Monday, June 28, 2021

Godly Love Gone Cold

  Innocent But Untested Love

“Because of the spread of wickedness, the love of most men will grow cold, though the man who holds out to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:12 Phillips). 

 A few good years ago, the Lord Jesus Christ assigned two young boys the tasks of witnessing and prophesying. As a ministry, we can attest to their faithfulness in prayer while we observed the manifestations of the true fruits of the Holy Spirit in their lives (Galatians 5:22-23) Like the apostles, it was a joy for them to suffer ridicule and persecutions for the Lord (Acts 5:41). As it was, their zeal and commitment to daily Bible reading and their spirited prayer live invited the Presence of God in their gatherings.  Furthermore, the boy’s innocence and appetite for God served as an inspiration for many people who had doubts and were afflicted with sin. We can further attest that many people turned to the Lord in great conviction because of the testimony of these lads. In fact, they outsmarted their peers with regard to their faith and love for God. 

Burdensome Love 

However, as the boys got exposed to friends via social media they started embracing and following worldly ways and they loved the attention of the opposite sex and this was the beginning of them spiralling towards a downward trajectory spiritually. Observingly, the lads lost their innocence (Genesis 3:7), and the early morning prayers became a burden to them and their conversation became salted with worldliness as their appetite for other things grew (Numbers 11:4).  Additionally, the spirit of rebelliousness towards their parents took a violent turn and the usual ‘clever’ reasoning to hide their wrongdoing became their defense (Numbers 16:1-4). As they are being rebuked in the name of the Lord in a spirit of love, their line of reasoning against their parents became, ‘as long as the Lord loves me’. By taking this dangerous turn, the Holy Spirit departed from them, their prophesying ceased (Judges 16:20) and the boy’s started growing bad fruits (Samuel 16:14-16; Matthew 7:16). 

Active Love

Now, to the Lord be the glory, praise and thanksgiving, belongs to Him only! For He alone is Holy and every high tree He will bring down (Isaiah 10:33) and God Almighty is NO respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).  Being Passionate Towards God Finally, beloved brethren in the Lord if we can identify with this, we still have grace this side of the grave to make right and seek the face of the Lord, keeping in mind that the Lord said, “only those who endure till the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13 NIV). As people, we grew weary, discouraged and we allow the things of this world to ‘choke’ the Word of God out of us and leaving us as prey to the devil and so causing us to re-crucify the Son of God (Hebrews 6:6). 

We thus encourage you to stem out the coldness from your heart and grow closer to God through fervent prayers driven by a passionate love for God (Daniel 6:10-28). It is not difficult to determine our love for the Lord, and we know words conceals our real actions (Matthew 15:8), instead, it is those whose spend most of their time in God’s Presence and the JOY will NOT FADE nor the fragrance of the fruits. “So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. A tree so planted will not fear when heat comes, it will not experience damage from the blazing heats of summer, its leaf remains green, and it will yield fruit in season” (Isaiah 61:3). Thus, our salvation starts by loving God, let us learn to love God and He will honor us, prune us and make us fruitful (Daniel 10:11; John 15:8). In conclusion, the love our Lord Jesus showed to the Father was so intense the Bible says our Lord spend nights out alone with God, what a Glories Presence to indwell (Luke 6:12). Equally, we also read how Moses spent 40 days with God and being filled with God’s glory (Exodus 24:18) while we struggle to spend a few minutes in God’s Presence in prayer. 

Blessed Grace 

Brother Glenn

Monday, June 21, 2021

How To Know If You Are Troubled By Demons

Being Delivered From Demons

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10-13 NIV).

Being in the ministry is a calling from God and a privilege and a minister of the gospel has to be equipped spiritually to deal with demons daily as the scripture above suggests. As it is, we are engaged continuously against demons on a daily struggle (1 Peter 5:8-9), but if we resist him firmly in the faith he will step aside for a moment but he will be back when a conducive opportunity arises again (Luke 4:13). As we can see from this preceding scripture, our enemy does not give up, in fact, he has an obsessive appetite like someone who has an addiction problem. In other words, the devil’s appetite to destroy is never quenched (John 10:10), that is why our Lord Jesus Christ came and died on the cross and descended to hell to disarm the enemy of our souls (1 John 3:8; Colossians 2:15) and He gave us authority to stand up against the devil and his demons (Luke 10:19).   

Can We Be Completely Free Of Demons?

