MY ETERNAL INTEREST IN THE KINGDOM

 

 

The Prayer meeting was again very good. These days I just prepare the sermon and pray.I give ample room to God to do what He wants to do. The holy adventure makes my heart tremble with excitement. I feel like I am the pastor and also the congregation. I am not in charge. The Holy Spirit is in charge. Thank God! The brethren shared testimonies. A brother who plays the keyboard in our church for almost 20 years bought a land to build his first house. God provided all the money in bulk just thru a supply business he received thru a phone call. Yes, we shall have testimonies of encounters with Jehovah Jireh. More to come…We praised God and then the message came…

The Roman Catholic introduced the idea that wealth and pleasure is sinful. Many believed this doctrine and became monks. They gave up their earthy possessions and made covenants of celibacy and poverty. On the other extreme, the world ‘preaches’ materialism. The truth is that wealth is not sinful but it can be potentially dangerous for the soul. We need the Holy Spirit to navigate in these troubled waters to arrive at the Truth! Holy Spirit come!

The parable of the shrewd servant (Luke 16) is not easy to understand. Many get confused by reading it. Jesus intended it for His disciples but the Pharisees were listening too. On the surface, it seems that our Lord praises a deceitful man. But this is not what He says. Thru this story, our Lord tells us to be wise with our temporary resources on earth and to use them to gain spiritual eternal gains. Wealth, resources (money) can be used in three ways: Spend it; save it or invest it. This is divine wisdom for us the believers. Pray that the Holy Spirit helps you to understand!

This is a story about investments. A rich man had a steward who was in charge of his goods. The word ‘steward’ means a house manager, a treasurer, a servant who is in charge of his master finances. His master’s check book is with him. He buys provisions for the home and deals with the master’s clients. It is a position of trust. He was possibly a former slave who was set free and now he works for his master

One day the rich man hears that his manager was wasteful with his property. This word ‘waste’ is the same as with the prodigal son. He calls him to give an account for his job is terminated. Immediately the steward thinks of a plan so that he can benefit even in the absence of his job. He knows that his present situation is terrible. But he can do something so that his future is secure. He calls his master’s debtors and he reduces the amount they owe to the master. It seems like his master was a whole sale trader and many people buy from him to sell retail. The steward blesses these men by reducing their debt. He knows that they will be grateful and will remain his friends for life. Favor is repaid with favor. He cheats his master to gain favor with men. He knows that he can end homeless. He cannot ask his master for a good recommendation so that he can have another job like this. He cannot do hard labor. He is too ashamed to beg in the streets. By blessing his master’s debtors, he secures for himself a place to stay in the future, a home, a family and the fellowship of friends.

Why does Jesus commend this deceitful man? Not because he was cheating his master. But because he uses what he got at the present to invest in a better future. Jesus said that this man was shrewd. He knew that he has a limited time to use the master’s resources. The wealth and position will eventually ‘fail’ him. He could have wasted his few hours at the office in weeping for his loss, or begging to stay. Even in the crisis he did not give up. He found a plan to gain something for the future. He sponsored his future dreams. He invested in his hope.

Jesus says that we should invest wisely. In the world, investment is defined as spending or devoting money for future advantages. Having this in mind, men open savings accounts in the banks. They also buy shares in good companies so that later the interest will be added to their capital. In the world, there is always a risk when investing, for the value of money or the shares may fall. The only safe place to invest your life, your money, your dreams and all is in the Kingdom of God!!! Selah!!! This is the prophecy given by Isaiah and fulfilled in Christ:

“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end” (Isaiah 9)

The only place to invest where there is no risk is in the Kingdom of heaven. Its Government authority, its peace and prosperity shall know no end. This is because of its eternal ‘increase’. In Hebrew, the word ‘increase’ it means interest on capital, the greatest part of a whole. This ‘increase’ shall have ‘no end’. It means that the interest on your capital is limitless. No man or demon can cut it off. The word ‘government’ means an empire, a royal kingdom, a monarchy that will always prevail. The word translated ‘peace’ is shalom. It means perfection, safety from enemies, good health, prosperity, favor and friendships.

For example, when I place 100 naira in the offering basket, having faith that it is God’s, this is a deposit in my heavenly account. The interest on the money shall increase forever. Until Jesus comes all my descendants shall benefit from it. ‘The Bank’ called the Kingdom of heaven will never lose capital or interest. My deposits shall be fruitful and increase forever. I say that it pays to serve the Lord! Does this sound too strange for you to believe? But as for me and my household, we believe God’s Word and we serve the Lord! Can I hear a loud AMEN?

