PRAISE REPORT

A sister came with a heavy heart. She has some marital challenges. My counsel was not an easy one. Truth is a sword. But she received the words with humility and faith. We prayed that she will have a wonderful testimony. This is her letter after reading “The wind died down”.

“Dear Malia,
I just read your post on Facebook “The wind died down”. All I can say is waoh.
May God (Jehovah) be continually enthroned in our lives! He has stayed my heart and I am still for He is God over the floods… I returned home yesterday enveloped by God’s presence, I had a smile in my heart. I wasn’t alone, The Lord of Host has gone ahead in the battle, won it and given me the victory… yet He stands by me assuring me, filling my heart with love for my husband…
At night, in the silence, my heart felt troubled but The Lord was near. “Be still” I heard… An owl shrilled, quite differently from the sounds I thought I knew, I was startled, but Encouragement filled me like light bursting through. It was fleeing. Light has come and darkness runs to hide. My Father is a Man of war… “Be still”..
As I write this words, I feel like I need to lie down and sleep but I will not.. I don’t feel like laughing but I sense laughter in my spirit so I’ll laugh… I’ll lift up my voice and sing for the battle is the Lord’s.
In Christ i declare, Mercy shall prevail over judgment continually in my home and marriage.. As God’s will unfolds (goodness and mercy) His grace shall be sufficient for us to bring glory and honor to His name. In Jesus name!

Thank you Malia…God’s strength in your life shall not wane… You shall go from glory to glory with God… Humble yet with boldness, you shall continue to declare God’s truth.. God’s delight shall be in you even as you are found lost in Him. Tali is blessed, your home and family is blessed. Continually, you shall be satisfied early with the dew of heaven. In Jesus name. Amen
Your daughter…”

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THE WIND DIED DOWN

“Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, “Be quiet!” and he said to the waves, “Be still!” The wind died down, and there was a great calm. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith?”
But they were terribly afraid and began to say to one another, “Who is this Man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mk 4:39-40)

The preaching ended. The crowds were left behind. Then the Lord commanded His disciples that they should go to ‘the other side’. Jesus went to sleep in the ‘stern of the boat’. That is the back of the boat. Then a great storm arose. The winds shook the boat. The big waves filled the boat with water, threatening to sink it. It is night, it is cold, and the storm is ready to kill them all. Then they remember that Jesus was in the boat with them, sleeping on a pillow. Afraid, they rebuked Him for not caring if they live or perish. Jesus stood up and rebuked the wind saying: ‘Peace be still’. The word ‘stood up’ is the same with the power of resurrection! And it was a great calm. He also rebuked them for lack of faith and allowing the fears to torment them. The disciples became afraid at the way the storm died down. They asked themselves? Who can this be? Who is Jesus?

These are some lessons gathered from their storm. We do well to apply them in our trials. First of all we see that it was our Lord’s idea to ‘go to the other side’. That means promotion, breakthrough. We see that storms come, not because we have sinned but because God wants us to learn lessons only storm can teach. What are the mistakes the disciples made? What was the cause for their fears, for their lack of faith? They forgot the miracles the Lord has done in the past. They forgot the promised of God! Jesus promised them: “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. And most important of all, they forgot the presence of God. They forgot that Jesus was with them in the boat. They forgot the power of the Word of God. They forgot the authority of the Lord! All creation exists for His pleasure. Then the wind died down. The voice of the wind was stopped. The voice of the evil spirit of fear was stopped. And the peace of God that passes all understanding reigned supreme.
Still afraid, they asked themselves: Who is this Man?’

Do you want to know who is Jesus Christ? Jesus is the second Person of the Trinity. He is God! He is the ‘I AM’!
1. I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51);
2. I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12);
3. I AM the Door of the Sheep (John 10:7, 9);
4. I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14);
5. I AM the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25);
6. I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6);
7. I AM the True Vine (John 15:1, 5)
Jesus Christ is also my Savior and my Lord! Give your life to Christ today!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
Jesus Christ rose from the dead and the wind died down!
My breakthrough is here!
My victory is sure!
I am free, healed and delivered!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

PRAYER REQUEST

From the CNN news yesterday: Armed men kidnapped an American missionary from a school in Nigeria and have demanded the equivalent of almost $300,000 for her safe return, Nigerian police said Tuesday. The Rev. Phyllis Sortor, a missionary with the Free Methodist Church in Seattle, was identified by her church as the U.S. citizen abducted from the Hope Academy compound in Kogi state.

