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  • 15th Aug., 2016
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WHEN HE COMES - 12

"For Our Admonition… 2"

I see you quietly pursuing money in ministry. I see how you preach so eloquently for fund raising and just casually dismiss the sinners with a wave of hands. You will stop sinners from going for genuine altar calls and counselling until you have collected their offerings. You kill the conviction of sin in their hearts in order to excite them to come and give “sumptuous offerings”...

Your excitement at the size of the crowd everyday and at every meeting is actually the “droppings!” The success of a meeting in your own estimate is that it pays off the bills incurred ... you are the modern Thomas of our day. All this is a loud echo of your heartbeats: “let us also go and die with him.” What else would I say about what killed Demas - who left a glorious inheritance for Thessalonica - because “he loved this present world?” What about Esau who would have inherited Isaac, and Abraham and the covenants? He sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Reuben exchanged his first-born position for a love affair with his father's wife.

Judas Iscariot was one who had already obtained a part in this ministry. He was earmarked to sit along with the twelve apostles of the Lamb, on the twelve thrones of Israel, judging the nation of Israel in the millennial reign. He purchased a field with all these and fell headlong, his bowel scattered; he became a ridicule among men up till today.

The sons of Eli - Hophni and Phinehas - were being raised to replace their father and perpetuate a priesthood that their great grandfather secured by puncturing a sinner in Israel with a sharp javelin. They died in one day, and the ark of God's covenant was taken away from their hands into the land of the Philistines; they led their father into a shocking death and left their wives widows without any notice. They left God's ministry with a bad label “Ichabod” - no one came eagerly to the temple anymore. The offering of the LORD became contemptible. They used their flesh hooks to catch the best of the offerings, even before God's portion was set aside, they recklessly, molested innocent ladies, wives of other men of Israel. They used their priestly anointing to exploit the brethren. You are well aware of these things that sent them to their early graves and you still walk on that terrain. You sit before the TV of this world and drink in all the junks! You hunt around like Esau, restless and untamable. Once “you spoil the ground” in a place, you move into a new location seeking ministry. You are the Thomas of our day; you have eloquently said to your friends and all who follow you ... “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Look at your heart today! What is your action saying to the brethren? Are you concluding that since these men stumbled, no one else can bear life unto the end? Have you said “Let us also go, that we may die with him?” This is the day when the Lord firmly declares “I am going to wake him up.” Be careful lest you die off, while our friend Lazarus who had died rises again! Be careful of the way you are going. All those who went that way went into death. They are dead while yet they live! They make empty noise but only transmit death and contamination to those who hear them. He is determined to wake his Church from all these 'death' and rottenness. Do not go the way of death anymore, otherwise you will not be part of what God is about to do in His church.

This is for your own admonition. Their stories were written lest you fall into the ditches that swallowed them up.

Though Thomas said this, it was clear that he saw his foolishness and ignorance early. He almost fell into the pit of unbelief but God helped him. He did not die with Lazarus. He saw him raised from that death. He must have listened more attentively to the Master. He asked questions more personally when he did not understand what the Master said. He would not even believe the story of Christ's resurrection until he had seen Him by and for himself. He reached out his fingers to touch the nail prints etc. His last recorded voice in the gospel and possibly in the New Testament is “my Lord and my God.”

What a good way to end! He was one of the Twelve. He will sit on the Twelve thrones of Israel someday. Do not end up a casualty. Thomas left the garment of unbelief. He left the trade of trailing dead men. He pursued Christ who himself is the Resurrection and the Life. He asked for the way. Thomas said to Him:

Lord, we do not know where you are going and how can we know the way?.
John 14:5

It was to him that Jesus specifically granted that personal answer, which has become a great guidepost for all men who would follow the way of life today.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by Me.”
John 14:6

Do not just follow men, not knowing where they are going. Some are going to death, others are going to the dead to die with them, but you, follow the Way! Follow the truth, follow the Life! And when God points men to you, as disciplers, then obey the rule of scriptures:

“Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you, even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly and whose glory is in their shame - who set their mind on earthly things.”
Phil. 3:17-19

“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”
1Cor.11:1

WHEN HE COMES - 11

"For Our Admonition… 1"

And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him. Then Thomas , who is called the Twin , said to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him.
John 11:15-16 NKJV

Look at what Thomas said in that scripture above: “let us also go, that we may die with him” - what a thought! He had accepted the death of Lazarus as final and the end of everyone! Some accepted this backsliding as the state of the Church and they have quietly removed their boots and their guard... “Let us also go the way he went and let us die with him.” This may be the reason many preachers are all preaching alike; repeating the same errors that killed men of old. You see, the aspiration of many young ministers today is “go and die with him!”

