HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT

 

PROPHETIC CLASS TESTIMONY

The anointing of ‘champion love’ was very strong this evening in the church. We did ‘a mass wedding’. It was not planned by man, but by the Holy Spirit. Thank God that I am not in charge! The single sisters gathered at the entrance of the sanctuary, the place from where the brides usually come in. Each took an artificial flower from the church. The children volunteered to be the entourage. The single brothers stood at the altar waiting, praying in tongues. Then the ‘bridal train’ marched as Bro Blessing was singing “He is jealous for me!” The married couples were the ‘wedding guests’ encouraging, taking pictures. Pastor Timi stood as ‘the father’ of the brides. Pastor Ebi and Pastor Trish prayed prophetic blessings over them. Brother Emmanuel brought out a professional camera and took pictures…there so much faith and rejoicing, the building shook…nobody took notice that we were all in jeans and T-shirts, for the glory of God covered us all. It is so wonderful to come to church! I testify that God has blessed our church with the gift of happy godly marriages! In Jesus name, Amen!

 

TRUE LOVE IS A CHOICE AND A COMMITMENT

“There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. We love Him, because He first loved us” (1Jn 4:18, 19; AMP)

True love is a choice. It means to decide, to select freely after proper consideration. To choose it means to make a judgment about a matter, to come to a final conclusion and a course of action. This selection is made against the powers of doubt, fear, wavering, controversy, quarrels or intimidation. Just imagine this scenario: love stands before different doors; love thinks; love prays; then quietly but surely, love comes in front of one; she opens that door; passes thru it and shuts it behind. Love knows when to say ‘yes’ and when to say ‘no!’ Perfect mature fruitful love is never confused! Love knows the power of finality and never regrets its way, never looks back or wishes contrary emotions.

True love is also a commitment, a pledge, an exchange of promises, a vow, an agreement to do something, to be faithful in the future. Love bounds the soul emotionally and intellectually, it restrains its freedom for a better gain. Love is sincere and steadfast keeping loyal to a fixed purpose defeating the enemies of apathy, laziness and indifference. Commitment means to be seriously minded, loyal, mature and responsible. The power of committed love is greater than the temptation to betray, to divorce or to deny the truth.

 

LUST, FEAR, LAZINESS AND DOUBT ARE BROTHERS IN SIN

Lust is always infatuated with the many options. Lust stands looks and admires the different doors forever. Lust and doubt are brothers in sin.  Doubt is not able to choose only one option; it never shuts the rest of the doors. Doubt and lust are signs of a weak corrupted sick will. Lust hates making life time promises. Lust is slothful; it loves its own freedom to admire many objects; its will is weak and lazy; love and hate look the same, marriage and singleness look the same; God and devil they look the same. There is no compulsion to choose one love and to reject all the fake options. There is no passion to be responsible and faithful to only one love. Lust is a criminal. Reject it!

THE FEAR OF COMMITMENT IS THE ENEMY OF MARRIAGE

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control” (2Tim 1:7, AMP)

There are many people who fear to pledge themselves for the rest of their lives. This fear manifests itself as weakness to choose a life partner, a line of action in school, at work or in making decisions in general. The fear of commitment may be the major reason why men do not marry until late in life. These are afraid of settling down. They are addicted to doubt, lust and laziness. They enjoy looking and admiring the many options. Some, under pressure, they get married, but they still continue to remain under the bondage of this fear and doubt. This is why their marriage is not stable and many end in divorce. They fear losing the many options displayed. They say that they are afraid to make the wrong decision. They too desire true love but they are afraid that it is just an impossible, unattainable dream. Their imaginations are wild. They have a lot of fantasies about an ideal partner. That is why they cannot ‘come back to earth’ and marry what is available. These men live with doubt; they always have a backup plan. These are romantically polluted dreamers, spreading their false hopes and wicked proposals. The danger of living with this fear of making a commitment is a lonely frustrated life of regret. A coward dies many deaths for fear of war.

What is the solution? Pray that you may see the truth of your position. Identify your fears. Fear is a demon connecting you with the powers of hell! Repent of all your fears! Confront them! Call them by name! Reject them! Pray for the Holy Spirit! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! Stop worrying about tomorrow! Trust God who never tempts anyone! Be free to obey God’s Word!

May God’s perfect will (which includes a happy marriage and a successful ministry) be done in your life, in Jesus name, Amen!

 

REBEKAH THE WARRIOR BRIDE

“We will call the young woman and ask her personally.” Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I WILL GO!” (Gen 24)

The two most important decisions you make in life are these: Give your life to Christ and chose a life partner!

Pray daily, not only for your children’s salvation, but also for their choice of a life partner!

