Sunday, May 10, 2015
Prayer Network for Universal Revival: The Nazirite- God's Reaction to Decay Among His Pe...: The Lord said to Moses, "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow ...
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Prayer Network for Universal Revival: Warning to young ministers of the gospel: Warning to Young Ministers- Where is your real father? Now Elisha was suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of ...
Warning to Young Ministers- Where is your real father?
Now Elisha was suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. "My father! My father!" he cried. "The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" 2 Kings 13:14NIV
I address this message specifically to those of you coming into the Christian ministry fresh. It was in 1994 that the Lord began to stir me and by 1996 the PNUR(www.pnurnigeria.org) has become very clear; then I moved from Onitsha in Anambra State to Owerri in Imo State all in Nigeria. Looking back at those years there are things I wish somebody had sat me down to tell me. Another thing is that I feel that considering the kind of person I knew I was, I doubt I would have listened to anybody trying to give me guidance then. I was full of zeal and wishing to explode.
Frankly speaking if I knew some things my ministry would have seen more results than I have today. My attitude to other people, how I acted towards those I considered as “worldly”, the way I left some ministers and ministries I was relating with, how I started some churches and outreaches. I can go on and on. Let me say that I have not totally recovered from some of those misadventures; yes, I am still carrying the scars. I just returned from a trip to Owerri (I currently live in Port Harcourt) to correct some mistake I made on Tuesday with Bishop Kenneth Eboh of Holiness Evangelistic Church.
Please, bear with me as I tell you what happened. Bishop Kenneth Eboh was one of the few ministers I met in Owerri in 1996 who saw the grace on my life and received me with open arms. He was then the Acting General Overseer of the organization that has branches all over Nigeria and other parts of Africa. This humble servant of God offered me the statues of a full fledged minister under this organization for free. I neglected his love while looking for my own “Paradise on earth”. There were many privileges which he offered me free; perhaps because he was so humble I did not value them. He dedicated my first daughter, Peace. He asked for nothing from me but often gave his own.
I went to other noisy ministers whose ministries did not have what Holiness Evangelistic Church had. He encouraged me to continue with my vision. Those others tried to brainwash me out of my vision. I begin to wonder now why it took me almost twenty years to realize all this.
By God’s grace I have covered grounds, grown bigger and more matured. Now I can see my mistakes and I decided to go back to this man, not for any other reason but to say “Thank You!” On the day I planned this trip I made another mistake; I had booked a meeting with some PNUR ministers in Port Harcourt. In fact, I was the one that moved the meeting to that date. Bishop on his part had cancelled even a meeting of senior ministers under his own organization for my sake. Imagine how embarrassed he was when I did not turn-up for the meeting. My own meeting ended by 1pm. I insisted I was still going to Owerri. He had expected me to call and ask for postponement. But that will be an insult on a man of his caliber. I was in his house at about 6pm. Why? I have learnt my lesson. Never to take humility and love for granted. I noticed that he was impressed to see how a proud preacher has learnt to be humble. He blessed me from his heart and I felt the anointing oozing all over me as I returned to Port Harcourt.
Many fresh ministers still make this mistake; they go to super rich pastor to pay their tithe and sow their seed. Little wonder why it yields nothing. Our text says that Elisha was terribly sick but the young king realized that he was still very important if Israel will have victory as before.
Have you neglected your real backbone for victory while chasing a man who does not even remember your name?
Let me have comments pls
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Prayer Network for Universal Revival: Impotent Church; Impotent Spiritual Leadership 5: Impotent Church; Impotent spiritual Leadership 5 The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. A man ...
Impotent Church; Impotent spiritual Leadership 5
The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. A man in the crowd called out, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not." "O unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here." Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. Luke 9:37-42NIV
Desperate cry but no help. If it were possible today, many will just jump over many of us to make this kind of statement to Jesus. See how many posters and bill boards of great servants of Jesus littering all over our cities. Most of them laying claim to great anointing power. These claims are what really draw men to them but what do the seekers find? “I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not." Even with begging, they cannot help. Even some of us charge them money, yet cannot help. Some sit in heaven-on-earth offices, yet are wretched.
Imagine how different they are to their master; their master was a man of prayer, they are political office seekers. Their master is compassionate but they seek their own interest. I have learnt through sad experience that most ministers are not asking where the Holy Spirit is leading them. What do they want to know then?
1. Can you pay my air ticket?
2. Will there be a large crowd there?
3. What is the bank statement of the host-to-be? I don’t know about your country, some ministers in Nigeria ask boldly that they see your banking details before considering your invitation.
4. How much can you afford as honorarium?
5. Can you pay for a five star hotel?
Is it any surprise that they were in the valley when their master was stepping down from the mountain? Is it a surprise that they were so impotent and useless to that desperate seeker? Is it a surprise that all around them was noise and arguments?
Later they asked, “Why could we not cast it out?” Oh! That somebody will ask the question even now? Instead of mouthing empty boast words. Let a reader bow the head now before the shame comes. Anybody following this series already knows what I mean; some demons are cadets who flee at the slightest threat. But some will stay back and demand to know who speaks. “Jesus I know, Paul I know, but you, who are you?” You know what followed?
Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. Acts 19:16NIV
Which is better? To humble yourself now or be humbled by demons in the public?
Lord, please step into the problems of these desperate people even now. Please, Lord, intervene in their cases now. Direct them through your Holy Spirit to servants of yours who resemble you so that they will not misinterpreted it to mean that there is no more power in your Name
Again Lord show us our poverty, show us our emptiness, show us that we are disappointing you. Even those of us who are hiding our spiritual wretchedness, help us to learn what the scripture means by
He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Col 2:15NIV
Yes, let us know that even righteous Christ only triumphed when He made them public. Yes, Lord! That somebody will call me after now and say, “My brother I am wretched. Help!” Yes, Lord! That somebody will seek spiritual help by seeking counseling on how to escape from spiritual wretchedness.
Lord, this I ask on my knees in Jesus Name!
Friday, May 1, 2015
Prayer Network for Universal Revival: Impotent Church; Impotent Leadership3: Impotent Church; Impotent spiritual Leadership 3 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was ther...