A NEW SIGHT OF A SOVEREIGN GOD!
Habakkuk had to negotiate his way to a new place of seeing God in his day. As a prophet, his operational context is supposed to be one of partnership with God. Amos 3:7 (NIV). Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.Therefore God’s interaction with Habakkuk was designed to produce an enhanced capacity inside of him to partner with God as He acts in the earth. When Habakkuk complained and described the depraved context in which he found himself, God’s response to Habakkuk was even more perplexing:
Habakkuk: v2. O LORD, how long shall I cry, and you will not hear? Even cry out to you, “Violence!” And you will not save. 3 Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. 4 Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
GOD: (NIV) v5. “Look at the nations. Watch them. Be totally amazed at what you see. I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe. You would not believe it even if someone told you about it. Amazingly God then proceeds to describe a set of worse conditions to come for which He claims full responsibility(v6 – 10). The rise of a thoroughly evil empire – terrible; dreadful; violence; taking of captives; wreaking unrestrained global havoc at will.God says to Habakkuk “I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe. You would not believe it even if someone told you about it.” If the defining characteristic of the relationship between God and Habakkuk is supposed to be partnership then there is a problem here that needs to be resolved. God identifies within Habakkuk a concept limitation in his understanding of God.
Habakkuk: v13.You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness. Why do you look on those who deal treacherously, and hold your tongue when the wicked devours a person more righteous than he? Habakkuk has here a set of assumptions in his mind about God and His operations that obscures his sight of how He is about to act. If these assumptions were not adjusted it would have made him an ineffective partner with God as He manages the earth to its pre-ordained end-state.
Habakkuk’s Final Position: (Habakkuk 3:19, NIV). The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.
An assumption is a belief or conviction that is so internalized as fact that it has become an unquestioned basis for action and interaction with the world around us. Some assumptions are correct while some are inaccurate borne out of deficient sight of God.
- God is Sovereign.
- God’s Heart is Towards Redemption.
- God Has One Single Purpose for the Earth.
- Every Natural Event Fits into the Architecture of that One Purpose.
- The Heart of God is the Filter for an Accurate Kingdom Perspective.
- For Every Natural Event There is a Formative Process.
- The Authority of the Kingdom Supersedes the Authority of the Nations.
God is Sovereign
‘Sovereign’ meanshaving undisputed ascendancy; Possessed of supreme power, unlimited in extent.The meaning of the word suggests an absolute reality. There is no such thing as being partially sovereign. Understanding God’s sovereignty is an essential platform for a Kingdom perspective. The concept of God’s sovereignty is not new to us but the actions and reactions of most believers to events in the earth contradict our acceptance of this. This is exactly my contention with the response of some believers to the outcome of Nigeria’s last presidential election.
Some Wrong Concepts of God’s Sovereignty
- Sovereignty of God as a ‘Veto’ Facility:
The big underlying problem with all these misconceptions about the sovereignty of God is the limitation they impose on Him because of our lack of sight. As a veto facility it implies when something doesn’t sit well with God, which maybe He never thought of before and was not explicit as to whether it is His will or not, He simply vetoes it because He has a veto power. Howbeit, known to God are all His ways from the beginning. God is not arbitrary and He is not inconsistent in His plans and actions; therefore He doesn’t need a veto facility to arbitrarily make up for the gaps in plan and action when things didn’t go according to His plans.
- Sovereignty of God as a Counter-Response to the Enemy’s Actions:
Known to God from before times are all the actions and inactions of the devil. God allows the devil to operate within certain permissible boundaries and parameters whether the devil likes it or not. Job’s issue is one such instance. Besides, the devil services the purposes of God in more ways than we can imagine or love to accept. He killed Jesus Christ who was ordained by God from the foundation of the earth to be slayed. Therefore the sovereignty of God cannot be evoked as a counter response to the enemy’s actions. The devil knows too well as not to cross the line which God has set for him. The devil simply takes advantage of our ignorance like every smart lawyer does. Well, the devil has never been a threat to God and His plans for the planet. God’s actions are never a counter response to the devil’s actions; it is the other way round.
