LIVING MIRACLE

I have been very emotional since I stumbled on this, i was home today and was looking through my dads stuff and saw this one that struck me. What caught my attention was the date, before i was even born.
Even if I was asleep and you woke me up I don’t need a soothsayer to tell that this is my late dad’s hand writing. Blessed memories.

The story is that my mum was told by medical practitioners both home and abroad that she would never give birth ,in fact her womb was badly distorted and damaged. Then there was nothing like IVF’s so nothing could be done for them medically. My mum almost slipped into depression, her wedding night was her first time of ever being with a man ,she was only 18, what had she done to deserve such an ugly plight?

The years rolled by but Daddy was not perturbed, he was such a man of faith .He told me that one night after a worship session he clearly heard God’s voice say “Idika it is done, 3”. He sprang up with a mixture of fear and shock, he was sure he heard someone speak to him , the voice was very loud and audible like the person spoke right into his ears, but he was all alone in the sitting room. He burst into the bed room and woke his wife up from sleep, he recounted his experience to her which was met with a loud outburst of tears. She wept badly, she wondered what 3 meant. She felt it meant 3 more years, she had already waited for many years, three years extra was too much . Daddy encouraged her and built up her faith in God, he rocked her back to bed before he sneaked into his library and wrote down this details on the picture below.(I was born to meet a room filled with shelves of books, daddy’s library, lol ).

My dad wrote down our names even before we were conceived and spoke life to the dead situation hovering around him.

He knew it would take a miracle for his wife to conceive and give birth, the child who would wiggle its way through the storm can only be miraculous, in fact the child had to be called Miracle.

A while later my mum was asleep and in the dream a tall man wearing a lab coat came and performed a surgery on her, he pulled out her old smelling womb and replaced it with a new one. (Well ,She kept saying that she was not certain it was a dream, she said she saw the door open and a very tall man walked in. She couldn’t see his face ,he was so tall. Her eyes were open and she was awake but she was transfixed at the spot she lay so that she couldn’t move or scream ,she only regained herself as soon as he was done and walked back out through the door and shut it behind him).

She sprang up and for couple of days, kept pondering on the rare encounter she had .It didn’t take long before I was conceived and just like it was written down it was a girl.
Daddy named me Miracle (friends and relatives who know me well and those who have been reading my post for a while know about this name, I’ve talked about it severally) . Mum named me Laura which means (victory and strength) Paternal Grandma named me Margaret (pearl). Maternal Grandma named me (Eziolilianyachi) Good hope on God. (The name came forth during a prophecy in Assemblies even before I was conceived).
Truly my life has been a Miracle, I thrive wherever I find myself.

My parents told me the story. My dad kept telling everyone ,it was like his national anthem .At a time I got weary of the gist, it was stale. Each time he faced a turbulence, he reminded himself of that particular incidence. I didn’t quite understand, sometimes I felt he was merely jabbering. Now I’m more mature and I really do understand, sometimes you need to build up your confidence in God by remembering the Miracles that he has wrought in your life. Counting your blessings one by one is enough to shut up doubt ,the devil and all his cohorts.

Sorry I digressed too much, this whole gist is not about me but about what was written by my dad. He wrote three and he bore three in the same progression as he wrote it. Girl, boy ,boy.

I don’t know who has lost hope
I don’t know who is battling with an ailment.
I don’t know who needs a Miracle.

I just wanna tell y’all that God has not changed, he never changes .He is still in the business of doing Miracles.

Write down the positive .
The Doctor says you have cancer? Write that you are hale and hearty and that you do not have cancer.
The doctor says that you have HIV? Go ahead and write that you are negative.
You can’t conceive ,you lost your womb in an abortion?
I don’t care whose fault it is, God is not bothered about our mistakes. Go ahead and write down the names of your children .

Don’t just write, start to speak. Speak forth your children, speak forth your job ,speak life into dead situations.

Let the record stay so that many years from now, whenever you or your children stumble on that record your faiths would be strengthened, it would be a reminder that God is still in the business of doing Miracles. Your affliction isn’t unto death, its so that the name of God would be glorified.

