NEWS: Gospel artist Zack Dekera Sends a strong Message to Fellow Gospel Artists

Uprising Nigerian Gospel artist Zack Dekera, who formerly based in Port Harcourt took to the media to send a striking message to his fellow gospel artists in the Nigerian industry. After facing some tough challenges that shook his ministry and family, Zack goes on soul searching and seeks to inspire and teach others what he has learned from his journey.

Zack Dekera is a lead singer with COZA workforce at Port Harcourt campus. He started his music career at age 20. Hosted 11 gospel concerts since 2007, tagged “The Truth”. He has two major singles to his credit. “TAKING OVER” AND “Lokuchina”

He is a graduate in mathematics/computer science. A Gospel singer married to Anita Dekera with son -Dewan Dekera.

He was once working with Intels Nigeria Ltd at Onne Port Harcourt as a CCTV operator. There he was able sponsor his music passion effectively and affected lives as well. But when the country entered recession making many companies to reduce staff strength he was affected. He shares;

“I ventured into palm oil business with some money I got from company so as to have sustaining income for family while he searched for another. But got duped along the line which left me no choice than to sell my car and some house appliances so as to travel out of the country in search for greener pastures. Along the line I got duped too by agents. I had no choice but to send my pregnant wife and son to stay with my mother in-law in Delta State, while I relocated from PH to Lagos since the house we lived in was already expired by two years.

I applied so many places for job to no avail. In order to keep things rolling for the family I decided to do laborer jobs to get daily pay.“

He took to his Facebook page to post a video of himself with pictures. Advising many out there that;

There is difference between ARCHIVED SUCCESS and BEING SUCCESSFUL

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“For my family and music, i am not ashamed to start all over again, i am ready to do anything positive to keep my dream”

He went further to release a video where he advised two set of people:

1.All budding singers, artiste, actors and

2. Those at top of their career. Here is a transcript from the video :

He further shares;

 “some people wait to die and be in Hell fire before they seek who would advice their beloved on earth, i choose to be Zack Dekera; who in my hell situation here on earth, cry out my advice to two set of people today” First set of people My fellow upcoming singers, musicians, artiste, actors, stop begging to be known, to be heard or to fulfill your purpose., stop pursuing people to carry you along. All that ends up reducing your value and worth. If i may ask who wants to help you? Is it the Pastor, Music director, church members, celebrity? Or abi this people aint humans who need help too ni? I remember in 2011 i asked my pastor for N5000 to execute a music proposal i had then and he asked me if i was a member of the church. That was his way of shelving me aside. My advice, start with what you have, where you are, those around you and be consistent. God alone will find you when you are strategic, Truthful and Dedicated Second set of people i will advice in my Hell situation *Those of you who think you’ve made it to the top, look around me very well. This i am passing now and something similar is real. I once used to work and earn real comfortably to sponsor my music career and family. I have hosted big music events before nw, dropped two singles as well but when recession came, i lost my Job, Had to sell my car, sell some properties just to feed wife and son..”

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In his video he clearly stated, that everyone should learn to;


1. Be strategic with Gods word when you achieve success

2. Be truthful to Gods word when u achieve success

3. Be dedicated to Gods plan and purpose for your life. Don’t digress

The profound lesson

1. We should learn to start with what we have and wherever we are.

2. We should learn to depend on God for uplifting.

3. We should learn to save and invest as well assist others grow well.


When all these are done you live a successful life and won’t end up in bad times and situations, just like he did.


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UNEQUAL YOKE: Gospel Artists Featuring Ungodly Artists | By @Kayode_Olusoji |

Kayode-Olusoji

 

What is a yoke?

A yoke is a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plough or cart that they are to pull. It is synonymous to harness, collar, coupling, tackle, tack or equipage.