- Sovereignty of God suited only to the Purposes of the Church:
The sovereignty of God is not limited to the affairs of the church only but extends to all of His created universe. The power of God is not only seen and manifested inside the church but His power is seen as He administers the nations, the global economy, the weather, and in science and technology. He rules in the affairs of men and He is the governor of the nations. He is solely in charge of times and seasons of the earth, the rise and fall of kingdoms and who comes to power within a geographical sphere and at what point in time. He spoke about Cyrus, Alexander the great and his four generals, Julius Caesar in the book of Daniel long before they were even born. He is presently still administering the nations of the earth as He ushers them to the threshold of judgment; because He is the Sovereign God.
- Sovereignty of God as Agent of ‘Beneficial Outcomes:
God definitely direct every event of providence as He administers times and chance, however He faithfully sends us rain as well sun in their due seasons; night seasons as well as mornings of joy. But His sovereignty is far bigger than this narrow bandwidth of activity that Pentecostals sees as everything. He remains sovereign when outcomes are not personally beneficial as we expect them.
More Accurate View:
In the year that King Uzziah died (earthly crisis), I saw the Lord sitting on a throne (certainty of rulership), high and lifted up (undisputed ascendancy), and the train of His robe filled the temple (unlimited scope and reach of authority). Isaiah 6:1
Earthly crisis in the very nation of God still saw the certainty of God’s rulership superintending indisputably not only over the affairs of Israel but over the nations of the earth. The reach and scope of His undisputed ascendancy is borderless. Earthly crisis should never question the certainty of His sovereignty in our hearts. As a matter of fact earthly crisis establishes the certainty of His Sovereignty, “For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness” (Isaiah 26:9).
v.30- “Let both grow together until the harvest” (an executive decision that affects the maturation of both good and evil); vv.38,41- “The field is the world” yet “they will weed out of His kingdom” v.43- “Then the righteous will shine forth…”Matt. 13:24-30, 37-43
The parable outlines a scope of authority to act that makes no distinction between the world and the kingdom, wheat and tares. All that seems to matter is His purpose which encompasses and governs all.
We have to divest ourselves of wrong concepts of God, His rulership authority and the nature of His involvement in the affairs of the planet in order to ready ourselves to partner with Him.A firmly negotiated understanding of His sovereignty is the platform upon which we must stand to complete His purposes.
God’s Heart is Towards Redemption
But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest… Mat 13:29-30.
The primary motivation behind the command “let both grow together” is God’s concern for the welfare of the righteous.Behind God’s allowance of evil to grow alongside good is an essentially redemptive intent and purpose.
The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness. John 10:10 (TLB)(John 3:16; Amos 9:11-12; Isa. 2:2-4).
God’s heart-motivation for interfacing with the world is essentially redemptive. ‘Redeem’ – to pay a ransom in order to release someone from a captive state
Philippians 2:6-7. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges…
Therefore in executing our partnership with God, our expression of His operations must also proceed from a redemptive heart-motivation. In Jonah chapters 3 and 4,God sends a prophet to proclaim judgment against a city. The people respond to the prophetic word in sincere repentance and God changes his mind; but Jonah becomes angry with God probably because he prophesied from a platform of:Concern for his personal reputation or secretly desiring to see the destruction of Nineveh.
6 Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.” 9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?” “I do,” he said. “I am angry enough to die.” 10 But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”Jonah 4:6-11(NIV).
Jonah is instructed by God that even in issuing judgment He is motivated by a desire to have human beings and nations come to redemption, light and understanding.The internal platform for Kingdom operations is genuine (divine) compassion for people and the nations of the earth.Though we know that God does destroy and pass judgment on both human beings and nations alike, His essential nature and purpose remain redemptive even when He performs these acts.
