By Ibanga Isine
Having read his book, “The Greatest Encounter,” and listened to some of his messages, I think and rightly so, that there is yet another exemplary prophet of God in Nigeria. He is not one of Nigeria’s most popular television evangelists and has never craved to be one.
He does not blow his trumpet on the rooftops to be heard or court power to enjoy special privileges and favours. But with a simple, courteous and unassuming mien, Bishop Kleham Kings Degaya has been speaking the mind of God to Nigerians and people all over the world, who care to give heed to his message.
Perhaps, if he were from another part of the world and carries just a pint of the anointing God has deposited in him, Nigerians from all walks of life would have scrambled for visa and tickets and pay huge sums in hotel bills to get to be in his presence and to listen to his uplifting and spiritually refreshing messages.
But because Degaya doesn’t just do the showmanship thing that has been the hallmark of contemporary Nigerian preachers and evangelists, a lot of people have unwittingly lost out on his amazing story, his awe-inspiring result-oriented teachings and his easy-to-follow Christian principles.
Nobody, who has had the opportunity to sit under his voice, as he expounds on the mysteries of God and explicates on the awesome power Christians command over situations, nature, negative spiritual forces and satanic principalities; has ever been the same.
While many people have criticized and even branded him a spy, Degaya has constantly challenged anybody who is in doubt of his conversion and anointing to do the needful: Seek discernment from God and God alone, who calls and empowers His apostles, prophets, ministers, evangelists, preachers and teachers of His Word.
Born as Abdullazeez Abdulkabir Alhassan Dan Fodio, a great grandson of the legendary Uthman Dan Fodio, Degaya said his life took a new turn when he had “an encounter with Jesus Christ Glorified.”
With a Ph.D in neuro science and an odious involvement at the highest and deepest levels of the occult, Degaya said he is the first person in his linage to be born again and who has openly confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Before the Lord of lords, Jesus Christ arrested him and changed the course of his life, Degaya said he was “Bahamah-Appysinail” and enjoyed all the pleasures that the kingdom of darkness could offer.
But when Jesus personally revealed Himself to him in the magnificence of His glory, he said, “I found myself operating on strength, different from the one I had acquired from the satanic enclave…. The God of impossibilities penetrated the deepest darkness and beamed His light of love on me and decided that this mortal being (me) is for Him.”
Freed from the yoke of satanic manipulations and the forces of darkness, Degaya said Jesus gave him a “royal assignment” after his arrest and conversion, which lasted three hours, his transfiguration experience that lasted three month and the last appearance of Jesus to him. It was during the three-month transfiguration that he translated the Holy Bible into Arabic, which he later printed and distributed over 150 million copies to countries in the Asia and parts of the Middle East.
For over 21 years, he has been sharing an amazing and compelling message of salvation through Jesus Christ Glorified and the mysteries of the Word of God with Christians and non-Christians all over the world.
Degaya has revealed the secrets to success, good health, personal freedom, unlimited power and salvation in messages that have touched the lives of many, in more than tangential ways.
In one of his atypical messages, he said mankind has been a problem since creation because he is easily carried away by little things.
Degaya insists that although many children of God are sincere, they still face problems because most of the things they do are fabricated. “Most of what children of God do don’t exist in the realm of negative spirituality and they don’t exist in the realm of positive spiritually and that’s why they are not effective.”
He also spoke on the growing helplessness among Christians in contemporary times. “In Christianity today, there is a level of helplessness, especially with sincere people. You are asked to give your life to Christ, you have done that. You are asked to come to church and you have done that. You are asked to attend Sunday school and you have done that.
You are asked to be consistent in church and you have done that. You are asked to pay tithes and you are doing that. You are asked to pray and you are doing that. You are asked to fast and you are doing that. You are asked to observe some guiding principles instituted by your church and you are doing it. The question is, after doing all these, what are the results?”
When all these fail to deliver, he said Christians need to enter the realm of divine spirituality. “Divine Spiritual practicality”, according to him, “is what Christians need to know to be powerful and to be above all satanic principalities and powers.
With teachings that dig into the womb of some of the most powerful occult groups in the world, his followers have concluded that Degaya is backed by a force that is above all the satanic principalities and powers operating in the heavenlies and on earth.
But he is quick to point out that the Church is yet to attain the height God had purposed for it from the beginning of time. He, therefore, insists: “Most churches are powerless because they don’t know the powers that they have in God.” Because of this, he has consistently asked, “If magicians have something that works for them, occultists have something that works for them and even the herbalist, what is it that works for children of God?”
It is, therefore, the failure of men of God to stay connected to the flow of God’s divine power that, he said, makes many of them to fabricate things and use them to entrap their members.
Degaya shares some simple but very effective principles that deliver solutions to a wide-range of human needs and problems.
For instance, he said, it is possible to stop untimely death and protracted death in the society. I can hear someone say, “This is a huge joke.” Fortunately, it’s not a joke. “You don’t even need to be a believer for this to work for you,” says the bishop.
“You can take your faith and put it in the book of your car or hang it somewhere. You don’t even need faith for this to work for you. What I am about to tell you will make a difference between life and death, between the life of deliverance or that of affliction, poverty and sudden death.
“Anybody confronted with the spirit of sudden death and or protracted sickness that leads to humiliating death does not need a long fast or a thunderous prayer session.”
For one confronted with the mark of sudden death, Degaya advises you say, “Bahaly: Stop and be quiet,” and for protracted sickness that could lead to death, “Balamas: Stop and be quiet.” Period.
He further explains that before death comes knocking, humans are put on a seven-year notice by God. That is, God gives signs of an impending death seven years before time.
However, if such a person is ignorant of the signs and or unable to interpret the dreams and several revelations through which God communicates and the person ultimately dies prematurely without being born again, that person would become a waste to the kingdom of God.
“And there is nothing that hurts God more than a wasted man. God doesn’t care whether an angel or an archangel evaporates because they were not created in the image and likeness of God,” he says. We should, therefore, not excuse our ignorance when we allow bad things to happen and attribute them to God’s will.
But Degaya teaches that decrees and intercessions are, by far, the most effective tools of attracting positive experiences.
Continuing, he said, “Don’t be helpless when you have a problem. The problem you have is an indication that you need knowledge and information.”
To access the blessings of God, Degaya advises children of God to eschew pride, bias and hate, adding that the measurement of human perfection is not in the hand of man but in the Almighty God.