LOVE DOES NOT ENVY

“And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him… Love does not envy” (Ac 7:9; 1Cor 13:4)
Envy is defined as an unpleasant angry feeling or a bitter longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities or success. Envy is the desire to have a beautiful thing belonging to someone else. Envy wants to take the wealth that belongs to another and leave that one poor. Envy is wicked. Envy is one of the works of the flesh. It is the desire that others should not have what you do not have! Envy says: ‘If I don’t go to heaven, you should not go there too; if I don’t have Jesus, you too should miss Him.’ Envy is criminal. Envy is sin. Envy is deceptive. When envy rises in your heart, you may miss its true identity. Pray that the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to see any sin that still dwells in your flesh. Chose to live a life of sacrificial holy love. That life will kill the root of envy in your flesh!
MY TESTIMONY
This incident happened about 20 years ago. I still remember the moment and the place when the Holy Spirit convicted me of the sin of envy. Somebody told me that a women I did not like got promoted at her job. Something like a tornado started turning my stomach. I felt sick. I felt angry. I felt like vomiting. The feeling was so strong that I forgot about my ‘enemy’ and I prayed asking God: ‘What is this sickness, Lord?’ The answer came immediately: ‘It is the demon of envy that you have allowed to stay in you’. I was shocked. I thought that God will tell me it was poison, or typhoid fever or high blood pressure… But envy? I was sure that I never envied anyone. I was proud thinking myself free from the shame of envy. I thought that I am a woman who always minds her business. If it was a human being who confronted me with the sin of envy I could have argued. But it was the Holy Spirit who spoke the Word. I could not argue. I just knelt down in my kitchen, among pots and pans yet to be washed, and I prayed for forgiveness of sins, of envy in particular. I also prayed for deliverance. Something ugly left me that day. A troublesome burden fell down from my back. I gained a new peace, a new wisdom, a new strength and a new courage to pray for others. Since then, I am free. Occasionally, that familiar demon tried to deceive me and come back to my heart. But the Holy Spirit helped me to identify it before it came too close. God helped me to raise my shield of faith against it! The victory is permanent! This testimony is to the glory of God!
I want to encourage you to do the same. In the name of Jesus, be free! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! Be satisfied with what God gives to you! Do not compare yourself with others. Live a life of thanksgiving! Confess and repent of envy! There is enough room for you, for all of us, at the foot of the Cross of Christ! Glory!
In Christ I declare:
I shall always love God and His people! I shall never envy! I shall be satisfied with God’s provision for my life! I shall be grateful for the blessings God bestows on me and my family! I shall pray for others! I shall be grateful for the blessings God gives to others! I live a life of thanksgiving! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

THE BATTLE FOR THE RIBS (MARRIAGES) 

“Then I saw a second beast, and it looked like a bear. It was rearing up on one side, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And I heard a voice saying to it, “Get up! Devour the flesh of many people!” (Dan 7:5)

These are the ‘last days’. Wickedness mixed with religion is increasing. In particular, there is an attack on the marriages. The beast has taken three ribs in his mouth. Ribs represent women; wives in particular. There is no opposition to stop his appetite. This beast is bold enough to put asunder what God has put together. The beast is the devil. It is clear: the devil hates godly marriages because they symbolized the love and the unity between Christ and His Body, the Church! You cannot have a happy and successful marriage without doing warfare in the name of Jesus!

In Christ I declare:
I hate this beast! I am not afraid to resist it! I am a woman of God! I am a servant of Christ! I am a true wife to my husband! I am a true mother to my children! I am a true grandmother to my grandchildren and they surround my table of blessings! I shall see even more of them, for God’s reward to me increases!

I come against this blood thirsty evil spirit of division, adultery and divorce: you bear- beast, I command you to leave the marriages of the people of God and go away in the name of Jesus! I say that it is enough! I am not afraid of you! The Word of God is on my side! I lift the standard of the Holy Spirit against you! Go away in the name of Jesus! Never come back!

The devil is a liar! The devil is a failure! I chose to believe the report of the Lord! Jesus is Lord! Hallelujah!

(I took this picture from the internet)

beast with three ribs

I AM AN UNBROKEN RIB SURROUNDING HIS HEART

“The Lord God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping He took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made the woman from the rib. This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and they will become one flesh… The Lord will create a new thing on earth: a woman will surround a man” (Gen 2:18; Jer 31:22)

Marriage is God’s design for man; it is not a human invention. Marriage is connected with the act of Creation. It was prescribed by Elohim, the Creator of the heaven and the earth. It is the combined creativity and power of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Spiritually speaking, the man is looking for his missing rib, his wife. He who finds her will be blessed and highly favored. Without his wife, he is in a much danger of injury from the outside world. Like the ribs, the wife is to be strong and flexible, mature and patient. She is to be sensitive to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The husband’s heart is in the hand of God and in her hands also. She makes or breaks the marriage. Not all women are wives. Their beauty, education and charm can deceive. Just like with the ribs, among women, there are true wives who pray and prepare for the gift of marriage. All of them shall be found by their husbands eventually. There are also false wives, who are not ready to be faithful to the covenant of marriage; they only last for a season. And lastly, there are the floaters, wayward wives, lacking any interest or skill in the gift of marriage. The true wives protect and cherish, humbly doing the homework behind the scenes. Their husband ‘safely trusts them all the days of their lives’. They pray, take care of the home and children, and help their husbands to fulfill their destiny. Their reward cannot be hidden for too long. The husband and the children shall praise them and heaven shall welcome them.
 
