PRAISE REPORT

I could not attend our ‘all night’ service. I felt bad… This morning the Holy Spirit encouraged me again… By His Word… And by the love of a daughter in Christ who rang the bell and brought this bouquet of flowers ‘For Malia’… All the glory to God who does not allow me to be sad but always encourages me to have faith in God and to continue to run the race to the end! Praise the Lord for giving us wonderful children in Christ! You can’t buy them with money! You can’t steal them from another! These dear children are a gift and a reward from the Lord! Glory to God!

Agatha's flowers

 

 

RUN TO JESUS AND EAT!

 

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup runs over” (Ps 23:5)

 

When under attack… when fear wants to be your friend… when the bully proposes marriage to you… when the enemies come around you like hungry wolves in the winter night… when you see their sharp teeth and lusty eyes…when trouble comes to kiss your hand… when the doctor says you shall be sick unto death… when the lawyer says that you have lost the case… when the friends betray… when the evil rejoices at your fall…. when you don’t know what to do, what to say and where to go… Run to Jesus! Run to Jesus! He is stronger than them all!

 

Let your hunger drive you to Jesus! He is the Bread of Life! Run to Jesus and Eat!!! Run to the table set under the banner of His love and EAT! EAT! EAT! Swallow the Word of God! Drink the sweet wine of the Holy Spirit! Fill every empty anxious space with the sure promises of God! Let the anointing oil soak your mind, pouring down on your lips, filling your heart… You need to be satisfied with His Love…You need to rejoice in His presence…this is your hope, your cure, your testimony!

 

Like the mother bird, EAT more than you need for this present need…. Taste and see that the Lord is good… Eat and carry that food home… Let it be more than enough, more love, more courage, more anointing, more hope, more faith… until it comes out from you…until there is an overflow of grace… until it pours into the waiting mouths of your chicks… Running over into the hearts of them who believe that mother will never be too late to bless… Bread, Oil and Wine… I am satisfied… Love cares until the last breath…Love never fails!

I BOAST IN THE CROSS

 

“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world… From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (Gal 6:14, 17)

 

After I became born again I discovered that very few believers know the meaning of the Cross or how to apply it in their daily lives. For them, the Cross is just a historical event of the past. They are ignorant of the power of the Cross at this present moment. They ignore the command of the Lord Jesus to carry their cross daily and to follow Him. The Cross means death. It is a unique weapon that kills the flesh. Nothing else can do that! It is a double edged sword. It kills my love for the world and it also kills the world’s love for me. Because of the Cross me the world, we are lifelong enemies. We cannot reconcile. We can never settle. Our relationship died at the foot of the Cross. This lack of friendship between me and the world produced by the Cross of Christ, is my strength, my song and my boast. Nothing else could have done it. I was too infatuated with the world. In fact, I was addicted to the deceitful sweet but poisoned wine produced in the distillery of the world. The Cross killed my taste for it. The Cross killed my desire for it. In its place, I now find a new desire, to love the Lord Jesus Christ and to serve Him forever. This is what the Cross has done to me. It is a radical eternally successful surgery. All the glory goes to Dr. Jesus, who died for me so that I may live to be His servant forever!

 

This process of double death leaves spiritual scars or ‘marks’ on the mind and on the emotions. After the resurrection, the spiritual body of the Lord Jesus Christ is perfect. All the scars on His back produced by the scourging were healed. But He chose to leave the nail marks on His hands. The disciples in Luke 24 did not recognized Jesus when he was preaching to them. But their eyes were opened when they saw Him breaking bread with His scarred hands.

 

The Cross divides men into two groups: friends of the Cross and enemies of the Cross. God knows the group you belong to. Are you a friend of the Crucified? Then you should know that you are a candidate to great glory, holy promotion and an exceeding high reward! Congratulations!

PRAISE REPORT

Today we had our mid week service. My husband, Pastor R. Leigh, asked the congregation to pray for me. This is the first time that he felt led to ask for congregational prayer for me. He said that everybody prayed very hard.
Dear brethren, children and friends from Father’s House, thank you for your prayers! God bless you! I thank God that our children in Christ I getting stronger ever day. A young man sent me this note this evening:
 
“Dear Malia,
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY
it was a wonderful service with the Lord this evening. though every time with the Lord is wonderful, but the wonderful is fresh every time. and to confirm the freshness this evening was the report from the Lord through my father ta Leigh that you are learning to walk again, and that we should pray for you. I smiled, for The captain of our salvation has done it again.
 
