Monday, March 30, 2020

Let Your Light Shine

Encouraging Christians To keep Busy

Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching (2 Timothy 4:2). And “Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).

Message from the Lord

I (Brother Glenn) received a message from the Lord just before waking up this morning (29/03/2020). I need to stress that all messages I received this way from the Lord through an audible voice and not a vision have proven to be truthful in all material respects. Remember, we have faith and operate by faith and we know that all GOOD THINGS for the good of all mankind comes from God Almighty (James 1:17).

The Lord has given the cure of this deadly disease to mankind for the common good of all. The Lord has given a specific country the ability to develop a vaccine against this coronavirus. I heard the name of this country, but it might be a symbolic name and it could be another country. We need to remember whether it be Germany or any other country, it is not about the country, but that God has heard prayer and provided the cure! Anyway, I heard the whispering voice of the Lord said “Germany has the cure”. No time lines were given but this virus and enemy of humanity is defeated in Jesus name! Brethren, we need to stress that we are in the end-times and there will be temporary relief against this before the next disaster will strike. 

Also, economically, the world will never be the same and ultimately widespread famine will follow mark my words! The Lord is wakening the inhabitants of the earth because after this may people will forget and return to lawless living Take heed of God’s warnings, it is meant to save us and WATCH OUT!

Vision by Claudia (30/03/2020)

Brief note: Brethren you may have noticed that the Lord has been giving Claudia visions pertaining to His Coming and the end-times. We will therefore share it only as the Lord revealed. Some may have a symbolic meaning but it all makes scriptural sense.

In this vision, I heard a loud banging noise and thunderous lightning all around (Exodus 20:18). As I looked up into the sky, it turned very dark and the sky itself was moving violently and in different patterns as if it wants to bursts (Matthew 24:29). At once I looked towards the street and I saw multiple vehicles collisions as a result of the ear deafening sound from the sky. I immediately started praying when I saw that and the vision ended!

Divisions Hinders The Gospel

Given to the various lock downs, crowd limitations and the social distancing measures governments have taken around the world to prevent the spread of this virus, this has undoubtedly affected Christian fellowship and the spreading of God’s work on a person to person bases. Like we said in our last article, nothing should stop or prevent us from praying and proclaiming this glorious gospel.

Therefore, times like these should serve as an encouragement to Christians to use every opportunity to grow closer to God, rebuking and correcting those they know and fellowship with. From the beginning of this ministry emphasized that Christians should not become followers of man or follow a certain denominational persuasion which operates through the spirit of division (1Corinthians 3:4-9). While we acknowledge that people prefer to associate with those they are comfortable with, the Lord is against all forms of discrimination and His Spirit unify the believers in a strong bond of love (Romans 2:11; Acts 10:34; 1 Corinthians 12:11).


Being in the front line of the ministry of the gospel, we hear many sensitive Christians from various sects giving various explanations to protect and remain loyal to their dogmatic convictions. Brethren, we encourage you to abandon this pattern of narrow thinking; the gospel is sovereign, all encompassing and universal in its appeal (Ephesians 4:3-6). We are not called to build our own Churches with our followers we are simply called to make disciples for Christ and to teach them to observe the teachings of the Lord not ours (Matthew 28:19).

For a full discussion on why there are so many divisions within Christianity you welcome to read our article on Divisions.

Furthermore, times like these requires of us to share the gospel from a distance and we have platforms like this online ministry and many other well-intentioned online blogs of other selfless man and woman of God who uses their own resources knows their reward is with our Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 10:29). Therefore, if need be work on an online ministry if you are not able to use messages her or elsewhere to advance the gospel knowing that the Lord is near and He has our reward with Him (Isaiah 40:10). Additionally, we know faith operates through a spirit of discernment (Romans 12:2), therefore before we commit to just ‘forward’ a message through email or through social networking platforms it is our shepherding duty to protect the flock (the weak in faith and new babes in Christ) against false teachings (Acts 20:28).

Types Of Prayers

In some past articles we shared based on the word of God, two types of prayers. We referred to personal prayers for ourselves to keep the spiritual oil burning, families, friends, governments etc (Matthew 6:6) and ministry or intercessory prayers for various things pertaining to the advancement of ministry work, Churches, for the flock of God, governments and against the influence of the works of Satan and many other requests (Acts 1:14; 4:24; 6:4). As we alluded elsewhere on this website, our personal prayers should go out three (3) times or more daily (Psalm 55:17; Daniel 6:10; Matthew 26:44).

