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THREE AMAZING YEARS!!!

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Alleluia!!! So much can happen in three years. Even further, so much can be accomplished in three years if Christ JESUS is holding the reins. Three years ago, HIS Majesty God and Creator of the universe said write and write I did. It was on the cusp of a sad news I heard, the tragic death of a beloved Pastor that this amazing snare snapping, bondage breaking site was born! The writing was always in me. I have been writing since I was 5 years old, but this dimension was set rolling 3 years ago. From the incredible feedback and hits this site got, I obeyed my call and God did HIS thing (as always).

I don’t know where OfGodthegospelandglamour/grace goes from here, but I know the ONE who inspired it does. My heartfelt and sincere thanks to all who partook and atimes ruminated on what was served on this special palate. You were a part of divine history, strategically and systematically positioned to affect humanity. Never let anyone tell you differently. I have been blessed with other platforms to feed, and the weight is full. The Esther Project, the Daniel, the David, the Joseph and the list goes on. But I have been bountifully equipped, prepared, sharpened and polished for such a time as this…. To whom much is given, much is required and it is all good!!!

Thank you once again for reading, distributing and believing. Your reward He prepares and He will dispense it even at this side of eternity.

God bless you.

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PACK UP THE PUTRID PARADE!!!

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[ Chioma Will Rise ] “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.”
Micah 7:7-9

There are two types of people; the very confused and the very foolish. The rest of us just love Jesus, from our hearts and hope for His grace to please Him! I actually read my own ‘obituary’ if you can believe that. Certain people in certain nooks and crevices, some camouflaged by religion rejoiced to hear I was down and physically hurt. But why? I don’t rejoice to know their end, I do not think it is funny that people see the mercy and grace of God as a tool for lasciviousness and wicked acts. There is just no good way to look at it. Evil is evil and begets evil. There is nothing of lasting joy about it. 

“Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame, she who said to me, “Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will see her downfall; even now she will be trampled underfoot like mire in the streets.” Micah 7:9-11

I have come to see that people who mock the righteous, or are quick to support wicked deeds are either ill-informed about the truth or are just hiding and nurturing a secret sin. They want the other person to remain in that open state of debauchery so they can feel good about their own hidden state. I sought the Lord with my whole heart as my pastor told me many years ago (As I contemplated receiving a crown for beauty I know I did not construct). I walked away from legitimate and creditable opportunities to be in the limelight as God-given gifts poured forth from my exuberant and youthful being. I remember that call as the Pastor said… “There are some young people here today, under twenty-five years of age that the Lord is calling to ministry. He wants your life, and today you can come to this altar and lay it down”…

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:32-34

Being called to ministry was not a job offer, it was a lifestyle for me and people who speak and love truth can attest to that. So for people to rejoice and throw a parade because they heard I was assaulted and attacked, makes me burst into fits of giggles. No I was not going to let strangers in on the secret that though I have some physical discomfort, I am on a 200% mend. Yes you heard me right, you cannot stutter when you write the outcome will be 200%. Therefore I would have been untrue to myself or I would be dead to let such blasphemous parade continue (may be that is why I survived :)) You see the battle indeed was the Lord’s and I am happier today than I have been in a long, long time… So please fellow humans, pack up this sad and shameful soiree. The issue is not what tragedy befell you (because every one will get theirs, just wait a pair of minutes..). It is how the work you allowed God to do in your life brought you through.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”  Ephesians 3:19-21

Now I may return to my Reedemer, rest and recuperation…

“I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me.” Psalm 41:10-12

The ‘Knockoff’ (An Appearance Without Substance)

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“Having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:4-6

Sounds like a harsh word, huh? Well let me give you another verse that might help digest the first one; “Let God be true, and every human being a liar…” Romans 3:3-5  And if you still can’t swallow it, well this should be a cincher; “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:15-17

Let me tell you another story that seems unfair. Not too long ago, the officials in this city were jubilating about a successful crackdown of peddlers that hawked imitation goods. Every one reasoned that it was not fair because theirs were cheaper, only a ‘knockoff’ and they did not seem to affect anyone. Anyone; unless you were the original designer who was losing business because someone else was feeding of your identity and trademark. Even worse, was the fact that former, current and would be customers settled for the less-valued and cheaper version because it was right there and easier to get. All you needed, was loose change and it was yours for the asking. Or better still, the sellers chased you down the street and offered you the option of a bargain and lower price.

