LIFE IS A JOURNEY TOWARD FREEDOM

 

life is a journey

 

LIFE IS A JOURNEY TOWARD FREEDOM
A LIFE TRANSFORMING ARTICLE.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

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

Introduction

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Managing our past

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Embracing your future in freedom

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

My own life experience

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

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

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

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

Introduction to God’s love

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

The experience that makes us effective

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

SPIRITUAL ETHOS AND KINGDOM COMMUNITY.

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SPIRITUAL ETHOS

AND KINGDOM COMMUNITY.

Reclaiming the blueprint of kingdom community

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Acts chapter 4

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

 Act chapter 2

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

THE MATRIX OF KINGDOM ETHOS

In this scripture above, we are introduced to the matrix that shaped and defined the community life of the body of Christ and the institution called the ecclessia. 

These two scriptures can be said to be the summary of what the church ought to become in its progressive advanced stage of maturity and representation.

The world of the church is shaped and measured by what these scriptures declares, and I strongly believe that we are stepping into that arena where we are going to witness this kind of kingdom community across the world again even in greater measure of life and power. Anything outside the concept and value order described in these passages certainly do not represent the eternal objective of the father for his Body.

The quality of heart and soul that formed the foundation on which the apostolic spirit was released is much needed again today even as we continue to witness the shaking of everything the father has not defined to be his church. How we need the wind and fire of God again in our gatherings so there can be a clear demarcation of the profane from the holy.

It is evidently clear than we need to reexamine with clarity what constitute spiritual life and culture of the Saints. As we continue to reap the impact of biblical truth misrepresentation and foreign doctrines and ideologies within the body of Christ, we now need to rise to the task of drilling deep into the core of what a true apostolic community means and represent not just before the father, or the Church, but also before the world as the days of Daniel in Babylon and Joseph in Egypt. The nature of the days we live in no longer permits us to be presumptive, casual, or frivolous with our mandate of divine representation.

THE CHALLENGE OF TODAY’S CHURCH SYSTEM

There are several issues that has bedeviled the Body of Christ till this very moment; from the issues of wrong doctrine, inconsistent character lifestyle, financial misappropriation, excessive focus on miracles without biblical foundation, materialism and prosperity message, to sexual scandals from leaders and members of the church to the lack of effective visibility of the church in assisting the socioeconomic challenges of the very poor and vulnerable in society.

These unfortunate issues have caused many within and outside the church system to start challenging the legitimacy of some the so-called spiritual demands and practices within the Church community for example the idea of tithing one tent of our income to the church.

Many are now calling for the collapse of the current religious system of worship which is modeled after the worldly Babylonian system, and the fact is, many no longer believe in the denominational, episcopal concept of church leadership which is basically built on a worldly system of religious service. This certainly gives reason to why many now belong to the house church groups which are seen to be more open and honest in dealing with each other’s desire in the journey of spiritual discovery.

 Any religious system that segregates or disenfranchise people due to some religious rites and influences does not represent the eternal blueprint of Christ for establishing his Church. The church of Christ was not built on Peter like some erroneously assumed; the church was established on the revelation of Christ showed to Peter by our heavenly father.

 

CORRECTING THE MISCONCEPTION

A man does not initiate nor owns a church; a man whose life has been thoroughly processed and prepared in the school of Christ can be used to kick start the process of what the father desire to carry out through Christ Body, and once that is initiated, such a person must then allow the ministry of the apostolic/prophetic foundation to commence with Christ been the chief cornerstone.

The misconception of who owns the church in terms of how such assembly was formed has been a major controversy, and this should not be if there’s a clear revelatory insight to how the Lord desire his church to be birthed, formed and shaped. While the idea of initiating the birth of a church in a region may be given to a man, it is however impotent we understand that the church is own by Christ. He said I will build my church…

Christ is the builder of his Church, and his Church is not the building made of stones and bricks. Christ church is made of hearts and souls of men, united together in their eternal prophetic identity, values and callings.

The church is a body that functions as a coherent biological organism. Many have been subtly seduced to fix their attention more on the church as a business organization rather than a biological organism with a divine culture ecosystem, ordained to con-depend on each other’s creative part in providing the required nutrients and nourishments for each component of the corporate body to effectively grow and mature into Christ.  The church of the Lord is built and sustained through circumcised and consecrated hearts, called living stones.

The determination to confront the inaccurate definition and miss-representation of what church of the Lord and its leadership constitute in society has never been so under the pressure of media and government scrutinization, and If you ask me, I personally believe that this is the doing of the Lord to separate the wheat from the chaff. The church of the Lord cannot continue business as usual, things are changing very fast, and we must grasp the entire apostolic picture of the present demand of the house the father is constructing.

 

RECLAIMING THE CHURCH’S CULTURE

This material is not an exhaustive work on this subject but the piece of information here can help to kickstart a conversation of many of these issues that is crippling the maturity and advancement of the Church in this new epoch. We are in the consummation of an Age, as the dawn of a new spiritual season falls on us. We must learn to prepare to enter this new day of the Lord travelling light without any form of bitterness and confusion with regards to our position as members of the body of Christ.

Therefore, looking back to recapture the essence and ethos of the church, in my view is one of the most important subject if we must effectively advance into the 21st century reality of our mandate. Looking at Acts chapter 2 and chapter 4 we do not only see what culture constitute in terms of the spiritual ethos of the saints, but we also see in clear definition the very life essence and the objectives of the ecclesia as a community, ordained to wholly represent the new order of a kingdom civilization on earth.

 In this order of community representation, we immediately see certain powerful concepts that shaped the spiritual footing and the ecosystem on which Body of Christ was formed. These highlighted points, I referred to here as the main building blocks of the spiritual ethos [culture] of the ecclesia. These building blocks can be defined as the core base philosophies of a sound, biblical apostolic kingdom community:

An education and relational system

A sustainable spiritual life ecosystem

A powerful shared community faith system

A socioeconomic financial ecosystem

THE INVISIBLE WAR OF CULTURE

Here is a fact, for any mission or objective to have a resounding successful inroad in the society, its representatives must without doubt understand the vision, or what can be said to be the ultimate end of such vision.  Still, to only have the end in mind without considering the correctness of the vehicle, designed to drive such vision, which I choose to refer to as PHILOSOPHY, is to die.

