READ YOUR BIBLE

 

“From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2Tim 3:15-17)

 

Dear children, today is the last day of 2016. As a pastor and as a mother, I was thinking, what is the best advice I can give to you, to help you enter the New Year with a new hope and a revived heart? I had some good options in mind but then, after prayer, I decided to go back to basics and simply tell you this: READ YOUR BIBLES! You cannot complain that I am too hard on you. This is my counsel: Read your Bibles daily! Read both the Old and the New Testament! Read your Bibles with faith, believing that God, who is your Father in heaven, shall speak to you thru His Word! As you well know, the Bible is not an ordinary book. There is no book that can compete with the Bible in value, beauty and power! Books are written by men inspired by their own spirits and imaginations. I agree with you: some books are very good and interesting. But the Bible is unique! The Bible is a HOLY BOOK! It is written by God the Holy Spirit. It is true that men wrote the words on paper but these men were completely under the influence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. When you read other books, you can predict the story; you become bored and tired after some time. But when you read the Bible you will be challenged, surprised, revived and encouraged by the very God who keeps you alive. Reading the Bible you shall discover and participate in the most beautiful and romantic love story of all times: how Jesus loves you and wants to make you one with Him! He died on the Cross so that you become a child of God! There is no greater love than this! Read about Jesus! Read until you know Him well! Worship Jesus Christ, your Savior and Lord!

 

The Word of God is truth and truth will set you free. By reading your Bible, shall experience the power of salvation, deliverance from bondages, spiritual freedom, peace and joy. In the Bible you shall find guidance from God in all situations, healing for your body and soul, help in time of need, joy when you are sad and wisdom when you make decisions in life. God speaks thru His Word! As the body needs food and water to live, so your soul needs the Bread of life and the Water of Life, all found in the Word of God. As you read the Bible you shall have holy living words in your mouth to preach to others. You become a blessing to many! You shall be known as a man or a woman of God! There is no greater title than that! Doing God’s work is the best and most profitable work! Starting now, make a clear decision that in 2017 you shall pay the price to be a good student of the Bible. The very reading of the Word will pay you for all your effort. Wake up 10 minutes earlier in the morning and have your quality quiet time. Read the Word with your voice. Listen to your voice. Then pray that the Holy Spirit will interpret what you have read.  Meditate on that Word throughout the day. You will see that you feel stronger, wiser and healthier! The devil hates this counsel… But, dear son, dear daughter… I promise that I will continue to pray for you! The Lord is your Helper and mine! Let’s do it! Happy New Year!

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NO CRAFTY PERSON SHALL SUCCEED IN MY HOME

“He thwarts the plans of the crafty so that their hands achieve no success” (Job 5:20)

A sister who attends our church sent me this letter:
“Good Morning Malia! Compliments of the season! How are you and Taleigh doing? Indeed our God is ever faithful. Malia, I have been in prayer mood for about a week before the last women’s meeting and your message from the book of Esther was exactly what I had been praying on. (For my marriage, husband, children, home, etc) It’s like the Holy Spirit kept prodding me to pray in that line & read about Esther’s ordeal and what she did. I honestly feel I’m just managing my marriage and the sweet wine is not as sweet as in the past. But I’m grateful to God and glorify Him for what he is doing in my home. After the last women’s meeting, I was fully charged and continued with the prayer points you gave us. Then something strange happened. I dreamt about the young lady who helps me, my ‘house-maid’. She is 28 years old. In the dream I saw her breastfeeding my son and immediately asked her why? In the dream, she said she wanted to take my place because she had nothing and I have everything. I was shocked. I immediately rejected her words in the name of Jesus. (I am happy that in the dream I was a woman of God). I then saw her crying and walking away. I woke up and was shocked. I prayed and asked God to please reveal the true situation of things because physically speaking, she has been good to me and I have also been good to her. This dream is a shock to me. I did not suspect her and was not praying in her direction at all.

Few days later, my 5 year old son told me at night that he wanted her. (He specifically mentioned her name). I was surprised and explained to him not to want her again as she was not family. Last night, about 3am he woke up and told me he was hungry. While making food for him, he told me again that he wants her (he doesn’t say it causally; you would know he really means what he’s saying). I immediately started praying for him, breaking any soul tie, conscious or unconscious and evil influence she has over him or my home. I pleaded the Blood of Jesus, prayed in tongues etc… Later, I explained to him why he should not want her. We went back to bed after he ate around 4am. I know I did not sleep deep because I had to wake up b4 5am. I had another dream about her where I decreed the word of God Job 5:12 to her cos she threatened me. I woke up praying that verse of scripture. For now, I have decided to let her go and I told her nicely to take the day off. I will keep praying over my kids, hubby, marriage, etc. This whole thing is a mystery to me Malia. Please advise me Malia, it is well…”

