Perfected Praise Purview

During this covid Pandemic crisis we found ourselves in a new normal. Phrases like social distancing and sanitizing became the order of the day. Everything happens for a reason and for a season. The precious time spent in lockdown will one day be a far memory.

With that in mind, I chose to do something memorable with those lockdown hours. Apart from homeschooling and homemaking, I gave myself a target. I will write from the deposits of my spirit, inspiration and insights we need in our daily lives.

In the past few months, by the grace of God, I poured out as the spirit led. Spending hours in prayers and meditation to understand the mystery of Perfected Praise.

Why Perfected Praise?

Every year in the summer we hold a Perfected Praise Summit in our Church. For three days we spend time in the Presence of God, Praising and just ascribing to Him the honor that is due to His name. It is always such a refreshing moment.

However, I believe that it should not only be moments, there is a possibility of developing it to a lifestyle.

I reflected on my life and I realized it is a praise report. Through the pages of this book you will realize that praise should not only be experienced during a worship service. I can’t wait for you to read it!!

Perfected Praise Purview will lead you on a journey through realms and levels of Praise.

Check this space for the updates.

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Thank you for your continued support and prayers. Your encouragement motivates me to continue serving the purposes of God in our Generation.

Pastor Lucy Paynter.

Fulfill all Righteousness

When Jesus went to Jordan to be baptized, John was hestitant. But Jesus convinced him of the necessity and he complied.

Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him. (NASB) Matthew 3:13-15

The baptism of John signified repentance.Water baptism by immersion symbolizes our identity in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (NASB) Romans 6:3-4

It is our mandated obligation to make disciples all over the world through sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and baptizing them that believe.

Go therefore and  make disciples of  all the nations,  baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit . . . Matthew 28:19 (NASB

In my few years of ministry, by the grace of God, I have not only led people to Christ but also had the opportunity to baptize them. I recently preached about Phillip and how He witnessed to the Ethiopian eunuch. When the Ethiopian saw a pool of water, He requested to be baptized. Phillip baptized him, and He was filled with great joy. Acts 8: 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more and went on his way rejoicing.

There is so much joy that comes from fulfilling all righteousness. I remember when I was baptized with nostalgia. I had faithfully attended discipleship classes for two years. Every time there was baptism, I was told I was too young to be baptized. In that span of two years, the church had conducted eight baptisms. These occurred after three months of vigorous discipleship classes. I attended each session with the hope that, eventually, I will be allowed to partake that essential practice in my new found faith. By the way, this happened when I was between the age of 9-10 years. By the time I turned 11years, the pastor in charge had made me a promise, ” If your parents consent to your baptism, we will not hold you off again, I promise.”

Ooh, the joy that filled my tender heart was unspeakable. I decided to fast and pray before asking my parents to consent. I wanted to be baptized so strongly with every fiber within. I skipped lunch for a whole week and attended lunch hour services to pray, precisely that God will soften my Mum and Dad’s hearts. I look back and am encouraged by how God answered those prayers. Every answered prayer increased my faith and passion for God. On Sunday after the discipleship classes, I made my request, and to my surprise, they agreed. My parents’ response was, ” if the pastors agree to baptize you this year, we have no objection.” I could not wait for Sunday to share my good news with the pastor, so the next day after school, I attended the evening service with the sole purpose of informing Him to write my name on the list.

Months went by, and eventually, the D day was here. My brother Patrick teased me a lot the previous night. The baptism was to happen in the Chania River in Thika. He talked of how if I harbored any sins, the hippos and crocodiles would feast on me. The fear and panic caused me to spend the night on my knees in prayers. I repented every known, and unknown sins sanctified myself by the blood of Jesus and surrendered fully to the will of God. In the morning, I was relaxed and calm as we headed to the river.

