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Devotion: Paradoxes and ironies

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The new millennium has seen advancement of the Kingdom of God at a much vigorous and faster pace with great power.

We are witnessing more elaborate manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit and certain forms of anointing, notably healing and prophecy.

The devil has also upped the tempo with the use of false doctrine. He is no longer limiting himself to the old tactic of stopping people from gathering to worship, but has increased the number of cults and deployed more personnel to participate in true churches.

This has enabled him to use divide and rule tactics in the church. Genuine Christians have been ignorantly used by Satan to thwart the activities of the church of the living God.

The devil is like a roaring lion and coming as he does in sheep’s clothing, but a ravening wolf inside sheds crocodile tears to lure its prey. Indeed it is a stage of paradoxes and ironies.

How do you explain a situation where a professing (obviously not practicing) Christian blocks salvation from reaching sinners? In biblical times God would send His prophets to warn His people of impending judgment if they did not repent.

He is doing that even now. When evangelists call on homosexuals to repent we hear heterosexual “Christians” calling for gay rights. I don’t understand the irony of some people in heterosexual relationships not wanting gays to enjoy God given preferences.

May you not be the one Jesus was referring to in Matthew 23:13 when He said: “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” Miss heaven on your own.

The prophet Jeremiah was telling people of his day that they were going to be carried into captivity to Babylon.

To appear acceptable to the people, Hananiah told the people there was going to be peace. Jeremiah had to say in 28:15-17: “Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.

Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord.

So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.” We will not teach there are certain sins God will allow.

We will not teach such heresy as allowing you to get someone to impregnate you outside marriage lest you die and leave no children. I have said this and I repeat it; I will not apologise for who God is, that is holy. He says in Leviticus 11:44: “Ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy.”

Then there are people that want to say something on each and every platform on earth and exposing their ignorance. Don’t you know that you shall one day be asked to account for your words? Matthew 12:36 says so:

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” If you don’t understand, be noble and ask.

The Word of God is not just black and white, but His Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and to decipher and encode it you have to have His Spirit in you.

For you to argue on a level playing field you have to be born again and have the Spirit of God residing in you. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says:

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

If there be any message, apart from salvation, that I would want to repeat over and over again, it will be unity of the church. Progress that is made to the left is destroyed on the right side by church divisions and the body of Christ will remain stagnant and won’t be able to move to the next level. We waste quality time preaching against others.

People go to church to hear the testimony of Jesus Christ as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:23: “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness.” Please note that cults are not churches and we will preach the truth without fear or favour.

I recently heard an occult minister on television speaking railing accusations against everything that the church is doing in Zimbabwe.

He was propagating a thesis does not hold water on why all the evangelism crusades, conferences and conventions are wrong.

All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.

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