THE TESTIMONY OF PEACE

 

 

The child of God…

“his path (is) blazed by God, he’s happy.

If he stumbles, he’s not down for long; (for) God has a grip on his hand” (Ps 37:23, 24; TM)

 

We are building our new sanctuary. Most of the work is done with the willing volunteers from the church. They are lovingly called ‘the men of valor’. The women in the church have decided to cook daily for the workers. This holy project is on for about two years. Every day one of the women cooks for about 50 men. This is not a small job…The men like ‘heavy’ food. Here it is called ‘eba ’and it is made from cassava flour mixed with hot water. It becomes strong like a ball. It is eaten with different soups.

 

Sister Ufuoma was the one to cook yesterday. Her name in the native language means ‘Peace’. She is a godly wife, a wonderful mother of two and heavily pregnant. She also goes to school intending to be a teacher. This is her testimony: Yesterday, at lunch time, she came with the food to the site. She stopped the car close to the building. She went behind, opened the boot (trunk) of the car and brought down the heavy coolers with the hot food. Then she went back to the wheel and…by mistake…she reversed the car…the tires crushed the coolers and all the food was wasted on the ground… The workers shouted to stop but, somehow, she did not hear…When she saw what happened, she cried…of course… then she did what a woman of God should do…tears on her face, she entered the car and drove back to the market, bought the meat and the stuff…went home and cooked again… before the brethren closed for the day, at about 6 pm, to the shouts of ‘Praise the Lord!’… Ufuoma was back with new coolers and hot food and all…

 

This is not easy… She had every reason to just cry, then go home and sleep. But she could not declare defeat. God gave her the grace and the strength to redeem the time and make the best out of a hopeless situation. She obeyed the command to conquer evil with good.

Maybe by now you realize that I am very proud of my spiritual daughters here.

To God be all the glory!

 

In Christ I declare:

If I stumble, I do not fall, for God grips me!

I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me!

Praise the Lord!

In Jesus name

Amen!

LIE NOT!

 

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor…if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother… And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you…” (Ex 20:16; Deut 19:18-20)

 

God hates evil. God hates the sin of lying, of giving a false testimony against another. God is the God of Justice.

Perjury is the willful, deliberate act of giving false, misleading, or incomplete testimony under oath in the court. It is the attempt to deceive, misuse or manipulate the judge to do harm against another person. The punishment on the perjurer is determined by the perjurer himself. The harm he planned to do against another shall return back to him.

In The Old Testament, one witness was not enough to convict someone of a crime. At least two people were needed to testify against a suspect. But if any man bore false witness against another, that is considered evil. The liar shall receive the exact punishment he intended for the innocent victim. This reversal of punishment was God’s way to bring the fear of God in the land, to bring to and end the flood of sin and wickedness. There shall be no mercy with any slanderer (Deut 19:15-21).

 

In the Book of Esther there is classical story on how the God of justice reversed the human manipulations and gave the guilty man the punishment he intended against the innocent. Haman ‘the enemy of the Jews’ was the prime minister in Persia. He convinced King Xerxes to kill all the Jews in the land by saying that they are a very rebellious and evil people. The King was deceived by this false testimony. He agreed to the crime, not knowing that his wife, Queen Ester is a Jew. Also, Mordecai, one of his most faithful servants, one who saved his life in the past, is also a Jew. But the Sovereign God intervenes and over-rules the plans of the wicked. When the king discovers Haman’s evil plan he reversed it. The reward Haman planned for himself was given to Mordecai. Also, the exact punishment he planned for Mordecai was given to him. This is how Haman died and Mordecai took his place. The Jews rejoiced all over the land for God changed their sorrow into joy and brought life out of death!

 

This is the Gospel of Christ! Jesus died on the Cross to save His people! Anyone who rejects the Gospel is condemned already!

