Monday, May 27, 2019

Reforming Our Ways Through God's Word

Speaking From God’s Wisdom Does NOT Offend But Encourage

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:13-18 NKJV).

Important notice: The Lord gave us this message to write after members of our ministry and members of the body of Christ in general are being persecuted by their fellow 'Christian' brethren. The Lord is warning us not to wage war against each other. A true Christian employs the weapons of love, humility and gentleness to embrace true unity in the body of believers.

The world as we know it is practicing violence, hatred and every kind of sins the Bible warns against (Revelations 21:8). Scripturally, we learned that evil and deceit has been decreed by the Lord to continue until the end of time (Daniel 12:10; Matthew 13:30). When our Lord Jesus Christ visited the world, He brought a message of peace and reconciliation for all mankind (Luke 2:14; Colossians 1:20; Ephesians 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20). However, the Lord has given His Peace to ‘those with whom God is pleased’ and these are those who accepted Him as their Lord and who follows His teachings (Luke 2:14; John 14:27). Learning from the Holy Scriptures, the Christian message teaches us a lifestyle of being peace-loving, humble, caring and gentleness (Ephesians 4:2). Additionally, in bringing forth the beautiful heart of the Lord, the Scriptures knowing the disobedient nature of human beings teaches us to be patient with others and allow them to react without compulsion to the will of God (2 Timothy 2:24; 2 Corinthians 9:7). In other words, when a person conforms voluntarily to the Word of God he or she simply agrees with the scriptural instruction(s) to obey and submit to the Voice of God (John 10:27).

Demeaning Others Is Demonic

Sometime ago the Lord Jesus sharply rebuked a young man in our ministry who was in the habit of humiliating and talking down on others. The Lord said that even if we rebuke others we need not state it in anger and as if the other person(s) are nothing (2 Timothy 2:25; Galatians 6:1). Now brethren, we are not writing this message as if we are sitting in judgment over others, in fact we are being encouraged ourselves to watch our salvation and not to be a stumbling block to others (1 Corinthians 10:32; Romans 14:13-23). Furthermore, our message to others whether we rebuke, teach, preach or encourage ought to be in a meek and gentle spirit impacted by the purity of the wisdom from above (James 3:17-18).

In the same breath, the Bible asks, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13 NIV). Thus, if our conduct and speech towards our brother or sister is hostile, demeaning and driven by anger, bitterness and hateful feelings such behaviour has its roots in evil and we know who is the source of evil (James 3:14-16). Therefore, a person who operates from evil motives is driven by a spirit of an evil hate and whatever unpleasant thought or word he or she conceives he attached it to his victim with evil intent. If we operate from ‘such “wisdom” [then it] does not come down from Heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil’ (James 3:15 NIV).

Now brethren, I am not trying to play victim or hero here. My intention is simply to share an experience which could help and benefit someone in his or her walk with the Lord. As a ministry, we are not only receiving encouraging emails and messages from brethren around the world, in fact some people ‘vomit’ their hatred towards us albeit in a Christian tone (scriptural verses) but with the voice of the devil which is evident through the spirit of the message. We are going to be direct here, recently (24 July 2018) we received an email message from a former member of this ministry in fact a few such emails lately. In his discourse, the member did not hold back his thoughts, emotions and what he thinks about us and our work in the Lord. At best, the spirit of love was absent and the voice of the Lord was silence we couldn’t hear it in that message as the ‘sulphur’ of insult and ridicule rained down on us. God forbids and may He help us love our fellow brethren and those who oppose our message. On the morning of July 3, 2018 a messenger of the Lord appeared to me in a Vision after I (Brother Glenn) endured a similar insult the a few days before, I was given these words to utter, “He loves me more, and I am more than a conqueror”. Thus, if others condemn us and considers us a nuisance to life let us be comforted that the Lord Jesus Christ loves us more and He made us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).

The Father Has Unconditional Love For The Rejected

After reading such content, we were left asking ourselves, what did we gain from this, edification or encouragement? NO! Instead, our peace and spirits were momentarily disturbed (Proverbs 15:1; 4). Thus our gain in that message was pain, hurt and slander which caused us to long for some comfort, nothing pleasant to help us in the Lord (Hebrews 10:24). To put it blindly, we were made to feel that we are welcome to seek and serve the Lord and that we are not part of Him! O’ Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for being a gracious and forgiving God who said, “Everyone whom my Father gives me will come to me. I will never turn away anyone who comes to me” (John 6:37 GNT). Brethren in order to get people saved, the Lord Exercises great patient with sympathetic love to invite sinners to Him (2 Peter 3:9; Luke 15:20). Now beloved brethren, if we are in the business of destroying the faith of others we are not gathering but scattering and being a stumbling to others (Matthew 12:30). Let us be warned, when our turn comes to appear before the Lord, He will Judge us for the souls He lost as a result of our ungodly actions (2 Corinthians 5:10).

