Monday, October 31, 2016

Laziness, the Fall of many Christians

Being Possessed by a Spirit of Laziness

Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times (Romans 12:11-12 GNB).

Introduction

Important notice: We have received some emails from brethren in America who expressed some concerns of chaos about the upcoming U.S elections. We thus boldly express our faith and convictions without fear. Apparently, there are some 'prophetic' messages going around saying that there will be no election and neither will there be a normal Christmas for some U.S citizens. In a spirit of love, we know this has some brethren fearful, but the Lord commands Christians to pray for their Country (2 Chronicles 7:14). America is very important in God's plan and He did share some things with us which we will share as He permits. On January 10, 2016 the Lord did hint to Charis that there will still be some normality in the world "in the next years". We were not told how many years as the Lord did not want to give exact timing, but we know who the next U.S president would be. What we know is that the election results would be a surprise to many, many people. Therefore, this brief message is just serving as an assurance and an encouragement to the many brethren who are fearful by some things that were 'prophesied'.

Back to this week's article, what we are sharing here today are the fruits of the Lord’s work in us. We therefore have permission from the Lord to share our testimonies and experiences to highlight the importance of certain scriptural admonitions. By using our experiences the motive is not to ‘expose’ but to use these rebukes to encourage right living. Also, by this we would like to show where we were in terms of our weaknesses and what we became as a result of the Lord’s corrections. While we acknowledge humbly that we are no close to perfection, we endeavour daily to uphold the Lord’s corrections and we hold on dearly to His teachings to someday be counted worthy. Let our failures and shortcomings serve as correction for you (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10).

I tell you the truth in Christ, through these articles, the Lord has been ministering personally in the lives of many people and this we know through the feedback from people. As a reminder, in the beginning of the Lord’s visits to us, He said, I will always love all people equally. Therefore, you are loved and these messages from the Lord are for your edification and correction. This ministry does not seek to promote itself, but to elevate Christ Jesus. Also, I beseech you in the Almighty Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, “My son (daughter) do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you. Because the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as a son or daughter” (Hebrews 12:5).

Laziness Through the Comfortable Lifestyle

I was reminded by the Lord these past few weeks how important keeping busy is as opposed to being idle. Although, this message was previously shared and well read by many people, we have reworked this message with added experiences. Last week we encouraged about the preaching of the gospel and it would be only appropriate to discourage the brethren from being lazy especially where your salvation and that of others are concerned. Meanwhile, we have testimonies of people in our ministry whom the Lord rebuked and how they were subsequently delivered from the spirit of laziness to that of being diligent. Like all addictions, laziness is a spirit of habit which manifest itself through excuses (Proverbs 22:13; Matthew 8:21-22).

In the early 1990's, I befriended a young convert in Christ who was full of zeal for the Lord and his zeal led him to start a one day weekly open-air meetings. Being a witness to his work, people were coming in their numbers to his meetings and he enjoyed the support of many of his friends who were also born-again. From my observation, his friends were encouraged by his enthusiasm and spirited zeal. However, as his friends started deserting him, the brother grew discouraged and this led him to ultimately abandon his work. We witnessed how the brother started using excuses thinking his friends would take over the work he started, but nobody came forward. It was when I realised that if a person has been called into ministry work, his or her work is ordained by God and that person has accordingly been anointed (Exodus 3:6-22; Leviticus 8:30; Numbers 27:18-23). Therefore, from these Scriptures, unless ordered by the Lord, no ministry work is transferable. We hope to expand on this teaching in future articles, our message today is to discourage laziness.

Now, if a person is in the habit of passing on his or her responsibility to others, while doing nothing himself, you are looking at a sluggard. Furthermore, sluggards are characterised by their excessive sleeping habits, and their love for the television or gadgets (such as cell phones). Also, while we don’t have a problem with people’s wealth especially if they worked hard and honestly, riches have claimed their fair share of sluggards especially those who are benefiting from their hard working parents. No doubt, everybody favours the comfortable life. What is apparent is that through the television commercials, we are encouraged to pursue a lifestyle of absolute comfort. If we can afford the lifestyle we desire, good but we need to guard against worldliness and laziness. Additionally, the deceit of riches has a catch of greed, comfort and self-dependence (Matthew 13:22; 1 Timothy 6:10; 1 John 2:16). Do I encourage poverty? No! Instead, I encourage you to live a sharing life and to use your wealth to advance the Gospel and give to the poor, and so accumulate heavenly treasures (Matthew 6:19-21; Matthew 19:21). The narrow road is strewn with pain, difficulties and challenges (Matthew 7:14; Acts 14:22). But when we have worldly wealth, we buy our way out of problems and so create our own dependence. God has allowed hardships to be part of the race so that His Faithfulness and our dependence on Him may be revealed (Proverbs 3:5-6; Job 1-2). We have briefly written (in the Given to Give and to Receive article) about giving as a command by God and the way how He ordained the nature of things (Isaiah 43:20-21; Job 37:14-18). While riches are not our main subject, this has been used to contribute to laziness and a comfortable life of self-dependence. As “God’s elect and strangers in the world” (1 Peter 1:1) we are called to live the humble life and not the magnified life of worldly riches (Philippians 2:2- 11). This command we received from the Lord as a family, Let Me be your riches. I Am all you really need.