Can you see that it was lust for women that slew Samson and wrecked Solomon? And it has reduced many a fiery preacher to a mere piece of bread ... yet you never desist from the way they went. You also are beginning to carry girls about on your entourage. You are playing with the same fire that burnt your masters into ashes and left them a shadow of what they were born to be. You are the recent brother Thomas of our day; you have silently said, “let us also go and die with him.”

You know it was the desire to be known and honoured that quenched the powerful anointing on your heroes in ministry as they ascribed greatness to themselves and decorated themselves with bogus titles and honorary degrees. It was this desire to be exclusive and to maintain a class that excluded them from the fellowship of the brethren and the corporate discipline of the Body of Christ, until they fell headlong.

You have also charted the same path for your feet even as young as you are. You are now a big man - “untouchable”, “unteachable”, “unreachable” and “unhelpable”! You sit in the “apex” of leadership alone when you have never learnt servanthood! You surround yourself with sycophants and praise singers, who dare not point out your mistakes lest they are fired ... You hire and fire! You sit on the neck of your brethren and make them to serve you rather than their LORD. You make them call you “Papa”; “Daddy”; “Set-man”; “Apostle” etc. You intimidate brothers to succumb to your tricks; using the Scriptures out of context ... I see you are the Thomas of our days. You have said in your heart and have said to all in your company... “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

Balaam had great anointing. He was an acclaimed and recognized seer in the region of Median. He could fall into a trance and see an open vision of the open heavens. He heard God so clearly that whatever he said came to pass. Greed however killed him. Honorarium, gifts, prophet's offering, envelopes, offering bags; reward of divination (or what modern preachers tag as “Revelation offering”) were the shovels that dug his grave. He actually died before he died. He died spiritually; he died prophetically. He became a soothsayer! When a prophet becomes a joker on the pulpit, a sooth-sayer who says what soothes his hearers, he prophesies peace, promotion, prosperity; prolongation; procreation; power; platforms, omitting God's own pre-requisite 'P' for purity, he is already dead. He has lost his sense of judgement. He collects money from everyman who seeks his help in prayer. He says “thou shall not appear before the prophet empty handed.” He collects offering even from sinners on the crusade ground. If cripples and beggars assemble for his meetings, he would still first ask them to sow a seed for their miracles! This was how Gehazi ran after Naaman, the leper. He collected raiment, olive yards; sacks of goods ... He carried on the chariot weights of silver and loaded it into his chambers. He told a lie and exaggerated “the problem in his ministry” to raise an offering from a young convert-Naaman. He died of the same leprosy.

Would you quickly forget what killed Achan at the brink of Jericho Crusade Outreach? The silver and the gold bracelets of the men of Jericho! Or do you pretend not to remember what cut short Saul, the son of Kish - the first king of Israel? The spoils of the Amalekites! Pause here and think!!

WHEN HE COMES - 10

"Change Your Mentality… Just BELIEVE!"

And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him. Then Thomas , who is called the Twin , said to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him.
John 11:15-16 NKJV

In this conversation, there are issues we need to thresh for our own learning and for our own sakes. Note this very well. It is not for His own sake, it is not even for Lazarus' sake; it is for our own sakes.... It is for our own benefit.

“Lazarus is dead and I am glad for Your sakes that I was not there ...”

Lord, open Your heart to me on this matter. Grant me the privilege to see as you see. Let me express You aright at this point in Jesus' Name.

“I am glad for your sakes...”

If He was there, there would have been healing but no revival! It would have been a normal routine of ministry. It would have remained a comparative work, after all, even Peter's mother-in-law was sick and she was healed.

What would be new if Lazarus was sick and was healed...? He wanted them to experience a divine dimension of Revival! A different phenomenon entirely, different from routine preaching and healing. It is a Revival - a raising of His friend from the dead, to precede His triumphant entry into Jerusalem; and for us a revival before He comes again in His majestic glory.

There is a matter here that the Holy Spirit wants to unveil to our hearts. If He had been there, Lazarus would not have died. He would not have become anything other than Lazarus of Bethany - a casual brother of Mary! He would bring no glory to Jesus! No one would come specifically to see Lazarus and “the whole world wouldn’t have gone after Jesus”, in the language of the Pharisees, would not have been the case.

