Living In Containment? There Is A Way Out!

Everybody was conceived in containment. Most people will live and die contained. A mother’s womb is a container. The earthly realm is a container too. JESUS had to violate our containments. He broke into our world so he can show us how to live above and beyond the powers that birthed us from the womb and the powers of the earthly realm that we live in. A truly born-again believer can live physically in our corrupt world and its evil systems, but yet operate spiritually from heavenly realm, above earthly containment!

Refuse to be contained by friends, family, neighbors or society! Discover how to live your life to the fullest in JESUS Christ!

MOTHER’S WOMB/ADAMIC NATURE CONTAINMENT

The atmosphere and condition of a mother’s womb is the first container that defined how every human is shaped and formed. Jacob & Esau shared the same womb. Rebekah the mother and owner of the womb later controlled the nature of each of these children. One was contained to live deceptively, coyishly, and as a successful trickster, while the other lived a straight-forward life that was contained outside ownership of his birthright.

Both Jacob and Esau lived all through their lifetimes conscious of the failings of their father Isaac and the controlling (bewitchment) power of their mother. If we were to read the end-of-life tributes from Jacob and Esau about their mother, based on how she imposed her will on the directions that shaped their individual destinies, one might rightly bet that one tribute would be glowingly favorable to the departed mother while the other would not be so favorable.

Each human life is contained and controlled by contributions from parents, or lack of it!

In the Bible, a search for the term “from the mother’s womb” would reveal stories about those who were born blind, lame, incapacitated in one form or another, as well as those empowered by the Holy Spirit from the mothers womb. Examples of the later includes Jeremiah, David, John the Baptist, JESUS.

Every life will be conditioned positively or negatively first of all from the mother’s womb. If the controlling powers that defines human birth is not altered, such a person would live and die in a predictable fashion that has ascertainable delimiting boundaries and parameters. This first life containment is the Adamic Nature. Are you still living Adamic-nature-contained?

CULTURAL CONTAINMENT

Another life-container is popularly known as culture, heritage, and inherited traditions. Most people are living enveloped, contained & controlled by a cultural container? Unknown to most people is that fact what they celebrate as the best culture in the world is basically a geographical and genealogical containment. There is nothing about any culture that should be projected above any other. Each human culture has its good and evil. Every other culture has one good thing or another that can be adopted.

What is regarded as culture, today, is the defining of environmentally inherited custom, tradition and way of life that a child woke up in. Waking up to be trained and raised in a particular setting does not guarantee it as the best pattern of living in the world. JESUS was here in the world to challenge prevailing cultural practices of his time. The best culture for our world, today, would be an objective aggregation of the best of the best of world cultures. Going by the Bible, the best culture to live-by would be that defined by the Holy Spirit. That can be learnt by walking supernaturally in and with the Holy Spirit.

The environmental culturing of people’s minds make them inculcate certain rigid belief systems and pattern of thoughts. Such entrenched thinking pattern determined how individual choices and decisions are arrived at. Those choices and decisions drive people’s attitudes, pursuits and actions towards repeatable results. Repeated predictable results becomes experience that are habitually engaged again and again. When people congregate along similar habits and experiences, a community with similar expectations are formed. They can become a family, clan, tribe, city, town or even countries that would ultimately make commandments, decrees, and laws to CONTAIN those who are introduced into their walls & borders. Years and years of enforcement of similar orientations and imposition of shared mindsets, used in making laws and moral codes, soon becomes documented as heritage. Whenever a new soul is born into that cyclical environment, he or she grows up to not know any better. Such newborns grow up to cherish the culturing containment as the only one that matter the most.

Qualities of human interactions, relationships, marriages and raising of children are directly impacted by the kind of cyclical mindsets of the prevailing cultures of those training and imparting such. Two human beings trying to work-together, mingle, or marry across different cultural upbringings will always have to work hard at merging their concreted cultured cycles that formed hard-to-adjust, and unchanging, inherited mindsets, varying thinking styles, experience and end-result expectations.

The culture of JESUS Christ kingdom is not Jewish, Islamic, Caucasian, American, Middle-eastern, Asian, European nor African! In that kingdom, white, black, or any other human-defined colors, are embraced equally. Male and female are regroomed away from earthly containment in accordance to submitted will-power and compliant obedience to new spiritual guidelines and directions. The kingdom of Christ JESUS is defined by the unseen, unearthly, unnatural Holy Spirit, who does not discriminate by place of birth, race, disability, creed nor originating culture. Everyone in JESUS Christ Kingdom are RE-CULTURED alike by the Holy Spirit, if yielded to, permitted and allow to FULLY FUNCTION!

