THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Friday, May 11, 2018|
Cameron, Texas, USA
hat you do not see can hurt you is a popular commercial on television in the United States. The company that runs the advertisement didn't know they were communicating a strong spiritual message as well as selling their products. Mr. and Mrs. AB for short had been agonizing for years what ailed their marriage as their lives were out of whack three years after their marriage. They're born-again Christians; gainfully employed as medical doctors and didn't know of any active sins they were involved; yet, genuine peace was elusive and their finances didn't add up. They knew something was wrong and as usual with many of us, they fingered the usual suspects: Satan and his hirelings, both spiritual and human toadies. Their resident pastor aligned with their spiritual diagnoses and joined them in prayer sessions, fasting and night vigils but nothing moved the needle. As James 4:3 aptly pointed out; we pray and didn't receive because we prayed amiss. Then in one special service, a visiting pastor was in town with the spiritual gift of discernment (I Corinthians 12:10c also called the gift of "distinguishing between spirits." He told them what the Holy Spirit revealed to him as the genesis of their marital woes: "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you" (Exodus 20:12).
There are some spiritual wrong moves that we have made when we were baby Christians that Satan often exploits to make things difficult for us in life. In organized Christendom today, we emphasize more on sins of commission: "Thou shall not do so and so…" but we have forgotten the sins of omission: anyone who knows the right thing to do but fails to do it sins (James 4:17). Consequently, the first pre-conversion sin that mostly affect our marriage and life in general, including finances, health, longevity etc is neglecting to honor our parents before marriage. A young man brought a white lady to The Jesus Christ Solution Center here in Cameron for us to bless an impending union. He thought he had won himself a trophy in a white lady as future wife to display and I asked him, if he had taken her to his parents in another state for blessing. He told me his parents objected to the union and I told him pronto to return to his parents for blessing in accordance with the unchanging Words and Commandment of the True Lord God Almighty because he must honor his parents for the union to work and so we put the blessing on hold for him to do the needful. Many Christian marriages are suffering today and bedeviled by sundry crises because of this spiritual solecism.
Why did Esau incur the wrath of his parents and Jacob excelled than him? Because he neglected to honor his parents in his marriage even though the Lord had not given the law in Genesis, but just as the law of tithing predated Malachi, the Lord God Almighty is First and Last, Beginning and End, Hallelujah! . See Genesis 27:46: "Then Rebekah said to Isaac, "I'm disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living." Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, "Do not marry a Canaanite woman," and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram. Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac; so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had" (Gen. 28:6-9).
In 2004, a sister conceived and lost the pregnancy while in Florida and they were twins. She conceived again and the baby suffered some deformities and the couples were sad looking for solution. In an ambience where spiritual reality is discountenanced and described as uncivilized beliefs, the couples knew something was definitely wrong. Their two older children they gave birth to before they came to the United States were doing excellently well, but since they relocated to the United States twenty years ago, it has been marital topsy-turvy. A fellow Christian Pastor recommended the couples to us here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center and we asked the Holy Spirit to open our eyes. Well, our sister had three abortions for her current husband when they were dating/courting way back in Africa before they got married and the demon of murder-yes, abortion is murder my friend-has now risen up to "punish" the couples. "But they're born-again Christians Father? We reminded the Holy Spirit. Read 2 Samuel 21: 1-14: "During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, "It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death."…" Read the whole story and asked the Holy Spirit why there is famine in your marriage? A brother became indignant one of these days insisting that once you're born-again, those sins have been washed away and so we asked: why was he having challenges after prayer and fasting? He had nothing to say.
Folks, anytime you have exhausted all spiritual options on any issue of life; marital, financial, health etc and nothing moves the needle and you're still being asked to pray, pray and pray, fast and fast, and come to unending night vigils, go back to the drawing board. Like the TV commercial above says: What you don't know can hurt you. A brother once told me that his anointing covers the whole world, because the Holy Spirit has sent him to the whole world and I thought I have met Jesus Christ Junior. I reminded him what the Great Commission says: "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:24). See also Mark 13:10. It is the gospel that would be preached to the whole world and not you going to the whole world to preach the gospel. When our Lord Jesus Christ said "Go Ye…" (Mathew 28: 19) He wanted the gospel to go to all nations, but not you alone would take the good news to all the nations, but working in concert with other brethren in working for the Lord. Wisdom is all we need to appropriate the Words of the Holy Bible.
