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TEACHER CHUKS; Season 3
I sat at the balcony for hours, pondering on the way forward. The teenagers had left to their different homes around 7:30 pm with a little bit of high spirits. I believed they had hopes about getting out of their situations as they had shared their issues with me, but here was I, 4 hours later with no plan, except for the phrase I kept saying over and over…
“ Lord, help me…”
Baba Agba came out for his Usual midnight prayer. He usually started 11:30pm till 2:30am in the morning.
On seeing him, I stood up to go inside, as I was not in the mood to pray. I was very confused and the confusion weighed me down.
“ Where to?” He asked
“ I want to rest a bit, I am having this slight headache.” I said
“ Ok, but what happens when they come tomorrow, do you have any meal you will serve them. You have taken their orders today, when they come tomorrow, they are coming with the expectations of being served.”
“ That’s the cause of my headache, I have nothing to serve them” I said like a deflated balloon.
“ That’s a lie, you have everything. You just need to get into the store and pick the ingredients that are needed for the kind of meal you want to serve”
“ Ingredients?, Store?, Baba Agba what are you talking about?, I am lost”
“ The Bible is the storehouse of the solution you need to get the ingredients from. The ingredients are the Scriptures that speak specifically to people’s issues.”
“ Ooook….Hmmm… This sounds simple, like a teacher who is given a textbook to study for the sake of teaching his/ her students. “ I asked
“ Exactly, But the difference in Spiritual school and Spiritual Catering is that you as the first contact must be fully filled with the meal before serving others, because you can’t give what you don’t…” Baba Agba said implying I should complete the sentence
“ …have” I said “ Hmm, that is why I am really confused about what to teach them because I am still a Bible student…”
“ Good… If you don’t mind I could be of help” Baba said raising his eyebrow in a question form..
“ Mind?, No sir, it is an answer to my prayer” I said very elated
“ Ok then, Let’s start with you first…”
“ Ok Sir”
“ There are three levels an unbeliever who just became born again must pass through to be fully where God wants him/ her to be…”
I knew I needed a pen, so I asked for permission to get the pen, which after I was permitted I dashed off in a rush.
“ The first stage is the SALVATION/ RECONCILIATION Stage. Salvation is used for an unbeliever who has never met Christ before. It is the stage of going back to one’s creator. The phase where you repent from all known and Unknown sin, while the RECONCILIATION is for the backslidden Christian who wants to renew their relationship with God.” Baba Agba Said
“ So you must first check yourself out to know if you have passed this stage before you can do a good job of talking to the teenagers about it, remember you can’t give what you don’t have. These teenagers are your fruits, and if you are a half baked Christian, you will produce half baked Christians. If your salvation is not genuine, your followers will be likewise, that explains why a lot of Churches are not on fire these days, if you check out the Spiritual temperature of the pastor, it reflects big time in the lives of the members”
“ Hmmm..” I said as I was so happy I was receiving that lecture.
“The second stage is what I call DEDICATION, DELIVERANCE AND DEDICATION Stage. This phase is very important and mostly, this is where most people get hooked. A lot of people become born again, and they have a genuine salvation, but on getting to this phase they become weak.
Here, it is the ability to dedicate your time to God. It is the growth period, this is the time to nurture your new Spirit man who is still a Baby. At this point, you must have the spirit of determination. Determination to read the Scriptures, because the Word of God is food for your Spirit and Soul. You need to start listening to messages from true men of God, You need to listen and sing good music that takes you closer to God, You need to talk to God More in Prayer, You will learn self discipline through fasting. It is while you are deep in this lifestyle that your life will be accessible to the delivering power of God.
For instance, those teenagers of yours who are deep in s€xual immorality, you don’t just pray for them and expect the spirit to disappear.
The truth is the Spirit will Obey your command to step out the moment you were praying, but after you are through with their victims, they hang around looking for the right time to come in again to do something worse, remember the Bible states that when an evil Spirit is sent out of a man, the Spirit will check back if the life is empty, once the place is empty, the Spirit returns with Seven Spirit worse than him.
This is what happens when people get delivered and are prayed for, but the victim doesn’t follow up by living a dedicated life to his/ her Spiritual growth. They become worse than before.” Baba Agba explained very simply
“ Hmm…, but dedication to reading the Bible and growing one’s spiritual life tend to be boring and difficult..” I said wanting to know the right answer to give if any Of the teenagers asked me.
