RACISM IS STILL A PUSH BACK TO THE VISION OF THE NEW DAWN AND COMMUNITY REINTEGRATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Allow me to take a few moments of your time to call your attention again, to this one single challenge that has continued to bedevil our reintegration and development as a community and the nation as a whole. I will quickly give you a background to this article, but I will love to broaden the perspective of this discussion so you can appreciate my concern regarding this subject.

A few days ago, the 24th of July to be precise, I was racially attacked and removed in the name of religion from What’s on Franschhoek group page on Facebook for giving words of hope and encouragement to the people. I took offence to the way I was collectively attacked, even though I am not offended as a Christian with the way I was treated, in fact, I had taken time to pray for my protagonist and the rest, but I felt it necessary to highlight this issue to the public and the members of the Body of Christ to know the nature of what we are dealing with especially here in the Western Cape of South Africa.

If anyone wants a copy of my transcript with these folks, I’ll be more than willing to share them with you.  While this debate went back and front, I thought I should copy my discussion because I might just be removed, and I was right. While some may argue that the group is not designed for my kind of post, well, they may be right, but there was nothing that suggests I was wrong. Secondly, it was not my first time of sharing words of faith and comfort, and I have also seen others share on their faith on the page.

Thirdly, I have never received any words of concern from the administrators regarding my post.  However, some felt objected to this Christian value, which a later realized is not just about the words I have shared but about the person who posted it.

Some of these white folks had a problem with my colour, and maybe my name, and of course; my intelligence from the way I communicate, and then decided to launch an attack against me. Someone said you must have an agenda on this group because you write intelligently. What a statement of prejudice coming out of the mouth of a person to another human you have no clue nor understanding of his identity or place in the community or the larger society.

The fact is, this kind of insinuation is not just a reflection of shared ignorance and presumptive attitude we’ve seen with many, but in my opinion, one of the highest forms of human prejudice, spiritual blindness, and insecure dysfunctionality I have ever seen, to say the least.

They then threatened to report me to the administrator of the group, which I was actually waiting for, but to my surprise, by the next day, I discovered that I had been removed from the page without any prior contact, or charges against me from the administrators of the page, if this is not racial prejudice, then I wonder what it is?

It amazes me that one could be removed from a page without committing any crime than the fact that I shared my faith in love with others. As I said, this is just a background of the expansion of this subject, and I will further speak about it at the cause of the article, and I will like you to be patient in reading my highlights because it may just be a part of the puzzle you need in securing the future of your children and family as they grow in this racially toxic environment. The reality is, if I was a white man, we will certainly not be having this discussion. 

The battle against Racism goes beyond a talk shop

Fellow readers and fellow citizens, the mere acknowledgement of Racism, Xenophobia, religious bias, and other forms of racial prejudices in our community is not enough in its total eradication. The reality is, we must start from the point of the admission that we have not done enough as government, community leaders, social activist, Church bodies, and the general society in recognizing and conscientizing ourselves regarding this vivid evil that has continued to eat our society like cancer.  The removal of all forms of racial thought pattern and tendencies should be aggressively engaged from all positions in our community and the larger society.

Only the blind will not see the systematic expression and impression of Racism and Xenophobia in the community of Franschhoek under the pretext of safeguarding what they defined as their commercial tourist space. What they forget to realize is, Franschhoek is not just a tourist space, it’s also a community where people with great needs, challenges, and struggles resides, who are desperately seeking for hope and direction in life, and this cannot be factored out of the landscape and demography of Franschhoek as a space in South Africa.

For a couple of months now the community of Franschhoek has witnessed the loss of lives. The kinds of accidents and deaths, no one can explain has taken place, and unfortunately are still happening.  For anyone to charge against words of hope, faith, and encouragement in the name of posting on a wrong space in my opinion, is selfish and devilish.  When people no longer live within the reality of the common culture of the community, they assume the world revolves around their little world of perspective    

The worrying thing for me about this ungodly spirit of Intolerance is the fact that it has almost been accepted as the norm, after all, many would argue, we’ve tried our best in fighting it, but there’s very little or nothing we can do if the government cannot do something about it.

This kind of excuses is so flimsy that it has continued to embolden certain sections within the community to continue to take advantage of this seemingly lack of enough will and resolve in addressing racist tendencies across the board. It’s just so worrisome how many people I know complain about racial prejudice, even within their business and workplace, but are speechless and powerless to do anything about it.

It’s time we teach and empower ordinary citizens on how to locate and address racial prejudice. We are a nation who love to talk about rights, and that is good, but the fact is, we often talk above the heads of those who are victims of racial abuse the most, unfortunately.   

I am flagging this point again because I want every one of us to sincerely and carefully examine ourselves, perhaps, there’s an iota of this negative attitude living inside us, and to sincerely seek help in dealing with it because Racism is a disease of hate that seeks to dehumanize and destroy other’s value, identity, and dignity.

 When you have children, as I do have two of my own who are growing in an environment highly intoxicated by this evil spirit of hate just because of their colour or race, it carries the potential to paralyze their identity, dreams, potentials, and creative skill in contributing to the development of the human race.

 No one predesigned nor defined their colour of skin or nationality, providence did! If in the 21st century, some still define others through the veneer of their fear and insecurity, that tells me, we have a bigger problem in our hands that even the idea of a prosperous society cannot resolve.

How can a nation prosper when there’s a sharp division amongst its people and political parties? The spirit of divide and rule is still much alive within the culture of our so-called new South Africa, and it’s the number one reason for the ongoing collapse of the State economy.   

Forgetting where we came from

One would assume that a society like South Africa shaped under the brutal regime of apartheid will commit themselves and resources to the eradication of any form or tendencies of racial inequality.

Unfortunately, this is yet to be manifested even though this project is enshrined within the architectural framework of our constitution.  We may have one of the best constitutions in the world, but we are certainly one of the worst, in upholding and practising the spirit of the constitution, particularly, when it deals with this issue of racism. 

If I may draw your attention why a young, vibrant, but divisive party like the EFF is increasely gaining ground across South Africa, but also here in the Western Cape, is due to how the people feel on the matter of the economy but in particular, on issues around racial prejudice and inequality.

For as long as there’s any form of racial abuse and Xenophobic attacks, the EFF party will continue to grow because they have positioned themselves as a party that fights for the freedom of the voiceless and the equality of the people even though this may not be totally true in practice.   I am not a politician, but a servant of the Most High, and my duty is to speak out against inequality mindset, and prejudicial belief system that has continued to dominate how some of our white folks see others.       

To effectively rebuild the ruins of the unfortunate legacy of apartheid here in South Africa, everyone should be willing to look at themselves in the mirror of truth and genuinely ask themselves this question, am I a racist in my perspective and values? Do I perpetuate racial tendency unknowingly because you can manifest a racist attitude in so many ways without even knowing it?

To say you’re not a racist, you’ll have to be extremely aware of what constitutes Racism, and for this to happen, you must be able to see people through the eyes of their maker. Only a person with a redeemed spirit of God can truly look at another person, particularly, if they are wearing a different colour of skin as see them for who they are and not from some socio-cultural believe or identity.

I am an optimist, and my position from a vantage view gives me hope of a prosperous, well-integrated society, where no one is judged or honour due to their colour, race, religion or sex. I am looking forward to that day not afar where all who lives in this nation are truly treated with dignity, respect, and not because they are white or any other colour but because they are South African, and if they are foreign migrants, we should accord them the respect and dignity we offer to guests who come to visit us.

Unfortunately, before we get to this point, we will have to confront all this demon of Racism or Xenophobia, which has eaten deep into our social culture. There are those who still choose to see and believe from their dysfunctional perspective of white supremacy in our society, but particularly, here in Franschhoek, and this calls for great concern if we must secure the future posterity.

Am not new to the battle of racism

I am not new to the issue of xenophobic attack; I am quite aware of the operation of this ungodly spirit of insecurity. I had to face the reality of how it feels to be challenged, suspected, accused, and lied upon by so-called pastors and Christians, due to the colour of my skin and the region I came from.

If I wasn’t keenly aware of my prophetic mission to the nation of South Africa, particularly, why I am currently based in the Western Cape, I would have been driven into the hole or some cave in hiding like many have been force to do by this demonic spirit. To a large degree, I believe that I cannot be a faithful prophetic intercessor without facing what many have suffered and are still facing as South Africans from the hands of those who think they hold the key to the economy of the nation.

I do not believe that it’s by accident or chance the Lord directed my steps to the community of Franschhoek here in the Western Cape.  I do think that my marrying a woman of colour is part of my prophetic assignment to see and feel the level of suffering and damage inflicted on this nation of people. For those who care to know, my marriage was not a marriage of convenience.  I did not marry to become a South African citizen; no. I became a citizen of South Africa by pure merit.

The wrong perception you grew in makes you devalue people or overvalue others who don’t deserve such level of honour. When a white beggar looks down at your gift because you’re a person of a different colour, such a beggar should not be helped until such perverted, dysfunctional mindset is corrected.

The reality is, everyone speaks and view life from a specific ideological frame of mind. I could speak from an intellectual point regarding this matter, or speak from a political perspective, and I could also choose or speak from an immigrant view, and I’ll still be correct.

