TIME OF DIVINE RESTORATION

 

 

“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, My great army which I sent among you”  (Joel 2:25)

 

This is the testimony of a family who came to our church not too long ago. They say that they have been serving God for a long time but there was a mysterious stagnation in their home since last year, both spiritually and financially. We told them to fast and pray and seek God’s face. The husband and his wife did it with faith and in the unity of the Spirit. God answered them speedily. Their testimonies shall multiply. But for now, this report is given to the glory of God, to the shame of the devil and for the encouragement of other believers who struggle with stagnancy in any form. This is the truth: God humbles us for a season. But the same God is able to restore all what was lost and so much more. There is no ‘short cut’ with God! Fast and pray, with faith, expecting God to speak to you and act. I assure you that God will prove Himself to you! Your testimony is waiting! In Jesus name, amen!

 

“Good day ma, God indeed has been faithful. Firstly I thank God for coming to Father’s House Church. Secondly, thanks for your time to counsel me and pray with me, I did the fasting and prayers alongside my wife and have been expectant, I thank God for His mercies and Speedy answers! Last week, I received a letter from my Office for 1 week training (this I have been denied for more than two years). The personnel in charge of learning/career administration saw me and said ‘what happened that your name have been omitted from training all these while?’ I told him I didn’t know. He said he has restructured my training program and henceforth, every month I will attend at least a one week training to cover the lost grounds. Secondly, one of my tenants owing me in my property for long called me saying that he is sorry for the long delay that unfailingly this week he will pay me all the rents owed and even up to 1year. I thank God because He answered speedily and I know He is not done with me yet. More testimonies will come before the end of the year and beyond. That’s why I believe what Ta Leigh said yesterday: Thanksgiving to God is every day, every hour and every minute! May His name be praised forever!”

CONFIDENCE REWARDED

 

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded” (Heb 10:35)

Child of God, the Bible promises a great reward if you keep and protect your confidence in God. Confidence is mature tried faith. The word in Greek describes confident speech.  This bold speech comes from the bold heart of a lion trained by the Lion of Judah. A true believer must testify about His Savior thru open, direct speech, bold and sure, free and clear. Just saying to somebody: “Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Lord” with the confidence produced by the Holy Spirit, you shall be ‘richly rewarded’ by God the Father.

 

Take note: It is possible to lose this confidence! We are warned not to throw it away, not to forsake it. This warning is to be taken seriously especially during difficult times of persecution or need. The devil will try to deceive you that your faith in God is useless, that it does not work, therefore you should discard it. This is a serious mistake and a great loss. This will be the beginning of backsliding. You will lose the joy of your salvation; you will be shy among the brethren and timid about your testimony. Like we say in Nigeria: “your mouth will shake…” What a pity… It is better to lose friends, jobs or money, than to abandon the faith you have in your God. For faith is more valuable than gold and useful for all situations. I am not talking about self-confidence, for that is sin. I am talking about the true living Biblical God approved faith, tested in fire; the confidence that God exists and His Word is true.

 

Faith in God is your crown as a worshiper. Your faith is the key that opens the door of salvation; the pipe thru which the blessings of Christ flow to you, the link to your miracle and the cup that God fills with His grace.  How can you throw away such a treasure? Please go back and look for it. Plant it in your heart once more. Confidently go and tell people that you are saved by the Blood of the Lamb. Never be ashamed of your Lord for He died to set you free! Shout with a loud voice: “Jesus is Lord! Hallelujah!”  The devil will have a headache! Good! But one thing is sure: God will richly reward you! You will hear a divine ‘alert’ on your ‘heart-set’ that a gift has been paid in your heavenly account! These things are all true if you believe! As for me, I believe therefore I have spoken!

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SUPERNATURAL ABUNDANCE DURING FAMINE

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“The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their inheritance will be forever. They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, and in the days of famine they will have abundance” (Ps 37:18, 19)

Our prophetic prayer was very good. The anointing was strong and heavy, like a glory blanket on our shoulders. I hope you feel it… We imagined that the Prince of Peace has entered in the room. We welcomed His Majesty, the King of kings with worship, adoration, shouting, clapping of hands, prostrating, prayers, songs in English, Nigerian dialects and Tongues. It is always a holy adventure to be in the presence of the Living God. There is eternal life pulsating from the throne in heaven, filled with power, peace and joy no words can describe.

Then the Word came. The Holy Spirit said that we have been faithful and obedient during this long season of spiritual warfare. The enemies have been pushed behind and the damage done to them is so great that it will take a long time for them to recover. Until then, there shall be a season of peace when we shall buy land and build houses. God will bless us with supernatural extraordinary blessings, spiritual and material. Divine healing, fruitfulness and financial prosperity shall be our portion. Nigeria as a country is in recession. It is a form of Biblical famine. We believe the promises of God that during this famine He will bless, protect, increase, heal and deliver us. Just the way God made a difference between the Egyptians and His children living in Goshen, so God will take care of us and prosper us beyond imagination, even now.

