Monday, December 25, 2017

Securing Your Standing In Christ

Christmas and New Year Greetings

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV).

As a tradition of Goodwill and to promote Peace, this family and Ministry wish to express in our hearted Christmas and New Year Greetings to all our faithful brethren who has helped us remain focused and faithful in the Lord through this work and ministry to you. Now, may you all enjoy and receive the riches of God’s love and the abundance of His Goodness to secure your salvation in Him, in Jesus name!

Today, I am being reminded of the life of a young man Silva (not real name) I met in the early 1990’s in the Lord. According to him, he had to endure a great deal of personal battles against the cravings and dictates of the flesh. Being a young man in his early 20’s he recalled how his eyes were opened to all the pleasures and lusts around him (1 John 2:16) and how irresistible all these were to him, and he greedily feast on all the lusts his eyes beheld (Ecclesiastes 2:10). However, the brother had to constantly remind himself that in the Lord he is a new creation and that although "I have the right to do anything, but not everything is beneficial [and] I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12). Right now in your life, are you allowing things to master you?

Furthermore, and as a known fact, every Christian’s innocence in the Lord is being tested and measured (Genesis 3:1-7; 22:1-2; 39: 1-10; Matthew 4:4), harsh as it may appear. Our fear, love and faithfulness to God must shine forth like some of these men including our Lord Jesus proved except for Adam and Eva. As it is, our inclusion in Christ through the re-born experience has placed a very high obligation on us to resist the devil’s advances and be steadfast in our commitment (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Readiness To Serve Equals Readiness To Meet The Lord (Vision Warning)

The Lord left us an example when He said that He came to serve and indeed we all know that He came to serve (Matthew 20:28) and His motivation was love to add meaning to our being. As we serve in the Lord, we give meaning to the value of our salvation giving expression to our faith and hope (1 Peter 3:15).

Recently, a very faithful brother in the Lord whom we know and enjoy a close relationship with shared with me how the Lord showed Him a powerful vision of the coming rapture. In the vision, he was shown in lightning speed or in a twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52) the happening of the Rapture, it was so amazingly fast and without warning that by the time he realised the Rapture had happened he made a final attempt to repent but he realised it was too late and all he was left with was regret. Consequently, the brother vowed to continue serving and be busy in the Lord’s affairs as a faithful servant who waits upon the appearance of His Saviour (Matthew 24:46).

Force On Your Faith

Additionally, not only are we encouraged to be ready for the Lord’s appearing (Matthew 24:42), we need to keep a faithful and pure heart at all times (Matthew 5:8; Psalm 51:10). Let us divide the Word of Truth rightly (2 Timothy 2:15), we all know of Christian brethren who are simply addicted and in bondage to bitterness and they disobey and end the day without making right with their fellow brothers and sisters (Ephesians 4:26) and sadly, the vision of the brother above could serve costly to such unprepared Christians. We thus encourage you, when you have sinned or made a wrong decision as a Christian and the Holy Spirit convicts you, own up to your mistake and repent right there why wait and walk away with the guilt to be caught unawares by the Lord’s sudden appearance (Acts 3:19; Matthew 3:2). Therefore, against all odds rally your faith and summon your courage, with the full measure of your soul’s strength revere the Lord, obey Him and attain eternal salvation at His sudden appearance.

The Lord is still near today and if you desire to accept Christ as Saviour and Lord we have a suggested Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started on a new way of life leading to Eternal life and for any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, you may please contact us.

Blessed Peace

Brother Glenn

Monday, December 18, 2017

Unity In The Holy Spirit



Self-Will Is Not An Expression Of God’s Will

“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3 NIV).

Notice: We are sharing an IMPORTANT Vision and Warning from the Lord here. Also, the vision regarding Mr Cyril Ramaphosa which we shared on 20 August 2017 has now been partially fulfilled. Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ His Words never fails!

The above scripture is the original intention of the Lord that there be unity in the administration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. While the Lord ensures the unity of the Spirit by directing the activities of the Holy Spirit (John 16:14), it is some members of the Body who wants to control how the Spirit of God should operate as is it evident today. Having being exposed to ministry life for more than 15 years, we have observed how certain man and women of God acts up to make the Spirit of God acts according their expectations.

What we mean is this, some ministers motivated by their own desires are in the habit of ‘prophesying’ or saying things and expects the Lord to ‘perform’ through the Holy Spirit. In other words, in a self-inflated authority without humility they ‘obliges’ God to perform whether His will allows or disallows it (1 Corinthians 12:11). Let me briefly share an experience we had a few years ago, my wife and I heard about a certain person who was drugged against his will and this rendered the person in a permanent vegetative state.

As it were, we fasted and prayed for the person for a full month expecting the Lord to answer prayer and heal the person. After all our prayers and petitions we asked the Lord should we continue praying for the person, He responded by saying no. It was our desire to see the person healed but none of the person’s immediate family members had faith to trust the Lord to heal their loved one. Consequently, for reason only known by the Lord Almighty, He did not answer prayer and the person never received healing. As for us, we expressed faith and genuine expectations but in the end, it is the Will of God that must be satisfied.

However, biblically, the Spirit of God is not under any human control and the Spirit hears from the Lord to act as the Bible states, “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).

Competitiveness In The Body

Now brethren, kindly allow me to state this, it is sad to see how certain Churches are ‘selling’ the gifts of the Holy Spirit to attract more members and what is a fact is that the members are often blamed for a lack of faith when they are unable to receive what they hoped for. It is true that our lack of faith denies us blessings from the Lord, but we also need to discern if the faith of the person did not rest on the messenger rather than on God (Acts 14:9).

Additionally, there is also a general competitiveness amongst Christians as to the kind of Church they attend, the kind of attire culture and the availability of some entertainment value to appease the flesh (2 Timothy 3:4). In the Lord, a Christian is not defined by how loud we are, or how good we sound, or how best we portrays ourselves, the true hallmark of a servant is expressed in humility, obedience with a consistent attitude of being faithful (Philippians 2:7).

In conclusion, the Lord revealed to me in a vision on the 14 December 2017, that many Christians envy the gifts that others have while they overlook and fails to work on their gift(s) (1 Timothy 4:14). In the vision the Lord also revealed to me that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are important and these gifts serves His purpose and nobody should disregard the value and importance of any gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:21-31; Romans 12:8).

If you desire to accept Christ as Saviour and Lord we have a suggested Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started on a new way of life leading to Eternal life and for any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, you may please contact us.

Blessed Love

Brother Glenn


Monday, December 4, 2017

Our Ever Faithful Redeemer

Have you ever been lied to, let down, abandoned, or left disappointed by someone who did not keep their promises? Have you lost confidence in people, concluding that no one can be trusted and that no man or woman is faithful? You are probably not alone.  In this increasingly morally decrepit world, where deceit, divorce and duping are rampant, even within the walls of the Church, it's easy to come to that conclusion. But, I have a word of encouragement for you: there still remains One who is just, Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11), always!

The Bible boldly declares that "...it is impossible for God to lie..." (Hebrews 6:18); God loves us and does not break His promises; He fulfills what He says (Deuteronomy 7:8: Jeremiah 40:3). Whether we are faithful or not, God always "...remains faithful..."! (2 Timothy 2:13; Romans 3:3-4). Furthermore, The Word of God affirms and declares God's faithfulness:
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). 
“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
In life, we are always looking for someone to trust. We also know that trust serves as a safeguard against risk and uncertainty. Since no human being truly knows the future, we can only “predict” the future based on past experiences, with a dose of uncertainties and inaccuracies. The ability to know the future is obviously one ability God withheld from mankind, angels and satanic hosts. As it is, knowing the future is a God-kind of ability for He declares:
“Remember this and be brave; take it to heart, you transgressors! Remember what happened long ago, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and no one is like Me. I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will. I call a bird of prey] from the east, a man for My purpose from a far country. Yes, I have spoken; so I will also bring it about. I have planned it; I will also do it” (Isaiah 46:9-11 HCSB).
We have all received a fair share of broken promises from our parents, friends, outsiders, spouses and colleagues. This most likely led us to view what they say with caution, suspicion, and perhaps even distrust. We often suffer broken faith, humiliation, and hardheartedness as a result of those who disappointed us. We are even warned Scripturally not put our trust in man (Jeremiah 17:5-6; ) Why? Because people are selfish and always consider their own interests first. It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in people (Psalm 118:8).

