Monday, August 27, 2018

Longing For God’s Presence


Humility With Servant Attitude Moves God

“Your dwelling place is lovely, O Lord of Armies! My soul longs and yearns for the Lord’s courtyards. My whole body shouts for joy to the living God. Even sparrows find a home, and swallows find a nest for themselves. There they hatch their young near your altars, O Lord of Armies, my king and my God. Blessed are those who live in your house. They are always praising you” (Psalm 84:1-4 GWT).

Sometime ago, the Lord Jesus Christ commanded my wife and I to recruit people we know to be Christians to form a prayer and fellowship group. At first when the people realised it was the Lord Himself speaking there was a great excitement and the prayer attendance was one hundred percent. In fact, the excitement was almost similar like the one the believers experienced in Acts (Acts 4:32-35).

From our experience we can identify with the brethren in the bible book of Acts, the reassure of the LOVE of Christ and hearing from Himself truly translates into a feeling greater than anything on earth. The richness and purity coming from ones heart and soul is so refreshing and such radiance from within is evident from the outside (Exodus 34:29-35). To my best depiction of this feeling of reassurance of the Lord’s love, it feels like one can give him or herself away to others to help them and dissolve their problems away. In addition, in my experience such LOVE from the Lord is so all encompassing and consuming that the sense of thinking of oneself simply disappears (Acts 4:32; Philippians 2:6-11).

Furthermore, as the Lord spoke to us and often referring us to the Bible to confirm His Words, our love and appreciation for the scriptures deepened that gave us an unshakable and unquestionable faith that shook off all arrows of doubts and unbelief (Ephesians 6:16). Like Peter, the excitement of knowing it is the Lord approaching lifts our faith to an unimaginable level where everything just seems impossible and within reach (Matthew 14:28). Beloved brethren, this is a real testimony and we shared this testimony on this platform on how the Lord brought back our baby daughter Cailin to life after she died and having discoloured with rigor mortis already settled in. After praying and rebuking the spirit of death in Jesus name, the Lord revived our daughter. You may read that testimony under this heading Patience: An Essential Fruit to Inherit God's Promises and if you don’t find it please email us to forward it to you.

The Sorrows Of Life

Coming back to the believers we recruited, each one had their own needs and we all desired the Lord to have a look at our problems. The Lord knowing our hearts and the strength of our faith, commanded us just to continue praying for our needs. As it was, some expected the Lord to first provide the needs but God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34) He wanted us to pray and those who obeyed and persevered were blessed while those who walked away failed to hear or received from God (Colossians 4:2-6).

God Before Everything Equals His Purpose

However, soon after the Lord challenged the believers who joined our fellowship to go out witnessing and serving Him with sincerity of heart (James 2:17) some who appeared very sincere and promising in the beginning started giving excuses and staying away from the fellowship. What we can say is that in general, some people value their needs higher than God and not only are we need driven the sorrows of life invites the spirit of doubt which shakes and shatters our faith and that is exactly how some of the brethren viewed their relationship with God, needs first and God second! Typical of human nature, which loudly expresses itself in ‘serve me first before I give and serve’, but with God it is “But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you” (Matthew 6:33 GWT). In the very beginning of God’s relationship with people, He commanded “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Luke 10:27 GWT).

Thus, this is a Kingdom principle, we need God first and needs will be provided for (Matthew 6:33). Personally, my soul always longs for God’s purity and His Presence I experienced and it surpasses life and that is a Space no one wants to trade or leave (John 6:68; Genesis 32:24-30). Now brethren, we are not lying to you when we say we have heard from the Lord Jesus Christ and many of you can experience Him too on a personal level and only three things are required believe in Him, accept Him as Lord and Saviour and obey Him (John 14:12; Matthew 7:24-25).

In conclusion, if you ever desired to be someone else because your circumstances dictated that, accept your position in life even from there God is calling you or have called you to share in His Glory (1 Corinthians 7:20; Romans 8:17; 1 Peter 4:13). As for those of us who received the grace of experiencing God only had a ‘brief treat of His Living and soul Penetrating Presence’ and this is a longing and desire that will always strife with us. Not so easy though! We still have the flesh to overcome and everything the devil throws at us to deny us entry so the Lord commanded us to persevere and only that way will we gain access into His inviting and beautifully alluring Presence. Do you want to GO THERE...Heaven where His Presence Dwell?

Well, 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.
Bless you all

Brother Glenn

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Narrow Path To Eternal Purification

Our Race To Purify The Soul

“In fact, anyone who belongs to Christ Jesus and wants to live right will have trouble from others” (2 Timothy 3:12 CEV).


I have a confession to make; being a Christian is not an easy experience. Why do I say so? Now briefly, we have temptations to deal with, and the weakness of our natural nature with its appetites (Luke 17:1; Matthew 26:41). What else makes the Christian experience not an easy walk? There is our self-will (1 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 2:8), which gives expression to what we want as opposed to what God called us to (Romans 12:2). Furthermore, we have to contend with our faith and thoughts which often experiences some fluctuates with elements of doubt, fear and the weakness of giving up.

