A NARROW ESCAPE

 

“And I find more bitter than death

The woman whose heart is snares and nets,

Whose hands are fetters.

He who pleases God shall escape from her,

But the sinner shall be trapped by her” (Ecc 7:26)

 

We assume that the worst news you can ever hear is connected with death. Death is bitter. Death separates body and soul. Death separates man from family and friends. Death is bitter because it is the curse of God upon sin. But the Bible says that there is something worse and ‘more bitter’ than death itself. What can that thing be? The surprising answer is ‘a woman’!!!

bird net

How can I describe this woman? She may be beautiful, educated and religious. She is not any woman but a strange type of woman. Her main description is that she is rebellious and very bitter. In Hebrew, the word ‘bitter’ means to be angry, dissatisfied and restless. She is grieved with herself, angry with life and easily provoked. She is one who is often unhappy; one who bears a grudge from a sense of a thwarted ambition; one who is in active opposition to an established order. She is a seductive adulteress. Her heart and her arms are snares, nets and fetters. Observe that each word is plural. Her lips and speech are sweet and attractive but poisonous at last. This woman has many devices to ensnare the souls of men. If one fails she will use another. I hope you remember that it is the immoral women who trapped King Solomon and lead him astray. He was the wisest man alive and even him got caught into the tragic net of pagan women. It is the same with Samson. This immoral woman is like a skillful fowler who has many devices to catch birds. A fowler uses food, water or decoy birds to attract the real birds. The conclusion is that you can’t love God and love ungodly women in the same time!

 

What is the solution? You need to ‘please God’! Nothing else can save you from that bitterest cursed trap called Jezebel! Religion, common sense and the wisdom of men, education or wealth, all these are not able to save you. It is only the man who is born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, the one who truly loves and fears God shall be able to escape that wicked hunter of souls. Pray that the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to see the danger of sympathizing with rebellion, flirting with evil and falling prey to the attraction of the sexual occult. The fowler attracts thru food and water placed strategically.  Be satisfied with Christ alone! Jesus is enough for you! You have the Word of God as food and the Holy Spirit as the water of life. Keep to the narrow path! The danger of spiritual kidnapping is real. But the escape provided by God is real too. The difference between living in prison and living in freedom is more that words can say. May God deliver you from the reckless foolishness and bold presumption of backsliders! May God help you to run away from Potiphar’s wife! And for you who are free indeed, may God help you to appreciate the freedom you have in Christ! I have experienced the mighty power of the Holy Ghost as the Deliverer from extreme trouble! To God be all the glory for the great salvation, for the sweet deliverance and for the freedom purchased for us on the Cross of Calvary! Amen!

UNCOUNTABLE MIRACLES

 

 

“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted” (Job 5:9).

 

What the world calls a miracle is anything different than the ordinary. But what we the believers call a miracle, is when God changes the natural laws He has created and personally intervenes in the lives of men and women on earth. Jesus did miracles. In His name we are commanded to trust God for genuine miracles. The very definition implies that miracles are rare. They cannot be bought with money and no man can ‘produce’ them. The devil can make fake miracles but these do not give gory to God. There are many Christians who do not believe in miracles. The evil spirit of religion is in charge in many churches. The pastors preach good character and positive attitude. But Christianity is much more than that.  Jesus did not suffer and die just to make us ‘better’ people. He died to save our souls. On the Cross of Calvary He paid the debt of death we owed but could not pay.

 

Please think of this truth until your very soul start burning with fire and passion for the King of kings. Let all spiritual trash burn off. Let all the chaff be blown away by the wind of the Spirit. Let your heart be purified! Let your spirit awake to the call of the Holy God! Come back to the Cross! If you are sick or in need, pray for a genuine miracle that will give glory to God! Nothing is impossible with God! Worship the Lamb of God! Jesus is Lord!

HEALED PROMOTED EARS

 

 

“If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked” (PV 29:12)

The evening prayer meeting was wonderful. I am always so grateful when the unity of the Spirit is fast established from the beginning. The progress is faster. The faith opens its wings and soars. The worship is sustained by the Holy Spirit and not by the keyboard’s strings. The prayers gain momentum and rise from grateful hearts. The Word lands gently but strongly on the softened hearts. Oh, I love doing ministry in the Holy Ghost…

 

We have entered in a season of great breakthroughs. There shall be healings (plural) and prosperity at all levels. Child of God, you who have faithfully served Him all these years, God had approved your promotion. It shall be seen in your life, marriage, office, finances and ministry. Your friends who prayed for you shall rejoice with you. Your enemies who have secretly trailed behind hoping for a opportunity to drag you back, shall weep and gnash their teeth. They shall fall into the pit they dug for you. The snare that they hid for you shall trap their feet and they shall suddenly fall out of the picture. You shall look for them but shall see them no more.

