GOD MEANS GOOD FOR ME

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Gen 50:20)

The story of Joseph in the Old Testament is one of my all times favorites. If I feel somehow low, I read it again and each time God speaks to me thru it. You know the story… I will not repeat it again. One thing that stroke me recently it is how much God was in charge of everything that was happening with Joseph. This is called the doctrine of the providence of God. It is defined as God guiding and sustaining all human beings on earth, in charge of their destinies. This is actively done by God, if men acknowledge and pray to Him or not.

The scripture above is what Joseph told his brothers, after they reconciled at last. He tells them that all the while it was God working behind the scenes. They ‘meant’ it for evil but God ‘meant’ it for good. God is the only Person who can change evil into good. We read these words and stand in awe… God ‘meant it’? It means that the story of Joseph, his pains and his gains were not a product of chance. No! God ‘meant it’ to be so! In Hebrew, this word means to think, to plot, to plan something and to weave it in the fabric of life. It means to imagine, to purpose, to conceive and invent. The purpose of God was to highly bless Joseph and to make him the savior of his family. Out of this family Christ came later. This family had to be saved! The word God here is Elohim. This is God’s name as it appears in Genesis, the Creator; the One who makes something out of nothing. The conclusion is that Elohim imagines and creates all men for His glory and pleasure!

Dear Child of God, relax and worship God!  One thing is clear: you are not the product of accident! Even if you do not know you parents, even if you are sick or troubled… Your pains, successes and failures shall one day have a meaning! These shall be revealed to be part of a bigger whole, like a rainbow after the rain, on the sky, weaved on into a tapestry of original beauty only God can do! One day all things about you shall make sense! God’s sense! For His glory alone!  Why don’t you start praising God right now?

PRAISING THE WOMEN OF GOD

“A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised!” (PV31:30)

As a girl, I always dreamed to be happily married. For me, prostitution or marriage for money was the worst nightmare. I pitied the women who wasted their lives, who never knew true love. After I became born again, my dreams came true at all levels. As a young (and unbelieving) bride, I loved my husband with all my heart (that should be about 42 years ago). But I lacked the power to make my love eternal, to give it spiritual value. Christ did that for me, for us… It is still a great passion for me to be a woman of God. I now have the privilege to mentor younger ones. I still pray for revival, for the strength to love my family (natural and spiritual) as Christ loves the church. Over the years I discovered many treasures in the Bible, how to fulfill my dreams as a wife, mother and now as a grandmother. The following I gladly share with you:

The wise woman is first of all a spiritual blessing to her family. She fulfills this ministry by being a student and a doer of the Word of God. Wisdom is the skill to apply the knowledge of the Word of God in daily living. The wise woman is a practical Christian. She has visible fruits of her commitment to God. She is totally surrendered to God. She is a woman of prayer. She loves God, her family and God’s house. She faithfully attends her local church activities and pays the price for ministry. Her children know without any shadow of doubt, that mummy loves to go to church and pray.

She is a humble and a virtuous woman who has gained her husband’s total trust. That is a great achievement! She is modest in her choice of clothes, rejecting any appearance of evil. She is confident of the power and beauty of holiness. Her spirit is quiet and humble but also free and adventurous in the safe perfect path of God. She is a grateful woman, full of thanksgiving to God, for all the gifts and blessings, for her marriage and for her family. She is industrious and confident that God has blessed the work of her hands. She makes profit from her trade and she invests in new opportunities. Her business expands. She works a little and she makes great profit for God leads her in all her decisions.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is manifesting in her. She combines them all: love and self-control, patience and joy and kindness… Her speech reveals the content of her heart. On her tongue there is the law of kindness and grace. She speaks the Word of God to her husband, prays and prophesies over him. She chooses her words. She is wise with the timing, when to speak and when to keep silent. She makes the preaching of the Gospel attractive to her family so that they never feel bored when listening to her.

One of her greatest achievements in life is to be happily married. Not for a show, not to impress others, but really happily married, inside out, day and night, in sickness and health… A happily married couple is a proof that, with the help of God, you can live a life of fulfilment on earth. Fruitfulness promised can be achieved! A godly happy couple is God’s masterpiece. They are a picture of the eternal holy and romantic love story between Christ and His church. O, how I love Jesus, for He first loved me…

This is my prayer:

May you be such a woman!

