Monday, January 23, 2023

Expecting God’s Move-In Your Life

 Church Rituals Are Useless

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Brethren, we need to add that there is no set formula to follow when one expects a breakthrough or God’s move in our lives. Before the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself called us (my family and I) into the ministry (see our article ‘How this ministry started’) we were also, ordinary Church going members.

 Generally, the way we do things in Church limits the work of God. We have observed how often our pastor (s) would ask us to repeat certain statements of faith or repeat certain portions of scripture as a way of releasing God’s protection and blessings over us. May the Lord bless these men and women of God they mean well! The Almighty God does not operate through human commands, He acts and moves by His own free will (1 Corinthians 12:11). In other words, there are no set rules that we are to follow in order to see the hand of the Lord moving in our lives. In our experience, the Lord only requires sincere and simple faith, obedience, and humility (Genesis 12:1-9; Romans 10:13; Matthew 16:24).

Let us consider how Samuel's mother received God's favor now when Hannah the mother of the prophet Samuel humbled herself in the bitterness of her soul, she sought the Lord in prayer and He moved in her life honoring her faith and petition to Him and she received what she asked for (1 Samuel 1:10-20). It is not our faithfulness to the Church or a leader in the Church that guarantees us God’s move, but our faithfulness to Him.

The God Of The Broken-Hearted And Weary

Furthermore, let me relate a testimony of a dear brother in the Lord. A few years ago, I (Brother Glenn) visited a brother who lost his way in the Lord and he ended up living in the streets. As it was, the precious brother lost his job and his faith in the Lord. After we ministered to his needs, the brother humbled himself and accepted the Lord and within a week the Lord blessed him with a job and he has since grown from strength to strength. This is a demonstration that when we act by faith upon the conviction of the Holy Spirit and humble ourselves the Lord hears and answers our prayers and knowing God our lives should never be the same, God’s move and touch never render our lives the same (John 6:35).

In conclusion, what we are saying is this, no elaborate formula or ritual ‘activates’ God into action for our cause, like Samuel’s mother the content of our hearts at the moment of our pain is enough to lift us out of the situation (1 Samuel 30:6; 1:10-11; Psalm 51:17). Thus as Christians, we need to persevere and shun wilful sinning in order for us to bring glory to the name of the Lord. Therefore not our education, riches, or position in the Church wins God’s favor, however, what we have learned is that God works through the things or people we consider simple or ordinary (1 Corinthians 1:27). We encourage you, brethren, to continue to show a heart for the poor, ordinary, or those of low standing in society that is where the riches of God’s love and grace is being displayed (Romans 12:16).


Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn

Monday, January 16, 2023

Times and Seasons belong to the Lord


“So the sisters sent word to Jesus, ‘Lord the one you love is ill.’ When he heard this, Jesus said, ‘This illness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s son may be glorified through it (John 11: 3-5).

NOTICE: This week's article was prepared for us by our beloved Sister Precious. As a Ministry, we fully stand behind her as she has proven over the last 5 or more years to be a committed follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, the work she provided this week serves as a strong encouragement. Knowing her and having listened to her personal testimony, this Sister is humble and moves with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Please pray that the Lord grows her more and more in Jesus' name!

Generally, at this time of the year or at the beginning of the new year, it is customary that most of us would make plans, and set goals and resolutions for the new year. While it is not wrong to have aspirations and to set goals to attain some accomplishments. We need to realize that times and seasons belong to the Lord (Acts 1:7). As Christians, we will have to know that our plans have to be pleasing to the Lord and in accordance with His will for our lives (Proverbs 3:5-6; Luke 22:42). In other words, nothing should separate us from the love of God (Romans 8: 35).

We can be assured of this, that if our plans are separated from the love of God, doubt and fear will dominate resulting in our plans failing and we know this may discourage and disturb our walk with God. Scripturally, God never fails and only He has the power to cause His counsel to succeed (Proverbs 19: 21).

Wait upon the Lord

According to the lead scripture above, Mary and Martha whose brother Lazarus was ill sent a word to our Lord Jesus at the time that they needed the Lord’s help for their brother. They believed in the Lord Jesus for their brother’s healing, and as believers and their service in Christ, they would have anticipated that the Lord Jesus was going to come right away to pray for their brother Lazarus as they did not want to lose their loved one to sickness. In any matter of urgency, it's natural that we would expect a prompt response to avoid any situation that might compromise another person's life. As it is, under all circumstances, when we call upon the Lord in times of trouble and suffering He provides relief immediately and without delay. The Lord's solution might not be according to our expectations the specific need would be met at the time when we required assistance. 

