ENJOY YOUR LIFE NOW!

 

“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved your works… Enjoy your life with your wife whom you already love…’ (Ecc 9:7-9)

Marriage is a gift of God. Please accept this word! Some people are married and some are not. Child of God, if you are single and you desire to be married, trust God Himself for the gift of marriage. Talk to God about your desires! Tell Him that you want to marry so that as a godly family, His worship will increase! Vow to give God all the glory for the wedding, for the marriage and for the children that will come! The devil is a liar! Do not be deceived! Marriage does not depend on beauty, education or money. It is God’s gift! Selah!!! But there are some conditions to receive this gift: you have to humble yourself! God’s grace manifests only to the humble. Humble yourself and marry God’s choice for you! If somebody is interested to marry you, it does not matter the height, weight, complexion, race, sense of fashion or tribe. What matters is that he (she) is born again! That is the foundation for the prayers concerning a future happy marriage! God is not the author of confusion. He will give you peace only in His choice for you as your life partner. Concerning any other person, even if he (she) is born again, you shall have no peace to marry! Fast and pray starting from tomorrow! Come back with a testimony!

 

If you are already married, this is God’s Word for you: Enjoy! You MUST BE HAPPILY MARRIED!!! This is not just your wish. This is God’s command! Any disobedience to God’s command is called witchcraft (1Sam 15:23). Any unhappy marriage is somehow connected or influenced by the occult. Husband, you have to choose between your real wife and ‘spirit-wife’ (a witch). You can’t have both! Chose marriage! Be happy! Tell your wife that you are grateful for her coming into your life, for sharing all things together! Being grateful and emotionally generous is a choice! I am sure that you are not blind…you see other women younger and more beautiful than your wife…but God said that you shall be married and it was so! Be grateful! The same applies to the wives! There are other men who are ‘sexier’ or richer than your husband. Be blind to those! Be grateful to what you have! Help your husband to be a man of God! Help him to be better! This is the duty of a godly wife and there is much joy in practicing it.

 

Now, this is the advice for all: Be sexually pure! Be morally pure! Reject anything that contaminates body and spirit! In particular, you should passionately hate divorce, gossip and pornography! Reject those viruses! Enjoy all good clean things every day! Enjoy every minute for there is no another. Enjoy your marriage, your children and your family! Enjoy your church, driving to church, parking in front of your church…Enjoy the church activities, the choir rehearsals, the waiting for the service to start, the prayer times, the preaching of the Word, the worship, the offerings, the assembly of the brethren…Stop wishing for a better partner, a better church, a better opportunity to serve God…another opportunity may never come! Be at peace with all men! Be a blessing to your generation!

 

A personal touch: This morning, my husband said to me: ‘Lia, I want to marry you again…’ (This was before I combed my hair and put on my makeup). I laughed and told him jokingly that he may not be able to pay my ‘bride price’ now… We both laughed… we hugged each other… the day started well as you can see… A good word from the heart is the greatest gift between friends. Money cannot buy it. We are married for 44 years. After making many mistakes, failing and succeeding, falling and getting up, we have finally discovered the formula of a happy, simply successful and fulfilled life in Christ! As with wine, the older we get, the sweeter our marriage is! It feels safe and good to know the heart of my husband. I help him in his weaknesses and I freely, unapologetically, share in his strengths. He does the same with me. We enjoy and share our lives now. We do not wait for tomorrow. Our children are all adults and living far away. We live alone and happy in the house. We enjoy each other company. We are lovers and friends. We challenge, inspire and pray for one another.  We are colleagues in the ministry. In the past, I will be very happy to learn a new recipe to cook for him, for example, to improve the taste of my Nigerian stew, to impress him with it.  But these days, I get ‘crazily excited’ and dance for joy, when I am able to share a new revelation from the Bible with my husband. Over time, I observed that he forgets my stew, but he never forgets ‘that Word you told me the other day…’ The Holy Spirit makes our hearts strong and sweet. This is a supernatural work, outside our power. For us, this is holy harvest time. God is faithful and good. I am so grateful.

 

Dear reader, I wish you well… God bless you all!

