THE PRAYER AND PROMISE OF JESUS

“Those You have given Me I guarded and protected, and not one of them has perished or is lost” (Jn 17:12; AMP)

This is the testimony of Jesus Christ hours before He died: He did not lose any of His children (except Judas, who is called ‘the son of perdition’, to prove that the Scripture is true!).

Child of God, Fear not! The Lord will not lose you! Your name is written in the palm of His hand! Your salvation is sure and eternal! Rest in His love! Rejoice always! Worship God! It is well with your soul!

TOMORROW’S TROUBLE OVERCOME

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Mt 6:34)

All unbelievers worry about things they cannot control. And they can control nothing. This is God’s law: Nobody can control his future. God designed life in such a way that tomorrow always remains hidden in mystery. We need to live one day at a time. We pray for our ‘daily bread’. Today is the day of salvation! Tomorrow is not my property! Let me seek and find God today!

We are commanded to refuse to worry about tomorrow. This is God’s command. Jesus does not beg us to obey. He does not suggest obedience to us. He is the Captain of our salvation and we have to obey. Say this: ‘Yes, Sir! Yes, Lord!’ To refuse to permit anxiety to enter, that is a choice. It is also an effort. It is natural to worry. It is supernatural not to worry. You need the help of the Holy Spirit! To refuse to worry about tomorrow is a great achievement!

This is how God made this world: You can’t see the problems of tomorrow. So you can’t prepare for them in particular. The only preparation you can make is to feed daily on the Word of God, to increase your store of faith. Then you are ready for any trouble when it comes. The investment and insurance of the Word of God is the best of all! It never fails!

When good things come, rejoice! That is easy! When trouble comes, also rejoice! This is because God is never taken by surprise. God always has a plan. Pray and seek God’s purpose in that trouble. Great treasures shave been found in trash cans. With God, the present trouble becomes a testimony that will give glory to God, will put the devil to shame and will encourage many. They who have suffered and overcame their trouble by faith in God, these are the true champions of encouragement. Be an overcomer! Be an encourager!

As for me, long ago I made up my mind to study and obey God’s Word. I apply the Word daily to the best of my knowledge and strength. I declare that I shall be found to be an obedient child and a faithful servant of God! By the grace of God, when trouble comes, I arrest it and I defeat it. I make trouble to work for me! I am impressed how troubles serve me so well! I live like there is no tomorrow! I rejoice daily! The grace of God today is sufficient for me to find fulfillment, purpose and happiness. I do not need to travel, to lose weight, to buy new clothes, to change my circumstances or to adjust my dreams. Right now (1:40pm), right here (Warri, Nigeria), just as I am, I praise my God ‘from whom all blessings flow’! That is the end of the matter! Praise the Lord!

FOLLOW JESUS

“Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (Jn 10:25-27)

In Greek, the word translated ‘church’ is ‘ecclesia’. It means to call out someone by name. In other words, the members of the Body of Christ are people who are ‘called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light’. The church on earth is a mixed multitude. Some are the true believers, called by God. Others have called themselves. These are the false believers. Jesus used a parable to describe the true believers as sheep and the religious unbelievers as goats. For a long time these groups of people look identical. But with time, as they mature, you shall see the difference. The true believers produce the fruit of the Spirit; they truly love God and one another. The false believers do not love anybody except themselves. You shall be deeply disappointed if you deal with them.

I remember something from my childhood that helps me understand this ‘holy calling’. As children, each summer, my sister and I went to spend our vacation in the villages of our grandparents. Things were very different than the city life we used to know. For example, early in the morning, a particular man comes down the street and loudly calls different names. At the beginning I thought that they were people. Later I discovered that he was calling the cows. Each household had cows. Each morning they are follow this man to the fields of green grass. In the evening they come back again. The cows that know his voice are always ready early in the morning, restless, waiting and making noise behind the gate. As soon as the gate is open, they happily go out and follow the shepherd. But I discovered that some cows continue to sleep inside. They do not hear the man’s voice and do not follow the rest cows. I was very surprised to discover that. This is a true story.

