Pentecostalism has always been the way of God. Baptism of the Holy Ghost, Speaking in tongues, Visions, Prophesy, Miraculous power and Anointing for work has always been the perfect plan of God for the Church.
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”- Joel 2:28
After centuries of men missing out on the baptism of the Holy Ghost, God had careful raised for Himself a people worth filling in the Holiness Movement. Although there were few people who manifested the signs of Pentecost in the godly and Spirit-led Holiness movement, it wasn’t until the Azusa Street Revival of 1906 that Pentecostalism was fully reborn and the signs followed. The denominational name never mattered and still does not matter to my God. For what mattered and what still matters is the Pentecostal experience.
William J. Seymour was the instrument of the Holy Ghost in the 1906 Azusa street revival. The proceeds of that move of God gave birth to many of the Pentecostal Christian churches in the word.
The lessons to learn are:
1. As always, revival is only born when men waste away in prayer. Duncan preached: “There is a price to pay for revival”. That price is nothing but prayer.
2. God is not a discriminator or a racially selective God. As at when this article was written, there is a highly tensed racial atmosphere in the Western world.
God does not want Christians to be ignorant that: ‘it is a sin to despise one’s neighbor’ – Proverbs 14:21
God used a black man in this move of God just as He used white men in others. God is not a racist and any man who is a racist will never inherit the kingdom of God.
3. For two years the bell was continuously wrung ‘revival is coming’, “revival is coming’. We may not understand the patience of waiting for a revival. But the story has thought me to always be patient and trust God’s plans. If He has promised it, we must wait for it; for He will do it!
4. Although not played in the video but happened in reality, the enemies of revival are very much part of the Church and are with us. They can be pulpit men whom I tag “theologians without the experience of God”.
They also may be ordinary members but they don’t want others to bear light and they don’t want their dark deeds to be exposed. Enemies of revival are among those we call brethren; therefore we must be watchful .
5. I call Azusa street revival- ‘the greatest of all revivals since the 20th century’. It was the revival that happened in a street but shook the entire world, giving birth to many international mission fields and many global evangelical outreach.
The true test of Holy Ghost revival or Christian awakening is not just in what it does in the life of a Christian man or woman. It is also not only shown in what it does to the Church. The true test of revival is more of what it does to the the society.
If after revival there is no birth of radical evangelists and rebirth of mission minded Christians then we have not had what we should have.
If the government and the law does not start seeing massive civil obedience, and the number of inmates and crime rate lowered drastically; if alcohol business does not cry about low sales and the church filled with new faces day after day, service after service; if sport viewership does not reduce on Sundays, and church the kingdom advances strongly, then there has been no revival.
Therefore if we understand what it means by saying: “we need revival or nothing”, we will pray and pray more until revival comes. Amen!
This one is easy. In this part we ask God for provisions, blessings, prosperity and food for the day. We also ask God to bless our hand work from which we make a living and to bless our seeds and investments.
Remembering the less privilege, the homeless and the orphans, especially those who are of the household of God, is part of this prayer. We ought to ask God to provide their daily needs.
5) And forgive us our trespasses as we also have forgiven our trespassers
Asking for forgiveness of sins should be the second point of every prayer.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up.
There is need for us to make a soulful cry unto God with a contrite heart for sins we may have committed knowingly or unknowingly, by omission or by commission. As we ask for forgiveness, we must also ensure that we have no grudges or malice in us.
Brothers and sisters, people of Jesus Christ. It is important for us to know that holiness is the wheel of prayer. If we continue to sin, believing that God will forgive us when we ask for forgiveness in prayers, we deceive ourselves. I do not say that He will not answer when we ask for forgiveness genuinely; He will. But we ought to know that the prayer of a righteous man availeth much more than an unrighteous church goer according to the bible.
6) And lead us not into temptation
I did not understand this prayer initially until I asked my Sunday School teacher about it and he said: “As you lead us today oh! Lord, do not let us fall into temptation”.
Temptations and trials are part of the journey of a believer. Life without trials is like a boring story that no one loves to listen to.
It is not the will of God for us to fall when we are tempted; It is not the will of God for us to fail when we are tried and tested.
Prayer is one of the ways to defeat temptations. Asking for overcoming power and sufficient grace for troubled and trial times is God’s ideal plan.
Jesus told peter “Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation.” Matthew 26:41
7) But deliver us from the evil one
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
There are two types of evil;
7a. Physical evil
Physical evil is when we experience physical events that may be described as being profoundly evil. We must ask God to deliver us from them. We must use prayer to avert evil fashioned by enemies and foes. We must use prayer to avert untimely death, sicknesses and attacks from men of the underworld.
The way to pray this prayer is by praying that all the plans of the wicked against you will fail. And then we must cancel the counsels of the wicked world against us, against our families, and against the church.
