MY TESTIMONY

Babies usually come into this world with clenched fists and throaty cries while the aged exit with open palms and a deathly pall. I have come to accept that the breath of life is not a right but a privilege given to us by God to live and gather experience on this planet Earth. We came in here with nothing and will all exit with nothing for all the drama of life does not amount to much except we embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ to discover the gift of eternal life.

EARLY LIFE …

I was born into a rather intellectual family, as both my parents were college graduates. Daddy was a medical doctor and my Mum a professional teacher and you can guess all of us six children ended up as professionals in different fields too. Ahead of me were two medical doctors, a gynecologists and an ophthalmologist and behind me were an attorney, computer engineer and a banker. I trained as an architect and I like to sum it all up by saying dryly that my nuclear family was largely a product of a combination of the British colonial interruption in West African history and the selfless service of foreign missionaries in Nigeria. My Mum became a Wesleyan in her school days in the UK and she thoroughly shielded the family from the negative spiritual influences that are associated with the pre-colonial era of Africa.

THE GREAT QUEST…

Concluding early that life would be better off approached from the cut and dried logic of sound reasoning it was a shock to discover that this approach generated more questions than answers as the years progressed. I read everything from Erich Von Daniken, Nietzsche and Plato to the absurd theories of Lobsang Rampa! All the philosophies, scientific theories and religious postulations could not supply any credible capture for the subtle order behind all the chaos in the systems of this world. Nobody had anything concrete to offer and the question of who man was and where we came from not to talk less of where we were headed stayed unaddressed. It was obvious that the frontiers of science had nothing on the unseen but real world and being African there was easy access to demonic proof of science defying realities! I surveyed the major religions of the world and scanned the African occult world from a safe distance but nothing jelled. I only had more questions but no answers. Graduating from college with a master’s degree in architecture did not serve to lighten my burden it instead increased my intellectual arrogance.

MY SURRENDER …

When all my human wisdom was exhausted it became clear that it was lunatic to deny the existence of God because there was too much evidence of His order and ingenuity in the universe. The flight of the humming bird, the spatial distribution of celestial bodies in the universe and the intricate bio-engineering of the birth process could not have been products of any random theory. It seemed that the Architect of the Universe had put teasers into place to bring the pride of man to the place of humble submission. What if God by deliberate design had put a limitation such that man could not find God except God made a way? Man would have to descend from his lofty intellectual throne to surrender to the unscientific concept of revelation knowledge. There was some poetic justice in this suggestion because it meant that the advanced scientific world did not have any advantages over the primitive shaman in this regard! Armed with this little progress (if surrender can be described as such) I revisited the major religions of the world and found my peace at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ. Revelation knowledge is not something that can be transmitted by the same route that sense knowledge is obtained.
This why one of my favorite scriptures is 1 Corinthians 3:18Let no man deceives himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

THE NEW BIRTH …

The new birth experience is a product of revelation knowledge. The new birth occasions changes inside a man in places he probably never knew existed within him. It is an experience that is unique for each believer and cannot be transferred like an inherited title. My surrender to Jesus Christ was totally without reservation and I was pleased to discover later that the faith encouraged the use of sound judgment. I however made up my mind to check and double check all spiritual things before absorption. Pleased but cautious I also made a commitment to expose Christianity as a fallacy if the faith refused to live up to its billing. As far as I was concerned God had to be God in every way or else He could not be God. If God could be proven wrong once then would He cease to be God by definition! One of the elements of the new birth is the revelation of sin within us and the terrible load that is rolled away when sin is cleansed. The accompanying joy is indescribable and I dare say that it’s impossible to get this experience and remain the same. It’s somewhat like a gentle earthquake that turns your world upside down and leaves you with an extra sensitive conscience and a bubbling on the inside.All the drama that accompanies the natural birth process is equally attendant in the spiritual birth experience! Many poems and songs have been written to capture the ecstasy that is packaged into the new birth experience.

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT …

The joys of the new birth process often dissipate into religious rigor when the baptism of the Holy Ghost does not follow. Baptism in the Holy Spirit came very easy for me and I had no difficulty speaking in new tongues but I look back now with some rue because the teachings that preceded the experience were not more comprehensive. A very gifted woman Bimbo Odukoya supervised the Holy Ghost baptism session but she had barely 30minutes allotted to her teaching. This had a limiting effect because the lines of faith became muddled from the onset. There is a lot more to the baptism of the Holy Ghost than speaking in tongues but that focal was the church emphasis in those days. The Holy Ghost baptism actually arms the believer to do greater exploits than you can imagine but it took many more years to gain this understanding from scripture. Frankly speaking every man lives in his own little world until the new birth introduces us into the world of God! The baptism of the Holy Ghost helps us to operate freely in the world of God. It took getting used to because the world of God is the realm of the Spirit. Navigating in the realm of the Spirit is like surfing on the Internet – there is so much available, both good and bad that you will need the guidance of the Holy Ghost to make stay the course.The dimensions of the spirit are totally different and take some getting used to.

