Monday, November 16, 2020

Our Ever Faithful Redeemer

Lord Will Never Fail Us

Have you ever been lied to, let down, abandoned, or left disappointed by someone who did not keep their promises? Have you lost confidence in people, concluding that no one can be trusted and that no man or woman is faithful? You are probably not alone.  In this increasingly morally decrepit world, where deceit, divorce, and duping are rampant, even within the walls of the Church, it's easy to come to that conclusion. But, I have a word of encouragement for you: there still remains One who is just, Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11), always!

The Bible boldly declares that "...it is impossible for God to lie..." (Hebrews 6:18); God loves us and does not break His promises; He fulfills what He says (Deuteronomy 7:8: Jeremiah 40:3). Whether we are faithful or not, God always "...remains faithful..."! (2 Timothy 2:13; Romans 3:3-4). Furthermore, The Word of God affirms and declares God's faithfulness:
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). 
“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
In life, we are always looking for someone to trust. We also know that trust serves as a safeguard against risk and uncertainty. Since no human being truly knows the future, we can only “predict” the future based on past experiences, with a dose of uncertainties and inaccuracies. The ability to know the future is obviously one ability God withheld from mankind, angels, and satanic hosts. As it is, knowing the future is a God-kind of ability for He declares:
“Remember this and be brave; take it to heart, you transgressors! Remember what happened long ago, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and no one is like Me. I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will. I call a bird of prey] from the east, a man for My purpose from a far country. Yes, I have spoken; so I will also bring it about. I have planned it; I will also do it” (Isaiah 46:9-11 HCSB).
We have all received a fair share of broken promises from our parents, friends, outsiders, spouses, and colleagues. This most likely led us to view what they say with caution, suspicion, and perhaps even distrust. We often suffer broken faith, humiliation, and hardheartedness as a result of those who disappointed us. We are even warned Scripturally not to put our trust in man (Jeremiah 17:5-6; ) Why? Because people are selfish and always consider their own interests first. It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in people (Psalm 118:8).

God’s Faithfulness

We can always be comforted by the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and that He is faithful (1 John 1:9), and that He will be with us always – even to the end (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5). These are very precious promises and only those who put their trust in God have experienced how true He is to His promises (Hebrews 11:11).  Here are just a few instances of God's faithfulness:
  • After Adam fell and throughout the exodus, God promised deliverance (Genesis 3:15; Deuteronomy 18:15). He fulfilled this by sending His Son Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:21-23), through whom you and I have the promise of eternal life (John 3:16).
  • God promised to save Noah and his family from the flood (Genesis 6:17-18) and duly fulfilled this promise, establishing a new covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:9-17).
  • God was faithful in fulfilling His promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:2-3, 15:4-5; 17:4-8; 18:14; 22:18).
  • In spite of Job's many trials (Job 1:8-22), God was faithful to him (Job 42:12-16).
  • God was faithful to Ishmael and did not abandon him; he blessed him and his descendants (Genesis 17:18-20)
  • God kept His promise to protect and bless the children of Israel when they obeyed (Exodus 19:5-6), and He was faithful in keeping His covenant with them (Psalm 105:9-10)
  • God was faithful to Joshua and Caleb and fulfilled His promise to them (Joshua 1:1-4; Joshua 14:6-14; Numbers 14:24; Deuteronomy 1:36).
  • God kept His promise to David to establish his throne forever (2 Samuel 7:16); this is fulfilled through Jesus's eternal reign (Daniel 7:13-14; Luke 1:30-33; Acts 2:29–33; 2 Peter 1:11).
However, if we disobey the Lord, and treat Him with distrust, or charge Him with unfaithfulness in our hearts, we will not receive any of the good promises He made; instead, the fear of failure will meet us (Numbers 14:28-30). Furthermore, what leads people to fail in their faith is fear, impatience, and pressure from others (1 Samuel 13:11-12).

In our experience with the Lord, and this I will share from a strong conviction, I learned one lesson. When I waited for prophesied promises from the Lord to come to pass, I was driven by impatience, thinking that the Lord has now abandoned His promises. This led me to inquire frequently from Him and He gently reassured me that His plans concerning me have never changed and that I must just consider Him faithful (Jeremiah 29:11; Hebrews 10:23).

Brethren, not many of us may have had the opportunity of receiving a direct prophetic message from the Lord. However, this should not discourage our faith, and nor should it (in our view) diminish His faithfulness. His promises will always be in accordance with His Word, and as we grow in obedience, He lays out His plans for us in His vast Kingdom (Ephesians 4:7). We are only required to have faith, obey the teachings of the Lord, and live obediently, and His faithfulness will manifest (Luke 6:47-48).

Equally, the Lord reminded the Israelites that He was not doing things because they have done anything pleasing; He acted to display the glory of His faithfulness. This He did in accordance with His faithful promises to the patriarchs (Exodus 6:7-8; Ezekiel 36:22). The Lord declared to me that every word He utters or has uttered is a statement of intent and it must prove faithful (Jeremiah 1:12).

Testimony of God’s Faithfulness

In this ministry, the Lord told us that all things are possible if we just believe (Mark 9:23). We have no appetite for worldly things, and when we started out in this work, we had nothing except our faith and our Bibles. When the Lord assigned us to pray and witness (Please see Witnessing Part I, Witnessing Part II, and How This Ministry Started articles), we were aware that the Lord requires us to obey and use what we have to do His work. Although we needed tracts and means of transport (and we had neither of these), the work still had to be done even without these tools.

I don’t want to sound repetitive, but I would like to reiterate that The Lord only requires our availability, not what materials, money, or skills we have or don’t have. I have many friends in the Lord who have big plans for ministry work. Sadly these men are still “waiting” on the Lord; their dependence is on worldly things to do the work of God, yet all they need is faith and obedience.

