“Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt 16:24,25).
As many of you may know, I was an atheist before coming to Nigeria in 1980, as a young wife with my husband, Dr. Richmond Leigh. In other words, I did not believe in the existence of God. It was in Nigeria that for the first time in my life, I saw a Bible with my eyes. I never attended a church. I never prayed. It was in Warri, Nigeria, in March 1986 that I became born again thru a crisis conversion. A month later I became Spirit filled. It was a miracle of grace! The rest is history…
I still remember how surprised I was when reading the Lord’s command about the cross, to die to self, to lose my life for His sake, that I may find it. It made no sense to me… I thought that my death will be in the future, when I am ninety or so… I did not know that in Christ I have to die NOW. I was ignorant of this spiritual law: in the Spirit’ realm death produces life, resurrection LIFE!
One day, I made my choice. I said: ‘Yes, Lord Jesus! Help me to die so that I may live and gain You!’ By faith I died to sin. This happened more than 30 years ago. Since then, I learned to die daily to self and to the world. I learned to live in Him. This was another big surprise: The power of resurrection started manifesting in me. I became spiritually fruitful. This is the mark of a mature Christian, one who can endure all things without complaining, and he can rejoice in all things in life. Selah!
Dear child of God, as you take you cross and follow Jesus, He rewards you with power, with an increased authority to be practiced in His name. Not only that you learn to trust Him more, but The Lord Himself will trust you with His Word and with His wealth. Your ministry shall influence nations. In all things, thru pain and joy, Christ will be visibly glorified in your life and that is all that matters. Halleluiah!
In Christ I declare:
I died (in the past) to self, to sin, and to the world!
I no longer live, but Christ lives in me!
I endure persecution for His sake!
I reign with Him!
I am spiritually fruitful!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus’ name