In Christ I declare:
Our marriage is designed and approved in heaven! Our marriage is happy, blessed, and fruitful! I shall rejoice forever for this gift from the Father! My husband and I have left our natural fathers and mothers to cleave to one another for a lifetime. God has joined us together, chest and rib, no man or devil can separate us. My husband needs me and I need him. We complement one another and do not compete. The Holy Spirit keeps us together, bodies, souls, and spirits! My husband challenges me to greater heights of passion for God! He is strong and gentle, patient and kind! I surround my husband with my love and prayers! I am strong and gentle, patient and kind! The script of our love story is written by God! No man or demon has the access to it to edit, delete, or change any Word! Our destiny together shall be fulfilled! Our marriage is a blessing, a challenge, and a vision for Christ and His Bride, the Church! I walk lead by the Spirit, in harmony with my husband, a dance of mystery and fruitfulness! No one can hinder the progress of our marriage and ministry! Our marriage is not for the entertainment of men, but for the pleasure and delight of Elohim, our Maker! Our marriage is recorded in the Lambs’ Book of life, as our names are side by side! All glory to God!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen!
 
Tali and I 12
(In the picture, my husband of 45 years, Pastor Richmond Leigh and I)

PRAYER REQUEST FOR HEALING

Two months ago, the mother of a dear Christian brother we know, has been beaten by a snake while farming. She lives in a village near Oleh (in Delta State, Nigeria). Her name is Mama Charity. She almost died but God had mercy on her and she survived. She was an idol worshiper but few years ago she surrendered her life to Christ. Everybody in her family knows that she is now a born again Christian. Since then, she has been in terrible pains, especially at night. According to her son, the family tried both ‘native and English’ types of medicine. But the terrible pain in her leg still remains. Please pray for her. Let’s come in the unity of the Spirit and agree that God will heal her completely. There is nothing that God cannot do. Thank you dear intercessors for your labor of love. God bless you all!
 
(This evening the brother sent me the picture of his mum still in pains)
Mama Charity

HIS DOVE

When people say that I am not good enough for them, that my face is too fat, that my song is too flat and my words too difficult to be understood, I run to Jesus… He always welcomes me even when my face is ugly, wet with tears.. He understands me even when I cannot pray… He covers me with His love… My first language is not English. I had to learn it. I can never compare myself with an English writer. There is no need for that. Father God encourages me by the Holy Spirit to open my heart to Him, to sing, write, dance… and He says that I am His beloved. If an angel encourages me I will be flattered. But no… My encourager is more than an angel.. He is the God of the angels… Can you imagine that? God Almighty, the Maker of the heaven and the earth has time for me… He says to me even right now: “My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crevices of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.” (SS 2:14).. His Word is healing to my soul. I live by His Word…I live…
Malia 1

CHOOSE: CONFUSION OR PEACE

“For God is not the Author of confusion but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (1 Cor 14: 33)
By definition, confusion is; a blurred, foolish and anxious thinking; an unstable mind that has lost focus and purpose; hears more than one voice; mixed ideas indiscriminately; fail to differentiate between similar things; slower thinking especially decision making (stagger, waver), memory loss, paranoia (suspicious on others thinking that they are enemies) that leads to anxiety, inability to listen and understand the Word. Confusion of mind is a sign and a proof of an unregenerate mind. All unbelievers are confused; some more than others.
 
Confusion is a sign of defeat of your enemy. Babel (the world) was defeated by God through confusion (Gen 11). Confusion of the mind is never healthy! Confusion is never acceptable to a believer; it is always the result of satanic attacks.
 
By the grace of God, your enemies will never come to agreement how to destroy you. They will be confused; they will quarrel and betray one another. Spiritually speaking, it is a proof of God’s judgment upon a wicked person, an idolater, a religious traitor in the church. Such a person is a wolf among the sheep; very difficult to detect and very dangerous. The Shepherd will throw His rod against the secret enemy and the effect of the blow will be confusion of mind. The greatest condemnation is when God gives them up to their evil desires and confusion follows (Rom 1, 2). An unrepentant heart is troubled with confusion and it is dying already. Homosexuality is the result of confusion of mind. The suicide of Judas was also the result of confusion of mind.
 
In Christ I declare Psalm 70:2-4 over my life! May those who seek my life be put to shame and confusion… But may all who seek You, rejoice and be glad in You! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY! 

Our grandson Oliver, in front of a cross made of flowers, in front of the church he attends with his parents. In fact, he is under the shadow of that cross. Fully covered by the Blood of Jesus! As you can see, he was very happy to see the cross. Just in case you have forgotten: Jesus dies for our sins and on the third He rose again! Hallelujah! Oli 2

Oli 1