Monday, July 25, 2022

Be Always Ready And Blameless To Enter Heaven

The Bible admonishes us to be blameless and spotless, stating: “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to have the Lord find you at peace and without spot or fault” (2 Peter 3:14). Furthermore, “He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:27).

Resist Sinful Appetites

Warning: Brethren, the Lord recently reminded us that Christians should be blameless to enter Heaven. Some might ask but we all sin and make mistakes daily. Point taken! The Lord means that we should have no sin yes. We are supposed to have no unconfessed sin in our lives. Equally, the Lord warned that those who sin deliberately will also not escape his Judgments because such a Christian is disobedient! Just this past Saturday morning (20 June 2020) the Lord said that unless He keeps us holy we will not be ready to enter His Kingdom and for that, we must continuously pray daily to remain and stay ready! (Luke 21:36).

Now, as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, we face daily struggles against sin and evil, which desire to make us gratify our fleshly appetites and stumble, rebelling against God (Hebrews 12:4). We call it a struggle because sin presents itself to us in many forms, overtly or covertly, and we are faced with the inevitable task of choosing either to yield to its demands or to steadfastly resist and continue in righteous living.

In previous articles, we repeatedly alluded to opportunities that Satan presents to Christians, making sin look natural and appealing, while at the same time deceiving us to do evil and disobey The Lord. While we are not encouraging any severe or harsh religious practices, a true mark of a truly born-again Christian is his daily victory against the demands of sin (1 John 5:3-5).

Similarly, we also mentioned that the worldly Christians are leading a compromised Christian life; such people live only to please themselves and others, and not Christ Jesus our blessed Lord (1 John 3:7-10; Philippians 2:21). This is how we can know that we are not fully committed to Christ: when we show bad fruit, including a wicked hateful attitude; when we have a constant appetite for worldly things and power; and when we concern ourselves more with things to please man rather than Christ. If we should test our conduct against this Scripture: “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:14-15), would we rate ourselves as blameless? Truthful living in Christ is real freedom from guilt.

If we are loaded with the Word of God and heed the warnings coming from the Holy Spirit, we would be discouraged from exercising wickedness (John 10:27). We sin in many ways: through our mouths (James 3:6; Psalm 34:13; Proverbs 10:19); sin is also seen by the condition of our hearts, which is laid bare through our attitudes (Matthew 12:34); and our motives are assessed by our conduct, which issues from our hearts. A healthy Christian attitude, however, issues forth love, obedience to Christ, and hate of evil (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Romans 12:9-21).

Wicked Christians

While the principle of “freedom” has been around since man’s presence in this world, this pursuit of freedom and rights has become more visible through legislative works by our governments. Increasingly, legislation in various parts of the world is being used to promote or defend behaviour that would have been regarded as shameful, detestable, or wicked in the past; turning sin into an acceptable way of life (Isaiah 5:20; 2 Timothy 3:1-5). The secret power of evil makes itself acceptable in human society through deceit, hinging on the principle of ‘freedom’ to corrupt and destroy values based on the Christian truth of peaceful co-existence (2 Thessalonians 2:7). When the church warns the world of the presence of Satan and evil (Revelation 2:9; Matthew 6:13), the secular ‘wise’ men and women repudiate this message as unscientific, outdated and dictating. Admittedly, modern legislation “frees” the conscience of man, and those who have an appetite for wickedness embrace it.

Furthermore, we do acknowledge the presence of evil in our world (1 John 5:19) and the institution of government which God uses to enforce rules to peaceful and just living in human society (Romans 13:1). However, through the collective interest of individuals with self-serving interest in our society, many governments are ‘forced’ to acknowledge the appetites of lobbying groups, leading to widespread acceptance of destructive behaviour, which ultimately eats away our conscience and our fear for God, and the end result is corruption.

