Monday, February 24, 2014

Mercy

Brief note to our fellow brethren:

We solemnly bless the Lord for our faithful readers. These weekly articles we post here are not in vain and they are not teachings we make up or think up on our own, but the Lord Himself says what we must write about. We are therefore right in saying that these are the Lord’s teachings. The teachings are basic and unambiguous. Also, many people have developed the habit of trying to explain complex prophetic utterances, and this is creating a lot of confusion and false interpretations.

Having said this, the Lord says He wants us to learn and apply the things we understand while we focus on Him. We asked the Lord on many occasions to explain and teach us some of the end-time prophesies since many people are claiming to hear from Him on these subjects. He told us He did not send some of them, but they are driven by their own curiosity, which is the reason why many of them are giving false utterances. Furthermore, the Lord said that we should hope in His second coming, but we must take in every teaching that builds us up in Him, producing fruits of dedicated and faithful service to Him in preparation for His appearance. The Lord said, in His own words: “Concentrate on the things that you can easily apply in your life and produce fruits of obedience while witnessing, and I will reveal future things at the proper times.”

God is Merciful

Simply put, mercy may mean “an act of kindness, compassion or favor.”  In other words, Mercy is applied and manifested when we have committed an offence. This holy attribute resides with the God-head (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) (Deuteronomy 4:31). In expressing the greatness of God’s mercy, Paul wrote “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV).

This is the most striking demonstration of Divine mercy, God’s great act of salvation in saving us as sinners from the just consequences of our sins and giving us forgiveness and eternal life (Romans 2:4; Titus 3:4-5; 1 Peter 2:3; Isaiah 63:9). Let me put it this way, NO RELIGION, NO MATTER HOW LOFTY AND WELL DEFINED ITS TEACHINGS MAY BE, COULD SUPERSEDE OR REPLACE THIS MERCIFUL REDEMPTIVE WORK OF CHRIST JESUS AND GOD’S ULTIMATE DEMONSTRATION OF HIS MATCHLESS KINDNESS TO THE HUMAN RACE.  We must not take this great mercy lightly (Romans 2:4).

When God bestowed this great mercy upon mankind, the angels of God rejoiced and praised Him for the grace He showed to us (Luke 2:8-14). Our Lord Himself repeatedly referred to this great mercy saying, "... No-one is good- except God alone” (Mark 10:18 NIV) and “I am the living bread that came down from Heaven…” (John 6:51 NIV). Beloved, prior to the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ and the demonstration of God’s Mercy, the reality that humanity was subjected to is best described in Romans 2:12-16. In this portion of Scripture, the reality of future judgement is partially revealed, showing us just how much kindness God extended to us.

Furthermore, in the rituals of the Old Testament, the sinners were dependent entirely on God’s mercy for their acceptance of God. It was God’s mercy, not their own religious acts, which saved them. In addition, God’s throne was called the Mercy Seat; it was the place where God symbolically sat and where He mercifully accepted sinners into His Presence (Exodus 25:21-22; Hebrews 4:16). Also, the Lord told me that many people think they are doing Him a favor by serving Him. Some, He says, are serving Him just for what they could get from Him while showing no love and obedience to Him. The Lord further said He provided His mercies for our salvation and rewards our obedience by answering our prayers and providing for our needs and in the correct quantities (Deuteronomy 28:2-14; Exodus 16:18).

Be Merciful

As children of God, we are commanded to be merciful and compassionate (Luke 6:36; 10: 36-37; Colossians 3:12, 1 Peter 2:10). By being merciful, we are demonstrating who is alive within us (1 John 4:4) and that His mercy is flowing through us into others. The Lord Jesus’ parables and teachings should serve as a constant reminder that God takes notice of the way we treat others (Matthew 5:7; 25:34-40). The Lord fully possessed the apostle Paul and all the apostles and the fruit of His will was evident in their lives, and they no longer lived for themselves but for the good of all mankind (Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 4:9-13). As it is, when we have allowed God to work His mercy through us, we show no personal interest in our own needs or ambitions, for the Lord takes care of these.

The Power of God’s Mercy

As a sinner, I was exposed to many dangers that could have ended my life and HELL would have been my destiny. Not that we are looking for people’s sympathy; God is the one we want to be seen glorifying for He alone is Mercy. Earlier in my life, I was run over by a big truck, but miraculously I sustained no permanent injuries and I escaped with my life; this is the sole truth. Another time, I was dosed with paraffin while asleep; I was healed of this.  I also escaped and survived knife battles. I could have been brain damaged when a huge pole fell right on my head; it left me completely dizzy and confused and lame in my feet as I could not walk. I was never treated in a hospital in all of the above cases, even though some people insisted to it.  God has demonstrated great patience and mercy to me. I give very great praise, Glory and honor to the Lord for His ultimate love and kindness to me. This I mentioned with a strong conviction. This is not a show of me; surely I am absolutely nothing! I am telling of God’s mercy.

