Monday, October 19, 2020

The Spiritual Effects Of Social Networking

 The Sad Story Of Jackson

“Everything is permissible for me," but not everything is helpful. "Everything is permissible for me," but I will not be brought under the control of anything " (1 Corinthians 6:12 HCSB).

Brethren, a very dear brother in the Lord gave me permission to briefly write about an experience they had as a God-fearing family. With this experience, our dear brother wishes to warn and discourage Christians from the effects of social networking.

Now our brother Samuel (not real name) explained that a few years ago he and his wife decided to buy a cellular phone for their 12-year-old son Jackson (also not real name) because he had been obedient and faithful in everything including his relationship with God and buying this phone for Jackson greatly pleased them. Before giving him his new cellular phone, Jackson’s father being a pastor, warned him about the addiction to social networking and the kinds of friends he might come across.  Without hesitation, Jackson gave his father an assurance that he will be careful and prays before acquiring new friends who should anyway just be Christians.

However, a few months later Jackson’s behavior started changing the father observed that he would frequently be busy with the phone while busy reading the bible. Just on a particular day, the Holy Spirit prompted Jackson’s father to borrow him his cellular phone for a few minutes. As the father went through the phone’s content he came across pornographic material and after showing his wife, they called Jackson in and inquired from him why he had such content on his cellular phone. Being shocked that his parents discovered his secret, Jackson confessed that he had become addicted to social networking and the material he had on his phone and that he was relieved this came out since he needed a way out of this.

As it was, after disciplining Jackson his cellular phone was confiscated but would be given back if he promised that he would not do what he did. After prayer and a strong conviction, Jackson repented of this and promised to his parents never to venture into that direction again. Meanwhile, not being vigilant (1 Peter 5:8) enough Samuel confessed that he trusted Jackson’s word of promise (not to repeat the same folly) more than relying on the Lord. This made them (Samuel and his wife) spiritually blind and they did not even consider to pray daily asking the Lord to shield Jackson against that spirit of addiction (Psalm 3:3; 18:3-4) which made its return a few months later and Jackson was NEVER the same again!

The Grief Of A Parent

King Solomon said, "A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him" (Proverbs 17:25). As we continue, in great unhappiness of soul, our beloved brother Samuel recalled that Jackson’s spiritual life started deteriorating as he lost interest in the things of God. Being a fairly disciplined child who is well-versed in the Scriptures,  Jackson started despising and disrespecting his parents even after the Lord Himself appeared to him warning him not to disrespect his parents but to honor them (Ephesians 6:1-3) and this fell on deaf ears the brother heart-brokenly recalled. As it was, Jackson became reckless and rebellious, running away from home on several occasions to express his disdain for God and his parents (Luke 15:21) and currently, Jackson is still, a subject of prayer even after he re-committed his life to the Lord, while his parents admit that he is no longer the same person in his faith and commitment to God after having tasted the forbidden fruit of disobedience (Genesis 3:5-7).

In conclusion, as a ministry we do acknowledge that cellular phones are a source of great help to humanity and we do not regret the usefulness of this technology in our lives. As our lead Scripture declares, it is permissible but we also know that its connection to the internet with so much poisonous content readily available it contributes to various addictions like in chat rooms, porn sites, gossip content, bad company, deceitful lying, and the promotion of hate-speech amongst brethren. Being a minister of the gospel, I have counseled a number of young people who showed symptoms of psychological issues and who have been badly altered by the impact of social networking which is evident in the hollow and ‘actor’ kind of lifestyle they follow (1 John 2:15-17).

Therefore, if you are hooked to social media which brought about its own taste of pleasure for gossip, lustfulness, gaming, the conspiring of hateful and evil talk, porn, etc please repent and ask the Lord to deliver you and if you confess He will show His faithfulness (1 John 1:9). In addition, we cannot over-emphasize that the Lord is NEAR and that is what He repeated to me (Brother Glenn) this morning (19/10/2020) and may the Lord bless, save and deliver those who give heed to this teaching in Jesus' name.

 Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn

Monday, October 12, 2020

Being A Good Samaritan

 Doing Good Works

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him” (Acts 10:38 NIV).

On Friday 9 October 2020, I received a message from the Lord Jesus through a dream that He has anointed and called all Christians to do good, but many ignores the direction of the Holy Spirit when the Lord opens an opportunity for them to do good. Furthermore, the Lord added that no selfless effort a Christian employs in doing good to others will go unnoticed (Mark 10:30).

Kindly allow us to share some of our experiences here. Since my wife’s mother and my father lives about 300KM away from us, as a family, we often set out to visit them and on about six or seven occasions we experienced problems with our car with some mechanical issues even after we had it fully serviced before we would embark on our journey. However, driving an older used car and acquiring the services of backyard mechanics (we are not being ungrateful here) there would always be some additional mechanical issues which would remain unresolved.

Like the Apostle Paul and Luke (Acts 21:5), we never go on our journey without praying and the Lord has preserved our lives on all our journeys Praise be to Him!  Now, of all those unfortunate situations only one ‘Good Samaritan’ (without us asking for help) came our way on a very cold, a windy, and rainy day may the Lord bless that man and his precious family for opening their hearts and their home for me and my wife and children. On that cold day, that man was in a hurry to go fetch his wife at work after that he suspended all his activities and got his wife involved and they invited us to their place while he arranged someone to get our Van fixed (Matthew 25:31-40).

Do Not Grow Tired Serving Others

Again, in August this year (2020) we had another incident with our Van and the same family ungrudgingly opened their hearts again and helped us with accommodation, however this time the Lord wanted them to hear the Precious and Priceless Gospel from me and that was God remembering the good they did to me and others (Acts 10:4-5). Therefore, if we help others or give grudgingly we forfeit our blessings and we hinder the Lord to save others (Matthew 16:23) and we deny God the glory  (Colossians 3:23).

In addition, we should remember that the bible says that if we ignore the cry of the poor for help, when it is our turn to ask for help from God Almighty, He will ignore our cries too (Proverbs 21:13). In 2009 when I attended a Bible School pastoral course, I was unemployed and as a result I was unable to pay my tuition fees so a brother in the Lord paid on my behalf about two instalments without letting me know and when I approached the dean to explain my situation to him he told me that someone paid for me. Now that was God!

In conclusion, we can recall how happy the Lord was with a dear sister in our ministry who showed kindness to a needy person and for her effort, the Lord promised to bless the sister for her selfless efforts and that her good works of ministry will serve as testimony on the day of the Lord and we know that day is very near (Revelation 14:13). Let us be eager and remember our poor brethren amongst us our giving serves as a thanks offering to the Lord (1 Chronicles 29:14).

Brethren as a final encouragement, we all still have an opportunity to change the lives of others around us. The Lord has not just called those in ministry but everyone to work for the good of others and you too will be rewarded even if you start today please consider this scripture (Matthew 20:6-14).

 Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn

Monday, October 5, 2020

Including God In Everything

Seeking God's Glory In Our Work Output

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV).

As a point of departure, we are being regarded as proclaiming a very strict message and how we wish (the flesh speaking) the Lord could have made it easy on us but we stand judged and convicted through the message the Lord gives us to share.

Now a few weeks ago, I (Charis) received a dream from the Lord that I was reading this article on our website and after prayer the Lord laid it on my heart to work on sharing this article with the brethren.

Now dear people, making it to Heaven will be real hard for many of us, because the Lord expects us to ‘simulate’ or live our lives down here as if we are in Heaven (Matthew 6:10). As it is, we do so by employing our faith, emotions, intentions and strength (Matthew 22:37), in other words we should be fully conscious-willed towards God as the Lord Jesus Christ was before us (1 Peter 2:21; Luke 22:42). 

Now, from the New testament Scriptures, it is evident from the many miracles the Lord did, He was able to do it on demand and whenever the need aroused because ‘God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Christ’ (Colossians 1:19). WHY? Let’s hear it from the Lord Himself, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work," Jesus told them (John 4:34 HCSB). Also, what is remarkedly humbling is the Lord Jesus Christ actually giving thanks to God the Father just for a piece of bread as He gave it to His disciples and we have so much ungrateful people towards God (Luke 22:19). in here we can see the Lord included the Father even as He broke bread and the cup to share with others.


How God Test Our Walk With Him?

Admittedly, surely this is not a simple test to ‘measure’ our output in Christ. As is apparent, only the Lord knows our hearts and He tests our intentions (Jeremiah 17:10). Thus, if we labour to impress others our labour would be fruitless irrespective of our following. We need to re-emphasis this important fact; our large following does not reflect we are walking with God and that He is included in our projects. It is therefore human to make ourselves likeable to others (by saying things they like to hear) so that we may enjoy being accepted and being showered with gifts and praises isn’t it?


Testing Allows God To Change Us

Now this is the real test, firstly if our message is being truthfully conveyed it will be aimed at pleasing God rather than what our hearers want to hear? (2 Timothy 4:3). Secondly, the quality of our message brings with it persecutions, insults and mavericks against the will of God (1 Thessalonians 2:14-15). In other words, it is a message that reminds us of sins and judgment and we know the world and disobedient Christians do not take kindly to such messages (John 16:8). Thirdly, viewing things from scripture, we often followers of the truth are few and these are those who have decided to include God in their walk and to be humble, obedient with child-like attitudes when it comes to being corrected (John 6:66; Matthew 18:1-5; Philippians 2:15).

Furthermore, as a family, we have learned that doing things excluding God bring us no joy but ill will and ill-feelings towards others and this is always evident through the complaints, confusions and lack of joy (Ephesians 6:6). By this I am referring to normal chores around the house, school work, real-time employment or any other project the joy in our work is in the Lord no matter how unpleasant it might be (Genesis 22:1-2; Exodus 5:20-21). Furthermore, what we can learn and derive from the preceding scriptures, the Lord test-grow us through unpleasant situations to strip of us our ever self-reliance and to engrave the mark of humility which means being a servant and, reliance on Him. This then reminds us of what Abraham aptly remarked ”…God Himself will provide…” (Genesis 22:8), meaning he has accepted that things be done according to God’s will.


Being Spurred Into Action And Avoid Being A Superficial Talker

In conclusion, as Christians not many of us come close to being servant-minded and including God in our lives. What we mean is this, a Christian is not just one by confession, but by the fruits of his or her service and is God visible to receive glory through our output (Matthew 7:16). Also, there is no falsehood in this, those who includes God in their every walk suffers insults and persecutions (materially and physically) from worldly Christians and those who show no committed faith but demands actions (Matthew 27:42; 2 Samuel 16:12). 

Finally, as we include God in our lives let us allow God to test-grow us through God-ordained stress-tests so that we will reflect the humility and servant hood of Joseph, Daniel, Job, Abraham, Moses, David and the apostle Paul. As believers, we can all attest to the unswerving attitudes of these pillars of our faith who continue to inspire our lives and God will not give us anything short of a soul-penetrating test to surrender and about this we wrote extensively in articles such as in our witnessing and prayer articles on how the Lord answered our prayers and those experiences are imprinted in our hearts to be always humble before God almighty as our preceding faith heroes. 

“Is God with you in everything you do”? (Genesis 21:22), then show it, not with loud words but through the riches of your humility and consistent faithful giving of yourself to soul-winning, works of service to the body (you need not be an ordained minister to serve the body or others) and leading a disciplined and dedicated live to Christ.

If you would like to repent and make that faithful commitment once and for all repent by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and be freed from fear and lukewarmness please get started by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. As always, for any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.


Blessed Grace
Brother Glenn and Charis