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I will be starting a series soon; in the next one week to be precise,  titled: A JOURNEY THROUGH HELL!

It is not a fiction nor is it an account of someone else. It is not on Extrasensory perception (ESP), nor is it on Near death experience (NDE).

No. But an experience that is still unfolding!  Yes, you got it; my testimony. It is a true life ordeal my wife and I were permitted by the Lord to go through, recently. It is a story of betrayal and backstabbing!

The Lord has brought us out of it but, you know certain things don’t change overnight; like the sound of a bell does not stop immediately.

I believe God gave us the testimony not only to build us but to also encourage others, that indeed, God is true to His word never to leave us nor forsake us.

Visit again and again and be lifted as you drive with us on A JOURNEY THROUGH HELL.

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Coming out of Egypt, Israel encountered peoples and situations that were hostile; like Balak who hired Balaam to curse them.

Unknown to the Israelites, these men and the officials of Moab, were on the hill overlooking the great hoard in the valley and pronouncing curses at them. At seven different locations they raised altars, made sacrifices and Balaam made the curse.

But whom God has blessed, no man can curse!! Every opening of the mouth to curse turned into blessings to the chagrin of the Moabit King!
Indeed God makes diviners mad and frustrates the token of liars!!!

All these were unknown to the Israelites!!!
I wish Christians will focus on following God with undivided heart and stop prying into who is cursing or making enchantments against them! God knows HOW to deliver the righteous.

The bible says God did not allow any man to hurt them. Instead He rebuked Kings for their sake!

“He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;” (Psalm 105:14).

Evil people, like their master, do not rest. Seeing they couldn’t curse Israel, Balaam advised Balak to introduce strange women into their camp as this would make God angry, remove the protection and turn against them.

And truly, God turned against them! A plague was released; 24,000 men, outside women and children died.

To stop the plague God asked Moses to hang publicly, facing the Sun all the ring leaders who frolicked with the women of Moab and joined in the worship of Baal-peor, that it may be a deterrent to others.

While that was being carried out, Moses, Aaron and the leaders sat mourning in repentance, at the entry of the Tabernacle, and behold an Israeli prince, Zimri, came into the camp with a Midianitish princess named Cozby.

Also seated with them was a young man called Phinehas the son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the Priest.
Like others he saw the abomination brought into the camp but couldn’t keep still. Though his father was there, his grandfather was there, even his uncle, Moses was there! They knew this was the cause of the calamity yet they sat still crying, nobody moved!!

When he couldn’t contain it any more, he rose, picked a spear and traced the couple to the man’s tent where he killed both.

Instantly the plague stopped and God reacted: He made a covenant of peace with him, and pronounced that he and his descendants would be priests forever.
God had found a servant of honour. How did he become one?

(1) He was in the camp.

Young men are always adventurous, seeking to conquer their environment. Unlike Zimri, Phinehas stayed in the camp, not venturing away and consequently, remained in the will of God. He did not join himself to strangers.

What has Christ with Beliel or the temple of God with idols. What has light with darkness.

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
Every sheep that leaves the flock and wanders off, breaks the rule and makes itself an easy target for the wolves. Christians who wander off the fold disobey God!!!

“Be separate, come out from their midst”, He says!

(2) He saw.

There is nothing as hindering as spiritual blindness!!!

Having killed the ringleaders as instructed by God, the plague did not stop! While they all sat crying, it took one young man, possibly not yet of Levitical age (30), to discern why the plague was not stopped!

Obedience to the Word of God should bring good (Isaiah 1: 19). Where and when obedience didn’t bring good, the obedience is not complete.
Phinehas saw what others could not see. 

Just as in Exodus 32, when the entire camp of Israel did not see the consequence of making the molten calf and worshipping it, the tribe of Levi saw and abstained. That was how God chose them to be His vessels and representatives in place of the first born, making them a special people of God, an Old covenant “Church of the first born sons”.

Oh that our eyes may be opened that we might see through the eyes of heaven!!! What peace shall be ours!!!
No wonder Paul prayed our eyes be opened!

