OUR CHILDREN WORSHIP GOD

CHILDREN WORSHIP GOD THIS SUNDAY IN OUR CHURCH

A sister in church told me: “my 11 years old son was sick. He had fever. During the worship he went to the altar and knelt down before God. After the service I asked him: ‘when you went at the altar, did you pray for your healing?’ He said: ‘Mum, I forgot about my sickness. I only worshipped Jesus’. What a wonderful testimony and encouragement from the next generation of worshippers! Glory!

THE POOR IN SPIRIT EXPERIENCE MIRACLES

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL (25)

During the Sunday service, Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh preached a sermon titled: The Poor in spirit shall experience miracles. This sermon in one in the series called ‘The Power of the Gospel’. Her main text was taken from the Book of Romans: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Rom 1:16, 17).

THE DOCTRINE OF MIRACLES

Miracles are acts of God, by His omnipotent power. For God ‘nothing is impossible’.  A miracle is God’s direct work upon His creation, without passing thru secondary causes (the law of nature or the work of man). A miracle results from the direct and free exercise of the supernatural power of God. Some say that miracles do not exist because God who created nature will not disturb the natural laws. But this is a lie. God is sovereign in the way He chooses to operate, directly (miracles) or indirectly (thru nature or the activity of men), for His glory and for His children’ good! Many deny miracles. They call them ‘accidents.’ The greatest miracle: the incarnation of our Lord, the resurrection of our Lord and our salvation. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s grace and mercy, are the basic source of miracles! You cannot produce or buy a miracle. But you can do something that will ‘facilitate’ and miracle: Go closer to Jesus! “Come close to God and He will come close to you” (James 4:8). You go to places where you hear God’s Word and meet others who have faith. You separate yourself from anything that corrupts or damages your faith. Ex. Blind Bartimaeus positioned himself that day begging ‘along the road’. That is not the best place to sit and beg (the sun is hot, the rain may fall, cars may accident him). But that was the closest he could go to Jesus. He then waited for the Master (possibly praying in his heart). He had faith in the mercy of God! His faith made him ‘a nuisance’ to others. But he ignored them who tried to keep him quiet. He shouted louder and louder for Jesus until He called him. Jesus said that his faith made him well (Mark 10:46:52). These are some scriptures to boost your faith in the God of miracles: Job 42:2; Jer 32:17, 27

THE POOR IN SPIRIT

“Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people… And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 4:23; 5:1-3). To be poor in Spirit is the basic description of the child of God. Some have it more and others have it less, but nobody enters the Kingdom of heaven without this quality. The Gospel’s power and glory is that it changes men, from sinners to saints. The first work of the Holy Spirit is to convict men of sin and to humble them. Once they are totally humbled, the Holy Spirit fills them and lifts them from despair. The Kingdom of heaven (or of God) is the area where Jesus is recognized as King and men submit to His rule and reign. Simeon prophesied that Jesus was born to humble men so that He can give them eternal life. The world will hate His Kingdom’s rule; it is a sign that they will oppose to their own destruction. “Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against” (Luke 2:34). A vessel must be emptied before it can be filled! You must die to self, in humility and shame, the work of the Cross, before you can rise in the power and glory of resurrection! The Cross is before the Crown! Repentance is before saving faith! This is a law of the Kingdom of heaven!

Blessed are the poor in spirit! For theirs (and only theirs) is the Kingdom of heaven! The word Blessed, in Greek, means to be happy, to be envied, to be congratulated. The poor in spirit are the only happy people on earth! To be poor in spirit is a spiritual quality produced by the Holy Spirit. It is genuine humility. How do you see yourself before God? The world, the unbelievers hate to be poor in spirit. What they appreciate is self-confidence. An unbeliever is proud about who he is, what he has done and what he has: good looks, wealth, education, natural gifts, human connections, place of birth, nationality, race, or social standing. The main description of the unbeliever is boasting about himself! He praises himself! To be poor in spirit it means complete absence of pride. You see yourself as you really are before God, who is your Creator and the Judge of all. In the presence of God, you see the truth about yourself: that you are nothing and you can do nothing by yourself! You discover that all your boasting about yourself was complete foolishness. You discover that to live, you need God’s Grace and Mercy. All men who are poor in spirit have had an encounter with God, with the Lamb upon the Throne. Their pride died and they felt like dead men. God lifted them up by His Grace and power.  God humbles men to bless and use them! For example, Abraham was a humble man. He saw himself as ‘dust and ashes’ before God (Gen 18:27). King David saw himself as ‘a dead dog; a flea’ (1 Sam 24:14). Moses was more humble that all men on the face of the earth at that time. God punished Mariam for talking against this humble man (Numbers 12:3). God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble who draws closer to Him! Repent of pride! Humble yourself and God will lift you! 

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST is the best example of a Man who was poor in the spirit. He totally depended on God the Father for the words He spoke and the authority He used as a Man on earth (John 5:19, 30; 14:10). Jesus said: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Mt 11:28-30)

THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER

A man sick with leprosy came to Jesus. Leprosy is a symbol of sin. It was an incurable disease at that time, a slow painful death. He came to Jesus. He knelt and worship Jesus. He begged Jesus for healing. In fear, others ran away from him. But Jesus drew closer, stretched His hand and touched this man. In Greek, the word ‘touch’ is to forcefully grab somebody; like an anchor grabbing the stone to stabilize the sheep during the storm. Jesus said: “I am willing!” This verb is at present tense, signifying that He is now and forever willing to touch and heal you. As Jesus spoke, immediately, like a demon disgraced and running away, the leprosy left him. The man wanted simple healing, just to stop the progression of the dreaded disease. But the Lord did more than that. He made the fingers grow back and removed all the ugly scars. He made him whole. He cleansed him! Jesus always gives more than we ask him to do. He healed the man’s body, soul and spirit. This is the Touch of the Master! May you experience His touch. You will never be the same again! Worship the Lord!    

