“And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” (Lk 24:48, 49)
No preacher can preach effectively without the unction, the anointing of the Holy Spirit resting on him like a mantle. A true preacher needs this Baptism of fire, gripping his soul, burning his heart and pouring eternal life thru his words.
Listen to the great man of God, E. M Bounds:
“Unction is simply putting God in His own word and on His own preacher. Unction is that which distinguishes and separates preaching from all mere human addresses. It is the divine in preaching. This unction comes to the preacher not in the study but in the closet. It is having distillation and answer to prayer. It is the sweetest exhalation of the Holy Spirit. It impregnates, suffuses, softens, percolates, cuts and soothes. It carries the word like dynamite, like salt, like sugar. It makes the word a soother, an accuser, a revealer, a searcher. It makes the hearer a culprit or a saint; makes him weep like a child and live like a giant. Opens his heart and disburses gently yet strongly as spring opens the leaves. This unction is not the gift of genius. It is not found in the halls of learning, no eloquence can woe it, no industry can win it; no religious hands can confer it. It is the gift of God, the signet sent to His own messengers. It is having His own knighthood given to the chosen, true and brave one who has sought this anointed honor through many an hour, tearful wrestling in prayer. It takes a divine endowment to break the chains of sin, to win estrange and depraved hearts to God, to repair the breaches and restore the church to her old ways of purity and power. Nothing but this holy unction can do this.”
(E. M. Bounds: 1835-1913)

O friends, get alone with God and shut yourself up with the Ancient of Days until you are endued with power from on high. It may take a week; it may take months but lay hold of God until He imparts his Holy Spirit upon you in a baptism of fire. Then you shall see the transformation in your preaching and in the hearts of your hearers! Souls shall be saved, all for the glory of God!


I am alone, yet not alone!
I hear Your voice, clearer and stronger, pure balm for my soul.
I do not have to explain.
It is enough that I feel You.
And You are real.
And You are mine!
This is my story!
This is my song!
With words or silent…this is my life and my song!

Garden Roses

“I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling”

(By Austin Miles)


Listen friends, in Florida and other places in this world, there is a phenomenon called sinkholes. The ground is sand and it gives way and it caves in, entire houses have sunken without warning into these deep sinkholes. If you are outside of Christ, you are sitting on a sinkhole for beneath you is hell and its torments and only the grace of God can keep you out of hell at this very moment. God could end your life this minute if he chose to and open the ground beneath you and drag you down to hell.
Surrender your life to Jesus Christ today!
“It was hard for me
to understand all this!
Then I went to your temple,
and there I understood
what will happen
to my enemies.
You will make them stumble,
never to get up again.
They will be terrified,
suddenly swept away
and no longer there.
They will disappear, Lord,
despised like a bad dream
the morning after”
(PS 73:16-20)

Surrender your life, totally and unconditionally to Jesus Christ, today!
There is no safety outside Christ!
You who is going astray, listen and come back to God!
I call you to come to the Cross, to the Blood of Jesus, to the throne of mercy and grace! God loves you!

As for me and my family, this is our declaration:
“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand”
(Keith Ward)

The prayer of Manasseh

The sermon was about king Manasseh (2Chr 33), the most evil king in Judah, who shed much innocent blood in Jerusalem, was involved in witchcraft and gross idolatry. He was captured and sent to Babylon, carried like an animal, naked, with a hook in his nose. Against all odds, he repented in his prison cell and God showed mercy to him. He eventually returned to his throne in Jerusalem and proved his true repentance by good deeds honoring God.
The anointing was strong enough for us to go ahead and pray for a murderer and his family. We prayed for the young man Michael Adebolajo, an English man of Nigerian descent. Last week he killed a British soldier in London. He was brought up in a Christian home, his parents are committed Christians (I read in the news). He left his Christian heritage and became a radicalized Muslim. In Hebrew, his name ‘Michael’ means ‘who is like God?’ His wicked and senseless act of murder will surely be punished with a life imprisonment. He will have enough time to reflect on his life. We prayed that just like king Manasseh, he will make peace with God before he dies. For God’s grace is sufficient and nothing is impossible with Him!
Then we read the following prayer:

This is a prayer found in some ancient Jewish writings)
“Thou who hast made heaven and earth with all their order; who has shackled the sea by thy word of command, who has confined the deep and sealed it with Thy terrible and glorious name…
At whom all things shudder, and tremble before Thy power, for Thy glorious splendor cannot be borne and the wrath of Thy threat to sinners is irresistible…
Yet immeasurable and unsearchable is Thy promised mercy, for Thou art the Lord Most High, of great compassion, long-suffering, and very merciful, and repents over the evils of men….
Thou, O Lord, according to Thy great goodness have promised repentance and forgiveness to those who have sinned against Thee; and in the multitude of Thy mercies Thou hast appointed repentance for sinners, that they may be saved…
Therefore Thou, O Lord, God of the righteous, hast not appointed repentance for the righteous, for Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, who did not sin against Thee, but thou hast appointed repentance for me, who am a sinner.
For the sins I have committed are more in number than the sand of the sea; my transgressions are multiplied, O Lord, they are multiplied!
I am unworthy to look up and see the height of heaven because of the multitude of my iniquities.
I am weighted down with many an iron fetter, so that I am rejected because of my sins, and I have no relief; for I have provoked Thy wrath and have done what is evil in Thy sight, setting up abominations and multiplying offenses.
And now I bend the knee of my heart, beseeching Thee for Thy kindness.
I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I know my transgressions.
I earnestly beseech Thee, forgive me, O Lord, and forgive me!
Do not destroy me with my transgressions!
Do not be angry with me forever or layup evil for me…
Do not condemn me to the depths of the earth…
For thou, O Lord, art the God of those who repent, and in me Thou wilt manifest Thy goodness; for, unworthy as I am, Thou wilt save me in Thy great mercy, and I will praise Thee continually all the days of my life.
For all the host of heaven sings Thy praise and Thine is the glory forever.