My turn came, and I confidently walked into the water, a big smile plastered my face, I was ready to partake in this essential practice in my faith. Something supernatural happened, I tend to attribute it to either the coldness of the water or the divine favor of God. I remember going into the water, and my eyes opened, and I witnessed a magnificent sighting. I saw angels dressed in white apparel and carrying silver, gold, and bronze packages. One by one they gave me the gifts, I counted nine gifts all wrapped, but I came to before I unwrapped any of them. When I came to, I was speaking in tongues, and my mum was helping me change in the changing tent. I tried speaking in ordinary language, but I could not stop myself. When she saw the concern written on my face, she held me and prayed with me in tongues, too, explaining to me that I have not only been baptized with water but with the holy spirit also.

Years later, As I serve the Lord it gives me so much joy to see new believers make that decision. Like that Ethiopian Eunuch as long as there is water nothing should hinder one from being baptized. We have held baptism in pools, streams, rivers and lakes.

As I write this my purpose is to ignite someone’s first love . The passion, the zeal, and the due dilligence we had when we first believed. The desire to follow and fulfill the precepts, the teachings and the statues of the kingdom. May that first love be reactivated in your life in Jesus name.

SEEK HIS FACE OR SAVE YOUR FACE.

I attended a worship experience recently. What a great place to be since it was the last Sunday of the year. I was filled with gratitude and adoration for making it through. One thing was certain as I drove to the event, I needed a safe space to just let my father know that I am grateful for His faithfulness. As we worshipped, I felt the unmistakable, tangible, overwhelming presence of God fill the place. I don’t know whether the others felt it or not, but with tears streaming down my face, I whispered to Him my gratitude. I did not care about who else can feel him or what will people think about me. Needless to say, I had spent a chunk of my preparation time applying makeup that day. My daughter Patience, whose opinion I value on my makeup, was astonished at how good it looked. “Mum, today it’s professional; you look amazing!” She had commented. As with all praises and compliments, that approval had put a spring on my step for the day. (I know you understand that good feeling that adds to your confidence. )

But when His presence came down, I didn’t care for the makeup or the new outfit I had adorned. I had to choose between saving face or seeking His face. I chose the latter.

As we progress in pursuit of God this year, let us chose to seek His face. When Mary worshiped at the feet of Jesus. She did not worry about what the people in the room thought about her or even said concerning her. She wiped His feet with her tears. Broke an expensive alabaster box of perfume. She did not care about the cost. I am sure the box had a way to open and sparingly use the perfume in bits. But she broke it, meaning gave it all. That Worship touched the heart of Jesus.

Purpose with me this year to touch His heart. Imagine what an experience we would have if we gathered in one accord and with the unity of purpose. The purpose is to touch His heart, to seek His face. Where we break our ego, dignity, and titles. Where our seat of emotions is freely released to express hunger, a thirst, and a desire for Him alone. Where our prayers are not aimed at receiving financial, material, or social breakthroughs, but it is all about His will, ways, and purpose.

Like Moses, my heart cries show me your glory. I am amazed at His goodness and glory, but I want to know Him. Yes, it is about the Kingdom, but can we focus on the King?

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Psalm 8:2American Standard Version (ASV)

 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings, hast thou established strength,
Because of thine adversaries,
That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Understanding the power of praise will advance our levels and discipline of Praise.
Join us as we Praise through for our breakthroughs. Join us for the perfected praise summit as we learn about the power of praise and levels of praise.

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Reflections

 

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I imagined how Jesus lived everyday during his ministry with Judas.Jesus knew that his purpose will be fulfilled through Judas.
When calling the apostles Jesus didn’t postpone Judas appointment.Yet Jesus Knew

When assigning responsibility
Judas was an office bearer in Jesus ministry, The treasurer of His ministry was Judas.Yet Jesus Knew.
Judas motives and love of money was in display when a woman with expensive perfume worshipped at Jesus feet.He complained of the act and monetarized the worship to be worthy two hundred denari.Judas hid behind the mask of helping the poor.Yet Jesus Knew.
Judas was ensnared by what he loved most…Money.Thirty pieces of silver would increase the treasury, his ministry would increase.Simply by a kiss and the increase would happen.Yet Jesus Knew.
What do you do with the Judas of your life?
How did Jesus live with Judas in his life?

