‘For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you; that the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me’ (1Cor 11:23, 24)
We had a wonderful Holy Communion service yesterday. The Lord’s Table was set before us. The Holy Spirit covered us. The Word of God was given to prepare our hearts for the blessings at the Table. The following are some highlights:
If you refuse to be baptized in water or to partake from the Holy Communion, then you are not born again.
We remembered Jesus Christ, His person, His birth, His youth, His baptism in the rived Jordan, His wonderful works amongst men. But we especially remembered His words. You cannot remember Jesus, if you do not know Him personally. The more you study the Word of God, the more you remember Jesus, for He is the Word incarnate. The more you study the Word of God, the more you ‘gain’ from the revelation of the Lord’ Table.
The bread and the wine is a symbol of the Body and Blood of Jesus. As food is for the body, so the Holy Communion taken by faith feeds and strengthens the soul and the spirit. We remembered Jesus not from pictures or from imagination, but especially from the Word of God. That is the sure revelation!
The Holy Communion is a sermon; a visual sermon that speaks especially to the conscience. We proclaim His death until He comes back again. We shall lift up the Cross until He comes back to take it from our hands.
We are coming to the Lord’s Table with the right attitude. We come with faith, with love and with hope.
We do not take the cup ‘unworthily’. This word is an adverb. It is connected with action. It does not mean that we are unworthy of His gift of love. The truth is that indeed, we are unworthy to receive anything from God. But the word here describes the action of taking the bread and the wine, not our standing with God. We are not carless, ignorant, joking, doubting or pretending as we partake from His table.
The Holy Communion cannot be taken alone. You cannot sit alone in your room and partake from the bread and wine. It is designed to be as fellowship with the Lord and the brethren. The Lord’s Table should help us to appreciate the Assembly of God’s people, the power of being one with others in the Body of Christ. The Holy Communion is a gift to open the door for singles in the church to marry other believers. Have faith!
When we take the Holy Communion, Jesus did not ask us to remember names, or places, or things or even doctrines. We are to remember Himself, our Lord and God.
After taking the Holy Communion ‘worthily’, something wonderful happened that sealed our obedience to God’s Word. The Holy Spirit ‘fell’ upon the whole congregation. Suddenly, great joy, ‘inexpressible and full of glory’, came as shower upon a thirsty land. A blanket of compassion and freedom covered the whole congregation. All peoples stood up and shouted for joy, sang and danced for more than an hour. Fear, doubt and depression ran away. Faith, strength and healing came in.
If you have taken the Holy Communion and nothing good, no miracle happened… then you have not taking it well!
Pray for a fresh revelation of the power and glory of the Holy Communion!
All glory to the Lamb upon the Throne who shed His Blood for our salvation!
‘If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now Mine eyes shall be open, and Mine ears attentive unto the prayer that is made in this place’ (2Chron 7:14, 15)
Revival is a sovereign act of God. History proves that God indeed answers the earnest, desperate prayers of His humble servants to heal the land, according to His promise. Revival is defined as the coming down of the Holy Spirit on a geographical area, with peculiar, supernatural signs following. The born again believers are awakened from slumber and become ready to stand as active witnesses for Christ. The preaching of the Gospel has great impact and many souls are saved. The worship of God flows from hearts humbled by His goodness. Miracles of healing, deliverance and financial breakthrough increase.
The main hindrance for revival is the believers’ infatuation with the spirit of religion. This demon is a fake ‘holy spirit’. It brings people to church but they never get saved. It encourages men to be skillful hypocrites. These false brethren are very difficult to detect. Except for the gift of discernment of spirits given by the Holy Ghost, no natural eye can identify them as false. They just come to church to increase the numbers. They are either passive or become trouble makers. But they do not have any expectation of an encounter with God. They are like stones tied on the neck of the congregation. When the flood of trials comes, the congregation is not able to rise above the tide and drowns helplessly. This resistant attitude coming from the religious fake brethren is a main source of discouragement to the pastors, to the leaders. It takes wisdom and courage to do warfare for a religious infested congregation to be free once more. Then revival comes.
The religious spirits usually say: ‘We don’t want revival. The price is too high. We want blessings! We want money…’
Ignorance of the Person of God the Holy Spirit is another main reason why revival is delayed.
We are to pray earnestly for personal revival and city revival. It is our holy duty and God’s given responsibility. God can truly change a city. We do not have to intervene in the politics but just prayer and intercession opens the door for changes for good.
