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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.

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ESSENTIALS TO MAINTAINING A STRONG FAITH WORK AND LIFE’S OBJECTIVE IN 2017

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ESSENTIALS TO MAINTAINING A STRONG

FAITH WORK AND LIFE’S OBJECTIVE IN 2017

Wisdom builds her house series.

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Conclusion

Here are the rest essentials we need to either remind ourselves or build within the spiritual template of our being as we move further in fulfilling our various missions and life objectives. These are not exhaustive in themselves, however, but they give us some of the guidelines into the foundation that keeps our focus and objective in harmony with the character consistency for a successful developmental journey.

Here’s our foundational scripture again.

 

Luke 14:

28“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

29For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.

Highlighted points to consider:

  1. Desire and pursue to be a person of integrity. Learn to practice keeping your words and promise. Never promise what you will not keep. Always stand by your promise even to your own hurt. Let your yes be yes, and your no be no. The lack of integrity devalues you and your relationship with people, even if you’re a person of great wisdom and revelation. If I cannot trust your promise, you have no voice or message to offer.
  1. Daily make it a conscious priority to practice killing the spirit of covetousness, and the manipulation of others to force them to do things for you, for this is witchcraft in operation.
  1. Be quick to repent of a known, revealed sin, and daily ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any hidden sin in your life so there’s no hindrance between you and your Heavenly Father.
  1. Practice blessing people around you with good, motivational, encouraging words even in days you may not feel like doing it. Remember, goodness is not the act of feeling. It is the attitude of love and care. Beyond this, seek to bless others with financial or material substance, especially if you live in an environment where such practice is uncommon. Gain full mastery over the spirit of materialism and mammon, even as you learn to value money by investing it into things and people that adds value to your work with the father.
  1. Daily long to pray for your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, spiritual leaders, and the ministry community you belong. Pray for those in political and business leadership, pray for your nation, and other regions of the globe. Develop the love for the ministry of governmental intercession.
  1. Make it your priority to quickly ask or receive forgiveness from others.
  1. Make it your choice and practice to know and develop in the practice of obeying the will of the father for your life. Trust the lord to give you a clear prophetic insight into his agenda for your life, family, ministry, and even for your nation and generation.
  1. Seek to improve yourself in the core areas of your vision assignment. Don’t give in to procrastination or the fear of insecurity. Be the best in your field of business or Career. Be a true kingdom professional representative wherever you are placed or called to function.
  1. Be creative and prompt with time. People usually rate and value you by how you spend your time.
  1. Seek to be a person of insight, wisdom, and rich understanding not just on the issues of time and season, but also in the way you interact with people of other culture or nationality.
  1. Make it your practice to stay away from people, places and things that may stir your soul to be lustful and carnal.
  1. Always create an atmosphere that is conducive for you to hear the voice of God, and freely move in the direction of the Spirit. Vigorously pursue the development of the spirit of discernment all the time. Remember, everyone you meet daily are first spiritual being. Therefore, learn to relate and respond to them as one.
  1. Be in charge of your (money) income regardless of how small or big it may be. Don’t let trend, fashion, the media, and your insecurity determine how you spend your money and other resources. Learn to streamline your income to areas that can add value to your life. invest in assets and not in liability.
  1. Seek to improve your value in the relationship the father has given to you. Look for ways to add value to people in your life. Don’t use people. Rather invest in their grace, gift, and skill so that they can reach their full potential.
  1. We all are called into some form of leadership responsibility. As I will regularly say that leadership is first a spiritual state before we recognize its responsibility. You need to continually build your leadership grace, insight, and skill through the various avenues the father has planned for you daily.

 

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Before you click the like button next time.

 

While most of us are on social media to interact and develop productive friendship relationship, we nevertheless need to be highly mindful that not everyone on these platforms  are there for the right reason, and this includes those we may assume to be Spirit filled Christians.

It is becoming clearer that what we say or project on social media are instantly becoming the very extension of our physical, personal world to the degree that someone can gain instant opportunity or breakthrough. While others on the other hand can Incur the wrath of friends or be displaced at the work place because of a wrong attitude expressed on these media networks. Hence, we see these two parallel sides on social networks that we must be cognizant of.