Rebekah was a beautiful virgin! This is a great blessing! By this decision Rebekah’s life was changed completely. For her and for us, old things pass away and everything becomes new! She has not seen Isaac but she agreed to marry him. That is faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Have faith in Jesus Christ and His plan for your life! “Having not seen, you love” (1 Pet 1:18).

In Christ I declare:

I do not see God but I love God!

I love my neighbor as I love myself!

I am lead not by my senses but by the Holy Spirit!

I reject lust, fear and doubt!

My body is my servant, not my master!

I receive the gift of marriage made in heaven and enjoyed on earth!

I am a fruitful vine!

My children shall marry well!

When God calls, I shall say: “I will go!”

To the glory to God!

In Jesus name

Amen

THE INCORRUPTIBLE, LIVING, ABIDING AND ENDURING WORD OF GOD

 

 

“Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass -The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.”

Now this is the Word which by the gospel was preached to you” (1Pet 1:23-25)

 

Salvation is a mystery. Salvation is a miracle. Only God can save your soul! This is God’s express wish and command: You must be born again! Religion is not enough; you must be redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. Church is not enough; you must be found in Christ alone. When looking for a church, do not stay there just because you ‘like the worship’. The choir may be excellent, the keyboard heavenly. But God made it so that is only thru the preaching of God’s Word, the true Gospel of Christ Crucified that you can be saved. Good worship in a church is not enough reason to attend it! You need first of all is to listen to the Word of God coming from the pulpit. You are saved by the Blood of the Lamb, thru the anointed preaching of the Word of God. Your spirit, your conscience must bear witness with the ministry of the preacher. You are not saved by songs or by praises.  If you are infatuated with the choir, remember, good worship is like food for the children living in the house. For as long as you are not born again, you are still a foreigner, standing alone, outside, in the rain, looking thru the window. You cannot partake from the food given only to the children. The Word must be planted into your spirit to become a child of God. Then you can come in, and eat all the delicacies you longed for and admired from outside.

 

The Word of God is not like any other human word. It is described as an ‘incorruptible seed’. In Greek this word means something that is immortal and indestructible. It can never be wasted, defiled, wither or die. It is an eternal spiritual seed that is planted in your spirit producing a peculiar fruit called salvation. It is also an abiding and enduring Word. It is injected in your spirit and it dwells there. It cannot be aborted. No man or devil can uproot the Word planted in a good, welcoming and noble heart. It becomes a part of you forever. Its influence is not just occasionally, but it is permanent, constant. It does not depend of your feelings. It much deeper than that!

The preaching of the Word of God comes with the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Once you come into contact with it, the Word will reveal to you the truth. You may fight this painful revelation but cannot win against the truth. Thru the Word, you shall be able to believe that you are a sinner and an enemy to God. For the first time in your life you will agree that you need God, that you need a Savior! Repentance is the first good work of the soul. Truth is very painful when coming in. But truth sets free from ignorance and sin. This is the peculiar work done by the Holy Spirit thru the preaching of the Word of God! God bless all true preachers of the Gospel!

 

My testimony:

The Holy Spirit used Genesis 1:1 to convict me of sin. For the first time in my life, I opened the Bible in January 1986. Slowly, I read the first three words: “In the beginning God…” That was all! I could not read any more! The fear of God fell on me! I tried to fight back! I tried to defend my long standing self-righteousness…I gripped the support of my doubt… I leaned on my skill of religious mockery that saved me in the past… But this time, nothing worked…The Word of God penetrated my heart as a sword and my pride bled to death…I failed completely! From the moment I read those ‘simple and innocent’ words, I could not resist them… I could not rest my mind and I had no peace until I totally surrendered to the God of the Bible! Easy to say, my life was never the same again…

 

This is a simple test: Do you remember the particular scripture that the Holy Spirit used, for the first time, to inject truth into your heart? Do you remember how you repented and became saved? Any believer, who remembers the details of that encounter with the Word, is truly born again! Selah!

In Christ I declare:

I am born again by the Word of God, by the Blood of the Lamb and by the Holy Spirit!

In Jesus name

Amen!