In conclusion, I would like to share a short vision showing God’s mercy to my daughter Charis these past few weeks. The devil took full advantage of her condition. Charis is suffering from seasonal allergies. She experiences blocked nose and sneezing, etc. The last three weeks were a battle as she had breathing difficulties. She would feel as if something was sitting on her chest blocking the air and making it impossible for her to breathe. She would often scream for help with no sound, and the moment she receives relief she would pray. This past Friday she was again severely attacked and she almost died, but God had mercy on her and granted her just enough grace to pray by faith as she lay helpless, but still resisting the devil (James 4:7; Ephesians 6:16).

Yesterday morning (February 23, 2014) the Lord sent an angel who reported to Charis: “The devil wanted to end your life, but because you had strong faith and prayed, God showed His mercy to you and spared your life”. Let us therefore be merciful as our Heavenly Father has been merciful to us.

Blessed and Gracious Mercy to You in Jesus' Name,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, February 10, 2014

True Repentance

Repent and Be a Witness

Every truly born again believer has gone through the experience of repentance. This is where our relationship with the Risen Christ starts. Before you decide not to read further, please wait! The Lord has intended to use this message to help you in your own witnessing ministry. You heard me correctly: after your repentance, the Lord Jesus Christ called you to be His witness to the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20). While many brethren in the Body of Christ aspire for the official ministry titles, there are also others who want the ministry titles to show power and status, while only a few have no other desire expect to please the Lord through obedience and soul winning.

As we know, John the Baptist came as a witness from our Heavenly Father so as to reveal our Lord Jesus Christ to the world (John 1:32-34). He started out his ministry preaching repentance (Matthew 3:2). This was repeated by Peter on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38), and the apostle Paul went through a similar experience; he repented and was Baptized (Acts 9:18-22). Paul could not have been baptized without repenting first. Even though Luke does not mention repentance in this account, it was common practice among the brethren to preach repentance and encourage baptism as a sign of repentance (Matthew 3:11).

What is Repentance?

Some weeks ago, the Lord had us write an article on Salvation. As it is, there can be no salvation without repentance or being born again (John 3:3-8; Matthew 3:2; 4:17). Biblically, repentance means turning from sin to God (Deuteronomy 30:1-2; 2 Chronicles 6:26-27). Once we have renounced our sins through repentance, we sustain our salvation through our obedience to the Lord (Philippians 2:12-13). There are many people who have faith in God and the redemptive work of Christ Jesus, but let me tell you: faith that does not involve repentance is not true faith (Acts 20:21). That is most definitely not a faith that leads to salvation (Romans 3:22-25; Ephesians 2:8). This is the kind of faith the world has: historical knowledge about the work of salvation through our Lord Jesus, but no fruit of repentance which is obedience. Knowledge or belief alone is not sufficient, as the Bible says: "You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!" (James 2:19 NKJV) Therefore, obedience to the Lord is a yielding to the conviction of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:37).

The Bible says repentance involves a complete change in the heart, soul (mind, will and emotions) and a spirit of a believer (Ezekiel 11:18-20). It is more than just mere sorrow for sin; it is a total surrender to the Lord. True repentance is acknowledging our sins as deserving God’s judgment and turning from that sin to ask the Lord’s forgiveness (1 Kings 8:47-50). If we feel sorrow for our sins and we ignore the Lord, we act on self-pity. It is written, Godly sorrow leads to repentance and a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 7:9-10; Psalm 51:1-17). Our repentance proves its genuineness in a complete change of behavior (Luke 3:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 2:4-6).

In my daily witnessing, I have come across a lot of people who expresses great sorrow for their sins. Some even use this Scripture: “… God have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13-14 NIV), but they continue in their sin. This tax collector in the above Scripture repented unto obedience. How many of us reading here have sorrow for our sins but we never repent? Will you only feel sorry for your sins and even confess them to others in self-pity, but not act by faith coming from the Holy Spirit’s conviction and repent? We know the consequences of sin brings about God’s judgments (Romans 6:23). This message of repentance is for today, so come to the Lord today! Repent and follow the Lord in fearful obedience. Don’t give up on life; Christ is that life (John 14:6).  Accept Him, see He is calling you to Him in love (Matthew 11:28). Let me repeat what the Lord once told us: He said, “I will always love all people equally”. I therefore encourage you: don’t just sit there and say, "yes He loves me." Show Him love too by repenting of your sins and following Him in obedience (John 14:15).

We Must Be Committed and Faithful

The Lord told us that there are countless Christians who will miss Heaven. He attributes this to their disobedience to Him, further saying they are leading unholy lives. While people are being encouraged to confess and repent daily, continuing in our sinful actions is dishonoring the Lord.