THE TRANSFORMATION
you missed your steps, and slipped and you fell (the death took place in one level of grace).
then the travailing, the labor pain begins (the birth in another level of grace).
now you are learning to walk again in this new realm of the spirit, a new level of grace. Hallelujah!!•••
you shall perfect your steps in this higher realm of the spirit in Jesus name.
this freshness of grace that you are in shall make afresh the lives of we your children in Jesus name. Amen!!!•••
 
I am learning to walk in my new level of grace which the Lord has called me.. the Lord knows I need you my mother for guidance as I walk in His precept. though we don’t see in the physical, the Lord has made sure we are connected in the spirit, I feel your presence everyday. the sound of your voice still echoes in my head “be strong and courageous”.
with great joy I wait for your return as you walk in perfect stride to the glory of God. Hallelujah!!!
psa 71:24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
THIS IS OUR TESTIMONY.
Hallelujah!!!
Your son…”

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (Jn 16:12-13)

 

One of the characteristics of a spiritual maturity is intimately knowing the Person of God the Holy Spirit. Each scripture that refers to the Holy Spirit should be studied and prayed upon. Here, the Lord Jesus Christ is telling His disciples about His death on the Cross and the coming of the Holy Spirit. The first thing you observe is that the Holy Spirit helps us to ‘bear’ the Word of God which is Truth. Truth is ‘bitter’ as they say. Truth is too heavy to carry. It means that without the Holy Spirit’s help, we are not able to ‘bear’ the truth. The devil will use this weakness in us to offer lies and deceptions which are easy to bear but deadly at last. Do not take the devil’s ‘easy way’!

 

In Greek, the word ‘bear’ means to lift up from the foundation, to patiently endure under pressure without breaking or backsliding. It means to carry a heavy load and move on with it. It means to be able to continue thru pain, trials and difficulties; to successfully overcome the tendency to avoid or resist the load God gives me to carry. The Holy Spirit helps me to carry my cross daily and to follow Jesus free from anger or bitterness when truth is revealed. This is great achievement and spiritual fruitful maturity.

 

How does the Holy Spirit help me to bear the truth and successfully pass thru these trials of faith? He does that by three methods: 1. By guiding me into all truth; 2. By glorifying Jesus to me and 3. By telling me about things to come in the future! Nobody can do these things for me except the Holy Spirit. In His absence I will not know the truth, I will be deceived, I will not be able to see and worship Jesus and I will be hopelessly ignorant about my future. Without the Holy Spirit I will be a failure, always depressed and foolish.

 

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. He never lies and He never deceives. He uses truth to lead the way ahead. Each revelation of truth is a stepping stone to move on, closer to God and to your fulfillment in life. In Greek the word ‘truth’ means something that is not secret, not hidden. Truth is revelation. A lie is the opposite. It is a veil set upon the truth so that you will be blind to the truth. The Holy Spirit comes and unveils the truth so that you can see it and move on. That is why truth and light are twins. Hand in hand, by the power of the Holy Spirit, they guide you to the presence of God.

 

Remember that we are born sinners. We are spiritually blind unable to see the truth. All we see are just veils that cover things. That is why you pray for your eyes to be open, for God’s light to come and remove the darkness, the veil of deception that covers the truth. That is why you need the Holy Spirit! Prayer: “Send out Your light and Your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to Your holy mountain, to the place where You live” (Ps 43:3)

 

The Holy Spirit will help you to ‘bear’ the truth. He will help you know Jesus Christ. He will help you to move on in life. You cannot make progress in ignorance and darkness. The Holy Spirit will help you to see your future, which is designed by God to be wonderful. ‘Christ in us, the Hope of glory!’ He is the Spirit of hope and joy. If you are not saved, please pray: “Dear Father God, please forgive my sins. Receive me as Your child. Jesus Christ, be my Lord and Savior. In Jesus name I pray, amen!” If you are saved already then pray: “Holy Spirit fill me! Open my spiritual eyes that I may see the Lord Jesus! Help me to see the truth that sets me free! In Jesus name I pray, amen!”

 

A final note: It is a pity that on Facebook you see a lot of trash, much even religious nonsense. People read these things and they assume that just my writing ‘like’ to a prayer, it means that they have prayed. Do not be deceived! Please take the Word of God seriously! More than bread for a hungry man and more than medicine for the sick, the Word of God is your life. My prayer today: “Holy Spirit help me to write, to encourage others and help them to read, believe and worship God! In Jesus name I pray, amen!”

MY CONVERSION TESTIMONY

 

I was born in Romania more than sixty years ago. At that time Romania was a communist country. Religion was forbidden. We were thought in school that God does not exist; that religion is for the poor illiterate people. I believed that! I grew up in a loving family of four. My parents were teachers in the school which I attended with my younger sister; Adica. My father was also the principal of the school. My parents thought us by example to be kind, respectful, humble and hard working. We did not believe in God and did not attend church.