RELIGION BEWITCHMENT & CONTAINMENT

Beyond “mother’s womb”/parental container and cultural indoctrination container is Religious Bewitchment. Most people immediately think of witch or witches when the word bewitchment is sounded or uttered. Bewitchment need not lay emphasis on the human being used, but on the unseen-realm systemic powers and controlling force at work behind the witch or human being.

Paul the Apostle exclaimed a query to a large congregation of Christ worshippers in Galatians 3:1. Who has bewitched you all? Who made you behave foolishly, heretically, consistently, when you should be full of divine wisdom? He asked, bewildered!

The people were acting scripts outside the norms of Christ JESUS. They were displaying blatant disregard for better sense of judgment. They had seen better, had evidences of better, but, they acted religiously bewitched and contained. Religion is described as ritualistic approaches to worship God in ways that are non-personal and non-fresh. True faith is a daily-fresh, direct and personal interaction with God that is devoid of obsessive human intermediary or interference.

By the way, every religion on earth is an awe-filled reverence and repetitive practice of certain indoctrinations that seeks to please the maker of heaven and earth. Some other religion extend worship to smaller spiritual entities that are tied to certain physically sculpted hand-made images or carvings or sacred objects. Those smaller gods are worshipped as intermediaries to the ultimate God. It is only by true faith in JESUS that anyone can claim to want to live freely as God’s son or daughter, and to engage life as though they are God themselves. Jesus was persecuted and executed for practicing and preaching that particular out-of-the-box, outside-of-containment, message to people. Many in religions were contained to believe they are God’s slaves or God’s “will-less” entities who have no say but to be under permanent use, whether they are willing or not. It is only in Christ-JESUS-worship that people understand that God respects human’s power of choice and willpower. And, that God leave his adherents to become His own image and likeness by own sense of acceptance and judgment.

While religion help many escape from parental and cultural containments, most people are unable to flee religion containment because that is considered and regarded as a taboo with serious vengeful consequences from the relevant worship-centers, communities and societies. Most people on earth live and die within these first three life-containments, satisfied that it was the best of life for them. Nobody expects anything better than what they have been contained to believe and practice.

There are other kinds of containments.

Self-imposed (lack of wisdom, Indulging Ignorance, Refusing fresh education, Accommodating Spiritual Blindness, Low self-esteem, inferiority complex and other kind of negative attitudes) Forcing self to fit-in to human expectations is a sign of living within confining containments.

Territory-Imposed (Every territory impose physical and spiritual laws, principles and rules to contain dimensions of expressions permitted or forbidden within their borders. Paul the Apostle says for WE WRESTLE against such territorial powers. The geographical location you find yourself living in, contains the extents of your achievements in life.

Relationship/Association-Imposed (sibling rivalry – joseph, comparing & competing friendships, limitations from marriage partner, workplace allowed restrictions, toxic human influences. Jacob had to pray to overcome his containments in Genesis 32. He received supernatural power to prevail spiritually and physically with God & man.

More kinds of containments are

  1. Sin-Imposed

2. Spiritual Deficiency Imposed

3. Poverty Imposed

4. Fear Imposed

5. Ill-health Medically Imposed

Example Of Freedom From Containment Is JABEZ

Like Jabez in the Bible, most human beings are constrained to conform to preexisting spells, curses, predictions, declarations, premonitions, decrees, modes and constructs that spiritually shape and fabricate containers for how their lives MUST play out. Jabez was born and named after his mother’s birth-pain sorrows. Names predict people’s qualities of lives. Jabez was playing out the predetermined containing script until he figured he could live above it through prayers of deliverance, to God. He finally rose above his containments.