We were addressing some precious souls during our seminars here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center and the Holy Spirit said we should remind His Own thus: "I'm not pleased and will not be interested in what you are doing for Me as a worker; rather, My pleasure is for you to do what I have prepared for you to do for Me." Read this in Acts 13:1-3: "Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off." Some pastors want to be everything in church; praise worship leader, choir master, chief administrator, lead usher, master deacon, general overseer, Bible expert etc in order to let the parishioners know how gifted they are and to convince our Lord Jesus Christ they are all for Him and Him Only. Such "spiritual eye service" doesn't impress the Lord. In fact, some pastors are so afraid of the anointing of some of their church members that they would deliberately sabotage the spiritual growth of such members they see as threats. There is no redeemed child of the Living God, washed and anointed by the Holy Spirit to do it all for His Utmost and that is why we have spiritual gifts, spiritual works and spiritual service (I Corinthians 12: 1-7), thus in calling His own to Glory according to Ephesians 4:11-16; "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:.."
I told precious souls directed to The Jesus Christ Solution Center here by the Holy Spirit that the litmus test to know how to seek for spiritual counseling is find out first, the conversion life experience of the man/woman of God, then second, his or her life style, and finally, his/her struggle, success and triumphant in that area of life. It doesn't make sense for Christians to go to any man/woman of God for instance, who is in financial debt and unable to pay his/her bills for financial breakthrough. It is oxymoronic to seek marital counseling from a man/woman of God who is a divorcee or serial monogamy or seek counseling on how to find your God-given husband or wife from an unmarried pastor. If you want to lose weight, you won't hire a 400-pounder as your aerobics instructor, and you won't go to the hospital bed either looking for someone to be your medical doctor and advise you on health issues. There is something that the Lord God Almighty has taken from each of us that doesn't make us complete so that we can look up to Him to make us whole. No one has it all and thus in the body of Christ, our relationship is vital so we can live in love for mutual benefit in the Journey of Life. The Almighty God hasn't created anything for us to make us individually satisfied and contented, but only in His Presence can we find total and unspeakable joy. Just as the Psalmist says: "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (Psalm 16:11).
Another pre-conversion sin that is often overlooked by today's redeemed children is siring a child out of wedlock. We have all made mistakes of sundry types and hues during the years of ignorance when we were objects of God's wrath. After we became enlightened and the spiritual eyes of our understanding are opened, we cannot rely on mere deliverance prayer sessions that do not pass through the roof to make things right. As often pointed out in this column, these pre-conversion sins do not stop us from entering heaven-some can, if we refuse to deal with them frontally-but generally they make life unpleasant. Dr A.O and his wife of thirty years suffered from this silent devourer for years until their spiritual eyes were opened through the Word of Life. Again, what you do not know can hurt you. He impregnated a sister when he was in the university and abandoned the boy. Although he continued to insist that the child was not his biological son, but everyone knew the fact to the contrary, because the young man was Dr A.O's "carbon copy"-the consanguinity is unbelievable. Just as Dr A.O continued to deny the boy's paternity, the mother of the boy single-handedly raised the boy to an adult and the young man took after his father's look and DNA-he went to medical school and qualified as a medical doctor. Unfortunately the young boy's mother died of cancer before she could begin to reap the fruits of her labor. Throughout those years when she could not marry Dr A.O, she refused to marry another man and faced squarely her career. But on the day she was about to pass to the Other Side, her anger against Dr A.O. and the past hatred and bitterness of those long years welled up and she said something that no one knew, and certainly unknown to Dr A.O. The Holy Spirit, Satan and Dr A.O's spirit certainly heard the anguish of the soul of that woman. Years later, Dr A.O. gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and saw the light, but remained entirely in the dark on why he couldn't have marital peace for thirty years.
