Posted by: admin in: ● December 31, 2015

Mark 10:46-52New International Version (NIV)

Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Thus saith the Lord concerning the year 2016: In the midst of the chaos that has engulfed the earth, my own people that are called by name and bear my mark, shall rejoice. “The journey shall be as smooth as butter”,  He said. Mercy shall be the keyword for 2016. Faith shall be the watchword! Do not play or claim righteousness; for none is righteous except Him. Plead the Blood of Jesus every moment and it will pave way for atonement, deliverance and protection. Come constantly to my presence, dwell therein and find repose and comfort.

Abide with me and in me and I will always attend to your calls and your needs. I will be your God and you shall be my people. I will continue to visit the earth in judgement; that is the reason for my people to dwell with me in the secret place. When I hear the plea of the precious blood of Calvary, I will pass over! Trust in my ability to shield and protect you, believe and you shall not be disappointed.

The world system has crashed and lost its power, now shall the kingdom and reign of the eternal God become evident on earth. Jehovah shall rule in majesty! In the year 2016, I shall be recognized and called by my name, “Jehovah Shalom”. (The Lord God Our Peace) Declare my peace over every troubled water, and it shall listen and heed your command. In times of need, call that name, and it will answer you. Declare peace where there is war, in your home, and in your life. I am the peace that the world needs.

Pray for Vietnam concerning major natural disaster, Pray for America; the enemies are watching for wrong choice of leadership. North and South Korea will need divine intervention. Pray against violent insurrection of the suffering masses across nations of the world. Pray that the mighty and noble will show mercy on the poor and needy. Pray for orphans of war and widows and widowers. Strange epidemics will be prevalent in 2016; pray for God’s mercy! There will be another major breakthrough in space exploration in this new year.

Prophetic Scripture: Psalm 86

Prophetic Song

  1. Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
    The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
  2. Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
    To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.
  3. Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
    On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.
  4. Peace, perfect peace, ’mid suffering’s sharpest throes?
    The sympathy of Jesus breathes repose.
  5. Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
    In Jesus’ keeping we are safe, and they.
  6. Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
    Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.
  7. Peace, perfect peace, death shad’wing us and ours?
    Jesus has vanquished death and all its pow’rs.
  8. It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
    And Jesus calls us to Heav’n’s perfect peace.

Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr., 1875


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.

Author: George Herbert


Posted by: admin in: ● June 1, 2016

A New Earth

A New Earth

Revelation 21King James Version (KJV)

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.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

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.

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.

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.

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.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

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)

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.

And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:

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!

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

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

The shepherd and his flock

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.

Posted by: admin in: ● January 23, 2016

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

For unto us a child is born

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!

31 Days of Gratitude: December 1-31, 2015

Posted by: admin in: ● December 2, 2015

Zion City Ministries invite all people of God to join us in our annual celebration of God’s goodness and mercy. Throughout the month of December, we are all encouraged to maintain an attitude of gratitude. Fasting is not mandatory.


Day 1: Psalm 103

Day 2: Psalm 98

Day 3: Psalm 99

Day 4: Psalm 104

Day 5: Psalm 48

Day 6: Psalm 124

Day 7: Psalm 18

Day 8: Psalm 19

Day 9: Psalm 29

Day 10: Psalm 30

Day 11: Psalm 34

Day 12: Psalm 32

Day 13: Psalm 48

Day 14: Psalm 65

Day 15: Psalm 66

Day 16: Psalm 75

Day 17: Psalm 77

Day 18: Psalm 85

Day 19: Psalm 89

Day 20: Psalm 92

Day 21: Psalm 95

Day 22: Psalm 96

Day 23: Psalm 97

Day 24: Psalm 108

Day 25: Psalm 111

Day 26: Psalm 90

Day 27: Psalm 113

Day 28: Psalm 126

Day 29: Psalm 136

Day 30: Psalm 135

Day 31: Psalm 145


The Magnificent Power of Gratitude By Wemi Opakunle

Posted by: admin in: ● November 24, 2015


The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year. It’s not only a time to celebrate family, friends and tradition but also a time of reflection for most; a time to look back at all that the past year had to offer, both good and “bad”. For a lot of people, this time also draws focus to the things that are missing, the things that have been lost and the things that we’re still waiting for. It’s very easy to lose sight of all that is while yearning for that which is to be.

What’s also easy is telling everyone how much they have to be grateful for, without walking a mile in their shoes. I’ve spoken to so many people who are ready for this year to be over. They have been put through the wringer, they have become pessimistic and they have lost hope. Many have decided to take a rest from the race while others have simply quit altogether –they have no more fight in them.


I once read that “often, the happiest people in the world don’t have the best of everything…they just make the best of everything”. Depending on what your life situation is at this point in time, it may be harder for you than most to find a way to be grateful or to see the silver lining. What nature and specifically the change in seasons teaches us is that there is no such thing as permanence in life. This too will pass. Things change, life changes, you change. It is inevitable.

Sometimes, life can be so challenging that you can’t afford to take things one day at a time, you have to take things one minute at a time. When this is the case, it is an opportunity for you to rise above the reality you’re in. By reaching for gratitude, instead of pain, you have shown that you are stronger than you think you are. I’ve actually found that as soon as I acknowledge that I’m grateful for anything, the load lightens up; I become a little less burdened and a bit more free. I realize that I’m better off than where I started.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

As this holiday season begins, it’s important to take the time to reflect on how far you’ve come in your journey. Take a moment or a few moments to be grateful for the path taken and for the unacknowledged victories. Remember that there is no good or bad experience. Most importantly, accept that each experience is an important piece of the puzzle. Know that each experience serves a purpose to grow and build you. Appreciate it, embrace it, be grateful for it.

ABIDE WITH ME: Henry F. Lyte, 1847

Posted by: admin in: ● November 2, 2015

Abide with me! fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide!
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.


Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.


Come not in terrors, as the King of kings;
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings:
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea;
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.


I need Thy presence every passing hour:a
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, oh, abide with me.


I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless:
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness:
Where is death’s sting? where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

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