Saturday, March 28, 2020

JOIN ME IN PRAYER


While I was exercising about 2 days ago, as I took advantage of that time to continue meditating on the Word of God, I got this verse in my inner man, Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof: the world and they that dwell therein”. As I continued dwelling on the verse, I came to the conclusion that it’s encouraging us to remember that we belong to God Almighty, the Lord of Hosts. With hands lifted in honor and adoration to our God and Father, let us pray- conscious that we belong to Him and we’re preserved in Him. (I used the first person singular because when reading you’ll do same. Everyone we have a loving interest in, is included in this prayer. As sons of God, we’re taking our place to declare God’s absolute power at work in and through us to all the nations of the world.)  

PRAYER

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we stand with assurance before Your throne of grace, the supreme court of the universe and present this earnest request and humble entreaty offered and made on behalf of all mankind. Your Name is blessed forever and You are the Source of all light with whom there can be no variation, never subject to change; who casts no shadow on earth. I give thanks to You for You are the source of my life in Christ Jesus who has become my wisdom and righteousness, consecration and redemption. You have sent forth and commissioned all angels as ministering spirits to attend and execute Divine service on behalf of the heirs of Salvation. You have sent them forth as subordinates in service to my command to act on my behalf and to perform errands at my behest. I now summon the Heavenly hosts to come to my assistance in the Name of Jesus and Lord of all, to minister to me that I may be kept entire, being made materially prosperous, most blessed and highly favored in all my ways. I worship and reverence the Name of the Lord my God. Encamp around me and keep guard over me, deliver me from evil and prevent it from coming night unto me. Day and night keep watch over me and fulfill your service unto God. Gracious Father, I declare that Your Spirit within me does not impart fearfulness, timidity, or cowardice but rather You have given me the Spirit of power, love and of a sound mind of sobriety, calm and self-control. I am delivered and liberated from ear and terror. I refuse to fear for You are my God and You are with me. No fatal or destructive plague shall scourge me or my family and loved ones with calamity for we are preserved. I commit my total life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ; spiritually, mentally, physically, socially and financially. I belong to Him and He is Lord of my spirit, soul and body. Jesus is my absolute Master; He has conquered and I’m victorious in Him. Because I belong to Abba Father, I am all that matters to Him. I believe what you have declared and that I will say, ‘I will live and not die to declare the marvelous Work of the Lord’. As Christ is, so am I in this world. Thank You Father for the lives of every medical personnel, everyone who is doing everything to see to it that this COVID-19 is brought to an end. We bless You Father for those in authority who are working relentlessly to see that men are set free from this COVID-19, we pray that they be preserved. Thank You for their noble services to humanity, and we pray Your wisdom be exalted in all the laboratories globally in the Name of Jesus! Thank You eternal Father, for this pandemic is over and we receive your peace in the Name of Jesus, Amen!


Thursday, March 19, 2020

YOU ARE NOT ORDINARY




I was watching the news today and the journalist made this statement “the whole world is freaking out and they have virtually forgotten how to live their lives.” That’s in reference to COVID-19 which truly seems to be getting the best of many people around the world. It’s quite tempting not to be afraid especially if the disease is in your city. But be encouraged and know you’re not ordinary, why do I say so? Because Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior and He lives in you. John 3:16 (Dallas Willard Translation) “God’s care for humanity was so great that He sent His unique Son among us, so that those who count on Him as God’s love to them might not lead a futile and failing existence, but have the undying life of God Himself”. Amen! Because you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior by faith, you now have the incorruptible, indestructible, uncreated and undying life of God in you. You have passed from death unto life (John5:24) and you are seated with Christ in the Heavenly realms far above principalities and powers. Wherever Jesus is, you are and that makes you someone who is in no way ordinary. The God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is now our Father in Christ.