Fellowship

We know there are divisions in many family homes and this is very common in the godliest homes. While we know that people living in the same house often undermines and disrespects each other because we are exposed to each other’s weaknesses and mannerism. However, this should not discourage us to operate in a spirit of kindness, love, gentleness and unity (Romans 5:5).

The Lord has given us His Holy Spirit and if we resist Him and grief Him, we will not allow Him room to guide us to do the will of God in our submission and obedience to the Lord (John 16:13; James 4:7). Like I said before, my family and I unity behind the teachings of God’s Word and we know if we are to make it to heaven and co-exist as a family we must at all costs deny bitterness to take a bitter root in us (Hebrews 12:15). Therefore, a family who is determined to disregard personal opinions (judgmental thoughts) of others and who put Christ first will have the courage to prayer together; worships together and encourages one another regardless of the level of faith each possesses. Thus if you are unable to meet up with members of your church for prayers and fellowship in times like this, the people we share space with can help us change things around within us, the home and society at large through prayer and staying love.

To receive salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, please start by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance, read the Bible every day, continue to faithfully seek the Lord, and take refuge in Him. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Love

Brother Glenn

Monday, March 23, 2020

Testing Times, Believers Must Pray And Be Vigilant

Using This Time To Serve And Harvest Souls

“Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 HCSB).

Brethren, as a ministry, we implore you not to disregard this message because there is no vision attached to it. I (Brother Glenn) did however receive a message from the Lord yesterday morning (22/03/2020) in a vision and the Lord said, “You must live each day as if the Lord is coming today”. By this, I understood the Lord to say, lead a repentant life, forgive, do not hate, etc. Please read this entire section (Romans 12:9-21).

The World around us has changed as we know it! The aim of this message is simply to encourage the brethren and strengthen the hearts of those who are living in fear because of the corona virus pandemic.

Last week, (16/03/2020) we shared with you that the Lord is faithful to all His promises and we know God’s promises are for those who serve and obey Him and seek His will daily (Matthew 6:33; Matthew 7:23-25). As we know it, the world is gripped in a spirit of fear as a result of this virus. Countries around the world including ours (South Africa) have declared national emergencies to convey the impact of the virus and its widespread destructive effects. Biblically, this virus spreads fear and it is disruptive and it is pure evil due to its deadly effects (2 Timothy 1:7).

As it is, the result of this virus simply shows that humanity does not have all the answers to the problems we face. We need God’s intervention and that is made possible if Christians around the world pray and offer help and services to those who are affected, those weak in faith and those who do not believe yet. Thus our availability to help should not be based on any form of discrimination but to uphold the Lord’s command in Matthew 25 which reads, “For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me” (Matthew 25:42-43).


Do Christians need to Fear This Pandemic?

Not at all, the bible says that as Christians we need not fear “He Himself will deliver you from the hunter’s net, from the destructive plague. He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield. You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon” (Psalms 91:3-6).

While we as Christians can rely on God’s good promises we are not to be ignorant or arrogant. As children of God, we can claim the benefit of God’s promises and protection for times like these (2 Peter 2:9). We need to pray to the Lord for our protection, healing and for the healing of those who are sick (Mark 16:17-18).

Brethren, we hasten to add, we still need to operate in Godly fear and humility while obeying the authorities over us (Romans 13:1-2). We cannot simply go about ignoring the curfews that were imposed to stop the spread of the virus. We need to show support, breaking up into smaller fellowship groups and to continue in the fellowship of the brethren (Hebrews 10:25). 


666 Is It Time Yet?

Brethren, we cannot say at this stage if we are entering into the 666 times and neither do we want to speculate. As things stands now, this virus is threatening the world economy and widespread famine could follow and some of these things we warned and shared on this platform. We will write on this subject if and when the Lord allows and reveals. Remember, at this stage, the authorities are not against us, they are merely responding to the fears of the people and to prevent the spread of the virus. Therefore, we need to be sensitive and not add insult but to work and use this opportunity to win souls and glorify the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Having said this, we are equally mindful of the fact that the lengthy effect of this virus and if no cure is found in the immediate future chances are it could lead to the fears that many people has that governments and businesses could impose measures that could pose a threat to our faith. 

