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wedding miracle

 I know a lot of believers who run into debts and counted their losses after weddings but ours was a miraculous wedding and we counted our surpluses.There came a time in my life when I felt I was ready to marry but with all the sisters around me in church and those I have met in school and office, I could not find my wife. But I promised God that whenever He showed me my wife, I would propose and marry her…no long courtship. I WILL FIND MY WIFE IN MY LOCAL CHURCH I have been in my local church for 7 years and had believed God for my wife for close to 3 years but I still trusted God to bring my wife from wherever she was to my local assembly. I had heard of some marriages across local assemblies and of revelations that threatened or tore the marriages apart just because the couples were not able to monitor or confirm claims of spiritual experience and maturity before their wedding. There were even cases of double marriages where a man got married to a woman say in his local assembly in Abuja and went ahead to consummate another marriage with another woman in a church say in Lagos. There was even a case of a man who had concluded traditional marriage rite with a woman in another local assembly only to abandon her and pick a woman from yet another local assembly to wed in his church as wife. It was close to a year after the said marriage before things started unfolding but by then the woman was already pregnant with their first child. She thought she could manage the situation since God hates divorce. However, one thing led to more unpalatable and even life threatening revelations and separation was inevitable. I am not recommending that we must marry only from our local assembly nor are my proposing a must inter-local assembly marriage for it will mean playing God. But sheep must marry sheep and goat must marry goat; any other combination is out of divine order. However, God orchestrated events that brought my wife from a local assembly in Surulere Lagos to my local assembly in Apapa also in Lagos state, just as I asked…a miracle! I WILL WED IN MY LOCAL CHURCH! It was my irrevocable desire to wed in my church. There is a common tradition that favours wedding in the woman’s local assembly or that of her parents. This desire could be selfish or call it childish but I am just a child of God and my desires whenever I prayed were as it should be…selfish and childish and still God answered me, now I can testify. I loved my local assembly and have spent most of my early conversion years there. I could not think of any other assembly that I would be more supported during my wedding and I was also not ready to wed in an assembly whose culture is alien to me; no thanks to Christian denominational dichotomy. My parents-in-law were of a different denomination, thank God they were Christians and I can boast of having the best in-laws in the whole wild world and I mean every word of it. They loved their daughter to do them the honour of marrying in their church according to the common tradition but God granted us favour before them as we tried to convince them that since their daughter and I am in the same assembly, our desire is to be allowed to wed in our church. They obliged us…again this was another miracle! NO ALCOHOL IN MY TRADITIONAL WEDDING Alcoholic drink and other fetish practices are rampant in most traditional marriages of Christians. There is a general consensus amongst most believers including pastors that to “give what is Caesar to Caesar” is to give whatever the idolatrous tradition demands and “fulfilling all righteousness” means to allow incantations and alcoholic libations on ourselves during traditional marriage rites. I will not compromise my faith because of marriage. I did not get help from anyone but negotiated the traditional marriage list by myself trusting God to grant me my heart desires. After initial disagreement concerning the content of the traditional marriage list given me, God intervened and my father-in-law agreed to remove all offensive items from the list. To God be the glory, I testify that there was no use of alcoholic beverages in my wedding neither were there any fetish item allowed in the list. To many this was impossible but our God makes impossibilities possible…this was a miracle again! I WILL FIX WEDDING DATE IMMEDIATELY My wife agreed to my proposal after few months of our acquaintance and I was in a hurry to fix the date as I promised God some years back. My wife just finished her postgraduate studies and wanted me to allow her get a job and work for at least one year before fixing the wedding dates. Her request almost made me want to ask God if I made a mistake but by divine intervention she agreed and we fixed the dates of both the traditional and church wedding. The budget for the weddings was staggering and with my meager personal savings, a miracle is the only way out. A wedding budget (including rent for a bigger accommodation from my one room self-contained BQ) of over N950, 000.00 was taken care of from my N30, 000.00 seed of faith; all my life savings. I remember giving my only savings to my fiancée now my wife and said “take this and start buying things for the wedding”. I spoke as if I had more money stashed away somewhere, no; I spoke as one whose trust is in the one who owns the cattle upon a thousand hills. The release of what I had by faith activated miraculous events ever experienced in my life before then as a Christian. I was receiving cash supports from both expected and unexpected sources and so was my wife. I believe God saw that I have reached my limits, I have given Him the rod in my hand and he turned it to His instrument for the miraculous. My faith was unshakeable; I have the all sufficient God with me. He started with the traditional wedding where he brought a brother who took charge of all the drinks and some of my brethren who took up various items from my list. Somebody gave my wife’ a beautifully London made gown, another made the cake. WE COUNTED OUR BLESSINGS AFTER… We retired to our honey moon suite straight from the reception venue and before consummating our marriage we first counted our cash gifts.Our material gifts filled the whole room donated to us by one of my brother in church for the purpose until we returned and moved to our bigger house. You can also have a miraculous marriage but you must hold on to God.

