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What God says: Pearl Nisiah-Kumi

Today we welcome Pearl Nisaih-Kumi and learn how how she listens to God and can hear what God says. She is a member of the John316MarketingNetwork.

What God says: Pearl Nisiah-Kumi

Pearl Nsiah-Kumi

Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

Growing up, my family was what you’d call nominal Christians—we attended church because it was the right thing to do, I guess. However, when I got to high school, I went away to a boarding school, and that was where I heard the gospel for the first time. I accepted Christ for salvation, and have not looked back since.

I have attended a number of churches over the years, but for the past nine years, I’ve been a member at Grace Baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland, where a close walk with God is preached and encouraged. We have about six hundred members. In addition to Sunday morning services, members are encouraged to join Sunday School classes and smaller cell groups for support, encouragement, and accountability.

When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

I’d say, maybe some forty years ago, I wrote two articles about things the Lord laid on my heart.

[Pearl was listening to what God says.]

I wrote them, but didn’t do anything with them, and didn’t think much about that being a calling to write. A bit over ten years ago, make a long story short, I started writing short articles for friends in a prayer group at work. Before I knew it, we were sharing these articles outside the group. One brother suggested I compile them into a book because they were helpful. I took his advice and my first book, Get On Board and Stay On Board, was published in 2012. I have since published three more:

The Last Train at Sunset,

Time Is Running Out,

Time is Running Out - What God says

 

 

 

 

 

Living For Jesus Until He Returns.

Living for Jesus Until He Returns - what God says

 

 

 

 

 

They all contain salvation messages and the Christian’s walk with the Lord. They are very simple to understand and helpful for both believers and unbelievers

What is the best thing you have written? Describe it. Tell me why you think it is the best. (so far)

The best thing I’ve written—I’ve used Scripture to challenge popular thinking, and concluded that only God’s way of doing things matters. For example, in chapter two of Time is Running Out, I argue that God says we are sinners, and that fact does not change even if we disagree with Him. According to the Bible, we are sinners because we are born with a sin nature.

The Bible is the final authority! (click to tweet)

It is counter-productive to argue with what it says. I raise similar arguments in all four books, and support them with Scripture.

What new project/s are you working on? Why do they seem important to you? Are you compelled to write or do you need to find inspiration? How do you deal with interruptions?

I am currently working on a little booklet/article on the subject of abortion. My target readers are single girls and women experiencing crisis in pregnancy; however, anybody who might be a part of this crisis (family, friends, and boyfriends) who doesn’t know the facts will benefit from reading it. This article/booklet is important because I believe our teenagers and college-age girls often don’t have enough information or education prior to engaging in pre-marital sex, or else they choose to ignore what they know. Also, one of the books–Time Is Running Out, is in the process of being translated into Spanish; it is my prayer and hope that it will work out well. The Spanish- speaking population needs to hear this message as much as the English-speaking population does.

I get the inspiration/burden first, and that compels me to write. I need both components to write. Interruptions can rob you of the thoughts you need to put down, and consequently lead to you forgetting them. I like to screen my interruptions and assess where they are coming from, and how urgent they are. I can then decide to respond or ignore them. I personally believe the enemy can use interruptions to distract us.

What is one deep desire that you would like God to fulfill for you? What Scripture could you find that could help you accomplish that goal?

One of my deep desires is to be able to market my books effectively.

The topic of salvation through Jesus (which is what I write about) is very important and urgent. People are dying every day: unfortunately, many without Christ.

I wish Christians would purchase these books for unbelieving family and friends. Time is short. Anything can happen in an individual’s life– early death, health changes–it’s better to be saved now than leave the future to chance.

Too many people are trusting in themselves and their good deeds to get into heaven, but that is not biblical. Paul reminded the church of Ephesus, “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God” (Ephesians 2:8 NLT). The Scripture that keeps me hopeful in this situation is, “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13 NLT). Hence I’ve been asking and will continue to ask, because He who promised is faithful!

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for revealing Yourself to me. I know You are preparing mansions for all Your children, and very soon You are coming back to receive us unto Yourself. But Lord, many are dying without You. Please open their eyes and understanding to enable them to choose life through Your Son Jesus. Please show us all the steps we can take, all the things we can do to make a difference in the lives of unbelievers. Help us to share Your word with passion, compassion, zeal, and with urgency. Thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Pearl Nsiah-Kumi

 

Pearl is a retired registered nurse, and a Christian author. She came to the United States from Ghana, West Africa. She has lived in Maryland for over forty years. Pearl has three children, a son in-law, and four grandchildren. She loves to write poetry and short articles based on Scripture, and has authored four books:

Get On Board and Stay On Board;
The Last Train at Sunset;
Time Is Running Out;
Living for Jesus Until He Returns.

