PUT ON CHRIST

 

 

“Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on The Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh to gratify its desires” (Rom 13: 13, 14)

As believers, we are associated with Christ in two basic ways. He is the Savior and Lord, dwelling internally: ‘Christ IN YOU the hope of glory’. The Holy Spirit witnesses in your human spirit that you are saved. Then Christ can also be ‘put on’ outwardly, as a garment or an armor of light. Just the way we dress in the morning to go out for the business of the day, we take the garment of righteousness given by Christ Himself. All sinners are naked spiritually, easily predictable. But as a believer, as you put on Christ, people see that we are not naked, foolish and exposed. Our choices and actions are witnessed by others and they remind them of Jesus.

This holy garment allows the body to behave normally, as God created it to be. But the evil desires are quenched under the garment of Christ. For example, we pray for our daily bread, we pray for healing when sick, we pray for a marriage partner…all these are acceptable prayers to bless the body created by God. But if we desire sexual lusts, opportunities to quarrel or intimidate others, that is praying amiss and is provoking God to become angry (Ps 78:18).
Do not make plans even in your secret heart on how to steal, kill or destroy. Do not allow your imagination to be wild and dream ugly. Under any circumstances, do not indulge in pornography on the internet. Do not go to parties with men and women who are immoral and wild. Let your happiness be clean, always!

The Holy Spirit is able to kill the evil desires of the flesh daily. Led and filled by the Spirit, your life becomes easier, simpler, like that if a child. Your conscience will not bother you anymore. In this world of sin, a free conscience is a great achievement, and points to the power of the Blood of Jesus shed on the cross. A free conscience gives God room to do miracles in your life.
Stay simple! Put on Christ daily…walk like Him, speak like Him, laugh like Him, pray like Him… The night of spiritual blindness and ignorance is over! The morning breaks…there is a change in the spiritual atmosphere…are you not seeing it?
Let your light so shine among men that they may see Christ in you and give glory to the Father! ‘And you shall be My witnesses to the end of the world!’

ROYAL SUITE

 

 

“There was no room for them in the inn” (Lk 2:7)
We arrived in Houston at about 6pm. After waiting on line at the immigration, hiring a car, following the GPS instructions in the city traffic, we finally arrived at our hotel. Jemine booked this hotel for us thru Expedia. What we wanted was an in-expensive room, close to her home, with full kitchen in case we want to cook Nigerian food later. Jemine has found this hotel that met all our requirements. Tired after the long flight, we came into the hotel’s lobby at about 9pm. A young man at the reception informed us that our room has been given to another person. He also said that they are fully booked, that they have informed Expedia about this situation. He said that their policy is that if the client does not come before 6pm, they will give the room to another. He said this without any smile or apologies. We tried to argue saying that our daughter has already paid for and the document says that we covered in case of late arrival. The young man did not care at all about our pleas. We then called Jemine. She said that Expedia was on the phone with her apologizing, blaming the hotel for a breach of contract. Soon Matthew and Jemine came to meet us there. Jemine was very upset with Expedia; ‘super-disappointed’ I heard her say to them. I found myself thinking…is this why some hotels are called cheap? Even here man can let down another…

Long story short, Expedia tried to repair the damage and offered us another hotel to stay. We drove there wondering if the new one is worst than the first…no need to worry, God has gone before us…we were directed to a wonderful hotel, given a suite there. The price of this one is 3 times the amount paid for the first. But Expedia said they will not charge Jemine more money. In other words we got a duplex for the price of a ‘boys-quarters’… Only God can do things like these…
We arrived tired at about 10pm at the reception of the new hotel. The whole atmosphere was different. The lady at the reception was nice, smiling. There were flowers everywhere (the other hotel had no flower at all). There was a beautiful hand made sign saying ‘Welcome Friends- this is an oasis of rest and laughter”. They gave us ‘a royal suite’. It was big and very clean…much more than we expected. So in one night, from tired disappointment to joyful peaceful rest, Jesus lead us thru, again…from ‘no star hotel’ to ‘many stars hotel’, just like that, we were not too tired to thank God for over-ruling our human choices.
The Star of Bethlehem is not just history. It lead us to a palace for the price of ‘a cut and nail’ (you know what I mean…). The story is not finished…Expedia also gave Jemine $ bonus, to cover up for the disappointment. The truth is that I saw this hotel when we were looking where to book, but it was too expensive for us. Apparently, Our Father in Heaven paid the bill. It was not too expensive for God.

