Monday, December 29, 2014

Fearing God

Traditionally, it is regarded as a sign of goodwill to exchange favorable messages on certain days. While we acknowledge the customs of society, we above all strive to uphold the values we are taught in the Holy Scriptures (Romans 13:7). Since this is the last article for the year 2014, as a ministry we would like to take this opportunity to bless each person with a spirit of love, good health, peace, and a strong desire for the fear of God in 2015.

We pray that the will of the Lord God be made clearer to you all, and that you be found perfectly in His will. We pray that you celebrate life through Christ this new year. Have a blessed New Year all around in Jesus' name! Please remember to seek the Lord’s face and Celebrate Christ in Praise and Worship on New Year's Day.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:18-21 NKJV).

A simple search of the online Bible reveals that the word “fear” is used well over 100 times in reference to God. The Bible admonishes us not only to honor all people (including our leaders) and love our brothers and sisters in Christ,but to fear and honor the Lord as well (1 Peter 2:17 NKJV). Furthermore, the Word of God also teaches us that fearing God is required for one to gain wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 15:33; Psalm 111:10).

Initially, when we fear God, we spontaneously and submissively yield to His will in humble reverence and awe to His authority. The single best freedom humanity can enjoy for all time is Truth! Why? Because Truth sets us free (John 8:32)—no guilt, worry, fear, possessions, or fleshly desires are attached to truth. That Truth is Jesus Christ, and it is only through Him that we can have true freedom and eternal life (John 8:36; 14:6).

Naturally, when we correct our children (who have been taught in the ways of the Lord) after they have misbehaved, their response to our rebuke is often with reverence and with a sense of fear for God. As our Lord said, children are humble and more responsive to the fear of God than adults (Matthew 18:3-4). The Lord’s promise to us, as parents, is that if we bring up our children in the ways of the Lord, we would reap the benefit of them walking in the fear of God all the days of their lives (1 Samuel 1:21-28; Proverbs 22:6).

How We Lose our Fear of God

From the Bible, we learn that the fear of God is the foundation to attaining wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 15:33; Psalm 111:10). Alluding to this fact, the Word of God warns us to guard against and avoid “godless chatter” or “profane and idle babblings and contradictions” or “irreverent empty speeches” that the world considers to be “knowledge” or “staying informed”; these types of talks and arguments will surely dilute and deviate our faith (1 Timothy 6:20-21). In my experience, and from what I have observed, we indeed start losing our fear for God when we are drawn to other interests which direct us away from God. Some of these distractions are well explained in the Bible; for example worldliness, love of money, and addictions (1 John 2:15; James 4:4; 2 Corinthians 6:14). In addition to these, I have identified a few other influences that also contribute negatively to our relationship with God.

Desires: To us Christians, the Bible is God’s infallible Word which carries a life-changing and life-giving instruction to mankind. We read in the Bible how several people, who knew God and had a relationship with Him initially, defied His will and chose to walk contrary to His ways (2 Chronicles 24:17-19; 2 Timothy 4:10). Exercising God’s will is a choice, and defying sin brings us two victories: God’s acceptance of our obedience and freedom from guilt. Our weakness as humans is that our choices are often influenced by our desires, which come either through someone or something that our senses capture. For example, Adam and Eve gave into the devil’s temptation when Eve "saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom...."(Genesis 3:1-6). Likewise, David gave in to lust and committed adultery when he saw that “…the woman was very beautiful…” (2 Samuel 11:1-4).

Influence from others: Bad influence from others can also detract our choice for obedience (1 Corinthians 15:33). For example, two arrogant men, Azariah and Johanan, falsely accused the Prophet Jeremiah of lying, and they influenced the people to flee to Egypt, contrary to God’s warning (Jeremiah 43:1-7). Also, in the Garden of Eden, the serpent influenced Eve to sin, and in turn Eve influenced Adam (Genesis 3:6). Rehoboam, who succeeded his father Solomon as king over Israel, was influenced by the young men he had grown up with to impose greater burdens on the people. He rejected the wise counsel of the elders who had urged him to be a servant leader and serve his people with equity and kindness (1 Kings 12:1–15).

Fear of man: Many people often fall into the trap of rejecting Godly counsel in exchange for human counsel and sympathy; this is giving victory to the devil. In the Scriptures, such an attitude is best described by these words from King Saul: “I have sinned. I violated the LORD's command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gavein to them” (1 Samuel 15:24)During the time of Exodus, of the twelve men sent by Moses to spy the land of Canaan, only two (Caleb and Joshua) expressed confidence that God would help Israel conquer the land, and they urged the people not to have confidence in God and not rebel against Him, because the Lord was with them (Numbers 13:30; 14:6-9).The remaining ten spies were afraid and scared of “the giants”, so they discouraged the people and influenced them to rebel against Moses and Aaron (Numbers 13:31-33; 14:1-4, 10). The Hebrew midwives (Shiphrah and Puah) stood faithfully; they “… feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live” (Exodus 1:17). The prophet Daniel also, when he learned of the plot against him, was not afraid. Instead of giving in to fear, “he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days”(Daniel 6:10 NKJV)The Bible warns us that “fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe”(Proverbs 29:25). We should not fear man or seek to please others, but God alone (Isaiah 2:22; Isaiah 51:12; Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; Colossians 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:9; 2 Timothy 1:7).Moreover, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself reiterated that we should“not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

Possessions and power: Today’s economic environment is quite enticing to many. The explosion of goods, services, and flashy new technologies in the market makes it very easy for the devil to tempt us. Consequently, material things and thirst for power can separate us from God’s will (Matthew 19:16-23; Luke 8:14). There are some wealthy and influential people in this world whose power is their possessions and they have no fear of God. In their lust and greed for more material things, they reject eternal life—the most precious of all gifts—for worldly gain and the short-lived pleasure of sin (Luke 12:13-21; Hebrews 11:25). Sadly, many people are following them.

As a fact, today’s booming worldly entertainment media, such as television, movies, the Internet, videos and social media, promote the breakdown of family relationships and have become great stumbling blocks to godly living. In personal messages to many of us, the Lord admonished and encouraged us not to fear men. Although we are commanded to respect all men (1 Peter 2:17), we must not be afraid of their opinions of us, nor should we be ashamed of our convictions and our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 5:26-32).


Are You Living for God or for Your Own Pleasures?

Not too long ago, the Lord spoke to us in a vision, saying that we are hated by many Christians because of sharing His strong messages of rebuke against sin and wicked practices in the Church (John 17:14). We love doing the Lord’s work and our fear is for the Lord God alone. The Lord’s message is a strong warning against worldliness among Christians (Matthew 13:18-22; Romans 8:7).

As a ministry, the value we attach to truthful living and holiness far exceeds the luxuries of this life. While some may boast about their [temporary] power and earthly possessions, we know they are also driven by guilt and a strong fear of death. We should not value useless things above God and allow others to sway us from the path of truth; even in caring for others we must seek to please God (Matthew 7:13-14; 13:18-23). In the Book of Acts, we read about how Ananias and his wife Sapphira lost their lives as a result of greed for money and love of worldly possessions (Acts 5:1-11); what they treasured controlled them (Matthew 6:21). Using their example as a warning, we should not exchange the fear of God for anything; be it riches, power, or fame (Matthew 16:26). Instead, we should strive to faithfully and obediently serve God and allow nothing to separate us from Him (Romans 8:38-39). Like Job, we are encouraged to be wise by fearing the Lord and shunning evil (Job 1:1; 2:3; Proverbs 14:16; Ecclesiastes 12:13).

There are many Christian leaders who encourage us to “follow your heart” and “pursue your dreams.” The question we should ask ourselves is this: how do those dreams and plans in our hearts measure up to God’s will? Are those dreams only in pursuit of worldly happiness, comfort, and “success”, without the Cross of Jesus? If so, as the Lord Jesus explained in the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21), your dreams are self-serving and for your own glory, and they will only inspire those who seek praise from man! In contrast, pursuing godly dreams through the cross of Jesus, despite persecution and hatred from the world, will lead to the salvation of others, resulting in glory to Christ. The Bible teaches us that Truth through the cross comes at the cost of insults, hatred and blood (Luke 6:22; John 15:18; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 3:16; 4:12-14; 2 Corinthians 4:8-12). Do you think any of Christ’ followers conquered the world being applauded by the masses, without insults and hatred from the world which hates the truth? (Matthew 5:11; John 15:18).