May you be such a couple!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

EVANGELISM IN SCHOOL

This is a chat between young sister in Christ and me. She is a student in University. She is a committed Christian, born again and Spirit filled. She is involved in her fellowship in school. By reading these words, young people (and all of us) may learn something good. Read and be blessed! Love in Christ alone, Malia

Sister T: Good evening Malia. I love for others to know the love of Christ, that I now know . In school where I am now, there are a lot of people with issues but don’t know any way out . I know of three girls who drink, smoke and party (there are a lot more like them in my hostel alone). I was getting a little bit fond of one of them , My desire was to somehow help her come to the Lord, but one time I felt like I shouldn’t be too close to her or spend time with her like I used to, I believe its Holy Spirit’s way of telling me to mind my discussions(since she talks in a manner and language that is not descent or pure) with this particular person . I feel I should tell these girls about Christ without sounding like am forcing them or in a way that seems scary. The truth is I desire that everyone around me know Jesus but don’t know where to start. Sometimes I feel too quiet and even invincible. The preaching on evangelism makes me realize I have to reach out to people, but I only get very few chances to say something about Jesus. Though I know my life can be a ministry to people around me

Malia: Your life in general, your attitude to people and things is the best way to evangelize. Then people are attracted to you as flies to the light. Do not evangelize without this holy attraction manifested. Words are good but actions must back them.

Sister T: I probably should focus on living for Jesus, than on the faults around me.

Malia: Yes! Focus on Jesus! Offer yourself as a living sacrifice! Let the Holy Spirit totally change you in the midst of the people. That mighty change is very attractive. People will come to you and ask the reason for this change. That door of favor has to be opened. Do not preach behind closed doors!

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, (1Pet 3:15)

Be ready does not mean to preach to everybody. You are a holy prepared vessel, ready to speak only when the Holy Spirit has prepared the way to the listener!

Sister T: Yes. The Holy Spirit should prepare the way! Not me! Thank you for your love and prayers!

Malia: That’s it! To God be the glory!

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19)

WISDOM BUILDS THE HOUSE

“The wise woman builds her house…” (PV 14:1)

Since I got saved, my strong desire is to be a woman of God, a godly wife, mother and grandmother. I am ready to pay the price to obtain this crown of glory. These are few of the wisdom pearls I found, as I dive daily in the ocean of God’s Eternal Word.

A wise wife will help her husband to cleave to her. She is sensitive about the unity of the Spirit and she fights anything that breeches it. She prays and yields her body to achieve total sexual compatibility and marriage fulfillment. She cooperates with her husband’s desire for sexual intimacy. Her bed is ‘a holy ground’, a pure gift from God, totally fenced against the outside world. The wise woman has her priorities right. Her relationship with God is always first. She pays the price for a quality time to study God‘s Word and to pray. She seeks God’s will for her life and diligently goes ahead fulfilling it. Her second priority is her marriage. She knows that it is God’s gift and ministry to her. She prays for her husband. She encourages him to fulfill his destiny too. She helps him in all areas where help is needed. She is a good listener, she loves him, forgives him, challenges him and she makes him laugh. Next to Jesus, she is his best friend.

The third priority is her children. She knows that they are entrusted to them by God. She reads the Bible to them even when they are babes. She prays with them and for them. She preaches to them until they discover the reality of God for themselves. She encourages them to serve God. She brings them to church. When they become adults she joyfully releases them into the hands of God and becomes their spiritual mentor for the remaining days of her life. Lastly, just like the wise virgins, she is a woman who intimately knows the third Person of the Trinity. She is filled and lead by the Holy Spirit. She is not afraid of the future for her store is filled with the oil of the Spirit of life. As her light continue to shine before her family, the darkness of this world is defeated. She makes spiritual progress and she is quietly confident of her eternal reward from God.
“A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised!” (PV31:30).

PRAYER REQUEST

Pastor Leigh and I are invited to attend the birthday party of a man who shall be 80 years old. The children want my husband to preach to all the invited guests. Their dad was a very successful man in his business. He was a religious man in the past, but never born again. He has not gone to any church for more than 40 years. Right now, he says that he is spiritually ‘neutral’. All the children are born again. They have been fasting and praying that on his birthday, their dad will surrender his life to Christ. Please pray that a supernatural door of faith shall be opened that day so that the Gospel shall produce fruit in this man’s heart and in the lives of all who believe that day. Please pray that Pastor Leigh shall be granted utterance by the Holy Spirit, that his words shall be fire and the people shall be ‘the wood’. Pray that Jesus Christ shall be glorified that day! Thank you dear intercessors! God bless you! In Jesus name, amen!

