Monday, May 30, 2016

Being Uncompromising with the Truth as a Christian

“But we did not give up and submit to these people for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would be preserved for you” (Galatians 2:5 HCSB).

Vision of Economic Hardship in South Africa

Given to Brother Glenn on May 19, 2016

On the 19 May 2016, I (Brother Glenn) was shown a vision in which I saw that some economic hardship was going to hit some poor South African consumers (I knew it was South African because people spoke one of our local languages). I was in a big room with people and I heard how two women were complaining about food and transport costs that have gone up saying that they can't afford it. After listening them to the women, the vision changed and I saw a young man buying goods but he did not have enough money. I heard how he negotiated with the shop assistant for a discount but with no success. I also saw a letter been given to this young man by a young lady and I knew that it was a retrenchment letter. End!

Interpretation: The Lord is saying that some belt-tightening times are lying ahead and many households will be severely affected here in South Africa. Now, exactly when this will happen and how long it will last I don’t know! We would like to encourage the brethren to pray and those who are not saved to come to the Lord for refuge, for He will provide for those who trust in Him in trying times (2 Peter 2:9; Psalm 91:1-2).

Have you seen lately how Christians are being pressured to conform to the wicked ways of the world? As Christians, we are often faced with an uncomfortable challenge of living up to the truth of the Gospel. I mean uncomfortable because telling lies, slander, gossip, complaining and insulting others are almost ever-present phenomena which seem to follow us around. Furthermore, the Lord has purposely allowed Christians to co-habit with unbelievers to test and grow our fellowship with Him (Matthew 13:30). We also read that Lot’s righteous soul was tormented by the ungodly and wicked living of the people around him (2 Peter 2:8). It is a common fact the world over that not everybody embraces our Christian values and way of life. With Christianity being continuously marginalized, this further leads some Christians into isolation for fear of being insulted and mocked (Matthew 5:11).

How to Confidently Overcome the World as a Committed Christian

In our lead Scripture above, the apostle Paul assertively expressed his confidence in the gospel and the truth it represents. As a matter of principle, the apostle Paul was not swayed by people’s opinions and nor could their opinions alter or influence the truthfulness of the gospel (2 Corinthians 10:5). Instead, he fearlessly and unashamedly challenged ideas, beliefs and values which offered no hope (Acts 17:22-34; Romans 1:16). For the gospel, the Apostle Paul’s boldness was evident amongst the peoples of the known world the Jews, Greeks and non-Greeks (Romans 1:14). We may confidently say that the preaching of the gospel by the Lord’s witnesses was a declaration of the gospel’s power and truth as a solemn victory over myths, Satan and false religions (Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 8:4). The power of truth in Jesus name not only unmasked demonic influence over people’s lives, but it also displays its dominance over the power of Satan and evil (Acts 8:9-24;13:9-11).

In addition, the apostle John said “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4 ESV). Therefore, from the actions and faith of the Lord’s witnesses, we observe how they demonstrated their faith by overcoming their own weaknesses and the various opposition from demons and unbelievers (Galatians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 2:4). Their faith was closely connected to their love for God and the joy of the Good News being discharged by the Holy Spirit. As it is, their discouragement and sufferings were absorbed by their love for the truth, their fear of the Lord, and their hope in the Lord and His promises (Romans 8:18; Colossians 3:4; 2 Corinthians 4:17).

Standing Firm in Defence of Your Faith

Younger and new Christians often find it difficult to overcome the temptation of lying and leading compromising lives to please their friends. If you often feel oppressed and obligated to please your friends, colleagues, and non-believers, you may be certain that your faith is cold and inactive. This shows a distant relationship with the Lord. Our love for Him must be everywhere and present in what we do and say. Our attitudes and active faith overcomes feelings of inadequacy and being ashamed (John 14:23). As freed Christians we must resist such demonically oppressive feelings, which are vices that cause enslavement.

When the Apostle Peter's love for the Lord was tested, he responded in fear and denied that he knew the Lord and, as a result, he compromised his faith in the Lord (John 18:13-27). Years later, Peter was rebuked by Paul for compromising the truth of the gospel, highlighting that the gospel message is one and applicable to all people (Galatians 2:11-21). Whenever we do not want to take responsibility for something or help somebody, we sacrifice the truth and lie. We learnt this from a rebuke the Lord gave to a brother whose assistance was requested by a sister. The brother was not willing to help, so he lied. The Lord told him that he should not have lied. He thus compromised the truth!

In a vision to Jaydeen in December 2015, the Lord showed her how a young man who served in our ministry led a compromising Christian life when he was among his friends. Although he initially denied the evidence of the vision, his works came to light and he was sadly exposed for leading a double life. The Lord added that it greatly displeases Him if His children live double lives because this is misleading to the unbelievers and those who are weak in faith. Remember, we Christians are the light of the world and the salt of the earth and should "let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV). As we shared in a previous message, we are the Bible that Unbelievers Read.

The Lord has often led me, against my expectations, to address groups of people locally who were not saved. Being hesitant at times, I would first boldly declare my faith in the Lord as authority to present my message. Now whether they agreed with my message or not, I wouldn’t know but the power of conviction hitting those present is evident from their expressions and uneasy behaviour. Additionally, in my experience, people have often responded positively to the gospel when, as a Christian, I present the truth uncompromisingly. Occasionally, we would have to endure mockings with people rejecting the gospel, but this should not discourage us and lead us to take a compromising position or even give into feelings of guilt or inferiority.

We have had brethren being insulted and attacked by some unbelievers and people of other faiths. Knowing how that experience affected their confidence and faith, the Lord would give a message of STRONG encouragement to lift the brethren’s spirit while acknowledging their love for Him and their faith in Him. This served as an endorsement from the Lord to us to remain uncompromising and steadfast in our faith.