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

After the crack down, a law was passed that both the buyer and peddler would be persecuted if caught. The buyer? Why should a bunch of us that temporarily strayed (I know I did), or those of us that just never partook of the real thing be punished for taking advantage of a very easy situation. Well it should be a ‘no-brainer’ that our very indulgent and lazy purchases were promoting and fueling a situation that defrauded and hurt an otherwise innocent and hard-working business, franchise and trademark owner. Not to talk of the fact that the ‘knockoffs‘ were never what they were touted and expected to be. Needless to say just because it kind of looked like the real thing, did not mean you would get the same quality that the real thing bore, offered and insured.

“One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Acts 19:14-16

The bible talks about the seven sons of Sceva, that took on a role because they felt they were the same  as the true disciples of Jesus Christ. They probably figured, we look just like they do why not us? Well the presence of the Holy Spirit made all the difference. Just because they were all men did not mean they were all chosen. In the sad end, we know what happened. The evil spirits turned and beat hypocrisy right out of them. I do not think they ever again ventured to be a ‘knockoff’ of any person or concept. As I write this piece, my Canal Street (knockoff-town) bought tote bag is falling apart at the seams. It took a couple of books and a laptop one week to retire it.  But I don’t mind, since ‘you do get what you pay for’. And besides, I can always get another one (fake stuff and people are ‘a dime a dozen’). They are just right there and cheaper too…

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2 Timothy 2:18-20

Soul Sale (The Profit Margin)

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“If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Luke 4:6-8

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:35-37

I recently watched three separately recorded video clips sent to me by an entertainment industry insider. It showed on separate occasions three mega-superstars each declaring blatantly or subtly that they had ‘sold their souls to the devil’. Many giggled and thought that the absurdity of those declarations must have been pun intended. The severity of the camouflaged laments or cries for help were eventually reduced to bad or poorly selected jokes. What was even more bone chilling was that one of those mega-stars went ahead to say that the result of the ‘soul transaction’ was more money, toys and fame. I knew right away in my gut that he was not doing stand-up comedy.

The Bible (inspired word of God) tells us that Satan is the god of this world. When God the Creator cast Lucifer down from the heavens, he relegated him quite some power and authority. The devil was very much aware of this, so aware that he had the guts and steely nerve to approach Jesus Christ after our Savior’s forty days fast in the wilderness. He made Jesus Christ an offer of what had been given to him. Stating that if Christ (God in flesh) would reverse roles and worship him (the devil) he would be greatly rewarded in this world. The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”  Luke 4:5-7

Jesus never argued the authenticity of the devil’s claim to owning the world. But He referred to the Scriptures for verification of who was in ultimate control and was to be worshiped. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.Today, are you in agreement with Jesus that He (God) alone should be worshiped?

So many have made that transaction like the aforementioned superstars in the first paragraph. The flesh while very much alive devices a plan to glorify itself and then presents it at God’s altar; demanding howbeit religiously that God bless the Spirit-void itinerary. Of course the Holy Spirit never adorns that which is not born of God. Thus a door is opened for Satan to come in and make his seemingly easy and ever-ready offer.

Does God not use and bless His people, one might ask. Absolutely! In His will, His way and His time. The end result is deliverance, freedom and peace for first the person being used, then an outpouring  to all affected. How can we now tell when it is of the devil or of God; ” … be filled with the Spirit,” Ephesians 5:17-19

“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2:15-17

If These Walls Have Ears… (They Would Speak!!)