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WE CAME TO DIG AGAIN AND TO REOPEN OUR FATHER’S WELLS

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“Now Isaac again dug [and reopened] the wells of water which had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, because the Philistines had filled them up [with dirt] after the death of Abraham; and he gave the wells the same names that his father had given them” (Gen 26:18; AMP)
The prophetic prayer meeting was very good. We started strong praying for a special touch from God tonight. We then praised God with all our hearts. The worship leader started singing ‘Baba, God, Open the heavens over us…’ That was exactly what the Holy Spirit wanted us to pray. The ‘cloud of glory’ over us became ‘thicker’. But then the cloud stopped, hanging in the air, in the same spot… I told them that I sense some hindrance, some opposition or some disturbance coming from religious spirits that have secretly infiltrated our ranks. I was sure that the Holy Spirit was ready to make an ‘entrance’. But the resistance must be identified and removed before the Holy Spirit can make ‘a land fall’ in this place. Led by the Holy Spirit we did spiritual warfare praying in little groups of three or four people. I said: You know what is good… the good thing you pray for yourself, pray it for the other person…’ The anointing was increasing even more… There was a holy hush in the atmosphere…
 
As we became more serious in our prayers, heaven ‘noticed’ our hunger and desperation for revival. As Isaac had to remove the stones and dirt the Philistines used to block his father’s well, we too removed the blockage. We had faith that behind these troubles, there is water. There is life! We prayed against the demons of doubt, fear, confusion, poverty, religion, backsliding, weakness, sickness, untimely death and disappointment. We prayed until we felt free, surrounded and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. I called all the children in the service to come and worship God on the altar. Their simple joy, faith, purity and zeal were infectious. Some were weeping, some had their hands lifted up, some were praying and some were singing… “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 19:14). Yes, I am talking about the little children in Father’s House Effurun, Nigeria…… Everybody was humbled and touched by their ministration.
 
By faith, we declared that all blockages to our prayers have been removed. We declared that God has decreed a grace breakthrough for us. The weak became strong. The sick were healed. The poor became rich. The prisoner became free. We ended the prayer meeting on our knees, thanking God for His presence in our midst. ‘Jesus You love me too much-ooo… Excess Love-ooo…’ This evening, grateful hearts gathered together before the throne, to bring offerings of thanksgiving and tears of joy. As I am writing these notes, I declare that Nigeria is blessed! Father’s House Bible Church Effurun is blessed! Glory to God!
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GOD KNOWS HIS PEOPLE 

“Nevertheless, God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from iniquity.” (2Tim 2:19)

I’ve taken these pictures during our trip to Israel some years ago. These are the caves at Qumran, in the desert near the Dead Sea. In these caves a thousand scrolls were discovered between 1946-1956. The scrolls were hidden in jars of clay, covered and sealed by the monks. These are the oldest complete scrolls of the Old Testament. They were hand written by the monks who lived there during the time of Jesus. The monks were called the Essenes, a Jewish sect of men who decided to live in the desert, to purify their body and mind from the world. They did not involve themselves with the politics of the day like the Pharisees. They refused to have slaves, choosing to serve one another. They lived in a voluntary poverty. Most of them refused to marry so that they can do God’s work. They studied the Old Testament every day and wrote down their commentaries. John the Baptist was one of them before he left the caves to baptize others in the River Jordan. Later, these monks were killed buy the Romans, but their work for God was not lost. After 2000 years, their scrolls were found! What a testimony! Praise the Lord!

What are the lessons for us today? First of all remember this: God knows His people! This is the foundation of God’s Word! No child of God can be lost in a cave or in a crowd! You cannot hide from God! This is my advice to the unbelievers: Give your life to Christ! Don’t waste one second! Time is not your friend! After that, be filled with the Holy Spirit and serve God the best way you can. Serve God not for money, publicity or for the praise of men. Serve God because He is God! Do not be tired serving God! It may take a long time, it may be after you die, but sooner or later, your work for God will be rewarded! Whatever is spoken or done in the darkness, God will bring it to light! Trust God as the Rewarder of them who diligently seek Him! In Jesus name, amen! Glory to God!