Many have assumed wrongly how a preachers message should be written or transmitted. Most in the word-based community have said it should be about quoting scriptures copiously and thereby letting scriptures interpret scriptures. While there are places for such opinion and practices, a preacher should determine whether he wants to be contained by traditionally passed-down approaches or be freshly inspired to do whatever the Holy Spirit permits. Someone once commented that I write to minister to people as though I was a journalist. I definitely would not categorize my method of writings to be as a social critic, event commentator or social media pundit. But, I write as well and as fluently as I can, to speak clearly from my mind, like any regular human being. In my view, the portions we quote from the New Testament part of the Bible today were first penned as letters or what you may call opinion articles, but they were later canonized as scriptures. They were not written with a view to be quoted spuriously. They were written to make clear sense to their generation and times,

WE CAN ACHIEVE A QUALITATIVE & GOOD LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST – OUR MESSIAH

There are many dimensions and experiences that we can enjoy in this life and lifetime, through JESUS Christ our Lord, Savior & Master. JESUS refused to be limited to our natural life containments. He came to liberate those who would find the inner strength & courage to spiritually stretch themselves and refuse to be naturally contained.

In Christ JESUS, we can purposefully pursue an unlimited life that consciously rises above constraining natural laws, principles, practices and conditionings. We can live quality lives by supernatural endowments. We can build working relationships and families by insightfully wading through identifiable containment obstacles. We can choose to be educated to identify, and overcome containments by the words of God and power of the Holy Spirit.

FAMILY, FRIENDS & RELATIONSHIP WILL PULL YOU INTO CONFINES OF PERSONAL, MENTAL & IDEOLOGICAL CONTAINMENT

There is an aspect of this containment message that has to do with fellow human beings. This has to do with everybody who tries to drag others into their own contained spheres of mindsets. Everyone’s world is composed of personally recorded mindset of how they have been contained to view this world. Each one has become so convinced that his or her own world-view is the perfect frame that everyone else must be dragged-down into. Many are unable to identify their own containments and how they are far from being the role model to emulate. Most people are not open-minded enough to know that what they considered as the best mind-frame is worse than others. They do not give second thought to how they may be wrongly programmed while being cock-sure the other person is the one in need of corrections or being dressed down. They refuse to rightly position themselves in a way they could learn to rise up to others’ levels. They refuse to accept that they are no better expert than the next one who epitomizes self as the best expert too. Most people are too sure their personal containment is best-suited for everyone else. It has to imagine how certainly wrong undiagnosed containment-weary and containment worn-out people get.

A lot of people fight, argue, quarrel, altercate, demean, defame, frame-up, plot against, blackmail, black-list or even kill others who refuse to fit into their own presumed sacrosanct positions & expert-view. In Christ, we learn humility. We borrow other’s wisdom. We treat misinformed people with respect. We share our views & allow everyone to make up their own minds, whether to accept or not. We refuse to be offended when people refuse to allow our controls to contain them.

WITCHCRAFT IS SATAN’S TOOL OF CONTAINMENT

Witchcraft is a bewitchment exercise of insisting on forceful, domineering, manipulating, against-another’s-will control of another human being and his or her situations and circumstances. Witchcraft is the enforcement of strongholds on someone whether he or she likes it or not. No human being has justified rationale to contain another just to exercise superiority of mindset, opinion, thoughts or power. Also known as sorcery, witchcraft manipulates human thoughts, mentality, attitudes, orientations and behaviors, to suit satanic agendas that is portrayed as God’s, but is totally contrary to God’s own. Also connected as divination, which fakes the divine, as enchantment, which fakes God’s supernatural words, witchcraft contains humans just like physical prison cells and yards.

Witchcraft is rooted in Satan. But, it is a demonstration from any yielded human flesh, whether in Christ JESUS or not!

WALK DAILY WITH JESUS – FLOW NATURALLY WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

Solution to being liberated from life containments is to accept to receive JESUS as your lord, master and savior, allow the Holy Spirit to indwell and direct you daily. Containments are destroyed for those who engage in a new-life spiritual journey during which the Holy Spirit educate, train & coach you to have so you can receive freedom from the shackle-holds of containment forces. When we walk with & in the Holy Spirit we overcome fleshly conditions imposed on us from our mother’s womb. Walking with & in the Holy Spirit helps us renew, reshape, & reorganize our thoughts, priorities, principles, mindsets and practices. With & in the Holy Spirit, we experience a new personality and human nature that manifest us as truly new creatures that becomes devoid of our normal-nature programmed inclinations.

GALATIANS 5:16-25

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 

19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

What Church Is, What Church Is Not!