God shall promote you! You shall become a ruler, a leader. You need wisdom. You need to be prepared for the peculiar attack of the devil. The way the devil attacks the poor men and the way he attacks the rich ones is different.  He shall send fake believers to you. These agents are liars, deceivers and skillful flatterers. They shall praise you, your gifts and your achievements. But their heart is not with you. They hate you. They are jealous on you. When you were down, they did not see you, they did not help you. Now that you are high, they shall come. Shamelessly they shall draw near you. They shall speak lies, sugar coated words, oily and sweet praises. If you allow your ears to receive such poison, your ears shall be damaged. In the last days many shall develop itchy ears, addicted to lies and foolish talk. They shall hate and reject the truth that sets men free. These foolish men love chains. They prefer the bondage of Egypt, the cucumbers of unfulfilled dreams and the leeks of shameful disappointment. They love to eat the pottage of betrayal and failure. Truth is too far for their broken wings. The goodness of Christ is too strong for their unprepared teeth.

 

If you are deceived and permit lies to enter your ears and land in your heart, things will change for the worse. Your ‘officials’, your family, your friends, your workers, your counselors shall become ‘wicked’. They shall be troubled, jealous and angry with you. Your life will rotate around vanity and vexation of spirit.  This down running spiral started with lies and damaged ears. As God promotes you, prepare for this attack.

 

But there is mercy with God. There is healing with Jehovah Rapha. There are no spare parts for the computer of the spiritual ears. Only God heals. Only God forgives. Only God restores. Make a vow to forward all praises given to you, to the living God. For He alone is worthy to receive all honor and praises! Worship the Lord!

 

“I need You, Lord I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

O God, I need You…”

I need You more than yesterday

So much more than words can say

I need You more than ever before

I need You

Every hour I need You

I need You Jesus, my Lord!”

MY PRAYER IS HEARD

 

The mighty Angel Gabriel was sent by God to Zechariah with wonderful news. Face to face with the angel, the old priest became afraid. Listen to the gracious words coming from the angel, spoken in a human language he can understand:  “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John” (Lk 1:13). The angel gives him clear proof of God’s love, faithfulness, mercy and grace. But Zechariah doubts the promise of God. He is chastised immediately. For the next nine months he shall be dumb. He will not be able to encourage the worshippers waiting for him outside the temple. He will not be able to comfort his wife. Ministry comes to stand still.

 

There are great lessons here. We learn that God punishes doubt in His children. The more grace is given to you, the more is expected from you. This story is amazing to me. First of all, listen to this simple but wonderful sentence spoken by the Angel: “Your prayer is heard!” God invented prayer! God listens to our prayers! No matter how long it takes, God answers our prayers! Another thing that surprises me is that even when God punishes, He is still merciful. God could have stroke Zechariah dead, but He did not. Lastly, it amazes me that even in the presence of His servant’s doubt God’s promise was still fulfilled. Even when we are unfaithful, God remains faithful! The long expected son called John was born in exactly nine months from this dramatic encounter.

 

This is my prayer today: “Let it be unto me according to Your Word!”  May you repent of doubt and unbelief! The longer you know God, the less excuse you have to query God with foolish questions. If your faith is weak, pray that it will be strengthen! There is no excuse to continue your Christian life with a handicapped faith! And for you who trust God and remain faithful to the original vision given to you, well done! Rejoice that you know the Living God! Worship this mighty, merciful, faithful, miracle working God! Praise the Lord!

 

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

God has heard my prayer!

My testimony is sure!

Faith 100%!

Doubt 0%!

To the glory of God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

PRAYER REQUEST

 
THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY
I received a letter from a man who was once happily married with children. But he fell into the sin of adultery, lying and manipulation. That sin damaged his marriage almost to the point of breaking. Both of them are born again. The wife is a woman of God and she prayed for years that God will help them. God indeed is faithful and He had mercy on them. Not too long ago they have reconciled and rededicated their marriage to God. But the husband still struggles with negative patterns of thinking. Please pray for them. The devil is a liar. In Christ, there is hope!

“Hello MaLia, I am just reconnecting to give you feedback on my progress. Not too proud of it. I’m still struggling with lying and misleading. Sometimes on minor issues that just require a straight forward answer. This is one strong hold that MUST come down, as it still affects deeply our road to full recovery. I see the ill effect of such habit and I have decided to listen to my wife as Pastor Leigh once told me. The gravity of what I did is so great and deep that I HAVE to humble myself and give my wife more respect and consideration than ever before, especially when she, rightly so, questions me on my whereabouts. I have integrated it now and my request to you is to keep me in your prayers so that God cleanses me of the spirit of lies, the spirit of unnecessary defensiveness. I must not feel threatened when she inquires on matters that disturb her. She wants to know and I just have to tell her. My prayer is also that God helps me to keep my memory fresh so that I can recall events causing the inquiry. On many occasions, I found myself refusing to accept some facts, just because I could not remember them. Later I realize their veracity by taking the time to going back and putting all the pieces together. All I had to say to my wife was: “I can’t recall that event. But I will find out and get back to you ASAP” Instead, I tend to refuse on the spot. Please still pray for me…pray for us…”