Marital crises come in doses and do not stop you from making money, but as the Word of Life says: "Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces" (Malachi 2:3NKJ) which being interpreted as He said in Haggai 1:9:"You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away." I have seen high-paying professionals unable to explain what they use the money for and Dr AO fell into this category. He couldn't maintain intimate relationship with his wife of nearly three decades. Then there is the same intimacy problem and love that he could not have with all his children; no connection and no relationship expected of a good father with his children. He sponsored all of them and provided for his family, but inside him he knew something was wrong. There was a curse placed on him by the woman he fathered his first son with but disavowed and as Jacob said in Genesis 49:3 "…my firstborn, my might, the first sign of my strength excelling in honor, excelling in power" whom he had neglected. How about Sister E .A in Tampa, Florida about twenty years ago? Any spiritual person with the Holy Spirit knew something was wrong with this sister on first encounter. She had a doctorate degree and her exterior was captivating but she was a milkshake duck. Then her mother came visiting from Africa one day and she invited me to meet her. I began to explain to the mother her daughter's spiritual issues and the old woman was taken aback and exclaimed: "Everywhere I went sir, what you have said was what I was told was my daughter's problem." Well, our Christian sister was brought to the United States by a man she promised to marry. The man paid for everything, but unbeknownst to him, the woman was already pregnant for another man before arriving here in the United States. She later left the man for another state and then came to Tampa to give birth to another man's child. Out of rage, anger, bitterness, hatred and annoyance, the man who labored and expended so much on her placed a curse on her. Her local pastor had been praying for her and she had been told to fast and do all kinds of spiritual regimens, but I told her she was wasting her time. Her issues were more than just prayers, fasting and night vigils. Again, what you don't see can hurt you. TO BE CONCLUDED NEXT WEEK
DR JOHN KAYODE FAYEMI'S UNFINISHED BUSINESS IN EKITI STATE:
SEE WHAT WE SAW ON THE STATE OF EKITI STATE:
DR JOHN KAYODE FAYEMI'S UNFINISHED BUSINESS IN EKITI STATE:
SEE WHAT WE SAW ON THE STATE OF EKITI STATE:"This state and Nigeria as a nation will bid farewell to a retired general who once governed the defunct Western Region this year. Chief Afe Babalola should pray against sudden death and bereavement in the family this year. A crisis will occur between teachers and students on one hand and teachers (academic) and non-academic workers at ABUAD this year that will lead to shutting down the college. A former governor of this state who did a-one-term has an opportunity to return to Government House, Ado-Ekiti. An earlier conflict between two traditional rulers will resurface again this year and be ratcheted up leading to communal clashes and deaths on both sides forcing the Ekiti State Government to declare dusk to dawn curfew in the warring communities. A foremost traditional ruler and a celebrated academician of international repute will pass on in this state this year."
"Those were our words in this column last year. Between now and 2019, the political cauldron here will be messy as the different political gladiators will jostle among themselves to make it in the next governorship election. This is not a state that is a shoo-in for either the APC or PDP. There is a political stalemate in the offing that will eventually end up at the apex court in the land. This stalemate will be caused by the fights of the raging bulls. This calls for spiritual understanding. As we warned in the past and we are warning once again; Gov Ayodele Fayose should be careful not to end up in jail after his tenure. He is a man who has proved to be a cat with nine lives, because he has a praying and prayerful spouse. "Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, "I will set up my camp in such and such a place." The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: "Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there." So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places. This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, "Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?" "None of us, my lord the king," said one of his officers, "but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom…" (I Chronicles 16:8-22). See the web link https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/011418.html
The raging bulls congregated the other day, more than three dozen struggling to drink from the same trough all at the same time. In the process of outdoing one another in having a drink, they trampled one another and broke the watering trough at the same time. Who would put the broken pieces together again? This requires Godly wisdom and spiritual understanding. As James 4:1-3 admonishes us all: "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."
Once you broke the watering trough because of greed, selfish and worldly ambition, like the Humpty Dumpty, it is mostly difficult to put it back together as a whole all over again.
*We see an uphill task ahead for the return of former Gov. John Kayode Fayemi APC and current Minister of Mines and Steel Development as governor of Ekiti State this year. He will need to do certain things to return for second and final term in Ekiti State.
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