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During JESUS physical existence here on earth, the word CHURCH was used only ONCE as a direct quotation from him (going by the KJV translation)! It can be found in Mathew 16:18. He did not use the word to refer to a geographically located building that is always packed with gathering of people or a denomination-named after, or by, an individual.

The word church was subsequently used 110 times in the epistles (according to KJV). In all of these times, the use of the word either applied to the body of Christ JESUS believers in an entire city, in a house, or in different cities. In other words, it was used as the church in Lagos, the church in Hyderabad, the church in Columbus, etc. All locations of church should strive to have working relationships across city & regional lines.

In all of the usage in the book of Acts, before the church multiplied to include gentiles, all believers were referred to, collectively, as church. In Revelations 2 & 3, the word church was used to address the collective people in 7 separately named CITIES. It is necessary to note that a single angel was addressed alongside each church, per city. That should indicate that each body of believer per city ought to all be summarized under one leadership/umbrella. If the purpose of Church is one same Faith/Purpose and not divided, denominated or dissenting objectives, then there should be no reason to split one body of people, under same Christ, against the other.

Church was defined as mount Sion or Zion in the book of Hebrews 12:22. Zion was not used in the New Testament. Instead, the alternative Sion was used 7 times in Matthew 21:5, John 12:15, Romans 9:33, Romans 11:26, Hebrews 12:22, 1 Peter 2:6 and Revelation 14:1

In none of the scriptures was church used as a means to aggressively promote oneself or elevate another individual to become popularly seen as representing God above the name of JESUS Christ who should be clearly placed PREEMINENTLY over all. Numerous mention & use of JESUS’ name should NOT be a means to achieve personal ends. Nobody in the Bible was sent to become so popular for his or her name to replace JESUS in signifying access to God. There is nothing like God of Ayo Babalola, God of Benson Idahosa, God of Kenneth Hagin, God of Copeland, God of Katherine Khulman, God of Apostle Peter, God of Apostle Paul, or God of any other living human being for that matter, etc.

The name of JESUS is sufficient. Any other name used in prayers other than Christ JESUS is an idol of human worship that has been overrated in hearts of his or her followers.

“Salvation exists in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Berean Study Bible


“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him THE NAME WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11(NKJV)


In Hebrews 12:22, the Church of Christ JESUS is described as mount Sion. It is a general assembly of Holy Spirit-born people, who gather to look up to ONLY JESUS, who through his blood shed at Calvary is worshiped on the account that He, by grace, has become our advocate, intercessor, mediator and Savior. There is no self effort that qualifies us before God. The Judge of all, who is a Consuming fire is waiting to consume every human with fire, whether born again or not. Only those approved after God’s judgment will survive.

“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22.


Only those that faithfully & truly remain under the covering of JESUS can escape HIM as a consuming fire.

This is what Church Is Not


Here is what Church is NOT!

1. CHURCH IS NOT GOVERNMENT, it should build people with heart to care for organizing the well-being of society. She should lead & guide people into, and those already in, government.

2. CHURCH IS NOT AN INDIVIDUAL’S PERSONAL BUSINESS, she should be led by servants who put interest of congregation above self, not master/slave boss leaders who are essentially in it to fleece people. That does not mean that ministers’ material needs should not be met as needed by church.

3. CHURCH IS NOT A MINISTER’S MEAL TICKET, NEITHER IS IT A COMMERCIAL BANK. It is a commonwealth that cares for and takes care of welfare of all who can not obtain same otherwise. It is not to be besieged for resources that is otherwise available or otherwise obtainable.

4. CHURCH IS NOT HOSPITAL, it should provide means to take care of health if there is no provision otherwise. It should be a spiritual healing center.

5. CHURCH IS NOT A SCIENCE LABORATORY, it should correct scientist if or when they go too far to oppose God or Godliness.

6. CHURCH IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR REGULAR, USUAL OR NATURAL GOD-INSTITUTED LIFE PROCESSES OR PRINCIPLES, she is in place to meet more of SUPERnatural needs. It does not replace natural. It overrides natural ONLY when God deems it necessary. There will be no food and crops without engaging natural principles & processes of farming that works by proper understanding of seasons, sowing & harvests. It does not replace diligence and labors to produce finished goods for economic consumption.