God’s Faithfulness

We can always be comforted by the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and that He is faithful (1 John 1:9), and that He will be with us always – even to the end (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5). These are very precious promises and only those who put their trust in God have experienced how true He is to His promises (Hebrews 11:11).  Here are just a few instances of God's faithfulness:
  • After Adam fell and throughout the exodus, God promised deliverance (Genesis 3:15; Deuteronomy 18:15). He fulfilled this by sending His Son Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:21-23), through whom you and I have the promise of eternal life (John 3:16).
  • God promised to save Noah and his family from the flood (Genesis 6:17-18) and duly fulfilled this promise, establishing a new covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:9-17).
  • God was faithful in fulfilling His promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:2-3, 15:4-5; 17:4-8; 18:14; 22:18).
  • In spite of Job's many trials (Job 1:8-22), God was faithful to him (Job 42:12-16).
  • God was faithful to Ishmael and did not abandon him; he blessed him and his descendants (Genesis 17:18-20)
  • God kept His promise to protect and bless the children of Israel when they obeyed (Exodus 19:5-6), and He was faithful in keeping His covenant with them (Psalm 105:9-10)
  • God was faithful to Joshua and Caleb and fulfilled His promise to them (Joshua 1:1-4; Joshua 14:6-14; Numbers 14:24; Deuteronomy 1:36).
  • God kept His promise to David to establish his throne forever (2 Samuel 7:16); this is fulfilled through Jesus's eternal reign (Daniel 7:13-14; Luke 1:30-33; Acts 2:29–33; 2 Peter 1:11).
However, if we disobey the Lord, and treat Him with distrust, or charge Him with unfaithfulness in our hearts, we will not receive any of the good promises He made; instead the fear of failure will meet us (Numbers 14:28-30). Furthermore, what leads people to failure in their faith is fear, impatience and pressure from others (1 Samuel 13:11-12).

In our experience with the Lord, and this I will share from a strong conviction, I learnt one lesson. When I waited for prophesied promises from the Lord to come to pass, I was driven by impatience, thinking that the Lord has now abandoned His promises. This led me to inquire frequently from Him and He gently reassured me that His plans concerning me have never changed, and that I must just consider Him faithful (Jeremiah 29:11; Hebrews 10:23).

Brethren, not many of us may have had the opportunity of receiving a direct prophetic message from the Lord. However, this should not discourage our faith, and nor should it (in our view) diminish His faithfulness. His promises will always be in accordance with His word, and as we grow in obedience, He lays out His plans for us in His vast Kingdom (Ephesians 4:7). We are only required to have faith, obey the teachings of the Lord, and live obediently, and His faithfulness will manifest (Luke 6:47-48).

Equally, the Lord reminded the Israelites that He was not doing things because they have done anything pleasing; He acted to display the glory of His faithfulness. This He did in accordance with His faithful promises to the patriarchs (Exodus 6:7-8; Ezekiel 36:22). The Lord declared to me that every Word He utters or has uttered is a statement of intent and it must prove faithful (Jeremiah 1:12).

Testimony of God’s Faithfulness

In this ministry, the Lord told us that all things are possible if we just believe (Mark 9:23). We have no appetite for worldly things, and when we started out in this work, we had nothing except our faith and our Bibles.When the Lord assigned us to pray and witness (Please see Witnessing Part I, Witnessing Part II, and How This Ministry Started articles), we were aware that the Lord requires us to obey and use what we have to do His work. Although we needed tracts and means of transport (and we had neither of these), the work still had to be done even without these tools.

I don’t want to sound repetitive, but I would like to reiterate that The Lord only requires our availability, not what materials, money or skills we have or don’t have. I have many friends in the Lord who have big plans for ministry work. Sadly these men are still “waiting” on the Lord; their dependence is on worldly things to do the work of God, yet all they need is faith and obedience.

Moreover, as a witness of Jesus Christ, I can truthfully testify how the Lord fulfilled promises to me personally, many of which I have shared on this website. He has not even overlooked promises He made to our children, but brought about many of the things He gave in this vision (see the Blessings from The Lord article). The Lord said the lessons He gave through this vision was to display His faithfulness and His rewards for obedience.

In conclusion, when we as a ministry and family were faced by severe tests including physical and verbal abuse from people as a result of the work we do in Christ, The Lord stepped in and saved us from our attackers. Whatever evil they plotted against us or threats they made never materialized. Therefore, my brethren, be encouraged; The Lord will take vengeance upon those who trouble you (2 Thessalonians 1:8). Hold on to Jesus Christ; He is faithfully committed to you, and your well-being. The well-being of the whole mankind is His concern (see the promise He made through the recent vision to Muslims).

The Lord is faithful and has promised us numerous blessings for obeying Him and His Word (Deuteronomy 28:1-14), and likewise numerous dire consequences for disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). Our choice being between life and death (Romans 6:23; Deuteronomy 30:19-20); what choice do you make today? If you would like to trust in God's faithfulness, and be anchored on the Solid Rock - The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ - here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed grace in Christ’s faithfulness,

Brother Glenn .

Monday, November 20, 2017

Encouraging Each Other

“But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin's deception” (Hebrews 3:13 HCSB).

Brethren, we would like to share a word of encouragement with you to revive your faith and confidence in the Lord (Romans 1:11). It is true, as Christians we are not always happy people, and oftentimes we are faced with conflicting feelings and emotions, which hinders our faith and walk with the Lord. Therefore, temperaments and negative attitudes form part of our daily experiences, and these emotions may lead us to shameful conduct if we follow its dictates. However, if we fully recognize and acknowledge these emotions as a hindrance to a sound relationship with others and God we would then have an opportunity to seek His help and overcome, so that we can genuinely express ourselves with the marks of a true Christian (Romans 12:9-12). Lt us not lose heart brethren our faithfulness and persistence will be duly rewarded.

This message is a reminder that we are living in a broken world where hardship, suffering, pain and oppression are a reality (John 16:33). Knowing that our journey through this life would not be easy, the Lord guaranteed us His peace to serve as our consolation (John 14:27). It is this peace from the Lord that should calm the storm of our ever rampant feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. This peace should also give us security (Psalm 112:7).

Our Confidence

In the book of Hebrews, Paul states, “So don’t throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36 HCSB). This is a very serious virtue to have; we should never be without confidence in this race of faith in Christ. Some time ago, I issued a rebuke to someone who did not take it well but allowed the rebuke to weaken her faith. The Lord, in a strong message of encouragement to the person, said that she should not allow the rebuke to conquer her faith and confidence, but to emerge stronger with a humble attitude.

We have another sister whom the Lord had rebuked for being an unfaithful witness. She was discouraged for a while by this, and whenever she would be running errands she would be tempted not to witness, reasoning that she is unfaithful. However, she chose to start praying for the Lord to teach her, help her, and give her the boldness to share. As she continued pray and obey the Lord by witnessing (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 14:21), she grew in her confidence and the Lord later commended her for being a faithful witness.

