THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Tuesday, February 4, 2020|
Cameron, Texas, USA
anguage is a powerful tool that facilitates human relationship; a potent instrument for flexing on Insta and creating the Otherness in the modern society. Even in the academy, interactions between and among those in the highest totem of intellectualism and higher order thinking or as Apostle Paul decried them; "…the wise man, the scribe and the philosopher of this age who are coming to nothing" (I Corinthians 1:20) often distinguish themselves by their strong power of linguistic delivery thus rendering every matter and disquisition into elite discourse. Language itself relies on words for power. Linguistic power categorizes society into social classes and deft handling of words awakens social consciousness. In the Old Media for instance, traditional gate-keepers maintained social alienation through strong power of words. Consequently, words have become powerful tools to construct or deconstruct, legitimize or delegitimize and thus are veritable instruments for social conscription, belonging or otherwise. As Africa's literary bard, late Chinua Achebe once pointed out, words are so powerful in Africa that proverbs were the oil with which words are eaten and cosmological Africa of yore is replete with repertoire of words for linguistic power. As a matter of fact, the Yoruba people of Africa put it pithily: "Oro lafi da Ile Aye" meaning "The universe was created and sustained by the spoken word." The Yoruba didn't get that from the Holy Bible but rooted in Yoruba Cosmology.
As in secular life so also in the spiritual world; words are very, very powerful. No wonder, our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ is the Word of God as John pointed out: "In the beginning was the Word-referring to our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ-and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He-still referring to our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ-was with God in the beginning. Through Him-still referring to our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ-all things were made; without Him-Jesus Christ-nothing was made that has been made. In Him-still referring to the King of kings-was Life, and that Life was the Light of all mankind. The Light-still referencing the Lord of lords-shines in the Darkness-alluding to Satan, the Fallen One- and the Darkness-Satan-has not overcome or understand it" (John 1:1-5). The Holy Spirit illuminated the heart and understanding of Apostle Paul to this spiritual Truth and Immanent Fact just as He has also opened the wisdom and experiential antennas of many of us that have willingly chosen this Jesus Christ as our Lord, Master and Savior today thusy: "The Son -referring to our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ-is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him-still referring to the Alpha- all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him-still pointing to the Omega- and for Him-that is, the First. He-Jesus Christ of Bethlehem- is before all things, and in Him-the Emmanuel- all things hold together. And He-referring to the Lord Jesus Christ as the Beginning- is the head of the body, the church; He-the Messiah- is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He-Jesus Christ- might have the supremacy. For God -The Father-was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him-God the Son- and through Him-Jesus Christ- to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the Cross." (Colossians 1:15-20). Woe betides that son or daughter of Adam and Eve who neglects the power of words. Whether in secular life or in the spiritual realm, your advancement, success, victory, breakthrough, indeed how far you will go are all proportionate to your word knowledge. No wonder, this power of words is the first gift of the Holy Spirit, not miracles, teaching, speaking in tongues etc, because if you are not versed in the right spiritual lingos and deficient in deft word delivery, how can you work miracles or exercise other spiritual gifts?(I Corinthians 12:8a). That was why the Lord God Himself rued: "My people-not unbelievers-are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6).
Satan and his demons know the import of power of words and language for secular victory and spiritual authority and have thus corrupted words to bring the human race to the cesspit of despair, dishonor and eternal obloquy. Have you noticed that the word sin is hardly mentioned these days on earth? Are you aghast at how sin condemnation seems anathema in some churches and even ruefully among born-again Christians? The preponderance of sermons these days are on prosperity, earthly success, money and the feel-good of this transient life. I was in Tampa Florida over two decades ago and a young man told me sotto voce: "That man over there is gay" and I said I would love and really wanted to befriend him. He looked at me disapprovingly and I explained that any man or woman who is gay must be happy and in convivial mood until I was later told that is the name for homosexual people in America. You see, I was trained by the British, the original owners of the English Language way back in Nigeria, Africa. That word: "gay" simply meant to be happy and joyous. Satan and his demons went for that word and stole it to make the despicable lifestyles of the residents of the Twin Cities of Sodom and Gomorra look good to humans and today, the original meaning of that word is lost and lost forever. Didn't Apostle Paul warn that in the latter days, perilous times shall arise and men and women shall be lovers of their own selves without natural affections? (2 Timothy 3:1-3). Words are very powerful, images are conveyors of subliminal messages; either supernatural or secularly.
