CHRIST IN ME THE HOPE OF GLORY

A young sister in Christ wrote these beautiful words about Christ in me…

“CHRIST in Pastor Silvia Lia Leigh…

Her eyes speak FIERY FLAME PURSUIT. Her voice rings TOTAL DEVOTION TO JESUS. Her love for the Holy Spirit is evident in every word from her lips. Her relationship with/submission to her husband is convicting.

You can sit at her feet to learn all day and alĺ night, but she’d rather not take all your time, urging you to go EXPERIENCE INTIMACY WITH THE LORD YOURSELF.

The wisdom that flows from her is the one Apst. James described in James 3:17. For more info, pls check her out in Proverbs 31:10-31.

One of her favourite verses, Isaiah 12:2, gets you to feel her tempo of TOTAL TRUST IN GOD. “Has *HE* said it?”

She’s not mindful of her reputation. She lost her desire to please men a long time ago.

Her faith? She tells you: *Trust God 100%*.
She tells you doubt disqualifies you from having communion with God and your prayers won’t pass the ceiling.

Her love walk? 👌🏽 She’ll correct you without mincing words and ensures you’re fine in your heart immediately after. Her passion for lost souls is like that of her Lord.

Her life is a testimony of worship. Her marriage is a model and blessing. Her children, natural and spiritual, call her blessed.

I’m blessed to have you Ma’am. I’m giving glory to God for you. I don’t have to wait for your birthday to celebrate you.

I look forward to greater times of fellowship. Thank you for staying true to God. Pastor SILVIA LIA LEIGH, my generation is blessed to have you. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼”

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THERE SHALL BE NO LOSS!

 

“You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!” (1Sam 30:8)

Yesterday during the Women’ Fellowship we praised, prayed and shared testimonies, to the Glory to God. We are fasting and praying during the month of January. We expect great things from God! We pray to grow spiritually, first of all. We also pray for blessings upon our marriages, husbands, children and the work of our hands. It is in line with the lessons taken from the Book of Ester.  This is a wonderful testimony given to the glory of God, to the shame of satan and for the encouragement of many! Sister R said that the Holy Spirit gave her a word for this year: “There shall be no loss!” She held to this promise by faith. She started the fast since the 1st of January. Two weeks ago something strange happened. She is a trader. She is selling dresses. She had a bag with some dresses, all new, with the tags attached. In the evening she stopped along the road to buy oranges to break her fast for the day. She took the bag with the dresses intending to put them in the boot (the trunk, US English) of the car. She paid for the oranges, entered her car and drove off. She did not know that she left the bag with the dresses on the ground, near the orange seller. In the evening, when she arrived home, she discovered that the bag was missing. She phoned some people if they’ve seen it. Nobody saw the bag. She looked at the CCTV camera at home, thinking that maybe the gate-keeper took it but there was nothing like that. She prayed and asked God: “Dear Father, You said that there shall be no loss. I now lost this bag with new expensive dresses. I don’t understand…” She left the matter in the hands of God! She refused to be discouraged and she continued the fast. Two weeks passed… Yesterday, as she was coming to church, somebody called on the phone. The unknown woman’s voice asked: “Have you lost anything?” Sister R was confused and did not know what to answer. Then the same woman said: “Did you no forget a bag with some dresses near a woman selling oranges?” Then Sis R said: “Yes!” Then she was told: “The bag is with me. Come tomorrow and take it!” This is a miracle of recovery (more so in Nigeria) because these are new expensive dresses.

 

What are the lessons? When the Holy Spirit gives you a prophetic word, the devil will do the opposite. This is to make you doubt God’s Word. God will allow the attack so that your faith in Him is tested. Have faith in God! If God has said something to you, no matter how long it takes, no matter what happens in between, things can be missing, some hope can be lost, but that Word cannot be lost! God’s Word will surely come to pass! We give God all the glory for this wonderful miracle and for a successful testing of faith!    Praise the Lord somebody!

LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF ESTHER

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him” (Est 4:13-17)

Note: The following Biblical lessons apply only to those who are born again by the Holy Spirit! My sister, please give your life to Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! Fast and pray that you may be a woman of God and fulfill destiny!

*God is sovereign! God has the power to do what He wants to do! Nothing stops God! His glory is Eternal!
*The story of Queen Esther is a story of tragedy that became triumph; problems that became praise; worry that became worship! God changes all things! This should be your testimony too! Be willing to be used by God!
*The word ‘God’ and the word ‘prayer’ do not appear in the Book of Esther. God is ‘silent’ and invisible. But God is sovereign and in charge of everything and everybody. God is not too early and not too late. He is right on time! God can never lose any battle! Trust God! God will come and manifest on your behalf! If you have faith in God you shall not be put to shame; you shall not regret or be disappointed.
*God has a plan for your life! Let the vision for your life increase. Queen Esther was an orphan poor girl and a refugee in Persia. But she was a child of God. She became the Queen Esther! God used her mightily to save His people. Do not allow your past to determine your future! Pray that you shall fulfill God’s destiny and that you shall be a blessing to your generation!
*Prepare to be a servant of God. Humble yourself! Learn to do spiritual warfare! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! Stand and be filled with courage! God is with you! Have faith in God! There is nothing impossible for God! God gives comfort and courage in times of trouble!
*Esther got married to a difficult man, an unbeliever. She was probably not happy in her marriage. But she used her position to glorify God! Do the same even as you pray for your husband to become saved!
*Fasting and prayer opens the door of heaven. It releases God’s favor. Miracles happen! You shall experience healing and deliverance! Your mind will become clearer. You will know what to do. Your flesh, with its pride, doubts and fears, will become weak. Your spirit, your faith and love becomes stronger! The anointing for ministry will increase!
*God demands obedience and blesses it! God punishes pride and rebellion!
*Problems and hindrances do not stop God. These should not stop you! God can use anybody, even the sinners, the wicked people. God is sovereign not only in the church or among godly people. He is sovereign everywhere; in the President’s office or at the juju shrine. God is totally in control of your life even when things make no sense, when the doctor gives you no hope, when your spouse wants to divorce you, when people cheat and betray you. *Things and people change but God never changes!
*Wicked people may prosper for a time but they will be punished by God. If you dig a pit for another, you shall fall in it yourself. Never envy the wicked! Pride comes before fall! Fight evil by inviting your enemy to the party!
*If you refuse to answer God’s call for His work, He will use another. You do not lose your salvation, but you will lose opportunities for ministry, rewards and inexpressible joys! God’s work is risky! Prepare to make sacrifices! People will be offended at you! But God will reward and compensate you beyond your dreams!
*Reach out to others for help. Do not stay lonely! Make friends even talking the risk of a broken heart! God will heal you! Tell others that you need counsel, prayer or help!
*God knows the end from the beginning! Exit Vashti! Enter Esther! Exit Haman! Enter Mordecai! There is a time for God’s vengeance to manifest!
*God’s people suffer many things in this life but they are victorious at last! ”All things work together for good for them who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28).
*Never lose hope in God!