This is my answer to her:
“Dear… I am very happy for you! I thank God for your life! You are not just a wife and mother. You are a woman of God! Praise the Lord! This is a good example how faith in the Word of God combined with prayer achieves results. The devil and his agents are successful only in the darkness. In the natural these people seem innocent. They may be hard working, humble and faithful to their employers. Not all show signs of demonic wickedness. Not all serve juju openly, are seducing, rude or lazy. This deception is a weapon to blind them who pay their salaries. As the devil, their plan is to ‘kill steal and destroy’, physically and spiritually. But according to the Word of God you just quoted, no witch can be successful in the home of a child of God. The spell is broken when the child of God prays in faith trusting God for deliverance. Once truth is revealed, it sets the captives free. About your situation right now…This matter is too sensitive to ignore. We are talking about the spiritual safety of your little children. You cannot ignore these two dreams. This particular woman must go away. Do not be emotional. You have to choose between her tears and your children’ tears. I know that you are a good woman and very generous. There are others who look for jobs. Some are good and some are bad. Pray for discernment when you interview the next one. God will help you make the right choice. This lesson you must apply in other situations for we do not walk by sight but by faith! Thank God for everything! I have placed your letter in my wall on fb. Some people will comment. Learn from others who have more experience in matters like these. We must help and pray for one another. I wish you well! God bless you and your family! In Jesus name, amen!”

LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS INSIDE

 

“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Cor 9:11)

 

This evening I received this note from a sister in the church:

“Merry Christmas, Malia! For a long time now I have been praying to God for financial blessings in my home. I became tired thinking my prayers were not heard. But when I read your article ‘Talk to Jesus” it brought hope to me. I was encouraged to still trust God and to continue to pray. I am trusting God for supernatural breakthrough in 2017. As I was praying for finances I thought the Holy Spirit said to me to be generous to others who have greater needs. Initially it was hard for me to think about giving to others from the little I have. But then, I decided to obey the voice in my heart. I sent for a lady to come so I can give her a message. When she came I decided on the spot to surprise her. I give her one shirt that someone bought for my son (but my son already has one like that). Malia you need to see the happiness on her face. Then I also gave her small rice, some tomato and very small cash. She left thanking God and me. I told her to just thank God who provided the gifts and the joy. Me too I am thanking God because in this state I am now He has helped me to put smiles on some people’s faces. I started the day sad thinking that this Christmas is poor. But now, at evening time, I am grateful to be alive and to be called a Christian. I feel so much better. In fact, I feel rich! Like you used to say: ‘My liver is smiling…’ Love you Ma”

 

This is a good example of the way the Holy Spirit breaks the bondage of greed, self-pity and fear. To be generous is not a natural gift. We are born stingy and selfish. True generosity is a gift of the Holy Spirit. It is a lesson we need to learn again and again. You do not need to be rich to enroll in the school of practicing generosity. Any time is good enough, even when you think that you are too poor. When you pray for a financial breakthrough, the Holy Spirit may tell you to invest in the work of God, in your church or in the lives of others who are needier than you. It is like Isaac planting seeds during famine. God blessed his faith and he reaped a hundredfold that same year. That was a miraculous great and quick harvest (Gen 26). God encourages faith and generosity! You take risk with God, and He will bless you more than you imagine!

 

I want to encourage you, child of God! You have been praying for greater finances, a better job or business. Then God sends you someone that you should help. Do not be afraid to share. Break the hold Mammon has on your mind! Fear not! You shall not die poor! The devil is a liar! God is in control of your life and your finances! Once you are a child of God, you can never lose! Learn to be content and generous in all situations! Give God all the glory! Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning! Let your faith increase! Be a blessing to God and to His people! God is a God of miracles! Things change from day to day (sorry, from moment to moment)! Little is much when God is inside! May your liver smile! In Jesus name, amen!

FIND ME AT HIS FEET

There was a humble family who unconditionally opened their home and hearts to Jesus: Martha, Mary and their younger brother, Lazarus. Jesus loved the three of them and called them friends. He often visited them with His disciples. Each time it was a celebration of sorts. Maratha was the oldest for she is ‘in charge’. She is a practical woman. She goes straight to the kitchen and prepares the dinner for everybody. Mary helps her but soon, she leaves her alone. She goes to sit at the feet of Jesus to listen at His words. Martha becomes worried and upset. She criticizes Mary for abandoning her ‘female’ duties. Mary does not defend herself. She keeps quiet and Jesus defends her.  The Lord declares that what Martha is doing is good but what Mary has chosen is the best. That position Mary has found, at the feet of Jesus and listening to His words, is the best place in the universe. Nobody will be able to take it away from her. The place at the feet of Jesus is a place of worship, peace and spiritual service. The greatest gift you give to a teacher is to sit down and listen to his words. Mary sees the Lord as her Lover, her Master and her Teacher. Martha sees Jesus as ‘a baby’ who needs to be fed. For her, Christmas is forever.  She was more concerned with the natural needs of Jesus than His spiritual needs.

