Saturday, August 13, 2011


by Aziza Uko
Following, my message on the referenced subject, (read it here) the number one feedback, comes in the form of a question of concern.

“Aziza, if I don’t pray back-to-sender prayers, won’t my enemies get to me and how do I return any evil done to me back to the sender?”

This question is a sign of the harm that the back-to-sender doctrine has done. It has affected the mind of Christians in a negative way. Everything about the back-to-sender doctrine is devilish. Everything!

First, there are some who argue with passion that back-to-sender is a scriptural way to pray. They point to the Book of Psalms and to some of King David’s prayers. This argument may appear right. It would be right if we are followers of Moses and King David and if all we had for scriptures ended at the Book of Psalms. But we are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and the “eye-for-an-eye”/back-to-sende​r doctrine which was operational under the Law of Moses which King David operated under was specifically changed by Jesus Christ. Matthew 5:38-45. Our Lord Jesus made it clear that forgiveness and non-retaliation is what makes us children of our Heavenly Father.

It’s funny that every Christian appears to know the verses where Jesus made the change. But some wish to wish it away and practice back-to-sender prayers anyway because that’s what they feel comfortable with.

People who know the truth and decide to go the opposite direction are small people in the eyes of God. Teaching other people to do anything contrary to the Word of God is equally self demoting. Matthew 5:19

Going against the King of kings who is the WORD of God is putting oneself in harms way. Matthew 21:43-44 Such people are on the road to one day colliding with the Rock of Ages and it’s not a pleasant experience for a man’s soul. Funny, I got that phrase from a back-to-sender prayer point. :)

We aren’t playing draft/chess/checkers with God. It’s not a “God, eat this one, then I eat this one” race. Cherry picking the instructions of the LORD that we will obey and those we will argue out off obeying is unacceptable. Total obedience to God’s Word is the order for Christians.

It’s amazing that after willfully disobeying Jesus Christ, the next prayer points usually claim the promises of Deuteronomy 28:1-14 - Lord, I shall be the head and not the tail. – which incidentally are conditioned upon total obedience. “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth.”

There’s no need wondering why the promises of God aren’t working in the life of some Christians. It’s disobedience.

To the second part of the feedback question above: You are not to return harm or evil to anybody. You are to love all people – including those who want to hurt you. That’s what Jesus instructed. If you believe in Him and want to use His name or His blood you have got to do what He says. Christianity is not a democracy. Jesus Christ is not an elected official, He is a King and His Kingdom is above all and He rules forever with a mighty hand. It’s a command. You don’t reason or negotiate your way out of it. You just do it! John 10:27

Concerns About Protection

Our protection is God’s job and God is perfect, He also never sleeps nor slumbers. He never fails at His job. He doesn’t need any kind of reminding or any help from anybody. He doesn’t lose a battle. He always wins.

Nowadays, because of the prayer consciousness among Christians,
“Pray without ceasing” has been given a whole different meaning and used to justify endless and mindless muttering. [Read my post about how to pray here Part 1 and Part II.

Most scriptures that concern protection and rescue from harm are statements of truth but they’ve now been crafted into prayer points.

“Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm.” It’s not something to pray about or preach about. It’s something to demonstrate.

“Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you.” It is a statement of truth. It’s not a prayer point.

Some of these protection prayers are just misunderstanding of the nature of the Word of God. There are commands, instructions, observations, simple story telling, and God’s decrees in the Bible.

God’s decrees are truth. Nobody needs to pray truth into existence. Truth is. That’s just how it is. There’s nothing anyone can do to make it better and nothing anyone can do to bend it. You just have to fall in line with the truth to succeed.

God said that “Nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Therefore nothing shall be any means hurt you. It’s that simple.

Being concerned about the evil being packaged by anybody, even the devil, against you is like being concerned about a nuclear bomb a five year old boy is making with foam and broom sticks. The bomb is a joke. It is never going to work. That’s how the machinations of your enemies are. Worthless!

It’s fear that causes people to pray back-to-sender prayers because they are concerned about evil coming their way. When a Christian comes to understand the nature of his God and the nature of His Word, and who he (the Christian) really is, fear takes flight. Knowledge drives away fear.

When you know that when God says a thing, it’s a command into creation. Everything in God’s creation including the evil uncle, or the proverbial village witch must obey. God has commanded that nothing would hurt you and that’s how it has just gotta be. There’s no option for the universe but to obey its Maker.