The Lord’s time, not the earthly calendar

What we learn here is that our Lord Jesus had responded already by the time he received the news about Lazarus although he did not go to see him immediately when he stated that “Lazarus ‘s sickness will not end in death” (John 11:3-5). The Lord responds to our prayers though it may seem he has not come through yet (Daniel 9:23). The Lord’s timing and His will are not subject to our earthly calendar. Please allow me to share a short testimony, there is a sister in Christ, Adel (not her real name) who was involved in a violent and abusive relationship, while she enjoys the Lord's peace her husband struggles with a hot temper and anger, and this badly affected their marriage. At times, the quarreling becomes so bad that any argument or misunderstanding would always end up in physical altercations and this went on for almost 10 years. Given her strong faith in the Lord, our sister Adel believed the Word of the Lord and did not seek a divorce and wanted to see the Glory of God in her home and her husband's deliverance from physical violence and bad temper. Through persistent prayers, intercessions, and supplications with the help of other believers, the Lord came through for her and healed her marriage. As a result, it has been almost two years since the physical violence occurred in their marriage (Matthew 7:24-25).

In another testimony, a believing sister in the Lord needed healing and deliverance from the Lord and wanted to have a child. She couldn’t get pregnant and struggled to have a child for years and was attended to by various physicians to receive all the help she could get including visiting various pastors for prayers. After persistent prayers for her, the Lord responded to her situation with the word that she will bore a child and the Lord has heard her prayers. It was almost the same word God spoke to Abraham and Sarah when he promised them a child Isaac (Gen 21:1-6). The sister instead of receiving the word with faith and waiting upon the Lord’s timing rejected the word by disbelief and decided to stray and tried other means that are not Lord’s way to get pregnant and it did not materialize. In a situation like this when one loves the Lord like our dear sister, one would perceive that the Lord did not come through and He has answered and we sometimes do not receive because we stray and step outside the Lord’s ways and plans a (Luke 10: 20, Proverbs 3:5-6, Isiah 55:8-9). 

According to Genesis 3: v7 & v21, We find Adam and Eve after they realized their nakedness trying to come up with their own way to cover themselves and by using leaves. Then when God saw them covers with leaves he offered them to skin as a cover for their nakedness. The difference between their way is that the leaves will fade and not endure longer than the animal skin offered by God would have. It shows that the Lord’s is better for His way endures forever when we surrender to 

His will.  Similarly, we may learn from the above that different experiences and circumstances give us insight and understanding that times and seasons belong to the Lord. We ought to keep believing in His plans and will for our lives that He come through according to his Glory and not our self–elevation and fulfillment.

In conclusion, have you given up waiting upon the Lord? Have you set your own plans for your own glory either the job you do for prestige and self-elevation instead of God’s glory to serve, provide and do good? Are you married for status and statistics or you are married for the Glory of God as marriage is the perfect picture that represents the holiness of the Bride (Church) and the Groom (Christ)? Are you planning to buy/change a car to fit in society? All the plans and aspirations we make should be intended to Glorify God?  

Blessed Love

Sister Thandazo

Reviewed by Brother Glenn

Monday, January 9, 2023

Discerning The Times

 Do You Have The Spirit Of Christ?

“You are no longer ruled by your desires, but by God’s Spirit, who lives in you. People who don’t have the Spirit of Christ in them don’t belong to him” (Romans 8:9 CEV).

Important Notice: some folk asked us if the vaccines are safe and if it has any relation to the mark of the beast. The answer, back in March 2020, and again a few months ago the Lord gave us prophetic messages that a vaccine is coming and many people would be vaccinated there was no warning that this was related to the mark of the beast. Like we said in our ‘Mark of the Beast’ article how we will identify the ‘Mark of the Beast’ is when they force us and use it as an economic instrument which would allow us to either buy or sell (Revelation 13:17). Thus praying, discerning and watchful Christians have nothing to fear as the Lord will always expose the plans of the devil (Jeremiah 11:18).

Vision by Claudia January 6,2021 (Covid-19 variant)

I got up this morning with a vision in which I saw that people were getting infected with the coronavirus by sitting on infected people's warm seats. In my vision, I saw an 11-year-old boy being the first person to die after sitting on someone's warm seat, end of vision! 

Vision by Claudia January 8, 2021 (Introduction of Mark of the Beast)

I had a vision from the Lord this morning where I saw many, many guards in uniform who were guarding people who was ready to be killed for refusing the mark of the beast. When the guards approached us, we just prayed and the Lord hides us from them, end of vision!

