LIKE A DREAM, BUT NOT A DREAM

 

 

 

 

“It will be like a dream

when the Lord comes back with the captives of Zion.

We will laugh and sing happy songs!

Then the other nations will say,

“The Lord did a great thing for Zion!”

Yes, we will be happy

because the Lord did a great thing for us.

 

So, Lord, bring back the good times,

like a desert stream filled again with flowing water.

Then those who were sad when they planted

will be happy when they gather the harvest!

Those who cried as they carried the seeds

will be happy when they bring in the crops!” (Ps 126)

 

This is the time for your captivity to end!

This is the time for your mouth to be filled with songs and laughter!

For you that have sown with tears, faithfully over the years!

This is the time to reap a great harvest of joy!

I see you coming back to the place they have rejected you… the Holy Wind blowing…your white dress flowing… your arms heavy with the sheaves of unexpected blessings from unexpected places…Yes, this is the time!

 

In Christ I declare:

No more delay!

This is the time for my harvest of blessings!

I rejoice!

I sing!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

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SURPRISING MONEY WISDOM

 

 

 

“Now here’s a surprise: The master praised the crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how to look after himself. Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits. I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior” (Lk 16:8, 9; TM)

 

The parable of ‘The Unjust Steward’ is one of the most difficult to understand. But it is the Lord who said it, so we have to pay the price for a better understanding of it. First of all we remind ourselves that it is not the description of a true event. A parable is a short, imaginary story that illustrates a moral or religious principle. We shall seek to find the lessons to apply in our lives and the spiritual laws that have eternal value.

 

This is the story: A rich man received an accusation against his manager, that he was wasteful with his goods. He gave him quick notice to bring all his accounting books that he is fired. There was no begging…

This manager was probably living luxuriously. Let’s imagine some details about this man: When he was hired, he was a jobless and homeless man living on the streets. But since working for the rich man, his life has changed dramatically. Possibly, he has hired a big house in an expensive estate; he had a big car; his ‘new’ wife dresses fashionably; his children go to an expensive private school… He maybe had the right to use his discretion in paying his living allowance. But he decided to ‘live big’…That is how (some jealous) people saw it and accused him to his master. Now his wonderful job was terminated… What can he do, to still live happily, according to his standard? He quickly thought about other options…A low paying job like digging gutters is out of the question. Begging is also ruled out for he still needs to keep his reputation as a successful man…

What else can he do, with the little time left at his big desk?

He decided to accept the accusation of ‘wasting money’ and used it in his favor. He quickly made some mental calculations: his master is a good man. But he is disappointed in him and he has lost his respect.  But the manager does not want to completely cut himself off from his master’s life and blessings. If he cannot go and visit his former boss, who has been so good to him, at least he can make friends with his friends and business associates. They all depend on the rich man for their survival. So he calls them, one by one, not complaining about his loss, but blessing them. He chose to invest in their lives. Before his master’s debtors knew about his true condition, he reduced their debt. For the last few minutes at his desk, he still had that right. That was a great favor done to them. This was in his mind: ‘May this sacrificial favor done to others be a seed to come back as an harvest to me and my family…’ He invested in their friendship that may last a life time. Even when his former master shall forget about him, his people shall remember him still, for good, and continue to pray for him. That was a fast wise move…

Much later, when his former master discovered what had happened, he was amazed at his wisdom. He could not continue to be angry with him. He even recommended him to others as an example of a good investor, even if he did it at his own expense.

 

Jesus then uses this story to give us spiritual laws to apply to our lives. Please think seriously about these:

It is not enough to desire and pray for more money. First of all, pray that you understand how money works, according to the Bible! You cannot avoid money. To be ignorant or intimidated by money is a sin. Pray that you can be the master of money; never its servant. Money should never dominate your thinking until you become an old greedy selfish and foolish man. Money is a bad master but it can be a wonderful servant if you know how to ‘train him’ to work for you. The Bible teaches you that! Use money to gain spiritual blessings. Invest money in God’s work! Invest money in the lives and ministries of God’s people.

Please answer the following questions:

Are you emotionally and spiritually depended on your job…or on God?

Are you afraid of poverty, of riches or you fear God alone?

Do you pay your tithe?

Are you investing money in God’s work and in God’s people, to the satisfaction of your conscience…or not?

