Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Christian's Being Ambassadors Of Peace

 Stifle The spirit Of War

“Also, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about something and pray for it, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. This is true because if two or three people come together in my name, I am there with them” (Matthew 18:19-20 NCV).

Vision To Brother Glenn (12 April 2024)

I had a vision in the early hours of the morning, in that vision I saw a well known Christian Brother amongst UN delegates pleading the course for peace. After prayer, the Lord revealed to me that He has called Christians as His ambassadors of peace and we must pray for the problems in the world.

People of the World, look up to the Lord Jesus Christ for your soul's salvation, repent and prepare, bear fruit and win souls!

Brethren, as we have proclaimed before on this blog that the World is rapidly moving into a conflict zone involving several nations (Matthew 24:6-8), which will ultimately culminate into World War III. We have not been given dates and times but by the Authority of the Lord's Word, He said that is what He has decreed for the World, but we must pray to escape these things (Luke 21:36). In the same spirit of anticipation, NO Christian should fail to pray for his or her country and since most countries co-operate through international bodies, we have a duty to pray for all people everywhere (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Proverbs 21:15). None of us should just wait around for the rapture and not continue with fruitful labor (Philippians 1:22), while considering the Words of the Lord..."this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14).

Furthermore, the Lord spoke to me (Brother Glenn) saying that many nations including Israel wish that the prophecies He declared against the (Isaiah 13:24; Jeremiah 51:1-58) nations turns out to be false, however, not a Word of the Lord will fail to accomplish His plans (Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 24:35). Brethren, I feel a deep sorrow and pain in my heart for the nations, especially for USA. How I wish and pray for that nation and other nations to escape God's wrath, the coming suffering will melt the hearts of many nations to the point of total despondency, but He will save those who hope in Him (2 Peter 2:9). I have seen they will be forced to fight a war not their own. We pray for the peace of USA and we also pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).

In addition, there has never been a time in history where there is a need for peace such as our times. Why? Some nations are armed with sophisticated weapons of mass destruction, the world's economies and communication systems are intertwined. As it is, any war disrupts the movement of goods and it affects the prices of goods and services. O' Nations, the Lord is going to disrupt you! I clearly heard the Lord saying, the months ahead will be difficult but the prayers of the saints will sustain us. 

Finally, unpleasant and unwelcoming as it is, we declare to the world that by the Spirit of the Living God that wars will increase rapidly and finally leading to World-War III until the Prince of Peace Himself appears (Daniel 9:26). We would also like to encourage the nations of the world including Israel, seek the Lord and His favor before your country lies in desolate ruins. In conclusion, fellow Christian brothers and sister, we are duty bound to pray for our colleagues, Government, neighbors, City, Country and fellow believers. Let us not grow discouraged in prayer and service to others in Jesus' name.

Blessed Regards

Brother Glenn



Thursday, April 11, 2024

APPEAL FOR SUPPORT

 

Dear Brethren, we will have our weekly article ready for publishing tomorrow 16 April 2024. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Dear Brothers and Sisters

On Behalf of Brother Glenn who is a hard working man of God, who delivers the Word of the Lord each and every week. He and his family would like to request prayer for the recovery of their daughter Claudia who is in hospital, and financial assistance to aid with the surgery.

The value the articles provide as warnings and advice from the Lord himself will surely help anyone who has an ear to hear to enter the eternal Kingdom of God(Heaven) and we will be rewarded by the Lord for loving our brethren. 

Mathew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

So let us gather around our Brother in Christ and his family and show our love, prayer and support.


Shalom

Brother Andrew

Monday, April 8, 2024

Be Gentle When Rebuking Others

Speaking From God’s Wisdom Does NOT Offend But Encourage

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love" (Ephesians 4:2 NIV).

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:13-18 NKJV).


Important notice: The Lord gave us this message to write after members of our ministry and members of the body of Christ, in general, are being persecuted by their fellow 'Christian' brethren. The Lord is warning us not to wage war against each other. A true Christian employs the weapons of love, humility, and gentleness to embrace true unity in the body of believers.

The world as we know it is practicing violence, hatred, and every kind of sin the Bible warns against (Revelations 21:8). Scripturally, we learned that evil and deceit have been decreed by the Lord to continue until the end of time (Daniel 12:10; Matthew 13:30). When our Lord Jesus Christ visited the world, He brought a message of peace and reconciliation for all mankind (Luke 2:14; Colossians 1:20; Ephesians 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20). However, the Lord has given His Peace to ‘those with whom God is pleased’ and these are those who accepted Him as their Lord and who follow His teachings (Luke 2:14; John 14:27). Learning from the Holy Scriptures, the Christian message teaches us a lifestyle of being peace-loving, humble, caring, and gentleness (Ephesians 4:2). Additionally, in bringing forth the beautiful heart of the Lord, the Scriptures knowing the disobedient nature of human beings teach us to be patient with others and allow them to react without a compulsion to the will of God (2 Timothy 2:24; 2 Corinthians 9:7). In other words, when a person conforms voluntarily to the Word of God he or she simply agrees with the scriptural instruction(s) to obey and submit to the Voice of God (John 10:27).

Demeaning Others Is Demonic

Some time ago the Lord Jesus sharply rebuked a young man in our ministry who was in the habit of humiliating and talking down on others. The Lord said that even if we rebuke others we need not state it in anger and as if the other person(s) is nothing (2 Timothy 2:25; Galatians 6:1). Now, brethren, we are not writing this message as if we are sitting in judgment over others, in fact, we are being encouraged ourselves to watch our salvation and not to be a stumbling block to others (1 Corinthians 10:32; Romans 14:13-23). Furthermore, our message to others whether we rebuke, teach, preach or encourage ought to be in a meek and gentle spirit impacted by the purity of the wisdom from above (James 3:17-18).

In the same breath, the Bible asks, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13 NIV). Thus, if our conduct and speech towards our brothers or sisters are hostile, demeaning, and driven by anger, bitterness, and hateful feelings such behavior has its roots in evil and we know who is the source of evil (James 3:14-16). Therefore, a person who operates from evil motives is driven by a spirit of evil hate, and whatever unpleasant thought or word he or she conceives he attaches it to his victim with evil intent. If we operate from ‘such “wisdom” [then it] does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil’ (James 3:15 NIV).

Now, brethren, I am not trying to play victim or hero here. My intention is simply to share an experience that could help and benefit someone in his or her walk with the Lord. As a ministry, we are not only receiving encouraging emails and messages from brethren around the world, in fact, some people plainly display their hatred towards us albeit in a Christian tone (scriptural verses) but with the voice of the devil which is evident through the spirit of the message. 

