APOSTOLIC BUILDERS.

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

…This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” Hebrews 8:5

 

The church in its inception

It took about 2oyear plus, after the establishment of the Jerusalem Church before the Antioch church step into the main stream of what the Church was ordained to look like in its function. For twenty years, the church birthed on the day of Pentecost, battled brethren, and colleagues who still insisted on maintaining the former, Jewish, ceremonial religious tradition as part of the New Testament community.

This engrained, religious insistence will often bring sharp argument and sometimes, quarrel and division within the leadership church community, until the Antioch model emerged, which was built on the development and maturity of certain ministry gifts like that of the prophet and teacher. Ministry gifts are divine tools and machineries for the construction of the house of God. Where there’s a lack of knowledge and ascended wisdom in the operative formation and construction of ministry gifts in the house, the Saints will not only remain immature in the ways of the Spirit, but will also lack the right inputs to grow into the full realization of their assigned purpose as ministers to their society and generation.

It is worthy of note that the terms Apostles was not mentioned in the introduction of the establishment of the Antioch Church not because there were no apostles in the formation of the church, or the ministry of the apostles had been relegated behind or rejected. No. it is because the church, by designed had already become apostolic in its constitution. It is important to note that in the formation of this Antioch community, we immediately see the introduction of the ministry of prophets and teachers, meaning they were more than one, as the apostolic arrowheads, shaping and aligning the spiritual outlook and direction of this Church that was about to go global in its outreach.

When you combine the ministry of prophets and teachers in the building up of an apostolic initiative, what you get according to Acts chapter 13 is the direct voice of the Spirit of the Lord, bringing insight, perspective, and clarity to the next marching order of the Father for his Church. The reason for highlighting these two gifts is for the single fact that their concept of reasoning and processing the things of the Spirt is by default different.

 

The prophet, in his delivery of eternal truth, is more poetic most times, abstract in his concept and idea of unveiling the mind of the Lord. This is well noted in the scriptures, when the Father speaks to the prophet, he will usually use symbols and similitudes, parables and proverbs, nature, and events that sometimes may even look irrelevant to establish a profound truth about the kingdom.

 

Half of the messages and teachings Our Lord Jesus Christ delivered were done prophetically, because they were designed to be kept for a particular season when the nobles and mature in heart can unlock them. For it is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out that which has been concealed.  The frontal lob of the prophet’s brain is highly developed in its sensory experience, and that immediately explained why prophets, or those with highly developed prophetic gifts are usually associated with in-depth knowledge, wisdom, sound judgement, creativity, and problem-resolving.

The teacher

The teacher on the other hand, is very concrete, detailed, and fixative on facts, figures and doctrinal establishment of truth. He has the grace not only to search and find out the very detailed intention of the Father, particularly, through the written word, but also to see that such findings are carried out to the detail and standard of the Spirit.

The teacher establishes the Saints on the inherent word of life; he builds based on precept upon precept line upon line, a little here, a little there, until there is a thorough establishment of heaven’s prophetic agenda. He is not in a hurry; he waits until truth is arrived in whatever area of obscurity receives the right illumination of truth. He complements and regulate the fivefold ascended grace and gift of the Church.  All of these ministry gifts, especially, that of the prophet and teacher are all part of the very life and nature of Christ.

God is a mathematician and much as he is a poet! When you combine these two powerful spiritual gifts in any aspect of divine initiative, you cannot but to arrive at the place of God’s divine light and intentions.  I have had the opportunity in few occasions to encourage my audience how the Lord used my struggle in Dyslexia to build and enhance my ministry. What was defined to be a cognitive limitation, turned out to be my greatest form of strength in executing what I have been ordained to do in life. The Father has not placed limitation on any called or assigned ministry gift, except the limit he placed there for his own purpose, and the truth is we all have certain realities of limitation that are designed to be complemented and perfected by others.

My point is, I was grace and favored enough not only to have teachers around me, who stirred and compliment my gifts, but also had the rare opportunity as a prophet to be endowed with a strong teaching grace and capability to express the undiluted word of God in a very systematic manner. I consider this special combination of gifts as a great favor and honor from the Lord for a specific purpose I believe is still unfolding.