You don’t need to do anything to deserve some storms of life, sometimes life just happens and only the bold and courageous win the Battle of life.
At the end everything would be fine, if everything isn’t fine its not yet the end.

My dad had another encounter with God and God spoke this words to him “My son there are 365 fear nots in the Bible, so everyday fear not”.

So here I am telling everyone reading this now that’s there are 365 fear nots in the Bible, so everyday fear not.

Just thought I should share, hope someone is encouraged.
Don’t forget to write your own positive version of that ugly situation down and speak life into it.

” Drops mic sways hair and catwalks away”.
©Laura Ezinne Idika

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Watchdog

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John 21:17 – 22 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry [thee] whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what [shall] this man [do]? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what [is that] to thee? Follow thou me.

This is a very interesting story.
Jesus went to see his disciples after his resurrection and was having a personal time with Peter, telling him about some important things and giving him important instructions about ministry and his responsibility towards the Lord’s sheep. This was a critical part of Peter’s ministry and in the middle of this important  conversation, Peter takes his focus off the master, looks about and sees John and says, “Jesus, how about that guy? What will he do?”

Hmmmmmmmmm

Jesus answered him, “If it is my will that he stays alive till I come, how does that concern you? You, Mr Peter, follow Me.
(Paraphrased )

Like Peter, many of us have taken our eyes off the master and off what he is calling us to be. We have decided to get ourselves busy with what the master did not send us to do or what is completely out of our business.
We are now self-appointed watch dogs of the body of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

On this list, there is no watchdog.

We spend our time insulting Pastors, insulting their messages, insulting the prophesies they give, we insult their lives, we insult their ministries, we call them thieves, we call them fake, we call them all manner of names, we recruit followers to do same and we feel good with ourselves that we are doing the right thing.
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Are there fake Pastors? Of course, yes.
So also, good and genuine Pastors exist who have been called by God to minister to the body of Christ. There are church leaders who call themselves and there are some who God called that are doing what God has called them to do. There are others too who God called but missed their way along the line.

However,
Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another anymore: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in [his] brother’s way.

He will judge all of us whether he called us or we called ourselves.

Jesus knows how to clean up his house. He took up a cane and drove out the money changers when the temple was being misused but before you too pick up a cane to do same out of self-imposed wrath, know this,

James 1:20 … the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

So wait for Jesus to put the cane in your hand. When he does, his rebuke through you will set the men of God right and it will win your brother.
Most of the criticism we do on social media only drives the unsaved away from the church and destroys the trust the saved have for the church. So, it does not help anybody.

Before you complain again that I am advocating that the fake preachers should continue in their deception, remember what Jesus told Peter. He said, Peter, feed my sheep, feed my lamb and follow me.
If you focus on following Jesus, doing what he has called you to do, which includes feeding his sheep instead of criticizing Pastors, the truth of his word will flood the earth. Fake products thrive when the real deal is unavailable.

Ephesians 4:11-14 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.

If all you do is criticize Pastors, what they do and teach, or the capacity of their buildings, you are wasting your time and life.
Stop looking around like Peter did and continue your conversation with Jesus.

 

By Dr Linda Oyanna

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Dr Linda Oyanna is a public speaker on health, relationship, marriage and family. She is a mother figure, mentor and role model for several young ladies who desire the balance she has been able to achieve among her many roles.

Did God Choose A Wife For Adam?