Oftentimes people hide in their shame after committing mistakes, and the fear of facing themselves and the world leads them to go “underground”. After enduring a humbling rebuke from the Lord, a sister resorted to self-hatred (self-loathing), thinking that her mistake had usurped her salvation. However, in loving kindness the Lord restored her confidence by encouraging her to receive His forgiveness and forgive herself as well, and stop hating herself. This was a timely and life-changing encouragement which lifted her from self-rejection, because she’d thought that that the Lord had rejected her. I personally also received some strong rebukes from the Lord which could have left me paralysed with resentment for the Lord, but instead He taught me to be humble and have a heart full of appreciation for His loving guidance. Brethren, from my experience, I have found that people often try avoiding those who have rebuked them, and this has led many Christians into the sin of harbouring hateful feelings towards their brothers.

Admittedly, in this ministry we have made some mistakes and some brethren that we work with made mistakes too. However, the spirit of humility and showing of our love and submission to Christ has resulted in a strong bond of true Christian love and respect for one another. When we serve to please the Lord, we must never be ashamed when we earn rebukes from our brothers or sisters in Christ (Ephesians 5:10).

Lifting Up Your Broken Brother

As Christians, we are encouraged to faithfully serve God and our fellow brethren, to “… be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25 HCSB). As we mentioned in Be Passionate for Christ article, not showing up to fellowship meetings or leaving hinders others' passion and may cause love to grow cold which makes room for the sin holding grudges and hateful feelings. In messages to us, the Lord recognised the presence of some weak brethren amongst us, and He often reminded us not to look down on them but to encourage them in patience as they grow in their faith and understanding in the Lord. It is true that our good confidence in the Lord can sometimes blind us, and in our display of superior faith, we expect some weak brethren in our midst to be like us. This shows our intolerance towards our fellow man; we are expected to act maturely by patiently guiding the misguided and weak brothers and sisters (1 Thessalonians 5:14).

As we shared in our recent article on the Joy of Knowing the Lord Jesus Christ, when a Christian starts losing their first love, their joy fades and the excitement which gripped them at the beginning of their conversion turns into a faithless motion, where he or she pretends that all is well, masking the reality that they have become a sinking ship. This kind of attitude renders one a spent force, defeated, and with depleted energy marking the end of their confidence in Christ.

The Courage of the Oppressed

Great men of God have often found courage in the Lord, and their faith and confidence gave hope to those around them (1 Samuel 30:6). We may recall that the life of the young boy, Joseph, who was alone in a foreign country, separated from the support of his family. However, he found courage and a trusted friend in the God of his fathers, and his faith led to the preservation of nations (Genesis 50:20). Likewise, when Daniel was being persecuted and oppressed by the jealousies of his colleagues, he found no one to comfort him, so he turned to God. Daniel did not lose his confidence and trust in God, but his steadfast demeanour inspired not only the kings he served under, but future generations as well (Daniel 6:10-27). What these men of God had in common is that they had no one but God to trust. Will our generation stop complaining and having a “want more” attitude and serve the Lord in a humble and submissive attitude?

Brother and sisters, in this day and age where Christians are increasingly experiencing persecution for their beliefs in the Lord Jesus Christ and the unchanging truth of the Word of God, we should encourage one another to faithfully keep serving the Lord and endure to the very end till Christ returns to take us Home (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; 5:11).

To begin a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, please start by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Grace,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Growing Mature In Our Faith

Maturity Produces Faithfulness

“Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ“ (Ephesians 4:13-15 NKJV).

IMPORTANT NOTICE: We are making an appeal to our brothers and sisters here to please be so kind and give a donation on our behalf to Fellowship Tract League for tracts. Accordingly, tracts are free but shipping tracts is a challenge to this organisation which serves many ministries to spread the gospel around the world. Our dependence is not on the arm of flesh, as we have found that such appeals are being ignored, with the Lord's permission, He knows whom He has appointed to work with us for the glory of His Kingdom.

Brethren, this is a very important message and the Lord placed it on my heart to share with you that we should all strive to mature in our faith in order to bear good fruit (John 15:8). While all the fruit of the Holy spirit are good and essential, our times demands patience that should be rooted in love and this way we produces the fruit of faithfulness. Now, Christian maturity is fundamentally a very important teaching and command as the above Scripture and many other scripture references encourage. As it is, we need to consider this as being at the heart of our faith, and without being mature in our faith it leaves us open to "every wind of doctrine and trickery of men" (Ephesians 4:14). It is a known fact today that the body of Christ, the universal Church of the Lord, is vastly divided. Christians everywhere around the world are reading from the same Bible, yet there is no unity as a result each following their leader, church or denomination (1 Corinthians 3:3-5). Some follow for various reasons like loyalty, trust, fear of being ostracized, socializing, loneliness and love to mention but a few reasons. The present Church period with its well-established institutionalization has created more non-faith and non-fruit bearing baby Christians who have been left living off every word from the mouth of their leaders instead of having faith in the word of God (Matthew 7:24-27).

On this website, we have shared some powerful and soul-satisfying testimonies on how the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to us and expressed His satisfaction with us as a family for reading and meditating on His Word, the Bible daily (1 Peter 2:2). Please read also our testimony on how this ministry started. This daily exercise has held many advantages for us. We received answers to our prayers due to a living and well-motivated faith fueled by the Scriptures. Additionally, by reading the Bible and following it with a childlike faith, we are being well equipped with Scriptural knowledge to conquer the various attacks, fears and uncertainties.

Applying Bible Knowledge to Everyday’s Situations

Before we Scripturally show how true Bible knowledge works to a Christian’s advantage, I would like to share a brief testimony of a dear brother in the Lord. For ethical reasons, we will not mention his real name here and for the record, our brother, John (not real name), fully committed his life to the Lord more than five years ago. A few years ago, my brother John related to me how he became backslidden as a Christian while he was a Bible student at a Christian Bible college. My brother John told me how he lived a double live. He secretly attended night clubs, smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol, and engaged in various other sins, while he displayed a superior Bible knowledge. Despite all this, brother John reported that he was constantly bothered by guilt and feelings of inadequacy. He knew his faith was fake and dead, because faith without works is dead (James 4:17).

Consequently, Brother John recalled how miserable his life became as a result of his double-life. To run away from his guilt, Brother John changed many jobs in pursuit of peace and as his frustrations deepened, he drowned himself more and more into drinking. A few years ago, when I met him, he appeared to be a smart and principled Christian fellow with impeccable reasoning and Bible knowledge. He quoted Scripture to almost everybody’s hearts delight in correction and encouragement of others. As ordinary a guy as he had been, some people find it a joy to be around him. His drawing power from what I observed, was his sincere and serious look, combined with his flawless speech and eloquence that seemed to have drawn people to him. However, he later told me that the Scriptures he quoted so freely carried power as it delivered convictions onto his hearers but to him those Scriptures were powerless and had no effect on him. When I inquired of him why the Scriptures had no effect on him, he answered saying “My life is such a mess. I fail to apply the Scriptures to my life; that is why the Bible has no effect”. In other words, Brother John had no faith in the Scriptures he learned; he merely used them as knowledge to impress and to be accepted by others. As Christians, knowledge of the Bible is of paramount importance (Colossians 1:10) because knowledge of God gives us power and we are being strengthened against false teachings which are fueled by the dominion of darkness. In addition, our knowledge of God’s Word helps us in our worship, our faith, and our fear for God (Colossians 1:10-14). When we walk in fear of God, we will be careful to obey Him and live according to the standards as commanded by the Scriptures (Joshua 23:6; John 15:10).

God Honors Those who Fear and Obey Him

Let us briefly consider just how God honoured men who walked in His fear. When Moses sent the twelve spies out, only Joshua and Caleb came back with a favourable report and they were honoured to enter the promised land (Numbers 14:30), while the other ten spies poisoned the minds of the people and suffered the consequences with death for their faithless efforts (Numbers 14:36-38). Similarly, King David, who had a heart of worship and fear for the Lord was singled out amongst his father’s clan as being a man after God’s own heart and he was made King of Israel (1 Samuel 13:14; 16:1;). And let's not forget how the Lord blessed, honor and lifted up Daniel (Daniel 2:48), Joseph (Genesis 41:41-43) and Mordecai (Esther 10:3).