Prophetic scripture

Serve God with enthusiasm! ENTHUSIASM is doing something you love; do it with passion, with zeal, with excitement, investing effort, time and resources. The root of the word: ‘enthusiasmus’ (in Greek) means: to be inspired or possessed by God. In used to be a religious word. Now, it means strong emotion compelling action! “Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope … Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord” (Romans 12:11,12; NKJ; 11 CEV)

JUST DO IT!

“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest” (Ecc 11:4)

Child of God, you must serve God ‘anyhow’ (do it always, no matter the circumstances). Stop looking for excuses. Life on earth can never be perfect. Only heaven has streets of gold. In good times and in bad times, in season and out of season, in poverty and in riches, in sickness and in health, no matter how, preach the Word of God, pray or help somebody! God will reward you openly! The greater the opposition, the greater the harvest! Just do it!

A MOTHER’S JOY

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 1:4)

Yesterday, I received this wonderful testimony, how the Holy Spirit filled a sister in Christ. She is a committed Christian, a godly wife and mother. As a mother in Christ and pastor, it gives me great joy to see that more and more brethren come closer to the Lord Jesus and love Him more than material gifts! I use her testimony as a point of contact for others who desire to walk by faith and not by sight! Once you are born again, you desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit, you block all distractions and focus on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, in an humble attitude of worship, you can have the same experience! This testimony is given to the glory of God, to the defeat of satan and for the encouragement of other brethren! Praise the Lord!

“Good evening Malia! I am grateful for today and most especially for the Word of God through your teaching each week. I believe the Word was for me today. These series on Faith, hope and God’s promises have been an eye opener, I hunger for more Faith in God. To God alone be the glory. Each day I look forward to spending quiet time with my heavenly Father. For me it’s not how long or short, but only the privilege to have the alone time with Him. Malia I want to share my testimony of God’s power and mighty presence upon my life today, it is to the glory and exultation of God. In church today, when you prayed and asked us to pray, thanking God for what he has already done and that we shouldn’t be ashamed or look right or left at anyone, but on the Lord, at that moment I asked the Lord that all I wanted and needed was him, in my life (all of Him and none of me) and family. To the glory of God, his power filled me up. Malia it is an experience I desire to fill every moment of my life, I lost all control, no restrictions/inhibitions, only the flow of God’s sweet presence. I feel at peace and joyous knowing that King Grace is King over my life Forever. Thank You Lord Jesus! To God alone be all the glory and honor and adoration! Your daughter…”

FAITH IS THE SUPPORT AND PROOF OF HOPE

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL (24)

FAITH IS THE SUPPORT AND THE PROOF OF HOPE

During the Sunday service, Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh continued preaching about the power of the Gospel. Her main text was taken from the Book of Romans: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” … What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness…(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Rom 1:16, 17; 4:1-5; 4:17-25)

FAITH AND HOPE IN GOD’S PROMISES ARE ALWAYS FULFILLED Abraham discovered the power of faith and hope in God’s promises; faith and hope never fail! He will never be put to shame, disappointed, regret having faith and hope in God Almighty!

PROMISE – a vow to do something good in the future! God’s Promises give us the right to hope until the manifestation comes!

FAITH is defined as (present) belief, confidence, total trust in God. It is also faithfulness (faith is not on and off; it continues faithfully to the end of life. All the ‘heroes of faith’ kept their faith to their last breath. We need to do the same.

HOPE is defined as a joyful constant expectation of good in the future. The promises given by God in His Word will become manifest visibly. Hope is invisible. Faith sees the invisible hope and carries on until it becomes visible. Hope fulfills faith. That is why hope is stronger than faith. Faith does not backslide! Faith is not a coward! Faith pleases God! (Heb 11:6)“But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul… Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]” (Heb 10:39, 11:1; NKJ; AMP)Faith is – present active verb – means I exist, I am; Substance –Give substance, confirm, validate, support under, justify, uphold; Evidence – proof, documentation, testimony, manifestation… Faith is the foundation of hope. Faith is connected to the hearing of God’s Word. It is the underground bridge leading and supporting hope. True faith and hope in God will never put you to shame! They will never disappoint you! Faith and hope can never become bitterness. These are fruits of the Holy Spirit working in your heart. It is worth it to take ‘risk’ with God! God knows that you are trusting Him and waiting on Him. “Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us… Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Rom 5:5; 10:11).

THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM

*Abraham believed that God has justified him, that he is a child of God. God’s approval cannot be earned. It is by Grace! Out of this basic faith the overflow of faith manifests that God will answer other prayers. Only a child of God can believe the supernatural promises of God! Faith never takes the first step. Faith is a reaction the Word of King Grace! Never focus on faith alone. You cannot manipulate faith! Faith has a living vision! “Look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2)*The Faith is Abraham is the pattern of approved faith for all believers! *Faith trusts the bare Word of God! Faith does not need other supports to believe God’s promises! Faith is pure and connects with God’s Word! Unbelief is sin and an insult to God! ‘Whatever is not from faith is sin’ (Rom 14:23)*Faith acts on the Word. God changed his name from Abram (exulted father) to Abraham (father of nations); Sarai (Princess) to Sarah (mother of nations). From the time God changed their names, they too addressed themselves as Abraham and Sarah! By faith, Abraham left his family and hometown not knowing where he is going (Heb 11:8). True faith has action and fruits! *Faith is born, manifests and grows in the presence of God. Faith relates to your personal walk with God, with your holiness, with faithfulness and daily obedience to God’s Word. You need to read and study the Bible daily, fast, pray and serve God. Be faithful in attending church services, for ‘faith comes by hearing. and hearing comes by the Word of God’ (Rom 10:17). You need to learn the ‘holy skill’ of staying, abiding and walking in the Center of the flow of the Holy Spirit. By the power of the Spirit, kill the misdeeds of the body. Flesh lusts against the Spirit and is addicted to doubt, anxiety, restlessness, and worry. You need to walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Gal 5:16). Disappoint the flesh! The spirit will rise! *God called Abraham when he was weak. Sarah was already barren (Gen 11:30). God’s Grace comes in your weakness and stirs faith!*Faith does not deny the problems. Abraham knew that he and Sarah have serious challenges to have children. Naturally, it was impossible! Abraham was hundred years old. He was as good as ‘dead’. Sarah’s womb at ninety, was also ‘dead’. Abraham looked above the problems and natural limitations, towards the Almighty God who promised children and is able to fulfill the promises. Faith does not deceive itself but totally trust God. Faith masters all impossibilities! Faith is always accompanied by testimonies! Worship the Lord!

