GOD’S TWO HOMES

 

 

‘I live in a high and holy place,

And also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit;

To revive the spirit of the lowly

And to revive the heart of the contrite’ (Is 57:15)

 

Long ago I asked myself… Where can I find God? Where is His home?

Once I got saved, the answer came: “Seek God in heaven and on earth!” The Holy Spirit is a wonderful Teacher. He makes things simple for me to understand. That is why I have no excuse to remain ignorant. He revealed to me that God’s dwelling, His ‘house’, is in two places. The first one is easy to know; even the children know that God lives in heaven. That is far away. But then God has a second address, something like ‘a vacation home’. This home away from home is on Planet Earth, in the hearts of His true children.

 

Based on this revelation you are supposed to seek God in two different places. First you seek Him ‘in heaven’ thru worship done in Spirit and in truth (Jn 4:21-24). To seek God like this you have to read and meditate on the word of God. You need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  You have to come closer to the throne of grace by the Blood of the Lamb. In times of worship you need to disconnect from the world, even if for few minutes. Trust the Spirit of God to lead you to the throne room. You will find God there. He is the King. You can’t miss Him! It sounds difficult but for the humble, faithful and willing, it is possible. Once you see the King of kings, you will never be the same!

 

The second place to find God is in the hearts of His children. Not just religious people, but the born again believers, especially the mature ones, the ones who carry their cross daily. These are humble and meek like their Master. They are lowly and contrite; they tremble at the word of God, fear God and take Him seriously. They are the true seekers of God who have paid the price to find Him. Their testimony is that they have overcome all hindrances. These are the ambassadors of heaven on earth. They are a living proof that the promise of God is true: if you seek God with all your heart, you shall find Him.

 

The spiritual fruit coming from their conversation makes you hungry for righteousness, thirsty for holiness; leads you to seek and find God. Please do not despise the humble believers the way the world does. The children of God always see the face of their Father and it reflects on them. You can find the Living God on this earthly address thru the ministry of helps. Invest in the lives of true believers. Cultivate the friendship of brothers and sisters who truly know their God and do exploits for Him. By blessing them you shall touch their God. You shall never regret it. Plant seeds in good fertile holy grounds. Pray to find God’s address on earth. No Google map knows it. Pray and seek! Look around and see! At last, your eyes shall open to behold the beauty of the King, in the faces of ‘ordinary’ people who died to self and to the world.

 

This is my testimony: Each time I find God in the hearts of people in Warri, I bow like the wise men did in Jerusalem long ago! I knocked at many Nigerian hearts and surprisingly, the doors opened wide. Against all odds, Nigeria to me proved to be a fertile land where seeds grow and eternal fruit abides. “Lord Jesus, thank You for sending me to seek, to find and to serve You in Nigeria! Thank You for helping me feed Your flock! May Your name be praised forever!  In Jesus name Amen!”

I TASTE AND TESTIFY THAT GOD IS GOOD

 

 

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;

Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (Ps 34)

We are commanded ‘to taste the Lord’ for He is good. In Hebrew the word ‘good’ is very powerful. It means favor, prosperity, healing, beauty, joy and sweetness. It is not enough to live your life thru other men’s experiences. It is not enough to like your pastor’s preaching. You need a personal revelation of who Jesus Christ is. You need your own personal testimony of salvation, deliverance and healing. You need to have an intimate fellowship with the Person of God the Holy Spirit. You need faith in God! Men have disappointed you…is true…but, listen to this:

“God is not man, that He should lie or a son of man, that He should change his mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?” (Nu 23:19)

 

It is not enough to just admire God from afar. It is not enough to just be religious or go to church. You need a real encounter with the Living God. This is not the work of your imagination. It is a real experience. Many saints over the years testify that God comes down to touch and bless the seeking souls. You need to honor your Bible by reading it! You need to take the Word of God in your mouth and eat it. The Word of God is not ‘chewing gum’ that after some time you spit it out for lack of entertainment and flavor. No! The Word of God is the Bread of life, able to save and feed your soul. Open your mouth! Open the door of your heart! Let Jesus come in! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it” (Ps 81:10)

FROM THE YOUNGEST PASTOR I KNOW (2)

 

 

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. This is his letter…

“Good evening Malia.
Today I talked with a teacher who felt like he was supposed to have moved on from our school. He told me how God had used a student a few days ago to bring him back to the fold. I told him God was using his present circumstances as a training ground where he was to learn to follow God.
I also talked to a student this evening who said he would rather not engage in religion because of all the hypocrisy he saw around. I talked at length to him about the work Christ came to do. In his heart, he had already built a strong tower against the word of God. He argued against the fact that when God saves, he saves to the outermost. He also argued that Jesus Christ was man and not God. After refuting his argument for a while, I dropped the basic truth of Christ coming to take away our sins. I asked him to decide for himself who was right, and what he would lose if he believed.
I know God has a plan for these two people. And all I can say is Lord, your will be done. Please pray for them and for me too…
Your son in Christ…
T”