By this, we are referring to the 666 or mark of the beast system and there are some reports that some people and businesses view cash notes as a vector for the coronavirus and we know that the 666 is an economic system that requires the mark to buy or sell (Revelations 13:17). With this warning from the Word of God this system is classified as evil and Christians are to flatly reject it (Revelations 14:9-10). Anyway, this topic will require another article and we are not discussing it today but when the Lord leads us we will obey.

If you are unable to visit a Church to accept the Lord Jesus Christ due the impact of the Covid-19 virus, you can pray this  Prayer of Sincere Repentance, by faith to invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your hear. Once you have done so, read the Bible every day, continue to faithfully seek the Lord, and take refuge in Him. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.


Blessed Regards

Brother Glenn

Monday, March 16, 2020

God Is Faithful To His Promises

Holding Firmly Onto God’s Promises

Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful(Hebrews 10:23)

Short message from the Lord

Claudia (15 March 2020)

I (Claudia) always ask the Lord in prayer to give me visions and messages, this morning after my morning prayers I heard the Lord said, “I am standing on all My promises”.

Overcoming being weak-willed

Dear brethren, as an online ministry, we will continue to provide messages on this platform to encourage and warn those whose hearts are fixed on the Lord Jesus Christ. As a warning from the Lord in the light of the above scripture, no-one should even attempt to stray from the path of truth. The Word of the Lord warns us that the enemy is operating like an opportunist and he has an evil plan against those who disrupts his campaign of destruction (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8). Knowing the overwhelming strength of sin which the enemy exploits through our weakness, (Genesis 4:7) if we blink for a moment and lose focus he’ll be right there to capitalize and launch an attack to bring us down.

Patience

Often, our strength gives way in the midst of constant attacks and we succumb to the pressure of the situation (Luke 22:55-60). Brethren, it would be very easy for us to point a finger to the apostle Peter for denying the Lord and think that we would have handled the situation much better isn’t it? If so, have we ever considered the emotional impact this had on the apostle because he thought his decision to deny the Lord would result in him not losing his life? However, Peter did not fully realise at that moment that the Lord prayed for him not to lose his life and salvation (Luke 22:32).

A brother recently told me that his most constant and pressing attacks always come from within his house. According to Brother Will, (not real name) these frequent attacks are twofold verbal and silent (being ignored and sneered upon) abuse. In his explanation, the brother highlights the tangible presence of an evil hatefulness which leaves him emotionally traumatized that forces him to harbour suicidal thoughts as a way to escape this onslaught.

Now brethren, having been exposed to such an environment both in my adult and childhood life, situations such as this facing our brother Will are serious especially if it involves your parent(s) wife, children or husband. It often leaves us with no shoulder to cry on and when we are faced by this, we have the Lord to turn to in prayer (Proverbs 18:24).

Strength To Endure

Furthermore, while we await the Lord’s coming for our permanent redemption, as an interim relief, the Lord has also provided various ministries and gifts (Romans 12:4-8) of which this ministry is part of. Now as humans, we often run to people for help and sympathy while it is not wrong, not all of us have been endowed to carry the pain of others (Numbers 11:14) and for those of us who have been called to serve God has equipped us with a servant hood spirit dressed up in patience and humility (Numbers 11:16-17).

Finally, we therefore encourage you dear brethren, endure hardships (2 Timothy 2:3), drink from the Lord’s cup of suffering for being a follower of Christ (Matthew 20:22), be obedient and faithful as a servant (Hebrews 3:5), conquer the race (2 Timothy 4:7) to receive the crown of eternal life (James 1:12).

If you are unable to visit a Church to accept the Lord Jesus Christ due the impact of the Covid-19 virus, you can pray this  Prayer of Sincere Repentance, by faith to invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your hear. Once you have done so, read the Bible every day, continue to faithfully seek the Lord, and take refuge in Him. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.


Blessed Hope to our fellow God fearing brethren

Brother Glenn

Monday, March 9, 2020

Finding Strength in the Lord Through His Word

“I am weary from grief; strengthen me through Your word” (Psalm 119:28 HCSB).