7b. Spiritual evil
Spiritual evil is ‘the evil’. Most of the times, the enemies we have on the physical side are actually as a result of spiritual enemies of which Satan is the head.
Spiritual battle is an inexhaustible topic. Even if I pen down 100 styles, it will never be enough. This is why believers must seek to be genuinely baptized by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit teaches spiritual warfare more than any man or any prophet can teach.
However, it is recommended that when we pray this kind of prayer we remember who we are and what we stand for.
..For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil –
1 John 3:8b
Now, we are Christ’s representatives and our work is to fight and destroy the powers that cause us evil.
We bind them, we break their bondage on us, we destroy their works, we nullify their plans, we scatter their gatherings, we raise the Holy Ghost fire on them and we command them to exit our affairs. We do all this in the name of Jesus Christ.
One of the most important thing to note in the Lord’s Prayer practical praying is the Lord’s use of the plural pronoun “us”; i.e. Lead ‘us’ not in to temptation and not lead me not into temptations.
The Lord’s prayer does not give room for selfishness and so it has a touch of greatness. God wants us to remember each other as we pray. When we are selfish with our prayers, it works 100 percent. But when we are selfless we purchase greatness in the sight of God.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of intercessions, supplications and all forms of prayer. He teaches prayer model and only Him births men who can pray.
There is no prayer particular model with the Holy Spirit. In a better way: the Holy Spirit does not have a definite prayer model or style.
8. For as the wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
The Lord’s prayer model and the five finger praying model only tells us what should be in prayer but it does not teach us how to pray them. And although I tried to explain how they ought to be prayed, I must tell you that I have only given just about 5% explanation compared to what the Holy Spirit can teach us when He is in us.
The Jerusalem temple model teaches us how to enter into the Hollies of Hollies and make intercessions, but it does not actually tell us how to intercede.
Prayer models and their theories may come from here and there but it does not teach burden for prayer. Burdens that can make a man pray and cry profusely like a baby. Burden that can wake you up by midnight and sleep disappears instantly. Praying models don’t teach that.
Burden for prayer is a full topic of its own. It is one of the most powerful assets of the prayer model of the Holy Spirit. A man praying with burden prays more than a man without burden. That man without burden may last days or weeks, but the man with burden goes on praying as long as the burden remains. If the burden burns for 20 years, trust me, the man is going to pray for 20 solid years for whatever the issue is.
Have we not heard? A man prayed for 12 good years for revival to come to Wales. He was drowned in burden for revival. No man born of a woman can teach that but the Holy Spirit.
You could read my blog and posts on social media and you would become hungry for prayers that birth revival, but when you get into your room, how are prayers that birth revival prayed? The Holy Spirit’s model.
After praying, how can I be convinced that the burden is lifted? Is faith enough? Faith is always enough when the prayer is enough. But how do I know when the prayer is enough? Who will give me visions and dreams to signify that power has gone out from God? The Holy Spirit.
There are times a Christian may be under attack and you don’t need to follow any model, all you have to do is run riot of fire commands on the devil and his agents. Who teaches the kind of utterance needed for spiritual battle? The Holy Spirit.
Sometimes times we may desire to pray but there is no strength to pray. Does this happen? Yes! it does. But who gives the strength to pray? The Holy Spirit.
There are deliverance or prayer sessions that you don’t need to fight or pray anything. Just like Joshua in the bible, God would rather want you praise Him for miracles to happen. Who teaches when we have to sing songs for power to flow? The Holy Spirit.
There are prayers you don’t cry for; you just command them and they happen. There are prayer points that are more effective when prayed prophetically. There are challenges you cannot overcome until you wait a longer time in prayer. Who teaches all these? The Holy Spirit.
The Holy Ghost is everything we need to effectively and efficiently pray.
Men of the Spirit are true men of prayers. “Often we hear people say “I have been baptized by the Spirit”. If that baptism of the Spirit does not redefine our prayer life and help us pray in power then we have not received what God wants us to have”- Leonard Ravenhill.
The prayer model of the Holy Spirit follows no particular direction. This however does not mean that the “Hallowed be thy name” and “Forgive us our trespasses” should be neglected. It does not mean that a man with the Spirit of God cannot follow the models and do wonders with them. It also does not mean that the Holy Spirit rejects the models of prayer for it was Him who authored the Lord’s Prayer.
It rather implies: that the Holy Spirit will take from the models and teach us how to effectively pray them. The prayer points that need more time, He will inspire or burden us for it. The prayer points that need to be approached differently, He will teach us the approach to them.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He [a]will take of Mine and declare it to you.
Jesus and the bible has given us the full models of prayers but the Holy Spirit teaches how to pray. The prayer model of the Holy Spirit is ultimate because you are praying exactly for what should be prayed for.
