Monday, December 30, 2013

The Resurrection

We are going into the year 2014 with a message of great hope. The Lord in His great Mercy charged us this week to write an article about His and the believers’ resurrection. He said that many people who died and believed in Him will experience this event very soon! For the truly born again believer, this event already forms part of our basic tenets of faith. Recently, the Lord told me that He is coming very soon and that He is already at the door. Therefore, this message of hope will soon (in the Lord's timing) be a reality.

In this brief article, we will also share a very short vision from the Lord as a warning to those who honor man more than God.

The Resurrection of Christ

The Bible says that the Lord was delivered into the hands of sinners to be crucified. In the crucifixion account, many people witnessed the death of the Lord (Luke 23:47-56). This was confirmed by the Roman Centurion acknowledgement to Pilate (Mark 15: 42-47; Matthew 27:62-66). The point we are making is that if the Lord did not die, there would be no need for His resurrection. His death had to be confirmed, which we can agree with according to the testimony of all the witnesses in the above Scriptures.

Furthermore, after the Lord was buried, we read that He rose from the death (Luke 24:6-8). This event was confirmed by Mary Magdalene and the Lord Himself (John 20:10-18), the two angels (Luke 24:4-7), the Roman guards (Matthew 28:11-15),and the followers of the Lord (Luke 24:9-49). Likewise, the birth of the Lord was also announced by angels (Luke 1:26-38), and witnessed by the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20) and the wise men from the East (Matthew 2:1-12). This is therefore credible evidence of the resurrection of our Lord.

Additionally, the Apostle Paul testifies in the Scripture that he, along with Peter, the other apostles, and more than five hundred of the believers saw the risen Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). The evidence of the Scriptures concerning the resurrection of our Lord is therefore credible and sufficient proof that we too will be raised (1 Corinthians 15:20-23; 2 Timothy 2:11; Romans 6:8-9; Romans 8:11). We further have the testimonies of Luke, John, Matthew and Mark about our Lord's resurrection.

The Promise and Outpouring of The Holy Spirit Confirms His Resurrection

Initially, the disciples did not understand when the Lord told them that He was going to rise again (Matthew 16:21-23), and from their reaction and astonishment it is also evident that they also did not believe when they first saw the Lord after resurrection (Luke 24:36-43). However, they were convinced when the Lord reminded them of the things He had told them (Luke 24:44-45). The testimony of our Lord's resurrection was again confirmed with POWER when He fulfilled the PROMISE of the HOLY SPIRIT (Luke 24:49; John 14:15-17; Acts 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12).

Finally, brethren let us not lose hope and be discouraged by the things the devil and unbelievers throw at us; we will soon realize the reward of our faith (1 Peter 1:3–9).

The vision warning those who honor man more than God can be read on this page, titled "Vision of Dr. Owuor".

If you desire to have a relationship with the Lord Jesus, here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed New Year! Our journey of faith is still continuing.

Brother Glenn.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Foolishness

Briefly, the Lord has commanded that we write an article about foolishness. As you may have noticed through all our articles, we don’t write on things that promote sectarianism or church denominations, which are often the things that divide the Body of Christ. Instead, we concentrate on things that build up and unite the Body under the umbrella of truth. As members of the Body of Christ, we are appointed by the Lord to point out error in the Church and in love share correction to STOP the spread of the spirit of folly, which is out to divide and ultimately destroy.

In this article, we will be brief and to the point. Biblically, folly is simply plain silliness, carelessness, hastiness in speech (answering before listening), wickedness or easily being led astray (Proverbs 10:14; 14:15; 18:13; 1 Samuel 25:25; Matthew 25:2; 2 Corinthians 11:16-20). Folly begins early in life, and if not addressed through discipline, correction and repentance, it can continue to grow (Proverbs 22:15) and eventually lead to death (Proverbs 5:23). The Bible authors mainly refer to the use of foolishness as man’s accountability to God (Psalm 69:5). This is applied to those who rely entirely on their own understanding and ability instead of relying on God. In addition, a person’s folly may sometimes lie in his inability to perceive truth or things (Luke 11:40; 1 Corinthians 15:36). Through foolishness, we can make unworthy choices that can result in eternal and irreversible consequences (Luke 12:20; Romans 1:21; Matthew 25:10-13).

In being foolish, a fool decides that there is no God (Psalm 14:1), while the order of things in creation points to a Wise mind behind it (Romans 1:20-21). We look at things made by man, and upon deeper understanding into the facts, we realise that the thing makes perfect sense.

Furthermore, the Bible says that the greatest fools are those whom we consider as wise in this world. They despise and mock God’s way of salvation through Christ’s death on the cross to be foolish (1 Corinthians 1:18-24). By considering God’s work of salvation as foolish, we are displaying ignorance. The salvation we enjoy is based on a wisdom that is simply beyond human capacity to understand fully (1 Corinthians 1:25).

A foolish person is someone who fails to recognise their own mistakes and accept God’s correction (2 Peter 2:15-16). The good news is that that the Word of God has been given as an antidote to immoral living and foolishness (Psalm 19:7-11). Knowing that sin of various kinds is the power behind foolishness, but when we adjust to the Word of God we add wisdom that results in peace for us (Romans 2:5-11). Finally, friends please refrain from directly calling someone “foolish” or “fool” because the Lord considers it as an abusive term; I received a similar rebuke last week for calling someone a “fool” (Matthew 5:22). The Scriptures clearly advise us that if we fail to cling on to the Lord Jesus Christ by obeying Him, we are acting foolish: “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!” (Matthew 7:24-27).

Paradoxes and Admonitions


It is foolish to conclude a matter before considering all available options (Proverbs 18:17).

It is foolish and to a person’s disadvantage to reject the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ when you have never accepted Him as Saviour (Galatians 2:21).

It is foolish to deny the existence of God if you are not sure about His existence, your choice of denying His existence is based on ignorance, than actual proof; this is folly! Try faith and wise up to see Him both within and outside of you (1 Corinthians 2:14). Like Job, don’t speak before you have God's Wisdom to understand His Judgements (Job 42: 1-6).

It is foolish to brand the Bible as uninspired and untrue when you were not there to verify its authenticity. Can you verify that the Bible is not God’s Word when you were not present when He revealed Himself to the witnesses? (Job 38:1-41) Can the testimony of 40 plus witnesses over a period of more than 1600 years be untruthful? Yet most judicial systems may convict on the evidence of only one witness? The point we make is attestation! It is a folly to ignore the truth of the Bible if it is intended to give us a message of hope and eternal life.

It is foolish to make Christ out to be a liar regarding all He stands for in truth if you have not experienced Him (John 8:46).

It is foolish to say there is no life after death when God says there is (John 3:16). Were you there and came back to say there is no life? This is to your disadvantage to believe likewise, for you will never have another opportunity to correct your ways. Believe now and enter into eternal life, rather than eternal condemnation and shame (Hebrews 9:27, 2 Timothy 4:1, Revelation 20:12-15).

It is foolish to question or argue against God when you do not have the ability to stand up against Him (Job 38:1-41, 42:1-16).

It is foolish to insist you acted right when God the Judge and Creator of mankind condemns your actions (John 8:16).

It is foolish to say Jesus Christ did not rise from death when those who were eyewitnesses to the event say so. People would rather believe any historical account, but despise the historical evidence provided in the Bible (1 Corinthians 15:5-8). Does this not give evidence of a future life? Denying Christ through doubt and unbelief is rejection of eternal life (John 3:16-18; John 3:36).

It is foolish and rebellious to misrepresent the Scriptures to justify wrong behaviour; are you not acting as Judge over God’s word and using it as a tool to cause your own fall (2 Peter 3:14-18; John 5:39-40). Agree with the Scriptures to reform your ways for in obedience is God’s reward, but rebelliousness bring His wrath (Hebrews 10:38-39).

Obey God, act wisely, shun foolish talk and bad choices, avoid dishonest behaviour; God is not pleased with it. Make a humble choice like the man who build his house on solid ground (Matthew 7:24-27). Faith, obedience and holy living secure Heaven entry!

While the Bible verses mentioned above pertaining to foolishness are by no means exhaustive on this subject, you can gain further understanding on this subject by studying the Bible verses on wisdom.

To accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please pray this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments about this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed hope and peace to you in this season of reflection upon Christ,

Brother Glenn.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christian Fellowship

The Lord commanded that we write an article on fellowship this week. This is also one of the most misunderstood topics within Christianity. Recently, the Lord made us understand that many Christians today mistake their socializing as “fellowship”. Instead, in socializing we enjoy one another’s company. Nor can “chatting” on social media (Instant Messaging, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) be considered as fellowship, as we will see from our definition and further explanation below.

Briefly, and without getting technical on some terms, the Greek word that is translated “fellowship” and other related word is Koinonia: meaning “common”; or “I participate in; or I share in” (Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words). Per Wikipedia’s definition, Koinonia as transliterated from Greek means “communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, participation, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, etc. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ.

Fellowship is Sharing

Therefore, our understanding, and from a Biblical perspective, is that fellowship means people participating together in something. Fellowship is communion or having a share in something. As an example from the Bible, we fellowship when we participate in the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. Our act of eating bread and drinking at the Lord’s Table is an act of fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ; it is a spiritual sharing in His body and blood, in other words, we are participating in (or having communion with) Christ and all that His sacrificial death means to us (1 Corinthians 10:16). Furthermore, by being united with Christ, we share in Him and have fellowship with Him (1 Corinthians 1:9; Hebrews 3:14).