We are going to be direct here, recently (24 July 2018) we received an email message from a former member of this ministry in fact a few such emails lately. In his discourse, the member did not hold back his thoughts, emotions, and what he thinks about us and our work in the Lord. At best, the spirit of love was absent and the voice of the Lord was silent we couldn’t hear it in that message as the ‘sulfur’ of insult and ridicule rained down on us. God forbids and may He help us love our fellow brethren and those who oppose our message. We emphasize a person has a right to disagree with a message, but when love is absent instead of correcting someone gently we do not fulfill the Lord's message of loving unconditionally (Romans 12:9-21; 13:8). Thus, if others condemn us and consider us a nuisance to life let us be comforted that the Lord Jesus Christ loves us more and He made us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).

The Father Has Unconditional Love For The Rejected

After reading such content, we were left asking ourselves, what did we gain from this, edification or encouragement? NO! Instead, our peace and spirits were momentarily disturbed (Proverbs 15:1; 4). Thus our gain in that message was pain, hurt, and slander which caused us to long for some comfort, nothing pleasant to help us in the Lord (Hebrews 10:24). To put it blindly, we were made to feel that we are welcome to seek and serve the Lord and that we are not part of Him! O’ Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for being a gracious and forgiving God who said, “Everyone whom my Father gives me will come to me. I will never turn away anyone who comes to me” (John 6:37 GNT). Brethren to get people saved, the Lord Exercises great patience with sympathetic love to invite sinners to Him (2 Peter 3:9; Luke 15:20). Now beloved brethren, if we are in the business of destroying the faith of others we are not gathering but scattering and being a stumbling to others (Matthew 12:30). Let us be warned, when our turn comes to appear before the Lord, He will Judge us for the souls He lost as a result of our ungodly actions (2 Corinthians 5:10).

In conclusion, with this message, we are not saying that we stand above this message but in submission to the Lord, we accept whatever scriptural correction to obtain maturity in Christ and to be useful in service to His body. In addition, there will be a follow-up message to this one during next week or the week(s) thereafter.

As always, we would like to extend an invitation to anyone who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ yet, or if you are not born again, to pray our suggested prayer on this link Prayer of Sincere Repentance by faith and follow the Lord (Matthew 4:19). You may also contact us for any questions or comments about this article or our ministry.

With Love from all of us

Brother Glenn

Monday, April 1, 2024

Encouraging Each Other

“But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today so that none of you is hardened by sin's deception” (Hebrews 3:13 HCSB).


Brethren, we would like to share a word of encouragement with you to revive your faith and confidence in the Lord (Romans 1:11). It is true, as Christians, we are not always happy people, and oftentimes we are faced with conflicting feelings and emotions, which hinder our faith and walk with the Lord. Therefore, temperaments and negative attitudes form part of our daily experiences, and these emotions may lead us to shameful conduct if we follow its dictates. However, if we fully recognize and acknowledge these emotions as a hindrance to a sound relationship with others and God we would then have an opportunity to seek His help and overcome so that we can genuinely express ourselves with the marks of a true Christian (Romans 12:9-12). Let us not lose heart brethren our faithfulness and persistence will be duly rewarded.

God Uses Encouragement To Lift Burden Of Pain  

This message is a reminder that we are living in a broken world where hardship, suffering, pain, and oppression are a reality (John 16:33). Knowing that our journey through this life would not be easy, the Lord guaranteed us His peace to serve as our consolation (John 14:27). It is this peace from the Lord that should calm the storm of our ever rampant feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. This peace should also give us security (Psalm 112:7). I can recall, often if anyone of us had suffered some attack or experienced an unpleasant situation the Lord, the Lord would always offer some comforting words and it would be like a huge pain that has been lifted which was being replaced with a pleasant feeling of happiness (Revelations 21:4). If we are in the Word, nothing should discourage us to the point of losing our faith and confidence in God, thus encouragement from the Lord, His Word or from fellow brethren is a fresh breath of the Spirit to the burden of pain and to get us refocused on our journey.

Our Confidence

In the book of Hebrews, Paul states, “So don’t throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36 HCSB). This is a very serious virtue to have; we should never be without confidence in this race of faith in Christ. Some time ago, I issued a rebuke to someone who did not take it well but allowed the rebuke to weaken her faith. The Lord, in a strong message of encouragement to the person, said that she should not allow the rebuke to conquer her faith and confidence, but to emerge stronger with a humble attitude.

We have another sister whom the Lord had rebuked for being an unfaithful witness. She was discouraged for a while by this, and whenever she was running some errands she would be tempted not to witness, which led to her being unfaithful in witnessing. However, after these rebukes, she took this in prayer to the Lord to teach her, help her, and give her the boldness to share. As she continued to pray and obey the Lord by witnessing (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 14:21), she grew in her confidence and the Lord later commended her for being a faithful witness.

Oftentimes people hide in their shame after committing mistakes, and the fear of facing themselves and the world leads them to go “underground”. After enduring a humbling rebuke from the Lord, a sister resorted to self-hatred (self-loathing), thinking that her mistake had usurped her salvation. However, in loving-kindness the Lord restored her confidence by encouraging her to receive His forgiveness and forgive herself as well, and stop hating herself. This was a timely and life-changing encouragement that lifted her from self-rejection because she’d thought that the Lord had rejected her. I personally also received some strong rebukes from the Lord which could have left me paralyzed with resentment for the Lord, but instead He taught me to be humble and have a heart full of appreciation for His loving guidance. Brethren, from my experience, I have found that people often try avoiding those who have rebuked them, and this has led many Christians into the sin of harboring hateful feelings towards their brothers.

Admittedly, in this ministry, we have made some mistakes and some brethren that we work with made mistakes too. However, the spirit of humility and showing of our love and submission to Christ has resulted in a strong bond of true Christian love and respect for one another. When we serve to please the Lord, we must never be ashamed when we earn rebukes from our brothers or sisters in Christ (Ephesians 5:10).

