|Dr. D.K. Olukoya, Founder, Mountain of Fire & Miracles International|
God has reserved an exclusive class of those who have a special relationship with Him. This group of people are referred to as the apple of His eyes. When such people pray they receive instant attention. What is their secret? They came to a point when the flesh and all its ugly characteristics are crucified, and the life of God is lived in all its entirety. What is referred to as the fullness of God, cannot be clear to you until flesh dies. You cannot enjoy the Almighty and share in His secret until self is crucified. The deep things of God cannot mean anything to you until the flesh is crucified.
The flesh is stubborn. It can only be tamed by the cross. The Bible says,
“And he bearing his cross went forth to a place called the place of the skull which is called in the Hebrew tongue, Golgotha and in Greek, calvary” (John 19:17).
The scene refereed to here took place on a mountain outside the city. The mountain looks like a skull. The first lesson we learn from here is that when you succeed in taking a man’s skull from his head, you have killed him.
Another lesson is that crucifixion normally takes place at the outskirts of the city – an undesirable place.
Crucifixion entails going through shame, ridicule and pains.
Hence we discover that most people do avoid it. The Bible says:
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I , but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”. (Gal. 2:20).
Again we come across an example of crucifixion. Paul the apostel declared, without fear or contradiction that he has been crucified with Christ, that the old man had died and that he had become completely new in Christ. Paul was saying that what took place in his life was not refurbishment. It was a total transformation. Paul had died and a new man had emerged. How did this happen?
Let’s look at the Scripture again.
“Blotting out the hand writing that was against us, which was contrary to us and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross”. (Col. 2:14).
“And he that taketh not his cross and followeth after me, is not worthy of me” (Matt. 10:38).
If you say that you are a Christian and you have not taken your cross to follow Christ, you are not worthy. That means that you are not qualified. In other words, you are disqualified. The bible says:
“Then said Jesus unto His disciples. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matt. 16:24).
The Bible makes us to understand that the issue of crucifixion cannot be dismissed by a wave of the hand. It tells us again:
“And He said to them if any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
Mark, another Gospel writer, has preserved the word of Jesus for us. In Mark 10:21, he writes:
“Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell what-so-ever thou hast, and give it to the poor, and thou shall have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me”.
But what was the man’s response? Let’s check it out in verse 22:
“And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions”.
Two of the songs that changed my life when I gave my life to Christ goes thus.
Take up thy cross, the saviour said,
If thou wouldest my disciple be;
Deny thy self, the world forsake,
And humbly follow after me.
Take up thy cross, let not its weight
Fill thy weak spirit with alarm;
His strength shall bear your spirit up,
And brace thine heart, and nerve, thine arm.
Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame,
Nor let thy foolish pride rebel;
The Lord for thee the cross endured
To save thy soul from death and hell.
Take up thy cross, and follow Christ
Nor think till death to lay it down
For only he who bears the cross
May hope to wear the glorious crown.
Take up thy cross, then in his strength
And calmly every danger brave,
“Twill guide you to a better home
And lead to victory o’er the grave.
To thee, great Lord, the One in Three,
All praise for evermore ascend;
O grant us in our home to see
The heavenly life that knows no end.
O God, my heart doth long for Thee;
Let me die, let me die;
Now set my soul at liberty
Let me die
To all the trifling things of earth,
They’re now to me of little worth,
My saviour calls, I’m going forth,
Let me die.
Lord I must die to scoffs and jeers
Let me die, let me die;
I must be freed form slavish fears
Let me die
Unto the world and its applause,
To all its customs, fashions, laws,
Of those who hate the humbling cross,
Let me die.
When I am dead, then, Lord, to Thee
I will live, I will live.
My life, my strength my all to Thee
I will give, I will give.
So dead that no desire shall rise
To pass for good, or great, or wise,
In any but my saviour’s eyes;
Let me die, let me die.
To crucify the flesh, therefore, you must deny yourself. You will take a journey to Golgotha and get crucified. To be crucified means you are completely dead. No longer alive.
A brother entered the bus and mistakenly stepped on a fellow passenger. Before he could say ‘sorry’ to the aggrieved passenger, the man had given him a dirty slap. Then everybody in the bus urged the brother to retaliate, except he was a bastard. The brother smiled and apologized to the passenger. He said “I cannot slap him because my hands have been crucified with Christ”. The passengers looked at him and rained abuses on him. that is a crucified man.
|Dr. D.K. Olukoya....'You must bury flesh to ignite the glory of the cross'|
The cross stands at the center of Christianity. Without the cross the Christian life is nonexistent. Whatever runs contrary to the cross is not part of the gospel.
Christianity without the cross can be likened to a tree without fruit. The flesh does not want to be disturbed, yet the flesh and the cross cannot co-exist, they are contrary to one another. Man is always looking for respectability, but the cross is the center of God’s glory.
The flesh loves what is fashionable and glamorous, but the cross is crude, old fashioned and ugly. Right through the history of the church, anytime the cross is rejected to the background, darkness sets in. Remove the cross and you weaken the church.
The cross cannot be forgotten or ignore. Even if all preachers refuse to preach about the cross, that will not remove its centrality in Christianity.
The cross is the soul of Christianity. It commands attention. There is something of an enigma in the cross. The cross is a phenomenon.
The cross is a mystery. It is the instrument of Christ’s death and the object of wonder throughout all ages. It can never loose it’s power.
