“The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on” (PV 16:26)
God made man to labor. All labor, both natural and spiritual, has profit! God made the Garden of Eden and told Adam and Eve to labor in it. Any idle man (ex. being on welfare for a long time) will soon go down, spiritually and mentally. A lazy man cannot prosper. The nations that work hard to survive have a better education and health system. Like in the countries where there is harsh weather (winter), men gave to work hard to live, if not they die. But if a country has it too easy (good weather…) the people become lazy. For example, you just wake up in the morning and you find banana outside your window, hanging in a tree you have not planted, and then you just eat it…why bother to plant anything?
The appetite is a stimulant to push man to work. It is God’s gift! When you are hungry, even if you are tired, you get up from bed and look for food. A man who is sick and dying loses his appetite. The return of the appetite is a sign that the patient is recovering back to life. It is the same in the natural realm and in the spiritual realm.
This is my testimony: God has blessed me with a high spiritual appetite. From morning till night I only dream of the Word of God, how to read it, to understand it and to pray about it. This appetite makes me strong to seek God. I give God all the glory for my spiritual appetite! I praise Him for the unending provision of His heavenly manna to me! Today shall be a good day, for the Word of God is fresh, fragrant and appetizing, calling me, waiting for me to partake from its sweetness! ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good!’ In Jesus name amen! (Ps 34:8)
“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the Word” (Ac 10:44)
Cornelius was a Roman soldier. He needed God. He needed salvation. He did many good things that touched the heart of God in heaven. God sent an angel to talk to him. The angel could not preach but directed him to the preacher. This is how Peter, the servant of God, entered the scene. Cornelius is a rich man and Peter is a poor man. But Cornelius and his family worshipped him. Peter refused their worship saying: ‘I am only a man just like you…’ Don’t blame Cornelius. If an angel from heaven recommends a man on earth that is the greatest recommendation needed for any ‘interview’. Peter preached the Gospel! He told them about Jesus, how He came to seek and save the lost; how he died on the Cross for sinful men. Even before he could ‘say the grace’, the Holy Spirit fell upon Cornelius and his family.
Maybe you think that an angel coming to you is the greatest miracle. But the angel referred his case to a man like me and you. The angel could fly to heaven and back with the speed of light but he could not preach the Gospel. The angel could kill an army but he could not save a soul. Peter, the man of God, the servant of God spoke the Word of God to the hungry sinners. Men and women living in sin need you and me to preach the Word of God. Angels cannot do it! We must do it! Let’s do it! “Preach the Word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching” (2Tim 4:2, NLT). And God will bless you!
Romania is the country of my birth. Over there roses are very easy to grow. My parents’ house had many roses, of all colors and shapes. But in Nigeria, where I live, it is very hard to grow these flowers. The heat and the humidity is not good for them. For many years, it was one of my secret pain that I will not be able to touch a natural rose here. That is why when I see one rose in bloom, I consider it as a gift from God to me. Jesus said that He is the Rose of Sharon…beautiful, exotic and fragrant. Now you understand my joy when I saw this rose blooming in front of my kitchen window in Warri, Nigeria. Just because of this rose, I declare that today is a good day! In Jesus name, amen!
“I am the Rose of Sharon…” (SS 2:1)
HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT
The prayer meeting was wonderful. We went to heaven and back in just two hours. We dance a new dance called “all things have become new”. Of course it was the Holy Spirit who thought us the steps. There was a strong anointing of joy. The altar was calling for us to come closer to God. Let the Potter’s hands mold us, for His pleasure. We then talked about the keys of heaven. They belong to the Lord Jesus but He gave them to us. We prayed for the discernment, when to open and when to shut down; when to say yes and when to say no. The keys are not for personal use, only for the benefit of the Kingdom and for the glory of the King of kings. They represent the authority of heaven invested to the children of God. I could not trust myself to preach such a mighty revelation. But the Holy Spirit was carrying us like eagles. The anointing was so strong that even the foolish among us understood the message and they are now ready to use the keys. What a evening! There is no better place to be than in the presence of God! All glory to God!
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 16:19)
This story is to show the power and the authority of the light-house built on the rock! In Christ we have the same power! We are the humble but necessary Light-houses built on the Rock! We warned men on the danger of disobedience and pride. We do not represent ourselves. We are ambassadors of Jesus Christ! We represent the Light of the World and the Rock of Ages! Totally submitted to the Captain of our salvation, we can never lose! Glory to God!
