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  • 12 Aug 2018
    WHAT IS FELLOWSHIP? Fellowship means an association of people who share common beliefs, activities and status. It is derived from the word “fellow”, which means belonging to the same class as another. Therefore, having fellowship with God means being in His class! With this definition, I am tempted to ask if we can really have fellowship with God. God's nature differs from ours; His is a nature of Spirit and righteousness. Man, through Adam, lost this nature, acquiring the nature of sin, wickedness and lie. Consequently, natural man cannot have fellowship with God. Nothing of man can have fellowship with God! - Romans 3:10-12, 23; 5:12 (KJV), Psalm 116:11(Rotherham) Now, God’s ways differ from ours. - Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV) Nothing of man can have fellowship with God! But this is the reason God made man, to have fellowship with him. He desires it and so, calls Man to share or partake in His divine nature. - 2 Peter 1:4 (KJV) God can only fellowship with His kind, for which only One person meets the requirement – the Last Adam, Who in reality was prepared and set apart before ever creation began:- Hebrews 10:5 (KJV); - Isaiah 66:2 (KJV) God would execute His plan; He would have fellowship with man! But it has to be through a process: Firstly, this seed of God – Christ – would have to be sown in the hearts of men. - Ezekiel 36:26-27 (KJV), John 1:12-13 (KJV), Colossians 1:27 (KJV), 2 Corinthians 4:7 (KJV)  Secondly, they have to be tried! - Proverbs 17:3 (KJV) There is no good in man; this “treasure” is not of us, it is spirit and cannot mix with our nature just as iron cannot mix with clay. Man is like the “piggy-bank” made of clay but holds metal coins. Christ is the treasure we are the clay. Note that the treasure and the clay are not of the same property. The “treasure” has the nature of God and can fellowship with Him, but not the clay. How can they be separated?   Through the refining furnace. “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” - Isaiah 48:10 (KJV) God chose us from the fire (heat, pain, distressing, discomforting and life-threatening) of affliction (situations and circumstances of our everyday life – our cross.) Our enduring of these situations is His reason for choosing us; meaning, we displease Him and are rejected if we do not endure!   “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” - Hebrews 10:38 (KJV) It is in His plan for us to go through the furnace. “for all things worketh together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose.”  - Romans 8:28 While in God’s fire, the “dross”, the flesh, is broken and separated from the “gold”, Jesus, Who comes to the fore, making the person a new and different person. - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) It’s in the fire that the heart is circumcised and the person comes out “another man.” His attitude and character changes, even his thought and manner of speaking reflect Christ. Moses, an orator (Acts7:22) emerging from God’s refinery, became a stammerer. No one will remain the same after passing through the Refiners Fire. - Galatians 2:20 (KJV) Going through the fire of God, Paul lost everything; yet was not ashamed! He was so proud of his new person; the person he had become that he counted his former person as nothing and his previous achievement as “dung”. - Philippians 3:7-9 (KJV) Part of the things we should discard from ourselves if we are to have fellowship with the Father are in Galatians 5:19-21 A careful observation of the above scripture will reveal that these acts originate from the heart! - Matthew 15:16-20 (KJV) Sin and uncleanness go beyond the act. They are products of the heart and start with thoughts and imaginations! - Luke 6:45 (KJV) And yes, we may not completely block out negative thoughts and imaginations, because the heart of man is wicked, yet we owe God the responsibility of pulling down every thought that does not conform to the word of God!  - 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) Without the cleansing of the heart, one would not be admitted into the place of fellowship, and consequently cannot have fellowship with God!   Every meeting must have a PLACE of meeting. Meeting with the King is always held around the throne. Consequently, meeting with God, the King of Creation must be around His Throne. - Revelation 4:6 (KJV) A transparent and clear place is seen “before” – in front – of God’s Throne! That is the place of meeting! A place we all, the redeemed or ransomed of the Lord shall eventually be after the rapture; worshipping our God, when Jesus would have taken us to the Father as His harvest from the Earth! We, His ministers (flames of fire - Psalm 104:4) will stand on this pure place singing the song of victory, Hallelujah! Revelation 15:2 (KJV)   Note:“Mingled with fire” It is a place no unclean thing can enter! - Isaiah 35:8-9 (KJV), •        - Psalm 24:3-4 (KJV) Only the pure-hearted, clean hands and simple souls, called “fools”, shall go up there; a people without guile in their mouth. “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” - Revelation 14:5 (KJV) That is the true place of worship: the true place of meeting; the place we meet with the Father. Every true Child of God, irrespective of denomination, temporarily goes there, in spirit, during worship! Jesus asked for this and the Father obliged Him. - John 17:24 (KJV)   Beloved, how clean are your hands, your heart and how simple is your soul? These are the combination keys that unlock the door to the place of meeting. Let us search ourselves and get rid of whatever pollutes and whatever makes offence if we really desire fellowship with the Father. “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” - James 1:21 (KJV)    
    251 Posted by Jonathan Ike
  • WHAT IS FELLOWSHIP? Fellowship means an association of people who share common beliefs, activities and status. It is derived from the word “fellow”, which means belonging to the same class as another. Therefore, having fellowship with God means being in His class! With this definition, I am tempted to ask if we can really have fellowship with God. God's nature differs from ours; His is a nature of Spirit and righteousness. Man, through Adam, lost this nature, acquiring the nature of sin, wickedness and lie. Consequently, natural man cannot have fellowship with God. Nothing of man can have fellowship with God! - Romans 3:10-12, 23; 5:12 (KJV), Psalm 116:11(Rotherham) Now, God’s ways differ from ours. - Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV) Nothing of man can have fellowship with God! But this is the reason God made man, to have fellowship with him. He desires it and so, calls Man to share or partake in His divine nature. - 2 Peter 1:4 (KJV) God can only fellowship with His kind, for which only One person meets the requirement – the Last Adam, Who in reality was prepared and set apart before ever creation began:- Hebrews 10:5 (KJV); - Isaiah 66:2 (KJV) God would execute His plan; He would have fellowship with man! But it has to be through a process: Firstly, this seed of God – Christ – would have to be sown in the hearts of men. - Ezekiel 36:26-27 (KJV), John 1:12-13 (KJV), Colossians 1:27 (KJV), 2 Corinthians 4:7 (KJV)  Secondly, they have to be tried! - Proverbs 17:3 (KJV) There is no good in man; this “treasure” is not of us, it is spirit and cannot mix with our nature just as iron cannot mix with clay. Man is like the “piggy-bank” made of clay but holds metal coins. Christ is the treasure we are the clay. Note that the treasure and the clay are not of the same property. The “treasure” has the nature of God and can fellowship with Him, but not the clay. How can they be separated?   Through the refining furnace. “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” - Isaiah 48:10 (KJV) God chose us from the fire (heat, pain, distressing, discomforting and life-threatening) of affliction (situations and circumstances of our everyday life – our cross.) Our enduring of these situations is His reason for choosing us; meaning, we displease Him and are rejected if we do not endure!   “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” - Hebrews 10:38 (KJV) It is in His plan for us to go through the furnace. “for all things worketh together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose.”  - Romans 8:28 While in God’s fire, the “dross”, the flesh, is broken and separated from the “gold”, Jesus, Who comes to the fore, making the person a new and different person. - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) It’s in the fire that the heart is circumcised and the person comes out “another man.” His attitude and character changes, even his thought and manner of speaking reflect Christ. Moses, an orator (Acts7:22) emerging from God’s refinery, became a stammerer. No one will remain the same after passing through the Refiners Fire. - Galatians 2:20 (KJV) Going through the fire of God, Paul lost everything; yet was not ashamed! He was so proud of his new person; the person he had become that he counted his former person as nothing and his previous achievement as “dung”. - Philippians 3:7-9 (KJV) Part of the things we should discard from ourselves if we are to have fellowship with the Father are in Galatians 5:19-21 A careful observation of the above scripture will reveal that these acts originate from the heart! - Matthew 15:16-20 (KJV) Sin and uncleanness go beyond the act. They are products of the heart and start with thoughts and imaginations! - Luke 6:45 (KJV) And yes, we may not completely block out negative thoughts and imaginations, because the heart of man is wicked, yet we owe God the responsibility of pulling down every thought that does not conform to the word of God!  - 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) Without the cleansing of the heart, one would not be admitted into the place of fellowship, and consequently cannot have fellowship with God!   Every meeting must have a PLACE of meeting. Meeting with the King is always held around the throne. Consequently, meeting with God, the King of Creation must be around His Throne. - Revelation 4:6 (KJV) A transparent and clear place is seen “before” – in front – of God’s Throne! That is the place of meeting! A place we all, the redeemed or ransomed of the Lord shall eventually be after the rapture; worshipping our God, when Jesus would have taken us to the Father as His harvest from the Earth! We, His ministers (flames of fire - Psalm 104:4) will stand on this pure place singing the song of victory, Hallelujah! Revelation 15:2 (KJV)   Note:“Mingled with fire” It is a place no unclean thing can enter! - Isaiah 35:8-9 (KJV), •        - Psalm 24:3-4 (KJV) Only the pure-hearted, clean hands and simple souls, called “fools”, shall go up there; a people without guile in their mouth. “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” - Revelation 14:5 (KJV) That is the true place of worship: the true place of meeting; the place we meet with the Father. Every true Child of God, irrespective of denomination, temporarily goes there, in spirit, during worship! Jesus asked for this and the Father obliged Him. - John 17:24 (KJV)   Beloved, how clean are your hands, your heart and how simple is your soul? These are the combination keys that unlock the door to the place of meeting. Let us search ourselves and get rid of whatever pollutes and whatever makes offence if we really desire fellowship with the Father. “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” - James 1:21 (KJV)    
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  • 09 Feb 2018
    THE MESSENGER     “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:1-6 (KJV)   John begins by telling us about the messenger, the person who brings the message. He says many false prophets have gone out into the world. Prophets profess! They speak There is a spirit behind words or messages spoken. He tells us to examine, look closer, deeper, at the prophets to know or discern the driving force beneath their “professing”. We are not asked to believe the prophets but the spirit. Not just what they say, but the spirit or power that inspires or propels such words.   In Acts 16:   “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.” - Acts 16:16-17 (KJV)   A young slave girl followed Paul and Silas, saying “good and God-sounding things”, but the spirit behind her message was evil! NO MATTER HOW GOOD A THING MAY BE OR SOUND, IF THE SPIRIT BEHIND IT IS EVIL THE THING IS EVIL!!!   PREACHING IS NOT ENOUGH!!! We need to look behind or beneath the message to know what inspires it!   (a) Does the Messenger acknowledge That Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, and is the Son of God?   “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” - 1 John 4:2-3 (KJV)   “They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” - 1 John 4:5-6 (KJV)   “Confessing” in the New Testament means more than just speaking but goes beyond to establish and confirm the thing spoken by testimony. Some Ministers have denied the Deity of Jesus unknowingly, by claiming to be of some “divine birth”, being anointed before accepting Christ! I can hear Simon the sorcerer claiming same!!! And the seven sons of Sceva before God exposed them!!! It is not the miracles done, what do they believe? Belief dwells in the heart, in the deep recess of the being, the fountain of Living waters; from where the Spirit flows. What do they believe? On the surface this won’t show (deception), but through the microscope of the Holy Spirit, it can be perceived! (1 Cor 2:10)   “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” - Rev 12:11 (KJV)   WORD, not words! Confessing means to “declare”; to speak or say something: one thing, a “testimony” (not testimonies), a life-time investment, what you believe and are ready to defend or die for. The first rule of discipleship is to defend the Faith!   (b) Does the Messenger or Minister convince people of Jesus Christ? He should point or lead people to Christ, not to himself!   “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” - Matt 24:5 (KJV)   Today, we advertise ourselves: how wonderful and eloquent we are, where we have been, and people we have met or have in our circle of friends. The mention of Jesus in messages has become more of reference than The Subject. Paul says “we preach Christ.”   “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness.” - 1 Cor 1:23 (KJV)   (c) Does the Messenger confirm or establish the minds of people in Christ? He should deepen the root of his hearers in Christ by giving them hope and peace in Christ and in His word.   “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” - Col 2:7 (KJV)   The Messenger of God should make people know their hopelessness without Christ. There is a false hope given to the people today; “WHAT YOU CAN CONCIEVE YOU CAN ACHIEVE THROUGH A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE!” This sounds good! But it is half Truth and so is not of God! This makes people believe in themselves and in their ability, not In God, Christ or His word! There is absolutely nothing of God in that teaching, which was exactly the same preaching Nimrod gave the people to make them build the Tower! Did they conceive the idea? Yes! Did they build? Yes! Was it of God? No! That was why He scattered it. A false hope is only but for a moment! Enduring hope can only be in God, not in man!   “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” - Jer 17:5-7 (KJV)   (d) Does the Minister or Messenger stir in his hearers, higher and more noble thoughts of Jesus than they used to? He should encourage people to love Jesus more and trust Him more; even through his own life style. Is the messenger a person of integrity? When people see the messenger, do they glorify the name of the Lord or do they loathe “the God” of this messenger?   “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” - Matt 5:16 (KJV)   Like sensitive children would look at and study a person closely before accepting a gift, we should test the spirits driving the messenger before accepting his “gift”.     To be continued.            
