DEPARTURE OF SPIRITUAL ELDER LIKE REINHARD BONNKE?
By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola
What is the meaning or spiritual implication when a spiritual (gift) personality like Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who literally shifts the spiritual realm of an entire continent, exits the earth? What does it mean for a man who expresses humility to the core, but carries an awesome governmental authority that many of the high and mighty in the elites of ecclesiastical leadership listens to his voice? What does the departure of this kind of spiritual representative mean to the Body of Christ? These and many more critical questions, we should be asking ourselves as spiritually minded individuals and the corporate body of Christ, if indeed, we are moving towards the ultimate maturity and the finishing of all things.
More so, we’ve prophetically entered a more accelerated realm of the nearness and the impact of the kingdom of God upon the earth; many of the things happening now carries a high-level prophetic frequency and implication that we cannot afford to ignore or trivialize.
We live in a time where it has almost become the norm to trivialize spiritual things, particularly when what is seen seem not to make sense through carnal, human understanding. Appreciation and honor are no longer defined by a deep sense of prophetic insight but through the visual lens of material possession or sensual appraisal.
The concept of engaging values by spiritual knowledge, wisdom and revelational understanding has almost become a thing of the past, especially when almost everyone now claims both intellectual and [spiritual] psychological sigh as long as they have the pulpit and altar of social media to voice the opinion or objection about any spiritual matter.
In our overt quest for information and unending knowledge, we’ve managed to raise a generation that is highly informed, but also shallow and opinionists in its expression. Many have mistaken acquired information and psychological awareness for the inflow and impartation of the Spirit of knowledge, counsel, wisdom, and understanding, which comes with the fear of God.
The relationship between Elisha and tutorship under Elijah took Elisha beyond the realm of mere awareness. When the Sons of the prophet said to Elisha, did you know that the Lord is about to take your master from the earth today? Elisha replied, yes, I know, but hold your peace.
The apprentice [Sons] prophets all know that Elijah was to be taken to heaven, but they did not understand the prophetic implication of what they knew. Yet, for the first time that Elisha was also very much aware of the departure of his master, but he will not allow such knowledge to distract him from the bigger picture of his prophetic assignment.
The implication of allowing one to be submerged in the quest of seeking to know [information] without the formation of Christ in us as brought about a disease of spiritual blindness and the inability to discern movements, seasons, and divine directive. Wisdom is when we can carefully marry the vast realm of information power, we are exposed to with the virtue of humility that comes via the school of obedience in wisdom. To pursue the narrative of the 21st century of boundless information is to expose ourselves to falsehood, shallowness, and the seduction of the wisdom of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Tracking the prophetic implication of a man of such spiritual caliber like Reinhard Bonnke is highly necessary to see what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the Church, notably when he departed on the 7th day of the month of December. Without flogging the idea of numerology, I believe his departure, on the seventh of the last month of the year, speaks to us of several things that allow us to shift our perfective as the Church.
Furthermore, there are other prophetic shifts, directions, and implications we should consider and be keenly aware of; least we underestimate his departure as just another death that happens in the Body of Christ. The passing away of such carrier of grace, wisdom, and anointing in the redemptive, prophetic program of the Father in creation is never to be taken for granted or be just another incident of old Age death.
The passing away of God’s prophetic vanguards in a generation means several things, including the closure of a prophetic season and the opening of another. The passing of the type of ministry leadership grace and voice should be highly noted. Elijah and Elisha are two different personalities with unique grace, but we see Elisha receiving a double portion of the anointing upon the life of Elisha.
The anointing is God’s prophetic voice that allows certain things to be done on behalf of the kingdom of God, especially in the objective of redemption. There are certain individuals the Lord had developed and matured in the spiritual ranking to the degree that they have been entrusted with a specific position of influence as Eldership and governmental authority at the gates of nations and continents.
Such an individual has is not just limited to how we conventionally see their gifts; these individuals have become a prince over global affairs as we see them in the book of Daniel. They’ve been shifted and positioned in the realm of spiritual administration in order to advance and execute the judgment of God in the earth. The problem of generalization of grace, gifts, and ministry office due to the abuse of charisma and leadership position has aggravated our spiritual blindness and the lack of honor in the Body of Christ.
