​Two ministers confirmed for Africa Youth Conference 2017

Two ministers confirmed for Africa Youth Conference 2017

1. Olukayode Crown

2. Isaac O. Rhema


9 to go. It will be eleven ministers ministering to eleven nations in Africa and eleven cities in Nigeria to trigger the eleventh hour prophetic earth timetable. 


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​Faith (10): Strong in faith

And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;” (Romans 4:19-20) (ESV)

Abraham is the focus of the above words. Here, we understand the components of being weak in faith and of being strong in faith.

That one can be weak in faith also means he can be strong in faith. So where do you fall in that classification? 

This is not determined by God, but you do something about it. We are told that we should be strong in the Lord, it is another way of saying we should be strong in faith.

We cannot see the Lord, so to be strong in faith is not a matter of what is physcial, but something spiritual. There is no relating to the spiritual except by faith.

And with the example of Abraham, he did not allow what God has told him to be just “one of those things” that can be said. 

He held on to it with his two hands. He was strong in faith, giving glory to God. he was not weak in faith considering what is seen.

Paul giving a recipe for being strong in faith, said: we look not at things which are seen but things which are not seen. 

The things which are not seen are real things. And in the final analysis, they are more real. They are the things of the glory of God, and Abraham was strong in faith giving glory to God. When he thinks about what God has said, he regarded it as a done deal and rejoices in advance.

We learn from Abraham that what you “consider” will determine if you are weak or strong in faith, i.e. what you fix your heart on.

Abraham did not consider his body that was dead or the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

The challenge of faith is to move from what is known to embrace the unknown as stated in the word of God. And as we have said, faith is about the word of God, not your speculation or assumption or wishful thinking. 

If Abraham followed natural thinking he could not be strong in faith. If he was looking at his body, faith will take wings. 

Faith is also at the point of what he wanted. Nobody can force you to have faith in what you do not want. So Jesus said whatever we desire we should ask and we should have.

So the faith training for Abraham was on the point of what he wanted and God made a promise to him about, and what he saw in the physical showed that God will have to act to make his word come to pass and that is the stuff that strong faith is made of.

God said that the word that has come forth from his mouth will not return to him void but shall accomplish the task it has been sent to do.

Faith and the word of God are intertwined. That God said it means God has faith that it will come to pass. When you sync with him, you are saying: let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, let the rule and order or heaven be manifested on the earth.

Some have told us that when Jesus said have faith in God, it means have faith of God. It is faith derived from who God is, and what he has said. There can be no strong faith without strong relationship with God. 

God releases his word and depended on the word to create the reality for which it has been sent forth and God rests from his works after speaking forth the words. 

Coming into the rest of God in the book of Hebrews is attached to faith, to standing firm in faith. 

God made us in his image, so we need to learn how he works, to walk with God as we have shared means to sync with him at the faith channel. 

Since the worlds were framed by the word of God, nothing works except the word, either written or spoken.

As Jesus said: man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. 

The bible says, who says it and it stands if God has not spoken it? Therefore to not agree with God is tacit rebellion. It is to call him a liar. Jesus said that he will be a liar, if he did not say about himself what is true before God, trying to be religiously correct before the Pharisees. 

You cannot contradict the word of God, and walk with him at the same time. So the carefulness of faith is to ensure that we prioritise the Word above everything as the only wise God. And God leads us into deeper and deeper end of his word, so that we can become stronger and stronger in faith.

You have to line up with His word, line up with His kingdom. Jesus said that the man who hears his words and does them is like one who builds his house on a rock, and that house stands. That is a picture of strong faith- a house built on a rock. 

It starts with hearing. So we need to put ourselves in the position to hear then agree and line up with it and consistently so. 

With what Jesus said about doing his word to build our house on a rock, we know that testing comes to faith, but strong faith will remain standing after all is said and done. The testing comes in rains, storm, winds that Jesus said will confront both the house built on the sand and built on rock. 

The testing of faith come in two ways ways: 

Time test

Time asks the question: will you stand in faith even with the passage of time? 

