THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT

 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation” (2Cor 1:3-7)

 

Tomorrow shall be eight weeks since I fell down the stairs and broke my ankle. I had to stay indoors waiting for my healing. In the flesh it was not easy. But in the Spirit, I enjoyed the sweet presence of God in His fullness. I know for sure that this was not an ‘ordinary’ accident. I fell forward on my two hands. Normally, my wrists should have been broken not my ankle. It makes no sense in the natural! I thank God that it is me who fell and not my husband. The devil hates both him and me, so this could have happened to any of us. Thank God it was me! My husband needs his body more than I need mine. He has more visibility in ministry than me. Thank God he is well and strong at such a time as this! The ministry must continue! The worship must continue! Praise the Lord!

 

The truth is that I was not surprised that the devil attacked me. Since January, in the prophetic class, we have declared a season of warfare. We have made progress! I rejected all his wicked offers of compromise. The battle line has been drawn. I hate him and he hates me. I and the devil can never ‘settle’! But one thing that surprised me was the amount of peace and comfort supplied during this testing of faith. Immediately I fell, I felt a sharp pain in my leg. But in the same time I witnessed ‘a blanket’ of peace covering me. It was strange but so sweet…

 

There are many reasons why God allows us to pass thru trials in this life. I am not talking about the trials coming to rebellious people. I am talking about suffering for Christ sake. If you identify with Christ, the devil will attack you. He will use people to persecute you and to mock you. He will attack you with fear, confusion, weakness and discouragement. If you are a born again Christian, you know what I mean.

 

In the passage above we read about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in times of affliction for the sake of Christ. The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter. He is the representative of Christ on earth. In Greek it is the word ‘parakletos’. It means somebody that comes close to you, to help you when you are in great need and you call his name. To comfort it means to strengthen you in times of sorrow; to make the pain bearable. The Holy Spirit comes when you call the name of Jesus. He will strengthen you to bear the affliction. If you are filled with the Holy Spirit you can never backslide no matter the trial you are passing thru! He will help you to endure without breaking. He helps you to move on to victory even when things are terrible. Each pain becomes promotion; each sorrow become success; each grief becomes gain! No man and no book can comfort you like the Holy Spirit!

 

The purpose of this supernatural comfort is also to be used for ministry. The comfort given to you now is meant to be invested in the lives of other people who pass thru similar trials. This comfort becomes a holy plantation that will produce a great eternal harvest to the glory of God.  Do not despise suffering for it is a Bible school to increase your deposit of love, strength, compassion, wisdom and anointing. Grumbling is like a virus that destroys the seeds of life. I recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in my life! These eight weeks of trial have proven to me once more that I am serving the God of the Bible. He has promised to supply comfort in ‘ALL our afflictions’! God has supplied much comfort to me! He is faithful! It is my privilege to serve Him forever! Children of God, you who suffer now, from the encouragement I have received, I share with you! The pain is great but the comfort is greater! Give God all the praise! For He has not abandoned us in our sorrows! Blessed be the name of the Lord!

FLYING HIGH

 

“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe” (PV 29:25)

 

In Hebrew the word ‘fear’ means to be so full of anxiety until you become restless and impatient. It means to become frustrated, confused and embarrassed because of defeat in battle. Fear of man produces a coward and a loser. This fear is a snare, something deceptively attractive that traps its victims. Fear of men is a snare. The believer is captured by the devil as a prisoner of war. Fearing what men can do to you is something you must confront. You cannot ignore this fear. You must defeat it! Many believers are in bondage to the evil spirit of intimidation. They need deliverance but they are not ready to fight for it. They try to keep safe by (over-) investing in relationships. But that idea is a snare. For no man or woman can save, protect you or promote you! Only God can do that!

 

By contrast, faith in God keeps you truly ‘safe’. In Hebrew, the word ‘faith’ means to be confident in God’s promises and to be sure of His Word. Faith is His covering makes you bold as a lion. All your hope is in God. To be ‘safe’ it means to be strong, totally inaccessible from the attacks of the strongest men, exalted on high and promoted above all your enemies.  In Christ, God is your unfailing defense. You need to choose: who do you fear? Is it God or men? God protects you from your enemies but men cannot protect you from the judgment of God!

 

Child of God, please listen! To fear men more than you fear God it means that something is wrong somewhere. As a coward you do not completely trust God and His promises. You may be deceived to say ‘I trust God’ but in reality your faith is damaged and you are ignorant of it. You need help from God. Selah!

 

For example, in Genesis 12 you see that the great Abraham became afraid that Pharaoh will kill him and take away his beautiful Sarah. To protect himself he convinced her to lie that she is not his wife but his sister. Here you see that fear of man makes a man a partner with the devil who is a liar and a deceiver.  Abraham forgot that when God called him He promised total protection and safety.

 

Jehovah God said to him:

“And I will bless (do good for, benefit) those who bless you,

And I will curse [that is, subject to My wrath and judgment] the one who curses (despises, dishonors, has contempt for) you.

And in you all the families (nations) of the earth will be blessed.” (Gen 12:3; AMP)

 

It is possible that Abraham believed the promise of blessings. But he did not completely believe that God will fight and judge his enemies, those who will reject, dishonor or slander him. This snare is very common in the lives of many Christians. They trust God to make them wealthy but they do not trust God enough to protect them from their enemies who are jealous of their blessings.  Fear of man produces the snare of doubt in God’s protection.

 

Child of God, please pray that God will open your eyes to see if your feet are already caught in the snare called ‘the fear of men’. Pray that God will deliver you from it! If not, you will not be able to stop lying and deceiving others; you will not be able to move forward and make progress; you will not be free to serve God well. May the entrance of God’s Word bring light in your heart and your situation! Praise God who is able to save you and to protect you always! The truth sets free indeed!

 

As for me and my household, in Christ, we declare:

We fear God too much to fear what men can do to us!

The snare of intimidation is totally broken!

We are like the eagles that fly high above all troubles!

God is our Savior!

We trust God for total protection!

We believe that all the promises in Christ are yes and amen!

Truth has set us free indeed!

We shall worship God forever!

In Jesus name

Amen!

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MY GREAT PROFIT

 

 

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe… ” (Rom 6:63, 64)

 

The Holy Spirit is God. He is the third Person of the Trinity. The Father invented the plan of salvation. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, executed it thru His life on earth and death on the Cross. The Holy Spirit has come from the Father and in the name of Jesus Christ. He applies the revelation of salvation to our minds. The Holy Spirt is given to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. This is His primary purpose on earth. Any activity in the church, any sermon, any gift or any prayer that does not glorify and magnify the Lord Jesus Christ is not of the Spirit of God. Its source is the counterfeit evil spirit of religion which works thru the flesh. Without the Holy Spirit you will read the Bible in vain, you will pray without success, you will go to church and serve God for nothing. Religion without the Holy Spirit is unprofitable, useless, boring, disappointing and dangerous. It is the Holy Spirit who gives life and revives your spirit. As a believer, if you grieve the Holy Spirit you will become spiritually weak, lazy, insecure, afraid and depressed. If you are truly born again, you will not lose your salvation but you will lose your reward, your confidence and joy.

 

Many Christians do not know the difference between flesh and Spirit. May God open your eyes to see! My dear children please do not invest in the things of the flesh. That labor is superficial, temporary and deceitful for it has no gain at last. Flesh lusts after sinful things. Sin ends in death. There is no profit in death. Nobody can praise God in the grave! Do not be among those who do not believe or reject the truth! Be among them who are called the true children of God, who are men and women of the Spirit! Let your life will bring light to this dark world! Be filed with the Holy Spirit! By the grace of God you shall make progress and move forward. You will never backslide! Led by the Holy Spirit you will never make mistakes. I command every evil spirit to doubt, unbelief and empty religion to leave you and go away! In Jesus name, amen!