These books contain salvation messages to reach the unbeliever, and messages about the Christian walk to encourage all Christians. The books are suitable for use as devotionals and also helpful in witnessing.

They are all available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and also on her Website:

Pearl may be reached by email at Pearl.

Sunday Stillness – How to Live in My Father’s House

Sunday Stillness – How to Live in My Father’s House

How-to-Live-in-My-father's-house

In the next few weeks I plan to muse about my time on a mission trip in Poland. This week is the first of a series. As my thoughts unfold, as I wrestle with what I saw, and as I get over jet lag, I hope to express to you how God is working in my life.

During my time in Poland we sang a chorus to Big House by Audio Adrenaline.  It reminded me that no matter where I go or what I do, I need to be in my Father’s house and to be “about my Father’s business”.

Here are the words to the chorus:

Come and go with me
To my Father’s house
Come and go with me
To my Father’s house

It’s a big, big house
With lots and lots of room
A big, big table
With lots and lots of food
A big, big yard
Where we can play football
A big, big house
It’s my Father’s house

Obviously we have changed it to mean our Father’s House and so I capitalized Father. If you want to hear the tune you can listen and watch on YouTube.

But it started me thinking. Then I read Oswald Chambers this morning.

Prayer in The Father’s House

And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49, ESV).

We had a Bible study in Poland that talked about the “Narrow Door” to God. But it also talked about the time when the door will shut and no one else will be able to enter. It is a powerful passage. The Master says to some, “Sorry, you’re not on my guest list.” Luke 13:22-30 (The Message).

So I ask, does Jesus know me? Am I about my Father’s business?

Then to make it absolutely certain that God was talking to me, I was led to a sermon by Charles Sturgeon – yes on the same topic.

It is amazing how God connects things for me so I will understand.

Charles Spurgeon’s sermon was entitled, Jesus About His Father’s Business.

Salvation is here called God’s work: “it is my meat to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”

I think this shows that you and I need to work on working out our salvation – not sit on the sidelines watching. Jesus tells us to work hard.

So what are you hearing from Him?

Make sure you take time to listen carefully and then obey without haste.

Prayer:

Thanks, Lord, for the opportunity to go to Poland. Thanks for showing me how to show Your love to Your people. Thanks for leading me to speak Your words so others will know You. Continue to lead and guide me so I can be about “My Father’s Business”. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Tweetable:

Am I going about my Father’s business? (tweet this)

Read the first in a series of my thoughts on my mission trip to Poland. (tweet this)

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Sunday Stillness – Romans 10:9

Sunday Stillness – Romans 10:9

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This is the beginning of week four of my blogging holiday. Praying for God to show me the way He wants me to go.

So grateful to Jesus for revealing Himself to me, for my confession, for my accepting Him as Lord and Saviour of my life.

if you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9, NIV UK).

Under the Cover of Prayer is now on this website. UTCOP will start again on Tuesday May 13, 2014. Guests will be posting every Tuesday and Thursday. All my subscribers have been successfully moved over to this site. Thanks to WordPress.com for a smooth move.

On this website I will be posting only what God is revealing to me – in other words how my conversation (prayer) is coming along. Join me as we learn together.

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Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community by Deidra Riggs

Still Saturday by Sandra Heskaking

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Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

Jennifer Miller at Scripture and a Snapshot

Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger

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Snatched from Death – My Testimony

We have the privilege of a wonderful testimony by Audrey Charles who writes at Wisdom From the Throne. Please read the whole testimony. It is amazing.

Snatched From Death – My Testimony

by Audrey Charles

I sat on the edge of the bed with a handful of Valium in one hand and a razor blade nearby.

A glass of water to wash down the pills sat on the dresser waiting to do its duty. Night had fallen and my heart was as dark as the sky outside. There was nothing left to live for I thought.

Earlier that evening my estranged husband had brought our 2 year old son back home after spending the afternoon with him. Their parting usually was a happy one, but this time little D cried uncontrollably as he watched his dad’s car drive away. Nothing would console him.“Wanna go with Daddy and my other Mommy!”he cried. Those words hit like daggers.

D was the one ray of sunshine left in my life since the sudden separation had occurred several months before. Now he, too, wanted out. Something snapped in my mind. I heard myself assuring him that from tomorrow he would indeed be with his dad.

As I prepared him for bed D was giggling and happy once again. I rocked him to sleep and when his little body was completely relaxed I kissed him, and gently placed him in his crib. He was a child who slept through the night…and slept very soundly at that, so there was no way he would awaken before morning.

