JUST ONCE

 

“Whatever they plot against the LORD He will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time… Why are you scheming against the LORD? He will destroy you with one blow; He won’t need to strike twice!” (Nah 1:9; NIV, NLT)

This morning marks one week since I fell and broke my ankle. I had to lie down for seven days… I could not have done it except by the grace of God. This night I could hear the praises from the sanctuary but I could not come down to join them. I had to learn patience and trust that it is all for a good purpose. My faith that God permitted this ‘accident’ has kept me still. I am surprised but from the second I fell and even up till now I had not experienced any fear or regret. I know that God is with me in this trouble.

God is in control! I trust Him to reveal to me the good things He wants me to learn walking thru this fire. One thing I clear, I have received a new appreciation for the value of prayer and faith. Prayer is so ‘sweet’ when the only ‘thing’ you have left is God!

It has been a prayer of worship and warfare. This time I have no doubt at all that I will defeat the enemy. As a wife, mother, grandmother, pastor, intercessor and leader of revival in our city, I claim the victory won on Calvary Hill. The devil is not just my enemy but the enemy of my husband, of my children (natural and spiritual) and of the sheep and lambs entrusted to our care. We still have much work to do!

The devil miscalculated. For example, if you want to kill a lion you shoot him in the head or in the heart. But if you shoot a lion in his leg, you only make him furious. He will use the remaining three legs to attack and kill the wicked hunter.

This time I am ready for a ‘show down’ with the enemy of our souls. When I could stand on my own two feet I was in danger of running ahead of God. Flesh was still an hindrance. But now, slowed down by grace, the hands of God will carry me to victory.

This is my confession: I can never fall again! This pain cannot repeat itself in my life time or in the lives of my husband and children! The Lord is our Shepherd; we shall not want! Affliction cannot come twice in the same house! As our Lord died once for all, this pain must be once, and on behalf of all! If in the past I was sleeping this time I am wide awake to fight back! We shall celebrate our common victory! Just get ready for the testimony and the praise that will soon come! Jesus You are Lord!!!

THE FIRE OF LOVE

 

“Hang my locket around your neck,
wear my ring on your finger.
Love is invincible facing danger and death.
Passion laughs at the terrors of hell.
The fire of love stops at nothing—
it sweeps everything before it.
Flood waters can’t drown love,
torrents of rain can’t put it out.
Love can’t be bought, love can’t be sold—
it’s not to be found in the marketplace…” (SS 8:6-8; TM)

This season in my life is different than others. There are new feelings that I have to cope with. I am not busy but a very active person. I do my work in the house, in the kitchen and the ministry too. But now, my body and my mind has to adjust to the limitations of imposed bed rest. The most frustrating thing for me is to be forced to lie in bed and see my husband doing ‘my work’. Many people offered help with cooking and cleaning. But my husband and I decided to ask for very little help. We need to pass thru this fire together. He is a very busy man with the work of ministry. But he rose to the challenge to be a wonderful loving husband to me even in my infirmity. He cooks and brings the food here in the bedroom so that we can still eat together. I feel a little guilty for being so pampered… It is possible that I had underestimated his love for me… He is always surprising me in good and sweet ways…

On our wedding day 42 years ago, we made a vow, a covenant, that we shall love one another and stay faithful to one another in all situations of life. It means that our love must endure thru seasons of riches or poverty, thru sickness or health, youth time and mature age.

This fracture is a test for us as a couple. Love is tested now in the fire. I already see that the bond is become stronger. My broken foot is not only mine. It is his own too. I appreciate God for blessing me with such a wonderful husband who does not run away from trouble and who is even more caring in my hour of need.

This is our testimony as a married couple: The devil could only break my bone. He could not break our marriage or the unity of the Spirit created in the bond of peace. This fire will be a welding fire that will bring us closer to God and to one another, more than ever before! Now you know why we call the devil a loser! Now you understand our joy, our strength, our anointing for ministry and our boast in the Lord! True romantic love in marriage is like the wine. It gets better with age. Nothing can quench its fire! Nobody can steal its reward! The future is better than the past! ‘Lord, I believe…’

My children, be encouraged today!

(In the picture, our breakfast)

Lia 4

MY SAVIOR, MY HEALER AND MY PRAISE

 

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for You are my praise” (Jer 17:14)

Today is the 6th day since I fell and broke my ankle. I am a medical doctor by profession. No doctor wants to changes places with a patient. The doctor is in control of the case ; the patient is at the mercy of the doctor. I am used to be in control. Now I have to humble myself and learn to be a patient. It is not as easy as I thought. I am not a sickly person generally. I do not take drugs except occasionally. Sickness is an enemy to me. But now, I have to lie down in bed ‘by force’…

Can any good come out of this? Yes! I already see the glory of God coming slowly to a place that seems strange to me but where mercy and grace suddenly became available in my time of need. I boldly declare: It is well with me and my children…

