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Subject – The Great Exchange For Service – intercession Part 10 of 7 –

The gift of the Holy Spirit – Rejection of this awesome gift by any church in this era is an acceptance of Powerlessness, Frustration and Fruitlessness in our WORK and WALK with the Lord.

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9th of December 2018

 

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Key verses:

 

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you

 

John 15:26 – “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

 

John 16:7 when Jesus said, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Prakletos) shall not come to you, but if I go, I will send Him to you.” The Holy Spirit is a parakletos for Christians.

 

John 20:21-22 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I Also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

 

Acts 1:4-5,8 – And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father, “ which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 2:1-4, 38-39 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 38 The Peter said to them, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

 

Acts 4: 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

 

Acts 8:15 –20 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when the had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then the laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!

 

Acts 9: 17-18,31 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

 

Acts 10: 44-47 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

 

Acts 13:2,3 As the ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

 

Acts 19:1-6 – And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into John’s baptism.” The Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and the spoke with tongues and prophesied.

 

Introduction

 

Dear Brethren, welcome to our 10 of 7th series dealing with division in body of Christ as a result of our understanding, working and application of the personality of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity in our dispensation.

 

We have brought this up as number seven in the series because of the importance of the subject of the Holy Spirit. Nothing has divided bible believing Christians even within the same church setting like the subject of the Holy Spirit.

 

The devil has gotten us exactly where he wanted us- In the position of helplessness, hopelessness, powerlessness and defeat on all fronts. We have settled nicely and comfortably into running our Christian race on one cylinder with an engine that has capacity for 16 cylinders on full throttle.

 

We cannot even begin to contemplate what we loss by relegating the ministry of the Holy Spirit to the back seat in our everyday lives. Yet, it is a gift which we can decide to accept or reject, we will still make heaven. We will still struggle with ministry, pretending everything is ok, we will still continue to procrastinate on witnessing to the Lord in our sphere of influence, we will still be powerless as it relates to bringing comfort to those who are comfortless. We will continue to struggle with healing the sick and bringing light where there is darkness.

 

We will continue to preach without conviction that only the Holy Spirit can bring to the hearers. We will continue to preach and teach without real transformation in the lives of the listeners. We will continue to go on the field for evangelism without the supernatural accompanying the efforts. We will continue to be blunt to the promptings, leadings and speaking of the Holy Spirit on very personal issue we can’t discuss with anyone. we will still continue to go along with the hustle and the hassle that everyone else faces as humans here on earth without divine electricity or powerhouse that can distinguish us from the dying and decaying world around. It’s a choice between daylight and darkness. It is a choice between working and walking in blindness in broad day light.

Are we still surprised that we are taking casualties on all fronts because as the saying goes, my priest is permitted to perish for lack of knowledge the Lord God declares in the book of Hosea 4:6 because we have ignored the instructions in His word.

 

The world is crying and weeping for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Read – Romans 8:1-11, 22-25 The Message (MSG)

 

The Solution Is Life on God’s Terms

8 1-2 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

3-4 God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.

The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.

5-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.

9-11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!

 

22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

The world seeks the supernatural but can’t find it even in our churches and they will run to the counterfeit power from the realm of wickedness. We can’t take the world for Christ without the continues outpouring, infilling, empowerment and leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Mission work and going to make disciples begins with the Holy Spirit, is sustained by the Holy Spirit, is directed and accomplished by the Holy Spirit. There is no other way….

Brothers, and sisters, don’t be satisfied with water baptism, kneel down today and ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You need this for effectiveness in intercession, you need Him for service unto the Lord, you need his help when discouraged… this is the era of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity..Do this and see how you fly like the eagle today!

It is a gift, fully paid for, God promised it for everyone who calls for it. When Philip went on crusade to Samaria, the people accepted Jesus and where baptized with water in the name of Jesus Christ but hands had to be laid on them by the apostles for them to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. You can receive Him in your room without the laying on of hands by faith.. do this today in faith! Some of us have grieved the Holy Spirit and we have silenced Him out of our lives. Repent, ask Him to return, He is more than willing and waiting to come back to you in fullness. As Christians, we all have the Spirit of God rekindled in us..But for the work of ministry, we need Him in fullness and it is not one time affair. Take time to pray, fast and ask for His fullness today! We are agreeing with you in prayer. There is no distance in the realm of the spirit.

 

Prayer: Dear Lord God, Thank you for today, the gift of access and the gift of the Holy Spirit through Your Son Jesus Christ. We stand in agreement today with our brothers and sisters who are desirous of the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the divine attribute of power, presence, comfort, helper, intercessor, healer, deliverer, godly living, obedience, witnessing and service.

 

Lord baptize them today as You have promised. Let there be a sign that you have done this because no one remains the same with the full embody of the trinity in us and through us. Thank you for we have accepted this gift today by faith in You and the promise to them whom You have called and they have believed in Jesus name. We bring before You teachers in Christian gatherings around the world who have been blinded by the evil one, Lord, open their eyes today so that they can amend their ways and receive this gift as they begin to operate in new dimensions in You in Jesus name we have prayed with thanksgiving amen.

 

Shalom!

 

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – E-discipleship at Otakada.org

 

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Subject – The Great Exchange For Service – intercession Part 10 of 5 – Digging Deeper into the uncompromising Gospel of the Kingdom of God – Don’t allow division to cause you to settle for crumps when you can have a full course meal

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25thof November 2018

 

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Introduction

 

Dear Brethren, welcome to our 10 of 5thseries dealing with division in body of Christ predicated on the different versions of the gospel of the Kingdom of God in our midst. We will drill down the various versions of the gospel message out there and how the bible explains what the gospel of the kingdom of God really is with the intent that it will help us discern, engage and intercede for the misled brethren. We have put together five (5) versions of the gospel messages that does not pane out with the true gospel message and how we should handle them.

 

Let us start with the bible… 20 bible referencesprovided hereunder for your reading and meditation to help drill the message home…

 

Key verses:

 

Galatians 1:9 – If anyone preaches any gospel to you than what was you have received, let him be accursed.

 

Matthew 4:23New King James Version

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

 

Luke 4:43Contemporary English Version

 

But Jesus said, “People in other towns must hear the good news about God’s kingdom. This is why I was sent.” 

 

Act 10:38

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him

 

Matthew 12:28

But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

 

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you

 

Matthew 19:24

And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God

 

Matthew 21:43

Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits if it.

 

Matthew 24:14 New King James Version

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come

 

Mark 4:10-12,26-32

10-12 When they were off by themselves, those who were close to him, along with the Twelve, asked about the stories. He told them, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom—you know how it works. But to those who can’t see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive insight. These are people—

Whose eyes are open but don’t see a thing,
Whose ears are open but don’t understand a word,
Who avoid making an about-face and getting forgiven.”

 

26-29 Then Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows—he has no idea how it happens. The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain. When the grain is fully formed, he reaps—harvest time!

30-32 “How can we picture God’s kingdom? What kind of story can we use? It’s like a pine nut. When it lands on the ground it is quite small as seeds go, yet once it is planted it grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches. Eagles nest in it.”

 

26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should [f]scatter seed on the ground,27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

 

30 Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? 31 It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; 32 but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”

 

 

Acts 1:3,7

To whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of things pertaining to the kingdom of God.7 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

 

Mark 16:15-18

 

And He said to them, “God into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved: but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe; In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

 

Galatians 5:19-24 The Message (MSG)

19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.

This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.

22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

23-24 Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.

 

 

Romans 14:17

17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

 

1 John 3:8

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

 

Luke 10:5-11,16

But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the labourer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘the kingdom of God has come near to you.’

But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’16 He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.

 

John 6:28-29,33,35,51

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he comes to Me shall never thirst. 51I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

 

Matthew 6:9,10

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

 

Matthew 7:15-16

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

 

 

Continued…

Many religions have their own “gospels,” and they announce good things. However, they lack supernatural power to deal with people’s sin and rebelliousness and to transform their lives. They lack the power to heal a sickness or to deliver someone from mental or emotional oppressions. They are substitutes for the true gospel.

Even in much of the church, parts of the gospel message have been diluted or abridged into various human versions that lack power.

 

In some cases, these human versions are even anti-power. The message of the gospel of the kingdom is not being presented as it was by Jesus and the early church. These significant elements have been left out: A call to wholehearted repentance and manifestation of God’s presence by healing, signs, wonders, the casting out of demons, and the raising of the dead. As a result, the church has become accustomed to hearing an incomplete gospel..

 

Paul said in Galatians 1:9 – If anyone preaches any gospel to you than what was you have received, let him be accursed. As we call believers to unity, it is imperative that we all work from the same biblical perspective. God wants to restore the true gospel in the church, so that the good news can be preached to the world as it ought to be. Let us look closely at what we have out there.

 

1 – The Historical Gospel

 

Many Christians of various denominations are fixed in a historical, traditional gospel that lacks the presence and power of God They believe in a God of history but not in a God who is with us today – a God  whose name is in the present tense: “I am who I am”. IF we can’t bring Jesus to the here and now, then His death, resurrection, and ascension to the throne at the Father’s right hand in heaven have no meaning or purpose for our present circumstances.

 

2- The “Future” Gospel

 

The mentality of much of the modern church is to present a gospel that simply proclaims forgiveness of sin so that a person can go to heaven when he or she dies. Although that is certainly part of the good news, it is not the whole gospel of the kingdom. It says nothing of reigning with Christ on earth now with dominion authority and power.

Other believers reflect a different aspect of the future gospel. They believe that God can bring healing and deliverance to the people on earth. Nonetheless, since their mind-set is always that God “will” do these things, they never receive or minister them. For example, they may say, “I believe that God will heal, deliver, prosper and bring revival at some point.” In other words, it will happen later, at an unspecified time in the future. Yet God is the God of the now. It is true that He acts according to His sovereignty. However, these believers keep waiting for something that God has already promised and that Jesus has already provided through His death and resurrection

 

3- The Social Gospel

 

While the “future” gospel focuses on heaven, the social gospel centers exclusively on the earth; its advocates seek to relieve societal problems, such as hunger, poverty, and injustice. Addressing people’s physical needs and concerns is central to kingdom living, because God wants us to love others as He loves us. However, they often downplay or ignore the spiritual element of a relationship with God the Father through Jesus His Son. They do not seek or rely on God’s supernatural power, through which people can be healed physically, emotionally, and mentally, and through which they have access to God’s abundant provision, power and strength. Therefore, they do not present the complete gospel.

