Bro Andrew and Sis Faith, today!
Nunta de la biserica noastra astazi (Romanian)
This is part of the exhortation from our prophetic prayer meeting this evening. It is a call to true worship!
“Praise be to the Lord, for He has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.
My heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise Him” (Ps 28:6, 7)
Christianity is not a drama rehearsal. Christianity is not a joke. It is not an imagination. Christianity is real. It is a real life! To worship Jesus is real. Come to the feet of Jesus… Do not step on them… Come and touch them… Come and worship at His feet… Come and wash them with your tears… Do not waste your tears for the devil… Come and give your tears to Jesus… You say: ‘Pastor, I do not see the feet of Jesus…’…But I see them…For me they are real… I touch them… Come closer… Let the miracle happen!
‘Down at Your feet Oh, Lord, is the most high place…In Your presence Lord, I seek Your face…I live to worship You…’ Down at Your feet Oh, Lord I lift up my eyes and I seek Your face…I see Your face… In Your presence the world fades away….I see the King in His beauty and I see nothing else…Your song is my strength and my shield…in Your presence I fear nothing…The Lord has heard my cry for mercy…My heart trusts in Him…God helps me…men fail and disappoint, but my Lord helps me…my God is the faithful God…my heart leaps for joy…I praise You…I worship You…I bow before You… I love You in the morning…I love you at noon time…I love You in the evening…I love You in the darkest night…’
Tomorrow many people shall come to church…they shall be received, surrounded and covered by the Holy Spirit Himself, at the entrance…They will not be able to resist the love of God…they shall give their lives to Christ…The angels in heaven are tuning their harps in preparation for tomorrow… Many souls shall be saved tomorrow thru our church service…the anointing is increasing…there is an open heaven over us…the Holy Spirit is pouring God’s love and fills the sanctuary… Tomorrow shall be great…we live because Christ lives…
’When I look over the sea, the mountains and the hills, O Lord, Your awesome love, Your glory is all I see…When I consider Your love, Your loving-kindness and Your faithfulness…In all the earth, there is no one else like You…How Beautiful You are.. How marvelous You are…I live to worship You…”
“Do not neglect the gift that is in you…” (1Tim 4:14)
Each born again child of God has a deposit of the Holy Spirit in his heart. This is basic. He also has at least one spiritual gift so he can serve the Lord. This gift is given by the Holy Spirit for the glory of God and the benefit of the brethren. If you are a child of God, then you shall give an account to God for the gift He has given to you. It is your duty to stir the gift and not neglect it.
To neglect a gift it means to be careless with it, to disrespect it, to fail to use it or to appreciate it. It also means to be un-excited about it, to refuse to acknowledge it or to praise God for it. The gift remains dormant like a seed un-planted lying on the hard pavement. There is great potential in the gift but it all comes to nothing. The neglect of the gift gives the impression that God has not blessed you with anything special. You look like a prince that has no food to eat. People know that there is something wrong with you but they cannot find the way to help you.
What is the effect of neglecting your spiritual gift? The first thing you shall observe is that, with all your hard labor, you are still poor. This poverty is mysterious. You do not experience supernatural ‘open doors’. There is no breakthrough in your life. “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men” (PV 18:16). You shall be surrounded by ordinary men, poor men who are not able to help you. When you pray, God will not answer. He will direct your attention to your neglect of spiritual things in general and your peculiar gift in particular. You need to repent and do the right thing.
What is the solution? The opposite of neglect it means to lovingly care for the gift, to patiently invest in others until you see fruits, until you see it multiply. That is what you have to do! Please remember that the gifts of God are not for personal fame or wealth. They are tools for service. Pride is another hindrance in using your gifts. Humble yourself! Do not compare your gift with others. Use what God has given to you and see the results!
If you use it, God receives the glory for your gift. The Body of Christ shall benefit from your gift. This is the sure way of holy success. God shall reward you for your faithfulness. Great men shall help you. Prosperity shall follow you.Truth is simple but truth is also deep. May truth be merciful to you and set you free!
