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THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 7

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A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third day ecclesia.

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

Part   7

theme scripture:

Romans chapter 5:1-4

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope

2 Corinthians 4:17

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.

Romans 8:18

I consider that our present sufferings are not comparable to the glory that will be revealed in us.

Job 23:10

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Continuation.

We are almost toward the end of this explicit series on revelatory concepts required to access, and at the same time function within the accepted standard of the kingdom of God. However, there are still some crucial lessons and principles to glean through the life of the patriarch Job.  Job is a pattern that in the scripture that predates the rule of the Mosaic law, and speaks to us of the things yet to be revealed in this season regarding understanding the mystery behind trials, suffering and tribulation. 

It is important that we differentiate between the coming destruction upon those who out rightly reject the truth in Christ, and the process of tribulation appointed for every member of the body of Christ, ordained to refine and prepare us for the glorious appearance of our bridegroom.

To be that church without spot, wrinkle or blemish, we will surely have to go through the crucible of refinement.  In this part, we shall begin to zero into some highly crucial spiritual understanding as we engage the forces that are set in place to derail us from our ultimate assignment of becoming like Jesus Christ, the pattern Son.  

Part 7

 

A principle that predates the Mosaic law

It is difficult for many today to put themselves in the kind of position Job and his family found themselves, Yet, many of these people are the very ones promoting the whole concept of the return of Christ to earth without truly building and preparing the church to finish its assignment.  

We cannot begin to fathom what Job went through emotionally, spiritually and of cause, psychologically as he battled with the lack of the understanding of his wife and his highly zealous, religious friends, who are completely clueless of the transaction between the father and Satan to test the faithfulness of Job.

This transaction literally employed the ministry of Satan’s affliction to test and prove the [righteousness] right standing of Job before his maker.  Not even Job’s opinion was consulted before he was assigned this unprecedented tribulation. Job had no reference to what was going on in his life, nor his family, except that he later knew the father had allowed the test to prove the reality of his goodness, faithfulness and kindness which were all tested to the max. 

The tribulation of Job was pre-law, our tribulation and suffering will be post-law. If we are going to be a triumphant church like that of Job over Satan’s affliction, I am afraid, we must borrow spiritual pattern from this iconic spiritual portal. Learning to embrace pain, suffering, disappointment and tribulation for the sake of Christ needs to be taught again as a criterion for spiritual advance.  This is highly necessary due to the nature of the days we have stepped into.   

The virtue of pain received through the ministry of trial and tribulation, equips and positions us in an ascended quality of a spiritual experience that is precise and balanced, enriched, and fulfilling in the spirit of joy than someone who merely depend on some acquired third party info knowledge of the truth that is yet to be tried and tested through the crucible.

Today, there are so many restored spiritual principles, and values of kingdom truth to the body of Christ, yet, we seldom hear a well-balanced, biblical message on one of the church’s core fundamental pillars in building character stability which is the ministry of suffering and tribulation.

 

Tribulation, our school master

The word of God informs us that suffering is a type of a school master that prepares us for the wok of ministry. As the church regains its position and influence within the global community without compromising its stand for truth and justice, we are going to see and increase aggression against the values, principles, and model the church stand for from the left. Hence, there is a need to be adequately prepared for what is coming ahead. 

Jesus Christ, the son of marry was the earthly agent the father chose to house, carry and represent his prophetic agenda for the redemption of the Jews and the entire creation. However, Jesus had to learn a vital spiritual law and principle that prepared him to perfectly function as a true regent in the earth. Hence, the scripture said, he learned obedience by the things he suffered.

Obedience to the will of the father can only become possible when man’s will have been brought under the governing leadership of a well refined character lifestyle. This is totally impossible without submitting and yielding to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, which comes through total submission to the law of righteousness in Christ Jesus.

Only the law [principle] of the Spirit of life in Christ, not outside of Christ can set us free from the law of Sin and death. Sin and death reigns within the unregenerated soul. A soul whose faculties are yet to be given over to the Lord only give the enemy the right opportunity to influence its desire, passion and will.

We therefore see the Lord, in most cases, put the soul into certain difficult condition or position to cause a rude awakening for us to see things from a different view lens in order to make or accept the right choice, even when the choice may seem to hurt us at the moment but then we know that it will produce the harvest of righteousness. We can pretend to be what we are not without anyone ever finding out, but we cannot lie to God, ourselves and Satan himself. Consequently, our activities, decisions and agenda must be regarded in the light of these three entities for us to have lasting victory.  

As we press into the new day of the 21st century, we have begun to see a drift and shift in direction and agenda of what formerly constitutes as a norm in the past seasons of the church. Whether the 21st century church community is ready or not for the harshness and the persecution of the new, humanist millennial generation, we are certainly going to be seeing an increase in the ministry of suffering coming which in turns will be one of the most important virtues returned to the church as she gets ready to finally ready to engage Babylon.

Prophetically, the church is in the twilight of the last face of its existence from its former weaken and blind position as the day of the kingdom of heaven presses upon the dwellers of the earth. The closure of one age obviously leads to the reopening of another, which in most cases is usually more strong, glorious and majestic, at least from kingdom perspective. However, this truth, is not consistent with the kingdom of men, which we know rises and fall to become even weaker and more ignoble in all sense as revealed in the book of Daniel.  

Please do note, when I refer to suffering or persecution within the community of saints, I am referring to that painful, required dealings and experience every called, sanctified, disciple of Christ is duly ordained to face and go through because they have become a true witness of Christ. We are all called to be Christ witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost part of the earth. This command is far beyond the making of disciples. Being a witness also refers to a position where we bear the pain and assault for the sake of the gospel of Christ.

Make no mistake, some of the seemly unending domestic and family wars and the challenges you are faced with today may just be part of the process of your own tribulation, designed to build character, stability, and understanding in preparation of what you’ve been assigned and called by heaven to represent in the kingdom of God in days not afar.  

The two kinds of suffering

However, it is equally important I make a differentiation between this glorious call of spiritual development through suffering from some so-called ministry of exclusion and piety we see from the roman catholic monks who claim to have given up themselves over to some so-called life of poverty and suffering in serving society.

That’s what the word of God refers to as trying to pay your way through self-righteousness or good works, and this is completely far from what the lord is emphasizing and calling his church to embrace as we press into a day of engagement with Babylon. 

This is a suffering a man called himself into to gain, or find some so-called enlightenment. No amount of penitence or self-affliction can be accepted by the father. For our righteousness are like filthy rags before him. further still, I am not referring to a suffering one gets into because one broke a civil law, or engaged in some ungodly, compromising situation that forces the mighty hand of the law, or some punishment on you.

These are self-afflicted sorrow or suffering if you will. However, there’s a challenge, persecution or tribulation that you’re currently in because of the revelation of Christ and passion to ascended to the mountain of the lord. A tribulation that comes due to your desire to know and please the father through your lifestyle.

A persecution that comes because you stand to be a witness for Christ in a society that is increasingly being hostile to Christ and his followers.  A persecution that comes because you will not compromise the standard of truth in your relationship or at your workplace.  A suffering that is increasingly becoming a true reality in many Christian marriages and families alike today.

When one spouse refuses to stand for truth in support of the other, and continues to stand in the way of the culture of the kingdom either directly or indirectly in trying to break the spirit of the other.  This is becoming a trendy reality in most western, new age society. Marriage has become a powerful [weapon] tool in the society for the promote of secularism which of course, is against any value, principle, or culture connected to reality of kingdom truth.

We live in an Age when men are growingly becoming afraid to be fathers, husband and true men in the workplace according to the natural order, or ordained pattern.  Men are becoming afraid to stand for the values of sound, moral biblical truth because of the fear of reprisals from the government due to the feminist policies set in place.