 

 

4- The Gospel of Conformity

 

This human “gospel” leaves people in a spiritual stagnant condition, unable to move forward, retaining their sin and never regaining their authority in Christ. It neither deals with the rot of rebellion nor challenges people to change, so that they are left in sickness, scarcity, and oppression. A gospel that doesn’t produce change is contrary to the kingdom message of repentance that Jesus preached, and it fails to bring about the transformation that Paul urged believers to actively seek.

 

5- The Motivational and or Prosperity Gospel

 

This is a “self-help” gospel in which God’s Word is spoken without power; the cross and the resurrection of Jesus are not proclaimed, and the supernatural is absent. It is a gospel adapted to what people want to hear, and it fails to confront them with the destructiveness of their sin, in an effort to avoid offending them. Its main purpose is for people to walk away feeling satisfied with themselves and encouraged to reach their personal goals. While it is good to have goals and to accomplish them, Jesus came to announce much more than that. (Matthew 6:33)

The gospel of the kingdom lovingly confronts us with our iniquity and challenges us to live in holiness through the resurrection life of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus message does not leave us comfortable in our sinful nature.

 

The other version of the motivational gospel is the prosperity gospel. Please understand that God promises prosperity, and He wants to give us His provision and abundance but if all we think about is money and material goods, forgetting holiness, prayer, and serving others, then we have put the cart in front of the us.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

In concluding, churches and ministries that don’t preach the gospel of the kingdom produce a complacent Christianity. They make no room for the supernatural, and they do not believe that all things are possible with God. This is precisely why we do not see the manifestations of God’s power in the church which is the evidence that God is at work in our midst.

 

As we engage with our brothers and sisters in small groups,  fellowships and churches, we need to discern the type of gospel at play.  We need to lovingly point out these issues while praying for our brethren that the veil be removed from their eyes that they will walk in ALL that Christ came to give us all and proclaim aright to the world around us. But to abandon and not engage with other believers is folly and recipe for disaster waiting or already happening in our midst.  

 

We travel the whole world to get a convert and make them sons and daughters if the devil. Jesus’s rebuke to the scribes and Pharisees apply nicely here.. Matthew 23:15– “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves… Message says – “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You go halfway around the world to make a convert, but once you get him, you make into a replica of yourselves, double-damned.

 

Prayer:Our heavenly Father, as we seek the unity of the Spirit amongst the brethren, open our eyes to discern the wolves in sheep’s clothing amongst us as in Matthew 7:15 Luke 10:3. We ask that You expose them for who they really are. If they are unrepentant, we as that You silence them for Your name and Your work sake.  Grant unto us boldness and courage to confront and to pray for our misled brethren to amend their ways. As we humble ourselves and are willing to learn from you, help us to stay through to the authentic gospel message to the very end. As many that seek the manifestation of Your power and presence to heal and deliver, Lord visit them today, give them the revelation of You. Heal the sick, provide for those who lack and bring comfort to the brokenhearted in Jesus name we have prayed with thanksgiving.

 

Shalom!

 

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – E-discipleship at Otakada.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Subject – The Great Exchange For Service – intercession Part 10 of 4 – Disagreement and Division over Lifestyle differences between Younger and Older believers – How do you handle it? Criticism

 

OTAKADA.org content count 22,337

 

18thof November 2018

 

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Introduction

Dear Brethren, welcome to our 10 of 4thseries dealing with division in churches especially between the older and younger believers in Christ over differences in lifestyle and how these breeds toxic criticism amongst the brethren that causes division within and between churches and how best to handle it. Issues like day of worship, what one eats or drinks, how one keeps the hair or dresses has divided churches. Let us look at what Jesus and Paul has to say about these in scriptures below to help provide core content relevant to this challenge and how these issues were dealt with then and how we can apply them now to foster unity in the body of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key verse:

Matthew 7:3-5 The Message (MSG)

A Simple Guide for Behavior

1-5 “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor

Romans 14:1- The Message (MSG)

Cultivating Good Relationships

14 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.

2-4 For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. But since both are guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn’t eat? God, after all, invited them both to the table. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help.

Or, say, one person thinks that some days should be set aside as holy and another thinks that each day is pretty much like any other. There are good reasons either way. So, each person is free to follow the convictions of conscience.

6-9 What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli. None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters. It’s God we are answerable to—all the way from life to death and everything in between—not each other. That’s why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that he could be our Master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other.

10-12 So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Read it for yourself in Scripture:

“As I live and breathe,” God says,
    “every knee will bow before me;
Every tongue will tell the honest truth
    that I and only I am God.”

So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.

13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it.

15-16 If you confuse others by making a big issue over what they eat or don’t eat, you’re no longer a companion with them in love, are you? These, remember, are persons for whom Christ died. Would you risk sending them to hell over an item in their diet? Don’t you dare let a piece of God-blessed food become an occasion of soul-poisoning!

17-18 God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Do that and you’ll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you.

19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. You’re certainly not going to permit an argument over what is served or not served at supper to wreck God’s work among you, are you? I said it before and I’ll say it again: All food is good, but it can turn bad if you use it badly, if you use it to trip others up and send them sprawling. When you sit down to a meal, your primary concern should not be to feed your own face but to share the life of Jesus. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love.

22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. You’re fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. But if you’re not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you’re out of line. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong.

 

Conclusion:

Divisions in churches often occur when disagreements over lifestyle issues grow into major arguments and church splits. Paul warned the church not to pass judgement on younger believers whose faith is still young and growing. The kingdom of God is about goodness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Anything outside this is of the evil one. Jesus went on to emphasis the importance of assessing our own stand, confirm that we are standing before we are qualified to point at other’s faults and failings. What we eat, what we wear, how we dress, where and when we worship should not divide us.

Prayer:Dear Lord God, thank You for the simplicity in walking with You. Help us to be led by Your Spirit always and not to be a stumbling block to others in the race of faith. Your Spirit is love, joy and goodness. Cause us to do an internal audit of ourselves continually so we can stand blameless before you. Help us to open ourselves and welcome all who names the name of Christ and extend the heart of love in Jesus name we have prayed with thanksgiving.

DECLARATION

By authority in the name of Jesus Christ, I speak to every raging storm in the lives of those who are reading this blog today, I join my faith with theirs, be it in relationships, health and finance, we proclaim peace be still, be healed and be restored in Jesus name we have declared with thanksgiving

 

Shalom!

 

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – E-discipleship at Otakada.org

 

 

 

 

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Subject – The Great Exchange For Service – intercession Part 10 of 3 – Solving The Problem of Disunity By The Corinthian’s Example

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11th  of  November 2018

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Key verse:

1 Corinthians 1:10-17

  1. Now I am calling you over, brothers, 

       on account of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

               in order that you might keep speaking the same thing 

               and that there might not continue to be divisions among you, 

               but that you might be mended 

                      through [having] the same mind 

                      and through [having] the same opinion.

  1. for it has been shown to me 

               concerning you, my brothers, 

               by the men from Chloe, 

               that quarrels continue to exist among you.

  1. Now [what] I’m saying is this: that each of you are saying,  

        “As for me, I am of Paul,” 

        and, “As for me, I am of Apollos,”

        and, “As for me, I am of Cephas,”

        and, “As for me I am of Christ!”

  1. Christ has been divided!

               It wasn’t Paul who was crucified for you, 

               neither were was it into the name of Paul that you were baptized!

  1. I’m thankful to God that I baptized none of you 

               except Crispus and Gaius,

  1. in order that no one might say that you were baptized into MY name.
  2. Now I did also baptize the household of Stephanus. 

               As for the rest, I don’t know if I baptized anyone else.

  1. For Christ did not commission me to baptize, but rather to evangelize – 

               [and that] not by sophistication of words, 

               so that the cross of Christ would not be nullified.

Some Illustration to reflect on:

Tuning fork: A.W. Tozer, “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to be come ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.” (The Pursuit of God)