However, I’ve chosen to speak from God’s view and value regarding this matter because that’s my primary value system and philosophy of existence so I could be justified by him. The point I’m trying to make through this write up is more than just an incident that happened to me, I am trying to draw your attention and that of South Africans, particularly, the spiritual and political leaders because they are responsible in shaping the destiny of the nation on the right path. They’re still the landmines of apartheid buried within the ground of our socio-cultural, economic engagement that will continue to lame many if we don’t strategically locate and defused them.

Racism is a landmine

Racism is a landmine of apartheid that is still very much alive within the hearts and the social fabric of our communities. Unfortunately, it seems we lack both the political and spiritual leadership will in dealing with it. I have gone way past the point of trying to prove a point to anyone regarding my believe and stand for truth and justice, not just in the community of Franschhoek but in the entire nation of South Africa.

The reality is, if some of the mortals choose not to see nor recognize this side of me, well, the heavens will continue to testify of my presence and footprint as one whose agenda is to bring healing, hope, and  restoration to many who cannot even identify themselves as part of this great nation because they’ve been racially abused and marginalized. The battle of Racism and Xenophobia is in the realms of human thought and mind process, and only those with a sound mental and spiritual capacity can effectively challenge this evil spirit.

Racism on social media

As I explained earlier, three days ago, I posted two images on a Facebook group called ‘What’s on Franschhoek’ that made some whites feel I do not have the right to publish those words on the group page. Now, I’ve been on this group for the past two or three years if I could remember, but I hardly post on the group.

Secondly, the few times I did post, I did not receive any word from the administrator to stop what I was posting, why? Because there was nothing hateful, or prejudicial about my posts. Like we all know, group posting is first approved before they allow others to see them. I am not sure why I did not receive a word from those administrating the group that what you are sharing is hate speech or something that is not relevant to the community. In fact, the few posts that I shared, we’re loved and appreciated by a few white folks even though I noticed some of my earlier post were mucked by two men.

Thirdly, as a person of principle who understood the idea of protocol regarding people’s space, I hardly impose myself on others, including on social media; I would never go out of my way to violate people’s space and right. I have seen one of two messages in this group that seeks to encourage people on the issues around the Christian faith. More so, there nothing on the group that says this group is strictly business while many, of course, on the group basically use it for their business advertisement.

Religion, Philosophy, and economy the heart of human search

From the cradle of time as we read about the great cities, empires and kingdoms, known for their merchant trade routes, philosophy, religion and the search for wisdom were known to be the center core of their trade, and this was highlighted by the great merchant, philosopher, and adventurer by the name Marco polo. The search for truth in philosophy while the merchant’s trade has always been the light that illuminates the hearts of the people with hope.

To remove what is termed religious in the name of preserving the culture of buying and selling in society is totally contrary to the heart of economic philosophy. Steve Job, the founder of Apple at a point of his struggle with the idea of his company, went to India to consult some of the top Hindu Guru for direction. The point I am making is, religion has always been part of the concept of conceptualization, creativity, skill upgrade, and socioeconomic advancement. A tourist who goes to Indonesia, Malaysia, India, know that they will interact with ideas, concepts, arts and music that captures the spirit and religion of such regions.

The same goes for those who travel to places like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Dubai, and so on, knowing that they cannot avoid ideas and arts that impresses the religion of Islam. We may argue that South Africa is a secular state, and that’s true, but nothing in the constitution of South Africa prevents the expression of the Christian faith publicly.

Those who have no sense of eternal vision for the development of others and the community only focus on what fits into their narrative of self-definition. Life is a complex reality, captured in the very reason for its existence through the eyes and faith of others.

As wealthy as the nation of India in its economy and keeping in mind that India is a secular state, yet, its Hindu religion is seen and visible across the board even within the business space. Those who are trying to use the pretext of secularism to try to shut down the voice of truth and that of God’s kingdom should think again because it will not work.  

Cities and communities regardless of rich or beautiful they are should never be reduced to a common commodity of trade. Every society, including this community, has a soul seeking for redemption even amongst the highly rich and influential.  About last month, I felt led to start posting one or two words of encouragement from the scriptures on the group, and this was not a daily routine, and by the way, I was very aware of the kind of audience I am trying to minister to one group knowing the kind of resistance I may face.

Talking about audience, I am quite aware of various spiritual levels of those following me online, and therefore, I try to give varieties to cater for everyone, including some who immature or are teenagers following me. I have allowed a day to pass by before speaking about this matter so that I don’t find myself speaking out of unprocessed thought or emotional bias myself.

I have carefully considered my position and the position of all those who attacked me for speaking words of truth and hoped to anyone who may need it. In all fairness, a few of the posts that I have shared were like, mostly by some of the white folks, because only a person that has a different agenda will see those words and will not appreciate it.

Why I was attack on the card of race

Friends, the issue of my attack was not for the fact that what I said was wrong or right; the reality was, my pigmentation does not fit into the narrative of the white population on the group. Secondly, I must have a hidden agenda since my writing sounds intelligent; now, this is a direct quote from one of my protagonists.  

One of them, a white lady threatens me, if you don’t stop now, I’ll report you to the administrator. So, I replied her please do, so I could explain myself and position, of course, they carried out their threat without getting any notification from the admin calling or warning me not to write anything pertaining to Christ on the post.

I have been removed from the post, and I give thanks to God to have used me to highlight to the people that Racism is still very much alive in South Africa, particularly, here in the Western Cape and in Franschhoek. Please, do note that there are several reasons why I chose to highlight this matter, particularly, now that the issue of racial profiling and discrimination is rearing its ugly head again across the globe.

We should not be talking about tolerance when we all have equal rights of existence as humans. After apologizing that am sorry to the very first guy who took offense at my post for my sharing of the gospel truth, that apology was seen as a weakness from my side, and just after that, everyone jumped on in to ask me to leave the group. They saw my apology as a weakness to launch an attack on me, but they were indeed blind to know that my apology was my strength and position of courage to stand for my right, and what I have believed for the past thirty years of my calling into ministry as the servant of Jehovah.

I will never give in nor bow to racial discrimination regardless of where or from whom it’s coming from. Racism is an anti-Christ spirit, and behind this evil spirit, is a deep sense of insecurity, fear, lack of trust, and pride to say the least.   I’ve got friends that are whites; one of my best friends was white before he went to be with the Lord, and it took a while before we could finally agree on some very critical issue around race, politics, migration, and spirituality.

Sometimes, we had heated arguments to the point that he will leave my place a bit angry, but by the next day, the matters are resolved through the common ground of our faith in the Lord. The reality is, many whites, are still unwilling to recognize and accept the common ground that defines and bind us together as a nation. Many unfortunately, still believe they are in charge of the country due to their economic investment and this is a terrible mistake.     

The very first white friend I had was in Nigeria; we met in a bus-taxi while I was preaching. We became the best of friends for many years until I lost contact with him. One of my family members, a big aunty, was married to a white Canadian for more than thirty years. I have always had white folks around me, and they all know where I stand on the ugly issue of prejudice and racial bias. On the flip side, I have confronted people of my colour and skin again on racial remarks or attitude against white folks.

Wherever I hear some generalizing the idea that all whites are racist, I fight against such ungodly statements or notion. I will never allow any person to treat a white person with contempt due to his or her colour of skin. I know that this is a serious issue because it deals with how the environment, we grew up shaped our thought pattern and perspective to life and others. We must take a deep, sincere self-examination if we are found wanting in this Satanic spirit that is today destroying our humanity.

I don’t want my children growing up at start feeling something is wrong with them because of their colour of skin or how they look. Neither do I want any white child growing up thinking he or she must behave in a particular manner to be accepted by the rest because of how he looks.

When the issue of Race and Religion shutdown your voice

The more we reject the value of God’s word and continue to accept the agenda of those who want to change the order of things that is so unnatural, the more we are going to have these issues, unfortunately. How do we build an integrated society when perception is still rigid; how can we develop a coherent, patriotic nation when some group still chooses to see from a supremacist, prideful, prejudice mindset?

Another point I’ll like to highlight is the fact that many of the people who know me on the group, and I think they should be about five or so, including my wife, could not jump into the conversation to my defense; if for nothing, say but we know this person you guys are challenging or attacking. But further still, if they cannot stand up for me, they should be able to stand up for the defense of the cross of Christ and their own faith.

Not one person came to my defense or that of the kingdom, and you know why they couldn’t do that? They’ve all been captured by the spirit of apartheid; fear, intimidation, and limitation have crippled them to the point that they have totally lost their voice to speak out for justice. I saw this as a great test, not the whites that I know said anything, not some of the colored or my African brother or sister will dare rise to my defense.

I felt glorious like Stephen, who stood before the Sanhedrin in the Bible, defending his stand for Christ and his kingdom.  If you cannot stand for truth and the messenger of prophetic truth, what then are you standing for?  What do you call the silence of this so-called Christians? Many of what we claim to be practicing today as Christians is an extension of the worship of Baal because we are afraid of Jezebel. They rather be quiet than incur the wrought of Jezebel   

Friends, I’ve been doing a write up on the architect of Jezebel, and one thing you’ll see in the attack of Jezebel and other tactics of the enemy is to use the spirit of intimidation to cripple their opponents. Many, today, who attend some Christian gathering or community have no capacity to stand up against the spirit of intimidation and fear.