Suffering for purification

I am referring to the suffering that will lead you to the island of Patmos like apostle john the beloved. I am highlighting the tribulation that befalls you due to your uncompromising passionate love and stand for the reality of kingdom of the father. if we must see the glory of the father in the days ahead of us, then we need to develop a sense of a lifestyle of love, faith, and hope amid the purifying fire of Babylon.

We need to be like Daniel in the lion’s den with a full assurance of the presence of the father, or like Joseph who was bitrade by his own very brothers, yet learnt the heart of forgiveness because he understood that nothing happens without the very approval of the father himself. I discovered that one of the kingdom keys that gave the early church the edge of boldness and authority against the on relentless persecutions, temptations and trials they faced before the religious and political system of their day was their keen, personal, in depth revelatory knowledge and experience of the lord.

The eyes of these men and women have been opened into a in depth life of kingdom reality to the degree that whatever they may be faced in the human realm could not hinder, stop or crippled them from pressing further into the arena of fulfilling their prophetic mandate. They reached a spiritual zenith of knowledge that could not be denied after they each encountered a transforming experience with Christ.

However, this transformation did not start overnight. We do remember that almost all of the disciples who talked and walked with Christ during his earthly ministry at a point could not boldly stand in defense of their allegiance with the lord in his trial before the Sanhedrin, even though they’ve been informed in advance of what was going to happen.

Their knowledge and awareness of how they will deny Christ and be scattered could still not prevent them from compromising when the time came.  We had Peter, who out of zeal proclaimed that he will never deny or leave Christ even though others may. Yet, we now know that peter did not only denied Christ once, but three times, so to open the eyes of peter to something valuable about the principle of kingdom lifestyle that is deficient in his walk with the Lord.

The truth is, peter meant every word he uttered when he said he will not denied Christ. Peter thought that the power of self-determination and assurance was enough to decide in making a consistent kingdom centered life decision. 

Peter learnt that following the lord and his divine agenda cannot be merely built on a self-confidence choice, regardless of how seemingly knowledgeable, determined, or persuaded we may think we are. The father will make sure every strength we have that is not completely depend on him will be drained from us. Every resource we depend on in trying to carry out his prophetic mandate is brought to an end.

Whatever kind of religious or philosophical doorway we might have pass through into what we now call Christianity, our spiritual orientation, or exposure must process through a standard quality of faith experience (the eye of a needle) for everyone to come out on other side with the same standardized concept of truth, wisdom and understanding in the lord. 

Many, up until this hour have built their faith walk and knowledge of spiritual things on some form of external frenzy, or popular religious tradition and beliefs that doesn’t represent the ways and irture of God’s kingdom truth. This kind of spiritual philosophy will not suffice in days to come. We will need more than what makes us feel good and materially confident to step into a season where everything we ever stand for, or claim to be the truth will be challenged to its roots.

We must see the wisdom in embracing the rout the lord has ordained for us to bring us to that place or point of adequate development and maturity for precise representation. While we are highly sighted that what is before may attract temptation, trials and persecution, yet, we should be certain that all of that are ordained by the father so his light can effectively shine through us.

A new perspective in confronting the future

Therefore, out perception to engaging the future is one of a victor and a conqueror, regardless of what is ahead. Hence, this is a refresher note to awaken and further prepare those who may not be informed of the spiritual challenge and quality of life that is ahead of the body of Christ.

As the ecclesia of the lord further approaches a day of increased, advancement of its prophetic agenda across the nations, we are adequately informed of the increased activities of the powers and forces of darkness in using every available system of the world to try to stop, and push back the eternal mandate of heaven.

Whiles there’s a resounding ascendance call unto the mountain of the lord, the church on the same parallel will be facing an increased birth pang in preparation for this glorious day of manifestation of the intent of Christ in the earth. In other words, our assignment to occupy the earth until the lord’s return will be more faced with hostile resistance from the kings and systems of the earth.

Therefore, if we are yet to be trained on how to handle the assault of the enemy, we will abort the process of bringing forth the counsel of heaven by the smallest challenge the enemy throws at us. There’s a critical need to see what the scripture calls, the birth pang as key indicators of what is about to be unleashed through the glorious revelatory ministry of the company called sons of God upon the earth. Yet, if there’s no clear insight with regards to the desired purpose of passing through a season of pain and suffering in the birthing and nurturing of the fruit of sonship discipling within the ecclesia;

am afraid, there will be a relinquishing of the process of this sonship manifestation ministry ordained for representation. It is therefore, adequately important, we start putting into context the present requirements and challenges the church of the lord will face in days ahead as the confrontation of false. Religious, and humanist philosophy becomes a reality within the church.

This is not the time or day to draw back, or retire from these seemingly, endless difficulties and intense trials we are facing. We need to rather see these challenges as the divine standard platform required to process, and build the necessary spiritual skill and muscles as we advance further into the next frontier of our prophetic mandate.

 

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THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Part 3

THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION AND STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third day ecclesia.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

PART 3

 continuation…

The church is changing from the way we know it

One of the most profound dynamics of life is the consistency of development, change and even transformation. Change is required in order to experience the life and power of the new in its entirety. Change is complex, yet, constant in time and space, even when we don’t seem to understand or experience its immediate effect in our lives. Nothing within the confines of time remains the same. Life revolves around the circle of change according to the writing of the preacher in Ecclesiastes chapter 3:1 [There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven].

This is not simply a natural law, but likewise a spiritual reality if maturity must be reached. The formation and establishment of the church were designed in a way that affords it to change as times, seasons, and occasions will require, or in some cases, as the prophetic agenda of the father will demand of the saints.

From the very inception of the church in the book of Act of the apostles, we have seen its operation and development primarily based on the released, or accessed knowledge of kingdom truth from the throne of grace. In other words, the church has been changing and functioning based on what the saints have discovered through its interaction with the ministry of truth, revelation and wisdom as each generation transits and transform its wineskin from one dimension of spiritual knowledge to the next.

The church grows and matures as the information and revelatory insight and capacity of its custodians increases. The laying down of new floors of divine truth in the reconstruction of the church is strictly built on the inner structural capacity of the its elders at the gate to understand and interact with each aspect of the ascended governmental values in its general program of development and productivity. 

We are systematically and aggressively coming to the end of the church from the limited, myopic way we’ve known and defined it from the past. Our methodology of understanding its position, function, influence and authority in the last three to four decades has obviously now become weakened, dysfunctional and obsolete.

A new governmental, structural wineskin is currently being tailored to house, redefine and redesign the next strategic engagement of the ecclesia as we challenge the humanist, sociocultural norms of this millennium. We are beginning to also see the Lord reinforce the core foundations and eternal pillars of the ecclesia in order to hold and stabilize the church from the assault of darkness that will be mounting up against the saints as she presses into a new sphere of engagement in divine initiative and spiritual warfare. 

The unfortunate thing however is that in the very midst of this advance, prophetic, governmental transition, we are still faced with the issue of having a very large population within the corporate community who have little or no knowledge of the life and the operational protocol of the culture of the kingdom of God. 

The tree of life is the access doorway

The lack of the revelatory knowledge of Christ from a well-balanced, biblical footing and understanding has continually weakened the saints from accessing the tree of life, which is the only portal into the reality and spiritual culture of the kingdom of God. Yet, these same individuals can so effortlessly and boldly quote, even to defend the tenants of their various church’s denominational belief values.

The knowledge many have of their spiritual leaders and value system of their various churches, in comparison to the knowledge they ought to have of the word of God, the revelation of Christ, and that of the cultural operating values of the kingdom of God is alarming. Paul said for we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord… [2 Cor 4:5] 

The preaching and teaching of some strange message that glorify self and our little institutions has continued to hinder many from seeing the importance of knowing and embracing the value standard of the kingdom of God which is the preferred standard of lifestyle.  If there’s one critical truth, I believe the Lord is presently declaring and restoring as a fundamental spiritual value standard, is on how the saints can regain in full access, the position and expression of the life the first man lost in Eden.