    333 Posted by Jonathan Ike
  • THE MESSENGER     “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” 1 John 4:1-6 (KJV)   John begins by telling us about the messenger, the person who brings the message. He says many false prophets have gone out into the world. Prophets profess! They speak There is a spirit behind words or messages spoken. He tells us to examine, look closer, deeper, at the prophets to know or discern the driving force beneath their “professing”. We are not asked to believe the prophets but the spirit. Not just what they say, but the spirit or power that inspires or propels such words.   In Acts 16:   “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.” - Acts 16:16-17 (KJV)   A young slave girl followed Paul and Silas, saying “good and God-sounding things”, but the spirit behind her message was evil! NO MATTER HOW GOOD A THING MAY BE OR SOUND, IF THE SPIRIT BEHIND IT IS EVIL THE THING IS EVIL!!!   PREACHING IS NOT ENOUGH!!! We need to look behind or beneath the message to know what inspires it!   (a) Does the Messenger acknowledge That Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, and is the Son of God?   “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” - 1 John 4:2-3 (KJV)   “They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” - 1 John 4:5-6 (KJV)   “Confessing” in the New Testament means more than just speaking but goes beyond to establish and confirm the thing spoken by testimony. Some Ministers have denied the Deity of Jesus unknowingly, by claiming to be of some “divine birth”, being anointed before accepting Christ! I can hear Simon the sorcerer claiming same!!! And the seven sons of Sceva before God exposed them!!! It is not the miracles done, what do they believe? Belief dwells in the heart, in the deep recess of the being, the fountain of Living waters; from where the Spirit flows. What do they believe? On the surface this won’t show (deception), but through the microscope of the Holy Spirit, it can be perceived! (1 Cor 2:10)   “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” - Rev 12:11 (KJV)   WORD, not words! Confessing means to “declare”; to speak or say something: one thing, a “testimony” (not testimonies), a life-time investment, what you believe and are ready to defend or die for. The first rule of discipleship is to defend the Faith!   (b) Does the Messenger or Minister convince people of Jesus Christ? He should point or lead people to Christ, not to himself!   “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” - Matt 24:5 (KJV)   Today, we advertise ourselves: how wonderful and eloquent we are, where we have been, and people we have met or have in our circle of friends. The mention of Jesus in messages has become more of reference than The Subject. Paul says “we preach Christ.”   “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness.” - 1 Cor 1:23 (KJV)   (c) Does the Messenger confirm or establish the minds of people in Christ? He should deepen the root of his hearers in Christ by giving them hope and peace in Christ and in His word.   “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” - Col 2:7 (KJV)   The Messenger of God should make people know their hopelessness without Christ. There is a false hope given to the people today; “WHAT YOU CAN CONCIEVE YOU CAN ACHIEVE THROUGH A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE!” This sounds good! But it is half Truth and so is not of God! This makes people believe in themselves and in their ability, not In God, Christ or His word! There is absolutely nothing of God in that teaching, which was exactly the same preaching Nimrod gave the people to make them build the Tower! Did they conceive the idea? Yes! Did they build? Yes! Was it of God? No! That was why He scattered it. A false hope is only but for a moment! Enduring hope can only be in God, not in man!   “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” - Jer 17:5-7 (KJV)   (d) Does the Minister or Messenger stir in his hearers, higher and more noble thoughts of Jesus than they used to? He should encourage people to love Jesus more and trust Him more; even through his own life style. Is the messenger a person of integrity? When people see the messenger, do they glorify the name of the Lord or do they loathe “the God” of this messenger?   “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” - Matt 5:16 (KJV)   Like sensitive children would look at and study a person closely before accepting a gift, we should test the spirits driving the messenger before accepting his “gift”.     To be continued.            
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  • 13 Nov 2017
    Journey through hell 3 .….. continued from “A JOURNEY THROUGH HELL 2” She claimed to have heard. On the children’s education, she admitted her husband asked her to bring them back to school. Yet she kept them away through out the term. The women of the Church had their programme. Prior to that they met, planned and rehearsed as all activities of the day would be handled by them. But, here came Judith’s daughter wanting to lead praise and worship! My wife stopped her, she was just a girl of twelve, meanwhile three women were scheduled to take it. Because of this the girl refused to lead praise on the next service day when called; even when the brother told her I called her to lead; she shook her head. This happened in Church, just after the opening prayer! We later found out it was her mother’s advice she acted upon. I felt a churning in my stomach; God was grieved. “And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.” – Rev. 10:10. Rebellion is one spirit I know God does not tolerate. Before going into the Word I told her that God was grieved by her action, which was an open and glaring rebellion. She has been barred for a while from coming up the altar. Image result for satan's rebellion Meanwhile, her brother who also had been cautioned severally before, kept walking up and down, from the drums at the altar to the pew, out of the hall of service, and back again. What was he doing? He was attending his phone! I could be very patient: even to a fault. But I could not contain it anymore. I barred him from the drums after reminding him of previous warnings. There has to be orderliness in the house of God. Though we trust God for souls into His house, certain practices should not be encouraged. Moreover, warnings had been given. God is no respecter of persons. The same God that sent Moses ambushed him to kill him. “And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.” – Exodus 4:24 His standards must not be compromised. Judith and her family stopped coming to Church . This was when her real nature surfaced! She gathered a little group of people in the small community and they went round sowing seeds of hatred in the hearts of the members of the community; all based on lies! Those that made up her little group were parents that had brought her report to us earlier. She went to them claiming we were responsible for what she did! They went further to teachers, said some untrue and unkind things about us, making some disrespectful to my wife and leaving eventually! We began to understand how an Angel could sow evil seed, and pollute one-third of Angels in heaven! Sowing seeds of discord Sowing seeds of discord is another thing that God hates; it is even an abomination! “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” – Proverbs 6:16-19 We became short of teachers, and consequently forced to combine classes. We made contacts for teachers. They will come, attend interview, given appointment but will fail to resume! Judith was at work! Image result for ambush “ For the wicked have strung their bows, drawn their arrows tight against the bowstrings, and aimed from ambush at the people of God” – Psalm 11:2 TLB This time she and her group suspecting anyone entering our premises to be a teacher, would go wait for them at the entry of the community (the teachers came from outside the community). Their minds would be poisoned making them not to come back! …… continued in https://jimout2002a.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/a-journey-through-hell-4/