Abraham passed the test of time. He was promised a child and he stood in faith even in old age. 

Will you continue in the hearing of faith, confession of faith and the action of faith on and on and on into infinity? 

The bible urges that we should with faith and patience obtain the promise. Patience is the language of time. 

Look at Abraham as the example of faith. We are supposed to live in the realm of God and act as if there is no time between when we stepped out in faith, made a confession of faith, ask in prayer in faith and when we actually receive it. 

Faith is a spiritual substance. That it is spiritual means it has no regard for time. So as one in faith, we move away from the time to the spirit and as Abraham gave glory to God, he moved from time to eternity and eventually time lined up with eternity as Abraham’s strong faith passed the test of time.

Options test

Options ask the question: can you settle for less 

Many people fall behind at this level of testing of faith. And Abraham is not an exception: he opted in for the option of sleeping with the servant. 

A lesser option that may not be so bad comes to test faith. It was an option that will cut short the time of waiting, but it smelled all over of the effort of man and it was rejected by God. And when God will bring his answer to Abraham it was by his word.

The devil offered Jesus the glory of the earth, if he could just bow down and worship him, it was an option. But Jesus was strong in faith speaking forth the word of God to him.

When the test of option came to Jesus he was strong in faith, not weak in faith, was not a push around for the devil.   

To be strong in faith does not mean getting result. If it were just that then Abaraham would be applauded for impregnating Hagar. 

If it is about getting result quickly, Jesus needed to be chided for not bowing to the devil.

Rather than be strong in faith in God to deliver them from the fire of the Nebuchadnezer, Shadrach Mechach and Abednego could have taken the option of bowing down to the image. 

They were pressed to shift their position of faith in God but they stood strong.

Request 

Letter of request 

1. Prayer

Jesus says freely you have been given, freely give. 

In view of that we want to request that you join our 1100-person strong prayer team for Africa Youth Conference 2017 to pray during the 110 days before the conference. 

You can pray from Monday August 21 to Friday December 8 for 11minutes a day (minimum) , at any of these times -11pm/1am/11am/1pm each day. 

Or

1 hour everyday Monday from August 21 to December 4.

 Pray all manners of prayers in the spirit. We welcome people from anywhere in the world. Or follow the prayer outline that will be made available. 

The conference is on December 9, 11am-3pm. broadcast live from a location in Nigeria (Akure, Ondo State)  to ten countries in Africa (Zimbabwe, Uganda,ZambiaBotswanaNamibiaKenyaSierra LeoneLiberia, South Africa) and ten cities in Nigeria (Port Harcourt, Lagos, Oshogbo, Ado Ekiti, Owo, Ondo, Asaba,  Ibadan,  Benin and Abeokuta). 

The theme is Spiritual Edge (John 6:63) and is geared towards an Africa Youth Renaissance. 

To indicate interest in joining for prayer please like the dedicated facebook page : tinyurl.com/pray17 

2. Finance

We kindly request that you support the programme with minimum of N3000/8dollars one-time gift. 

OR

As the programme will be broadcast live across Africa and the globe and targetted at thousands of youths, if you want, you can publicise your activity on the live broadcast @10,000(30dollars)/min (minimum 5minutes i.e.N50000/150dollars)with your logo, motto and website/contact info running on the screen for that duration as a sponsor. Space is limited. 

Our budget of N11million/$30000 covers 1. Honorarium for 11ministers 2. Rent of locations 3. Live satellite broadcast 4. Continent wide publicity 

Our Nigeria Account:

Name: Iyawe Itohan  (+2348034436237)

Access Bank 

Account Type: Savings 

Number 0034305742

Or use your credit /debit card on our generosity.com account @ tinyurl.com/giver17

Kayode Crown 

Chairman, International Committee 

Africa Youth Conference 2017

+2347060921007, kayodecrown@hotmail.com

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9: Walk of faith (4)

2Corinthians 5:7  for we walk by faith, not by sight.

part three here

If the only thing you did were things you “had” to do as told by others, and you have occupied your time for living for yourself, then you are not ready for the walk of faith.

