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.

3 Out Of 5 Are Lonely

“More than three in five Americans are lonely, with more and more people reporting feeling like they are left out, poorly understood and lacking companionship ….. Loneliness appeared to be more common among men. The survey found 63% of men to be lonely, compared with 58% of women..” Quote from an NPR Article by ELENA RENKEN January 23, 2020 6:00 AM ET

You cannot eat your cake & still have it. You cannot shut yourself away from sharing quality time, having conversations & interacting with others and at the same time complain of or endure loneliness.

Since loneliness is a craving to have right & intimate relationship, at the right time, solution is found in you opening up your space, mental & physical, for others to intrude into.

Part of the solution is also to create the time to invest yourself by intruding into others spaces too. It is from the abundance of conversations & interactions that one can prune down productive from non-productive relationships. You cannot shut everyone out & not be lonely. Push yourself to engage in relationships with people, known & unknown.

Since you are not perfect, you should create room for others, who are imperfect, to come around you. Cut people a lot of slack. Expect them to be faulty humans. Develop yourself to accommodate the good, the bad & the ugly. If God can tolerate you, why would you not attempt to tolerate fellow people, by letting them keep you busy & amuse you with their behaviors/misbehaviors.

“In-person connections are what really matters,” says Doug Nemecek, chief medical officer for behavioral health at Cigna. “Sharing that time to have a meaningful interaction and a meaningful conversation, to share our lives with others, is important to help us mitigate and minimize loneliness.” NPR ORG Article by ELENA RENKEN January 23, 20206:00 AM ET

“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Genesis 2:18 (KJV)

God said that scripture when there was only one individual on the surface of the earth. There are 7 billion people now. Make yourself available to other human beings. Be help suitable for someone/others. Allow someone/others be help suitable for you!

No human being is structured to be complete alone. It is not good for any man or woman to be all one (alone). Being all by yourself has its good part. Loneliness is when you are too much by yourself.

Make a choice to surround yourself with people or get one truly intimate one out of the many people around. Every relationship can hurt very deeply. Get yourself healing balms. It is better to be hurt and get healed than to suffer loneliness & depression. Loneliness affects more than mental health. It affects your entire well-being.

Bible counselling help is available to to those who have questions. I can be reached inbox on FB Messenger by the name Olanrewaju Elujoba or by email to bishopolaa@yahoo.com. May God bless you more & MORE!

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13 Relationship Nuggets – Hard Truths People Hate To Learn

God never promised us perfect relationships!
EVERYONE is a DAMAGED PRODUCT from BIRTH. We all need acceptance & help from others who would genuinely choose to give it all it takes! You are well-suited to HELP HEAL ANOTHER person!

Relationships fail when people choose NOT to mature. Immature people avoid reconciliation! It is immature to avoid healing of fractured emotion! The immature shuts-down communication that could help work out relationship differences!

It Is IMPORTANT To Be Involved In Improving Others! Life is usually miserable for those who prefer to eliminate others so as to promote LONE ambition! It is better to build LOVE someone or participate in building a LOVING community! Depression & suicide could be hard to contemplate when working hard at practical goals to help improve others!

Value others’ lives! You are not better off having others SUPPRESSED while you sit on top of the relationship pack. It creates tensions for you. If you love manipulation & excessive control, it would only backfire. Your insecurity, anxiety, worries & stress will multiply!

There is health in JOY! Joy is what you get when your investment in someone else results in smile, radiance & happiness. Give JOY & expect to get JOY back. Invest in a partner’s joy, in due time, God will satisfy & supernaturally return your joy, especially when you do it in God or Christlikeness!

No one make it in life without others! No one is without enemy! Not all adversaries can be destroyed! Grow up! Accommodate others! Give reasonable room for faulty people! Hopefully they learn right lessons from you before too long or too late!

Pathways of happiness, success, promotion & victory are littered with faulty folks who test tolerance limits. Build relationships! Everyone including yourself is a work-in-progress. Some difficult people are in place to improve your needed love capacity & human development relationship skills! No organization, entity, government or society develops without excellent people-management skills!

