You clean better than anyone else!

Which Work do you do in the church? Is there some work you despise and think others should do it but not you? Before I got born again, I thought some work like cleaning the house was lowly and therefore I left it to my house help. I made a mistake of carrying the same attitude to the church upon getting saved.

There is this one Sunday when I found my lady pastor and her husband cleaning the altar seats as well as sweeping the earthen floor in our village church. I didn’t find anything wrong with them doing the work, though I wondered where they had been on Saturday for they should have done it then to avoid consuming time for church service. I dismissed them as disorganized and time unconscious. Of course I could see my lady pastor feeling embarrassed that they were cleaning as the church members sat waiting for them to finish and begin the service. Little did I know that the work of cleaning the house of God was mine. I had a bachelor degree and teaching in high school; so, I couldn’t imagine that such work can be done by people of my calibre.

After feeding on the Word of God and attending a seminar( actually, God spoke to me in a dream that I should attend that seminar for it was being hosted by a different church, and there we were taught about being faithful stewards even in tough times), I became alert about serving God. This commitment was also prompted further when I started experiencing dreams of the church and it’s compound being dirty. I started cleaning it every Saturday and any time I failed to clean, I would be shown in a dream the dirty compound and that would require I wake up early on Sunday and do it before service.

When I left that church after relocating to another town, I prayed to find out in what area I should serve in the church; and again,  God impressed upon me in a dream that part of  the work I should do there was cleaning the church. Of course there was a lady employed to do the work but God wanted me there. The take was that I would wash the church and in turn God would show me revelations, some pertaining to the church, others personal and others concerning other individuals. After washing for one year, God showed me in a dream that it was time to pursue my masters degree; a promise He had made to me some 6 years back. Thus, doing God’s work opens for us doors of blessings that the devil has closed for along time.

I later moved to the city and this time round I didn’t want to continue washing the church because I was doing my masters at the university, therefore I thought that I should be relieved of the task. So, I didn’t ask God about it. I then had a dream where I was told that I am tired of cleaning the altar. I ignored this for sometime but when other dreams persisted on the same I had to pray for the Grace of God that I accept the task. It was impressed upon me in a dream that I am the one who washes the church thoroughly, better than anyone else. Actually, my personality is such that I am conscious of even the finest dirt and I always go out of my way to clean it, even in contexts outside the church.

Any time I wasn’t available and someone else washed the altar, God would show me in a dream some places not attended, that were dusty, and sure enough, come Sunday, I would see traces of dust in various places, and of course feel embarrassed.

When churches were closed due to the novel Covid 19 epidemic, I too decided to take a leave in washing the church altar, but then I saw in a dream, the church altar having black ant soil on the edges of the carpet, and this impressed upon me that I had to continue washing.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

(Ephesians 4:11,12 NKJV Bible)

In short, there is a task that God wants to entrust a particular person with because God has endowed them with the right skill or God is pleased only when it’s done by that person. Some work is prestigious and can even make one a celebrity, but others are usually looked down upon but God expects us to attend them diligently without complaining.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

(2 Timothy 2:20 NKJV Bible)

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This photo of Irene was taken on Saturday, the 16th of May, 2020, during the washing of a local church altar

 I challenge you to find out what work God wants you to be doing and God will not only release His grace to do it but also bless you out of it. I completed my Masters in Linguistics but I continue washing the altar of God, and God loves it that way. Sanctify yourself for God’s work even when people don’t acknowledge you, because, more importantly, God will honor you. God bless you as you search out the service God wants you to render in His kingdom.

Dead Ministries

The Power of the Cross of Jesus Christ

The Great Commission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dead Ministries

pexels-photo-262271The Great Commission

The bible addresses the issue of deceiving appearances. It’s actually ironical that the very highly informed scribes and Pharisees, who knew the law of God very closely and quoted it at every instance, are the same ones who attacked the Word of God(Jesus) ,when He was revealed as messiah. One then wonders how you can teach about the messiah and fail to recognize Him when he comes.

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

( Matthew 23:27-28 NKJV)

In the book of Revelation 3:1-2, the Holy Spirit talks of a dead church:

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,

‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.

