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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.

IS THERE NOT A CAUSE? (In these days of Samuel and David)

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And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”
1 Samuel 17:28-30

There was poor little David tending the stinking sheep at the back of the pasture furthermost away from any civilization known to man. All he heard in place of melody and technically synchronized sounds were the angry bleating of goats and snoring sheep. Do sheep snore? I do not know, we may have to ask a sheep keeper. But I might have heard that particular specie grunting though. Anyway that is not the point of this blog. As I was saying; David seemed forgotten and irrelevant. We can only imagine how his own family treated him. Actually we get a glimpse of it in the first book of Samuel, the seventeenth chapter.

So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
1 Samuel 16:10-12

Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.
1 Samuel 17:19-21

David shows up, obediently on an errand from his ‘Father’. He was bearing provisions that was supposed to nourish, strengthen and encourage his brothers. Unbeknownst to David, a different kind of war was brewing and with it came a lot of noise. Unfortunately the noise was not a result of God‘s people praising Him (they were cowering in fear!), it was the enemy’s rants that inundated the air. So in steps this slight lad, seemingly inexperienced and stinking of sheep dung! Oh, that stench makes me want to stop now… But I must finish. This lad had been in training, in ways the so-called warriors (ministers) never knew or would have wanted to be trained. The bear with crumpled bones and the (dead) lion with a ripped jaw were but some little evidence of what went down in ‘boot-camp Holy Ghost‘.  Back there in the wilderness was treachery, sorrow, rejection and the pain of expulsion all rolled in one. No one knew, not even David. Only the Captain of the Lord’s Host, had the battle plan and the outcome.

But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,
1 Samuel 17:33-35

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
1 Samuel 17:27-29

David’s arrival, represented the presence of the One Who chose, recruited and endorsed him. Therefore when he showed up at the battle field, the giant became louder knowing that a threat had indeed been presented (never mind that he feigned insult). While his brothers became angry at their own inability to live-up to the reputation they had often purported. So they demanded he leave their turf (sounds familiar?) NB: Claiming to be ready for the battle, does not actually make you ready for the battle. One word to describe the excitement mentioned above: Manifestation! Yes the devil and the flesh will begin to get restless once the Spirit of the Almighty God shows up in the devil-induced and man-made carnival. Well back to the Captain (never forget it is all about Him), He still had a plan and had His prophet to jumpstart it!

The prophet Samuel, was God’s man of the hour. He spent time with God, God spoke to him and through him. God would send him to pull out and inaugurate His chosen vessel. A vessel God Himself formed, prepared and anointed. While man thought he knew how things would go down; think Jesse and his sons Abinadab and Shammah. God’s plan was already in motion. So keep your hair on Jesse (from falling off as a result of shock), Pack your bags Saul (time to go!), stand aside Abinadab and Shammah (your carnality and envy is a hindrance). Can Samuel please step forward; God has an assignment for him…

[ Samuel Anoints David ]   The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
1 Samuel 16:1-3

SPIRIT, souls and sKinful strategies…

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“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”
John 4:22-24

I just read a blog from a fellow blogger and ‘blogger friend’ that sent the chills down my spine. It talked about a Methodist preacher who was raised in a Christian home, with a preacher for a father. The blog started at the point in her life, when she denounced Christ, forsook Christianity and declared herself an ‘Atheist‘. You may wonder like me how a preacher could suddenly become not just an unbeliever but a proudly professing atheist. The Holy Spirit immediately showed me the correlation (my ever-present teacher :)).

In the woman’s (the preacher) testimony, she stated that she had studied to prove certain scriptures. Not studying the word of God, so that the Holy Spirit can expound His knowledge to her, but studying with her mind to figure out and understand in her flesh the workings of the most magnificent phenomenon that humanity could ever experience the holy work of the Spirit of God. In imploring the mind and flesh to explain and present the work of the Spirit of God, she read herself into a reprobate mind, unrepentant-disbelief and eventually eternal damnation. Below is an excerpt of her own words, on a podium before hundreds or perhaps thousands of people:

“I’m an active pastor, and I’m also an atheist,” she says. “I live a double life. I feel pretty good on Monday, but by Thursday — when Sunday’s right around the corner — I start having stomach-aches, headaches, just knowing that I got to stand up and say things that I no longer believe in and portray myself in a way that’s totally false.”