“Even to your old age I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save” (Is 46:4)

MY SONG THIS SEASON

“The Lord is my Shepherd;

I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake” (Ps 23:1-3)

This is the song of the sheep. It is never the song of a goat, or of a wolf. It is always the sheep. Jesus is my Shepherd. I am His Sheep. This is just a little glimpse from our hearts bonded together.

The sheep needs her shepherd. The sheep cannot find green grass to eat, clean water to drink or a good place in the shadow to rest. The shepherd goes ahead to find the trusted path of life, peace and prosperity. The sheep needs to be reminded of a good rest, lying down in ‘green pastures’. If not she will run and run in circles or sleep standing on her feet. The shepherd makes the sheep ‘to lie down in green pastures’. This is the picture of a beautiful home where she can settle down. A hotel is beautiful but you can only settle in your own home. Green pastures are signs of springtime, of a new beginning, the birth of a new season. The shepherd leads on, tests and proves the right path. The waters are still and quiet, a settled spot of a happy relationship, a happy marriage.

I feel comfortable in my own skin; I desire nothing else than what it is offered to me by my Good Shepherd.  My soul is restored by Him, for I am fed with the best seeds. I produce fruits. The field is beautiful because I am in bloom. I know that I am safe. I have no guilt to just be me. My hidden desires, the remembrance of my special dreams of long ago, things I could not tell men on earth, come to the surface, easily, flowing like oil on my head…

I look at Him… The shepherd nodes His head and says: ‘You can have those, the desires of your heart are yours now…’ ‘Mine Lord?’ ‘Yes, yours…’ I am afraid to ask but still I do: ‘All of them Lord?’ ‘Yes, all of them…’

I now receive… I joyfully accept my portion… I believe it is mine… No need to explain or preach about it…

It feels so good…

Now I know that forever and ever I shall not want, fail, go lower, decrease, demote or die. My path goes upwards, closer to the House of the Lord where I shall dwell forever.

THE LIFTER OF MINE HEAD

“Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head” (Ps 3:2, 3)

This is a Psalm of David, written at the lowest time on his life. His son Absalom rebels against him and takes over the kingdom. To protect Jerusalem from bloodshed, David makes the hasty decision to abandon the city and the palace. He runs away with some few faithful people. This is an unexpected time of pain, when his enemies have ‘increased’. A man prepares himself for battle from outside enemies, but when betrayal happens from inside, it is always unexpected and most painful.

This is the story: Absalom has ‘stolen the hearts of the people of Israel’ (1 Sam 15:6). Almost everybody followed the handsome, young and flashy Absalom. Most people decamped and joined the rebellion. It was now fashionable to be rebellious. Faithfulness became a thing of the past. Who needed David on the throne, an old grey haired king, bent over and with rheumatic pains? Two generations now claim the crown? Who shall win? Who knows the future? It is only God who knows it and He is yet to reveal the winner.

The enemy is confident that ‘there is no help for Him in God’. The word translated ‘help’ is ‘Joshua’. The devil says that Jesus has abandoned David. Ca that be possible? Can Jesus help a loser? Can Jesus help old King David? The answer is yes, He can and He will! For God is the covenant-keeping God, the faithful God! Please observe what a true worshiper does. Lear from David! Selah! In the midst of this terrible trial, David draws closer to God. He remembers that God is his God! He knows that God is the Best he has, the Glory, the Shield and the Lifter of his head. God has promoted him from shepherd to king. That same God is able to keep him on the throne until he dies. No man can demote him. Outside his beautiful palace, David now sleeps now outside, on the rocky ground. But God sustains him and he sleeps well. Supernaturally, he is free from all fears. He does not know the end of the story, but one thing he knows: he is not alone! God is with him in all circumstances of life.

At last, Absalom’s rebellion is quenched. The evil prince is dead. The teeth of the ungodly, of the wicked and evil men are broken. The viper has no more teeth and no more poison. It is crushed unto the feet of the winner. God always destroys rebellion!  Someone gave this good advice: ‘Do not use your trials as a microscope, to look closer at yourself. But use your trials as a telescope, to gaze at God’. This is the conclusion of the matter: God can never lose any battle. If you are a child of God, you too can never lose! Let me make it more personal: I really pity my enemies. They can never win against me! For God is with me! If this is the only thing I know from my Bible, then I know my Bible well!