As we begin to exit the day of Saul’s type of leadership towards the restoration of the tabernacle of David, one of the things we must learn fast is the ministry of sighting and honoring faithful Elders at the gates. The scripture speaks about 24 Elders that surround the throne of the Father and not 24 gifts.
When our gift matures into the realm of Eldership, we’ve entered into the sphere of governmental authority that can be used to shift times and seasons according to the calendar of heaven, and I firmly believe that Reinhard Bonnke functioned in this capacity even as Evangelist.
There’s no single part of the ascended ministry that is lower and less in quality than another, even though they function in accordance with divine order. Ranking in the ministry gifts is a personal reward of how we respond to the unique dealings of the Father.
The Father is the one who defines our level of obedience to and reward. It is said of our Lord Jesus Christ; this day I have begotten you as a Son. Sonship is the place where we come to in the Spirit of obedience that enhances our gifts to function in a governmental capacity. Meaning, we function in our ascended gift from various levels of spiritual authority.
When we are keenly sighted and knowledgeable and spiritual things, we are open to receive the required training that allows us to receive and function within certain leadership, administrative Spirit that engages the operations of spiritual darkness over realms, cities, and nations.
People like Reinhard Bonnke though functioned as an Evangelist but carried a much mature, governmental influence in the prophetic activity of God in the earth and within the leadership of the Body of Christ. The way the Father used this great servant to awake and further push the prophetic agenda of the Lord of the can only be seen and measured by those who have been spiritually aware.
The inability to acutely reorganize elders and kingdom accessing point [gates of authority] beyond just a functional gift or even office is one of the main weaknesses of the present spiritual knowledge of the many in the Body of Christ, and worst still, amongst professors of the current apostolic initiatives.
Another powerful strategy of the enemy which is part of the narrative of the spirit of Jezebel is the altering of words and their meaning, and I’ll like to highlight this point briefly we before begin to deal with the issue of how Jezebel infiltrate our lives, families, community and society.
Words, language, phrases are some of the most powerful tools in capturing and expressing culture. There’s absolutely no way we can capture the spirit of an Age or civilization without understanding the lingua of such society. Today, new language is be coined while old, relevant words are systematically being eroded, and this is what I’ll like us to briefly consider.
there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning.
11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a
foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. 1 Corinthians
more I look into the scripture in the context of what we are assigned to
represent in the 21st-century society, the more I see a lack of
preparation and almost the sense of total disconnection in terms of awareness
and understanding of the nature of the season.
a sheep among wolves requires a deeper sense of the operation of the Spirit of
wisdom, and being wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove is certainly
operating from another realm of life that gives us the edge to effectively
represent the eternal intentions of the Father is an ever-increasing hustle
nature and character of the days we’ve been brought into demand we are skilled
in all the langue of the Chaldeans, the Babylonians, and the Egyptians, and we
should stop seeing this idea as a foreign idea or unbiblical. As we know, Jesus spoke Aramaic because that
was the language of the day. The big
question we should be asking ourselves is, what is today’s language?
I speak of language, please note that I am not merely referring to lingua
franca but the generation ideological, operating interface within societies; a
manner of thinking that connects people, places, things and even machines in a
manner that allows a general communication and understanding. Every generation
developed and operated through this kind of language they adopted in promoting
certain values, beliefs and ideologies we sought to promote.
ideologies, traditions and captured within the language. Language is the total
sum of what defines our identity.
we can notice, the past three decades or so, the world and its philosophers
have been busy developing a new language that has almost become matured in use
to promote their ideology today but the church has been caught sleeping in
combatting the wrong ideology behind this language.
unique thing we witness throughout the scripture that gave the people of God
the edge to stand out even in times of captivity is their ability to quickly
learn and use the language of their captors as an advantage to advance the
purposes of God. Indeed, language is a
medium of communication. However, we are seeing various forms of communicating
today that goes way beyond two people merely talking. Communication today has
become a very powerful tool to imprint and establish a philosophy that is
weaponized to kill, steal, and destroy.
