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)
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!
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!
“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…
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!
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.
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!
Our daughter gave me a little kitten as a gift. She bought it from Warri market. She said that I have ‘somebody to talk to in the house’. Her name is Monica. We have something in common: God made both of us! And for that, I give God all the glory! Happy New Year in advance!!!
This morning I received these beautiful and encouraging words from one of our dear daughters in Christ! Read and be blessed! To God be all the glory! “Lovely Morning Malia, I see how God carries you and your words energized by the power of the Holy Ghost .To God alone be all the glory! You have often told me ( your children), that because you are my mother, I am free ‘to take anything I see in you’: This is what I see:- I see the power from on high at work in you – I see the fear of God that swallows up any other fear.- I see total dependence on the Holy Spirit. My prayer: I receive grace to cooperate with the Holy Spirit so that I walk in these glories to the glory of God. In Jesus’ name! After yesterday, I realized a gift God has given me though I have being using this gift in a little way for God’s glory. It is to manage my Facebook account as a ministry. I now see that is the reason God used you to encourage me to have a Facebook account, to make my posts public. I’m an Admin. on some platforms. I also observed that the Holy Spirit leads me to pray, send messages, speak… all to encourage others even when myself I’m going through a difficult time. I. I don’t use my strength, or my wisdom. He does the work in me and thru me. I just yield. From the overflow of the comfort and encouragement I receive from the Holy Spirit, I give to others. It is the “gift of encouragement”. I am using every opportunity to turn the eyes of people on Jesus, in whom our salvation is and who is our ever-present Help in time of trouble. May the Lord help me to use all my gifts for His glory in Jesus name, Amen!!!God has indeed filled my heart with joy and mouth with laughter. Halleluiah!!!God bless you, Malia!
“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them!” (Psalm 126:2)
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… sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace…There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death… Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 1:16, 17; 3:24; 6:14; 8:1, 2, 37-39; NKJ)
Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said that there are two ‘countries’ or two ‘realms’: Adam and Christ! All men are either in Adam or in Christ. There is no middle ground. In Adam, Sin is king and reigns unto death. In Christ, Grace is King and reigns unto eternal life! You are either under Sin or under Grace! Sin and saving Grace are both positional. In Christ, all are under Grace! Sin is defined as rebellion against God! It is disobedience, breaking God’s law, and worse, breaking God’s heart! It is lawlessness, chaos. Grace is God’s unmerited favor to sinners.
In Christ, we are free from two negative situations. We are free from ‘condemnation’ (guilt because of sins) and we are free from ‘separation’. We are one with Christ! We were crucified with Him, died with Him, were buried with Him, and resurrected with Him. This unity of love is eternal! Not even death can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus! The lack of condemnation and the lack of fear of separation produces a holy boldness and manifests itself as joyful assurance of salvation! This is a fact revealed from heaven: Christ will never ‘divorce’ you! He said: “I will never leave you nor forsake you… I am with you always, even to the end of the age!” (Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20). In Christ we are ‘more than conquerors.’ To be a conqueror means to win a battle. That is good. But to be ‘more than a conqueror’ it means to defeat your enemy totally. It is an overwhelming defeat without any strength or hope for your enemy to recover. At the Cross, the devil was totally defeated. In Christ we share in His total victory over the devil and we share in the authority gained by the shed Blood of Jesus!
God gave His law for two main reason: for men to know the character of God and for men to know what sin is, and that they are sinners. God did not give the law for sinners to be saved. Because of the sin in them, sinners cannot obey the law. The Law has no mercy, no grace, no peace, no faith, and no hope. The law came with two expectations. It insists on total (100%) obedience and (100%) punishment is case of disobedience. Trying to obey the law leads to frustration. The Holy Spirit uses this ‘frustration’ to make the law ‘a tutor, a teacher’ to lead us to Christ. Salvation is found only in Jesus Christ! No man could obey the law 100%. The only Man who obeyed the law 100% was our Lord Jesus Christ. He took human nature open Himself and obeyed all the law. In fact, He fulfilled the law. On the Cross He took our sins on Himself and died because of that. In other words, it was the Law that killed Jesus. He died so that we are free from the control, the tyranny, and curse of the Law. In Christ, a new form of righteousness is revealed. It is not by obeying the law but by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the Gospel we preach: Christ Crucified and Resurrected! You need the revelation of the Holy Spirit to believe this gospel! Halleluiah!