 

A journey back to Eden

Our journey back to the first state and estate Adam lost, and thus, was cast out of the paradise of God in Eden is a vital truth that is now requiring a high level, advanced, apostolic attention and engagement as we are brought to the border of the season of the restoration of all things. Both the reformation and the equalization of a sound, corporate prophetic sight, and a well-balanced apostolic [wisdom] doctrine in the building and preparedness of the saints in regaining perfect access in Eden has become a high watermark in the current deliberation of kingdom engagement initiatives.  

There is a subtle trend of teaching out there today that merely seeks to maintain the appetite of transition in the wilderness by feeding on manna without truly seeking to bring the church in the wilderness across Jordan, where she is able to re-access [the promised land] Eden. As we rightly saw that it was only two characters, Caleb and Joshua, out of the entire generation the father brought out of Egypt through the apostolic hospice of Moses.

These two icons carry an in-depth knowledge of how to access the reality of the kingdom of God, and of course, the rest of the Israelites who perished in the wilderness also shows us the character norms that will directly hinder and disqualify us from entering the promise Land of the father.

Caleb and Joshua are a type of apostolic pattern that crafts for us the kind of spiritual operating system that allows us to have seamlessly access the standardized knowledge of the will of the father in our corporate migration back to Eden. 

It is critical we remind ourselves of the main objective of why the Lord fed the church in the wilderness with manna less we develop a false doctrine of merely feeding on manna and never access the very purpose of the father for us.

The objective of manna in the wilderness

The scripture said, manna was provided to humble and prove the condition of the heart of the children of Israel, that they may know that man was not designed to live on bread alone but on every word, that proceeds from the mouth of the Father.This scripture seems to be strongly suggesting that the father was used the ministry of manna to purge out a false, prideful, value standard his people had gotten accustomed to in their seasons of slavery back in the land of Egypt.

 Even though manna sustained the Israelites throughout their journey in the wilderness, its mission, however, was to reform, transform and ultimately restore their original identity and dignity as a new spiritual breed, born of the father, with an ascended character [strength] fortitude as the march on with courage in possession of their position and inheritance in Canaan.

Manna was therefore designed to teach us how to trust the father in the spirit of faith, hope and complete dependence on his proceeding word. Manna was to fashioned in us after leaving Egypt, a new spiritual diet, a culture of faith, that allows us to grow and mature the kind of spiritual capacity and competence that allows us to engage the border of the land of Canaan without fear.  

Deuteronomy 8:3

“And He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.

Many of the teachings and preaching’s of the church, and even amongst some of the current apostolic community, only emphasizes on the peripheral gospel that merely seeks to maintain the appetite and pleasure of many who are still accustomed to the lifestyle in Egypt. For as long as there is still room within us to lust and look back to the pleasures of the bondage of Egypt and Babylon, I am afraid, there will never be a true quest and passionate hunger to return to our first original state in paradise.

The maintenance of the people outside the gate of paradise or even the promised land should be vehemently rejected and change for the preferred spiritual diet that enhances the ability and grace to quest for the Lord even in days like ours.  The church has spent too long a time wandering the wilderness of Canaan. We’ve gone pass living within the boundary line of the country of Canaan without the right governmental capacity to repossess.

Embrace the flaming sword of the cherubim

 

This is the time and hour to engage with the inner depth of the revelation of the father’s  love and mercy, as we embrace the ministry of the cherubim as we allow their flaming sword to fall on our flesh that our soul for complete redemption and restoration back to the father who is patiently waiting for us in [paradise] Eden. only those who will pass through the flaming sword of the cherubim will access Eden Again. It’s time to annex Eden again as our eternal inheritance with the standardized quality of faith and revelatory knowledge of the Holy One. 

Eden is where the glory lies, and the only place we are allowed to govern the realities of the earth. It is the place the father promised to meet and speak with us. This is the place and position where the two wings of the cherubim meet in perfect union of grace to function in our assigned ministries. To however access this realm again, we need what the scripture defines as the keys of the kingdom. These keys are symbolic of divine, revelatory knowledge, encounter and experiences in the spirit that allows us to pass through the portal of the gate of redemption and transformation into paradise.

Enoch, the seventh from Adam

The patriarch Enoch, the seventh from Adam carried that technology of divine knowledge to go on with the Lord to the next place of divine knowledge. Enoch restarts and redefined the whole concept of spiritual engagement and interaction as a righteous man found in the seventh generation from Adam.  Every seventh generation, or three of seven generations, opens a new spiritual portal of opportunities for redemption, reformation and even restoration.

The condition of the heart of Enoch in search for the God of his great grandfather unleashed a spiritual experience upon the earth that man has not felt since the days of the first man in the garden.  Enoch, being the seventh from Adam opened a spiritual portal of hope to walk with the lord again in the spirit of an undiluted knowledge and the fear of the father.  

The twilight of the seventh day

As we are witnessing a new portal opening for us to corporately access the doorway of entering the kingdom of God as in the days of Noah, we need to understand the sacredness of this hour and the immense spirit of distraction designed by the enemy to sway us away from this spiritual opportunity.

Friends, this is the twilight of the seventh day. The Spirit of the Lord is speaking expressly

A generation in search for knowledge

Today, we exist in a society that is highly driven by the quest for knowledge to the point of almost worshiping and lusting after it. In fact, today’s 21st century society and its economic revolution is mainly built and driven around what is now known as a knowledge based economy, and it does pay a great high premium of salary to individuals or groups who are known or seen to be intellectually sound and productive in various fields that can seamlessly increase economic growth.

 

Jeremiah 9: 23, 24

 23This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.

24But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!

The church itself is not immune from this sudden crave for some form of a higher dimension of spiritual knowledge that seeks to give her some kind of an honor and reputable position in the society. The quest for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil has been in high demand even from those we thought are the watchers and gatekeepers of the timing and seasons of the comings of God to the earth.   

Having a sense of knowledge is a beautiful and a wonderful feeling for many, especially, when such knowledge finally produces some experience of breakthrough and deliverance from a highly complex spiritual challenge regardless of how such knowledge is acquiredsly to our hearts not to give in to the same distractive plies of the enemy that hindered the generation of Noah from yielding to the prophetic warning voice of what is not yet seen, but assured of becoming a true reality in days of destruction.

Prophet Daniel declared that knowledge will increase in the last days and men will run here and there in search for some form of knowledge in trying to update their well of information. Yet, this quest for knowledge is for self-glorification and preservation. 

Daniel 12:4

But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

 

A generation in search for knowledge

Today, we exist in a society that is highly driven by the quest for knowledge to the point of almost worshiping and lusting after it. In fact, today’s 21st century society and its economic revolution is mainly built and driven around what is now known as a knowledge based economy, and it does pay a great high premium of salary to individuals or groups who are known or seen to be intellectually sound and productive in various fields that can seamlessly increase economic growth.

 

Jeremiah 9: 23, 24

 23This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.

24But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!

The church itself is not immune from this sudden crave for some form of a higher dimension of spiritual knowledge that seeks to give her some kind of an honor and reputable position in the society. The quest for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil has been in high demand even from those we thought are the watchers and gatekeepers of the timing and seasons of the comings of God to the earth.   

Having a sense of knowledge is a beautiful and a wonderful feeling for many, especially, when such knowledge finally produces some experience of breakthrough and deliverance from a highly complex spiritual challenge regardless of how such knowledge is acquired.

 

 

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REVELATION, PERCEPTION AND ITS INTERPRETATION Conclusion

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By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

PERSONAL VIEW AND REVELATION

 

Many, in their zeal and excitement of describing what they’ve perceived or felt in their spiritual journey will usually accept such knowledge or experience to be the literal, general acceptable yardstick standard of spiritual accuracy and development. To the degree that they, in most cases, fall into the trap of measuring, viewing and even interpreting others spiritual life through their one-sided, piggy hole, personal revelatory position unfortunately.

