PRAISE REPORT

 

 

“I will be the same until your old age, and I will bear you up when you turn gray. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will bear and save you.” (Is 46:4)

This is a great testimony proving once more that God loves all people, especially the elderly. I am so happy for that! About a week ago I had a desire to buy some audio Bibles and give them as gifts to older people, most of them blind or too weak to go to church. (I have one in my kitchen and I listen to it when I cook. If you ask me…yes, the food is tastier when the anointing is greater).

There is this man called Papa S. Three of his sons are faithful members and workers in our church for many years. I never met him until recently. What I knew about him is that his wife became born again when he was not. She went to a village to do missionary work, came back and died a sudden death. She was only 52 years old. Her passing shocked him. He was left with ten children to take care of. Slowly, he started going to church. After six years of being a widower he married ‘a good woman’ from his church.

 

Thru his son, I sent him an audio Bible and invited him to come to Jesus Mega Party. This afternoon he came to our house, grateful for the unexpected gift. He thanked us for taking care of his sons. Then I asked him about his spiritual standing. He could not convince me that he is saved. He was just religious. He said that his primary desire is that his children to be successful in life and good Christians so that they can take care of him in his old age when he cannot work anymore. I said: “Papa S, this is a good thing you said. But I know of something better, the best of all”. He said he wants to know what is better than that. I told him that he should remove his trust from his children and place his life totally in the hands of Jesus. Let Jesus be his Savior, Lord, Lawyer, Doctor, Provider and Best Friend forever. I said that he should live his life like the birds…”of the air” (he concluded for me).

Gently, I lead him to Christ. He prayed from his heart. The Holy Spirit was there to witness, empower and seal ‘the sinner’s prayer’. Then I told him to use his remaining days on earth to preach the Gospel of Christ to all human beings he meets, young or old, religious or not. I told him that God pays His preachers. He was excited to hear that. He promised to do so. He also promised to come in the evening with his wife at Jesus Mega Party.

 

At last, he was ready to go home. Then he suddenly became shy, telling me that tomorrow, 1st of January 2015 is his birthday. He will be 75 years old. I had no idea how old he is or when was his birthday. Suddenly he became emotional again realizing that God loves him, that He gave him the best birthday gift ever, salvation for his soul and the Word of God. I too was touched… O, sweet Holy Spirit… Because of the Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross, a simple man became a saint, just like that… After many trials and tears, Jacob was declared Israel, Prince with God! From now on, Papa S shall be called “Israel”…Like Job, his later years shall be better than his youth. To the glory of God!

 

This is my last entry for 2014. It has been a very fruitful year, more than I could have imagined. God bless you my children, readers and friends. I am already excited for 2015! Your future is better than your past! The sufferings you have experienced cannot compare with the glory that shall be revealed!  Happy New Year!

PROPHETIC DECLARATIONS FOR 2015

 
“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?” (Ps 27:1)

Two days ago, being the last Sunday of the year, Pastor Richmond Leigh preached with great power and anointing. He used Psalm 27 as the basis for his sermon. Bellow, find the prophetic declarations for 2015:

*Because the Lord is my Light and my Salvation, I shall not fear the powers of darkness!
*Because the Lord is the Strength of my Life I shall not faint, I shall not become tired!
*When my enemies attack me, they shall surely stumble and fall!
*I shall be confident in the Lord!
*I shall dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life!
*I shall pray and praise God in the house of the Lord!
*Because the Lord is my hiding place I shall be invisible to my enemies!
*Because the Lord has set my feet upon a rock, I shall not be shaken!
*My head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
*I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
*I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
*God shall hear my prayers and answer me in His mercy
*I shall seek the Lord, His Kingdom and His righteousness, then all good things shall be added unto me!
*God is my Helper! I shall not fail!
*God shall never leave me or forsake me!
*God will save my family!
*Even if all people abandon me, God will take care of me!
*The Lord will teach me His way! My paths shall be smooth and straight!
*My enemies shall fail!
*I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
*I shall not die untimely death!
*I am strong and courageous!
*I shall wait for God to work on my behalf!
*Because I trust in God I shall not be disappointed!
*All to the glory of God!

