“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase. Now he that plants and he that waters are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are laborers together with God” (1Cor 3:6-9)
The church at Corinth was gifted but worldly. The brethren quarreled, got jealous on one another and divided the Body. These are the marks of carnal baby Christians. The cure for such a spiritual sickness is to become mature believers. God saves us and ‘hires’ us as laborers for Him and with Him. If you are saved by Christ and refuse to work for Him, you shall remain spiritually immature. You will be jealous on others, on their blessings and you shall quarrel every day. But if you chose to obey God’s call for service, He will reward you. The greater the labor the greater the reward. The more you are faithful to God, giving Him all the glory, the greater shall be your reward. Then quarrels die.
There are different forms of ministry and each is rewarded by God. Some men preach and others encourage with the strength of God. Do what God tells you to do! But remember that no man can make you fruitful. Only God gives the ‘increase’. The meaning of increase is to make ‘better’ . Only God can make the seed grow into a tree. Give thanks to God for your increase. God has blessed you, your family and business! Continue to serve Him to the end! May God make your life ‘better’! In Jesus name, amen!
“Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a shelter for me,
Strong tower from the enemy!
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings…
So I will sing praise to Your name forever…” (Psalm 61)
Last night something very sad happened to us as a spiritual family. A dear sister from our church passed on in a domestic accident. She was about 30 years old. She joined our church from the beginning of the ministry. She was a member of the choir. She got married in our church. They had two beautiful daughters. This morning the whole choir and many in the congregation wept openly. In difficult times like these, when questions overpower the answers, we need to go to the Bible and draw comfort from the Word of God. Nobody can help and heal a broken heart like the Holy Spirit. He is called the Comforter, the Helper! When painful things come, we remember that God is unshakable and unchangeable. He is the faithful God who hears prayers. God answers prayers.
When your heart is fainting, when your heart is overwhelmed, when sorrow bombards you like the waves of the sea, when you do not know what to say, when you do not what to pray, that is the time to remember the name of Jesus! Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to Rock of Ages, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the proven shelter in times of trouble. He is the unfailing strong tower of protection against the fiery arrows of the enemy. The Lord is calling you to Him. Use your pain to worship God. Do not waste this opportunity to draw closer to God. Do not give the devil your precious tears. Give them to Jesus in worship. Like a woman in labor, use your pain to bring forth life. Like the little sparrow that built a nest under the roof of the house, come and find your rest in God’s tabernacle, in His presence. There is peace in the shelter of His eternal wings. In His presence there is joy. You shall find supernatural strength in God’s presence.
Trust the Holy Spirit to lead you to Jesus Christ the Lord! You who are burdened with sin, come! You who is backsliding, come! You who are heavy leaden with much labor and too little pay, come! You who do not know where to go to, come! If you are afraid, confused, depressed, sick in body or in mind, come! There is room at the Cross for you! Find Jesus! The Savior is waiting for you! You shall rejoice once more! You shall sing a new song of praises to God! Shallom! Peace! It is well with your soul… It is well!!!
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance” (Ps 33:12)
Today is Nigeria’s ‘birthday’. I shall not bake a cake for the visitors but I can share in the joy of celebration. Most people complain that Nigeria is bad and is getting worst. I surely understand why they say so. There are so many things that do not ‘work’ in Nigeria. I will not list them for others can do that better than me. I will only tell you why I love Nigeria. I do not like it, but I love it! I may be a lonely voice but I am not afraid to be different (I am the only oyinbo in our church… Smile…)
Why do I speak like this? I see things thru God’s eyes. What I see always gives me joy. I am a foreigner (an oyinbo). I do not have a Nigerian passport. But I am happily married to a wonderful Nigerian man. When my husband, Dr. Richmond Leigh came to my country to study medicine, he was a young man. We met in the anatomy class, over a cadaver. We fell in love there, between dead men. We married in Timisoara, Romania 42 years ago. Against all odds, our love lasted and became fruitful. We a son and two daughters: John (Toju), Alina (Yemi) and Jemine. They are all successful and happily married with children.
This is my story: I came to Nigeria in 1980. I came as a confirmed atheist as most my country people were at that time. I did not believe that God exists. I never prayed any prayer before stepping on the soil of Nigeria. My husband and I worked as medical doctors for almost 20 years. We made money and fame. But in March 1986 I had a crises conversion and became a child of God. My life was never the same. My husband got converted too. In 2000 we started a church called Father’s House Bible Church here in Warri/ Effurun, Nigeria.
We are now in full time ministry. The Holy Spirit pours His grace on us. Each church service is unique, fresh, powerful and exciting. The Gospel is preached. Souls come into the Kingdom. We worship God freely, in Spirit and in Truth. God is faithful. We pray for revival here in Nigeria. The darkness is pushed back. The light of God is shining! Glory to God! The truth is that I did not choose to marry a Nigerian. I did not choose to live in Nigeria. I did not choose to be a child of God. These are all God’s grace choices for my life. God is good to us here in Nigeria. We live in the center of God’s will.
So, why will I not love Nigeria? What is my excuse? I have absolutely no reason to complain. Nigeria gave me God and husband. I have many spiritual sons and daughters here. They are God’s gifts to me. What more do I want? I am grateful more than words can say. So, my dear Nigerians, I rejoice with you today! Be encouraged! The future belongs to God! Trust in God! He can change any situation! God bless you! God bless Nigeria!