art of communication has become one of the most lucrative 21st-century
business that yields lots of profit. My point, however, is not just about the
profiting side of communication but to highlight the deliberate war on
destroying the meaning and definition of words, as they are today viewed to
serve the certain narratives and agendas.
is being assaulted from all angles by those whose agenda is to destroy the very
fiber of society and sought to change the order of things redesign. Language
today, has transcended to the level of ideology; an ideology that should
promote certain ‘progressive beliefs’
live in a day where we are constantly being bombarded by various voices,
opinions, and ideologies that society seek to impress upon us regardless of our
interest or not. Unfortunately, many within the community of the Church have
not been adequately sensitized and prepared for these kinds of subtle
Indeed, these voices, when we face them, come across aggressively, demanding we take a side, and of cause, they want us to take their side because they’ve tried to desensitize the minds of many us using phrases the promotes their ideology of the new world order they are trying to create.
spiritual leaders are yet to fully comprehend the nature and complexity of the
battle before the Church, and I do hope this few points will wake us up as we
confront the spirit of Jezebel and other powerful Satanic principalities.
I strongly believe the Father gave the Church the platform of social media to
propagate the gospel of Christ to the lost, and to serve as a melting point to
speak redirection to the disgruntled members of the lost sheep of God. We are yet
to understand that the social media just like other platforms is actually a 21st-century
language we must learn like Daniel and his friends learnt the language of the
Babylonians in other to carry out the mandate of the kingdom.
who are masters of language will determine the direction of society, its
philosophy and economy. Everything today has a coded language that should be
learnt in order to utilize its power or influence. We, as the ecclesia is in
the midst of powerful warfare, and this war is all about influencing other
POWER OF LANGUAGE IN THE DEVELOPMENT CIVILIZATION
of the main reasons countries like America and China are fighting what is
termed as economic war is for the single reason of language. As I said,
languages, which the scripture also refers to as voices, has gone beyond voice
communication to an ideological war that is playing out on every form of system
that made has created to establish his dominance.
other words, those who are skilled in computer language have the edge of power
and influence. Introducing computer program language from early childhood is
necessary and highly critical for any nation or society to service.
of the wealthiest companies today is those dealing with computer language and
pregaming. I have used these points to further stress the point I am making.
world of social media has become a tool to increase the volumes of the voices
and noises to distract many away from the pathway of sound moral
judgement. There is all kind of voices
today that have been empowered and indeed, amplified through the tool of social
media that has brought more confusion and challenges regarding being able to
ascertain what the Spirit of the Lord will have many knows.
we talk about information overload, we are dealing with a reality that has come
to define the culture and structural fabric of today’s society. We are at the
twilight of a new sociocultural revolution; a revolution that is not fought
with guns and sword but with language and what I define as New Age opinions.
the last three decades or so, the English language has dramatically revolved to
the point that the meanings of certain key words that defines our social
lifestyle have been forced to change their meaning, or in some cases have been
reduced to obsolescence. Words are losing
their true meaning, and this is a deliberate act in reconfiguring how we
process thoughts, meaning, intentions, and actions.
agenda of the powers of darkness in this season carries various faces of
expression as we have earlier discussed, all depending on the position of the
battle line they find themselves and the objective they seek to achieve. As we continue to witness the systematic
introduction of certain phrases and words into the society the idea is to
reprogram how we see, process and accept meanings. One of the keyways the enemy can infiltrate
any heart or space is to change the meaning of words, particularly, if those
words expresses certain sense of morality, accountability and demand to
The American society and a larger part of Europe have lost a major ground during the first battle around language in the last three decades, and the loss opened the door for certain ideologies and philosophy to be introduced their society to the point that an average teen or adult today are struggling to comprehend or appreciate the meaning of certain words that ought to give them moral definition and a deep sense of correctness.
Right from the beginning of time, language has played a major role in the development of humans and the desire to build a strong, shared community, and we saw this greatly impressed during the building of the tower of Babel. Every time there’s a need to build a tower of [Babel] rebellion, human always seeks for a common language to implement such a task, even if they have nothing in common with each other. The enemy also play behind the call and support for
unity for as long as such call play towards its diabolic agenda.
