Monday, November 22, 2021

The Lord Does Answer Our Prayers

How The Lord Confirmed His Promise

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6 NKJV).

On December 12, 2016, we originally shared this article and we noticed not many Christians read this testimony which we believe could help countless brethren receiving breakthroughs. Since we focused on prayer in our last article, it is pleasing to the Lord to share this message again as commanded by the Lord for your edification. Now in order to receive a breakthrough, we only need to take faith with us which would help us develop patience, persistence, perseverance and humility. Generally, Christians are struggling with issues of faith and confidence in the Presence of God.

Briefly, this might be a slightly lengthy article, but we have attempted to be to the point. As you know, the Lord commanded us to share this testimony to encourage the brethren that He is still answering prayers and those who ask must believe (Matthew 21:22). Sometime ago, the Lord revealed to us repeatedly that we must be persistent and consistent in our prayers and pray until our requests are granted (Colossians 4:2-6; Luke 18:1-8).

Briefly, over the years that we received messages and visions from the Lord, certain revelations and things about the future would not have made sense had we shared it immediately. In fact, neither did some of it make sense to us then but we believed it, and like John the Baptist’s father, we only understood the reality of the prophecy when it reached its fulfillment (Luke 1:20; 62-66). You may also have noticed recently that we only shared some major prophecies the Lord gave us some months or even years after they were given. Why? With some revelations, the Lord forbid that we share it immediately until He commands us to, and other revelations that we don't understand, we would pray for understanding before sharing it to avoid people being confused and blaming us as false. Sadly, though, there were, unfortunately, some people who gave their own interpretation to some things we shared, and they subsequently accused us of being false. It is foolhardy to suggest something is false if you simply don’t believe it, and also declaring a Word from the Lord as false when it still needs fulfillment is equally foolish (Jeremiah 28:9; Deuteronomy 18:21-22).

Ministry Need for a Prayer House

We have already shared how this ministry started, and we did mention that we operated from our living room for our home church services and our prayer meetings. Furthermore, we also mentioned that the Lord did not allow children in our intercessory prayer meetings so that we may not be disturb during prayers. Briefly, there was one occasion when it rained heavily, and after we had returned from witnessing, we decided to pray without taking the children to my mother in law’s house which is quite a distance from where we live. That evening, we heard the Lord thundering and our children were all awaken by that sound, and some of them came running in where we were praying. This act was very displeasing to the Lord, after rebuking us saying that our prayers for that evening did not make it to Heaven, He commanded that we redo the prayers the following day. When the Lord commanded us not to allow children in our prayer meetings, He specifically said, “The prayers are holy and must be kept safe.” In a later revelation to us, the Lord revealed that angels come with baskets and usher our prayers into the Presence of God (Revelations 5:8). Therefore, the problem with our children (including some ministry member’s children) and our lack of a proper dedicated prayer house led us to earnestly plead with the Lord to bless us with a prayer house.

Thus, during April 2012 as a ministry we deliberated on the problems we had, and after our discussions, we all agreed that we needed to trust the Lord to bless us with a prayer house (Matthew 18:19). Our need was genuine it was not based on some ambitious plan but on a true concern to obey the Lord in keeping our prayers private and without disturbance (Matthew 6:6).

How Satan Opposed us

We can assure you brethren; the devil has his people everywhere and they work tirelessly to oppose the work of God (2 Corinthians 12:7; Matthew 16:23). We will share further below how the devil opposed us and how we had to overcome him to receive God’s promise (1 Thessalonians 2:18). After failing to have our prayer house plan approved by the local authorities during July 2012, and after having spent a lot of money on the building project, we gave up (but not on prayer) on ever getting our prayer house plan approved with red-tape, excuses, and unnecessary delays. As we continued praying, our neighbor's next door reported to us during August 2013 that they were moving out and I immediately prayed asking the Lord to bless us with the house and a few evenings I had a dream that the Lord was going to bless us with that house. This dream was a great faith motivator, with our following prayer meeting, I encouraged the brethren to trust the Lord with my family and me for the house next door, and we decided to go on a one-day fast. Glory to the Lord in the highest Heaven, He answered giving both Charis, Jaydeen visions that He has granted our request. The reception of these visions, which we have voice recorded filled our hearts with unspeakable joy which lifted our spirits with faith to continue praying and trusting the Lord.

Enduring Test Before God’s Promises Realise

Let me confidently state, no blessing from God has ever come without a test. Although God promised Abraham a future blessing of being a father of many nations while he was childless (Genesis 17:1-6), his faith was tested when he suddenly had to sacrifice his son Isaac (Genesis 22:1-2) through whom the promise of God was linked. Abrahams' faith was unshaken, and this did not deter him from trusting God (Hebrews 11:19).

Likewise, the Bible says Jacob was promised with greatness with the same blessings Abraham received (Genesis 27:27-29). However, before he inherited God’s blessings, he had to endure 20 years of hard labor (Genesis 31:38-41) and living as a pilgrim in the promised land, but he considered God faithful to deliver on His promises (Genesis 48:3-4). Additionally, young Joseph, who was favored by God and promised to be master and ruler of his father’s children (Genesis 37:7-8), had to endure every kind of test and hardship before he was appointed ruler of Egypt (See Genesis 37, 39, 40 and 41). Similarly, God tested the children of Israel to measure their obedience towards Him before they could enter the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 8:1-2). We know that through war, death and rebelliousness some received the promise while others did not, but God’s promises were fulfilled through those who believed, endured and obeyed Him (Joshua 23:14-15).

Our Struggle Against Satan and Discouragement

Accordingly, as a ministry, we had to endure test as well. This experience and some other experiences have taught us that God’s promises do not always have an obvious occurrence. As we demonstrated on the above scriptural references, God allowed the devil room to sow doubt, confusion, and emotional pain to test our faith and as we obey and endure we overcome and receive what God promised (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). As I alluded above, the people who moved out of the property we intended purchasing refused to sell it to us after numerous requests.

Instead, things seemed to turn against us; two different families moved into the property God promised us with the option of buying it. Now this could have turned any believer into doubting God’s promise since one of the occupants planned in buying the house. What was worse, we did not have the financial means to make an offer, we simply just had faith and our prayers. However, knowing what was going to happen, and how timely He is, the Lord worked in the heart of a very dear and humble sister whom the Lord described as being a faithful servant who has a heart of love for Him and His work to help us financially.

Furthermore, after one of the occupants could not raise the money to buy the property, it was sold on auction during July 24, 2014. After asking the Lord in prayer through Charis, He did not answer if we could approach the new ‘owner’ to buy it from him, but we thought we should use our faith and negotiate with the person who bought the property from the auction. The decision to enter into a contract with the new ‘owner’ seemed to be a deal from hell. He was a conman Satan used to defraud us of our money (John 10:10) and the prayer house. The joy of finally acquiring the prayer house after the previous hurdles like our building plans that were disapproved and the potential buyers and occupation of the promised property all just disappeared in great sadness, regret and unbelieve. After numerous prayers and requests through Charis, He just said, “how to know that God is testing you”. Honestly, this served as little comfort and encouragement to us, with some people even doubting and ridiculing our decision.

Brethren, as bad as this turned out, the Lord was using this bad experience to humble and make us dependent on Him. We fully turned to the Lord to in prayer to deliver us from the mess we found ourselves in, with our money gone and so the dream of our prayer house. (There will be a follow-up article as we are still involved in a civil matter with the fraudster, the outcome of which the Lord already showed to be in our favor) However, we rallied in prayer and fasting, and the Lord took the property of the hands of the fraudster giving us another opportunity to buy it. As a ministry, we decided to go on one-day fast and Monday 23 May I received a visit from an Angel of the Lord in a vision, and he said that the Lord had given us the property (Acts 27:23-25). Praise the Lord; I encouraged the brethren with this message knowing the Lord was encouraging us to be focused on Him and believe. After accepting an invitation, on May 26, 2016, we (My wife and I) attended the auction of the property not knowing Satan has arranged for the entrances to and out of the area to be closed through violent protest; please read the full story on the links provided below. (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/ennerdale-residents-block-roads-in-protest-over-housing-20160526 and http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/f26dba804ce671d6adb8bf271348019a/Service-delivery-protest-erupts-in-Ennerdale-20160526 .