I am gaining a new insight in the dark world of sickness and suffering. My spiritual eyes have opened to the great opportunities of walking by faith and not by sight. The truth is I did not plan to walk on this path. I was too confident of myself, too jealous on my physical strength and my personal freedom. I needed my body to obey me, to go and do the work of God. I saw nothing good in lying down with a cast on my foot…

But just the way the Spirit of God directed Jesus to go to the wilderness for a direct battle with the enemy of God, so also God permitted this affliction to come to me. I am not angry with God. I am not angry with myself. I am only angry with the devil who comes to kill steal and destroy. I am more ready than ever to face this enemy for this time I depend only on God’s strength and not on mine. God’s power is not just available to me but it has now become perfected and beautified in this my infirmity. I lost all my fears and my doubts the moment I fell. I fell into peace. It may seem strange but it is the truth…

Right now I am very jealous over the testimony of God in my life. It is true that the doctor fixed a cast on my foot. But my healing comes from God alone. My foot inside the cast is like a worm in the cocoon. Only God sees how the ugly helpless worm inside will become a butterfly. Only God can create , prepare and strengthen the wings for the beautiful butterfly to fly. No human power can heal. No man can save the soul of another man. That is purely the work of God! That is why Jesus died!

This is my wish and my prayer this morning: I want God to glorify Himself in my life even now! I want God alone to heal me! I want God alone to save me from the plans of my enemies who rejoice at my pain! I want God alone to vindicate me as His Servant! I want to have a fresh testimony of God’s grace in my life! I want God alone to be my eternal praise!

Singing: “I shall praise…I shall praise…Your Holy Name!”

According to His promise it shall be so! In Jesus name, Amen!

Lia 3

WONDERFUL THINGS

“Oh, LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago” (Is 25:1)

As I lie down with a broken ankle I remember that something similar happened to me in May 1973. I just graduated from the secondary school in my home town Orsova, Romania. I was preparing to pass the exam to enter the Medical School of the University in Timisoara, Romania. I went over there two weeks in advance to read and to know the place. I was staying with a lady called Tanti Nelly who was a family friend. Her flat was at the second floor. Each day I will go up and down on these old stairs.

A day before the exam started I missed the step and I fell. I twisted my ankle badly. I was in a lot of pain. I was taken to the hospital had an x-Ray and a cast was fixed on my leg. My parents came and they were very worried. Everybody said that I cannot go to the exam hall the next day with crutches and in pain. They all said that I will not be able to concentrate and answer the questions. That I should forget about the exam and try it again a year later. I don’t know the type of courage that came into me because I told them I will go to the exam hall.

There were three exams. I pass them all. I went back home to recover and in September I went to Timisoara to start the first year in the School of Medicine. On that first day I met my new colleague, a Nigerian young man called Richmond Leigh. In less than 6 months he proposed marriage to me. But that is another story…

Do you see the lesson? If I did not go that year to read medicine I could have missed my destiny encounter with the man God prepared to be my husband. This is another reminder that the devil attacks before great breakthroughs are ready to happen. I was not a believer but God had a plan greater than my unbelief. That is why I now rejoice for this pain can only confirm the defeat of the devil and the beginning of a greater testimony.

My dear children, you do not have to break your leg too. Mine is enough for the whole family! Identify with my pain and joy shall be your reward. Like I said, this fracture can only slow down my body (temporarily) but cannot slow down my spirit! This is because my spirit is connected with the Spirit of the Living God. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead will heal and strengthen me. I believe! This is the best time to praise God who does wonderful things from generation to generation! I expect great testimonies to come from all of you! That will be my medicine, my joy and my boast! That you are well, strong and happy! In Jesus name, Amen!

Lia 2

FAITH FOUNDATION

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1)

Faith in God is the foundation of Christianity. Many claim to have faith but not all faith is accepted by God. There are many people who go to church but are not born again by the Spirit of the living God. They are only religious. They are not saved.

One of the best definitions of faith is found in the scripture above. Please read and meditate upon the words. A clear understanding of faith largely depends on how we perceive the word “substance” in verse 1. In Greek, it is hypostasis, literally “a standing under.” A more complex definition is “that which underlies what is apparent.” Amplified a bit further, it is that which, though unseen, exists beneath what is visible. It, then, has the sense of a foundation. Even as the foundation of a building is unseen, but the building above ground is apparent, the foundation, the hypostasis, is nonetheless real, supporting the building. Hypostasis is the unseen support of what is standing in clear view. Faith is the foundation of visible Christian character.

Spiritually, then, invisible faith underlies, supports, and thus motivates the visible action. We need to test what motivates our words and actions, what is behind them.

