I AM TEN TIMES BETTER THAN MY COMPETITORS

“Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself… Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm” (Daniel 1)

Read Daniel chapter 1. Here we see a great lesson and a spiritual principle: God expects us to be faithful in all things, even in ‘little things’. God sees what we do in the secret of our hearts. God rewards the faithful! Ignore what people say of do! You do what is right and God will reward you! Even if you live among the ungodly, obedience to God’s Word is the path to success and reward!

Daniel and his friends see a problem. They say that the royal food will “defile” them. They are concerned about eating unclean meat, improperly prepared meat and food and drink offered to pagan gods (Lev 11, 17:10-14; Ex 34:15). Should this have been a big issue? Doesn’t Jesus say (Mat 15:11) that what comes out of a person’s mouth defiles him, not what goes in? God predicted that part of His judgment against His people would be that as exiles they would eat defiled food. Daniel believed this was a test of his loyalty to God (Ezekiel 4:13).

What is the concern of the official who is in charge of providing Daniel and his friends with food? (He is not concerned about the religious issue that troubles Daniel, he is concerned about losing his head if Daniel and his friends seem to be in ill health.)

Consider how Daniel meets this concern. He does not argue the conscience issue: that eating the meat would violate their religious beliefs. Instead, he addresses the concern of the official by arranging a test. Daniel is not demanding or offensive. Instead, he proposes testing a potential solution that will not harm the goal of the official. Assume you face a challenge to your religious beliefs at work. What practical lesson do we learn from Daniel? In business, you should mention your religious beliefs, but you should also propose a practical solution. Do not insist on your Christian beliefs at work and become a nuisance. Be wise as you shine your light. You want to be a witness for Jesus in that dark corner, not a foolish, stubborn, lazy trouble maker. Daniel was practical and wise. He kindly cooperated with the official’s worries. Can you do that? Are you kind with the unbelievers in your office?

Because Daniel and his friends were obedient to God, He blessed them with success and promotion. They went to the king to be interviewed by him. Try to imagine that interview! In a foreign language they just had to learn! In the middle of a foreign culture! Among pagans! You who pray for a breakthrough in business… Let’s say, the Chinese have kidnapped you and carried you in chains to China… Can you pass the interview and come first among ten professionals Chinese in China? This is how God helped Daniel and his friends! They were ten times better than their competitors!!! Selah!!! Question: are your friends helping you to be a better Christian or they encourage you to backslide?

Dear Child of God, would you like to be blessed by God? Would you like to be ten times better than your competitors? Why not, through the power of the Holy Spirit, determine right now to be faithful to God in all things? For the sake of Christ, and for the sake of keeping your conscience free from guilt, avoid any sin and every appearance of sin! And may God prosper you in a way that all may see it and give Him glory! In Jesus’ name!

In Christ, I declare:
I am a child of God! By God’s grace, I am faithful to Him in all things, big or small! By His grace, I obey God’s Word! The ungodly people around me cannot stop me from fulfilling my destiny! The One in me is greater than the one outside me! God and me, we are the majority! My the grace of God, I am ten times better than my competitors. I shall pass the tests of life! Their fire will not burn me. It will only make me shine brighter! People will see my good deeds done in the name of Jesus and they shall glorify my Father in heaven! I now arise and shine, for my light has come! To the glory of God! In Jesus’ name! Amen!

THE LIGHT ALWAYS WINS!

“And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (Jn 1:5; NKJ)
Jesus is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD! Child of God, you too are the light of the world. As you speak the truth and worship God, you shine your little light. The evil powers of darkness will hate you, and they will attack you. You should be prepared for these attacks. Is it because you sin, you lie, or you cheat? No! It is because you speak the truth and call the name of Jesus! But be strong and confident! Each time the darkness will attack you, it shall be defeated for your sake. Each attack against you, will give the Holy Spirit the access to free the ones you are praying for. Never fear darkness! Never fear foolish talk, ignorant comments or religious bullying. Light is always stronger than the darkness! Truth always prevails against lies! Jesus is the Captain of our salvation! He can never lose any battle! You need to see the defeat and the disgrace of the powers of darkness! Light must fight and win both in your mind and in your circumstances. Praise the Lord!

