Part 30 - My Father's Farmland
Pastor Ayo and his wife had just celebrated 28 years wedding anniversary.
After he retired to his room that night, he had wept sore before the Lord…
“Father, I have never questioned you for not blessing my home with children, as I kept encouraging myself that Your time is the best, but father, today I saw my cousin’s daughter, she is 27 years old and has three children already... My cousin is now a grandfather while I don’t even have a child of my own...My Father! is it your will for me not to have children…?” Pastor Ayo asked soaking his bed with tears
“You can’t move to a new class, if you failed the previous one, you cannot have children of yours until you have raised the child I committed to you”. FATHER said
“The child? Father, I have over 12 orphans leaving with me as we speak!” Pastor Ayo answered cautiously for fear of offending God…
“ I know, but you lost a very important one 21 years ago. I gave you a battered son to help nurture, but you lost him. Since you and your wife failed in nurturing that one for me, I can’t entrust a bigger destiny into your hands. He is lost and until you find him and raise him up for me, then will I give you the child you desire...” Pastor Ayo heard the Lord speak to him.
Sukki’s image flashed through his mind, but confusion set in, as Pastor Ayo had been seeing Sukki online. He had seen that he was already a pastor in Las Vegas and that had been a great consolation for him and his wife, but here was God telling him, he was lost.
“ My Father, the only person that fits this description is Bro Sunkanmi who graciously is now a servant of God, I can’t remember any other child you gave me that is lost...”
“ Go and listen to his messages” Pastor Ayo had heard the Lord say to him on a final note. He heard no more that night.
Pastor Ayo had picked up his mini-laptop immediately. He searched online for Sukki’s messages. He had only listened to 3 of his messages when he knew what God was saying...
Pastor Ayo saw that Sunkanmi was a half-baked minister.
He knew he had to do something about Sunkanmi, but he understood trying to correct a grown-up child would not be easy.
He prayed and fasted for 7 days asking the Lord to prepare Sunkanmi’s heart ahead. He was able to get his personal contact and after Sunday service, he reached out to him...
“ Good Afternoon, Pastor Sunkanmi Emmanuel, I am Pastor Ayo who led you to Christ about 21 years ago...”
“ Yes Sir”
“Ok Sir, I thank God for what God has been doing with you, but the Lord told me, there are certain things that need to be uprooted out of your life sir. As we speak, the Lord is telling me, you are smoking and drinking, which should not be so, Because once we are in Christ, there are certain things that we need to drop, Colossians 3:5-9 tells us the deep truths that the devil hides from us... I am reading from my Bible, it reads...
“ Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
Verse 7 which is where you must have missed it states “ You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
Verse 8 gives the command “ But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Verse 9 reads “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices”
Verse 10 reads “ and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
Pastor Sunkanmi Emmanuel, a new man in Christ can not be a fornicator on the side, you can not be comfortable committing the sin you used to commit when you were the Old you...
Ultimately, at the end of this journey on earth where we are all strangers, the gate of the Lord will be opened and only the righteous will walk through the gate to be with the Lord.., Psalm 118:20...Only the righteous Bro Sunkanmi, Only the righteous will enter through the gate of the Lord...” Pastor Ayo had said
At that point, Sunkanmi had started crying... All the while, he knew his brand of Christianity was not 100% perfect but he couldn’t help the lust in him, and as a way of feeding his lust, he permitted his members to live their lives carelessly, with the teaching that Grace covers all..
“Pastor Sunkanmi, I will leave you to think about all that I have discussed with you, but should you want to speak to me, you can reach me on this same line...”
After Pastor Ayo dropped, Sukki had looked Austin in the eye after Austin asked why the tears, he told Austin...
“ Austin, we have missed it...”
“ How? what?”
Sukki had returned Pastor Ayo’s call the next day. He opened up his struggles and Pastor Ayo wasn’t selfish with his words...
“An untrained teacher can not produce trained students, Pastor Sunkanmi, You are a doctor that needs treatment, who is trying to treat sick patients, You need time away from your flock, so you can get things right...”
Sukki had returned to Nigeria the week After, Pastor Ayo and Mrs Banke received him well. The first night they had a vigil, the presence of God came down heavily and Sukki was slain in the Holy Ghost. The Spirit of God came upon him and he stayed on the same spot for 3 hours crying and sobbing...
Sukki knew what was happening, God was performing a spiritual operation on him, God was taking out all that needed to be taken out of him...
That night was the night of turn around for him. When he woke up, he felt anew, he longed for righteousness.
He stayed in Nigeria with Pastor Ayo for 6 months before returning to Las Vegas, but when he got back to Las Vegas...
To be continued
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