MY STORY WITH GOD

 

 

“For You created my inmost being;

You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place,

when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body…” (Ps 139:13-16)

 

This is my confidence, therefore I declare:

The God who knew me before I was created in my mother’s womb…

The God who created my inmost being (my organs, my mind, my emotions…)…

The God who protected me from fatal diseases…

The God who knit me together in my mother’s womb (who joined all the bones in their right places and all the organs to function well)…

The God who made me fearful (that sickness and enemies will run away from me)

The God who made me wonderful (unique, with a special destiny to be fulfilled)…

The God who decided that I am His own personal and wonderful work…

The God whose eyes are constantly on me (even when I was just a mass of flesh in my mother’s womb)…

The God who planed my salvation from the beginning of creation…

The God that does all these wonderful things without the help of any other…

The God who loves me like no other…

 

This God is able and more than able to take care of me even now, to heal my body from all diseases, to deliver me from all the attacks of the enemy, to strengthen me, comfort me and guide me in the way everlasting!

 

“I trust You Lord with all my heart, now and forever!

I shall praise You with all my heart!

In Jesus name,

Amen!”

FROM THE YOUNGEST PASTOR I KNOW

 

 

This is a letter from a young man who is my son in Christ. He is 16 years old and has just being elected as the president of his school’s Christian fellowship. He is the youngest real pastor I know. I told him that if he needs prayer, help or counsel he should write me. This is one of his letters. Please pray for him as he learns to do ministry among the students there. Please also pray for Sister Ayo who is his convert. I rejoice with what God does with the next generation! Jesus is indeed ‘the everlasting pride and the joy to all generations’ (Is 60:15).

This is his letter:

 

Good evening Malia,

God has been doing great things here. I feel He has a plan for this school.  Today I talked with one of my classmates who told me her friend was a lesbian. She really wanted to help her friend, but didn’t know how to do so. As we talked I asked her a simple question, ‘are you born again’. Although she hesitated, she eventually said ‘no’…I then explained to her what it really means to be saved.

We talked about her life for a while and she admitted to having a whole in her life that couldn’t be filled. She told me that she didn’t want to become a Christian because she was scared she would have to stop all the ‘fun ‘ things she was doing. But the Lord opened a door, and although she was really scared of what would happen next, she gave her life to Jesus, there in our class room.

I was really blessed by what happened and I thank God for what He did. However, I know that this is not the end but the beginning for her. Please, I want you to pray for her. Her name is Ayo (not her real name) and she is 16years old, lost her father at 3 and is almost always alone at home. Her mom is always traveling. From what she told me she seems to be in a lot of trouble with sin. I thank God because I know he will complete the work in her life.

Your son in Christ

‘’’’’’’’’

“I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil 1:6)

WHOM NOT TO MARRY (2)

 

 

“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion” (PV 11:22)

 

In Hebrew, the word ‘beautiful’ describes someone very attractive, bright, educated and well dressed. So what can be wrong with that? Nothing, if the woman is also ‘discreet’. In the absence of discretion, the beauty will be useless and even dangerous. The word ‘discretion’ means to be wise, to be spiritual, to discern between good and evil, to understand the spiritual root of life’s problems, to have good judgment and to avoid danger or deception. To be discreet it means to be reasonable, to be a good listener, attentive and sensitive to other people’s rights and feelings. It means to make responsible decisions when she is alone alone, but still submitting to the boundaries set by her husband. It means to be humble, modest in speech and appearance, with no desire to be the ‘center of attraction’. It means to be decent, not loud, rude of aggressive. It means to be wise and not foolish.

 

So, this beautiful woman without discretion, how will she behave? How ca you identify her, so that you can wisely reject her as a marriage proposal? She may be beautiful outwardly. She may be skilled in fashion and hair does. She may be educated, gifted, singing, dancing and talking. But she has no fruit of the Holy Spirit in her! She is extravagant and wasteful. Any woman who cannot ‘manage small money’ cannot be a good wife and mother. She is selfish and does not care about the rights or feelings of others. She makes enemies easily. She is not attentive. She forgets the good lessons you teach her, making unnecessary mistakes. You never know what to expect from her. She has a great potential of disappointing your trust in her. She is hard working in things that do not matter, even to the point of becoming a busy body. But she is lazy and negligent with the eternal spiritual things and the serious things of life. A woman without discretion is foolish. No matter how much you love her and invest in her, she will disappoint your hopes at last.

 

Not all that glitter is gold, they say…Not all women are wives…Not all beautiful women are mothers…Not all religious women are saved…Marriage is too important to make a decision based on appearances. Do not marry a woman who cannot function successfully without your direct supervision. For she is not a daughter you train and you cannot be with her always. Please do not ever consider to marry a foolish woman! Do not marry a woman that you cannot trust with your secret heart and destiny. It is better to wait and pray. The right one shall come. You need to pray and seek to marry a woman approved by God, spiritually mature, your very rib and the friend of your soul. Do not compromise in the area of marriage! If in doubt, do not proceed. Pray until all hindrances are removed and God gives you total peace. Then, and only then, let the wedding bells ring…

 

“Houses and wealth are inherited from parents but a prudent wife is (surely) from the Lord” (PV 19:14)

A GLIMPSE OF THE CROSS

 

 

“They stripped Jesus and put a scarlet robe on Him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His head. They put a staff in His right hand. Then they knelt in front of Him and mocked Him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on Him, and took the staff and struck Him on the head again and again. After they had mocked Him, they took off the robe and put His own clothes on Him. Then they led Him away to crucify Him” (Mt 27:28-31)

 

The above passage describes what happened to our Lord just hours before His crucifixion. The Roman soldiers mock Him. They naked Him and dress Him like a ‘puppet’ king. The word ‘to mock’ means to laugh at, to use someone as entertainment, to look at something as fake. In other words, the soldiers did not believe that Jesus was a real king. That is why they dressed Him like that and mocked Him. They bowed down before Him in fake worship. They even spit on His face. This is the highest level of insult. A man may endure slander or even a slap on his face. But to be spat upon is the highest insult. It means that you are less than an animal. The soldiers who did that were close enough to Jesus, so that they can ‘successfully’ spit on Him. Oh, what sin does to a man…They could not see any kindness, any grace, any glory on the face of my Lord…what a terrible blindness that is…

But with all their jokes and insults, they could not change the truth: Jesus is indeed the King of kings and the Lord of lords! Soon the truth was revealed! All men must give an account of what they did on this earth.