In Jesus name
Amen!

PRAISE REPORT

 

 

Yesterday we had a wonderful Holy Communion service. Pastor Leigh preached a wonderful prophetic sermon based on Psalm 27. The Word of God commands us to be strong and courageous! We ended the year with prayer, praise and prophetic utterances.

This morning, a sister who attends the church sent me a beautiful testimony of the power of the Word of God.

 

Dear Malia and Tali,

I’m grateful to God for His word that came through yesterday.. It was a reminder of His faithfulness and never ending love.

In 1997, as a student, I’d dedicated my life to Jesus the year before but very much a baby and ignorant concerning God’s word and the sweet guide of the Holy Spirit. Our hostels were poorly managed; light bulbs were hardly replaced so hallways were dark especially at night.

 

Somehow, I’d managed not using the bathrooms at night.. I was scared of the dark until this night that I was so pressed but the fear kept me in bed.. I kept praying for dawn or at least sound of someone else steps so I could tag along. My roommates were mostly in their finals, couldn’t wake any of them to go with me.

Then, in my heart, I heard psalms 27… I ignored the voice.. Still lying down very distressed Psalm 27 came again.. I brushed it off.. Then the voice completely filled my thoughts.. In frustration, I wondered what psalm 27 was all about and decided to look it up, maybe the thoughts would leave me… Brought out my bible which I hardly ever opened except during fellowship, once or twice a week.. Looked through the contents, got the page number and flipped to Psalm 27…I read…

“The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear

The LORD is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid…”

 

In shock, I read it again… Instantly, I was bold.. I walked out of my room majestically, no rush, no turning of head to see if anything was coming to get me. I felt like true princess… The hallway, bathrooms were dark but it didn’t matter anymore, The LORD is my light!!!

In fact, I had a challenging attitude to fear..” Come if u dare”

Continued my majestic walk back to my room, I prayed and thanked God.. I slept well.

 

The experience never left me. I’m grateful for God’s love and His word that never fails…

 

Truly grateful,

Your daughter in Christ…

THE DANGER OF FALSE BRETHREN

 

 

“I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brethren…”

“Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. This matter arose because some false brethren had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you” (2 Cor 11:26; Gal 2: 3-5)

 

In the Bible, we are warned about false believers or false brethren. Their numbers will increase in the last days. Apostle Paul was always watchful against them for they could do much damage to the Body of Christ or to his ministry. These false believers are men and women in the church who speak and behave like they are Christians but they are not. They are hypocrites, wolves in sheep clothing. These men did not truly repent of their sins and did not accept Christ as their Savior. They speak about Him but they do not really know Him. Repentance is not the work of man. You can’t repent any time you want. Repentance is not trying to obey some laws to please God. Repentance is the deep work of the Holy Spirit in the souls of men. It means to have a broken and a contrite heart, falling at the feet of Jesus and begging to be saved like a dying man. Then the Holy Spirit comes and grants peace.

 

These men come close to you using familiarity. It is very dangerous to say that just because this man is my husband, or this woman is my sister, therefore they are born again. Salvation is a miracle, the work of the Holy Spirit. Do not ‘dash’ the title of ‘born again’ to any person you may admire. That is foolishness. The false brethren are not truly born again. They lack the fruit of the Spirit in their character. They do not manifest love, peace, patience, joy, faithfulness, goodness, kindness, humility and self-control (Gal 5). They may use some religious ‘paint’ to cover up. But they are selfish, restless, unhappy, rude, jealous, unfaithful, harsh, greedy, proud and reckless. Pray and wait for God to reveal the truth about any man. Until proven saved, all men are sinners. That is holy and safe thinking.