Prophetic scripture: “Love never fails!” (1Cor 13:8) The word ‘fail’ in Greek it means: ‘Love will never be hissed out of life’s stage, like a bad actor.’ Love never ends but lasts forever! Love God and love your neighbor! That is the taste of heaven!

FAITH IS THE KEY

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL (23) FAITH IS THE KEY THAT OPENS THE PROMISES OF GOD

Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh preached another sermon in the series called ‘The Power of the Gospel’. Her main text was taken from the Book of Romans: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” … What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness…(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Rom 1:16, 17; 4:1-5; 4:17-25) FAITH AND HOPE IN GOD’S PROMISES ARE ALWAYS FULFILLED Abraham discovered the power of faith and hope in God’s promises; that faith and hope never fail! He will never be put to shame, disappointed, regret having faith and hope in God Almighty! PROMISE – Is a vow to do something good in the future!

FAITH is defined as (present) belief, confidence, total trust in God. It is also faithfulness (faith is not on and off; it continues faithfully to the end of life. All the ‘heroes of faith’ kept their faith to their last breath. We need to do the same. HOPE is defined as a joyful constant expectation of good in the future. The promises given by God in His Word will become manifest visibly. Hope is invisible. Faith sees the invisible hope and carries on until it becomes visible. Hope fulfills faith. That is why hope is stronger than faith. Faith is the foundation of hope. Faith is connected to the hearing of God’s Word. It is the underground bridge leading to hope. True faith and hope in God will never put you to shame! They will never disappoint you! Faith and hope can never become bitterness. These are fruits of the Holy Spirit working in your heart. It is worth it to take ‘risk’ with God! God knows that you are trusting Him and waiting on Him. “Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us… Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Rom 5:5; 10:11). Abraham trusted that the God who gave him the promise has the power to perform. And God did! Abraham believed that God has justified him. Abraham believed that he is a child of God. This is the basic faith for all believers. Out of this faith the overflow of faith manifests that God will answer other prayers. This saving faith of Abraham is the root of the faith that he will be the father of many nations. Only a child of God can believe the supernatural promises of God!

Justification is God’s declaration that a sinner becomes a child of God based on the death of Christ on the Cross! Justification is a legal, forensic, ‘judge in the court spoken word’ of God. It is 100% God’s work based on His grace. Justification is done once and for ever. It is the act of God. It cannot be annulled or re-established. It is more than forgiveness of sins. It is a change of position and standing before God. It is a covering with the imputed righteous of Christ. This robe covers your past, present and future sins. Justification makes God to see you as you have never sinned. God sees you as Christ, blameless. Justification leads immediately to sanctification. If it was only forgiveness, once the Christian sins, he needs to be justified again. And that is not possible. That is why some wrongly believe that you can lose your salvation. Justification is a change of position and status, from being in Adam under sin and law to being in Christ, under Grace. Justification is always connected with faith. You cannot be justified if you do not believe the Gospel. This is the peculiar message and power of the Gospel. Justification is the opposite of condemnation! THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM *The Faith is Abraham is the pattern of approved faith for all believers! *Faith trusts the bare Word of God! Faith does not need other supports to believe God’s promises! Faith is pure and connects with God’s Word! Unbelief is sin and an insult to God! ‘Whatever is not from faith is sin’ (Rom 14:23)*Faith acts on the Word. God changed his name from Abram (exulted father) to Abraham (the father of nations). God changed the name of Sarai (Princess) to Sarah (mother of nations). From the time God changed their names, they too addressed themselves as Abraham and Sarah! By faith, Abraham left his family and hometown not knowing where he is going (Heb 11:8). True faith has action and fruits! *Faith is born. it manifests and grows in the presence of God. Faith relates to your personal walk with God, with your holiness, with faithfulness and daily obedience to God’s Word. You need to read and study the Bible daily, fast, pray and serve God. You need to be faithful in attending church services, for ‘faith comes by hearing. and hearing comes by the Word f God’ (Romans 10:17). You need to learn the ‘holy skill’ of staying, abiding and walking in the Center of the flow of the Holy Spirit. By the power of the Spirit you kill the misdeeds of the body. Flesh lusts against the Spirit and is addicted to doubt, to anxiety, to restlessness, and worry. You need to walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Gal 5:16). Learn to disappoint the flesh! Then the spirit will rise! *Faith does not deny the problems. Abraham knew that he and Sarah have serious challenges to have children. Naturally it was impossible! Abraham was hundred years old. He was as good as ‘dead’. Sarah’s womb at ninety, was also ‘dead’. Abraham looked above the problems and natural limitations, towards the Almighty God who promised children and is able to fulfill the promises. Faith does not deceive itself but totally trust God. Faith masters all impossibilities! Faith is always accompanied by testimonies! Most believers live below the standard of faith God expects from them. They live with about 95% faith and 5% unbelief. As children of God they can go to heaven even with this incomplete faith. But they are not able to enjoy their walk with God, especially to experience the miracles. Oh, that you may grow in the grace, faith and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ! Worship the Lord!