Life is about people! You only thrive in life to the extent you engage true LOVE to accommodate others regardless of prevailing faulty nature!

True LOVE is a spiritual ability that can be grown to increase emotional capacity for accepting others through high tolerance of their obvious deficiencies & non-obvious tendencies.

Life & relationship becomes stress-less when you master human-beings’ tripartite nature. Everyone can be Mental-nuts. Prepossessed. Divine-wrecks.

Again, nearly everyone is a “MENTAL CASE” with Caged Mindset, Preprogrammed Attitude & Lacking Divine Control! We all have to learn To Live With At Least One Such Individual! It could be a friend, a spouse, a partner or colleague!

God created human relationship to establish balance & order through companionship. An average person hates to be balanced/ordered!

Yeah! Celebrate singleness all you want. You were not created to be single but to actively work-out an intimate relationship! Haa!

Bible counselling help is available to to those who have questions. I can be reached inbox on FB Messenger by the name Olanrewaju Elujoba or by email to bishopolaa@yahoo.com. May God bless you more & MORE!

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What Church Is, What Church Is Not!

(This Is An Important MASTERCLASS Lesson – It Is A Liberating & Insightful Education – Please Take Time To Carefully READ THROUGH! It will RICHLY BLESS & ENLIGHTEN you)


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.

I am available to help those who may have questions. I can be reached inbox here on FB Messenger or by email to bishopolaa@yahoo.com. May God bless you more & MORE!

Bishop Olan Elujoba

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Freedom is Not Free

Be Careful!! Freedom is Not So Free!!!

Many arguments have been canvassed by many who would want to live as they please because of the subject of liberty or freedom… While one would not want to enter into legalistic discussion on this, it is however pertinent that those who believe in our LORD JESUS Christ be informed that there is no free FREEDOM anywhere. Every freedom has a price tag to it and ULTIMATELY its account shall be sought!

The original author of freedom is not any man or earthly nation, it is God! God gave Adam liberty and freedom of choice, actions and attitudes. Adam got all things for free EXCEPT for certain instruction and loving-limits… And till today God has not changed His mind… He gives us freedom within loving-limits!!!

Even in the nation that propagates civil liberties & individual rights, several laws, restrictions, terms & conditions apply to practically every facet of its life & living. One out of three arms of democratic governments are fully-devoted to scripting regulations/laws for regulating lives/lifestyles & living within her borders… Plus, when the message of freedom is taken to other nations, it is silently prized and arm-twisting conditions are often imposed behind the scenes.

Also, when certain telecommunication networks give people “unlimited” this and that, they put the limitations in tiny prints, waiting for when to apply it when least expected.

Many in Christiandom are today laden, deceived & beguiled by commercialized messages of “living as you please” by profiteering “apostles” who refuse to state that there is no GRACE without TRUTH! True Grace was born by TRUTH, and true Grace is BALANCED by TRUTH!

Believers do not have unfettered liberties to live as they selfishly feel and fleshly wish, we have been curtailed in actions & manners by the written words of God! We have powers of choice INDEED, but our choices will lead to LIFE or DEATH and so are curtailed by counsels, instructions and admonitions to DO & live right!

In other words, your FREE choices are laden with divine benefits or eternally damning consequences. Many who have exercised FREE liberties are licking after-effects emotional wounds, guilt, anxieties, and some are sometimes already experiencing hell on earth! This is writing is not in any way asking or suggesting to anyone to live by any human dictate, it is a word of caution for people to seek to live as expected by Biblical words of God!

Some races & nations are “enjoying” freedoms today because of some lives whose bloods have been shed… However, free as such freedoms may seem, a closer look will show that such freedoms are still plagued and costing!

