WHOM NOT TO MARRY

 

 

“It’s better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife” (PV 21:19)

A hard hearted woman is not ‘a marriage material’ for she cannot submit to her husband or to anybody. She lusts after things and after other men. She is ready to fight, slander and kill to achieve her selfish desires. She worries and manipulates. She is loud, quarrelsome and complaining. She is never grateful. She provokes her husband to anger and blames him for being violent. She calls herself ‘a disciplinarian’; she is tough with her children, staff and others and she is proud of it. She has no desire to change. Just like iron cannot be welded to a rock, so this woman cannot cleave to her husband.in marriage. The marriage will remain divided and divorce will come at last. She will then look for new victims to deceive and oppress. Many have fallen prey to such women.

Many women are attracted by ‘tough guys’ who have money and power. Men want to marry women who are ‘iron ladies’, over-confident, rich and strong willed. All these people think that the toughness of their spouses will make their marriage easier. But this is a deception and a lie of the devil. It is only God that makes a marriage easy, peaceful, sweet, happy and successful! Only God!  Only God!

PRAYER ALERT

 

 

This is a couple who has been attending our church for more than 5 years. They are married for about 20 years. They have three teenage sons. Both husband and wife are professional people, educated and successful in their careers. When he was younger, the husband was a Christian fellowship leader in the university. For some time, the husband was not regular in coming to church. When confronted, he said that he is now busy and he works ‘off shore’.
Two days ago he broke the news to his wife that another woman is pregnant for him and he has already paid ‘the bride price’ for her (this is like a traditional marriage vow, acceptable among unbelievers, but not among Christians). The wife collapsed with shock. She is now in the hospital. She does not want to divorce him but it is very painful knowing he has a second wife.
Please pray for the recovery of the wife, the recovery of their marriage. Please pray spiritual warfare that the husband will come back to Christ, back to his senses and back to his family.The devil is a liar! Jesus is Lord! Pray the God will be glorified in this matter! in Jesus name, Amen!
May God bless all compassionate and faithful intercessors!

THE STORY OF JACOB- THE BETHEL DREAM

 

 

 

“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” (Gen 28:15)

 

Just try to imagine Jacob’s state of mind as he left his childhood home. He left with anxiety, knowing that Esau is now his mortal enemy. He is going ‘abroad’ to live like ‘an illegal immigrant’. Anybody can kill him along the way. He has nothing except the clothes on his back. Tired, in the middle of the desert, he lays down to sleep for the night, a big stone for a pillow. Then he has a dream. He sees a ladder connecting heaven and earth. Angels were seen busy going up and down. Then he hears the voice of God Almighty coming down from the top of the ladder.

God assures him that he too is a partaker of the covenant given to Abraham and Isaac. It means that God will be his God. He will have direct access to the Person of God and the special blessings of heaven. The covenant also includes the assurance that he and his descendants are the owners of the land of Canaan. Secondly, God promises that he will be extremely fruitful and his descendants are blessed. Lastly, God tells him indirectly, that the Messiah will come to his people and so thru Him, they will be a blessing to all other families on earth. God assures him of His personal protection and guidance throughout the journey and promises that he will bring him back to this land!

The revelation of God is awesome. It is pure grace, for Jacob surely did not merit any of these blessings. God is extremely generous, pouring one blessing after another. This is a great lesson: God does not give ‘cheap, perishable’ gifts!

 

What is Jacob’s reaction to God’s self-revelation?

Jacob fears God. He worships God. He does not want to forget the dream, so he pours some oil on that rock calling it Bethel (in Hebrew it means the House of God). The remembrance of this dream will be his strength and wisdom in the future. He makes a commitment to serve God and to sacrifice financially (to pay his tithe). This is a man that has nothing. All he has is the clothes on his back. But the seed of faith was planted in his heart. God has spoken and God shall be His strength, His wisdom and life wherever he will go. I am sure you know the end of the story” God is faithful to His promises. Jacob went to Haran single and poor and afraid. He comes back married, with children, extremely wealthy and a respected man of God.  Indeed, God’s dreams do come true!