My answer to him:
Well done! Thank God for the anointing to preach. The Holy Spirit will encourage you personally each time your message is rejected, You are planting seeds. Sooner or later they will germinate in their hearts. Continue to be faithful to God who called you to Himself!
Love in Christ alone,
Malia

THE BLESSING OF TOTAL VICTORY

 

 

 

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways” (Deut 28:7)

This is my testimony:

I still remember the impact the Word of God had on my life when for the first time I read Deuteronomy 28. I could not believe my eyes. I said: “Lord, do You really mean to say that if I carefully and faithfully obey Your commands then You will ‘automatically’ bless me like this?” The Father said a categorically “YES!” Then I vowed to God that I will do all that is in my power to fulfill the conditions necessary for these wonderful blessings to come to me.

I had to learn to trust and obey God. It was not an easy lesson. It is a process. Just like with my Lord, I had to learn obedience from and in the midst of the things that made me suffer. Pain became my school teacher for in it I learned to obey God’s Word. Little by little, the blessings of obedience started manifesting in my life, one after the other: Divine health, blessings on my home and children, prosperity, victory in spiritual warfare, promotion, anointing, the gift of leadership, ministry and all.

 

Please note this: I observe religious unbelievers ‘claiming’ these blessings without any desire to know God or His Word. That is a serious mistake, a deception. These promises are for God’s children ONLY! Please listen: If you are a child of God, led by the Holy Spirit and you obey God’s commands, you shall surely experience the same blessings in your life!!! For God is not a respecter of men and His name is Forever Faithful!

 

The scripture above is just one of the many blessings of obedience. It refers to spiritual warfare, to victory over the enemies that will attack you. Please read it slowly, with faith and understanding. Memorize it! Trust God for its manifestation! Let’s analyze the words in Hebrew:

The Lord is Jehovah, the Covenant Keeping God, the God of Israel, the “I AM”. Please observe this: He will permit your enemies’ to rise against you’. The word ‘rise’ means to be promoted, to be established or to perform an action. God will allow your enemies to become visibly successful for a season. Their promotion will increase their pride. Then they will mock and persecute you. This is the way God has decreed to eventually destroy them. The wise inherit honor but the promotion of the fool ends in his shame (PV 3:35).

 

But this difficult situation will not last forever. Suddenly the tables are overturned for God shall judge the matter. Your enemies will fall and you shall rise. They shall be ‘defeated before your face’. The word ‘defeated’ means to fail, to be pushed down, to be hurt, to fall and become worse. This sudden fall is done ‘before your face’. The enemies will know that their wickedness is punished because of you. They shall know that God loves you and He now vindicates you. They made plans how to destroy you but their agreement shall not stand for God will cause confusion in their midst like it was at the tower of Babel. They shall quarrel with one another and none can settle them. They shall know no peace, except they repent of their evil and come to the Cross of Christ. The enemies of the noble man who became a king shall be killed in his presence (Lk 19:27).

“God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you’ (2Thess 1:6)

 

There are many examples to prove this in the Bible: God vindicates Sarah. Hagar became her mistress’. She was promoted to be ‘a wife’ but she and Ishmael had to go away by the decree of God. Then you know the story of Esther, the King, Haman and Mordecai. Or David and Saul…David, Solomon and Shimei… Ahab, Jezebel and Naboth…all these stories point to Jesus and His total victory over the devil. Trust God! The battle is not really yours, but God’s! All the glory belongs to the King of kings! Amen!

 

In Christ I declare:

By the grace of God, in the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit I obey God’s Word!

Therefore all the blessings of obedience are my inheritance!

No weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises against me shall be condemned (Is 54:17). All my enemies shall fall before me and be defeated! I will only observe with my eyes and see the punishment of the wicked! (Ps 91:8)

I walk in the light of the Cross, holding high the flag of victory!  All glory to God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

 

STIFF, STUBBORN AND SICK

 

 

“Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy” (PV 29:1)

This is a warning. Most people do not think of God as a terrible God because He is so merciful to His children. But the unbelievers do not know his grace in the same way. The scripture above describes a man who goes to church, hears the Gospel for a long time, is religious but refuses to be saved. He remains a religious sinner to the end. To be stiff-necked it means to be stubborn, to have a hard heart. Stubbornness is described as being unreasonably unyielding, difficult to manage in a persistent manner and for a long time. In Hebrew the word ‘rebuke’ means to correct or to chastise. A stubborn man wastes all his opportunities to respond to correction, to truth.  But these opportunities are not infinite. God counts them. Once the cup is full, the destruction comes suddenly, unexpectedly. The word ‘destruction’ means to be broken in pieces, to quench his spirit or to be badly hurt. The timing and the modality of applying this judgment are under the control of God and not of man.