Are you struggling with sins or temptations, be they thoughts, habits, addictions, or behaviors that drive you from the fear of God? Repent and conquer them in Jesus’ name, for the power is in your possession—choice (Genesis 4:6-7) and the Lord is willing to set you free (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 8:22; 1 John 1:9; Romans 6:6-7). Is the fear of man and of persecution holding you back from fearing God, serving Him, and doing His will? The Lord Jesus can set you free if you receive Him into your heart and follow Him as your Master, Lord, and Savior (John 8:32; 36). I, therefore, urge you to “...fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods… Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:14-15 NKJV).

If you are not yet born again, please pray this Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Have a blessed New Year in God’s fear.

Brother Glenn and Preparing for the Kingdom Ministry.

Monday, December 15, 2014

God’s Forgiveness

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Note: Brethren, please don’t take offense when I use some of my own or other people’s experiences when presenting the Lord’s messages. The Lord taught us that the best way of getting the message across is to demonstrate, through our experiences, our wrong conduct and how through our failures we applied His Word and received correction. I honestly don’t seek to promote myself or any other person, but to make our message simple, personal and applicable. Our aim is therefore not to be "theological" in our message, but to identify ourselves as sinners who apply the Word of God by faith to experience His truth, love and forgiveness.

Forgiveness Involves Confessing Our Sins to God

When I was about 10 years old or younger, I heard from my elder sisters and other children that walking in the rain would wash my sins away, and that if I died I would go to Heaven. Being at that tender age, I also heard from elderly people that swearing, stealing, lying and fighting, which are common sins in this age group, were sinful. As a boy, I was always conscious about the wrong things I did and how to overcome feelings of guilt.

Now with respect, I saw how some Catholic people made the "sign of the cross" and I thought this was a way of prayer and asking for God’s protection and favor. After observing that and having gone to some Catholic church services, I started doing the same, hoping that by so doing it might grant me protection and favor with others. You may laugh! But I had my successes in this practice, and I also had my misfortunes. My participating in that religious practice as a boy was based on ignorance and lack of true faith, thinking that I could earn God’s favor and forgiveness simply by making the sign of the cross sign and saying a three-sentence prayer line.

Furthermore, since this was really all I knew about "being right with God", I grew up doing this and believing that was the way of salvation. I honestly and ignorantly thought I was right and that I was not going to share my "secret" with anyone, despite the many challenges I experienced, including a suicide attempt to get my Aunt Lily’s (see Salvation Received on Deathbed article) attention; this resulted in me getting a very good spanking for my egocentric efforts.

As it is, I parted ways with my practice in February 1990, when I started reading the Bible for myself and thereafter made a commitment to Christ. Without repeating my testimony, I read in Romans 10:9-10 on how to make a confession of faith and forgiveness, accepting Christ as Savior (1 John 1:9). This experience was very real as peace from the Lord Jesus Christ filled my conscience, leaving me guilt-free. This is when I really knew I was saved. Like we said previously, the born again experience is by faith and the accompanied joy from the Lord is only known by the person being saved. The unbelieving, doubters, skeptics, agnostics and atheists must first experience by faith this joy before slandering our Christian experiences as illusions and wild imaginations.

How Do We Ensure God’s Eternal Forgiveness?

In the Old Testament, the Lord required animals to be offered for the people’s sins, and once a year God commanded Aaron to take two (2) goats from the people to atone for their sins; one (1) to be killed as a sin offering and the other one (1) for Aaron to lay his hands on and confess all the sins of the people of Israel to God. The goat (or "scapegoat") carried all their sins on itself to a place where there were no people (Leviticus 16:15, 20-22). But under the new covenant, Christ took all our sins upon Himself through His death, resurrection and shedding of blood (Isaiah 53:5-6, 12). As the Bible says: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Since Christ died and rose again for our sins, we are required to humbly confess and repent of our sins. There is no blessing for those who hide sin, but there is mercy for those who confess and renounce their sins (Proverbs 28:13; Psalm 103:12).

After experiencing God’s forgiveness of our sins, we have a duty as Christians to obey and walk in the new life (Colossians 3:5-10; Ephesians 4:17-32). Our acceptance of the Lord was an acknowledgment that we are guilty before Him through the condemnation of our conscience accusing us of sin (Romans 2:15). Therefore having confessed, we promised or vowed to God that we will no longer do the wrongs we did before with an attitude of willful disobedience (Psalm 19:13). If we confess, the Lord does grant us forgiveness; if we ask, He forgives without reservations. I am going to share some experiences some of us had in this ministry as a way of demonstrating that our willful sinning hurts the Lord and arouses His wrath (Isaiah 63:10). The Lord God of Israel has not changed; He has only changed the requirements of receiving salvation (Romans 11:28-32; Hebrews 8:13; 9:11-12).

I therefore share some of my moments of disobedience and the Lord’s reaction. One evening I had an incident involving one of my daughters, and this led me to say things that I was not permitted to, and what I said clearly hurt everybody in the family. This particular incident also hurt the Lord and for my effort I received a stunning rebuke from Him that left me licking my emotional pains for weeks, feeling ashamed of my conduct. As it is, what the Lord told me was embarrassing, and I felt that He was angry with me for what I had done. That night was the most unfortunate in my life as a Christian and I felt the anger of the Lord with great fear and trembling. Even though the Lord had been speaking to us more than 2 years then, I felt that I was all alone and that God was against me. The moment following my outbursts I was conscious-stricken like David when he had the Israelite army counted (2 Samuel 24); I felt ashamed even to the point of not knowing how to ask the Lord for forgiveness. Through a strong conviction by the Holy Spirit I summoned courage and I went to bed that night praying and asking the Lord to forgive me. I knew that He might bring me a message, and He did. Being a gracious and forgiving God (Psalm 86:5), He accepted my repentance prayer and forgave me. This was evident in the subsequent message of rebuke that He gave me. Although the rebuke itself was strong and filled me with fear for God, I could also sense His love for me. He removed the guilt that tormented me (1 Chronicles 21:8) and what remained was just the embarrassment and a great lesson learnt. This was good for me as it served as a warning and humbling experience.

In another incident, we have a very dear sister in this ministry who is in the habit of covering up her children’s mistakes, giving other children the blame and not acknowledging the mistakes of her own children. I can tell you, the Lord is very displeased with parents who "seal up" or "cover up" their children’s wrongs and do not correct them on how to treat and live with others. That is a very dangerous position of parenting, including overlooking our children’s mistakes and siding with them when they’re wrong. This is like saying to them when they are wrong: "what you are doing is right and I am at your side to defend and protect you." The Lord handed this sister a strong rebuke which led her to tears of humility as she confessed her wrongs to the Lord. Although the rebuke came with a promise of punishment, after seeing how she humbled herself the Lord relented His anger and forgave her (1 Kings 21:29) saying that the vision was only a warning.

These above two examples are not they only ones we have experienced in this ministry. Other brethren elsewhere had their moments of sharp rebukes from the Lord.  However, when they would show a humble and obedient attitude, the Lord would graciously wipe the tears of the rebuke away and give some heart-warming encouragement to express His approval and forgiveness.

There are also many instances throughout the Bible where God displays His forgiveness and compassion. For example, God had intended to destroy the city of Nineveh within 40 days. After giving them a warning through Jonah, they believed Him and humbly repented of their sins (Jonah 3:3-9). When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened (Jonah 3:10). God's mercy is indeed great and beyond our understanding. Manasseh was one of the most wicked kings that Israel ever had and the Bible details his many sins:
From  twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. He did evil in the sight of the Lord... rebuilt the high places... raised up altars for the Baals, and made wooden images; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them... he caused his sons to pass through the fire...; he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. He even set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God. Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel" (2 Chronicles 33:1-9).
Furthermore, the Bible says that "The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen, "therefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon." (2 Chronicles 33:10-11).  In this deplorable and helpless state, deeply afflicted, Manasseh sought God's grace and forgiveness: "... he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty (prayer request), heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God" (2 Chronicles 33:12-13). After Manasseh repented, he (Manasseh) forsook his wicked ways and began reversing all the wicked and detestable things he had done before (2 Chronicles 33:14-17). If the Lord God loved, forgave and restored this king who had committed such gross wickedness, how much more is He willing to forgive you for your sins if you likewise confess and repent? "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32). 

