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INITIATION INTO THE PROPHETIC DIMENSION (2Kings 3:15, 1Samuel 3:1)

God is using the prophetic dimension in these last days to edify, affirm and strengthen the Church in its work of ministry. However the old serpent, the devil is trying to make a circus out of the prophetic so as to divert the Church from operating in its prophetic mandate. Nevertheless I would like to urge the Christian community to focus on the season rather the circus which the enemy is trying to imitate. This is the season for those anointed to serve in the five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4:11-13 to equip the saints for the work of prophetic ministry. It is their duty to initiate, instruct, mentor and properly induct believers into the prophetic dimension. Its about teaching the ways of the Lord. The following six steps are critical in the Prophetic initiation discourse.

1. ACTIVATE IT BY TUNING INTO THE WAVELENGTH OF THE SPIRIT

The prophetic dimension is both a Spirit thing and a hidden thing hence deep calls unto deep. The prophetic dimension is not hidden away from us but its hidden for us hence the need to activate it by tuning into the wavelength of the Spirit. This is a call to tune in through worship, silence, meditation and prayer. Our Lord Jesus Christ would often withdraw himself from the mudding crowd in order to tune into the wavelength of the Spirit. Moses had a habit of going to the back side of Mount Horeb to pray. Prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel put his head between his legs as a posture of tuning into Spirit. Another time we see him making a forty day journey to Mount Horeb to tune into the Spirit. Prophet Elisha before making any prophetic utterance, he would always tune into the Spirit with the assistance of a harpist. The above only serves to show the power of praise and worship in order to activate the prophetic dimension.

2. CATCH IT UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF A MENTOR

The prophetic dimension demands that its initiates be properly mentored in the things of the spirit. The circus we see on the religious arena only testifies to the need for the mentoring process. In as much as how someone is birthed determines what they become in life, it is also true that the mentoring process of a prophet determines what they do in ministry. Bad birthing process has damaging effects over a child. In the spiritual, bad mentoring process has damaging effects over the prophet and all the people he shall minister to. While mystical experience is crucial to the spirituality of a prophet, so is the mentoring process he goes through. It is suicidal to send out half-baked prophets. In the Old Testament there were Schools of the Prophets in Bethel, Jericho, Ramah and Gilgal. Senior Prophets were responsible for grilling junior prophets in the ways of the Lord. In those days the curriculum included: The Law of the Lord, Sacred History, Sacred Music and Poetry. It goes without saying that Eli mentored Samuel, Jethro mentored his son-in-law Moses, Moses mentored Joshua, Elijah mentored Elisha, Elisha mentored Gehazi, Samuel mentored sons of the Prophet, Naomi mentored Ruth, Jesus mentored the twelve disciples and Paul mentored Timothy.

3. RECEIVE IT THROUGH SPIRITUAL ENCOUNTERS

One of the most overused word in Christian jargon is I RECEIVE. Truth be told, to receive things from the Spirit is not like a walk in the park. Receiving the prophetic dimension comes through multiple encounters with the living God. Just for the record the majority of the prophets whom God called through spiritual encounters, they either objected to enter into the prophetic dimension or were reluctant to do so. Moses after the burning bush experience was reluctant to go and confront Pharaoh. Gideon after encountering God at the Winepress, objected to go and fight the Medianites. Isaiah after the Temple encounter discovered that he was a man of unclean lips hence unqualified to take the prophetic mantra. It is through prophetic encounters that the Lord tends to speak to us in dreams, visions, voices, trances, pictures and scriptures. It is also through prophetic encounters that we are commissioned to serve him.

4. DISCERN IT VIA CONFORMITY TO THE BIBLICAL STANDARD

Spiritual issues by right deserve to be discerned. The gift of discernment should feature highly in a world full of prophetic games, gimmicks and gambles. Any prophetic activity which departs from the biblical standard must not be entertained. In a world with too many voices, it is imperative to clearly discern the voice of God. In a world characterised by demonic presence, it is important to discern the true presence of God. In a world characterised by mass hysteria, it is crucial to discern the power of God. Christians who are well rooted in the word like the biblical Bereans should be able to discern what is of God and what is not of God.