“For the Lord will not reject us forever. Even if He causes suffering, He will show compassion according to His abundant, faithful love. For He does not enjoy bringing affliction or suffering on mankind” (Lamentations 3:31-33 HCSB).


By Claudia Vision of end times (5/03/2020). This vision has also been updated on our visions section.

During the early hours of above date, I had a vision from the Lord. My father and I and Charis were in a public place with people all around us. I felt as if we were in the final days before the Rapture. We heard a very LOUD NOISE and people panicked running in all directions (1 Thessalonians 5:3). We were also running and we came across an old woman who offered us a hiding place, we refused because we knew it was the end and there was simply no safe hiding place (Psalm 27:5).

Brief interpretation

Brethren, the Lord has revealed to us that some of the visions He gave relating to the end times are symbolic and discernment is needed to understand. We prayed asking for clarity on this vision and the Lord said all should be ready as sudden destruction could strike anytime, without warning and that there will be no hiding place.


Additionally, brethren as we know it there is widespread fear and panic as a result of the Coronavirus, this ministry has no intention to add to such fears. Our commission is to encourage and get as many people ready for the coming of our Saviour. The Coming of the LORD will be a great event and a JOYFUL occasion for many Christians (2 Corinthians 1:14). We are in every way a prophetic voice who has been given this grace to prepare the bride. Therefore as a family, we are convinced that the LORD in His immeasurable Mercy is preparing people especially those who faithfully followed His messages on this website. As to how long whether a year or two or shorter period of time the LORD will prepare us before THAT DAY we have no idea. What we know is that our King is preparing, gathering and readying His flock.


Today's message, generally as people, we are always grief smitten, frustrations and discouragement, and as you well knows, no one has been immunised against feelings of sorrow, worry and hopelessness. As a family, we are experiencing our fair share of discouragements too! We are firmly tested and when the Lord is silent, we have learned to use our faith and trust the counsel of the Scriptures to conquer insults, inner conflicts and any other challenges. Naturally, when many of us are at the crossroads of despair, we often question if God really cares about us. As a result, we feel that our prayers and efforts are worthless and not seen and appreciated by the Lord. While we may be tempted to agree with such sentiments, these are lies! The truth is that the Lord watches our every move and strengthens us in our weaknesses (Psalm 139:1-12; Isaiah 40:29). The Lord, in His love and wisdom, knows that we are hindered in our walk with Him if He does not give us strength, and He takes no pleasure if we do not bear fruit (John 15:8). 

How the Lord Provides Encouragement to the Weary Soul

There is no other remedy available to encourage us Christians when we are down and feeling low, besides the Scriptures (Psalm 119:50; Romans 15:4). I have heard some Christians going to other sources to find comfort and encouragement instead of seeking the Lord. The Bible tells us of only One Comforter - the Spirit of Truth (John 14:16-17), and the comfort He provides does not contaminate our souls. Instead, He purifies us (2 Corinthians 7:1). While the help we might find elsewhere might bring some temporary relief, when we turn to the Lord He will both comfort and empower us to overcome the soul-straining discomfort (1 Corinthians 10:13; Psalm 46:1).

It is worth mentioning that if we have issues with our faith, we would find it very hard and discomforting to accept directives and encouragement from the Word of God. I am addressing those who are weak in the faith, and my purpose is not to undermine the Word of God as an adequate Source to deal with our moments of sadness and discouragement (Psalm 119:105). We should dispel the notion of treating the Bible as if it does not contain living words that are relevant in today’s world. The Bible declares: “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV). The force and effect of the Word of God is fully evident in a heart of faith. What would surface for others to see are the invisible qualities of joy and peace. In other words, the Holy Spirit releases an energy of strong comfort in us with the outward manifestation of joy and peace in lives.

