SERVE THE LORD

WAITING ON GOD (Day3)

Today was the third day of fasting and prayer in our church. The response so far is very encouraging. Each day at 5 pm the brethren come to pray. Each day the church is full like it is Sunday service. Today Pastor Timi shared the message. These are the main points: We are transitioning from a ‘small’ church to a much bigger one. God is calling us to serve Him, to be willing volunteers in His house.  There is need for the brethren to come and join the different ministries. Just like Gideon called the people of God saying that there is need for the sword of the Lord and that of Gideon. God calls people to His service so that He can bless them.  He said: “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” (Jdg 7:18). We prayed for our church activities in December: the Nativity Drama, the Dedication of the church and Jesus Mega Party. We prayed that God will be in control and many souls will be saved thru them.

We are to pay our ‘vows’ to God. We have promised to worship and serve Him. Now is the time to do so! As we are faithful to God, He will answer our prayers. God will bless us. “Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me” (Ps 50:14, 15).

We also prayed for our marriages, that God should have mercy and stabilize our homes. This is the truth: if the home is in confusion the church will be weak. We need strong stable and godly families. Lastly, we prayed for our health. Some brethren are too sick to attend church services. We prayed for miracles of healing, for peace and joy!

BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS

WAITING ON GOD (Day1)

“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go” (Josh 1:7)
This week we are fasting and praying. We do it in the unity of the Spirit, as a church and as a people. This message came at the end of the first day. It was taken from the Book of Joshua Chapter 1. Pastor R S Leigh said that as we wait on God, as we sacrificially serve Jesus Christ, as we study the Word of God, as we pray, trust and obey, then God shall ‘prosper us wherever we go’. Distance and time is not a barrier to God’s prosperity for His people. We re-dedicated our lives to God. We made a fresh vow that as a church we shall not deviate ‘to the left or to the right’ from the Gospel of Christ Crucified and Resurrected.


We are now ready to ‘cross over’ into the Promised Land of promises fulfilled and dreams come true. We shall seek the Kingdom of God. We shall not seek money or fame. We shall worship God in Spirit and in Truth. We shall not worship the new building, money, men or things. We reject legalistic religion! We shall desire to be filled and to be led by the Holy Spirit! We shall continue to faithfully and humbly walk on the royal way of the Cross. We shall cross over into the new building without accidents loss or panic. We shall rejoice always with grateful hearts at what God is doing in our midst! Miracles, healings, spiritual and financial breakthroughs shall come to us. We declare that we shall prosper in all things, body, soul and spirit! All to the glory of God! In Jesus name, amen!

WALKING TOGETHER

“Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet? (Am 3:3; ESV)

Spiritually, to walk it means to make progress or to prosper. In Hebrew, the word ‘to agree’ it means not only to be in harmony with one another, but to agree to meet at a particular place and at a particular time. To walk in agreement it means to agree about the starting point and also with the destination of a journey. In the Old Testament this same word ‘to meet’ appears in two different places. God tells His people that He will meet with them at the entrance of the tabernacle where two lambs have to be sacrificed every day. God will also meet with Moses and Aaron, in the Holy of holies, above the mercy seat. This pattern speaks about the beginning of the journey with God and the fulfilment of it, knowing and dwelling in His glory.  In both these instances God says that He will meet and speak with His people.

“And the other lamb you shall offer at twilight; and you shall offer with it the grain offering and the drink offering, as in the morning, for a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord. This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet you to speak with you” (Ex 29:41, 42)

“And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel” (Ex 25:22)

In The New Testament, we start our journey at the Cross and end it in glory, in heaven. The agreement of the beginning and the end of the journey, of walking together, is vital in maintaining the relationship. It applies to relationships between people and especially marriages. We walk together as children of God. As we walk together, the topic of our conversation is very important. This is my desire: I want to talk about Jesus and the Word of God. If you are not interested, I will leave you behind… We cannot walk together except we have agreed on this point.

