A heart cry, an appraisal of the Present and Future and A Source of Hope against Hope For Any Nation Suffering From The Onslaught Of Darkness!
I trust the following epistle from a beloved servant of God would bless as inspire you like I was Graceful reading! The Human Conscience — A Case for Nigeria (Part2)
Newspapers are full of horrific headlines. In some
countries like India, the case of multiple fatal accidents we saw recently will be world news, just
like the case of the Indian woman who was raped sometimes ago. The news was all over the place.
But how many cases like that have been handled
that way here? Even when rape victims report at the police station, they can be asked several questions like, “How did you walk? Where did you go?” and the likes. The questions will not be about the rapists but their victims.
God keeps saying to my heart, “This is the work of death; if you turn away from it as though you are not concerned, you will be talking to a dead people who will not be able to do anything called the will of God!” You know, we can do several spiritual exercises in our houses, but on getting outside, we realize we cannot effect righteousness.
This is to show that we are crippled, because we live around people who are dead in their conscience! Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.” Where sin is not judged, righteousness cannot find expression. The judgment on sin will start from God’s household, because it is the set solution, the only place our answer can come from.
The Holy Ghost is the seal of the age to come. He is also the authority and the power of God’s Kingdom. That Kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. But things are assaulting our faith, assaulting our response to the truth. Be it known that we cannot rescue ourselves from Nigeria’s force except truth is raised in our hearts first of all.
Saddening enough, the Church in Nigeria does not love truth. Everything is based on tradition, which
permits you to think of another way of saying
something instead of the right way. So, even in our thinking, we are lopsided. When an elder is a fool, we are taught to let him be because he is an elder.
1Timothy 4:1-5 “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” (ESV)
Everything in the above Scripture seems to be the issue in the days of the apostles, and they called the negative ones “effects of seducing spirits”. The things we play with today are what the apostles would exclaim and frown at. To us, they are not even part of the bad things around us. But there are worse things in our days.
Abstinence from meat or forbidding someone from getting married made some people in the days of the apostles feel it was a higher way of consecration. But the apostles referred to the action as resulting from the effects of seducing spirits. The job of these spirits is to seduce people from the faith, because they know that is the provision of God for salvation.
1John 5:4 says, “For whatsoever is born of God
overcometh the world: and this is the victory that
overcometh the world, even our faith.” It means that our faith is God’s design and curriculum showing how a man should gain victory over this
present evil world and ascend above it. It is God’s knowledge, kept in Christ for victory. It is called the faith, not just faith. In Galatians 2:20, Paul says “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, not yet that I live, but Christ that lives in me, the life which I now live by the flesh, I live by [the faith] of the son of God…”
The faith of the Son is the knowledge generated from the Son’s life for gaining mastery over the earth and creating a new world. It promises the hope of life—God’s Life, which is superior to human existence. Therefore, salvation is the hope that this life brings. And God’s hope or expectation is the existence of a new breed of human beings in the earth.
A man who is in the faith, who is learning the faith and on the brink of mastering it, is raised to be called a godly man. 1 Timothy 3:16 says, “Great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifest [in the flesh], justified by the spirit, seeing of angels, preached to the gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
So the mystery of godliness is “God in the flesh.” That is what the faith is designed to produce. It is not to take men to heaven; it is designed to make men godly. It is referred to as a mystery, because of its operation. Therefore, a godly man is the answer of God, both in this present life and the one to come. Jesus, in Matthew 5:14, says, “You are the light of the world…” While you are in the world, you are the answer to the world, though your final answer is that of wrapping up the world and instituting another.
And the only way to do that is to shine perpetually until darkness disappears—until the dawn of the day and the arising of the Day Star that will do away with darkness (2 Peter 1:9). That is why light cannot be kept. “No man lights a candle and puts it under a bushel. Anyone who lights a candle will put it on a candle stick, that it may lighten the whole room. So let your light so shine…” (Matt. 5:15, 16). True light influences the
earth. If it cannot influence the earth, it is not light.
Its strength is in how far it can go. You cannot place a demarcation on a bulb or say to it, “Don’t shine beyond here.” No. It will go as far as its strength can reach. If the bulb is replaced with another one that has a stronger illumination, it goes further even from the same point. So, its strength of influence is in how much intensity it has.
Likewise, you cannot determine how far you can go as a Christian. Your space is in the Lord giving you power to shine, for He already said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” No unrighteous person could live comfortably in the days of Jesus. He did not get everyone born-again but he was a whip to many in that generation.
The love life He lived, His faith, His preaching, His wisdom, and many of the things He did were pronouncements of judgment everywhere. Seeing the persistent disobedience in the Jews, He said, “Woe to you Chorazin, woe to you Bethsaida…’’ (Matthew 11:21-23). He was a light, a force of influence. Today, the nations of the earth can ignore the Church and that does not pose any threat to them.
Something is wrong! The government of Nigeria
does not fear the Church nor does it even know her relevance. When you start preaching, what you have to offer is what is looked out for. As simply put, it is just like the salt that has lost its savour.
Jesus asked, “Wherewith shall it be salted?”
There is a savour of life the Church in Nigeria has lost. That savour is the truth of the Gospel. We have lost contact with the truth of Jesus Christ that is meant to raise a man’s conscience and make him think right, feel right and do right. And with the way the world is going, one can fold his arms and decide not to preach, because of its great demand.
Something is wrong inside. We are being tampered with in our thoughts, and with all the Word of God we read, we cannot see it transported to reality. Something is wearing out the power of our translation, because truth is not allowed to morph our inner man. We are willing but lack power to do, because our consciences have not been trained or exercised in the truth.
In some places, the last time people had the exercise of truth was when they believed Jesus Christ and were born-again. For some, the highest they went was to believe the truth of being filled with the Holy Ghost, and after that, they went their own way, doing their own thing.
Godliness is by exercise; the more you obey, the more you earn the ability obey, while the more you disobey, the more you are empowered to disobey. That is why it is important to exercise oneself unto godliness.
Rev. Olabode Busuyi