The desire to destroy is never a core motivator within the heart of God. This posture must be reflected in the heart of everything we do and especially within the context of discharging prophetic ministry. Our interface with the sovereignty of God is designed to produce in us a greater heart for redemptive impact through the purposes of the Lord.
God has One Single Purpose for the Earth!
A prominent characteristic of divine architecture is oneness out of diversity; e.g. The Godhead,the Eco-system, the Human Body, the Community.The architecture of God’s purpose is designed according to the same pattern.There is one purpose though there are many purposes that will work together to fulfill it. Knowledge and awareness of God’s singular purpose allow us to accurately understand the many “sub” purposes that are moving to confluence in order to fulfill it.
The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand: 25 that I will break the Assyrian in My land, and on my mountains tread him underfoot. Then his yoke shall be removed from them, and his burden removed from their shoulders. 26 This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.Isaiah 14:24-27(NIV)
This is the plan determined for the whole world…The singular purpose of God exerts an unyielding grip upon the entire earth and governs the life of all nations. Out of God’s complex and diverse operations within the nations, a Sovereign God will produce His one purpose.
- Knowledge of the architecture of God’s purpose is critical to an accurate interface with a sovereign God.
- Perceiving the relationship between earthly events and divine architecture is critical for prophetic discernment.
- Building perspectives based on natural sight without reference to the architecture will lead to inaccuracies.
- With respect to the issue of singularity [of purpose] out of complexity [of operations]:
- Sight of the “complexity” without the “singularity” produces confused perspectives.
- Sight of the “singularity” without the “complexity” produces simplistic perspectives.
- Sight of the “complexity” in relationship to the “singularity” produces a balanced, accurate prophetic perspective.
Singularity Resolves Complexity: All events, circumstances, situations and human history since the beginning of time will come to a point of ultimate resolution at the place where all things converge to manifest God’s singular purpose.
Every Natural Event Fits into the Architecture of that One Purpose!
If the principle is “out of many processes there is convergence into one purpose”, then every natural event fits into the architecture of that one purpose. True prophetic sight starts with the divine architecture as the basis for interpreting and responding to earthly events.
Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick.” 4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:1-4 (NKJV)
Here is an earthly event that causes much grief and distress (note: John 11:35) but Jesus’ perspective however on the event is different. He perceives that the earthly disaster actually fits into divine architecture.This prophetic perspective produced a response from Jesus that from a natural perspective, would have seemed strange.What was responsible for Jesus’ prophetic perspective? He was always locked into the reality of divine architecture.‘I do nothing except My Father does it’; ‘I say nothing unless I hear My Father say it’.Our connection to Christ’s knowledge of divine architecture is the basis for our upgraded capacity for Kingdom operations
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15 (NKJV).
Dan. 2:30-45: The Image of Nebuchadnezzar!
The context here is the impending confrontation and destruction of the systems of the earth by the Kingdom of God (divine architecture).The image is built out of the cumulative legacies of successive earthly empires that ruled the world. What does God’s management of this process look like on the earth?Allowing the future leaders of these empires to come to power;allowing evil to come to maturity within the hearts of those leaders;many wars and battles resulting in massive loss of innocent human life; the progressive empowerment of these kingdoms through conquest of weaker nations and territories!
If viewed purely from an earthly perspective these events would be viewed as disastrous and evoke a sense of fear and uncertainty.But if viewed from the perspective of divine architecture, all of this is necessary in order to produce God’s ultimate goal – the establishment of His Kingdom over those of the earth.
The Heart of God is the Filter of an Accurate Kingdom Perspective!
Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matt. 12:34(NKJV)
The principle here is that spiritual apprehension of the heart tells us how to interpret and respond to external manifestation. If we begin with the external manifestation we will be in a position to be spiritually de-activated by the events of the last days (which are all scripted by a sovereign God).