5. RELEASE IT THROUGH THE PROTOCOLS OF THE CHURCH

The ability to respect protocol is the greatest missing link in the prophetic dimension. The bible is loud and clear about the importance of doing spiritual things decently and in order. Common sense should tell you that God put Church leaders in each Church for a reason i.e. to preside over the order of worship. It would be unfortunate if order is viewed by the one endowed with a word from the Lord to be a hindrance. Any word from the Lord needs wisdom to present it hence the need for Church Protocol to guide those with such a word to present it. Little Samuel had to get guidance from Eli on the protocol of hearing the voice of God. Even Prophet Nathan understood protocol when presenting the prophetic word to a king. You have to learn to understand protocol in your local Church. Breaking protocol is being reckless with the things of God. Learn to weigh what you say and how to say it. Remember that it is the cycle of disobedience in Israel which caused the word of the Lord to be a rare commodity.

6. REINFORCE IT BY LIVING A LIFESTYLE THAT IS ABOVE REPROACH

The prophetic dimension demands of its proponents to have a lifestyle that is above reproach. A holy lifestyle is the only spiritual gravitas which can reinforce what what God has endowed in us. Spiritual gravitas is earned by staying in the place of learning and intentionally creating accountability circles. Every leader must be accountable to someone. Claiming to be only accountable to God is a clear confirmation of disregarding protocol and God’s ordained order of accountability. Most independent ministries which have failed to impact society are those which do not value accountability.

I rest my case.

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Posted by on December 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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MONSTERS, DICTATORS AND DEMI-DEVILS

Monsters, Dictators and Demi-devils are not born. Every human being is born innocent and it is society’s input which changes the whole ball game. Most dictators (with a few exceptions) start out well and with good intentions. Dictators and/or Demi-devils are made by a close elite circle of people with a common agenda with the Dictator/Demi-devil. However usually the masses are used to deify and to spruce up the image of the Monster. It is foolhardy for any community to surrender power to one individual and not suffer the consequences of such a suicidal act.

The African political community has contributed a sizeable number of dictators to the global list. This is not a laughable matter because this has led to a reversal of the gains of liberation and independence from colonial settlers in Africa. By default the African religious community is equally accountable for creating monsters masquerading as Demi-gods whom I prefer to call Demi-devils because the Most High God cannot share his glory with humans. They usually play the RACE OR ETHNIC CARD in politics or the RELIGION CARD to the religious in order to trump up support from the masses. Their strongest and most effective tool is propaganda which they use to brainwash and blind their followers from reality. This is usually characterised by hate speeches against those who question the system from inside and outside. Unfortunately monsters do not have permanent friends or permanent enemies for strategic reasons hence its difficult to know if you are still comrades in arms. The moment a monster has entrenched himself in a position of power and authority, its an uphill task to remove them without causing some damage to innocent people.

Typical of monsters, they survive by drinking the blood of the masses (Metaphorical Language at play here). But once in a while the monster wants to drink the blood of one of its own lieutenants. This is one of the enigmas surrounding the behaviour of a monster. Trouble comes when the blood of the lieutenants tastes sweeter than that of the povo. The monstrous behaviour of a dictator/Demi-devil gets noticed when the inner circle of loyalists are no longer trusted hence their elimination one by one. It is these lieutenants in fear of annihilation who eventually turn against their monster/master hence mobilisation of the masses to fight their corner. No monster can survive without the support of his lieutenants and the masses. No Cult Leader can survive without the support of his religious lieutenants and parishioners too. Hence the best people to remove a monster are those who made that monster. But truth be told, its easier to make a monster than to remove it. In some cases some monsters are discovered too late. One sad example is Jim Jones who killed over nine hundred of his Church members by making them to drink cyanid poison with the hope of a better tomorrow in the sweet bye and bye. Forewarned is forearmed.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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BETTER THOUGHTS ARE YOUR PORTION