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“For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out-of-the-way.” 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8

Prologue: We praised and worshipped as we walked around the house. After about twenty minutes, we stopped in front of the room as I knelt down and bowed my head; asking My God the Deliverer to give me wisdom and direction on how to proceed. He would empower and give the grace for the issue at hand. After about ten minutes in His presence, as my friend and her mother looked on (praying right outside the door). I walked in with a bottle of ‘annointed oil’… “So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls all kinds of crawling things and unclean animals and all the idols of Israel.” Ezekiel 8:9-11

Technically, there really is no vacuüm in nature. If there is, then nature abhors it. Even in the bible, we are warned about leaving an evacuated space vacant or as a vacuüm. I found out personally the effect certain activities which takes place in a particular space can have on that space.  If the activity is good, it has a good after effect. Like wise if the activity is bad…

I was once invited to a suburban mansion by a dear friend and her mother. It was an incredible honor coming from this well-to-do and private family. The fact that they trusted to have me in their specially kept secret of a haven. As the weekend commenced and we got ready to retire for the night, My friend said I could stay with her in her room or go to the elegantly prepared guest room. I told her I would stay in the guest room, so she could have her space to rest after a long hard week. Her mother ran off to inspect the guest room before I got there and exclaimed in disappointment that the maid had not done it quite the way she wanted. My friend and I went along to see what she meant; from our point of view, we thought the room was perfect and needed no more adjustments. But Lauren’s (not her real name) mother was an impeccable hostess and would have it no way less than her standard. In her disappointment and unnecessary embarrassment, she insisted I spend the weekend in her room (master’s bedroom).

My hostess’ room was like a page out of an upscale interior design magazine. It was as classy as it was spick and span. And I was genuinely touched by her love and desire to honor. So after a long hot shower, there I lay in the mass of feather-filled luxury as cozy as a princess floating away in the clouds. I contentedly drifted off… I must have slept for about an hour and a half, when it happened. Now I don’t claim to see or hear things from the spirit world (thank God!!!). If you hear and see that on a regular basis, then you do need serious deliverance. It is not right, natural or of God. Needless to say, every now and then God may reveal or show something to His servants as need be. Well back to my reverie before I detoured. So as I slept, I felt somethings climb over my body and run across the bed. I was stunned to say the least and shocked stiff to bewilderment. I could not move at all. I began to hear what sounded like the pleading cries of LITTLE CHILDREN AND INFANTS!!! As the cries went on, I felt little feet pattering all over me, from one side of the bed to the other. I thought I would die and evaporate all at the same time. I was so flabbergasted that I could only managed some muffled and strained prayer up to JESUS my Saviour and Rescuer. Three hours later of muttered pleas to heaven, I was able to get a shut-eye of about two-hours before dawn broke.

“Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD,” 2 Kings 20:1-3

I was stressed and visibly shaken and worse of all, I did not know how to tell my hostesses about what transpired without embarrassing or startling them. So as we sat to eat the sumptuous and lovingly prepared and spread breakfast, I mulled over my next action and prayed to God for grace and direction. Having gotten the green light from the Lord, I went ahead to regale my hostesses on what transpired the night before. As I spoke,  my friend’s mother began to shake in uncontrollable sobs… That room in particular: I later found out had been used by the previous occupants for unspeakable demonic acts, sacrifices and practices.

“Then he took his firstborn son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered him as a sacrifice on the city wall. The fury against Israel was great; …” 2 Kings 3:26-27

For quite sometime my hostess said she had not been able to sleep. Countless nights of torment and disturbance such as I had experienced also the previous night, but even at a larger scale. She just chucked it up to personal issues, problems and an unfortunate existence. No one else slept in her room since her husband had died, so no one else experienced that problem. She let me in because God had put a love and a trust for me in her heart and God had asked her specifically that weekend to see that I was blessed and very comfortable. She saw no greater honor than giving up her physical comfort. She did not expect that I would also share in her long-term burden. Well as a result of her obedience, God allowed me to experience her distress and indeed deliverance would come to her and her abode that weekend. 

What is the point of this story? Check the bedding in your room, what do you think? No, actually on a more serious note; I think that evicting these churches from using the empty school buildings during the weekend for a small fee is baseless. It in no way represents the Seperation of Church and State, which was mainly instituted and derived from the First Amendment and intended to protect the Church and the people’s religious right from being governed or controlled by the government (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” ). Interfering with physical location or physical existence might be: ‘impeding the free exercise of religion‘. The Church’s use of those building is not law making and might actually be God’s final way of protecting and preserving our children from going completely haywire. The reverberation of the Word, the Worship and Wholesome communication might be doing those school buildings some needed good and soothing the effect of inviting and ushering in evil. With the removal of prayer and anything that might even set some moral boundaries and adherence in those buildings every Sunday; I wonder what could be the replacement that would help to keep complete decadence at bay during the week.

