At the time I lived as a ‘disciple’ in a Cult Community called the Synagogue “church” of all nations Lagos Nigeria. Fatai Balogun, who turned to be called TbJoshua make use of what he said to be ‘angels’, either during his weekly service or privately.
Most time in the “disciples” meetings, he made us to understand that there were some merciless beings that follows him around, therefore, people around him must live with him with care. He said, these beings are in possession of anti-ballistic artilleries, such as Bomb, stones, daggers, spears, guns, dynamites, boiling water, hot oil, etceteras to deal decisively with anyone who acted, speaks, prays, writes, thinks against him.
He also said that during weekly service time, these beings usually multiplies to invade synagogue auditorium to help him accomplish his task as he summons and command them on what to do. He said he designates some of them to follow his members home. What surprises me most was that these beings are always no where to be found whenever he cajole, forcefully or brainwash female ‘disciples’ or members to have sex with him in the synagogue.
During this naive period of mine and others, we believed everything Fatai Balogun alias TbJoshua said to be true because we do not know what the Scriptures says concerning this teachings.
NOW, WHAT DID THE SCRIPTURE SAYS?
People today are fascinated by the concept and study of angels, called “angelology.” Angels are depicted in everything from jewelry and Christmas decorations to movies and television programs. Many Christians also believe they have the authority to command angels to do their bidding, while others believe they can command angels in the name of Jesus Christ.
Let us take a closer look at the earthly ministry of Our Lord Jesus Christ to learn and emulates His pattern as a prototype for our daily life. There is no doubt about Angelic activities in regard to Jesus’ life. As a Royal, we read in the Scripture that Angel announced His coming Luke 1:31-33, and also His grand entrance into the earth as a human was heralded. “Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:10-11 NKJV
They also ministered to Him when His obedience to the Father was completed in the wilderness of trials and temptation, laying down example for us that if Jesus overcome trials, it is possible for everyone of us to overcome. Matthew 4:11 “Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.”
In all these, Did He at any time commanded, influence or summoned Angels to offer assistant of any kind to Him? The Angels that attended Him were not in possession of dangerous weapons, He would have told the Apostles. So, The answer is No.
When Jesus was arrested, it was a great opportunity for Him as The Lord of the Universe to array and assembled a battalion of heavenly host for the most deadly war of the Ages, and onslaught of His enemies; though He had the authority to do so but He did not summon them to defend Him, rather He choose to remain a servant to fulfil His mission. He only made it known to His arresters “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” Matthew 26:53 NKJV
In His words He showed that only the Father has the authority over His Angels, If the Son of God looked to His Father for constant help, why should any of us take laws into our hands?
I truly doubt if those who claims they summons Angels have interactions with the Holy Angels of God. They could be having dealings knowingly or unknowingly with demons, and disembodied mystical spirits because no genuine Angel of God will abandon his post to take orders from a mortal, except being sent.
Any angel that carries out work without God’s backing has automatically turned himself to a rebel and eventually becomes a demon. To further establish this exertions, the Book of Jude speaks of some angels who did not conform to Divine authority, rather choose to follow their own way, “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day.”
Jude 1:6 NKJV
Angel Gabriel says he stands in the presence of God until God sends him on assignment.
There are no exemplary passages either in the Old Testament or in the New Testament where a man controlled the work of angels in the Bible. We do know that they are beings of swifter nature, yet, God knows how He has positions them, anyone who break ranks among them will be noticed in no time.
The strange teachings that believers have control over Angels of God is false, erroneous and demonic. I know and I have been to some “churches” that calls on the presence of Angels during their services, I am amazed. Holy Spirit’s presence must be our desires, but if God choose to send His Angels to our gatherings for special assignment, it is to His Glory. We are not gathering unto angels, but the Scripture says, “unto Him who lives and abides forever shall be the gathering of His people be.” The following biblical principles show that angels do not obey the commands of men:
Moses spoke of when the children of Israel “cried out to the LORD, He heard our cry, and sent an angel, and brought us out of Egypt” (Numbers 20:16 ). The Israelites did not command an angel to come to them. They appealed to God, under whose command the angels function.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s image (Daniel 3:17-18 ). God in His mercy “sent his angel and rescued His servants!” (Daniel 3:28 ). The three Hebrews did not summon the angel of the Lord. God sent him. God later “sent His angel” to deliver Daniel from the mouths of the lions in their den (Daniel 6:22 ).