According to the Word of God (Job 5:19-27; Ps 33:18, 19; Ps 37: 18, 19) during this time of famine, God shall be with us and shall rescue us; no harm shall befall on us; we shall not die of untimely death; we shall not bury our children; we shall not hear the insults of wicked mockers; we shall not fear when bad news abound; we shall laugh at this recession; we shall not fear evil men and armed robbers for they will never see us; our houses are secure; no thieves can break in; when we take stock of our property nothing will be missing; our children shall be strong and many (not just one); there shall be no barren woman in our midst; our descendants will be so many that one picture will not be enough to capture them all; we shall live long and be strong until the end; the challenges connected with old age are not our portion; we shall not be ashamed or disappointed in our God; like Isaac during famine we shall be rewarded with a hundredfold increase which is the greatest increase man can experience on earth. This is the prophetic Word of God for all true believers. No man or devil can stop the manifestation of this word! In Jesus name, amen!

PRAYER REQUEST

FRUITFULNESS
There is a couple in our church that has been praying for the fruit of the womb for quite some time. Once a month the wife brings us fruits as a gift of faith. They are not wealthy in the natural. But both serve God with passion and faithfulness.

They trust the Word of God that says: “You shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I (Jehovah God) will remove sickness from your midst. There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I (Jehovah God) will fulfill the number of your days” (Ex 23:25, 26). They trust the Almighty God who promises blessings upon the food and water, divine health and fruitfulness. Please pray for them that they will have children.

We use them as a point of contact for others who have the same challenge! God is not a respecter of persons but He ‘respects’ the faith of a child of God! May the miracle of healthy pregnancies be your portion! To the glory of God and for your happiness! In Jesus name, amen!

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THE LORD SHALL ANSWER YOU

“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them” (Is 41:17)

To belong to a living church is a wonderful thing. To be part of the Body of Christ is a great blessing. This is the testimony of Bro. Samson. He is in his early thirties. He is one of the ‘men of valor’ who helped during the building of this sanctuary. After we moved in he offered to continue to work for the church. We needed a gardener. He agreed. We did not know that he has that gift but the plants grow well and are very happy under his care.

Last December we had an event in the church. The men invited their wives to a banquet. Many of the couples in the church came, all dressed beautifully. Then I saw Bro. Samson seated in the garden, in his jeans, looking very sad. I asked him why he is not dressed with his wife ready to go to the dinner. He said that he is not properly married to her. He has not done the traditional marriage. He has not paid the bride price and he has not married in the court or in the church. They have been living together and have five children. One baby died last year for they did not have money to carry him to the hospital. I was touched. This is the first time I heard his story. We prayed that next December they will be able to attend the couples’ banquet for they shall be properly married by then.

For the past one year we have prayed almost once a week for God’s favor on Samson and his wife. It has not been easy. He had deep inferiority complex that he is a failure. He told me “Malia, I be poor man… I no get money… I be a nobody…” I rebuked him telling him that a child of God does not talk like that. At the beginning his faith was very little. Later he told me that the reason why he is afraid to dream that proper marriage is possible is because of his family. His three elder brothers are also not married properly. They mocked him for trying to do what they could not do. They told him that they shall not support or help him in any way at all. In Nigeria, this is a very serious matter. To become a light in your unbelieving family attracts a lot of persecution. But I assured him that with God all things are possible. I also told him that God will use him as a light for the rest of the family. The wife also had issues. She was ‘ashamed’ to attend our church because she was not properly married. I encouraged her to come to Father’s House and even attend the women’s fellowship. She did. Eventually, the light of God started shining on their way. When the news came that they want to marry, the brethren helped and encouraged them.

Today is their traditional marriage day. The wife is already in her village waiting for him to come like a prince. I saw him last night and he was very excited. This morning he came to the door dressed in his traditional outfit. He knew that I cannot go to the village. He said that he could not go there without coming to show appreciation. He said that he is very happy. He is generally shy but this morning he was shaking with joy. He could not hide it. We prayed one more prayer before he went. I took him a picture in front of our Christmas tree. I hope you see how happy and proud he looks in his princely dress, hat and all. On Sunday they shall do a blessed marriage ceremony in our church. More pictures shall follow.

This testimony is given to the glory of God, to the shame of the devil and for the encouragement of all who are afraid to dream because they think they are poor. This is a reminder that faith in God is more than money and that God answers prayers! This is also a reminder that a child of God should belong to a Living and Loving Church that is a true spiritual family, where he can grow in faith, in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Today the plants in the garden shall ‘pray’ for their gardener, wishing him God’s blessings! Please pray for Samson and Mercy! God bless you! To God be all the glory! In Jesus name, amen!

(The last two pictures are taken at the Blessed Marriage Ceremony in our church)

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