MOTHERLY COUNSEL

 

Please do not ‘over-edit’ the Word of God, the name of Jesus Christ, until it loses its anointing and power! The name of Jesus is not a chemical formula of magic! You may simplify other sentences but not the name of your Lord!

“IJN” is not the same as “IN JESUS NAME”!

It is a privilege to call and write The Name above all other names: JESUS!

This is God’s Word:

“You shall not take My Name in vain!” (Ex 20:7)

“Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under heaven given to me by whom we must be saved!” (Ac 4:12)

“Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your name- the name You gave Me…” (Jn 17:11)

“May God open your eyes to the danger and give you wisdom and strength to please Him,

In Jesus name, amen!”

WISE SAYINGS

 

“Give not thy tongue too great a liberty, lest it take thee prisoner.

He that has no cross will have no crown.

In all thine actions think that God sees thee, and in all His actions labor to see Him.—That will make thee fear Him, and this will move thee to love Him.—The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge, and the knowledge of God is the perfection of love”

(Francis Quarles; 1592-1644)

LETTER TO A SISTER WHO IS DEPRESSED AND REFUSES TO TALK

 

“Dear…

I pray that this letter finds you well. I also pray that I can find favor with you, that you encourage me with a word…If I was living in the US, I could have come at your door and ring the bell…then we can see face to face, smile, hug…then ‘the ice’ will break… then the words will flow easier…but I am far away from you…so I depend on God to bind our hearts together with invisible but unbreakable cords of love that never dies…

Maybe you ask yourself why do I bother you…why don’t I just forget your name…Maybe I ask myself the same question…it is so much easier to forget, to ignore someone… than to try to come closer, to love…But I have learned this from the Holy Spirit: that I should not take the easy road, the crowd road…that I should trust God for the impossible things…

As I continue to pray for you, one thing is clear to me: You are a very special girl and Jesus loves you! I believe this 100%! Please let’s believe it together!

Love in Christ alone,

Malia”

 

(This girl is a teenager. Her mum died in an accident six months ago. Her dad is a family friend and asked me to stand in the gap for her. She needs a miracle of healing and love. Please pray for her, that she can open her heart to God and to me, as her grand-mother in Christ…)

ARE YOU A WISE OR A FOOLISH WOMAN? (2)

 

“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands” (PV 14:1)

We shall continue to study the scriptures concerning the great subject of wisdom. Like we said, wisdom is the skill to apply the knowledge of the scriptures in daily, practical living. It is not enough to be intelligent, educated or knowledgeable in Bible verses. Wisdom is a gift given only by God and applied by you with fruits proving its worth. Please pray for wisdom until you receive the vision of its power and the desire to be a wise woman of God. Nobody is born wise. Wisdom comes only as an answer to this specific prayer of need: ‘Lord, I need wisdom from You!’ God has promised to answer this prayer

WISDOM MAKES YOU A FRIEND OF GOD!

There are only two types of people in this world. The wise ones are the friends of God. The foolish ones are the friends of the world and the enemies of God. Please read the Book of James especially Chapters 3 and 4. We find there two types of wisdom. The divine wisdom comes from God. It is pure, peace loving, humble, submissive and fruitful. As wives we are commanded to submit to our husbands ‘’as unto the Lord’ (Eph 5:22). This submission has its root in humble and fruitful wisdom. It is not just passivity, weakness of character or foolishness. It is done wisely and beautifully!

The worldly wisdom is provided by the devil. It is available on this earth and it is called unspiritual. You do not need to seek God to be wise in a worldly way. It comes thru ‘old wives tales’, men’s traditions or books. Often it is called ‘common sense’. This wisdom is rebellious, proud, manipulative and shrewd. Jesus says that the worldly religious unbelievers are often wiser in their own dealings, make more profit with the resources they have than the children of light (Lk 16:8).  This revelation is a warning for us, knowing that we have an enemy who takes pleasure in deception and destruction. We are to be ‘wise as serpents and innocent as doves’ (Mt 10:16). True wisdom detects and destroys the deception of the devil’s agents. Some men chose to marry foolish ‘village girls’. Please do not envy such! A foolish, ignorant woman is in bondage and unhappy with herself. The devil is her master and he uses her as a bait to deceive foolish men. Do not join that worldly ‘club’ for it is sinful and shameful.

