IN THE SPIRIT OF SPRING

 

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The mystery of beauty.
Spring is a reflection of the glorious beauty of Christ to creation.

God gave us beauty to express his glory and majesty.
One of the characters of God is beauty; beauty is a deep reflection of the Father’s creativity. Very few today appreciate nor understand the purpose of beauty, and due to this ignorance, the enemy has sought to pervert the beauty of God in and around us.

When we read and familiarize ourselves with the account of creation in Genesis, we begin to get the sense the Father’s eternal intention, which I believe is to express his glorious beauty, power, and majesty across the earth. The’s no way we can begin to talk about God without mentioning his beauty, majesty, and glory.

The beauty of God is still relevant teaching we should pay more close attention to even as we are invited to step into a new spiritual epoch. We can choose to shift our focus from the present darkness and begin to pay more close attention to the dawn of the new season, emerging out of the shadow of yesterday.

I believe that within the present challenges of darkness eclipsing the earth that there’s a dawning of a new day; a day where the light of God is becoming even brighter than when we first began.

The choice to choose to see beauty in ashes is a wonderful training we must endeavor to go through, so has to become a testimony of heaven’s brilliance in time where people find it difficult to see nor appreciate the investment of God’s treasure in earthen vessels.

I love to take pictures, and I’ve been able to use my camera to capture the most beautiful images out of the worst condition or situation around. Creating images out the chaotic, life, realities is something I cherish and love as a follower of Christ. it was not always like this. I have had my own share of seasons of pain, frustrations, disappointment, fear, discouragement and even the sense of giving up.

The Father was gracious to me to have given me another chance to see life through his eyes. Indeed, until we learn to see and understand ourselves and life itself through the eyes of the Father, we will never see anything beautiful about our lives.

It takes a person that has been invited to the hill of the Lord to see things and people from an elevated point. when the Lord brought me to have a glimmer of life from an ascended point, it changed my self-perception, and the way I generally see other and things.

Sprint is upon us again; what do you to see? Are you going to fix your eyes and attention on just the troubles, needs, pains, disappointments and failures around you? Or are you going left your eyes and behold the blooming of beautiful flowers springing up all around you?

Many of the flowers grow in the most disadvantaged and marginalized communities. The pain and challenges of our environment do not stop the flowers from blooming when their season arrives. this is a lesson we should learn as we see spring dawns upon us again.

Are you going to allow your fear and worry to rob of the beautiful things the Father desire to reveal to you in this season. There’s more to those beautiful butterflies and flowers blooming; there’s a spiritual message the Father is conveying to you, and you don’t want to miss his voice in this season of [spiritual] spring.

Within the chaotic challenges of life, beauty is all around us. The appreciation of beauty starts with the configuration of our self-perception. When we cannot recognize our own inner self-beauty, it will be hard press to value and appreciate the beauty of others or what is around us.

When the rainbow appears in the sky, it does not remove the reality of the needs, pains, and the complex challenges around us, but it sure does reminds us of the eternal, promised covenant of God to creation.

I live in an environment of two contrast, and I am sure that is this is the story of almost everyone living in one community or the other South Africa. You can be living in some worth define, expensive, beautiful estate when the bridge across your estate or complex is a total reflection a sharp contrast.

A contrast that highlight by the facts of marginalization, poverty, inequality, the lack of essential socioeconomic opportunities and so on. , To, therefore, define your status by where you live is some worth blind and inaccurate at least here in South Africa.

The legacy of Apartheid housing layout is still very much visible in the so-called post-Apartheid political state. I brought out this point to say that living in South Africa, particularly as believers, requires that we keenly understand the true definition of beauty and how to appreciate even in the midst of struggle. But to merely fix our eyes and attention on the darkness of our history is to rob ourselves in the ongoing transformation of a new nation emerging in beauty and glory.

Beauty is not measured nor determined by class, race, gender or wealth. The grace of Beauty is a character that is reflective in the value of self-awareness and self-worth, entrenched in the identity of every human, especially those who have discovered the unconditional, eternal love Christ for them.

It takes a person who appreciates the investment of God in his or her life to see the worth and value of God in others, and therefore, perceive their beauty and appreciates it as they grow and bloom for God and creation.

Beauty is an internal and eternal design of our unique identity and ability, or maybe, our disabilities as the case may be, this means that when we’re able to discern each other’s essence precisely, we can then begin to appreciate each one’s potential and contribution to life.

No one is an accident; we are all born and located where we are for a reason, that should positively impact and transform someone else life.

I try to see and appreciate beauty in everything around me. 90% of my picture are taking in places people will hardly ascribe as beautiful. I’ve been able to see grace, elegance, and beauty through the eyes of God because everything he created was designed excellent and beautiful.

 

The challenge many are faced with today, especially here in South Africa is that we’ve stopped seeing the inner beauty in ourselves and around us. We’ve become more fixative on others definition and description of beauty either through the social media or amongst other social groups and friends to the point of rejecting God’s eternal definition of who we are and what we represent on his behalf. We are a nation of beautiful people and landscapes, but we’ve allowed darkness to almost cover these beauty.

 

It’s like the more we absorb the identity others regarding who we are as a nation, the more we lose our moral values and identity.  The lack of seeing and appreciating our self-beauty has led us to become something terrible to each other to the point of manifesting the spirit of Cain-the spirit that kills his own brother.

 

When what is designed beautiful becomes altered by insecure dysfunctionality and corrupt Imagination, when have then directly, or indirectly turned the image of God into an idol of human craft that will eventually bring sorrow and pain to the heart. To design or craft an image that expresses the beautiful values of God for creation is to extend the glory of God within such fields of existence.

 

Beauty is a mystery that can only be correctly defined and understood the way God sees his creation in the beginning…after he created man, and he said, it was very good. Goodness and beauty are synonymous to the awakening of light of God within a heart that is once darkened by corruption. Beauty is the act of perfection in creation; it is not the expression of adornment.

 

Why do today’s Christians, mainly ladies use the term sexy to refer to a beautiful person or image? It’s important we note that sexy and beautiful are two different words that mean two completely different things. Please take note, when human minds and imagination begins to get transformed, they will start to enjoy the art of pure beauty.

 

Capturing the image of pure beauty through lens view of the transformed mind, passing through eye gate, expressed through the art of (sound) words, writings, or even paintings and photography is one of the glorious mysteries of the redeemed spirit that is called prophetic.

 

The prophetic is a reflection, and also an expression of the beautiful heart of the heart revealed through various arts and acts. Beauty is not just about what you see; it is about how you understand the value of what you see.

There’s beauty in sight
There’s beauty in sound
There’s beauty in words
There’s beauty in silence

Entering the art of appreciating beauty is first to learn to unlearn the perversion the soul has accumulated as the image beauty. Admiration is a beautiful thing when the soul is free of the wrong definition accumulated by false impression. Inspiration is wonderful when the mind has yielded to the creative life source of the Spirit. To think you can be inspired to create anything outside the life of God is to believe that a fish can survive living outside water.

 

Not acknowledging the giver of a thing doesn’t make the person less the giver of such a thing. Your acknowledgment of the presence of God in your life only creates more magnificent room for him to do much more you can ever imagine or think. Not recognizing and appreciating does not erode the fact that thing you have belongs to him. Beauty is of the Lord. All good and perfect gifts come from him.

I am an art student; this implies that every aspect of my life is by default drown to the creative life and nature of God…even science is an art of beauty in the sight of the creator. What he imagines, he creates, though we may not see it, the Lord is forever creating new things, yet, ancient in his eternity.

Do you know that the beauty of eternity is both past and future? There’s nothing new under the sun than to appreciate through the lens view of the Spirit what has been brought your path through providence.

enjoy the Sprint of your spiritual season…

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BEING SPIRITUALLY CARNAL. PART 2

 

 

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BEING SPIRITUALLY CARNAL. CONCLUSION.

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

A considerable amount of Church community has managed to raise men and women who are more popular than the very Christ they claim to be representing. We today have church folks who believe more of what the preacher says in excitement than what is biblically correct.

The image of the man of sin is now seating in the temple, demanding worship and praise from the people of God. Many of our church folks have been bewitched by falsehood; truth has fallen to the ground, and no one seems to care.

Today, the act of carnality has become more fun and trendy to many, including church leaders, who by default ought to be the very exemplary standard-value of spiritual representation. Hardly do we see the concept of a church community gathering today that is not driven by some form activities that merely seek to exalt men.

We have raised a generation of Christians who are uncomfortable with a message that probes the heart and demands a change of character lifestyle. Our gospel messages and initiatives are focus around getting the people motivated for as long as we do not require them to change or sacrifice for the things of the Spirit. The pressure of material blessings, increase Church numbers,, and financial success has led many so-called church leaders to the house of wicked people to get demonic power to increase or maintain their status.

The voice of sensuality is growing more powerful than the sound of the spirit that seeks to please the Father, and we all need to corporately address this perverted spirit before we lose the next generation to the soulish, demonic lifestyle.

The world of the soul-life is a well-organized universe that requires individuals who have successfully graduated from the University of identifying each component and operations of the Spirit of truth, particularly, in the area of the principle of human redemption with the capacity to engage and expose the complex nature and operations of the unregenerate soul.

It does take a person who has lived and operated in the conscious, carnal character and a degree of the sound spiritual state of life to assist us to make sense of what it means to be carnally spiritual, and this is what we find I found in Paul and David.

What do I mean by this? David understood a profound character mechanism of the ministry of the (principle) laws of God in the conversion of the human soul.

Now, that takes a certain degree of relationship with the values of God’s word to be shown such level of profound truth. It is true that man, including those of us who have claimed to have experienced salvation to front a sense of spirituality that is derived from the soul realm because we’ve not been exposed to a certain depth of truth in our work with God.

The soul of man can virtually mimic, or even perform certain acts of spiritual activity, including what we may term as miracles, especially when it’s exposed and accustomed to the knowledge and operational system of the spirit, and there’s no doubt that the soul is very familiar with the peripheral environmental activity of the spirit. In the ascended operatives dimensions of the spiritual life, no part of the unregenerate soul faculty is allowed to function without their submission to the divine order of the spirit.

The function of the soul faculties alongside the governing authority of spirit-man is the divine pattern from the beginning. However, the fall has brought a sharp division that has continued to prevent a man from operating in his restored, ascended spiritual lifestyle. It must be clear that our spirituality and its operatives cannot be complete without the functional mechanism of the entire soul faculties.

The priority of heaven in this season is not just for us to understand the functional division of these two realms but to find the divine pathway of restoring them so that Man can once again function in that synchronized position of his restored life. Every autonomous faculty of man, particularly in the soul realm must be regulated and reunited under the governing, leadership system of the kingdom of God’s Holy Spirit.

Many of the spiritual realities and kingdom initiatives we are trying to achieve through an idealistic pursuit like the ministry of the oneness of the Body of Christ may not be quickly achieved due to our obscurity of this truth.

The unity of the Body of Christ and the corporate function of the ascended gifts will only become a true reality when we’ve successfully unseat the soul from the leadership position of the Church and general behavioral human lifestyle.

Unfortunately, the understanding of this highly, technical, operational mechanisms of the unregenerate soul-life is still a mystery to several believers, including many of the so-called spiritual leaders who have allowed the enemy to seduce and subdue their spiritual faculty into this sensual, demonic type of leadership.

Being able to function in what may be termed or seen as spiritual is perhaps one of the deadliest deceptions today especially within the Body of Christ, and we are warned to be wary of such manifestation when we see them in operation.

I have to some degree experienced what I am sharing through this note. Therefore, it is not some theoretical or some third-hand information.

it might be commendable to practice a form of spirituality that is based on some mental process information we’ve gathered, or have been exposed to due to the privilege of proximity and association with those who are knowledgable in spiritual matters.

But certainly not recommended nor commendable when such knowledge has not been duly processed and refined within the crucible of heaven’s designed process.

When ministry does not flow from a pure, devotional state of an ongoing relationship with the Father, it will ultimately produce fruits sourced from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which will manifest itself in pride which will lead destruction. It is so easy to build our dependence on what we know mentally, and present such mental knowledge to people as a first-hand spiritual experienced; this is called spiritual deception.

When we mention the term carnality, we are quick to think of a particular sin which is true to some extent, but the very nature of carnality as I have earlier described is a lifestyle that operates through sensual knowledge depend on the soul-faculty for what it sees, belief, choose, and decide, and many unfortunately operate their concept of spirituality from the point of view.

Therefore, carnality is to allow the position and influence of men, including that of so-called men God and spiritual leaders to override the mind of Christ and his standard of truth in our lives.

Carnality which is the soul-life is to be more afraid of men than the one who called us and send us to represent him.