TYRE, THE BARE ROCK

Tyre, Lebanon
“The Word of the Lord came to me: “Son of Man, because Tyre said of Jerusalem ‘Aha!’ The gate in the nations is broken and its doors have swung open to me, now that she lies in ruins I will prosper. Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘I am against you, O Tyre…I will make you a bare rock…You will never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord” (Ez 26)

GENERAL INFORMATION
Tyre is a city in the present day Lebanon. It was founded around 2750 BC, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. The city was an island not far from the shore. It was heavily fortified (with 150 feet high defensive walls). The port of Tyre was one of the best harbors of the Ancient world. Its merchants were the first to venture on the Mediterranean Sea. They founded colonies in Greece, Carthage, Sicily and Spain. They gathered their treasures in the great warehouses built on the island. Tyre was particularly known for the production of a rare and extraordinarily expensive sort of purple dye, produced from the murex shellfish. Purple color was reserved for the royalty and rich noble men. Thus Tyre became famous and rich.
Tyre had many enemies but survived for centuries. It was attacked by Egypt and Babylon but could not be defeated. In 332 BC Alexander the Great laid siege to the city. He built a connection between the island and the land. Thus he conquered and razed it. From that time on, it never regain its former glory.
Jesus visited the area but not the city. He healed the daughter of a Gentile woman (Mt 15:21). Many from Tyre came to hear Him preaching (Mk 3:8). A congregation was founded there. Today most of its population is Muslim with a small but strong Christian community. Recently, the city was badly damaged during the wars between Israel and Lebanon. Tourism is still a major industry but many sites are decaying due to the lack of maintenance and general neglect.

Tyre is not far from Jerusalem. Spiritually speaking, Tyre stands for the devil’s headquarters, for the gathering of the religious unbelievers. The city was beautiful, rich and famous for many centuries. It seems like it will be so forever. But it became foolishly proud. God became angry when Tyre confessed that its prosperity came from the destruction of Jerusalem. That confession became its downfall. God sent Ezekiel to prophesy its total destruction, as a sign and a warning against all the proud strongholds to the end of time: Anyone who destroys a child of God to become rich shall fall for its sake!
The judgment of God came against the city’s mighty walls and towers. In Hebrew, these words mean spiritual covering, protection, promotion and the power of the pulpit. God judges all false brethren and preachers with their dangerous, reckless, so called ‘gospel of prosperity’ that ignores the Cross. It promotes greed and covetousness. The evil spirit of ‘Tyre’ is still active in the churches. The love of money has brought about the ruin of many ‘men of God’. It is ‘the root of all evil’, a spiritual poison, a source of deadly incurable sorrow and regret for many in the church (1Tim 6:9, 10). Be sure of this: God judges all sin! Take a trip to Tyre, Lebanon and see the ruins for yourself!

What is the solution? Repent from all pride and greed! You cannot love God and money in the same time (Mt 6:24)! Choose to worship God! Reject any infatuation with Mammon and its false ‘gospel of prosperity’! Chose loving the Giver above His gifts! Pay your tithes! Be generous with your offerings! Take your cross daily and follow Jesus! Then rejoice always, for you are free indeed!

In Christ I declare:
I love God!
I hate sin!
I give God all the glory for my prosperity, health, success and all the good things in my life!
In Jesus name
Amen!

The Doe of the Morning

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This book is like a puzzle. The daily readings look like scattered pieces, some long and some short. It may seem that there is no particular ‘connection’ between them. You may not see ‘the picture’ initially, but patiently arrange the pieces together. Like a necklace made of pearls, the only string holding them is the Holy Spirit. See these pages as daily food for your spirit and medicine for your body and soul. These are also weapons of righteousness, strong enough to defeat the powers of darkness affecting your environment. Each day has ‘a prophetic’ declaration, reminding us of the treasures we have as believers in Christ. We tend to forget the power of truth spoken aloud. Just to be reminded that ‘I am a child of God!’ is enough to stir my soul each day. This ‘spirit of faith’ is the engine and the power ‘to produce’ miracles.Doe of the Morning

PRAY YE!

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Do you have a desire to pray to God? Do you pray from the internal impulse of the Holy Spirit or just because men force you to pray? The truth is that the child of God has a built-in system in his heart that makes him happy to talk to God; anytime, anywhere! The desire has to be there, no man can give it to you. But we still need to know ‘how’ to pray; the royal, priestly protocol of addressing God. Pray Ye was written to help born again believers understand the God given privilege of prayer, and to help the believer develop the will to pray more often, with more faith and passion, not less!Pray ye!

LUST OR LOVE (3)

 

 

“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves…”

 “Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Rom 1:24; 13:10)

 

Lust compares with a violent secret spiritual kidnapping of emotions. It promotes an unhealthy relationship. One partner is aggressive like the hunter, the other one is a passive victim. With time the two settle in a type of master and slave relationship. The aggressor may be the husband or the wife. He or she dominates the relationship, leads the way, makes demands, torments and intimidates the other. The leader is usually hot tempered, impatient, demanding and ungrateful. The victim is forced into submission. This is not a happy marriage but an arrangement based on foolishness and false humility. The victim is forced to ‘enjoy’ the marriage ‘if she likes it or not’. Slowly, she becomes passive and spiritually cold. They are liabilities to each other. A relationship based on lust will drain the resources of the couple. They will manipulate and exploit until they destroy each other at last. It takes much stress, labor and resources to sustain a lustful relationship. Even so, it will end in failure, with no one to help.