 While the understanding of vision is highly significant in keeping the end of our assignment in focus, however, the philosophy that shapes and drives such vision must become the motivating arrowhead that guides the highly needed values and ideology for interacting and engaging others within society.  Culture is a powerful system, nations and societies for centuries have used to conquer, control, and even to push the influence of their political and economic crusade across regions.

The Babylonians and the Roman empires used the power of culture to assimilate the nations they conquered in war times. Culture seeks to target your identity, language, beliefs and diet. This very principle is still very much in use today by some of the world super powers.

It’s amazing to discover that many have never been to America, the United Kingdom or Europe, yet, these powerful western cultures bear their fingerprint in almost everything people across the world do, say, and buy. Many in Africa, especially South Africa whose economic socialist policy seem to be anti-west have been directly and indirectly assimilated by the powerful American cultural value system.

Culture has gone beyond the keeping of some moral codes as important as they are; culture has far exceeded the norms passed down by the traditions and beliefs of our ancestors. Today we see the progressive humanist agenda pushing to rewrite and redefine the understanding of what culture and believes means to our children, teens, and Millennials as the new normal of a post-modern New Age society.

New age culture has become the DNA that defines today’s, democratic, globalized, one world anti-Christ movement.  We live in a world of cultural battles; the ideologies that govern our beliefs, even as a follower of Christ, we are constantly embattled by strong foreign values and appetites that appeals to our soulish desires and preference.

Many of our church leaders, including husbands and fathers have lost the power of living by sound morally ordered manhood family ideology. Unfortunately for us, the enemy we are faced with today are fighting the battle of ideology and not of capital or materialism as the media will strongly want us to believe. Behind every dollar earned by the jihadist movement, there’s a clear aim to further push their ungodly agenda of destruction.

THE PHILOSOPHY OF MONEY IN CULTURE FORMATION

The Islamic Jihadist without doubt have almost penetrated every aspect of societal life. You find them across the major cities of the western world as their government tries very hard to keep their security operators equipped, which are usually seen as some of the best in the world.

The evil philosophy driving these crusaders of destruction do not mind intermingling with the richest in society, or the poorest in vulnerable communities in order to infiltrate these grassroot with their diabolic ideologies. Weak immigrational laws have allowed this ungodly religious philosophy to breed their evil seed within the most vulnerable within the society. They have taken the concept of micro economic principle to infiltrate aspects of the society government will hardly noticed, and before you know it, they have caused irrevocable damages amongst the most vulnerable of the society.

The church must change its attitude and philosophy of money if we are going to win the battle in this end of days. We cannot afford to have a church who merely sees and use money for its own personal enrichment, survival and material display, such immature frame of thinking has long become obsolete. Money is a tool to use in advancing true godly kingdom prophetic agenda. Having a strategic blueprint to how money and the church offering should be administered in our priestly assignment is the next challenge the Body of Christ must be ready to face headlong even as the church’s monetary system is under harsh scrutiny today from all aspects.

 The understanding of money and other forms of capital in driving the concept of a kingdom philosophy is highly critical if the church must advance in fulfilling her apostolic mandate in this season. In this season of kingdom agenda, our spiritual culture must be upgraded, or do I say, return to its original designed agenda.   We need a different order of priestly philosophy that clearly understand the mind of the father towards money in the advancement of driving sound, apostolic leadership and socioeconomic influence, especially in the marketplace.

 Money is a powerful economic tool that empowers the inner configuration of its bearer or seeks to control or own those who have less of it or more of it. It all depends on the configuration of the heart’s posture that drives its bearer.

Therefore, a follower of Christ without a sound spiritual philosophy when it comes to money, is like a group of individuals in the house of representative without full legislative powers to effect policies. When the assault against the church shifted to fighting the core footing of the church’s values and philosophy, the powers of darkness began to win its battle against the saints.

The enemy truly don’t care how powerful our sermon may sound, or how beautiful are our songs, nor does he really bother about the numbers of mega structures we are able to build as long as we don’t wake up to the true reality of our ascended philosophy.  Philosophy is what people with vision and objective live or die for, and that is becoming even clearer today. The church must now shift aware from an ideology of MERELY USING ITS RESOURCE AND GRACE FOR SELF-ENRICHMENT AND SELF-ENTERTAINMENT TO WHAT IT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR WHICH IS TO DISCIPLE NATIONS.

 

THE MSSING LINK

There’s a missing link in today’s definition and practice of Christianity that has made it so easy for it to be infiltrated and influenced by other strange religious beliefs and ideologies, and this missing link is the removal of what I term as the core spiritual tradition that defines our citizenship as a kingdom of priests and kings unto our God.

 The Church according to 1 Peter chapter 2:9. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. The word nation in this translation refers to a tribe or community with its unique own unique cultural identity. It is clear that what Christ came to establish is complete departure from the former philosophy of interaction and existence. Everything the ecclesia represent stems from the eternal order of the father’s counsel and designee; a pattern of existence that is a blueprint standard and pattern of how humans and society ought to exist at all levels.

In order words, we should not just be identified by our large numbers of gatherings, fine motivational messages, or better still, the mega structures we’ve built that are now call churches. The church is a spiritual entity with a definite cultural identity that ought to be identified by those highlighted four core pillars mentioned above. these foundational pillars are the definer of the ecclesia’s community philosophy of existence as the mandate of the kingdom advances in society.

The point is not just the physicality of what we have built, or desire to achieve in relating to those four ideals, but the spiritual philosophy behind them. If we understand that the primary mission of the Church is to redeem, reform, transform, and restore man back to the divine order in the garden, then we begin to appreciate the need to have a working system, with a technical framework that makes that mission a reality.

