THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Monday, May 11, 2020|
Cameron, Texas, USA
et this straight, if you are a real born-again Christian and truly-genuine follower of my Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ; persecution is coming very soon. I disclosed in this column in the past that the current COVID-19 Pandemic is just warming up around the world and you can see its ravaging fangs bared in careless abandon irrespective of race, gender, age, social status, nationality and political class. It doesn't discriminate felling everything in its path. Soon, it will affect domestic animals and clobber even groceries and food; then, as I stated, it would suddenly disappear to everybody's pause relief and chagrin. But the first woe has just passed and three other devastating pandemics are nibbling at the heels of COVID-19. Brethren, do not let any government deceive you; politicians are parts and parcels of the world's problems. Many of them work for Satan and for their selfish ends as Apostle Paul said. Be careful too that you do not put your faith in many so-called men and women of God; because many of them haven't been called and many too have derailed while majority of them worship Mammon and their bellies and stomachs are their gods. So the question is; where can one find refuge? Who should one look up to in these trying times?
The answer is simple: hide yourself in the secured Hands and Protective refuge of our Lord Jesus Christ. You need Him now more than before, because hard times are upon the whole world. In fact, our Lord Jesus Christ warned us about these trying times and asked: "I tell you, He-referring to our Lord Jesus Christ-will promptly carry out justice on their behalf. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?" (Luke 18:8). Why will faith be seriously discounted at the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ? Because evil will so be omnibus and satanic activities widespread that only few souls will still hold on to their faith and believe in the Lord. The popular hymns we Christians normally sing with relish that; "This World Is Not My Own, But I am Just Passing Through" will be seriously tested both in our hearts and in practical absolute terms just as Satan requested he should sift Peter like wheat.
While we remain unshaken in faith, unbowed in belief and unbroken as Christ followers in these trying times, there are six satanic tools that we should watch out for in our Christian Journey today and in the days to come. Satan and his demons will sharpen these deadly tools as things are being ramped up preparatory to the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ is coming, but before He shows up, things will be so terribly bad for us His followers as Satan and his fallen angels tempt the believers. The True Almighty God will allow this spiritual warfare to blow out in the open which will give every human soul on planet earth to declare his or her allegiance openly: worship Satan or the Lord Jesus Christ. There won't be any pretension anymore and whatsoever. The day that Joshua declared would be upon us: "…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15). As part of the eschatological events and activities foretold by the Lord, few believers will be able to mouth the latter part of declaration of Joshua and the following are the six sources of pains Satan will use:-
Food:- This is the most top-level need of all humans. The Word of Life states it plainly: "All a man's-and woman too-labor is for his or her mouth (stomach)…" (Ecclesiastes 6:7). Since our First Parents; Adam and Eve missed it in the Garden of Eden and succumbed to Satan's temptation to put their stomach above their spiritual life, Satan and his demons have been studying us and they have found out that we are vulnerable in this primary need. The children of Israel ran into trouble in the wilderness because of this urge to satisfy the stomach. Satan pulled this trick on God-in-flesh when he said: "If You are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread" (Matthew 4:3). Of course, our Lord Jesus Christ as God Incarnate on earth had and still has the power to command the stones to turn into food, because He created the stones and all things, but He would not do so at the command of Satan, because; whoever you obey and do his or her bidding is your God (Romans 6:16). Leaf through human history, you will discover that virtually all human revolutions, wars and insurrections were caused by the urge and desire of the people to satisfy this primary human need for food. The French Revolution occurred over bread, America threw the British out because of tea and the price of rice has led to the fall of many governments across the world.
In these latter days, Satan and his demons will use and exploit this vulnerability to the maximum that many Christians will put their stomachs above eternal life. I remember few years ago at the height of the biting costs of gasoline here in the United States, many women allowed men to sleep with them, if you can fill up the tank. It has also occurred many times in my native Nigeria. Food is going to bring down many souls and take them to hell in these end times, because famine is coming. But what are we supposed to do as redeemed children of the Living God in this regard? Remember the promises of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: "Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or terrified of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you" (Deuteronomy 31:6). Pointedly, His promises on supplying our primary need of food for the stomach can be re-assuring: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat and drink, or about your body…." (Matthew 6:25-32). Our Lord went on to compare these three primary needs of food, clothing and shelter as God's ordained provisions for the believers, who put Him first. He even compared us to the animals He cares for not to talk of us He created in His Image, Form and Likeness. Folks, the Jehovah Supplier will provide you and I with food in the impending famine, if we hold onto our faith, trust and love for and in Him.