Q:Is marriage a spiritual contract or social contrast? Apart from Adam, did God choose wife for any other man in the bible?A: Social Contrast?What is that?I will assume it is a typographical error and the intended word is contract.
Marriage is the Union between two adults for the purpose of sharing life together.The world uses the term “contract” but in the kingdom, we recognise marriage as a covenant. The difference is that with a contract, your partner fulfills terms to keep you committed failing which you walk out but with a covenant, you love unconditionally as Christ loves.As to the other question, it is incomplete understanding that makes us think God chose or gave Adam a wife. All the spinoff preachings and teachings we have had from that foundational error are therefore inherently wrong.Popular example is that we say God gave Adam a wife then when sin came, Adam blamed God and since then God said he who finds a wife finds a good thing so in other words, we’re on our own.This belief is flawed in so many ways.1. It presumes that God learned His lesson and decided to adjust protocol.If the one you call God is still learning lessons, then He is not fit to be called God. It means his role as God is subject to overthrow by someone else who comes up with stuff the current God is unable to learn.Elohim, the one we serve has neither made any single discovery nor learnt anything not has He improved in anyway. I Am is a steady state description and not transitory. He is who He is in the past, who He is in the present, and who He is in the future. I know the grammar in that sentence is not correct but our languages fail to fully describe God because even we, the handlers of the languages, fail to comprehend Him fully … and neither indeed can we.He is the same yesterday, today and forever means He is not capable of learning anything.God did not learn anything in that Garden, Adam did. He learned he was irresponsible and afraid and he learned that sin has killed him. He also learned that God is full of mercy otherwise He should have erased both himself and his wife on the spot, but rather, He announced His salvation plan. A plan that had been prepared from before the foundations of the world and the lamb already slain before the earth was formed.Do you still think God was taken by surprise?2. Second faulty premise is the presumption that God gave Adam a wife.
Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.God doesn’t force things on people. He made us with a will and the capacity to choose. God brought a woman to Adam just as he had brought other creatures before but Adam chose Eve. Read the preceding verses. You will see that the reason God brought all the animals to Adam was not because they needed to be named but because Adam needed to name one of them to be his companion.Gen 2:18 And the Lord God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.Gen 2:19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.Gen 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.”And” is a conjunction of similarity. So the thought that began in verse 18 didn’t end there.Then God made a female version of Adam and brought her to him and again Adam named her as well only this time, he chose to cleave to her.It was after his choice to cleave to her she became a wife to him.Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.And when trouble came, Adam said,Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.He didn’t say the wife you gave to be with me.God did the same with Isaac. He led Abraham’s servant to Rebecca and she was brought to Isaac but it was when Isaac took her that she became his wife.Truth is, we don’t really look for wives, we look for good women to make our wives.Prov 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies.You don’t go around looking for finished product, the wife you get is the wife you made from the woman you choose.Prov 18:22 [Whoso] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour of the Lord.You find a good wife in a virtuous woman. Choose wisely.Now in choosing wisely is where the work is for us. What is the basis of your wisdom in choosing? Your preference or the will of God?Here is one way I know someone who is a Christian, born again but has a very poor relationship with God. Such people, the will of God scares them. They say God is love but don’t think He understands what love means or feels like, and therefore cannot possibly understand what it means to be in love and so He will lead them to someone they cannot love.James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.Prov 2:6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.If you are afraid to ask God to lead you to whom you should pick to be your wife, then you are like a child who is scared that Daddy is sending him to school because he doesn’t want his child around him and thinks he knows better than that so he fights to stay at home.Prov 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.If you have ever allowed God to lead you on other issues before the matter of choosing a spouse, you would have tasted and seen that The Lord is good. It is in getting God involved in your life that you build a relationship with Him.If you are yet to discover the goodness of the will of God, it means you’re still thinking like the world and living like the world. The Bible says in Romans 12:1-2Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.Choose wisely, but before choosing a woman to become your wife, choose first to have your mind renewed so you can discern the will of God which is infinitely good in intention, acceptable on presentation and perfect in its execution.God go with you.

WHAT IS PRAYER TO YOU?

Recently, I have noticed that a new trend is surfacing where it is believed that prayers, praying for your situation or your country is futile and a waste of time. “It is time to act, we have prayed enough.
Developed countries do not pray and everything is working for them whereas all developing countries do is pray and they are getting worse by the day.”

Hmmmm,ok.

As far as I am concerned, this is the latest lie of the devil and we Christians are swallowing it hook, line and sinker and are busy promoting this lie.

One question I would ask you is this. What is prayer to you?
If prayer to you is just an exercise, then it is futile. If it is just what Christians do as part of their beliefs, then there is no need. If it is a form of resignation with respect to things you can’t control then really, there is no need. If prayer is what we do in order to avoid taking steps or as we would say ‘take action’, then we are done for.

Well, let me tell you what prayer means to me.