Are you spiritually and financially wise and prudent…or not?

Can I recommend you to heaven (in prayer) that God should trust you with more money…or not?

Is Mammon your good and faithful servant…or not?

Is Jehovah Jireh your God…or not?

 

In Christ I declare:

I depend on God for my very life!

I fear God alone!

I pay my tithe!

I invest in God’s work and in the lives and ministries of God’s people!

I am spiritually and financially wise and prudent!

Jehovah Jireh is my God!

Jesus Christ is my Lord!

Mammon is my servant!

It works for me!

To the glory of God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

 

BUILDING THE CHURCH

We are building a new Sanctuary for our church. It is called Father’s House Bible Church, Warri, Nigeria. The whole project is a miracle, Pastor Leigh announced to the church that we shall not take any loan from the Bank and we shall do no ‘launching’ to raise funds. We shall only trust God and pray. If the money is finished, he said, then we stop and pray some more. To the glory of God we did not stop since we started it. The flour and the oil promise worked for us too, not only for Elijah! Praise the Lord!

Five containers with floor tiles came today from Turkey. Brother B K shows me a sample. It is very beautiful!

To God be all the glory!
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THE SWEET PERFUME OF VICTORY

 

 

 

“But thanks be to God! For through what Christ has done, he has triumphed over us so that now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Gospel like a sweet perfume” (2Cor 2:14, LB)

 

The favor given to Esther by the king is greater than all her imaginations. He quickly answers all her petitions. Nothing is too big or too difficult for the king to give to her. The glory he extends to Esther is so much more than the pain she had suffered. That is called ‘favor of God’.

This is the story of the Bible! This is the Gospel of Christ! Jesus is our eternal and just King who delights in executing judgment on earth. There is a time of reckoning. There is time called ‘the day of the Lord’, when His judgment is revealed. At last, the thief is caught and he has to restore many times over from all that he stole. The victim is freed and promoted above the oppressor. The silent one can finally speak and sing. Sin, the bondage of fear of death, all evil is destroyed and replaced with a life of ‘happiness and joy, gladness and honor’ (Est 8:16)

 

God ‘delights in judgment’ (Jer 9:24). This is a spiritual law and it is a great encouragement for the believers, for the victims during times of persecution. The devil tempts us to forget it. We have the impression that God has abandoned us and that He is not fair to our suffering. We see the wicked prosper and we feel ‘cheated’. This period may be longer than we expected. But God is training us thru the fire of pain to mature our faith. Every tear that falls is counted by God! The training unto godliness is painful and lonely. The time between suffering and victory is not easy. God alone knows that moment of transition.

The righteous man is rescued from trouble and it comes on the wicked instead” (PV 11:8)

God is always in charge. For the woman in labor, there is a moment when the pain is over and the baby is born. That moment, is pure joy. No barren woman can imagine it. The body has no memory and immediately forgets the pain. Rest, peace and joy follow. This is the testimony of victory for all the saints! God is faithful! God never fails! Suddenly, the tables are over-turned; the innocent victim is released and becomes the judge of the wicked. The glory of the power of resurrection replaces the shame of defeat and death. There is no fairy tale as beautiful and exciting as the Gospel of Christ. In Him, you are invited to partake from the same glory of sweet victory!

 

The story of Calvary is the total triumph of good over evil. This is the eternal signature of God over His creation. Sometimes is faintly seen and other times is clearer. But it is always there. Look for it! It shall manifest! Like the rainbow after the storm, God smiles in victory.  The whole heaven resounds with the sound of ‘Halleluiah’! Heaven is not a quiet place. It is the platform to reveal the final eternal justice of God and the victory of the saints, manifested in Christ Jesus, the Lord!

 

Dear Child of God, Fear not! God is able to change and empower you to be His ambassador! He has helped me and He will help you! Power, promotion and visibility are not designed for selfish gain. Serve God! Worship God! Preach His Gospel! Your destiny is to manifest the reality of the kingdom of God on earth for the glory of God in heaven! ‘This is my story, this is my song…’

 

In Christ I declare:

I am a king, a priest and an ambassador of Christ on earth!

I overcome evil with good! Always!

I am free to serve God and worship Him forever!

My sickness, my bondage, my sins are in my past!

God has given me a future and a hope!

