TO LOVE FOREVER

‘Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends…I have called you friends…’ (Jn 15:13-15)
If I am a friend of Jesus Christ, then I lay down my life for Him. Simple! It does not mean that I go through the big crisis of death. It means that I lay down my life deliberately, just as I would lay out a dollar note on the counter, to buy something. For example, I have a day before me, twenty hours in all. I am going to lay it out in devotion and obedience to Jesus all through. I will remember Jesus every second of that day…His name shall be in my heart and on my lips, above all other names, easy to remember…
Love in action is difficult… and thank God it is difficult. Salvation is easy because it cost God so much, but the manifestation of it in my life is difficult. God does expect a man to be a man. Learn to stand straight you who crawl and beg for fame…God shall give you an original backbone made for measure…Then you can chose to lay down your life for others, not as a worm, but as a man of God…
There are many other voices calling my name…Fear is a familiar spirit who ‘has gone viral’; it so easy to follow its lead…Doubt is much more fashionable, a ticket to belong to the rich men’s club in town…Confusion has done cosmetic surgery and professional make over, calling itself ‘breaking news’…These have booked the best suites in the World Hotel..I am left alone bellow, on the corridors of faith, holding tight to the ‘down life’ of agape love…Suddenly, I hear timid foot steps coming from the floor above…closer still… who is this?…a thief or a friend…Anyway, it does not matter for I lost my fears in the lift coming down…to my surprise it is a someone I saw last night, holding to a bottle of wine, old lipstick and make up dirty…”Can you help me please…what do I do to be saved…to be forgiven…to love forever and not die…”
“Come to Jesus, my sister, me bride…”
“Lamb of God, I come I come…”
God saves a man and fills him with His Holy Spirit. What a wonder, this great salvation…
Please listen to this saint of old:
‘My son, now it is up to you to prove your salvation. Work it out! Let the invisible work I have done in you become visible to others. Be loyal to Me while the nature of things round about you try to make you disloyal. I have called you ‘friend’. Now stand loyal and faithful to your greatest Friend. My honor is at stake in your bodily life!’
(Oswald Chambers, 1874-1917)
In Christ I declare:
Jesus died to save my soul!
I now love and live forever!
I am free indeed!
I am fruitful and blessed!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

ENJOY YOUR LIFE!

 

‘Eat your food with gladness and drink your wine with a joyful heart for it is NOW that God favors what you do…Enjoy your life with your wife whom you love…’ (Ecc 9:7-9)
Marriage is a gift of God. Some are married and some are not. You are to trust God for the gift of marriage. It does not depend on beauty or money. It is God’s gift. You have to humble yourself to receive the gift of marriage. Also, you MUST be happily married! This is God’s command! Any disobedience to God’s command is called witchcraft (1Sam 15:23). Any unhappy marriage is connected with the occult. You have to choose between your wife and a witch. You can’t have both! Chose marriage! Be happy! Tell your wife (your husband) that you are grateful for coming into your life, for sharing all things together! I am sure you are not blind…you see other women more beautiful than you…you see other men richer than you…but God said that you shall be married and it was so! Be grateful!
Be sexually and morally pure! Enjoy all things every day! Enjoy every minute for there is no another. Enjoy your marriage, your children and your family! Enjoy your church, driving to church, parking in front of your church…Enjoy the church activities, the choir rehearsals, the waiting for the service to start, the prayer times, the preaching of the Word, the worship, the offerings, the assembly of the brethren…Stop wishing for a better wife, a better church, a better opportunity to serve God and people…another opportunity may never come! Be at peace with all men!
A personal touch: My husband and I we travel a lot. Traveling is not easy. It adds stress that comes with changing your environment and meeting strange people. We always pray that wherever we go we shall be ambassadors of Christ and messengers of peace. We pray that people will remember us for good and not for trouble. We pray that the Holy Spirit will use our words and actions to minister life to the people we meet, long after they have forgotten our names.
We have discovered the sweet secret of successful fulfilled life in Christ! The older we get, the sweeter it is! We are happy and enjoy our lives in all circumstances. It is a wonder for our traveling companions but also a challenge to them to be the same.
I write these words on my laptop in a hotel room, far away from home…I do not know any man in this place…But as I look outside the window, I also see the sun and the sea, the birds and the sky, the same everywhere…and I bow my head in worship… things may change, but God is forever the same…and that is enough for me!