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  • Journey through hell 3 .….. continued from “A JOURNEY THROUGH HELL 2” She claimed to have heard. On the children’s education, she admitted her husband asked her to bring them back to school. Yet she kept them away through out the term. The women of the Church had their programme. Prior to that they met, planned and rehearsed as all activities of the day would be handled by them. But, here came Judith’s daughter wanting to lead praise and worship! My wife stopped her, she was just a girl of twelve, meanwhile three women were scheduled to take it. Because of this the girl refused to lead praise on the next service day when called; even when the brother told her I called her to lead; she shook her head. This happened in Church, just after the opening prayer! We later found out it was her mother’s advice she acted upon. I felt a churning in my stomach; God was grieved. “And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.” – Rev. 10:10. Rebellion is one spirit I know God does not tolerate. Before going into the Word I told her that God was grieved by her action, which was an open and glaring rebellion. She has been barred for a while from coming up the altar. Image result for satan's rebellion Meanwhile, her brother who also had been cautioned severally before, kept walking up and down, from the drums at the altar to the pew, out of the hall of service, and back again. What was he doing? He was attending his phone! I could be very patient: even to a fault. But I could not contain it anymore. I barred him from the drums after reminding him of previous warnings. There has to be orderliness in the house of God. Though we trust God for souls into His house, certain practices should not be encouraged. Moreover, warnings had been given. God is no respecter of persons. The same God that sent Moses ambushed him to kill him. “And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.” – Exodus 4:24 His standards must not be compromised. Judith and her family stopped coming to Church . This was when her real nature surfaced! She gathered a little group of people in the small community and they went round sowing seeds of hatred in the hearts of the members of the community; all based on lies! Those that made up her little group were parents that had brought her report to us earlier. She went to them claiming we were responsible for what she did! They went further to teachers, said some untrue and unkind things about us, making some disrespectful to my wife and leaving eventually! We began to understand how an Angel could sow evil seed, and pollute one-third of Angels in heaven! Sowing seeds of discord Sowing seeds of discord is another thing that God hates; it is even an abomination! “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” – Proverbs 6:16-19 We became short of teachers, and consequently forced to combine classes. We made contacts for teachers. They will come, attend interview, given appointment but will fail to resume! Judith was at work! Image result for ambush “ For the wicked have strung their bows, drawn their arrows tight against the bowstrings, and aimed from ambush at the people of God” – Psalm 11:2 TLB This time she and her group suspecting anyone entering our premises to be a teacher, would go wait for them at the entry of the community (the teachers came from outside the community). Their minds would be poisoned making them not to come back! …… continued in https://jimout2002a.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/a-journey-through-hell-4/
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  • 03 Nov 2017
    I struggled whether or not to publish this article. After one year I finally made up my mind to have it published. Be blessed as you thank the Lord with us. The time was 10:15pm on the 9th day of October, 2016, and I was speechless. Meanwhile, my wife laughed until we got home. We were both uncomfortable after the "okada" (motorcycle) rider miscalculated in the flood and like a tipper would tip sand off its bucket or tray, the okada's front wheel lifted off the ground. Thankfully to God, our feet were firmly on the ground before we could be "tipped" in the muddy water. There we were, standing in the pool of water that reached just below the knee. That was what made me speechless. I couldn't curse, scream, laugh or cry; I think I was simply dumbfounded! But, you may wonder, where we were coming from at that time? We were returning home to Magbon, close to Badagry, from Dansol High School Agidingbi, Ikeja for a fund-raising concert, jointly organized by Church Music Network (CMN) and Dansol Christian Mission; and hosted by Daddy and Mummy Akinyemiju. The evening started with an opening prayer followed by a session of soft gospel songs by Church Music Network (CMN) musicians. All the songs ministered were theirs: original compositions; awesome songs! No doubt the group under the leadership of amiable Pastor Lanre Oyeneye, is set to change the face of gospel music, not only in Nigeria but beyond. The gala night was to raise funds for the Magbon charity school building project. A brief history about the building project was given by the President of Dansol Christian Mission, Mrs Adun Akinyemiju. She narrated how three years ago (now four), Dansol Schools visited our mission station at Magbon, where the Lord sent us to work for Him. My wife and I pastor an Assembly of Christian believers, STONES OF FIRE BIBLE CHURCH, and run a purely Christian school, MAVIZZION SCHOOLS, which caught the attention of Mrs Akinyemiju, a God-fearing woman with a passion both for missions and the provision of high quality education to the poor and less privileged.                     Okoagbonla, precisely where the Lord sent us, is a small river Rhine community off Magbon Town in Badagry Local Government Area of Lagos State. The town as a whole, as at the time of this write-up, does not have a Government School: Primary or Secondary. To fill this gap and meet the need for quality education, Private schools were established. However, at Okoagbonla community, now a CDA, there was no school; Government or Private. At the bushy end of this community, close to the lagoon is where the mission field is cited. Some Dansol students at the foundation laying.   As missionaries, we were sent to give to the children of this community, the opportunity for a qualitative education whilst pointing them to the Lord Jesus Christ. This was certainly beyond us! We knew we could not do it all by ourselves; like Jonah we fled from Okoagbonla and went back to the city, with the accompanying comfort. We did not want to be in the bush! Away from the city and civilization? And what more, a water-locked bush with reptiles and wild animals? Nevertheless, the Lord's will shall be done, not ours, so after over three months, we came back to Okoagbonla. It has not been easy, especially with the absence of good water, drainage and good road. The first time the students and staff of Dansol Schools (Dansol Missions) visited three years ago (now four) and saw the school in the bush; the classrooms, and the joy with which the children learn despite the harsh environment, they promised to help. That day they came with clothes, school bags, exercise books, shoes and water bottles as charity to our pupils. Dansol Missions took up erecting an "n" shaped building (pardon my description I'm not a builder). They tasked themselves, gave sacrificially, brought in an Engineer, Pastor Adebayo, a Missionary that offered his service free as his contribution to the work of God. One night the community was roused awake with the sound of trailers bringing in materials for the work as some items could not be brought in the day because of the "omoniles" - land owners (?), who charge money on every truck bringing in building material. The earth shook with the sound of the vehicles. [gallery ids="1351,1352" type="rectangular"] Dansol charity project Magbon. The work so far. Tons and tons of granite, tippers of filling and sharp sands, hundreds of bags of cement, tons and tons of iron rods, sheets upon sheets of various planks, etc, and three years later, the difference is clearly visible. A three-plank deep foundation was cast, a thick layer of German-floor was made after the matting, before thousands of nine-inch blocks were brought in and laid on the foundation. No language could adequately describe the excitement of the children who do not fail to pray for the students, staff, parents and management of Dansol Schools. The building project was at Iintel level as at the time of the concert and the writing of this article. We, my wife and I, have tasted and seen that indeed God is good and true to His word that He would raise helpers if we are willing and obedient to forget about ourselves, our comfort and do His will. Our heart-felt and sincere prayer for Dansol students remain that God would uphold and keep them as Living Stones wherever they may find themselves. For the good heart of Pastor Oyeneye and the entire CMN that thought up the concert, may God cause men to remember them for good and take them to higher heights. For Daddy and Mummy Akinyemiju, God has made them pillars in His house, may they continue to enjoy the strength and joy of the Lord. I believe sincerely that they would finish this race strong. On behalf of Mavizzion Schools, we say thank you Sir; thank you Ma. For the entire members of Dansol Mission, we may not know you all by name; but God knows you. He will raise helpers for you and establish your going out and your coming in. In the Name of Jesus. May the joy of the Lord fill the hearts of every partner in this project. In the matchless Name of Jesus. Amen.
