Monday, February 26, 2018

How the Lord Answered Our Prayers

How The Lord Confirmed His Promise

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6 NKJV).

On the December 12, 2016, we originally shared this article and we noticed not many Christians read this testimony which we believe could help countless brethren receiving breakthroughs. We are sharing this message again as commanded by the Lord for your edification. Now in order to receive a breakthrough, we only need to take faith with us which would help us develop patience, persistence, perseverance and humility. Generally, Christians are struggling with issues of faith and confidence in the Presence of God.

Briefly, this might be a slightly lengthy article, but we have attempted to be to the point. As you know, the Lord commanded us to share this testimony to encourage the brethren that He is still answering prayers and those who ask must believe (Matthew 21:22). Sometime ago, the Lord revealed to us repeatedly that we must be persistent and consistent in our prayers and pray until our requests are granted (Colossians 4:2-6; Luke 18:1-8).

Briefly, over the years that we received messages and visions from the Lord, certain revelations and things about the future would not have made sense had we shared it immediately. In fact, neither did some of it make sense to us then but we believed it, and like John the Baptist’s father, we only understood the reality of the prophecy when it reached its fulfillment (Luke 1:20; 62-66). You may also have noticed recently that we only shared some major prophecies the Lord gave us some months or even years after they were given. Why? With some revelations, the Lord forbid that we share it immediately until He commands us to, and other revelations that we don't understand, we would pray for understanding before sharing it to avoid people being confused and blaming us as false. Sadly, though, there were, unfortunately, some people who gave their own interpretation to some things we shared, and they subsequently accused us of being false. It is foolhardy to suggest something is false if you simply don’t believe it, and also declaring a Word from the Lord as false when it still needs fulfillment is equally foolish (Jeremiah 28:9; Deuteronomy 18:21-22).

Ministry Need for a Prayer House

We have already shared how this ministry started, and we did mention that we operated from our living room for our home church services and our prayer meetings. Furthermore, we also mentioned that the Lord did not allow children in our intercessory prayer meetings so that we may not be disturb during prayers. Briefly, there was one occasion when it rained heavily, and after we had returned from witnessing, we decided to pray without taking the children to my mother in law’s house which is quite a distance from where we live. That evening, we heard the Lord thundering and our children were all awaken by that sound, and some of them came running in where we were praying. This act was very displeasing to the Lord, after rebuking us saying that our prayers for that evening did not make it to Heaven, He commanded that we redo the prayers the following day. When the Lord commanded us not to allow children in our prayer meetings, He specifically said, “The prayers are holy and must be kept safe.” In a later revelation to us, the Lord revealed that angels come with baskets and usher our prayers into the Presence of God (Revelations 5:8). Therefore, the problem with our children (including some ministry member’s children) and our lack of a proper dedicated prayer house led us to earnestly plead with the Lord to bless us with a prayer house.

Thus, during April 2012 as a ministry we deliberated on the problems we had, and after our discussions, we all agreed that we needed to trust the Lord to bless us with a prayer house (Matthew 18:19). Our need was genuine it was not based on some ambitious plan but on a true concern to obey the Lord in keeping our prayers private and without disturbance (Matthew 6:6).

How Satan Opposed us

We can assure you brethren; the devil has his people everywhere and they work tirelessly to oppose the work of God (2 Corinthians 12:7; Matthew 16:23). We will share further below how the devil opposed us and how we had to overcome him to receive God’s promise (1 Thessalonians 2:18). After failing to have our prayer house plan approved by the local authorities during July 2012, and after having spent a lot of money on the building project, we gave up (but not on prayer) on ever getting our prayer house plan approved with red-tape, excuses, and unnecessary delays. As we continued praying, our neighbor's next door reported to us during August 2013 that they were moving out and I immediately prayed asking the Lord to bless us with the house and a few evenings I had a dream that the Lord was going to bless us with that house. This dream was a great faith motivator, with our following prayer meeting, I encouraged the brethren to trust the Lord with my family and me for the house next door, and we decided to go on a one-day fast. Glory to the Lord in the highest Heaven, He answered giving both Charis, Jaydeen visions that He has granted our request. The reception of these visions, which we have voice recorded filled our hearts with unspeakable joy which lifted our spirits with faith to continue praying and trusting the Lord.

Enduring Test Before God’s Promises Realise

Let me confidently state, no blessing from God has ever come without a test. Although God promised Abraham a future blessing of being a father of many nations while he was childless (Genesis 17:1-6), his faith was tested when he suddenly had to sacrifice his son Isaac (Genesis 22:1-2) through whom the promise of God was linked. Abrahams' faith was unshaken, and this did not deter him from trusting God (Hebrews 11:19).

