We the Christians are responsible for the rise of many false and fake prophets. When we call for a teaching of the word, Bible studies, fasting, prayer sessions, very few people come. When a charlatan posing as a pastor or prophet calls for a miracle crusade, a Facebook prophetic flow or fake deliverance meetings, Christians come out in large numbers ready to donate large seeds, offerings and shout “I receive”. We refuse to study our Bibles and walk in obedience to God so that we can be truly blessed. We do not care who is dishing out so called miracles, prophecies and deliverance. Even many MOG and WOG cannot recognize truth anymore. The more dramatic the fake/false pastor/prophet is, the more we gather and promote their activities to our friends and family. The more flamboyant and loud they are, the more we believe they are anointed. Who ever fooled us that anointing and true power from God is in showmanship, eloquence and large crusades and churches?
Did we see Jesus do a flamboyant performance before casting out devils? Did Jesus ever shout out “Can I prophecy” before speaking over someone’s life? We the Christians are pushing even true servants of God to flow in pride and theatrical style showmanship because those are the people we mainly celebrate as powerful servants of God. We push those who are truly called to incorporate some lies, fake healings, false prophecies and even false deliverances so that they too can be recognized.
Church of God we must repent for chasing after dramatic performances rather than a genuine seeking after God in the secret place. Then we must spend more time in our Bibles and in the prayer closet before God. We must desire to grow so that we too can be used by God to truly prophecy, heal the seek and deliver the captives. Only then can we distinguish a charlatan from a true servant of God. Church of God let’s wake up and stop creating a conducive atmosphere for breeding wolves in the Church!
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Some of us may not know this but Denzel Washington is a believer and many of us Christians may discount him just because he is in Hollywood. For those who know, he has obviously been successful in Hollywood; a place where most of us Christians would run away from because it is obviously filled with many things from the kingdom of darkness. This is probably one of the most serious messages I will share with you all this year. Watch this video by Denzel and pay attention to the lessons he is sharing.
We are to subdue the earth (Genesis 1:28), not hide from the world and remain in our convenient churches. How do we subdue without hard work and consistent action? To subdue means there will be resistance and it will require continuous counter resistance on our part. We are to learn how to get out of our comfort zones and allow God to stretch us by doing new things that we may not have thought to do for ourselves, doing things that we may not have seen as good for us yet these things are in God’s divine plans for us. We may have to learn to make non Christian friends and network in the business community, allowing God to use these people as divine connections that must cross our paths on the way to our dreams.
Until we as Christians work just as hard as the world, if not harder and become fearless in the face of the world, yes even in the darkest places, we will not have dominion (Genesis 1:26). We are to have dominion over all the earth and everything in it, not just dominate our churches, ministries, families and things to do with other believers. This includes dominion over Hollywood, over corporate America, dominion over the business and academic world and so forth.
Last month I taught about prayer at our ministry’s T2 Mentorship Academy, and yes miraculous things do happen sometimes when we pray, generational curses get broken and demons flee when we pray, healings take place when we pray and God does change things when we pray. But let me say this; God never intended for miracles to be the way by which we live daily, we are to work hard and subdue the earth and have dominion. We can pray for a provisional miracle and God may intervene but trust me, manna will not fall from heaven every day of our lives. We must get up, work hard, be committed, be consistent, be disciplined, be friendly towards others regardless of how we estimate them, be resilient, be bold in the face of challenges and do whatever is biblically and legally necessary to achieve our goals.