People, I would like to boldly confess and declare that the only safe escape from evil is Christ Jesus! Wherefore let us pray for our countries and governments, and abide to the laws promoting equity, peaceful co-existence, and righteousness. However, let us also oppose laws that corrupt society and promote rebellion against God (Acts 5:29). Our Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ, is going to judge us based on our obedience to Him, not obedience to man (2 Corinthians 5:10).

As it is, countless Christians have accepted the worldly definition of liberty and adopted it as a standard in their relations with others. As a result, some Christians exhibit behaviour that is more widely accepted by the world (or “professional”) in their conduct with others, in the process muting true Christian character and not following the commands of the Lord to love (John 13:34) and be a light in the world (Matthew 5:14). Their primary focus is care for themselves and others in order to impress society, with half-devotion to Christ. Also, the appetite for material goods and services outweighs the need for holy and obedient living. So then, we must ask ourselves: on what or on whom is your primary focus? Is it on Christ and what pleases Him, or is it on your needs as emphasized by prosperity teachers and the world?

Judgment is Looming

I must remind you that Judgment is coming against those who practice evil and ignore the Gospel that truly sets us free from sinful corruption and God’s wrath (Romans 2:5-11; John 8:36). Let me remind you further: while love must be the one motivating us to good and peaceful behaviour, love can also be self-rewarding; we must also be driven by our fear and reverence for God our Creator (Hebrews 12:28). Like the Scripture says, riches, influence, friends and status will count nothing on the day of reckoning (Proverbs 11:4; Zephaniah 1:18).

Last week Monday, in a powerful vision, the Lord took Charis into a Heavenly Room as He entered into Judgment with each one of us in this ministry, including our children who have knowledge of right and wrong. This was a very serious discussion as she was allowed to hear the most common three (3) sins we each commit daily. After she shared with us, we shed tears and prayed in heartfelt repentance. If we in full-time service to God are judged often, how much more should those fear who are lukewarm and ungodly? (1 Peter 4:18).

I was also warned this past Saturday morning by the Lord in a dream when discouragement hardened my heart and led me to sin. I was awakened by my own voice and fear, in which I said, “God we are in the flames!” I got up and prayed confessing my sins, instead of allowing wickedness to overwhelm me and eat away at my faith and salvation. The Lord said that neither death nor His soon coming should find us with an unrepentant sinful heart (Revelation 2:10). This is evident by Charis’ rapture visions that we shared previously in July and August of this year.

In conclusion, this ministry has repeatedly warned people that Christ is coming and that He is near. We have been given no specific dates; however, let us live as if the Lord is coming today! (Revelation 3:11; 22:7, 12) The Lord has also recently given us, as a ministry and family, a great shake-up or awakening. Stay tuned and focused on Christ, and be always repentant and holy so that you may escape God’s judgments and be found worthy to enter heaven.

Are you living a blameless and holy life, walking in the fear of the Lord? Are you maintaining a repentant heart? If you desire a closer relationship with the Lord Jesus,  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.

Peace and Grace to You!

Brother Glenn.

Monday, July 11, 2022

God's Mercy

Brief note to our fellow brethren:

We solemnly bless the Lord for our faithful readers. These weekly articles we post here are not in vain and they are not teachings we make up or think up on our own, but the Lord Himself says what we must write about. We are therefore right in saying that these are the Lord’s teachings. The teachings are basic and unambiguous. Also, many people have developed the habit of trying to explain complex prophetic utterances, and this is creating a lot of confusion and false interpretations.

Having said this, the Lord says He wants us to learn and apply the things we understand while we focus on Him. We asked the Lord on many occasions to explain and teach us some of the end-time prophesies since many people are claiming to hear from Him on these subjects. He told us He did not send some of them, but they are driven by their own curiosity, which is the reason why many of them are giving false utterances. Furthermore, the Lord said that we should hope in His second coming, but we must take in every teaching that builds us up in Him, producing fruits of dedicated and faithful service to Him in preparation for His appearance. The Lord said, in His own words: “Concentrate on the things that you can easily apply in your life and produce fruits of obedience while witnessing, and I will reveal future things at the proper times.”

