POWER PASS POWER! (2)

 

 

 

“Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that all POWER belongs to God” (Ps 62:11)
This is our (continuing) praise report:
(Please read the first part of the testimony bellow)
The seats for our church were to leave the port on Friday. Because of the hindrance coming from the difficult ‘official’ (let’s call him DO), we may have to pay demurrage for a day or two. That is about $700 per day, a lot of money…When another custom official (higher in rank than DO) heard about our challenges, he phoned Pastor that he will help; that if there is any demurrage, he will personally pay the bills. He said that he is a child of God. That when he heard that we were medical doctors, that we resigned our jobs to do God’s work, he was so touched that he felt he has to go the extra mile to help. He rebuked DO saying that they who are not ready to resign their jobs to become pastors, the least they can do is to support the ones who sacrificed their careers for the work of God. He also said that he met DO for the first time last Monday, when both attended a function at Ikoy Club. That was the same day when DO blocked our containers.

Please see how God made the crooked paths straight even before we knew that they were crooked! He apologized for his colleague and volunteered to intervene and help clear the containers without any charges or problems again. If you live in Nigeria, you know that this is a mighty miracle, for in places like these, corruption is too high for mercy to have a voice. But we serve the Living God! He is the Controller and the Judge of the universe! This matter could have ended in much pain, but God intervened and it became now a praise report! Never fear a difficulty! It is the platform of a mighty testimony, for God to bless more people that you could have imagined! Also give praise to God Almighty, the good and faithful God, who solved the problem before it even began! God bless this brother in Christ who works in the customs! He decided to do much more than his official duty, for the sake of God!

“Those who trust in the Lord
Are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the Lord surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
On the land allotted to the righteous,
Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
And to those who are upright in their hearts.
As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways,
The Lord shall lead them away
With the workers of iniquity.
Peace be upon Israel!” (Ps 125)

For the past six weeks we have been doing warfare based on Psalm 125 in our prayer meetings in the church. What we have studied in the class room, became the Living Word in reality. This testimony is a proof that as a church we move in the center of the prophetic will of God! To God be all the glory!

May the anointing of Psalm 125 be your portion, in the name of Jesus! May God’s protection surround you, your family and ministry! May God free you from the oppressive authority of the wicked! May your enemies be disappointed!
God will do you good! God will give you peace!
PRAISEEEEEE THE LOOOORDDDDD!!!!!!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

 

SOBER- VIGILANT- RESIST!

 

 

“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1Pet 5:5-11)

 

We are in a season of spiritual warfare. The devil has been attacking us but there is no way back! We shall trust God to the end! The victory is sure!

The Christian life is not a life full of cares, anxieties, fears and troubles. We are to bring all these to God. But the Christian life is not an irresponsible or careless life. There is a battle going on in the heavenly realms. If you are ready or not, if you believe or not, there is a war. Jesus has won the victory on our behalf at the Cross. But we need to apply His victory in our daily lives. Pride is an issue for many Christians. We are commended to be humble and wise; submitting to God and to the authority God has placed over us!

 

If you are a child of God, the devil is your personal adversary. An adversary is an enemy who opposes and resists you. He is seeking to injure, confuse, intimidate and overthrow you. There is no Christian who is immune to the attacks of the devil. He attacks believers all over the world. That means the attacks are very common.

The devil is your personal enemy. If you are ignorant of this, you are already losing the battle. If you are born again, the devil cannot destroy your salvation. But he can do much damage to your joy, your finances, your marriage, children and ministry. An enemy is one who has opposing interests.  The devil wants to overthrow you, to cause you to fall from your secure position, to defeat you, to break you down emotionally and to trouble you mentally. If you live a godly life, you shall be attacked by the devil. The devil wants to bring condemnation and guilt on you. He will lie to you that forgiveness is not permanent and you shall still be punished for your sins. The devil wants to intimidate you with the lion’s roar. He wants to ‘devour’ you. That word means to swallow you alive. Like the crocodile or like the boa snake, he has a great appetite to destroy souls. For example, an unbeliever can just be swallowed by the devil leaving no trace behind. The following verses describe the action of the devil on the unbeliever. The devil cannot swallow the believer but he can do damage beyond words. 

“For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;

Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,

But it shall be no more” (Ps 37:10)

 

What is the solution?

There are three specific commands:

To be sober! It means to be calm, moderate and serious in behavior; not addicted food, drinks, pleasure or sinful entertainment; serious about the things of God; 

To be vigilant! It means to be watchful against danger; to discover good opportunities even in the midst of trouble; ready to seize the moment of opportunity!

To resist the devil steadfast in the faith! It means to exert force and opposing an enemy; to be engaged in warfare and stop the progress of the enemy.

 

The manifestations of victory:

The devil has been defeated on the Cross of Calvary. He is like a chicken without head, fighting like mad, doing harm where he can, if you allow him…

We must confirm the victory thru our faith in Jesus Christ and thru spiritual warfare. Faith to the end is victory. It manifests as spiritual promotion and increased anointing for ministry. To God be the glory!

POWER PASS POWER!

 

 

 

“Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that all POWER belongs to God” (Ps 62:11)
This is our praise report:
We imported more than 4000 seats for our new church. The containers came last week. We hired an agent who paid all the official custom duties. The seats were supposed to be here in Warri three days ago. Then the devil attacked. One of ‘the officials’ refused to let the containers leave the port. He asked for impossible conditions that we can never fulfill. Each day was now adding to the demurrage and the charges kept increasing. Pastor was not ready to cooperate with any sinful requirements. We had no other method than to fast and pray. This is what we did for the past three days. We petitioned the Highest Official in the universe, the King of kings and the Lord of lords to intervene and to glorify Himself in the matter. The church, the seats and our lives belong to Him! The heart of the king is in His hand! We prayed against the power of darkness and the wickedness in his places! We prayed for a living testimony of grace and power! We prayed that ‘the official’ will have no sleep and he will lose all peace until he releases God’s property! We spoke victory in the situation! We declared God’s open door that no man can shut! We made a vow that God will receive all the glory for the breakthrough!
Long story short…Ten minutes ago, the long expected good news came! Without any explanation, the official suddenly ‘removed his hands from the matter’ and released the containers! By tomorrow, our new church seats should be here in Warri! PRAISEEEEEEEEEE THE LOOOOORDDD!!!!!!!!
There is a saying in Nigeria where we live:
“Power pass power!”
This testimony is to the glory of God! We also declare the defeat of the devil and his agents! May your hearts be encouraged! May your faith increase! Your breakthrough is coming too!
Praise the Lord, o my soul!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

GOD PAID FOR MY FURNITURE

 

 

“So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage” (Deut 6:10-12)

 

The promise of God is beyond imagination. God allowed His people to go into slavery, to stay ‘in the house of bondage’ for more than 400 years. But the promise was given to Abraham that they shall come out richer that they have entered Egypt. It is like a man who goes to prison for a crime he did not commit. He stays there isolated for over 40 years. The judge reviews his case and discovers that he was in fact innocent of the crime. The court says that he is now free. He entered prison as a young man. He is now an old man, with wasted his life and his dreams. He used to work in an office. He has no education and he has no money, for he could not work while in prison. His freedom is almost useless to him. Or so he thinks…

Suddenly, the judge announces that he shall receive the salary of a millionaire as a compensation for ‘the years the locusts have eaten’. He receives the keys of houses others have built, the ownership of lands that are rich with oil, gold and silver. He is now the landlord of vineyards and orchards famous all over the world.  Even if he was free and did not go to prison, even if he worked daily at his office, he could not have made such a wealth in 40 years. The suffering in prison is seen now as a blessing, for God turns the tables around just to prove that He is God.

