Welcome to Daughters Of Zion, A Ministry of Excellence

We are an organization that serves Women and their families through our Teaching, Intercessory Prayers, Missions and Outreach ministries.

Statement of Faith

We believe in:

1. The Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and the person of the Holy Spirit as one. 1 John 5:7

2. Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Acts 1:5

3. New testament biblical practices of the Holy communion, washing of the feet, sprinkling of the Blood. John 13:3-8, Acts 19:11-12, John 13:3-8.

4. The manifestation of God's power through signs and wonders, Luke 9:1, 1 Corin 2:4, Isaiah 8:18.

5. The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His atoning death through his shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of God, the Father and in His personal return to earth in power and glory.


6. The Infallibility of the Holy Scriptures, the Bible as the final authority in all matters of doctrine, conducts relative to daily living.

7. The administration of spiritual gifts led by the Spirit for the edification of the church of God. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7


8. The personal return of Jesus Christ, the eternal damnation in a literal hell for the wicked and everlasting life with the living God for the righteous.

"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold i come and I will dwell in your midst, declare the Lord" Zechariah 2:10.








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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Letting Go Of The Bitterness & Unforgiveness


"And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you."Ephesians 4:30-32 NLT 



In Ephesians 4:30, scripture cautions us to not cause sorrow to the Holy Spirit by the way we live our lives because He has identified us as His own; guaranteeing we are sealed for the day of redemption. King James version actually uses the word "grieve"; it is an unfortunate thing to grieve the Spirit of God. We see throughout biblical history how the children of Israel "pained"/brought sorrow to God through continuous disobedience. They committed all kinds of sin, and in today's world, we are doing the same thing and more.
How did Apostle say we were grieving the Holy Spirit? You do not have to go too far to see how and what we are doing to bring sorrow to the heart of God. It is all listed in our text; Ephesians 4:31-32 and you can find more sinful acts mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21. You begin wondering: what makes us different from unbelievers? 



My beloved sisters, there are many of us out there holding onto the past or present hurts, and it is causing physical, emotional and spiritual damages in our lives. Whether you want to believe it or not, harboring bitterness and unforgiveness is dangerous to your personal life and your relationship with Jesus Christ. It's not worth losing your sanity over and most importantly losing heaven. Don't wait until the person who hurt you come asking for forgiveness because it may never happen or if they do occur, it might be ungenuine. Choose today to let go and let GOD. Some 16 years ago, I was deeply hurt by someone very close to me, and it took the power of the Holy Spirit for me to let go. I was consumed with anger and bitterness; it affected my job, my day to day living until one day the LORD used Joyce Meyer's message on forgiveness to deliver me. I guess at that point God was saying to me enough is enough! I broke down right there and then, seeking the Lord for mercy. At that moment, I decided to let go and instantly, I began to feel the peace of God & within a few weeks I began to experience open doors in my life. It was delightful to finally meet Joyce Meyer in person years later to just appreciate God for her life and ministry.

When you harbor unforgiveness in your life, it closes the door to God's work in your life, and you individually have yourself to blame. Choosing to let go of the bitterness, the anger and taking that bold step to forgive the one who has hurt you does not diminish who you are or make you a fool. It does not mean you will forget, but what you now see is that anytime you bring up the incident, you are not talking about it with anger or bitterness, but as part of your life's journey in which whomever you are sharing your story with, will be encouraged by how you overcame.

 Forgiving and letting go of the bitterness is telling yourself the following:

⦁  I am not going to make anything or anyone cause me to miss heaven.
⦁ I am forgiving because I want to be free from pain.
⦁  I am forgiving because I want to enjoy my relationship with the Lord Jesus.
⦁  I am forgiving because I do not want to hinder God's plan and purpose for my life.
God is the ultimate judge; beloveds let Him take up your case for you, allow Him to fight your battles; the only role you should perform in the matter is to release that individual (s) from your heart and trust God to take control. 




Beloved it is time to start living a life that pleases God. Its time to move past the hurts, let go and allow God to complete the healing process in your life. It is time to be merciful because God commands us to be (Luke 6:36). It is easy to dwell in that bitterness and anger, but for how long? Is it worth losing your soul over? Is it worth losing your health and peace over? NO, it is not! The Lord God has called us to be merciful; forgiving others as He has forgiven us (Matthew 6:14-15). If you are struggling with unforgiveness and bitterness today, I want you to trust God and allow Him to bring the healing and deliverance that you need to be set free; living the best life, He intended for you.