I ENJOY MY LIFE

“I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from Him? God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please Him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please Him” (Ecclesiastes 2:24-26; NLT)

God is the Provider of all good things, spiritual and natural: even food, drink, satisfaction in your work and godly enjoyment in life. God prospers the unbelievers and gives their wealth to the believers. Did you know that? What pleases God? God is pleased with faith (Hebrews 11:6)!!! God is pleased when we are filled and led by His Spirit!!! Let the Holy Spirit control your mind, emotions and will! It will lead to life and peace (Romans 8:6). Eternal life in your soul manifests as ‘peace that passes all understanding and joy that surpasses all knowledge’ (Philippians 4:7; Ephesians 3:29). This deep well brings peace and joy from the heavenly stores! You will be a wonder to yourself, a source of supernatural encouragement to others around you! Eternal life also manifests as greater wisdom, much above your age or personal experience. Everybody will realize that God is with you and in you! You are born to find and enjoy God. That is your destiny! The Word of God is not fair to the unbelievers, but to us, the children of God, is food and oxygen to the spirit. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may the eyes of your understanding be opened to see and appreciate the deep things of God!

As for me, this is my testimony: against all odds, I enjoy my life! This enjoyment is God’s gift to me! It is the peculiar gift of Grace! Since I was born and up till now, I have never experienced so much peace and joy, deep in my soul! Jesus Christ, my Lord takes care of me and my children (natural and spiritual). He alone receives all the glory! The Worship continues… forever!

Love in Christ alone,

Malia!

THE HEAVENS DECLARE

“The heavens declare the glory of God; The skies proclaim the work of His handsGod’s glory is on tour in the skies,God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.Madame Day holds classes every morning,Professor Night lectures each evening.Their words aren’t heard,Their voices aren’t recorded,But their silence fills the earth:Unspoken truth is spoken everywhere” (Psalm 19:1-4; TM)
I took this picture of the sky above our home in Effurun/ Warri, Nigeria. As I look up I see that the shape of the clouds, the color of the sky, of the sun and the moon, they change moment by moment. Only a fool says that there is no God. As for me, all I see around is the glory of God, filling everywhere, as the waters cover the sea. God created everything, visible and invisible. When you see a work or art, a painting, it tells you something about the artist. The sky tells me that God is alive and in charge of the universe He has created. He calls us closer to Him! He reveals Himself thru His creation but especially thru His Word, the Bible. Make a quality decision to read God’s Word and pray daily. You can only gain!

“Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord!!!!!!!!!!”

FAITH IN THE PROMISES OF GOD

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL (21)  

Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh preached another sermon in the series called ‘The Power of the Gospel’. Her main text was taken from the Book of Romans: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” … being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus… What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness… (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Rom 1:16, 17; 3:24; 4:1-8; 4:17-25)

Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said that the Gospel is not just a doctrine. It works practically. The Gospel is God’s solution for sin and the problems of life. It is a unique ‘solution’. Nobody helps you to be saved and to live successfully as the Gospel of Christ crucified and resurrected. The Gospel addresses all the problems of life, from the lowest (how to die) to the highest (how to go to heaven). Preaching the Gospel challenges man to think for himself, to repent of sin and come to Jesus! In Adam, the thief called King Sin, comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. But Jesus came to bring Life abundantly, eternally! In Christ, Grace is King! Christianity is always victorious! This is the power and the glory of the Gospel! Christianity works thru the Word of God which is truth, and the Holy Spirit! It produces faith, strength, wisdom, peace, and joy! The Gospel is not vague. The Gospel is a spiritual ‘unit’.  You need the truth, sound doctrine, to be set free from sin, anxiety, fear, and depression. If a man is in trouble, do not cheer him up first. Point him to Christ crucified and resurrected! Christianity has no help or hope for the unbelievers! They must surrender to Christ first! To be saved you need to come to Jesus, confess that you are a sinner, repent of your sins and surrender your life to Jesus Christ! You do not need all these doctrines. The reason who we preach these doctrines is so that we grow and mature as believers. Praise the Lord!

THE DOCTRINE OF THE PROMISES OR GOD says that God has given many promises to man in His Word and He fulfils them all! These are promises of Grace. God is able and God is faithful! “For as many as are the promises of God, in Christ they are [all answered] “Yes.” So through Him we say our “Amen” to the glory of God” (2Cor 1:20; AMP). What did Abraham discover ‘after the flesh’? He discovered three ‘negative’ things that cannot save or justify: works, the circumcision and the law. But Abraham discovered great ‘positive’ things. The most important revelation he had is that he is saved and justified by Grace thru faith in the God of Grace. Abraham discovered the power of the Word of God, the power of faith and hope in the promises of God. He discovered that “God cannot lie” (Titus 1:2). There are 8810 promises in the Bible. God fulfils them all! God’s promises are supernatural, wonderful, and big. They are not natural promises. These promises are too big for the natural faith. Wishful thinking and common sense cannot assess God’s promises. Try to imagine this: God speaks to a man 100 years married to a woman of 90 that: “I have made you a father of many nations”. Naturally, it is impossible to believe such a mighty promise. That is why the unbelievers laugh at the Gospel. But Abraham believed this promise “In the presence of Him whom he believed”. That is why he was called ‘the friend of God’. Faith is simple and pure. You need to have a child-like attitude to exercise this faith in God. Sin has complicated matters. Doubt and unbelief have made our minds too complicated and confused. For us, doubt is easier to entertain than faith. Doubt is our ‘comfort zone’. We need to rise in the Spirit and trust God again! Trust His Word and promises. Be filled with the Holy Spirit!

