FROM #UNILAGPRAYS TO #UNILAGPREVAILS

The joy in the house was palpable. Songs of praise rent the air. Undiluted worship took centre stage. Indeed, it was an icing on the cake for meeting of Christians on University of Lagos Campus for seven days.

Last Monday was saw the end of the fasting and prayer programme embarked upon by the Christian community under the auspices of Unilag Joint Christian Fellowship (UJCF) led by the president, Pastor Michael Liyansan.

An elated Liyansan noted during the benediction: “It has moved from #UNILAGPRAYS to #UNILAGPREVAILS. So, go and spread the message. The church in UNILAG is advancing. The gates of hell shall never prevail. “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. (Matt. 16:18).”

It is a sincere prayer that the church transcends beyond denominations. Moves forward leaving every iota of deceit and lies to attract members. The advancement of the church whose impact is undeniable, unquenchable and sharp to pierce every heart of men we crave.

A congregation where darkness cannot have a say, its way and prey is our desire. Indeed, the church is marching on.

However, could it be the church has been sleeping since? Does it mean the church has ever since lost its original focus? While speaking with two former UNILAG campus fellowship presidents last week, they confirmed it.

One categorically said to me: “Let us tell ourselves the truth. The church has caused a ‘nuisance’ on campus.” He was quick to add that the nuisance was due to the proliferation of church planting in guise of fellowships on campus.

Hmmmm!! Lord have Mercy… Michael Smith’s “The Heart of Worship” aptly comes to mind. We need to come back to the heart of the matter. The sole aim of the church. Enough of the empty ‘tonguing generation’ (Anticipate this piece soon ).

The apostles of old needed not to tongue day and night in the open for signs and wonders to take place.

Their tongues were never to be displayed in the public to show class, spirituality and panache.

Yet, when they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)

The seal, the promised Holy Spirit is available to guide and teach the Church. Can we remain yielded to him leaving bickering and envy? Gal 5: 26.

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH
KOA

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Musings on #UNILAGPRAYS

Beloved, ULSU has chosen to adhere strictly to the school’s recent directives on venues, hence no Fellowship activity is allowed within the ULSU compound from Monday. Pls lets endeavour to adhere to instructions at these times as it would ease our negotiations with the ULSU and the school authority.

With this message received on July 12 (Few minutes before the benediction of the first Sunday service of this semester), I knew that the church in UNILAG was never going to be the same way. It was with faith I headed for an emergency meeting on Monday July 13 at the foot of the cross.

Resolutions made by forty-four presidents (forming the Council of Presidents) and eight Central Executuves of UNILAG Joint Christian Fellowship that evening was all I have always longed for. Indeed, a church united for a cause.

Beyond denominations, we can all come together to keep the unity of the Spirit.

Brethen, the church in UNILAG has emerged. You must not be left out of this glorious church were bickering ceases, love serenades and Grace abounds. A church where there is no clash for members but a collective desire to reach out to the lost.

A great desire to ensure RIGHTEOUSNESS reigns on campus. A zeal to see that everyone on campus sees the light and follow through.

After speaking with a mentor on Sunday on the glorious trend emerging at the church in UNILAG, my joy knew no bounds on his reply.

Hear what he said: “KC, this is it. We fought against the profileration of fellowships on campus during my time but it was not to be. If this is happening lets see how it goes.

“The Church is beyond denominations. We must eliminate such on our campus.”

Indeed order is coming back to UNILAG church. A church where there is no competition but the consciousness to keep the unity of the Spirit and of the Faith.

Brother Paul in his charge to the church in Corinth blurted: “Let all things be done decently and in order”.

Thus far, the six days of #UNILAGPRAYS has indeed been awesome.

Prayers raised on the altar has never been towards the authorities rather the ushering in of a new era where peace (Eph. 4:3) and largeness of heart (1 Kings 4:29).

Even as the Christian community embarks on the last day of this seven-day prayer and fasting programme, it is very pertinent we do not lose focus. We must not lose faith because the weapons of our warfare are not carnal.

God at this time is working unity, Fellowship and Peace on campus. The wind of the Seal is moving upon UNILAG and we all must be part in Obedience to Christ.

Your Brother,

Kelechi Amakoh
KOA

The Best Teacher

I once remember how “the best teacher” award was keenly contested in my secondary school. Every teacher will always want to outdo his colleague in order to be the best.

This practice always resulted in scoring popularity among students, putting up stern approach in grading of examination scripts and the ultimate show of eye service when the school administrators are present in class.

All these gimmicks are still being played out to win such a coveted prize even in the corporate world.
However, I know of a surety the best teacher I can ever have is the HOLY SPIRIT. The Spirit of Truth (John 16:13) promised of the Father (John 16:7), sent to us as a seal (Eph. 1:13). This teacher doesn’t speak of himself but speaks as he hears from the word.

How great is this spirit of truth who doesn’t struggle for relevance. The Ghost who will never score cheap popularity among those he teaches. He will not only instruct but also guide one through the right path to follow.

The Holy Spirit guiding in all truth is captured by someone thus: It is to be intimately and experimentally acquainted with it; to be piously and strongly affected with it; not only to have the notion of it in our heads, but the relish and saviour and power of it in our hearts; it denotes a gradual discovery of truth shining more and more.

Then if we possess this best teacher as Christians, why then do we act as if he is not there? Why then do we feel this race is a difficult one to go through? Why then do we ignore the one who can indeed pilot the affairs of our life to the very end?

A teacher is a sharpener of skills, dreams and hopes. So also is the Holy Spirit the sharpener, helper and builder of every Christian’s hope (1 Pet 1:3-7) till the appearing of our GREAT GOD.

This great teacher can as well help us in succeeding in this perverse world. Making him the compass for our academic journey while in school is the only best. He is able to give us the best of grades and help us come into excellence-the bread of God’s children.

He is able to help us live with that difficult roommate, address those mind boggling issues and relate with terrible bosses and lecturers.
It is my sincere prayer that we continually yield to the leading of the Spirit daily (Gal. 5:25), Amen.

A New Semester!

Welcome back to school. This is a new semester. I urge you to make the best use of this semester. Read as much as the Spirit of Truth guides you. Grow in Grace and Peace.
Have a safe ride through this semester in the wings of the Father. Welcome.

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH
KOA