THE WORD OF HIS GRACE

“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Ac 20:32)

This evening we had our first prophetic prayer class in the new sanctuary. We worshiped God with singing and dancing. Then we interceded for the land of Effurun, where God was pleased to give us this building. We took authority against every territorial ancestral spirits and bound them in the name of Jesus. We rejected sicknesses, fear, poverty, intimidation, manipulation, seducing spirits, poverty and empty religion. Then the message came:

God the Father is a Builder. God the Son, Jesus Christ is also a Builder. The Holy Spirit is a Builder. “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Ps 127:1). Jesus said: “I will build My Church…” (Mt 16:18). One wonderful peculiar way God builds His people is by ‘the Word of His Grace’. In this church, we preach the Gospel of Christ Crucified and Resurrected. It is also called the Word of God’s Grace. This preaching is designed to build up the believers in Christ. Any other type of preaching does not build the character of the people. This is the sad story of many churches. Even after going to church for many years, the people still remain spiritually weak and unstable.

What is grace? Grace means the unmerited favor that comes from God to the believers, purely as a result of the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. No man ‘merits’ salvation. The only thing we ‘merit’ is going to hell. God the Father sent God the Son to come on earth to display and distribute the fullness of ‘grace and truth’ (Jn 1:14). The Holy Spirit helps us to understand this truth. Before Jesus came on earth, men had no idea of what ‘grace and truth’ really is. In Greek, the word ‘grace’ means the saving influence of the Holy Spirit upon the hearts of men with its peculiar fruits. The soul who experiences the grace of God becomes eternally saved, full of joy, strong, generous and grateful. This is  a fact proven by millions of believers in all generations: the more you understand the revelation of this amazing grace the stronger you shall be! This revelation of grace is designed by God to ‘build you up’. In Greek, the word ‘build’ it means to have a strong foundation; to become spiritually stable, bold, strong, mature and fruitful!

We want to know Jesus in a deeper way. We want to know His amazing grace. This is our desire! “Father God, please take all the glory!” We ended the meeting with joyful thanksgiving for the revelation of the word of His grace!

THE KING’S HEART

“”The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes…a king’s heart is a water stream that the LORD controls; He directs it wherever He pleases” (PV 21:1)

God is sovereign. He is in charge of all His creation. He controls everything, especially the hearts of human beings. The heart of the kings is ‘in the hand of God’. When you read ‘kings’ it does not means only the royal class. It also means the believers in Christ who are ‘kings and priests unto our God’. ‘Kings’ are leaders with higher authority than other men. They have the right to rule, make decisions, punish or reward. This is the truth:  God directs the hearts of men. In Hebrew, the word means to stretch, to spread out, to bow down, to turn aside, to offer a gift or cause to yield. Only God can make a greedy man to be generous; a coward to be bold like a lion; a reckless adventurer to become a prudent, wise man; a proud person to become a humble worshipper and a stubborn one to become faithful and obedient. No man can change the heart of another man. No man can change himself. The wife cannot directly change her husband and the husband cannot change his wife! Only God does that!

This is a practical application and my testimony. My husband is my ‘king’. I shall use my experience as a wife (of 41 years) to encourage other younger wives. I see here that the heart of my husband is not in his hands. I see here that there are two hearts (two wills): my husband’s own (a small one) and the heart of God (the bigger one). It is wrong for me to try to touch, to bend, to influence or to manipulate my husband’s will (heart). Over the years I have learned to touch God’s heart on behalf of my husband. This way, my love for him is always holy, easy and safe.

The heart of kings is like a river. The water stream is always mysterious. Trying to control the river can have terrible results. Let the river be! Let the river go where it wants to go!

There are three main sources that supply water to the rivers. The first one is the snow from the mountains, when it melts in the springtime. Spiritually, the coldness of my husband’s attitude can melt with the kiss of the Holy Spirit sunshine. As I pray for him, what was hard becomes soft and gentle. Another source of water for the rivers is the rain. Spiritually speaking, the more I praise God for the life of my husband, the more the rain of prosperity comes and the river of blessings (his heart) will be full with love for God and for me, his wife. Lastly, the river is supplied with water from the underground streams.  This also is a spiritual picture. The more I go into the secret place and pray for my husband (when he does not see me), the more the power of resurrection life supplies water to my husband’s heart. This manifests as totally unexpected happiness, blessings and miraculous anointing for ministry. This proves the grace of God upon our marriage.