FAITH AND HOPE IN GOD’S PROMISES   

Abraham discovered the power of faith and hope in God’s promises! He discovered that faith and hope never fail! He will never be put to shame, become disappointed, or regret having faith and hope in God Almighty! That is why God ‘imputed’ righteousness to him! FAITH is defined as a present belief, confidence, and total trust in God. It is also faithfulness. Faith is not on and off; it continues faithfully to the end of life. All the ‘heroes of faith’ in the Bible kept their faith to their last breath. We need to do the same. HOPE is defined as a joyful constant expectation of good in the future. The promises given by God in His Word will one day become manifest visibly. Hope is invisible. Faith sees the invisible hope and carries on until it becomes visible. Hope fulfills faith. That is why hope is stronger than faith. Faith is the foundation of hope. Faith is connected to the hearing of God’s Word. It is the underground bridge leading to hope. True faith and hope in God will never put you to shame! They will never disappoint you! Faith and hope can never become bitterness. These are fruits of the Holy Spirit working in your heart. It is worth it to take ‘risk’ with God! God knows that you are trusting Him and are waiting on Him. “Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us… Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Romans 5:5; 10:11). Abraham trusted that the God who gave him the promise has the power to perform it. And God did it! Remember this: PROMISE – POWER – PERFORMANCE! (PPP)!!!

The Bible says that “The evildoer (the unbeliever) has no future hope” (PV 24:20). Do not make friends with unbelievers because they will mock your faith and they will damage it. Faith needs healing like a sick body needs healing. A damaged faith in a believer helps him to believe that he is saved. But he cannot exercise faith for the supernatural and the joy of his hope is gone. He still goes to church, but he is weak and sad. We are commanded to have faith in God and to rejoice in our hope. May the Balm of Gilead manifest and heal your spirit, heal your faith, and restore the joy of your hope! Then the miracle will happen! God is alive! Nothing is impossible for God! “Lord, like my father Abraham, I want to look up in the dark night, see the stars and believe Your great and precious promises! Help me Lord Jesus!” Worship the Lord!

GLORY IN THE SKY

Today, my beloved husband (Pastor Richmond Sisan Leigh), could have been 72 years. He is in heaven now. I tried to take a picture of things above. This is how the sky looks above Effurun/ Warri/ Nigeria. God’s grace is real and sufficient for me. God’s power in me is greater than my pain. I look up and all I see is Peace, coming from heaven to earth, and good will to men! Christ in me is my hope and assurance of glory! It is well with my soul… It is well…

TESTIMONY OF ORDAINED STRENGTH

A sister in the church sent me this testimony. It is to the glory of God and to the defeat of the devil! Read and be blessed!
“Good Morning Malia. We thank God for His Grace upon your life. Thank God for showing Himself mighty in yesterday’s service. From the start of the Service, our 3 year old daughter … participated actively praising & worshiping God, in fact for the first time, she did not sleep or disturb through out the service. During the worship, she tapped me and specifically said she wants to go to the Altar and worship God. I was pleasantly surprised and told her to go (naturally she is shy and will not walk all the way to the Altar by herself but she did). I followed a few seconds later and joined her at the Altar. Towards the end of the worship at the Altar, she tapped me again and said “I want to preach the word of God like Malia”(she pointed her finger at you). I thought I didn’t hear well and asked her to repeat herself. She said the same thing. I responded Amen and prayed for her. Praise the Lord!!! May God watch over this Spirit-Led words to perform it in Jesus Name, Amen!”
God’s Word: “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger” (Psalm 8:2)

(Children worshipping God during our Sunday service)

THE SEAL OF CIRCUMCISION

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL (18)

Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh continued preaching in the series titled: The Power of the Gospel. Her sermon today was titled ‘The seal of circumcision’. Her main text was taken from the Book of Romans. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” … being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus… What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin” Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised” (Rom 1:16, 17, 3:24; 4:1-12)

IS YOUR CHRISTIANITY REAL? ARE YOU TRULY BORN AGAIN? DOES YOUR GOSPEL WORK FOR YOU?

Have you mastered your life? The answer must be yes! The Gospel is not just a doctrine. It works practically. The Gospel is God’s solution for sin and the problems of life. It is a unique ‘solution’. Nothing and nobody helps you to be saved and to live successfully as the Gospel of Christ crucified and resurrected.

The world has two extremes to deal with problems:

1-Happy in the flesh (choose to be ignorant and enjoy life – it gives pleasure but not peace and not satisfaction)

2-Strong in the flesh – (these are called ‘stoics.’ They just ‘endure’. They are not happy and not sad. There is no victory in their lives!)

But Christianity is always victorious! This is the power and glory of the Gospel! Christianity works thru the Word of God (truth) and the Holy Spirit! It produces faith, strength, wisdom, peace, and joy! Christianity (the Gospel) is not vague. It can be defined and preached. You need the truth, sound doctrine, to be set free from sin, anxiety, fear, and depression. Does it work for you? If not, give your life to Christ! If a man is in trouble, do not cheer him up. Point him to Christ crucified and resurrected! Christianity has no help or hope for unbelievers! Christianity helps ‘indirectly’. Do not look at the circumstances. Look unto Jesus! Paul sang in the prison. True Christianity sings in trials! When times are hard, do you still praise God with song? Philosophers do not sing! Only the true believers do! Praise the Lord somebody!        

What did Abraham discover ‘after the flesh’? Three things that cannot save or justify: works, circumcision (done 14 years later) and the law (given 430 years later). He is saved and justified by Grace thru faith in the God of Grace!

CIRCUMCISION

Medical male circumcision means the removal of the foreskin from the male private part. Medically it is done if the baby is born with a very narrow foreskin, to prevent urinary infection. Circumcision is one of the world’s most widely performed medical procedures. About one third of all men in the world are circumcised. Among the Jews and the Muslim, it is compulsory. Europe, South America, and Asia do not practice compulsory circumcision.  No major medical organization recommends circumcising all males, and no major medical organization recommends banning the procedure. It has been observed that among the circumcised male the rate of cancer (for both them and their wives) is lower; also, the rate of HIV infections is lower. These are medical facts!  

