THE PUPPET


Say this and say that,

Otherwise you will not be heard

Otherwise you will not be published.

Do this and do that

Otherwise you are on your own

Otherwise you will continue to be alone.

Come when I send for you,

Leave when I tell you

Otherwise you will be stripped

Otherwise your reputation will be destroyed.

Let the people see you for five minutes

This is what will make them happy

Otherwise you are finished

Otherwise you are of no benefit or monetary value.

Although your strings are worn out

We still need to make money of you puppet

We are desperate the audiences need entertainment

While they watch our pickpockets are in the crowd stealing.

Puppet puppe

Now you come

Now you go

Now you jump

Now you dance

The master puppet holds the string

Till there is a replacement.

Who is the next Puppet?

- Anita Ebhodaghe

Comments

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Pst Ehis
If this could be done to someone once called a lovely close partner then I wonder why will anyone there think they're saved and protected. Use and dump mentality,it grief my heart that this is being done in the name of God. What I saw in Lagos then makes me sick, a Cell leader engaging in fraudulent act, what they called yahoo yahoo, no problem as long as he keep confessing he's the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus- God help us! Pastor may the God who knows all truth continue to strengthen you, help you live the life that will always bring glory to His name in Jesus' name.
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Pst Ehis
Pastor Anita, do you know that even as cleared as possible you are in your articles in conveying some basic truth that is meant to open the eyes of the people to see the error and the Sinful lifestyle they have been told and being encouraged to be living, that many still find it extremely difficult to understand what is going on and what is being done to them in the name of God? Well, we can't be too stupefied because that is exactly what false doctrines does to people- not only does it blinds the people to really see the deplorable situation they are, it make them comfortable and find reasons to always justify their errors even when the word of God clearly say otherwise to what they're defending. Believers are told to always cross check what their leaders tells them with the word of God but in our generation we don't care as whatever our leaders says happen to always be the final word even when they're wrong. It's quite unfortunate that the error most denominations in the past fell into are what most of our new generation pastors who supposed to know better are gradually walking on as we speak...When we leave the truth of the word of God we will be no doubt become fools and even common sense will no longer be common nor applicable no more, and the irony of it all is that sometimes we don't even know we are acting foolishly, meanwhile those watching far off knows better. That's exactly the condition you are describing now, people are more concerned about the favor of man I mean the favor of their champion than their souls. The day one come to the understanding that we as believers are not accountable to no one other than Jesus and the word of God then, that's when true deliverance comes. We must never forget to pray and always speak up because I still believe God will come to the rescue of His church from every predators who have held the church in deplorable state of all sorts of bondages all these years- the people of God are in bondage just like the way the Israelites who were the people of God were in bondage to Pharoah in Egypt before God came through for them but thank God that we serve the living God who will not leave His children to be totally destroyed- He will sure come through for His church that I know for sure. Thank you pastor Anita, you've spoken in wisdom and I pray the eyes of those who have been held captives be open to take the right steps in safeguarding their souls in Jesus' name. Thank God for those that have been delivered from that bondage. God bless you
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Holy Man
As simple as this is, yet the meaning is so deep. I salute you Pastor Anita #SecretFan
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Shantini
This isdeeply profound.Ma,You actually carved out out every word I was contemplating for sometime now...after witnessing how things are going...Yes puppet Master is in charge and all the puppets do as told..best example ,the recent America's Next presidential election. The rest I shall not say anything for I came from where you left ma.And I'm witnessing so much atrocities that my consciousness of my salvation and love doesn't want to be a part of it.
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Jimmey
Dear Joshua, my translations says: WHATEVER is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, Phil 4:8. I think I understand where you are coming from BUT some believers ought to understand that some of us when we met Christ, we came to Him at a very young age and we kept moving. So our minds are not filled with many things from the past. When I listen to that song I would think of our Lord who is the author of Love. But IF certain songs are not build you, I would advice that YOU keep yourself away and it's best not to prescribe to others who might not have similar issues. There are instances where the Lord would allow us to go to certain places and be with certain people for the gospel and He would not allow some perhaps due to maturity as well. I am commenting because some else told me the same thing years ago but I had to share with them of which they understood. Thx Pastor Anita for the blog.
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Man of God
Been there done that.Used and abused until the Lord rescued us from the slave Masters. It is shocking to hear some of the things that happen in these churches.People just dance along.Pastor is always right,even if he sleeps around don't question.even if he is deceptive or lies don't question.even if he is being used by Lucifer don't question.even if he shouts and humiliates you don't question.HOGWASH.Jesus was asked questions and he answered.A church shouldn't be run like a mafia.there should be Liberty not fear,humility not pride,love not hatred.They brainwash people and manipulate bible versus to cover their lifestyles.From such turn away.why should you listen to a pastor who makes his life theories without the word of God.The word of God is the Guide,not the word of Pastor.
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Jennifer
Dear Pst Anita, i love the way you write. You have a way with words. So Apt! Wonder why some people even when they can read, can´t get the simple message from a clearly written article. Anyway, much respect to you Maam! @DrS Wisdom, Thank you for hitting the hammer on the nail. Well said! talking about this Perfect Internet troll ¨Hama1¨ who´s busy playing arm chair psychologist. Well, @Hama1, like its been said, take UR OWN advise and MOVE ON. One more thing; SELAH by yourself.
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Chizy
@Hama1 maybe they refused to let her be. Are you not aware of the rumour some months back of her going back to CE? If they have moved on, while still involve her? Talking bout her hearing rumour of him getting married.. Like seriously is he single? He actually embarrassed and disrespected their mum before everyone. How do you think they felt. OK she deserves it cos she is a woman? Everyone in CE now talks of 'bitterness' they are the only ones who are not bitter. Please ...!
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DrS Wisdom
@Hama1 I usually never waste my time on people like you, but on this occasion, I am constrained to address you, and as a result, others who behave just like you, hopefully to offer wise counsel/offer a deterrent to bad actors. I truly find your post abhorrent, malicious and unfortunate. You fit the perfect description of an Internet Troll. People like you are what is WRONG with the modern day social media form of communication. You can HIDE behind a computer and some assumed name and do damage with your words. I have to assume you are actually a TOOL being used, or you are a SYCOPHANT who is blinded by their ALLEGIANCE to their favorite CELEBRITY. I was NOT privy to the marriage between these two individuals. NEITHER were you. Therefore, I will not weigh in, neither will I litigate their divorce. I have always maintained it is IRRESPONSIBLE to publicly comment on the relationship between two people, if you were NOT one of the parties involved. It is also INAPPROPRIATE to play arm chair psychologist to someone who did not seek your advice. I would suggest you consider taking your own advice. If you do not like Rev Anita's posts, you don't have to read them. They were not posted on your website. You obviously have too much time on your hands to troll the website of someone you obviously disagreement with. Usually, when I don't agree with folks online, I exercise my human right of NOT visiting their site. You might want to try that too. Finally, I just think it is PLAIN RUDE to go to someone's space where they enjoy time with their friends, and go attack/disrespect them. I suggest you learn some simple manners. Just a word to the wise. Somehow, I think I know who you are, or at least who you work for. Hope you learn to contribute something postive to your world. If you don't have something positive to say, hold your PEACE. There will be no further comment from me.
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DrS Wisdom
Dear Anita, I love your use of the puppet as a metaphor to enlighten your audience on an everyday struggle. Basically, we need to take off the mask of performance that we wear from time to time. We live in a world that tells us we are not good enough. So we are convinced in some cases, overtly, and others, covertly to put on a mask whereby we can perform for the audience around us. We all have an audience. Some have a larger audience than others. Yet there is a temptation to wear a mask, especially by Christians, and sadly by ministers. One of such ministers was just caught in the US falsifying his qualifications and he admitted he never earned that degree, but put it on his ministry website so that people would take him more seriously. Instead of setting people free, this minister had his own mask he needed to get rid of. Don't be deceived, no one is immune to this kind of deception, because they are ministers. Often times, ministers are more susceptible to this problem, because they live in a fishbowl, with a greater audience, and their perception of their level of success is tied to the impression others have of them. So they perform, rather live authentic lives. This phenomena did not begin today. When Paul wrote his protege, Timothy, to encourage him in ministry, Paul was aware that Timothy was based in Ephesus where there were lots of Hypocrites who came to the Amphi Theatre to perform, wearing different masks. So guess what ministry advice Paul gave Timothy: STAY SINCERE. If you are going to be the MINISTER God designed for you to be, PLEASE TAKE OFF THE MASK. Be who God designed you to be. Trust God to do with you what He wills to do through you, just the way you are. It is God who works in you to will and to do His good pleasure. (Phil 2:13). Paul also said to his protege, Timothy, no soldier entangles himself in civillian affairs, but seeks to please his commanding officer. We all have to answer the question: who is my commanding officer? Is it the Master? or the world around us. We are encouraged to stay away from being world pleasers. We don't need to do things the way the world does them. We don't need to perform the way the world expects us to. We are not actors. We are ambassadors for Christ. If we really are, we need to simply EMULATE Christ. We can begin by CEASING to PERFORM as PUPPETS. Listen to the God's voice, not man's. Thank you for your sharing these truths for Healthy Living.