What is the main description of a worldly person? According to the book of James a worldly person is one who has a hidden selfish ambition, a secret desire for power and strives with others in order to get it. A worldly person is not someone who dresses in a fashionable way, uses make up or likes expensive things. These are just fleshly manifestations of sin.

A worldly person is an enemy of God who manipulates his way to the top of the social ladder, by destroying all others in his path. That is the devil’s main strategy. You can see it manifested in politics where they call it ‘dog eat dog’; in the churches where the younger pastors, motivated by the spirit of Absalom, desire their promotion ahead of God’s time. You can also see it in marriages where the wife, led by the spirit of Jezebel, competes with her husband for leadership. This is worldliness!

Please take notice: God is not their God, the love of the Father is not motivating them and Jesus is not their Savior. This style of life, this strategy of the world is very attractive to the flesh and many have fallen prey to it. But this is the truth: if you become a friend of the world, then you have declared war against God and the Body of Christ. Jesus said: ‘I do not pray for the world!’ (Jn 17:9). God opposes the proud worldly person! No man, no woman can war against the Living God and win! The solution is simple: ‘Come back to God, humble yourself! Repent and reject the spirit of the world! Worship and serve God! Love the brethren! Lastly, trust God that in His own way and His own time He ‘will lift you up’ to the glory of His name!

Wisdom and anointing are foundational in ministry. Woman of God, do not be intimidated by a beautiful face but whose mouth speaks foolishness and empty words; by the sound of expensive bangles of gold, by the shine of diamonds on the neck, by wide hats or tall head ties. These are all deceptions and cover up to hide vanity and cheap fame. Pay the price to study your Bible and pray always. It is not she who boasts at the beginning of the battle who wins the war! God in Christ will prove to be your wisdom, righteousness and strength! Let the worldly woman boast of her wealth! You boast about your God! Invest in your inner beauty! Desire to be a holy mature woman of God! And you shall win the battle for God is with you! For Hagar can never stand where Sarah is speaking! Her son Ishmael can never stand where your son Isaac is speaking! This is the eternal decree of God! No man, no woman and no devil can ever change that! All the glory goes to God! Amen!

BEWARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP CLOTHES!!!

 

 

The prophetic word we received last Saturday class was Is 54:15.

“I will never send anyone to attack your city, and you will make prisoners of those who do attack.

If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you” (Is 54:15)

We were told that attacks will come but we should reject them totally. We should not even be curious to ask questions or converse with such evil agents of the enemy. We should just say “NO!!!!  Go away in the name of Jesus!”

Young people, you especially, be careful! Pray for wisdom! Pray for discernment! Pray that you should be invisible to the enemy! Pray for the strength to hate sin and to reject evil!

Do not give your phone number! Do not volunteer information! Do not be deceived! Even if you pray for a marriage partner, he will not drive beside you while you trek along the road! He will not ask you for money from behind his fancy wheel!

This is a letter I received today from a young sister. She is a committed Christian, single, about 22. Her family is not rich. She works hard to pay for her school fees at the College of Education in Warri.

 

“Good evening Ma,

The day before yesterday i was going to work in the morning when I noticed that a car actually drove pass me and was waiting for me… reaching there were two men in the car and the one on the steering was a pastor so, He said he wants to speak to me for few minutes…  I told him I’m already late for work and then he said so I cannot give him few minutes of my time… so I agreed to wait and hear from him… he was asking me about myself… I told him… then he said I should give him my number, so i did…more also I reminded him that I am in a hurry to work… he said that he will give me a call and tell me all that he wants to say to me….so i said ‘ok’ (in my mind was that he wants to prophesy to me and i already knew people like that)… as i was about to go he said that I should give him money to fuel his car, that he’s going for a program… but i didn’t….so yesterday he called me and said that he wants to see me so we can discuss, that i should come to meet him in an hotel at Bendel Estate… i then told him that i will come… but i didn’t….please pray for me, Malia…”

 

“Watch out for false prophets! They dress up like sheep, but inside they are wolves who have come to attack you” (Mt 7:15)

THE TESTIMONY OF PECULIAR

 

I was at the church site today. A boy of about eight was brought in. He was dressed in a school uniform, blue and white with a yellow school bag. He looked afraid and confused. He said that he had missed his way. His school had closed at 2 pm. His house is close by. He was supposed to go straight home. He has gone that road every day for the past one year. But today, mysteriously, he went into the opposite direction and trekked for two hours. His school was near PTI area and he was found at Enerrhen Junction, a distance of more than three miles. He only remembered his name: Peculiar. He forgot his mum’s phone number, his dad’s place of work and their home address.

