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Wednesday, 29 June 2016


June 29, 2016 0

"GOD obviously told a Lie"..

'I beg your pardon'.
The statement was made under her breath but it was quite audible to me.

"God lied, or He probably died"

She didn't as much as look up from her seated position as she spoke.
I stared at her. I could tell she was young, and relatively slim, though I couldn't see most of her features.
She had been sitting there before I came, and since then she had barely looked up from the paper in her hand.

'Ma'am, I do not think it is good to speak in such manner about God'

We were seated in a quiet park under the natural canopy created by trees which stood side by side on both sides.
The vision of the sun setting in the horizon was in one word, glorious.

A couple sat at a far end of the park, relaxing on the green carpet grass. They were obviously having their own love feast.

The evident serenity and beauty in the environment was the primary reason I always came to the park each time I wanted to rest and reflect on the grace, magnitude and magnanimity of God.
It was purely paradoxical that someone would stay in this same environment and say apparently negative things about God.

I looked at the lady again. Then I noticed that the paper in her hand was gradually getting wet, being fed in droplets by the tears flowing from her eyes.
Without looking up, she continued her apparent soliloquy, though it was evident that the words were directed to me.
"It is not injustice to say a dead man is dead. God lied or He died"
Then gently she lifted her head, and as her eyes locked with mine, she said,"I have proof"

Looking at her directly, I was able to clearly see her features.
The word 'beautiful' did not adequately describe her. Her long black hair gently cascaded over her shoulders. The tears over her eyes left them with a watery look. It was like staring into an ocean. Her lips were full and though they looked a bit pale, they still fit perfectly between a beautifully pointed nose and a well set jaw.

Time passed but I was not aware of it.
"God is dead"... "I have proof".
I couldn't stop the re-echoing in my head. The echo however, did not stop me admiring the work of God which sat directly opposite me.

My eyes veered to the paper again. I knew that whatever proof she had was related to the paper in her hand.
I forced myself to smile. I'd been faced with a few challenges of my own but I figured it was more worthwhile believing that God was alive rather than dead.

'Dear, I don't mean to pry , but.. ", I struggled with the words. 'Do you feel like talking about it?'

I was at a loss. I reasoned to myself that if I could give her a listening ear, that would be a start. A problem shared they say, is half solved.

Without warning, she suddenly flung the paper at me and said,"I can't have children".
Then she went into a hysteric rage. She looked towards the sky and screamed,"I can't have children. You lied! You lied!! You promised me children. You lied!"
I was spellbound.
Then just as suddenly, she quietened down, and in less than a whisper, she muttered."You lied. You lied"

I picked the paper and stared at it. It was a medical report of some sort.
At the top was a beautifully crested logo of a well-known medical facility.
Medical doctors are generally said to have bad writings but looking at this report, I was forced to admit that some doctors' writings are definitely worse than others.

I managed to make out a few words here and there which gave me the impression of an inability to conceive due to a problem which had affected the two ovaries and fallopian tubes.

The lady was barren!

That was almost impossible to believe. How could this very beautiful lady be barren? Its amazing the pains people bear behind their beautiful smiles and charming facade.

I looked at the lady, who was still muttering to herself and rocking to and fro on the chair with a faraway look in her eyes.
Opening my mouth, I tried to speak, but the words failed me.
Not knowing what else to do, I stretched my hand, held her hand ever so gently, then closed my eyes and whispered two words,"Lord.... Help"

That was exactly a year ago.

The playful laughter of children brought me out of my reverie.
I looked at them. In circles they ran, round and round, shouting at the top of their voices, throwing a ball from one person to another. It was a beautiful sight.

They were about six in number, with ages ranging from 4 to 7 years.
As I watched them run around without a care in the world, I realized why Jesus loved children. There was no better definition of beauty and innocence than the smile and laughter of a child.

The parents of the children sat a little away from them. They were having their own fun, but it was nothing like that of the children. There were three couples in the group. One of the women was heavily pregnant. There was a glow round about her and she seemed to be the focus.
I felt good observing without being observed. It was generally relaxing.

Occasional bouts of laughter emerged from the group, but that carefree innocence of childhood was gone.
'Having children must be a really exhilarating experience', I thought, as I stared from the adults to the children.
Not having children on the other hand, an unimaginable agony.