Lifting Up Your Broken Brother

As Christians, we are encouraged to faithfully serve God and our fellow brethren, to “… be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25 HCSB). As we mentioned in Be Passionate for Christ article, not showing up to fellowship meetings or leaving hinders others' passion and may cause love to grow cold which makes room for the sin holding grudges and hateful feelings. In messages to us, the Lord recognized the presence of some weak brethren amongst us, and He often reminded us not to look down on them but to encourage them in patience as they grow in their faith and understanding in the Lord. It is true that our good confidence in the Lord can sometimes blind us, and in our display of superior faith, we expect some weak brethren in our midst to be like us. This shows our intolerance towards our fellow man; we are expected to act maturely by patiently guiding the misguided and weak brothers and sisters (1 Thessalonians 5:14).

As we shared in our recent article on the Joy of Knowing the Lord Jesus Christ when a Christian starts losing their first love, their joy fades and the excitement which gripped them at the beginning of their conversion turns into a faithless motion, where he or she pretends that all is well, masking the reality that they have become a sinking ship. This kind of attitude renders one a spent force, defeated, and with depleted energy marking the end of their confidence in Christ.

The Courage of the Oppressed

Great men of God have often found courage in the Lord, and their faith and confidence gave hope to those around them (1 Samuel 30:6). We may recall that the life of the young boy, Joseph, who was alone in a foreign country, separated from the support of his family. However, he found the courage and a trusted friend in the God of his fathers, and his faith led to the preservation of nations (Genesis 50:20). Likewise, when Daniel was being persecuted and oppressed by the jealousies of his colleagues, he found no one to comfort him, so he turned to God. Daniel did not lose his confidence and trust in God, but his steadfast demeanor inspired not only the kings he served under but future generations as well (Daniel 6:10-27). What these men of God had in common is that they had no one but God to trust. Will our generation stop complaining and having a “want more” attitude and serve the Lord in a humble and submissive attitude?

Brother and sisters, in this day and age where Christians are increasingly experiencing persecution for their beliefs in the Lord Jesus Christ and the unchanging truth of the Word of God, we should encourage one another to faithfully keep serving the Lord and endure to the very end till Christ returns to take us Home (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; 5:11).

To begin a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, please start by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed Grace,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Being Obsessed To Worldly Things

Loving Others More Than Things

"I have the right to do anything," you say--but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"--but I will not be mastered by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV).


Prophecy Update: Please find this under the 'Latest Prophecy' tab!

This is an important message and the Lord is warning that people worry more about the things they don't have and as a result they neglect their salvation in pursuit of such things (Matthew 6:21).  The modern age and the availability of countless items makes it impossible for us to resist  the 'better' or 'improved' version of what we were used to. In a bid to enhance our appetites for more things, marketers and sales people just know how to skillfully create a demand for their products and leaving us guilty if we don't follow the trend and be part of the collective. While it is not wrong to shop the things we need, we equally need to guard against obsessive shopping on unnecessary things and neglect to feed and help the less fortunate (Mark 4:19; Matthew 25:31-40). 


Tough Times Ahead

We would like to stress, more than ever and especially the times in which we are living currently, Christians need to trust in the Lord for their daily needs (1 Kings 17:4). It is true, the science of economics have made us more need conscience than us seeking the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). Like we emphasized in earlier articles recently, the whole world will be facing a stiff test in months to come and no one alive will escape including Christians if their lives are not fully yielded and found in Christ our Lord (Luke 21:36). Also, you may ridicule or dislike the warnings here but you need to hear this dear brethren. The Lord has revealed to us that there are some tough times ahead and He is the only WAY of escape (Revelations 3:10). 


Being Freed From Obsession

Let's continue, now from the Scriptures we learned that the Lord demands unquestionable obedience from us and worldly things should not blind or cause us to walk half-heartedly (Luke 12:19), if we do allow distractions we would have run this race in vain and lose the very purpose why we decided to follow the Lord in the first place, which is our salvation and the redemption of our souls (1 Corinthians 9:27; 1 Peter 1:9). Furthermore, as we warned previously in our Priority Judgement Vision that the Lord will be considering the things we were supposed to do as Christians in order to determine our rewards and our entry into His Kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 2:6; 1 Corinthians 3:12; Matthew 25:30).

As Christians, we should therefore strive not to be mastered by anything. In this article, we need to clearly distinguish between idolizing things and being captured by things. If we are captured by things our minds and efforts are channelled to enjoy and appreciate the things we have (Luke 12:19) and if we idolize things we would not want to be without the thing (s) we idolize and desire.

A few years ago, our children became colour conscious and each one of them chose his and her favourite colour and almost any item they bought has to resemble their favourite colour. In other words, they wanted to be identified by their colour of choice. As a matter of fact, this whole colour thing became so serious to some of our children that if anybody made any negative statement or any negative association to their favourite colour that would completely ruin one’s relationship with them. Additionally, does this not remind us of the rich young man, who was captured by his great wealth that he refused to sell his possessions and follow the Lord, instead the young man valued his things more than the Lord and His passion to save the lost (Matthew 19:21-22; Luke 19:10).

Furthermore, and being still just developing children, the Lord gently warned them not to make a big deal about colours and that such things should not be regarded more important than people. What the Lord meant is that worldly things should never substitute a Christian’s love for others. In other words, we should appreciate the value of the thing(s) to the extent of its enjoyment without harming our relationship with God and others (Galatians 6:4). Imperatively and as Christians, we should never regard things more important than people (1 Peter 2:13-25).The reality is, the unfortunate situation is that some Christians are in the habit of placing worldly things above humans and this is displeasing to the Lord (Matthew 22:39).

I can remember an incident involving a very dear brother in the Lord who refused to help a sister in need while offering a lie as an excuse. As a result of this, the Lord was greatly displeased and He rebuked the brother saying that he should not have lied and that we should always be willing and ready to help others (Proverbs 3:27).

In conclusion, let us pray and follow the voice of faith to determine how we ought to please the Lord.
If you would like to accept the Lord Jesus and His abundant and unfailing love for you, here is a suggested Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blesssings,
Brother Glenn.

Monday, March 18, 2024

God Will Punish The Wicked

God's Covenantal Dominion

“Thus I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud and abase the haughtiness of the ruthless” (Isaiah 13:11).

Scripturally, we can be sure that the world will receive its hour of punishment from God Almighty (Revelation 3:10) and the only way a person could escape that era of judgment is through salvation in Christ, who will rapture those who are waiting on Him (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Hebrews 9:28). Throughout the centuries, the world has been enduring catastrophes like floods, diseases, volcanic eruptions, severe weather conditions, earthquakes, and tsunamis, these the bible says are normal seasonal patterns as a result of the ground being cursed by God (Genesis 3:17-19; 8:22).