(2Kg 21; 24:3, 4; 2Chr 33)
The story of King Manasseh is very interesting. He is considered to be the most evil king who ever ruled Judah. The sins he committed publicly are the worst described in the Bible. But in the same time, we find the grace and the mercy of God prevailing at last, seen in a wonderful conversion, to the glory of God. The theologians call him ‘the prodigal son of the Old Testament’. When Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians, one of the reasons given is because of the extent of Manasseh’s sins.
His father was King Hezekiah, one of the best kings in the land of Judah. He was a humble king, man of faith, of revival, of prayer and wisdom. Manasseh’s mother was called Hephzibah, whose name means ‘My delight is in her’. From her name we can say that she was also a woman of God.
Manasseh became king at the age of twelve. He ruled the nation for fifty five years, more than his father or even king David, his ancestor. His life story reveals two extreme doctrines: The sinfulness of sin and the glory of God’s grace for man.

*Gross Idolatry:
The depth of the sins of Manasseh is beyond description. He betrayed his godly heritage. Immediately he became king, he reversed all his father’s reforms. He rebuilds the shrines his father has destroyed. He ‘borrowed’ idols from the pagan nations and built altars for Baal and Asherah. He worshipped the sun and the stars. He brought idols and strange altars inside the temple of the Lord, provoking Him to more anger.
*Corrupt Leader
He leads the whole nation into idolatry, becoming even more evil than the neighboring nations, about which God said should be destroyed. No sin is private. Sooner or later, a sinner shall influence others around him with ever-increasing wickedness.
*Child Sacrifice:
God forbids human sacrifice (Lev 18:21; 20:1-5; Deut 18:9-13).The pagan nations around offered their children to their gods, hoping for blessings in return. Manasseh offered his own son in the fire to appease the gods.
God places such a high prize on human life that if an unborn baby in injured by another man and the child dies, the murderer should be killed too (Ex 21:22). The practice of abortion is a form of child sacrifice to the ‘god of convenience’.
*Practicing witchcraft:
God forbids the practicing of occult religions, the skill to influence events with the power of evil spirits. A witch is to be condemned to death (Lev 19:31; 20:6)
*Shedding of innocent Blood:
God said that each man who kills another should also be killed. This law of ‘life for life’ is because man is created ‘in the image of God’. Killing a man means ‘killing’ God (Gen 9:6).
Manasseh murdered anybody who told him to repent. He killed all the prophets’ of God with the sword, until ‘their blood filled Jerusalem from one end to another’. History says that Manasseh killed the great prophet Isaiah. Because so much innocent Blood was shed, God said that He ‘is not willing to forgive him anymore’.

It is almost impossible to imagine how God can forgive such a man like Manasseh. But this is the truth, God’s grace cannot be imagined, it has to be experienced. Like with the Prodigal Son, God finds a way to touch this rebellious man. He allows the King of Assyria to attack and capture Manasseh. He is brought to Babylon as a trophy. He is paraded naked publicly, with a hook in his nose. All people mock him. He is then imprisoned there. A historian says that he was fed with pigs’ food. It is there, face to face with death, humiliated beyond words that Manasseh repented of all his sins. God knows how to arrest his wayward son.
Against all odds, he remembered the God of his fathers and ‘he sought Him’ until God was ‘moved’ by his prayer. Miraculously, his captors showed hi mercy and allowed him to return to his throne in Jerusalem.
It is this grace, this kindness shown to him that led him to godly sorrow, repentance and salvation.
‘And Manasseh knew that the Lord is God’
Afterward he publicly proved his conversion by destroying all the idols he brought. He then, like Elijah, repaired the altar of Jehovah and offered acceptable burnt and fellowship offerings. He became a true leader, encouraging the nation to turn back to God. The people did not listen to him and continued to serve the idols. His son Amon was a wicked king and ruled just two years. But his grandson Josiah was one of the best kings of Judah.
God does not despise a truly broken hearted man!
No sinner should despair that God is not able to forgive him.
Where sin abounds, grace abounds so much more (Rom 5:20)
Each of his sins should have been punished by death. But God intervened and his mercy triumphed over judgment.
In the lives of sinners like Manasseh, we see the glory of God’s grace which is found in Christ alone. God is sovereign and He can forgive whosoever He desires. Grace seems unfair to other people. It looks like partiality. But God has the right to do what he wants to do with His resources of mercy and grace. At the Cross we find forgiveness and peace. The Blood of the Lamb speaks pardon on behalf of ‘the vilest offender who truly believes!’
Come to the Cross, O, sinner…Come home!