 

This is God’s command: be filled with the Holy Spirit. Then your body and mind will be revived. You will be hungry for the Word of God!  You will love God and His people. You will pray with passion and faith and God will answer you. You will worship God in Spirit and in truth. You will not be discouraged when men mock, ignore, persecute or reject you. Your spirit will be strong always, even during periods of testing.  You will be free from fear. You will love the ministry. God will notice you and reward you. You will be an encourager to many. God’s favor will be with you. This is a great gain no money can buy. Sickness and old age may slow you down. Poverty and lack of education may hinder you to achieve success in life. But I counsel you not to focus on these things for they do not have eternal value. Look unto Jesus, the Author of life and the Prince of Peace! Desire to be filled with His Spirit! Sow in the Spirit and you shall reap eternal life! Signs and wonders shall follow you wherever you go!

 

This is my testimony: for almost eight weeks I had to stay indoors because of a broken leg. My infirmity stops me to do many things. I cannot cook or clean the house. Because of this I could have been depressed. But I prayed to God to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that even in this difficult situation I will be active spiritually. My ankle is weak but my spirit is very strong! My husband is doing ‘my work’ now. He said that he misses me in the kitchen. He said he feels lonely there cooking for the two of us. But one thing is sure: he does not miss me in the Spirit. In the evenings, we have long talks about the Word of God. We pray together. We have sweet fellowship in the presence of God. We exchange ideas. We challenge one another to draw closer to God. We share our ‘discoveries’ from the treasure of the Bible. We rejoice together as we dig deeper to find the gold of the Gospel. We encourage one another to write books. In this way, even now when I cannot do much physical work, I do not feel frustrated, left behind, angry or bitter with myself. Patiently I wait for my healing testimony. Until then I walk in the Spirit who knows no boundaries and has no limitations! As you can see, I am free! Glory to God!

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BY FAITH I LOOK FOR MY REWARD

 

“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward” (Heb 11:24-26)

 

It is almost eight weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. This difficult season has been for me a wonderful time with God. I almost forgot how sweet is to experience the extraordinary grace of God given to them who suffer for Christ’s sake. There are many lessons for me. I have been sharing some with you. This is what I have discovered…

 

Faith in God must be tested to be proven real. Faith in God must grow and must be purified by the fire of affiliation. God chooses the time and the type of test for each believer. I know that the devil attacked me. God allowed it to happen for His glory and for my good. No devil can take that from me!

 

In a way I was not surprised that this ‘accident’ happened. My husband and I we started a church ‘from scratch’ here in Nigeria. Both of us are pastors in full time ministry. We both preach the truth! I have been involved in prophetic spiritual warfare. We pray for revival. Prayers became more fervent as we interceded for Warri and Effurun in Nigeria. The devil has been pushed back. His captives are set free. I knew that there will be a backlash. But that did not stop me to fight the good fight of faith. God sent me to Nigeria with a missionary anointing. There is no fear in my heart. The battle is the Lord’s! Jesus has never lost any battle and He can never lose! We are soldiers for Christ! The victory is sure!

 

Read the scripture above. There are different levels of faith. Faith must grow. Mature faith makes some choices that baby Christians are not able to do. Like Moses, a mature Christian will reject any relationship with sin from the past. Pharaoh’s daughter was good to Moses. She was his adoptive mother. He could not separate from her when he was a child. But when ‘he became of age’ he rejected her as a mother to him. No unbeliever will be able to control a believer for too long. The separation must happen. It is the sword of God in action! It is painful to the flesh but pleasing to God.

 

Faith chooses suffering instead of sin. No unbeliever can make this choice.  Only faith in God can choose to suffer for God. Sin has its pleasures but they last only for a season. When the season changes, the same pleasures become bitter and deadly like poison. This is the Word of God: if you reject sin you will suffer. But be encouraged for the suffering is also for a season. The pleasures of sin and the suffering for sin are temporary. But what mighty is the difference in their reward! Sin will lead to death and eternal perdition. But the suffering here on earth leads to eternal glory and joy in heaven!

 

This is my testimony. It is proven by my scars. I am so happy that the attack happened here in my house in Nigeria and not abroad. It is a territorial demon from Nigeria that attacked me. This proves that my ministry here is having an impact. Some people suggested that I should go abroad for treatment. Why abroad? The devil attacked me in Nigeria so I will stay in Nigeria to see the end of the story!  My healing is from God but will come in Nigeria. We have suffered together we must rejoice together! My testimony will bless the people of Nigeria first of all. We are one Body! Long ago I have made a promise to God that I chose to die rather than backslide and serve the devil. Any day any time by faith I chose suffering for God than to sin. Hand in hand with Jesus, I walk on the royal way of the Cross! I died to sin and its pleasures. I died to the world and to the devil.  Let it be written in my book in heaven that I Malia chose suffering instead of sin. Like Moses, I too look up for my reward! Now it is time to worship God….

BEFORE AND AFTER AFFLICTION

 

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your word” (Ps 119:67)

It is almost eight weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. I have to stay indoors with a cast on my leg. There are so many lessons that I needed to learn. To tell you the truth I was not even aware of my ignorance.  I really thank God for this time of resting. ‘The Lord is my Shepherd. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He restores my soul…” (Ps 23:1, 2). What a wonderful restoration! I continue to pray not just for my healing but that I may come closer to God. I pray for an increase of anointing in ministry! I want to find the purpose of this pain. I don’t want to waste it. Like with Job, this affliction must become worship!

 

One great lesson I am learning is the need for Patience. I walk with crutches. It is true that I am more skillful using them but I cannot run holding on my crutches.   This cast has slowed me down. God wants me to ‘go slow’, at least for now. It means that in the past I was too ‘fast’ or better said too impatient. I was not aware that I was deceived to enter the dangerous land of the proud and foolish, of them who have much religious zeal and too little knowledge. This combination produces a terrible ‘hasty spirit’ that leads the person astray (PV 19:2). Now that I am slower with my body, I have enough time to pray not only for zeal, but for the true knowledge of God’s will in every situation. I need more spiritual understanding and discernment. I need the wisdom necessary to move on in life. I need the prudence to avoid dangerous obstacles. More than ever I depend on God for His mercy and provision!

 

Looking back I see that God permitted the accident so that I re-evaluate my life and my ministry. I am seeing areas in which I should have done better. God is ‘fine-tuning’ my spirit, my marriage, my ministry. Only God can do that! Patience and joy are fruit of the Spirit. I almost lost them trying to do too much, too soon. To increase the prophetic anointing I need to practice faith and patience at a higher level than ever before. I am willing to pay the price for it!

 

We are commanded to be patient like Job and like the prophets (James 5:7-11). God called the prophets and warn them that they, and their words, shall be rejected by the majority of the people. Rejection is part of the ‘prophetic game’. The prophet must be faithful to speak God’s Word to others. He is not responsible for the people’s reaction to his words. God judges that! There is a temptation to become angry and impatient when your words are rejected when you suffer persecution because of the prophetic anointing. Jesus said that under the provocation of rejection, we should rejoice, we should be ‘exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven’ (Mt 5:11, 12). This command is hard to practice, even if you are a committed Christian. We all want to see some reward here in earth. It is hard to be patient waiting for your reward in heaven. But this is the Word of God. I should trust God for rewarding me in any place He wants to do it! I should be patient and wait without grumbling, without getting angry or trying to find another form of satisfaction here on earth. I must serve God from a pure heart of worship!

