A Woman Meets The Messiah At The Well

‘The woman said: I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us. Then Jesus declared: I who speak to you am He…
Then leaving the water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people: Come and see a Man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’ (Jn 4:25-29)
She was a simple woman but she was waiting for a teacher who knows all things. She was like an illiterate woman, too poor to go to school, but desiring to be a student in the best university in the world.
She had big dreams. She desired to meet someone sent by God who will explain to her in simple words all that she could not understand. She wanted to submit and to believe in a Prophetic Royal Teacher. She needed answers to the tragedy of sin in her life.

Because of her hope of glory, the people around despised her and none was willing to waste time in teaching a woman like her. She had beautiful dreams as a little girl but life was not fair to her. She had to do things that now she hated. The candle of hope was all but quenched.
She tried to find a man who loves her, but the more she searched the less she found him. Until this hot day, surprised by the well…

Then Jesus looked in her eyes and introduced Himself. “I am He! I am the Messiah!” I am the One you are waiting for…the One who will explain to you everything…and help you live…”
Just imagine the moment: her very Hope…your dearest and best staring at you…face to face with the Messiah…not properly dressed…nowhere to hide…with an old, rusty bucket in her hand…she forgets all things and runs to tell others…’Can this be the Messiah?

What the philosophers could not accept; what the religion leaders could not believe; what King Herod and the high priest rejected…this woman receives as a gift of grace and mercy, from the Anointed One, the Christ!
‘If you knew the gift of God and who is He who asks you for a drink…’ (Jn 4:10)
O, the mystery of this godliness!

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Far Above Rubies Friends

‘He that refreshes others will himself (herself) be refreshed’ (PV 11:25)

One of the most wonderful gifts from God are godly, faithful, stable, secure, loving, Spirit filled friends. It is so wonderful to know that I can be free with my friends…that there are people who will never judge or slander me. They are free to correct me when I need correction, and that is a blessing. But true friends never harm with their words or actions. God has blessed me with friends, sisters in Christ, whose value is above rubies…

These are generous and kind, hardworking and patient, overlooking mistakes for the gain of peace, correcting with wisdom and gentleness, and most of all, reminding me of Jesus Christ, our elder Brother!

God bless them all!

FASTING APPROVED

‘Moreover, when you fast…’ (Mt 6:16, NKJ)

The people of God in the Old Testament fasted only once in a year, on the Day of Atonement. There is no particular command in the Bible about fasting. That may be the reason why most Christians do not remember to fast.

Jesus says that we should fast. He said: ‘When (not if) you fast…’ Fasting helps us to die to self, to become humble, that we may receive God’s favor. King David cried: ‘I humbled my soul with fasting’ (Ps 35:13, KJ)

We are commanded to ‘pray always’. About fasting there is no such command. Fasting is seasonal, when led by the Holy Spirit. When I pray all my prayers, when I wept and wept and there is no answer from God, then I fast having faith that He will not reject my plea. It has never failed. You need a fresh personal testimony about the power of fasting and prayer!

In Isaiah 58 we see that there are two groups of people. Some are just religious, they go to church, pray, sacrifice and fast. But their efforts are useless. God ignores their requests. In other words, religion and hypocrisy, these are useless and dangerous.

We see also another group of people who are the true believers. They pray, fast and apply the Word of God daily in their lives. These people are blessed with wonderful promises at the end of the period of fasting:

*Light in the darkness (understanding of God’s purpose and their identity in Christ)  

*Healing of the body, soul and spirit

*Total protection (the glory of God protects your back, the most vulnerable part of you)

*Intimacy with God, prayers answered

*Prosperity, fruitfulness at all times, especially when the environment is difficult

*Blessings in ministry, especially in the apostolic, prophetic and intercessory labor

*Partaker of the blessings of revival in your city

 Amen!

(Our Church will fast 6am to 6pm daily, next week! We fast and pray that we may enter into the promised blessing, that we may experience revival (personal and in the city of Warri, Nigeria) for the strength and resources to finish building the house of God, for healing, for deliverance, for financial breakthrough, for many souls to be saved, for a spirit of repentance and fear of God, for a fresh hunger for the Word of God, for a higher anointing in the ministry. All who have faith may join in this anointing).  