God gave the promise to Abraham that his children will be like the stars 14 years before the circumcision.  Circumcision is a seal to authenticate those who have believed. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness (Gen 15:1-6). The word ‘credited’ is the same as ‘imputed, accounted, or reckoned’. It means that another Person pays into your account. In particular, because of the Blood shed on the Cross, God can use that eternal ‘credit’ on behalf of any sinner to pay Christ’s righteousness on their spiritual account (2 Cor 5:21).  Soon, Abraham had Ishmael, by Hagar, the son of his flesh. He was 86 years at that time (Gen 16:16). When he was 99 years old God told Abraham to circumcise (14 years later – Gen 17:1). Circumcision was an outward sign that Abraham and his Jewish descendants belong to God. It was a visible seal. Abraham is the father (pattern, leading example) of those who were circumcised (the Jews who have faith) and those who are not circumcised (the Gentiles who also have faith). The Principle of faith is the most important thing. On its own, circumcision has no value. “Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing but keeping the commandments of God is what matters” (1Cor 7:19). Circumcision did not add anything to his justification. The Jews were boasting of their fleshly circumcision thinking that just because they did it, they are saved and justified. But Abraham was justified by faith in the God of grace alone! It is the same with us, the children of God!

THE CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART

What is the circumcision of the heart? It is a spiritual experience. It is to cut off the spiritual skin (the power of sin) of the heart. Circumcision of the heart is a sign and a seal that you are a true believer in God and His Grace!  It is more than a doctrine. It is an experience. Jesus is the Surgeon. He uses the knife (sword) of the Holy Spirit! The seal proves that you are an original son (daughter). It is also a guarantee for the final salvation (of our bodies). This seal is also called the Baptism of Fire. Jesus is the Baptizer with fire and the Holy Spirit. You cannot seal (circumcise, seal) yourself. Doctor Jesus has to do it! It eliminates the stiff-neck attitude, the stubbornness, the pride, the resisting of flesh against the Holy Spirit. To resist it means to oppose the Spirit, or to fight Him. Once circumcised in the heart you stop fighting God and His Word; you surrender, you bow and worship Jesus!  God praises (publicly acknowledges) only a man who is circumcised in heart! God can only trust a circumcised in the heart man (or woman) with His power and resources (Deut 10:16 AMP, Deut 30:6. AMP; Jeremiah 4:4 AMP; Rom 2:2:29; AMP; Col 2:11-13 AMP; Ac 7:51-53; NKJ; Eph 1:13, 14; NKJ; Mt 3:11, 12; NKJ).

Finally, Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said that people should pray to experience this circumcision of the heart. You need to surrender your body to God as a living sacrifice. Like King David who, after adultery and murder, prayed: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right and steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10; AMP). In Hebrew, the word ‘create’ means to cut down or cut off. In other words, David prays that God (Elohim, the Creator God) should circumcise his heart by cutting off the desire of sin. He did not pray just for a cleansing but for a major spiritual heart transplant. David prays for a creative miracle only Surgeon Jesus can perform. He asked for a ‘steadfast spirit’. This is a spirit who stays faithful to God all his life. It is free from spiritual adultery and doubts. This seal of heart circumcision is a proof that you are a true Child of God! God does not ‘circumcise’ the unbelievers’ hearts. Revival comes when many people pray for new hearts. May it be so, Lord! “Hallelujah! Worthy is the Lamb!  Worthy is the Lamb! Amen!” Worship the Lord!   

HEALTH TO ALL MY FLESH

“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:20-22)

This scripture is one of my Word ‘jewels’. I keep it in a special side of my heart. I refuse to forget it! I ‘clean it’ often less it becomes hidden under the dust of empty religion and loses its shine. Since I ‘found’ this scripture I became happier and stronger in the faith. The first time I heard about it as a Rhema Word was from Pastor Derek Prince when he gave his testimony. He said that he was healed from an incurable skin disease just by trusting God for healing by believing this particular word. He said that he quoted it to himself three times a day just the way a sick man takes his medicines. He used the Word of God as ‘tablets of faith’. Doing that, little by little his health improved. In few months, he was completely healed. Hallelujah!

His testimony touched me. I decided to do that same. At that time, I was not ‘seriously ‘sick but I decided to use this scripture to build up my faith for the future and to preserve my present health. Healing is good but preventing sickness, walking in divine health, is even better. Since then, I quote this scripture from memory every day during my morning quiet time. I use my own words to pray according to the revelation ‘found’ in this word. Please observe that the Word of God must be ‘found’ so that it ‘works’ for you! I know that there is a danger of just quoting scriptures without having the faith to ‘back them up’. I do not want to fall into that religious trap. I try to be present in my mind and in my spirit, as I pray according to this word. I confess that by His grace, I am healed! My whole body and spirit are healed! Doctors can only treat one sickness at a time (I am a medical doctor, so I know). They give you medicine that may have negative side effects. But God’s Word is ‘health to all your flesh’ and has no side effects. Even the ‘crumbs’ that fall under the table of grace can be eaten safely and healing manifests! Is God not wonderful?  

One of the conditions of healing is to ‘give attention’ to God’s Word. I decided to do just that! No more excuses! I need to be spiritually focused. I pray for revival in my heart concerning the love of the Bible and the true appreciation for the Word of God. I refuse to be ignorant of the devil’s strategy to make me ‘tired’ of the Word of God. I should never be bored or tired when I am reading, studying, preaching, or listening to the Word of God. Sleeping during preaching is criminal. My ear must be ‘inclined’ to God’s mouth as He whispers to me in His peculiar ‘still, small, voice’. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God! When God speaks to my ear, I must drop everything I am doing, sit down immediately and listen. I can cook later. I can phone friends later. But I cannot tell God ‘to hold on’ for me. His voice, His word is too special for me. It is life to me. It is living power for me. It is wisdom for me.