 

This is a spiritual principle: The more you suffer persecution ‘innocently’ for Christ sake, the more the devil locks you in a prison of circumstances, the greater compensation, reward and wealth you shall receive from God! This wealth is natural and spiritual, on earth and in heaven! That is one reason why we are commanded to give thanks in all circumstances!

 

You who suffer right now, you who are afraid and confused not knowing how the future will be, you who pray for a financial breakthrough for the bills are many, you who needs a marriage partner and none comes around, you who are sick and troubled and the doctor have no hope… TRUST GOD! TRUST GOD!

If you are a child of God, rejoice, for you have not seen the end of the story! Tomorrow may be very different than today! You are still breathing, so there is hope for you! God changes situations in less than a second, for all power belongs to Him! We serve the Living God, the faithful God! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

I have seen God performing these miracles of life so many times, that I can never doubt His Word again! If you laugh at my words and at my faith, I do not blame you, for I did the same in the past! But I have changed! I choose to believe the Word of God as my eyes see it in the Bible and my mind understands it! If God says yes, no man and no devil can say no! My faith in God makes me very happy! My faith is now my victory!

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

Come and join the choir! Let’s make God happy, for He is our Praise!

 

In Christ I declare:

I breathe, so I praise God!

I rejoice for my victory is coming!

Things will change! Suddenly! I know! I believe!

I shall own houses and fields!

I shall work little and make a lot of money, for my time and energy is needed for ministry!

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

I give You thanks!

All glory to God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

SUPERNATURAL BREAKTHRU

 

 

“My God will meet your needs according to His glorious riches IN Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever!” (Phil 4:19, 20)

This is the Word of God for you, for today! May the Prophetic anointing flowing from the Holy Spirit reach you and touch you! Let your faith rise! God has decreed that your lips should rejoice in this supernatural breakthrough and to give Him praise for the miracle! It does not matter how great your need is…We serve a Limitless God! it can be a problem of health, ‘incurable’ diseases, financial stress, bareness, ‘prison’ circumstances, marriage challenges, children troubles or other things. God is above them all! God has decreed that rivers of water should flow in the previously dry land. Nothing can stop it! Just believe! God is faithful to His Word! The supply is not a human power, a government elected by men or an earthly bank…The source of your breakthrough and supply of joy is the store of heaven, the glorious eternal riches of Christ the King!

If you doubt God’s Word, then just keep quiet! For the rest of us who believe, God shall move in our circumstances and things will suddenly change! Let the praise begin! You owe me a testimony of faith! Encourage me too! Tell me how your life has changed! Inbox me! Faith 100%! Doubt 0%! To God be all the glory! In Jesus name, Amen!

 

In Christ I declare:

I am strong!

I am healed!

I am rich!

I am blessed!

I am fruitful!

I am free of debt!

In Jesus name

Amen!    

MY HOPE IS ALIVE

 

 

“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” (Jer 29:11)

Some years ago I met this sister ‘by accident’ in one of our travels, somewhere in this world. She lives in the US. She is beautiful and educated. She has a good job. She is born again but somehow she was spiritually stagnant. She was abused sexually in her childhood. It took her many years to forgive the oppressor. She is now in her mid forties. She is not married. She attended a denominational church that did not believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I told her to move on and change the church as a sign for a new beginning. She told me that all her friends are there, that it will not be easy. I left her alone to decide. About two years ago I told her to borrow a wedding dress and take some pictures. I have never seen her so happy. She was glowing in that wedding dress. We prayed that her dream to marry will come true. I did not hear from her for some time…Recently I just received a letter from her. Finally, the Holy Spirit is blowing over this beautiful daughter of Zion…Jesus is Lord!

HER LETTER
Hi Malia,
I finally decided to take your advice and change my church. As you know, I was not fed spiritually and getting frustrated. It was not easy…I prayed for a long time, not wanting to do a mistake. Last Sunday I finally moved on…
I thought I’d share with you what happened yesterday at the new church I decided to attend after going to the Revival meetings I told you about. Before going to this new church, I asked God to help me see someone I knew from the meetings I attended two weeks ago, so I wouldn’t be alone. I reached out and told a couple of people that I met there, that I would be attending their church, but no formal meeting was set up, so I wasn’t sure how it would go down and yes, I felt a little uncertain about things. End result: I saw everyone I met at the Revival meetings. They were all in this new church yesterday. K… and J… saw me and invited me to sit with them. They introduced me to the pastor and they invited me to lunch, calling me their adopted daughter. K…, a lady my age, saw me in the service and waited to find me after the service and made plans to walk with me tomorrow night around the Lake. It’s delightful she suggested walking. Another man from Revival waited for me after the service and said he was working on finding me a life group fellowship.

Wow! For such a long time I did not feel the love of God in a church like it was here… God really blessed me today, so I BELIEVE this is where He wants me to worship and to serve. These fellow Believers seem to be the real deal! There is a lot of love freely given. I appreciate their responsiveness to me. I am following Him as He leads! This is way more action than I have found in past churches all these years. I almost forgot that God is a God of miracles!
I went to the home fellowship last night. All the people were way older than me but I really felt loved and connected to the body of Christ. Funny, the sermon in the church was on spiritual orphans in the body of Christ. That has been me, but praise God new things are coming! God wants us to be IN the Body, so I am getting in! For too long I stood outside, afraid to pass thru the door…Because of past rejections I always felt ugly and lonely. But now I will trust Jesus for new things. Sending you LOVE from…
E…

MY ANSWER
I am so glad for you…I can see you happy…Move on, the door is open! Do you remember how beautiful you looked in that wedding dress? I did not forget! I still pray for you! My hope is alive…

HER REPLY
Thank you, Malia! I love you! God DID bring us together many years ago and I praise Him for that divine meeting! I DO remember wearing that wedding dress and feeling so beautiful and special. I cry even as I write this to you! I don’t know why I cry. My hope is ALIVE, too! God IS alive and working!!! I praise Him for He is our HOPE!!!