The True Lord God Almighty is God of Love; He loves you and me, indeed all His creation. In spite of us spiting Him all the time, yet He loves us so He designated the rainbow as a sign of His everlasting covenant with the human race never again to deluge us with extinction as He promised; "And whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of every kind that is on the earth" (Gen. 9:16). What did Satan and his fallen angels do? They moved group of human beings to use this sign of rainbow as their emblem known as Gay Pride thus desecrating God's Covenant with the human race. The first job I had when I first relocated to the United States was security, although Americans have funny ways of sanitizing things; they called it safety officer, but in Nigeria, we called it security guard, period! Many of us did all these menial jobs to pay the bills when we first got here, but not anymore now. Praise the Lord! The supervisor that employed me said he had placed me on graveyard shift and I freaked out. I told him pointblank I would not and never work at the cemetery for any amount and everybody laughed. Before Abiola Ajimobi returned to Nigeria to become two-time governor of Oyo State, he had similar experience as a mortuary attendant. It will be interesting to hear the full details of my friend and classmate; Dr Kayode Fayemi, experience as a security guard in London UK before he returned home to become Governor of Ekiti State. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has regaled us with his own experience as a security guard in my former City of Chicago. It was later I was told that graveyard shift in America means working from 11pm to 7am and it was a favor my supervisor did for me as a student in graduate school who could work at night and attend classes during the day. Friend, words are very powerful indeed! As the Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ disclosed: "For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matthew 12:37, 36, Proverbs 13:3).
The name John is admirable in the Book of Life. He wrote the Books of Mark and five other books inching in the heels of Apostle Paul. He was the elder brother of James known as the Zebedee Brothers. He was indeed the apostle our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ truly and transparently loved as one of the Three Musketeers; John, James and Peter. They accompanied the King to all His functions and witnessed His Deity on Mt. Transfiguration and all His miracles. The two books; John and Revelation that He penned through the Holy Spirit are unequaled in spiritual discernment and chronesthesia. He lived till the 1st Century according to secular history before he was martyred during his exilic years in Patmos like his fellow apostles. Satan hated Apostle John and so to desecrate and malign him invented the word john for anyone who patronizes a prostitute. How logical for the name john to be corrupted for a prostitute patron bedeviled by the demon of sexual promiscuity? We all know cheating on a spouse is an egregious act even frowned upon by ethicists so Satan made it attractive to us by referring to adulteresses as "side-chicks" to benumb our moral compass. Then his demons entered into some base marriage counselors that cheating on your spouse is merely "having a fling" to belittle the Commandment of the King in the Decalogue: "Do not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14). I was counseling a Christian sister the other day about choice of a partner and she blurted out that she thought the young man "should sample her" before marriage. I asked her if she meant pre-marital sex which is fornication-having sexual intercourse with someone you aren't married to-and the penalty is death by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:13-21). She looked askance as if I was old-fashioned by restoring words to their proper and original meanings. My wife was taken aback by the reactions of most single sisters she requested to be counseled on how to settle down to their God-given husbands so they could become what the Almighty God created them to be and thus fulfill their destiny. Most of them expressed desires to have "good boyfriends"" instead of husbands. Amazing! There is nothing like "good boyfriend" for that is Satan's corrupted euphemism for pre-marital sex (Gen. 34:7; Leviticus 21:9, Deuteronomy 17:5; 13:10). Satan has beguile and continues to bewitch a perishing world with words such as; "adult entertainment"" which Apostle Paul warned against in the Last Days. Can you imagine a lady having sexual intercourse with all manners of men in the open being referred to as a "porn star" in an "adult entertainment? Pornography is so torrid in our mouths making you to throw up that Satan invented the word "adult entertainment" to deodorize such filthy behavior and disgusting act.
