I AM A BLESSED GRANDMA

TESTIMONY TO THE GLORY OF GOD!

I am a very happy grandma! In the picture, you see our oldest grandson Alex Atiyota, with his girlfriend Ally, at their prom, last week (May 2018). He just got admission to read Engineering Major in University of Houston. Alex, you are a man of God! This is one of the most beautiful pictures I have seen. Well done! The Cross will lead you and protect you, to the end of time! God bless you both! 

Alex and Ally

TESTIMONY OF FATHER’S HOUSE BIBLE CHURCH

“Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish” (Is 46:10)
In 1999, The Holy Spirit told my husband and I, to come back from the U.S. and to start a church here in Warri. It was not easy but thank God, we obeyed. We started Father’s House Bible Church in the building of our private hospital, called ‘Lily Clinic’. To our surprise, God blessed us beyond imagination. In 2009 we bought this piece of land opposite Urrhobo College, Effurun. The first picture shows a green grass field with wild flowers. It was taken on the 9th of May, 2009, the very day we bought this land. It was ‘a virgin land since Adam’, as they said. We built our sanctuary on it. We did it without taking any bank loan, without any ‘launching’ or manipulation for ‘raising funds’. The same God who sent us with a missionary anointing back to Nigeria, who said that we should start this church, the same God provided the land and all the resources, human and financial, natural and spiritual, to complete the building. We testify that most of the work was done with non-professionals and volunteers from our church and that there was no accident at the sight until we finished the buidling. By the grace of God, three years ago we dedicated the sanctuary! We have been meeting inside with God the Holy Spirit since then. God alone knows the end from the beginning! He is the eternal, all powerful and the only wise God! To Him alone be all the glory!
 
This testimony is given to the glory of God, to the shame and defeat of the devil and for the encouragement of many Christians, especially the pastors! All things are possible with God! 
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DO NOT LET ANYBODY KILL YOUR DREAMS!

“Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry” (Hab 2:2, 3)
 
There were two worms climbing a tree. One said to the other: ‘Life is good on this tree… I wish nothing else…’ But the second worm remembered the word his parents told him when he was very small. His dad said to him: ‘Dear son, your destiny is to fly! You will not crawl on trees forever! You are a beautiful butterfly! Your wings are planted inside your heart. One day, you have to wrap yourself in a cocoon. Inside that tight place, with no windows and no doors, God will give you the gift of wings. Then you shall come out like a butterfly. Then you shall fly like your mum and I. Do not let anybody kill your dreams…’ Yes, dad…’ he said… Confidence building up, he told the first worm that he will fly one day. But the ordinary worm rebuked him saying: ‘Stop talking like that! We are worms! We live and die like worms! Forget flying! Stop dreaming impossible, foolish dreams! Let’s crawl on this tree…’
 
For a time they went up in silence. But suddenly, the worm that had wings planted inside looked up! He saw his parents flying high, calling from above… That is all it took! A vision of true destiny! A look upwards, to the hills of incense! A gaze to the Helper in heaven! Immediately, fearlessly, he started wrapping himself in the cocoon. The ordinary worm tried to stop him but it was too late. He entered the holy place where the sun light disappears and God’s glory manufactures wings to fly. Dead to the world of worms, at the fullness of time, he came out with rainbow colors painted on his wings! Fly, fly, fly… to glory! Worship was born! Love was made perfect by the fire of freedom! This is the song of them who believe that in the presence of God dreams indeed come true!
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THE SECRET OF JOSEPH

HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT

“Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers… The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man…” (Gen 37:5; 39:2)

The prayer meeting started slow but thanks be to God, we got the ‘push’ to rise to a higher level of faith. I told the brethren: This present moment is the only one that ‘we have’. Stop thinking about the past or the future! These are far away! Time distorts them! We are now in this very moment. We need to choose to make the best with it. It is a small moment in time, but it is real. Let’s use it to draw closer to God, to pray and to worship God. Not a future prayer! Not a past glory! As you are breathing now, let your spirit rise towards heaven now! By the grace of God we shall ‘finish the race’ well! God called us to be champions. God knows His job. He can never fail. Do not look at yourself. Look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith!

