THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Sunday, October 14, 2018|
Cameron, Texas, USA
Gs are superficially beautiful and they should know as redeemed daughters of the Most High, they're not supposed to ape non-believing women of the world, yet the world is still in them. I was a visiting guest at an ethnic church in New England few years ago and I was stupefied at the "worldliness" in the gathering. The women dressed in African attire all seemed to be competing with one another in their African headgears called "satellite dishes" reaching to the rooftop. More attention and details in the household of God seemed to be concentrated on what the Christian worshippers wore than the actual worship that should be the object of the gathering. A visitor would be hard-pressed to differentiate a place of worship from a beauty pageant. As Apostle Peter observed the spiritual definition of beauty in the Eyes of the Lord to the brethren in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia: "Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothes, instead, it should consist of the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very laudable in God's eyes." (I Peter 3: 3-4). Some so-called born-again Christian women even bleach their skin. Ouch!
Some SGs may be old and matured physically, but because they are spiritual babes, most of them are fools as the Holy Bible describes them. Why are they fools? They engage in attrition war with their spouses and thus bring down their own matrimonial homes. Marriage is not a competition between the sexes, my sister, but a loving institution created by the True Lord God Almighty to radiate the Agape Love between the Trinity where Godly offspring are raised for His Glory. When a man allows Destiny to have His Way and connect him with a Virtuous Woman- VW- everything you place your hand on as a Spiritual Man/Elder-SME- prospers. Because deep calls to deep and spiritual like minds share certain affinities, when a Virtuous Woman-VW-marries a Spiritual Man/Elder-SME-all hosts of darkness are afraid of that Godly relationship and Christ-centered marriage, because of the monumental damage such duo will inflict on evil and spiritual exploits they will accomplish for His Utmost. Examples of such couples are Aquila and Priscilla, Philemon and Apphia, Apostle Peter and his wife etc. I will hubly include my wife and I in this category of Virtuous Woman married to a Spiritual Man/Elder-SME to the Glory of the Lord Who called us to His Ministry, Hallelujah! Examples of SG and SBC on the other hand; are Ananias and Saphira, Ahab and Jezebel and many others.
When a SG marries a SME which creates an unholy alliance as we saw between Delilah and Samson respectively, tragedy of gargantuan proportion is inevitable. The day Samson set his eyes on Delilah in one of the towns of the Philistines was the day his obituary was written. Some Christians; both men and women, are currently in unholy alliances called marriage. They knew within their hearts that such relationships were dead on arrival, but somehow they find it difficult to leave and walk away. I hear jejune reasons such as; "I am still in the marriage because of the children, "we have plenty of money in the joint bank accounts, houses, cars, reputation etc as hold backs. But you will eventually leave all at the end of it all and won't fulfill God's purpose and the will of the Lord God Almighty for your life. As a matter of fact, you can still be alive and yet lose all those because of illness, depression, heart attacks and sicknesses. The day I walked out of my first marriage in 2004 in Tampa Florida as commanded by the Holy Spirit, I left everything without looking back and now I own everything to His Glory, Hallelujah! Hear our Lord Jesus Christ told us: "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life"(Matthew 19:29) (See also Luke 18:29). If a bad marriage is what stands between you and fulfilling your God's Purpose and destiny on this temporary earth, dump the marriage and go ahead to fulfill your Divine Calling. On the Day of Judgment, your marriage will not come for debate, but your Creator will ask you, if you fulfilled His Purpose on earth.
Spiritual Girls-SGs-misconstrue feminine liberty for women liberation which dominates most of their café-klashe gatherings and they soon become busy bodies, gossips and move from one house to the other spreading lies, rumors and unwholesome talks. Here was how Apostle Paul described such SGs: "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety" (1 Timothy 2:9-14KJV). We have a lot to unpack here, but for space and time constraints. But every Holy Spirit-filled soul gets the picture!
Unbeknown to most people, Spiritual Girls are home-grown matrimonial terrorists who inflict pains on their husbands and children. I know of an uncle whose wife would never cook for him and their children; who would physically beat up her husband, tore his clothes, slapped him and battered his face in the full glare of their children. The emotional trauma, physical terror and scars continued for years until I came to live with them for few years during my undergraduate years at the University of Lagos. The abuse stopped and my uncle's co-workers asked me how the abuse stopped immediately I stepped into that house. My uncle was surprised at the changed atmosphere in his house. No extended family members of the Fayemiwo Family had ever visited or stayed in that my uncle's house, because of the fear of the woman until I broke the jinx in 1983.
