A TENDER ROOT IN A DRY GROUND

 

 

 

“For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,

And as a root out of dry ground…

He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,

And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.

He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied” (Is 53)

 

What does it mean that our Savior was a tender plant growing in a dry ground? How Jesus did survive so much opposition? Why did He not die before His hour came? What is the secret of His holy success?

When Jesus was born everything was against Him. Herod the Great hated Him. He killed all the male children but Jesus escaped. Mary and Joseph were poor people. There was no other place for Mary to have her baby except the stable where animals stayed. There is no doubt that during her labor Mary experienced feelings of rejection and loneliness. No woman, however poor she is, wants to deliver her baby in a stable. I believe that it was also cold and she had to endure the unpleasant smell of animals. The pictures of Christmas may look romantic but the reality is different. Then they became fugitives in Egypt. Eventually, they come back and settle in Nazareth. Nathaniel said about that village: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” The childhood of Jesus was in a place where nobody saw any good thing coming from it. Jesus did not go to a regular school He learned the trade of carpentry from his father, Joseph. It is true that He was from the royal lineage of David. That could have been something good, but Israel did not have a royal dynasty. It was the Romans that now chose their kings who had nothing to do with David. When Jesus entered ministry, the disciples that followed Him were poor un-educated people. The religious leaders hated Him and rejected His teachings. The religious leaders arrested Him and brought Him before their tribunal. Jesus did not have any lawyer. He did not even defend Himself. He did not write any book. He was a king but He did not have any army. He was eventually killed on the Cross. Humanity killed their Maker on Mount Calvary. He was buried in a rich borrowed tomb. The Roman soldiers guarded the burial place. That should have been the end of the story…

 

All these factors against Him describe to us the ‘dry ground’ of the life of Jesus. There was nothing in His environment that helped Jesus survive or succeed. There was no place where He could lay His head… There was no man who can take the credit of saving His life.  How then did this Jesus survive all the hatred and negativity against Him? Not only survive, but how did He succeed to become the most famous Man all over the world?  Why is His name on our lips, more than 2000 years later? Why so many people call Him their Savior? Why do so many people worship Him, in every city, every country? What is the secret of His Holy success? The answer is that He is God! He is Jehovah, I AM, the self-sufficient God, who does not need anything man has to offer to live eternally. If you are a child of God, think about your Father…

 

If you are ‘trapped’ in an unloving marriage and your spouse does not encourage you at all… if you are a missionary and, with all your labor of love you see no visible fruits… If you live in an area where churches are all lukewarm, you desire to mature spiritually but there is no mentor, no Spirit filled pastor…If you are alone and afraid or even hopeless, then go to Jesus Christ, the hope of Glory! Go to Jehovah, the self-sufficient God who does need His creation to live eternally! Go to the Holy Spirit who will give you the strength to live and succeed even if the whole world is against you! For no ground is as dry as the one that held the roots of the tender plant called Jesus Christ! Allow the Holy Spirit to enlarge your vision to see how that Lonely Seed planted in that dry ground, against all the odds and plans of the devil, became the King of the Kingdom of God! If you are born again then you are part of the lonely painful travail that has satisfied the Son of God! This is the work of God! If God has started a work in you, nobody can quench it! No circumstance, no enemy, no devil can destroy the work of God! Once the zeal of God is involved in a work, nothing can destroy it!

This is our testimony! This is the very faith that propelled my husband and I to have the boldness to start a church in Warri, Nigeria. The ground is dry but the seed is Holy! The faith in Jesus Christ proved to be enough for us!

 

Let us be encouraged to trust God when all things go against us. Like Jesus, we do not need anything to survive and succeed, only God! Jesus is enough for me! I am satisfied!

 

In Christ I declare:

Even if the spiritual atmosphere in Warri, Nigeria is as dry as a ‘bonga fish’, the Kingdom of God shall be established here! Many souls shall be saved!

Father’s House Bible Church is blessed!