Just in case you laugh at our faith, that is ok…I did the same for many years. There was a time when I trusted only in myself, my wisdom and my strength. I did not allow any room for changes of plans, for I never trusted God who could do that anytime, without apologies…
But it is so different now. Thank God I am not my own god anymore.

If you believe in God, then trust Him with all your heart, for everything that concerns you and your family. Trust God for your health, length of life, choice of a life partner, choice of children, finances, choice of work and even for times of refreshing and rest. Trust God not only for the big things, but also for the little things, the in between things, the secret things, the details…
God over-rules my choices and it is my privilege to acknowledge that!!!

Like Joseph and Mary, when there is no room at the inn, God’s plan still goes on…the King of kings was born. Life eternal became the River of life in the desert of this world. God is the same…God never changes…our disappointments give God room to create a new thing, much better than anything our mind can imagine…Trust the Living God of miracles and wonder, the Wonderful Counsellor, the Prince of peace and the Mighty limitless God!

As for us, we enjoy our royal suite of many stars, courtesy of our Lord and Provider, Jehovah Jireh! Greetings to you all…may your faith increase…
Little is much when God is inside! Selah!!!

I SHARE IN THE JOY

 

“Praise The Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Remember me, Lord, when You show favor to Your people, come to my aid when You save them…
that I may enjoy the prosperity of Your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of Your nation and join Your inheritance in giving praise” (Ps 106:1-5)

My husband and I were ready to come to visit the children and their families in Houston, Tx. We bought our (non refundable) tickets and prepared for a wonderful trip. We were to leave on Monday morning. All was planned and prayed for. Then the devil stroke a fiery arrow…
As we’re closing the service last Sunday, suddenly I felt a very sharp pain on my left shoulder. Then it spread to the whole chest. I could only pray in my spirit. I had a planned meeting with some brethren at the end of the service. I could not tell them how sick I was, but prayed for them for the days ahead. Earlier in the service, I shared with the congregation a word of encouragement, saying this:
if evil thoughts come to your mind, like birds flying over your head, you can’t stop them all, for many birds fly everywhere. But if one particular evil bird comes and lands on your head, do not be afraid, do not draw back with the bird sitting there…just be bold! Catch it and bring it to judgment facing Christ and His Word. Every word, every idea that is not of God must bow to Christ (2 Cor 10:5). I also told the brethren that they should not fear during these days of wars, rumors of wars and plagues. That they should stay focused, not looking around at the circumstances, but up and see Jesus, the King. For then, their victory is sure.

I did not know that in less than 2 hours the devil will attack me to swallow my words. The pain was terrible. I could not breathe well, I could not stand, I could not even lie down. As a doctor, this could have been ‘a heart attack’ or a sudden viral infection. These a very serious things…. With Ebola stories this was a terrible news…To travel abroad tomorrow seem impossible. Flashes of staying in quarantines, with mean nurses monitoring my dying days were coming like a flood to my mind. Why now? Why so painful, so sudden? This could not be ‘an ordinary sickness’…but how can I explain this to the health teams in the airports?

These worries were like the evil birds flying over my head…But in my spirit I knew it was an arrow, a spiritual poison. Thank God for a godly Holy Spirit filled husband. He became very angry at the devil. He commanded it to leave me and go away, in the name of Jesus! He then confidently prophesied that we shall travel tomorrow and enjoy this long awaited vacation. Another evil bird tried to land on my ears saying, that my husband is joking.
I remembered the words I shared with the brethren that morning. I took courage from the very words that came from my own mouth. The devil was mocking even my ministry…Do I believe what I am preaching, or not? Do I expect people to believe my own preaching, when in times of trouble I doubt it myself?
In the midst of that attack I chose to believe God’s Word! It is not my word, but God’s! I arrested all the evil ‘birds’ of fear of Ebola, heart attack or untimely death; of doubt, unbelief, witchcraft or spiritual poison. I brought these before the Word of God that says: ‘With long life will I satisfy you and show you My salvation…I shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord’

The arrested birds died before the Cross. Not one survived. God answered my husband’ s prayer and honored his prophecy. Miraculously, even with the tormenting pain in my chest, I felt asleep for few minutes. I woke up and half of the pain was gone. O…the sweet relief…Before 12 midnight I was my usual self. I could pack my suitcase and we travelled like children who escaped the fowler’s snare.
Yes, I will enjoy my Holliday…
I will try to keep in touch with you all…

What is the lesson? The Word of God is supreme! No other idea should parasite your mind! Arrest all evil wild thoughts and bring them to the Cross! That is their burial ground! Try it and see for God is not a respecter of persons…also, remember the sermons you listen to in the church. These are prophetic helps in time of need.

