Some stories that are recorded in SUNDAY TONIC emphasize the fact that apart from praying for their children, parents could also pray to God for their generations yet unborn. Conversely, parents could attract negative consequences for their children and coming generations. Joel Austen once remarked that: ‘’If you make the mistake of constantly speaking negative words over your children, you are cursing their future. Moreover, God will hold you responsible for destroying their destiny. With authority comes responsibility, and you have the responsibility as the spiritual authority over your child to make sure that he or she feels loved, accepted, and approved. You have the responsibility to bless your children.’’ The blessings we enjoy today are the products of the sincerity of Father Abraham who so much enjoyed the favour of God that God never did anything without carrying him along. The same blessings that were available to Father Abraham are also available to humanity, regarded as his seeds. For instance, God blessed Biblical Isaac because of Abraham. In essence, you could pray, and attract blessings for even your generations unborn. We must also be careful because curses and hardships are also transferable to generations yet unborn.
God has moved in a miraculous manner to position Nigerian pastors locally and internationally for a serious work in His vineyard, comparatively because the Patriarchs served the Lord faithfully, and sowed in tears prayers, fasting and constant intercessions. The fire of revival in Nigeria has continued to glow intensely and aggressively, even as the rapture approaches. Such is the intensity and vibrant nature of the service rendered in God’s vineyard by priests of Nigerian origin, such that many have claimed that God has chosen and positioned Nigeria strategically for the second coming of Christ. Of note is Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo’s declaration that the waves of revivals in Nigeria could be clearly divided into three parts: “The revivals of the 1930s engineered by the ‘Aladura Churches’ and which brought about salvation and spontaneous explosion of Christianity; the end of Nigeria’s civil war in 1970 which he said gave birth to the ‘born-again generation’ and increased tracts distribution and the latter part of the 1970s, which opened the doors to Word of Faith and Christian publications of renowned servants of God like Kenneth E.Hagins, Billy Graham, TL Osborne, Gordon Lindsay, and Kenneth Copeland; accompanied by preachings of practicalities of Pentecostal beliefs. These beliefs radically changed the understanding of many Christians about the preaching of the word of God, particularly the application of faith”
God showed Himself very strong in the Great Oke-Ooye Revival of 1930 in Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria, with Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola as the Lord’s lead-tool for diverse miracles, signs and wonders. The ‘Great Revival’ led to people embracing the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the spiritual manifestation of seeing visions, prophesying, speaking in tongues and dreaming. Consequently, people with diverse diseases were healed in thousands and, in turn, they spontaneously rejected their charms and amulets, as well as even western medication. Massive revivals, hitherto unknown in Nigeria occurred. Indeed, Apostle Ayo Babalola’s emergence heralded a forceful and spontaneous move of the Holy Spirit like it was never witnessed in Nigeria. Dr. D.K. Olukoya, General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministry, in describing the activities of the great revivalist proclaims that: “Joseph Ayo Babalola and his team of aggressive prayer warriors entered forbidden forests, silenced demons that demanded worship, and paralyzed deep-rooted anti-gospel activities. Sometimes beginning from the highest places, they openly disgraced satanic agents, emptied hospitals by the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ, rendered witchdoctors jobless, and started the indigenous Holy Ghost filled church in Nigeria. ‘’So far and we stand to be corrected, none has equalled, let alone surpass this humble brother in the field of aggressive evangelism in Nigeria.” Evidently, the foundation laid by the patriarchs, by divine arrangement, is still being constructed upon by their successors.
Matthew Ashimolowo describes the Christian revivals of the 1930s as divine; and brought so many notable servants of God from Ilesa axis alone comes the following: Enoch Adeboye, William Kumuyi, Foluke Adeboye, Gabriel Olubunmi Fakeye, Samuel Kayode Abiara, Timothy Obadare, Gabriel Oladele Olutola, Joe Olaiya, among others. Apostle David Olulana Babajide, who was Ayo Babalola’s deputy, established a thriving School of Discipleship in Ilesa, that trains as many as 800 disciples in a set. He lived in the town until his death at the age of 112 years. So also did S.G Elton, a British Missionary who was ordered by God to move to Ilesa in 1937 from the United Kingdom. Asimolowo says: “this is a product of the Great Revivals of the 1930s and asserts that “every time there is an earthquake, it sends reverberations far. ‘’All the people you mentioned come from no more than 10 miles radius to Ilesha. Because in 1928-30, when Joseph Ayo Babalola rose, the magnitude of prayer and anointing that broke out is what is still creating a reverberation. It is a sure sign that God has a way of birthing spiritual things. None of the people you mentioned got saved in the same circumstance. None of them had connections to their salvation in the same circumstance. I have sat with Pastor Adeboye; his testimony is so different from that of Baba Abiara. I am so close to Baba Abiara and his testimony is so different from that of Pastor William Kumuyi. ‘’So, Ilesha was more like the centre point of the spiritual earthquake that exploded in Nigeria. So we are like the first off-shoot to experience the earthquake and then it spread on to other places. Of course, when it affects you, you now take it and your own grace is added, your own calling is added and everything is mixed and a better coming forth takes place. ‘’So, that is one of the key reasons and the beauty of Nigeria is that every 40 years, there is a testing and Nigeria has continued to experience a blessing at the end of the testing. 1930, the revival broke out. 1970, the civil war ended in Nigeria, 40 years later. At the end of the Civil War in any nation, you either have a revolution, riots, or a revival. Another revival broke out in 1970 in Nigeria, touching all the corners. ‘’Most of us got saved just after 1970. ‘’And then every 10 years, there is a like a renewal of something fresh in the land”
YOU CAN PRAY YOURSELF INTO RELEVANCE: GOD CAN USE ANY VESSEL
The conversion of Saul, who later became Paul is a clear example of what the power of God could do in any situation and in the life of any creature. Saul of Tarsus, the great persecutor of early Christians later emerged one of the greatest apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul eventually wrote almost half of the New Testament. Kenneth E. Hagins, a late prominent apostle of faith, in his book: ‘I Believe In Visions’ noted in one of his works that “Paul did more, single-handedly in his 38 years of ministry than any denomination has done in 500 years.” He declared further that “this manifestation (miracles, signs and wonders) which the people are witnessing had been foretold by God’s prophet, Joel, centuries before. “It heralded a new dispensation and new days of God’s grace and the beginning of the “last days” which Joel referred to in his writing, Joel 2:28-32: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your men shall see visions; And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. ‘’And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. ‘’And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnants, whom the Lord shall call”
And our faithful God has enabled tremendous results to be recorded, such that Nigeria us now exporting the Christian faith to the Western world, that brought Chrstianity into Nigeria. What next? You only need to submit yourself totally for Jesus Christ to come into you. You are not qualified to call upon the Lord if you don’t belong to the Compassionate Redeemer. God did special miracles by the hands of Paul, such that handkerchiefs were laid on the sick and diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Why is it risky if you don’t belong to Christ? It is written in Acts 19 that: ‘’Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon themselves to call over them who had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.’’ But because they had no authority to use the name of Jesus Christ, they were denied thus: ‘’And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.’’ So, what do you do? Take that quality decision now and report to the nearest Bible believing church to submit yourself to the Lordship of Christ. Tell a pastor you want to embrace Jesus Christ as your Lord and Personal Saviour.
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