In concluding, the Lord is not pleased when we take advantage of His forgiving nature and keep sinning willful. Also, willful sin results in habitual sin, and such behavior becomes addictive and sadly this drives the Lord away from us. As I have come to know Him, when we turn back to Him in submission and obedience, He will forgive us and keep us from falling from His grace (1 John 1:9; Ezekiel 18:21-24). Before closing, I would like to confess and testify that while the Lord is a forgiving and loving God, He cannot be fooled by people who try to manipulate Him into action to deliver a blessing. Instead such provocative behavior earns punishment. We must confess our wrongs and remain faithfully obedient; only then do we secure salvation (Matthew 24:13; 25:1-10). Let us honor the Lord and value His forgiveness.
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:1-3).
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy (Micah 7:18).
Are you missing out on God's favor and forgiveness by hardening your heart and failing to humbly confess and repent of your sins (James 4:6; Proverbs 3:34; Psalm 51:17)? Are you weighed down and imprisoned with the guilt of unconfessed sin? If you would like to receive in God's forgiveness and be set free from the guilt of sin, please begin by with a Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed regards in peace in Christ,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Be Passionate For Christ

Brief Note: The Lord gave us a short vision to share with you relating to this week's article. We would like to remind our readers that the messages we share on this blog are from God. The Lord Jesus Christ has appointed this ministry to appeal to the conscience of the church, exposing false teachings, greedy pastors and false visions, and warning the church not to idolize their leaders. Admittedly, our messages and revelations from The Lord have been met with suspicion by some, while others have undermined our message by slandering us and labeling us as false. As it is, all the revelations from the Lord Jesus Christ that we shared on this website have a Biblical foundation.

In all our messages, we never seek to please and impress people, but glorify Christ alone. Neither do we peddle the Word of God for gain. We therefore share what we hear and see in accordance with the conviction coming from the Holy Spirit. Likewise, The Lord Himself urged many brethren to pray for or acquire a spirit of discernment to distinguish truth from error. The passion driving this ministry is TRUTH!

Are You Conscious of God?

Well, before answering that question it would be wise to first evaluate our relationship with God and the test is simple. Are you born again, having repented of your sins and living a holy life? (John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23) Do you read your Bible every day as God commanded? (Joshua 1:8) Do you have a love for the Word of God, above all other reading materials or visual programs (TV, Internet, etc.)? (Psalm 119:20; 119:97). Do you often spend time praying or are you too busy with life? (Daniel 6:10). Are you about our Heavenly Father’s business by witnessing and winning souls or are you indulging in lustful and worldly pleasures? Is your company pleasing to you or to God (Hebrews 10:25; 1 Corinthians 15:33; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Luke 2:49; Proverbs 11:30). Answers to these questions are a basic foundation to our relationship with the Lord, and being so involved with Him will lead people to say “…these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13 NIV).

If we are consistently passionate, doing all of the above daily to please God, our attitude would be less abrasive and people would notice the hope in us (1 Peter 3:15-16). We would not take offense to people’s hurtful opinions; we would instead forgive them (Matthew 6:14-15). Therefore this kind of consciousness can best be described as living in God and God in us (John 17:23; Acts 17:28). Undoubtedly, the reason why so many of us have such bad attitudes is due to excessive self-consciousness.

Causes of Lost Passion

The Lord told us that most ministries fail because they have lost their passion or first love for Him, and as a result many people consider His work to be burdensome (Revelation 2:4). Jesus Himself invites us with a bold declaration: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Furthermore, loss of faith in Christ is also largely due to a lack of passion for the Lord Jesus. When we walk out on our family and fellowship group in Christ, we have lost our passion and our love has grown cold and the danger of cold love yields hatred and grudges.

In the early 90’s, I lost my passion for Christ, with the principal cause being sin. I started spending more time in the night club than in church. Instead of turning to the Bible and the Lord for answers to my pressing problems, I turned to ungodly people, books and magazines. In addition, the company of the unsaved became more accommodating because their "innocence" to my hurting conscience served as a mask. Once our passion for the Lord has faded we adopt a new passion, which is often some kind of an addiction, as a replacement for our lost love to God. As it is, in this backsliding state the latter part of our lives becomes worse than it was before we knew The Lord (Luke 11:26).

Equally dangerous is when people who lose their love for Christ turn to idols, false religions, and worldly living (2 Timothy 4:10). As history has shown us, historically, most of the men who founded sects within Christianity lost their passion for Christ and pinned their hopes on the observance of certain doctrinal positions. The Lord made it abundantly clear when He said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26).

The word "hate" in this context from the Strong’s Greek concordance simply means ‘miséō, i.e. to love someone or something less than someone (something) else, or to to renounce one choice in favor of another, which denotes a moral choice. It does not refer to a literal hatred as in ‘misos’ (to hate). In other words, we should love The Lord more than anything or anyone else.  Therefore, we cannot love our lives, churches, pastors, parents, wives or anything more than Christ; if we do that, then we have lost our passion for Him (Luke 9:24). Our Lord Jesus Christ is a Real Living Person (and to the unbelieving I have seen Him) and our passion for Him must be above everyone or thing. He should be the reason, purpose and cause why we go to church and engage in various ministry work. Our love for church and the people in the church people should be secondary to our love and passion for Christ. If we are ashamed of Him and afraid to witness, don’t we show a lack of passion?

How to Keep the Passion Alive

When the Lord commanded my wife to start a women's prayer group, some of the sisters who had started praying with her came up with various excuses and did not show up. There came a time when my wife was just with one person, and her passion turned into discouragement. However, The Lord being faithful encouraged her and said that one person can pray for a thousand (1000) people. It's been more than four years now, and that same passion to see people saved and delivered is still driving them. The question is: which passion is driving you? The one you follow or the things you are most passionate about shows what you treasure! (Matthew 6:21).

Passion for The Lord is fueled by our abiding in His Presence without ceasing (John 15:7). We abide in The Lord’s Presence through worship, praying, fasting, Bible reading, being involved in ministry work, and fellowship in The Lord with those who call on Him (2 Timothy 2:22; Luke 2:37; Psalm 27:4; Deuteronomy 17:18-19). It is not just good to have a Bible; we must read it daily and obey it, so that our love may remain hot for Christ (Matthew 24:12). It serves as firewood, burning away all lusts and worldliness (Jeremiah 23:29), anchoring us in truth, and keeping us free from deception and slavery (John 8:32; John 17:17). As it is, Christ being the author and finisher of our faith commands us to set Him above doctrine, church and family (Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 3:15). Furthermore, some of us go to great lengths to pursue a doctrine of faith or a religious belief like some sects in Christianity; such an attitude shows no passion for Christ, but only passion for the doctrine, denomination or position of faith. Remember to  "keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you" (1 Timothy 4:16 NLT).

Finally, fellow believers in the Lord Jesus, "...walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want (Galatians 5:16-17).

Vision of a Lukewarm Church

I received a short vision from The Lord this morning (December 8, 2014) just before I woke up. It was a vision within a vision. I saw myself walking into a beautiful building, and while walking I saw another vision behind me. Although I was looking ahead of me, I could still see the scene of the vision. I saw a large group of people whose faces were blurred in a church.

There was someone who was preaching to these people, urging them to worship The Lord. The person was trying to kind of "revive" the people through his urging and encouragement, but they were just standing there cold in their hearts towards the Lord (I was allowed to feel that their hearts were far from The Lord). I saw The Lord dressed in white light in their midst, without them even being aware He was Present. As I was about to climb a stairway, I heard a voice of someone who was standing there saying loudly: "I LOVE THE LORD WITH MY WHOLE HEART!" This was the end of the vision.

Interpretation:

The Lord explained to me that He is faithful to all His promises and that He is present where two or three gather in His name just like it was in this lukewarm church (Matthew 18:20). However, people's hearts are far away from Him since they are focusing on or thinking or of their lustful pleasures. The people in the vision reflect today's situation in the church, with people showing no passion or love for Him in His Presence. People lack enthusiasm and excitement in the church, and that is why the pastor or worship leader was trying his best to "revive" or "wake up" the people with encouragement. Brethren, let us show passion in the Lord's Presence as an expression of our love to Him, like the voice of The Lord's witness said. The Bible indeed encourages us to "...love The Lord your God with all your heart..." (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27), and praise/thank Him likewise with our whole heart (Psalm 9:1).

