Early in September 2011, while fasting and praying forÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â national prayer retreatÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â TheÃ‚Â Preacher scheduled for later that month,Ã‚Â the wordÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â Lord came to me, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pray againstÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â SpiritÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â Sudan.Ã¢â‚¬Â SouthÃ‚Â SudanÃ‚Â had become independent fromÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â oppressive Islamic north only a few weeks earlier, on July 9.
I understoodÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â word to mean thatÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â Satanic principality that had sponsoredÃ‚Â SudanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very oppressive anti-Christ Islamic regime, and sustained twenty cruel yearsÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â a most ravaging civil war betweenÃ‚Â
24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man[a territory,Sudan], he walketh through dry places, seeking rest ; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.
25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: andthelast state of that man is worse than the first.
This reminds me so muchÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â Kenyan experience decades ago when a groupÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â intercessors in a teacher training school suddenly had a visionÃ‚Â of furious red horses galloping towards their country. Intercepted by timely prayers, however,Ã‚Â theÃ‚Â horses diverted fromÃ‚Â
I was frightened. It was no mere coincidence.Ã‚Â I realized at once that God had confirmed His word inÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â mouthÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â a second witness. Ã‚Â Anyone who has gone
Four days before Christmas, we postedÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â online message, Ã¢â‚¬Å“When Feasting is Unpardonable
Yesterday was Christmas, but it was not to be for everybody.Ã‚Â I had been fasting for many days, and could not but go on fasting.Ã‚Â St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, onÃ‚Â the outskirtsÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â AbujaÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â capital cityÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â Nigeria, was suicide bombed atÃ‚Â the close ofÃ‚Â Christmas service as worshippers were queuing to leave.Ã‚Â Over 40 deaths have been reported, besides several injured and inestimable property damaged.Ã‚Â What jolted me wasÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â Yahoo News onÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â tragedy: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Boko Haram is trying to ignite a sectarianÃ‚Â civil warÃ‚Â in a country split evenly between Christians and MuslimsÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â http://news.yahoo.com/islamists-kill-dozens-nigeria-
What further bothered me in that news wereÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â remarks attributed to Muhammadu Buhari, who had also contested atÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â last presidential polls.Ã‚Â InÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â opinionÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â that retired army general and former headÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â state, these assaults are a pointer toÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â failureÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â the present governmentÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, a man who has been underÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â severe assaultsÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â high level sorcery and political snares; such manipulations and sorceries that it takes more than a Sunday school T-shirt to bullet proof.Ã‚Â
As we relish, on one hand,Ã‚Â theÃ‚Â lofty condemnationsÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â premeditated brutalitiesÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â Boko Haram, we, onÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â other hand, shareÃ‚Â the worryÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â Jesus in Luke 11:17, aboutÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â paradoxÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â a house divided against itself.Ã‚Â Oh, that Prophet Daniel could come down and read us these glittering handwritings onÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â wall!
About a year ago, a retired
Some hundredsÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â years ago, Egypt was a very Christian territory, as also was Libya andÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â restÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â northern Africa.Ã‚Â Today,Ã‚Â theÃ‚Â story is pathetically different. Ephesus, where Paul once preached, which hadÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â firstÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â theseven churches to which Jesus sent special letters, it is said, does not have a church anymore. Its candle has gone out, as Jesus had warned in Revelation 2:5.Ã‚Â Islam has taken over that city, and others like it.
May our children
As a Bishop recently feared and warned, may they not have to spit on our graves someday, that while we pursued our insatiable greed and stuffed our protruding bellies with stolen wine, we wasted our political privileges inÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â housesÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â parliament andÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â other corridorsÃ‚Â
Jos, a city whose name is said to have been derived fromÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â acronym, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Jesus Our Saviour,Ã¢â‚¬Â which used to beÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â paradiseÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â many missionary agencies in Nigeria, is now like ancient Berlin with an invisible wall marking theÃ‚Â risky boundary betweenÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â Muslim north andÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â Christian southÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â the city.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â city has already conceded some precious grounds toÃ‚Â the threatening advanceÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â Islam
There are notable parallels betweenÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â two nationsÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â Nigeria and what used to beÃ‚Â Sudan.Ã‚Â Today, Nigeria is reckoned asÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â foremost evangelized and evangelistic nation in Africa, a missionaries-sending nation next only to
Ã¢â‚¬ËœBoko HaramÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ is a political mask. Ã‚Â May God exposeÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â masqueraders behind theÃ‚Â mask. Ã‚Â Boko Haram is a unilateral declarationÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â war awaiting escalation whenever Ã¢â‚¬ËœtheÃ‚Â otherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ should have been provoked enough to reply. When a cock struts out to challengeÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â sleeping neighbour next door to an early morning fight, check properly; its owner is behind it, waiting with a machete.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â coordination, professionalism and sophisticationÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â Boko Haram are not thoseÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â some ragtag terrorists or Ã¢â‚¬Ëœmilitants.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã‚Â They haveÃ‚Â the intelligence and other backingsÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â certain foreign governments,Ã‚Â ofÃ‚Â notable foreign and local agencies, royal fathers, as well as serving and retired politicians.
Until recently, when God exposed oneÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â their moles amongÃ‚Â the membersÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â parliament, who could have believed that those dissidents had such Ã¢â‚¬ËœnobleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ membership and patronage?Ã‚Â Ã‚Â TheÃ‚Â general public will be shocked theÃ‚Â day it learns aboutÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â size and skillÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â their army andÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â sophistication ofÃ‚Â their weaponry; but our prayer is that God may do again in Nigeria what He did to Pharaoh and his armies when He overthrew both horses and their riders inÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â sea (Exodus 15:1).Ã‚Â Amen.
Last night, during my midnight prayers,Ã‚Â theÃ‚Â date Ã¢â‚¬Å“January 12Ã¢â‚¬Â came to me as having been marked for a surprise attack in an unsuspecting location.Ã‚Â I wish I can right away tell where, but it could be somewhere in oneÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â the Ã¢â‚¬ËœsaferÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ southern cities.Ã‚Â Watch and pray; pray with eyes open in this season.
Often, one hearsÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â understandable remarksÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â aggrieved southern Nigerians, thatÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â country should split, and Ã¢â‚¬Å“let them go their own way.Ã¢â‚¬Â It is not so easy, for many reasons that this is notÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â place to explain.Ã‚Â Besides, by such expressions, unawares, these make prayers in supportÃ‚Â of theÃ‚Â veryÃ‚Â SpiritÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â Sudan.Ã‚Â
Someday, soon,Ã‚Â theÃ‚Â mysteryÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â fifth seal shall speak from underÃ‚Â the altar in Heaven, and there shall comeÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“theÃ‚Â great dayÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â the wrathÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â the lamb that sits onÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â throne.Ã‚Â In that day, there shall be no hiding place in theÃ‚Â dens and rocks and mountainsÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“fromÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â faceofÃ‚Â him that sitteth onÃ‚Â thethrone, and fromÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â wrathÃ‚Â ofÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â LambÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (Revelation 6:14-17).Ã‚Â May that day come soon, in Jesus name.Ã‚Â Amen.
May the world join us now to contend against the Spirit of Sudan. We would rather have those prayers now than relief materials later for a war-torn people, should that wandering spirit somehow find abode here, aided by the bloody invocations of its armed priests that have already offered more than sufficient provocations.
If this stirs you, please, pass it on. If it does not, delete it. One will chase a thousand, but two can put ten thousand to flight (Deuteronomy 32:30). Amen.
From The Preacher’s diary,
December 26, 2011