Dear brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, do not let yourself be afraid for our God has gone ahead of us and has made every crooked path straight. His mercies that are ever new abound towards us and because we trust in Him, He will never fail us.  You’re not to relate with yourself by mere human standards for you’re essentially spirit; joined together with Christ in an inseparable union (1 Corinthians 6:17). You are the righteousness of God in Christ, sanctified and justified by faith in Him. You and I are partakers of the resurrection life that Christ presently lives in us. Jesus Christ chose you and I and included us into Himself; our lives are inextricably bound to His. We are energized from within by the life of God and if God is the life in us in Christ, it’s only but evident that His nature is equally dwelling in us. His genetic imprint is within us. The cross of Jesus Christ has eternally separated you and I from any association of the fall. You’re the new creation created in Christ unto good works. You’re not conformed to the fears of this world but you’re renewed in the spirit of your mind by the knowledge of Christ in you. YOU’RE NOT ORDINARY. You are so one and intertwined with Jesus Christ that the begotten of God, in keeping you it implies He is keeping Himself (1 John 5:18). Jesus Christ was made a curse for you and I, so that in Him we can become the blessing. He was made sickness, that in Him we might be made whole. He went into harm’s way, that in Him we might be preserved from harm ( even pandemics).

PRAYER

Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you for making me a partaker of your divine nature which has endowed me with the capacity to love you. This day I take my place in Christ and I stand in the power of His might; I stand in Christ for the victory has been won and in Christ the victory is mine. I profess with joy that Jesus is Lord of my life; I am blessed, whole, preserved and complete in Him. Because I am in Christ, I declare that I’m not ordinary, I have His life. My confidence is what Christ has done for me on the cross. I will live and not die to declare the wondrous works of Jesus Christ. Amen!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

AN OPEN LETTER TO MY DADDY ON HIS BIRTHDAY


Dear daddy aka PA NGWANI

This is a letter I wrote last year for Father’s Day but my laptop crashed before I could post it. I’m writing to you on this day on behalf of our entire family and though you may not be here to live this moment, one thing is certain; the world deserves to know how much of a great husband, father and grandfather you were. Daddy it’s no secret we had so many fun memories together; you used to take us to the bakery to choose whatever we like and when we used to take just one yoghurt (Camlait then) but you’ll add. You paid us surprise visits at school during long break (recess) so you can share that time with us and our friends. You taught us to be honest, confident in ourselves and to be satisfied with what we have. You were our home Bible teacher and you actively took part in evening devotions. You encouraged us to speak the dialect ‘Limbum’ and even when Vanessa and I were constantly mixing the tenses and prepositions, you were always patient to correct us and crack a joke so we don’t feel bad. You bought Eleanor and I books with Wimbum folklores and riddles just so we improve on our knowledge of our culture. You were keen to discover our talents and encouraged us even more. Bawe drew “Mr Ratty the Advisor” and you asked him to post it the wall so we can read all the time. You loved it when we made songs and sang in the evening before you and mama. You would always come home early in the evening so you can spend time with us and you never liked missing lunch as well.

Daddy, do you remember when we were living in Nkambe just with you? You cooked, washed and cleaned when we were in school and when we returned home from school, you had left a short note on the floor indicating the date and the time you wrote the note. Haha. You were so organized and caring, we knew where you kept most of your things. You were not only kind-hearted, you were down to earth, loving, generous and you have a great sense of humor. You used to send credit to our phones and when we call you to thank you, you won’t pick just so you can be the one to call again. You took us to public restaurants; one time in Buea you went as far washing three plates for you, me and Eleanor since the lady instructed people to wash their plates before they are served pepper-soup. You didn’t bother to tell me to go and wash them for us, and it didn’t end there, you stood on the queue and brought the pepper soup for us on our table. That’s my humble daddy and believe me we have never forgotten any of this noble deeds. You were always looking out for us, talking to us about life, relationships, boys and more; always ready to caution when you see us hanging out with any strange fellow. You had a catapult collection because you loved hunting birds. You never let our dog Shaggy go for a day without food. Oh daddy, when we used to travel, you were always at the Car park waiting us irrespective of the time and when we travelled to another city, you’ll insist we call on arrival so you know we have arrived safely. Funny enough, you called at short intervals just to know how far we’ve gone in the journey (deep sigh). You were a gem of a man, a super man without a cape and believe me when I say I could write a whole book of thousands of pages about you. When our family was hard-pressed with challenges especially financial, you encouraged us to be strong and stay together while trusting God.  You were never ashamed of your weaknesses and you were always ready to make us understand. You had the habit of checking on us while we are asleep and even when your grandchildren visited you never failed to wake Kerry- Alvin up several times at night just to make sure he doesn’t pee on the bed. You were our mother’s romantic and loving husband, our goofy and strict yet caring daddy. You were your grandchildren’s super granddaddy, who was always going out of his way to make them happy. You’re one person no one has stopped missing, we see you in everything we do and I pray by the Grace of God we make you proud. We bless God Almighty for your and we're grateful He chose you to be our earthly father. We love you!!!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

