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Day to remember: 11 June 2013

Today is the 11th June 2013.  And some of you might wonder what makes this date so significant?

Well, on this day 19 years ago on the 11th June 1994 the Lord Jesus called me to the ministry through two specific dreams and scriptures that He revealed to me, of which my main calling came through on the night of the 11th.  It was just more than 2 years after the Lord has given me and my wife another chance to serve Him as children of God.

During this time we were already involved with youth ministry at a local church in Pretoria, but never suspected to be called for the ministry.  My dreams and passion were to sell everything, resign my day job and go farming.  But the Lord had something else in mind for our lives.

Five years afterwards, we bought a small church building in Danville of Pretoria in faith and after months of struggling to get this property registered in our names, it was eventually registered  – on the 11th June 1999The number 5 stands for Grace.  It was Grace indeed that has brought us thus far and to be able to minister the Word of God to people.  It was and is and will be a privilege to do so until the Lord returns.

Now, today it is 19 years ago that this marvelous thing happened to me – to be called to the ministry, and the number 19 stands for Faith according to the Word of God. (Also refer to the Arithmetic of God on this website).  We have gone through a terrible period in our lives where we doubted our prayers and faith, our calling and even in the promises of God.  But He is faithful and He came through for us in the most critical period of our lives. God took us on a road which I call “Faith Experiences” to strengthen our faith and trust in Him and in Him alone.  It is not fun and games on such a road, but He builds character and integrity in you during this time so that your faith will never fail.  In the end we have a testimony through which we can built and support other people again.

In the near future I will finish our testimony about “dealing with disappointment” and post it on our website and I know it will help and support someone out there who is dealing and struggling with this aspect.  Stay with the Lord and trust Him alone!  He is worthy of your trust and you are worthy to receive His love, because He also died for you on the cross.

I also want to thank my wife Venetia who stood with me during these testing times and who are also completely sold out to the Gospel of Jesus Christ like myself.  We are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Together we stand firm and serve Jesus with all of our hearts, all of our minds and all of our strengths and even with all of our material blessings.

Praise be unto the Lord of lords, and King of kings!

 

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Back to Basics: Part 4

The only criteria linked to the releasing of the fulfillment of a promise is: FAITH! 

We have to start to believe the Word of God as truth.  But before we can come to that, we need to find and search back to our roots; Who is this God that we serve?  Do we really know Him?

We learn to know Him by His characteristics and attributes and values.  We learn to know Him through the praise and worship from His people – (Israel and the Church of today).  We learn to know Him through specific men of God such as Moses, Abraham, David , King Solomon and even from the Apostles such as Paul, Peter and John.  And the best of all – we learn to know Him even better through Jesus Christ.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.                   (1Ti 3:16-KJV) 

Jesus Christ is and was and will be the greatest man in history:

  • Although He was man, He was also God manifested (revealed) in the flesh;
  • He had no servants, yet they called Him Master;
  • Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher;
  • Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer;
  • He had no army, yet kings feared Him;
  • He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world;
  • His people never crowned Him as King, yet they called Him the King of Kings;
  • He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him;
  • He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today;
  • They blaspheme His Name, yet His Name is powerful for demons to flee when mentioned;
  • Although the world denied Him, ignored Him and falsified His Message,  still – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (Joh 3:16-KJV)   

 I feel honored and blessed to know Him and to be a servant of Jesus who loves us!

We will continue in our search and revelation of who this God is that we serve and love!

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Renew your Mind!

On Sunday morning of the 16th December, I had the opportunity to preach the following message at Lied en Geloof Congregation in Pretoria West as the Spirit of God revealed it to me and it is also a follow up on the previous one titled: God is able to do!

In summary and according to Scripture,  Eph 3:14-21, God has given us all.  He had given us

the following:

  • Authority;
  • Empowerment through the Spirit of God;
  • Christ that lives in us – through Faith;
  • Ability to do something;
  • Insight and wisdom;
  • His 4-dimensional love and grace (width, breadth, depth and height);
  • And the fulfillment with the fullness of God!

Just so that:

  • Our prayers and thoughts could be pure and powerful;
  • In the knowledge and the faith – that
  • He (God) has the power TO DO!
  • And HE is waiting to do – for what?

  • Whatever you might pray or think in faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit!

  • He wants to be God in our lives through our faith!

Is there anything impossible for God?  NO!!!!!!!!!!!

But the problem is our thoughts! Our thoughts and carnal desires influence our prayers!

Paul wrote: Rom 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

So the theme of this message is: The power of your thoughts!  (Get your mind straight!)

We have gone through 2012 and just started with 2013, but what are your thoughts about the past year as well as the new year:

  • Positive or negative?
  • Did you achieve what you would have liked to or not?
  • Any failures or trauma?
  • Any new aspirations/plans for the new year or none at all?
    • Anyhow, we should praise God for every new day and year where we can still praise and worship His name!