That won’t lead you beyond the Jordan to deliver the double portion of the anointing.

The double-portion of the anointing is seen in that Elisha recorded twice the miracle done by Elisha. The double-portion means to be foremost. To be foremost in the things of God demands a walk of faith.

The walk of faith demands a high level of focus. Elijah told Elisha, if you see me go then you will get it. We need to ask: How strongly are you seeing Jesus with the eyes of faith?

Paul prayed that the eyes of our understanding needs to be enlightened so that we will know/experience.

What you see is based on the tenacity of your walk. You will not see the chariots of fire and the horses of fire come take Elijah if you did not walk by faith into it.

You need to press through the works of the flesh, press through the criticism, press through the mockers, press through contradictions, press through the naysayers and not give up, to connect with somethings greater than you.

It takes a walk of faith to do that.

An example of a walk of faith is the woman who had the issue of blood and had to press through the crowd to reach Jesus. She heard but that was not enough, she confessed but that was not enough, she needed to press through the crowd in a walk of faith to lay hold of something beyond her.

It is time to leave the crowd behind, it is time to leave the naysayers behind, those who tell you why it cannot be done, the small-minded, the fearful.

That woman pressed on (drained and weak, she pressed on, blinded to her pain, she pressed one) and Paul also said he presses on to the  prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

That is what the walk of faith is about. It is not about taking it easy, it is about the violent takes it by force.

That woman had to press on beyond the disappointments, the betrayals. Some people have fallen along the way side because of those things.

She had to wade through the fake promises, the stab in the back, the lies told against her, the abandonment she experienced.

She pressed on in a walk of faith, so should you. Even if you are bloodied and pained, you need to press on, lied to and lied against, you have to press on. The bible says: here we have no abiding city, but we look for one which comes from above. Don’t settle by the wayside. So we press on.

She pressed on and she got it. It is a walk of faith. She was going to get it or she was going to get it. It was either of the two, so she got it. There was no other option.  That is the same level of determination you must approach the walk of faith.

People who have other options will choose them.

The Joshua generation (who entered the promised land) had no other option but to press on to take the land, regardless of what they feared or did not fear.

There was no other option. They had to step into the water when God said they should or step into the water when God said they should. (That is not a typo)

The kingdom  of heaven, Jesus said. suffers violence and the violent take it by force. We take territories by force. No negotiations.

Jesus said that for anyone to be his disciple, he has to carry his cross and follow him. You are not supposed to carry the cross of another. People want to put burdens upon you, reject them. It is your own cross and you are supposed to follow Christ. It is your own identification with him to follow him.

To follow Jesus in the walk of faith means you mind your own business.

Peter asked Jesus about John, and he answered: what is that to you, you follow me.

You need all your time, energy, focus on your own walk of faith, you cannot afford to be distracted by anything or anyone.

Jesus asked someone to follow him and he said that he wanted to go and bury his father first. Jesus said, let the dead bury their dead, but he should follow him.

We can learn that family attachment can pull us back from following God. But Jesus said that he has not come to bring peace on the earth but a sword because the father will become at odds with the son.

You need a razor sharp focus in following Jesus in the walk of faith. What is happening around you cannot be allowed to distract from the word of God, which you should line yourself with, in the walk of faith.

concluded

9: Walk of faith (3)

2Corinthians 5:7  for we walk by faith, not by sight.

part two here

Everyone that God has called into a walk of faith (and that is every believer, since the just shall live by faith) get the opportunity to make eternal impact.

But you need courage. God called Paul to walk by faith and he needed courage.

To take the Promised Land, you needed to confront the gaints (in different forms and presentations), but God has promised to give the land to you and your business is to believe and act on it.

It is time to take on the mantle that has fallen from heaven, it is time to take the leadership mantle and strike the Jordan, cause things to be shifted in the natural by the authority we wield in the spirit.

Jesus has ascended to heaven and his mantle of the Holy Spirit has fallen down on us.

The similarity between what happened with Jesus and the disciples (the church) and what happened with Elijah and Elisha is uncanny.

Jesus in his resurrected body went to heaven in the sight of the disciples on the Mount of Olives, just as Elijah went up without seeing death in the sight of Elisha.

Just as a mantle fell from heaven from Elijah, Jesus released the Holy Spirit from heaven. And just as the sons of the prophets said that the Spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha after Elisha went up, the Pharisees noticed that the Apostles had been with Jesus.

And just as Elisha called on the God of Elijah, our only action in dominion is in the name of Jesus, not our own name. Our reference is to Jesus, not ourselves. It is his dominion, his mandate, his calling, that we express, it is his identity we express as members of the body of Christ. As I am writing this, I am expressing Jesus as writer by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Elisha asked for the double portion of the anointing on the Holy Spirit in Elijah, and Jesus said that we will greater works than he did because he goes to the father.

Elisha asked for the double portion of the anointing of Elijah, not for it to hang on his lintel but to be an effective servant of God, to express God on the earth in a bigger measure.

We need to also ask for the Holy Spirit as Jesus said and we will be given for the double expression of Christ (the anointed one) on the earth.

By the force of desire, Elisha walked with Elijah until he was lifted up by the chariots of fire and horses of fire.

We need a similar desire to move from where we are to where God wants us to be, to go on a mission for God, on an assignment.

After we are saved, which stands for Elijah going to pick Elisha in the midst of his normal occupation, we need to press on in the walk of faith which is about carrying out the assignment upon Jesus, just as Elisha was to carry out the assignment upon Elijah.

Elijah dropped the mantle on Elisha and that stands for the initial experience of the Holy Spirit when we believe and we are born of the Spirit, having the spirit being that mark that we are one of his.

 

But it is another experience (of the same Holy Spirit, but in a different dimension), to receive the Holy Spirit in his baptism, similar to the mantle falling down from heaven on Elijah, the same mantle. The first is the calling mantle, the second is a commissioning mantle for greater works.

Remember that when Elijah was saying that it is better that God kills him, but God restored him, he asked him to anoint some people. He did not fulfill that but Elisha did.

In the same vein, we carry out the assignment on Jesus, after he has gone. And that demands a walk of faith, looking unto Jesus, just as Elisha had to follow Elijah to the end to pick up the mantle and he got the double portion when he saw  Elisha taken up.

We also need to set our eyes on the ascended Jesus for the walk of faith. We set out eyes on things above where Christ who is our life is.

After Elisha was picked by grace (God mentioned him to Elijah), we are also saved by grace. But for him to do the greater works, he needed a walk of faith.

Our walk of faith is powered by our love of God (faith works through love), our earnest desire for him and his glory, which others cannot understand.

It was a walk of faith because it was not something Elisha determined. You also did not determine how God will use you, but you must want to be used.

Elisha’s desire to be used was shown in his break from his past, cutting up and sharing the meat of the bulls he used in his farming business to others.

You have to with your own mouth say like Isaiah did: here am I, send me. There is no fence sitting here.

It is in the arena of the walk of faith that Jesus said: many are called but few are chosen.

Not all is called. But the many that are called are those who have already received salvation in Jesus Christ, but to be chosen is another ball-game entirely.

To pick those who will represent the nation in a relay race, many are called, but few are chosen. The few are not chosen based on sentiment, based on looks, who they know, but how they can deliver on the mandate as determined by the coach.

Elijah said, say I am going there, and later he will say I am going in another direction and later in still another direction. And Elisha had to follow.

Similarly, the walk of faith is walk in the Spirit. Jesus said that the wind blows where it wills, but you feel the effect, but you don’t know where it is going or where it is coming from. Therefore, with a pre-set agenda, you cannot embark on the walk.

It was a walk of faith because Elisha was even told he did not have to do it. But he pressed on by the force of desire.