 

The false brethren are spies and agents of the devil. They are sent especially to the churches where the true Gospel is preached, where souls become saved and free. It is your freedom that they are interested in. They look for ways to attack and destroy this freedom.  They are agents of the devil who has lost his slaves. He wants to know the way his former slaves became free and to stop others from becoming free in the future. To better understand them you need to know what freedom is, because that is what they their hate the most.

Freedom means the state of being free; to have the power to do things, free from the oppression of another; to be outspoken; to be bold in conception and execution of projects. To be free it means you are not a slave anymore; you enjoy the full rights of a citizen. You are independent from outside oppression. You are able to choose exactly what you want according to God’s will and your conscience; no man or demon can stop you fulfilling God’s will for your life. The opposite of freedom is slavery to sin and bondage to the devil.

 

False brethren preach legalism. They say that for salvation you need Christ and something else. This ‘something else’ they tell you is to keep some religious laws. But the truth is that salvation is trusting Christ alone to save your soul, because He died on the Cross to atone for your sins. Christ alone pleases the Father. No man is able to please God. Because of Christ, we are now accepted ‘in the Beloved’. The false brethren tell you that Christ and trust in His sacrifice is not enough for salvation; that you need to please religious men with your obedience to religious laws. The evil spirit of religion produces these unholy counterfeits. Be careful and study yourself! If you have any doubts about your spiritual standing, continue to pray until you receive the assurance of your salvation.

 

 

These men are very dangerous. Apostle Paul places them in the same category with bandits and armed robbers. You need to identify and expose them. It is your responsibility as a child of God!  ‘The false brethren’ are people who pretend to be your friends or associates, but in reality, they are your enemies. They are spiritual bastards. They may resemble you outwardly, they may be religious, but they have a different father and a different god. The devil is their father and their god. They ‘infiltrate’ the churches. In Greek, the word means to secretly enter by an illegal side door and not by the main front gate. This is a good lesson: Be careful with your friends. Watch their point of entrance into your heart. As for me, it is simple: anybody that does not love the Bible cannot be my friend! PV

 

The reason why these false brethren are so dangerous is because they are on the side of your enemy, of your oppressor. They pretend to be friends but they are spiritual spies and oppressors. They try to block the way for more souls to be saved and free. Their strategy is to discover your weakness and attack you there. These men are points of contact for the devil informing him about your plans for ministry. Their strength is rooted in your ignorance and deception. Once the light of God shines and you discover their true identity they run away.

 

In Christ I declare:

I am born again by the Spirit of God!

I am filled with the Holy Spirit!

I submit to God! Therefore, the devil and his agents will flee from me!

I separate myself from any false brethren, false apostles or false prophets!

I destroy any form of deception in my life!

I preach Christ Crucified and resurrected!

I love the true brethren of the Body of Christ!

To the glory of God!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

THE CUP OF THANKSGIVING

 

 

“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf” (1Cor 10:16, 17)

 

Today, being the last Sunday of the year, we had a glorious Holy Communion service. The Lord instituted it as a memorial to Him. The theologians call Water Baptism and the Holy Communion ‘sacraments’. The word sacrament in Latin means something holy, sacred. It is a thing of God. For example, eating bread and butter is a common thing. But the Holy Communion is a sacred thing. In the ancient Roman army, a sacrament was a military term. It refers to the oath of allegiance of the soldiers to their Commander. They promise to be loyal to their commander even unto death. Today, we re-surrendered our lives to Christ! We renewed our allegiance to the Lamb of God!

 

Today we remembered the Person of our Savior. We took the Holy Communion in the memory of Him. Wine is bitter and sweet. We remembered the bitter pain of the Cross when He died for our sins. We also tasted the sweetness of salvation, of freedom from sin.

 

The cup is called ‘a cup of thanksgiving’. We thanked God for His love, protection, guidance and grace this year; over us as a people and as a church. The Holy Communion is a fellowship, ‘a participation’ in the Blood of Christ. It does not need a human sermon. It speaks of itself. ‘Participation’ is a very strong word. It means that we share our lives together. “I am Yours Lord and You are mine…” We have fellowship with the Father and the Son (1Jn 1:3).