But in this article, I wish to talk of dead ministries. It’s possible to be born again and go about life as if everything is okay, yet there is a calling to God’s work you haven’t answered. Consequently, the kingdom of God suffers scarcity of workers.

Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

(Luke 10:2 NKJV)

Sadly, this is the case in these latter times, despite the fact that the Holy Spirit is being poured upon all flesh.

28 “And it shall come to pass afterward

That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

Your old men shall dream dreams,

Your young men shall see visions.

29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants

I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

(Joel 2:28-29 NKJV)

Prophesy, visions and dreams should be for edifying the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit releases many gifts and ministries for His work. Despite this, no sooner do many people answer the call to serve God than their ministries die. This results from a number of factors, but here I will discuss only one.

Some ministries die because the said ministers are mislocated. There are many Christians that are members of big churches yet God wants them to be in a small upcoming church, so as to support it to full growth. I was a culprit in this kind of a situation.

Immediately I got born again, I was advised by a certain pastor to join a Pentecostal church so as to grow spiritually. He took me to a number of them and ordinarily, I chose one just because it had many members contrasted with the others. Nevertheless, for the three months I was a member there, I was totally feeling out of place. The pastor was greatly used by God with great teaching, the members praised and worshipped well, but I always felt I didn’t fit. I thus embarked on a prayer to God to show me where I should fellowship, or tell me my purpose for being there. I prayed for a time but God didn’t answer.

Then one Saturday, I told God that the next day, Sunday, I would not go to church, not unless He showed me where to go. That night, I had this dream. I saw so many graves lined up on a patch of land. The graves were cemented white with white crosses. They were beautiful to behold. But then a voice told me that I would end up like that if I continued to go to that church.

In the morning I decided to attend service in a small church deep in the village near there. The lady pastor there was a member of a home cell fellowship I had started to attend. One day, I visited her home and as we shared, I got surprised to realize that a dream I had before meeting her was exactly similar to the things she was telling me about her past life. Her house was similar to the house I had seen in the dream. In the dream, it had been impressed upon me that God had walked in a great way with this pastor and would use her in a great way in the future. As I listened to her talk now in real life, I marveled every now and then, just as I had marveled in the dream, at the things God had done in her life since she started pastoral work while in Form two.

As days passed by, I got more revelations that I should support this pastor and her church in every way, even financially. Later I realized I was to train on mission work under her, and this church was really favored in missions. We managed to hold whole week crusades and revivals in several places in Kenya, then in Rwanda and Uganda. After that, God opened international doors and the pastor went to preach in the USA, actually in seven states within a short period; February to July. God has now lead her to open a church in the USA that continues hosting many missions of the work of God, and for all this we give all the glory to God.

Contrary to this, the other church I had attended earlier was not gifted in mission work, meaning if I had continued going there, my missionary ministry would have died. Of course I believe that church has a different mandate that edifies the body of Christ because the body has different organs and parts that perform different tasks.

Brethren, ask for God’s leading as to where you should serve Him, with whom and how, for He is willing to show you. In the same note, don’t despise a humble beginning. The mega churches we have in the kingdom of God were once small churches but God used people to support them to such high heights. Don’t let your ministry( the work the Lord has called you to do in His kingdom) die, just because you aren’t where God wants you to be. The beautiful, white, cemented graves represent the many ministries that the Holy Spirit has released upon many Christians, but though the Christians appear okay, especially when they fellowship and feel blessed, they are carrying dead ministries inside them, just because they aren’t doing what God called them to do. God bless you as you embark on a self search of who you are in the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit through revelations and prophecy is always at hand to help.

The Power of the Cross of Jesus Christ

 

The Power of the Cross of Jesus Christ

pexels-photo-415571 I had a dream that I was standing outside our house and in front of me stood a huge monument; an image of a house help called Muthoni. She was dressed like a girl and everyone that passed stood shortly to look and wonder at this girl. Muthoni is my name. I then started to climb a structure against which the monument stood. I carried a wooden cross as I climbed. When I reached the top, the monument collapsed and poured as pieces of marble that had been used to mould it. I then flew freely in the air above so many people who had gathered in what looked like a crusade. I was preaching to them as they waved at me in the air so joyously.