God gave me a revelation last night that broke my heart. But then again my broken heart is of no use to a person with a hardened heart. How is it that people end up in a place called hell and what exactly is hell? And more importantly, how can a God who is love send people to hell? Well let me attempt to answer these questions or at least shed some light on these lines of thought. Despite the burning inferno that is hell, what makes it hopeless is not the heat and other destructive and/or torturous elements. What makes hell hopeless is that it is eternal separation from the only One who cared enough to forsake all momentarily, lay down His life to purchase hope and healing for a sin-filled, sin-sick world. You see for a person to end up in hell, they made a decision to spend eternity without God.  That decision could have been made by words, by deeds and definitely perpetual and/or UN-repentant wicked actions, and a self accepted lifestyle of sin.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”” Jeremiah 17:9-10

Yes I know some may have mouthed off certain words in group prayer and sang hymns in church or even serve in ministry. But their heart was granite the whole time. With every carnal strategy, deceptive-dealings, fleshly programs and rejection of the grace of God is a step closer to a reprobate, violently stubborn and degenerate mind.  Know this without a doubt, GOD is love and always will be. He will still love the people who chose to go to hell. He just won’t override their wills. He gave it freely and He in faithfulness will not take it back. The separation they chose would have to be honored. Choose well today and I pray you choose life.

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”
Deuteronomy 30:18-20

One Man, One Mission, One Message

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 “That the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”Acts 26:22-24 

“That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

John 3:16 must be the most known and quoted verse of the Bible, yet people seem to have lost its meaning. God was still interested in reconciling the world he created back to Himself, so He devised a mind-boggling, sacrificial and unthinkable plan. He sent His only begotten Son to come and pay the price that a sinful humanity owed. Actually, since Jesus was God in flesh; it only means God took it one step further and took on flesh to come Himself. Kind of puts a new spin on the notion that: ‘if you want something done, you do it yourself’.

The understanding of the technicality of the mystery that is the trinity, is not what God has called us to unravel. We are simply to believe like little children, on the finished work of Calvary. That a holy God the Creator, Who also sits as the Judge of the world took of His robe of righteousness, stepped over to the other side where the guilty abode and propitiated the consequences of sin. Then He stepped right back to His throne and judgement seat put on His robe of righteousness once again, and proclaimed “It is finished”. The debt had been paid and the ultimate Judge was satisfied.

Today, unbeknownst to humanity, creation yearns for the inhabitation of its Creator. The vacuüm created by our separation from the only One who satisfies is gaping and ravenous. Man is in an endless and hopeless scamper for an answer. The solution remains the same; it is found in one Man who trod this terrestrial strip over 2,000 years ago (Jesus Christ, the Son of God), with a mission to save us from our sins and a message of reconciliation.

Would you let someone know the ‘good news’ that is the Gospel today?

“Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.” Acts 13:25-27  “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,” Ephesians 1:12-14

NEW YEAR, NEW ERA, NEW METHODS…

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WELCOME TO THE SECOND YEAR AND PHASE OF ‘OFGODTHEGOSPELANNDGRACE’. THANK YOU FOR THE PAST YEAR AND THANK GOD FOR ALL HE DID. THOUGH THE JOURNEY CONTINUES AND THE INTENT REMAINS CHRIST EXALTING, THE METHOD AND MISSION IS SLIGHTLY ALTERED. ALL IN ALL THE AFTER TASTE LEFT IN OUR SPIRITUAL PALETTE WILL BE OF GOD THE GOSPEL AND DEFINITELY OF GRACE.

BE BLESSED AS WE JOURNEY TOGETHER MY FELLOW SOJOURNER.

CHIDIWE

How Good was that Friday? (Really, from my heart to yours)

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“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-9

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-11

Never mind the horrendous activity that took place down that miserable road to Jerusalem (The Way of Suffering). The road that led to Calvary, the cross and the ultimate unravelling of the mission of the greatest man who ever lived and walked this earth. Because the mission was the greatest acceptance and only atonement humanity would ever receive, that day was sanctified.

 In fact, it is the greatest gift we as individuals would ever receive. It is the gift of love, hope and a life after this one ends (eternal life). Today, give it a second thought. Did you know that if you had been the only one on earth, He would have still gone through all that so that you might spend eternity with HIM! A great sacrifice indeed, of which the following video can only skim the surface of what truly transpired on that very first ‘Good Friday‘.

