The grasshopper’s nightmare

THE GRASSHOPPER’S NIGHTMARE
(to be fried and eaten like chips)
‘But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak (giants) come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them’ (Nu 13:31-33)
In certain countries, grasshoppers are eaten as a good source of protein. In southern Mexico, China and Africa, they are usually collected in the evenings, using electric lamps in sweep nets. Sometimes they are placed in water for 24 hours, after which they can be boiled or eaten raw, sun-dried, fried, flavored with spices, such as garlic, onions, chili, drenched in lime, and used in soup or as a filling for various dishes.
The ten spies doubted God’s protection and became afraid that they will be eaten just like the grasshoppers. Fear and doubt poison and damage the faith. You can never be a true leader once you indulge in doubt. Fear not: just believe God! In Christ, all His promises are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’!Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers evangelists

“Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it” (Nu 13:30)
The people of God were ready to cross over and enter the Promised Land. They should have trusted God’s promises and just move on to occupy their possessions. But doubters prevailed and convinced Moses to send spies to confirm the blessings (Deut 1:22). They left the desert and went into the valley of Eschol. The word ‘eschol’ means fruitfulness. They came back after forty days with a cluster of grapes, too big to carry by two men on their backs. They confirmed that the Land is good, exactly the way God promised them. ‘But…’ they say, the giants that occupy the Land are too big to be destroyed. So they spread an ‘evil report’ among the people, who soon started grumbling. Only Joshua and Caleb brought a good report, based on truth having God in the middle of the picture. They said: ‘We can certainly do it because God is with us and not with them. Their ‘protection’’ has left them. The word ‘evil report’ in Hebrew comes from the word ‘snake’. The doubters spread snake evil spirits among the congregation with their doubting words. They saw themselves as grasshoppers, like nobodies, like failures.
Doubt quenches the Spirit. Doubt is having two contrary opinions in the same time. Doubt is damaged faith. God does not answer the prayer of a doubter (Jam 1: 6-8). Doubt is much more contagious than faith. Doubt is the faith of a fool. Doubters see the problems first of all, and God is in the background. The people of faith see God first of all, and the challenges are in the background. What do you see first, in your daily life?
Joshua had faith in God’s promises. He encourages the people to trust God for the dispossession of the giants. He said that their ‘protection’ has left them. The ‘protection’ in Hebrew is the same as the word ‘shadow’. It is like a hen protecting her chicks. What Joshua was saying is that ‘the mother hen of the giants has abandoned her chicks for now. Let’s go and kill them before she returns’. There is a window of opportunity for every attack to become victory. The doubters prevailed and the people hesitated to go ahead. Doubters hate spiritual warfare. God gives the judgment. The ten doubters are killed by God. The rest people shall suffer and die in the desert. Doubt kills before you are able to enjoy your fulfilled, fruitful dreams of life. When later they tried to enter the Promised Land, they were defeated by the giants. This is because the window of opportunity of faith has been closed. In other words, the mother hen has come back to protect her giant chicks.
May we trust God and move, led by His Spirit, when the window of victory is opened! Never follow the crowd for most of the time the crowd is wrong. Follow the leading of the Spirit and the tracks of the remnant of grace. That is the narrow, holy, safe and sure path that always leads to victory and eternal life!

Time to move on!

Jelly fishes
‘The LORD our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go to the hill country…and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites… I have set the land before you. Go in and take possession of the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them.’ (Deut 1:6-8)
I remember hearing a naturalist describe a species of jelly fish which, he said, lives fixed to a rock, from which it never stirs. It does not require to go in search of food, because in the decayed tissues of its own organism there grows a kind of seaweed on which it subsists. I thought I had never heard of any creature so comfortable. But the naturalist who was describing it went on to say that it is one of the very lowest forms of animal life, and the extreme comfort which it enjoys is the very badge of its degraded position.
Dear ‘Jelly Fish’, it is time to move on! Leave the rock and go, dance for the Lord who created you to float!
You have stayed long enough in this position! You have learned all the lessons you can learn here! Move on! Use your spiritual ‘legs’ to walk in the Spirit! From ‘comfortable’ sadness to adventurous joy! From settled ignorance to active understanding! From ‘ease in Zion’ to ‘dancing until your feet hurt’ in worshipping God!
May the strength of God fill you today! May you hate to live a passive, barren and stationary life! May your ‘comfort zone’ be revealed to you as bondage! May the sense of adventure grip your heart as you start to follow Jesus once more! On your mark…set…go! In Jesus name, amen!

Letter to you, our child…

WHY DO I HAVE TO FEAR AND HONOR MY PARENTS?
Letter to you, our child…
‘Your mother carried you in her womb for nine months. Your parents were there every evening when you went to sleep and there when you woke up in the morning. Eighteen years of your life was spent under the same roof with your parents. Human beings imitate what they see. The majority of what you know as an adult comes from your parents teaching you. You say that your parents are not ‘perfect’…OK, I agree…But no human being is perfect except Jesus…Even if your parents made mistakes, you can still learn from them, at least not to repeat those…
Your parents were your first role models… Until you grew up, your parents decided what clothes you wear and what type of food you eat…And they provided those…Did you forget how hard your dad worked to pay the bills? He is old now, maybe you have forgotten, but it is true, your dad tried his best to pay for the rent, the food on the table, the clothes and the school fees…
When your parents were sick or in need, you did not solve their problems…they sheltered you from the life storms the best they could…
Look into the palm of your hand and see the lines. In between them you shall see your parents’ faces and all the generations of your ancestors. You are not an island! You are not self-made! Each is present in your body! You are a continuation of all these people…But most of all look up and think of God….Fear God! That will make you wise and pure! God alone will give you the strength and the inspiration to live well, to be a blessing to others… Remember to pray and read your Bible daily…
Surely you know that for better or for worse, you had parents who loved you and did the best they could to raise you. Their mistakes and their successes made you into the person you are today…
We, your parents, we have tried our best to be a good example to you…Mostly, we wanted you to see Christ in us, so that you may be inspired to follow Him too…Sometimes we encouraged you, sometimes we rebuked you, often we made mistakes…but we repented and made corrections and you saw the changes with your eyes…even when life was hard and no words were left to explain the pain…one thing is clear, we never regretted to be parents to you…We loved you then, we love you now…
We pray for you every day that you be blessed with the blessings of Christ…there is nothing more we can do for you now, for there is nothing better in this whole world than the gift of prayer…
If it is hard for you to understand our pain, but we have hoped that you may know it later, when your own baby will be placed in your arms…Then, we believe, you shall better understand our love for you…
We do not beg for honor or respect…we do not beg for your words of gratefulness…we do not beg for your money or time…but this is the will of God, that you should do so!
Be a servant of Christ! Be a worshiper of God! May God bless and keep you! May God’s face shine on you and give you peace!
Love in Christ alone,
Your parents’

