THANKS-GIVING

 
Dear daughters,
This is what God has provided for us today. It is your parents’ food on the table. It is rice, beans, dodo, chicken stew and greens. As you remember, everything you see is organic. I, your mother, I am so happy in Nigeria! Here people complain a lot… I understand… It is true that many things do not ‘work’ here but the food is good and it is even getting better. Please thank God for His grace and provision to us! Rejoice with us! When you come to Warri, remind me to cook exactly this dish. It is very sweet…
We Love you, children,
Tali and Malia

Nigerian food

(this is a little note to our children I am sharing with you)

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OVERFLOW OF HOUSES

PRAISE REPORT

This testimony is given to the glory of God, to the shame of the devil and for the encouragement of the people of God!

God gave us this new church building as a sign of His love for us. As you may have known, it was the members of the church that provided all the resources and the labor to build the house of God. We did not take any loan from the banks and we do not owe anybody any money. Glory to God!

Then the miracles started coming. Since we dedicated the facility late last year many people have bought lands and started building their houses. This is a sign that the same anointing is over-flowing to bless many. These are only two examples: last week a couple has finished their house and entered in. They promised to use their home as a ‘lighthouse’ for the Lord. Today we dedicated another house. This couple have made a vow to bring drinking water to the church every week until they shall enter their own house. I am a witness that they have been faithful to their free vow. Today is their day. From today on, they shall not be tenants anymore. The senior Pastor and the brethren went to dedicate their house.

These people are not “millionaires”. They are hard working and faithful children of God. These testimonies are a proof that it is good to serve God! It is also good to humble yourself and submit to the authority God has placed over you. It is also a proof that you do not need money to build a house but you need faith in the living God! May your faith increase! Nothing is too hard for God!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! All glory to God!
“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established” (PV 24:3)

PRAISE REPORT

 
“But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on you: and you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth” (Ac 1:8)

Today, Pastor Leigh and I, we met with a young couple who has just decided to attend our church. His father is a Bishop in a church in another city. Both husband and wife are born again for some years. They were attending the Warri branch of his father’s church. But they were not too happy. They started praying that the Holy Spirit will lead them to a new church. Two weeks ago they decided to attend Father’s House. Both of them were so excited. They said that they are very happy with the church. They said that the atmosphere of worship and the preaching of the Word of God have satisfied their souls. They have peace to stay here. They said that for the first time they know what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He also said that the fire in his bones is so much now that he can’t stop talking about Jesus. He said that this is the first time that he has the power to witness to strangers in the bus. In the past he was too shy. We give God all the glory for touching lives and marriages in Father’s House Bible Church!

THE HAND OF GOD UPHOLDS ME

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Is 41:10)

In the Book of Esther the name of God is absent. But Jehovah God directs all the events from beginning to the end. Nothing is accidental. That is called the “Providence of God”. As believers in Christ we know that God sustains and directs all human affairs. The devil attacks and tries to spoil God’s work, but never forget, this is God’s world! God created this world! God is in charge! Fear not!

I heard a preacher say this: “Providence is the hand of God wrapped in human events”. Today, thank God for the invisible mighty hand of God that carries you, sustains you, embraces you and directs your path thru the people and circumstances around you! Thank God for the nails pierced hands of Jesus who died to save your soul! Others may be ignorant and blind, but you should know and believe that the hand of God is strong on your behalf! Worship the Lord!

God's hands

MY MIRACLE IS DONE FOR ME

 

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (Jn 15:7, 8)
 
‘Ask and it shall be given unto you’ (Mt 7:7). This command was given by the Lord at the beginning of His ministry. He encourages all believers but especially ‘the baby’ Christians to ask in prayer. He promises that the answer to their need ‘will be given’ to them. Three years later, just before going to the Cross, the Lord encourages His disciples, the mature believers, to also ask. But this time He said that the answer to their request ‘will be done’ for them. He did not say ‘given’ but He uses another word: ‘done’. From these promises we see that the answer to the prayer of God’s children may be ‘given’ or may be ‘done’. In Greek the word ‘given’ means to offer or to grant something that is on display. But the word ‘done’ means to manufacture, to produce, to generate something from raw material; it means to become, to come into being or to come to pass; to assemble the parts until the product is finished, to perform. Interestingly, the same word means to be married. It is like joining two parts to make a new thing that is whole.
 
