“Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, and so that you may live long in the land the Lord swore to your ancestors to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey” (Deut 11:8-9)
Obedience to the Word of God releases supernatural strength to deal with every situation, no matter how difficult. We are getting ready to move into a new church building and into a new house. The challenges are many…but God’s grace and strength is supplied more than enough. I was there every day for the past two weeks, arranging furniture and things. I was not sure how hard it will be, carrying load accumulated for all these years. I prayed for strength, physical and spiritual. Strength was released from above. My muscles ached but not too much…
Something special surprised me… Strength came… Not in the way I anticipated…Strength manifested in the form of supernatural peace inside the new home. Surprisingly, I do not feel strange in a strange place. I do not feel like a visitor going to a hotel. I feel at home. I go from room to room just to have my feet touch all the floors… This is my new home on earth. I still do not know where to dispose the trash etc but I feel peace about the new home. Peace envelops me. It is the peace of God in the midst of transition, of changing seasons with ease, peace to move to a new address. This is strength to enter and to posses my possessions.
According to the Word of God we shall live long and enjoy the sweetness and the goodness of this land. To enjoy life, that is strength. To have peace, that is strength. This evening I feel strong and secure in the presence of God.
“Lord, I am grateful, for Your strength and for Your peace”
This is our testimony! We built out new church by faith alone. We did not take any loan from bank or wealthy men. As pastors and parents we did not beg for money. We did not manipulate the Word of God to “preach money”. We preached Christ Crucified and His Gospel. We obeyed the Word of God. We worship God alone! Money came like shadow following us. We are very jealous over God’s testimony in our lives. That is why God is jealous over us too. This is our testimony: Jehovah Jireh supplied all the money, strength, wisdom and all. To God be all the glory!
This is the Word of God:
“The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them” (Deut 28:12-14)
“The cloud of the LORD was over them by day when they set out from the camp. Then it came about when the ark set out that Moses said, “Rise up, O LORD! And let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You.” When it came to rest, he said, “Return, O LORD, To the myriad thousands of Israel.” (Nu 10:34-36)
Seasons change… We change… But God never changes! This change is not easy but necessary. It is not just in the natural but especially in the spiritual. The worm has become a butterfly!
This is our testimony! We build this our house in 1985. It was a hospital for many years. We also lived in it. Our children grew up in it. My husband and I said it many times that we shall die and be buried here. But God had other plans. In 2000 we sold the medical equipment and started a church called Father’s House Bible Church. We retired as medical doctors and became full time pastors. About four years ago the Holy Spirit directed our attention to another land to build the house of God. That included relocation. We shall live in the building of the new church.
This is radical move for all but especially for me. We moved furniture, pots and pans. As I was sweeping today I had to say good bye to my home in Warri Nigeria, where I lived for thirty years. I shall leave this broom behind. Good bye Tombrifa close! Welcome Warri-Sapele road! This shall be our new address! It comes with new anointing!
The cloud is moving and we must move with it. No enemy shall stop the progress of the church of Christ. We shall come to find rest in the new place! The presence of God leads the way! It is time to move on! The gated of hell cannot prevent or stop the move of God! There shall be progress, profit and prosperity ahead! Father’s House is blessed! Warri is blessed!
May your dreams also come true! For the God who promised them to you is able to perform them!
Today is my first day in my new office, in the ‘Promised Land’. God is good to me and our family, both natural and spiritual! To Him be all glory! Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!!!
WAITING ON GOD (Day 6)
“The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” (Nu 14:7-9)
Today was the last day of our fasting and prayers program in the church. Pastor R S Leigh spoke to the congregation. He said that all the church leaders who spoke this week had something in common. They spoke the Word boldly, encouraging the brethren to trust God for their future. They spoke like Joshua and Caleb who brought a good report that gave God all the glory. He said that we should not fear the future, for God has gone ahead of us to make the crooked paths straight. He said that we should not fear the ‘giants’ in the land or the opposition coming from our enemies, visible or invisible. We should not fear those who are jealous on our success or those who flatter us unto destruction, trying to steal our joy. We made a fresh vow to give God all the glory for the new sanctuary He has provided for His people. We vowed to always point to Jesus when people will ask questions about the new church or the success of our lives.