“The church in Jerusalem prayed for Peter when he was in prison” (Acts 12:5 ). When Peter was delivered, he testified, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent His angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating” (Acts 12:11 ). The Christians praying for Peter were so surprised when he came to their door that they almost did not let him in. Certainly, they had not commanded any angel to rescue him.
Angels are called God’s “holy angels,” who do His bidding, not ours Matthew 25:31 ; Revelation 14:10.
Angels are God’s erranders, in a city of Galilee, named Nazareth God sent His Angel to deliver message to a young virgin Luke 1.
God sent His Angel to Manoah’s wife who was barren Judges 13.
God sent His Angels to Sodom and Gomorrah to destroyed the city because of their evil works, and these Angels stopped at Abraham’s village to deliver message to him Genesis 18.
God sent His Angel to feed Elijah, “Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” IKings 19:5 NKJV
God sent His Angel to Daniel to make him understand secrets, Daniel 9.
King Hezekiah prayed unto God over Rabshekel threats of annihilation, which started from Isaiah 36, and culminated in Isaiah 37:36 when God sent only one Angel to expires the lives of 185,000 combat ready Assyrian army.
Over time, in visions, dreams and physically, people have seen and talked to Angels of God that are been sent to them for one reason or the other. These Angels of God visits, they do not take permanent residence among men.
Cornelius was visited by an Angel to receive specific instructions of Salvation, Acts. 10. Why could the Angel not give Cornelius the message directly, I believe he would be able to say it better than Peter. The Angel could not because Christ did not died for him, and he did not experienced conversion like Peter. He stopped where his assignment stopped.
NAMES OF ANGELS
It is also very worrisome to hear some people mentioning different names supposedly to be for Angels, one will like to asked them where these names were written in the Bible. The Holy Bible is God’s Revelation to man, whatever that is not in the Bible must not be part of our life’s guardians.
We know there are uncountable Angels, and for identifications they will have names, but there were only two names of Angels revealed to us in the Bible, Michael and Gabriel. We must desist from formulating names for angels, whatever spiritual panorama we experience that has no conformity with the laid down in the Bible must be discarded. Jesus also said that Holy Spirit will bear witness of what He hears from Him, John 16.
Starting in the Book of Daniel 9 & 10, we heard of these names; also in the New Testament, Book of Luke chapter 1, we were introduced again to Gabriel, who was very proud of his job. He said to Zechariah, the priest, “I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and bring you glad tidings” Luke 1: 19
We have also heard of Michael in the Book of Daniel and in the Book of Jude 1:9 as an archangel. Apart from these passages, there is no other places in the Bible where other names of Angels are been mentioned. They are always sent, they do not do the biddings of men. The psalmist said in Ps. 91: 11 that God will send/command His Angel to watch over you.
The Book of Hebrews1:14 called them ministering spirits, sent to us. “Are they not all ministering spirits sent (not summon or invited) forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14 NKJV
It cannot be emphatically answered from Scripture whether or not each believer has a guardian angel assigned to him/her. But, as stated earlier, God does use angels in ministering to us. It is scriptural to say that He uses them as He uses us; that is, He in no way needs us or them to accomplish His purposes, but chooses to use us and them nevertheless (Hebrews 1:7 ). In the end, whether or not we have an angel assigned to protect us, we have an even greater assurance from God: if we are His children through faith in Christ, He works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28-30 ), and Jesus Christ will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6 ). If we have an omniscient, omnipotent, all-loving God with us, does it really matter whether or not there is a finite guardian angel protecting us?
Angels are not our servants. Now it is very clear that what Fatai Balogun (tbJoshua) and his likes are using are not God’s holy Angels, because it is not given unto man to summons, controls the Angels of God, except for the fallen ones called demons, disembodied spirits that are everywhere in the atmosphere, ready to be engaged because they are jobless roaming vagabonds like their master, satan.
