Posted by: admin in: ● September 19, 2016
I was recently watching the news on television when suddenly, I was struck with the revelation of the tumultuous state of the world at large. Wars, Disasters and Pestilence have become an every day occurrence. It suddenly dawned on me that all is not well with this universe. As I was trying to calm myself down and rebuke the spirit of panic, I heard the voice that I have grown to recognize as that of the heavenly Father. He said “Don’t you get it? The scripture is being fulfilled before your very eyes”. I was stunned and disheveled, but still hoping to hear more. I did the only thing I knew would bring me perfect peace, I went searching through the source of all knowledge; the Holy Bible.
The first scripture that caught my eyes was the book of Luke 12:54-56. ” And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?” Brethren, is there a possibility that we are very oblivious of what is happening around us? This brings us to another scripture that caught my attention through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Earlier in the same twelfth chapter of the gospel of Luke, Jesus Christ said, ” And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” (verses 39&40) Are we actually in denial of possibilities of a sequence of events preceding the triumphant second coming of the Messiah?
Without arrogating to myself the power to judge anybody, I want to appeal to all people of God to pray without ceasing in these perilous times. Most of us pray for prosperity so much that we forget that our sustenance depends on the world we live in; that is why we have to pray about our earthly home, until the time we transition to our heavenly home where there will be no more wars, destruction, pestilence or death. Nobody wants to intercede for nations, leaders or even causes. If we can use a quarter of the time we use in preaching to stand in the gap for the peace of our earthly abode, we will definitely change the direction of its affairs. We cannot stand aloof and be unperturbed by silent signals of a greater catastrophe. By every definition, it is not well with this universe; where there is war in almost every part of the planet and diseases and pestilence have continuously ravaged communities. Sin and abominations are the trends of this emancipated specie called mankind that has suddenly forgotten that life is a gift from God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ warned us of the danger of not being alert and watchful concerning spiritual matters and truths that are infallible; because they come from the mouth of God. Nothing that comes from His mouth will go back unfulfilled. The book of Luke 17:28 -30 takes us down memory lane, revealing consequences of treating the word of God with levity.
6 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. ”
My greatest wish is that this generation will not become another historical data of those who were not ready for the arrival of the King of kings and Lord of lords. We have to rise and raise awareness about events around us that are pointers to the impending manifestation of Scriptural prophecies. This is the time for the church of God to raise an army of soldiers of Christ who will raise the banners of our God high across all nations, preparing the way for the Lord. We are to pray without ceasing, with great expectation that when the Lion of the tribe Judah shall appear, He will be the appointed bridegroom that has come to meet a worthy bride. The wedding will be heralded by archangels, the angels and other hosts of heaven. Are you ready to be part of this great event? What a glorious day it would be, when we shall all behold His glory with our own bare eyes! Hallelujah.
Posted by: admin in: ● August 18, 2016
Onward, Christian soldiers,
1 Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
leads again the foe;
Forward into battle,
see his banner go!
Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before!
2 At the sign of triumph
Satan’s host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver
at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
loud your anthems raise! [Refrain]
3 Like a mighty army
moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine,
one in charity. [Refrain]
4 Onward, then, ye people,
join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
in the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and honor,
unto Christ the King;
This thro’ countless ages
men and angels sing. [Refrain]
Posted by: admin in: ● July 31, 2016
A new revelation about the identity of Jesus has been my latest obsession. The son of God has earned a lot of adoring names describing His essence; He is Alpha and Omega, Prince of peace, Lion of the tribe of Judah, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Adonai, and many more. In this vast inexhaustible catalogue, I discovered a name that has kept me thinking– The Game Changer. Hmm, interesting! This resonates so much when I consider numerous events and situations in my own life. I was so excited by this revelation that I went down memory lane of other events in the Bible that made me believe and agree that though there is no place in the scriptures where He was actually given this title, there are events to show that He has the power over all things including life and death. In one of John’s spiritual encounters, chronicled as the book of Revelation, he had an encounter with Christ. He (Christ) told him that He lives, was dead and is alive forever more. (Rev 1: 18) Jesus led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men, He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens to fill all things. ( Ephesians 4: 8-10)
The Heavenly Father saw that mankind had lost vision of his purpose on earth; through the burden of sin man came short of the glory of God. He (The Father) sent His only begotten son in whom He was deeply pleased to the earth so that, He (Jesus) would make everything new. There must however be a sacrifice for this new dispensation to be established. The blood of Jesus must be shed in atonement for all sins, including those of our ancestors. Through disobedience, Adam sinned incurring deadly curses upon all flesh. Jesus came to change the game; a new dispensation and a new testament. Old things passed away and all things became new. In Christ Jesus the incredible plan of God to redeem the earth from total destruction was implemented and perfected. This was an unprecedented act of grace.