Many only make noise in the holes and caves they call churches. When spiritual leaders don’t seem to have the capacity to address these evil tendencies on the pulpits, what then are they preaching and teaching the people. Those who promoted the agenda and the development of apartheid used the spiritual leaders and the platforms of the Church, and this is still happening today.

Today, we are seeing certain white folks trying to pay penitence for the sins of their fathers by serving foods to the poor communities; many have used Mandela day to try to show they are helping in the poor while we know that the spirit of prejudice still lingers in the hearts of many. If you asked me, this is playing on the intelligence of the people. If the white South Africans truly want to change the way things are going, let’s all start by changing how we see our fellow blacks or coloured humans.

Perception must be where change begins from and not in the mere handing over of some food packs or clothes to our vulnerable black folks or colored children in need.

This is good, but not good enough if we desire to escalate the agenda of grassroots integration, transformation and transformation.

If I could be judged and looked down upon based on the colour of my skin and not on my character or intelligence, then, something is still fundamentally flawed with the architectural framework of how many in our society think and see themselves and others.

My call is for everyone to stand up against this evil that is threatening the future of the community of Franschhoek and our beloved nation.

The voice of the Church must be awakened in addressing this problem; political leaders should never allow anyone to use the card of raise to abuse or dominate others, especially on the grounds of religion.

Those in the fields of business should stop abusing and underpaying their workers because they see them as vulnerable. Respect for all humans is a right and a necessity because we all love to be respected.

I will continue to be indebted to those white folks in the community of Franschhoek, and in other places who are selflessly serving not because they feel guilty, or seek to pay some form of penitence for the sins of their ancestors but because they love humanity regardless of their colour, tongue or creed.

Let it be known today that any individual who think they have a dominant voice or hand over any space in this new South Africa should think again because they will be stopped no matter what.

It’s a new dawn for South Africa, and indeed, racism has, and all forms of racial prejudice has no place here.

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IN THE SPIRIT OF SPRING

 

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The mystery of beauty.
Spring is a reflection of the glorious beauty of Christ to creation.

God gave us beauty to express his glory and majesty.
One of the characters of God is beauty; beauty is a deep reflection of the Father’s creativity. Very few today appreciate nor understand the purpose of beauty, and due to this ignorance, the enemy has sought to pervert the beauty of God in and around us.

When we read and familiarize ourselves with the account of creation in Genesis, we begin to get the sense the Father’s eternal intention, which I believe is to express his glorious beauty, power, and majesty across the earth. The’s no way we can begin to talk about God without mentioning his beauty, majesty, and glory.

The beauty of God is still relevant teaching we should pay more close attention to even as we are invited to step into a new spiritual epoch. We can choose to shift our focus from the present darkness and begin to pay more close attention to the dawn of the new season, emerging out of the shadow of yesterday.

I believe that within the present challenges of darkness eclipsing the earth that there’s a dawning of a new day; a day where the light of God is becoming even brighter than when we first began.

The choice to choose to see beauty in ashes is a wonderful training we must endeavor to go through, so has to become a testimony of heaven’s brilliance in time where people find it difficult to see nor appreciate the investment of God’s treasure in earthen vessels.

I love to take pictures, and I’ve been able to use my camera to capture the most beautiful images out of the worst condition or situation around. Creating images out the chaotic, life, realities is something I cherish and love as a follower of Christ. it was not always like this. I have had my own share of seasons of pain, frustrations, disappointment, fear, discouragement and even the sense of giving up.

The Father was gracious to me to have given me another chance to see life through his eyes. Indeed, until we learn to see and understand ourselves and life itself through the eyes of the Father, we will never see anything beautiful about our lives.

It takes a person that has been invited to the hill of the Lord to see things and people from an elevated point. when the Lord brought me to have a glimmer of life from an ascended point, it changed my self-perception, and the way I generally see other and things.

Sprint is upon us again; what do you to see? Are you going to fix your eyes and attention on just the troubles, needs, pains, disappointments and failures around you? Or are you going left your eyes and behold the blooming of beautiful flowers springing up all around you?

Many of the flowers grow in the most disadvantaged and marginalized communities. The pain and challenges of our environment do not stop the flowers from blooming when their season arrives. this is a lesson we should learn as we see spring dawns upon us again.

Are you going to allow your fear and worry to rob of the beautiful things the Father desire to reveal to you in this season. There’s more to those beautiful butterflies and flowers blooming; there’s a spiritual message the Father is conveying to you, and you don’t want to miss his voice in this season of [spiritual] spring.

Within the chaotic challenges of life, beauty is all around us. The appreciation of beauty starts with the configuration of our self-perception. When we cannot recognize our own inner self-beauty, it will be hard press to value and appreciate the beauty of others or what is around us.

When the rainbow appears in the sky, it does not remove the reality of the needs, pains, and the complex challenges around us, but it sure does reminds us of the eternal, promised covenant of God to creation.

I live in an environment of two contrast, and I am sure that is this is the story of almost everyone living in one community or the other South Africa. You can be living in some worth define, expensive, beautiful estate when the bridge across your estate or complex is a total reflection a sharp contrast.

A contrast that highlight by the facts of marginalization, poverty, inequality, the lack of essential socioeconomic opportunities and so on. , To, therefore, define your status by where you live is some worth blind and inaccurate at least here in South Africa.

The legacy of Apartheid housing layout is still very much visible in the so-called post-Apartheid political state. I brought out this point to say that living in South Africa, particularly as believers, requires that we keenly understand the true definition of beauty and how to appreciate even in the midst of struggle. But to merely fix our eyes and attention on the darkness of our history is to rob ourselves in the ongoing transformation of a new nation emerging in beauty and glory.

Beauty is not measured nor determined by class, race, gender or wealth. The grace of Beauty is a character that is reflective in the value of self-awareness and self-worth, entrenched in the identity of every human, especially those who have discovered the unconditional, eternal love Christ for them.

It takes a person who appreciates the investment of God in his or her life to see the worth and value of God in others, and therefore, perceive their beauty and appreciates it as they grow and bloom for God and creation.

Beauty is an internal and eternal design of our unique identity and ability, or maybe, our disabilities as the case may be, this means that when we’re able to discern each other’s essence precisely, we can then begin to appreciate each one’s potential and contribution to life.

No one is an accident; we are all born and located where we are for a reason, that should positively impact and transform someone else life.

I try to see and appreciate beauty in everything around me. 90% of my picture are taking in places people will hardly ascribe as beautiful. I’ve been able to see grace, elegance, and beauty through the eyes of God because everything he created was designed excellent and beautiful.

 

The challenge many are faced with today, especially here in South Africa is that we’ve stopped seeing the inner beauty in ourselves and around us. We’ve become more fixative on others definition and description of beauty either through the social media or amongst other social groups and friends to the point of rejecting God’s eternal definition of who we are and what we represent on his behalf. We are a nation of beautiful people and landscapes, but we’ve allowed darkness to almost cover these beauty.

 

It’s like the more we absorb the identity others regarding who we are as a nation, the more we lose our moral values and identity.  The lack of seeing and appreciating our self-beauty has led us to become something terrible to each other to the point of manifesting the spirit of Cain-the spirit that kills his own brother.

 

When what is designed beautiful becomes altered by insecure dysfunctionality and corrupt Imagination, when have then directly, or indirectly turned the image of God into an idol of human craft that will eventually bring sorrow and pain to the heart. To design or craft an image that expresses the beautiful values of God for creation is to extend the glory of God within such fields of existence.

 

Beauty is a mystery that can only be correctly defined and understood the way God sees his creation in the beginning…after he created man, and he said, it was very good. Goodness and beauty are synonymous to the awakening of light of God within a heart that is once darkened by corruption. Beauty is the act of perfection in creation; it is not the expression of adornment.

 

Why do today’s Christians, mainly ladies use the term sexy to refer to a beautiful person or image? It’s important we note that sexy and beautiful are two different words that mean two completely different things. Please take note, when human minds and imagination begins to get transformed, they will start to enjoy the art of pure beauty.

 

Capturing the image of pure beauty through lens view of the transformed mind, passing through eye gate, expressed through the art of (sound) words, writings, or even paintings and photography is one of the glorious mysteries of the redeemed spirit that is called prophetic.

 

The prophetic is a reflection, and also an expression of the beautiful heart of the heart revealed through various arts and acts. Beauty is not just about what you see; it is about how you understand the value of what you see.

There’s beauty in sight
There’s beauty in sound
There’s beauty in words
There’s beauty in silence

Entering the art of appreciating beauty is first to learn to unlearn the perversion the soul has accumulated as the image beauty. Admiration is a beautiful thing when the soul is free of the wrong definition accumulated by false impression. Inspiration is wonderful when the mind has yielded to the creative life source of the Spirit. To think you can be inspired to create anything outside the life of God is to believe that a fish can survive living outside water.