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Friday, August 12, 2011


by Aziza Uko

Men, this one’s for you.

A lot of you ignore Christian programmes centered on marriage because you think they are for the ladies. That’s understandable. Much of the communication coming from the singles and married circuit is directed at the ladies, in some churches the ministry has all but been relegated to the women’s ministry or the ministry of the pastor’s wife. It shouldn’t be so. This is a very powerful ministry which holds the key to the prosperity of the Body of Christ. It’s not a mere home economics or home keeping club.

Men are the leaders of the family and if the leadership stinks, the rest of the house is going to suffer. So, as a matter of priority, men should be interested in the Creator’s principles of marriage. By now, it should be obvious that it doesn’t begin and end with “husband love your wife and wife be submissive to your husband”. There’s more.

Many men have been influenced by cultural thinking to believe that the success of a marriage depends on a woman. “It’s the woman that makes a home,” they say. For this reason many brothers are finding it difficult to make a choice and get married because they think that you have to marry someone who will make your marriage work. But this is the truth - the success of your marriage depends on you not on your wife nor her mother. On YOU!

Many men are are educated, have good careers and are comfortable, but find it difficult to marry. Why? They are suffering from the same thing that afflicts young ladies and delays their marriages. Ignorance!

Ignorance doesn’t discriminate along gender lines or race or religion. Ignorance destroys anybody it afflicts. Hosea 4:6 says that God’s own people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

From my experiences inviting brothers for Pastor Chris Ojigbani’s programmes, at the first instance they tend to feel the programme is for ladies. A brother who was 38 years at the time (now 39) and still finding it difficult to get anybody to accept his marriage proposal told me, “I thought Pastor Chris’ ministry is for those finding it difficult to get married.” Really? This is a guy who has been trying to get married for more than a decade without success. But because he believes the fallacy that “a man can get married any day he wishes” he is wallowing in the misery of being single and he still doesn’t think he needs help.

At the Abuja event held in June this year, three brothers shared testimonies of being empowered to marry after encountering the right knowledge at the marriage seminar with Pastor Chris. One of them said he wasn’t thinking about getting married, he thought he was too young though he was doing well at work and making a lot of money. Another said he was in a relationship but thought he was not financially okay to get married. Another said he just broke up with his girlfriend of five years and at 35, he was beginning to think that maybe marriage is not for him. All three of them said they were empowered to locate their spouse and get married within a year through the teaching they received at the seminars with Pastor Chris Ojigbani.

Marriage is very important to a man. If it weren’t God would not have identified the problem for Adam. Marriage gives you a help meet, a constant companion, a partner with whom you can build your life. Some brothers are ignorantly hunting for who will love them “unconditionally” outside marriage. There is no such thing to be found. Get married and you will begin to enjoy true love.

One of the most important things a man needs to succeed is favour. God promises favour to anybody who finds a wife. So, for many who yearn for this favour, they are however stranded in the search for a wife because of ignorance of the principles of God concerning how to locate your wife. This seminar will help you. Pastor Chris has experienced this crisis of locating his right spouse for years, till he met with the right knowledge and got married in 21 days of locating his right spouse. So he knows what you are feeling and he knows how to get out of it.

A single brother testified that on hearing Pastor Chris’ teaching on sex, he was liberated from a life of sexual sin which was threatening to drown him. It is not God’s will for brothers to be moving from lady to lady, selling off their life, their destiny, their wealth, and position in life along the way. Pastor Chris Ojigbani exposes the right principles of God concerning sex. Many brothers want to be wealthy. This is the secret.

“But, I watch Pastor Chris on TV and see that most the audience is female,” a brother has told me. That is because of wrong thinking. You see, the principles of marriage are universal. The marriage institution came about as a result of a need that God saw in the life of Adam (not Eve). So, one can say that marriage was created for Adam to make life easier for him. Yet, many brothers think they are doing the lady they marry a favour. Not so.

It’s an upside down thinking which has led to the upside down world we live. This has to be corrected.

Brothers, it’s time to stop masking your fears and difficulties under your masculinity. There’s no more time left to waste. You need to get married and enjoy your marriage. If you are married and facing difficulties, you need to enjoy your marriage. If you are enjoying your marriage, you need to be empowered to enjoy it even more. Get up and connect with the right knowledge that will empower you to be victorious in this area of your life. The right knowledge is the key.