For Instance: one night at around 4:00 AM, the Holy Ghost woke me up to pray. I was blank because I was so worn out having returned home few minutes to midnight. I knelt down and asked “What do you want me to pray?” and He replied “Pray for the Church”.
The other time, He asked me to pray for brethren who were possibly going to be martyred in Northern Nigeria.
During those days, I did not have to bring up the Lord’s prayer model or the five finger model, I just thanked God, asked for cleansing of sins and then spent about one hour praying for the church.
Christianity stutters and churches suffer because we underrate the power of the One and only Gift Jesus gave to the Church – The Holy Spirit.
There is no Christianity without the Holy Spirit. There is no effective prayer without Him and no Christian will ever go to heaven who does not have the Holy Spirit residing in him.
Finally I would want to admonish believers to search deep to be filled with the Holy Spirit. If you go to a Church where they don’t teach and believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, exit that Church.
Time is coming and is close that only those who know the word of God and how to effectively pray will remain as Children of God. And we have known that effective praying is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore let us desire and seek the Holy Spirit and His power; for only those who are led by the Spirit of God are the true sons of God (Romans 8:14).
The Holy Spirit is the true model of prayer. When He is leading a prayer session, prayer can go places and defy models. But for the Christians who would like to learn prayer models and practical praying styles, the five finger practical praying model is also ideal.
1) Your Thumb
The closest finger to you is your thumb, so begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. They include your immediate family, extended families, friends, neighbors and Church members.
2) The Pointing Finger
The pointing finger reminds us of those who instruct us. Therefore, pray for those who teach, instruct and direct us. This includes teachers, ministers and Pastors. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers. These men and women have great influence on society and we should pray that they display and teach godly principles in all they do.
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
2 Thessalonians 3
3) The Tallest/Middle Finger
Our tallest finger reminds us of those who are in charge. Pray for the government and our leaders in business and industry. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. We should pray that our decision makers repent and seek God’s will as they lead us.
7Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
4) The Ring Finger
The ring finger is our weakest finger. It is the only finger that cannot stand erect like others.
It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, the less privileged, the sick, the imprisoned, the pregnant women and those in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them especially if they are members of your church. You owe them this prayer.
5) Lastly, the Little Finger
The smallest finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others.
By the time we have prayed for the other four groups, our own needs will be put into proper perspective and we will be able to pray for ourselves more effectively.
The Five finger prayer is a model of what prayer entails. It helps us to know what to pray without thinking too much.
However, we must know that prayer should not be started without rendering thanks and praises to God, and asking for cleansing and forgiveness of sins; for it is only a pure heart that can find God. Also, prayers should also not end without thanking God for answering our prayers.
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation,[a] but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’
Teach us to pray the disciples asked Jesus. For they have monitored his prayer life; they have seen Him go all night praying in power and great glory, they have seen His great burden for prayers, but they knew not how to pray like Him. They probably knew how to ask for forgiveness, they probably knew prayer of thanksgiving. But Lord! “Teach is what you spend all night doing” they said.
I believe Jesus would have put on a warm smile knowing that they have just asked of Him one of the most important subject matters. Oh! Yes! Prayer is larger than earthly life to a man who wants to inherit eternal life.
Jesus look at them and started. He said: “When you pray say:”
1. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name
The beginning of all forms of prayer is with thanks and praises unto God. Praises may come in form of songs or uttered words to magnify the majesty of Him who we stand before. God delights in praises and thanksgiving.
In this part we magnify His name. We thank Him for our life and that of the people around us. We thank Him for His provisions, thank Him for the battles and challenges we have faced and the once we still face. We thank God for His glorious plans for us and the Church. We do this with all our heart to make God know that we acknowledge His Omnipotence.
2. Your kingdom come
The plan of God since creation has been for His Kingdom to come upon man. Praying this prayer is a reminder to God of His eternal promises. We have to soberly remind God of our many groaning and pains for His kingdom. We have to practically tell Him: “Oh! Lord Come quick”.
Will it make Him to come quicker? Yes! For there is absolute no prayer we pray that is not answered by God if we are what we are supposed to be. If the Church was what it is supposed to be, we can make rapture closer when we cry out and say “Thy Kingdom Come”.
3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
God has a plan, He has a will and He has a purpose. A plan for us, a plan for the church and a plan for the world. This prayer is very important. We have to pray hard with tears for the will of God to be done in our lives, in the life of the Church and in the world.
It is here that we seek guidance and direction in life. It is here that we tell God not to desert us; else, we will fall out of His divine plan and purpose.
In this prayer point or topic we also bind and destroy powers that fight against the will of God, and powers that try to lead us out of God’s plans. What do I mean?
In 1 Chronicles 2, Satan rose up and manipulated David with pride. Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. This act annoyed God; so he punished Israel.