Workplaces allow you freedoms within certain limits. Even the freedom-peddling governments of this world tell you legal limits on what age to drive a motor vehicle, where to drive, how & where to build certain kinds of houses (building codes), where to practice religion & where not to; how much alcohol to consume; how to be recognized as married or unmarried; who you can have sex with or not; how to behave to others, etc… For that reason many regularly adapt their lives & lifestyles so as not to face the wrath of LAWS of men… We are quick to adjust to government laws but are being deceived not to live by laws of God…

It is a lie to say we are not any longer under BIBLICAL laws… Such assertions are popular over-stated half-truths twisted out of Biblical context… It’s just that JESUS Christ gave us a NEW law, which is different from the JEWISH laws! He gave us a different set of standards, expectations or laws! That is why we separate Bibles into two! Old Testament & New Testament MEANING: OLD LAWS & NEW LAWS: or if you prefer not to use the word “law”, then the bible is split into OLD REQUIREMENTS & STANDARD! & NEW REQUIREMENTS & STANDARD!!!(READ YOUR BIBLE PLSSSSS!) Any people who refuse to live by Biblical Requirement & Standard will in time be hunted down by consequences of their ungodly FREE choices. …

The consequence of unbridled liberties is why many folks will go to Church to pick & select what a God-ordained Church leader can tell or not tell them… Of course charlatans & ministry hirelings ubiquitously available & are always waiting across the roads (if not on the next floor of the same worship buildings) to willingly offer “customer/customerized services” to those straying souls who would soon move on & on to the next new fanciful smooth-talking “minister” whom they would end up using & dumping sooner or later, again.

Being in Christ JESUS does not give us liberty of any kind & every type of behavior… A true believer’s behavioral pattern is written for us to find out in God’s words… Indeed we will never be able to DO enough – in the flesh – to qualify and satisfy all requirements of God. This is why JESUS by HIS shed blood at Calvary and by the New Testament/Covenant changed the order from DOING to BEING first!That is to say that you will DO your BEING… Essentially, you are what you DO… (By your fruits we know who you truly are)… BUT, if you change your BEING, with the help of the HOLY SPIRIT your DOINGs (actions) will align with the nature of God in your BEING!!! By a newly recreated born again human spirit in a man or woman, one can walk, live & overcome all things in life, together with the resident HOLY SPIRIT! -By the way, we ought to remember that every covenant has a part for each party to play or DO! –

Many believers today are deceived to think “I can live as I please” “nobody can teach me how to live my life” “No Pastor has any right to tell me how to live my life” blah blah blah… (my advise?? Go tell that attitude to the marines…hahaha). Many uncultivable folks, who lived as they pleased, and that did not need teaching from anyone, are learning tougher life-lessons behind well-guarded prison & jail walls… (no disrespect intended to such people, just saying..)

The nations that allowed children to live as they pleased are reaping the fruits 30, 40, 50 years down the line now… And more evil fruits are still on the way except there is REPENTANCE!
If you are indeed in Christ JESUS, understand that Believers are not allowed to live as they please; they are to live to please God through our Lord JESUS Christ, and that shall be seen by people!!! Lights of God are not self-serving, neither are Godly salts! True Christianity is a life that pleases God & it is often so-acknowledged by men (& women, i.e. people) who observe manifesting Christlike fruits!

The Church of Christ was instituted to TEACH & DISCIPLE nations, not just for merry-making and fashion parades… After resurrection, JESUS Christ did not send his ministers to go, pray & prophesy to nations, he said to TEACH, BAPTIZE & DISCIPLE people & nations… Teach what?? Teach JESUS’ COMMANDMENTS! Teach JESUS’ DOCTRINE! Teach JESUS’ KINGDOM PRINCIPLES! Teach JESUS’ lifestyle!!! Teach New Testament LifeStyle!!!

There is nothing wrong in prayers & prophecies; it is part of the New Testament realities… What is wrong is when the noble ministries are carried out, out of eye/men-pleasing and for commercial interests. Commercialized praying and prophecy have become HUGE revenue-earners for the masters of the tricks & gimmicks, making many unwilling to face the actual tasks of soul-winning & soul-building… The first believers in Antioch were called CHRISTIANS because of a taught & learned DIFFERENT way & manner of LIFE & lifestyle.

