LIFTING, DRAWING AND BLESSINGS

Something strange happened today, which is the second day, during the Nativity drama. The brethren from our church acting the crowd are about 200. They have done weekly rehearsals since September. But today, the number of the ‘actors’ playing the crowd in the Nativity drama suddenly increased to about 250. We did not what was the ‘problem’. We had some challenges accommodating the overflow. It was at the end of the performance we were told that some young people who came to watch it yesterday decided to go and sew Jewish costumes for themselves and quietly joined the cast today. By the time Pastor was informed that some of the ‘actors’ are not members of our church, it was too late. The drama has started. Even so, all went on very well and nobody observed anything wrong.

To me this is not just strange, but wonderful. Young people in Warri and Effururn are known for bad things. But this time it was different. Something attracted them to join the ‘actors’. They did not come to steal, beg or mock. They came to act the birth of our Lord. We could have been very angry but we remembered that the Holy Spirit has His own way moving people to come closer to God. Who knows what happened in these young people’s hearts yesterday? It seems that they could not resist the pull to worship God in this way. They came ‘to collect their reward’ from God. The Holy Spirit was totally in control, even allowing these young people to act ‘without human permission’.

Our Lord said: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself.” (Jn 12:32). It is possible that today we have experienced a prophetic ‘drawing’ after the Savior! Nigerians are blessed! The people here are not ‘shy’ when it comes to God! They may break some rules but they love Jesus. We give thanks to God for the success of this evening event! We did not charge fees or any offering. It was done for the glory of God and for the encouragement of the people. We believe it has achieved that! To God be all the glory! Merry Christmas!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

“Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’ (Jn 15;23-25)

It is Christmas season again. Thank God! We are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. During this time people visit each other, exchange gifts and good wishes. All these are good. I am grateful for the many gifts and cards we have received. Thank you! God bless you! But for me, the Word of God is the only “Gift” that satisfies my heart. In particular, the Words of Jesus are Manna from heaven for my soul; they feed my faith, they give me hope and make me strong. In the passage above I am reminded once again that not everybody loves Jesus. How do I know that? Because He said so! Therefore it must be so! Our Lord said that the world hates Him. The world is the system by which men live ‘a normal life’ without needing God. On the contrary, the Kingdom of God is made by all believers, the born again children of God, who live eternally with Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said that the people of the world hate Him. He warns us that because of Him, this hatred shall be extended to us the believers. This warning is a sign of love. This is the truth: I am not ‘better’ than my Master. It is a privilege for me to share in the hatred and persecution my Lord has suffered on earth. As a child of God I have to get used to the idea that all unbelievers around me, even the nice and religious ones, shall hate me for Christ’s sake. Sharing in this ‘second hand’ hatred is painful. But the pain produces the sweet passion love for Jesus, knowing that both of us suffer exactly the same. This identification with the Cross of Christ is the true mysterious fountain of worship. If you call yourself a Christian but you have not suffered persecution, hatred and rejection for no other reason than the fact that the glory of God rests on you, then you are deceived. You are either not born again or you are backsliding. All true born again Christians share in this peculiar pain of persecution and spiritual discrimination. If you desire to avoid this pain, you betray your Best Friend, Jesus Christ. God forbid!

The word ‘hate’ appears four times in these verses. To hate it means to violently dislike another. It also means to love less than you are supposed to love. Idolaters hate Jesus! For as long as you hold to an imaginary idol in your heart, you shall love that idol and you shall hate Jesus! Chronic un-repented hatred becomes a spiritual stronghold occupied by the demons of fear, anger and malice. People who hate others love to make them suffer. In particular, they persecute the believers looking for ways to cause them pain. Dear child of God, the men of this world desire to humiliate you, to oppress you and to make you cry. Then they become happy. Your weeping excites them. They rejoice at your pain. These haters have no good reason for their hate, no excuse at all why they do these wicked things. The devil is their lord. They cannot help themselves. They go on creating misery everywhere. They break people’s hearts and joke about it. Their only friends are wicked people like themselves.