Thanks for stopping by to read the concluding article on this subject, I hope it will help to realign your heart to the current emphasis of the Lord, or maybe, reaffirm the things you already know regarding this vital subject.
There are still lots of loose ends regarding our understanding of redemption we need to carefully address, especially in this period, heaven is inviting us to a more ascended, position of governmental authority and representation.
Countless many, as we can see in the word of God and in modern history were defeated by the enemy during their prime days of strength and glory. A very good example of this is that of Rehoboam, Son of King Solomon. The scripture affirms that when Rehoboam’s position as the King of Israel was firmly established with all the fortified cities he had built and the great numbers of armies at his disposal, he and the rest of the people abandoned the laws and ways of God.
It was clear that this king did not understand the principle
of redemption, solidly built on an ongoing, developmental relationships. He thought
he could use God to achieve something grand for himself and the nation with maintaining
a heart of love and commitment to the ways of God. This is the same value system many have
applied towards their relationship and interaction with the things of the
Spirit, and this is the reason why many are struggling to find joy, peace, and righteousness
in their so-called Christian faith.
2 Chronicles 12:1-2
After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel a with him abandoned the law of the Lord. Because they had been unfaithful to the Lord, Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem in the fifth year of King Rehoboam.
For us to effectively present ourselves as accompany of them ready to represent the Father’s prophetic intention for this season, we must close the various gaps of truth, insight, Revelation, and wisdom within the basic philosophy of our spirituality.
Becoming an integrated, spiritual, kingdom entity is a must in our qualification of advancement to the next frontier, and I do believe this is one of the main reasons the Spirit of the Lord is calling our attention to this subject of the salvation of the Soul.
What differentiates David from Saul was where they stand regarding the work with God in leading the people, and how they responded to the voice of God when they were both found wanting. Perfection is never about a sinless life as critically important, we daily press towards a sacred life of consecration, but about how we honestly respond to our sinful acts.
King Saul responded with lies, deceit, and self-glory to the voice of God’s judgment while David responded in repentance, humility, and submission to the judgment of God. These two individuals highlight the configuration of the hearts of those called and anointed by God to carry out an assignment for him. Pride and self-deception are one of the most powerful weapons the enemy has used right from the days of the fall of the first man and his wife in the garden.
To effectively deal with the dysfunctional character, nature
within us, we must be honest, truthful and willing to allow God into every
aspect of our lives. Those who hide behind the term, ‘am a Christian’ without
adhering to the value standard of a Christ-like life are deceiving themselves,
and the enemy loves such individuals.
Apostle Paul, in his
letter to Timothy, who was the resident Elder of the Church of Ephesus,
highlighted this critical point, which is still the main challenge of today’s
Church, which is, the idea that we can replace authenticity with a form. A form
is that which looks like, feels like, sound like, but in fact, it’s fake. This
text speaks of having a form of godliness but denying its power is something
that should seriously concern any true spiritual leader and any serious
follower of Christ.
The form of godliness has almost replaced the authentic,
particularly, amongst spiritual leadership, and this has unfortunately opened
the many lives to the lies of the enemy, particularly in the arena of
spirituality. Many of the messages, teachings, and so-called biblical
initiatives we see being practiced today are nothing but products of forms of
godliness while the power of the gospel of the kingdom is being denied.
This lie has eaten deep into how the majority see and relate
to the salvation’s relationship. There’s a lot of activity to show some sense
of commitment to the ways of God while deep beneath the hearts of this
professed believers this a disconnection. The mismatch in the Church today is a
serious issue of not understanding the nature or function of the operation of
the Soul, which I believe needs to be urgently addressed before it’s too late.
THE COST OF PRESUMPTION
To presume, and generalize knowledge, and the progressive
experience in spiritual subjects is to make one of the greatest errors in the
art of spiritual journey. Spiritual things from biblical perspective are often
not related to formulas. Secondly, when it comes to the issue of Spiritual
maturity, you begin to talk about the reality of kingdom principle and Christ
lifestyle which is alien to what many have come to believe and accept as
Most of the teachings and traditions being practiced in our
Christian gathering and denominations are a clear extension of the refined
Roman-catholic Spirit and Judaism, traditional practice. These two schools of
thoughts are the most influential customs that influence what today known and
called the Christian religion is, and of course, they are not consistent with
what Christ established as his ecclesia.