All the glory to God!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

I AM WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB

 

 

 

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8)

A sister told me a very sad story. She comes from a polygamous home. All she knew during her childhood was strife and occult spiritual war. She was 21 when armed robbers came to her parents’ house. She was alone in her room. She was raped at gun point. Her parents where in the next room but could do nothing to help her. None died during that attack.
More than 10 years have passed since then. She is now married to a good Christian who loves her and they have two beautiful children. She goes to church. She believes she is born again. But her childhood pain and especially the rape incident have left deep scars in her soul. I was surprised when she told me ‘Malia, I am not a special person’. She is very beautiful but she feels ugly. She is a graduate but she feels foolish. She told me that she made up her mind not to weep anymore. The last time she cried was more than a year ago. She is full of fears, that armed robbers may come and harm her family, especially children. She acknowledges that her husband is a good and generous man but she is not really happy in her marriage. For the past few years she could not convince herself to go and visit her parents. She says that she has not forgiven them for not helping her at the point of her deepest need. She knows that there was nothing they could do with criminals carrying guns, but still she holds them responsible for her shame.

She is now a very busy successful woman. Looking at her, nobody will believe she carries such pain. But face to face with me she opened up and she shared her pain. She struggled to remain calm but thank God for the Holy Spirit who set her free to weep. “There is a time to weep…” This time, there were not tears of bitterness or anger, but tears of relief that a burden can be shared with someone stronger than her who will not judge her past. She kept this secret hidden in her heart for too long. Her husband knew about it but she was afraid to tell anyone else.

Today we had a Holy Communion service. She was in my heart when I took the bread and the wine. May the Blood of Jesus heal the broken heart of this dear sister! May the Blood of Jesus create a bridge of forgiveness and reconciliation between parents and their daughter! May God grant salvation to her parents! May God bring peace in her marriage! May God’s destiny for her be fulfilled! May she become a woman of God who can minister comfort and encouragement to other souls in need!

I use her as a point of contact to speak life, healing, peace and joy to other rape victims who read this letter! God loves you! No man can save you! No man can help you at the point of your greatest need! That is the truth! Only Jesus can help! He came to die for you that you may be free from the condemnation of sin! Jesus Christ, the High Priest, intercedes for you right now in heaven! There is no new Jesus! There is no new Gospel! Jesus Christ is the same forever! In these changing times, during different seasons of life, when people come and people go, let this be your strength and comfort: Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever! Believe in God! Come to the Cross! The Blood of Jesus has power to save and to heal! God bless you all!

“Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing pow’r?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?”

Lastly, please pray for me that I continue to find favor with the many people who come to my office in their time of need! I need your prayers! Thank you!

In Christ I declare:
I am washed in the Blood of the Lamb!
I am fully trusting God’s grace this hour!
My Savior Jesus Christ is the same forever!
Jesus has saved my soul and has healed my body!
Jesus Christ intercedes for me right now!
My God is faithful!
All glory to the Lamb upon the throne!
In Jesus name
Amen!

GOD’S PROVISION IS MY PROTECTION (2)

 

 

 

“So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”

And he said, “Here I am, my son.”

Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together” (Gen 22: 6-8)

 

Mount Moriah and Mount Calvary stand together as a wall around Jerusalem. Their destinies are connected. This story in Gen3sis 22 is a symbol of the Cross. Abraham stands for God the Father. Isaac stands for God the Son. In this chapter Isaac is not a small boy. His particular age is not given but he should be a man in his thirties. A boy cannot carry enough wood on his back to burn a human body. In the next chapter, when his mother Sarah dies at 127, he was 37 years old. Both Isaac and Jesus were born miraculously. Both Isaac and Jesus died in their thirties. God tells Abraham to leave Hebron city and to go towards Jerusalem, on the top of Mount Moriah. That was a three days journey. The events on Mount Moriah happen on the third day. Jesus rose from the grave on the third day. Abraham takes two servants. Not three or four, just two. He tells them to remain some distance away. They represent the two thieves crucified along with Jesus. But the last part of the journey is done by father and son alone. Salvation is of God alone. No man can take the credit. Abraham lays on Isaac’s back the wood for the burning sacrifice. The word ‘wood’ appears 5 times in this chapter. It stands for the burden of sin and death. Jesus carried his wooden cross to Mount Calvary. The same word ‘to lay on him’ appears in Is 53:6!

