A New Rising Army

Lagos Fire Summits: A New Rising Army

General Introduction
John B. Joseph

In Deeper Thought: Abraham’s 318-man domestic army, Moses supernatural rod, Joshua triumphant army, Gideon’s 300-man army, David’s mighty men, Elijah’s consuming fire, & Jesus 12-man New Covenant Army pointed us to that fact that God prepares a new army for every intended revolution. {Gen.14:13-16/Exd. 4: 2 – 5.

A New Covenant Army: The blood redeemed, Spirit-driven people shall be fully armed with Moses’ rod of authority and Elijah’s fire-power to replace the old, failed armies of a self-driven, greed-laden, murderous
‘saints’. It shall be bold, aggressive, and triumphant. {Ezk. 34: 1 – 10}

It Is The EndTime Liberation Army: With the power to heal the sick, bind up the broken, liberate the captives, cast out demons, raise the dead, and get ready the Bride of Christ. {Isa. 61: 1 – 4; Ezk. 34: 4}

The New Rising Army: It shall terminate the era of leadership of cruelty & greed; end spiritual starvation, scattering, & wandering, and dismantle racism, tribalism, & denominationalism. {Ezk. 34: 3 – 4}

A Mighty Revolution Army: As Jesus Radicals, we shall crush devil’s armies and set up the banner of apostolic Christianity, that shall bring down the Latter House Glory, with the glorious springing of pastures, great harvest, & restoration. We shall be feared, and marked ‘dangerously violent’. {Joel 2: 21 – 32}

Come and Join: You are here to enlist in A New Rising Army. Not born again? Here comes the opportunity to be saved. Already born again? Brace up to be Jesus’ Firebrand. Come, join His new army of a blood-washed, Spirit-driven people.

This is the reason for 2017 Lagos Fire Summits. Welcome into His presence.

Life & Love & Power
John B. Joseph

 

THE SEVEN MARKS
B. B. John
Text: Luke 10: 1- 37

Christ New Rising Army consists of Eleventh-Hour Labourers. We are a people sent forth into the King’s great harvest for the final harvest missions. As an army of “ lambs among wolves”, we must be fully armed with the peace and presence of God. {Lk. 10: 4 – 12}. We are to be compassionate troops that boldly walk in authority and power. {Luke 10: 29 – 37, 17 – 19}.
1. Not Doctrine Mongers – But a people in apostolic order who preach eternal Life and demonstrate the Spirit power. {Mark 7: 6 – 7; 1st Cort. 2: 4; Luke 4 -5: 18 -19; Acts 4: 8}
2. Not Conventional People – But a crew of unconventional believers who flow by the dictate of the Holy Spirit. {Jhn 5: 19 – 20; Mk 2: 11 – 12, Matt 9: 33}
3. Not Churchy, Religious, denominational fanatics – But a crew of Jesus radicals, deeply rooted and absolutely loyal to the Christ. They see local assembly as the preparatory regiment, believers in all churches as one united body of Christ, and the world as the mission field. {Matt 23: 1 – 31; Mark 16: 15}
4. Not A Mammon Mindset Organization – But an army of Kingdom seekers and vigorous pursuers of righteousness. {Matt 6: 31 – 34, 16: 19; Mk 8: 36, Luke 12: 15; Prov. 15: 16, 23: 4; Josh 1: 8}
5. Not A Fear Choking Battalion – But an army of bold, courageous saints. We are fierce,
indefatigable, offensive, and decisive in actions. {2nd Tim. 1: 7; Judges 7: 3; Josh 1: 6 – 8}
6. Not Endtime Fools – But wise virgins, who prayerfully and soberly await the arrival of the Bridegroom, even in these evil midnight hours. {2 Tim. 3: 1 – 9; Eph. 5: 15 – 17; Matt 25: 1 – 13}
7. Not Earth-bound Pilgrims – But an army of heaven-bound pilgrims, who consciously prepare to be a chaste bride for Christ, the soon coming King. {1st Pet. 2: 11 – 12; Hebr. 13: 14 – 15; Philp 3: 20 -21}

WANTED: GREAT GENERALS
B. B. John

I was laying my back on the long upholstery, afternoon on Wednesday 2nd of August 2017, when the Lord spoke to me “Raise My Great Generals”. This great mandate points to the fact that there are vacuums in the hall of faith. Refilling the places of expired and fired Generals have created the vacuum. The need for the last days’ upgrade of the army must have. There is a shortage of firebrand Generals on the harvest field.
– Wanted: Great General of Agape, in the order of Jesus, who is affectionate and compassionate to care for the Lord’s lambs and sheep. {Jhn. 21: 15 – 18; Acts 20: 28}
– Wanted: Great General of Fire, in the order of Elijah, dangerously hot & violent for Satan to handle. {I Ki. 17: 1, 18: 30 – 40; II Ki. 1; Jms. 5: 17 – 18}
– Wanted: Great General of Faith, in the order of Christ, boldly walking in great power and authority, bringing joy, healing, and mighty miracles to the people. {Acts 10: 38; Lk. 4: 18 – 19; Hebr. 11: 33 -34}
– Wanted: Great General of Freedom, in the order of Moses, liberating souls & nations from prisons.
– Wanted: Great General of Righteousness, in the order of Noah, gloriously radiating God’s nature.
– Wanted: Great General of The Gospel, in the order of the apostles, fiery preachers of the word of salvation, ablaze in passion, and aggressively unashamed in the global evangelistic project. {Mark 16: 1-18; Lk. 4: 18 – 19}
– Wanted: Great General of Building, in the order of David, successful disciple maker and builder of mighty men; “rebuilding the old ruins…raising former desolations”. {Isa. 61: 4; Matt. 28: 19 – 20; I Chr. 11: 10 – 47}
There is still vacuum in the hall of great Generals. You are being called forth to occupy it. Will you answer His call today? Don’t reject the great offer. Your destiny is only fulfil in it.