    374 Posted by Jonathan Ike
  • I struggled whether or not to publish this article. After one year I finally made up my mind to have it published. Be blessed as you thank the Lord with us. The time was 10:15pm on the 9th day of October, 2016, and I was speechless. Meanwhile, my wife laughed until we got home. We were both uncomfortable after the "okada" (motorcycle) rider miscalculated in the flood and like a tipper would tip sand off its bucket or tray, the okada's front wheel lifted off the ground. Thankfully to God, our feet were firmly on the ground before we could be "tipped" in the muddy water. There we were, standing in the pool of water that reached just below the knee. That was what made me speechless. I couldn't curse, scream, laugh or cry; I think I was simply dumbfounded! But, you may wonder, where we were coming from at that time? We were returning home to Magbon, close to Badagry, from Dansol High School Agidingbi, Ikeja for a fund-raising concert, jointly organized by Church Music Network (CMN) and Dansol Christian Mission; and hosted by Daddy and Mummy Akinyemiju. The evening started with an opening prayer followed by a session of soft gospel songs by Church Music Network (CMN) musicians. All the songs ministered were theirs: original compositions; awesome songs! No doubt the group under the leadership of amiable Pastor Lanre Oyeneye, is set to change the face of gospel music, not only in Nigeria but beyond. The gala night was to raise funds for the Magbon charity school building project. A brief history about the building project was given by the President of Dansol Christian Mission, Mrs Adun Akinyemiju. She narrated how three years ago (now four), Dansol Schools visited our mission station at Magbon, where the Lord sent us to work for Him. My wife and I pastor an Assembly of Christian believers, STONES OF FIRE BIBLE CHURCH, and run a purely Christian school, MAVIZZION SCHOOLS, which caught the attention of Mrs Akinyemiju, a God-fearing woman with a passion both for missions and the provision of high quality education to the poor and less privileged.                     Okoagbonla, precisely where the Lord sent us, is a small river Rhine community off Magbon Town in Badagry Local Government Area of Lagos State. The town as a whole, as at the time of this write-up, does not have a Government School: Primary or Secondary. To fill this gap and meet the need for quality education, Private schools were established. However, at Okoagbonla community, now a CDA, there was no school; Government or Private. At the bushy end of this community, close to the lagoon is where the mission field is cited. Some Dansol students at the foundation laying.   As missionaries, we were sent to give to the children of this community, the opportunity for a qualitative education whilst pointing them to the Lord Jesus Christ. This was certainly beyond us! We knew we could not do it all by ourselves; like Jonah we fled from Okoagbonla and went back to the city, with the accompanying comfort. We did not want to be in the bush! Away from the city and civilization? And what more, a water-locked bush with reptiles and wild animals? Nevertheless, the Lord's will shall be done, not ours, so after over three months, we came back to Okoagbonla. It has not been easy, especially with the absence of good water, drainage and good road. The first time the students and staff of Dansol Schools (Dansol Missions) visited three years ago (now four) and saw the school in the bush; the classrooms, and the joy with which the children learn despite the harsh environment, they promised to help. That day they came with clothes, school bags, exercise books, shoes and water bottles as charity to our pupils. Dansol Missions took up erecting an "n" shaped building (pardon my description I'm not a builder). They tasked themselves, gave sacrificially, brought in an Engineer, Pastor Adebayo, a Missionary that offered his service free as his contribution to the work of God. One night the community was roused awake with the sound of trailers bringing in materials for the work as some items could not be brought in the day because of the "omoniles" - land owners (?), who charge money on every truck bringing in building material. The earth shook with the sound of the vehicles. [gallery ids="1351,1352" type="rectangular"] Dansol charity project Magbon. The work so far. Tons and tons of granite, tippers of filling and sharp sands, hundreds of bags of cement, tons and tons of iron rods, sheets upon sheets of various planks, etc, and three years later, the difference is clearly visible. A three-plank deep foundation was cast, a thick layer of German-floor was made after the matting, before thousands of nine-inch blocks were brought in and laid on the foundation. No language could adequately describe the excitement of the children who do not fail to pray for the students, staff, parents and management of Dansol Schools. The building project was at Iintel level as at the time of the concert and the writing of this article. We, my wife and I, have tasted and seen that indeed God is good and true to His word that He would raise helpers if we are willing and obedient to forget about ourselves, our comfort and do His will. Our heart-felt and sincere prayer for Dansol students remain that God would uphold and keep them as Living Stones wherever they may find themselves. For the good heart of Pastor Oyeneye and the entire CMN that thought up the concert, may God cause men to remember them for good and take them to higher heights. For Daddy and Mummy Akinyemiju, God has made them pillars in His house, may they continue to enjoy the strength and joy of the Lord. I believe sincerely that they would finish this race strong. On behalf of Mavizzion Schools, we say thank you Sir; thank you Ma. For the entire members of Dansol Mission, we may not know you all by name; but God knows you. He will raise helpers for you and establish your going out and your coming in. In the Name of Jesus. May the joy of the Lord fill the hearts of every partner in this project. In the matchless Name of Jesus. Amen.
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  • 03 Nov 2017
    ​ ..... continued from A JOURNEY THROUGH HELL We were thrilled when he had a job prospect with a motor company (whose name I will not give for discretion). However he needed a surety! Due to the relationship, he came to me when no one was willing to help. Sometimes missionaries get blinded to the voice of reason, just because they believe God for a soul. I stuck my head out for Benjamin and signed a surety with the motor company to the tune of two million Naira! My wife was like, "what have you done?" Though he used to send his tithe to Church, he seldom came to service despite all we tried, so I sent a message through the wife that he should stop sending the tithe; that the Lord is more interested in him than the money. We continued to believe God to touch the heart of the couple when the instruction came, to relieve her of her school work! Ah me! How can I do that? It is a hard decision for me! This was someone who though I discourage it, called me "daddy!"  I began to imagine the anger against Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe's "Things fall apart", who beheaded Ikemefuna, a boy that called him "nna" (father). How would I tell people in that community that God is love? Would they not ask me "which God? That God that asked you to sack a woman from her job thereby taking away her meal ticket?" How do I defend the gospel? But the Master of masters has given His instruction. Obey or disobey! ​ I know if Brother Isaiah was here he would say "don't be lead by your emotions. Let the Spirit lead you". "And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked." - Isaiah 11:3-4 I wondered what I would have done if I was with them in the wilderness, and as member of the tribe of Levi, when Moses gave the instruction to go into the camp and slay everyone his brethren! Sometimes God pokes at our emotion to test our maturity and obedience. Undoubtedly, God loves her more than anyone could ever do. There has to be a reason! Of course, God is not One to always give you reasons why He does what He does. He answers to no man, rather we all answer to Him. "Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?" (Job 9:12). Experience has taught me however that God does not go into a debate. Promptly, I called my wife, asked her to call Judith and to come with her to the office. Calmly as I could, I broke the news to her. It was not an easy thing to do! If asked I would say this so far, is the most difficult message I had ever delivered! She pleaded and even sent people to plead on her behalf. I was torn between obedience to God and compassionate care for Judith, a sister in the Lord! ​ For days I queried God: "why me? Why bring her to us in Church when you will ask me to fire her from the school?" We tried encouraging her with the word of God. But how do you encourage someone you just fired? The only encouragement she expected was that we give her back her job! Like Shakespeare said, "there is no art to find the mind's construction in the face." (Macbeth - the book) Indeed only God knows the thoughts and intents of every heart. "I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings." - Jer 17:10 (KJV) While thinking good of others, only God knows what thoughts they have for you. That was what distressed David more than the rebellion of Absalom. While she continued to come to Church, as usual, her attitude began to change. She had withdrawn her children from school, and now began a campaign against my wife and the school! Believing to be her pastor, I went to her and counseled her not to involve her children, by turning them against her perceived enemy. I cited instances from both  the bible and in this modern days, how God reinstated people who humbled themselves: that God alone knew why He asked me to relieve her of the job. That rather than go to people and discredit my wife and school, she should go to God in prayer. I believed God wanted to do something in her life, she should go to Him. She claimed to have heard. On the children's school, she admitted her husband asked her to bring them back to school. Yet she kept them away through out the term.   ..... to be continued.