I am a living witness!

The Hope of Glory is my portion!

(Old) age is just a number. The power of Resurrection quickens my body soul and spirit!

To the glory of God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

BREAKING NEWS!

 

 
EXTRAORDINARY VICTORY IN THE CAMP OF GOD’S PEOPLE!
There is an open door of victory in the Spirit realm! A door of successful warfare! See it open before you! Pass through it to the other side! God has changed your story! From failure to victory! From fear to faith! From poverty to riches! From sickness to health! From barrenness to fruitfulness! God is faithful! You shall see the manifestation of God’s grace in action!
Like the Jews who totally destroyed those who hated them, who attacked them…you shall do the same! You shall rejoice like never before!
There is great wailing in the Kingdom of Darkness! For the devil has promised to give them our blessings…but now, the wicked people are completely disappointed! Good has overcome the evil in the land! Do not be sorry for the devil, for he was not sorry for you! Many people shall hear your testimony of healing, of breakthrough and shall become born again! Nothing can stop your victory! The devil’s effort was too little, too late!

JESUS IS LORD!

Praise the Lord!!!!!
Faith 100%! Doubt 0%! (Esther 8-9)
He that has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches!

In Christ I declare:
I have won the victory!
My testimony as a soldier of Christ is confirmed!
My enemies are all defeated and disappointed!
All glory to God!
In Jesus name
Amen!

INTERCESSION- VACANCY!

 

 
‘You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the Lord…I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one” (Ez 13:5; 22:30)

God is looking for intercessors. During the time of Ezekiel, He found none He could use. He wanted to see a man or a woman, to volunteer ‘to repair the breeches in the wall’. God expects us to build a wall of protection around our lives, families, cities and nations. This wall is made of prayers and supplications. We are to be watchful to discover any gap, any possible damage or any false door in the wall. It is our responsibility as priests and kings to watch over the protection of our flock entrusted to our care. We are to be the spiritual covering of the weak who cannot pray for themselves. God is seeking for intercessors and for worshippers! God is actively seeking for people who pray!

Why do intercessors are so scarce? What is intercession?
Intercession is a form of prayer when you plead with God for the needs of others. It is the skill of ‘pressing on’ and of ‘taking hold’ of God’s will about a situation, refusing to let go until it comes to pass. Love is not selfish. True intercession is love in action. Intercession is a prayer that doesn’t give up; it endures all setbacks and overcomes every obstacle. True intercession is always successful. It is best described as spiritual warfare. The victory gained in the Spirit realm shall manifest in the natural. Intercession is the secret key of eternal change and revival in the lives of other peoples, families and nations.

There is a difference between an intercessor and a person who prays. Any person can pray, but not all praying people are intercessors. An intercessor is a person who by the calling of God chooses to be a mediator on behalf of those who cannot pray for themselves. Intercessors make requests, urge, plead, beg, counsel, discuss, risk, sacrifice, and make war on different issues relating to the weaker ones. They literarily save people’s lives and actively populate heaven.

In the Bible there are some great intercessors: Abraham, Moses, Esther, Nehemiah, Abigail, David, Daniel and others. These were all bold as lions. Intercessors are not necessarily strong personalities from birth. But they become strong and bold in the Spirit. Watch a mother bird when a threat comes too close to her nest! Suddenly something happens to her. She gets ready to fight unto death protecting her young. In the same way, an intercessor’s heart becomes alive and strong when he perceives a threat against his ‘little ones’.

Why so few intercessors? It is because of selfishness. I know many people who have chronic diseases and pray for themselves for years with no result. But they are slow to accept the call of intercession to pray for others with similar infirmities.
One of the signs of a true intercessor is his willingness to cooperate with God. ‘Forced’ intercession does not exist. A volunteer is someone who is not necessarily asked, but he freely steps forward in order to accomplish something. He is willing to risk his life to save others. He steps in between the good and the bad. He has no fear for God leads him to pray. All intercessors have this in common: they know God intimately. They use that place of favor to boldly pray for others and do great exploits.

