Friday, 25 November 2016

How the devil deceives many Christians from reaching the Grace of the Cross—Dr. D.K. Olukoya


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Dr. D.K. Olukoya....Founder, Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries

The cross is a throne. If you want to know what it means to exercise power and dominion over satan, you must go to the throne and be crucified. But take note of this, the moment you decide to die on the cross, oppositions will arise from everywhere. Sympathies will come from front, back, left, right and center, telling you that the cross is too painful, and shameful. You must turn deaf ears to such sympathetic words. Go ahead and crucify the flesh. You must allow the cross to slay the flesh. Don’t feel sorry for the flesh. The Bible says “the flesh profiteth nothing”. If you don’t kill the flesh, it will kill you. If you don’t get rid of the flesh, it will get rid of you.

If you are fond of taking the easy way out when spiritual principles are involved, you are not on the cross. It is possible to choose to remain at the foot of the cross rather than climb up the cross to where the crucifixion took place. It is very easy to choose a more convenient place when it comes to crucifixion. Somebody might decide to stay at the foot of the cross while telling himself that it is better to stay there than to move away from the cross, but it is clear that the foot of the cross is not the cross.
A lot of Christians are only abiding at the foot of the cross, they refuse to die on the cross. I always feel nauseated whenever I come across Christians who claim to be so close to God but are living in the flesh.
Dr. D.K. Olukoya....Author, 'Overpowering Witchcraft'
The Christian brother at the book shop…
I went to a Christian bookshop to buy some books. The young man who attended to me called me aside and said that he was going to give me a discount. I thanked him, not knowing that he was trying to play a game. He gave me a receipt and asked me to give him part of the discount he had granted me, as he needed the money to eat. It was at that point that I discovered that he had been cheating on his employer in order to enrich his pocket. Then I looked up at him and asked why he had chosen to work in a Christian organization and yet wanted to go to hell because of money. He became afraid. That is an example of Christians who are near the cross but are not crucified.
All those who want to live crucified lives and yet live like any other person are deceiving themselves. Can you be a talkative and claim to be crucified at the same time? How can you exaggerate and tell white lies, and claim that you are crucified? How can you become too intimate with those whom you are not married to? How can you say that the cross is at the center of your life when you are so self-centered? How can you say that the flesh has been crucified when you get angry at the slightest provocation?
Dr. D.K. Olukoya...'Some Ushers actually steals money in the church'
Thieves in the Church…
All the pastors who secretly extort money from innocent members are not crucified. All the pastors who have become professional beggars in the name of preaching are not crucified. Such pastors visit the rich and the privileged. They will never visit poor members. A pastor recently asked me why his church offerings were reducing very fast.
I simply told him to pray believing that the situation would change. He prayed one Sunday, and decided to give a large offering to God. Out of curiosity he checked up what the offering looked like, to his amazement, all the crisp notes, which he dropped into the offering bag were nowhere to be found. He quickly summoned the usher in charge of counting the church offerings. The usher was searched, surprisingly, the money was found in his pocket. But why should that happen in a Pentecostal church? Somebody can listen to every sermon on revival and never get revived. Somebody can pray fervently about having relationship with God to no avail.
There are many good church members who drink and smoke secretly. There are lots of choir members who have boy – friends and girl-friends. Again there are members who attend worldly parties and do what everyone around is doing because there are no brothers around to challenge them. Self display and self-exhortation show that you are not crucified. Gluttony, lust, lack of self-control, hypocrisy and other forms of ungodly attitudes are evidences of the fact that you are not crucified.
There are so called Christians who are ready to go away from a church that preaches sound doctrine just because their pet sins are touched.
There are ladies who will run away from living churches just .because of cosmetics. They are living in the valley. Women and men who hear the word of God, but fail to make restitution in the area of marriage have never been to calvary. Young men and women who steal their parents’ money or drive their parents’ cars secretly without permission are not crucified.
Dr. D.K. Olukoya introduces the Bed Wetting Oluso Agutan
The bed wetting Oluso Agutan…
Many years ago there was a pastor who had a very shameful problem. He was bed-wetting. As a result of this he never accepted any invitation to preach outside his station. Somehow he was forced to accept a particular invitation. He preached powerfully and went to sleep. By the time he woke up around 4.00a.m. he discovered that he had urinated on the bed. Out of shame, he ran to the room of his interpreter asking her to exchange bed with him so that his host would believe that it was the sister-interpreter who urinated on the bed. What was his problem? He was not crucified.
If something happens to you and you lock up your door and begin to cry out of self-pity you are not crucified.
If you give in to resentment and malice, you are not crucified.
When you refuse to accept blame for what you did wrong you have not  been to the cross.
When you are always quick to shift blame and never ready to take responsibility for anything, you have never known the cross of Christ.
When you take offence at everything people say to you, you have not been to the cross.
The truth, beloved, is that very few Christians are living the crucified life. That is why the power of God is disappearing fast from many churches. Prayer meetings are becoming formalities.
The only part of our nature which the devil can never touch are those parts which have been crucified. The only time that Satan can not touch the believer is when he is on the cross.