Revival prayer

“O Great God, are the Ancient of Days. You are Holy and You are worthy to be
praised. Give us the grace, O Lord, to seek Thy face in desperate and prevailing prayer. Give us the power of Your Holy Spirit to pray in the Spirit so that kingdoms will be shaken for Thee.
O Great God, forgive us for our selfish enterprises, our wasted time spent on useless things, things that don’t matter, things that You see as dust in light of
Help us, Lord Jesus, to be persons of prayer. Mighty persons of prayer that you empower to perform Your purpose. Help us to shake the very gates of hell with such power that we push back the darkness in our communities and usher in Your presence in a Holy Ghost revival that will grip this nation with the awful solemnity of Your presence.
Come, O Lord, and take the field in a great revival of religion, I pray.
Come pour Your Spirit upon this dry and wasted land.
Come save our children.
Come save our grandchildren.
Come, Lord Jesus, and once again permeate our sanctuaries with Your presence and Your preeminence.
I pray in the strong name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
(E. Johnston)


(E. Johnston)


‘He who willfully separates and estranges himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire and pretext to break out against all wise and sound judgment’
‘Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands [who feels sure that he has a steadfast mind and is standing firm], take heed lest he fall [into sin].’ (1Cor 10:12; PV 18:1; AMP)

A proud man thinks too much of himself. A Christian becomes proud thru success in ministry, spiritual gifts, money or fame. Pride and rebellion were the original sins in this universe. Lucifer, the chief angel became proud and wanted to be like God (Ez 28:11-19). So, the author of all pride is the devil. We are warned against the hidden sin of pride!
Religious pride often manifests in breaking away from the body of Christ. In Hebrew, the word ‘separates’ in the scripture above (PV 18:1) means to be isolated, lonely, divided, to divorced, to be out of joint or to be scattered abroad. We are commanded to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph 4:3). Proud people ignore and hate this command.

Harold Camping was born in 1921. His parents came to America from the Netherlands. They attended a good Bible believing church in the US. Harold was a very intelligent, humble, hardworking Christian man. He graduated from the University of California as a civil engineer. He had his own company and made a lot of money. He was also known as a serious Bible student.
In 1958 he bought a radio station and named it Family Radio from where he started preaching daily messages. He became infatuated with a particular doctrine: the second coming of Christ. He said that he received revelations that Jesus will come back in his life time. He used mathematical calculations and predicted that the rapture shall happen on the 6th of September 1994. When he failed with that prediction, he later adjusted and said that the church era was finished spiritually. He advised people to leave their churches that all the pastors of organized churches are agents of the devil. Many people believed him and abandoned their congregations, just like himself. Later he said he has received another revelation that Jesus is coming on the 21st of May, 2011. He sponsored hundreds of billboards all over America warning the people. Many serious men of God wrote him letters that he is in error; that he is making a fool of himself and of his profession of Christ. He never answered any of these letters of rebuke.
After 21st of May, 2011, he was disappointed and he said that he is still looking mathematically for the correct date of rapture. Then he had a stroke and could not talk fluently anymore.
Because Camping failed in his two predictions, the organization of atheists in the US is now spreading the message that Jesus will never come again. The devil has succeeded in confusing even more people.
This year he sold its prominent stations and laid off veteran staffers, with net assets dropping from $135 million in 2007 to $29.2 million by the end of 2011. Since the incorrect prediction, donations have dropped 70 percent, ministry insiders told the newspaper. Records indicate the network took out a loan to keep going. What a tragedy…

Why did Harold Camping fail so badly? What can we learn from his mistakes?
The most important lesson is the warning against pride. He was a Christian believer attending a good church for many years. He made money with his business and invested it in his ministry as a radio preacher. After he bought his radio station, he stopped going to church and he stopped identifying with any other pastor. He isolated himself spiritually. He never quoted any book he read, he never gave credit to any mentor, teacher, book or commentary of the Bible. He became like a spiritual island without any covering, without any desire for accountability or counsel from others. Spiritually exposed and vulnerable, little by little, he fell into more doctrinal errors. For example he said that salvation if not by faith in Christ but by works. He said that the Cross of Christ was not a real event, only a spiritual revelation from God…
He is now an old man of 91. He was never involved in adultery. He is still married to his wife of many years. He did not start his radio for the sake of wealth, for he had money before he entered the ministry. He did not preach the false gospel of prosperity just to make money. A man like him is difficult to find fault with, humanly speaking.
But the devil deceived him. He called himself a great Bible teacher, forgetting that those are judged by God by a higher standard (Jam 3:1). He did not submit to any other Christian man or pastor at least for the past 30 years. He became proud and so, he fell!
Lastly, let’s pray for him, that he may come back to the Cross of Christ, truly repent and make peace with God! He is now an old man of 92 still alive. God has not finished with him!

