THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Moshood FayemiwoMonday, May 18, 2015
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WHY BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANS ARE UNEMPLOYED AND FINANCIALLY POOR?

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e is a genuinely born-again child of the True Lord God Almighty and a pastor of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I can vouch for his integrity and his good intentions. He speaks in tongues and the Lord God Almighty has used him and still using him to spread the Good News and through him, many lives have been saved. But each time he calls me from central Nigeria, its complaints galore over his dismal financial state; on unpaid bills, rents, insufficient money to buy groceries and ad nauseam monetary issues unbefitting a man of God. "Dr, why are things like these for me?" he asked on the telephone. "I am a pastor, the Lord is using me mightily and when I pray for others, things happen but I cannot feed myself and family, I can't pay my rent and my financial life is in a mess. What is happening? I need prayers." All he said on the phone were true except the last one point; prayers do not make a Christian or even unbelievers for that matter to become rich. I repeat again, there is not a single place in the entire Holy Bible, from Genesis to Revelation where prayers are needed to find a job or become rich. If you are a born-again Christian and are unemployed or financially poor and have been praying to find a job or make it financially, you have violated James 4:3 "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." Here is how the King James Version rendered those verses; "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." There are two ailments afflicting the unanswered prayers in that James 4: 3. First, you violated the principles of asking what you want from the Lord which is what prayer is all about. You ask "amiss"-that is, off-target. Second, you ask with ill-motives. Every organization has what is known as organizational culture, which spells out what the organization does, how it does it and the way the thing it does is done by employees. In everyday parlance, it is called "protocols." Most Christians do not know that the Sovereign Lord God Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that are in them also operates by protocols. In fact, He established spiritual protocols. Every blessing of heavens is attached with protocols. For instance, the protocols for Divine Health are different from marital relationship. The protocols for business success are different from money making and the protocols for financial success are markedly different from favor. The protocols for settling down as a single man or lady: that is, looking for a soul mate-wife or husband, are different from separation and divorce.

Take the issue of salvation for instance; there is only one protocol or law guiding it and it is found in Romans 10: 9-10 thus: "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved." This is what you need to do to be saved, period! There is nothing, absolutely nothing, zero, nada, zilch, zip to do to be saved but after that confession in Romans 10: 9-10, you can now follow the directives contained in Philippians 2: 12: "…--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,.." It's like being enrolled at a fitness center or gymnasium to lose weight, for you must continue to work out always so you will not gain back the weight you have just shed-off. That is the meaning of that expression "…work out your salvation…" The Lord Jesus Christ had already won the salvation for sinful humanity on the Cross and He is the ONLY WAY and not one of the ways to heaven, period. He said as much in John 14: 6: "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." For you to come to the Lord God Almighty the Father, you must come through the Son, Jesus Christ and the only thing you must do first of all before you embark on the Way to the Father is Romans 10: 9-10. That is the protocol established by the Lord God Almighty Himself because; "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son," (John 3: 16-18). You can't spin those three verses, because they are clear, direct, unambiguous and off-pat. This is the protocol for salvation in order to do it God's way, not religion or other man-made way of salvation, period! But other blessings of God have different protocols or laws attached to them so, you may satisfy this onerous protocol of salvation and be heaven-bound, but if you do not seek knowledge in the Word of Life to find out the laid-down rules, laws and protocols for satisfying such benefits, you can pray from here till eternity and will not get results. This has happened and still happening to many born-again Christians in the world today in the areas of seeking employment, job opportunities, promotion in the work place and finances.

