NIGERIA IS BORN AGAIN

“All the nations You have made will come and worship before You, Lord; they will bring glory to Your name” (Ps 86:9)

We came back to Nigeria yesterday evening. The country was still counting the votes for the election of the president. At the international airport things went smoothly. Less begging, greetings for money, manipulation or oppression. From the airport to the hotel we did not see any car or human being. The streets were deserted. It was quiet everywhere. in the past, men will fight on the streets causing confusion. We have a driver friend who comes to help us each time we need him. He told us that “if it is not for you oga, I could not have come”. He said that all people in Lagos feared violence that is why they stayed indoors. The fear of God was strong in the land. The next day at the domestic airport things went well too. No more pushing, jumping the line, quarreling or talking loudly. The plane to Warri was supposed to leave at 8 am. It was raining. I thought that we shall wait there for hours. That it is how it was in the past. Any excuse is good to break the law. But it left 8:15 without any incidents. In conclusion, coming back to Nigeria was much better, easier and better than in the past.

As I am written this note, the final winner of the election has not yet been announced. But God has answered our prayer for peace in the land. I feel that a demon, a territorial spirit has left Nigeria. We have been praying against the wicked evil spirit of Jezebel who keeps nations in bondage. Since yesterday I feel that the demon has lost its ground and has abandoned Nigeria. Spiritually speaking I felt a new sense of hope for this troubled country. Light is shining. I feel free. I live in Nigeria since 1980. I never felt so good, so proud, so happy to come home. In the past, men and women look foolish or fake on the TV. But now I saw a wisdom, humility, good healthy patriotism and a new sense of responsibility. Whoever they will announce as the winner of the elections, one thing is for sure: Things will be better because Nigeria is born again today! I believe therefore I have spoken! Blessings on all who pray for Africa, for the believers in Nigeria in particular! God bless Nigeria! Praise the Lord!!!!!!

TRAINING THE YOUNG

“And so train the young women to love their husbands and children” (Tit 2:4)

Yesterday was our last day in Houston (for now). I chose to spend it in our daughter’s kitchen. We went to buy groceries to cook Nigerian beef stew. Her husband asked her why are we not doing more ‘fun stuff’? I told him that reminding Jemine of the classical recipe for Nigerian stew is fun enough for me. The best way to teach cooking is to be practical: how many ‘tatashi’ pepper (American style) combined with hot pepper and tomatoes… how to fry them, not too much and not too little… If you are a Nigerian, you know what I mean…

To be ‘a far away mother’ is not easy. I can talk and pray with her on the phone but some things must be done face to face. Cooking stew, for example, must be done together, hands on, in the kitchen. The taste, the look, the smell, the color…all must be right. I don’t want her to miss the stew in my absence. I don’t want her to cook it in any other way. She was born in Nigeria and she should do it right. Thank God Matthew likes it too.

Then we talked some ‘deep’ things about marriage, children, church and life in general. Today I feel like a mother and I am happy. Thank You Lord Jesus! For the pleasure of simple things in life, for the gift of being a mother, a grandmother… For family and friends, when I can be myself and do what I want! Without apologies… I am grateful, Lord!

MANY PLANS AND ONE PURPOSE

“You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail”(PV 19:21)

We are almost at the end of our journey, for now… It is interesting for me to look back and analyze the trip in totality. We have prayed at the beginning that God should lead, provide, protect and be in charge. We had some needs and many wants. We needed to buy the ACs for our new sanctuary. That was a great project. We had some anxiety about the way we shall fulfill it in less than two weeks.

Looking back I can confirm these statements: God has indeed heard our prayer/ God has lead the way/ God has provided much more than our calculations/ God has given us supernatural favor with the dealers and shippers/ God had helped us with a deals than we could have imagined/ God helped us to finish the arrangements faster than we thought, giving us an allowance of four days to just rest and visit with the family/ God proved to us that anxiety was not necessary/ God proved to be our God/ God rewarded our faith in Him!

I love God! Not only I love Him but I really like God as a Person, a Friend! Human beings make many plans, hoping that one will be acceptable by God. The many plans bring confusion and anxiety when thinking about the success of a project. In contrast, God never makes many plans. He always has only one plan, to glorify Himself in our lives and circumstances. That is His purpose. He never repents, never changes. God never regrets anything! God can never be disappointed. His unique plan overrules the many petty plans we surround ourselves with, just to feel secure. God is sovereign and Almighty! He has all the resources and power to do all things, just for His pleasure. He then shares His joy with us! Our duty as children is to find out the ‘one purpose’ of God for our lives. Thru prayer and the study of the Word, God will graciously reveal His unique plan that never fails. All creation, all circumstances have to align with God’s perfect will. My strong desire is to stop making useless plans for myself, and to understand, to obey God’s unbeatable plan for my life and for my family. Then I walk in glory!
In Jesus name, amen!

NIGERIA REJOICES

“Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for He comes! He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness” (Ps 96:13)

Today Nigeria votes! A new head of state shall be chosen by the people!
I am a foreigner living in Nigeria. God sent me there to do His work! I am not a politician. I do not vote. But I can pray! And I shall rejoice! God is in control of Nigeria! Let God’s will be done, in Jesus name!