©Pastor Lucy Paynter

You clean better than anyone else!

Which Work do you do in the church? Is there some work you despise and think others should do it but not you? Before I got born again, I thought some work like cleaning the house was lowly and therefore I left it to my house help. I made a mistake of carrying the same attitude to the church upon getting saved.

There is this one Sunday when I found my lady pastor and her husband cleaning the altar seats as well as sweeping the earthen floor in our village church. I didn’t find anything wrong with them doing the work, though I wondered where they had been on Saturday for they should have done it then to avoid consuming time for church service. I dismissed them as disorganized and time unconscious. Of course I could see my lady pastor feeling embarrassed that they were cleaning as the church members sat waiting for them to finish and begin the service. Little did I know that the work of cleaning the house of God was mine. I had a bachelor degree and teaching in high school; so, I couldn’t imagine that such work can be done by people of my calibre.

After feeding on the Word of God and attending a seminar( actually, God spoke to me in a dream that I should attend that seminar for it was being hosted by a different church, and there we were taught about being faithful stewards even in tough times), I became alert about serving God. This commitment was also prompted further when I started experiencing dreams of the church and it’s compound being dirty. I started cleaning it every Saturday and any time I failed to clean, I would be shown in a dream the dirty compound and that would require I wake up early on Sunday and do it before service.

When I left that church after relocating to another town, I prayed to find out in what area I should serve in the church; and again,  God impressed upon me in a dream that part of  the work I should do there was cleaning the church. Of course there was a lady employed to do the work but God wanted me there. The take was that I would wash the church and in turn God would show me revelations, some pertaining to the church, others personal and others concerning other individuals. After washing for one year, God showed me in a dream that it was time to pursue my masters degree; a promise He had made to me some 6 years back. Thus, doing God’s work opens for us doors of blessings that the devil has closed for along time.

I later moved to the city and this time round I didn’t want to continue washing the church because I was doing my masters at the university, therefore I thought that I should be relieved of the task. So, I didn’t ask God about it. I then had a dream where I was told that I am tired of cleaning the altar. I ignored this for sometime but when other dreams persisted on the same I had to pray for the Grace of God that I accept the task. It was impressed upon me in a dream that I am the one who washes the church thoroughly, better than anyone else. Actually, my personality is such that I am conscious of even the finest dirt and I always go out of my way to clean it, even in contexts outside the church.

Any time I wasn’t available and someone else washed the altar, God would show me in a dream some places not attended, that were dusty, and sure enough, come Sunday, I would see traces of dust in various places, and of course feel embarrassed.

When churches were closed due to the novel Covid 19 epidemic, I too decided to take a leave in washing the church altar, but then I saw in a dream, the church altar having black ant soil on the edges of the carpet, and this impressed upon me that I had to continue washing.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

(Ephesians 4:11,12 NKJV Bible)

In short, there is a task that God wants to entrust a particular person with because God has endowed them with the right skill or God is pleased only when it’s done by that person. Some work is prestigious and can even make one a celebrity, but others are usually looked down upon but God expects us to attend them diligently without complaining.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

(2 Timothy 2:20 NKJV Bible)

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This photo of Irene was taken on Saturday, the 16th of May, 2020, during the washing of a local church altar

 I challenge you to find out what work God wants you to be doing and God will not only release His grace to do it but also bless you out of it. I completed my Masters in Linguistics but I continue washing the altar of God, and God loves it that way. Sanctify yourself for God’s work even when people don’t acknowledge you, because, more importantly, God will honor you. God bless you as you search out the service God wants you to render in His kingdom.

Dead Ministries

The Power of the Cross of Jesus Christ

The Great Commission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Promise,position,purpose

Our God is a promise maker and a promise keeper.Whatever he has promised you got to believe that He will fulfill.
With the promise comes the process.He divinely position you to attain the promise.The best we can do in the positioning stage is remain focused.
Finally the purpose is unveiled and when you understand His purpose in your life,the greatest character is to fear the Promise keeper, the divine positioner,the Purpose fullfiller.
©Pastor Lucy Paynter

Praying

Pray prayerfully
Prayer can be more than words
Prayer can be more than a routine
Prayer can be more than a duty
Prayer can be more than a command

It becomes a lifestyle
It becomes a habit
It becomes a character
It becomes who you are.

