Monday, September 26, 2022

The Destructive Spirit of Anger

“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil” (Psalm 37:8 NIV).

“But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips” (Colossians 3:8).

NOTICE: Our next article will be available tomorrow (04/10/2022).

Have you been angry with someone or over something? Are you struggling to overcome anger and be set free to forgive?  This past week, the Lord reminded me almost on a daily bases to write an article on the spirit of anger. This is a very important subject that is often overlooked from the pulpit. At one time or another in our lives, we have all been victims of anger, be it from our parents, relatives, peers or people we came across (while driving, for example). The emotional scars left by anger often last a lifetime. While it is true that we are often troubled by such memories, the Scriptures urge us to “… not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old” (Isaiah 43:18 HCSB).

Our article is not a complete study on anger; instead we seek to draw Biblical attention on how this emotion affects our relationship with God and prevents us from living the holy life that God expects of us (James 1:19-20 NIV). While on some occasions it might be acceptable to be angry, for example about social injustices or oppression directed at the weak and helpless, such as children (Mark 10:14), we must be very careful not to sin in whatever actions we choose to take and the words we use, since the Bible clearly warns us, "Be angry, and do not sin..." (Psalm 4:4 NKJV).

Sources of Anger

Anger is mainly caused either by activities outside our control, or as a result of our own actions, emotions and insecurities (Genesis 27:41; Genesis 31:36). Below we discuss only some of the main sources of anger. We need to stress that whatever level of anger there is, it unsettles relations. Just like laughter, anger is an emotion we all possess, and how we expresses it depends on the forces of restraint within us. These forces may be based on our level of respect or dislike towards the person whom we are directing our anger. We often show a strong and unrestrained anger if we harbor grudges or have hatred for someone (Genesis 34:25-27; 37:4; 2 Samuel 13:22, 29).

In emphasis, the Lord told us that the greatest source of anger is a loveless heart, and someone who does not have love has hatred; where hatred breeds, there is no peace (1 John 4:20). Therefore, the ‘happiness’ or satisfaction that an angry person receives is the hurt he or she inflicts onto his victim. A few months ago, I was directed by the Lord in a message to observe how impatience and complaining (Numbers 14:2-3) resulted in someone hurling insults and offensive remarks, climaxing into raging anger. The Lord further showed me that by the time a person resorts to insults, hatred has already made its appearance and possessed his or her heart. Consequently, love is subdued because we have allowed evil to overcome us (Romans 12:21; Luke 13:14).

In addition, another motivating factor for anger is greed. In the Bible, we see how Ahab was driven by selfishness and greed, and caused the death of Naboth, in order to lay his hands on Naboth’s well-groomed vineyard (1 Kings 21:1-16). It might be prudent to recall as well how King David’s lust resulted in the murder of Uriah (2 Samuel 11:1-15). King Asa's pride and lack of humility to repent from his sin of trusting in man instead of God led him to throw prophet Hanani in prison and also mistreat his own people (2 Chronicles 16:10).

Another source of anger is jealousy. We witness in the Bible how Cain made poor choices, disobeyed God and ended up murdering his brother, Abel, in a jealous rage (Genesis 4:8). We are warned not to allow the bad fruit of the sinful nature to rule our relationship with God and others (Galatians 5:19-20).

In the light of all these divisive vices, I have personally witnessed how friends and family relationships were destroyed leading to an almost chain reaction of re-occurrence in the lives of the victims. Anger simply breeds more anger and may lead to revenge, and if we allow anger to dominate and control us, the reward is self-destruction, self-pity and alienation (Proverbs 22:24-25).

Christians Hating One Another

There is a perceived hatred of one another in Christendom, which can be attributed partly to divisions in the body and some other factors. Some of the main causes of this include insubordination to church leadership, refusal to heed correction, ignorance of the Scriptures, bias, and lack of love. Brethren, while it is true that the Lord is forgiving and full of love, He is deeply hurt when we sin purposely. This can be likened to a husband or wife who deliberately commits adultery to hurt the other person. The Lord requires us to be faithful, pure, and holy (1 Peter 1:16; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-9). When you hurt our fellow brethren in Christ and call them names, you only heap judgment on yourself! I beseech you in Jesus name, please stop hating and hurting your brothers and sisters in Christ! The Lord's coming is very NEAR, and He has told us this several times. The signs of the times, as well as fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, testify to this fact. So, please repent from your hateful and unforgiving feelings before it's too late! "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts" (Psalm 95:7-8; Hebrews 3:7-8,15; 4:7).

