Monday, June 30, 2014

Accepting Rebuke From God

Important: We are sharing a short but powerful vision from the Lord at the end of this article, and also under our Visions Section.

Brethren, it is a great honour and privilege to hear from the Lord Jesus Christ the way we do. I am not mentioning this grudgingly, but with much appreciation and humility. This privilege has its own cross and from the articles you will learn that in all the love the Lord has for us; He expresses His Holiness to us through the rebukes we receive from Him.

There are people who wish that we are wrong on our testimony and witness so that they may be free to return to wicked living. The Lord told us that many people consciously follow deceptive teachings and doctrines because they think that is a way out for them to indulge in wickedness. In other words, when a church or denomination overlooks certain sins (which sometimes are simply sugarcoated as "issues") and does not preach against them, people become more comfortable with that message while they continue to live in their sins. This leads to a fruitless life in Christ and He has no use for them in His service (Matthew 3:10). The Lord Jesus Christ says they are selective in their obedience to Him, and such selective obedience will only earn such people His wrath (Romans 1:18; Romans 2:5-11).

Our Confession and Testimony

Therefore, for your edification, our testimony is from the Lord and nothing the Lord ever has told us or others proved to be false. So then, we say to the whole world our testimony and message is directly from the Lord Jesus Christ, Messiah of the world who died on Calvary, rose from death and ascended to the highest Heaven, and is now seated at the Right Hand of God the Father. This confession and testimony is true, reliable and from God. We are appointed to testify to what we hear and see the Lord do in our lives. He Himself proves to you that it is Him, Christ Jesus speaking by the mighty visions we share with you as He makes them available.

The Lord Rebukes the Heaven Bound

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastens everyone He accepts as His son” (Proverbs 3:11-12).

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as His children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of Spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:6-11 HCSB).

Anyone, who claims to hear from the Lord and lives a double life and being purposely disobedient to the Lord is a liar. With this, I am not saying we are perfect; surely we are not! The Lord does not encourage disobedience, neither does He reward us for being disobedient. We have made this point clear in the Blessings From The Lord article. Briefly, I mentioned that the Lord does not bless the disobedient, nor does He continue speaking to those who despise His Word (1 Samuel 28:15; Psalm 18:26; Deuteronomy 28:15).

We also mentioned that the Lord knows a heart that has an appetite for sin and He knows when our motive is deliberate or if we sin in ignorance or by mistake.

Back in 2010 when the Lord started speaking to us, at first He used to allow us to live our lives the way we used to. Admittedly, we led a pretty religious lifestyle, worldly, lukewarm, and sinning deliberately as the opportunity presented itself. Are you familiar with this? Of course! We all do take advantage of God’s forgiving nature, so we sin and bank on asking the Lord to forgive us later, only to repeat sinning again. After the Lord established this ministry, He commanded a sister who used to fellowship with us and attend our services to pray and fast for two (2) weeks. Without divulging the nature of her problem, she had some grave struggles with faith and personal sinful issues. After her fasting, the Lord revealed the problems to her condition. From a human point of view, the message the Lord gave her sounded very embarrassing. This led her to question the Lord and to have an endless pity party. Brethren, let me caution you frankly: The Lord is not happy with Christians who are pitying themselves, for self-pity results in rebelliousness against the Lord (see Self-Pity and Our Relationship with God article). He has rebuked countless people who pitied themselves.

Furthermore, after this sister’s rebuke and so that we might not feel proud looking down on her as if judging her, the Lord started to give each one of us in this family and ministry a message of rebuke to humble us before Him. He did so to prove to us that no one is righteous and innocent before Him (Romans 3:10-12; 2 Chronicles 6:36). In this way, we are taught not to look down on others but that we have weaknesses ourselves. Therefore, the many brothers and sisters who got Word of rebuke from the Lord through Charis can rest assure we are even more humbled than you, because that serves as a warning to us not to boast (2 Corinthians 10:17).

Rejecting God’s Rebuke Means No Heaven

There Lord showed us in Scripture that no matter how mighty and powerfully He might use a person, no one is above His correction (Mark 8:33; Luke 9:37-56; Numbers 12, 20:12). I have had people writing to me disputing a vision or message the Lord gave concerning some pastor or prophet. These people believed our testimony and even got word for themselves from the Lord proving their works, but the moment the person they favour is being exposed for some error, they blame me and say that word is not from God. They would offer no evidence to prove God wrong nor Charis because she does not even know the people God is rebuking. She, like all God’s prophets, just obeys by saying what she has heard and seen (Acts 4:20).