THE PAINS OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH …

The Holy Ghost baptism really opened me up especially when the subject of the believer’s authority came up and I discovered our authority over demonic forces. It was both exciting and thrilling to witness the response of supernatural forces commanded by the name of Jesus Christ. By and by I got to see a blind eye open, a few paralytics walked off their beds and a sprinkling of miracles happened here and there. It was an absolute blast because the intellectual background never prepares you for such spiritual realities. There is so much that can be said but neither time nor space will afford me that luxury here. You later discover that there was a baptism of fire that accompanied your Holy Ghost baptism. The church often shortchanges itself by not paying attention to the little details spelt out in scripture. Matthew 23:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. The fire can die out gradually if care is not taken and this is the experience of the average modern day believer. The financial challenges and mundane commitments of modern life tend to dampen the spiritual appetite leaving little room for the zeal of God. When Jesus said that we are in this world but not of this world he was referring to something very real! Frankly speaking the church is its own greatest enemy because we sponsor so much religious rubbish that is detrimental to genuine spiritual progress.

LITTLE FOXES – WEIGHTS AND THE BESETTING SIN …

In the midst of your excitement your faith can suffer a setback when sin resurfaces when the fire dims. This is a very worrisome development because the church has created all sorts of gimmicks to cover and explain it all away. Counsel to walk in holiness, righteousness and sanctification abounds but you soon discover that basic instructions are scarce! At one extreme end you would be expected to walk, talk and mimic your church leader and the other extreme assures you that grace has done everything and you need not worry if sin abounds because the Bible says that he that is born of God cannot sin! This is usually the tipping point of the faith walk because you either don a religious mask to cover up the sin problem or seek the genuine cure for recurrent sin. Every believer should be worried when sin becomes a stumbling block and the pursuit of a cure should lead us to the discovery of the enemy within – the law of sin and death whose only solution is the mastery of the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus! Applying the law of the spirit of life in Christ will lead you to interesting spiritual dimensions the least of which is not the need to cry out for help from above! To overcome most weights and sin we need to be strengthened with might by the Holy Spirit in the inner man. All religious posturing of victory over sin without the law of the spirit of life in Christ is simply a deception. By and by the believer will discover that it takes more of revelation applied to the letter than anything else if sin is to be overcome convincingly. It is true that we will never have a deep relationship with God without holiness but we must be careful to get the true holiness instead of the intimidating religious copy.

BEYOND DOUBT – SPIRITUAL ENCOUNTER …

There is nothing that settles spiritual issues like a personal encounter with God and I would believe that one of the major milestones in my spiritual adventure was a life changing vision I had. It’s a day that is unforgettable because I had just returned from the wedding of a friend – a Miss E. Ajayi who had met and married a man with the same surname to become Mrs. Ajayi. Late in the evening I discovered that I had all the classic symptoms of malaria fever and decided to endure till the next morning before getting malaria drugs. A few hours into the night I had a very unnerving dream in which the Spirit of God appeared and showed me the future instructing me to shun the malaria drugs for the healing word in scriptures. I woke up laughing at the absurdity of the dream then put my head down and I was gone in an instant. The entire vision I had seen earlier was replayed over again and I again awoke with a start the moment it was over. It was a detailed but unnerving experience! Pondering in my heart I embarked on the healing exercise of confessing the healing scriptures and refusing to take the drugs. The whole exercise seemed more ridiculous because I had just persuaded a fellow Christian from seeking divine healing by faith just one week earlier. A female student doctor in LUTH was shivering as she told me how she was trusting God for healing from malaria fever and I simply laughed her to scorn with weighty arguments to dissuade her from the foolish exercise and here I was one week later doing the same because God had instructed me! To cut a long story short I struggled with the malaria fever for seven good days slipping in and out of delirium yet refusing to take the malaria drugs. I could not deny the spiritual experience that I had and was resolved to see the exercise to the end even if it meant a brush with death. When the anointing came upon me as foretold in the vision it took only a few minutes for all symptoms to disappear but my body was awash with something that felt like liquid electricity with vibrations all over and my knees buckled. Prior to this I had thought people who were slain in the spirit were just putting on a show! Many other things began to happen to me afterwards and the gift of discernment of spirits went into operation. It was scary to discover that we are surrounded by much more than we normally see. It was after that experience that I began to pray for the sick with good results.