Now that you know my mind, and if you agree to my conditions of friendships, and if you are ready to live for the glory of God, then let’s go! Be my friend! Let’s walk together…

FORGIVE YOUR SPOUSE

“Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Mt 18:21, 22)

The prayer meeting was wonderful. We worshipped the King on the Throne. Then the message came. It was about happiness in marriages. Forgiveness is the glue of marriage. Marriage is tough work. For example, Mandela did hard labor in prison for 27 years. He forgave his enemies. But even he could not forgive his wife and they divorced six years after his freedom from prison. The devil attacks marriages but forgiveness neutralizes the strategy of the devil. Forgiveness is expensive but necessary to manifest the love of God. Forgiveness is hard because it is not just a feeling but obedience to the Word of God. Forgiveness is costly. You pay the price for evil you chose to forgive. But forgiveness is designed by God to give you liberty!

In this world people offend one another. You cannot escape that. Even in the marriage, the risk of hurting one another is very high. You can respond in two ways: forgive or not forgive. Each is a choice. Forgiveness is more than a feeling. It is a choice. Forgiveness leads to freedom, peace and joy. Refusal to forgive leads to anger, bitterness and bondage. The choice is yours. Forgiveness is not something you do on and off. It is a life style. You practice forgiveness daily, when it is needed and when it is not. The Holy Spirit helps you to walk this road, so that when you are offended it is easy to forgive.

A healthy marriage lives under the sky of grace. Forgiveness is an advice to troubled marriages. If sin comes, when confession of adultery comes, you may ask if your marriage can ever be the same. Yes, it can be, if you practice forgiveness. By the grace of God, it can even become better! Look at the father and his prodigal son! He thought he will be a slave. He thought that things cannot be like before! But they became better! Thru repentance and forgiveness their relationship became better.

Many people lose hope in a marriage when they need to forgive again and again, especially for the same sins. Practicing forgiveness is an attitude. It has to be done patiently by at least one of you. It is hard. But this is the sure road that leads to success in marriage! Your forgiveness must be rooted in God! Forgive the way God forgave you in Christ Jesus! Be like Jesus!

THE SNAKE IN THE GARDEN

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Gen 3:1)

You may experience spiritual attacks. The devil will attack you, to destroy your testimony. Stand firm in your faith as a child of God. Resist him and he shall flee from you! Your testimony as a believer is more precious than silver and gold. Read Genesis chapter three and see how sin entered that beautiful garden and into the innocent hearts.

Satan comes and attacks you like this:

*DOUBT: he will question your faith in the Word of God, trying to inject doubt in your spirit… “Did God say…?’

*LIES: he will give you false hopes…’you shall not die’…But he is a liar. He gives the false impression that he has authority over death. Only Jesus has the keys of life and death!

*PRIDE: he tries to bring pride…’you shall be like God’

*FAILURE: he will give ideas that will fail you; false covering …’leaves to cover your shame’

*FEAR: He will attack you with fear…Adam and Eve hide behind the trees

The chapter stars with Satan asking questions. Then God comes into the scenes and asks: Adam where are you?

Be careful with the questions you listen to! The fall of Adam and Eve has affected all humanity since then. You and I are born sinners and we need a personal Savior. The only way to be free from the curse of sin is thru faith in Jesus Christ! Give your life to Christ! That is the best decision you will ever make!

CHAINS ARE BROKEN

HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8)
We had a wonderful service. We praised God and we prayed. We broke all chains of bondage, of limitations around our ankles (that we may walk and make progress); around our waist, that we may be fruitful; around our chest that we may breathe, around our head, that we may see, hear and think with the mind of Christ. We heard the chains falling down. The chains are broken! We tasted of His freedom. We became free. All glory to God!us Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8)
We had a wonderful service. We praised God and we prayed. We broke all chains of bondage, of limitations around our ankles (that we may walk and make progress); around our waist, that we may be fruitful; around our chest that we may breathe, around our head, that we may see, hear and think with the mind of Christ. We heard the chains falling down. The chains are broken! We tasted of His freedom. We became free. All glory to God!
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8)
We had a wonderful service. We praised God and we prayed. We broke all chains of bondage, of limitations around our ankles (that we may walk and make progress); around our waist, that we may be fruitful; around our chest that we may breathe, around our head, that we may see, hear and think with the mind of Christ. We heard the chains falling down. The chains are broken! We tasted of His freedom. We became free. All glory to God!