In Christ I declare:
Jesus is my Savior, Lord and the Owner of my Bank!
I invest in the Kingdom of God!
My interest on capital will increase v forever!
God said it! I believe it! It settles it!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name
Amen!

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LIKE AN OX, A DEER OR A BIRD IN A SNARE

 

 

 

“All at once he followed her,  like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose, till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life” (PV 7:22, 23).

 

Who is the victim of such a crazy woman? The man is described as a simpleton, a foolish man or ‘a youth who has no sense’. Please, remember this: Sin makes no sense at all. You try to describe it, you try to explain it, but at last, you find no words for it. You never know why men fall into its snare, what attracts them to go down to hell.

This man was walking in the evening towards her house. That is the wrong time to go out and the wrong direction to go to. ‘The steps of a righteous man are directed by God” (Ps 37:23). But this is a man who has lost any sense of danger. The devil is in charge of his feet. Like a fly, he goes straight into the prepared net of the spider. The woman comes ready for her client. She is ready and prepared, experienced and skillful. She has the words, the dressing and the actions. The ‘programed’ kiss is there to seal the contract. The promise of free sex is offered. Even religion is added so his conscience is not troubled. The devil tells you that God does not mind if you sin. The husband is not at home… The devil will tell you that sin is safe and all is well. But then, this is the sad end of a promising young man… The tragedy that he is ignorant of his future… He behaves like an animal, an ox, a deer or a bird trapped in the snare…This is the end of the story. Fornication kills! Adultery kills! Pornography kills your soul!

 

 

What is the solution? Flee fornication! Run away from danger! Be prudent! Be wise! Go to Jesus! Pray! Pray! Pray! Call the name of Jesus! The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run there and they are safe!

The Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross for the remissions of sins has greater power than any addiction of hell. The name of Jesus is stronger than any other name. Do warfare! Pray for yourself, your husband and your children. Fornication is not normal! Pornography is not normal. Adultery is not normal. These are the games provide by the devil! These are terrible sins that destroy your soul, your body and your destiny. God loves you! I who write this letter, I love you too, for Christ’ sake who saved my soul. Please consider these words and come back from darkness. God is waiting for you. Son, Daughter, come home…

 

In Christ I declare:

My feet are directed by the Lord!

I do not live by sight but by faith in Jesus Christ!

I submit to God and to the delegated authority God placed over me!

I obey my leaders, my pastors who feed my spirit and have to answer for my soul!

I resist the devil and he will flee from me!

I have no business with fornicators!

I am free from sin by the grace of God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

WONDERFUL WORDS OF LIFE

 

 

“Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me” (Micah 7:8)

Your enemy was deceived to think he has won the battle. God allowed him to be deceived. He has prepared the ‘victory party’. He has hopes that you will become a nobody, a loser, a thing of the past. But he wrong 100%! His wickedness has encouraged him all these years. But he has a false hope that will be cut off.
God is with you even in the trials, suffering, loneliness and all. God will vindicate you at last. Soon it shall be seen that you are a child of God, prince of the Kingdom, a child of light! The powers of darkness tried to capture you but failed for they can never comprehend or hold the glory shine. Your fall was only temporary, to slow you, to humble you so that God can freely bless you above your dreams.
The enemy’s laughter will freeze on his lips. After all these things, he will vow never to attack a child of God!
Your story has not ended. The best is yet to come. Your life is in God’s hands! Your labor on earth shall be rewarded. Wait and see what the Lord will do for you, in you and thru you! Men will say: “God has done great things for this one!”
Jesus is Lord!

TIME TO BE PURE

 

 

 

“Now therefore, listen to me, my children;

Pay attention to the words of my mouth:

Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,

Do not stray into her paths;

For she has cast down many wounded,

And all who were slain by her were strong men” (PV 7:24-26)

 

What is the power of sexual sin? It is the attraction and promises of pleasure. The adulterous woman described here is wayward in behavior but sweet in speech. She is rebellious by nature. She obeys no law except her own perverted desires. She submits to none except to the demonic voice in her head. She behaves erratic and looks crazy at times. But she is a good entertainer. That is why men admire her, for her ‘freedom of speech and action’. She uses flattery with ease. She lies with no guilt at all. She is a mistress of romance, a lover of shadows and forbidding love. She makes the present look attractive, covering up the future which dwells in death. There is no hope with her. She is a restless traveler; ‘her feet do not stay at home’. The temptation of sexual sins is more common than you think. It is everywhere, ‘in the streets and in the squares’. Jezebel is ‘dressed like a prostitute’ who advertises her trade. Most of the fashion houses all over the world are under her control.

