Morakinyo Victor is a youth and an Engineering student of the Obafemi Awolowo University. He is an ardent follower of Christ and devoted to the work of the gospel. He is a two-time prayer coordinator of Methodist Campus Fellowship, OAU, a subsidiary of Methodist Church Nigeria. He has also served God in the youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Okitipupa and also still active in many Christian bodies.
Kanyinsola Diyan: Hello, this is Kanyinsola Diyan from Peculiar Ministers. Thank you for making out time for this.
Victor Morakinyo: You are welcome.
It’s my pleasure to be here.
Kanyinsola Diyan: The topic before us is Handling anointing, relevance and results.
Victor Morakinyo: Alright.
Kanyinsola Diyan: From the topic, there are three key words – Anointing, Relevance and Results. Can you please explain each keyword in this context?
Victor Morakinyo: We can say Anointing means to rub or sprinkle on or to apply an ointment in other to consecrate or make someone or something sacred. And we can say relevance to be how applicable or importance of something. Result is simply outcome of something done.
Victor Morakinyo: So in context I can say “The outcome of the right application of Anointing”. So from the scriptures we can find that the anointing of God upon a man is the Spirit of God.
1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him”.
Same way Jesus our Saviour is anointed of the Holy Spirit, so are we who believe in Him who is anointed become anointed.
Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him”.
So the first question now is, how is a man anointed? Is simply by believing in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (which is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus).
Ephesians 1:13-14 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”.
Kanyinsola Diyan: As believers having the anointing upon our lives, and then we become so active in advancing the kingdom of God point sir, we begin to get attention we didn’t crave for. How do we handle this sphere of influence that God is giving us?
Victor Morakinyo: Firstly a believer (an anointed one) is a human being which in turn mean has a mind. So an anointed is anointed in the spirit, so he/she is to work on his/her mind first. A divided mind cannot do the work of ministry. You have to do a serious cleaning of the mind for the Lord. How is this done? By the study of God’s word.
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.
We see how Apostle Paul was admonishing the anointed at Rome to renew their minds
Victor Morakinyo: He did not only give that instruction to them only, he gave it also to Timothy his Spiritual son.
2 Timothy 2:15-16, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness”.
Also Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”.
Victor Morakinyo: We do not only study but we Pray. Remember that a man once said that God trusts a man of prayer than a man of the word. Prayer must not be taken with anyhow hand but must be done wholeheartedly, intentionally and always.
We will see that even the Apostles understand the essence of prayers. Acts 6:4, “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word”.
Victor Morakinyo: That’s why we see Apostle Paul always praying for the Church and also asking them to give prayers continually for him.
Victor Morakinyo: So in short, how to handle the spheres of influence basically is by renewing your mind, consistently with the word, and by Prayers.
Kanyinsola Diyan: Renewing of the mind is important. The importance of prayer cannot be overemphasized.
Victor Morakinyo: True. The both of them can not be overemphasized as they both walk hand in hand.
Kanyinsola Diyan: We have read and heard about some generals in the faith who have really done great things for God but at some point in time in their lives made some mistakes and errors which did a major damage to their ministry. How do you think a believer can handle this kind of situation?
Victor Morakinyo: You are very right. Men are bound to make mistakes and that where the anointing of God (The Holy Spirit) comes into place. The Holy Spirit helps us in all things. So a believer who has enter into error in ministry should go back and trace his steps prayerfully. The Holy Spirit is there to help direct and help make amendment for it. Also, such person should consult with his spiritual father in ministry (that is why it’s important for a believer to have a father figure over him). This father will guide him/her out of the error with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Victor Morakinyo: And to the one who is still standing but looking like may fall into error soon and to the one just starting ministry, they should both pray always not to fall but stand perfect and complete in all the will of God just as how Epaphras was praying it for the Church at Colossus.
Also a believer who has started seeing symptoms of errors (like staying alone in ministry, starting to find error in every other persons ministry etc) should start taking heed to himself. And is very advisable to seek counsel and not with anyone but with his spiritual father because that’s who the Lord has placed you under.
Also, a believer should be conscious of every discussion he will be interfering (listening to and saying). Know your stand and stay there. Do not let any word blow you away from the truth.
Kanyinsola Diyan: He that thinketh he stands should take heed lest he falls.
Victor Morakinyo: Very well. There is just a thin line between the truth and the error.
Kanyinsola Diyan: When we find ourselves in a position that people honour the grace of God upon our lives. How do we handle this in such a way that we won’t become idols in the eyes of these people?
Victor Morakinyo: Firstly, the greatest honour God can put on a man is to be called out to lead others and speak for Him. A man called of God should understand that he has just only receive grace from God to stand for him before others and should understand that its the Father’s work and should be done the Father’s way. All glory must be received by the Father alone. We should understand fully that we are just vessels of honour doing the Father’s work and must be cautious of how we handle this grace.
We must also know that we are in a race and must stay focus and not idolise oneself (the vessel) but must stay committed to what we have been called to do by the sender(God). A person must be prayerful that he won’t see himself highly than others just as Apostle Paul has instructed the church at Rome in Romans 12 verses 3 downward.
Victor Morakinyo: Romans 12:3-11, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”
Victor Morakinyo: Finally being given to prayers should be very important. The Word of God and Prayers are the only thing that can sustain a man and his ministry.
Kanyinsola Diyan: As a young generation of believers, we see the honour accorded to ministers. So, we want to “quickly blow”. That is, jump into the limelight without going through process. What’s your advice for this young generation?
Victor Morakinyo: There is no “Blowing” without first paying the price. The process is what we make the man “blow”. Like a Yoruba adage “ko si abuja ni oru ope” i.e there is no shortcut to success, but to follow the true path which is by prayers, study of the Word of God and by waiting on the Lord. Though it may take time, the time should be endured.
Victor Morakinyo: Even Apostle Paul used 14 years. Galatians 2:1, “Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also”. Time will surely speak
Kanyinsola Diyan: The young generation should be instructed here. Thank you for making out time for us.
Victor Morakinyo: You are welcome and thank you very much for the privilege you’ve given to me. I do not take it for granted. I’m honoured.
Kanyinsola Diyan: We have come to the end of this interview or is there any charge you will like to give to believers out there?
Victor Morakinyo: There is no more charge than the one we’ve been saying since. Read your Bible and pray everyday. There is nothing prayer can’t do. Anything you’ve not receive or see in manifestation in your life is because you’ve not prayed about it.
Be strong, have confidence in the Lord always for His Spirit is eternally in you. He is the one who called you, He will surely do His work in you.
Your’s is to do it in His way. Shalom!
Kanyinsola Diyan: This has been an edifying interview with you. Thank you so much.