My wife and I are often at the receiving end of rebukes from the Lord. When the Lord announces through Charis that He would bring me or anyone else a message, with it He lays a heavy burden of fear for Him in our hearts and that in itself is a torment more than the actual rebuke. Those who can identify with the rebukes from the Lord can testify that it stings… Ouch! But once you humble yourself, repent and obey, the Lord changes you, you bear fruit, and are filled with joy. Humbling accepting rebukes has eternal benefits, as the Scriptures declare: “Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up” (Hosea 6:1 NKJV). “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty" (Job 5:17 NKJV).

I must mention this: there were some brethren who welcomed and whole-heartedly accepted good messages of encouragement from the Lord, but some of them became silent after receiving a word of correction from the Lord. This is childish and self-righteous; we must be humble and childlike in taking a scold from the MOST HIGH. He does not criticise us like people do; HE CORRECTS US. THE JUDGE SET US RIGHT WITH HIM WHEN HE ISSUES A LOVING REBUKE (Proverbs 3:11-12). The Lord recently rebuked a pastor who demanded an answer from Him. The Lord was not pleased with Him and He earned himself a stinging rebuke. He did not take it well and that was very dishonourable against the Lord. While this pastor was not the only one who ever scorned the Lord’s rebuke, we do expect servants of God who serve the Word to others to be humble and submissive to the Lord. As it is, the Lord has established this ministry as a global messenger of His word and rebukes; the pastors, prophets and all those whom the Lord has warned elsewhere on this website should heed the voice of the Lord and repent. He is rebuking them out of love and concern for the flock not to be led astray.

Finally, I was myself rebuked severely by the Lord for not appreciating His messages. To my delight, He told Charis not to be afraid but to continue to take His message to me so that He can get me into Heaven. Brethren, as hard as this message hit my ego, I submitted to the Lord knowing my entry into Heaven depended on my obedience to Him and not my knowledge (Hebrews 12:14). Honestly, there was a time when I felt “persecuted” by the Lord due to the many rebukes I received. There were even times when I felt like leaving the ministry, but like Jonah I discovered where can I hide from the Lord and my sins (Jonah 1:17). Through it all, I have learned to appreciate the Lord’s rebukes no matter how I feel; it is meant for my salvation. While I am alive to preach the gospel and to testify about Christ Jesus, for no credit to myself, I will use the Lord’s discipline of me to save everyone who aspires to make it to Heaven (Proverbs 24:11).

Apart from me there are many brethren both here in South Africa and abroad who took some serious rebukes from the Lord with remarkable humility, and in one of my own rebukes the Lord commended these brethren. Therefore, consider the Lord’s rebuke of kings and prophets (2 Samuel 12:13; Jeremiah 28:15-17)some yielded and got deliverance, but those who rejected God’s rebuke missed His glory.

In conclusion, I pray that you will take the Lord’s rebukes seriously through these teachings. The Lord's love should be our motivation to humbly and gracefully accept correction from the Him, just as Peter kept loving Jesus in spite of the harsh rebukes that He received from the Lord (Mark 8:33; John 21:17). As Jesus Himself said: "Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne (Revelation 3:19-21 NIV).


Vision about Jehovah Witnesses

“On the 25th of June 2014 after our 06:30 a.m. prayer time, I (Charis) had a vision from the Lord. I saw myself standing outside in our yard on a fine and sunny day. I was playing with our dog outside when I noticed two men (Jehovah’s witnesses) standing by our gate. In their appearance, these men looked very old, tired and used.

As I approached the gate, they left in a hurry. Suddenly the Lord put words in my mouth and I heard myself saying to them in a loud voice: “I am a born-again Christian and I believe in the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ!” The Lord made me hear what was in their hearts as they simultaneously replied: “We are tired of hearing that story over and over again; the ‘Jehovah’s’ [Watchtower Movement] are wearing us out”. End of vision!

Interpretation of Vision

The Lord is calling people who are caught up in the Jehovah’s Witness religion to repent and come to Him. The Lord says their appearance shows their lack of life and the Holy Spirit. The Lord says they must STOP rejecting the Scriptures and following the deceptive teachings of their leaders. The Lord says even though some of them are tired of having their message rejected and hearing the truth being confessed to them, they still just continue in their false beliefs.

