Monday, December 31, 2018

Celebrate Christ in Praise and Worship on New Year's Day

 Worldly New-Year Celebrations

As we know it,  the whole world is now celebrating (or about to celebrate) another New Year. Everybody has made the necessary arrangements to celebrate this annual event. Oftentimes, this is done without considering the Creator of this day (Psalm 118:24). What we do is we exclude God from our daily lives and celebrate a change of day, instead of celebrating and honoring Him who created us and the day. In short, the Lord desires our praise and worship for granting us life and days in this world (1 Thessalonians 5:16). Our rejoicing and celebration must therefore be unto the Lord for His honor (Philippians 4:4).

Before I share the vision, we want to set the record straight that New-year celebrations are worldly and ungodly (1 John 2:15). Additionally, the Lord detests false witnesses who predict lies (Proverbs 6:16-19). Below, we are sharing again a vision the Lord gave us a few years ago and it is worth sharing again!

Vision of Worldly New Year Partying and False Predictions

Given to Charis on December 31, 2012

"In the first part of the vision I saw an African woman with braided hair sitting in her living room looking at a clock and it was 13:13 p.m. After looking at the time, she took her Bible and opened it in the 13th book of the Bible, 1 Chronicles 13:13, and she started reading this verse.

Thereafter, the vision changed to the year 2014. She again looked at a clock and it was 14:14. She came out of her house and saw 14 boys passing by her house and she took note of it as confirmation to her 'prediction'. It suddenly became 2015, she again looked at the clock and this time it read 15:15 p.m. Just then, someone came into her house telling her: "You must STOP saying every year the Lord is coming, and you must STOP predicting falsely!" (Note: Although the Lord has shown the face of this person to Charis, He told us that she is not the only one making false predictions. The Lord is warning us against setting dates and making predictions about His coming).

Soon after this, the vision changed and I found myself high up in the sky lying on my stomach looking down onto the earth, which was in the shape of a circle. The whole world's population filled that circle. This was on a New Year's Day, because people below shouted "Happy New Year!" and I saw hundreds of balloons in various colours being hoisted with a “Happy New Year” message. I could see widespread drinking and partying everywhere.

The vision changed again and a few days after New Year I saw only a few thousand of the world's population worshipping the Lord. After they worshipped, I heard the voice of the Lord say: "They would rather go to worldly parties than to praise and worship Me". After the Lord said this, I saw a BIG white SAD FACE :( appear in the sky, then the vision ended".

In conclusion, as a ministry we do not claim to know the DAY OF THE LORD, and all we know is that He has given us certain promises which are yet to be fulfilled. Also, the Lord in His grace and Wisdom is using this ministry to warn the church and call God-fearing people to repentance.

Psalm 86:9 NIV:All the nations You have made will come and worship before You, O Lord; they will bring glory to Your name.”

Blessed and Holy New Year to all our brethren everywhere in the world, in Jesus name!

Brother Glenn van Rooyen.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Doing Good In The Name Of The Lord Pleases Him

Doing Good The worldly Way Is For Self-elevation

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your GOOD WORKS and give Glory to your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16 HCSB).

The Lord said whatever things we do in His name is very important to Him, and it is evidence of our faith and He abiding in us, fulfilling His word, promises and His love in action for mankind (Colossians 3:17, 23-24).

Short vision: Brethren, in the early hours of this morning (17/12/2018) the Lord showed me a short vision in which I was shown a man whom I know in the Lord. In the vision, it appeared as if God was bestowing honor because of obedience upon this particular brother. Similarly, I also saw some witnesses nearby who testified about the grace and change God brought about in the life of this brother as they related one after another the Good of God in the life of this man. 

Now brethren, what the Lord revealed to me is that no effort or work a person does by faith and in the NAME OF THE LORD will ever go unnoticed. As it is, all our works will be duly recognised and rewarded (Acts 10:4) and some of these blessings are not just reserved for Heaven but are given here too where there is need (Mark 10:29-30). Considering also what the Lord said in the latter part of verse 30 in the preceding scripture, persecutions and what makes it so memorable is the stigma of pain that follows our efforts in the Lord. Having shared this we conclude, don't give up or grow weary of doing good our painful or stressful efforts will receive remedy from the Lord Almighty!

Throughout the world, there are non-Christian charitable organisations who are doing good. With love and respect, these organisations are doing good in their own names. They give out of their abundance and compassion for the needy, yet without a message of hope and faith. Moreover, some religious organisations give to the needy to advance the cause of their religion and message. Similarly, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ commands all Christians to have their light shine before men; why? So that God may be glorified through our good works (Matthew 5:14-15).