After unsuccessful attempts to get out of the area, and by then our desperation had turned into worry that we would not be able to make it on time. My wife and I together with our children prayed, pleading with the Lord to open a way out for us and after we had made a telephone call to someone, he informed us that there was a direction out of the area. The alternative route was all rocky and difficult to drive on but glory to the Lord we ‘escaped’ and entered through this difficult road after securing the property at the auction. Without being exaggerative, we were met with stiff competition at the auction for this was not an easy experience. We were opposed and intimidated by some experienced people who threatened to reverse the decision if we could not come up with all the money needed (1% of the total auctioned value of the property) and we did not have all the cash. They allowed no exceptions and with potential buyers still waiting outside for the decision to be reversed against us, the Lord granted us a favor and I were allowed to transfer the difference right there into the account of the sheriff. After having survived a scare with a daring, desperate faith, my wife and I could only exclaim, ‘THANK YOU LORD, what a victory after all our struggles!’

Having secured the property, we were given two weeks to come up with the balance of the full auction price. Knowing that we did not have the full balance, we again turned to the Lord, and He provided assistance and on December 2, 2016, we received the property title deed closing a painful experience and struggle against the devil in the acquisition of our prayer house.

In conclusion, we know that many Christians fail to receive an answer to prayer, in fact, many quits after being intimidated by circumstances the devil presents. Through this article, the Lord is encouraging you never to give up and persevere even when things seem against you. Don’t allow the disguise of the situation to intimidate you, the enemy fashions it that way to create fear, doubt, and discouragement in you and once he succeeds in doing that, you lose out on the promise (Numbers 13:31-33). Therefore, work with God on your problem, be on His case by being persistent for this is pleasing to the Lord and He will grant your request.

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.

Great peace and love to you all,

Blessed regards

Brother Glenn

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Delivering Effective Prayers

 Being Alert During Prayers

"Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart" (Colossians 4:2 NLT).

Important Notice: Dear Brethren please accept our humble apology for the delay in this week's article. While I was preparing this article, our daughter Claudia suffered an attack and this kept us busy till morning hours and it obviously disrupted my completing this article. The enemy always creates disruptions, but our faith should not fail us. Also, we are sharing a short vision below from the Lord.

Vision to Claudia 9 November 2021

I received a vision from the Lord just before I got up this morning. In my vision, I saw a woman and I could perceive she had a lot of problems in her life, and next to her was a wooden door. I then saw a man appearing and he was trying to open the door for her. He tried every possible tool the world could offer, but he could not get the door opened. The Lord showed me another woman, and she was praying intensely for the first woman and suddenly the door snapped open. The Lord made me understand that prayer is the only key that unlocks our solutions to problems...END! (Revelation 3:7).

As for our for this week, I'd like to begin with a message the Lord gave to a brother some time ago, "My son Andrew (not real name) is not praying effectively". With this correction from the Lord, the brother did not take this rebuke with a spirit of humility but with a resentful spirit. Since we'll be judged by the Lord accepting correction from Him only serves to advance our interests (Matthew 18:3).

 Furthermore, 'human dignity' is a phrase that applies between people to promote human equality (Luke 6:31), however, in the eyes of the Lord we are children and human dignity does not apply to God we are all just naked in every way before Him (Hebrews 4:13) and naturally, a child takes instruction, correction, rebuke, and discipline from parents. Likewise, since it is the Lord who has given us life and provided all good things to us, as His children we ought to humble ourselves in His Presence and obey His Voice (Hebrews 4:16).

Now, to get back to today's message, we need to distinguish between effective praying and being faithful in prayer. Delivering effective prayers requires us to be focused and be fruitful in our minds (1 Corinthians 14:14). What we mean by this is that the words we utter in prayer come from the soul while our minds are fixed on God (Colossians 3:2). As it is, the physical strength we are to display in prayer should cause a break against our own will while allowing our faith to accept God's will. Like we said before, quick prayers just to leave God's Presence yield no results because we are not focused but distracted by the problem at hand (Matthew 14:22-33). 

In conclusion, we have learned that prayer is a laborious effort requiring uninterrupted time and being focused on promoting God's will (Daniel 10:13-21; Luke 6:12). If we truly need a breakthrough for something we will hang in there until something happen, and we know God rejected David's plea in this instance (2 Samuel 12:16-24). Now, certain things require more persistent prayers so that the Lord could open that door, while other things minor things do not require laborious efforts and God gives an answer very speedily. If we are to do deliverance sessions, that work requires intense prayers and fasting and a five (5) minute prayer will not do the job, we need to 'visit' in God's Presence like Moses (Deuteronomy 10:10).

Blessed Love

Brother Glenn



Monday, November 8, 2021

Being Angry With God

 Are You Angry With God?

"for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God" [that standard of behavior which He requires from us] (James 1:20 AMP).

I once heard a very disciplined and God-fearing brother praying in an angry tone and this displeased the Lord and as a result, the Lord gave us a message commanding the brother to pray more often daily as this would keep him(the brother) closer to God. In another incident, the same brother angrily questioned a message to him from the Lord literally accusing the Lord of being biased. 

In reply, the Lord's rebuke was gracious and stern, telling the brother that accusing Him was wickedness (James 1:13) and if we are angry with the Lord we would have no Defender, but us kicking against the goads (Acts 26:14; 1 Samuel 2:25). As it was, in humility, the brother repented bitterly over many weeks for his blasphemy and he was given grace. In other words, when the Lord speaks or acts, He does so with righteousness (Romans 9:20) and we know the Lord is blameless and His judgments always have an element of grace (Genesis 4:15-16). 

Our Anger Is Blasphemous

Biblically, we also read how angry Jonah became with the Lord for being gracious and merciful and he learned the hard way that the only to escape calamity was to repent and rely on God's deliverance (Jonah 1,2,3). Additionally, the Apostle Paul while on his mission opposing the Way of the Lord, instead of destroying him, God Almighty extended grace and drew Paul to Him after he repented and admitted that Christ is King (Acts 26:14-19).

Often, our anger blinds us from the things the Lord wants to teach us and indeed, we have alluded elsewhere here that as Christians we cannot expect a trouble-free life, but a life marred with tests, temptations and hardship and we know that is to mold us into obedient and humble fruit-bearing Christians (2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 4:12-19). Being a minister of the holy  Gospel, I have witnessed how some people in our ministry became angry with the Lord and abandoned the way of the Lord because the Lord would not do as they want. Now, these precious souls became bitter with God and we can testify that for their trouble and unrepentant hearts, they have fallen into deeper sin with the result being troubled by a similar like that of Saul (1 Samuel 16:14-23).

In conclusion, the point we making here my dear brethren is that our unrepentant anger against God holds nothing good for us but it leads us to bitterness, restlessness, hardship, and judgment (Hebrews 10:26). There is thus no justification for any form of anger directed at the Lord for His Grace only meets us when we are at peace with God (Romans 5:1).

Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn




Monday, November 1, 2021

Why Do People Sin In Secret?

Being Weak Requires Us To Resist Sin

“He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion” (Proverbs 28:13 NIV). "...for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known".

Brethren, this week's article essentially appeals to born-again Christians and being the minister on this platform, it was revealed to us by the Lord that there are some Christian folk in general who sins shamelessly in secret. In a vision, I heard the Lord saying about those who sin in secret, "For that is when sinful behaviour is utterly expressed and when human desire is being fulfilled".  Did you ever hear somebody say, “I am just human and I am weak, so I sinned”? This is a very common excuse that most of us we make after we opted to disobey the Lord and commit a sinful offence, isn’t it? Well, it is true, we are weak and just human, but the word of the Lord says, “Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the LORD, And whose deeds are done in a dark place, And they say, "Who sees us?" or "Who knows us?" (Isaiah 29:15). Brethren, by writing these articles does not mean that we are not human or have struggled against the deceitfulness of sin, instead of being in this sinful body (Romans 7:24) requires us to be on our guard against the deceitfulness and addictions of sinful habits. As Christians, we have been called to wage war against sinful desires by not giving in to its passions of lusts (Galatians 5:16-17).