 

Dear children of God, if you suffer right now, please listen! There is a reason for your suffering. It is not easy but it is not in vain! God will show you the purpose of your pain. God the Father has the right to chastise you when you have a tendency to go astray. Please remember that it is a privilege to be chastised by the Father. It is a manifestation of His love. Only God’s children are chastised in this way. The unbelievers do not partake from this form of love. Suffering makes us strong. Suffering makes us patient. Patience produces character and hope (Rom 5:1, 2). When hope comes, you shall be glad!

 

This is my testimony: I cannot run (for now). My body has slowed down. But soon, I shall walk, run and dance to the glory of God! My spirit soars above the cares of this world, above the expectations of people who lust after prophetic words, above the intimidation of some who promise money for religious performance or ‘prophetic’ entertainment. For now, I need to rest my body and soul in the embrace of Him who died for me. Jesus Christ is my Savior, my Lord and my Lover!  He is the One who called me to service. He will perfect all that concerns me! No matter what people expect from me, I must be found faithful to Him who called me to Himself. I shall patiently wait for His strength to stand on my feet and walk again. My mouth shall open and God shall provide the words! Fearlessly I shall declare the mystery of the Gospel of Christ crucified! I fear not for my present in my future belongs to God! I have nothing to lose, for I abide in His presence where there is fullness of joy. I am grateful for these many lessons. The Holy Spirit is my Teacher. Let Him have His way in my life! In sickness and in health, in poverty or riches, let Christ be magnified in my life! It is well with my soul! Amen!

Psalm 23

STOP STEALING!

 

“Thou shalt not steal” (Ex 20:15)

 

What I want to say now may not surprise many people: Unfortunately, there are many thieves in Nigeria. I speak with a heavy heart for I live here since 1980. My husband is a Nigerian. I love Nigeria! I do ministry here. All foreigners who come to visit Nigeria are warned about the very skillful thieves in this country. There are small thieves and there are big successful thieves. Many Nigerians believe in the saying: ‘You can steal but don’t be caught!” I too have been a victim of stealing. People have stolen not just my money but my peace and my joy. I am not a police officer. I am not a court judge. I am a servant of God and a pastor. The only way I can help is spiritually I pray that the Word of God will touch and change your hearts! In Jesus name, amen!

 

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). The devil is a thief. Jesus says that the devil has only one desire: to steal from you, kill you and destroy your destiny! The devil’s children are accomplices of their father. They shall suffer the same punishment as their master. How do you know that somebody is an accomplice to a thief? He keeps quiet when he is supposed to talk! He refuses to openly confess and repent of his sins! He hears the curses upon the thief but he dares not testify against the thief.

 

If you get angry at these words, it means that you are guilty of stealing! I am sorry, for these are not my words but the words of God. To be a partner with the devil it means that you become your own enemy. You will hate yourself unto death. You will reject God’s plan for you! You will not be able to love God or your neighbor! You will not be able to worship God! Your marriage will fail! Refusing to repent from stealing is spiritual suicide. “The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify….If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself. You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify…The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing” (PV 29:24)

 

Please pay attention!  What is the definition of stealing? To steal it means to take something that does not belong to you and you are not supposed to have. A thief takes something in a way that is wrong or illegal and without asking for permission from the true owner. He wrongly takes and uses another person ideas or words without giving the true owner the credit. A thief takes God for granted! A thief gains something by deception or skill. He is rebellious and daring, having sufficient courage to boldly confront the true owner and seizes his property by force. Stealing is rebellion against God! Adultery is stealing. Kidnapping is stealing. Stealing is punished by God! No thief has eternal life! No thief can enter heaven! I have seen thieves who repented of stealing kobo (Nigerian coins). But they continued to steal millions. Their so called ‘repentance’ is fake and deceptive.

 

What can you do? Repent! You need to come to the Cross and see Christ Crucified! Your sin is not a small sin! It is betrayal and murder! You have killed the Son of God who is the Author of life and the Prince of Peace! It is not enough to repent of the consequences of sin! You need to repent of the root of sin, of being an accomplice of the devil who is the enemy of God! You need to have godly sorrow that leads to repentance and salvation. Religion is not enough! Going to church is not enough! ‘Serving God’ is not enough! Ask the Holy Spirit to help you, to break your hard heart! You need to be born again! You need to be filled with the Holy Spirit! This is a most serious matter! Your eternity depends on it! After that, you need to work with your hands! Get a job! Do a business! Stop stealing! Stop being a curse and a liability to others. God will bless the honest work of your hands. You will not beg or steal! You will live a good quiet life! You will become a man of God, a Woman of God! You will become generous with your resources. By God’s grace, old things will pass away and everything becomes new! Oh…how much I wish this for you! May this be your testimony! May revival come to Nigeria!  In Jesus name, amen!

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ALONE WITH GOD

 

“The heart knows its own bitterness and joy; he will not share these with a stranger” (PV 14:10)

 

Today is exactly seven weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. Since then I have to stay indoors and walk with crutches. It is not easy. But The Holy Spirit comforts me. My husband is displaying an excellent spirit. He is cooking and bringing the food to me. He is also trying so much to encourage me. People send me messages of good will and prayers. This situation is nobody’s fault. God allowed it. It is for His glory and for my good! I have to pass the test of fire for ministry. I am not looking back. I push forward towards the light…

This is the challenge: I have to battle with many new and ‘strange’ emotions. It is a spiritual battle. I am grateful for it. I know that God is with me and I shall pass this test of faith. I shall come out not just as a survivor but as a champion. I already perceive the fragrance of victory. I do not deceive myself. I do not withdraw from the battle. I do not complain. I am real and I want to feel these emotions. As I am passing thru fire I want to feel the heat. It will help me to know God more. It will help me to understand myself better. The end is better than the beginning. Praise the Lord!

 

One of the emotions I have to conquer is loneliness. Before now, I was not a lonely person. I love taking care of my husband. I am a pastor of a big church.  I am busy with the work of God. I have many spiritual children and friends here. I was not lonely. But now, just like my leg is wrapped in a cast, I sometimes feel like a prisoner. Loneliness causes restlessness, depression and anxiety. Suffering produces confusion in the heart. Sickness isolates you from the healthy people. Emotionally it is like a roller coaster…

 

In this scripture you see that both bitterness and joy cannot be shared with strangers. In Hebrew, bitterness means, anger, frustration and provocation. Joy means the pleasure of life. A spiritual stranger is any other person and in particular, an unbeliever. This scripture says that in your deepest heart, you are alone. There is a limit in which another human being can understand you. The believers understand you better. But the unbelievers have no idea of what you pass thru in your heart. I am sure that you understand… There are times when you want to explain yourself but your words sound empty. If you talk too much, you may sound defensive, selfish, lazy, proud, rude or foolish. Then you chose to be silent. But you cannot keep quiet forever… And the pain continues…

 

What can you do? God created us in such a way that the only truest friend is the Holy Spirit. Human beings may encourage you. But they do not understand you the way God understands for He is your Maker. While on earth, Jesus was lonely and He understands you perfectly. God loves you more than you will ever know. This loneliness is not an enemy. It is a friend in disguise designed to make you draw closer to God. In His presence there is fullness of joy. He alone knows your heart with its anxieties and joys. So, lonely people, receive the supernatural encouragement of the Holy Spirit! You do not need money! All you need is faith! Be filled with the Spirit of God!