The human digestive system is wired to get rid of waste matter from the body, this should be true of our thinking system, it should have the capacity to get rid of waste thoughts or intrusive thoughts from our minds. Why? Because you are the sum total of your thoughts. Your actions are manifestations of your thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 says, ‘As a man thinketh, so is he’. Waste thoughts should not be allowed to define you. A lot of Christians are like the revised version of the Book of Lamentations because of the way they entertain waste thoughts. May the Holy Spirit detox your mind from waste thoughts. Detoxing creates space for better thoughts. Philippians 4:8 tells us how to manufacture better thoughts. Its a call to reflective thinking:
# Reflective thinkers think on whatever is TRUE

# Reflective thinkers think on whatever is HONOURABLE

# Reflective thinkers think on whatever is RIGHT/JUST

# Reflective thinkers think on whatever is PURE

# Reflective thinkers think on whatever is LOVELY

# Reflective thinkers think on whatever is of GOOD REPUTE

# Reflective thinkers think on whatever is VIRTUOUS

# Reflective thinkers think on whatever is PRAISEWORTHY
If you master your thoughts, then you master your moods and your destiny. By so doing, you create the life you desire. May God fill your mind (YOUR COMMAND CENTRE) with better thoughts. May better thoughts be your portion.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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SCRIPTURAL WARNINGS AGAINST OCCULT PRACTICES (PART 3)


In Part 2 of our three-part series we observed that King Saul stripped himself of royal dignity when he consulted the Witch of Endor for supernatural guidance concerning the Philistine threat. In this section we escalate our case to the New Testament era. The Early Church did not tolerate occult practices of their time hence Peter’s rebuke against Simon Magus’ request to buy God’s power for a fee (Acts 8:9-24). Similarly Paul and Silas while in Philippi were annoyed by the proclamation of a slave girl who had a fortune telling spirit and they casted this evil spirit in the name of Jesus (Acts 16:16-21). 
Simon Magus was a powerful and prominent magician or sorcerer in Samaria. After converting to Christ, he wanted to use money to buy supernatural power to transmit the Holy Spirit and confer spiritual gifts as Peter and John were doing. Peter did not take this request lightly, instead he saw wickedness on the side of Simon and he challenged him to repent. Could it be that Simon Magus may not have seriously committed his life to God but rather may have simply been impressed by this supernatural demonstration of God’s power? He probably wanted to harness this power to enhance his magical portfolio hence the monetary offer. However Church History has it on record that Simon Magus is associated with a practice of buying and selling ecclesiastical positions, promotion in Church hierarchies, sale of sacred things or objects and sale of pardon for sins. This practice is called SIMONY. Long ago, getting into full-time work in the Church was a sign of great sacrifice because Churches did not have attractive salaries and lucrative benefits. However the ministerial terrain has changed and there has been a significant improvement in pastoral remuneration in some Christian communities hence becoming a Pastor, Bishop, Prophet, Apostle or simply put, a Man of God now carries an aura of flamboyance, swag and pomp. Could it be that the Christian ministry is now flooded with opportunists who go into ministry for economic advantage? Could it be that the Church is full of preachers with full pockets and empty hearts? Could it be that Church vacancies are now up for auction by the highest bidder with high ranking Bishops pocketing such dirty money? Could it be that the statement, ‘You scratch my back and I scratch yours’ is fast becoming a new normal? Could it be that SIMONY has become the in-thing with the rise in the sale of holy oil, holy water, holy cloth/shawls, holy wrist bands, holy soap, holy juice, holy milk, holy regalia, the list is endless? I call this RELIGIOUS EXPLOITATION which is being done in the name of God. Simony is an occult practice which should be rebuked in our Church ranks. This madness must stop. Church appointments should be administered with reverential fear rather than on tribal, ethnic or racial lines.
Finally the Church exists to put occult practitioners out of business like what Paul did when he casted out the fortune-telling demon. The owners of this slave girl, when they realised that their means of survival had been thwarted, they falsely accused Paul and Silas of advocating customs which are alien to Roman citizens. It is a shame to hear occult practitioners bragging that some of their clients are high ranking Church officials. May God forbid. Its time for the Church to rise up to its biblical mandate in society i.e. being the salt of the earth and the light of the world. I rest my case.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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SCRIPTURAL WARNINGS AGAINST OCCULT PRACTICES (PART 2)