 

Not acknowledging the giver of a thing doesn’t make the person less the giver of such a thing. Your acknowledgment of the presence of God in your life only creates more magnificent room for him to do much more you can ever imagine or think. Not recognizing and appreciating does not erode the fact that thing you have belongs to him. Beauty is of the Lord. All good and perfect gifts come from him.

I am an art student; this implies that every aspect of my life is by default drown to the creative life and nature of God…even science is an art of beauty in the sight of the creator. What he imagines, he creates, though we may not see it, the Lord is forever creating new things, yet, ancient in his eternity.

Do you know that the beauty of eternity is both past and future? There’s nothing new under the sun than to appreciate through the lens view of the Spirit what has been brought your path through providence.

enjoy the Sprint of your spiritual season…

CHRIST, OUR NATURAL HABITAT

 

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CHRIST, OUR NATURAL HABITAT

Allow me to bother you again with one of the life-messages of wisdom. Many Christians today have become so naturally accustomed to specific and essential, practices to the extent that we have almost forgotten the transforming-life lesson we should be learning from them.

Yesterday evening my wife brought these plants home, and she immediately got a cup with water inside and dropped the plants in it. I didn’t give much attention to it except for the fact that she said one of the plants is a pine tree.

 

This morning while I was making myself a cup of tea, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to the cup and asked me, what do you see? I immediately cut the reason for the question; if the plants are not secure in the appropriate environment, they will eventually die in the next few hours or days depending on their longevity.

The right habitat of the plants does not only secure their existence but also their potential in growing and fulfilling their ordained purpose for life.

What a profound truth that we daily take for granted. Living daily in the environment that sustains who we are made to be is an ever-fresh revelation we should always cherish if we must remain relevant in life.

We’ve been placed in an environment that sustains everything we are, and should represent as humans made in the likeness of God. A life lived in the consciousness of the abiding presence of God is one that receives provision for life and godliness according to brother Peter.

Let me remind us that we do not have any excuse whatsoever not to remain in our natural habitat as followers of Christ, and for those who are none-Christians, nature speaks to us of who we are, and how we ought to be sustained in life even without a preacher.

This is the reason the book of Romans declares that as humans, we have no excuse for not living our lives according to the ethics code of God.

Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Why is it easy to see the repercussion of not transplanting a plant in their right habitat of water supply, yet, it seems so difficult to accept our own inherent sustained environment within the stream of living water?

While these plants do not have the will of their own to jump out of the water, and if they can, they will eventually die. We, however, see the will of these plants bound to the eternal objective of what they’ve been ordained for in their service to the use of man and the rest of creation.

Man, as the most superior of all Gods creation has been given a will because the one who created him has a will. However, we have not truly fathomed, understand, nor appreciate why we’ve been given a will that should be continually surrendered to the one who gave it to us as part of our daily devotional service to him who created us for his own good pleasure.

We’ve assumed that because we have a sense of where we came from, at least as Christians, immediately translates to been secured within the environment of our sustainability which of course is a terrible lie.

Refusing to consciously yield ourselves in obedience to the will of God is like a fish out of the water, assuming it will survive. Friends, this is not just some natural law, but a spiritual one, that should be daily sustained and in practice if we desire peace and fulfillment.

If you ever assume that you can survive with your supposed advanced intelligence and secured financial muscle without you abiding continually in the presence of Christ who is the source of all things, is a lie and you will soon die if you don’t remain in your natural spiritual habitat in Christ.

I hope these few lines will stir and motivate your spirit mind to start abiding in Christ our eternal source.

BEING SPIRITUALLY CARNAL

 

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BEING SPIRITUALLY CARNAL.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

THE LAW OF THE LORD IS PERFECT, CONVERTING THE SOUL.

 

Part 1

 

Introduction.

In this latest article, I have sought to provide insight, answer, and direction to some of the most perplexing questions before the Body of Christ in relating to what has been erroneously defined and termed as spirituality or Church practice.

Several young and upcoming spiritual leaders today are confused, particularly in the area of determining the correct footing of what could be defined or described as an appropriate biblical practice of spiritual leadership. Jesus made a profound statement when he said, these people draw close to me with their mouth, but their heart is far from me.

This is one of the most deceptive characters highlighted regarding a spiritual relationship. The fact that we can vocalize all the right spiritual ‘things’, and still be spiritually disconnected and dysfunctional is a serious issue that should not be ignored or neglected.

The increase of sensual and demonic inspired leadership practice demands that we raise our prophetic discernment and biblical doctrine and spirituality such that everyone can easily identify false spiritual projections, particularly, in this season of increased darkness. We cannot fold our hands while charlatans continue to corrupt and misrepresent the prophetic intention of God for the Church and the nations.

We should engage these raised false altars and impression that has brought so much shame to the Body of Christ. I have tried to examine this highly interesting but complex subject through the eyes of the Spirit. It’s my prayer that you will take the time to carefully study and meditate on some of the points highlighted in the article. Please feel free to engage me in any area you may seek further expansion.

When we buy the lie

one of the major lies we have accepted as humans but particularly a major part of today’s church is to believe that one part of human is spiritual while the other aspects are none spiritual. The truth is, every single aspect of man is intricately designed to be spiritual both in existence and function. The creation of man and its various complex functions are all reflection of a certain degree of spirituality that takes the spiritually inform and awakened to understand.

Being spiritual is an integration of who we are, what we represent, and how we function emotionally, intelligently, physically, and of course, spiritually. Let’s examine some simple but critical facts that can assist us in the understanding of how human beings get to be shaped, develop, and function in behavior. I am not an expert on human development but I can say that I have extensively read books and research materials that back my knowledge on this subject. Further still, my work in the matter of spiritual development and leadership has given me rear opportunity to glean certain biblical values that have enhanced my insight and understanding.

 

Development and knowledge

 

We’ve all had of what is known as early childhood development (ECD). Experts reckon that the first 1000 days in the life of a child is critical because that is the formative process period of a child’s interaction to life. In other words, this period determines how the child will see, view and interact with so many things we define to be behavior and intelligence.

Intelligence is shaped and enhanced through early exposure to the necessary information and nurturing the brain requires to effectively function. As this point of fact applies to the natural realm, so does it apply to the concept of the spiritual infancy development of man.

Meaning that environment, either physical or spiritual plays a significant role in shaping our idea of knowledge and how we interpret such knowledge, especially in the area of defining truth and its application to real life events. The development or better still, the none development of the soul, which is the residence of human attitude, character, and behavioral pattern control how the brain process information, and how humans react and respond to such information, regardless of the spiritual state or carnal tendencies of such a person.

The brain which is part of the faculty of the soul operates based on a particular system of data inflow, particularly when such data is released frequently on a systematic, repetitive format.

Research has proved that the brain does not recognize the difference between imagination and reality. Thus, whatever gets infused within the human brain cognitive character long enough, becomes by default, the very reality the brain projects to such a person — this a profound law that has enhanced or even weaken the developmental journey of humans throughout history.

 

 

The power of reinforcement

 

Repetition reinforces what the brain thinks, sees, believes, and accept as its reality. No wonder the word of God declares, “as a man thinks in his (mind) heart so he is.

Any form of thought pattern, good or bad, creates a profound sense of reality within the mind if they are not immediately dealt with correctly.

Whatever we believe and accept as spiritually correct becomes what our brain accepts and reinforce as the truth within the various faculties of our being as the truth.

If we, therefore, do not have a biblically set pattern of determining and measuring truth and spirituality, we can easily fall into any deceptive trap of the enemy, and in fact, this is what the enemy is busy with today to lure many into his den of destruction.

I’ll like these basic facts to be the footing of some of the principles I want us to examine through this article as we continue to find the divine pattern for our spiritual reformation, transformation, and ultimate restoration even as the battle of light and darkness continues.

 

 

Unveiling carnality within spirituality.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

 

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

To be carnally minded is death and but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. The term carnality is a berry broadened word that goes beyond a particular act of sin. The biblical definition of carnality is anything outside the standard order and functional state and value system of the Spirit of God.

I will frequently use this term on a broad definition that should help us make sense of what the Spirit of the Lord is emphasizing in this hour, even as we continue to witness the false impressions of spirituality all around us. To understand and thoroughly apply the perfected law of the Lord in its true essence is to begin to step into the journey of the conversation and transformation of the soul back to its ordained, original place and function in Christ.

There are several ascended truths and high values we can glean from this profound statement made under divine inspiration through David, centuries-long before Christ our Redeemer came to earth. It’s evident that the main focus of the Spirit in this season is the conversion of the human soul and its entire operational faculties.

The need to continue to unravel the character nature of the soul-man is necessary to begin preparing the Body of Christ for the next spiritual emphasis of kingdom lifestyle and its governmental expression. There are just too many assumptions flagging around today in the name of biblical spirituality, or in the name of some kingdom manifestation that is totally contradictory to God’s divine order and value pattern.

Many out of shared zeal in our time have sought to run with some kind of apostolic mandate or prophetic message without clear knowledge and insight into how the deceptive, operative influence of the unregenerate soul seeks to corrupt and disregard the advancement of kingdom assignment. I do not believe that we can fully enter the scope of the third day ascended ministry of the ecclesia without a clear, broadened, prophetic insight into every sphere of human faculty operational system.