In sharp contrast, we read how God was troubled by Saul’s disobedience which led to his down fall as king of Israel (1 Samuel 15:11, 28). The Lord was also grieved by the willful disobedience of the Israelites, and as a result He banished them from His Presence (2 Kings 17:18-20). These are but few examples on how God expressed His love for those who feared Him and His displeasure with those who dishonoured Him.

How Maturing as a Christian Benefits Us

It is knowledge about the Lord and His will that should direct the way we live. Over a period of almost 5 years that we heard and received messages from the Lord as a ministry. He repeatedly reminded each one of us and many other brethren how important daily Bible reading is. By so doing, the Lord emphasized that His will is being renewed in our spirits as we read the Word, and this builds up our faith, knowledge and fear for Him. When we submit to Scriptural instructions, growth takes place, doubt disappears, distorted myths and beliefs are challenged, and faithful fellowship with God is established (Romans 12:2).

Before expressing a concern with some Bible teachings, let us mention by saying that no amount of Bible teaching is wasted. The ministry of the Word is in every way profitable to our salvation (2 Timothy 3:16). However, as an observation, my wife and I have witnessed how ineffective some Bible teachings in school are. Some courses are designed to impart Bible knowledge and to highlight a certain doctrinal position. And with some success, this has produced more graduates and Bible-educated Christians with little or no fruits of the Holy Spirit and a love for souls. Being a product of the same institutionalized system, the benefit of going to Bible school and graduating is to have one’s church and stand behind a pulpit. This could be a great desire, but does it actually bring us closer to the Lord and result in effective ministry work? Personally, I doubt these works because the church is locked up in a building and unlike the Old and New Testament models no one ministers out on the streets (Jeremiah 11:6; Ezekiel 2:1-7;3;33; Isaiah 58, Mark 16:15; Acts 9:15; 23:11; 2 Timothy 4:2).

In conclusion, some years ago after completing a two-year Bible school course, I planned on going for my third year, but the Lord told me, through a vision to Charis, not to attend Bible school anymore. Honestly, I was ambitious to earn the degree. The Lord later told me that this is the desire of many Christians who go to Bible school; they are interested in the qualification to impress, while they bear less or no fruit at all. After the Lord’s command not to attend Bible school again, He encouraged me to read the Bible book by book. By doing this, the Lord promised that I will gain a much deeper knowledge of His will, unlike the selective teaching approach of Bible schools aimed at imparting knowledge. From our experience, Bible reading is a one on one encounter with God, a personal commitment. This will ensure we develop a Godly character, changed attitudes, greater results in ministry work and prayer breakthroughs. This is what we have been doing and we share for your encouragement.

If you desire to start  a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and mature as a Christian, here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed regards,

Brother Glenn and Ministry team.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Love, The Drawing Power Of God

So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself’ ” (Luke 10:27 NKJV).

Often, these words of great inner transformation are being ignored by Christians because most think that the Lord was just making a statement. To understand and apply this message into our lives we need to deliberate, meditate and internalise this message. In other words, we should bring this message closer to our hearts and own it so that the effect of this command should take root and possess our inner being by releasing the energy of this love in our hearts.

What is Love and Where Does it Originate?

Briefly, love is being defined as a variety of different feelings of strong attraction to someone or something. Therein is trust, peace and security with a comfort that this force of love has no end. As we know, love in any relationship often starts with a promise of lasting endurance, but as a relationship matures our promise of long lasting faithfulness changes into a conditional love, which we base on the promise, actions, and commitment of the other party, and often with selfish and unrealistic demands.

Unfortunately, love is not without ‘eyes’ and it was never meant to operate blindly. Biblically, love has built-in values which should manifest spontaneously when duty calls. The Bible gives us in the book of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 some distinct characteristics of love and any absence of any of these creates an imbalance leading to an incomplete love. In this context, I find no distinction that love should be departmentalized to apply differently to God, family or our neighbours. If it would, we would not be operating on the full force of love as Scripturally defined (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). In our giving of love to others, we sow and a return is guaranteed (Galatians 6:7; Luke 6:38). Like we said in the Good Manners article, love works in co-operation with respect and some of the values we discussed.

Brethren, we cannot emphasise enough that the Christian faith is meaningless unless we prove it through love and the outworking of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:22). The Lord likens Christians to a tree which attracts people by the good fruit it bears and a bad tree is for the fire (Matthew 7: 16-20). A good and ideal Christian finds his or her fruits from the Vine, which is Christ (John 15:1-4). In contrast an abrasive, rude and an unkind Christian dwells in the parched land and away from the fruitfulness and nourishment found in Christ alone (Jeremiah 17:6). In Christ love dwells and in a Christian love should blossom as an attractive force of peace and comfort (Philippians 4:7). As we mention in the Experiencing True Peace article, where there is no peace, there is no love because these two fruits co-exist (Galatians 5:22). The Bible says God is love (1 John 4:16). Therefore, with God being love who lives in us, why are we allowing hateful feelings, slander and deceitful living to control us? Are we desiring good and bad to walk with us (Matthew 6:24)? If that is our position, the fullness of God’s Goodness will give way, for light have no companionship with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:15-16).

Identifying the Dark Patches that Clouds our Souls

We are warned in the Bible not associate with sexually immoral Christians (1 Corinthians 5:9-11), those who have a form godliness but deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5), and bad company which corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 NASB). Otherwise, are we always trying to avoid the company of someone we know? If yes, why? I’m sure you have the answer for that. Whatever our reasons, can we truly say that we are loving God and showing love to that person? The full force of love, which has been packaged by God to resist unlovingness, has built-in values and will always defy human reason and feelings in its quest to fulfil its destiny. What I mean is when love compels against the danger of rejection, reason cease and love fulfils (2 Corinthians 5:14). This tells us that love is not selfish and it NEVER FAILS! It fulfils. In addition, when we operate by our will to decide on love, we give conditionally; but when we give by the will of the Holy Spirit, our lower nature suffers and the Spirit fulfils. This is beautifully summed up by what the Apostle Paul when he said, “Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8:12-14 NIV). If ‘we have an obligation’, the Holy Spirit is supposed to control us and when He controls, why do we give love short?

The Bible says that fear is an obstruction to love (1 John 4:18); that is why some people are afraid to love. They reason that others might take advantage of them. Are we not sometimes taking advantage of the Lord’s great love for us when we sin or disobey wilfully? Yes, we do! Are we not sacrificing love, a continuing debt we owe (Romans 13:8), which is our obligation and fulfilling fear, which is our distraction? Our will must serve the requirements of Scripture (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

Furthermore, are you always trying to be right and never wrong and rejecting correction while self-serving? Do you pursue quarrels and always in a self-pity mood? By examining yourself, you might find that you don’t have love in yourself because you are taking and not giving. Brethren, while this is not a good rebuke to share but for the benefit of everybody, the Lord rebuked a sister sharply for her lack of love, saying that “My daughter Dawn (not real name) does not have love in herself”. This was a deep rebuke that exposed the patches of anger, hatefulness, selfishness and rejection of the Holy Spirit, who equals love, God and Christ (Romans 8:9-10). In the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ also showed that rejecting Him and seeking glory and recognition from men while failing to seek glory from God displays that a Christian is lacking the word of God and love within themselves (John 5:37-44).