Blessed Grace,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Having a Favourite Between Your Children

Note: In our opening to this article, the Lord told me use the words He gave Charis when He transferred her in the spirit to the Statue of Liberty in America (see Pastor’s Repent article). From the pinnacle of the free world’s symbol of freedom, the Lord Jesus Christ made her say these words to all peoples everywhere: “People, this Word (waving the Bible) is for children, adults and older people, and for all generations. People, this is a teaching from the Lord but you don’t seem to care!” Please do not despise the Word of God and the message He gave us to proclaim to you; it is for your edification, salvation and for the future Heavenly heritage of your children.

Important! To emphasize the importance of practicing equal love and not showing favouritism amongst our children, the Lord had me write again on this subject. I have therefore partially reworked the Love Your Children Equally article. Like I said below and experienced myself, favouring one child over another leads to bigger problems in the home and society.

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have Him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant [Annoyed at an unfair treatment of children]. He said to them, let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:13-14).

The above Scripture is prominently quoted, but with no action! The Lord was visibly annoyed with His disciples for denying children access to Him. This led Him to make the most powerful statement about children and their role in the kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom is theirs by God’s Sovereign choice. I am referring to children who are under the age of accountability, which according to our Lord Jesus Christ is eight (8) years. This is what He confirmed twice to us through Charis when He rebuked an eight year old girl for deliberate sinful behaviour and He said: “Joan must stop doing wrong things because eight year olds can also go to Hell”.

In a vision, the Lord showed Charis a woman standing in her kitchen with three children. One child was her daughter and the other two children were not hers. These children were all standing one after the other when the woman in the vision suddenly gave sweets to one child while ignoring the other two children. Then someone came in from outside entering the kitchen door and said: “That is unequal treatment of children”. Immediately, after this vision Charis was shown another vision; this time she saw a mother with four of her own children, two boys and two girls. The children were between 10 and 12 years old. In the vision, the Lord made her feel this mother’s strong hatred for her two girls and her favouring love towards her two boys. After these visions, she heard the voice of the Lord saying to a mother in our ministry who was favouring one child above the others: “My daughter W must love her children equally”. This was a similar warning the Lord gave my wife not to have a favourite between our children.

God Loves and Upholds Equality

I am careful not to deviate from our message, but it won’t hurt to mention the following as an encouragement. The Bible categorically associates the Lord with virtues such as justice, righteousness and faithfulness to mention but a few of God’s attributes (Psalm 7:8-11; 2 Thessalonians 1:6; Isaiah 45:18-21). This should undeniably be His children’s desire to be like Him. The Bible makes a loud appeal to people and leaders everywhere to exercise justice and righteousness (Matthew 7:12; Exodus 23:1-9; Colossians 4:1).

When God placed humanity on the earth, He gave them social laws to foster co-existence (Isaiah 1:17; Zechariah 7:9-10; Jeremiah 22: 3; Matthew 7:12; 1 John 3:17-18). These and many other Scriptures echo the same message of fairness. The result of wars and conflict in the world are based on two powerful pillars of evil, namely GREED and Injustice. As it is, peace is denied an entry into human society because man is possessed by these evils and all we see in this world is greed, hurt and death!

Where Did We First Learn to be Unequal?

As children, we have all learned to practice selfishness at home. While I do recognize that selfishness is innate and part of our human nature, we as parents must not encourage this kind of behaviour in our children. Our responsibility is to teach our children to unlearn selfishness. Sadly, today’s message to our children from the mass media portrays selfishness as a way of life. The Word of God says: “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:7). Our refuge and escape from sin is obedience to God. We have been given the tools to master sin and do right. We have the Bible as our rule of living, the spirit of faith, obedience, prayer and the Holy Spirit who guides and convicts us (John 16:8). These are potent weapons that mightily attack ‘self’ which is feeding onto worldly desires (1 John 2:15-17). Remember, Satan likes to inflate our egos to show us our self-importance – let us therefore guard against this evil (Genesis 3:4-5).

Furthermore, as a parent myself, I had to learn to respect my children as human beings with feelings and not just to demand respect and compliance from them. My wife and I have been repeatedly rebuked by the Lord for infuriating our children. In addition, I strive daily to bring my children up in the ways of the Lord and I teach them to fear God more than us their parents (Ephesians 6:4). If we practice favourite love at home, our children will also practice favourite love to a parent. This inevitably leads to strife between mom, dad and the other children. Lord Jesus, please save us from houses with no peace and discipline!