 

GETTING ENLISTED
Best E. David

The Recruits
Enlistment begins with the recruitment. How do you become a recruit in the New Rising Army?
1. Genuine Repentance From Sin: It beings with true repentance. Have you turned away from your sins? Or you are just padding up with religion and churchy push? Repent of your evil way, and Jesus will give you total forgiveness.
2. Simple Faith Toward God: Place your trust in Jesus Christ, and make Him your personal Lord and Savior. Have you asked Him into your life? It’s a step you must take to become a new creature and thus be recruited into Christ New Rising Army. At the point of salvation, Jesus will wash and mark you by His Blood, enter your name in the book of life, and give you the Holy Spirit.

The Enlisted

This is the most vital organ of the new Rising Army. It is not enough to be recruited, born again, redeemed; you also need to be enlisted i.e. become a firebrand disciple.
1. What is Enlistment? In the military, “enlistment is the process of taking the oath of enlistment, and becoming a soldier.” In the Christ Kingdom, it is a process of “total surrendered, of unreserved abandonment, and of absolute commitment to the Lord, and His gospel mandate.
2. The Missions of Enlisted Soldier: Your missions here are {i}To Promptly Execute Jesus Given order. His order is “Go ye into all the world…”. It is for every enlisted soldier to obey. To ‘sit’ or ‘stand’ or ‘sleep’ is fragrant disobedience; {ii} To Continue His works of- “Preach the gospel…Teach the nations… Heal the sick…Raise the dead…and Cast out demons.” If we act by faith as the Apostles did, we will do greater works than Jesus did.

The Qualities Search – 1 Tim. 3, 5:22; Tit. 2

Now, being born again, you ask: “Am I really qualified to enlist?” Well, let’s do a little quality search on ourselves to answer the question. For a born-again person to become a firebrand disciple, he must possess the qualities, reflected in the under-listed self-examining ‘qualities search’:
1. Visit Your Own Social Media Page: Carefully look on your FaceBook/Twitter/Linkedin pages. Are there any red flags on your wall/Timeline as you dig down your post history? Those red flags are pointers to character flaws in your life.
2. Inquire From Your Former Pastor: What do your former pastor/leader say about your life, service, strengths and weaknesses? How did you treat and relate with brethren? Why and how did you leave?
3. Make a Reality Check on Loyalty: Are you a loyal, faithful, obedient type? Do you manifest ‘just a little’ arrogance, ego, pride, self-will? Loyalty is the hallmark. If you don’t have it, you are unqualified.
4. Make a Reality Check on the Heart: Do you bear a type of King Saul’s ‘heart’ or David’s? God looks for people with the mind of Christ. Gal. 5:22-23; Matt 7:16-20; Eph 4:31; 1 Pet 2:17
5. Make a Reality Check on the Gift: God gives spiritual gifts/talents to profits to His kingdom. Do you manifest or bury them? Spiritual gifts are powerful weapons on the battlegrounds. 1 John 4:1-3.
6. Do a Reality Check on Your Life’s Balance: The health of the church is in direct proportion to the health of the leaders and their families. Is any aspect of your life is out of balance? Sooner or later it will show up in the church/ministry. Better resolve that matrimonial crisis, health issue, & scandal now.
7. Make a Reality Check on the Passion: It takes passion to build a delivery system that can win souls, build brethren, and handle people God sends your way? Acts 4:36; Acts 9:27
8. Make a Reality Check on Consistency: You must lead a walk that is consistent with your Calling to be seeing qualified. 1 John 1:6-7; 2 Cort 5:16
9. Evaluate Your Concept of TeamWork: You need a team-working skill, not Messiah Complex? You can’t bear everyone’s burdens; you will burn out if you tried. Divest yourself of the Messiah Complex.

 

BECOMING ARMY OFFICERS
Godwin Chike

Christian Army Officers are true spiritual leaders, effective managers, good planners of the Army. They are Jesus’ Generals to whom the lives of the brethren are entrusted. How can a firebrand disciple become a General – a worthy spiritual leader? Like in the Military, it takes just two things: ‘a college degree’ and outstanding leadership skills.

Becoming An Officer#1: College Degree

In the Army of Christ, the firebrands assume the leadership positions through outstanding leadership skills and a college degree in University of Holy Ghost {UHG}. The following courses are compulsory for all disciples.
1. Bigger Picture: Like Apostle Peter, you must pass this compulsory course – Big Picture of Christ ministry. It’s global in context, beyond the walls of your church, ministry, and denomination; across tribal, cultural and national boundaries, with focus on the community and the world.
2. Solidified Vision: This revelation course focuses on your God-given original vision, and unique mission. You need be taught to victoriously fight for the vision against all foes, barriers, and distractions, and get it solidified in the hearts of the people. {3 Jn 9; Phil 7; 1 Thess 1:4-5}
3. Holy Fire: You must learn how to relate with Holy Spirit, hear and follow His voice, flow in His power, and maintain the freshness of the Anointing. It takes all these to be committed to God’s set agenda, work as He works, and walking as He walks,
4. Wild-Inferno: This experiential course is designed to intimate you with the furnace of trial, a flood of affliction, and desert of lack. To pass it is to inculcate virtues of faith, fortitude, firmness, fierceness, patience and perseverance. And lead your life and ministry with courage, ruggedness, and offensiveness, as a good soldier of Christ.
5. Offensiveness: This course focuses on the technics of offensive spiritual warfare, strategic discipleship, and aggressive evangelism. It is designed to enable you to employ spiritual giftings, alertness, and detectives in fighting the enemy.
6. Selflessness: Here, you will be taught of the dangers of greed, the loveliness of contentment, and pathway of selfless love. It is designed to impart you with a spirit of sacrifice, selflessness, contentment, generosity, compassion, passion, commitment, and personal development.

