GARDEN SNAKE

“So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.” (Gen 3:14, 15)

Since we moved to our’ Promised Land’ we really enjoyed the peace and blessings of God. But trouble came unexpectedly. Yesterday we found a snake in our garden. My husband saw it moving on the mosquito net at the window. We both jumped!!! We called the brethren living in the building. They came armed with sticks and killed it. It was a green garden snake looking very much like the plants. Possibly, it was a harmless snake but it had no chance against an army of worshippers. In Nigeria a snake is a snake. A snake represents evil and people here hate them. I too dislike them. They killed it and buried it. That is the end of the story. But I wanted to share some thoughts…

Fear of snakes is one of the most common phobias, yet many people have never seen a snake in person. So how is this fear generated? New research suggests humans are born with an innate tendency to sense snakes and to learn to fear them. Psychologists found that both adults and children could detect images of snakes among a variety of non-threatening objects more quickly than they could pinpoint frogs, flowers or caterpillars. The researchers think this ability helped humans survive in the wild. Also, according to scientific research, women are acutely terrified by snakes and spiders. Indeed, it has been found that women are four times more likely than men to suffer from these phobias. But there is no gender difference for phobias related to modern-day life (e.g., injections, flying). The Bible says that women’s dislike of snakes has a spiritual cause and is a reflection of the state of hostility that exists between Satan and the human race.

The devil came into the beautiful Garden of Eden in the form of a snake. He tempted Eve to sin against God. She was deceived and fell. Adam chose to share in her sin and rebelled against God’s command. That is how both of them fell into sin. Since then, humanity has never been the same again. This is the truth: We are all born sinners. According to God’s holy law, sinners have to die. Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, came to earth to die for sinners and to set them free. The devil (like a snake) bruised the heel of Jesus on the Cross. But Jesus bruised his head. That is why the devil can never be ‘normal’ again. We are to fight and defeat him in the name of Jesus! This is a warning to all the snakes, natural or spiritual! No snake shall ‘rest or play’ in my garden! At the name of Jesus every knee and all creation must bow! This is the Gospel of Christ, the only way of salvation for men. Give your life to Christ today! Jesus is Lord!

AMAZING GRACE

PRAISE REPORT

This is a letter I received recently from one of my daughters in Christ. Read and be blessed:

“Dear Malia,
I enjoyed more of God’s mercies on Monday afternoon. I was on the way when I noticed this heavy traffic, I didnt want stay on it. I got to a u-turn deciding to either returned back and use another route or take the opposite direction of the traffic. While I was still contemplating, a car from behind me took the opposite traffic.. I got my cue. Put on the hazard light and I followed the car. I was feeling lucky. Not too far from the point where I could exit from that lane, I noticed a school girl (14-17yrs), about to cross the road. she was looking at only one direction (which is expected) didn’t see me coming and entered the road. I knocked her down, her school bag landed on my shield, I held the brakes and stayed still. Lord, help.
I was wrong in every way, no way out. A lady started to scream and talk so shrilly at the other side of the traffic. I didn’t look her way at all. I needed help not panic. At the point I wanted to get out of the car, God stepped in. The school girl got up, waved her hand at the screaming lady to quieten her down and saying “I’m alright”. She walked up to my car and smiled at me still saying “I’m alright”.. She asked me to stop the wipers so she could pick her bag.. I did. I kept asking if she was fine, she answered. The shrilling lady had calmed down and also asked if she was sure about being fine. She picked her bag, looked both ways and crossed the street. (Interestingly, no car had passed from both directions)Still watching her, noticed one of her shoes was missing, I asked her, she told me, she had it and proceeded to wear it. At this point traffic had started building behind me, they were becoming agitated, not knowing what happened, they thought I was holding up the traffic. One drove past and wondered why I was looking at the girl. She started to walk away when I drove off in daze. Praying also that she truly stays fine…
What just happened?
The time I felt I gained could have been lost and much more spent. Death or injuries …how would I have coped knowing my irresponsibility had caused it..
Mercy, Mercy, God’s mercies.
Great deliverance The Lord has shown to me.
He plucked my feet from the net…
I see her face… She smiled at me…
I have been quiet but screaming inside. I have spontaneous shouts.. No words… All in awe of God.
This is our God. My refuge, strong tower. My rock of defence. He has shut the mouth of the accusers.. God has held me up.. He broaden the path beneath my feet so that I didn’t fall.
Like a flood, it could have been but He raised the standard.
The King over the floods has calmed the raging storms.
My heart rejoices.. My God is mighty. My heavenly Father is always with me even in my my wrong judgement.
Speechless as it is but my heart is bursting in gratitude..
Overwhelmed by Grace…
Your daughter…”