In Christ I declare:
My hope is alive!
My faith is strong!
Sister E shall marry a wonderful man of God!
Nothing is impossible with God!
In Jesus name
Amen!

WOMEN OF GOD

 

 

This is a letter from a young man…
“Gooday mummy… I want u to please enlighten me. We had some discussion with some fellow brethren which a female is among. During the discussion, one of the brethren said that a woman is not authorized to preach to a man and he backed it up with a scripture 1timothy 2:11. Our female sister couldn’t back up at that point with any other scripture. So ma, I want to know: is a female supposed to preach in the church?”

MY ANSWER
‘The Lord gives the Word (of power); the women who bear and publish (the news) are a great host. The kings of the enemies’ armies they flee, they flee! She who tarries at home divides the spoil (left behind) (Ps 68:11, 12, AB).

Dear I…
Christianity has some basic doctrines that cannot be argued about: for example, 1. SALVATION IS BY GRACE THRU FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST! You must be born again! 2. God is a Trinity, three in One! 3. God is sovereign over all His creation… etc. But there are also some other subjects that are not basic to salvation: For example: the way to dress, what you eat, female preachers etc. You can be saved and go to heaven even if you do not believe that women can dress with trousers, for example. These are not essential to salvation. It depends on the maturity of the believer and the background he comes from. There is no need to argue with people about these things. You go and pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you. Whatever God says to you personally, just believe it! The truth will set you free from the bondage of pleasing men, from their opinions and traditions, from cultural, racial or religious prejudice. The evil spirit of religion has done much damage in the churches by dividing them thru foolish arguments like these.

As for the passage you quoted in 1Tim 2…Because of disobedience (Gen 3) there is a curse upon the women as the daughters of Eve. In the flesh, they have a tendency to manipulate and control men. This is true! This evil desire is seen in their marriages or their ministries. This is the sin of rebellion. Its source is the same devil that deceived Eve.
What is the solution? It is found at the Cross of Calvary where Jesus died for us! In Christ there is no male or female (Gal 3:28). Naturally the man is stronger than the woman. In the marriage, the wife is to submit to her husband! God is the Author of order! But when it comes to spiritual things, salvation, the anointing and the gifts of the Holy Spirit etc there is no difference between the genders. For example, there is no ‘female’ Holy Spirit…there is no ‘American or white’ Holy Spirit… In Christ, all believers are one! Women are not slaves or second class citizens in the Kingdom of God. Read also 1Tim 2:15. The curse of women’s foolish rebellion is broken only in Christ! A mature woman of God ‘is saved thru childbearing…’ That does not mean that she will go to heaven if she is a mother. What it means is that if she has proven over the years that she is spiritually fruitful, she should be respected as a woman of God. The curse placed upon the natural women is broken is her life. Just like in the natural, a mother has sons and daughters. Her spiritual converts are men and women, born again and walking with God. Such a preacher, male or female should be honored, for God is with that one!

MY TESTIMONY
I am sixty years old. I became born again and Spirit filled in 1986. By His grace, I am a woman of God, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I am a pastor too. I am a mother in Christ to many, male and female.
My husband and I are both medical doctors. Probably you know that we started Lily Clinic in this town. It was a successful private clinic. In 1999 the Lord spoke to both of us, separately and together that we should sell the medical equipment and start a Church in our building. We obeyed. In March 2000 Father’s House Bible Church, Warri, Nigeria was born. We started with less than 20 people, now we are thousands! All glory to God!

My husband is the senior pastor of the church. Both of us are in full time ministry and we both preach the Gospel! God called me to full time ministry, to serve Him as a preacher and teacher of His Word. But I do not take my call for granted. As a wife I submit to my husband, as unto the Lord (Eph 5:22). In doctrines and teachings I also have to submit to him as my pastor (Heb 13:17). The devil is very crafty to bring divisions in the home, especially when both of us have a public ministry. We have different styles of preaching and different gifts of the Holy Spirit. But the Spirit is one! In particular, I have to be very careful to keep the unity of the Spirit and not preach something different from his teachings. He has the right to correct me. He also covers me. My husband encourages me in ministry, so I am covered spiritually. I am the pastor of the women in our church. I also preach to the whole church, leading the prophetic prayer meeting on Saturday evenings. Being a foreigner makes it even harder. But I do not complain…I do not insist that men should come when I preach. Each one should decide what to do and be led by the Holy Spirit.
Finally thank God for calling me to full time ministry. I do not have to apologies for it. It is God and not man that called me. My duty is to be found faithful to Him who called me to serve His Son with the preaching of the Gospel! The opinions and plans of men cannot change that! This is my testimony. My counsel is this: each woman has to find her own gifts, identity and freedom. If God opens a door, no man can shut it! If God has called her to ministry, He will make a way, against all odds…No need to argue…Thru faith and patience we inherit the promises of God!
I hope that my answer has helped you…I wish you well…
Love in Christ alone
Malia

In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I am a servant of God!
I am a preacher of the Gospel!
I am a pastor!
I am a godly wife, mother and grandmother!
All to the glory of God!
In Jesus name
Amen!

JOY IS STRENGTH

 

 

“Today is a holy day for the Lord. Don’t be sad because the joy you have in the LORD is your strength.” (Neh 8:10)
One of the special marks of a born again Christian is supernatural joy. No matter the circumstances, the child of God cannot sink into total despair. Hope will always lift him up. Jesus persevered thru the pain and shame at the Cross because He saw the joy ahead. This royal joy is the crown of victory as the first born from the dead. This joy includes you and me, together at the table, as members of God’s Family. His joy flows in my veins and nothing can quench it.

the_joy_of_the_lord_is_your_strengthI see terrible things on the TV… I pass thru difficult times and challenging seasons, and even then…this joy of the Lord is mine, I cannot deny it…It is my treasure, my engagement ring and my seal from the One who died for me! I live because Jesus lives! We share in the victory, we have fellowship in the Holy Spirit and we rejoice together for the greater things to come! So, I do not worry, for the future is not in my hand, but in the hand of the Potter who knows it all! Praise be to God!

THE POWER OF PROCLAMATION OF GOD’S WORD!

 

 

(Read these scriptures with a loud voice and a heart of faith! The Word of God is food for the hungry and medicine for the wounded soul! The Holy Spirit shall fill you and give you more strength, more faith, wisdom and joy!)

 

“I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken”

You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance”

“I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord”

(Ps 16:8; 32:7; 118:17)

 

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,

For wisdom and might are His.

