ANSWER TO THE BIG QUESTION ; IS BUHARI GOD? PART 4 BY OLAWADE DAVID B.
SO YOU CALL YOURSELF A PROPHET!
“Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets”- Amos 3:7.
So disappointing today that those who should be accountable secret keepers for God are now fame seekers. Our prophets are now concerned about knowing the secret of men so as to get something from them in expense of knowing the secrets of God for the moment concerning the nation.
“As it was in the days of my youth when the secret of the Lord was upon my tabernacle”-Job 29:4.
Job was outstanding in his generation as a result of his access to the secrets of God. Elijah and Elisha lived as the spiritual head of Israel as a result of them knowing the mind of God per time concerning Israel. Elisha was using his prophetic grace to give solutions to the need of the economy not to make name for himself. He was not concerned about what the kings would give him, he was concerned about God’s agenda to be initiated and preserved in Israel.
John was a voice in the wilderness, telling the people about the messiah. He was proclaiming the shortcomings of the people at that time. He understood what heaven was saying to Israel at that time.
Oh, our prophets today want to make a name in expense to taking responsibility of knowing God’s mind for our nation. They want to build mega churches so as to have the people for themselves. Elisha was concerned about the famine of the land to the extent that he came up openly to declare God’s counsel on the issue. Elijah told the people about the seizure of rain and the release of rain and its effect.
Why are the prophets of our nation quite about the issues of our country? Why are they quick to address the congregation than the nation? Elisha could discern the conversations of the King of Samaria in his bedroom, what are our prophets discerning?
PROPHETS ARE UNWELCOMED.
“The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular, he opposes the popular in morality and spiritually in a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry to God for a prophet”- Leonard Ravenhill.
One of the reasons why many struggle with being in alignment with God is because they forget that many times, being in alignment with God comes with rejection and insignificance with men.
Can I ask you, if God tells you that, “as you continue to seek him no one will know you”, will you still continue to remain fervent in your prayer and fasting? If God tells you today that He will be sending you to a village to reach out to the villagers all the days of your life without anyone seeing or hearing about your works, will you still continue to prepare yourself to be used by God?
Sometimes, I wonder why people that are called into ministries at metropolitan cities are increasing day by day. I wonder if God has forgotten those in the remote villages. I remember visiting a village earlier this year at the outskirt of Vandeikya, Benue State, Nigeria close to Obudu, Cross River state for rural village outreach with the Nigeria Christian Corpers Fellowship. We were told that the last time missionaries visited the village was 1972. I wondered what was going on with the thousands of ministries that are competing in the cities of Benue State.
Enough of our prophets coming on air to tell us what they have done when they have enormous things God want them to do that they have not done. The crave of fame and prosperity is now the motive why many are going into ministry. A need is not equivalent to the calling. Many have become ministers, pastors because of their personal need.
Prophets are unwelcomed due to the following reasons;
THEY CALL THOSE WHO ARE OUT OF LINE TO LINE.
Many of God’s sheep are going astray because there are no prophets to show them the way. Millions of people are on the fast lane to hell but our prophets are quite about it even when they are aware of it because they want to be welcomed by men.
Our prophets are keeping thousands that are out of line in church so that the people won’t leave them. Churches are now becoming “Hell Embassy” where people out of line go to with the motive to wile away time without the assurance of heaven.
When we begin to hear our prophet say “My church”, I begin to wonder when they shed their blood and when they got crucified for their so called denomination. When I hear young ministers say “my ministry”, I wonder how they got a ministry by themselves.
When are we going call a spade a spade and hold the bull by the horn? Sinners are feeling comfortable by our company. We have made ourselves welcomed by men in expense of being welcomed in heaven.
The only message of John the Baptist was to call those that out of line into line. The summary of his message throughout his earthly ministry was, “repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand”
HE IS UNPOPULAR; HE OPPOSES THE POPULAR IN MORALITY.