The ladder Jacob saw is our Lord Jesus Christ. He connects us with heaven. By His death, we have free access to God. The angels serve us as the heir of salvation. Like Jacob, make a vow to serve God with all your heart, all your strength and even sacrifice financially.

Today, give thanks to God, for revealing Himself thru Christ unto the saving your soul!

It is time to give thanks!

THE STORY OF JACOB – LEAVING HOME

 

 

The prayer meeting went well. Many did not come to church for two main reasons: there was a torrential rain just before we started and there was no traffic in the town because of political elections. But the faithful still came. We give God all the glory for their commitment! Numbers do not matter to God. The unity of the Spirit and the attitude of worship and expectant faith were established. We shared good praise reports and we prayed for some more ‘hopeless cases’. We have nothing to lose! Nothing is impossible for God! Then the message came:

 

“Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother” (Gen 28:1, 2)

 

Jacob has cheated his older brother taking his inheritance as the oldest son. His life is in danger. He has to run away from home. His parents direct him to go to Rebekah’s family in Haran and find a wife there. He should not feel just like a fugitive but there shall be a good testimony out of this. Marriage will be the purpose of his trip. Isaac prays and blesses him as the young man leaves his parents’ home to go ‘abroad’. Running away he stops at a ‘certain place’ to sleep. There he has a dream. God reveals Himself to him. He promises to bless him, to bring him back, to give him this particular land and to multiply him. Jacob vows to trust God for the going and the coming.

 

Jacob had to leave his home. He was a weak, easily deceived young man. He will go away and pass many trials and pains. God will use strangers to train, change and mature him. He will come back after 20 years a very different man: sure of his God, sure of his identity, married with children, spiritually mature, wealthy and blessed. This change can only be done by God and outside the childhood home.

 

Give thanks for all the seasons of your life! In particular, remember the time you left your childhood home to pursue your ‘dream’. You know that it has not been easy. You became born again outside your comfort zone. You had to pass thru much pain, disappointments, betrayals, anxiety and loneliness. You had to learn to cope with evil jealous people, with rejection and sickness.

But, this is the question: Can you testify that God has been with you in your life’s journey? Then blessed are you! Give thanks to God!

BY THEIR FRUITS YOU SHALL KNOW THEM

 

 
Do not be over impressed with somebody’s gifts. The person may be beautiful, handsome, intelligent, educated…can sing, preach or pray…can be famous or wealthy…all these are good but they can can be sources of deception for they do not represent the heart. Learn to ignore the attraction of the superficial flesh!
Study the character, the behavior! Look for the fruit of the Holy Spirit clearly manifesting in that person: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal 5:22, 23). By finding spiritual fruit in a person you shall eliminate all sources of danger, disappointment and deception! Why complicate your life? Stay simple! Stay safe! Stay happy!

“Beware of false teachers who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are wolves and will tear you apart. You can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. You need never confuse grapevines with thorn bushes or figs with thistles. Different kinds of fruit trees can quickly be identified by examining their fruit. A variety that produces delicious fruit never produces an inedible kind. And a tree producing an inedible kind can’t produce what is good. So the trees having the inedible fruit are chopped down and thrown on the fire. Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit produced” (Mt 7;15-20; TLB)

PRAYER ALERT

 

 

My spiritual daughter’s father was kidnapped last night from his house in the village. We pray that the enemy will show mercy on him and released unharmed! All things are possible with God! We vow to give God all the gory! Please pray in faith and with confidence of victory! In Jesus name, Amen!