As aforesaid, prayer doesn't make a Christian looking for a job get one or desiring financial success. Many of the world's rich people hardly pray, otherwise, if it is prayer that makes one to be rich, Aliko Dangote must be the greatest prayer warrior in Africa for him to be the richest black person in the world. If the amounts of prayers and fasting that one offers are what are needed that make one to be rich, certainly, Bill Gates must be the greatest prayer warrior on the planet earth to become the richest man in the world. It is ignorant of the Word of God and its application that make scores of born-again, tongue-speaking Christians suffer financial hardship and material poverty. What does the Word of God say in the area of financial blessing? The protocols for financial blessing are stated in Deuteronomy 28:11-12: "The LORD will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none." Do you read that? Did He say you should pray in those two verses? No. He commanded you to do something. He said He would bless the work of your hand, not your job. In other words, obedience is what you should possess first and when you discovered what He-the Lord God Almighty-wanted you to do, that is your "work" and He says He will bless it. But you say, but that is in the Old Testament. Okay, let us look at the New Testament. In Luke 6: 38 our Lord Jesus Christ echoed the Old Testament Commandment when He said: "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom." That is a command and not a prayer. He asked you here to do something and that is: "Give." The problem for some people here is disobedience, because the word: "Give" is not in their vocabulary. Immediately you tell some Christians to give, they freak out. A sister jolted me the other day when I told her to give. She is going through some marital hard times and she called me. I would stay on the phone with her for several hours counseling and advising her on how to fix her crumbling marriage. I told her what the Holy Spirit commanded me to tell her and I implored her to check her Bible for confirmation. Here was a Christian sister who would call me at odd hours and I will stay several hours on the telephone building her up spiritually. But as soon as I told her to give something for her success, she freaked out. I asked her why do some Christians give to witch doctors, voodoo people, pay psychic hotlines by the hour and other agents of Satan but find it hard to give out to pastors and other men and women of God praying and interceding for them? A young man called me from Dallas, Texas looking for a job and we told him what to do. Here was the email I received from him after he did what we told him to do and within a week he was employed: "Thanks Pastor, I have received the (intimate detail deleted) and my first week at work was very pleasant. Thanks for the prayers and support." It wasn't the prayers we prayed first that got this young man the job, but what we told him to do that he did, which was later followed by prayer and support. For instance, in spiritual warfare, we are commanded to follow this protocol in James 4: 7: "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." This is a fundamental law or protocol of spiritual warfare by Christians, but what do we find among some Christians today? Some do the latter first: resist the devil and think they can come back to submit to God. That is a violation of the Divine Law or protocol of spiritual warfare. No wonder, the demons laugh at Christians that violate this protocol when they can't cast out demons and set the captives free.

What happened to the man of God-the pastor-referenced at the beginning of this piece? He hasn't learned the Divine Law of Financial Success as laid down by the Almighty God. Never, never and never will the Almighty Lord God violate His protocols and laws, because as He said in Isaiah 55: 10-11: "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." That is why He is the unchanging Lord God Almighty, the I AM THAT I AM and as Hebrews 13: 8 pointed out: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hallelujah! You see, the Holy Bible is the Word of God and it is the manual of life. That was why the Lord God Almighty commanded the Israelites in Joshua 1: 7-8 thus: "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Anytime the Holy Bible is not applied correctly like the manual of a gizmo, electronic or appliance, it will not work, no matter how hard we pray, we will be praying amiss as James noted. We must go back to the basics to find out, if there is a "spiritual wire" we have connected wrongly or a Biblical fuse that has not been connected. When we follow the protocols and laws of God in His Word, folks, things happen and we get results. The purpose of prayers are to convince the Lord we want that thing with all our heart, the thing is in accordance with His will and we have an unchanging faith in Him that He will do it as He said in His Word; the Holy Bible.

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Australian PM Julia Gillard should be made Queen of the world. What she has said requires a lot of courage and confidence. All the countries in the world should have leaders like her. She says: "Muslims, who are demanding Sharia law, have been asked to leave Australia by Wednesday, because Australia sees fanatic Muslims as terrorists. Each and every mosque will be searched and Muslims will cooperate with us in this process. All the Muslims who have migrated from other countries to Australia will have to adapt and change themselves as per our country and not expect us to change as per them. If they are unable to do so, they are most welcome to leave Australia. A lot of Australians are worried that we may be insulting a particular religion.... but I assure the people of Australia that whatever is being done is for the betterment of Australia and its people. We speak English here and not Arabic or Urdu or any other Islamic language. So if you want to stay in our country you better learn to speak English. In Australia we believe in Jesus who is our God and we believe in God. Just because we believe in and follow Christianity and no other religion, does not make us communal which is why you will find God's Pictures and religious books everywhere. If you have any objection to this, you are free to leave Australia and go anywhere else in the world. Australia is our land, our country and this is our culture. We do not follow your religion but we respect your sentiments which is why if you want to read Koran and offer namaaz, please do not create noise pollution by using speakers and reading out loudly. Please DO NOT Read Koran or offer prayers in our schools, offices or public places. You can do so in the quiet of your home or in a mosque which will not inconvenience us. If you have any issues with our national flag or national anthem or our religion or our lifestyle, kindly leave Australia at this very moment and never ever return back"---From Pastor Agbabeze Ugorji, London, UK