‘I will pay you whatever is right’

The Parable of the Laborers can also be described as the parable of ‘whatever is right’ (Mt 20:1-16). The Landowner stands for Jesus. He went to look and hire laborers to work in His field. These were rejected people nobody hired, idle, ‘doing nothing’. They did not look for work. It was the Landowner who went ‘early in the morning’ to look for them.
The word ‘idle’ means lazy or useless. A lazy man is someone who hates activity and loves a wasteful life of ease. These people stand for us, the sinners. We were ‘dead in sin’, careless about our soul. We did not even desire salvation.
Laziness is quite common. It is the sin of the people of God. It manifests itself especially in spiritual work.
Are you lazy in prayer, in the reading and the study of the Bible? Are you lazy in offerings, tithes or ministry in the church?
This is a reminder that Jesus is the One who takes the initiative, seeking the lost and bringing them unto salvation. If He did not come to us ‘early in the morning’ we could have still wasted our lives doing nothing, under the deceptive shadow of the world.
The first batch of people hired in the morning was promised a denarius as payment for labor. The Landowner went out every three hours to look for more laborers. Each time He found some more and promised to pay them ‘whatever in right’. At the end of the day, he decided to start the payment with the last group who came ‘at the eleventh hour’ and worked the least amount of time. He paid each one a denarius. I am sure they were pleasantly surprised and grateful to be paid that same amount promised to the ones who were hired in the morning. Immediately this group rejoiced in the generosity and kindness of the Master, something evil happened in the hearts of the first group. They expected more than they agreed at the beginning. But the Master paid them all the same amount. Then they became angry and complained against such ‘injustice’. What God called ‘right’ they called it wrong. The Master rebukes them and reveals to them the source of their wickedness: ‘an evil eye’. The word evil here means wickedness, envy and lewdness. The word ‘eye’ means vision.
The question still remains: how does God reward His laborers? The people who work longer in the ministry, are they paid more than the rest? For example, is Apostle Paul paid more than the thief on the Cross who repented at ‘the eleventh hour’?
The answer is not necessarily ‘yes’! God is sovereign in all His ways, including the choice of reward. The Kingdom of God is not based on economics but on GRACE! We start by grace and we shall end by grace!
The lesson is this: the motives in ministry are very important. If you work for God with payment of rewards in mind, you shall end up angry, wicked, ungrateful and jealous on others. Your vision of God shall be damaged and you shall find Him to be an enemy in His House (1Sam 2:32). But if working for God is a privilege to you, as a debt of love you can never fully repay to Him who died to save you, then ministry will be a joy and any reward received, much more than you have ever expected.
Please note this: the word ‘rewards’ in the Bible, in the plural, is always connected with evil and sin. For example, Balaam was hired with a divination fee as ‘rewards’. The backsliding Israel is compared with an adulterous wife, who makes friends with murderers and who loves the ‘rewards’ of sin. Nebuchadnezzar promised his magicians great ‘rewards’ if they can interpret his dream. Belshazzar also promised old Daniel great ‘rewards’ if he can tell him what the hand wrote on the wall. Daniel refused the bribe and interpreted the writing as the sentence of death. The wife of Hosea was boasting of ‘rewards’ received from her lovers (Nu 22:7; Is 2:23; Dan 2:6; 5:17; Hos 2:12; KJ).
For as long as you expect many rewards on earth and in heaven, you shall remain disappointed and angry, for God’s work among men is only a GRACE privilege, a totally unmerited favor to men.
This is my personal testimony: I am never disappointed to work for God! The safest way for me is this: whatever I do, I do it for the sake of my Loving Jesus, who saved me from sin. I love my Lord with all my heart! His love constrains me! I am ready to work for Him forever in any capacity He chooses for me. I do not look for many rewards. Not on this earth, and not even in heaven. Only hirelings look for ‘cash’ payments! God forbid! God’s children receive an inheritance they do not work for! Christ alone, His Person, His approval, His name of my forehead is my eternal Reward!!!
“Fear not… (Lia Leigh)…. I, Adonai, I am your Shield and your Exceedingly High Reward!” (Gen 15; 1, 2)
Thank You Lord! I believe!
I trust you for ‘whatever is right’
My heart is satisfied! Peace has flooded my soul!
There is nothing more that this!
Amen!

Doubt grieves the Holy Spirit

‘Ask (pray to) the Lord your God for a sign…’‘Hear now you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also?’ The Lord Himself will give you a sign. The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel’ (Is 7: 11-14)
King Ahaz of Judah is under attack. He and all the people panic at the sure defeat. He goes to inspect the Upper Pool, possibly to see if the reserve of water will be enough in case of war. That speaks of self-confidence. He is a proud and wicked king who deserves no mercy. But we see that God encourages him to trust in Him alone and the victory will be sure. We see here that our God is a God of covenant, a merciful and faithful even with sinners.
Faith helps you to stand and doubt weakens you until you fall. ‘If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all’ (Is 7:9). Faith is God’s command and the only option for righteousness, for pleasing Him. God commands Ahaz to pray, to ask for a sign that will strengthen his faith. In other words God tells him that he must ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit, the Encourager. But Ahaz thinks that more encouragement is unnecessary, trusting that his faith is strong enough. That is when God gets angry and rebukes him for ‘trying His patience’. This word is Hebrew means to weaken or to grieve someone. The lesson is this: religious faith is weak faith and it is polluted; it is mixed with doubt and fear, and it grieves God, the Holy Spirit.
God sovereignly overrules Ahaz foolishness and gives a sign that will forever strengthen the faith of all believers, to the end of time. It is called Immanuel sign, ‘God is with us’. It is a miraculous sign that God knows we need. God recommends the revelation of Immanuel as a sign to establish our faith. Spiritually speaking, Ahaz is commanded to remove his attention and trust from the Water Pool and ‘to look unto Jesus, the Author and finisher of our faith’ (Heb 12:2). We are commanded to look away from self- confidence, which is pride, the result of doubting God, and to behold the beauty and power of Jesus our Savior and Lord. Then all fear is gone! Then faith is established and doubt forever defeated in our hearts!
When the enemy came to attack Jerusalem he was shocked to discover that ‘God is within her – she will never fall’ (Ps 46:5).
Do you believe that the presence of God with you is the only protection you need? This is the Word of God! If you doubt it and you look for the help of man, you will surely fall during times of trials.
O…the presence of God the Holy Spirit in the heart of the believer… Immanuel sign and seal…eternal encouragement!!!