In addition to having communion with The Lord Jesus Christ, we as believers have fellowship with the Father (1 John 1:3) and with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 6:4; Philippians 1:21). Through our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we share in His Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). By being in union with Christ, it means absolute surrender and faithful and obedient service to Him.

Our Fellowship With God

Beloved brethren, when we use the term “God”, it may refer to Christ as well. In the Lord’s many visits to us, He often referred to Himself as God (John 8:58). Also, we need to emphasize that fellowship with God does not necessarily mean when we come together as believers. We are individually called to fellowship with God (1 John 1:3). This fellowship with God may be Bible reading, praying, or having Communion as an individual member of the body of Christ (Genesis 5:22-24; 6:9; Mark 9:37; John 14:23). Based on the above Scriptures and countless others, don’t ever be deceived in thinking that fellowship with God involves going to church on a Sunday and coming back to continue in our sin! We will give account of ourselves before God as individual believers (Romans 14:12). I am emphasizing the individual’s fellowship with God here; our walk with God is determined by our own obedience to the Lord (John 14:15). God’s commands refer to the entire Bible, not just an isolated verses in Scripture (Joshua 1:8).

When we fellowship as a group, that is when others join or I join them, then we all have fellowship together with God, and by having fellowship together with God, we are truly joined together in a happy union (1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 17:21-22; 1 John 1:3). As a warning, sin spoils our fellowship with the Lord and if we live in sin wilfully, we have no fellowship with the Father and this is a broken fellowship with God (1 John 1:6-7). When we fellowship with the Lord, we hear from Him and we express our gratitude to Him in obedience to His word by witnessing and testifying about Him to others (1 Corinthians 14:26).

Another area of fellowship and the less talked about is “participation in His suffering” (Philippians 3:10). This cup is what many Christians don’t like; yes they only prefer to share in His blessings but not in the cup of persecutions, witnessing and obedience. I will be quite bold here; many Christians hide themselves behind their pastors. What I mean is that they only do what the pastor says and not what the Lord tells them in the Bible. They only prefer the blessings more than the cup of suffering. I am receiving emails from many brethren around the world, complaining bitterly about their sufferings and situations. Quite frankly, a complaining believer is weak in faith and impatient with God (Philippians 2:14-15). When we complain, we are literally saying; “I did enough now God, so you must act, and if you don’t act I quit!” (Exodus 16:2-15). How absurd! Remember believer, when you display such an impatient and immature attitude, you will be the biggest casualty; it is after all your salvation for eternal life you are labouring for here in obedience to a righteous suffering (2 Timothy 4:7-8). I say your suffering is righteous because you have given yourself to God as a living sacrifice and you suffer for the truth; people persecute us not for wrong doing but for telling them about their sins (John 7:7) I am declaring in Jesus name that Christian fellowship includes sharing in His suffering; this is the way of the CROSS and after enduring, we will also have fellowship with Him in His GLORY (2 Timothy 2:11-12; 1 Peter 5:1; 1 Peter 4:12-14).

Christian’s Fellowship By Sharing

Finally, we know there is a corporate anointing when we fellowship as a group to God and to one another in the works of ministry, and there is also an anointing when we minister and fellowship as individuals to God and others (Acts 4:23-31; 19:11-12). In other words God supplies the gifts for ministry and fellowship to Him.

Moreover, as Christians jointly participate in Christ, this fellowship binds us together (Acts 2:42). I would like to emphasize again: this fellowship is not socializing, but about Christ whom we share in common (Hebrews 3:14; Philippians 1:7; 2 Peter 1:4). This makes our fellowship a joint sharing in our common faith, common salvation, and our common suffering (Titus 1:4; Jude 3; Revelation 1:9; 2 Corinthians 1:7). This corporate fellowship is sharing in the gospel by helping those who preach it (Philippians 1:5; 4:14-18); this include sharing in material and financial support of poor Christians (Galatians 2:10; Romans 15:27; 2 Corinthians 8:4).

In conclusion, there are certain things we are forbidden not to have fellowship with or share in or participate in. We should not identify with a person who does wrong things or share in their wickedness (1 Timothy 5:22; 2 John 10:11). Nor should we participate in a religious feast where food is to be offered to idols (1 Corinthians 10:20-21), neither having fellowship with unbelievers for they will lead you astray (2 Corinthians 6:14-15). Therefore, we are to have no part and no share in anything that is sinful (Revelation 18:4; Ephesians 5:11).

Let us therefore endeavour to maintain daily our fellowship with God; this is the strength and the very life supporting sustenance for our salvation (John 15:5).

Have you been "fellowshipping" by only socializing at church on Saturday or Sunday, but not truly fellowshipping with The Lord? Has your fellowship with the Lord focused only on receiving blessings? If so, here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Christ’s Peace Be Upon You All,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Desiring Good and Bad Things

According to the online dictionary, desire is defined as ‘a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen’. An evil desire, therefore, is a craving to fulfil or satisfy a God-forbidden want. This may be for things we have, but we lust after the things of others. This subject will be presented from a Biblical point of view and how as Christians we should control our desires. In this article, we will look at good and bad desires, and what God desires of us.

It is normal and natural to have desires, but the choice we exercise over these desires is what matters (Romans 8:5). When we listen to the voice of the flesh to satisfy its cravings over God’s will, we have decided to disobey Him. The spirit of desire is something that we can’t just wish away or get rid of. It is part of us, and we exercise a choice or our will to control it. While an evil desires might be sinful in and by itself, it produces death when we obey it (Galatians 5:16-17). As we have recognised, some desires are good and some are evil. As Christians, we are often faced and overwhelmed by strong unwanted feelings. Some of these desires are fed through our senses to satisfy a craving, while other desires are resident within us. The inner being desires God’s perfection (Romans 7:22, Psalm 40:8). Let us look at desiring good things.

What Are Bad Desires?

Brethren, the Scriptures are clear on evil desires. We are warned in the Bible not to live to obey the cravings of our evil desires (Romans 6:12). The Apostle Paul urged Timothy to "Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart" (2 Timothy 2:22).

In the book of Galatians 5:19-21, we are warned against some bad desires which lead to sordid sinful behaviours that are completely prohibited and result in the loss of eternal life and earning punishment in Hell. We exercise a free will to either satisfy a desire or to flee from it, as Paul urged Timothy above. What the Apostle meant is that we must choose to flee from evil desires and choose to obey God by pursuing what He desires (Psalm 51:6). In the account of the fall of man, Eve had the commandment not to eat from the forbidden tree; she was however driven by the spirit of desire which she chose to obey, and this resulted in Judgement (Genesis 3:6).

Good Desires

In Scripture, we are urged to desire "truth in the inward parts" (Psalm 51:6) and to "earnestly desire the best gifts" of God (I Corinthians 12:31). These are considered good desires! I would just like to add something here; if we desire the good things from God, we must be able to live our lives pleasing to Him in word and in deed like Daniel and David (Daniel 10:11; 1 Samuel 13:14). I have met and personally know many Christian brothers and sisters who have great desires for the things of God. They want to do great things for God in what they say, but sadly, unlike David and Daniel, they lack loyalty towards God. Some of the things they desire, which are unscriptural, are a desire to have a big church, and while this shows ‘faith,” it is more based on being dominant and in charge. The purest desire is to desire God and to do His will like our Lord Jesus, Daniel and King David displayed in their humble and obedient attitudes (John 4:34, Philippians 2:5-9). Desiring to live in a way that is pleasing to God is to seek what is acceptable to Him (Romans 12:2), but desiring the pursuit of an ambition is to seek what we want more than what God has called us to (Matthew 6:33). We have been asked by many people to ask the Lord Jesus Christ what their calling was; in reply the Lord would point them to their relationship with Him (John 15:7). Often, He finds them being caught up in worldliness and lacking in Bible reading and praying.

We may desire the gifts as the Scripture rightfully urges us, but are we bearing the fruit to exude these gifts? The Lord Jesus Christ told me that the gifts of the Holy Spirit do not operate without His permission, and we must bear fruit of submission and obedience to Him (1 Corinthians 12:11; John 16:14). He says He does not give Christians power to show off and attract people to them, but that He might be seen alive in a fruit-bearing Christian.

Furthermore, good desires are born out of obedience to the Lord (John 6:38; Psalm 37:4). In obeying God, we choose to subject our will to God and sacrifice our appetites in obedience to His will. We desire well if our motive is to obey Him more than the wishes of man (Acts 5:29; John 12:43). People have expectations of us, but doing things to please man against the will of God is equally sinful. Simply put, the Lord wants you to desire Him and His will more than ANYTHING else (Matthew 12:30).

In addition, some people have a desire to be like someone else and to live and do the things that person did. However, the Bible encourages us to imitate those in the faith in terms of their walk with God, but not to be like them, as each one of us have received our own gift from God according to our faith (1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Peter 4:10). Therefore, the desire to be like someone else, which the church is filled with today, is not of God, but from our own selfish ambitions (Matthew 7:21). In fact we are urged to be like Jesus; this is the purest desire (Colossians 3:1-17, 1 Peter 1:14-16, Ephesians 1:4).