Many of us Christians attend various services, conferences, prayer sessions and so forth. Many of us expect God to deliver the requests we pray about yet we do not want to inconvenience ourselves to make things happen. Many of us have not yet shown commitment and consistency in doing the simple things required of us but we are wondering why we have not yet had our breakthrough. Many of us sometimes get jealous of someone who may be successful in our eyes yet we are not willing to make the kind of sacrifices that person made to get what they have. We need to stop some of the prayers we are praying and just get up from slumber and take action. Sometimes we gather in a prayer meeting asking God to provide for a sister or brother yet we will not inconvenience ourselves to help that person practically or even contribute financially. Worse still some of us will pray and fast for weeks rather than put in 20 job applications per day, going to work at Macdonalds to pay the bills in the interim, or start a small business selling basic items from around the house. Are you too proud to do whatever work is necessary for your advancement while you expect others to help you with money they worked hard to earn? While we may be waiting for God to answer our prayers, God is waiting for us to take action. John 5:5-8 shows that you can be in an unfavorable condition for 38 years and even though the water is stirred up for your breakthrough, you are not finding a way to get up and jump in. This man did not get well until he got up and walked.
I challenge you today to get up from your prayer closet and get to work! We must get comfortable with hard work no matter how much we pray and fast. Majority of successful people got to the heights of the world through hard work, sheer drive, resilience, networking and consistency while we believers were in our prayer closets waiting for God to activate manna from heaven a second time. The formula for wealth is simple; after you pray, God gives you the grace, wisdom and energy to get up, get up again and get up some more to work hard, harder, hardest before you see results. God gives the ability to make wealth (Deut 8:18), so we humans must use ABILITY GIVEN and MAKE the wealth for ourselves. This is a key that many of the wicked have understood and that’s one reason why the wicked are ruling the world, subduing and having dominion.
You may be reading this and praying for God to change your condition. What action have you taken? Are you committed where God has planted you? Have you been consistent? Have you made unthinkable sacrifices to get what you want? Have you done things differently? Have you been open to partnering and collaborating with those who don’t seem to be your kind? Have you tried over and over with resilience despite your previous failures and despite being mocked and laughed at?
Or: are you throwing a pity party waiting for easy help to fall from heaven? Are you blaming others? Are you waiting for hand outs? Are you giving excuses? Are you inconsistent? Are you undisciplined? Are you looking for a prophet or pastor to pray for you while you do nothing and make no sacrifices?
This word was burning in my spirit and yes I know it’s a tough word but it is a needed word. Like Denzel Washington says, comfort and convenience will not get us anywhere. Nice words will not get us anywhere. Oftentimes, our loved ones may not get us much further in life but our haters and enemies will push and challenge us into our destiny. Hard words will wake us from passivity into action. Our conferences, prayer sessions and discipleship classes will not help us if we just listen and remain inconsistent in our works. We are the change we have been praying for! Many of us Christians have been lazy for too long waiting for prayer to do miracles but I pray this message helps us get up and be the miracle by demonstrating our faith through our actions.
James 2:17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Call to action:
What will I commit to doing?
In what ways do I need to exhibit greater discipline?
What am I doing now that lacks consistency? In what ways can I become consistent?
In what areas of my life am I being lazy and reliant on others to do all the work for me?
How can I get out of my comfort zone and do new things?
Are you praying out of fear or from a place of faith? Many believers do not realize that if your fear is what is backing your prayer, you are simply empowering the enemy and like Job, that which you fear will come upon you. We must be faith driven if we are to fuel our prayers for the results we seek.
Faith is a word we throw around often in Christian circles. The word faith is even used to describe our Christian denominational affiliations. It is often asked “What is your faith”? For many believers, it is a hypothesis that is yet to be tested and proven. A proposition which we all would like to place before every Red Sea challenge in our lives but one which seems to keep eluding us. Many of us end up on a road of secret frustration which we dare not express for fear we would be described as lacking faith.
Let us take the lid off this tight box in which we have been hiding our doubts about whether God does indeed answer when we pray in faith. I believe He is indeed a faithful God who does what He says. What then could be the issue?
I remember being in a season in which nothing seemed to work in my life. I prayed, fasted, stayed in the word, worshipped, waited on the Lord, remained in my process, called on true prophets of God to stand in the prayer of agreement with me and even did cast out a few devils but things appeared even worse than before. I thought I had faith and could not envisage how this scenario of so many failures in the the midst of prayer could be possible. I will not lie, I doubted God! I wrestled with God! I was confused and the enemy had me exactly where he wanted. A repeat of the story of mother Eve was playing out in my mind. Like Eve, I had a question to answer. Did God really say if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can tell this mountain to be cast into the sea and it will obey?