We pray for revival in this land. Revival comes when men shall fear God, when they take His Word seriously. The Holy Spirit convicts all men of the Judgment of God. Jesus shall come again. He shall judge all sinners! There is mercy only for them who belong to Him. The rest shall perish. Sinner, give your life to Christ! Repent of every wicked thought or careless word you spoke against another! You do not have to bring down a man to take his position. Genuine promotion comes only from God! This is not my opinion. This is the truth. Repent and be saved! Come to the Cross! Let the Blood of Jesus speak on behalf of your soul! Jesus is the only way to escape the wrath of God! May God touch your heart today! This is my prayer for you…

 

In Christ I declare:

I make a covenant with God today: FROM TODAY, I SHALL NEVER LIE AGAIN!

No matter what, I shall always speak the truth in love!

Holy Spirit, help me!

In Jesus name

Amen!

WORRY NOT!

 

 

“So I (Jesus) tell you to stop worrying…”

“The Lord is near. Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks” (Mt 6:25; Philip 4:5, 6)

 

Worry is defined as an aggressive mental attack of anxiety.  Worry is totally useless and even dangerous.

Spiritually, worry is an attack coming from evil spirits. It is a continuous harassment; disturbance, nagging or torment intended to shake your position of peace. Like wild dogs, the evil spirits attack the neck, the most vulnerable part of the body. The purpose is to choke you to death, like with a rope around the neck. The effect of this slow strangulation is that you cannot breathe or swallow well. Spiritually speaking, the breath represents the Holy Spirit. Swallowing food, the bread of live and drinking the living water represent the daily intake of the Word of God. Therefore, worry is the major hindrance against being filled with the Holy Spirit and of the understanding of God’s Word.

 

The effect of worry is seen upon God’s Word deposited in the heart. It chokes it! It strangulates it from within! The Word cannot grow and multiply. The anxious heart becomes dry and barren (Mk 4:7). It is like a pregnancy that fails to develop! In other words, constant worry is able to hinder the spiritual growth of a believer. You have to identify it and completely reject it!

What is the solution?

It is prayer!

We are commanded by the Lord not to be anxious! This is not just a suggestion. It is His command and we either obey it or not. Dear believer, to continue to worry about your life, brings you close to the cursed and dangerous land of rebellion, which is connected and strengthened by witchcraft (1Sam 15:23). This is a most serious charge! This is the Truth!

Anxiety is a spiritual toxic waste. It spreads like poison, like spiritual pollution, everywhere. One anxious person does a lot of harm to his family and community. As a child of God, my ministry should be ‘a recycling godly factory’ that overcomes evil with good. I diligently replace anxiety with prayer, worship and thanksgiving! Therefore, in obedience with God’s Word, I should stop worrying! Now! I should reject all evil spirits of mental harassment! I should not just quietly tolerate them. I should actively reject them thru spiritual warfare. Instead of worrying, I should change all my anxieties into prayer, worship and thanksgiving to God! From today, this is exactly what I shall do! This is my promise to God!

 

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

I resist and reject all forms of worry!

I pray always!

I give thanks to God!

I am delivered from worry!

Peace is my portion!

I am a blessing to my family and my community!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

TELL ME ABOUT JESUS …

 
“I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus” (Rev 19:10)

Are you calling my name?
Do you want me to listen to your testimony…I would love that…but I need to hear your heart first, then your words…is your cross like my cross…tell me how your world came to an end… show me the spot where, without any rehearsal, spontaneously, your spirit’s overflow voiced the eternal ‘It is finished!’…let me hear your silence…when words fail… the hammer’s sound is the only living song…the Cross denies entrance to hope…when the head bows in surrender and the devils rejoice for such an easy victory…
Tell me also how you woke up like from the dead…tell me about the day when your tears dried and all fears died…how you discovered that Christ died in your place…when your cage was broken and you came out with wings of rainbows and stars in your hands… Let me hear the breeze of the resurrection power destroying all opposition… describe to me the terror of the terror of darkness… the fleeing and the falling of wicked opposition…the sudden turning of tables… the new beginning of an untamed hope…the shower and the inspiration of true worship… the impartation of heaven and the gift from the Most High…tell me about Jesus and how He has changed your heart…how His prayer became yours, His song yours and His testimony of death and life yours…All stories make me tired, even before they end…. But the testimony of Jesus makes me happy and strong…I never get tired of the story of Jesus…so here I am, my friend, tell me about my Lord…I promise to always listen… .