And because lawlessness will abound, the love (agape) of many will grow cold. Mat 24:12-13
An internal spiritual state that is vulnerable to the surrounding environment. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. “Enduring to the end” implies: 1. Building an internal interface that is fortified against the negative internal impact of the escalating crisis around us. 2. Not allowing the life of God to leak away with each successive pronouncement of a new tragedy or a new height of human wickedness. 3. Having an un-shifting gaze upon the redemptive heart of aSovereign God behind the crisis.
What is the key to endurance? – An internalized and continuously rehearsed knowledge of the heart of God.Every perspective, opinion and conclusion formed as we walk through the crisis must be filtered through an internalized knowledge of His heart.Developing an accurate Kingdom interface involves an ongoing internally managed process of growing up into the knowledge of Him and His ways. Therefore an effective internal interface is not gift-based but “sight of the heart of God”-based. The more we know the heart of our sovereign God, the more equipped we become to represent Him and His sovereign will to the nations of the earth.
24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.Matt. 25:24-27
The servant here had an inaccurate understanding of the heart of the Master. He knew the Master demanded great productivity (the other servants also understood this). But this servant interpreted this to indicate that the Master was a ‘hard man’. Because of his inaccurate understanding of the Master’s heart;the servant relates to his gift and responsibility inaccurately. He acts out of fear, intimidation and uncertainty.Our knowledge of the heart of God provides us with the basis for being accurate stewards of His purpose.
2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,Ex. 31:2-5 (NKJV).
Bezalel’s knowledge of what God had placed in Moses’ heart allowed him to build the Temple accurately (prophetic activity).It is stated that Bezalel was equipped by God for the work with the following:Spirit of the Lord; Wisdom; Understanding; Knowledge; Gifting.The substantial part of his equipping was focused on the establishment of an internal interface.The capacity to manifest outwardly (gifting) represented only one fragment of the total process of preparing Bezalel to build God’s purpose.
- The process of developing an effective Kingdom perspective requires a quality personal process of moving deeper into the knowledge of God.
- Authentic Kingdom operations are built out of a correct knowledge of and response to the heart of God.
- Accurate Kingdom output requires the development of an internal interface
For Every Natural Event There is a Formative Process!
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.Hebrews 11:3 (NKJV)
And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, (the purpose of God seeding the earth is to initiate a process towards future manifestation). 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how (the formative process lies beyond natural understanding). 28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.Mark 4:26-28
The creation of divine intent in the earth manifests in a logical, sequential progression; that is in an earthly trend.The principle we get from this scripture reference is that for every earthly manifestation there is an unseen, formative process (past and futuristic application).Our sight and understanding of the unseen formative process allow us to define correct responses to natural events.
In Daniel 5, God sovereignly acts to produce a dramatic and sudden event in Babylon which casts the entire kingdom and its leadership into perplexity.Daniel was called in to explain what God had done. His response allows us to identify the features of an accurate Kingdom posture which allows him as a prophet to see what God had done.
O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom and majesty, glory and honor. 20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him. 21 …till he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses. 22 “But you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew all this. 24 Then the fingers of the hand were sent from Him, and this writing was written. 25 “And this is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 26 This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”Dan. 5:18-28
Daniel decoded the true significance of the occurrence by describing the set of formative processes leading up to it that everyone else could not see. He was able to do this because his sight and understanding went beyond the actual event. Daniel had perceived the hidden processes within Babylon and was tracking their developments, consequences and repercussions. Because of this he was able to deliver sight of God’s movements to Babylon.In other words what prepared Daniel for this moment was not an ability to have momentary flashes of revelation and insight. Instead it was the result of deliberately positioning himself to become aware of the trends of society and to understand them through a developed Kingdom perspective.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it (spiritual sight is required to see the emergence of the new)? Isaiah 43:19. I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland (emerging trends in the earth that will change the existing landscape) NIV
Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:1-2
Key Factors for the Kingdom Perspective:
- The importance of starting with the unseen for accurate sight, perspective and interpretation.