So, have you forsaken the love you had for Jesus Christ at first? Have you been spending more time with people, teachings, and activities that don’t encourage passion for Christ in your heart? If so, please repent. If you would like to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and start a life full of love for God, 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.

Grace to you in Jesus’ name,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Healing in Christ

I solemnly acknowledge the fine work many obedient men and women of God have written on this subject of healing. We have also been given a testimony to share. Therefore, in this article, I will refer to a few instances of healing and what The Lord said.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has not only paid the ultimate price for our sins by shedding His precious BLOOD (Revelation 1:5), but He also gave us His body that we might receive healing from all our sicknesses (1 Peter 2:24). When our Lord Jesus Christ came to the world, His mission was to preach the good news of salvation, heal the sick, give sight to the blind, deliver the spiritually oppressed (demonically possessed), raise the dead, and ultimately give His life for our salvation (Luke 4:18-20; Luke 7:22).

Faith to Receive Healing

Moreover, the Lord says that many Christians don’t have enough faith to receive healing in His name (Mark 5:34). Biblically, we know the principle to receive anything from God has to be by faith and nothing short of it (Hebrews 11:6; Mark 11:22-24). Throughout the New Testament, we read of countless accounts of healing; several Scriptures testify to this (Acts 10:38; Acts 5:16; 1 Peter 2:24; James 5:14-16; Matthew 4:24; Matthew 10:1-8; Matthew 14:14; Luke 4:18; Luke 9:11; Mark 6:13; Mark 16:15-18). There are some sects within Christianity that believe that divine healing is not for today and this practice ended with the apostles; this notion is a lie and it robs people of healing and deliverance. There is danger in following such a sect even with a well-formulated "statement of faith", since it limits countless believers from receiving gifts (including healing) from The Lord.

Not so long ago, a friend of mine was diagnosed with an incurable sickness. We inquired of the Lord what we could do for him, and The Lord promised to heal him and told us that we must invite him to church. The Lord commanded me to preach about our title subject, ‘Healing in Christ’. As it was, the purpose of inviting that friend to church was for him to listen to the word of God, in order to receive faith for his healing (Acts 14:8-10; Romans 10:17). Although this brother promised to come to the service which was especially for him, he failed to come and consequently he never received his healing.  Admittedly, it is hard to exercise faith because it is associated with some unpleasant challenges but the rewards are refreshing bringing with it a great joy. Those who have exercised their faith and received healing and blessings from the Lord knows how rewarding it is.

Similarly, another sister approached us asking to we pray for her and ask the Lord to heal her of her many infirmities. The Lord again promised to heal her completely, but due to her lack of faith and dependence of the arm of flesh and complaining, she failed to receive healing (Luke 7:50; Mark 5:34). As it is, the Lord told this sister that she does not have enough faith in Him, and that she must read her Bible to build up her faith to receive whatever she needs.

On another occasion, my family and I heard about someone who was very sick and unable to speak or appreciate anything around her. We decided to pray for her. This we did for a full month everyday, praying three times or more daily. After sometime we asked the Lord if we should still pray for her and He said no. We contended with the Lord as to why she was not healed and why we should stop praying for her. Later on the Lord made me aware that because of her deteriorating health, she had no mental capacity to believe, and neither did her husband. Also, if He brought about a miracle healing through our prayers only, who would they have acknowledged for her healing? How would this have led them to salvation? Therefore, faith is an intended and conscious experience, giving the recipient confidence in God’s ability. The purpose of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is to sustain and encourage our faith, the goal being our eternal salvation (Ephesians 4:7-16). The spiritual gifts are not meant for showcasing and inviting people to idolize our own power or ability (Acts 8:19-20). The Lord Jesus Jesus Christ must be glorified through all the gifts of the Holy Spirit (John 16:14; Revelation 4:11).

Wrongful Practices of Healing

God is Sovereign and He never violates a person’s will; I am a witness to this fact and we must choose, believe and follow Him (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). The Lord Jesus Christ did not just go about and heal any sick person. He allowed people or their loved one to come to Him and ministered to their needs for healing and deliverance (Luke 7:1-10; 8: 40- 41; 18:41; Matthew 9:28).

In the case involving young children or those with weak faith, the Lord would always honor the faith of parents and grant the request for healing (Matthew 15:26). The Lord always engaged people’s wishes or faith; this is shown when He asked the paralyzed man, “…Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6 HCSB).

Brethren, this is not to discourage any well intentioned man or woman of God for exercising their faith through the gifts the Lord has given the church or individual believers. If we ignorantly just go out laying hands on the sick without ministering the Word of God to them, or inquiring from them if they believe in Christ Jesus, our efforts would prove fruitless and at best embarrassing, leading people to have doubts and skepticism about The Lord.

In my experience, I once felt sorry for a woman who was in great pains due to medical operations she underwent. I blindly offered to pray for her, ministering the word of God to her and without pointing her to relevant healing Scriptures to boost her faith. While I was praying for her, I felt a strong sense of unbelief and doubt that she had, and to my expectation she never received healing. Our pity for the sick is natural; however we must ascertain if they believe in the Lord Jesus and if they trust He can heal or deliver them (Matthew 9:28).

Also last year, when my children and I went to minister to Aunt Lily (please refer to the article on Salvation Received on Deathbed), I preached the gospel to her while she had the masks on, and after prayer she was able to breath without the masks as is evident on the pictures. However, The Lord decided otherwise and gave us an even greater testimony by allowing us to witness her entry into Heaven.

In addition, I prayed on numerous occasions for my own sickly mother and aunt who helped raised me up. After expressing their faith to me and wish for prayer, they would receive relief from pain and healing. Sadly, this only lasts for a few days and the moment they get well they go right back to their former ways, and so their sicknesses return to torment them again (John 5:14), with their last resort being medication. Let me clarify that as a ministry we do not disprove, discourage or come against the use of medication. We just want to reiterate that, above all, we should have faith and be faithful to God; He still remains Jehovah Rapha - The God our healer, who heals all diseases (Exodus 15:26; Psalm 103:3; Matthew 4:23; Luke 6:17).

Furthermore, as a ministry we have been ministering to quite a number of people who have faith in The Lord and who needed prayer for healing; many of them did not receive healing because they poisoned themselves with cigarettes, liquor, and corrupt sexual practices. For some of these people on whose behalf we inquired of the Lord, He would tell us that they need to stop their wicked practices, but their choice would always be the wrong things they do above God’s gift to them. God will not allow us to use Him (Galatians 6:7). Like I alluded elsewhere in this article, faith must be accompanied by obedience because the goal is to sustain salvation.

In conclusion, recently a member of this ministry fell gravely ill. This precious sister suffered from an incurable disease. During her ordeal, she shed a lot of weight due to vomiting whatever she ate. She even announced to some of her closes relatives that her departure was imminent. As a ministry, we stood by her through prayer and encouragement in the Lord. In His mercy and to save us from sorrow, The Lord Himself added His voice by giving our sister a message saying, “My daughter Dorcas must not worry; she must have faith”. In my zeal and excitement, I took these words in person and in Jesus’ name it revived her spirit. She regained her appetite and could retain food in her stomach. As it is, the Lord has healed her using her faith and she is faithfully serving and following the Lord with us.

The Lord refuses no one healing, deliverance, salvation or anything else. His commands are very clear; faith (Hebrews 11:6), obedience to maintain our relationship with Him (John 5:14) and fruit bearing (Matthew 3:8). So then, the word of God gives us a healthy attitude and body (1 Timothy 4:8). Remember, the gifts of God are freely given to the church for the well-being of all who would accept them by faith and reverence to God and not as a measure to use and control God.