It will be a great mistake to venture into the realm of high-level kingdom spiritual activity within the context of the humanist, New Age definition of spirituality without a well-balanced, matured sense of biblical spiritual wisdom and authority of engagement.

 

Removing the footing of assumption

 

Therefore, pressing into the realm of kingdom possibility in this hour necessitate that each one of us returns to the school of Christ, and be upgraded on how the soul-man seeks to manipulate and circumvent the divine protocol of accurate spiritual ministry lifestyle.

In my past articles, I have sought to deal with the concept of the soul and how the mind operates. In this article, however, my focus is slightly different in the sense that I am trying to unravel how the unregenerate soul-man can almost successfully camouflage in its operations as an authentic spiritual manifestation.

 

It is a known fact that is worth repeating that many of the acts of war, destructions, wickedness, enslavements, corruption, perversion, religious cultism, social abuse, and many other destructive tendencies we’ve witnessed in history till this very day, all emanate from the fruit of the rebellious, unregenerate souls of men. The soul faculties of man by the act of the fall is morally corrupt and continually wicked in its desire and aspirations. The unrefined behavioral patterns of men find their roots from the fallen, Adamic character of the soul.

Beyond this, the influence of illegitimate leadership power either from the viewpoint of political manipulation, socioeconomic degradations, or the abuse of spiritual authority, are all products of the fallen, dysfunctional character values within the human soul. When that which is defined to be spiritual and sacred becomes the very instrument of deception, perversion, corruption, then, such narrative of spirituality calls for significant concern, and this is what I am seeking to highlight through this note.

What worries me is, a significant part of today’s church is fast losing the true meaning and essence of spirituality to that which is soulish and carnally motivated. As I read and interact with folks, especially on social media platforms, I see how a vast number of church members; individuals we once thought have spiritual understanding, stand up in defense of criminals who call themselves men and women of God.

It baffles me to see how folks confront and criticize authentic followers of Christ who stands up in defense of the truth. It is surprising to see how so-called Christians today can rise in defense of that which is indefensible. These brethren seem not to know nor understand what is biblically deem heretic from what is spiritual and doctrinally correct. I cannot but wonder what in the world is going on within the mind frame of many of our church folks today.

FROM THE SHADOW TO LIGHT

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FROM THE SHADOW TO LIGHT

THE WELL AND THE SAMARITAN CHURCH

By Isaiah-Phillips

Prophetic spectrum to current affairs

Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again… John 4:13

 

 

WHO WILL STAND AND SPEAK?

 

The church of the Lord globally is currently in the turning point of a new spiritual era that requires we confront things we’ve been avoiding and hiding within the deformed and veneered, commercial, religious system of our time. There’s an urgent need to precisely answer some of the most crucial questions, members of the Body of Christ and society are generally asking, particularly, regarding the overreached, abusive nature of what is accepted as spiritual representation.

 

In this article, I intent to draw your attention to an important scripture many are quite familiar but as the Spirit of truth impresses this scripture to my heart a few days back, I begin to witness a new divine emphasis and direction with regards to the demand of the Father for the deliverance of his Church from the hands of those the Bible calls peddlers of the word of God.

There’s nothing more dangerous than to be spiritually abused, and it becomes even more deadly when it is done with the bible and in the name of Jesus Christ. While many may continue to deny the reality of leadership deficit, deception, and spiritual abuse in the Body of Christ, yet, it is obvious that the Church of Christ globally is being drained and taken advantage of by those I call commercial gospel peddlers.

 

The story of the Samaritan woman at the well brings to light many things we should carefully examine and highlight as the Lord continues to speak in line with the present reformation and restoration of his Church. This subject is further amplified in the account of the gospel of John chapter 5 about the story of the temple pool at Bethseda. the Falsehood at the center of this great capitalist, commercial, motivated, church system is driven by the blind, crippled, and impoverish lives, despirate for some kind of a spiritual intervention.

 

John chapter 5:1-6

Sometime later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

 

THE WELL DUG BY MEN

When a well dug under the inspiration of God for a season, which has elapsed continue to be used as the current voice and direction of the Spirit, it becomes an idolatrous system. The scripture said regarding Moses the servant of the Lord that he kept the veil on his face while the glory that used to shine from his face had faded away. This false sense of attachment to what has become obsolete, redundant, and irrelevant in the prophetic calendar of the Spirit is a big issue that must be addressed if we must step into the new day of the Lord, and I’ll like to address this as the Lord will give me utterance in the light of his present truth.

 This is the moment of confrontation and intervention that demands that we are exposed to a higher [intense] degree of Christ brilliance at a level that will reveal every form of shadow within and outside the parameters of our existence.

The standard is, we serve a God in whom there is no variableness nor the shadow of turning. In other words, the variations of the fallen, human ideologies, cultures, the system that sought to eclipse our minds from the original purpose and destiny of the Father for us is starting to fade away under the dawning of this increasing light of Christ shining from the surface of the stream of life we are invited to drink.

This is the dawning of the third day prophetic activity of the Spirit of the Lord; a day of the unprecedented revelation of God’s light and glory that will expose and blind every form of shadow in and around of the world. We’ve now been invited to a new sphere of the revelation in our journey towards maturity in Christ, who will be making his appearance within the religious system of what had kept us all bond or limited from entering the full reality of what we’ve been destined for before time began.

The more we see and honestly embrace the current illuminating light of heaven, the more the shapes and images of human shadows and influences in our thought pattern over the years, begins to shatter even as Christ becomes more magnified in us. In Christ, there is no influence of earthly, carnal reflections. Last year we spoke about the nearness of the kingdom and how we ought to prepare for this so, we don’t get cut up unprepared and unawares.

THE NEARNESS OF THE KINGDOM

The nearness of the kingdom of God is the nearness of the divine light of heaven, ordained to remove every form of false light that have shaded and shape our minds from stepping into kingdom lifestyle. The day of breaking away from the silhouetted nature of power, religious forms and shapes men have falsely embraced. The time has come for us to embrace the reality of truth which is often painful because we will need to be confronted by the blinding light of heaven. Every form of shadow within the spiritual structure of our existence must now give way to the glorious brightness of Christ light emerging from the dawn of this new kingdom Age.

 The purity of hearing come through the level of light we expose our soul and spirit too. To the degree, we embrace this present light of the Christ is to the level we are going to see and walk in the glorious light of what we’ve been called to represent. Shadow is defined as a dark area or shape produced by a body of coming between rays of light and a surface. Rather than producing light we’ve been producing shadows due to the lingering [human system] darkness still present and alive within us.

The light of heaven only reflects what is in the human heart; when the heart is filled with falsehood and lies, you can be rest assured that whatever form of light found within such a space will not produce a fruit that comes from the very life of God. The light the soul produces is a light that is born out of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and it will never bring you into the realm of divine truth which brings deliverance and reform to the total man. When there’s a willingness to face the reality before us as the ministry of Christ light increases, what then happens is that this light goes way beyond the power of illumination into becoming transformative.

THE CHURCH AT THE WELL

As the Father brought my attention to the life of the Samaritan woman at the well, I began to gain fresh insight to a parallel truth that speaks directly to the condition of the present-day church as a company of people operating within the system of shadow. The present, active reality of shadow ministry is more dangerous than darkness itself, in the sense that a shadow gives is a false reflection. A shadow is a refraction of light upon a dark image or surface which is an operation of deception. Only the Father carries the technology to produce light out of darkness.

On the other hand, man can produce an image out of another shape through the operation of a shadow, and in fact, this is the current position in many churches today. Many have produced some forms of images that are given the power to ‘talk’ out of false light being offered to the people, and those lights have produced some form of temporary relief and therefore, millions have become addicted to this temporary light designed to ultimately destroy them.

 

While I am trying not to be too technical with the example, I cannot but stress this point of light, shadow, false wells dug by men for spiritual consumption. The parallel reality of what was witnessed at Jacob’s well between Christ Jesus and the Samaritan woman with the present state of today’s church is so profound that need critical scrutinization.

Water can reflect the precise image of the one who comes to the stream, but not everyone is truly prepared to wait for the calmness of the water to reveal an image. Most have come to the well because they are thirsty and desperate; they need a quick solution to get them out of their needs. Due to the mode of material and financial survival many lives in, they hardly can see what the Lord is trying to show them at the well.

Secondly, the life of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, typifies many of us regarding how our mindsets have been negatively shaped and have been framed through the years of rigorous religious practice and life’s challenges — this woman who is a type of today’s church who has come to accept a particular way of lifestyle as her primary source life existence even though such a source does not really minister to the very inner realities of her needs and challenges.

Further still, the Samaritan woman, beyond the fact that she had a significant dosage of religion, mixed with a long time, abusive relationship, combined with her own traditional belief strongholds, yet had a flicker of inner [light] awareness of a need for some different type of ‘water’ that can wash her and quench her inner thirst.

AN OPEN CONVERSATION

She was willing to open herself to the truth when confronted with the inner reality of her true self which is very rare today. Many of us, including those who claim to be in the forefront of what the Spirit of the Lord is doing, is filled with deception, we can hardly stand being honest to ourselves and others.