“The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” (1 Corinthians 15:56, 57). Apostle Paul saw death as a monster, a poisonous snake. The word ‘sting’ in Greek means the bite of a poisonous snake or scorpion. Death is the monster snake that bites with the fangs of sin. The poison spreads and the victim die. The power to bite, the strength of its ‘jaws’ comes from ‘the law’. You see how wicked the devil is? He misuses the law of God to give strength to the monster called death. No man can defeat sin in his power. What is our hope? It is only in Christ that we have the strength to identify, hate, confront, and defeat sin! Thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ for this mighty victory!
THERE IS A GOD IN HEAVEN
This is the story of how Daniel and his three friends saved themselves and others from death. They represent King Grace! King Nebuchadnezzar has a bad dream. No magician could tell him the dream or interpret it. He then decreed that all wise men should die. That included Daniel and his three friends. The magicians asked the king for more time to discover the secret of the dream, but the king refused. Daniel asked for the same favor. He asked the king for time and surprisingly, the king granted it. (This is a great lesson: the unbelievers cannot ‘pass’ the door of life and progress, but King Grace opens it for the children of God). Grace opens the door that the law of sin and death shuts down. Grace is always stronger than sin! Daniel prays and God Almighty reveals the dream and the interpretation. Grace gives ‘wisdom to the wise’. When talking to the king, Daniel gives all the glory to God saying: “there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets” (Daniel 2:28). The king discovers that he is not in control. The God of Daniel is! There is a God in heaven who is in control! The King and the magicians are not in control! Even Daniel is not in control! God is! God proves that no one except Him is in control! That is why He alone is worthy of our praise! Worship the Lord!
GIVE THANKS TO GOD FOR HE IS GOOD!!! Dear children, we are almost at the end of the year. Looking back, and looking ahead, I see that God is in control of our lives. As you know, this July, my beloved husband of 47 years, Pastor Richmond Sisan Leigh, went to be with the Lord. It was a sudden transition. My world collapsed and I had no hope for a while. But thru it all, the everlasting arms of God held me tight. The love of Christ constrained me. His mercy did not let me fall. Both of us were a team for so many years. We are both medical doctors and colleagues. Twenty years ago we started Father’s House Bible church in Warri, Effurun/ Nigeria were we live. By the grace of God, I am now the senior pastor … alone … but not really alone, but one with The Lord Jesus Christ! When I needed it most, The Holy Spirit gave me ‘an injection of power from on high’. This supernatural power was given because of the ministry and not for my own ‘entertainment’. I am now strong and happy. I am at peace with God’s will for my life. I preach the Gospel of Christ Crucified and Resurrected! Sinners are saved and the saved get closer to God. My pain was swallowed by His ever sufficient Grace! I am a living miracle. As God blesses me daily with His compassion and true Comfort, may God bless you the same! Merry Christmas and Happy New year in advance! The worship continues… Give thanks to God always! To God be all the glory! Love in Christ alone! Your pastor and mother in Christ,Malia! “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 107:1)