 

Even as we declared these words of faith, I sensed a hindrance. The best way to describe it was an evil spirit of discouragement, of doubt, of inferiority complex. It was like a strange voice talking from bellow, from under a basket. It said: ‘you are praying for nothing. You are nobodies. God does not listen to you. You are too small for God. At the end of this service nothing good happens…’ We identified and rejected this strange evil spirit and by the grace of God we ‘cleared the road’ for the journey of faith to continue.

 

We continue to study Joseph.  He is a type of Christ! We identify prophetically with him. He was given two names, one by his mother (Joseph) and one by Pharaoh, his boss (Zaphenath Panea). The first means ‘Increase’ and the second means ‘divine secret wisdom; a revealer of dreams’. Each of us we laid our hands on hour heads and received the mantle of increased prosperity and wisdom from above to know, not only the acts of God, but especially His ways. God spoke to Joseph about his future. God’s Word came to Joseph in the form of two dreams. God’s Word said that Joseph will be the leader and the savior of his family. Joseph believed God’s Word and after many years of trials, the dreams came to pass, even more that he could have imagined. Like Jesus, he became the savior of the world. What is the secret of Joseph? How did he become so successful? The answer is of course, God’s grace. But what did Joseph do so that the dreams of his youth come to pass? How did he facilitate the Word of God so that it will perform in his life?

 

There are two basic things Joseph did:

*he openly confessed with his mouth what God deposited in his heart!

*he kept himself sexually pure!

 

These two requirements to ‘prepare the ground for our dreams to come true’ seem so simple. But this is the truth revealed in the Bible! Let us not complicate ourselves! This evening we did like Joseph. We exercised the Holy Spirit of faith! According to the Bible, we confessed with our mouth today what God spoke into our hearts in the past. “It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak” (2Cor 4:13). Each one of us told somebody in the room: ‘I will own my house. I will not die a tenant… the future in my marriage is wonderful and must be wonderful…I am healed… I will surely marry…God has provided the money for my children’s school fees, I shall worry no more…’ These confessions may seem childish but they became very powerful as they were released from our mouths. Without speaking the word out, the same word may stay inside the heart like a worm in a cocoon that will never become a butterfly to fly… As we spoke the words out, the Holy Spirit will use our words as ‘a raw material’ to manifest the same word. When we get healed, when we enter our houses… somebody will remember to say: ‘this man, this woman, had said it all along…’ God will take the glory of the release of the spirit of faith! Next, we all repented of all sexual sins, we trusted the Holy Spirit to cleanse the memory of such, to purify our emotions and to renew our minds. There is no more hindrance now! By the grace of God, we have now opened the gate for our dreams to come true! Glory to God!

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HOW TO SPEAK TO THE GLORY OF GOD

HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT
The Women’ fellowship in our church was very good. We praised God with songs and dances. We shared testimonies to the glory of God! Sister T celebrated her 50th birthday. For a long time she had no car. She used the keke to do her business. God blessed her miraculously with a new car. She thanked God for her life, her health, her children and her ministry. Sister A is new in our church. She escaped death two times these month. She was to go to a burial ceremony when the Holy Spirit told her to go to church. She went to church and found the brethren sweeping the floor. She joined them to work for God. Later she went to the burial ceremony and they invited her to sit under a big canopy. She felt restless to sit on that place. She left the ceremony. Few minutes later the canopy fell and two men died. God re-directed her steps to save her. A week later armed robbers came to their house and robbed her neighbor but they did not see her. She and the children escaped unharmed. Sister B said that her husband was very sick in November last year with a sickness that looks like asthma. He almost died. They went to the hospital and they gave him treatment. But he was still sick. In desperation, they prayed for healing and God touched him. He has not been sick since then. We all gave thanks to God for His goodness and love! Then the Word came!
 
THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK!
“The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer; he thinks carefully before speaking. But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things; it overflows with evil words” (PV 15:28)
 
In communication, this is one of the most important skills you need to learn: think before you speak! Use your mind before you open your mouth! This is God’s command and not just His advice! Obeying this simple command shows the difference between a wise patient man and a foolish angry man. “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (Jam 1:19). The child of God takes speaking as a very serious matter. The Christian knows that “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (PV 18:21). Our words encourage or kill the spirits of others. The words you speak reveal your heart to others, for better or for worst. A Christian faithfully studies the Bible and has a great deposit of the Word of God in his heart. Even so, he does not speak impulsively, quoting scriptures at random. He meditates on how to speak. He thinks carefully before speaking; he studies his subject. He does not over-react emotionally under provocation. He prays that God will supply words to him when he opens his mouth. But an unbeliever answers before thinking. His mind is too slow and his mouth is too fast. He is impatient, foolish, talks loudly and nonstop. He opens his mouth and he pours out words without thinking, without preparation. In Hebrew the word ‘pour out’ means to gush forth without any restrain. This word means to emit a foul odor as if the mouth becomes the anus of the body. This is a total reversal of body functions and a disgrace of human behavior. The word ‘evil’ it means speaking something bad, troublesome, words that produce sorrow, grief and hurt in the listener. The wicked man speaks evil words without restrain. He has no fear of danger for the future consequences of his speech. He has no shame for his foolish behavior. If you are married to an unbeliever or if your boss is an unbeliever, just imagine how much you will suffer because of his mouth. Your life will be ‘hell on earth’.
 
In conclusion, we cannot control the words other people speak to us. But we should be jealous over our ears and hearts. We should calmly assess the states of their hearts thru the words they speak. Words reveal of what is hidden in their hearts. Dear single sister, as you date that young man, listen to what he says. Do not put words in his mouth. Do not listen to only what you wish to hear. Let him be! His words that come from his heart are the x-ray of his soul. Study his words like a doctor studies the x-ray! You should not marry an unbeliever for the pain is great in an unequally yoked marriage. As for you dear godly wife… If you are married to an unbeliever, there is much pain in listening to your husband. Pray for him! Do not correct only his words! He cannot help himself! Pray for a change of heart in him! Then his words and actions will change! As a godly wife, make a vow with your tongue that you will not speak quickly, emotionally and foolishly. From today on, you shall pray in the Spirit and you shall think before you speak. Your words shall be few but heavy with the dew of heaven! Speak to the glory of God!
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FORGIVE US…AS WE FORGIVE

“And forgive us… as we forgive…” (Mat 6:12)
Forgiveness is a choice ‘a heart thing’ and also mighty spiritual freedom and victory. By letting go of your rights to be angry, to see revenge and to become rich from another’s suffering, you chose the royal option of forgiveness. You bring your enemy and you set him free at the foot of the cross. By doing this, you set yourself free from the burden of pretending to be the Judge of the earth, which is an honor that belongs to God alone.
 
Forgiveness is very difficult, very costly. It is easier to forgive an enemy who mistreated you than to forgive a friend who has betrayed you. The desire for revenge is natural in a sinner’s heart. To forgive is un-natural. Forgiveness is a supernatural decision done in the presence of God for the sake and for the honor of Christ alone. It is a choice. It is the conscious act of the will. The feelings may betray you initially. When hurt, you may not feel any desire to forgive. You may struggle in your heart with feelings of vengeance and anger, but you can overrule them by the power of the will, strengthen by the Holy Spirit.
 