Becoming An Officer#2: Outstanding Leadership Skills

To join an army of able leadership, you must demonstrate sound leadership abilities and skills needed to continually break new ground. Officers are high capacity and influential leaders; a team of believers with sound leadership abilities, and faithful followers. You must have proven leadership skills in the following areas:
1. Diligence: You must be a hardworking and diligent disciple in life and ministry? Have you developed a track record of good performing skill in that which is committed into your hand? If you can’t build someone else’s ministry, you won’t build your own.
2. Leading Leadership: Becoming a commanding officer demands that you become a ‘leading’ leader; and not ‘managing’ leader. While leading leaders always have the future in mind, managing leaders focus on the present. Do you have this leadership skill?
3. Water the Roots: You must possess the ability to water the root. The roots of any church are the leaders. Do you have what it takes to water them through coaching, mentorship, teaching, encouragement, and leadership cares? The roots are the key to the health of the whole tree.
4. The Focus: You need to continually cast the vision for what church/ministry is—over and over again. You’ll need consistency of vision and singularity of focus.
5. The Care: The affection is a skill of the ‘love that cares’. How caring and loving are you toward the needy, widow, and orphans? This was the strong reminder given by James when the Jerusalem Church sent forth Paul and Barnabas on a missionary trip. (Gal. 2:10).
6. The ‘Keep On Multiplying’: You must learn how to keep what you do reproducible – physical life, spiritual life, ministry, & church. It takes reproducibility to empower ordinary people to do the extraordinary, expand the kingdom, and leave a legacy that makes ministry to outlast the minister.
7. Creativity: It takes the Spirit’s ingenuity to excel in the Spirit of wisdom, and thrives on creativity and innovation. It is a skill you must possess.

 

THE KINGDOM VALUES
John B.  Joseph {B.B.John}

The Christ Kingdom belongs to all who are saved, through faith in His blood of atonement. However, there are kingdom values to exemplify and promote here on earth. Major among these are the under-listed:
a. Love: This is the proof of Kingdom citizenship. You must possess and live-out the LIFE of the Spirit; bearing Spirit’s fruit, living out the “Life and Resurrection”. Gal. 5: 22-26.
b. Affection: This is about caring for others, rendering them like the good shepherd, nurturing them with a large, good heart. You must bear a heart of mercy and compassion for the less privileged and afflicted.
c. Holiness and Righteousness: This is “His-nature” value. You must live it out to demonstrate and promote proven integrity, such that is driven by honest intentions. I Pet. 1: 15 – 16; Prov. 11:3.
d. Transparent Leadership: Kingdom government operates transparency in Governing, and promotes confidence in leadership sharing. Exd 18:21-23; 1 Thes 2:3.
e. Faith: This is the invisible force that makes all things work in the Kingdom. It is the value of every enlisted soldier to exercise and promote it. Hebr. 11: 1 – 6
f. Security: The Kingdom of Christ rests on faith, and by faith, we deal with all forms of insecurity. You need a sense of security in all your dealings and relationships in the Kingdom. Col. 1:28
g. Justice and Equity: We are to reject favoritism, injustice, and oppression. We must promote fairness, equity, and justice. Phil 2:3; Jam 2:9
h. Gracefulness: To become a Christ-like leadership personality, you must be graceful in manner, humble in heart, and salty in expression. Col. 4:6
i. Meekness & Humility: You need to serve the Lord with a true heart, accept correction without pride, ego or bloated head, and engage in continuous learning with a teachable spirit.
j. The exigency of Zero Hour: Gospel must be spread with the exigency of the zero hours we live. Do it with hot passion and aggression. End-time missions demand the urgency of Christ’s imminent return.
k. Excellence: The Kingdom is driven by quality, not quantity. Excellence must be our trademark, both in life and ministry. This should be promoted by every soldier of Christ.
l. Commitment to Growth and Dynamism: Your commitment to Kingdom growth and Kingdom dynamism must be total.

 

THE REGIMENTS
Oluwole M. Abejide

A regiment is a military unit in the army – e.g. Infantry Regiment, Marine Regiment, Artillery Regiment, and Armoured Regiment. The Jesus Army is also grouped into regiments, on the basis of members’ gifts, talents, and callings. We need to know our individual calling/gift/talent, so as to know the regiment we belong. Just like in the army, every group {regiment} should be built to effectively function and fulfill its unique purpose. We all must arise to function in our calling and fulfill our ministry. 1st Cort.12: 4; Rom. 11: 29

Regiments & Their Objectives
1. Church Planting Team: To accomplish a predetermined church plant mission for the advancement of the gospel Kingdom. This regiment also contributes to church growth when it operates as a healthy strategic team-work. This is an army job for the apostles, in partnership with pastors and teachers.
2. Evangelism Squad: To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, thereby winning the lost souls. The message is salvation, through faith in Christ finished work. All believers are called to be witnesses but called evangelists should go extra-mile by carrying out crusade campaign, village outreach, etc
3. Discipleship Team: To mentor, teach, and show care to the new babes in Christ, so as to disciple them. This army job is for the teachers and those with counseling gift.
4. Prayer/Intercession Battalion: To stand in the gap for souls and saints. This spiritual powerhouse of the church, ministry and gospel activity is for prophets and those with the prophetic gift.
5. The Worship Crew: To lead the congregation into the presence of God through spiritual worship & praise singing. This army job is for Psalmists and the gifted.
6. Young Leaders Team: To lead a battalion of young people {future leaders} in the church/ministry. This is uniquely for the Pastors and teachers of the Word.
7. Hospitality Team: To offer hospitality to newcomers, provide the best practices for assimilation, and connect newcomers with existing members. This office is for those with the gift of help.
8. Child Care Team: Get at least two Spirit-filled brethren trained in Child evangelism and delegate to care for and mentor kids.
9. Commissioned Deacons: To handle the pastoral care, widow welfare, Orphan’s concerns, and general welfare. This army job is for those with the gift of administration.
10. Counseling/Education Team: To run the Christian education, counseling, teaching, and seminars, in line with apostolic doctrines and ministry values. This is an army job for the apostles and teachers.
11. Advisory Leaders/ Ruling Elders: To lead the church, in cooperation with the pastor, Should the pastor have difficulty with this group, he should refer to his mentors/ specialized helpers, if possible.
12. Finance Team: To develop a budget, handle church offerings, make deposit slips available, lodge money in the bank, communicate how the funds come in and go out.
13. Community Projects Team: To demonstrate Christian love to the community.
Note: Every regiment should be organized with the objective of soul-winning. And likewise, all activities.