My mind veered back to the beautiful lady I met exactly a year ago.

After I made that desperate outcry to God which in actual fact consisted of just two words, I just stayed, holding her hand while in my mind still asking God for help.

She was obviously beyond human intervention.
As I held her, a feeling of despair came over me. I knew that must have been the way she was feeling.

'Could God really change this situation?', my human mind pondered.
Unconsciously, the tears gathered in my own eyes.
I opened my mouth and repeated,"Lord.. Help".

It was a few minutes but it seemed like eternity. I didn't know what to expect and I didn't know what else to do.
Then gradually, I felt her hand withdrawing from mine.
I opened my eyes and noticed she was standing, looking at me. She was obviously getting ready to leave.
"Why do you trust Him?"

The question took me unawares. My mind reeled. There were a thousand and one answers, yet there was none.
"Tell me", she pleaded "Why should I trust Him?"

When I opened my mouth, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to tell her.
"My dear", I started,"What you have here, is a report. A report by a doctor who I have no doubt is a specialist at what he does."

My mind went blank. I opened my mouth again and continued.
"There are many reports. There is a Doctor's report, and there is God's report.
When you have two reports by two different authorities and they say the same thing, you are glad and assured. A matter is usually established in the mouth of two or more witnesses.

However, when two authorities give different reports, you need to inquire about the integrity of the persons. You need to find out their past histories and all. Then if possible, you need to bring in a third authority who becomes the tie-breaker."

I noticed I had her full attention although I didn't know what I was saying. I trusted God, opened my mouth and continued.
"Medical science has given you a report which is backed up by the things you have seen and experienced. The report says you cannot have children.
God's report however says you shall be a fruitful vine and that none shall be barren."

Then I pointed at her and said "You are the third authority. You are the tie-breaker. Whichever side you align yourself with will win.

Medical science is like a car mechanic. They try to fix and repair faults and many times they succeed. Every once in a while however, they encounter a problem that defies their knowledge.

God is like the car manufacturer. He can repair, but most times
He doesn't bother with that. Every manufacturer has spare parts. When the problem is going to waste too much time repairing, all he needs to do is replace the faulty parts with new ones.
God can give you a whole new reproductive system"
There was silence...
Then I added," You read a medical report and called God a liar. You could have read God's report and called the medical report a lie".

Something hit my head.
There was a bout of happy laughter. One of the children had kicked the ball and it somehow found its way to where I was seated. The children were laughing and pointing at the guilty child who had the sorriest look I had ever seen.
I smiled , picked the ball and threw towards them.

The parents were looking in my direction. As I threw the ball, I waved at them. They all waved back, except the pregnant lady. She had a quizzical expression on her face.
I sat down and continued with my thoughts.
'God. Who is He? What is He? How big is He? How powerful? How Old? What are His limits? When is His end? Who created Him? Is there anything impossible with him?'

One could actually run mad just trying to comprehend God.
It was so much easier to believe that He is the beginning and the end. It was easier to believe that all things were made and are sustained by the word of His power. It was better to believe that He gives life to the dead and calls light out of darkness.
It wasn't just blind believing. All I had to do was look at the birds in the sky, the oceans and seas, the sun in the sky, and the light in the eyes of a baby.

The rustle of leaves nearby jolted me again. I opened my eyes and saw a lady standing directly in front of me.
It was the pregnant lady. The one with the glow around her.
I looked at her belly. I wondered how women managed that. The thought of life growing within another life was another pointer at the magnitude of God.

She smiled at me. It was a charming smile. One that revealed a nicely arrayed white set of teeth.
The smile was unnerving but I smiled back.
There was something remotely familiar about her but I couldn't lay a finger on what it was.

"You do not recognize me?" She asked, still smiling.

"I'm sorry ma'am, but I'm not sure we've met before"

"About a year ago, I was here, sitting on the same seat where you seat now. You came and sat beside me"

Suddenly I knew what was familiar about her. The eyes, the nose and the jaw. I didn't really get a chance to see the teeth that day, but seeing them today made her even more beautiful.

I stood up and hugged her.

Then I looked at her big tommy and looked at her. My eyes were full of questions that my mouth couldn't find the right words to convey.

She obviously heard the questions my heart was screaming.

She put her right hand on her belly, closed her eyes and said "Twins. He gave me twins"

I was too dumbfounded to move. I couldn't utter a word.