Unequal yoke is wrong

What is wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it, and what is right is right even if everyone is against it. The type of association you keep will either make or mar you. You don’t have to board all ships. Some ships might take you to the wrong destination if care is not taking. These ships of unequal yoke might come in form of friendship, partnership, fellowship, followership, mentorship, acquaintanceship, discipleship, membership, colleagueship, worship, membership or musicianship. James 4:4 says, “…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”. Bad companies corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33)

Light cannot collaborate with darkness:
Music is a very important act of worship to God. We must however do it properly for God to accept our act of worship. I have been asked in various interviews on different occasions if it is proper for Gospel Artists to feature ungodly Artists and I have been categorical in my answer to the interviewers, the answer is NO.

Here are my candid questions’ “If Jesus Christ were to be a Gospel Artist, will He feature Satan in His music? Is it appropriate for a Pastor to invite an “Ifa” Priest to come and preach on his pulpit? It is definitely inappropriate. So it is not proper for Gospel artists to feature secular artists whose fruits does not portray that they have any relationship with God. It is an unequal yoke for Light to feature Darkness, for Christ to collaborate with Belial, or for a Believer to team up with an Unbeliever in his or her music. Music is spiritual and God has a guideline on how it must be offered unto Him, who must offer it, and the status and quality of the vessel whom, sacrifice He must accept.

Let your light shine:

We are the light of the world, and we are admonished to allow our light to shine so well before men, that they will see our good works, and glorify our Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16). Satan was a musician rendering quality music to God in heaven before sin was found in him. If God requires music from a sinner, he would have retained Satan in heaven. Whatsoever disqualified Satan from singing to God in heaven disqualifies any ungodly singer or anyone who is not born again from singing to Him. We need to offer our bodies first unto God as a living and holy sacrifice, that is our reasonable service. Anything outside that is unreasonable. We are also admonished not to copy the behavior and customs of this world (Romans 12: 1-2)

Be a vessel unto honour

God is not only interested in our music, but also in the vessel offering such music. God is interested in a vessel unto honour and not in a vessel unto dishonour. You might collaborate with a seemingly popular ungodly artist so as to be more popular in this world, but not all who are famous in this world will be famous in heaven. You may receive all the accolades, encomiums might be showered on you and you might be applauded, even when God is very angry with you. It is not all about the praise of men, but about the nod of God. Many may look like a great star in this world, but when you get to heaven, you will be surprised to see that they are not recognized by God. It is actually not about the fame, but more about pleasing God. Take a cue from the story of Lazarus and the Rich man, the unpopular Lazarus was the one who was celebrated in heaven (Luke 16: 19-31)
God despise vessels unto dishonour

Even when an unbeliever sings a seemingly song of praise to God, it is like using a dirty and stinking vessel to present a delicious meal to someone who believes so much in personal hygiene. He will not eat it. Or can you eat a delicious food placed in a vessel used in the toilet which has some traces of feaces in it? I am sure you won’t say that because the food is delicious, you will eat it with the feaces, how much more God?

Praising God is a sacrifice. Hebrews 13: 15 say, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name”. But it is not all sacrifices that God accepts. He accepted that of Abel and rejected that of Cain. And what is the difference? It was the vessel offering the sacrifice that made the difference (Genesis 4: 3-7).

Let us examine these scriptures:
“Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his, and let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purges himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use and prepared unto every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:19-21)

“The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination; how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?” (Proverbs 21:27)

Don’t offer a strange fire:

Jesus also called some people hypocrites. He said they worship God with their lips while their hearts are far from God. So the heart is more important to God than the worship. (Matthew 15:7). Even though, Nadab and Abihu were sons of Aaron, the Priest, they died because they offered a strange fire unto God. The Priesthood of their father could not save them from the consequence of strange worship. (Numbers 3: 2-4). Don’t claim that you are lifting up holy hands when your hands are defiled with sins, you cannot deceive God. Don’t claim that you have surrendered all to Christ when you have not fully surrendered. Ananias and Sapphira tried it and the Holy Spirit killed them instantly for lying against Him (Acts 5:1-11)

Don’t let us be fooled by falling into this trap because God cannot be mocked. Not all those who call him Lord will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do His will (Matthew 7:21). A word is enough for the wise, because it is only the wise that can accept the truth.