The will of God was for David to continue trusting in God, but Satan manipulated him out of God’s plan and will. There are many people like David who are under spells and manipulations of the powers of darkness. These powers has caused them to sit out of the God’s plan. We need to break the jinx and manipulative energy of Satan and his warlocks in our lives.
In Daniel 10:13, Daniel spent days and times before God in prayers. God had answered him and sent an angel to reveal to him secretes. The Prince of Persia who is the head of demons in Persia resisted the Angel. It was so until a greater angel came and overcame the ruler of darkness in Persia and Daniel got his message.
There are powers of darkness that does not want us to reach the place God wants us to reach. There are powers that contend with our visions and purpose in life. There are powers that fight the will of God for our brothers and sisters. There are powerful spirits that contend with the Church concerning God’s will.
Take a look at the Church, do we really think that we are where God wants us to be? There is absolutely no way we are where God wants us to be. Hence, there is dire need to pray until we are in the right position as individuals, as family members and as ‘the church’.
This practical prayer point is as vast as the Spirit shall give us inspiration and utterance. But it is started by saying “Oh God! Let your will be done in my life as you have planned it in heaven”. Amen!
In an old town in Ireland they’ll show you with reverence a place where four young men met night after night after night praying for revival. In Wales, there’s a place in the hills where three or four young men only 18 or 19 years old met and prayed night after night. They wouldn’t let God go; they would not take no for an answer. As far as humanly possible they prayed a revival into birth. If you’re thinking of revival at your church without any inconvenience, forget it. Revival costs a lot.
I can give you one simple reason why we don’t have revival in America. Because we’re content to live without it. We’re not seeking God – we’re seeking miracles, we’re seeking big crusades, we’re seeking blessings. In Numbers 11, Moses said to God, “You’re asking me to carry a burden I can’t handle. Do something or kill me!” Do you love America enough to say, “God, send revival or kill me”? Do you think it’s time we changed Patrick Henry’s prayer from, “Give me liberty or give me death,” to “Give me revival or let me die”?
In the 30th chapter of Genesis, Rachael goes to Jacob and throws herself down in despair. She says, “Give me children or else I die.” Are you willing to throw yourself down before God to seek the spiritual birth of spiritual children in our country?
People say, “I’m filled with the Holy Spirit.” If the coming of the Spirit didn’t revolutionize your prayer life, you’d better check on it. I’m not so sure you got what God wanted you to get.
We’ve said that prayer changes things. No! Prayer doesn’t change things. Prayer changes people and they change things. We all want Gabriel to do the job. God says do it yourself – with My sufficiency and My strength.
We need to get like this woman, Hannah. What did she do? She wept, she was grieved, she said she had a complaint, she fasted – and she prayed.
Jesus, the anointed of God, made prayer His custom. Paul, with his background and intellect, depended on prayer because he said he was weak. David, the king, called himself a poor man and cried to the Lord. Hannah prayed for a son and gave birth to a prophet. The prayers of a handful of young men sparked revival.
Brethren, when I publish a testimony about how prayer changed my life or what prayer has done for me, I have just one intent or interest, and that is for men to know that there is victory through prayers. The desire God has laid in my heart for which I testify is for men to make prayer a culture because as we wind down the clock of times, only prayer will sustain the Elects of God.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I was just in my final class in college (we call it Senior Secondary School 3 in Nigeria). Our school had a very religious and philanthropic director who was generous to his students. In that time he gave the seniors an opportunity to win cash prizes in three different competitions.
Among the three competitions, I chose the Bible quiz competition. I subscribed to the quiz competition and set in for preparation.
The first thing I did was to tell my mom to buy me quiz books for preparation and after that I went straight to prayers.
Even at a young age I had my praying hours having learnt from my parents ‘the art of private praying’. Every 3:00 PM of the day, I was always in my room making prayers.
I did not go into prayers because I had the need of God’s intervention for the quiz like Christians of today who only remember to pray when challenges come. The older generations and parents have not thought the youth of my God the power of praying hours. The teenagers of my God only know private prayer when they are faced with troubles. Christians of today only know prayers in church but they do not know private prayers and secret alters of tears.
During my praying hours, I would pray many prayers. And when I got to the case of the quiz, I would ask God for wisdom, knowledge, understanding and a retentive memory.
One striking prayer that I prayed was for God to lead my mom and direct her decision so that she would buy the exact book from which the quiz questions will be set. I don’t know how I knew it, but I believe that there is grace for all Christians who pray. Many times we want to pray for a particular situation in our own words, but the Spirit of supplications will give us more insight on how to pray for it by broadening out prayer scope.
I knew there were probably hundreds of bible quiz books in what was a commercial city that had more than 10 prominent markets.
The books could have been bought anywhere or in any book store, but I prayed effectively during my prayer hours for my mom to buy me the exact book.
My mom eventually bought just three (3) of them for me. I carefully studied and crammed the quiz questions and answers but I did not stop reminding God about the quiz.