And He changes the times and the seasons;

He removes kings and raises up kings;

He gives wisdom to the wise

And knowledge to those who have understanding

He reveals deep and secret things;

He knows what is in the darkness,

And light dwells with Him”

 

“For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,

And His kingdom is from generation to generation.

All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;

He does according to His will in the army of heaven

And among the inhabitants of the earth

No one can restrain His hand

Or say to Him, “What have You done?”  (Dan 2:20-22; 4:34-35)

 

Jesus Christ “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”

(Phil 2:6-11)

THE DEVIL IS THE FATHER OF LIES (3)

 

 

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (Jn 8:44)

 

SELF-DECEPTION

The devil is a liar, a deceiver. So it is sin. The worst tragedy is when no one else but you deceives yourself, you betray your trust in yourself; you hate yourself and become your enemy. It is similar with spiritual suicide or spiritual abortion. Deception means to mislead, to accept a lie in place of truth and that causes confusion, ignorance and helplessness. Deception weakens the will. It means to disappoint, to fail to fulfill a promise.

Self –deception means to betray your own dreams, to abort your destiny. You become your worst enemy. You can’t blame anybody except yourself. It is a self-inflicted mortal wound, terrible tragedy that may cost your soul at last. It is the height of foolishness, a choice to serve the devil while still reading the bible. This deception is the work of the evil spirit of religion. But you can’t even blame the devil. Ignorantly, the deceived is resisting the Holy Spirit refusing to acknowledge his sin and refusing all counsel to repent.

Self -deception is a sin, better said a stronghold that keeps many in bondage. They go to church but show no fruit of salvation. These are religious people that are very stubborn and hard hearted ‘Christians’. They make continuous mistakes and are ignorant of the stain they place on the name of Christ. Selah!

 

THE SOURCES OF SELF –DECEPTION: WEAK EARS AND FAST TONGUES

*PASSIVE HEARERS

‘Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says’ (Jam 1:22)

It is possible for a sinner to read the Bible, go to church and still fail to be saved. It is not enough to listen to sermons or even to admire them. The Word of God has to be received in the heart, engrafted, like a seed in the ground, with spiritual hunger and deep humility. The Word has to be retained and meditated upon for a long time, until it leaves permanent imprint in the soul. It is like printing a picture on the photographic paper. The light has to penetrate it long enough for the picture to be seen. That is the meaning of looking at your face in the mirror of the Word, which is the truth that sets free. Your spirit, much deeper than the mind, has to receive the Word, to open up to the power of life resident in the Word of God until the change happens.

 

*RELIGIOUS, UNRESTRAINED TONGUE

‘If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless’ (Jam 1:26)

In the Book of James Chapter 1: 26, 27 and in chapter 3 we see that the tongue is described as a ‘restless’ ‘wild animal’ bent on destruction. It is like a snake, ‘full of deadly poison’. The evil tongue of the self –deceived has ‘killed’ many souls with bitterness.

No man can tame the tongue.  Only God can do it and that only in the believers who are dead to sin. The tongue is an index to how the body behaves. A perfect man keeps his body and tongue under control. Self -control is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Any man, who attends church, reads the Bible or does good deeds, but cannot control the tongue, is self –deceived.

 

What is the solution? Go to the Word of God! Pray and destroy the stronghold of lies and deception! Be jealous of your testimony as a Christian! Pray for your ears and for your tongue! Let them experience deliverance! Let your ears be circumcised! Let them hear every Word of God! For man does not live by bread alone but be every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God! Let your ears be deaf to lies, deceit and gossip. Let your tongue be slow to speak! Never speak on impulse! Always pray before you speak! May your speech glorify God and encourage the brethren! In the absence of a specific godly Word from God, I shall keep silent! May God bless His Word in the heart of the listeners today! In Jesus name, Amen!

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (Jam 1:19)

THE DEVIL IS THE FATHER OF LIES (2)

 

 

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (Jn 8:44)

THE LIAR- DEFINITION
A liar is a person who doesn’t tell you the whole truth. He is a deceiver, a manipulator, a betrayer or a promise breaker. He gives you words, even fine sounding words, but never the truth, and never true love. Truth is always perfect, complete. Truth is always 100%. Any contamination changes the truth into a lie and love into betrayal.
A lie is a statement known to the speaker to be untrue. It is spoken with the intention to deceive or mislead the hearer. In other words ‘an innocent liar’ does not exist.

Why do people lie?
The reason why people lie is to make themselves look good. This is due to emotional insecurity. A liar has a deep inferiority complex and thinks that truth does not favor him. So he ‘embellishes’ the truth changing it into a lie. A liar is someone who having led others to believe one thing, without any shame, he does a different thing. You may not recognize a liar from the beginning. Some are more skillful than others. But keep watching the man you suspect is a liar. Observe his behavior in his relationship with you and with others. Pray always! Remember, until you have a personal confirmation from the Holy Spirit, any man is a sinner and a liar. With time, you shall discover that the man who looked so nice is in fact a wicked man, one who has a double life, irresponsible, unreliable and unfaithful. His past performance with people leaves him with little or no credibility. Behind him there is a trail of broken hearts and bleeding wounds.
The power of the devil as the father of lies is in his deception. The devil hates to be exposed. He will fight back against any man who tries to discover the truth. But fear not, God is with you and His truth shall set you free! Stay on God’s side where there is victory!
“True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful does that mean God will be unfaithful? Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true” (Rom 3:4)

LIARS HATE THEIR VICTIMS
“A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it,
And a flattering mouth works ruin” (PV 26:28)
Lying is a serious sin. It brings you into covenant with eth devil. It makes you a criminal. If someone lies to you, deceives or cheats you, that one is your personal enemy. The lie is a sword intended to kill your joy. It is a poison intended to weaken your love for God and men. The victim is afflicted, crushed down and oppressed. The victim of lies are dying along the road of life. Repent of all lies and wickedness of the past!