This dream captures the state of captivity we grew up in and finally the power of deliverance released to me and my siblings when most of us got born again and sought the Lord.

There was actually an altar in our family, that of being employed as house helps, or doing wage labour that did not pay well. Not once or twice did my sisters and I accompany my mother for this wage labour. The adults in the 80s were receiving Ksh. 60 as daily pay, whereas us children got so little. During my first time, I got Ksh. 5, the second time Ksh. 1 and 50 cents and the third time I got Ksh. 4 and 50 cents.

My oldest sister dropped from school in Form two due to lack of school fees, and off she went to be employed as a house help; a status she held until she got married. All my other younger sisters, after completing standard eight, could not go to secondary school, again due to lack of school fees. They followed suit and got employment as house helps which continued until they got married.

I was lucky to go to a provincial government high school as I was performing well. However, every holiday I would engage in wage labour with my mother to raise school fees for the following term. My sisters also supported my mother with the little they earned where they were employed as house helps. Nevertheless, the fees balance still accumulated whereby when I opened school for first term Form Three, the deputy principal sent me away for fees and warned my mother not to take me back until all fees was paid. In fact, she advised my mother to take me to a day school, because in this school I was being sent home for fees every now and then. The day schools at that time weren’t performing well and thus my mother, who didn’t have a coin to take me there, dismissed that idea. It was thus obvious that my education had come to an end.

My aunt got me a job at Buruburu in Nairobi, with a monthly salary of Ksh. 700. I worked for three months up to April, but God is good because, the principal of my high school( God bless her), who had been away when the deputy sent me home for good, sent my cousin at the end of first term to tell me to go back to school and be paying little by little. That is the way I completed high school, but with a balance of Ksh. 9,000, which in 1995 was a huge balance.

I got a grade of B- in my exam result, which was good enough to earn me a temporary teaching job in a day secondary school. But I was ignorant of that fact and nobody gave me such a thought. My best friend in the village actually got such a job, but myself, who had even qualified to go to the university, continued working as a house girl.Of course this was the captivity of the devil. By the time I realized that my friend was working as a teacher, there was little time to apply as our university program was about to begin. I thus worked for two good years as a house help before going to the university, and thus managed to clear my high school debt as well as saved a little for my university education, of course with the help of my siblings and mother.

When I got born again, I had the above dream and realized it was a demonic altar that worked against our education and rendered us to hold menial jobs like house helps, with meagre salary. I prayed against this and the testimony now is that presently, none of my siblings, nieces and nephews are working as house helps, and all my siblings children complete secondary school education. I give all the glory to God for breaking this evil altar for us. The cross of Jesus on Calvary finished all the oppression of the devil and his demons, for all who believe and seek this deliverance. Whenever we pray, God hears and answers all our prayers. My brother, my sister, seek the Lord and you will be able to possess your blessings. The Holy Spirit can reveal to you the evil altars that speak against your life and that of your family, and through prayers and fasting you can break them and be free.

Below are the words of Jesus Christ that were prophesied by Prophet Isaiah, and Jesus later read these very words in the temple when he began his ministry here on earth.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

( Isaiah 61:1 NKJV Bible)

I thank you Lord Jesus for delivering me and my family, and I know you are doing greater things upon our lives.

Spiritual Weapons

pexels-photo-246982As a new believer, I could hear my pastor and other brethren emphasize on the power in the name of Jesus and other spiritual weapons that one can employ while in the spiritual battle. The significance of this became clear when I had this dream.

In the dream, I was climbing up a very high precipice, but every time I made progress, there is this ugly, old, skinny, dirty man in rags, whom I recognized as the devil, who would come and pull me back to the ground. I would feel infuriated, struggle to resist him with fists, and then proceed to climb again; just to have him pull me all over again! I struggled with him several times until I grew so weary that I couldn’t struggle anymore. Suddenly, I remembered the teaching on the spiritual weapons and decided to employ them, at first, hesitantly. I said, “Blood of Jesus,” and guess what? I was lifted by some unseen power from the ground to some height. I then said, “Name of Jesus.” And there I was been lifted higher. I then said, “Angels of God.” And you have guessed right, I was lifted even higher. By now, I had enough confidence in these weapons such that I declared them loud and strongly, whereby I finally found myself on top of the precipice. On its edges, I found the old ugly devil had followed me, but on foot, and now that I had victory, he turned, looked at me badly and started going down the cliff, in a stooped stature of defeat.