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The caves at Qumran

PRAYER FOR NIGERIA

I live in Nigeria since 1980. I love Nigeria and its people. The reason for my love is spiritual, first of all. I found Christ here. Secondly, my husband and our three children are all Nigerians. This is my testimony: I came to Nigeria as an atheist. On the 14th of March 1986, I became saved thru a crisis conversion in Warri, Nigeria. This was God’s decision and work, not mine. Since then, I have discovered that the Holy Spirit is deeply interested in this country. I am not a politician or a social worker. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, servant of God and pastor. I do not live my life by what I see around me or in the media. I do not make my decisions based on what I hear on the TV News. I live my life by faith in God, passionately moved by the resurrection power of Christ who lives in me. Before I gave my life to Christ, I was a chronic coward. As an unbeliever, I was a very complicated person. I loved too many things and I scattered my heart. I lost my primary focus and the core of my destiny, which is to know my Creator. But Christ simplified my life. Thank God for that! I now have only one basic desire: to love God and to become like Jesus! For me the law of my life is simple: if my Lord loves somebody, I love that one too! Jesus loves the Nigerians! Therefore I love them too!
 
Now let me add this: One of the things I hate to see in Nigeria, is barbed wires on top of high fences and ‘burglary proofs’ bars at the windows. Before coming here, I have never seen these things, not even in the movies. Even after all these years living in Nigeria, I have never gotten used to them. To me, these are clear symbols of bondage! Most people here live in fear for their lives. They want to protect themselves from their enemies. But fear is a demon. Barbed wires cannot stop that demon from coming inside the house and terrorizing your heart. Freedom is spiritual, is internal, first of all. Only Jesus Christ can make a coward free. By destroying the power and the sting of death, Jesus Christ became the Lord of Eternal Life! A heart living behind barbed wires is like entering a prison of your own making. You are free inside but you are lonely too. For the barbed wires stop not only the criminals, they stop your friends from coming in too. A coward can never love! A coward can never be a good friend! A coward can never enjoy life! A coward can never be happily married! A coward can never open his heart to God and to men!
 
I pray for Nigeria this morning. I know that it will take a miracle for the architects to design houses without barbed wires and bars of iron. I know that it will be a miracle for Nigerians to feel safe and to sleep well in houses without these metal protection gadgets. I pray for revival in Nigeria, not just a little religion, but full time practicing of Christianity and Holy Ghost empowerment! I pray that Agape Love will flood this land and destroy all forms of bondage! I pray that Love conquers all fears! For the majestic, generous, free, bold, unfailing, supernatural Love of God in the hearts of men is the only answer! I believe in miracles because I believe in God!
 
‘Dear Father God, please heal, deliver, change, free and bless Nigeria!’
 
(In the picture bellow, I saw this strange pendant for sale: a heart surrounded by barbed wire of ‘bondage love’. God forbid! I say: You ‘bondage love’ be broken in Jesus name! Heart, be free, in Jesus name! Amen!)
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ASLEEP AND AWAKE

“I was sound asleep, but in my dreams I was wide awake. Oh, listen! It’s the sound of my Lover knocking, calling…!” (SS 5:2; TM)

 “Beloved… I see that you are tired and have fallen asleep… now it is time to wake up and talk… you have tried to please men…. to impress all men… you have helped all the people around you… you have feared them , prayed for them, worked for them, served them day and night…

Now it is time to serve Me, your God, your Faithful Eternal Lover! Remember the prayer you prayed to Me long ago, when still a youth… when dreams were real and sweet romance was possible… remember the passion you had for Me, before the cold blanket of this world dampened your spirit… before mistakes brought shame and guilt poisoned your soul… remember the dreams we shared together… when the seeds of undying hope were planted in your tender heart… remember your prayers before the tears came, trying to wash away what was left of pure joy… remember the glimpse of glory before the storm destroyed our poems and our books got burned in the fire…  remember what I showed you on top of the mountain of frankincense, when we were alone, and no one applauded the show, for there was no show…

Know this: when you are awake and even in your sleep, I am still God, your God… All power belongs to me… My love for you can never fail… My passion for you can never fade… I am able to make old things new again… I have the power to change all things just because… My love is ready to surprise you…

I am knocking My Darling… Listen to the sound of My coming back…Feel my excitement as I am waiting outside your door…I wait for you to open it… My dreams, your dreams, our dreams can never die… and even if they died, they shall manifest from now on… Just believe that I am He… It is Me, your Life, your Lover and your Lord… The angels are getting impatient already… Let the music begin…Come out My Beloved… It is time!”

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