SWEET HOLY SPIRIT, I AM IN LOVE

 

“Set me as a seal upon your heart,

As a seal upon your arm;

For love is as strong as death,

Jealousy as cruel as the grave;

Its flames are flames of fire,

A most vehement flame…

Many waters cannot quench love,

Nor can the floods drown it.

If a man would give for love

All the wealth of his house,

It would be utterly despised” (SS8:6, 7)

This is the voice of the Bride… Love has its own sound, its own song, its own fragrance, its own way and its own price. Money cannot buy it. Blood is its price. The Blood of the Prince of peace was shed for love to live. Love is jealous. El Qanna, the Jealous God, will fight to keep your love alive and pure. Love is strong. Love never fails. Love draws near. Love changes the hearts. The Spirit and the Bride is calling…Come… What will the Lover say in response to her longing?

 

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’” (Rev 3:19-22)

This is the Love of the Lover. It is the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ, calling from the other side of the Cross, the side of joy and victory. The Blood was shed. Death has died. The grave has been disappointed. This is the season of love… He who loves rebukes and chastens. The Lover is the Teacher. He disciplines His students, His children, so that they may know how to love better. Many tears will stain your face and many disappointments will hurt your heart before you learn how to receive and give love in return. It takes a long time before you are able to appreciate true love. To love is not easy. But it is worth it! Dead men do not love. He who loves is alive!

 

Love calls you to come inside the holy place. Love offers you a dinner of joyful eternal blessings and a royal seat of power. Are you afraid to open the door? Are you afraid at what the Lover might say or do?  If you hear His voice, then please open the door! You shall have no peace until you open and worship the Lord at His feet, face to face, no interruption and no separation. God is calling you to be with Him, to do ministry, to intercession…God is calling you to separate from the world, to worship Him alone in the beauty of His holiness. Even so come Lord Jesus…

 

Singing:

I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love….

Sweet Holy Spirit…

I’m in love!

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I HATE MARIJUANA! HATE IT WITH ME!

 

Recently, I had to counsel and pray with some young men who are taking marihuana. Their lives are scattered. Their minds are confused. They hear (religious) voices. The devil keeps them in bondage. The cage is very strong. Without help from God, they cannot recover. I write these lines with pain and anger in my heart. I hate the devil! I hate these drugs! I write these words as a doctor, pastor, mother and grandmother. It is not a subject I like to think about. But I cannot ignore it! I had to re-examine the terrible effects these illegal drugs have on the people, especially the youths. Many are true Christians and come to church. They love the Lord and want to serve Him. They want to have a good life, to go to school, marry and live well. But the addiction to this poison hinders them to live well and live long.

 

The most common and the cheapest addiction that the devil offers here in Nigeria is ‘marihuana’. The young men smoke it or drink the tea made from its dry leaves.  Marijuana (Cannabis, Hemp, Hashish) is a plant used by many all over the world as an illegal pleasure drug. The word ‘marijuana’ is related with a Spanish word which is translated ‘prisoner’. (Attention: the devil wants to make you his prisoner thru this plant that God has created!!!). More and more young people try it and become addicted to it. It is a deception to think that marihuana is a harmless drug. It has great potential of destroying your health and your future. Marijuana, like other drugs of abuse, can result in addiction. During intoxication, marijuana can interfere with the cognitive function of the brain (ex. memory and perception of time) and the motor function (e.g., coordination). These effects can have detrimental consequences (ex. traffic accidents). The people who use marijuana have a higher risk of developing depression, anxiety and other more serious psychiatric sicknesses.  Repeated marijuana use during adolescence may result in long-lasting changes in brain function that can jeopardize educational, professional, and social achievements. Most people who smoke marihuana drop out from school and get involved in other crimes.

 

Dear young man! Dear young woman! You who takes illegal drugs: If you read these words, it means that God is talking to you! God wants to help you, to deliver you from the demons associated with them. God loves you! Give your life to Christ! Start reading the Bible and pray. Go to a good church. Let your pastor pray for you. Deliver yourself! At the name of Jesus every knee will bow! One with God is majority! God is able and more than able to deliver you, to heal you and give you a good future.