In our personal experiences with the Lord, He warned many of us against the destructiveness of anger. Many of my fellow brethren and I were cautioned by the Lord for rebuking others angrily. The Lord said that such a rebuke meted out in anger is not based on true motives, but ill feelings of anger and revenge. Therefore, correction to our children or others is best meted out and appreciated when we respond in a spirit of love and peace. The Lord warns Christians to be careful with their words to their fellow brethren (Matthew 5:22; 1 Peter 3:15; Matthew 12:36-37). He says we are not called to scatter, but to build and gather with Him (Matthew 12:30). As we mentioned in the Harmful Words and Vision of Two Raptures article, being loud when talking or rebuking can come across as offensive and rude (Proverbs 10:19; Proverbs 15:1).

Some Christians have a refined but evil way of telling others off in arrogance and with a hateful spirit if they are being corrected. Their hateful feelings are clearly manifested when they try by all means to dissociate themselves from those who corrected them. Admittedly, we might have differences in the application of certain Scriptures; however, our response must be in love, prayer, and forgiveness. It is common practice among Christians today to ignore, dislike and avoid those who differ from them or who don’t attend their church. The truth is, we show no love to one another simply because we don’t attend or belong to the same church organization; that is hypocrisy, since we are members of the same BODY. Therefore, love should be shown and given indiscriminately to all including our enemies (Romans 12:4-5), for in Christ we are unified in love (Ephesians 4:5)!

As we mentioned above, every negative vice finds its climax in anger. Through our work in the ministry, we often found ourselves at the receiving end of bitter and vitriolic bursts of anger from people who are self-righteous and who despise correction. In some of these experiences, when I responded kindly and in a gentle spirit I would receive grace from the Lord with Him personally rebuking and punishing those who offended me, but if I retaliated trying to defend myself the Lord would not be pleased with me instead giving me a rebuke for my irreverence (Romans 12:19).

God’s Righteous Anger

The Lord's anger is righteous and it comes controlled devoid of malice (1 Kings 21:29). He measures punishment equal or equivalent to the offence, and it is always with a spirit of mercy (Hebrews 8:12; Micah 7:19). The Lord is angry when we sin against Him and don't trust in His deliverance (Psalm 78:17-31). He was angry and wanted to destroy Aaron and the children of Israel when they worshiped the golden calf, but when Moses interceded for them, He relented (Exodus 32:7-14; Deuteronomy 9:19-20). The Lord was angry with the Israelites when they complained in their tents against the Lord, not trusting Him to fight for them in their journey to the promised land, even though He had helped them and performed great signs and wonders in Egypt (Deuteronomy 1:26-36). They were not walking by faith, but by sight (Hebrews 11:6). We provoke God to anger when refuse to turn from our evil ways, fail to follow His commandments, choose to live worldly, or leave Him to serve idols (2 Kings 17:16-18; Deuteronomy 9:16; 1 Kings 11:9). We can all escape God’s wrath by believing in and following Jesus Christ, for the Word says “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).

Just like King Asa, King Uzziah was angry because of pride, and he was unfaithful to the Lord. He forcefully entered the temple to burn incense to the Lord, even after he was warned by the priests. He became angry and he was subsequently punished by the Lord: “Then Uzziah became furious; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the incense altar” (2 Chronicles 26:19).

How to Control and Overcome Anger

Rightfully, there is simply no one way to control the spirit of anger in us. We must employ all available Biblical mechanisms. Provocation leads to anger, but if we answer gently and wisely we would avoid quarrels (Proverbs 15:1). There are factors within us and on the outside that might help us control anger.

On the inside we control and overcome the spirit of anger through love, forgiveness, kindness, gentleness, patience, self-control and humility to mention but a few (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). In contrast, we fuel anger through, lusts, greed, jealousy, pride, unforgiveness, hatred and a loveless heart (Galatians 5:19-21). Let me reiterate that an unforgiving person has no peace, and anger rules that person’s spirit. We have peace when we forgive (Ephesians 4:32). We mention "loveless heart" because the Lord mentioned this in a stunning rebuke to someone; the Lord said that person had no love in him; instead, he allowed an evil hatred to take root and to control him. Brethren, if there is anyone of you who struggles to love our Lord Jesus and others around you (Matthew 22:36-40), I strongly encourage you to STUDY your BIBLE, pray often daily, spending time in the Lord's Presence, and He will make a spirit of love grow within you, for He is love (1 John 4:8). However, you must have faith and a burning desire for this precious fruit (Romans 5:5; John 14:14).