Saturday, February 2, 2019

After The Darkness.... ( My Journey Through Grief)


He makes all things beautiful in His time. Ecclesiastes 3:11
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. "Revelations 21:4".


The year 2007 was bittersweet for me, and I say this, because it was the year, both my husband and younger brother relocated to the United States. But also in the same year, I experienced a devastating loss. February 21st will make it twelve years since I lost my precious little girl, Eliana. She was stillborn @ 36 weeks and three days. I have never experienced such deep-rooted emotional pain as I did on that fateful Thursday evening. The day when the female doctor looked up at me with sadness in her eyes and said soberly: "I am sorry, she's gone." It is an overwhelming feeling I will never wish on anybody. It has taken me years to open up about that day and what inevitably happened.

I lost my second daughter as a result of a medical condition called "Placenta abruption" that was caused by high blood pressure (hypertension). I was diagnosed at seven months with pre-eclampsia when I was pregnant with my first child. It resulted in hypertension that never went away. The placenta connects the growing baby to the mother’s uterus. It serves as a "lifeline" that gives food and oxygen to the baby through the umbilical cord. Placental abruption happens when the placenta separates from the uterus before the baby is born.
In most cases, the placenta stays attached to the uterus.In the case of placental abruption, this lifeline is placed at risk. It can be life-threatening to the baby and sometimes to the mother. Placenta abruption can lead to premature birth, low birth weight, blood loss in the mother, and rare cases can cause the baby’s death.

On that day, I was home resting with my 2 year old daughter, the baby was kicking as usual and my husband had just left for the library. Everything was going well that day, we had gone to cash my paycheck and then headed back home. About 40-45 minutes after my husband left for the library, I made a phone call to a relative and shortly after that call, I began to feel pains in my abdomen. I assumed it was Braxton hicks contractions but when the pains kept intensifying and I wasn't feeling the baby moving, I began to panic. I immediately called my doctor's office, and they told me to get to the hospital right away. I was informed that my doctor's partner will be filling in for her since she wasn't available. My husband walked in right after I hung up from my doctor's office and told him what was happening. He immediately had me rushed to the emergency room. But by the time I arrived at the hospital, I knew it was too late.

A caesarean section was done in order to take out the baby. My husband was by my side the whole time holding my hand. I could see the pain and sadness in his eyes when they brought Eliana out of me and into his arms; no crying, and eyes closed shut like she was just sleeping. He carried her in his arms, and I just looked at my baby girl and couldn't believe she was gone... This baby, that was kicking strong up until 2 hours prior... She was alive and well for a good 36 weeks. We were almost there! What went wrong!  I began asking God questions  " why did you allow this to happen? "... No response came. I stroked the hair and face of my beautiful baby as my husband held her. I was in so much emotional pain; my husband felt it would be too much for me to carry her in the state I was in. So he told the nurse to take her away after I lovingly and carefully studied her face one last time. In that moment my husband said " She looks so much like Eniola"  i.e. her big sister.  A part of me regret to this day not  holding my baby girl so tight before letting go.  I guess at the moment my husband thought that he was doing the right thing for me. 

For a long time, I blamed myself for what happened. How can something which is said to be "uncommon or rare" happen to me? Maybe I wasn't getting enough rest; perhaps I should have a chosen a different gynaecologist, didn't I eat right? Should I have stopped working months earlier and just been on bed rest? At the same time, I thought about all the things I did to keep my baby safe and healthy. I took my medications as prescribed and started my maternity leave a few days before my scheduled due date. I kept all my appointments to the hospital and prenatal visits as scheduled. I was on bed rest as instructed by the doctor, and they monitored me for days... I was even scheduled to have an emergency c-section because of my high blood pressure the following week, and so that was why I was being watched closely. But having done all that, what happened, still happened!   It was a devastating period in my life.

The days following...

It was the first time in my existence.I experienced what was called "Depression" I was in a bad place... couldn't eat, couldn't sleep. The greeting cards, monetary gifts, phone calls, messages came pouring in from friends, co-workers, church members, relatives, etc. My poor husband didn't know how to help me.He was grieving as well, but he was more concerned about me than himself... All he could do was merely hold me real tight and console me with encouraging words. Between my mom and my husband, they did their best to make sure I was eating and resting okay after I got home from the hospital. He took good care of our 2-year-old daughter and the affairs of the home while I was recuperating. Simultaneously, my dear mom was visiting from Nigeria, looking forward to carrying her healthy second grandchild but instead, her joyful expectation turned to sadness.