What should you do? Have faith in God! As a born again Christian you should not fear the unbelievers’ hatred. You should not desire their company. You should not be jealous of their power or wealth. You should not hate them back. The best thing is to trust God in all situations and to remain calm under un-explainable persecution. Pray for your ignorant enemies that they may repent. Overcome evil with good! Remember: God blesses His children who suffer for His sake! Pray for the grace and the strength of God to sustain you during these attacks. This suffering is not forever and at the end of it, the crown of life is given to His faithful servants! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! Finally I say to you: Merry Christmas!

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(These toys belong to our children. This year they could not come for Christmas. I have arranged the scene of the Nativity on my table as in ‘the days of old’)

STREAMS IN THE DESERT

PRAISE REPORT

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Is 43:19)

Not too long ago we received a prophetic word in the church. “There shall be rivers in the desert’. I did not know how this word will manifest but I believed it 100%. This is our testimony as a church: Today, for the first time since we started the church, Father’s House Bible Church, we transmitted the Sunday Service live thru the internet. I am told it is called ‘streaming’!!!

Listen to what a dear friend for the US wrote: “Good Morning Malia- I finished watch Pastor Tali preaching the word. It was wonderful for my soul. Especially when he said there is no way you can be called and have failure. Glory to God for what He has done and is doing! He never fails!”

Yes, today we have experienced the beginning of the prophetic blessing: “Streams flowing in the desert” going forth from Warri-Effurun, Nigeria, to bless the nations! From now on, all our Sunday services, the Nativity Drama and Jesus Mega Party shall be be streamed live! Glory to God!

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JEHOVAH EL OLAM (Gen 21:33) – THE ETERNAL COVENANT KEEPING GOD

HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT

This evening was our last prophetic prayer meeting called ‘Saturday Class’ for this year. The anointing was strong. We praised the Living God! “Praise awaits You Lord in Zion”. We used praise to weave a ‘red carpet’ as entrance to the King of kings. “God is fearful in praises”. We are grateful for knowing God, for knowing His name, His Word and His Spirit. We are grateful for all the privileges and gifts we have in Christ! We sang: “How beautiful You are! How marvelous You are! In all the earth, there is no one else like You…” Tonight, the praise ‘brought God down’. It is a wonderful feeling to praise God as a Spiritual Body. It lifted us up to have a glimpse of heaven. Let everything that has breathe, praise the Lord!

Then the Word came (from Gen 21 and 26). There shall be rivers of water in the wilderness. God shall bless His people even now, during national recession. We shall not just survive, but blessings shall over flow from us to others. Isaac dug his father’s well. During famine he planted and reaped that same year a hundredfold. (We shall continue to serve God sacrificially. This time is not like in the past. Our blessings shall come quickly and mightily). God confirmed to Isaac the oath Abraham made when he dug the well. Isaac submitted to the vision and the anointing of his Father Abraham. He re-opened the same well that Abraham dug. The water of life was found under the rubbish the enemies have dumped in the well. Life is stronger than death. Prosperity is stronger than poverty! Healing is stronger than sickness!

Abraham dug the well and sacrificed six lambs by its side. This is to confirm ownership in the midst of the enemies. He then planted a tamarisk tree by the well, a symbol of Jehovah God. Then he raised an altar and prayed to God. He called the God of that well of the water of life in the desert by a new name: Jehovah El Olam, which means the Eternal God. This evening we received a new revelation of God’s name. It was ‘fresh water in the old well of our father’. Jehovah means the covenant keeping God. El is the short form of Elohim, the uncreated Creator. Olam means Eternity! The tamarisk tree grows in the desert or salty soil. Its leaves contain salt. It is an ever green tree. It has very hard wood. It lives very long. It has beautiful flowers at the end of spikes. You can only admire it from afar. It is called ‘an invader’ tree because it spreads fast and destroy other native trees around. It stores all the salt and the water of the desert in its leaves. The tamarisk tree is a symbol of El Olam. That is why Abraham planted it by the well of water. Abraham raised an altar and prayed to El Olam. God answers his prayers and helps Isaac to reclaim the wells.