What Does God Desire For Us?

God desires that we live just as this the Scripture declares,Tell them: As I live”—the declaration of the Lord God—“I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked person should turn from his way and live. Repent; repent of your evil ways! Why will you die, house of Israel?” (Ezekiel: 33:11 Holman CSB).

In conclusion, let us exercise the right choice – the choice to obey the Lord when we are confronted by our desires. The following Scripture should serve as a reminder to us to desire godly living: “God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger” (Romans 2:6-8)

Have you been making demands of God or having selfish desires that are not in line with His will? Here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

With love and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, December 2, 2013

God, Our Heavenly Father

…The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth… (Exodus 34:6 NKJV)

The Lord has given us various subjects of Biblical foundation to write about, all centered on encouraging us to have a close relationship with Him. This message is a brief account about God, and we won’t even be scratching the surface because He is infinite, great and beyond our understanding (Job 36:26). With the current environment in the world where there is an increase in violence, economic hardships, and natural disasters, people are turning to God – some for solace and comfort, and others for blame. Surely these types of events lead us to timeless questions about God, and the spiritually discerning will turn to ‘sources’ that give understanding about God.

As we know, some people around the world (even those who claim to be atheist or agnostic) have invented gods or idols that come in various forms and shapes, including material things and personal possessions. We Christians, on the other hand, believe in a Personal God who revealed Himself through nature (both in the terrestrial and in the celestial realms) and the Holy Bible (Romans 1:19-20; Genesis 1:27; 1 Samuel 3:21). The Bible makes no attempt to prove to us the existence of God; it asserts His existence from the beginning (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3). This God is neither an impersonal ‘force’ nor an abstract ‘principle’; He is a Living Being, and people find the true meaning of His existence by coming into an active relationship with Him (John 17:3). In a vision, the Lord Jesus said to us, The message about GOD is very, very, very IMPORTANT. GOD is our GOOD NEWS!

Personal God

In order to understand God, as Christians our primary source should be His revealed truth—the Bible—which illuminates His character and Person more fully. This same God has also given us a spirit of faith to help us understand who He is and what He expects of us (Romans 12:3). Although Moses knew about the God of his fathers prior to fleeing from Egypt (Hebrews 11:24-26), he had his first personal encounter with God at the burning bush at the age of eighty (Exodus 3:1-4). Paul too had a personal encounter with God (Acts 9:1-6), and so did the rest of the Lord’s disciples (John 21:25). Their encounters with the Living Christ gave them a personal faith to trust and obey His teachings. Even without a dramatic encounter with God, He has provided us with faith (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 12:3) and revelation about Himself so that we may know who He is and obey Him (John 20:29,31).

Having received the revelation of God by faith, “…we also believe and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13 NIV), we do not try to “prove” or argue whether God exists or not. As we reflect upon our awareness of right and wrong, we may also conclude that there is a moral God to whom all rational creatures are to be answerable to (Acts 17:23; Romans 2:15-16). Indeed, God has revealed Himself more fully through history, and that revelation is recorded in the Bible (Jeremiah 1:1-3; 1 Peter 1:21). The central truth of this revelation is that there is One God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; Jeremiah 10:10), who exists in the form of Trinity (Genesis 1:1-3; Job 33:4; Psalm 33:6; John 1:1-4; John 16:13-15).

When we undertake any study on the character of God, we must bear in mind that God is a unified personality. He is not made up of many parts. He does not simply have certain qualities like goodness, truth, love, holiness and wisdom; He is the full expression of these qualities. The Bible portrays God more fully in this way: He is love, He is light, and He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; 1 John 1:5; 4:16).

God is Eternal and Totally Independent

God created man in His image (Genesis 1:26-27), and we are dependent on Him for breath (Job 33:4; Isaiah 42:5) and food (Genesis 1:29-30). However, God is not dependent on man or anything (Acts 17:24-28). Throughout history and more so today, many people have, under the inspiration of the devil, tried to disprove the existence of God (Psalm 14:1). They have used every form of blasphemy and argument to try and discourage those faithful believers whom God has revealed Himself to, but to no avail. Today, God is still being preached and obeyed throughout the world. Soon, we will see His Righteous Judgement upon those who mock Him and don’t take Him seriously (Romans 2:15-16; Acts 17:29-31).Many don’t believe because they think they will be able to escape giving account for their sins. This is Satan’s trap to let them enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin while being blinded and corrupted by their “knowledge”. For atheists or agnostics who simply don’t believe that God exists, their unbelief holds no hope or future reward; they want to see in order to believe, but this is not a life based on faith (John 20:26-29).

Due to our human limitations, it is impossible to give a complete definition of God and the Bible forbids the use of anything in nature or anything made by man as a physical image of God (Exodus 20:4-5; Deuteronomy 4:15-19). When Moses asked for God’s name so that he could share with the children of Israel some idea of His character, God revealed the name “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14). God’s response was to tell the people that He was independent, eternal and unchangeable.

God’s existence cannot be measured in time, for He is without beginning and without end (Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 48:12; John 5:26; Romans 1:23). His Wisdom is immeasurable and therefore beyond the full understanding of man (Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 40:28; Daniel 2:20). God is infinite and without needs; absolutely nothing in creation or in activities of humans or angels can add anything to Him or take anything from Him (Psalm 50:10-13; Acts 17:24-25; Romans 11:36). He is not under anyone’s obligation and He depends on no one. Whatever He does, He does because He chooses to, not because He is required to (Ephesians 1:11).

When the Lord gave us messages and visions about pastors and others, many people said we are “judging”, but that is not true. It is the Lord who exposed the wickedness of those brethren and He gave the messages to correct and lead them to repentance. As members of the body of Christ, we have been granted the grace to speak God’s message to the believers on His behalf, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17 NKJV).

God is Majestic and Sovereign

God is the absolute Good News to those who fear and obey Him. As Creator and Ruler of all things, He is enthroned in majesty in the Heavens above (Psalm 47:7; 93:1-2; 95:3-5; Hebrews 1:3; Isaiah 6:1-3). God is the possessor of absolute authority and nothing can exist independent of it (Psalm 2:1-6; Isaiah 2:10-12, 20-22; 40:23). He maintains the whole creation (Psalm 147:8-9; Matthew 5:45; Colossians 1:17). God has absolute knowledge and Presence. This is a cause for both our fear and joy. We say fear because no sin can escape Him, and joy because those who trust in His mercy will never be disappointed (Psalm 139:1-12; Proverbs 15:3; Isaiah 40:27-28; 57:15).

In conclusion, since God is sovereign, all people must repent, submit to Him and obey Him (Acts 17:30-31). While the Lord has given us choice and free will, refusal to obey is rebelliousness against Him, and this has eternal consequences (Matthew 25:46; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 21:8). When we try to be independent of God, we automatically become slaves to sin (Genesis 3:1-7; John 8:34). Unless we repent of our rebellious ways and surrender fully before our Sovereign God, trusting solely in His grace and forgiveness, there is no other way to escape God’s wrath and judgment (Acts 17:30-31; Ephesians 2:8).

Finally, don’t allow anyone to hinder your faith and walk with God. If you keep seeking the Lord, praying faithfully every day, studying the Bible, obeying His commands, living holy and repenting of your sins, your salvation and victory will be sure in Christ Jesus.

Would you like to have a personal relationship with God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit? Here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Your fellow brethren in the service of Christ Jesus,

Glenn and Preparing for the Kingdom Ministry Team.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Spirit of Witchcraft

Brief Background

Brethren, when we launched this online ministry more than a year ago, we did not know that the Lord was going to use us to open the eyes of many believers on false teachings. As you may have noticed, the Lord has been speaking to us through visions and sadly many do not believe that this is from our Lord Jesus Christ. Some have even questioned us if this is Jesus the Messiah and whether He has holes in His Hands. We are not sharing this to make our ministry commendable to you; we are sent to share with you what the Lord says. Indeed the Lord did tell us that not everyone would believe us, but we are assigned to speak (Acts 18:9-10).The Person giving us these visions and messages to communicate to you introduced Himself to us as Messiah, the Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We have made nothing up, our testimony is truthful, and you may easily verify whether what we shared with you in our articles or visions misleads you away from the God of the Bible. I’m sure this has not been the case! This Jesus who speaks to us matches the description the Apostle John gave in Revelation 1:13-14. He is the God and Saviour of the Bible. As many brothers whom we got messages from the Lord may confirm, the Lord never gave any message that was untrue or unbiblical.

When the Lord Jesus visits, He rides on clouds and sometimes Charis sees Him wrapped in a Glorious cloud, and as the cloud gets closer to her, the cloud opens and she sees His image like in the above scripture from the Book of Revelation (Psalm 68:4; 18:11). Did Jesus show us His wounds? Yes! Yes! Yes! This is the Messiah of the Bible who died on the cross of Golgotha. We follow Jesus Christ of the cross who shed His precious BLOOD for us (1 John 1:7). When we Judge a message from God, it must edify and correct (Revelation 2:1-7). As it is, many witnesses who heard from the Lord Jesus Christ through this ministry can testify that the messages they received had a Biblical foundation, and the witnesses were edified. In many cases, the messages had a rebuke and encouragement to read the Bible and pray.

What is Witchcraft?