In terms of our union with the Lord and our relation to the gospel, a Christian should never feel or be led to feel that we owe the ungodly worldly answers to explain the state of the world or the state of suffering in the world. Such depressive questions and arguments are baseless and motivated by anger against God (2 Timothy 2:24). After having being born again, we unconditionally accepted the gospel truth and this is how we should be identified by the world.

To receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please start by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed regards in uncompromising Christianity,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, May 9, 2016

We are the Bible that Unbelievers Read

Notice, we will be posting the Christian marriage part III next week, God willing. Meanwhile, be encouraged by reading this week’s message and NEVER under-estimate the value of these messages they are meant to increase the fear of God in your life and PREPARE YOU FOR HIS KINGDOM! Warning, the Lord gave Charis a vision this past Friday morning (06/05/2016) saying that there are still some disobedient brethren who goes around calling people names. The Lord emphasized saying that the way people look is the way He created them and those who use name calling will not see His Kingdom.
This week’s article is a basic encouragement to Christian believers to be obedient and to display the power of the scriptures in their lives. In other words, when we interact with non-believers they will be influenced by our good conduct. They will ‘read’ what the Bible says regarding peaceful interaction with others and this in turn will influence their attitudes (1 Peter 2:12).  This is the believer’s personal wordless ministry of displaying a gentle and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:4).
Additionally, the Lord is well pleased when a Christian displays good conduct such as being peaceful, humble and submissively obedient to the Lord. In our ministry, the Lord has always singled out and honoured some faithful brethren who displayed excellent exemplary attitudes. This has always provoked some of us to outdo ourselves just to get the Lord's attention, and just who doesn’t want praise from God? (Romans 2:7). Actions of faith and obedience has always attracted God’s approval and blessings, and some Christians just need discernment to recognise the voice of God. No one should ever think their works, hearts and attitudes are hidden from the Lord (Hebrews 4:13). Therefore never think or image your good works and prayers escapes His attention, like Cornelius the Lord will move in His time to bless you, so continue in faithful service (Acts 10:4).
Good Conduct Influences Bad Situations
Most of us may have grown up in circumstances that are less than peaceful and the only way most of us learned on how to solve disputes and misunderstandings was through violence and insults.  In other words, the ‘solution’ we provided was leaving pain and hurt. Sad but true, this is the way many born again Christians ‘solve’ their problems with their brethren. I have heard some Christian folk saying, ‘I can’t stand that person’ or ‘I avoid going that way because Mr X is talking too much and he is annoying me’. Brethren, this kind of attitude is very displeasing to the Lord and quite frankly, this kind of talk exposes the unloving and uncaring heart such a Christian has (1 John 4:20). 
I have had a brother in the Lord who was a real hands-on Christian. He seldom ignored people’s complaints that he ministered to. Being busy as he was, he would always go the extra mile and help or listen to those he ministered to (Proverbs 21:13). What I have further noticed is that when this brother, whom I would like to identify as John learns about a problem, he participates responsively with a drive of realising a possible solution for the person in need.  Being a God-fearing man, and a private person, I always found it a pleasure to be around him because I always learned something from him and often without him instructing me (3 John 1:11).
Light in the Darkness
As believers, we know that the world ‘reads’ us, so we ought to be faithful to God and act as children of the light, the Lord says in Matthew 5:16 ‘’In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven”. Therefore, if we act wickedly unbelievers, who knows what the Bible says will expose us and they will not take Christianity seriously.
Also, unbelievers regards us as perfect (1 Timothy 4:12). The world reads us more faithfully than some of us even reads our bibles, and we should never pretend also, acting right should be our spontaneous response .‘’Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone,’’ (Col.4:5-6 NIV). Furthermore, as Christians, the world is constantly judging us by what we do and say. That is why unbelievers come to the Lord because our light of sincerity and pure speech and conduct touched and convicted them, but if we are careless, ungentle, unkind and unloving they will refuse our message. In fact, highly sensitive people are able to feel and sense love and sincerity.
A few months ago, a young man who was introduced a few weeks earlier to us as a Christian came knocking on our door for help. After listening to his problem, my wife and I decided to help him with money. When he bargained for more money than what he needed to get home, I heard the Holy Spirit telling me that he was lying and he needed the money for drugs. After he left, I told my wife how uneasy I felt what the Spirit said. She had the same misgivings, but she didn’t want to discourage me. As it is, our suspicions were confirmed two days thereafter by the brother who introduced him to us. He told us that the gentleman was on drugs and to feed his habit he targets Christians he met while playing broke after giving a sad tale. Does this incident not remind you of the Gibeonites? (Joshua 9:3-15). There are many out there today! However, the light of our sincerity and truthful living must continue to shine forth.
Are you fearing God? If so, what are people in general saying about you? Besides those who hate and persecute you for your good conduct in the Lord. Does the Lord approve the way you relate to others? You have an option, repent and earnestly pray asking the Lord to impart good fruits in you while delivering you from bad attitudes. Remember, the world favours those who slander and talk down on others. To assist you in your salvation, kindly pray our suggested prayer below!
Heavenly Father, I bow my head in submission to your will, and admit that I am a sinner, destined for HELL if I die without having accepted Jesus Christ as my eternal Lord and Saviour. I acknowledge that I cannot save myself and I need a redeemer. I completely repent of my sins and put my faith in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ shed for my sins on the cross. I NOW accept Jesus Christ as my Saviour and I trust that He will appear soon to take me to Heaven for all eternity, in Jesus name. AMEN.

Blessed regards,

Brother Glenn and Charis