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#HalleluyahChallenge #Olowogbogboro: What really happened?

Screen Shot 2017-07-10 at 8.53.56 PMA major mistake we might make is to assume that the many miracles and salvations witnessed with the #HalleluyahChallenge are the purpose and end-all to this spiritual movement. It’s almost like assuming that entering Canaan was the ultimate purpose of God for delivering His people from Egypt.

This will be a severe limitation of the Source of all Power. Thinking this way is not usually overt. That thought lies or is implied in the way we behave going forward after such a refreshing to the hearts of many. We move on to others things as though we merely visited the market, came home, put everything in the pantry and that’s it.

This will be a severe limitation of the Source of all Power. Thinking this way is not usually overt. That thought lies or is implied in the way we behave going forward after such a refreshing to the hearts of many. We move on to others things as though we merely visited the market, came home, put everything in the pantry and that’s it.

Spiritual moves are never like that. They are not momentary neither are they transient. Most times, we are limited in our understanding of the full scope of the Father’s intention when he initiates such moves. Let’s not forget that all prayers, revivals, refreshing, or any form of spiritual movements is first initiated in Heaven; born out of the Father Heart and Goodness. It is then committed, in partnership, to the hearts of “faithful men who will be able to teach others” (invite or reach others as the case may need).

So to have a firm grasp, or at least begin to comprehend the deeper meaning to a heavenly initiated activity, we must always learn to transit from the event to the movement. The question is: where is Our Heavenly Father going with this?

It is worthy of note that God remained consistent in His plans starting from the call of Abraham, down to when He showed Peter a vision of killing and eating unclean animals. So when we are caught in time enjoying a part of the move of God, we should never lose sight that we are merely experiencing just a fraction of it.

There remains a greater dimension and consequence of the move than the mere uptakes of the personal miracles, signs, and wonders that happen to us. Those are fruits of the purpose, the extra benefits of being caught in a wave, but not the purpose itself. Therefore the question we must never forget to ask is why did Father initiate the #HalleluyahChallenge that took Nigeria and indeed the world by storm?

In seeing the works of His hands, we must not stop there, but trace it all the way up to His Heart. It is only in His heart that we can determine the expected end (Jeremiah. 29:11). An interesting analogy to my focus here is the two events found between Mark chapter 6 and chapter 8. In the former chapter, Jesus fed the Five Thousand, while in the latter He fed the Four Thousand.

As unprecedented and unrivaled (even till today) as those events were, the Disciples missed out something crucial beyond the multiplication of bread. Mark 6:51-52 and Mark 8:17-21 records this deeper meaning and I will take the liberty of also quoting them here in the NIV version just to save you the stress of opening your Bibles (because I know you wouldn’t…lol).

Mark 6:51-52
Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

Mark 8:17-21 
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

In the both instances, they were expected to connect the dots between the multiplication of the loaves to their present reality, whatever it be. Their failure to do so was likened to unbelief (hard hearts). Frankly, we aren’t far from these Disciples in our disposition today. Many of us will celebrate the happenings during the #HalleluyahChallenge event and not take the time to meditate on its implication for our present state of affairs.

For the Disciples, Jesus wanted to settle His Divinity in their hearts and have them not be in constant shock at what He does. We also are expected to look towards and settle the nature of our Heavenly Father in our hearts. His nature is that He works according to the purposes of His heart and that is what informs His actions or initiatives (Psalm 33:11, Ephesians 1:11, Isaiah 46:8-12).

So my concern now is how do we respond to what happened with the events of June 1st-30th. What do we perceive God to be doing beyond that which is advertised on social media platforms, glossy magazine, and messenger applications? Was it just a praise and prayer festival, or we perceive a major spiritual shift has happened that we cannot quantify; one that will also affect the economic and political space?

It is impossible to contain the acts of Jehovah in our minds, so we look to revelation. However, revelation requires a careful consideration of the obvious in order to discover that which isn’t. I am still asking Father the question: What have you done? Perhaps you should ask too.

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