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“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy” (Psalm 103:8) This morning I had a wonderful fellowship with our daughter, Alina. She is a nurse practitioner, working in Texas. She came to visit me for Christmas. This visit makes me so happy, more than words can say. We were talking about difficult situations in life. She told me that as a nurse, she had learned so many good things, more than the medical side of the profession. The most challenging side of her job is to take care of difficult, bad mannered, or proud patients. They are sick and obviously they need help. But they prove to be difficult by making impossible demands on the nurses, and even sexual advances. The most difficult of all are the older wealthy men. Some of them are on admission in the VIPs rooms and behave like little ‘kings.’ They look down on the nurses who attend to them. They are rude, overdemanding, disrespectful, hot tempered and ungrateful. Alina was telling me that when there is a crisis, when she is provoked to respond in anger, she has learned ‘to keep calm so that I can think’ (her words). She was telling me that if her emotions overrule her best judgement, she will respond in anger. That will not be an advantage to her. She will ‘lose the battle’. She may lose her job and her reputation. So, she has learned that in all situations, the best attitude is to pray quietly, stay calm, speak with wisdom, and remain professional. She reminds herself that she is not alone. She represents the hospital management. Her behavior, for better or for worse, will reflect on her employer. And most of all, her behavior reflects on her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
She was telling me of a particular story: a man of 86 was admitted in the hospital where she was working. He was a weak and sick man. He was using a walker. He was told to ring the bell anytime he goes to the toilet so that a nurse can assist him. But he refused to be helped. Because of that, he fell often and that created more problems for all. One morning Alina came to his room and saw that the man was struggling alone to go to the toilet. He refused to be helped by her. Alina just stood by. She left the door of the toilet opened, to observe him, and to help him if necessary (this is the standard procedure). The man got very angry and used foul language to insult Alina. She just kept calm. He finished and tried to walk back. But he could not lift his legs to climb the bed. Then he said to her: ‘Can’t you help me?’ In a quiet voice Alina said: ‘Sir, you refused my help. You insulted me. Why will I help you now?’ Immediately she said that the man started weeping. Tears were rolling on his face. He started repenting and apologizing. Crying he said: “Jesus, I offended this young nurse. Please have mercy on me. Please touch her heart and bless her…” Alina said that she was surprised at his sudden reaction. Later she discovered that he was given just three months to live. Alina was so happy that in the face of provocation she kept calm and patient with a man who needed just a touch of love. This is a good lesson: be like God: slow to anger and abounding in mercy. You can never go wrong like this. Who knows how much you can bless somebody?
Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh continued preaching about ‘The power of the Gospel’. The sermon today was titled ‘The Doctrine of Incarnation’. Her main text was taken from the Book of Matthew. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus” (Matthew 1:18-25)
Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said that by the leading of the Holy Spirit, we shall glorify the Lord Jesus Christ! This is the true doctrine of Christmas. Jesus is always at the center of everything! Christmas is Christ! Christianity is Christ! We reject the evil spirit of religion that preaches another ‘Christ’, another ‘Gospel’ and has another ‘Spirit’. Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel, the wise men, the shepherds, and all the other people are not the center of Christmas. They are only assisting in ‘the drama’. The heart of Christmas is Christ the Lord! Without Christ there is no Christmas! “Oh, come let us adore Him!”