Be encouraged child of God! God is greater than your trials, pains, disappointments, sickness, barrenness, poverty, rejection and all!  The number of the enemies is not important. ‘One with God is in majority’- said Mary Slessor, a missionary to Nigeria. God will not always prevent trials, but He will deliver you from them all! Have faith! God has the last say in all human affairs. God will help you at the break of the day! The story is not over! No man can demote the one who God promotes! If God has opened a door for you, no man or devil can shut it! Put all your trust in God, for there is still hope! May the Lifter of your head speak at this hour on your behalf! For His glory and honor! In Jesus name, amen!

ONE TO ANOTHER

The Bible teaches us to do good, to relate well and love others, especially the brethren in Christ. The combination of words “One to another” appears 8 times in the New Testament. We are commanded to: Love, Receive, Encourage, Serve, Be Kind and Compassionate, Forgive, Bear, Submit and Offer Hospitality to one another. This is the language of sacrificial love. Our Lord Jesus Christ is our example! May the Holy Spirit convict us of sin if we ignore these commands! For obedience is better than sacrifice! Singing: “Bind us together Lord, Bind us together with cords that cannot be broken…Bind us together in love!”

“A new commandment I give to you, that you LOVE one another; as I have loved you, that you also LOVE one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have LOVE for one another.” (Jn 13:34, 35)

“Therefore RECEIVE (accept) one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God” (Rom 15:7)

“Therefore ENCOURAGE one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1Thess 5:11)

“SERVE one another humbly in love” (Gal 5:13)

“BE KIND and COMPASSIONATE to one another, FORGIVING each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Eph 4:32)

“BEAR with each other and FORGIVE one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Col 3:13)

“SUBMITTING yourselves one to another in the fear of God” (Eph 5:22)

“Offer HOSPITALITY to one another without grumbling” (1Pet 4:9)

THE GATE SPEAKS AT LAST

“And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that… Ruth the Moabites… I have acquired as my wife… You are witnesses this day… And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses”… So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son” (Ru 4:9, 10, 13)

Many young men and women pray for a happy marriage. They are believers but many make mistakes and imitate the world. They dream of that day when they are able to announce to the public that they are engaged and plan to marry. They dream of their wedding day. For them, that day marks the height of their happiness…Or so they think…

But in the Bible we see that all good visible things, all public rewards start with a hidden root in Christ. That holy invisible root has been growing in the ground of the Spirit for many years. In the first three Chapters of the Book of Ruth, we see her life story as a faithful, kind, submissive, obedient and hard working woman. She suffered much but kept her new found faith in Jehovah. In Chapter four her quiet testimony becomes public. The proposal for the marriage is done by Boaz at the City Gate. This is a peculiar place. It is the most public place in the city. It is the gate where the elders gather to discuss all important events in the community. It is the Gate of Judgment and revelation of Grace. Ruth’s life story is now displayed before all men in Bethlehem. Boaz pleads her case knowing that she has a good testimony with all the people.

How many times has Ruth passed thru this gate! Each day in the morning and evening she passed thru this gate to go outside the city and work in the fields, for her daily bread. The Gate is a witness to her pains, labors and faithfulness. Jesus also said that all good deeds done in private shall be rewarded openly in the presence of all the people (Mt 6:4).

Do you want to marry well? True and lasting romance starts long before the engagement day. It begins in the hidden place of prayer, commitment and humble service to God and men. The road to happy marriage is soaked in prayer. That narrow holy road will end at the Gate! Jesus said ‘I am the Gate of the Sheep’ (Jn 10:7). The Gate shall speak for you at last!

PETITION GRANTED

“Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him” (1Sam 1:17)

Hannah is a sorrowful woman. She has a good husband who loves her. She has ‘a good life’. But without children, she is not complete. We are created to be fruitful, to give glory to God. Bareness is painful and shameful.

Her enemies are many. Her mate provokes her daily. She is called ‘an adversary’. In Hebrew the word means to provoke, to push to the wall, to oppress or to shut up someone in a cage. That is what Peninah did to Hannah with her words and attitude. The reaction was anger, frustration and depression. The second enemy was her husband. Though a good man, he misunderstands his wife. He does not get it why his wife insists to have a son to please God. Lastly, God is her ‘enemy’. God ‘shuts up’ her womb. It seems that Hannah wants to please God by giving Him a boy, a man of God to serve Him. But God does not accept her offering.