According to the online dictionary, a witch is a person, usually female, who practises or professes to practise magic or sorcery, especially black magic, or is believed to have dealings with the devil. At best, the Bible defines witchcraft as "For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry..." 1 Samuel 15:23 (NASB).

The Bible warns us about all occult practices, as we read here: “When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so (Deuteronomy 18:9-14 NIV).

Also, in the New Testament we read the following Scripture in Acts 8:9-11 (NIV) - Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, "This man is the divine power known as the Great Power." They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic. Further down we read how Peter rebuked Simon on the wickedness of sorcery and calling him to repentance (Acts 8: 18-24). We can therefore see that this is a forbidden practice in both the New and Old Testaments. Today however, we see how similar modern witchcraft (such as Wicca or “white witchcraft”) has invaded modern Christianity. Self-conscience witches bless, as well as curse, “bind and loose”, prophesy, pray, lay hands on, anoint with oil, etc. Some even consider themselves Christians with a superior understanding and power. Witchcraft is used in all levels of society and people practice it to exert power over others, money, beauty, health and enchantment. This practice leads to the betrayal of truth in exchange for worldly gain.

Consequently, this practice leads many people away from the Lord and this has been subtly introduced in the church (Jeremiah 5:23). The sin of witchcraft is as bad as lies, adultery, murder and all those forbidden practices, and the penalty is Hell (Revelations 22:15). As further evidence, God destroyed Israel for practicing idolatry, worshiping "the host of heaven" (stars and planets), using "divination," which is "witchcraft and soothsaying" [in NKJV], and other occult practices (2 Kings 17:16-18).

Christians Consulting with Witch Doctors

I personally know many people who call themselves Christians and yet when they have a problem they go to witch doctors. They don’t have the faith to trust God and pray; they follow the easy way and consult mediums and psychics to help them solve their problems. Evidently, today many people are addicted to astrology in its various forms.

Astrology is therefore “divining”: it is an attempt to predict the future by occult or mystical methods. In the book of Daniel, occult and astrology experts were asked to predict the future; they failed three times, but Daniel who trusted in God’s Supreme Wisdom and Power succeeded (Daniel 4:7; 2:10-11; 5:7-8). When I was about 18 years I was imprisoned and released a few months later. I was encouraged by my “Christian” parents to go see a witchdoctor so that he could “wash” me, and if I didn’t I would become a jail bird. I flatly refused, even though I was not saved. Brethren, I encourage you stay away from all forms of witchcraft, sorcery and even astrology. This is a trap of Satan to steal your soul (John 10:10); trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God only. The practise of witchcraft is straight from the devil and it operates through lies in order to deceive (John 8:44-45, 2; Thessalonians 2:9-10). Don’t be deceived! Read your Bible and pray – the Lord will hear you and answer your prayers. Remember, the devil always introduces himself like an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14); he is a deceiver, so he hides his identity, sometimes even posing as Christ our Lord. I will share a short vision of a young lady who is involved in the occult and who tried to demonize our ministry.

Vision of a Female Witch

Before I share the vision, I will give a background explanation. Earlier this month, or a day after we posted the “Demons and Their Influence on Mankind” article, I received a call from a young lady from Sydney, Australia by the name of Serllia Joseph. She told us she was referred by a friend and she is troubled by demons. My wife and I prayed for her over the phone and we also got her a word from the Lord. She told us her pastor was spreading rumours about her. Not wanting to entertain her bad mouthing her pastor, we encouraged her to forgive her pastor and to just pray for him. I wrote to a brother in Perth to minister to her, and help her in deliverance. She agreed, and as the weeks progressed I kept in touch with her via email to help her grow in the Lord. This really blessed her as was evident from her replies. Because she spoke a lot about her mother being a Christian too, we thought we should get a word for her mother from the Lord as well. After her mother’s message, which was a rebuke, they rejected the message saying we are false. At first she accepted the message explaning why her mother reacted so angrily, but after a few days she came back to us maliciously accusing us. I asked her politely if everything was ok with her and her mother. This led her to release even more venom. I rebuked her insinuations in Jesus name and told her that I forgive her and that I will just pray for her. This was in no way false; through the power of the Holy Spirit it was shown that her mother does not read the Bible and pray as she should be. It was also revealed she must not lose her faith when getting angry with her children; she must counsel them in the fear of the Lord. I told my family about her rude and disrespectful emails. There was nothing false in the message she and her mother received from the Lord, as you may see her reply after her mother’s message. The Lord said she is assigned by demonic spirits to discredit and undermine this ministry and cause others to stumble.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: Serllia Joseph

Date: Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Subject:
To: glenn****@gmail.com

I showed this message to my mum. She said she's really angry with me but she's becomes upset and despondent when two of her children never listen to her.

She said she prays for them but she didn't see any changes in them. When mum tells them not to watch demonic movies and etc.. they ignores her.

God bless
Serllia


The Vision of Serllia

Given to Charis on November 24, 2013

“I had a vision from the Lord this morning. I saw myself in a room and I saw the body outline of a female. I was shown her shadow and this was to hide her identity. She was standing with her hands stretched out. She was surrounded by hundreds of demonic animals, like dogs, hyenas, elephants, demons, ghosts, bats, flies, bees and many other ugly looking creatures. I could see how these things moved around her and she was receiving power from them. The entire atmosphere was evil, and I heard the Lord speak and say: This lady is busy with witchcraft and she is a gossiper”.

Because we did not know who she was, we asked the Lord, and He told Charis, The vision you had yesterday, the lady in the vision was Serllia.

In conclusion, the Lord told us to expose Serllia as she is going about gossiping and lying so as to cause many people to stumble from the truth (1 Timothy 5:20). This has been posted to warn Christians and witches not to play with God and to make a mockery of Him. Let the ministers be aware of Satan’s trap and his agents. We ministered truth and love to her, to her delight and this she admitted before God. We as a family and ministry will continue to pray for her and love her in Christ Jesus.

Have you been involved in witchcraft, pyschic consultations, or any other form of occult practices? Here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

With Love,
Brother Glenn van Rooyen.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Prosperity Teachers

We write not to impress man but to please God, so if our message is offensive to you, just know that it is intended to call you back to God and His truth. I must add that we are not driven by any ulterior motive except to proclaim to you what God says. Therefore, in this article, we have included a list of names of prosperity teachers that the Lord gave us. The Lord told us to mention them in order to warn you against their teaching (1 Timothy 5:20). God says He did not send them to preach on riches. The Lord says He warned us not to “work for the food that perishes, but for the food that lasts for eternal life…” (John 6:27 Holman CSB). This prosperity teaching is very deceptive in that many people try to escape their situations and circumstances by “trying out God,” only if He can help them. Once they have “tried out God”, they remain lukewarm and concentrate on their needs, but they never bear the Kingdom's fruit of sharing with the needy (Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Peter 4:9). Furthermore, prosperity teaching does not save souls but it promotes greed and selfishness, and spreads a false notion that people can just use God (Ephesians 5:5).

At the end of this article, we have included a powerful vision given to us by the Lord, in which He warns that the prosperity teaching is of the flesh and not from Him. Prosperity teachers teach in the name of God, but their trust is in the arm of flesh and money.

The Deceitfulness of Prosperity Teaching

The Bible says, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10). The apostle Paul also warned that such men have corrupt minds, have been robbed of the truth, and think that godliness is a means of gain (1 Timothy 6:5).

Truthfully, the prosperity teachers are manipulating and using unsuspecting children of God. This movement has stifled the work of God. They have created need-minded Christians who only concern themselves on what they can get out of God. They teach about “positive confession,” which may have some value; however, they teach that it must be applied as a statement of faith in order to receive favour from God. Furthermore, and to guard their teaching, they are “lording themselves over those entrusted to them…” (1 Peter 5:3 NIV). I will be bold on this: together with Satan, they have deceived their followers to listen to them only and the speakers they approve, and anyone who speaks out against their teachings is labeled as false. Their teaching has rendered many believers blind and some believers are restricted not to witness. I attended one of their Bible schools and I was taught not to witness without the church’s consent. Is this not unscriptural? (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). Should I not obey Scripture? If I had listened to them, we would not have this ministry. I purposely disobeyed their teaching and listened to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:29; Galatians 5:16). As it is, the trend today is that those who desire to pursue their call into ministry are encouraged to go to Bible School, graduate, serve under them to guard the teaching and be ordained, only to perpetuate their teaching. Having being involved in this movement myself, I knew from the Scriptures that their teaching was aimed at creating faithful followers for themselves more than followers of Christ (Matthew 23:13).

Biblically, false teaching is any message supposedly from God that promotes sin and sensual appetites (James 1:14). The prosperity gospel matches this profile; their message appeals to the material needs. They encourage worldliness, telling people to follow their worldly dreams; does the bible not say, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT), and “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2 NLT)? In their zeal, these teachers have become motivational speakers and entertainers in their preaching. Some have even formulated prayers that are need-minded for their flock. I confess the truth of God to you: if we start spoon-feeding Christians on how to do the word of God, we are making them depend on us and not on God (Jeremiah 17:5-6). Such people no longer have a faith of their own, but a faith that rests on man. Also, the message of the prosperity teachers will always tell you how you can get something out of God, meaning God’s plan for you, without stressing the importance of repentance and Godly, holy living.