Where to Find and Grow Love

We have all been naturally endowed with basic love to show care to our children and immediate families. However, love to serve others and to treat others with dignity as brethren is found in God alone. By serving and asking God we grow love as He prunes it to develop fully. This is also evident in the animal realm and their love is observed by the care and protection they give to their young (Job 39:1-3; Matthew 23:37). In some occasions in the Bible, animals even show love for God and care for human beings (Numbers 22:21-30; 1 Kings 17:2-6; Jonah 1:17; 2:10). Unlike animals, humans love is dynamic, transitional and incomplete. Our love has a Source, God through Christ (1 John 4:8; John 3:16) and Biblically if we have no union with Christ, there is no God and no Spirit no love (1 John 4:8; Romans 8:9; John 13:20). This truly sets Christianity apart from other religions who are founded on cultural values. We know culture yields laws and if violated punishment, but in Christ, however, we are commanded to love and love covers over a multitude of sin (1 Peter 4:8).

The Lord’s love is real and having been a loveless person myself through my past life of hateful feelings and violence, I gave up my old life to follow the Lord’s ways. In being a Christian, I learned that my love was growing as I walked closer with the Lord. Therefore, the more we spend time in God’s Presence through prayer, worship, church services and Bible reading, the more we generate love (James 4:8). By Word reading, we develop the reality and discernment regarding what love really should be. Human love is interest driven and being fickle we are always looking for the gratification of our ever increasing desires for more and these serve as distractions. God purposely allowed the various distractions (Matthew 13:29) to test our endurance as He refines the dross from the pure gold (1 Peter 1:7). Like we said, operating from two or more personalities stifles the Holy Spirit, which hinders our walk and giving strength to our lower nature to dominate us (Romans 8:13-14). Love is the Golden Key to Heaven and we MUST possess it in abundance. As the love of many is growing cold in these last days (and indeed this is evident everywhere around the world) we encourage you to have love in yourself to give and attract the lost to Christ. Love is the greatest Cause, the single unifier of the human race. All people can identify with the force of love, for it is the only remedy known to man that calms the storms of life in the troubled human soul. This love, is God's gift to us that brought us peace (Romans 5:8; Isaiah 53:5).

In conclusion, have you been failing to seek God daily and remain in the Lord Jesus Christ, the true vine, that you may bear good fruit (Galatians 5:22; John 15:1-5)? Have you been skipping your personal time with the Lord and yielding bad fruit and cold love (Jeremiah 17:6; John 15:6)? If so, seek the Lord in repentance while loving Him and others as yourself (Luke 10:27).

If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, please get started by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments about this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed love in fear of God,

Brother Glenn and Preparing for the Kingdom Ministry Team.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Are You Cheating On God?

The Church and Individual Believers are Cheating On God

“Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows(Galatians 6:7 NIV)”

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own” (Luke 16:10-12 ESV).

Brief Notice, this month October marks our fifth (5) anniversary as an online Ministry and by the Lord's grace we never failed to provide messages here and share whatever the Lord gave us to share every week for this past five (5) years. Looking back, we can say it was not an easy journey but as we continue in our God-called Ministry we learned that prayer, faithfulness and obedience to the Lord were some of the weapons we needed to arrive here. Being limited in our being, we prayed and made ourselves available not to limit the Lord but to allow Him to express Himself mightily through us and for His Glory.  
We therefore urge you dear brethren to continue to pray for us as a family and ministry and to support our work in prayer and materially. We can safely share with you dear brethren that there are countless people around the world who writes to us expressing great joy about the impact this ministry has in their lives. By the mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ, their feedback serves as a great encouragement to us. Additionally, this ministry has a very large readership around the world and of the literally thousands who visits this blog monthly yet nobody cares about the well-being of this ministry except one brother. By saying this, we are not appealing for money or donations but caring brethren ought to discern that a ministry has needs and a ministry has needy people to care for (Deuteronomy 15:11). Also, while some has viewed us with suspicions our messages has never deviated from the Word of God and neither did our visions. Therefore, as we are waiting for the appearing of the Lord, we will continue to deliver his messages right here with the help of your prayers and support (1 Corinthians 12:14-26). 



Sometime ago, the Lord Jesus gave me a message to write an article 'Cheating On God'. Often, people think that it is impossible for us as humans to cheat on God. If we read further, we will find out how a person cheats on God. Also, generally cheating may be considered as infidelity involving relationships amongst people, in this work however, we will confine our discussion to cheating on God.

Beloved people, as you can see that it is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who decides what we must be taught. I am equally an imperfect vessel and I give Glory to the Lord for choosing me to share His truths with you. Through His grace, I allow His Holy Spirit to direct every activity of my thoughts and conscience so that He be heard and obeyed. We seek to bring honor to our Lord and Master Christ Jesus than to us or our ministry. We serve Him and point man to Him for salvation and justification (Ephesians 1:7). We will again blend this article with actual experiences, Scriptural references and rebukes delivered by the Lord. Have you ever wondered which type of Bible translation the Lord is using when speaking to us? We must remember that Bible translations follow along certain editorial rules. The Lord is bound by none; when He brings a message, He uses words, phrases and expressions that convey the full message unambiguously. Furthermore, although the Lord gives the messages to Charis mainly in English, when addressing Afrikaans-speaking people especially in visions He conveys it in Afrikaans.

Cheating Ourselves and Others

Back to our message, the word “cheat” also means ‘deceive’. If a person is a cheat, then the person is unfaithful and dishonest. When we act dishonestly we are cheating on the truth (Christ) and we thus hide something sinful. We deceive others and ourselves for covering our shameful conduct. While we think we can ‘get away’ with whatever motivated us, with God we have become answerable because all we do will be exposed (Luke 8:17). As people, we cheat for various reasons, including satisfying a ‘need’ or some craving. We also do so to hide some of our mistakes. The list of reasons is long and you know why you cheated!

Cheating is dishonest conduct aimed at tricking someone. As it is, the Bible says: “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are His delight” (Proverbs 12:22 ESV). Being guilty of cheating, we turn to lies to cover our deceptive ways. The voice of sin speaks so loud within us when our folly is exposed that we blame others or other things for our conscious mistakes (See Genesis 3:10-14). When we cheat, we deny ourselves correction and fruit bearing so that God be glorified (John 15:8). Honest conduct and faithfulness has always been associated with godliness and indeed its root is found in Christ (Hebrews 1:8-9).

Cheating on God and Its Consequences

Moreover, when we cheat the devil rejoices and God is saddened by our deceitful conduct (2 Kings 17:9-23). The children of Israel enjoyed a unique and an intimate relationship with God; they were chosen above all the nations of the earth, they were God’s “Segula” (treasured possession) [Deuteronomy 7:6]. The love the Lord Almighty bestowed upon the Israelites showed His faithfulness and concern for their well-being. He gave them victory over their enemies and provided them with great wealth and possessions. Moses blessed them saying “Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places” (Deuteronomy 33:29). This was Israel’s heritage to enjoy the good of the land and to obey the Lord’s commands (Deuteronomy 28). They received every good and faithful promise from the Lord, until they became corrupt through cheating and their judgement was swift and decisive. They secretly did wrong things against the Lord, provoking Him to anger and jealousy and He removed them from His Presence (2 Kings 17:7-23). This was the consequences of cheating, although the Lord returned them to their land as He promised (Amos 9:15); they returned as a remnant (Ezra 2).

The Lord Rewards Faithfulness

This is a true saying, serving the Lord is the single highest calling and honour. While we are not saved by our own ‘good’ works, the Lord expects us to obey His word faithfully every day (John 12:26; 1 Peter 1:14). If we fail to observe the word daily, we are cheating. Before writing an examination, we are expected to observe all the rules and failure to do so results in possible expulsion. Likewise, we are building our life’s on the Word of God in preparation for His Kingdom (Matthew 7:24). The Lord supplies the ‘building material’, His Word, and once the ‘building’ is constructed He approves it as the Master Inspector (1 Corinthians 3:12).