7. CHURCH IS NOT CULT-LOYALTY TO A CONGREGATIONAL LEADER WHETHER SEASONED OR NOT, it is not for any person’s hero-worship, it should submit to, respect & care for leaders who humbly project Christ As ONLY SAVIOR & ensuring people’s affections remain INDIVIDUALLY/personally committed to the unseen JESUS Christ, the son of the living God.


DEFINITIONS OF CHURCH

We can derive more definitions of church by looking at the functions of Zion in the Old Testament. Secondly, Isaiah 2 also described Church as the Mountain of the Lord.

IT IS SION/ZION

“But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. 18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it. 19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead. 20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south. 21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.” Obadiah 17-21 King James Version (KJV)


Summary of Zion, Sion, or Church Characteristics Derived from Obadiah 17-21 are below:

  1. DELIVERANCE – Healing & setting people free from powers of darkness by engaging spiritual powers available in Christ JESUS.
  2. HOLINESS – A Set-Apart sanctified life distinguishable from typical, regular basic-instinct worldly human nature.
  3. POSSESSING POSSESSIONS – A Faith-Propelled Victory-Enforcing Mind-Renewed Circumstance-Changing Peculiar-People that are empowered to enjoy faith, family & financial victories in a world where good things are skewed to work for those who dip lives in sin and operate in the devil’s camp ways.
  4. FIRE & FLAMES – Raising Light-shining, Holy Spirit-led Spiritually alive, NOT LUKEWARM but active people manifesting Christlikeness & reflecting Godliness.
  5. SAVIORS (verse 21) – Holy Spirit Inspired Community/Sphere of Influence Supernatural-Solution-Provider They church-trained & deploying matured believers & disciples who are adequately trained as deliverers who in turn influence, evangelize & disciple their communities and societies. They advance practical spiritual & physical solutions that awes society.


IT IS MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD
From Isaiah 2: we add more definitions to what the church functions in society should be.


The Mountain of the Lord

“This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. 3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.”The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. 5 Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” Isaiah 2:1-6 New International Version (NIV)


Summary Of A Christ-Fragrance Zion/Sion/Church Derived from Isaiah 2:1-6

  1. UPRIGHT – DOMINEERING – STANDARD-SETTING – Highest of the mountains. The highest unshakable standard that all nations recognize and want to “stream to it.”
  2. ATTRACTIVE – Many Peoples shall find it desirable to encourage one another to “go up to the Mountain of the Lord” for teachings, directions on how they “may walk in the Lord’s path.”
  3. AUTHORITATIVE/COMMANDING – The law, will of God, word or God, highest principles for living, emanate from ZionJudge over nations. Settles disputes between governments of nations so that international wars seize. What governments are unable to achieve is superiorly administered by Church.
  4. LIGHTHOUSES – Lights that walk in the light of the Lord, not in the darkness already in the world. They provide Godly directions to spiritually confused people.


I encourage people to purge themselves from craftiness & filthiness that has redefined church into 2020 religion of “churching church-goers.” I call that churchianity. We all need to get back into humbly accepting Bible-ordained Church that is SOLELY rooted & grounded in FAITH in the LORD JESUS Christ.

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Dear Prayo – By Popoola Oluwatobi