Watch this; and do not forget to come back and pray with me.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/QZYCtOXcT1U”  

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:3-4 NIV

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for loving me enough to pay the ultimate price of sin that I could not pay for myself. Thank you for the atonement that was made at the cross of Calvary for me. The bible says that; “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:22-24.All’ includes me, but because of your sacrifice I can be cleansed and made new. Therefore, I believe in my heart that You are the Son of God and repent of my sins; and I confess you to be my Lord and Saviour. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me! Amen.

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:3-4 NIV

“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:27-28

With all the good stuff we acquired from heaven that fateful day and the subsequent two days that followed; I dare say it was a very, very ‘GOOD FRIDAY’ indeed!

THE RIDICULED, REVILED AND REPROACHED RELIGION

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A man is never more God conscious than when he is in touch with his humanity and relevant to his world. He is able to translate the in filling of the Holy Spirit to bread for those that hunger, light to those in darkness and salt for those on the verge of losing their thirst. Any other use of that revelation is ‘redundant religion’, confined to the four walls of the church and its only effect is the thumping behind the pulpit. Christ Himself inquired of the multitude, was accessible to them and then fed them… I have never been more aware (than at this time) of my inspiration which directives are from the Holy of holies’. CHIDIWE 

 “He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so.” Mark 8:5-7

“He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.”
Deuteronomy 4:12-14

Domus Galilaeae Latin Ten Commandments.

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God Bless America,
Land that I love. (And land of my birth- Chidiwe)
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home  

Do these words sound familiar? Oh well, they are now fading sentiments, as America kicks and thumps her nose at the God on which she was founded and blessed. From the mockery of the Christian church and spiritual activities as was portrayed in an unnecessary and over-the-top performance in the GRAMMYS to the new show on T.V. that cast shame on being a Christian woman and even gone as far as rewriting the ‘Ten Commandments’.

Once when someone made a comment about Mohammed that was not in line with the Quran, all hell broke loose. A few burnt buildings, cars and flags later; the offender recanted. Right now we are in the throes of a riot and unrest because of the (unintentional) burning of the Quran in Afghanistan last month. Here are some of the headlines so far; (1) The recent burning of Qurans at a NATO base in Afghanistan involved five American servicemen and a local translator, according to a NATO official familiar with the investigations. The Qurans burned were among religious materials seized from a detainee facility at Bagram Airfield last week. Throngs of outraged Afghans took to the streets following the incident, prompting U.S. President Barack Obama to apologize to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, calling the burning an inadvertent error. Furor over the burnings have fueled a string of protests and attacks that have left at least 39 people dead, including four American soldiers. Hundreds more have been wounded in the attacks. CNN (2) A suicide bomber blew himself up at an entrance to Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield on Monday, an attack the Taliban called revenge for the burning of Qurans by U.S. troops there last month. CNN

Christians have their special guidelines from God re-written and mocked. The only person that even raised an eyebrow or moved a muscle as far as I know, was a councilman in Queens,  New York. He called for the show to be boycotted. While we have been subject to a certain sphere of influence and no further as some within and without the body might think, the bible is being ridiculed as Christians cower and shuffle in the closet for more prayer time. Which I must say serves as great convenience for the devil. That is as long as Christians remain in church comparing ‘holy notes’, then he (Satan) can saturate and do with the world whatever he wants sans interference.

Children are being taught ‘diversity ‘ in school alright, but it has nothing to do with accepting someone of a different race or economic disposition. Deafening silence. In California,  “where two or three are gathered…” is now against the law;  more silence and extra prayer time. I wonder what would have happened if when Jesus came into the temple as the people converted the house of God into a place of commerce, He had taken some more time to pray about the pigeons defiantly flying and flapping around the temple roof to avoid being sold. Or He had gone to the corner to find out what God would have Him do as the goats urinated on the altar, ate the ‘shew bread’ and bleated loudly in His (listening-to-God) ears.