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all”

 

Both Isaac and Jesus were obedient unto death. They accepted the plan of their father even when it was very difficult. They were both persecuted by their brethren.

Isaac questions his father: “Where is the lamb?’ Abraham wisely answers: “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” He did not say ‘a lamb’ but ‘the lamb’. The ram found in the thicket was not a lamb.

The question “Where is the Lamb?’ was answered more than a 1000 years later; It is not any sacrifice, but a particular Lamb approved by God that could take away the sins of the world. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God was crucified on Mount Calvary. The first man to recognize the Lamb of God was John: “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn 1:29).

 

You have to use your imagination and see Isaac carrying away on his back the pile of wood that could have killed you. Do you know the Lamb of God? Has He taken away your sins? Are you free from the punishment and shame of sins? Do not look around at the circumstances. Look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith! You may have heard this invitation but the Word of God never changes! Come to Jesus and become a child of God!

God provided His Beloved Son as a sacrifice for my sins. His provision is my protection forever! I am saved to the uttermost. I shall not lose my salvation for it is too deep in my spirit to be removed. He that started a good thing in me shall perfect it until that wonderful day when we shall see face to face! Hallelujah!

 

“Forever You will be

The Lamb upon the throne

And I gladly bow my knees

To worship You alone!”

 

In Christ I declare:

I am born again!

I am free indeed!

In Jesus name

Amen!

GOD’S PROVISION IS MY PROTECTION (1)

 

 

 

Last week a brother in the church received threats from kidnappers to pay a huge amount of money in a particular account. They said that if he refused, they will harm him and his family. He was shaking with fear. The pastor advised that he should not to make any deals with the evil men. Thank God he obeyed. He reported the matter to the police. But there is no other protection greater than faith in the Word of God.

This evening there was a sweet and strong anointing in the service. The Lamb of God visited us. We all bowed at His feet. God loves Father’s House. God loves us. Then the message followed.

 

“As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

So the Lord surrounds His people

From this time forth and forever” (Ps 125:2)

 

This is a very pretty verse but what does it mean that the Lord surrounds His people like the mountains surround Jerusalem? Pray for a fresh revelation from the Holy Spirit! There are seven mountains that surround Jerusalem:

 

1-Mount Moriah (Provision)

2-Mount Calvary (The Cross)

3-Mount Bethsaida (Mercy)

4-Mount Scopus (Healing)

5-Mount of Olives (Anointing)

6-Mount Opel (Protection)

7-Mount Zion (Strength)

 

Today we shall take a trip to Jerusalem.  We shall climb two of the mountains that surround the city God loves more than any other on this earth (Ps 87:1-3). I am talking about Mount Moriah and Mount Calvary. This trip will give you a fresh revelation of the price and power of love. In Hebrew, the word ‘Moriah’ is a combination of two words translated as ‘Seen or Provided by Jehovah’. The word means to see, to be near, to experience, to have visions, prophecy, to enjoy, to perceive, to provide, to have respect (for my needs). It is closely connected with God’s name as Jehovah Jireh, God the Provider. This is a great revelation: God’s provision surrounds and protects me. If God has given you a gift, marriage, children, money, friends…these are not liabilities. You do not have to defend them. You do not have to fear that you shall lose them. They are a wall of grace and protection for you.

