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

DEFEND-YOUR-FAITH

 

 

HOW FIRM IS YOUR FAITH, AND

HOW PREPARED ARE YOU TO DEFEND IT?

by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

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

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

As long as what determines the major core of our Christianity still centers around personal economic breakthrough, am afraid, we cannot be fully prepared for this evil tide coming. As long as our ideology of Christian faith is still very much tide to our ancestral traditional beliefs and culture, we are no match for the flood of deception coming to sweep many away. For as long as our desire is to merely select what suit our narratives faith for our own self-center gain, we will certainly not be able to stand and challenge the issues of our day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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. PART 4

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by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

continuation…

 

Defining the word, knowledge

 

The Greek word gnosis means knowledge. This knowledge denotes various things to various traditions and civilizations, it just depends on the perspective of who is defining the source of such knowledge. However, the scripture emphatically clarifies and declares that the Lord gives wisdom and out of the pronouncements and declarations of his mouth comes [gnosis] knowledge and [insight] understanding [Proverbs 2:6].

 

Knowledge, wisdom, and understanding are produced and released through direct contact and relationship with the God of heaven and earth. All knowledge and wisdom come from God’s divine approval, including the ones Lucifer was allowed to have, and he’s currently using to lie and deceive his followers and the world in general.

Tracing the footing and objective of divine knowledge

Very few people have this basic spiritual understanding of knowledge in their heart. Therefore, it becomes highly difficult for these individuals to understand the divine operational pattern and purpose of the father when it comes to his use of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding regarding any matter.  Keep this profound statement to heart because it will later bring perspective to our discussion when we start studying a critical value standard with regards to the spiritual technology unraveled through the tribulation and suffering of the life of Job.

 To have spiritual knowledge or experience without a thorough, biblically sound, prophetic understanding of its main reason and objective is a breeding ground for deception, misguidance, and of course, highly dangerous as we can see this manifestation today in the mainstream traditional and new age churches. The essence of spiritual [revelatory] knowledge is not to merely expose scripture or the display of spiritual gift in a manner that dazzles and mesmerize our audience to the point that it gives us entree to some pseudo influence that leverages our so-called visionary agenda in the construction of some wonderful and lofty ministry dream.

When we do not thoroughly follow the divine protocol standard of ministry initiative, and we vigorously pursue the promotion of our own definition of ministry, we have indirectly given into the spirit of deception and delusion, regardless of how seemly effective or prosperous the ministry might look on face value.

 When the search for knowledge leads to witchcraft

The power of blind spot in building ministry does not confine revelatory understanding sublime, bias, deceptive interpretation of the word of God, but also set the stage for the spirit of pride and arrogance which ultimately opens us and our ministry to a full-blown witchcraft activity.  A truth that has not set you free from the false agenda to use truth, people, or even a revelation as we see today to build something you term ministry for yourself in the name of the Lord is not the truth, but a lie that camouflages itself as an agent of truth from the pit of hell.

An ascended, purified truth on the other hand, primarily seeks to call you to submit your preconceived idea of truth and its intentions to the scrutiny and refining process of your heart and conscience before the father, as he works his way through every aspect of your life until you’re able to see the wisdom in you to relinquish all forms of power, knowledge, and wisdom, which then leads you to the next phase where the father begins to show you his eternal, intended objective for his wisdom over any situation.

When the perspective of knowledge is not in alignment.

There were things, situation, and conditions about my life I thought I had a perfect spiritual insight and understanding of until the next phase of my life began to unfold before my very eyes, and then I gradually realized how I had presumed the progressive voice and dealings of the intentions of the father for me.

There’s no mistake in the Lord, nor in his calling upon your life, or in your followership of his divine purpose. We only find ourselves in a difficult position when we build our dream and expectation on a false sense of spiritual purpose that is not resonating, nor consistent with the Father’s unfolding eternal, progressive objective for us.

We don’t own ourselves nor our future.  Hence, we cannot dictate, or sway the prophetic program and events designed to shape and determine the ultimate manifestation of the assignment of our representation. For in Christ we ought to live, move and have our entire being. This is the way of true spiritual knowledge and fulfillment.     

When the father called Abraham and gave a covenant of promise, all he said to him as part of his side of keeping of the covenant was for father Abraham to work with him in the heart of integrity and perfection. There’s no greater promise and a blissful future than to have a contrite and pure heart as we passionately follow the father.

The blessing of prosperity and a good family life stem out of the wisdom and knowledge that flows from the cleanliness of our well or stream.  The security of our future is not in the material we possess, or in the tranquility of our marriages or ministry as highly important and necessary as they may be. We are quick to forget that we live on a battlefront that requires we constantly maintain that position of rest and trust in the ever-abiding presence and glory of the Lord.

The future is not in what you know

Many indeed long for a future they can predict, determine and control to suit what they’ve envisioned and wanted in their days of youthful dream. Yet, wisdom is daily teaching and guiding us to understand that things are not usually the way we believe they should turn out in our narrow spiritual perspective.

Even then, as we grow in the things of the Spirit, we come to a day where the Lord takes our dream and fashion them into something even greater and beautiful than we can ever imagine. For all things work for the good of them who love the Lord and are called after his purpose.  My personal security should not be built around how I’ve been able to manage my past or present condition for a better, secured tomorrow as we’ve been commonly taught in the days of unbalanced faith prosperity theology.