“Night and day they were a wall around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them.” 1 Samuel 25:15-17

In a society where every one is on some kind of prescription or another (exempting of course those that genuinely need it). I have friends in the Pharmaceutical industry who say everyone is popping pills (except me of course). They are popping it to sleep, they pop it to stay awake and they have to pop it to think and act right (not lose it as they put it in their own words). Why not? People are naturally distressed, as the Church takes a defensive nap and the devil mounts up his equipment unhindered in and out of the church as he awaits show time. ‘Principalities and Powers’ saturate the air as no prayer of the righteous is forcefully hindering or pushing them back.

On the seventh day the priest shall return to inspect the house. If the mold has spread on the walls,  he is to order that the contaminated stones be torn out and thrown into an unclean place outside the town.  He must have all the inside walls of the house scraped and the material that is scraped off dumped into an unclean place outside the town.  Then they are to take other stones to replace these and take new clay and plaster the house.” Leviticus 14:39-42 

So go ahead dear Mayor and evict every thing holy or anything or person that alludes itself to Christ. Surely in all of seventy years, you must have observed that there is more to this life than billions of dollars and the good life (not lambasting ‘La vida buena’ at all, had my fair share and still do). There is this fact that no matter what we choose to do with GOD Almighty, it does not take away His sovereignty or minimise His power. The Bible still remains the infallible word of God and what it says will take place at the appointed time. Prayer happens to be a mode of communication to the one Who owns it all including your life. And the gathering of the Church He has ordered for the sake of fellowship and the visitation of His presence.

“The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.” Proverbs 18:10-12

“This sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant.” Isaiah 30:12-14

Epilogue: Lauren’s mother has slept like a baby, ever since then (my visit). She is ever so grateful, that she humbled herself and obeyed the Lord. That goes to show that we never know from whence out deliverance might come. It just might be drapped in a designer suit, a sack cloth or no cloth at all. One thing we do know for sure is that obedience is the key that unlocks it.

“This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Babylon’s thick wall will be leveled and her high gates set on fire; the peoples exhaust themselves for nothing, the nations’ labor is only fuel for the flames.” Jeremiah 51:57-59

“‘I the LORD have spoken. The time has come for me to act. I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent. You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign LORD.’” Ezekiel 24:13-15

Are You The Cause???

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“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.”
Mark 9:41-43

Blessings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I received three links (!!!) to one sermon last night that I don’t care to be bothered with. I don’t know why it was sent and I do not want to know. With all due respect to the dear people who sent it, I know you meant well, but I really have moved on to real and redemptive stuff. It is time I wised up and sowed where I belong. I did not feel like writing anytime soon because I have been busy with other things, (namely last night). And I really did not want to off-set the flow of the article before this, but I guess I eventually have to at this point.

I notice that the rest of the world especially Europe invests a lot in prevention than in cure as in the saying; ‘Prevention is better than cure’. In North America; it is more like ‘I shall do what I want to do, when I want to do it and then when I am good and satisfied, I shall kick at the subsequent consequences.’ Well some times when you do decide to kick at the result of your actions, you might really harm and/or lose your toes. The scripture “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, has a deeply meditative quality. That means to some extent I put my self in my victims shoe, even if for a second and that slows the process of infliction. So next time we feel a need to be the barometer, of what is obviously out of our reach and influence (of which we once wished it was), let us ask ourselves if it had been ‘ours’ and us, would we still be this indignant and to some extent and in a different way do we not seek the same platitude?