There is a way a man can live, serve God and die, without seeing revival in his own days ... his knowledge of Christ's power remains potential but not dynamic. He believes, but there is nothing more to it than mental calculation ... his faith is somewhat active but largely dormant! There is no opportunity to experience the valley of dry bones. The rattling of bones; the coming together of bones to become an army!

LORD, I am glad also that you were not there. It was for my sake! Revival is a glorious privilege that only few men are allowed to experience. Many were born when everything ran smoothly and things were normal! They had no reason to cry! No need for mountains to melt in His presence! No occasion for the earth to quake! No violent conviction that leads to total conversion. Crusades were only organized, arranged, programmed and executed. But a revival is not organized ... it only comes when He, the Resurrection and the Life, comes to the situation of a dying or rather a dead friend. It is a divine action of God rather than the activity of anyone.

Yet look at what the disciples said,

“Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.”

This revealed the way they thought; just as every one of us. We think it is easier to do certain things if the decay hasn't gone too far. To get well from sleep was much more conceivable to their hearts than to rise from the dead. They knew little of their Master's power.

In the same way, our hearts rather seek the easier option. We prefer what we can conceive, see or even handle by ourselves, not knowing the power of God! A divine intervention from heaven in the affairs of men usually defies all human wisdom and calculation. It usually silences all human programmes and projections. This is what He has come to do. It is never too late for Him to act. There is no stage of death and decay that He cannot reverse and revamp. This is purely His own work ... We are just to believe Him to act.

You need to change your mentality. He is not coming to do what any other man or good planners can do. Why will He come if massaging could bring Lazarus to life? Revival is not what a man can organize ... we can only cry and agonize till He comes to do the impossible. It is a rare privilege to see God move swiftly into action changing a death situation unto a vibrant freshness of life.


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15/08/2016 - Jesus Christ; Our High Priest.
By Gbile Akanni

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Praise God for yet another year which the grace of God has brought us into. This year is particularly critical for us since it comes with our daybreak. The Lord specifically announced to us during the Ministers’ Leadership Retreat (MLR) in Gboko in December 2015 that the day breaks. 2016 therefore is the year that our daybreak has ushered us into. And we say, to God be the glory.

Every daybreak comes with a demand for each man unto whom such a day has broken to respond to. Lack of understanding on how to respond has always been the reason why many waste their day, but thank God that He did not leave us without instructions on how we ought to respond to this our daybreak. He said to us:

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” (Isa 60:1 NKJV)

Behold! The days are already running; we must stir up ourselves and match obedience with this instruction which God gave us, least we waste our light which has come already! This is a charge, not a suggestion. It is a command that needs our willingness to obey.

As we welcome you this year to this website, which is but a fellowship point for us all, we pray that God will find each of us standing on our different lampstands where He has located us at the moment, ready to give light to all that are around us. Amen.

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Date:  Thurs. 25th - Sun. 28th August, 2016
Theme: "TEACHER BRIDGIND THE GAP"
Venue: Peace House Camp, Km 21`Gboko-Aliade Road, Mbahyande – Mbayion, Gboko, Benue State, Nigeria.


It is evident that the so called developed nations and even developing ones, like our country Nigeria, are either at the; or approaching a catastrophic spiritual dead ends with its profound effects manifesting in the physical. A situation where everything is concluded by mere physical and scientific procedures leaves God out of the scheme of things. There is no reference to God, nor his spiritual and moral principles in national life. The opinion of the church, not coming forth from effective influence on lives of members is easily ignored except she form a potential organization to push it, yet its easily rubbished by the society.

In many countries Governments has either completely pushed out or are fast pushing out anything about God and His Christ from the school system, and the curriculum is been shaped steadily to achieve this. They world system is poised to block the mind from holding godly virtues of peace, grace, integrity, honour, etc., by the blatant display of violence and sensuality. Something has died. The symptoms of degeneration degradation, disintegration, of the society are here. The weight of the adverse impact of these on the coming generation is unimaginable. Looking helplessly on will only be agreeing with the devil and the world system to terminate the purpose of God for mankind...The Christian teacher, if well equipped with Christ-like life, unequalled commitment to work, and unparalleled exemplary life and the love for his/her work and students, distinguishes him/her as the most desirable in bringing the much needed change that is lacking, thus bridging the gap. When the teacher has no God, the nation will have no God.

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