MGBIDI: Revival and visions of the lord’s chosen

Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi in a handshake with the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Lazarus Muoka at the last Mgbidi 2019 Crusade.<br />

…The Expectation, The Probability

The beginning of every year, since more than a decade, has witnessed a revival in our midst that has lifted souls to a higher pedestal. This revival, which holds yearly, has attracted people from all over the world. But unfortunately, it is yet to be given proper recognition by our own people in this country. Many countries of the world have demonstrated their recognition of this Holy Ghost inspired the gathering of the saints by a large number of their attendees at the events. But our own people have kept blind eyes to this great annual interdenominational programme, which was a brainchild of the threefold vision of the General Overseer of The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement Pastor Lazarus Muoka, and which holds every first week of the year at Mgbidi in Imo State, Nigeria.

There are proofs to show that the programme is loaded with a high spiritual content that has improved the condition, strength and fortunes of those that have participated in the previous events. Thus, it has been recognised in different intellectual quarters as having the ability to address many of our thorny national security and developmental challenges. Of course, we all know that our national problem is in our psyche, rather than our nature. And since the spiritual controls the physical, it is necessary we come to the realisation that the solution to our problems hinges on providing a psychical surgical solution that transcends the physical realm of existence. And this is what the programme offers. The transformation messages that are preached in the programme could serve as a catalyst for addressing our attitudinal problem, which constitutes a greater percentage of our challenges.

This epic programme cum retreat has become a divine tonic for participants, as it produces in them a spiritual rebirth that steers them to safety throughout the New Year. The programme has not only become a household name, but many people, organisations and nations look forward to it as an occasion that prepares them for a new beginning. They come from near, far and very far— Chinese, Europeans, blacks and coloured. Indeed, it is the only programme that brings the world together in a single meeting in this part of the world. And no one, including the new attendee, has shown regret over attending. Rather, it has been testimonies of marvellous encounter with God, and a new experience that sets the participants’ whole life on a higher platform. Tears have been dried, the incurable has been cured, sorrow turned to joy, petitions received answers and miracles of healing and deliverance, among others, have been witnessed.

In fact, many consider this event as another pilgrimage, as it meets all the tenets of spiritual sojourn, retreat and programme that characterise pilgrimages. It is a retreat because people are made to leave the comfort of urban cities, where they are residents to Mgbidi, a rural area for the purpose of reconnecting with their God. If there is any programme in this part of the world, where the Almighty God has consistently shown His presence and endorsement, it is this Mgbidi-Lord’s Chosen annual crusade.

This year’s programme has been designed to produce in addition, a spiritual backbone that will help all the participants and the entire nation overcome the challenges of the year 2020. The theme remains, WHAT GOD HAS DETERMINED SHALL BE DONE.

The Voice of the Cross leaders being prayed for by the congregation during the last Mgbidi 2019 Crusade.<br />

Amidst the despondency that has pervaded the mind of citizens, this theme is presumed to elicit the fact that the basis of our hope does not lie in our ability, but on what God has predetermined. What happens to us is the established counsel of God being accomplished, because He alone knows the future, the dream and how to bring it to fruition. God knows what is coming to every being, as He is the One that plans what will happen and how it will happen. God has the rightful authority, the freedom, the wisdom and the power to bring about anything He intends to happen. This year’s programme will help participants to see that in the sovereign power of God lies our only hope for life, success, safety and answers to our prayers. One basic secret of any wise man is having the understanding that success in life is not only determined by the volume of struggle you put into it. It is not only the intellectuals that are rich, neither is it only the strong that enjoys the best of life. What one gets in life is determined by his Creator, and is not by chance but predestined.

We should understand that this time of our life is so troubled. People are losing their jobs, stocks are crashing, and natural disasters and uncertainties are everywhere. The threat of religious militancy is no longer a joke. In today’s economy, there is little to hope for the future. But God is not caught off-guard, because whatever He determines shall be done.

When Jesus found Himself in the middle of a raging storm, He merely said, “Peace! Be still”. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. There is no wind, no storm, no hurricane, no cyclone, no tornado over which our Lord Jesus Christ can say, “Be still” and it will not obey. And if it blows, He purposes it so.

Pastor Lazarus Muoka, who is the presiding minister, promised that the 2020 experience would definitely and positively add value to participants. There shall be no equal to such divine visitation, as God shall supply what He has determined this year to His people.

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