Testimonies of Deliverance from the Spirit of Laziness

The Lord has revealed to us that many Christians are going to Hell because of laziness and this is so because laziness produces negligence and we know negligence bears consequences (Luke 9:62; Matthew 25:14-30).  The call to serve the Lord is no haphazard call, after accepting responsibility to follow the Lord we should allow no room for negligence, we might lose out (Numbers 20:9-12). This spirit is meant to hinder us from doing the will of God faithfully and diligently. It is noteworthy that laziness is an attitude and many people do not know that this is demonic. Every sin that works on the flesh to control, influence and guide our behaviour towards evil is demonic (Romans 6:12-13; Psalm 106:39). One translation renders it this way, “You belong to the power you choose to obey…” (Romans 6:16), or “you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16 NIV). Therefore, based on this Scripture and the preceding verses, demonic possession operates through sinful habits. Another Scripture is even bold on this saying: “In which [sins] you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient” (Ephesians 2:2 NIV). Thus, laziness is a sin and goes contrary to the will of God (Genesis 1:28).

Kindy bear with me as I share a few testimonies. Over the years the Lord blessed us, as a ministry, with humble and teachable people. These brothers and sisters were added to our ministry by the Lord, and as is common among people, all came with different personalities, different set of problems, attitudes and habits. All were saved or born-again because that was the criteria for being part of our prayer group (for more details please see our Obedience Through Persecution/Trials article). The Lord started ministering personally into the people’s lives by giving them messages of correction. Let me hasten to add this: no personal prophetic word is of benefit if it does not carry a word of caution and correction (2 Chronicles 18:1-34).

Saved to Bear Fruit

Furthermore, some of these brethren discovered for themselves that being saved was just not good enough. The Kingdom principle is that we are to bear fruit, and only then do we become useful (John 15: 1-2). Let me share about one sister, with her permission. She leads a reasonably comfortable life, with nothing lacking materially. She used to be a worker in her previous church and attended church every Sunday. We were greatly encouraged by her zeal. The Lord started dealing with her through personal messages He provided through Charis. I bless the Lord that this precious sister has developed a child-like attitude in her humility and fear of the Lord. Making our work easy through her humble and receptive spirit, she was easy to counsel after the messages from the Lord. Like many people out there, she was lazy and unfaithful to the Lord in terms of her personal commitment. Let us put it this way: people are unfaithful because of laziness, and through laziness they take shortcuts and start cheating on their relationship with God. As humans, we will always contend with the spirit of disobedience and self-will. The Lord started breaking her down in love and in submission to His will. Gradually, He addressed the spirit of laziness in her and her unfaithfulness leading to disobedience. Through these rebukes,  she responded obediently and started getting positive activity in her life. As the Lord ministered into her life, He gave her various tasks to do while commanding her to pray five times daily. The Lord occupied her with His things, and as she moved closer to God, she experienced deliverance not only from laziness but from cheating on God. Consequently, because of her obedience and easy nature, the Lord has dressed this sister with words of great comfort and praise for her service and obedience to Him. The Lord has also made some personal promises of great hope to her. We have noticed that, when people become puffed up their attitude is one of resisting every correction and when they do, humility has dried up in them. They end up using words to shield their true identity. A true friend and brother in Christ will always exude humility and this sister has shown marks of a true servant of Christ.

