Vanguard Newspaper 15 April 2018
PAGE 40— SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 15, 2018 Inviting Jesus into my life immediately opened me to the spirit world. It was as if someone turned on the light and suddenly, a world I never knew existed suddenly became visible to me. But there were complications. I was open to the positive spiritual as well as the negative. Spirit of error Once I was in an anointed environment, my left leg would shake visibly. This gave me some concern because I knew I was not the one shaking my leg. Then one day, an inner voice said to me: “Ask me anything you want, and I will answer you by shaking your leg. If the answer is yes, I will shake your leg. If the answer is no, I will not.” And so began this amazing process whereby I would ask a question in my mind and the answer would be provided through my leg. Let us say, for example, I was looking for my wristwatch. I would ask my invisible friend: “Is it in the bedroom?” If the answer was yes, my left leg would move up and down. If the answer was no, there would be no movement. Once I got to the right room, I would use the same question-and-answer process to identify the precise location of the watch. This was all very exciting until my invisible friend started giving me wrong answers. When I get to the place he identifies, the thing would not be there. And when I wondered why this was so, it would tell me: “You are not supposed to question the Holy Spirit, you are just supposed to obey.” After a while, I became totally confused. Spirit of truth Then one day, the pastor of my church came to see me. He said Prayer answering God (II) EVERY prayer that has been made with a repentant and broken heart both in the Bible and present day assuredly received attention from the Lord and if you key into such prayers the Lord will answer you today. This is because one of the effects of believing on the Lord Jesus is that we have the assurance that our prayers will be answered when we pray alright, that is in accordance with His will. The will of God is the rule, not only of things to ANSWERING THE CALL (3) the Lord revealed to him in a dream that the devil was laughing at me, saying he would drive me mad. He said the Lord would like me to fast for three days. If I did, he would explain to me what I needed to know. I was very irritated by the pastor. I did not initially make a connection between his revelation and my “holy spirit.” I said to myself: “This is what was wrong with these pastors. They are always seeing idiotic visions about others, just in order to control their lives.” But I thank God that, in spite of my qualms, I decided to fast. I felt I would lose nothing by doing so. The beginning of my fast coincided with a trip to Igbajo for the funeral of my sister-in-law’s mother. We had a driver, so I sat at the back of the car, reading my bible. Every time I looked up, I noticed he was driving too fast for my liking. I kept warning him that all the members of my family were with me in the car and that he should not go above one hundred kilometers per hour. Then all of a sudden, the Lord took me out of the vehicle. Whether in the body or out of the body, I don’t know. But I was on top of the car looking down and I saw angels surrounding the car in formation and flying with us. Then just as quickly, I was back in the car, with the bible in my lap. From then on, I stopped be done by us, but also of those things which we crave of God to do for us. And those things must not conflict with His will. When we pray for anything in obedience to God’s will, and with submission to His will, we know that we have the petitions that we ask of Him. II Chronicles 7:13-15 says: “If I shut up Heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are Vengeance is inevitable, do good always By Pastor Oloruntimilehin Joshua Daramola VENGEANCE is something that everybody knows about because people hear about it for instance if a person owes a debt he or she must payback. It is believe that if a person does evil, the person would be done evil in return. All these instances are vengeance and they exist in this world. It is in this world that people avenge whatever they do. But I implore everybody to payback in goodness to those that have done evil to you or goodness to you. Do not pay evil for evil or an eye for an eye. If a person wants to avenge the evil another person has done the revenge might be severe or worst than the one done to him or her. Then the person have sinned. My early days in my hometown a crippled native doctor was keeping a chief’s wife as a concubine. This woman got pregnant and eventually delivered a crippled baby same as the crippled native doctor. Imagine what they thought was secret came out publicity. Everybody •Daramola bothering about the driver and simply concentrated on my reading. I am not saying a believer can drive at any speed he likes. I am just telling you about the grace I received from the Lord on that particular occasion. Spirit of revelation When I came back from the funeral, on the third day of my fast, I was sitting in my study all by myself, when something absolutely mind-blowing happened. The power of God suddenly overshadowed the room like a cloud, and the Lord started to talk to me. What was so dramatic about this, and it has never happened to me since that time, is that the voice came from “heaven.” It did not come from within me. It came from some- called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. No evil comes upon individuals or nations without the permission and control of God; and He is able and ready, when they are duly humbled, to remove it and manifest to-wards them new tokens of His favour. God has promised to answer the prayers of His people at any time it is made, either in times of disease, sickness, famine, pestilence, or perhaps war. God is long suffering, and of tender mercy and ever ready to receive a backsliding soul when he returns to Him. But the person must amend all his doings, and have a contrite spirit, for the Lord doesn’t deny mercy for the broken hearted and those with contrite spirit, for these are essential characteristics of true repentance that knew the relationship but