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THE TRUE MEANING OF DELIVERANCE – PROPHET TB JOSHUA

The concepts of deliverance and healing may not be new to Christians who have quite a significant knowledge of the Word, the breath of God. The notion of becoming born-again (a spirit of newness and radical transformation) is derived from the experience of deliverance. And every Christian wants to be seen as being delivered; born of water and Holy Spirit and become anew in his/her relationship with God. Deliverance has to be perfect; it should be a new experience which comes when a man is separated from unholiness and impurities of life. It is generally understood as a process of separation between light and darkness; it brings about a distance between light and darkness. It has to do with renewed cordiality with Jesus, the symbol of light, who must quench the ignoble traffic of blindness, evil, darkness, and spiritual terrorism in people.

Deliverance from bondage

Delivered and free

During a recent Sunday service, Prophet T.B. Joshua had tried to explain in detail what deliverance means. He said the spirit of darkness has to engage the world that it is obvious that it has become an object of worship to some. It is in recognition of the power of darkness that deliverance must be practically potent. Darkness is responsible for bad leadership, family disunity, greed, insubordination, immorality and attachment to the idols, to name a few instances. Most kids involved in cultism, rape, stealing and drugs are propelled by forces of darkness, but so are the elders, the parents who have polluted the political, economic and social space in society. People are in bondage today as seen in marital unhappiness, lack of innate peace, and quest for satanic powers; many people are jobless, hopeless and helpless because they are trapped.

One point which Prophet Joshua made clear is that it is quite possible for a man to confess God and still be in bondage, unless a permanent deliverance occurs in the life of such a person. The knowledge of God is not sufficient for man, but the ability to have God’s Spirit. He has said repeatedly that “not only must we have God’s Word in order to be born again, or to become a pastor; we must have God’s Spirit”.

This seems to be a response to the fact that most people who claim to have been delivered, and have become born again, are in truth very far from the orientation. Their deliverance has been most suspect, hollow and spiritually inconsequential. Such deliverance happened by words of the mouth and lacks spiritual potency and celestial grace. Most pastors who engage in delivering and healing people these days are themselves in need of the same process – they are gripped and menaced by the devil. Satan is cunning and hypocritical, and has his own ways of instilling his presence in the lives of people. For the Kingdom of Light to have impact on people, their spiritual life has to be operated upon, to remove the filths and impurities planted in them by satan. This is the essence of deliverance.

This is why Prophet Joshua speaks often that there are two kinds of pastors: there are those who commit the words of God into memory, and teach and preach with same (most of the modern pastors belong here as they have the ability to quote extensively without the necessary authority to achieve their mission). The second group is for pastors “who can move mountains”; those who commit the Word into their hearts (by making same an integral part of themselves). They know of God’s ways; they act with God, and know His opinion about themselves and others. And “when something is part of you, it dictates to you; it is your director. When you memorize, you will confess but not from your belief”, the prophet has said.

He also established that before something becomes one’s belief, it must become an integral part of the person, as “our faith is in our heart”. He said in a contest between light and darkness, light must have victory, which is what deliverance is. He said that these days “people are not sure of themselves again”, for they may be in the arms of evil forces and yet proclaim the almightiness of God. This is true, as seen in the examples of many pastors (with ministries or churches) who had negative, influencing spirits coming to The SCOAN and other living churches to receive deliverance.

He said while 20% of the people are ignorant of such evil forces, 70% of them are aware. However, the problem has always been how to combat same. Most deliverances in many places are not thorough, sincere, effective and God-inspired. Indeed, not all those who call the name of the Lord, and do His will, will enter the Kingdom of God. Deliverance is therefore, an integral part of belief; it is the preamble to the exercise of that belief. Without it, belief is sheer dramatics. He said: “Our lives are not what we confess” as we often confess blessing but experience poverty; confess breakthroughs but experience stagnation and failure. Words said without adequate form of deliverance are a package in empty encounters. He said: “No one can say, Jesus is Lord genuinely unless he is genuinely delivered”, and that “our God is Spirit; those who confess Him must do so in Spirit and truth”.

Deliverance is associated with the use of power because as Prophet Joshua said, “Divine nature must be of holiness”. You have no control of your divine nature”. In other words, “If you yield to light, light takes control of your divine nature”; no man can use the power given by the Holy Spirit at his own will; it has to be by the will of the Father. And such power will have to be original, and not a photocopy. The use of original power must lead to true deliverance because “if you are praying and not delivered, it’s like you are calling your father at home,” said Prophet Joshua.

The problem, nowadays, is that rather than recognizing the different graces bestowed upon each other, denominational difference are rather projected in Christianity. As such occurs, love is killed, faith is brutalized and deliverances become hollow and impotent of effect. Some Christians have seen churches as running a race; they speak of the number of worshippers rather that those being truly saved. Yet, the apostles of Jesus worked as one; they acted in oneness to achieve great effects as recorded in the Holy Bible. Joshua preaches today that the gifts of God may be enjoyed if churches are interdependent and pastors believe in collective approach to God through true deliverance. Today, people are departing from the way of the Lord, and “people should avoid being wasted”, he emphasised.