 

Genesis 22 is one of the most powerful Chapters in the Bible. Here we are introduced to a love story on top of Mount Moriah. Abraham is 130 years old man. God wants to test him. This means that we are never too old to be students of the Bible and to receive a test from our Heavenly Teacher. The test is about the purity of his worship. . It was a test of love, to prove that there is no idol in Abraham’s heart to compete with God. The greatest danger to become an idol was his son Isaac. God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” This is the first time that the word ‘love’ appears in the Bible. Love is connected with testing, sacrifice and death. It is the reason for the ram substitute, the redemption provided to save Isaac from death. “Love is as strong as death” (SS 8:6)

 

Who is your Isaac? Is it success, education, your job, your reputation, marriage, your children, a hobby, money, properties or your own selfish desires? You need to come to Mount Moriah and offer your love there. You also have to go to Mount Calvary to see what the Father provided for the atonement of our sins and many blessings added to salvation. Out Isaacs can take the place of God and can ruin our worship. On Mount Moriah I lose my Isaac. Jehovah Jireh is a jealous God. He is also called El Qanna. On Mount Calvary I gain my Lord. Christ is my reward. Come to the Mountain where God can be seen! Come to the mountain where God provides Himself to you! I am surrounded and totally protected by God’s revelation of His provision.

 

In Christ I declare:

Jehovah Jireh is my God!

God has provided a sacrifice for my sins!

Jehovah Jireh ‘has respect’ for my needs!

I have eternal life!

God’s provision is my protection!

No more fears!

I am saved by the Blood of the Lamb of God!

All glory to God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

LONG LIFE AND PROSPERITY

 

 

“Then the Lord said, “I will not allow people to live forever; they are mortal. From now on they will live no longer than 120 years.” (Gen 6:3, GN)

 

Adam and Eve could have lived forever. But sin brought death with it. After the fall men lived hundreds of years.  With sin reigning in man’s flesh, God made a new decree and limited the number of years man can live on earth. God said that it will be maximum 120 years. That is all they have to repent of their sins. Even after God’s decree, Abraham lived 135 years, to prove the grace of God on his life. Jacob was asked by Pharaoh: “How old are you?” He was embarrassed to say that he is (only!) 130 years old for his ancestors lived much longer than him. Moses lived 120 years.  Even at that age his eyesight wasn’t impaired and he was still vigorous and strong. These are just few examples of what we call ‘a long life well spent’. Why limit God’s plan for your life?

 

This is a question: How many people do you know who live above 100 years? Do you know that three quarters of all untimely deaths are preventable and life style related? This is the conclusion of medical science. We do well to pay attention to this information. Doctors say that you have to make a change in your life style if you want to live long. When you are young you do not feel the need to do that. But as the body ages you have to become wiser taking care of your body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

 

If you want to live long, this is the medical advice:

*Do not smoke cigars or take illegal drugs

*Do not drink alcohol

*Do not be overweight

*Reduce salt in the food

*Keep your Blood pressure under control

*Exercise your body and your mind

*Do not over-work. Rest and enjoy your life

 

Of course, as believers, we add this:

*Give your life to Christ! Be born again!

*Attend a good living church!

*Read your Bible daily. Memorize the Word of God. Apply (obey) the Word of God in daily living!

*Pray daily!

*Rejoice always!

*Repent of any known sin so that your conscience is at peace!

*Serve God in any ministry!

*Be a blessing to many!

*Marry well!

 

I wish you all long life and prosperity!

In Jesus name

Amen!

NO MORE FEARS

 

“Whoever listens to Me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm” (PV 1:33)

 

Do you want to be delivered from all fears? It is possible, you know…

I do not have to fight my enemies. I do not have to be worried about the plans of the wicked. My duty as a child of God is to ‘listen’ to my Father. The word means to hear intelligently, to understand what the Bible is saying with the clear intent to obey its commands. My attitude is that of a student and a son (daughter). I want to please my Father in heaven. I want to know God better. It gives me pleasure to read and meditate upon the commands of God, so that I can obey them. I want to be known as an obedient teachable child. I want to be known as a wise child who builds his life on the Rock. I want to be known as a student of the Bible. I want to see how my life will change as I obey God’s Word. This is my ambition in life.