Allow the Holy Spirit to eradicate these bad attitudes from your person.
p style=”text-align: justify;”>Like the goldsmith purging dross through fire out of a raw gold to achieve beauty and perfection, God, through His Spirit of Holiness works on His yielding Children, sometimes with a shovel and a pickax, and other times with a bulldozer and dynamite. Holy Spirit, our great refiner, never stops stepping on our toes, confronting our sin and exposing our stinking attitudes.
He does this not to shame us or torture us, but to conform us to the image and the likeness of Jesus which Adam lost in the garden of Eden. This grueling process is what the Bible calls “sanctification”—a big, theological word that simply means God is serious about burning the junk out of our heart so that we can reflect His divine nature. He doesn’t mind putting us through the fire because He knows the happy ending. Sanctification can be painful, but the result is, according to the author of Hebrews, the “peaceful fruit of righteousness” Hebrews 12:11.
Though I have not reach perfection, but looking back today, I remember for many years I struggled with a whole lot of character issues which are not known to others, but by and by as I yield, the Spirit of God prevailed upon me and I surrender to His constant nudging to conform to His life. He is still at work.
When we invite Jesus into our hearts, He moves in—and He does not timidly co-exist with our sin. He is a ruthless warrior, and He goes on a loving rampage until every area of our rebellious hearts have been conquered. He slays our pride, kills our greed and shows no mercy to any sinful behavior that has controlled and held us captive. Remember that He came that we might be free. Your choice is to cooperate with this process, or to drag it out longer than necessary because you don’t want Him to meddle with your private life.
“Return, faithless Israel,” declares the Lord, “I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful. … I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt—you have rebelled against the Lord your God, you have scattered your favors to foreign gods under every spreading tree, and have not obeyed me,” declares the Lord.
Hell is a true reality. And we experience real loss in our spiritual lives and in the fullness of our earthly ministry by not fully responding to the Holy Spirit during revival. Shame and embarrassment lead to genuine pain when sin is exposed. All these arguments have their place. There is a time to warn people of hell or to warn them that they may lose out and be disqualified in terms of their earthly mandate and ministry. There is a time to exhort people to leave their ungodly ways because of the public and private humiliation they will taste if they don’t. Yet the primary and most effective method is the way that the Lord Himself spoke through the prophet Jeremiah. The Lord is crying out “Return! Return!” to the backslidden children who have found their pleasures elsewhere. He is calling to the redeemed who have lost their way and whose hearts have grown cold. He is ready to “wow” them with a revelation of His heart that will cause true holiness to spring up like a geyser from within their spirits.
Below are some attitudes God wants to change in all of us. Bad attitudes can keep us out of our promised land, ask Moses why he was called into ministerial work at eighty years old, instead of forty years old, ask the Children of Israel why they perambulated for forty years in the wilderness for a journey of forty days.
These attitudes can hinder God’s work in our lives. They can quench the Holy Spirit. If you have not yielded these attitudes to Him, let the Holy Spirit move in and begin the process of demolition.
1. Stubbornness – Some Christians approach God with hands joyfully upraised; others keep their arms defiantly crossed. Is your daily prayer: “Not my will, but Yours be done”? Or do you place strict conditions on your obedience? God wants surrender. Don’t be a stubborn foot-dragger or a Jonah who runs when God calls you. Some believers may started out with a carefree heart of surrender, but they grew cautious and doubtful when things didn’t work out the way they expected. Quit sulking. Get back in the game, take off your parking brake and move forward with Him.
2. Negativity – Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, but you would never know this when you are around certain Christians. They never learned to rejoice in the hard times. They never see the silver lining around any cloud. They always expect the worst. Their faith is extinguished by fear and doubt. Jesus died on the cross so we could experience unspeakable joy. If you have carried around a heavy blanket of sadness all your life, let God exchange it for a garment of praise Isaiah 61:3.