  1. The Problem – introduction:
  2. Situation in Corinth 
  3. The church in Corinth was divided over a lot of issues:
  • They were arguing about whether or not Christians could eat meat offered to idols, 
  • They were arguing about whether or not Christians could marry, 
  • They were showing off with spiritual gifts in order to prove that some were more spiritual than others,
  • People were interrupting public worship by disorderly conduct,
  • They were aligning themselves behind one Christian leader and criticizing the rest of the people in the congregation who were aligned with a different Christian leader,
  • They had a feminist group vying for power, 
  • Even during communion, they were dividing into rich people at one table and poor people at another,
  • and Christians were suing each other in the public courts.
  1. Since Paul had planted the church in Corinth, he had kept tabs on the church:
  • Paul seems to have paid a second visitto Corinth before writing his epistle, For in 2 Cor. 12:4; 2Cor. 13:1-2, he speaks of his intention of paying them a third visit, implying he had already twice visited them. 
  • During his three years’ stay at Ephesus he could have easily hired one of the many ships that travelled between Ephesus and Corinth and revisited his Corinthian converts. 
  • This second visit was probably a short one (compare 1 Cor. 16:7); and was probably painful and humiliating to Paul as he saw (2 Cor. 2:1; 2 Cor. 12:21), the scandalous conduct of so many of his own converts. (JFB)
  • Apolloshad gone to Corinth with letters of commendation from Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:28-19:1), but apparently left because of factions in that church (1 Cor. 1:10-12) and returned to Ephesus. When Paul urged Apollos to go back, he declined (1 Cor. 16:12).
  • Paul then sent Timothyover to Corinth to put an end to the factions (1 Cor. 4:17), but the outcome was uncertain (1 Cor. 16:10.)… 
  • Some of the household of Chloewho were familiar with the situation in Corinth had also brought word to Paul in Ephesus (1 Cor. 16:5-7)
  • The church in Corinth also had sent a committee(Stephanas, Fortunatus, Achaicus) to Paul in Ephesus.
  • And Paul had also already writtena brief first letter to the Corinthians directing them “not to associate with fornicators.” (1Cor. 5:9-12) That letter probably also mentioned the fund-raiser he was organizing for the poor in Jer­usalem (1Cor. 16:2) So 1st Cor. is actually Paul’s 2nd letter to them.
  1. Verse 12 mentions 4 factions in Corinth: For the most part we can only guess:
  • “I am of Paul” party:
  • May have been people converted under Paul’s ministry
  • Perhaps baptized by Paul
  • Probably liked systematic theology because that’s how Paul taught
  • Probably also were hard-core about the Gospel for Gentiles
  • Paul also had refused to be supported by a patron, but rather worked for his living at Corinth, so he may have been the blue-collar working-man’s apostle of choice
  • Apollos Party: 
  • From Alexandria, Egypt – maybe black.
  • Came after Paul and baptized people. “I planted, Apollos watered” (3:6).
  • Preferred his teaching style – philosophical, rhetorical, eloquent.
  • Maybe like a Barak Obama.
  • Cephas Party: 
  • Aramaic for Peter (Jn. 1:42).
  • The “real” apostle.
  • Probably name-droppers, not representative of Peter himself.
  • Probably Judaizers (Gal 2:11-14), who insisted that Gentile converts get circumcised and follow Jewish food laws and customs.
  • Christ Party:
  • Perhaps they weren’t willing to submit to any of the apostles.
  • Perhaps they thought they could hear straight from God and didn’t need the Bible.
  • Perhaps like the Christian Church of today, they got fed up with everybody’s denominationalism and conflicting creeds and tried to form a non-denomination which had “no creed but Christ” and turned into just another denomination.
  1. Archaeology and house church size in Corinth
  • Some amount of splitting up would have been natural in a home-based church. 
  • Romans 16:23 – Gaius’s house was where the church in Corinth initially met. 
  • Thistleton cites archaeological evidence that churches in that era tended to break up and meet in two different homes once they got up to 40 people in attendance. 
  • Dividing into multiple meeting places because no one place is big enough for everybody to meet is fine. 
  • There may even be cultural reasons to preserve and enjoy different historical worship traditions. 
  • But splitting over schools of orthodox doctrine or splitting over interpersonal conflict was not o.k. in Paul’s book.
  1. Clement testified to continued divisions in Corinth in 95AD
  • First Epistle starts, “The Church of God which sojourns at Rome, to the Church of God sojourning at Corinth, to them that are called and sanctified by the will of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, from Almighty God through Jesus Christ, be multiplied.
  • …we feel that we have been somewhat tardy in turning our attention to the points respecting which you consulted us; and especially to that shameful and detestable sedition, utterly abhorrent to the elect of God, which a few rash and self-confident persons have kindled to such a pitch of frenzy, that your venerable and illustrious name, worthy to be universally loved, has suffered grievous injury…
  • (Chapter 45) Ye are fond of contention, brethren, and full of zeal about things which do not pertain to salvation. Look carefully into the Scriptures, which are the true utterances of the Holy Spirit… Why are there strifes, and tumults, and divisions, and schisms, and wars among you? Have we not [all] one God and one Christ? Is there not one Spirit of grace poured out upon us? And have we not one calling in Christ? Why do we divide and tear to pieces the members of Christ, and raise up strife against our own body, and have reached such a height of madness as to forget that “we are members one of another?” Remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, how He said, “Woe to that man [by whom offences come]! It were better for him that he had never been born, than that he should cast a stumbling-block before one of my elect. Yea, it were better for him that a millstone should be hung about [his neck], and he should be sunk in the depths of the sea, than that he should cast a stumbling-block before one of my little ones.” Your schism has subverted [the faith of] many, has discouraged many, has given rise to doubt in many, and has caused grief to us all… 
  • Take up the epistle of the blessed Apostle Paul. What did he write to you at the time when the Gospel first began to be preached? Truly, under the inspiration of the Spirit, he wrote to you concerning himself, and Cephas, and Apollos, because even then parties had been formed among you. But that inclination for one above another entailed less guilt upon you, inasmuch as your partialities were then shown towards apostles, already of high reputation, and towards a man whom they had approved. But now reflect who those are that have perverted you, and lessened the renown of your far-famed brotherly love. It is disgraceful, beloved, yea, highly disgraceful, and unworthy of your Christian profession, that such a thing should be heard of as that the most stedfast and ancient Church of the Corinthians should, on account of one or two persons, engage in sedition against its presbyters. And this rumour has reached not only us, but those also who are unconnected with us; so that, through your infatuation, the name of the Lord is blasphemed, while danger is also brought upon yourselves.
  • (Chapter XLVIII.) Let us therefore, with all haste, put an end to this [state of things]; and let us fall down before the Lord, and beseech Him with tears, that He would mercifully be reconciled to us, and restore us to our former seemly and holy practice of brotherly love… Let a man be faithful: let him be powerful in the utterance of knowledge; let him be wise in judging of words; let him be pure in all his deeds; yet the more he seems to be superior to others [in these respects], the more humble-minded ought he to be, and to seek the common good of all, and not merely his own advantage.
  1. We see here some of the solutions proposed by Clement of Rome, a godly man a generation after Paul, but let us look at what Paul himself writes in I Cor. 1 about the solution to this problem:
  2. God’s solution:
  3. Fight against church splits by maintaining a unified front and working to be mended in the same thinking patterns.
  4. The father of Alexander the Great perfected a fighting technique that made the Macedonian army almost invincible. It has been nicknamed the “Turtle” formation, because the soldiers would form patterns where everyone’s shield was positioned facing the enemy so that the whole army was covered by a “shell” and not vulnerable to arrows. 
  • Imagine what would have happened, however, if two soldiers were to get mad at each other and turn their spears and shields to face each other? They would then become vulnerable to the enemy’s arrows because their shields wouldn’t be facing the enemy anymore. As Christians, we need to maintain a unified front so that we don’t get taken out by our own in-fighting.
  1. Paul’s words in v.10 are literally “keep speaking the same thing” rendered “agree” in the modern English versions.

 

  1. Paul uses a term for mending fishing nets (Mt. 4:21) toward the end of v.10 – translated “perfectly joined together/united/made complete” in some versions. The word means “to put in order, restore to former condition” . 
  2. How do we get this restoration?
  • By being of the “same mind and same judgment/opinion/purpose/intention/thought.” 
  • This means that Christian unity is a thinkingunity, not a mindless ecumenism. 
  • We achieve that unity by studying the same Bibletogether and coming to the same conclusions on the major issues together. It is unity in knowing sound doctrine.
  • Calvin explains that the “same mind” means having the same faith in God, and “judgment” means having a will to loveyour brother.
  1. God’s Call to unity in:
  • John 17 – Jesus prayed that His people would be one as He is one with God.
  • Eph 4 – One lord, one faith, one baptism
  • Phil 2 – have this mind in yourselves which was also in Christ…cross
  1. Solution #1: Maintaining a unified front and growing together in the same Biblical thinking patterns.
  2. Keep Christ central rather than yourself.
  3. ILLUSTRATION: Tuning fork: A.W. Tozer, “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to be come ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.” (The Pursuit of God)
  4. v.10 “I exhort/beseech/appeal to you by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”
  5. v.13 – “Is Christ divided?”
  • Absurdity of a cutting Jesus in half and the two halves doing different things
  • “We murder, to dissect” – William Wordsworth
  1. “Was Paul crucified for you?”
  • By this bit of humor, Paul puts the focus back on the centrality of Christ
  • We were redeemed by Christ in His death. When you were baptized into Christ, you were enlisted under his banner and will never have any other spiritual lord.
  1. “Were you baptized in the name of Paul?”
  • Baptism was to be in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Mt. 28:18ff – not anyone else.
  • It doesn’t matter who baptized you. It doesn’t matter if that person was a fake Christian who left the church later. What matters is that you received the sign and seal of your covenantal relationship with God.
  1. “Jesus is enough. He is substantive enough to be the basis of your unity… If [you] would be Christ-centered instead of people-centered or issues-centered,  disunity will take care of itself.” 
  2. Preach the cross rather than getting involved in intellectual rabbit-trails.
  3. Don’t get off on the rabbit trail of baptism. Keep the cross central. Some of us were immersed, some were effused, some were sprinkled. Some here were baptized as infants, others as adults. It’s over now; don’t get worked up over whether you got wet the “right” way. The Bible doesn’t teach us to make issue of how you were baptized. Christ’s work on the cross is what saves you, not your baptism.
  4. (v.17)  “not with sophistication/wisdom/cleverness/eloquence of words/speech lest the cross of Christ be made of none effect/void/nullified/emptied.”
  • Calvin: “No effect if… just eloquence and show… the teaching of the gospel… should savor of the nature of the cross… despised and contemptible rather than glorious in the eyes of the world… The … Corinthians were tickled with a silly fondness for high-sounding style, hence they needed… to be brought back to the abasement of the cross… the gospel in its simplicity without false ornament.”
  • In Corinth, the cosmopolitan merchants were using Christianity as a way to gain social status.This has been a problem throughout history. 
  • Today, missionary friends in majority-world countries have told us that most seekers want to become Christians so that they can move to wealthy nations and get wealthy. It’s a constant struggle to explain to people who come with worldly motives that becoming a Christian is about being a follower of Jesus. It’s about the way of the cross.
  1. Identify your unique calling and stick to it.
  2. “I was not sent to Baptize but to Evangelize” v.17
  3. Paul’s commission in Acts 9:15 does not mention baptism.
  • The chief thing for Paul was to make Jesus known to “Gentiles, kings, and the Children of Israel”
  • Doesn’t mean he repudiated baptism – Paul obviously baptized Crispus (the former president of the synagogue in Corinth) and Gaius and everybody in Stephanas’ house
  • (and, by the way, I Tim. 3:4 says that Paul considered a man’s children to be part of his house.)
  • Exposure of public to gospel is the first step, the apostolic calling. Church development happens after that – that’s apparently what Apollos was good at.
  1. What is your calling in life?
  • What have I noticed in the Bible that God commands me to do?
  • What do I love to do?
  • What do Godly counselors urge me to focus on?
  • What opportunities has God opened up for me already to do?
  • When these things line up, you can be confident that you have a calling.
  1. Once you are clear on your calling, don’t get distracted from it. Keep it front and center. This will help the church stay unified.
  2. Jesusis another great example of this kind of focus on calling. His calling was to save the world (John 12:47). He was perfectly capable of judging the world and being a great king, but He didn’t take that path when He was sure that His father wanted him to save the world through dying on the cross. While Jesus was suffering for our sins on the cross, He could have called a thousand angels to rescue him and kill all the bad guys, but He didn’t because He knew He needed to stick to His calling. Without His death there would be no church to call into unity.

Follow Christ’s example. Stick to your calling. Preach the cross. Get yourself out of the way and keep Christ central. And present a united front with your fellow believers by working to be of the same mind. And by God’s grace, this church will not break apart. 