My worry however is the increasing reality of the idea of those who employ the social media to project their false belief in regards to how they manipulate and interpret the word of God to frame their own narration of reality. Please friends, carefully read and understand the intent of what I am saying before I am misinterpreted. 

I am not proposing that people should not comment or like our post. It’s been proven that for the fact that someone clicked the like button on your page or post does not necessarily mean they are in complete agreement with you. My point is, clicking the like button has become a measuring yardstick of who we think like us or dislike us. 
This is such a shallow concept of relationship in terms of matured, biblical standard, and I suggest we should move away from this carnal notion.

Before you post your words, comment or click the like button, it’s important to capture the state of your thought and attitude, particularly with regards to what you’ve just read. Many of the posts and comments we read almost instantly on Facebook are reactionary by nature. While you have those who are given a true, inspiring, motivational, encouraging and challenging message to the body of Christ on the cyber space. 

You also bear on the other side, those who will be  either responding intelligently to what have been written, or those who will be negatively reacting through their unhealed and unbalanced emotions.

My focus, however, on this note, is to highlight this set of group who seek to use the social media to reinforce a seemingly biblical believe to enforce a rebellious (attitude) stronghold they know exist within them. Because of their knowledge of the word of God, coupled with some biblical traditions they’ve mastered down the years of their Christianity, it’s  easy for them to use scripture to say what they want to say without necessarily having the spiritual and emotional discipline to deal with matters objectively.

It is really difficult to falter these individuals if one lacks a deep sense of discernment and the operation of the Spirit of wisdom within. You have innocent, spirituality unskilled  Christians in the name of unity or relationship, following these individuals or group exclusively to be used for endorsing their false, unbiblical, disobedient narrative of what they term as the gospel of the kingdom. In most cases, they use their knowledge of scripture, giftedness and a sense of maturity to lure others who may be exposed to the scripture, but have very limited knowledge on the laws of sound, balanced biblical interpretation.

Let’s not seek to endorse or reinforce people’s inherent strongholds by merely clicking the like  button on social media, especially when such opinions are back up by  using the word of God outside. Anyone can  use the word of God to say or mean whatever they want it to say for them. Often times, scriptures are used for interpreting our own bias, narrow view of what we think, see or believe regarding a person or situation.

 I have often picked out how excellent scriptures are taken out of context to buttress the idea of a particular perspective we want to project. This is a clear reflection of witchcraft practice in its highest level. If we permit others to manipulate us to approve or justify their wrong belief system just because they’ve perfected the act of using scripture to validate their opinion, we shall be greatly judged for our blindness and lack of discernment. This is a word for all believers and followers of the lamb.

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ALONENESS

 

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The power of an authentic life

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

I know the first thing that comes to mind when you read this headline is that it sounds contradictory to what the scriptures says. Well, it may seem so, but it doesn’t if one carefully looks at the context and direction of my observation. Indeed, it was the Lord who said it was not good for man to be alone-all one.

Nevertheless, the aloneness of man, biblically speaking doesn’t in any way suggest that Adam was lonely. The purpose he was given companionship was designed for something far greater than his emotional need could comprehend, at least before his fall in the garden. In fact Adam was not aware he add any other need until the father decided it was not good for him to be alone. This issue was never about loneliness, but for that of purpose that far outweigh any sense of human need.

The definer of Adams fulfillment and satisfaction was his creator. Companionship and relationship was, and is still designed for a higher divine prophetic agenda.
Loneliness was the product of the fall, and it’s still very much is, in our 21st century post-modern humanist, self driven society.

Being alone in the sight of the father is not just a reflection of an inadequate capacity to effectively carry out a function, but to however reflect a balanced spectrum of a superior intelligence, ordained to show forth the multi-dimensional wisdom and glory of the creation of man in the class of divine beings.

Marriage was part of the father’s eternal grand design to portray his majesty, glory and sovereignty. We know that marriage has never been the idea of man or cultural belief.
Marriage is the first spiritual and the most powerful human institution, created by the father to display his eternal purpose for creation across the entire universe.

In other words, if you got married just because you were lonely, or for any other reason, outside of the divine blueprint, ordained for marriage, I am afraid, such marriage will lack the required joy and intimacy intended to attract the full blessing of the lord.  While this point is not the aim of this short note, I however felt it would be right to add this in the context of my point which is being alone.