Moreover, as a witness of Jesus Christ, I can truthfully testify how the Lord fulfilled promises to me personally, many of which I have shared on this website. He has not even overlooked promises He made to our children, but brought about many of the things He gave in this vision (see the Blessings from The Lord article). The Lord said the lessons He gave through this vision was to display His faithfulness and His rewards for obedience.

In conclusion, when we as a ministry and family were faced with severe tests including physical and verbal abuse from people as a result of the work we do in Christ, The Lord stepped in and saved us from our attackers. Whatever evil they plotted against us or threats they made never materialized. Therefore, my brethren, be encouraged; The Lord will take vengeance upon those who trouble you (2 Thessalonians 1:8). Hold on to Jesus Christ; He is faithfully committed to you, and your well-being. The well-being of the whole of mankind is His concern (see the promise He made through the recent vision to Muslims).

The Lord is faithful and has promised us numerous blessings for obeying Him and His Word (Deuteronomy 28:1-14), and likewise numerous dire consequences for disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). Our choice being between life and death (Romans 6:23; Deuteronomy 30:19-20); what choice do you make today? If you would like to trust in God's faithfulness and be anchored on the Solid Rock - The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ - 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 grace in Christ’s faithfulness,

Brother Glenn.









Monday, November 9, 2020

Beauty in Christ

 Our Glow Is Christ

“And why worry about clothes? Look how the wildflowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers (Matthew 6:28-29).

In case you may not have noticed but if a person is in Christ, He literally glows you up in other words, the Lord makes you more beautiful and giving you a “Spiritual makeover.”

Now, God has created all men in his image. (Genesis 1:27) But once you serve Christ, be “Born-again”, he doesn’t just renew you from within but outside as well. You are a new creation all-round.

This just goes to tell me that after Our Father has blessed us with the gift of Salvation, he provides for our physical wellbeing as well. That’s the God we serve! He really takes care of all our needs. You are as beautiful as a flower (Matthew 6:28-29).

His light and Love (Love is also who He is) shines through us for the Glory of Christ Jesus Our Lord.  People will and can see if you bear the good fruit of Christ and then they praise and envy you. Isn’t that beauty in Christ once again? (Psalm 139:14).

Seek beauty. Seek beauty in God. You will never have to adorn yourself with worldly ornaments if you are seeking beauty in Christ. Let us recall what the Apostle Paul said, “I also want the women to be modest and sensible about their clothes and to dress properly; not with fancy hairstyles or with gold ornaments, or pearls or expensive dresses” (1 Timothy 2:9-10 GNB).

A few weeks ago, I walked into an old family friend, Linda (not real name), and immediately when I saw her, my heart broke into pieces. She looked extremely frail, sickly, and undernourished. I could sense that her spirit was broken, and while considering her state the Holy Spirit started to minister to me saying when you do your own thing and does not follow the Lord Jesus' bad fruits will manifest and corrodes you inside out showing exactly what your spirit was feeding on. Now that’s not beauty in Christ at all!

Now as it is, our message to you is that we must first seek God’s kingdom. Become a part of the body of Christ and all peace, inner and outer beauty will become yours. There are so many fresh benefits in the Lord.

In conclusion, you should absolutely want what Christ has to offer. Just worshiping him is a beauty in itself.

 With encouraging love

Charis

Monday, November 2, 2020

Be ye Not Deceived

 Discerning The Times

And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows (Matthew 24:3-8 NIV)


NOTICE: We have asked our beloved Brother Andrew from Australia to write for us this week's article. as a family and ministry, we have been fellowshipping with our dear Brother Andrew for more than two years and he has been faithful to us family and this ministry, and as a man of God, he has unquestionable obedience to the Lord serving many and helping us on this blog. Please do not undermine the value of the word the Lord gave Him to encourage us!

The definition of the word Deception is an act or statement which misleads, hides the truth, or promotes a belief, concept, or idea that is not true. It is often done for personal gain or advantage.

The Devil wants to hide the truth from you about Gods saving grace and power to deliver us from evil, he also wants to hide the fact that there are a heaven and hell and that we are in the end times and Jesus’ return is imminent. The devil does everything he can to cause us to fail in our relationship with God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Brothers and Sister’s is so important in this critical time in the earth life cycle that we are not deceived by Satan’s deceptions and the many devices, schemes, and even people who are all out there to try to turn us away from the Lord.

These deceptions can be, from social media, the news/TV, your own government, your very own family members or extended family and many other places including those claiming to be Christian.

Without a close relationship with the Lord and Holy Spirit’s guidance just about anybody can be deceived.

So how do we draw close to the Lord so as not to be deceived you might ask?

Well by Daily Bible reading, prayer, fasting, and repentance help’s us to draw near to the Lord. When you pray ask the Lord for wisdom and spiritual discernment so as not to be deceived and the Lord will help you and guide you.

Isaiah 34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth, it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

So here in Isaiah, it is telling us to Seek the Lord by reading the Word of God and we will not fail if we continue to study and apply the Word of God to our lives daily.

And the Lord Jesus said in "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you"(John 14:26 KJV).

We can see here that Jesus is saying the Holy Spirit is ready willing and able to teach us ALL things and guide us, and for this to happen we need to be in the Word daily so the Holy Spirit can reveal to us the truth in the scriptures.

This is the antidote to the devil's many deceptions, devices, and plans to try to bring us down.

As we draw closer and closer to the end times, the devil’s activity will only get worse so we need to be strong in the Lord and not allow anything to come between us and our relationship with God.

Finally, If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and be freed from fear, 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 Andrew