Therefore, whether we give from a religious or from human compassion, people benefiting want to be able to identify the source so that they may give ‘glory’ and build their trust base and dependence. This race of doing good is open to all including the devil, who is using this as a tool to trap people (Genesis 3:4-5). Also, individual people and organisations are doing so to receive some recognition or reward, or both. In contrast, the Scriptures counsel us not to expect anything in return (Luke 6:35), for God will reward us. As Christians, if we insist on being acknowledged and that our doing good comes from ourselves and not from the Lord than we would have received our reward (Luke 14:12-13). 

Unfortunately, in today’s business environment, no one gives without promoting their ‘brand’ in order to attract attention, and this practice is well entrenched in the church too. We do good to attract attention to our church and loyalty to our ‘brand’. When people respond to our ‘brand’ or message because of the good they received from us, we would have used God’s name but created followers for ourselves. The fruit of our good works must show through people’s faith and obedience to God. This is simple to spot, if we consider our inner attitude and our response to others in similar situations as we are or were.

Responding Out of Love for God

Our Lord Jesus Christ was at all times God-conscious. He did not mind about His own affairs and needs; He shared His life for the benefit of mankind, out of love for God the Father (Acts 10:38; Luke 9:58; John 4:31-34). Likewise, Nehemiah’s heart was bent on doing the will of God, and his love for God changed the lives of many of his contemporaries (Nehemiah 5:1-19).

King Josiah, who became king at only 8 years old, proved himself to be a righteous leader, with a zeal for acting out of great love for God: "He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left" (2 Kings 22:2). His heart was with God, doing good for The Lord. He began restoring the Kingdom of Judah to the Way of the LORD, and as the Bible says, "...neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength..." (2 Kings 23:1-25).

Furthermore, Moses and Joshua had no personal riches to share with others; they were doing good for God and shared their lives and families with the children of Israel (Hebrews 11:26; Joshua 10:12-15) out of their love for God. Aaron, his sons and the entire Levite tribe had no inheritance among the Israelites; they were doing good to God out of their love for Him (Deuteronomy 18:1-5) for He was their inheritance.

If we have God as our inheritance like the Levites, we live to do good in His name without a need to identify and declare to others our works. In fact, the best deeds of love are always hidden from the sight of others (Matthew 6:1-4). We must have an ‘eye’ spiritually to identify the needs of others and do good in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:17; 1 John 3:17). In so doing, we secure temporary and eternal rewards (1 Timothy 4:8).

Briefly, for the sake of making this article brief, and in order to render it as practical as possible, I will share some personal experiences. This is by no means intended to draw attention to people or myself, but for the purity of our faith and obedience to God. After I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1990, I was eager to do everything the Bible says. The more I read the Bible, the more I wanted room to practice what it says. In my inexperience, I shared the gospel and opened my apartment to strangers, because the Bible says so. As a result of my efforts, I suffered abuse from my own immediate company who were Christians who criticized me saying that I am not Jesus and that I would not be able to save the world. These and many other similar statements were negative and meant to discourage me; even though the very same folk telling me making these statements were beneficiaries of my doing good. I preached the gospel in trains, public parks and on the streets. I shared whatever I could with those in need. My obedience was driven by my love for Christ Jesus. I have never publicly mentioned this except for the benefit of the work of God (2 Corinthians 12:10) to encourage you into action.

Similarly, to proof Scripture right, we have not failed to receive God’s due blessings for our efforts of love and obedience (Galatians 6:9). He raised up people, who love and fear Him, to minister to our needs and the needs of this ministry. May the faithfulness of the Lord remain upon these brethren and those who share their lives and belongings with those in need forever and ever in Jesus’ name!

To the Glory of God

In conclusion, doing good for God is not just tithing, offering, or fasting to sympathize with the needy; it requires personal involvement (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Among other Scriptures in God’s Judgement and rewards of us, the Lord will measure our attitude or heart’s intention against His stipulated commands (Matthew 25:34-46; Jeremiah 17:10). Therefore, we need to ask ourselves: in our work, did God receive the glory and was He acknowledged? We or others may appeal for help from the body for the benefit of the gospel; we may also need to pray for discernment to determine if our doing good or helping is for the benefit or promoting of some culture, religion, ministry or individual. The broader reality should be to MAGNIFY CHRIST and point man to obedience in Him (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Finally, let us do good for Christ not loudly, but in silent obedience. You may not be noticed by others and it should not be your motive, but God is following your work to determine your rewards.

For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do” (Hebrews 6:10 NLT).

Why are you doing good? Is it with the wrong motive of receiving rewards instead of love for God? Have you been doing good works to promote yourself or your “brand”, instead of glorifying God? Have you neglected the needy or avoided personal involvement in doing good for God? If so, please repent. 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.