(In the picture there is a neglected dog who was adopted by a family and loved back to life)
“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2Tim 1:6, 7)
If you are a born again child of God, the Holy Spirit is deposited in you. The Holy Spirit will also give you at least one gift so that you can serve God. Most believers have more than one gift. You are commanded to identify and to continue to stir up that gift deposited in you. God is God and you are you! God gives you the gift and you have to stir it up! It is your holy duty! God will ask for an account of your gift!
What does it means to stir a gift? Just imagine yourself drinking tea. You add sugar then you stir the tea so that the sugar dissolves and spreads in the tea. That is one picture. When cooking, you stir the soup so that the fire will touch all the soup. If not, some ingredients will remain cold and uncooked. Stirring your gift therefore it means to bring unity, harmony to your body soul and spirit. The passion of Jesus must touch every area of your life, and not just the ‘spiritual’ part of you. This stirring is done by studying the Word of God and by prayer. Identify your gift and use it always, no matter how little. Keep the gift ready to be used anytime. This is called revival. No matter what men say, you stir your gift! You need to be grateful to God for His gift. He may call you to use it for His glory at very short notice. You must be ready to perform ministry, day and night! You do not want to be found unprepared and embarrassed before God!
The enemy to this stirring is the evil spirit of fear. This demon attacks with intimidation, so that you run away and abandon your gift. He makes you afraid to even remember your gift. The devil is a liar. He will tell you that using your gift will attract troubles or will make you poor. He will deceive you to ignore and neglect the gift of God in you! He will say that there is no gain, no usefulness or profit in using it. The devil will say that stirring your gift is a waste of time or too much trouble! These are all lies!!! Reject them! Reject the spirit of fear!
Be filled with the Holy Spirit! Be filled with power, love and sound mind! Right now get up and start praying, in English or in tongues! Stir up that gift of preaching, teaching, singing; dancing, writing; cooking, helping others or anything else you do for the Lord! Godliness with contentment is great gain! Pay the price for revival in your heart! Why do you want to be lazy? Get up! Start praising God! For He is worthy!
“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren” (Lk 22:31, 32)
This conversation between our Lord and Peter is just before the Cross. Jesus warns him and encourages him in the same time. ‘Satan has asked for you…’ Satan, the accuser of the brethren has asked for permission to ‘sift’ Peter. Interestingly, that permission was granted by God. The word ‘asked’ is a strong word meaning ‘insisting, demanding to come for trial’. This reminds us that the devil is a personality and not just an ‘evil influence’. Here we see that some of the devil’s wicked desires are granted to him by God. In particular, the devil shall enjoy sifting the believers. But the process of sifting shall give glory to God at the end. To sift it means to violently shake something with the intent to separate the components. In particular, sifting wheat means to shake the grains until both chaff and impurities go away and only the good grain remains.
This is a great revelation: the devil is allowed by God to shake, to sift, nations and people. In the following verse the devil is called ‘the man’: “Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms; who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?” (Is 14:16, 17)
Peter boasted of eternal love for Jesus but he did not know his weakness and he was ignorant of his fears. The sifting shall remove all fleshly empty boasting, religious worship and flattery praises. The fleshly things shall be shaken and fall but the eternal things of the Kingdom shall remain. This is the promise of God: “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain” (Heb 12:26, 27). The faith of the believers shall be purified and become like gold that passes thru fire. Maturity and strength shall be the result of shaking and sifting.
At the Cross, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace and the Desired of the Nations, completely destroys the power of the devil and ends the sifting. No man can stop the process of ‘sifting’ except our Lord Jesus Christ and His intercession. Behind the devil our Lord is the One who supervises and limits the loss. Jesus winnows His grain. “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Mt 3:12). This is the promise of our eternal High Priest, that during all trials His prayer shall sustain us and His grace shall be sufficient to carry on. ‘I have prayed for you…” Say it to yourself: “Jesus Christ prays for me, right now!” That is all I need to know right now!