 

The greatest lie is when we begin to lie to ourselves just because we don’t want others to see us as weak, poor, uneducated, uninformed, or even spiritually blind. Following humans and religious folks dread being observed to be wrong, regardless of the issue. They would instead continue to support what is false and abusive just because they don’t want others to them, but we told you that you’re wrong from the start.

 

The Samaritan woman at the well seems to have come to the end of herself for two main critical reasons, one, she was willing, to be open and honest with Christ. Secondly, she recognized that the well, she’s been coming to drink from do not satisfy her true, inner need as much as the good does provide specific temporal provisions.

This [Church] woman was willing to exchange her seemingly default dependence and sustenance which always demand her traveling daily to the well for this new concept of talking well standing before her. Many may not appreciate what this woman was confronted when someone suddenly stood before her and claimed he is the living water she needs.  Of course, you will expect her to fight, froze or flight, but she was willing to listen and be honest as she engages in this new season of her life.

Many of us have grown so accustomed to the daily journey of going down to Jacob’s well to fetch water that only gives us temporary pleasure or satisfaction. We have been wrongly wired to co-depend on some kinds of religious substance, people who claimed they represent God in our lives, religious rituals, our customs and tradition, our workplace, our children, our spouses. To some, is their friends, parents, what the media says about them, what the politicians promised them, and the list continues.

This is the reality of the religion called Christianity today, mostly in American and the African set-up by the church. There are all kinds of alternatives today that have replaced the correct position of Christ and his assignment in our lives, particularly, within the community of what we call church. There’s no doubt that the idea and the look of the type of church we are building today are not better than Jacob’s well this woman kept returning to, hoping to find lasting sustenance.

 WHEN THE WELL NO LONGER MEET YOUR SATISFACTION

There’s no doubt that this well met some essential needs in her life and of course, that’s the reason she kept coming back, but this well dug by man cannot meet the very core need of her. Just as this woman connected Jacob’s well to important aspects of our custom and tradition, which is a big deal to her, many of us to have chosen to remain connected to certain places, people or circumstance both physically and mentally just for the fact that those people or places are directly or indirectly related to our tradition, nationality,  former way of life, even if those things or people are abusive, we remain there. These things or individuals have become our coping method and to some degree, our definition of spirituality, this is what I call the Samaritan church.

The Samaritan church is well dug by great icons; renowned men and powerful and highly skillful women, individuals who fought and defended specific cause for the advancement of society. Some of them were a significant voice in their time who did great things in the name of God, and we’ve built a towering image of memorials to remember, and this is good. However, these individuals are no longer alive in the new dynamics of your needs and challenges.

They might be able to inspire faith, courage, and determination in pressing towards your ordained destiny, and that’s all they can do with the lingering memory of their past achievement in you. You need to zero into the mind of the Lord for this moment of your life; you must seek what the Spirit of the Lord is saying regarding his prophetic strategy in dealing with the current situation.  Drinking from dead wells in the name of custom, tradition, and past experiences that have long become obsolete to the present demand of the Spirit is a soul-tie.

LEAVING THE OBSOLETE INSTRUCTION

There are many past experiences, individuals, and events that have become wells we keep returning to, hoping we will get the same feeling, experience, or even answer the people of the past received. Therefore, we become more fixative on the ministry of revival, instead of redemption and reformation. Our pursuit for revival is more about trying to experience what happened in the days of some great revivalist.  The fact that heaven gave the power to some individuals to dig wells for their time and generation does not mean such well will satisfy the complex needs of today.

 

Divine instruction is crucial to relevancy and advancement to the frontier of divine engagement.  How many lives, ministries and church are stuck today on the visionary word given to a vessel of God some hundred years ago? There are countless numbers of churches out there that have not revolved with the shift in prophetic seasons. Many of the denominations and traditional churches began with a leading, prophetic position of accuracy. Many of the founders and leaders of those churches had God for their times and season but has times and season changes, many refused to move on with the Father as he demands a change of their perceptions and wineskin for the next announced season.

 The stocked to the first voice they had from the Lord. They are like Abraham, who had the initial voice of the Lord and was obedient to the voice but on like Abraham, when God spoke to him the second time regarding the same issue, he was able to hear and allow his zeal to commit murder. Many had the voice of the Lord the first time, but never kept their ears and eyes open to receive further instruction and directives from the Lord. Many did not wait to listen to the elapsing time of a prophetic word. Their ministry has killed more people in the name of zeal the redeem or restore.   The well they dug in the name of ‘a ministry’ is today a blockage for a new generation to see and experienced the living well standing before them.

The more people travel to these wells of Jacob, hoping to experience the same intervention of the past, the more people get weary, tired and dissatisfied even though they dare not show their weariness. They must continue to make the trip to Jacob’s well. The fact that God met us in space and point in the past does not make such a spot the permanent resident of God. The Father is nomadic; his plan and desire are to reveal himself where ever his people gather and find their voice.

In the scripture, their various types of wells and streams built at various times and seasons that speaks directly and specifically to the peculiar need of such a season. duplicating such instructive prophetic words will not only be a violation and abuse to divine instruction but a manifestation of idolatry.  If we don’t understand the context of the speakings and instruction of the Lord for a season, we will make the mistake of trying to repeat an experience that was designed for a season in time, and that will make us the enemy of God.

New spiritual emphasis demands that we shift and change our modus-operandi if we must remain highly relevant to the movement of the Spirit. While some will need to move from our former position of life due to the evil influence and resistance to change, others might not need to leave their community if the leaders are willing to change their garments and wineskin to the current demand of the Spirit.

THE POWER OF LEARNING BY ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION

 

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THE POWER OF LEARNING BY

 ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION

The principle of undressing for redressing  

 

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

 

Do you know that your destiny could be hanging on the kind of question you’ve been asking yourself for decades? You need to move from the ‘why to the what’ question if you desire to see a change in your life, career, and relationships  

Many have failed in the past, including me to some degree, not because we are not born intelligent, but because we are deficient in asking and answering questions. Asking questions has their advantages and of cause their disadvantage if wisdom is not allowed to guide.  Questions can provoke as they can inspire. When a question is cynical, then you need the highest grade of wisdom and intelligence to effectively respond, so you’re not entrapped. Yet, there can be no development without asking questions, particularly the right ones. The technological advancements made today are a direct result of questions asked.

Questions can open a new frontier of knowledge, creativity, development, and productivity if we know how to ask the right questions. One of the primary ways God trains and develop his disciples, particularly, those who will be entering the prophetic arena, is through asking them a series of questions. The Bible is filled with chapters and verse where man is not the one asking questions, but God himself doing the asking.

 The purpose of asking and answering questions is to test intelligence. The word of God is filled with questions and answers, and if we learn how to process, question either from a deep philosophical point or from an ascended spiritual point, we have the edge in dealing with the highly complex realities of life.  The technic, or should I say, the philosophy of asking and answering a question is one of the most important keys to success in any field of existence, yet, it is the list taught in schools, and regrettably, in most Church communities today.

The issue of the understanding question and knowing ‘the how’ to process them before answering is something I’ve discovered as one of the most important keys to human development and transformation yet; it is increasingly becoming less understood by many, particularly the 21st-century society.  Many of us have been asking the wrong questions all our lives and that’s the reason we still seem to be stocked in the same old spot of mentality.  An immature person does not know nor understands how to process life’s question, particularly, when they are spiritually based. I grew up asking questions but unfortunately, they were the wrong questions.

Many fallen humans began life on the wrong footing, but that does does not mean that the good plan and purpose of the Father for our lives has changed because we asked the wrong question. God’s plan for us are eternally set to bring us to the place of his ordained prophetic program but we need to know how the principle of life works in order to set in motion the right value system that aligns us to effective living.

You cannot start your life or the life of your children by asking the wrong questions as assume you will end up in the destined planned of the Father for your life.  When your life begins with wrong influence, environment, people, challenges, seemingly failure, there’s every tendency that you start processing those challenges with the wrong emotion which is usually done by asking the why question. The question of why did my Father leave my Mom?  Why did my uncle rape me and my sister, why can’t I be smart like that other girl in my class? Why am I an orphan?  why didn’t I get the Job? Why do I keep going back to the same sin?

Due to asking the question of why, many today are faced with the grim dilemma of disappointment, discouragement, and suicide because they seem to be asking the wrong question. The principle of motivating yourself is edged on the concept of asking the right question. You can also be demotivated by either not understanding what is taking place around or within you, or simply asking the wrong question and listening effectively for to the correct answer.

The wrong question will never lead to the right answer. I am sure you’ve heard of the statement, there’s nothing like asking the wrong question, that may be true to a certain level, but if you genuinely desire to fast-track your destiny, you need to learn the art of asking the right question. This challenge, as I have noticed it is not just a secular human issue, but more of a spiritual one if we critically examine it.

How many times you’ve tried reading the Bible or process what a passage is saying, but you seem to be clueless understanding what the scripture is communicating? How many times have you tried praying, but seem not to hear any response from God? The challenge is not just about what we are seeking in terms of prayer but the context of how we frame our request before the Father. It is often about not asking the right question when engaging with the things of the Spirit.