 As it is, these seasonal disruptions were meant to co-exist with humanity ‘as long as the earth endures’ (Genesis 8:22). There is thus no way we could attribute these natural life disruptions as God punishing us.

Furthermore, Brethren we need to understand that God is immutable (Hebrews 13:8), He does not change the course of nature or creation halfway but allows things to run the course He ordained it for until He makes all things new (Revelation 21:4-5; Genesis 9:9-17). In other words, God establishes His Sovereignty through covenants, just as the above scriptures suggest that He sets aside the old order of things and brings in the new order of things (Hebrews 10:9; Leviticus 26:42). It is also noteworthy that His covenants run according to the ‘… times or seasons the Father has set by His own authority' (Acts 1:7). Therefore, the point we make here is that the order of things must run its course until the times and seasons ordained by it by our Heavenly Father.

How God Will Punish The Earths Inhabitants?

“For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the bloodshed on it, and will no more cover its slain” (Isaiah 26:21). This will be a direct intervention by the Almighty God to punish the inhabitants of the world, and it will coincide with the invasion of Israel by Gog. I speak from revelation, this will happen soon after world war III, which we already mentioned on this blog (Ezekiel 38:8; Ezekiel 38:8-23; Zechariah 14:1-7) and where a revived ten (10) ‘United Nations’ will emerge and from which Anti-Christ would come as the ‘little horn’ who will invade many Countries including Israel (Daniel 7:7-8; 12:40-45; Revelations 13:1-4).  The Lord willing, we will expand on this part of the end-time prophecy.

World-War III

Thus, I believe after world war III, a new order and monetary system will be introduced. It hurts me to mention this, as we enjoy a great relationship with many brethren in the US and the Lord used that Nation to be a blessing to many nations around the world, however, the Almighty God has reserved judgment for the US by leading the world into perversion. The Lord has revealed to us that the US currency will fail and be replaced as the leading currency in the not too distant future. The brethren there must be alert and pray. I also heard a voice saying, that they will lose their influence and many will lament the fall of the USA.

In conclusion, then there will be a time of punishment, unprecedented as times never before has witnessed, God’s ultimate wrath upon humanity (Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:21-22). We, therefore, encourage Christians all around the world to pray and remain vigilant. Also, we believe the current war in Ukraine will ultimately draw the whole world into a conflict which could be a recipe for world war III. This does NOT look good, it’s time to serve and seek the Lord with all our hearts and let us remember the Lord's previous warnings! Finally, we say peace to the people of Ukraine!

Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn

Monday, March 11, 2024

Christian Fellowship

The Lord commanded that we write an article on fellowship this week. This is also one of the most misunderstood topics within Christianity. Recently, the Lord made us understand that many Christians today mistake their socializing as “fellowship”. Instead, in socializing we enjoy one another’s company. Nor can “chatting” on social media (Instant Messaging, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) be considered as fellowship, as we will see from our definition and further explanation below.

Briefly, and without getting technical on some terms, the Greek word that is translated “fellowship” and other related word is Koinonia: meaning “common”; or “I participate in; or I share in” (Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words). Per Wikipedia’s definition, Koinonia as transliterated from Greek means “communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, participation, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, etc. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ.

Fellowship is Sharing

Therefore, our understanding, and from a Biblical perspective, is that fellowship means people participating together in something. Fellowship is communion or having a share in something. As an example from the Bible, we fellowship when we participate in the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. Our act of eating bread and drinking at the Lord’s Table is an act of fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ; it is a spiritual sharing in His body and blood, in other words, we are participating in (or having communion with) Christ and all that His sacrificial death means to us (1 Corinthians 10:16). Furthermore, by being united with Christ, we share in Him and have fellowship with Him (1 Corinthians 1:9; Hebrews 3:14).

In addition to having communion with The Lord Jesus Christ, we as believers have fellowship with the Father (1 John 1:3) and with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 6:4; Philippians 1:21). Through our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we share in His Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). By being in union with Christ, it means absolute surrender and faithful and obedient service to Him.

Our Fellowship With God

Beloved brethren, when we use the term “God”, it may refer to Christ as well. In the Lord’s many visits to us, He often referred to Himself as God (John 8:58). Also, we need to emphasize that fellowship with God does not necessarily mean when we come together as believers. We are individually called to fellowship with God (1 John 1:3). This fellowship with God may be Bible reading, praying, or having Communion as an individual member of the body of Christ (Genesis 5:22-24; 6:9; Mark 9:37; John 14:23). Based on the above Scriptures and countless others, don’t ever be deceived in thinking that fellowship with God involves going to church on a Sunday and coming back to continue in our sin! We will give account of ourselves before God as individual believers (Romans 14:12). I am emphasizing the individual’s fellowship with God here; our walk with God is determined by our own obedience to the Lord (John 14:15). God’s commands refer to the entire Bible, not just an isolated verses in Scripture (Joshua 1:8).

When we fellowship as a group, that is when others join or I join them, then we all have fellowship together with God, and by having fellowship together with God, we are truly joined together in a happy union (1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 17:21-22; 1 John 1:3). As a warning, sin spoils our fellowship with the Lord and if we live in sin wilfully, we have no fellowship with the Father and this is a broken fellowship with God (1 John 1:6-7). When we fellowship with the Lord, we hear from Him and we express our gratitude to Him in obedience to His word by witnessing and testifying about Him to others (1 Corinthians 14:26).

Another area of fellowship and the less talked about is “participation in His suffering” (Philippians 3:10). This cup is what many Christians don’t like; yes they only prefer to share in His blessings but not in the cup of persecutions, witnessing and obedience. I will be quite bold here; many Christians hide themselves behind their pastors. What I mean is that they only do what the pastor says and not what the Lord tells them in the Bible. They only prefer the blessings more than the cup of suffering. I am receiving emails from many brethren around the world, complaining bitterly about their sufferings and situations. Quite frankly, a complaining believer is weak in faith and impatient with God (Philippians 2:14-15). When we complain, we are literally saying; “I did enough now God, so you must act, and if you don’t act I quit!” (Exodus 16:2-15). How absurd! Remember believer, when you display such an impatient and immature attitude, you will be the biggest casualty; it is after all your salvation for eternal life you are labouring for here in obedience to a righteous suffering (2 Timothy 4:7-8). I say your suffering is righteous because you have given yourself to God as a living sacrifice and you suffer for the truth; people persecute us not for wrong doing but for telling them about their sins (John 7:7) I am declaring in Jesus name that Christian fellowship includes sharing in His suffering; this is the way of the CROSS and after enduring, we will also have fellowship with Him in His GLORY (2 Timothy 2:11-12; 1 Peter 5:1; 1 Peter 4:12-14).

