ASLEEP AND AWAKE

 

“I was sound asleep, but in my dreams I was wide awake.

Oh, listen! It’s the sound of my Lover knocking, calling…!” (SS 5:2; TM)

 

“Beloved… I see that you are tired and have fallen asleep… now it is time to wake up and talk… you have tried to please men…. to impress all men… you have helped all the people around you… you have feared them ,prayed for them, worked for them, served them day and night…

 

Now it is time to serve Me, your God, your Faithful Eternal Lover! Remember the prayer you prayed to Me long ago, when still a youth… when dreams were real and sweet romance was possible… remember the passion you had for Me, before the cold blanket of this world dampened your spirit… before mistakes brought shame and guilt poisoned your soul… remember the dreams we shared together… when the seeds of undying hope were planted in your tender heart… remember your prayers before the tears came, trying to wash away what was left of pure joy… remember the glimpse of glory before the storm destroyed our poems and our books got burned in the fire…  remember what I showed you on top of the mountain of frankincense, when we were alone, and no one applauded the show, for there was no show…

 

Know this: when you are awake and even in your sleep, I am still God, your God… All power belongs to me… My love for you can never fail… My passion for you can never fade… I am able to make old things new again… I have the power to change all things just because… My love is ready to surprise you…

 

I am knocking My Darling… Listen to the sound of My coming back…Feel my excitement as I am waiting outside your door…I wait for you to open it… My dreams, your dreams, our dreams can never die… and even if they died, they shall manifest from now on… Just believe that I am He… It is Me, your Life, your Lover and your Lord… The angels are getting impatient already… Let the music begin…Come out My Beloved… It is time!”

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MOTHER AND CHILDREN ARE SAFE

 

“For among my people are found wicked men: they watch, as fowlers lie in wait; they set a trap, they catch men… Surely, in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird… ” (Jer 5:26; PV 1:17)
 
A fowler is a professional bird-catcher. In the days previous to firearms, birds were captured with nets spread on the ground, in traps and snares. There was a method of taking young birds from a nest, raising them by hand, and when they had become very tame, they were confined in hidden cages so that their ‘baby’ voices would call others of their kind to the spot and they could be killed by arrows.
 
The Holy Spirit will protect you from the fowler’s snare. This is the promise of God! The fowler is a crafty hunter of birds. Spiritually speaking, the devil is the fowler who catches foolish disobedient birds. These represent the born again Christians who rebel against the commands of God. Be careful: what looks like an adventure may be a death trap! The fowler uses other birds as a snare. They are captured when little and ‘domesticated’ by the devil. They look humble and kind. They look like children in need of a mother or a father. They look like orphans! Be careful! Do not imagine that you can mother all the children in the world! These ‘domesticated’ birds are snares to attract other birds that have a motherly instinct. This is a great lesson: Love Jesus more than your children! In this way you shall not fall to the temptation to foolishly save all the children in danger that are nothing more than a flower’s snare. Your children need a spiritual mother not an emotional mother! Jesus says: “Anyone who loves their son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Mt 10:37).
 
This word is more difficult for them who have a great motherly (or fatherly) instinct. They assume that loving their children should be their lifetime passion, even more than loving Jesus. They take great pride in their parental achievements. It is a wonderful thing to be a good mother of father! But watch out for pride, for the fowler’s snare! Your children are a blessing and a reward from God. You should always love the Giver more than the gift! If you love Jesus more than any other thing, then you and your children shall be safe! I know that this is a ‘hard saying’ but nevertheless, it is the Word of God. I too I struggled hard to accept this saying. Foolishly, I grieved the Holy Spirit by arguing against it. I finally had to bow at the feet of Jesus and beg for forgiveness and mercy. Jesus showed me that He loves me and my children more than I can ever do it! “I now believe! Thank You Lord!”
 