Now, these are some very serious destiny questions:
Do you know the voice of Jesus? Do you hear your Savior calling you, to wake up from sleep and follow Him, in the journey of eternal life? Or are you sleeping the sleep of hunger and death? Are you lead moment by moment by the Spirit of Christ? Are you ready to follow the Lord every day? Do you love Jesus and the fellowship of the brethren?

As for me: “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back!” Glory to God!

cows in Romania

(in the picture, cows gather to follow their shepherd in a Romanian village)

SWEET MEMORIES

When the children are grown and leave the home, any sweet memory of them is sweeter, it becomes a treasure. This evening I remember something about our daughter, Jemine. One of her all times favorite snacks was roasted plantain. It is called ‘bole’ in Nigeria. Each morning I will give her money to buy ‘bole’. Once I was very busy with my patients in the hospital and I forgot to give her ‘pocket money’. Jemine went to school early that morning. I was in my office when the door opened. It was Jemine with our driver, Monday. Breathing hard she said: “Malia, I told Monday to make a U turn and to come back so that I can collect my ‘bole’ money”
I smile as I write this. I hope Oliver, her son, will like bole too…

bole

(in the picture you can see ‘bole’)

WISE WORDS

“There is no need for you to defend a lion when he is being attacked. All you need to do is to open the gate and let him out”
(Charles Spurgeon – The Prince of Preachers)

Preach the Word of God! In season and out of season! The Word of God can never fail! The Lion of the tribe of Judah will roar and all the goats will run or die!

JESUS IS THE MASTER BUILDER

HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT

The prayer meeting was wonderful. We praised God in songs. We thanked God for the privilege to know His Son Jesus Christ, to be saved, to read the Bible, to come to the house of God, to listen to sermons, to pray, to be led by the Holy Spirit and to live in victory.  We should never take these holy things for granted. Then the sermon followed:

“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.  ”Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Mt 16:15-18)

THE ROCK CONFESSION

Jesus Christ builds His church. He needs stones. The children of God are the living stones. The question still remains: who do you say Jesus Christ is? Peter answered correctly and ‘passed the test’: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God! This confession, when made with all your heart, in full assurance of faith, it is the proof that you are saved. The revelation of Peter is directly from God the Father. It was not thought or manipulated. It was a direct revelation from God. With your heart you believe and with your mouth confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; you preach Christ crucified and resurrected.  Professing the Lord Jesus is the proof that you are a material approved by Him, a living stone to build His Church. Religion or just going to church does not transform you into a living stone to be used by the Master Builder, Jesus Christ!

THE CHURCH

The Greek word for church is ‘ecclesia’.  It means ‘that which is called out’ from the multitude. To be a living stone, you must hear the voice of the shepherd and follow him. Then you are a living stone. If you are deaf to the voice of the shepherd, then you are not saved. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (Jn 10:25-27)

STONES AND THE ROCK

In Greek, the word Peter is ‘petros’. It means a little stone cut from a bigger one. This describes the one David used to kill Goliath. The second word translated ‘rock’ is ‘petra’ in Greek. It means a massive unmovable rock, a mountain. Therefore, the church of the Living God is built not on Peter (as the Catholic Church says) but on the massive unmovable authoritative heavenly confession and declaration that His Son Jesus Christ is Lord of all!

THE GATES OF HELL

For a long time I thought that ‘the gates of hell’ describe active attacks coming from outside, from the devil. The revelation I got now it’s this: the Kingdom of God is always advancing. To the increase of God’s kingdom there is no end (Is 9:6).  The Church is moving on. It conquers new territories. As you move on, you shall meet these gates of hell, hindrances and strongholds directly on your path. They will try to stop your progress but they will always fail! The proof that you meet these attacks is that you are moving on, you are making progress! The gates of evil cannot stop the advance of God’s kingdom! The building has always opposition. The battle is continuous but unsuccessful! There is no man saved without opposition. No church is built without opposition. But the victory is sure!  Praise God!

A NEW SPRING OF BLESSINGS

Malia 12
God will bless you with new surprising fresh blessings! In Jesus name!

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Is 43:19)

“Iată-Mă pe cale de a face ceva nou; acum se iveşte, nu-l recunoaşteţi?
Voi face o cale în pustie şi râuri în deşert” (Isaia 43:19, Rom)

(Me in Caserta, Italy, looking at water springs coming from the ground. Of course Jesus is my Boss!)