Days after I was discharged, my husband made arrangements with the funeral home/crematory to have our daughter's body cremated. I made a choice to hold onto her remains for a few weeks until I was ready to let go. In April of 2007, along with some friends, we took a trip to the Jersey Shores and there we poured out her ashes in the ocean. That was how we said goodbye to our baby girl one last time.
I want to say that without the support of my family and most especially the Holy Spirit, I may not have made it. I would have allowed the spirit of depression; the darkness to overpower me, but the Lord renewed my physical and spiritual strength. He was my comforter, consoler, guide, peace, my all in all.I even had "so-called" friends who in the midst of my pain were saying to me "but why didn't you go to this hospital and not that one?" "maybe if you have gone to this other one... this wouldn't have happened." Can you believe that? In the midst of trying to console me, this was what came out of the mouth of a friend's husband while they were visiting. My relationship with these individuals changed almost immediately. (no insult or anything) The Lord merely got them out of my life.). People don't know how to talk sometimes in situations like this. Therefore when they think they are comforting you, they merely make you feel indeed worse.

It's better not to say anything at all, if you do not know what to say.

It is unnatural for you to lose your child regardless of age.I believe it is the most devastating thing in the world, next to losing a parent. It is not something you get over quickly, and you indeed never overcome it, you merely learn to adjust to a new reality. Everyone will forget but the parents especially moms never forget.  The child  you carried, that was a part of you for many months is consistently holding a special place in your heart.   No other child can ever replace the one lost.

But with the extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit and the loving support of my husband, I was able to move past the trauma taking each day at a time. Two years later while we were stationed in Ft. Bliss, Texas, the Lord opened my womb again, and He favored us with a healthy and beautiful baby boy. There were complications with my son and to be truthful, the fear of losing this him while still in the womb was there.  Why, because the same medical complications, hypertension still existed.But my God was faithful. He had revealed a year before through a Pastor friend of mine that I will give birth to another child, and He shall live. After the birth of my son, I had a miscarriage 2 years later.  Heart-breaking!! It was after that we had made a decision that no more... I am fearful that I might not be able to bear another loss! God was and still is faithful, and I praise Him for my two remarkable children here with me. I thank Him for the precious ones that are in heaven with him of which I will undoubtedly see them again one dayI also glorify God for mercifully sparing my life and giving me the personal strength and ability to thrive after the darkness.



My encouraging word to you...

Beloved if you are passing through a similar ordeal or you know someone who is, I am recounting my story on this platform today to let you know that with the power and strength of the Holy Spirit, you can move past the profound trauma into a new reality.  Just know you cannot do it alone, along with the Spirit of God, also embrace the support of your loved ones. Plus, you might need to see a skilled professional and/or spiritual mentor (i.e Pastor, Christian Life Coach/Grief Coach, Christian Therapist, etc.) to help you get past the grieving stage quickly and in a healthy manner.


The Lord God is the great Jehovah Rapha, it is only Him who can bring the holistic healing that we genuinely need to overcome every traumatic event. He doesn't expect us to overlook what happened, but He does expect you and I to not allow ourselves  be paralyzed by lasting grief and pain. We must press on/move onward to fulfil God's grand plan for our lives.  


In Christ alone....

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Merry Christmas From Our Family To Yours







Be Joyful Always

"Always be joyful.  Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT



Today's scripture verse encourages us to be joyful always, pray all the time and give thanks no matter the circumstances; good or "not so good" as I always say.  But is it possible to do all the above when you are facing  challenges and struggles in your life?  Well, beloved, I will tell you that without a shadow of a doubt, it is not humanly possible.   The only way we can be joyful and thankful when facing the storms of life is when we possess God's strength and power in us through His Holy Spirit.  That is why Nehemiah 8:10b states " for the joy of the Lord is your strength."   God in His infinite mercy knows that without His divine strength, we can not experience joy, not to talk of staying joyful at all times.   

