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 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