Beloved children and dear brethren, it is Malia again. I thank God for every one of you. I pray for you daily; that God will bless you spiritually and materially; that God will keep you in the center of His will, healthy, strong, and joyful. I pray that you remain sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and that you fulfill your holy calling in Christ! You are not just saved. You are called by God to fulfill destiny in Christ Jesus! Never forget that! I want to encourage you with the encouragement I have received from the Holy Spirit!
Since my beloved husband and your father in the Lord, Richmond Sisan Leigh, went to heaven, as you can imagine, my life is much different. On the outside, my life is simpler, but it became spiritually deeper. The Holy Spirit helps me to stay spiritually strong and physically healthy. He helps me to stay focused, to keep my constant gaze of the Lord Jesus Christ. As I see His lovely face, I do not remember any other thing around me. It is my testimony that I do not worry about my life or my future. Tomorrow is too far for me. I take one day at a time, live daily in His presence, and obey His voice. That is my joy! Over the years I have learned that His presence is enough for me. His grace is sufficient for every situation. There is no accident with God. He never fails and He never makes mistakes. I have learned to trust the Holy Spirit with all my heart. This trust in Him is total, when I understand what He is doing and even when I don’t. He is so loving, wise, strong, and gentle with me. He always speaks in a way that I understand. I am so grateful. He is my very life now! Filled and led by the Holy Spirit, I have nothing to lose, nothing to fear, and nothing to regret! I am indeed blessed by God! To Him be all the glory!
I have been thinking about the way my husband went to heaven. The transition from earth to heaven was so peaceful, so quick and soft. He went away like a baby. Looking back, I think God has prepared his spirit for the departure. There were prophetic signs for some time, but I did not interpret them well. I was like the disciples of Jesus, before the Cross, He told them that He will die and after three days He will rise again. He even told them it is for their good that He will die. He said that thru His death, many will become saved. Jesus said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (Jn 12:24). From death to fruitful life, this is a natural and a spiritual law. Our Lord said that if He does not die, He will ‘remain alone’. Thru His death and resurrection, He will become extremely fruitful. Jesus died for His Bride to be born and live! Just look how many people got saved for the past two thousand years!!! Glory to God!
Jesus also told the disciples that except He dies and goes back to heaven, the Holy Spirit cannot come on earth to them. He told them that the Holy Spirit will come in His name and remind them of His words. He will lead them into the truth and give them the power to be His witnesses (read John 14 to 16). The disciples heard all these words, but their sorrow did not permit them to believe His words of hope. Few days later, after Jesus died on the Cross, they became totally depressed. Their hope died with Jesus on that Cross. Three days later, on the resurrection morning, when they saw the empty tomb, that is when their spirits became alive again. Then Jesus met with them, spoke to them, and ate with them, like they did in the past. He breathes on them the Holy Spirit. He also told them not to start ministry until the promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit, will come down from heaven. Then Jesus ascended to heaven visibly, in His spiritual body. Then the Holy Spirit came down at Pentecost! All these extraordinary, supernatural events happened in less than two months. What a wonderful story that affects all of us!
Now, just try to imagine these disciples. These were not wealthy or educated people; they were not religious philosophers. They were simple humble working-class men. Most of them were fishermen. Jesus called them to follow Him. For three years they left their trade and just followed Jesus. They became His ‘friends’. They learned from Him. They listened to Him and they saw Him doing miracles. This intimate fellowship built their faith, hope, and confidence in Him. They learned to dream of heavenly places, of using the authority of the name of Jesus! Fishermen do not dream. They only use their strong bodies to work. But now, they became spiritually romantic, heavenly minded poets. Fishermen have no time for love. But now, they learned how to love Jesus and one another. At the last supper, their hearts broke again. Jesus was telling them that He will be betrayed by one of them, and He will die. Judas, the son of perdition, betrayed their Master and Lord for thirty pieces of silver, about $600 today. What a tragedy! What a waste! So, they were thinking… This is how they saw it… The Cross was the tragedy of their lives. They forgot the words of the Master… They saw nothing good as their Lord died naked and bleeding on that wooden Cross. It was the resurrection that made them hope again. Peter, who denied Jesus three times, was forgiven, and reinstated by Jesus. He asked Peter: “Do you love Me?’ Each question was asked three times, one for each of his denials. Peter learned that Love never fails!
Then, on the day of Pentecost, the Promised Holy Spirit came down. I love the way the Amplified Bible describes that Holy Moment! Read this: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place, and suddenly a sound came from heaven like a rushing violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. There appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were being distributed [among them], and they rested on each one of them [as each person received the Holy Spirit]. And they were all filled [that is, diffused throughout their being] with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (different languages), as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out [clearly and appropriately]” (Ac 2:1-4; AMP).
