WORRY IS SIN

 

“Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it” (PV 15:16)

 

In Hebrew, the word ‘trouble’ in means confusion, anger or destruction. This is my stand: I prefer to have less money, to dress with simple clothes and eat ‘ordinary’ food but with peace and joy in the Holy Ghost; than to have a million dollars that is mixed with confusion and anger that will destroy me.

 

Worrying is feeling restless or being overly concerned about a situation or problem. With excessive worrying, your mind and body go into overdrive as you constantly focus on “what might happen”. You become oversensitive about your environment. The people around seem to be a threat to you. You fear that your family and friends will add to your troubles. You withdraw from them. Worry is poison to your relationships.

 

What is the Bible’s view about this subject? WORRY IS SIN!  What are the causes of worry? Money is top of the list! I read that eighty percent of all Americans worry about money. Other reasons for worry is your health, the opinions of others about you, your body image, thinking about your past mistakes and the unknown future, watching news on the TV and other things. Worry produces depression. It steals the joy of life. Worry divides the mind. Somebody said that ‘worry is emotional atheism’. The one who worries says ‘My God is too small for my big problems…God is in exile. God has abandoned His throne!” Repentance says: “God is back on His Throne. He cares for me!” You need to reject the god of your imagination and go back to the God of the Bible!

 

“Do not worry about tomorrow!” (Mt 6:34) This is the command of Jesus! To worry is to disobey God’s command!

This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible: “I will trust and not be afraid!” (Is 12:2)

 

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

Jehovah Jireh is my God and He cares for me!

I will trust God and not be afraid!

God shall provide all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus!

I prosper in all things!

God’s grace is sufficient for me!

My life is a testimony that my God is alive!

I shall give God all the glory for everything!

I shall rejoice!

In Jesus name

Amen!

INTERPRET MY DREAM

 

“And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.” So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” (Gen 41:15, 16)

 

Please read again the wonderful story of Joseph. In Genesis chapter 41 Pharaoh has two dreams and wakes up troubled in his mind. He does not understand their meaning. He now needs a man to interpret his dreams. His court magicians are not able to do it. This is now a great opportunity for any man to be promoted and rewarded by Pharaoh. Who is the ‘lucky’ man? Suddenly, the cup bearer remembers ‘his faults’. He recommends a Hebrew prisoner called Joseph who previously correctly interpreted his dream. Joseph is hurriedly brought from his prison cell and he now stands before the greatest man in the world at that time.

 

Joseph listens to Pharaoh telling him his strange dreams. By the power of the Holy Spirit he correctly interprets them. He even suggests a plan of action that will save Egypt from destruction because of famine. Pharaoh and his royal aids are all impressed. Pharaoh then asks his ministers if there is any Egyptian better qualified than Joseph to become his special assistant. None was found better than him. That is how Joseph became the Prime Minister of Egypt.

 

The word ‘interpret’ appears seven times in this chapter. In Hebrew it means to open up something that is closed or mysterious. It means to bring light into darkness, to make clear to others something that appears difficult, so that other may understand the true hidden meaning.

 

From this story we see that ‘interpretation’ of mysteries is the ‘pass word’ to greatness. Interpretation of mysterious words opens doors of wealth and promotion that no man can shut. This is true in all cultures and generations.  In the New Testament it is called the ‘word of wisdom’. It is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Divine wisdom is the well where all great treasures are found. In the presence of divine wisdom, poverty, sickness and trouble bow down and cannot rise. Do you need money? Do you need healing? Do you need freedom from bondage? Then pray and pay the price to receive the gift of divine wisdom which comes from the Holy Spirit. May my words find favor with your spirit today!

MARRIAGE IS HONORABLE AND HOLY

“Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Heb 13:4)

God invented marriage! That is why marriage is to be honored. Marriage must be holy for God is holy. Sex should be restricted only to the married people. God’s Word forbids sex outside the marriage. There shall be no premarital sex, no fornication, no adultery, no homosexuality and no polygamy. It is not just the acts but even the lustful imaginations are counted as sin! God shall judge that sin! God loves you and God loves your marriage! God is the enemy of the enemy of your marriage! Amen!

This is a great question: How do we glorify God? How do we worship God thru our marriage?

Only a Biblical marriage has the potential and the capacity to become worship to God! Is your marriage founded on the Word of God? If yes, then use it to find and worship God! Your marriage will become a challenge, an example and an inspiration to many! God will use you and your spouse as His ministers!