    281 Posted by Jonathan Ike
  • ​ ..... continued from A JOURNEY THROUGH HELL We were thrilled when he had a job prospect with a motor company (whose name I will not give for discretion). However he needed a surety! Due to the relationship, he came to me when no one was willing to help. Sometimes missionaries get blinded to the voice of reason, just because they believe God for a soul. I stuck my head out for Benjamin and signed a surety with the motor company to the tune of two million Naira! My wife was like, "what have you done?" Though he used to send his tithe to Church, he seldom came to service despite all we tried, so I sent a message through the wife that he should stop sending the tithe; that the Lord is more interested in him than the money. We continued to believe God to touch the heart of the couple when the instruction came, to relieve her of her school work! Ah me! How can I do that? It is a hard decision for me! This was someone who though I discourage it, called me "daddy!"  I began to imagine the anger against Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe's "Things fall apart", who beheaded Ikemefuna, a boy that called him "nna" (father). How would I tell people in that community that God is love? Would they not ask me "which God? That God that asked you to sack a woman from her job thereby taking away her meal ticket?" How do I defend the gospel? But the Master of masters has given His instruction. Obey or disobey! ​ I know if Brother Isaiah was here he would say "don't be lead by your emotions. Let the Spirit lead you". "And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked." - Isaiah 11:3-4 I wondered what I would have done if I was with them in the wilderness, and as member of the tribe of Levi, when Moses gave the instruction to go into the camp and slay everyone his brethren! Sometimes God pokes at our emotion to test our maturity and obedience. Undoubtedly, God loves her more than anyone could ever do. There has to be a reason! Of course, God is not One to always give you reasons why He does what He does. He answers to no man, rather we all answer to Him. "Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?" (Job 9:12). Experience has taught me however that God does not go into a debate. Promptly, I called my wife, asked her to call Judith and to come with her to the office. Calmly as I could, I broke the news to her. It was not an easy thing to do! If asked I would say this so far, is the most difficult message I had ever delivered! She pleaded and even sent people to plead on her behalf. I was torn between obedience to God and compassionate care for Judith, a sister in the Lord! ​ For days I queried God: "why me? Why bring her to us in Church when you will ask me to fire her from the school?" We tried encouraging her with the word of God. But how do you encourage someone you just fired? The only encouragement she expected was that we give her back her job! Like Shakespeare said, "there is no art to find the mind's construction in the face." (Macbeth - the book) Indeed only God knows the thoughts and intents of every heart. "I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings." - Jer 17:10 (KJV) While thinking good of others, only God knows what thoughts they have for you. That was what distressed David more than the rebellion of Absalom. While she continued to come to Church, as usual, her attitude began to change. She had withdrawn her children from school, and now began a campaign against my wife and the school! Believing to be her pastor, I went to her and counseled her not to involve her children, by turning them against her perceived enemy. I cited instances from both  the bible and in this modern days, how God reinstated people who humbled themselves: that God alone knew why He asked me to relieve her of the job. That rather than go to people and discredit my wife and school, she should go to God in prayer. I believed God wanted to do something in her life, she should go to Him. She claimed to have heard. On the children's school, she admitted her husband asked her to bring them back to school. Yet she kept them away through out the term.   ..... to be continued.
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  • 03 Nov 2017
    ​ Serving as a missionary is perhaps one of the most difficult part of Ministry. Having served in the city as a pastor, and serving now as a missionary, I can tell the difference! In the city, you are in the midst of fairly civilized people, if they are not. You have people who understand ministry and ministers; a mixture of people which includes those that will accuse the minister and those that will defend him. It is not always so in a small community in the outskirts of the city, where most are unlearned and under exposed! They only want to accuse you! It is tough! The journey started when the Lord asked me to relieve a woman of her duty in the school. For discretion, I will call her Judith. My wife and I, to the glory of God, run a school where Judith worked with us as a teacher. She and her family had joined us in Church. She used to come sweep and arrange the Church on service days, yet would not come till toward the end of the message; if she manages to come. Every month end, the Church gave her a stipend to assist her. ​ We took Judith and her family as part of ours: not just as Church family but as our own family. We opened our doors completely to them; even gave our keys to them! The bonding was there to the extent we exchanged meals, the children stayed with us a couple of days when their parents traveled. Though not a qualified teacher, my wife picked her as she had no job, to come assist in the school as a way of further helping her: at the end of every month she would earn a salary. We believe there is a lot of confidence in what you earn than in what you are given. My wife groomed her and constantly monitored both her and what she taught the children; for she was given the kindergarten class. In Church, she was not frequent, but we believed God to touch her as He touched the children. The eldest, a boy, in the secondary school, learnt to play the drums and the second, a girl, God groomed and blessed with the gift of leading praise. Apart from the eldest, the rest of Judith's children schooled with us. Their father, we will for this writing call Benjamin, used to drive a commercial bus, but was not making ends meet. ​ We were thrilled when he had a job prospect with a motor company (whose name I will not give for discretion). However he needed a surety! Due to the relationship, he came to me when no one was willing to help.   ..... to be continued.
    269 Posted by Jonathan Ike
  • ​ Serving as a missionary is perhaps one of the most difficult part of Ministry. Having served in the city as a pastor, and serving now as a missionary, I can tell the difference! In the city, you are in the midst of fairly civilized people, if they are not. You have people who understand ministry and ministers; a mixture of people which includes those that will accuse the minister and those that will defend him. It is not always so in a small community in the outskirts of the city, where most are unlearned and under exposed! They only want to accuse you! It is tough! The journey started when the Lord asked me to relieve a woman of her duty in the school. For discretion, I will call her Judith. My wife and I, to the glory of God, run a school where Judith worked with us as a teacher. She and her family had joined us in Church. She used to come sweep and arrange the Church on service days, yet would not come till toward the end of the message; if she manages to come. Every month end, the Church gave her a stipend to assist her. ​ We took Judith and her family as part of ours: not just as Church family but as our own family. We opened our doors completely to them; even gave our keys to them! The bonding was there to the extent we exchanged meals, the children stayed with us a couple of days when their parents traveled. Though not a qualified teacher, my wife picked her as she had no job, to come assist in the school as a way of further helping her: at the end of every month she would earn a salary. We believe there is a lot of confidence in what you earn than in what you are given. My wife groomed her and constantly monitored both her and what she taught the children; for she was given the kindergarten class. In Church, she was not frequent, but we believed God to touch her as He touched the children. The eldest, a boy, in the secondary school, learnt to play the drums and the second, a girl, God groomed and blessed with the gift of leading praise. Apart from the eldest, the rest of Judith's children schooled with us. Their father, we will for this writing call Benjamin, used to drive a commercial bus, but was not making ends meet. ​ We were thrilled when he had a job prospect with a motor company (whose name I will not give for discretion). However he needed a surety! Due to the relationship, he came to me when no one was willing to help.   ..... to be continued.