“In U.S. Navel Institute Proceedings, the magazine of the Naval Institute, Frank Koch illustrates the importance of obeying the Laws of the Lighthouse. Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. I was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities.
Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing reported, “Light, bearing on the starboard bow.”
“Is it steady or moving astern?” the captain called out.
The lookout replied, “Steady, Captain,” which meant we were on a dangerous collision course with that ship.
The captain then called to the signalman, “Signal that ship: ‘We are on a collision course, advise you change course twenty degrees.'”
Back came the signal, “Advisable for you to change course twenty degrees.”
The captain said, “Send: “I’m the captain, change course twenty degrees.'”
“I’m a seaman second-class,” came the reply. “You had better change course twenty degrees.”
By that time the captain was furious. He spat out, “Send: ‘I’m a battleship. Change course twenty degrees.'”
Back came the flashing light, “I’m a lighthouse.”
We changed course”
If in sin, when you hear the voice of God, may you “change course”! May you repent! May you live long! In Jesus name, amen!
“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony” (Rev 12:11)
The women’ fellowship was wonderful. Seven sisters testified to the Glory of God, to the shame of the devil and for the encouragement of the brethren.
Sister O said that she was very sick for the past one month. She spent money and time with the doctors but she was still not well. Then the she heard the message called ‘The Sins of the women’. It was about worldliness. The Holy Spirit revealed to her some secret sins. She was trying to solve her problems in the ways of the world. Immediately she repented, she was also healed in her body.
Sister C is a young widow. She said that she lost her husband and best friend. That it is not easy for her and their four children. But she was happy that God answered her prayers to save the husband. Before he died he openly testified in the church about his salvation and deliverance. She said that the Holy Spirit is with her always to encourage and strengthen her. Her daughter got sick and she was to have a surgery. But God intervened and healed her miraculously. In the midst of sorrow, she said that she has found peace.
Sister B testified how her son started working. He was a very sick child, born with a heart problem. He was operated at 6 months. He survived but he was never strong. He is now almost 2 years. The physiotherapist told her that the boy will not work because ‘the damage to the veins of his legs is too great’. They had a second baby who was also born with a heart defect. The baby did not survive. Then she decided to draw closer to God. She started to come to all the church activities. This is how the boy started working, running in fact.
Sister R got married last year. She got pregnant after two months. She had pains and spotting. The doctor did scan and said that it may be ectopic pregnancy. She prayed and called upon God. The next time she went to the doctor, they found the baby in the right position ‘better than expected’.
Sister L had a premature baby with very slim chances of survival. But the baby made it at last. Her older sister has cancer of the bones and is paralyzed for the past two years. The doctors did not believe that she will make it to 2015. But now her sister is much better, has put on weight and standing on hear feet.
We all rejoiced with them who rejoice. We praised God! We prayed to God! We declare that more testimonies shall follow and that our testimony shall be complete! To the glory of God! In Jesus name, amen!
“Peter began to be conscious of an irresistible influence. It was greater than anything he had known; more urgent; more definite; an immense longing, and side by side with it, and immense self revelation. He was taken completely by surprise; he had no time to fight against it; he saw himself and he was ashamed. The secrets of his selfish life were dragged to light and they bowed him down till he ached with the burden of them. And all at once he knew that a Hand was help out to him, that there, undreamed of, unexplained, was God, and a chance of heaven.
He did not hesitate. He did not doubt; it was much too real for doubt. The church service on the radio was over; he rose from his chair and went upstairs to his bedroom. There, at his bedside, with a child’s trust, he took the Hand that was offered him and, devoid of faith as he was, prayed that faith might be given him. He knew that his prayer was heard, for an extraordinary sense of gladness came to him; he felt a buoyancy, a gladness, a singing at the heart. His wife looked at him curiously when he went down again, but he could not talk about it yet. It was something too precious for question or argument.
Dear God…the wonder of it! The loving wonder of it!
Thus it was that Peter Rawlings found God in the shadows. Thus it was that God the Builder cleared a site for re-building. And God the Gardner was biding His time, and the sleeping Seed was waiting His Word to awaken”
(These wonderful words are taken from the Book God in the Shadows, by Hugh Redwood. I highly recommend it. It is the autobiographical story of a backslider who came back to God)