The test of lovers

“If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. THE LORD YOUR GOD IS TESTING YOU The to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.

If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again” (Deut 13:1-11)
Our love and loyalty to God shall be tested.
God tests His servants,
God tests His worshippers.
Many are called, but few pass His test of loyalty!
The test of love comes from people who are ‘among us’. It is not thru strangers. It is thru people you may call friends. The intent is always the same: ‘let’s serve other gods’. They are not saying that you should forget the worship of Jehovah God, but that you should ‘enlarge your vision’; you should accommodate and tolerate other views, more modern…that you should avoid talking about sin and repentance, the Cross or the Blood of Jesus. They tell you to make your message softer, broader, sweeter.
The test comes in three ways:
*thru prophets, church, religious leaders, spiritual ‘giants of faith’ able to back their message thru ‘signs and wonders’
*thru family and close friends you love and you usually listen to
*thru political, government laws directed against your faith in God
The aim is to destroy your foundation as a Believer. The best word to use for this type of attack is spiritual subversion.
The word subversion means the act of destroying the foundation of faith or loyalty. Once the foundation of a building is destroyed, the same shall collapse by its own strength. Politically, subversion means high treason against God and the king of the land. It means rebellion to overthrow a legal government. The punishment for subversion is death. No mercy is given to the man who attacks another believer with the intent of destroying his spiritual foundation, which is Christ Crucified.
When attacked by ‘rebellion- witchcraft –subversive’ evil spirit, learn to apply survival skills! These are all negative actions:
*Do not listen to them (do not lend your ear, do not try to understand their words, do not give them your attention with promising obedience, do not consider their religious theories, do not repeat their words to others as a witness)!
*Do not yield or consent to them, do not agree or approve of their sayings, do not say ‘amen’ to them!
*Do not have pity on them (do not sympathize with their sufferings; do not regret separating from them)!
*Do not spare them (do not avoid or postpone in attacking them, do not keep silent in their presence but rebuke them with severity)!
*Do not shield them (do not hide them in your house, do not tolerate them, do not protect them) but expose them!
Run to the Cross! Cling to it! Hold it! Embrace it! Kiss it! Love it! Stay there until the test is over and after that, still stay there!
Remember your foundation which is Christ Crucified for your sins! It is not by works, but by grace!
Please always remember that God permits these traitors and false prophets to come and tempt you. God is testing you of you are truly faithful to Him and love Him unto death. Great is your reward for passing this difficult test!
Please also remember that the safest place is at the Cross of Christ! Be nailed with your Lord! Let it be that even if you want to go down from the Cross, His nails will not permit you to betray your Lord! God’s love is stronger than death!
Love God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength!
No place for failure!
“Father in Heaven, help Your children pass Your test! In Jesus name, amen!”

Blessed are you- for I was a stranger, and you invited Me in (Jesus Christ)

‘He executes justice for the fatherless and widow, and loves the stranger, in giving him food and clothing. Love you therefore the stranger: for you were strangers in the land of Egypt’ ‘Never mistreat or oppress foreigners’
“Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.
(Ex 22:21; Deut 10:18, 19; 27:19’ Ps 146:9)

The definition of xenophobia is this: deep rooted fear and irrational hatred of foreigners. The origin of these negative emotions can be past wounds from foreigners or listening to political propaganda about ‘national purity’. Racism, tribalism, these are branches of it. People hate foreigners because they fear losing control on their culture or national identity.
Why should we be interested in the lives of foreigners, people who look different than us, speak another language or with an accent, dress differently or have another color of skin? Why should we love, accommodate, help or pray for them?
The first reason is because God loves them! Jehovah God is the friend of the foreigners. Jesus said that the way we treat foreigners is the way we treat Him (Mt 25). A place in heaven or in hell, rewards and punishments shall be awarded to religious people based on their acceptance or rejection of foreigners. (Mt 25:35. 43)
The second reason why we should love foreigners is because we know how it feels to be one. All sinners are foreigners to the Kingdom of God, without hope and without God in the world. Jesus died to bring the foreigners like me and you into His Father’s House, to receive the full rights as sons (Eph 2:12, 13)
Did you forget what it was before you made peace with God? Don’t you remember the feeling of being outside and knocking to come in…? It is not easy to live in a land different than your native country. It is not easy to be an immigrant, a permanent guest and never a citizen. It is not easy to be ‘a second class person’, to accept injustice daily because you are different than the majority of the people. It is not easy to live alone, for all others fear your person. Anyone taking advantage of a foreigner, who oppresses and forces him to be in a position against his will, that person is cursed by God. He can never have peace on earth!
This is the promise of God: He is their provider for all the basic things of life for foreigners
*Food- in Hebrew it means bread, fruits; it also means victory over his enemy and the power to take over his property!
*Clothes- it means physical clothes but also favor and salvation!
*Protection- There is a fence of thorns around the foreigner! Anyone who tries to break into his house shall be wounded!
*Relief, preservation- in times of trouble there is a double strength to endure until there is promotion!
*Victory over his enemies- the people who hate foreigners shall be frustrated, their lives shall be upside down, full of disappointments, their paths unstable and slippery ending in ruin. God overturns their plans; defeats their schemes; makes their purposes accomplish what they did not intend they should accomplish. They shall not do all the wickedness they wish; they shall not do all that is in their power. In their career God will stop them, turn them aside, or overturn them!

MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY
I was born in Romania. I live in Nigeria since March 1980. I did not choose to live ‘abroad’ but it was God’s will for me. I know how it feels to be a foreigner. I know the fear, the insecurity, the loneliness, the proud stares and the discrimination…
Yet, the grace of God is my Portion. The Word of God is my Food, my Medicine and my Defense. The promises of God are my Hope. The anointing of the Spirit is my Covering. The Body of Christ is my Home. The ministry is my Business! Prayer is my Joy!
The Lord has brought me to His Holy Mountain and gave me an extraordinary capacity to experience pure Joy in His House of prayer and worship. He has accepted my offerings of praise on His altar. The Door of His house have been widely opened to me, a poor sinner saved my grace. His House is a House of prayer for me and my children, the remnant of grace! We are gathered to freely worship the King of heaven! His presence connects us with Believers from all the nations and tribes from all over the world. There is no Jew, nor Greek, no male and no female, no slave or master, no white or black, no rich or poor, no educated or illiterate, but we are all one before the Throne, and of the Lamb who was slain that we may live (Gal 3:26-29).
I am a witness to this amazing grace (Is 56:1-8)
‘O… Come, Let us adore Him….Christ the Lord!’