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The Fornicator

A story was told of a maid (house help) who was sleeping around. She would go after security men (mallams) within the G.R.A where she lived. Between her routine of taking the children to school and bringing them back and other house chores, she would make out time to familiarize herself with security men in their neighbourhood. Most of these mallams have little kiosks near their gate houses where they sell petty things.

The maid in a bid to partake freely of some of these petty items on sale by the mallams got trapped into illicit sexual rendezvous from one mallam to the other. It was during this period that she contracted HIV unknown to her.

One of the two children of the maid’s master fell sick. He was treated for malaria parasite and there was no improvement. His blood sample was later collected to run a test. He tested positive to HIV virus and typhoid parasite.

The parents were confused about his HIV status and the search for a possible explanation led to HIV screening of the entire household including the maid. The maid tested positive and so was their second child.

A deeper investigation for the source of the infection began and it was discovered that the maid was responsible! But how? After series of interrogation and investigation into the lifestyle of the maid the truth emerged. She confessed to be sleeping around. The confusion was not yet over. “Could she have slept with our son, they thought” no, he is small but what about our daughter? How did all these happen?

The doctor suggested that a possible way is through the sharing of blood piercing instruments like needles, razor blades or even tooth brush. The maid later confessed to have been using the children’s tooth brush to clean her teeth. “Oh! That is it” exclaims the doctor, “bleeding gum and blood of the maid on the children’s brush.

You may say what carelessness but I will say what wickedness. Were theseparents careless? There could have been that element of carelessness on the part of the parents but the cause of the tragedy is the wickedness and profanity of fornication.

A sister of mine who heard this story, now subjects every prospective house help she intends to employ to HIV screening. That, if you ask me is good but in this life, we cannot be too careful.

We live in an era of wickedness perpetrated through a life of sexual perversion, we must all repent. Repentance is a great gain to us and people around us.

Longman family dictionary defines a Prostitute as a person who engages in sexual practice for money. It went further to define Prostitution as the devotion of anything to corrupt or unworthy purposes.

Going by the first definition above, one is confused as to what to call a person who engages in sexual practices or offers his/her body for the use of another ex-gratia.

This brings to mind the story of a young girl who thought it fun to offer her body to willing men freely. She freely contracted HIV from one of her benefactors.

Her ordeal started as a teenager, out of secondary school and writing her JAMB exams. She was at home most of the times alone; parents gone to work and siblings gone to school. In the same compound of room & palour apartments (Face me, I face you) was a young man who was into spare parts business.

The young business man saw a golden opportunity to sleep with this young girl while at home one day, down with Malaria fever. When he got better, he planned his battle strategy to seduce the innocent girl. He continually bought her gifts after their first meeting. These gifts were intended to seduce and hence could be called bribes.

“And thou shalt take no gifts: for gifts blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous” Ex 23:8

How easy it is to get people to believe you love them and to sell their soul by giving them free things. Men idolize other men who give them free things. It does not matter to them if the enjoyments of these free things are for a while (temporary) as long as it satisfies their immediate needs.

Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birth right” Heb 12:16

A fornicator or adulterer is a profane person. Profanity is the treatment or abuse of something sacred, to desecrate or debase by an unworthy or improper use.

”…Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body” ICor.6:13b.

It was not long before the young businessman in our story trapped the girl and she lost her virginity! For the girl, the first experience was both painful and sweet. It was easy for her to overcome the painful aspect and cling to the sweet aspect.

married man in the same compound soon noticed her. She started sleeping with the married man. When she became the source of quarrel between the young businessman and the married man, she moved her search for fun (sexual pleasure) outside the compound. She failed her JAMB exams and was not bothered. She sold her birth right on a platter of sexual fantasy and wantonness. She could not stay a day without a man.

She continued in this madness until she fell sick with Malaria symptoms. She visited a government clinic where they took her blood samples to run a test. She was not just sick of Malaria Parasite but tested positive to HIV 1 and HIV 2 viruses.

She was jolted to reality by the result of her HIV test. She was in counseling for over 2 hours and the doctor was trying to convince her that she could still live a normal life with the drugs available now. She could not stop crying over what she called a wasted life. She mortgaged her destiny.

“For you know how that afterwards, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears” Heb 12:17 .

In a vengeful anger, the young girl told the doctor she has made up her mind to repay the men folk with their own coin. She vowed to no longer wait for men to approach her for sex but would embark on a seduction mission first on all the men in her compound and then  in her entire neighbourhood. It is free sex for all available men.

“Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner……with her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him” Prov.7:12-21.

If this is exactly your story, the doctor may be right and you could still live a normal life with immunosuppressant drugs. But if you found it difficult to believe the doctor and that is why you have embarked on that vengeance mission, I beg you to give the Doctor of all doctors Jesus Christ a chance to restore your life and destiny. Hear what He told Cain before he embarked on his vengeful mission:

“And the Lord said unto Cain,   why art thou   wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shall rule over him” Gen 4:6-7.

Jesus came to this world and died for somebody like you. He came for the sinner and not the righteous. Sickness; HIV has its root in sin and your true repentance and confession of our Lord  Jesus Christ as your saviour will orchestrate the free flow of His blood to wash and cleanse you, forgive and restore all that you may have lost.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” Jn. 10:10.

Dearly beloved, if you have gone on this revenge mission for months or years, I challenge you to commit the same number of months or years in seeking Jesus. I did not say seeking a man of God but the greatest physician Jesus.

It is necessary that you find a complete Bible believing church in your area, but you must first surrender your life to Jesus, where ever you are right now and pray this prayer:

God Almighty Father, I accept that I am a sinner and Jesus came and died for me. I accept Jesus into my life today. Cleanse me with the blood of Christ and write my name in your book of life. I refuse every covenant I have with the devil, directly or indirectly, in Jesus’ name.

You are now a born again Christian. What you need now is a Bible, the great book that God will use to lead you on.

If you are a young girl and the above stories practically describes your situation only that you have not gone for HIV test, please proceed immediately for a free HIV test in any government health centre near you.

Thereafter, you are also encouraged to follow the counsel given above, whether the result is negative or positive. That it is negative should make you forsake your old ways and run to Jesus to show gratitude for His love & protection.

 

 


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A new picture of holiness

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Finally the book that removes the myths and limitations to holiness by PASTOR MARK OSEREME is due to be launched…book for your copies NOW!

The book will challenge you to rethink what you have ever known about the holiness of God. It is profoundly true that God did not create holiness to sabotage our salvation but to give it a dynamic purpose.

I am thrilled by the fact that all those myths and legends that cast doubts over our faith to receive God’s holiness have been removed in the New Testament. If you ever felt insecure and unworthy to receive God’s holiness in the past because you thought you were disqualified by certain religious factors, then this book is good news to your faith.

 

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