Finally, if you read this letter and all that you ‘gain’ is just theory, just words, then it has failed to achieve its purpose. My desire is that it will be a guide-line to you, to study this subject, to pray and read the scriptures until light starts to shine in your spirit, until you understand the Word, until ‘it makes sense’ to you. You need to hate lies!!! I hope that you pay the price to search and pray about this subject, so that you will be totally free. Your deliverance will become a signal for many that they can be free as well.
May God have mercy on us all!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

THE DEVIL IS THE FATHER OF LIES (1)

 

 

The prayer meeting was good but not an easy one. We prayed and praised until the Holy Spirit ‘came down’. There was some hindrance coming mostly from the evil spirit of religion who attacks when men seek the truth and want to be free. We persisted in prayer and arrived at ‘the open door of escape’. The devil fights back for his time is short. But we are not ready to compromise. It is good to attend a church where people pray well. Then the sermon came:

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman: Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Gen 3:1)

The serpent was ‘subtle’. The word means to be deceitful, crafty, cunning, smooth and skilful in deception. The devil possessed the snake and spoke the first lie on earth, in the Garden of Eden. Please mark the very first word that came out from the devil’s mouth. It is the word ‘yea…’ This little word recorded in the Bible gives us a mighty revelation about the deceptive character of the father of lies. This first meaning of the word ‘yea’ in Hebrew is this: ‘also, though, rather than…’
‘Yea’ is called an accession word describing something added (to what was previously said), a joining or the act of coming close to somebody. The root of this word is ‘to access ‘. It means to have the permission to enter into a discussion, the ability to join a conversation or the liberty to use something available. The secondary meaning of the word ‘yea’ is ‘to be sure, confident or to have no doubts at all when talking’

From all these definitions, we deduce that the devil deceived Eve by pretending to be a lost and found familiar friend. It is like they knew each other in the past. He gives the impression that they had some unfinished conversions as neighbors of friends. The devil pretends to agree with what Eve was saying and adds to her words, correcting them, improving them, just the way friends do. That is a great lesson for us. The devil comes alongside like a friend in need to talk. He attacks lonely insecure people. Initially, he agrees with what you say and he flatters to soften your heart. Once he is allowed to come close, he strikes with a confident blow and plants a lie in the heart. That little ‘innocent seed lie will grow to become a tree of lies, a stronghold that will reject and oppose every truth in the Word of God. That is why we are commanded to test all spirits for not are from God! (1Jn 4:1)
Once the devil makes the connection, like a hungry lion, he jumps on the victim. He lies about God’s commandments. He makes God a liar. This is how Eve was deceived. Later Adam joined his wife in the rebellion. From now on, man and his descendants shall be called a sinner. Only the sacrifice of Christ can atone for such a sin.

The next time we find satan in the Bible is in the Book of Job. Here he does the opposite. In Genesis he was accusing God to men and he succeeded in deceiving them In the Book of Job he is accusing men to God. He is now called ‘the accuser of the brethren’. He was trying to deceive God that Job worships Him only because he is blessed. The devil tells God that in the absence of blessings Job will curse Him. Of course, God was not deceived. God then proves to all men that Job is a true worshippers and the devil is a liar.
The conclusion is that the devil attacks by trying to cause division between God and His children. He is defeated thru spiritual warfare, thru a personal confession of the power of the Blood of Jesus applied practically to the circumstances of your life.

“And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death” (Rev 12:9-11)

In Christ I declare:
By God’s grace I do not lie, deceive, slander or manipulate!
I hate lying!
I destroy any spiritual connection between me and the father of lies!
I speak the truth in love!
So help me God!
In Jesus name
Amen!

REJOICING TODAY

 

This is the day

“This is the day the Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 118:24)

In this world of sin and sorrow, it is so refreshing to hear God’s Word! Truth has its own sound, its own power!

Child of God, you are commanded to rejoice as you live today! This is God’s Word! This is God’s command! It is not just a suggestion! Different circumstances cannot alter it! The God who created this day as a gift of life to you, is to be celebrated! This day is not here by mistake! Many could not make it! God who made today, is the God of all eternity, the God who made you too, the God who promised to carry you until the end! God is good! Al the time! Is praise rising in your soul! Is the name of Jesus sweet to you? Are you saved? Then rejoice!!!

From the rising of the sun, until the going down of the same, let praises be heard over this land! They shall overflow to the nations! Men will ask you ‘why are you so happy?’ Tell them it is because Jesus is your Savior and your Lord! Your testimony can move mountains of fear and depression! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!

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

SOMEONE STRONGER

 

 

 

“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed.  But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunders. He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters” (Lk 11:21-23)

 

Our Lord calls the devil ‘a strong man’. In Greek the word means someone who is able, forceful, valiant and boisterous. These words describe someone who is a commanding soldier, very active on duty, bold and courageous.

Let no one ignore the power and the influence of the devil upon the sinners. The devil is king in his evil domain. No one is stronger except the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, our Lord. There is no greater power except the Blood of the Lamb shed on the Cross of Calvary. No man can win a victory against the devil except in the name of Jesus and in the strength of the Holy Spirit. There is no power that can defeat death except the power of resurrection. That is the only key of victory, the royal way of the Cross that leads to heaven.

 

The devil has a house, or better said a prison. He guards it day and night. His victims are called ‘his possessions’. They are all inside undisturbed and in peace. These are the unbelievers who have a fake peace with God. They are fed lies for breakfast, deceptions at lunch and flatteries for diner. Their drink is poisoned doctrines and their snacks are made of false hopes. The demons are the house managers pretending to be angels of light. The system runs well. All citizens just work, eat, sleep and party. No questions about life and no dreams are allowed. The churches are also business centers. The prayers are monitored and all sermons edited. There is peace like in a cemetery.

‘All is well…’ they say…

One day the centuries long peace was disturbed. The Prince of Peace came down from the Cross and attacked the city of the dead. The king of that domain, the prince of the power of the air prepares to run away but he is arrested by the One stronger than him. He who trusted in his beauty and wisdom falls down at the feet of the eternal Victor. Reluctantly he opens his bony hand and gives up the keys of life and death. The angels hurry to the cells. Heaven and earth is anxious to see how freedom’s chains are removed and slowly, she walks on her feet.

The radio palace sounds like crazy. A new voice fills the air. Justice is finally done. This is a miracle, nothing less than that! Breaking news: “The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever!” The Greater One has won! All glory to God! “The time has come for judging the dead…and for rewarding Your servants the prophets and Your saints who reverence Your name, both small and great and for destroying those who destroy the earth!” (Rev 11)

 

Dear friend…Come to Jesus! There is no middle ground! If you do not gather with Him, you will scatter and waste His grace! Come and win souls in His name! Come and lift up His banner!  Come and fight His battles! Come and gather His harvest! For it has been decreed and none can change it:

“He shall see the travail of His soul and be satisfied!”

 

In Christ I declare:

I have true, genuine peace with God!

I am a child of God!

I am a soldier in the army of Christ!

I can never lose!

I gather with Christ!

Wherever I go the fragrance of Christ is felt and it changes the atmosphere!

I am free! My family is free!

I dedicate all my crowns to Christ, my Lord!

In Jesus name

Amen

COME HOLY FIRE!