Likewise, the Bible says Jacob was promised with greatness with the same blessings Abraham received (Genesis 27:27-29). However, before he inherited God’s blessings, he had to endure 20 years of hard labor (Genesis 31:38-41) and living as a pilgrim in the promised land, but he considered God faithful to deliver on His promises (Genesis 48:3-4). Additionally, young Joseph, who was favored by God and promised to be master and ruler of his father’s children (Genesis 37:7-8), had to endure every kind of test and hardship before he was appointed ruler of Egypt (See Genesis 37, 39, 40 and 41). Similarly, God tested the children of Israel to measure their obedience towards Him before they could enter the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 8:1-2). We know that through war, death and rebelliousness some received the promise while others did not, but God’s promises were fulfilled through those who believed, endured and obeyed Him (Joshua 23:14-15).

Our Struggle Against Satan and Discouragement

Accordingly, as a ministry, we had to endure test as well. This experience and some other experiences have taught us that God’s promises do not always have an obvious occurrence. As we demonstrated on the above scriptural references, God allowed the devil room to sow doubt, confusion, and emotional pain to test our faith and as we obey and endure we overcome and receive what God promised (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). As I alluded above, the people who moved out of the property we intended purchasing refused to sell it to us after numerous requests.

Instead, things seemed to turn against us; two different families moved into the property God promised us with the option of buying it. Now this could have turned any believer into doubting God’s promise since one of the occupants planned in buying the house. What was worse, we did not have the financial means to make an offer, we simply just had faith and our prayers. However, knowing what was going to happen, and how timely He is, the Lord worked in the heart of a very dear and humble sister whom the Lord described as being a faithful servant who has a heart of love for Him and His work to help us financially.

Furthermore, after one of the occupants could not raise the money to buy the property, it was sold on auction during July 24, 2014. After asking the Lord in prayer through Charis, He did not answer if we could approach the new ‘owner’ to buy it from him, but we thought we should use our faith and negotiate with the person who bought the property from the auction. The decision to enter into a contract with the new ‘owner’ seemed to be a deal from hell. He was a conman Satan used to defraud us of our money (John 10:10) and the prayer house. The joy of finally acquiring the prayer house after the previous hurdles like our building plans that were disapproved and the potential buyers and occupation of the promised property all just disappeared in great sadness, regret and unbelieve. After numerous prayers and requests through Charis, He just said, “how to know that God is testing you”. Honestly, this served as little comfort and encouragement to us, with some people even doubting and ridiculing our decision.

Brethren, as bad as this turned out, the Lord was using this bad experience to humble and make us dependent on Him. We fully turned to the Lord to in prayer to deliver us from the mess we found ourselves in, with our money gone and so the dream of our prayer house. (There will be a follow-up article as we are still involved in a civil matter with the fraudster, the outcome of which the Lord already showed to be in our favor) However, we rallied in prayer and fasting, and the Lord took the property of the hands of the fraudster giving us another opportunity to buy it. As a ministry, we decided to go on one-day fast and Monday 23 May I received a visit from an Angel of the Lord in a vision, and he said that the Lord had given us the property (Acts 27:23-25). Praise the Lord; I encouraged the brethren with this message knowing the Lord was encouraging us to be focused on Him and believe. After accepting an invitation, on May 26, 2016, we (My wife and I) attended the auction of the property not knowing Satan has arranged for the entrances to and out of the area to be closed through violent protest; please read the full story on the links provided below. (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/ennerdale-residents-block-roads-in-protest-over-housing-20160526 and http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/f26dba804ce671d6adb8bf271348019a/Service-delivery-protest-erupts-in-Ennerdale-20160526 .

After unsuccessful attempts to get out of the area, and by then our desperation had turned into worry that we would not be able to make it on time. My wife and I together with our children prayed, pleading with the Lord to open a way out for us and after we had made a telephone call to someone, he informed us that there was a direction out of the area. The alternative route was all rocky and difficult to drive on but glory to the Lord we ‘escaped’ and entered through this difficult road after securing the property at the auction. Without being exaggerative, we were met with stiff competition at the auction for this was not an easy experience. We were opposed and intimidated by some experienced people who threatened to reverse the decision if we could not come up with all the money needed (1% of the total auctioned value of the property) and we did not have all the cash. They allowed no exceptions and with potential buyers still waiting outside for the decision to be reversed against us, the Lord granted us a favor and I were allowed to transfer the difference right there into the account of the sheriff. After having survived a scare with a daring, desperate faith, my wife and I could only exclaim, ‘THANK YOU LORD, what a victory after all our struggles!’

Having secured the property, we were given two weeks to come up with the balance of the full auction price. Knowing that we did not have the full balance, we again turned to the Lord, and He provided assistance and on December 2, 2016, we received the property title deed closing a painful experience and struggle against the devil in the acquisition of our prayer house.