Blessed Love,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Christian's Should Not Be Vengeful

“Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

Brief Note: Brethren as you know, we recently published a book and this is NOT to promote our Ministry nor an individual but to share with you in more detail some of the things our Lord Jesus Christ spoke to us as a family since we cannot put to print all the words the Lord spoke to us well over 4 years, He has commanded us to write weekly articles and to apply His teachings, rebukes and sayings in this way. For your encouragement, nothing the Lord ever said contradicted the Bible, in fact on many occasions the Lord refers us to the Bible for elaboration. The books are an extension of this work and we discuss in more detail with elaborate explaining. The Lord Almighty blesses every brother and sister who supports and prays for us in this ministry and those who spend their time reading our blog daily and weekly, bless you! For you have chosen to keep yourself busy with what builds up spiritually.

Being Vengeful Issues From A Hateful Spirit

Naturally, the spirit of revenge is well embedded in all of us. We are often driven by a desire to receive some remedy for some pain or loss we suffered. Biblically, it is not wrong to desire justice (Deuteronomy 16:18) since God established this principle. It is true, our response against someone who have acted wrongfully against us is often motivated by our own sense of how justice should be meted out, and often our own biasness will deny the offending person a fair opportunity to receive a just punishment. As it is, when we seek justice for ourselves against a cause or someone, our appreciation for justice is influenced by our feelings which may give rise to injustice against the other person. Now briefly, and for example, as part of the due process of law, most courts carefully examine all available evidence in a bid to establish the truth before drawing a conclusion and awarding a decision for or against an accused or an accuser. While our human courts are limited in establishing the truth fully in most matters of dispute, their decisions still play a crucial role in society in enforcing positive actions while discouraging self-motivating negative reactions. Therefore, the role the governing authorities play in discouraging arbitrary actions in society helps in maintaining some order and solving some disputes (Romans 13:1-5).

Biblically, God commands us not to pursue revenge against someone who has wronged us (Leviticus 19:18; Romans 12:17). Instead, He commands us to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). Meaning our response should not be to inflict harm which would render us guilty before God. Understandably, when we are wronged, we argue in our defense and often our motive is to mete out what we think or believe is due revenge. By commanding us not to seek revenge, the Lord knows that hateful feelings are what motivates us, which is evil. At best, revenge is an expression of intended hateful feelings to cause harm. If we act from revenge we leave no room for corrective action, mercy and forgiveness and these are some of the remedies God gave in human society (Matthew 18:32-35).

I need to point out that this is not a study in social justice, but as an observation and useful to help Christians use the authorities in society to seek remedy. As a fact, we are often told that Christians must not take people to court because the Bible says “If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord's people?” (1 Corinthians 6:1). Now brethren, we need to understand that the apostle Paul is referring to disputes in the church and among brethren and not matters relating to social issues in society (1 Corinthians 6:5-6). As a fact, when the Jewish religious authorities persecuted Paul he wisely used the governing authorities of the day to help him find justice and to defend his faith (see chapters in Acts 22 -26). Furthermore, kindly allow me to clarify a point: it is always good to forgive an offender unconditionally; however, we are not commanded by the Lord not to pursue justice through our courts and of course after first seeking peaceful solutions from our offenders and authorities in our communities. When we pursue a matter legally especially where we voluntarily and contractually went into an agreement, our motive should be to seek action or compliance to settle our dispute with the other person and not revenge. Legally, we allow an independent person with knowledge about certain laws governing our relations to play an arbitral role and decide a matter between us and an offender in the interest of peaceful co-habitation. There are various teachings in the Bible, which encourage social justice (Exodus 18:24-26; 1 Kings 3:16-28; 2 Samuel 15:2; Isaiah 1:17).

How Worldly Movies Encourage Revenge

In many action films and TV shows, the plot which some movie directors and producers use is revenge and often in brutal ways. They subtly provoke an evil anger in their audience by using revenge as a motive in their message. This has also contributed to desensitizing Christians on the seriousness of this sin. Now brethren, as God fearing Christians, the Lord expects us to judge our motives in the light of His Word, giving love and forgiveness to an offender and pointing them to correction (2 Timothy 3:16). For the Lord Himself taught and clarified that we should extend love and forgiveness even to our enemies (Matthew 5:38-48). While the death of saints (the righteous) is precious in the sight of the Lord as they are reunited with Him in everlasting peace (Psalm 116:15), He also takes no pleasure (or delights) in the death of the wicked; His desire is for them to repent and turn away from their wicked ways so that they may live (Ezekiel 18:23; 33:11). God loves all His children so much (John 3:16); He “causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45).