 

Martha was serving Jesus by cooking for Him and His disciples. Jesus said that in the process of serving Him she became ‘cumbered’ (KJ). The word means to be distracted with care, drag things all around or to hinder the movement by clutter. Martha is anxious to perform well so that Jesus and the others appreciation her.  Anxiety is a work of the flesh; a painful, abnormal uneasiness of mind, over an anticipated problem. An anxious person doubts the miraculous power of God. Martha becomes easily upset because when she is not appreciated for his labor. This is the story of Martha. But Mary choses the best! She knows that there is food to cook and dishes to wash. But she appreciates the Word of God so much that she will abandon the kitchen work for a moment at the feet of Jesus. Both sisters love Jesus. Both serve Him well. But Mary’s choice is the best and it will not be taken away from her.

 

From this story I have learned great revelations that I apply in my walk with God. The most important ‘work’ for me is to find the feet of Jesus!!!! It is only at the feet of Jesus that miracles happen. It is only there that I can hear the Word of God directly from the mouth of God! It is only there that I can truly worship in Spirit and in Truth! Do you remember the woman who wept (Lk 7:36-50)? She poured out her tears and her love at the feet of Jesus. No other feet on earth are the same! Can you imagine if Ruth made a mistake and went to lie down at the feet of another man instead of Boaz? She could have been raped and killed trying to get married…

 

From this story I also learned that I don’t need to be ‘a great man of God’ to be able to worship my Lord. I am a woman like Mary; no problem with that. I should not desire a complicated religious life ‘cumbered’ with robes, caps, titles and ceremonies! I desire the simplicity of Christ! Free in Him! When I enter a house or a church, I spiritually ‘scan’ the atmosphere searching for my Lord.  I do not look for men, no matter how rich or famous they are. My soul is attracted only by my Lord. Most of the time, I find Him in humble places and among humble people. I find the place where my soul can rest and listen to His Word. Gossip makes me tired. The Word of God makes me happy. I go to the place where I am happy. I do not pretend to just please people. If Jesus is not in that ‘inn’ I go out. The presence of God the Holy Spirit is like spiritual oxygen for me. In its absence I gasp for air like a fish outside water. I have learned that if I sit down at the feet of Jesus ‘big religious people’ will look down on me. They will criticize and intimidate me. I have learned to keep quiet. How can I argue with a blind man? My Lover will defend my choice and my Lord will fight my battles. It has happened again and again. I have learned that my choice to locate the feet of Jesus is blessed by Him. I become like a landlady of that little ‘holy ground’. Once I locate my place of worship I lose the fear a tenant has. It is the spot under which my treasure lies forever. I cannot be fired, sacked, divorced or rejected out of my destiny! I learned to be confident of my calling. I know that no tenant can evict the landlady and no maid can replace the mistress who is faithful to God and to her husband. I have discovered the power of humility, the freedom of worship and the grace of His glory revealed in me. The effort and the pain necessary to find that holy safe and happy place cannot be compared with the joy of resting in His embrace. This is my Lover, this is my Friend! My Lord and my Savior Jesus Christ! Oh, come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

 

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THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD CANNOT BE QUENCHED

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Mt 5:14)

Nigeria is in economic recession. This year our city Warri-Effurun did not have Christmas lights on the streets. The leaders of our church decided to buy some and connect them from pole to pole for a distance of about a mile on Warri- Sapele road, by Urhobo College. We also bought a long cable to connect everything to our generator. We thought that the effort and expenses were justified. These beautiful lights and stars were a symbol of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the world. We too, the born again Christians are also called ‘the lights of the world’. We reflect the light of Christ! We cannot be hidden! In the general darkness and depression, the streets lights were blinking hope and joy, especially at this Christmas time. They have been on for about a week. But this evening something bad happened… we discovered that somebody climbed the pole and badly damaged the cable ripping off the connections. That is why this Christmas evening the lights are off.

Just in case the person who destroyed the lights reads this note… this is what I want to say to you:

“Dear Friend, I don’t know who you are but God knows you! First of all I want you to know that God loves you. This is the truth! We put on these lights on the street to bring hope to the people of Warri and Effurun. These lights are a symbol of the True Ever Shining Light of the World, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born two thousand years ago in a poor family. His mother was a virgin called Mary. At Christmas we cerebrate His birth! Jesus is both God and Man. He came on earth from heaven. He lived about 33 years doing only good, healing people from diseases and setting the captives free. He died on the Cross for my sins and yours. Jesus is calling you. He wants to save your soul to give a new beginning in life, to give you peace and joy.