 

This is God’s Promise to you:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity…” (Jer 29:11-14)

 

Let’s pray: “Dear Heavenly Father I come to You on behalf of Your people who desire deliverance from drug addiction, especially marihuana. Have mercy Oh, Lord. Nobody can help them except You. Do for them what money cannot buy and man cannot give. I take authority against the wicked demon of drug addiction, against fear, anxiety, depression, madness, restlessness, poverty, suicide, hopelessness, deception and confusion! I bind you! I silence you! Leave God’s people alone and go away! In the name of Jesus! I destroy every spell that the devil has placed on them! I destroy the spiritual cage of addiction! Holy Spirit please take control. I plead the Blood of Jesus over you! Let the miracle of freedom happen! Let freedom be real! Revel to them the power and the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ! Let their body reject the desire to go back to drugs! I declare that their minds are sound, that their hearts are filled with peace and joy! Father God, it is all to Your Glory! In Jesus name I pray, amen!”

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COUNSEL FOR THE WISE IN THE MIDST OF FOOLS

“Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.
Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back!
Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.
Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.
Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison!
A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg.
Honoring a fool is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.
A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk.
An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots at random.
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.
There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise” (PV 26:1-12, TLB)

The Bible is the Word of God. Study the scriptures! Every counsel is perfect. Obey the Word of God and you shall be saved, healed, free and happy. Question: What will you do if you are attacked by fools? This situation is as bad as when mad dogs come against you. A fool is not just an innocent, ignorant, in-need-of-help person. Fools are terrible and dangerous. They can drag you down to their level. Pray for wisdom!

Read and meditate on the above verses from Proverbs 26. The word ‘fool’ in Hebrew is kesyl. It means to be fat and silly. His foolishness is ‘perverse’. A fool in the Bible is seen as someone who is an unbeliever (‘A fool says in his heart: there is no God’ Ps 14:1). He is a wayward, stubborn, wicked, rebellious person. He says and does what he knows is wrong, willfully turning away from what is right and good. He argues too much and, like a virus, he spreads his foolish stubbornness to others. He takes pleasure seeing that you fall. That is why he is dangerous!

In the Bible we are told that:
*Honor should not be given to a fool. The word ‘honor’ in Hebrew is translated ‘glory, boasting, to be noble, to promote and to be rich’. Practically it means that if I encounter a fool, I should try my best to avoid him. I should not go out of my way to make friends with him, to respect or to imitate him. I should not boast of my relationship with him. I should not help him to be promoted or to get richer. If I do so, I will share in his ‘shame’. “The wise are promoted to honor, but fools are promoted to shame!” (PV 3:35). The word ‘shame’ also means disgrace or confusion. Making friends with fools is one of the common ways to become confused in life, losing focus and faith. Friendship with fools will make you to backslide. You have to choose between that fool and your faith in God!

*The best thing is to avoid a fool. Try NOT answering his arguments, so that you do not become like him. But if you really have to talk, then pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit on your mind and tongue. The only thing a fool needs is rebuke! Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, you have to discipline him! You need a tongue of fire to rebuke a fool! The fools win all arguments if you answer them in your flesh. You need the help of the Holy Spirit who is the ‘Wonderful Counsellor’. You may be led to speak just one sentence, but filled with the Holy Spirit, it will be a rebuke from heaven. The fool will feel it as a lash on his back. Pain is good for a fool. Like a mad dog who tried to bite you, after that lash, he will retreat! He may not repent from his foolishness but he will avoid you from that time on. To be free from the tongue and the manipulation of a fool is great deliverance! Thank God for that!

*Fools are not to be trusted with your heart and with your words. They are rebellious. They are trouble makers. They will add or remove from your words. They will misinterpret them. You will end in trouble if you send a message thru a fool. Do not trust a fool. Do not delegate your authority to a fool. Never do that. If you have no wise person to send a message, go yourself or keep quiet and wait. Fools are wicked. Fools can never represent you in public. Never marry a fool for you will suffer! Do not make friends with fools for you will weep! Do not hire a fool for he will run down your business! Run away from a church whose pastor is foolish, no matter how handsome, beautiful, rich or famous he (she) is!

Finally, pray that God will purify your heart from resident foolishness and your world from wicked people. May the Fire of the Holy Spirit surround you now! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! In Jesus name, amen!