Financial miracles, healing miracles, restoration miracles, family reconciliation, rescue from destruction – are all recorded at these seminars. This is not surprising because the same WORD is what we need to succeed in every area of our lives.

Pastor Chris Ojigbani is holding a powerful marriage seminar at Eko Hotel Expo Centre tomorrow and next tomorrow, August 13 @ 12 noon and August 14 @ 2 pm. Please be there. Go with your buddies! The Lord is ready to grant all the secret petitions of your heart.

Also get some of Pastor Chris Ojigbani’s messages – Trick of Right Spouse, Trick of Love, Who is Compatible with Me, Trick of Soul Mate, Power of Sex, The Secret of Sex, The Ultimate Marriage, What Makes a Marriage Successful, and so many others; and his books too. You will treasure your investment in these materials. Your life will change dramatically, there’s no doubt about it.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011


by Aziza Uko
Ever heard of back-to-sender prayers? If you are in Nigeria, you must have. Other variants of the prayer is fire-for-fire, dangerous prayers, etc.

The back-to-sender prayer is one of the worst things to have hit the Body of Christ in the last 15 years. It is pure evil and in direct disobedience to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

I recall when I as a teenager, some preacher got up on the pulpit at a crusade and said, “The Bible says, turn the other cheek, but for me if you slap me, I will slap you back.” And he succeeded in getting most of his audience riled up. Some other preacher said that David said, “God prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” But his own prayer is, “God prepare a table before me in the absence of my enemies.” And his audience was equally energized.

I wish I knew then, what I know now. Perhaps, I would have rescued some people around me from what I believe was the onset of a wave of wrong teaching and the practice of a doctrine that has consumed so many Christians, denied them their blessings, and prevented them from realizing their true potential.

You see, that’s the enemy at work, and the only way he works is to change a word or two, turn God’s Word upside down and get you to practice the opposite of what God instructs so that you automatically step out of favour with God, then bad things begin to happen and then you would naturally ascribe those events to him and he becomes even happier. Why? He didn’t do anything but deceive you into creating your circumstances for yourself, but he is nonetheless pleased that you think it is him. Why? Because the moment you begin to ascribe powers to him, the worse things start happening in your life. Why? You create your own realities and because he doesn’t have any power so it’s a wrong diagnosis of your problem to start with. And a wrong diagnosis means that a wrong solution will be applied. And a wrong solution means that the problem will persist. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” saith the LORD. Hosea 4:6

Back-to-sender is all about sending back evil to whoever sent it to you. Back-to-sender prayers involved a set of activities which involve using words to turn back any spiritual evil sent towards the person and direct it back to the source which is another person.

This back-to-sender circuit has become very popular and creative too, I might add. People have written books, and built empires, and obtained global fame and recognition by promoting the back-to-sender doctrine. I have heard or read some very comical prayer points spawned by this doctrine of fear. Some pastors have unknowingly adopted the doctrine because it sounds right and appears scriptural and because the forerunners appear to be “making it in ministry”.

The truth is that the back-to-sender doctrine is anti-Christ in its purest form. The back-to-sender prayers are occultic stunts. That’s the Word of God.

Our Lord Jesus Christ instructed us directly and as clearly as any instruction can be. “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;.” Matthew 5:44 So, where did all this “Anybody who is planning my death, fall and die” come from? Jesus Christ taught us to forgive those who hurt us, ““I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22 and He even taught us to remind our Heavenly Father about our having forgiven others who offended us when we prayer. [Read the Lord’s Prayer at Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4] Where does the “any evil arrow sent in my direction, back to the sender” chime come in? These scripture show that back-to-sender is anti-Christ.

How is it an occultic stunt? If someone sends evil your way, it is definitely not the Holy Spirit or angels that are meant to execute it. It has to be demons. So, if you are communicating with demons and sending them on errands to other human beings, it means you are a demonist, a diabolical person and one who operates in the spirit realm using demons to execute his instructions or wishes is an occultist. A Christian who does this is no better than the person who sent the evil to him in the first place. If it is witchcraft, returning it is an act of witchcraft.

This evil has got to stop. Back-to-sender prayers is the worst kind of fear. Christians need not be afraid of anything. Our Lord Jesus said it, “Nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Believe him and stop walking in fear but in love. Luke 10:19

Ever since back-to-sender prayers started, how many have been answered? Some testify, “I prayed and my evil uncle died.” Okay, no arguments. But, the testifier is 50 years old. The evil uncle must be over 70 years. Isn’t 70 years an okay time to depart this evil world? Someone has got to die. Every man has an appointment with death someday. Even the testifier will die someday.
The vast majority of the people practicing back to sender are living in frustration. Their prayers are not answered. Grace has departed from them. They are missing out on the goodness of the Kingdom and I feel sorry for them and every Christian who knows the truth should too.

NB - Pastor Christ Ojigbani has written an international best-seller titled “Back-to-Sender: Is it the Will of God?”. It is concise, straight to the point; complete reading that exposes the evil of this doctrine. It can be bought off Amazon at this LINK. Please get this book. Also get this book for your loved ones who may be practicing the back-to-sender doctrine. For more information on this please visit

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Monday, August 8, 2011


by Aziza Uko

 "AZIZA, I HAVE been in a relationship with a lady for four years, two of which has been in courtship. She is truly beautiful inside and outside. Everyone in my family loves her. I met her at a Christian youth summit. She's a solid member of her church. I even left my church and started worshiping in her church for the past three years. She has been a real source of encouragement in my life. I have a good job and so does she. I love her so much and I really want to marry her. How do I know she's the will of God for me? I don't want to make a mistake.” – Joseph Simmons

Yours is the story of many Christian men today. The “will of God” in marriage teaching these days has been clouded with so many abstract theories going overboard on the importance of be “in the spirit” so much that the real practical teaching on what the will of God for a Christian’s marriage has been lost to many. This has resulting in inertia among Christians in the area of marriage.

What you must know is that God did not choose Eve for Adam. Adam chose Eve by himself from a variety of chooses that were made available for him. Study the story of Genesis 2 carefully detailed here - "MARRIAGE WHERE IT ALL BEGAN" Throughout the scriptures there is no record of God choosing a wife for anybody.

All you need according to the Word of God to determine if a lady is right for you are just three things.

She is a Christian. The Word of God is very clear on this. It remains one of the issues that is clearly instructed in both the Old and the New Testaments. You must marry from the family of God. Do not marry an unbeliever. [Deuteronomy 7:3-4, Malachi 2:11, 2 Corinthians 6:14]

You like her. Many people don’t know this. They think that God can decide for them and God’s choice many not be the person they like. This error has led to many unhappy situations. Where people left relationships with people they were in love with and married someone they did not fancy just because they were led to believe that the other person was the will of God for them. God says in Numbers 36:6, a very direct instruction from the Almighty – “Let them marry who they like.”  [It is best read the entire story it starts from verse 1 of Numbers Chapter 36]

Summary, marry a Christian that you like! It is that simple.

How will you know who is right for you?
When you meet her, you will know. You will have peace in your heart about the decision. Peace in your heart is not the same thing as peace of mind. The Holy Spirit lives in you and He often prompts you with signals of peace or of uneasiness about a decision you wish to make. A signal of peace is what we call peace in your heart. There’s a quiet confidence that this peace brings and you are then able to do what you need to do to accomplish your goal in life.

In your case, I don’t know what to say anymore. You’ve said all that there needs to see to know that she’s for you – she’s beautiful inside and outside, she’s a Christian, she is a source of encouragement to you, your family loves her, you both have great jobs, you’ve known her for four years, and you love her. What other sign do you want? Her hair should turn into a burning bush? (*grinning smiley*.)

Seriously, you are fine. You are a Christian so all you have are better days ahead. “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18. I just love the New Living Translation which says, “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.” God has promised you a bright future and your end must be brilliant. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

Marriage is not a battlefield or a cross to bear as some people so mistakenly teach. Marriage is a covenant relationship between a man and a woman for the purpose of companionship, procreation, support/partnership, and sexual union. What will make you marriage work is your willingness to work out your differences, walk blanket forgiveness, bear her weaknesses and don’t try to change her, be patient and tolerant, and keep loving her. Everything will turn out just fine for you.

(c) 2011, Aziza Uko. This work is the original work of the author and copyrighted. It may not be reproduced in part or in whole in any form without the permission of the author and proper acknowledgement.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


by Aziza Uko

Speaking with many people, online and in real life, it is becoming apparent to me how deep the twin trick of the enemy has taken root in the Christian community.

Spirit husband or spirit wife? Ever heard of it? Most Nigerian Christians have. I am thinking now that all people exposed to Pentecostal/evangelical messages from Nigeria have heard this taught or mentioned or “testified” about.