Before I turn to testimonies, the Lord welcomed into His Kingdom a faithful servant who did everything well in acts of obedience (Matthew 25:21). If we say we serve God, let us show through our faithfulness and commitment to Him. The Lord sharply rebuked one sister in our ministry for condoning wrong things saying: “My daughter ……….. Allows drinking, smoking and worldly parties at her house but she is serving God”. This rebuke made us all take note of our walk with the Lord. The Lord Judges deliberate sinful conduct and this He regards as disobedience. This is cheating on God!

Also, cheating on our relationship with the Lord is a very serious sin that leads to Hell. This is unfaithfulness and He regards us as worthless (Matthew 25:30). When cheating on God we fool ourselves and people and our lost is very great as the above scripture declares. The Apostle Paul admonishes us to put all falsehood away (Ephesians 4:25).

Displeasing Ways of Cheating Against The Lord

The Bible chronicles an exhaustive list of cheating, and I will not rewrite it here, I will however point out the most common and frequent rebukes we received from the Lord as ways of cheating. One of our ministry members was solemnly rebuked by the Lord for repeatedly committing the same sins. I regard this as one of the toughest rebukes the Lord meted out. This rebuke, which was a full A4 size (8.3 inches x 11.7 inches) page of sins, brought a great fear upon us. The Lord brought out all the things the person was cheating on. I realised through this rebuke that Lord I am unclean and I could not survive if I received this rebuke. The Lord’s anger was evident through the words He gave. But great praise and glory be given to our Heavenly Father, our beloved sister humbled herself before the Lord and started working on those problems. He said things like, My daughter Grace is taking advantage of Me and My daughter Grace thinks I am a fool. My daughter Grace must fear Me! The Lord was displeased with her because she failed to rebuke people and overlooked people’s sins (Ezekiel 3:18-21); this was cheating on the truth and compromising faithfulness. The Lord lashed out on her keeping herself poor to avoid giving to others; this is unfaithful conduct and disobedience. The Lord made it abundantly clear through this rebuke that we should not look to others as a scapegoat to easily live, but to God. He alone can make our lives easy. Admittedly, I was rebuked for cheating on honesty when I blamed others for sins I committed knowingly.

Furthermore, accusing others falsely is a common sin we overlook. The Lord has repeatedly rebuked us for blaming others wrongly (Luke 3:14; Exodus 20:16). Blaming others is distortion of truthful conduct and truth is not seen and appreciated when we accuse falsely.

The Lord considers us cheating on Him when we don’t spend time reading the Bible daily. The entire body of believers are commanded to read Bible daily and not just our leaders (Joshua 1:8). Moses commanded the children of Israel to read and tell to their children and obey the Word of God (Deuteronomy 6:4-19). Only therein is prosperity. We are His bride and we must listen to Him; if we don’t who are we listening to? Surely, we are listening to something or someone else, the flesh for its cravings, the world, and the devil. If we are called as God’s treasured possession through our adoption in Christ Jesus then we are separated from the world to live for Him (Galatians 2:20). If we are the bride, then as a husband would be provoked to jealousy if his wife is comforted by another man, how much more do we think the Lord would be provoked to jealousy and anger if we turn to other voices for comfort -- like the woman in the vision who listened to secular radio all day and watching television to listen to teachings of other religions and men, or the vision of the pastor who was reading the Bible while listening to pop music (you can read both visions in the Vision of Judgement and Blessings for the Faithful article). This is cheating! This is foundational to our relationship with the Lord, are you listening to Him?

Still, not praying faithfully in our individual service to the Lord is being considered cheating. If we are not praying we are declaring self-reliance. The Lord delights in His children depending on Him for everything. Through prayer we express gratitude and dependence on Him. This is humility and service; the prophet Daniel took His prayer life and commitment to God very seriously that He prayed three (3) times a day (Daniel 6:10). David also prayed three times daily or more (Psalms 55:17). If we pray once or twice daily just to ease our conscience, are we not cheating? Also, if great men like King David and Daniel sought after the Lord through faithful service, how much more for us who have received the better promises (Hebrews 8:6). In the beginning of the Lord Jesus Christ’s visitations to Charis, He allowed certain things to happen to us in order to teach us. We prayed but not enough for our house. We were in arrears for quite a few months with our mortgage repayments. Furthermore, the Lord had us form a prayer group and some of our members started staying away and offered excuses. We turned to the Lord for a solution, just liked the Israelites when they were defeated by their enemies through their unfaithfulness (Judges 2:10-23). We asked the Lord why we were not getting our prayers answered. He told us that we were not praying enough and He considers a person faithful in prayers when we kneel and pray to Him at least three times a day, pointing us to the above Scriptures. I safely conclude in saying the Lord regards us as unfaithful and cheating if we do not pray at least three times or more daily. As further testimony: many, many brethren have requested us to inquire from the Lord a word for them regarding some problem they have or if their walk with Him was pleasing. The Lord would in most of the cases point to their prayer life and Bible reading, as well as witnessing. This to Him is foundational to being faithful. While these are the basic things the Lord looks at, it does not mean we are faithful in everything.

The Lord commanded a girl eight (8) years old to pray for an hour every morning from 6 a.m. She would get up at 6:00am but instead of praying she would either sleep or play. The Lord issued another message exposing her saying that she was cheating and not praying faithfully for that hour. I know of many believers who are cheating in prayers and Bible reading through the messages the Lord gives Charis. They are cheating by either skipping, or not praying heartily and faithfully. In addition, the Lord sees everything we do (Psalm 94:9-11). Some of our members were surprised when the Lord rebuked them for being unfaithful and cheating in fasting. They did not receive what they fasted for because of unfaithfulness.

Beloved brethren, God sees through our duplicity (Jeremiah 17:9-10) and He cannot be fooled. The lack of spiritual fruit in our lives is testimony that we are walking deceitfully and disobediently towards the Lord. We have endless problems and complaints because we walk deceitfully and most of this the Lord pointed out is caused by laziness and comfort. Today, He has sent us to say to you, “Stop cheating in your relationship with Me; you are the one deceiving yourself” (Galatians 6:7). Like the Lord told a few of us, “If My son………. Or My daughter………. Carries on doing these wrong things he or she will end up in HELL”. I encourage you walk upright and in integrity without worrying to look every time over your shoulder, for your key to faithfulness is obedience to God and the Holy Spirit. Obey the Lord Jesus Christ, fear Him and complete this race faithfully (1 Corinthians 9:24; Hebrews 12:1). Please start today and earn the crown of life! (Revelation 2:10).

Have you been cheating on God? Have you been unfaithful to the Lord Jesus Christ, the only One who is mighty to save you from Hell and into His glorious Kingdom? Are you willing to repent from your sins and start running the race of life so as to earn the crown of life? If you are willing, please pray this Prayer of Sincere Repentance.

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

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you!

Brother Glenn.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fulfilling Hope

Hope That Never Fails

After our Lord ascended to Heaven He told us, "I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you "...the world will not see Me, but you will see Me..." (John 14:18-19 NKJV). In this instance the Lord gave us hope of His indwelling Holy Spirit and the Hope of such a promise.

Furthermore, in Romans we read "For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it  patience" (Romans 8:24-25). In another Scripture, we are encouraged that "...according to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3).

Brethren, this kind of article is needed Christ our hope needs our attention daily! Let's hope in Him and not just on the advancement of our earthly careers. When our years winds down and our bodies becoming weary, when our careers starts or end and when the Lord comes or death catches up with us, hope will be there as security to our futures. Let us continue to hope in Christ His precious promises are unshakeable. Now, the above Scriptures remind us of God's eternal promises. There is no good promise of God that ever failed. Throughout the history of Israel, the Lord gave them many promises which served as hope that carried them and their descendants well into the future (Isaiah 43:1-13). The Lord Almighty created hope through His promises, which are vested in His faithfulness and holiness. This is a hope based on genuine faith. It is not just a mere wish for something, but in essence it is placing a strong confidence in God's abilities to fulfill our hopes and expectations (Psalm 42:5; 71:5; Romans 4:18; Hebrews 11:1). Eternal Glory be to Yahweh!