Carnality is to lose your voice when heaven expect you to speak in defense of its values and standard. Carnality is when you and I seek to judge things, including people through their material or physical disposition.

Carnality is when the title of our so-called ministry r gifts becomes more important than the very life-fruit of him who called us and sent us to represent him.

Carnality is to eat and be Continually sustained by the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

There are two kinds of wisdom in the scripture just as they are two types of knowledge, one sourced from the tree of life while the other emanates from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The scripture informs us that knowledge will increase in the last day, and we are seeing the fruition of this biblical prophecy coming to pass before our very eyes; an awareness that contradicts the principle of God and the respect for each other is increasing at all levels.

One of the characteristics of the last days is a total shift from the depending on the wisdom and knowledge of God to depending on the philosophy and ideology of man.

Human wisdom is one of the most significant challenges of today’s church, and the reason is clear, the wisdom or knowledge of God sound and looks foolish to man.

Sensuality is mixed with the knowledge, Eastern philosophy is becoming more prevalent and accepted among the western culture.

These forms of thinking that derive its source of information and inspiration from the soulish, sensual thinking is rewriting the template of how humans see and process morality and spirituality.

Of a truth, this is the age of knowledge as it has been prophetically declared according to prophet Daniel, and we are seeing the power of knowledge giving rise to many things not just in the general society but within the Church, which is contradicting every form of sound, biblical values of spirituality.

Knowledge is a product of the Spirit. However, we are now witnessing the accelerated, advanced development of another type of knowledge which the fallen man is very much familiar with, gaining precedence over the wisdom that comes from the tree of life.

This knowledge that flows from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil has almost taken over the entire spiritual culture and worship system of the Church.

What is generally define as spirituality today are mostly sourced from the fruit of this tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and unfortunately, very few are keenly aware of this important deceptive and seductive activity taking place before their very face.

Today’s definition of spirituality is a learned art, mimic by what the soul as glean from those who many sees and deem to be successful. When we see and judge success merely by the obvious, it means that we subject to demonic control, manipulation, and witchcraft.

Being spiritually carnal is a term I have coined out to give voice and perspective to one of the most challenging topics in the contemporary Christian faith and human development. Particularly, in an era where carnality is now wearing the image of what men define and termed as spiritual.

The increased influence materialism and visualization has continued to Rob the church of the true sense of spirituality. When we base reality on what can be touched and seen, am afraid, we cannot go on with the Lord to that place of spiritual maturity.

Please note this point, being carnal does not necessarily prevent us from being aware of specific information either natural or spiritual.

We can be very aware or exposed to profound spiritual knowledge and still be highly sensual in our values and desire because information on its own does not have the transforming power of change. What we do with what we know is where the power of truth lies.

Here is a profound statement that gives voice to what I am trying to convey. Truth is not just about what we know or do with what we believe. The truth is about who we are becoming by what we believe in thought and through experience.

Lucifer is one of the most spiritually intelligent beings, yet, totally sold out to a sensual lifestyle, expressed in rebellion to the set standard of the Father. Some of his deadliest weapons at his disposal today are the ability to manipulate the knowledge and truth he was exposed to while he was the cherubim that cover the glory of God, and his the single reason the ecclesia must study and understand the doctrine of truth.

What defines true, biblical spirituality is not just about the degree of knowledge we have acquired or have been exposed to which have eventually become part of our residual, intellectual property.

But a continual relationship with the Father that keeps such knowledge or information alive in the place of unbroken, daily relationship.

I firmly believe that this was the principle and value the Father was instilling within the mindset of his children when he introduced the principle of manna in the wilderness.

Living out of the proceeding word is a powerful spiritual discipline that keeps us away from the deception of soulish, self-dependence attitude.

Learning to depend on the Lord for our daily [provision of sustenance] bread either for our emotional, psychological, material, or spiritual need is the most beautiful thing, and the most important spiritual principle we can ever attain.

Total dependency on Christ is the highest level of faith attainment in the spiritual journey. This has however proven to be one of man’s most challenging spiritual quest due to the advanced operational nature of the unregenerate soul faculties in man.

It is easy to depend on your own will, desire, or emotion regarding a need or decision that than to trust and wait for the Father’s verdict. Human needs, particularly, emotional or material always expose human carnality.

The children of Israel proved this point time and lever gain. Whenever they met a situation of need, they would run back to their default position of reasoning which is usually soulish and not spiritual. exposed.

In fact, at a point in their journey due to the delay of Moses on the mountain with the Father, they decided to choose another means that will lead them to the Promised Land rather than waiting for Moses, the leader God choose for them.

Further still, you will see them praise God whenever things work for their favor. Their understanding of spirituality means that things should always work out for their favor, then they will give praise and glory to God.

This lifestyle is, however, a profound manifestation of pure carnal tendency which is what we see being practiced in today’s context of Christianity.

The soul faculties are designed in a manner that they can both receive and [release] give knowledge in whatever form or format such knowledge or information is required.

In other words, when a person gets to be exposed or grows in a particular environment that offers the privilege to know certain arts, by default, such a person is able to duplicate or replicate the art in a different environment.

This is a law; what we learn can be replicated with or without our personal interest. This same goes for the concept of language.

When a child is born a different environment to his or her mother’s tongue, the child naturally picks up the lingual of such environment of birth. Knowledge is a learned art beyond the orthodox four walls of a classroom.

General knowledge is usually imparted through contacts and the influence we come under. Knowledge is what we are exposed to particularly through cultural philosophies.

Religion and even spirituality is a learned art that can be further developed into a personal experience depending on what caught our attention and what happens when our attention is caught.

This is one of the reasons why we are commissioned to go preach the good news to the world, and then make disciples of all nations. So, how would the people hear without anyone being sent?

When we consider the various aspects that make the communication of the truth or the gospel of Christ to the world, we see a progressive pattern that carries a systematic, continuous form of engagement and development until individuals arrive at their point of deciding that they need to have a relationship with the Lord.

The arriving point of deciding to have a relationship with Christ is never an instantaneous thing as many have assumed and this one of the end I am trying to raise as we examine this principle before us.

Many unfortunately have remained in the awareness point of what the scripture revealed about truth and spirituality, and in fact, have to build things and ministry around this awareness knowledge that is yet to be translated into a relevant relationship with Christ and his kingdom.

In an Age where another form of spirituality that does not involve pure relationship that flows from the heart of total devotion to the Father is fast gaining popularity across the world, we need to reexamine what defines the art of true, biblically sound spirituality so, don’t fall into the trap of this New Age spirit.