 

In 1973 I got admission into the Medical School in Timisoara. In my first year I met my husband Richmond, a Nigerian. We were class mates. We fell in love and against all odds we got married. After graduation, in 1980, we moved to Nigeria. We became very successful as medical practitioners. We started a private hospital in Warri Nigeria called “Lily Clinic”. We were very happy. We had three children. We had money and fame. What else could one possibly want? Nothing! Or so I thought…

 

In 1986 I had a crisis conversion. I met Jesus Christ. This was purely the grace of God in action because we did not attend any church. This is how it happened…. Before coming to Nigeria I did not see a Bible. In January of the same year, I became very depressed. I saw nothing good in my achievements. I even lost my desire to live. This was very strange because I was always an optimistic person. The mysterious depression started after ‘accidentally’ I read a scripture on a pamphlet: “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). I did not know who Jeremiah was. The scripture was not explained. But after I read it once, I just could not forget it. It seems like the words got stamped in my mind. I tried to forget it but I could not. After reading it I started thinking of God. I fought the thought but I failed.  It was like He was calling me. I panicked… I have never prayed in my life. Can I start now? A voice said: ‘It is too late for you. Don’t pray!’ Another voice said the opposite: ‘It is never too late to pray. God loves you!’ These voices made me crazy.  What voice I am supposed to believe?

 

Finally, I made my choice. For the very first time in my life, I prayed. It was 14th of March 1986. I said: “God, if You exist, then come down from heaven and change my heart. I am tired of doubting You. I am tired of fighting you. But please God, I can’t wait forever for the answer to this prayer. I give You ‘a month’s notice’ to come down from heaven and change my heart. If You come, I promise to be Your friend forever. If You chose not to come, then let me die in peace.  In Jesus name I pray, amen!” I did not know the meaning of the name ‘Jesus’ but I heard people pray like that so I guessed it was the appropriate end to a prayer. Immediately I knew that something ‘good’ had happened to me. Not certain of what, I felt a sense of destiny coming down enveloping my soul.

 

On the 12th of March, 28 days after this ‘a month’s notice’ prayer, the Holy Spirit came and filled my hungry heart. Like an invisible blood transfusion, I felt LIFE entering my veins. I was alone in the sitting room when this event happened. It was much later that I knew it was called ‘the baptism of the Holy Spirit’. I became a child of God, never to be the same again. I started reading the Bible like a mad woman. This hunger for the Word for God and for prayer continues without interruptions until now. After some time, my husband became saved also.  We sold our private clinic and together, we are now in full time ministry. To God alone be all the glory!

 

May this testimony ignite in you the desire to be truly saved or to experience revival! In Jesus name, amen!

Malia 4

HUMILITY AND HONOR

 

“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility” (PV 18:12)

 

About nine weeks ago I fell and broke my ankle. I am now slowly learning to walk again. It has been a trying time for the flesh. But the spiritual lessons I learned in the fire are priceless. One thing is clear to me: God permitted this painful trial so that He can humble me. I cannot remain proud while walking with crutches. This is my testimony: when my foot got broken, my pride died too. In the past, I often preached against pride. I said that a proud man does not see himself as proud. I too did not see myself as proud. But, the heart is deceitful. God who knows all things knew that I was proud and needed deliverance. God chose this way to humble me. He is the Potter and I am the clay. God has the right to break and remold me, His vessel. I am grateful that God is interested in me. Pain or no pain, God treats me as His child and I can see that He remolds me for His glory and for my good. Hallelujah!

 

Look at the scripture above. It was written for me for such a time as this. In Hebrew, the word ‘destruction’ means affliction, hurt or pain because of a broken foot!!! It also means the pain of labor that brings forth children. The word ‘heart’ means the center of everything: the mind, feelings, understanding, wisdom and courage. The word ‘honor’ means the weight of God’s glory. This glory manifests as the power to prevail against any obstacle producing riches, fame and supernatural promotion. These are the marks of holy royalty, the seal of God’s true children. Humility means to become submissive, poor and depressed because of suffering. A humble man has destroyed the power of pride and rebellion.

 

This is the revelation of the scripture to me: God wants to honor and promote me. I am His child and His servant. He wants to manifest His glory in my life. But there was pride in my heart. That pride could have destroyed me when the promotion came. God had no option than to humble me. My heart needed to bow down in humility before the throne of God. No man could have humbled me. Only God can do this miracle of deliverance. So God allowed the devil to attack me and I fell. I broke my leg. This painful process humbled me ‘by force’. I am not talking of religious false humility, when you are proud because you are ‘humble’. I am talking about the deep work of the Holy Spirit in my heart that will last forever. God despises many things but He promised not to despise a broken humble and contrite heart. Like Jacob who fought with the Angel, he came out from that encounter walking with a limp. But his name was changed to become Israel, ‘Prince with God’. As an old man, he entered rest, leaning on his staff to worship God freely.

 

The way I see it, I am now positioned before God for a royal promotion that will bring glory to Him. My anointing and fruitfulness in ministry shall increase. This promotion is not stolen from anybody. It comes directly from heaven, from the God who kills and makes alive! If you pay the price for it, you shall have it too! ‘No wahala’ (Nigerian slang saying that there is no need to argue…). My enemies will have no other option than to give glory to God for my life. This is the royal way of the Cross. God promised to give ‘favor to the humble’ (Jam 4:6).

 

Dear children and friends, please rejoice with me! This favor I see is more than my mouth can tell. All glory and honor and riches and glory be to the Lamb who seats on the throne! Forever and ever, amen!