True ministers of Christ are sent to MOLD lifestyles, not just gather crowds & make money! They are to influence forming of Godly Characters and not just dance to ungodly tunes that play out each day! The Church is busy FOLLOWING the world in worldliness, instead of leading in righteousness, inventions and divine working ideas!

Do not join the gangs who are on rampage for FREE freedom and religious entertainments instead of MINISTRY… Religious entertainment celebrates religious leaders while true Ministry celebrates JESUS CHRIST as ALL in ALL! Celebrating religious caricatures is not only happening now, it was the same in the days of JESUS!

If you do not remember or like anything in this writing, remember this… freedom is not free… Sooner or later you will have to answer and account for every bit of “free” FREEDOM enjoyed!!! If you do not regretfully answer to yourself in time, you might have to answer to husband, wife, parent, family, society or government, but DEFINITELY, every one of us will answer to God at the end of some day!

Ooops! Lord I’ve done what you said to do ooo, no one can say that I did not tell them sooo!

Make una no say dem no tell you sooo!!(pidging English) hahahaha… JESUS CHRIST ALONE is LORD forever more! AMEN & AMEN!

You Understand Your Dreams?

Do You Understand Your Dreams?
(PLEASE READ WELL & READ CAREFULLY)

I have had the privilege of benefiting from definitive dreams. Definitive dreams are those that I had and I knew they had nothing to do with nothing. They kind of came “out of the blues.”

Some dreams are a replay of foreboding events. That is you dreamed the dream because your thought was already fearfully preoccupied along the subject line.

Some dreams are directly tied to the discomfort you have while sleeping.

You may eat in your dream if you craved to eat before sleeping.
You may have sexual dreams since you are predisposed to pornography and its materials. Maybe you naturally sexually undress people in your mind.

I have often had dreams in line with the following:
Climbing heights that seem impossible to come down from
Inability to complete tests or examination within stipulated time
Tigers prowling around no matter how I try to avoid them
Insane people responding to invitation call during fasting & praying for a special ministry event.

(I already researched and know meanings and interpretations of the above. I will throw light on them. There are more dreams that I will talk about in subsequent writings.)

I am aware that some deliverance ministers will take your dreams and create an atmosphere that you are afflicted and need deliverance, meaning that there is a demon in you that must be cast out of you. Some will declare you a witch or wizard when you fly like a bird in your dream. Deliverance is an overstated or overused word by some in faith circles. Some have thrived on feeding people’s emotions with heretical stories on how to blame family/household members for their woes.

Deliverance means that you are freed from a power that has a firm grip on you, most likely beyond your control. Everybody needs one form of deliverance or the other, from time to time. That includes the self-exalting deliverance ministers. Many of them are so obsessed, possessive and oppressive.

There are 3 ways you may be under a control that you cannot break free from by yourself and may need a more spiritual person to help you out. Life would be more meaningful when each one receive deliverance from his or her own specific stronghold. No matter what level a minister or believer attain spiritually, deliverance would be needed from one or two of three areas. These are the 3 areas that everyone may need deliverance.

it could be from an oppression
it could be from an obsession
it could be from a possession

Oppression is external and territorial.

Obsession is mental. It could be insanity, compulsive habit, or culturally rigid but incorrect view point.

Possession is rare. Possession is when a demon or demons resides in someone.

Oppression can be overcome by a change of territory, overcoming the dictatorial ingrained forces of your environment, or standing out as a new force to be reckoned with in your environment, society or community. Family member may oppress you. So could your pastor, governor, president, son, daughter, husband or wife.

Obsession can be overcome by constantly renewing your mind. Adjusting your traditional views. Accepting new behaviors. Forcing yourself to yield to help and assistance from those who truly care. The most important assignment of church attendance is to relieve people of their obsessions. Everyone is obsessed in one way or another. Obsession has its roots in how your mind was falsely fed and concreted with falsehoods that you accepted as complete truths.