Jesus went in where the child was

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JESUS WENT IN WHERE THE CHILD WAS (Mk 5:40)
We read Mark 5. Three desperate cases: a demoniac man, a diseased woman and a dead child. No one could have helped, except Jesus. He saved ‘the Legion’ man and changed his location: from living in the cemetery, sleeping between tombs, crazy and wild, he suddenly became normal ready to go as an evangelist. His village people were not impressed with this mighty deliverance and ‘begged’ Jesus to go away and leave them alone. They loved money more than souls, swine more than revival. Jesus answered their prayer and went back across the lake.
Immediately He arrived to the shore, many people came around pushing and pressing; a lot of noise and activity, but no faith. Then a leader came, Jairus, who knelt at His feet begging. He had two requests: ‘Please Jesus, come to my house, my daughter is dying…’ and ‘please lay Your hands on her, and she shall live!’
Jesus and Jairus were going together towards his house when suddenly Jesus stopped and looked around to see who touched Him with faith. There was this woman, bleeding for twelve years. According to the law she is unclean (Lev 15:25). The word ‘unclean’ means polluted, dangerous and useless. Who can help a woman for whom the whole world has no use? Only Jesus! She interrupts but she is healed!
Jairus finally has Jesus by his side. Was ‘the wasted’ time too long- Jairus thought? Some people came from his house weeping: ‘your daughter is dead…no need the bother the Master…’ But the Master ignored the unbelievers and said: ‘Fear not! Only Believe!’ Whose report do you believe Jairus? Against all odds he chose to believe Jesus. He drove away fear! Fear 0%! Only Believe! Nothing more than faith! Nothing less than faith! 100% faith in Christ and in His Word!
They went home against the tide of doubters, of wicked mockers and heartless, common sense, unspiritual relatives. Then ‘He went were the child was’. Jesus knows exactly where your children are at any moment. He knows where they are during the day and during the night. Jesus shut the door against the unbelievers and alone with the parents and three of His disciples, He took the girl by the hand, gently, like the mother used to wake her up every morning. Simply said, death run away thru the window as the Shepherd carried His little lamb in His arms. ‘Little girl, arise!’ Time to walk! Time for dinner! Time to rejoice!
Bring your problems to the Cross!
By His stripes we are all healed!
May your faith increase above your problems as you gaze into the face of my Lord!
Nothing is impossible for God!
The same Jesus who delivered the Gadarene; the same Jesus who healed the dying woman; the same Jesus who raised the girl from the dead, this same Jesus commanded us to pray and believe for revival in this land! We fear not! We just believe! We shall not be put to shame, for Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever! This is the Word of God! Nothing else matters!

The evil spirit if drugs and alcohol

‘Who has anguish? Who has sorrow?
Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining?
Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks.
Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.
For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake (cockatrice); it stings like a viper.
You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things.
You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast.
And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it.
I didn’t even know it when they beat me up.
When will I wake up so I can look for another drink?” (PV 23:29-35)
This is a sad picture of man addicted to drugs or alcohol. This addiction is described as a snake bite (the same word ‘cockatrice’ again). The drunkard sees strange sights that intimidate and confuse him. His imagination is unsanctified. His conscience troubles him but he is too weak to answer it. He has false hopes of success and false confidence of a better life. In the same time he is not in touch with the reality that he is sinking down to hell. He resists the truth so he cannot change. He has lost all feelings, he is hard hearted he is not sensitive to any other person’s pain. This is the picture of the tragedy of a life lead by pleasure and be entertainment. The flesh is in control, the very thing that destroys a man. Time goes on, he gets older but there is no wisdom available. Bitterness has filled his heart, unnecessary sorrow and regrets plague him.
Maybe you read these words and you congratulate yourself that you are not a drunkard or a drug addict. Thank God for you! But these words also describe the effect of spiritual addictions, all things that excite the flesh and quench the spirit.

FINALLY
We are living in the last days. The devil is real and warfare is real. One reason why Eve was deceived long ago was because she was unprepared to resist him. We should never under estimate the devil’s experience, craftiness and power in dealing with sinners. We cannot resist him in our own strength. It is only the genuine child of God, filled with the Holy Spirit who can win the victory and set other captives free. Gambling, the occult, drugs, alcohol, pornography and all addictions are just names that have to bow at the name of Jesus! There is hope for deliverance and freedom. Confess and expose your sins to God and to your pastor! Repent of them! Turn from them! Forsake the devil! Betray the devil! Come to the Cross, there is healing and salvation and victory and deliverance! I am a witness that Jesus is able and willing to make you free! You have only one life here in earth, why waste it? You can give it to Jesus who will gather the broken pieces and make something wonderful from your failures and pains! Come Home, you sinner, Come Home!!!!!
There is power in the name of Jesus!
There is power in the Blood of Jesus!
Be free, in Jesus name! Amen!

The evil spirit of the serpent called ‘Cockatrice’

‘They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
They hatch deadly snakes and weave spiders’ webs. Whoever falls into their webs will die, and there’s danger even in getting near them’ (Is 59:5, KJ, NLT)
In Isaiah 59 we see a list of sins that are described as the result of the spiritual attack of the ‘snake’ evil spirit. In King James translation it is called ‘cockatrice’. This is a legendary, spiritual, giant snake that was hatched by a reptile from a cock’s egg. It kills its victim by hypnosis and strangulation. The result of this evil spirit on the land is an increase of sins, lies, deceptions, violence, ignorance, weakness, confusion, depression, rebellion and treachery. All these are coming like a flood of evil attacks. Confront and defeat! Take over and occupy! Plant and harvest righteousness!
In the book of Revelation there is a serpent that vomits water like a flood to destroy the baby boy, Jesus Christ. The attack of the serpent spirit is a proof that he is panicking knowing that ‘his time is short’ (Rev 12).
The attack of Jezebel should be an encouragement to us. She knows that her time of deception, of oppression is coming to a close. She knows that our victory is close, at the very door. The flood of attacks is a sign of her madness and defeat.
But the wonderful promise is that the Spirit of the Lord will stop that flood and people will fear the name of the Lord. The attack of the serpent is the result of exposing the territorial spirits before revival comes in the land. The greater the attack, the more I rejoice! The devil is a failure and there is no redemption for him.
This land has suffered enough! This is the Year of Jubilee when the true worshippers shall be rewarded by their Lord!
What an encouragement!
Remember: at the name of Jesus, every knee must bow and every tongue shall confess that He is the Lord!