 

 

“Quench not the Spirit… Don’t stifle the Spirit… Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (1Thess 5:19)
The Holy Spirit is a Person. The Holy Spirit is God. One of His symbols in the Bible is fire. “Our God is a consuming fire’ (Heb 12:29). Fire purifies by burning the impurities in a metal. “Silver and gold are purified by fire, but God purifies hearts” (PV 17:3). Passing anything thru fire it reduces the weight and size of that object, for only that which is pure will remain.
God allows us to pass thru the fire of affliction, sickness, loneliness and pain. These are unpleasant things. Nobody likes to suffer. But God supervises the process and like Job, we come out the better. At the end of the tunnel we start manifesting the Fruit of the Spirit, we become more loving, patient and wise. Our words have greater impact in the listeners. Every true Christian is able to give thanks to God for the fire of the Holy Spirit. This work of purifying the character cannot be done by man or by circumstances. We may pray many prayers and nothing changes. Suddenly Jesus manifests as the Baptizer with fire and terrible habits and sins just disappear. Your heavy burden of shame and condemnation is gone! When fire comes down is always a miracle of life revived!

How does a Christian quench the Holy Spirit?
This is one of the shortest verses in the Bible. It is God’s command to His children because an unbeliever does not know the Holy Spirit. We have a choice: we either obey or we disobey.
The warning against the quenching of the Spirit applies to individual believers and congregations. One way to quench the Spirit is by allowing the evil spirit of religion to have access to your mind or to your church. It is the same as offering ‘strange, fake fire’ from the devil who comes as an angel of light. Now there is a competition of fires. God is jealous and He will instantly expose the fake. But if you continue to resist the chastisement of the Holy Spirit you shall grieve Him to the point in which He will withdraw from your life or church. That will manifest as an increase of sins that no prayer can stop. Demons come back. Sinful habits you gave up in the past are revived and overcome your personality. The heart becomes a stronghold for evil spirits, full of wicked thoughts and unholy imaginations. There is a terror inside that will kill any desire to serve God. The believer backslides and no man can help.

No deliverance is possible in the absence of the fire of the Holy Spirit. Once the Holy Spirit is quenched in a church, the religious spirits take over. The holy place becomes ‘a den of robbers’. The true worship is replaced by ordinary singing. True ministry is replaced by restless activities. Entertainment and programs define that church. The pastor stops preaching the Gospel of Christ Crucified. The words that come from the pulpit are only business and empty slogans. Mammon is god over that congregation. Nobody is saved. Hell is happy…The end is death and destruction…what a tragedy…

How do we bring back the fire?
Come to God in repentance. Go to the Cross! See Christ crucified! Pray until He has mercy on you. Pray until God touches your heart again. All revivals start with honest desperate prayers. Go back to the Bible. Read it on your knees. Tell God that you miss Him. Tell God that you are the prodigal son coming home. God listens to your words. Reject all evil demons of religion, doubt, love of the world, love of money and entertainment. Desire to be a true, holy and serious Christian! Desire to serve and worship God! Change your church if there is no fire! Your soul is more important than any friends you have made there! Be persistent! Eventually, God will come down and embrace you! The fire will burn your fears and depression! The fire will come with joy unspeakable and full of glory! Even your liver will smile! You shall have a new push for life! You shall rejoice in the Lord once more! The joy of the Lord shall become your strength! God is faithful! He will do it!

“Come, Jesus, Lord, with holy fire,
Come, and my quickened heart inspire,
My conscience purged by blood;
Now to my soul Thyself reveal,
Thy mighty working let me feel,
Since I am born of God!

Let nothing now my heart divide,
Since with Thee I am crucified,
And live to God in Thee.
Dead to the world and all its toys,
Its idle pomp and fading joys,
Jesus, my glory be!”

(Charles Wesley 1707-1788)

May the fire of the Holy Spirit burn once more in your soul! This is my prayer for you!
“Fire fall on me!”

WE KNOW THE LOVE OF GOD

 

 

 

“A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another…God is love…We love because He first loved us”

(Jn 13;34, 35; 1Jn 4:8, 19)

 

In Greek, the word ‘love’ is ‘agape’. It appears more than 250 times in the New Testament. This love is not a soft romantic nice sexy feeling. Also, it is not a friendly brotherly (sisterly) attachment to family and friends. The agape love is basically defined as self-sacrifice, loving like God, who suffered and died that we might live. It is the only love ‘found’ in the Bible. It is a spiritual love poured into our hearts when we become born again. God does not just love by nature but He is love Himself. That is why everything that proceeds from God is coming from His heart of love. We do not merit this love. It is pure grace in action.

Agape love affects the whole man. Its overflow extends not only to your family and friends, but to your neighbors, enemies and even to the whole world. There is no virtue in loving your own family or even ‘falling in love’ with someone you like to marry.  But to love like Jesus is a sacrifice and an eternal achievement that even heaven acknowledges and admires! This Christian love is not just an emotion, but a mighty victory of your selfish flesh, over your natural mind and will! Agape love defines a true champion!

 

God has loved us first of all. The word ‘first’ means to be foremost in time, in place and in the order of importance. Out of the revelation of this ‘first love’ we have received, we become able to overflow in worship and to love other men. This love starts like a little seed and becomes a harvest of adoration and service back to the Father. Love then becomes ‘perfect’. It now affects the whole character of man. As a fruit of the Spirit flowing out, this love touches others like nothing else will do. The love of God in the heart of the mature believer has universal favor will all men. None can resist it. Jesus said that ‘all men will know’ that we belong to Jesus!

 

There is always a danger in becoming lukewarm and forsaking your ‘first love’ (Rev 2:4). Religious spirits may look attractive but they do not have a drop of love. Test the spirits of men who come to you with sweet words, gifts and promises. Look for the universal sign of ‘love like Jesus’. The man may be hard working, handsome, rich, gifted and all. The woman may look soft, nice and beautiful, and she may sing like an angel. But if they have no love, they are just a noisy, out of tune, out of the orchestra cymbals, trouble makers and bitter roots. Without agape love, like Absalom, they are just thieves of hearts! Run away from them! Do not befriend them! Do not marry them! You must repent of seeking to please anyone else than the God who loved you first!

 

The greatest proof of love is the Cross. The Father sent His Son to die for us, the sinners. There is no greater love than that. Here you see the root of agape love: it is self-sacrifice. Our destiny is to glorify the God of the Cross and to desire to be like His Son who died on it! Agape love is more than words, it is action love. You shall have enough opportunities to prove that agape love flows in your veins by helping others to fulfill their destiny, by postponing the satisfaction of your desires, by waiting on God and interceding for others. You learn to respect the needs of others more than yours.