On his uniform shirt there was a tag with the name of his school. One of the brethren working at the site said he knows where that school is. We gave Peculiar biscuits and water. Two of the brethren and our Mopol (police man) went with him to the school. The parents were looking for him, desperate already. It was a very happy reunion. They were surprised that he did not remember any information. They said that the boy knows all the phone numbers of the family members.

Only God knows what has happened to him. It may be that Peculiar was under a spell of witchcraft. That is why he did not remember anything and he was willing to follow any instruction from strangers. He got lost and the story could have ended badly. There are many wicked people in this world. If any person is wicked enough to place spells on children, the wrath of God is upon that one! Any witch that desires evil against our children shall have no peace until he (she) repents of sin and publicly renounce it!

This is what Jesus says:

“Anyone who welcomes one child like this for My sake is welcoming Me. But if anyone leads astray one of these little children who believe in Me he would be better off thrown into the depths of the sea with a mill-stone hung round his neck!” (Mt 18:5, 6)

Thank God that the Holy Spirit directed this little boy to our church and that we could find his family!

Parents pray daily for your children!

We plead the Blood of Jesus over our children!

In Jesus name, amen!

LEAD BY LOVE

“Ephesians 5:25-27 exhorts, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
Do you know what the word “love” means? It is the agape form of love that Christ has for the church. It is a non‑conditional love. Did you know that God loves you unconditionally and that’s the way you’re to love your mate? Unconditionally.
If your wife feels like you are loving conditionally, the first attitude that is going to develop is one of fear. “I must keep up the conditions that produce love.” She’ll say to herself, “If I don’t do these things, I’m going to be rejected.”
Don’t get the idea because you are the head of the home, you are to make your wife do something. Has Jesus Christ ever made you do anything? Has He ever made you pray? Has He ever made you give? Has he ever made you witness? He’s never made you do one thing. Yet who is the head of the church? Jesus Christ.
It is not the husband’s job to force his wife into submission. It is his job to lead and love her in such a way that he assumes responsibility. A godly husband leads by love”
(Adrian Rogers)

TO REBUKE OR NOT TO REBUKE!

 

“Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return.

Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.

So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you.

But correct the wise and they will love you..

Instruct the wise and they will be even wiser” (PV 9:7-9)

 

We are commanded to pray, praise and seek God’s wisdom in all circumstances! This should become our life style. In the Book of Proverbs, chapter 9, we are called to choose one of two options. There are two women calling in the city. Each has a house.

Mrs. Wisdom lives in a palace. She has prepared her banquet and calls all inside to partake. Her guests love and have fellowship with their host. They also love one another.

Mrs. Foolishness lives in a haunted house, where the food is stolen and the drinks are poisoned. Her guests live in the cemetery; they hate her but visit from time to time when hungry for more disgrace.

This is the background of the chapter. In particular, we are commanded to be careful and wise when there is a need for rebuke. We are to pray for discernment when making the choice to personally invite, counsel and rebuke another.

There are two options:

*We are to rebuke the wise! The result is good for all! The rebuked wise person will increase in wisdom and the same will love you more. Why? The wise person loves truth and is ready to pay the price to have more of it. The rebuke will prevent future damage and loss. The rebuke increases the anointing for ministry.  Faithful rebuke is a manifestation of spiritual covering, a sign of love from God, a form of protection given to His children alone. It is a family mark.

*We are to avoid rebuking the foolish scorner! This is because he will reject your love and concern, increasing his previous sin. The scornful will mock your wisdom and use your words against you. He will hate you and stain your testimony by calling you unloving. The rejected rebuke will become a weapon of violence in the mouth of the mocker. No need for useless pain!