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  • 16 Jul 2017
    She was in bondage to fear as a result of negative thoughts and imaginations. And so are many today.   She had heard frightful and bizarre stories in the past and held on to them in her mind to the point that wherever she was, those thoughts loom out larger than life. She had filled her consciousness with so much fear that in the night, her subconscious mind, an extension of her conscious mind, continued in the fear recorded in her mind.   The mind has an awesome recording power that captures all it is engaged in. It has the ability to play back what it has recorded and that is the source of most dreams.   Imagination is a very powerful thing! Even God attested to its power.   “And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” - Gen 11:6 (KJV)     He was referring to the children of men. (verse 5)   Imagination cannot be restrained! It can see things that are not really there! When you meditate so much on a thing, you give life to that thing.   Job said,   “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me.” – Job 3:25   Meditating on the Word of God brings out the power in that Word.   “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” - Josh 1:8 (KJV)     Equally too, meditating or dwelling on messages centered around activities of demonic forces brings out the power in their activities.   At one time, my wife and I were sitting under teachings of, and counsels that centered on activities of witchcraft and demonic forces. Our minds became full of negative thoughts that we did not only dream of masquerades and pursuits by demonic forces, we became afraid of nightfall!   At 10:30pm on vigil nights, I would only muster courage as a man to walk to the Church with my wife. We would be looking over our shoulders; and on two different occasions, I thought I saw a figure rounding a corner!   The fear was incredibly thick that it became an open door for satan to come into our lives. Did God not say He will confound us in the presence of the enemy if we feared?   "Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them." - Jer 1:17 (KJV)   We had various forms of attacks; of roaches: big, black-hairy roaches swarming in, in hordes through windows that had mosquito nets! Scorpions being discovered in the house, a small wall-gecko that though it did not come in, stayed upside down for almost a week on the mosquito net and released a vibration that affected my man-hood. I felt embarrassed and frustrated especially as we were only a few weeks into marriage. Even after a cup of boiling water was poured on it, it came back some minutes later in the same spot and in the same position: upside down! One night, my wife found a live wall-gecko under my pillow!           ….. to be continued.      
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  • She was in bondage to fear as a result of negative thoughts and imaginations. And so are many today.   She had heard frightful and bizarre stories in the past and held on to them in her mind to the point that wherever she was, those thoughts loom out larger than life. She had filled her consciousness with so much fear that in the night, her subconscious mind, an extension of her conscious mind, continued in the fear recorded in her mind.   The mind has an awesome recording power that captures all it is engaged in. It has the ability to play back what it has recorded and that is the source of most dreams.   Imagination is a very powerful thing! Even God attested to its power.   “And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” - Gen 11:6 (KJV)     He was referring to the children of men. (verse 5)   Imagination cannot be restrained! It can see things that are not really there! When you meditate so much on a thing, you give life to that thing.   Job said,   “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me.” – Job 3:25   Meditating on the Word of God brings out the power in that Word.   “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” - Josh 1:8 (KJV)     Equally too, meditating or dwelling on messages centered around activities of demonic forces brings out the power in their activities.   At one time, my wife and I were sitting under teachings of, and counsels that centered on activities of witchcraft and demonic forces. Our minds became full of negative thoughts that we did not only dream of masquerades and pursuits by demonic forces, we became afraid of nightfall!   At 10:30pm on vigil nights, I would only muster courage as a man to walk to the Church with my wife. We would be looking over our shoulders; and on two different occasions, I thought I saw a figure rounding a corner!   The fear was incredibly thick that it became an open door for satan to come into our lives. Did God not say He will confound us in the presence of the enemy if we feared?   "Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them." - Jer 1:17 (KJV)   We had various forms of attacks; of roaches: big, black-hairy roaches swarming in, in hordes through windows that had mosquito nets! Scorpions being discovered in the house, a small wall-gecko that though it did not come in, stayed upside down for almost a week on the mosquito net and released a vibration that affected my man-hood. I felt embarrassed and frustrated especially as we were only a few weeks into marriage. Even after a cup of boiling water was poured on it, it came back some minutes later in the same spot and in the same position: upside down! One night, my wife found a live wall-gecko under my pillow!           ….. to be continued.      
    Jul 16, 2017 297
  • 10 Jul 2017
    ​"The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart, for out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." - Luke 6:45 Nightfall was fast approaching; she shivered. Her fear of the dark had steadily grown like a colossus; so monstrous that she dreaded it. Where would she run to? Where would she hide? If only she could lay down without shutting her eyes in sleep. that would be better. But sleep is a natural thing that no man can resist. Even with her husband in bed with her, the horrors of the dark still haunted her. She thought that once married she became one with her husband; morally and spiritually right to share every intimacy together. Did God not create them one? Man and woman created he them? To share not only the intimacy of the home, bed, children and office but also the night? Or does it mean that there is somewhere that the husband and wife cannot share together despite their heavenly permission? A place so intimate that it is lonely? She just could not understand. Her husband would be fast asleep, peacefully by her side, oblivious of the prey that she had become in her dreams. A quarry to be crushed and exterminated by the marauding beasts from the deep dungeons of hell. While he eagerly looked forward to nightfall, she prayed in futility that it would not come. ​ They had done all what the Christian belief permitted; so they thought. They had fasted, prayed, tarried, done all to stand but the nightmare persisted. It was so visible, that she lost some weight. She believed she was haunted. Earlier she had thought it was the house that was bewitched and because of this, they moved from one house to another without any change or improvement. Now, she thought, she was under a curse. Many a night she stayed awake, watching her husband snore. Tears became her constant companion as her eyes blazed with the pain of sleeplessness. She became tired, confused and discouraged. That was when a friend brought her to me for counseling. Listening to her, I found out she was in bondage in her mind. "But their minds were blinded! For until this day remaineth the same Vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament, which is done away in Christ." - 2 Cor. 3:14 She was in bondage to fear as a result of negative thoughts and imaginations. And so are many today. .... to be continued.
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  • ​"The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart, for out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." - Luke 6:45 Nightfall was fast approaching; she shivered. Her fear of the dark had steadily grown like a colossus; so monstrous that she dreaded it. Where would she run to? Where would she hide? If only she could lay down without shutting her eyes in sleep. that would be better. But sleep is a natural thing that no man can resist. Even with her husband in bed with her, the horrors of the dark still haunted her. She thought that once married she became one with her husband; morally and spiritually right to share every intimacy together. Did God not create them one? Man and woman created he them? To share not only the intimacy of the home, bed, children and office but also the night? Or does it mean that there is somewhere that the husband and wife cannot share together despite their heavenly permission? A place so intimate that it is lonely? She just could not understand. Her husband would be fast asleep, peacefully by her side, oblivious of the prey that she had become in her dreams. A quarry to be crushed and exterminated by the marauding beasts from the deep dungeons of hell. While he eagerly looked forward to nightfall, she prayed in futility that it would not come. ​ They had done all what the Christian belief permitted; so they thought. They had fasted, prayed, tarried, done all to stand but the nightmare persisted. It was so visible, that she lost some weight. She believed she was haunted. Earlier she had thought it was the house that was bewitched and because of this, they moved from one house to another without any change or improvement. Now, she thought, she was under a curse. Many a night she stayed awake, watching her husband snore. Tears became her constant companion as her eyes blazed with the pain of sleeplessness. She became tired, confused and discouraged. That was when a friend brought her to me for counseling. Listening to her, I found out she was in bondage in her mind. "But their minds were blinded! For until this day remaineth the same Vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament, which is done away in Christ." - 2 Cor. 3:14 She was in bondage to fear as a result of negative thoughts and imaginations. And so are many today. .... to be continued.