You must have noticed that this two-main influence, with many others,
carries a form of godliness, but denies the power of right biblical value
A FORMULA OF RELATIONSHIP, WHICH ONE SHALL IT BE?
A formula by design will always give a predicted result as
long as your calculation is defined and precise in relating to your expected
result. However, in spiritual dealings and realities, you can accurately get
all the formulas right and still not arrive at your predictive, expected
outcome. Why? The Father never intends to relate to his body of the earth from
a mentality or perspective of some formulas or laws. Yes, in our early days of the
salvation experience, we might assume that the Father can be related to from a
position of specific formulas.
MY PERSONAL JOURNEY
Example, I could still
remember when I was growing in the Lord, often times when I pray regarding
certain issues of need, I will usually get my prayer answered almost exactly
the way I have requested it. I had somewhat mastered the formula of my approach
to God in terms of what I desire him to do in my life, and to some level, it
seems the Father was playing along in relating to me in terms of this limited,
somewhat religious mind frame I was using to approach him.
I was innocent, naïve, or even ignorant regarding the ways of
the kingdom. Back then, I am not sure if I do understand what salvation truly
means and how to experience the spiritual life within my new relationship with
All I did was an extension of what I see many do around. I
didn’t understand that there’s anything like spiritual development or the right
protocol value of approaching the things of the kingdom. All I understood was
the language of the word of faith; confess it and claim it, and then, a lot of
hype in my praise and prayers; and of course, a passionate sense of worship
without necessarily understanding what I was doing as long as there’s the
result. I was result oriented and not principle and value focus like many
believers back then.
If I can pray the more and worship with more passion, God
will answer my prayers. As you can see, my motive of doing those things was
already predicated on what God can do for me, rather than, doing those things
because I am a son, called and chosen to give glory to my Father who has
already given all things to me.
RITUAL OR SPIRITUALITY?
The unfortunate thing however was, these powerful spiritual principles
of approach back then were taught from a perspective of what I can gain or get
in return for my benefit. Basically, this concept, or idea of spirituality, is
a user-friendly philosophy of spirituality’. Everything is passionately pursuit
if it is going to bring me a blessing, increase, promotion personally, and
prosperity regardless of the alternative Father may have in store for me.
As you can see, the principles were right, but the motives
were utterly wrong. Unfortunately, this is how many are still approaching the
things of God, which is formula based. This is an approach of a slave, orphan
spirit many are still expressing in their spiritual quest. The Father does not desire to deal with any
of his children from this fallen, humanist, religious value. Formula is a deep
reflection of the ministry of the law still operating in our lives.
We are called to journey in the redeemed nature of our Spirit
in a true relationship; a relationship that is born out of trust, faith, and
complete obedience to the ways and life of the kingdom of God.
The term relationship is one of the most abused and
misunderstood words today, both in the body of Christ and generally in society.
And this is a deliberate, strategic plan from the kingdom of darkness to
corrupt, dilute, and desensitize the power and value the word, like many others
within the hearts of men.
WHEN SPIRITUALITY MEANS SOMETHING ELSE
There’s no strategy as powerful as reducing or nullifying the
meaning of something in the public domain until such a thing means something
else from its original meaning of intent. This is one subtle way the enemy has
tried desensitizing our spiritual sight and values, especially in this
contemporary Age. The battle to reduce the meaning of words and discredit the
power of God’s values and philosophy has been ever-increasing warfare in our
We live in a day where truth today is viewed as relative.
People now have the audacity to challenge the truth and value behind every word
spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ. Keeping
the true meaning and intention of words in it’s original, intended, context has
become critical to the objective in maintaining the very essence and value of
The purpose and value of truth are reduced if the words used
in conveying such truth is not clear or understood to be saying what it is
intended for. Therefore, if I say I love you, and you don’t understand the original
meaning and purpose of the word love, you will undoubtedly borrow the general
meaning and value system society uses to measure the value of what I am saying
to you. This is a grave matter that needs those in the apostolic ministry to
clarify, at least this is one of the core objectives of those in the office of
the authentic apostolic governmental ministry.