THE DOCTRINE OF INCARNATION
*The Second Person of the Trinity, God the Son, became incarnate, took upon Himself human nature. He did not become a new personality when He was born. He was still the Second Person of the Holy Trinity but took a human nature upon Himself. He is completely both God and Man! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 2, 14)
*Jesus Christ is the Old Testament Jehovah God. He is the fulfillment of all prophesies in the Old Testament. He has fulfilled at least 350 prophecies. If even 8 out of these are fulfilled, the chance that Jesus is not the fulfilment of prophesies is this: 1 out of 10 at power 17. For example: you cover Texas (or Nigeria) with 1$ coins to be 2 feet deep. You mark one coin and hide it among all others. A blindfolded man is told to walk up and down Texas and find that coin. It is impossible! As it is impossible for the blindfolded man to find that marked coin, so it is impossible to say that Christ is not the Lord. The truth is Christ is the King of kings and the Lord of lords! He came to fulfill all prophesies! Jesus said: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17)
*To believe the incarnation you must believe the doctrine of the Trinity. It is the most difficult and mysterious doctrine of the Bible. You need the revelation of the Holy Spirit to believe it. Anyone who rejects the doctrine of the Trinity is not born again. No human being could have invented this doctrine. It comes straight from the Bible and it is not found anywhere else. It is the most exalted of all doctrines. It is mystery revealed! We cannot understand it, but we can believe it. We should look at it with wonder and worship! There is no explicit statement about this doctrine in the Bible, but it is implied. It does not mean that there are three gods. In both Old and New Testament, the Bible reveals that there is only one God! God, in His innermost nature is one! But He exists in three Persons! The Westminster Confession says: “In the unity of the Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding: the Son is eternally begotten of the Father: the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son”
*This is the truth revealed: the Second Person of the Trinity became flesh. He did not come as an appearance, or as a spirit. He came as a Man, in the flesh. It was a true incarnation. Our Lord was 100% God and 100% Man, not 50-50%! When He was conceived and He was born, He did not become a new personality (like a human baby). He was still the eternal second Person of the Holy Trinity. There was no change in His personality. The baby lying in the manger was the second Person of the Trinity. That is what the Shepherd and the Wise Men saw, with their eyes of faith. Our Lord took His human nature from Mary. He did not bring a special body from heaven. He took the complete human nature, including body, soul, and spirit, from Mary. Therefore, He was truly a Man. He was called ‘the Seed of the woman’. Long ago God prophesied: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Gen 3:15). The Holy Spirit took a cell from Mary and ‘washed’ it from all sin and pollution. This is because Mary was a sinner. Out of that cell, the Holy Spirit made the sinless human nature for the Lord. God did not use Joseph in any form at all. It shows the utter helplessness of man in the things of God. In the work of incarnation, God only used a woman and not a man. God took the woman, the weaker vessel, and made a human nature for His Son. This work was done by the Holy Spirit as He overshadowed Mary. The Angel informed Joseph about this work and Joseph obeyed the angel’s instruction. He too had great faith. Thank God for Joseph! The Word was conceived in the womb of a woman, not after the manner of men, but by the singular, powerful, invisible, immediate operation of the Holy Ghost, whereby a virgin was, beyond the law of nature, enabled to conceive, and that which was originally and completely sanctified. Her pregnancy was by God’s creative power! Halleluiah!
Jesus is the only Savior of sinners. To be our Savior He needed to be a true Man, a sinless Man. He needed to die on our behalf. The incarnation and the Cross was necessary for our salvation. Without a true human nature, He could not have been the descendant of Adam and David, according to the prophecies and He could not have saved us. Everything about our Lord was mysterious. From His conception, birth, life, miracles, teachings, resurrection, and ascension. We may not understand everything, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, we believe! And we are enabled to worship, the Lamb upon the throne! Merry Christmas to you all! God bless you! Worship the Lord!
These humble plants in our garden are healthy and happy. They praise God always. They glitter under the morning dew! They ‘greet’ me each morning. I tell them that they are singing ‘alto’ in the garden’s choir. Let us praise the Lord! “Oh, come, let us sing to the Lord! Give a joyous shout in honor of the Rock of our salvation! Come before Him with thankful hearts. Let us sing Him psalms of praise. For the Lord is a great God, the great King of all gods. He controls the formation of the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains; all are His. He made the sea and formed the land; they too are His. Come, kneel before the Lord our Maker, for He is our God. We are His sheep, and He is our Shepherd. Oh, that you would hear Him calling you today and come to Him!” (Psalm 95:1-7)
I received this beautiful letter from a dear daughter in Christ. May her wish be yours too! This is a good prayer! The worship continues …
“Beautiful Morning Malia, I’m in a season in my life where the Holy Spirit is helping me to appreciate spiritual things more (things money cannot buy; purely the work of the Holy Spirit) in my life and the lives of others. My heart’ desire is that I may see myself and others through the eyes of Jesus Christ, that I may continually yield my members as instruments of righteousness.
