THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Sunday, August 11, 2019|
Cameron, Texas, USA
was a guest of a prominent government official in an African nation. I had been invited for His Utmost. Words quickly spread that I was around and the president of the country wanted to see me. The protocol department sent two of their officials to work out the detail and modalities for seeing the Number One Citizen. I told them to allow me talk to the Greatest Boss; the Holy Spirit, if I should accept the invitation. Truly, three days later, the Holy Spirit instructed me to go see the Big Man, if certain conditions were met. When the two men returned, I stated the conditions which soon became the deal-breaker. "Sir, many men of God are dying to see Mr. President, no matter the conditions," one of the men said; "but you said casually you aren't interested in seeing Mr. President." Of course, I had to educate the protocol men on heavenly protocols and how we operate in the things of the True Lord God Almighty. They had their protocols and I explained my spiritual protocols as instructed by the Holy Spirit. We couldn't reach a consensus and the proposed presidential meeting was aborted.
Do you know the True Lord God Almighty has protocols in approaching His Worship Majesty? As a matter of fact, protocols were created by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the Source of all life and knowledge from the heavens, and from there protocols were passed unto the earth. Protocols are etiquettes, ways of doing things and why things are done the way they are done. In corporate organizations, certain procedures and steps are put in place for employees and visitors which spell out how decisions, engagements and things are done and why they're done which define the organizations. These protocols are called organizational cultures. The Holy Bible contains protocols on how people relate to and with one another both at the personal and group levels. Protocols define interactions and set boundaries on how people of different cadres relate to one another. The Egyptians of Old had a stringent set of protocols in seeing Pharaoh their king who they treated as a god: "None wearing a beard must be ushered into Pharaoh's presence" (Genesis 41:14).
Do you know there are certain laid-down protocols for believers in reaching out to the True Lord God Almighty? Have you prayed and fasted and done all that are required and somehow you aren't penetrating through to His Tabernacle in the Highest? What do you need to do to be perpetually present in His Presence? Have you observed the spiritual protocols of being in the Presence of His Worshipful Majesty? Let's look at some of protocols to observe in approaching His Worshipful Majesty; the King of kings and Lord of lords.
First, there is only One Way. I was a guest of a state governor in an African nation and his protocol staff took my wife and me through a private route to the presidential lodges we were kept throughout our stay. "Sir, you don't have to pass through the public entrance," they informed us, "because we don't want you and Madam to be disturbed." Do you know the True Lord God Almighty has a private entrance to the Holy of Holies that are available to the public and yet exclusive? The route to the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that are in them is Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, period! This is the first spiritual protocol to imbibe in reaching His Holiness. "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me," (John 14:6). No founder of religion, a spiritual guru, a self-proclaimed avatar or any wise person in human history has ever uttered those words in human history. No religious book anywhere on earth contains such declarative yet exclusively profound statement beside the Holy Bible. Are you saying Jesus Christ is the Only Way to the Almighty God? Read that again! And hear Him elsewhere so that you aren't in doubt: "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him" (Matthew 11:27; See Luke 10:22). Just as the protocol officials spelt out the procedure for seeing their president in that nation and I also spelt out the protocols instructed me by my Boss-the Holy Spirit; so also the Almighty God has established His Protocols in approaching Him. The Egyptian Protocol officials instructed Joseph he would not see the eyes of Pharaoh their king without shaving his beard; similarly, the Chaldeans enforced strict protocols barring a handicap or physically-challenged person from seeing Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian Kings. It is the height of disobedience and disrespect to flout protocols; in Egypt of those days, it would earn violator exile and in Babylon summary execution (Daniel 1:3-7, 2:10-16). How much more do you think violators of the First Protocols of the True Lord God Almighty would be severely punished? "Salvation is found in one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind-the human race-by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Please let than sink.
God's second protocol is being born-again. There was a special number given to everyone who works at the White House in Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC. It doesn't matter what you do in that hallowed chamber of the world's number one political power center. That private code is what you need to enter the White House. My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ laid the rules of engagement, because you're coming to see Him in His House; consequently, "Jesus replied: Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born-again" (John 3:3). In Ancient Egypt, no matter how well-dressed and neat you were; you would not be allowed to see Pharaoh or any of their political honchos and lords without first washing your feet at their thresholds (Genesis 43:24). I asked the Holy Spirit few years ago when I was a baby Christian why should any human being be washed in the Blood of Jesus Christ before he or she could be ushered into His Presence: "…without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins" (Hebrews 9:22). "I am so Holy and Righteous dwelling in an unapproachable Light that nothing impure can enter into My Presence. Consequently, when you accept My Son, Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior; because He died on the Cross for you; He will bring you to Me." If the Almighty God didn't insist on the Blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse you and me from approaching Him, the heavens will be the same as this dirty and filthy earth. Just as the Egyptians of Old believed a visitor to Pharaoh was dirty and unworthy to see their King until the visitor washed his or her feet with Egyptian water; similarly, the Almighty God has insisted no one, no human being can see His Face until he or she is washed in the Blood of His Lamb, Jesus Christ Who took away the sins of the human race with His Blood, Hallelujah! Are you born-again?