THE EVANGELISM BATTALIONS
Segun V. Adeniyi

Small evangelism battalions are critical to building a healthy church. These are needed to encourage teaching, fellowship, prayer, and evangelism outreaches. Major Small evangelistic groups {battalions} are:
1. Mentors Fellowship: Leaders such as pastors, teachers, and counselors should have a monthly fellowship where it is required for each of them to give pieces of evidence of their evangelistic DNA.
2. New Believers Crew: The newly saved should not only be classed for discipleship purpose, they should be constantly led to share their newly found faith to members of their families, friends, and neighbors. They should also be taught to be praying for unbelievers.
3. Singles Club: This club should constantly reach out to hospital, schools, prisons, and villages. And after each outreach, a member should account for their field experiences, before the congregation.
4. Married Forum: This forum should meet to pray fervently for nonbelievers, and thereafter reach out to families with the gospel of Christ. At a specially organized event, members recount their evangelism experiences {in their witnessing exploit to colleagues & neigbours}.
5. Bible Class: This group should also be drilled to get involved in evangelism outreaches.
6. Students Fellowship: High school students should be grouped to reach out to fellow students in their various school/campuses. The church should throw a Luke 15 party bi-monthly where born-again
students/youths are specially invited and present special gifts to their Christian walk.
7. Strategic Discipleship Squad: This group formulates effective plans to disciple new converts, set them on fire for Christ, and lead them to reach out to unbelievers in their recent connections. {Acts 18:11}

Others include The Gospel Team, Good Women Fellowship, Pastors’ Wives Forum, and Professional Groups.
Note that these small evangelistic battalions can turn inwardly, if not constantly refreshed and strengthen to drive the outward focus of your church/ministry.

 

THE HAPPY MARRIAGE
Isaac O. Aina

In this seminar, we shall be considering three vital areas of marriages: i). Conflict Resolution in Marriages. ii). Honoring Your Wife. iii). The Thriving Marriage.

8 Principles for Conflict Resolution in Marriage
1. Know that grudges create bitter roots, and do work against the fruit of the Spirit. Matt 6:34; Eph. 4:31-32; Gal. 5: 21-23.
2. Deal with hunger and anger. Proper rest is often essential to eliminate anger. Jms 1: 2 -5
3. Stay on current crisis/issue. To fall back on past resentments is to impair the affected person’s ability to see the reality of the current situation.
4. Use the ‘I’ Pronoun, and not ‘You’, which is accusatory. This allows your spouse to hear more vulnerable and honest, and to engage in dialogue for eventual resolution.
5. Attack the Problem and not Person. Remember that God has called us to love and unity.
6. Give active and attentive listening. Don’t interrupt; let the speaker finish his/her statement before trying to reply. Prov. 18:13; Jms l:19.
7. Always be the first to say ‘I am sorry’. This will prove that you are more concerned about your mate’s welfare, and de-escalate the conflict. Jms 5:16.
8. Offer true forgiveness: This is a final step in terms of conflict resolution. Eph 4:32; Matt 6:14-15

8 Ways to Cherish and Honor Your Wife
1. In spite all trials and conflicts, be faithful and loyal, living up to her trust. Unfaithfulness is the ultimate dishonor in marriage. Hebr. 13: 4
2. Accept her just as she is, without comparing her to any others. Let her be all she can.
3. Pay attention to all she has to say, whenever she needs your audience.
4. Be considerate in your use of words to her. Use gentle words, not harsh words.
5. Let your actions and words reflect your respect for her.
6. Be sensitive to her needs.
7. Accept her feelings. You may not understand them, but you must respect them as real and true.
8. Always lift her up in the presence of God in your prayer.

10 Keys To Thriving Marriage
1. Love Affirmation – Affirm your love one for another. Affirm, do not criticize.
2. Friendship – Be good friends; best friends. Be his friend, not his mother; be her friend, not her father.
3. Appreciation – Appreciate one another. Appreciate, don’t nag.
4. Communication: Give time and space for effective and productive dialogue.
5. Responsibility and Accountability – Be responsible and accountable to one another. Be responsible for your duties, be accountable to your partner.
6. Cheerfulness: Give to one another, cheerfully. Give, do not withhold.
7. Purity: Avoid infidelity and stay pure and faithful. Extra-marital affairs are dangerous to the survival
of any marriage. Be faithful, loyal and true.
8. Trust: Always speak the truth in love, one to another. The practice of speaking God’s truth is
imperative to receiving God’s blessing as a home.
9. Joint-War: Learn to fight together with the challenges that come your way. Satan will try to undermine your peace, prosperity, and togetherness. You must jointly face him in spiritual warfare unto the victory, understanding that the warring time is family transformation time, to usher in the glory.
10.Renewal: A renewed, revitalized marriage is one of the greatest weapons God has given us to war against the kingdom of darkness. The deepest marriages are those that come out of a war, in which spouses have fought, bled, suffered, and sometimes died together.