 

OUR TESTIMONY

We got married as unbelievers. We started our life together based on eros mixed with philio love. It was all flesh. Yes, it was beautiful and romantic but flesh nevertheless. After we became saved, we saw the need for our marriage to be saved. Both my husband and I started to pray to love like Jesus. It was not an easy transition. The devil attacked us like never before. We made mistakes along the way but we persevere on that royal way of the Cross. Little by little we saw the light and the hope of glory. Our marriage became new, holy, full of genuine romance and joy that none could quench. The unity of the Spirit was established. Even more than that, it became a ministry to many, challenging and encouraging them to follow the same path. .

This is the simplest way I can say it…For example, I shall sleep hungry tonight if all we have is just a piece of bread. My husband coming tired from work shall eat it and he will not even know that I am hungry. That is the least of my proof of loving him. He shall also do the same… This shall become a marriage life style and ministry to the end.

“By this we have known the love of God, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (1 John 3:16). Because of God’s love toward us, we are now able to love one another.

 

This is my wish for you…O, that you may be interested to learn more about the love of Christ flowing in your soul…O, that you may desire to worship God thru this agape love…O, that you may desire to practice self-sacrifice for the sake of Christ…O, that you may humbly take your cross daily and follow Jesus…O, like water becoming wine, may your erotic love in marriage be changed into the undying love of God found in Christ Jesus our Lord…O, that you may desire to be a true champion, a holy vessel unto the Lord, an inspiration to all men and angels too…O…O…O…

In Jesus name

Amen!

HELP THE LEAST OF MINE

 

 

“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me;
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ (Mat 25)

GOD IS EXALTED EVEN IN SMALL THINGS
Sister V is a true woman of God. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. She is humble and kind. She is my friend and sister in Christ. She has a ministry of helps among the difficult people (1Cor 12:28). I have seen her pray for impossible situations that soon became easy. She is a blessing to her neighbors and many others. She rarely gets discouraged when doing her labor for God. She is a lover of God’s Word, an intercessor for the nations and a poet too. I am encouraged by all her letters. Please read her testimony. Also pray for her that her ministry will increase. That God will provide all that she needs, resources, wisdom, money, other helpers and most of all more of the Holy Spirit to her. Pray also that God will bless her family too.
If you are in the helps ministry, be encouraged today!
Below is a portion from her letter:

Dear Malia…
I now fellowship with my neighbor, she is now in her apartment, but her family does not come to see her. She is a difficult woman, at first she did not want to receive help. i prayed for wisdom and grace to help her. Listen to this testimony: I came to visit with her (this was before she went to the nursing home). I found her lying on the floor unable to get up. This was a woman that was walking two days ago. She still did not want me to help her, but iI called 911 and she was taken to the emergency room. From there she was admitted to the hospital and from there to another hospital and from there to the nursing home. To my surprise she had the nursing home call me and she asked me to be her emergency contact person. This was how I got to know about this nursing home. This lady wanted to go home but the people were convinced that she was incapable of caring for herself.
We prayed for God to make a way, long story short this lady became depressed, they were convinced that she was mental, but I told them that her mind was clear. By divine intervention, she had to be taken to the hospital in the middle of the night. it was there that a doctor decided to send her home. Immediately she came home, it was amazing! She brightened up and told me that she will walk again because God has heard our prayers. She can now walk with a walker and is looking forward to getting a motorized wheel chair. Praise God! I went to see her this evening and she got approved for the wheel chair! I am still rejoicing and thanking God for what He has done. She is no longer a difficult woman, i was able to call on her behalf and get her a care provider that comes in everyday to take care of all her needs. In the past she always keeps her blinds closed, but now she lets in the light. I have said a lot because I know that God has the finale say, not man! And must be glorified!

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge”
(Psalm 46:10, 11)

Love in Him,
V

In Christ I declare:
Sister V is blessed!
Her family and the work of her hands are blessed!
There shall be increase of resources and new open doors for her ministry!
All to the glory of God!
In Jesus name’
Amen!

GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN

 

 

 

“Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day…” (Josh 14:12)

 

Caleb made this speech on his 85th birthday. He reminded Joshua of the promise God made to him, 45 years previously, thru His servant Moses. Caleb was one of the twelve men Moses sent ahead to spy the Promised Land. They came back confirming that the land is ‘flowing with milk and honey’. But ten of them added that it is impossible to occupy the land because giants live there. Their negative report made the hearts of the people of God ‘melt with fear’. Joshua and Caleb confronted them saying that ‘if God is with us, we can conquer them; for their protection is gone, for God is with us!’ (Nu 14)

God comes to the scene and gives His judgment. The ten spies who spread a bad report and discouraged the congregation died of a plague ‘before the Lord’. For doubting and grumbling against God the people of Israel will waste forty years in the wilderness and die there. Only their children will enter the Promised Land.

As for Joshua and Caleb, because they were loyal to God and believed His promises, they shall enter too and occupy the very places were their feet have walked upon.  Caleb went up to Hebron, which he calls ‘a mountain’.  In a most wonderful speech full of faith he now reminds Joshua of God’s promise made to him so many years ago:

 

“You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the giants were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said” (Josh 14:6-12).

 

Joshua confirms his request.  At 85, Caleb and his children go to war against the giants and they killed them all. At last, Hebron became his property. The name Hebron means ‘Fellowship’. The name Caleb means ‘he is able’.

 

“He is able, more than able, to do much more than I can ever dream…

Jesus is able, more than able, to make me what He wants me to be…”

 

If God has given you any promise in the past, thru the Word or by His Spirit, please remember today that He is the faithful God. Even if time has gone, it is never too late for God. If you are faithful to God you shall become His intimate friend and have sweet fellowship with him. If you serve God faithfully in your youth, you shall enjoy your old age. Your strength and passion for life and serving God shall not reduce.   The natural laws of getting old shall not apply to you. With ‘long life I will satisfy him’ (Ps 91:16)! You shall possess the gates of your enemies! Your children shall be taught by the Lord, have peace, be strong and do ministry just like their parents!

 

In Christ I declare:

All God’s promises shall be fulfilled in my life!

I shall possess my mountain, the best God has for me!

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

In Jesus name,

Amen!

 

 

GOD BREAKS THE STAFF OF THE WICKED!