Please observe that we are not to hate a mocker. We are to hate his sin, not the person. The general call and invitation from Mrs. Wisdom goes to all the inhabitants of the city. We are to preach the gospel of grace to all who can listen. But we are not to privately counsel or rebuke a mocker. He is stubborn, proud, un-teachable, rebellious and wicked. He will only waste your time and effort. The reward of rebuking a mocker shall be shame and insult, unnecessary pain you should avoid. The religious mockers are very crafty. They know enough of the Bible to quote back scriptures against you. They will confuse you with their knowledge. Some ‘professional’ mockers are possessed by demons. They can tear down any godly offer. Some of these are employed in ‘a ministry’ of church entertainment. God forbid! Be careful! They are able to make you grieve the Holy Spirit with their occult jokes. You do not ‘joke’ with the devil. He is like a rattle snake. The best thing is to avoid it if you are not prepared to handle it.

For example, the prophet Elijah did not correct, did not rebuke the prophets of Baal. He confronted them and they failed, he killed them all! Then the people of God repented of doubt and came back to Jehovah!

Another example: King Hezekiah sent messengers to all the people that they should come and partake in the Passover Feast. In other words, he called them to be humble, repent and pray for revival. That was a good thing to do. But they insulted the messengers and reject their call. That was the end of that grace. He did not call them again. Some repented later (2Chr 30:10)

Even Jesus was mocked and insulted by the religious hypocrites. He commanded His disciples to ‘leave them alone’. The word in Greek means to abandon, to forsake or to ignore them.

Mockers do not appreciate wisdom, spiritual beauty, holiness and sacrifice. Their mockery is a choice, a life style. They are the enemies of the Cross. We are to abandon them to their own foolishness and give God the room to handle them Himself.

“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy! Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you… so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.” (Mt 7:6; 15:14)

But as for me and the children God has given to me we shall appreciate God’s love as a father!

We shall love truth and we shall pay the price for its entrance!

We shall receive any holy prophetic rebuke, blessing God and thanking the messenger!

‘Let the righteous man smite and correct me—it is a kindness. Oil so choice let not my head refuse or discourage’ (Ps 141:5)

In Jesus name, Amen!

THE SIN OF STUBBORNNESS

 

David describes how painful it was for him when he refused to acknowledge, confess and repent of his sin (Ps 32). God was chastising him with sickness, weakness, depression and many other troubles, but he refused to repent. He could not sleep at night; he lost his appetite and even the desire to live. The flood of pain and sorrow almost drown him. He felt like he was dying inside.

This is the peculiar work of the Holy Spirit and can be described as withering, as drying the power of the flesh. The false happiness and the pleasures of sin are slowly destroyed by the breath of the Spirit. The sinner struggles to hide its sin, to minimize its wickedness. Without the work of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin, the natural man will not be able to be free from it. The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God preached under anointing to point to your sin. You may fight the preacher, you may kill the prophet, but the Word belongs to God and it will win at last. The deeper the conviction, the greater the repentance and the greater the joy will be. ‘The grass whiter and the flowers fall because the breath of the Lord blows on them…but the Word of our God stands forever’ (Is 40:7, 8)

David’s greatest sin was adultery and murder. He was to confess that openly but he refused. This unwillingness to confess became an added sin that compounded the problem. This was the sin of stubbornness.

The longer you refuse to come to the light and acknowledge your sin, the stronger the bondage shall be. Sin is a slave master. Sin is an offence against God, a betrayal against His love for you. Secondarily, sin an offence against people and against your destiny in Christ. ‘Stubbornness is like witchcraft’ (1Sam 15:23). Refusal to confess your sins will bring you in the realm of the occult; will harden your heart and destroy your conscience. It will make you proud, un-teachable and rebellious. Your stubbornness will grieve the Holy Spirit. Then God will oppose you. He will withdraw His peace, His joy, His guidance and instruction. He will abandon you to a restless life, without purpose and without victory. Your enemies shall prevail and your troubles will increase. There is no escape from this cage of failure and defeat except you make peace with God!

There is no cure for sin except the Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross of Calvary. You need to have faith in His Blood!