Finally, there are people who are in the habit of trusting in others' abilities, faith, or prayers in times of sickness (2 Chronicles 16:12). Although it is welcomed for others to pray for us, The Lord encourages us to call to Him ourselves that He may show us His great love. He is faithful to hear our prayers of faith and deliver us (Psalm 50:15; Psalm 91:15). The Lord is fully willing and able to heal you! (Matthew 8:3; Matthew 14:36; Mark 6:56). God also says: I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me (Jeremiah 32:27); “...With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Unfortunately, most people like the easy way out of their problems by depending on on man instead of fully placing their trust in God. Admittedly, it is hard to exercise faith because it is associated with some unpleasant challenges, but the rewards to the faithful believer are refreshing, bringing with it great joy. Indeed, God's promise is remains true: "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Do you lack faith in Christ Jesus for your healing? Have you been disobedient to the Lord, expressing doubt in His abilities, or only looking to others instead of Jesus Christ to heal you? Please repent and trust Him. If you would like to accept Jesus as your Lord, Saviour, and Healer, 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 Regards,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Word of Encouragement and Short Visions

Brethren, we have no specific article or message to share with you for this week. However, the Lord said we should encourage you by sharing some refreshing visions. Furthermore, the Lord said His children must not lose their faith; they must be obedient to the end, and He loves all His children. As your fellow brother in Christ, I encourage you in Jesus' name to hold on; The Lord is near, and our sorrow, pain and suffering in this world will soon be turned into joy (John 16:16-22).

Short Visions (2014)

The visions below were given to Charis by the Lord Jesus Christ recently.

Vision About Color Blocking (Serious Warning)

“I had a vision that I was in a very colourful room. I saw various colors: red, blue, green, purple yellow, pink, etc., and I said to myself, “these are very pleasing colors, I like them!” Soon after saying this, I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “You may just like a color, but you must not go on senselessly about colors. Some people are busy with color blocking”. I replied to The Lord, “You are telling the truth!”

I left and went out of this colourful room and I entered into a room that was grey and black. Upon entering, I heard the voice of The Lord say, “The color grey is a very seductive color, and even the celebrities wear masks that are grey or silver.”” End of vision.

Interpretation:

Color blocking is a recent trend of showing off in fashion, where people wear blocks of solid colors together – either buying items that come already color blocked, or doing it themselves by pairing brightly colored separates. This draws attention to self and can lead to idolatry. The Lord is warning people not to idolize colors, be infatuated, or be controlled by them (1 Corinthians 6:12).

Brethren, neither Charis nor I ever knew that the word “color blocking” even exists, until I looked it up after this vision. This message is a warning from the Lord, that though we may appreciate colors, we should not idolize them (1 John 2:15-17).

Vision of the Devil and Rebuking him in Jesus' Name

“In a vision, I saw the devil appearing with his back facing towards me (although I was not allowed to see his face, I knew it was Satan). He made fun of me saying things that I am not allowed to share here. I replied and said in a loud voice “I rebuke you in the NAME OF JESUS!” He screamed at me saying, ‘Don’t say that name; I hate it!” And I saw him covering his ears. I kept on saying “I rebuke you in Jesus Name!” and he said, “STOP! STOP! STOP!” When he realized that he could not have me stop rebuking him in Jesus name, he ran off in a funny way”.

Interpretation:

Our victory against Satan is Jesus. Submit yourself to God; resist and rebuke the devil steadfastly in faith and he will flee from you (Mark 16:17; 1 Pet.5:8-9; James 4:7;Luke 10:19).

Vision of The Lord Jesus’ Glory

“I was standing outside our main bedrooms window, and suddenly a BIG pure white cloud appeared. The cloud opened up in the middle and a white page appeared. While I looked at the page, The Lord Jesus Christ appeared in blistering BRIGHTNESS. I tried to cover my eyes from the strong light, but I could not; I could only sparsely see the form of a Man, and I saw The Lord waving at me and said "Bye". The cloud closed and the Lord disappeared.”

Interpretation:

This was a glimpse of the glory of the LORD! (Matthew 17:2; Ezekiel 1:28).

Have you been busy focusing on cares of this world, and losing battles to Satan? If you would like to accept Jesus and experience true joy and victory in your life, 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 Grace,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Harmful Words and Vision of Two Raptures

“Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them” (Ephesians 4:29 NLT)

Before delivering the Lord’s message for this week, kindly allow me to share a short vision with you given to me (Glenn) by the Lord on the morning of October 11, 2014. I have searched the Scriptures and the Lord confirmed with me that the Bible passages mentioned here are relevant to the vision. Brethren, I am in no ways writing an article on the Rapture, nor am I supporting or endorsing a specific view – whether post-tribulation, mid-tribulation, or pre-tribulation. I certainly don’t want to get involved in such a web of speculation. I only share what the Lord permitted me to say for now. Let me also clarify that even though the English word "rapture" is not used in the Bible, the meaning is Biblical. “Rapture” is derived from the Latin verb "Rapere" meaning "to carry off," or "to be caught up" as written in 1 Thessalonians 4:17: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them [the dead in Christ] in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

I prayed to The Lord saying: “Lord, please don’t make me write an article about the rapture, because I read many and various explanations on this subject, and I certainly wouldn't want to be influenced by any. I believe in the rapture, and there is much speculation relating to the rapture that has caused widespread confusion leading to the shipwrecked on many people’s faith.”

In His goodness and faithfulness, The Lord answered my prayer, and I will share what He revealed to me, along with the relevant supporting Scriptures. If The Lord so wills to reveals more, I will update this article accordingly.

Vision of Two (2) Raptures

In the vision, I saw myself preaching to a group of people who were listening attentively to me. The message the Lord gave me to minister to the people was about ‘Rapture’. I saw a book lying on the pulpit and I read from it the following words regarding the rapture from the Lord Jesus Christ: There is a FIRST ONE and the NEXT ONE. As I attempted to explain to my audience the message while looking into the book on the pulpit, the above words were the only ones left and the rest of the text disappeared. This was the end of the vision.

The Scriptures that describe the first rapture are these:
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man[a] with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested (Revelation 14:14-16).
While there are no Scriptures that explicitly mention the second rapture, The Lord says there would be another rapture, this one occurring after the great tribulation:
“I [Apostle John] answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14).
Again, I am only sharing what the Lord revealed to me. I urge you, Brothers and Sisters, to be ready so that when the Lord comes you may be found awake and clothed (Revelation 16:15), with your lamps full of oil (Matthew 25:1-13), for The Day is near!
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:11-14).
The Power of Words

There are many Scriptures in the Bible that deals with the use of words and the price one would pay for it, for example:
"From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit" (Proverbs 18:20-21). 
“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37).
With the “freedom of speech” most of us enjoy today, many people including Christians are in the habit of offending, insulting and hurting others with their words. While I acknowledge that some social media platforms can play a positive role in promoting friendships and family bonds, people often use these channels to spread malicious gossip, slander, and poisonous words intended to hurt others.

The above quoted Scriptures serve as a warning to Christians and others not to belittle or shame other people. Christians are commanded to make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to do what leads to peace and mutual edification (Romans 12:18; 14:19; Hebrews 12:14). By this we are not saying that you should ignore a person’s wrong doing; the Lord commands us to rebuke wicked conduct in a spirit of love (Galatians 6:1; 1 Timothy 5:20; 2 Timothy 4:2), since this warning may help save a person from hell (we also discussed this subject in the “God’s Serious Judgments” article and visions shared in April, 2014).

Some people are not humble enough to accept a rebuke which is aimed at correcting them. They defensively see it as an insult or feel disrespected. In the Lord’s recent rebuke and judgement to at least three (3) of our ministry members, He chastised them for “feeling sorry to hurt their children and offending people’s feelings,” thus allowing them to continue in their wrongdoing. I guarantee you that you will be hated and persecuted for your efforts (Matthew 10:22; 24:9; John 17:14) but remember they hated Christ first (John 15:18; 24; 25)

Often times, people feel hurt when you correct or rebuke them in love. As children of God, we also may feel hurt when The Lord corrects us (Hebrews 12:11; John 21:17). This kind of hurt is acceptable as "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death" (2 Corinthians 7:10); some might even be saved as a result, like Paul who received salvation through the Lord’s rebukes (Acts 26:14-18).

The Lord said that a truly God fearing Christian would abstain from insulting others and calling them names to make their hearts sore: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9).