Given to our ever-changing environment politically and otherwise it is always so tempting to for us as people to put our hope in other things than on the Lord, and this results in us moving subtly away from the Lord. In addition, while we are writing about hope, there is need to mention faith as a co-pillar of our Christian belief in this article. Faith and hope are inseparable (Romans 5: 1-5; Galatians 5:5; 1 Peter 1:21). Therefore those without God have no faith nor any hope in the promises God has for "...those who through faith and patience inherit the promises" (Hebrews 6:11-12 NKJV).

What is Our Greatest Hope as Christians?

Some 22 years ago, I was living in an apartment in Johannesburg city centre. Due to economic conditions I lost my first job through retrenchment. I got my last pay cheque and paid my rent, and I used some of the money to buy myself a bed. I did not panic of losing my apartment; I hoped in the Lord to bless me with a new job and after prayer and fasting, my hope was met and I got blessed with a new and better paying job. Naturally, people with no faith run to man for help and not to the Lord; this is their greatest loss.  Unfavorable  circumstances should require us to act by faith, hoping on God's flawless promises. I don't want to sound like a prosperity teacher; however, the Lord promised to supply our needs (Matthew 7:7; Philippians 4:19), to heal us (Isaiah 53:5-6), and He also promised us Heaven and eternal life (John 3:16; 14:2-4). The only condition being obedience (John 15:7).

Moreover, our greatest hope is the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, when we will experience the fullness of our salvation and enter with the Lord into the glory of the new age (1 Corinthians 15:19-23; Ephesians 1:18; Colossians 1:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8). As it is, for the Christian to have the hope of the Lord's return means to eagerly look forward into the future, and the basis of such hope is our Lord's atoning death and His glorious resurrection. Therefore our Lord's entrance into His glory guarantees our entrance and glory (Colossians 1:5; Hebrews 6:19; 1 Peter 1:18-21).

I would like to add this: "By its very nature, hope means that the thing hoped for has not yet arrived. Christ has not yet returned, so Christians must have patience as we wait for our final salvation. We have received God's promises and the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 11:1, 39-40; Romans 8:23-25). This patience therefore has no element of doubt, for our hope is the anticipation of something that is absolutely certain. Like I alluded elsewhere, God confirms the hope of salvation by giving us His Holy Spirit. We have a living hope within us until the day our hope is fulfilled. The Holy Spirit is God's mark of permanent ownership upon our lives (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30).

Finally, the hope we have received from the Lord gives our lives purpose and stability (Romans 15:13; Colossians 3:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 1:3). Having said that, we should work hard through prayer and obedience to keep ourselves free from sin because our day of salvation is also our day of reckoning (1 John 3:2-3; Matthew 24:45-46; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

In closing, may the word of the Lord through these short, weekly articles increase your faith and hope in Christ Jesus our Lord. Remember, He is the One who commands what we should write and He knows about you. Take heart, the Lord is near!

If you are not yet born again, here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started in this great journey of hope. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Hope,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Faith to Believe

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV).

Notice: As a family and ministry, we would like to heartily thank you in the Lord our most loyal brethren and readers on this platform for the positive feedback, encouragement, love and prayers we have been receiving over the past few weeks. The Lord knows how your messages of encouragement is lifting us up. Being filled with faith ourselves, we know that the good flowing from your hearts to us through those wonderful messages comes from the Lord Himself (James 1:17). We therefore urge you to continue praying for us so that we will continue faithfully in all the Lord's work. Now this week, we are sharing a simple but very important message about faith without it we know from the Bible that salvation, gifts of the Holy Spirit and the supply of needs would be impossible to attain. Brethren, we can assure you that the Lord will continue to provide some great messages and revelations on this website to ensure your readiness for His soon Coming.

Let's reason from the Word of God, the Bible tells us that having faith, that is, believing and trusting God without any reservations, is an important prerequisite for receiving anything from God. The Bible further reminds us that as we believe, so it shall be according to our faith.

He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you” (Matthew 9:29 NKJV).

And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22 NKJV).

On the other hand, expressing doubt in God, who is the I AM THAT I AM (Exodus 3:14), and not believing that with Him all things are possible (Matthew 19:26), amounts to a lack of faith and we have no hope of expecting any results to our prayers. As much as faith is a gift from God, it is a choice that we should exercise and we know God is very pleased with a person who has faith in Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Before you express contentment and complacency to this message, please read on you stand to gain. Faith is an active consciousness about God, His will and His love for us. In essence we all need a message of faith, because no amount of faith is ever going to be enough (Luke 17:5). The absence of faith brings about hopelessness, doubt and spiritual stagnation. Therefore, we should keep growing in our faith! The Bible says that as diverse as the various members of the body are for the good of the whole body, the gifts are likewise diversified for our edification and maturity in our faith (1 Corinthians 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-13). There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord (1 Corinthians 12:4-5 NKJV).

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ… (Ephesians 4:11-13 NKJV).

Having faith in God involves acquiring Bible knowledge to know Him better and to trust Him to protect us against our fears and insecurities. It is indeed true that the message about faith is ancient, going as far back as the first generation of our faith fathers (Hebrews 11:4). True faith is not simply based on a confession and a belief in a Supreme Being. No! Such faith is casual and hopelessly fruitless because it is neither based on a relationship nor does it give us a fear for God or bring about a change in our character. In other words, simply believing in God, without being committed to obey Him, is not enough; even the demons believe—and tremble with terror and trepidation! (James 2:19).

A living faith is active, fruitful and rewardful (Hebrews 11:6). However, a mere confession of faith without an active commitment holds no hope or reward. Therefore, this kind of faith is equivalent to atheism because an atheist says: “I do not believe in the existence of a God, so I am not going to obey Him or do anything He requires from me!” A person with such an attitude is self-seeking and without hope. An atheist hopes that there is no God so that they may not be held accountable for their sins and lack of faith. For us, faith connects us to a relationship, commitment, and responsibility towards God (James 2:14-26). The Bible clearly says that without faith it is impossible to please God. If we come to God, we must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Let us consider an example of faith in the Bible and especially Joseph's experience in Egypt (Genesis 41). When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, being pagan, Pharaoh believed Joseph’s message and acted by faith allowing Joseph to implement decisions to save Egypt from starvation, and he subsequently set Joseph in charge over all the land of Egypt (Genesis 41:37-41). Unlike today, if Pharaoh doubted Joseph’s message it would have led to the destruction of Egypt and the then known world (Genesis 41:53-57).

Faith for Salvation

How does faith leading to salvation come about? Well the Bible says first, faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and when we hear the Word of God, conviction from the Holy Spirit brings about a godly sorrow and repentance, and God who knows our hearts grants us grace to accept His gift of faith and forgiveness (Ephesians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 7:10). By the preceding Scriptures, we noted that no one inherits faith automatically, the Word of God is the foundation (Mark 4:15; Jeremiah 31:30; Ezekiel 18:20; Galatians 6:5). Therefore, by accepting God’s gift of faith through the invitation of the Word, this led to our salvation. So on our part, we are required to wait for our redemption while we exercise or work on our faith, which is ‘proof’ of God’s Presence in us by our transformed ways and renewed inner intentions (Colossians 3:10; (Romans 12:2; John 15:8; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:9)).