The rise of the New Age ideology of spirituality has continued to give precedence to this false, ancient lie that promotes that ideology that one can be spiritual without necessarily adhering to the value standard of God’s oracle.

The New Age spirituality promotes any form of religion that allows a man to be whatever he decides to be for as long as he or she feels right about it.

This is undoubtedly a false religious belief that must be challenged with the most advanced, biblical, prophetic insight and wisdom.

I do believe there’s a synergistic connection between sound biblical spirituality and human development. There’s no way we can accurately arrive at a perfect development without the restored inflow of biblical spirituality.

While the fallen man has continued to enhance the various aspects of his unregenerate soul faculties in terms of his exposure to foreign knowledge in the realms mental, emotional, and intellectual aptitude. He, however, remain estranged to the divine, unified, perfected life of his being in Christ.

Until the soul and his entire faculties surrender to the divine authority of the awakened spiritman, he will never enter the day of unified, perfected rest.

This is the day the Lord is calling us back to the realm of total harmonization of our entry back to its first state in the Father.

The division man experienced in the garden between his faculties must first be identified and restored before the advanced reformation and restoration of the various part of the body of Christ, and his ascended gifts can become a true unified, corporate church that executes the bedding of the Father seamlessly without friction.

This is, however, not going to be easy as many have assumed. we will have to first return to correct the assumption we have nursed and built regarding the ministry of salvation and redemption.

The lack of a well-balanced, knowledge of the way of the Lord has led us to the point of presuming the ways and arts of the Spirit. unfortunately, this false reality has become the very template of the operation of many in terms of dealing with life issues.

Our ignorance of the divine precepts of the kingdom of God has led us to create a false reality of a spirituality we today call Christianity, and this has to be of the major hinders to the precise development and transformation of the total man and his society.

I do not mean to be cynical with this title but to rather help to paint a picture of the dilemma of today’s spiritual dysfunctional state.

This is a subject that has fascinated me for many years as a follower of Christ who had struggled in many occasion to understand myself and the meaning of spirituality, and why I fail in many cases from living out the standard showed to me by my Lord.

An honest follower of the Lord must have at some point arrived at the reality of asking some of these critical, challenging questions especially around their weakness and failure to enter the realm of rest and upward development in the art of biblical spirituality.

Frustration, challenges, and resistance are synonymous to any honest seeker of the way, the truth, and life of Christ standard for lifestyle.

In my years of pastoral ministry service, I’ve come to this conclusion that many do genuinely desire to walk with God, but their inability to understand the origin and nature of their weakness and struggle in terms of gaining mastery over their carnal behavior is a major setback.

The practice of spirituality either by biblical values or on some other foreign ideological means requires the involvement of the entire soul faculties.

Therefore, who or what controls the soul realm of soul carries the upper hand in influencing the decision we make regardless of the direction or intention of such a person’s spirituality. Spirituality cannot be divorced from the harmonization of the entire human faculties.

It is essential we state that spirituality is the harmonization of the entire human faculties bringing glory to the Father. The spirit, soul, and body of man must be in agreement when the act of spirituality is being practiced.

Devotion cannot be completed until there’s a valid agreement between what the spirit desires to how the soul process and response to the passion of the spirit.

After all, both the passion and longing of the spirit can only be revealed through the faculties of the soul which are the very seat of human will, intellect, and emotion. And once the soul faculties agree on a desire that reaches her either through the imagination or thought realm, the chemistry of action goes into effect; action follows suit.

What eventually determine sound spirituality must be based on discipline, agreed action of the soul-faculty. It is highly possible to live and practice what many terms as spirituality within a divided, dysfunctional belief system, and in fact, this is the present concept of how many today practice their Christianity, or else, we will not have had so much of Christian activity with very little or no result. I would like us to examine this concept as we search to biblical answer in answering this long, ancient challenge to the Church. We need to deal with every form of carnal tendencies that will hinder us from enjoying the full life of the Spirit.

We need to address the desire and passion that seeks to mix spiritual truth with carnal activities; this is the day of spiritual purity so we may adequately represent the advancement of the kingdom of God to our world and generation.

YOUR GIFT IS NOT ENOUGH FOR EFFECTIVE MINISTRY

 

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 By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola 

When a relationship that ought to effectively drive our corporate, assigned prophetic activity is merely built on the peripherals of some humanistic, civil, politically correct ideology, we can be rest assured that we are not ready to confluence as Christ regents in matters of kingdom civilization and engagement for the redemption of creation.

If Church leaders are afraid to speak truth to themselves, how can we corporately speak truth to the powers that be? While it is highly critical that we learn to be respectful and civil with each other, it is, however, more critical we learn of truth and to speak the truth openly and cautiously to each other so we can corporately grow in the unity of the faith according to sound, biblical injunction. The fear of being rejected for speaking truth to each other is a clear sign that our understanding of the input of the ministry of the Saints to each other is still very shallow and immature to say the least.

I am afraid to declare that such kind of relationship will never produce the in-depth, intended objective of the Spirit, regardless of how powerful we may individually move in our ministry gifts. Ministry gift is not what perfects the saints; it is of rather the experiential life and nature that shapes the wineskin that houses the gifts and their various functional capacities in the community. Gifts without the maturing of wineskin will do more damage to the construction and perfection of the ecclesia.

 

Jesus, at the age of 12 was already super gifted but had to submit to the life-process of maturing and perfecting the wineskin that will ultimately house and effectively express his gift. I have met many gifted folks who are yet to be matured in the quality of life that can carry and dispense what they’ve been gifted with.

To build a ministry or relationship from the standpoint of a powerful gift without the essential character quality lifestyle to regulate and dispense such a gift is a setup for the manifestation of the spirit of pride that will ultimately lead to destruction.

This is one of the reasons Paul warned Timothy not to commit spiritual things to [immature] novice. Being gifted without a refined character to carry and represent such gift is one of the most dangerous things than can happen to you as a Christian.

The need to go through seasons of spiritual development, coupled with real-life challenges is indeed helpful in shaping and imprinting the right character qualities needed in operating our gifts. I was a highly gifted person that was so obvious to many around me, but the Lord brought me to a place where he paralyzed that gift for a season because he needed to work on certain blind spots of my life that I could not see not accept even when I was shown by others.

