Monday, June 4, 2018

Craving the Purity of God’s Word

“Desire God's pure Word [emphasis added] as newborn babies desire milk. Then you will grow in your salvation (1 Peter 2:2 GWT)”. Also, “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood” (Isaiah 54:4 NIV).

Be Always Ready and Happy to Serve others

Notice: We are Sharing one of the Visions the Lord gave Brother Glenn in 2009, which is relevant for our times. Please take caution and read this vision here

This morning (08 January 2017) I got up with a message from the Lord and that is the reason for this message. In a vision this morning, the Lord showed me a woman, dressed in an apron and ready to serve and she was carrying a few loaves of freshly baked bread.

When I spoke to the woman in the vision, she told me, as the Church; she is responsible for feeding and caring for those she is assigned to serve (Matthew 24:45). She explained to me that her tasks was a command from God and despite the challenges of her work, she showed committed to her tasks. As she was serving them, I could sense that some people craved for more food while some of those she served did not appreciate and value her service to them but that did not discourage her (Luke 17:10).

Our Godly Attitudes, Evidence of God’s Spirit in Us

Similarly, the Lord have also revealed to me that He have seen the attitudes some Christians and their approach towards His Word. The Lord further revealed that some Christian’s enthusiasm and excitement is dead when it is time for them to read from the Bible. In other words, their attitudes express no real interest in the value and transforming work of the Word of God. Undoubtedly, this kind of attitude works against them with the result being that doubt, bad attitudes and the display of foul moods towards others. I tell you, some Christians who have been serving for some years have the tendency to fall into the backsliding mode, and they are prone to use excuses and justifications for their questionable behaviour. We must be careful; the Lord once warned a brother in our ministry that he was edging closer to hell because of his dishonest motives.

Furthermore, Christians should be made aware that the Lord is constantly watching the love they have for Him and this is they express through their commitment to Him. How we display our love to Him is through our constant praying (Daniel 6:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:17) and seeking God’s will through Bible reading and turning away from worldly desires and addictions (1 John 2:15). The appeal we are making here is to save you from the spirit of confusion, restlessness, and inconsistency. From experience, a worldly Christian does not show forth a spirit of tranquillity and peace. In their restlessness, the worldly Christian is driven to the unwanted company (1 Corinthians 15:33) which deepens their broken relationship with the Lord and all they care about is to give fulfillment to their sensual needs.

In contrast, a truly God-fearing Christian is one who would be driven by a faithful commitment and a constant appetite to please God (John 4:34). In other words, all the good fruits of godliness would be embodied and evident like love, joy, peace, kindness, and gentleness. These fruits would be sensed and felt by others, and I can assure you, people will know who is ALIVE within you (John 13:35). Additionally, not forgetting that the truly God loving Christian is endowed and richly decorated with the spirit of faithfulness, which is being driven by a caring love. I can tell you, such a servant of God has allowed God’s Spirit to both own and direct his or her heart (Galatians 2:20). On the other hand, however, we cannot say we love the Lord when bitterness and unforgiveness have eaten away love for our brethren (1 John 4:20-21) and those whose love has grown cold will always avoid the company of those they perceived wronged them.

How to Deal and Conquer Doubts

Often as born again Christians, we find ourselves being avoided by colleagues, family, and friends because of our commitment and union with Christ (Matthew 10:22). As a result, the enemy of our souls knows how to sow seeds of doubt, worry, and a spirit of inadequacy in our minds (Matthew 4:3-4). From the preceding scripture, the devil tried to create doubt and worry in the Lord’s mind, but the Lord stood firm on His faith and conviction by standing on the promises of God’s word.

As we know, the spirit of doubt increase fear and anxiety (Matthew 14:30), however, faith restores the strength of our Peace (Isaiah 43:1). Let me share a short experience, earlier in my walk with the Lord during 1991; I was confronted by a man who threatened me with violence for speaking the truth when I had to answer a direct question. For speaking the truth, the man humiliated me in public. I was tempted to retaliate but I stood firm looking him in his eyes and that very moment I prayed asking the Lord for grace to overcome the threat, and the Lord faithfully protected me by not allowing the man to lay a hand on me. After his courage to attack me failed, he issued threats of violence and hardship for me at my place of work. Almost immediately, the devil started influencing me to resign from my work and flee, believe me, I did entertain and contemplate the idea of resigning. However, later on, when I returned to my workstation, I cried before the Lord in prayer. Soon after praying, I received this encouragement from the Lord in an almost audible voice “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you, But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:12-13 NIV).

Now, the Lord knows I am speaking the truth, after this message, I was encouraged, my faith revived, doubt fled, and I was willing to face the consequences of my truthful confession. Glory to God! A few weeks after that the man had a discussion with some of his friends, and I heard him telling them, ‘this man is a true Christian.' If I had panicked in fear and resigned my testimony would not have inspired the man and his friends. From this experience, the Lord opened a door of witnessing for me, and they were all eager to listen to me when I witnessed to them. If we have the courage to stand up for our personal faith, doubt will not conquer us, in fact, our courage will be spoken and heard of, and people will be encouraged (1 Samuel 30:6; Psalm 27:14).

In conclusion, brethren if doubts and worldly indulgences have driven you courage less and restless. Repent and resume your journey on the narrow road (Matthew 7:14). If you have become lukewarm towards the Lord and it has led you to make empty promises, being unfaithful, bitter and angry it’s time to repent, put on the apron of service (Luke 12:37) for the Lord is near!

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

Blessed Regards
Brother Glenn.