THE WAY OF ESCAPE IS THE WAY OF VICTORY

 

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1Cor 10:13)

 

This morning I want to encourage you… One of the best promises we have as believers in Christ is that when tempted, we shall not be left alone. This is the truth: God will be there in the furnace with you, helping you to find ‘the way of escape’ out of the fire. The way out of the cage is down, at the bottom. The humble believer kneels down, prays and finds it. But the proud one looks up, tries to climb out and will miss it. That is why proud men suffer much longer than the humble ones. Lesson: When you suffer, humble yourself and trust God! Soon the pain is over!

 

All trials that come your way ‘are common to man’! These afflictions are suited to men, to what men can bear, not different than what other men experience in this life. Remember: God is faithful! His faithfulness is seen much clearer during times of temptations. God oversees your trial. He will not permit the devil to attack you until you break down, backslide or die. Your present pain will not be above or beyond your power to resist the devil and to remain faithful to God to the end.  The faithfulness of God is the proof why all of us who are suffering one trial or another, are still alive and well. If not for God we should all be mad, admitted in a psychiatric hospital with deep depression. Surprisingly, we are able to endure, to bear pain, patiently waiting for God to reveal the way of escape. Lesson: because God is faithful to me, I will be faithful to Him!

 

The reason why temptations are so painful is that the devil attacks not only with sickness or poverty, but with many lies as well. These are some of the lies that you must resist and reject:

Lie number one: ’God does not love you, that is why you suffer…’ This is a lie! If you are a child of God, then you should know that God’s love to you!!! In Christ, God’s love is unconditional and eternal. God uses painful things to discipline you, for your own good, but He will not take away His love from you.

Lie number two: ’You may start well but you do not have the power to end well…’ This is a lie! The grace of God is sufficient to start and finish the race. Do not be discouraged!

Lie number three: ‘If you are spiritually mature you will be able to avoid al temptations…’ This is a lie! The closer you get to God the more His light will shine on you. This light will expose your weakness and sins. You will become more sensitive to sin and temptations. Remember that Jesus was tempted, Paul was tempted and all believers will be tempted. Temptation is not sin. Backsliding in the middle of the temptation is sin! Stop trying to use ‘wisdom’ to avoid pain. Accept it as part of life. See the gain of pain! Pass thru the fire! Like Job, you will come out shining like gold!

Lie number four: ‘Nothing good comes out of this temptation…’ This is a lie! Sin is useless but temptation is used by God to purify our hearts, especially the motives for serving Him. God will be grieved if you fall and backslide because of trials. God will be happy if you trust in Him always and stand faithful to the end!

 

Lesson: Be faithful to God! God rewards faithfulness and obedience! Give God all the glory! Praise God for your salvation, your testimony, your healing, your deliverance, your fruitfulness, your family, your anointing for ministry and so many blessings! This temptation is temporary but God is eternal! Jesus saves to the uttermost! Shout Hallelujah!

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I WILL CELEBRATE BEFORE THE LORD

 

“David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord.  I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” (2 Sam 6:21, 22)

Tonight’ prayer meeting was very good. It was raining outside. It is always a challenge to come to church when the weather is not friendly. I prayed that the ones who are willing to come should be blessed in an unusual way. God answered my prayer. We started praying and thanking God for our lives, health and freedom. Then we began praising God calling His wonderful names aloud. The adults and the children, the rich and the poor, everybody had an opportunity to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Ps 34:8).

 

Then there was a prophetic word: ‘if you want the Holy Spirit to freely move in your midst tonight, then you should praise God with songs and dancing like King David did long ago’ (2 Samuel 6:20-23).  This is the story: When David brought the ark of God to Zion, he danced on the streets like ‘a mad man’. For the sake of God he killed his pride. He ‘disgraced’ himself and danced with all his heart. This dance was a form of worship, a sacrifice to God. Everybody who loved the presence of God followed David and danced unto God. No one cared about reputation, social position and titles or about what men may say.