 

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Teaching

 

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Can God’s Word be acted?

In recent times, Prophet T.B. Joshua’s major sermons, at The SCOAN, have centred on the power of the Word, the real source of connection between man and his God; the bearer of the signature of this relationship through which the meanings of spiritual events are interpreted.

In one of these sermons titled “Acting on God’s Word”, the prophet has gone ahead to explain that the http://thetbjoshuafanclub.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/tbj1.jpg?w=300&h=232knowledge of the Bible is not sufficient for those who seek closeness to God; those who particularly seek favour from Him. The right knowledge of God settles peace – as he had preached before now. This knowledge is one route to pass through in order to experience the presence of God and enjoy the abundance of true life. The knowledge of God, however, is better absorbed through the heart, and not the brain. In the brain, it has to contest right of place with many other issues, particularly of academic interest. This might make it difficult to easily remember and be recalled in a situation of need. It could be unstable in form and essence. Moreover, when it is in the heart, the Word becomes permanent and powerful. Knowledge, therefore, becomes an integral part of one who has the Word in his heart rather than in the head.

This Word is what Joshua has perpetually explained as the essence of serious relationship in Christianity between Christ and the followers. Those who are not having the Word in them will only call on God without getting results. The prophet said, “When you say ‘in the name of Jesus’ and He does not hear you, satan will hear you”. Definitely, you cannot be calling on Jesus when the Word is distant from your heart; when satanic presence is much in place by virtue of one’s inability to master the characteristics of God’s presence.
In the message being referred to – Acting on God’s Word – Prophet Joshua has insisted that “Believing demands action, creates action. It requires performance because God’s Word reflects His character…. Acting on the Word is letting Christ act through you because Christ and the Word are one. Letting the Word have right way in your life is letting Christ have right of way”.

Christ is the Word; the relationship with Him cannot be operated on distance. Knowing, and identifying with Christ, should be done through a correct, progressive understanding of His Word which is true and powerful; the Word which cannot be disputed, rubbished, challenged and abused. The “right way” through which to absorb Christ into our lives is the Word. There is truth in his assertion that “it is the Word dwelling in you which is equivalent to Christ personally being in you. Acting on the Word then gives God an opportunity to save us, heal us, deliver us and bless us”.

The implication is that without a correct interpretation of the Word, and our inability to experience it, we have simply refused to act on what God has recommended. By our refusal, God has not been provided the opportunity to expose us to the merits of truly knowing Him; and what is life without being saved, healed, delivered, and blessed?
The Lordship of Christ according to Prophet Joshua, is expressed through “giving the Word its place”, especially because “the problem of believing is made simple when we know that it is acting on what God has spoken”. Wisdom is about doing the Word, while the mental assenter feels otherwise – “he responds to reason instead of the Word” and “he believes strongly in his reasoning faculty and not on the Word. If he has faith in anything, it is man, what man has done; science, works, organizations, etc”.

The mental assenter believes in what he sees and touches; what he sees around himself as a product of man. He wants to introduce logic in explaining situations; he thinks more of the knowledge of the Word in its “original Greek or Hebrew” or its “history”, without knowing that the Word must be lived and acted upon, if it must have meaning and relevance. The man of God has said: “Studying the Word alone cannot bring Jesus on the scene. What a grave danger if there is no corresponding action”. This means that though God has a work to do in our lives, we also have a role to play. That role is symbolized by “Corresponding action”. Partnership with Christ is partnership with His Word, which is bound to give on a true fulfilment in life. Integrating the Word in our hearts will guarantee that whenever He is called upon, “Jesus will hear us”. If the contrary occurs, we will only hear ourselves “but Jesus will not hear us”. He has added that “It is the doer of the Word that receives things from God. Idle words may entertain men but they do not reach God”.
The Word of God is not about entertainment it is the real essence of life which has to be lived in bountiful fulfilment of Christ’s expectations for mankind. And such cannot be enjoyed unless Jesus is treated as the ultimate force in the world by men. Men can do the Word, but this shall “be according to the ability of God that is at work within us”. It is God that energizes men; He is the redemption from their “weakness and failure, lack of ability and ignorance”. It is in the Word that are located “exact knowledge, perfect knowledge, complete knowledge”.

Today, darkness has covered the human society; quite a lot of disobedience, disbelief, unholiness, curses, impurity, tension and idolatry exist, desecrating man’s heart and threatening their destiny. Man’s refusal to race towards a perfect understanding of God’s Word has been his undoing. Prophet Joshua has advised in his sermon that every time is good enough for getting involved in the Word: “If you are looking for a convenient time to read your Bible, that time will never come. But you can have time to read literature or history”. Man must live in light, in the Word, in Christ Jesus.

Fajenyo and Patrick are foremost journalists and Fellows of Social Engineering Research Initiative.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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