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” (Ephesians 1:18).

(3) He picked the spear.

The spear was a weapon of war, a rod that kills – the Word of God. Paul tells us to pick up the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6) which is the Word of God, Phinehas armed himself with the spear and with it quenched the abomination.

The work of God can only be done right and well when done according to the Word of God. Doing God’s work without His word is not only demonic, it is devilish and deathly.

Some works may be awesomely big and we allude it to the glory of God. But no. The sons of Levi were only a remnant compared to the multitude. Whereas they had the glory, the multitude were “naked to their shame”, stripped of the glory of God. Why? They did not follow God’s will and Way. They did theirs; there is a way that seemeth right unto a man….

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 16:25).

God has specifications, even where a tiny nail should be, was instructed Noah in the building of the Ark.

Let’s not just do things, let’s do them according to His specification, and we shall be SERVANTS OF HONOUR.



“Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. ” (Proverbs 4:23). TNLT

Watch the information you receive because now, man has opened the other door!

A sponge soaks in everything presented to it; water, powder, oil, dust, even sand. With a little pressure, either through squeezing or beating, it releases part of its content.

The heart is like that. It soaks up every information presented to it. With the pressure of everyday, they come out as actions and attitude. The information you digest form the actions that become you!



“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23;7a

Because of free-will, every information or knowledge you receive comes to you as a suggestion. Not a force or a thing of compulsion. You are responsible for your actions!

Neither God nor Satan will force you.

God punished Adam and Eve, not just because they received information from another source but because they CHOSE to believe that voice! It was a suggestion that Eve received from the serpent. A suggestion or advice. An advice, is a thing that can either be accepted or rejected. The point where the suggestion is received and begins to be “desirable” is the point of choice; the point of “open eyes”, where the “door” of evil knowledge is opened.
Through your thought, you surrender to either side. Your actual person is determined by your thought. You cannot be bigger, better or different than your thought.

And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death.” (James 1:13-15 TNLT).

“The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust.” (James 1:14 MSG).

It is your own evil desire, the final conclusion of your thought process that drags you away from God.

Though your thoughts are not visible in that they cannot be seen physically, your actions play them out!

The process starts as a suggestion or advert; aimed at making you participate or patronize.


“See how beautiful this tree is. Its fruit will make you wise!”

“Will it, really?” You reply, curious.

Or
“Someone may be hiding in the dark!”
“Oh, that’s true!” You reply in fear.

Every suggestion or advert targets your will. You either walk away or participate. The decision is always yours!

Every time you respond positively to a suggestion, good or evil, you make it your own, and will not remain the same afterwards. It leaves you better or worse.
This is the process that opens the door!
This is the reason we should be careful what we hear and how we interpret what we hear!

To be continued.


For as long as man sits there against the will of God, he remains under the control of Satan.
The question is, how did the image get here?
Man brought it in when he opened a door that should have remained shut!
Through his desire, Man opened a door too powerful for him to shut.

“HE WHO willfully separates and estranges himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire and pretext to break out against all wise and sound judgment.” (Proverbs 18:1). AMP
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“An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, And defies all sound judgment.” (Proverbs 18:1). – New English Bible
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A man’s desire misleads him.

“Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires.” (James 1:14). TNLT

Man fell when the door of desire was opened in him.

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” (Genesis 3:6).

Now the mind has got two open doors! The door of good and the door of evil! The door of the Spirit and the door of the carnal.
This means that the heart of man from where thoughts originate to make the man who he is, can be accessed by either God through the good door or by the devil through the evil door! This is what corrupted the heart and made it deceitful and wicked!

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).

Now there is confusion!

Before the fall of Adam, only one door was open: the door of good. The other door was shut, passive. Adam opened it when he chose to willingly disobey God. Man’s mind has since then been in a battle. A battle to know direction!
God had told Adam not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of good and Evil.

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17).

It is like saying “don’t depend on the product of this chamber; just obey me, follow what I say!”

Man could make plans but they have to be based on instruction from the Lord.