In Christ I declare:

I enjoy my life with my husband (wife)!
I keep sexually pure!
I shall be married!
I love God!
I love my church!
I am happy and at peace with God and with myself!
Thank You Lord…

In Jesus name
Amen!

THE MOUNTAIN IN THE SEA

 

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Mt 21:21, 22)
A mountain in the Bible stands as a symbol for many things. One of them is an evil stronghold, an obstruction along the way. It is positioned to block your vision of the finishing line. The aim of the enemy is to blind you to the reward, to the destiny crown promised by God. This mountain is demonic. It speaks discouragement to weaken your faith.
For example, when Nehemiah came back from Babylon, to rebuild Jerusalem, the enemy attacked him with doubts, fears and discouragement. The devil represented by Tobias and Sanballat opposed him saying that he is not able to finish building the wall. In the natural, things were very difficult. Even among the people of God, few had faith but many had doubts. This resistance to the work of God, to spiritual progress, is a mountain that has to be ‘thrown into the sea’. Nehemiah proved to be a true leader, defeated the opposition and finished building the wall of Jerusalem!
This is another word of faith:
“Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.
‘What are you, O Great Mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” (Zech 4:6, 7)
The counsel God gave to Zerubbabel is this: in the fight against all opposition, the human power will fail, but the power of the Holy Spirit will never fail!  This is the promise of of Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts. God challenges Zerubbabel to finish building the temple by praising and giving glory Him. God’s grace, His unmerited favor rooted in the Cross of Calvary is revealed as a mighty overcoming power that nothing can quench!  God’s grace means victory in the war against doubt and failure. Against all odds, the roof of the Temple shall be finished at the sound of fearful praise:‘Grace… Grace!’ Jesus Christ, the Capstone shall overcome!
It is foolishness to start the Christian race by grace and then try to finish it by human strength. Both the foundation and the roof shall be done only by the grace of God! Our salvation and our sanctification is possible only by the grace of God! The grace of God is a mighty weapon! Use it! You cannot ignore a blockage in an artery and hope that things will improve! The patient will end up with stroke! Do not deny the reality of spiritual attacks! Do not accept defeat! Do not remain spiritually stagnant! Do not be passive! Fast and Pray!
Listen to the voice of Jesus and you shall hear encouragement and victory! He said that if you have faith in God you shall destroy the enemy’s stronghold! Faith is 100%! Doubt is 0%! The size of the opposition does not matter; it can be a mountain, a hill or the sea…Your faith in God and in His grace shall overcome all oppositions! Fear not!  Declare war against the wickedness in high places! God will perfect all that concerns you!  Move on in your destiny! You can do it! I believe!
In Christ I declare:
I am saved! I am free!
By faith I destroy all opposition in my path as I follow Christ!
I fear not! I keep moving on!
I believe!
All glory to the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

THE CROSS MY HOME

‘O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?  Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?’ (Gal 3:1-5)
The Galatians were true believers. They had a good foundation. They started the Christian race well, salvation by grace, thru faith in Jesus Christ  But along the way they became careless with their soul; they lost their focus and went astray. They were backsliding internally and ignorant of it. They continued to come to church and learned the wicked skill of hypocrisy. Paul says that they were ‘bewitched’. The word means to betray your best friend; to fall in love with a stranger; to become infatuated with a mysterious, far away bright and beautiful star. This is the work of the evil seducing spirit of religion. It offers a counterfeit happiness that lacks commitment and royal poise.
On the surface, without spiritual discernment, lies are always more attractive than the truth. You have to seek and learn to appreciate the truth, before you can love it. But lies are cords to tie your soul into bondage and ever increasing sorrow. This deception makes a believer blind to the lovely face of Jesus, deaf to the truth that He brought to earth, foolishly rebellious against the grace of God.. The Cross of Christ makes no sense anymore…the Blood of Jesus seems to be ‘just blood’… Blind and naked, the backslider slowly loses his anointing and covering. Miracles cease and life becomes a boring routine. There is a prodigal waste of resources, of unnecessary pain and useless tears. Many years come and go, he may still go to church, at least on Sunday, but he is unable to have peace, to be wise and happy.
It takes a fresh work of the Holy Spirit to convict a backslider of sin. It is a miracle to become born again. It is an extraordinary privilege, a double miracle indeed to be arrested again by the Spirit of the only Living and Jealous God.
Every backslider comes back with stories of pain, failure and loss. Broken hearted he finally comes to the foot of the Cross and forever calls that spot HOME. Who can tell of the wonder of true salvation? Who can describe the chemistry of a soul set free? Who can speak of open eyes beholding the scepter of mercy? Who can write the story of men made perfect thru the death of their King? Even if I had a thousand tongues to sing the praises of my King, even that shall not be enough to describe the power, the beauty and glory of His Majesty on High!
” O come let us adore Him…Christ the Lord!’
In Christ I declare:
I am born again!
I destroy any spell of foolishness and seducing evil spirits upon my soul!
I set myself free to serve my God!
Jesus is Lord!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