When prayer is prayed with understanding
When prayer is prayed with passion
When prayer is made with objection
And above all when prayer is prayed by Faith.

The results are immeasurable
The results are rewarding
The results are encouraging
The results are testimonies.

Don’t just pray , pray prayerfully and i assure you will keep praying for the least to the greatest of your care or worries.For the hearer of the prayers is faithful to answer all our prayers.
©Pastor Lucy Paynter

Answered prayers.

Dead Ministries

pexels-photo-262271The Great Commission

The bible addresses the issue of deceiving appearances. It’s actually ironical that the very highly informed scribes and Pharisees, who knew the law of God very closely and quoted it at every instance, are the same ones who attacked the Word of God(Jesus) ,when He was revealed as messiah. One then wonders how you can teach about the messiah and fail to recognize Him when he comes.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

( Matthew 23:27-28 NKJV)

In the book of Revelation 3:1-2, the Holy Spirit talks of a dead church:

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,

‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.

But in this article, I wish to talk of dead ministries. It’s possible to be born again and go about life as if everything is okay, yet there is a calling to God’s work you haven’t answered. Consequently, the kingdom of God suffers scarcity of workers.

Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

(Luke 10:2 NKJV)

Sadly, this is the case in these latter times, despite the fact that the Holy Spirit is being poured upon all flesh.

28 “And it shall come to pass afterward

That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

Your old men shall dream dreams,

Your young men shall see visions.

29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants

I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

(Joel 2:28-29 NKJV)

Prophesy, visions and dreams should be for edifying the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit releases many gifts and ministries for His work. Despite this, no sooner do many people answer the call to serve God than their ministries die. This results from a number of factors, but here I will discuss only one.

Some ministries die because the said ministers are mislocated. There are many Christians that are members of big churches yet God wants them to be in a small upcoming church, so as to support it to full growth. I was a culprit in this kind of a situation.

Immediately I got born again, I was advised by a certain pastor to join a Pentecostal church so as to grow spiritually. He took me to a number of them and ordinarily, I chose one just because it had many members contrasted with the others. Nevertheless, for the three months I was a member there, I was totally feeling out of place. The pastor was greatly used by God with great teaching, the members praised and worshipped well, but I always felt I didn’t fit. I thus embarked on a prayer to God to show me where I should fellowship, or tell me my purpose for being there. I prayed for a time but God didn’t answer.

Then one Saturday, I told God that the next day, Sunday, I would not go to church, not unless He showed me where to go. That night, I had this dream. I saw so many graves lined up on a patch of land. The graves were cemented white with white crosses. They were beautiful to behold. But then a voice told me that I would end up like that if I continued to go to that church.

In the morning I decided to attend service in a small church deep in the village near there. The lady pastor there was a member of a home cell fellowship I had started to attend. One day, I visited her home and as we shared, I got surprised to realize that a dream I had before meeting her was exactly similar to the things she was telling me about her past life. Her house was similar to the house I had seen in the dream. In the dream, it had been impressed upon me that God had walked in a great way with this pastor and would use her in a great way in the future. As I listened to her talk now in real life, I marveled every now and then, just as I had marveled in the dream, at the things God had done in her life since she started pastoral work while in Form two.

As days passed by, I got more revelations that I should support this pastor and her church in every way, even financially. Later I realized I was to train on mission work under her, and this church was really favored in missions. We managed to hold whole week crusades and revivals in several places in Kenya, then in Rwanda and Uganda. After that, God opened international doors and the pastor went to preach in the USA, actually in seven states within a short period; February to July. God has now lead her to open a church in the USA that continues hosting many missions of the work of God, and for all this we give all the glory to God.