Christian’s Fellowship By Sharing

Finally, we know there is a corporate anointing when we fellowship as a group to God and to one another in the works of ministry, and there is also an anointing when we minister and fellowship as individuals to God and others (Acts 4:23-31; 19:11-12). In other words God supplies the gifts for ministry and fellowship to Him.

Moreover, as Christians jointly participate in Christ, this fellowship binds us together (Acts 2:42). I would like to emphasize again: this fellowship is not socializing, but about Christ whom we share in common (Hebrews 3:14; Philippians 1:7; 2 Peter 1:4). This makes our fellowship a joint sharing in our common faith, common salvation, and our common suffering (Titus 1:4; Jude 3; Revelation 1:9; 2 Corinthians 1:7). This corporate fellowship is sharing in the gospel by helping those who preach it (Philippians 1:5; 4:14-18); this include sharing in material and financial support of poor Christians (Galatians 2:10; Romans 15:27; 2 Corinthians 8:4).

In conclusion, there are certain things we are forbidden not to have fellowship with or share in or participate in. We should not identify with a person who does wrong things or share in their wickedness (1 Timothy 5:22; 2 John 10:11). Nor should we participate in a religious feast where food is to be offered to idols (1 Corinthians 10:20-21), neither having fellowship with unbelievers for they will lead you astray (2 Corinthians 6:14-15). Therefore, we are to have no part and no share in anything that is sinful (Revelation 18:4; Ephesians 5:11).

Let us therefore endeavour to maintain daily our fellowship with God; this is the strength and the very life supporting sustenance for our salvation (John 15:5).

Have you been "fellowshipping" by only socializing at church on Saturday or Sunday, but not truly fellowshipping with The Lord? Has your fellowship with the Lord focused only on receiving blessings? If so, here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Christ’s Peace Be Upon You All,
Brother Glenn.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE POOR AMONGST YOU!

 CARING FOR THE POOR

"The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me" (MATTHEW 24:11).


In times like these, we pray and look to the brethren for help and support! We prayed and the Lord ENCOURAGED us to share online with the brethren.

Brief background: South Africa is a very unequal society with a deeply rooted sin of racism and whoever holds political power exercises control over some government resources and often it would favor the race in majority. 

Additionally, our work serves people across all walks of life. We believe all people are created equally and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself told us that He will always love all people equally. We are following our Lord's lead to love and serve all people equally (Galatians 3:28-29). From this it is easy for you to discern that our motives are not driven by selfish ambitions but to serve. While it may take a lifetime to bring about change, present and future generations stands to benefit. Moses, the man of God, did not enter the promised land but his prayers, tests and trials benefit both that generation he lead and future generations (Exodus 3:10-11). As a testimony, the Lord Jesus Christ once said, that whatever work we do in His name is important, because it serves to benefit others and brings glory to His name!

Therefore, the recourse we have are the laws to fight and defend the rights of the poor especially those who have no legal voice (Proverbs 31:8-10; Isaiah 1:17). We are committed to our work in the body of Christ, however we have a conscience and we will not turn a blind-eye to injustice and unfair treatment of those who are unable to access the courts for justice (Matthew 7:12). Often, it is the poor who lose out on their belongings because they have no financial resources to 'bite' back legally. Because Brother Glenn and his family suffered such prejudice a few years ago, he decided to embark onto a law career to make a change and help both Christian and non-Christians in legal matters.  

As a ministry, we say, thank you very much for the blessings and support you have provided over the years to this family and ministry. We acknowledge that with a profound gratitude. Currently as a family we find ourselves a in very unfamiliar circumstances as a result of this move.  Brother Glenn started studying towards an LLB degree back in 2015 and graduated in 2022

We then prayed and trusted the Lord over a period of 3 years starting in 2021 to bless him with an opportunity for articles of clerkship and those prayers were answered during January this year. 

As it is, the articles of clerkship rules state that he (Brother Glenn) should not engage in any other job activity for this entire year (Starting February 2024)and solely concentrate on his articles and as a result of this, it is denying him an income. Previously, Brother Glenn was running a car diagnostic and key programming business from home, which he is still doing but being away from home makes it impossible for him to attend to the same while serving his articles. 

As a result, this is leading to his family not being adequately supported as he has to cater for both sides. Meaning, he will have to provide for transportation, food and accommodation for himself in the town he serves his articles while he needs to provide the same for the family in Johannesburg. We thus plead for any financial assistance for the Van Rooyen family. 

This family has and is still laboring intensively to the body of Christ around the world and in their home Country, we thus humbly urge you as members of the body of believers to pray and consider providing a helping hand. You may use our 'donation' tab to help or send Brother Glenn an email to:glenn.vanrooyen2@gmail.com for any further information.

Trusting you find this in order in Jesus' name

Blessings
Brother Glenn and Ministry


Monday, March 4, 2024

Delivering Effective Prayers

 Being Alert During Prayers

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

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

Vision to Claudia 9 November 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Blessed Love

Brother Glenn



Monday, February 26, 2024

The Spiritual Effects Of Social Networking

 The Sad Story Of Jackson

“Everything is permissible for me," but not everything is helpful. "Everything is permissible for me," but I will not be brought under the control of anything " (1 Corinthians 6:12 HCSB).

Brethren, a very dear brother in the Lord gave me permission to briefly write about an experience they had as a God-fearing family. With this experience, our dear brother wishes to warn and discourage Christians from the effects of social networking.

Now our brother Samuel (not real name) explained that a few years ago he and his wife decided to buy a cellular phone for their 12-year-old son Jackson (also not real name) because he had been obedient and faithful in everything including his relationship with God and buying this phone for Jackson greatly pleased them. Before giving him his new cellular phone, Jackson’s father being a pastor, warned him about the addiction to social networking and the kinds of friends he might come across.  Without hesitation, Jackson gave his father an assurance that he will be careful and prays before acquiring new friends who should anyway just be Christians.

However, a few months later Jackson’s behavior started changing the father observed that he would frequently be busy with the phone while busy reading the bible. Just on a particular day, the Holy Spirit prompted Jackson’s father to borrow him his cellular phone for a few minutes. As the father went through the phone’s content he came across pornographic material and after showing his wife, they called Jackson in and inquired from him why he had such content on his cellular phone. Being shocked that his parents discovered his secret, Jackson confessed that he had become addicted to social networking and the material he had on his phone and that he was relieved this came out since he needed a way out of this.