You need faith for daily living but especially for spiritual warfare. Examine your faith! If you have a tendency to ‘draw back’ from fighting for Christ’s sake it means that you do not have true faith! If during suffering, sickness, trials and persecutions you habitually think of methods of backsliding it means that you do not have a strong foundation of faith. If you gradually find ways to walk in flesh it means that your faith is either absent or very weak. If you are a coward you are not a believer!

God permits suffering to come from time to time. These are periods when we have great opportunities to examine our faith. True faith is confident of and totally depends on the existence, power and love of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit no matter the circumstances. True faith fights to the last breath. True faith is always a winner! God reward true faith with many crowns!

This is my confidence and my declaration of faith: My broken foot does not change anything in my relationship with God, in my identity as a child of God and in my assurance that God is totally in control over my life! I shall continue to trust my God not only for healing but for the greater purpose this pain will bring to pass! God wants to glorify Himself in my life and ministry! His will shall come to pass!

My children, stand strong in the faith and endure to the end! Our victory in Christ is sure! Jesus is Lord!

WE DON HAMMER

‘And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you’ (1Pet 5:10)

For the child of God suffering is never in vain. Suffering is never barren. Suffering announces greater grace and a closer relationship with God. Suffering is temporary but the blessings which follow are eternal.

Have you imagined what it means to be blessed with eternal, permanent blessings? God promised that immediately after the suffering, He will restore your losses, confirm your ministry, strengthen you against your enemies and establish your life, marriage, family and the work of your hands! God will not delegate an angel or a man to bless you. He promised to reward you by Himself. In Nigeria we say ‘you don hammer be dat’!!!

I declare that this my broken foot and the suffering attached to it has announced the greater grace, supernatural favor and rewards for me and my children (natural and spiritual). No enemy can stop our breakthrough! What the devil has planned for evil God has turned it for our good! Praise the Lord my children! We don hammer!

LOVE FLOWERS

‘I am the Lily of the valley…’ (SS 2:1)
A daughter in Christ sent me this bouquet of white lilies, with a butterfly in it and a note saying ‘Thank You Jesus. We love you…’ I so much appreciate this gift of flowers. In Nigeria it is not common to find them. This daughter has gone the extra mile of love to find them.

‘Thank you dear daughter… God bless you and your family!’

I pictured the flowers on top of my crutches as a sign that love is stronger than sickness or any limitations.

If you are in any difficulty trust God to the end. God is eternal and everything He does is eternal. God is faithful and all powerful! His grace on you does not diminish but in fact it increases when you need Him more. His strength is perfected in your weakness. God is not weak, does not sleep and does not slumbers. Be encouraged today! Jesus is Lord!

Lia 1

 

THERE IS A HOLY LIFTING

“Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of Me, for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered” (Mt 26:31)

There are already many revelations coming to me as I lie down with a broken foot. The devil attacked and I fell. I see it clearly: this accident cannot be just an ‘accident’. God permitted it to glorify Himself.

I have made some decisions;
•In my pain I will ‘stand still and see the salvation of the Lord’.
•I will have peace in the midst of the storm.
•I will apply the Word of God to my situation.

I know that good will come out of this trial of faith and my healing testimony will be a gift to increase the faith to all my children.

One major reason why the devil attacks the pastors and the spiritual leaders In the church is to scatter the sheep. He hates the unity of the Spirit and the bond of love that is unique to the Body of Christ. The devil is a scattering agent. To ‘scatter’ it means to cause (things or people) to separate and to go in different directions. This is the plan of the devil to separate us so that hopelessly and foolishly we go away from Christ and away from our pastors that God has ordained for us. To defeat the devil your spiritual eyes must be opened to see the truth that sets you free. Knowing this I decided to fight back!

To destroy the works of the devil I lift up this morning the name of Jesus! The Lord has promised that if we lift Him up, He will draw all (scattered) men after Himself. My children, do not look at men or circumstances and become weak. Look unto Jesus who died and rose again, your Savior and your Lord! He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords! He is the Galilean who has never lost any battle. Jesus can never lose! Let your faith increase! Things come and go… But Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever! Come back from the devil’s scattering! Come home! It is well with us all!

PRAYER REQUEST – HEALED

‘By His stripes we are healed’ (Is 53:5)
We came back to Warri from a wonderful trip on Friday morning. In the evening we had a great meeting in the women fellowship. We prayed and prophesied that God will greatly bless the works of our hands. That our ‘canoe’ business will become a ‘merchant ship’ business according to the Word of God in Proverbs 31:14.

The next day the devil attacked! I was busy cleaning the house and I was carrying a big load. I missed my step from the stair case and fell. I broke my ankle. I am now on bed rest with POP cast and waking with crothces.

The devil is a liar! And a loser! There are already many testimonies coming. Please pray for me and my husband. In all thinks we give thanks. It is well! This is not for nothing… Because of my pain my children (natural and spiritual) will prosper and shall rejoice! In Jesus name, Amen!

“I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory…So please don’t lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored” (Eph 3:13; NIV, NLT)