Without being ashamed, a few years ago, the Lord also rebuked me for being lazy. After the rebuke, I asked the Lord to bless me with something to do so that I don't slumber under the heavy spirit of laziness. As a result, I was filled with an immense desire to witness daily. From experience, our flesh can easily re-unite with its old habits if it has nothing keeping it busy (Matthew 12:43-45). We  observed the same spirit developing in our children, so my wife and I created chores and tasks to keep our children occupied and this greatly pleased the Lord. As a testimony and a teaching from the Lord, which we are not ashamed of, sitting in front of television is completely out of our lifestyle and our children has better things to do. Additionally, another area of laziness is procrastination,  consider the parable of the two sons (Matthew 21:28). Let me encourage you, if you set your heart in doing something, do not ‘waive’ it – just go at it! Procrastination is laziness!

In conclusion, while laziness applies to life in general, many of us are using excuses to avoid doing the will of God. The Lord rebuked one sister for her lazy attitude towards our corporate prayers saying, My daughter Gwen shows no respect for her prayers. Please allow me to emphasise this point strongly, the calling of being an intercessory prayer is a ministry calling (Acts 6:4) the early Christians knew the importance of prayer. For your interest, and there is no shame in sharing this, as a ministry and under the Lord's watchful eyes many brethren walked away from our ministry. Exactly why? Here it is right here, some people do not want to be corrected, others just want to follow without doing nothing. Well, the Lord designed our ministry in such a way that we all work and bear fruit through witnessing, worshipping and intercessory prayers. We do not have idle brethren in our ministry, but workers who ministers the gospel to others and to God through prayer and heartfelt worship. I want to use this example not to slander but to demonstrate how laziness and the present 'follower must listen Church system' changed people's attitude towards real service (Ephesians 4:12). We recently welcomed somebody into our services, from what we observed, he is in the habit of just sitting as a Church member without ministering to God through prayer and thanksgiving services. In his understanding, God is just happy to see you in Church and that is the general perception in our community that some people just attend Church to enjoy the benefit of being buried by a Church. They have no personal salvation on their minds, nor a conviction to work on their salvation through active participation (James 1:22; Philippians 2:12). When the Lord started this ministry, and being from the 'follower must listen Church system' we were in the habit of just being non-functional Christians, lazy. However, by the Power of the Lord's words, this changed and He awakened us to being service driven Christians. Wouldn't you like to be an active Christian? If so, get involved in ministry even on your own, pray and God has room for you.

I am going to speak a bit tough here, some Christians has all the time for other things but for the things of God, they have excuses. We heard some people saying, 'I am or was busy and God will understand', they often choose other things above God. The Lord is most definitely not please with such an attitude, and I am speaking from experience here; Some lazy and God-cheating Christians were strongly rebuked by the Lord for undermining God and their Christian duties. That is why to God-cheaters, their things takes precedence over God's and because they regard the things of God as unimportant they disregard Him. My brothers and sisters, I speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), I have personally experienced the soul-soaking wrath of the Lord. I can remember, when I was due for a serious message from the Lord, I felt that Heaven was closed for me because God was against my actions. I was literally shaken to the core, and I had no peace in my soul, nor could I even pray properly and in peace,  O' what an overwhelming feeling of rejection when the Lord turns His face against a sinner! In kindness to me, when the Lord observed the fear I had for Him, He abandoned the rebuke and said, He loved me imagine the relief.  I would like to warn you dear brethren that the Lord will judge the double-minded Christians who neglects their salvation and undermines His authority in their lives. Quit laziness NOW! Therefore, some symptoms of defeat in lazy Christians is that they are always feeling miserable and request prayers from others. As a further warning, we have witnessed that some parents are too lazy to share the Word of God with their children. They neglect their own family’s salvation and choose the false refuge and comfort of television, surfing the Internet, sleep or some other entertainment.

Finally, there are many people who have been deceived and they became followers of man because they fail to read the Scriptures for themselves. Laziness should be no excuse to miss the Kingdom of Heaven! You should not seek the Lord through others, but you should seek the Lord for yourself (Jeremiah 29:13). We can never outsmart God if we do not cling to Him through wholehearted obedience. Our lives will show it, not through the things we have, but how we bear fruit through our service to God and man. The truly victorious Christian life is this: to have faith in God through acts of obedience to His word, driven by a spirit of humility and by the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Beloved in Christ, what is keeping you busy? What excuses do you offer to compromise your relationship with God and tamper with your salvation? Which master are you choosing to obey? What reward are you working towards? (Galatians 6:7; Romans 6:23).

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ yet, or of you are not born again, to pray our suggested prayer on this link Prayer of Sincere Repentance
by faith and follow the Lord (Matthew 4:19). You may also contact us for any questions or comments about this article or our ministry.

Blessed Grace and Eternal Peace to you in Jesus name,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Responding to the Need to Preach the Gospel

Let us Preach the Word

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2 NIV).