Don’t Use Words to Hurt others

Admittedly, I was in the habit of insulting and hurting others earlier in my walk with God. I adopted this habit from friends who were in the habit of proudly peddling their arguments as superior, while using insult to belittle and hurt those who disagreed with them. This is a common practice among politicians and the ‘wise’ of this world. The Lord forbids Christians from engaging in such practice; our work is to “spur on one another in love…” (Hebrews 10:24), in our hearts revering Christ as Lord, and always "prepared to give an answer …with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15; Proverbs 15:1). The Lord told me not to say things to hurt or make others feel bad, for when we say something we have the choice and motive to present it to either hurt or gently correct others. I was also warned for being loud when talking or rebuking; the fruit of love and of the Holy Spirit encourages us to be gentle (Galatians 5:22; 1 Corinthians 13:4-5).

Likewise, many other brethren were warned not to engage in strife, offend others, or hurt people who are otherwise disabled or of a different race. In addition, laughing at people even if or when others do offensively is equally wicked. The question we should ask ourselves is this: are we building up or offending? (Luke 11:23; Luke 17:1-3).

In conclusion, let us work for peace with our neighbours and fellow brethren. Using social media as a tool to insult and pour hurtful feelings onto others is not building up, but breaking people’s hearts. I was warned several times by the Lord against such behaviour. Learn to hold your peace and say only what will benefit others. In a recent visit to my parents, I heard people around me hurting one another with abusive words. Some were swearing and saying nasty things to one another, while others poked fun at the kind of sins others commit. They were doing all these in front of my children and I took liberty to rebuke themIn Jesus name, brethren, be gentle with your words, and keep them few; avoid being loud when rebuking, for that too may be construed as being offensive and ill- mannered (Proverbs 10:19;Proverbs 15:1).

Finally, don’t forget that the Lord is near and He is coming for a pure and spotless bride, so be fit to enter the first rapture, for the second one will bring untold tests. Do you have the faith to survive the coming storm and the dreaded Day of the Lord? (Isaiah 2:12; 13:6, 9; Ezekiel 13:5, 30:3; Joel 1:15, 2:1,11,31; 3:14; Amos 5:18, 20; Obadiah 15; Zephaniah 1:7,14; Zechariah 14:1; Malachi. 4:5; Acts 2:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 6:17; 16:14). Or would you rather take refuge from the Coming Judgment (Isaiah 26:20-21)? If you desire a relationship with the Lord, 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 grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Be Blameless and Spotless

The Bible admonishes us to be blameless and spotless, stating: “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to have the Lord find you at peace and without spot or fault” (2 Peter 3:14). Furthermore, “He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:27).

Resist Sinful Appetites

As believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, we face daily struggles against sin and evil, which desire to make us gratify our fleshly appetites and stumble, rebelling against God (Hebrews 12:4). We call it a struggle because sin presents itself to us in many forms, overtly or covertly, and we are faced with the inevitable task of choosing either to yield to its demands, or to steadfastly resist and continue in righteous living.

In previous articles, we repeatedly alluded to opportunities that Satan presents to Christians, making sin look natural and appealing, while at the same time deceiving us to do evil and disobey The Lord. While we are not encouraging any severe or harsh religious practices, a true mark of a truly born-again Christian is his daily victory against the demands of sin (1 John 5:3-5).

Similarly, we also mentioned that the worldly Christians are leading a compromised Christian life; such people live only to please themselves and others, and not Christ Jesus our blessed Lord (1 John 3:7-10; Philippians 2:21). This is how we can know that we are not fully committed to Christ: when we show bad fruit, including a wicked hateful attitude; when we have a constant appetite for worldly things and power; and when we concern ourselves more with things to please man rather than Christ. If we should test our conduct against this Scripture: “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:14-15), would we rate ourselves as blameless? Truthful living in Christ is real freedom from guilt.

If we are loaded with the Word of God and heed the warnings coming from the Holy Spirit, we would be discouraged from exercising wickedness (John 10:27). We sin in many ways: through our mouths (James 3:6; Psalm 34:13; Proverbs 10:19); sin is also seen by the condition of our hearts, which is laid bare through our attitudes (Matthew 12:34); and our motives are assessed by our conduct, which issues from our hearts. A healthy Christian attitude, however, issues forth love, obedience to Christ, and hate of evil (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Romans 12:9-21).

Wicked Christians

While the principle of “freedom” has been around since man’s presence in this world, this pursuit of freedom and rights has become more visible through legislative works by our governments. Increasingly, legislation in various parts of the world is being used to promote or defend behaviour that would have been regarded as shameful, detestable, or wicked in the past; turning sin into an acceptable way of life (Isaiah 5:20; 2 Timothy 3:1-5). The secret power of evil makes itself acceptable in human society through deceit, hinging on the principle of ‘freedom’ to corrupt and destroy values based on the Christian truth of peaceful co-existence (2 Thessalonians 2:7). When the church warns the world of the presence of Satan and evil (Revelation 2:9; Matthew 6:13), the secular ‘wise’ men and women repudiate this message as unscientific, outdated and dictating. Admittedly, modern legislation “frees” the conscience of man, and those who have an appetite for wickedness embrace it.

Furthermore, we do acknowledge the presence of evil in our world (1 John 5:19) and the institution of government which God uses to enforce rules to peaceful and just living in human society (Romans 13:1). However, through the collective interest of individuals with self-serving interest in our society, many governments are ‘forced’ to acknowledge the appetites of lobbying groups, leading to widespread acceptance of destructive behaviour, which ultimately eats away our conscience and our fear for God, and the end result is corruption.

People, I would like to boldly confess and declare that the only safe escape from evil is Christ Jesus! Wherefore let us pray for our countries and governments, and abide to the laws promoting equity, peaceful co-existence, and righteousness. However, let us also oppose laws that corrupt society and promote rebellion against God (Acts 5:29). Our Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ, is going to judge us based on our obedience to Him, not obedience to man (2 Corinthians 5:10).

As it is, countless Christians have accepted the worldly definition of liberty and adopted it as a standard in their relations with others. As a result, some Christians exhibit behaviour that is more widely accepted by the world (or “professional”) in their conduct with others, in the process muting true Christian character and not following the commands of the Lord to love (John 13:34) and be a light in the world (Matthew 5:14). Their primary focus is care for themselves and others in order to impress society, with half-devotion to Christ. Also, the appetite for material goods and services outweighs the need for holy and obedient living. So then, we must ask ourselves: on what or on whom is your primary focus? Is it on Christ and what pleases Him, or is it on your needs as emphasized by prosperity teachers and the world?

Judgment is Looming

I must remind you that Judgment is coming against those who practice evil and ignore the Gospel that truly sets us free from sinful corruption and God’s wrath (Romans 2:5-11; John 8:36). Let me remind you further: while love must be the one motivating us to good and peaceful behaviour, love can also be self-rewarding; we must also be driven by our fear and reverence for God our Creator (Hebrews 12:28). Like the Scripture says, riches, influence, friends and status will count nothing on the day of reckoning (Proverbs 11:4; Zephaniah 1:18).

Last week Monday, in a powerful vision, the Lord took Charis into a Heavenly Room as He entered into Judgment with each one of us in this ministry, including our children who have knowledge of right and wrong. This was a very serious discussion as she was allowed to hear the most common three (3) sins we each commit daily. After she shared with us, we shed tears and prayed in heartfelt repentance. If we in full-time service to God are judged often, how much more should those fear who are lukewarm and ungodly? (1 Peter 4:18).

I was also warned this past Saturday morning by the Lord in a dream when discouragement hardened my heart and led me to sin. I was awakened by my own voice and fear, in which I said, “God we are in the flames!” I got up and prayed confessing my sins, instead of allowing wickedness to overwhelm me and eat away at my faith and salvation. The Lord said that neither death nor His soon coming should find us with an unrepentant sinful heart (Revelation 2:10). This is evident by Charis’ rapture visions that we shared previously in July and August of this year.

In conclusion, this ministry has repeatedly warned people that Christ is coming and that He is near. We have been given no specific dates; however, let us live as if the Lord is coming today! (Revelation 3:11; 22:7, 12) The Lord has also recently given us, as a ministry and family, a great shake-up or awakening. Stay tuned and focused on Christ, and be always repentant and holy so that you may escape God’s judgments and be found worthy to enter heaven.

