Yup, it is still our year of perfection. One day a young woman stopped me just after services. “Pastor sir, I would love to see you” “Ok... went I” And so she started to tell me about how things were tough for her and her husband after they had gotten married. They had several issues after issues, quarrels; they were trying to have a child, she couldn’t get a job, finances seemed tight even though he had a good job and several other things. Firstly, I was surprised because as far as I was concerned, she didn’t look more than a child. It wasn’t just in her physical look, it was just something about her. I also discerned that the matter was far deeper than what she was saying. “Where is your husband?” went I “He didn’t come to church, he is at work” “I need to see both of you” “Hmmmm pastor, he is very busy oh! He hardly has time for anything apart from the work” “I need to see both of you. The matter before you both is serious, when he has time, you both should come”. It took a couple of weeks and she finally dragged her husband to church. Tall, nicely built light skinned and handsome. I took one look at him and I went Chai!! Please who committed this crime against humanity by allowing the two of them to get married. He was even more of a child than she was. Anyways... counseling must go on. It has happened, it has happened. Interviewing him revealed that he had a job with an expatriate firm not so far from church. The job paid quite well considering his level of education. He also supplemented by doing extra time at work. So as I counseled, I saw ominous clouds. The type Jesus said only came out through prayer and fasting. “So guys, this matter is a bit more serious than you think. You would need to spend time in prayer and fasting. I suggest you choose a 5-day period for praying and fasting. I will pray and fast along with you” went I. “Thank you sir” went the lady enthusiastically, “I think that...” she started before being cut off by the guy. “Pastor, 5 days praying and fasting!! That’s too much. I cannot do eet!! You want to kill me? I gats to eat oh! 5 days ke!!” And that is how the negotiation began. “Okay can we do 3 days 6-6pm” went moi. “6-6pm? hahahahaha” went our brother. “Pastor I know myself, I cannot” And that’s how I found myself doing Abraham and God over the soul of Lot and the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. “What of 6-3pm?” “Not possible, I know myself oh” “Are you a laborer?” As I was asking the question I knew the answer from his smooth face and hands. “No” “So what is the problem? Do you have an ulcer? A medical condition? Why can’t you fast? “Pastor, I know myself. I can’t stay away from my food that long. I gats to eat nau! Is it me that killed Jesus? How can someone go that long without eating?” At that point, I could literally see his village people tying red cloth on his banana tree. I could see the choir of demons singing the song they had just composed for him ... 🎶 He is coming home, he is coming home!! Oh yes he is coming home! 🎵 I broke away from my visions and continued the negotiations. “Ok, can we do 6-12pm? I mean you would only skip breakfast” “I will try. That one is very hard but I will try. I will not promise that I can do the 3 days but I will try. It is not this week sha, you will give me time to prepare” I felt very sad as I found myself almost reverting to my Roman catholic training and doing a benediction over his soul. Anyways, I never heard from them again. That was a period we didn’t have mobile phones so I couldn’t get in touch. Several months later, I was walking into church on a week day when I was stopped by a greeting. “Good afternoon pastor!!” Went this enthusiastic greeting like someone who knew me and whom I should know. I looked very well and to God, the creature before me was totally unknown to me amongst my several brethren. Tall, extremely thin and looking in despair. He looked like he hadn’t had a bath, clothes were ruffled, his color drifted between dark and light skin and yes he kinda looked very hungry. “Don’t you remember me?” Went he “Ahhhh, please forgive me, I don’t? I am also sure you are not my member” went I. And there began the story. So this was our guy who couldn’t fast even to 12pm. Months after the counseling episode, he lost his job. They couldn’t pay their rent and eventually got kicked out. At the moment, his wife was staying with her parents. Her parents house couldn’t take both of them. He had been squatting from place to place with any friend that would take him in. As he spoke, my mind drifted to pharaoh’s dream of 7 fat cows swallowed by 7 gaunt cows. The person in front of me was definitely the gaunt cow that had swallowed the fat cow that I had counseled. I was quickly brought back from my reverie by his next words. “Pastor it has been really very tough!! Some days I barely get one meal to eat!! Infact today, since daybreak (6am) I haven’t had anything to eat and right now, it is past 6pm!!” Gbam!!! 🎶 Ending Soundtrack goes like this... oti ooooooooooo!!! 🎼 ewoooooooo....!!! - End credits - Eph. 4:11-14 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 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 fulness of Christ: 14 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; Yup! 2020 is our year of perfection. What did you think? Go listen to the message again. Some of us need to have some nonsense and ingredient literally panel beated out of our heads. I believe the year is doing that for many. Life isn’t only just about haleloooooooooyah! Praise da gawd!! Praise master Jeeeeesssoooooos!! We are in series 7 of your loveworld with Pastor Chris. If you like don’t watch it. Trust me, your village people would be looking for the yellow and red rope to tie around your own banana tree. Ahhh I forgot, they will upgrade your own from banana to plantain tree. Sayonara **word study** Perfection Perfection means to bring something to completion. God perfects us via His word. Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect Jesus said it is possible so yes it is. Eph. 4:11-14 gives the process. We are in the end times. God is speeding up the process of our perfection. We must be first flight ready. *** assignment of the week** Year of perfection by Pastor Chris. Audio and video on the PCDL app. ** playlist of the day *** Ada Ehi - Settled Evang Kathy - Blessed be the Lord T-Sharp - I got the Victory
Dearest Charl. How quickly the years passed. But even more speedily have you passed from toddler to the amazing and inspiring lady I cherish. Keep loving and caring for others as you so love to do, for Christ has taught us so. I love you so dearly. Happy Birthday from all of us. Dad.
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