It is easy to love when we have only one child, but the more children one has the greater the challenge and responsibility. Children compete against one another for our attention, and as parents instead of favouring one, which leads to spoilt brat status, we should encourage them to love and support one another, because “a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17: 17b NIV).

It is considered a blessing to have more children (Psalm 127:3); we must also therefore guard against loving one child more than the other(s), like Jacob did (Genesis 37:3). Jacob loved Joseph more than his other children and this led to Joseph being ill-treated and hated by his brothers. Equally, I have seen how favoured children are abused by others. Therefore, the home, and not the school or church, is the place where we should teach and practice to teach our children fairness and respect for others. We are called to treat others as we desire to be treated (Matthew 7:12); this is equality which cancels out favouritism. If we favour or love one child more than our other children, are we not sinning? Yes we are! Now, not only are we sinning, but also we are preparing children who will transfer this behaviour into society. In return, this unequal treatment of others, which our children adopted from us, will become a well-accepted practice in society.

How to Practice Equal Parenting

Our success in equal parenting is dependent on our personal sense of fairness or justice. When we lack integrity and honesty, we will make poor parenting choices and this will result in many troubles for us with other people and God. I’d rather teach my children how to live with others in society than have society as my enemy because of being biased. I tell you this; prudent and discerning children will blame you later in life for the poor example you set for them. Kindly allow me to state this, when you do not treat children equally you are preparing your children for HELL because you are working against God’s model for raising Godly children (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4). In addition, my beloved brethren, we must remember that it is not about us or how we feel, but what is important to God and how it will affect our children’s future and destiny.

Before I turn to testimonies, I would like to add the following for your encouragement. It is our Biblical duty as parents to instruct our children in the fear of the Lord as the above Scripture (Ephesians 6:4) says. It is also our duty as parents to listen to them when they relate their failures and experiences with others. This is invaluable feedback to you to impart or encourage more corrective behaviour.

In the home, children must all feel equally loved. When a child comes to us, as parents, to complain about someone else’s behaviour towards them, we must act to help rectify the problem. It might be some misunderstanding or a problem that requires a just recourse. Failure to intervene when children bring a dispute to us may lead to rejection and some children will get the impression that you do not care about them.

I will use my own upbringing as an example of this. As a child, I grew up with my four sisters and our parents. I was about seven years when my father left home to live with another woman. This badly affected us and especially my mother who resorted to drinking. She became negligent and one of our aunts took care of us. My aunt had children of her own (my cousins) and she practiced gross inequality. Consequently, we suffered unfair verbal and physical abuse. I am not saying this so as to be pitied; I have heartily forgiven and love everybody who made our lives hell.

Sadly, the treatment we received inevitably made me very stubborn, rebellious and hateful. During this ordeal I desired a normal childhood like other children who had their parents. This abuse resulted in me withdrawing from others and it badly affected my relationship with others. I lost my self-confidence and this led to more trouble for me from my peers. In short, I became their scapegoat and laughing stock. This unlovingness I received at home and among my peers generated bitterness in me. I became more defensive and as a result, I transferred it to others, and despite my being saved now, they are still carrying that wicked behaviour today in society. This is the short story of unfavourable love.

It took the GRACE and the LOVE of the Lord Jesus Christ to CHANGE me from this destructive way of life. I am not asserting that all abused or unequally treated children end up like I did; mine has a happy ending in Christ Jesus, and for this I am eternally grateful.

Parents, do you love one child more than the rest? Are you willing to repent from your sins and start loving your children equally? If you are willing, please pray this Prayer of Sincere Repentance.

For questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed love,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Appreciating the Way You Look

Have you noticed how the world is in rebellion against God and Christians are sacrificing their salvation in exchange for attention and acceptance? Many Christians have decided not to wear the image of God and Christ any longer, but the image according to the worldly pattern. If you have seen some gospel star or famous preacher using his/her image to attract you, beware! Satan is using their “freedom” to liberate you to sin. As a ministry we endure a lot of persecution, but we will continue to proclaim the word of God out loud.

Also, at the end of this article, we are sharing a short vision the Lord gave us. This vision is not our way of showing off, but rather how pleased the Lord is by our obedience and submission to Him.

The Perfect Work of God in People’s Appearance

"For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I will praise You, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well" (Psalm 139:13-14 HCSB).