DELIVERANCE: 8 MAINTENANCE PRINCIPLES
B. Beloved John

#1: Principle of Sure Redemption – Salvation remains the most important. You must honestly answer the question: “Are you born again?” Never play religion with this fundamental question of life. {Jn. 3: 3-7}
#2: Principle of House Cleaning – After deliverance experience, get the house clean up; neatly kept. This includes purging yourself of little dishonesty, fleshly lusts, the pride of heart, sinful thoughts, evil imagination, and unholy conscience. {Lk. 11: 24 – 26; Jn. 15: 3 – 4; II Cort. 5:17}
#3: Principle of Vacuum Refilling – It’s not enough to clean up the house, the vacuum created by departed demons must be filled by the Holy Spirit: When evil spirits are cast out, Holy Spirit ought to come in, else worse thing take place. {Matt. 12: 43 – 45}
#4: Principle of Solid Relationship – Foremost, God wants relationship – consistent, solid and flourishing. He loves those who place the higher value on the personal relationship with Him. Do you value it above Christian services, ministry, and church activities? This relationship is through communion with the Holy Ghost, which is richer & deeper than fast, pray, study the Bible, mountain climb, & church meetings. It’s being with God, dwelling in & relating with Him. It is hearing God’s voice and doing His will. {Jhn. 15: 1 – 13}
#5: Principle of Singleness – Deal with divided attention, double walk, double masters, & double services. It takes spiritual focus to walk in the light, offers pure devotion & gives absolute commitment. {Matt. 6: 22 – 24}
#6: Principle of Divine Service – Serve the Lord with a pure heart, complete obedience, burning passion. Serve Him with your month, gift/talent, strength, and resources. {Matt. 25: 14 – 30; Eph. 2: 10; Jms 1: 17; Prv. 22: 9; I Cort. 12: 5 – 6; I Pet. 4: 10 – 11; Matt. 5: 14 – 16; Rom 12: 4 – 8; I Cort. 12: 1 – 11}
#7: Principle of Complete Armour – Put on the whole armor of God. Get yourself fully armed with all the six parts and lubricating the armor with oil of all prayer. {Eph. 6: 10 – 18}
#8: Principle of Violent Sack – “Get thee behind me Satan” isn’t a gentleman’s plea. It is a firm, violent resistance that ward off the stubborn foes. Resist the devil violently, and he will flee from you. {Matt 4:10; Jms. 4: 7}

How to Get the Devil Off Your Back:
i. Fire-Fenced Your Spiritual Realm – Dream realm is spiritual in nature. Get it insured by the blood and fenced off by the Spirit fire on a daily basis. Doing this demands serious spiritual worship and fervent praying before going to bed, every night. {Zech. 2: 5; Job 1: 10; Psm 91: 1, 9}
ii. Constant Midnight Offensive – Take the war to the gates of your enemies, on midnight basis, using the missiles of the blood, the word, the fire, & the thunder. {Lk 6: 12; Acts 16: 25; Psm 119: 148; Gen. 32: 24}
iii. Showoff Crazy Love for The Word – Eat the word like a hungry baby. It’s your only guarantee for good success in life. Not dreams. Not vision. Not prophecies. Not those man-made doctrines. {Acts 17: 11; Matt. 7: 24 -27; Josh 1: 8, Psm 1: 2- 3}
iv. Effective Release of The Believer’s Authority – If you are born again, you have the authority of the king. Speak authoritatively to invisible forces. You will see the result. {Matt 10: 1; Lk. 9: 1, 10: 17 – 19; I Jhn 2: 13; Rom 16:20}
v. Swim Daily in The Holy Ghost – Don’t just be baptized – swim and swim until your whole being is drunk of the river of the Living Water {Holy Ghost}. It’s the power you need to constantly launch into the deep. Mind you, that river is in your belly, if you are Holy Ghost baptized. We swim by spiritual worship, constant praying in other tongues, and active spiritual sensitivity. {Jhn 7: 37 – 39; Ezk 47: 5}
vi. Be On The Faith Wings – Nothing works without living and active faith. To fly high, be on the wings of faith through the constant hearing of God’s word and firm standing on His promises for your life. {Mark. 11: 22 – 24; Hebr. 11}

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The Smartness We Don’t Need

#TheSmartnessWeDoNotNeed
Jacob was born to be a greater kingdom than Esau, his brother. But human frailty taught him to grab his brother’s birthright through the backdoor. Later on, in life, his mother also taught him how to grab the blessing through the backdoor, and he did.

But must Jacob stab his brother at the back to see the fulfillment of prophecy once declared upon his life, even while he was in the womb? Could God be so weak as to be unable to fulfill His own word of covenant upon Jacob? Do we need to be smart and tricky to arrive at God’s appointed place in life? This was the hard question Jacob must answer. And likewise every dribbler of his kind. Jacob almost lost his life for it. He had to escape to Laban, his uncle to remain alive. And there in Laban’s bosom, he spent 20 bitter years to find the answer to the hard question of life. He came to know the truth that life is but an investment. Sooner or later, every man shall reap the conduct of his life, in harvest volume. Jacob cheated Esau twice, and he was cheated by Laban twenty times. That is life for you!

You’ve got to beware of your doings, my dearly beloved. Jacob’s trick is the smartness we don’t need to become what God has already designed us to be in life. You don’t need to become usurper, armed robber or money ritualist to become prosperous in life. You need not kill your boss or brother to attain your dream of greatness. Let’s learn to walk with God in the simplicity of faith and righteousness. It is all that God required from Abraham to make him great in life. He is able to do all that He has promised to do in our lives, but we must let go of our tricky human ego. We must kill Jacob’s drib-nature lest it kills our future.

Friend, Jacob’s dribbling ‘gift’ is the smartness we don’t need. Get rid of it now. God bless you as you do.

Life & Love & Power

John B, Joseph

66 Golden Rules of Life – by John B. Joseph

66 Golden Rules of Life

John B. Joseph, Pastor

Six Rules of Love

The Command to love, even your enemies, is the golden order, given by Jesus Christ. This love rule is the major ethic that differentiates Christianity from all other religions and proclaims the uniqueness of Christians in the world. 

  1. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
  1. Do to others as Jesus would do to them.
  1. Do to others as Jesus has done for you.
  1. Do to others as you would do to Jesus.
  1. Do to others as God commanded you to do to them.
  1. Wish for others what you would have them wish for you.