“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.” Matthew 21:12-14

I guess the religious leaders would have hung Phinehas for being overly zealous, even though that zeal of his, stayed a plague that had devoured almost 25,000 people. And in the end God had blessed him and made a ‘covenant of peace’ with him. The well-meaning conservative commentators that would attempt to make a difference regardless of their spiritual state are either shut down and criticized by the church itself or they are dead. Slowly but surely I as a lover of Jesus Christ have become a target and an endangered citizen. Anyone can take a swap at me, dishonor my beliefs, use my Saviours name in vain, mixed along with a string of profanities and go scott free…

“When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand and followed the Israelite into the tent. ‘… Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped;  but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000. The LORD said to Moses, Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal.” Numbers 25:7-12

Yes I am called to pray for my enemies, but what will it take for those that call themselves Christians to be proactive as opposing to sitting back as children are subject to try anything and experiment with everything to find their identity. Below find out the creed patterned after this new tv show titled GCB: Good Christian B—–. I hate to pollute my page with such travesty, but you have to see this to believe it. And if it just makes you shrug and move on to the next thing, then I suggest you check  the temperature of your ‘assumed’ relationship to Christ.

‘The Ten ‘GCB’ Commandment as recited and published by the new tv show: Thou shalt add bling to everything, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours husband… unless he’s really hot, Thou shalt love a C cup unless you fit into a D cup, Remember the spa and keep it holy, Thou shalt know it is wrong to expose your thong, Honor thy manis and pedis, Thou shalt not bear false designer labels, Thou shalt not wear it if it’s under a carat, Thou shalt match the volume of thy hair to the size of thy handbag, Thou shalt not mess with Texas.

That is what God’s Holy word has been reduced to. Since they did not want it in government buildings, classrooms and public places, they can re-write and irreverence it. This is exactly why the Lord is saying we have to permeate and saturate our society with Christ. If people are not beating down our doors to come and hear us in church, then we have to make sure our life and message is powerful and bears relevant light and salt to the world we live in (specifically).

Go ahead and chew on the messenger…

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine! 

http://www.youtube.com/embed/hPKvKwIZUCM

The ISAAC and ISHMAEL ISSUE

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“He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”
Genesis 16:11-13

I dashed into that sandwich shop (that one) the other day with frozen limbs and blood drained extremities. I had to get a hot soup or coffee or something that would thaw my iced vessel. The real feel of the weather was a far cry from the actual temperature and once again I was caught of guard. As I waited on-line, I rummaged furiously inside my handbag, for what exactly I do not remember. Maybe the money to pay for the expected warming element…who knows? Anyway when I finally lifted up my head, there were two young men more than happy to take my order. The one on my left had a broader smile and the managers cap on. So naturally off to my left I scooted. No sooner had I done that than recognition dawned on me. He was an avid blog reader from months back who had recognized me at this same store. A very remarkable and hard-working College student I must say, of whom the Lord had started to do a work in his heart.

As he ladled soup into the bowl for me, we chatted about the weather, his school and of course God. He thought I was funny and was able to pinpoint his favorite blog moments as he informed his co-workers that indeed this lady was a star as far as he was concerned (bless his heart!). I was a tad bit worried that I had given him that impression, but was relieved to hear him say (to another co-worker), she comes in acting like a nobody… As he packaged my loot (to go), he asked me what I thought about the ‘church burning craze’ in Nigeria, West Africa. He said he was very disappointed when he read about it and would like to know my thoughts about the situation. My real thoughts are actually more heated, lambasting and thorough. But I would spare humanity my vent, simply because it cannot handle it. But this is the biblical, refined and edited version of what I feel. And I dedicate it to that fine soon-to-be Ambassador for Jesus (even though he does not know it yet). Every worker behind the counter stood and waved me off as I left with my bag of soup, sandwich, coffee and chocolate chip cookie all for no charge at all. Hey, do not hate, it is called favor…

I cannot tell you how many times I have faltered at believing God to come through with what He promised. One second I believe and my faith is strong, the next second I take my eyes of the Lord as I suddenly sense the absurdity and impossibility of ‘walking on water‘, as I begin to sink. Thank God for His tenderness and mercy, that picks me right back up again. Sarah must have felt the same way and besides her self in anxiety, when she suggested Abraham go in into her maid. One wrong decision in moment of doubt, and the world is still held hostage thousands of years later. Yes Sarah faltered, but no where in the bible was it recorded that Abraham vehemently refused to comply with an action that in no way collaborated with what God had initially or previously told him as the head of the household. Anyways let us move on.