As it was, after disciplining Jackson his cellular phone was confiscated but would be given back if he promised that he would not do what he did. After prayer and a strong conviction, Jackson repented of this and promised to his parents never to venture into that direction again. Meanwhile, not being vigilant (1 Peter 5:8) enough Samuel confessed that he trusted Jackson’s word of promise (not to repeat the same folly) more than relying on the Lord. This made them (Samuel and his wife) spiritually blind and they did not even consider to pray daily asking the Lord to shield Jackson against that spirit of addiction (Psalm 3:3; 18:3-4) which made its return a few months later and Jackson was NEVER the same again!

The Grief Of A Parent

King Solomon said, "A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him" (Proverbs 17:25). As we continue, in great unhappiness of soul, our beloved brother Samuel recalled that Jackson’s spiritual life started deteriorating as he lost interest in the things of God. Being a fairly disciplined child who is well-versed in the Scriptures,  Jackson started despising and disrespecting his parents even after the Lord Himself appeared to him warning him not to disrespect his parents but to honor them (Ephesians 6:1-3) and this fell on deaf ears the brother heart-brokenly recalled. As it was, Jackson became reckless and rebellious, running away from home on several occasions to express his disdain for God and his parents (Luke 15:21) and currently, Jackson is still, a subject of prayer even after he re-committed his life to the Lord, while his parents admit that he is no longer the same person in his faith and commitment to God after having tasted the forbidden fruit of disobedience (Genesis 3:5-7).

In conclusion, as a ministry we do acknowledge that cellular phones are a source of great help to humanity and we do not regret the usefulness of this technology in our lives. As our lead Scripture declares, it is permissible but we also know that its connection to the internet with so much poisonous content readily available it contributes to various addictions like in chat rooms, porn sites, gossip content, bad company, deceitful lying, and the promotion of hate-speech amongst brethren. Being a minister of the gospel, I have counseled a number of young people who showed symptoms of psychological issues and who have been badly altered by the impact of social networking which is evident in the hollow and ‘actor’ kind of lifestyle they follow (1 John 2:15-17).

Therefore, if you are hooked to social media which brought about its own taste of pleasure for gossip, lustfulness, gaming, the conspiring of hateful and evil talk, porn, etc please repent and ask the Lord to deliver you and if you confess He will show His faithfulness (1 John 1:9). In addition, we cannot over-emphasize that the Lord is NEAR and that is what He repeated to me (Brother Glenn) this morning (19/10/2020) and may the Lord bless, save and deliver those who give heed to this teaching in Jesus' name.

 Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn

Monday, February 19, 2024

Are You Battling With Bitterness And Grudges?

 The Destructive spirit Of Bitterness

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

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

Knowing Christ Changes The Heart To Love

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

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

Changing Others Through Forgiveness

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

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

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

Blessed love and being free from grudges

Brother Glenn

Monday, February 5, 2024

God’s Goodness, Mercy and Grace

God Gives Mercy And Love, Not Evil


The Lord gave me directly this message to write about God's Goodness, Mercy, and Grace, and in my limited language and ability, I trust that this will be a blessing to you! As it is, this article will not deal with the individual moral attributes of God as our heading suggests; we will condense it and present it as a whole in praise of God’s infinite munificence (great and lavish generosity). Theologically, there are some words that have been specifically coined to try and explain the attributes of God, but even these words are inadequate in fully ‘defining’ who God really is.

When our Lord Jesus was questioned by a young man about moral goodness, the Lord replied by referring Him to a Person God and not to a concept. Philosophers have difficulty to define the abstract, but the Bible talks about the concrete. So then, the way to understand goodness is through the Person who is Good, Merciful and Gracious, and whose works declare Him so (Matthew 19:17). God’s character reveals His Goodness. His character combines perfectly His love, mercy, truth, patience, faithfulness, justice, holiness and wrath in perfect balance.

“For the LORD is good; His loving kindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations” (Psalm 100:5 NASB).We know that all people are sinners and we have no goodness of our own (Mark 10:18; Romans 3:23). God established His Goodness in all of creation by ordaining seasons and fixed laws in nature and the Heavens (Jeremiah 33:25; Genesis 8:22). He called it a ‘covenant’ using His Perfect Goodness, Faithfulness, Justice and Righteousness as a guarantee that those laws cannot be broken while the earth endures (Genesis 8:22). We do know that God has set a day aside to renew a new covenant with all of creation in the promised new dispensation (Romans 8:20-21; Isaiah 11:6-10). In addition, what I am trying to get to is God’s Goodness, Mercy and Grace are fully present in all His established covenants, whether with man or creation. He renews it every morning to guarantee His subjects of His unfailing commitment to their well-being (Lamentations 3:23).

Furthermore, we can therefore trust that His Goodness, Mercy and Grace will be ever present for us while the earth endures. This was the consolation, hope and comfort of Abraham (Genesis 18:22-33), David (Psalm 51 and 23), Jeremiah (Lamentations 3:21-26), Jonah (Jonah 4:2) and Job (Job 42:1-4) to mention but a few. Therefore in identifying truth, these men after having sensed sin in their lives and their own shortcomings took hold of God’s tender mercies as a way to escape the turbulence of guilt experienced by our souls. Guilt is like a consuming fire within each one of us and securing truth through God’s purity is both comforting and liberating. This Goodness of God which embodies His forgiveness that we ‘escape’ to by faith gives us the hope of renewal or reconciliation to right standing with Him. Having said this, we are not ‘switching’ off or denying our weaknesses but in acknowledgement of our imperfections we consciously  embrace God’s grace which is freely and undeservingly available (Luke 15:11-32).

Christ Jesus, Our Gift of God’s Absolute Goodness

In every section of human society, sin is practiced as a way of life. The apostle Paul saw the complete hopelessness of man finding mercy without God’s intervention through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-5; Romans 5:20-21). This grace was bestowed upon all mankind everywhere while the earth endures.  Undoubtedly, humanity is always hunted by guilt so we turn to truth to verify if our actions were correct. We engage the opinions of others, we listen to our conscience and we also try to ascertain through our moral guides – religion. However, the estimate of answers we will receive through these guides determines our state of mind, whether good or bad. This might be to appease our conscience the greatest emotional and moral need we want to satisfy is the truth. Did we satisfy truth in our action (s)? Also, guilt is fear for punishment (1 John 4:18) and by looking to truth we hope for reward (Romans 2:7). In summary, Christ is that TRUTH (John 14:6). The goodness, mercy and grace of God flows through Him (Colossians 1:15-23). God says every GOOD we ever have or will desire is found embodied and present in Christ Jesus. This portion of
Scripture best describes the future and hope of creation. Christ, is therefore the sum total of Creation’s gift from God. He personifies the absolute BENEVOLENCE and EXCELLENCE of the Divine Good. Through Him Heavens treasures are attained and the bounty of divine perfection was declared a gift to all creation (Matthew 11:27).