 

3 DAYS LATER…

UPDATE- PRAISE REPORT!!!!!
Her dad has just been released unharmed! Praise the Lord!
This is her report: “Dear Malia, Praise The Lord! My dad just came out. I have spoken to him briefly his voice is very strong and he sounded very excited. I am so happy and thankful to God. I know there will be a testimony to God’s glory. That was our prayer. Thank you Malia. Please greet Tali for us. We are really grateful for your support. May God bless you and all the brethren who prayed for us! Thank you!
To God be all the glory!

WHY DOES A LION ROAR?

 

 

“The Lord roars from Zion,
And utters His voice from Jerusalem…
Surely the Lord God does nothing,
Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets
A lion has roared!
Who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken!
Who can but prophesy?” (Am 1:2; 3:7, 8)

As a pastor and preacher of the Word, I am concerned when I observe spiritual passivity in the congregation. This weakness is a sign of divine judgment. Even as we continue to pray for revival, there are basic lessons we must learn from the Bible. I read somewhere that the owners of Christian bookshops made a strange observation. They said that next to buying a Bible the believers prefer to read Christian fiction. They avoid serious books about the doctrines and the study of the Word of God. This is very sad and also a dangerous path.

Amos was a farmer and a business man. God called him to be His prophet and speak of His behalf. Basically, the Book of Amos is a gathering of warnings from God against the nations. The pagans have erred. Even the people of God have taken their salvation and prosperity for granted. They want to be like the other nations. All they want is to enjoy their material prosperity on earth. They joined others to serve idols. They still go to the Temple, they still pray and they continue in their religious feasts but the heart is far from God. They rejected the prophets who warned them to repent. That is when God Himself decides to ‘roar’ like a Lion from Zion. Amos is echoing the roar of the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He warns the people of God that if they do not repent, God will send judgment on the land. One way this judgment will manifest is as losing spiritual strength and the gathered wealth (Am 3:11). The rich and famous religious men shall suddenly fall into trouble and become in need. This poverty is strange and cannot be reversed without deep and open repentance of heart.

Amos said that God roars like a lion. He too roars like a lion ‘in training’.
In the natural, why does a lion roar?
It’s all about establishing presence, territory and communication. Cubs do not roar. Only the mature lions do! It’s a sign that they are in their territory and a warning to other challenging males. Roaring is also one of their strategies for catching prey. They creep up on the prey and when they are close enough, they will let out a roar that confuses that animal. Because of fear, the victim cannot “think” or react correctly and is caught by the lion.

Spiritually speaking, the prophetic roar of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah is to bring back the fear of God on the people of the land. This is a preparation for revival. This is a good fear and it produces wisdom. For a long time God is patient when we take Him for granted….But from time to time His roar will be heard over the hills and valley and that roar cannot be ignored. Your enemies will be paralyzed with fear and they have to retreat! The roar will remind you that Jesus is Lord! The roar will warn you of impending judgment. The roar comes with power and also with mercy. The warning is to be heeded and repentance is to be fruitful.

“The sound of the King is in their midst…
For there is no sorcery against Jacob,
Nor any divination against Israel
It now must be said of Jacob
And of Israel, ‘Oh, what God has done!’
24 Look, a people rises like a lioness,
And lifts itself up like a lion;
It shall not lie down until it devours the prey,
And drinks the blood of the slain” (Nu 23:21, 23, 24)

I am a pastor to the flock of God. I teach, encourage, help and counsel them who are in need. But in times of spiritual crisis, the prophetic roar cannot be quenched. The anointing must do what the anointing must do! This is the work of God, for the sake of God! May you learn to combine the pastoral anointing with the prophetic gifting! You need both! May you become spiritually mature! The devil roars to intimidate and manipulate. He can deceive men but not forever. Once the Lion of the tribe of Judah has lifted up His voice, all opposition is defeated! One royal roar solves millions of problems!

“Dear Heavenly Father, for Your Word, for Your Spirit, for Your chastisement, for Your warnings, for Your mercy, love and grace, for the healing, for the deliverance, for the victory….may all the glory go to You alone!”