3. Self-centeredness –The essence of sin is selfishness (stealing, adultery, fornication, idolatry, murmuring, hatred, backbiting, covetousness, it is all about the sinner), but this attitude should not characterize Spirit-filled Christians. When we are baptized, we become a part of the church and we learn to love each other, serve each other and esteem each other higher than ourselves. We no longer have permission to be isolated loners. The Holy Spirit teaches us to say: “It’s not about me.” Quit viewing life through your own needs. Learn to put others first.
4. Woundedness – We’ve all been hurt. But real success in life is determined not by our circumstances but by how we face them. God calls us to forgive, no matter how much pain we endured when we were betrayed, disrespected, violated or overlooked. God wants to wipe away your tears, but He can’t heal you if you hate the people who hurt you. Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling. Don’t wait until you have a warm, fuzzy feeling for your enemy. Make the decision to love anyway, and the feelings will come later.
p style=”text-align: justify;”>5. Fault-finding – Philippians 2:14 commands us: “Do all things without murmuring and disputing” (MEV). The world cannot be changed by murmurings, but by people who have been transformed by Christ. Don’t join the tragic chorus of small-minded. Be an encourager instead. In the midst of murmurings, annoyance, depression, David encourage himself in the Lord His God 1Samuel 30:6.
God wants holiness. But some of us don’t realize that we can’t have true holiness until we surrender attitudes that are contrary to His nature. It’s not enough just to let go of sinful behaviors. He wants you to be like Jesus inside and out. He wants truth in the inner parts. Let Him take a sledgehammer to your bad attitudes. Be blessed.
Your Future Is in Your Seed
Jesus said unto him,
“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” —Mark 9:23
My heart breaks when I see someone suffering in physical pain and spiritual oppression, because I know the Bible provides the answer. I am troubled when I see someone bound by sin, and addiction, because I know the Bible provides the answer. I ache when I see Christians struggling financially,—because I know the Bible provides the answer!
GOD PROFFERS SOLUTION
See what God did for man in the Book of Genesis, Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. Genesis 2:19-20 NKJV
God is waiting for you to open your mouth in faith and make certain declaration and affirmation concerning your life. Whatever situation that has come to your way, give it a name. A name that will set you above the circumstances, not beneath. It comes through faith, and believing that you are created in His image and His likeness to triumph in every situation.
Why are you weak? Don’t stay weak, the Lord says in the Book Joel 3:10, “Beat your ploughshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’”
Joel 3:10 NKJV
Determine today to change your future with the seed you sow by your word, because your future is tied to your belief system. Any seed of faith that is not planted remains the same or diminish.
Go to the farmer and learn the technology of planting and reaping. Plant love, plant peace, plant into someone’s life. “Cast your bread upon the waters says the Bible and it will come back to you hundred fold after few days. Take the seed God has placed in your life and sow it in faith. Your past determine your today, and today will determine your future unless you starts to sow a new seed of faith today. What you sow today will shape your future. Genesis 8:22 established this principles, it says,
“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 NKJV
Allow God to use what you sow to bring you from where you are to where God wants you to be. Take God at His Word and let go of the things you are holding onto (fear, lack of confidence in yourself, intimidation), so tightly.
Determine to take a step of faith beyond anything you have ever done-.-.-.-to secure a future greater than you can imagine.
Whoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved, Open your mouth today and put things in the right perspectives.
I affirm that the Spirit of God is guiding me in the path of life and leading me in the way of supernatural success and permanent prosperity. My way is prosperous and consistent for I experience good success in accordance with GOD’s Word. I meditate on the Word of GOD and speak it forth with boldness daily. Hallelujah!
As CHRIST is, so am I in this world. I function from the standpoint of advantage, victory, dominion, and power, because I’m born of God and conscious of HIS life and nature in me. I’m guided and propelled by His divine wisdom to do His will, and fulfil my destiny in Christ…Glory to God!
I affirm that I’m born again! Christ is my life, and He’s the environment in which I dwell; therefore, I’m forever safe, secure and protected to live triumphantly always!
My life is the testimony of the grace and wisdom of God, who causes all things to work together for my good! I have victory in His Name! Halleluiah!