On the outside we may control anger through silence (1 Peter 2:23). Being loud-mouthed invites trouble; we must control our mouths to experience peace as opposed to stirring anger (James 1:26). We invite trouble when we gossip and live disobediently to the Lord’s teachings. When we spend our time excessively away from the Lord (television, movies, gaming, etc.) and dwell elsewhere in worldliness and pleasures, we build up anger and become targets of Satan, who is ready to deposit evil and hatred (1 Peter 5:8). Diplomatically, anger is also diffused when warring parties respect the mediating role of a facilitator who proved trustworthy; Christ is that mediator. Some people may need to fast and pray for deliverance from the spirit of anger (Matthew 17:21).

Let us trust in God's grace to deliver us from His coming wrath. Salvation is priceless through the blood of Christ, so let anger not hinder us entering into God’s rest (Hebrews 4:3). As children of God, we are called to be peacemakers so that we may rest in the Lord daily (Matthew 5:9). “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:11). Remember, anger leads to irresponsible action into a punishable offense. “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry…” (Ephesians 4:26). To overcome anger, the Scriptural wisdom on overcoming anxiety and having peace equally applies: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

Finally, the Bible teaches us that "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV). And "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). So, if you have been walking in complaints and anger, being a troubled soul engaging in contentions, you surely have no love but have a spirit of hatred. If you  have such hateful feelings as evident through fighting, jealousy, fits of anger, etc., please repent earnestly and without delay, forgive those who hurt you (Matthew 6:15; Matthew 18:21-22; Mark 11:26 NKJV), and choose to walk in Christ's perfect love which casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, please get started by praying this suggested Prayer of Sincere Repentance.

For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Grace to You in Abundance,
Brother Glenn 

Monday, September 19, 2022

Watch Out And Pray!

Attack From The Enemy

“While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

Urgent Prayer Request 

Presently our Country, South Africa is facing crippling blackouts! Our electricity problem is so severe we only have power for about 6 hours during the day. The situation is very bad, so we need to join hands and pray for our country.  The Lord said that cursing or condemning our leaders will not bring about His solution but His wrath (Romans 13:2; 1 Timothy 2:2). Angry and frustrated as we may become, as Christians we have a duty to pray, intercede and stand in the gap for our Land and fellow men (Ezekiel 22:30; Genesis 18:32). Let us, therefore, leave Church and denominational issues aside and unite through God's Spirit and pray persistently for the problems of our Land. By being persistent in prayer we simply mean that we should pray daily for the problems of our Land and our leaders. 

In addition, Brethren the Lord has revealed that as we get closer to the Rapture and His Second Coming, this will get worse in the world. The Lord repeated this to me, saying, "wars are decreed until the end and it will multiply in intensity and the world will be struck with various kinds of natural disasters in various countries" (Luke 21:9-11). I repeat as I mentioned in my previous article, 'Mark of the Beast III', the next order or the new world order will lead many people and companies into bankruptcy, and poverty, and I heard the Lord say, many Christians who love the things of the world will doubt Him and abandon their faith. This is something the Lord clearly revealed to me, there will be a mass departure from the faith, but only those who endure until the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13; 2 Timothy 2:1-3). 

Things To Come

It must be added though that the economic cost of this pandemic will be felt for years to come and many people will not take heed and forget about the virus as being a warning from God and will continue in their sins. The Bible says, “When you see trouble coming, don't be stupid and walk right into it--be smart and hide” (Proverbs 22:3 CEV). Beloved brethren and those who follow the Lord from a distance, commit your ways to the Lord (Ephesians 2:10;  Psalm 37:5) and use this opportunity of lockdown(s) wisely to move closer to God. Mark my words, in the months, to come there will be job losses, starvation crippling strikes all over. While there will be some temporary relief and it will appear as if life has returned to ‘normal’, we will enter into another disastrous phase! We will discuss this in some future articles. Please do not be deceived into thinking things will be the same or even better after the outbreak of this virus!