FAST AND PRAY

We are getting ready to move to our new sanctuary. This is a time of transition. We need God more than ever! Next week there shall be daily fasting and prayers in our church. Please, fast from solid food and drink only water or fruit juice. The fast starts daily by 6am. The fast ends with daily prayers at 6 pm. If you are nursing a baby or you are not able to do like this, I advise you to still join us to fast until 12 or 3 pm. Do it!  We expect great things!

We shall do this spiritual exercise as individuals, as families and as a church. We pray that the transition to the new facility will be easy. The Holy Spirit will lead and empower us! There shall be no loss, no accidents!  We pray for revival! We pray that the Holy Spirit revives our hearts, our families and our church. Out of that overflow, there shall be revival in the city of Warri and from here, unto the nations. We pray that God will draw people to Christ to be saved. We pray that the Holy Spirit will ignite the hearts of the believers to volunteer in different ministries, to glorify God and humbly serve men. We pray for more gifts of the Holy Spirit in our midst!

But more importantly, we desire to come boldly to the throne of grace and to fill heaven and earth with praise and worship. We declare the Jesus is beautiful! We declare that we are excited about God who is already moving in our midst. We pray for healing, deliverance and financial breakthrough! We pray that there shall be no more sickness in our midst! We pray for open doors, for good work opportunities for all, and especially for the believers. We pray that we shall move aggressively towards God’s plan and purpose in our lives. We pray that we remain humble and sensitive to the Holy Spirit even in the midst of prosperity!

We are praying for spiritual increase, maturity, fruitfulness, faithfulness and opportunities to serve God in different ministries! We pray for an increase in our hunger and thirst for the Word of God! We pray for MORE of Jesus in our lives! We pray that we shall be filled with the Holy Spirit and the righteousness of Christ! We are praying that the cross will work in our hearts and kill the flesh! We pray that our emotions will be stable and holy. We are praying for God to birth dreams in us, to revive our youth like the eagles.

We pray for financial breakthroughs, what to do in the future, what businesses to start, to have new ideas. We pray that God’s plan for us become clearer. We pray for miracles in our midst, the peculiar work of the Holy Spirt, for gifts money cannot buy and men cannot give or take away from us. We pray for peace and joy in our lives! We pray the singles marry well and happily!

We are praying for our marriages, for increase in our love for one another, se husbands and wives. That our homes will be godly homes and all who come in shall see Jesus! We pray for a greater desire to draw closer to God as couples. We are praying for our children, that they grow in God’s grace and secure in His love. We pray that they experience the anointing of the Holy Spirit even at this young age; that they love Jesus and choose to serve Jesus for the rest of their lives. We pray for their bodies, for mental and emotional health, for God’s provision for them. We are praying for God’s perfect will to be done in their lives!

Overall, we want to lift the name of Jesus high. We pray to be Jesus chasers with every part of who we are, to passionately desire to worship Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord!  God bless Father’s House Bible Church Warri Nigeria! Let the worship rise…

This is the Word of God for them who fast and pray: There shall be healings, protection, answered prayers, fresh testimonies, guidance; supernatural strength, satisfaction and joy!  To the glory of God! In Jesus name, amen!

“Your light shall break forth like the morning,

Your healing shall spring forth speedily,

And your righteousness shall go before you;

The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;

You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am….

Your light shall shine in the darkness,

And your darkness shall be as the noonday.

The Lord will guide you continually,

And satisfy your soul in drought,

And strengthen your bones;

You shall be like a watered garden,

And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail” (Is 58:8-11)