The Scripture above is most definitely not what many people think about themselves. Instead, they think that God has made their appearance imperfect. In this Scripture, King David was expressing his appreciation to the way God made him. In addition, King David also knew God was interested in the condition of his heart (Psalm 51:17).

Furthermore, when Moses the servant of the Lord complained to God about his physical disability, God told him to appreciate the way he was created (Exodus 4:10-12). God did not change his condition right there even though He could do so; instead He charged Moses to appreciate and accept his condition, for God was pleased to have made him like that. If God was displeased, He surely would have changed Moses' condition!

Likewise, the Lord sent the prophet Jeremiah to the potter's house to observe him while he was busy moulding his clay. Strikingly, Jeremiah observed that the potter 'made it as it seemed right for him to do' (Jeremiah 18:1-4 HCSB). This illustration about the clay in the potter's hand is indicative that the clay is powerless in the hands of the potter. It has no ability to transform itself; it thus relies on the discretion and intelligence of the potter. Is humanity not like clay in the hands of the Lord God Almighty? (Isaiah 64:8). He fashioned each one of us according to His Will and for His good pleasure (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:13).

Meanwhile, this generation is more concerned about their image and their appearance than their walk with God; they are more aware about how they look in the eyes of others than in the sight of The Lord. They appreciate and value everybody's opinion about them instead of God’s opinion (John 5:44). Like we said in the article Women in Pants and External Adornments, people's motive is to feel attractive and acceptable to others. They want to be complimented and they use “image” to garner respect from others. In their insecurities, they have allowed others to be their judge and to determine the value of their conscience. The pressure of conformity has robbed many God fearing Christians of their testimony (Romans 12:1-2).

Why Are You Ashamed of Your Appearance?

When the Lord called to Adam and Eve in the Fruitful Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:9-11), they were ashamed of their appearance because they had lost their innocence before God. Similarly, many of us are haunted by negative thoughts about ourselves. We are conscious that we are not looking good enough to receive acceptance from others. We feel intimidated and inferior to other people who have the physical attributes that we don't have. So what do we do? We deny and disown ourselves and we embark on the inevitable task of transforming ourselves into the image of man, animal, and even demons. We want to be somebody else, but ourselves.

Furthermore, who told you that you don't look good enough? The answer is twofold: firstly, it is the devil with his smooth-talking voice through the media, using a face to represent his desire for your appearance, and secondly, it is those never- satisfying worldly desires we all have (Ephesians 6:12; Galatians 5:16 ). Let me put it this way: if you allow worldly desires to control you, you are defeated by the flesh (Romans 13:14). The weakness of succumbing to the demands of worldly acceptance more than what is desirable to God is eating away at our salvation. Let us reject the devil's lies and accept the Lord's truth about ourselves; you look good enough. You are "...fearfully and wonderfully made.." (Psalm 139:14).

My fellow Christian brethren, the devil, through the world system, is making the world a desirable place for the flesh, and he is sucking you into his web of deceit. The Lord Jesus Christ told us that those who follow after the image of the world will perish! (1 John 2:15) Like King Saul, we fear the voice and opinion of man more than God's commands (1 Samuel 15:24). Recently, The Lord rebuked somebody for feeding onto worldly desires. When we asked the Lord what He meant by that, He replied and said: "Everything a human being does wrong is worldly" (1 John 2:16).

As followers of Christ Jesus, we should consider what is important to The Lord rather than what is important to us. The Lord told us that those Christians who are disobedient and transform their appearance are seeking acceptance from the world, contrary to what He commanded us not to conform to the standards set by the world (Romans 12:1-2). There was a girl in our midst who desired to be a boy in her heart. The Lord revealed this wickedness to us in power and she confessed to it. He told her to appreciate the way He made her, and that her appearance is not for her good but for His, and that He made her the way she is (Romans 14:7-8). How many times do we read the headings such as "A boy or girl trapped in a boy or girls body"? In this world, people's hearts are rebellious against God and the counsel of His Word.

As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Messiah who died and rose again, I am not ashamed about how I look and the message He gave me to proclaim. We judge no one, but the message we received from God is a message of judgment against sin. If you therefore change your appearance or looks, you are sinning and show no appreciation to God for the way He made you. If we pursue our own image, we are rebelling, disobeying and despising God's Word. If we are driven by an inferiority complex to conform to the dictates of worldliness we allow our inner weaknesses to overcome us. Those who are transforming their image are exposing their inner weakness and their shame is evident on the outside. Beware of the smooth talk of the so-called image experts; they are servants of Satan to destroy your soul. For the soul suffers when we give in to the flesh (Mark 8:36; Matthew 10:28). Therefore, wise up and trim your inner image according to the working of the Word of God (Ephesians 3:16-21).