YOU’RE HID IN CHRIST WITH GOD


Recently, there’s been a lot of panic almost worldwide because of COVID-19 aka Corona virus. People are living in absolute fear of the unknown, while others are busy releasing prophecies of doom. Every day I come across strange things written by ‘Christians’ on social media about God punishing the world or the world coming to an end; blah, blah, blah. That’s a lot of negativity spreading and with more and more people living in fear. I have this to start with, God is love and that is my assurance. God manifested His love towards us in that he sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ into the world that we might live through Him (1 john 4:7, 9-10KJV). There’s no side of God that He can reveal to us apart from His love. Verse 19 of 1John 4 reminds us that He first loved us and because of that dear brethren in Christ don’t believe in any prophecy of doom; our God is a good Father.

Colossians 3:3 “For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God”. When Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, He took on flesh and blood representing all mankind in Himself (John 1:14). He was crucified as all mankind; he died and rose from the grave after 3days and nights as all mankind. In His resurrection, He brought forth the New Man which John describes as men who are not born of the will of man but who are born of God (John 1:12-13) Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:15 “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace”.  Amen! In Him we’re secure because He made us One with His God and Father who is now ours as well. Your life is hid in Christ from every calamity that may want to come near you or your dwelling (Psalm 91:1-3). Because you’re hid in Christ, you’re preserved, delivered and protected from any plague or diseases. In Christ you’re above, over and beyond every trace of whatsoever may want to corrupt your body and bring destruction. You’re victorious in Him and you have overcome everything negative that wants to cloud your mind from looking up to your sustainer, Jesus Christ. The Father and God of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is faithful and he will never put you to shame because you trust in Him. He will not let any harm come to you neither will it come to your household. You will live and not die to declare the marvelous works of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Be encouraged brethren in Christ, our God is for us and with us; He has gone ahead and has freed the world of this disease. We declare as the sons of God that the mercies of Jesus Christ have prevailed over the nations of the earth in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

We’re preserved in Christ Jesus our Lord!!!

Monday, February 10, 2020

IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING




There are times when we read a verse in the Bible and wonder if it has always been there. This is because we get an insight from the Holy Spirit that opens the eyes of our understanding to a whole new perspective. Never forget that Word of God is eternal and sufficient for all times because it’s Christ revealing the goodness and mercies of God to us always. Today, Acts 17:28 popped up from within me and I found myself meditating on it and to the Glory of our God and Father, it changed a lot about my perception of the father. Acts 17:28NLT “For in Him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, we are His offspring” Look at the first part of this verse ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being (as KJV puts it) First things first “what does it mean to live in Christ and how is it possible”? Galatians 2:20KJV “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Thanks to the crucifixion, death, burial and raising of Jesus Christ, we have eternal Life which is the incorruptible, uncreated, immortal, invincible life of God in us. And now the life we live every second, minute and every hour etc. we live in Him who loved us and gave Himself not only for us but as us.

With this in mind, every time you or see anything contrary to Christ in you; tell yourself “Because I live in the One true living God who loved me and gave Himself up for me and as me, I’m confident that everything is working together for my good. My mistakes/imperfections don’t define me. Everything I do is successful and produces excellent results. Because I live in Christ, the favor of God surrounds me everywhere I go. I am a blessing to the blessing to the nations of the world. The wisdom of God is revealed in and through me, and many see His goodness in my life and trust in His love them as well”. ‘In Him I move and have my being’ is an assurance of His protection in our lives. Many people are afraid to travel or displace themselves because they’re afraid of accidents and more. But brethren, because ‘in Him we move’, we’re preserved and kept safe and secure, we have passed from death unto life and we will live and not die to declare the wondrous works of Jesus Christ. We go out and come back with all that is good, we spread love as we move and everywhere we go we’re dispensers of the God-life by proclaiming His love for us all. My feet are His and they only minister peace wherever I step them.  Because I exist/have my being in the God and Father of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, He’s Lord over everything that concerns me. As He is whole with nothing missing and nothing broken, so am I in this world. Sickness shall not dwell in my body and my mind is peace and kept in sobriety.”