Once you come back to God, to the Cross of Christ freely confess your sins to Him. God’s Mercy and Grace shall be revealed. Your sins shall be covered and hidden from the eyes of men and demons. Jesus paid the price for your redemption and you shall be free from all condemnation. Peace and joy shall return with a flood of blessings. God will again delight in teaching you, guiding you and fellowshipping with you. Your reconciliation will have a background of music. God shall surround you with mercy, songs of deliverance and victory. Sin combined with God’s grace ends in laughter and joy unspeakable. This man who is justified by the Blood of Jesus is no more called a sinner, but a blessed saint. What a wonder this salvation…

Sinner, backslider, prodigal son…come back home!

Let’s pray: ‘Dear Heavenly Father, I am sorry for all my sins. I was stubborn and wicked for so long. I took your grace for granted. I despised your love. I ignored your mercy. I ask for forgiveness. Please cleanse me by Your Blood, refresh and revive me. I vow to give You alone all the glory! In Jesus name I pray, amen!’

THE BREAD OF DECEIT

“Did you know that there are no happy old people living in Satan’s camp? Now, he has some happy young people – those who are living high, wide and handsome right now. They have a certain modicum of fun and what we would call happiness. But Satan has no happy old people. Here’s why. Satan always gives the best first and the worst last.
For example, Proverbs 20:17 says, “Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.” Satan is a counterfeiter and a deceiver. With Satan, the journey always starts sweet, but it does not end that way.
Do you ever see television ads that show the partiers the morning after an all-night drinking spree? Does the camera span to the drunk in the gutter as the closing scrolls “Have a good time with…”? Do the billboards show the blasted lives and the broken homes?
Satan always gives the best first and the worst last. But, Jesus gives the best last”
(Adrian Rogers)

THE CAGE IS BROKEN AND I AM FREE

Bird in the cage
A little bird I am,
Shut from the fields of air,
And in my cage I sit and sing
To Him who placed me there;
Well pleased a prisoner to be,
Because, my God, it pleaseth Thee.

Nought have I else to do,
I sing the whole day long;
And He whom most I love to please
Doth listen to my song;
He caught and bound my wandering wing;
But still He bends to hear me sing.

Thou hast an ear to hear
A heart to love and bless;
And though my notes were e’er so rude,
Thou wouldst not hear the less;
Because Thou knowest as they fall,
That love, sweet love, inspires them all.

My cage confines me round;
Abroad I cannot fly;
But though my wing is closely bound,
My heart’s at liberty;
For prison walls cannot control
The flight, the freedom of the soul.

O it is good to soar
These bolts and bars above!
To Him whose purpose I adore,
Whose providence I love;
And in Thy mighty will to find
The joy, the freedom of the mind.

(This is a poem written by Madam Guyon (1648-1717). She was a French Christian woman who was sent to jail by the leaders of the Catholic church because she became born again and Spirit filled. She found Jesus even in her prison cell and wrote many books there)

Mr. and Mrs. MIKE MARTIN – PEOPLE OF FAITH

Mr and Mrs MartinCrista ministries

CRISTA Ministries was founded by Mike and Vivian Martin in Seattle, in 1949. Their vision was to manifest the love of God while serving people through education, international relief and development, senior care, and media. This is their story:

 

Mr and Mrs Martin had a burden and vision to open a place for ‘problem’ youths, to feed and accommodate them. It will be a home where there will come to do Bible studies and learn different job skills. Every day Mike walked in the neighborhood, praying that God will intervene. Vivian was praying at home. Suddenly he stopped before an abandoned building. It was a former Tuberculosis Sanatorium, but now it was closed down. Then the Holy Spirit told him to go and tell the owner that he wants to hire the building for 1$ (one dollar!) per year. He trusted God for the command given to Joshua: “I will give you every place where you set your foot!” (Josh 1:3).

Mike removed his shoes and bare feet he went into the compound. He then walked about praying. When he told his friends some laughed at the idea. But he obeyed God and had faith. He went to see the owner and proposed 1$ to pay annually. The board of directors initially rejected Mike’s application to lease the place but Mike was persistent. Eventually, to everybody surprise, they granted him the 56-acre campus for a dollar a year. This is how in 1949 Crista Ministries was born.