God is Merciful

Simply put, mercy may mean “an act of kindness, compassion or favor.”  In other words, Mercy is applied and manifested when we have committed an offence. This holy attribute resides with the God-head (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) (Deuteronomy 4:31). In expressing the greatness of God’s mercy, Paul wrote “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV).

This is the most striking demonstration of Divine mercy, God’s great act of salvation in saving us as sinners from the just consequences of our sins and giving us forgiveness and eternal life (Romans 2:4; Titus 3:4-5; 1 Peter 2:3; Isaiah 63:9). Let me put it this way, NO RELIGION, NO MATTER HOW LOFTY AND WELL DEFINED ITS TEACHINGS MAY BE, COULD SUPERSEDE OR REPLACE THIS MERCIFUL REDEMPTIVE WORK OF CHRIST JESUS AND GOD’S ULTIMATE DEMONSTRATION OF HIS MATCHLESS KINDNESS TO THE HUMAN RACE.  We must not take this great mercy lightly (Romans 2:4).

When God bestowed this great mercy upon mankind, the angels of God rejoiced and praised Him for the grace He showed to us (Luke 2:8-14). Our Lord Himself repeatedly referred to this great mercy saying, "... No-one is good- except God alone” (Mark 10:18 NIV) and “I am the living bread that came down from Heaven…” (John 6:51 NIV). Beloved, prior to the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ and the demonstration of God’s Mercy, the reality that humanity was subjected to is best described in Romans 2:12-16. In this portion of Scripture, the reality of future judgement is partially revealed, showing us just how much kindness God extended to us.

Furthermore, in the rituals of the Old Testament, the sinners were dependent entirely on God’s mercy for their acceptance of God. It was God’s mercy, not their own religious acts, which saved them. In addition, God’s throne was called the Mercy Seat; it was the place where God symbolically sat and where He mercifully accepted sinners into His Presence (Exodus 25:21-22; Hebrews 4:16). Also, the Lord told me that many people think they are doing Him a favor by serving Him. Some, He says, are serving Him just for what they could get from Him while showing no love and obedience to Him. The Lord further said He provided His mercies for our salvation and rewards our obedience by answering our prayers and providing for our needs and in the correct quantities (Deuteronomy 28:2-14; Exodus 16:18).

Be Merciful

As children of God, we are commanded to be merciful and compassionate (Luke 6:36; 10: 36-37; Colossians 3:12, 1 Peter 2:10). By being merciful, we are demonstrating who is alive within us (1 John 4:4) and that His mercy is flowing through us into others. The Lord Jesus’ parables and teachings should serve as a constant reminder that God takes notice of the way we treat others (Matthew 5:7; 25:34-40). The Lord fully possessed the apostle Paul and all the apostles and the fruit of His will was evident in their lives, and they no longer lived for themselves but for the good of all mankind (Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 4:9-13). As it is, when we have allowed God to work His mercy through us, we show no personal interest in our own needs or ambitions, for the Lord takes care of these.

The Power of God’s Mercy

As a sinner, I was exposed to many dangers that could have ended my life and HELL would have been my destiny. Not that we are looking for people’s sympathy; God is the one we want to be seen glorifying for He alone is Mercy. Earlier in my life, I was run over by a big truck, but miraculously I sustained no permanent injuries and I escaped with my life; this is the sole truth. Another time, I was dosed with paraffin while asleep; I was healed of this.  I also escaped and survived knife battles. I could have been brain damaged when a huge pole fell right on my head; it left me completely dizzy and confused and lame in my feet as I could not walk. I was never treated in a hospital in all of the above cases, even though some people insisted to it.  God has demonstrated great patience and mercy to me. I give very great praise, Glory and honor to the Lord for His ultimate love and kindness to me. This I mentioned with a strong conviction. This is not a show of me; surely I am absolutely nothing! I am telling of God’s mercy.