The evil spirit of the Python

‘Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her’ (Ac 16:16-18)
This is what happens when you go to a Spirit lead prayer meeting!
Paul and his entourage met a girl possessed with ‘a spirit that predicts the future’. In Greek this sentence is translated ‘A Python Spirit’. She looked innocent enough in the natural. Maybe she had good manners, was humble and hard working. But she was an agent to a deadly evil spirit!!!
In the natural the python is one of the biggest snakes on earth. He does not have poison but kills its prey thru constriction. He is an ambush predator; stays quiet until the victim comes close enough, then he attacks. He is afraid of humans and rarely attacks them directly. For example, a female python can attack a man when protecting her eggs or under provocation. The snake will intimidate and surround the victim with its body until it dies. Then he swallows it whole.
Spiritually speaking the python represents the evil spirit of Jezebel who attacks the believers suddenly. This attack is as a result of the provocation of taking new territories for the Kingdom of God or deliverance of its victims of the devil.
In the story above we see the attack on Paul after the conversion of Lidia, the first true convert in Macedonia. The apostolic and the prophetic anointing will stir the nests of this demon to manifest. The attack will be in the form of strong oppression, intimidation and waves of fear. This attack tortures and torments, almost like drowning in the water.
Torture among humans is an ancient form of punishment or revenge, to force confession from the prisoner. Other times, is just for the wicked desire to humiliate others. For example, crucifixion was common among the Romans, death thru torture, to punish criminals. The victim will hang on the cross and die of asphyxiation. This is how our Lord died!!!
The effects of these attacks of torment will be severe anxiety, insomnia, depression, memory loss; there are feelings of guilt, fear, shame and inferiority complex. The worst syndrome experienced by torture or rape victims is a total psychological break down. It manifests as building walls around the emotions. These people lose any desire to love or trust another human. They resist any attempt to create relationships. They live like islands, socially stranded people. This syndrome is responsible for much loneliness and depression. It destroys marriages and communities. It is the major reason for divorce. Some people end as prostitutes, sexually unrestrained, trying to kill any desire to truly love another.
This evil spirit tried to deceive Paul by doing ‘public relations’ for the men of God. Jezebel tries to be a friend so that like the python, can come close enough to ambush the foolish victim suddenly. The same evil spirit can prophesy and predict the future so that the owner could bet and make money. Jezebel is the Mistress of gambling. With each ‘bit of luck’ the coils of the python tightens the more. You make money but you feel like dying, you lose weight; you feel like you cannot breathe well. The same money will be unable to help you in any hospital.
Pray for the discernment of the spirits and then you shall see the truth: the very wonderful ‘friend’ that publicizes your ministry has great plans to suffocate you with her very oily words!
Even Apostle Paul did not detect it immediately. This is a warning that the spirit of Jezebel is very ‘professional’ in deception. But eventually this evil spirit was identified by Paul and rejected in the name of Jesus.
The girl was freed but the owner, who was also possessed by Jezebel, became furious for losing his ‘supernatural’ source of money. He beat Paul and Silas mercilessly. They were sent to prison as a punishment for a successful deliverance. But their supernatural ministry could not be stopped even in the dark cell. The praise brought God down and the chains melted. The jailer and his family got saved too!
May you have the courage to stand for Jesus and to expose all ‘the snakes’ in this land! They have to die for they have done great harm to the people of God! Do not be sorry for the devil! Do not afraid of ‘backlash’ attacks as you continue to deliver others! In the Old Testament Jezebel died disgracefully at last! All her deceptions, all her spells, failed at the hour of judgment! It is the same today! The great prostitute has been exposed and destroyed! This is the Word of God! Join the army of the Savior as we continue to pray for revival in Warri, Nigeria!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

The point of no return

The point of no return is the point in a course of action from where going back is impossible. It is the point from where one must continue on his current course of action because reversal is physically impossible, prohibitively expensive or dangerous. It is defined as a particular irreversible action (Ex. setting off an explosion or signing a contract).The point of no return is also the stage at which it is no longer possible to stop what you are doing and when its effects cannot now be avoided or prevented.
For pilots, it a technical term in air navigation to refer to the point on a flight at which, due to fuel consumption, a plane is no longer capable of returning to the airport it took off from.
Spiritually speaking, identifying with Christ at the Cross is truly a point of no return. Once you surrender your life to Christ, you can never claim ignorance again. From that moment on, you are either an obedient believer, with blessings following or you are a traitor to His Name. Once you enter the palace of the King, to join His celebration, you will either be robed in His Garment of righteousness or you will be arrested as a spy. Lacking His cover of grace, you shall be bound by His law and thrown into the utter darkness of the palace’s prison.
Once Oprah kissed Naomi good bye, she went back to her people and to her gods, never to touch the Promised Land.
Once you commit adultery, the mystery of your marriage suffers a mortal blow, never to be the same again.
Once the high priest enters beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies, He will either meet with God and be blessed or he will die. Breaking a covenant is a point of no return. The consequences, the curses of disobedience take effect, until the mercy of God intervenes, beyond anything man can decide.
The physical death is the greatest point of no return. An unbeliever goes to hell. No prayer, no mercy can ever be applied. The believer goes to heaven, to worship and serve His Lord forever.
If you claim to be a believer, you should desire to willingly pay the price and come to this invisible point of no return. The holy Spirit will seal your heart. You must witness inside you a radical change, from which it is easier to die and go to heaven, than to go back to the world!
Let’s aim for perfection, for spiritual maturity!
Let’s prepare while there is time, to obey the Word of God and to faithfully serve Him, for as long as we breathe.
Let’s press on, thru the crowd…
Establish your gains, add to them…invest your life into the needs of others…
Repent immediately when convicted of the smallest sin….
Serve God with all your heart…
Die to self…Die to the world…Experience the power of the Cross, by the Holy Spirit….
Let Christ circumcise your heart…once the veil of ignorance is cut off, you will never be the same again…
If Jesus opens the eyes of a blind man, he can never be blind again…
Let the Cross do its deep work that no man, no devil can ever reverse!
May the assurance of salvation, the hope of glory and of heaven, be your portion, in the Name of Jesus! Amen!
‘These are they before the throne of God and serve Him day and night…NEVER AGAIN will they hunger; NEVER AGAIN will they thirst…For the Lamb at the center of the Throne is their Shepherd…’ (Rev 7:15-17)

The king’s dream (preparation for revival)

