(BY VEN. FOLUSO TAIWO)
Christians have been called upon to always resist fear and roaring of the devil and all things that are manipulating them to distract and draw them back, because they are carrying the light and cannot be intimidated.
The Bishop of Mbamili Diocese in Anambra State, the Rt. Rev. Henry Okeke made this call as a guest preacher at the monthly power night, a night vigil programme of the Diocese of Abuja Anglican Communion. According to him, many Christians are carrying dynamites like David but they don’t know, which is why they are indulging in secret sin; adding that as children of God they are carrying something tangible and valuable deposited in them.
He asked them to be personally committed to the Lord and resist everything that is not of God, but they should represent God everywhere, in offices, in politics, and everywhere they go. God, he said, is in charge even when terrible things are happening via wickedness of men, adding that God is the global controller general that controls all forces of evil, but the battle according to him, will end in the favour of Christians.
The Bishop of Mbamili Diocese reaffirmed that Nigeria belongs to God, asking that everybody must surrender to the Lord who will set the captives free because He is mighty in battle. The Rt. Rev. Henry Okeke said two serious battles are going on between the kingdom of heaven and kingdom of darkness and the establishment of negative kingdom is working against the Church; adding that the battle is severe, in politics, governments, individual battles, everywhere and on daily basis. The Bishop is optimistic that God determines what is allowed to happen and He is unquestionable; adding that He allows battles to strengthen His own, especially in Nigeria where people are becoming sensitive by force. He called on Christians to stop being complacent about participation in politics, urging the Church to wake up from slumber because there is need for them to be involved in the enthronement of governments.
Concluding, the Cleric said the times call for persistent prayers. Prayer, according to him, is a great privilege, the privilege of a dynamite, of great power and not so many people are privileged to pray. He gave kudos to the leadership of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, describing the Anglican Church as a dynamite force and that is why the devil is angry and annoyed, because God is raising great men for kingdom building.