SGs go to church, even pay tithes and know the basic fundamentals of the Christian faith, but inwardly and through actions and precepts, they're still worldly. Should genuinely-converted and Holy Spirit-filled Christian sisters bleach their God-given skin? These Spiritual Girls want to please and pay up for lack of confidence and inward inferiority complex by appealing to people through their physical appearances. They have forgotten the admonition of the Word of Life that they have been crucified with our Savior Jesus Christ and should have been dead to the world, yet they want to impress the world. They are doing a lot for Jesus Christ in giving and service, but haven't given themselves completely to the Redeemer.
Spiritual Girls weren't brought up by Spiritual Mothers, either biologically or by adoption and thus cannot be role models to their daughters, because they themselves had no models while growing up. An example was that useless SG in Eastern United States who pushed her daughter to lie against her husband/father and the man was sent to jail for alleged child abuse. She was brought to the United States from Africa by her Nigerian husband. She mixed with the wrong crowd and as the newspaper reported it, she became a nurse and started looking down on her husband who was a cab driver. All of a sudden, the cab driver who worked his butts out to save enough to bring the woman from Africa became a "loser" and she began to look down on him. She forgot what Apostle Paul admonished real ladies of faith to do to their husbands: "Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord…"" (Ephesians 5:22) and began to scheme how to get rid of the hardworking husband. She soon concocted a story with her daughter accusing her husband of raping his daughter and the criminal justice system in the United States took up the case. The man is serving 40 years imprisonment now. Ladies, let me tell you the home truth; money is not the tool to determine who is superior and the powerful in a true Christian marriage. The moment a woman supplants the Lord's Spiritual Chain of Command in a relationship, the Holy Spirit cannot and will never bless and domicile in such a relationship. You may be earning more than your husband, yet according to the immutable Word of Life, he is still the head of the family. The amount of money you make has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with spiritual leadership and you are not a Virtuous Woman-VW-if you don't get this!
Spiritual Girls are often deceived by the ephemeral nature of physical beauty and peremptorily think that youth is immortal and thus become arrogant. Soon, their hubris chases them away from Destiny. On the other hand, a Virtuous Woman-VW- stays put in a relationship waiting for the miraculous intervention of the Most High as we saw in the life of Abigail. She was married to a fool called Nadab, but waited with bated breath for Providence to bring her David. She found a man who appreciated her after living with a fool for so long as a husband.
Spiritual Girls are concerned about the now and the present, because of their myopic and jaundiced spiritual eyes. Virtuous Women on the other hand have spiritual binoculars to see into the future, which is called wisdom. Over a decade ago when I met Dr Margie in Chicago, things were tough and when I asked her hand in marriage, virtually everyone told her she should not marry me. Here were her exact words: "The Holy Spirit told me that man is my husband, and so I choose to believe the Holy Spirit and discard the opinions of people." One of her friend even volunteered to conduct criminal background check on me, but Dr Margie told her brutally: "I've prayed to the Lord and I heard Him, so thanks but no thanks." We soon became a formidable team causing serious headache to the denizens of darkness and their human lickspittles. And we just got started in the Titanic spiritual slugfest between God and Satan. Suddenly, all her friends who objected to our marriage are asking her now to look for a man like me for them as husband. Chutzpah! Virtuous Women hear from God; Spiritual Girls think they hear from God.
Spiritual Girls may be married women, who bask on quantity and are adept at inflicting pains on the other soul via half-victory like Hagar or Peninnah who had written off her mate in the Journey of Life. But Virtuous Women like Sarah and Hannah knew that it is not over until it is over, for in the down Street of Time, if we know how to redeem time and believe in that Big Tower called Faith, the Almighty God can still surprise us with Laughter (Isaac) and a Samuel, who became the greatest seer in the land while "the woman with many sons pines away" (I Samuel 2:5b). Spiritual Girls shout and nag their children, while Virtuous Women teach and rebuke their children (Proverbs 1:8).
SGs are wayward, lousy and cantankerous even when they say they have given their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. They still have flings outside their matrimonial homes and King Solomon was eminently qualified to identify them in Proverbs 5: 3-14. A so-called Christian Sister called us here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center, Texas requesting we joined her in prayer for a boyfriend. "We don't pray such prayers here please!" Dr Margie snapped back and informed me later; "Honey, can you imagine a girl asking to be joined in prayer for a boyfriend," and we laughed. Per contra, Virtuous Women-VW- look for and find their God-given husbands, because they know their cisterns belong only to those purposed for them by the Most High who have the right to drink from their spiritual waters (Proverbs 5:15-17).