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Hama1
I know you will not publish my email, as all the others l have sent, but if you read it its fine. My question is if Pastor Chris is a fake, and Christ Embassy is a weird church, why dont you move on? Its two years since you filed for divorce, two years since you left CE church, why dont you leave them alone? Why are you still so angry and bitter years on? You pretend you were an abused spouse, by a man, you claim was NEVER there for you, how come? Why did you wait so long? Looks to me like you are really hard hearted, l know this article is in direct response to the rumour that Pastor Chris is planning to remarry? You have become a slave to rumours, so unhappy. What keeps you frm forgiving and moving on? What is the gospel that you bilieve? 2 years? What do you think your daughters feel when you always embarassing their dad? Is life all about you and your crowd of symphathisers? Selah
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Geraldine
Pastor Anita...the Lord is your Strength! @Hama1 your write-up is pathetic! SMH.
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Disciple
Witch_Craft in the Church of Christ-by Holy Ghost Filled People. **********************THE SEEKING OF CONTROL=Witch Craft=Using Others as Puppets******************************** This is a dosage that God seeks all his children to swallow,..and yet sadly only few come to think and perceive of it, and even of it's dangers,...and even if they knew,..it takes boldness to take a stand,.because of how sharp the edge of this sword Cuts,..across,..all,..from the child in sunday school to the one standing in the pulpit. Derek Prince went to be with the Lord, but he labored to teach God's children, certain things that are very important at this time also,..Please join me through this words,..or his as he expounds,...and consider where you stand,.....at the end you will realise that you are either: 1.) THE WITCH 2.) BEWITCHED 3.) NONE OF THE ABOVE The dictionary defines witchcraft as "the art or exercise of magical powers, the effect or influence of magical powers, or an alluring or seductive charm or influence." God's Word goes even further to identify witchcraft as the universal, primeval religion of fallen humanity. When the human race turned from God in rebellion, the power that moved in was witchcraft. Different people groups practice distinctive forms of witchcraft, but certain elements are COMMON TO ALMOST ALL OF THEM. The Power of Witch Craft -----Whenever any religious activity seeks to control other people, the influence of Witchcraft s probably at work----- -----The primitive practice of witchcraft normally contains a priesthood (witch doctor, medicine man, shaman), a ritual or liturgy (which may take various forms), a sacrifice (animal or human), some characteristic form of rythm (incantation or drumbeats), and some form of covenant binding the participants to one another and to whatever satanic being is the focus of their activity. The word coven (a gathering of witches) is derived from the same root as covenant. ****Levels of Witch Craft**** @A Work of the Flesh(Operates in the Church as Paul Warned) -It is the least recognised operation, but it permeates society and the Church. In Galatians 5:19-21 Paul lists the works of the "FLESH" ("sinful nature" NIV. In the middle he mentions "idolatry, sorcery" (NKJV) or "idolatry and witchcraft" (KJV). This nature manifests itself, even in infancy, in efforts to control other people..................... We feel secure if we can control other people. Conversely, GOD NEVER SEEKS TO CONTROL US. HE RESPECTS THE FREE WILL HE HAS GIVEN EACH OF US, ALTHOUGH HE DOES HOLD US RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW WE USE THAT FREEDOM. ----There are 3 ways the desire to control expresses itself: i) MANIPULATION ii) INTIMIDATION iii) DOMINATION The goal is Domination. ******People who recognise that they are weaker than those they seek to control tend to manipulate; ******Those who feel stronger tend to intimidate. But the end purpose is the same; "to dominate":- that is, TO CONTROL OTHERS & GET THEM TO DO WHAT WE WANT. Many family relationships portray these expressions. A husband intimidates his wife by fits of rage or outright violence. A wife manipulates her husband by tears and hurt feelings and often by making him feel guilty for his shortcomings. Parents frequently intimidate or manipulate their children but children can become extremely adept at manipulating parents. *****A main tool of manipulation is guilt. A mother may say to her son, "If you love me, you"ll run to the store and get me a pack of cigarettes." The child learn that if he does not respond in the way the mother desires, it will be taken as a sign that he does not love her. Clearly this type of control is destructive to a child. Not surprisingly, however, witchcraft can operate in either direction. When the mother is entertaining guests the child may approach her and ask to watch a forbidden television programme. He knows his parents seek to protect him from harmful influences by being very selective in what they allow him to watch, but he calculates that she will not risk his tantrum by refusing him infront of her guests. ******Once we learn to recognise the DESIRE TO CONTROL OTHERS AS AN EVIL, MANIPULATIVE FORCE, we will see it at work in many different areas. ******In the Church it may be in the way a preacher appeals for an offering: "God has shown me that there are ten people here tonight who will give a thousand pounds." Or he shows tear-jerking pictures of starving children in a distant land, and anyone who does not respond is MADE TO FEEL GUILTY. ******In politics it may be in the way a candidate subtly appeals to RACIAL PREJUDICE in order to win votes. ******In business it if often expressed in advertising that entices people to want what they do not need and to buy what they cannot afford. In every case it is evil. Once we recognise these devices as DISGUISES of Witch Craft, we realise that in our contemporary culture we are being exposed continually to its pressure. ******This gives new meaning to Paul's statement in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that, "the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers" (NIV). People who habitually use manipulation or intimidation to control others open themselves to the bondage and influence of a demon of witchcraft. ******If this happens, they will be unable to relate to anyone apart from these tactics. It will no longer just the flesh at work, but a supernatural power that can bring whomever they control into a condition of spiritual slavery. ******I have seen this power at work between mother and daughter. A mother may decide that her daughter should marry a man from a certain racial background or social level. Then, if the man the daughter chooses does not meet the mother's criteria, the spirit of witchcraft in the mother (CONTROL SEEKING SPIRIT)will cause her to react in such away that she actually puts a curse on her daughter and prospective son-in-law. The curse may take a verbal form: "He'll never provide for you." ******As a result, the couple will find themselves struggling continually against pressures and frustrations for which they can find no obvious cause. ******The demon of witchcraft can also work in many other kinds of relationships. @A PASTOR may SEEK TO CONTROL members of his staff or his entire congregation. @A business executive may intimidate his subordinates. ...........................Be Blessed my Brothers and Sisters,.Love of Christ passeth Understanding...........................
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Daniele
Anyone who is in bondage or a puppet of any but Christ is simply in ignorance, cure is the gospel. Jesus after telling his disciples of His authority told them to "go". Paul said " Christ we preach" whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved - freed from servitude to this creation ( whatever its form) , bondage to Christ and Lord of this creation and that which is to come. John said in Rev " I saw a new heaven and a new earth...they shall reign forever" Peter said according to our hope we look forward to a new heaven and a new earth. Any man who is someone else's puppet is such because of ignorance /blindness not the power, skill, ability, evilness of the master they have chosen to serve. The serpent was crafty but it was eve's own choice to bend to its will( the fruit looked good to her, good for food and good for gaining wisdom) and it was Adam's choice as well to bend...when judgement came none was spared. Any man can only walk as free as their revelation of themselves (who they are, what they can do and should do). Whoever man looks to or depends for that revelation of self is their master and they are their puppet. The level of light given by the master is the boundary of the freedom operated by the puppet " in Hom was life and the life was the light of men...this is the true light ( there are other lights which are = false, but light nonetheless) which coming into the world gives light to everyman. So there are degrees of light, you have greater light and lesser light and lights (stars). People with light even fake are in control, confident, not fearful and successful. Those without any light (lowest form of false light - complete obscurity) are fearful, and in truth lack the confidence to control / rule, they themselves look for ways to be enslaved. Some people cannot handle freedom, if they are not bending to one thing they are doing so to another, watch people who walk in groups or group of friends, it is usually formed around one person whose opinion seem to control ir dominate the group even observe the various " desperate housewives" they all seem to look alike as everyone in the group has made themselves a puppet of an idea/ perceptiond/ peers .,,each one is working and labouring to keep up It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, stand then as free, do not allow yourselves to be fastened again to any yoke of bondage It is each ones responsibility to stand free and right to reject every/any form of bondage without apologising. It is not the job of someone else or something not to enslave you. The drug addict is the one taking the drugs not the drug taking the addict. The drug simply has the ability to be incontrol of its willing subject, it does not have the power to make someone a subject. In the same way anyone who is a only has to look in the mirror to see they are the ones who handed the strings to their master. To be a puppetof Christ you declare him Lord of your life and so hand him the string of your life, you dance according to his tune. Man is created a puppet, but God gave man the free will to choose his/her master. That is the furthest any man by hiimself/herself can go. That is all man can control - the choice of who they will serve. We make choices everyday, but do not choose the consequence. Once a choice is made you become bound to the consequence
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Daniele
Now to the matter of puppets, every human being is a puppet of one thing or the other. Jesus is the father's puppet, christians are puppets of Christ " as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" The apostles described themselves as bond servants/slaves/puppets of Christ. This because man was created to be a puppet to worship and serve God, to be in the image of God not himself/herself. Paul said in Philipians 2 " He took the form of a slave" We know Jesus was never a slave as we know, but Paul said he took the form of s slave, so whats the form of a slave 'man/human being'. The Word was God....the Word became flesh and dwelt among men" So the issue is not whether you are a puppet, rather whose puppet are you? Christ?your culture/traditions/ the opinions of men/ the achievements of men/ tribe/ satan the god of this world/ family/ 'friends'/ husband/wife/children/parents/colleagues/boss/brethren/ church 'leaders'/ 'pastors etc'/angels/ demons/ elements of this world/ science/ latest research findings/doctors / religion / nation / 'experts' / etc? One thing you must note, the level of freedom and quality of life experienced by the puppet is based on the level of authority exercised by the puppet master and the degree of his love for his puppet. Observe the number of immigrants putting their lives in danger to change their puppet master, parents exposing their children to grave danger just so they can experience life under a better puppet master (the West). Why dont they send them to Africa to settle? Paul said in Galatians 4, " ... When we were children we were all in bondage/puppets...but when the time fully came, God sent forth is Son born to a woman and under the law ( form of a puppet ) to free us from slavery / puppetship so that we may receive adoption as sons ( exclusive puppet of Christ & ruler of creation not subject to creation) In gal 5 he said " it is for freedom that Christ has set us free, stand then as free do not allow anyone to fasten you again to the yoke of slavery/puppet-ship Only the sons of God are free because we are puppet masters of all creation Jesus said " I have given you authority..." again " all authority in heaven and earth has been given to me..." Whereas all other fake puppet masters are actually slaves because they themselves have their own masters who have their own masters, who also have their own masters ... who at the end are our puppets. Paul said in Gal " when you did not know God you served(were puppets) of those who by nature are not God, why is it that now that you know God, rather are known by God you turn again to these weak and beggarly spirits in wish you desire to be in bondage again" All creation is looking forward to enter into the liberty of the sons of God... We are there already , we are enjoying the glory and authority and we remain puppets of the Father who has soo lavishly blessed us. I am not ashamed of being a puppet, in fact I glory in it. I am bought with a price. Exclusive bragadocious Puppet of the Christ, master of creation it does not get any better than this. I am master over creation for good not evil, to bring the best out of my puppets to the glory of God. Any puppet that will not submit or comply is my footstool n will perish " the nation that will not serve u will perish" i am not the puppet master of mankind only Christ is, for mankind has been given the opportunity to enjoy this privilege through "servitude" to Christ, angels wish they had' it is written in Hebrews " He does not give aid to angels but to the seed of Abraham"
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Daniele
Waoh...everyone seems to know some else or been some where things like these are or have been done. One of the things i've learnt from the gospel is to judge no one either good or bad for God is the judge. Bible says "judge no nothing before the appointed time" when people judge others it is most often an act of unbelief as they do not trust God's justice. People the 'wicked' (always others) will get away with things so they try to name and shame or even ostracised others from fleshy motives not by the Spirit. It is easy to see the 'wrongs' others do and be completely oblivious to ones own wrong. For example a wife/husband who is controlling does not even know they are that way, if you ask them they will say they are simply expressing their love for their spouse. So whether they are controlling or not depends on what anyone observing them or their spouse will say. Sometimes they act as such based on ignorance,insecurities and fears, you have no idea. Whatever the reason, it does not excuse them but if you knew you will show some sympathy and that is what Jesus did and much more He saved us from the worst of us in us. He had no business talking about others short comings...i mean thats why he came. He came for sinners - the sick not the 'healthy'. He saved the woman caught in aldultery not because what she did was right but because he knew the inherent weakness in everyman. it manifests in many forms but the same sin. '"For ALL have sinned" that is why he came to save not condemn. We God were to destroy sinners now are you sure you will survive? Paul said " a new way has been introduced by which we draw near to God" " from faith to faith" " for by works of the law shall no man be justified" " by grace are ye save, not by works lest anyman should boast" if you want to boast, boast in the Lord. Paul said " if he has to boast, he will boast in all the ways in which he is weak ( insufficient, falls short) so that the power of God should rest on Him, for when I am weak I am strong" "Shall we continue to sin that grace may abound? Of course not, how shall we who have died to sin continue to live in it again?" So our ability and power not to commit sin is based on our faith. Do you believe you have died and resurrected with Christ? Our actions will prove we believe or not, or we are in the process of believing or trying to believe. Whatever the case it is based on faith. Not everyone has this knowledge, and those who know are at different levels in their believing. He who has begun a good work is able to complete it. Christ is leading us in our faith. People who are full of themselves end up empty because they cannot/ will not receive from God. Imagine God calls childless Abram " father of many nations" eventhough at that same time there were people with many children, he could haved one of them. He called fearful Gideon " mighty man of valour" shepherd boy " king". Cease from man ( good or bad)
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Ellah
@ Hama1. What makes you think this has anything to do with CE Church or its Leader. I think you have something to tell us all that we dont know. When I read the blog I applied it to my everyday life and I didn't even think that it was directed at anyone or at any organisation in specific. You are the one who has not moved on. May your eyes open, and may you receive understanding in Jesus name. Amen!
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Sis. Mimi
Glory to God, ...stay strong Pastor Anita. And May the good Lord continue to protect you and yours.. Yes so many puppets!
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Christie
Hmmm a wake up call.. Thanks PA for sharing. Love you always
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Derrick
Lord if all you the church made me is a puppet, then am glad! Oh am overwhelmed! Let the string master pull the string harder and harder until my veryself is exhausted and I can only but see you!! I died to myself! You told me I am dead! And your life is now alive in me! If it Takes the string master to pull me to this point, them am a happy puppet! Then when finally am dumped if that day will ever come! I'd happily carry all I have learnt and bless others! i chose to be happy! I chose to be glad! For each pull! Am a joyful servant! Just like Moses, David's Servant and timothy! All i see in my superior are love and perfection! Knowing that the same folks that criticise them today will do to me tomorrow! That's all they know" thats all they do criticise!! The string master would be glad and will not deny the truth that i was a real puppet!! What next? My Healing and Miracle Program! Since i became a pupet the string master's anointing has so rubbed off on mr that i now do what even normal mortals cant do! I can do it, i am a puppet! Yours loving Derrick
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Christian
Please, our God is interested in His people, that's why we are receiving some information that are meant for the matured in Christ here. He that the Jesus has set free should be free indeed! God package all that will be required in this journey in His Word and send us His Spirit to help us the more. When you follow Christ in this race, you will have peace but when you follow man in this same race you will have pressures ....
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DrS Wisdom
Thanks, @Jennifer. My suggestion is let us go back to enjoying/analyzing the wise posts of Ms Anita. She is using her gifts to inspire. Let us honour that, by spreading this inspiration, and not ELEVATE the trolls. This way, we don't become puppets ???? by falling into their trap. Peace.
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Chizy
#-((how to recognize if you are in a cult ***@ common characteristics of a cult* by let us reason .. spot on!!!
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Star
@Hama1 wow, I wonder how u have understood the message. Why are you always assuming that the blog is about someone else. She has not mentioned any names or any churches or any institutions but a realistic situation that each one of us is faced with on a daily basis. You and me are faced with this either in church, work, marriage, relationships, friendship or business. An individual can be a victim of being used as a puppet for someone to achieve their objective. This post is not about anyone. If u have a problem with her posts then don't come here to read what you have a problem with. We are here to build each other and learn from each other's experiences. And I think it's unfair for u to come here and start commenting on someone's marital status. If you want to get a clear picture write to both parties privately. We can only pray for them. Next time Have respect and follow the right procedure of addressing issues. If u don't understand what an article talking about, please ask for clarity instead of assuming. Stay blessed!!!
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Star
Thanks for sharing this Woman of God. This is soo true. I have seen this happen not only in the body of CHRIST, but also in the professional world in work places. But I think it's even worse in the body of CHRIST. People have surrendered their lives to being used as puppets. Just to be "liked" just for a "position" just for a good "reputation". They would rather do things BECAUSE Pastor said so, even though it goes against their convictions or what God has told them. I pray that we shall be able to stand and please God rather than man. Jesus brought liberty, freedom and not being someone's puppet or slave.
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Charlie
Thank you Pastor Anita.Wonderful Blog. I don't comment anything on any social media accounts..you can verify it using my e-mail.But when my wife showed me this article,I'm moved to write this. This is a wake up call to fellow believers who are still in mind control.Who programmers program you in a manner you can't think for yourself.You have no personality,identity or thoughts on your own.Our mind suppose to be Christ Like..moulded through God's Word.Yet,Adam was asked by God to name all HIS creation even though Adam didn't give life to IT...because it's Adam's environment that he suppose to understand..conquer and enjoy. So is our Christian walk today.We need to work out our salvation with reverence and trembling.God still wants us to think,calls things to life,correct things that are wrong and learn to live like Jesus Did when He was on this earth. Was Jesus approachable? Yes. Was Jesus preaching on sowing seeds for prosperity into His life or ministry? No. He talked about giving cheerfully by Faith. Was Jesus rebuking those who questioned Him even moments before His crucifixion? NO. Did He pay tax?Yes. Did He bring glory to Himself for the works and miracles He performed?No. Did ge auctioned off His worm clothes or shoes during His celebration?NO.A big NO.Looters fought for it. But, when ppl see a Man of God doing everything contrary to Jesus deeds..they celebrate him.They follow.They program themselves to the level of the Slave Handlers clothing n hairstyle.We suppose to emulate Jesus Christ but we have thousands of mini Man of God's everywhere.Interesting is it?? Mind control to the level they don't know they're puppets.What's the difference between the world and the church I mentioned above? We are the pillar and ground for truth.if you think Grace covers you when you willingly sin and blame others for noticing your mistake ....or ridicule others for even questioning you're the problem in body of Christ. I'm so tired of perceiving politics in church...which I can still handle by Gods great love cos none is perfect...what I can't fight is churches that turn to corporations or industries for benefits.That I can't fight but join this woman here on her blog to acknowledge the evilness and pray. If she's staying strong like this...then we who are awake from this monstrouscity also CAN. KUDOS!
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Stellar
Nice read
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Jimmey
Dear Pst. Anita bloggers, I just want to encourage you with the following: I am in SA. I have never met Pst Anita in the physical. Never belonged to her former church. Never spoke to her in person. ONLY saw her on TV. I VISITED her former church ONCE in JHB (2006) but she was not there the time I visited. I belong to a totally different born again church in Cape town. Pastor Anita visited me THREE TIMES now in a dream. The 1st TIME (2015) what she came to tell me came to pass. The 2nd time (2016) in the dream she came to give me an instruction on what I need to do so that I can continue to attain my victory. But I was praying with SOME ELSE on the matter in the physical. What she told me was TRUE because it was IN LINE with what I was busy doing. LAST WEEK (2016) she appeared again in my dream and confirmed to me that the 'grass is now green' about the things I have been praying for. This IS a WOMAN OF GOD. The anointing upon her LIFE is STILL as it was and the LORD is using her MIGHTILY. PLEASE let some of those who are writing some stuff and sound carnal cease and take sometime to fast and seek the face of the Lord. Our God is kind. Looking for those PURE IN HEART to USE and Pst Anita is one of them. Our GOD cannot be BOXED as some THINK. HE CAN DO exceedingly abundantly FAR beyond what some are writing to provoke and want to see the past by always bringing up the PAST. This is a woman of God. Let us continue to respect her as the Lord Himself is guiding her and opening our eyes that it IS FOR FREEDOM that Christ has set us free. Freedom doesn't hurt, doesn't control for fear, doesn't suppress and doesn't abuse. Amen
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Beauty
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JYM,Nigeria
God bless you.
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Sunmi Sijuade
Gbam???????????????????? & that's the summary of it all.????. FREEDOM IS WHAT GOD GAVE; FREEDOM IS WHAT THE PEOPLE NEED!
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David Adara
I have seen many who were passionate preachers and responsible men and husband become puppets as the years have passed by. I have seen many who cannot even recognize themselves anymore or rediscover the strong passion they once had . they have continued in the train because at least they get their daily bread and childrens school fees from being a puppet . many have questioned the actions of the master puppet in their hearts but even as they question, the landlord sends the rent bill. it is easy to put the questions in your heart behind you and be a puppet for one more day so as to have your rent paid. let me be a puppet for one more day, one more month, one more year, let me pay one more rent, buy one more car, deposit for one more land , travel one more time ..... this is the life and the thoughts of a puppet , suddenly the strings are getting weaker, the puppet is getting older, wrinkles on face as hair turn grey. A wasted life on stage you danced and performed on stage to rhythm you dont believe in and songs your heart questions A sorry and hopeless life. A life where you cannot stand for the truth, live by your own beliefs and cut your voracious appetite coat according to the material you have for sewing. I feel sorry for the puppet . The puppet master gathers all the money after the show and goes home smiling, the puppet gathers his energy and goes home just to prepare for the next show in the calendar year... Puppet Puppet I laugh at your greed and folly . ,... you will yet dance again cause the greed cannot be satisfied.
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Noreen
Thank you Cassidy, we needn't say more.What a great summary,very well written,easy to understand and backed up with the true word of God.God bless you!
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Edidiong
Dear Pastor Anita, this write up pretty much sums up everything to the discerning.... im so blessed by it. God bless and incease you
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Chizy
You are a good writer Pastor Anita. This peom is so short but loaded. One can write a book out of it. I see so many things from this 'little' write up. I can't even really fathom all about the peom. Its deep. Your best so far. Wow I am short of words. I have read it over and over again. Each I see something new. This is intelligence in display...wonderful wow..keep it up you are good. I love you! You are a wonder!
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Kellyyy
Oh Cassidy! I wish this can be pubished everywhere! "The Master’s yoke is easy, and His burden is light. He gives us rest and is gentle and humble in heart ( Matthew 11:28-29 ). That is the Christlike example ALL who shepherd Jesus’ flock must exemplify."
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Chinenye
@Hama1. You are really way out of the line. You need to tender an apology to this Woman. Thank you.
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Cassidy Doxa
Steve.bigw@gmail.com To manipulate is to negotiate, control or influence for one’s own advantage. Spiritual manipulation is a technique used by some abusive churches and cults to control individuals and acquire gain, all the while giving the impression that their teachings are based on the Bible. Some religious groups take Scriptures out of context in order to support their beliefs. They isolate “proof texts” and “cherry pick” verses to persuade the uninformed that their interpretation is right, even to the extent of claiming they alone have “the truth” and everybody else is wrong. Some have even altered the Bible and produced their own translation to support their religious bias. Some denominations use scholastic dishonesty to manipulate. They will use partial quotations from first-century Christians and eminent Bible scholars in suggesting that they agree with their views. Take, as an example, the booklet “Should You Believe in the Trinity?,” published by the Watchtower Society. Page 7 includes a partial quote from Justin Martyr: “Justin Martyr, who died about 165 C.E., called the prehuman Jesus a created angel who is ‘other than the God who made all things.’ He said that Jesus was inferior to God and ‘never did anything except what the Creator . . . willed him to do and say.’” What’s missing from this partial quotation is significant. Justin Martyr said that the “Son, who also, being the first-begotten Word of God, is even God.” Nowhere did Justin Martyr say the pre-human Jesus was a created angel. Some individuals manipulate Scripture for their own personal benefit. An authoritarian husband might demand that his wife submit to him as the head of the house and quote Ephesians 5:22 (“Wives, submit to your husbands”). But that same man might purposefully overlook verse 26, which says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Instead of taking the bits of Scripture he approves of and using them to lord it over his family, he would do well to read 1 Corinthians 13 and practice the type of love that is patient, kind, protects, trust and perseveres, etc. During a conversation between Christians, someone might say, "The Lord has told me that. . . ." This phrase essentially shuts down the conversation because it implies that, since God has spoken a word, there can't be any further discussion. Don't be fooled by this trick; it is a form of spiritual manipulation. Or a preacher says, "Sow into my ministry, and God will repay you. Sow, and you will reap! God is no man's debtor." Could such preaching simply be an exploitive appeal for money? Is the preacher trying to influence people for his own financial advantage? If so, it is spiritual manipulation. Another form of spiritual manipulation occurs when abusive churches and cults twist Scripture to give more authority to the leadership and keep the members under their control. One example is the use of Hebrews 13:17 as a basis for demanding unquestioning loyalty and obedience to the leaders. Some religious groups view questioning the leaders as tantamount to questioning God. Some leaders claim to have divine authority and approval; thus, to disobey them is to disobey God. This is perhaps the most pernicious form of spiritual manipulation, and it has no place in a true church. Victims of spiritual manipulation seldom realize what’s happening to them. Here are some indicators of a spiritually manipulative church: Legalism Demands for obedience Unquestioning submission Punishment (loss of privileges, shunning or expulsion) Misplaced loyalty Emphasis on performance Exclusivism (“we alone are right, and everybody else is wrong”) Isolation (refusal to associate with anyone but spiritual brothers and sisters) Humiliation of the "disobedient" Abusive churches train members to block out any information that is critical of the group. With enough thought and information control, the leaders can get those under their control to defend their new identity against their former identity. The first line of defense is denial – “What you say isn’t happening at all.” Next comes rationalization – “This is happening for a good reason.” After that, justification – “This is happening because it ought to.” Finally, wishful thinking – “I’d like it to be true, so maybe it really is.” A characteristic of spiritually abusive systems is that a misplaced sense of loyalty is fostered and even demanded. This is not about loyalty to Christ, but about loyalty to an organization, church or leader. Because authority is assumed or legislated, following that authority must also be legislated. This is accomplished by setting up a system where disloyalty or disagreement with the leadership is construed as disobeying God. Questioning leaders is not allowed. After all, the leader is the authority, and authority is always right. Such spiritual manipulation denies the truth of Ephesians 1:22 , which says that Christ is the Head of the church. Our loyalty is due Him. All Christians need to be alert to spiritual manipulation and follow this example from Acts 17:11 : “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Did the apostle Paul take offense when the Bereans researched to ensure that his preaching was based on Scripture? Of course not, because Paul knew his preaching would stand up under exhaustive scrutiny. Likewise with all teaching and preaching – we must hold it up to the light of God’s Word before we accept it. Any religious group that prevents its members from doing independent research, or from challenging what the leadership says, must have something to fear. Jesus told His disciples they would be like sheep among wolves and instructed them to be “shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” ( Matthew 10:16 ). The Master’s yoke is easy, and His burden is light. He gives us rest and is gentle and humble in heart ( Matthew 11:28-29 ). That is the Christlike example all who shepherd Jesus’ flock must exemplify.
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Deji
@Hama1 You sound to me like someone from pastor Chris, even though this blog was not about anyone but what you have just said here shows that you are from him. Talk of the guilty been pricked!!!! Lol If you cannot get the message please stay away from this site and only come when you have something constructive to say. In my own understanding what was said in this blog applied to everyday life. For me I will always allow God to control me. It saves me so much headache. Lol
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Kellyyy
Thanks Daniele. Your comment blessed me. "Anyone who is in bondage or a puppet of any sort but Christ is simply in ignorance, cure is the gospel." "Any man can only walk as free as their revelation of themselves (who they are, what they can do and should do)." Even when things go wrong, the Father wants His children enlightened. Because He loves people! That's why we speak up!!! We anchor every drive, every campaign, every message after the Father's love for His children. We walk in love always. Even to those who have obviously "despisefully used us". Thats how to honour Jesus with your life. BE HIS PUPPET! Do His will! We Get the Scissors. End the abuse . So We can breathe & Heal. Then We Forgive. Then we continue to love. And we continue to pray for them. AND HELP OTHERS AVOID ABUSE. If this is not your motivation, even though you are no man's puppet, you are on your own!
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Graced
I wrote a poem similar to this afew years ago, so i have a deep value for what it means to be a puppet, Anytime I come to your page, I always feel like a child who loves both parents dearly yet hate what one did to the other. I have never felt so much as such today "mum". I have always prayed for you and will still do. I still love my "dad" too cos he is the one through whom God has moulded me. This post makes me feel so emotional! I always loved the "5mins". i will always love you dearly. Thank God your strings are cut, its time to fly, forget the puppet master, take off and fly.......
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Norah Hombarume
God bless you Pastor Anita, am blessed by your posts. Love you.
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Norah Hombarume
@ Hama1, if you are a man I wonder what kind of a husband you are/ you will be. You need prayers. God bless. If you have a problem with pastor Anita's posts then please don't visit the blog.
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Shylet Mhaka
Those with understanding have heard ..great wisdom PA. Thank u
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Patricia
Good evening all and good evening noble Pastor Anita. I enjoy your posts and learn a lot from them. Thank you for sharing. I came across this short clip from Bishop Noel Jones which is quite instructive for Pastors, business people,career minded people, in fact, all married people. Please copy the link into your browser and be blessed as you take heed. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/13393/92458877?autoplay=1
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Faith
Thank you Mma for a btiful poem. I thank God for you, through your ministry our eyes have been opened & you enlighten us through the Word. May the Lord continue to use you, may you continue to represent christian women and shine your light so bright so that the World can God in you and glorify our Father in heaven. I love Pastor A
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Blessing
I love you, Pastor Anita. I love your humility and poise. God bless you
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oare
Great poem, dear sweet pastor Anita. unfortunately, a lot of people with low level of understanding would read the wrong meaning to this beautiful poem that is full of wisdom and admonishing.However, the wise would understand but it is meant for those with understanding. This is typical of the world that we are in today. Thank you so much ma for this beautiful piece. May God continue to protect and keep you strong in Jesus name.
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Nkechi
What is a puppet, a puppet is a model of a person or animal moved either by strings or invisible hands. Who is a puppet, a person under the control of another. Pastor Anita you are not only beautiful but also intelligent. This poem calls for serious thinking to those whose minds have been so controlled that they are now moved like robots. He that have ears, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Think and ask questions like the Berea Christians and stop being puppets. Thank you so much Pastor for this write up. God bless you and continue to strengthen you.
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Kojo Asare
No one has the right to make a puppet out of another, no one deserves to be made to lead the puppet's life.
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Patricia
Succinct and poignant piece from the heart. A word to the wise and discerning https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154058311663759
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Ade Oletubo
This post is very true in real life. Very many people who are outstanding in their various profession and endeavour are really not free in life, they are in great spiritual/physical bondage. They are really not in control of their lives and actions. They are compelled to always act according to the script written or dictated by their task masters. These people found themselves in this situation because, in the course of their rising to the top or stardom, they succumbed to force and pressures to sacrifice their physical/spiritual freedom. When a man is dispossessed of physical/spiritual freedom, to do/accomplish the will of GOD in such a persons life might become impossible.
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Pindy
Thank u Cassidy you said it all. I like the quote the Masters yoke is easy and his burden is light... God bless you. Pastor Anita thank u for ur humility despite all odds. The Lord bless u.
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Star
A puppet is one who lives in Bondage. Christ brought us freedom. . . Not Bondage. Freedom is the ability to say NO when YES is easier and more convenient. If you do not have the power to say NO and follow through the corresponding action, you are NOT FREE but BOUND (puppet).
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Peggy
Thank you so much, am blessed by this
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Wilson
He catches the wise in their own craftiness. Some preach Christ for their own belly. The good shepherd lays down his life for the ship, but the robber/hireling fleeces the ship. His motivation is gain, comfortable life, and exploitation. He hunts for more sheep but care less for the well being of the current ones. The hireling must brainwash the sheep to make them puppet, so as to serve his purpose, and not that of the owner. The devilish lips service is, 'I love you', but we are instructed,'love not in words but in deeds'. Love in deeds is what the Lord Jesus Christ displayed on the cross. The children of the wicked one, the hypocrites, like their father can not love in deeds. They are utterly selfish. Thank you ma for this message. The gracious Lord strengthen you more and more, and grant you more access to His deeper wisdom, in Jesus name.
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Kayode S
@Hama1 - It would appear to me that you are the one that are unable to move on because the last time i checked, this blog is not a Christ Embassy blog and it would be prudent for you to leave Pastor Anita alone and stop visiting her blog. You said it yourself it's been 2years - so my questions for you are why are you still stalking the poor lady 2 years after she has left your church? Why can't you stay away from her or don't you know that cyberstalking is a crime? Why do you keep e-mailing her when she did not solicit for your contact? Do you know by your own admission that your consistent unsolicited contact falls within the Protection from Harassment Act 1997? If I were you, I would desist or seek legal advice. Secondly, the content of your comment shows a blatant ignorance of domestic abuse and I can only hope that neither you nor your loved ones is ever a victim of domestic abuse, otherwise how on earth could you possibly ask the starkly ignorant question: "Why did you wait so long?" I will suggest to you to get some education for your own good and read the book, 'The Dominator' by Pat Craven which is the bible for domestic abuse - once you climb down your high horse, avail yourself to some good education and knowledge about this topic, you will be a much better person and would not embarrass yourself publicly displaying your stark ignorance with such impunity. Remember patriarchy is perhaps the only thing that gave you a one-track mind which lead to your ignorant question "What do you think your daughters feel when you (sic) always embarrassing (sic) their dad (sic)?". Your ignorance and lack of empathy for your fellow human is extremely hypocritical given the fact that you are preaching forgiveness but seem completely incapable of displaying charity. The apparent because the real question you should be asking, but which you are clearly unable to contemplate is "Why would a father constantly place himself in a compromising position that causes his daughters grief and embarrassment?". I guess, it would be too much to expect any level of reasonableness from you seeing that you are probably one of the brainwashed pick-pockets!
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Daniele
Good post, simple and succint expression of the state if the fallen man in church or otherwise. People just have a propensity to sefdom/puppetship, because it appears most of the time easy, readily available and any way if things go sour or south I can blame some one else. People have a funny adoration for the abused or vulnerable "misery likes company", everyone is trying to earn some righteousness point by fighting their enemies for them. The govermnent should do this or that, mps should do this or that, employers and the rich should do this or that...altogether forgeting the 'victims' have a responsibility to themselves at minimum. No people say continue to be vulnerable, we will fight the bad guys for you. People forget the devil has been on this earth and round about it for a long time, his demise is soon but not now; you have to get used to it. The scriptures tells us what to do, not what we should expect to be done ir happen to us for us to enjoy the good life here and now in spite and in the presence of our 'enemies'. The verbs used in the Bible are used in the active form not passive form. Do this, think like this, say this...which forms instructions for our glorious living. There is a proverb in french (well i know it in french) " Lucky people are people who happen to things and unlucky people are people things happen to". Be a happening person, take responsibility for your life, destiny , fulfilment n joy, no one was created to do that job for you. Everyone was created to do it for themselves that is why tgey do not have time to do it for you. You can be thought etc empowered, by Gid and his Prophets (servants, MOG/WOG) but the doing is yours. Jesus said "ye who overcomes..." There is an and are several overcoming(s) to do, each man for himself as each person will be judged separately and crowned separately. No one is going to fight for you to get your crown. Olympians compete for tgemselves, no one competes then hands the trophee to another competitor. No one gets a job to give soneone else. The bible say wife submit to your husband and it says how& why, husband love your wife and he says how & why. They are action active verbs accomplished by the subject in the sentence. Not wife be loved by your husband, so a wife dies not sit pretty and be measuring, calculating, factorising, weighing her husband's love. In the same way a husband to take action rather that meaduring/ analyding/weighing/ recording his wife's submission. Wife be busy doing what you have to do and husband be busy foing what you have to do. And in all if this, paul did not say your marriage /home will be heaven on earth, rather he said I speak as concerning Christ. So your actions are a way of demonstrating the mystery of Christ & the church not of saving your marriage (it could happen as a result, but not must). If this mind be in you, you have won, cause you will be so busy holding up your end if your bargain you will not see ir noticed what the other is doing. Simply meand your life is in you, live it...do what you need to do by the power of the holy Spirit to live it, not trying to pluck additional life here and there. Whats in you is sufficient, do not get into a relationship trying to add some life from someone to yours, cause the someone may aldo be trying to get from you. People talk about the virtious woman in proverbs, i have seen many pastors' wives /pastors/ female elders/ chuch leaders and other women preach of her, crawl and scrabe themselves trying to look like her or do her deeds. It is a nobel desire and aim , but too often how she accomplishes such a great if not impossible feat is not mentioned. The last verse of the chapter says " Charm is deceitful, beauty is vain but a woman who fears God is one to be praised". Her power is the fear of the Lord, and this is what paul was saying on marriage, wives submit to your husband out of reverence for Christ, Husband love out of reverence for Christ. The proverbs 33 woman is a woman who has ceased from men, walks in faith , hope n love, lives her life in kbedience and submission to the holy spirit, has no fear because the God is her light and salvation, the strength of her life, her all in all. She is so busy serving the Lord she does not notice her husbands faults, she sees the glory of God in him always because tat is where she lives, she forgives because she has been forgiven, she loves unconditionally for she is loved unconditionally. No one can take her joy or peace for she does not get as the world gets it, she gets it directly from Christ...she is happening every where every time...I mean she has got it going, and is driving the car of her life as the Spirit leads, gren pastures is were she lies down, she rides beside still waters, the road is the road of righteosness, she is restored/refreshed always...never exhausted, frustrated, empty or abused. She is in Charge. She is no one's puppet. She is anlessing to others, her cup is full and overflowing. She stands tall in faith knowing victory is hers and defeat to her adversaries. She has no business micro managing her husband or people around her trying to make them dance to her tune , she has a life and she is living it. Who can hurt her? Who, who, who? The fear if the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" "the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure" ( Isa33:6) "His delight shall be in the fear if the Lord" (Isa11:3). Delight in the Lord, fear God...sure way out of puppetship and into mastery and dominion.
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Daniele
One thing I have come recently to love about the Bible is that it is full of instructions. In the world today people are judging one another whilst guilty of the same ( they just may not have been caught /exposed yet), people are looking at others naked and behaving as though they themselves look different naked, people blame and complain about others while making excuses for themselves. One thing good i like about judgement day people do not often realise is that it highlights the fact that we will be held accountable. No one can hold someone accountable for what they are not responsible for. And no one can be responsible for domething they are not empowered to do. So the rhema we get from judgement day is that we have been empowered. If you are empowered how come you are a puppet? People become act as puppets as a result of ignorance and self desires within them. I have seen many women watch their life slip by because they were holding on to a man/husband/marriage they should not have spent that much energy on They did not hold on because they were desperately in love, (at the time they think or atleast say so) nor because they care about their kids; most of if not all the women i met who have been in 'abused' and clinging with their lives were doing so because "what will people say or think", " What will i do with my life/self if I am not a mrs...", "money and prestige that comes along with being mrs or the hope of it...", "i do not want to look or be one of the miserable single ladies", " i do not want to be alone + lonely", " atleast now people envy me...if i am not mrs i am nothing" etc. There is nothing wrong with fighting the good fight if it involves your marriage, but let it be a fight of faith not of fear nor selfishness. The fighter in faith wins always no matter the outcome, the fighter in fear loses always no matter the outcome. This is not limited to marriage it involves every aspect of our lives, Paul said let everything be done in love. It does not mean because we have this good feeling for someone or something, rather what we do should be done as a manifestation of our nature and our nature should be love. A cat remains a cat in all weather conditions, not all conditions are favourable to a cat and not everyone cares to make it so for the cat, in spite of it all a cat remains a cat. Be love and act love, you can never be a puppet or abused or vulnerable...you are a king under the strings of our master Jesus Christ. But like Leah, who spent her time trying to get someone who was hers already a lot of spouses spend their lives in marriage in puppetship and sefdom trying to please men and not God. If i only do this one more thing they will love me and cling to me, if were like this or had that they would respect me, if only i could or do this, they will honour me...that is how slavery goes on and on. Leah tried it it dont work, "if i have one more child Jacob will love me ", if i have another he will cling to me, till she got to the fourth and said 'Now I will praise God (Judah)" and she stopped having children, she took her life back, her joy back, her peace back, her 'joie de vivre' and Judah according to the flesh is the ancestor of Jesus Christ. Leah won. Her winning does not mean Rachel or Jacob lost or God rained them with sulfur and brimestone, Leah won because she finally got to live the life she was born to live and fulfil her destiny, instead of being distracted by Jacob & Co. Jacob was busy living his lufe fulfilling his destiny and so was Rachel, but Leah with an even greater destiny than Rachel was being distracted and acting like a puppet ( what will people think of me, i need some approval, i am nothing without Jacob, i want to have what She has, i will show her I am better than her, "God will one day open the eyes of my man[God aint opening his eyes, you open yours], ), but when she turned her attention to the Lord, her life changed - In 2Cor3, paul said " the veil is taken off when you turn to the Lord" - meaning & purpose came to her life and with it came freedom. Whether she remained married or not did not matter, what matter is that she turned to the Lord, said "Now I will praise ( worship, serve)the Lord" The bible is so full of wonderful stories of triumph, stories of faith. If at any time you find yourself abused, vulnerable or a puppet that is a sympton of something wrong eith you, that is not the end, Jesus came for such as you and the bible was written for such as you. It tells you how to get your groove back and how to get out of puppetship, " through faith they were made strong out of weakness, by faith obtained promises,". The Holy Spirit, the "Get out of Jail card". A lot of women / men are serving themselves in the guise of serving their spouse, their company, ministry, etc serve the Lord Jesus Christ, married or unmarried, employed or unemployed or employer, having children not having children etc. No one needs to tell you what serving the Lord is, look into you heart and listen and you will know how to serve the Lord and what to do. It is a matter of the Heart, and the Lord is your judge, stop trying to serve the Lord, just do it. Whether you are sincere in your deeds or not, you know it and the Lord knows it, you can mask before men, acting like a puppet to get some hunan praises, but before God you are sooo naked. In the day of judgement human praises will not help, people who praised you when your puppetship was working and benefiting them will insult you and say " and you said you were a Christian, you must have been a snake in the grass and a yete Christian" the very people you were desperate for their approval will ditch you like a bad habit. The good thing is it is better to discover in this life that you have been a puppet, because there is hope of redemption and freedom and it is an opportunity the Lord is providing for your freedom to ensure you do not leave this world without fulfilling your destiny, far better than dying in puppetship with other blood sucking puppets coming to bury another of their kind, heaping praises n eulogy for their dead sibling. Better to live with their taunts than die with their praises. Serve God and cease from men( human beings)
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Daniele
Thanks for this post. Strange enough in our society today we try to glorify , manify and excuse the babe /simple with terms such as "vulnerable" ( nothing they experience is their fault, someone else is to blame) & abused ( someone else did it). Vulnerable adult, child or abused worker, spouse etc. If you are a babe you are a babe every where, every time. The solution is to grow up, and how? Through knowledge "my people are destroyed by their lack of knowledge...Since you have rejected knowledge". Every human is a puppet of one form or the other, ignorance is what keeps you there and knowledge is what takes you out. We may approach puppetship with regards to church service etc, but it is not limited to there nor is it the start of it. Being a puppet is not what others do to you, rather who who you are and what you do; just like sin is a nature, but is only punishable by men when it becomes an action. A puppet is a nature, with a mentality and actions. A puppet could go to church, gives, sings, prays, go out for evangelism, 'perform miracles' , pays bills, rent/mortgage, gets married, have children, teach, work, dress etc for all the wrong reasons; it is a matter if the heart not works. If you have the wrong heart everything you say or do will always be wrong. Sin is a nuture, the devil is a liar by nature, all have sinned by nature. Paul said in 1Cor13 " though i speak with tongues of men and angels and have not love., though I ...but have not love, am I as a clashing cymbal, I am nothing, it profits me nothing". Paul is pointing here the heart. God looks at the heart from which flows the activities/actions. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" " guard your heart with all dilligence, for out of it are the issues of life" .Abuse is the frustration felt for being unfruitful & unfulfilled in spite of All the 'Good' we have done. Because somewhere after it all is said and done, you realised you are as far from God as Satan, as dry as the dessert as empty as air. This is the life and end of every puppet. To focus on whoever we think has been pulling the strings is wrong, unfruitful and another characteristic of a puppet / vulnerable " blame someone else". The Bible calls them 'weak willed' 'unstable' men pleasers, desperate for the approval of men, seek glory from men and not God. Paul said, if he were still trying to please men he will not be a servant of Christ. He also said whatever your task work heartily as on to the Lord not man, again he said "do not be slaves of men", again " He said, do not work as men pleasers ...for the real master you serve is Christ". Paul was addressing 'slaves' in this verses. Think like a free man even if you serve or work for someone else, for this is what Christ has brought to you, freedom from the inside out . Get wisdom, get understanding , get knowledge, for by it yiur days will be multiplied.live a life in fellowship, union and submission to the holy Spirit our source of wisdom , knowledge and understanding, and this will be the outcome of your life. The So called puppet masters are nothing, worthless like grasshoppers before the HolySpirit, let him direct you and you will find yourself treading on snakes and scorpions and over all the ability of the enemy and NOTHING shall or can by any means hurt you. For the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. Walk in Him rooted and grounded and abounding in him with Joy. For the Kingdom if God is not eating and drinking 'nor complaining nor blaming', but it is righteousness, peace and joy in the HOLY SPIRIT.
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Enerfy
Fact! Inspiring. God bless you
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Julian
Pastor Anita, I am so glad that the holy spirit led me to your blog. its such a blessing. I feel so encouraged to make the changes I have desired so much in my life but was too afraid to take the leap. please send me a private mail or can I have a mail address where I could reach you. God bless you!
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Deji
STUPIDITY is when you don’t have a bicycle and you give your last penny to your pastor to buy a jet. MUMU is when you can’t pay your children’s school fees and yet have money to contribute to your church to build expensive schools which your children will never attend. IDIOCY is when you refuse to take your very sick child to the hospital because your pastor said you should not do so, yet that same pastor secretly runs to USA for medical attention any time he has a headache. KOLO is when you see a poor beggar on the road and you refuse to give him 50 naira out of the 5000 naira in your pocket because it is your tithe money…. YOU are a zombie when you trek, dance and gallivant for 30 kilometers under the hot sun sweating and smelling like poo during your revival program, while your pastor is inside a full option, factory fitted air conditioned state of the art SUV with his delectable wife slow driving along the road. IGNORANCE is when you believe it when your pastor tells you not to live a worldly life, yet he enjoys all the best things in the world; the fine houses, cars, jets, babes etc, while you are waiting till you get to heaven to enjoy your own…. STOP worshiping your pastors!!! Stay focused on Jesus, the author and finisher of your Faith. And learn to study the word of God. ???????????????????????? May God Almighty teach us to know Him better through His WORD as it is written in the Holy Bible IJMN Amen
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Deji
STUPIDITY is when you don’t have a bicycle and you give your last penny to your pastor to buy a jet. MUMU is when you can’t pay your children’s school fees and yet have money to contribute to your church to build expensive schools which your children will never attend. IDIOCY is when you refuse to take your very sick child to the hospital because your pastor said you should not do so, yet that same pastor secretly runs to USA for medical attention any time he has a headache. KOLO is when you see a poor beggar on the road and you refuse to give him 50 naira out of the 5000 naira in your pocket because it is your tithe money…. YOU are a zombie when you trek, dance and gallivant for 30 kilometers under the hot sun sweating and smelling like poo during your revival program, while your pastor is inside a full option, factory fitted air conditioned state of the art SUV with his delectable wife slow driving along the road. IGNORANCE is when you believe it when your pastor tells you not to live a worldly life, yet he enjoys all the best things in the world; the fine houses, cars, jets, babes etc, while you are waiting till you get to heaven to enjoy your own…. STOP worshiping your pastors!!! Stay focused on Jesus, the author and finisher of your Faith. And learn to study the word of God. ???????????????????????? May God Almighty teach us to know Him better through His WORD as it is written in the Holy Bible IJMN Amen
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Sis. Mimi
Yes Kingress..fly..or run very fast! As I was a dodo bird, and they can't fly...
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Devine
Touching Poem , heart-breaking actually What does this line actually mean " while they watch our pickpockets are in the crowd stealing'? Could it mean that some people are stealing from us, whilst we attend church? who are the 'pickpockets'?
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Chizy
To add to what bible life wrote, people go and read ' The characteristics of a cult' and ' How to recognize if you are in a cult' by Let us Reason Ministries and spot the difference from where we came out from. God bless you Pastor Anita. God actually used you to liberate us. He uses the foolish things of the world.......
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Kunle
Thank you PA for this beautiful poem. This is food for thought. There's a write up in this link I believe is worth reading. http://www.biblelife.org/bondage.htm To those who are claiming they are puppets for Jesus, Jesus does make people puppets. God gave us the gift of choice. Salvation is a choice Deuteronomy 30:18, Romans 10:9. Wisdom is profitable to direct;(Ecclesiastes 10:10) get wisdom (Proverbs 4:7). It's bad enough to allow ourselves to be deceived but what's worse is to keep deceiving ones self.
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Kindress
I'm grateful i got the link to this blog right now from an online newspaper. As i read this poem i felt like i was looking into a mirror. It seems like people have mistaken my longing for freedom and independence as selfishness, pride and ingratitude, but they never ask themselves why in the first place do i feel the need to fly. Thank you for this beautiful piece of writing, i totally understand you. God bless you mightily.
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Rachel
@hama1, can you get off this space. I can see how low and shallow minded you are. Jesus used parables to preach while on earth . This was because the people were of low understanding and could not comprehend the deep truths he had to share with them. This is what Pastor Anita is trying to convey in this poem , only those whose spirits are open and have not been blinded can undrestand. Truly the scripture according to prophet Isaiah is being fulfilled in your life. John 12:39-49----"Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again,He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their hearts; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, and be converted, and I should heal them." Thank you Pastor Anita for librating me. Thank you for your boldness , courage and fearlessness. Your action has set me free from bondage. I began to read God's word for myself( not by listening to tapes) and my life has been transformed. Knowing God face to face and not by sowing seeds or doing other extra things I was taught to do. I now walk in the consciousness of the finished works of our Lord Jesus Christ You are a woman of faith and a rare gem.
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Samuel
Lord God Almighty!
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Amen lawani