Are you living a blameless and holy life, walking in the fear of the Lord? Are you maintaining a repentant heart? If you desire a closer 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.

Peace and Grace to You!

Brother Glenn.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Christian Testimony

Recent Short Vision from The Lord to Claudia, Age 8

Given on September 12, 2014

“In the vision I saw myself, Charis and Jaydeen playing outside in our yard with a soccer ball laughing. I suddenly saw the Lord standing close to Charis’ bedroom window. I saw a tall figure dressed in white and gold robe. I could not see His face, but I saw the Lord had pure white hair; His face was covered with blinding light. I ran towards the Lord and I said crying, “Lord I am very sorry for the wicked things I have done, please forgive me”. I tried hugging the Lord, but the light surrounding Him prevented me from reaching closer to Him; at the same time I heard in my mind the words, “THE LORD IS NEAR!” This was the end of the vision”.

We believe the above vision is authentic. Claudia was literally crying uncontrollably when she told us her vision. She was so convinced that she even challenged us to ask the Lord (through Charis) on the truthfulness of this vision. This vision has been confirmed to be true and from the Lord.

Faith-edifying Testimony

Brethren, we have received no Word from the Lord for this week’s article. As you may see, we too are being tested (in addition to what we shared in last week’s “How to Know God is Testing You” article). Without divulging the details of the test that we are currently facing, The Lord has been subjecting us every year, at different times, to some tests, and we hope to share with you at a later stage if the Lord permits. Please pray for this family and ministry for strength and increase of faith! As a ministry, and after prayer, it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and us that we share part of our testimony with you. This will be a rather brief account with some excerpts from our ‘testimony book’. We call it so because the messages we received from the Lord have been recorded and preserved in this book(s).

As Christians, we have a mandate and command from the Lord to tell everyone “…what great things God has done for [us] you” (Luke 8:39).

From the onset, we do not claim to have a superior testimony to that of other believers in Christ, nor are we attempting on setting ourselves apart as having the best testimony. We humbly share the truths from the Lord for your edification. To us, and many other believers in this ministry, our testimony, together with the testimony of the apostles and others, is convincing proof that Jesus Christ, the author of the Christian faith, is ALIVE (Revelation 1:18).

Furthermore, we must recall that the Christian faith is based on the testimony of the work of Christ in the lives of the earlier witnesses (Acts 2:32; 5:32), with the deep convicting power of the Holy Spirit convincing us through the evidence of our outward living. Christianity is not based on a forced lifestyle and carefully coded rituals, but on a joy-driven appreciation for the saving power of Christ Jesus (John 15:11). In addition, every Christian has been given a testimony that lines up (or should line up) with the Bible.

Therefore, the Christian message is a joyful testimony of faith to what the Lord Jesus has produced in our lives. We encourage Christians everywhere to share their testimony of love, peace and hope in Christ Jesus without being ashamed of their faith. Don’t allow the offensive insults from the worldly-driven people to slow you down; excel in love, good works and the joy of your testimony (1 Corinthians 4:1-2). Keep your testimony and don’t lose your confidence in Christ (Hebrews 10:35).

Our Testimony

As it is, we have been sharing our testimony through various messages, visions, experiences and words from the Lord with you. Remember, we freely share what we have heard and experienced in order to encourage you in your most holy faith in Christ Jesus while preparing you for the Kingdom of Heaven, which is very, very near according to the Lord’s own Word to us.

Below are some words Charis wrote down as she heard from the Lord. My wife and I later encouraged her to write down exactly what the Lord said, instead of just telling us what He said. We have decided to selectively share, without any alterations, from the earlier accounts, which started the establishment of this ministry. The latter of her writings are direct commands and some serious rebukes; it is not our intention to ‘expose’ our hidden sins, so these will therefore not be made available here. It must be considered that Charis was only nine and half years when she started writing down the Lord’s words. Her spelling was therefore based on the sound of words from the Lord, and that is how she wrote at the time. Therefore, for your better understanding we have transcribed some passages, and included pictures of  the original messages at the end.

March 18
The Lord said to me that my father (Glenn) must starting praying by this house (our place) and then they will see where they will pray next. They must pray for five(5) Saturdays by each one’s house. The Lord loves us. They can pray as long as they want because as long as they pray now the Lord said that He is coming tonight [This was for His next visit].

March 19
The Lord said to me that He is coming for something so we must go on a fast again but this time we must fast for one (1) day because the next day the Lord is coming for the something and it starts on Monday. The Lord is coming on Tuesday.

March 23
The Lord said to me that we can tell some people about what the Lord showed me and the Lord said to me, when we went on that fast, we were very strong and He came for that something. And that something is that the Lord is going to bless my father with that something and it is going to be his spiritual gift and the Lord said He loves us very much because we obey His Word. The Lord is coming tonight.

March 24
The Lord said to me that my father must pray for his five (5) people because they are beginning to not take note and the Lord is coming tonight.

March 26
The Lord said to me that we must come in agreement tonight because if we come in agreement, my father is going to get his spiritual gift any time but we must believe that he is going to get the spiritual gift. The Lord is coming Sunday for something. The Lord said I wrote the right thing; it was “note”. [We had questioned a phrase she used and the Lord came confirming that she wrote the word "note" correctly]

March 29
The Lord told me that He has nothing more to ask us because we obey and we come in agreement every night. We don’t sit in front of the TV. We go and eat the word of God (Bible reading/studying) and even if we make mistakes, we did ask forgiveness and He loves us for obeying His Word and we must continue what we are doing. The Lord is coming on Wednesday and He is almost done. He will show me about the spiritual gift for my father and for the 5 people and what they must do. We already did do what the Lord wanted us to do.

April 19
My daughter Sophie is going to get her gift of tongues after the prayer meetings and you must not be afraid because you already can pray in tongues and I love your father and mother too. I am coming on the 24 [April 24th].

April 24

The five(5) People must go on a fast for three (3) days and the fast starts Monday and if they go on the fast they must go and pray by each one’s house for 3 days and they may continue with the prayer meetings for three(3) weeks. I love you too and I love the five (5) people too and I have forgiven my son Stanley for out bursting. I am coming tonight for something very big and your father is going to like it.

April 25 - Rapture Vision:

I saw the Lord come down from a cloud and me and mummy and Claudia and Daddy went high in the sky and people were running away and when they tried to hide away, the Lord would find them and the Lord said thatThis is the Rapture and after the Rapture, the devil came and people made a line and then the devil asked the people if they want that 666. The end. The Lord is coming tonight.

May 24
You and your mother and father are doing a great job when you read [The Book of] John. I like it. You must continue what you are doing. I love you and I am coming Wednesday.

May 26
You and your mother and father must just pray and your father must not worry about anything. I will provide and I love you. I am coming on Thursday.

May 28
You and your mother and father are doing a great job when you pray for my son Kevin and I love you for that. I am coming tonight.

May 29
You and your mother and father must pray very hard for your mother’s spiritual gift because I am going to show you and tell you what your mother’s spiritual gift is and I love you. I am coming on Sunday morning.

July 14

Your mother must preach about Judgments of God and I love the home cell people and I love you, your mother, and father. I am coming tonight. [I was working night shift when this message was given; she was so used to her father that she made a mistake; that is why she crossed out the word 'father'.]

July 15
You and your mother and father must pray very hard so that you won’t lose this house and you must go on a fast on Saturday for half day [from 6 to 6] and I could see that the Home cell people were blessed by the Word. I love the Home cell people and I love you and your mother and father and Claudia. I am coming tonight.

July 17
You and your mother and father must have faith that you are not going to lose this house and you are always strong when you must going on a fast and l love your mother and father and Claudia. I am coming tonight.

July 17
I liked it when your father did put the house in the prayer request. And I love you and your mother and father and Claudia. I am coming tonight. [Charis was asleep when I came from late shift work that evening. She did not see me entering this request into our prayer book of request, but the Lord did to my amazement].

July 18
You and your mother and father were very strong and you [Charis being only 9 and half years then] were very strong to go till half past six [18:30] and I love you and your mother and father. I am coming Wednesday.

July 19
You and your mother and father must continue to pray for the house for a month starting today and You won’t lose this HOUSE in Jesus' Name. I love you and your mother and your father and Claudia. I am coming Sunday morning.