The quiz date was shifted and I lost two out of the three books. I later ended up preparing with one of the books as the new event date drew closer.
On the quiz day, I entered the event only to discover that all the questions came from one of the books my mom bought me and I answered 100% of the questions I was asked and won a huge sum of money.
The questions I did not know its answers were not given me. I ended up making my fellow quiz mates look like pagans. I did not tell them that I had already seen the questions and that I got it through prayers.
Brethren, prayer is the ultimate weapon. I see Christians of today sing: “praise is where I win my battle”. I am a hundred percent believer in the power of praise. God fills me with songs like He does others, but my most felt praises have come in prayer times.
I don’t preach against praise, it is one of the keys. However, prayer is the master key. A man who prays to God has proven to God that he is incapable of helping himself and God is in dire need such men.
A Christian should not embark on any journey without praying no matter how easy the journey may look. We must never make the mistake of taking a step without praying. We ought to live by prayers and die on our knees.
We must learn the principles of praying hours. Every child of God should have a time of prayer. If we are too busy in the day time, then we must make it in the night. There is no excuse! because only prayer will sustain the elects.
I majored in Telecommunications in High School. I prayed about it and God gave me the exact sign I had asked for before I took it up as a major. Majoring in telecommunications gave me zeal to learn web designing and blogging. Although I imagined making a living from it, when the appointed time came, it was clear that God had sent me to study telecommunication so that I can write to His church. And now, in these days of the Holy Ghost, God writes through me from this blog to Christians both young and small, old and tall, to live a life of prayer; because a prayer-less Christian and a prayer-less Church is dead.
They call it the gospel of love, I call it gospel of hate. They say it is from God, I say it is from the pulpits of hell. They think it is God’s message, I think it is why the modern Church and American Churches cannot convert her youths.
I met an American transgender in a Christian online group who was transforming into a man. She had claimed to have heard a voice as she was drunk-driving and filled with many thoughts as to why Christians did not accept her way of life.
After that voice she decided to become a baptized transgender Church goer. I am unapologetic as to why I have not used ‘a transgender Christian’.
For a Christian is a person like Christ. Christ is not a transgender, a gay or a homosexual.
I did not believe her story one bit. I have seen people tell lies that God said one thing or the other to them, but it was all lies. I have seen one who claimed to have died and saw God and hell but had later confessed that it was all lies. Such is the state of men’s heart.
The true reason for which I did not believe her story was because she had no repentance and salvation.
I know my bible and I know the power of Salvation. I absolutely was, and am sure, that Jesus can save her from that grave sin and wickedness against God.
On that very post was another testimony by a former Homosexual. He testified that on the day that he genuinely cried out to God and surrendered, that power had come into him to overcome the lust for men. Now that is what salvation is about; that is what Jesus does when He comes into a man’s life.
Any Church goer who remains the same after coming to Jesus still needs to undergo sanctification and experience what salvation is.
I have seen Jesus give me power to overcome sins that I could not break on my own after I prayed and cried unto him. When repentance is seen in us and a genuine plea for mercy and help is heard by God, power comes to help us overcome sin.
But this beautiful lady had no repentance, penitence or salvation. And so I was convinced that she was seeking acceptance in sin.
I was concerned. I said to myself, that even if she was telling lies, I was going to help her come to the truth. And If she was telling the truth which I doubt, I was still going to guide her rightly to turn away form that sin. Perhaps God had brought her forth that I may teach her what Jesus can do for her if she genuinely cries out for mercy and repents from her evil ways.
There are many voices that men hear that are not from God. Sometimes the devil could mask as an angel of light to deceive us. We may also hear human voices who are presently in the spirit realm (children of darkness).
Whichever it was, I was in that conversation to reprove her. I was there to lend her the helping hands of Jesus Christ my saviour.
It was during that processes that I had discovered that she had no plans of changing her ways but would rather go full trans. Then I opened her eyes to the scripture in Titus 2:11.
“11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 “Titus 2:11.
One of the intriguing part of that post and comment thread and what struck me the most was that the ‘Christian’ moderators warned against any rebuke concerning her none-transformed life.
The moderators did not want anyone to tell her that we are not saved in sin but from sin. They did not want anyone to tell her that she was derailing from the truth of the bible. They shunned hurting her with the truth. Truth as it is provable from the scriptures that God will judge all Homosexuals and those who engage in unnatural sexuality.
The moderators wanted us to love instead. They wanted us to love her to her death and condemnation.
But that which they called love was wickedness in disguise. For the love of God turns a man from sin unto righteousness.
One of my American Facebook friends made a post and said: “why not we preach just love“. In other words, our message should be only about love.
Brethren, I present to you what I call ‘the gospel of love’.
It is that gospel that loves a man too much that the man loses sight that judgement is at hand. It is that gospel that puts aside the whole counsel of God and His truths but only portrays the love of God.