Our Daily Struggle Against Sin

Scripturally, we are not guaranteed a smooth path without any hindrance from sin (Genesis 4:7), we are however commanded to master it (1 Corinthians 9:27) and such mastery over sin comes through a consciousness of sin's presence and tempting advances. You may ask, how do I recognize that I am about to sin? Sin is driven by our desires and urges and it appeals to what may benefit our physical nature (James 1:14-15), also our urges defies all logic and authority, and being opportunistic, sin often creates inflated feelings with strong urges to gratify the passions we experience at the opportunity. To present a point with a strong argument, urges and passions to sin are always present in us, however, the Holy Spirit who convicts us, helps us overcome sin (Ephesians 5:18-21). Furthermore, we need to add, sin operates much more powerful when there is no restraint, in other words, sin is laid bare and operates unashamedly when it happens in secret (Ephesians 5:12) and every Christian who loves sinning operates in the dark (secretly) (John 3:20). Below, we share a short testimony of a brother who sinned secretly, take heed and be warned!

Additionally, with permission, a very close brother whom I greatly admire in the Lord recently shared with me how the Lord gave him a strong rebuke for sinning secretly. In his experience, brother J recalled how he opened his soul to shameful and appalling sin in secret and the more he realized that nobody was seeing him the more he engaged in this sickening habit. He further described that the more he indulged, the more his soul yearned for more and more, and after the defilement of his righteous soul, he felt guilty and the urge to repent like Adam and Eve in the Lord’s garden (Genesis 3:8) and after repenting, he did not escape the Lord’s rebuke.

Now, without giving too much detail he said that the Lord appeared in a vision to him and told him that he acted flippantly and that he did not take his salvation serious and the Lord further told him that he may have deleted those offensive files from his notebook, but the guilt of his conscience cannot be erased or deleted. Brethren, we can tell that this brother is living very close to the Lord and the rebuke he received from the Lord is proof that his actions greatly displeased and hurt the Lord.

In closing, are you operating in the dark (secretly) and flippant at the expense of your salvation? We urge you not to allow the secret addiction(s) of sin to drive you underground and away from the love of the Lord. Like our brother J, repent and join the light to receive favor and forgiveness (2 Corinthians 4:6; John 8:12). Therefore, let us not allow the weakness of our disobedient attitude as an excuse to sin.

Finally, if you are not yet born again, 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.

Brother Glenn

Monday, October 25, 2021

Rebellious Children

 The Peril Of Our Times

"...disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy"(2 Timothy 3:2 NIV).

Brethren, our times have witnessed an uprising of the rebelliousness of children even in the godliest homes. As a friendly reminder, this is an end-time peril don't fall prey to it, flee from it! A few years ago, we (and some members of our ministry) experienced how some of the children raised their voices to their parents and questioned their parent's authority and we took this matter in prayer to the Lord and this displeased Him greatly. As a result, the Lord gave Charis a vision in which He showed her on a television screen the content of this Scripture, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right, Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise" (Ephesians 6:1-2 NIV). With this scripture, the Lord reminded our children that despite the revelations He gave them, the authority and the supremacy of the scriptures must be submitted to if they want to enjoy God's blessings. As a further reminder, it is displeasing to the Lord if a child rebukes his or her parent(s), children are encouraged to appeal in humility to their parents or those who are older than them (1 Timothy 5:1).

The Price Of Disobedience And Rudeness

As a ministry, who has experienced both the Presence and guidance of the Lord personally, we have a duty to share the truth of God with you. We have witnessed how disobedient children fell from God's grace, they lost the gifts God gave them, and it was given to others who were obedient. In addition, some of the benefits the Lord afforded them were also taken from them as a punishment. Scripturally, God rewards obedience, not disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:1-6) Does this not remind you of our recent article in which we refuted the 'God allow' doctrine? How can we speak the Word of God when we fail to obey Him? 

Now, some parents have reported to us that as the result of their children's disobedience and being backslidden, their situation has become worse, some of them have become involved in drugs and some have developed mental problems it is as if a curse has fallen on them (Deuteronomy 27:16). The reward for their wickedness has brought about many struggles for them it is as if their progress has a backward result for them and their double-mindedness made them dependent on others, with a spirit of fear ruling over them (James 1:8).

Take Heed My Child

We thus encourage every God-fearing child to obey the prescribes of the Bible, by obeying it, it safe-guards your life and it serves for your good. I'm addressing you, dear children, you will thus have to follow the voice of your parents as they nurture your growth in life from the scriptures (Proverbs 22:6). My dear precious child, do not allow your friends or peers to persuade or force you to go against your parents' counsel. Shun evil and rebellious behaviour for God will bring all your secrets into judgement (Ecclesiastes 12:14) for eternal punishment!

In conclusion, if you have sinned and have a desire to reconcile to God and your parents, repent of your ways, ask your parents for forgiveness and focus on building your new life (1 John 1:9; Luke 15:18). Also, the Lord is near and we will soon be lifted from this world, be prepared, and be counted amongst the faithful and receive the most COVETED PRECIOUS CROWN OF LIFE (John 10:28).

With love

Brother Glenn

Monday, October 18, 2021

Are You Battling With Bitterness And Grudges?

 The Destructive Nature Of Bitterness

"And Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor bad. For Absalom hated Amnon because he had forced his sister Tamar" (2 Samuel 13:23 NKJV).

A few years ago, a very good brother in the Lord, brother Jones shared with us how he was ill-treated as a child by his aunt and later by his step-mother and his hot-tempered father. Being a boy of about thirteen years, and out of fear, he ran away from his aunt to go live with his father and stepmother with the hope of breaking free from abuse and hunger. 

Knowing Christ Changes The Heart To Love

Now as our dear brother Jones recalled, the days of him going without food or hanging around friends with the hope of getting an invitation for a plate of food were soon things of the past as there was always food at his father's home.  However, his stepmother harbored a strong dislike in him as he was threatening her and her children's financial security. Those of us who grew up having step-parents know the conflict of competing for resources. 

Furthermore, considering the graphic explanation from our brother Jones, I have expected him to be bitter and harboring grudges. As humans, when somebody details cruelty and abuse we naturally develop feelings of dislike towards the abuser and sympathy for the victim. By instinct, when we hear such stories we often desire 'revenge' or retribution, but our beloved brother Jones was calm and full of love for the abusers, instead, he blessed those who persecuted him (Matthew 5:44). 

Changing Others Through Forgiveness

In addition, we could tell by the way Brother Jones explained that he was not bitter nor did he harbor any grudges. Being a personal friend of this family, we have witnessed how often brother Jones would visit and being a blessing financially to those who ill-treated him. Also, despite his broken relationship with his abuser, our brother Jones seemed to have never lost his respect for those elders (Leviticus 19:32; 1 Timothy 5:1). Thus, as Christians, the Bible says we must imitate such people (Hebrews 6:12) as this is for our spiritual good making us Christ-like and fruit-bearing followers (1 Peter 2:23). 

In conclusion, when we read further we discover how hatred and bitterness led Absolom to his destruction and his violent death (2 Samuel 17:14; 18:10-15). Being a God-fearing man, King David feared the Lord and would not avenge himself, instead, he allowed for God's judgment (1 Samuel 25:30-34) through the wise and spirit-filled words of his wife Abigail. 

Now, how many of us just continue unabated hating and struggle to forgive others? It reminds me of someone who said that when he comes across a person who wronged him the hateful feelings just flares up over again. Brethren, this is a serious sin, the Lord once rebuked two sisters for their hatred for each other saying if He would have come at that hour they would have missed the Rapture. Like our Brother Jones said, he asked the Lord to put sympathy and love in his heart for those who abused him, and he made it a daily prayer request until the hate was converted into love (Matthew 5:44). Therefore trust these words of the Lord in the preceding verse it works and many Christians including my family and I have experienced deliverance and love for those who wronged us.

