By Dr Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo:Nigeria World
We conclude our series on knowing the will and purpose of the True Lord God Almighty for your life this week. We earlier stated that, every human being that has been born or will ever walk through this planet earth is placed here by the Creator for a purpose. Whether you’re a born-again Christian or not, you’re on this earth to accomplish something for your Creator. But you cannot carry out the purpose and will of the Lord God Almighty, if you do not acknowledge His sovereignty over your life. In other words, you can’t discover the raison d’etre of your existence, if you do not give your life to the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal lord and savior. Just as your Creator sent you to this earth for a purpose and that was the reason you were born, Satan too also has his will and purpose for your life. The third will is your own will too which you’re at liberty to serve and fulfil. In other words, there are three broad wills available to every human being on earth namely: The Will and Purpose of the True Lord God Almighty; the will and purpose of Satan for your life and finally, your own personal will as a free moral agent. There is close affinity between Satan’s will and the will of every human being, because of what happened in the Garden of Eden which resulted in the fall of Adam and Eve commonly referred to as the Great Fall.
At creation, three choices were opened before Adam and Eve and the wills and purposes were spelt out unambiguously thus: “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:15-17). This was the First Will and Purpose of the Creator for Adam. Satan also presented his will and purpose for Adam and Eve thereafter thus: “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’? You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5). From these two binaries emerged the third will and purpose of Adam and Eve; which of the two wills and purposes would they choose and make as their will and purpose?
Throughout the Holy Bible, these two contradictory and oxymoronic decisions confront every man and woman. It is inexorably up to us as individuals to actively use our free choice to choose, either the will and purpose of the Lord God or that of Satan. Each choice invites corresponding results and consequences; from Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Rachel to the children of Israel in the wilderness, David and Bathsheba and you and me. In addition to the previous two series on knowing the will and purpose of the True Lord God Almighty, you can ask yourself these seven questions each time you are conflicted or passing through the labyrinthine decision of the will and purpose of God for your life or a particular area or issue of life namely: –
What is the Lord God Almighty Saying About This Issue? There are three broad ways and routes to understanding the will and purpose of the Jehovah Lord God Almighty namely: General Will of God, Revealed Will of God and Inspired Will of God. There is no issue or topic under the sun that has not been treated in the Book of Life; marriage, divorce, wealth, health, education, wisdom, sex, politics, economics, power, favor, work place, sports, recreation, entertainment etc just name it. The Lord God Almighty had already communicated His Will and Purposes on all sundry issues of life to us His Creation. Read the Bible thoroughly and follow His instructions to Joshua thus: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful…” (Joshua 1: 8). Any time you are in Clueless Ville and can’t understand or separate God’s Will from either that of Satan or yours, ask this simple question: What has the Lord God Almighty said about this matter or issue according to the Holy Bible? Period!
What is Satan Saying or Has Said About This Matter or Issue? Satan is God’s wannabee but can never be, Hallelujah! My Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of lords, King of kings and the One, Only One that is worthy to be worshipped. As man’s implacable foe and God’s Number One Enemy and Opposer, Satan says and has said the exact opposite to all that the Lord God Almighty has communicated to us in His General, Revealed or Inspired Wills. Satan will always talk to our mind what is contrary to the Word of God. No wonder, we were warned in 1 Peter 5:8: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” In order to confirm whether it is the Holy Spirit that is talking to you on a matter or an issue, ask yourself: which other voice outside the Voice of the Lord God Almighty is talking to my mind on this matter, which is diametrically-opposed to what has been revealed in the Holy Bible? This is one of my greatest weapons in decoding the Voice of the Holy Spirit and that of Satan.