You have damaged the lights our church hung there. This is very bad. If you live this life of secret wickedness and destruction you can never be happy on earth. And if you die in sins you shall go to hell, where there is terrible eternal punishment. I beg you: Come to Jesus! We forgive you! You can repent of your sins and become born again by the power of the Holy Spirit! Tomorrow our electrician will repair the damage you have done. The lights will be on again. You can only spoil the lights on the streets but you cannot quench the light in our hearts. Light is stronger than darkness. Love is stronger than hatred and envy. This is a very good opportunity for you to change your life. Become a child of God! Turn this bad thing into a good thing. Jesus, the Light of the world cannot be quenched!!!

I pray for you in the name of Jesus! You will feel very restless and you will not be able to sleep. This is because the Holy Spirit will arrest you and will convict you of sin. You cannot have peace until you make peace with God. I say it again: Friend, God loves you! Come to Jesus! Come home!”

TELL YOUR CHILDREN WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU

 

“But in spite of this, the people kept sinning. Despite His wonders, they refused to trust Him… and did not believe in His wonderful works” (Ps 78:32)

 

This is a word for parents and pastors. Christmas is a season when our Lord was born. It is also the time to remember that Joseph and Mary became parents to baby Jesus! Please read Psalm 78. We know that the people of Israel had witnessed the miracle power of God again and again. For example, God sent ten plagues on Egypt so that His people will be free. God split the Red Sea so that His people may cross over. God defeated their enemies and protected them by His power. God provided food in the desert and during times of famine. God healed them from all their diseases. God showed His love and care for them as a Father loves His children. The relationship between God and us is the story of grace found in Christ Jesus!!! But we are told that the people kept on sinning because they forgot about what God has done. This is a question: how can the people of God forget what He has done? How is it possible that the children of God should forget what their Father in heaven has done for them?

 

The first reason why the people of God forgot what He has done is because they disobeyed the command to teach the younger generation the Word and the Work of God. The people of God failed as parents and as teachers. Please meditate upon these words! Selah!!! In particular, they failed to teach the children about the supernatural power of God and His miracles. This failure is very serious and it affected the next generation. The children did not grow up as total unbelievers. They believed in God but only in general. They knew that if you go to church and read the Bible you will find God. But the young men and women grew up as ‘ordinary religious’ people, doubting God’s miracles. A religious evil spirit affected a whole generation!

 

But it is not only the children who were hurt by this failure. It was the parents too. They forgot who God really is and what He can do. In spite of experiencing uncountable miracles of healing, provision and protection, they did not acknowledge God openly or praised Him in the presence of the children. I hope you know that the best method to remember a lesson is to confess it openly and to teach same to others. The more you teach your children (natural and spiritual) the wonders of God, the more you are able to remember them and to worship God more. As you faithfully teach your children who God is and what He is doing in your midst, God will multiply the miracles to you and to your family. This word is confirmed by generations of parents and pastors who obeyed God’s commands to teach their children the Word of God and to testify about the miracles they have experienced.

 

“Give ear, O my people, to my law;

Incline your ears to the words of my mouth…

Which we have heard and known,

And our fathers have told us.

We will not hide them from their children,

Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,

And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done …

That they should make them known to their children;

That the generation to come might know them,

The children who would be born,

That they may arise and declare them to their children,

That they may set their hope in God,

And not forget the works of God” (Ps 78:1-7)

 

Dear parents and children, pastors and congregations, together as family in Christ, we must obey God’s Word! The Holy Spirit ignites the fire but we must keep it burning. This is God’s plan and purpose for us. Failing to teach the next generation about God shall be judged by the same God we have ignored. Selah!!! As a servant of God I fear God and therefore I chose to obey His commands! My work as a pastor, as a mother and a grandmother requires me to diligently study the Word of God and to teach it to my children. This teaching ministry is not easy. Children hate discipline. There is price to pay, both for the teacher and the student. It takes time, effort, concentration and determination to study the Word and to pray for understanding. Because English is not my first language, I also pray that God will help me to communicate well, so that my children, my students (in Nigeria) will be able to understand and receive the Word of God. The Word matures them spiritually. It creates faith and hope in them. This is God’s amazing work. God has given me children and a public platform to declare His Word. I have a responsibility to God. He will judge my work and my motives with His fire. I care about the spiritual progress of (my) God’s children. They must become men and women of God. They must believe in the supernatural God who saved and called their parents to ministry. They must intimately know the Person of God the Holy Spirit. They must believe in miracles the way we do. They must worship God in Spirit and in truth! Finally, ‘as for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord’!

A healthy and happy mixed race family