Blessed love and being free from grudges

Brother Glenn

Monday, October 11, 2021

The Church Being The Pillar Of Truth

 Truth Endures Always

"if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15).

There can be no doubt that the Church, being the Bride of Christ should stand for the truth (John 14:6) and we know when the Lord gave Peter the keys of the Kingdom, which pillars and foundations are found on truth, it was the same key the Lord gave to all who would believe (Matthew 16:19). Similarly, the Lord declared that we shall know the truth and that the truth shall set us free (John 8:32) and such truth is that we know the Lord and that He is that Truth. 

Now, over the years that the Lord spoke to us, He repeatedly warned many of us to speak the truth and that liars will not inherit His kingdom which has truth as its foundation. Furthermore, this ministry through the Lord's guidance has exposed many false witnesses and ministers of the gospel for preaching lies in the name of the Lord. This is a true gospel fact, the Lord does not need any thread or shade of lie to promote the truthfulness of the gospel, however, some of us mix the truth of God's word with lies to convince people to act or believe, when we do so, are we not laying a false foundation which will be exposed by the fire of truth? (1 Corinthians 3:13). 

Being Pretentious Promotes Falsehood

Therefore, as disciples of Christ, we ought to strive to witness faithfully and in truth bearing in mind that falsehood would not stand up under the mighty weight of truth. The Lord thus forbid that we use lies or any form of falsehood to advance the gospel and some do so to promote themselves for popularity and money and those who practice such are trapped by the enemy (Luke 6:26). Also, if we imitate a man or woman of God by being impostors we would be acting out of falsehood for each man will receive a reward for the things he or she did in the body (Romans 2:6).

 We have had a very zealous brother (let's call him Jones) who fellowshipped with us for a short while and he asked us to inquire for him from the Lord if he could start a ministry and go house to house to preach 'repentance and holiness'. 

Upon His reply, the Lord is not weak in His reply nor does He holds back when He teaches us His truth. He told the brother that He did not call him (Brother Jones) to preach holiness and repentance and the brother thought that the Lord was restricting him and preventing him from doing what he wanted to do. Yes, the Lord did restrict him because when we serve Christ, He is the One mandating, calling, and baptizing us not any human being or ourselves (Acts 13:2; Matthew 3:11). As a result, we thus encourage you to stop your pretense and walk in truth, being honest in all you do in Jesus' name. 

It is a fact that some Christians easily abandon the truth when they are being tested or put under pressure (Luke 22:57), are we not acting falsely and denying the Lord by betraying Him and our values of truth? We say this because when the one world religion would be introduced to the world it would be based on falsehood and human philosophies where the scriptures would be used only when it does not contradicts its 'founding statement'. As Christians, we know all of the Scriptures are inspired by God and it is useful in training us into all godliness and godly living (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

In conclusion, as a ministry, we repeat that the things we wrote and testified about on this platform have NOT been fabricated nor did we ever promote lies here but only the truth as the Lord revealed for therein is our reward(s) secure. Let us thus live the truth and act in accordance with the truth that sets us free, it is what God expects of us anyway (John 8:32). 

Blessed Truth

Brother Glenn


Monday, October 4, 2021

Accepting Rebuke From God

Important: We are sharing a short but powerful vision from the Lord at the end of this article, and also under our Visions Section.

Brethren, it is a great honour and privilege to hear from the Lord Jesus Christ the way we do. I am not mentioning this grudgingly, but with much appreciation and humility. This privilege has its own cross and from the articles you will learn that in all the love the Lord has for us; He expresses His Holiness to us through the rebukes we receive from Him.

There are people who wish that we are wrong on our testimony and witness so that they may be free to return to wicked living. The Lord told us that many people consciously follow deceptive teachings and doctrines because they think that is a way out for them to indulge in wickedness. In other words, when a church or denomination overlooks certain sins (which sometimes are simply sugarcoated as "issues") and does not preach against them, people become more comfortable with that message while they continue to live in their sins. This leads to a fruitless life in Christ and He has no use for them in His service (Matthew 3:10). The Lord Jesus Christ says they are selective in their obedience to Him, and such selective obedience will only earn such people His wrath (Romans 1:18; Romans 2:5-11).

Our Confession and Testimony

Therefore, for your edification, our testimony is from the Lord and nothing the Lord ever has told us or others proved to be false. So then, we say to the whole world our testimony and message is directly from the Lord Jesus Christ, Messiah of the world who died on Calvary, rose from death and ascended to the highest Heaven, and is now seated at the Right Hand of God the Father. This confession and testimony is true, reliable and from God. We are appointed to testify to what we hear and see the Lord do in our lives. He Himself proves to you that it is Him, Christ Jesus speaking by the mighty visions we share with you as He makes them available.

The Lord Rebukes the Heaven Bound

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastens everyone He accepts as His son” (Proverbs 3:11-12).

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as His children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of Spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:6-11 HCSB).

Anyone, who claims to hear from the Lord and lives a double life and being purposely disobedient to the Lord is a liar. With this, I am not saying we are perfect; surely we are not! The Lord does not encourage disobedience, neither does He reward us for being disobedient. We have made this point clear in the Blessings From The Lord article. Briefly, I mentioned that the Lord does not bless the disobedient, nor does He continue speaking to those who despise His Word (1 Samuel 28:15; Psalm 18:26; Deuteronomy 28:15).

We also mentioned that the Lord knows a heart that has an appetite for sin and He knows when our motive is deliberate or if we sin in ignorance or by mistake.

Back in 2010 when the Lord started speaking to us, at first He used to allow us to live our lives the way we used to. Admittedly, we led a pretty religious lifestyle, worldly, lukewarm, and sinning deliberately as the opportunity presented itself. Are you familiar with this? Of course! We all do take advantage of God’s forgiving nature, so we sin and bank on asking the Lord to forgive us later, only to repeat sinning again. After the Lord established this ministry, He commanded a sister who used to fellowship with us and attend our services to pray and fast for two (2) weeks. Without divulging the nature of her problem, she had some grave struggles with faith and personal sinful issues. After her fasting, the Lord revealed the problems to her condition. From a human point of view, the message the Lord gave her sounded very embarrassing. This led her to question the Lord and to have an endless pity party. Brethren, let me caution you frankly: The Lord is not happy with Christians who are pitying themselves, for self-pity results in rebelliousness against the Lord (see Self-Pity and Our Relationship with God article). He has rebuked countless people who pitied themselves.

Furthermore, after this sister’s rebuke and so that we might not feel proud looking down on her as if judging her, the Lord started to give each one of us in this family and ministry a message of rebuke to humble us before Him. He did so to prove to us that no one is righteous and innocent before Him (Romans 3:10-12; 2 Chronicles 6:36). In this way, we are taught not to look down on others but that we have weaknesses ourselves. Therefore, the many brothers and sisters who got Word of rebuke from the Lord through Charis can rest assure we are even more humbled than you, because that serves as a warning to us not to boast (2 Corinthians 10:17).

Rejecting God’s Rebuke Means No Heaven

The Lord showed us in Scripture that no matter how mighty and powerfully He might use a person, no one is above His correction (Mark 8:33; Luke 9:37-56; Numbers 12, 20:12). I have had people writing to me disputing a vision or message the Lord gave concerning some pastor or prophet. These people believed our testimony and even got word for themselves from the Lord proving their works, but the moment the person they favour is being exposed for some error, they blame me and say that word is not from God. They would offer no evidence to prove God wrong nor Charis because she does not even know the people God is rebuking. She, like all God’s prophets, just obeys by saying what she has heard and seen (Acts 4:20).

My wife and I are often at the receiving end of rebukes from the Lord. When the Lord announces through Charis that He would bring me or anyone else a message, with it He lays a heavy burden of fear for Him in our hearts and that in itself is a torment more than the actual rebuke. Those who can identify with the rebukes from the Lord can testify that it stings… Ouch! But once you humble yourself, repent and obey, the Lord changes you, you bear fruit, and are filled with joy. Humbling accepting rebukes has eternal benefits, as the Scriptures declare: “Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up” (Hosea 6:1 NKJV). “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty" (Job 5:17 NKJV).