In what sense does our thoughts then influence our lives?

Paul wrote that we should be renewed in our minds – meaning our thoughts and beliefs.

  • Your thoughts influence your frame of mind;
  • And your frame of mind influence your level of energy and commitment;
  • And this impacts on your emotions;
  • And your emotions influence your reaction upon events!
  • And the foundation of your thoughts is being controlled by your sub-conscious;
    • It contains all of your experiences (good and bad from childhood);
    • It forms your perceptions of current situations (good or bad);
    • Just think of Christmas as a child:
      • Immediate thoughts of a long summer holiday period; swimming and fishing; fruits; presents; family gatherings; going to the farm; etc…….
      • Nice thoughts but for others it could mean quite the opposite and loneliness?

Your thoughts:

Wants to satisfy the flesh –

  • “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Rom 7:23   
  • Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste. Job 20:2 
    • You see the thoughts of your mind is also the playing field of Satan!
    • Your thoughts determine your attitude and behavior;
    • Your thought can therefore overrule or undermine your faith –
      • Or stimulate/support your faith to be powerful in God!

It is in this area where deception and temptations are taking place – the breeding place of bad thoughts?

  • “ Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2Th 2:1-3
  • “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. Eph 4:17-19 
  • Another translation says:
    • you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do,
    • in the futility of their minds.
    • They are darkened in their understanding,
    • alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

Verse 20: But that is not the way you learned Christ!–

The “Old Nature” is still in your mind – read verse 22- 24

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

  • Another translation of verse 24
    • “and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness”.

So, coming back to our main verse from Paul in Rom 12:1:

  • That we have to be renewed in our minds!
  • Clear your head of all rubbish and worldly things;
  • Clear your thoughts of negative stuff – which is an indication of a lack of faith!

Verse 3:

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

  • In this regard, our thoughts would like to put us into a higher position where we ought not to be, such as:
    • To be a leader of people (a team captain; manager; or even President of a country);
    • To assume an office such as Pastor, officer; judge, etc. – while we should only be the usher at the door;
    • Or to be a great musician/singer – such as the “wanna-be’s” on Idols?

Verse 6 – 8:  And then Paul continues with the gifts of grace ……

  • We have (possess) gifts through the power of the Holy Spirit;
  • To be a servant unto the Body of Christ
  • And it differs according to the grace that has been given to us:
    • whether prophecy   –  according to the proportion of faith;
    • Or ministry  – in our serving;
    • or he that teacheth – in his teaching;
    • Or he that exhorteth  – in his exhortation:
    • he that giveth – in generosity;
    • the one who leads (rules)  –  with zeal;
    • the one who does acts of mercy –  with cheerfulness.

So, here we find the 5-fold ministry and support ministries all in one.

This shows me that both categories are equally important!

Now remember – we are busy dealing with the issue to renew your mind!

  • Therefore, the revelation of this verses (6-8) is:  To have a mind of a leader!

But in order to implement the gifts above, you will need the following characteristics as well: (Beginning from verse 9 – 21):

  • “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
  • Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor”.
    • This refer to a: MIND of love!
  • Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
  • Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
    • This refer to a: Mind of Faith!
  •  Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
  • Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
  • Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
    • This refer to a: Mind of a servant!
  •  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited.
    • This refers to unity; submission; humbleness; etc.
    • It refers to a:  Mind of Unity  (One Mind)
  •  Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
  •  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
    • It seems to me the Apostle Paul also understood that it is sometimes difficult to have peace with everyone we meet. It is quite noticeable when he starts the sentence with  if possible, so far as it depends on you…”
    • And yes, we can control much of the outcome of relationships when we try to live in peace with people, despite their reactions or attitude. It is just a choice and an act of your love through the grace and love of Christ in us.
    • If you are not born again, this will be nearly impossible to accomplish;
    • But these verses refer to a: Mind of Peace.
  •  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
  • To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
    • This refers to a Mind of Forgiveness !
    • Forgiveness clears the mind of all bitterness and hate!
    • It clears the mind of negative thoughts!
  •  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
    • This refers to a:  Powerful mind!
    • Powerful through faith in God and His ability to do!
    • Powerful through the Spirit of God!

In summary, Paul is actually telling us to renew our minds to the following standard. To have a:

  • Mind of a Leader!
  • MIND of Love!
  • Mind of Faith
  • Mind of a Servant!
  • Mind of Unity!
  • Mind of Peace!
  • Mind of Forgiveness!
  • Powerful mind!

Then, when we look once again at each of the eight characteristics,  it clearly identifies the characteristics of Jesus Christ!  And once again, the Word of God gives us the answer on this:

  • Having the mind of Christ! 
    • 1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 
    • Rom 15:6  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • Having the “mind of Christ” also mean to have the thoughts of Christ! His reasoning and wisdom; His compassion and zeal.