Lastly, I want to say this: I always expect supernatural events and miracles in our lives and ministries. I am just a human being. For me, a river can only flow downwards. But God can make rivers to go up on the mountain. For nothing is impossible for God! Let the miracle of healing, freedom, prosperity be manifested in your lives today!

NEVER EMPTY OR DRY

“The flour jar did not become empty, and the oil jug did not run dry, according to the word of the LORD He had spoken through Elijah” (1Kg 17:16)
olive oil
For more than a year a dear sister in the church regularly, faithfully and quietly brings me a gallon of olive oil. For all this time I did not have to buy cooking oil with my money. The most interesting part is that she ‘knows’ when the oil is getting finished. Before the last drop is used, she supplies another gallon. It is surely the Holy Spirit using her and reminding her at just the right time to bring more oil. God will reward her for her kindness!
This is a great lesson for me. God knows everything. He knows when things start, when things are used and when they are getting finished. His promise of supply comes just in time. Not too much, not too little, not too early and never too late. This sister did not send many gallons at once for me to be tempted to sell the oil and make money. The provision is just enough for the present needs in my home. There shall be no waste of resources with God. His promise is that my store, my life will never be empty or dry! In Hebrew these words mean the following: destroyed, expired, fail, faint, waste, want, bereaved, to decrease or to lack. As a believer I cannot experience these things! By the grace of God I shall experience the opposite: I shall have more than enough to be generous in every occasion, to the glory of God!
This is a great lesson for us all: Fear Not! God is faithful to His promises! If you are waiting on God and you are praying for food, money or other resources be assured that God knows all about it. As a child of God, He wants you to trust Him daily. For a child of God, life is a walk of faith. God gives you breath without money. Why will He not generously give you other good things? He will! He has never failed in the past and He will not start now! God knows His job. God supplies the needs and also supplies the answer to your needs. Pray to God and then wait for the answer. Just vow to give God all the glory for the generous, more than imagined supply!
(In the picture is what was left from the old gallon and the new one supplied yesterday)

CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN

“Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free” (Gal 4:30, 31)

One of the most common mistakes we make as believers is to confuse two women: Sarah and Hagar. These two women were both mothers. Abraham was the father of their children. What was then the difference: Sarah was a princess of Jehovah and Hagar was her house maid, a slave bought with money from Egypt. God gave Abraham and Sarah a promise that they shall have a son who will be part of the covenant of grace, freedom, supernatural increase and eternal blessings. Hagar received no promise like this. Her child was of flesh and born into bondage.

Let’s say you meet Sarah and Hagar. Can you tell the difference? If you use natural senses or human wisdom the answer is NO! Sarah was the princess but she was often found in the kitchen, cooking for her husband and son. When the three holy men came to visit their tent, Abraham told her to cook food for them. Sarah can be seen with flour on her skirt and oil on her apron. Hagar was also busy with household chores but she was never happy there. Often, she will remove the dirty clothes and dress well. Because she was much younger than her mistress, she was more attractive to the eyes of men. These two women lived together for many years. Both were ‘wives’ to the same man, Abraham. Each had a son for him. Many people thought that they were ‘mates’. It was impossible to tell the difference at the beginning of the story…

But there is a great difference between these two women. Like Esau and Jacob, these women are spiritually opposite: one is flesh and the other is spirit. You need to pray and wait for God to reveal their identities. Hagar is a woman of the flesh. The works of the flesh manifest in her (sexual immorality, hot temper, slander, greed, manipulation…). For a long time these may be covered with a religious paint, with good works of ‘ministry’. But sooner or later the rain of the Spirit shall wash the paint and the truth shall be seen. If you thought she was Sarah, you shall be shocked and disappointed when the light of God shines in the darkness. Once you see clearly that Hagar is a bondwoman, you need to drive her away, for ‘a slave does not have a permanent place in a home’ (Jn 8:34, 35). No slave can receive an inheritance in his master’s home. Only the sons and the daughters inherit the father’s blessings. Are you a son or a slave?

Sarah is a woman of God. She is not perfect but she is born of God. The fruit of the Holy Spirit shall manifest in her (love, peace, patience, joy, kindness, self-control…). For a long time, these ‘exotic’ fruits may also be covered by a religious paint. But sooner or later truth shall be revealed. If you thought she was Hagar, again you shall be disappointed, for Sarah is God’s royalty. She is the true mistress of the home and ‘shall dwell in the house of God forever’ (Ps 23:6).