- The value of an accurate perspective on evolving trends.
- Understanding that there are connections among seemingly random occurrences.
- Understanding the value of context- sensitivity in interpreting and speaking into events.
- The Authority of the Kingdom Supersedes the Authority of the Nations.
The Authority of the Kingdom Supersedes the Authority of the Nations!
Nations are considered as sovereign entities which as we previously defined, is a misnomer. While they may represent one of the most powerful expressions of earthly power, they are still circumscribed by the authority of God. Nebuchadnezzar is an icon for the pinnacle of earthly power and authority.Jer. 27:6-7: God states that he has complete control over the nations and even the beasts of the field.Nebuchadnezzar loses sight of the fact that his authority and power are circumscribed and God judges him.The purpose of the judgment is to show that God rules in the affairs of men (Dan. 4:17).
Let us examine the impact this has on Nebuchadnezzar.The nature of the impact gives clues as to the nature of what our Kingdom perspective is supposed to deliver to the earth.
34 And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. 35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have you done?” 36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.Dan. 4:34-37 (NKJV)
Dimensions of Kingdom Impact:
- The understanding required to govern in the earth begins with the recognition of the preeminence of heavenly authority over it. “I lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me” (v.34)
- The authority of the Kingdom never diminishes and remains constant through time.
“For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation” (v.34)
- Earthly reputation carries no weight against the authority of God’s kingdom to impose its regulation. “All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing” (v.35)
- God’s rulership is complete, unlimited and cannot be restricted by the reactions and protestations of men. “No one can restrain His hand or say to Him,”What have you done?” (v.35)
We must situate Nigeria’s electoral outcome in its proper context in order to make godly sense out it all. It was never about Christians versus Moslems; and I mean in the sight of God, because I know too many Christians as well as too many Moslem friends who saw it that way and went about it that way too. It was never about the North versus the South and neither was it about the North in collusion with the South-West against the South East in collusion with South-South as it all eventually panned out. It was not even an ideologically based fight as there are no such differing coherent philosophical positions between PDP and APC. I know that Nigerians were generally disenchanted with the depth of corruption and impunity of the political class over the years, with PDP being the ruling party representing more of these twin devils.
I have witnessed eleven heads of state of this country from General Gowon to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Even though I am not a political commentator, I could comment a little bit more accurately from observing these eleven regimes. Every regime left Nigeria (the ordinary citizens) worst of than its predecessors; and it was not necessarily because they set out to post such poor performances. The fundamental problems that have plagued us as a people are still here and have never been addressed and cannot be addressed without a major paradigm shift. We have had rulers and never leaders; and all the rulers have been sectional who must protect sectional interest. The sections are ethnic, religious, geographical, military, elitist, and sometimes a combination of some of these. I am happy that the mantra of APC is ‘change’ and I know too well that they know change starts with self. The definition of madness, like they say, is in not doing things differently but expecting a different result (change). Nigerian problem is endemic and systemic.
Nigerians have always preferred the last regime to a subsisting one like the Pharisees. They hail the incoming ones and extol them to high heavens and only to turn around midway (and justifiably so) to vilify them. Unfortunately, years later into the lifespan of another regime, the vilified past regime is considered better. So, why don’t we sit down and ask questions about these trend, if we really want to move forward? GMB and his APC will suffer the same fate if our fundamental problems as a people is not courageously addressed. We all sincerely desire a change for the better as a country but how many will embrace the process to a personal change?