I am beginning to think that this trick of the enemy is the leading cause of separation, divorce, and delayed marriage in the body of Christ where this fable is taught. Yes, it is a fable.

Many people teach about spirit husband and wife. They teach that when a woman or man has such a spirit that the person will not succeed in marriage in real life. But they are all in error. It's a trick of the devil. There's no scriptural basis for such a teaching. There's no such thing in the Bible. Demons don't have sex. The spirit husband/wife teaching is a complete make-believe story – from the start of it to its end, there is no truth to it.

Why? Spirits don’t marry. Jesus Christ said so. Since there is no such thing as spirit wife or spirit husband, there is therefore no such thing as spirit children. Spirits don’t have sex. God created sex for procreation – “multiply and fill the earth” – sex is an earthly activity. Spirits don’t procreate.

Marriage was created in the Garden of Eden for man and woman – human beings. Before Adam found Eve, there was no marriage in creation. So angels who predate man don’t marry.

You can’t be married to someone without knowing it. There is no way you can be married to a demon. Just no way!

But, we hear stories of people saying they had it and testifying of being delivered of it?
People make up stories and relay them to other people. It’s a game of the mind. If a person that one thinks is a man of God tells him consistently that he has a spirit wife. And the man of God in question comes across as one who has deep spiritual insights, and the person believes that he has a spirit wife. Then, symptoms of those who have spirit wife according to what he has been taught would become more prominent in his mind. And because he believes there is something like spirit wife and that he has it, he will begin to think on those things and then create those things in his life. So if that person is taken through a series of activities called “deliverance” and the person is then told that he has been delivered that the spirit wife has left him. The symptoms may cease and then he would testify of being delivered.

Then why do people have sex in the dream and sometimes they wake up with “evidence” of sex on them?
An understanding of what a dream is would explain why such things happen. Check out the “Trick of Dreams" teaching by Pastor Chris Ojigbani.

Those physical manifestations are body fluids of the dreamer. A demon cannot be touched or felt as such a demon cannot have sex. Demons don't have physical bodies. Demons are fallen angels. Jesus Christ said that angels don't marry.

People could have sex in the dream because:

1. They think about sex before they go to bed;
2. They fill their thoughts with sex during the day or they have strong desires for a loved one whom they have not seen for some time;
3. They watched a film of people being intimate;
4. They have abstained from sex for a long time;
5. They saw someone they are attracted to and began to desire the person;
6. MOST PRIME - They heard that they have spirit husband or wife and because the teacher of this fairly tale story told them that someone who has spirit husband or wife is visited in the dream for sex by the spirit.

It’s a two-fold problem. The second aspect of it is the trick of deliverance. Because spirit husband or spirit wife is a demon. The person is told that he or she needs deliverance and taken through a series of activities for this deliverance. This fable sends Christians out on wild goose chase seeking to be delivered from something that does not exist.

This is not a joking matter. I know many people that have sown wedding gowns and bought wedding bands to return to the spirit husband and taken through series of useless events including bathing in a river in the name of divorcing from spirit husband. People have done 21 days dry fasting to obtain a divorce from the spirit husband or wife. A lady told me of undergoing “deliverance from spirit husband” a good 16 times before she could marry. The devil is so wicked.

There are some deliverance merchants out there who specialize in diagnosing spirit husbands and wives. “I don’t feel love for my husband anymore.” “You have spirit husband.” “Nobody proposes marriage to me.” “You have spirit husband.” “My husband is having an affair.” “You have spirit husband.” “My husband’s business is not working out.” “You have spirit husband.” “Everywhere I go, people hate me.” “You have spirit husband.” “I need a baby.” “You have spirit husband.” There’s no end to it. Every challenge of human life is met with a spirit husband answer from these people.

Christians don’t need deliverance. It is a trick of the devil. Demons don’t live in Christians. The Holy Spirit is in every Christian. He cannot share a house with a demon. This truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ makes nonsense of the idea of deliverance ministry. The deliverance ministry circuit is a massive fraud. No human being can deliver another human being. Jesus completed your deliverance when He died and He rose from the dead.

The enemy is a trickster. That's all he has left tricks and games. Please don’t fall prey to his tricks. Please.

What should I do now?

1. Please read these teachings on “The Trick of Dreams” and “Trick of Deliverance” both by Pastor Chris Ojigbani. Confirm from the Word of God. Internalise the truth. Let it become part of you.