THE STORY OF GLASGOW
The city called of Glasgow in Scotland was founded by a Christian Catholic man called St Mungo. His motto over the city was this: ‘Let Glasgow flourish, by the preaching of God’s word and the praising of His name’. This blessing was written over the old buildings of the city. Some time ago, the government officials decided to ‘edit’ the blessing of their founder. They only kept the first three words: ‘Let Glasgow flourish. You can see it written on the buses and on their flags. Since they ‘removed’ God from their motto, the crime has increased. The streets crime, especially the attacks with knives is now double than it is in London. Glasgow has per-capita the highest amount of murders/violent crimes, and the highest number of organized crime groups. Also Glasgow is the third easy place in the United Kingdom to acquire a firearm due to its abundance of highly organized sectarian groups. Another problem is that nobody seems to care about the poor parts of Glasgow which are home to some of the worst social deprivation in Europe, if not in the civilized world.
The only explanation for this tragedy is that they grieved the Holy Spirit. Let’s pray for Glasgow, for revival, for a change that will glorify God!
Let’s also pray for Warri, Nigeria!
Holy Spirit, Glasgow, Scotland needs You!
Holy Spirit, Warri, Nigeria needs You!
‘When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased because for a long time he had wanted to see Him. From what he had heard about Him, he hoped to see Him performed some miracles. He plied Him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. …The Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked Him…’ (Lk 23:8-11)
Herod the tetrarch was not a true Jewish king. His father, Herod the Great was a puppet of Rome. He became king thru politics. He became friends with the Caesar in Rome who just placed him on a throne in Jerusalem. He was the one who killed all the babies in Jerusalem trying to kill the infant Jesus. After his death, his kingdom was divided into four, a part for each of his sons. This is how Herod ‘junior’ became king. He divorced his wife to marry his sister in law, Herodias, who was also his niece. John the Baptist rebuked him and for that, the prophet died.
Herod was a worldly man. He was also a religious man. Jesus calls him ‘a fox’. This animal symbolizes a low class, weak and deceitful man; someone who lacks power and dignity; the total opposite of what it means to be a king. It also represents a dangerous, secretive, doubting, gossiping, slandering and unstable person. In other words, Herod was a doubter.
Herod liked to listen to John the Baptist. He enjoined the prophetic anointing as the best entertainment there is. But at last, when faced with the decision to kill John or to displease Herodias and his political guests, he killed John. This is a great lesson here: it is not enough to like going to church, to enjoy prophetic utterances. If faith is absent, doubt will manifest and prevail at last and kill the very thing you treasure.
When Jesus became ‘famous’ in Palestine, Herod thought the He is John risen from the dead. This gives us a hint of a troubled conscience. It is possible that Herod regretted his decision to kill John. But the same doubt tried to convince him that it was a necessary crime, to save his marriage and status as a king.
It is a terrible thing to live with a troubled conscience. The only cure is to come to the cross and repent. Only the Blood of Jesus cleanses and heals a weak, evil and troubled conscience.
The conscience is a warning system, as part of the spirit of man. God planted it there to warn against any evil or trespass against the law of God. Just like pain is given as a gift to the body, so that we know when there is a sickness, so also the conscience is for the soul. To ignore the warning of the conscience is to weaken and eventually destroy its sensitive work. A man with a dead conscience can kill another without feeling any regret. I heard that Hitler’s strategy was to desensitize the consciences of his people. The young soldiers will say again and again: ‘Hitler is my conscience! Hitler is my conscience!’ That is how they could do horrors and feel no fear or regret. It is the same strategy the suicide bombers use in terrorists attacks. It is not courage that sends them to die. It is an evil, dead conscience that helps them to feel nothing.
The final stage for Herod is seen later, when face to face with Jesus, the only thing he wants is just some magic, some miracles or pure entertainment. Gone are the days when he wanted to listen to the Word of God thru the mouth of John. Now the Word incarnate stands before him and he is not interested at all. Jesus keeps silent. No Word, no Miracle…Herod did not know that on his birthday, when he silenced John the Baptist, he silenced the God who sent him.
It is said that for as long as there is life, there is hope. But from the picture of silent Jesus in front of a doubting king, we should say that for as long as Jesus speaks, there is hope. For faith comes by hearing of the Word of God. But once the Word of God shuts His mouth, the man is doomed. He may still carry a crown on his head, but the life and the hope is gone forever! Selah!