South West produced an MKO in an election that is largely still the best we have ever had as a country and he was massively voted for across every divide for the president of this country in 1993. Sectional interests in the powers that be silenced that expressed wish of the masses, whatever MKO’s personal sins were. Few years later, in a conciliatory move, the Northern oligarchy selected and anointed OBJ because of the obvious wrong against the West. The ruling class came up with a formula of rotational presidency across six geo political divide with the South West taking the first shot. Eight years later it will be the turn of the North to produce the next President. They were never given the opportunity to present their best candidate as OBJ foist Yar’dua and GED on the country, after failing to scuttle the arrangement with his planned ‘3rd Term’. It was becoming obvious that the North that came up with such novel arrangement were going to lose out of it, as they had already lost six out of the agreed eight years. They threw in everything they got into it, prepared for the election and prepared for war should they lost the election.I dare say, they even prepared for war more than they prepared for the election. It is justice for them to have won the election and victory for Nigeria for us not to have gone to war as the whole world had (feared) expected.
The North have had a disproportionate access to power compared to the South but the average Northerner and their states are worst of in terms of physical infrastructural development and manpower development. They seem to have less at stake that wanton destruction and mindless bloodletting is almost their default position, which their elite can always exploit. They were at it again, and that sent a clear signal that made all the non-indigenes packing out of the Northern states, especially the Ibos. They were eventually disenfranchised in their millions as they couldn’t vote in the elections outside where there were registered.
Nigeria is a spiritual high place:and by that I simply mean a kind of spiritual stronghold or spiritual epicenter from where the plans and purposes of God touches down first (easily) and gets spread out faster than any other country in Africa. This is so by God’s own ordination and not by anything attributable to man. God does have a plan and Nigeria is extremely strategic in its execution across African continent and beyond. Nigeria’s social political instability will be a terrible blow to that plans. Islamic fundamentalism is not a threat to God and His plans in Nigeria, no matter how my brethren in the Northern states will see it. I believe God is saying something that we all are not hearing yet. Our actions and activities must not become reactionary to their plots and intimidation. It is a new day, some present positions of the church are becoming obsolete and irrelevant to the demands of God for today’s realities and challenges. We will need to see past the obscuring of the events around us and decipher what God is saying to His church today. Preparing for physical war in response to Islamic provocations is a wrong response.
Spiritual leaders as well as political leaders were going to be invalidated and discredited respectively is what I heard and knew in my spirit. Most believers who are still thinking Christians failed or God failed, think so because their idol ministers prophesied a lie to them, period.
They stood in the wrong place and therefore could not discern the counsel of GOD.Jeremiah 23:18,“For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, and has perceived and heard His word? Who has marked His word and heard it”. Standing in the wrong place implies being misaligned with God; their will, interests and motivations were clashing with God’s. For most of them that standing in the wrong place didn’t just happen now, it has been the sorry situation for a while now. They have prophesied and operated powerfully from this wrong platforms for a long time to the admiration of their spellbound followers. I pray, explain it to me, how do you collect money from politicians to pray and prophesied them into power as a man of God? Even Balaam didn’t do that with brazen impunity. You don’t arrive at this wrong place over night.
In the heat of electioneering battle, so many things are not properly analyzed, all that matters is just to win at whatever cost. Most Nigerian politicians are plain spineless, shameless and without any philosophical position, going by the way they cross carpet and speak from both sides of their mouth. Villains of yesterday became sung heroes just by cross carpeting, ours is a strange clime indeed. Howbeit, God set up the stage for both these class of people to be openly discredited. This will become obvious as this new regime unfolds and perhaps unravels too.
It will very soon become obvious to every discerning person that what God is doing is turning everybody’s attention to Himself, away from the distractions of mundane life. The systems of the earth are under divine attack globally (Nigeria is part of the globe), such that while everything man has built his hope and trust in fails, we will begin to ask for the ways of Zion. This is why I am a strong believer that this election has been a huge victory for God’s purpose to come powerfully into the earth through Nigeria. It is against this backdrop that we are being called upon to proclaim on the one hand the Apostolic Reformation of the Church (the current initiative of God) and on the other hand for those still stuck in the past, to embrace this current initiative of God.