July 25
You and your mother and father must pray for another five (5) people. You must pray for My son…









Stay blessed and focused on Christ; be faithful, enduring and praying.

Blessed grace,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, September 22, 2014

How to Know God is Testing You

“The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 13:3b NIV).

Fellow brethren, I would like to reiterate that the subject line for our weekly articles on this website is given every Saturday evening to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. As it is, the Lord is also responsible for the visions that we share on this website. Therefore, those who have been looking forward for visions from the Lord on this website, please pray and be patient; the Lord will provide as He wills. He is surely testing many of us, knowing that people only like to read His visions and not His messages. The Lord is testing our faith!

Furthermore, the messages that we present here might not be new, but they are refreshing as we also include some practical visions and messages from the Lord, including actual experiences to augment our message.

Why Does God Test Us?

In last week's article, we discussed how God does not create evil nor tempt us to do evil (James 1:13). The Bible also warns us against testing God (Deuteronomy 6:16; Matthew 4:7). However, God does test us, and in this article we will discuss how to know when He is testing us.

The dictionary defines test as when "the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; a means of trial or process of assessing".

God searches the hearts – He sees, hears and knows ALL things (Jeremiah 17:10; Romans 8:27; Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 3:20; Rev 2:2, 19; 3:15); He does not test us in order to learn or know what we do, but He does this to humble us, so that in the end it is for OUR OWN GOOD, that all may go well with us (Deuteronomy 8:16; Job 7:17-18 NKJV).

Some of the reasons why The Lord tests us or allows us to be tested include the following:

1. To see if we will be obedient and follow His commands:
  • Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions (Exodus 16:4).
  • “…I will use them [the nations Joshua left when he died] to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord and walk in it as their ancestors did” (Judges 2:22; 3:1, 4).
  • “On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4).
2. So that the fear of the Lord will keep us from sinning:
  • Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning” (Exodus 20:20).
3. To know what is in our hearts and see if we love Him with all of our heart and soul:
  • But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him [King Hezekiah] about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart (2 Chronicles 32:31).
  • Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts (Psalm 139:23).
  • “You must not listen to the words of that [false] prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him” (Deuteronomy 13:3-4).
4. To reward us for obedience and prepare us for heaven:
  • Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him (James 1:12).
5. To prove if our faith is genuine:
  • “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7 NKJV).
6. To fulfill His will, purpose and promises to us:
  • Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph's character (Psalm 105:19 NLT).
For reference purposes, God tested Abraham to offer his only son, Isaac, as a a burnt offering.   Abraham,was willing to obey God's command completely, until the Lord intervened and provided a ram for the sacrifice (Genesis 22:1-12). His attitude and response was one of faith and obedience. In this account, we don’t see Abraham questioning God; instead He complied with God’s command in a submissive and obedient attitude. It is important to know that God knew Abraham before he was (Psalm 139:16). Therefore, for the benefit of us who wondered why was it necessary for God to test Abraham if He knew how he would respond, this was for Abraham's own benefit, so that he might know God and have a personal experience with the Father. A living faith in God expresses itself in action in order to make our experience real with Him.

Similarly, in our everyday relationship with our families and friends, what shows our interest in them is what we do for them; they value and respond to that. Abraham’s faith was an act of obedience and an expression of love to God (Genesis 26:5; John 14:15). It must be remembered that the Christian faith involves test and such tests measure our faith, attitudes and seriousness in our relationship with God (Jeremiah 17:10). When we are being tested, we always respond from our self-will (Luke 22:42). In this regard, our will is in agreement with God’s command in an active response which we know as faith.

How Do You Know God is Testing You?

We should not blame God when bad things happen. This often happens when we confuse being tested by God with falling into temptation, and suffering the consequences of our own folly, sins or unbelief as a result of allowing Satan to wreak havoc in our lives.

Usually, God's testing can come in two ways: Firstly, we can ask the Lord to test our faithfulness, as David did, when he asked The Lord to examine his heart and mind and determine that he was true to Him (Psalm 26:2; 139:23). Secondly, The Lord can also test us, or allow us to be tested, as He pleases – as was the case with Job (Job 1:12), Abraham, and the Israelites.

When many people go through testing and trials, they immediately start to complain, have strife, feel pity, or look to others for help or "bail-out", when all that is needed is to have faith, pray and look to God instead. For example, when the Israelites were tested at the Waters of Marah and Elim, they grumbled and complained against Moses. But Moses cried out to the Lord who showed him a piece of wood which he threw in the water and the water became drinkable (Exodus 15:22-26).) Moses trusted God and his faith was an act of obedience. These tests are opportunities to show and grow good fruit.

So, how can we tell whether God is truly testing us? Here are some of the ways to identify when our testing is from God:
  1. When trials come your way even though you are walking blameless and upright, fearing God and shunning evil (Job 1:8; Daniel 3:17-18).
     
  2. When you are genuinely and sincerely seeking a closer walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, and ask Him to examine your heart (Psalm 17:3).
     
  3. When the Lord has made specific promises to you, you believe, and trials come your way before the promises are fulfilled, as was was the case with Joseph (Psalm 105:19 NLT).
     
  4. When, after seeking the Lord, we get into situations where we must make a choice between right and wrong (Daniel 6:6-13). God is pleased with integrity (1 Chronicles 29:17a) and never tempts us to do anything wrong (James 1:13).
     
  5. God tests our hearts (our desire for Him and our obedience to His word) leading to a closer relationship with Him and salvation of our souls (1 Chronicles 29:17a; 1 Pet 1:6-9); Satan tempts our hearts in order to lead us away from God and His will (Matthew 4:1-11), causing us to desire and pursue worldliness (including material or outward things and spiritual falsehood), and eventually end up in hell (Romans 6:23).
Brief Testimony on God Testing Us

Briefly, as a family and ministry we have been subjected to many tests from the Lord and I have well chronicled most of them in an article titled Obedience Through Test. We often don’t know when God is testing us. He can use anybody and any situation, for example: a beggar asking for money (Acts 3:1-5); or someone losing their money bag and you knowingly picked it up but kept quiet; someone cursing you and you retaliate (2 Samuel 16:5-13); you are lied to and flow with it (1 Kings 13:16-18); or you are in a situation where you feel “stuck” and need God help but you don’t faithfully pray (2 Chronicles 16:12).

Admittedly, tests are not always pleasant experiences; however the testing of our faith is part of the Christian walk, and it produces good fruit such as patience/perseverance (James 1:3). By the test, God is refining our faith (Psalm 66:10; Job 23:10; Zechariah 13:9). It is necessary for one simple reason: to see if we trust and agree with God; after the testing the Lord has reserved a blessing (Hebrews 12:2; 2 Timothy 4:8). While the Lord is going to reward us (materially or otherwise), spiritually our relationship with Him is growing in love, trust and obedience. Test from God is not a torment or suffering, but a test of obedience and endurance. During testing, we are ‘pruned’ to obey and surrender fully to God. He is teaching us to put our reliance on Him (Deuteronomy 8:2).

Before the Lord blessed us with our own vehicle, my wife and I, along with our ministry people, walked back and forth between our witnessing destinations and home. There were also times after our evening prayers when my wife and I would walk our fellow prayer partners home, leaving each person in front of their homes before we made our way back home. Those were times of great test; God saw our commitment and He graciously blessed us with our own means of transport.

In addition, one of our tests that the Lord gave us was that we should take in and care for a mother, her two children, and two additional girls – five people in total. I earned about $80 a month, from which we had to reserve for my monthly transportation costs to work and our mortgage. It was little but we had contentment and peace. Through all these, the Lord was faithful to provide and supply all of our needs (Philippians 4:19); we made it through by His grace!

In conclusion, brothers and sisters, the Lord tests us for our good. He has also promised us that “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13). So,let us be encouraged to stand firm in our faith and persevere through tests from the Lord, or trials and temptations from the enemy, that we may receive the victor’s crown that the Lord has promised to those who love Him (James 1:12).

May God’s tests refine you like silver and test you like gold, that the genuineness of your faith – which is of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proven and result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed (Psalm 66:10; Zechariah 13:9; 1 Peter 1:7).

Have you been going through tests and trials lately? If you desire true refuge in a close 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.

God’s peace and abundant grace be upon you,

Brother Glenn.