Contrary to this, the other church I had attended earlier was not gifted in mission work, meaning if I had continued going there, my missionary ministry would have died. Of course I believe that church has a different mandate that edifies the body of Christ because the body has different organs and parts that perform different tasks.

Brethren, ask for God’s leading as to where you should serve Him, with whom and how, for He is willing to show you. In the same note, don’t despise a humble beginning. The mega churches we have in the kingdom of God were once small churches but God used people to support them to such high heights. Don’t let your ministry( the work the Lord has called you to do in His kingdom) die, just because you aren’t where God wants you to be. The beautiful, white, cemented graves represent the many ministries that the Holy Spirit has released upon many Christians, but though the Christians appear okay, especially when they fellowship and feel blessed, they are carrying dead ministries inside them, just because they aren’t doing what God called them to do. God bless you as you embark on a self search of who you are in the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit through revelations and prophecy is always at hand to help.

The Power of the Cross of Jesus Christ

 

The Power of the Cross of Jesus Christ

pexels-photo-415571 I had a dream that I was standing outside our house and in front of me stood a huge monument; an image of a house help called Muthoni. She was dressed like a girl and everyone that passed stood shortly to look and wonder at this girl. Muthoni is my name. I then started to climb a structure against which the monument stood. I carried a wooden cross as I climbed. When I reached the top, the monument collapsed and poured as pieces of marble that had been used to mould it. I then flew freely in the air above so many people who had gathered in what looked like a crusade. I was preaching to them as they waved at me in the air so joyously.

This dream captures the state of captivity we grew up in and finally the power of deliverance released to me and my siblings when most of us got born again and sought the Lord.

There was actually an altar in our family, that of being employed as house helps, or doing wage labour that did not pay well. Not once or twice did my sisters and I accompany my mother for this wage labour. The adults in the 80s were receiving Ksh. 60 as daily pay, whereas us children got so little. During my first time, I got Ksh. 5, the second time Ksh. 1 and 50 cents and the third time I got Ksh. 4 and 50 cents.

My oldest sister dropped from school in Form two due to lack of school fees, and off she went to be employed as a house help; a status she held until she got married. All my other younger sisters, after completing standard eight, could not go to secondary school, again due to lack of school fees. They followed suit and got employment as house helps which continued until they got married.

I was lucky to go to a provincial government high school as I was performing well. However, every holiday I would engage in wage labour with my mother to raise school fees for the following term. My sisters also supported my mother with the little they earned where they were employed as house helps. Nevertheless, the fees balance still accumulated whereby when I opened school for first term Form Three, the deputy principal sent me away for fees and warned my mother not to take me back until all fees was paid. In fact, she advised my mother to take me to a day school, because in this school I was being sent home for fees every now and then. The day schools at that time weren’t performing well and thus my mother, who didn’t have a coin to take me there, dismissed that idea. It was thus obvious that my education had come to an end.

My aunt got me a job at Buruburu in Nairobi, with a monthly salary of Ksh. 700. I worked for three months up to April, but God is good because, the principal of my high school( God bless her), who had been away when the deputy sent me home for good, sent my cousin at the end of first term to tell me to go back to school and be paying little by little. That is the way I completed high school, but with a balance of Ksh. 9,000, which in 1995 was a huge balance.

I got a grade of B- in my exam result, which was good enough to earn me a temporary teaching job in a day secondary school. But I was ignorant of that fact and nobody gave me such a thought. My best friend in the village actually got such a job, but myself, who had even qualified to go to the university, continued working as a house girl.Of course this was the captivity of the devil. By the time I realized that my friend was working as a teacher, there was little time to apply as our university program was about to begin. I thus worked for two good years as a house help before going to the university, and thus managed to clear my high school debt as well as saved a little for my university education, of course with the help of my siblings and mother.