Rejected by Jesus, Herod mocks Jesus. Doubt hates to be defeated. When doubt prevails, it kills the God who holds its breath.
After Jesus died, Herod was betrayed by Herodias’ brother who went to Rome and convinced the new Caesar that Herod is an enemy to the empire. The Caesar convicted Herod of treason and sent him into exile to a village in today France. Herodias was given a choice to stay or to follow. She chose to follow him. They both died there. Nobody knows where they are buried. This is the tragic end of a weak, doubting and reprobate man and his wicked wife. God forbid!
Doubt is a criminal! If it sits on the throne of your heart, it will eventually destroy your worship and destiny.
Repent! Seek the Lord and His mercy! Do not rest in prayer until God speaks a fresh word to your heart!
Let Your Word speak!
Let Your altar speak!
Let Your fire speaks!
Let Your Spirit speak!
Let Your prophets speak!
In Jesus name, Amen!
(Jam 1:1-8; Mk 6:14-29; Lk 13:31-32; 23:1-12; Heb 9:14)
MY LETTER TO A FAMILY FRIEND, A PASTOR WHOSE WIFE JUST COMMITTED SUICIDE LEAVING HIM BEHIND AS A SINGLE FATHER TO A TEENAGE DAUGHTER
(please pray for a miracle of healing and revival for them)
I have been praying for you and your daughter. This is the revelation I have received so far. Pray and see if it is useful to you in the process of recovery. Your wife’s self-inflicted death has left behind pain that no words can describe. I can only point you to the God of all grace who alone can truly heal.
The impression I have is that your wife was not a wicked woman but a weak one. There is great difference between these two words. The devil took advantage of her unsanctified weakness and like a coward he is, he attacked her there. But she was not a wicked, selfish or hateful person. The reason for this weakness was her inability to hold on the anchor of hope that goes behind the veil, straight into the heart of the Father. She was not established in the intimacy of God and like a ship without an anchor, she drifted away in the storm that took her life. I see her suicide more like an accident at sea than a planned crime.
In the medical school we were taught that the main reason for malign depression and suicide is the loss of hope. To recognize the value and to hold onto the hope of Glory, that is life and sanity. Sometimes the hope is deferred, the fulfillment of promises are delayed. That is when we have to go on trusting ‘the bare’ Word of God. Like Abraham, against all hope, in hope we believe.
Your wife could not appropriate her strength of HOPE. It means that she left behind a great treasure of unused blessings. You are to take charge of that storage of hope. It belongs to you and to your daughter. Opened it and used it for the glory of God, for the shame of the devil and for your encouragement. That will be your testimony as a family. That the hope left behind is not lost but used by you and your daughter to fulfill God’s destiny. I believe even your wife will like you to use and invest the hope she left behind as ministry to the poor and hopeless. Then her death is not a loss but gain to the Kingdom of God! The words given to me this morning by the Holy Spirit for you give me the assurance that your wife was truly saved and now she is in heaven. I believe!
Let hope be your friend. Hope is useful to chastise children. You need hope to train your daughter in the way she should go as a woman of God. Hope is a detergent and it will wash away any shame of failure for sins and weakness of the past.
(PV 13:12; 19:18; Rom 5:5; Col 1:27; Heb 6:18, 19)
This is what I received from the Holy Spirit for you. I pray that your heart and your daughter’s heart will be revived by the power of resurrection. Let Hope rise! Let Hope work! Let Hope do exploits on your behalf!
Love in Christ alone
Mary Slessor was born in Scotland. She came from a poor family. Her father was a violent drunkard but her mother was a born again Christian. She was convinced that God called her to go to Africa, to Calabar in particular. At that time Nigeria was an English colony. Very few English men wanted to go and live there. Because of malaria and other infectious diseases it was called ‘the white man’s grave’. She was a single woman of 28 when she went to Calabar as a missionary. It is hard to understand the terrible and mysterious forces against which missionaries are ranged.
Witchcraft was interwoven with life in such a way as practically to rule the land. Superstition was rife everywhere. When a chief died numbers of people were murdered, and his wives, after dressing in their finery, were strangled, in order to go with him to the spirit land. Blood sacrifices were offered to ‘jujus’. The human skull was worshipped. Guilt was decided by eating poisoned beans or the hands plunged into boiling oil. When twins were born they were always killed, for they said one belongs to the devil and they did not know which one is that. Their mother sent away into the bush to do the best she could, generally to starve and die, or to be killed by wild beasts.