Upon reflecting on the dream, I realized how powerful these weapons are. Many are times we children of God struggle with problems, yet we just need to speak the Blood of Jesus upon them, pray in the name of Jesus or tell God to send His angels to help us. Now I employ this strategy in many areas. When I have a lot of work, I tell God to send His angels to do it and guess what? I always find I have done the work with shorter time, more efficiently and without feeling tired. Every morning I tell God to give me and my son angels of protection and guidance for the day. For the sins of my family and nation, I plead the Blood of Jesus, the Grace and the mercies of God to subside the wrath of God.

Of course there are other weapons I often use effectively like the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn and scatter demons; the rod of the stem of Jesse to crash the demons; the lightning of God to electrocute the devil and his demons; the hailstones of God to crash the demonic altars; the earthquake and nuclear bombs of the Holy Spirit to demolish evil altars; the sword of God to cut the chords of the yoke of the enemy off my shoulders, and so on and so forth. We have been given the resources and authority to use so as to overcome the evil in the world, and more encouraging, we have the victory of Jesus Christ!

This is what has enabled me survive in this journey the last eleven years of salvation. Any weapon that God used to fight His battles is always at hand for our use. Any weapon used in the physical realm also exists in the spiritual realm, for instance nuclear bombs, and therefore at our disposal to use. Dear child of God, why struggle in this life while you can just ask God to release His angel Michael and the battalion in heaven; angels of warfare, to fight for you!

Some of these weapons are supported by the following scriptures:

Joshua 10:11

And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword.

Psalms 18:13

The Lord thundered from heaven,

And the Most High uttered His voice,

hailstones and coals of fire.

Hebrews 10:19

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus

Revelation 12:7, 8

7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

Psalms 18:14

He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe,

lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.

Isaiah 11:1, 4

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse

He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth

The Great Commission

Jesus Christ is coming back soon

 

 

 

The Great Commission

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In the year 2009, few months before I received Christ as my saviour, I had a great visitation in form of a dream. This was sixteen years after the other four dreams about end times, which I have addressed in previous articles. When I experienced this dream, I was a high school teacher in a village school.

In the dream, I was standing outside the small gate to the kitchen of that school, but in place of the kitchen was a large church. There were brethren inside the church at the front pews. They seemed to be holding a fellowship as it was on a weekday. Standing in the air outside the church was Jesus, in a jungle green soldier’s uniform. He was very huge. He was looking at the brethren in the church sternly, the way a parent would look at a child who is doing something wrong. I constantly looked at him, then at the brethren who had no idea that Jesus was there. I wondered how Jesus can come, stand there yet those who are supposed to be meeting him have no idea that he had come. I felt within me that something was wrong.

Under normal circumstances, one would appreciate brethren who meet in church for prayers or fellowship. I don’t refute that fellowship is important for it builds believers. Why is then Jesus annoyed with these people? The answer lies in the great commission given to the church by Jesus just before he ascended to heaven. It’s always good, if one is working under some authority, to first understand the mandate one has been given, before embarking on doing it. This is the problem with the present church. It is an indoor church 24/7, yet our master Jesus mandated us to go out into the world and execute his great works; the great commission described in this scripture:

14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

(Mark 16:14 NKJV Bible)

Jesus wants to find us doing the work he called us to do. No believer is called to sit just as a member of the church. As soon as one receives salvation, he or she should sit under a pastor and be instructed on how to do the work of God that they are called to do, and at the same time they should be doing it. There is no time to waste seated. The Holy Spirit gives one simple tasks that they can manage, as they grow in salvation, to later be entrusted with more complex tasks.