“Dear Heavenly Father, please intervene in this situation. Lord Jesus Christ, please glorify Your name in the life of Your daughter and servant. Dear Holy Spirit we pray that you comfort Sister Phyllis and free her. May the robbers see Christ in this woman and be converted. We come against any evil spirit energizing these men. We bind you and reject you! We destroy the occult power of any charm that emboldens the robbers. Holy Spirit please come down and give us, the Body of Christ a fresh testimony of Your power and grace! We vow to give You alone all the glory! In Jesus name we pray, amen!”Rev Phylillis

A LITTLE LONGER

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land” (Ps 37:7-9)

Someone asked the Duke of Wellington why are the British soldiers better than others? Why do they win all the battles? His answer was not what you expect. He revealed the secret of success. He said that his soldiers can hold on five minutes longer than that the enemy’s army. To many, that was a strange answer. He did not say that the British eat better food, that their weapons are better, that their uniforms are more beautiful or that they have discovered a new strategy. No! He said that they do everything the enemy is doing, but a little longer than him.

What do we learn from this? Men look for success in big things. They think that some great revelation will make them leaders of men or champions in conflict. They ignore the simple routine of life. They ignore the power of patience and faith, in doing all things as unto the Lord. Why is it that a cat will always conquer the rat? If the rat hides in a hole, the cat will seat and wait patiently outside. Sometimes later, the rat grows tired of the prison hole, becomes impatient and comes out. He forgets that the cat is still outside. The patient cat will catch the less patient rat. This is a great lesson: the patient man becomes the champion! If you trust God, if you pray, if you wait and if you love a little longer than your enemy, you shall win the battle!

The Bible says that patient people win the battle and become landowners. Now you know the secret of true success! Praise the Lord!

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

I am patient!

My enemy shall be cut off!

I shall inherit the land!

In Jesus name

Amen!

THE VIRTUOUS WIFE (3)

“The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him… Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies” (Pv 31:1, 10)

The woman described in Proverbs 31 has always been a challenge to me. Let’s call her Mrs. Noble Grace. I used to imagine her as ‘tall’, masculine in behavior, not friendly and too busy to notice a ‘struggling’ woman like myself. She was the opposite of me (I am not tall). For a long time I admired her at a distance and I could not conceive of a way for us to be friends. Many years have passed since then. Slowly, I started changing.  I became stronger. I turned my tears into worship. I studied the Word of God! I prayed! I really changed. Then one day we met again, quite ‘by accident’. To my surprise, she was the first one who spoke. She invited me to her house. I got to know her husband, her children and her ‘staff’. The image she portrays outside is really different than the way she is at home. She has touched my heart with her godly testimony. She challenged me with the Word of God. We are now friends and co-laborers in ministry. It is my privilege to introduce to you my sister, my friend, Mrs. Noble Grace, the virtuous woman of the Bible!

The most important thing to say is that no man or woman can be truly virtuous except they are born again, and filled with the Holy Spirit. Many women have tried to imitate Mrs. Noble in Proverbs 31, but failed. It is because they tried to do it in the flesh. Flesh profits nothing. Victory is possible only by the Holy Spirit.

This is a good question: who can find the hidden treasure called ‘a virtuous woman’? Rubies are beautiful but very hard to find. Whoever is able ‘to find’ this woman will receive favor from God as a reward. A man that finds such a blessing will be rewarded with a godly marriage (PV 18:22). But this question is not only for men. As women, we are also encouraged to search for her. She is your sister for life, a mentor and a true friend. There are many women but very few among them qualify for the title of ‘virtuous’. These women have a noble character; they are spiritually strong, walking in the fullness of the blessings of Christ.

In Hebrew, the word translated ‘wife’ means women in general. The lesson here is that the single woman has to be ‘virtuous’ even before the marriage. She has her testimony as a woman of God even before her wedding day. She has learned to submit to older women. She is faithful in little things therefore she shall be promoted to the office of a wife (Lk 16:10-12). Marriage per se does not change a foolish woman into a wise one. No husband can change a foolish woman to become a virtuous wife. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of them who a willing to pay the price of rubies. Older spiritual women have a ministry to teach the younger ones how to be virtuous and godly (Titus 2:3-5). This is what I am trying to do right now. May God help me and you!

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

I am a virtuous woman of God!

My husband has found me and he has received favor from the Lord!

We are happily married!

I am a godly wife, mother and grandmother!

To the glory of God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

PRAISE REPORT

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“A baby elephant does not need to worry if he will be big. His parents are big, therefore he will be big”
“To be a princess, it is a matter of the heart. You do not need to prove that you are a princess by the way you dress. You do not need to over or under dress. Be yourself! Always remember who you are! You are a princess! And God be with you!

These are my husband’s words of encouragement to our daughters. He used to speak these words often, especially when they were children. Now, both of them are adults, married and with children. They are indeed royalty, because they are children of God. Praise the Lord!

“Then God added, “Regarding Sarai your wife—her name is no longer ‘Sarai’ but ‘Sarah’ (‘Princess’). And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and make her the mother of nations! Many kings shall be among your posterity.” (Gen 17:15, 16)