Let’s pray: I come against any arrow of poison that is attacking you with sickness, weakness or intimidation! I declare that you devil are a liar! That your wicked words are all lies and we reject them totally! The Word of God is Truth! Holy Spirit come and take control! Change this impossible situation into a testimony that will add to Your praise! In Jesus name I pray, amen!

THE GALILEAN HAS DONE IT AGAIN!

 

 

“Because he loves Me –says the Lord- I will rescue him! I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name! He will call upon Me and I will answer him! I will be with him in trouble! I will deliver him and honor him! With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation!” (Ps 91:14-16)

Our church had a week of fasting and prayer. We were seeking God’s face in regard to the present and the future. We prayed for the strength, for the resources to finish the new sanctuary and to move in there. We observed that recently the attacks against our marriages have increased. We prayed for wisdom, love and the unity of the Spirit in our marriages. The demons of hell are coming against our country in the form of Muslim terrorists called Boko Haram and as a strange deadly sickness called ‘ebola’. We prayed for an increased faith to trust God in times like these. As a body, we lifted our voices to God in desperate prayers that He should come down to give us the victory. We gave God thanks for the many miracles witnessed already and for the many to come. We vowed to give God all the glory for the testimonies of His grace, Power and Goodness. We declared that Jesus is alive and that Jesus is Lord!
Pastor Leigh and the other pastors appointed to preach during the week quoted different scriptures: Psalm 91; Joshua 7 and 8; Psalm 25:14; Psalm 125:1; Proverbs 3:5, 6; 2Timothy 3:1-5; Ex 14:14 and John 16:1-4. Like a string holding the beads, the Holy Spirit connected all these scriptures. These are the main prophetic lessons:
*God is in control of the earth He has created. Nothing happens without God knowing it. There is no need to fear what others fear. There is no need to panic, for our Lord is above all principalities and power. The name of Jesus is stronger than all other names, including Boko Haram, ebola and all others deadly plagues. The bondage of the fear of death has been destroyed! We are free indeed!
*God shall overturn the tables. The strong and proud shall become weak and foolish. The humble and faithful shall become the true leaders. God will reveal new strategies for victory and breakthrough so that the enemies will be confused and defeated totally. Everybody shall know that our God is God Almighty!
*These are the end times. Our Lord has warned us of great trials in this world. There shall be ‘perilous times’ when evil, wickedness, darkness, empty religion and sin will increase. Nations will fight against nations. There shall be rumors of war and other terrible things happening. But we are to be careful and no respond like the world does. We should not panic, fear or faint in our hearts. We are to fear God who will reveal ‘His covenant secrets’ of protection and grace to His children.
*The work of God shall go on. In spite of all these arracks and provocations, the house of God shall be finished in time and we shall cross over to the new building. Herod killed all the children in Jerusalem. That was a national tragedy. It could have been ‘breaking news’ on CNN. But with all his soldiers, power and money, Herod could not kill Baby Jesus. The plan of God can never be thwarted by demons of their human agents. Whatever God has started in your life, God will finish it to His glory! If God has given you a glimpse of your future then the present must be in God’s hands. For example, if God has given you the assurance that you shall see your children’s children, then no sickness from the pit of hell can kill you now. God is not the author of confusion or fear. God is the God of peace and final authority in this universe. God has not abandoned His responsibilities as a Creator of the earth to the devil. God is not passive and He is not sleeping. God is an active ‘hands on’ Father to His children. He trains us. He chastises us. But we shall never be abandoned to the devil and his agents on earth. God’s mercies are new every morning and His children will partake from them. This is our testimony!
*We should trust God with all our hearts. We should not trust men, money, demonic powers or even our own limited understanding. These are all idols and they shall fail. We shall trust only God for protection, finances, healing, victory and success. God shall make our paths straight and simplify our lives. Our trust in God eliminates shame and disappointment. In Christ, we shall overcome the world! Our light will shine and the nations shall see that Jesus is Lord!
*God is with us in trouble! God shall fight for us! We can never lose! The victory is sure!
*With long life God shall satisfy us and show to us His salvation! In spite of it all, Jesus shall be revealed to many in this land. Muslims and pagans shall become born again! They will drop their guns and their shrine idols and take the Bible and preach the Word of God! A man of God said once: “The Galilean has done it again!” Yes, Lord!
*Lastly, we shall praise God all the days of our lives! For He alone is worthy! Jesus is Lord! Praise and worship is our eternal business, now and forever! Come and join the army that knows no defeat! Come and drink from the water of life freely given by Christ, who died that we may live for Him! God bless Father’s House Bible Church Warri Nigeria! Halleluiah to the Lamb of God!