The power of God resides in the cross. When Christ was crucified on the cross, it was gruesome. The cross was first placed on His shoulder as a burden. He carried it to the place of crucifixion. He surrendered Himself for crucifixion. His two hands and two legs were nailed at the cross, this was a symbol of suffering. Un believers even identify the cross as a symbol of cross-road.
You cannot avoid the cross and remain true to your conscience. I have made up my mind to surrender everything I own to the Lord. You are free to decide to either ignore or accept this message, but let me tell you right away, that you are going to be held responsible for the consequences of your decision. As for me, I have taken my decision more than twenty years ago, that as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.
The cross is a symbol of crises. It is also a symbol of choice. You have to make a personal choice not to go to hell fire.
The cross is a figure of frustration and adversities.
The cross is a symbol of punishment and suffering. How convenient will you feel. If I ask you, to spread your two arms for an hour or two. I am sure you will cry in pain.
The cross typifies suffering and redemption from sin.
The cross addresses the direction which means a lot to man. One, the cross goes backward , it addresses the past; Two, the cross goes forward, it addresses the future. Three, the cross goes inward, it addresses our innermost feelings. Four, it goes outward, it points to what we must fight, ignore and what we must come to terms with.
The cross is a horrible instrument of torture. A man who is on the cross goes through a painful death. He dies slowly. Therefore any man associated with the cross is regarded as a dead man.
In those days, whenever any man was condemned to death on the cross, member of his family would gather together and begin to cry, because their relative was going to die in a very shameful manner. The cross terminates the transaction with the world. The moment a man is taken out to die on the cross, everyone would begin to cry and wail for him. some people would even accompany him to the cross knowing that, it was going to be his last day on earth. No matter how sympathetic the crowd may be. It is only the man who actually hangs on the cross who knows the shame, the ridicules and the pains of crucifixion.
The cross is a symbol of life through death, light through darkness, glory through shame and redemption through death.
The flesh is the place where God judges sin. There, God took sin and sinful flesh out of the way.
The cross became God’s instrument for handing over the flesh to die in disgrace and dishonor. Jesus gave us an example. He showed the only way to please the Father—the way of crucifixion. Many love the miracles of Jesus but few are ready to bear the cross of the Lord Jesus. Relatives of those who were nailed to the cross always felt miserable. The cross was equivalent to a social stigma.
|Dr. D.K. Olukoya wants Christians to be crucified with the Cross to purge them of the devil's poison|
Avoid the Cross & Keep the Poison…
The cross is the only thing that can siphon the poison of the old serpent out of our lives. Through the cross, the venom of the serpent is rendered null and void. A man who has been to the cross is free from the poison of the serpent. The serpent no longer has any power over him. But for a man who refused to be crucified, the poison of the old serpent will continue to work in his blood stream. Avoid the cross and keep your satanic poison. Push away the cross and live with the poison of the serpent. The cross is God’s strategy of rendering the devil impotent.
The cross was God’s instrument for removing the nature of the devil out of our lives. The cross is the terminating point of the old Adamic nature. At the cross, all the sinful habits, sicknesses, disobedience, bad behaviours, evil traits and so on are terminated. The cross is the gate way to prosperity, wealth, signs, wonders and miracles.
The cross is the power of God. When you get to the cross, therefore, all carnal substitutes will fade away. You must take a trip to Golgotha, if you must have power with God and man.
When you are crucified, the world will shout, “These are the men turning the world upside down” Of course, this is necessary.
Have you had this experience? Have you become a captive of the cross? Have you embraced the message of a shameful death?
|Dr. D.K. Olukoya....A Deliverance Minister extra-ordinary|
Generally speaking, the cross is reserved for the worst criminals. They are usually stripped naked and hanged on the cross. Jesus was numbered with notorious criminals. Can you imagine that the Saviour of the world was naked on the cross, just to pay the price for your salvation? He was, indeed put to open shame and ridicule. That is why the Bible reveals that the Roman soldier had to cast lots to see who was going to claim Jesus’ dress.
Again to hang on the tree was to be reckoned as an accursed person on earth and in heaven. A man who dies on the cross is both rejected, as it were, in heaven and on earth. Thus, a crucified man is judged as unfit to live either in heaven or on earth.
Let us think about the life of Jesus again. When He was born, angels announced His birth. Great men went to see Him. Throughout His ministry, until when He was in the garden of Gethsemane angels ministered to Him. But the moment He was hanged on the cross, angels deserted Him. The Roman soldiers ridiculed Him, they mocked and laughed at Him. There was nobody on His side. The road to the cross was painful and tortuous.
|Dr. D.K. Olukoya, Author "Overpowering Witch Craft"|
The cross is the point where God’s will and your will cross each other. It is the place where you lay down your life for Jesus. Nobody will take your life from you by force, you have to voluntarily lay it down yourself. Your cross is not a particular problem or sickness.
Your cross is that place where you take a decision that you will no longer please yourself. The only people who have genuine authority over Satan are those who choose to die on the cross.
Here is the greatest news of all the ages. It was on the cross that Satan was defeated. It was there that he was completely disgraced, and destroyed. If you want to reign, therefore, in life, be crucified!
(Excerpts from the book “Overpowering Witchcraft” by Dr. D.K. Olukoya, Founder/General Overseer of Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministry International)