In the previous article an attempt was made to glean lessons from the story of Balaam a professional curser par excellence. 1Samuel 28:6-8 introduces us to a female occult practitioner which the Bible calls the Witch of Endor and some scholars call her the Mistress of Necromancy. In this story we find King Saul who had fallen from grace consulting a necromancer after fruitless attempts to consult Yahweh without getting an answer through dreams, Urim and Thummim (a form of casting sacred lots) or a prophetic word. King Saul was desperate for supernatural intervention against the Philistine threat. At this juncture Prophet Samuel had died. Could it be that a lot of believers succumb to the temptation of consulting the occult in their darkest hour? Could it be that to some believers, the death of a prophet in their lives is equal to the death of God. Could it be that believers are prepared to cross the biblical and theological boundaries in times of desperation for the supernatural? Could it be that the occult practices we condemn in broad daylight, we necodimusly consult at night?
Occult practices were strongly condemned in Israel and King Saul had solidified laws against these practices to the point that occult practitioners had to operate in secret and usually at night in fear of the death penalty. This accounts for why the king had to disguise himself as a commoner when he went to consult the Witch of Endor. By so doing the king stripped himself of royal dignity. Could it be that preachers or prophets who consult the occult are stripping themselves of God’s anointing and the integrity to lead God’s Church? Whilst the king was busy trying to disguise himself as well as assuring the mistress of necromancy, sad to say that this witch was more sober than the king. She was suspicious, cautious and fearful. Furthermore she quoted the law and was unwilling to disobey the law unless she had her back covered. Could it be that those believers who indulge in occult practices are exposing the Church big time because occult practitioners do not expect to see us there? Could it be that some occult practitioners are more conscious of God’s law than Church folks? 
Finally the witch gave in to the demands of her client hence the drama of the appearance of the spirit of the dead Samuel. From an occult point of view, a necromancer specialised in communicating with dead including bring the spirits of the dead.  Thank God that the Bible does not give us a clue of what actually took place lest some people misinterpret this event. I subscribe to the view that what subsequently happened was divine intervention leading to the pronouncement of king Saul’s tragic end. Could it be that this story is a reminder that departed spirits are not a source of revelation? Could it be that those who ask for the future from the dead are at the bring of joining them? Peter Miscall rightfully says, ‘He who speaks to the dead soon joins them’. We have dead people walking among us. They are dead spiritually and are awaiting physical death and subsequent hellfire. The Bible is very good at irony. Saul was anointed to be king at Prophet Samuel’s residence. This event was accompanied with a delicious meal. The witch similarly hosted the end of Saul’s kingship with the last meal. This is a story of rebellion and arrogance with its siblings namely witchcraft and idolatry. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. 

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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SCRIPTURAL WARNINGS AGAINST OCCULT PRACTICES (PART 1)


If you are an ardent reader of the bible, you might have come across those portions of scripture you wish were excluded from the canon because of the controversy and confusion they attract. Three of the most baffling stories involve occult practitioners like Balaam the professional Diviner and Curser (Numbers 22-23), the Witch of Endor (1Samuel 28) and Simon Magus or Simon the Magician (Acts 8:9-24). Why did God allow such stories to be part of his inspired word bearing in mind God’s declared displeasure to these abominations. God said, ‘When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead’ (Deuteronomy 18:9-11). These practices are interconnected because they tap from one source i.e. the spirit world. What lessons or warnings can be gleaned from the stories of these occult practitioners?
Balaam was a prominent entrepreneur in soothsaying, sorcery and divination with a speciality in cursing and blessing using omens and auguries. He was also a practising Polytheist (Greek POLYTHEOS meaning worship of many gods) hence his acclimatisation to Yahweh worship. Could it be that African religiosity also has this polytheistic temperament whereby they see no friction between ancestral worship and Christian worship? It takes radical conversion for a lot of my African brothers and sisters to solely embrace the Christian God without resorting to ancestors in times of crisis. In the biblical narrative, we see Balak the Moabite king sending his messengers to travel more than five hundred miles to hire Balaam to curse the Israelites who were camped across the Jordan river and ready to possess their promised land. The main purpose of the curse was to block the Israelites from entering the promised land thus render the promises of God null and void. Balaam was offered a high fee for this exercise but this time around he embarked on a mission in failure. He had several encounters with Yahweh who aborted his mandate to curse. Out of desperation Balak raised the divination fee but to no avail. Could it be that the charging of professional fees originates from Occult Practitioners and that true Prophets of God cannot afford to cross the line which differentiates true and false prophets. 
From this story comes one of the most quoted bible verses, being the confession of Balaam the professional curser. He says, ‘God is not a man that he should lie, nor a son of man that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil? There is no divination against Jacob, no evil omens against Israel’ (Numbers 23:19,23). Could it be that those preachers and believers who curse others can only do so by tapping into the occult? From this passage of scripture we glean a few aspects of God’s attributes and the unchangeable nature of his decrees and promises. Check out some of these:
# God’s divine decrees, blessings and promises cannot be altered by the words of mortals be it by professional cursers or by commoners