 

Love is the opposite. Love blesses the spouse, both spiritually and physically. Love lifts the other when there is need for encouragement. Love is strong and responsible. It is not manipulative or moody.

The major difference between lust and love is their attitude to spiritual growth! Selah! Love promotes a closer relationship with God, makes time for the study of the Word, prayer and church activities.

All relationships based on lust promote backsliding and the love of the world. True love is not self-seeking, but generous with its time, gifts and sacrificial labor. Jacob loved Rachel so much that he was willing to work fourteen years to pay for her dowry. But with all the hard labor, because of his love for her, the time passed by quickly (Gen 29:20).

Lust is a shameful ‘bed fire’!

Love is a pure glorious eternal Spirit fire!

 

In Christ I declare:

I reject lust and its bed of fire!

I receive the gift of true love!

My marriage bed is undefiled!

My marriage is blessed!

In Jesus name

Amen!

LUST OR LOVE (2)

 

 

LOVE IS A SERVANT IN TRAINING TO BE A KING

‘Listen! My Lover! Look here He comes, leaping across the mountains bounding over the hills’ (SS 2:8)

Loves serves the other with humility and grace. Love knows how to listen to another’s heart, not just to his voice. We teach our children how to write, how to speak correctly. Do we teach them how to listen? Eliezer listened to his beloved master Abraham, on how to proceed on the journey. He lived with him for many years. He could have easily assumed that he knows it all, for Abraham spoke often to him about his dreams and visions of God. But even so, every fresh word from the mentor’s mouth is life to the one who truly loves.

If you become impatient as you listen to your wife (husband), if you cut short her speech, like she is a child, then stop and pray! There is a danger that you have forsaken your first love and you are falling spiritually. It is possible that you hide a love crime behind your handsome face and a designer suit. It is possible that love has been betrayed in the past, sacrificed on the road of ‘practicality and common sense’. It is possible that bribe has blinded you and the world has ensnared your soul. A backslider is always impatient with his lover. Many have ignorantly strayed to the market where kisses are sold… some are cheap; you forget their taste as soon as the colored lights fade with the morning break. But some kisses are so expensive that their poison on your lips will change your appetite for years, leaving behind much sorrow and pain.

Then STOP! Come to the Cross! Retrace your steps. Be reconciled with your wife! Let the peace of God be restored again! Be wise, quick to listen and slow to speak once more! There is hope! Have faith in God! Pray! The coals of dying love, hidden under the ashes of daily boring routine, shall be revived once more.

 

LUST IS A TYRANT THAT WIL SOON BE DESTROYED

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts… Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up” (Jam 4:3, 10; KJ)

Lust is a wicked master, an oppressor, a tyrant. It takes advantage of the weakness and the needs of his victim to exploit and manipulate. Any prayer for marriage that comes out of lust is rejected by God. Many singles have confused lust with love. Be careful! Pray for discernment! Do not ignore the fact of ignorance! Lust has his own desires, his own songs, romance and spirituality. Lust is closely connected with the evil spirit of religion. The prayer based on lust is called ‘amiss’. It is based on deception and it will end in failure. Lust is considered ‘a wrong motive’ of prayer for marriage. The word in Greek means evil, physically and mentally bad; something like an incurable disease. Think of it this way: you are single and lonely. Lust has attacked you and you pray for marriage. God is telling you that if He answers your prayer, it is the same thing like getting married to a womanizer who is terminally ill with AIDS. Is that what you call a marriage? That is a snare, but the lust will confuse you to accept the proposal. It is better to remain single and wait for God to give you the gift of true love and true marriage than to die young with lust in your bosom. “Do not lust in your heart after her beauty…Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burnt?” (PV 6:25-27)

The marriage based on a wrong foundation of lust will end in quarrels, fights and eventually divorce. Pray for forgiveness! Repent! Then pray again this time with a pure heart of love for God!  If you are already married with a wrong foundation, if at least one of you truly repents and prays for mercy, God will intervene. He will reposition you on the Rock foundation of Christ. Then the true love has a chance to bloom and the stale water becomes the best wine in town! In this way, the marriage will be born again, to the glory of God! For nothing is impossible with God!

 

In Christ I declare:

I am born again!

My marriage is born again!

Lust has been defeated in my heart and in my marriage!

Our love will never fail!

In Jesus name

Amen!