If your thoughts, your handling of money, your sexual life, your temper, and your eating habits are not crucified, then you have not started at all. As the devil can easily manipulate you. The devil will always triumph over a believer who is not on the cross.
The cross is the only place of safety. It is the only place where we have power. Without the cross, you are susceptible to all forms of satanic attack.
Lack of crucifixion can prevent the fullness of the Holy Spirit from being manifested in our lives. The crucifixion must start from the innermost part. We must be ready to part with friends who are enemies of God. Spiritual arrogance must go. Your past religious experiences must be sacrificed at the cross. Worldly gains, worldly preferences, the praise of men and fleshy comfort must be crucified.
Jesus went to the cross, and was crucified, to show us that the cross is unavoidable. By going to the cross, He was showing us that crucifixion is possible. To reject the cross is to reject everything that is for your utmost good.
Dr. D.K. Olukoya....'Christians must knock out their flesh to escape the dividends of the devil'
The cross divides men into two categories. Those earthly – bound and those for whom heaven is their goal. Those who get irritable, who refuse to forgive those who offend them, who are envious are not on the cross.
It is possible for a man to receive the call of God and give up a lucrative profession, in order to make more money in the ministry. Such a person is living in self-deceit. The service will be worthless. If you are working for God, and you are seeking for power just to make a name for yourself, you are not crucified.     
The flesh was defeated by Christ, legally, at the cross. If you want to experience legal and practical victory over the flesh, then you must be crucified with Jesus. How can we do this? The Bible says:
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”.(Romans 6:1-6).
What can we gain from this reference?
One, recognize the fact that sin has been defeated for you, hence, sin has no right to control you. Verse seven tells us another important thing, “For he that is freed from sin” What do we learn from this? A dead man does not commit fornication, does not get angry, or steal. A dead man does not abuse or fight with people.                                                              
 Again verse 8 tells us, “If we be dead with Christ we believe that we shall also live with him” This simply means that if the flesh is not dead you will not be able to reign with Christ when the time comes.
Two, reckon yourself dead unto sin but alive unto God. For example, if somebody often gets angry and he wants to reckon himself dead to anger, he should simply refuse to do what he normally does each time he gets angry. The demon of anger loves expression. To reckon yourself dead unto anger, you must refuse to allow it to express itself.
Again if your problem has been malice and unforgiving spirit, what do you do? If the devil tells you not to greet a particular person? If you want to reckon yourself dead to malice, you will simply walk up to him or her and  greet the person. You may even decide to buy a gift for somebody you attempted to keep malice with.
Dr. D.K. Olukoya....Many Christians are living under the mirage of the cross
The dead brother & the new declaration…
I remember the story of a brother who died and was kept in the mortuary, awaiting burial. After four days, the mortuary attendant found tears on his face. It was a strange sight. He woke up from the death bed after four days. After he rose up, he could not eat. Eventually he opened his mouth and began to declare what he saw when he died. He made a particular startling statement. According to him, there is a particular department in heaven where there is an angel. All that the angel did was to ask for your name and all the sins you ever committed (for which you never asked for forgiveness or covered same with the blood of Jesus ) would appear on  a large screen.
He narrated the story of a particular man who stood before that angel. The angel asked the man, “Do you say that you are a Christian?” “Yes”, the man replied. The angel said, “but what are these in your pockets?” The man dipped his hand into his pocket and brought out anger and pride. The angel asked him, “but why did you allow these sins in your life?” “The devil deceived me”, said the man. The angel asked him to wait while he summoned the devil. The brother who died said that he was so surprised that instead of an ugly looking creature, it was a beautiful person who came forward as the devil. He was asked why he deceived the man. He laughed and said, “Mr. Man, can you tell me the kind  of clothes I was putting on, the day I came to deceive yo?” The man could not answer the question. The devil laughed again and dragged the man into hell fire.
Finally, let us look at the third key, agree to suffer or lose your position instead of committing sin. To say ‘no’, is sometimes the best thing to do rather than to compromise.
A Christian traveled abroad for further studies and decided to stay in the country. The only option he had to remain a legal immigrant, was to take up a white lady as a wife in a kind of marriage of convenience. The Christian brother felt reluctant initially. He had lots of pressure which made him to go in search of a possible white partner. He eventually found one who agreed to go into a mock-marriage with him for a little money.
Dr. D.K. Olukoya....A deliverance Minister extra-ordinary
This man who claimed to be born again, he thought that he was being smart. On the particular day when the man was supposed to obtain his residence permit based on the fact that he had married a white lady, the lady called him and told him that she would go back on the agreement, unless the so-called Christian brother was ready to act as a real husband to her. The brother was surprised, and confused. He contacted a minister who told him that it did not matter and that he was free to have sex with the woman since that was the only way to collect his residence permit. He was misguided. He carried out the instruction, committed the sin with the woman and contacted aids. That was how he became a candidate of hell fire. A Christian who has been to the cross will not do that.
(Excerpts from the book “Overpowering Witchcraft” by Dr. D.K. Olukoya, Founder/General Overseer, Mountain of Fire & Miracles International Ministries)

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