Words are no more words if they’ve lost their very essence, values, and
RELATIONSHIP, A JOURNEY TO SPIRITUALITY
Therefore, to say that relationship is the very essence of
our spiritual development is a serious statement when we capture the true
essence of the word term relationship from divine meaning and perspective. A relationship is the single thread that ties
the mystery of the Godhead together in that order of perfect unity that makes
them one in three. My point is, there’s more to understand in the very nature
and life of God in relating to relationship than we can comprehend with our
unregenerated frame of thought.
The idea of a religious formula, rituals, and the inscription
of the laws is easily understood from the carnal, humanist frame of thinking,
but God does not live in such a realm. Even when he gave us the law, a type of
formula, was for the objective of schooling us to understand certain
fundamental principles required to build the necessary character values have
been in living in slavery, abusive lifestyle for a long season. It’s more
challenging to manage freedom if one has been in bondage for as long as one can
You need to set specific guidelines and rules in place to
protect those coming into this freedom. Freedom can soon have turned to
self-bondage when the right values and understanding of lifestyle has not been
taught. This is what the Lord did when he gave the children of Israel the
commandment of approaching him and relating to one another in the camp.
The moment we move into the art of living according to his
eternal design, the good, elementary principle of formula and laws no longer
suffices or applies to us because we’ve transited into the lifestyle of the
covenant through the blood of Jesus Christ, for this is the heart of our
calling in kingdom order of relationship.
Back to the point, I was trying to make about the idea of
maturity. I have highlighted all this explanation to make this critical point
that I hope you’ll now be able to appreciate. You cannot presume or jump into
conclusion when it comes to spiritual development and maturity. Therefore, to
assume the fact that you stand shoulder to shoulder with your teacher at
school, or boss at the workplace suddenly makes you equal with them.
Or better still, to
assume the fact that you have the same matured body features and figures with your
parents suddenly make you equally developed as your mother or Father is to
express utter ignorance that can cost you dearly according to the word of God.
Maturity, in particular, spiritual maturity, is not merely
defined by a person’s Age; if your definition of maturity or the respect of
individuals is merely limited to their age gap or material acquisition and
influence in society, then you’ve certainly proven that you lack the knowledge
of basic life principles and the core values that drives human existence.
I see this sense of
disrespect within the body of Christ in the name of spirituality, especially on
social media. If you have ‘knowledge’, such knowledge, regardless of how potent
must function within an atmosphere of humility, honour, wisdom and respect. If
your quest for knowledge exhibit pride and arrogance, you have nullified the
law that makes truth work within your life, and therefore, you will be rejected
from accessing divine things.
The template that gives you the code to access spiritual
Revelation is a template of humility to those who are given the mission of
spiritual apostolic stewardship. Because many have not been taught that
spiritual things operate through the ministry of what could be likened to the
ministry of certain folks within kingdom called gatekeepers, they assume they
can just walk into the presence of the Father to ask for anything in terms of
THE PROTOCOL OF BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY
Spiritual things work through divine protocol and these protocols
work through specific underpinning value systems that interfaces between heaven
and earth. If you lack the knowledge of the ways of the Spirit, you will be
denied access to the ascended life of God, or the things of his kingdom,
especially in a position or atmosphere where there’s a corporate gathering of
There are people within the body of Christ who are designed
over regions to be portals of revelatory access. These elders at spiritual
gates of nations, cities and communities regulate and carefully administrate
the apostolic construction, or prophetic engagements that generally flows into
regions and atmospheres according to heaven’s divine season.
This is the idea behind the Church and the angle position
within the seven nations in Asia minor according to the book of Revelation.
Those churches are planted to regulate the spiritual, socioeconomic, and
political destiny of their cities for Christ. They are the original governing
leaders of their communities.
[AND ARROWS], TURNED [AND RAN] ON THE DAY OF BATTLE.
by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola
Many seemingly mighty and elegant edifice, erected within the minds and around many Christians to behold will be collapsing at this end of days, particularly, from amongst what is presumptively defined as kingdom communities due to their weak, imbalanced spiritual philosophy and understanding.