 

This is my testimony: During this season in my life I have gained a new understanding about the challenges the singles pass thru, as they pray for a life partner. God said: It is not good for man to be alone (Gen 2:18). He also said that you should pity the man who falls and has no friend to lift him up (Ecc 4:9, 10).  In the past I was too comfortable to sympathize with the lonely. But now I feel for you, dear single people.  I recognize the deep work for the Holy Spirit in me. This work is so necessary for ministry, to encourage others, especially the lonely people out there. So you see that the pain is already producing holy gain in me. The Holy Spirit has enlarged my heart to be able to love more, to feel more. My prayers are now more present. My worship is more tender.  My words are more gentle. My anointing is stronger. This is a miracle in my heart no money can buy…

 

“Thank You Lord Jesus! Receive all the praise and adoration. For only You can touch my heart like this. You change me to be like You… I know that You are real for You are real to me. My knees touch the ground. My tears wash my makeup. I weep for joy…I feel at peace with myself. It is well with my soul. I will worship You forever. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!”

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LEAPING UPON THE MOUNTAINS

“The voice of my Beloved! Behold, He comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills” (Song of Songs 2:8).
 
This is a picture of my Savior and Lover, Jesus Christ, running to meet me, His Bride. It means there are no obstacles which our Lord’s love cannot overcome, and that to Him, the mountains of difficulty are as easy as an express way!
 
Children of God, be encouraged today! Life is hard. There are rumors of wars and troubles everywhere. I pray: ‘When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the Rock that is higher than I!’
 
But know this: There is no difficulty to high that is able to stop your Savior from coming to you! There is no trouble to deep that can prevent His love to touch you! Jesus loves you! Jesus really really loves you!!! He comes…closer with each breath… each moment of waiting brings your Beloved closer to your heart… The Bride and the Spirit says: Come! Even so, come Lord Jesus! Be filled with the Holy Spirit of Christ! If you have ears, then listen to the voice of everlasting LOVE! For love is stronger than death! And love never fails! Relax in His embrace today!
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MY LIFE IS SWEET

 

“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” (Heb 12:14, 15)

 

Tomorrow it will be seven weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. There are so many lessons to learn during this challenging but blessed time. One great lesson is that God is sovereign. Better said: My God is sovereign! He has the last say in all things concerning me. I may not understand everything that has happened to me but this is what I believe: Nothing happens without God’s permission. It is true that the devil attacked me. But God allowed this accident to happen for His glory and for my good. Therefore, I am grateful!

 

Looking back I see that the devil wanted me to suffer much more than what I experience now. He wanted me to be sick physically and spiritually. The devil wanted me to be bitter against God, against people and against myself. He wanted to take advantage of this accident to inject in me an evil spirit of bitterness. He wanted me to become ‘a bitter root, to cause trouble and defile many’. God forbid! The Holy Spirit protected my heart from the fiery arrow of bitterness. Praise the Lord! Many people are ignorant of this strategy of the devil. In the middle of sickness they become bitter and so, they backslide from the faith. Bitterness is a spiritual damage caused by the devil, following a physical or an emotional hurt. No medicine can cure it except faith in the Word of God.

 

To be bitter it means to be angry or hurt because of a bad experience or a sense of an unjust treatment. Bitterness enters when you think that ‘God is unfair’ to you. A bitter person is always angry, harsh, rough and violent. He has difficulty in accepting others as friends. He is over sensitive and easily disappointed in others. He cannot forgive others and continues in hatred. Bitterness is a form of ‘madness’ that destroys relationships. It is the leading cause of betrayal and divorce. A bitter person is happy only when he shares his poison with others. He hurts his friends and in this way, he feels better about himself. He is angry when he feels disrespected or ignored. He lives in constant self-pity. He is proud. He looks for excuses to start a quarrel.  A bitter person is jealous finding it hard to experience happiness at the success of others. Bitterness is like a drug; very addictive.  The grip of bitterness is like the grip of a boa constrictor. It is suicidal. It is a demon and you need deliverance from it. This deliverance is done by faith in the name of Jesus Christ!

 

MY TESTIMONY

Many are surprised at my ‘attitude’ during this time of trial. They say that even in my pain, I am able to encourage others. This is because, to the glory of God and to the shame of the devil, I am free from the demon of bitterness. My life is sweet! As I pass thru this test of faith I shall become better and not bitter. I declare that I am not ‘a biiter root’ or a trouble-maker. I am a blessing! My relationship with God is getting better. My marriage is better. My relationship with my children (physical and spiritual) is better. My ministry in the church will be better. God’s grace abounds towards me and is sufficient for me. I have learned the secret to be content in all situations, hungry or full, rich or poor, healthy or sick, having fellowship with the brethren or alone for a season. All these things are temporary but God’s love for me is eternal. I shall pay the price and make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy. I reject the demons of fear, confusion, doubt, religion and bitterness! I declare that Jesus Christ is my Savior and the Lord over all! My heart is purified and free from bitterness. I see God! I shall live a life of wisdom, humility and thanksgiving. My life, my marriage, my family and ministry shall glorify God! By the grace of God, this is my vow! In Jesus name, amen!

BE WISE MY SON

“Be wise my son and make me happy that I may answer him who insults me” (PV 27:11)

This is the wish of any parent, that their children behave wisely. It is also the wish of God the Father, that His children be wise. As a Man, Jesus Christ was an obedient Son even unto death. His humility, faithfulness and obedience gave glory to God the Father who ‘trained and raised’ Him. This glory is an eternal rebuke to the devil and his rebellious children.

We too must be like Jesus! Child of God, you should know that your obedience brings glory to God! Your wisdom, your choice of words and actions, makes God happy. God uses your faithfulness as a weapon against the devil who ‘insults’ Him.

Wisdom is the skill to practically apply the Word of God in your daily life. First of all you need to study the Word of God until it becomes part of you. Then you need to apply what you know until the Word performs in your life. You need to have a testimony of wisdom. More than wealth and beauty, you need godly wisdom! Foolishness is a curse. Ignorance is shameful.

Wisdom makes you a leader in the kingdom of God. Wisdom will reward you! Wisdom makes God happy! Let it be your life time holy ambition to be a wise person!

Let’s pray: ‘Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me for ignoring Your Word. Help me to love Your Word. Help me to be wise. All to Your glory! In Jesus name I pray, amen!’

I AM STRONG FOR GOD IS WITH ME

 

 

“On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the Lord. “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God’… On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem” (Zech 12:3-9)

 

This is a word given to encourage the children of God during times of persecution. As I lie down with a broken foot, I become more sensitive to the spiritual realties and the prophetic anointing of the Word of God. Read the Book of Zechariah chapter 12. God promised to protect Jerusalem and to fight against the pagan countries that surrounded city with the intent to destroy it. Apply the revelations you find there to your situation. You are the ‘Jerusalem’ of God. You should not be surprised at the attack. You should know that if you are a committed believer the world will hate you. You shall be persecuted for your stand for Christ. But God promised to fight your battles. God will give you supernatural strength to stand in the day of evil day. This is for His glory! You should read the Word of God to encourage yourself in times of trial.

 

This is the promise of God: He will fight against your enemies who are attacking you! This fight increases step by step. Each step is a warning to the enemies to stop fighting you. If your enemies refuse to stop the fight, they shall be destroyed. This I shall God will do to your enemies who are foolishly bold to attack you:

 

*They shall drink the cup of trembling.

In Hebrew the word ‘trembling’ means to reel, to move in circles, round and round, to waver and fall back as from a blow, to behave in a violent and disorderly manner, totally unstable. They wanted to ‘drink’ your blood but your blood became a cup of poison to them.

*They shall injure themselves

It is not God or His people who will injure them. They shall attack you and in the process injure themselves. The word means to be cut to pieces and there is no healing for them. God will make you ‘an immovable rock’ that cannot be shifted. As they attack this rock, they shall injure themselves.

*God will strike them with panic and madness.

They shall scream curses and talk nonsense.

*God will blind them.

They shall not be able to see the light of life and move on. Elisha blinded the army of Syria who wanted to kill him (2Kg 6). So it will be with your enemies who attack you!

*God shall destroy them!

Lastly, if they are still stubborn and wicked and continue to attack you, they will burn with fire and become ashes. They shall be destroyed and none can help!

 

God has promised to make you strong and to protect you! This is a supernatural strength and a supernatural protection! You should not fear when the world hates you and attacks you! The One with you and in you is greater than the ones who gather against you. The gates of hell cannot prevail against the Church! It is a terrible thing to fight against the children of God! This is a warning to the enemies of God! As for you, child of God, rejoice, for your victory is sure! Faithful is He who has promised! Give God all the glory!

Elijah 6.18-20

THE TRIALS AND JOYS OF MARRIAGE

 

“Wives, be subject to your husbands [out of respect for their position as protector, and their accountability to God], as is proper and fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives [with an affectionate, sympathetic, selfless love that always seeks the best for them] and do not be embittered or resentful toward them [because of the responsibilities of marriage]” (Col 3:18, 19, AMP)

 

It is more than six weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. I have to stay on bed rest until the bone is healed. There are many lessons to learn from this situation. The devil pushed me and I fell. God permitted it for His glory and for my good. Something wonderful is coming out of this pain. God decreed that children should be born thru pain. In other words, pain precedes and announces life! That is so wonderful that pain does not have the last say in our lives! Resurrection life is stronger than all!

 

If the devil thought that this accident will divide my husband and me, how wrong he was! Just like grace blooms best in the desert, so our marriage became better in this time of testing. To God alone be all the glory! Thank God for the timing of this accident. It is very possible that if this happened some years ago, we could have failed to grow in love, wisdom and grace. When we got married, my husband made the choice to take care of me not only when I was strong, but also when I am weak. It was the same way with me. Marriage is a covenant relationship. First of all we need to be faithful to God. We also need to be faithful to our vows made to each other in the presence of God.

 

Serious sickness puts a heavy strain upon a marriage. It is true that the vow to remain loving and faithful is ‘in sickness and in health’. But very few newlyweds ponder about the words they are happily saying at the altar. There is a difference between saying: ‘I have a headache today and I cannot cook dinner’ and a serious sickness that incapacitates one for weeks, months or even years.  Bad health is an excuse why many people divorce. I read that when the wife is seriously ill the risk of divorce was higher than when the husband is the sick spouse. The sick wife complains that the husband does not take care of her well enough. The husband becomes tired not only to provide money for the home, but to provide care and love for the sick, but ungrateful, wife.  These are the sad observations I discovered from the internet.

 

What are the things I discovered during this time of trial in our marriage? You need to pay a price for success! Like with any exam, you need to prepare well to pass it. Every champion knows that he has to pay a price for that gold medal hanging on his neck. If you cheat your spouse, you only cheat yourself. When the trials of life come, you will stumble and your marriage will fail.  You need to prepare for battle during the time of peace. Invest in maturing spiritually. Study the Word of God and pray to be the husband or the wife God wants you to be. Do it when things are easy. When trials come, you are not afraid of disappointment and you shall pass the test.  This is wisdom!

This is our testimony:

As a wife I need to learn to submit to my husband. This submission is not easy and it is not natural. Your honey- moon love will not be strong enough to teach you submission. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the born again believer. Submission is my choice. It manifests as respect for my husband’s God and for my husband’s authority given to him by God. Simply said, I need to respect my husband. To respect it means to value my husband highly. It means not to interfere with God’s plan for his life! It means to invest in his life! He is my treasure. He is not for sale. I cannot ignore his wishes. I cannot imagine my life without him. I see Christ in him. I hear Christ in his voice. God uses his words to speak to me. I need to respect that. I need to love him as I love myself. I do not worship husband but I do respect him as my ‘head’ and my spiritual ‘covering’. To disrespect my husband it means to walk naked in public. God forbid! Now that I am incapacitated he Is trying his best to take care of me. He cooks and brings food to me in the room. I cannot complain about his cooking. He is trying is best. I respect that. I cannot compare my stew with his stew. That is not the point. I am grateful for everything he brings to me for it is cooked with love and with care. I know that this arrangement is not forever. I know that soon I will be able to go back to my ‘kitchen ministry’. But until then, we both enjoy serving one another in this time of trial, for the sake of love that can never fail. To God alone be all the glory!

EVENING MEDITATION

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (Jam 1:2-4)
 
I am passing thru a trial right now. I consider it as a privilege. It is not just joy, but pure joy. There are so many things around that are polluted and corrupted. For me, to experience pure joy is a miracle. My joy is not diluted and not mixed with guilt. It is holy, supernatural, clean and perfect. It is the joy of Jesus! It is the joy of heaven! It is the joy of victory!
My faith is tested not because it was bad or failing but because it was strong. Jesus wants to make it stronger! I needed this trial and this testing so that I can boast of my Jesus, who is the Author and the Finisher of my faith!
I learn to be patient. I learn to persevere daily, pushing forward in the marathon of faith. I do not look at myself. I do not look at my circumstances. I look ahead and upwards. I look unto Jesus! This is my vow: I must win this crown of faith! I want to bring it at the feet of Jesus, to beautify His beautiful feet!
By God’s grace and led by His Spirit I enter the higher grace of spiritual maturity. I lack nothing for in Christ I have everything.
What a journey! The pain has become praise and the trial is transfigured into triumph!
Glory to God in the Highest!
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VICTORY IN JESUS

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” ( Jn 10:10, AMP)

It is more than six weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. I have to stay indoors. The devil’s plan was to ‘immobilize’ me both physically and spiritually . But the devil can never control my life. God Almighty is in charge! Nothing happens to me except what God approves. There are many lessons for me to learn this season. The Holy Spirit speaks to me. His Word is my medicine and my food. I am satisfied with God’s Word. I digest His promises! My spirit is rising…

I now have much time to read my Bible and pray. I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a pastor. I have the tendency to be busy serving others and forgetting myself.

In this season of my life God is helping me to study my own life in general and to re-evaluate my standing in the faith in particular. This is what I have observed: it is not easy to be weak, sick or incapacitated and to exercise faith in God. It is much easier to preach faith to others than to exercise faith by myself. I have gained a new understanding of the need to fight during the trials of faith. I have gained a new admiration for the believers who are in difficult situations and chose to remain faithful to God. I also have a new appreciation for the privilege of prayer!

The devil attacks with fear and doubt. Both are poison to faith. Jesus said that the devil is a thief. He comes only to ‘steal, kill and destroy’. If you are spiritually passive (the way the devil wants you to be) he steals your joy, kills your peace and destroys your faith. The devil has a strategy. He wants to be a successful thief and a famous liar. He wants me to lose so that he can win! He wants to steal my testimony as a Christian. I should not be ignorant of his ‘wiles’. It means that the devil sees me strong, wealthy and blessed. A thief is attracted only by people who are rich. But the same devil who sees me wealthy tells me that I am poor. The same devil who sees me blessed by God tells me that I am a liability to men. He is a clearly a liar.

I too need a strategy. I cannot fight blindly! To win the battle in my mind I have to submit to the Word of God. I have to learn how to protect my mind against the devil’s lies. I have to learn to guard my heart and my emotions from his flattering and deceptive lies. It is my duty to protect my testimony. It is a battle. The devil is a loser! I am the winner!

I am a child of God! I will fight in faith every day and every moment! My faith is rising! I am getting angry against the liar! I hate the devil! I reject his doubts, his fears and his discouragement! These are his properties and not mine. Even now I declare that God loves me and is still with me! I declare that nothing is impossible for my God to do! I declare that I will not just survive this trial, but I will win this race! My future is better than my past or my present! I declare that I have eternal life and I will enjoy my life! Out of my belly rivers of living waters will quench the thirst of many! Jesus is Lord!