THE WIND LED ME

 

The Wind whispered: ‘Follow Me and you shall see the King…’

Happy me! For a long time I wanted to enter thru the gates, inside the crystal palace, on top of the hill. Now surely, my wish will come true…

We went across the city… I saw the palace with flags on the pointed roof…but the flags looked sad, the wind passed them by…

Suddenly we took another direction and I panicked: ‘Are …we not going inside to see the King?’

‘No – said the Mighty Rushing Wind. They that live inside have fine clothes made of chains. We are not expected inside. We move on, pass by the fancy houses built with hands of men…

We shall go into the desert to rest and wait. The King will meet us there…’

Going to the desert? This has never been part of any dream of mine… The most humble of all my imaginations had no place for a stop in the desert…I struggle, I weep…This story cannot be my story….Surely God has done a mistake…

There is another One who moves me to go to a place I have never been. I don’t want to go there…Why this…My confusion, this search for identity in the wilderness is the design of Another, not mine.

Finally we arrived and landed on the hot sand. I searched for flowers, for rivers, for the sound of birds. Nothing was there. What type of postcard can I send from here to my friends in the city? Just grey, hot sand… Can I ever rest here? What is there to see? My eyes are frustrated with the same unchanging picture. My skin is now darker and dry…My companions so far away…Will I ever see them again…

I did not know that the Wind leads His friends to the end of the earth…Tired, tired, tired…I fall asleep by the altar… visited by the scape goat who licks my tears…I see the Cross and now, I know…I see…The Prince of peace is mine!

‘Who is she coming up from the desert, like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and incense…?’ (SS 3:6)

Even Right Now, My Lord Is Doing Good!

The presence of God was too strong for preaching. The King came in our midst and one by one, the people took the microphone and prayed, and prophesied. Old and young, the educated or not, rich and poor, even little children, they patiently stayed on the line in front of the altar to talk to God. There was a strong anointing that made all patient and humble.
We bound and rejected from our midst the evil spirit of infirmity (diabetes, HIV, infertility, asthma, depression). We rejected the evil spirit of religion, legalism and false guilt. The weak declared that they are strong. The poor declared that they are rich.
Then strength and joy came! We positioned ourselves under the open heavens to receive an impartation of a fresh hunger for God. The anointing of the Holy Spirit was constant. Nobody looked at the time, nobody lost the focus or the interest of what was going on. There was much refreshing. The hope for a better tomorrow was pouring like liquid.
Jesus had great opportunity to ‘do good’ once more in our midst. Call it ‘old time religion’. I call it Prayer meeting in Father’s House. Jesus is Lord!
Receive an impartation from the overflow!
We sang: ‘Everywhere He went…He was doing good. Almighty Healer, He healed the leper
When the cripples saw Him, they started walking;
Even right now, my Lord is doing good…
‘God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power and how He went around doing god and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him’ (Ac 10:38)

The Virtuous Woman Watches

‘She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness’ (PV 31:27)
The word ‘watches’ in Hebrew means to lean forward and peer into the distance, making all effort to see if there is an enemy coming in disguise. This is a military term, to be a watchman, a sentinel upon the wall.
This woman is used to standing still, patient and focused on her task. She watches over the affairs of her household looking for breaches in the fence, to see if there is any enemy coming from outside. As a wife, she prays for her husband to resist the temptation of seducing spirits. As a mother, she prays for her children, the type of friends they have. She is careful to limit the time her children stay in front of the TV set or the computer. She is in charge of their daily Bible study and prayer time and follows their spiritual progress.
The word ‘idleness’ in Hebrew it also means to lean, but not forward as we have seen in the description of the watchman. This is backward leaning, a lazy posture of tiredness, passivity and defeat. Immediately the question arises: what is the direction that you lean to? This is not a natural description and appearances may deceive. It is a spiritual positioning that has no neutral ground.
Do you know that your husband and children, as they are going out, they represent your ministry? If you see children that are rude and lazy, one thing is for sure, their mother is not a virtuous woman. This is not my opinion. This is the Word of God. I tremble as a write it, for none is exempted.