It sound funny but it is real,,,, Man is born free but every where he is in chains,,, I think the real deal is for us to search for knowledge ourselfs and obtain the desired FREEDOM. Thank you Anita
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LadyT
@Spirit pwahahahahaha, A big Amen to that!!! Thanks for that powerful message. I love it. It's 100% True. These are the last days, our faith should be in Jesus alone and not man!!! So much pretence in the body of christ.
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Sarai
Dear Pastor Anita Thank you for your courage und love! Be encouraged on your way as a woman and Pastor! My impression is, that Father God is proud of you - its important what you are doing. On Gods heart is a cry for all the oppressed among the globe. Especially for the women. This is the time we life in, God wants to build many, (men and women) to give back the freedom and everything, that has been stolen for over 2000 years. And this will be a big blessing to both, men and women. And evangelism will have a great breakthrou throu this. Pastor Yonggi Jo said: If the pastors in Europe had promoted their women for beeing leaders and pastors, probably everyone on earh already had the chance to hear the Gospel. Father god loves us with so much compassion and respect for our will (even with so much love and respect for our feelings), men and women equally. Its time, to bring back the woman in their destiny. God seeks to bring out the female (and male) pioneers! Its a special grace on that. Only with the respect and complement of male and the female heart of doning things we can bring gods love to he world. On his heart is an upliftig love…. A rest. A deep acceptance and understandig of whats on our hearts. Its not god who gave the right, to opress the women and the female ways of donig things, speaking, thinking, feeling, leading, laughing… . Its a human idea. Papa God is so different. He uplifts what was opressed. I know a father god, who loves, protects and promotes his sons and daughters equally! Its very important and precious, what you are doing. Thank you. Much love and blessings. Pastor S.
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Kingsley J.
Pastor A, I really that God for you and am genuinely happy that the enemy did not triumph over you. God's grace will continue to abound in your life. Amen
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Kingsley J.
Beautiful coined...so deep
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Puppeteer
To be a puppet means to be literally lifeless. Maybe we are all , at every level in life, lifeless soul from the perspective of some higher knowledge, be it good or bad.
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mercy-mercy!
Hama1, Hama1, Hama1; how many times did I call you? Please do yourself a favor, enlighten yourself before flagging up your ignorance in this manner. You wrote "You pretend you were an abused spouse, by a man, you claim was NEVER there for you, how come? Why did you wait so long? You show that you don't know what abuse is, firstly, 'Never there' is abuse, it falls under 'psychological abuse' & ''Neglect'. Secondly, being made to say or do things outside your own Will is an abuse, being blackmailed, to do things or else ..., is an abuse, called ‘Emotional’ & ‘Psychological’ Abuses. Other forms of abuse were mentioned there too. The prevalent one that almost everyone suffers under but rarely talks about is 'Institutional Abuse' that says, that's what we do 'here', you must comply or you don't belong. I am not encouraging rebellion, as there's a fine line between right & wrong. Simply put; if we want to be Christians, let us be Christians, I mean, let us be 'Christ-like' not 'man/woman of God-like' or 'Pastor-like' otherwise we would be drifting into - Idolatry (anything or anyone that stands between you and God is your god) Paul warned believers in 1 John 5:21 "Dear children, beware of idols". Note that he wasn't writing to unbelievers. We should live like Christ, be led by the Spirit of God at all times, and do all things as unto Christ, that is, as Christ would have us do. Finally, It takes time for the victim to realise that he/she is under the spirit of ‘manipulation', 'domination' and 'control'; because it is subtle. Links to useful materials on abuse, just to give you a clue: http://www.devon.gov.uk/4.what_is_abuse_-2.pdf http://www.safeguardingdurhamadults.info/Pages/whatisabuse.aspx http://sexetc.org/info-center/post/how-can-you-tell-if-someone-might-become-abusive-in-a-relationship-what-are-some-of-the-effects-of-abuse/ Please note that I have not written about any couple or institution but written just to clarify the word 'abuse', as many people are currently undergoing some form of abuse or perpetrating the offense against others unwittingly -James 3:2 in many things, we offend & Luke 17:1. Warns about offenses!
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PasPraise
This is so touching. How I wish people stood with God for right motives and not just to please men. Thank you for being a voice to many.
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Rakwala
Pretence, ya so right! If it took pretence to get to heaven so many of us were definitely going to make it, but thank God all we need is salvation and His grace does the rest. There's so much of manmade laws in the body of Christ today that it's becoming more difficult to see God's word in our actions or our words. The word of God is really not as difficult as it's made to sound by the church!
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Racquel
Thank you, Pastor Anita for sharing your poem. I understand it completely, this has been my life for 18 years. Being a good christian wife you believe that everything will work out and that one day your marriage will be restored. However in the interim you are being worn out bit by bit until there is nothing left for you to give. I thank God for allowing me to realize that I am not alone, that He loves me and that he will make a way for me. I have been criticized and my name has been slandered by friends and family. I have even been told that my life is cursed for leaving my christian husband but through it all God has been my provider, rock and deliverer. Isaiah 59 vs 1 Listen! The Lord's arm is not to weak to save you, nor is his ear to deaf to hear you call. ( NLT)
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Kindress
Please, our God is interested in His people, that's why we are receiving some information that are meant for the matured in Christ here. He that the Jesus has set free should be free indeed! God package all that will be required in this journey in His Word and send us His Spirit to help us the more. When you follow Christ in this race, you will have peace but when you follow man in this same race you will have pressures ....
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Kindress
I'm grateful i got the link to this blog right now from an online newspaper. As i read this poem i felt like i was looking into a mirror. It seems like people have mistaken my longing for freedom and independence as selfishness, pride and ingratitude, but they never ask themselves why in the first place do i feel the need to fly. Thank you for this beautiful piece of writing, i totally understand you. God bless you mightily.
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Kayode S
@Hama1 - It would appear to me that you are the one that are unable to move on because the last time i checked, this blog is not a Christ Embassy blog and it would be prudent for you to leave Pastor Anita alone and stop visiting her blog. You said it yourself it's been 2years - so my questions for you are why are you still stalking the poor lady 2 years after she has left your church? Why can't you stay away from her or don't you know that cyberstalking is a crime? Why do you keep e-mailing her when she did not solicit for your contact? Do you know by your own admission that your consistent unsolicited contact falls within the Protection from Harassment Act 1997? If I were you, I would desist or seek legal advice. Secondly, the content of your comment shows a blatant ignorance of domestic abuse and I can only hope that neither you nor your loved ones is ever a victim of domestic abuse, otherwise how on earth could you possibly ask the starkly ignorant question: "Why did you wait so long?" I will suggest to you to get some education for your own good and read the book, 'The Dominator' by Pat Craven which is the bible for domestic abuse - once you climb down your high horse, avail yourself to some good education and knowledge about this topic, you will be a much better person and would not embarrass yourself publicly displaying your stark ignorance with such impunity. Remember patriarchy is perhaps the only thing that gave you a one-track mind which lead to your ignorant question "What do you think your daughters feel when you (sic) always embarrassing (sic) their dad (sic)?". Your ignorance and lack of empathy for your fellow human is extremely hypocritical given the fact that you are preaching forgiveness but seem completely incapable of displaying charity. The apparent because the real question you should be asking, but which you are clearly unable to contemplate is "Why would a father constantly place himself in a compromising position that causes his daughters grief and embarrassment?". I guess, it would be too much to expect any level of reasonableness from you seeing that you are probably one of the brainwashed pick-pockets!
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Norah Hombarume
God bless you Pastor Anita, am blessed by your posts. Love you.
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Jimmey
Dear Pst. Anita bloggers, I just want to encourage you with the following: I am in SA. I have never met Pst Anita in the physical. Never belonged to her former church. Never spoke to her in person. ONLY saw her on TV. I VISITED her former church ONCE in JHB (2006) but she was not there the time I visited. I belong to a totally different born again church in Cape town. Pastor Anita visited me THREE TIMES now in a dream. The 1st TIME (2015) what she came to tell me came to pass. The 2nd time (2016) in the dream she came to give me an instruction on what I need to do so that I can continue to attain my victory. But I was praying with SOME ELSE on the matter in the physical. What she told me was TRUE because it was IN LINE with what I was busy doing. LAST WEEK (2016) she appeared again in my dream and confirmed to me that the 'grass is now green' about the things I have been praying for. This IS a WOMAN OF GOD. The anointing upon her LIFE is STILL as it was and the LORD is using her MIGHTILY. PLEASE let some of those who are writing some stuff and sound carnal cease and take sometime to fast and seek the face of the Lord. Our God is kind. Looking for those PURE IN HEART to USE and Pst Anita is one of them. Our GOD cannot be BOXED as some THINK. HE CAN DO exceedingly abundantly FAR beyond what some are writing to provoke and want to see the past by always bringing up the PAST. This is a woman of God. Let us continue to respect her as the Lord Himself is guiding her and opening our eyes that it IS FOR FREEDOM that Christ has set us free. Freedom doesn't hurt, doesn't control for fear, doesn't suppress and doesn't abuse. Amen