Remember your religion, philosophy, education or culture denies you the treasures purely kept away for the believing (Matthew 6:20). Conversely, if it is NOT in or through Christ, hope is useless! (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Remember our rich fellows, you might say God has blessed you with abundance and you compare yourself to Abraham; he did not use his riches on himself but having had lots of servants he shared his abundance with them (Genesis 14:14).  You have more than what you need (Matthew 19:21).

The abundance of God’s Goodness, Mercy and Grace has been poured out fully through Christ Jesus; don’t you want to be a part of it? Don’t rely on your religion as your moral compass and judge; Christ will be your Judge and the Eternal God of Israel as the Almighty ordered it (Romans 2:16; Acts 17:31).

Finally, to understand the Benevolence of God, we must look at our helpless condition of sin and in the light thereof will we fully appreciate and comprehend His grace.

In conclusion let me share this summary of God’s Goodness: “But in my mind I keep returning to something, something that gives me hope - that the grace of ADONAI is not exhausted, that his compassion has not ended.  [On the contrary,] they are new every morning! How great your faithfulness!  "ADONAI is all I have," I say; "therefore I will put my hope in him.  ADONAI is good to those waiting for him, to those who are seeking him out.  It is good to wait patiently for the saving help of ADONAI” (Lamentations 3:21-26 CJB).

If you are not yet born again, here is a Prayer of Sincere Repentance to get you started in this life of living in God’s Goodness, Mercy and Grace. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Sincere Grace, Peace and Love to all in Jesus name,

Brother Glenn.

Monday, January 29, 2024

DENY THE DEVIL his SINFUL RIGHTS

How Samson Gave The Enemy A Foothold

“I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming and he has no hold on me(John 14:30), “and do not give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4: 27).

These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ when He spoke to his disciples in John chapter 14 when the Lord was giving comfort to them and making them aware of his soon departure to be with the father in heaven. 

In reference to the above scripture, we are reminded to look at the story of Samson and Delilah in the book of Judges 16, which is a well-known biblical story to many.  Samson was an anointed man as he had the spirit of God upon him and had unique strength that he could take down as many enemies as the Lord willed for his purpose at once on various occasions (1 Corinthians 15: 58).

Losing Focus And Slipping

While he continued moving in his service to the Lord, he met a woman in Gaza and fell in love with her. At this point, we noticed that his service and devotion to the Lord were affected and there was a shift and he wanted to serve the Lord and the world at the same time (Matthew 6:24). As we all know, in our walk with the Lord, especially when we are joyful to hear about the messages of His Second Coming for His Church and the excitement and anticipation for the day of the Lord; or when we experience the moments and seasons in our walk where everything is going well and we full of confidence and hope; or we have faith and know that we are eager to live in obedience to the word.

These are times when the joy of his salvation overflows as it was with Samson when he was taking down all men who came against him with the strength the Lord gave him. Meanwhile, the enemy was devising a way to have a hold over him so Satan could weaken him as Samson was full of the Spirit of God.

Furthermore, as we have learned from the story of Job Satan initially could not attack Job because there was a hedge of protection surrounding him and his household as well as his possessions (Job 1:10). From experience, we know that the road to Heaven has countless challenges and the challenges allows for our faith and obedience to be tested (Deuteronomy 8:2). As is common in human behavior, there comes a time of weakness, and in the case of Samson, when he met the woman and that distracted him and as a result, little did he know that everything was about to change in his life.

In some instances, it happens that there are doors that we tend to open in our lives that come with spiritual consequences in our walk with the Lord. Those open doors serve to distract us and move us away from the will of the Lord, and the enemy is using such to have a spiritual stronghold hold on us, which the Lord Jesus warned us against (John 14:30).

As it is, things like us falling in love with the world and its carnal things, such situations as Samson found himself involved in when he fell in love with a woman whom the enemy used to gain leverage and that opened the door for the enemy to have a hold on him (Galatians 5:13). When we allow the world to have a hold on us or where we can’t let go of the things that are contrary to the Will of God in our service to him, we enable and empower the enemy to have a hold on us (Mark 8:36). When Samson opened the door for the enemy to have a hold over him by telling his secret about the source of his strength, it allowed and enabled the enemy to strip everything the Lord had blessed him with. Not only did he lose strength, but his vision was impaired as a result of his losing his eyes (Judges 16-21, Romans 6:13).

Similarly, this is the intention of the enemy not only to make us cease serving the Lord or walking in obedience but to rob us of the vision of the church. Where will the body of Christ be heading when we lose the vision of soul-winning and obedience to the Lord if we pursue worldly things? Scripture reminds us that we need to fix our eyes on the heavenly things above (Colossians 3: 1-2).

Seeking The Lord's Favor

Therefore, the vision we may have lost could be our love for the Lord and for one another, our passion and devotion for spending time with the Lord in prayer and the studying of the word with zeal and not as a routine. In addition, our love for witnessing and being a living testimony draws people to Christ (Matthew 6:33).

Moreover, when the enemy succeeded in subduing Samson and stripped him of everything he held dearly in his service to the Lord, he came to the realization that the door he has opened had cost him in humility he looked to the Lord as his pillar (Judges 16: 26). He repented and prayed for restoration not only to regain his strength and gift but to give himself as a living sacrifice and to allow for the glory of God to shine through and by that he took out more Philistines than his time when he was alive and before he lost his position of power (Judges 16: 28-30). It is noteworthy, that no matter how great our walk with God is, He brings us down in humility to show us our dependence on Him (Proverbs 3:5-6).

In conclusion, we see that the Lord Jesus is teaching us that the way to overcome the ruler of this world is to ensure that we have nothing in common with Satan and that he should have no hold on us. (Romans 12:21). It is possible with the Holy Spirit to overcome our weaknesses and the devil’s schemes and the Lord is always willing and He is there to help us through (John 16:33). People have different things that they go through that may serve as weaknesses to the enemy to take advantage of, David stated something that when he kept silent about his sin and weaknesses his bones wasted away and the pressure never let up until he spoke up and let it all out about his failures to the Lord. (Psalm 32: 2-5).