Clothing: - When the Holy Bible talks about clothing, it is more than mere apparels to adorn the human body. I am still debating with Dr Margie whether jewelry, physical adornment, eyelashes, lipsticks, hair attachments etc and all those man-made stuffs we crave for on earth are really necessary. Do we really need them to be beautiful and attractive? I do my shopping for clothing once a year. As long as one wears clothing that are clean, decent and moral, what obligation do we need to please the human body? Do you need that $900 shoes won by the jet set and $5,000 suits to announce that you have arrived and from where? A friend came visiting here and asked for my cell phone number and I told him he should call my land line, because I don't have a need for a cell phone. He was shocked! These end times, many believers will not make it because of what they wear, especially sisters. Many of the so-called beauty products used on earth today are from Satan and his fallen angels. They are distractions. I see many so-called men and women of God adorn in expensive jewelries and heavy make-up shouting on the altar and saying the Holy Spirit is speaking through them. Some ride expensive cars and their garages are full of exotic automobiles to show off while millions of souls are dying going to hell, yet these charlatans are boasting that, their God is not a poor God. Have they forgotten what our Lord Jesus Christ said He would say to the goats on His Left? "…Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; (because) I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink…" (Matthew 25:41).
Shelter: - You who are buying houses all over the place to show off and call yourself a pastor or whatever title will not go anywhere when the Trumpet sounds. I was invited to a country for His Utmost and was told an expensive hotel had been booked for me throughout the duration of my stay. My assistant let my hosts know that I don't stay in hotels and told them to look for a guest house for me. I told the congregation in Canada years ago to look for an extra room in their pastor's house rather than lodging me in hotel for His Work. The demons in those so-called 5-Star hotels are also 5-Star classes too and rather than warring and worrying against 5-Star demons, wouldn't it be worth your while to concentrate on the Master's Work which you are in town to do in the first place? Many believers will be swept away by the trappings of life at the expense of their souls in these end times, because they love material things than the Love for our Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. As our Lord Jesus Christ warned: "And He said to them: Watch out! Guard yourselves against every form of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his or her possessions" (Luke 12:15). Brethren, after food, clothing and shelter which are three minimum needs on this earth, we need nothing more, period! As Apostle Paul warned; "But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these" (I Timothy 6:8).
Power: - This is the ability to enforce a desired will. We have also pointed out in this column in the past the seven types of power on earth today. Satan will maximize these cravings for powers by the saints in these end times, but these power domains will lack authority. That is how to distinguish the powers from the Throne of God Almighty from powers given by Satan. There is no doubt that Satan and his fallen agents can use many of their human acolytes to perform certain miracles on earth. After all, they are supernatural beings, but not spiritual beings; hence, natural matters can submit to supernatural commands to a large extent. This is the domain occupied by those charlatans being used by Satan, who bamboozle and beguiled ignorant souls by falsely attributing such Satan-energized miracles to the Almighty God. Many Christians will fall into this trap in these latter days for lack of spiritual discernment, because as the Holy Spirit warned; the Almighty God isn't pleased with any spiritual works we think we are doing for Him, but so much pleased with what He wants us to do for Him. In other words, who is initiating that spiritual works you are doing: you or the Holy Spirit? Any spiritual work done in the Name of the Almighty God but outside His Will and not initiated by the Holy Spirit has no eternal value, period! Satan and the demons will entice many souls with power in these end times and shipwreck their faith in the process. This calls for alertness on the part of the elect.
Honor: - Nobody, nothing, I mean absolutely nothing on this earth merits our honor in spiritual terms but our Creator. The honor we are talking about here is different from the honor we are commanded to give to our parents and six other persons and things which again I have written about in past column articles. The honor we are talking about here is supreme worship, unrivaled devotion; supersonic faith and monomaniacal love for the Lord Jesus Christ Who purchased us with His Precious Blood on Calvary. A friend said to me one day that it is a misnomer for us to say someone died for another person's sins 2,000 years ago and that contrary to my faith and belief in my Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ; we shall individually die for our sins. I thanked the brother and told him I wholeheartedly agreed with him that each of us must individually atone or pay for our sins which is disobedience to the Lord God Almighty.. I told him though; I cannot atone for my sins, because if I die by atoning for my sins, I do not have the power to resurrect. Since Jesus Christ died in my stead by atoning for my sin and He came back to life three days later, I will prefer to take His already finished work on my behalf instead of establishing my own salvation, because I do not have the power to come back to life on my own. I told him, he can die for his own sins, but he should make sure he can come back to life three days later, but as for me, that is a risk too much for me. I have the right to die, but I do not have the power to come back to life on my own. I will rather hitch my wagon to that of Jesus Christ Who once died and came back to life again. He got it!