 

We are warned that there is no remedy once the judgment is applied to this religious sinner. At that time, no man can help. In Hebrew, the word ‘remedy’ comes from the word ‘Rapha’. This is a very sober thought! Jehovah Rapha, God our Healer withdraws His mercy and grace from any persistently stubborn religious man. This is one reason why many are not healed and cannot prosper. Persistent religious stubbornness is not a ‘small sin’. Humanly speaking, religious stubbornness is medically incurable. It is like the sin of witchcraft. Just remember this un-holy chain: Stiff- stubborn and sick! God forbid!

“Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, He has rejected you as king” (1Sam 15:23).

 

Is there any danger in attending a living church? Yes! The hearing the Gospel in the presence of the Holy Spirit should be followed by true repentance and a clear action of surrender to Christ. Some come to church, sit and listen to the preaching of the Word for years and yet, they remain un-changed. The Holy Spirit’s work is to convict men of sin. He has many ways to warn and chastise the religious sinner. For as long as the Holy Spirit strives with a man, there is hope for his soul. But once the Holy Spirit leaves and stops rebuking him, it means death. For without the Holy Spirit nobody can repent or be saved. Again there is a warning that the Holy Spirit does not strive with any man forever. Our life on earth is short. Every day is an opportunity to come to Jesus. But the number of days is limited so the opportunities are not forever. May the fear of God descend upon our churches! May we tremble at the reading and hearing of God’s Word! May we humble ourselves! May we trust and obey God! Jesus is Lord!

 

In Christ I declare:

I am saved by the Blood of the Lamb, by grace and thru faith!

I destroy any covenant or sympathy with the evil spirit of religion, stubbornness, idolatry or witchcraft!

I destroy any occult spell upon me, my family, my job and ministry!

Because of the Cross I am free indeed to worship and serve the Living God!

My family is saved, free and blessed!

All glory to God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

A LETTER FROM A FRIEND

 

 

 

I just received this letter from a family friend in the US. He has never been to Nigeria but he follows the progress of our church. His words confirm the presence of God in our midst and the message of today. The Spirit is One! Read and be blessed!

 

“Dear Lia,

I have enjoyed watching what God and your people have done in Warri, Nigeria. I give glory to God for your new building… I give glory to God for what I read about your services…You can’t teach passion on a chalkboard. You can’t buy anointing. Your church Father’s House has it. When God excites you more than the world, He fills you up. A young guy asked me recently how I stayed so fired up at 63 for God’s Glory. I told him when you’ve seen what I have I don’t know how you could be any other way.

 

When you see people crowding famous people for autographs, it has been my model towards God. When God shows up reach for Him! Grab His hem… Don’t let Him go until He blesses you!

 

I have been in empty buildings where God has showed up days before and I felt my knees shake as a warm blanket of His Glory covered me. I love it and expect that is the norm in your building or so it will be.  I expect people to experience God walking through the door if not at the parking lot.

 

So many people don’t ever understand the corporate anointing. But it’s so exciting. I don’t say this to people because I don’t want to compare my experience in a competitive or earned manner… but I am sensitive to God’s Glory. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t but to me, it’s very humbling. I think He gives it to those that press closer to Him…May He autograph your hearts…God bless you all!

Love from us,

  1. P.”

DREAMS COME TRUE (4-b)

 

 

THE LONG WAY BACK HOME – SPIRITUAL PROGRESS

“But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me… And He blessed him there” (Gen 32:26, 29)

Lessons:

*THE PATH TO BLESSING LEADS THRU BROKENESS! Coming back home is not easy. It is not automatic. It is a slow painful process. You need to encounter and settle the mistakes of the past. Flesh dies and the spirit lives.

*TRUST GOD IN ALL CIRCUSTANCES:  Jesus may come in a strange way, as a Man who opposes your progress. The same Jesus who blessed you in the past He now comes to hinder your way trying to possess your possessions. God is not always ‘nice’. Esau is not the hindrance to Jacob to move on. The hindrance is God!!! This is called ’the strange work of God’. Even in the darkness, even when things make no sense, even in sickness and trials, continue to trust God and His Word!

*GOD ANSWERS DESPERATE PRAYERS: Many come to church but do not have an encounter with Jesus. You need to meet Jesus!

*You need to use desperate times to pray. Be alone with God! Pray until there is an answer (Jacob prayed all night)

*PRAY WITH PASSION: Jacob wept when he prayed). The path to blessings leads thru brokenness. “Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed. He wept, and sought favor from Him” (Hos 12:4)

*WHEN YOU ENCOURNTER GOD YOU START BY WRETSTING AND END UP CLINGING: Jacob is a strong man who becomes a broken man desperate for blessings. The flesh dies! The stubborn will is broken! God blesses those who He breaks! If God did not wounded Jacob, he could not have clung for his blessing! God gives favor to the humble!

*A WORSHIPPER IS BORN: “By faith Jacob… worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff” (Heb 11:21)

*GOD IS SUPREME: He kills and makes alive! Esau is not the real enemy! If God blesses you then you can fight all devils!