The whole life of Jesus preceding His death was all about stepping in and stepping up; His presence was all about changing the game. Every where He went, He left a testament of change. Stories in the Bible confirmed how the man of Galilee brought hope, where there was despair and joy where there was sadness. Jesus was the light perpetual in the midst of every dark moment. Through Christ, the love and power of Jehovah was revealed. He came in a form that was reachable by all; yet He had the power to reach where no man could reach. Here are some fantastic examples of how the finger of the son of God turned things around.
The wedding at Cana of Galilee: John 2 (KJV)
2 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
Blind Barthimaeus received his sight: Mark 10: 52
46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
The woman with the issue of blood: Luke 8:43-48 KJV
43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
A woman caught in adultery: John 8: 1-11
Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead: John 11
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
With all the above, what other evidence are we looking for to establish Jesus Christ as the ultimate game changer? We owe Him praise and adoration for changing our destiny. Jesus called us out of darkness into His beautiful light, which continues to shine over the world, impacting all peoples, regardless of color, race or pedigree. His name continues to be a strong and high tower for all who are weary and need rest.
Posted by: admin in: ● June 28, 2016
1 King of glory, King of peace,
I will love thee;
and, that love may never cease,
I will move thee.
Thou hast granted my request,
thou hast heard me;
thou didst note my working breast,
thou hast spared me.
2 Wherefore with my utmost art
I will sing thee,
and the cream of all my heart
I will bring thee.
Though my sins against me cried,
thou didst clear me,
and alone, when they replied,
thou didst hear me.
3 Seven whole days, not one in seven,
I will praise thee;
in my heart, though not in heaven,
I can raise thee.
Small it is, in this poor sort
to enrol thee:
e’en eternity’s too short
to extol thee.
Posted by: admin in: ● June 1, 2016
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
It was a beautiful morning, in my new home in Cuenca, Ecuador. Juan, our amazing, bilingual handyman was putting some finishing touches to a few things around the house. Over the past few weeks, my husband and I have gotten to know Juan and his beautiful wife, Rosa. They both lived in the United States for 20 years and are now back in their native country, Ecuador. Just before getting into the routine of the day, Juan, who has become a part of my new family in Ecuador suddenly asked if I could bring my Bible. I was a bit confused since Juan and I had never discussed religion. He must have read my thoughts because he blurted out, ” I am a Jehovah’s Witness”. Our discussion suddenly focused on the fact that so many so called children of God have abandoned the father, to pour adoration on the son. Interestingly enough, we were in one accord. For a long time, this has been an ongoing battle that I’ve internally struggled with. Why has the name Jehovah become obsolete? What happened to the revelation of His new identity as revealed to Moses in the book of Exodus Chapter Six. (KJV)
6 Then the Lord said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.
2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:
3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.
Juan then opened my parallel English/Spanish Bible, and asked me to read the book of Revelation Chapter 21 verses 1-8. As I was reading, I was secretly claiming the beautiful promises of God for myself. The book of Revelation has always quickened my spirit in a challenging and powerful way. My divinely connected bible study partner broke the silence. He said these words are for now, not in another life time! My heart jolted, the confirmation came; the third verse of Revelation 21 set my whole being ablaze. I received illumination; the light of God set me free instantly. This was not about sect or religious denomination, God was in our midst at that moment revealing the secret things from the throne of heaven!