“ That is the biggest lie, the devil has been feeding people with. The Scriptures is the most interesting and informative Book in the World. There is nothing you are looking for that you can’t get in there, You have secrets of Power in there, Secrets to Governance, Secrets to Academic Sucess, Secrets to Business Sucess, Secrets To Parenting, and for those who love entertainment, the Scriptures has a lot of it.
You can read the Bible as a novel and get your lessons from there. As a musician, you can get lyrics for your music… Sometimes, when I feel like watching movies, and War films being my best, I just pick up my Bible and read on David and the kings and amazingly my imagination helps as I begin to see the movie in my head as I read.
I wish I could show you all that is available in the Scriptures….” Baba Agba said as he laughed in excitement
“ Really?,” I asked as Baba Agba was making the Bible sound like a masterpiece..
“ Yes, anything and Everything you need answers to, is available in the Scriptures. Even information about your deliverance is there and the devil knows it is actually the Scriptures that can defeat him.
So he tactically frustrates people from reading and knowing the truth in the Word of God” Baba Said as he bubbled with Joy.
As he Spoke I knew I was still at this second phase and if I was going to help the teenagers attain that level, I needed to hasten my growth. If others were reading the Bible for 2 hours daily, I needed to make mine 5 hours.
“ Let’s move to the next Phase, the next phase is …..”
TEACHER CHUKS; Season 3
I had written up to eight long pages, after Baba Agba explained the third phase to me, he had spoken extensively on the third phase…
“ Let’s move to the next phase, the next phase is the OPEN HEAVEN & RESTORATION phase. When you sign up to a new service, there should be some new benefits. That is exactly how this third stage works.” Baba Agba said to me…
I was interested in this phase so I paid rapt attention.
“ You see, God’s plan for every believer is to operate under a Open heaven. It was after the Baptism Of Jesus, that the heaven over him was open. Bible states that as John was baptizing Jesus, the heaven over him opened. Also in Deuteronomy 28:12, It states that When we Obey and do the will of God, God will Open the heaven, the storehouse of His bounty and pour His rain of blessing on us. When you are truly saved, and you have dedicated yourself to the Lord, you will graduate to the level of Operating under Open Heavens.” Baba Agba continued
“ What does it feel like to operate under Open Heaven, is it like you will become super rich?” I asked for clarification sake
“ Well, that’s part of it, but your open heaven comes in the aspect you need it. As a student, your open heaven may be Academic success, As a single lady, your open heaven may be God giving you a good and Godly Husband, As a business man, the open heaven may be unexpected contracts. As a pastor or minister, your open heaven may be God bombarding your ministry with miracles. Open heaven is God’s voice and hand in your affairs.”
“Hmmm…So is it possible for me to recover my lost glory and maybe have children of my own if my wife comes back?” I asked
“ Yes… very well, that is the Restoration part of this phase. When a Christian who was initially operating under a Open heaven but suddenly out of sin started operating under a closed heaven goes back to God and genuinely goes through the 1st and 2nd phase, God can help him in Recovering his lost glory.” Baba Agba said
“ Hmm… I would really love to have children of my own, although I told you I had a child with a married woman in the past, but she has paid me off and besides I won’t want to destroy her marriage by showing up to claim the child, so it is my wish God gives me grace to father a child” I said as this Recovery package was my target.
“There is nothing impossible for God, but I want to tell you, you have a handful of children already and from what I can perceive, there are still more to come.” Baba Agba said
He was right about “More to come”, because by the next day at 3pm, I had not less than 30 teens and youths present. They had invited their friends and other parents had brought their kids.
“ If you know Christianity is complicated, raise up your hands” That was the first thing I said when we started. I didn’t do the usual Opening prayer and praise worship. I just went straight to it. They didn’t suspect that the class had started
“Complicated like Shit!” Tunde spoke for the first time with disdain in his voice..
“ And Boring as hell” Another young boy who I later found out was Kenneth said
“ Too much rules” said a lady named
“ And Restrictions!” Mercy added
“ No fun” Said Gloria
“ Yes… No fun music, no Fun dance, when you dance too much in church, they say you are worldly” Said a girl named Dabira who I later found out was a rebellious pastor’s daughter.
“Really?” I asked
“I am sure you are going to say otherwise” Tunde said confrontingly
“ Well….” I was saying and I could see all eyes were on me to hear my thoughts… My heart raced but I knew I had to say something and it had to be what will keep them with me
“Well, I guess it is the way Christianity has been presented to you that makes you feel it is complicated. For me Christianity is so simple because Christ only gave two rules…”
“What about rules on dressing?” A girl asked from behind
“ Like I said, Christ gave two major rules, but within those two rules, men draw out many other rules to promote good living… Let me explain using dressing as an example…” I said
“ The two Major Laws of Christianity is in Mark 12:29-31…, Can someone read that!”