This was the dream of the king (Dan 2): a mighty idol –a statue in the form of a man, made from four different metals but still one piece. The head was made of gold and it represented the present king Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylon Empire. The chest was made of silver, a more inferior metal and represented the kingdom of Persia who will later conquer and take over from Babylon. The abdomen and thighs were made of brass and represented Greece with its greatest King Alexander the Great. Lastly, the legs were made of iron, representing the Roman Empire. The feet of the statue where made of a combination of iron and clay, two materials that cannot mix and become one, showing division; outward strength combined with inner weakness.
It was at this point that a Rock was taken out of a great mountain, not carved out by human hands, but by the invisible hands of God. This Rock came and struck the feet of the statue at the place of division. The sudden impact of the stone broke the statue to pieces, all in the same time, and it became dust. The Wind –the Holy Spirit- carried the dust away leaving no trace of past magnificence. The little Rock grew and became a big mountain that filled the whole earth. It is the mustard seed that became a tree (Mt 13:32, 33).
God gave King Nebuchadnezzar the dream so that he may know the future and that he may be a witness to proclaim the sovereignty of God. The King was disturbed by the dream for two reasons. The first was that in the dream there was no hope for the future. He saw that eventually his reign will end in failure and that he could do nothing about it. The fact that he forgot the dream and could not remember it added to the anxiety. It humbled him to know that he was not even in charge of his own mind, how much as a king over his kingdom. He could find no rest until the ‘lost’ dream was found, resurrected and interpreted. Even if the interpretation was not in his favor, he still needed it to have some resemblance of control and peace of mind.
Spiritually speaking, this type of anxiety is the peculiar work of the Holy Spirit convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (Jn 16:8-11). It is to prepare the sinner to seek God for the salvation of his soul. All false confidence and hope for the future is destroyed and the only door left open is Christ, the Savior. He is the only One who has the solution to the curse of sin and death and He alone has the key to life. This holy anxiety on the people of the land, this fear of failure and death upon them is the true and tested proof that revival is at hand.
Remember that Daniel was ‘kidnapped’ to Babylon. After successful intercession in the night, Daniel confidently asks ‘the chief kidnapper’ Arioch to take him to the king saying ‘I will interpret his dream for him’ (Dan 2: 24).
The word ‘interpret’ in Hebrew means to explain and declare hidden things. It also means life, to restore back to life, revival, healing and salvation. The revelation is that the dream or the vision is ‘dead’ except revealed or brought to life by the Spirit. Not only the vision is dead, but the people that are supposed to receive it will die, if not interpreted.
‘Where there is no revelation, the people cast of restrain (…they perish…)’ (PV29:18 NIV; KJ).
The word revelation in Hebrew means vision or dream interpreted prophetically. The word cast ‘cast of restrain’ means to lose control, a total break of order or peace and violence unto death. Without the personal revelation of the Word in these last days, an evil spirit of suicide shall be released on the land. People will reject help from God and man, recklessly and foolishly choosing to die, in their stubbornness and unbelief. By His spiritual wisdom, Daniel saved not only the lives of the wise men, but the King’s life as well. Without the dream’s interpretation his whole empire would have scattered immediately.
The Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God and shows us things to come, future things that concern us. He is also the Spirit of life and of revival in the land by helping us giving glory to Jesus. Selah!
The ignorance of the rulers in things pertaining to the Spirit is a proof that they are wicked people, that they indeed crucified the Lord. On the contrary, the revelation of the mystery and the interpretation of the dreams giving to ‘babes’ is a proof of our destined and prophesied glory we have in Christ. Our spiritual wisdom establishes us as leaders of revival in the land (Jn 16:13, 14; 1Cor 2:6-16). Selah!
The conclusion: without revival, the people of the land will become mad with anxiety and die of heart failure. Praying for revival will bring health, strength and sound mind to you. This intercession it will literarily save your life! Selah!
“Yes, Lord! I am hearing You! Please, forgive me for ignoring the topic of revival in this land! From now on I shall diligently pray daily for revival until the Holy Spirit covers Warri as the waters cover the sea. Help me God keep my vow…I receive strength, wisdom, anointing, health in my body and mind, according to Your promise,
In Jesus name I pray, Amen!’

I am worry free!

“But those who still reject Me are like the restless sea, which is never still, but continually churns up mud and dirt.
‘There is no peace for the wicked’ – says my God’ (Is 57:20, 21)
There are only two groups of people in this world. They that have peace, rest and joy; these are called the children of God. Then there are the children of the devil who are wicked and rebellious. They are troubled, restless and worried continuously. They may be skillful in hiding the truth, with fake smiles and confident words. But inwards they are tormented by a hopeless future and the vision of a downward spiral to hell.
‘The wicked are like the waves of the sea’…. What causes these waves? It is the effect of the wind, passing on the waters. There is friction between them. Some energy of the wind is transferred into the water molecules and it ‘drags’ them along the path of the wind. The waves cannot make the waters cross their God’s given boundaries; they cannot change the sea into a river. They can only shake the waters up and down, creating the waves. The height of the waves is according to the power of the wind.
Spiritually speaking, there are evil spirits ‘troubling’ the waters. The word ‘wind’ and the word ‘spirit’ is the same in Hebrew. The rebellious are under the influence of demons. They torment them day and night, dragging their soul and body into a constant state of anxiety and restlessness.
There is a medical condition called ‘generalized anxiety disorder’. It is like living in hell on earth. About 3% of all people are afflicted with this abnormal mental state. It is more common among middle class women, especially if they are single, separated, divorced or widowed. They worry more than men about the cares of this world. They worry of what people say about them and their children. They worry about food, clothes and health. The symptoms are varied and sometimes conflicting, but generally these people experience chest and abdominal pains, headaches and difficulty in breathing; there is muscle or mental tension, sleep disturbance. Their mind goes blank and they have difficulty in focusing; they are easily angry, they fear of going crazy or dying. They are always restless, unable to relax. They have difficulty relating to others. They easily doubt good news or words of encouragement. They believe negative stories of failure and disaster. Their anxiety can spread to the whole family; soon, all the people around them start feeling tense, worried and hopeless to change their circumstances.
There is no easy solution or treatment. Just rest at home, money or a vacation will not solve the problem. These people need to see that only Jesus Christ is the answer. The only solution is to come to the Cross, to repent of sins, become born again and be filled with the Holy Spirit! Then there is a place for deliverance, to reject the evil spirits that shake the soul. You have to make a choice between sin and peace; between rebellion or wickedness and rest of mind. You cannot have both!
As for you, child of God, be grateful for the peace of God in your soul, for as you can see, not all men have it. Be grateful for the rest of mind, for sweet sleep, for the simple, beautiful life God has designed for you!
Your enemies are evil and wicked. They persecute and mock you…They may look stronger than you, boasting about wealth and social status. But remember, their heart is restless and they do not have the power to stop that torment! They cannot enjoy the very riches the boast about. Never envy the wicked, for they cannot be established in life.
The solution is to become a mature believer, to trust God not just for salvation but for the eternal assurance and joy of it. Speak the truth in love and confront the powers of darkness. Deliver your soul, in the name of Jesus! Do your own share of service in the body of Christ. Never get tired in serving God and the brethren. Good, faithful service will bring confidence and assurance of great reward in the future. Christ in you is the true, eternal hope of glory. God is with you, providing for all your needs…you are never alone…then why worry? Why fear? Why reject the hope that He offers in His Gospel?
As for me, my heart is fixed, nailed with Christ on His cross, trusting the Lord! All the waves of the sea, all the winds passing by, cannot shake my confidence that Christ has saved my soul! Jesus is my Savior and he is my Rock! Many years ago my Lord Jesus has removed the evil battery from my heart, that old, familiar center of anxiety and worry. I testify today that by God’s grace: I am worry free!
All the praise and glory forever to the King of heaven!
Amen!

Marriage, a blessed consolation

Is there ‘a successful- spiritual’ method to get married?
Yes, says the word of God!
We are to seek King Jesus and become one with Him by the Spirit (1Cor 6:17). Whatever is done in the Spirit realm will surely become visible in the natural, sooner or later (Mt 10:26). If you are ‘married’ to King Jesus, He will find one of His younger brothers to marry you in the natural.
To the world this sounds as foolishness, but have faith, be led by the Holy Spirit, and trust God to find this place of rest, the peaceful home of married life for you! Have faith that God is actively interested in all details of your life, including the choice for a marriage partner!
When you lose all things for Christ sake, even the worldly methods of doing things, when you become ‘losers’, as the world says, then God will come to you, the ark of His presence will lead you home. Never be afraid to let go, to lose, to abandon the things that hinder a closer relationship with Christ. Aim high! Aim for perfection and maturity in Christ! Honor God by trusting in His promises! Honor God by obeying His Word!
O. the blessed consolation! Remember that there will always be enemies to this way of the cross. But do not fret…Patiently wait for God to ‘rise’ and your enemies will be scattered! They will quarrel and destroy with one another!
This is our testimony forever: God keeps the best for the last (Jn 2:10). As these last days are filled with evil, wickedness and greed, so the light shines brighter for them that know their God!
Happy married life!

Happy with church tonight

We were at His feet for two and a half hours…nothing else mattered…all things became shadows in the light of His presence…nothing compares with the anointing, the Spirit flowing down, the river of life… the sound of heaven invading our humble gathering, doing things in us, and among us, that we cannot explain, but there is no need for explanation…O, the joy of being real, and see the weaknesses melt into strength…the changing hoped for years, just there for the taking…the heavens open and all fears gone…the assurance that all is well in His arms…
Yes, I am talking about Jesus Christ, my Lord, as He came to stay with us, in our church prayer meeting tonight…

Honor your parents -then you shall prosper!

Mama si eu
‘You shall fear every man his mother, and his father…I am the Lord your God…If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother, and his blood will be on his own head.
Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you
If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness’
(Lev 19:3; 20:9; Deut 5:16; PV 20:20)

When God created Adam and Eve, He gave the command that they should multiply. To be a mother or a father, this is a gift from God. No child comes on earth without God’s design and approval. God chooses our parents. God chooses our children. No one is by accident. God never makes mistakes. You did not choose your natural family, your parents and siblings. God did it!
God commands the children to do two things in regard to their parents: to honor and to fear them. These are two different words but together they say that we should invest in and prayerfully improve our relationship with our parents the best we can.
If a man dishonors his parents, he dishonors God who gave them to him. If a man ignores his parents, he rejects the sovereignty of God who never makes mistakes. It is not enough to say that your parents were bad; that they ‘did not try enough’ for you. Do not excuse your rebellion. No matter the situation, for as long as they live, they are your parents and you owe them deep respect. Pay your debt of honor to them. If you are willing to learn how to respect, but don’t know how to do it, pray for wisdom and God will give it to you ‘liberally’ without finding fault with your request (Jam 1:5).
We should never ignore or take our parents for granted. We should value the gift of having parents as a gift from God. Do not envy the orphans! Some people do not have natural parents. If that is your situation, then pray and look for mentors or spiritual parents, for the command above applies to all. Some have difficult relationship with their natural parents for example, when the children are saved and the parents are not. But even then, this command does not exempt anyone. Pray to God for wisdom and trust Him for the strength to obey the Word of God.
The reward of your obedience is long and prosperous life!!! The sentence ‘that it may go well with you’ in Hebrew it means that you become beautiful, accepted, happy, content and to find favor with God and men. Many abuse their parents, especially when they are old and they need help. This neglect of duties is clearly a disobedience to the Word of God. This sin ends up in poverty, failure to fulfill destiny, spiritual blindness and untimely death. The words ‘pitch darkness’ mean that the rebellious child shall remain foolish, making a lot of mistakes, losing opportunities and money. He shall a live of misery and sorrow.
The ideal family set up is to have God at the center. If the parents and the children are saved, and Christ is the King over all, the hurts will be minimal and the mistakes transformed into wisdom. But this ideal is rarely found. Most people come from ‘broken’ homes where sin was the master. The wounds and the pains found in many marriages and families all over the world are so deep, that words cannot describe. Disobedience to God’s commands brings curses and creates a life time of chaos and pain. The only hope for any family, for both parents and children is found in Christ alone! Selah!
No matter how old we are, we have parents. Even if the natural parents are dead, there is still an authority placed upon us by God that stands as spiritual parents. To live without any spiritual covering, no be ‘free’ from any responsibility to submit to others who are over us that is a declaration that you are a spiritual bastard or an orphan. That is a curse! It is a sign of unbelief, for no child of God is an orphan.
‘Lord Jesus, help me to improve my relationship with my parents, natural and spiritual. I reject the evil spirit of an orphan! I receive the Holy Spirit who helps me to cry Abba Father! Lord, I pray for divine wisdom how to practically apply the Word of God to daily living. I truly desire that You be glorified in my relationship with my parents and my children,
In Jesus name,
Amen!!’
(In the picture above: my mother, Prof. Albai Domnica, 80 years old, and me; this picture is taken when I visited her the last time in Orsova, Romania)