I must mention this: there were some brethren who welcomed and whole-heartedly accepted good messages of encouragement from the Lord, but some of them became silent after receiving a word of correction from the Lord. This is childish and self-righteous; we must be humble and childlike in taking a scold from the MOST HIGH. He does not criticise us like people do; HE CORRECTS US. THE JUDGE SET US RIGHT WITH HIM WHEN HE ISSUES A LOVING REBUKE (Proverbs 3:11-12). The Lord recently rebuked a pastor who demanded an answer from Him. The Lord was not pleased with Him and He earned himself a stinging rebuke. He did not take it well and that was very dishonourable against the Lord. While this pastor was not the only one who ever scorned the Lord’s rebuke, we do expect servants of God who serve the Word to others to be humble and submissive to the Lord. As it is, the Lord has established this ministry as a global messenger of His word and rebukes; the pastors, prophets and all those whom the Lord has warned elsewhere on this website should heed the voice of the Lord and repent. He is rebuking them out of love and concern for the flock not to be led astray.

Finally, I was myself rebuked severely by the Lord for not appreciating His messages. To my delight, He told Charis not to be afraid but to continue to take His message to me so that He can get me into Heaven. Brethren, as hard as this message hit my ego, I submitted to the Lord knowing my entry into Heaven depended on my obedience to Him and not my knowledge (Hebrews 12:14). Honestly, there was a time when I felt “persecuted” by the Lord due to the many rebukes I received. There were even times when I felt like leaving the ministry, but like Jonah I discovered where can I hide from the Lord and my sins (Jonah 1:17). Through it all, I have learned to appreciate the Lord’s rebukes no matter how I feel; it is meant for my salvation. While I am alive to preach the gospel and to testify about Christ Jesus, for no credit to myself, I will use the Lord’s discipline of me to save everyone who aspires to make it to Heaven (Proverbs 24:11).

Apart from me there are many brethren both here in South Africa and abroad who took some serious rebukes from the Lord with remarkable humility, and in one of my own rebukes the Lord commended these brethren. Therefore, consider the Lord’s rebuke of kings and prophets (2 Samuel 12:13; Jeremiah 28:15-17)some yielded and got deliverance, but those who rejected God’s rebuke missed His glory.

In conclusion, I pray that you will take the Lord’s rebukes seriously through these teachings. The Lord's love should be our motivation to humbly and gracefully accept correction from the Him, just as Peter kept loving Jesus in spite of the harsh rebukes that He received from the Lord (Mark 8:33; John 21:17). As Jesus Himself said: "Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne (Revelation 3:19-21 NIV).


Vision about Jehovah Witnesses

“On the 25th of June 2014 after our 06:30 a.m. prayer time, I (Charis) had a vision from the Lord. I saw myself standing outside in our yard on a fine and sunny day. I was playing with our dog outside when I noticed two men (Jehovah’s witnesses) standing by our gate. In their appearance, these men looked very old, tired and used.

As I approached the gate, they left in a hurry. Suddenly the Lord put words in my mouth and I heard myself saying to them in a loud voice: “I am a born-again Christian and I believe in the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ!” The Lord made me hear what was in their hearts as they simultaneously replied: “We are tired of hearing that story over and over again; the ‘Jehovah’s’ [Watchtower Movement] are wearing us out”. End of vision!

Interpretation of Vision

The Lord is calling people who are caught up in the Jehovah’s Witness religion to repent and come to Him. The Lord says their appearance shows their lack of life and the Holy Spirit. The Lord says they must STOP rejecting the Scriptures and following the deceptive teachings of their leaders. The Lord says even though some of them are tired of having their message rejected and hearing the truth being confessed to them, they still just continue in their false beliefs.

Blessed Grace,

Brother Glenn.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Having The Courage To Endure This Race

Enduring the Race

"To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life " (Romans 2:7 NIV). 

Brethren, we are sharing an article we did sometime ago, but the words of the Lord does not run dry, boring or redundant, we know that the Word is active and alive and sharper than a double edged sword let us thus cling to the purity of the Word to remain spiritually active (Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 2:2).

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: We are sharing a short message from the Lord that He gave Charis either last week Tuesday (20/08/2019) or Wednesday (21/08/2019). She said the Lord appeared to her in a dream and He said that some people might classify others as failures in life but in His eyes nobody is a failure and no-one should be discouraged by the words of those who inflicts insults.

Briefly, when we started this ministry both online and at home, we had many people attending and showing great interest in what the Lord was doing. We can testify that many were attracted by the visions and the Lord’s promise of His soon coming. However, not long thereafter some fizzled out after the Lord exposed their sins and challenged them to start witnessing and to lead holy lives. Sadly, some expected to hear the Lord tell them about their ‘fortunes’. Their primary concern was not to obey the Lord, but to use Him to meet their selfish needs. In a display of grave human weakness, we have witnessed how some people and after hearing from the Lord walked away from Him in a show of disobedience and wickedness. To those brethren the Lord is only good to supply their needs.

As a ministry, we have faced many challenges over the past six years since the Lord commanded us to start this ministry. Being filled with hope in the Lord Jesus Christ, and counting on His grace which have enabled us to continue in endurance, passion and enthusiasm. By showing us His great love, our hearts were all the more encouraged to scorn trying situation and to focus on our relationship with Him. May the Lord grant you enduring grace to complete this race.

Enduring in the Race to Everlasting Life 

When a new Christian first accepted Christ as Lord, the excitement is so overwhelming and declaring our love to Him seemed natural. However, as we continue changes develop in our relationship with the Lord. As we get closer to the Lord through prayer and Bible reading our inner spiritual ‘man’ acquires new habits and this adversely affects the way we talk and behave.  However, by this transition, we know that our former way of living had been radically changed. In other words, the promises and expectations in which this new life is found gave us a refreshing approach to lives challenges. But as we progress we come across trying experiences, which gives us two options; to continue or to turn back. It is a natural fact that we will always be presented with these two options. And if we choose to endure, we will have to take the same attitude and commitment we gave ourselves to when we first believed. Additionally, from my own experiences as a Christian, it is easy for a believer to develop a lukewarm and discouraged attitude when the reality of suffering in the new experience manifest. We can tell, the faith is there but the ‘appetite’ and commitment becomes distant and this is when our love for the Lord grows cold (Revelations 2:4). We cannot say that we love the Lord when we have given up on our first commitment and reverted to being lukewarm. Also, we should remember that our faithfulness is measured through our endurance. In this race for immortality, the only losers are those who give up on the race and not those who end last (Matthew 20:1-16; 1 Peter 1:9; 1 John 2:25).

In the parable of the prodigal son, his vision of enjoying life away from the protective love of his father let him realise that things and possessions cannot replace the values of love, comfort and God’s protection against the ever-changing challenges of life (Luke 15:18-24). In this account, upon realising the pain of his choice the prodigal son returned to love. Brethren, we need to realise that after enduring whatever sufferings, turning back leaves with no reward and with nothing to show for what we suffered, we must endure to the end. Taking into account our Lord’s endurance, the Bible tells us that our Lord Jesus, being God (Philippians 2:6) endured many things including: the cross (Hebrews 12:2), the temptation of Satan (Matthew 4:3-11), trouble and sorrow (Matthew 26:37-39), being flogged, struck and mocked (John 19:1-3, Matthew 26:67-68), being dishonored and beaten (Matthew 27:30), being deserted (John 6:66), hatred (John 15:18; 24-25), betrayal (John 18:2-3), being disowned (Matthew 26: 69-75), insults (1 Peter 2:23), and public humiliation (Acts 8:33). Having endured all these in humility, our Lord Jesus Christ is now exalted at the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19). In like manner the Lord says to us, “To Him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21 NIV).