In various messages to us as a family and to members of our ministry including to some brethren around the world, the Lord gave us words of great comfort when we suffered insults, loss and frustrations due to internal conflicts that challenged our faith and confidence in Him. When I was obedient to the Lord in rebuking some brethren, I suffered some vitriolic insults which rendered me spiritually crippled with discouragement. However, in powerful messages through Charis and through the Bible as I faithfully read it, the Lord would give me comfort and strengthen my soul by cleansing me from the effects of those negative words. Therefore, not only did I receive comfort, but I also received soul strength, inner healing and empowerment to conquer people’s insults through love. For those who don’t hear from the Lord like we do, He has never lost sight of you, and the Lord still speaks through His Word and through the Holy Spirit as you faithfully seek Him! (Hebrews 11:6; John 2:26-27). In trying times and soul-straining situations, we need faith to stand on, and His comfort and encouragement will sustain us.

Here are a few ways we can find strength in the Word of God. This list is by no means exhaustive since the Holy Spirit will use the Word to personally minister to you based on your unique situation and circumstances.
  • Through the Word, we learn that Jesus empathizes with His children and understands our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15).
  • We get encouragement that our tests and trials are not unique, and we can cry out to the Lord for help as David (Psalm 18:6), Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:1-17), Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 32:1-22) and others did.
  • We receive hope through any distress – financial, emotional, physical, etc. (1 Kings 17:7-16; 2 Kings 4:1-7; Isaiah 41:10).
  • We learn that our failures are not final and the Lord is merciful (Deuteronomy 4:31; Psalm 86:15; Micah 7:18). God can give you a second chance as He did with Peter, Jonah, Samson, David, and others.
  • We get encouragement and warning not to lose our faith (Romans 6:23; Revelation 2:10).
  • We gain courage to stay strong through every kind of adversity (Psalm 23:4; 116:15; Hebrews 11:32-40).
  • We learn that God’s ways are always the best, no matter how difficult they may seem (2 Chronicles 25:7-9; Jeremiah 6:16; Matthew 7:13-14)
  • We overcome rejection, betrayal, and aloneness knowing God is always with us (Deuteronomy 31:6; Proverbs 18:24).
  • We are convicted of our sin (Hebrews 4:12).
  • We receive encouragement not to give up – the lord is coming soon! (2 Timothy 4:7; Hebrews 12:1-2; Revelation 22:12).

Ill Feelings Increase Discomfort

In December 2014, two sisters in our ministry had a sharp disagreement which resulted in one of the sisters leaving the assembly of the brethren due to anger. The Lord, in is His great love and mercy, facilitated reconciliation between the sisters. In a vision to Charis, He reminded them that their anger and hateful feelings for each other would result in both of them being left behind if He was to come at a time when they still harboured these ill feelings. Subsequently,despite the Lord’s encouragement not to quit but to pursue peace, one of the sisters still disobeyed and quit, returning to her old life in the world.

Through the above incident, we learned that when a Christian has lost love and tolerance for the weaker brother or sister, they would rather leave the Church and hold onto ill-feelings instead of humbling themselves and seeking forgiveness. They fear being hurt again and lack the courage and love to face and deal with differences in a godly manner. Avoiding others when we disagree is displeasing to the Lord. The Lord revealed to us sometime in February 2016 (through a vision to Jaydeen) that hateful feelings and not forgiving others will result in our lives being cut short. In the Bible, we see the example of King Saul who was consumed with hatred for David, and he had no peace and died a broken man (1 Samuel 18:8-11; 1 Chronicles 10:13).

In conclusion, remember that while we were yet sinners, God showed His love towards us by Jesus Christ dying for us (Romans 5:8). Now that we have been born again and following Him, nothing can separate us from His love and He is always willing and able to lift us up (Romans 8:35-39; James 4:10). Therefore, we encourage you brethren to guard against frustrations that can lead you away from the Lord. The Lord has provided us with remedies of peace through His Word. The Word of God truly is a living testimony that can change our lives, when it is activated by our faith and His Holy Spirit who releases the joy of His comfort.

To find strength in the Lord, please start by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance, read the Bible every day, continue to faithfully seek the Lord, and take refuge in Him. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed comfort in Christ,

Brother Glenn .

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Lord Forgives So We Must Also Forgive

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Note: Brethren, please don’t take offense when I use some of my own or other people’s experiences when presenting the Lord’s messages. The Lord taught us that the best way of getting the message across is to demonstrate, through our experiences, our wrong conduct and how through our failures we applied His Word and received correction. I honestly don’t seek to promote myself or any other person, but to make our message simple, personal and applicable. Our aim is therefore not to be "theological" in our message, but to identify ourselves as sinners who apply the Word of God by faith to experience His truth, love and forgiveness.

Forgiveness Involves Confessing Our Sins to God

When I was about 10 years old or younger, I heard from my elder sisters and other children that walking in the rain would wash my sins away, and that if I died I would go to Heaven. Being at that tender age, I also heard from elderly people that swearing, stealing, lying and fighting, which are common sins in this age group, were sinful. As a boy, I was always conscious about the wrong things I did and how to overcome feelings of guilt.

Now with respect, I saw how some Catholic people made the "sign of the cross" and I thought this was a way of prayer and asking for God’s protection and favor. After observing that and having gone to some Catholic church services, I started doing the same, hoping that by so doing it might grant me protection and favor with others. You may laugh! But I had my successes in this practice, and I also had my misfortunes. My participating in that religious practice as a boy was based on ignorance and lack of true faith, thinking that I could earn God’s favor and forgiveness simply by making the sign of the cross sign and saying a three-sentence prayer line.

Furthermore, since this was really all I knew about "being right with God", I grew up doing this and believing that was the way of salvation. I honestly and ignorantly thought I was right and that I was not going to share my "secret" with anyone, despite the many challenges I experienced, including a suicide attempt to get my Aunt Lily’s (see Salvation Received on Deathbed article) attention; this resulted in me getting a very good spanking for my egocentric efforts.

As it is, I parted ways with my practice in February 1990, when I started reading the Bible for myself and thereafter made a commitment to Christ. Without repeating my testimony, I read in Romans 10:9-10 on how to make a confession of faith and forgiveness, accepting Christ as Savior (1 John 1:9). This experience was very real as peace from the Lord Jesus Christ filled my conscience, leaving me guilt-free. This is when I really knew I was saved. Like we said previously, the born again experience is by faith and the accompanied joy from the Lord is only known by the person being saved. The unbelieving, doubters, skeptics, agnostics and atheists must first experience by faith this joy before slandering our Christian experiences as illusions and wild imaginations.

How Do We Ensure God’s Eternal Forgiveness?

In the Old Testament, the Lord required animals to be offered for the people’s sins, and once a year God commanded Aaron to take two (2) goats from the people to atone for their sins; one (1) to be killed as a sin offering and the other one (1) for Aaron to lay his hands on and confess all the sins of the people of Israel to God. The goat (or "scapegoat") carried all their sins on itself to a place where there were no people (Leviticus 16:15, 20-22). But under the new covenant, Christ took all our sins upon Himself through His death, resurrection and shedding of blood (Isaiah 53:5-6, 12). As the Bible says: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Since Christ died and rose again for our sins, we are required to humbly confess and repent of our sins. There is no blessing for those who hide sin, but there is mercy for those who confess and renounce their sins (Proverbs 28:13; Psalm 103:12).

After experiencing God’s forgiveness of our sins, we have a duty as Christians to obey and walk in the new life (Colossians 3:5-10; Ephesians 4:17-32). Our acceptance of the Lord was an acknowledgment that we are guilty before Him through the condemnation of our conscience accusing us of sin (Romans 2:15). Therefore having confessed, we promised or vowed to God that we will no longer do the wrongs we did before with an attitude of willful disobedience (Psalm 19:13). If we confess, the Lord does grant us forgiveness; if we ask, He forgives without reservations. I am going to share some experiences some of us had in this ministry as a way of demonstrating that our willful sinning hurts the Lord and arouses His wrath (Isaiah 63:10). The Lord God of Israel has not changed; He has only changed the requirements of receiving salvation (Romans 11:28-32; Hebrews 8:13; 9:11-12).

