‘’Truth is likened to an oil which will always rise to the surface. It is an indestructible fact that will remain constant no matter how long it takes to cover it. That is why the Bible instructs in Proverbs 23:23, “Buy the truth and sell it not.” ’Truth It is to stand firm and be resolute.’’ Stand for truth and fear not, because it is only the truth you know and apply that can help you in the hour of need or save you in times of trouble” — Olukoya
EYE OPENER: Reading this compilation fleshed up with Dr. D.K. Olukoya’s teaching will open eyes of millions of people to issues that are considered unusual, particularly when those used by the devil start stabbing others on the back. Attempts to pull others down occur in every human setting. It happens everywhere, even in churches where worshippers shout: ‘’In Jesus’ Name’’ and in Mosques where Allah is praised. Interestingly, those great men of God are not spared from challenges of life; hence some members of their congregations may be found engaging in acts tantamount to deceit, backbiting, and stabbing the innocent on the back. The truth is that God permits ‘’rough edges’’ so we would not equate ourselves with Him. And these churchleaders in spite of walking with the Holy Spirit every second might not know because they are not God! A case of ”Who is as blind as my servant,and deaf like the messenger I send; Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the LORD? ” (Isaiah 42:19)
A lot of politicking and intrigues go on behind the scene in all human settings from which a respectable personality with conscience would keep a distance. Even within family units, there is politics orchestrated by the husband and wife to manage the home responsibly. Gossiping and backbiting should normally be expected to be part of the features, usually occasioned by envy and feelings of complex on the part of Satanic people who operate as if they can hide from God. Except these people are helped to turn to God, they will continue in that manner because they might have been brought up in settings where intrigues thrive. Therefore, they are unhappy if they cannot engage in intrigues and speaking ill-advisedly about other people. It takes prayers, hard work and divine intervention for people, particularly those at the topmost strata to be able to survive where intrigues thrive.
ACCUSERS & THEIR MISSION: According to Dr. D.K. Olukoya, General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries Worldwide, ‘’Accusers are fault-finders, meaning that they always look for an opportunity to see a fault in their victim for the victim to be accused. Being a Christian, being alive, being well-positioned and blessed are enough threat to the enemies called accusers to begin to operate or carry out their evil activities. Accusation is a form of persecution. Esther, Mordecai and the Jews in our Fire Scripture were accused and were to be persecuted just for doing well in the strange land, but glory be to God of Israel who came into their situation to deliver them.
FAITHFULNESS HURTS ACCUSERS — WHY YOU MUST LET GOD FIGHT FOR YOU: Many Christians today are victims of wrong accusation and as long as you want to live for Christ, be ready for accusation because accusers are everywhere in offices, family units, extended families, schools, business places, and so on. They speak scornfully. So, if you’re good in whatever you are doing, be ready for accusation. Accusers do not want to hear anything good about you, especially advancement in your career; so, they are always happy when people are sad. Beloved, the moment you make your choice of being faithful to God, you begin to have accusers. We were told the story of a man who sharpened his knife for his son for going to MFM. Although the boy escaped death but the father changed his will to disfavour the son. He accused his son of disobedience but the boy prayed and the father was struck down and later confessed on the sick bed that he got the power to kill the boy which backfired against him. The father later confessed Jesus as his Lord and Saviour and the boy later got all he lost. Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were victims of accusation. So also were Joseph and Jesus, but God proved Himself faithful in their lives. I pray for you that the arrows of the accuser shall not locate you, in Jesus’ name. Beloved, look unto Jesus, no matter the accusation today and see God in your situation to disgrace your accusers, change every negative attitude in you, develop hatred for sin and serve God wholeheartedly. THE WORLD PERISHES NOT FROM BANDITS AND FIRES, BUT FROM HATRED, WRONG ACCUSATIONS, HOSTILITY AND ALL THESE PETTY SQUABBLES.
TERRIFIC HEADLINES: You don’t have to offend people for them to hate you. So it is not a question of what have I done? All carriers of God’s glory must be attacked. What did Jesus do such that they started gunning for His life at birth until He was crucified? What did Daniel do? What did Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego do? What did David do to king Saul? And what did Joseph do? Success attracts enemies as nobody fights a failure. Most times, God arranges situations such that the attack of your accusers will be the avenue for your lifting. Anybody who wishes to must rise to stardom would always encounter accusers. Joseph would never have become the Prime Minister of Egypt, the then most powerful nation on earth without Potiphar’s wife who falsely accused Joseph of having assaulted her, and he was sent to prison. Indeed, you must meet several enemies on the path of your success. Pray for them and leave all in the hands of the Creator Who knows the beginning till the end. They wouldn’t have been positioned there without the knowledge of the God of Elijah; the Consuming Fire.
ARE YOU ON GOD’S SIDE?: Are you wondering why that young pastor or that Elder who should know the consequences of his/her actions is resolutely involved in conspiracy in spite of their knowing the consequences on their Christian race? I say GO TO SLEEP if you are on God’s side. No matter how you try, accusers must always strike because they are pushed by the devil and dark powers that manipulate them. Any willing soul could be manipulated; even deacons and elders, as what Satan requires is mere cooperation. Jesus would never have fulfilled the purpose of God without Judas the betrayer. Some may not change or repent because they are destined to end up in the hottest part of hell. Next, we treat the issue of speaking the truth:Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). That’s a wonderful promise that can be taken seriously, especially when you feel somehow injured; whether the difficulty is injury, illness, financial hardship, a troubled relationship.
HOLDING ON TO THE TRUTH: In this discourse by Dr. D.K. Olukoya, two words “truth” and “wavering” stand out. They need to be addressed first in order to drive home the real message in today’s topic. According to dictionary meaning, the word “truth” implies the real fact about a situation. However, a seasoned writer described truth as a “prayerful entity”. He further likens truth to an oil which will always rise to the surface. It is an indestructible fact that will remain constant no matter how long it takes to cover it. That is why the Bible instructs in Proverbs 23:23, “Buy the truth and sell it not.”
THE DOUBLE-MINDED: On the other hand, the word “waver” symbolises to lose strength, determination or purpose, especially temporarily. In this context, therefore, without wavering is the exact opposite. It is to stand firm and be resolute. The Bible equates a person who wavers to a wave of sea driven with wind and tossed. Such a person cannot receive anything from the Lord because he is double-minded and unstable in his mind (James 1:8). Curiously, the head of a church might not detect those people easily. In some other cases, God might reveal this and command the pastor to pray for them because the Creator is a long suffering God Who gives ample room for repentance. As a true believer, you must have absolute faith in God before you can please Him. No wonder the Bible affirms, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 6:11). Therefore, stand for truth and fear not, because it is only the truth you know and apply that can help you in the hour of need or save you in times of trouble.
TERRIFIC HEADLINES: WHY NOT QUIT ATTEMPTING TO DESTROY THAT PERSON GOD HAS MADE? WHY DO YOU STILL ENGAGE IN CONSPIRACY GIVEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE FACT THAT DEATH IS PENALTY? Are you in trouble in your career or in your business? Begin to examine yourself today. Have you been truthful to your customers, your colleagues, your superiors? Are you the type that wavers or vacillates when you are supposed to declare the truth, due to selfish interest? Today, make up your mind because it is the truth you know and you practise that can set you free. WAVERING BEFORE THE TRUTH IS A DISASTER THAT WILL MAKE YOU TO SEE YOUR PROBLEM AS YOUR GOD.
TAKE HEED: 1 Corinthians: 10:12 warns: Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall’’ Apostle Paul in his writing to the Romans (6:23) warns that ‘’the wages of sin is death’’ Whoever reads and meditates on Psalm 64: 2-8 will fear God and desist from evil: ‘’Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the plots of evildoers. 3 They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows. 4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent; they shoot suddenly, without fear. 5 They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, “Who will see it[b]?” 6 They plot injustice and say: “We have devised a perfect plan!” Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.7 But God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down. 8 He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn’’
CONSEQUENCES: It is written in Genesis 6:5 that God created us human beings in his own image and regretted: “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Why? “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9. There is no resisting, nor escaping God’s anger. Sin provokes God to anger. And those not humbled by lesser judgments, must expect greater. Alas! how many professed Christians are blind as the benighted heathen! While the Lord is well-pleased in saving sinners through the righteousness of Christ, he will also glorify his justice, by punishing all proud despisers. Seeing God has poured out his wrath on his once-favoured people, because of their sins, let us fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of us should be found to come short of it. Great man of God, Pastor E.A Adeboye warned that “Jesus used a very stern language to warn mankind that hell is real. Jesus, he said, “spoke about them that are on the left hand” and who shall be told to “depart…into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”. (Matthew 25:41) May we never find ourselves in that horrible place after our sojourn on earth. Amen. Happy week ahead.