 

But Michal, David’s wife, was not in the crowd. She was up, at the balcony judging David. She complained that David danced ‘half naked’ like a mad man and that the young women laughed at him. David was surprised at this evil comment coming from his own household. He explained that he danced unto the Lord and not unto the men and women. It was ‘a worship dance’ and not ‘a romantic dance’. David also said that for God, he will disgrace himself even more in the future. Because of this negative attitude towards the Holy Spirit, towards the King and God’s praise, Michal remained barren all her life. This evening we took this warning as serious as we could. Nobody wanted to be proud and complaining. We too ‘disgraced’ our flesh and freely danced without shoes this evening. The Holy Spirit honored His Word and our child-like faith and came down mightily. No one wanted to be a passive wicked spectator like Michal. God forbid! In Father’s House, none is too old, too rich, too educated or too great before the King of kings! The anointing was so strong that all yokes were broken! The bondages of depression, doubt, bareness, sickness, empty religion, fear and sadness were broken. We were filled afresh with the Holy Spirit. We received peace and joy unto overflow!!!

 

These words are not just poetic or symbolic. This evening we literarily drank from the water of life unto the satisfaction of our souls. According to His Word God fulfilled His promise:  “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (Jer 21:35). I had prepared a sermon but I could not preach it for, as a drop in the ocean of grace, everybody was ‘lost’ in His presence and none could listen to a mere mortal talking. All eyes were on Jesus! What a way to ‘spend’ an evening! Glory to God!

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BONDAGE TO RELIGION 

I saw this little dog chained at the entrance of a church in Nice, France. Probably, its owner went inside the church to pray. He was patiently waiting outside in the sunshine. I felt sorry for the dog… To me, this was a spiritual picture of some people who want to serve God but they are still in bondage to the devil. The evil spirit of religion will not mind you going to church, if you still remain outside Christ and His offer of salvation.

What is the lesson? Give your life to Christ! Be born again by the power of the Holy Spirit! Be free from the chains of religion! Rejoice in the freedom Christ purchased for you by His Blood on the Cross of Calvary! Glory to God!!!!

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GOD BLESS THOSE WHO REFRESH ME

HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT

The women’ fellowship was very good. We shared testimonies. We praised God with singing and dancing. Sister D said that two times a rat ate the photocopy of an important document. Then when she came to church last month ago, she said that we prayed against physical and spiritual ‘rats’ that do damage to our property. She had faith and prayed hard. Since then, no ‘rat’ destroyed anything in her possession. All the sisters gave thanks to God calling Him the Faithful One. Then the Word came. It was about the spiritual gift of helps. We said that this gift is not just a natural tendency to ‘do good’. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who will change your heart. You shall receive the desire to help others who have less than you. You shall pray for wisdom and anointing to help others and God will give these ennoblements to you. We prayed that for each sister who desires to be supernaturally generous to help others, God will open a door of financial breakthrough.

 

ONESIPHORUS – PAUL’S HELPER

“The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day—and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus” (2Tim 1:16-18)

One of the best examples of a child of God engaged in the ministry of helps is Onesiphorus (2Tim 1:16-18). Paul was in prison. This brother Onesiphorus did three wonderful things to bless Paul.

*He was not ashamed of Paul’s chains (how many of us can make time to visit prisoners?)

*He sought Paul ‘very zealously’ until he found him. Onesiphorus was not a man who will easily give us. He wanted to be a blessing to Paul, to help him in prison, and he found him at last.

*Onesiphorus often did ‘refresh’ Paul. The word means to cool somebody off. To refresh it means to help somebody to feel better, to visit him, to encourage him, to help him carry a burden, to listen to somebody who needs to speak, to give water of food. We do not know what Onesiphorus brought to Paul. Maybe it was some apples or some juice. Jesus said that even giving water to one of His people will be rewarded by God. “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” (Mt 10:42). Paul prays for him to receive mercy from God at the judgment day. Good gifts are never lost. If you sow kindness you shall reap kindness hundredfold. Every good thing you do for others, in the name of the Lord, shall be rewarded by Him. “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (PV 11:25)

 

This is our testimony: There are people in the church who often refresh us with an encouraging word, prayer or gifts. There are people who send us bottled water, fruit juices, puff puff, bread, eggs, fruits, vegetables, oil, books, phone recharge cards, cooked meals, fish, meat, chicken, Christmas hampers and many other gifts. I may not remember all of them but God knows each one of you. I pray that you may find mercy on that day! I pray that God will send Holy Ghost refreshing on you! I pray that God will bless you and your families, spiritually and materially! In Jesus name, amen!

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