*The marriage is a picture of Christ and His Bride, the Church! A loving and faithful husband is a picture of Christ. That is why God personally judges adulterers. In particular, an unfaithful husband misrepresents Christ as a loving and faithful Savior. God is jealous over the Name and the Reputation of His Son Jesus Christ. No one is allowed to stain or corrupt that Name, not even thru foolish sexual lust. God judges that adulterer!

*Marriage reflects the Godhead (God the Father)

Marriage is a picture of the Love of God the Father. All living things have a head. The head of the wife is her husband. The head of the husband is Christ and the head of Christ is God the Father (1Cor 11:3). Divorce or adultery corrupts this revelation. An unfaithful husband misrepresents God. It is like a decapitated body. God judges that deception. That is why God is so harsh in judging adultery or divorce!

*The wife’s destiny is to be a God’s sent Helper to her husband. She helps the husband fulfill his calling as a man of God. That is her work and ministry before God. By doing this, she will fulfill her destiny too! The word ‘helper’ is the same with the word used to describe the Holy Spirit, who is the Comforter, Encourager or Helper. The wife is to the husband what the Holy Spirit is to the Christian. A rebellious wife misrepresents the Holy Spirit. God will judge that! Young men, be careful! If you marry an unbelieving woman that is a tragedy! No matter how pretty, she will not able to help you fulfill your destiny. She will be a spiritual liability to you! That is why God does not bless an unequal yoking marriage. The saved husband has to pray for his wife, for the mercy of God to save her. Only after she is saved that she can fulfill her role as a helper to her husband.

*The children shall be trained in the fear and the knowledge of God! It is only in a home where both husband and wife are saved that the children learn to know who God is. When children are born to unbelievers, they do not know God for their parents misrepresent God to them. There is a great difference between the children born to believers and the ones born to unbelievers. An unbelieving parent may be religious but at home he is harsh, greedy, unloving and unfaithful. This is totally the opposite of who God is. It is only the grace of God that can help the children born to unbelievers or to believers who are backsliding.

May God help al hurting marriages! May God save the unbelievers who are married to believers! May God help their children! We come against the evil spirits of lust and rebellion! We reject you! Go away! Holy Spirit please come…May God glorify Himself in Your home! May your marriage become worship to the Living God! In Jesus name, amen!

LOST AND FOUND

PRAISE REPORT AND PRAYER REQUEST

This poem was send to me by a young sister, a teenager. She is about the same age with Mary when she became pregnant with Jesus. This girl had deep inferiority complex for many years. She hid it from her parents. But she told me in confidence that her class mates and other young men say that she is ‘ugly’. She also said that when she placed her picture on Facebook, even boys that she does not know commented that she is ugly.

I encouraged her to pray; to look unto Jesus; to be sure that she is truly born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. I told her that Jesus is Beautiful and as she worships Him, she will become beautiful too! I also told her that holiness is beautiful and growing in grace will become her unique, deep and lasting beauty! I also encouraged her to start writing a journal and the way she feels. That will help her bring out her confusing and oppressive emotions so that she can confront them. That was at the beginning of this year. She truly surprised me by sending me wonderful letters and poems. I never knew that such a treasure of loveliness was buried inside. I can see the worm becoming a butterfly. I admire the love, the gentles and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in dealing with this girl.

In the past, she was attending our church with her parents and siblings. She now lives with relatives in Lagos waiting to enter the university. She will read your comments. On behalf of herself, I say thank you to all who chose to pray, encourage and lift up ‘a broken flower’ planted in the garden of our Lord. God bless you all!

LOST AND FOUND

Lost in a world of my own

A place where I’m hunted by my own shadow

Where darkness is the order of the day

With everyone skilled in the art of SIN

Blindfolded with evil

And with ears blocked by lies

With heart made of stone

And every mail I get is a blackmail

Going down the same road

A lonely and scary path

I notice a light

A spectacular glow

Getting to the end

I am arrested for trespassing

“How dare you come before

The Great and wonderful King

With such filth in you?

It is time to pay the price with your head and blood”

Being lead to be beheaded

A strange but gentle Man

Among the Guards leading me

Whispers into my ears

And says” if you have FAITH

In Me you will gain SALVATION”

“Who are You?

Why do you choose to save me?”

For I deserve to die

But if you are willing to save me

Though I do not know You

I’ll have FAITH in You!”

As soon as I made that choice

There was a loud cry saying: ‘FATHER! She believes!’