 Society should have a clear, definite holistic picture of who we are as it was seen in the first century when the church was born. The very first expression that was clear to then world about the church was its power of community. Ever before the church began to manifest the power to heal and perform miracles on people, the very first thing we see as a priority was its establishment of a powerful ecclesiastical apostolic community lifestyle according to

 2 Corinthians chapter 8

1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

The church as a kingdom community functioned within the framework a true spiritual unity; they first offered themselves to themselves before they ever gave of their belongings to the advancement of the course of their newly found organized community. You will notice from the very beginning that their power of shared community life gave everyone a sense of commitment and responsibility to see the establishment of this new vision to increase and grow beyond the influence of one person. Here is the pattern and I believe without doubt that the present concept of church has completely moved away from the blueprint.

As the nation of Israel was known and identified by its 12-tribal identity, we should also be clearly known and identified by our corporate apostolic kingdom culture with each one, reflecting its own unique life with the broader community culture.

Each of the twelve tribes of Israel carries a unique spirit and leadership assignment that cannot be effectively carried out by other tribes within the nation of God. For example, we know that the tribe of Juda was designed as the leadership arrowhead of the entire clan.

They’ve been chosen by providence to be the tribe that will release the anointing and Spirit of the Messiah to the world. The Levites are known for the priestly assignment within the house of God.  Every time the Lord desire to do something new amongst his people, the Levites are the ones that prepares the ground in terms of consecrating the heart of the people to embrace the desire of God amongst his people. They are also known as those who prepare the entire worship system that leads the people into the presence of God.

Their spirit is zealous in reaching and responding to the holy things of the father.  The point I am emphasizing here is, the community life of the church is a very powerful and unique spiritual principle that must be prophetically understood in the place of building the civilization of the kingdom within earth.

I have always advocated that the heart of this third reformation of the Church of the living God will not merely focus on the message being preached, but will also zero on the very container [vessel] that will be carrying the message. In order words, the environmental life that will house the message will be as important as the very message itself.

The body of Christ can no longer afford a situation where we seem to be hearing the right thing, yet in the same breath the vessel and environment that conveys such message contradict the very life value and culture of the message.

This is hypocrisy at its best. To build an effective platform that will strategically influence society in a very strategic manner must require that will first build a powerful kingdom community with a clear defined cultural system and tradition.

DEFINING THE COMMUNITY OF THE SAINTS

If we refer to the church as the Body of Christ, or a kingdom community, we are then indirectly, or directly saying that we have a clear governing operating system with its own leadership values, socioeconomic philosophy and educational system policy that is generally accepted and implemented by everyone who belongs to the body of Christ.

And this community effectively operates within the larger society without isolating itself as a cult. The very essence of the body of Christ is to influence society, therefore, we are not referring to an idea of isolation here, but a concept of identity and the capacity to effectively resource what we stand for in terms of our calling and assignment within society.

A community by design is coherent, powerful, and effective in the sense that it has all the necessary lifeline components and inputs for its governance, socioeconomic development, productivity, sustainability and independence. The Church is an entity of biblical spiritual community that exist with a common objective to creatively establish the kingdom of God within every sector of human realm. If Adam was given the authority to govern the earth as a king priest before the father, and we see the second man, the last Adam who came to finally restore and consummate that same ministry assignment given to the first man in the garden, It’s obvious that we start focusing the heart of our apostolic assignment into the same frame of the ministry objective in this hour.

To reclaim back every aspect of what the first man lost in the garden in terms of the leadership of the earth, we need to spiritually identify within the community life each one’s grace and positional influence in order to effectively carry out our corporate mandate of restoring and administrating the earth according to divine order.

Meaning, the organs and faculties that defines both the assembling of the ecclesia’s life, and its strategic objectives are not just for the mere sake of interdependence on each other’s gift, resources and grace, but should be seen as a corporate entity that is integrated within the life of Christ to coexist within the common framework of a spiritual culture and citizenship.

Understanding kingdom culture

As we can see according to Acts chapter two that a systematic tradition was being established that will eventually define the framework of the culture that will form the foundation on which the kingdom of God is perfectly established.  Our understanding of culture or even the word tradition is one that has been greatly influenced by the humanistic view lens, and every time we try to understand or define spiritual reality through our inherited, societal frame of thinking, we will definitely not arrive at the right point of truth.

Now, if you try to get a definition of a culture from your secular dictionary you’ll certainly not arrive at the most accurate meaning of the word. Culture defines the commonalities of our identity, perspective, beliefs, character values, faith values, and of cause the shared hope and expectation of our callings and objectives as the body of Christ.  Culture defines the acceptable value system that drives a mission mandate and the philosophy of our common expression and expectation. The fact is, you cannot have any sense of spirituality without a powerful sense of a driven culture philosophy behind it; a sound kingdom culture is spiritual in all intent and purposes. As we have godly centered culture system, so we have perverted and corrupt cultures that promotes the activities of darkness within cities and regions of the earth.

A true, biblical culture does eliminate every form of humanists, racist, nationalistic ideology. The promotion of the unity of faith is only establish through the realization of the common culture we share in the revelatory life and nature of Christ as the Body of Christ.  The challenge we are faced with inside the body of Christ today is that people desire to practice Christianity without a set, defined, biblical cultural value system, and of course this is impossible.

Every kingdom, nation, society, or even companies and organizations establish culture to define the framework of who they are and what they represent. In other words, culture is what defines your identity, values or even services and product amongst others.  When there’s no clear definition and identification of culture within any environment, anyone can do as they wish; lifestyle, expectations and productivity become subversive.

Biblical doctrine is the very framework designed to help the church build a strong cultural philosophy. The believes and practice of Christianity is not just based on some good idea and spirituality passed down through certain popular beliefs and opinions. Biblical doctrines which are the overall teachings of Christ and his prophets and apostles established on certain practices and values system, ordained to release and produce a certain outcome of thinking and behavior that honors and glorifies the father through the power of our individual lifestyle.

To arrive at this kind of predictive community lifestyle within the body of Christ, we must embrace the ministry of sound, apostolic discipleship which is the platform that releases doctrine to the body of Christ. These doctrines which are coherent and consistent throughout the teaching of the old and New Testament lays the foundation to start building a powerful, spiritual community ethos that stand out as a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden to other nations.