Dear Prayo #00112998699_10153773374578303_7780017865098297913_n When you hear the Bible say that Jesus prayed so fervently that his sweat was like droplets of blood, if you didn’t know any better, you’d think Jesus was praying against the evil altar, demonic foundation, and the witches and wizards of his father’s house. I mean, what else can make a man pray like that? What else can make a man involve the totality of his person in prayer but for warfare against family stronghold? But alas, Jesus prayed so passionately and fervently, in bringing himself into alignment with God’s plan for His life at that crucial phase. But that doesn’t make sense. Does it? Ordinary God’s plan? And he was praying with so much energy? Isn’t that the kind of prayer you pray with your two hands in your pockets, mumbling in tongues as your mind wanders from coast to coast?
When you hear the Bible say that the apostles prayed so much that the place where they gathered was shaken, if you didn’t know any better, you’d think they were praying for money, promotion, or business breakthrough. After all, if we come this life, we no make money, wetin we gain? Right? What else can stir such fervency in prayer? But alas, they prayed so fervently that they may stay bold, and that healings and miracles may abound through them? Does that even make sense? Boldness to preach? And you are praying so fervently that the facility was shaken together? What kind of misinvestment of energy is that? Isn’t that the kind of prayer you should pray, looking at your wristwatch time and time again, so the prayer meeting can end and you can finally go home? You know, so much redefinition has been forced upon the sacred art of prayer, that many today who reckon themselves to be prayer warriors and are so perceived, would fail the Bible test of a sound prayer life. In some quarters today, when you hear the roar of prayers quake the environment and the sound take over the neighborhood, you can almost predict what the prayer point is. It’s either it is about household wickedness, generation curse, ancestral stronghold, evil foundation, or the almighty money. Raise prayers of consecration or for missionaries, and it’d almost be as quiet as the graveyard. Where did we get this training in prayer from? Who taught us? Jesus? Peter? Paul? John? Certainly not! Dear Prayo, what kind of prayer draws out sweat from your body? What kind of prayer draws out roars out of you? What kind of prayer draws tears from your eyes?
48187970_10156356719443303_6494773219147382784_n   Dear Prayo #002 You probably have heard of the term, catching a prayer burden. It is used to describe those moments in prayer when we are totally “out of control”. The prayee becomes consumed, as it were, with the prayer. Those are moments that come with diverse demonstrations. It’s either the individual is hitting is fist on the wall, or stamping his feet hard on the ground, or he bends down, or kneels, with his limbs in disorganized motions and many times, his veins protruding out of his flesh. Sometimes, it brings us to that place where there’s no more words, and there’s only wailings and heavy, deep intermittent sighs. Oh, such precious moments. But for grammatical correctness, you could almost say that in such moments, the prayer is praying the prayee. You see, such moments are not to be experienced only once in a blue moon. We should have regular moments in prayer, when all our hearts and our minds are totally immersed in the praying till it takes over our whole being. Such was the kind of moment Jesus had in Gethsemane. The writer of Hebrews says He prayed with strong cryings and tears. Luke was more lucid. Luke 22:44 KJVS And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And what was he praying for? He was at a very crucial phase of the reason He came. And there was the strong temptation to turn back. The pains…the sufferings…the agony was all ahead waiting for him. Yet all of God’s plan from the very beginning depended on His obedience. Oh, Jesus went to pray. And he stayed in prayer until strength and focus was renewed. He prayed away everything beclouding his sight. With much agony. When it was time to obey, the hesitation was all gone. You know…he told Peter, James and John to also pray…so they don’t enter into temptation. But they didn’t heed. They thought obeying God is something that’s very easy. They thought staying true to God’s plan is something determination can make happen. They learned the hard way. Much later in Acts, when they were bullied and threatened to stop preaching and abandon God’s plan, they knew exactly what to do…they went to pray! You see, the man who struggles with God’s plan is usually the man not given to prayers. If you find compromise appealing, something’s wrong. You can’t obey God outside a sound prayer life. You are already being tempted to turn your back on God’s plan for your life? The “successful” life of that your friend with whom you graduated is already making it look like you are stupid for obeying God? Fear, hesitation and struggles seem to be on the climb when God tells you to do something? My brother, get away from everything. Lock yourself up somewhere…and PRAY. I mean…PRAAAAAAAY. Not some tushed prayer o. Not the don’t-disturb-your-neighbour kind of prayer. Get far away. Go into a bush if you like. And pray the prayer. That kind that comes with a heart thoroughly torn and turned inside out. Pray your senses into obedience. Pray fear away. Pray away everything not making you see as clearly as you ought. Get into prayer and stay there. Obeying God is difficult. Prayer is what makes it easy. It gives us a divine perspective. Every odd thing becomes even in our eyes. We begin to see straight paths in a road filled with contours. We receive new eyes, so to speak. The man who will fulfill God’s plan for His life can’t depend on strategy and determination. Strategy will fail and determination will let you down. Peter was determined never to betray Jesus, but when the rubber met the road, he didn’t have to try too hard to betray Him. Prayer is the strategy. That’s what strengthens our will to stand strong and stay true till the very end. The praying man will not be distracted, and the distracted men will not pray. Have you been finding it difficult obeying God? Do it the Jesus way. Get into your Gethsemane. Let it all loose In prayer. You’ll return with strengthened resolve and and an undistracted focus. 48194717_10156356719453303_1708791492203511808_n The above message was approved to be published and permitted by The Author, Popoola Oluwatobi. He can be reached by that same name on Facebook.  

August 2018 NY Revival Meeting

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