With trumpets blown really loud

I was set free

From fear and depression

Given a new name…

I was now called ‘BELOVED’

I could see light

I could hear truth

My heart became so soft

And every day I now get a mail

Reminding me that I am loved ..

Though I am still in that same world

But I am no longer hunted by my shadow

I was lost but now I am found!

And on that note

I am nominated and rewarded with the crown of FAVOUR

For I have found FAVOUR before GOD and Man

Halleluiah to my Savior!

ARE YOU A BRUISED FLOWER?

bruised flower

It is in times of soul abasement, that the . . .

love,

tenderness, and

grace of the Holy Spirit are better known.

As a Comforter, as a Revealer of Jesus, we are,

perhaps, more fully led into an acquaintance with

the work of the Spirit in seasons of soul abasement

than at any other time. The mode and time of His

divine manifestation are thus beautifully predicted:

“He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass:

as showers that water the earth.”  Psalm 72:6

Observe . . .

the gentleness,

the silence, and

the sovereignty of His operation: “He shall come

down like rain.” How characteristic of the blessed

Spirit’s grace!

Then mark the occasion on which He descends.

It is at the time of the soul’s deep prostration . . .

the waving grass is mowed,

the lovely flower is laid low,

the fruitful stem is broken,

that which was beautiful, fragrant, and precious is cut down . . .

the fairest first to fade,

the loveliest first to die,

the fondest first to depart.

Then, when . . .

the blessing is gone,

and the spirit is bowed,

when the heart is broken,

the mind is dejected, and

the world seems clad in wintry desolation and gloom,

the Holy Spirit, in all the . . .

softening,

reviving,

comforting, and

refreshing influence of His grace, descends,

speaks of the beauty of Jesus, leads to the

grace of Jesus, lifts the bowed soul, and

reposes it on the bosom of Jesus!

Precious and priceless, then, beloved, are the

seasons of a believer’s humiliation. They tell . . .

of the soul’s emptiness,

of Christ’s fullness;

of the creature’s insufficiency,

of Christ’s all sufficiency;

of the world’s poverty,

of Christ’s affluence.

They create . . .

a necessity which Jesus supplies,

a void which Jesus fills,

a sorrow which Jesus soothes,

a desire which Jesus satisfies.

They endear the cross of the incarnate God,

they reveal the hidden glory of Christ’s humiliation,

they sweeten prayer,

they lift the soul to God.

Are you as a bruised flower?

Are you as a  broken stem?

Does some heavy trial now bow you in the dust?

Oh never, perhaps, were you so truly beautiful;

never did your grace send forth such fragrance,

or your prayers ascend with so sweet an odor;

never did faith, and hope, and love develop their

hidden glories so richly, so fully as now!

In the eyes of a wounded, a bruised, and a

humbled Christ, you were never more lovely, and

never more precious to His heart than now . . .

pierced by His hand,

smitten by His rod,

humbled by His chastisement,

laid low at His feet,

condemning yourself,

justifying Him,

taking to yourself all the shame, and

ascribing to Him all the glory!

(by Octavius Winslow, 1808-1878)

HEALED!

PRAISE REPORT

Recently I was very sick. I had to re-learn these basic lessons of faith. I was in that place of fear, confusion loneliness…. I know how easy it is to doubt, to accept defeat. To die is very easy. To live is hard. I almost forgot this truth… One night, during prayer, I chose to fight back inch by inch. Like a desperate woman, I prayed for my healing, for a testimony to share with others, for a new reason to glorify God in my life! The devil did not give up easily and for a long time he looked like a winner. But I pressed on, declaring the Word of God over my life and praying in the Spirit. The battle was stronger than I anticipated. It lasted longer that I imagined. But slowly, I started gaining ground. I reclaimed the lost blessings. The day came when I said: “I am healed!”

In Hebrew, the words ‘acquainted with grief’ (Is 53:3) can also be translated as ‘Knowing my sickness’. This revelation added fire to my bones. In my sickness I felt strong knowing that Jesus intimately knows me even in my sickness. He is not like the doctors who argued in my presence calling names of strange fearful incurable diseases. They could not even agree what treatment is the best for me. Thank God that Jesus is not like them! He knows every microbe, every virus and every cell. At His name, they all bow! Jesus is my Creator! He knows the damage the enemy has done to me. Jesus is not intimidated by my sickness… So one day, with one touch, my body was healed. O, sweet victory! My faith in His Blood has made me whole! Glory to God!

“And Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (Mk 5:34)

(notes from my journal, November 2014)