*A NEW IDENTITY: God changes his name from Jacob to Israel, revealing to him his true identity and destiny in Christ. The name Jacob means a supplanter, a cheat, a deceiver or a schemer. In Nigeria we call such men “419”. Israel means ‘Prince with God’ or ‘God prevails’.  After God dries the tendon of flesh, Jacob receives three blessings:

*POWER WITH GOD IN PRAYER: From now on, Jacob shall be a man of God, a man of prayer and a worshipper. Just like Moses and Elijah, he will have the power to shut the heavens and to open them.

*FAVOR WITH MEN: From now on Jacob will be the true spiritual leader of his family and others

*BLESSING FROM GOD: This level of blessings is more than financial prosperity or visible success. This is a higher level of blessings, few men have entered to. You need to be broken before you are so blessed. It is better to limp with God than to run a marathon race without Him! Selah!

DREAMS COME TRUE (4-a)

 

 

The prayer meeting started strong. The anointing was there to lift Jesus higher in our midst. We sang not only in English, but in different Nigerian languages. As the praise was going up, an evening sacrifice pleasing to God, we sensed His presence stronger in the sanctuary. The best way I can describe is this: the heaviness of the ‘blanket’ of the glory of God fell upon us. I felt we were in another place, surely not in Warri, Nigeria. The place had a fragrance, a sweet perfume… I found myself thinking: only kings can afford this perfume, and only on special occasions…I looked around, we were all small men, with jeans and slippers…did God make a mistake to visit us? Apparently not! Grace was revealed again in the church tonight…then the message followed…it was easy to preach, not because I am smart, but such a presence, even a mosquito can sing…Thank You Lord Jesus…

 

THE LONG WAY BACK HOME – SPIRITUAL PROGRESS

“But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me… And He blessed him there” (Gen 32:26, 29)

Jacob has finally separated from Laban. God told him to go back to Bethel (the House of God) where the dream started. God also promised to be with him on the journey. The road back home is not easy. The first obstacle he has to overcome is his brother Esau. He cheated him in the past. It is because of Esau’s deadly anger that he ran away from home. He now comes back, twenty years later, an older more humble man, wealthy, married and with children.

 

When he hears that Esau comes to meet him with four hundred men Jacob is afraid. This can only mean war. His guilty conscience makes him even more afraid. He knows that the only One who can save him and his family is Jehovah God. Desperate, Jacob prays to God! We did not read of any real prayer in Haran. But now, Jacob truly prays. He pleads with God, His covenant and blessings. He reminds God of His word and promises. He comes humbly but boldly before the throne of grace, to find this unmerited favor in his time of need. He prays for deliverance from his enemy.

 

“Then Jacob was left alone…” (Gen 32:24). This is a very powerful word.

This is a great lesson: Except you are ready to come alone before God He will not answer you. For as long as you hide in the crowd and you say amen to other men’s prayers, you are not yet ready for an encounter.

But Jacob was ready… God answers by visiting him. He comes as a man wresting with him until day break.  I do not think Jacob knew at the beginning that this Man was an Angel, was our Lord manifesting in flesh. It is when the Angel touched his hip and weakened his strength that suddenly he knew this has to be God. In the past he struggled with men and he won based on his cleverness and deceit. Now, for the first time in his life, he lost the match. Thru losing, Jacob discover the true Champion, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

 

His name Jacob means ‘The Supplanter’. It means a schemer, a man who takes the place of another thru deceitful means.  He deceived Isaac, Esau and Laban. But this night at Penuel he failed to overturn God. Please observe that the Angel did not remove the tendon of the hip. He only shrank it. That ‘operation’ stands for the work of the Holy Spirit on the flesh of a man who is saved. Penuel means ‘face to face’.  It is at Penuel that Jacob really became born again. What a night! What a Savior!

PROPHETIC WORD LAST NIGHT

 

 

OPEN DOOR

God has opened a door for you that were previously shut. Do not just stand there and just admire the door. Pass thru it to the other side and then, shut it after you. This is supernatural. This is God’s doing. This transition is to bless you. Your life will never be the same again. In Jesus name, Amen!

 

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My Word and have not denied My name” (Rev 3:8)

JOB’S WIFE (2)

 

 

“Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips” (Job 2:9, 10)

 

The devil uses her tongue to attack Job’s integrity. She loses all hope of healing and restoration and suggests suicide. It seems that the evil spirit of fear and doubt has taken control of her heart. In Hebrew, the word ‘integrity’ means: to be innocent, perfect, accomplished, prosperous and complete. In other words, the devil was attacking Job’s assurance of standing before God. He was trying to shake the assurance of his salvation. But Job rejected and resisted that attack. He rebukes his wife. He told her that she speaks like ‘one of the foolish women’. Please observe that he did not insult her, he did not call her a foolish woman. Job was referring to that particular ‘foolish’ speech. From this we deduce that she was not like that before. In the past, she was a wise, patient and loving wife and mother. He tells her that something is wrong; that she does not behave like herself, but she speaks ‘like a foolish woman’.  In Hebrew, the word ‘foolish’ means to be stupid and wicked and soon to be disgraced. It was clearly the devil who put these foolish words in her mouth.

 

According to the Bible, who is a foolish woman?

“The fool says in his heart: “There is no God” (PS 14:1)

“The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down” (PV 14:1)

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion” (PV 18:2)

“One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless” (PV 14:16)

“Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools” (Ecc 7:9)

“For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak (silly, foolish) women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth” (2Tim 3: 6, 7)

 

Wisely and lovingly, even in his pain, Job does the work of a good godly husband. He rebukes his wife in love. He covers her foolish behavior with words of wisdom. This is a great encouragement for all who marry well. You must marry a believer, for in time of troubles he will stand by you. If one falls (like Mrs. Job) the other one will be able to lift the wounded soul (Ecc 4:9, 10). Praise God for Job! He is a great inspiration to godly husbands!  He truly loves his wife as Christ loves the church!

Please note that the restoration of Job included his wife’s too. Their marriage was redeemed too. There is no record that Job divorced the wife of his youth and married another. We conclude that she is the same wife to the end. God gave them ten more wonderful and beautiful children. They were also blessed with even more wealth. God keeps the best for the last (Jn 2: 10). Like water that supernaturally became wine, their later years were ‘sweeter’ than their youth.

 

Lastly, this is a story that reveals the Cross of Christ. There is pain and suffering but restoration, blessings and glory at last. Jesus died so that even women like Job’s wife can change and give God the glory. May you be encouraged today! God is good and faithful too. To Him alone be all the glory! Amen

JOB’S WIFE (1)

 

 

We just finished our women’ fellowship. We praised God with songs. Seven sisters shared testimonies. Some were healed, some were blessed with children and others had financial breakthroughs. The common thread was their humble gratitude and acknowledgment that God did it all! That God should take all the glory! It is very refreshing to listen to Spirit filled women and their stories of redemption! Then the message came. It was titled: JOB’S WIFE. Lastly we prayed for the fire of the Holy Spirit to come down.

“Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips” (Job 2:9, 10)

Many people know the story of Job; how he had suffered unjustly and how God later rewarded him. Few consider Mrs. Job. Most regard her to be a trouble maker and a bad wife. They are not ready to extend any drop of grace to her. From what we read, Job had only one wife. This was rare in those days. The only explanation may be that he loved his wife very much. The Bible does not talk much about her. Her personal name is not on record. This is her story: she was a wife and a mother; she suffered with her husband and at last, she rejoices with him. Let the Holy Spirit guide us in the whole truth.

Job was a great man by any standards. He was ‘blameless and upright’ with God. He lived before Abraham. He was the richest and wisest man in the east. There is a popular saying: ‘behind every successful man there is a woman, or better said, a wife’. This is probably inspired from the Bible. A virtuous wife will stand behind her husband who becomes a man of God and a leader of men. If you think of it, Mrs. Job was possibly a virtuous wife. Read this: “Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land” (PV 31:23)

From this we deduce that Mrs. Job was a successful strong woman, helping her husband succeed in life. Then what went wrong? In Chapter one, we see what happens in the Spirit’s realm ‘behind the scenes’. The devil provokes God. He is allowed to attack Job. Suddenly, the great man loses his ten children and all his wealth. This is a sudden tragedy few men had to endure. We forget that the pain was felt not only by Job, but by his wife as well. She too lost all her children and their wealth. Job speaks but his wife is quiet during this tragedy. Her silence speaks volumes. She did not curse God. We do not hear any complain from her during this time of trial. Her silence proves she was a mature woman of God. Then the husband becomes very sick. Painful boils cover all his body. There is no cure for his sickness. That is her breaking point. She cannot endure in silence and she speaks out from the pain stored in her heart. When she lost her children and her wealth, she could still trust God for a solution. But seeing her husband dying, she lost her faith completely. Her reaction tells us that she loves her husband very much.

Can you see the grace of God upon this woman? Can you see that in the past you have judged her too harshly, with me mercy at all? Can you see the work of the Cross in Job’s life, in his wife and marriage? The God who is able to cover our sins, because of the Blood of Jesus, He is my God! Forever! All glory to God!

PRAISE REPORT

 

 

This is a letter from a young brother in Christ who needed a counsel some time ago. Read, pray and be blessed:
“Good afternoon Ma,
About a year ago I wrote to you about the challenges am having. I had no job, no house i was squatting about from one city to another. I can remember the last word u told me. That i should not write to you until i have a testimony. You spoke to me about things to expect from God. You ask me to stop chasing after kobo (pennies, cents…)
This is my testimony: After that day my mentality changed. I realized that God wanted to give me more than just a job so my faith grew and my spirit was lifted. Today I just paid for my own 2 bedroom flat in Abuja. It is a miracle. God remembered me… He gave me a special job that brought the best out of me and in few months I became a sort of ‘professional’.
I took your advice. The truth was that I actually stop wasting my prayer asking for a job. I just drew closer to God and worship Him daily. And in His own time He answered me.
Thank you Ma for your wise words of tough love and of encouragement! God strengthen and increase your wisdom! I give all the glory to God!”

 

“I called on the Lord in distress;

The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.

The Lord is on my side;

I will not fear.

What can man do to me?

The Lord is for me among those who help me;

Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.

It is better to trust in the Lord

Than to put confidence in man

It is better to trust in the Lord

Than to put confidence in princes

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever…” (Psalm 118)

 

This is my prayer for you today:

May the faith you see in this brother work in you as well! May you give God room to do a new thing in your life! Never limit God! May God increase your vision! May God change your circumstances to display His glory!  May God intervene and give you a good, fulfilling job! May God bless you financially! In Jesus name Amen!

PRAYER ADVENTURE

 

 

“Ask, and it will be given to you…”

This is the command of Jesus. To ask it means to pray to God. How long do you pray? Until the answer is given to you! In Greek, the word ‘given’ also means ‘to minister adventure to you’.

Adventure is defines as an exciting experience involving some risk. Cowards will never desire adventure. Their lives are stale and boring. They can never inspire anybody. For fear of danger, they chose to die a slow death, without songs and without dances. But a believer in Christ has seen the end of the story, to glory ahead. So, for him, danger with God is just a training school. If God is with you, you can never lose! What an adventure to be born again and Spirit filled!!! Do you know what I am talking about?

 

When in need, asking men and asking God is totally different. When you pray to God and the answer comes, it is much more than ‘an answer’.  For example, if you ask a man to give you $100, if he has the money and if he desires to be generous, he will give it to you. But he cannot give you more than that. Often, because of their attitude, when you receive money or gifts from men, you feel bad, ashamed and humiliated.

With God this is so different. When you ask, when you pray for something, the answer comes in a most wonderful way. The prayer strengthens your relationship with God. Even if the answer is different than what you expected, you can never regret God’s ‘giving’. It builds faith and a sweet expectation. God retains the right to be ‘mysterious’. It is part of ‘the game’. You will never know how God will bless you by answering your prayer. But one thing is clear:  God never gives cheap gifts. All His blessings come from the royal store. All gifts from God come without sorrow. They come wrapped in inexpressible joy and a mysterious peace. They open doors of holy adventure. Men will wonder and angels rejoice with you. What do you lose if you believe? This is the promise of God…
“For EVERYONE who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Mt 7:8)

Are you among ‘everyone’? Then pray…and let the adventure begin…In Jesus name Amen!

PRAISE REPORT

 

 

When we started this church the choir was made of teenagers and young adults. Fourteen years later, almost all are married with children. Last Friday, Pastor and I we joined them in their all-night rehearsal. It was about 2am. They were all singing with all their hearts.
Then we saw a strange sight… In between the chairs we saw many mosquito nets. Under them were their children sleeping. We were impressed. It is not easy to come to church with babies and do all-night. This is a sacrifice of praise. But the worship must go on…
To You Oh Lord be all the glory for this wonderful harvest of faithful souls…from generation to generation, indeed, You are God!

EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH!

 

 

“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:3, 4)

 

Jude’s letter warns the believers of the danger of ungodly men coming (better said ‘creeping’) into the church. This was a problem even in the early church. It is more so now. We are commanded to jealously guard the revelation of salvation by grace alone and thru faith in Jesus Christ. This is the true Gospel of Christ. In one word it is called ‘The Faith once delivered to the saints’. God has entrusted the revelation of this faith to His children.  This faith is our best treasure. The religious unbelievers have received nothing from God. They come closer pretending they have the same treasure. But these are enemies of the Cross, of the peace in the church, of the unity of the Spirit and of the revelation of grace and faith. It is our duty to protect the faith entrusted by God to us, His children. We are to be watchful against these men who are agents of the devil, spies who come to gain information about our true treasure, our wonderful liberty and inheritance in Christ (Gal 2:4, 5). They come deceitfully to gain control over silly and weak willed women (and men too) (2Tim 6-9). They are dangerous because of their proximity to us and our ignorance of their true identity. They use occult magic, witchcraft, evil power and manipulation to place spells upon the ignorant careless believers.

 

These men come in a special way: They ‘creep unnoticed’. In Greek, the word means to quietly settle alongside you. The word ‘creep’ means to move slowly, timidly, with the body close to the ground. They may come as humble or needy people. They do not look dangerous at all, especially at the beginning. They are experts is flattery and (over) familiarity. They have a Gibeonites spirit (Josh 9). Have you seen ‘a professional beggar’? They are like that. Before you know, it is too late. You always regret being ‘sorry’ for them. They attack thru the friendship you have foolishly permitted. Their flattery is a snare for your feet (PV 29:5). The price you pay for allowing such religious spirits to become close to you is slowing your progress with God.

 

What is the solution? Prayer!!! Pray before you make any decision! May God open your eyes to see! May God give you the courage to separate from all false brethren! May God give you the desire and strength to fight the good fight of faith! May God have mercy on you and release your feet from the flattery snare! Be free in Jesus name!

Lastly, I declare with my brother Jonah:

“But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the LORD alone.” (Jonah 2:9)

THE HEALING WORD (2)

 

 

“He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions” (Ps 107:20)

This is my testimony: two months ago I got very sick. I have never been so sick in my life. We were travelling so it made it even more difficult. We came back home and I went to the hospital and did some tests, x-ray and all. The doctor thought it was TB but all tests proved negative. I told him that I completely reject the diagnosis. I also told him that God will heal me. This became a challenge for me. It is a good place to be when men cannot help and the doctors even add to your anxiety. God and I alone! Wonderful place!

 

Another word God sent to me in this time of trial was from the Bible:

“He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Is 53:3)

This describes the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Men rejected Him until they nailed Him to the Cross. The Son of God is also a Man ‘of sorrows and acquainted with grief’.  In Hebrew the word sorrows means to grieve, to feel the pain of others. The word acquainted means to intimately know, to feel, to understand another. Lastly, the word grief also means anxiety or sickness. This was a great revelation for me.

It means that Jesus knows, He understands and feels my pains, my anxiety and sickness. He is not a stranger to it. He does not need to do any tests to discover what is wrong with me. To Him as my Healer, there is no secret or mystery about my fever, cough of body pains. The doctors sounded so mysterious when they told me it can be this or that. They were not sure of the diagnosis, but were trained to sound confident. I know for I was once like them… They could not enter my heart to understand my anxiety and they could not help me have faith or peace. But Jesus understands my body for He is my Creator. He does not need to worry about my future, for I am in His hands and He knows it all. He does not need to give me ten different tablets for ten different sicknesses. With one touch, every cell in my body shall become whole. All problems shall disappear in the same time. This is not something I read in a book. This is my testimony. So, I decided to talk to myself: “You my soul have faith in God! There is hope! You my body, Jesus understand your sickness! God is with you! Fight for yourself, my body!”

The Word of God was sent to Warri, to me in particular and I received it, believed and that settled it! This is how healing came! By the power of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit!    Be encouraged today! May the Word of God locate you today! There is hope for you! In Jesus name Amen!

THE HEALING WORD (1)

 

 

“He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions” (Ps 107:20)

This is my testimony: two months ago I got very sick. I have never been so sick in my life. We were travelling so it made it even more difficult. We came back home and I went to the hospital and did some tests, x-ray and all. The doctor thought it was TB but all tests proved negative. I told him that I completely reject the diagnosis. I also told him that God will heal me. This became a challenge for me. It is a good place to be when men cannot help and the doctors even add to your anxiety. God and I alone! Wonderful place!

I am a doctor so I remember being guilty of the same sin. Quoting only from my medical books, using only my head and not my spirit, speaking confidently but without prayer I was trying to instill doubt in my patients. Thank God I got saved but I remember my foolish sinful past. But this time I was at the other end. I was the patient and the doctor was telling me that I have TB. He recommended some antibiotics to be taken three times a day. I did not want to argue with him but at home I made up my mind to exchange the tablets for prayer.

 

I prayed for wisdom like never before. My testimony as a believer was at stake. Then God gave me this word: “Pray the same prayer three times a day just the way you could have taking your drugs”. Really I believed it was God’s Word. I believed that I will be healed. It sounds foolish, especially for me as a doctor, but ‘the foolishness of God is wiser than men’s wisdom’ (1Cor 1:25)  I started praying the same prayer three times a day. I anointed myself with olive oil daily speaking health and life to my body. I quoted the scriptures daily and with faith. At the beginning there was no improvement. Some days it appeared that my sickness was even becoming worse. But I persevered in faith and slowly, the cough, the fever, the weakness…they all subsided. This week I just discovered that I am healed, strong and happy. This is indeed a miracle!

 

I want to encourage you by sharing some of the lessons I had to (re-) learn during this time of trial. You can apply these to any situation not only sickness.

*God is alive! God hears and answers the prayer of His children! God is good! God is faithful!

*Sometimes just one prayer is ‘not enough’. Just like with medicines, you need to pray the same prayer for a long time until the problem is solved. This method will teach you faith, patience and perseverance.  I testify that it works! This was my inspiration: The widow who did not give up and continued to ask the judge for an answer. See what Jesus said:

“And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Lk 18:7, 8)

It is clear that God does not always answer our prayers immediately. He wants us to persevere in prayer and faith ‘day and night’. But delay is not denial. After praying the same prayer three times a day for about two weeks, the healing came ‘speedily’. God is faithful! To God be all the glory!

May the Word of God and my testimony encourage you today! In Jesus name Amen!

PRAYER ALERT

Fidelis and Vivian 2

 

There is a brother in our church who has sickle cell anemia. He is 32 years old. His name is Fidelis. As you know, most people with SS do not survive so long. This brother is one of the most gentle and spiritual sensitive men I know. He can’t sing at all, but when he tries to do so, the anointing of the Holy Spirit falls on the whole church.

He is a tailor by profession and a very good one at that. His wedding will be on the first Saturday next month. The girl he wants to marry has genotype AA, so technically, there is no problem (none of their children shall be SS).

 

Theirs is a true love story. They were class mates in Secondary school. Then they lost contact. She went to University and he learned tailoring. They met again ‘by mistake’ last year. It was love ‘at first sight’. Both of them are born again and serious believers. For his sake, the sister changed churches and now attends Father’s House.

I saw him yesterday. He is so excited…’We were like those who dream…’ This wedding is a miracle. He proposed marriage since January but the girl’s father refused to agree. This is because of the sickness that can take his life any time. But she insisted that she wants to marry Fidelis and no other. Last month the father has agreed.

 

He told me that 60% of the preparations are complete. That he needs some word of encouragement to go on because his money now got finished. I said thank God! For now God can take control! He told me that he loves his future wife very much, that he is not worthy of her. She is beautiful inside out. She has faith that God will heal him completely and both will live long and happy lives. She also believes that they will have children and all the blessings of God. He has some chronic sores on his feet. That is why he only uses slippers. But he has faith that he will have black new shoes on his wedding day. Right now he limps because of the damage done to the hip but he has faith that on his wedding day he will work straight. I agreed with him and said Amen!

 

Please pray for a true brother and a true sister in Christ! Pray the way you pray for your family! Pray that God will supply all that they needed: joy, peace, health, strength, finances and favor with men. Pray that their wedding day will be glorious and many will give their lives to Christ. For him that they say will die is now the bridegroom ready for his bride! All glory to God!

God bless all faithful humble intercessors!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

 

“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2Cor 12:9)

 

(I will post their wedding pictures that day!)

NO MORE GRIEVING

 

 

 

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…” (Eph 4:30)

The Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit is a Person, who sees, listens, thinks and feels. Many people, even the believers, think of Him as an influence, as the power of God. The Holy Spirit is more than ‘a power’. He is a Person. You must cultivate a relationship with Him, as Friend to friend. Pray that your ears will be more sensitive to hear His voice, for He speaks to the churches and He speaks to you. Pray that your eyes will be sensitive to see Jesus on the throne by the revelation of the same Holy Spirit. Pray that your heart will be more sensitive to sense the presence and especially the move of the Holy Spirit. Pray that you may know how to invite and host the Person of God the Holy Spirit in your heart, your marriage, your home, your church and during times of worship. Your relationship with Him must grow, must mature. He has many things to share with you. I know for sure…

 

The danger with any relationships between lovers and friends is to take one another for granted, to grieve one another. In particular, we are warned not to grieve the Holy Spirit, or better said, to stop grieving the Holy Spirit.  The word ‘grieve’ means to make another sad. The offended friend feels a sense of loss, pain, regret and deep disappointment. A wise man said that ‘grief’ is a love word. You can only grieve your lover. You cannot grieve your enemy.

 

The best example I know is this: I heard of a story…there was a single mother who had a daughter. They were poor. Her hands had deep scars and some of the fingers were lost. Because of her disability she could not have good jobs, so they ‘managed’ their lives like that. They both loved one another very much. When the daughter became 18 they decided to organize a birthday party. The daughter was very excited. She invited all her school friends. The mother baked and decorated the birthday cake. All was ready. Then just before the guests started coming, the daughter brought a pair of fancy gloves. She told the mother that she bought them so that she can put them on during the party. She was afraid that her friends will see the mother’s ugly hands and run away.

 

This is what I called grieving. The mother just discovered that her loving daughter was ashamed of her hands; that she valued the opinions of her friends more than her feelings. Please think of this story…and feel what the mother felt…then you shall understand that in this way we can grieve the Holy Spirit, our Lover, our Best Friend Forever, our Peace, our Joy and our God. Selah!

 

The story is not yet finished…the mother did not say anything. She planned to put on the gloves but at the last minute she forgot them in the kitchen. She came in carrying the beautiful cake, candles on and all. She was so happy for her daughter…Suddenly the party went cold…the laughter stopped…they cut the cake in a hurry and soon, all her friends found excuses and left. The daughter was heartbroken. Alone, mother and daughter cried. The daughter asked the mother, why did she forget the gloves? That her friends ran away when they saw her hands. That is when the mother told her the truth: She was a baby when the house went on fire. Her father died in that fire. They rescued her, the mother, but she ran back into the burning house to save her baby. That is how her hands got burnt. That is how she became a single mother. Knowing the truth, the daughter wept for her selfishness and kissed the scarred hands that saved her life.

 

How do you grieve the Holy Spirit? By ignoring Him…by not studying His Word…by taking glory for things He has done for you…by living in sin without any desire to repent… by being proud and rebellious…God forbid!

What you read is just a story, but it reveals the love of God and the sacrifice of the Cross. Jesus died that I may live. His hands still have the scars, even in heaven, as a reminder for the price paid for my soul. To grieve His Spirit is a wicked crime against true eternal love. May God help us to be more sensitive to the feelings of the Holy Spirit! This is my prayer today! In Jesus name, Amen!