Readers' Comments and Letters This Week

Dear Brother Moshood, Greetings to you from here in Calgary, Canada. I have been consistently reading your articles for many years now on Nigeriaworld.com but this is the first time I will be writing you. One of your articles that touched me was the open letter to Goodluck Jonathan and to Buhari concerning the 2015 elections. I also made efforts to read the entire series you wrote on the 2015 Nigerian elections. Your write ups gave me hope that change was finally going to come to Nigeria and something deep in my spirit believed your predictions were very true and they helped buoy up my support for Buhari. Most people I interacted here with in the Southern part of Nigeria saw Buhari as an Islamic fundamentalist who meant no good for Nigeria and one not to be voted for, but I kept telling them that God can use anybody to turn Nigeria around, even a non-Christian because he alone is the Sovereign Lord. The so called "Christian" president Jonathan was only Christian by name and not by actions. Glory be to God, it has happened as the Almighty revealed it you through the Holy Spirit. Most touching was the challenge you put down barely two weeks ago that if Jonathan wins the election then God has not called you to the ministry. We need more honest men of God like you to help in steering the ship of state. The current state of the church in Nigeria is nothing to write home about. Please continue your good work as God has called you and remain blessed. ---Francis Eriavbe, Calgary Canada.

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Thank you my brother for your write ups. Well done a true prophet to our nation you are. I have followed your biblical exigencies & expositions buttered with accurate prophecy. I last wrote to you and still believe you have a future role to play in our nation. Please pray about it and let God speak to you on it. I thank God that I was on the side of change. I was praying that we don't miss this chance again. God bless you! God bless me! God bless Nigeria. Best wishes ----Abu. Yesufu, London, UK

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Dear Dr.Fayemiwo, I am writing you this letter to appreciate God for his mighty hands upon your life. I equally want to thank you for boldly speaking the word of prophesies concerning the presidential election and God standing behind you in bringing it to pass. May God continuously fill you with more word of knowledge and wisdom to bless humanity. ---Pastor Moses Ogah from Warri-Delta State Nigeria.

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Our God is awesome I have been a keen follower of your write up from the Abacha days ,I stumbled on your prophecy for the world in 2014,which I had earlier commented on. The intriguing aspect of the prophecy for the Nigeria's presidential election is unfolding right before our eyes and proceedings are exactly as they were prophesied. His will shall surely prevail---Dayo Odeseye, Lagos, Nigeria

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Dear Dr Moshood Fayemiwo thank God for your spiritual sensitivity, actually after the prophecy on British election and the result was the opposite; I deeply appreciate your admittance that you missed it. Should that even be '' I missed it'' the Lord told prophet Isaiah to tell king Hezekiah '…'set your house in order, for you shall die and not live" but immediately the king cried out to God facing the wall and the Lord changed His mind, sent the same prophet Isaiah back to him, that he had added 15 more years to his age. God is God and we cannot question His authority. ---Pastor Kenny Ikokide Portharcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