In conclusion, with this message we are not saying that we stand above this message but in submission to the Lord, we accept whatever scriptural correction to obtain maturity in Christ and to be useful in service to His body. In addition, there will be a follow up message to this one during next week or the week(s) thereafter.

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.

With Love from all of us

Brother Glenn

Monday, May 20, 2019

Faith Expressing Itself Through Humility

Maturity Produces Faithfulness

“Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ“ (Ephesians 4:13-15 NKJV).

Renewed Appeal for help! Often, when members of the body of Christ reach out to fellow believers to assists in ministry work some Christians simply ignore the plea to help. As it is, little do they know that the Lord depends on the body of believers who would respond by faith and love for souls to grow His work and keep the Gospel relevant in our times. We therefore invite you to share a caring heart and help us to transport the gospel to African communities trapped in drugs, alcohol abuse and violence. As we are making an appeal to you our dear brothers and sisters please be so kind and give a donation on our behalf to Fellowship Tract League  towards gospel tracts or donate on our website by clicking on the donate button. Accordingly, tracts are free but shipping tracts is a challenge to this organisation which serves many ministries to spread the gospel around the world. Our dependence is not on the arm of flesh, as we have found that such appeals are being ignored, with the Lord's permission, He knows whom He has appointed to work with us for the glory of His Kingdom.

We recently (sometime February 2019) heard from one of our daughters about one of her school mate's mother who was in terrible pain due to cancer. As a ministry, we send word with her to her school friend to inquire from her mother if we could come pray with her and to encourage her in the Word of the Lord (Job 2:11). As Christians the Lord expects us to be responsive to help and encourage if we hear about people's plights (1 Thessalonians 5:14). 

Human Anger And Frustrations Does Not Gain God's Favor

Now, before we started praying for this precious dear sister we encouraged her from the scriptures and while we were sharing from our own experiences as well. Brethren, what we are about to share here is simply aimed to encourage and not to look down on those whose faith is weak, God forbids! When the sister had the opportunity to addressed us she shared her testimony of being a born-again Christian and her love for God.

Having shared her standing in God, she did not hold back her anger towards the Lord and nor did she hesitate to blame God for her situation saying why God allowed all these things to happen to her. As Christians we know and from the encouragement of the Apostle Paul, our Lord Jesus Christ and many other brethren mentioned in the scriptures sufferings, persecutions and hardships are cups we are called to drink from (2 Timothy 3:12; Mark 10:30). Brethren, the point we are making is that our faith in Christ should always be coated with humility while maintaining our fear for God and only through such an attitude will we win His favor and Grace (Luke 22:42; Isaiah 38:1-5). Surely, we must NOT take the love of the Lord for granted, He is gentle but as His children we are not just to obey Him but to respect Him as our Great God (Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 29:2). Therefore our patience, faith and obedience should always be exercised in a spirit of humility. 

Brethren, this is a very important message and the Lord placed it on my heart to share with you that we should all strive to mature in our faith in order to bear good fruit (John 15:8). While all the fruit of the Holy spirit are good and essential, our times demands patience that should be rooted in love and this way we produces the fruit of faithfulness. Now, Christian maturity is fundamentally a very important teaching and command as the above Scripture and many other scripture references encourage. As it is, we need to consider this as being at the heart of our faith, and without being mature in our faith it leaves us open to "every wind of doctrine and trickery of men" (Ephesians 4:14). It is a known fact today that the body of Christ, the universal Church of the Lord, is vastly divided. Christians everywhere around the world are reading from the same Bible, yet there is no unity why? because each group is following their leader, church or denomination (1 Corinthians 3:3-5). It is a fact that some believers are following their leaders for various reasons among other things being for loyalty, trust, fear of being ostracized, socializing, loneliness and love to mention but a few reasons. The present Church period with its well-established institutionalization has created more non-faith and non-fruit bearing baby Christians who have been left living off every word from the mouth of their leaders instead of having faith in the word of God (Matthew 7:24-27).

On this website, we have shared some powerful and soul-satisfying testimonies on how the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to us and expressed His satisfaction with us as a family for reading and meditating on His Word, the Bible daily (1 Peter 2:2). Please read also our testimony on how this ministry started. This daily exercise has held many advantages for us. We received answers to our prayers due to a living and well-motivated faith fueled by the Scriptures. Additionally, by reading the Bible and following it with a childlike faith, we are being well equipped with Scriptural knowledge to conquer the various attacks, fears and uncertainties.

Applying Bible Knowledge to Everyday’s Situations

Before we Scripturally show how true Bible knowledge works to a Christian’s advantage, I would like to share a brief testimony of a dear brother in the Lord. For ethical reasons, we will not mention his real name here and for the record, our brother, John (not real name), fully committed his life to the Lord more than five years ago. A few years ago, my brother John related to me how he became backslidden as a Christian while he was a Bible student at a Christian Bible college. My brother John told me how he lived a double live. He secretly attended night clubs, smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol, and engaged in various other sins, while he displayed a superior Bible knowledge. Despite all this, brother John reported that he was constantly bothered by guilt and feelings of inadequacy. He knew his faith was fake and dead, because faith without works is dead (James 4:17).

Consequently, Brother John recalled how miserable his life became as a result of his double-life. To run away from his guilt, Brother John changed many jobs in pursuit of peace and as his frustrations deepened, he drowned himself more and more into drinking. A few years ago, when I met him, he appeared to be a smart and principled Christian fellow with impeccable reasoning and Bible knowledge. He quoted Scripture to almost everybody’s hearts delight in correction and encouragement of others. As ordinary a guy as he had been, some people find it a joy to be around him. His drawing power from what I observed, was his sincere and serious look, combined with his flawless speech and eloquence that seemed to have drawn people to him. However, he later told me that the Scriptures he quoted so freely carried power as it delivered convictions onto his hearers but to him those Scriptures were powerless and had no effect on him. When I inquired of him why the Scriptures had no effect on him, he answered saying “My life is such a mess. I fail to apply the Scriptures to my life; that is why the Bible has no effect”. In other words, Brother John had no faith in the Scriptures he learned; he merely used them as knowledge to impress and to be accepted by others. As Christians, knowledge of the Bible is of paramount importance (Colossians 1:10) because knowledge of God gives us power and we are being strengthened against false teachings which are fueled by the dominion of darkness. In addition, our knowledge of God’s Word helps us in our worship, our faith, and our fear for God (Colossians 1:10-14). When we walk in fear of God, we will be careful to obey Him and live according to the standards as commanded by the Scriptures (Joshua 23:6; John 15:10).

God Honors Those who Fear and Obey Him

Let us briefly consider just how God honoured men who walked in His fear. When Moses sent the twelve spies out, only Joshua and Caleb came back with a favourable report and they were honoured to enter the promised land (Numbers 14:30), while the other ten spies poisoned the minds of the people and suffered the consequences with death for their faithless efforts (Numbers 14:36-38). Similarly, King David, who had a heart of worship and fear for the Lord was singled out amongst his father’s clan as being a man after God’s own heart and he was made King of Israel (1 Samuel 13:14; 16:1;). And let's not forget how the Lord blessed, honor and lifted up Daniel (Daniel 2:48), Joseph (Genesis 41:41-43) and Mordecai (Esther 10:3).

In sharp contrast, we read how God was troubled by Saul’s disobedience which led to his down fall as king of Israel (1 Samuel 15:11, 28). The Lord was also grieved by the willful disobedience of the Israelites, and as a result He banished them from His Presence (2 Kings 17:18-20). These are but few examples on how God expressed His love for those who feared Him and His displeasure with those who dishonoured Him.

How Maturing as a Christian Benefits Us

It is knowledge about the Lord and His will that should direct the way we live. Over a period of almost 5 years that we heard and received messages from the Lord as a ministry. He repeatedly reminded each one of us and many other brethren how important daily Bible reading is. By so doing, the Lord emphasized that His will is being renewed in our spirits as we read the Word, and this builds up our faith, knowledge and fear for Him. When we submit to Scriptural instructions, growth takes place, doubt disappears, distorted myths and beliefs are challenged, and faithful fellowship with God is established (Romans 12:2).

Before expressing a concern with some Bible teachings, let us mention by saying that no amount of Bible teaching is wasted. The ministry of the Word is in every way profitable to our salvation (2 Timothy 3:16). However, as an observation, my wife and I have witnessed how ineffective some Bible teachings in school are. Some courses are designed to impart Bible knowledge and to highlight a certain doctrinal position. And with some success, this has produced more graduates and Bible-educated Christians with little or no fruits of the Holy Spirit and a love for souls. Being a product of the same institutionalized system, the benefit of going to Bible school and graduating is to have one’s church and stand behind a pulpit. This could be a great desire, but does it actually bring us closer to the Lord and result in effective ministry work? Personally, I doubt these works because the church is locked up in a building and unlike the Old and New Testament models no one ministers out on the streets (Jeremiah 11:6; Ezekiel 2:1-7;3;33; Isaiah 58, Mark 16:15; Acts 9:15; 23:11; 2 Timothy 4:2).

In conclusion, some years ago after completing a two-year Bible school course, I planned on going for my third year, but the Lord told me, through a vision to Charis, not to attend Bible school anymore. Honestly, I was ambitious to earn the degree. The Lord later told me that this is the desire of many Christians who go to Bible school; they are interested in the qualification to impress, while they bear less or no fruit at all. After the Lord’s command not to attend Bible school again, He encouraged me to read the Bible book by book. By doing this, the Lord promised that I will gain a much deeper knowledge of His will, unlike the selective teaching approach of Bible schools aimed at imparting knowledge. From our experience, Bible reading is a one on one encounter with God, a personal commitment. This will ensure we develop a Godly character, changed attitudes, greater results in ministry work and prayer breakthroughs. This is what we have been doing and we share for your encouragement.

If you desire to start  a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and mature as a Christian, 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 Regards,

Brother Glenn

Monday, May 13, 2019

Guarding Our Hearts

Our Hearts The Epicenter Of Desire And Intent

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it" (Proverbs 4:23 NIV).

Brethren as we all know, there are numerous scriptural references which points us to the importance of our hearts in all we do or say. I (Brother Glenn) can recall a conversation I recently had with someone I never met before. From our discussion and the choice of words we used clearly displayed the respect and well meant intent we had for each other as friends who shares a common faith. In contrast, if  there were any perceptions we formed based on historical differences our attitudes and choice of words would have included some prejudices and suspicions.

 Having said this, I'm being reminded by a bitter division involving two sincere brothers in the Lord who simply chose to embrace strong feelings of dislike and hatred of each other tossing the love they had for one another away as if it was used or washed up. In my experiences with God Almighty I (Brother Glenn) have discovered that His love is a basic easily discernible commonly recognisable ever durable non-extinguishable ever-present and an always freely available self-renewing positive energy.  Thus what we mean is that love operates on truth, being forever faithful it has the courage to discern and confront the wrong and discard it without it being discomposed (2 Timothy 2:13).

That is why once we forgive our offenders and pray for them, we release ourselves and are also set free by Jesus.Our sins are forgiven as we confess them and run to God for our mistakes, the Lord like our sincerity so let us be honest and continually praying.It is not because you are free that you can stay free, we need to continuing praying, ' Lord take more of me giving me more of you ’this enable us to become like Jesus in our faith while we are meditating on the scriptures for our spiritual life.

Are we to judge others? NO! The Bible says that before we came to Christ we were full-blown sinner and did even worse things than the people we are judging today. Being washed from the blindness of our sins we judge as if God made us better then others. Conditionally, our position in Christ is better only by virtue of His gift (Ephesians 2:8) not considering our own best efforts (Isaiah 64:6). Instead, what we ought to do is to  lead them to Jesus and be like Him as a light in this world (Matthew 5:14) as we are praying for them blessing them delivering them exhorting them( telling them the truth in love) encouraging them in Jesus, knowing that Jesus can do the impossible.

In the Bible we read "But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things" (Galatians 5:22-23 ERV). 

From the above scripture reference, we can see clearly read how the children of light should behave. In contrast, the children of darkness utters bad words, curses, bad behaviour, hatred and violence. I am totally convinced that when we enter God’s glory (those who are worthy) will experience an immediate and powerful glory within themselves. I (Brother Patrice) have once experienced this, in one of my trials approximately 15 years ago as I went through a trauma, one night as I went to bed the Spirit of the Lord came so strongly upon me, I then experienced a very intense joy and glorious love than no human being can experience between two people on a natural basis. As it is, this experience lasted only for a few times. When I had this experience I realised that the Lord wanted to give me a clue how much love he has for me and all of His creation. Is this not amazing to know that Someone from whom love originates cares? If so, as Christians we are encouraged to extend such love with everyone who is struggling by encouraging them and lead them to Christ who has their deliverance at heart.

As we know,God never push people to do bad toward others, it is satan's work (James 1:13)." LOVE "MUST BE EVER PRESENT WITHIN THE CHURCH SO WHY NOT LISTENING TO JESUS?BECAUSE THOSE WHO DOES NOT LISTEN TO HIM AND DO NOT KEEP HIS TEACHING AND ARGUE WITH OTHERS AND JUDGE ARE SATAN'S WORKERS they need to repent and follow Jesus Christ.