JEHOVAH EL OLAM is ‘The God who slowly but surely accomplishes His covenantal promises’. He guarantees the fulfillment of His promises. He is the God of all generations. He promises to be the God of your descendants. He is the Eternal God, the uncreated Creator of the Universe; the God who has no beginning and no end; the God outside time and its effects; the God of always and forever! El Olam is the God of the history of mankind. He never gets old and never gets tired. All His attributes are eternal (love, patience, power, wisdom, word, promises…). He is self-existent and needs nothing. His power is eternal. He is the perfect God. Because He is eternal, God is a comfort to saints and a terror to sinners. He is also called The Ancient of Days (Dan 7:9, 10, 13, 22). Jesus is the El Olam, the Resurrection and the Life, the Beginning and the End (Jn 11:25, 26; Rev 22:13). Knowing El Olam delivers you from the fear of death; gives you the confidence that God will be with your children and their children. He is the source of all faithfulness and patience in all generations.

Soon we shall celebrate Christmas. When she knew that she was pregnant with Jesus (The Eternal Well of the Water of Life), Mary praised Jehovah El Olam, the covenant God off all generations:
“And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth ALL GENERATIONS will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name!!!
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION
He has helped His servant Israel…
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever” (Lk 1:46-55)
May the revelation of God’s name Jehovah El Olam be a blessing to you and to your seed forever!

(In the picture you see Abraham’s well, 4000 years old, still in function, with a small tamarisk tree by its side in Beersheba, Israel)

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ESTHER’S BANQUET (1)

HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT

THE STORY OF GRACE

The women’s fellowship was very good. It was well attended; there was great expectation and feeling of thanksgiving ‘in the air’.  This was our last fellowship this year. We gratitude in our hearts, we all knelt down to thank God for keeping us and our families alive from January to December.  We sang: ‘Eshe, Baba-o…’ (Thank You Lord…). The sisters testified of supernatural healings and God’s protections. We all thanked God for Father’s House, for being a church where the Word of God is preached and nobody is manipulated to give money. We all agreed that our church is like an oasis in the desert. Thank You Lord!

Then the Word of God came. It is the story of Queen Esther.

 

This is the story of Hadassah Esther. When Vashti was in the palace, Esther was ‘a Nobody’. She was a simple Jewish girl, an orphan living in the house of her uncle Mordecai. She could not have imagined that in less than a year, Vashti will be on the streets and she will be crowned as the new Queen of the Persian Empire. Her husband shall be King Xerxes, the richest and most powerful man in the world at that time. But the honey moon was short. Trouble came but by the grace of God the enemy is defeated.

 

We shall identify with Queen Esther. All of us we shall fast daily in the Month of January. We want to enter the New Year with a strong spiritual foundation. In the first week of February we shall invite our husbands to a dinner and cook the food ourselves. Everybody shall contribute. The rich and the poor, the young and the old, everybody shall do something so that the dinner will be a holy success. The single sisters shall serve the food with faith that next year they shall be married and join us at the table.

 

Esther was surely not the most beautiful face Susa. But it is on record that she had favor with the eunuch. Just like that, the eunuch in charge of the harem liked her. He stands for the Holy Spirit. He knows what the king loves and hates. He was the one who advised Esther what perfume, what jewelry, what clothes, manners or language to use, to impress the king. That is how Esther ‘received favor with the king’ and became his queen. If you have favor with the Holy Spirit, you will surely have favor with King Jesus. Grace upon grace is already been given… With the crown on her head, Queen Esther ‘received favor with all men who saw her’. The hidden grace became the foundation of visible grace of promotion.

 

The story of Esther is a story of grace. There are levels of grace, increasing the influence of ministry. When grace is given, it has the potential to increase its own power, to multiply its reach. Men who’ve ignored you, they will soon observe you and come closer to help and minster to you. Grace changes the flow of men and circumstances. Holy success follows… Grace is more attractive than natural beauty. It cannot be bought with money or gold. It is reserved as a unique divine gift for the humble in Christ. It is not easy to kill your pride, but the Cross is able to do it. There is a fear that becoming humble men will take you for granted. This is true…but by the time the sunshine of grace will rise on you, the same men will have no other choice than to come back to you and declare that God loves you!

 

This is a question…what do you make of these words? Are you interested in them? Do you covet the best gifts from God? May your heart desire this exquisite jewel of all ages called the grace of God! Your life will never be the same again, I promise you…

 

Prayer points: Father God, help me to appreciate Your grace in my life! Holy Spirit, please give me favor with my husband! Lord Jesus, help me to be a woman of God! In Jesus name we pray, amen!

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