Methodically, mechanically and completely drained from months of trying to hold things together, I began to prepare…packed D’s bag with the things he would need for daycare…put his breakfast dishes on the table…laid his clothes out for the morning…took the lock off the front door so that there would be easy access to get in….poured the glass of water….went to my bedroom…closed the door…found the razor blade…uncapped the bottle of pills…sat on my bed.

Thoughts swirled in my mind – a jumble of memories. All efforts to make life “normal” had added up to one word – failure.

I heard my own voice saying, “God, if you want me to live You’re going to have to stop me.” 

I waited a brief moment. Nothing. With that I poured out a handful of pills and raised my hand to my mouth. The razor blade lay nearby to be used right afterward. Then suddenly the stillness was shattered…

“MOMMY!!!” 

Read the rest of this amazing story at Audrey’s blog.

LABOUR AND DELIVERANCE – Sunday’s sermon

Labour and Deliverance

All Moms received a beautiful carnation this morning.

It is Mother’s Day – and I am writing this because it is important for me to rethink what our minister said today.

There were so many things that Harry spoke about today I am having trouble putting them together in my mind. So I will tell you the high points of what I learned.

There are many mothers in the Bible. Mothers were very important back in the days of the Israelites. They were their future and their reason for existing – to have children was important. Barrenness was considered a failure. Much prayer went into asking God for children.

Harry reminded us of three of the great matriarchs who were barren but bore children after prayer – Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel.

And having children back then – not very safe – a great risk for the mother.

Then Harry started talking about raising kids – then and now. Not an easy task at either time. Mothers have always been very involved with their children and their futures. Even Mary tried to prevent bad things happening to Jesus and had to watch Him die.

Then Harry dove into the theology of child bearing. He showed us how in the garden of Eden when the serpent tempted Eve – the war between women and the devil began – and with her offspring as well.

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Pain and suffering would increase in child bearing” (Genesis 3:16 NIV).

But mankind has continued – women bear children  – not once but again and again. The suffering lasts for a moment – but the joy continues after the birth. That new life brings much joy.

The story of salvation comes about through labour pains.

A few analogies:

  • The Israelites – God brought them out of Egypt through trials and through water
  • The Old Testament shows us how the Messiah will come into the world – Kingdoms will rise and fall before this happens
  • And the Messiah comes – check out Revelation 12 – how a woman (Israel) and 12 stars (the 12 tribes) gave birth to our Saviour.

“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth” (Revelation 12: 1-2 NIV).

Jesus speaks in “labour language” in John 16.

“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy” (John 16:21-22).

Through grief will come joy.

There is a group called Roots of Empathy who work in elementary schools. Studies have shown that troubled kids who get involved with a baby on an ongoing basis will start to change their bad behaviours. This tiny being can make changes inside these troubled souls.

And of course Harry told us to look at our world – the growing pains of the earth – earthquakes, diseases, floods etc. – are but labour pains that will bring forth a new earth. God made the plan and it is in the works.

And lastly our experience (what we go through in life) helps us get closer to God and is preparing us for a new world, and a new life.

And that is labour and deliverance. Thanks Harry.

I will post the pod cast soon. Part 1 Labour and Deliverance.  Part 2 Labour and Deliverance.

Hope all Moms had a happy Mother’s Day.

Here are a few more Mother’s Day Posts.

Does God Care About Mother’s Day? – High Calling

Always Alleluia – great picture with a quote from Proverbs 31:18 – “her lamp does not go out at night”.

WELCOME TO THE WELL – Sunday’s Sermon

Welcome to the Well

Scripture taken from John 4:1-26. You can also see this Scripture on Youtube. You can view  the podcast.

One thing I like about the way Pastor John gives a sermon is the historical background he gives us. The story of the Samaritan woman at the well is known to many of us but he also told us the following tidbits of information:

  • The Samaritans came from the 12 tribes of Jacob, but they were from the northern kingdom of Israel. They had become “half-breeds” because they married the Babylonians and Assyrians. He compared the feud of the Jewish people and the Samaritans to the McCoys and the Hatfields.
  • The first line of the Scripture says: Jesus had to go through Samaria. He didn’t take that route for travelling necessity but took it because God needed Him to meet the Samaritan woman.
  • The historicity of the well is such that they can say for almost certain “here is the well”, and that’s after 3000 years since it was dug. That’s authentic.
  • The time that the Samaritan woman came to the well is noon – very hot. And she came alone. That is not what women did who went for water. They came when it was cooler and they came together so they could talk about all that is going on in their lives. The Samaritan woman was an outcast so she couldn’t go with the others. She came alone.