SELFISH EVIL ISOLATION

“One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment…An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment” (PV 18:1)

I just heard this sad story on the TV. A pilot deliberately crashed himself and the plane, killing more than 150 passengers. He was a young man of 27, training to become a professional pilot. Flying in the air he waited for his boss, the senior pilot, to go out of the cabin, possibly to the rest room. Then he locked himself in the cockpit and reprogrammed the plane to crash. His boss came back after few minutes and he was heard banging at the door to enter. But the co-pilot locked himself in and no one could open the door. They said he was suffering from depression but he hid his medical report from the airline company, for fear that he may be fired. He killed himself and all the passengers. So, so sad…

Spiritually speaking this was an attack from an evil spirit. The demon manifested itself as fear, depression, loneliness, isolation, selfishness, wickedness and rebellion. It finally manifested itself as a suicide evil spirit. This young man destroyed himself and all others because he gave the demon control over his mind and spirit. Our Lord said that the devil comes only to ‘kill, steal and destroy’ (Jn 10:10). Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft (1Sam 15:23). Alone in the cockpit, ignoring the knock at the door and the pleading of his boss to let him in, ignoring the screams of the passengers, he crashed the plane into the mountains. The doctors try now to find a solution for this madness. But the problem is more spiritual than medical. Here we see how the demon deceived him and the Airline staff. They all said he looked healthy and that he passed all the medical tests. They said that ‘flying was his hobby and he was happiest when in the air’.

As you can see, selfish isolation from the Body of Christ and unfriendliness are sinful. These are some serious questions for us all…are you under attack from evil spirits of fear, confusion, loneliness, depression? Do you have a tendency to isolate yourself from people? Are you unfriendly? Do you dislike or hate your boss, your pastor, your teacher, your elders or your parents? Do you dream or imagine death, suicide or horror scenes? Did you go to any shrine to partake from native medicines? Do false prophets prophesied negative things to you?

Then pray and ask God Almighty for help, in the name of Jesus! It is not too late! Do not be ashamed or afraid to pray! There is salvation, healing and deliverance in the name of Jesus! There is hope, peace and joy in the name of Jesus! Do not ‘die in silence’! Pray!!! Resist and rebuke the devil, in the name of Jesus! He will flee from you! And God will answer you in your time of need!
Hear me, in Christ, there is hope, my friend!

SEEK GOD FIRST

“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides” (Mt 6:33;AMP)

Yesterday we went to the shipper. I saw a Nigerian lady there. She was dressed in the nursing uniform. She was waiting to send some foodstuffs to her mum in Nigeria. She looked tired and sad. I just took the opportunity and went to her. I introduced myself, telling her I live in Warri. She was very surprised. I then asked her what is her prayer request, what does she want God to do for her. She told me she has been in the US for the part twenty years. She did not go home for a long time. Her dad died last year. She felt guilty for not being around. Her mum is old. But now, she has made up her mind to finally go back to Nigeria this year. Her husband is already there, trying to finish their house in Owerri.

She was worried about the transition, the lack of money to go back and start a new life there. I then quoted Matthew 6:33 to her. She suddenly started weeping saying…’oh, I just forgot this scripture…it is so good to be reminded of the Word of God…thank you ma’m for reminding me of the truth…yes, I will go back to the Bible and seek God afresh, serve Him more…then the money will come…I am so relived now that my priorities are right…so easy…thank you again, Ma…’

You can see the power of the anointing and the spoken Word! The Word of God heals the broken hearts and brings light in the darkest hour! May you have more courage to speak it out to people, even to the strangers God brings your way! May you allow the Holy Spirit to remind you of the Rhema Word today! May you apply the a Word of God to your situation! May the Word of God revive and refresh your spirit today! In Jesus name, amen!

WALK BY FAITH

“Do not fear what they fear and do not dread it.
The Lord Almighty is the One you are to regard as holy,
He is the one you are to fear,
He is the one you are to dread” (Is 8:12, 13)

The walk of faith is peculiar to the born again believer. There is some anxiety connected with it. For example, when we came here to buy the ACs for the church, it was not an easy trip. You can’t call it a relaxing vacation. The reason is that we cannot afford to make any mistakes. The money belongs to God. The sanctuary belongs to a God. The ACs are not toys; they are big expensive things. We are not engineers. We needed to depend on the Holy Spirit all the way: Where to go, what to buy, how much to spend… We are not in charge. God is! This anxiety (or fear) based on faith and prayer is healthy. It just stretches us to trust God for miracles, for greater things, much more than we could have planed by our power. This fear is good!

Then there is another type of fear. It is of the world, of the flesh. It is the fear men experience when they plan things by themselves hoping that God will approve of them. It is the fear when men go ahead to provide for themselves, using their own power or wisdom. They assume that they are in charge. This worldly fear comes when walking by sight and not by faith. This anxiety is toxic and poisonous. It ends in depression, high blood pressure and other diseases. This fear is bad!

So you see, you cannot live this life on earth completely free from anxiety. The question is this: what type of fear is your companion? The fear of The Lord, the desire to please Him? That is the only clean pure and healthy fear. All the rest, you should reject them thru prayer. ‘For God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power love and sound mind’ (2Tim 1:7).

This is our testimony: we walk by faith! By the grace of God we bought the best ACs in the market at the lowest price in the market. This can only be God! Please, give God all the glory!

In Christ I declare:
I fear God! I fear to grieve the Holy Spirit!
I desire to please God! I love God!
I fear no devils, men or circumstances!
I am free!
In Jesus name
Amen!