What can Hannah do? Her name means the Grace of God. Hannah goes to God! She weeps and she refuses to be comforted by men. One day, while still at Shiloh, she arises from the pool or tears and goes alone before the God of Israel, the same God who shut her womb and her future. She prays, she worships and she makes a vow. The high priest Eli pronounces blessings upon her in the name of Lord. This is the grace of God! Hannah gets up from that place a different woman. She knows that she has prayed through! She touched the grace of God! Her problems, her pain became a prayer and her prayer will become her praise. This is the secret: Her burden of sorrow is lifted as she spends time in prayer. In the presence of God there is fullness of joy! The sorrow became supplication and supplication became her song!

Our problems, if they come from the devil or even from God, are not supposed to destroy us. These come to drive us to God, to the place of prayer, intimacy, worship and communion. Saints all over the world testify to the Grace of God, to the light shining in the darkness, to strength perfected in weakness, to healing, to sudden refreshing, to revival, to a great inspiration coming in the middle of boredom, to miracles and breakthrough. Remember that we do not merit miracles! It is the Grace of God revealing Christ Crucified and Resurrected! Be encouraged! May the story and the testimony of Hannah, the Grace of God, be your portion today!

In Christ I declare:

I am encouraged!

I have peace!

God has granted my petition!

My miracle has come!

I shall testify to the Grace of God upon my life!

To the glory of God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

PRAY FOR MARRIAGE (2)

“Give honor to marriage” (Heb 13:4).

This is a comment I received from a young sister who read the previous letter. She is also a young beautiful woman of God, in university right now. I confirm that she is a committed born again believer; she chose sexual abstinence until her wedding day. She is involved in her school fellowship. Her parents attend our church. We chat quite often so I am able to confirm that she is a child of God. I believe that her response will encourage many young singles like her!

“Good evening Malia.
I read your post today about your conversation with a girl about praying for a godly marriage. I was encouraged as well. My mom always told me and my siblings to pray for our future spouse, but honestly there were times I didn’t want to pray I felt like there wasn’t any need ,and that I had better things to do and think about than praying to get married. But now I see differently, I no longer see marriage as something that will tie me down from being all God created me to be. If anything I desire to marry a godly man who I will partner with in serving God. I also realize young women like myself need mentors to teach them how to be godly women and am glad I have you in my life, you are a good example of a godly wife and mother ,and I have learnt so much from you”

My answer to her:
Dear …
This is the Word of God: “Give honor to marriage” (Heb 13:4). In Greek, the word ‘honor’ means to evaluate something as very costly, something that is dear to your body and soul, something that will increase your reputation. This command is to all people, male and female, young and old, singles and married. To refuse to pray about your future marriage means to disobey the Command of God and to refuse to give the proper value to something so expensive. That means by not praying for your marriage, you cheat yourself. That is what the devil wants you to do.

Your idea that you have ‘better things to do than to pray for marriage’ is taken from the world. In particular it is the influence of the feminists who serve the Jezebel seducing spirit. You need to pray, first of all, that God will open your eyes to see any connection with such spirit and the need for possible deliverance. Then you shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, with peace and joy as a proof. After you do all these, then you start praying for your future husband. God will answer your prayer in His own time and His own way. Please remember that next to your relationship with God is the relationship you have with yourself. Next to that, on the third place, as priorities in life, is marriage. Now you see that you need to invest in your future with specific prayers.
Lastly let me say this: I know that you are a committed believer, a young woman of God and I declare that you shall be a happily married wife and mother one day! Keep in touch. I wish you well.
Love in Christ alone,
Malia

PRAISE REPORT

JOY OVERFLOW
“Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy]” (Rom 12:15; AMP)

This note is from a sister in our church. She and her husband started a very simple life some years ago. She did not found a good job so she decided to use her ‘hobby’ to earn a living. She started very small but now she is a ‘professional’ hair dresser. Their marriage was difficult at the beginning, probably because of finances. But they decided to be committed believers and never miss church activities. They are now an example of a happily married couple. After many years of struggling, the husband got a good paying job off shore. They have two beautiful children. She has been praying for a breakthrough, spiritually and financially. God is answering her prayers.
This is a good letter. I rejoice with her.