In conclusion, we know that many Christians fail to receive an answer to prayer, in fact, many quits after being intimidated by circumstances the devil presents. Through this article, the Lord is encouraging you never to give up and persevere even when things seem against you. Don’t allow the disguise of the situation to intimidate you, the enemy fashions it that way to create fear, doubt, and discouragement in you and once he succeeds in doing that, you lose out on the promise (Numbers 13:31-33). Therefore, work with God on your problem, be on His case by being persistent for this is pleasing to the Lord and He will grant your request.

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

Great peace and love to you all,

Blessed regards

Brother Glenn

Monday, February 12, 2018

What is Church, and Why Do You Attend?

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).

What is Church and What Purpose Does it Serve?

We are sharing an encouraging Vision in our visions section.

 Beloved Brethren, we have already shared two articles previously which deals with the foundational truths of our salvation: Those articles are True Repentance and Being Born Again. In this week’s message however, we will focus specifically on assembling to fellowship with God and one another. Naturally, we all have certain favorite things and preferences, and these have an influence in the choices and decisions we make. Our preferences must not, however, take precedence over the reality of Scriptural truth. As you may have observed, divisions in the church today are largely due to people’s stereotypes and preferences, and this has caused many to disregard proper Scriptural guidance on why, how, where and when to worship God, and what spirit or motive should be guiding our decisions.

Therefore, it is in the light of this, that we are obeying the Lord in presenting this message today. Now, in our experience with the Lord, we were taught never to force our message on people, but to allow room for the Holy Spirit to do His work of convicting or exposing people's sin. Our aim, therefore, is not to convince you or give a specific prescription on how you ought to live but by your faith you should identify the Voice of God in our message, and if you are familiar with the Scriptures, and have the Holy Spirit you should experience the joy and peace of God while reading this message.

What does “Church” mean? According to Strong’s concordance, the word “church” comes from the Greek word ‘ekkl├ęsia’, which refers to an assembly, or a (religious) congregation. It also means people called out from the world and to God, with the outcome of this being the Church.

Undoubtedly, today there is a lot of confusion of what church really is, and this has created such a wrong impression that many people literally regard the church as being a building. In the true Christian sense, Church simply means an assembly of believers, in a local setting, gathered in the name of the Lord to worship (1 Corinthians 14:19; Acts 5:11; Colossians 4:15). The Bible mentions that some brethren in the early church gathered in homes (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19).It was, and will always be, an assembly of local people who form the church, with the aim of having fellowship together, encouraging one another and, best of all, to worship God in unity (1 Corinthians 14:26).

Vision of Three Angels Discussing What Church Means

This vision was given to Charis after her morning prayers on December 20, 2015. She shares: “I was laying on my bed when suddenly three mighty men (I knew these were angels) appeared and spoke to me. The conversation was about why and for what purpose people are attending church. As I was listening, I could not understand most of the conversation they were having, but I was made to understand that you don’t need to feel guilty if you don’t go to church on a Sunday at a specific location or building in order to ‘feel’ you have attended church. The Lord accepts any weekday or weekend gatherings/fellowships in His name, and dwells amongst His people as He promised (Matthew 18:20).

Brief understanding:

Brethren, both my wife and my daughter Charis have also been contributing to this message, and since they prayed to the Lord for this message to be delivered, He gave Charis this vision to further give understanding to our message. As you know from previous articles, the Lord has always given visions relevant to the messages we share in order to emphasize its truthfulness.

Places of Worship

The excessive negative perception that has been created around places of worship has largely contributed to the division in the body of Christ. As it is, some people will simply not recognize a home assembly as a place of worship, where more than two or three people are assembled (Matthew 18:20). I’ve heard some people say that “it just doesn’t feel like a church!” because a few people are present, space is limited, and some feel too ‘close’ to others. Those who reason this way are honestly going to church for the wrong reasons, and we will discuss further below.

Generally, people are deceived by the current perception created by the institutional order. They have made the church into an institution instead of an informal place of worship which makes it accessible to people. It is setup that people think this should be the order. Hence, their attitude is that if you don't go to an institutional church you are not right. We meet many Christians who are dissaponted with themselves because they haven't been able to make it to an institutionalized church for months or years. I also felt the same when I was not even saved and I felt very guilty until the Lord told us and explained the meaning of Matthew 18:20.

Regarding the temple Solomon built, God's presence filled that temple and so people went there and prayed towards it (2 Chronicles 5:14; 2 Chronicles 6:20-21). In relation, many pastors present the church building as a place where the presence of the Lord dwells but we see in the Bible that after the Lord died on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn in two (Mark 15:38) and  now "we enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus"(Hebrews 10:19). The Lord God now dwells in individual believers as we are His temple (1 Corinthians 6:19; John 14:12). The Lord showed that after He was risen when the two men on the road of Emmaus talked; He was in their midst (Luke 24:15). When the disciples were gathered in his name He appeared to them but in a physical form (Luke 24:36). The Lord is always present when we fellowship.