I’m a partaker of the divine nature and the Holy Spirit lives and works in me, with His miracle-working abilities!
I’m effective, efficient, and excellent in all that I do through the power of the Holy Spirit. I can do all things by His ability that works within me! Hallelujah!
I have the capacity to show care, and be diligent in all my duties and responsibilities. I’m full of wisdom, and continually receive thoughts and ideas from the Spirit that put me over, and give me the advantage always. I’m made for life and set up for honor, greatness and prosperity. Hallelujah!
HE has girded my feet with strength and I walk over high place. I am established as praise upon the earth. The place of my shame is become the place of praise and exaltation. I affirm that regrets have converted to progressions. I move swiftly on the wings of the angel to accomplish Divine counsels. In my path there’s so much joy and noise of victories…Glory to God.
Lord Jesus, empower me to sow seeds of love, kindness, good works, service, compassion,
mercy, and giving today so that my harvest tomorrow might bear the good fruit of Your Spirit. Amen.
How can we bless God? What does it mean to bless God?
What does it mean that we can bless God? If God is owns all, how can we bless Him? To bless God simply means to Praise Him or to honor His name. The Hebrew word translated “bless” in the Old Testament literally means to kneel, indicating the idea of honouring the Lord. We do not add anything to Him when we bless Him, yet we worship Him as our appropriate response to His greatness and His love for us.
In the Psalms, we often find verses that speak of blessing the Lord. For example, Psalm 104:1 reads, “Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty.” Psalm 16:7 notes, “I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.”
Psalm 103:1-5 includes the idea of complete worship of the Lord without holding back: “
.” Not surprisingly, such passages serve as the basis for many of today’s popular worship songs and hymns. For example, “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman includes “Bless the Lord, O my soul” as the main line of its chorus. The classic chorus “Bless the Lord, O My Soul” builds upon the same idea.
But does God desire for us to “bless” Him? According to Scripture, He certainly does. From the earliest biblical accounts, God called people to honor Him through acts of worship. The Law of Moses instructed people to worship and bless the Lord. The Psalms are filled with commands to bless the Lord: “Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand by night in the house of the LORD! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!” (Psalm 134:1-2). Psalm 135:19-20 adds, “O house of Israel, bless the LORD! O house of Aaron, bless the LORD! O house of Levi, bless the LORD! You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD!”
Some Psalms use the phrase “bless the Lord” alongside “praise the Lord” indicating that the meaning is similar between the two. For example, Psalm 104:35b reads, “Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!” Psalm 115:18 declares, “But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD!”
In the New Testament, Jesus came, instructing His worshipers to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Colossians 3:16 teaches, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Ephesians 5:18b-20 instructs, “… be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As for men, God simply wants us to be faithful in all we do.Whenever a relationship or task hasn’t worked out for me, it’s because I tried to control the outcome. I can’t think of any exceptions.
The lesson learned, for which I’m repeatedly enrolled in involuntary remedial training, is found in 1 Corinthians 4:2,
“Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful.”
Notice that it’s not, “must be found successful.” This begs the question, “What does faithful look like?” Merriam dictionary describe faithful as having or showing true and constant support or loyalty, deserving trust, a promise keeper.”
It didn’t matter. From God’s perspective, both had only been entrusted with “a few things.”
What does matter is that the “less successful” servant was faithful. Result? They both received the same reward. They both heard those words every Christian longs to hear from the Master:
“Well done, you good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter the joy of your master” (Matt. 25:21 and 23).
Add these three ideas together:
1. What happens when we try to control the outcome
2. The question, “What does faithful look like?”
3. The knowledge that God doesn’t reward us based on the amount of our success.
Here’s where we end up:
God calls us to be faithful, not to produce a particular outcome.
Every January, our Bible study leaders must sign a new job description and self-assess how they did the previous year. There’s a blank in front of each of nine major responsibilities. They write a number in each blank—4 for very faithful, 3 for mostly faithful, 2 for somewhat faithful, 1 for not faithful. Notice that it’s not “successful.”
Our job is to be faithful. God’s job is to produce particular outcomes.
In the kingdom of God, faithfulness is success