One last word on this: We find eight (8) characteristics in this Scripture from Paul and this number refer to “New beginnings”.  When we renew our minds according to the perfect will of God, there will be a new beginning for us as well as for those whom we touch through the gifts of Grace!

When your mind and thoughts are renewed and in line with the mind of Christ, and start to pray in faith, what will the outcome of your prayers be now? When God says that He is able to do far beyond what we may pray or think – according to the power within us?

Do you want to be a shaker and mover of the Spirit of God in your city? Start to renew your mind according to the above guideline from the Word!  Have the mind of Christ!

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The word – IF

From the Desk of Bishop Samuel L. Smith: General Chairman of the AWCF

The famed poet, Rudyard Kipling composed one of the most memorable masterpieces in literary history when he wrote the poem – IF. The message contained in his notable composition has been both a challenge and inspiration to millions.

On that word “if” hinges success or failure! Someone has well said, “if” is the biggest word in the dictionary. Man’s dreams can come to a screeching halt at its mention, while others are driven onward by its challenge!

There are times when “if” is an honest inquisitor of dubious circumstances. Other times it can be a “lingering cancer” to positive faith. It is the latter that is the object of serious concern as more frequently “if” has become a weapon against Bible faith. Long before thoughtful people disregard anointed scripture, they first tolerate doubt. All “faith” must stand the test of study and be proven by the inerrant Word of God. When that is done, to further doubt is “raw” unbelief, the cancer to spiritual hope.

God has proven Himself! His Word has been prophetically accurate and His principles when applied have brought peace, happiness, and love to those who have applied them. And to the unbeliever, time and again we have seen eternal ruin become their portion. Faith in God depends on being able to say humbly and completely, “I believe.” This manner of faith has been the bedrock on which great nations have risen. Likewise, it has been the backbone of men like Washington and Lincoln.

Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”

Lincoln proclaimed, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”

We expect the atheist to boast of his unbelief. We sadly tolerate the rambling doubts of the agnostic. But what cuts deeper than a cold knife is the frequent statement by liberal churchgoers, many, many youth, and the so-called intellectual community; “If there is a God?”   The Bible says, “that from the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.” (Luke 6:45)

That being true, then doubt, relative to God, is becoming a wide-ranging trend; thus, accounting for the latter-day turning away from His Word“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming?” (II Peter 3:3-4)

History has a remarkable way of repeating itself. Great civilizations have risen, based upon God-blessed “truths”. When they departed from them, decay, ruin, and destruction followed. Gibbon’s “Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire” gives us an insight to the fate of any people who depart from spiritual values and seek to gratify only the “carnal” man.  At the peak of Rome’s power, Apostle Paul gave an ordained warning in his epistle addressed to the Romans.  “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God neither were thankful … who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator…” (Romans 1:21 and 25)

Rome never heeded the warning! It decayed from within and was overrun and destroyed by the barbarians. Our beloved land is riddled with internal moral decay. From abortion, sexual immorality to crime, the problem is “sin”.

“Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

Seeking any and all pleasure while ignoring Bible warnings, “Lady Liberty” surely must be blushing! Be sure of this, America’s enemies wait the moment to capitalize on her weaknesses! Will history repeat itself? Should America follow its present course, it will go the way of Rome. Will some future historian, God willing, look back and say the road downward began with “if”: “If there is a God … If the Bible is true… If there is a judgment?”

Mankind is God’s creation! The Creator has provided a way of salvation for every soul, but has given man a choice. Each person, based on his faith, has the opportunity to accept or reject the gift of God. “If” can be the “searchlight” that finds out God and starts a soul towards eternal glory. Or, “if” can be the excuse to doubt, like liquor to a drunkard, a driving master, an elusive dream, and a goal in itself.

We must return to Bible faith. Every positive law enacted by successful people anywhere has its roots in the Word of God. The good way is the Lord’s way!

From our adults through to our youth, moral revival and spiritual renewal is the need of the hour. God’s way works! Believe Him. Obey Him. It is not a matter to be regarded with an uncertain “If”, but rather, the searchlight of reason reveals that Jesus Christ “Is” the hope of the world.

 All scripture references are the King James Version.

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Thought 16

Today we are fasting from the thought that says: “I can’t believe this is happening to me!”

When we think this way, we become victims. The devil wants you to live in shock. He wants you to be stopped by the “paralysis of analysis.” Folks, every one of us has experienced adversity, trials—a sickness, a sudden break up, a job loss, etc. In John 16:33, Jesus said, in this world, you’ll have tribulation…but, He went on to say (the key to overcoming this way of thinking)…

1. TAKE COURAGE—How? Realize that He has overcome the world. See yourself as an overcomer—Romans 8:37 says you are more than a conqueror! Continue reading Thought 16

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