 To build a powerful kingdom philosophy which is highly needed now, we need to return to the teachings of Christ. These teachings are filled with strategic, systematic layers of divine truths that enhances our ability to engage ourselves as the body of Christ, and earthly interactions and relationships without compromising our values or moral ethics.

Doctrine by design are biblical teachings that maps out the parameters of what is biblically accepted or rejected as the standard ethical, moral, spiritual values of anyone called to follow the ways and footsteps of Christ. Furthermore, biblical doctrines are principles and spiritual, moral codes taught with the objective to enlighten us in the knowledge, wisdom, ascended understanding of the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ as the only way, the only embodiment of eternal truth, and the very life that creates and sustains all things in heaven and the entire universe.

True doctrine doesn’t just give you good head knowledge, or theology, as many believe today; true spiritual doctrine, or what you may call apostolic doctrine, gives you the key to the power of lifestyle. A lifestyle that transcends your own limited definition and experience of a Church you grew up knowing, or how Christianity ought to be practice. Doctrine lays the foundation for the emergence and representation of accurate kingdom lifestyle with the power and the authority for representation in Egypt or Babylon.

DEFINING THE APOSTOLIC

The apostolic is not a movement.  The apostolic is the foundation and culture on which the New Testament church is built on, and it’s also that spiritual culture is which defines and establishes sound biblical doctrine within the society of God’s people. An authentic, balanced biblical doctrines by design, are the building blocks of a true spiritual ethos. Without a pure apostolic spirit, there can be no formation of the ministry of the ecclesia.

The ecclesia, which is the core representation of the body of Christ to the society sources its revelatory wisdom, knowledge, values and identity from what the ascended fivefold apostolic grace releases to her. The church by design and intent is apostolic because she is ordained and sent by our Lord Jesus Christ to represent its purposes and interest in society. Yes, we are in the day of the restoration of the apostolic ministry because it was one’s systematically dissolved in the church by the diabolic, Roman catholic spirit.

REESTABLISHING APOSTOLIC PHILOSOPHY 

From the beginning of time, the knowledge men received, and the manner in which such knowledge is received and interpreted by others, whether from a religious, biblical, spiritual viewpoint, or from a primitive, cultural, traditional view, or even from today’s secular, charismatic, modalism all stems from the degree of trust and willingness to defend what we believe.

What we believe, and how we came to believe what we believe is something I personally feel needs to be reconsidered as the battle of the last day church narrows down to that of the clash of highly powerful modern and ancient demonic philosophy that now seeks to redefine human culture.

Yes, the church carries the eternal, undoubted truth, but if the church’s idea of truth remains on the peripheral of what such truth can gain for our personal or even corporate growth without addressing the primary reason why the truth was given to us, then, this generation is at the risk of losing the ground of what defines us as Christ representatives. For truth to function in its true potency, it requires a define, spiritually processed thought system that is found on the very revelation and values of Christ our pattern for existence.

A NEW FRONTIER OF WARFARE

A thought that is completely shaped by an ideology that is governed by what I will refer to as an ascended, spiritual philosophy is a powerful, engaging tools system to face the forces of darkness and overcome them. Truth works within certain environment that creates a sense of love, wisdom, understanding, and acceptance of the entire counsel of the father’s will and desire without rejection. The truth is not just some information we know; truth is a life that works within a code system, ordained to change our behavior and perception and outlook.

Therefore, the mind faculties must be trained to accept and process truth in its total sense in other for such truth to permeate the entire philosophy of reasoning. The enemy hates the truth not just because of the information we are going to gain but because of the transformation and liberation such truth will cause to happen within families and societies. The more we embrace the tenants of sound, holistic apostolic truth, the more changes occurs within the frame of societal behavioral lifestyle.

Whenever the mission of truth is sent to reform and transform communities, there’s a powerful principality, assigned to frustrate such mandate.  The nature and objective of warfare have not changed as we see from the beginning. The old ideology the enemy used in the garden to deceive and lure man from the position of truth is still the same today. The only difference is, the manner and focus of attack has slightly shifted from how it used to appear.

The attack on truth today is coming through the utilization of secularism and liberal movement within the community of universities and other government institutions to challenge every kind of philosophy that tries to advance the idea of morality and exclusivity of truth whether from an educational, political, or economic perspective.

The agenda to methodically eradicate Christianity has majorly played out its role by mingling a false value system into the building model of the church’s assignment to reform society through the mission of apostolic discipleship.  Trying to neutralize the spiritual, ideological frame of existence of the 1st century pattern of the church community, which of course remains the authentic, legitimate apostolic footing of the church culture has in many ways strengthened the thrust of today’s capitalist, material driven secular Christianity.

One of the many reasons why we seem to be struggling in making inroads in our apostolic assignment as the church of Christ, most especially in the arena of having a passionate, Christ centered, kingdom driven, entrepreneurial believe system in the Southern region of Africa, and of course, the rest of the world, is because the Church and its faith values have been SEDUCTIVELY, and systematically drifted off the IDEOLOGY of being a KINGDOM ORIENTED PHILOSOPHERS.

When we consider this simple but highly profound definition of philosophy as the study of the fundamental NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE, REALITY AND EXISTENCE, one immediately sees the connection of our position and assignment as the church of the living God.

The increased battle the 21st century church is confronted with is that of the authenticity and acceptance of biblical truth from society. There’s no doubt that sound, biblical apostolic truth is what defines and configures the very footing, foundation, and pillars of our faith philosophy as sons of God.

Yet, when the enemy, through seasons of relentless attacks is finally able to convince some of our leaders and gatekeepers that the very substance of the truth our faith is anchored on is inaccurate and inconclusive, then we’ve got a huge problem that needs urgent doctrinal correction.

The fact is, when Christ gave the command to his church to go disciple the nations, what he was directly saying is, go (display) show the nations, including the Jews, Greeks and the Roman philosophers that his knowledge, wisdom, glory and the majesty of his kingdom is the ultimate of all philosophical standards and values of human culture.

