Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Being Honest

A Brief Appeal For Help

First, we have added a short vision this week for your encouragement.

Brethren, as a ministry, God has placed us in a community to serve and care for the needy around us. As many of you are aware by now, we operate from a home-based ministry with no facilities. When the Lord called us (My wife and I) into this ministry, He commanded us to ask believers to come and pray with us. After weeks of prayers the Lord commanded us to fast for three days. Soon after our fasting, He designated witnessing areas and sent us out into the streets to preach the gospel. This is what we have been doing ever since. This ministry is operating through the individual donations of believers. Our work is not to serve tables (Acts 6:2). This is essentially a Christian ministry caring for the poor. We are called to witness! However, through our recent articles the Lord also ministered to us to show care to members in our community.

As it is, we have a 76-year old grandfather who lives on government grant with his wife and grandchildren. He has been coming to us for help with his electricity bill, which is always three times more than his income. We have made numerous inquiries on his behalf with no success. Due to our several unsuccessful attempts and mild strokes he suffered, we prayed as a team and were led by the Lord to request a small donation for him so that we might buy an electricity generator for him and cancel his electricity account.

We therefore appeal to you brethren in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to join hands with us and place a donation via PayPal or Western Union so that we may warm a heart and house this winter. The apostle Paul, in his appeal for help from the Philippians believers, stressed that he was not interested in the gift, but what may be credited to their Heavenly account (Philippians 4:17). The Lord Jesus Christ, being the Leader of this ministry, appeals to you through us to help this family. If you need further information on how to donate, kindly send us a message via our contact form. God’s riches blessing be upon you for your generous offering to Him (Proverbs 19:17).

God’s Model for Human Society: Honesty

The Lord has commanded me write to an article on honesty this week. We will be rather brief in this presentation. The Lord Jesus Christ commands all His children to walk in honesty, no matter the circumstances. Honesty is defined as being truthful or having integrity. The Bible also says, “So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25). Likewise, we have been reminded that our Lord Christ is coming back for a spotless bride (Ephesians 5:27).

King David also reminds us that to dwell on God’s holy hill (Heaven) we must walk blamelessly and do what is right, and speak the truth from our hearts (Psalm 15:2). Similarly, Job was commended for his integrity [honesty/uprightness] (Job 1:8). If we are not honest, we hide the truth and act deceitfully (Genesis 3:8). The Lord says that we must admit our mistakes by being truthful (1 John 1:9) and this is the way our honesty is being expressed. We are imperfect beings and sin is presented in our state of being (Romans 3:10). Christ died for sinners, so when we admit and confess our wrongs He gives us His Honesty [forgiveness] (1 John 1:9).

The best weapon to fight dishonesty is walking humbly and admitting our many shortcomings. This is honesty. The Lord appreciates truthfulness, and this is also the case with many people. I am not insinuating that we should go about and blame ourselves for everything. There are people who lack self-confidence and blame themselves if certain things happen that are beyond their control. This is sinful! Honesty is not proven through feelings of inferiority. Just recently the Lord rebuked a sister for blaming herself for something she did not do. Sadly, but true, if we lack faith we lack confidence, and if so we hold to no truth.

There would be no need for honesty if we were perfect; God simply wants us to admit our weaknesses to Him and to one another by looking to His flawless perfection (Job 34:10-12). The benefits of honesty are guaranteed peace, blessings and eternal life (John 14:23). There would be no need to hide from God or our neighbour nor do we have to worry about our needs, for God who looks over His word to see it accomplished will provide. While I might have mentioned this before, I repeat it again for your benefit: the Lord once told Charis that He sees the Word in the hearts of people and this is His delight to bless, heal and deliver.

Gracious regards and peace to you!

Brother Glenn.