Insecurity

As I alluded elsewhere, a Christian’s life is not valued by the earthly wealth they have, as the prosperity movement would like to have us believe. We are valued by the Lord based on our obedience to Him and fruit bearing (John15:1-2;5). The Lord repeatedly warned that we should not boast in earthly wealth (Matthew 19:21; Luke 12:18-20). Having being in the prosperity movement myself, I came across many Christians who are full of greed and selfishness. These bragging Christians who show off their possessions (big houses and cars, flashy clothes, etc.) are insecure; for their possessions are their security and not God (Matthew 6:21; Luke 12:34). Some might argue and say I am wrong; if they trusted in God they would do as the young rich man who trusted in his wealth (Matthew 19:21). I once witnessed the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to a former colleague and I encouraged her to visit a Bible-based church in her area, headed by one of the prosperity pastors mentioned in the vision the Lord gave us. This young woman confessed and told me that she once went to this pastor’s church, but she was looked at as if she did not belong there. Although, she was neatly dressed, the Christians who were looking at her all wore name-brand clothes and drove flashy cars. She felt so insecure and intimidated that she thought God does not accept her because she is poor. While I do not have problem with people having things, we should not look down on others, but we should reach out to them and share some of our possessions with them (Acts 4:32).

We are warned not to store up treasure for ourselves here on earth, but in Heaven (Matthew 6:20-21). I also once listened to a sermon of a prosperity teacher on a DVD while I was attending a Bible School lecture; he was introduced as being “anointed” and called by God to speak on finances. He was greatly magnified and his message was no different from the rest, but what he succeeded to do was to smother more money out of the congregation. He used both guilt and manipulation and church positions to create submission. I was troubled by this teaching because it was all just about money, and during the sermon people were made to collect more and more money. Soon after this sermon, my former pastor got up without saying anything, reached for an offering basket and started collecting more money from us. We have also heard of televangelists pastors who ask their TV viewers to donate a certain amount based on a Bible chapter and verse, or to donate a given amount to their ministry in order to receive a blessing from God – this is false teaching and akin to serving two masters (Matthew 6:24). Furthermore, often times they don't even give you time to pray about it saying, "pick up the phone right now, make a pledge, delayed obedience is disobedience". There is no fruit of patience when they demand like this (Galatians 5:22-23) and pledging is discouraged in the Bible (Proverbs 22:26).

In conclusion, while there is much to say about the dangers of this doctrine, you are warned against the teachings of these men and women. They travel around and win converts, only to submit them to their false teachings and make them dependent on them. Those who so easily fall into their trap are those Christians who are not reading the Bible for themselves, and those who are insecure with weak faith. They fear the “authority” of these pastors, so they conform so that they may not be seen as not being submissive (disobedient or uncooperative). Kindly allow me to share with you further: if you have weak faith, you will be hunted by feelings of guilt, and thus respond from guilt feelings which are not faith – faith is that spontaneous and joyful expression without any feeling of oppression. My Godly appeal to you, my brethren, is that you should not be fooled and chase after your own ego; these manipulators of truth use your ego to draw your attention to your needs and more than what God requires of you, while making you dependent on their worldly teachings. We share a vision for your warning and encouragement below.
Vision of Prosperity Teachers

Vision given to Charis on November 14, 2013

“I had a vision from the Lord this morning; When He appeared I saw the Lord Jesus raising His right Hand finger pointing to my right. When I turned my head to look, I saw two large mirrors next to each other suspended in the air. In the first mirror I saw photographs of all the pastors of the big/mega churches standing outside their church buildings. I saw Pastor Joel Osteen, Pastor T.D Jakes, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Carlton Pearson, Pastor Brian and Bobbie Houston, TB Joshua, Rod Parsley, Benny Hinn, Dr Nasir Saddiki, singer/entertainer Bebe Winans, Pope Francis and some of his predecessors; From South Africa - Pastor Freddy Edwards (South African Bishop), Ray McCauley of Rhema Church, Pastor Theo Wolmarans of Christian Family Church, Pastor Gerald Cooper of Faith Fellowship Ministries, Pastor Cheryl Moorad of City of the Lord Ministries, Mosa Sono, Pastor Watson of Berea Temple Ministries, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy, and many other local pastors in our community and around Africa and internationally whom I could not recognise. In this vision I also saw the building of the New and Old Apostolic movement.

In front of the first mirror was what looked like a lump of clay and lots of money, mostly Rands (South African currency) and US Dollars notes.

In the second mirror I saw our ministry members standing under a Peachtree with Christ as our leader, and in front of the mirror was a solid brick block and two big brown baskets full of different words. I then turned my head towards the Lord and He said: The first ministries depend on money and the arm of flesh, and the second ministry depend on God and prayer.The Lord then said joyfully in a loud voice,WELL DONE PREPARING FOR THE KINGDOM!!! END.

Explanation: Brethren, we did not ask the Lord to reveal this. The Lord is warning these ministers and their followers to repent and stop preaching a prosperity and worldly message. These ministers promote a money-centered gospel, and they depend on their members instead of trusting the Lord Jesus Christ. The New and Old Apostolic movement was also implicated as leaning on the arm of flesh while deceiving their followers; this is a popular movement here in our townships in South Africa. Prosperity teachers have forsaken their trust in God and preach messages that appeal to people’s sensual appetites more than their need for holy living, obedience and truthfulness. I heard one of these pastors (Dr Nasir Sadikki) saying that people must pursue and live their dreams; this is a worldly message, for the Bible says: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2 NRSV; Proverbs 3:5-6). I encourage you to live according to the Scriptures and this will lead to God’s acceptable will. In our fear of God, we will proclaim in humility what He reveals to warn and save regardless of persecutions and rejections; we owe our allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ and His TRUTH.

Yours in faithful service in Christ Jesus,
Brother Glenn.

PS: You may also read Pastors: Repent and Prosperity Prophets.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Angels

Some three weeks ago, our Lord Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world gave us a message to write about the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. As you may recall, last week we wrote about demons, and the message of the Lord this week is about angels. We will be rather brief in this article, but the message should be regarded as equally important. There is a need for people to understand Bible teaching about angels and their work, and their relation to God and people. We acknowledge the great work done by many distinguished men and women of God on the subject of Angelology from a Scriptural perspective, and this brief work is done out of obedience to the Lord. Brethren, we do not apologise for the many Bible verses we quote; this is to make the message as Biblical and truthful as possible. Bible quotes are for self-Bible study purposes. The Lord has told us in this ministry to keep His message strictly Biblical, and He has allowed us to add our own experiences to make the message more practical.

Angels and Their Origin

The Bible says that God created everything in Heaven and on the earth (Genesis1:1; 2:1; John 1:1-3). In the book of Colossians 1:16, we read, “For by Him all things were created: things in Heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him” (NIV). These angelic beings are eternal and they shouted with joy when God laid the foundation of the world (Luke 20:36; Job 38:1-7). Furthermore, we are told in Scripture that angels do not reproduce or given in marriage (Matthew 22:30).

Upon further study, we read that angels are wise and intelligent beings who have a keen interest in human affairs (Daniel 9:21-22; Daniel 10:14; Luke 15:10). We also read that angels are spirits (Psalm 104:4; Ephesians 3:10).


Angels and Their Dealings With Mankind

Comparatively, Angels were created before man and they are countless and of a higher order (Psalm 103:20; Isaiah 6:2-3; Luke 12:8-9; Psalm 8:5). Because of the high position that angels have as God’s servants, they are said to be, “holy ones”, “stars”, and even as “sons of God” (Job 1:6; 2:1; 5:1; Psalm 89:5,7; Revelation 9:1). In Scripture, we are warned not to worship Angels (Revelation 19:10; Colossians 2:18). As it is, we further learn that angels are serving mankind as guides, protectors, and deliverers (Genesis 24:7, 40; Exodus 14:19; Psalm 34:7; 91:11; Isaiah 63:9; Daniel 3:28).

There are various categories of angels (Genesis 3:24; Isaiah 6:2; Ezekiel 10:3; 2 Kings 6:16-17) and when God revealed angelic beings to people they have various forms. When God sends Angels as messengers to humans, they are given a form similar to that of mankind, though they are usually different; this creates a feeling of awe (Judges 13:15-20; Matthew 28:2-3; Luke 2:9; Acts 1:10).

This is very important: when people claim to have received a message from an angel, it should never proclaim a gospel other than the message of the cross, resurrection and the final judgement of God (Galatians 1:8; Revelation 14:6-7). In the New Testament, we find the angels of the Lord supporting and encouraging the disciples in the work of the gospel:
  • Two angels who looked like men and dressed in white told the disciples that Jesus would come back in the same manner that He ascended (Acts 1:11).
  • An angel directed Philip to preach to the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26)
  • An angels appeared in a vision to give instructions to Cornelius (Acts 10:3-7,22).
  • Angels were sent to offer protection and rescue God’s servants from prison (Acts 12:7-11).
  • An angel came to Paul to strengthen him and to assure him that he would preach to Caesar and spare the lives of his fellow sailors (Acts 27:23-24).
Can People Order Angels Around?