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9).

Man’s every step should be on the directions of God!

“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.” (Proverbs 16:1).

No matter your plan, thought or word, God should guide you.

A man should not direct his steps.

“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23).

“Man that walketh” means man that is alive! If he should not direct his ways, who should?

“Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24).

Man was not to know good and evil. He was to know only good.

“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil. (Genesis 3:22a)

“Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” (3 John 1:11).


God should guide us.




“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21).

“You will hear a word ……… this is the way.”
Information activates thought. Knowledge is of the heart/mind. Knowledge is nothing but information we have received; which in turn activates our thinking. The things we hear, see, perceive, touch, taste, make us think.

“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” (Matthew 12:34-35).


“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” (Romans 1:28).

The children of Israel thought defeat after they received information from the spies.


“And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.” (Numbers 13:32)


“And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.” (Numbers 14:1).

Eve thought after receiving an information.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” (Genesis 3:6).

What she heard opened the eyes of her heart and she “saw that the tree was good ….. and a tree to be desired to make one wise.”

Information makes one think! 

The devil did not tell Adam he was naked. How did he know? He knew after he ate the fruit, an information that made him think!

When he said he was naked, God was like, “what led you to that, have you received information that I did not give you?”

No wonder the bible says:

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.” (Proverbs 4:23). TNLT


Watch the information you receive because now, man has opened the other door!

To be continued.


MESSENGERS 2

As a messenger who are you affecting? Every messenger carries a message. What message do you carry? When people see you, are they inspired to hope, gladness and smiles? Or does your presence stir in them hopelessness, and suggests to them they can never amount to anything in life? Does your presence encourage or condemn others?

The duty of the messenger of the Lord is to prepare His Way.

“As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.” – Mark 1:2 (KJV)

“Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, “Make a highway for the LORD through the wilderness. Make a straight, smooth road through the desert for our God. ” – Isaiah 40:3.
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Your duty is to prepare that dry place so the Lord might come in. Soften that situation for that brother, that sister; show the love of God, shine the light of God into that troubled soul! Give hope to people around you. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven! (Matt. 5:16 KJV)

You are a messenger, not only the “ordained ministers”!

Messengers do not do their own will, but the will of their master!

“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” – John 6:38 (KJV)

Where He sends you should go! What He desires, you should do!

Imagine Matthew the Custom officer following Jesus to the house of Peter the fisherman, a demonstration of love and humility. Or of Peter (a Jew) in the house of Cornelius (a Gentle), a proof of self-denial.

One key to being a good messenger of the Lord is to KILL SHAME!

Kill shame in two areas of your Christian Faith.

(1) Shame of the crucified Saviour.

“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:38 (KJV)

Paul confirms:

“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord Jesus, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God.” – 2 Timothy 1:8 (KJV)

Many do not believe in a suffering Messiah; they are ashamed to be identified with Him. By confession, many acknowledge Him Lord and Master. But in everyday practice, they deny Him, by believing no disciple of His should carry his or her cross. They believe Christianity is a call to “feel good”, a bed of roses, “at least did He not become poor that we might be rich?” they query. (2 Cor. 8:9) A highly misunderstood scripture!



(2) The word.

Many are ashamed of the Word, yet not aware they are. When we chose our own way over the Word of God, we prove our shame for it. The rejection of the Word is a result of having a “better alternative”; a result of our intellectual prowess which we are proud to carry out. Those times we feel the Word limits us and not “befitting” our status.
Again that scripture.

“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:38 (KJV)




Being ashamed of His Word is manifest whenever we disobey. Every disobedience is a mark of pride; a mark of feeling that the Word is not good enough.

Masters do the thinking and issue instructions. Servants and messengers obey. As messengers, our duty is to obey.

“If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;” – Isaiah 1:19 AMP.


Understanding the will of God; the knowledge of what God has freely given to us can help to make us remain or abide in Him.
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Clip from our vigil of December 17 with a former Muslim cleric, Pastor Solomon Haruna Umar, ministering.

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