2. Spread this message. Please. So many Christian are suffering needlessly because of the belief in this fable. It’s urgent. The truth must get out.

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Monday, August 1, 2011


by Aziza Uko
Following the teachings I posted on “Activating the Grace of Marriage”, I have been  instructed to clarify some issues in respect to sacrificing.

When a post has a recommended reading, it means that the subject matter requires more study because there are more key points to take note of  in the application of the principles of God that are stated in the teaching. Please if you are unable to get a recommended reading, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me by inbox and I will provide more information.

The most important questions, I will attempt to address below.

Where and how should I sacrifice?
You sacrifice as the Holy Spirit leads you.

You can make the sacrifice out to an organization which is a church or ministry. Or you can sacrifice by sowing directly into the life of a minister. The most acceptable place is YOUR OWN CHURCH OR PASTOR. You know your church in real life. You know that it exists. You know the work it does. You know your pastor. You know his/her life. You see the grace in his/her life every day. You can be sure of what you are doing. You know your pastor is not fake and you also know that your church is not fake. Enough said!

You can also sacrifice to a minister who holds the grace that you seek. Some are well know. Some you have to discover. But to identify this grace, you need to KNOW the minister or been blessed by his or her teaching.

Though I don’t like sharing my personal testimony, I think I must share a few here. I am connected deeply to the ministry of Dr. Mike Murdoch as such I share in the grace of wisdom God has given him. There’s a pastor I know since I was a child. I saw him give his life to Jesus and grow till he received his calling. I saw him get married. I know him! I know he is for real. I heard that he wanted to buy a car. I sowed a sacrificial seed to him towards that need. I even forgot about it. It wasn’t about helping him get a car. It was about being part of God’s project that is the life of this young minister who obeyed God and went into ministry. Two years later, when I was not even expecting it. God gave me a brand new car that was beyond my income or level in life. Enough of me!

A friend of mine needed a job. Being unemployed, she was broke. But she knew this principle; she had been taught. She knew she had to part with something of value in her life to move the heavens. She took the most highly priced bundle of fabric she had. One she really valued and sowed it into the life of HER PASTOR’S WIFE. She gave it to her pastor’s wife on a Sunday. “Pastor Mary, I want to plant a seed into your life. This is it.” Pastor Mary, received it and prayed for her. Pastor Mary didn’t even know what her desire was. The next week, a powerful international corporation invited her for an interview and she got a senior management position beating out all other candidates who came in from around the world. It was a keenly contested position but she saw the same grace that Pastor Mary has in her life - a grace of achieving with ease.

What’s the common thread here? The sower knows the minister or ministry she is sowing to. The minister did not solicit for the seed. It was not given in a trade by barter fashion – sow-and-receive magic style approach.

If you have a health challenge in your life or the life of a loved one – Benny Hinn and ChrisOyakhilome carry the undeniable grace.

If you need wisdom? Dr. Mike Murdoch carries an undeniable grace.

If you need transformation, a victorious Christian life – Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Joseph Prince carry the grace.

If you are a minister and you need the grace of ministry, church growth, teaching, impact, exploits – Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Dr. David Oyedepo are men who carry the grace.

If you need a financial turnaround in your life – Kenneth Copeland, Dr. David Oyedepo carry a grace that cannot be denied.

These lists or names are not exhaustive. I just put forward these examples to show you how you should be thinking when it comes to sacrifice.

A real ministry has a physical address, the ministry is known in its locality, has a structure. Holds periodic open events where the public can attend. A church has members, real people not Facebook people with shadowy profiles. In this age, credible ministries have websites. You can search anybody and any ministry out on Google and be connected with the ministry. But always watch out for third party endorsements – sources of information on the minister other than the minister and ministry itself. If the only information you can get is from the minister’s Facebook page, blog, or website. That’s a big red flag.

If you wish to sow a sacrificial seed on an unfamiliar ground:
1. Try to know the minister and the ministry.
2. Do some research and don’t let the only source of information about the ministry or minister be the minister himself.
3. If truly one is a pastor, there would be people who know the person and can attest to the ministry of the person.

A BIG RED FLAG: By the time you are doing a background check on a minister, it’s a good sign to forget about it.

A minister who reaches out to you in person soliciting seeds or funds from you on Facebook or in real life is most likely not real. Especially when you granted no permission to be so contacted. The person behind the name you see is not a minister but a scam artist. They are the ones bringing disrepute to ministers.

Enough said!

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