Once the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples, the miracle of resurrection life and promised power manifested in them. From that moment, they were never the same again. They became the fearless witnesses of Jesus, to the end of the earth and to the end of the ages. Peter changed from a coward to a champion. He became a preacher of God’s Word in an instant. There was no more fear, inferiority complex or doubt anymore. Peter now speaks about Jesus with boldness and confidence! He tells the people who Jesus is, how He lived and why He died on the Cross. He tells them that Jesus rose from the dead and He ascended to heaven. He tells them that Jesus is God! The fear of God fell on all the religious Jews who came to listen. Three thousand became born again that day. The Word of God, in the mouth of His servant, anointed by the Holy Spirit, was working in them who believed! Please observe that this anointing for ministry did not come gradually on Peter. It came suddenly and miraculously as the Holy Spirit descended on him. This power to boldly preach God’s Word Jesus stayed on Peter until his last breath. History says that he was crucified as an old man. He asked that he should be crucified upside down because he is not worthy to die in the same position as His Master. Only God can change a man like this!
This is a reminder to all that as servants of God, what we need most of all is the Holy Spirit. Any ministry done without the Holy Spirit is done in the flesh and it will fail. No matter how gifted the preacher is, no matter how many scriptures he quotes, how many songs he sings and how many jokes he says, without the Holy Spirit, there shall not be fruit that will last. The flesh of man cannot glorify God! Dear brethren, I hope you remember that this year prophetic theme for us at Father’s House Bible Church is: “Power from on high”! Tali preached some wonderful sermons on this topic. Tali is now with Jesus. We are still here on earth. We must do God’s work until that final day. I pray that we all, together, in the unity of the Spirit, pay the price for the Holy Spirit to descend on us, like the Fire of the Pentecost. Nothing else compares with this Blessed Gift from the Father and from the Son! Jesus died to send down the Holy Spirit! Blood was shed for the oil to flow! Money cannot buy it and men cannot give it. You must see your need for the Holy Spirit in your ministry. You must desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit to the point of desperation. He will not fill you is you only pray casual prayers. I know Him! Often, the Holy Spirit uses His hammer to break your heart so that in your pain, you seek Him passionately like never in the past. This is what He did to me. He suddenly took Tali to heaven and my heart bled to death. But He did not abandon me. He came to me at my weakest and at my darkest hour. He came not only to carry me like a mother carries her baby; not only to heal and comfort but to give me His power to stand for Jesus and to do ministry. I was born again in 1986 but I have never experienced the power or the Holy Spirit as it is on me now. Be filled with the Holy Spirit! From my overflow I give to you! To God be all the glory!
The Bible says that “The memory of the righteous is a blessing…” (PV 10:7). The Holy Spirit that fell on me is another proof that Tali went to heaven. The worship must continue! God’s work must continue! I am a woman who knows love. In the past, The Lover of my soul Jesus Christ was in heaven. My dear husband was on earth. But now, both of my Lovers are in heaven. I look up and I find joy knowing that they are together. Bless the Lord, Oh my soul! Tali’s memory is a blessing to me and to all of you. There is still pain in my heart. My beloved husband and best friend of 47 years will always live in my heart. Even death cannot separate us in the Spirit. The memories are too alive and too strong. I am so grateful to God for saving my husband and for calling him to be a man of God! I thank God for giving him a platform to express his faith, to openly witness for Jesus. He was always sorry that he did not come to Jesus earlier than he did. He said that he has wasted too many years in the world. That is why he was always restless to serve Jesus better. He served God with so much passion that many were amazed. I am so proud of my husband!!! He left behind many proofs of His salvation. I can watch many of his preaching videos, strong with anointing to save and to heal. He left behind many sons and daughters in Christ. Many people tell me that it was thru Tali’s preaching and general lifestyle that they became born again or became committed Christians. “Dear Father in heaven, I am grateful!”
Finally, let me say this: Man lives on earth but once. Before Jesus comes back again, every man must die. But death is not the end of your life on earth. The unbelievers go to hell. The believers in Christ go to heaven. There is no middle ground. As much as you love your life on earth, which is God’s gift, you must remember that the state of your soul is your priority. What will be your profit if you gain the whole world and lose your soul? Nothing! No gain! Only losses! The spiritual gain in Christ Jesus is the only thing we carry to heaven. Our testimony on earth, witnessed by people and confirmed by the Holy Spirit shall be the only blessing we leave behind. I hope that my words are clear enough to make you think about your soul, about the future and eternity. Like Tali used to say: “First things, first!” If you are reading this letter, and you are not born again, please stop now and pray. Repent of your sins and give your life to Christ! That is the best thing you will ever do on earth. The Holy Spirit will make it real to you that now, you are a child of God! Praise the Lord! As for us who are already saved, put your hands on the plow, never look back, and move forward to do ‘great exploits’ for Jesus! He leads and we follow! From faith to faith! From strength to strength! From grace to grace! From glory to glory! It is well with you! To God be all the glory! In Jesus’ name! Amen!
Love in Christ alone, Malia!
Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh/ 17-08-2020