# People are prone to change their positions, loyalties and their love but God is immutable i.e. God is consistently the same in his eternal being. He does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17)

# God can change his INTENTIONS as he did with the people of Nineveh when they repented and the Israelites when Moses interceded

# God does not lie like Satan the father of lies because he is a covenant keeping or promise keeping God

# Only God has the power to bless or curse

# A believer cannot be cursed by mortals because there is no sorcery or divination against God’s people

# God is omniscient i.e. he is all knowing hence there is nothing new he has to learn

# God is omnipotent i.e. He is all-powerful 

# God is omnipresent i.e. He is present everywhere at the same time

# God does not have mood swings or mood disorders. He is the same yesterday, the same today and forever. He is the ancient of days and the Rock of ages

# God does not grow or develop e.g. from a vicious and capricious God in the Old Testament to a loving and caring God in the New Testament (MARCIONISM)
In the next article we will look at Simon Magus and how he influenced modern SIMONY i.e. religious exploitation through sale of ecclesiastical positions or consecrated objects like holy water, holy oil and the like. Furthermore we will also look at the Witch of Endor to demonstrate how desperation for the supernatural can tempt believers to consult Mistresses of Necromancy whilst only those who are anchored on the unchanging God will experience the genuine visitation of God in our times. For now I rest my case. 

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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THE DENIALITIS DISEASE


One of the biggest killer diseases we avoid to talk about is DENIALITIS. Psychologists define it as a psychological defence mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality. It is a deliberate refusal or unwillingness to accept that one has a problem or an unavoidable reality. Denialitis is the quickest escape route from accepting bad news of any kind like being diagnosed with cancer, HIV/AIDS or any other life threatening ailments. Such news leaves us wishing it was just a dream from which you wake up and say thank God it was just a dream. 
Christianity has taught us to have a positive outlook to life hence we make positive decrees and declarations about our well-being. This discussion is not meant to rebut that way of looking at life and dealing with issues. But this writer proposes that denialism closes the doors of hope and possible interventions against a pending life threatening situation if its ignored for too long. A problem recognised is a problem half-solved. The quicker you acknowledge that you are in a muddy place, the quicker you are likely to get help. For example people living with HIV/AIDS die more from denialitis rather than from the actual infection. All things being equal those who recognise their HIV status and quickly seek medication are assured of long life unlike those who deliberately refuse to accept reality. Check out what DENIALITIS can do to you:
# Denialitis makes you to stick your head into the sand so as to avoid painful realities

# Denialitis makes you to sweep your problems under the carpet so that on the outside nothing is broken and nothing is missing

# Denialitis makes you to live a lie and play hypocrite in the presence of other people but when you are alone reality breaks you big time

# Denialitis makes you to live a self-sabotaging and self-fooling lifestyle

# Denialitis affects your ability to make informed choices and it also deliberately prevents you from making informed choices

# Denialitis prevents you from taking appropriate actions at the appropriate time

# Denialitis ruins your vertical relationship with God and your horizontal relationships with other people

# Denialitis causes uncontrolled mood swings due to emotional illiteracy

# Denialitis leads to low self-esteem, self-blame, self-hatred and social isolation

# Denialitis kills your health, your mental capacity, your well-being, your dreams and your destiny
GET OUT OF THE CACOON OF DENIALITIS

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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