Friday, October 16, 2015

As White As White Can Be!

2 Corinthians 5:17 - In Christ the old man is gone.  The new man has replaced him!

Isaiah 1:18 - This is reasonable; if you obey my law your sins, which are as red as scarlet will be washed away.  You’ll be as white as snow!

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This is an enigma!  How can it be possible to have my sinful blood stains washed as white as snow?  Just by believing?  (This is foolishness to men.)  Blood stains don’t come out.  

Just ask Lady MacBeth.

But all I have to do is believe and trust?  

I’ve come to understand the gloriousness of living snow white in the presence of my King and Father.  He chooses not to see all that I do that would grieve Him.  In His eyes I’ve been to my mount of transfiguration and all He sees is the glorified me!

(all photos courtesy Google Image)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Nigeria Notes, Part 10, DON'T EAT THE SALAD!! Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday, November 5

Woke up around 5:00 am and vomited.  Climbed back into bed and stayed there.  Everyone else left at the appointed time but I slept until 2:30 in the afternoon.  The team got back around 3:30ish, I think.  Everyone came to check on me.  I was still in my PJs and my hair was oily.  Such a sight!  But so grateful for their concern.  Ucey brought me bananas and apples!  Such kindness!  I love him so!  I ate a banana right away and felt better.  I was a little “iffy” about the apples but Penny got a table knife from the dining room and I quartered one and ate the flesh but left the skin.  I only had 1/2 an apple but it was soooo good!

Off they all went to the evening program.  I stayed in bed.  I guess that little bit of salad I had on Sunday night at Mega Chicken is what did me in.  I remembered too late that I had been told to avoid salad as sickness often comes from uncooked veggies.

Everyone was back around 10:00, and, such a pleasant surprise, Silvia came to see if I was all right!  I was so touched!

I assured my prayer journey team mates that I would be ready to go, bright and early at 4:00 am to start the “big adventure”!


 Ucey and Silvia are brother and sister.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Breathe Deep and Trust

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

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Where will I live? 
Will I have a home to live in? 
Will I live? 
Or will I die? 
Can I die if I’ve already died in Christ?
Where will they live? Will they have enough? 
Will they be safe and secure? 
Will they survive?

These are big, scary questions; especially in today's global climate.  Things are very bad in some places, for those who believe.  Will it get so bad where I live?  Is it that bad where I live now ?

What does it mean, that “he cares for me”?  Does it mean I don’t have to worry about what I will and and drink?  Does it mean I will never feel threatened by outside forces?  Does it mean that I can lay my illness down at his feet and walk away healed?

It seems there are more questions, more “I don’t knows” than there are “I do knows.”

Loved ones die of devastating illness.  People lose their home and have to live in their cars, or in an unsafe shelter.  People are randomly attacked everyday. 

How does God care?  Do you believe that Jesus is alive?  Do you believe that he dwells inside of you?  Do you believe the Holy Spirit gives you the power to overcome in any situation?  What does it mean, to overcome?

Part of it is recognizing that your body is only the tent that houses you; just as your body and your spirit houses the Lord,  once you’ve invited him in.  Part of it is believing that no matter what happens to you, who you are is safe in God.  You are eternal.  When your tent collapses you go on.

If the Lord loved you enough to die for you, to make a way into the eternal presence of the Father, if he loves you enough to live inside you no matter what you’re going through, if he loves you enough to be always faithful and trustworthy, then we can trust him in each and every situation.

We can breathe deep and trust him.  If he’s never let you down in the past, you can be assured, he’ll never let you down in the future.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Nigeria Journal: Part 9, Monday evening, Nov. 4, 2013 Prayers, Preaching and Prophecy

The worship chorus at Rescue Mission Church

Silvia (such a pretty voice and beautiful spirit!)  

Back at the church there was music, exhortation and Brett preached about the power of the Holy Spirit - the Spirit of prophecy.  He only went on for 30 minutes because IG said he had to have his flock on the road no later than 9:00 so as to avoid street bandits.  Sheesh!

Pastor Ignatius warming up the crowd

Brett wows the crowd


Penny in a sea of faces, all intent on the Word of God
After Brett was done preaching we (the team) lined up and Brother Moses poured oil into our palms.  The entire congregation filed past us, one by one, we laid hands o the them, anointing them and prophesying over each one. I’ve had this done to me, not with the oil though, but I’ve never prophesied  over individuals before.  I was tentative at first but every soon I became bolder and the Spirit quickened in me and I felt such love for each person I spoke over!  About 1/2 through the line I started asking each person their name.  I felt that was really important.  IT WAS AWESOME!  Men, women, women with babies in their arms and at the very end, all the children!  I’m sorry to say that we were not done by 9:00.  I think it was closer to 10:30, but we heard no reports of robbery or violence so all was good.

Susan, prophesying over the congregation
Brett anointing the worship team

We gave a lovely girl a ride home.  She came all the way to the hotel with us.  She’s one of the girls in the worship team.  Susie thinks her name is Sea Foam, and that she might Ucey’s (one of our drivers) sister.  (I learned later that her name is Silvia.)  We talked about traditional folk songs.  She has a beautiful and simple voice and sings in the little worship chorus.  I sang her the song that Cletus Okapu taught me so many years ago.  Then Penny, Susie and I sang “Be Thou My Vision”.  I told her that tomorrow night I’d ask her to write down the words to the song she sang and that we’d talk more about folk songs.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Called to Wakefulness

Romans 11: 7,8,32
What then?  What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did.  The others were hardened, as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day.” (Deut. 29:4) - For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

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God’s “binding” of all men over to disobedience is so that he may show mercy to them all.

God’s hardening is not damnation!  His hardening is his turning men over to their own evil desires.  Can a hardened heart still turn to God?  Yes!

2 Peter 3:9 says that he doesn’t desire that anyone would perish.  So, the hardening of hearts does not always lead to death.  The individual still has the choice to turn to God and gaining life.

This is who I know my Lord to be.  He may allow hearts to harden, but he still calls.  He still waits for each to come out of their slumber.  Of course, since God knows the end from the beginning, he knows who will awaken and who will slumber all the way to hell.  But he doesn’t send anyone.  That’s a journey they choose to take all on their own.
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Thank you, Lord, for saving me from slumber!

Thank you for calling me to wakefulness!