As the Martins began working to repair the buildings, other people who shared Mike’s vision to serve came to help them. Over 70 families showed up bringing tools and money. The youth hostel was the first one to open.  Later they added a retirement community where about 80 elderly residents live there permanently. They also built a Christ centered school, a university and a Christian radio station. Their focus is to come and pray, to serve free food to the poor and to organize conferences. It is also a place of retreat for missionaries and pastors. In 1970 two international medical organizations, came to build two hospitals, one for humans and another for veterinary services.

After hiring the place for some years, Mr and Mrs Martin had faith to go ahead and buy the property. They needed a miracle for the property was now worth millions. They prayed and God said that Mike should offer the owner $50,001 exactly. He also prayed that there will be no competition. On the day of bidding, many people came to buy the compound but to everybody’s surprise, none bided. The auctioneer slowly lower the hammer and sold the place to Mike for exactly that amount.

The ministry continues up till today. Their spiritual children are faithful to the initial vision of the founder and are doing much good in the Seattle area. The property is now worth millions of dollars. A little seed of faith produced a great harvest for God’s glory! Little is much when God is inside!

 

What are the lessons here? God wants to bless any of His children who are willing to take the risk and go and to do ministry in His name. The first thing you must do is to accept the burden of the Lord! It comes as a strange sadness. You look around and see the damage sin has done to humanity. God does not despise a broken hearted man, especially when he is willing to be used by Him to repair or rebuild a situation. Pray and ask God for clarity of vision. Then God’s strength, wisdom and supply shall surely come. God is very rich. God is also very generous with His resources. But He is looking for people like Mike Martin, who are willing to be bold and responsible with His name, with His power, riches and glory.

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.” (Mt 13:31, 32)

Invest in the Kingdom of God! Your reward shall be great!

In Jesus name, amen!

(in the pictures Mr and Mrs Mike Martin, about 1950; the administrative office of Crista Ministries today)

MY DESTINY IS A SUCCESS!

 

This story happened during the captivity of the Jews in Babylon. Nehemiah, like Daniel and Esther, was a slave in a foreign land. His master, King Artaxerxes trusted him with his very life. He was his personal steward, pouring the wine at the table and tasted it first, to prove there is no poison. He was a humble and loyal servant. But he was a slave nevertheless.

Then one day he hears that the city of his fathers, Jerusalem was completely abandoned, its walls in ruins and its gates burnt with fire. He was told that the enemies of the Jews live there as parasites. The name of Jehovah was mocked!

Nehemiah’s heart was broken. Jerusalem in ruins was a picture of his own heart, rejected, lonely and ashamed. For the next four months, Nehemiah goes to his ‘office’ trying to hide the pain. Looking sad in the presence of the king meant death penalty.

Then God moved!!! ‘God’s hand rested upon Nehemiah’. The word ‘hand’ in Hebrew means favor, sense of direction, resources and power. The king observed that his trusted slave was not as happy as he was in the past. He asked for an explanation. Nehemiah prays ‘an emergency’ prayer and tells him the truth. God’s burden is revealed upon his servant. He volunteers to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. Humanly speaking that was an impossible request. Nehemiah is a slave. He is asking his master for the permission to be free for some time to do God’s work. What slave can ask for such a thing? Not only that, he is asks the king to sponsor his ‘project oversees’. He wants the king to give him ‘a Babylonian diplomatic passport’; letters of authorization for the free passage to Jerusalem. He also wants the king to pay his ‘traveling expenses’ and to supply all the building materials. Don’t forget, God’s hand is upon him and that hand can never fail. The king is impressed with his slave’s boldness and wisdom. He agrees with all his requests and generously, he even adds something as a bonus: a regiment of armed soldiers on horses to protect Nehemiah and his project.

Arriving in Jerusalem Nehemiah meets great opposition from the wicked opportunists who live there. But against all odds, he rebuilds the wall and finishes his assignment (Neh 6:15). He then returns to the king in Babylon, to be his servant once more.