When I got born again, I had the above dream and realized it was a demonic altar that worked against our education and rendered us to hold menial jobs like house helps, with meagre salary. I prayed against this and the testimony now is that presently, none of my siblings, nieces and nephews are working as house helps, and all my siblings children complete secondary school education. I give all the glory to God for breaking this evil altar for us. The cross of Jesus on Calvary finished all the oppression of the devil and his demons, for all who believe and seek this deliverance. Whenever we pray, God hears and answers all our prayers. My brother, my sister, seek the Lord and you will be able to possess your blessings. The Holy Spirit can reveal to you the evil altars that speak against your life and that of your family, and through prayers and fasting you can break them and be free.

Below are the words of Jesus Christ that were prophesied by Prophet Isaiah, and Jesus later read these very words in the temple when he began his ministry here on earth.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

( Isaiah 61:1 NKJV Bible)

I thank you Lord Jesus for delivering me and my family, and I know you are doing greater things upon our lives.

Thank You

Am taking this opportunity to thank everyone who has partcipated in the successful launch of Perfected Praise Purview book. May almighty God exceedingly bless you. Our God is to be praised at all times!
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I cannot thank you enough for your continued support towards this work, may almighty God bless you and fill your mouths with praise.
Shalom
Pastor Lucy Paynter.

Glorious Good Girlfriends

There is a challenge going on currently on social media platforms aimed at women empowering each other. Once tagged one is expected to accept the challenge by posting her picture in black and white. The challenge began in response to one Turkish woman who was brutally murdered. It is to voice together in solidarity No to violence against women. Understanding the concept behind the challenge prompted me to accept it gracefully.

Needless to say the challenge also made me appreciate my girlfriends. Every one needs friends who are genuine. These are people who celebrate you and critic you when necessary.

They are friends who you can be goofy and silly with without fear of judgement. Friends that are there when you need to vent and just get something of your chest without fear of confidentiality issues.

Unfortunately in this era and age, such friends are rare. So if you have such treasure them and become the best friend one can have. The desire to have such friends is ingrained in many people but not everyone has the grace to pursue. The hesitation is derived from past betrayals and heartaches. One may not necessarily have gone through betrayal but I am sure we know of a few who have gone through it. However, one bad experience can not keep you forever from enjoying the gift of friendship.

Proverbs 18:24

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

There is always that friend who will stick with you through high waters. My prayer is that the Lord will connect you with such.

Proverbs 17:17

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

Job 16:20-21

“My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.”

May we also pursue becoming better friends to the friends we have. I chose to become that friend who not just have good times, but a friend who can make intercession on behalf of my friends. Thinking of intercession, I know of several people who lost friends because they lacked confidentiality in prayers. A friend shares a prayer need with you and in your ignorance or anxiety you share that need with others. The motive maybe right but eventually it turns from being a prayer need into the hot gossip in your prayer circles. I always say, if someone needs corporate prayers in regard to something they are going through, it’s their responsibility to share with others but not mine.

Proverbs 27:9

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.”

May we enjoy the sweetness of friendship. Sometimes back before the corona happened, together with my girlfriends we had a girls night out. We took our daughters out and just had a fun filled night. Sometimes, due to the busy schedules and various responsibilities we forget to pause and smell the roses.

If there is something this pandemic has taught me is to enjoy every moment for tomorrow is unknown. I challenge you today to appreciate those friends and also embark on a journey to become a better friend.

Romans 12:10

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

Thank you to all my friends. I appreciate you all. Much love. Let us outdo one another in showing honor.

Spiritual Weapons

pexels-photo-246982As a new believer, I could hear my pastor and other brethren emphasize on the power in the name of Jesus and other spiritual weapons that one can employ while in the spiritual battle. The significance of this became clear when I had this dream.

In the dream, I was climbing up a very high precipice, but every time I made progress, there is this ugly, old, skinny, dirty man in rags, whom I recognized as the devil, who would come and pull me back to the ground. I would feel infuriated, struggle to resist him with fists, and then proceed to climb again; just to have him pull me all over again! I struggled with him several times until I grew so weary that I couldn’t struggle anymore. Suddenly, I remembered the teaching on the spiritual weapons and decided to employ them, at first, hesitantly. I said, “Blood of Jesus,” and guess what? I was lifted by some unseen power from the ground to some height. I then said, “Name of Jesus.” And there I was been lifted higher. I then said, “Angels of God.” And you have guessed right, I was lifted even higher. By now, I had enough confidence in these weapons such that I declared them loud and strongly, whereby I finally found myself on top of the precipice. On its edges, I found the old ugly devil had followed me, but on foot, and now that I had victory, he turned, looked at me badly and started going down the cliff, in a stooped stature of defeat.