The fact is, some of us, in our personal walk with the lord may have reached certain spiritual zenith or experience if you will, that may even suggest we have embodied some of the greatest depths of prophetic revelatory knowledge, and that is fine. However, we need to constantly remind ourselves at all occasions to put into context and perspective the kind of audience we are relating to. Meaning that the more we can discern the spiritual level and standard of the individual or community, we are interacting with helps us understanding what to share, and how best to convey the revelation we want to share.

 Declaring what you believe has been given to you doesn’t mean you’re wrong, particularly in an era of fast social media platforms. And it should not also be assumed that those who may refuse your persuasion and position of revelation at the ‘moment’ are wrong too.  We certainly all don’t wake up at the same time.

The sun rises earlier in some time zone than other places. This is true with the issue of spiritual development and maturity. This fact doesn’t stop us from sharing with others, the deep things of the Spirit. In fact, our desire is to leave behind the elementary realities of the gospel and migrate further into the ascended realm of transformation in Christ. My point is, while we may pursue the advance dimension of kingdom life, we should never impose that position we have just discovered with others.      

 

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT AND REVELATION.

While our journey towards the zenith of the revelation of Christ, the full status of all truth carries a universal sound of awakening and development. However, the transitional momentum and experience towards such confluence of sound is usually a unique, personal dealings of knowledge and experience that must be respected and appreciated by all. While others may get stirred, motivated and encouraged through what is preached and taught, how they process the information, and relate to the lord in terms of their exposure to the truth they’ve received will ultimately determine their spiritual growth, capacity maturity onto that next level in transition.

Revelation is one of the most beautiful and most important aspects of the dynamism of spiritual growth and transition. The elevated knowledge received through the opening of the mystery of revelation comes with the tendency, if care is not taken, to develop a sense of superiority complex.  The word of God says, Knowledge puffs up, including spiritual knowledge.

This is a highly sensitive and conscious place to be as we move to seek to know and build the designed mind of the father for our day. The desire to want to know things, more so, if they are things that must do with the future, is a quest more Christian and non-Christian alike tenaciously longs for.

 

The fact is, the quest to seek the unknown is what the enemy used in the first place in the garden to seduced Eve to disobey the instruction of the father. That same desire is what the evil one is using to lure many to seek all forms of false portals to gain access into what is unclear to them. Having access today into that which intended for tomorrow gives humans, some sense of security, and that answers the many reasons why millions today have fallen prey to the spirit of false prophetic ministry.

 

As believers and followers of the lamb, it is critical that we understand that revelation, regardless of it’s grand influence, is should never be assumed as the yardstick of measuring spiritual development or maturity. Revelation is a key that grants access to that which is hidden to the natural faculty. While revelation allows, us access into divine things, the condition and posture of our spirit-man, however will determine what we do with such revelatory information.

 

The act of revelation Itself does not determine nor alter the shape of affairs; it is how we understand and precisely execute the revelatory knowledge that produces impact and the desired transformation. Indeed, revelational [truth] knowledge can greatly enhance our process of development in making the necessary adjustments through the divine knowledge accessed, as we apply wisdom and understanding to the decisions we are taking. The part you’ve been shown or given in terms of revelational insight was designed to shift your understanding with regards to the demand of the lord for your growth.

 

Furthermore, the ministry of revelation, which is one of the core arm of the prophetic ministry, is designed as a schoolmaster, assigned to prep the saints on the oracles of biblical spiritual growth and development into the perfect day in Christ. So, when we make statements relating to our spiritual (status) state of knowledge, understanding or experience, regardless of how genuine our expression, we must vigorously seek to effectively communicate such position of truth in a humble, balanced, persuasive, intelligent manner.

 

Our communication of divine matters, including the ministry of revelation and restored truth should always cause our students, audience or listeners to seek to what to learn by appreciating what we are saying in the spirit of grace and humility. This implies that when people hear or read our stuffs, while they admire us, we should never create an impression or atmosphere that suggests we are better and indispensable to the people. While people can enjoy the freedom to respect, honor and even serve the grace of the Lord in our lives due to sacrificial lifestyle they can see in us.

 

 They should, however never be encouraged to think they cannot be more proficient than us in their pursuit of revelation in fulfilling their own given assignment. If our materials or message of faith directly or indirectly shifts the heart of the people to start looking at us as some super spiritual being, we have certainly set ourselves up to fail.

 

While people seek to honor and appreciate us, and in fact, they should do that as often as they are led by the lord. We must, however never suggest the idea of spiritual superiority in our communication and representation of divine things. There’s a need to always try to (display) show how the Lord brought us to that point of spiritual (experience) persuasion and understanding of spiritual things, for this is the chief purpose of the mission of a teacher.

Everything our lord did was reveal to his disciple after the crowd had left. The matters he felt they were not ready for was kept to be revealed through the ministry of the Holy Spirit after his ascension. Our spiritual expression should not be understood as if we are communicating revelatory knowledge with sublime arrogance and pride. We must seek to bring the people up to the next level of the father’s plan for the people and not where we think they should be in our own measure standard of life.

 

 It’s so easy to presume where the people should be because we measure ourselves by other’s standards. Constantly remember that there are three levels of believers and positions in our Christian Faith, and in in fact, all we know and express in our ministry of truth and revelation are also benchmarked by these three levels according to the word of God.

 

I am referring to what Christ called the thirty-fold position, the sixtyfold and of course, the hundredfold dimension which relates to the fullness or completeness of all things in Christ. All that was created in the development of the body of Christ are designed in parts. Your assumed fullness or completeness is only a part of a greater dimension within the body that must fit into its rightful place for the church to perfectly function towards that point of maximum creativity and productivity kingdom community.  It is naive for a community like the Corinthians church to be engaging in ideas of the second coming of Christ amongst themselves while they are just beginning the process of developing and integration as a community being commissioned to interpret the prophetic purposes of the lord for their region and time.

 

 

AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH

Those called to be leaders and role model in the current advanced emergence of kingdom order, must develop beyond the mere preaching and celebration of the revelation to its intended, precise position of strategic implementation. It is biblically clear that revelation is for personal development and corporate edification. Yet, the implementation of such given (truth) revelation becomes highly relevant when it can make contact and impact through the domain of its carrier to the society.

 

A revelation that does not produce the creative life force of growth, reform and transformation within and outside our immediate environment needs to be reconsidered of its source and authenticity.  Heaven centered revelation as seen through scripture must make contact and impact with the earth in a way that attracts the attention of the people of the world to a new standard and position of kingdom lifestyle.  Our lord Jesus Christ as we know, was, and he’s still is, the embodiment of all spiritual insight and revelatory knowledge. He is the Revelator and the revelation. Still, his life and message was felt in the corridors of political and economic powers of his days.

 

The entire Roman Empire system knew him. They recognized his authenticity and influence without raising an army or sword to fight. If truly, the revelation given to you has become flesh, it will progressively and naturally transform your world and environment without effort. It’s amazing how today’s church loves running with powerful kingdom truths that are yet to develop and transform us internally.

 

We revel in sharing what we’ve seen, and that’s good, but not good enough if we are going to represent the affairs of the kingdom. It must be that which we have seen, touched and our hands have handled having been with him on the mount. That is a true reflection of the force of an ascended life. The word became flesh and dwelt among men, and we beheld his glory…

 

After the encounter of the revelation at the upper room, there was an immediate contact with the religious system of the day that attract the attention of Roman Empire leadership. Authentic spiritual insight or revelation must be transformed into a viable, creative nonresistance force that attracts the nations into the field of the lord’s harvest. The big question is, are the nations beholding the glory of what we are today declaring as a revelation today? Something to think about.

 

THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH, A GOOD EXAMPLE

 As insightful and matured the Corinthians church seem in chapter 1 of Corinthians, one would expect this church to also be a community of peaceful, united, corporate community, pursuing the grace and life of their corporate assignment in the spirit of matured understanding. Unfortunately, it’s not so, as you begin to read chapters two and three further, you start to see the childishness and immaturity of this community.

 

Suddenly you get the sense of how far they are from what was depicted in chapter one as well spiritually developed community. I use to know folks back in my teenage days as a zealous Christian in separate search for anointing and revelation. In those days, there was a sense of deep respect and admiration for anyone who seem to have in depth knowledge and insight into the word of God.

Young fellow will spend there to school fees or their incomes to buy Christian literatures. Others, like me, who seem to have a partial understanding of a calling will go for concordance, commentaries and theological materials just to polish my spiritual insight, and I can tell you that it was enjoyable. Nevertheless, the purpose of this seemingly wonderful spiritual request was to prove a point to others that you’re the best. Thus, while people listen and applauded what was coming out of my mouth, my heart was taking the glory. The exercise was never truly designed to bring glory to the lord. It was all about competition. This is the same thing I see today amongst many leaders. While they are articulating the right things in terms of what is expected, their hearts, however are seeking to take the glory.

 

 When need to understand that the mouth can say all the right things while our hearts does not truly engage in the spirit of truth to want to see constructive change. A word that is yet to affect us cannot transform the listeners regardless of how finely fitted our lingual expression. Revelation is not simply about the use of words to communicate something we believe has been given or shown to us. Truly revelation is called to see and experience that which is behind the veil of human understanding to adjust our lives to fit that heavenly pattern.

 

 Therefore, seeking to understand what we’ve seen is a critical component of being custodians of the ministry of revelation. Making ambiguous statement, more so in our spiritual stands only without a standardized balance of a guiding doctrine, complicates the primary objective of the purpose of communicating our faith and hope which is to ultimately bring edification.  If we effectively communicate our spiritual position with the purpose to educate, reform and transform, we will eventually edify and build up the body into fullness in all things in as we convey revelation guided by the character quality of the fruits of our regenerate spirit.

 

 

 

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REVELATION, PERCEPTION AND ITS INTERPRETATION

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INTRODUCTION

The most elementary, basic definition of the word revelation means to reveal or to unveil. Elohim, from the dawn of time has made the ministry of revelation his primary assignment. Creation itself is the very revelation of the father’s creative character nature.

Due to the deepest, hidden character nature of the father’s existence, he chose to create, formulate and express his own very nature through the creation of the first man in Eden. When he said let us make man in our own image and likeness, that was one of the most powerful and amazing declarations in the word of God that proves the ever-willingness of the father to both show and express his unveiling nature and creative wisdom.

 

It is obvious that Eden was not the genesis of all the creation of the Godhead. Eden however was the beginning of the introduction of another dimension of his character essence through the introduction of man. That which once lived solely in one dimension of eternity can now be seen or even accessed through the creation of man.  The conception of man in the garden of Eden was the beginning of the revelation of another dimension of the glorious, majestic, powerful nature of the father’s sovereignty over all things.

 

Man, was, and is still is the mystery that conceals and unveil some of the deepest secrets of the nature of the Godhead, and it’s for this reason it is said that eternality is (hidden) placed within man. Deep within the spirit of the regenerated man lies one of the most powerful spiritual realities and characteristics of the very essence of God, the creator of all things. Everything about man speaks and breath the very life of his creator. Man, is the seed of God, manifested in fruit of the character essence of his creator. The more man learns his place and substance in his creator, the more he can discover and recover from his fallen position from grace.

 

MY FOCUS

My focus, however, through this short note is not on the nature or purpose of revelation, but on how it is perceived, interpreted and misused in the vast community of saints across the globe today.

My intention is to therefore distinguish between the various understandings that guide and lead us to assume and prematurely conclude on the issue of personal revelation, which is today causing a major problem within the corporate community life of the church.

 

DEFINING REVELATION

Revelation, by nature, deals with issues and events that are both within the confines of time and outside of time. Revelation is designed to bridge two realms and worlds within the life of a redeemed person. Revelation is a sneak-view into the magnificent mystery of the life of Christ that is a living, embodied testament of an unfolding event that is already fulfilled within the characteristic life of the ministry of Christ in eternity.

The ministry of the (that which is revealed) mystery of Christ is the most eminent of all courses of knowledge and uncovering. There can’t be nothing higher or greater of either spiritual, academic or scientific than to possess a pure revelatory knowledge of the ascended Christ in his full glory. Nevertheless, this eternally fulfilled life in Christ must first become a working process of redemption and devotion in time for the union of what is already fulfilled to be completed in us.

 

Revelation is a continual process of an unveiling finished prophetic destiny of humanity and creation, carried out by a remnant generation, worthy to be chosen to participate in the birth and the fulfillment of the mysteries of the father, as seen through the exemplary life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of Mary and Joseph.

 

COMPREHENSION AND REVELATION

 Our understanding and interpretation of revelation must precede beyond the confinement of what may have been suggested to us by various school of thought and opinions, or better still, by what may appear to be the obvious interpretation of the answer needed within our own limited definition and understanding of knowledge, and I am referring to spiritual knowledge.

Since the comprehension of revelation or other forms of spiritual reality is an integral part of spiritual development, then it is assumed that anyone given access into divine reality will vigorously seek the deepest and most precise meaning and interpretation of what has been shown. This was clearly seen through the engagement of most of the prophets in the word of God. A good example is Zachariah, Daniel and John the beloved on the island of Patmos.

The upgrade of our Insight and perception into the character nature of sound, biblical spiritual foundation must then give us the precise footing and framework in both approaching and growing to comprehend with the objective for accurate interpretation of the given revelation. This, of course, must be done within the context of both the scripture and what has been communicated to us through the vehicle of revelation. How well informed in the matters of sound and balanced biblical doctrine and the maturing of the spiritual template of the recipient spirit-man, in relation to the character quality of the Spirit described in the book of Isaiah chapter 11:2 will ultimately determine the degree or intensity of the accuracy of his or her interpretation.

 

A PERSONAL VIEW OF REVELATION

It’s so easy to describe and even paint the image of a view seen from a (elevated) point or dimension without the necessary awareness of higher heights of the same mountain. There’s no doubt that this same view reality defines how most Christians experience and apply their dimensionality (revelatory) insight of a truth received as the yardstick standard in measuring their own growth or worst still, the spiritual level or position of others.  Cast your mind back to the amount of time you’ve been in some sort of argument or quarrel with another believer based on the issue of revelation, or better still, what you believed is the truth that should be emphases. I can confidently state that the major battle taking place today within the body of Christ is that of revelatory acceptance and practice.

 

We struggle and push each other to accept our own side of the story without considering maybe there’s a greater depth to what we’ve received.  We long for people to understand and believe what we are so certain the lord showed and gave to us on the mountain. Many of us have made enemies of our own brothers just for the fact that they cannot understand or receive what we believe to be our momentary truth.  The war over truth is now one of the fiercest battles of all times. Some today, who have taken the position of determining what is truth or not, seems to be lacking in some of the basic character qualities of the fruit of righteousness needed as the template that formulate the nature of the truth they claimed to be representing.

 

In other words, we can claim to have what may be termed as revelation, but yet, not necessarily displaying the necessary transforming lifestyle of the ministry of kingdom truth that judges and holds the basis of our revelation.

 

REVELATION WITHOUT FRUIT

 

Some of the company of what may be recognized as the prophetic apostolic reformation is becoming more of a spiritual elite club that only allows a particular kind of individuals who exclusively believe and accept the doctrine and dogma of such groups. I sometimes wonder what would have become of my own fate and that of millions, if the father had left the benchmark of spiritual growth and attainment to the hand of few ‘spiritual elites’.

 

Spiritual elitism has become a major challenge among many today, who claim to be seeing and representing the new spiritual shift and standard within the apostolic reformation company. There’s absolutely no question that we are during one of the glorious days of the lord, since the advent of the ecclesia over 2000 years ago.  Seasons of refreshing have been witnessed across the globe. Still, a far more glorious day of the lord is now upon us that requires corporate development and mutual understanding of the ministry of ascending truth.

 The church has witnessed some major growth and development since its inception, and we are near to witness again a more powerful movement of the redemptive prophetic program of the father across the world, and all this will take place because someone hungry enough of the things of the Spirit will be given access into a dimension that can shift and impact realities in the natural realm.

When we tap into dimensions that allows us to see what heaven desire to birth and model in the world as a true reflection of the father’s purpose and will, his kingdom becomes even more and more visible in the earth. The increase and flow of the ministry of revelation, particularly that which holds a rich sense of prophetic initiatives and engagement, usually comes with a touch of excitement, mostly where there’s little or no sense of balanced knowledge and wisdom to absorb.

 

MISINTERPRETATION AND REVELATION

More so if the received revelation is immediately associated with prioritizing training, skill, preparation and of course, maturity for precise representation. This wonderful sense of preparation and readiness are in most cases, misjudged due to a misinterpretation of the time or season of the fulfillment of the received revelation, which usually leads to a fictitious sense of expectation.

When revelation is mixed with a sense of preparation, steadiness, consistency in the lifestyle of truth appropriation, this development will eventually bring to bear the ministry of fulfillment. There’s certainly no doubt of the fact that ninety percent of the challenges currently being witnessed in the body of Christ are associated with the issue of revelation. Think of how many times we hide behind the word revelation or ‘God showed or told me’ just to get even with those who hurt us and release a relationship we encounter no longer befits us.

USING REVELATION FOR PERSONAL AGENDA

Since there’s no monopoly to revelation, and there are very few biblical values being taught to help us accurately judge what brethren term as revelation, we have continued to witness confusion and chaos, so much that the sacred ministry of truth and revelation has become one of our best vendetta machinery to settle lots of unresolved issues among ourselves, and this has continued to hinder and weakened the maturing and manifestation of the fullness of Christ life within the body.

In my strongest view, that which we are seeing today in the name of revelation amongst the saints is not a true reflection of the kind of fruit that matches the divine, biblical measurement of the ministry of revelation.  There’s so much noise of what is expected, but less fruit. Many have perfected the act of identifying what the kingdom looks like or should reflect. But very few have (entered) accessed the realm of the kingdom life to accurately model and display what the kingdom truly is. We are still stock in the realm of our first day knowledge of the matters of the kingdom. Yes, we’ve been born again filled with the Spirit, but our conducts and level of understanding still proves that we are among the first and second day of the outer court activity of the kingdom life.

 

To be continued.

 

The Unfolding of a new day

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The Unfolding of a new day

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

There’s an unfolding of heaven upon the earth in this new day. As the glory of this new day dawns upon every facet of the ecclesia’s life, the hearts of kingdom sojourners must become even more circumcised and pure so they may walk circumspectly in the present unfolding truth that will cause them to become what wisdom has eternally destined and designed them to become in time.

We are now being awakened to take our eternal seat within the heart of the father as he shows us the mystery of the glory that now shines through the face of his Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Sonship is a dual [citizenship] dimension; a position and location within the administrative life of the government of heaven and earth that administer the very nature and intended dominion of the father’s kingdom over the individual who bears the message, and then through his or her life, to all sphere of life within the universe.

Sonship is statue in Christ higher than thrones, dominion, powers and principalities. Sonship, a life that only manifest after one has embrace the ministry of death and the resurrected life of the cross. A life that is imparted through the revelation of the ministry of Christ sufering and glory. Christ the anointing, the key that quickens the glorious ministry of representation as priest and King upon the mountain of representation.

Our spiritual act of service is now enabling us to see what eternity has offered us as the opportunity to trade the past glory of yesterday for a glorious position of what is being unveil through the glorious life that is concealed in the three of life.

Time is a moment given to us to show our worth in the suffering of the cross. The cross is the place and point of upliftment before the father and over the system of the world. without the expirience of the cross life, there can be no expirience of the ascended life of the father.

It is in the place of the cross that we truly discover the eternal hope prepared for those who have become worthy of the resurrected life through their obedience of laying down on the altar of sacrifice like Isaac submitted his soul to the will of his father.

Until we have truly learned to completely submit our soul and its entire faculty to the obedience of the will of Christ, we will not be allowed to eat of the produce of the three of life. Stepping into the place where we can start to know and experience the power of the coming age demands that we totally yield ourselves to the purifying process of the lord’s fire.

It is through this fire that we can see and walk in the reality of the glory of the master. The flame and the cross are the current instrument given as approved agent of the Spirit of truth and faith. When they introduce you to issues and circumstance that seem as if they are going to kill you or the assignment given to you, you need to be assured of the fact that they are only the machinery heaven uses to deactivate the old man and its ways in you.

When the old man and its action are completely brought to the foot of the cross, then you are ready to be reactivated in the ascended operational life of the Spirit of wisdom over the kings and system of this world.  It is through the cross that we lose the false identity Babylon has given to us to want and need outside the tree of life. Many have mastered the ACT of Christianity and its rudements while the life of Christ is yet to be birth and formed within them.

Now and then, we meet and see those who claim to have been called into the ascended ministry gift yet their entire life system completely negates what the profess. We still see those who seem to have mastered what many today call the present emphasis of the father, but the smoke and fragrance of their life, gives them up, because their heart agenda speaks of a foreign god. A spirit that has mastered the language and utterance of Christ kingdom and its administrative prophetic and apostolic grace is a denger to the camp. for these are wolfs in sheep cloths.

A life that has deluded many to believe that when a person can speak with persuasive and enticing words, and he or she is able to pull the mass towards certain direction or doctrine, they must be called and approved of the lord.

When the work of the father is not completely wrought in a life, and such a person meets an opportunity to take up certain activity within the community of the ecclesia, such an assignment does not only make the person prideful, but also become delusional in the act of handling and dispensing spiritual gift to the degree that the person literally become a powerful tool in the hands of the enemy to corrupt the life and flow of the Spirit within the community.

The residue mixture of their former (carnal) identity, carried over into the Christian community without embracing death has got these fellows even more deluded to think it is enough to have scriptural knowledge, prayer, fasting and prosperity as the sign of approval by the father. When we become captured in the life and ways of the Spirit of Christ, we become totally illuminated to see ourselves in the true reality of our eternal position and location in Christ who has become all things to us.

The more we behold his eternality, the more we realize our own eternal identity, and so we can be the faceless and limitless saints we like the wind that cannot be tamed or hindered by the forces of the earthly forces. The operation of existence is changing daily as the reality of our new created position in Christ becomes even more real to us.

There’s a construction going on within you that is establishing the edifice of the father within. We are now being revealed to the foretaste of that which will be made known in the father and elders in the new Jerusalem.

When we begin moving in the power of the eternity, we start living beyond the boundaries of time, pace and mater. The weakness of the flesh will lose its grip over us until immortality finds expression through our mortality. The activity of the Spirit is eternal by nature and design. Thus, the (ministry office) face we wear is basically for identification and administrative function.

Our position and location in eternity far outweigh whatever grace of ministry we may receive or have experienced. There’s a realm beyond the church. Therefore, a position in Christ awaits us far beyond the mount of religion and activity of the ecclesia.

The ecclesia is a function of an administrative order of the Saints. We cannot effectively administrate what is still to be fully formed in the order and pattern that can truly represent all of the glory of Christ house.

We are being called to look away again from that which has become known and defined as the church but has not been built or firmed by Christ himself. The church is the governmental life of God flowing out of Christ through his representative.  If we are representing Christ on earth, everything of our lives, right from our personal behavioral construct, to our marriages and businesses should be a living witness of the glorious beauty of the Ekklesia.

Those who in the past saw a side of the movement of the lord, and tried to identify it by calling it the church are becoming forgotten in the shadow of today’s ascended standard. The glory of this new day, which is the beginning of the journey of man from time back into eternity will continue to shake and shift the landscape of earthly dwellers.  Now is the time to move up to the mountain of the lord so you can have stability in the rock of all ages.

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a refresher of the Christian faith concluding part.

 

THE POWER OF CHIOCE

a refresher of the Christian faith

concluding part.

 

THE POWER OF CHOICE

The redemption story.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

 

Understanding the sin tragedy

 I used to make this statement that we can never get to fully understand the gravity of sin, or what it did to the human nature until we precisely identify where man fell from, and what man fell into. Man fell from the position of glory according to the scripture, and we can identify that man also fell into himself. Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; The self-life, which eventually leads to judgement and destruction is what man inherited by yielding to the voice of the serpent.  Man wanted to be wiser than he already his. Adam was not satisfied and secured in who is and what the father has deposited in him, so he opted for the false counsel of Lucifer

The meaning of dominion and authority

Regardless of how we are able to exercise power and authority over things and others, if we are however unable to use such authority to restrain or constrain our own inner desires and appetites, we will eventually fail in our relationship with God and man. The dominion given to Adam was to start with him being able to subjugate (his will and desire) himself under the dominion and authority of the father.  Exercising restrain and dominion over our personal lives is the highest degree of spiritual government and maturity.  Our ability to exercise spiritual authority means nothing if we are unable to submit to the authority of God, regardless of the need.

The test of moral virtue

The test of Adam’s moral virtue and authority was to prove to himself and the powers of darkness that he is better than Satan and the fallen angels. It was clear that the lord was not attempting to tempt Adam by creating these two special trees call the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam, like the rest of the sons of God were created with the power of choice.

The ability for Adam and the rest of the sons of God like the cherubim and seraphim to have the ability to freely choose to serve and worship the father is of the greatest decisions the father made in the expression of righteouness and soverignty. This, of cause, was how Lucifer, Son of the morning was able to persuade one third of the angels to follow his rebellion against his creator.

The opportunity we all have

Adam’s opportunity to choose the instruction of the father was not really design to merely test his allegiance or commitment in obeying the will of The father, like many theologians and spiritual leaders have suggested. No. The power of choice was given to him to prove to himself and the rest of creation, including Satan that he has developed his ability to restrain himself from whatever form of temptation he may face. The word of God clearly state that the lord cannot be tempted by evil nor does he tempt anyone by evil. We are only tempted when we are dragged away by our own lust.

 

James 1:13-14   Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Let’s not forget that Adam and Eve were not only created in the image and likeness of God but that they constantly enjoy fellowship with the father, so one would naturally assume to think they would swing their choice to obey what they were told regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Nevertheless, it was not so. Man chose a different pathway. A pathway to follow a self-driven inclination contrary to the desired will of his father.

Adam’s self-centered choice

He made a choice to listen and follow the lustful and deceptive voice of the fallen of the arch angel by submitting to his already persuaded (wife) soul. The choice Adam made on that day brought him to the place where him and his wife were cast out of Eden. Every nanosecond of life is stirred and driven my choice. Whatever choice we make, will ultimately determine the direction and outcome of your life, and that of many within and around our world.

We cannot live life without choice. Yet, choice must be made from a well of knowledge that exist beyond the confined of the immediate needs and desire of our lives. Adam made a choice by listening to his selfish desire that lead the whole of creation into bondage.

The power given to us can only be effectively used as believers, if we learnt to relinquish our will, the place of choice making to the wisdom of the lord. While many will be concern about sharing some big revelation about Easter. I would rather take a simpler, but yet, a profound view to examine the question of how our choice affect our entire existence in this season.

 

Easter, an opportunity to retrospect

The revelation of Easter is the life of Christ, and the choice he made to pay the ultimate sacrifice for you and me and the entire human race. Easter is not about some religious dietary tradition not to eat meat, or more so, to follow some Roman Catholic Church dogma. It has always been the plan of the enemy to distort truth for some old wife fable. I still do remember asking folks back then when I was still pastoring, could you give me a bible reference to the whole issue why you must only eat fish on Easter? While people may say, well, it really doesn’t matter.

After all, it’s just a day’s event. what difference does it make? The issue however is, if you can choose to follow a popular tradition that carries no biblical truth or value, that already speaks volume regards to your faith quality. this note is addressing the issue of choice. If you cannot make choice about little things or what seem innocent, how can you make the right choice when it comes to the issue of life and death, or the advancement of the kingdom of God.

The choice Jesus made

Jesus Christ chose to come to earth, living his glory to die for you is not a church nor societal tradition. That is the most important reality that will under-guard the rest of the choice and decisions you will ever make in life.  And if you’re not sure of what you believe, it’s becomes very easy for you to be easily deceived or persuaded by anyone to follow what they believe. The death of Christ on the cross was to completely destroy the sin nature and everything that comes with sin so you can walk in the reality of a new culture, tradition and the power of new identity in Christ kingdom.

The questions you must ask yourself

Having said this, the question you should be asking yourself is, to what extent has the revelation of the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the cross affected and changed your life and world perception.  Secondly, to what degree of the choice of Jesus Christ transformed your narration and understanding of his unfailing love caused you to love others, and live a life of true kingdom representative.

While some of us may be basking in the beauty of being called a Christian, or even serving in some local church community. However, to what degree has the revelation of Christ reformed your life to the extent that your lifestyle is completely reformed and transformed for Christ glory. Have you genuinely decided to follow Christ and the ways of his kingdom, or are you merely going through some religious rituals call Christianity?

Please note that your purpose of serving Christ is to daily follow his voice and will, even at that the seemliest complex and difficult situation. The truth is, if you are merely pretending to be a Christian, when the enemy comes to test your faith or power of choice then you are going to realize how you’ve played the fool. Adam could not be found truly faithful, even though he had power, authority and dominion. He lacked the restraining strength to say no to his appetite and of cause, the enemy.

The ancient war is still the same today

The ancient battle Adam faced in the garden is still the same today. Regardless of the race, position, culture or belief, you and I will be faced with the decision of making the right choice, and the choice you make will determine the next cause of your life’s outcome. The irony is, no human being without the transformed nature of Christ living in them can make the right choice. No matter how hard they try to be considerate and thoughtful in their decision, there would always be that element of human limitation.

 Addressing the ability to choose right

One of the reasons why Christ died on the cross is to help us deal with this weak condition of choice making. The book of Romans chapter 7 shows us the degree of this human weakness and chapter 8 showed us how to eventually walk in freedom. This condition has been inherited through the carnal nature of the first man. However, the second man,who is also known as the last Adam has now given us another opportunity to be rebirth from that carnal nature inherited in Adam.

1 Corinthians chapter 15 gives clear insight into the principle of the exchange of our nature. Ephesians chapter 2 and 3 further informs us how this spiritual transaction took place, and how we can actually transit from the old nature into the new man in Christ. It is from this new position of a higher superior life that we can make quality decision that will positively change and transform the narrative of our past life.

Believe me, like I said earlier, this is not about you mere saying you are a Christian while you know deep down in your heart that you’ve actually not truly committed your soul-will and desire to Christ. The lord cannot be mocked. The fruit of your life will always speak to you personally about who is in charge of your life. Being born of God is not a child’s play or game. This is not some trendy thing happening today; this is the very demand of the father for all of his creation if we must enter his kingdom.  No one can truly please him or make decision that will positively impact his family or community without the Indwelling nature of Christ.

My commendation

So recommit your desire and ways to Christ, and he will give you the grace and strength to make the right choice for him. Be determined to follow him to the end and your life will be filled with joy and peace. It’s time you start ascending in the revelation of Christ. Don’t ever forget that these principles are the portal to walking in the life and power of the second man, the last Adam:

Crucifixion, death, burial resurrection and Ascension.

Peace to all those who love to see the appearance of our Lord in their fresh and this generation.

Kingdom Oriented Prayer Foundation 

  

KINGDOM ORIENTED PRAYER FOUNDATION 

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola 


Isaiah 55:8-9


8″For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9″As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. NIV

Both the revelational insight and guiding instruction within this introduction of scripture underpins the progressive value standard and principles we will glean from, as we embark on the journey of finding the mind of the Spirit, as we approach the seemly shrouded subject of prayer.

 In my strong view, this scripture is one of the most profound utterances made by the father himself, as he brings his chosen people to the portal of eternal truth that will ultimately usher them into that position of gaining illumination and mastery over the challenges of their migration and corporate development.

Finding the preferred position of divine approval in effective prayer devotion is not the only challenge today’s church seem to be facing, but further more, is the issue of the continuous disconnection with regards to understanding and accepting the required spiritual standard and pattern for approaching, finding and accepting the will and purposes of the lord.

Another issue we see as a major hindrance to the maturity of the body of Christ, in particular to the ascended ministry of prayer, is the issue of trying to combine sound biblical pattern of prayer with what we’ve learnt and accepted as the truth through the years of being influenced by a highly humanist, religious or false cultural belief system.

 Unfortunately, there is no place nor room within the church or the kingdom for accommodating or combining some form of ‘higher knowledge or wisdom’, sourced from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil with the Christ-centered knowledge. All of God’s intent and desire, regardless of the sphere of existence are embedded within his thought, and expressed through an holistic biblical foundation. 
And we do know that only a determined company of believers willing to journey deep into the father’s heart via the ministry of the Spirit will find and execute those thoughts effectively.  In other words, the only way we can correctly pray or intercede for others is to first find the father’s intention before the tool of prayer is applied for execution. 

It is important that we keep in focus that one of the primary assignment of prayer is to first reveal to us the father’s will, plan or intention before we step into the realm of utterance and execution. Divine instruction must emanate from its true source, which is deep within the thought realm of the Father.

The thought of the father, according to the scripture is a mystery revealed through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the priestly life of a believer. Who is he that knows the mind of the lord that he may instruct him, yet we have the mind of Christ. The Indwelling reality of Christ truth in the heart of a believer gives him or her an unprecedented access into depth of an ascended reality in understanding how to pray or deal with any issue from whatever realm of approach. 
However, the lack of knowledge or the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit in a believer or the corporate community has prevented us from taking full advantage of the resource to pray effectively and strategically. 
When he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will reveal and guide us into all truths. He will take of mine and show it to you. In other words, until the spirit of truth comes to shed light into those deep complex issues of life, we may not be praying according to the divine direction that will lead us to that place of lasting freedom. This is where prophetic grace is required even in the place of prayer. 
The ministry of revelation is the sole responsibility of the prophetic anointing in the life of a believer. Effective praying has to do with what is revealed first to us through the development and interaction with the balanced prophetic word ministry. Secondly, it has to be built on strong passionate relationship foundation with the Holy Spirit according to John chapter 16. 
Praying effectively and accurately must employ the various dimensions of the ministry gifts. The place of words of knowledge, wisdom and discernment with a solid combination of the fruit of the redeemed spirit are all footing that enhances our prayer foundation.  The revealing of the mind of the father is an express combination of the ministry of Christ) the word and the Holy Spirit. 
The Holy Spirit guides us into all revealed truth that allows us to effectively pray and intercede according to the desired intent of the father.  We today live is a society that have filled our hearts and thoughts with strange ideas and opinions to how we should view and approach life.  The standard of the lord is no longer what defines values and principles of living even among so-called prophetic apostolic company. There’s so much of activity and preaching around the kingdom of God, while very little however is seeing or done in terms of cementing core kingdom values and Principles into the daily lifestyle of the greater Christian community. 
The church today has become so accustomed to listening to what may sound like the truth without necessarily desiring to live and abide according to the ancient biblical values. There are (philosophies) thoughts and values we’ve imported into the house of God that has totally derailed many from the apostolic pattern of true Christian lifestyle.  As we examine this subject, I am sure you will agree with me about different aspects of life we’ve allowed strange ideas and thoughts to override the biblical standard designed for such area of existence. 
From how sin is defined to how we should conduct our lifestyle, to the patter of worship and service have all be changed to man’s opinion today. Not only are we seeing the world challenge the standard of the Lord, we are unfortunately, seeing the church also systematically changing what is deemed as difficult values in the word of God to a more soften standard to accommodate various communities. 
The truth is being cast out of the churches in the name of showing Christ love and being friendly to the lost. There is a divine pattern ordained by the Lord for everything we are expected to know or carry our behalf of the kingdom of God on earth. 
How to pray, and what should be the content should be what is sourced from the thought realm of the father and we are giving access to that realm if we seek diligently to know it. It is the glory of the father to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings is to diligently search it out. This is where kingdom centered prayer starts and ends if you ask me; the concealing and the unsealing of the mysteries of the father.

We know that the thought realm is where desire, will, intention, passion and agendas are formed and in most cases executed. Action is as a result of what has been concluded or judged in the heart. If it is conceived within the thought realm, it will be carried out by an action, it’s only a matter of time. 

Whatever has not been formed in the thought realm has no [seed] life to form or produce fruit in the natural sphere. The issue how is, the unsanctified thought will never lead us into the place of true spiritual knowledge and intention, especially in the place of prayer.This is why we are told to have prayed amiss. Effective prayer life cannot be isolated or devoured from the total construct of our being. Lifestyle and prayer going hand in hand. 
A fragmented life will never be able to adequately understand nor appropriate effectively the purpose of prayer since he or she does not have a holistic approach first to life and then to the subject of prayer.  To further have insight on the issue of the thought life, I will strongly advise you to study my articles on the mind, as the last day’s battlefield on my blog.  
The issue of Gods thought and the human thought is an interesting subject that if we are able to gain precise biblical insight, will both enhance and fast-track our journey the of true spiritual conquest.  Apostle Paul further expands on this subject of Gods thought in 1 Corinthians chapter 2 chapter from verse 8 as he addresses the challenge of spiritual misconception and regeneration.

 … These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words 1Co 2:10-13. Therefore, it is highly imperative we keep this scripture before us as the portal and compass that will guide us into the current speakings and dealing of the Lord in prayer.

Whatever we have been commissioned to carry out in this epic season will certainly require an ascended wisdom, and a keen sense of wisdom and discernment in order to precisely flow with the current release of the divine will of the father. New position in the Spirit requires a complete recalibration of our spiritual system and capacity for better accuracy.  

There is no stronger area of Christian life that so influences both the appropriation and outcome of faith and hope in the promises of the father than the idea of prayer. How we perceive, dialogue and transact spiritual business is mostly established on the rigid religious footing of our lives are built, more so, in the place prayer, reading the scripture, fasting and meditation.
It is a known fact that most of what is generally accepted today as an effective prayer activity are based on our denominational exposure and the unique socioeconomic and geopolitical challenges of the regions we belong.  While it is true, that prayer releases the [currency] grace that allows us to transact spiritual business for the redemption of nations and cities; it is equally true that if we are ignorant of the forces that influence the religious and socioeconomic condition of our society, our prayers risk being confined to the state of what we see, feel or read.
There is no doubt, human challenges are real, and what that does is, it sends powerful emotional impulse signals to the undisciplined thought realm, which in most cases causes us to react in fear, anxiety and unbelief, which the enemy then uses as a weapon to weaken our faith and sight from pressing beyond the boundaries of temporal challenges.
While prayer seeks to meet the current need of human life, the apostolic philosophy to how we ought to effectively pray should always override what we see or emotionally feel.  The myopic view many in the Church have nursed in terms of the function and authority of prayer has long become obsolete as the Church enters into an ascended reality of engaging the forces of darkness at the gates of communities, cities and regions of the earth.  

 To be continued…