Let’s pray: ‘You evil spirits of fear, doubt and discouragement, I command you to run away from me! In the name of Jesus!’ Dear Holy Spirit please come and strengthen me to fight the good fight of faith! I vow to give You alone all the glory for my healing, for my deliverance and for my victory! In Jesus name amen!’

My dear children (natural and spiritual) be strong in The Lord and in the power of His might! We are not a family of cowards and losers! Not at all! We are more than conquerers thru Him who loves us! We are champions in the field of faith! We are winners and heroes in this race! See yourselves as God in Christ see you! We don’t fight to lose! We don’t fight for fighting sake! We fight from the sure position of victory in Jesus! Do not grumble! Exercise the muscle of faith! The battle is won! I hear the sound of celebration!

Like David killed Goliath, so I will kill the killer! The God who helped me in the past to kill the lion that attacked my sheep, is the same God who will help me in the present to kill the wicked giant! The devil’s hero comes against me with the might of fear, the power of lies and the bullying of discouragement! But I come against him in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died that I might live forever! The Captain of my salvation has never lost any battle! He can never lose now. He is The King of kings and The Lord of lords! JESUSSSSSSSS!!!!!! Glory to the Lamb of God who seats on the throne! My God is worthy!

TORY IN JESUS.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” ( Jn 10:10, AMP)

It is more than six weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. I have to stay indoors. The devil’s plan was to ‘immobilize’ me both physically and spiritually . But the devil can never control my life. God Almighty is in charge! Nothing happens to me except what God approves. There are many lessons for me to learn this season. The Holy Spirit speaks to me. His Word is my medicine and my food. I am satisfied with God’s Word. I digest His promises! My spirit is rising… I now have much time to read my Bible and pray. I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a pastor. I have the tendency to be busy serving others and forgetting myself.

In this season of my life God is helping me to study my own life in general and to re-evaluate my standing in the faith in particular. This is what I have observed: it is not easy to be weak, sick or incapacitated and to exercise faith in God. It is much easier to preach faith to others than to exercise faith by myself. I have gained a new understanding of the need to fight during the trials of faith. I have gained a new admiration for the believers who are in difficult situations and chose to remain faithful to God. I also have a new appreciation for the privilege of prayer!

The devil attacks with fear and doubt. Both are poison to faith. Jesus said that the devil is a thief. He comes only to ‘steal, kill and destroy’. If you are spiritually passive (the way the devil wants you to be) he steals your joy, kills your peace and destroys your faith. The devil has a strategy. He wants to be a successful thief and a famous liar. He wants me to lose so that he can win! He wants to steal my testimony as a Christian. I should not be ignorant of his ‘wiles’. It means that the devil sees me strong, wealthy and blessed. A thief is attracted only by people who are rich. But the same devil who sees me wealthy tells me that I am poor. The same devil who sees me blessed by God tells me that I am a liability to men. He is a clearly a liar.

I too need a strategy. I cannot fight blindly! To win the battle in my mind I have to submit to the Word of God. I have to learn how to protect my mind against the devil’s lies. I have to learn to guard my heart and my emotions from his flattering and deceptive lies. It is my duty to protect my testimony. It is a battle. The devil is a loser! I am the winner!

I am a child of God! I will fight in faith every day and every moment! My faith is rising! I am getting angry against the liar! I hate the devil! I reject his doubts, his fears and his discouragement! These are his properties and not mine. Even now I declare that God loves me and is still with me! I declare that nothing is impossible for my God to do! I declare that I will not just survive this trial, but I will win this race! My future is better than my past or my present! I declare that I have eternal life and I will enjoy my life! Out of my belly rivers of living waters will quench the thirst of many! Jesus is Lord!

Let’s pray: ‘You evil spirits of fear, doubt and discouragement, I command you to run away from me! In the name of Jesus!’ Dear Holy Spirit please come and strengthen me to fight the good fight of faith! I vow to give You alone all the glory for my healing, for my deliverance and for my victory! In Jesus name amen!’

My dear children (natural and spiritual) be strong in The Lord and in the power of His might! We are not a family of cowards and losers! Not at all! We are more than conquerers thru Him who loves us! We are champions in the field of faith! We are winners and heroes in this race! See yourselves as God in Christ see you! We don’t fight to lose! We don’t fight for fighting sake! We fight from the sure position of victory in Jesus! Do not grumble! Exercise the muscle of faith! The battle is won! I hear the sound of celebration!

Like David killed Goliath, so I will kill the killer! The God who helped me in the past to kill the lion that attacked my sheep, is the same God who will help me in the present to kill the wicked giant! The devil’s hero comes against me with the might of fear, the power of lies and the bullying of discouragement! But I come against him in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died that I might live forever! The Captain of my salvation has never lost any battle! He can never lose now. He is The King of kings and The Lord of lords! JESUSSSSSSSS!!!!!! Glory to the Lamb of God who seats on the throne! My God is worthy!

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I AM FREE IN ZION

 

 

“Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth,”

Let Israel now say—

“Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth;

Yet they have not prevailed against me…

The Lord is righteous;

He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked

Let all those who hate Zion

Be put to shame and turned back” (Ps 129:1-5)

 

The last sermon I preached in Saturday Class (our church’s prophetic prayer meeting) before my accident, was from Psalm 129. It is about wicked men, the children of the devil and what they do to the children of God. They are bitter oppressors and cruel tyrants. They take pleasure in hunting the children of God. They want the believers to backslide or to die untimely death. This long and wicked persecution could have ended in despair. But God sustained the victims of the oppressors just the way He sustained me. I am a living proof that God never leaves you and is with you always! Please take note: No matter how long the wicked people seem successful in this world, God will judge and punish them at last! Never envy the wicked! Never desire to eat their fancy food! At the appointed time, God will free, vindicate and promote His children. This is the law of God. Therefore be encouraged!

 

Today I looked at this Psalm again trying to glean fresh prophetic revelation. To my surprise, I found a wonderful new treasure in it. I translated each word from Hebrew into English. I did not have to interpret it. Just the Word of God as it is speaking to me today. Each prophetic sentence below is taken from the translation of the words in this Psalm. To each line I say Amen! If it applies to your situation then rejoice and you too say ‘Amen’!

 

The enemy has oppressed me, attacked me again and again, pushed me down and troubled me. He gave me cramps in my feet so that I cannot walk, in my hands so that I cannot work, in my abdomen so that I will be barren.  He has tried to limit my freedom of expression and speech; making me look foolish, like a deaf and dumb. He put me in a prison of circumstances. He has enclosed me like a broken foot inside a cast.  The enemy has suppressed my creativity, my poetic gift and my prophetic writing skill. Wicked men harassed me and attacked me without pity. They wanted me to be poor, paralyzed or even dead. BUT…

 

In Christ I declare:

BUT God did not abandon me to their hands. They could not prevail against me. They could not conquer my spirit. They could not become my masters. They could not become my ‘head’ or my God. With all their efforts to destroy me, they could not make me their slave or their follower. Like Mordecai who refused to bow down to Haman, an evil cursed man, I too refused to worship the devil. They tried all occult strategies against me: mental manipulation, intimidation, seduction and witchcraft. Nothing worked because God is with me and not with them!

 

Their flood of wickedness could not drown me. Their nails of evil could not nail me. I escaped thru the door of escape prepared for me by the Lord Himself. The Lord cut asunder their cords from me. I am free from them! Their fire was not able to burn me.  Like Shedrak, Meshach and Abednego the enemy’s fire only burnt my shackles and killed their own people. In the midst of the fire I met with the Lord, the Forth Man. We walked and we danced in the furnace of death and we did not die! The power of resurrection brought me out from the fire of destruction, without any wound and without any loss.