The devil wants to destroy your faith but Jesus says that your faith shall not fail. The devil wants you to backslide but Jesus says that no one of His sheep shall be lost. The devil wants to destroy the unity of the Spirit in the Church and in your marriage. But the end of such a trial of fire is joyful strength that shall be a testimony to the other brethren. I encourage you to look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith! Kings and kingdoms shall pass away, but there is something about Your name…JESUS…“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38, 39)
The road may have been long and difficult but your future is better than anything you have imagined! The glory of Christ shall be revealed to the nations! The hearts of men shall be purified and they shall see the Lord! The weeping shall be replaced with rejoicing! The weak shall be strong and the poor shall be rich! There is a turning of the tables! The praises shall increase! The church shall be stronger! Your marriage shall be sweeter! Great shall be your children’ peace! May Christ glorify Himself in your life today!
A young man in his early thirties who attends our church was killed by armed robbers last night. He was walking home when some criminals came in a ke-ke asking for his cell phone. We do not know the details but they shot him in the abdomen. He was rushed to a hospital, had emergency surgery but died this morning. He leaves behind a young wife (who is pregnant) and a two years old daughter. They were in the church yesterday when we had our Holy Communion service.
Please pray especially for the wife! That her faith will not fail! Pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort and help her and her daughter in these difficult times.
And for all of us, let’s read Psalm 91, the eternal Word of God that stands forever! May God strengthen and encourage the Body of Christ in Father’s House Bible Church, Warri, Nigeria! May God be worshiped forever! We declare that Jesus Christ is Lord!
PRAISE REPORT (the next day)
This is good news! In the midst of darkness , the light of God shines! This morning we prayed that God will glorify Himself in this painful situation! We prayed that what the devil meant for bad, God will turn it into good! This testimony is given to the glory of God, to the shame of the devil and for the encouragement of the believers!
Some sisters came this afternoon to give me the testimony concerning the young widow. She was better today. She was still weeping but she insisted to take care of her daughter. She fed her baby by herself. She told the sisters from the church who are there to visit her that something special happened at the hospital. The husband survived the surgery. When he became conscious he asked to see his wife and daughter. He then blessed them. He then removed his marriage ring and gave it back to her. He made peace with God and with his family. He told them he is ready to go to God. He prayed and he died in perfect peace. This window of grace was given to him by God so that he can settle his soul and confirm the testimony of salvation. He did it to eliminate any doubts. As a church, we also have peace that, by the grace of God, he died as a believer in Christ. To God be all the glory!
I just received this letter from one of the young men in our church.
“Good morning Ma’am.
During the period of the passing over to the new place I have been gripped with one kind fear , fear of armed robbers coming into our house, fear that something will happen to my family as they are coming home from the market, plenty different fears , fear that when I am driving police will stop me for what I don’t even know, then the most gripping one is fear that Effurun boys will break into the new site of our church, just plenty nonsense fears…
I became lean spiritually, I sought the face of God , and waited with hope that on Saturday class God may give a solution to conquer this fear, …. I came to church last night with one heart. “Oh Lord I want to see you and know what is needed to know to conquer this fear”
In the midst of the service, it was like fire, water, oil, and the blood of Jesus, together poured on my clothes the stain stuck and the fear swallowed …I got a deep understanding of the word of God ” Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:” I asked myself even if the worst happens, I will not turn back or relent in my chase after God…After this miracle, the blessings and assurance of God overshadowed my senses. I felt free…I didn’t have the power to not share it with you to the Glory of God in Jesus name Amen.
Your son in Christ…”
My answer to him:
Thank God for everything! You can see that all our problems are basically spiritual. If we do not deal with them with spiritual means provided for us in the Bible, we may fall into the natural trials and temptations. The Effurun boys shall come to church, not to steal and rob, but to give their lives to Christ. “There is no fear in Love for perfect love drives away all fears” (1Jn 4:18). You are a child of God! Love God and man! Then you shall be fear free!
Love in Christ alone,