Prayer is talking to THE God who is alive, who hears, speaks, who is all knowing, almighty, all sufficient, all powerful, righteous, pure, holy, strong just to mention but a few.
Prayer is listening to hear THIS God speak back to me to tell me what to do.
It is inviting THIS God into the affairs of men to do His will here on earth as it is in heaven.
It is giving THIS God permission to act on my behalf.
Prayer is planting God’s word in my environment and watering it to grow with the words I speak.
It is interceeding on behalf of a person/people or a nation.
It is enforcing my birth right here on earth.
It is setting things in the spiritual in order to get the physical to conform.
It is giving angels assignment.
It is allowing what I want to happen on earth and binding what I do not want to see.
It is rebuking the devil and putting him in his place.
Prayer is also building myself in the Holy Ghost.

If as a Christian, you say prayers is our problem, then it is either you do not understand what prayer really is or deep down in your heart somewhere, you believe that the person (God) at the other end of the line is dead or at best, ineffective and cannot do anything for you.

The bad side of this kind of thinking is that the day when praying to God is the only thing that will save you, the devil will whisper in your ears that prayer is futile and you will not be able to fight that because you have believed him for too long.

If we say prayer is a waste of time, then we are saying what the scriptures say about prayer is a lie and God lied about it.

1Pet 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil.

Instead of rolling with the devil concerning prayers, learn and teach how to pray effectively because it is the fervent effectual prayer of the righteous man makes TREMENDOUS POWER AVAILABLE dynamic in its working.
James 5:16b

The devil knows this and he wants to severe our links with the source of this tremendous power.

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Dr Linda Oyanna is a public speaker on health, relationship, marriage and family. She is a mother figure, mentor and role model for several young ladies who desire the balance she has been able to achieve among her many roles.

Deployment Prophecy

QUESTION:

A pastor wants to marry a 38 year old woman. The pastor says God told him that the woman has to leave her booming business. The woman has used the business to help her family. Is it proper for her to leave her business to marry the pastor?

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ANSWER:

There are a number of factors that this simple question did not highlight which may be pertinent to the situation at hand.

For one, we don’t know what kind of business woman is into. If the business is an ungodly kind of business and would not tell well of Pastor, perhaps that is a factor making the pastor to urge her to leave the business. Whether she has used it to feed the world or not, if it’s an ungodly kind of business she has to leave it … marriage or no marriage.

Another aspect is that we do not know what the relationship between the Pastor and this woman was like prior to this time. If the man has over time proven himself to be an upstanding righteous man of God then his claim that God told him something would hold some weight over the woman’s life and she might wish to consider it seriously. If on the other hand, this is their first contact so to speak, on a personal level, and the woman has no track record of the man’s integrity and life before this time, it’s going to be complicated and difficult for her to believe it is God who has actually said this to her through him … and I won’t blame her.

2Kings 4:8-9 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where [was] a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And [so] it was, [that] as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this [is] an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.

It took a while for the Shunnamite woman to be certain that Elisha was a HOLY man of God. Not all who claim to be men of God are holy. It takes a while to know who is who.

Another factor that we cannot tell from here is what kind of man that Pastor is. If he is confident and fulfilled in himself, then one might consider whether it is for the good of the woman he is taking such a line of action or whether it is a matter of the woman’s business being in the way of the intended marriage perhaps because she would need to relocate to join him and things like that. On the other hand if the man has a low self-esteem or feels inadequate and threatened by the success that this woman has managed to accomplish in her life by herself then the line that God said she should leave the business does not hold much credibility as far as I’m concerned.

But whatever the ramifications or considerations may be, the final arbiter in this matter is the woman herself. What has God said to her? If she’s not confused about the will of God for her life then this question is easily resolved. If she knows how to hear from God and decipher the will of God, then there is no problem here. She will simply listen to God and if God says shut down the business and go with this man, then God will take care of her, take care of her family and take care of her marriage because He’s the one who told her to take such a step.

Do not ever allow someone use his so-called spiritual authority to manipulate you … never allow that. I am a pastor myself and to that extent I am saying this with utmost gravity. The Pastors or men of God placed over your life are only one way God speaks to you. God can talk to you directly too. You can hear God just as well as any prophet anywhere. The difference between you and them is what God tells them and why He tells them such stuff. But for you to know the will of God you have to hear from God for yourself. Do not think that because you are not a preacher or a pastor, or you have not been born again for 20 or 30 years that somebody else has a special gift in hearing from God that you can never attain … no. No one has a monopoly on God.