NOW LORD, STRENGTHEN MY HANDS!

 

 

“When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence (they were humiliated and became very discouraged) because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God” (Hen 6:16)

 

Since we started to build the house of God we experienced similar attacks just like we see in the Book of Nehemiah. These are the common patterns the devil uses to attack God’s servants, especially as they build the house of God. What is the devil’s strategy? What are his agents trying to do?

*Friendship

“Come, let us meet together in one of the villages…But they were scheming to harm me” (Neh 6:2)

They come like friends. Behind the smiles, greetings, flatter and gifts, they want to win your confidence; they want to come closer to you. That friendly position shall be used later as a platform for betrayal. Four times they tried this strategy but God helped Nehemiah see their intent and each time he refused their invitation.

*Slander, lies and blackmailing

“According to these reports you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: ‘There is a king in Judah!’ Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us meet together.” (Neh 6, 7)

The enemies accused Nehemiah of rebellion and encouraging false prophecies. These were fabricated imaginary lies. Again, Nehemiah saw the truth and rejected their lies.

*Intimidation

“Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you—by night they are coming to kill you.” (Neh 6:10)

The enemies of God wanted Nehemiah to abandon God’s work, run and hide in the temple, to protect his life. Nehemiah discerned that all these were lies and that ‘God did not send him’. Again he rejected them. He also prayed that his hands remain strong so that the work of God will go on. To the glory of God, in spite of all this opposition, the building of the wall around Jerusalem was completed in just 52 days (Neh 6:15)

 

Nehemiah’s prayer is a good one for all of us who do ministry:

“Now Lord, strengthen my hands” (Neh 6:9)

In Hebrew the word strengthen means to have courage, to help the weak, to repair the damage, to bind and to conquer the enemy. It means to become an established man of God. The word ‘hand’ is a symbol of power, resources and sense of direction. It also means to have a fellowship, to do ministry and to serve God.

 

Let’s pray: “Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for Your presence in my life, my home and my church. I thank You for the privilege of serving You, for the gift to be called to do ministry. I thank You for your protection over me as I am Your servant. I thank You for discouraging and confusing my enemies so that they go away. Please Lord, strengthen my hands! Gove the courage to be a soldier for You! Use my hands to touch others in Your name, so that healings and deliverance will manifest. Thank You for keeping me focused and humble, strong and zealous for Your name. Thank You for blessing the work of my hands! Thank You for sending Your angels to help and protect me! I know that I am not alone! I know that this mighty success is the proof of Your favor and help. To You alone be all the glory! In Jesus name I pray, Amen!”

 

In Christ I declare:

God is with me!

God has blessed the work of my hands!

God has blessed my ministry!

God has blessed my church and my pastors!

Our enemies are discouraged, afraid and humiliated! They shall have no peace until they repent of their evil!

No doubt at all: We shall complete God’s House and enter in! For this is the will of God!

To the glory of the Lamb who seats on the Throne!

In Jesus name

Amen!

TOO AMAZING FOR ME

 

 

“There are three things that are too amazing for me,

four that I do not understand:

the way of an eagle in the sky,

the way of a snake on a rock,

the way of a ship on the high seas,

and the way of a man with a young woman.

“This is the way of an adulterous woman:

She eats and wipes her mouth

and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’ (PV 30:18-20)

 

The words above are the sayings of Agur son of Jakeh. To him, sin looks amazing in its power to destroy.  These are things too amazing to understand. In Hebrew the word means too high, too great or too difficult for the natural mind to understand. Without the discernment or the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, these things shall deceive anyone.

Sin is amazing in its power to spread its evil poison and to influence a multitude. You only need a little leaven to change the whole dough. . Sin begets sin; it has a tendency to multiply. Agur says that starting from three they soon became four confusing things. Little by little they increase to five mysterious sins. It is only the Cross of Christ, the lifted standard of the Spirit that can stop this flood of evil, this downhill fall of sorrow and woe.

Like a good teacher, Brother Agur directs our attention to five things commonly seen around us: the eagle, the snake, the ship on the sea, the man in love with a woman and the adulteress. What connects all these different things? What is so amazing and beyond understanding in these five examples? What can we learn from them all?