The Lord has given us authority over Satan and demonic spirits, but He has not given us authority to order His holy angels around (Luke 10:18-20). In addition, angels report to the Father and they are His Heavenly witnesses (Job1:6; Luke 12:8-9; Revelation 4:8-11). Also, as I will explain later, Angels do submit to the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. They do so out of reverence to the Lord, and as much as bad angels or demons hate to acknowledge their defeat at the cross, the angels of the Lord submit to Him (Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:7-11).

Can Angels Heal?

I heard a testimony of someone seeing angels healing people; this testimony contradicts Scripture, however well-intentioned it may be (1 Corinthians 12:9). In the New Covenant, it’s us – the Church, and not angels, who have been commissioned to bring healing in the name of Jesus (Matthew 10:1,8). In the New Testament, Jesus alone is the focus for anyone who was healed miraculously (Acts 3:1-8, 16; Acts 4:9-10; Acts 9:32-35; Acts 28:7-9). Healing and forgiveness of sins is granted when we pray in faith in the name of the Lord and repent of our sins (James 5:14-16). The story of the Pool of Siloam falls under the Old Covenant system, and when Jesus came to that pool He provided a better solution to those who waited for the stirring of the waters (John 5:6-8). Jesus healed everyone who came to Him in faith seeking healing and deliverance (Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 9:35-36; Matthew 14:14).

In the New Testament, we do not see any evidence of angels performing healing, and as a matter of fact, we are warned about a wrong emphasis on angels:
  • False angels can bring deception via a different gospel other than what is written in the Bible (Galatians 1:8).
  • Satan and his demons can masquerade as "angels of light", and his servants also masquerade as “servants of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:14).
  • Deceived and misguided people worship angels and deceive people with their emphasis on supernatural experiences that are rooted in their fleshly pride, and not in the Holy Spirit or Scriptures (Colossians 2:18).
Encounters With Angels

I will relate two short experiences we had with angels. In 2009, I was shown a vision of angels in human form who were clothed in white guarding my two daughters. In this vision, I saw my daughters Charis and Claudia playing, and I saw two white figures standing close by watching them. I immediately reacted and shouted, “I rebuke you in Jesus name” and as I did that I saw the angels fleeing and they stood a short distance from us (Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:7-11). I continued rebuking them while they just looked at me, and a thought come to my mind that “those are your daughters” guardian angels”. When this thought appeared I wanted to inquire of them but they disappeared.

Furthermore, and I have never reported on this, Charis had numerous visits from different angels who declared upon their appearances that they were sent by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I will only relate on one experience here since it may appeal to everyone. The other angelic visions were personal messages to some of us from the Lord. The vision and the message I am about to share should not be construed as a possible rapture date setting. The female angel who brought the message did not give us the meaning of this message. This particular angel has been sent twice to Charis as a messenger of the Lord (Acts 10:3-8). The vision is described below.

The Vision of the Number 3

This is the vision the Lord gave me (Charis) in the morning of February 28, 2013. I saw an angel appearing in the form of a woman. Although, she did not give me her name, I knew her name was Celeste and that she was an angel sent by the Lord. She spoke and said, “Did you notice that the Lord used the number 3 various times, like your family had to go on a fast for 3 days, and the Lord used the number 3 in the vision you had about your mother? The Lord also used the number 3 in David’s punishment and the Lord rose from the dead in 3 days’ time? I asked her, why are you telling me all these? She replied, “I am sent to tell you this and don’t forget my words; please remember my words”. I replied saying “Yes, I will not forget”, and she disappeared.

Kindly allow me to add some background to this vision. In the beginning of the Lord Jesus Christ’s visits to us, He commanded us to fast for 3 days to receive a blessing, breakthrough and to establish this ministry. Soon after our fasting, He announced what we fasted for. This was predicted and it all came true. Also, the Lord showed Charis a vision of something my wife was going to do; this prediction came true and the rest we know it from the Scriptures. We have no direct interpretation to this revelation but we share it with you as a warning and encouragement.

In conclusion, the Lord also told us that angels do not dispense the gifts of the Holy Spirit, nor do they administer the gifts of the Holy Spirit on His behalf; it is the Lord Himself who works through the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). There is order in the work of God and each individual angel has been assigned task by God (Jude 6; Revelation 5:1; 2 Kings 19:35; Revelation 20:1-3).

Let us therefore remember that Scripturally, we are warned against worshiping angels, praying to them or expecting them to do things for us; they are only ministering spirits sent by God and they are commanded by Him and our Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:14).

Blessed Grace and Mercy be multiplied to you in Jesus name,

Brother Glenn.

PS: We are sharing a new warning vision the Lord has given on November 9, 2013.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Persecution

Foreword: The Lord commanded us to share the message of persecution with you this week. This was an article that was first written last year. We have made some slight adjustments with some Scriptural evidence. We are also adding that the Lord Jesus Christ says Christians who are persecuting their own brothers through slander, gossiping through social media/networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), hatred, and backbiting do not belong to Him and that His love is not abiding in that person. The Lord also commanded us (Christians) to love and pray for one another (John 15:9; Romans 12:9-21; Ephesians 6:18). Furthermore, the Lord also said those who suffer persecution as a result of His message of correction to His Body will not fail to receive their reward.

Truthful Conduct Results in Persecution

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12 NIV). Please note: ‘godly’, as used above, means to be like God. God has opposition (Colossians 1:21). This verse declares that we become God’s enemies through sin. We choose to become enemies through our sinful conduct (Romans 5:10). God has extended the olive branch of peace through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 4:10).

So then, what is persecution? Biblically, persecution is opposition to Godly conduct in exchange for ungodly behaviour. For example Cain, like many of us, allowed sin to dominate him, and he murdered his righteous brother, Abel. If we are ruled by sin we despise truth and oppose those whose conduct is more righteous than ours (Genesis 4:6-10). Throughout the Bible, persecution originated from those who opposed correction and truth from God (Jeremiah 28:8-17). The Lord Himself was persecuted and killed (see Gospels). Persecution is even practiced in our homes (Genesis 4; Matthew 10:36; Genesis 37). The Lord is encouraging you: don’t lose your faith if you are being persecuted, but endure, endure and discern truth. Truth is discerned when love is sincere and when we are directed to dependence and faithfulness to Christ.

Why are We Being Persecuted?

During the last two weeks, we have received opposition and persecution from both Christians and the unsaved for being obedient to the Lord and sharing the truth on certain teachings and practices that point people to the testimonies of people, above what the Bible teaches (Refer to False Witness article and the Follow-up article). In Jesus name, brethren, you are our witnesses: we do not use our testimony, which is truthful, to lead you to follow us, but we point and direct all men to Christ Jesus and what the Word of God teaches. Through the revelations we received, we add no new things but we re-affirm Scripturally the proper application in context of what the Scriptures say. This we align with experiences we have with the Lord. This article is not a defence to the many lies against our ministry, but saying the Lord is not speaking to us is accusing us of bearing false testimony just like the others we reported. Christians who are not reading the Bible for themselves are challenged to read and compare everything we teach, preach, encourage and share through our visions. Verify for yourselves if what we say is from the Lord for your correction, or if what we say leads you away from the Lord. Don’t just believe any accusation and start persecuting. Test the evidence through the things we presented and see if it agrees with Scripture.

The Lord showed us in a vision how Satan would oppose and influence many people against this ministry, but the Lord showed us how we resisted him and he fled, which led many brethren to the truth. In our current distress we rejoice knowing our conscience is clean before the Lord and pray that we, including you, be prepared to meet the Lord at His coming.

We are being persecuted because we oppose ungodly conduct and we refuse to conform to wrong behaviour and teachings (Matthew 5:10). The persecutors or bullies are motivated by various intentions. Cain and Joseph’s brothers were motivated by jealousy, (see Genesis 4; 37). Others persecute us because of their love for money (Acts 19:23-25). Still others persecute us because our message exposes their sinful and wrong teachings (Acts 19:23-31; Matthew 10:11-34). Remember, persecution is an unjust application of punishment on those who uphold truthful and proper conduct in obedience to Christ Jesus. People persecute because of guilt, hatred and because of their unjust and ungodly practices.

As the Lord said, “all men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22 NIV). We are hated and persecuted because of our association with Jesus Christ and our testimony. Our testimony confirms the truth He delivered to us. This is not to be confused with tests and temptations. As Christians, we are also being persecuted because we proclaim a strong message against wrong beliefs and sinful conduct (John 14: 6; John 3:18-21). Our message appeals to those who love truth and those who choose not to live for themselves. Our message also says “I have come to do your will O’ God” (Hebrews 10:7b NIV). We are ready to endure this cup of unpleasantness, for therein is eternal life found. The Christian is called to persecutions and hardship in this world (2 Timothy 2:3; 1 Peter 4:1-2). We are CALLED TO BE humble in attitude and submissive in service to God and humanity. Oneness with Christ through the Holy Spirit cancels out any appetite for sinful behaviour (1 John 3:9).

Persecutions are Not Temptations

As you may recall, the Lord Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-11). This temptation that the Lord endured was aimed to causing Him to disobey God. Praise and glory unto God the Father, our Lord held on faithfully and our salvation was preserved. Satan’s motive is to encourage rebelliousness against God. He succeeded in this when he caused Adam and Eve to disobey God (Genesis 3). When we are being tempted, we are given the opportunity to choose whom we want to obey and our choices carry consequences.