Possession is difficult to overcome. No human being is possessed without the willful acceptance of the possessed. A possessed person may only be helped if the possessed himself or herself cooperates with a spiritual authority, to evict the demon or demons in him or her.

You can be delivered by allowing God’s word influence a change in your mindset. You can be delivered by saturating your environment with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. You can be delivered when you walk by faith, walk in the Spirit, exercise divine authority, and, when you produce fruits of your salvation.

I will continue this writing here if there are enough likes, shares, questions & contributions. Thanks for reading.

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Integrity Of A Witness

The Integrity Of A Witness Is Found In The Lifestyle!

The fruit of Christianity is not in material acquisitions and selfish posturing… the fruit of Christianity is in how each disciple or believer use Grace to CHANGE lives and INCREASE Christ’s Kingdom in their sphere of influence!

The integrity of a true believer is not found in mere words of beliefs, it is rather found in the testimony of the CHANGED messenger whose former messed-up life BECOMES a message for saving & transforming other lives on Christ’s behalf!

The integrity of any true WITNESS is undergirded by CREDIBLE lifestyle! How can anyone WITNESS Christ effectively without being CHRISTLIKE! You might want to tell the world that it’s not about you all you like, that it is all about Christ & His works. .. Yet the world that we live in today is not as interested in our 2000+ years old Bible stories as they are more interested in your personal story… You are the Bible that many want to read before they believe!

Are you really representing Christ???

Much Love!

Bishop Olan Elujoba

Faith, Belief, Conviction & Religion

Differences Between Faith, Belief, Conviction & Religion.

(Quite Some Lines To Read. Please READ THROUGH CAREFULLY. It Will Help YOU!)

Belief is a body of information that a MIND is RIGIDLY SET on, rightly & wrongly. Conviction is belief transmitted from head-knowledge into a heart-based action-ready-mode. Many have fixed mindsets on beliefs they do not necessarily practice in face of life situational confrontations. Faith is right conviction that currently & actively defy contradictions in direct moment-by-moment partnership with God. God desires people who are full of faith or are faithful to LIVE BY FAITH!

Wrong beliefs that leads to wrong convictions & wrong actions births religion. Religion can also be based on right beliefs & conviction but lacking current interaction & engagement with God by His Holy Spirit. It is impossible to please God without right belief. Endeavor To Please God! Many church-goers operate in the flesh and not by Spirit-led faith. Faith is action-steps engaged because of inner conviction.

“Without active faith, it is impossible to please God.” Heb 11:6 “So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:6.

Faith is strengthened and grown by feeding on right spiritual facts. The more time a Christian spends on feeding on & digesting Gods words by the help of the Holy Spirit, the easier it gets to be propelled by deep-seated assurance of strong personal faith and not by presumptions.

Faith engages body of beliefs to practically seek a yet-to-be-seen impossible solution regardless of facts that are up in arms against it.

Faith is always seeking a premeditated change. It relies on unseen spiritual insight & guidance & patiently waits for the evidently seen to be overcome by the expected physically unseen.

“that ye may not become slothful, but followers of those who through faith and patient endurance are inheriting the promises.” Hebrews 6:12. Young’s Literal Translation

Faith is initiated in the heart of one who choose to act on God’s ability, knocks on God’s doors for divine-enabled answers, and waits on God for rigid physical circumstances to turnaround into a new testimony and miracle.

Bible faith keeps trudging on a lonely path to work out a change even when physical information or facts insists that it will not add up. The woman with more than a decade issue of blood problem, collected her miracle by personally motivated and inspired faith.

“And Jesus told the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50

Faith is spiritual insight that actively relies on God supplying desired outcome. Faith actively waits on internal guidance and takes bold steps throughout moments of hope, expectancy & turnaround.