A significant hindrance to our corporation as gifted leaders in the Body of Christ is center around pride and insecurity. When we are yet to learn, as ministers of the gospel the significance of the ministry of the Saints, we cannot effectively function in our individual ministries to the world and creation.

Our definition of ministry is entirely out of biblical order and priority. We judge and approve each other based on gifts, influence and material acquisition and not on the level of spiritual experience and maturity.

There are people I have met on my journey of spiritual apostolic transition, including young Millennials who are still in the thirty-fold reality of the understanding of spiritual things, who have tried to undermine my prophetic assignment because they cannot find around me those material things they’ve been asked to look for when a so-called ‘seasoned apostle or prophet’ stand to speak. In most cases when I feel like giving them a piece of my heart in rebuke, the Lord often correct me not to do so, because that would mean that I am subjecting myself to their ungodly, carnal opinion.

Our measuring standard and values of spiritual matters need to be drastically readjusted if we are ever going to enter the prophetic scope of divine engagement; the correction of sight must be a major priority for many of us particularly here in Africa. The condition of poverty propelled through the false gospel of mammon and materialism has almost destroyed the right footing and template of sound spiritual relationship and leadership in the Body of Christ.

There’s a company of individual’s heaven has prepared and sent that will help us embrace the process of the maturation of our gifts and wineskin, but we need humility and the spirit of mutual submission to awaken our hearts to see and embrace them. Regardless of how gifted you are in this season, you need to come to terms with the current emphasis of the Lord, which is, all gifts must be collapsed into the character lifestyle of the Spirit of Sonship.

This means that the Lord desires a corporate man in the earth that will function in the ascended power of the ascended Christ. Gifts were only given to the Body of Christ when Christ ascended on high.  Therefore, only those with the ascended character lifestyle of Christ can function in the full potential of their callings and gifts. The emphasis of the Lord for this hour is a lifestyle that is correctly configured to house not just our gifts but to understand the humanity of others even as we seek to connect with their spirituality for effective ministry.

This lesson will assist us to discern others, particularly leaders beyond just the operation of their gifts. The anointing is a seal of our calling and assignment, but to effectively function in the anointing, we also need to be developed in the Spirit of wisdom and understanding such that our insight and knowledge regarding other folks can tamper with matured ministry of mercy and grace. The ministry of mercy and grace are the trophies of our victory through the journey of accurate transition of our gift and callings. When we are able to finally see people the way the Lord sees them, then, we are able to relate and flow in the spirit of mercy and grace as we corporately share hearts and gifts together for the kingdom advancement.

To engage with a well matured, apostolic [value system] ministry on this third day, the church, especially, its leaders and the elders must learn the routine of handling necked truth with wisdom, mercy and grace without being ashamed of each other’s weakness of failure. One of the principal characters of truth is that it exposes the very core of our being, and when we are truly open to others and their gifts, we will not only see their ability, but we shall also see and share in their disabilities, and this is highly critical in the principle of relationship in administering our ascended ministry gifts.

If we are unable to effectively manage the weaknesses and exposures of each other’s blind spots and spiritual defects, we are merely playing church and peddling with things meant for mature elders, seers, prophets, and watchmen at the gate. It’s about time the church and its leadership leaves behind childish ways and thinking.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13: 11-12

THE POWER OF LEARNING BY ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION

 

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THE POWER OF LEARNING BY

 ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION

The principle of undressing for redressing  

 

BY ISAIAH-PHILLIPS AKINTOLA

 

Do you know that your destiny could be hanging on the kind of question you’ve been asking yourself for decades? You need to move from the ‘why to the what’ question if you desire to see a change in your life, career, and relationships  

Many have failed in the past, including me to some degree, not because we are not born intelligent, but because we are deficient in asking and answering questions. Asking questions has their advantages and of cause their disadvantage if wisdom is not allowed to guide.  Questions can provoke as they can inspire. When a question is cynical, then you need the highest grade of wisdom and intelligence to effectively respond, so you’re not entrapped. Yet, there can be no development without asking questions, particularly the right ones. The technological advancements made today are a direct result of questions asked.

Questions can open a new frontier of knowledge, creativity, development, and productivity if we know how to ask the right questions. One of the primary ways God trains and develop his disciples, particularly, those who will be entering the prophetic arena, is through asking them a series of questions. The Bible is filled with chapters and verse where man is not the one asking questions, but God himself doing the asking.

 The purpose of asking and answering questions is to test intelligence. The word of God is filled with questions and answers, and if we learn how to process, question either from a deep philosophical point or from an ascended spiritual point, we have the edge in dealing with the highly complex realities of life.  The technic, or should I say, the philosophy of asking and answering a question is one of the most important keys to success in any field of existence, yet, it is the list taught in schools, and regrettably, in most Church communities today.

The issue of the understanding question and knowing ‘the how’ to process them before answering is something I’ve discovered as one of the most important keys to human development and transformation yet; it is increasingly becoming less understood by many, particularly the 21st-century society.  Many of us have been asking the wrong questions all our lives and that’s the reason we still seem to be stocked in the same old spot of mentality.  An immature person does not know nor understands how to process life’s question, particularly, when they are spiritually based. I grew up asking questions but unfortunately, they were the wrong questions.

Many fallen humans began life on the wrong footing, but that does does not mean that the good plan and purpose of the Father for our lives has changed because we asked the wrong question. God’s plan for us are eternally set to bring us to the place of his ordained prophetic program but we need to know how the principle of life works in order to set in motion the right value system that aligns us to effective living.

You cannot start your life or the life of your children by asking the wrong questions as assume you will end up in the destined planned of the Father for your life.  When your life begins with wrong influence, environment, people, challenges, seemingly failure, there’s every tendency that you start processing those challenges with the wrong emotion which is usually done by asking the why question. The question of why did my Father leave my Mom?  Why did my uncle rape me and my sister, why can’t I be smart like that other girl in my class? Why am I an orphan?  why didn’t I get the Job? Why do I keep going back to the same sin?

Due to asking the question of why, many today are faced with the grim dilemma of disappointment, discouragement, and suicide because they seem to be asking the wrong question. The principle of motivating yourself is edged on the concept of asking the right question. You can also be demotivated by either not understanding what is taking place around or within you, or simply asking the wrong question and listening effectively for to the correct answer.

The wrong question will never lead to the right answer. I am sure you’ve heard of the statement, there’s nothing like asking the wrong question, that may be true to a certain level, but if you genuinely desire to fast-track your destiny, you need to learn the art of asking the right question. This challenge, as I have noticed it is not just a secular human issue, but more of a spiritual one if we critically examine it.