God is blessing His people who faithfully serve Him, in all situations. Dear Child of God, if you struggle financially or in any other area of your life, be encouraged today! God loves you! God knows all about your struggles. You shall mature thru them all, become stronger spiritually. God will answer your prayers much more than you imagine! Just be ready to give God all the glory for the blessings sent to you! In Jesus name, amen!

“Malia!!! Good morning Ma! God has done it again-o, About 4 weeks ago my hubby said he thinks we should move to a little bigger place before we start building our own house. I knew this was God because that’s what you told me long ago and I didn’t tell him cos the kind of place I wanted has to be a ‘landlord’s’ kind place as in no struggle for parking space…and plenty other things and that’s what God gave us, even more that we have imagined. Long story short… Malia, within four day that my husband came on off duty, we’ve found a much bigger place than we planned for. It’s much cheaper than normal, We didn’t even have all d money but landlord said we can move in till we can pay balance. Also he said rent will start from May and we paid in March. I am writing this message from my big bed room with a “walk-in closet” which I told my husband it’s a message that we not stop praying. I give God all the glory! PRAISE THE LORD!!!”

I HAVE SEEN THE LORD

“Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” (Jn 20:18)

This morning we had a wonderful Resurrection service in the church. The anointing of the Holy Spirit was so strong that we almost could touch Jesus, feel His breath on our cheeks. I read long ago that Jesus was one of three Ls. He could be a Liar, a Lunatic or He is indeed the Lord! What do you believe?

His promises were so great that He could have been a Liar; in fact, the biggest Liar in the world. He gave men hopes beyond their imagination. Can you imagine telling them He is going to heaven, not to America or Japan, but to heaven!!! He also said that going there He will prepare mansions for them to stay with Him forever. That could be called a ‘heavenly’ lie, the greatest of all inflated stories. Is Jesus a Liar? Or Jesus could be a Lunatic, a crazy man. He sees things that are not real and confuses imagination with reality. That makes Him a very dangerous man you should avoid. Many think this way…I use to think like that for many years. That is why I ran away from the Bible or anything religious. But if Jesus is not a Liar and is not a Lunatic, then He is the Lord! For only God could promise peace, joy, forgiveness of sins, eternal life and resurrection power and keep His Word to deliver them!

We see Mary weeping at the Tomb. The heavy stone was rolled away and the body of her Lord was missing. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Mary thought that it was a bad thing. That is how we think when miracles happen… Jesus appeared to her and she thought he was the Gardener. Then He called her by name: ‘Mary…’ She fell at His feet worshiping thru tears. He sends her to His disciples, to tell them what her eyes saw and what her hands have touched. Jesus is Lord indeed! She runs to Peter and breathing heavily says… ”I have seen the Lord…” This is a wonderful miracle. A former prostitute is now in the same class with the great Prophet Isaiah. That is the grace of God! That is the light people have seen walking in darkness. That is the power of the Gospel we preach!

Dear Child of God, fear not! Your Father in Heaven is the only Living God! Christ is raised from the dead! The Holy Spirit is given to testify to this miracle! Jesus is alive! Jesus is Lord!

“He arose, He arose,

Hallelujah, Christ arose!

He proved to be my Victory!

There rose a Lamb in Jerusalem”

I LOVE YOU LORD

“He brought me to the banqueting house and his banner over me was love” (SS 2:4)

There is not much I can say than this: God’s presence was in our midst. There is none like Him!

At the beginning of the prayer meeting we sensed that our praises were ‘chained’. We felt tired and heavy. Led by the Holy Spirit we did warfare and rejected any contrary evil spirit that tried to creep in our midst.  In particular: the evil spirits of religion, fear, doubt, untimely death, ‘home-trouble’, chronic diseases… We then destroyed any evil spell placed on us and on our families. At the end of the warfare we praised God once more. The same songs, but this time it was much stronger. This time the praise ‘worked’. It was so much better. Then we went into the Holy of Holies. We sought God in worship. We stood in glory. We called God by His names. We beheld the Lamb of God, Christ Crucified. We touched the Cross, stained by the Blood of Jesus. We proclaimed our eternal love to the Lord. We said “I love You Lord Jesus…” a thousand times. It was indeed a wonderful time with the Lord.