Ten Rules of Giving

Jesus emphatically said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. And we must come to a place of matured givers, where we begin to give more than our money and material possessions. 

  1. Give to others your truth and you will earn their trust.
  1. Give to others your honesty and you will have their sincerity.
  1. Give to others your respect and you will receive their reverence. Courtesy is an ethic of reciprocity.
  1. Give to others your invincibility and you shall their loyalty obtain.
  1. Give to others your compassion and you will have their passion.
  1. Give to others your experience and you shall be rewarded with their expertise.
  1. Give to others your hands of help when you can and will their attendance have.
  1. Give to others your time and you shall have their energy
  1. Give to others hope, and you will have their aspiration.
  1. Give to others your joy and you will have their celebration.

Ten Rules of Shared Values

Values, gifts, and talents offer little or no benefits to the world until they are shared with others, mutually. 

  1. Share affection and pleasure with others; they will share with passion and security
  1. Share contagious faith and fortitude with others; they shall share with your testimony of wonders.
  1. Share your gifts and talents with others; you will have their blessings.
  1. Share appreciation and gratitude with others {for the gifts/helps you receive from them} and they will share kindness with you.
  1. Share with others your keys of happiness; you shall obtain their shared freedom.
  1. Share with others the vision and purpose; they will go with you on mission and adventure.
  1. Share your commitment with other; have their diligence and wisdom.
  1. Share with others your generosity; have their simplicity.
  1. Share with others your love to God; they shall share the devotion with you.
  1. Compliment other people’s weaknesses; they shall cover your flaws.

Sixteen Rules of Habits

Unless you cultivate good characters, your charisma will sooner or later make you a shame to your generation. 

  1. Cultivate the consciousness of divine presence, and obtain your master key to divine favor.
  1. Cultivate a spirit of self-discipline, and be honored with the integrity of trustworthiness.
  1. Cultivate positive image outlook, and you’ll be a winsome personality.
  1. Cultivate positive mental attitude, and you’ll fill your bosom with success.
  1. Cultivate a spirit of godliness and contentment, and fill your life with untold gains.
  1. Cultivate a rejoicing spirit, and you’ll become master of adverse situations.
  1. Cultivate a good work attitude, and you’ll become a great achiever.
  1. Cultivate a habit of sound monetary management, and you’ll stay on the prosperity track.
  1. Cultivate a spirit of good time-management, and have the wisdom to manage other assets of life.
  1. Cultivate an enlarging circle of connections, and you will connect opportunities and happiness in life.
  1. Cultivate a spirit of creativity and innovation; you will ride on the better, faster and easier way of life.
  1. Practice skillfulness, and you will be empowered for fulfillment.
  1. Create a solid knowledge base, and you’ll be tutored for advancement and distinction in life.
  1.  Seek to know more than the average; you’ll lead your life to the top.
  1. Be a person of high, positive self-concept and self-ideal; you’ll possess your wealthy place.
  1. Let faith and courage push you out of your comfort zone, and good success will be your heritage.

Fourteen Rules of Homelife

Love is all about relationship, and relationship should be all about love. A home without love is darker than the grave. And likewise the Christian without it.

  1. Take marriage for what is it: A life-long institution, divinely ordained. It’s primary knowledge for all to have.
  1. Erect the two most important ingredients of happy home: the foundation and the central pillar. Happiness comes when Christ is the former, and love the latter.
  1. Must you a wife truly want happiness, you must first invest submission in your husband.
  1. If you the husband truly desire joy and prosperity, you must make an investment of love in you wife.
  1.  As a couple, run your home on the wings of commitment, communication, and cares, and you will build a solid, lasting relationship.
  1. Let Listening, Understanding, Agreement, and Sacrifice be your values, and you’ll become best of friends.
  1. As partners in marriage,  seek the chase of unconditional love, that you may drive out conditional loves.
  1. Unless you, a partner in love, first accept total responsibility for conflict resolution, strife and nagging may never cease in your home.
  1. Never be late to say ‘I am sorry’. It is the magic word that keeps a relationship going and growing.
  1. Be smart when it comes to taming your tongue and anger; it remains a great key to the happy home.
  1. The saying; “Neatness is next to godliness” is better proclaimed in the home. Make it the slogan of yours.
  1. To lock the devils out of your home, learn to always pray together.
  1. Nothing activates divine presence in our homes like the united prayer of united people. Strive to be of one accord in all things.
  1. Continuously seek the happiness of your spouse, and you will always be very happy.

Ten Rules of Obedience

A man with no heart of obedience to God his Creator lives under a canopy of the divine curse. Obedience absolute is the grand key to blessing, and to manifold blessings.

  1. Obedience to the Lord remains the grand key to true freedom and blessings.
  1. It takes love,  humility and the fear of God to live a consistent life of obedience.
  1. He who desires of fulfillment and glory must lead his life in the light of God’s principles.
  1. Where obedience is lacking, even life itself must hit the rock.
  1. The obedient faith is what will actually lead your life and destiny in the way of God’s design.
  1. Obedience, when it is total, brings upon a man the total blessing of God.
  1. Incomplete obedience is total disobedience. Learn to deal with your ego.
  1. Walking with God is all about hearing and obeying Him.
  1. We will always need the living faith to experience and demonstrate the supernatural.
  1. Embrace the heart of obedience and you walk out of curse.

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#AfricanPolitics

Three things make the African politics unique: i). it is crowded by greedy, heartless imbeciles, ii) it is the most lucrative of all contemporary businesses, driven by do-and-die mentality. iii) It has its soul in the mysteries of the dark covenant that instigate untamed wickedness. Aside these, the African politics would be more refined than the Western’s. Good morning friends. – John B. Joseph

Plaguing The Gods 1

God hates oppressions. He’s the utmost Freedom Lover consistently on the side of the oppressed masses. The Almighty shall deal ruthlessly with the oppressors. I am sent to speak clearly to the oppressors of the masses and destroyers of Christians. God the Almighty God will fight them to finish. Hello Mr. Oppressor, unless you let go your oppressed captives, God has vowed to plague your gods, raze your pride and consume you all in His hot anger.