 

 

The prayer meeting was very good. I am not saying this lightly. For I have attended all types of ‘prayer meetings’ in my life. The truth is that something is happening to us. The fire is burning and more and more people are willing to pay the price to experience ‘practical godliness’. We hear more often testimonies about sick people prayed for and the sickness gone. Even if the patient is far away, ‘prayer works’! The Holy Spirit moves more freely in our midst. Old songs sound new again. People you could not have believed that they can come to church, are now here. One of our grand-daughters, a teenager, she prayed for some time to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Last Sunday, during worshipped it happened. She told me that she was suddenly so happy that she could not stop smiling. Later at home, she got burnt with hot oil on her hand. She continued to laugh saying that she feels no pain. I pray that you may desire the wine of the Spirit, available to all the children of God who long for it and pray!
The following was the sermon:

“How the oppressor has ceased, the golden city ceased!
The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
The scepter of the rulers;
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” (Isiah 14)

Please read the whole chapter of Isaiah 14. Pride is a sin that first manifested in heaven. Lucifer was an archangel, a leader in heaven. God created him with wisdom and beauty above the rest angels. For a long time pride is invisible. Lucifer made rebellious plans to overthrow God. He wanted to replace God, to seat on God’s throne. The proud ambitious plan was conceived in his heart (v 13). He convinced a number of angels that his plan was good. They followed him in his rebellion. Eventually God sent them away from heaven.
The following are the five ‘I will’ of Lucifer:
*’I will ascend to heaven…’
He was in heaven but he wanted a higher position than the one given to him by God. He forgot that no one can enter the presence of God uninvited! The word ‘ascend’ appears two times in his speech. In Hebrew it means to climb up, ‘to work my way up the ladder’, to excel, to be exalted, to increase, to recover from damage and to become perfect.
*’I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…’
The word ‘exalt’ means to promote self, to be loud, presumptuous and proud. By God’s appointment he was the leader of angels in heaven, but he was not satisfied. He wanted to promote himself above all royalty, thrones, powers or princes created by God. That authority will be universal and not only in heaven. .
* ‘I will also sit on the mount of the congregation’
Lucifer wants to be in charge of the gathering of God’s people. In other words, he wants to be the head of the church. He is a religious spirit also called ‘the spirit of anti-Christ’.
*’I will ascend above the heights of the clouds’.
The words describe the high places of mysterious shadows and dark clouds that only God has access to. These rise and fall like the waves of the sea.
*I will be like the Most High’.
Lucifer’s ambition has no limit. He wants to be like the Most High God whose name is Elyon. He will be so high that he does not have to bow to God anymore. The title ‘Most High’ is one of God’s names: ‘Elyon’. The revelation of Elyon is connected with Abraham. He went to battle against his enemies. With little resources he won the victory against a much greater power. His trust was in Elyon. Another revelation of Elyon is the God who blessed them who pay tithes (Gen 14:18-20). Lucifer’s ambition was to be like Elyon, the Most High God. This speech is the basis of the devil’s condemnation. God judged him together with the rest angels who followed him.

In Isaiah 14 the fall of Lucifer is described in four steps:
*Fall from heaven (v 12)
*Cast down to earth (v 12)
*Brought down to the grave (v 15)
*Brought to the lowest depths of hell (the pit) (v 15)

Once thrown on earth, these are the sins of Lucifer (as described in Isaiah 14)
*He made the earth tremble
*He shook kingdoms
*He made the world as a wilderness
*He destroyed its cities
*He did not open the house of his prisoners (merciless to his victims)
*He destroyed the land and slain the people

PRAYER OF REPENTANCE AND DELIVERANCE
“Lord, have mercy on us! We repent of pride, bitter envy, impatience, covetousness, quarrels and fights at home or in the office! We repent of all selfish ambition! We separate from any connection with the Babylonian system. We command you lucifer and all your demons to leave our lives, our homes, our businesses, our church and city!
We trust You, Father for revival! There shall be a turning around of circumstances! We trust You for healing, deliverance and prosperity! The evil spirit of heaviness shall be replaced with the garment of praise! We worship You forever! We give You all the glory! In Jesus name, Amen!

MY DECLARATION OF FAITH:
In Christ I declare, that by the leading and power of the Holy Spirit and by the grace of God:
I destroy any familiar and generational curse coming from past connection with lucifer and his agents!
I destroy any generational curse coming from my ancestors who made wealth or gained fame, based on manipulation, witchcraft, pride, worldly wisdom, bitter envy and selfish ambition!
I destroy any generational curse coming from my ancestors who were wicked and merciless in their dealings with other men, were racist or involved in political tribalism! I plead the Blood of Jesus and the power of the name of Jesus upon me, my marriage, my children, natural and spiritual and their descendants! We are free to serve God! I shall seek the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other blessings shall be added to me and to my children!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

 

 

GOD LOVES YOUR MARRIAGE! (3)

 

 

 

“The Lord God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him… I will make a helpmeet for him… a suitable companion who will help him… a counterpart” (Gen 2:18)

 

HAPPY SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE MEANS FULFILLED DESTINY

Looking at all these definitions and quotes, we draw the conclusion that marriage is very important to God because He invented it. To be a godly wife is an extraordinary achievement. Marriage was decreed even before the church was born. A question for you: how much value do you think God places on your marriage? The answer is a great revelation: God loves your marriage as much as Christ loves the church! That is why He commands the men to love their wives just like Jesus loves the church. The women submit to their own husbands just like the church submits to Christ! Selah!

 

LEAVE AND CLEAVE!

For marriage to be successful, you need ‘to leave your mother and father and to cleave to your husband’! If there is no ‘leaving’ there is no ‘cleaving’. As a married woman you do not have to obey your parents anymore. You help them and honor them. But you are not under their direct authority anymore. The word ‘leave’ means to forsake, to dis-engage and let something go away. After marriage, your relationship with your parents has to go to the altar. Things have to change. The natural becomes spiritual! It is all for the better. You need to ‘cleave’ to your husband, for the unity of the Spirit to be manifested. In Hebrew, the word ‘cleave’ means to pursue hard, to chase another and to overtake him. The picture is a violent collision that will create an effect. It means to hold very tight until you are joined together. For example, the same word describes the way Eleazar, one of David’s men of valor, held on his sword until he killed all his enemies. God gave him supernatural victory because ‘he cleaved to his sword’. NIV says that his hand ‘froze’ to the sword (2Sam 23:10). You too, hold on to your husband, cleave to him, praying to God, until the victory is sure!

 

As a wife, ‘you submit to your own husband as unto the Lord’ (Eph 5:22). Your submission will become his help. Without you, your husband will not be able to fulfill his destiny. Literarily, his future is in your hands. This is a great responsibility. That is why you should not marry an unbeliever. But even if you made a mistake, you should not divorce, but continue to pray for mercy and grace. Pray that your marriage will succeed! To be a godly wife is ministry indeed! Be a ‘Proverbs 31 woman of God’! Do not take your marriage for granted! Husband and wife have to be best friends! If your husband falls, be a helper and lift him up! Do it quietly and give all the glory to God! Fear not! God is on your side! God loves and values your marriage! Do not disappoint God! Even if your husband does not appreciate you, God appreciates you! My husband and I are married for over 40 years. I speak trusting the authority of the Word of God and even from my own experience!

May God bless you, help you and give you peace!

In Jesus name,

Amen!