Did you know that the word "joy" appears over 65 times in the Bible, and in the book of Psalms alone, 19 times?  This tells us how vital "joy" is to the life of a Christian.  The key to the joy of a Christian is the Lord Jesus.  Our joy can only be found in Him and not in man as with happiness.   Before I talk about how to stay  joyful always as a Christian living in the world today, let us go ahead and define what joy is.  Many times joy has been used interchangeably with happiness, but even though they are both beautiful experiences to have, they are two different feelings. 


What is Joy?
Now in scripture, joy is sometimes referred to as "rejoice"   The word rejoice in the dictionary means a feeling or show of great joy or delight.    And so "Joy" according to Merriam Webster's dictionary is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.   Happiness is defined as  "a state of well-being and contentment; a pleasurable or satisfying experience. "  So you see how similar these definitions according to the world's interpretation.      However, the type of joy we are referring to as believers is "God's kind of joy" or we might also call it "Biblical joy."   This kind of joy, just like peace,  the world does not know and understand.  Our joy comes from the Lord God, and it is from within, more consistent and like peace, it is a characteristic of God's love from His Holy Spirit.   Scripture states "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,]gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23".

Happiness, as mentioned earlier, is a wonderful experience that every human being on earth will encounter in their life's journey.  However, it is not the same thing as joy.  It is external and inconsistent. Happiness comes and goes with time because it is triggered by the events that occur in our lives,  by people we relate with, and from thoughts and emotions.   

Beloved, joy is a Christian virtue that every believer must strive to possess and experience on a daily basis.  The benefit of having joy in your heart is that no matter the circumstances you face in life, it will not affect your joy as long as you understand where it comes from. From God and not man!  Emotions affect your happiness, but not your joy.  You may have lost the job you loved, you may not know how you will pay next month's rent, or you might be experiencing marital problems etc., but you still have joy.  

The joy shows on your face wherever you go, and people around you wonder how you can be having all these problems and always smiling.  You can then say, "its the joy of the Lord, it's not me"; He is my strength."     You should not let anything or anyone rob you of your joy.  John 16:22.  It is too precious to the Lord, and so should be guarded carefully and jealously.   





Apostle Paul knows first hand what it means to stay joyful always in all circumstances.  In times of despair and persecution, he strived to remain joyful, praying continually and giving thanks while imprisoned for Christ's sake.  And so in his epistle from prison, he encourages all believers in Philippians 4:4a to rejoice in the Lord always. 

Ways to Stay Joyful Always in the Lord

1. Be intentional in showing gratitude-   I Thessalonians  5:18 admonishes us to give thanks in all circumstances. Develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving, always showing appreciation in all things.

2.  Spend time in prayer and meditation - Praying, reading and meditating on the word of God daily is an act of worship unto the Lord and nourishment for your soul.  Strive to spend quality time in God's presence.  

3.  Spend time reflecting on the goodness of God -  When you remember all the prayers answered, all the troubles he delivered you from and the many blessings, it will cause you to rejoice.  It puts a smile on your face and reminds you of his constant presence in your life. 

4.  Spend time around people and things that enhance your life -  Surround yourself with people that can positively impact your life. Guard your heart and your joy jealously.  

5.  Think good thoughts - discipline your mind to focus on beautiful and godly thoughts.  "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8.

And so as you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with family and friends this season, be intentional in staying joyful regardless of what you might be going through.  As you do so,  the Lord will strengthen and empower you.  Strive to remain joyful always and allow the God of joy and peace to use you to impact the lives of those around you. 

SHALOM

Monday, October 22, 2018

Your Marriage Is Your Primary Ministry

"that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed."   Titus 2:4-5 NKJV


Recently, I had watched a christian movie recommended by a very close friend and dear sister, and it ministered to me. I felt the Lord was trying to get me to understand something about ministry and patience and preparation.  For the most of this year, I have been going through a time of training and development for the assignment God has for me, and by His leading, I have taken some bold steps to prepare me for the Assignment.   So today my beloved sisters, I would like to share what the Lord has been ministering to me concerning Marriage and the home.  

As a wife and mother, I have strived to build my home, allowing the Lord to guide and counsel me along the way,  I have shared teachings centered around godly women taking care of their home, praying for their husbands, etc.  But it is only in recent times that I have come to know and understand how important the Christian home is to God,  to the body of Christ as a whole and the role it plays in our ministry to the Lord.   Over the years I have seen how many Christian homes had crumbled not because of adultery or money issues, but because many godly women with good intentions have neglected their responsibilities at home to do church.  What I mean by "doing church" is engaging in many activities in the local assembly that takes them away from their service at home.   The word of God reminded me in Proverbs 14:1 that we as women, it specifically says "wise" woman are the ones who build our homes.  The building and managing of our Christian homes which is an extension of the church, the body of Christ has been given to women by God as our number 1 assignment.  Yes, your marriage and home is your first and primary ministry unto God.  Your marriages and the way you hold them are a reflection of the way Christ loves His Church.  