From time to time, remember how you got saved! A sanctified memory is a great weapon in spiritual warfare! For many years, the spiritual darkness looked so powerful and triumphant. Your doubts, fears, unbelief, stubbornness and foolishness seem like pillars nobody can remove from your mind. These were old strongholds of darkness that occupied your mind. Then one day, the battle was declared. You wanted to see the light. You wanted to know the truth. You wanted to be free from the bondage of sin and death. You became hungry for life! For eternal life! Then you prayed! You called the name of Jesus! The battle in your mind was almost unbearable. You thought you will go crazy. But one day, the light of Christ shone in your heart and mind. That moment in time changed you forever. This change of destiny is called salvation. It is the power of the Holy Spirit invading your soul. Immediately, your spiritual eyes became opened; you could see the truth and you became free. This sudden change is called revelation of God’s glory. It is also called the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It cannot be bought with money, cannot be given by men, cannot be achieved thru a certificate in Bible school. It is the sovereign work of grace, of the Spirit of the only Living God. When describing man’s experiences on earth, nothing compares with it. The revelation of truth and salvation leads to worship and glory. May it be your portion! In Jesus’ name! Glory!

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TOGETHER IN UNITY AND TRUE LOVE

‘How good and pleasant it is when sisters live together in unity! It is precious oil pouring… Like the dew falling… Here God has commanded His special family blessing, even life forevermore!’ (Ps 133)
We went to Abraka River for water baptism and picnic. I am talking of the members of Father’s House Bible Church, Effurun/ Warri. In my country, where I was born, nobody brings cream cake for picnic. But here where I live, in Nigeria, everything is better, brighter and more joyful. A dear sister bought a big cake for us all. We ate it all! Along Jolof rice, fish barbecue, chop- chop, fried chicken… And so many dishes… As you can see in the picture, in the natural, we are different (height, weight, complexion, skin color, tribe and nations). But if you look with the eyes of the Spirit, you will be amazed to see the unity and true love in us and among us! Only God can produce that harmony! To God be all the glory!
This is my advice for all who read this… If you want to learn how to enjoy life in general and as a Christian in particular come to Nigeria at Christmas time! If there is a competition among countries Naija will take first, every time! I have learned the secret of contentment in Nigeria! You do not need millions or sky scrapers to be happy! Serving God in a good living church with your family is more than all these things! I am a testimony! I am a witness! God made me a pastor to His people in Nigeria! What a privilege!!! From Warri to you, wherever you are, happy new year in advance!

Cake Abraka

PRAYER REQUEST FOR MARRIAGE

On Christmas day, a dear sister in Christ brought us a wonderful gift. She called it ‘a small Christmas hamper’. My husband and I were very surprised! We have never seen such a mighty ‘Christmas hamper’. It is a furniture type of a box. Very nice! It was filled with ‘oyinbo’ goodies. This sister (let’s call her ‘Onome’) is hard working, humble, faithful and beautiful inside out. She is in her late thirties. She started attending our church this year, I talked to her some months ago. I asked her what does she want God to do for her? She told me that she has two main desires she is praying about: That she should grow spiritually and that she should get married. (She said it is in that order). Please pray for her! That God will grant the desires of her heart! That she will be filled with the Holy Spirit and that in 2020 she will marry happily! For nothing is impossible with God! Praise the Lord!
(I use ‘Onome’ as a point of contact for all the sisters who pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit and that they should marry in 2020. Do not trust in your beauty or in your power! Just trust God! He will do it! May the testimonies multiply! In Jesus’ name!)
(In the pictures, you see our ‘small Christmas hamper’)

 

Christmas box 1

Christmas box 2

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven!” (Mt 5:16)

One of the most unrecognized powers you possess is that of influence. How do we define ‘influence’? Simply said, influence is the effect of a person upon another. It is the power to have an important effect on someone or something. You can influence people, their thinking and behavior, without any direct or apparent effort. You can influence the course of events, by changing them in an indirect but important way. This power to influence is based on prestige, wealth, ability or social position.