Let’s pray for ourselves that God will search our hearts for the hidden sin of pride and help us to repent of it! No man is an island. Our words and actions influence people for better or for worst. We direct them to Heaven or to Hell!
This scripture below has helped me a lot all these years! I keep short accounts with God about my behavior and the doctrines I preach. I am also very careful and sensitive about the unity of the Spirit, praying always about my submission to my pastor and husband. I do not trust myself, my wisdom or my gifts. I trust only God, Jesus Christ, who died to save me. I humbly give thanks to God who has called me to ministry! I fear and honor God! I recognize the unity of the Body of Christ to where I belong!
Jesus Christ is Lord!
‘Look well to yourself [to your own personality] and to [your] teaching; persevere in these things [hold to them], for by so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you’ (1Tim 4:16; AMP)!!!
In Jesus name,

Wise sayings

‘The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up. You have to cut every step with an ice axe. Only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress. If you want to know how to backslide, leave off going forward. Cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity. You can never stand still’
(Charles Spurgeon)


Do you regret your past of sins and failures?
Do you dwell on the past, wishing you should not have done that, or maybe you should have done another?
Do you regret not going to that school, not having that college degree, that Masters, that PHD, that certificate?
Do you regret not pursuing your ‘dream’ job?
Do you regret that resignation?
Do you regret not travelling abroad? Do you regret traveling abroad?
Do you regret not marrying the love of your youth?
Do you regret marrying a person you do not really love?
Do you regret for not being more active, for not saying ‘yes’ to that relationship in the past?
Do you regret wasting your time and not improving on your marriage?
Do you regret not being more involved in the life of your children?
Do you regret that insult, slander, quarrel or even divorce?
Do you regret living a wasteful life, using all your savings in wild pursuits, and now, not having a savings account?
Do you regret ignoring your health? Are you overweight, always postponing to start a diet, to do more exercise?
When you were younger, the answers to these questions did not really matter, for you thought you have ‘enough’ time to repair your mistakes…but now, feeling old…suddenly there is this pain, knowing you cannot control your life…looking back…so many lost opportunities that may never come back…are you feeling now afraid, sad, lonely or disappointed…

Child of God, with all these regrets, what can you do?
First of all:

Regrets are stupid, useless and wasteful! Do not waste any more emotions on regrets!
Surrender your life completely to God, your past, present and future…God is a witness to your mistakes…Please consider this: He could have stopped you but He allowed them to happen…there may be a mysterious reason why it was so… often, pain is better than laughter, for often, wisdom and strength proceeds from the root of grief (Ecc 7:3)
Humble yourself and repent! Long standing regrets are selfish and they end in bitterness that troubles all around you…think about this: the world does not rotate around your life, your failures or your successes…this world is God’s world! (Ps 24:1)
Your mistakes may have separated you from great opportunities, from friends, from children, from jobs or from degrees. But nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:38, 39. Do not look at what you have lost! Look at that which you can never lose!
Consider this also: God is still able to miraculously intervene in your life and bless you, even now, in your old age…so much more than in the past. Nothing is impossible with God! He created time, but He is not bound by time!
‘I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…you will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God who has worked wonders for you!’ (Joel 2:25, 26)
“Thank You Lord Jesus!”


If your labor is big or small, visible or invisible to men, well paid or unpaid by men…if you work as an academician or as a house wife…the secret of true success is to believe that you work in God’s presence, to believe that He sees you as you work, to desire that God receives glory thru your labor…then He will bless the work of your hands and will reward you much more than you can imagine!
“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah)”
“Orice faceți, lucrați din suflet – ca pentru Domnul, nu ca pentru oameni,
știind că veți primi ca răsplată moștenirea de la Domnul!” (Col 3:23, 24, Amp, Romanian)

Henry Dunant (1828-1910)

Henri Dunant was a Swiss businessman and social activist. His life is most interesting; a story of contrasts, of great achievements mixed with the lowest valleys of despair. He dined with kings and slept on the streets with the homeless. This is the story of a prodigal son, a story of a proud self- seeking man who finally, after much loss and pain, made peace with God.
He was born in Geneva, Switzerland into a wealthy Christian home. He surrendered his life to Christ at the age eighteen. Immediately he started preaching the Gospel. He went regularly to the prison to share his faith with the inmates. He also went to preach to young people like himself. At the beginning, they gathered in the woods, later, with the approval of his parents he invited these young people to his house to have home fellowship there. This meeting grew to become the first YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) in Switzerland. The Holy Spirit blessed his efforts and with time, it spread all over the world.
(Today, more than 125 countries have branches of YMCA. The vision for YMCA is primarily a place for homeless young people; however, it offers a broad range of programs such as Bible studies, sports, personal fitness, child care, overnight camping, employment readiness, advice services, immigrant services etc.)
Dunant became a bank manager in Geneva. He was known for his extraordinary skill of diplomacy and organization. His Bank sent him to Algeria in Africa to start a branch there. This is a new place for him. Algeria was a rich country, a colony of France. Most of the population was uneducated. His job on behalf of his bank was to buy land, to organize the development of mines, to build factories, homes and farms. Under his leadership, his bank owned over 50,000 acres of land.
But sadly, from this time on he starts to backslide from his faith. Against his Bank’s chief rules, he used his money to buy land for himself. He used his connections with the government and invested all his money into land in Algeria. He now owned over 1000 acres of land for himself. In Geneva, most people were Christians and they did not like to be extravagant with their wealth and social status. But in Algeria, no one could restrain him. This personal business in Algeria cost him his job. He was now on his own, free and ready to become one of the richest men at the time. He used all his money to build luxurious estates and factories on his land. The only thing that was missing was the government approval to the access of water.
Then trouble started for him. With all his connections, the government refused to grant him that. Without water, the whole investment was useless. He decided to go to Europe and meet with Napoleon, the king of France to ask him for the approval of water supply in Algeria. Napoleon’s chief of staff was his good friend. He was told that Napoleon is on the battle field, in war with Austria. The battle was fought at Solferino (in today Italy). Dunant, seeking an audience with Napoleon, had to witness the three days of battle. The French won but thousands of people died. For Dunant, this experience was a nightmare. He forgot about his business problems and thought of a method to help the 40,000 wounded men, from both sides, lying all over the place in the mud. He called the villagers and improvised first aid methods to help. Out of this tragedy, he later wrote a book that became the inspiration for the organization called the Red Cross. He went all over Europe to ask the heads of state to approve and sponsor his vision and newly founded organization. It will be a politically neutral organization, helping the victims of war all over the world. All the men he talked to gave their approval and this is how Red Cross started.
But then, his financial problems hunted him. Napoleon promised to help but he forgot about it. At last, he lost all his money and his good reputation. He had to declare bankruptcy. His assistant advised him to resign his leadership from the Red Cross and the YMCA, saying that his personal failure will be a liability to these organizations. Grudgingly, he did so.
He now lost everything. He went to Paris for a time and slept under the bridges, a homeless broken man. His family and most of his friends abandoned him. Some far relatives contributed money and paid it into an account where his creditors could not have access. He went back to his home country, to a little Swiss village called Heiden. That is where he lived, in an old people’s home to the end of his life (the house is now a museum).
In 1863, a reporter ‘discovered’ him and wrote an article that the original founder of the Red Cross is still alive. At that time, his successor at the Red Cross, who betrayed him, was on the list to receive the Nobel Price for peace. They made investigations and discovered that Dunant was alive indeed. In an extraordinary turn of events, he was called to receive the first ever Nobel Price for peace. The money he received for this honor was paid in his account but he never used it until his death.