Finally, as I conclude on this subject, beware of those "prophets" who encourage you into worldliness. They are the ones who want to boast on how they liberated you, while they take away your innocence and boast that they are sent to set you free. Only the The Lord Jesus can set you free (Luke 4:18; John 8:32). These "prophets" enslave you to worldly appetites; they want you to feed onto fleshly desires which are eating your salvation away.

Heavenly Vision of the Lord Being Pleased with This Family

Background: As a God fearing family, we are praying together every night while reading from the Scriptures. We also discuss the wrongs we did to one other and apologize. We use our evening devotional sessions to evaluate our mistakes and to learn from them. In our striving for complete obedience to the Lord, we allow the Word of God to settle our disputes and guide our conscience and decisions. Furthermore, we devote our days reading Bible while praying 3 times daily or more. This is not a religious ritual but a life of obedience and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Given to Charis on June 13, 2014

“After our morning prayers, I had a vision from the Lord regarding this family (Brother Glenn, his wife, 3 daughters and their Godly adopted daughter, Jaydeen) standing on plush green grass and each swinging around. While we were standing there smiling joyfully and playing with one another, I heard the THUNDEROUS yet audible VOICE of the Lord saying from Heaven, "I am very pleased with this family, because this family hasn’t done anything to hurt the Ministry, and even though this family makes little mistakes every day, it is not wicked things. It is only little mistakes, and I am pleased with this family, and I am going to bless this family for being so obedient to Me. This family’s example is obedience." The Lord paused momentarily, and I looked up and saw how we (the family) prayed the Lord’s Prayer together sincerely.  The Lord spoke up again and said, “This family has really shaped up since the time I spoke to them and I am well pleased with them!” END.

Blessed Grace in Christ,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Obedient and Disobedient Children

Note: During this past week, we sought the Lord in prayer in particular to give a message for our Muslim brothers and sisters. We share a very important vision from the Lord with Muslims worldwide at the end of this article. In Jesus name, we beseech you brethren not to despise the message and jump to the vision.

Slightly over two years ago, we wrote and posted an article on Raising Godly Children. In that work, we concentrated primarily on how to train and prepare children to serve the Lord. We drew sharply from our own experiences and the successes we enjoyed as a result of our children's obedience and co-operation. In this article, however, we will concentrate on the blessings of obedience and the Lord's displeasure with disobedient children. This article is therefore addressing children and parents alike.

The Bible says, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise., that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth" (Ephesians 6:1-3; Exodus 20:12). This order of authority in the house has been instituted by God Himself. When the Lord issued this command, He added a promise to it and that is to reward the obedient with long life. Truly, there is no higher reward than life itself (Luke 12:23). Everything else in this world apart from life is considered vanity; indeed it is true! Life is the most precious in God's sight, which Christ Jesus offered to all who would accept and obey Him (Ecclesiastes 1:14; John 3:16-18; Romans 6:23).

Obedience is Not Automatic

Obedience, as an act of respect and submission, is surely not an automatic or spontaneous response. Instead, we are taught to obey through words, actions and discipline. Without going into the entire psychological aspect of early childhood development, children often learn their behavior through the actions and words of others around them. As it is, children first experiment the things they learn around them to see if they are acceptable; they then adopt what is accepted and thereby learn new behavior. If an adoption of a bad behavior in a child goes unchecked or without correction, it results in a way of life. Therefore, systematically as we grow up as children, we resist correction and authority, thus resulting in disobedience.

Furthermore, let me clarify from the onset: I am not claiming to be an expert on this subject, but Biblically, and being a parent myself, there is something you could learn and apply. Also, remember the Holy Spirit of God is our teacher and He is a great help in matters like this (John 14:26 NKJV). I will therefore give account from my knowledge and experience.

A few years ago, I decided to take on two grown boys to come live with my wife and I. These lads were my own nephews (my sister's children). They were about 16 and 17 years respectively. I taught them all that was necessary for peaceful relations in the house and society at large. Like many of us, they “obeyed” only in our presence, but in our absence they behaved and lived at will, forgetting or disregarding all the good values we taught and disciplined them for. Does this sound familiar to you? Yes it does, and some of us still practice such hypocrisy when authority is not around to observe our actions.