The Lord gave me this message to remind the brethren that we still have an obligation to preach the Word. Our encouragement to you in this message is just to awaken the sleeping witness. I know this is not a very popular message especially for the lazy and excuse prone Christian. Briefly, about a few years ago, a brother came to me reporting that a certain man’s daughter died and they were looking for a preacher to preach the gospel during one of their weekday services. I at first ignored the brother’s request, but the following morning, Lord gave me a message that I should go and never hesitate to respond to an invitation when an opportunity arises to preach the gospel. Equally, please take note of this warning from the Lord. If there are some preachers or anybody out there who discourages others from witnessing, he or she will be answerable to the Lord. Let me share an experience, A very popular Christian sister who claimed to have been an end-time prophet of the Lord was rebuked for lying in Jesus’ name by telling a brother that the Lord said; he had witnessed enough and that he should just wait for the Lord. The statement by this particular sister greatly displeased the Lord because the brother refused to accept the Lord’s rebuke and obey Him. As a result of the Lord’s rebuke, the brother’s attitude changed by behaving contrary to Christian values of love and brotherly kindness. We would like to emphasize, and unlike other professions; Christianity is not a calling (Being Christian and our duties) that we can retire from unless our lives are interrupted by death. The Lord has granted none of us ‘special leave’ not to minister the gospel (Matthew 28:20; 1 Corinthians 9:16). In a conversation I recently had with a Christian brother, I asked him if he had any desire to enter into the ministry later on in his life and he answered no. Upon further inquiry, he revealed that he simply don’t have the heart to be in ministry except to play a supportive role.

Sadly though, this is the attitude of many Christians; they are just happy to serve in the background and consider it their contribution to the body while being afraid to witness. I concur, operating in a support ministry is helpful but would we just hide behind it not to share the gospel? This is the unfortunate state of the Church system. It produces infants in Christ who hears the word year and year out. They produce faithful church attendees but faithless and fruitless witnesses of Christ. The Apostle Paul said he was duty bound to preach the word (1 Corinthians 9:16). Scripturally, we know that the dissemination of the gospel has a noble purpose, to save the lost, to heal the broken-hearted and to deliver the demonically oppressed (Luke 4:18-19). Of all those who followed the Lord during His walk on the earth, He sent out everybody (Luke 10:1). To demonstrate the power of the gospel, the disciples reported how the demons submitted to the Word of life (Luke 10:17). In the absence of the Word of God, imagine the devastating effects of sin which is a weapon of Satan to destroy human (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8) society, and the wickedness the evil forces of darkness would wield in the world (1 Peter 5:8). In our articles, ‘Blaming God when bad things happen I  and II’ we reported the main sources of evil in the world which is Satan and the curse as a result of sin.

Rejection of the Word Brings Judgment

To many worldly-minded people, the world is a good place to be. The world, being the ‘lost paradise of pleasure’ (Matthew 4:8) is a place of great liberty to choose and sin at will. Therefore, because sin yields destructive consequences, God in His eternal love sends forth messengers to warn the sinners and call them to repentance so that He may avert judgment (Jeremiah 26:12-13). Furthermore, the ancient world (Noah’s generation) and Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed as a result of the people’s great wickedness (Genesis 6:5; 18:20; 19:24-25). The Ninevites, wisely responded to the call to repent and so escaped judgment (Jonah 3:1-10).

The importance of Christ’s Sacrifice

The Scriptures declares, “We know that we are children of God and that all the rest of the world around us is under Satan’s power and control (1 John 5:19 TLB). For our victory against the Bible says“…The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil's works” (1 John 3:8). By accepting by faith this great deliverance, we reject the pleasures of sin and the control of the evil one. The devil, our common enemy, uses the pleasures of this world as bait in exchange for our souls (Matthew 4:4; 1 John 2:15), and this is the unfortunate situation which led many Christians astray and in the enemies camp (See a vision of Black and White figures).

In conclusion, we know that many Christians are not keen to witness and they turn a blind eye to messages of this nature. They feel these messages have no impact in their lives, but they are wrong. Apart from the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are Christ-like virtues, the fruits the Lord talks about are fruits that have produced a harvest through obedient labor in the harvest field (Matthew 13:19-23). Those who are afraid and ashamed to witness does not have the things of the Lord at heart, instead of their personal opinions of how others might perceive them matters. Often, Christians are afraid of being persecuted, and many of us who labor in the harvest field face these persecutions daily, and amongst other things, these are the genuine scares of the cross. If these reluctant Christians were concerned about the Lord, souls would be their motivation. A very dear brother and friend to this ministry asked us to enquire of the Lord for him if he could do witnessing work alone. The Lord gave a solemn reply saying, My son P must keep on doing work for My sake and I love My son P." Besides this brother, many others received similar encouragement from the Lord, but they ignored it.