Jesus says to the child of God: ‘you are the light of the world’ (Mt 5:14)! Spiritually speaking, as your light shines in this world, the darkness has no other option than to disappear! Ignorance, foolishness, doubt, fears, all these manifestations of spiritual darkness become less powerful in the lives of the people you encounter!

When we think about influential leaders, some may assume that only certain powerful people have the ability to influence others. My belief is that we all exert some sort of influence over each other. Is there some practice in your life that you can trace to something that someone else said or did? Do you remember your teacher in the primary school, who encouraged you to ‘make it’ in life? Or that your friend who saw your potential and directed you to the profession you practice now? Thank God for these people who on the journey of life, influenced you for better!

Influence can be good or bad. God can use anybody to influence you for good. But He uses His servants in a particular way. The devil uses people to influence people for bad. The ‘false prophets’ speak negative but attractive words, injecting anxiety, doubt, foolish and reckless behavior!

You have heard it said that ‘no man is an island’. We all influence others, for good or for bad. Parents influence their children, thru their words and actions. Pastors influence their congregations thru their preaching. Dear Friend, what kind of influence do you have on others? Be honest, is it good or bad? If it is bad, or if it seems to be a limited influence for good, why not determine to walk more closely with God and increase your influence? Why not ask the Holy Spirit, right now, to help you in that direction? Be filled with the Holy Spirit and God will use you mightily to change your generation! In Jesus’ name!

FROM WARRI, WITH LOVE…

Our older daughter Alina Yemi, surprised us. She came to visit us, just because she was missing her parents and her childhood home. She could only ‘squeeze’ two days. But how happy these two days have been! We took some pictures at the parking lot. What does a mother tell her fortysomething years ‘young’ daughter? I was just telling her how much I appreciate her heart, kindness, generosity, strength and humility. As I was telling her these words of love, the photographer took the picture. This was a moment in time… Alina wanted to look tough and ‘fashionable’ (and patriotic… see the Nigerian flag on her chest) in the picture, but I know that her heart melted looking at her mother’s eyes and hearing words no stranger can ever say.
Let me say it again: “Dear Alina, I am your mother! You are a child of covenant! No matter how far you travel, how much money you make, how low you fall or how high you rise in this life, our love to you is unconditional! Be who God destined you to be! Your dad and I love you very much and bless you with the blessings of Christ! God bless your beautiful children too! From Warri, with love…”

Alina and I

GOD BLESS MY HUSBAND!

“But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot… My heart grew hot within me. While I meditated (on God’s Word), the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue… The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words…” (Jer 20:9; Ps 39:3)

This picture was taken during the third day (12-12-19) of the evangelistic program we did at Jakande Market area, Lekki, Lagos. Pastor Richmond Leigh (my husband) was preaching to the needy and humble people in this area. (I cannot describe how bad the area is. I do not want to sound rude, but it may be the worse slump in Lagos).

I love this picture because it shows my husband’s heart! The picture capture the intensity of the anointing of the Holy Spirit on him. To preach God’s Word is a sacrifice that involves the whole being, spirit, soul and body. It is like a fire burning within. True ministry is never a form of entertainment. At the end of each day, my husband felt ‘virtue going out of him’. By the way, it is not easy for me, as his wife. I too need God’s grace to be able to help such a great man whose passion is to be like Jesus! Praising God is always a sacrifice. It is much more than singing or talking!

John Wesley once said: “I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.” May the anointing I see on my husband descend on many younger Christians. Money cannot buy it. Men cannot steal it. May you seek God’s fire from on high until it comes down and burns the sacrifice you’ve offered!

God bless my husband, a true Man of God!

Lekki 3d