1John 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

Hebrews 8:10 – 11 For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit lives in each believer and He speaks to us from within and it is based on what He has told us from within, in line with the written word, that any word coming from outside gets tested or weighed.

1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

So if God has not told you anything about what this person is saying and you have reason to think that this person is a trustworthy servant of God, take the word of Prophecy and keep it in storage; let God confirm it through other servants who speak for Him into your life.

1Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

This means no word from any man is to be taken as fact that it came from God just because this person says so, there are checks and balances in the kingdom and one of such checks is the individual to whom the word has been proclaimed.

One secret to a lasting marriage … Niceness!

He’s 103, She’s 100, and They Just Celebrated 82 Years of Marriage

The North Carolina lovebirds say the secret to their lasting love is simple.

By Meghan Overdeep

April 05, 2019

Willie and D.W. Williams have a lot of life (and a lot of love) under their belts.

On Sunday, D.W., 103, and his wife Willie, 100, celebrated not only their birthdays—which are just seven days apart—but a staggering 82 years of marriage.

According to WSOC-TV, their daughter and granddaughter, BJ Williams-Greene, marked the trifecta of milestones by throwing the centenarian couple one big party at First Mayfield Memorial Baptist in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“To see them at this age and still doing well, it’s just a blessing to have them here,” Williams-Greene told the local news station.

D.W. and Willie said they remember meeting when cab rides were just 10 cents. Together they have lived through wars, The Depression, and the Civil Rights Era.

But when it comes to keeping their love alive for the better part of a century, they told WSOC-TV that they’re really no big secret.
“Just be nice to each other,” they agreed.

“They are each other’s best friend,” added Williams-Greene.

This story originally appeared on SouthernLiving.com.

Love without Borders

QUESTION:

As a lady in a well-defined relationship, to what level should I keep close male friends?

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ANSWER:

No man is an island and we are social beings so it is expected that you will have friends. It is also normal to have friends of the opposite sex while in a relationship. However, how you handle these friendships can either strengthen or destroy your relationship.

When two people are coming together in an intimate relationship, they are to come with everything they are, and everything they have, and merge with the other person. So, in terms of friends, both of you should merge your friends so they become mutual friends. His friends, whether males or females, become your friends while your friends, whether males or females, become his friends.  This way, you will completely eradicate dark areas of suspicion and mistrust and the friends you collectively have will help strengthen your relationship. Friends kept away from your relationship are the ones that can bring chaos to the relationship whether intended or not.

Pro 18:24 Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family. (Message)

If a guy is not comfortable with you keeping your mutual male friends, then the problem here is not having friends but your guy’s insecurity. Possessiveness in a relationship is a recipe for disaster. If this is the case, you have to re-evaluate your relationship in view of sustainability.

by Dr Linda Oyanna … For UNLIMITED

The Man with the Broken Ego

Q: Sir, I work but my job salary is not so good. My wife gets a good pay and has been very supportive in the house and also with the Children. I feel bad sometimes, because I feel I am not doing what I ought to do, as a man for her and the Children. She has never mentioned it. But it disturbs me a lot … sometimes when i think about it. It affects my mood which also affects our relationship. I start acting funny picking on her every action … sometimes it’s bad.

A: Brother, repent o.

You prayed for a helper, God heard your prayer you are now maltreating her for stuff that’s no fault of hers.

What you’re going through is not exclusive to you. Other men have gone through it and have learnt to manage it well.

I would have given some other counsel but in your scenario, you are likely going to abuse it and make that precious sister miserable.

Meanwhile, She is your wife, an extension of you. She completes you so whatever she is becoming and is doing is for you. You should celebrate her for remaining submitted to you. Other women have put pepper in their husband’s eyes just because they earn more.

Your calling as a man includes protecting and providing as well as leading. It doesn’t mean you must earn the most. Just do your best. Submit yourself to God, in due time, he will lift you up in whatever way he deems necessary.