Temporal Insanity with Your Spouse!

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“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat he fruit thereof” (Prov.18:21).

Time of misunderstanding with a spouse is always a delicate and a trying moment. It requires cautiousness, restraint, and self-control. It’s important to always be cautious of your verbal outburst. (Prov. 4:24). It is easy to regress into temporal insanity in times of provocation. The point is not to pretend or suppress feelings but to manage it; not allowing feelings to take over reality. The Bible says, “be yea angry but sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” (Eph.4:26) Don’t allow temporal issues to destroy permanent reality. Feelings are temporal. If there is too much abuse and damage during times of anger, relationship may be destroyed beyond repair.

Your home is a triangle, you and your spouse are the angles at the foot, and Christ is at the top, watching!

Remember the words of Apostle James: “if any offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle his whole body.” (Jas.3:2). The key is the ability and power to manage emotions. Learn to control your temper regardless of circumstance. The best approach to this is to learn to keep quiet. “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” (Pro. 17:28). It is better to say nothing than to say something you would either regret later or wished you never said. Even in law, “you have the right to remain silent because anything you say may be used against you in the court of law.”  Your tongue is a world of creation. “…the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” ( Jas 3:6) Book of Proverb says:”Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Prov.18:21).

Your home is a triangle, you and your spouse are the angles at the foot, and Christ is at the top, watching! If you agree with this how about giving this third Person in your triangle (home) the benefit of direction in your home so there can be a flow. Don’t judge or condemn one another, let Christ be the referee between the two of you. Paul says; “…but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” (2Cor 10:12) Let Him be the fair umpire, and will judge righteously. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Tim.2:5).

During such time of misunderstanding, make it a policy to always attack the problem, not your spouse. Don’t refer to past issues or make unholy reference to mistakes of the past, or even assault your spouse’s loved ones during such moment of insanity. Be humane enough to fight issues, not people. Face the matter, not anyone else.

If you bite the problem the way you bite your spouse, the problem will be over sooner. At a time like this, silence can be golden.

It is human to be angry but in your anger, sin not! Events will pass, but the words you speak at such time may haunt you forever. Be wise! Control your tongue before it sets your world on fire. -Bola Olu-Jordan

Prov 10:19: In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

Why Prophet Elisha Wept For America!

Prophet Elisha wept when he saw the revelation of what the next King of Syria would do to his nation. But prophetically, it is the story of America.
The prophet said to the next king: “You will set fire to their FORTIFIED PLACES (the systems, values, and security of the nation would be deliberately compromised and become vulnerable to outside aggression), kill their YOUNG MEN with the sword (waste the future of the nation), dash their LITTLE CHILDREN to the ground (incoming generation would be hopeless), and rip open their PREGNANT WOMEN (destroy unborn children –abortion).” (2Kgs 8:12, Emphasis and parenthesis mine).

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Prophet Elisha wept when he saw the revelation of what the next King of Syria would do to his nation. But prophetically, it is the story of America.

The prophet said to the next king (and prophetically to the candidate that will win the American election):

  • “You will set fire to their FORTIFIED PLACES (the systems, values, and security of the nation would be deliberately compromised and become vulnerable to outside aggression),
  • kill their YOUNG MEN with the sword (waste the future of the nation),
  • dash their LITTLE CHILDREN to the ground (incoming generation would be hopeless),
  • and rip open their PREGNANT WOMEN (destroy unborn children –abortion).” (2Kgs 8:12, Emphasis and parenthesis mine).

It will be a disastrous implosion if America chooses the candidate who is strong on the last point.

What is, has been, and what will be has been. Due diligence with history makes the future predictable. The story of King Ben-Hadad and his servant, Hazael in the book of second Kings gives a glimpse of what happens when judgment is predetermined over a nation.

King Ben-Hadad of Syria was ill. He said to his trusted servant, “Take a gift with you and go to meet the man of God. Consult the Lord through him; ask him, ‘Will I recover from this illness?” (vs. 8) The name of this servant is Hazael.

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What Hazael was to King Ben-Hadad is what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are to America. Hazael was a dependable man and loved his master, the king, just like the American presidential candidates love their people and the nation, forget about the name calling, the opening of can of worms on each other, accusations and counter-accusations. Hazael took with him “forty camel-loads of all the finest wares of Damascus.” “He went in and stood before him, and said, “Your son Ben-Hadad king of Syria has sent me to ask, ‘Will I recover from this illness?’” (vs. 9)

Prophet Elisha replied and said to him, “Go and say to him, ‘You will certainly recover…” (vs.10). If we stopped here, without concluding the statement, we can rejoice at the words of the prophet.

Many would stop halfway at the words of the prophets when it starts with such a good news. Of course, these are the words would-be leaders say to the people. The better and more comforting words politicians say to the people, the better their chances of winning their votes, even if all are lies. Don’t we all human love to be pampered a little with sweet nothings! The ears of many Americans are tuned to hearing these and the candidates are giving them just that. But that is not the conclusion of the message. The concluding part of that statement is troubling and that is what is hidden to America right now: “…Nevertheless, the Lord has revealed to me that he (the king) will in fact die.” (vs 10)

But why did the prophet first say that he would “certainly recover” when the Lord already revealed to him that the king would die? I believe the first answer was the prophet’s personal wish and what the king (America) wants to hear. But the “fact” is that God’s judgment is already in place and it supersedes all other things, even the prophets’ wishes. If wishes were horses, even beggars would ride. The wish of many Americans is to once again see America in her glory, but that has to be reconciled with God’s determinate counsel on a nation that has enjoyed so much of God but no longer want him.