I therefore share some of my moments of disobedience and the Lord’s reaction. One evening I had an incident involving one of my daughters, and this led me to say things that I was not permitted to, and what I said clearly hurt everybody in the family. This particular incident also hurt the Lord and for my effort I received a stunning rebuke from Him that left me licking my emotional pains for weeks, feeling ashamed of my conduct. As it is, what the Lord told me was embarrassing, and I felt that He was angry with me for what I had done. That night was the most unfortunate in my life as a Christian and I felt the anger of the Lord with great fear and trembling. Even though the Lord had been speaking to us more than 2 years then, I felt that I was all alone and that God was against me. The moment following my outbursts I was conscious-stricken like David when he had the Israelite army counted (2 Samuel 24); I felt ashamed even to the point of not knowing how to ask the Lord for forgiveness. Through a strong conviction by the Holy Spirit I summoned courage and I went to bed that night praying and asking the Lord to forgive me. I knew that He might bring me a message, and He did. Being a gracious and forgiving God (Psalm 86:5), He accepted my repentance prayer and forgave me. This was evident in the subsequent message of rebuke that He gave me. Although the rebuke itself was strong and filled me with fear for God, I could also sense His love for me. He removed the guilt that tormented me (1 Chronicles 21:8) and what remained was just the embarrassment and a great lesson learnt. This was good for me as it served as a warning and humbling experience.

In another incident, we have a very dear sister in this ministry who is in the habit of covering up her children’s mistakes, giving other children the blame and not acknowledging the mistakes of her own children. I can tell you, the Lord is very displeased with parents who "seal up" or "cover up" their children’s wrongs and do not correct them on how to treat and live with others. That is a very dangerous position of parenting, including overlooking our children’s mistakes and siding with them when they’re wrong. This is like saying to them when they are wrong: "what you are doing is right and I am at your side to defend and protect you." The Lord handed this sister a strong rebuke which led her to tears of humility as she confessed her wrongs to the Lord. Although the rebuke came with a promise of punishment, after seeing how she humbled herself the Lord relented His anger and forgave her (1 Kings 21:29) saying that the vision was only a warning.

These above two examples are not they only ones we have experienced in this ministry. Other brethren elsewhere had their moments of sharp rebukes from the Lord.  However, when they would show a humble and obedient attitude, the Lord would graciously wipe the tears of the rebuke away and give some heart-warming encouragement to express His approval and forgiveness.

There are also many instances throughout the Bible where God displays His forgiveness and compassion. For example, God had intended to destroy the city of Nineveh within 40 days. After giving them a warning through Jonah, they believed Him and humbly repented of their sins (Jonah 3:3-9). When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened (Jonah 3:10). God's mercy is indeed great and beyond our understanding. Manasseh was one of the most wicked kings that Israel ever had and the Bible details his many sins:
From  twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. He did evil in the sight of the Lord... rebuilt the high places... raised up altars for the Baals, and made wooden images; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them... he caused his sons to pass through the fire...; he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. He even set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God. Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel" (2 Chronicles 33:1-9).
Furthermore, the Bible says that "The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen, "therefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon." (2 Chronicles 33:10-11).  In this deplorable and helpless state, deeply afflicted, Manasseh sought God's grace and forgiveness: "... he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty (prayer request), heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God" (2 Chronicles 33:12-13). After Manasseh repented, he (Manasseh) forsook his wicked ways and began reversing all the wicked and detestable things he had done before (2 Chronicles 33:14-17). If the Lord God loved, forgave and restored this king who had committed such gross wickedness, how much more is He willing to forgive you for your sins if you likewise confess and repent? "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32). 

In concluding, the Lord is not pleased when we take advantage of His forgiving nature and keep sinning willful. Also, willful sin results in habitual sin, and such behavior becomes addictive and sadly this drives the Lord away from us. As I have come to know Him, when we turn back to Him in submission and obedience, He will forgive us and keep us from falling from His grace (1 John 1:9; Ezekiel 18:21-24). Before closing, I would like to confess and testify that while the Lord is a forgiving and loving God, He cannot be fooled by people who try to manipulate Him into action to deliver a blessing. Instead such provocative behavior earns punishment. We must confess our wrongs and remain faithfully obedient; only then do we secure salvation (Matthew 24:13; 25:1-10). Let us honor the Lord and value His forgiveness.
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:1-3).
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy (Micah 7:18).
Are you missing out on God's favor and forgiveness by hardening your heart and failing to humbly confess and repent of your sins (James 4:6; Proverbs 3:34; Psalm 51:17)? Are you weighed down and imprisoned with the guilt of unconfessed sin? If you would like to receive in God's forgiveness and be set free from the guilt of sin, please begin by with a Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed regards in peace in Christ,
Brother Glenn.