Vision by Claudia January 11, 2021

I had a vision this morning, I saw many people standing in very long lines ready to enter a grocery stores to buy not with money but with some coupons. Brief interpretation: There is a worldwide ‘new’ money system coming which will end with the introduction of the mark of the beast monetary system and this signifies the end times (Revelations 13:17)

Anxiety Drives Fear

Brethren, as we all know many of us are looking forward to hearing from the Lord what the future of the world in which we live will be and it is true that we have been confronted with countless false predictions. Additionally, thanks to the World Wide Web everyone has been given a voice and a platform to express their faith, fears and stories followed by the spirit(s) which control their lives (Ephesians 2:2).

Now, what we hear today from the various media requires us to accept what’s being said with a measure of faith and discernment. Indeed our times are best described by the prophet Daniel when he said that the ‘truth was thrown to the ground’ (Daniel 8:12) and our Lord forewarned us when He said that false Christ’s and false prophets will appear and their aim is to deceive (Matthew 24:23-26).

Now, do we see false Christ’s today? Yes sadly many Christians have been duped to believe that some political leader is God’s chosen to ‘lead us’, are we not desiring to walk like the Israelites of old who wanted a King to lead them so they may have faith in their leader’s ability instead of in the power of God (1 Samuel 8:6) Brethren, as dearly called children of God, we are called to pray for our leaders so that the Lord can guide them for our good (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

As it is, we have noted with much sadness how great man of God went to lengths to promote certain leaders and most notably before the U.S elections thus giving a great deal of emotionally charged ‘prophecies’ which has proven untrue. This is indeed reminiscent of the scripture that says, For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear’ (2 Timothy 4:3 NIV).

Political Preferences Does Not Equal God's Choice

Brethren, the Lord is warning it is both dangerous and unscriptural for an anointed preacher of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to promote and encourage others to follow a certain leader other than Christ the Lord (Matthew 16:24-26; John 10:27), that is leading the flock astray it is the promotion of a worldly spirit which is anti-Christ in nature (1 John 2:15). The Bible says, Christians are pilgrims in this world (1 Peter 2:11-12) and we have been called priests to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, and His Spirit we must follow (John 16:14).

Finally, we would like to re-emphasize a truth which we have been preaching for the last eight (8) years that every born-again brother and sister in the Lord Jesus is to follow the Lord and not their leaders (Matthew 4:18-20) we are encouraged to imitate our leaders more especially if they live and act in accordance with the truth (1 Corinthians 11:1; Galatians 2:14) in terms of what the Bible teaches. We therefore encourage you, dear friends, let’s keep safe from deception by discerning the spirit of our times.


Blessed Regards

Brother Glenn

Monday, January 2, 2023

Comfort Is Promised On Time With God

 Some Unsaved Friends Lacks Sincerity

“In my distress, I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” (Psalm 18:6 NIV).

During many struggles that plagued most of my week, I realized that human comfort is temporary and it is not enduring, like David I turn to God Almighty (1 Samuel 30:6; Lamentations 3:19-66). These are the scriptures God gave me after I experienced one tough week. Probably the hardest I’ve faced in the work environment to date.

During this tough week, I was faced with false accusations, I faced being betrayed by people with whom I thought I shared one understanding (Psalm 41:9) and being humiliated in public. All these things, accompanied by unwanted feelings of rejection and failure it slowly broke me into pieces, but the Lord kept telling me to read Lamentations 3:57, which reads ‘’You answered me and told me not to be afraid.’’

You Need God To Heal Your Broken Heart

Furthermore, being at home and in the presence of my loving and supporting family, I smiled and kept my composure, but behind closed doors when I go into my room, I was suffering from unwanted feelings following me. So penetrating was the humiliation I faced, nightmares had me screaming in my sleep! In the midst of this, I heard the Lord said, “You are human and so are those who are hurting you and you need not fear man”.

In conclusion, was I scared? Absolutely so! During this ordeal I kept everything to myself until I couldn’t bear it any longer (Genesis 45:1). I opened up my soul to Our Father in Heaven and by His penetrating Presence, His Peace and reassurance like a refreshing wind the pain in my soul was healed and I felt much better and renewed inside.

In addition, as an encouragement, Brothers and sisters, give vent to God. I cried before Him and he gave me an everlasting peace, such a peace that I prayed so hard for, and those who mocked me I felt like I could hug them!

Thus, as my prayer, I would want everyone to feel this kind of peace. In my own limited vocabulary, all I can say is that it’s simply indescribable it felt like a hug from God and he automatically instilled that peace and joy in me. Thus we ought to fear God only and not objects, man or even the devil but God alone (Romans 8:38-39).

By considering such soul-healing love this fresh reminder had me dancing last night around 19:00 pm, rejoicing and praising His name and as a result I am praying that the Lord be protecting  this joy He deposited in my heart and that He be protecting this peace surely the Almighty God is my defender.

Finally, I repeat fear nothing, for there is comfort in Him, on time, every time.  

With Love

Charis and reviewed by Brother Glenn