Prayer: Dear Lord God, visit us today. Cause us to focus on You and what You stand for.  Help us to take attention off ourselves and let it rest on You. Help us to keep You central in everything that we do while allowing channels of engagement with our brothers and sisters in the faith despite our deferring styles and method of worship. You have a purpose and plan for every one of us that fits perfectly into Your grand plan. Open our spiritual eyes Lord to see and to pursue this without distractions and help us to present a unified front with our fellow believers always to the glory, honour and adoration of Your name, in Jesus name we have prayed with thanksgiving

 

Shalom!

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – E-discipleship at Otakada.org

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Subject – The Great Exchange For Service – intercession Part 10 of 2 – Subtle Issues that Divide Us and How to Respond

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4th of November 2018

Blog link: https://www.otakada.org/the-great-exchange-for-service-intercession-part-10-of-2-subtle-issues-that-divide-us-and-how-to-respond

Key verse:

John 13:34-35 New International Version (NIV) – A New Commandment to All Believers in Christ

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Ephesians 4:14-16 New Living Translation (NLT) – You don’t have all that it takes, we need each other!

14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Mark 1:23-27 New Living Translation (NLT) – The Devil is in Our church gatherings, dividing us – Beware! – Don’t open yourself up to manipulation by the evil one.

23 Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil[a] spirit cried out, 24 “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 But Jesus reprimanded him. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered. 26 At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.

27 Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!”

1 Corinthians 11:28-30 New Living Translation (NLT) – Don’t be in a hurry to take communion, check yourself, it can cause, sickness and even death! Don’t mess with God, God does kill Christians too! Remember Ananias and Sapphira

28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. 29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ,[a] you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.

2 Corinthians 10:2-8 New Living Translation (NLT) – Stop fighting in the physical!

2 Well, I am begging you now so that when I come I won’t have to be bold with those who think we act from human motives.

3 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 [a]We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 6 And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient.

7 Look at the obvious facts.[b] Those who say they belong to Christ must recognize that we belong to Christ as much as they do. 8 I may seem to be boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But our authority builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down. So I will not be ashamed of using my authority.

Dear brethren, welcome to the month of November and continuation of our second series on the need for unity in the body of Christ. We will be looking at those subtle issues that divide us and how we should tackle them. Enjoy the reading and take decisive action to engaging other believers as part of one body in Christ today! Our disunity undermines our message to the lost. There are many that are waiting on the sidelines to see sanity in us believers, don’t be seen as hindering Gods work of redemption among men.

While some divisions or disunity among Christians are obvious, others are subtler. Why does God allow it? Is it because He wants to make it hard on us? Or are the reasons as old as the church itself? Satan has always been involved in the church. It is notable that the first place Jesus cast out a demon was in the synagogue, which was Jesus’ church (Mark 1:23-27).

The devil has always been at work in the church. I guess he felt if he couldn’t beat them, he would just join them. His ways are subtle, so it is important to see how he has caused such division. With this in mind, let us explore the methods of this master tactician and how we can overcome his influence.

  1. Inability to Understand God’s Paradox

Honest people who are sincerely seeking God can come up with very different notions about the teachings in the Bible. This is because God has purposely put paradox in Scripture. He doesn’t want us to approach Him through knowledge, but rather through childlike faith. It is His paradox that confounds knowledge and the wisdom of the world.  Here are a few paradoxes in Scripture: law and grace; predestination and free will; one God in three; Christ as God and Christ as man; salvation by grace and work out your salvation with fear and trembling; judge not and he who is spiritual judges all things (Isaiah 55:8-9).

If I only believe in the law of God, I may become motivated by fear of God, which affects my intimacy with Him. If I only focus on grace, I may not fear the consequences of sin. Both sides of the paradox must be balanced by each other. The Corinthians received the message of grace and then began to sin with reckless abandonment. They believed they were no longer under the law. The result was death and sickness in the Corinthian church (1 Cor. 11:30). In the same way, Jesus taught us grace and love, but was unwilling to cast aside God’s law (Matt 5:17-19).

Every doctrine that divides the church has paradox in it. We will begin to know the true spirit of God when we can embrace both sides of the paradox by faith. Only then can we say all things are predestined and yet I have free will to choose. Only with God is such a thing possible. We say that we believe, with God, all things are possible, but then deny that paradox is possible. Childlike faith has no problem accepting the impossible. When Christians begin to appreciate each other’s viewpoints without feeling threatened, we will no longer be separated by the paradox of God; we will be united in the spirit of love.

  1. Confusion of Temporal with Eternal Principles

There is much confusion over temporal and eternal truths. As I stated earlier, many Christians want to argue over a particular viewpoint in Scripture without considering the passages in paradox to that viewpoint. Because we want God to fit into our logic box, we discard any nonconforming Scripture, or simply ignore it. If we acknowledge the opposite Scriptural reference, our doctrine must be modified to accommodate both Scriptures. In the temporal, God’s law is still in effect. By this I mean we have consequences by not following the law. I hear the principle of grace being preached from many pulpits, too often at the expense of the law. The grace is an eternal law that is applied to our eternal spirit, but it should not give us the idea that we can sin with no temporal affect.

In the natural, if you break the law, you will suffer the consequences. If you are speeding and you get a ticket, you might argue to the policeman that you are not under the law, but I doubt it would do any good. The eternal law of grace will keep us out of the lake of fire but will not keep us from the consequences of violating the law in the temporal. Obedience to the law doesn’t save us, but it will keep us out of a whole bunch of trouble. The confusion over law and grace has caused many Christians to be entrapped in sin and division (Romans 7:7-8).

Confusion over the temporal and eternal principles often divides the body of Christ. True wisdom comes when we can be gracious with brothers and sisters who have not yet come to a fuller understanding of the temporal and eternal truths. Jesus said to His church, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin (John 8:34). In other words, Satan can gain great authority in our lives if we reject the commands of Christ.

  1. Incorrect Motives of the Heart – 1 Cor 13:1-3

When did God ever make our relationship with Him and people about knowing all things, gifts of the Spirit, or pious acts? Too often we make fellowship too much about gifts, doctrines, good works, and sacrifice. According to the Scripture above, none of these things matter to God if they are not motivated by love. All gifts of God are wonderful, but they are not an evidence of a right heart. They should never be seen as a badge of spirituality. Even our sacrifices to God do not impress Him if we are not motivated by love.

The true mark of a Christian is not his knowledge or doctrine, but rather is the spirit of love. Satan has deceived Christians into believing that fellowship must be based on particular viewpoints and doctrines. How sad to see the division in Christianity because of differing doctrines. Too often Christians accuse one another of heresy, blasphemy and the like, thereby becoming an accuser of the brethren. We must be careful not to take on the role of accuser. This role belongs to Satan and we should always steer clear of it. If I am motivated by anger and hatred, how can I say the love of God abides in me (1 John 4:20)?

We need to understand that God is perfectly fine with differing levels of understanding. Not all children learn at the same rate or are they the same in gifts and personality. We should never be angry or hateful when a brother has been taught or experienced a differing view. There is truth in most doctrines, but perhaps the balancing paradox has been overlooked. One person may have come out of the bondage of fear and can only see the grace of God, while another may have come out of the bondage of anarchy and appreciates the discipline of law. One may focus on law while the other focuses on grace. One might be caught up in gifts while another might be focused on the Word.  Why should either focus upset us? Rejoice that they have received understanding of God’s truth, especially when they needed that part of the truth at a critical time in their life. 

Be patient and love your brethren and perhaps they will be more attuned to what God has taught you. Both sides can be wrong if motivated incorrectly. If my focus on the law is because I’m afraid God will get me, then I am really motivated by the spirit of fear, not love. If I take advantage of grace and violate the law, I am motivated by the spirit of selfishness, which has no love in it. The subtlety of wrong motives divides the body of Christ.

  1. The Religious Spirit – Luke 9:51-56

What is a religious spirit? A religious spirit is when we take the Word of God and use it to destroy others. It was the spirit of religion that found reasons to put Jesus to death though there was no evil in His actions. Too often we have been deceived into thinking we are defenders of the faith when really we have succumbed to a religious spirit. From the Great Inquisition to an argument in Sunday school, the religious spirit disrupts and divides.

The reason Jesus rebuked the disciples is because, in one moment, they threw out the teaching of Jesus to love your enemies and those who despitefully use you. Instead they wanted to kill an entire population of people in the name of Jesus. While they thought they were righteous, Jesus’ rebuke showed them that their true motive was evil before God. Think about it—they wanted to murder everyone in the village, including women and children, in the name of God!  

“When Satan spoke through Peter, Jesus sternly rebuked him as well. But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men'” (Matt 16:23). Peter had no idea that the thoughts that came into his mind were not his own. Jesus pointed out the true author of his words and would have nothing to do with them.

The religious spirit is a divider of the body of Christ. Its purpose is to cause us to be caught up in doctrines and disputes rather than yielding to the Holy Spirit of love (1 Tim 6:3-5 & James 1:12-13).

We are not approved by our knowledge of God or our doctrines; we are approved by what manner of spirit we are. Does the spirit of love rule your heart, or are you ruled by disputes and self-righteousness?

It is time for the whole body of Christ to come together to present a unified spirit of love to the world. The religious spirit is hated by the world. Even they can see it is full of hatred, murder, and condemnation. It is time in these last days to say, “I love my Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Charismatic, Methodist, and Pentecostal brethren even though we are all striving to better understand the paradox in Biblical doctrine.” None of us have arrived yet.  We all agree Jesus is Lord and it was God who sent Him to give us life eternal. Maturity in Christ is not gauged by the knowledge of God but by the Spirit of God in us (2 Cor. 10:5).

Prayer: Dear Lord God, we pray for Your body of believers today, by the authority in Your name, we tear down every subtle walls the enemy has built up between us to divide us and re-establish the wall of love amongst us because You said, people will know we are Yours by the love we have for one another independent of institution, creed, doctrine and unspoken rules in Jesus name we have prayed with thanksgiving. Make us one Lord in Spirit, Amen.

Shalom!

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – E-discipleship at Otakada.org

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The Great Exchange For Service – Intercession Part 9 – Intimacy, Prayer and Giving/Receiving Feedback

 

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Title: The Great Exchange For Service – Intercession Part 9 –  Intimacy, Prayer and Giving/Receiving Feedback

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Date: Sunday, 21st of October 2018

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Key Passages: 

Genesis 1:31 New International Version (NIV)

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Genesis 3:9 The Message (MSG)

God called to the Man: “Where are you?”

1 Kings 18:42-44 The Message (MSG)

42-43 Ahab did it: got up and ate and drank. Meanwhile, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bowed deeply in prayer, his face between his knees. Then he said to his young servant, “On your feet now! Look toward the sea.”

He went, looked, and reported back, “I don’t see a thing.”

“Keep looking,” said Elijah, “seven times if necessary.”

44 And sure enough, the seventh time he said, “Oh yes, a cloud! But very small, no bigger than someone’s hand, rising out of the sea.”

“Quickly then, on your way. Tell Ahab, ‘Saddle up and get down from the mountain before the rain stops you.’”

Matthew 16:13-19

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Mark 8:23-25 New International Version (NIV)

23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”

24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”

25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

Luke 17:11-19 The Message (MSG)

11-13 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14-16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”

They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.

17-19 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”

Dear brethren, I hope you had a pleasant week. Thank you for following up with us on our series on The Great Exchange for Service in the context of intercession and intimacy with the Lord in the place of prayer. Last week, we looked at Intercession, self – confrontation and self-defence and the tools that you help you get prepared.

Today, we want to look service in intercession and importance of receiving and giving feedback both to and from our heavenly Father and to/from the people we are called to serve in The Great Exchange for Service so stay tuned.

Talking about performance at work can bring up all sorts of mixed feelings. In a recent study of over 1,000 professionals, nearly a quarter of respondents said they “feared” their performance review, while 42 percent said they think managers leave important elements out of their review. According to the study’s authors: “Traditional annual performance reviews are inadequate. They’re biased towards recent work, goals aren’t communicated clearly, there’s misalignment in objectives between organizations and employees, and quite simply, the whole process just takes too long.”

While some large companies have scrapped the traditional review process, many Christian professionals still give or receive reviews each year.  In ministry, feedback is critically important to help fine-tuning, escalating or de-escalating our intercessory engagements.  It also encourages and strengthen the workers for future work that the Lord will bring our way.  In the scriptures above, the first feedback came up in the Genesis when the TRIO created the earth. They gave feedback to see how things went, if the action delivered as expected and possibly exceeded the requirement. Jesus asked His disciples who do men say that I am to His disciples. When He sent the ten lepers to show themselves to the priest and they received healing, he longed for feedback when only one returned to testify, he was shocked that they never did.

We talk a lot with our prayer partners to see how God is responding to our request and those still held up. we continue to intercede and if the Lord is saying something, we pass information back and forth to help repositioning. Even my children give me feedback. We receive feedback from the blogs we send out weekly to thousands across the globe and that has helped shape our message delivery and keying into questions and specific needs of the people for whom we care called to serve.

Most people find it very hard to give and receive feedback in a positive, valuable and formative way. The idea of both giving and receiving feedback fills people with dread, and poorly given feedback can leave deep wounds which last for years and can destroy trust, friendship and working relationships.

Giving and receiving feedback is an essential professional, managerial and ministerial skill which can often unlock significant areas of growth and development. Without it we trip over our own flaws, risk damaging others and can hit an unnecessary ceiling in our own competence and effectiveness.

Feedback is a very powerful thing, not least because it helps us develop that vital element of maturity, ‘to see ourselves as others see us.’ For anyone in a public role this is vital. After all, how others see you is…how others see you! And feedback is potentially happening all the time. Just because people are not talking to you, it does not mean they are not talking about you! We are constantly being judged, evaluated and assessed. If we are able to access, in a positive and useful way, some of that evaluation, it could really help us to grow. And if our goal is to serve others, shouldn’t we want to do that as best we can?

So how is structured feedback done well? Here are my eight top tips.

  1. Give notice

When you need to give some feedback, either as a regular thing or just as a one-off, always give notice to the other person. ‘Let’s fix a time to review how that went.’ There are two main reasons for this, one to do with you, and one to do with the other person. In relation to you, the person giving feedback, it is vital that the goal of the feedback is the growth and development of the other person, and is seen to be this, and is not a pressure valve to allow you to vent your frustration. For the other person, receiving feedback could be emotionally demanding, especially if he or she is not used to this. Giving notice allows the recipient to be prepared to receive your comments—and perhaps even to review what happened themselves first.

If you are the recipient, and someone tries to give you unplanned feedback, a good response is: ‘Thanks for telling me that. I wonder if we could arrange a time for a proper conversation about it?’

  1. Choose a good time

A follow-on from the first point is to then find a good time to give the feedback. The most important thing it not to give feedback on the day of the event in question, particularly if this relates to public ministry. Preaching is demanding enough emotionally without having to face immediate evaluation as well. And those feeding back need to reflect on their experience as well. Things can look quite different after a day or two of reflection on the event, as the trivial things subside and what was important stands out. Make sure you allow enough time for a good conversation as well, and be clear how long the feedback session will last (which is a good policy for any meeting).

A good time for feedback will usually be in a context one-to-one, unless you have reached the point in your team where feedback is something natural to all your working relations. A good rule of thumb here is ‘Praise in public; criticise in private.’

  1. Shape your feedback

In the past I have been taught to start with the good, what went well, or strengths, and then move on to the negative, to things that need attention and development. The problem with this shape, if used regularly, is that the person on the receiving end is listening to the good stuff, but inside is just bracing themselves to be hit with the bad! A better shape is to either mix it up, or go ‘good—bad—good’ so that you finish on a positive note.

Even better is to make the event a genuine conversation. I will often now start conversations by asking the recipient to assess what went well and what needs development. If feedback is not genuinely owned, it will not have its effect.

  1. Give reasons why

Feedback needs to have external references points in two directions. First, comments need to draw on evidence from the event so the basis of comments is clear. Secondly, the reason for change needs to have a clear external rationale (‘If you do it this way, it means that people can…’). This prevents the feedback simply being a vehicle for your own opinions and prejudices; it needs to genuinely lead to more effective performance, and the person receiving comments needs to see how the comments will genuinely be of help to them.

  1. Suggest a plan of action

Evidence-based feedback with a good rationale should then lead to a plan of action. This does not need to be complicated, but it does mean that there should be a clear way to allow the person receiving feedback to actually address the issue at hand.

  1. Focus on strengths as well as weaknesses

There is a real danger in giving feedback that the process only focusses on weaknesses rather than strengths. I suppose the reason why it happens is that it is easier to spot mistakes than it is to recognise how strengths might develop further. But if this happens, then it can be demoralising for the receiver; the repeated agenda is to focus on the things that are not going well, rather than the things that are. So it is also worth exploring how things that are strengths already can become points of excellence within the ministry or performance.

  1. Make it regular

Feedback is most difficult when it happens as a one-off, and the first time of significant feedback is often the most challenging. But the goal for any kind of ministry team should be to make feedback a regular feature of working together. If it is ‘just one of the things we do,’ then it is much less daunting and can become more fruitful.

 

8. Make it symmetrical

If feedback is such a potential powerful tool for personal growth and development, then all should be making use of it. And if it is to avoid becoming an exercise in the use of power, then team leaders need feedback from team members as much as members need feedback from leaders and others. In a healthy ministry team, even the person ‘in charge’ should be ready to receive feedback from others.

More importantly, we need to also receive feedback from our heavenly father on our spiritual work. Ask Him in the place of prayer, like what is my spiritual state? How is my work with you coming along? What lack I yet? What must I do to submit totally to your will and purpose for my life? Is my intimacy with you good, bad or ugly?

Start giving feedback today and be willing to receive and you will see your progress skyrocket like you never imagined possible at hme, at work, in your relationship with our heavenly Father and others in ministry. Jesus took feedback, Jesus gave feedback, Jesus expected feedback even when He new what was happening and so we must be reading and willing to give and receive.

Have a blessed Sunday in Him

Shalom!

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe e-discipleship at otakada.org

 

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The Great Exchange For Service – intercession Part 8 – Self – Confrontation and Self – Defense

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Title – The Great Exchange For Service – intercession Part 8 – Self – Confrontation and Self – Defense : In volatile Environment, Your first line of defense for Your Self, Your Family, Your School and Your Business In both Offline and Online environments starts with You

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14th of October 2018

Blog link: https://www.otakada.org/intercession-8

Key verse:

Matthew 5:27-30

27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Matthew 18:6-9
6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!8 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.

Matthew 16:21-23
21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

1 Corinthians 9:22-23;26-27
22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Psalms 101:3
3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.

Matthew 24:9-14
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Isaiah 1:19-20
19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;
20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Dear brethren, last Sunday, we looked at the need to take action in self-defense in persecution as it relates to intimacy, intercession and The Great Exchange for Service. We are thankful to readers from around the world who provided useful feedback from previous series on intercession. This Sunday, we are looking at specific things we must do both online and offline as first lines of defense in an increasingly volatile, lawless, wicked and self centered, self seeking world for self, family, schools, businesses and any type organization for that matter. So, Let’s begin!

In the scheme of God as it pertains to The Great Exchange for Service, The Greatest dis-service you can offer is the dis-service to yourself and the specific assignment God has given you to accomplish as ambassadors of Christ here on earth. Service exchange begins with the being – who I am in God rather than what I do for God. What profit is that to me, if I serve the whole wide world for God’s sake and end up in hell because I have let down my guide? Or if I have ignored or relegated my defense to others rather than to myself? It all boil down to self – defense (self-defence). It is ok to pray, it is ok to fast, it is ok to intercede but it is not ok not to take action when it has everything to do with me and eternity with God.

There are questions that could help us reinforce our defense mechanism can be highlighted hereunder like, What must I let go? Who must I let go? What association must I let go? What place , people or things must I let go? What are the things in my life that I just must let go for the sake of eternity?

Is it the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life that I must let go? Are there things in me or around me or far away from me that urge me uncontrollably to these three traits? I must self defend beginning today with ME and all the people God has brought into my life, ensuring, by Gods grace that we must all make eternity in Christ Jesus together. Jesus Christ, in two occasion brought up the issue of cutting things off our lives in the book of Matthew 5:27-30 and Matthew 18: 6-9 with respect to adultery and how we handle children. Isn’t that instructive? In one book, same warning. It means we just must take note of these things and take corresponding corrective action to mitigate or forestall avoidable consequences.

For instance, Peter confronted Jesus concerning His death on the cross, which was the core of His assignment here on it. Jesus addressed satan to get behind Him but not Peter. Jesus understood that Peter was just a tool used by Satan to stop Jesus from going to the cross or from letting go of His call here on earth. Are there people in our lives that are used as hindrances to Gods specific call over or lives, we must be discerning enough not to take it out on them but on the spirit behind them. We must not get into the flesh? Are we being persecuted for righteousness sake in our homes, offices, the market place and our nation? we must not get in the flesh because this is not a flesh and blood matter (Ephesians 6:10-20) This is bigger than we can handle on our own. We need heavenly backup with corrective actions where necessary manifesting in the physical environment.

We must deliberately cut things off that led us astray or break our focus on God. We must slow down on activities that eat into our personal altar with the Lord where intimacy with God is found. We must not see the attack on the heart of our nation from the position of flesh but understand that the devil is fighting the call over this nation. We must discern, spiritually speaking how to react while taking first line measures directly from the throne room by the wisdom God provides. This is only available in the place of intimacy. Jesus said in John 14:21 that if you have my commandments and keep them, it is you who love me and my Father will love you and I will love you and manifest myself to you..paraphrased. Verse 23 says Jesus and God the Father will come and make their home in us. We are now the church of Jesus Christ, not the building we gather every now and then. Meeting in church to worship is good as we equip one another for the work of ministry but our personal altars with the Lord of our life is the GREATEST investment we can make both now and into eternity. There are so many unnecessary headache we encounter because of lack of investment of time in the SECRET PLACE. This is where intimacy comes in. It is not given to everyone but only those who are willing and ready to obey. When this happens consistently, our actions becomes God’s action because our thinking are God’s thinking. Why not? Because they have made their home in us so nothing else can gain access to that place unless we give the go ahead to the devil to take a place in us.

For instance, do you and I feed our imagination with dirty pornographic images, we are setting ourselves up either for adultery or fornication which is a sin against our body, the temple of God. Do have have controls over our eye gate, our ear gate which are entrances to our souls? Do we attend odd parties that causes us to go against Gods injunctions, we need to cut it off. Are we keeping tab on what our love ones are doing online and offline? Do we know where they are if and when emergency structs unannounced?Can we respond to an emergency situation decisively when there is a call for help? Do we have systems in place to check excesses on systems in our home, school or businesses despite busy works schedule.. so you can proactively take corrective measures today to avoid failures tomorrow?

Let’s look at specific things we must do offline and some of these apply online as well:

1) Self Profiling

Psalms 26:2
2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.

Psalms 139:23-24
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

1 Corinthians 3:10
10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.

1 Corinthians 7:20
20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.

We must profile our own self first. What are our strengths and weaknesses? What makes us fail and fall all the time? What is our spiritual state in God? Do we sincerely , intimately know Him, does He know us and relate with us? Do we know that or are we guessing ? What has God called us to do specifically for Him and in what area and to whom and with whom? Are we in His timing or should I say, are we synchronized or synced up with Gods agenda for our time? Are we living daily in obedience and carrying the cross He has designed for us to carry? We must write this down and score our performance continually so we don’t end up like Jonah in the belly of the fish.

2) Others Profiling

Matthew 23:15,33
15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?

Luke 22:31-32
31 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

1 Corinthians 7:20,23-24
20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.
23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.

1 Corinthians 15:33
33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

1 Corinthians 5:9-13
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.
10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”

We must profile others. We must ask some serious questions about ALL our relationships from our wives to children to extended families, to our hired helps at home, to people we work with and work for, to our brothers and sisters in the Lord, our spiritual leaders and national leaders. What is their spiritual state? Outward appearance is deceiving. We must discern to find out what makes them do what they do so we can have VALID UPDATED CONTENT both to pray and to relate or cut off. We must determine what role we are to play in their lives and what role they are to play in ours. We must be able to tell whether they belong to the past, the present or the future or to maintain a distance. We must know who are the Judah’s iscariot in our lives, who must walk with us so we can fulfill purpose and still keep a very good attitude and Godly maturity.

3) Environmental Profiling

Genesis 18:20-21
20 And the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave,
21 I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”

Ephesians 6:18
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

1 Corinthians 16:13
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

Luke 10:1
1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.

Numbers 13:25
25 And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.

Daniel 10:13,20

13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come.

We must profile our surrounding. We must discern the spiritual state of our environment like Sodom and Gomorrah and Gods exchange with Abraham. We must be aware of the principalities and powers holding that environment. We must also know the human representative of those entities to provide content for intercession. This environment also includes our workplace, where our children school or where we work or live so we do not act or pray in ignorance or advise in ignorance. We must be watchful of strange faces in our environment asking the Lord to unmask them and cause their intent to be known or to engage for evangelism. Instruction has to come from the place of intimacy. If we don’t ask Him, we don’t expect to hear and when He does speak and we are not ready, we can easily misinterpret and wrongfully apply. Some people are ripe to encounter Christ and some are not only the spirit of God can give us those hidden secrets.

In the online world, OTAKADA.org as partnered with developers from around the world and deployed on our site to address some of the self defense mechanism we mentioned earlier. we are now able to interact with devices (mobile phones, laptops, desktop and virtual devices) to block harmful content automatically from within or from afar on our devices and those of our love ones under the self ICT control or Family ICT control software . We are now able to approve content or block content remotely. We are now able to monitor what happens on those computers screens remotely in homes,schools and businesses without being physically present with them. So we do not expose ourselves and children to harmful content by default or have workers use production time for other things beyond official job.

We are now able to Geo track people, places and things with or without the internet, anywhere in the world and monitored and recorded in any part of the world. We are now able to pick up emergency messages from any device anywhere in the world with or without the internet. This could come handy in providing first responder action and not wait for event to break on the news before you know your wards are in danger. SOS emergency messages can be engaged to connect and alert parents or key guardians. The chibok girls, the Dapshi girls , Leah Sharibu cases are wake up calls for us all to get our spirit directed thinking up and acting.
If this is of interest, Fill up the form via this link https://www.otakada.org/self-defense and we will send you details to help reinforce your first line of defense ( defence) in your life, your home, your school and your businesses.

In conclusion, It is impossible for anyone outside of you to help defend you beyond what you are willing to do to secure your self. Jesus escaped to Egypt, He escaped several times when the tried to kill Him before His time. Jesus confronted the spiritual leaders in His time. Jesus died in the time ordained for Him because it was written. We are not permitted to go before the appointed time. That is premature death. It is not our portion in the name of Jesus. First line self defense begins with you and me. Let it not be that out of our carelessness and ignorance, we refuse to take action and we end up casualties thinking that God Will do everything for us beyond what we are unwilling to do for ourselves. Read

Isaiah 1:19-20
19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;
20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

May the Lord grant us all wisdom and insight in the volatile times and season we are in through the name of our Lord and savior Jesus name..Amen

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Title:The Great Exchange For Service – Intercession Part 7 – Intimacy, Prayer, SELF- DEFENSE, PERSECUTION and True Story of herdsmen encroachment into a ranch in Texas and how the owner handled it.

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Date: Sunday, 7th of October 2018

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Key Passages: 

Genesis 9:5-6   5 And surely your blood, the blood of your lives, will I require; At the hand of every beast will I require it. And at the hand of man, even at the hand of every man’s brother, will I require the life of man.  6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: For in the image of God made he man.

Exodus 20:13   You shall not murder.

1 Chronicles 28:3 “But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.’ 

1 Chronicles 22:8 But the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.

Nehemiah 4 17 Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon.  18As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me. … 21 So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars appeared. ….  23 So neither I, my brothers, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us removed our clothes, each took his weapon even to the water.

Matthew 2:13 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

13 Now after they had gone away, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph, saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to seek the child to destroy him.”

Matthew 10:22-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)

22 And you will be hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name, but it is the one who has patiently persevered and endured to the end who will be saved.

23 “When they persecute you in one city [because of your faith in Me], flee to the next; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you will not finish going through all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

John 8:59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

John 10:39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

Luke 22:35-39 And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.”  36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.  37 “For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.”  38 So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”  39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.

John 18:10-11   10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.  11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

Rom 12:19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 

Acts 9:23-25

  23When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him, 24but their plot became known to Saul. They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death; 25but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places

John 10:9-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)

I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security). 10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have andenjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].

Revelation 6:9-11

The Fifth Seal—Martyrs

      9When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

John 12:23-25 Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified and exalted. 24 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest. 25 The one who loves his life [eventually] loses it [through death], but the one who hates his life in this world[and is concerned with pleasing God] will keep it for life eternal.

In the last 14 days, over 50 Nigerians on the Plateau, mainly believers have been hacked down in their sleep, or in broad day light by intruders, some of these intruders are dressed in combat uniforms, some in military uniforms and some in plain clothing right in the middle of the city, in broad day light. While this mayhem is ongoing, our politicians and government officials continue jostling for power come 2019. No one has been cut or arrested and business continue as usual for the ordinary Nigerian.Our government needs CPR – Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. Other parts of the world, national mourning is called even for the death of a few.

 It is understandable when the world cares more about the things of the world. But what is shocking is the dead silence from our spiritual leaders in the body of Christ. I remember, when the issue of tithe came up, even the ones that don’t come out to speak on any issue came out to vehemently air their views. We have a situation where Christians are being attacked and why is the church so quiet to the bone???.. are we now known by justification for tithes so we can improve our bottom-line or by the love we have for one another? What has happened to our voices? Is the church no longer the voice for the voiceless? What united action are we taking? Are we so divided that what touches one, doesn’t touch all any longer? BEYOND praying, what must we do?…. But if you think this is happening only in Nigeria to Christians, then think again. From Egypt to the US, more Christians are been slaughtered in cold blood right within the walls of the churches..

Look below some statistics between 1999 to 2007 in the US alone and since then, the figures have grown astronomically compared to earlier figures…

   (December 9, 2007): After killing two people at a Christian training center in Arvada, Colo., 24-year-old Matthew Murray went to Colorado Springs intending more murder and mayhem. Murray shot and killed two girls in the New Life Church’s parking lot, then headed inside the building where thousands of worshippers were concluding a service.

•    Aug. 12, 2007: A lone gunman, Eiken Elam Saimon, opened fire in a Missouri Micronesian church, killing a pastor and two other churchgoers. 

•    May 20, 2007: A standoff between police and a suspect in the shootings of three people in a Moscow, Idaho, Presbyterian church ended with three dead, including one police officer. 