 

This is the answer: The common lesson is that these things hide their existence, they cover up their path. You may never know their origin or their destination or purpose. They remain mysterious and dangerous in their secrets. . That is why they are called ‘amazing’. Selah!

*The eagle flies in the sky but leaves no trail behind. Before and after the eagle, the sky remains blue and the clouds white.

*The snake moves upon the rock and hides under it without a trace. If the snake was running on the sand, men could have known its direction, pursue it and kill it. But on a rock, no trace is left behind.

*The mighty ship moves on the ocean. Its body divides the water. The angry waves foam around it. But few seconds later, there is no sign left behind and the blue sea is quiet like nothing has happened.

*A man is in love with a woman. They soon get married and have children. For a long time, no one knows the beginning of that relationship. Only God knows if the foundation of that marriage is faulty or not. No man knows if their marriage started thru lust, deception, manipulation or greed. That was in the past and things seem normal now. But the storms of life come and soon, the love story crashes in the middle of much weeping. Nobody knows why their love failed and became bitter.

*The adulteress has a secret affair but the husband has no idea. She wipes away all traces left behind. Her sin is totally hidden from the eyes of men. She takes pleasure in her sin and also in her deception. She dresses up nicely and goes to church. No one knows, except God, and God does not tell anyone until it pleases Him. It is indeed a mystery why some people look good, behave well, pray, go to church, give offerings yet, they do not prosper.

 

“He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (PV 28:13)

In Hebrew the word ‘prospers’ means to experience breakthrough, to move on to success or to make profit.

This is a simple question: Why suffer in silence? Why practice hypocrisy? A man may deceive many but nobody can deceive God? Why all the lies? Why the double life?

There is only one solution to sin…Come to the Cross…Come and see Christ Crucified! Humble yourself!  Confess your sins to God and to one another! The Blood of Jesus is able to wash you whiter than snow! There is forgiveness available in Christ!  The power of a genuine new beginning is found only at the Cross! “Come and taste that the Lord is good!” Join the train of joyful worshipers! Receive your testimony NOW!  In Jesus name, Amen

COME TO JESUS!

 

Jesus says:

“All those the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away” (Jn 6:37)

 

Recently, a desperate broken, hopeless and defeated man came to my office. I love it when they are at the ‘end of the rope’. For that ‘old rope’ may connect with heaven. He has been struggling with a very difficult marriage. Divorce seems to be the only solution. He came for prayer and counselling. He was tired and angry. We are fasting as a church. He said that he does not want to waste this opportunity of fasting and prayer. His wife is a wayward wasteful foolish woman. The children are suffering. The 14 years old daughter ran away from home and they found her alone in an uncompleted building. The wife does not take care of her home but she likes to come to church activities. The husband drinks alcohol ‘to forget his sorrow’. Sad story…

 

I told him that nobody can change their hearts and marriage except God. I told him that going to church or religion is not good enough. I told him to trust God for a miracle. I told him to surrender his life unconditionally to Jesus Christ. I did not want to waste such a holy opportunity by talking about his habit of drinking alcohol or even how to repair his marriage. He needed much more than that…he needed life, radical surgery, ‘heart transplant’, a new spirit…. Thank God that the anointing was strong enough for the man to see the truth, to see his need for salvation…I love it when I do not need to talk much, for the Spirit does to talking…

Suddenly, without any fuss, he simply knelt down and prayed. (This is a miracle for in Nigeria men do not kneel down before a woman…I thank God for a true anxious soul who was able to forget his earthly culture seeking the one above…). As a desperate drowning man, he came to the Cross. He invited Jesus Christ into his heart. He pleaded for mercy… I could feel the breeze of heaven blowing in my office…No need for manipulation when the real power of resurrection is here…

‘Lord, O, for the grace to know You more’…

The Blood of Jesus spoke on his behalf. The Holy Spirit filled his soul. I am a witness… A holy transaction was done. The devil has lost another slave. Heaven has welcomed another soul. I worship You Wonderful Counsellor!

“Dear Father in Heaven, I am so grateful for a glimpse of Your glory revealed here in Warri, Nigeria…Thank You Lord, for You are not a respecter of persons…Thank You Lord! To You alone be all the glory! In Jesus name Amen!”

 

If you are reading this letter and you are in the midst of trouble, if your life is hard and there is no hope anywhere, please stop! Do not try to solve all these problems by your power. Come to Jesus Christ! Give your life to Jesus! Take His yoke upon you and you’ll never be the same again. I promise you that the peace of God will flood your soul! Money cannot buy it! Come! Come! Come!