Pastor Leigh said that everybody should be involved in one ministry or another. He said that the Body of Christ is one, but made of many members (1Cor 12). Any member who is idle is useless and shall be cut off by the Lord. Working for God will increase your days on earth. To be a ‘spectator’ in the church is suicidal. The brethren who work faithfully in the House of God shall be rewarded by God. This is His promise. This message of working for God and the reward associated with it has been the basic message this week. We ended with thanksgiving to God for His presence in our church and our lives. Really, there is nothing that compares with the presence of God over a people. You can’t buy that with money. Man cannot give or take it. It is the grace of God in action, the overflow of the workings of Calvary. Praise the Lord! Glory to the Lamb of God!
WAITING ON GOD (Day5)
“Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness” (2Cor 9:10)
This was the fifth day of fasting and prayer in our church. Sister Mercy shared the message. The text was from 2Corintinans 9: 6-15. The following are the main prayer points. We are transitioning from a ‘small’ church to a much bigger one. We need to be responsible servants of God. We need to (re)-dedicate our lives to the service of God who loves ‘a cheerful giver’. We should never be passive in the house of God. We need to initiate good things without any pressure from outside. We need to be generous with our talents, money, time and energy. God knows everything and He will surely reward us.
God saw this great building before we even knew about it. God sees your success, your harvest even before the beginning of the sowing season. The farmer is not in control of the harvest. He can only sow the seed, patiently trusting God for the increase. We should do the same. Let us do our part and God will do His.
As we are moving to a much bigger place, there is a danger that the influx of strangers will ‘dilute’ our commitment and we may compromise. God forbid! The faithful brethren shall continue to be faithful in all circumstances. We should love and serve one another. Can you imagine how it will be if each one of us thinks of creative ways how to better serve God and man? This is a happy church which God will surely bless. We have a good foundation. Now it is time to build on it! This is the time for a new anointing! This is a time for a fresh touch from God!
PROSPERITY IN THE HOUSE
Then Pastor R S Leigh had a prophetic word: every person who steps in the new sanctuary shall be blessed financially! We all shouted AMEN! To the glory of God!
WAITING ON GOD (Day 4)
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge… is to hate evil… is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility” (PV 1:7; 8:13; 15:33)
Today was the fourth day of fasting and prayer for our church. Pastor Trish shared the message. These are the main points: as we transition from a small church to a much bigger one, we should remember that it is God’s gift to us as a congregation. It is a gift of grace. No man or woman should share the glory that belongs to God alone. We prayed for the fear of God to come upon us. We need to take God much more seriously. This should manifest in all things, big or small. The fear of God is practical. For example: as long as the church’ toilets are still dirty, it means that we do not fear God enough. We prayed to be responsible sons of God. We prayed for the strength, wisdom and humility to serve God better. Then God will honor and reward us, for God does not owe any man. We prayed for the healing of our bodies. We also prayed for good happy marriages and for our children.
THE FREEDOM OF GOD
Pastor R S Leigh had a prophetic word: God has decreed freedom from your bondage! He reminded us of the story of Exodus. The children of Israel were slaves for 430 years. They lost hope that things will ever change. But one day (say: ‘one day’), Moses came. He was sent by Jehovah God, “The I am that I am”. Against all odds the deliverance happened. Freedom came at last! The children of God do not weep like the pagans during opposition or times of trial. They trust God to the end and the impossible becomes possible. The oppressor will be totally defeated! The enemies of God’s people shall fall and rise no more! Then we sang: “Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Ex 15:11). Rejoice for the mighty miracle of freedom from oppression! Rejoice at what God has done for you!
“Do not despise this small beginning, for the eyes of the Lord rejoice to see the work begin… For these seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that see everywhere around the world.” (Zech 4:10)
You have been praying and praying for a breakthrough. It may seem that nothing new, nothing good happens in your life. That is a lie! The ‘good’ of God is planted as a miracle holy seed in your heart. How can you see a seed underground? How can you see a baby hours after he or she is conceived? There is no scan or X-ray strong enough to detect these new beginning. God wants to glorify Himself in this new beginning. “We live by faith and not by sight” (2Cor 5:7)
Do not despise these little beginnings just because they are still invisible (for now)! God is at work in your life. He has never stopped blessing you! Why will He stop now? Be encouraged as you wait of God. Soon you shall see the seed germinating and growing up! The yellow seed of corn shall become a tender green shoot growing up to the glory of God! Things will change, but for the better! God sees you! God blesses you! Your miracle has started! I believe!