“He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.”
Genesis 16:3-5

In the ‘triangle of trouble’ a son is born and he is named Ishmael. In a little over a decade of existence and satisfying Abraham’s desire for an heir (howbeit not completely). I say that (not completely), because nothing can quite fill you up and bring you to a place of peace aside from the will of God for your life. At the appointed time of life as promised by God, Sarah is pregnant with the child of promise and covenant. “But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” Genesis 17:20-22  But before that while Ishmael was growing up, Hagar became confused about her real role so trouble begins to brew in Abraham’s household (polygamy will do that to you). God wasn’t confused though and He gently told Hagar to resume her calling and stay in her place. He would take care of her son, but she could not eclipse the vessel bearing the seed of covenant that was Sarah her mistress.

“Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” Genesis 16:8-10

The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.” Genesis 16:9-11

Eventually, Isaac the covenant son is born, Abraham is happy, Sarah is fulfilled and Ishmael is in a heated state of bitterness. The bible does not tell us if he actually expresses what irks him, but could it have been having to be circumcised as a teenager, who knows? Well Sarah the matriarch catches him in a disdainful glare towards Isaac and tells Abraham it was time to clean house (which she caused to be overloaded in the first place). Abraham is distressed. They are both his seed therefore: “can’t we all get along?” Well one seed was the work of the flesh and impatience which is often heralded by conflict. The other seed was the work of the Spirit of God and patient obedience, the result of a covenant (symbolized by circumcision) and the fulfillment of a peaceful promise. Flesh and Spirit cannot dwell peaceably together, because each one wants to be in control and lead. Although God will not strive with flesh (it has to die), He (God) will not share His glory with another.

“The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring] will be reckoned. I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.”  Genesis 21:8-13

Also Ishmael is always around to act as a deterrent, heartache and a vehicle of derailment for the chosen of the Lord, as in the case of Joseph. “So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.” Genesis 37:27-29  Well, seemingly happily ever after, God makes a nation out of Ishmael and multiplies his seed also. You see God had initially blessed Abraham, and blessed he remained. Provision had been made in advance for human error, but that did not erase the fact that there would be grievous consequences for disobedience and sin. Ishmael would live forever like Abraham had foolishly and unwittingly prayed. “And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!” Genesis 17:17-19

Ishmael knew and still knows that Isaac was the long-awaited heir of covenant and that he was and is still irrevocably blessed. Ishmael believes that he came first, therefore Isaac was unnecessary and deserves to be extinct. To aggravate Ishmael even more is the fact that because the covenant of innumerably seed lies with the child of promise, he is indeed being increased rapidly. You see apart from the natural seed, there are the spiritual seed being grafted in by faith. In fact when God showed Abraham the stars in the sky as an example of the vastness of his future seed,a huge percentage of those were going to be grafted in by faith. Abraham had been called the father of faith. His blessing was to come by faith and keep growing by faith.

“If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,” Romans 11:16-18

Now Ishmael had a major predicament and another group to contend with; the heirs of Abraham by faith. It appeared the furious lad could not catch a break. He was there before every one else, and would be there after everyone else was eliminated, or so he thought. Like the prophecy in the beginning verse; Ishmael’s hand will be against everyone… To pretend this is a fairy tale and skirt through the issues in this day and age in order to be ‘politically correct’ is the ultimate foolishness. Ishmael is angry and bitter and does not know nor propagate peace. He has only one desire; to extinguish every one else but his descendants. And he believes he is doing it as a warped and sick favor to god. Actually now more than ever before, Ishmael is planning his biggest attack yet as the ‘infidels’ blindly and stupidly give him grounds, opportunities and leeway.