The pattern of the Antioch Church is becoming more pronounced in this season of reconstructing the broken walls and burnt gates of the Church across nations. The Father is doing what he did during the emergence of the ministry of the prophets and teachers in the early church, and we need to key into the model of this divine reformation and restoration.  How today’s church needs to take a cue from this profound apostolic blueprint, established according to Acts chapter 13.

Prophetic governmental building

I have, therefore, in few lines try to amplify what the ministry of the prophet means and represent in terms of apostolic building. The prophetic ministry indeed, has been abused and misused today, to the degree that the very intention of its function in the Body of Christ is almost forgotten.

 

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. Acts 13:1

 A prophet, who is also known as a seer, is an embodiment of the Father’s desire, will, purpose, and intention for creation and the building up of the ecclesia. He or she is a sent one, commissioned and assigned to operate in what is known as a prophetic office. This office is his governmental grace and jurisdiction of functionality. His office is part of the membership of the fivefold, ascended ministry gifts, established to equip and build up the Body of Christ into maturity in Christ.

The prophet is the eye and ears of the Lord within the house he is sent, while submitting his prophetic gift in mutual trust, respect, and in accountability to the core eldership represented within the local church community, and the city he operates from. Though this is not usually the case, due to the wrong, dysfunctional, administrative structure of humanist, religious system operating within most church communities.

Very few church communities today, truly reflect what a New Testament apostolic order of the church community should define and represent. The Babylonian pyramid church leadership system has completely made it almost impossible for the ascended gifts to effectively function in their divine, apostolic governmental order and pattern.

 

The difference between pastoral and prophetic function

A pastor, in comparison, by default, is a resident overseer, assigned by the Father in the spirit of knowledge and wisdom to feed, nurture, protect, and equip members of the household of faith under his spiritual watch.

 

A prophet by default unveils the progressive, revelatory truth and life of Christ to the body, and regions, in a manner that injects new and updated spiritual emphasis and philosophy of the kingdom of God in a way that brings to bear the order and values of God’s divine intent to every aspect of human existence.

The concerns of a prophet are narrow down to the moral desire, feelings, and intentions of the Father, regarding any person, situation, or condition of the earth, particularly, within his church. He or she establishes the model value, standard, and principle of the kingdom of heaven either in the place of the personal and corporate building of the ecclesia.

 

 

The core function of the prophetic office

A prophet deals with shifting in seasons and the atmospheric order within cities and regions across the earth, and such kind of prophetic office may not dwell too long in a particular region, church, or city, depending on the timeline of the sent prophet’s mandate.

 Some prophets are sent to churches to help the house for a period, primarily in the reshaping of the wineskin of such house in order to be prepared and ready to receive the new emphasis and outpouring mandate of the Father for the season. Others are sent to strengthen the hand of the Setman, mostly through mutual relationship and submission, until there’s a new season of refreshing and empowered, released of grace and wisdom upon such a Setman and the house, then he’s released to another house or region as he continues to function as a true witness of Jesus Christ among the Body of Christ.

A prophet is one sent with a clear mandate to declare a fresh word of the Lord with a strong governmental, apostolic edge and authority over an atmosphere. He or she is called to disciple nations as he works with the church communities that are willing to open to his unique ministry gift.

A true prophet is nomadic by default with the grace to construct and restore divine order, foundations and spiritual pillars for the establishment of the people of God in the earth. The office of a true, ascended prophet is borderless while he’s locally based.

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.                 

 

THE PROGRESSIVE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

 

 

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Recalibrating the revelation of
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BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 reasons why Christian cults thrive today

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11 REASONS WHY CHRISTIAN CULTS THRIVE TODAY

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

The power of misconception

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

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

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

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

 

Everyone came to Christ with a formed pattern of thinking

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

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

Context and the coherency of truth

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

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

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

The grand plan of the enemy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hebrews 10: 5

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

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

A truth that is empowers deception

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

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

1 Peter 3:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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12 REASONS TODAYS

CHURCH NEED THE RESTORATIVE,

MINISTRY GIFT OF A TEACHER.

 

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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HOW FIRM IS YOUR FAITH, AND

HOW PREPARED ARE YOU TO DEFEND IT?

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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