 The matters of the Spirit just like in the natural are based on how we intelligently process questions or problems. If your concept of treating life challenges either in marriage, school, or workplace is based on why and not what, there’s every possibility that you will not arrive at the correct answer, and you know what that means, the problem continues unabated.

THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION

There are two most important questions you will ever ask in your journey of life, and they are the question of why and what.  How you view these two questions speaks a lot about knowledge, wisdom, and perspective to life. If your view of life is fixative on why? You will not only be spiritual and emotionally drained and be limited in your options of answers, but might also be psychologically and emotionally crippled from reaching your life full potential.

The what question gives you the insight of opportunity to see your life and its complex challenges or even the trials playing out on a daily basis as a real opportunity to turn failures into triumph than being a victim. The why question makes us a victim rather than an indeed engineered system solution. How you approach the subject of ‘why and what’ is as critical as understanding the essence of your existence. If have highlighted this point as an important pointer to moving towards that position the Father will have you and me come into in this next phase of our advancement in spiritual realities.

Let’s stop living our lives on the why me question, and start moving towards asking the Lord, what are you doing so I may align myself to your will. aligning your will to the Father’s divine purpose begins with knowing the what question. When the what question becomes clear, then you are ready to face any challenge, trial or need because you have a perspective on the problem or battle at hand. Many have given up before the breakthrough arrived, many have opted for separation and divorce before the breakthrough comes because they were building their expectation on why instead

A PROPHETIC REVIEW OF DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND THE DESTINY OF AMERICA AS A NATION



 




A PROPHETIC REVIEW OF

DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND THE

DESTINY OF AMERICA AS A NATION

 

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola.

Amos 3:6-8

When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it? Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared—who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken—who can but prophesy?

 

A sense of awareness

In some of the past articles I did, I extensively dealt with the concept of living in a constant state of awareness, if one is ever going to work in the counsel of the ever-unfolding realities of Christ. To be given an assignment, particularly, a sensitive one like the office of a leader of a nation, requires a sense of keen divine knowledge of such assignment beyond the prestige and power of its office.

The scripture above puts into perspective the things I have shared in this article, and I sincerely hope that these words will stand as a confirmation to the watchmen over the walls of the nation of America. It is my prayer that the elders at the gate will find coherency and relevance with the things the Lord is highlighting in this article.

I am not sure how Donald Trump is acutely aware of his prophetic assignment as the president of one of the strongest nations, if not the strongest in the world, the nation of America. I believe that him becoming better aware of his position as the leader of a nation than just a constituent, will not only help in putting the concept of precise governance into place, but will also adjust his perspective in employing restraint, particularly, when the media and his protagonist deliberately stir up issues, they expect him to react to. Donald Trump current position is one that is tagged to a definite, assignment that carries a limited timeframe, and this must be very clear to him.

A prophetic parable.

Where America is today in relating to its domestic affairs and the character of leadership that has been put in place, is a parable that clearly speak into the very nature and character of the American dream philosophy and value.  Donald is many things in the hand of the Lord not just to the state of America, but to the world has a whole that will continue to unfold at different periods and season.  There are several events right now highlighting the prophetic program of God that the nation of America must pay close attention to if she must successfully navigate this critical period.

This may be a seven-year period of economic abundance for the United State, but she needs to be assured that a period of famine is coming that will require the wisdom of a Joseph and not the character of a Saul who later lost the prophetic objective of his call into the place of leadership. Donald Trump needs to be informed that his current position in the White House is highly strategic for the next plan of the Lord, but he must see this period beyond just some political achievement accorded to him.

This position is not another trophy of a business gain as his been used to; this is about the destiny of a people who desperately need to reclaim their nation from the hands of the evil system, set in place to divide and derail the nation for humanist and Islamic gain. A people who have been praying for their nation and the manifestation of God’s power and government for global reformation and restoration.

Donald Trump should be reminded that he has been brought to the position of prophetic shift over the atmosphere of a nation and a generation for such a time as this. This is a time to be strategic, courageous, yet, humble, wise, and ready to dialogue on the agenda of seeking true peace and unity of the nation so divided and fragmented. A time that requires a leader to be completely selfless and accountable to the mandate of the mission at hand.

 

 

The Obama’s administration and divine intervention

It is no secret that Donald Trump came into the position of presidency under a strong prophetic mandate to carry out a definite agenda. An agenda that is divinely ordained to offer the opportunity for redirection and readjustment in the way and manner the globalist, Democratic Party has been leading the nation of America. It was apparent that there was an agenda being run by the former Obama’s administration to frustrate Christians, and any program that promotes sound, moral values within the state of America, Europe, and Africa to be precise, even though, this was not made known through the power of media sensor.

The agenda of power control either politically, or economically, means several things to various international community to the extent that the influence of religion and not the economy over citizens seem to be the heartbeat of this control.

Those with the agenda to use their narrative of globalization to gain control over human, have, to some extent, been gaining ground, particularly, in America, and they will continue to gain higher ground until the church realize this and start buildings strategically in order to challenge this ungodly satanic agenda, but if we are truly sons of light, walking in the ascended knowledge and wisdom of the Lord in this critical season, we will appreciate how fortunate we are, when one considers the vast, prophetic resource made available for us to stand against the lies of the enemy.

Understanding the unfolding prophetic, trajectory of the Lord for us, particularly, in the context of the reformation and development of spiritual wisdom in the rebuilding of the walls and gates of nations, particularly, the nation of America is a thing of great joy.  Through the power of discernment and prophetic hindsight, we can almost determine the direction and emphasis of the new global alliance, essentially, with the rise of China as a global influence. There’s a dangerous gap America is leaving China and Russia to occupy globally that call for worry, knowing the agenda of China in terms of seeking global economic power.

The unfolding of the Father’s prophetic direction for nations and their government is one major value, we all should have a keen interest.  As global events shake and awakens the dawn of each new day, we need to learn to regularly view the mind of the Father as we are faced with circumstance that will be requiring our attention, choices, and decision making.

Divine perspective and spiritual meaning of nationhood

Allow me to give a brief background of the divine intention of the Father in relating to his prophetic order for a nation. The way human beings see themselves in terms of nation, geography, and boundaries is completely dissimilar to how the Lord intended it. In God’s eyes, the purpose and mission of a region or nation goes beyond the legislative laws and cultural links that hold the people together as important as the legislations of nations maybe; it cannot be circumscribed to the financial prosperity of the region as important as that may also be.

Neither can it be merely accessed by the shared ideological agreement of its people, nor defined by the powerful, economic drive of its business community, as critical as the economy is for the sustenance of a nation or region. The intention and purpose of the Lord for a nation are a phenomenal that has to be understood by a well-established, spiritual composition of the very ordained, prophetic intention and program of heaven, built on the solid footing of righteousness and justice.

When man was created in the Garden, he was created as a spirit being, designed directly to reflect the image of God through the virtues and values of obedience to the objective of the Father. The attributes of God’s likeness were the central theme of man’s life and nature as he set to govern and dress the garden. Eden was designed to be the extension of heaven’s influence and presence through the precise rulership and administration of Adam. Everything that Adam and his wife were created for as regents in Eden was ordained to be part of the Father’s plan to replicate his authority and influence through the leadership of man on earth.

From the position of life, we see authority and dominion given to man to rule over all that was within the garden except his wife and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. His fall and exit from the garden introduce humankind to what we can call an alternative way of life. A life designed to be governed through the rebellious, fallen human soul. A soul in constant rebellion to the pattern and ways of the Father, created an alternative self-pattern of leadership that became corrupt and self-centered in all its objective and aspiration. The Lord allowed man to have his way in the art of self-governance until everything the soul represent comes to the end of its influence, and the spirit regains ascendancy in the ways and affairs of the Father for him.

It is highly important the Church understands this concept of life and nation formation, if we must find a solution to the numerous complex challenges bewildering the nations. The people within a region must understand that what makes a nation great, goes beyond its geopolitical strength, location, ideological beliefs, economic power, or cultural philosophy.

The Lord allows people to coexist in communities for various reasons designed to expose the weakness of their humanity and to teach them how to live in the power of shared community. The study of humanity is not limited to the study of our racial or cultural differences, but the bringing to pass, God’s eternal purpose, through a coherent concept of manhood and nationhood. God defines a nation through his desired, prophetic intention.

The redeemed human spirit does not recognize geographical boundaries as birds in the sky do not recognize national regions. When there is no solid, holistic biblical teaching in a nation the spiritual foundation of such a nation gets affected in such a way that threatens the prophetic agenda of God for the people. We have several prophetic utterances declared about this great nation but very little have been done spiritually today to bring divine clarity in terms of the required prophetic responsibility needed in preparing the nation of America for the next frontier of her assigned destiny.

This nation has journeyed through a season created by the Lord to prepare her for her day of manifestation. Like any other prophetic purpose, there must be a season of great warfare to test and rebuild her ability to stand in the day of restoration.

The blueprint of the Father’s plan for a nation is what defines their future enemies and victory. This reality must inform how they view themselves in regard to political and socioeconomic challenges, weakness, and victories. In other words, when a nation clearly understands her national destiny it helps galvanize the required human and capital resource needed to function within the context of her assigned global mission.