Suffering: Strength for Christian Endurance

It is certainly not our intention to magnify sufferings, our intention is to prepare you to expect it.  As Christians, the Bible tells us that sufferings produces strength for endurance (Romans 5:3-5). We know that the Lord does not condone self-inflicted sufferings resulting from sinful conduct (1 Peter 3:17), but a suffering because of our association with Him brings eternal reward (2 Timothy 3:12). What is noteworthy, our experience in the ministry have helped us observe how some people are being attracted to the Lord through their sufferings. In their desperation, some of them needed the Lord to provide a quick-fix solution to their problems. With patience, the Lord would always rebuke them first to get their lives right with Him, and those who obeyed and endured received relief. And such relief would be two-fold, blessings to sustain their needs, and faith strength to endure and outlive the next bout of challenges. What a caring God we serve!  Also, there were another group of Christians who simply lack endurance. Some after hearing the promise of the Lord’s soon return (through a vision to us or others), they were inflamed with an evaporating excitement, but once they realized it was not as soon as they expected they reverted to ‘lukewarm mode’. These are the ones the Lord said who did not have oil in their lamps (Matthew 25:7-13). The Bible says that no lukewarm Christian will enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Revelation 3:16) and rightfully so! These are people who are born again, but they buried their talents (Matthew 25:18). In a warning to all of us, the Lord said His coming will surprise all Christians, and those who are living comfortably, thinking that He will give them a final warning, when they ignore the warnings in Scriptures will be particularly surprised (Matthew 24:37).
What hinders us from Enduring? 

In our experience, we have observed a few things that serve as a stumbling block to our endurance in the faith, and these are all summed up in the Bible.

1. Putting our mind and interest on worldly things other than the things of God (James 1:14; Colossians 3:2).

2. Doubting the promises of God (James 1:6; Hebrews 10:38).

3. Lacking in prayer and Bible reading (this shows a condition of a broken relationship with God) (Matthew 26:41).

4. Complaining - this does not issue from a thankful heart, but a grieving heart (Philippians 2:14). We may also recall that the complaining Israelites did not endure, but perished in the desert, leading them to forfeit the promise of entering the Promised Land - and of milk and honey (Numbers 14:26-30; 1 Corinthians 10:5-6).

5. Giving up on meeting with other believers, and rejecting encouragement from other true believers (Hebrews 10:25).

6. Sinning Deliberately (Hebrews 10:26-30).

7. Fear of others and their ‘valued’ opinions of us (Proverbs 29:25).

In conclusion, let us therefore not allow the pressure or strong opinions of others to determine our obedience to the Lord. We should also not strive to fit in or blend with the society to please them, the will of the Lord is what we should live for. Trying to please men leads to a divided commitment. Consider that your individual walk with Christ will be used to judge you and to determine your Heavenly reward (2 Corinthians 5:10).

If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and learn to persevere unto eternal life, please get started by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed endurance in Christ,
Brother Glenn

Monday, September 20, 2021

FEAR OF GOD VS FEAR OF MAN II

 How Satan Uses Fear To Manipulate Us


New article coming tomorrow, 28/09/2021

Notice: Our Brother Andrew: It is with humility that our Brother Andrew Tyler-Whiteman is from the beautiful Country of Australia and like we said previously, this brother is a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have been enjoying a great fellowship with him over the years of the existence of this ministry and the Lord is pleased with his contribution to this ministry. We thus appeal please pray for him and his family and appreciate his humble contribution to the body of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Brothers and Sisters, we know this topic has been covered before in this blog but I feel the need to talk about this again highlighting this that we did not discuss. The definition of the word 'fear' according to the online webster dictionary means, 'an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger, or a profound reverence and awe especially toward God or anxious concern or some reason for alarm'.

2.       Now as you can see that three of the definitions of fear cited here are being easily used by the Devil to cause us to worry and panic about our own lives or the lives of our family or being concerned about other things (Mark 4:19). As it is, fear also causes us to make rash decisions that could affect our eternal souls which is why the Devil uses fear. We know from the scriptures that when Job was tested the element of fear was all around and he did not panic and threw the confidence he has in the Lord away, instead, he accepted his situation and stayed the cause and he overcame (Job 1:21).

However, the definition we need to be most familiar with is that which leads us to salvation in the Lord., and we would further refine this definition to include “Reverence and awe only toward God because of His Power and Authority”.

From the scriptures, we read that the Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10; 19:23; Psalm 111:10). Therefore, by learning to fear the Lord by being submissive to His will we are building our faith in GOD and faith is the antidote to fear (1 John 4:18). It's a fact, fear of death brings about fear but knowing the Lord Jesus Christ we no longer need to fear death and the devil has nothing to threaten or intimidate us with anymore (Hebrews 2:9; 14,15).

Furthermore, the Lord Jesus declared, 'For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it' (Matthew 16:25 NIV). Knowing that we are in the end-times will we be truly ready, willing, and able to lay down our lives for the Lord when that choice will be presented to us? Well, the DAY of testing will separate the faithful from the fearful (John 16:32). 

In conclusion, let us learn and study The Fear of the Lord, as believers in Christ Jesus this is the only Fear that should be occupying our thoughts, minds, and souls

Eternity is a very long time and only the Lord can help get us there, do not let fear of man or the fear of losing your life in this world keep you from eternity.

Prepare yourselves to walk away from all worldly possessions and at times we may need to leave our family as well. This is hard for many people and the more you have the harder it will be to walk away but Jesus did say (Matthew 6:19-20) not to lay up treasures for yourself on earth but lay up for yourself treasure in Heaven for where your treasure is there is your heart also. Let our Hearts be heavenward.

It will eventually come to the point (If we are still here on earth and not raptured out of here) where we will not be able to buy or sell without the Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18 ), As we have been warned previously we must refuse this, so I ask what is the point of building any sort of wealth here on earth when the antichrist is just going to come and take it away? Are we not better to lay up for ourselves treasure in Heaven, where no one can take away our rewards (Matthew 6:19-20). 

Presented with humility

Brother Andrew and reviewed by Brother Glenn

 

 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Does God Punish His Children?

Godly Discipline Results In Godly Fear 

 "FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE PUNISHES EVERY SON WHOM HE ACCEPTS” (Hebrews 12:6 NASB).

Notice: Our articles will still be available on a Monday, we apologize for any inconvenience and kindly continue to pray for Claudia since the Lord started speaking to her she has been experiencing attacks from the devil and that is something the Lord said she would have to endure.

VISION OF HELL by Claudia (12/09/2021).

I had a vision from the Lord this morning, I saw myself with four other ladies standing on some balcony of a huge building with a stairway going down. The Lord appeared in a cloud in the air and said to us, "I want you to experience a full day in Hell". Almost immediately after the Lord's words, I found myself walking down these stairways, and as I descended further down I noticed a very dark place, and as we entered it a sulfuric or atomic mixed with rotten eggs or rotten flesh smell came from there. 

This smell was so toxic I struggled breathing and sobs to breathe and it seems there was no fresh air to breathe. I Lord still in the cloud provided a shade of light just enough for us to see. I saw all kinds of animal kind of creatures, which by their appearance looked evil. These beings could talk, but I was unable to hear what they were saying, they were laughing and tried coming towards us but could not reach us. 

After just a few minutes, I prayed and pleaded with the Lord to take me out as I could not endure being in that place, and that's when I woke up and the vision ended!

A few months ago, I had a conversation with a pastor friend and one of the things we discussed was the issue of punishment. The 'feel good' gospel that we have been fed totally overlooks the authority of the scriptures on the issue of punishment. As it was, my pastor friend argued that God does not punish His children but He 'allows' things to happen as opposed to punishing his children. This assertion was based on his interpretation of Job's experience that God allowed the devil to destroy Job's possessions (Job 1:1-22; 2:1-10). 

Contextually, when we read the first two chapters of the book of Job we can clearly see that Job was being tested and we know his test was based on his faith in God and that would he be able to endure the test (Job 2:9-10). In this context, the Lord gave Satan permission to test Job by destroying his earthly possessions and this is the premise from which the 'allow doctrine' emanates! Let us thus not be confused regarding the Lord allowing something to happen to test us, the Lord uses the rod of discipline or punishment when we have committed an act of disobedience (2 Samuel 11-12; Psalm 23:4). The Lord's discipline is always gracious and it is meant to humble us.