How many times you’ve tried reading the Bible or process what a passage is saying, but you seem to be clueless understanding what the scripture is communicating? How many times have you tried praying, but seem not to hear any response from God? The challenge is not just about what we are seeking in terms of prayer but the context of how we frame our request before the Father. It is often about not asking the right question when engaging with the things of the Spirit.

 The matters of the Spirit just like in the natural are based on how we intelligently process questions or problems. If your concept of treating life challenges either in marriage, school, or workplace is based on why and not what, there’s every possibility that you will not arrive at the correct answer, and you know what that means, the problem continues unabated.

THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION

There are two most important questions you will ever ask in your journey of life, and they are the question of why and what.  How you view these two questions speaks a lot about knowledge, wisdom, and perspective to life. If your view of life is fixative on why? You will not only be spiritual and emotionally drained and be limited in your options of answers, but might also be psychologically and emotionally crippled from reaching your life full potential.

The what question gives you the insight of opportunity to see your life and its complex challenges or even the trials playing out on a daily basis as a real opportunity to turn failures into triumph than being a victim. The why question makes us a victim rather than an indeed engineered system solution. How you approach the subject of ‘why and what’ is as critical as understanding the essence of your existence. If have highlighted this point as an important pointer to moving towards that position the Father will have you and me come into in this next phase of our advancement in spiritual realities.

Let’s stop living our lives on the why me question, and start moving towards asking the Lord, what are you doing so I may align myself to your will. aligning your will to the Father’s divine purpose begins with knowing the what question. When the what question becomes clear, then you are ready to face any challenge, trial or need because you have a perspective on the problem or battle at hand. Many have given up before the breakthrough arrived, many have opted for separation and divorce before the breakthrough comes because they were building their expectation on why instead

SOUTH AFRICA AND ITS SEXUALIZED CULTURE.

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SOUTH AFRICA AND ITS SEXUALIZED CULTURE.

Grappling within teens girls

 Motherhood culture…

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

On Friday, the 6th of September 2018, I listened to a troubling presentation done by stats SA, Home Affairs, and the department of education on SABC on the impact of teenage pregnancy in South Africa.

Information from SA statistics

Numbers released by Statistics South Africa last week (30 August 2018) show that more than 3 000 girls aged between 10 and 14 became mothers or registered the births of their children in South Africa last year. Over 100 000 teenagers became moms in the same year.

 

The Recorded Live Births report commissioned by the state’s official statistician, Statistics South Africa, showed that a total of 3 261 girl children aged between 10 and 14 became registered mothers in South Africa last year. Of the 3 261, 1 959 registered the births, late which means the babies were born earlier.

 

This is a shocking information that should trouble any serious government, individual, church, or community leader. As I listen to this interview on SABC 3, I could not avoid tears rolling down my eyes as my thoughts began to ponder about the future of these children who have become mothers with absentee fathers. It is said that seventy percent of the fathers of these teen mothers are nowhere to be found, they’re identities cannot be captured on the Home Affairs database.

This is the height of irresponsibility from the men who impregnate these girls. It is likewise affirmed that South Africa is becoming a fatherless generation. Meaning that most of the children being born are growing up without a father in the house, no wonder many of the South African boys are becoming homosexuals, due to this lack of a well-defined identity by their fathers. These are all big issues that could overwhelm anyone without the required spiritual wisdom and apostolic, governmental grace to engage them effectively. When you listen to some social issues, you will immediately agree with most of the things I’ve been saying that the church needs to change its wineskin and concept of visibility and operation within society.

 A weak, religious, church, philosophy does not have the required capacity for such complex, socioeconomic and sociocultural challenges.  I have had several versions of the reason why teenage pregnancy is increasing in South Africa, especially, amongst the colored and black community, but the one that shocks me the most is, teens are lured by some guys, or their parents just for the sake of the social grants that come from the government.

The question is, how much do these teenagers get from the social department that they would forfeit their future for this kind of lifestyle. Something is terribly wrong with the social fabric of this nation that requires an urgent, strategic engagement to be fixed. There cannot be a lasting economic security for South Africa if these challenges are not handled seriously and effectively. When you convert the monetary loss of this social irresponsibility from the taxpayer, then you’ll realize that the nation is actually at a loss than gain.

The money government is spending to try to manage these avoidable issues are far greater than the money they can spend on preventing and empowering these teens to become better, productive citizens. But of the cause, this is seen as a political strategy by some politician to stay in power. The government cannot continue to play political games with the lives and destiny of this vulnerable teens.

It is highly hypocritical to preach or talk about moral regeneration while the very system that drives the laws and policy mechanism of South Africa, allows pupils as young as the age of 12 to be loose and indecent, by giving them the freedom they have no mental or emotional capacity to handle. Please, don’t get me wrong, every child should, and must be given the space and the right to express their God-given or constitutional right of freedom.  We shall elaborate more on this point, but for now let’s look at this rising, destructive trend.

Irresponsible policy and leadership

The idea of promoting social rights and freedom by allowing children to have their choice in such a highly complex matter, in my strong opinion, is an irresponsible policy decision, particularly in a society like that of South Africa where it is still struggling with one of the highest rates of marginalization, poverty, and inequality, divorce, criminal activity, drugs, prostitution, and the list continues. To allow teens to experiment on drugs, alcohol, and sex is not only immoral but a failure in leadership right from the position of parenthood all the way to those in church and state power.

Experimenting sex certainly is not part of the preparation for educational empowerment, nation-building, or economic development, if you ask me. In fact, it is one of the easiest ways to destroy a nation and its economy. Such high-level call to allow teens to make a decision on when to start seeing the posit sex openly is a violation of the moral dignity of society.

To do such a thing requires a deep sense of maturity and responsibility that should first be carefully taught and nurtured, not just within the walls of a classroom, as crucially important as that may be, but by a well-informed parent, who should by default know the character formation of their children’s sexuality better than any teacher, social workers, or any other entity or group in the society for that matter.

 

There are certain rights that should be effectively managed and held in custody of the true ministry of parenthood, while they seek to build the right, quality character foundation that should allow their child to effectively grow up spiritually, psychologically, and biologically. The position of responsibility and accountability of the choice and decisions made in life begins from the solid foundation established through the assignment of parenthood.

It is a fact that feelings and sexual chemicals within humans are most active between the teenage and adulthood stage, yet, if the right, balance, educational interaction and relationship is formed between caregivers and parents, such period can be correctly and effectively managed with the help of right leadership from all the necessary stakeholders.