In conclusion, we would like to share Psalm 32 with you kindly read it yourself.

Blessed Grace
Brother Patrice and Brother Glenn

Monday, May 6, 2019

Conquering Foul Mood Swings

God Knows The Habits Of Your Soul

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11 ESV). Again, we read in the Bible “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good” (Romans 12:9).

In this article, we will not have an in-depth discussion on the human personality for the benefit of our message we will share some experiences and guidance from the Lord on how to restrain the mood ‘excesses’. Furthermore, being ministers of the gospel we have learned first hand how some people both Christian and non-Christians changed from one personality to another. Similarly both faces has its own set of values. What we mean is that good intent is being displayed when God is remembered in a person's life and evil intent is displayed when the person gives expression to anger leading to grudgingly and hateful feelings. We need grace, faith and deliverance to unmask the evil in our hearts and be true children of God. Please read on!

Having learned from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself for more than seven years, we can assure you that the Lord is greatly familiar with our emotional struggles and how it affects our behaviour and relationship with Him and other people around us (Psalm 139:1-6). It would be prudent of us to remember that we communicate love, sadness, anger or hatred through our emotions and much stronger than words because or true-self would be on display (Matthew 15:19). Often, we kind of ‘cover-up’ our true feelings through our words while our actions give a different interpretation of how we really feel or how the heart directs. Moreover, in last week’s (15/01/2018) article we referred to the benefit our desires wants to fulfill the need in our hearts.

Negative Moods Ruins Relationships

Let’s just briefly differentiate here; there are moods which has a positive outcome which is aimed at encouraging others and negative moods which has a destructive intent. Therefore, negative mood swings issues from various sources of motivation. As a point of illustration, we could display a foul mood because we hold a grudge against someone; we may also be moody because of some inner-conflict we are experiencing, jealousies, or misdirected anger and even when we struggle with feelings of a strong dislike (hatred) of someone or a certain group of people to identify but a few. As a direct reality mood affect our relationship with others and not only that, the spirit of strive is being ignited through negative moods.

Sometime ago, the Lord has repeatedly corrected a few brethren in our ministry who were in the habit of having rolling mood swings and this greatly affected their relationship with God and some people around him. The Lord revealed that the negative message that was being conveyed through moods swings led some people to question the integrity and purity of our salvation and equally this cast further questions on the transformative work of the Holy Gospel (1 Peter 3:15). Therefore brethren, our association with the Gospel and our Lord Jesus Christ directly impacts how our message outside should be viewed and it should always be seasoned with grace so as to make it inviting.

How To Control Negative Mood Swings

Evidently, it is true that not all of us are naturally and spiritually gifted with the same mental strengths and abilities. However, in the Lord Jesus we have all been given the Holy Spirit (1 John 4:13) and our actions and attitude should rightfully operate under the conviction and influence of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 1:7). Furthermore, the Bible teaches us that the Lord expects us to bear fruits (John 15:4-5) and such fruit should be evident in our lives. In some of our experiences, we often came across some people who simply don’t have enough faith and discernment to recognise the move of God in their lives and see the move of the Holy Spirit in them. For example, a person who have been delivered from (drinking, smoking, fighting, and gambling), witchcraft or any other destructive bondage of sin received both deliverance and the Holy Spirit. You may ask how so! Well, the person’s ability to resist indulging in his or her former ways is evidence of the presence of the spirit of self-control (1 Corinthians 15:9). In other words, the restraining and convicting power of the Holy Spirit helps us overcome our weaknesses. Therefore, why are some Christians saying they cannot change from their weaknesses while others show every sign of obedience, purity and restraint? The answer is simple; such Christians have allowed the power of evil, worldliness and their self-gratifying attitude to stand in the way of the Lord and His Holy Spirit to transform them. Thus, change brought about by the Power of our Lord Jesus Christ in people all over the world is evident in the way people conducts themselves are meeting the Saviour.

In conclusion, we ask you, why don’t you allow the Lord to change your unwelcoming and destructive moods? Why are you allowing the pain of being moody to control you and ruin your relationship with God and people? We implore you, repent from being moody and acknowledge the trouble it causes, assess your feelings about people before engaging them, resist your negative thoughts and opinions and allow the spirit of self-control to take over. As Christians, we should remember that our attitudes should never be hostile but kind and gentle. Let us not allow our self-will to stand in the way of the Lord if we do humility, gentleness, kindness and self-control will not manifest (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:1-17).

Now, 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 in Christ

Brother Glenn