The Lord has decreed judgment for the world and the end-times signs (Revelations 17:1) of God will only increase in intensity (Romans 9:28; Isaiah 24:3). Now as the Lord permits we will write more on some of these things in detail. Additionally, some world leaders will come and promise that better days have arrived but be warned! No person can guarantee us the day for tomorrow only the Lord can (Matthew 6:34).

Finally, in this short article, we encourage you to follow and serve the Lord Jesus Christ daily and faithfully. Please refrain from having grudges and walking in unforgiveness against others! Walk in forgiveness, love, and be at peace with others (Romans 14:19; James 3:18). Endure hardship and stop complaining (as we know the Lord is not pleased with Christians who complain bitterly), but seek encouragement from the Lord, the Holy Spirit and even from the brethren close to you. Also, repent your sins as often as you get an opportunity and not just when you have a quiet prayer for the Lord will come SUDDENLY and destruction will follow (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

If you would like to receive God's forgiveness and be set free from the guilt of sin and be born again please pray using this suggested prayer, our  Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Peace
Brother Glenn

Monday, September 12, 2022

Being Truly Repented

Repent and Be a Witness

Every truly born-again believer has gone through the experience of repentance, which is when we make our confession of faith and commit to following the Lord's teachings. This is where our relationship with the Risen Christ starts. Before you decide not to read further, please wait! The Lord has intended to use this message to help you in your own witnessing ministry. You heard me correctly: after your repentance, the Lord Jesus Christ called you to be His witness to the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20). While many brethren in the Body of Christ aspire for the official ministry titles, there are also others who want the ministry titles to show power and status. At the same time, only a few have no other desire except to please the Lord through obedience and soul-winning.

As we know, John the Baptist came as a witness from our Heavenly Father so as 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 the apostle Paul went through a similar experience; he repented and was Baptized (Acts 9:18-22). Paul could not have been baptized without repenting first. Even though Luke does not mention repentance in this account, it was common practice among the brethren to preach repentance and encourage baptism as a sign of repentance (Matthew 3:11).

What is Repentance?

Some weeks ago, the Lord had us write an article on Salvation. As it is, 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). Once we have renounced our sins through repentance, we sustain our salvation through our obedience to the Lord (Philippians 2:12-13). 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 is not true faith (Acts 20:21). That is most definitely not a faith that leads to salvation (Romans 3:22-25; Ephesians 2:8). This is the kind of faith the world has: historical knowledge about the work of salvation through our Lord Jesus, but no fruit of repentance which is obedience. Knowledge or belief alone is not sufficient, as the Bible says: "You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!" (James 2:19 NKJV) Therefore, obedience to the Lord is yielding to the conviction of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:37).

The Bible says repentance involves a complete change in the heart, soul (mind, will, and emotions), and spirit of a believer (Ezekiel 11:18-20). It is more than just mere sorrow for sin; it is a total surrender to the Lord. True repentance is acknowledging our sins as deserving God’s judgment and turning from that sin to ask for the Lord’s forgiveness (1 Kings 8:47-50). If we feel sorrow for our sins and ignore the Lord, we act on self-pity. It is written, that Godly sorrow leads to repentance and a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 7:9-10; Psalm 51:1-17). Our repentance proves its genuineness in a complete change of behavior (Luke 3:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 2:4-6).

In my daily witnessing, I have come across a lot of people who express great sorrow for their sins. Some even use this Scripture: “… God have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13-14 NIV), but they continue in their sin. This tax collector in the above Scripture repented unto obedience. How many of us reading here have sorrow for our sins but never 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 brings about God’s judgments (Romans 6:23). This message of repentance is for today, so come to the Lord today! Repent and follow the Lord in fearful obedience. Don’t give up on life; Christ is that life (John 14:6).  Accept Him, see He is calling you to Him in love (Matthew 11:28). Let me repeat what the Lord once told us: He said, “I will always love all people equally”. I, therefore, encourage you: don’t just sit there and say, "yes 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

The Lord told us that there are countless Christians who will miss Heaven. He attributes this to their disobedience to Him, further saying they are leading unholy lives. While people are being encouraged to confess and repent daily, continuing our sinful actions is dishonoring the Lord.