 Emperor Constantine the great was generally known and accepted as one of the deadliest adversaries of the 4th century church; in fact, he was known as the one who managed to infiltrate and fragment the culture and philosophy of the church by merely recognizing and giving the church state political powers.

This emperor never fought the church with swords, bows and arrows. All he needed was to divide the church by giving the church judicial, legislative authority in Rome, which in turn weakened the core driving prophetic agendas of the church which is to win the state to Christ and not just a church organization. This powerful strategy Constantine introduced is still playing out on various levels of our assignment and engagement in Babylon.

 

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

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

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third-day ecclesia.

  

 

                                                                          By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

 

                                                                               PROLOGUE

The Body of Christ has stepped into the day of truth appropriation and the restoration of all things according to the biblical prophetic program. Biblical truth lost during the Dark Age, and more recently, due to the rise of a false global humanism, and religious movement is being restored through the divine order and grace of the Spirit of reformation and of the revelation of Christ.

The revelatory wisdom and the inner character formation gained through the weight of the cross we are daily invited to carry brings to bear, a broadened, in-depth knowledge and an ascended understanding of the very intent and purpose of the Father’s will in all conditions and circumstance. Since all humans, come from a different environment of beliefs, traditions, and socioeconomic realities, our perspective, and interaction to life and its issues generally differ.

Hence, it explains why there seems to be a growing challenge to effectively and correctively pass biblical truth across the various divides of the body of Christ, and sadly, amongst its mainstream leadership organs. Division of knowledge regarding any aspect of kingdom truth is coming to an end. The father’s desire is to bring his entire body to a confluence of his truth, so the church can effectively function in the power of sound apostolic grace.

We can no longer consider what we want to conceive in the word of God without a broad knowledge of heaven’s counsel and purpose. Our believe values and faith operation must be coherent and be established on the overall eternal biblical objective of the father’s sovereign prophetic wisdom and agenda. Truth is a continuity of the proceeding speakings of the father from eternity past to eternity future.

The Body of Christ now lives in an era that is almost indifferent to the core values and principles, designed to build and maintain the proper spiritual structure of its wellbeing.

Furthermore, the courage to challenge these weak, water down, foreign value culture system, currently being promoted within the Body of Christ is indeed becoming even more difficult a task. The almost erosion of the eternal principal materials, required to build a solid spiritual footing for the establishing of a true governmental foundation is being played out all across our society. 

One of the reasons for this spiritual abnormally is purely based on the inability to clearly define and identify what is biblically correct from what has been purported as the truth from a powerful religious system standing against the advancement of God’s prophetic agenda.

The wrong teaching and emphasis that is today plaguing the body of Christ were due to several seasons of compromising the standard requirement of truth and righteousness. The Lord is now restoring a sound, balanced, apostolic understanding of his house, even though this is coming through the most unlikely channels we may expect, yet, they remain consistent with the ancient biblical values and pattern of the father.    

Job, the pattern son

It is astonishing to observe that the righteousness of the patriarch Job, predates the theological definition of righteousness either from the Mosaic law system or from the transitional season of the historic book of Malachi into the New Testament concept of righteousness.

We know that Job was proclaimed a just man, who feared God and interceded for his children and household, perhaps, they might in one way or the other have sinned against the Lord through their lifestyle. Job lived in an epoch where spiritual beings known as sons of God were regularly invited into the council chamber of the father to discuss issues and events relating to the governing sphere and administrative agenda of the father for creation and man.

We are told that Lucifer himself was present in the capacity of his sonship title, and he was asked by the father if he had considered Job, for there’s none as righteous as him in the earth. Lucifer, also known as the son of the morning, challenged the justice system of God by insinuating that Job’s righteousness was based on four cardinal provisions that committed Job to be faithful and righteous. He asked the father to remove those provisions and watch how job will turn his back on the father.

The father then permitted Satan to prove the love, faith, and hope of Job on those four points mentioned.  I believe these four areas of needs Job was tested and proven, which I will later highlight, summarizes the entire request or desire order of all men before the father.

Anyone who can see the father beyond the provision of these four needs can confidently say he or she has conquered the power of self, the power of need, and can now fully access the reality of the kingdom life culture without any form of distraction from the sinful gravitational pull of the earth realm. These are the same area Jesus was tempted after his forty days fast in the wilderness. 

To have what I call a sound standardized knowledge of the divine counsel and purpose of the father for any situation, we do need to critically examine some of this highlighted pointss in a sincere manner that helps us address the issue of the will and dealings of the father even in our so-called position of righteousness.  

  • To what level do we expect the Lord to meticulously test our love, faith, and hope in him?
  • What will be the most precise, acceptable spiritual footing in building a lasting house of the Lord?
  • Since we all came to Christ with a certain preconceived notion of how to think, what to expect, or even receive from God as the value of our redemption position in Christ. Experience and even statistics have, however, proven that these preconceived ideas and belief patterns have greatly impacted on our ability to trust and truly develop in our faith walk in a manner that enhances our capacity to step into the ordained plan of the father for us.
  • Like Peter, many of us might be sincerely wrong in our approach and understanding of the ways and the requirement of the Lord, therefore, we are pressed to a condition where we are able to see who we are for ourselves in order to accept what the Lord has designed our lives to achieve in his prophetic program.
  • How then do we shift from the false expectation imported into our new spiritual identity and culture in Christ?
  • The issues of race, tradition, socioeconomic difference and even financial status within the Christian community is a major challenge today, very few leaders have truly developed the nerves to dare to challenge headlong. The fact is, these very issues have become the leveraging point most church leaders have used to build their so-called ministry. How sad, how do we tackle this false, ungodly, divisive position?
  • When we hear of pain, suffering, persecution, and tribulation, many of us can quickly relate to these realities either from personal experience or from what we have seen or read in the scripture. However, very few truly understand how the Lord, in his sovereignty, uses these challenges to build character and perfect his work in the life of a believer. Many of these highlighted realities are what I have tried to address through this note.