In that old people’s home rejected by the world and abandoned by his friends, Dunant slowly remembers his Best Friend Jesus who said: ‘I will never leave you, never forsake you!’ Far away from the scenes of worldly success and disgraceful failures, he goes back to his Lord pleading for mercy once more. He lays his sins of ambition and worldly fame at the foot of the Cross. He founds again the joy of walking with God. The prodigal son has returned back to his father.
He died as an old man having made peace with God. His last prayer was the same with David’s own:
‘Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: According to Thy loving -kindness remember Thou me, For Thy goodness’ sake, O Jehovah’ (Ps 25:7)


it is well cross

(by Horatio Spafford)

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

This song was composed by Horatio Spafford in 1873 following the most painful event of his life. He was waiting for the ship bringing his wife Anna and their four daughters. The sheep sank not too far from shore. Only his wife survived and sent him a text message: ‘Saved alone’. In his grief, the Holy Spirit encouraged him by giving him this song, word for word. This song describes the true Gospel of Christ Crucified, the power of God unto the salvation of souls. Read and meditate on its words…

God’s ways

God never imitates anyone!
God always behaves like Himself!
God is always faithful to His own self!
God reveals Himself to man only thru Jesus Christ!
Pay the price to know God as a Person and you shall understand His ways!
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Is 55:9)

Dance with me, Lord…

Dance with me oh lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.
Romance me Lord, lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.

Behold You have come over the hills
upon the mountains.
To me You have run oh my beloved
You have captured my heart.

Dance with me oh lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.
Romance me, oh lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.

With You I will know you are my love
You are my fair one.
The winter is past and the spring time has come.
Dance with me oh lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.
Romance me, oh lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.


I prepared my sermon for this evening prophetic ‘Saturday- class’ I also prayed in English and in the Spirit, that our evening’s sacrifice may be accepted by the Lord.
With my hand on the handle, in front of the door, ready to go, I quickly reviewed my notes once more.
Then suddenly I felt the hush of the Spirit blowing over me. He said: ‘This evening, like Cinderella and her prince, you shall forget the mundane…for we shall dance together…’ I smiled and said ‘Thank You Lord…’
I don’t know why, but for a moment I thought He was joking…
We started the service with prayer, inviting the Holy Spirit to come. We declared our need for Him. Then we praised God with all our heart. The children started dancing round about the sanctuary. I went up to the altar. I was still waiting for ‘my slot’ to preach my sermon. I forgot about the promised romance. I thought the people needed some ‘head food’. Only God knew their hearts were just dry and thirsty for a fresh visitation, for an encounter that cannot be described with human words. No sermon of mine could have been enough. They needed something that only God can give. They needed life and joy and love.
Microphone in hand, ready to preach, suddenly this song came to me ‘out of the blue’ heavens…’Dance with me Lord, lover of my soul…’ I could feel the anointing lifting me up, the worship team followed and we just started singing in the Spirit, again and again…’The Lover of my soul is coming to me…Closer and Closer He comes…over the mountains of troubles, over the hills of grief…Closer and Closer He comes…I see You…I see You…I touch You…I touch You…I love You…I love You…Dance with me Lord, Lover of my soul, to the song of all songs…’ The anointing came as a rushing river of life, fearful praises, His glory kissed our faces…we danced floating round about, the old and the children, the fat and the slim…who cares…for He calls me Beautiful…in His eyes, I am beautiful…’
I cannot describe the scene… how souls fell in love with Jesus… for the mountain of transfiguration is only for them that long for the climb, miss the heavenly cloud and play on the angels’ harps…
“Even so come, Lord Jesus!”
All glory to You, Lord Jesus!