As a witness, this message has not fallen on deaf ears; this brother goes out as a lone witness spreading the word of God without complaining. The Lord will duly reward such man, and they are compared to trees which bear fruit in and out of season (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

Brethren, since we are eagerly waiting for the Day of the Lord, let us not forget, the end will not come until we have reached everyone with the gospel (Matthew 24:14).

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ yet, or of you are not born again, to pray our suggested prayer on this link Prayer of Sincere Repentance
by faith and follow the Lord (Matthew 4:19). You may also contact us for any questions or comments about this article or our ministry.

Blessed love in fear of Christ

Brother Glenn

Monday, October 17, 2016

Why Some Christians Fail to Receive a Breakthrough

Word Teaching from the Lord Jesus

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’ (1 John 5:14-15 NIV).

Given to some experiences and teachings we received from the Lord, I would like to highlight some important things, why some Christians fail to receive a breakthrough in their lives. The points we consider below might not be an exhaustive list, but it will open your spiritual senses so that you may  concentrate on the most frequent things the Lord emphasized and taught us. Having said that, the Lord said that every word of encouragement marks a change in a Christians walk with Him, and it is our every intention to contribute Christ-like in your life. Also we would like to keep the articles concise and to the point to allow for maximum digestion. We have also noticed that there is much activity on this website, and this is very pleasing to the Lord! Some people here have a true hunger for God’s Word, and we are equally encouraged to serve you with the Word of God, and so we pray that the well or fountain of grace refreshes you so that we provide you with a well-watered Word experience.

For your interest, the Lord’s many messages to us are and were short, the longest being about a five to six sentence message. We can assure you, He used no unnecessary words. But He always expressed His messages with excellent phrasing. By drawing importance to something, the Lord will pronounce a word loudly and in a Thunderous voice. The effect thereof, Charis would feel the Lord’s mood. Whether, the Lord sounded sad, angry, disappointed, compassionate, encouraging or excited (Ephesians 4:30; Jeremiah 32:41; Matthew 9:36).

Seeking a Quiet Time with God

We cannot emphasize enough that every Word of the Lord was uttered with creative force and intend to accomplish God’s will (Isaiah 55:11; Hebrews 4:12). Therefore, no teaching in the Word of God was or will ever be wasteful. The intent of the scriptures is to give an understanding of the will of God, the Supreme Ruler of the universe, and man as His subject has an obligation to fear and obey Him. Therefore, self-will must be made subject to God’s will Christian or non-Christian (Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:10).

Now, our Lord Jesus said, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6 NIV). This particular verse points to a separation and a quiet time with our Heavenly Father. We may recall that our Lord Jesus Christ often separated Himself from the crowd and went praying in some private and quiet places away from any disturbances (Luke 5:16). In like manner, Daniel and David knew the value of quiet time with the Lord (Daniel 6:10; Psalm 23:1-3). I would like to emphasize, that the conception of the beautiful prayer, Psalm 23 was prayed and composed in a quiet and stress-free atmosphere. In a place where God’s love and peace were present. This is clearly evident from David’s appreciation. By the tone of the prayer, we do not notice any pressure or the demand of man nor the confusions of his mind, but the touch of God’s Holy Spirit lifted his soul.

Equally, Paul and Silas decided to forget about their wounds and sufferings, so with hearts of worship and adoration during the quiet moments of the night they cried out to God in prayer and worship (Acts 16:25). Guess what? God heard them, for they forgave their attackers and God displayed an acceptance of their prayers in power (Acts 16:26). From this experience of Paul and Silas, we learn that complaining is fruitless in trying times. The secret is, we should quietly and confidently accept the cup of suffering, for the power of God is displayed therein, and the breakthrough was given (Luke 22:42; Daniel 3:16-26).

Anxiety Affects Our Prayers

Briefly, anxiety is the thief of peace and often many Christians, and non-Christians fall prey to this spirit. If it were not so, the scriptures would not have warned us against the dangers and existence of this spirit (Philippians 4:6-7; Luke 12:24-34; Matthew 11:28-30). When we pray asking the Lord for something and yet have the slightest doubt, (anxiety drives doubt), we would have prayed having no peace and God would not answer our prayer(s). In other words, the condition of an anxious person’s heart is not right before God (James 1:6). Doubt yields no conviction but only confusion!