What is my mind telling me about this issue or matter? The Lord God Almighty doesn’t talk to our mind, period! Anyone who tells you otherwise doesn’t know Him or understood His Words. The Lord God Almighty Himself Who came in flesh to reveal the Father told us plainly in John 4:23-24: “…a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” The Holy Spirit doesn’t speak to the human mind, but only and only in the human spirit does He communicate with us, because: “The Spirit (referring to the Holy Spirit) searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the (Holy) Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10-11). Anytime your mind is telling you something contrary to what is contained in the Holy Bible, trust what you have read in the Holy Bible and thrash what your mind is telling you. Someone send me an email ranting and full of bile that, those of us who are “born-again” Christians are deceiving ourselves about salvation, insisting that all of us are children of the Lord God Almighty and we shall all make it to heaven, including those who have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Now, if you want to know the Will and Purpose of the Jehovah Lord God Almighty on who and who will make or not make it to heaven, you don’t need to rely on what your mind is telling you but simply quote these life-defining Words of the Holy Bible: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:16-18). So anytime you’re in quandary on the will and purpose of the Lord God Almighty on any particular issue or matter, ask within yourself: Is it my mind that is telling me this or my spirit? Satan talks to the human soul or mind but the Jehovah Lord God Almighty talks to us in our spirit.
What are others saying to what the Lord God Almighty Has Said? If Satan cannot get your mind to cooperate with him in aborting and confusing you about God’s will and purpose, Satan has menageries’ amanuenses and agents to enlist in offering you “advice.” He uses environment and friends, acquaintances and neighbors and at times, pliant brethren to further his agendas in people’s lives. Those who destroyed Jeroboam’s future were his friends and classmates he surrounded himself as political advisers (I Kings 12:8). Absalom went into perdition, because of bad counsel. Over and over again, Satan and his demons use people to abort God’s plans and wills for innocent redeemed children of the Most High. That was the reason I would commend the earlier piece on the Spiritual Law of Addition and Subtraction in Knowing God’s Will and Purpose for your life. The question: What are people saying to what God has said is vital.
What Are You Saying To What God Has Said? It is not enough to know the will and purpose of the Lord God Almighty for us, it is important to affirm and claim it. Your greatest weapon is your mouth. Nothing is sent from Above, until something leaves the earth. Only those that ask receive, seek shall find and only those that knock shall the door be opened. Anytime you close your mouth on any blessing of the Lord, you spiritually shut the door against that blessing. You are not entitled to any blessing of God that should be obtained by grace. No blessing of the Lord is obtained via out-sourcing. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.…” (Matthew 7:7-8). A sister called me and I was about to pray for her when the Holy Spirit stopped me. I asked Daddy what was wrong, and He told me I should ask the sister, if she was a Christian. “I have been a Christian all over my life, born into a Christian home, baptized and I attend so, so and so church,” she replied. The Holy Spirit instructed me to ask her, when did she become a born-again Christian? I did. To my chagrin, the sister couldn’t tell me. Of course, I had to put her through the protocols established by the Holy Spirit as handed down to us in the Book of Life. You are not a Christian, even though you’re born into a Christian home, or family, raised by Christian parents, bear Christian name, have been baptized in water and you attend a popular church. None of these makes anyone a Christian. Just as you have evidence of your Birth Certificate given to your parents certifying the date of your natural birth in a clinic or hospital, so also you must be able to tell anyone the day you consciously made the decision of your free will and accord to confess your sins and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Then Jesus Christ will issue you a spiritual certificate known as the Holy Spirit as a guarantee or proof of being reborn as Ephesians 1:13-14 disclosed: “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession-to the praise of his glory.” If you cannot explain in two or three sentences to anyone, even an unbeliever when and how you passed from death to life, from darkness to light, from the kingdom of Satan to that of our Lord Jesus Christ, from hell to heaven, and from slavery to freedom; then something is wrong somewhere. To be a born-again redeemed child of the Lord Jesus Christ is not a feeing, but an actuality, and a lived experience.