From our Lord’s experiences above, temptations are brought about in circumstances of need or desire. The Lord was fasting and hungry, so the need for food was there (Matthew 4:1-3). Likewise, no temptation comes about if there is no need or desire. King David was tempted to commit adultery and murder because “he saw a woman bathing” (2 Samuel 11:2b). The lustful ‘desire’ was activated after he saw her bathing. Like our Lord, David could have resisted, but he chose to yield to this tempting situation. This resulted in severe judgment for him (see 2 Samuel 12). Also, Eve was tempted to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree because she “saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it ...” (Genesis 3:6 NIV). Therefore, temptation is a need-driven or desire-driven entity that Satan uses as bait. He creates the evil desire so that we have a need for it (James 1:13-15). Being desire-minded, we always sacrifice obedience towards God above our natural needs. We have a continuous appetite for more even if it is forbidden (Genesis 3). Yielding to temptation is obedience to the desires of flesh, and therefore disobedience to God.

On the other hand, obedience and humble submission to God is the key to overcoming temptations. “And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV). Many of us quote this scripture and often out of context; this scripture expresses God’s faithfulness in giving us strength when we have become weak. In other words, with the temptation comes a solution. Again, do we have faith and discernment to recognize God’s help during this time of testing? Well, the outcome would be determined if we obey to receive help as the Scripture says or if we succumb to the craving of the flesh. As it is, Satan provides the temptation and it would always be things we need or desire. We in return must decide, like our Lord did, if we would obey or succumb to gratify that specific desire. Yielding to the craving does not only bring about the pleasure we would enjoy, but the price for disobedience brings about three changes; punishment, guilt (that deprives us peace) and that demonic spirit or craving (1 Samuel 16: 14-15; Genesis3; 2 Samuel 11; 12).

I would like to explain it this way; prior to my conversion, I smoked and drank for many years and so I know the taste of these habits. Therefore, the craving for these things always hounds me. I am delivered from these habits, but the flesh responds to the cravings if it is a desire. I may not indulge, but the craving must be overcome with obedience and the attitude of a new mind (Romans 6:11-13). Too often Christianity has been offered as “God does it all for you” while we must do nothing. As far as our salvation, God has done it all for us. But as for our deliverance, we must maintain it through our faith and obedience. When I first came to the Lord, I was trapped in habits and I thought after someone prayed for me all my habits and problems would just disappear. Often the way we present the Christian message to people makes it appear as if we’re offering a magic wand solution. Soon after our presentation, some people would repent and follow but not long thereafter they backslide because their expectation of instant deliverance without faith did not take root. God requires us to participate in our salvation through faith and obedience (Colossians 2: 6-7). As Paul writes, we must “continue to work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12 NIV).

This then is my reasonable service to the Lord: offering my body as a living sacrifice in obedience (Romans 12: 1). No one can truly claim that they are completely free from some cravings (Romans 7:15-25). As long as we are in the body, its passions will hound us (Galatians 5:16-21). We are free through Christ as far as our choice of obedience to Him. So, freedom from sin in the body is attained when we die (Romans 7). Not that sin rules us but its desires intend to lead us into temptation and ultimately death (Galatians 5: 16; Romans 6:23). When you are born again, you live a life of choice and obedience daily (Read Colossians 3; Ephesians 4:17-28); meaning, we consciously and by faith choose to ‘crucify the body’ or put it to death to sinful cravings (Colossians 3: 5-6). In conclusion to this discussion, indulgence in something forbidden; it does not only bring the pleasure but also brings that demonic spirit, which brings us into conflict with it. If we have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, He forgives us and we must fight these cravings and evil desires with the spiritual weapons of faith, obedience and choice. In addition, choice is the principle we apply after we make our decision to follow the Lord. This choice becomes faith because we choose to live by it (Habakkuk 2:4). As people, we are inherently evil, as King David wrote, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). This conscious state is not taught but it is a spontaneous behaviour. This cycle of evil is suppressed by the indwelling Holy Spirit whom we must obey through His convictions to help us fight (through our knowledge of the Word of Truth) and overcome this evil (Galatians 5:16-17; Romans 7:14-25). Therefore, obedience and humble submission to God through faith equals deliverance and a future hope of eternal life.

The Lord’s Forgiveness and Compassion

Beloved brethren, the Lord is all the time aware of our struggles; that is why the Scripture says, “He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV). Before I share some experiences of temptations and persecutions that some of us in this ministry have had, it would be most appropriate to share this Scripture: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16).

Every mature member of the Body of Christ knows that sin is undefeated in our flesh. The flesh craves wrong things, but our Victory is in Christ Jesus. He alone holds Victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:54-57). Our acceptance of His redemptive work by faith gives us that sinless appearance (Colossians 3:1-4; Ephesians 2: 8-9). I reiterate, our state in the flesh has not changed, but spiritually and by faith it has changed. This change is fixed by God. What I mean is this: we are saved by faith and not by works as the above scripture declares. We were saved even before we started working; this was achieved by our faith in the redemptive work of Christ. However, we are called to obey and “You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24). This categorically states that we must BE. The verse that says we are saved by grace has nothing to do with our faith obligation of obedience, especially now that we have “put off our old self”. The putting on of the “new self” is a changed course; a changed course “to be made new in the attitude of your minds” leads us to “BE like God in true righteousness and holiness”. When we have accepted this, our faith would stand on the working out of His grace in us and our obedience expresses our love for Him (John 14:23).

Finally, many of us in this ministry have committed some mistakes in the past as everybody has. The Lord, as I alluded in our previous articles, rebuked us (Psalm 3:11-12), and his rebukes led us to repentance (Romans 2:4). If we continuously commit the same mistake, He becomes angry and issues another warning, this time more serious. If it is serious then we have grossly disobeyed. The Lord is slow to anger and He always delays punishment in exchange for repentance and self-restraint (Psalm 145:8; Psalm 51).

Testimonies of Persecution

Here are examples of persecutions we endured. As we mentioned previously, for it to be a persecution, it must involve the GOSPEL. It must challenge wrong behaviour and wrong beliefs (Acts 21:27-40). Now, just because we hear from the Lord Jesus Christ does not mean we are free or immune against persecutions. In fact, this has attracted a lot of opposition. We lost very close friends; not that I lament that – they just could not be around us to endure the truth. When I first told some people that the Lord was speaking to my daughter, Charis, they did not believe I was speaking the truth. The Apostle Paul’s testimony of his conversion and the fact that he saw the Lord was also not well received and believed by his Jewish persecutors (Acts 22). How could we ever go out and tell people lies about something so incredible. I was branded as being “mad” and “crazy”. Would I go out of my way to bring so much trouble on myself for nothing? Of course not! I went out in excitement and obedience to the believers first, based on the Lord’s command to us. He said that we may tell some people what He was telling us. I never anticipated this command to drive people away from us. I am not trying to portray this as a loss; this has opened our eyes to see that many people did not have faith and that their walk with God was superficial and unsteady (Matthew 7:24-27).

We have had one woman, whose sister the Lord has called to this ministry. This sister used to attend worldly drinking parties even as a born-again believer. Although she herself would not partake in the drinking, but the Word says we are equally guilty if we condone the wrong conduct of others and do not rebuke them (Luke 17:3; James 5:19). The Lord started dealing with her through the messages she received and she stopped associating with them. For this, she was persecuted by her mother, her sister, her husband and other family members. This precious sister was radically transformed by Christ Jesus and all they could do to her was just yelling, screaming, accusing and cursing, but her faith and obedience to the Lord, that they could not take from her. Glory to God! This woman’s sister threatened to come and burn up our house, because we had “brainwashed” her sister. Her sister wailed because of her changed attitude and said: “I want my sister back!” By God’s grace, she will NEVER return and no one would be able to rob her from the Love of Christ (Romans 8:38-39). When she was persecuted, this sister panicked but the Lord comforted her. Persecution has not been taken out of the way; we must endure it and overcome it to prove our love and faithfulness to the Lord.

Also, when Charis and her two witnesses went witnessing on the Lord’s command, they were pelted with stones and mocked by children in their age category. Remember, the Lord commanded us not to accompany the children when they go out witnessing. He promised to protect them (See our article on Raising Godly Children). On another witnessing occasion, Charis and one of the girls were spanked with a belt by a security guard. That evening the Lord came saying they must forgive that man.

Furthermore, some of the women in our ministry have and are still enduring every kind of abuse from their husbands for their obedience and submission to the Lord. They have made their choice: to them the Lord comes first.

As a ministry, we have endured a great deal of slander, gossip and threats. I have no time to chronicle in detail every kind of persecution we have faced and endured, but it was not easy. To keep our faith, ministry and salvation alive, we share our testimony with you to encourage you to also endure in faith and obedience.