•    Although not at a church building, the Oct. 2, 2006, attack in Lancaster County, Pa., by a gunman who killed five girls and then himself at an Amish school targeted a religious site. 

•    May 21, 2006: Louisiana. Four were killed by a man at Jesus Christ Church. 

•    Feb. 26, 2006: Michigan. Two people were killed at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church by a man who reportedly went to the church looking for his girlfriend. 

•    April 9, 2005: A 27-year-old airman died after being shot at a church in College Park, Ga., where he had once worked as a security guard. 

•    March 12, 2005: A man walked into the services of the Living Church of God in Milwaukee and open fired immediately, killing seven people. 

•    Oct. 5, 2003: A woman opened fire in Turner Monumental AME church in Kirkwood, east of Atlanta, killing the pastor and two others. 

•    Sept. 16, 1999: Seven young people were killed when a man opened fire during a prayer service for teens at the Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

So what’s a church to do? Many churches today are concerned with their purpose and message being culturally relevant. What about the security of the people who attend? As more and more churches are attacked, will churches become more “culturally relevant” in their approach to security?

Today, in the great exchange for services, we want to look at the place of intercession, intimacy, self- defense and persecution. How do we defend ourselves from this slaughter going on around us, within us and spreading fast to other regions? Biblically speaking, does the bible allow for self-defense and how do we go about this? Lets look at what constitute self defense and and how this fits into our bible teaching.

Persecution is the act of harassing, oppressing, or killing people because of their difference from society. Christians are persecuted because their belief in Jesus Christ as Savior does not conform to the godlessness of a sinful world.

What then is self-defense when faced with persecution? Lets look at the legal definition first.

Self-defense(US) or Self-defence (UK) , Self-defence (NG) – Both will be used interchangeable.In the law dictionary, self-defense is the use of reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm from the attack of an aggressor, if the defender has reason to believe he/she/they is/are in danger. 

To successfully claim self-defense, the defendant must prove four elements. First, with exceptions, the defendant must prove that he or she was confronted with an unprovoked attack. Second, the defendant must prove that the threat of injury or death was imminent. Third, the defendant must prove that the degree of force used in self-defense was objectively reasonable under the circumstances. Fourth, the defendant must prove that he or she had an objectively reasonable fear that he or she was going to be injured or killed unless he or she used self-defense

The classic test comes from the Australian case of Palmer v The Queen, on appeal to the privy Council in 1971:

The defense of self-defense is one which can be and will be readily understood by any jury. It is a straightforward conception. It involves no abstruse legal thought. … Only common sense is needed for its understanding. It is both good law and good sense that a man who is attacked may defend himself. It is both good law and good sense that he may do, but may only do, what is reasonably necessary. But everything will depend upon the particular facts and circumstances. … It may in some cases be only sensible and clearly possible to take some simple avoiding action. Some attacks may be serious and dangerous. Others may not be. If there is some relatively minor attack it would not be common sense to permit some action of retaliation which was wholly out of proportion to the necessities of the situation. If an attack is serious so that it puts someone in immediate peril then immediate defensive action may be necessary. If the moment is one of crisis for someone in imminent danger he may have [to] avert the danger by some instant reaction. If the attack is all over and no sort of peril remains then the employment of force may be by way of revenge or punishment or by way of paying off an old score or may be pure aggression. There may no longer be any link with a necessity of defence… If a jury thought that in a moment of unexpected anguish a person attacked had only done what he honestly and instinctively thought was necessary that would be most potent evidence that only reasonable defensive action had been taken.
— Palmer v The Queen [1971] A.C. 814, 832

 

Self-defense in our understanding based on scripture here is defined as “protecting oneself from injury at the hand of others.” Self-defense is not about taking vengeance. Self-defense is not about punishing criminals. Self-defense involves preserving one’s own health and life when it is threatened by the actions of others. Lets look at this story before we draw conclusion from the scriptures in 3 action points.

True Story of herdsmen encroachment into a ranch in Texas and How the owner handled it and lessons for us as wrestlers for enforcing kingdom mandate here on it as pilgrims.

One winter, the owner of a huge tract of land in Texas left his ranch in the hands of his men. They’d been working for him for years, and he was confident they could mind the homestead while he was away.

When spring came, he returned to his property only to find vast portions of it occupied by other cattlemen from the region.

Not only were these impostors pretending to own his land, they’d actually taken some of his cattle for their own-though the true owner’s brand was in plain view on every hide!

When he asked his hired hands about the situation, they assured him they’d warned the intruders to leave. They’d even shown them the legal deed for the property, and still the rival cattlemen acted as if they had the right to encroach.

Shaking their heads, the ranch hands told their boss, “We didn’t want anybody to get hurt, so we didn’t start a fight. We didn’t know what else to do. We figured you’d settle it when you got back.”

                The owner was naturally outraged. Who did these cattlemen think they were? Not only had they violated the law of the land, they had violated the code of gentlemen. This was a slap in the face, an insult of the highest order. You just don’t trespass on a fellow’s property, at least not on purpose. And you certainly don’t start your business there. There was no other way to interpret the situation: It was offensive and illegal.

And what about his own men? How could they possibly let thieves occupy their master’s rightful territory unchallenged?

        In the honorable tradition of parables about land owners returning to find things in disarray, I’ll pose the same question Jesus asked his listeners: What will the landowner do to these hired men? At the very least, he would express enormous disappointment with them. Did they really think it was enough to tell these lawless trespassers to leave, show them the deed, and wait for their compliance? To enforce the law, step number one- for anyone with any common sense whatsoever-would be to call the police and report the violation. Or even to call their boss so he could contact the sheriff himself. But to let the squatters settle until spring? Unthinkable. Irresponsible. Or, more bluntly, incompetent.

     But the owner would probably go further than a verbal rebuke. Any dependable hired hand should know how to deal responsibly with such a situation. If he doesn’t, he should be relieved of his duties.

Conclusion

     In a sense, the attitude of those hired hands( Believers) is the same pose we often take in our prayers. We pray for God to make the situation better, and If he doesn’t step in immediately, we assume he doesn’t mind nasty intruders (demonic agents and entities) occupying his land ( His kingdom in the earth).

     As people who say we follow Jesus, surely we can recognize that we don’t follow him well on this point. Jesus spent long nights in prayer, he sternly confronted demons, he resisted temptation to the point of exhaustion, he blasted moneychangers and threw their tables to the temple floor, and he even sweated blood one agonizing night in a garden. He insisted that mountains be moved, that faith be risky, and that prayers be persistent. He looked “with anger” at a self-righteous gang of legalists, and he spoke bold words in the face of evil.  Jesus did not put up with unholy trespassers.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are not dealing with flesh and blood who are reasonably speaking in their right senses, these people are devils messengers carrying out their masters assignment to kill , still and destroy. We can begin self- defense biblically speaking by doing the following:

  • Spiritual warfare prayers with the evil one – Deal with the spirit, love the person. Going on our knees to pray and engage the evil one in violent warfare. Binding the strongman that has taken over the minds of the intruders. We enforce the kingdom of God in their lives and in the space we dwell in with the intent of drawing them from their captivity. He came to set the captives free.
  • Intimacy with God– What is the mind of God in all of this? What times and season our we in? So we know what the evil one is planning and how to respond before they execute and when they will execute, getting to know the mind of God and wisdom on how to take action – to flee, to escalate to trusted help circle before it becomes too late or to stand our ground with every thing we have got to defend the lives and call or to die as martyrs for Christ if that is His mind. .. except the seed dies, it abides alone…
  • Proactivity in love – We need to be ready, ensuring all hands on deck. Anything touches one, it touches all, girded with the spirit of love. Love that is backed up with prayer and action. Persecution test our resolved in God and what we believe it. Persecution will happen, not if but when in different shapes and sizes so we must be ready and proactive in our response.

Shalom!

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Title: The Great Exchange For Service – Intercession Part 5 –  72 hour Prayer and Fasting for Leah Sharibu and those held in captivity around the world – Freedom week

Date: Sunday, 23rd of September 2018 

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Key Scripture : 

James 4:17

Therefore, anyone who knows what is right but fails to do it is guilty of sin.

1 Corinthians 12:25-31

25so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 

      27Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. 29All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? 30All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? 31But earnestly desire the greater gifts.
      And I show you a still more excellent way.

1 Corinthian 13:13

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

John 17:20-23

 20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Dear brethren, thank you for the opportunity to write you this piece. May the Lord bless you richly as you not just read and digest what I have written but also take action that brings about God’s kingdom amongst men and women. We are dedicating this week’s episode of  The Great Exchange For Service to propel believers who love freedom to a love directed action in the place of prayer and fasting this week. We are making Leah Sharibu case as point of contacts to many that are held captive against their will, those who are oppressed, chased out from their land, people chased to the bring of self-destruction as a result of prevalence of wickedness in our society today permeating the organized church and our polity.

When society goes heartless and wickedness prevails, God always looks to His body of believers to take action by calling unto Him in humility, in prayer, in sincerity seeking and searching for His face, after repenting and turning from their wickedness, God responds by bringing healing to the land.  It is obvious our government are helpless to the challenges posed by the lawlessness in the land. The government itself is not free of lawless men and women.

We can close our eyes to non-performance of government establishment to cub the surge of insurgency but what is worse and wicked is the Nonchalant attitude of the body of believers who go about business as usual in local and international assembles wishing that the problem will just go away while we bury are heads like Ostriches in the sand of foolishness.  It is time for a united action by all body of believers to turn the tide of wickedness, to push back the kingdom of darkness that wants t superimpose itself over the kingdom of God. It is not time to work as individual believers but corporate, united believers praying in unity. In the place of prayer, God provides a strategy to win the battle. In Jehoshaphat case, it was just singing that did the job but we can’t put God, in a box.