I had a friend whom I witnessed the gospel to, and he told me that he takes out the ‘sinner’s prayer’ every morning as a prayer and reads it out loud to himself, while he continuously lives in sin with his girlfriend. I am not condemning him here or judging him; as a preacher of the gospel, I am Scripturally charged and called upon to preach against sin (2 Timothy 3:16). This is the trend today: people are confessing their sin(s) every day, but they go back to their sin. That is not true repentance; if that is you, my brother or sister, then you are playing with your salvation and not taking it seriously.

In our ministry, we had people whom the Lord rebuked for willful sinning (Hebrews 10:26). The Lord warned them about HELL for their disobedience. The Lord told me personally that He does forgive us if we made mistakes, but He will punish us for our purposeful disobedience.  In His rebuke of a young girl aged 9, the Lord told her that she loves sinning and then goes back to repent of her sins, and this was not pleasing to Him. Brethren, the Lord gave this message saying: “Many people say they have repented, but they repeat their sins without regard to My warnings”.

Recently, the Lord sharply rebuked a young man in our ministry for willful sinning. While this young man was attending regular fellowship service and witnessing with us, he lived a double life. The Lord said if He was to come at the time of the message He gave him or if he had died at that time, that young man would have missed his salvation and gone to HELL. I will share this young man's rebuke with you right here. Again this I share out of obedience to the Holy Spirit for your benefit.  It is not intended to "expose" or embarrass but through his rebuke we are appealing to you to walk in true repentance. Here follows the Lord’s rebuke of Sam (Not real name): “My son Sam is worldly, and My son Sam is busy with wrong things. My son Sam is an unfair person and My son Sam loves lying. My son Sam loves making empty promises and My son Sam is lustful”.

In the light of this rebuke from the Lord, how many of us can identify with some of the sins mentioned here? This message was given to a born again Christian. I have withheld parts of the full rebuke and only mentioned the most common things we are all familiar with. The Lord repeated this rebuke in a separate vision to Charis, adding more sins. This message was given to Sam as a warning to us.

Brethren, I encourage live your repentance daily remembering that “…without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Seek true repentance and live true repentance by honoring the Lord through obedience.  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.

Be Blessed in Repentance,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Being on Time

THANK YOU LORD!

As a ministry and God-fearing family, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for answering our prayers for a vehicle. Since the inception of this ministry more than 3 years ago, we trusted the LORD to bless us with our own means of transportation. During this time we faced many trials and disappointments from people and this was especially hard on our children whom we had to carry on foot and under all weather conditions. The LORD in His faithfulness worked in the hearts of God-fearing and soul winning conscious men to save up and buy transport for this family and ministry (2 vehicles). We give glory to the Lord and we pray that He blesses the brethren who exercised selfless love to Christ, souls and this ministry. These brethren, in their unselfish act, were not asked; they identified our need for transport given to our work and acted by the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT.

Before we begin today's article, we would like to also share about the new features we recently added to this website. You can now hover over the links to read Scriptures instead of clicking on the links always which opens a new window. For subscribers receiving the articles via email, you have to read the web version of the article in order to see the links and Scriptures. This also applies for mobile device readers as mobile devices require you to click on the link lightly in order to see the Scriptures in the web version.   Also, the other new feature is a tool on the top right which allows you to choose the version of the Bible you would like to read Scriptures in.

Late Coming is Disrespectful

The Bible does not address late coming directly, and the only reference in the Bible is the account about Amasa’s delay (2 Samuel 20:4-12). However, the Bible further stresses the importance of God having appointed times for the seasons and for His Judgements (Psalm 104:19; Acts 1:7; Daniel 2:21). In our study today we will address the question of being on time in the light of respect for God and others. I will also relate to actual incidents of late-coming by some of our own ministry members whom the Lord cautioned and rebuked.

Furthermore, when Peter and John went to the temple to pray, the Bible says: “One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon” (Acts 3:1). This was one of their hours of prayer; it was customary with the Jews to pray three times a day, (Daniel 6:10; Psalms 55:17). While this practice was not law, it showed obedience, devotion and faithfulness towards God. If we repeatedly honor an appointed time with God, we show Him obedience and that we are serious with our relationship with Him and this is what Daniel, David, John, and Peter did; since this was a Jewish custom the people followed the example of their leaders.