The best way I can describe the difference between these two promises is this: a baby Christian is like a little girl who goes with her mother to a shop where there are many beautiful dresses on display. The mother asks her: ‘what dress do you want?’ She looks at them and says: ‘The purple one, mum…thank you…’ The mum buys the dress and it shall be ‘given’ to her daughter. Now see the difference… The mature Christian is like a woman who also needs a dress. She goes to a shop to buy one. But in that shop they do not have readymade dresses on display. They only have beautiful silk materials of all colors. The Owner of that shop is a ‘Fashion- Designer’ called Jesus. He will take the measurement, design the dress and sews it. There is a period of waiting until the dress is ready. But that dress is more beautiful than words can describe for it is made specifically for the woman by the same Designer who created the stars in the sky.
 
This is the challenge: It takes more faith to ask for a dress you do not see with your eyes at the beginning. You need to trust the Divine Taylor. It is expected that the disciples should stretch their faith and trust God for a ‘designer’ miracle. The answer shall be ‘done’ for them. Many mature believers get jealous on the baby Christians who go and easily ‘receive’ their miracles. There is no need for that. For no readymade dress will fit as good as one made specifically for you!
 
This is the lesson: Do not be discouraged! Trust God to ‘produce’ your miracle, to assemble the parts for the finished product. He will prove His love for you as a Bridegroom loves His Bride. But you need to have faith and patience. There is a waiting period until the miracle is ‘done’. For example, if you pray for the fruit of the womb, as a baby Christian you can ‘choose’ a baby from what is displayed to you in a dream or a vision. But if you are a mature Christian, you shall see nothing except the Word of God. You need to trust God to manufacture a baby who is just right for you. The time will also be perfect for the baby to come to you. This principle also applies to the prayer for a life partner, buying a house or the request for other needs. This promise of God is about a creative miracle for you!
 
But there is a price to pay! For them who abide in His Word, God provides an utterance for prayer that will ‘create’ the answer. For a time you do not see the answer to your prayer. But you have to trust God that He will ‘do’ it for you! The condition is to abide in Christ and His Words to abide in you. The word ‘abide’ means to stay in a given place and in active expectancy; to continue without interruptions; to dwell, to endure, to be faithful to Jesus to the end. You need to resist and reject the evil spirit of religion, doubt, fear, rebellion and backsliding. Then you can qualify for a ‘designer miracle’. The second condition is this: the Rhema Word of Jesus must abide in you. You need to have a love relationship with your Bible. The word ‘Rhema’ means ‘a specific utterance that flows like water’. This is the written Word of God and the prophetic utterances the Holy Spirit gave you in the past. These Words must ‘flow like water’ in your soul. The Word of God shall produce roots and fruits in you. This faithful abiding gives glory to God and will surely reward you with a ‘designer’ miracle. What better promise than this do you want? If these promises do not challenge your spirit this morning, to study the Bible and to pray more, I don’t know of any other thing to say to help you….
 
“Lord Jesus I love You! You are the Lover of my soul, the Author and Finisher of my faith and the Designer of my life! Thank You for the wonderful gracious and great promises You have given to me! I worship You…”
 
In Christ I declare
I abide in Christ and His words abide in me! I ask now for what I need! Right now, the answer is manufactured for me in heaven and shall be delivered to me on earth! I believe 100%! I trust God and I wait! My life and my miracle shall glorify God!
In Jesus name,
Amen!
The bride of Christ

WHERE IS PHINEHAS?

The prayer meeting was very good. All glory to God! There was a great longing in the people’s hearts for intimacy with God. This is a good sign. In the past we prayed against ‘junk spiritual food’. The people are to come hungry for reality and thirsty for the living waters. This time they obeyed that command. The longing was expressed thru warfare praise and prophetic worship. We bound the evil spirit of religious entertainment that makes people passive as spectators. This time the whole congregation was like one body and one Spirit seeking God’s face. The troubles of life were abandoned at the foot of the Cross and we could soar like the eagles in free worship. Then the word came. It was taken from Numbers 25.
 