Oh…how I wish you come back with a testimony that glorifies the Lord…
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INTERCESSION FOR WARRI AND NIGERIA

 

PRAYER POINTS FOR THE ALL –NIGHT SERVICE

Scriptures: 1Tim 2:1-4 and Gen 18:22-26
*We pray for the leaders in authority so that we can live ‘a quiet and peaceable life’, so that we can evangelize the people, so that they are saved.
*We pray for the President, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the State and local Government officials, the military, the police, the Intelligence agencies, the traditional rulers…. We pray that they rule with the fear of God.
*We pray for the religious leaders, pastors, missionaries etc. We pray against the evil spirit of religion, we pray that they become truly born again and that they preach true doctrines.
*We pray like Abraham who interceded for Sodom. The place was terribly sinful. But Abraham interceded until God promised that if He finds ten righteous men, he will not destroy the city. If God was willing to spare Sodom and Gomorrah because a righteous man interceded, we know that He will honor our petitions when we intercede for our nation, Nigeria. We believe there are more than 10 righteous men in Nigeria today! God will touch Nigeria and grant revival in the land!

A CLOSER WALK WITH THE LORD
Scriptures: Ac 4:24-31;
*We pray for boldness to stand for Jesus and to speak God’s Word during persecutions
*We pray against the evil spirit of fear
*We pray for miracles of healing, protection, deliverance, for signs and wonders
*We pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit
*We pray for revival in the churches
*We pray for church leaders, pastors, children department, ushers, evangelists, protocol, traffic control, security…
*We pray for higher faith
*We pray for more hunger for the Word of God and love for prayer
*We pray for the unity of the Spirit in the church, in the marriages, in the homes and light houses
*We pray against the evil spirit of Mammon, deception, anti-worship, pride, confusion, witchcraft, spell of sickness
*We pray for the zeal to do the work of God, for our ministries; to desire to see the souls saved
*We pray for the strength to give thanks to God in everything and to give Him all the glory!

WISDOM, REVELATION AND POWER
Scriptures: Eph 1:17-21
This is an apostolic prayer for revival. The church in Ephesus was a strong church. But the Lord says that the Ephesians had ‘forsaken their first love’ and they need to repent. It is not that they stopped loving Jesus but the love has gone down from the first place. This is a prayer for the backsliders, for the baby Christians to go deeper in the Spirit. It is a prayer God loves to answer.
*We pray to the God of Jesus Christ who is the Father of glory
*We pray that He may give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, to know God better
*We pray that we have an intimate relationship with God, that we give God all the glory in everything we do
*We pray that our spiritual eyes may be opened to understand the ways of God
*We pray that we know the hope of His calling us closer to Him and to ministry
*We pray that we know the riches of God’s glory found in the saints, the Body of Christ that is God’s inheritance
*We pray to experience the exceeding greatness of the power of resurrection. God will bring life in every area of stagnancy and death…
*We pray that we see this new thigs God is promising: The power of resurrection: “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Is 43:19)
*We pray to see Jesus seated on the Throne, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come
*We pray for pure hearts able to see God (Mt 5:8)
*We repent of sin, of secret idols and come back to the Lord Jesus Christ, our first love!
*We pray for revival in our hearts, families, churches and the Body of Christ
*We pray for a revival of worship all over Warri and Nigeria

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LOVING FRIENDS

 

 

“A friend loves at all times” (PV 17:17)

I am a blessed woman. God has blessed me with a wonderful husband, children and grandchildren (natural and spiritual). I am a full time pastor and a mother in Christ. This is my calling and I love it. My Father in Heaven has also given me wonderful friends, daughters in Christ, godly women who love God with a passion.  They are not afraid to be adventurous, holy bold, romantic, prayerful, passionate and poetic. They challenge me with their letters, words, poems and songs. Our relationship stays on the altar of the Word of God. We chose to die to the flesh. We rebuke and encourage each other as the Spirit leads. There are no manipulations and no fears. The power of resurrection sustains the relationship. That is why it will never die. We shall be friends in heaven too. We discuss spiritual things. Even the ordinary things of life must be bathed in the Word of God. We are ‘iron sharpens iron’ type of friends. We are ‘a friend who sticks close than a brother’ type of friends. We become better for knowing each other. I am always excited to read their letters. They inspire and challenge me. They live in different places all over the world. But we feel so close… From my ‘office’ in my kitchen in Warri, Nigeria, my spirit soars with theirs and we touch the rainbow above the throne of God. I pray for them, my God given family. They have blessed by body, my soul and my spirit. I pray for you too, that God will give you the gift of true, holy and faithful friends! In Jesus name, amen!

This is a letter from Veronica…

 

“Dear Malia,

I often wonder if we imagine God’s presence, or do we give way to emotional disconnect, or are we so self-absorbed that we think that just because we are in church, that we deserve a touch.