 

If you are therefore serious with your work with the Lord, and truly desire to share in the in-depth experience of moving to the next point of your ascended call in Christ, or maybe you just need a biblical confirmation that you are not after all crazy about what you’ve been faced with since you asked the Lord to use you for his glory.

While this note does not cover all of the answers, but it will surely help you to get a better perspective of the dealings of the Lord for your life and how to step into what I call the standardized principle of accessing the realm of the kingdom of God.

The kingdom of God is a spiritual reality that is only unveiled to us through various seasons of baptism. Being born of the water is a divine, ongoing process that leads us into the in-depth knowledge and experience of the things of the Spirit of the Lord.  Therefore, I am inviting you to please read this material with an open, teachable spirit to hear and see what the Lord may want to share with you and the entire membership of the Body of Christ.  

 

 

 

 

REVELATION, PERCEPTION AND ITS INTERPRETATION Conclusion

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By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

PERSONAL VIEW AND REVELATION

 

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

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

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

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

 

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT AND REVELATION.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH, A GOOD EXAMPLE

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Pressing forward in 2016

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    Pattern of things to come

                          THIS MESSAGE IS ADDRESS TO BELIEVERS WHO

                          SEEM TO HAVE A CLEAR SENSE OF THEIR FUTURE

                            AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT THAT CERTAIN OF

                                WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THEM

                                           

                                          By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

Entering a critical moment of change

Greetings friends and family! We are indeed so grateful to the most high who has again granted us grace through his mercy to be found alive and active as we press towards the finishing line of the year. 2015, like the previous years have witnessed an incredible increase in what the scripture refers to as the birth pang.

The various cultural shifts, socioeconomic and geopolitics maneuvering witnessed across the globe in 2015 all attest to the fact that our world as entered a critical moment in the redesigning of its political and economic reliance.

We have seen unprecedented changes take place within the core belief system of society in terms of how religion and the New Age believe system is now shaping leadership and the perceptive moral footing of the 21st century society. Our nation here in South Africa was not left behind in the crusade of seeking and charting a new socioeconomic leadership direction.

 

South African, searching for a new leadership philosophy

As we begin to witness the true reality of the closure of a ‘leadership, built on the liberation philosophy’ to a different type of governance that is skillful and strategic in redesigning the platform of socioeconomic opportunity for all South Africans, we also need to be weary of those who may desire to hijack the process by taking undue advantage of the transitional gap.

The truth is, the current voice of opposition to the ANC lead government are not ready and mature enough to lead a complex nation like South Africa, and of cause, it is crystal clear that the current political leadership team have ran out of creative leadership strength, and it seem the people are saying they have over stayed their welcome.

While we see a lot of zeal without the balance of knowledge and wisdom to lead, we need to precisely pray and intercede that the current national leadership transition does not end up like some of the failed state we are witnessing across the continent. We will discuss more on this in another article coming soon.

However, as society moves from what has long been defined and accepted as the core moral norm into an uncertain terrain of the humanist frame of thinking, the church needs to strategically accelerate her drive towards the reestablishment of what is known as a true apostolic community as seen in the first century. The new normal as to be that which is sourced from the stream of Heavens River flowing out of the Garden of Eden. We can no longer drink from the order of the polluted stream of the Law of Moses.

Changing the obsolete wineskin

The obsolete wineskin of the current church will continue to make her vulnerable not just to the extremist jihadist crusade but also to the ever-growing voice of the antichrist movement in the west. There’s a need to now increase the voice of God’s prophetic marching order for the church and the nations so we can see a new order of a well matured governmental prophetic company arise in the earth in the fulfillment of their ordained mandate in this third day.

Keeping ranks in the order of our various levels of grace and gifting’s in the true spirit of mutual submission will enhance the power of true governmental community lifestyle needed to face the demonic principality over spheres across the nations.

The prophetic parallel  

We must remain relevant to our various posts, gates and walls as the angel of the Lord once again passes through the land of Egypt in total destruction of its firstborn. The day of the birth of the Sons of God kind of church is the day of the death sentence of the first born sons of the Egyptians. The day heaven came to judge Pharaoh and his nation is the same day the Lord liberated his own. We need to understand the parallel. First the natural then the spiritual.

As we discern this moment, there are things we need to start aligning our lives to in terms of the appropriation of the prophetic mandate of the Lord for our generation. Now is the time for the full restoration of the missing apostolic doctrine and tradition. We must learn again to continue in the purity of the apostle’s [teaching] doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. There must be a restoration of the message and spirit of the covenant that births the heart of true community and relationship.

In this day of increase darkness and weeping in the land of Egypt will also be the greatest season where the church will witness the unprecedented global harvest. This means that the army of the Lord must be dressed ready to lead a nation out of bondage into the glorious freedom and jubilee of kingly priesthood.

I was greatly encouraged by listening to Dr. Ben Carson recently, who is one of the leading presidential republican candidates who made it is political campaign to face and challenge the very foundation of the American politics call politically correct philosophy.

This ungodly philosophy has been used for decades to attack and stop anything and anyone that sound godly and righteous in the American society. The lord is using this man and many others to regain the voice and liberty of the church among Americans society and its leadership.

One very reason why the current Donald Trump presidential campaign is leading and gaining ground among the people is a clear view that people are fed up and tired of the lies, hypocrisy and deception the American political philosophy is currently built on. Heaven has begun to shake and shift things from the corridor of power.

A foretaste of things to come

I believe, this is a foretaste of the kind of debates and discussion, we will be having in seasons to come, and we have to prepare a church knowledgeable and mature to stand and debate the doctrines and tenets of our faith in the hope of winning some.

We need to build and invest in the competency of every believer as the wisdom of this world arises to challenge the philosophy of our faith. Dr. Ben Carson reminds me of Daniel in Babylon. We have to believe the Lord to give us the Spirit of wisdom and boldness to defend our faith without aggression.

As the day of the Lord draws closer upon man, the earth will continue to witness groaning of all kinds; they will be increased labor pain that tells us to remain prepared and be ready for the birthing of a glorious company of people known as the man-child tribe, the sons of the God Company of saints who will finally stand as the three of heavens witness on earth.