Teen sexualization

Two months back, a news made headlines on SABC news, which said that primary school children, this is the age between 4-10 are more sexually active than teens in the secondary grades. This is shameful and shocking, to say the least.  This almost sounds impossible, but of course, the truth is being told, and we sure do need to wake up to this reality.

 

Sometimes, you want to ask the question, where are the parents? But the fact is, we know where the parents are. Many of them are very busy trying to make ends meet; and unfortunately, by the weekend, many of the parents are both drunk with alcohol. I have seen too much of this scenario, and this is often the opportunity where these predators gained the opening into the lives of these teens.

 

For the rich parents, they hardly care or have the time to bother about the emotional or spiritual state of their children because they are all over the place, playing the high life as long there’s enough money for the caregivers and housekeepers to spend on the children.

 

These children who are regularly mentored on TV Popstars, and the irresponsible nude shows they watch, begin to emulate what they saw on the television with one another. The world of the YouTube and other social media has not really helped them. The culture of sex and sexual idolization that is accepted and practiced by the Europeans and the Americans becomes the preferred culture most teenagers want to embrace without thinking of the consequence.             

 

South Africa has grown to become a highly sexualized society, like many other western and European countries, unfortunately, and this is not good for a nation that is highly youthful in the number of its population, and still very young in its democratic formation, and the process of integrated sociocultural ideology. The almost nonexistent or loss of the sense of moral compass of the society, in general, is like trying to take a journey without a map or a directional GPS to lead one that precise destination.

Before proceeding into the issue I’ll like to bring to our attention, I think it is critical for us to lay this foundation as we ask some key questions that should give us a sense of objectivity and direction, and these questions are, what is the collective vision of South Africa for the future? where are we going as a nation, what can we define as that point of arrival in terms of the value model of the nation?

 

What sort of future do we envision for our kids? Who is the architect of this visionary mandate for the nation, what philosophy and ideology foundation, formulate the knowledge and understanding of such vision for the nation?

How do we intend to arrive at that future? And lastly, dose such vision carries within its compass, a moral direction, and what informs such morality? I have deliberately placed these questions in the front view of the challenges that are before us so we can have a measuring rod system to judge and appraise where we are now and where we want to be tomorrow.

It is clear that the footing of the eventual implosion and collapse of any society starts with the condition, and maybe, the celebration of its denial mechanisms. The inability to humbly identify and courageously challenge headlong, the moral deficiency of a society is first a problem of a weak and uninformed leadership character.

One of the main assignments of leadership right from the core family unit to the place of a provincial, national, and international space, is to shape and inform citizens in a particular manner that allows a sense of character discipline through the promotion of sheered moral values. Understanding the complexity of the formation of society, in terms of exposure, educational brackets, race, religious preference, and economic status, and other sociocultural realities enhances a great deal the precise formation of the right, national identity that helps in bridging the divided gaps.

Seventy percent of the population of South African falls under the bracket of millennial, meaning that the culture and direction of its values should be one that is speaking into the formation and establishment of a sound moral character discipline required in the building of the necessary productive template for personal and societal development.

How can we begin to address the concept of transformation when we have directly neglected the core process of forming the base of a solid foundational principle in human development? The misplaced priority in the process of democratic value has continued to play out in the kind of people the society produces today. The lack of a clear, balanced understanding of the type of nation we want to see lead us to adopt a kind of a finished product of societies that do not fully reflect nor represent a mold value of a stable society.

If our ideology and definition of building a strong nation is merely fixated on growing the economy without first developing a well-informed, disciplined, highly educated society with a strong moral based community, am afraid, all that we have invested time, money, and energy to build will soon be destroyed under the pressure of indiscipline.  To assume we can build a progressive, prosperous society without investing in a solid, and a well-balanced, behavioral, moral character values of millennia are a lie.

What is this blessers ideology in SA?

I have listened to this idea of a group of rich and highly influential individuals known as the blessers, who assume the responsibility of providing a financial and material blessing to young ladies, even if they are married in exchange for sexual pleasure. The most unfortunate thing about this is, many of these men are members of churches who play key leadership roles, while others are in the private and political space, who act on behalf of the government in society.

The question, however, is, what is driving South Africa, particularly, the millennial generation, as a society that is becoming extremely sexualized? What do I mean by being sexualized? Let me start by answering this question by sharing what came out of google search when I asked for what it means in definition as a sexualized society? This is the answer “there are societies where women apparently do not masturbate, do not feel any particular pleasure by sexual activity, and where female orgasm is an unknown phenomenon that does not even have a name.  Female sexual desire is a quality that can be fostered or suppressed during upbringing”.

 

You will certainly agree with me that this is a very shallow expiation with an undertone agenda of what the media wants to promote regarding the ideology of sex and sexuality, and this is certainly of the challenge’s society is faced with today, the disinformation and neutralization of truth.  If we don’t seek to prove to learn and truly find out what we are seeking for, we shall be given a wrong value and ideology of the real nature of things. It is a natural, non-truth that humans by default, experiment and utilize sex for different purposes beyond the act of seeking pleasure.  

 

Sex can be used as a weapon to win dominance, influence, position, authority and power. It can be used to blackmail, intimidate, manipulate, gain both material and financial status.  Because of the pleasure and power behind sex, it has become a tool many are now using to elevate themselves to whatever status, they desire as long as they can maintain the mechanism of attraction from the side of the female and provision from the side of the male.

    

 Meaning that almost everything within the daily, operative social system of human’s is one that gravitates towards the promotion and idolization of sex as a communicative, advertising tool. Normalizing the idea and culture of using sex even as children and teens as a normal, acceptable, open practice is an agenda that has been pushed forth for decades that has finally become a reality.

 

Sex is a gift from God to consummate a relationship that is tied in the love and covenant of marriage. Sex outside marriage is not just biblically wrong but carries the potential to destroy the joy of individuals, and the moral balance of society.

The idea of sex as an inter-cause between two intimate individuals has become a long gone, obsolete idea within the cultural system of the 21st-century society. Sex and sexy terminology have become so interfaced and inter-used in sales promotion, and even in just normal conversations. It’s become so bad that I have often heard and read many of our Christian fellow sister social media post, use the term ’sexy’ to refer to themselves or their children while they are trying to express some form of beauty complement.

There has been certainly a systematic groundwork of desensitization, in terms of the kind of societal values certain groups, or entities would like to see in South Africa, and I believe such a mission must have begun right from the Apartheid days, or even before.

Sexualizing a society is a powerful means of not just stealing or destroying just the identity AND FUTURE of a society, it’s also a powerful method of owning and enslaving the people.  When you give a careful thought to what I’ve just said, it will undoubtedly prove why the issue of the 21ST-century slavery trade is the second largest trade in the world; abuse of women, girl-child, and the sodomizing of teenage boys is on the increase even within the walls of the Church.  

 

The point we must not lose focus of, which I think is highly important in dealing with these multi-layered, complex issues before is that, South Africa as a nation is a nation that is suffering from:

  1. SELF-ABUSE,
  2. POWER ABUSE,
  3. CULTURE ABUSE,
  4. RELIGIOUS ABUSE, AND LASTLY,
  5. SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

These abuses speak directly to what I have earlier alluded to, when you desensitized a nation in terms of what defines its identity and core value of such society, you have indirectly opened such a society to accept abuse as her normal ways of life.

What is the driving force behind teen pregnancy?

What in the world will drives teens, undergraduates, and most young professional, both ladies and men alike, into such a perverted, concept of financial lifestyle known as blessers?  Well, it is clear that it is both ignorance and poverty, which is not just the lack of money, but the total lack of the right, moral, value within homes and communities. When the lack of decency increases within society, it opens the door for other kinds of abnormality to thrive.

Yes, the economy plays a key role in how individuals and the society respond to sociocultural challenges, but we cannot lay the blame solely on the lack of finance or opportunity on issues that bring disgrace and shame to our names, families, community, and national identity.

The impact of the kind of lifestyle we choose to accept and practice as a social norm has a nation carries a greater impact in our socioeconomic condition than we can imagine. There’s no doubt that we are seated with a major social crisis time bomb in South Africa than we admit, and it will take an open acknowledgment of this, in humility to begin to find the right solution so we can salvage the destiny of our children and the millennial.

There are several complex, multi-layered issues that have grossly contributed to this major challenge, currently threatening the future of teens and millennia that must be addressed precisely and strategically. But the greatest contributor comes from the abdication of parental visibility and leadership responsibility within the family and the broader community. What do I mean by this? When fathers and mothers directly or indirectly neglect their sole objective and responsibility to others, particularly, to the government, social workers, traditional rulers, and the church community.

There are several abnormally I have personally noticed, having lived in this nation for almost two decades now, and I have watched how children have been left and neglected to assume the role of parenthood for their siblings, of course, due to several reasons. The first major reason is directly connected to the issue of poverty. Poverty is a major contributor to the sociocultural challenges the nation is faced with. Yet, poverty must be understood, way beyond the narrow-minded definition of the mere lack of money, or the opportunities one need in life.

Poverty is a state of mind, affected by other factors, which includes the lack of a sound, relevant, all-inclusive, educational, productive system. You don’t necessarily need to have a degree as highly as important as it is to have a good, qualitative educational culture. While I advocate education for all, I, however, believe that education must be tailored made for various reasons that should correctly address the unique challenges and limitation of individuals and their society. To address poverty, you have to correctly and efficiently identify people’s history and social exposures mechanism.

Poverty is how we think, and have been made to see others, particularly, those we think are far better us, or the people we assume we are better than them. It is amazing what the indoctrination of poverty can produce within the mind frame of fallen human thought pattern. Poverty doesn’t just produce a false sense of high self-esteem, it also creates a deep sense of destructive, low self-esteem that allows for all sorts of dysfunctional, rebellious, behavioral patterns to existence, particularly amongst children and teens.

Poverty, the lack of an honorable sense of dignity, identity is the central core of prostitution if you begin to think about it. While people may say it’s a job that pays, and that may be a fact, but what kind of a job do you want to get yourself involved in, that will make you offer the most sacred part of your Body to be violated for a few minutes just for money? This is a practice that destroys not just your body, but also your identity and dignity. It’s a recognized fact that prostitution is now a general practice even amongst teens in primary and secondary schools here in SA.

This is one of the reasons where all kinds of dysfunctional, delinquent characters are being displayed in the schools. Schoolers are not merely sleeping with other pupils, they are now having sex with their instructors. Some of the girls are disrespecting their female teachers to the point of physically hurting them. Teen girls have become more aggressive in the schools. Drugs and alcohol are being used in schools, while the teachers can do very little to challenge or try to stop them.

The role of Apartheid

 

Some of these teens now willfully record and post these obscene acts on the internet for others to watch as if they are advertising themselves, and the unfortunate things is, the church and government seem not to have the right, effective solution in addressing the challenge.  As I struggle to understand some of these factors that lead to this massive manifestation of such character within the young democratic culture of South Africa, I cannot but to link some of these issues to the ungodly, legacy of apartheid, racist, segregation policy.

Now, I am not saying the regime promoted the act of indecency. In fact, I think, at least, on face value that they stood against it. But the very agenda they promoted surely did clear the pathway for the kind of dysfunctional family and societal lifestyle we are witnessing today.

Apartheid was more than a geographical and economic segregation but was a psychological weapon used in trying to dehumanize others that don’t fit into their definition of whiteness exclusiveness. Apartheid used race, science, education, medicine, the economy, church and religion, and of course, other forms of segregation and sexuality in trying to destroy the majority’s identity so they may control the people at will.

This diabolic, destructive agenda was not hidden from the today, ruling party, but unfortunately, when they came to power, they refused to tackle the very heart of this problem. They, rather, went into building ineffective schools and in-functional RDP housing units that could not adequately address and correct the complex, sociocultural and economic divide of society.

The lack of the correct, determined political will to address the wrong of the past through massive, aggressive campaign to sensitize society, particularly, those who have suffered massive segregation, marginalization.  Those who have been excluded from the mainstream economy has to be systematically addressed not just by giving them what is known as RDP houses that don’t address the issue of community exclusions, and the present reintegration.

Rebuilding the social structure of South Africa starts by engaging the false, social views, most people living within the poverty bracket have been systematically forced into belief and accept.  You cannot change people by merely seeking to change their clothes. No. You must be ready to reach deep into their frame of thought, you need to address their understanding to live, self, and the environment.  We need to carefully and honestly identify the challenges, understand them thoroughly, and humble ourselves to seek for the right, lasting solution in addressing them.

BATTLING DISCONNECTION IN THE WORLD OF CONNECTIVITY.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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!