Just like king Ben-Hadad was a good King, America was a good country – God’s own country. It was founded on the tenets of God, Christian values, prayers, and so on. But when she was full and when she rose in power and glory, in her prosperity, she forgot about God.

After Prophet Elisha delivered God’s prophecy about the King, “He stared at him with a fixed gaze until Hazael was embarrassed. Then the man of God began to weep.” (vs. 11)

Why would the prophet weep just looking at Hazael! Was he weeping over the king’s illness, imminent death or over the nation? He wept so much that Hazael was embarrassed and asked, “Why is my lord weeping?” Prophet Elisha replied: “Because I know the harm you will do to the Israelites,” he answered. “You will set fire to their fortified places, kill their young men with the sword, dash their little children to the ground, and rip open their pregnant women.” (vs 12)

Prophet Elisha’s words further embarrassed Hazael. How could he, a mere servant unleash such inhumane havoc to a city when he was not the king! He said to the prophet, “How could your servant, a mere dog, accomplish such a feat?” (vs. 12-13). He even called himself “a mere dog” and he was sincere about it. The prophet replied: “The Lord has shown me that you will become king of Syria.” (vs 13)

Hazael had been ordained to do “harm” to the people and destroy the city from inside. Set fire on their FORTIFIED PLACES, “kill their YOUNG MEN” “dash their LITTLE CHILDREN to the ground” and “rip open their PREGNANT WOMEN.” The destruction is from inside and would cut across family, social, and religious life! It is the end of another empire!

The prophet wept because it had been determined and it would happen, and it did.

Immediately he heard this, “Hazael left Elisha and returned to his master. When Ben-Hadad asked, “What did Elisha say to you?” Hazael replied, “He told me that you would certainly recover.” But the next day he took a thick cloth, soaked it in water and spread it over the king’s face so that he died. Then Hazael succeeded him as king.” (vs 15)

America goes to the poll in a few days from now, but the “king” has been determined in judgment. The time to pray to change this was then!

America’s Third Choice and God’s Judgment

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I’m sure there has never been a female American president in history. The coming election may be a possibility, or maybe it’s still in the future. But in my dream, I heard a reporter of a popular American news channel referred to the American president as “she.”

The choice before eligible Americans in a few days is to choose between the devil and the deep blue sea. This is always the case for any nation that forgets about God – particularly because of abundance. The ominous result for either of the choices, however, is implosion or explosion.

Just like the whole world is curious and waiting to know who the American people will choose as their next president, God is also waiting to see what choice His children in that nation would make.

David was once in this dilemma. At the peak of his success and the glory of his kingdom, he forgot about God. Consequently, the scripture records that “then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel.” (1Chr. 21:1) To substitute “Israel” with “America” and “David” with “American leaders” in this context will not be too far from the truth. It is probably true that the same entity that stood up against Israel and moved the leader to number Israel is also standing against America and has moved her to number America, i.e., to pride in her greatness, power, glory, and achievement and push God away.

God’s judgment came to Israel: David must choose between three evils:

  1. “Either three years of famine,
  2. or three months to be swept away before your foes, while the sword of your enemies overtakes you,
  3. or else three days of the sword of the LORD, even pestilence in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.” (1Chr 21: -11)

The three choices God gave to David were terrible ones, just like the choices before every eligible voter in America in a few days. However, knowing the choice the wise King David made would guide in the choice between the two judgments before America now.

Although, David was to choose one of the plagues but it is interesting that He chose none. (1Chr 21:13) God chose one for him anyway because judgment had already been determined.

David lifted up his eyes and saw the angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven, with his drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem… (vs 16).

There may be a similar angel with a drawn sword over America now to deliver judgment, but if the generation of David left in the land would do what David, the great leader did, the nation would be spared just like Israel was spared by the courageous and selfless action of the king. David repented and “begged” God not to destroy his city and his nation but offered himself as the sacrifice for the judgment. Then, “…the LORD commanded the angel, and he put his sword back in its sheath.”

Which of the plagues would the remnant of those who still believe God in America choose at the coming election? There is a third choice, the David’s choice. Rather than him to choose any of the plagues, he said, “I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercies are very great. But do not let me fall into the hand of man.” (1Chr 21:13)

– Bola Olu-Jordan

Church Leadership

There are so-called leaders in the last days in the spirit of dictatorship hiding under the umbrella of religion. They gather people together, purportedly to lead them before God like Nimrod did. They head movements, empires and institutions where they are the sole head of the pyramid and all others are under them to promote their style, leadership, “anointing,” etc. This leadership style is never the idea of God and that was what led to Babel. Today, it is still Babylon and a rebellion against God. The ideal Church leadership ordained by Christ and practicedpyramid by the early Church is not the on-man leadership style but plurality of eldership, where all hold fast to the One Head, who is Christ Himself (Act 14:23, 15:2,4,22,23, 16:4, 20:17, 1Tim 5:17, Tit 1:5, Jas 5:14, 1Pet 5:1, Col 2:19).

– Taken from the book The Mystery of the Two Churches Pp 25