Anyway, I started receiving some negative reports regarding the young men's behavior in our absence. On numerous occasions I would confront them with the reality of their actions, while exercising whatever reasonable means of discipline necessary. As it is, after sometime their rebelliousness shone through, which affected relations amongst us. They decided to return to their home and to their old habits and behaviors which they had suppressed while living with us. The clean, Godly lifestyle was usurped for worldly, pleasure seeking way of life. In regard to the above, the point I'm making is this: in the absence of nurturing God's Word as a foundation in a child, we have very little success in seeing them walking in obedience.

Disobedience is Rebellion

I have children of my own and I laid the foundation of the word of God in their lives through establishing it as a way of life (Proverbs 22:6). What is critically important is that what we teach, that we observe, so that we eliminate confusion and enforce spontaneously obedience. For the Bible says, "Furthermore, tell the people, this is what the Lord says: See I am setting before you the way of life and death" (Jeremiah 21:8). Therefore, we do not force our way of life onto our children, but through disciplined living and submission to God in humble reverence, they see and adapt to a life of joy that is burden free. In teaching our children obedience, we allow them to choose, while pointing them to the consequences of the choices they may make.

Scripturally, it is easy to walk and live in obedience to the Lord when we have had the Scriptures as a foundation (Proverbs 22:6; 2 Timothy 3:15). Generally, disobedient children give their parents grief and disgrace (Proverbs 10:1; 19:13; Genesis 26:34-35). This is the same spirit of disobedience they would carry onto their children and future generations.

Like I mentioned earlier, we lived with children that we taught in the ways of the Lord while they saw the way we lived (1 Thessalonians 1:5). Because the way of the Lord was in conflict with the way they were brought up, disobedience was an easy route. The Lord told us that disobedience is a demonic spirit that controls a person from the inside, resulting in rebellion against His will (Ephesians 2:2). Through various messages that came through Charis, the Lord encouraged our children to be obedient and He also warned them about Hell (Please see Dwight's Vision of People Going to Hell, given on November 9, 2013).

In conclusion, last year the Lord blessed a girl of 12 years with beautiful words of encouragement for her obedience to Him. When the Lord gave her the words, we could literally sense that the Lord was happy and well pleased with her. Parents, don't be afraid or ashamed to teach your children the Word of God; He will reward you and their obedience will be your delight (Proverbs 23:24; 29:17). Children, always remember that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10 NIV; Psalm 119:9). Obey your parents and submit to their authority; this is the right thing in the Lord, for the Lord has promised long life for the present and eternal life in the age to come (1 Timothy 4:8).

Vision of Muslims

Given to Charis on June7, 2014

"After our 06:30 morning prayers, I received a vision from the Lord. I saw myself standing in a weed field, surrounded by beautiful long, green grass. My eye sight appeared to be enhanced as I could clearly see things about 700 to 800 meters away. I saw hundreds of Muslim people bowing down in worship on withered or dried grass.

I then heard the Lord said, "Those people love the Lord Jesus Christ, but they are afraid and they are being forced to do what their hearts don't desire. I love all the Muslim people and I love everybody in the world and no one must think I don't care about them". After the Lord said these words, I felt a deep pity and love in my heart for those people I saw in the vision and for the unsaved people in the world, and I started crying while closing my face with my hands, and I said “thank you Lord for this message and vision". End.

Explanation:

This vision is not an attack against the Muslims; the Lord loves them and He wants to save them. The Lord Jesus Christ is calling Muslims around the world to come to Him and accept Him as Lord and Saviour. He loves them and all other people and He died for the sins of all humanity (John 3:16-18).

Blessed love,
Brother Glenn

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sleeping Too Much

Brethren, remember the Lord Himself provides subject lines for these articles, and we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our conscience when we write (Romans 9:1). This is for your growth in His grace and these articles are universal in scope. Christ did not send us to gather followers for ourselves but for His Kingdom. Therefore, so as not to limit the Word of God of its Power, we do not subscribe to a specific doctrinal position. As a result, the message we proclaim is basic; it is for the humble, for those who aspire maturity in Christ, for the truly God loving and God fearing. It is the Lord Himself who Shepherds you through these articles!

How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man (Proverbs 6:9-11 ESV).

Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare (Proverbs 20:13 ESV).