The Holy Communion ministers grace in a special way. It is true that grace comes thru the hearing of God’s Word and prayer. But the Holy Communion brings a special type of grace, unique in its manifestations. Today we are reminded that though we are many and we have different gifts, at the Lord’s Table we have fellowship with one another by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are also reminded of our responsibility to the Body of Christ. If I am strong, I minister strength to others. If I commit sin, then I pollute the Body, I weaken it. We prayed for the grace to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and to be a blessing to the brethren.

 

The choir led us in this wonderful “Hillsong”:

 

“Your grace abounds in deepest waters

Your sovereign hand

Will be my guide

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me

You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

 

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

Oh, Jesus, you’re my God!

 

I will call upon Your name

Keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

I am Yours and You are mine”

 

We hearts full of thanksgiving today worshiped God. O, the privilege of worshiping the Living God…The presence of God was very powerful in our midst. The unique special exquisite grace reserved for the friends of Jesus, at His table, was our portion today. Our God will lead us safely into the New year! We shall serve Him forever! To God be all the glory!

PRAISE REPORT

 

 

Today we went to Abraka for picnic. Bro. V, wife and their four children came to kneel down as a family near Pastor and I. (This is a Nigerian custom of extreme honor). He was very emotional. He said that exactly a year ago at the picnic 2013, he was a new comer to our church. He said I told him that in one year he will have his own house. He said that he was surprised at my words but he believed.

At that time he was a jobless man, almost begging for food. He previously had a house but a pastor at his former church manipulated him and he gave him his house as a gift. Since then he and his family have lived as poor tenants. He became bitter against all pastors. Until a friend invited him to come to Father’s House. He started building another house but because of lack of money, he stopped at the ‘lintel’ .

This year they decided to come back to God and serve Him the best they can. His wife and their children came often to work at the new church site. The wife became a usher in our church. They believed that if you build God’s house, He will built yours. Suddenly God opened doors. He got some jobs that paid him well.
Kneeling down today, they said that the prophecy came to pass. Last week they finished painting and entered their new house. They were humbled and very grateful that God directed their steps to Father’s House. They have matured spiritually and became blessed financially. To God be all the glory!

“Let the weak be strong!” (Joel 3:10)

ATTENTION PLEASE!

 

ANNOUNCEMENT
The women fellowship in our church, we shall fast daily for the month of January. No solid food until 12, 3 or 6 pm (select one option). You can drink water or fluids. The theme is: “Stop tolerating Jezebel!”. We shall fast, pray and praise God. We shall break our fast at home.
Our prophetic theme as a church for 2015 is “Be strong and courageous!” (Josh 1:9). We shall be strong and courageous and do exploits!
This is warfare against the powers of darkness who try to destroy our lives, marriages, families, children, grandchildren, businesses and ministries. We expect great results. The sick shall be healed! The oppressed shall be delivered! The weak shall become strong! The poor shall become rich! The barren shall become fruitful! The baby Christians shall become spiritually mature! Revival shall come to us!
In Jesus name, Amen!

(If you feel the need to fast and pray, then join us! Even if you are a man, that is ok! Signs and wonders shall be your portion! We shall surely have great testimonies at the end of January! To the glory of God!)

ATTENTION PLEASE!
We added a new prayer request concerning the prayer and fast in January 2015: anyone, man or woman, who has been abused as a boy or girl, while living in their parents home, sexually, mentally, spiritually or physically shall be healed and delivered from the effects of such sins and move forward in life. The evil spirit of Jezebel who stayed in such strongholds who has tormented many until they are now adults, with unclean thoughts, guilt, strange sicknesses and poverty shall be defeated, In Jesus name, Amen!. These men and women shall be free to marry, be happily married with children, prosper financially, serve God like never before and fulfill destiny! We expect great things in 2015! Let your faith increase! God is on our side! Be strong and courageous! The testimonies shall come! All glory to God! In Jesus name, Amen!