We shall continue to discover as the new dawn of the days of the Lord falls upon us that that size, weight, and height do not necessarily amount to vision, strength, longevity, capacity, and productivity. The root or foundation we build will ultimately determine how far we go, and how long we shall remain, and this truth has now become a critical focal point as the sound of this present, spiritual advancement begins to lead us to a new frontier.
During one of our recent morning beyond devotional series, I was interested in probing why 22 thousand soldiers, armed for battle were disqualified, having failed the test of their fears and their lack of courage.
I have often used this scripture in Judges 7: 2-3 to reinforce my strong points while I am extrapolating on the subject of kingdom apostolic values and its principles, but it never really dawned on me to view this scripture from a redemptive perspective which is highly critical on the matters of advancing our kingdom mandate in this season.
During this last Easter week celebration, I took the time to do a series of teachings to highlight the importance and meaning of our salvation in Christ, and it’s advisable that we should often revisit this foundational truth even as we go on with the Lord.
The reality is, we cannot exhaust the ascended, revelatory, knowledge infused within the ministry of redemption. If creation is waiting in anticipation for its redemption, the logical reality will be that it’s those who have thoroughly understood the process and working of the various aspects of regeneration within the complex soul-life will be able to effectively and successfully carry out such a complicated task.
The important lesson from these 22 thousand, sandaled soldiers is that It’s so easy to make a declaration that we are taking back the land from the forces of darkness who have invaded our cities and space, it’s a different ballgame to be equipped ready for the warfare of reclaiming our lands.
The bottom line was 22 out of 33 thousand chosen warriors on the way to the battle were sent back home because something that ought to have been part of their default, the footing of readiness as the army of God was not there, hence, they were sent home. What could disqualify you and me in this season of preparedness and enrolment for the battle of the Lord?
I am sure you’ll agree with me that they’ve been times when we’ve assumed a sense of preparedness and readiness for an assignment only for a superior eye to access and scrutinize us, only to fish out of fear, weakness, ignorance, and unpreparedness.
How many times have we been told we are prepared and ready, particularly, from those who we assumed should know better than us; how many times we’ve presumed readiness in terms of receiving the necessary intelligence, training and capacity to engage the complexity of life like becoming a wife, or ready to be a husband and a father?
What about raising children, going into business, taking that position of leadership either in ministry or in some corporate, secular position, only to realize we’ve been disqualified because something regarding our foundational footing and philosophy is not in order?
Redemption does just deal with our initial position of salvation but also addresses the dysfunctional realities within the core structure of our humanity. The ability to identify and accept the various dysfunctional, well-seated, Adamic has fallen believes and characters that have become part of our default operational system of thinking and behaving is a milestone in the journey of redemption.
“The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men with you for me to hand Midian over to you. Israel might brag and say, ‘We saved ourselves.’ Announce to the troops, ‘Whoever is scared or frightened should leave Mount Gilead and go back home.’ “So 22,000 men went back home, and 10,000 were left”. GOD’S WORD Translation. Judges 7: 2-3
One of the most unfortunate things we can accept as followers and members of the Christian faith is to allow the deception of the enemy to shut change, reduce, downplay, or even confuse the core meaning, purpose, and implications of our redemption. 90% of the challenges we are facing today are due to the lack of insightful knowledge of the implementation and impact of the ministry of redemption.
Moving from a presumptive notion to a more precise understanding will allow us to begin the adjustment process in our orientation to sound biblical concept of redemption. We cannot bring light to humanity if our spiritual ideology is out of synch due to a wrong and imbalance doctrinal knowledge.
The re-civilization of creation, according to the word of God, starts from the precise redemption of creation. Redemption [regeneration] is both the footing and the framework of the value worth of spiritual essence and maturity.
Once the foundation of what we define to be redemption is not in alignment with the divine architectural design principles of progressive spiritual development, whatever we seek to achieve or build, including our family values, or ministry objectives will never arrive at the divine intention of God.