The reason why it is so difficult to forgive it is because showing mercy looks like weakness; it looks like the reaction of a loser. To exhibit anger, to warn others with vengeance, to threaten your enemies … that looks like a champion’s way of life in this world. No one wants to be seen weak or as a coward. That is the why only the children of God can forgive and win the battle against the strong of this world. This grace of forgiveness is released thru ‘the weakness and foolishness of the Cross’ (1Cor 1:18). It is the mystery of God revealed to His children alone!
 
May you experience the peace of God, the fruit of forgiveness! May you experience the intimate fellowship of the sufferings of Christ thru forgiving others who have offended you! Child of God, be filled with the Holy Spirit! Rejoice! And I say again, rejoice!

EXCELLENT SPIRITS NEEDED IN NIGERIA

“Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm” (Daniel 6:3)
 
I live in Nigeria since 1980. Recently, I’ve been saddened at the many examples of un-confessed sins and hardened hearts, found among the leaders in the church and in the government. I know that in Nigeria many Christians are backsliding. It is epidemic! But that is not an excuse for us the remnant, to backslide with them. What is the solution to stop this evil ‘virus’ of ungodliness in the land? Of course it is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in action! According to the Word of God, this is teh prescription: To be able to stand against the evil flood, we the true believers, need to pay the price to attain an ‘excellent spirit’ like Daniel of old. Then we shall intercede and God will heal the land!
 
In Daniel Chapter 6 we see the old prophet passing thru the fires of testing on the road to promotion and prosperity. He is about 90 years old when he was thrown into the den of lions. This is his most difficult trial so far. Because Daniel was a faithful servant, the king was planning to promote him. But the enemies became jealous and wanted him dead. We are told that the secret of his success was ‘an excellent spirit’. This describes as abundant fruit of the Holy Spirit, a mature spiritual wisdom and understanding of the ways of God! To be excellent it means to have the highest quality of character; it means to go above the limit of previous achievements; it means to be superior to all others in a race. It means to be the Champion of the champions!
 
Daniel was promoted under three different wicked and corrupted kings. The secret of his extraordinary life was that he cultivated an ‘excellent spirit’. Nobody is born with an excellent spirit. You must be born again and you must be Spirit filled before you can start the journey of acquiring this ‘excellent spirit’. There is a great price to pay. But the reward is above all dreams! An excellent spirit will set you ‘above presidents and princes’. You do not need to enter politics to be promoted above all these big men. Genuine promotion is God’s work! But be careful, an excellent spirit does not happen in one day. Impatient men refuse to pay the price. That is why, loving power, they become corrupt. This excellent spirit will not always make you famous. King Belshazzar needed a wise man with an excellent spirit but he did not know that Daniel was living close by. For a long time you may live in obscurity but eventually, this spirit will shine to the glory of God! To have such a spirit you need to desire it above all material things. You must hate sin with a passion. You must reject empty religion, lies, hypocrisy, pornography, corruption, stealing, vulgar language, lust, love of money and many other sins. You must desire purity of the body and the spirit. Above all, you must be jealous for the name and the glory of Jesus!
 
You can see the intimate relationship between God and His faithful servant, Daniel. He could boast that ‘God Almighty is my God’. Can you really say that God is your God? If you pass the test of hungry lions, then you are set for divine promotion. Many say about life: it is not a do or die affair. But if you desire an excellent spirit, then you may have to say that your Christian life is ‘a do or die affair’. Queen Esther said: ‘I will go and see the King! And if I perish, I perish’. This is the road to the excellency of knowing Jesus as Lord!
 
Dear child of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, be encouraged today! God is still God! He rewards faith, purity, faithfulness and holiness! If you go back to the Bible, you will be surprised again at how good and powerful God is! I pray for the prodigals to come home! Dear child of God, start the journey to pay the price and develop an excellent spirit! Jesus is your Savior and your Lord! Let every man be a liar, God is forever true! God is longing right now to bless you, in your body, soul, spirit, marriage, children, family, finances, ministry and business! I pray for my adoptive country Nigeria! I have not lost hope on behalf of this land! God loves Nigeria! I am a witness! Jesus Christ is Lord!