nobody dared to reveal if even we ask the housewife who owns the pregnancy. Therefore there is nothing done in secret that God Almighty would not reveal in Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear where in the ceiling. The Lord told me to take a pen and write down what he was going to tell me. And there started from that day a recurring teaching from the Lord about the Kingdom of God. I have chosen to call this “kingdom dynamics.” The Lord said to me: “Femi, there are two kingdoms, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. Everybody you are ever going to meet will come from one of these two kingdoms. It is your responsibility to determine which kingdom the people you meet are from. If the person is from the kingdom of your Father, you must determine why I want you to meet him. Every person you meet, you will meet for a reason, and you will meet by appointment. Nothing that will ever happen to you will be coincidental. Nothing will ever happen to you by happenstance. Everything that will happen in your life will happen for a reason. It is your responsibility to determine precisely what the reason is.” As I wrote this down, I was covered with tears. I wept uncontrollably because I could not understand why God would give me such privileged information in a one-on-one tutorial. What did I do to deserve that kind of visitation? I was totally overwhelmed. gives impetus to answers of prayers. Judges 6:1-4 says, “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass”. God had promised to increase Israel as the sand on the sea shore but their sin hampered this promise and diminished them, and then their public. That was vengeance, law of retributive justice. So brethren you cannot sow okro and reap onion. It is what a person sow that he or she will reap. The book of Galatian 6:7-8 says “ Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction, the one who sows to please the spirit, from the spirit will reap eternal life”. What is making lot of people to suffer today is vengeance. The failure or refusal to take care of things that are not theirs brought about the suffering. The things that required quick approach but were not done quickly brought the problems some people are facing. There are some people that labour hard and suffer for something. At the end they reap and gain that they labored and suffered for. let examine the story of a woman in the scripture Jesus my saviour The same night, the Lord gave me a dream. I was driving a big car, like one of those long tailfinned American cars, and my son, Femi-Kevin, was with me. A lady came to my side of the car, knocked on the window and leaned forward as if she wanted to talk to me. I wound down the window, and the next thing I knew the car was gone. I was now walking hand-inhand with my son, full of joy and gladness, along Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. I just knew Kingsway Road was the way of salvation. It did not matter that we were no longer in the big car. Then the Lord shouted something in my ear. That shout was not in the dream but in my natural ear. It was as if he crouched beside me and shouted into my ear. He cried: “Matthew 13:13 to 16.” I opened my eyes and quickly got up, careful not to forget the bible citation. But I have never forgotten it. For one thing, it conclusively revealed the identity of my invisible Saviour. Through the scripture, Jesus said to me: “Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.” enemies who were inferior to them, overpowered and prevailed against them. But the moment they realized their error and humbly cried unto the Lord, He answered and sent them a deliverer. In their condition they remembered that they have God whom they have offended and when the Lord saw the brokenness and humility of their hearts, their penitence He sent them a deliverer in the person of Gideon to free them from their bondage. No matter the ugliness of your situation or how long you have been in that situation, I want you to believe that if only you will humble and cry unto the Lord God, He will answer your prayers in Jesus name. God is a prayer answering God, whenever a real child or the people of God pray the Lord will answer and if it tarries He will surely answer. called Dorcas. She was full in goodness and showing mercy to the poor. She felt sick and died. The people she had helped were crying because they wouldn’t have anybody like Dorcas to help them again. In sickness and death they took care of her they did not want her to die. Act. 9:36-42. The story of Dorcas should leach people particularly women to be doing good to other people’s children. Many women have destroyed the lives of other women’s children. *For further enquiries contact The Omnipotence Mission of God, 2 Oloruntimilehin St, Pipeline, Mosan off Ipaja road, Lagos or call 08023020108; 08058110288. *For further enquiries call: 08023020108, 08058110288. w w w . f a c e b o o k . c o m / pastoroloruntimilehin.
SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 15, 2018,PAGE 41 VANGUARD PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2017 AWARDS Dr Amina Indimi,Senior Director, Oriental Energy Services, receiving Vanguard Businessman of the Year Award from Dr (Mrs) Nike Akande, on behalf of Dr Muhammadu Indimi Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award from Mr Edward Adamu, CBN Dep. Gov. Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (middle), receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from Mr Sam Amuka,Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers. The representative of General Abdulsalami Abubakar (left) receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from Mr Muyiwa Adetiba. From left: Barrister Ajibola receivingthe Life-time Achievement Award on behalf of Chief Sunday Adegeye, aka King Sunny Ade, from Mr Toye Akiyode and Mr Muyiwa Adetiba. General Ike Nwachukwu presenting the Life-time Achievement Award to Oba Otudeko. With them is Mr Sam Amuka. From left: Professor Anya O Anya; Chief Ade-Ojo, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, his wife and Chief Ziggy Azike Chief Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from Mr. Namdi Okonkwo, MD, Fidelity Bank