The defeat of the magic of ‘pharmacy’

The effect of illegal drugs upon the mind of people is well known. To avoid stress, some men take drugs to just feel happy. Under the influence of these drugs they see visions and become ‘spiritual’. They hear voices telling them about future events. They may try to apply these ‘revelations’ in gambling so that they can win ‘the jackpot’. All this is a deception of the devil. The root for this is that God has created man to have an intimate relationship with Him. In the absence of that, men are ready to do anything to experience the power of the supernatural. O, how many souls have been deceived!
In the New Testament the word witchcraft in Greek is ‘pharmakeia’ from where we derive the word ‘pharmacy’ or taking drugs or poison. It also means magic. This is a very interesting revelation. Selah!
The word magic (‘pharmakeia’) appears in the following scriptures:
*It is one of the works of the flesh (Gal 5:20) that wars against the work of sanctification in our lives. Our flesh loves magic!
*The people involved in magic are very proud and stubborn and refuse to repent even when all odds are against them (Rev 9:20, 21).
*The magic spells coming from the occult are powerful enough to hinder the worship of God or the blessings of God for example marriage. They will also attack the true prophetic ministry, trying to bring confusion with their foretelling of future events. Another area under attack is business, the work of our hands. Their magic can hinder, but they are not able to completely stop the blessings and gifts of God. The punishment on the magicians is solemnly predicted by God. This calls for intelligent warfare and intercession for people, churches, marriages and the destiny of nations (Rev 18:21-24).
*All men who are attracted by the magic power of the occult and use it to make money or to destroy others, all these are condemned by God. If they do not repent they will go to hell (Rev 22:15)

THE VICTORY OF FAITH
This is a wonderful testimony of how Jesus defeated the fake and wicked doctors. I am talking about the woman with the issue of blood (Mk 5:21-34). She has suffered much at the hand of ‘physicians’. Most of them were in the category of the magicians as described above. She lost all her money and her health became worst. Twelve years ago she was rich and sick. Now she is poor and dying. The magician doctors became rich at her expense. She finally came to Jesus. Her soul was saved and her body was healed. (This should have been a strong warning to the useless physicians for them to repent also!)
Let’s join the sister who touched the hem of His garment! She became an inspiration to all believers for all times!
‘And wherever He (Jesus) went – into villages, towns and country sides- they placed the sick into the marketplaces. They begged Him (Jesus) to let them touch, even the edge of His cloak AND ALL WHO TOUCHED HIM WERE HEALED’ (Mk 6:56).
‘Dear Lord Jesus, I come to you, at the end of a long journey of faith, seeking You, begging You, touching You…I TOUCH, I TOUCH, I TOUCH, the hem of Your garment!!!
I am healed! I am delivered! I am free!!!
In Jesus name, I pray,
Amen”

The evil spirit of gambling

To be quickly rich without any labor, this is the dream of all sinners. That is the foundation of gambling.
Gambling – definition: To play a game for money or property; to bet, to take a chance, to risk on an uncertain outcome; to expose yourself to danger and to proceed in the face of it.
The attraction of gambling is entertainment and the love of money. Both are very addictive strongholds of satan. The victims are people who are lazy, covetous, foolish and ambitious in the same time. That combination is deadly. Gambling is a scheme to escape labor, but in reality, gambling is an evil spirit that kills and destroys.
In the U S gambling is an industry of billions of dollars. The lottery is the favorite legal gambling. Gambling is the fastest growing addiction in the world. 1/7 teenagers and 1/10 adults that gamble will end up as addicted to it. Gambling wrecks homes and marriages. The business is wicked and it attracts all type of men but especially the poor who believe in the get rich quick schemes. The poor neighborhoods have the highest number of location for gambling and lottery. These are sold in poor grocery stores to attract the people who buy food. Many times a poor man has gone home to his family without food and just with a lottery slip and the promise of millions. ‘The American Dream’ is intimately connected with the evil spirit of gambling.
The casinos machines are built in such a way that 80-90% of the winning numbers go to the patron. The chance to win there is minimal but the attraction to make money without work is very high. Even the few that win, statistics say that they will lose all their money in maximum two years and they are back to gamble again, ready to sell even their soul to satan.
If you study the Word of God and His ways you can deduce that gambling is a sin and it is to be rejected as a practice to make money. Gambling violates God’s law because of the following:
1-The foundation and the attraction of it is the love of money, which is evil.
‘Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income’ (Ecc 5:10)
2-Gambilng encourages laziness and covetousness in the same time. The Bible says that we should work and be good stewards of the income we make. We are to tithe to God, then use the remaining to take care of the family. Any surplus we are to invest it as seed in the work of God or to save for emergencies in the future.
‘Lazy hands make a man poor but diligent hands bring wealth’ (PV 10:4)
‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife…’ (Ex 20:17)
3-Gambling may be entertaining but it is addictive. All addictions are sins because they master the person who becomes a slave
‘A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him’ (2Pet 2:19)
4-Gambling gives false hope to people and builds false imaginations. God is to be our only hope. Our future is joyful because God, in Christ will change our sorrow into glory. Any other hope of riches and fame outside Christ is false and criminal.
‘The hopes of the wicked come to nothing…when a wicked man dies, his hope perishes; all he expected from his power come to nothing’ (PV 10:28; 11:7)
‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15:13)
5-Gambling does not give glory to God but to the ‘luck or fortune’ of men. There are things in this world that may not be bad in themselves, but they are not beneficial to the kingdom of God and to our testimony as believers.
‘Everything is permissible for me but not everything is beneficial…but I will not be mastered by anything…but not everything is constructive…’ (1Cor 6:12; 10:23)
That means that gambling does no good to me or to others. Its hope of success is a deception that will only destroy my life and my family. It is the entertainment of the devil and it is to be rejected, in Jesus name!
6-Man was created in the image of God. But gambling makes a man to be a fool
‘Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay is the man who gains riches by unjust means. When his life is gone, they will desert him and in the end he proves to be a fool’ (Jer 17:11)
God is angry with them that believe in the idol of fortune or gambling. This is because it makes the people deaf to God’s voice and stubborn to His leading. Gambling is the backslider’s god and the fantasy of the rebellious (Is 65:11,12)
‘Dear Lord Jesus, I pray that you expose this wicked, seducing, evil spirit of gambling so that we can hate it enough to separate from it totally. We ask for forgiveness for any desire to be lazy, to cheat or to covet, and desire wealth in the same time. Let Your light shine on our understanding!
In Jesus name we pray,
Amen!’