We observed how our lord Jesus Christ, in several occasions, withdraws himself from the crowd to hear the next agenda and direction of the father for his earthly assignment.
It appears after every breakthrough and push towards his prophetic purpose, there is a withdrawal from the people.

The place of his withdrawal was the place of his vision and strength. He was a man of the people, yet he adequately understood why he must conceal himself from the same crowd he was sent to save. This is wisdom in display.   Amidst the endless pursuit of humans, vigorously seeking various forms of friendship and companionships.

However, the beauty of what each of us can bring to such position of (companionship) relationship, that’s if we succeed, will be ultimately determined by what has been carefully drawn and milked out from the quality of our seasons and time of aloneness. The best of our intelligence and productivity in any sphere of discipline is extracted from the point of qualitative quite time of being alone.

Think of this for a second, a person cannot acquire or experience a sound, well informed, qualitative education without investing seasons of quiet time to learn and be developed. Learning requires being alone. How many marriages, concerns and ministry functions today are failing for the singular fact that people have refused to spend quality time to learn to be alone in learning before engaging in such enterprise.

 When you always engage people, who are highly assuming or presumptive in their decision and judgements, that’s a clear sign that they’ve refused to learn the act of listening carefully in quietness before responding.

This kind of individuals do not just cause harm to their company, but also in their relationships even domestically. Maturity, specifically in spiritual matters requires a continual withdrawal from the crowd and public eye to learn, see and know how things are in order to effectively respond with the best of ascending knowledge and wisdom.

There’s the temptation to always look for the opinion and observation of society to afford us a sense of a pass mark even today on social media. We like our posts and remarks to be given a thumb upwards. The irony of this is, someone may like what you’ve posted, and may have benefited from it, and yet may not sense the need to click the like button. How would you judge or measure such behavioral expression?

In most cases because of our humanity, we feel sad for our post not being liked or noticed. It is my impression that people should as much as possible, especially if they are friends, should try to encourage each other by commenting and liking each other’s page.  Even so, if there’s no such response, and you know that what you’ve posted will benefit someone out in that respect, then, merely leave your post or comment there with a clear conscience, knowing fully well that you’ve done your part.

We need to learn to be around crowds, yet precisely be matured in discerning when the father is calling us to be alone with him. In a time when we are constantly being bombarded with all types of noises, especially from the world of news media, social media, sports and unending church programs, we must learn to be alone.

It is the spirit of rejection and insecurity that makes us feel frightened, or look to be losing our hold and control over people close to us, or even our spouse when they are going through a period of being called to be alone.

Every human, single or married needs that seasonal periods of being entirely. It is part of our human construction to find and rediscover ourselves within the context of the world we live in. How many leaders of companies and spiritual elders who desperately need that time for themselves by themselves and without any kind of interference from anyone.

This is a powerful healing therapy that is missing and lacking in our today’s busy life. I am not merely talking about going on holiday with your family. I am referring to that period you need in taking stock.

Learning to evaluate and determine the next step in your life’ journey is a powerful virtue of maturity. A time to stop and look at yourself in the mirror and evaluate how far you’ve come and talk to God in that personal, intimate relationship you’ve missed out for a while, even as servant-leader in ministry.

This is the point where you get to take a lot of things in, and can critically put things in perspective, especially in things that deals with important decision making.  A good successful leader makes a period of aloneness one of the most prioritized points in his or her endeavors. We can see that being alone does not necessarily mean loneliness or disengagement from divine activity.

One of the key manifestations of insecurity and false spirituality is the exhibit of a high-level sense of activity, especially when it sounds or looks highly spiritual. It is almost a general notion and acceptance that when we are seen to be seriously engaged in some form of activity, especially when it implies public view and their approval of acceptance of success, Which in this context may represents some act of the rigorous, unending church service and programs many of us are involved in with little or no resounding result of course, from heaven’s perspective.

We demand to learn and accept the beauty of being alone again and not feel guilty of what others may think or say about your season of silence.  Your productivity in any relationship requires that sometimes, you need to separate yourself for a season, stay away, or even move away to a different region or location as the Spirit of the Lord will lead you.

There’s a need to carefully follow the voice of the father’s direction for your life and that of your family during this epic season.  Being alone, specially when it is spirituality stirred, should always be seen as a virtue of a healthy productive life development.

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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.