This is a day, a season of spiritual breakthrough for us. We are not leaving any stone on turned; we are not giving the enemy any chance within the space of our lives. We want to enter the realm of spiritual breakthrough without hindrance, and therefore, the Spirit of the Lord has led me to pen down this short prayer of confession. I’ve deliberately generalized the prayers; you can personalize it if you wish. This is a timely prayer of self-deliverance and breakthrough. There’s power in your confession and word declaration. Please, pray these words by faith and total trust in the word of God, and you will see the liberating power of the Holy Spirit manifest in your life.
Father in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, we, your people, today declare that we are united with you through the eternal blood of your Son who died on the cross to redeem us from the curse of the law. Because of the new life we have through the virtue of our covenant as joint heirs with Christ, we declare that we’ve been free from every form of bondage and Satanic imposition. We renounce every known and unknown allegiance with the spirit of disobedience. We break the bondage of ignorance, wrong affiliation, and demonic presence within our lives and space.
We are sons of obedience; bearers of the eternal light of Christ, and therefore, we refuse every form of Darkness or Satanic, New Age projections over our life, family, ministry, or community. Your words say, for my people, perish for the lack of your knowledge. Father, perhaps, we have been living in ignorance through certain wrong affiliations, decisions and relationships that may have become open doors for the enemy to gain access into our lives and space.
Today, we ask for your forgiveness, and we confess every wrong action, decision, and connection we have that is contrary to your intention for us; we submit to your leadership and authority. We shut the doors we’ve ignorantly open for the wrong spirit to torment and hinder us from the life of liberty you’ve given to us. We bind our soul to the love of Christ; we yield our thoughts and imagination to the will of Christ.
We accept the good plans of the Father for us; we eat of the fruit of the tree of life that produces righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. We receive the love and mercy of God for us. We are partakers of the good life in Christ Jesus. Our confession is that of faith, hope, and love for Christ and his kingdom. We, as your sons and daughters proclaim the liberty of the gospel of Christ that sets free from every Satanic, occultic and demonic influence.
We rise against the spirit of fear, depression, oppression, insecurity, perversion, manipulation, intimidation, control and abuse. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we are free from the lies and deception of the enemy. For he whom the Son sets free is truly free indeed. I declared that I am free from the spirit of religion, wrong ancestral connections, poverty, sickness and diseases.
Today, we renew the covenant of eternal union and oneness we share with Christ. We confess that we are delivered and liberated from every limitation, bondage, doubt, fear, intimidation, insecurity and lack. Father we declare, may your kingdom come into our live and space. May the authority of your kingdom dominion override every authority or dominion we have ignorantly allowed to influence our lives and space. In obedience, we submit to your love and wisdom.
We, therefore, declare and confess the enemy has no foot whole over any area of our life. We are secure in obedience, faith, and total trust in you. We are free from the influence of wrong words, interference, and negative, soulish people in our lives. We are no longer controlled nor prejudiced by the mistakes, misdeeds, and the wrong decisions of our childhood or teenage years
Our minds, thoughts, and imagination today are freed, renewed, transformed and delivered through the spoken words of life. Yes, we are people birth through the incorruptible word of life and not of death; we are free from the curse of the law of sin and death. We have the life of Christ reside in us, and therefore, we have the penetrating, illuminating light of God residing and transforming us from inside out.
In the Name of Jesus Christ, the name that is higher and stronger than all names and authority in the heavens, on earth and beneath, we declare we are stronger than any Satanic and demonic words sent to cripple us from advancing into the new beginning of the Father for us. We take our place in the ministry of divine governance; we proclaim today that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above all powers, principalities, and wicked spirits. We break into a new day of glorious light, favor and abundance blessing. We are bless and not cursed. We are rich and not poor; we are well and not sick.
We proclaim, no weapon formed or fashioned against us will prosper. We condemn every tongue, words, thoughts, idea, imagination and intentions, designed to harm, frustrate or stop us from reaching our destination. We cannot be stopped because the Lord is our strength, shield and defense. We go forth in the name and authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. We reclaim our inheritance in the name of Jesus Christ. In faith, we take possession of what belongs to us and our family, ministry and community. We declare that greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world. We go forth in the spirit of breakthrough to God’s ordained plan for us in this season and beyond….In Jesus name… Amen.
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.
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.
THE LAW OF THE LORD IS PERFECT, CONVERTING THE SOUL.
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.