Strength Of The Soul Against Enticing Interest

What more? Well, let’s not forget our imperfect speech which is being influenced by our emotions and the things that affect us (James 3:8-14). How about the love we are supposed to have and to share with others? (Mark 12:31). As humans, we don’t have a naturally flowing love for others; instead we often attach some conditions like trust and certain behaviour to give love isn’t it? However, God’s love is unconditional, pure and non-discriminatory it is also always readily available to all (Psalm 86:15; 136:1-2; Lamentations 3:22-23; 1 Peter 4:8; Romans 5:8).

Additionally, are we not a product of society? With people around us, the scriptures obligate us to have unconditional forgiveness and are we able to just forgive without an apology or some form of retributive action? The answer is NO! We are very sparingly in our supply of love to our offenders or strangers while we are in adequate supply of dislike and unforgiveness to our fellow brethren.

Also, how about the impact of outside influences on our choices and the behaviour of others and their expectations of us? (Amos 3:3; Exodus 23:2), and are we not being influenced either positively or negatively by what others say or do to us? Now, these are just but a few things amongst others that we encounter in the expression of our Christian faith.

The Courage To Seek Light

Given to the above considerations, would you still say it is easy to be a Christian and live a sinless life? Of course not! By turning from our past life, the troubles we will be facing will come as result of our acceptance of Christ as saviour and deliverer (Psalm 69:5; Jeremiah 3:13; Numbers 5:7). Furthermore, a person who accepted Christ has taken on a courageous challenge to secure his or her future in Christ (John 5:24). As it is, embarking on a noble path like this and enduring the emotional and at times physical pain and stress Christians have become accustomed guarantees a hope of a far better life than the current (Hebrews 11:10). The Bible says the Lord has called everyone (Luke 14:23) to salvation but only the few obedient and enduring will be saved (Matthew 22:14). In conclusion, by rising with faith and conviction to follow Christ and endure in this race, we may say like the apostle Paul “...Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword” (Romans 8:35 NIV). In addition to this, when we want to please God, we should STOP complaining about our troubles it testifies of the failure of our characters to accept hardship and this is displeasing to the Lord. As a person who have been exposed to all kinds of troubles in all my years including our experiences with the Lord Jesus Christ, He taught us not to complain when troubles hit, we should endure and pray for such troubles draws us closer to Him.

Again, 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.

Grace to you all
Brother Glenn 

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Trap To sin

Helping The Weak In Faith

For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence” (Psalm 91:3 NASB). Also, “The wicked have set a trap for me, but I have not wandered from Your precepts” (Psalm 119:110 HSCB).

Naturally, it is common practice among Christians to ostracise and ridicule somebody who fell into a sinful trap and what makes it worse the message the Lord gave that person is being sadly undermined, how hypocritical of those ‘judges’ who joins forces with Satan to destroy the faith and salvation of their fellow brother or sister in the Lord, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to cast a stone at her” (John 8:7 NIV). Does not the Bible remind us that the Lord Himself is not willing to lose any one of those who goes astray (Matthew 18:12). In our experience with our Lord Jesus Christ, the One and Only Judge of the World always welcomes back truly repented sinners (Luke 15:20).

Let us share a brief testimony and we have permission from the Lord to share it, a few years ago a certain sister Kate (Not real name) who joined our Saturday evening intercessory prayers fell into a trap and was seduced by a man who appeared like an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). Now, Kate did inform us about her affair with the man and based on some things she told us about him we doubted his genuineness of faith while we cautioned her to be careful. After her affair with him, she confessed her wrongdoing and showed true humility and remorse so we asked the Lord if she could continue praying with us after what she did, and to our surprise the Lord said she could continue praying with us. As it was, upon further enquiry, the Lord revealed to us that we should not reject and push people aside who needs encouragement after they fell into sin, instead we should continue to love them and encourage them to do the right thing (1 Thessalonians 5:14). Briefly, the Scriptures do however have a strong warning for those who resist correction and continue sinning wilfully (1 Corinthians 5:9-11).

First The Benefits And Then The Trap

Being a master of intrigue, the devil is a skilful hunter of souls and he surely knows that in order to trap a Christian he would have to provide a benefit that is irresistible to our ever lustful eyes (Genesis 3:4-6; 1 John 2:16; Haggai 1:9; Proverbs 27:20). In other words, the devil appeals to our various desires and that blinds and weakens us into submission. What are some of those desires? If we have a particular dislike and harbour hateful feelings like Absalom in a brother or sister in the Lord we would fall into the trap and agree to hurt by sending out a spirit dislike and ill-feelings that is the benefit we gain to inflict physical or emotional pain (2 Samuel 13:21,28). Also, if the devil has afflicted us with a spirit of jealousy like King Saul against David we would respond to that desire to eliminate the threat and reap the benefit of our victory (1 Samuel 18:9). And if we are greedy to acquire more wealth and certain things like Gehazi, the enemy has set a trap that will cause us to stumble and sin (2 Kings 5:21-27). Additionally, if we hold a grudge against someone our benefit would be the joy of seeing that person 'suffer'. Equally, a glutton's benefit is his or her constant craving for food. Thus in all situations, the trap has bait which is the benefit, but the penalty is sin which has consequences (Romans 6:23).