This is what I observed: while dwelling on our emotions we lose control and focus, at this point it becomes impossible to even sense His presence, the connection is lost. But when we come to that place of brokenness (in humility at His feet), then and only then can we stand up and become His servant, one who shares what has been given with others. God’s love must flow out. We were not created to stay on our knees forever. We need to pray and then get up, walk in His power and in His light. So I put pen to paper in an effort to express my heart. Please see the attachment. And as always feel free to share.

Love in Him,

Veronica

 

IN HIS PRESENCE

Standing tall I felt that I could reach the heavens

Quickly, I bowed my head and began to pray within

The atmosphere was electric

Yeah, I was where I was supposed to be; I was in ‘Church’

People were falling, they were singing, and dancing

Maybe they felt something, but I felt nothing

I wanted a touch, I needed a touch

Why not me?

I deserved such!

But my body was aching, and I could hardly stand

Yet praises went up and blessings came down

But I felt nothing!

So I ask, why no touch for me?

Doesn’t He hear?

I wanted a touch, I needed a touch

Why not me?

I deserved such!

So I sat down…

Suddenly, my voice burst forth and uttered unknown sounds

Then I screamed above the crowd

My spirit was lifted and it knew no bounds!

And then my knees hit the ground…

“Abba, Father, who art in heaven…”

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IMITATE ONLY GOOD

“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God” (3John 11)

To imitate it means to take another as your mentor or example. It means to speak and behave like your mentor. It is quite easy to imitate. Children imitate their parents. This is a warning; be sure that your mentor is born again, a godly person who imitates Christ. Do not imitate a sinner. Do not share into the sins of another. Do not blindly follow another. Do not follow a person who ‘has not seen God’. Such a person is not born again. Jesus asked: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? (Lk 6:39). The answer is ‘yes’! Do not imitate a worldly person, greedy, lustful, over ambitious, deceptive or wicked. It is your responsibility to know the truth about your leaders and mentors. You can’t claim ignorance following a fool. Pray for discernment! Receive good and reject evil!

BABY DEDICATION

Almost every Sunday we dedicate babies to the Lord. We pray for them. We prophesy for them. We give all the glory to God for them! Here in the picture is my husband, Pastor Leigh, lifting up baby Joshua unto the Lord! To God be all the glory! In Jesus name, amen!

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LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES

 

“Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people” (2Tim 3:1-5; TM)

 

This is a warning so that we are not deceived or discouraged. There are difficult times ahead. There shall be dangerous times, hard to understand, confusing, hard to deal with, manage or overcome. The word ‘times’ is plural. It refers not only to the passing of time, but also to seasons of greater difficulty than in the past. During these dangerous seasons it seems like hell itself has located you and attacks you without rest. The risk of loss, pain, failure and broken relationships is higher than usual. Your life will be marked by restlessness, anxiety, frustration and anger. Do not be deceived by men. Behind the scenes is the devil. He is the author of lies, deception, fear and confusion. He tries to intimidate and terrorize you. If you panic, trying to protect yourself, unknowingly, you will inflict pain to others. This ends in more sorrow and chronic regrets. From one blow to another, life becomes impossible … The plan of the devil is that you give up on God and on yourself. Never do that!

 

This warning is to be seen as an encouragement. Once you know your enemy, the victory is sure. Ignorance is the sister of deception.  The devil’s primary tool is lying, deception. Don’t forget: life is a battle field. There are winners and losers. In Christ, you can never lose it all. You may fall, you may lose some things… but by the grace of God you can never lose your salvation! God will not allow you to go to hell! You need to get up and move on. Never envy or admire the wicked people. Just identify them and keep distance from them. Do not look at the surface of things! Look behind the scenes! You shall see the truth about all these people who try to confuse you! Let them deceive themselves but not you. Do not join their evil games of ‘sweet lies’. They may deceive men but they can never deceive God! The end is bad for them. Turn away from them. Make sure your friends are true born again Christians who speak the truth into your life. He who speaks the truth to you and prays for you, that one is your true blessed God sent friend. Truth is painful in the first instance but truth sets free.

 

May all the bondages in your life be broken! May you walk in freedom! Be healed! By filled with the Holy Spirit! May you fulfill destiny! To the glory of God! In Jesus name, amen!