(I hope you know that there is a great difference in the appearance of people, between the dressing of a godly woman and one who is successful in the sexual trade. I just felt adding that…)

 

What is the solution then? Come to Jesus! Cling to the Cross! Surrender your life to the Lord Jesus Christ! Do not just pretend! You may deceive many people! You may deceive your spouse, your friends and your pastor! You may even try to deceive yourself. But you cannot deceive God. And you have to meet this un-deceivable God one day. There is a final judgment one day. Why not make today a decision to live for God, to serve God. Then you shall have peace in your heart, joy in your soul and health in your body. Some people fear that if you become born again you shall be poor and you shall not enjoy life. That is a lie from hell. True prosperity, peace and joy is found only in God’s presence. Please receive these words!

 

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

I resist and reject any evil spirit of sexual lust!

I come out from among the worldly crowd!

I touch no unclean thing!

I purify myself from anything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God!

I am a holy vessel prepared for my Master’s use!

God Almighty is my Heavenly Father!

Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Lord!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

PROVOCATION DEFEATED

 

 

 

“Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both’ (PV 27:3)

To provoke it means to wound you with words, to excite your anger. Fools hate your God’s presence with you. They hate your rest and peace. They want to scatter your happiness. They hate when you ignore them. They want you to over- react, to become frustrated. In particular, they love to attack the believers. Fools desire to see you react in flesh and then regret it. They want you to backslide. When you become bitter with God and men, they feel good. When you make mistakes they rejoice for they are champions of destruction.

 

Do not excuse foolishness! Fools are not ‘innocent and mild’ sinners. When ‘the fool says in his heart that there is no God’ he denies all things pertaining to God and the Bible. They ignore and oppose the Word of God, the Kingdom of God, the servants of God, the Holy Spirit, even the very presence of God that gives them breath. The fools care nothing about cursing, slander or mocking all God’s children. They cause much harm thru their selfish, deadly words. Their main weapon is their mouth; they hurt and destroy the faith of many with their bitter words.

Do not underestimate a fool’s mouth…Do not think that a fool is funny…Do not laugh at their ‘jokes’ for you may be the next victim. Make no friends with fools! Do not marry a fool!

 

My Testimony…

Maybe you ask, dear reader, how is it that I know so much about foolishness? This is because once upon a time I was the greatest fool myself. I was an atheist until I became 32 years old. I believed in the Big Bang and Darwin’s theory. I too said in my heart and even with my lips: ‘there is no God’…I said that heaven and hell are the imaginations of men…I said that prayer is a waste of time…I said that faith is the deception of the illiterates and ‘religion, the opium of the masses’…I mocked the faith of the Christians and ignored their efforts’ to save’ me…I was a confirmed atheist, as many of my people in Romania, where I was born…These lies were injected into my mind since I was a child… Unbelief was my religion and doubt, my philosophy…

Until the day I became born again…that holy moment when mercy was poured on my head (I can’t think of it and not weep…)… when the true and real grace of God was manifested to my wretched soul…I gave my life to Jesus Christ…I died to sin and to the world… I now no longer live; it is Christ living in me… Christ became my wisdom, foolishness was removed; faith came in, peace and joy followed…O, blessed salvation human words cannot describe…Since then abiding fruits followed to the glory of God!

 

’Amazing Grace, how sweet thy sound, that saved a wretch like me…I once was lost, but now I am found, was blind, but now I see…’

Lord Jesus, I am forever grateful! To You alone be all the glory! I worship You at Your throne…”

 

In Christ I declare:

It is my greatest privilege and honor to openly confess that I am a child of God!

I am sure of my eternal salvation! No fool can provoke me enough to deny it!

Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Lord!

In Jesus name

Amen!

KEEP LIFE

 

 

“My son…. Keep my commands and you will live…Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?” (PV 5:20; 7:1)

If you feel uncomfortable reading about sexual sins it means you need help. Do not suffer in silence! Ask Help from God! Sexual sin is a terribly expensive pleasure. This is the truth revealed in the Bible: If you are a child of God, a true believer in Christ and you commit sin, you will not lose your salvation. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus and His Blood shed on the Cross, your soul is saved eternally. But if you fall into sin there are many blessings you shall lose. Sin is sin but there is a difference between an unconverted sinner and a redeemed sinner. According to the Bible, a man is either a saint or a sinner.  A Christian does not continue, does not abide in sin for a life time. Sooner or later he will feel bad, repent and come back to His Father. A saved man may fall into sin, may backslide for a while but in his heart he hates sin and desires to repent. But an unbeliever, just like a pig lying in the mud, lives in sin continuously without the fear of God. Are you saved?