A PROPHET’S REWARD

 

“He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward” (Mt 10:41)

 

The Lord Jesus says that anyone who receives a prophet recognizing the prophetic mantle upon him, that person shall receive a prophet’s reward. The word ‘receive’ is not a superficial word. People can receive a gift and throw it in the trash-can a minute later. That receiving is only temporary. Here we are told about receiving a prophet, not as an ordinary man in need of shelter, not as a poor visitor or as a stranger, but as the messenger of your God. It is said that the greatest honor you can give to any man is to receive his words, to obey his teaching. The Lord Jesus was training His disciples to go and preach the Gospel. He warned them that most people will refuse to listen to them. They should be prepared to continue to preach even in the face of many rejections. A prophet is not received by his natural family. Rejection from parents, siblings or children is one of the highest forms of grief. These are trials of faith to humble us in preparation for ministry. Success, especially if it comes too early, is a dangerous snare. But the Lord encourages us by saying that along the lonely way of life and ministry there shall always be people who will welcome us as we carry the prophetic mantle to the nations.Even when all hope seems lost, we shall meet people who will receive us for who we really are. They shall also accept the Gospel we preach. They will not argue or resist the truth.

Receiving a true prophet means receiving His Lord. If any man says he is a believer in Jesus and refuses to accept His messengers, that man may still be deceived and in bondage to empty religion. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Rev). Each time I see Jesus in someone’s eyes, each time I hear the voice of many waters during the new song of worship, each time I hold a hand and touch the stars and the scars…Boldly, I receive the words from lips of clay and tongues of fire…And I have peace…

 

In Christ I declare:

I trust in God and in His prophets!

I receive God’s messengers!

I love to give water to God’s prophets!

My reward is increasing daily!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

VICTORY IS POSSIBLE!

 

“Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin that a man does is outside the body,” but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body” (1Cor 6:18)

The story of Joseph is full of wonderful lessons of life. He successfully resisted the seducing spirits in Potiphar’s wife. It is possible to overcome trials, especially sexual temptations. The unbelievers accept defeat even before the attack comes. They do not believe that God has provided a way of escape for them in the mist of trials. In the wild, most animals do not fight back when the lion attacks them. His size and roar paralyzes them and they faint with fear. That is how unbelievers behave. But it is not so with Joseph and with the true believers.

First of all we see that it was not his choice to be in a place where he can be tempted. Joseph is not like the foolish youth who ‘lacks judgment’ and goes down the street, in the evening, towards a place where prostitutes sell their bodies. That street goes downwards to hell. Many men have perished in its dark spirals of sin and death (PV 7). As for Joseph, it was not his choice to live in Egypt, in the house of the powerful Potiphar. He was betrayed and sold as a slave by his own brothers. Potiphar liked him and bought him with money. Joseph could have been like any slave, no freedom, no future and no joy. But in the house of his master he proved to be a unique man of godly character, faithful, humble and wise. God was with him and He gave him success in all things. Soon, Potiphar gave him responsibility over the entire household. Then the lion attacked. He obeyed the command to ‘flee fornication’. That landed him in prison for the life. Joseph was not yet a free man when he was promoted to the highest position any man, slave or free, could have. After many nights of silent tears, he came to a place of authority, honor, comfort and peace. What was his secret? He cultivated the presence of God! God was with him thru all the trials of life. ‘The anointing will teach you all things…’ that is the promise of God (1Jn 2:27). His faith in God gave him wisdom much above his years.

This is a great lesson for all: A wise man is a strong man! A strong man is a successful man! Selah!

 

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

I obey God’s commandments!

God shall reward me according to His promise!

I flee fornication!

I serve the only Living God!

I daily pray for wisdom from God!

I am strong and successful!

My life is a testimony of God’s grace!

To God be all the glory!

In Jesus name, Amen!