For many years, Hannah cried her eyes out for the fruit of the womb. Her rival, Peninnah made life miserable for her and unable to sire a child, Elkanah simply got himself another wife. Then she did something remarkable; she wiped her tears and arose and then prayed to the Lord. Do you know the Almighty God isn't as emotional as you and me? There is so much evil, injustice and atrocities in the world today and you wonder what is the Almighty God doing about them? The answer is simple: never has the True Lord God Almighty responded to the needs of the human race. There is only one thing that pleases the Lord God Almighty, if you really, I mean really want to get His Attention: Faith. "But without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). Nothing breaks the heart of the True Lord God Almighty than to be disbelieved. This is an error-proof Protocol in claiming anything, including salvation from the Most High. Whatever He says He will do, He will and must do it, period!
A sister poured her heart out to me here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center in Texas the other day and I deduced a veiled threat in her voice so I asked her: "Are you threatening God Almighty?" I hear it most times from believers as they reel out their needs to the Almighty God, as if He can be stampeded to answer their laundry lists of earthly needs. Some folks even stop going to church altogether when their needs are not met at their own time and in their fashion, as if the Almighty God will be the loser. Friend, you aren't entitled to nothing, nada, zero, zilch, zip and squat from the Lord God Almighty. This sense of entitlement lurking in the hearts of some believers is from Satan. The Holy Spirit told me one day; "After your food, clothing and shelter which I guaranteed as your Heavenly Supplier, I owe you nothing." This is why I am shocked at all these boasting of buying private aircrafts, yachts, big cars and all kinds of worldly luxuries by the so-called men and women of God these days. Where did all these money come from? Folks, before the Almighty God gives you anything outside the three elementary needs He guaranteed us in Matthew 6:25-34; you have to explain the rationale for asking and His acquiescence. We receive all kinds of business ideas from sundry sources here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center, but the first question we ask is: How will this business proposal advance the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on earth? This is the litmus test for putting our God-given money into any earthly project. If you cannot convince me in a short and simple sentence the utility of a business project to depopulating the kingdom of darkness, forget it! Consequently, the fourth protocol in approaching His Heavenly Majesty is: Ask. That is the purpose of prayer (Matthew 7:7). Asking through prayer isn't enough, but it must conform to His Will.
The True Lord God Almighty hates grumbling. He has a will, which He has disclosed to every human being: "In all things, give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (Colossians 4:2). Consequently, for you to approach His Presence, praise and worship should accompany you. The Yoruba people of the world and other indigenous folks of the world knew the power of praise and worship so they procured the services of courtiers, poets and praise singers in the palaces of their kings. That is a heavenly culture. That popular hymn: "I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart; I will enter His court with praise" is as evergreen today as never and ever always. That was King David's royal key to Heavenly Protocol and it should be yours too.
Relationship is so dear to the True Lord God Almighty. You can't be in love only. That is why God is Triune; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we do not entertain Lone Rangers. That was the reason He created the family. A brother asked us to pray for him to get a job. We told him to put his wife on the phone so we can observe the protocol of minimum of two and he demurred, insisting he didn't want his wife to be part of us. That was the deal-breaker. Folks, you can't go very far and finish well in the journey of life as Robinson Crusoe in Daniel Defoe's 1719 classic. Anytime I notice a glitch in my prayers and nothing seems to go through, I call on my wife and we double-team and jet plane together to the Seat of the Most High, because as He instructed: "Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth shall agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven" (Matthew 18:19). There is no other human being on earth that should be your intimate prayer partner than your spouse, not even your pastor. This is true. Your pastor and other fellow believers can be your prayer partners, but if you neglect praying with your spouse: husband or wife, and are not in good terms with your spouse, your prayers will be hindered (I Peter 3:7). Even if what you are praying for has been answered, it will not last and you will be back to square one. This is a must protocol as heavens design it.
Every power is backed with authority. Without authority which establishes how power should be obtained and exercised, power will be of zero-utility. This is why Satan and his fallen angels are constantly rebellious, because albeit they have certain restricted powers, especially in the affairs of unbelievers, but lack authority. Every redeemed child of the Most High should and must understand this, because such spiritual truth leads you into the organogram of the Lord God Almighty. Just as every society, nation or organization has an organizational chart which is embedded in its organizational culture so also the Almighty God has what is called Heavenly Organizational Chart as spelled out in Revelation 4. Similarly, He has established His levers of authority on earth thus: God the Father-to - God the Son-Our Lord Jesus Christ-to-The Man or Husband-to-The Woman or Wife-to-The Children. No wonder, all fields of human knowledge recognize this earthly organogram instituted by the Almighty God and assert that the family is the first and most effective agent and unit of socialization. As Confucius, the Chinese sage once said; the way the family goes so the human society. No wonder, Satan and his demons attack the family ceaselessly in this regard.
Satan and his fallen angels have been studying the human race for eons. They have discovered we like power. There is this inherited Adamic nature in every human being that wants to lord it over others. In the darkened and depraved kingdom of Satan, it is war of the strongest and survival of the fittest; whereas, in the lovely Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the greatest among you shall be your servant (Luke 22:26). Consequently, humility, temperance and obedience are qualities expected of the truly-redeemed in approaching the Throne on High. Satan and his demons ran into eternal trouble for not observing these protocols. He-the True Lord God Almighty-hardly uses those who are full of themselves. The moment you think you should be a shoo-in on any blessing of the Lord God, you have unwittingly disqualified yourself. Take the pivotal issue of salvation for example. The Lord God Almighty decreed that He must be the One to bring us back to our eternal home after our First Parents; Adam and Eve messed up in the Garden of Eden. In other words, human inputs aren't allowed in the work of redemption so that the Glory will be onerously God's. As Apostle Paul pointed out: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). This is why no religion can save fallen humanity; because no sinner will make it to heaven through observing the law. You must be 100 percent spiritually pure, upright and righteous to make the passing and excellent grade and since no human being born of the polluted blood of Adam and Eve is 100 percent without blemish, we all need the saving grace of the undiluted and pure Blood of the Lamb, Hallelujah! This is what is meant by being spiritually poor and our Lord Jesus Christ pronounced blessing on the poor thus: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3). It takes humility and obedience to confess to spiritual poverty. No wonder the Pharisees and Sadducees missed it big time. The moment you believe in your heart that you can work your way to the saving grace of the True Lord God Almighty, and impress Him by your so-called good works and with self-righteous acts, you are thoroughly finished!
Let it go. Do not hold unto grudges. Forgive those who have offended you. It is the special grace of the Lord God Almighty to retaliate against someone who has wronged you in the past but chose to let bygones be bygones when you have the means and power to strike back and strike back hard. They always say it is good to seek revenge, but I have come to realize that, the deepest cut runs deep through God's vengeance. I have had many occasions to hit back real hard at those who have wronged me in the past, but deliberately held back only to see the Hand of God move swiftly and His wheel of justice irrevocably unleashed on my traducers and enemies. Not until you let go can you go to the Altar of the Great King and approach His Holy Majesty.
Finally, you need to respect the Person of the Holy Spirit. He is not an inanimate something; He is our Helper and Comforter. Without the Holy Spirit, your faith is useless and unprofitable. You aren't even a Christian, if you do not have the Holy Spirit as Paul pointed out in Romans 8:9: "…And if anyone does not have the (Holy) Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ…" That was the reason our Lord Jesus Christ warned and instructed the early disciples to wait and not spread the Good News until they were endued with Power from On High in the Person of the Holy Spirit. He is God Almighty Himself inside of us as redeemed children of the Most High directing all our actions. Without the Holy Spirit, you lose your spiritual navigation. He is our Living GPS in the Journey of Life. You need Him folks and so I counsel you to bond with Him always in all ways so He can direct your paths because, "Those who are led by the (Holy) Spirit of God are the children of God" (Romans 8:14).
FLASHBACK: CONNECTING THE PAST WITH THE PRESENT
"Now it is over; Alhaji Atiku Abubakar should congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and the PDP should go back to the drawing board to prepare for 2023. They may cry foul that there were irregularities and rigging; no political party can rig in any area it is not popular. I warned the Atiku Abubakar people numerous times verbally while I was in Abuja Nigeria that the election would be very close and keen but if they listened and obeyed the Voice of the Lord, Atiku Abubakar would have been on 60 percent which would have been extremely hard to finagle with the overall results of the presidential election. Political leadership is not given on a platter of gold. It has to be fought for. Even our salvation cost the Almighty God the Precious Blood of His Only-begotten Son, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Hallelujah! Alhaji Atiku Abubakar missed his golden moment and frittered away destiny. It is not the will of the True Lord God Almighty that Mr. Muhammadu Buhari should return as president. You may abuse me and say unprintable things about me, but I am telling Nigerians and the world that it is NOT the will of the Lord Jesus Christ Who called me that Mr. Muhammadu Buhari should govern Nigeria for the next four years. I know the One Who called me. The next four years would be interestingly ugly in the history of Nigeria. Nigerians will be shocked at turn of events. Whatever the True Lord God Almighty is telling us about 2023 which is about the corner for Nigeria, I will reveal it as directed by my Boss; the Holy Spirit this year in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. Now we are back to the work the Lord God Almighty has called us: "And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).
https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/022719.html Published in The Christian Walk Column here on Wednesday February27, 2019.