 

What are the lessons here? God wants to bless any of His children who are willing to take the risk and go and to do ministry in His name. The first thing you must do is to accept the burden of the Lord! It comes as a strange sadness. You look around and see the damage sin has done to humanity. God does not despise a broken hearted man, especially when he is willing to be used by Him to repair or rebuild a situation. Pray and ask God for clarity of vision. Then God’s strength, wisdom and supply shall surely come. God is very rich. God is also very generous with His resources. But He is looking for people like Nehemiah who are willing to be bold and responsible with His name, with His power, riches and glory. For as long as you excuse yourself saying: ‘God, I see the need but sent someone else’ God will not entrust you with millions. This is the truth! You have to steal money to be a millionaire…

But if you accept the burden and the vision of the Lord, the supply shall come at your very door, no doubt about it!

In the natural Nehemiah was a slave in captivity. He had no rights at all. But in the spiritual, he was a man of God, a champion and a true leader with a genuine vision. There are so many fake ‘leaders’ these days that people get discouraged. But please remember, God is the same; He never changes! He is the faithful God! His dealings with men are the same forever!

You duty is to surrender your life to God! Then see what God will do! ‘Throw the ball back’ to God!

Nehemiah is an inspiration to us, thousands of years since his death. A man may be in a prison cell, homeless and sleeping under a bridge, sick with an incurable disease in a poor village hospital, bankrupt financially, rejected by men and lonely…but if that man prays and finds God’s purpose for his life, God’s hand on him will make him successful and great. No opposition can succeed against such a man! This is the Word of God!

Lastly, be encouraged! The wicked children of darkness, the doubters, the mockers, the religious fake who hate all good things and who try to discourage the true believer, they shall fall for your sake!

This is what Nehemiah, a slave set free by God, said to his enemies:

“The God of heaven will give us success! We His servants will start rebuilding! But as for you (my enemies) you will have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right in it!” (Neh 2:20)

 

This is my prayer for you:

May God give you the vision of your destiny!

May you accept the burden and the responsibility for its manifestation!

May you have faith 100%!

May doubt be 0%!

May your enemies who slander you and your good work be disgraced and disappointed in the name of Jesus!

May you be fruitful, faithful, humble, diligent, focused, wise, disciplined and strong!

May God be glorified in your life!

In Jesus name, amen!

GIVE THANKS!

 

I read the interview of a missionary to Mexico. He said that there is an area over there where natural hot and cold springs of water are found side by side. The women from that village go and wash their clothes in the hot pool and then rinse them in the cold spring. So he told them: ‘I am sure you are grateful to God for providing such a luxury’. One of them answered: ‘God could have done more than this. He could have freely provided the soap for us too…’

‘In the last days men shall be ungrateful’ (2 Tim 3:2). We live in what the Bible calls the last days. It is a dangerous time for sin begets sin and spreads fast from one man to another. To be ungrateful means to receive gifts casually, to take the Giver for granted; to use something without saying thanks; to fail to show appreciation; to be insensitive to the feelings of the one who blessed you. It means to grieve the Holy Spirit for lack of gratitude for your very breath.

The natural man is born ungrateful. We are to repent of this ugly and shameful sin and learn to say thank you, from the heart. We are to be grateful to God and to the men He uses to bless us!

Ungratefulness in the heart is a major hindrance for God to answer your prayers (Phil 4:6).

Thanksgiving belongs to God (Rev 7:12)

“Give thanks always for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1Thess 5:18)

Amen!

NA YOU BE THIS?

THE TESTIMONIES ARE POURING…
THE PROPHETIC WORD TONIGHT WAS: “NA YOU BE THIS?”
God will so change your situation, so bless you, that even you and all your friends shall say: ‘Is this you?’ it sounds better in ‘pidging’ English!
“I just received this note from a brother who attended the evening prophetic class!

“Malia, I wish to share this with you. The beep from my phone woke me up at 5:40am yesterday and I decided to check the message box. It was a message from my landlord titled Six Months Notice To Quit…on or before 30th day of Nov. 2013. After reading it I felt my heart gladdened and smiled… I continued my sleep. I told my wife in the morning and just like I felt, she was joyful! We just thanked & blessed the name of the Lord. Little is much when God is inside! From an insignificant amount of money, the Lord started building a house for us in Nov 2012 & today it is at the roofing stage and the roofing will start once we are back from the tour. HE that has started this work is able to finish it perfectly for His own Glory! For us we see the completion of the house on or before 30th day of Nov. 2013. Thank God for the prophetic word to us today. Any time we look at the project we ask ‘na we be dis?” Faithful is HE that has started this good work! Our FAITH is 100% doubt is 0%. Thank you Malia for being a vessel. Thank you Jesus!!!”