As humans, we are born with a sinful nature or rebellious nature against God’s righteous law (Romans 7:18-20). Furthermore, and in other words, as the above scripture, suggest the evil living in us through demonic strength desires to control us (Ephesians 2:2) so that we live to please the flesh or sinful nature in all kinds of uncontrolled indulgences. Now, since we are born into sin and are sinners (Romans 3:10-12) by nature we are NOT completely free from demonic influences since the evil in us is being controlled by the evil one (1 John 3:8; Ephesians 2:2) as far as we allow it to be controlled by the evil in us.

What we mean is this, when we have a continuous desire or craving for something we are being controlled by some demon that causes us to have a lust for more (1 John 2:15-17) as opposed to being content with what we have (Philippians 4:11-13). The truth is, anything that we desire continuously beyond what we really need has its roots in demons and as such the spirit or fruit of self-control is not present (2 Peter 1:5-8). 

How Do We Overcome The Devil Daily?

Being sinful as we are, we have already added our testimony on this website in which we testified how the Lord Jesus Christ rebuked us for our wrongs when we sinned and after repenting the Lord would forgive us (1 John 1:9). Thus in this regard, the rebuke of the Lord discouraged us from being habitual in our wrong behavior and so we avoided being controlled by sin and the devil (Ephesians 2:2). Now! So how do we avoid being used and controlled by the devil? By being about our Father’s business [witnessing] (Luke 2:49). As it is, by this the Lord means we must exercise our faith, and that way we become the devil’s target. We thus need to walk in humility (not shyness) and not being conceited (Romans 12:16). Also, we need to be watchful and pray daily (Luke 21:36). We are to avoid the excesses of worldliness for being worldly makes us useful to the devil, a friend to the world, and that way we gain demons of lust and all kinds of evil desires and appetites (1 John 2:15; 1 Timothy 6:10).  In addition, being disobedient to God and parents branches from demonic rebelliousness. This reminds me of a stunning rebuke the Lord gave a brother in this ministry who refused to obey the Lord (1 Samuel 15:23).

In conclusion, if we have unconfessed sin in our lives, and if we are still living in sin and being disobedient the presence of demons will be there (Proverbs 6:12) and we will be troubled by them (1 Samuel 6:14-23).

 

Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn

Monday, June 14, 2021

The Word of God, Our Daily Bread

Living In The Word

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my wordshall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

Dear brothers and sisters, it has been said many times in this ministry and in most articles on this website that Reading the Word of God is very important, and in this article, we would like to elaborate on some of the reasons why it is so important to stay in the Word. 

Simply stated, the Holy Bible is like food for the soul and the soul needs good spiritual food in order for it to grow in faith, obedience and as a defense against demonic attacks (Matthew 4:4), if we do not feed our soul with the good nutritious spiritual food we will not grow very well in our faith and our relationship with the Lord. As it is, some people spend a lot of time and money looking after the physical being which is temporary, and neglect the spirit and the soul which will live for eternity. Don’t get us wrong there is nothing wrong with looking after your physical being but we also need to nourish and feed our spiritual being as well, even more so than the physical (Luke 12:23).

In the Gospel of John the Lord Jesus declared, “Jesus answered and said unto her, whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13 KJV).


Now, what is our Lord Jesus talking about here? Of course, the Lord is referring to the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39). He has been and is still giving the Holy Spirit to all believers as God’s first ‘down payment’ for our guaranteed (should we endure) salvation (1 Corinthians 1:21-22). Furthermore, we know that the Precious Spirit of the Lord works on our knowledge of God’s Word (Romans 10:17) to produce faith and fruit in our lives (John 15:4) to reproduce works of obedience.

Reading The Word of God

Brethren, this fact cannot be over-emphasized that we spend time in the Word of God daily because our salvation depends on this act of obedience, and by so doing; it keeps the Lord very close to us and our needs. In Malachi 3:16-17, we read, “Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him”.

And again in Revelations 1:3 we read “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand”.

We believe that this preceding scripture is not just talking about reading the book of Revelations but also the reading of the entire Bible on a daily basis and by doing that we will be blessed with knowledge, wisdom, prophecy, healing, faith and so many more great blessings. As we know, everything we need to know to work out our salvation with the Lord is in His Word.

Finally, as humble servants of the Lord, let us follow the Bible instructions in our walk with the Lord and He is faithful will impart Wisdom, knowledge, and His fear in our lives. By being exposed to the Scriptures daily, the Lord will reveal many things that are hidden in the scriptures which we can apply to our daily lives and which are profitable in any situation we may face. The Bible has the layers of the past, present, and future written into it so there is a prophecy that is yet to happen even in the old testament.

By being closer to God we will be able to “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7KJV).

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

Blessed Peace,
Written By Brother Andrew Tyler-Whiteman and reviewed by Brother Glenn

Monday, June 7, 2021

True Repentance

Repent and Be a Witness Of Christ


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 a 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.