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A TRIBUTE TO A POLITICAL LEADERSHIP ICON, WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA

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A TRIBUTE TO A POLITICAL LEADERSHIP ICON,

WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

In my growing up to the cognizance of some of the key leadership vanguards, shaping the political and socioeconomic narrative of the state of South Africa, Winnie Mandela style of leadership has been one of those out of the many entities that never stop to catch my attention. To write about women in Frontline, global political leadership, her life will certainly qualify as one. For the single fact that her entire life as a youth, wife, and mother was dedicated to the struggle of her nation’s freedom from the devilish, apartheid, minority leadership junta.

when destiny calls

Here is a woman, like any other young ambitious lady, whose dream and heart’s desire is to be married to a visionary man, who will dedicate his life and career to building a successful, stable, growing family, with the children being able to look up to their parents for love, care, security, provision, and other forms of spiritual, psychological, and emotional sustenance. Yet, the opposite was the case for this great leadership icon, who lived and dedicated almost her entire life to fighting for something she could never or would have never imagined.

The life of Winnie Madikizela is a life of selfless-sacrifice that needs to be understood in context; appreciated, and truly celebrated not just by the nation of South Africa, but in the hearts of every young woman, growing up in this 21st century society, particularly, in the Southern African regions, enjoying at least today, the fruit of a protracted battle of political freedom.

the making of leaders of nations

A nation is made of various unique characters of men and women at the hem of its leadership affairs. Some are strategically born and groomed to take up leadership position at various levels of socioeconomic space. While in some other cases, many are drawn into leadership space by the virtue of their proximity to people of great influence in society.

Yet, there is another group of those in leadership, who have been trained, prepare and groomed within the hard environment of the struggle of marginalization, racism, poverty and inequality they see and feel amongst their own countrymen and woman. This third kind of leaders are usually more authentic and practical in their Leadership calling assignment because the agonizing cry of the need of the people is what fashioned their spirit, soul, and body to embrace the call to a voice and the servant of representation on behalf of the people.

There are many who have come into positions of leadership by dispossession through the barrel of a gun. And they’re those who actually think that authentic leadership is truly acquired just by the voter’s box, at least, we now know this is also not completely true, since those in power are usually known to buy the votes of the already impoverished and marginalized majority.

the call of true leadership

Leadership is a call to respond to the desperate needs of the voiceless and the powerless in society, regardless of their political or religious affiliations. Leadership is birthed by various occasions that calls for our response and solidarity to the critical needs and condition of the mass.

These individuals, who seldom understand, or rather choose not to understand the narrative of some narrow-minded bureaucracy definition of democratic process of negotiations, in their own rights, find their leadership voice and authority within the environment of marginalization and dignity of the impoverished to stand up and fight without flinching

These struggles highlight the underlined character values, and the philosophy that shapes the leadership direction of these men and women. Yet, beyond this, the character values of these icons also impact the history of their people, and determines to a large degree, the future trajectory of the entire nation and regions. Within the struggle for emancipation at all levels, the gray lines of our weakness and strength become even more visible for others to criticize while it gives others the opportunity to assist in covering until that singular mission of liberation and transformation is achieved.

Leadership, particularly, within the scope of national reform, transformation and unity, requires men and women with strong insight, wisdom, and adaptive value system of operation. A character that doesn’t see the challenge and allow itself to collapse within it, but rather see a way out, and willing to follow that pathway until the light at the end of the tunnel becomes glaring for all to see and embrace. Today, Winne Mandela exemplifies these qualities of character amongst those who have greatly shaped and influence the transformative, ongoing program of this great nation.

Was her life a perfect leadership model, certainly not. Did she give her heart to Christ before she died? Well, I don’t honestly know. I believe only those who are very close to her will be able to testify of her personal and spiritual stand with the Lord, and if she did, only the father will be able to ascertain such confession, and it will certainly be great if that is the case.

leadership is beyond what we will ever understand

One thing I do know, and is worth acknowledging, and that is, she served her nation and generation, and that is something noteworthy and appreciating by all prophetically sighted spiritual gatekeepers over this realm.

it’s beyond religion

As new leadership begins to emerge in the refining of the prophetic destiny of this nation, it is our duty as prophetic watchmen, who are positioned on the ramp, to continue to observe and highlight the inflow and outflow of the various shifts in leadership seasons. There is no doubt, a generation of leaders within the context of the struggle and revolution is passing away, and a new order of leadership within the narrative of a new nation is being born.

learning from the past in engaging the future

The great question is, how aware and prepared is the current youthful, western culture, materialistic driven South African Millennials ready in effectively engaging the next political and economic leadership landscape of the nation? These are some important questions we need to start asking even as the concept of leadership narrative changes from all spectrums. There’s a need to learn from the past concept of leadership as the old guard fades way.  But most importantly, there is serious need to precisely understand the nature of the future before us, in order to know the necessary models of changes required in making the required move in leadership. As South Africa learns and celebrate the sacrificial service of such woman like Winnie Madikizela Mandela, we need to craft a new, resilient, strategy leadership competent for the future ahead. it’s no more time to waste! We celebrate the life of Ma Minnie Mandela!  

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

DEFEND-YOUR-FAITH

 

 

HOW FIRM IS YOUR FAITH, AND

HOW PREPARED ARE YOU TO DEFEND IT?

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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PICTURES, MEMORIES, AND YOUR FUTURE

 

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PICTURES, MEMORIES, AND THE FUTURE

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

 

There’s a mystery behind every image taken by your camera. By the way, I wish you all a glorious, adventurous, kingdom advance in 2018. As Matter has been scientifically shown to carry enough memory capacity to house our past, present, and even future information in whatever data format due to its mass and volume composition. This immediately explains why still pictures, or moving images [films] can be stored not just in CD’s, flash drives, or smart phones, but in (anything) substance with mass and volume.

The technology of storing data has gone way beyond these primary storing devices to a more complex and advanced concept, like storing information in a piece of transparent glass. Someday soon, your bedroom house glass windows, or door enterance glass might not just be used for storing information, but to also communicate and audio visual life image due to its richness in mass.

Whatever Data storaging devices man has long used, or will later discover through sicence, will still not be good enough to stand in comparison of what the human brain is capable of capturing in terms of storage and processing Data. The development and utilization of the human brain, in my opinion is still in its infant stange when one carefully consider, and understand what the Godhead invessted in the creation of man, when they said, let us create man in our own image and likeness. 

Machines, even with artificial intelligence cannot produce morals and emotions; the best of machines are what the best of humans compute them to perform. The human brain, by default of its creation by God is programmed to do anytinng its mind can imagine. its capacity of computation is a byeproduct of the state or condition of its soul.

The human soul is the agine room of the human brain. the spiritual wellbeing, or condition of the soul determines or the brain ought to founction. The more the human brain gets to be restore back to its original state within the restored spirit, the more effective and productive the soul and the function of the brain becomes. What the human [brain] soul capture, is captured in its entirety.

Meaning, it does not just capture pictures, but also captures the very emotion and sprit that led to the capturing of such image. in order words, the brain capptures the emotional history behind the event. That’s why sound plays a critical role in making movies.

If all you see in a movie is just mere picture without the right wave of sound effects to awaken your emotion, you really don’t feel anything from what you’re watching. Sound effects, releases the accompanied necessary feelings and emotion that connects humans in relation to what the intended movies was designed for.

In other words, a movie of action requires a sound effect that transmits suspense, fear, and anticipation in order to create that impact of action., and so o goes with the movie design for romance, etc. There’s so much more to what we see, hear, and feel than we can ever know.

Our past does not have to be clouded in Unforgiveness and regret and disappointments, there are lots of great memories captured in pictures and image laying within our old, dusty photo albums, or within those digital storage devices that requires us to visit from time to time.

If God has afforded our generation the scientific advantage of capturing, either through painting or data image processing, the history made in moments of love, care, and even times of great challenges and distress, we should then learn to savor each memory made through what has been captured through our digital devices in a manner that enhances our capacity to become better humans within the sphere of our calling and assignment.

Each spent moment, minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months made in a year are the very building blocks that shapes and formed who we have become. Every little thing around you carries the memory of your life existence; your life impact and occupies every atom, space, and time spent within and round your environment.

If what houses my humanity is made of the earth, dust, it means that dust, does not just houses the DNA code of my humanity, but also hides the treasure of the memories of each journey I have made through the passage of time. Everything that comes out of the earth bear the memory of an image and imprint of my house of clay.

My point is, as Adam was given dominion over all things, all things, including the ATOM that produces the technology that captures my image and those around me. That’s just awesome. Our lives are not merely designed to occupied by the struggle of survival throughout calendar year. No, life is the formation and accumulation of the memories captured in moments spent with those who afforded us the time and opportunity to change in a progressive Manner within our sub-consciousness.

True change occurs when the fearful and resentful images of our memories are traded for new images that encourages faith, hope, and possibilities. What we see through the eyes of stored memories does not just remind us of who we were, but what we have become, and are becoming in a manner that affords us the courage and the opportunity to invest the fruit of our transformation in the lives of other who may need to hear the process of our own journey towards progressive change.

There are choices we have made in the past that can never be undone regardless of how hard we try. Yet, we can look back through the images and pictures we have either created in faculty that stores past mistakes within the mind, or capture another image that paints the journey of redemption, forgiveness, hope, the love of the father within our heart. Your mind is a canvas that allows you or anyone to paint their desired image if you allow them, and such images carries the power to influence not just your memory but your future.

Pictures are more than fine images to me; they are the history of my journey through life and the very source of strength and motivation that gives me hope, joy and expectation of a glorious tomorrow.

Each of these pictures houses a part of me that is rich in both the message, and in the current position of my movement towards that preferred, spiritual location of the father in my life. Photos have been one of my prophetic ways of expressing my calling and the rich history of my journey towards Christ my Lord. Many of the message I’ve been given are best capture in photos and writings.

I am not an orator, but I have been given the gift of visualization, and this gift has help to shape how the father speak and lead me towards his desired will and agenda in various seasons in time. I hope you will see more than some nice pictures and images. My desire is for you to precisely hear the voice and speakings of the father through these pictures even as you review your own journey.

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LIFE IS A JOURNEY TOWARD FREEDOM

 

life is a journey

 

LIFE IS A JOURNEY TOWARD FREEDOM
A LIFE TRANSFORMING ARTICLE.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

If you are struggling to make sense why you seem stuck at a particular point of your life’s journey, and the inputs and efforts of your spirituality seem not to be yielding the expected, desired result, well don’t give up hope on yourself. I’ll recommend that you read this short article that should give you some clear perspective and motivation in moving forward towards your glorious destiny in Christ. This note is from my own personal life experience. I pray it minister life to you.

Introduction

Between past memory and a future hope, there’s a present reality of your life that is seemingly trapped in time; a time that is regulated by people and events you don’t have control over. The reality is, many of us were born into apparently negative environments, complex circumstances, and even families we never had the power of choice to choose, or influence their decisions and control over us, if we do, many of us will certainly have chosen an alternative route and environment of existence.

 

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

This scripture in Jeremiah was made by the father himself towards his own children while they were still under the oppressive chain of their Babylonian captors. The condition or environment we find ourselves regardless of how we got there is in material in comparison to the eternal plan and purpose of the father for us. Human condition, irrespective of how terrible cannot stop nor alter the spoken, living promise of the father. however, our unbelieves and doubtful state of mind can stop and hinder us from entering the promised inheritance of the father for us.

This scripture according to Jeremiah 29:11 is a sure word that is eternally settled in bringing all who believe in Christ Jesus into their destined promised Land irrespective of their past or present condition. Yet, how we come into this reality of eternal truth is a complete different ball game because the dealings of the father for each of us are uniquely different from person to person and even region to region.

We may have a common faith and spiritual inheritance in Christ, however, the process of entering such inheritance differs in personal faith and spiritual experience, and that’s a very good thing to note. We have shared along this article before, but I sense many are still confused and in doubt about certain things with regards to their future destiny.

To understand our future is to have a keen prophetic insight and guiding wisdom into how our past has shaped our frame of thinking and perceptional insight. In other words, having keen knowledge of the reason why the father allowed certain circumstance to happen to us, or why certain unpleasant people were brought into our lives at certain seasons is a powerful spiritual position.

The ignorance of the sovereign nature of the father over his people is a major weapon in the hands of the enemy until this hour against the people of God. Satan has continued to capitalize on our blindness and lack of understanding towards the will of God by robbing us of entering the sphere of righteousness, peace, and joy in the kingdom.

Managing our past

Many of us like the children of Israel in some form of captivity would have doubted this promise according to Jeremiah 29:11. Why? We often allow the pain of our emotional state of mind to define and control our response not just to God but also to one another. Pain is a powerful tool we are yet to accurately understand and therefore, its negative influence has continued to work against our spiritual state of being.

 

To the level we understand our emotion is to the level we know ourselves, and to the degree we know ourselves is to the point we are able to submit to the desired, ordained process of the father for us in terms of embracing all the instruments and people placed across our path in helping to shape our destined purpose. Circumstance and people produce two things in every human, pain and joy. These two are powerful emotional instrument that can swing our lives in two different directions, it all depends on how we understand and effectively manage them accordingly.

If you study the characters of these two-emotional instrument you’ll realize that ‘pain’ usually reside within the thought realm of our past traumatic experience, while joy dwells in the anticipative realm of what is, or about to come.

One of the main reasons why we tend to fix our attention more on yesterday’s mistakes, pain, frustration, rejection, fear and doubt is because the negative emotions produced in our yesterday is usually more real and severe to the soul realm than to choose to invest our thought and emotion on a sense of joy that is yet unseen. One can argue that it takes more faith and courage to shift our frame of thinking from the usual position of playing the victim than to advance with a breakthrough attitude mentality.

This unfortunate character of submitting and accepting the victim narrative, negatively reinforces the desire to focus on the soul realm which is what the flesh and of course Satan desires of humans. This is a highly complex, lingering character that controls and manipulate the fallen Adamic nature of all humans.

The scripture said of Christ, because of the joy that was set before him, he endured the cross. Enduring the cross which is the total summary of our emotional pain, failures, persecutions, and disappointment becomes real when the emotion of joy overrides the reality of our past, and we can clearly see into the future outcome of what we are stepping into.

 

Embracing your future in freedom

The truth is none of us was designed to live in our past memory filled with disappointments and regrets, but in a now future, defined by vision, faith, hope, courage, and trust in Christ who knew you before events and circumstance ever happened to you. The fact is, those horrible circumstances of our past or even present condition are all designed for a reason that can only be comprehended when there’s a precise alignment of our insight and judgement to that of Christ eternal blueprint for our existence.

My own life experience

Comprehending life’s situation and people around us is a powerful spiritual position and strategy that greatly enhances our acceleration into the future. It’s amazing how we can grow up in certain frame of thinking that could either limit or enhance our motivation in becoming fulfilled in life.

There are so many things we actually thought we had full knowledge, insight and understanding into as Christians. But the fact is, our knowledge, which may be theoretical or even theologically have not been effectively synchronized with the eternal intention of the father in terms of his prophetic agenda for us. Knowledge is laudable, but the wisdom that releases applicable understanding should be more desirable in all things.

This is my own testimony like many; I experienced what it felt like to be dropped down with a broken limb like Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan. My life’s accident and cognition impediment affected my state of judgement to the degree that it altered my image and identity. Rather than being drowned deep into the love of the father ordained to save and protect me, I rather hated everything that love meant and represent to me because of those who misrepresent the love of God around me.

I chose rather to live in fear, insecurity, doubt, worry and unbelief. Hate and bitterness becloud my heart and identity instead of love, mercy and forgiveness. I allowed myself to be consumed by fear and the opinions of everyone to the degree that their views shaped and determined my actions and reactions even after I have given my heart to Christ.

Introduction to God’s love

You see, I really do not understand back then the true meaning of accepting Christ. I did what everyone else did in terms of their religious and church service obligations; no one told me that there’s another journey of salvation that is a continual, renewal and developmental experience within my soul faculties. I struggled with deep pain, frustration, and anger until I came to the end of myself. Coming to the end of yourself is a phrase we’ve adopted in kingdom community that means a person have tried and used everything that can be tried in terms of human resource, wisdom, and strength to resolve a problem yet without a lasting result.

 

I was then introduced to the love of God, which was more of an experience within my soul, I mean the faculty that defines my behavioral character and pattern of reasoning. Until this love of Christ began to reveal myself to me in the light of ascended biblical truth, I never realized how damaged and lost I was even in my proclamation to be a Christian.

 

I discovered that the love of God, at least in my own case, is an unfolding journey of revelation; a revelation that invites us to another various spheres of spiritual experience  trust, and confidence in the knowkedge of the fatherhood of God, which is one of the most difficult aspects in coming into the true meaning of kingdom centered love.

To know or accept the love of God is to first accept the fatherhood of God. Knowing God as Abba is one of the most difficult spiritual revelation because of the degree of the damaged, dysfunctional stronghold realities locked up within the human soul realm. When we pass the stage of knowing and accepting the fatherhood of God’s love, another portal is opened for another realm of spiritual experience that leads us further into the mystery of the eternal love of the father for us.

This acquired knowledge and understanding, then takes us further into another veil of divine invitation to share in the experiential life of the sovereign nature of the father over our lives and others regardless of the condition or circumstance around us. It is from this point that the scales begin to drop from our eyes to see ourselves and things the way they truly are. The false beliefs, rejections, fear, doubt, self-assertions, self-protection, self-promotion, and self-defense, we’ve built for many years begins to reveal themselves and begin to collapse before us.

This is the point where heaven begins to reintroduce you to yourself. For the very first time you begin to see the strongholds and walls you’ve indirectly or directly allowed others, or even yourself to build within and around you.

The experience that makes us effective

Friends, while it is necessary for us to know the love of God by what we have been told in the scripture, or what has been revealed to us by revelation. However, our measure of the reality of the father’s love in our lives can only be identified by how much of the soul life we have given up for the Spirit of God to gain ascendance over our entire existence.

 

We can have all the revelation and insight about the love of God in our developmental spiritual stages. We might be able to soundly and effectively write, preach, and teach about the mystery of God’s everlasting love. If, however, the strong romantic feelings about our negative past experiences, and the agonies of yesterday’s disappointment still remain and holds our psyche in captivity, am afraid, we cannot truly claim that we have freedom, or have sincerely entered into the experiential sphere of a lifestyle governed by the divine love of the father. Yes, we may abundantly be benefiting from the fruits of the father’s love, but we will lack the power to comprehend and effectively reciprocate such love to others even when we desire to do so.

What we consciously give up in the sacrifice of our feelings and the emotional psychology of pain that directly relates to the traumatic challenges, failures, and disappointments we experienced in the past is the due price required in advancing into that ascending, revelatory, experiential knowledge of the transforming love of the father in our lives.

Knowledge is always a tool that guides us into a realm of experience or the utilization of a required skill. The fact that we know, or have experienced certain things either good or bad does not mean that we have a keen knowledge of the meaning and purpose of such events or experience. The meaning of what we experience is only given when we have a deep, intimate, biblical ascended relationship with the Spirit of the Lord, who knew us and has planned all things to work together for his own good pleasure for lives.

A kingdom centered love is measured by what we are able to give up and continually release in our toxic emotional soul faculty than merely the knowledge we have of the father’s love. There’s just so much I know of the love of God that I have not received if you will, the capacity to engrain such truth into my daily walk, and that is because of the continual negativity one is faced with, especially amongst those who claim to love us.

The light of the father’s love can only shine perfectly where there’s the darkness of hate and unforgiveness. If we are unwilling to turn on the light of the father’s love in the midst of bondage, pain, and cruelty, how can we boast of knowing or having the love of God? Friends, there’s just so much we know in our spirit-man that cannot be applied to the dysfunctional soul state. We have to move beyond the position of acquired spiritual knowledge to the point where we can begin to effectively use such truth to pull down the negative, dysfunctional faculties of our soul in order for our spiritual walk to be perfected in Christ.

 

I had to start using each truth that came to me as a revelation to start tearing down all the false images and negative thoughts and imaginations I have allowed to build a wall within my mind. In my teenage life, I was told I will never amount to nothing, yet I knew I was somebody in search for an identity to become somebody. This is where my journey and passion for truth began. I discovered myself through the love I was shown in the fatherhood of God. Knowing that nothing can change how the father feels about me is liberating.

 

My greatest fear has now become my greatest weapon of creativity and advancing my kingdom assignment. Yes, there days I still feel like given up and running away, but the grace of the father is sufficient in reminding me of who I am in his eternal love, and this truth brings me freedom and allows me to press further into his ordained prophetic agenda for me. Spiritual freedom is an event, but the freedom of your entire life’s faculty is a daily experience that comes from you reminding yourself of who you are, and what the love of the father has achieved on your behalf.

As you get ready to close the year and step into 2018, you must remind yourself that you are a continual, working project in the hands of the Spirit of the Lord. Do not allow your present state of mind or feeling to hijack your ordained, prophetic destiny in Christ. See how far you’ve come with the Lord and where he is leading you. It’s time you also embrace the pure, undiluted love of God as you come to the end of yourself and the opinions of others about you.

 

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I AM AN AFRICAN

 

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I AM AN AFRICAN!

Happy Heritage Day!

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

I am an African with the heavenly heritage and identity. I am an African whose grandeur of beauty, honor and glory speaks of an eternal heritage found in the ancient of days himself. I am an African whose life story speaks of war, yet victorious. I am an African who refuses to be crushed down by the forces of fear, diseases, poverty limitation, and systemic marginalization. I am an African whose lineage speaks of creativity, productivity and prosperity; I am an African with a rich inheritance of wisdom and great honor among the commonwealth of nations.

I am an African whose life is rooted in the rich history of men and women who stood to defend their place, position, and the rich heritage of their identity before time began. I am an African who refused to allow the history of the dark days of slavery to alter its narrative of a dignified continent. I am an African who is highly informed and reformed by the knowledge passed down through the passage of truth discovered in the holy writes about how the gospel of the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ came to Africa from Jerusalem.

I am an African who understood that the gospel of redemption has always been connected to Africa and Africans, right from the days of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the commission of the first missionary of the gospel to the then known world by Paul and Barnabas.

 I am an African who knows without a shadow of doubt that the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is not a white man’s gospel as a narrow-minded ideological folks would like the world to believe. I am an African whose image and likeness is found in the Spirit and life of the Godhead, yet connected with a highly rich Yoruba culture.

Yes, I am a Yoruba from Nigeria, with a profound, colorful heritage; an heritage who prides itself in the honor of an exceptional educational heritage, creativity and strong leadership spirit. I am an African that was taught to respect, honor, and serve my elders, farmily, community, and the nations.

I am an African who is not bound to a narrative of a third world ideology; for I have always been in the mind and thought of my heavenly father, the creator of all races, tribe and nation.

I am an African with its root enriched in the understanding that my place of birth is part of my prophetic call and assignment in the shaping of my development and movement towards the place of my prophetic assignment in destiny.


 I am an African with an identity that is void of insecurity or disenfranchisement; I am not disadvantaged of opportunity because I know who I am. My identity and heritage is one that is way beyond how racial limitation, socioeconomic boundaries, nationalism, and the false, progressive, humanist globalist believe system sees the world.

 I am an African with deep spiritual root and creative resource. My root is deeply established in a culture of life that is more ancient than that of the Israelites, the Egyptians or the Ethiopians.

My philosophy is far more superior than that of the Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, or even what is defined as the first world Europeans. My culture is stronger, richer, and even more powerful and complex than the western world ideology of nationhood and capitalist economic advantage.

I am an African with a global identity; an identity that is eternal and borderless by design. I am an African that sees beyond my color, language, or position. I am proud of who I am and what I am becoming as an African, global kingdom citizen. I am proud and please with my dark skin and black hair for I am fair and wonderfully made by the hands of my creator in his image.

I am an African that is truly awakened to the true origin and lineage of my ancestors. Men and women found in the holy writes of God’s word. Ancestors who journeyed and transformed the earth with a culture of faith, hope, and love in their creator.

 I am an African with the bloodline of the second ADAM, ABEL, ENOCH, ENOSH, NOAH, ABRAHAM, AND SARAH, JOSEPH, DAVID, and many other holy men and women.  I am an African whose life and heritage is not tainted by the slavery of the past. I am an African with a redeemed spirit and transformed soul to love, care, nurture, and nature my sons and daughters in their true eternal identity. My heritage is not one that is burdened by lack, poverty, and exclusion.

 

I am an African with hope of future possibilities. I am an African given the authority and power to redeem, inform, reform, transform, and ultimately restore my generation, both white, colored and blacks to their original identity, place and authority before the fall. I am an African, and I am proud of my heritage as an African.

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THE PURPOSE OF TRIBULATION, AND THE STANDARDIZED KNOWLEDGE OF ACCESSING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PART 1

The purpose of tribulation and the standardized knowledge of accessing the kingdom of God

Part 1

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third day ecclesia.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

 

Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

 

Tribulation and the formation of character

When we mention tribulation, or suffering, the first thing that comes to most mind, is the end time anti-Christ theology. Most part of the church has bought into the lie that merely defer tribulation to a time period in the future where the antichrist will have his reign for seven-year period.  Arguably, there’s no tribulation that can be greater in impact than the excruciating spiritual, emotional and psychological [pain] suffering the patriarch Job faced within a short period of his life.

What is so unique about the tribulation of Job is that it wasn’t caused by the act of personal sin as most Christians has been taught to believe. The suffering of Job was the sovereign act of the will and purpose of the father. And that sovereign nature of the operation of the father needs to become a deeper revelatory knowledge for many of us. The reality is, there will be a growing increase in trying to regulate and even shut down the activity of the church of the living God through various state apparatus in creating a full secularized society, and of cause the church will resist, and eventually be persecuted for its resistance as it has been done in the past.

The scripture and history clearly shows that the persecution of the church has always been there from its very inception. I do believe in the final showdown battle between the church and the antichrist. In fact, some of the unfolding events we are witnessing across Europe and America with respect to righteous right are laying the foundation for the appearing of the man of Sin.  However, the painful reality of suffering or tribulation I am referring to is a present, current challenges many within the body of Christ are faced with.

I am not considering the tribulation that might directly come from the enemy, but the one the father himself allowed the enemy to afflict us with in order to bring the best of is prophetic purpose to bear through us.

This is not some new, or strange doctrine, neither is it limited to some old testament prophet’s challenges.  The 21st century church will be persecuted in order for her to develop and mature into the kind of governmental entity she was ordained to be in the earth. 

All followers of Christ are summoned to daily carry their cross. The invitation to carry the cross is not a fun walk, but a painful drilling of our humanity until every aspect of the self-life is completely drained out of us. 

Some of the challenges we are going through, or will pass through are not necessarily because we are in some kind of sin, but because the father’s desire to gain glory through our lives, and if we don’t precisely understand this truth from a sovereign perspective wisdom of the father, the enemy will take advantage and cripple our capacity to face headlong the training that prepares us for reigning in life.  All things are working for the good of those who love the Lord and are called after his purpose.  

I have often wondered how to best capture in words the spiritual technology behind the majestic, glorious architectural design of the father’s knowledge and wisdom in dealings with his creation, especially the likes of the icon and patriarch Job.

As I study the multifaceted descriptions and display of the grand wisdom, power and authority of the father in display, I begin to progressively understand why the creation of man in the image and likeness of the father captures in summary the grand purpose and expression of such creative wisdom, and why the contention of the battle of the last day is centered on the issue of who will finally take residence and precedence over the human heart.

As the archangel, Lucifer, tried in the eternal past to dethrone the father from his glorious throne, he is also currently intensifying his diabolic scheme in trying to unseat him from his position over the human heart, especially that of those who have truly invited the father to come take his place over their hearts.

And the father through his justice nature must allow him to try as he did allow him to test the faithfulness and loyalty of the patriarch Job in the beginning. There will be nothing the enemy will be able to hold against the love and the justice system of the father in the final judgement and condemnation of Lucifer and his fallen angel to the lake of fire.

Hence, the battle of this third day characterizes the same battle objective of the first man in the garden and after he was cast out of the garden. The church of this new day is a type of the corporate Adam that must clearly understand the spiritual dynamics of this season, and adequately position itself in the light of the revelation of the wisdom and sovereign reality of the father’s unfolding prophetic agenda. 

The stage is now being set for the knowledge of the glory of God to cover the earth, even as the water covers the sea. Both the formation and outflow of the glory of the father through the church are a call to maturity. A maturity that enhances our spiritual template to function adequately in the proper formation of the inner structure required to carry with all grace, the weight of the dealings and displaying of knowledge of the glory of the Lord.

 While justification by faith in Christ gives the church access into peace, we must, however, move on to the next revelatory reality of knowing how to rejoice in the hope of the glory that comes through the weight of our tribulation. The quality life of those called to represent the initiatives of the father in this period will be defined by the character virtue of embracing the reality of being persecuted for standing for truth and righteousness.

 

Sovereignty and the display of God’s glory

There’s no doubt that the third day church is designed and mandated to usher in the golden era of the kingdom reign of God. It does make adequate sense for the church to start emphasizing on subjects and messages that are required to better groom and prepare the spiritual structure of the ecclesia in a manner that makes it possible to effectively fulfill this mandate.

This present house of the Lord has been sandaled with the administrative grace in creating the spiritual platform for the manifestation of the in-depth, glorious knowledge of the father for creation at all levels. Of a certain, creation is waiting in anticipation for the revealing of this matured company of Saints who are carriers of the glorious knowledge that will finally break the chains of bondage over death and decay.  

The vastness of one’s spiritual insight and understanding in terms of spiritual maturity cannot begin to comprehend the depth of glorious knowledge of the father from a limited, outer court position of the church’s spiritual orientation.

There are still realms, depths, heights, and measures of spiritual realities that are yet to be discovered, touched, or even explore in the second day reality of our journey as we now transit into the third day life in Christ.

The mountain of the father’s house is currently being built with well matured spiritual stones, brought out of the river of living water that are trained to fully trust and obey the display of the father’s wisdom even when it seems to contradict our limited apostolic theology and revelation. 

The glory of the father is in degrees and dimensions of knowledge that are only understood through the embracing of the mystery of the crucified ascended life. Trying to describe this spiritual phenomenal is almost an impossible task when it comes to the experiential knowledge of the glory of the father.

Nothing you’ve ever been through, or are going through, or will ever go through in the future can be compared to the wisdom ordained to be revealed through your life’s obedience to the father’s purpose and sovereignty. For man was ultimately ‘created to reveal the glory of God in a multidimensional way.

Many have extensively spoken and written about the glory of God, especially if we are student of the writings of the old covenant. However, very few can truly testify of a personal experiential knowledge of the glory of the lord as it relates to his sovereignty in suffering and tribulation. Furthermore, the glory of God as we have studied in the past is not some misty cloud somewhere.

Neither is it all about the expression of the power and authority of God. The glory of God is about the operation of his wisdom and sovereignty over all things. His sovereignty is the very essence of his glory, who he is in our lives, and what he desires to achieve through our lives are best known to him. Of all the excellency, beauty and majesty of the father, his glory is the most profound expression of his life, image and essence, and yet, he has chosen to hide this glory within the life of his redeemed creation.

Precise expression of this glory is one of the lord’s objectives for his ecclesia in this season. The preparation and process required for this glory to precisely manifest is what we are trying to discover and glean from this material.

The knowledge of his glory

Those who have journeyed and have reached a milestone of maturity through the grace of the lord, can also testify to how they’ve been brought to the point of losing everything they defined as the most wonderful achievements, especially in their search and quest to fulfill some kind of grand ministry assignment.

Only for them to be introduced to another layer, or dimension, in the glory of the ascended life that brought them to nothing, except to finally behold the majestic, glorious, wisdom and love of the father, shining through the face of our Lord Jesus Christ, and then suddenly realized that that’s all they’ve ever needed to be fulfilled in their journey of faith.

A new height in the ascended journey brings us to start gaining a better glimpse of this glorious revelation of the life in Christ. These individuals have arrived at a place of complete death to everything their former life had offered them, and they’ve just beginning to understand the essence of the very life of the glory they were being invited to experience at the summit of their trial, pain and tribulation for the sake of kingdom truth.

A changing season for the church

In the last two thousand years, the corporate body of Christ has witnessed growth, reformation and transformation and resistance at all front. The church has been through various seasons of development and changes; from the very core of its assigned message and mission objective, to its priestly leadership philosophy have all been through a relentless, brutal assault from organized, humanist, tradition that in some cases, forces the church to back down, and compromise its stand against the enemy.

While in another season, the attacks from the enemy, made the church to even become more creative, strategic, stronger, resolute and determined to press beyond the boundaries of compromise, fear, pain and persecution into that advanced arena of its prophetic spiritual conquest even unto death.

The fear of death was crushed by the early church to the degree that it became a joyful pleasure to embrace persecution and death. The sense of the counsel and will of the father in their tribulation became the very fuel that drive their understanding to build a true apostolic community, established on their eternal faith and hope in Christ.

Building a commonality of a faith culture

A common denominator that gave the early church the edge over the scheme of the enemy back then was its shared power of community life. Christians back then clearly understood that the teachings of the apostle and the elders were built on the foundation of a powerful spiritual community lifestyle, whose value standard was primarily established on the core principle of Christ life, and the developing reality of his kingdom in the earth.

In other words, the faith doctrines being taught and established back then were built on the premise of a new culture, the culture of the kingdom of God. The Christianity they sought to build was established on the foundation of the power of truth and lifestyle which became the footing of the new society they were called to establish.

Their faith, hope and love was not separated from their societal beliefs and obligation, neither was it divorced from their social economic responsibility. Their common, standardized believe system was in complete harmony with their social lifestyle either in business or career. Their homes, family and friends were all extensions of their common faith philosophy, unlike we have today.

Today, the church is trying to establish a faith doctrine that is completely alien to the lifestyle of those who profess the faith.  No wonder, the more people tend to know, or even seem to understand of the Christian faith they profess, the further their lifestyle speaks otherwise of such knowledge. This scenario, further makes it highly challenging to reconcile our doctrinal faith foundation from the actual reality of our true preferred position of values and principles models. Duality is a major challenge to the current reality of the church and its leadership. True biblical knowledge must be coherent to the power of lifestyle.

While many today claims to understand the standard principles of the message of the kingdom of God, they however deny the power thereof. If we must therefore rectify this anomaly we must once again consider several principles and factors that can precisely give us the biblical direction the father has ordained to bring us to the confluence of accessing the reality of his kingdom.  

My purpose through this material, is to rediscover that ancient path that guides us into the concept of what I call the standardized principle of accessing the life reality of the kingdom.  The body of Christ has entered a crucial season that demands a thorough, broad knowledge, insight and wisdom into the operational life and nature of the kingdom of God, if she must successfully advance the ministry of the third day.

 I have written extensively in the past about the ministry of the third day, which basically begins to wrap up the false operational humanist, church traditional belief system as the dawning of the government of the father’s kingdom makes its grant entrance into the activity of man in all dimensions of existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CHANGING OUR METHODOLOGY IN A SEASON OF CHANGE

 

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 a prophetic signpost

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

1 Corinthians 9:

19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Pressing into the reality of the future demands that we regain our creative, leadership identity in engaging the spirit of Babylon and Egypt without compromise. As we press into the environment of our assignment in this new day, we need to learn again how to constantly and effectively change and regulate our structural wineskin in a manner that keeps us highly relevant, effective, and productive to the community of the saints, and to the nonbelieving society in general.

Some of us are yet to properly understand how to transit and [communicate] articulate our prophetic mandate outside the definition of what we’ve come to know and accept as church environment. One of the messages that has become so important to me in this season is finding the best platform of expressing the mind of the Lord beyond the Christian, religious language, and environment we have built for centuries.

The prophetic expression of the father for this season can no longer be housed within a religious system that cripples and limits its governmental declarations and productivity. A few weeks ago, the lord used my mouth to make a statement that left a deep impression within my spirit, and the word is, many out there, are have become tired of the church, therefore, they have chosen to remain in their houses, yet, they are searching for God.

Friends, the issue has never been God or the people’s desire or rejection of his truth, but the agent that claims to be representing God. Becoming all things to all men in this season will speak directly to how we now define church to people, and how they can relate and communicate to that entity in a manner truth can still resonate within the lives of the people. Changing the way, we define church must now line up with how we do church.

The opportunity that will be coming our way in communicating the gospel of Christ and his kingdom in this third day will be completely different to the one we’ve been used to. There’s a new environment we are called to engage, that is completely foreign to religious language and ideas.

We may have the right message or even anointing, but still be found to be locked within the old wineskin of congregating and interacting, therefore, the acceptance of the message becomes weaken, redundant or even rejected by those who needs to receive it.

Please note, the message of the kingdom will never be changed nor compromised. However, the methodology of expression will need to be constantly renewed and updated in a manner that is seen to be relevant and accepted by those we are called to reach in the world.

 Therefore, as we move within the timeless seasons of the Lord in this third day, we must understand when the voice of the father is leading us to go buy grain Egypt, or become a cup bearer to king Artaxerxes in Susa, or even become a dream interpreter for some of the most powerful politician in Babylon.

Whatever you and I may face, or be asked to carry out in the journey of representation should be viewed as a motivating force to reach the point where the mountain of the Lord’s house becomes the highest of all mountains on earth.