I had a friend to whom I witnessed the gospel, and he told me that he takes out the ‘sinner’s prayer every morning as a prayer and reads it out loud to himself, while he continuously lives in sin with his girlfriend. I am not condemning him here or judging him; as a preacher of the gospel, I am Scripturally charged and called upon to preach against sin (2 Timothy 3:16). This is the trend today: people are confessing their sin(s) every day, but they go back to their sin. That is not true repentance; if that is you, my brother or sister, then you are playing with your salvation and not taking it seriously.

In our ministry, we had people whom the Lord rebuked for willful sinning (Hebrews 10:26). The Lord warned them about HELL for their disobedience. The Lord told me personally that He does forgive us if we make mistakes, but He will punish us for our purposeful disobedience.  In His rebuke of a young girl aged 9, the Lord told her that she loves sinning and then goes back to repent of her sins, and this was not pleasing to Him. Brethren, the Lord gave this message saying: “Many people say they have repented, but they repeat their sins without regard to My warnings”.

Recently, the Lord sharply rebuked a young man in our ministry for willful sinning. While this young man was attending regular fellowship service and witnessing with us, he lived a double life. The Lord said if He was to come at the time of the message He gave him or if he had died at that time, that young man would have missed his salvation and gone to HELL. I will share this young man's rebuke with you right here. Again this I share out of obedience to the Holy Spirit for your benefit.  It is not intended to "expose" or embarrass but through his rebuke, we are appealing to you to walk in true repentance. Here follows the Lord’s rebuke of 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 light of this rebuke from the Lord, how many of us can identify with some of the sins mentioned here? This message was given to a born-again Christian. I have withheld parts of the full rebuke and only mentioned the most common things we are all familiar with. The Lord repeated this rebuke in a separate vision to Charis, adding more sins. This message was given to Sam as a warning to us.

Brethren, I encourage live your repentance daily remembering that “…without holiness, no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Seek true repentance and live true repentance by honoring the Lord through obedience.  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.

Be Blessed in Repentance,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Being Unshaken In Your Commitment

 Courage To Endure

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.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:11-16).

Brethren, at the beginning of our ministry, the Lord sends us on a mission to recruit believing Christians to pray, witness, and fellowship with us. When some of the brethren realize that the Lord was indeed speaking to us, they joined our home fellowship in their numbers. Sadly, but true, most thought that the Lord would just bless them and answer their prayers without laboring for it in prayer and commitment. Sadly, most of the once powerful witnesses and prayer partners we had could not keep their faith and endure the race but rejoined the world (

Often, we would be required to inquire from the Lord for them regarding their needs, and their struggles. Knowing their hearts, the Lord would issue an encouraging rebuke for getting one's life on track with Christ is more important than our struggles or needs (Matthew 6:33). Realistically, it is not an easy journey to follow Christ (1 Corinthians 15:58), we would have to endure ridicule, hardships, and various attacks whether it being at school, work or any other place of activity. The devil, being cunning in his ways, will ensure that you receive your dose of temptation, insults from others, and even false accusations (1 Peter 5:8-9). Therefore, if you are weak and you don't show commitment you will join those who ridiculed and mock you, as that is the devil's aim to break your resistance, discourage you, and cause you to abandon your faith.  

Conquering Ridicule

A few years ago, after I accepted the Lord as my Saviour, the joy and excitement of my new faith led me to share my experience with my colleagues. As it was, little did I know that I would become their laughing stock? On many occasions when I enter my workstation I would be greeted with mocking laughter. In return, I would greet them confidently and cheerfully to avoid being oppressed by discouragement. 

Furthermore, by displaying such boldness, I noticed how shamefully they appear for their actions and by the grace of the Lord, many sought my company and confided in me. Brethren, it is not a weakness to serve Christ our Lord, nor should we allow being ashamed of what we believe. Our way of life is being envied by the fearful, the double-minded, the confused, and the unbelievers. Thus, those who are not Christians are won over by our boldness and our active works of faith and that is a true and fearless commitment. As a truly born-again Christian, we stand and live by what we believe and the Lord will always stand by us in all our struggles (Acts 18:9; 27:24). in conclusion, there is therefore no substitute than the putting on of God's full armor with persistent prayers for our daily struggles and service, this is how our faith conquers.

Blessed Love

Brother Glenn