Upon reflecting on the dream, I realized how powerful these weapons are. Many are times we children of God struggle with problems, yet we just need to speak the Blood of Jesus upon them, pray in the name of Jesus or tell God to send His angels to help us. Now I employ this strategy in many areas. When I have a lot of work, I tell God to send His angels to do it and guess what? I always find I have done the work with shorter time, more efficiently and without feeling tired. Every morning I tell God to give me and my son angels of protection and guidance for the day. For the sins of my family and nation, I plead the Blood of Jesus, the Grace and the mercies of God to subside the wrath of God.

Of course there are other weapons I often use effectively like the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn and scatter demons; the rod of the stem of Jesse to crash the demons; the lightning of God to electrocute the devil and his demons; the hailstones of God to crash the demonic altars; the earthquake and nuclear bombs of the Holy Spirit to demolish evil altars; the sword of God to cut the chords of the yoke of the enemy off my shoulders, and so on and so forth. We have been given the resources and authority to use so as to overcome the evil in the world, and more encouraging, we have the victory of Jesus Christ!

This is what has enabled me survive in this journey the last eleven years of salvation. Any weapon that God used to fight His battles is always at hand for our use. Any weapon used in the physical realm also exists in the spiritual realm, for instance nuclear bombs, and therefore at our disposal to use. Dear child of God, why struggle in this life while you can just ask God to release His angel Michael and the battalion in heaven; angels of warfare, to fight for you!

Some of these weapons are supported by the following scriptures:

Joshua 10:11

And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword.

Psalms 18:13

The Lord thundered from heaven,

And the Most High uttered His voice,

hailstones and coals of fire.

Hebrews 10:19

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus

Revelation 12:7, 8

7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

Psalms 18:14

He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe,

lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.

Isaiah 11:1, 4

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse

He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth

The Great Commission

Jesus Christ is coming back soon

 

 

 

Missed Opportunities

Ruth and Oprah were married to siblings. Ruth chose to follow her widowed mother in law, Oprah kissed her goodbye and went back to her Fathers house. We never read what happened to Oprah.
But for Ruth she looked at her mother in law and said this words
‘do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you, for where you go I will go where you lodge I will lodge,. Your people shall be my people and your God shall be my God, where you die I will die, and there shall I be burried’ Ruth 1:15.
We meet Ruths name again in the new testament
Mathew1:5 as a great grandmother to our Lord Jesus Christ
Ruth though a Moabite like Oprah made a decision that put her in the list of great Women among the Jews!
Following a widow who had nothing to hold on to but her God. She embraced the, land, the people, the culture , and above all the God of Naomi, she was ready to die and be burried in a foreign Land.
Naomi was Ruth’s destiny helper.
I believe something good could have happened to oprah if she had followed Naomi, ,
My question still remains, what became of Oprah? How many times do we leave our destiny connectors to return to our familiar ground?
What do I learn from this?

 

 

1) God can choose you a Mentor, or destiny helper / connector in a dislikable state like Naomi, Never dismiss anyone for who they are today, God holds tomorrow.

2) God’s presents don’t come to you neatly wrapped., at times they stink with issues surrounding them. Wasn’t Naomi sorounded by lose and grief ? No wonder no neighbour escorted her back home.

  1. God hides your potential, your hour of glory in serious challenges to eliminate opportunists who would follow you if they knew what is beneath your rags .

Prayers:

Lord give us the heart of Ruth, clearly speak to our inner man, to recognise our Naomi when you present her to us, help us to, sit under the grace favor and wisdom, be obedient, loving and follow instructions from our Naomi.
Amen.
●Pastor Lucy Paynter

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