Faith for Ministry

As for ministry work, we learn from the Bible that God does the calling of people and anoints them accordingly to do the work He needs done (Exodus 31:1-6; Leviticus 8:12; John 1:32; Acts 13:2). In other words, God does the calling and the anointing, which determines the kind of work we are called to do. Over the years, many believers have written to us asking how they could recognize the call of God upon their lives. Still others even asked that we inquire from the Lord on their behalf and ask Him about their ministry callings. In some instances, because of their lack of faith, some people that we inquired for from the Lord did not even realize that the work they were currently doing in the body was from Him! In response to them, the Lord rebuked them for their lack of faith and discernment. Often, some of these believers thought that the Lord would have said that He called them to be prophets or evangelists, thinking only of the official ministry offices. The Lord told us that no ministry activity in the body of Christ is inferior to the other ministry gifts, all work for Him enjoys the same importance (1 Corinthians 12:21). Scripturally, the Lord designed the various gifts to serve just one purpose, and that is to “equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13). When we are involved in any type of ministry work, we do so for His sake (Luke 9:50; 12:34).

Sadly, there are some brethren who are still waiting for the ‘formal’ anointing by the laying on of hands by their leaders before they can accept and acknowledge the calling of God in their lives. They will not do ministry work unless they are acknowledged or ‘ordained’ and ‘blessed’ by some church leader. This kind of attitude gives the impression that there is no formal conviction from the Holy Spirit to witness or pray for someone when God presents such an opportunity. Unlike the disciples who had to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit, when we become born again we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and as we commit our ways to the Lord, He sets us apart for ministry work (Acts 13:2). It is evident from the Scriptures that God does the calling (1 Samuel 3:4), and when He calls, He also anoints us for the task we are called for (Galatians 1:11-12). It is true, the laying on of hands for ministry service is a genuine Biblical practice, however, the calling and anointing is not from the pastor or the person ordaining us, but from the Lord Himself (Acts 13:2). With faith and commitment, we have examples of lay believers in Christ who went out preaching the gospel, healing the sick and driving out demons (Luke 9:50; Acts 8:4). Let us therefore not limit the work of the gospel by thinking that only a few “special” or specific people are anointed or ordained for ministry work. The truth is that all believers are called to serve the Lord, but only those who express willingness and obedience to do the Lord’s work operate by faith (Matthew 22:14; Luke 10:1-3; 17-20).

Faith for Deliverance and Provision

Briefly, in our ministry we have had a few people who were unemployed, sick, and struggling with certain personal habits. By praying and enquiring for them from the Lord, He encouraged some of them to have faith and to others who lacked faith He encouraged to fast if they need a breakthrough and deliverance. Being true to His word, after prayer and fasting some have experienced healing from various sicknesses, others deliverance from sinful habits and demons, and the jobless got employed. When we delight in the Lord and our motives are pure and pleasing to Him, we will receive answer to our prayers (Psalm 37:4; Matthew 7:11; John 15:7).

Faith is a Choice

From what we were trying show is that faith is a choice or an option we should exercise daily. When we have a committed faith in the Lord, we choose to disregard the opinions of others and instead concentrate on our obedience to Him (Daniel 6:10).

We are all aware of some religions, sects or even some “Christian” denominations that use fear as a weapon to force or coerce their followers to submit and act in a certain way. As fellow believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have learned first-hand from our experiences with Him that He never forces His will upon us (Revelation 3:20). Because, forced obedience does not emanate from faith and love, but from fear.

Briefly, please allow me to share with you an experience I had with the Lord on choosing to have faith. A few months after the Lord showed my daughter Charis that a man closely related to my wife was in hell (we have shared this vision on our website, titled as “Visit to Hell), the Lord in His unfailing mercy heard the pleas of his family and He sent us to go and preach the gospel to them. This was something we desired to do after learning of the man’s eternal fate. The day before going to preach to his family, I experienced a very frustrating day at work, and as such I was so upset to the point that I asked the Lord in prayer to release me from going to preach at his (the man who is in Hell) family’s residence. To my amazement, the Lord did not rebuke me for refusing to go where He had sent me. Instead, as a surprise to my wife, He gently gave my wife a message to go and preach to the man’s family. Being overcame with guilt and shame for being disobedient to the Lord, I immediately repented and told my wife that I would go and preach to the man’s family. Since the message that I was going to preach was very important, the Lord drew many people to our meeting that evening. In acknowledging my obedience, when the Lord visited Charis that evening, He said: Your father preached with the fire of the Holy Spirit!

Praise be to God who gives us His Spirit without limit (John 3:34), we ought to delight in Him and fear Him! (Isaiah 11:2-3). Let us diligently continue to desire further what it means to fear the Lord.

Are you lacking faith in God in any area of your life? We encourage you, don't lose your faith. God is promised and is able to help you through your situation (Isaiah 41:10). If you desire a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and faith leading to your salvation,  here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance
to get you started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Grace,

Brother Glenn and Preparing for the Kingdom Ministry Team

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sinning In Secret

Being Weak Requires Us To Resist Sin

“He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion” (Proverbs 28:13 NIV).

Brethren, this week's article essentially appeals to born again Christians and being the minister on this platform, it was revealed to us by the Lord that there are some Christian folk in general who sins shamelessly in secret. Secretly the Lord emphasised, "For that is when sinful behaviour is utterly expressed".  Did you ever hear somebody said, “I am just human and I am weak, so I sinned”? This is a very common excuse that most of us we make after we opted to disobey the Lord and committed a sinful offense, isn’t it? Well, it is true, we are weak and just human, but the word of the Lord says, “Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the LORD, And whose deeds are done in a dark place, And they say, "Who sees us?" or "Who knows us?" (Isaiah 29:15). Brethren, by writing these articles does not mean that we are not human or having struggles against the deceitfulness of sin, instead being in this sinful body (Romans 7:24) requires us to be on our guard against the deceitfulness and addictions of sinful habits. As Christians, we have been called to wage war against the sinful desires by not giving in to its passions of lusts (Galatians 5:16-17).

Our Daily Struggle Against Sin

Scripturally, we are not guaranteed a smooth path without any hindrance from sin (Genesis 4:7), we are however commanded to master it (1 Corinthians 9:27) and such mastery over sin comes through a consciousness of sins presence and tempting advances. You may ask, how do I recognize that I am about to sin? Sin is driven by our desires and urges and it appeals to what may benefit our physical nature (James 1:14-15), also our urges defies all logic and authority and being opportunistic, sin often creates inflated feelings with strong urges to gratify the passions we experience at the opportunity. To present a point with a strong argument, urges and passions to sin are always present in us, however, the Holy Spirit who convicts us, helps us overcome sin (Ephesians 5:18-21). Furthermore, we need to add, sin operates much more powerful when there is no restraint, in other words, sin is laid bare and operates unashamedly when it happens in secret (Ephesians 5:12) and every Christian who loves sinning operates in the dark (secretly) (John 3:20). Below, we share a short testimony of a brother who sinned secretly, take heed and be warned!

Additionally, with permission, a very close brother whom I greatly admire in the Lord recently shared with me how the Lord gave him a strong rebuke for sinning secretly. In his experience, brother J recalled how he opened his soul to shameful and appalling sin in secret and the more he realized that nobody was seeing him the more he engaged in this sickening habit. He further described that the more he indulged, the more his soul yearned for more and more and after the defilement of his righteous soul, he felt guilty and the urge to repent like Adam and Eve in the Lord’s garden (Genesis 3:8) and after repenting, he did not escape the Lord’s rebuke.

Now, without giving too much detail he said that the Lord appeared in a vision to him and told him that he acted flippantly and that he did not take his salvation serious and the Lord further told him that he may have deleted those offensive files from his notebook, but the guilt of his conscience cannot be erased or deleted. Brethren, we can tell that this brother is living very close to the Lord and the rebuke he received from the Lord is proof that his actions greatly displeased and hurt the Lord.

In closing, are you operating in the dark (secretly) and flippant at the expense of your salvation? We urge you not to allow the secret addiction(s) of sin to drive you underground and away from the love of the Lord. Like our brother J, repent and join the light to receive favor and forgiveness (2 Corinthians 4:6; John 8:12). Therefore, let us not allow the weakness of our disobedient attitude as an excuse to sin.

Finally, if you are not yet born again, here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Brother Glenn