Rather, my security, confidence, and hope should be established on how I respond to the daily call of yielding myself to the father’s voice in full assurance of his guidance and provision as I match towards the field of my prophetic purpose.

The dreams I had of a perfect, undisruptive spiritual community, having spent the better part of my life battling to create for myself a seemly, a legitimate spiritual platform that can enhance the advancement of the assignment of the kingdom did not turn out as I had thought, and to some degree, I was disappointed in myself for the singular fact that I did not prophetically see some of the unfolding reality of my life.

 Furthermore, I have also learned with time and through the crucible purifying process of the Spirit that my primary calling, duty, and assignment, regardless of my outward state is to daily carry my cross and follow Christ. Though our outer man may be wasting away through persecution and tribulation, yet the inner man is daily being renewed through the life and grace we have in Christ.  For that is my primary and the most important calling, to take up my cross and follow him wherever he leads.

Foundation for discovering true knowledge

Following Christ may sound so easy to many today when we consider how Christianity is been preached and projected from the liberal, humanist, material driven gospel preachers. However, it is now turning out to be one of the most challenging processes of the faith culture as present apostolic [voice] fathers bring to view the correct standard of the gospel of Christ kingdom. This is turning to become highly challenging for today’s Christians to accept since they’ve been hardly schooled in the principles of knowing and following the accurate doctrines of the way, truth, and life of apostolic Christianity.

Following Christ requires that your entire faculty, aspiration, motivation and desire, all lineup with his intention and not yours or someone’s else. Following Christ is beyond the preaching or teaching of the gospel. To follow Christ is to completely yield to his will and counsel in everything you think, imagine, and desire. To follow Christ is to become a bondservant.

To follow Christ means to completely abandon every form of humanist wisdom or agenda that may sound or even look intelligent and let his voice alone guide you.  Where the cross will daily lead me, only the one I am following knows. This is a critical aspect of understanding the spiritual nature of an advanced prophetic orientation.

For this is what I call the protocol of the divine regulatory process of maturity in applying the divine wisdom and kingdom resource. This is the big revelation behind the wisdom the father applied when he sanctioned Satan to touch Job and destroy everything he ever built. Job’s spirituality, authority, reputation, business, wealth, and family were all completely brought to ruins except for his soul. What a way for the father to boast of his own. I question how many of today’s believers can the father confidently boast has he did with the life of Job before Satan.

False leadership and ministry orientation

It is an unfortunate reality that not every spiritual leader within the fraternity of the present apostolic reformation have clearly been taught to understand the mechanism of accessing the pure, undiluted, undivided apostolic knowledge that comes from the Holy One.

One major point that immediately highlights this deficiency is the fact that in the past three decades, the major part of the church has been pursuing the knowledge of God for its own selfish purpose and gain. Many within the church has sought knowledge and ministry gift illegally to build a ministry for themselves to the degree that today, the ministry has become a business and family affairs.

The ministry has become what leaders dreamt and build for themselves, and later pass on to their groomed, biological children to inherit. This unfortunate, unbiblical and ungodly act of leadership misguidance has greatly exacerbated the number of illegitimate churches and ministries now opening up across communities within the nations.

When we consider the staggering number of folks who claim they are prophets or have been called into the prophetic ministry, one immediately see that something is wrong. The craving for the prophetic ministry from many is completely outside the legitimate restorative intention of the father. What we are seeing today with regards to what is being called the prophetic ministry is majorly build on the principle of demand and supply.

As the world becomes more uncertain and the world’s economy continues to collapse, many have become even more desperate and afraid of what their tomorrow hold, and therefore, they need someone who can look into the crystal ball and tell them about their tomorrow. Now we see desperate young men and women go into what they term as a pastoral school who later graduate them into some so-called spiritual leadership position.

The issue of unemployment and rebellion to leadership has led to many of the openings of what is called churches, and many have paid some so-called bishop to anoint them into the office of a prophet while they continue to consult the powers of darkness to give them some form of power to perform healings and miracles.

This unfortunate trend has brought a great deal of shame, not just to the church of the Lord, but also to those who stand in the position of leadership, and this is one of the reasons why we need to consider this article as a remedial solution to the present unfortunate state of the ecclesia.  Much of what is defined to be the operation of the knowledge or wisdom of God in most of these churches are a powerful demonic operation, camouflaging to be the legitimate operation of the heavenly pattern.

Ignorance of the way, truth, and life of the kingdom are no longer accepted, we must go up higher in our spiritual vision to clearly understand and identify the precise apostolic operating wisdom of the father. Then, we won’t get betrayed and deceived by the lies of the foe sounding like the truth to many ears today.

 

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

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

A preparatory footing for the

manifestation of the third-day ecclesia.

 

By Isaiah-Phillips akintola

PART 3

 continuation…

The church is changing from the way we know it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The tree of life is the access doorway

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

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

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

 

A journey back to Eden

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

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

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

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

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

The objective of manna in the wilderness

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

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

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

Deuteronomy 8:3

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

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

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

Embrace the flaming sword of the cherubim

 

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

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

Enoch, the seventh from Adam

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

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

The twilight of the seventh day

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

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

A generation in search of knowledge

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

 

Jeremiah 9: 23, 24

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel 12:4

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

 

A generation in search of knowledge

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

 

Jeremiah 9: 23, 24

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

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

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

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

 

 

ALONENESS

 

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The power of an authentic life

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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