His Word is a treasure money cannot buy. I need to ‘waste’ time and spiritual effort in the quest of finding God. I am willing to do so. I do not want to work for natural food that gets spoiled. I want to work and invest in eternal food that only my Lord Jesus Christ can provide for me. I take Him at His Word. He loves it when I take Him seriously. I must pay the price and ‘find’ His word. It is true that His Word is in the pages of the Bible but even then, I must seek its meaning, its understanding, its revelation. Jesus promised that ‘if I seek, I shall find’. I believe His promise. I must cultivate an active spiritual attitude. I am seeker of God’s Word! Humbly and faithfully, I choose to develop the desire to love God’s Word. I am excited for the ‘find’ in advance. I refuse to give up on the promises of God. They worked for Jesus, they worked for other saints, therefore, they must work for me! With revelation comes power! Healing follows! Breakthrough is next! Progress is made! This is the work of the Holy Spirit! Praise the Lord!

I am hungry and thirsty for God’s Word. Each time I ‘find’ the word I was looking for I am like a woman who has found a pearl of great value. The revelation of God’s Word is more to me than silver and gold. Beneath the sand of common routine things of life, lie the spiritual rubies that adorn the crown of heavenly kings. With each revelation I ‘find’ I get richer in understanding and wisdom. The Holy Spirit leads on and I follow Him. That is why I cannot ‘miss road’. I love to follow the Holy Spirit… The way may be long and sometimes it passes thru some uncomfortable paths, but it will eventually lead to the place of light, where promises become miracles and God is glorified!

Therefore, right now, I declare that I am healed! From the top of my head to the soles of my feet, I am healed! Jehovah Rapha is my God! Jesus Christ is my Savior, my Lord, and my Healer! It is well with me!

Dear children, if He has done it for me, He will do it for you…

“I give You praise, Oh my Father in heaven…”   

GOD JUSTIFIES THE UNGODLY

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL (17)

Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh continued preaching about the Power of the Gospel. The title of this message is: “God justifies the ungodly’. Her main text was taken from the Book of Romans: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” … being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus… What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” (Rom 1:16, 17, 3:24; 4:1-8)

There are three dispensations: 1-The dispensation of the Patriarchs (Grace, for Israel; individual dealings with God); 2-The dispensation of the Law (for Israel, no faith, no grace, no salvation); 3-The dispensation of the Gospel (by grace, thru faith, salvation, to all who believe: Jew or Gentiles). God has only one way to save men: by Grace and thru faith in the God of Grace. It was the same in the Old Testament and the New Testament. It shows that the Bible is one! Grace is one! There is only one covenant of Grace but different administrations. The Gospel is not a new thing. It was preached indirectly in the Old Testament. The saints in the OT were saved exactly like us. They looked ahead and saw Christ crucified and resurrected. They believed in the Gospel and they were saved. Just the way we look back at the Cross and are saved.

Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said that Abraham is the father of Israel and the father of faith. King David is one of the greatest man in the history of Israel. He was a worshipper and a warrior. Both these men great have found grace in the presence of God. They found that it was only the Grace of God that made them great and saved them. It was not their works! Both discovered the doctrine of justification by faith. Just like us, they were saved by grace thru faith. Not because they did great things or were too faithful. It is because God declared them justified in His presence. This justification is totally attributed to the death of Christ on the Cross. They discovered that God ‘justifies the ungodly’ and not the godly! Salvation is a miracle and not a reward! God has only one way of salvation for men. God is the same in the Old Testament and the New Testament, for Jew and Gentiles, male or female, slave or free! This way of salvation eliminates pride and boasting. It introduces worship as a proper response to grace and salvation. Grace was revealed to the Jews first. We the Gentiles have been included later, but by the same Royal Grace. Israel is like an olive tree. The original branches were Israel. Some had faith and some did not. The once who did not have faith God cut them off. We the Gentiles who had faith are like wild olive tree branches that were grafted in the same trunk (Romans 11). Salvation should humble you! No pride! No bosting! This is the testimony of the remnant of grace, chosen by God, from among both Jew and Gentiles! This is no accident! God has planned all this before the foundation of the world!

What did Abraham find ‘according to the flesh’? Flesh is the totality of man outside the influence of the Holy Spirit. It is also called the carnal nature. Sin is found in the flesh. Flesh is external, visible, and worldly. It is guided by the senses (by sight). The Spiritual is internal, invisible, and fruitful, but only thru faith. The unbelievers are flesh. The born again are a mixture of flesh and Spirit. Flesh also means that men trust for their salvation outside God and His grace. It can be their intelligence, money, nationality, tribe, or religion. In this case is flesh is also called ‘works.’ Flesh and works, fail to save. There is no Grace or faith in them. Flesh will disappoint you at last. Flesh produces pride and boasting. Jesus said: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words (rhema) that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Human power can do nothing, cannot help. The Spirit (breath of God) gives life to the dead. It is resurrection power and Life! Abraham discovered that his life, salvation, blessings, and all benefits have come to him thru the Word of God. Faith comes thru the hearing of God’s Word (Romans 10:17). Even when he failed (the story of Hagar/Ishmael), God dealt with him by His Grace. God kept His word. Men lies but God never lies! Men change, but God never change! Grace gives strength to the weak! Grace ends in glory! Grace never loses a battle! God is faithful always! Salvation is grace in action! God’s promises can never fail! From far away God showed Abraham Christ crucified and resurrected. God told him that Christ will come from his loins. Abraham believed this Word as coming from the God of Grace. This faith was accounted to Abraham as righteousness (Gen 15:1-6, 22:15-18).  Abraham did not have a general faith. He believed the spoken Word and the Promises of the God of all Grace. Though dimly, he believed the Gospel of Christ crucified and resurrected. Jesus said: “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56). Worship the Lord!  