My answer to her:
“Dear…
Thank God! Praise God! For life, for lessons, for grace!
Share your testimony (for this is what it is)! Give God all the glory! I think that God wants you to wake up and see the protection and grace He gives you. You cannot experience this and be the same! Do not run away from your emotions! Feel them! Anxiety, pain, shame, fear…feel them all! Confront them! Deliver yourself from them! Follow only the lead of the Holy Spirit and not the easy path! Lastly, I agree with you…Jesus is Lord over you! To God be all the glory!
Love in Christ alone
Malia

“He will call on Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Ps 91:15)

QUENCH NOT THE SPIRIT

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. (1Thess 5:16-22)
 
Read the commands of God in the scriptures above! This is my duty before God: I must rejoice always, I must pray in faith without interruptions, in everything I must give thanks, I must believe all prophetic utterances that come from God’s true messengers, I must test all things and all spirits so that I can hold fast to what is good and be able to refuse every evil spirits and theirs utterances. This is what I have to do!
But this is an impossible task for any believer, no matter how old he is. How then can I do all these things? On my own, it is just impossible! I need the Holy Spirit! I need to be filled daily with the Holy Spirit!
 
The danger is that, in the process, I may be tempted to quench the Holy Spirit. This quenching is like putting off a fire. Be careful! There are two types of fire! With the shield of faith I am supposed to quench the fiery arrows of the devil and not the Holy Spirit’s fire. But sometimes, the believers get confused and ignorantly quench their very life!
 
To quench the Spirit is a sin only the believer can commit. No unbeliever can be guilty of quenching the Spirit. This is because they do not know and they do not have the Holy Spirit within. Think about this!
 
In the natural, a fire needs three things to start and to continue burning: oxygen, fuel and heat. These have to be in the right mixture for the fire to burn. A fire can be prevented or extinguished by removing any one of the elements in the fire triangle. For example, covering a fire with a fire blanket removes the oxygen and can extinguish the fire. If you do not add more wood, the fire will slowly quench. Also, the fire needs heat to continue burning. If you blow a candle with cold breath, the candle will go off. But a bush fire has enough heat around not to be quenched by somebody blowing cold on it.
 
Spiritually speaking, God ignites the fire, the zeal, the passion to know Him and to worship Him. Man cannot start the fire of the Holy Spirit in the heart. Man cannot become born again by his power. But man can quench the Spirit by neglecting the means of grace: the study of the Word of God, prayer, corporate worship and service in the house of God. Internally, the fire can be quench from acts of disobedience, desire to go back to the world, pride, lust and other sins. If he is a child of God indeed, he will not lose his salvation. But he will lose the joy of his salvation, the passion to freely worship God for who He is; the desire to witness to others about his salvation and the zeal to do God’s work. If the Spirit is quenched, the backslider will lose the rewards promise to them who faithfully serve God. And that is indeed a great loss! Another lesson is this: the greater the passion for Jesus, the more difficult it becomes for the external factors of circumstances and evil attacks to prevail against a child of God! You start like a candle but become an inferno to the glory of God and to the defeat of the devil!
 
Finally, this is a call to come back to the Cross! Child of God, you need to come back to the pure and simple love for Jesus! Repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ! Pay the price for maturity! There is nothing better to do on earth than to serve God! I am a witness for Christ! I am a servant for Christ! I confirm these words to be true! Let the fire burn! Child of God, come home!
 
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(In the picture you see is a ‘prophetic’ fire that our church did at Jesus Mega Party Warri, 2013)

THE WILLING VOLUNTEERS

PRAISE REPORT
Since we have moved into our new sanctuary, the Holy Spirit is here more than ever before. One way to know it is by the numbers of people who volunteer to do ministry. Any ministry! In particular, there are so many people, men and women, who come each Saturday afternoon to clean the building, inside and outside.
Last Saturday, Pastor Leigh ‘felt sorry’ for the brethren as he saw them sweeping and moping such a big sanctuary. He called them one by one and told them that they can do it only once in two weeks. They all answered the same: “Pastor, no…we have vowed to come each Saturday to clean the house of God. Please, pastor… we are doing it for the Lord. This cleaning is worship unto the Lord…”
What can you say after such an answer? The only thing left is to thank God for His provision, who promised to build and to take care of His House! To God alone be all the glory! God bless the willing volunteers of Father’s House Bible Church!
“Your people shall be volunteers… Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, Your young men will come to You like dew from the morning’s womb” (Ps 110:3)
“Lord Jesus, we worship You…”