The gospel of love is void of the call for repentance and penitence for sin. It’s result is without the plea and cry for mercy and grace. The gospel of love does not tell a man of the power to help him live above sin that is in Christ; but rather, it teaches that as sinners we are loved by God and that even if we continue to sin, the love remains.
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. –Psalm 7:11
I do not say that there is no love for sinners. But the love of God to a sinner is to lead them towards repentance and salvation. God’s love is not for us to remain in our sins because love will not be considered on the day that the Lord will judge all men starting from those in the Church. For it is written:
“I will forsake my house, abandon my inheritance; I will give the one I love into the hands of her enemies. My inheritance has become to me like a lion in the forest. She roars at me; therefore I hate her.Jeremiah 12:7-8
So you see, God loves us truly but His love does not cancel His judgments. On that day our deeds and holiness will count.
Who truly does love?
A Christian meets a man who is derailing and condemns his sin and tells him that God is willing and ready to help him change like I did to the transgender. The sinner could be an outsider or could be a Church goer because we have sinners in the church. This sinner who has been reproved and told of judgement hates this Christian man and says there is no love in him.
A modern Christian and a preacher of love meets this sinner and embraces him without revealing his sin and condemning it. This modern preacher even welcomes this sinner into the Church but does not reprimand him and tell him the truth of the bible.
When this sinner dies and comes to judgement without plea and help, having not been told that God’s love will not pardon sin and that Church goers who sin will be faced with a stiffer judgment.
If he is condemned for sin and evil as it is written: “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book“; what would be her thoughts about the Christian man and Preacher of love?
Let us judge for ourselves who truly loves this sinner. He who preaches love or He who preaches the whole counsel of God.
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that He gave us His son”, is love. “That whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”, is a warning for judgement and a call for salvation.
If this is what Jesus preached, what does the modern Church goers mean when they’d say: “do what Jesus would do”, “just love”?
For in truth, if we will preached like Jesus and do exactly as he did, we would have been able to turn our countries and nations upside down like Jesus did and He became a sign. Christianity would have been a sign.
Did not Jesus call for repentance when He told the harlot caught in adultery and was about to be stoned: “Go and sin no more“?
Did not Jesus tell the Pharisees: “You will die in your sin if you don’t believe and is converted”?
Did not Jesus preach and said: “repent for the kingdom of God is at hand”?
If these were the preaching and teachings of Jesus Christ, why should we not tell sinners to repent of their sins? Why should we preach ‘just love’?
John the Baptist preached: “Flee ye from the judgement that is coming.” He was hated by religious scholars just like holiness preachers will be hated by the preachers of the gospel of love. But he shook the nation of Israel and baptized many. The military trembled when they heard him roar: “flee now, for judgment is coming”!
Unfortunately for us and the kind of Gospel we preach today, our neighbors who are deep into sin, witchcraft, idolatry and wickedness are so happy to see us. They take us for a joke because we have made the counsel of God a complete joke.
And I ask again, what do modern Christians mean when they say: “Do what Jesus would do, just love, don’t condemn, just accept them the way they are”?
Oh! I know why they preach the gospel of love. It is because when they preach love no one will say they are hard on them. When they preach only love no one will call them judgmental and hateful people. Because when they preach love they will not be hated but will be accepted. Did not Jesus say we will be hated by the world? Any Christian man who does not want to be hated must drop from this boat of life. For the Church was called out to be a sign that will be spoken against.
They don’t preach the whole counsel of God because they want to grow mega churches and become bishop of big churches. They don’t want to lose that member who pay mega tithe. Men and women who don’t care about God’s will or His word; they only care about themselves and how the world honor them, but the true honor which comes from God they ignore. Such men will not escape judgement unless they repent.
My brethren, the gospel that Jesus preached, the gospel that Paul, Peter and the Apostles preached, the gospel that the prophets of old preached, the gospel that brought glory days to America and the nations, it was a hard take. It was a sign which was spoken against, a sword that pierced through our souls revealing our deepest secrets. We cried and cried because the heat was much but we found God as a result. It was not effective in causing men to like them but it was effective enough to birth revival.
The gospel of love is not effective against men who hate God.
There are so many haters of God in America, there are so many haters of the truths of God all over the world. They indeed have heard about God and His love, but they have willfully chosen to hate God.
Even in the Church are men who hate holiness and righteousness. They cling unto God’s love and live in gross sin and immorality. I see them online everyday; they bear a form of godliness but are totally sold to the flesh.
They don’t want to ever see a Holy Christian man or woman. They deride virgins and righteous people. Yes! One said to me: “I hate you” during an argument. What did I do? I reproved her of evil.
These are the kind of people we have in the society, and what they need is not just to be told about God’s love because they don’t care about God, His love or His word.