I hear this Satanic and unbiblical phrase all the time: "Heavens helps those who help themselves." Satan and his demons invented those words to further alienate the human race from our Creator. If only those who want to help themselves are the only ones that heavens will help, then the sacrificial Death on the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ was a nullity. Jesus Christ came to die for the sins of the whole human race; sins that were committed from the Garden of Eden by our First Parents Adam and Eve; Disobedience, lack of faith, insubordination, unbelief etc and all sins throughout the ages and the sins that will ever be committed throughout human history; past, present and future, period! That was the reason He made this Last Phrase on the Cross: "Tetelestai" meaning; "It is finished" (John 19:28). The original Greek interpretation of that word means; "It is paid in full." I pity those who are still waiting for their Messiah; it is like waiting for Godot. The Messiah had come; He had paid all our sins in full with His Precious Blood; the ransom Satan demanded for as the Great Kidnapper of the human race was paid in full by our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ. He is coming back soon not to pay any price but take us that have been rescued waiting for our evacuation to our final and permanent home, Hallelujah! The heavenly airline is now taxing on the runway of salvation airport and there is still time for you to board and enter now as we are heading for the departure lounge. Do not be left behind, because there is only one Last and Final Plane, believe me. As Apostle Paul pleaded and I join him to entreat too: "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God" (I Corinthians 5:20). And you know why you need to be reconciled to the Lord God Almighty through faith, belief and obedient to the Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ by boarding along with us the Plane of Life and Aircraft of Heaven right now? Because; "God made Him-referring to Jesus Christ-who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him -that is, Jesus Christ-we might become the righteousness of God" (I Corinthians 5:21). Friend, don't let those religious dudes and charlatans delude, deceive and bamboozle you that there is another Heavenly Airline coming for you; it is a lie from the pit of hell. Jesus Christ the Last Plane of Life is the Only Life Airline to heaven, Board it now! I say, on behalf of other Heavenly Passengers; Welcome on Board the Flight of Life piloted by our Only One Pilot; Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ! You tarry to your eternal destruction, period!
Folks, words are very powerful, extremely powerful indeed! You hear these words: "Do not do unto others what you don't want others not to do to you."I was in the spirit and the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and ears and I saw Satan and his demons holding Bible Classes in the Nether Realm. They were teaching their human acolytes, false teachers, charlatans and racketeers how to twist and tangle the Word of Life to the unwary and foolish. Such knotted words are increasing rapidly in the Body of Christ and as Apostle Paul warned; "Their teaching will spread like gangrene…" (2 Timothy 2:17). One of them even said on the tube the other day and to his eternal shame that there is nothing wrong with a man or woman masturbating and the itching ears of his audience put up with that gangrene. Do you know that the Holy Bible warned us to do to others what we want them to do to us? (Leviticus 19:19). So when our Lord Jesus Christ Who gave the Commandment in the Old Testament came as a Man in the New Testament, He reiterated His Commandment same: "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12). Satan with disingenuous cleverness rendered the phrase negative.
The fact of the matter is that, Satan is the god of this present worldly system; he and his fallen angels and human worshipers are the ones in charge. Our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ made this plain: "I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world-referring to Satan-is coming, and he has no claim on Me" (John 14:30). The Holy Bible declared through Apostle Paul: "The god of this age-referring to Satan-has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the Image of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4). Over and over again, our Lord Jesus Christ declared to us matter-of-factly: "My Kingdom is not of this world…" (John 18:36). If the world as it is currently constituted is judged by the Righteous Judge right now and today; our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, may be less than 5 percent will make it to heaven. In other words, Satan is conformably in control of over 90 percent of the inhabitants of the earth. So much for the voice of the people as the Voice of the Almighty God! If you want to join the majority, you will perish! A friend asked for my cell phone number somewhere here in the US and I told him I don't use cell phone, he was aghast. He wanted to know how I function and I told him I function through the Holy Spirit. Must I use cell phone simply because every human being on earth is using it?