Let me share a short experience, one evening we met as a family to pray and read the bible before going off to bed. We discussed and agreed on something that Charis should ask the Lord on behalf of the family. That evening when the Lord appeared to her, she lacked conviction and did not in faith present our request to Him. The Lord knew what worried her and He said, Your discouragement (anxiety) affected your faith” and we did not receive an answer.

For clarity, I am not trying to say that God is answering our prayers through the mediation of others. The Bible says we must have faith and confidence to approach the throne of grace ourselves (Hebrews 4:16). However, because Charis received the gift (1 Corinthians 12:10) of hearing and seeing the form of the Lord (discerning of spirits), He allowed us and others this grace as an encouragement. God has often spoken to the people through His prophets (Jeremiah 21:2; 2 Chronicles 34:21) and the revelations we received from the Lord is a testimony to the gift the Lord gave her.

Being Sinful and Not Praying Enough

In some of our previous articles, especially our Prayer I  and Prayer II we stressed the point that the Lord taught us to receive certain things and breakthroughs we would need to pray very hard and persistently until we receive our request (Luke 18:1-8). It is true, the Lord do provide an answer on certain things immediately for immediate needs (Matthew 6:11), however for some things, we are going to require a committed faith and we will have to remain in the pocket prayerfully (1 Samuel 1:7-12). Hannah, Samuel’s mother, prayed year after year, and her patient persistence was duly rewarded (1 Samuel 1:20).

Let me share a short testimony for the benefit of this heading. During 2012, we earnestly needed a prayer house since we had to leave our children in the care of others while we were busy praying. The late evening services was not working out well for our children. Since we had this need, in August of 2013, one of our neighbours moved out leaving her house vacant. I shared with my wife and our ministry people to trust the Lord with me to bless us with the house next door (our neighbours) since our local authorities put a moratorium on all land in our area. We prayed and trusted the Lord to bless us with this house and as a ministry, we went on a three day fast. After our fast, the Lord gave Charis, Jaydeen, my wife and myself individual messages through visions that He has heard our prayer and that He was going to bless us with the house next door. This was the Lord's promise to us, and as humans we thought it was going to be immediately, however the Lord had other plans. He took us through a three year test filled with every kind of delay and attacks from the devil. With our focus being on His promise, we considered Him Faithful and so we rallied and made the prayer house a daily prayer for more than three years. After a financial loss the devil inflicted on us and with some ministry members giving up and going back to their former ways, my family and I persisted until the Lord came through for us and in May 2016, an Angel of the Lord appeared to me during a one day fast we undertook and he told me in a vison while standing in the yard of the prayer house, "Glenn, the Lord has given you this place" (Acts 27:22). The next morning, I encouraged my family on the strength of this vision. On the day of acquiring the property, Satan blocked off all entrances out of our area through violent protest (We took pictures of these events on that day, which we hope to share when I expand in detail on this testimony in a future article). Anyway, every word and promise of the Lord was fulfilled on May 26, 2016 when we managed to find favour in His side and we received answer to our prayers. Glory to the Lord! The experience was not pleasant, but the Victory through Christ was humbling.

Now, since the launch of our online ministry some four years ago, we have received many emails from people around the world with the various request. In some instances, the Lord would give an answer to some brethren especially when He have seen their walk of obedience and purity before Him (Psalm 15:2; 119:1). And on some occasions, He would provide a rebuke and an encouragement saying that the person ‘does not pray hard (meaning persistently without ceasing) enough’. As a ministry, we have learned to employ the biblical tools of faith, prayer, submission and obedience to receive an answer to prayer and personal breakthroughs.

In conclusion, we would like to emphasize to you dear brethren, that the Lord will not give breakthrough if we have personal ambitions aimed at gratifying the desire of self (1 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 2:8). Instead, our breakthrough lies in us seeking His will (Matthew 6:10; 26:39; 1 John 5:14-15). Thus, human will always strife to represent needs of self, but God’s will in us will represents the good of others, and others will see God in our actions and give Him Glory!

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who does not know the Lord Jesus yet or is not born again, to pray our suggested prayer in this link Prayer of Sincere Repentance
by faith and follow the Lord (Matthew 4:19). You may also contact us for any questions or comments about this article or our ministry.
Blessed love in fear of Christ

Brother Glenn