 

This is God’s promise:

If I really obey God’s Word (not just pretend to do it) then I shall be free from all fears! My obedience to the Bible will destroy the fear of trouble, harm, evil, witchcraft, kidnapping and untimely death. I do not need a personal prophet, mobile police, a medical doctor, a banker, a lawyer or a politician to feel safe in this world. All I need is God, faith in Him and obedience to His Word. The older I get, the more I love obeying God. I now experience a higher level of peace, joy and rest in my soul, like never before. I still remember the past with its crazy fears and many insecurities, questions without answers…what do people say…what if the laugh at me…what if a witch places a spell on me and I get sick… what if I get poor and end up on the streets…what…what?

But now is different. I do not have to pretend for the real peace has come.

 

My advice to you is this: go back to the Bible like you have never read it before. Do not read the Bible casually. Do not read it to impress your spouse. Read it for yourself; slowly and with faith. Imagine that your Father in heaven speaks to you thru its pages. It is a letter of love. Any time the Holy Spirit brings to your attention the need to obey, pray for strength and just do it. Do not delay obedience! It does not matter the price. The reward is by far greater than the sacrifice. Then you enter the exclusive club of them that believe! You shall be bold like a lion, confident and sure of your identity! You shall know the security of the believer and the glorious eternal future in Christ. That is your inheritance! This is God’s promise to His obedient Children and God can never lie!

WITH ALL MY HEART

 

 

 

“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters…

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29)

 

Not too long ago I met a Christian brother. I reminded him that he owes me a testimony. That he should pay his spiritual debt to me. Last year I gave him a prophetic word that God will help him to build his own house in Warri. He said Amen! One year later, I was expecting some manifestation of that word. At least a stone upon another…Then he said that not much has been done to come back with a testimony. He bought a piece of land but then he stopped. He told me that he got a surprising supernatural increase in finances. Then he got a promotion in his job to work in another bigger city. His family is still in Warri.

He said that all his new colleagues over there in the big city discouraged him to go back and build a house in Warri; that Warri is a village… that Warri is a waste of time… Their voices were so strong that he could not go ahead and build in Warri. He could not confront them and he kept quiet. He could not tell them about the prophetic word. They could have insulted him the more. From time to time his conscience worried him about the past prophetic word. He suddenly got ‘stuck’. He said that is why he could not move right or left. Doubt attacked the word spoken. He became weak and discouraged to do anything at all. He told me that he wanted to start the building in January because this is the year of the Limitless God. But he could not do anything even will all the money in the bank. This is a very intelligent, hard working and creative brother, but his spirit was quenched and his body became weak.

 

I reminded him of our conversation last year and the prophetic word spoken then. Immediately the light of God shone on his face. I could see his eyes sparkle with a new hope, a new courage and faith to obey. As a doctor I saw life coming back in someone who has fainted. The very color of the lips changes…It is the same spiritually!

This time he said that he is ready. He promised that next time we see he shall not be ashamed at his backsliding lukewarm cowardly attitude but he will have a good report to share with me. I left him encouraged! I too was encouraged!

 

This is a lesson for all: if God has spoken a word to you, thru the Bible or thru His prophets, do not be slow to obey it. The word may sound foolish, but God knows all the factors and He knows what is best for you. It does not matter how big a city or a country is! It does not matter how beautiful that woman is! It does not matter how big that church is! You walk by faith and not by sight! The only thing that matters is to trust and obey God. He will provide all that you need, guidance, favor with strangers, money and resources, peace and joy in the heart, and the shining testimony that He is your God! What else do you want? Be content with the plan and purpose of God for nothing is better than that!

 

As for me, I wait for you to come back with many testimonies of God’s grace power and might!

Yes, after reading this letter, you owe me a testimony of encouragement that Jesus is your Lord!

For nothing is impossible to him who believes!