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Sir, good morning, how are you and the family? I am using this opportunity to appreciate and thank you for your Prayer, candid advice/encouragement given to me the other day. May God in his infinite mercy continue to shower his abundant blessings upon you and your entire family. The anointing of God upon you will not run dry and your star will not go down in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. As earlier discussed you can give me a convenient date and Nigerian time that will suit your time schedule for the prayer session. I belief as the Lord lives and his spirit is alive before this month of May runs out, God will surely perfect all that concerns me and God will use you as his instrument to make the necessary changes in my life in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. Thanks very much and God be with you sir. Best Regards----Akin Adebayo, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Dear Dr Fayemiwo. Good morning sir. I have been following your article for about two years now. I must say I find it very fascinating. What is more intriguing is the way you dealt with aftermath of David Cameron prediction. May God continue to empower you with great wisdom. I am a father desperately in need of help for his son who at the moment is in the hospital for blood transfusion as am writing this email. Sir, I know you have a very busy schedules please join me in prayer for my son's healing. I can't afford to lose another child. Sir, I believed if you could just pray for my son he will be ok because I know you serve a true God. His blood is going down. The hospital had carried out investigations as to why this is happening but they can't seem find the cause. I wouldn't mind to call you on telephone to pray for him if you allow me. Please I wouldn't mind if you send me your telephone number to reach you if want me to. Please help me! Thank you and God bless you--- (Name omitted for privacy), London, UK.

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My dear brother in the Lord, My prayer is that the True living God will continue to anoint you. The world needs such prophetic declaration at a time like this to draw more souls closer to God. You will end well, you will finish well and may God continue to bless you abundantly in Jesus mighty Name, Amen. With love---Christopher Ngonadi, Lagos, Nigeria.

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WILL FORMER GOV. ABUBAKAR AUDU RETURN TO LUGARD GOVERNMENT HOUSE IN LOKOJA IN KOGI 2016?

Former Gov. Abubakar Audu is warming up to return to the Government House in Lokoja and has made it known he's eying the position he once occupied for the second term. I am not in Nigeria and so do not know how Gov. Audu performed the last time he was helmsman here but it his legitimate right to aspire to a second term in next year's governorship election in the Confluence State. He may also be banking on the recent victories of the APC across the federation as impetus to launch his second and final come-back as Kogi State Governor, but Gov. Audu should not attempt it because he will be disappointed. A political dark horse is coming on the scene from Ebira Land-Dekina Local Government Area, specifically Okene that will upset the political calculations in Kogi State next year.

FOR SENATOR-ELECT KASHAMU BURUJI, IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG NIGHT

We warned Mr. Kashamu Buruji in this column three weeks ago and showed him his immediate political future. We told him he would not even be sworn in as a senator not to talk of attending to legislative duties. If only these politicians will have listening ears, the world would have been a better place. He didn't need to become a senator in the first place. Even in a nation with torrid reputation for anything goes such as Nigeria, hiding in plain sight as a former drug baron is the stupidest mistake a grown-up adult could make. Those advising him and taking his money really did him a great disservice. The Alhaji of Cotonou should have retreated to the coconut groves of Benin Republic and kept off the radar rather than turning himself into a political godfather in Ogun State. He will be brought back here to the United States and will be jailed. He doesn't need to commit suicide. Many of his friends and co-travelers are cooling their feet in American prisons here so there is no big deal. When you are a retired drug baron, it is very difficult to suddenly turn into a modernizing political godfather. He will soon be followed by many of his other drug baron accomplices as a new sheriff known as Muhammadu Buhari comes to town. Buruji is not the only former drug baron whose necks are on the chopping block, many of them are in for a rough ride and Nigerians will be shocked between 2015 and 2019. It is a new dawn in Nigeria. Meanwhile, the APC candidate in Ogun West who squared up with Mr. Kashamu Buruji in the last general elections should be warming up to represent the people of Ijebu-Igbo and environs at the senate.

N.B. I promised two months ago to write series of articles on why the first incumbent president of Nigeria, Mr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan lost the last 2015 presidential election and how that monumental event will affect the future of Nigeria. The defeat of the former president and the successful installation of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015 will bring a lot of changes to Nigeria, never witnessed in the annals of Nigeria. Beginning next week, we shall start series of thought-provoking articles about the nation known as Nigeria from her birth to the present and the implications of Muhammadu Buhari returning back to power this time as an elected president. You will not want to miss any of the series of these articles, because we shall expose and lay bare a lot of puzzles and secrets of Nigerians in power and the Nigerian nation itself. The articles are worth reading and archiving as they are being published in this column from next week. It is going to be history in motion. Keep a date with us.

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