 

But there is another revelation in this passage. Jesus suffers and dies in our place. Imagine that you are the one standing there with others insulting, beating, spitting and mocking you. The devil that motivated the Roman soldiers to insult Jesus is the same devil today. Demons will come and attack you like hungry wolves. The devil is merciless. They will mock your standing with God, your calling to be a royal priesthood and your ministry to be a worshipper. You have to learn to stay close to the Cross, to be dead to lies and to reject all attacks coming from hell. You need to stand firm in the day of evil. You need to be jealous over your blessings and calling in Christ.

Eventually the truth will be revealed. The devil cannot hide it forever! And this is the truth! Since you became born again you are a child of God, a servant of God, a king and a priest unto God to declare the praises of Him who translated you from the kingdom of darkness to the marvelous light and glory of the kingdom of God!  Let all lies and inferiority complexes be rebuked to go away! Let God be glorified in your life! In Jesus name, Amen!

PRAISE REPORT

 

 

“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from Him” (Ps 127:3)
There is a couple in our church who could not have a baby. They went to many hospitals, did many tests, spent a lot of money. The doctors declared the wife hopelessly barren. Just like Hannah, she wept many times at the altar…
We told them to just trust God for a miracle! We also told them to serve God even more. That children are God’s reward for faithful service to Him.
After five years of marriage, without any treatment and against all odds, the wife got pregnant. This morning they just called to say that they have a baby boy. To God be all the glory!

Lastly, For all other women who pray and trust God for the fruit of the womb, this is the best advice I can give to you: Be sure to serve God with all your heart! God is faithful! The babies shall come! In Jesus name, Amen!

GLORY SHARED

 

 
“Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities” (Is 53:10, 1)
“In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect through what He suffered” (Heb 2:10)

Jesus suffered and died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Nothing less than the Blood of Jesus was able to free and cleanse our souls. His suffering and shameful death was God’s will and plan. The devil did not know it and he foolishly crucified the Lord of glory. But after three days Jesus rose from the grave. He became perfect in a new way, as a man on earth. From Adam, no man was ever obedient unto death or made perfect thru suffering. Only Jesus did that. His sacrifice on the Cross paid for our sins. But there is an added ‘holy bonus’ to this. Because of the Cross, Jesus is able to ‘bring many sons and daughters to glory’. We are not ‘just children of God’ but we now share in the glory of the Son. The word glory is difficult to explain. Its root and manifestation starts in heaven. It means the power, the authority and the beauty of a king. The ‘common people’ lack glory. The opposite of glory is shame, disgrace, inferiority complexes, a useless life or failure and no purpose. Meditate on this revelation. Jesus ‘despised the shame of the Cross’ so that he can share His royal glory with His brethren. It is this glory shared that makes Him say he is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters.
In Christ we are free from bondage, guilt and shame. That is called power and it is also called glory!
What a Savior!

“O…my Savior…what can I say? I worship at Your feet…
You died rejected by men that my soul may be saved!
You died naked that I might receive Your garment of righteousness!
You died thirsty that I may receive the water of life!
You died alone that I might belong to the Body of Christ!
You died in shame that I might share in Your eternal glory!
Words are not sufficient to express my gratitude…
I belong to You forever! I am grateful forever!
In Jesus name,
Amen!”

PRAYER ALERT

 

 

This is a young couple I counsel. Both of them are born again. They planned to marry end of November. They have already done the traditional marriage paying ‘the bride price’. Suddenly, the young man came shaking to tell me that something tragic beyond his control has happened: he has lost all his money. With fear in his eyes, he said that there is no money in his account for him to go ahead with the planned wedding; that there is no other option than to postpone the wedding until next year. It is not easy to see a man shaking and crying…

I rebuked him, telling him that he talks like an unbeliever, like a coward and like a failure. That I do not accept this type of speech, for it is the result of evil spirits of lies and doubt. I told him that the two of them should fast and pray for God to take control. Nothing is too late for God. Nothing is impossible for God! As a believer, he needs faith and not money! Faith is more expensive than silver and gold. Money is not the main problem but he needs to repent of allowing the evil spirits of fear and doubt to control his mind and tongue. He was humbled and ashamed. Maybe he thought that I will sympathize with his pain and cry with him for the coming disaster…
He was wrong! I resist the devil and he must flee form me! Even as a Doctor, I could not give up on my patient for as long there is breath in his body…I do not give up easily…I told him!

Please pray that God will touch this couple and prove to be God. Pray that this challenge of losing money will be overcome thru faith in the only Living God! Pray that miraculously, they shall witness His supernatural provision. The devil intended to disgrace this young couple. Pray that God will turn the tables and that He will glorify Himself in this ‘impossible’ situation. God loves His glory! Let God have it all!

I thank you for all the words of prayer and encouragement. God bless you dear faithful humble intercessors!