What they need is for us to put tears in their eyes exactly the same way that we were caused to weep for our sins and we experienced salvation.
A sister just gave her life to Christ some weeks ago, for she said to herself: “I can’t afford to suffer in the world and suffer in eternity”.
What changed her was not the gospel of love for she knew that God loved her. What changed her was the knowledge of the righteous judgments of God.
The American society needs fire men who will ring judgment to their ears all day long, all week long and all years long. The American society and the present world needs men who will preach repentance, salvation and the consequences of not yielding to God’s word. We need men who will teach us the power of salvation because Jesus saves from sin.
Not that we should rule out God’s love from our message, but we must also teach the consequences of not accepting it. And to those who have accepted we must teach that: “he who mentions the name of the Lord must depart from sin”. – 2 Timothy 2:19
The gospel of love, watered gospel, diluted gospel, week gospel; it is why the Church as a unit has become powerless to shake our nations for God. And it is also why we don’t have revival.
Hear this word of God as a final warning you who is guilty of causing the Church of God to lose it’s power by teaching the gospel of ‘just love’:
18WHEN I SAY UNTO THE WICKED, THOU SHALT SURELY DIE; AND THOU GIVEST HIM NOT WARNING, NOR SPEAKEST TO WARN THE WICKED FROM HIS WICKED WAY, TO SAVE HIS LIFE; THE SAME WICKED MAN SHALL DIE IN HIS INIQUITY; BUT HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THINE HAND. Ezekiel 3:18
Ever since the wave of visions has been on a roll that a revival is coming, there has been posts and news popping up here and there that would say that a revival is happening. Some would say “A REVIVAL HAS BROKEN OUT!” I mean, that is the normal language they use.
Then what I would do is to look and observe at the scenes of the Revival which has broken out from the pictures taken and uploaded online. And then I would read the post or write-ups to know the weight of what have been experienced.
What I have seen is remarkable.
I see that men want to work for God. There are evangelists and pastors even Christians reaching out and trying to convert people; and all this is normal.
A coming Revival does not mean that there would be no evangelistic outreach or conversion of souls.
But it pains me that what I see is not the Revival Men Like Leonard Ravenhill, Men like Duncan Campbell saw and yearned for. It is nothing close to a revival not to talk of an ‘outbreak of revival’.
I have seen men laughing and having merry times in these gatherings. Men and women having drinkable liquids in their hands and those whose phones are still very important to in these gatherings.
I have also seen them at the stream doing baptism and they’d say; “a revival has broken out!”.
Water Baptism is not a sign of Revival. What do we think? Are not almost all adults in the Churches baptized? But many in the church are without God even with the baptism of water, which is why we need revival in the first place.
If water baptism was the sign of Revival then let us get baptized again that revival may come quick.
I could baptize 100 persons in water but only one could be dead to sin while the others, dead in sin. That is because baptism of water does not kill our sins, only the Holy Spirit kills men and truly saves them. A revival which its symbol is baptism of water is not the revival America needs. We need breakout of the baptism of the Holy Ghost for a true start.
And I would also see men who are having fun and enjoying themselves. Even the men who baptize these fellows put on smile and would enjoy the show.
Tell me who enjoys giving birth? Revival is about conviction. Salvation is about giving birth to new souls on fire. They’d cry, children would cry, women would cry, Papas would cry. Would the ministers be with a smiling and happy face in such a scene of heart broken men? No way! What I see is an unserious and a nonspiritual revival and it is not what America needs.
Revival is a serious business, it is a spiritual affair. It does not put smile on men’s face until it has first broken them. Revival breaks hearts, it shreds souls, it devours sin, it reveals even what we think God overlooks. For who is worthy to stand on the Lord’s Day? Not even I will, because no one needs this revival more than I. I have many things to tell my God in a revival meeting with Him. I can’t afford not to experience Him more.
And I could find men taking pictures and selfies and some putting on short clothing, miniskirts and all sorts of seductive wears.
Brethren, Revival is not a party. It is not a public show to behold and be merry. It is a serious business with God the Spirit. He has given out so much grace, His watchmen have fasted, suffered, cried and prayed for years. The Holy Spirit takes it very serious; but because these gatherings of happy men is not a Revival, it is why there is nothing to show that God is among men.
It breaks my heart that these things are happening. It does disturbs me greatly because it looks like we are repeating the same things that brought us into captivity, which is- a nonspiritual walk with God. No! No! No! This is not the revival we yearn for.
A greater evil I see is the lack of tears, sorrow, pain and penitence. Lack of convictions of sin why there is no tears.
Sinners don’t stand in the Holy Ghost revival; whether it be sinners in the Church or sinners outside the Church. Oh! I tell you the truth brethren, this is not a Revival. It is not what America and the nations need.