I did not realize that fear rather than faith had set in my heart and even though I was praying with what looked like godly authority, I really was walking in unbelief. Seeds of discouragement were in full bloom and the only fruits I could reap were those of fear. I was praying out of my fear and not from a place of faith. I was praying from a place of defeat and not of the victory that was already given to me at the cross some 2000 years ago. Many of you reading this have walked this same road. Ask yourself today “Am I gripped with fear even as I confess that I am more than a conqueror”? Are you robotically telling the devil to die by fire because you heard someone else do so or do you really see the finished work of Christ which gave you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions?
I have news for you. Unless you have truly encountered the Jesus who disarmed the enemy of our soul, it will be near impossible to pray from a standpoint of faith rather than fear. Colossians 2:15 says “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” We need to believe this verse when faced with circumstances that seem insurmountable and reject the spirit of fear when we pray or when we make confessions of victory. If we pray while being afraid of what may happen, we may not get the desired results.
It is time the church learns to seek Jesus by not just making empty confessions that we have a personal relationship with Christ, but by looking past our Pastors and Prophets and spending quality time in the secret place where we can encounter Jesus. Only out of an encounter can we boldly pray with the assurance that we are victorious. Only in intimacy with Jesus can His perfect love cast out all fear from our hearts and give us a knowing of His faithfulness that cannot be shaken by the storms of life. When you encounter the Lion if the tribe of Judah, you will roar at every enemy that attempts to stand in the way of your faith knowing without a doubt in your heart that your Daddy is the King of this jungle!
Right now rid yourself of all fear, put on the garment of faith and Roar at COVID 19 for Jesus already defeated him on the cross. #AEtta
So many prophets on Facebook allegedly prophesying to people about blessings but is there still any prophets left who are prophesying against a sinful lifestyle? Is there any prophets who are not afraid to bring forward a balanced message from God?
People joining multiple Facebook live prophetic flow sessions just to hear about what God will give them but not interested in what God wants to correct in their lives. Do we realize that a Prophet’s rebuke and correction actually leads to growth and consequently the blessings and miracles we are after?
Is God only appointing prophets these days to announce blessings without calling us to order? What is the role of a prophet being an oracle of God if you only bring promises and never deal with what will lead a person to a transformed life?
Everyone wants to be a prophet prophesying on Facebook because we think it’s as easy as just encouraging people and blessing them for an offering. True prophets were used by God to call the people to order and that caused people to reject the prophet. True prophets do not have many followers. Let’s open our Bibles and ask Elijah, Jeremiah, John the Baptist to name a few, whether they were just easily dishing out blessings. These prophets were arrested, beaten, killed etc. for bringing correction and today we think we can just sit on Facebook doing feel good messages and calling ourselves prophets?
Let me say this, announcing our giving, our activities, our various preaching events and conferences on Facebook is not a sign that we are pleasing God nor that we are the only ones serving God. Whoever is the loudest on Facebook is not God’s most faithful servant. Yes Facebook is a good platform for spreading the gospel but there is also a real world out there and there are many ministering consistently outside of Facebook without always having an announcement here. The real work of the Church is out there in the trenches where we truly get our hands dirty in bringing about true transformation in the lives of people. Many of us are seeking a popular platform more than we want to just serve God in any capacity.
Some have asked why I am not doing my live teachings here like before, I am glad you miss my teachings here but my answer is “ministry is bigger than what goes on on Facebook”. I will come on Facebook as led but the times I am not ministering here does not indicate that I am not ministering at all.