Repentance Brings Restoration

Now, in the end, Samson returned to his position by repenting and praying to the Lord for restoration. The Lord answered his prayer as the motive of Samson’s heart was in the right place and sought not only to regain strength but to complete the mission to take out the enemies of the Lord as he was called for (Judges 16: 22; 30). Therefore, it is imperative that we acknowledge our weaknesses, fears, transgressions, and sin can afford us freedom from oppression, torment, and inflictions or calamity, this is not limited to confession but to a completely repented heart that seeks his love and perfect Will (Colossians 3:5-10 & Romans 12:2).

Blessed Peace

Sister Thandazo (reviewed by Brother Glenn)



Monday, January 22, 2024

The Gospel Be Readily Preached Anytime

Let us Preach the Word

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2 NIV).

The Lord gave me this message to remind the brethren that we still have an obligation to preach the Word. Our encouragement to you in this message is just to awaken the sleeping witness. I know this is not a very popular message especially for the lazy and excuse prone Christian. Briefly, about a few years ago, a brother came to me reporting that a certain man’s daughter died and they were looking for a preacher to preach the gospel during one of their weekday services. I at first ignored the brother’s request, but the following morning, Lord gave me a message that I should go and never hesitate to respond to an invitation when an opportunity arises to preach the gospel. Equally, please take note of this warning from the Lord. 

If there are some preachers or anybody out there who discourages others from witnessing, he or she will be answerable to the Lord. Let me share an experience, A very popular Christian sister who claimed to have been an end-time prophet of the Lord was rebuked for lying in Jesus’ name by telling a brother that the Lord said; he had witnessed enough and that he should just wait for the Lord. The statement by this particular sister greatly displeased the Lord because the brother refused to accept the Lord’s rebuke and obey Him. As a result of the Lord’s rebuke, the brother’s attitude changed by behaving contrary to Christian values of love and brotherly kindness. We would like to emphasize, and unlike other professions; Christianity is not a profession (Being Christian and our duties) that we can retire from unless our lives are interrupted by death. The Lord has granted none of us ‘special leave’ not to minister the gospel (Matthew 28:20; 1 Corinthians 9:16). In a conversation I recently had with a Christian brother, I asked him if he had any desire to enter into the ministry later on in his life and he answered no. Upon further inquiry, he revealed that he simply don’t have the heart to be in ministry except to play a supportive role.

Sadly though, this is the attitude of many Christians; they are just happy to serve in the background and consider it their contribution to the body while being afraid to witness. I concur, operating in a support ministry is helpful but would we just hide behind it not to share the gospel? This is the unfortunate state of the Church system. It produces infants in Christ who hears the word year and year out. They produce faithful church attendees but faithless and fruitless witnesses of Christ. The Apostle Paul said he was duty bound to preach the word (1 Corinthians 9:16). Scripturally, we know that the dissemination of the gospel has a noble purpose, to save the lost, to heal the broken-hearted and to deliver the demonically oppressed (Luke 4:18-19). Of all those who followed the Lord during His walk on the earth, He sent out everybody (Luke 10:1). To demonstrate the power of the gospel, the disciples reported how the demons submitted to the Word of life (Luke 10:17). In the absence of the Word of God, imagine the devastating effects of sin which is a weapon of Satan to destroy human (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8) society, and the wickedness the evil forces of darkness would wield in the world (1 Peter 5:8). In our articles, ‘Blaming God when bad things happen I  and II’ we reported the main sources of evil in the world which is Satan and the curse as a result of sin.

Rejection of the Word Brings Judgment

To many worldly-minded people, the world is a good place to be. The world, being the ‘lost paradise of pleasure’ (Matthew 4:8) is a place of great liberty to choose and sin at will. Therefore, because sin yields destructive consequences, God in His eternal love sends forth messengers to warn the sinners and call them to repentance so that He may avert judgment (Jeremiah 26:12-13). Furthermore, the ancient world (Noah’s generation) and Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed as a result of the people’s great wickedness (Genesis 6:5; 18:20; 19:24-25). The Ninevites, wisely responded to the call to repent and so escaped judgment (Jonah 3:1-10).

The importance of Christ’s Sacrifice

The Scriptures declares, “We know that we are children of God and that all the rest of the world around us is under Satan’s power and control (1 John 5:19 TLB). For our victory against the Bible says“…The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil's works” (1 John 3:8). By accepting by faith this great deliverance, we reject the pleasures of sin and the control of the evil one. The devil, our common enemy, uses the pleasures of this world as bait in exchange for our souls (Matthew 4:4; 1 John 2:15), and this is the unfortunate situation which led many Christians astray and in the enemies camp (See a vision of Black and White figures).

In conclusion, we know that many Christians are not keen to witness and they turn a blind eye to messages of this nature. They feel these messages have no impact in their lives, but they are wrong. Apart from the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are Christ-like virtues, the fruits the Lord talks about are fruits that have produced a harvest through obedient labor in the harvest field (Matthew 13:19-23). Those who are afraid and ashamed to witness does not have the things of the Lord at heart, instead of their personal opinions of how others might perceive them matters. Often, Christians are afraid of being persecuted, and many of us who labor in the harvest field face these persecutions daily, and amongst other things, these are the genuine scares of the cross. If these reluctant Christians were concerned about the Lord, souls would be their motivation. A very dear brother and friend to this ministry asked us to enquire of the Lord for him if he could do witnessing work alone. The Lord gave a solemn reply saying, My son P must keep on doing work for My sake and I love My son P." Besides this brother, many others received similar encouragement from the Lord, but they ignored it.

As a witness, this message has not fallen on deaf ears; this brother goes out as a lone witness spreading the word of God without complaining. The Lord will duly reward such man, and they are compared to trees which bear fruit in and out of season (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

Brethren, since we are eagerly waiting for the Day of the Lord, let us not forget, the end will not come until we have reached everyone with the gospel (Matthew 24:14).

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ yet, or of you are not born again, to pray our suggested prayer on this link Prayer of Sincere Repentance
by faith and follow the Lord (Matthew 4:19). You may also contact us for any questions or comments about this article or our ministry.

Blessed love in fear of Christ

Brother Glenn

Monday, January 15, 2024

Being Angry With God

 Are You Angry With God?

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

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

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

Our Anger Is Blasphemous

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

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

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

Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn