Monday, June 17, 2019

Humility, The Key That Opens God's Heart Towards Us


The Folly Of Being Conceited

“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits” (Romans 12:16 KJV).

Brethren, I am re-sharing this message and by God's Grace I will be sharing a new article during next week (24/06/2019). Please do logon to hear what the Lord revealed. Naturally, we all have a high thinking of ourselves, and due to our competitive nature as humans, we consider that others are simply not better than us (Genesis 4:2-5). Often, and in a show of superiority, our actions and attitude become vile to subdue the humble brother or sister so that we may stand out as better in the eyes of man, but God will not overlook our display of superiority for “… God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (James 4:6). Equally, uneven relationships exists in our human society today because of our exercise of power and authority. While this might not be entirely evil (Romans 13:1-7), our manner of exercising such authority must be respectful with a sense of brotherly kindness considering that we too are under the Lord's authority (Ephesians 6:9). By this preceding verse, the Bible have literally done away with forceful and demanding conduct, which existed in the old nature (Ephesians 4:22-24). Being conceited is part of human nature, the old nature, this is evident even in children although they might not appreciate the effect it has on others. As it is, we witness daily how some children want to have better things than others, or even bullying others to enjoy the status of superiority.

Therefore, this spirit of ‘betterness’ or conceit gets transferred well into our adulthood. This is a natural fact, ‘betterness’ is a hidden evil in all of us and we don’t want others to be better than us (Genesis 4:8). It is a very sad indictment that among Christians these power games continues to play out without regard for the dignity and respect of the humble brother or sister. In our association with brethren across all walks of life, we have witnessed how some brethren acted in a brutal display of superiority in bringing their points across. O' how unpleasant and peace less is an environment in the presence of such a loveless person! Humility is not an option for such a person(s) his or her status must be considered. When you hear or see others being treated with no respect, the spirit of conceit and controlling is behind it. In Christ, however, as we learn about the Lord and His unselfish nature (1 John 3:16; Romans 3:25), we grow conscious of our mistaken perceptions and mannerism, but not all of us mature in obedience. It is good that we recognise the spirit of conceit and the effect it creates in our relationships with others, the bible encourages us to associate with people of low position, not to be controlling and be demanding but to promote love and brotherly kindness.

Shameful Christian Behaviour of Conceit

Some time ago, we painfully had to listen to a friend in the Lord who recalled to us how he and his family had to endure every kind of abuse from a couple who joined their ministry and because this couple supported the family’s ministry, they were ruthless in their treatment of the lowly family.

After we had counseled the family prayerfully and an enquired of the Lord, He revealed to us that the couple was not humble servants and their worldly status and possessions blinded them that is why they disrespect and treat others shamefully. The Lord is warning Christians not to be demanding when dealing with their fellow brethren, but being patient and kind (1 Corinthians 13:4). As I am trying to explain below, this blindness or concealed conceit is a mannerism that bonded as a personality trait since childhood stages. I can tell you; some people use their status and achievement as a defense mechanism to elevate their status and to humiliate others.

Again, and with permission, sometime ago a friend Andre (not real name) shared with me how he resigned from the company he worked for. He described how embarrassing it was for him to face his colleagues after he was involved in a heated exchange of words with someone on the telephone. Andre, being a Christian, could not face the humiliation as a result of ‘losing it’ so he resigned. He recalled that the guilt of his actions bothered him for weeks as he pleaded with the Lord to take away his guilt (1 Chronicles 21:8). Being familiar with his sincerity in Christ, Andre suffered in silence the consequences of his actions, and unashamedly he said that he regretted talking down to the man he had an exchanged with. Often our words expose our hearts condition (Matthew 12:34), and if we are wise to recognize and admit our folly, there is hope to reflect and reform our ways (Proverbs 28:13).

Subsequently, while Andre lost his confidence and Christian testimony as a result of that incident, he did not give up on his faith. Being unashamed of his experience he encouraged me to share it with the hope that it might minister into the life of someone.

From experience, I have noticed that conceitedness is one hidden hindrance in many Christian’s life. Whether knowingly or unknowingly we habitually often measures the educational or social status of others against ours to determine how we may relate to them. As a result, this may lead us to subconsciously treat others less favorable, but granting better treatment and manners towards those who displays a social class higher or equal to ours (James 2:2-4).

Furthermore, the Apostle James says, not only have we ‘become judges with evil thoughts’ (James 2:4) our actions explicitly testify that we think we are better than the less favorable brother or sister. This is the unfortunate attitude of many Christians who’s abundance blinded them to the basic treatment of others (Romans 12:16), and they think this is pleasing to the Lord (Luke 18:12). There are not many Christians who can discern this hidden sin in their lives and some, when they are corrected, without humbly engaging in retrospection, they verbally attack the mindful brother or sister to ward off the correction.


Consequences of Being Conceited

Brethren, this is serious! From the experience of my brother Andre (above) and having witnessed the things he had to suffer as a result of his conceitedness and shameful treatment of others, he learned humility. Let us not think that we will get away without punishment from God when we hurt and humiliate others because we think we are better than others (Exodus 22:21-23).

Let us consider a few examples of conceited people from the Bible. The Lord Jesus related a parable of a conceited man, a Pharisee who boasted about the things he had and did in his prayer but this resulted in his prayer being rejected by God (Luke 18: 10-14). When conceited, wealthy, powerful and arrogant Haman thought he could unjustly oppress humble Mordecai without consequences; God turned the evil he intended to harm Mordecai with against himself (Esther 3:3; 6:6; 7:9-10). Furthermore, King Nebuchadnezzar was warned by the Prophet Daniel to show kindness to the oppressed and renounce his wickedness and conceitedness and be spared consequences; he stubbornly persisted he was humiliated (Daniel 4:27-33). Also, when King Jehoram, King of Judah grew powerful, he became conceited, and this led him to sin, and this led to his downfall (2 Chronicles 21:1-20).

Finally, please take the time to answer these few questions to reflect if you have a conceited spirit. If you are honest, this could result in your deliverance and keep hindrances from your prayers. You will also experience a greater peace from God upon your life. Are you in the habit of controlling others because of what you give to them? Are you doing things for others only to tell them what you did for them? Are you in the habit of talking down to others? Do you have a demanding spirit? Do you talk about things you do for others? And are you reactive and defensive? Do you always expect credit for things you do for others? (Luke 17:10). By honestly reflecting on these few questions and looking into our souls, we will see our mistakes, and at the same time, we will guard against the deceitfulness of this hidden demon, conceitedness.

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

Brother Glenn


Monday, June 10, 2019

Decisions That Are Pleasing To God


Brethren, as Christians we all aspire to be recognised for the good decisions we make. Let us endeavour to please the Lord by aligning our choices to His will. In this article which we are sharing again the Lord led us to re-emphasise the importance of some of the choices we make as Christians. Also, as a ministry, we are constantly called upon to counsel some brethren who made some decisions they thought were in line with the will of the Lord. But sadly though, some only realised their bad choices when the consequences manifest and as a reward they sit with regret. Without going in to much detail, there are Christians who are unable to discern the Holy Spirit's guidance when they are faced with some tough choices. Basically, the Lord expects us to measure our choices against His will and not how our choices would always benefit us. What we should ask ourselves is, does our choices please the Lord more than ourselves? Below we share a vision highlighting choices and how the Holy Spirit is at work to help us in our choices.

Vision on Making Choices and Decisions

Vision Given to Brother Glenn on January 6, 2015

I had a vision from the Lord this morning just before I woke up. In this vision, I heard no words, but I was made to understand and feel what the conversation was about. I saw the LORD Jesus in pure white dress entering what looked like a fast food store. I saw the Lord standing as if He was ready to talk to a young lady who was standing in a queue or line to place an order. I was made to feel that this lady was indecisive on her choice of food. Just then, the Lord approached her without saying any words. It was impressed upon me that He ‘imparted’(or placed) a solution in her conscience to help her make a decision. However, she resisted the Lord’s will, and I felt His sadness. This young lady seemed to have an attitude and was arguing with the Lord. She also had a big ego and was wise in her own eyes. When she was considering the Lord’s solution, I felt His joy, but when she resisted I felt His sadness. Despite her resistance, the Lord kept on offering help. However, she kept on ignoring the Lord’s help and eventually followed her own counsel, ending up with a regrettable decision.

Thereafter the vision changed, and I saw the Lord talking to a young man through his conscience. Again, I heard no actual words but I somehow understood the conversation through what I felt. I sensed the Lord was commanding this young man to do something for Him. He replied spontaneously with a great sense of joy and enthusiasm, and I sensed the Lord sharing this joy with him.

The vision changed again and I saw the Lord standing a few meters from another young woman. I sensed that she was clueless and doubtful in her choices; she kept on changing her mind, not knowing the best option to choose. Meanwhile, in the background I saw the Lord ‘imparting’ in her conscience a gentle “NO” if the choice was wrong, and “YES” with a joyful smile of encouragement. This was the end of the vision.

Interpretation:

The Lord revealed to me through the same method of ‘imparting’ in my conscience. I just knew the answer to this vision parable. The vision of the young lady represents Christians who continuously rejects the Lord’s word and the guidance of His Holy Spirit. Now, these are Christians who choose to follow their own ways, which may appear rewarding to them, however,  for one's own choices we must bear the consequences thereof (Proverbs 3:5-7; 14:12).

As for the young man in the other part of the vision, the Lord revealed that there are people like this young man who are open to the Lord’s Word and who do His will by faith and without doubt or question. The Lord further indicated to me that the reward of such obedience is accompanied by an intense feeling of joy, which makes Him very happy and He shares such joy with us (Matthew 7:24-25; Luke 11:28).

For the last part of our vision, the Lord said that He is always at work helping those who strive to make the right decisions based on the truth of His Word (Philippians 2:13). If Christians slip in their choices, He corrects them and shares their joy to encourage them in obeying Him. The Lord says His help is always available for those who are willing to submit to His guidance in obedience to Him, even if they have little faith they must persevere (Romans 14:1; John 6:37; 1 Thessalonians 5:14).

Finally, we encourage you brethren to be truly God-fearing Christians, and to always base your choices in the light of God’s Word and your relationship with Him. When we first accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we pledged our faithfulness to Him and our decisions must both be pleasing to Him and brings honour to Him (Colossians 3:17). Undoubtedly, when we deliberately keep committing the same mistakes, we dishonour the Lord and we show Him that we cannot be trusted (Luke 16:10). Consequently, we would fail to receive answers to our prayers, which may lead us to make our own bad choices. After seeing the consequences of our ungodly choices, only then do we invite the Lord to help us out of our messy situation. Therefore, the fruit of our own decisions are less Godly and often worldly-focused, and such plans are directed to please us and others rather than God.

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 Truth in Christ,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Coming Of The LORD

Will The Lord Come Anytime Soon? 

“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14 NKJV). Also, “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20 NKJV). Naturally, the hardest thing for people to overcome is our inability to be patient and wait (Exodus 32:1; 1 Samuel 13:11-12).


Vision message: I received a message from the Lord on the 31/05/2019 in a vision from a messenger of God who said we should expect the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ANY DAY and those who are looking forward to His coming should always be ready!

Important Observation! It is a fact, some Christians are just tired of waiting for the coming of the Lord so they imagine rapture dates and sadly some brethren are led into believing these false rapture dates. We are repeating the Lord is coming like a thief (Revelations 16:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:2) and we HEARD FIRST HAND FROM THE LORD JESUS HIMSELF THAT HE WILL PUNISH THOSE WHO SET DATES BECUASE IT DESTROYS THE FAITH OF MANY. Please read this WARNING. We received a great promise from the Lord Himself Yesterday 10/09/2017 and we will share when the Lord permit. 

The Consequences of Bad Choices 

From the latter Scriptures above, we read how the people involved acted impulsively, fearfully and out of uncertainty which led them to sin and suffer terrible consequences in the process for their impetuous efforts. If they waited humbly and with patience they would have inherited great blessings which would have change the course of their destiny and for the greater benefit of their descendants (1 Samuel 13:13-14; Exodus 32:33-35).

Humanly, it is often tempting to disregard the Lord’s warnings and commands and substitute it with what we think is best and from the experience of Saul and the children of Israel the end result did not favour their well-being. The point we are making here is, if we overstep God’s authority and follow our own counsel, we will reap the consequences of our impatient choices. We must bear in mind though, that the consequences of disobedience are irreversible (Numbers 20:12; 2 Samuel 12:11-12).

Many would argue and say, “but I asked the Lord to forgive me”, good! So did David (Psalm 51) but he suffered the consequences (see 2 Samuel 15 to 20). We may also put it this way, the Lord will willingly forgive us but we will have accept the consequences of our wrong actions. As an example, the apostle Paul repented of his sins but the consequences of his previous convictions followed him (Acts 9:15-25).

Too often, some Christians are blinded by their own mistakes and by avoiding to accept the consequences, they start complaining bitterly and are just about ready to give up on their faith. My work in the ministry has helped me observe why some people complain, suffer and backslide. Upon a closer examination of their past habits and some of their choices, we have been able to see exactly why they are in the mess they found themselves in. When we engage with them, we ask questions and our exercise of asking relevant questions is simply to determine how the person arrived at the problem they are facing, and to help them identify the mistake that led to the problem, which should lead them to repent, and apply the Word of correction leading them receive deliverance with peace of mind (James 4:1-3).

Finding Peace through Christ and Nowhere Else

Apart from material possessions, no Christian or non-Christian can claim to have a perfect and trouble free life, never in this world! We are all somewhat ever engaged in finding some kind of solution(s) for the problems we face. As we scout for solutions we see that some people from all walks of life choose either of the following:
  • Being a Christian will naturally lead us in prayer to God for whatever help we need, and like I indicated above, did we identify our own mistakes that led us to the problem and are we genuinely repentant? (2 Samuel 12:13; Luke 15:18-20) and if so, are we willing to accept the consequences of our actions (1 Chronicles 21:17) and allow God to carve out a new journey based on a humble and an improved relationship with Him (Luke 15:20-24).
  • Sadly but true, non-Christians often overlook the consequences of sin being the cause of their problems and they consequently live with the problem. Being without peace as a reward for knowing Christ (John 14:27), they substitute it by employing other sins of pleasure like alcohol, drugs, and engaging in lustful entertainment. This ends in a vicious and repetitive cycle until the person realises his or her conscience state and seeks and finds rest in the Saviour from sin and destruction (Matthew 11:28).
  • With the advent of many technological advancements, people look for solutions in science, while this provides possible solutions it is limited and over dependence on science leads us away from God thus contradicting the nature and order of things in creation (Romans 1:25; Psalm 104:27; 145:15).
  • Others, in a desperate attempt to eradicate the afflictions of the day, skilfully examines the past for possible answers and if they can’t find remedy they long for the past (Numbers 14:4; Isaiah 43:18). Brethren, our past footsteps have been erased and despite the good we enjoyed then, we have a future in Christ to look to “…which was established upon better promises” (Hebrews 8:7 KJV). As a reminder, God has set our journey through life to happen once (Hebrews 9:27), and we come across the various intersections (life’s experiences) once and these should better equip us to make the right decisions every time. If we fail, God is willing to pick us up (1 John 1:9) and put us on a new path (2 Corinthians 5:17) warning us never to take the journey back (Deuteronomy 17:16).
Before concluding, brethren we should ask ourselves a question; has our uncertainties and doubts driven us to examine various opinions and so-called prophecies which affected our walk with the Lord? Are you tired of waiting on the Lord’s coming so you took matters in your hands risking your salvation and engaged in worldly pleasures? (Matthew 24:46-50). Has the problems in life defeated you that you see no solution? Repent, work on your new life in Christ and waiting on the Lord will produce a fruitful service (Philippians 1:22).

Finally, we should remember for our Heaven journey, we are encouraged to endure (Matthew 24:13) while we patiently awaits for our redemption. The word of God says, “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:36-38).

If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and escape the snares of death, please get started by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, you may please contact us.

Blessed regards in patient endurance,

Brother Glenn