For some people Facebook has become a god, a means to show what we are capable of, to show what we own, to prove to others that we are more accomplished and more successful. Sharing our successes here is not in itself a bad thing but many of us need to check ourselves and our motives for being so loud out here on these streets. Many of us are motivated by pride, competition and worldliness and the need to be seen as the best. We are seeking to be applauded and celebrated but under the guise of fronting Jesus.
Listen to the still small voice today, God is asking some of us here to shut down and take off Facebook to kill that thing in your soul that must be here talking, shouting and showing off. Crucify that flesh by sitting quietly for a season and serving God in ways that Facebook cannot see. When you can truly serve God without an audience clapping for you, then you have begun to understand what real servanthood in the Kingdom is.
This is how God deals with me many times and it helps me not to do things because others are doing it nor doing things to keep up with the Jones’. I pray the Spirit puts someone in check today and help you to be still and know that He rewards what we do in secret. It’s not always about having a loud public platform. It’s not about who sees what we are doing and how popular we become.
Could Kanye West be a type of Paul in this generation? Has God not shown that he can take the least likely person such as the intellectual murderer that Paul was and use them to have worldwide impact across generations? Could God be wanting to take a lost Hollywood celebrity and use him to take this generation to the cross like never before?
What makes us think that we qualify to be saved and in the house of God yet Kanye is not welcome? Is your own walk with the Lord clean and faultless? If God were to shine the light on our closet sins would we look better than Kanye West? In all the years some of us have been saved how many souls have we harvested for Jesus? Who made us judge over Kanye’s conversion? Could God be counting on you and I to intercede for Kanye to stay true to his call so that God can use him to touch the millions who follow him around the world? Oh Church of Jesus Christ, how could we be so blind not to see our assignment for intercession on this man’s life? How could we sit in our glass houses and throw stones? What makes Kanye’s sins worse than yours and mine? Did Jesus bring us into His body to gossip about who qualifies to be saved? Do we realize that we are called to help bring in the harvest and that God wants to harvest every soul including Kanye West? Oh holier than thou generation, who made you gods over the conversion of Kanye West?
May God break our hearts for every lost soul no matter how bad we judge them to have been. May we repent of our stinking attitude that makes us think we can come into Church and shut the door behind us. May we travail on our knees with groaning and intercession for the life of even one sheep such as Kanye West so that this man can not only come to Jesus but stay with Jesus.
“What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense“What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.”
Sometimes I retreat from public ministration because I am convinced that I need more time at the feet of Jesus yielding to my process and learning to be more like Him. There are ways about me that must be purged by the Lord otherwise I cannot be to you who He has called me to be. Being a minister of the gospel does not automatically make us flawless and devoid of the weaknesses we assist others in dealing with. As ministers, constantly being in the public eye and ministering with little or no time to draw from The Well leads to the possibility of ministering from the flesh to the Church hence we have many spiritually malnourished Christians. As a mater of fact, one of the reasons we see so much sexual sin, pride and financial greed amongst MOG and WOG is because many of us stopped learning and growing in character after Bible School. A Bible School graduation or an ordination does not erase the iniquities you wrestled with before you became a minister. You will need to continue being discipled by God either directly or through a mentor.
It is important that every minister finds that tipping point and ensure they know when to sit still and be ministered to by the Holy Spirit so that we can be refueled. You need time away from all the distractions of ministry to eat the word and allow it’s transforming power to do its work in you without being pulled in every direction by the brethren you serve. We have often heard the question being asked, “Who will minister to the Pastor”? Many ministers are too proud to accept that they are broken, wounded, angry, hurt or simply spiritually dry and not fit to preach, teach or prophesy at a given point. We have presented ourselves as super human to our congregants and mentees.
One of the biggest challenges you and I will face in ministry is the temptation to keep going on an empty tank and keep pouring out to satisfy the expectations of others, to keep ministering just to raise offerings and tithes and to meet the pressure of those who we may have positioned to think that we are the only ones who carry the solutions to their problems hence we are their “god”.