In Christ I declare:
I testify about Jesus my Lord!
I am saved by grace!
The Holy Spirit of prophecy is upon me!
I worship God alone!
In Jesus name
Amen!

TRUE TESTIMONY IS ALWAYS PROPHETIC

 

 

“And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that…Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev 19:10)

True testimony is always prophetic. Prophesy means ‘to speak for God’, to tell others God’s opinion about a situation. God’s opinion is truth. Truth sets free. Jesus testifies about the Father. The Holy Spirit testifies about Jesus. These THREE are ONE!

We too must be sensitive and maintain the unity of the Spirit when speaking, preaching, prophesying, counseling, testifying or teaching. Any other type of speech that masquerades itself as ‘a testimony’ is a proud utterance of idolatry and false prophecy. It should be completely rejected!

A true prophetic utterance must follow the testimony pattern of the life and death of the Lord Jesus Christ. The testifier should prove to us how the Lord Jesus changed his life. He should be able to guide us on the same path of humiliation and rejection to the place of suffering, forgiveness and death. The flesh can never take a stroll on Calvary Hill. The flesh can only boast of self and gossip. Only the spirit can truly minister life thru personal experience and godly testimony. The flesh will soon be tired and fall…but the Spirit leads the way and empowers the willing pilgrim…

 

In Christ I declare:

This is my testimony: I deny myself, I carry my cross daily and I follow Jesus!

This is my story; this is my song; praising my Savior, all the day long!

In Jesus name

Amen!

GOD IS ON OUR SIDE (2)

 

 

“If the LORD had not been on our side—let Israel now say…”

 

I just try to imagine the feeling of someone who is not saved… I do not have to think too far, for once I was lost but now I am found. I still remember the feeling of not having God on my side…Let us consider this soberly for there are only two positions: God is on your side or He is not on your side. There is no other option. There is no neutral ground between the two. Please quietly meditate on the Word of God. You shall either rejoice or despair!

 

2-            But…If God is not on your side then you are lost. You shall fail in all things. You are not a child of God. You will be filled with fears, worries, confusion and doubts about your life. You shall not fulfill your destiny as a human being. God will oppose all you do, your work and your plans. Your family will suffer directly or indirectly because of your troubles. You fear all threats and you shall lose all battles. You are weak and but unable to receive strength. You are foolish but there is no wisdom. You are dead and you refuse to receive life. You live and die as a wasted soul. You are God’s enemy and you can never win against Him. No matter who is on your side, even if the whole world votes for you, you shall fail at last. You shall be jealous on the believers and try to deceive or persecute them. But you shall fail for God is with them. Go and ask Pharaoh…the army of Egypt, with all the chariots and the noise, was swallowed by the Sea. Go and ask Nebuchadnezzar…how he felt staring at the face of the Fourth Man in the furnace…Go and ask the great men of Persia how it was when their leaders met the lions in the den…Go and ask Korah, Jezebel, Herod, Herodias, Simon the Sorcerer and all the wicked servants of satan who perish at last…

 

But it is not only the reprobates that should be concerned. If you are a child of God, but refuse to be filled or lead by the Holy Spirit, if you grieve the Holy Spirit thru un- confessed sin, thru stubbornness and pride, then God is not on your side. You shall not know His sweet smile of approval or His anointing that destroys all yokes. And that is a loss beyond words…Selah!

 

In Christ I declare:

I am forever grateful for God’s mercy and grace!

I rejoice in my salvation!

God’s favor is on me and mine!

I preach the True Gospel of Christ Crucified!

As I lift up the name of Jesus, sinners shall be saved!

As for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord!

In Jesus name

Amen!