Jacob {Israel} and the seventy souls that migrated to Egypt to join Joseph became a nation within a nation. They are God’s covenant people and thus God’s covenant promises to Abraham began to manifest upon them as a nation. The covenant was the secret of their extraordinary growth and multiplication. The people grew and multiplied in Egypt, even under bitter affliction and hard oppression. The oppression came with the reign of a king who did not know Joseph. This ‘ignorant’ king dealt treacherously with Israel and greatly oppressed them.

Israelites groaned hard under the burdens of Egypt. Life became bitter for them, day in, day out. Under the hard bondage and merciless affliction came their hash conditions. And the people had to cry out to the God of their forefathers for His supernatural intervention. Yea, and in response to their cries, God raised up Moses to set His people free. Then came Moses with God’s divine message to the strong man of the house – Pharaoh, saying: “Let My People Go That They May Serve Me”

The gods of this world must let go of the people of God. This is still God’s command to the oppressors of His people, in every nation. “Let My people go”, is a divine command, a clarion order and he who dare to disobey it shall be destroyed.

You cannot annihilate the people of Christ. We are a covenant people; a nation redeemed by the blood of God. This is God’s revolutionary command to all the gods of this world, to all terrorist groups, to all conspirators against Christ and His Kingdom, and to all oppressors of the masses – “Let My People Go”. No gods or powers can wipe out God’s covenant nation. If you are also involved in the war to wipe out Christianity, you are tragically delusive. You don’t mess with the people of covenant and go without being plagued. No one is smarter than the LORD. He will catch up even with the smartest to plague and destroy them.

God know that the oppressive gods and powers of this world are stubborn – very, very stubborn. And He knew that the best way to handle stubborn heart is to harden it. It was through a series of tough battles, characterized by ten plagues that God compelled the harden, stony hearted Pharaoh to release His covenant nation. God will use everything He has to defend and fight for His covenant people. 

When God is up to fight the gods that are holding you captive, they will be forced to let go of you. Cheer up; God is already at war against them. Cheer up! Your liberation is come.  

Don’t Call it Quit Yet

Hello friends. I have a message for you: ‘Don’t quit yet! It’s dangerous to give in now. Better days are at your doorstep. Keep moving on. Jesus is in your boat. You’ll surely hit it at the dawn’.

The Handsome Rebel

He was his father’s beloved, the King’s adored son and heir apparent to the throne.  He was so affectionately loved that he became a spoiled prince. More so, his excessive good-looking cleverly won him the heart of all the people. Yes, he was a stunning royalty, for from his long, massive flowing hairs to his sexy countenance and down to the nails on his feet, the Prince was an epitome of extraordinary elegance. Prince Absalom was the most handsome young man in the country, and he knew it.

The story of Absalom, David’s third son, goes beyond his elegant structure and attractive face. His story needs our in-depth evaluation. For beneath Absalom’s beautiful face was a dark, ugly heart of a rebel. Let’s examine the manifestations of this heart in his life:

The first manifestation of the handsome rebel is a vengeful, unforgiving spirit

We saw this in Absalom. You remember  Absalom’s involvement in the case of his sister Tamar and half-brother Amnon? Oh, you’ve got to be reminded of this sad episode. Tamar was beautiful, and Amnon lusted after her; later, he cleverly arranged to have her come to his house, where he raped her and thereafter put her out of his house in disgrace.

When Absalom heard of the shameful incidence,  he took his sister Tamar in to live with him. For the next two years, Absalom was still nursing a hatred toward his half-brother, Amnon.  Absalom later invited Amnon to his house for a party, and then, during the partying, had him killed by his servants in cold blood. This marked the beginning of the reign of the handsome rebel in the palace.

All rebels are unforgiving by nature. They must revenge whatever offence or sin committed against them. Mark it! That your unforgiving friend might be the most dangerous rebel to walk out with. Beware of friends and partners who wouldn’t forgive when offended. Check out through the palaces of this world. It’s the same story of unforgiving and vengeance in socio-political settings in all nations of the globe.

Among the military, you see vengeance cutting through relationships and governments. You murdered his father in a coup d’etat twenty years ago, then he purposely joined the army to avenged the blood of his father! You messed up with his girlfriend in the barrack, then he mobilized rebels to get you toppled. You renegaded on contract terms or swindled his money, and he gathered rebels to overthrow your government. It’s the same spirit of unforgiving and vengeance seeking still hunt the nations, churches, organizations and even clubs.

2. The next manifestation of the handsome rebel is resentment and displeasure

You remember that Absalom, after killing his brother ran away to Geshur. Though while he was away his father’s loving heart “longed to go out to Absalom”, he stayed there for three years until Joab was able to persuade the King to bring him back. Through Joab’s intercession, the two men got back together in a little reconciliation.

Unfortunately, this peace between the king and his prince did not last because the handsome rebel was resenting his father’s hesitancy to bring him home. As a result of his resentment against King David, Absalom began to stealthily undermine his father’s rule.

David must have learned it too late that you can’t satisfy the handsome rebel, no, not even with state pardon. The rebellion heart of handsome rebels would resent any kind gestures. So it’s vain trying to satisfy and please a man whose heart is filled with its own ways. All handsome rebels are stubborn arrogant men who must go their own evil ways.

The third manifestation of the handsome rebel is conspiracy

We begin to see this in Absalom when he set himself up as judge, performing the duty of a welfare prince in Jerusalem. He shew the sharp-wittedness of conspirator when he started giving out promises of what he would do if he were king. After four years of doing this, he went to Hebron, where he had secretly arranged to have himself proclaimed king. This is the way conspirators work.