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Wow! The new Jerusalem is here and now! We are in the new earth and yet we are oblivious of it. Jehovah sent His only son, Jesus Christ to mankind; so that all things would become new. Old things have passed away, through the cleansing by the blood of Jesus. In Christ Jesus, we have redemption; No more pains, sorrow, sickness or weeping. He came to set the captives free. Our Savior is alive and so are we. The sting of death is gone and we have eternal life! Death is defeated and vanquished because we do not fear it. Satan the accuser of brethren has also been indicted by the blood of Jesus.
The son of God is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end; He is the well of life that came to give us the water of life freely. This is the only water that can quench our thirst. When we drink of it, we are satisfied forever. How then did we miss out on this revelation? How do we continue to live in the past holding on to our chains and shackles that were broken thousands of years ago! The answer is evident in verse 8 of Rev 21
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death
Unbelief and all works of flesh have continued to prevent us from entering the new Eden! As long as we are doubtful and walk in sin forsaking the righteousness of Jehovah made available to us through Christ Jesus, we will continue to suffer and burn in the lake of fire and brimstone making the great sacrifice made by Jesus meaningless!
Posted by: admin in: ● May 7, 2016
Sitting at my window every morning, afternoon and evening to perform the routine of taking my daily meals has become a great delight I cannot explain with words. Do I so much love the science of endless consumption of food? No! I am no glutton, yet I love my dinning area so much that I get fixated enjoying the view of the lush valley of green grass directly in front of my window. Living in El Valle, Cuenca, Ecuador has opened my eyes to the dynamics of the love story in Psalm 23. Daily, I watch a life rendition of the unconditional love between the shepherd and his sheep! A reenactment of David the shepherd’s story. Right before my eyes, is the flock of sheep and some cows grazing peacefully on an abundant provision of nutritious pulse. In the middle of the whole setting is the director of affairs — the shepherd. The rod is visible, a stick that is more powerful than its size! The drama now unfolds like any of Shakespeare’s work of creativity; a spectacular play without a formal script.
The shepherd brings in the flock from nowhere to a choice land everyday. Though a short man, he towers over the flock with a commanding persona. His eyes rotate in a 360 degrees watch around the grazing area and from time to time, the gully and raven beyond. Sometimes, he bends down to pick rocks, thorns and brambles along the way. He walks up the hill, far from the herd but yet very close with his sharp gaze looking up and down the valley. The sheep, the cows inclusive are so content and in the moment. The bond of trust between the shepherd and the flock is evident. In the midst of it all, I look around and marvel at the fullness of the earth. Corn field on the left, veggies of all kinds spreading their beautiful leaves in appreciation of the blessings bestowed upon them by the Creator. There is an orchard with diverse fruits towards the left side of this mysterious terrain. All these in one place, brings me to a place of absolute awe of God and His creations. What a mighty God we serve!
Throughout the uneven terrain, the shepherd makes the flock his primary assignment; he is like a soldier on assignment. He directs straying ones back to the flock and guides the whole family to desired areas. Other chores may include protecting the flock from predators, cleaning up the sheds, shearing and many more. This is more than a job, it is indeed a service of compassion and dedication. David the shepherd, psalmist and king of Israel saw it all. He was a shepherd for many years, he was in a position that made him see the compassionate God as a shepherd over His people. Jehovah is a father to all. He cares about our well being and He will go to any length to satisfy us. The Lord is our shepherd, we cannot lack anything, He is our Provider, Healer and Protector. He knows His sheep and His sheep recognize His voice. John 10: 11-14 explains the mystery of a father and a shepherd’s unconditional love.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
Posted by: admin in: ● February 3, 2016
A short but precise word of encouragement by a respected man of God brought back my attention to the second verse of Psalm 91. “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress, my God; in him will I trust.” After reading the sermon, I went over this verse over and over again, then the revelation came; It was like, daughter of Zion, what will you personally say of the Lord? It was such a surreal experience that caught me off guard! I looked up and my heart was filled with love for my heavenly Father; I opened my mouth and words of appreciation started flowing from the depth of my heart. I said ” God I also acknowledge you as my refuge and fortress. You are my very present help in times of trouble, my strength and my shield. Lord you are my provider, my healer and first love. Daddy, you are a friend indeed and in need. I can say that there is none like you! You are my peace and righteousness. Lord you are the mighty One of Zion, the Holy One of Israel; a mighty warrior that is great in battle, the unchanging God that can change any situation. Elohim, you are the Commander of the universe; heaven is your throne, the earth is your foot stool. Eternal Rock of Ages you are the Creator of the universe, you have got the whole world in your hands. Lord you are the musician, I am the dancer, you make the symphony and I listen with delight. At the mention of your name, my heart beats and leaps; the aroma of your presence is so refreshing to me and all I want to do is marinade in it. I love you Lord.”