 

What do you lose if as a Christian, you commit sexual sins?

*Your honor, dignity and reputation; your beauty, anointing and your glorious testimony as a child of God.

*Your time; you waste opportunities to serve God; your ministry will be seriously damaged

*Your wealth; you lose the ability to be wise, to make money, to be fruitful, strong and prosperous.

*Your health; you lose your strength, sleep and appetite for food

*Your fellowship with God the Holy Spirit, the joy and assurance of your salvation

 

If you believe that for every act of fornication the devil will charge you one million dollars, will you still do it? But the truth is that the devil wants more than your money. He wants your soul, your peace and joy!

Lesson! Sexual sins and the love of money are still the basic tools the devil is using to make Christians fall.  Watch and pray! Stay close to God! Be satisfied with the gift of God. Be jealous about your testimony as a servant of God. Covetous, ungrateful, prodigal and rebellious people become foolish and reckless. They end in adultery and waste their lives. This is a wise question God is asking you:  “Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?” If you want to be ‘intoxicated’ then be filled with the Holy Spirit! That is a clean pleasure with no side effects, shame or regrets! Be drunk with the Spirit and you shall be free!

“And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit” (Eph 5:18)

 

My testimony…

Long ago I prayed that the Holy Spirit will destroy the center of sexual lust and covetousness in my flesh. God answered my prayer! The Cross worked its deep final work in my flesh! It was painful but very effective. My heart became holy. I am still praying that God will perfect His work in me. But I really feel clean and free. I am able to connect with all human beings without the interference of lust or covetousness. The devil has really failed in my heart. This victory is possible! Pray and trust God for the best He has for you! I made a covenant with God that by His grace and power I will never love or desire anything that He has not given to me as a gift. It is the same advice I give to my children.  I always pray to love the things God loves and to hate sin like He does!

 

“Dear Heavenly Father, please grant us the desire to live according to Your Word and to be like Jesus! In Jesus name, Amen! All glory to You alone!”

DECLARING THE WORKS OF THE LORD

 

 

 

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (Jam 4:7)

 

We had a wonderful Holy Communion service this morning. Just before taking the Bread and the Wine I shared a testimony with the congregation. Some time ago a young woman from the church (I can’t call her ‘sister’ because she is not born again, just religious) said she wants to see me. She had a dream and saw me lying in a coffin. Most of the people who come to my office they have needs, they need prayer or counsel. But this woman was different. Immediately she told me her dream I felt the doors of my spirit shutting off, just like the emergency trap of a ship that takes water. I knew she was an agent of the devil.

 

I had just a second to prepare my attitude and my answer. I felt supernaturally calm and strong. I knew that if I keep quiet she will interpret it as weakness. So I said to her: “Do you want the contract to buy my coffin?” I could see her eyes…for few seconds she thought of it…maybe she can make some money out of this… but then she said “No, Ma’…” May the Holy Spirit be in charge of your attitude, reflexes and responses in case of evil attack!

 

By the Holy Spirit I discerned the demon motivating her. Sure of the truth, I was ready to attack. I lifted the shield of faith with my left hand so my heart is covered… No unnecessary emotions… With the right hand I lifted the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Looking straight in her eyes and speaking to the demon controlling her I quietly but firmly said: “you are a liar!” Immediately she drew back two steps. She lost her ‘cool’ and started fretting. I said to her: “go now!” She was very happy to run away. This is the truth: If I had allowed the lie to penetrate my spirit even for a second, that could have done damage to me. Lies are spiritual arrows soaked in poison. This is how many get sick with depression, anxiety and many other ailments doctors are not able to treat. Do not allow the devil to have even a foothold in your mind!

 

We took the Holy Communion and did spiritual warfare. We prayed against the evil spirits of Pharaoh and his magicians; against the spirits of false prophets, witchcraft; intimidation, and the fear of untimely death. We remembered our Lord! He said that we should take the bread and wine in remembrance of Him! We did that. At the name of Jesus every knee will bow! The children of Israel were not better than the Egyptians. But they escaped death during the Passover night because they had faith in God and in His Word. The Blood of the Lamb covered their homes. In the same way the Blood of Jesus covers us today! We reminded ourselves that the victory is sure! Jesus paid it all on the Cross of Calvary! Jesus died so that we may live! Our Lord said: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Lk 10:18). Satan can never rise! He will fall forever!

Lastly, we started singing: “There is power, power wonder working power in the Blood of the Lamb…”

 

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

I shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord! (Ps 118:17)

Let God arise and my enemies be scattered! (Ps 68:1)

My victory is sure!

To the glory of God!

In Jesus name

Amen!