Why would God not protect Isaac and the non-Ishmaelites alike you ask? Always in the scripture God has allowed and used the enemy to correct and discipline His children. So one more time, Ishmael will be allowed to create incredible havoc and untold chaos of which the Prophets of God foretold. Then maybe, just maybe natural Isaac will unite with spiritual Isaac as the non-Ishmaelites run to and fro for answers and for much-needed deliverance and respite…

“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”  Matthew 23:33-38

.“When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Luke 21:19-2


Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord/ Baruch haba bashem Adonai/  אשרי מי שבא בשם ה ‘

The Attractiveness of Holiness (L-IN GOD We Trust, Therefore TE-BOW To Pray…)

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“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:13-15

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:15-17

I have adopted a pet project, or so I thought. Until the Lord reminded me that it was His burden initially and only His grace  would make it happen. YES SIR!!! was my reply, but I still intend to live vicariously through the process and celebrate the everyday victories as hell fumes along. What is the project you may be asking? Well actually what is not the project? We have been invited like the church of the new testament to be an example to the world, not to run from them to prove our holiness. But to live a life worthy of Christ, that no matter our vocation all would acknowledge that we are indeed a ‘peculiar people’ who eventually bring honour to our God!

“…Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.” 1 Samuel 2:29-31

NEWSFLASH: make no mistake about it, the biggest and coolest names in Sports today are two wonderful young men whom the world describes as devout Christians. Note that the Church did not call them ‘devout’, it is the media and the secular world that describes them thus. That goes to show you that people know what the real deal is. They could have easily said they go to church occasionally, they profess to be Christians or every now and then we see them praying. They were clear about what they had observed and confirmed, they knew ‘devout’ when they saw it. Jeremy Lin (Lin-sanity) and Tim Tebow are making headlines quicker than the National debt is rising.

It started out with Tim Tebow unashamedly bowing down to acknowledge the One who made it possible for him to be born in the first place. He was almost a still birth and his mother refused to have an abortion. Talk of the devil starting early. God intervened and viola, we have a preacher and a missionary to the Philipines (his birthplace) and also one who supports scores of missionaries. He was last sported in a pre-Oscar event in Hollywood the other day. According to the reports, Hollywood has opened its hands to him in acceptance. Mm hmmm…

“The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.” 1 Kings 10:23-25

That is all good and well, because those that truly and honestly love the Lord are always attractive! And the favor of God in their life attracts the favor of man. Let us hear it for not playing hookey and church with the Holy Spirit. Great job parents of these, do not stop covering your famous seeds in prayer. Let us pray that the Lord will give him wisdom to stay clear of the adulterous and wayward woman in Proverbs Chapter two. For whenever she comes calling with her manipulative and seductive words, it most often than not, ends as a destructive wrap and a hopeless downward spiral.     

“It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,”  Titus 2:11-13

Then there is Jeremy Lin, who reminds me so much of the last day church and what God is getting ready to do. That is ‘the latter being greater than the former. For years and seasons on end, Jeremy endured rejection sitting on the side bench as draft after draft he was not picked. Meanwhile he was getting a stellar education and training in an Ivy league college (oh I looove this!!!). And then what appeared to the rest of the world as suddenly ( not suddenly to God and two coaches that bothered to pay close attention), ‘Linsanity was born. Need I say more? The race indeed is not to the schemeing and the swiftest but to he who trusted and waited on God. The first shall indeed be the last … Oh, and better still he gives the glory to God while speaking to reporters. He says he was in a hard and difficult place and God delivered him! That sounds like the God I serve also.

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:4-6

The tide is getting ready to turn in favor of those who labored in obscurity, love and diligence for the LORD. And those that were not ashamed of the King of kings and were not offended in waiting for Him. The Great and Mighty One, the Just and True Judge and Incredibly Awesome Redeemer has found Himself a bunch…that He may show Himself strong on their behalf***

“I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. … I said nothing in secret”. John 18:19-21

As always let me bring this home and explain how I arrived at my current state of euphoria for these lovely lads or should I use the words godly lads? When the Lord gripped me, not the ‘salvation kind of grip’, but the ‘thou shalt be holy as I am holy kind of grip,’ I winced in fear and despair. I was so sure that the only way I could survive my Christianity was to be locked up in a barn, far away by the country side farm or put in bible school for the rest of my life. But God said no I will do my work in a ‘strong city’ and surrounded by every temptation possible, but my grace will be sufficient for you. He said: “I do not need to pull you away from the world,” (some He would have to). “But I will keep you in spite of the world and yourself.”

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” John 17:14-16

Then the LORD said: “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the LORD, will do for you.”  Exodus 34:9-11

The commission still remains the same of what must be done: ‘L-in’ the name of the LORD, ‘Te-bow’ to worship our KING!

“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”  Mark 16:15-18

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

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