Faith is not needed when expected outcomes are naturally certain. Faith does not underestimate physical facts, rather, it insists on superior supernatural facts derived from need for change, fired-up by right belief and convictions.

Faith is a human acting sensually foolish but with certain inner trust and continued assurance that God will show up with supernatural parts to what is hoped for.

“Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[a] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-20 New International Version (NIV)

Faith is incomplete when it is all about what a human can accomplish without room for what God should add to the belief, conviction & faith equation.

Faith is usually a dangerous risky endeavor that only God’s answer or response can diffuse and turn into testimonies or miracle for the faith-actor.

Faith is not commonplace. It swims against natural inclinations for the most part. It can pitch its operator against friends, families and colleagues who most times would turn themselves into arch enemies.

Faith is a personal responsibility & engagement of divinity in human activity. Since it is rarely a secret engagement it will usually raise wrath of other close-by folks who will be intimidated, embarrassed or unhappy because of exposure of own lack of convictions.

“And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.” Luke 17:19 New Living Translation

Faith does not leave things to chance and ask God to fix things. Rather, it actively takes steps based on spiritually & scripture-ascertained information on what God already promised and assured that He will do.

Faith takes the promissory word of God on its face value and for what it is, and takes steps ahead of physical manifestation of the promise.

“Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” 1 Kings 17:1 New American Standard Bible

Faith is personal and not a follow-follow reaction to what others in religious believing-crowds are engaging in. Faith is engaged-in INTENTIONALLY, for moments of necessities.

Religion is the fake-faith or false-faith that engages automatic repetitive means & permanent ritualistic methods that are assumed to please God permanently.

Faith is a forward-leaning current daily/weekly engagement with God. It seeks to be current with God’s mind as they may be freshly revealed.

Religion is backward-leaning and is always trusting to repeat past traditions that once made God respond to man’s needs. God desires daily 2-way, heaven-earth, interactions with each one of those who believe in Him. He is known to change his modus-operandi from time to time and is NOT RIGID in mathematically repeating traditions. King David in the Bible never assumed battle strategies without consulting the oracles of God. He always asked and got divine directions for EACH day & battle. God’s answers to him were not always the same regardless that his situations or circumstances were very similar. Also, JESUS sought God’s face in prayers & fellowship, DAILY. Apostle Paul did not assume he could put God in a mold inspite of the fact he was extremely close to God.

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 King James Version (KJV)

FAITH IS FRESH DAILY 2-WAY PERSONALIZED INTERACTION WITH GOD. IT IS NOT A SCHEDULED PROGRAM FOR SPECIFIED BUILDINGS OR ROOMS.

While believers (those with mind set on specific beliefs) are in billions of population numbers, those with conviction (who are ready to stand up to faithfully resist contrary beliefs) are far in between numbers, and, people of faith (those who would pay some spiritual price and make necessary “sacrifices” like being labelled extreme, being outcasted for choosing to stand out, punished for spiritual choices, etc), are rare to find.

Where are you regarding belief, conviction, faith or religion? I am personally not interested in traditional beliefs/religioon. I am keen on having a lively faith in Christ JESUS and in relating with Him, freshly, daily. I have always leaned on faith for material, biological & spiritual provisions more than physical world promises. I have tried my best to get most of my Christian livelihood, results and testimonies by staying firm with my convictions. I want to always be found hanging-in-there on daily faith and trust in a living God rather than in what is physically available by evil-propelled corrupted compromising systems here on earth.

“It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” Hebrew 11:6 The Message Bible

I encourage you to personally grow your faith in the LORD JESUS Christ. I am available to help those who may be interested. I can be reached inbox here on FB Messenger or by email to bishopolaa@yahoo.com. May God bless you more & MORE!

My name is Olanrewaju Elujoba. You can support us @ Worldwide WORD MISSIONS, a Great Commission Initiative that engages non-profit publishing, broadcasting, training & missionary networking to advance the Kingdom of our LORD JESUS CHRIST across the globe.

Olanrewaju Elujoba

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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.  

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