Now on your side, what will you say of the Lord? Look for at least ten people that you can share God’s goodness with, declare His glory in the congregation of the people of God. Let us magnify our God from house to house, neighborhood to neighborhood, city to city and nation to nation. Let the earth speak of His majesty and power declaring His sovereign rule over all things! Kindly forward this message across nations of the world, let us come together and build a monument of praise for our God! Shalom.
Guest Writer: Wemi Opakunle
For a lot of people, 2015 was a great year. For others, not so much. There were trials and tribulations, heart breaks and let downs. For many, this year could not close out fast enough. I want to tell you something that might help put things in perspective in spite of how you feel about the past 12 months. The universe does not label experiences as good or bad. They just are experiences.
As human beings, we usually have the need to label things. It gives us a better understanding of why things are the way they are. It also helps us find our footing in this world; it helps us understand where we stand in the grand scheme of things.
In spite of our labels and feelings, we have to know that obstacles and challenges are not meant to break us down. It is actually impossible for them to do that. We only think they can because we’ve forgotten who we are. We are children of God, powerful beyond measure. Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing has the power to break us down.
Our experiences —whether we label them good or bad are not happening to us. They are happening through us and for us. They are meant to push us forward and catapult us into the fullness of the amazing human beings we were created to be. Once you change your mindset, your outlook will also change.
You’ll realize that you aren’t a victim of life or circumstance. You’ll start to understand that you are able to handle whatever life throws at you. Over the next few days, take stock of what was and let go. Don’t dwell on the past because life doesn’t dwell on the past. It moves forward — with or without you. Apply what was learned to the present moment and take action to be better; to live to your highest potential.
Accept the end and then begin again.
Posted by: admin in: ● December 24, 2015
Once again, it is that wonderful time of the year! It’s Christmas time and the world at large is commemorating the birth of the Messiah who came to earth in the body of a baby to save us all from eternal damnation. The son of the most high God came to restore our divine inheritance stolen by Satan, in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve lost the crown through disobedience, but Jesus restored the crown and the kingdom through absolute obedience and surrender to the will of His heavenly Father. “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” (John 5:30) As we celebrate and felicitate, here are life changing lessons you can learn from the chief celebrant.
1 Jesus’ birth taught us that gold is found in the dirt. In humble beginning lies greatness.
2 Through Christ we have inherited kingship over all things. We reign with Him in heaven and on earth.
3 We have the spirit of wisdom, counsel and understanding through the son of David.
4 We can never lack peace, because we are in covenant with the Prince of Peace.
5 We are eternal beings through Christ Jesus. Our government has no end.
6 Our inheritance can never be depleted. “All things are yours” (1Corinthians 3: 21)
7 Our lives are divinely ordered by Christ, we are assured of fair judgement and justice in any situation.
8 Jesus came as Jehovah’s gift to mankind; we must become gifts to the world and all people through unconditional love and selfless service.
9 Always be that shining light; remember that the star of Bethlehem led the wise men to the baby king.
10 Jesus is the only perfect example to follow.
11 Worship and adore Jesus, every moment of your life. He is your king and redeemer.
12 Jesus is the reason for the season!