If you do not understand what I am saying, if my words are foolishness to you, I am sorry…I cannot help you…You need to be filled with the Holy Spirit…

But if you understand my words, even a little… blessed are you, come…let’s walk together…be my friend, my brother, my sister… Let’s worship the Lord Jesus Christ! Let’s crown Him with many crowns! Jesus who died is now glorified; He is King of all kings!  Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

PROPHETIC WORD

MOVE TOWARDS THE LIGHT
This is a prophetic Word given during our women fellowship this evening:
“There is a cloud of thick darkness blocking your way, hindering your progress! It seems that nothing is happening… Fear not! Pass through this darkness, to the other side, where the light shines! Over there, light waits for you! Light will not come to you but you have to walk towards it! Seek the light and you shall find it! This is not the time to doubt, to be lazy…Walk on! Put on foot in front of the other! Go on! Do not rest, do not stop! Move on! Are you not seeing it? Surely, there is light at the end of your tunnel! There you shall find your blessing, your healing, your deliverance, your reward! In Jesus name, amen!”

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned… Who among you fears the LORD and obeys His servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God” (Is 9:2; 50:10)

WISDOM BUILDS

‘The wise woman builds her house” (PV 14:1).
We have just ended our women’ fellowship in the church. It was very good. We praised God and prayed. We shared testimonies of God’s power and goodness. I preached from Proverbs 31, what it means to be a virtuous woman of God. We then prayed for God to help us fulfill destiny.

I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a pastor. I counsel many women who have different problems. I pray with them. I rejoice when they rejoice and I feel sad when they weep. But to all I say this: trust God and not man! Trust God and not yourself, not your intelligence or beauty. Examine your faith! Be sure that you are born again and Spirit filled! That is the sure foundation for true eternal success, if you are single or married. If you are just religious, you shall be disappointed in God, for He will not give you the same attention as He gives to His children. The hope and joy of your marriage depends on your spiritual standing. Lust is a sandy foundation and the building will surely collapse one day. No prayer can save such a house. But true love never fails. Future trials, sickness, health, riches, poverty or the test of time, all these and more shall not be able to destroy true love and true faith. Be a wise woman! Be a virtuous woman! Be a woman of God indeed! Let men see only Christ in you!

May these words stir revive your spirit! May these words draw you towards God, to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth! May these words ignite in you a desire to have a godly marriage and a blessed home! In Jesus name, amen!

WHICH ONE IS YOUR CROWD?

“Now it happened, the day after that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region” (Lk 7:11-17)

This is the first time that our Lord raises the dead. The name of the village is Nain. It means ‘green pastures, lovely and beautiful’. But this same village with a beautiful name experienced great sadness that day. The only son of a widow died. Possibly, she was a rich and famous woman in that village. But death visited her home twice; the first time it took away her husband and now her only son. This is a tragedy. The young man died. Death does not care if you weep or not. Death is an enemy. Men are helpless in situations like these.

Can anyone help the helpless? Yes! It is the Lord Jesus Christ. He died that men may live! The only Son of God gives life to the only son of a widow. What an encounter…The miracle of resurrection brings the fear of God upon the people. They worship God instantly. No one witnesses a genuine miracle and still remains the same. The compassion of our Lord is reveled in this miracle. This is a new thing manifested on earth: Life and love is stronger than death! Proud, unbeatable Death now bows and falls defeated! When Jesus comes to the scene, things are never the same! O, how I love Jesus…

There are two crowds in this story: the first one follows Jesus, the Author of life, the Light of the world and the Source of all miraculous power. They have faith, hope, peace and joy. The second crowd follows the widow whose only son died. It is called ‘the city crown’. These people follow death, darkness, hopelessness, pain and sorrow. This is a good question: where are you in this story? Who do you follow? Which one is your crowd? It is not enough to quietly wish to follow Jesus. You must do it practically! The question still remains: do you indeed follow the Prince of Peace? Are you a disciple of Christ? Jesus said that if you desire to follow Him, you must deny yourself daily, take up your cross and follow Him! O, how I wish you belong to the right crowd…

In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I follow Jesus!
I walk on the royal way of the Cross that leads to eternal life and heaven!
I am sure of it!
In Jesus name
Amen!

Nain in Israel

In the picture:

NAIN IN ISRAEL
This is the little town called Nain (or Nein) in Israel as it is today. It is an Arab town. It is is near Mount Tabor in south Galilee. This is where Jesus raised to life the widow’s son (Lk 7:11-17). If you have never visited Israel, then pray that God will give you the opportunity and the resources. You should go there and see these places by yourself!