Day 21: Gideon Okoye

I’m grateful to the publisher, Adepero, to be featured in what I’d call a most-unique edition of 31 days 31 voices.
What a year 2020! I join the many voices to reflect on the passing year with a resultant of thanksgiving through and through.
I’m encouraged to testify for the Scriptures say:
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11 KJV
We are Overcomers in Christ by His blood and by the word of our testimony.

I had entered into the year before it started on the calendar with the words “stirrings of a revival” heralding the new season, little did we know it’d take the shape it did.
The lockdowns hit in March and while there were lots of gloomy forecast in many camps, I’ll say there was a lifting in the camp of the children of God.
God had been stirring my heart and indeed those of others for a coming revival.

The global pandemic with its consequent lock down on mobility drew the attention of many inwards, it slowed the world down giving it’s inhabitants some time to catch their breathe. Suddenly people had spare time on their hands and this called for self-reflection.

Through the events of this year I believe God was speaking to His church, the Jews, and the world. To the church He was saying, return to your first Love, do the first works, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” Revelation 2:5 KJV

To the world He shows His sovereignty, despite the so called advancement in technology, the virus crippled the defenses of many nations. Fear was pronounced on the landscape and people’s hearts failed within them.
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” Luke 21:26 KJV
And this was just one plague, imagine when they come one after the other!
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”
2 Corinthians 5:11 KJV

This is the year the Jews actually celebrated the Passover under similar circumstances as they did when it was first instituted, this too was profound. There was a plague, their movement heavily restricted, they had to be indoors to eat the Passover just as it was in Bible times. This time, as many as come under the covering of the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, are saved. God is reaching out to the Jews too.

The church is transitioning from the Pentecostal era to what I’ll term the Kingdom age where it’s no longer about our gathering capacity but in our sending capacity as was with the early apostolic model, a people God is raising to be His mighty army equipped to take on the demands of the end of the age.
Church broke out of it’s four walls and is breaking denominational barriers as we come to the unity of the faith.
Statistics reported an increase in viewership of faith-based broadcasts during the lockdown period.
And in all of this people’s hearts began to turn to God their Maker!
There’s yet much more to be done as the Great Commission still beckons, we march on as the last frontier, continually equipped by the Holy Spirit to bring in the greatest possible harvest in the shortest possible time before the coming of our Lord.

It was indeed a tough year, one like no other but in the midst of darkness light shone forth. These two songs ministered powerfully to me in those tough seasons:
Isaiah song” – All Nations Worship Assembly Atlanta
Promises” – Maverick City.

The later, Promises, was given to me divinely, literally just at the moment of great need. I had just received some disheartening news and for some reason, was going through my worship playlist with a heavy heart that night when my eyes caught a song that was never on my list, didn’t know it prior, it was at the top of my recently added list. Listening to the song overwhelmed me because it was a direct message from God, it let me know He was totally aware. And the song encouraged me to still bless Him in the middle of the storm, what a Father we have, He sees each tear that drops and He loves us much more than we ever realise.

Personally it was a season of serious equipping as God was teaching me total dependence on Him through the seasons of life. You can’t pray away seasons of life. You can either submit to the process and trust God for the wisdom to recognise them for what they are or fight it to your hurt and short circuit process.

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:3‭-‬5 KJV

Seasons change but God remains the same.

In this year I knew God by experience as my Jehovah Jireh and Rohi (The Lord my Provider and Shepherd). These two Scriptures aptly reflect this:
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Isaiah 43:2 KJV

And they thirsted not when He led them through the deserts: He caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: He clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.” Isaiah 48:21 KJV

It has been a sowing season for many of us, of staying by the side of our Master, of digging deep wells into the knowledge of God.
There was an avalanche of the Spirit of Grace & Supplications. Many have entered into depths of fellowship this year more than before. Denominational walls are being torn asunder as the church begins to unite across geo locations and denomination in online membership and small groups that have begun to spring up everywhere. The gospel is on-demand, only a click away, little or no excuses now, all we need to do is join the chariot.

Speaking to and hearing accounts of fellow believers, this revival train has indeed taken off and is on the move. It starts as a personal revival then it affects your groups and churches and eventually sweeps across the nations of the earth as an unstoppable wild fire.

God took me deeper than my feet has ever wandered even as He led me to convene a fellowship group late last year for young men as we journey the path of purity and we gained new heights this year by His grace.
It’s always better with God. I journaled more, prayed more, fellowshipped more, evangelised more, took on new studies, served in different capacities, including leading God’s people in worship and sharing the Word in my local church and with more people groups, was introduced into new kingdom families and strengthened my union with existing families on whole new levels this year than in any other year. It’s such an exciting time to be alive as we can’t wait for the things Abba has in store to be revealed even in the coming year 2021.
We thank God for growth, for His promises and for the sweeping revival. And guess what, there is more, it always from glory to glory with God.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV

PS: To the hearts and hands behind Perry’s Tots, may your thoughts reflect Christ more and more, may the good Lord overwhelm your carrying capacity and yet again show He is sufficient for all things.
Grace and peace be multiplied.

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