This is my answer to him:
“Sanctification is the hardest thing to do as a believer. Salvation is free because Jesus paid it all for us on the Cross. But sanctification, the process in which we change to become like Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that is hard because we have to pay the price for it. Some people are more willing than others to pay the price. That is why some make faster progress than others. You are born to be a champion. That is why you will not be happy to trail at the back of the class. One reason why your progress may be slow is that your vision is not clear enough. You change to become like Jesus, your Savior, Lord and Lover. Out of that change you become a better husband and father. God must always be first! Another reason why the process of sanctification is slow may be greed. “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1Tim 6:10). This is because there is a price to pay to change. If you love money (in your spirit) you will bargain with God and waste time. Pray that you shall be a cheerful giver, a generous soul to God and to your wife; in all things, words, extra mile actions and even money. God will open your eyes to see these truths. I wish you well. God bless you! Love in Christ alone, Malia”

A DROP OF BLOOD IN THE WATER

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1John 3:8)

It is said that politicians or wicked men are like sharks. They have no pity on the other. If one is wounded and bleeds in the water, all the sharks come around, attack and kill the victim. The shack can detect a drop of raw fresh blood in a million drops of water. Once it detects a vulnerable prey, the predator swiftly shifts from the inert lethargic mode to an aggressively restless form. All the senses are telling the shark: it’s time to move in for the kill.

The shark is a good picture for the devil. He is passive for as long as you hide behind your wall of comfort. Once you decide to stand for Jesus, you shall get wounded, your heart will break. It is normal. The demons around you that were ‘sleeping’ will suddenly ‘wake up’. They become agitated and change from (fake) friends to enemies. This change is sudden and dramatic. They will attack you with wickedness, slander, intimidation, manipulation and fear. This is not a joke! They will gather together and block your way to progress becoming a gate of hell. The demons hate it when you take your cross and follow Jesus! Your success is like a drop of blood in the oceans. The sharks are agitated! The demons hate it! They will do everything they can to make you withdraw from the path of breakthrough. But they will fail for God is with you!

I read that if you look the shack in his eyes, he will run away from you. Look the devil in the eyes! Confront the wicked powers of darkness that have kept you in bondage all these years! To experience victory you need to be aggressive and move forward. The Holy Spirit in you is greater than the devil! Resist the devil and he will run away from you! Are you not hearing the trumpet of the Holy Spirit? The Lord Jesus Christ is moving on! Pray! Praise God! Let’s follow! There are many souls to be won for the Kingdom. This is the hour of victory! I do not want you to live a life of failure and regret! Move on! You can do all things thru Christ who strengthens you! No fear! Just believe! Jesus has never lost any battle! He will not start losing now! God can never fail! He is calling you to be the man, the woman He destined you to be! Be a champion! Be a hero! Be an inspiration to this generation! To the glory of God! Halleluiah to the Lamb of God!

Sharks smell blood

“Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see his banners go!

At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.”

(By Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924)

GOD HAS REVIVED ME

 

“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul… Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me! You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies and Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the works of Your hands” (Psalm 138)

 

For the children of God Psalm 138 is a song of confidence that no matter the trials and temptations, in Christ, we have the victory. We declare that God is with us always, even in the midst of trouble. By the grace of God pain should not lead us to depression, doubt and backsliding but closer to God. As the pain increases, so the faith will increase! Where sin abounds, grace abounds much more! We are determined to pray even more. If we do not know what to pray about, we shall pray in tongues. God will give us a wonderful testimony that we are His children! God shall hear and answer our prayer! This is His promise!

 

You shall rejoice not only at the answer, but that God has vindicated you. Your enemies who slander your name shall see that you are not a sinner, but a child of God! For a child of God the pain is not forever. The trial will end in praise! The trouble will end in revival. Like a woman in labor, pain will open the womb and the baby is born. So the pain inflicted by your enemies will open your spiritual womb and inexpressibly joy shall be born. Looking back you shall say: ‘Thank You Jesus! It was all worth it!’  That is why I say: ‘No matter the circumstances, don’t ever give up on God! His mercy is eternal! Don’t even give up on yourself! God has not finished His work in you!’

Psalm 138

This is my declaration and my confidence: ‘I am a Child of God! The Lord works in me of His good pleasure! God’s purpose must be fulfilled in my life! God will perfect His work in me! My perfection is not from men on earth but from God in heaven! I am a work in progress to the glory of God! I am not perfect now, just justified by God’s grace! Jesus died for me on the Cross. My perfection is in the future! My future is better than my present! Jesus sent me as a sheep in the midst of wolves to witness for Him! The enemies shall not consume me, for God’s hand is my shield! My shield is not ‘a dead thing’. My shield is alive. If you try to wound me, you shall wound the hand of the Living God. That is why I am not afraid of trouble. For who can fight God and win? Nobody!

 

This is my prayer: ‘Father, do not forsake the works of Your hands… (The word ‘forsake’ means to drop down)… Father, if You drop me, I will fall and be scattered. Please perfect Your work in me. I appreciate Your work in me. Do not put me on hold. I trust in You! Let Your gracious work in me make some advance today! I vow to give You alone all the glory! I love You Lord! In Jesus name, amen!’