We have no choice put to do something. Who are those 7000 who have not bowed to Baal in our midst? Who are those who do not bow to money and all the things that we worship besides or above God? Read this, meditate and by all means, join the UNITED action to change the tide…

“The power of the wicked is always enhanced by the timidity and indecision of the righteous”, observed Sir Winston Spencer Churchill.. Think of these crimes:

  1. A few very corrupt Pharisees managed to organize the masses to rise against Jesus Christ of Nazareth, a man who had performed so many good deeds including feeding 5,000 people, healing the sick, raising the dead. Where were the good people that had witnessed and probably benefited from all these miracles when the mob rose against Jesus?
  2. Adolf Hitler: How did he manage to kill six million Jews right in the midst of all churches and religious people? What were the righteous doing?
  3. Idi Amin in Uganda: How did he succeed to terrorize his own people for years. How did he succeed to get away with such crimes against humanity and even succeeded to evade justice till his death?
  4. Rwanda: over one million people were mercilessly massacred. Church leaders were there, watching. The international community sent planes to rescue their own and remained at a distance, in air conditioned boardrooms, drinking coffee and issuing statements from a distance…
  5. Apartheid and Racism: How did such an evil system survive so many decades in a civilized world that has all the human rights organizations, including the international mother body, UN? Why did the rest of the world choose to look the other way, whilst the likes of Steve Biko were being mercilessly murdered? Worse of all, some Church organization and leaders participate in it as well
  6. Cashgate: It is believed this evil has been in our midst for more than decade. How did we allow billions of our taxes systematically looted whilst the rest of the innocent people, some of them, church elders and leaders chose to look the other way, not wanting to interfere? Or worse of all, encourage and participate in the crime?
  7. Leah Sharibu, Chibok girls, innocent people killed by Boko Haram, unidentified gunmen and suspected Fulani herdsmen:: There are so many righteous and good people who know what exactly is happening in the dark. But they, just as the good people during the crucification of Jesus Christ, during the massacre of the 6 million Jews, during the terrible times of Idi Amin, the genocide in Rwanda, the evils of apartheid and racism, cashgate, they have all chosen to look the other side. They have convinced themselves “it is not my business”… now I know why darkness prevails over light.

Now we have a chance to do something or do nothing, remain in our paneled houses and wish it will never touch us or our loved ones.

It is time to do something by calling on no one else but the God who created the wicked ones that are tormenting the righteous. Saul of tarsus tried it and he encountered Christ, wrote the books of Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians and others. The same God can make Boko Haram a tool in His hand to do righteous deeds, it is not our job to curse but to bless them and  call God to action in the place of prayer and fasting. God loves those in Boko Haram organization but hates what they do. Our job is to call Him to action to do what is deemed right in the seeming darkness covering the land.

Join the prayer beginning Monday, the 24th of September and let us leave the rest to Him, the maker of us all.

Shalom!

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – e-discipleship at otakada.org

OUTLINE FOR THE PRAYER AND FASTING

Proclaiming Freedom for Leah, those in captivity and healing for our land.

Three (3) days Prayer and fasting to proclaim freedom for Leah,  others in captivity and deliverance for our nation._

Date: starting Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th of September 2018.

Key verses:

2 Chronicles 20: 1- 26

…3 _And Jehoshaphat FEARED, and set himself to SEEK the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.4 So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD_….

Luke 4:18

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim FREEDOM to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at FREEDOM those who are oppressed;

Daniel 3:1-30

….24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”

They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

_*25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the[e] Son of God.”*_…

*Prayer points:*

*1)  Lord, have mercy on us and our land and forgive us of all our failings as your people as we repent and turn from our wicked ways in Jesus name, amen*

*2) Lord, intervene and help in Leah’s case and many others in similar situation and confront the adversary in our land in Jesus name, amen*

*3) Lord, deliver Leah, deliver those held in captivity and deliver our land from the wicked one in Jesus name, amen.*

*4) Lord, set Leah free, set the captives free and set our land free in Jesus name, amen*

*5) Lord, heal Leah of every emotional, physical and psychological wounds, heal the captives, Lord heal our land in Jesus name, amen*

*6) Lord, we declare embargo on future kidnap incidence and wickedness in our land henceforth in Jesus name, amen.*

*7) Lord we thank You, we praise You and worship You in advance for answers to our prayers because only You are worthy of worship and praise in Jesus name, amen*

_And other prayer points as led by His Spirit._

*_Prayer slots 24/7 for 3 days are 12 midnight,  3 am,  6 am,  9 am,  12 pm,  3 pm and 6pm. And anytime inbetween. Pick a slot and stick to it._

Signed by those who love FREEDOM that only God provides*

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The Great Exchange For Service – Intercession Part 4 -Intimacy in unity of the Spirit

 
 
 
 
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Title: The Great Exchange For Service – Intercession Part 4 –  Intimacy in unity of the Spirit
 
Date: Sunday, 16th of September 2018 
 
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Key Scripture : 
 
John 17:13-23
 
13-19 Now I’m returning to you.
I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing
So my people can experience
My joy completed in them.
I gave them your word;
The godless world hated them because of it,
Because they didn’t join the world’s ways,
Just as I didn’t join the world’s ways.
I’m not asking that you take them out of the world
But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world
Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;
Your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world,
I give them a mission in the world.
I’m consecrating myself for their sakes
So they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.
 
20-23 I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me.
 
Ephesians 4:1-6
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
 
 
Dear brethren, what an awesome privilege to write to you on the subject of intimacy with our Heavenly Father in four (4) series and how this relates to intercession. Today, we are exploring how crucially important it is for us, called as intercessors to keep the unity of the Spirit. In fact, it is absolutely impossible to get into and remain in intimacy with our Heavenly Father if there is no bond of peace with fellow believers. When I say believers, I mean believers not defined by same church assembly, ministry or doctrinal agreement  but believers all over the world. We cannot be effective in the place of intercession until we remove the vail of denominational affiliation, doctrinal or ministry mindset from our minds. It is hindering soul winning which is the core of our call because no intelligent  unbeliever, seeing what is happening amongst believers today will want to join such association. 
The Lord revealed to me twelve (12) years ago that our church organizations are tearing His bride apart with a vivid picture of Himself all divided and appended to these body parts are church organizations as we know them today. This terrible disunity accounts for the powerlessness in miracle crumbs, absence of fruitfulness, greed, pride, epileptic growth and myriads of other unexplainable abnormalities amongst us believers today.
 
Paul Brand and Philip Yancey in their book, Fearfully and Wonderfully  Made, gave a vivid account of this stinking sickness as it relate to the human body.. 
 

“USING THE ANALOGY OF THE HUMAN BODY,there are some diseases that can spread infection throughout the body of Christ. The mind can become swollen with pride. The heart can grow cold and indifferent because of sin. The digestive system can get clogged by sterile theory and unapplied theology, so the body can’t digest what needs to be turned into energy or eliminate what needs to be released. When that occurs we start to fight among ourselves unable to stay balanced. . . .Sometimes a dreaded thing occurs in the body-a mutiny-resulting in a tumor. . . .

 
A tumor is called benign if its effect is fairly localized and it stays within membrane boundaries. But the most traumatizing condition in the body  occurs when disloyal cells defy inhibition. They multiply without any checks on growth , spreading rapidly throughout the body, choking out normal cells. White cells, armed against foreign invaders, will not attack the body’s own mutinous cells. Physicians fear no other malfunction more deeply: it is called cancer. For still mysterious reasons, these cells-and they may be cells from the brain, liver, kidney, bone, blood, skin, or other tissues-grow wild, out of control. Each is a healthy, functioning cell, but disloyal, no longer acting in regard for the rest of the body.
 
Even the white cells, the dependable palace guard, can destroy the body through rebellion. Sometimes they recklessly reproduce, clogging the blood stream, overloading the lymph system, strangling the body’s normal functions-such is leukemia. 
Because I am a surgeon and not a prophet, I tremble to make the analogy between cancer in the physical body and mutiny in the spiritual body of Christ. But i must. In his warnings to the church, Jesus Christ showed no concern about the shocks and bruises His body would meet from external forces. “The gates of Hell shall not prevail against my church,” He said flatly (Matthew 16:18). He moved easily, unthreatened, among sinners and criminals. But He cried out against the kind of disloyalty that comes from within.”
 
Here are comments from Christ Himself to let us know how terrible the Lord views anything and anyone that divides His bride. Judgement has already started and will continue until perfection, until the wall that is tearing the bride apart crumbles, until what matters to all of us is our intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Hear Jesus speaking out on disunity in His body:
1)Then the voice of the Spirit said, “This is what you have done to My church. You have defiled the purity of My bride. You have torn My beautiful bride into pieces and dismembered her. You have divided the parts of My body and put them on display. You have exalted some of the parts and scorned others. I have watched while you ridicule that which I call holy. My heart is broken. I can bear it no longer.”
 
2) The Lord said, “Behold, they are coming. Even now, they are approaching. Behold, My great company of apostles and prophets. (See 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11–16.) Some have already begun to work among the body parts to bring healing and restoration to the bride.”
 
3) Jesus spoke with divine admiration, saying, “I have released the apostles of My right hand and the prophets of My left hand to the work for which I have called them. In the days to come, the things that have divided My body will be rooted up and torn down. My Spirit will demolish all that separates and all that seeks to honor one above another, for all are made by My design, and all must be honored. This is the word of the Lord. It shall be done. The structures that are man-made will be shaken and will fall. (See Hebrews 12:25–29.) My true bride, My holy bride, will come forth in all her glory.”
 
Let him who have ears hear what the Spirit of the living God is saying to the churches.
Prayer of intercession for the bride of Christ from my heart :- I earnestly intercede for the body of Christ today and always, represented as the bride of Christ, created in Your image and likeness and called individually by You. Lord I pray today that we will all know you intimately as the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent in knowledge, in conviction and in commitment. Help us all to receive this totally with our whole being by the help Your Holy Spirit in us presents. We earnestly intercede not just for ourselves but others whom You are calling into this one body of believers, that they will come to this wonderful knowledge with total conviction and total commitment. 
Dear Holy Spirit, open our spiritual eyes, ears and heart to see, hear, perceive and accept each believer in Christ as one body of believers and that we will desist from segregating the bride of Christ into denominational or doctrinal lines instituted by men, but only by the fact that they know You totally as the only true and everlasting God and Jesus Christ, the Messiah, whom You have sent through the power and presence of Your self-same, one and only Holy Spirit in them and in us in Jesus name, amen 
In concluding, it is difficult and almost impossible for anyone in intimate relationship with Jesus to do anything to divide His body. Hence our call for intimacy with Him. Remember the words of Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:1-6
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love,3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
 
Testimony: Amongst testimonies reaching us via our online outreach, a volunteer at a prison in Gilroy, California is now adopting the OTAKADA.org online e-discipleship portal to reach the inmates in prison. Thanks for praying, pray that the inmate will encounter Christ intimately in Jesus name.
 
Shalom!
 
Bro Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – e-discipleship at OTAKADA.org