The secret and source for true intercession is the ministry of Jesus Christ as the High Priest in heaven. He personally leads and oversees the ministry of intercession on earth. If you are willing to be used by the Lord, then come to the Cross. You yield to the Holy Spirit. Then you do on earth what you see Jesus doing in heaven. You discover that you have the authority to bind satan in the lives of the people you pray for. Then the victory shall come and circumstances change for the better. Sick people get healed of incurable diseases, bondages are broken, the oppressed are set free and revival comes to the city you pray for. The reward for the ministry of intercession is the intimate communion with the Holy Spirit and a blessed fruitful life to the glory of God! There is no greater gift than that!

In Christ I declare:
I willingly present myself as a vessel to be used by God as an intercessor!
Revival shall come to my family, my city and from here, to the nations!
Souls shall be saved; people shall be healed and delivered!
Of the increase of the Kingdom of God there shall be no end!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name
Amen!

BETRAYAL- HOLY COMMUNION

 
“That evening as He sat eating with the Twelve, He said, “One of you will betray Me. Sorrow chilled their hearts, and each one asked, “Am I the one?” (Mt 26:20-22)

Just before the Last Supper, at the table, Jesus reveals the pain of betrayal. This morning, in the church, we took the Holy Communion and asked the Lord the very same question. ‘Am I the one, Lord?’ The reason for the question is this: except the Holy Spirit reveals to you the sin of betrayal, you will never know it at the surface. The Holy Spirit leads us into the deep things of God. We then put on our ‘diving gear’, also called ‘the whole armor of God’ and we jumped into the river of life. Most times the anointing comes slowly as the service progresses. But this morning it came as a hurricane. It stunned the whole congregation. No one was able to even move. We all felt the pain of our Lord like Calvary happened today, here in Warri, Nigeria. We prayed and searched our hearts for hidden seeds of crime against love.
To betray it simply means to become an enemy to your friend. It means to deliver a friend to his enemy; to fail or abandon a friend in time of need; to expose a friend to danger by disclosing a secret against his will; to seduce and then to forsake. Betrayal is a sin against love, covenant friendship and trust. The opposite of betrayal means to remain faithful and honest to your friends, until the end. It means to be romantically holy and to love forever!

Betrayal is one of the most terrifying pains man will ever know. I read that about 25% of men and women commit adultery at least once in their life time. Adultery is a form of betrayal. It means that a quarter of humanity knows this pain. Millions have wept lonely tears on a pillow; if of silk or dirty plastic, it does not matter. Pain is pain.
A wise man said long ago: ‘Betrayal is the harshest pain…the willful slaughter of hope… Before a man betrays his country or his friend, he must betray his conscience. For as long as there is love, and trust, the beast of betrayal shall be hungry for more victims’

Why do people betray one another? The main reason is anger. Each relationship must grow thru little pains, one at a time. Each time truth is revealed, there is pain. No one is perfect but if you want to have friends, if you desire marriage, pain must follow. As believers, we are to carry our pains to the Cross. In the absence of that, the pain will become bitterness and eventually it ends in betrayal. Long before Judas betrayed his Master, the seeds of his anger and frustration with the Son of God started growing in his heart. He was an ambitious man. He slowly discovered that he could not manipulate Jesus. He could not become the leader of the band of twelve. After three years of following Jesus, he saw no visible gain to boast about or carry home. He then decided to steal money; at least he will recover his ‘school fees’. Eventually, bitterness griped his heart, darkness prevailed and he chose to reject the only thing of value that he could have had: his relationship with his best Friend, Mentor and God.
Betrayal is a silent poison long before it becomes visible and has power to hurt another.

But the worst form of betrayal is drawing back from the passion of true love. The worst betrayal is to forsake your first love, Jesus Christ, your Lord. You used to laugh together, share special moments together, you used to pray for and encourage one another…but know the heart is closing down…just greetings from afar…your friend speaks but you do not hear, the iceberg of betrayal has settled in between…You may still go to church, you may sing the songs, or even preach at the pulpit, but the heart is slowly drawing back from the hot passion of loudly calling Jesus as your Lover and Lord and from dancing unashamedly in His presence… The betrayal of the heart of worship, the worst pain even God feels, the grieving of the Holy Spirit…and all the while men still applaud for you and call you ‘great’…
“Am I the one, Lord?’

In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I love God with all my heart!
I love others with the love of God!
I can never be ashamed of Jesus!
It is better for me to die and go to heaven, than to betray my Lord!
In Jesus name
Amen!