What am I saying to what Satan has Said? As free moral agents, we have the latitude and choice to accept good from the Jehovah Lord God Almighty and we also have the right to accept evil and harm from Satan. In the journey of life, no human being is an automaton, a zombie and a bystander. The way the Jehovah Lord God Almighty has set up the system is the preservation of our individual choices and self-will. We have rights under the heavens. We have a choice to obey or disobey Him; listen or discard His advice, worship or not worship Him and each of our choices invite corresponding consequences. This is why we have pointed out numerously in this column that there is nothing like destiny in the Holy Bible and the Book of Life is the Book of Decision, period! When Satan approached our Firs Parents, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he did not take his will power from them, but only made a suggestion on why they should disobey the commandment of the Jehovah Lord God Almighty. That is still his artifice today. Don’t tell me it is Satan that has made you to do or commit that sin of fornication, adultery, lust, covetousness etc. A brother was convalescing in hospital after a ghastly motor accident. As usual, he “blamed” the Lord for not warning him or at least stopping the calamity, but when we arrived at his bedside, we knew our brother’s problem was not prayer, but knowledge. We reminded him of a dream he had a fortnight before the accident and his memory came alive. “What did you do about the dream? He said he forgot. Well, do not close your mouth, because your matter may turn worse, because as Elihu reminded us in Job 33:13-18: “…for God is greater than any mortal. Why do you complain to him that he responds to no one’s words? For God does speak-now one way, now another- though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people, as they slumber in their beds, he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride, to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword…” Grab a copy of our bestseller; “The Kingdom of Satan Exposed” and find out how this spiritual law operates in real life in a believer’s journey on earth: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-kingdom-of-satan-exposed-activities-of-principalities-and-demon-worship-in-our-world-inside-the-world-of-witchcraft-voodoo-warlocks-and-spiritual-warfare-moshood-ademola-fayemiwo/1120887689)
What am I saying to what Others Have Said About God and Satan? The seventh and last question in ascertaining the will and purpose of the Lord God Almighty on any matter or issue is again the offensive weapon available to redeemed souls. Of the seven weapons we need to fight Satan and our implacable foes in spiritual slugfest, the first six are all defensive weapons (Ephesians 6: 12-19); there is only one tool for offensive onslaught and that is the sword of your mouth, which is the word of God. The Armor is only effective when you charge and repudiate the enemy just as our Lord Jesus Christ did to Satan: “It is written…” Someone once said that the voice of the people is the voice of the Lord. That statement has even been popularized, yet it is not in the Holy Bible and thus inaccurate. In most cases, the voice of the people and even the majority is the voice of Satan. No matter the number of people that believe in a thing, if it is not communicated in the Word of Life, it is not trustworthy, no matter the caliber and reputation of those peddling or promoting it. Do not believe anything, if you have not heard from the Lord God Almighty from the Great Source. I still remember the shibboleth surrounding the outcome of the last presidential election in Nigeria in 2015. All the so-called Who is Who in Nigeria Spiritual World were shouting themselves hoarse that President Goodluck Jonathan would win a second term as president. But we heard correctly from the Great Source as far back as a year prior to even the conduct of the primaries of the APC that retired Gen Muhammadu Buhari would defeat the then incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. Some evens said the election would be close and there would be a re-run, but we heard from the Great Source that, it would be a complete routing. Ditto on what is currently playing out here in the United States of America. As far back as January 12, 2015, we heard from the Great Source on the election victory of Mrs. Hillary Clinton as the first woman president of the United States. This was a time she had not even made known her interest for the plum job in the world http://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/011215.html)
Thus, in knowing the will and purpose of the Lord, it is apposite for you to repudiate what Satan is saying, what his demons are chorusing with their master the devil contrary to the Word of the Jehovah Lord God Almighty, what their human agents are saying and instead re-affirm what the Lord has said and shut out all contrary views and dissenting voices altogether. At times, some of the wills and purposes may not come the way we human beings look forward to their fulfillment, just as He said too in Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.…” A classic example was the way former Prime Minister David Cameron exited his position. As at the time the prophecy came, many were over their heels, almost “celebrating” that the prophecy didn’t happen instantly. They wrote all kinds of nasty things to me and I laughed. We saw how the Lord God Almighty fulfilled what He inspired us to prophecy much later, but a little different from election, but fulfilled altogether. That is how our awesome God operates, because He is not man that He should lie or change, Hallelujah!
