PROPHETS AS APOSTOLIC BUILDERS

 

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PROPHETS AS APOSTOLIC BUILDERS.

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

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

 

The church in its inception

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

The teacher

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

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

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

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

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

Prophetic governmental building

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

The difference between pastoral and prophetic function

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

 

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

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

 

 

The core function of the prophetic office

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

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

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

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

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

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PRAYERS BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

BATTLING DISCONNECTION IN THE WORLD OF CONNECTIVITY.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

DIVINE INTENTION IN NATION BUILDING

 Apostolic pattern in engaging the marketplace

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

A PRAYER OF SPIRITUAL RESTORATION

 

 

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BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

THE PROGRESSIVE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

 

 

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

 

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 reasons why Christian cults thrive today

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11 REASONS WHY CHRISTIAN CULTS THRIVE TODAY

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

The power of misconception

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

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

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

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

 

Everyone came to Christ with a formed pattern of thinking

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

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

Context and the coherency of truth

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

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

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

The grand plan of the enemy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hebrews 10: 5

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

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

A truth that is empowers deception

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

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

1 Peter 3:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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