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It was summer 1966; Nigeria was in political turmoil. A violent military coup d'état had just occurred six months earlier, which led to the assassination of the nation's prime minister and other political leaders thus paving the way for Gen. Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi to become Nigeria's first military head of state. Mrs. Emily G.E. Nkanang was expecting her third child in the sleepy village of Awa Iman, in the defunct Eastern Region of Nigeria. Her husband, Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang looked at his wife and enthused: "We're going to have a boy again, but this boy would be different, because this third child will be great." His wife looked askance since there was no sonogram in those days to know the gender of the child. So, she said dismissing in sotto voce to her younger sister, who was visiting: "Men are funny. We've had two boys already and my husband is still looking for another one. I thought he would wish a girl is on the way." They all burst into laughter. Elder Nkanang had a prescient inkling of the star coming into the world.
On Monday July 11, 1966, a bouncing baby boy came to the world. His parents decided to name him after his father's dream; "Udom" which means; "Right" in the Ibibio Language. When the boy came up on his own, he gave full expression to his father's prophecy and chose to be called; Udom Gabriel Emmanuel meaning; "Ability to be at the right place as providentially arranged" with Gabriel representing the Angel the True Lord God Almighty sent to announce the Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ also known as Emmanuel, meaning; "God with us." Fast forward, the prophecy the father saw about his unique son was fulfilled nearly five decades later when Udom became the fourth democratically-elected governor of Akwa Ibom State, South-Eastern Nigeria. But before this greatest achievement, Udom has always lived like a child of promise. He was destined for greatness from the beginning and things seemed to fall in place rather fortuitously which can only be ascribed to the Unseen Hands of Providence. As the many trajectories of his life will show, it appears what this unique soul wanted to achieve in life has been programmed for him. He went to school effortlessly, entered the university to read his choice field of study and graduated with flying colors, secured employment in his choice field, and rose rather meteorically in his profession and was eventually called to public service where he is touching many lives.
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We continue our series on how the various gubernatorial elections in Nigeria next year will pan out spiritually in 2019. We kicked-off with the four states of Abia, Adamawa, Anambra and Akwa Ibom last week. This week, we look at the four states of Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue and Borno states in that order. As we disclosed last week, 4 words will characterize most of the outcomes of the various elections in Nigeria next year: Shock, Fear, Disbelief and Outrage.
BAUCHI:- Former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed will spend a lot here on the platform of the PDP to wrest power from incumbent Gov. Mohammad Abubakar, but will only succeed, if the wrangling within the state APC is not nipped in the bud now. At the end of the political contest, Abubakar would coast home to victory and finish his final term, thanks to President Muhammad Buhari's help, on whose cocktail Abubakar would make his second term.
BAYELSA: The other time, there was conclusive election here between incumbent Seriake Henry Dickson of PDP and his main challenger, former Gov. Timipre Marlin Sylva of the PDP and who later cross-carpeted to APC. Ever before the election of 2015 was held, we disclosed that the election would be very close and it was prophetic as usual. Dickson had 105, 748 votes while Sylvia garnered 75, 594 votes. In that election, 120,000 votes were voided, but because 33,154 votes separated both candidates, a re-run was ordered by INEC according to the Electoral Act. In our prophecy at that time, we disclosed that at the end of the re-run, Dickson would still win. If you have forgotten that prophecy, please click this link for the prophecy on Saturday November 07, 2015: https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/110715.html
Now to 2019, the man Seriake Dickson would handover to would beat his opponent with a landslide. The APC should not waste their money and resources in this state. The PDP candidate will coast home to victory with the highest margin ever witnessed in the history of the state since DSP in 1999.
BENUE:- This state should have been an easy pick for the APC, but incumbent President Muhamadu Buhari has spoilt it for the ruling party. The cross-carpeting made by Gov. Samuel Orton from APC to PDP was very strategic, prophetic and has thus compounded the woes of the federal government-controlled party. As we disclosed here in 2015 that Orton would make it to his second and final term, Mr. Emmanuel Jimme of the APC will lose gallantly to the PDP in 2019.
BORNO: - Nothing has been shown to us about this state. We will need to pray more and as soon as the revelation is made known to us, we will disclose it in this column.
NEXT WEEK: We shall look at the spiritual futures of Cross River, Ebonyi and Delta States and whether the current state governors will return for their second and final terms as chief executives or the opposition party; the APC will take over the states.