And for the first time, I noticed they were interested in checking through their Bibles; for those who brought theirs. Others like Tunde checked through their phones.
“ Love the Lord your God and Love your neighbor as yourself…. these are the two basic laws” I said
I saw their expectant faces…
“ That is to say, for everything you do, you must check yourself if it follows these laws. Now talking about dressing… I won’t tell you to dress this way or that way, but I will ask you right now to look at yourself and say “Does this dressing of mine show that I love God, Does exposing my br€ast show that I love God, Does sagging my trousers to the point that girls can see the color of my boxers show that I love God… If you feel you are good, then ask yourself the second question, “Does my exposed br€ast , belly and thigh show that I love my neighbor, because if I love my neighbor, I won’t want him Mastvrbating as a result of my exposed dressing.”
The place was quiet…I knew my point had hit home. Growing up in church made me see this loophole as a child. I noticed church placed laws without stating the reason for the laws. You hear a lot of “Female don’t wear trousers, boys don’t sag your trousers, if you do, you will go to Hell Fire.” Back then , as a young teen I tried to read my Bible from beginning to end to find where it was written that people who did sag their trousers would go to hell, but I never found. Therefore, Seeing these teenagers as they sat in front of me made me know where some of our parents and churches missed it, We give laws (doctrines) as a way of shapening lives but we don’t tell them the underlying reason.
I continued my talk
“ So you see, I may not show you where it is written in the Bible that ladies should not put on crop tops, but I will show you that God expects you to love your neighbor and by loving your neighbor, you don’t want a boy to lose his salvation by looking at your belly” I said jokingly and the teens laughed.
“ I may not show you the Scriptures that says guys shouldn’t wear tight fitting pants that show the shape and size of their manhood, but I will tell you that it is written that you should love your neighbor.. therefore help the salvation of that sister by not giving her the brain work of imagining the size of your manhood.” I said and that brought up more laughter…
“You make sense” said one of the boys from the back….
“ Say to someone beside you “Help my salvation” I said
They all chorused it to one another laughing…Ajaara who had tied her top as a crop top, loosened her top and the girls around her started chorusing…
“ Go Ajaara, Go Ajaara, Go…” And I could see joy and laughter on their innocent faces. Ajaara let down her top with a smile…
“ Let’s give it up to Ajaara, isn’t she still beautiful” I said as everyone clapped
“ She is” they chorused
“ Very Beautiful” Mercy said…
“Can you all give me examples of dressing that will not help your neighbors’ salvation and will not show that you love God” I asked
“ Bum shorts…” A boy shouted from the back laughing
“ Especially the ones as short as pants” His friend said
“ Even boys wear bum shorts these days” a girl retaliated
“ Yes… and they will be tempting girls with the hair on their legs..”
I watched in amazement as the teenagers started pointing out their fashion choices that didn’t show they loved God and their neighbors…
“ How can a girl who has large hips wear a tight fitting leggings with a short top, is she helping the salvation of the boys around?” Tunde asked
“ How can a boy who has big arms and wide chest wear a sleeveless top or a light cotton top that shows his nipples, is he helping the salvation of the girls around him?” asked Abigael
Some screamed…. it became a debate and with their own mouths, they began to mention all the wrong type of dressing. After about 10 minutes, I spoke…
“ Wow, you have really enlightened me. I actually learnt from you all….” I said smiling
“ But Uncle, these are the only kind of fashionable clothes in the market, what do we do if we want to still be trendy while dressing decently..?” Abigael asked
“ That is why I am depending on you, I believe amongst you will evolve Modest Fashion designers that will change the norm, but as we speak, you can be very selective when you go shopping. There are still good clothes in the market….”I said and they responded by nodding their heads, my talk was far from over because there was still an important point I needed to make…
“Now… still on why some churches are very strict on dressing and place giant bottleneck rules on dressing, there is a spiritual aspect to it… You know back then, I had this spiritual demonic googles… and my first wife was a demonic warlord who revealed a lot to me…
One day, we wanted to go for a picnic, I had dressed up and I was waiting for her in the car….She came down looking bare facially, no make up except for a white powder on her face.
She wore a modest outfit that wasn’t exposing her body, That was the first time I saw her step out of the house in her natural beauty which was very much unlike her. She was the type of person who would use black lipstick or red, she would do all forms of face contouring, but on that day she dressed modestly and looked really beautiful in a different kind of way. I had to ask her why and her reply was an eye opener for me….
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