The conspiracy got stronger as Absalom’s followers grew in number. It got to a point where King David became fearful of his dear life,  gather his loyal ones and fled Jerusalem city. However, David left behind some of his concubines and a few informers such as Hushai, Zadok,  and Abiathar.

Conspiracy is the way of handsome rebels. Note it well. Be it in friendship, neighborhood, association, workplace, church, community or nation, conspirators ‘wisely’ plot against their targets. And the target, often, is the leadership. They do machinate against the leaders and the thrones that be, conniving secretly in conspiracy of silence with ‘birds of same fathers’. They plot to actualize their goal or mission of insurgency, revolt and rebellion.

Fourth is the manifestation of the handsome rebel is revolt and defiance

Absalom, the handsome rebel mobilized and led his rebel army from Hebron to Jerusalem the seat of power. Rebels in the palace? Yes, Absalom the handsome prince became a rebel leader in the royal palace of his own father, David. It was a revolutionary. revolt from a spoiled royalty.

But the Absalom rebellion had something more than a revolt – abominable defiance. For as soon as he gained entrance to the city and the palace as king, the first thing he did was to openly sleep with his father’s concubines. What could have moved him to commit such abomination? Did he sought to consolidate his position by first taking over his father’s house and sleeping with his father’s concubines? Whatever his reason be, we need to note that, in his day, this defiance was an act considered abominable and unforgiveable. No wonder, the sad end of the handsome rebel.

The fifth manifestation is insurgency or war

As soon as Absalom seated on the throne of David, he laid plans to immediately pursue and attack his forces. ‘David must died, if he I must have a lasting reign’, he must have muttered to himself. But the idea of engaging in hot pursue after David was later abandoned owing to the counsel of Hushai. This caused a little delay. Meanwhile, while Absalom army was still strategizing on how to deal with the runaway king,  David, now in wilderness, was mustering how his troops could mount a counterattack to retake the kingdom. Eventually, Absalom declared the war and led his troops against his father in the wilderness. Joab led the King’s troops to meet him at warfront.

David was not allowed to fight in the counter war that eventually claimed the life of Absalom, the handsome rebel. And on how he died; it was God fighting for David the king. For while Absalom was riding under some trees, his long, massive hairs got entangled in the branches, and he was unhorsed. Joab found him suspended in mid-air and slaughtered him right there. This was the end of the road for Absalom, the handsome rebel.

Ignoble death would always be the end of all rebels – both handsome and ugly rebels. Ignoble death is the end of those who kick against God’s established authorities. It was so in the wilderness when 250 elderness rose in rebellion against Moses. They all died the death of shame as fire came down and consumed them and their families.

With the death of the handsome rebel, peace and prosperity returned to the Jerusalem palace. And David the king was great again!

We need peace in our families, prosperity in our communities, and greatness in our nations. It is when rebellion are quelled that we will have it. No palace enjoy peace and prosperity and greatness when rebels live at its gate.

When Ichabod Is The Battle

Ichabod’ is only found in 1 Samuel 4: 21 and 14: 3 but it remains the worst name to bear. Yet that exactly was the name given to the son of Phinehas by her own mother.  Ichabod was the grandson of Eli, the priest.

Israelis battle with Ichabod actually began with the two wayward sons of Eli,  Hophni and Phinehas. For it was their wayward lifestyles and their father’s indifferent attitude towards discipline them that led to the three tragedies that followed, namely; the death Hophni and Phinehas in battle of Aphek with the Philistines,  the captured of the Ark of the Covenant, and the death of Eli who fell backward off his chair and broke his neck.

Upon hearing these sad news, Phinehas’ pregnant wife went into labor and bore a son, “And she named the child Ichabod, saying, ‘The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured’” (4:21-22). The unnamed woman lamented over the departure of glory from Israel. Ichabod had become the war and the nation must be up to fight it, else she become a desolate history.  Ichabod had become a battle and the boy named Ichabod the symbol of Israel’s new war. And, is it any wonder that nothing is recorded of him in the Bible as an individual, except that his nephew Ahijah was one of those who tarried with Saul at Gibeah just before Jonathan’s brave attack upon the Philistines (1 Samuel 14: 2}

The word Ichabod means literally “inglorious”, “there is no glory,” or ‘without honor’.

The glory of Israel was connected to God’s glory that radiated in His presence. Every man’s glory is connected to God’s glory and His presence. The glory of God draws His power, favor and blessings toward us His children. This glory,  as seen in the Old Testament, is connected to God’s divine presence as evident first in “a pillar of fire and pillar of cloud” that followed the Israelites during the exodus from Egypt, and later in “the Ark of Covenant”. God’s glory resided thereon as a symbol of His presence among His people. When the Ark was therefore captured by the Philistines, the glory departed from the Israelites—Ichabod became a reality of Israel’s new war.

May I ask you the vital question: ‘where is your glory?’ Has Ichabod also becomes your battle in life? Why has your life turns inglorious? Why has honor, favor and blessing eluding your embrace all along?

How do we fight and win the war with Ichabod?

  1. Get to the root cause: It might be your sin as in the case of Hophni and Phinehas. It might also be your indifference as in the case of Eli the priest. It might even be ignorance or laxity. It might be your wicked enemies trying to incapacitate, steal, divert, murder, or bury your glory.
  2. Treat the root cause rightly and timely.
  3. Take it as war, for it is war, the real battle for destiny.Yes, when Ichabod becomes the battle, we must fight it. We must get ourselves fully armed with weapons of faith and righteousness and enter boldly into the warfront.
  4. Seek for divine guidance and Spirit’s keys to victory
  5. Let the Lord of hosts leads and fights for you. We would always have Jesus the Captain fighting for us. {You will learn what it means to be still in His presence while He fights for you}
  6. Be valiant enough not to give up or give in till the victory is totally won.
  7. Don’t forget to effectively use weapons of praises and worship in spiritual warfare.

It’s high time you woke up to the reality of your new war and brace up for a victorious warfare. Your victory is not only assured; it is sure.