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  • 05 Jul 2017
    “Where are you? 3   A young man took a lady out to an ice-cream bar, settled at a table, before going to get their order. He returned with two cups of ice-cream, placed one in front of her before sitting opposite, across the table. They talked a while, eating from their cups of ice-cream, when suddenly, she jumped to her feet, almost throwing out a mouth-full of the cream, in her struggle to bring out whatever she ate with the cream. That was his cue. The young man was on his knee as she brought a ring out of her mouth. “Would you marry me?” He asked on his knee. He had asked the bar attendant to bury the ring in the ice-cream. It was indeed a surprise for her. That is the kind of surprise God has for us as we pass through trials.   Grace. The third thing to know is that with every package of trial, there is an attachment: grace! In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul asks us not to receive grace in vain, and encourages that we stand through storms and trials. “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” - 2 Cor 6:1 (KJV) There is certainly a connection between grace and trials. I do not dispute that grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense, but I believe it is more than that. Grace is power; the power and ability of God manifested to help us stand and overcome. Like the Holy Spirit raising a standard against the flood of the enemy, grace is stirred up when we go through trials; when we KNOW it exists!!! However most do not know that grace is available with every trials and persecution. We see and feel only the pain and discomfort.  Not knowing grace abounds therein. Satan blinds us from this to make us think God has abandoned us!!! Paul learned in 2 Corinthians 12, when faced with an infirmity which he prayed thrice to be removed, and thrice too, the Lord Jesus asked him to hold on to the grace which was abundantly available. Knowing grace was available, he would then “most gladly rejoice in infirmities”, knowing that in his weakness, God’s power (grace) takes over!!! "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." - 2 Cor 12:7-10 (KJV)   Tapping into Grace. Finally, we need to know how to tapped into grace, as it would be available, yet in vain. In vain because we do not know how to draw from it! Peter and James agree that only by humility do we tap into God’s grace.   “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” - James 4:6 (KJV)   “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” - 1 Peter 5:5 (KJV) Let us learn not to think too highly of ourselves, so that the power of God would sustain us through trials.
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  • “Where are you? 3   A young man took a lady out to an ice-cream bar, settled at a table, before going to get their order. He returned with two cups of ice-cream, placed one in front of her before sitting opposite, across the table. They talked a while, eating from their cups of ice-cream, when suddenly, she jumped to her feet, almost throwing out a mouth-full of the cream, in her struggle to bring out whatever she ate with the cream. That was his cue. The young man was on his knee as she brought a ring out of her mouth. “Would you marry me?” He asked on his knee. He had asked the bar attendant to bury the ring in the ice-cream. It was indeed a surprise for her. That is the kind of surprise God has for us as we pass through trials.   Grace. The third thing to know is that with every package of trial, there is an attachment: grace! In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul asks us not to receive grace in vain, and encourages that we stand through storms and trials. “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” - 2 Cor 6:1 (KJV) There is certainly a connection between grace and trials. I do not dispute that grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense, but I believe it is more than that. Grace is power; the power and ability of God manifested to help us stand and overcome. Like the Holy Spirit raising a standard against the flood of the enemy, grace is stirred up when we go through trials; when we KNOW it exists!!! However most do not know that grace is available with every trials and persecution. We see and feel only the pain and discomfort.  Not knowing grace abounds therein. Satan blinds us from this to make us think God has abandoned us!!! Paul learned in 2 Corinthians 12, when faced with an infirmity which he prayed thrice to be removed, and thrice too, the Lord Jesus asked him to hold on to the grace which was abundantly available. Knowing grace was available, he would then “most gladly rejoice in infirmities”, knowing that in his weakness, God’s power (grace) takes over!!! "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." - 2 Cor 12:7-10 (KJV)   Tapping into Grace. Finally, we need to know how to tapped into grace, as it would be available, yet in vain. In vain because we do not know how to draw from it! Peter and James agree that only by humility do we tap into God’s grace.   “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” - James 4:6 (KJV)   “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” - 1 Peter 5:5 (KJV) Let us learn not to think too highly of ourselves, so that the power of God would sustain us through trials.
    Jul 05, 2017 297
  • 26 Jun 2017
     “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!” - Luke 17:1 (KJV)   Trials are a part of the Christian’s call; part of God’s will for us. Promotion comes after successfully enduring trials: when we prove ourselves on top of the trial; when we go through trials without loosing our saltines, our goodness. To be on top of the trials, you need to know four things.   (1) Know where you are. You need to do an honest appraisal or evaluation of what has befallen you.   “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” - 2 Cor 13:5a (KJV)   Is it possible you are responsible for what befell you? Could you have done something that led to what situation you are in? “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.” - 1 Peter 4:15 (KJV) Be honest with yourself. If you cannot be honest with yourself, you cannot be honest with anyone; not even with God! Self-respect comes from being true to who you are. When you respect yourself others will respect you. Do not try to be another person or lie to yourself just because you want to avoid being blamed. Withdraw to the deepest part of you where no man can come: your husband, your wife, your children. A place Jesus would call the “secret place”; and truly examine yourself. “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.” - Psalms 4:4 (KJV) Sometimes the behaviour of people toward us is actually a reaction to what we have said or done! Clear your conscience! Repent and ask God’s forgiveness, if you find yourself guilty in any way. If after searching and you find no fault with you, rejoice!   (2) The second thing to know is that a better and greater life is ahead of you! The sun is always above. After the planted seed has probed it’s surrounding with its roots and settled itself (as in confirming that its darkness experience is not its making), it looks up to the Sun! “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.  The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.  The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore “ - Psalms 121:1-8 (KJV)   Look up to the Sun of Righteousness! It shall be well! Everything will turn out to your favour!   ……... to be continued.        
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  •  “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!” - Luke 17:1 (KJV)   Trials are a part of the Christian’s call; part of God’s will for us. Promotion comes after successfully enduring trials: when we prove ourselves on top of the trial; when we go through trials without loosing our saltines, our goodness. To be on top of the trials, you need to know four things.   (1) Know where you are. You need to do an honest appraisal or evaluation of what has befallen you.   “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” - 2 Cor 13:5a (KJV)   Is it possible you are responsible for what befell you? Could you have done something that led to what situation you are in? “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.” - 1 Peter 4:15 (KJV) Be honest with yourself. If you cannot be honest with yourself, you cannot be honest with anyone; not even with God! Self-respect comes from being true to who you are. When you respect yourself others will respect you. Do not try to be another person or lie to yourself just because you want to avoid being blamed. Withdraw to the deepest part of you where no man can come: your husband, your wife, your children. A place Jesus would call the “secret place”; and truly examine yourself. “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.” - Psalms 4:4 (KJV) Sometimes the behaviour of people toward us is actually a reaction to what we have said or done! Clear your conscience! Repent and ask God’s forgiveness, if you find yourself guilty in any way. If after searching and you find no fault with you, rejoice!   (2) The second thing to know is that a better and greater life is ahead of you! The sun is always above. After the planted seed has probed it’s surrounding with its roots and settled itself (as in confirming that its darkness experience is not its making), it looks up to the Sun! “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.  The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.  The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore “ - Psalms 121:1-8 (KJV)   Look up to the Sun of Righteousness! It shall be well! Everything will turn out to your favour!   ……... to be continued.        
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