Prophetic scriptures: Mark 6:54-56

TESTIMONY OF HEALING AND PROVISION

This morning I received this letter. It is from one of our daughters in the church. This testimony is given to the glory of God, for the defeat of the devil and for the encouragement of many! Read, pray and be blessed!

“Happy new year to you Malia!  We thank God and give God the glory for a wonderful start this 2021, to God alone be the glory. Malia I wanted to share my testimony of God’s graciousness and mercy over my life and family. To God alone be the glory. I want to thank God Almighty for yesterday’s service, I truly thank Him for your life Malia, you are a blessing to me, family and the church that is beyond human understanding.  Thank You Jesus!  I recently had severe dental aches and been in and out of the dentist for quite some time.  Yesterday, before we closed you asked for those who had a form of illness to stand. Though I couldn’t cause I was carrying a sleeping child I lifted my hands up in faith, prayed that God will not allow me carry over any pain\ache into 2021. When we got home, I made something to eat because I hadn’t really eaten much through the day due to the pain.  I ate without remembering the pain. In fact, there was no pain at all.  To God alone be the glory, I will forever praise and worship Jesus, the only KING FOREVER.  He is teaching me to trust Him more and more each day with every detail of my life\family.  I love you Jesus!  

Also Malia I give God the glory for his immense kindness, sustenance, and provision over my family and I! To the glory of God, late last year he provided in ways that are past finding for my husband and I to buy  a land!  Praiseeeeeee the Lord!  My husband also reminded me that Tali prayed that we will all buy land and build our own homes.  To God alone be all the glory! Lastly, I want to thank God for how He has covered\healed my entire family last year. My children are drawing nearer to God.  Whenever my children are doing house chores, especially the younger one, she would pray that the Holy spirit will cover us, and that God will bless uncle Tali and aunty Malia. 

Take all glory Lord Jesus!  The worship continues…

Your daughter…”

THE TOUCH OF FAITH

During the Jesus Mega Party 2020, Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh preached a sermon called ‘The Touch of Faith’. She said that our Lord told the people that faith in Him is able to move mountains, to remove hindrances and make space for miracles (Mark 11:12-24). This is faith in Jesus Christ. It is faith 100% and doubt 0%. It is not 99% faith plus 1% doubt. Doubt is spiritual poison and must go away. This faith is not in men, not in money, not in religion, but in the Person of Jesus Christ. Even if it is small as a mustard seed, it does not matter, but it must be a ‘complete seed’. In other words, faith must be free from the damage and pollution of the sin of doubt. Just before telling them about this mountain moving faith, He drove away those were doing business in the house of God. The church is not a business center, it is not a social gathering, and it is not a political party. It is the Body of Christ on earth. Jesus died to make us His Body. Blood was shed for oil to flow down from heaven to earth. Our Lord confronted those who live in sin and still come to church. He exposed the religious hypocrites who do not fear God. They come to church and feel comfortable in their sins. They live in sin so that ‘grace may abound’. They have made the church to be a ‘den of thieves’ (Jeremiah 7:8-11). A den is a place, a cave, where wicked people hide from police. But the Holy Spirit exposes and brings out these people. You cannot hide forever from God! Come to Jesus! Repent and believe the Gospel! Many people attend churches but are not truly born again. They are only religious. Come out from the den! Come out to the light of God! Come and be saved! If your Christianity does not have Jesus at its center, if all your prayers are only to be rich in this world, that is not true Christianity. Examine your heart and see if you are a child of God or not. Salvation is a miracle. We preach the true Gospel: Jesus died and rose again for me, for you! Believe the Gospel! Produce fruit of repentance! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!

Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said that there was a woman with an issue of Blood (Mark 5:25-34). This is a woman who was sick for 12 years (4, 383 days or 105,192 hours). Her sickness made her: ceremonial unclean (Leviticus 15); financially broke; she was getting worse (weaker and in more pain); she was a social outcast (like a leper). This uncleanness was ‘spiritually’ infectious. Anybody who touched her will become unclean too.It was her faith in Jesus that healed her. She was as good as dead. She heard about Jesus. She believed that He is the resurrection and the life; that He can give her health in place of this incurable sickness and life in place of death. She believed the Gospel. Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25). She heard about Jesus, about His healing power. She encouraged herself saying: “If only I may touch…”. She was afraid that Jesus will not be able to touch her so that He will not be made unclean. That is why she decided to go and touch Him herself. She touched the lowest part of His garment. She took the risk to be killed by men, for coming into the crowd and touching so many people (who will all become unclean because of her). She came from behind Jesus. The word ‘touch’ means that two surfaces make contact, with no space in-between. The touch of faith always produces effects. May you know how to touch Jesus! May you experience this healing touch!  

She came close and heard Jesus talking to Jairus. “when he (Jairus) saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him” (Mark 5:22-24). The woman believed what Jairus said. He confirmed her faith. She too needed miracle. With faith 100% she touched Jesus and ‘immediately’, she became whole. She felt the healing in her body. Power left Jesus and entered her. Jesus turned and asked: ‘Who touched Me?’ Shaking and afraid, bowing at His feet, she shared her story. All people heard her testimony. Everybody now knew that she was healed and cleansed. None should be afraid to touch her from now on. Jesus reinstated her into the community. Our Lord said to her: “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction”. Peace always follows the touch of faith. The crowd touched Jesus but not with faith. They were there for entertainment to see miracles and not for Jesus. But this woman did not waste her opportunity. She came, believed, touched Jesus and she was healed! She then worshipped the Lord! May your faith rise! May your faith touch Jesus! May you be made whole! Be healed! Peace be unto you! Happy New Year! Worship the Lord!