THANK YOU LORD, FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS FROM ON HIGH! WE VOW TO GIVE YOU ALONE ALL THE GLORY!
IN JESUS NAME, AMEN!

Yes and Amen!

‘For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us’ (2Cor 1:19, 20)
The promises in the Bible are real and wonderful beyond words. These are the blessed inheritance of the children of God. No unbeliever should ‘claim’ them for their selfish desires. This illegal claiming is called stealing. The evil spirit of religion is cheating many foolish people. He is stealing words from the Bible and sells them to the unbelievers at a very high price. This price is their very soul! It is most dangerous to be outside Christ and imagine yourself as a partaker of the blessings of obedience recorded in the Bible. This is called the sin of presumption and God punishes it (Deut 29:18-21).
For example, the Egyptians hunted the children of God into the miraculously divided Sea. But they lacked the faith to receive or sustain such a miracle. The deliverance of the Jews became the grave of their enemies (Heb 11:29). It is very dangerous to be ‘over-familiar’ with the Bible as an unbeliever!
Many people assume that ‘all things work together for good’ for everyone who can quote this scripture. The truth is that this wonderful promise applies only ‘to them that love God and are called according to His purpose’ (Rom 8:28). The purpose of God is to know Him, to worship Him as revealed in Christ Jesus. This blessed, mysterious working of ‘all things for good’ is the inheritance of the children of God, them that are saved in Christ. They alone should trust God for using all things and all circumstances to improve theirs characters, to increase their faith and to establish their testimony.
The born again Christian has a good life, a successful walk with God. He may be shaken for a moment, but he does not fall down completely in the midst of trials. Please study a true believer, what he does during enemy attacks. The child of God does not change his character just because he is suffering an affliction. He still remains faithful, gracious and generous. He still reads his Bible, prays and goes to church to encourage others. He does not become rude or stingy just because he is suffering. He resembles his Master who became ‘perfect thru suffering’ (Heb 5:8, 9). Please watch this peculiar seal of mature faith! It is most encouraging!
For the religious unbeliever who ‘believes’ God’s promises of blessings but rejects Christ, no such assurance should be given. An unrepentant unbeliever ends in hell. How can hell be ‘a good’ thing? How can going to hell benefit his life? Hell is not a working ‘for good’ but a judgment and a punishment on the sin of presumption, doubt and unbelief. Selah!
But you, beloved child of God, encourage yourself in the Lord! Indeed, all things are under the control of God who is your Father in heaven. Nothing happens to you that God does not permit. The trials of life come just to confirm and strengthen your faith. Once that aim is achieved, the same trouble vanishes like the morning midst. There shall be hours of darkness, when bad news seem to abound. It may be sickness, a negative report from the doctor…it may be some division in the marriage, trouble with the children, or slander in your office. This attack from the powers of darkness usually comes with fear, doubt or confusion. The devil seems to be in control. But remember, this darkness is never permanent for the true believer. It is always temporary! Look at your wrist watch and count the seconds remaining. The attack comes and then GOES AWAY! God has promised that for the upright, for the believer in Christ, that ‘light will arise even in darkness’ (Ps 112:4). You will never have to face any trail on your own. You will never be sick and lonely in the same time! You are covered by the Trinity. ‘I will be with you in trouble’ says your father (Ps 91:15). Weeping may endure for a night…the season of attack may seem so long…but the morning breaks and the darkness has to bow to the rising sun of hope and healing in its wings (Ps 30:5; Mal 4;2) . Suddenly, faith is promoted to the status of testimony! Mature faith becomes a weapon, ready to fight back stronger in the future! Unspeakable joy seals the believing heart!
Lastly, test your standing, your faith, you foundation! To whom do you belong? Please do not just smile as you read these words for these are the warnings of life against sin and death!
May God open your eyes to the truth in Christ who is able to set you free!
In Jesus name, amen!