To be continued tomorrow

9: Walk of faith (2)

2Corinthians 5:7  for we walk by faith, not by sight.

part one here

And later on in that book (Hebrews), the  writer told us of those who have  moved on to the advanced level of faith, which is beyond confession and receiving, to the walk of faith.

He mentioned Enoch, Abraham and Noah

He said that by faith Enoch walked with God. And the bible recorded that was for a period of 300 years. God is invincible and to walk with God you need focus, and be able to see what is unseen. Faith is a walk, Enoch proved that. It is “with God.”

Abraham walked with God, acting on what he said to move from his father’s house and by faith he sacrificed his son Isaac.

He moved from the receiving to sacrificing by faith, walking a three-day journey so that he had an ample opportunity to go back on obeying God. God had told Abraham, walk before me and be perfect. And that takes faith. Faith for him became a walk of sacrifice.

Noah acted based on what God said, that there will be flood on the earth and for 120 years, built an ark based on that. Noah showed that the walk of faith involved building things for the future based on the word of God, building things for a world to come in cooperation with God.

Enoch walked by faith, 300 years; Abraham for 100years (from the time he moved from his father’s house aged 75, to when he died, aged 175); and Noah walked for 120 years, building that ark. It is a walk,not a day’s affair.

By faith Abraham and Noah did things beyond their time. Without Noah there won’t be you and without Abraham there won’t be Jesus together with the eternal implications for that.

The people the writer of the book of Hebrews wrote about confessed that they were pilgrims and strangers on the earth. They believed: here we have no abiding city. There actions therefore matched their confession and they moved into relevance for generations yet unborn.

Actions need to back your faith and in the specific area of your life-calling.

The bible says we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that we should walk in them. And we walk by faith and not by sight.

Let’s take a lesson from the devil to understand what it means to be a workmanship.

When the devil was made as Lucifer, we were told that musical instruments were part of his make-up.

That means he was supposed to be a major part of the worship-sphere in heaven.

Similarly, being the workmanship of God in Christ Jesus means we need to move forward in his purpose, power and personality.

For us to walk in them we need courage. In both the preceding and proceeding verses from the lead verse of the this piece (we walk by faith and not by sight in the 2nd epistle of Paul to the Corinthians), the word courage was mentioned.

And when Joshua was about to lead the children of Israel, to their dominion as the messenger of dominion as Moses was he messenger of  deliverance, he was told repeatedly to be courageous.

For the deliverance message, what was needed was confession but for the  dominion message, what is needed is courage.

For the deliverance message, God takes care of things in agreement with us, but for the dominion message, we take care of things in agreement with God. In the first we need the Holy Spirit to come into us, in the second, we come into the Holy Spirit, triggered by the event of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Before preaching to the people about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they were told about becoming witnesses. They were made to be mission-oriented.

They had been uprooted from Galilee and were devoted to Jesus and were focused on him.

They received power to go on a mission, not to feel good, but to walk by faith as they witness for Jesus in Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth.

The dominion message is primarily not “our” dominion, though it seems to be preached like that sometimes, as we re presented with a self-focused dominion.

But it is Christ’s dominion. We are his witnesses in whatever expression of dominion we have. We are to point attention to him, spread his name in all the earth, demanding that people bow down to the dominion of Jesus.

For the deliverance message we need to believe and confess but for the dominion message we need to believe and act.

And to act we need courage. We need to be directed by the word of God and not by any fear. We need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, recognise that and renew our minds to take territories for him.

But the children of Israel who left Egypt allowed fear to lead them into rebellion from God. They believed in the word to bring them out but not to bring them in. To be brought out was a moment, but to be brought in demanded a life-time.

Saul allowed over-confidence to lead him into rebellion and he lost out on the ultimate of God for him. We are not led by confidence, by our position, by what others say, we are led by the word of God, as we maintain a posture of humility and dependence on God.

But Saul lost sight of that and he lost the kingdom, though he still kept the position. The ordinary observer would think Saul has made it, not knowing that he is far from God and far from the walk of faith. People who equate dominion with position are in error.

It is about the kingdom. We can still keep our position in God as children of God, but we will lose out of the ultimate prize without an effective walk of faith, without an effective life of service to God, of kingdom orientation.

to be continued tomorrow

 

9: Walk of faith (1)

2Corinthians 5:7  for we walk by faith, not by sight. 

This is the most profound truth a Christian can know. The Christian walk is the walk of faith, that is the Christian life. It starts in faith and it is a walk of faith,it is from faith to faith. There is no graduating from the school of faith. When you think that you have achieved a level of faith, God puts another targets before you and you have to keep moving.

It is living out the reality of world the new birth  brings you into. And that is by faith.

We are focused on hearing of faith, confession of faith. We will now focus on what it means to walk by faith.

In the hearing-confession-walk continuum, we have increasing level of activity.

Case study one: The children of Israel were told to leave the land of Egypt to the land of Canaan. But they did not arrive because somehow, what they heard did not connect with what they did.

Case study two: But Abraham was told to move from his father’s house to the place where God will show him, he took the walk by faith. He did not just hear but acted based on what he heard.

According to scriptures, we are not supposed to be hearers alone but doers of the work. Our hearing and confession must connect with our action.

In the book of Hebrews, we read of the people of faith who confessed that they were pilgrims and strangers on the earth.

They confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. They sought for things beyond them and for that they had to walk by faith, sync with heaven. Their confession matched their faith.

For Joshua to walk by faith, he needed to walk based on what the word of God says and not by what his eyes see. He saw the small size of the inexperienced army of Israel versus the large inexperienced army of the nations they are suppose to subdue which can band together to come against them. But the walk of faith means he had no choice by to move forward.

The word of God said that he has been given the land. God told him to be bold and courageous. There is no taking the land except by boldness and courage. You have to look the situation in the eye and press on regardless.

The message of deliverance is different from the message of dominion. The message of deliverance was preached to the children of Israel in the land of Egypt.

They cried out to God to save them from the terror-filled existence there, but God sent Moses to preach the message of deliverance to them.

They believed the message of deliverance and put the blood of the lamb on the lintel of the houses they lived.

For this second message of dominion, they needed courage because there were giants in the land.

For the first message, what they needed was a “confession” (I will explain shortly), but for the second what they needed was action.

It is time for action. But the lazy man, the lazy man, the lack of faith man will say there is a lion in the street and will not venture outside.

That stood for confession towards salvation (they used the hyssop, which stands for our tongue, to apply the blood) and they were saved.

But to move into the Promised Land, they needed to listen to the message of dominion. They had to shed a slave mentality. God could easily get the people out of Egypt, but it was a whole different ball game to get Egypt out of the people.

It takes the process of renewal of the mind.

To get the people out Egypt was the common denominator, but to get the people into Canaan, only two of the original number made it.

To get the people out of Egypt demanded only the act of God, but to get the people into Egypt, there needs to be a cooperation.

People have wondered, why did God even allow the children of Israel to send out spies to the land, which led to their being discouraged. God needed to know how much they will believe in him, because without faith it is impossible to please God. God could have destroyed the people in the land, but he needed man  to cooperate with him in the frequency on faith,living by the word, which was what he made man to be.

The children of Israel said there are giants in the land and we cannot move into the Promised Land.

So that generation, because they chose not to walk in faith, perished in the wilderness, even after they have been rescued.

The second message of dominion should be preached to the believers. It is the possess-your-possession message, but not in the materialistic sense, but the kingdom reward for service sense.

It is the take-over-territories-for-God message; it is the message of your  destiny, the message of your divine mandate, the message of your spiritual calling.

The first message is about “come out from sin,” the second is: come into your purpose.

The writer of Hebrews said something about that. He said that  having left the elementary principles of Christ, let us move on to maturity.

And the first of the elementary teaching is repentance from dead works and faith towards God. There is the elementary level of faith which is about what you are to come out of, but there is the advanced level which is about what you should come in. It is from faith to faith.

continued tomorrow