She then opened her eyes and looked directly at me. There were tears in her eyes. However , this time, it was joyful tears.

With a slight quiver in her voice, she said "He's not dead". Then she looked towards the sky with the setting sun, and said "You didn't lie! They did".

She touched her tommy again and said "I have proof"..

The End!

Source: unknown by me.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016


June 28, 2016 0

I used to have a massive problem with guilt. I remember how I suffered with it. It was horrible! I would get up in the morning and wish it was time to go to bed because it was always there…lurking…condemning me with thoughts like this: “You didn’t… You should have… You shouldn’t have… You should know better. You did it again. What do you think you’re doing preaching to other people?”

Like I said, it was horrible. But I can honestly say that today, I am completely free from guilt and the condemnation it brings!
Now, I’m not saying I don’t do wrong things sometimes. But I have learned the truth about what Jesus did for me, which gives me forgiveness of my sin and keeps me from carrying around the terrible burden of guilt, letting it steal my life day after day.
I’ve also learned that it’s good to have a healthy grief about my mistakes but instead of just feeling bad about it, I come to God, admit what I did that was wrong, receive His forgiveness and then move on. The truth is, we don’t have to live with the burden of guilt!

The Price Was Paid

Guilt is mainly caused by the way we think about God’s expectations of us, our sin (mistakes), and the remedy for our sin. Guilt enters as a thought, which creates a feeling, and then we live by that feeling. But here’s some more good news: We don’t have to live by our feelings or make decisions based on our feelings.
If we’re smart, we won’t believe our feelings when we know they don’t line up with what God tells us in His Word, and God’s Word tells us that Jesus has paid the price for the forgiveness of our sins and removed our guilt.
Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” We see in this scripture that being a new creation, or born again, means we are in Christ—we have personal, intimate relationship with Him.
And because of that relationship, we have whatever Jesus has and the Holy Spirit lives in our spirit. So His righteousness is now our righteousness and we can have His grace and strength to do what’s right.

Your True Identity

We need to see ourselves in Christ and identify with Him as our substitute, who paid the price for the cleansing and forgiveness of our sin. Our identity is no longer “sinner” but “new creation in Christ,” and there’s a difference between our “who” and what we do. I like to look at it this way: My children don’t always do things that I like or agree with, but they are always my children. It’s the same way with us and God.
What keeps us from knowing who we are in Christ is thinking more about what we’ve done wrong than what Jesus has done for us. We have to stop thinking about what we’re not and start thinking about the progress we’re making in our relationship with Him.

Journey to Freedom

“The closer you get to God, the more you'll know what's right and wrong.”
The closer you get to God, the more you’ll know what’s right and wrong. And the closer you get to God, the more strength you’ll have to do what’s right.
Please don’t be discouraged if you don’t feel like you’re getting this all at once. It took time for me to really get that Jesus paid the price for the cleansing and forgiving my sin and then receiving His forgiveness. That’s why guilt tormented me as long as it did. If you will keep seeking God, study the Word, and fellowship with God, you will get completely free from guilt and condemnation.
You may be thinking, “But Joyce, I still make mistakes.” Yes, we do. And God knows that. He understands our nature and knows we have a lot to learn. He knew what He was getting when He called us into relationship with Him. But He is so merciful!
He loves us and He wants us to be free to come to Him when we do something wrong, admit it to Him with a sincere heart, receive His forgiveness and press on as you leave guilt and condemnation behind.

This article is taken from Joyce's four-CD series The Fearsome Four.

Monday, 27 June 2016


June 27, 2016 0

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. "

John 15:4

God is looking for people who will believe in Him and allow Him to live in them and work through them. God is looking for women who will stand on His behalf here on earth and carry about His life everywhere they go. Whether as married women, single ladies, or as widows, God desires to live in us.

The work of God is this - that you believe in the Lord and allow Him to stay inside of you and to direct and guide your life.

Believe in Him knowing that He has good thoughts and plans for you. He wants you to believe Him and in doing that, you shall find fulfillment in life.

Just believe in Him and allow Him to dwell in you, and work in you both to will and to do His good pleasure knowing that He will not waste your life. That is  the work of God; it is not running around doing many things.

Though God will use us to run around, to preach and to pray, these things in themselves are not the work of God. He is looking for women who will bear about His presence in their communities and in various churches.

Jesus wants to live inside you. He does not want to be an ordinary visitor in your life. Thus He says, "Abide in me and I in you".  It should not be only when you go to Christian programs that He has space in you...

...to be continued

Sunday, 19 June 2016


June 19, 2016 0
A mother can forget her loving child but God will never forget the child. Such is the case of this baby, who has survived inside the pit after being dumped by his mother; God knows for how long.

Here is the story as told by Marble Ezeugwu:

"I was driving through the motorway in Niger State and I came across a baby boy that was dumped by her mum inside a pit that’s about 20 feet deep. The baby was brought out of the pit alive. I know that the heartless mother didn’t go down the pit to keep the baby but threw the baby inside. But the handsome baby boy survived the cruelty and he was rescued alive.

When it’s not your time to die, nothing and no one can kill you. May this baby grow up to be a testimony in Jesus’ name. Now, I pray for you also. Whatever the enemy has designed to terminate your life, you will overcome it and survive just like this baby survived in the name of Jesus."

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June 19, 2016 0
Pastor Faith Oyedepo,Wife of the renown man of God in Nigeria, Bishop David Oyedepo got this lovely fathers day wish from his wife on her Facebook page. 
See below: 

"Happy Father's day to my husband, 
David Oyedepo Ministries International
the love of my life and the exemplary father of my children.
May God only keep taking you higher.
I love you!

Happy Father's day to all men!
May your families be filled with constant love and laughter.
The best is yet to come!"

Mackenson Saintloth rehabilitates 58 year old beggar in Haiti.

June 19, 2016 0
Mackenson Saintloth rehabilitates 58 year old beggar in Haiti.
Isaiah 58:10 
If you give some of your own food to [feed] those who are hungry and to satisfy [the needs of] those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun.

The Bible has made us to understand there is a reward in giving. We are the ambassadors of Christ on earth. As Christians we have to show forth christ-like qualities to our fellow man. 

Such is this young man Mackenson Saintloth who met 58 year old Claudianne battered and beaten. With the grace of God, he was able to lift her up.

This is what he had to say on his Facebook page:

"Before and after: She is called Claudianne Joseph, is 58 years old. We would meet her in the corner with a bowl in hand,(PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI) she would ask, when seeing me, she says ,"Please give me a gift of something to eat." My heart was touched. As I saw her, I learned that she has  breast disease, and the breast would leak blood. She is sick on both of her breasts, one becomes reasonably healed. But the other has yet to be reasonably healed.  She said that she lost one of her bra in her house when she found it she wore it her breast become infected. I bought food for her, bought her clothes, got her bathed and groomed her. The saddest thing is that she had 9 children. But only one lives who is 15 years old.  Her husband died too. When I had heard this, I deemed it necessary  to give her a little trade, because there are situations you see a person you can not just pray  for them or give them food for a day.  I want to give her something she can sustain with everyday, don't give a person fish everyday teach them how to go fishing then they wont ask you everyday.
 Words without actions does not mean anything. I feel proud and humble for the work The Lord have gave me. Always remember that you do not need politicians to help your country. Compassion is a great weapon; to help someone is self help. great day because you are alive.  Compassion is a weapon! HELP us with a Donation please. https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gofundme.com%2Ft7g8g92a&h=rAQFLsDEK

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Friday, 17 June 2016


June 17, 2016 0
Be true to yourself, God and your wife. That vow you said out in church should mean something to you. It's a vow you made in the sight of God and to that woman who is your wife today. 

When the Bible said "Man love your wife as your own body...". It meant everyone of us want what's best for our body; the best clothes, shoes, etc. A man that loves his own body will not just do any to hurt himself. So, you hurt your wife, you hurt yourself because the two shall become one.

A friend of mine who is single, showed me a chat she had with a man on Facebook who is married and I just happened to know him and his wife

The chat:

Married man:  hey beautiful. I like the posts you make online. It's so inspiring. It's looks like we've met. Have we?

Single lady: no we haven't but thanks for the compliment.

Married Man: wow! Why so cold.

Single lady: cold? How?

Married man: just want to know you. I mean no harm.

Single lady: really? Just went through your profile and it shows that you are married. So what do you want to know me for?

Married man: yes am married. But I would like to have you as my special friend. I like your physique and all.

Single lady: Mr man, may God forgive you. Am the one that is good for a special friend abi. Seeing your wife's pictures. She is lovely and beautiful and if you wanted someone of my physique, you shouldn't have married a slim woman. You are such a disgrace. Don't chat me up again else I will post your picture all over Facebook.

I was in shock because I happened to know this man and his wife. I kept wondering why would he be doing this.

Men, a little step towards sin will land you in trouble. There is a proverb in my place that says "little drops of rain will fill the water pot".

Little by little let me just joke online will land you into something big. You start lying to wife, hiding text messages and put codes in your phone,desktop etc. You start seeing her as a nagging wife . And you seem to forget that your wife is a reflection of you, that it's the seeds that you planted and still planting that you are reaping.

Married men, adultery is a sin even with the eyes only (Matthew 5:28).

Pastor Ezekiel Atang said "you don't have to have sex to be a cheater. Once you start hiding text messages, lying about where you are going and who you're with, you're on your way there."  Word!

So in essence, truly, faithfully and sincerely love your wife in words and in action. She won't go sick by it instead, it will make her glow, the best in her will show forth and everyone will see how happy she is with you.

Monday, 6 June 2016


June 06, 2016 0

Friends, when you know that someone is out deliberately or not to make you angry, do the opposite by smiling, being happy , being cheerful and being joyful. For if you respond to them in anger, you will be a fool. Ecclesiastes 7:9  says "Be not hasty in thy spirit  to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools."

Never give anyone the satisfaction that he/she has succeeded in causing you pain and hurt. Even if you are hurt by it, you could address the issue with the person later; having it in mind that the sun shouldn't go down upon your wrath (Titus 1:7).

In essence, you should react differently when faced with a situation that should get you angry. Are you facing a difficult boss or you are faced with a difficult wife/husband at home? Start reacting differently from what he/she is used to. A woman of God once told me that she was facing so many crisis in her home and marriage. She did all she could but it wasn't just working. Then she went back to God in prayer. And she heard these words in her spirit "the meek shall inherit the earth" . She went in search of where it was located in the Bible and she found it in Matthew 5:5. There and then she asked for grace and began to apply meekness in her marriage/home and today there has been a total transformation. Praise the Lord!

So you see, most of the anger we put out towards one another will either fuel the issue or just leave the parties involved broken. And to still have your joy intact,
you have to learn to keep quiet, smile and walk away. Proverbs 15:1 says  "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. "

It makes you a wise person when you just quietly walk away. What is wisdom? Wisdom is knowing what to do and doing it. Proverbs 10:19 tells us that "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise."

So, be wise. Start reacting differently. Keep anger away from you and above all let nothing steal your joy.

The joy of the Lord is your strength!

Friday, 3 June 2016


June 03, 2016 0

Philippians 2:13 
for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Have you ever tried to break a bad habit on your own? You probably found that when you tried to stop it by sheer willpower, you saw improvement for a while, and then bounced back to square one. Worse, you found yourself binging on the very thing that you were trying not to do. And your condition is worse than before you started your “I’m going to quit” program!

The changes were temporary because it was you doing it.

A church member who had been a chain-smoker used to believe that with willpower, he could quit smoking. He would tell himself, “If there is a will, there is a way!” But he discovered that with willpower, he could stop smoking for a week or two, and then he would succumb to the pull of nicotine again.

When he turned his life over to God and learnt about God’s grace, he told God, “I realize that I cannot stop smoking. I cannot, but You can break my habit, Lord.” And every time he lit up, he would say, “Lord, I am trying to stop smoking, but I cannot. I am trusting You.” He would even say, “I am still righteous because of Jesus’ blood.”
Well, in the very same year, all his cravings to smoke vanished! When asked how he succeeded, he would say, “It is entirely God and none of me! It is all by His grace.” This man lost all the desire to smoke. That is true transformation.

When you receive the grace of God to do for you what you cannot do, you will experience effortless and permanent change on the inside, which in turn changes your actions on the outside. The Bible tells us that God works in us to give us both the will and ability to perform what He desires. It is God who removes the old want to’s and gives us new ones. And He even gives us the power to carry them out!

Beloved, look to His grace to do what you cannot do. Say, “Lord, I cannot, but You can!” Then, what you experience will not merely be behavior modification, but true and lasting inward transformation!