Now, our lead verse above clearly articulates that the Lord does punish a son or daughter He loves and such punishment will bring disruptions and discomfort to our lives which would not be welcoming at the time but it eases God's wrath and provides favor for us with the Lord (Numbers 16:46). 

As a family, we have also experienced God's punishment on us for acts of disobedience however as we confessed our sins and repented the Lord heard our prayers and granted us the relief we asked for (Judges 10:15-16). What a merciful God we serve, He holds no grudges as He is always ready to forgive us. 

Having said this, we have had a woman in our ministry who was in the habit of always taking her children's part and overlooking the wrongs they did. Consequently, this angered the Lord as it was not the first time she was warned by the Lord not to cover up her children's wrongs but to correct them on their sinful behavior. The Lord then issued a stern warning to her saying that God's curse was upon her. Yes, you read it right! The Lord did say to her that God's curse was upon her and this caused the woman to humble herself in God's Presence after receiving this warning and the next morning the Lord gave word that He accepted her act of humility in His Presence and forgave her (1 Kings 21:29). 

Additionally, we need to remind you that the Lord of the Old Testament is still the same God, He has never changed (Hebrews 13:8). Let us thus not think the punishment was just meant for David and the Israelites, the Lord punishes His children according to our lead scripture above and given to our experiences with the Lord. Also, with people who acted outside God's will and became false witnesses, the Lord promised to punish them and we believe He did punish them. As it is, the Lord rewards obedience and not disobedience as we wrote in our 'blessings for obedience' article. finally, the Lord's punishment is not meant to cause us to stumble but that we rather walk closer with Him.

Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Are Curses Still Relevant?

 Why Christian's Should Not Curse Others

"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them" (Romans 12:14 ESV).

in our , "Blaming God When Bad Things Happen" articles we articulated how bad were bound to happen due to the original sin that brought about a curse ,misfortune and hardships to both humans, animals and plants (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 8:19-23). Briefly, we also highlighted that this curse will continue until the final consummation of this age (Revelation 22:3) and only in the new order of creation would born-again Christians enjoy a pain free, stress-free and blissful live (Revelation 21:3-5). Praise God Almighty! what precious promises we have and this would be ours if we only persevere and endure!

Brethren, this is a very important teaching, curses are real and may have serious consequences on people whether Christian or non-Christian and we are warned NOT curse others as per above scripture. We will not be covering the curses listed in Deuteronomy 28 as these are from God based on disobedience, we will simply consider curses by people who felt hurt or betrayed by the actions of others or those who hatefully and maliciously curse others in a vengeful way. Meanwhile, we will consider some scriptural examples first to show that this is a very relevant teaching and we need to be aware of this.

The Effects Of A Curse

Furthermore, a curse is meant to increase hardship on an individual or a nation (Genesis 3:16; Numbers 22:4-6). Again, in Genesis we read how Noah cursed his son Ham for dishonoring him and we know that this curse came to pass (Genesis 9:24). 

Additionally, Joshua also cursed the Gibeonites (Joshua 9:23; 6:26-27) and the man who undertakes to rebuild the city of Jericho and this was fulfilled in 1 Kings 16:34. Someone might say, a curse pronounced in the name of the Lord is effective, true as per preceding scriptures, however, any other person is able to curse according to our lead scripture.  Similarly, Balaam son of Beor was reputable for putting a curse(s) on people and it would have an effect so God intervened and would not allow it (Numbers 1-25). 

Jesus Breaks Curses

In conclusion, a few years ago, a sister in the Lord experienced some very painful menstruation over a period of many years and this caused her to skip both work and Church services. The Lord revealed to Charis that her condition was as a result of a curse that an older woman placed on her and the Lord answered her prayers and healed her immediately after revealing that a curse was the cause of her painful menstruation. Also, we are witnesses of a brother in the Lord who cursed his marriage and this is their fate he and his spouse are suffering the bitter battle of strive and divisions in the family. 

Again, we have also witnessed how some children were cursed by their parents for being disobedient, rude or vile and this causes the victim(s) of a curse bitter suffering. As a matter of truth, I myself (Brother Glenn) was cursed which caused me suffering and misfortune and after accepting the Lord and pleading with Him to remove these curses I was given grace and my burden became lighter (Matthew 11:28). Therefore, if we repent from the wrong we did to others and make right with them according to the Matthew 5:24, we will receive grace and deliverance from a curse. Let us bless and not curse and let us live in peace towards all our neighbors and we will enjoy God's gracious blessings (Romans 12:18; 1 Peter 3:11).

Blessed Peace

Brother Glenn

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Word Of Encouragement

Short message Of encouragement From the Lord Jesus


NOTICE: Our Article for this week will be available tomorrow (07/09/2022).

A few weeks ago, a very precious sister in the Lord (Sister Hannah) shared this message with me, and after prayer, the Lord commanded me to share this message with you for this week since we don’t have an article for this week. I will also share a short vision I had on 06/01/2018 and we prayerfully hope this will encourage and bless your heart in Jesus' name. We are sharing this message again as we are working on another great message the Lord gave us which should be ready for next week!

A vision of Satan (06/01/2018)

I (Brother Glenn) had a vision this morning in the vision, I saw myself walking in a very busy street filled with people everywhere and amongst the first group of people I came across, I noticed a man who just looked different from the rest of the other people. I immediately knew that he (the man) was the devil and I firmly ordered him in Jesus's name to leave and he just disappeared. I continued walking, and further up I came across another group of people and a man who disguised himself and hides amongst the group of people so that he might not be identified and looked at me and when I caught sight of him, I again knew it was Satan, so I said, “Devil I command you in Jesus name to flee”,and in a haste he replied saying, ‘I am going and you don’t need to command me again’ and he left End! (James 4:7; Matthew 4:10).

This vision is self-explanatory and the Lord basically revealed it to show that He has given us power and authority over the devil and we should not fear him (Luke 10:19).

Vision From Sister Hannah (11/12/2017)

I am a born-again Christian but have never had anything happen to me like this before and I feel God urging me to share with others. A couple nights ago I laid in bed falling asleep and right before I fell asleep I had a vision. God spoke to me and said "Make a path for the Lord, prepare the way for the Lord" I cannot say what the voice sounded like as there was no distinct voice but those words were spoken to me it's hard to explain. I also saw a hand cleaning off a very dirty and dusty footstool and I believe it was God's or Jesus' hand. I know there are many references in the Bible regarding the footstool. Some I found... (Psalm 110:1KJV)

The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Psalm 132:7
Let us go into His dwelling place; Let us worship at His footstool.

Lamentations 2:1
How the Lord has covered the daughter of Zion With a cloud in His anger! He has cast from heaven to earth The glory of Israel And has not remembered His footstool In the day of His anger.

Hebrews 1:13
But to which of the angels has He ever said, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET"?

I believe God is telling me to further his kingdom to tell people this vision and to come to the father and that the time of his second coming is near, I'm not sure how near, but I feel it's near.

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 Goodness to you in Christ,
Brother Glenn and Sister Hannah

Monday, August 23, 2021

What Is True Repentance?

Repent and Be a Witness Of Christ


NOTICE: We will be having an updated article tomorrow (31/08/2021), we apologise for the inconvenience. 

Vision by Charis (22 August 2021).

"My son (John, not real name) must not repent for his sins and go back to continue in his sins, repentance means changing your life and behavior from your former way of living". (Acts 3:19; Jeremiah 26:13).

Appeal for Assistance: Dear Brethren, since our daughter Claudia received that attack and the Lord bringing her back to life after prayer, she is unable to go back to school due to her having forgotten many things. As it is, she must now learn again to remember things and people. Thus after prayer as a family, we have decided to put her on a home-schooling system with the help of an educational expert. We thus appeal to anyone of you to please pray for her and to help us financially (whatever you have) so that we may get her onto the home-schooling system. Kindly use our PayPal facility on the website or please send us an email if you need any further information. 