How To Avoid The Trap Of Sin

For humans sin is unavoidable (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:10) and we are led into sin either deliberately [by choice] where desires and failure to obey the Lord (Romans 6:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:22) has the better of us or we are forced or cornered by circumstances to please people which the Bible recognised as sinning (Galatians 2:11-14). Either way a trap as we acknowledged above has benefits but it brings shame upon us, it also shows our lack of commitment to the Lord and our failure to exercise self-control (2 Peter 1:5).

Furthermore, there is more than just one way to avoid falling into the trap of sin. Some brethren are driven by anxiousness and the frustrations of challenges (Mark 4:19), discouragements and a cold love towards the Lord (Revelations 2:4). Through the Holy Spirit, we have been reviving our faith and commitment in the Lord through prayer, daily bible reading, discerning and following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, which requires faith and fellowship with the brethren (Hebrews 10:25; 1 Peter 2:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Therefore by doing this we will stand rock solid, and firmly rooted in Christ leaving no room for the trap of sin (Matthew 7:24-27).

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

Blessed Love to you in Christ,
Brother Glenn 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Love, The Characteristic Of A True Disciple Of Christ




Loving Your Fellow Brethren

"I'm giving you a new commandment: Love each other in the same way that I have loved you” (John 13:34 GWT).

Dear Brethren, this is a follow up article from the previous week’s article, God’s Word Edifies And Builds Up. We are using a different heading because we want to draw attention to ‘Love’ since this should be the force behind every Christian’s interaction with others (1 Corinthians 16:14). By becoming a Christian through believing faith, or when a person becomes born again (repenting of past sins) by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, he or she renounces past sins and takes a vow to follow and obey the Lord Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17; John 14:21-23). In other words, as a Christian we should transition or transform through scriptural teachings and guidance from our old way of life to the new way of life (Romans 12:2).

The Fruits Of A Transformed Life

As we know, this new and transformed life is best achieved if we willingly submit to the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and the scriptures (1 Peter 5:2; Ephesians 6:7). In previous articles, we emphasised that transformation into a good and fruitful Christian life does not happen through mere talk or a sense of magical imagination, NO! Instead, we change through a deliberate and a willing submissive attitude into the new life in Christ and as we yield through patience and perseverance, the Lord adds the fruit of our obedience (John 15:1-2) showing off our readiness to serve others (Ephesians 4:12).

What are these fruits of obedience? “... do all you can to add to your life these things: to your faith add goodness; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add patience; to your patience add devotion to God; to your devotion add kindness toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, and to this kindness add love. If all these things are in you and growing, you will never fail to be useful to God. You will produce the kind of fruit that should come from your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:5-8 ERV).

LOVE

In addition to these precious virtues the apostle Paul showed us the most excellent way, love and its ingredients often read and liked but in short supply in Christians. Let us remind ourselves again that “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits. Love will never end” (1 Corinthians 13:5-8 ERV).

Being Tolerant And Forgiving From The Heart

Now, having added the above as the most basic Christian attitude there should be no utterances to our fellow brothers or sisters such as, ‘we are not afraid of you’. By so saying, are we not saying that we are not bound by the principles of love as discussed above? Is this not carnal talk aimed at divisions and showing off superiority? Now besides love that should govern our relationship with others, some Christians simply don’t have a spirit of tolerance (Colossians 3:13-14). In their zeal to humiliate their fellow brother or sister, they expect their fellow brethren to be perfect and sinless. It is as if they were just waiting for the slightest mistake to attack.

As a matter of fact, some Christians are very judgmental forgetting that their fellow brethren were sinners before they came to the Lord and that they are still a work in progress (1 Thessalonians 5:14), and in order to continue the work of God in people who are a bit weaker we should learn to forgive, encourage, correct and help our brothers when they have stumbled (1 Corinthians 8:11-12). Some few years ago, we had a sister in our Ministry who fell into the sin of fornication and when we asked the Lord how to deal with her situation since she confided in us and confessed to us. He knew her heart and that she had genuinely repented before Him, so the Lord said He forgave her and that she was welcome to continue in her service to Him (John 8:11).

Additionally, we had a young brother in our ministry who just did not grow up in his faith, in fact he sinned at will, but the Lord loved him and was very patient with him, as much as his disobedience frustrated us, the Lord commanded us to encourage him and not to condemn him to destroy his faith in the Lord. Similarly, we once asked the Lord a word on behalf of a brother who shared with us his frustration with his brother for neglecting his spiritual life and being a burden to others. In His reply, the Lord graciously encouraged the brother to pray for his brother and to encourage him in the Lord instead of looking at his failures and criticize him.

Finally, if you have been in the habit of destroying the faith and confidence of your brother or sister in the Lord, repent my friend for God will use the measure you used to discourage others from following Him as the sole Judge (Matthew 7:2). If we forgive and act mercifully towards others, the same will be given to us (Matthew 18:26-35). We are thus all servants and no one should treat others disrespectfully or shamefully just because you either support their ministry or family.

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


Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn