|Posted on January 3, 2020 at 8:10 AM|
GETHSEMANE PRAYER ACADEMY
PRAYER TUTORIALS 1
ESCAPE FROM NEEDLESS MINISTERIAL AFFLICTIONS
All God-ordained ministries have their peculiar afflictions, but there are afflictions that are needless. I have observed with sympathy many sincere hardworking ministers labouring tirelessly and endlessly without much to show for it. Some become frustrated and give up. Prolonged affliction leads to confusion; confusion leads to frustration; frustration leads to limitation, and limitation leads to failure in life and ministry. We can save ourselves a lot of needless affliction in ministry by learning some principles of ministry from biblical ministers and biblical case studies as shall be referenced in this teaching.
A) SOME PECULIAR SOURCES OF MINISTERIAL AFFLICTIONS.
1. Personal defective roots and faulty foundations - acquired trans-generational community, territorial and family battles. Evil or defective family roots undealt with most times manifest later in life and ministry to cause serious troubles and frustrations.
2. Location of work in altar polluted and afflicted domains.
3. Heavens unopened before and during ministry or secular work.
Those Who Opened Their Heavens
- Example of Jesus Christ (Matt. 3:16-17; Lk.3:21-22; Jn.1:51).
- Example of Paul, the apostle (Gal. 1: 15 – 18).
- Example of the first apostolic team (Acts 1:12-14; 2: 1 – 4).
Open heavens life and ministry guarantees uninterrupted Holy Spirit and angelic assistance. Jesus used prayers to open His heavens before starting off His ministry.
B) ALTARS, ROOTS, AND FOUNDATIONS AND MINISTRY / CHURCH HEALTH AND GROWTH.
The Effects of Evil Altars and Foundations on the Spiritual Climate and the Heavens of Corinth, the Seat of the Corinthian Church, Founded/Planted by Apostle Paul.
1. Apostle Paul was a very insightful and strategic apostolic Intercessor (Eph.1:17 - 23; 2 :1-5; 3 :9 - 10; 6 :10 - 18; 2 Corinthians 4:1 – 4).
2. He moved around in his ministry work with a company of equally well trained and anointed territorial intercessors (Acts 14:19-21; 20:4-6).
3. Paul never started a ministry work in a domain without first undertaking a survey (spiritual mapping) of the territorial structure of the place - spiritual geography and topography (Acts 17:16 - 17, 21–23).
4. Through this he often discerned the territorial ruling spirits (strongholds and strongmen) of the area.
5. With proper insight at the sites, he and his disciples engaged the ruling powers in informed violent spiritual warfare, pulling them down and rendering them impotent (Acts 17:22 – 23).
6. The result was usually massive conversion of formerly hardened natives and the establishment of very flourishing churches.
7. This was the strategy that birthed the church at Ephesus (Acts 19:1–23)
8. Paul stayed in Ephesus for a considerable long time to deal with the forces in the city. He overthrew the dominant ruling strongman, or principality called Diana, the goddess of the Ephesians (Acts 19:24–41).
9. The church at Ephesus emerged from a victorious spiritual contest (Acts 19:11 – 20).
10. This church grew, flourished and became strong. It lasted long enough to be mentioned in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 2:1 – 7).
C ) THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH PROBLEM
1. In the case of the Corinthian church, for mysterious reasons, Paul appeared not to have employed his well - known spiritual warfare strategies in founding the church at Corinth.
2. Paul spent about 18 months ministering in this large cosmopolitan city of Corinth.
3. The effort yielded instant success as the church rapidly filled up with very rich people and wealthy politicians.
D) THE SOCIO - ECONOMIC LIFE OF CORINTH.
1. Corinth was a wealthy commercial centre located in Northern Greece.
2. Corinth had two harbors, being a seaport.
3. The wealth of Corinth was acquired through sea-trade.
4. Corinth was popular for its cosmopolitan culture and luxurious temples.
5. The most prominent of these temples were the temples dedicated Apollos and Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
6. The Aphrodite temple was serviced by about 1,000 slave girls who doubled as prostitutes and entertainers for the city's night life.
7. The moral depravity of Corinth was legendary in that ancient pagan world. The city was popularly known as a sea man's paradise and a moral cesspool.
8. Almost round - clock women of easy virtue roamed the streets and the atmosphere was polluted with the alluring aura of sin.
E ) PAUL'S TACTICAL ‘SPIRITUAL BLUNDER’ AT CORINTH.
1. Without dealing with the spiritual foundations of the city, shutting down the evil altars and Satan’s temples that dotted the city; and with no recorded warfare effort against the city’s marine powers, Paul planted a church at Corinth.
2. Being a new phenomenon with the supernatural in manifestation thousands flocked to the Church and it became an instant 'success ' (1 Corinthians 1 : 1 – 8).
3. The great apostle mistook instant (apparent) success for real success (1 Corinthians 1:1-8).
4. The Corinthian Church now filled with very wealthy people, hundreds of former prostitutes, formerly rough and wild mannered (sailors), politicians and highly placed people, became a very rich and resourceful church.
5. The gifts of the spirit manifested copiously in the church, and all appeared to be going on well, until the ancient foundations began to manifest, trouble and afflict the church. In various ways, the prevailing spirits of the city were imported into the church.
F). SOME RECORDED FOUNDATION INDUCED PROBLEMS OF THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH .
(Territorial habits and behaviors that resurrected in the church )
1. She was a church full of division and disunity (1 Corinthians 3:1-10;21-23; 4:6).
2. The Corinthian church was filled with many morally depraved people. Sexual perversion was very rife within this church (1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 6:15-20.
3. It was a church were members had no qualms in eating food that had been offered to idols (1 Corinthians 6 : 9 - 14 ; 10 : 14 – 33).
4. The church was filled with women who wore pride, arrogance and worldliness like a garment. They tried to out-compete each other in showing off their latest fashions and hairdos (1 Corinthians 11:1–16).
5. The church was so disorderly, that even at holy communion services people struggled to grap as much communion bread and wine as possible. Some over–ate and even got drunk during communion (1 Corinthians 10 : 17 – 34).
6. The brethren in the church defrauded, cheated each other, and regularly sued each other in pagan courts (1 Corinthians 6 :1–8).
7. Though the church was full of very rich people, and the church was very rich, but at the same time, they were very miserly - not given to liberality or generosity at all. The apostles at the international early church headquarters in Jerusalem had to write and admonish them with two whole Bible chapters, pleading with them to give to the mother church in need in Jerusalem (2 Corinthians 8 & 9).
8. The church also appeared rowdy and disorderly, it was where people prophesied anyhow during worship services (1 Corinthians 14:1–20).
9. It was a church where for the first time , their founder, the beloved Apostle Paul ordered a sexual and morally depraved man to be given over to Satan for bodily affliction (1 Corinthians 5:1–7).
10. The Corinthians church eventually collapsed and died. It never saw Book of Revelation written.
No spiritual or even physical work can be stronger than its roots and foundations. Foundations determine the stability, durability and the survivability of any person, structure or enterprise.
In the matter of personal or ministerial destiny fulfillment, we need to pay great attention to our human, spiritual, academic, ministerial roots and foundations. The same goes for various domains and terrains where we operate our various ministries. Locations as they say determine our allocation.
• Lord, carry out a foundational surgery in my life.
• Fire of God, visit and deliver the place of my work and ministry from every foundation pollution and affliction, in Jesus name.
Compiled by Rev. Dr. Moses Aransiola
President, Gethsemane Prayer Ministries Int’l
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