Allow God to Revenge and Fight Our Cause

Let me share a short testimony. A few years ago a very faithful member of our ministry was viciously assaulted and abused by evil men. This precious sister was left paralyzed with physical and emotional scars. The assault she endured left her permanently crippled in her left leg. From what we have witnessed, the abuse she suffered would provoke any person to hateful feelings and unforgiveness. However, this precious sister opted to obey the Lord and forgive her offenders without reservations. She shared with us that the night she was attacked and hospitalized, the Lord appeared to her on her bedside and commanded her to forgive the men who had abused and assaulted her and that He would punish them for what they did to her. As you may imagine she was still coming to terms with her ordeal with the wounds and pain still fresh in her mind, yet God asked her to forgive and she confessed that she was somewhat confused but not bitter and she forgave them.

It is a fact that some people find it very hard to forgive offenders immediately because some of us still need to work through it emotionally. I have personally counselled many people who found it very difficult to forgive others and some needed weeks, months and even years to work through their hateful feelings. Often, unforgiveness leads some people to curse and wish bad things on those who offended them. Some even revenge by withholding forgiveness. Their mind is focused on repaying evil and to their own loss. Beloved, like we shared in our Being Humble message, if the Lord would have come or we die while still struggling to forgive, we might be denied entry into Heaven! The Lord Jesus clearly warns us that if we do not forgive others their sins, our Father will not forgive our sins either (Matthew 6:15; Luke 11:26). Therefore, it is in our best interest to “bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).

Similarly, about three years ago the Lord sent three of our daughters, between 10 and 12 years at the time to witness and share the gospel in a certain area. While they were busy handing out gospel tracts, an unknown man approached them and without warning took off his belt and started spanking them in public for no reason. Being humiliated they did not utter a word against the man; instead the Lord provided an elderly woman to rebuke their assailant. When the Lord visited Charis that evening, He said that they should forgive the man who attacked them and that He will repay the offender.

I also endured an attack and what made the situation uncomfortable is that I had to forgive and share my house with a young man who maliciously and violently attacked me. The attack left me disabled and fractured in my right hand with four (4) of my fingers badly bruised and nonfunctional. I repeatedly heard from the Lord in an audible voice, “But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them” (1 John 2:11). Admittedly, I did harbor strong feelings of hatred and I wanted to take revenge against the young man. However, as strong as these were, I persisted in prayer daily asking the Lord to forgive me and to deliver me from those hateful feelings. How I received my deliverance was I would go pray against and resist those hateful feelings every time they came over me until the Lord set me free and replaced those bitter feelings with a compassion and love for the young man.

Likewise, another sister in the ministry was recently emotionally hurt and offended by a relative. She found herself arguing and debating daily in her mind with this relative while harboring ill feelings towards her. The way she received deliverance was by acknowledging this as a sin before God each morning and asking for God’s help not to argue in her mind with her relative during the course of day (Psalm 50:15). Each time she would start debating in her mind, she would choose to repent, ask for forgiveness, forgive the relative, and pray blessings over her (Luke 6:27-28; 31). She did this for a few weeks until the Lord delivered her from this bondage. She no longer debates with her relative but feels peace towards her and is praying for her salvation.

As an encouragement to you our dear brothers and sisters, please don’t allow the devil to deceive you! Some of the skillful devices of the devil is to make us feel sorry for ourselves and have us think that others (offenders) are taking advantage of us especially if we choose to love and forgive them. We might be looked at as fools, but we are preciously living out the values the Lord taught and stood for.

We therefore encourage you brethren to leave room for God’s wrath (Romans 12:19) and allow him to sanctify us in His truth and will. Let us remember not to allow revenge to steal our salvation! This is not worthwhile since our years of faithful service in the Lord are about to be rewarded soon!

Whatever we do, let’s work at it with all our hearts, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since we know that we will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Jesus Christ we are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism (Colossians 3:23-25).

I encourage you with these words from the Lord to us recently: I am READY to come – SOON!

In Conclusion, have you been harboring grudges against anyone, and seeking to revenge or pay back in your own terms? Have you been trapped in anger and unforgiveness against someone who wronged you? Remember, vengeance belongs to God (Deuteronomy 32:35;43; Psalm 94:1-2 NKJV). Some great men of God like Paul and King David knew this and although they were wronged, they left vengeance up to God (2 Timothy 4:14; 1 Samuel 26:10-11). Our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ endured much hostility from sinners against Himself, yet He did not retaliate but forgave even while on the cross (1 Peter 2:23; Hebrews 12:3-4; Luke 23:34). The Bible admonishes us neither to say "I’ll pay you back for this wrong!"(Proverbs 20:22) nor to say "I'll do to them as they have done to me; I'll pay them back for what they did" (Proverbs 24:29). Therefore, please repent and pray for deliverance.

If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please pray this Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Peace,

Brother Glenn and Preparing for the Kingdom Ministry Team.