You’re blessed with all blessings in Christ Jesus!!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

ANOTHER LOOK AT JEREMIAH 29:11



This is the New Year of a New Decade and funny enough I didn’t notice how the last decade went until we got here. I was meditating this morning on Jeremiah 29:11NLT “For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and nor for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” King James ends it with an ‘expected end’. As I’m meditating more on this verse, I came to understand that God has always had plans to demonstrate his love for us in a more intimate and particular way, Him sending His only Begotten son Jesus Christ is no small sacrifice for our own sakes. In John 3:16 we’re exposed to the degree at which father god loved us and sent his only Son to die in our place that we who believe in him will receive eternal life and so we’ll not perish. The plans of God for us which he designed from the foundation of the world was to become like us, take part in all that we face and die with them in his own body that in his resurrection we might receive eternal life in Christ Jesus. He paid the full price of our sin in his death on the cross and at his resurrection we became the new creation in him. No wonder Apostle John said in John 5:24 that because we have the life of the Son which in other words is Eternal life, we have passed from death unto life. Glory to the Father!

Brethren in Christ, Father God has shared his Life with us in his Son Jesus Christ. He has made us full partakers of his very own life and co-heirs with Christ. Because of the great love wherewith he has loved us, we’re more than conquerors, overcomers who reign in righteousness and grace. We can never fail and we’ll never be put to shame. We’re seated with Christ in the Heavenly places far above principalities and powers. We’re more than conquerors. The plans of God will take full physical manifestation in your life and mine this new decade because those are His thoughts towards us. Jesus Christ is our hope and He is our assurance that the plans God has for us will never fail and that they will always be good.

You’re blessed in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

GIVE THANKS!!!




Giving thanks is believed mostly to be an act or words spoken to express gratitude. When someone does something for you, common reflex requires that you say ‘thank you’. Giving thanks to God is a lot different. If you have to give Him thanks for the many countless things He’s done; I believe your vocabulary will be made up of one phrase with four words “Thank you Lord Jesus”. Before I continue with this post, I’ll like to take this opportunity to thank you reading this and everyone who has liked, shared and has been part of this blogging journey. You have been an invisible strength and you’ve always pushed me not to relent nor give up; I bless God for your life.  I know I’ve not been very consistent lately due to some restraints but I believe by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ 2020 won’t be the same. Now David the great Psalmist had these unique songs where he expressed his gratitude towards God. He blessed God for His love that never fails, for His unconditional acceptance and more. He made statements like “what shall I render to my Lord for His goodness towards me”. Most of his psalms commend us to “Give thanks unto the Lord…” because He was conscious of God’s goodness (‘Celebrate God’s goodness in your life’ is another blog post here)

Thanksgiving is not just a one day event which comes once a year but a lifestyle. Father God is faithful, He provides daily for our needs, strengthens us even when we’re weak and faced with circumstances that challenge us. His Life in us energizes and vitalizes us to move forward and not faint. In His love for us, He will never fail us. Sometimes we feel we’re going through something that holds us back from giving thanks but believe me when I say that situation can only work for your good (Romans 8:28). Speak life which is the Word of God into that situation and no matter what you see, don’t be discouraged. Apostle Paul commends us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV “In everything give thanks for it is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”. I know it’s hard not to complain when faced with a struggle but don’t quit. My younger sister encouraged me to either sing a song that reminds me of God’s faithfulness or to speak in tongues rather than complain. Though it has not always been easy, it has been worthwhile.

Dear brethren in Christ, I don’t know what you may be going through but one thing I encourage you to do is give thanks. Father God has not brought you this far to leave you nor cast you away. His plan for your life and mine stands firm and cannot fail. He chose you and I and is not ashamed to call us His children; belonging to His family. God cannot lie and He will never abandon us His children. His mercy and unending love keeps us. Let’s give Him thanks for His great love that will never fail. We will not be afraid, neither will we give up for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has gone ahead and has made every crooked path straight. It’s a new day and we’re living in His victory. Give thanks because our God who called us unto the fellowship of His Son is faithful and will not fail us (1 Corinthians 1:9). Because of you families come to knowledge of the truth (Gospel), you’re a blessing and so give thanks. You’re a solution to international affairs because Christ is your wisdom. You’re among those who will bring great change the nations of this world. Christ is in you and He is your life, give thanks.
You’re blessed in Christ Jesus!!!