If you are truly born again, then you are of the lineage of Abraham and Sarah. Your inheritance is in Christ. You are living by faith and enjoy God’s promises. You are free and free indeed. The anointing of the Spirit destroys all yokes of bondage. You shall mature from faith to faith. You shall be promoted from glory to glory.

Lesson: do not only look for you spiritual father. Look for your spiritual mother too, for there the secret of your inheritance is. You are either a prince or a pauper. You are either free or a slave of men. Truth may be disappointing at the beginning but welcome the truth that sets you free. Your relationship with Sarah is eternal. Your relationship with Hagar is temporary. Seek the things above, the eternal things! Receive your inheritance kept in heaven for you, which will never fade or pass away. Then you will never be disappointed. Peace and joy shall be your portion. Goodness and mercy shall follow you forever! In Jesus name, Amen!

In Christ I declare:
I am a born again child of God!
Christ is my eternal, sure inheritance!
In Jesus name
Amen!

I WILL SING

PRAISE REPORT
This is a letter from one of the worship leaders in our choir. It is a testimony t the glory of God, to teh defeat of the devil and as an encouragement to the brethren who read it.
 
“Good morning ma,I just read your post…Really the devil is fighting but he will not succeed.After the rehearsals on Saturday,I also had an attack.I had this severe pain inside my throat that I couldnt swallow or speak out well,I thought I won’t be able to minister,I was releaved a little then suddenly as the praise went on it came again,this time the pain was so severe, causing me to feel feverish,with the pain extending to my head and joints,I could barely stand,had to leave the stage.When we got home it doubled.I was almost tempted to call the doctor. .But instead the Holy Spirit led us to pray,gradually the pain subsided…
 
Right now am fine,no temperature no pain,thank God for healing me…I had to share this,because it was clear that this was an attack.But as usual God will always win.Nothing can stop the worship,my voice is to worship God and God alone…The Church is marching on and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.He who has begun this good work in Father’s House Bible Church is faithful to complete it.To God be the glory great things He has done!”
 
“But as for me, I will sing about Your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about Your unfailing love. For You have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress” (Ps 59:16)

NIGHT WARFARE

PRAISE REPORT

Today we celebrated Jesus Christ in our new and beautiful sanctuary. It was a wonderful Sunday service. The praise reached heaven. Everybody danced, sang and shouted the name of Jesus. Everybody left home blessed. What very few people knew is that this Sunday service is a miracle. We could have had a ‘silent’ service.

Last night, after the final choir rehearsal in preparation for the Sunday service, something happened. Pastor Leigh wanted to test the sound of the instruments once more before going home. The instrumentalists and the sound crew were the only people left in the auditorium. Suddenly, our two big main amplifiers got burnt. There was no sound anymore. This is what you call ‘attack’. It was a spiritual emergency! Pastor Leigh and the brethren worked throughout the night trying to find the electrical fault responsible for this damage. No one went home trying to restore the sound. But it was not possible to repair the amplifiers in the night. The situation was desperate. We almost had no sound this morning! At about 2:30 am they started phoning their friends, who is willing to lend us amplifiers for the morning service. Men had to wake up from sleep. Thank God a man said that we can come and take his amplifiers. A brother drove the church van in the night to that man’s house, and together they went to his shop where he hires musical equipment. This is not easy. Finally, the amplifiers came at about 4 am. They connected them and this is how sound came for this morning service. No one slept even a minute.

As for me, I could not help them but I could pray. The verse the Holy Spirit gave me throughout the night was this:    “On this Rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt 16:18).  Indeed it was an attack. The devil saw something of what was coming this Sunday morning. He tried to stop the service, but failed. To God be all the glory!

I want to give all the glory to God! I also want to ‘give honor to whom honor is due’. God used Pastor Leigh, the sound crew and the instrumentalists to bulldoze ‘the gates of hell’ last night. These are the names of the humble and faithful brethren, the soldiers of Christ who stood in the night, serving God and the church in the hour of need: Ufuoma, Oyibo, Dodo, Marcello, David, Akpomiemie, Emma, TJ, Kelvin, Josiah, Tega and Goddey. May God bless you all! “Behold, bless you the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD” (Ps 134:1)

Father, Son and Holy Ghost! Please, receive all the glory!