If your primary goal and priority is being popular as God’s change agent in a time like this when immorality is at its peak, then the Lord’s battle is not for you. John the Baptist was a voice in the wilderness opposing the popular immorality. He was not popular for the wave of doctrine and spirituality of the Pharisee. He came opposing to the extent of telling King Herod of His abnormalities. He was not after the bogus titles or the extravagant regalia like the Pharisee.
Dr. A.W Tozer made a significant reputation in America by opposing the immorality of the country when he said, “America is laughing her way to hell”
HE OPPOSES SPIRITUALITY IN A DAY OF FACELESS POLITICIANS AND VOICELESS PREACHERS.
We are in an era where it seems as if the politicians are faceless. A time where preachers are voiceless as immoralities and decadences is at the peak. Our politicians that our prophets told us to elect are making rules and policies against the move of God yet they remain silent about it. All we see and hear online is that our prophets are visiting politicians and taking photographs with them.
Elijah faced the faceless King Ahab during his time and spoke God’s counsel even at the expense of his life. In opposite to what we have today, there came a time that Elijah could not visit the King because of the King’s wife Jezebel, sought his life.
So disappointing today that the presidents and governors who are against God’s will are hosting our prophets in their ritual amassed mansions and all we see is our prophets smiling in photograph.
Can you imagine Elijah during the atrocities of Jezebel, smiling in a photograph with Ahab and Jezebel?
John, the Baptist was a threat to King Herod. He proclaimed God’s word to Herod and the words were not appealing in Herod’s ears. What we hear our prophets’ say to our politicians is, “it is well, God will do this and that through you” after they had considered the envelopes attached. John was imprisoned and beheaded for his course of standing for the truth. The apostles were punished, imprisoned for declaring God’s ordinances.
Elisha’s life was at stake as a prophet. The King of Samaria was looking for means to kill Elisha (2 Kings 6:11-18). He was a terror to the king. Elijah called down fire on the host sent against him by the king. He made an open show of the prophets of Baal. We have so many denominations of Baal that are enemies to the cross but there are no prophets to rebuke them. How long are we going to continue like this?
Let us consider the conversation of Elijah and King Ahab when they had their first face to face encounter;
“And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, ART THOU HE THAT TROUBLETH ISRAEL?
And he answered, I HAVE NOT TROUBLED ISRAEL; BUT THOU, AND THY FATHER’S HOUSE, IN THAT YE HAVE FORSAKEN THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD, AND THOU HAST FOLLOWED BAALIM”- 1 Kings 18:17-18.
How many of our prophet can be bold to face the politicians of our nation and their entourage and say to them that they are the trouble of our nation?
PROPHETS ARE UNLOVED
“The prophet is God’s detective seeking for a lost treasure. The degree of his effectiveness is determined by his measure of unpopularity”- LEONARD RAVENHILL.
Prophets are unloved because they revealed the deteriorating state of men. Prophets are known in prison than on pulpit. They are always corrupt government. They die early than living long enjoying the presence of iniquities among men.
“Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, EVERYONE THAT DOETH EVIL IS GOOD IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD, AND HE DELIGHTETH IN THEM; or, where is the God of judgment”.- Mal. 3:17.
Our prophets have wearied the Lord. They have told our politicians that perpetuate evil that they are doing good in the sight of the Lord. They have side-lined the judgment of the Lord.
The effectiveness of John the Baptist was as a result of his unpopularity when he stayed alone in the wilderness. Can you deny yourself of popularity so that you can be effective in national transformation? You we remain alone with God for years without anyone noticing us in order to cry out to God for the revival of our nation?
“Our national need at the hour is not that dollar recover its strength, or we save face over the Watergate affair, or that we find the answer to the ecology problem. We need a God-sent prophet”- Leonard Ravenhill.
A need of God’s sent prophet is the cry of the now. There is a sign post erected in the spirit; “VACANCY; WANTED, A NEED OF A PROPHETIC PEOPLE”. MAY God send us prophets after his own hearts, men with unbendable character and unquestionable integrity.
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