The Lord bless you, and God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-7), furthermore, the apostle Paul encouraged the believers saying: "Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives" (Titus 3:14 NIV).

Brethren, we are sharing again the True Repentance article on the Lord's command. On the above date, Charis received a message from the Lord in which the Lord rebuked a brother but at the same time explaining what true repentance means. Therefore, for your eternal benefit, please read this article. 

In 2015 we wrote an article on being born again. It would be only appropriate to follow up with an article with a similar tone and this week we share with you, True Repentance. Biblically, the word repentance means to turn from the direction of living a sinful life to a godly life in Christ (2 Chronicles 7:14; Ezekiel 18:21-23). Many people believe that there is a God and Savior, but only a few live repentant lives. Just recently, we were smitten with grief and disappointment when the Lord exposed a case of false repentance. The individual concerned practiced good Christianity in our presence but the moment he leaves us, he leads a secret life of sin. This is best described as hypocrisy and false repentance. It means he had repented for the wrong reasons: to please man rather than God. Often those who have repented falsely do so for the benefit of personal gain. How many people do we know who claimed to have repented of their wicked ways in order to marry a person in the church whom they lusted after? Are there not people we know who ‘repent’ and speak our Christian language only for financial or some other gain? Well, such behavior may give us a temporary false gain by using God for the wrong purposes. In fact, such folly will only backfire on us with some dire consequences (Romans 8:13).

Therefore, every truly born-again believer who has gone through the experience of repentance knows what the Lord expects of us (1 Peter 2:1-3; 1 John 3:9). This is where our relationship with the Risen Lord starts. In addition to pursuing a life of peace and upright living as the above Scripture declares, the Lord Jesus Christ called us to be His witnesses to the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20). As we know in today’s church environment, many Christians display their Christian ‘power’ and ‘authority’ by shielding themselves with lofty ministry titles. Church titles don’t win souls! If we use official church titles to impress and attract people to us, are we not sinning? Should we not be making followers of Christ rather than of us? (1 Corinthians 1:12).

Now many brethren in the Body of Christ are seeking after the official ministry titles, like apostles, prophets, pastors, evangelists, and teachers. In the past, we inquired of the Lord for some enthusiastic brethren who were eager to hear what their callings were. After hearing the Lord sending them to the streets to witness, many of them were disappointed, and like the rich young man whom the Lord called to humility (Matthew 19:16-22), they doubted the Lord’s message and clung to man’s approval of them. They thought the Lord would say ‘welcome apostle or prophet’; instead, they were encouraged to evangelize to the lost in the streets, to their colleagues at their workplaces, or at home to their family members. The Lord knows that some of those who desire the formal ministry titles desire power and status. We know John the Baptist came as a prophet but his prophetic message was testimony from our Heavenly Father to reveal our Lord Jesus Christ to the world (John 1:32-34). He started out his ministry preaching repentance (Matthew 3:2). This was repeated by Peter on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38), and subsequently the apostle Paul went through a similar experience; he repented and immediately started sharing his testimony (Acts 9:18-22).

What is Repentance?

There can be no salvation without repentance or being born again (John 3:3-8; Matthew 3:2; 4:17). Biblically, repentance means turning from sin to God (Deuteronomy 30:1-2; 2 Chronicles 6:26-27). In other words, once we have renounced our sins through confessing (acknowledging) our sins we have repented and we immediately receive God’s Holy Spirit as ‘down payment’ (Ephesians 1:13-14) and the adoption of sonship in Christ (Ephesians 1:5).

Sadly, there are many people who have faith in God and the redemptive work of Christ Jesus, but let me tell you: faith that does not involve repentance by living according to the Spirit (Galatians 5:16; 25) is not a reflection of true faith (Acts 20:21). Therefore, obedience to the Lord is required with a complete yielding and submission to God as we follow the conviction of the Holy Spirit to correct our hearts and attitudes (James 4:7; Acts 2:37).

In addition, the Bible says repentance involves a complete change of the heart, soul (mind, will, and emotions) abandoning of old ways (Ezekiel 11:18-20). It is more than just mere sorrow for sin; it is a total surrender to the Lord. True repentance as we noted above is acknowledging our sins as deserving God’s judgment and turning from that sin to ask the Lord’s forgiveness (1 Kings 8:47-50). If we are sorrowful for our sins and we ignore the conviction from the Holy Spirit to make right with the Lord, we act on self-pity. As the Word correctly declares, Godly sorrow leads to repentance and a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 7:9-10; Psalm 51:1-17). Our repentance is proven by the genuineness and our change of behavior (Luke 3:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV; 1 John 2:4-6).

I have come across a lot of people who expressed great sorrow for their sins. Some even quote this Scripture: “… God have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13-14 NIV), but sadly, they continue in their sins. How many of you reading here merely have sorrow for your sins but you never truly repent? Will, you only feel sorry for your sins and even confess them to others in self-pity, but not act by faith coming from the Holy Spirit’s conviction and repent? We know the consequences of sin bring about God’s judgments (Romans 6:23). Therefore, repent and follow the Lord in fearful obedience. Don’t give up on life and reject salvation! Remember, Christ is that life (John 14:6). Accept Him, see He is calling you to His love and rest (Matthew 11:28). For your assurance, I repeat what the Lord once told us: I will always love all people equally. Arise, don’t just sit there and say, "Yes, I know He loves me." Show Him love too by repenting of your sins and following Him in obedience (John 14:15).

We Must Be Committed and Faithful

In some of our experiences with the Lord, He revealed to us that there are countless Christians who will miss Heaven. He said those practicing deceitful living had shallow repentance, ready to turn to sin when the flesh and occasions demand. He attributes this to their willful disobedience to Him, by leading unholy lives (Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 7:13-14).

Let me share a brief testimony, a few years ago I witnessed the gospel to a young man who lives about a stone's throw from us. In response, he told me that he saved a copy of the ‘Sinner’s Prayer’ on his desktop, and every morning before starting work he would locate the sinners' prayer on his desktop and read it out loud to himself while ‘repenting’. Meanwhile, he continued living in sin with his girlfriend. No doubt, this is a trend in today’s society. While we must confess our wrongdoing to the Lord, repeating our wrong living is outright disobedience and a life of bondage. We cannot be content with such repentance, losing faithfulness and if that is YOU, my brother or sister, then you are playing with your salvation and not taking it seriously.

Kindly allow me to briefly share with you another testimony. We had people who left our fellowship and who could not endure the Lord’s corrections as He rebuked them for willful sinning (Hebrews 10:26). In sharp, but gentle warnings the Lord warned them that HELL is for sinners and disobedient Christians (John 3:36; Ezekiel 18:24). Previously we have shared on Sinning Deliberately, and you are welcome to read this article. Now, we know that the Lord does forgive us if we make mistakes. However, the above Scriptures also say that He will punish the wrongdoer for willful disobedience. In a rebuke to a young, nine-year-old girl in 2011, the Lord said that the girl loves sinning on purpose and then goes back to repent of her sins. This led the Lord to say, Many people say they have repented of their sins, but they repeat their sins without regard to My warnings.

As a further warning from the Lord, we share in part a rebuke below to a young man, and we pray that by sharing that you will learn, abstain from wrongdoing and live to please the Lord. Here is how the Lord rebuked Sam (not real name): My son Sam is worldly, and My son Sam is busy with wrong things. My son Sam is an unfair person and My son Sam loves lying. My son Sam loves making empty promises and My son Sam is lustful.

In the light of this rebuke from the Lord, how many of us can identify with some of the sins mentioned here? Do we think this person is walking Heaven-ready and being a born-again Christian? This message was given to Sam but serves as a warning to all of us too!

Brethren, in concluding this message, we encourage you to lead a repented life daily remembering that “…without holiness, no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

To start living a life of true repentance by honoring the Lord Jesus Christ through obedience, please start by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Your Brother in Christ,
Glenn van Rooyen.