“Holy Spirit fill me to overflow in Jesus’ name, Amen!”
Malia, may the Lord fill your heart with more joy, peace, hope that is in Christ alone. May your gaze be singular: on the Lover of your soul. God bless you, Malia!”
(The evening sky above our church, our home. The glory of God!)
These are some of our Children in the church today, praying and worshiping God during the Sunday service. Father’s House Bible Church, Effurun, Warri, Nigeria! Do not look at their little bodies. Their spirits are mighty warriors, rising to heaven in prayer, intercession and true worship. Our Lord said about children: ““Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father” (Matthew 18:10). God bless Nigeria!
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.” … being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus… Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover, the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 1:16, 17; 3:24; 5:18-21; NKJ).
Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said that there are two ‘countries’ or two ‘realms’: Adam and Christ! All men are either in Adam or in Christ. There is no middle ground. In Adam, Sin is king and reigns unto death. In Christ, Grace is King and reigns unto eternal life! You are either under Sin or under Grace! Sin and saving Grace are both positional. In Christ, all are under Grace! Sin is defined as rebellion against God! It is disobedience, breaking God’s law, and worse, breaking God’s heart! It is lawlessness, chaos. Grace is God’s unmerited favor to sinners.
Regarding God’s dealings with men, there are three dispensations:
*The first dispensation is called ‘The Dispensation of the Patriarchs or Ancestors. This applies to God’s dealings with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is described in the Book of Genesis. During this time, God spoke directly to few men. It was a dispensation based on Grace. God choose them according to His sovereign will and promised them unconditional blessings.
*The second dispensation is called ‘The Dispensation of the Law’. After the people of God left Egypt, they came to Mount Sinai and God gave them His laws thru His servant Moses. God added that if they obeyed His laws they shall be blessed. If they disobeyed His laws, they shall be cursed. These laws reveled the character of God, what He loves and what He hates. The laws applied primarily to Israel. There is no other country that God dealt with by giving them His laws.
*The third dispensation is called ‘The dispensation of the Gospel’. The Gospel applies to all men, black or white, male and female, to the end of time. It is the last dispensation until Jesus comes back. It is the good news from heaven, that by the Grace of God, sinners can be saved, because of the sacrifice of God’s Son on the Cross.
What is the function and the power of the Law?
“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:16, 17; NKJ). The Law is the Ten Commandments and other laws given by God to Moses for the people of God. These are all in the Old Testament. Obeying the law leads to blessings. Breaking the law leads to curses. In case of sin, when men broke the law, God required animal sacrifices. Blood needed to be shed for forgiveness and restoration of relationships, with God or between men. This will tell you the power of the law! Blood is shed for restoration! God gave Moses the law so that we know Him, His character, what He likes and what He dislikes. In the past, God made a covenant of grace with Abraham who had faith in God. Four hundred years later, God gave the law thru Moses. The law did not negate the previous covenant of grace and faith. Spiritually, we are people of faith, children of Abraham and not children of Moses.
The Jews misunderstood the purpose of the law. The Jews continued to circumcise their boys (according to the covenant with Abraham) but they assumed that they could become righteous thru obeying the law of Moses. That was their error. The law was not given to save men. The law is not a savior!!! The law has no mercy, no grace, gives no hope, and no faith! But the natural man wants to prove that he can do something about his salvation. This is a great deception. No man can obey the law of God in his power. This is because of the sin factor dwelling in us. Salvation was, and still is, only by grace and thru faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Jews missed it and rejected Christ. Religion is the greatest enemy of grace and faith! This is God’s eternal Word: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Salvation is always thru Jesus Christ, by Grace and thru faith in Him!