The four points of the lesson:

God’s love is not based on who we are.

I learned that everyone is important to Jesus. He crossed cultural (a woman), historical (Samaritan), moral (she was an outcast) lines. That means I too have to cross those barriers when I meet others. I can’t label people. I must see them as God sees them – with a genuine love of Jesus. I must make eye contact and show them that I care.

I must be ATTENTIVE.

God’s love is not based on what we know.

If I want an abundant life I need to be different. I can’t be complacent and let life pass me by. God said:

“For I know the plans I have for you, … plans …  to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

Even in retirement God is not finished with me yet. Am I trying to box God in? Or can I take the living water and drink deeply?

I must be CURIOUS.

God’s love is not based on what we’ve done.

This resounded with me because it repeated what I read from Oswald Chambers this morning. I can’t keep changing the subject with God when He is trying to tell me something. The Samaritan woman does her best to take the talk away from her sin. But Jesus keeps bringing it back to her, until she relents and starts listening to Him.

Oswald asks:

“You say – “I know I am right with God”; but still the “high places” remain, there is something over which you have not obeyed” (Oswald Chambers April 15).

Is He talking to me or to you right now? Are we listening to Him or making excuses?

I must LISTEN.

God’s love is based on who Jesus is.

Jesus is the I AM. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus is the Bread of Life. All we need to say is, “I am sorry” and He says, “You are forgiven.”

I must COME TO JESUS.

To top off all I learned today I received an email with a song that is new to me. The words spoke exactly what we learned today. It is called GRACE by Laura Story.

The words are awesome.

Grace

My heart is so proud. My mind is so unfocused.

I see the things You do through me as great things I have done. And now You gently break me, then lovingly You take me and hold me as my father and mold me as my maker.

Chorus:

I ask you: “How many times will you pick me up, when I keep on letting you down?

And each time I will fall short of Your glory, how far will forgiveness abound?”

And you answer: ” My child, I love you.

And as long as you’re seeking My face, You’ll walk in the pow’r of My daily sufficient grace.”

At times I may grow weak and feel a bit discouraged, knowing that someone, somewhere could do a better job. For who am I to serve You?I know I don’t deserve You. And that’s the part that burns in my heart and keeps me hanging on.

Chorus

I ask you: “How many times will you pick me up, when I keep on letting you down?

And each time I will fall short of Your glory, how far will forgiveness abounds?”

And you answer: ” My child, I love you.

And as long as you’re seeking My face, You’ll walk in the pow’r of My daily sufficient grace.”

You are so patient with me, Lord.

As I walk with You, I’m learning what Your grace really means. The price that I could never pay was paid at Calvary. So, instead of trying to repay You, I’m learning to simply obey You

by giving up my life to you For all that You’ve given to me.

Chorus:

I ask you: “How many times will you pick me up, when I keep on letting you down?

And each time I will fall short of Your glory, how far will forgiveness abounds?”

And you answer: ” My child, I love you.

And as long as you’re seeking My face, You’ll walk in the pow’r of My daily sufficient grace.

LET THE JUDGE BE THE JUDGE

Let the Judge be the Judge

by Mary Haskett

Do you ever find yourself judging another person? I do, but quickly the Spirit of God chides me. I’m so thankful that Jesus kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit to help, direct and guide us through our life on this earth. What amazing provision for us His children. We are told not to Judge others. In Luke 6:37 we read,’ Do not Judge and you will not be judged.’ Of course God doesn’t want us to blindly accept everything as okay. He expects us to use discernment and to judge wisely in what we will do, where we will go, and what we will say.

Lately I’ve been using discernment in conversations with my grandson. I’ve listened carefully to his almost naïve concept of man, but rather than judging him, I’ve prayed silently for wisdom on how to respond to his belief that we should never judge anyone and that if we all loved each other, fed each other and so on there would be no evil doers . I have considered my dear grandson’s thinking and explained to him, he is being idealistic rather than realistic. I’ve encouraged him to read and observe the world affairs and to understand we can’t look at the world through rose coloured glasses, but see it as Jesus said it would be in the last days—full of wickedness.  Certainly he’s right about not judging but at the same time we can’t be like the ostrich and put our heads in the sand. By the way does the ostrich really do that?

Anyway for my grandson  my duty is to pray for his salvation and to keep the doors of communication open, for if I judge him then most likely the communication door will close and another soul lost. For all of us we must leave the judging to God and concentrate through kind discourse to win souls for the Kingdom.