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.