Also, it is ill-mannered and disrespectful to arrive late at a meeting or gathering after time has been arranged in advance. As Christians, not only are we dishonouring the Lord when we report late for church or work, we disrespect others and we communicate untrustworthiness, showing no care (Philippians 2:3). We are commanded to walk in love and habitual late coming is at best rudeness (1 Corinthians 13:5). I have heard many Christians saying when they were late that "the Lord will understand and I told the Lord I was going to be late". How dare you dishonour the LORD like that and His servants who considered their time less important to be on time! Don’t you know it is a principle of the Kingdom of God to be mindful of others (Philippians 2:4; John 3:16). In humility, STOP! STOP! your excuses and apologise to others to show respect and good manners and repent from coming late. A good name, a good reputation is important as a Christian (Proverbs 22:1). This means that we should be known as people of our word, trustworthy and dependable and not be known as always late, slothful, or unconcerned about others (Romans 12:11 ASV; Proverbs 22:29).

How The LORD Corrects Us on Time Keeping

Brethren, I am not going to apologise for repeating this statement: there are some "Christians" who consider faithfulness to God and obedience as works. Our faith is expressed through our obedience, which we can prove not otherwise to the unbelieving, but through our works of obedience (Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 119:30; Philippians 2:12). We must not allow laziness, slothfulness and ill-discipline to mar our good Christ-like public image.

In this ministry, our oldest member lives quite a distance away from our house where we conduct our services. This old woman walks on foot way before our service times in order to be on time for our services. Bless her heart! Due to her failing eye sight, she often fell but she never complained or threatened to stay away using distance or anything else as an excuse. In her zeal for the LORD, not even her unsaved husband through his quarrels can keep her from being late or skipping services. This is showing love for the Presence of the LORD and the brethren (Psalm 26:8; Psalm 133:1). For your encouragement, let me put it this way, it is only fed-up, lukewarm and disobedient Christians who find it a nuisance to spend maximum time in the Presence of God and in the assembly of the brethren. I say this because the Lord told us that many Christians purposely come late to avoid spending enough time in His Presence worshipping and praising Him and fellowshipping with other brethren.

In addition, I would also like to share another situation where a faithful sister in this ministry repeatedly came late for services. This precious sister offered excuse after excuse while we both encouraged and rebuked her at the same time. After repeated reprimands, the LORD added His voice to ours and rebuked her for disrespecting His time. Through repeated rebukes from the Lord, she still came late until the Lord gave her a final message on her late coming saying she was "disobedient" and a “late lover”. We shared some of these rebukes with the brethren and now share them with you as a warning: the LORD hates late coming!

Like we testified in some of our previous articles, and for the benefit of new readers on this site, the LORD Jesus Christ both runs, leads and sets the service and witnessing times for this ministry. Some two weeks ago, I was rebuked by the LORD through Charis for attempting to change our witnessing times.  The Lord said He would punish me for changing His commands; I repented and confessed my folly to the brethren.

Finally, for your encouragement on being on time, I would like to attach a few sentences and actual messages from the Lord to us about times set by the LORD and handwritten by Charis. Now people, as much as we like to share our experiences with the LORD, it is sometimes not easy; it is both embarrassing and some of the LORD’s rebukes hurt because it is the truth. We have learned to take the pain of the rebuke, repent and move on in obedience. I have hidden the names so as not to cause embarrassment to the people concerned. This we share not to show off, but to authenticate the teaching on time keeping the Lord gave us to share with you. We are said to be disciplined and dedicated in the workplace when we manage time efficiently; how much more when we must use time to honor the LORD, for the Bible says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men" (Colossians 3:23 NASB). Therefore, set up daily prayer times and be on time at your appointed prayer times, be early to church meetings and gatherings, honor the LORD, and live a Christ-driven disciplined life.

Time Keeping Messages from the Lord
Below are some messages that we have received from the Lord regarding keeping time. The pictures are scanned from the book where Charis records the messages from the Lord, and for clarity we have also printed the messages.

Message reads: "I have a serious message for My daughter S... tonight and I love My daughter S...
When the Lord delivered the message, He said: "My daughter S... hates time keeping and My daughter S... must rebuke people if they wrong, and I love My daughter S...


The Lord said, "The witnessing team must witness again from 08H00 to 22H00 starting tomorrow in Lawley 2".

The Lord said, "I will give My son T... a message on Thursday, and you [Charis], Jaydeen and Dwight must read Bible 09H00 every Saturday and Sunday and you [Charis], Jaydeen and Dwight must pray 12H00 every Saturday and Sunday, and I love you, Jaydeen and Dwight".

 
The Lord said, "The witnessing people must go witness tonight in 2nd Avenue from 19H30 to 22H00 and I love the witnessing people". The following evening the Lord congratulated us saying, "The witnessing people did a good job last night in 2nd Avenue and I love the witnessing people".

As you may see from the above direct messages from the Lord to us and our children, the emphasis is time keeping, which shows disciplined behavior. This is the God of the Heavens showing us proper direction in our relationship with Him. Many people have been blessed by the Lord's direct commands into their lives and we hope you will be blessed and encouraged too.

Be Blessed in Time Keeping,

Brother Glenn.