THE RELIGIOUS SON AND HIS FATHER (KING GRACE) (Luke 15:25-32)
Most people forget about the religious senior brother. He was even more lost than his prodigal brother. He too is the son of King Grace. Jesus was telling the people this parable because the Pharisees criticized Him for eating with sinners. They hated His joy at the conversion of sinners. The senior brother did all the right things: worked hard, obeyed the Father, did not waste money. He was right outside but rotten inside. He was lost in his own home, better said, inside the church. When the junior brother asked for his inheritance, this brother is strangely silent. He was supposed to intervene and reconcile father and son. But he did not. It was his responsibility to be a family peacemaker. But he refused to do it. This is a sin of omission. “To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). He loves his father and his brother too little to help them before it is too late. That fateful day, he came from the field. He hears music. He is angry that he was not ‘invited’. He asks a servant what is happening. When he hears the story, he gets angry. He was angry at the reconciliation. This proves that he did not pray for his brother. He did not share in his father’s pain. He wanted the junior brother to suffer and pay for his sins, to work as a slave. He does not understand or appreciate Grace. He hates Grace!!! He felt that the party was done by the father spending ‘his money’. He became angry! He accused his brother of spending money with prostitutes. How did he know that? In his imagination he was jealous on his brother’s ‘freedom’ and was lusting after women in his heart, while inside church. He accused his father of being a hard taskmaster and even stingy. He said that he wanted a goat to celebrate, not with the father, but with ‘his friends’ (religious hypocrites like him). He kept the letter of the law but did not kept the law of love. As you can see, both sons wanted only the father’s money and not their father’s God or grace. This describes spiritual religious pride and self-righteousness. People like him misrepresent the Gospel. They are in the church but are not saved. They criticize our freedom and our worship, in the presence of God. The father goes out to plead with his son. The father humiliates himself again. The same day, King Grace humbled himself two times to two different lost sons. This action tells us that Jesus loves even the Pharisees!!! But they do not love Him in return. The parable does not tell us what this son did that day. Jesus is King Grace, and He loves all sinners. Sinner, backslider, King Grace is calling you home! There is joy in heaven when sinners repent. Let us share in this heavenly joy! Let the music start! Grace is King! Worship the Lord!
“But Israel shall be saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; you shall not be ashamed or disgraced forever and ever…The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand” (Isaiah 45:17; NKJ; Psalm 37:23, 24; NLT)
TESTIMONY OF BUILDING A HOUSE More and more brethren in our church buy land and build their own houses in Warri, Effurun (Nigeria) and environs. These are not what you call ‘rich big men (or women)’. They are ‘ordinary’ people (as the world calls them). I testify that they children of God! They are all hard working (both in the church and in their businesses). They are also humble, faithful, and generous (with their efforts, time, and resources). They may ‘hide’ in the crowd but The Holy Spirit locates them. And King Grace blesses them! This is the latest picture sent to me by one of these brothers. We prayed for his land this week and today, he started the foundation. He sent me some pictures thru the inbox. He said: “Good morning Ma! Our God is helping me Malia! I am a testimony! From zero to hero! Praise the Lord!!!!” This testimony is given to the glory of God, to the shame of the devil and for the encouragement of the brethren. To God be all the glory! This is God’s Promise: You shall live in houses that you did not build (with stress and sweat).
DID I NOT TELL YOU THAT EACH EVENING GOD DISPLAYS HIS GLORY IN A NEW WAY? I took this picture yesterday evening from our church’ compound (Effurun/ Warri/ Nigeria). The reason why I take pride in writing the location is for everybody to appreciate the extraordinary love of God for us here, in Effurun/ Warri. Nigeria. I asked some young brethren yesterday ‘This colored sky and clouds, are they over London?’ They thought for a second and answered: ‘No Ma’, they are here, over us, in Effurun/ Warri’ Then they reminded me that ‘Warri no dey carry last’. We laughed… we rejoiced at God’s goodness and glory revealed. For a child of God, life is simple. We do not need millions to be happy. Just remembering who we are in Christ, and how we became who we are in Christ, as we acknowledge King Grace’s work in our lives, we become happy! Money cannot buy this joy and devil cannot steal it. Jesus said: “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (John 15:11). To God be all the glory!