The Lord has not changed since the New Testament times when Paul was persecuted and the Lord said: “Do not be afraid, Paul” (Acts 27:24). This was his encouragement during his hour of trials. We were also shown the same kindness by the Lord. He saw our hardship, but He would not have us pity ourselves and for that we would get rebuked. In our most trying circumstances, the Lord would comfort us by recognizing our faith and obedience with a promise of blessings. Days after these words of comfort, peace was given from every side. This made us forget almost everything we endured. I was in the midst of a very disturbing test so I enquired from the Lord, and He said through Charis: I will never leave your father and I will never forsake your father(Hebrews 13:5). This reassurance was all I needed: words of great comfort and peace.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, are you being persecuted for standing up for God's Truth, or are you afraid of being persecuted? If so, fear not! Take courage and comfort in the promise and knowledge that The Lord loves you always, His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9), and as Paul exhorts us in Romans 8:35-39:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If you are not a born-again believer in Jesus Christ or would like to rededicate your life to The Lord Jesus, here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Brother Glenn Van Rooyen.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Holy Spirit

Brief Explanation to Last Week’s Article

Brethren, we are being persecuted not because of what we share with you; we are being persecuted for speaking out against false teachings. Every teaching must be measured against the Word of God (Isaiah 8:20). In careful examination of the strange teachings by Pastor Christine and Pastor Kim, they even went on “Heavenly” visits with departed saints “imparting Wisdom and fire” in them. Does the Bible not warn us against receiving oracles from the departed spirits? (Deuteronomy 18:10-11). The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is declared in power by the Holy Spirit and He imparts gifts as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:11). In their teaching, King Solomon and Elijah have imparted fire and wisdom respectively; does this not contradict Scripture? (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6; Isaiah 38:18-19).

The Bible says, we must pray to God and He gives generously gifts we need to do His will(James 1:17). If gifts are from God, why do we need gifts from the departed saints? And why does Pastor Kim and Sister Christine have the power to “impart” gifts? According to the Bible, it is the Lord Jesus Christ who baptizes us in the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:16; Luke 24:49) and the Holy Spirit give the gifts as He chooses (1 Corinthians 12:11). We cannot command the Holy Spirit or the Lord Jesus Christ, nor Angels; we have been given authority only over Satan and his demonic host (Luke 10:19). Angels are God’s messengers and they are sent by God alone(Hebrews1:14). Note the term ‘sent’; are they sent by us or God? Furthermore, for your edification, we have not and will not allow any gift from any one, whether materially or otherwise, to influence the message the Lord entrusted us to share with you (Galatians 2:5-6).In summary, last week’s article (and subsequent Follow-upto Sister Christine’s response) was not to create division, but to expose falsehood and lies. The Lord commanded us to Judge error and expose false teachers (Matthew 23:23-34; John 7:24). We simply judge the truth from error, and we do so in submission to the Lord Jesus Christ and our love for the brotherhood. We owe truth and that truth is accentuated by the mighty conviction of the Holy Spirit.

The Work of The Holy Spirit

The greatest gift a believer receives after accepting Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour is the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul call it God’s down payment that we are His (2 Corinthians 1:21-22). In the Old Testament leaders, judges, kings and priests were anointed with the Holy Spirit to be able to do God’s work (Acts 10:38; Judges 13:24-25; 1 Samuel 10:1,11; 16:12-13). This is what sets the believer and Christianity apart from unbelievers and other religions. We receive the Holy Spirit to enter God’s service (Acts 1:8). Our service is to witness, bear fruit and to worship God (John 4:24; John 15:4).

Also, when Moses was called and sent to Pharaoh, God gave him His words and with gifts of the Holy Spirit (Exodus 4:1-12). These gifts represented God’s power and authority as this Scripture declares. Furthermore, it was evident from the ministries of our Lord Jesus Christ, King David, King Saul, Moses, Samuel and others that they carried God’s authority, His Holy Spirit. Please examine above scriptures. The Power and authority from their ministry was directly from God the Father and all they did represented His will. This gave and added authority to the things they did and said in the name of God Almighty (Exodus 8:19).

Comparatively, the disciples did not go out immediately after our Lord’s ascension to Heaven. They waited on the Lord in prayer for the promise to receive preaching power and authority from God (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4). Shortly after this Pentecost experience, the disciples received words of testimony, various gifts and a conviction from the Holy Spirit to witness about Christ Jesus being God’s Messiah and the Saviour of the world (Acts 2:32-34). The Holy Spirit Himself testified that Christ was from God, because He allowed the disciples to perform God’s work in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Acts 3:6-10). These works testified to God’s Power, just like the signs God gave Moses (Acts 3:12-16). The teaching about the Holy Spirit is the most important, yet mostly ignored by some Churches and individuals. The revelation about God and Christ comes by the Holy Spirit.

The Person of The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit was first formally introduced to us through the testimony of John the Baptist (John 1:32-34). Our Lord Jesus Christ was revealed to the world through the ascending Holy Spirit on Him. While the Holy Spirit was involved in the work of creation, His identity remained a mystery until our Heavenly Father revealed the Holy Spirit and Christ to the world. The Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit were simultaneously introduced to the world through John the Baptist as per above Scripture. As it is, the Holy Spirit set Christ, His Work and Message apart from all other prophets and messengers of God (Luke 4:18-19). If our Lord Jesus Christ was identified by the work of the Holy Spirit, shouldn’t we as believers, not be identified likewise?

While a great deal has been written on the person of the Holy Spirit, we will be brief on this but we would like to add our testimony that the Holy Spirit is God and equal to the Father and the Son, yet distinct from them (Matthew 28:19; John 14:15-17; Acts 5:3-4). The Bible describes the Holy Spirit in personal terms as having feelings, knowledge and desires (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 2:11,13; Romans 8:27). In addition, the Holy Spirit is identified in Christ and Christ is identified in a believer through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9).

The Life and Conduct of a Spirit-filled Christian

As believers, there is a constant conflict in our lives, because our sinful nature fights against the Spirit of God (Romans 8:5-7; Galatians 5:17). Because of our union with Christ, the Spirit has given us life and freedom – not a freedom to do as we please, but a freedom from the bondage that the law brings (Romans 7:6; Galatians 5:1). As it is, through the Spirit we now have the power and freedom to live Christ-like. This change, in our behaviour, does not happen automatically, but as a result of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. This is not a mechanical process; we must exercise self-discipline and effort (Romans 12:9-13; 1 Corinthians 9:27). If we allow the Holy Spirit to take control and direct our lives, the result will be a quality of character that is like Christ Himself (Romans 14:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18). Knowing that, a Christ-like attitude is what the Bible calls the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Like the Lord’s disciples after the Pentecost experience, the production of spiritual fruit and power was evident in them (1 Corinthians 1:7; 3:1-4). It is not only the gifts of the Holy Spirit that testify about Christ, but fruit is evidence of Christ’s indwelling.

We must therefore remember that obedience and faith are necessary for enjoying the Spirit’s power after receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:32; Galatians 3:2). The Holy Spirit will convicts us if we are confronted by a sinful situation and we are faced with a choice to obey or disobey the conviction we receive (Ephesians 4:29-32; Acts 5:9).

In conclusion, we know that the Holy Spirit in our lives precedes any law or rule (Galatians 5:18). Like I explained elsewhere, in the beginning of our Lord’s visits to us, He prepared us for service so He gave us gifts and encouraged us like Paul did to young Timothy to use the gifts (1 Timothy 4:14). The Lord taught us that our testimony would not be accepted if we do not show some of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We were encouraged to build our lives daily around the fruits of the Spirit. I recall an incident I had with someone I witnessed to a few years ago, I became very angry and answered an unbeliever back for hurling insults at me. I felt convicted immediately when the person turned back and told me that if that is how Christians are then he didn’t want to be one. I felt ashamed of my actions and I cried many days to the Lord to remove the guilt I had and to help me not to react to people’s insults. The fruit was lacking in me. I was told by the Lord that the work of ministry is not just the ministry of the word, but we must be what we preach and the Father delights in those fruits. We have many Christians today who cannot be differentiated from the unbelievers; they have the knowledge of God but show none of God’s character.

I was once confronted by another situation at one of my previous places of employment. I considered this as a test. The Company’s stock/inventory was missing through theft and I was the only one who did not steal. Everybody knew I was a born-again believer and the warehouse manager approached me and asked if I knew who was stealing stock or merchandise. I hesitated to answer at first but I summoned courage in the Lord so I spoke up and spoke the truth. This obviously landed me in big trouble with everybody. I was confronted by my colleagues and promised a beating. That was a very humiliating experience for me. I was called names in public and in full view of everyone present. I felt like fighting my accusers physically. I kept quiet and I went back to my work station and cried out to the Lord in a broken spirit to please help me and protect me against this abuse. My managers and everyone cared little about me. I even thought of resigning from my work as a result of the pressure and the promise of me being beaten every day. I covered myself with prayer before leaving home for work and the Lord in His faithfulness protected me from them. I heard their insults, but I still held my peace. A few weeks later, the Lord turned that situation in His favour. They discussed about churches and the messages, and almost in one voice they praised the God I served by pointing to the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my life. These men knew me before my conversion that I was drinking alcohol with them, smoking and was formerly a gangster.

Finally, prayer and Bible reading are food for the Spirit and the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in us as believers shows Christ to the world and these fruits attract man to His message, while the gifts are displaying God’s power. Moses was mighty in the power of the gifts, but he was considered to be the humblest man in the world; and so was our Lord known (Deuteronomy 34:10-12;Philippians 2:5-11). Let us therefore not just be powerful in speech, but in our inner attitude as well. The Lord loves truthful and obedient children. Let us desire the Holy Spirit in our lives not just for the sake of the gifts, but to BE in ministry to others.

Peace to you through the Holy Spirit,
Brother Glenn.