Subtle Spiritual Competition Going On, By Dr Seyi Obembe
There is a man i love and respect so much. He has challenged my work with God a couple of times. I was listening to him some time ago, and he was talking about the need to wait on God for hours, days and even weeks. At some point, he said that when you wait on God for this long, the kind of power you will manifest will silent the noise makers. He was actually not referring to demons as the noise makers, he was referring to fellow ministers of God as the noise makers and he simply linked the need to wait on God to outshining other ministers.
That statement hit me really hard, I trembled at the kind of motive with which we do spiritual activities and run ministry. I trembled at the subtle spiritual competition going on in the body of christ and it didn’t start today.
Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
The sons of zebedee (JAMES AND JOHN) and their mother came worshiping but that was not really what they came to do.
There was a motive behind their worship, they just used “worship” as cover up so as to spiritualize their carnal desire. They did dry fasting, they tarried in prayer and they laboured in the ministry with tears but at the back this worship was a carnal desire.
….grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
This desire looks spiritual but its carnal. Its seems as though they were craving to be close to the Lord but they were already close to the lord . As a matter of fact, peter JAMES AND JOHN were the inner cacus of Jesus. Even John was nicknamed “the beloved” because he was always seen resting his head on Jesus’ bosom.
But what they desired was more of hierarchy than intimacy. …….
In 3 John 1:9, scripture talks about Diotrephes, a man who loved to have preeminence among the brethren and how he refused to accept the ministry of the apostle Paul, so that he (Paul) won’t outshine him.
This was the same spirit that the sons of zebedee were exhibiting and it’s the same spirit working in the church of God today.
We organise crusades with the motive of setting the record of the largest crusade in history.
There is a subtle pressure for preeminence amongst ministers of God and its eating deep into our love walk with one another…………….
Jack Coe, a heavy anointed healing evangelist in the 19th century, extended his tent (church venue) by 3-4inches in order to surpass Oral Robert’s tent and then declared himself as having the largest gospel team in the world. He had a subtle competitive spirit and desire for preeminence. God sent Kenneth Hagin to him to tell him to judge himself in 3 things otherwise he would die young.
Walking in love with his brethren was one of those 3 things. But unfortunately he died in his 30s, according to Kenneth Hagin……………
From today, make conscious effort to deal with any desire to outshine your brethren in the lord.
Run your own race, serve God and His people with humbleness of heart because that the only prescribed and guaranteed way to be great indeed in God’s kingdom, for whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant, the Bible says.
Seyi Obembe is a Christian Doctor from Nigeria.