 

I cannot bless them from Zion! I cannot pray for them. I cannot ‘settle’ with them. Only God can help them. Except they truly repent, they cannot partake from the covenant blessings of the Living God! They shall be disappointed of their plans. They shall be ashamed of themselves and of their so called useless ‘god’. They shall become the tail and not the head. They shall be barren and confused. It is a pity but the very Word of God is against them.

 

But as for me and my family, we shall serve the Living God! I and my children we are for signs and wonders in Zion! We are free! This is my testimony! This is my song! Now, let’s worship the Lord!!!!

VICTORY AND PROSPERITY

Today is exactly six weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. I have to stay in my room and rest my leg. It is not easy but I testify that God is with me helping me to make the most out of this difficult situation. I have been thinking about the last sermons I preached before this ‘accident’ happened. In Saturday Class we are in a season of spiritual warfare and I preached from Psalm 129. In the Women’s fellowship it was Proverbs 31:14. The two basic messages coming out from these scriptures are these:

1. VICTORY- God will fight your battles against wicked people who are jealous on you. Your victory is sure!
2. PROSPERITY- God will bless the work of your hands and you shall experience supernatural prosperity!

I may be in a prison of circumstances and my voice cannot be heard in the church (for now…). But the Word of God is not in prison. The Word of God is alive and eternal. The Word of God is loud like a trumpet for them who have ears to hear what the Holy Spirit says to the churches! The devil cannot stop it. If you believe these prophetic messages, it is to the glory of God, to the shame of the devil and for the encouragement of other believers around you. But if you do not believe these words, it means that I preached them in vain and that is more painful than a broken foot. There is no need to say you miss me if you do not believe my words!

The following are taken from the sermon I preached at the last women’s fellowship I attended. This is to refresh your memory. After I preached this message in less than 12 hours I fell. Read and pray about these prophetic words.

SHE IS LIKE THE MERCHANT SHIPS
“She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar” (PV 31:14)

The virtuous woman of God in the Book of Proverbs 31 is described as ‘merchant ships bringing her food from afar’. This is a metaphor implying that she is a very successful business woman. She is ever on the lookout for opportunities to make great profit. She buys cheaply at a distance from home, instead of paying a larger price on the spot. This is the picture of an active, wise, spiritual and extremely successful business woman. She is hard working and therefore wealthy. God blesses the work of her hands. She is a leader in her field and an inspiration to many others. Her primary motive for doing business is the glory of God. The second motive is to help her husband in providing for the home. She is not a liability to her husband in any way, but a helper indeed, as God destined her to be. Her husband is a godly leader and praises her publicly. Her children joyfully bless her daily. She is a wife, a mother and a worker. She successfully combines these offices with great skill. She is a godly woman for only ‘godliness is profitable for all things’ (1Tim 4:8). She is a wise woman for only a wise woman is able to ‘build her home’ (PV 14:1).

In the Book of Revelation Chapters 18 and 19 we witness a heavenly drama, a battle between two women. There is a wicked woman called Babylon and there is the virtuous woman called the Bride of Christ. Just like the virtuous woman, the Babylonian woman also trades like ship on the waters. But the evil woman is wicked. She seduces ‘the merchants of the earth with her excessive luxuries’. Her lovers are like the pirates on the seas. They steal from others treasures of ‘gold, silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen… and the bodies and the souls of men’ (Rev 18:3, 11-13). This is the cursed trade of sin that deceives men and even the nations. This spiritual slavery trade is under the supervision of the devil.
He was once perfect in wisdom and beauty but he became proud and was rejected by God. “By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within and you sinned” (Ez 28:16).

The judgment of God is upon this cursed woman. Her followers will weep at their loss. All their ships and their cargo shall sink at the bottom of the sea. The angel of judgment sent by God shall destroy them as a millstone is thrown into the sea. Nothing shall remain from all that success. The magic spell of the Babylonian whore and the evil greedy merchants shall all be destroyed. There shall be no more singing, partying or merry making. Oppression and cheating shall end. There shall be only weeping and gashing of teeth in hell. And the saints in heaven shall rejoice at the just judgment of God. The true and free worship of the Lamb, with His bride by His side shall manifest eternally.

I hope you see what I see and you are encouraged today! Victory and supernatural prosperity is sure! In Jesus name, amen!

MY TREASURE

 

 

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Mt 13:44)

 

This is a word for the born again children of God. I encourage you to pay the price to gain the assurance of your salvation and spiritual maturity! Christ is the ‘treasure hidden in a field’. The man who found the treasure is me and you.

 

Many seek for hidden treasures all over the world. I read that it is a very expensive form of adventure. They say that pirates hid their stolen treasures in some islands. They wanted to come back later to get them. But they died before they could come back. People look for things like these. But it is not easy to be a treasure hunter. It takes time, physical and mental effort, and a lot of money. It is a dangerous work. Looking for treasures in strange places you are exposed to attacks from wicked men, thieves or wild animals. It is also a lonely work. In the open field it is just you and the dreams that you chase. You need to encourage yourself to go on. There are no human encouragers around. It is not easy.

 

In Greek, the word ‘field’ means a village farm. Try to imagine this story as you seek God. Finally, after years of seeking and digging, you find the greatest treasure of all, Jesus Christ! But you cannot shout for joy! You quietly rejoice by yourself. This is not the time to run and tell your family and friends: ‘I am a rich man! I have made it!’ This is not the time to post it on Facebook “I have found the fulfillment of my dreams!” It is true, you have found it but it is not yet your own! By freely taking from that treasure you will be called a thief. This is because the land that hosted the treasure for thousands of years is not your own. You need to buy the land before you have the treasure. It is like a man who wants to marry and he finally finds the girl of his dreams. He cannot announce that he is married to that girl. People will insult him! He has to pay a ‘bride price’ in the presence of witnesses before he can call that woman ‘my wife’. If not, he is an adulterer and a thief. The man who finds the treasure has to bury it again. This is the wisdom of the Kingdom of God: You find Christ and then you say to Him: ‘Good bye for now…I will come back and see You again…You shall be mine forever…’

 

The man goes back to the city and announces that he wants to become a farmer. His rich sophisticated friends laugh at his foolishness. ‘A farmer… What a joke…’ But that is all that he can say, for now. He announces that he is selling all his property in the city so that he can buy a farm in the village. He does not sell his things grudgingly. He sells them rejoicing. There is something strange about this man… he is so happy with his decision to change his address….this transition is mysterious to many who do not understand his new love for village things…. he is selling his expensive ‘condo in the Trump tower’ to go and buy a farm in the village… he sells his Mercedes Benz telling people he needs money to buy a farm… nobody knows the secret or the source of his joy…at least not now…

 

Do you understand this parable? To ‘find Christ’ is not enough. You need to possess Christ, to be filled with His Word and His Spirit! Then you can truly say that Christ is yours! Not every Christian can say this: ‘My Beloved is mine and I am His”.  You need to lose your life for His sake before you can have Christ! There is a price to pay to enter the mystery of this treasure called Christ. In Him there is all the wisdom and the knowledge of eternal life!

 

I have seen people who claim to be born again but they turn back from total commitment to the Lord, holding tight their little treasures money bought for them. Like with the rich your ruler who could not sell his things to truly find eternal life, a man may see Christ face to face, worship Him for a time but still go back to the world of sin, sad ‘for he has great possessions’.