Why will a Loving, Kind and Gracious God make it difficult for us to know Him? Will a truly loving parent put obstacles and deliberately hinder his child to come home, but instead make it easy for him or her to return home? I told the brother, if your Allah is compassionate and merciful as you Muslims say, why should Allah prescribe all forms of rituals and elaborate worship rites for his followers to know him? A true lover of person doesn't make it difficult, depressing and agonizing; in fact, frustrating to be known and have fellowship. Jesus Christ is my Lord, Master and Savior because He made Himself known to me, He values me as His creation and wants to fellowship with me as Father and Son and not treat me as a slave and one I cannot have relationship unlike the way Allah treats Moslems. That was the end of our discussions and relationship throughout our program at USF. In these end times, genuine Christians will be tested to declare who they truly honor: Jesus Christ or Satan, Light or Darkness, the world or eternal life; their own honor or the Honor to the King of kings; because as He warned: "I am the Lord; that is My Name! I will not yield My Glory to another or My Praise to idols" (Isaiah 42:8).
Glory: - I had a discussion with a fellow believer days ago from Eastern Europe and our discussions veered to seeking one's glory without knowing it. I asked if a so-called man or woman of God really needs a private jet to spread the Good News. It is all about seeking one's glory. Candidly, you don't need a private jet to reach the unreached with the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ, except you want to boast and show off so that people of the world can praise and notice you. The Lord Jesus Christ told me one day; "My son, after the three necessities of life; food, clothing and shelter, that I guaranteed and promised you, I will not grant any of your request for material things, if you cannot defend and argue with me how granting you those material things will advance the work I have committed to you." In other words, outside the will of the Lord Jesus Christ, no material thing will be made available to His Own, if you cannot argue you case and convinced the King of kings that such thing will advance His Kingdom on earth. He told us this as much: "Come now, and let us reason-argue-together…" (Isaiah 1:18). "Present your case," says the Lord. Submit your arguments," says the Lord" (Isaiah 41:21). There are two sets of arguments before the Lord Jesus Christ; argue that what you need, are asking for or want will advance His Kingdom on earth or the opposite, because in all our activities on earth as redeemed children of the Most High God Almighty, we are either gathering with Him or scattering with Him, period! In these end times, Satan and his demons will deploy these three demons of power, honor and glory to bewitch and entice many believers, including lamentably so-called men and women of God to the Nether Gloom. Satan knows that these three things; power, honor and glory are the most three exclusive properties of the True Lord God Almighty which He will never share with anyone and Satan will use the three to shipwreck the faith of many. When you read the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, these three things; power, honor and glory are so exclusive to the Creator that the gazillions and gazillions of angels in His Tabernacle in heaven do nothing but chant these three things day and night according to Revelation 4:9-11: "Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to Him who sits on the Throne and who lives forever and ever, the 24 Elders fall down before Him who sits on the Throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the Throne and say: You are worthy, our Lord and God; to receive Glory and Honor and Power; for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being"
We use that Revelation 4:11 to sing as our adoration to the Lord God Almighty, the Alpha and Omega and the King of kings all the times without knowing the spiritual import of that song. But let me tell you; this is what the spiritual warfare and the fight between the Almighty God and Satan boils down to and it must be resolved finally and once and for all on this earth in the hearts of every human soul that has lived, currently living and will ever pass on this earth as my prophecy declares. Satan craves these three things insanely: power, honor and glory. He baited Adam and Eve with the three and he succeeded. He pulled the same artifice on our Lord Jesus Christ but failed. He will pull the same trick on all human beings no matter your status on earth, including this writer especially in these end times and your response will determine your eternal destiny. The choice is yours!
"When the Son of Man comes in His Glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His Glorious Throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats…" (Matthew 25:31; See Revelation 1:7)
For those of us who have put our faith, trust, future, life and eternity in the Secured Hands of our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ; this is the time to take our eternal life seriously. This is the time to stop playing game with our souls and eternal destination in our Christian Journey. You need to learn and study instead of playing denomination and church. Study the Holy Bible and know what you believe. This is what the Holy Spirit has mandated us to do now! The last thing you need now as a part of the Body of Christ is another church full of programs, planning, festivities, waywardness, announcements, activities, naming ceremonies, carnalities, worldliness, money, money and money! We should brace up as born-again Christians and prepare for a different world aftermath of this global Coronavirus Pandemic. The days of being complacent on Mt Zion are over. You need the undiluted and Holy Spirit-inspired and taught Word of God Now. Register now! Send email to any of the following administrators namely: Dr Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo (firstname.lastname@example.org); Dr Margie Neal-Fayemiwo (email@example.com); Brother Kola Olatunde ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Gerry Onukwugha (email@example.com). In your email, simply state I WANT TO BE PART OF E-CONGREGATION. We are putting the technical preparations together right now and we shall take-off very, very soon. Thank you and remain blessed in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. Study the word in the manner of the Berean Christians of old (Acts 17:11) and the children of Issachar of Old Testament "who understood the times and knew what to do" (I Chronicles 12:32).
DO YOU STILL REMEMBER OUR PROPHECY ON THE ANCIENT CITY OF KANO AND DEATHS?