In conclusion, I would like to share a short vision showing God’s mercy to my daughter Charis these past few weeks. The devil took full advantage of her condition. Charis is suffering from seasonal allergies. She experiences blocked nose and sneezing, etc. The last three weeks were a battle as she had breathing difficulties. She would feel as if something was sitting on her chest blocking the air and making it impossible for her to breathe. She would often scream for help with no sound, and the moment she receives relief she would pray. This past Friday she was again severely attacked and she almost died, but God had mercy on her and granted her just enough grace to pray by faith as she lay helpless, but still resisting the devil (James 4:7; Ephesians 6:16).

Yesterday morning (February 23, 2014) the Lord sent an angel who reported to Charis: “The devil wanted to end your life, but because you had strong faith and prayed, God showed His mercy to you and spared your life”. Let us therefore be merciful as our Heavenly Father has been merciful to us.

Blessed and Gracious Mercy to You in Jesus' Name,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Christian Warfare

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Greetings and Love

While it is the tradition around the world to extend New Year greetings, we would like to extend "Grace, love and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 1:2). While worldly people "wish" us a happy New Year which is not based on faith, the Christian gives love with a spirit of faith and a prayer of care.

Our prayer to you therefore is this: May the fear of The Lord and His inexhaustible caring love immerse you in His truth. May the strength of His salvation carry you, and may His peace be your security. May The Lord grant you a deeper discernment and conviction by His Holy Spirit, allowing you to walk wisely and truthfully with Him. Be renewed in your commitment to Him, holding on faithfully to your new life and not be shaken or moved in your faith. May the Lord humble you in the attitude of your heart so that you may bear testimony of His love in you as a light to the world in Jesus name. AMEN!

Warfare is Waged in Obedience to The Holy Spirit

This morning, the Lord said we should write an article about warfare as a reminder that this is an activity that we must engage in daily. This is not an ideology as the world perceives it, but an ultimate reality based on faith and the evidence provided by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14). When warfare is by faith it is unseen, for faith is the evidence of our confidence in the testimony of the Scriptures (Hebrews 11:1; 2 Corinthians 5:7).

Therefore, warfare is a spiritual activity waged by faith; as it is, we employ the evidence and promises of the Scriptures to strengthen us in obedience to God against spiritual forces. We wage warfare to subdue the appetites of the flesh in obedience to the conviction coming from the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16-17). Like we mentioned in the Deliverance Through Jesus Christ - Part 1 and Deliverance Through Jesus Christ - Part II articles, demon spirits work the appetites of sinful and rebellious behaviour against God. So then as Peter put it, Beloved, I implore you as aliens and strangers and exiles [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges (the evil desires, the passions of the flesh, your lower nature) that wage war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11 AMP).

In the Bible, we are taught that our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of darkness: For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 NLT). If warfare is against evil forces in the unseen world, then one of our weapons must be faith, because faith operates on the principle of believing and trusting in God’s faithfulness, rather than trusting in what we see or have (2 Corinthians 5:7). Remember, the evidence of our faith is proven through God’s faithfulness to deliver on His promises. Also, the unseen work of the Holy Spirit in a believer is produced by faith, resulting in a conviction that brings about a God-pleasing behaviour, which is obedience.

King Saul, son of Kish, was given an evil spirit to torment him, due to his disobedience to God (1 Samuel 16:14).  Saul tried to overcome his evil spirit by listening to David's worship (1 Samuel 16:23). The evil spirit would leave but the Bible mentions twice that as David was playing the lyre, the evil spirit came on Saul and he disobeyed and displayed bad fruit by acting violently towards David (1 Samuel 18:10-11; 1 Samuel 19:9-10). King Saul submitted to the will of the enemy instead of the will of God.