 

This is my testimony! This is the truth that I have found: Christ is the greatest Blessing of all! He is the Gift from heaven! He is worthy more than silver or gold, more than the friendship of the best of friends, more than fame and more than culture.  I testify that me, a sinner saved by His grace, I have found Him buried in the field called Nigeria! I thank God for the wisdom of not cheaply and foolishly brag about my achievement in finding Him ‘whom my soul loves’. For a long time I had to let go of His benefits and go back to my world of wealthy educated sinners. I simply told them that I am selling my things.

 

One by one, my cherished treasures of a life time of struggle were sold. This was a painful transition. But there was joy in that pain. I walked on the royal way of the Cross knowing that one day I can openly boast that Jesus is mine!  Persecution is part of the price you pay to possess Christ. But it is all worth it! Oh…it is all worth it! After losing all things, I took my money and went to buy that field. The owner, an agent of the devil, had no idea why I am willing to pay all that for a ‘dirty old God forsaken’ field. That is what the devil called my dream. He said that he tried planting cassava and yam there, but the field is barren. I did not argue with him. I just wanted the deed of the land. I did not buy it to plant flowers there. I did not need a garden in Warri. I wanted what is hidden beneath the surface. The devil did not know what I was looking for. Thank God he did now know! He finally sold it to me. Jesus shed His Blood to be my Savior. I shed my tears and sweat to be His Servant! The deed is sealed! This is an eternal transaction no man or devil can steal. I declare that God loves Warri Nigeria! Glory to the Lamb who seats on the throne! Now and forever! Amen!

treaure in the field

OLD AGE ABUNDANCE

“Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible” (Lk 1:36, 37)

Since I broke my leg I had to think more about my age. I am 62. At this age fractures heal much slower than if I was younger. There is also another factor: I cannot do much exercise walking on crutches. My metabolism is also slower. Because of that I have the tendency to put on weight faster than if I was younger. Waiting for my bone to heal I need to lose, and not gain, more weight. I cannot cheat my body. But I can pray and trust God for miracles. My body will cooperate with the Holy Spirit!

It is not what the doctors say! I believe the report of The Lord! “Even when they are old, they still bear fruit. They are always healthy and fresh” (Ps 92:24). I declare that even now, I am healthy and fresh! In Jesus name, amen!

I get inspiration from old women like me in the Bible. You too be encouraged…the God we serve is A God Of Miracles!

Angel Gabriel came from heaven to Mary. His words were not his own, but God’s who sent him. Just imagine! What does an angel know about ‘old age’? Does the word ‘menopause’ is whispered in heaven? How do they talk about barren women in the angels’ club? An angel does not grow old. He does not understand the weaknesses and trials we humans face on earth.

The doctor surely told Elizabeth that she is too ‘advanced in years’ to be a mother. Her priest too gave her no more hope. Her dream of having a baby has to be buried with her. Her prayers met God’s door locked. No angel had the key. She may have resigned to be a foster mother to other children. Maybe she can be a teacher… or a nanny to other children… what else?

But things changed overnight. When men give up, God comes down. He likes to do things like these; just so that we give Him alone will the glory. God sent a special Angel with a drop taken from the ocean of glory. The Angel brought a message of life from above. No sickness, no weakness, no mountain of opposition could stop the Word from conceiving. Elizabeth’s name means ‘My God is Abundance’. God the Provider came and gave her a son. The God of abundance brought baby John to his waiting parents.

This is the lesson: Divine abundance may come early or may come later in life. But it will come at last!. Just believe! Jehovah Jireh knows your address and He never makes mistakes! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Dreams come true! For like the angel said: ‘with God nothing will be impossible’! All to the Glory to God!

YOU RAISE ME UP

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps!
He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord” (Ps 40:1-4)

The Book of Psalms is the heavenly Balm of Gilead especially when you are in trouble and you need help from God. I love it!

It is almost six weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. I have to be on bed rest. I am a doctor and now I am a patient. Medical science has advance a lot in many areas. But when it comes to bone fractures, things have not changed much for the past four thousand years. The method to handle a bone fracture is simple. You need to immobilize the leg into a sling, a cast or a boot. This is to prevent movement, to protect the bone from more damage, to let it rest and give it the time to heal. There are no special drugs to make the bone heal faster. Time is a factor! God alone heals it!

My leg is in a cast. I am learning to be patient! I am learning (again) how to wait on the Lord! I know that I cannot force or manipulate God! I need to trust Him totally, even now. The sweetest moment after my fall was when I heard the Holy Spirit telling me: “Peace, be still! I am here with you!” I have not ‘recovered’ from the impact of His words. Thru His Word, I received the power to claim a mighty testimony buried in this miry clay! I acknowledge the Person of God the Holy Spirit! He speaks to me, carries me and comforts me. This is a wonderful thing happening to me right now. Jesus heard my cry! He has answered my prayers! He brought me out of the ‘horrible pit’ of fear and doubt. God’s presence is real to me. His grace is enough for me! This is my testimony, for now…

I remember that during the very first Sunday service in our new auditorium I sang: “You raise me up!” How prophetic the words have been… I love the song, the music and the words. But I did not know that I have to ‘play the part’ to make it real! That is when the anointing increases… It is only thru the fall that I can be raised up…

I feel the Holy Spirit! There is one thing to say: ‘Jesus is my Savior!’ It is another thing for Jesus to save you personally, to experience His touch directly. His deliverance is perfect. The miry pit is full of sticky slimy sin. Like a fly in the spider’s net, the more I tried to fight it, the worse I became. Then I cried Jesus!!! And He came to me! He did not only lift me up to but He set my feet upon the Rock that can never sink! I see that both of my feet are set upon Himself, the Rock of Ages! This is so encouraging to me… For now, I walk with only one foot and two crutches. But He did not say that I will be delivered with only one foot standing. No! He said that I will stand upon the Rock with my own two feet! My steps shall be established in my walking! I will have no crutches! I will not limp! I will not fall! I will dance better than ever before! In Jesus name, amen!

“I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene…” O Lord, Your works are wonderful! Your plans for us are good and not evil! “Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me” Grace is a flower that blooms best in the desert for there are no competitions from human plantations. I see the change of the background… The holy drama is ready to start. The lights in the gallery get dim. The orchestra is waiting to play the music. This is my new song… conceived in pain at the foot of the Cross and revealed in the holy mystery of a new dawn… ‘You raise me up…’ I am not afraid! The miry clay becomes the garden of the Lord! The ugly swampy smell becomes the fragrance of Christ! My God is jealous! God must receive His glory! This lifting, this setting, this establishing, this new song, is my testimony! It will become a worship testimony! I am rehearsing it… Praise must ignite hope! The anointing will stir the hearts of the people of God! Many (not few) shall see it and fear the Lord! The glory of my God is revealed…For now, my English words are finished… The Spirit and the Bride say ‘Come Lord Jesus’… I bow down and I cry ‘Holy…’

Raise me up

I MISS MALIA

It is almost six weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. I have to stay in my room waiting for my healing testimony. This waiting period is not easy but it teaches us patience.

This evening, before going to the evening service, my husband told me something so sweet. He is very good in encouraging me with specially ‘designed from the heart’ words and actions of love. Yesterday, two sisters from the church came to him saying: ‘We miss Malia…’ Then to their surprise he said: ‘I miss Malia too’. They asked: ‘Tali, how can you say that? We have not seen Malia for many weeks but you see her every day in the house’. Then, my husband said to them: ‘I miss my wife in the church. In the past, when I preach and quote a scripture, I look to her and I see her quietly shaking her head. Then I know that I got it right and I am encouraged to preach with more power. But now… look! Her seat is empty…So, you see…I miss Malia…’

My children, may your marriage be spiritual, sweet and strong like mine! In Jesus name, amen! To God be all the glory!

(Our children, natural and spiritual call us by our ‘nick names’. My husband is Tali and they call me Malia)