“Where is Phinehas?” The evil spirit of Balaam is attacking the Body of Christ. It is the spirit of the false prophet that tries to make the church worldly. In every church there shall be women who try to seduce the Christian men! Many seat and do nothing! They know it is wrong to be passive but they still continue the gossip doing nothing!
 
This is a call for the fathers, the mothers, the pastors, the leaders… you need to have the Phineas spirit! In every church you can find men like Zimri (whose name means singer, worship leader)! In every church you can find women like Cozbi (whose name means liar, deceiver, failure and vanity)! But where are the men like Phinehas? Any church that has men and women filled with the anointing of Phineas is bssed by God and shall experience revival.
 
“Phinehas… has turned back My wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with My zeal among them, so that I did not consume the children of Israel in My zeal… Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace; and it shall be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God…’” (Nu 25:11-13)
 
What are the characteristics of Phinehas?
Phineas had zeal, but not any zeal! He had zeal for God’s sake! To protect the honor and glory of God! He was very sensitive to the Holy Spirit. He was led by the Holy Spirit. He knows what God wants and obeys the voice of God! He rejected passivity and chose to be actively involved in the Father’s business! Moses and the congregation were repenting, weeping, praying. He too was praying. But when God called him to action he left ‘the prayer meeting’ and acted! He knows when to pray and when to act! He confronted the sinners with his sword! This is the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God! Never confront sin in your wisdom or strength! Never confront evil without the Holy Spirit and the Word! When Phinehas acted, the plague stopped immediately. The plague of sin can be stopped by the action of one man! He was rewarded personally by God! God commended him! God blessed his children and his descendants with a covenant of peace!
 
Finally we prayed to be like Phinehas. We repented of passivity and laziness. We rejected lies and religious spirits. We prayed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We prayed for boldness and strength to defend the honor of God’s name. We prayed for the gift of intercession and spiritual leadership. We prayed for our church, for the choir and all the other ministries, for our marriages and children. In Jesus name, amen!

PRAISE REPORT AND PRAYER REQUEST

This letter is from a dear daughter in Christ. She is a wife and a mother. Four months ago she fell and broke her leg. She is still unable to walk well. Please pray for her! All glory will go to God for her testimony of healing! In Jesus name, amen!

“My dear Malia.. I’m now able to walk within few steps, but since the condition is not stable yet, sometimes I could walk, sometimes my leg gets swollen and I couldnt walk, sometimes my leg gets very stiffs and it was hard for me to walk.. But I disregard those times when I couldnt walk.. I use those downtime moment to partake the Holy Communion.. It’s the main nutrition for my legs and body.. Last Saturday, the Lord gave me ONE WORD: WALKING. Everytime we walk, one of our foot is always ahead of the other.. Since I receive that rhema: WALKING. So I’m gonna continue walking, Malia.. Walking not only physically walking both my legs, but also walking forward with my faith and spirit towards Jesus, Malia..

Even though, what I see is disappointing due to my inability to walk normally yet, the business (globally) is very slow, I dont have daughter(s) yet, I dont own a comfortable house yet, but JESUS and His presence is my only reason to be excited for. I’m starting to look for His heart, His face, His presence instead of His hands to bless me.. Just by mentioning the word of JESUS, I find new strength and courage again to WALK again and again. No matter how many times I fell, how many times my legs sore and in pain, I will get up and stretch up just because He is my reason to live.

My situation has not changed much, but praise the Lord, my view and my focus has changed. Lately, I have asked my sisters in law to help me to find a doctor to consult about the thrombus in my leg (behind the knee) which caused me to have swollen leg and the blood circulation is not smooth.. When it swells, my right part of the right knee is very very very cold and stiffs. Thats my real condition at this moment after 4 months have passed since my accident…Thank you for praying for me…”