When there are no clear prophetic voices to amplify this mandate at the gate of a nation, the Lord certainly will use various occasions and events as His prophetic voice to create the right platforms that put His trumpet {message} on the lips of His watchmen, who are assigned to introduce the nation to her glorious destiny.

Donald Trump and his political foundation

The nation of America and the rest of the world was at a critical junction when the Lord handpicked Donald Trump to push back the activity of darkness, particularly, relating to the advance of certain Satanic agenda seeking to infiltrate the American nation seat of power which would have had a ripple impact across the rest of the world. Islam for a long season had successfully used the open boarder system to infiltrate also every aspect of the European world.

Mentioned the country today in Europe that the presence of Islam is not felt. The Obama presidency has almost succeeded in opening American political system and its power to the influence of Islam which has it is seen today in the United Kingdom.  Donald Trump was deployed by the Lord through the platform of make America great again to push back this Islamic agenda that was also succeeded through the liberal, globalist movement.

The battle Donald trump was raised to fight was far greater than the issue of politics, like many believed. Am I sure many by now would have noticed that Donald Trump was never, and he is still not a politician. The idea of politics and diplomacy, particularly, when dealing with other members of the opposition party.  Beyond the political truth that was looming, there was also the challenge of economic instability that was biting hard on the people to the point of treating the philosophy of the American dream.

 Let me be quick to say that some of the issues Donald Trump is ‘seeking’ to address or fix, in terms of his political, leadership objective as the president of one of the most powerful nation in the world, are the very things that gave him the number one position of leadership In the White House, which is, economic restoration and of cause, the determination to challenge and frustrate the politically correct, globalist agenda. Politics in America have a far, more reaching impact and consequence than what happens within the walls of the United States of America.

Politics in the United State affects and shift things internationally and globally; from how monetary policies in the economic direction of other nations are formulated and projected in global market, to how smaller nations are secured from certain foreign aggressions.  Further still, certain parts of the globe still immensely depend on America Aids and economic incentives for their economic development.

Whoever is in the White House carries to a very large degree, the next economic narrative of many nations, and this is one of the reasons why we should pray for the nation of America, and God forbid, America decides to go into war with any country, particularly, one of the super powers, try to imagine who will suffer the consequence of such. We cannot be naïve that we are not bothered about who is in the seat of power in the White House.  Everything that happens in America has a ripple effect on us, directly or indirectly. This is why all eyes are usually on the American vote when the time of election comes around.

 

Donald Trump and the Clinton campaign election.

Casting our minds back to the election campaign of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, we can immediately see how the nation of America is deeply divided in terms of its identity, economy, and its international policy. The idea of the new world, global order which has permeated almost every facet of the social life of the citizens has brought to questioning, the real agenda behind this movement.

The message of America first; a returning to a nationalist identity and economic resurgence for the forgotten American workers, appealed to the people than the one world, citizenship campaign being promoted by the far left.

Yes, it was clear that many do not love the seemingly, prideful, arrogant character of Donald Trump, yet, majority were willing to vote for him and the Republican Party as they considered the worst alternative under the presidency of Hilary Clinton. It was clear that a lot of things went wrong, in terms of the leadership and administrative management of Hilary Clinton as the sectary of state under Obama, particularly, the cover up of evidence after the bloody attack on America embassy in Libya which claimed the life of the ambassador.

The average American spoke through their vote by approving what Donald Trump stood up for in his campaign, as they saw and observed the nation’s political direction, leading further away from the sociopolitical, economic freedom of the American Dream philosophy.

Secondly, the flicker of moral dignity that was almost been snuffed out by the influence of the Deep Sate, progressive, globalist, agenda in the fight to rewrite the constitutional policy framework of America was something that Donald saw, and capitalized in his campaign which was also music to the eyes of many. The Donald Trump position of nationalism and the American first campaign, challenged the almost entrenched, politically correct narrative of the democratic, globalist economic philosophy, entrenched under the leadership of the former president Barak Obama.

During his campaign, the frontline media houses never thought he could pull of a win, yet, it was clear that that was part of the agenda of the Lord. Not even Donald Trump himself, at the initial point thought he could win the election.  However, God had a plan that through him, he was going to give America an opportunity to reset and redress what many, saw as an important role in the regaining of their national, spiritual identity.  America citizens favored Trump at the voting poll in place of Hilary Clinton, and for the fact that he was seen by the mainstream, Evangelical churches in America as a prophetic symbol for a spiritual renewal and restoration.

Personally, I do believe with all my heart that God gave Donald Trump the edge against Hilary Clinton to establish his ordained prophetic counsel for the nation of America as a key player in the unfolding of the new spiritual season upon the earth.  Yet, this appointment is not a blank-Check from God, nor should Donald Trump assume it was his influence or righteousness that placed him in the seat of power. There’s certainly a clear, divine agenda that is keeping him in the position of leadership that must be consistently reviewed, lest he forgets and incur the judgment of God.   Heaven’s prophetic initiative over our lives and the regions of the earth carries a profound, seasonal review, to check if we are still adhering to the character and moral values of his program.

The prophetic and the context of its fulfillment

The father’s prophetic intention is always consistent with his biblical, value model. Meaning that, God’s prophetic objective over an individual will usually align with the principle of righteousness and justice, especially, when the prophetic program deals with the administration or governance of communities, cities, and nations. The father’s prophetic counsel does not condone nor override abuse of power and injustice, regardless of who or where such is committed.

The nation of America is strategically positioning to stand for righteousness and defend justice, and when that seem not to be what projects the direction of its leadership, including that of the current presidency of Donald Trump, it is seen to be standing against its own very prophetic assignment.

This is a sacred appointment that must be clearly communicated with the best of wisdom to the president so that he may finish his assignment. There are several things presently shaping the new, spiritual topography of the nation of America that will determine the next reality of the father’s prophetic, progressive agenda, which I think is critical to the remaining or removal of the edge of God over Donald Trump as the president of America.

The nation of America has been on the frontline of geopolitical shift, redirection, and even, to some extent, at war with its key European allies. It’s economic battle with China has not gone on noticed, in fact, the impact of the trade war is now being felt across the world, particularly, in the emerging markets, and no one is quite sure when this trade war will subside.

The migrant caravan as it been popularly called is a very sensitive matter that requires a well-matured approach, particularly from the president. There’s no doubt that this was a carefully planned arrangement to destabilize the government of Donald trump as to create, or maybe, further imprint a narrative of how the president has been defined by some media houses.

Therefore, how this crisis is handled will determine so many things. The president now needs to show maturity beyond political gain. a new season has dawned upon the president that demands a deep sense of maturity in representing the true value of the nation of America. The wildfire that claimed so many lives in California is a true, soul-searching issue, lives and properties worth billions have been destroyed.

 

it is critical to hear and know what the Spirit of the Lord is saying, and how to respond accordingly. I have no doubt that this fire disaster speaks deeply into various aspect of the lord’s dealings and redemptive program for America, but who is listening? can the handwriting on the wall through this fire be discerned precisely in a way that will turn the heart of the nation back to truth, justice, and righteousness? the ways of the father are truth and righteousness. just has the father uniquely deals with individuals and families, he also deals with community, cities or nations.

The dealings of God for a nation is highlighted in the way and manner the governing policies of a nation promotes justice or prevents it. secondly, the way the leader of a nation represents and promote truth, equity, and justice within the national identity and policy of such a nation is critically important to the future of such a nation. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to the people.  if the idea of money overturns the higher position of moral justice, such a nation will eventually become weakened and defeated, it’s only a matter of time.

 

The need for matured display of wisdom

Donald trump has entered into a new phase of his prophetic mandate. How he transits this season will not be determined by his economic recovery plan for the nation of American, but his wiliness to restore America’s moral value for truth, justice, and equity, particularly in the wake of the murdered Saudi journalist, Khashoggi. if Donald trump allows his economic, bilateral connection with the Saudi government to prevent him from firmly standing for truth, he may find himself standing alone in days, weeks, or months to come. The death of this man is a powerful, moral test of where the value policy of the nation of America lies.

 

The policy of money is not the policy of God for America

Donald Trump now need the Spirit of wisdom to mature is understanding in dealing and relating with the highly complex, but yet, simple matter before him. If the president of America chooses to place money before honor and dignity, then, he is certainly not fulfilling his prophetic assignment to the fullness. God’s desire is for America to shift from the grip of mammon to righteousness. The Lord’s desire is for the nation of America to fight on behalf of those who are weak; those who cannot defend themselves. If Donald Trump decides not to fight for the justice right of this Saudi Journalist, in the name of trying to get back at is protagonist, I am afraid, that he will not win this battle.

This is the time for maturity; this is the time to put aside political agendas and stand for truth in the name of justice. I believe this is what most Americans desire to see, and this will be what the Father would love to see, and not the false, economic and regional alliance with the Saudi Arabia government who took the life of a weak, harmless man in a vicious manner.  If Donald refuses to stand for this injustice, then, I am afraid to say that he no longer represents the value of God nor of that of America.