Mary had heard about all these things in faraway Dundee, Scotland. Now she was going to see them for herself, to fight the demons in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. She had nothing except faith in the Lord who had died to save these poor uncivilized people. Born again herself, and overflowing with love to her Savior, she had a salvation worth speaking about, a real, definite thing, and with this treasure to share with all who would, she went forward eagerly, joyfully, into the dim, mysterious future now opening before her.
She quickly learned the Efik –Calabar language fluently. She eat the native food. She always dressed in a straight baggy sleepless dress. Her red hair was always cut short, like a boy, for she never had time to dress it. God gave her favor with the elders, the chiefs and the rest native people. She had the courage of a man, better said of a lion. Each time the elders gathered to convict someone of stealing, witchcraft or other crimes punishable with death, she will go in their midst and argue as the lawyer of the accused. She was a smallish woman with a strong voice. Almost always she got the death sentence changed into public beating, saving the lives of many. Then she will take care of their wounds in her hut and preach Christ to them. This is how many became saved. All abandoned children were adopted by her and many grew up to help in her ministry. She was engaged once to a man from her home town, but later he became afraid and he refused to come to live with her in Calabar. The relationship ended and she never married another. She never had natural children but left behind a great harvest of fruit that still abides.
She was sometimes lonely. She lived in the deep jungle villages most of the time. When her mother and sister died and she did not hear of it until a year later.
Her motto was: ‘One with God is in majority’
This is what the High Commissioner of Nigeria said in 1909:
‘Miss Slessor can go where no white man can go. She can sway the people when we cannot sway them’
The Calabar elders gave her the title of ‘Eka kpukpro Owo’, ‘Mother of All The Peoples’
These are her words spoken before she died:
‘Heaven is now nearer to me than Britain. My life is one daily, hourly record of answered prayer….for guidance given marvelously, for errors and dangers averted, for enmity to the gospel subdued, for food provided at the exact hour needed, for everything that goes to make up my life and my poor service. I can testify with a full and often wonder-stricken awe that I believe God answers prayer… I know God answers prayer. Glory be His wonderful name!’
Her very last words were not in English, but in Efik:
“O Abasi, sana mi yok…” (O Lord, release me…)
She grew old but her work and ministry never stopped. She collapsed and died in one of the villages in the forest. The villagers she loved so much brought her corpse to the city by canoe. She had a state funeral with all honors. She left behind Calabar a much better place; thousands heard the Gospel of Christ and multitudes of souls got saved. Only God can reward such a labor of love. Amen!
(in the picture there is Mary and some of her adopted children)
Absalom called Joab but he refused to come. He called him the second time, but his call was still ignored. Then he thought of a way to attract his attention. He remembered that Joab’s field of barley was next to his own. He then told his servants to set it on fire. That was enough for Joab. He came immediately and did what Absalom wanted (2Sam 14:28-33).
These are two wicked and manipulating men. But the story has a greater spiritual meaning. When God is calling you and you refuse to answer, He can burn your field with fire. Your ‘field’ is next to God’s own. You are God’s neighbor. God is not far from you. He knows everything you do, good or bad.
What is your ‘barley field’? God can burn your property, your marriage, your money, your health…The loss may be painful but the gain is greater if you come back to God. Many a man answered God’s call for ministry thru the burning of his field. Jesus baptizes with fire, so He has all what is necessary to burn the things you love more than Him.
Some people, like Jaob, answered the call. But there are many, even with all the destruction around them, they still refuse to come to God. Their ashes remain bitter and never turn to beauty. The truth is that once your filed is burn, there is not much God can do to still call your attention. God says: ‘My Spirit will not strive with man forever’ (Gen 6:3). If the infatuation with idols is too great, like Ephraim’s own, God says: ‘Leave him alone…’ (Hos 4:17). It is painful for fire to destroy the thing you love. But it is even worse if God decides to leave you alone to the useless ‘comfort’ of your fake idols.
The best thing to do is this: If God is calling you then please come to Him immediately. Why are you stubborn? Why tempt God? Why suffer so much loss and pain? God loves you and He will do anything to attract your attention… you need a Savior, a Deliverer and a Friend Forever! God is calling you…Come home!
“A religion without mystery must be a religion without God”