We are getting closer to that season where everything we know and understand about the church and humanity is taking a new form and shape. My point is, the context of our plans and objective for the coming year should be defined in the light of the progressive unfolding prophetic agenda of the father for this end of days.

Don’t be carried away be false prophetic prediction

Let us not be carried away by some emotionally stirred prophetic prediction future-telling of religious charlatans. More than ever before, there’s a need to readjust our eyes and focus on the Lord that no matter what may be happening around or within us we will remain unmovable and unshakable. I strongly believe that this year has afforded many of us the opportunity to learn and be equipped with various unique knowledge and experienced that can further enhance our advancement in the coming seasons.

If you have lost a sense of direction

Yet not too many will be able to precisely say for a fact that they are looking forward to the coming year with great expectation unfortunately. Many are in the place where they have lost their sense of meaning and direction to life. The meaning of purpose, vision and destiny is almost becoming a foreign idea for these folks.

 While they may be found among believers or even seem to be handling spiritual leadership matters, there is something deeply wrong with the philosophy of their relationship with God and men. On the natural, when you encounter these brethren, you will assume everything is perfect with them. However, they’ve been discovered to be the most isolated, lonely and frustrated folks within the community of God’s people.

While they may be the best in caring and ministering to others, yet, their own life is filled with discouragement, unending emotional pain and bitterness of their childhood memories which is presently affecting their current relationship and work productivity.

 Their connection with social media is basically to help them go through the day or they will lose their mind. Facebook and other social media platforms have become their source of strength and therapy.

There’s no doubt about finding quality information and answer on social media platforms if we know what we are searching for. My point however is, you cannot depend or survive on social media alone as the precise reference point of gathering strength in dealing with the highly complex inner struggles of your life.

 

The rise of true kingdom community

There has to be a real-time community where we can truly connect physically and spiritually in searching and receiving the pure kingdom truth that can build and enhance our sense of community, integration, transformation and restoration.

The days ahead of us requires that the church becomes a powerful kingdom community center where individuals and families alike can come to and find strength and hope for the days ahead.

The future is in your past

Back to my main point, our childhood is one of the most influential reality still shaping our present existence. If we don’t effectively handle this aspect of our past that is still a threat to us today, I am afraid, it will continue to predict and shape the very outcome of our future regardless of the prophetic team or title we give to the coming year.

Experience, good or bad is some of the best tools heaven employs to refine and perfect all that is required to shape us into what we’ve been designed for in life. Furthermore, if we’ve not been taught how to positively make use of the various experiences of our lives either good or bad, there is the possibility that we can be found to be perpetually trapped in the negative experience and circumstances of our past.

In the next few days, we will be stepping into 2016. And as usual, many already have sets of objective, purpose and plans for the coming year. This is a very good discipline that encourages motivation, focus and direction as a believer. Life’s development is designed by a sustained practice of movement towards a set goal and objective.

The word of the lord enjoys every believer to discover their place and purpose in life. Not until we have fully grasped the very essence of our life and the purpose why we are born into the environment we find ourselves, we will certainly not have the precise sense of objective and direction towards the place of our ordained prophetic assignment.

if you however fall into this category of those who through knowledge or providence are able to identify, and are able to move towards a set objective for the coming year, I salute you and will encourage you to keep focused and pace with that which you have set before yourself.

The father has a placed for you in the future if you will return to the past

However, there is another category of individuals who may not be as certain and clear with regards to what the future, 2016 holds for them. By the way, this group I am referring to are not just limited to the unsaved folks. This includes Christians and even those in leadership position if you ask me.

And the reason for this is not because these individuals lack knowledge or understanding with regards to how to dream or make things happen. Nor is that they don’t know how to pray. No, some of the people I am referring to here to some degree are seen to have achieved some level of ‘success’ in life and ministry.

 However, deep within some of these men and women, there is a subtle, brutal ranging battle within them that is almost seeking to enslave them to their past pattern of thinking.

The past is a crucial part of any person that cannot be wiped off or wished away. We can, however gain vital lessons that can help our development or that of another through the appropriation of the right lessons even though these lessons may sometimes expose us to very deep emotional and psychological pain for a season.

The power of pain

Pain is good if it will led to us winning and breakthrough in our immediate future. Yes, the story of some of our past is quite difficult to tell or share. However, the only way we can conquer those feelings of abuse, misuse, injustice, miss future, and marginalization, the loss of a very close family in our childhood or teenage life is by confronting them in the spirit of true forgiveness. If the memory of our past still hurts and hunts us, it means that we have not truly learned what forgiveness is all about, and therefore, we are not ready to advance into the future.

If we are yet to let go of those inner issues of our hearts that causes us so much pain and depression, we are then saying we are not ready to step into the future. Remember, the future is not a calendar year. It is the decision we make daily to leave behind what holds us back yesterday.

As long as you still feel the sense of guilt, neediness and victimization mentality, it means there’s still a major stronghold erected within the invisible wall of your mind that needs to be pulled down. These strongholds are like parasites that feeds on every negative thought and feeling you allow within your soul.

For example, the thought of fear and rejection will build or enhance the stronghold of insecurity and uncertainty. The motivation to step into new areas of life will be interpreted as a challenge from such a person.

When you condone negative thoughts and feelings

They are forever in opposition to change. When you condone the thought of rejection, you will see your best friend and ally as an enemy who is playing to attack you. Meaning that you interpret people’s good will from a suspicious negative perspective. This kind of people eventually becomes isolated and of cause, prone to satanic or demonic attacks.

The enemy keeps the pressure of attacking their thought and emotion of these people until he tries to snuff every ounce of hope, faith and love out of their lives. The point I am making here underscores the fact that seemly activity towards a goal does not necessarily define progress and fulfillment in a life that is still trapped by his or her past.

 Some of the things we see or even term as great achievements today in the body of Christ are actually fig leaves we employ to cover our inner nakedness and shame. As individuals suffer insecurity and dysfunctional behavioral challenges, so does a family, community and the larger society. The inability to embrace a healthy emotional or spiritual life can damage, and is damaging the very structure of society.

 This is a position many, especially within the body of Christ will not like to acknowledge or deal with due to levels of difficulty strongholds they will have to confront.

Secondly, the type of entertainment setup pattern of worship in most church community those not allow for such kind of serious issues. And if such issue shows up unnoticed, we relegate them to individuals without the training and skill to handle them. This kind of attitude is indirectly telling the people to keep their problem.

Why some cannot emotionally free in our church settings

While we may preach and teach the truth, the kind of administrative structure within this gathering does not encourage individuals to come forward in sharing the deepest secrets of their lives. The only time people seem to be willing to share something in our church community is when they have a testimony of a job promotion or financial increase unfortunately.

Why? That is the kind of culture set in the house by the leadership. More so, those who in the past have dared to share something that tends to make the church look or sound incompetent was immediately shut down. Therefore, people will rather keep silent with their challenge and emotional struggles because they don’t want to be seen as though they lack faith, vision and Revelational understanding to mention a few.

I felt identifying with this group of people in terms of trying to make sense of their inner struggles and condition will give them a sense of hope, faith, love and courage they need first to adequately understand what is happening to them and take the necessary step to move out of the prison of past emotional bondage.

Some of the things I have learned about people is that everyone is looking for someone who they can truly share some of the deep issues troubling their hearts. They just need a listening ear.  Due to the lack of sincerity and openness most especially in the church community, many have remained trapped in the prison of the past; they are dying silently out of loneliness and self-rejection.

Because we live in society that only thrives on lies and deception, it has become even more difficult today to actually find those who are willing to acknowledge that we have issues that requires serious assistance even among people of the way.

 I know what I am taking about

I can talk about this because I have been in that state of life where the thought of ending your life crosses your mind even as a believer. Depression becomes your companion, fear takes the place of faith. The voice of hopelessness becomes almost stronger than the voice of hope and faith. Hate almost pushes away your inherent nature of love by the power of deliverance manifest to pull one out of such dark alley.

Dealing with the complex dysfunctional realities of our lives could be highly challenging if there is a lack of truth and the unwillingness to confront the past reality of our lives.

I struggled to make sense of the condition that seem to have trapped me with little or no answer even after praying. While you are among people, the sense of emptiness and loneliness flood your mind without knowing what to do until there was a divine intervention.

The impact of what I am sharing takes more than the general bible knowledge and response you may get from a friend or fellow church members am afraid.  Understanding who you are in the light of truth is one the most important aspect in stepping into the zone reality of lasting freedom. Yes, freedom and liberty in Christ is what gives you the courage to step out of that inner conflict no one but you can see.

The future is what you make of it today

As you get yourself ready for the coming season, allow me to highlight some point I felt should help you make sense of your future. The days ahead of us all are symbolic of a mountain climbing experience. Those who remain in the valley will be decided for by the circumstances, challenges and evil system of the Age.

 Regardless of who you are, where you are, where you’ve been or what you’ve done, or what someone has done to you; you belong to Christ and him alone! You are never disenfranchised. I need you to be firmly established in some of these facts and truth that will guide you as you press further into 2016, and you need to press into 2016 with the strength of the Holy Spirit.

Here are the things you need to know by revelation:

  1. 1. God, your Heavenly Father knew you before you were born. The fact is, he created you, and set up the circumstances within the environment that now shape what is now termed as your life.

You’ve been destined for a successful life, regardless of your knowledge, what you term as failures or inabilities. He is the one working in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do you believe this? You need to.

  1. You are not a product of an accident, even if you were born out of wedlock or rape. The circumstances surrounding your birth might not have been right in human eyes. Yet, the Lord used them as the vehicle to Lunch you into this world. Your Heavenly Father, the creator of your life, has the most perfect plan for you regardless of the condition or confusion around you.
  1. The reality of your past memory can be one of the most powerful instruments designed to shape you into your heavenly ordained assignment on earth. Do not allow the enemy to turn what your heavenly father ordained to build and nurture you in displaying his glory for your defeat.
  1. 4. Remember, whichever way you are born, you have an enemy that is relentless in his pursuit to destroy you. Even if you are born into royalty with all the opportunities in life to be whatever you want to be, you will still have enemies and challenges that will try to stop you.

Therefore, only when you live in the revelation of Christ, who is your victory, you will be defeated. Christ is your key and driver into the future.

 Never fill embarrassed about your own challenge, embrace it and use it as the tool the Lord has ordained for you to be the best you’ve been designed for. Note this, all human has their own unique challenges regardless of their admission or not.

  1. 5. Progress is not about the big things done or achieved as good as they may be. Progress is about gaining that sense of:
  1. a) MEANING TO LIFE
  2. b) PURPOSE FOR EXISTENCE
  3. c) FULFILLMENT WITH WHO YOU

ARE AND WHAT YOU ATE SENT TO DO

  1. d) RIGHTEOUSNESS PEACE AND JOY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
  1. 6. NEVER RUN WITH THE PACE OF OTHERS. BE ENCOURAGED AND MOTIVATED BY WHAT YOU SEE OTHERS DO OR ACHIEVE, BUT NEVER TRY TO COPY THEM, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT GRACED NOR GIFTED TO DO WHAT THEY DO, AND MORE SO, YOU WILL ONLY BE REWARDED FOR YOUR OWN GIVEN ASSIGNMENT.
  1. THE FUTURE IS NOT A PLACE BUT THE PERSON OF CHRIST. IF YOU ARE IN CHRIST, YOUR FUTURE WILL NOT ONLY BE SECURED BUT FULFILLING.
  1. REMBER THAT PROPHECY ARE NOT MERE WORDS AND THEY CANNOT FULFILL THEMSELVES. THE KEY IS, THE TESTIMONY OF CHRIST IS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY.  THERE, KEEP THE TESTIMONY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ALIVE IN YOUR LIFE AND YOU WILL BE A LIVING FULFILLMENT OF EVERY PROPHETIC WORD ORDAINED FOR YOUR LIFE AND COMMUNITY.

 Please remember that your future is in Christ and not in the crisis of the days head

Have a fulfilling and prosperous 2016

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