Mary Jones

‘I have treasured the Words of His mouth more than my necessary food’ (Job 23:12)
Mary Jones was a true woman of God. Not many people have heard of her story but she is one of God’s beloved saints. She was born in a very poor but committed Christian family in Welsh. She became converted to Christ at the age 8. She was ten years old when she prayed that God will give her heart’s desire. She did not pray for a doll, for a dress or for new shoes. These were the two things she desired the most: to be able to go to school so that she can read and write and also that she may have her own personal Bible in Welsh language. Both these things seem impossible gifts. There was no school and no teachers in her village. Both her parents were illiterates. Then God moved in His own special way…
Few months later, ‘a mobile’ school started in a caravan, about two miles from her village. Mary was so excited and begged her parents to be allowed to go there. Her parents agreed and so little Mary trekked to school daily. She had to work very hard at home too. She was so hungry to learn that she became the best in her class. Then she decided to work and make money to buy her own Bible in her native Welsh language. Apart from her daily chores at home, Mary Jones sold honey, did baby seating, sowing and picked fire wood for her neighbors. She was paid half penny per day. She dropped all the coins into a clay jar made by her father. She saved all her money and she never spent any for pleasure for 6 years.
She wanted a Welsh Bible. These were very rare and expensive. For example, in her village, only the pastor had one. At 16 years old she asked her parents’ permission to go to Bala, a city 25 miles away, to buy a Bible. She had to trek barefooted from morning to evening (she had just one pair of shoes and she used it only for special occasions, not for such a long trek).
She went to the house of Reverend Charles Thomas who sold Bibles. She told him that she needs a Bible and that she has saved all her money for the past 6 years. The reverend initially refused her, saying that all his Bibles have been booked by others. She fell down and wept and wept… Rev. Charles then shouted: ‘It was not possible to give you a Bible today, but… for Christ sake…I have to do it! ’ This is how she got her Bible. She then had to trek back home with the treasure in her sack.
This scripture applies so well to her:
‘The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly’ (Ps 84:11)

After the death of her parents, she married Thomas Lewis, a weaver, like her father. He too was a poor man, but rich in grace and a true spiritual partner. They had 6 children. Only one survived to be an adult. They were poor materially but very kind and generous. Both parents and children worked hard, they gathered all their money in a family purse called ‘the treasury’.
She made money from taking care of bees. She said that each time she came back from travel the bees will welcome her as a hero. They will land on her body by the hundreds and ‘buzz’ praises to God. Not once was she even stung by a bee.
Their family ‘law’ was this: what can we do without? What can we let go for Christ sake? For example, one daughter wanted a hat with a ribbon. She got the hat but sold the ribbon to add money to the treasury. Parents and children, they almost never had any luxuries. They sent all their savings as a contribution to the Bible Society, for the translation and distribution of Bibles to poor countries all over the world.

Rev. Thomas Charles who sold the first Bible to her was so touched by her passion for the Word of God that he founded the British and Foreign Bible Society. It was founded by rich Christian people who had the same vision, to distribute Bibles to the poor people, in their language. Mary Jones was the inspiration of it all. Millions of Bibles have been translated, printed and distributed all over the world, up till today. Who knows how many souls were saved, how many marriages were restored, how many children learned to obey their parents, how many dreams were born and fulfilled…all these because of a poor girl called Mary Jones, who like Job, loved the Word more than her daily bread.
She was poor all her life. She died as a poor old blind widow. Yet despite all her hardships and troubles, her Christian faith held to the end, and she was noted for her faithfulness to the Calvinistic Methodist church in Bryn-crug, her village.
To the world, Mary Jones was an ‘ordinary’ woman. To God, she was a faithful servant of Christ.
Her Bible is now in a museum at the National Library of Wales. In it was found this little poem that she composed:

“This is Jesus’ dear Bible,
Precious gift of God’s right hand;
There we find the rule for living
And the path to Canaan’s land;
There we read our ruin’s story,
Eden’s sad and sorry loss;
There we find the way to glory
Through my Jesus and His cross”

What lessons can we learn from her life and testimony?
*The Bible is the greatest treasure you possess.
*Read, meditate, pray, obey the Word of God!
*Teach your children the Word of God! Your children will not automatically love God just by the reading of the Bile. Recognize grace when it is found in a child. As parents, do everything you can to encourage the grace of God found in your child. Nurture any interest your child has to read the Bible, to pray or go to church! That is divine wisdom!
May God bless you dear reader with the blessings of Christ!
(in the picture above is Mary Jones’ Bible)