Sleeping Hours

The above Scriptures are directly speaking to the lazy and those who love sleeping. This is a habit many of us practice daily. This seems to be a very innocent sin, but the Lord does charge people to wake up!

Medically, it is recommended that an average adult may sleep seven to nine hours daily. Also, we know there are no known Bible verses that prescribes how long we should sleep. However, the current recommended sleeping hours is reasonable and well accepted everywhere. Therefore, for the benefit of the article, we will limit ourselves to the recommended hours.

There are side effects to when we sleep too much. For example, it has been found that too much sleep leads to heart problems and diabetes. Spiritually, this is as much a problem as it results in sicknesses physically. We have dealt with many demons that cause people to slumber and sleep during a preaching or deliverance session. Therefore, demons use such occasions to induce a temporary sleep while some demons have full possession of people who are habitual sleepers, that is those who sleep longer than the recommended hours. We are not referring to the occasional late sleeping over off days; we refer instead to habitual sleepers who clock 12 hours plus daily.

Furthermore, like the above Scriptures state, it is always the lazy people who sleep more hours because that gives them less hours for any bodily activity. Equally, there are people who are medically required to sleep long hours, and we exclude them from our subject. Our study concentrates on those who are lazy and those who are in the habit of late sleeping.

Unacceptable Sleeping Hours

Remember, if we have a daily routine that we follow, like work or some other activity, we make room for enough physical rest before we return to that activity. We are careful not to just sit around and interfere with our resting time unless there is something of importance we have to attend to, and only under such circumstances would we consider sacrificing our resting times (Acts 20:7-9).

Moreover, It is a widely accepted practice in society and in the workplace that late sleeping does not compensate, and morally it is unacceptable. The result of too much sleep is poverty and laziness (Proverbs 20:13; 6:9-11). When we are lazy we impact others and disobey God's command of work (2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Genesis 3:23). Therefore the lazy love sleeping, eating and getting free things.

I know many people whose parents allowed them to sleep and sleep, and consequently spoiling them into laziness. These sleepers are demanding and expect everybody to have sympathy on them because they have poverty as a friend (Proverbs 6:11). In addition, I also personally know some people who quit their jobs because they cannot get up so early to go and work. While others only work during summertime and not winter seasons. I recently had a conversation with a man who told me that his son, who fathered about three children, refuses to work during winter because it's too cold. He continued to tell me that this brat, his son, always has his mother's sympathy. Sadly, this mother, like many parents out there, are overcome by pity for their children, while allowing them to feed on their habit, which would later come back to haunt them. How? Well, they will be dependent on their parents for life. Shame is what you would have prepared for yourself by allowing them to feed on their shameful habit (Proverbs 13:18).

Overcoming Bad Sleeping Habits

Words of advice for those who suffer from insomnia: don’t go to the television or Internet, unless it is to build you up in Christ Jesus. Neither go to sleeping drugs; this too leads to addictions. I have been there before, and my solution against sleeplessness came through Bible reading and prayers at night.

I have had my own struggles with sleeping habits. When I grew up, I hated waking up early, but I had parents and guardians who would not allow me that luxury of late sleeping. However, when I went to live as a boarder at school away from home, the people I lived with allowed me to sleep late and they prepared basically everything for me, like my bath water and breakfast. So, I fed on my sleeping habit, which at times led to me oversleep, which in return led to shortcuts; you know what I mean. After I left boarding school, the sleeping habit was well entrenched in me. This gave me troubles when I got my first job, and especially when I lived on my own. I would be late for work, not once or twice, but actually quite regularly per week. This led to greater problem: absenteeism, resulting in lies, lies, and lies, which ultimately led me to lose my appetite for work and the end poverty, as I was unable to pay my monthly rent.

However, after I met Christ He became the light in me and that led me to arise early for prayer and also to have a sense of decency and respect for others, by honouring the agreements I committed myself to, and the result being peace and adequate supply of my needs (Proverbs 10:3-5; Philippians 4:13). Like I wrote in the Being on Time article, the Lord has set morning prayer times for our children and He also set proper wake up times for them which is the recommended times we cited earlier.

In conclusion, let us keep alert on our sleeping habits. When we have nothing to do during the day we naturally want to sleep; this will result in a bad habit. Rather, find something to do: take a walk, read, pray, witness, or listen to gospel music while worshipping the Lord. We live for Him, so our lives ought to be centered around Him (Colossians 3:1).

Be blessedly awakened in Christ,

Brother Glenn.