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