Brethren, the Presence of the Lord is not restricted or defined by large, beautiful buildings with thousands of people and a charismatic pastor or priest leading the service, neither is church defined that way. The Scripture clearly says where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name, He is right in their midst and this is not restricted to a specific place or day (Matthew 18:20; Romans 14:5-8). Since the Lord established our home church ministry more than 5 years ago, my family and I never fail to meet daily in the name of the Lord, while members of our ministry who have family and work commitments gather on three occasions weekly to fellowship, encourage and worship God. As a home ministry, with an explosive daily individual evangelism, we have grown closer together in a strong bond of love, appreciation and respect for one another. Through the Lord’s guidance, we have learned to serve one another in faithfulness. This is among the many enviable benefits of a small congregation.

Ungodly Reasons for Assembling

As for larger congregations, I will be direct in my observation. While it is not wrong for a larger assembly to meet, there are distractions and some disadvantages, chief among them being that Christians are not empowered to operate in their God-given gifts. Most of the sermons of preachers are centred on money, and that is to pay the cost of the huge infrastructure and the worldly lifestyle of the pastor and his associates. Some people go to church so that they may show off their clothes and some worldly positions and wealth. It is more about a social class gathering than being right with God. Some go to serve on the church board, with some using the power of money and position to influence relationships in the church. Furthermore, some come to church to lust and distract others. Others regard the church as a place of entertainment, especially when there are live bands. I have heard and seen people cheering loudly for the band or vocalists more than for Christ. It is good to worship the Lord in music, but is Christ in the centre of our excitement or the rhythm of the music?

Many believers also assemble within certain church denomination where they are taught that their church or denomination is superior to others, or is the only “true church” and all the others are false. In the Scriptures, we see Paul correcting the church for the same spirit of division that was among them, which is today still operating in the modern churches (1 Corinthians 1:12 -13). The truth is, only Christ can save souls, not the congregation. Therefore, anyone who is born again and sealed with the Holy Spirit belongs to Christ (Romans 8:9; also refer to Worthless Religion and Spirit of Division).

In addition, some people treat the church as a social club, where they can meet with friends for fun and do worldly activities, such as worldly parties or network for business. Some people go to church because of nice facilities and other comforts such as cafes or free childcare that many churches now have. There are also people who also go to church in order to have people to rely on in case of hardship. Although the church is called to help those in need (Matthew 5:42; 10:8; 25:35-40; Acts 20:35), we are also called to Lean of God Alone.

Reasons for Godly Assembly

While we do gather as an assembly, serving the Lord is an individual approach and we individually express our adoration, appreciation and worship to God in the assembly (Psalm 35:18; 22:22, 25). Our gathering must not to be to cause any harm (1 Corinthians 11:17), but instead love and sound Christian living must be shown (Romans 12:10). Since we know by faith that God is in our midst, while the Word of God is being preached to us, we should examine ourselves and allow God to convict us and purify our thoughts, hearts and actions with the aim of turning from sin (2 Corinthians 13:5). The word of God tests the sincerity of our hearts and our commitment to Him.

The benefit of being in God’s presence with the proper frame of mind holds the advantage of allowing us to be set free from the bondage of guilt, sin and fear (Psalm 34:4; Galatians 5:1). This means that we should not come to church to show the pastor or others that we are merely present in the church. Instead, we come because of obedience to God and a consuming love for Him and His dwelling place in the assembly of the righteous (Psalm 84:1-4; Hebrews 10:25; Hebrews 2:12; Psalm 35:18). In His Presence, you have come to receive the joy and peace to deliver you through the problems of this life (Matthew 11:28). You come to reconcile with God and walk away in happiness, and when coming into His Presence you come to receive counsel to correct your ways, submit to His ways and gain the joy of knowing Him, and the hope of eternal habitation with God (Deuteronomy 5:33; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

Regarding breaking bread as in Acts 2:46, there is a misconception that this means to cook big meals and spend much time eating and talking during each fellowship meeting. However, the very Scripture speaks about communion; the bread the believers broke in their homes. If it spoke about bread for meal times it would not be mentioned, but it is referring to the sacramental bread. The Bible says eating does not bring us closer to God (1 Corinthians 8:8), so this is definitely in reference to the Word, the symbolic bread of life (John 6:35). The Lord is encouraging family devotional time and for families to break bread in unity to our common faith while giving praise to God. This should be done as often as possible because we are doing this in remembrance of the Lord (Luke 22:19).

Have you been going to church for the wrong reasons, condemning other Christians who don’t go to your church, or failing to assemble with other believers (Hebrews 10:25)? Please repent. To accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please begin by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance.

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

Blessed regards in brotherly love,
Brother Glenn