Sisters,  the Lord God is not a God of confusion, He created marriage for a purpose and for that purpose to be fulfilled both the man and the woman have to play their role in the home and the family. The christian home is an extension of the church, so it is important your humble service to the Lord begins from there.  Even the world believes it, by this popular saying "Charity begins at home."
Like many of you, I have a calling upon my life, and I have waited on the Lord for years to release me to do the work.  I have received prophetic messages, word of knowledge, dream interpretations, open visions, etc. regarding my purpose and the assignment He has for me, and a lot of it involves me traveling around the world,  the mission fields teaching, counseling and doing outreach.   Sometimes I have found myself becoming impatient, asking God when will this great ministry take off because I have just been doing ministry part-time for years.  After all, He has spoken and all that keeps being revealed to me especially in recent months is to be patient,  I am still being prepared for the work ahead. One of the last prophetic messages given to me by a Man of God was that the Lord is taking me through a preparation process, I need to perceive how He is leading me.   And so when I watched that Christian movie the other day, my attitude towards my marriage and home changed.   I knew I could do better once I understood it to be my primary assignment.  

The movie showed two different scenarios,  both women loved the Lord and desired to do His work.  They were married with children and had a calling upon their lives, one sought God's leading and husband's permission, and the other did not.  She went ahead, and at the end of the day, there were consequences for the latter, but the former who followed the Lord's leading and guidance and listened to her husband, at the end of the day, everything fell into place for her.  Directed by the Holy Spirit, she faced the affairs of her home, her primary ministry and eventually, opportunities opened up to her for outside ministry work.  What a great lesson learned!!

Sisters, your primary ministry is your  loving and humble service to your husbands and children ,  keepers of the home, women of excellence who are caring, protective and supportive to your husbands and the children  God has entrusted in your hands,  godly women who  teaches her children the word of God, nurturing them and disciplining them with wisdom and care.  In Proverbs 31: 21-22, we are referred to as homemakers and also in our main text,  and are encouraged to be homemakers.   It states   "She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.  "She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made]."      In this ministry, your job is to create an atmosphere of the warmth of love for both your family and guests alike.  Even in times of difficulties,  you must be prepared and ready to embrace what comes next in  your life and that of your household; it is in those times that you will begin to develop the skills  (e.g., resilience, endurance, perseverance, etc.) that the Lord wants you to have as you also prepare for your outside assignments.   Beloved, the Lord has equipped women with the talents and spiritual gifts needed to establish and make fruitful your ministries, and your homes can be considered as a training ground to prepare you for the secondary ministry/assignment outside the home.  There is a time and a season for everything and the Lord who gave you the passion, the will and the strong desire along with the gifts to serve Him will reveal to you when the time is ripe to step out into other assignments and ministry work He has called you.  

 Beloved, as married women, the home is your primary ministry, the success in your home will determine your promotion in the mission field.  It is essential to understand your marriage and home as a ministry unto the Lord, handing it over to Him to help grow under His nurturing hand. He desires to bless the works of your hands, and your marriage is no exception.  Even though the Lord knows building a home in this fallen world can be quite challenging, as long as you are dedicated to keeping your homes, raising godly children and including God in every aspect of it, He will give surely give you good success.  Joshua 1:8b ESV. 

If you are reading this message today and you have neglected your ministry to your husband and children or husband, if no children yet, then it is time to repent and ask the Lord, your husband and your children for forgiveness.  Seek the Lord for guidance and wisdom in taking care of your home and also being able to balance your work life, responsibilities in your local church and your home life.   Your home must always come first in your service to the Lord.  If you hold a position of leadership in the church, in your workplace that requires being away from home for more than 8 hours a day, it is time to make a change, and the Lord shall help you do that in Jesus name.

I will leave you with the words from a Christian actor & minister   " A married woman must humble herself and take care of her home. She must build her home before she can build the church of God and the nation."

I pray this message has ministered to you!!  If it has, please share with your fellow sisters and friends.