Furthermore, in his warfare against Satan, the apostle Paul mentioned that he had a thorn in his flesh (2 Corinthians 12:7).  This was a spiritual war against the spirit of pride and self-worth; his thorn was not some physical ailment as we are taught.  Paul did not attempt to fight the demon or messenger of Satan himself; he used his faith and dependence in Christ through prayer to seek deliverance (2 Corinthians 12:8)Therefore, the messenger sent from Satan to attack Paul served to Paul's submission to God by inflicting a spiritual ailment so that he could walk humbly and in obedience to God; His dependence on God was evident through his human weakness  (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

As it is, this experience allowed the Apostle Paul to submit himself to the grace and forgiving power of Christ. Likewise, as a family and ministry, we have been given a unique experience with God, and His rebukes expose our weaknesses so that we do not look down on others boastfully, but that we make Him our dependence.

Weapons of Our Warfare

Many ‘formulas’ on warfare have been suggested, both Scriptural and unscriptural. Let me add this point, it does not matter how well you apply any teaching on warfare; the evidence is seen through the fruits of our faith which is obedience (Galatians 5:22-23). Therefore, the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives is evidence of our obedience to Christ. This would mean that we have subdued the flesh, submitted ourselves completely to His control and gained victory against the flesh through the fruit of the spirit (Ephesians 5:8-14). When reading Galatians 5 and Ephesians 6, we can clearly see that the weapons point to the type of lifestyle we should strive to live. The key is obedience against the works of the flesh. 

Warfare is waged through prayer for the deliverance of someone through intense intercessory prayers (Colossians 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:1-4)Rebuking evil spirits is exercising our authority, which we were given by the Lord over the enemy (Luke 10:19).  The faithful believers have authority, while unfaithful and disobedient Christians are recognized by demons and lack authority.  The seven sons of Sceva serve as an example to the disobedient Christians: they were overpowered by an evil spirit (demon) and thoroughly beaten because of their lack of faith and authority, which can only be obtained by submisison and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 19:11-20).
Brethren, no revelation no matter how powerful, is more potent than obedience and humility that comes through the cross (Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 7:24-27). This portion of Scripture gives us the evidence of a life yielded to God’s control.

In many instances we are given well-defined and practiced formula on warfare to follow, like I said elsewhere, but did this formula produce the evidence of obedience seen through the fruit of holiness? (Galatians 5:22-23; John 15:5-6). The scars inflicted upon us as a result of our warfare is obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians 4:8-12). Therefore, it does not matter how well-defined our teaching is on warfare; give us the evidence of the cross which is obedience, submission and fruit of the Holy Spirit. In addition, the Spirit of God gives us victory against the cravings of the flesh, resulting in obedience to God (Matthew 4:1-11).

Finally, the weapons of our warfare are well presented in Ephesians 6:10-18. These weapons are fruits of obedience and a surrendered life to Christ Jesus. This results in the destruction of our own thoughts and opinions. Knowing that the devil entices us to act disobediently against God (Genesis 3:4-7), we are acting in obedience to God by employing these weapons . An outside bodily experience of warfare is unscriptural, demonic and not based on faith. If God so ordained it then we would all have to engage spiritual warfare outside the body, without the shield of faith for this must be employed ‘in every situation’ (Ephesians 6: 16).

In closing, we build ourselves up through prayer in the Holy Spirit, fuelled by His conviction, resulting in faith being released through works of obedience in Christ Jesus (James 2:14-26; Jude 1:20; John 16:8). If we have conviction from the Holy Spirit, we move towards obedience in God resulting in the conflict or warfare we have against the cravings of the flesh (Galatians 5:17).  Warfare is therefore a spiritual war against the cravings of the flesh and the temptations of the devil (Genesis 3:4-7); this is exercised by faith.

Do you desire victory in Christian warfare?  Have you been disodient, lacking faith and not bearing good fruit?  Here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started in victory through a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Be blessed in Christ Jesus’ truth!
Brother Glenn.