Why should there be a problem, when some of us have achieved what we had hoped for, being inundated with our insecurities, intimidations and comfort people and zones. We surrounded ourselves with the people we were comfortable with and we could easily manipulate. Regardless of what God wanted and planned. Forgetting that He (God) is no respecter of persons and calls who He wants. We molded the house as it pleased us and as it was conducive to our flesh and pushed back God’s desire. Now we are shocked and slighted ‘that water has sought its own level’. Next time we feel a need to throw people out of their God-given ministry, so that our flesh is not overshadowed, and we ostracize and systematically usher them out of the house of God, let us remember that God was not slumbering, neither was He cheering.

I am not in the business of being entertained by what comes naturally to me or sitting muffled and bound when so much lies in me to do. I could not have been in the house of God tied up so that people can feel good about themselves when they feel they have me out-of-the-way. That attitude right there is a recipe for major deliverance and reeks of trouble. I do not see in God’s word where that was a workable formula. That is not my portion (mediocrity) and never will be. Maybe our own ‘doings’ have depleted the house of God and our ‘undoing’ will replenish it right back. Let God decide what He will do since His own house fights His gifts. As for the powerlessness of my wisdom and my ways (which are really not mine); my dears you are so mistaken:

“He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ Luke 13:31-33

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
Luke 7:33-35

And should indeed I be guilty of wasting my Fathers resources; I dare say we are all grounded till further notice. I feel a prophecy coming on now…

“So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back.” Numbers 12:14-16   ‘There will be no lasting progress or advancement untill God’s requirements are met. Remember these are the days of Elijah and Moses’.

Once again, my sincere thanks to those who sent me the sermon link, but I would like to move on in peace and less problems than the past has produced. I have had enough of the negativity and merry-go-round. Now I can be busy doing all the stuff that was deposited in me from the beginning of time and surrounded by people who actually recognize and appreciate it and can be blessed by it… I cherish your concern and embrace your care. But the ball cannot be in my court, can it? Ask God as you pray…

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
Matthew 11:18-20

HERE GO I AGAIN… (Lamentations of the Orphan girl)

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Oh Lord how long must I put up with these wicked, uncaring, pedestal perched repeat offenders? They feel I am their punching bag. Time and again the same repeat offenders and their supporters wound and offend but every one keeps quiet because they are all clicks and clacks and mothers and aunts and sisters and brothers. They are justified to punch score and move on. But the minute I lift a finger, the perfect pedestal perchers who are untouchable have a word to preach. Maybe if they preached to the people in their vicinity before they repeatedly offend we may all be moving on.

This time around we are all going to be bleeding at the same time (EVERY ONE OF US, I promise!!!) then we can happily share the mercy package and hopefully respect first the word of God and then each other. Wicked, uncaring, self-centered hypocrites!

UPDATE: Thank You Heavenly Father! You are always quick to me with Your word of comfort. I would share it, but the people are very wicked, self-centered and bent on promoting evil. They only think of themselves and their families and clicks. They forget what you said to Pharaoh, since everyone thinks about preserving theirs but destroying yours:

“Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son,  and I told you, “Let my son go, so he may worship me.” But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son.’” Exodus 4:22-23

I am thankful that You see their actions, even though they think all you see is the harvest of sin and rebellion. I am weary of their constant evil ways and evil promotion. I refuse to continue being their punching bag. Everyone has to partake of the pain they inflict and not cry for mercy after a satisfying wave of evil.  Please is it possible not to set eyes on any of  them ever again???  I have never seen a bunch of people profess something to the world as they try to look good, meanwhile you look bad by their actions, rebellion and how they treat those who do not belong to their clicks. Watch as they curse me out as the villian and complainer tomorrow. Anyway Thank you for this word:

 Joseph (CO) is a fruitful vine,
   a fruitful vine near a spring,
   whose branches climb over a wall. 
With bitterness archers attacked him(her);
   they shot at him(her) with hostility. 
But his(her) bow remained steady,
   his(her) strong arms stayed limber, (Thank You Jesus!) 
because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,
   because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, 
because of your father’s God, who helps you,
   because of the Almighty, who blesses you
with blessings of the skies above,
   blessings of the deep springs below,
   blessings of the breast and womb. 
Your father’s blessings are greater (yes they are!) 
   than the blessings of the ancient mountains,
   than the bounty of the age-old hills.
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph , on the brow of the prince among his brothers.  Genesis 49:22-26

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