I have recounted this story over and over again numerous times in sundry forums and will do for the nth time. I was worshiping at a church in New York about 17 years ago and the local pastor asked any worshiper who was sure of making it to heaven to raise his hand and I was the only person that confidently and unashamedly raised my right hand. A sister seated across me said; "No one knows who will make it to heaven." It was such a stupid and unbiblical remark that I took umbrage. Hear what Apostle Paul told us genuine believers and true worshipers of our Lord Jesus Christ: "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20). Again, chew this for reassurance: "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God" (I Peter 1:18-21). If you are still confused and not sure of your eternal destination, then digest these assurances from the Master: "Verily, verily-meaning surely and truly and truly-I tell you-Our Lord Jesus Christ talking here-whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life" (John 5:24). Do you read that? If you are unsure and ignorant of those three assurances and still debating that no one knows who will make it to heaven and you still go to church and read the Holy Bible, you are a hypocrite, a deceiver and self-deluder and you should stop going to church and get another life, quick and prompt, period!
Here is another artfully-concocted Satanic phraseology that has kept into Christendom: "Love the sinner, but hate the sin." You can't find such sentence or words in the Holy Bible, but you see and hear pastors utter those words out with gusto. The sinner and the sin committed are the same and as Apostle Paul warned: "What business of mine is to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked-referring to a sinner-from among you" (I Corinthians 5:13). In fact, the Word of Life says, if you tolerate a sinner and his sins, not only will such sins grow like gangrene but you too will also share in the punishment and consequences of such sins. "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness-referring to sins-Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14). As I told the precious souls that attended our Breakthrough 2020 here in Texas last month, if I do not know your stand with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it will be nil-impossible for us to have chummy relationship. Such relationship with unbelievers will be short lived and lead nowhere but heartbreak. Some take it as snob and arrogance, not at all.
I was addressing a group of believers composed mostly of White audience in Florida few years back and I told my host not to advertise and introduce me. For the very first three to five minutes of my talk, I upped the ante and deliberately took the audience to higher order of thinking, language and words. Then my host stopped me and asked, if the listeners understood any of the English Language words, phrases and lingos that I just used and they blurted out: Is he a Doctor" and I told my host I have been introduced. Tigers and lions do not introduce themselves and as Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka replied Leopold Sedar Senghor of The Senegal on Negritude in the 80s; a tiger doesn't show and advertise its tigritude. Empty barrels make the loudest noise. Words are indeed and eminently powerful. How far you go in the spiritual world is determined by the amount of words you know and can easily deploy. That is why of the seven arms and ammunition in our spiritual arsenal during spiritual warfare namely: salvation, faith, gospel, truth, righteousness, the Holy Spirit, and the Word, the last is the only offensive weapon to strike, annihilate and destroy the enemies. Satan and his demons cringe and bow at the Words of Life when used by those who know and should know.
Satan and his fallen angels proceeded to build a kingdom under the ocean following their ignominious banishment from heaven and named it; "Magic Kingdom." In order to lure humans to the Nether Gloom, they moved a man to showcase this underground sea kingdom superintend by sirens and mammy waters to the people of the world in Continental United States as the Book of Revelation patently revealed: "One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries." Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery: BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" (Revelation 17:1-5). Now we take relish in hurling our young children and even adults to such magic kingdom in the name of entertainment tourism! Unbeknown to us, a truly-born again and regenerated Christian is committing spiritual trespass by visiting such magic kingdom as the Book of Life cautions; "Therefore come out from among them and be ye separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing and I will receive you" (2 Corinthians 6:17). We cringe at the word: "demon" with its obvious eerie connotation so Satan and his fallen angels popularized it with more manageable words of "gods and goddesses" as replacements. Trust me, folks, words are powerful! So as I ask you; what words and phrases do you know? How much are you willing to learn and deploy in the Journey of Life? Do you know how valuable words are to your eternal destination?
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