There are other prophetic utterances too that the Lord God Almighty told us to tell the faint-hearted and the unbelieving or as John pointed out in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable…” will be fulfilled, because the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy. He impressed this much on Prophet Habakkuk: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay….” (Habakkuk 2:2-3).
Most of the people in the world are very impatient. It is even scary in the world of instant this and instant that; yet the Jehovah Lord God Almighty doesn’t operate in the world of instant coffee. When He speaks through His prophets, we say it as directed, but it is not ours to begin to ask and question how He would do and fulfill them. If we knew how He would make them come to pass, we will then be sharing in His Glory whereas as He warned and commanded; “My Glory I will share with no one” (Isaiah 42:8). This brings us to the final part of our three-week series; the seven types of God’s wills and Purposes.
THE SEVEN WILLS/ PURPOSES OF THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY: As we have defined the wills and purposes of the Jehovah Lord God Almighty at the inception of this series, we reiterate the wills and purposes of the Lord God Almighty as His ways of doing things. In other words, as He created us in His image and likeness in order to fellowship with Him, He has made his views known on virtually all subjects under heaven to guard our fellowship with Him. After all, He said it himself: “Can two walk together unless they agree?” (Amos 3:3); so also, how can we walk and have intimate and understanding relationship with our heavenly Father, if we do not know His likes and dislikes? There are seven broad categories of the wills and purposes of the Jehovah Lord God Almighty namely: The General Will of God, Revealed Will of God, the Inspired Will of God, the Permissible Will of God, the Acceptable Will of God, the Personal or Predestined Will of God, and the Perfect Will of God. All the blessings and benefits of the Lord God Almighty, about 550 of them as revealed by the Holy Spirit and spelt out in the Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation can be grouped broadly into the above seven categories. In future exposition, we shall examine each of the seven wills and purposes in depth by the Special Grace of the Lord.
ONDO GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION 2016 AND THINGS TO COME:
I have disclosed my preference and who the Holy Spirit told me to support and work spiritually for to become the next governor of Ondo State in the forthcoming governorship election. The brickbats between one of the aspirants and the leader of the APC in Lagos State and Nigeria was uncalled for indeed. Every Nigerian has the constitutional right to support any candidate of his or her choice, after all, that is the beauty of democracy. Who told the APC that whoever they pick as their governorship candidate will automatically become the next governor of my state? Where did my people hear it or were told that whoever the man in Lagos support would automatically become the next governor of Ondo State? Are people’s memories so short that we went through this before the other time and the anointment didn’t work? Hear and read what the Holy Spirit said we should reiterate once again to our people in Ondo State as first published here on Friday July 1, 2016: “I have written much about this state, because it is my state. I have stated categorically that the daughter of late Papa Michael Adekunle Ajasin will become the first woman governor of Ondo State and first in the history of Nigeria. Let the APC do “mago-mago” if they like as we say in Nigeria and think APC will win in Ondo State no matter what, they will be sorely mistaken. Unless Ms. Jumoke Ajasin Anifowose decides not to contest the gubernatorial election of Ondo State this year 2016, but if she does, she will win. How she will win I do not know, but the Holy Spirit of the Living God says in Isaiah 55:8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”
The Lord God Almighty would choose the next governor of Ondo State and not a political magus or godfather. According to Zechariah 4:5-7: “So the angel who was speaking with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”‘
Dr Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo is the Chairman, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Jesus Christ Newspapers and P.M. Express based in Lagos. He is Resident Spiritual Head, The Jesus Christ Solution Center, a non-denominational retreat center in Cameron near Austin, TX USA. He can be reached at 254-605-4035. Visit his website at www.jesuschristnewspapers.com Email him at [email protected]