Snare or Safety

‘Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe’ (PV 29:25)
All men are divided in just two categories: the cowards and the faithful.
The cowards are ensnared and the faithful are free.
The word ‘snare’ in Hebrew means a hidden trap in the valley, in the forest, to catch the animals. The victim is pursued, caught and possessed by the hunter. With time, the victim becomes ‘an apprentice’ to the hunter and the circle of deception and violence increases. If this snare entangles your soul and you cannot move on, you cannot experience true peace or prosperity.
The cowards fear men and all created things. They fear many things: poverty, visibility, rebuke, suffering, loneliness, rejection, the future…
One thing all cowards have in common is that they do not fear God enough! The fear of men overpowers their fear of God.
Practical advice: all your relationships should be placed on the altar of God, in the light. There should be nothing to be ashamed of. All your friends should be free to come and go from your presence, as they please. No person should manipulate your emotions or make you feel guilty for being a friend. Your friends’ opinions should not lead you. Your circle of friends should not be ‘a secret society’. Each person should retain the freedom to continue or to dis-continue the relationship. Christ should be the Center and the Leader. All your decisions, counsels and discussions should give glory to God.
If your respect and love your friends more than you desire to witness for Christ, then you are trapped in a snare; spiritually you are trapped in a bondage. All gossips, all manipulations, all slander, all flatteries and worldliness between friends is a snare and a hindrance to freedom and prosperity. Simply said, if you fear or worship men, you will never prosper!

The faithful are the ones who fear God and trust in Him 100%. They are kept ‘safe’. This word means more than just protection; it means to be promoted, to be prosperous, to be exalted on high, to live on a blessed mountain that is inaccessible to your enemies. It also means to have an excellent spirit that freely moves on without any hindrance.
Some amount of fear of man is acceptable. For example we are commanded to be wise as the serpents. It means to fear unnecessary exposure and withdraw from the wild crowds. We are to be careful to avoid men who reject the Gospel, not throwing ‘pearls to pigs’. But apart from these few examples, fear of man is sinful.
We are to be pro-active in our relationships with people, trusting the leading of the Holy Spirit.
The fear of men affects our preaching, our witnessing for Christ. I heard of soldiers who are very courageous in battle but withdraw and become ashamed when talking to others about their faith.

What is the cure for the fear of man?
*Remember who God is! God is the Creator of all things. God is the Creator of all men. God holds the very breath of the man you fear. I am a fool if I fear man more than God!
*Remember who man is! Man is just a vapor, a shadow, a worm and dust on the floor. Man may brag but he is nothing without God. Man may intimidate with his beauty and success, but man can do nothing without God’s permission.
*Remember: All men are under the control of the Holy Spirit. No matter the threats and the slander, no man can move without God. Pilate thought that he has the power to kill or save Christ. But that power was given to him by God and for His purpose.
*Remember: no temptation is greater than the endurance provided by God, if you just believe.
*Remember: suffering, persecution and rejection is not as bad as the devil wants you to imagine. If God allows that pain, it means that it will eventually be a blessing to you and benefit your soul.

A personal note: each time I meet a new person, I declare ‘my stand’ for Jesus from the very beginning. I preach the Gospel to all men that come close enough to hear my words. I do not want them to say that they have been deceived by me, by my silence! I do not waste time in declaring my stand for Jesus!
When confronted with the Word of God, men will react in three ways:
*they get angry and leave;
*they mock me and leave;
*they listen, believe and get saved.
It is not for me to decide what my listeners should do. Of course, I tell them that the best is to believe, but if they chose another way, I too I am prepared. I do not get disappointed or depressed in the face of rejection. I do not fear their words, their body language or mocking laughter. I do not ‘beg’ people to accept Christ or be my friends. Both Christ and my friendship are more than gold and they are the ones who miss it. Anyway, no one can be my friend if that person is not a faithful humble obedient disciple of Christ. I please God and if I have to, I am ready to dis-please men. But for anyone who listens to the words of life from my mouth, and comes to Jesus to be saved, there is much rejoicing in heaven, on earth and in my soul.

Your rib is waiting…

More than half of the world’s population is made of women. Marriage is not as common these days. The divorce rate is increasing. So many bad stories…But do not despair! God invented the institution for marriage. He said that it is not good for the singles to be alone for too long (Gen 2:18)
Young man, you have to search among women to find your own ‘rib’. God has to be with you to successfully find your own wife among billions of women. God has to be with you, to protect and guide you, so that you do not get confused, you do not get lost in sin or backslide, as you are preparing for the next season in your life.
For all successful marriages, I say: ‘Well done!’
For the single brothers: do not panic, trust the Lord with all your heart and He will make your path straight.
For the single sisters: do not panic, trust the Lord with all your heart and He will make your waiting easy!
You do not need money to marry! You do not need strength or beauty! You need faith in God! I am old enough to encourage you with these words: “God will do it!”
Your ‘missing rib’ is waiting, young man…Move on!
“If you find a wife and you have found a good thing; it shows that the Lord is good to you” (PV18:22)

Disappoint your fears!

Dear Child of God, when you feel afraid of what other people can do to you, remember that God has ultimate control over your life. However, it is important to note that in order to expect God’s protection, you must be in God’s presence.
‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
In order to confidently rest in God’s shadow, you must live, you must abide constantly in His presence, you must walk in the Spirit. Practically, it means spending time with God, reading His Word, praying, doing ministry and obeying His commands.
Whether the people coming against you are terrorists or just your neighbor, remember that it is God who protects you!
‘The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’ (Psalm 118:6).
Do not worry about your enemies! If you still want to worry, then ‘worry’ about this life saving revelation: ‘is God with me or not?’ The answer to this question determines your victory of your failure!