If men are done crying for themselves would they not cry for the perishing nation of America? Would they not cry for their unsaved brethren? Would we not cry for we have divorced our spouses whom we pledged to love before God? Would we not cry when we see others crying and would say: “Oh! God is there hope for us?”.
Revival is the pure work of the Holy Spirit; It is the finest work of the Holy Ghost in the church.
Revival is creating a new heart in us. It is empowering us to pray with many passion and tears. It is bringing back the passion for missions and evangelism. It is bringing back our lost glory in Christ. It is producing a nation on fire for God. It is shattering souls and giving men an experience of God. It is forming men who can beat their chest and say: “I have found God”. It is coming to take dead men, wash them and give them life. It is pouring out grace and mercy upon us. It is coming to baptize man in Pentecostal fire. And most importantly, it is coming to forge righteous and holy men.
Brethren, we cannot be carried away by these false appearances in which men are singing outside the church, or at the river base and we call it a revival when eventual there is no proof of tears and the many workings of the Holy Spirit.
When there are no miracles happening, when there is no restoration and refreshing of anointing, when glory is not seen, when nothing is showing that a mighty being is dealing with us, when there is no strong consciousness of sin and indecency, we cannot call it a revival and it is not the kind America needs. It is not the kind I want to happen in Nigeria; it is not what the world needs.
American Churches, we must not lose sight of where we are and what God is trying to do. Which is a Revival that comes with the power of God and with all other signs, it is also marked with many tears and travail.
I am not forcing you to cry your hearts out in a Revival. If these things don’t come on their own, if tears don’t roll and that heart of stone melted by the power of grace, then there is no revival.
Finally, do we not know that the strength of a Revival is not tested in the Church? If revival does not cause the nation to obey God and sinners trooping into the church in tears, then we don’t have a revival not to talk of a ‘breakout’ that signifies an aggressive or strong move of the Holy Ghost and His fire.
America and the nations does not need a revival without tears. And we will not stop praying until the kind of revival we need is born or we die trying.
The stages of Christian sanctification are the types or levels of sanctification Christians go through, from our spirit re-birth to our eternal salvation.
Brethren, let it not confuse you when the bible says that “we must be born again” to enter heaven, and I have insisted that we must also attain sanctity to enter heaven. It is because, the same bible has also said that without holiness no eyes shall see God (Hebrews 12:14).
For we know that becoming born-again produces a true Christian, and that no man who is truly born again lives under sin.
As we gain sanctity, we become more and more holy. As we become more and more holy, we are drawn closer to God and experience Him more than those who are less sanctified.
In this Christian race, when you stop growing and working towards perfection, you will start falling. This is why some have experienced God in the past but now they can no more smell God’s presence. They repented indeed and were born again but did not continue in the grace of God. For they did not continue to pray, to read the bible, to evangelize,to seek God’s presence and work towards sanctification and living a holy life; hence they fell from grace.
Therefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall – 1 Corinthians 10:12.
The higher we go, the faster we run. The more work we put in to be sanctified, the more less likely we are to fall. Hence there is dire need to pursue sanctification.
We are living in wicked and terrible times. The powers that contend with our faith and tempt us to fall away from our salvation is huge. The only way we can overcome is by pursuing Christian sanctification all the days we live on earth. We must continue to grow in the knowledge of God and in holiness.
Being born again is the first stage of sanctification unto God. Anyone who is truly born again lives a holy life. There is no justification or regeneration without sanctification. But there is also, great need for more sanctification.
Unless a man is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Being born again is the regeneration that happens in the life of a man when he genuinely surrenders to Jesus Christ and pursues holiness and righteousness with grace. In becoming born again we receive power to overcome sin, darkness and live a holy life. Even right before we become born again, there is the conviction from the spirit of God. This conviction of our sins and receiving power over it is the first stage of sanctification and holiness.
2. Progressive Sanctification
This stage of sanctification is the difference between two believers. One is experiencing divine power while the other is just a Christian. One is heavily being used by God and he is manifesting powerful gifts of the Spirit while the other is just a Christian.
Progressive sanctification separates a brother from a brother. That man who is working to become more holy is definitely holier than his brother who has stopped at accepting Jesus; he is also closer to God.
Isaiah is an example we have sited regularly in our sanctification articles. Isaiah progressed in sanctification when he met the Lord in the temple (Isaiah Chapter 6).
Apostle Paul testified:
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Therefore brethren, we have to take advantage of the grace of God and push for progress in sanctification by reading the bible, hearing the word of God, praying regularly and evangelizing the truths of God.
3. Perfect Sanctification
No matter how hard we may try, we can never be 100 percent holy like God in the flesh we live in. For the righteousness we have had was imputed in us by the Spirit of grace, and even the holiness we have was aided by the power of the Holy Spirit. But one day we shall be like unto Him, and we shall see him as he is (1 John 3:2). This event will birth our final salvation and will perfect our sanctification. Amen!