Ultimately, I am reminded that I work for Jesus and sometimes much like we undergo professional development at work, He will send us for further training, to conferences, to sit under a mentor or to just sit at His feet so we can be trained and refueled for the next season. MOG/WOG the Holy Spirit may identify things in your life that He wants to work on so you can be a vessel fit for carrying the oil you need In order to walk in the level of power necessary for your ministerial purpose. Listen to the Holy Spirit above the voices that build your ego and cause you to be in the limelight in a season when you may need to be behind closed doors in the secret place.
It is not a sign of weakness to admit that you also need help and ministry. It is even better to turn over your church or ministry to another leader or shut it down and send the brethren to attend elsewhere than to try to look superhuman and end up in a scandal or committing suicide in the future. Let us admit that we struggle with the same things that regular brethren struggle with. Being highly anointed does not mean you have it all together. Without going regularly to fill up your gas tank in the presence and by the power of God, you will hit a breaking point one day. No need to live a life of deception towards those who look up to you with a mask that misleads them to think you are a powerful MOG or WOG when you are crying for help on the inside. The anointing is still carried in earthen vessels!
2 Corinthians 4:7 says But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
As I was in my study time, I read and began to meditate on Luke 14:33 which says “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples”. Jesus tells us what it takes to be His disciple. It is not possible to gain entry into Harvard University without knowing the criteria for entry and once in, you will also need to know the criteria for success. So we come as we are. We all come as sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15-16 says “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the worst.But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life”.
Once we come as sinners, God begins to work in us if we are open to receive. God does not force us to come nor does he impose change and transformation on us. Whether we transition from being the sinner who came to a disciple is totally a choice we make. There are many of us who have come to Jesus and we hang around Him but we have not become disciples. We came and rather than make the transition, we connectedwith others who shared similar sins like us and felt too comfortable to want change. So I became a Christian and found Sally in the Church and Sally likes to go dancing on Saturdays just like me. Sally and I start to go clubbing every weekend and we convince ourselves that as long as we do not fornicate with the men we meet at the club we are fine. Some weeks we are too tired to go to church the next morning so we sleep in. When Pastor mentions he has not seen me at church for a while, I lie to cover up. I love the Lord and I have accepted Jesus as my savior but He is not yet my Lord. Now I am torn between my love for clubbing and making a sacrifice to fully commit to attending church and growing in character. After all if I lie a few times about why I missed church, I can repent and Jesus is patient to forgive me.
This is only a small example of how the love of the world can affect whether we remain a baby Christian or transition into a true disciple of Christ. In order to become a disciple, we need to make a choice. We need to make a sacrifice. We will need to giveup many things if Christianity is going to be more than just belonging to a social club that meets on Sundays. Are you willing and ready to give up not just some things but everything? Luke 14:33 is as crystal clear as it gets; Jesus is asking for you and I to give upeverything!
What does giving up everything mean? Does Jesus want you to suddenlygo homeless, without a car, to give all your clothes to charity and stop going on lavish vacations? Is He asking for you to stop having any type of fun in your life? Not at all. Jesus’ prescription for being a disciple is referring to a condition of the heart. There will be times in your walk when you may need to give up your car or house in obedience. Will you do it? Jesus will test you as you grow in your walk with Him. He will ask you to place your Isaac on the altar. Will you obey like Abraham did or is there something in your life that you cannot give up for Jesus? If He took away your spouse, all your children, your business, your job and even your health, will you curse Him and die or will you like Job say “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh, blessed be His name”? Can the Lord trust you to ask for anything from you and know you will give itup and not forsake the faith?
The process of giving upeverything is the breaking process. It is the road to obedience, humility and true surrender. This is the place where God can really trust you. This is the place where your pride is killed and you begin to walk in supernatural power yet you do not boast in yourself. Now you have become a disciple and where He leads you follow regardless of the cost. This is where God is calling us to be. In this place, Jesus is our all and in Him we have our being. In this place, we have become a living sacrifice and live for Jesus. Will you give upeverything to be His disciple?