The most important spiritual principle to overcome the fear of circumstances is this:
Safety is not found in the absence of danger, but in the presence of God!!!
“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Ps 4:8)
In every situation, there are always two stories—the story you (and even your enemies) see and the story God sees! Selah!
For example, Joseph was wrongfully accused of adultery with Potiphar’s wife. He was sent to prison. That is the story everybody knew about. But God was preparing His servant to become the prime minister thru the prison ministry. In God’s time, Joseph was vindicated and promoted supernaturally by God Himself who worked non-stop ‘behind the scenes’.
But the best example is the Crucifixion of our Lord. Herod, Pilate, the Pharisees and the devil behind them rejoiced at the sound of the hammer nailing Jesus on the Cross. They did not know that at that very moment God was manifesting the greatest story of redemption and love this universe has ever seen. The so called tragedy of the Cross became the door of righteousness and eternal life for millions of souls who believe.

When your life seems to be a major disaster; know that God has bigger plans to use your life for greater things. The story you see may not reflect the long-term story God has planned for you. Therefore, trust God, knowing that He works for good in all your circumstances, pleasant or not (Romans 8:28). Trust and praise God, for He has not yet finished with you! Rejoice, for the devil is ignorant of the greater purpose of God for you! Have faith in God! He knows his job! God never fails! God has the last say in your life! In Jesus name, Amen!

Redeem the time!

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity (redeem the time) in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do” (Eph 5:15-17)
Life is a mystery. You cannot live successfully and happily, except you are born again and filled with the Holy Spirit.
We are commanded to wisely ‘redeem the time’. What does it mean?
To redeem it means to greatly value something that I lost, and now, I am ready to pay the price to buy it again. I buy back something that was mine. I re-purchase something by paying for it a second time. To redeem it also means to free something from the consequences of sin. The desire to redeem comes from your appreciation for its value. It is because I love something I lost, that is why I am ready to pay for it the second time.
God has redeemed us from the curse of sin by sending Jesus to die on the Cross for us.
The days are evil because we live in a fallen world. It is not that Monday is more dangerous than Tuesday, for example. But we live among selfish, greedy, ungrateful people who waste their time on earth and think nothing of their souls.

A heart of wisdom knows the value of time on this earth and the value of eternity. Time is a gift of God. It is a grace gift. We do not merit even a second of life. If our life is short or long, the truth is that God gives us enough time to fulfill our destiny on earth. We have to pray and find that holy path. Each step in accordance with God’s will for my life means that I redeem my gift of time. As I follow the lead of the Spirit, I multiply my seconds on earth and start to taste eternity. I lose the fear of old age or even death. Redeeming the time ends in great joy.
God will demand an account for the way we spend our allotted time on earth. We have to use our time to seek God, to invest in the Kingdom of God, to worship God, to save souls and to bless others.
It is great wisdom to know how to manage your time on earth. The devil fights that wisdom. There are dangers and hindrances directly connected with time management. Each day is unique and it can never be repeated. You can waste time in doing worldly, fleshly things that profit nothing. The root of this waste of opportunities can be too much sleep, watching TV or Computer too much, being idle or day dreaming.
The Holy Spirit directs your activities and if you are attentive to His voice, you will use all available opportunities wisely and efficiently. For me, the spiritual things have priority always. Let’s say I am cooking and my phone rings with a request for counsel or prayer. I always put off the fire and abandon the pots as they are. I forget ‘the pepper soup’ at whatever stage it is. I give all attention to this open door of the Spirit to plant seeds producing fruit that abide forever. I can never tell an anxious soul looking for Jesus that I am not available because the dust on the table has to be removed. I also pray that God makes me more efficient with my house chores. He has answered my prayer. I waste very little time in cooking for example, for these days I make almost no mistakes in that area. This is a miracle for most of the time I cook Nigerian food, something that is so different than my ‘native’ Romanian food. I am almost like a computer in the kitchen. I can organize my time. I know how many minutes will pass between boiling the meat and adding the salt. To cook stew it takes longer time, so I plan it wisely. For example, I cook stew in the evenings after I finished all my spiritual ‘assignments’ for the day. In this way, cooking is like entertainment and relaxation for me. Just in case you ask, my God likes my prayer time and my husband likes my cooking. At the end of the day, I can sleep thanking God for allowing me to serve Him in so many ways, all in the space of only 24 hours. Jesus’ yoke is easy indeed!
Another enemy of redeeming the time is procrastination. This means to habitually postpone doing something that has to be done. The flesh hates to do the things of the Spirit and will use any excuse to postpone prayer, the study of God’s Word or spiritual ministry. I ‘beat up’ my flesh; ‘I force’ myself to read the Bible daily. I do it in the morning, when my body and mind are at their best. I tell myself that if I like it or not, I shall read my daily allotted portions of scriptures. I do not depend on my emotions or my moods. I force myself to read and pray. With time, little by little this spiritual burden became a joy and a fulfillment. Like anything in this life, the beginning is hard, but if you persevere, you shall reap a great harvest. I cannot describe in words the happiness I experience when I can master something that was ‘impossible’ for me before.
Some other practical advice:
Plan your day in advance. It is said that one minute of planning will save an hour of labor later.
Pick the right time for the right thing to do. Give priority to spiritual things above the natural things.
Perform! Do not procrastinate!
Have peace with God and with yourself!
Lastly, give thanks to God for your life and rejoice always!
In Jesus name, amen!