ethiopian bride

(In the picture, a beautiful Ethiopian bride, which to me, resembles Queen Esther)

MY TEARS FOR YOUR FEET

Jesus said: “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give Me any water for My feet, but she wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give Me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing My feet. You did not put oil on My head, but she has poured perfume on My feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven as her great love has shown…” (Lk 7:44-47)
 
The woman came uninvited. She had no key to enter; no password to open any door; just tears and a stained face from melting mascara. No greeting given to the host and his friends; possibly because they were ‘past costumers’ who saw her nakedness but never her tears. For it is the law of prostitutes: ‘Never love and never weep’! She came uninvited by men but led by the Spirit. She fell at Jesus’ feet. She wept and wept. Hot tears became as water as she kissed the sandals He would walk in to the Calvary Hill the next day. The ointment was all she had that she did not sell. The bottle was beautiful. The seal intact, kept for a wedding that could never come. ‘This is my Bridegroom. I have discovered Him. He will be mine for a few hours and then gone to the tree, that I may be forgiven and free. I found true love at last… even if so late…’ (Inspired from Song of Songs 3: 1-4)
 
The host invited my Jesus in his big house but did not fully welcome Him. No bath to wash. No soap. No sheets on the bed. No breakfast in the morning. No kiss. No looking into His eyes. No open heart. No memories shared.
 
‘Do you see this woman?’ Yes! This woman is me! Like a bird with broken wings I sit at His feet and all I can do is to weep. I feel the empty bucket with my tears. I break the alabaster box to be His soap. I weep and I kiss… All my words are drowning in the pool… some are floating in the air, the fragrance of holy perfume. For some it is the smell of death; for others, the smell of life. Perfumed sermon and faith that makes whole. What more do I want? It is finished!
 
At the feet of my Master, I lose all sense of time and all my fears. I am loved much and forgiven much. None can take my peace. Jesus gave it to me and it is mine. My reputation? I forgot the meaning of it or the desire to please men. Down at His feet is where you will find me. I will lose myself; yet find myself again… worshiping at His feet. Come and meet me there… It is well with my soul!
 
In Christ I declare:
All my tears are now jewels in His Crown!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen!
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FEAR NOT WHEN THE HEAT COMES 

I received this letter from a daughter in Christ. She is a young wife and mother. She is a faithful in her ministry in the church. She is a woman of God. I am blessed seeing that my spiritual children are maturing spiritually and live fruitful lives. I use her letter as a point of contact to encourage anyone who is under attack and especially who wants to start a new business. May God help you! Trust God to the end! If you want to bless this sister, feel free to comment. She will read it. God bless you my readers! In Jesus’ name!

“Dear Malia, Thank you for finding time to read my letter. Ma, I appreciate that. For some time I have been under attack. I am trying to start a new business and the devil is trying to stop me. I have never done this type of business before. It is totally new for me but I have prayed to God and I have peace about it. God gave me the idea. I trust God for everything, for the location of my shop, for the wisdom, strength and the capital. I know that the devil cannot stop me but he has been deceiving me that he is able to block my way. I fasted and prayed for discernment and I now recognize that it was an evil spirit tormenting me, telling me that I made a mistake, tormenting me about the business plans and making me having regret about resigning my present job… the devil brought fear about the type of business I want to start which is different than my present job… I had serious anxiety about a new beginning in my career, in ‘my business-life’. For some time I fell for its deception and distraction but God will have His way in me and there will be victory in the end!

This past Sunday, my pastor spoke on ‘tormenting spirits’. And tonight, I remembered the sermon and realized the negotiation about the money was tormenting me. To make its worse, my baby got sick. I was burdened because of my child and in that moment of weakness these tormenting spirits attacked me.
Last night I could not sleep. I was inspired by your letter about ‘night ministry’. I prayed to God. I silently cried on my bed. God restored peace, faith and courage to my soul. The devil is wicked and perverts thoughts and puts fear to replace confidence from God. I am humbled today to have discovered this and all the more want to hide inside the deepest part of the Holy Spirit. I already prayed that even when I make mistakes, that God will turn it around for good. My scripture that I’ve been trying to memorize this week is Jeremiah 17:7 (I think) it says blessed is the one whose trust and confidence is in the Lord. I am blessed. God bless you Ma! Your daughter in Christ…”

“Blessed is the man (the woman) who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he (she) shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit” (Jer 17:7, 8)