45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

(Matthew 24:45-51 NKJV Bible)

The body of Christ in general is supposed to emphasize on outdoor evangelism through crusades, interdenominational seminars, workshop, conferences and even door-to- door evangelism. This will then go a long way to reach out to the unreached. For any church to grow healthy, it is required to feed from other churches through these meetings, because no one single church is gifted with everything. Some are gifted in faith, others holiness, others in the ministry of uplifting of marriages, others deliverance etc. and all these are necessary in every church. That’s why the bible calls it the body of Christ, where one church is an arm, others legs and so on. It is therefore paramount that the servants of God: bishops, pastors and the church administration cease from unhealthy competition with other churches and facilitate their flock to mix. This is emphasized when Jesus prayed for all believers to be united.

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

(John 17:20-23 NKJV Bible)

The pastor should also ensure that every one of his or her flock is rightfully positioned and doing God’s work through proper guidance and love. The office of the prophet is very important in this case as the Holy Spirit mostly communicates specifically as to how individuals are called. For example a prophesy can be given that one will become a great worshipper, a prophet, a pastor, or one will be involved in taking care of the widows, orphans, the needy and such like. The individual with the guidance of the pastor should take up such prophecy, pray and align themselves to serving along that line.

Another problem of today’s church featuring in this dream is the omission of eschatology (The study of the end times — the end of the world, the second coming of Christ, the Apocalypse or the Last Judgment). The believers are ignorant of the fact that Jesus is coming soon. The reason he features as a soldier in the dream is because Jesus is coming back as a man of war, to fight and judge the devil, his demons and the rebellious people. They have also not been taught the signs of the end times, the issues of antichrist, the false prophet and such characteristics of the last days that we are living in. That’s why the Holy Spirit is releasing these revelations so that the church, pastors, teachers of the Word and prophets, can take up the matter and teach these things.

During the time of Daniel, the end times were far, and that’s why he was told to seal that prophecy of the end times.

9 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

(Daniel 12:9 NKJV Bible)

On the other hand, John, in the book of Revelation, was told not to seal the prophesy for the end time was near.

10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.

(Revelation 22:10 NKJV Bible)

Daniel prophesied that during these last days, the Holy Spirit will cause the upright to understand the times, the happenings and the signs in relation to the end times prophesy in the scriptures and such people were required to instruct the others. That’s why Jesus is worried to see a church that is ignorant of his second coming.

33 And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering.

(Daniel 11:33 NKJV Bible)

The Holy Spirit is ardently raising servants who should understand these things and teach them to the rest. That’s why in the dream I am able to see Jesus and feel the church should know. Those who get revelations like these ones should fervently inform the church. Being near the gate also symbolized my being near entering the kingdom of God, which I did few months later. When I got born again, the Holy Spirit reminded me of these revelations and required I tell the church, which I am still doing. I thank God for this space where I can write these things so as to reach many more in the world, because the four walls of a church and the limited time of service may not allow all this information to be communicated. I therefore urge you my reader that you relay this information to as many people as possible and God will bless you.

Your Calling and the Spirit of Anti Christ

Judgment is real

Jesus Christ is coming back soon

Feed my sheep

God will give you a Sign

Epilogue

 

EffectivePrayers


God wants you to ask. He really does. But there are some conditions He gives in order to answer your requests. In John chapters 14-16 we find a number of these conditions.
We need to remember that these are Jesus’ last hours with the disciples; and He wants them to understand how prayer really works. Over and over He emphasizes the need to ask, but His answers will be based on three conditions.


First, in John 14:13, Jesus says your request must glorify God,
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
Second, in John 15:7,

He says your request must be consistent and in harmony with His Word,
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
And finally, in John 16:23-24, Jesus sets the condition that your request bring you joy,
“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”


Over and over, Jesus commands you to ask. But when you ask, make sure your request will glorify God, that it is consistent with His Word, and that it will bring you joy.
Pastor Lucy Paynter

Jesus Christ is coming back soon

When I was sixteen years old, in 1993, I had a visitation in form of a dream. I wasn’t born again and though I experienced dreams, which I never bothered about, this particular one was so extraordinary that it couldn’t escape my notice.

In the dream, I was standing outside our main house, looking at the ridge across, known as local 18. I could see many people dressed in different color clothes, singing gospel songs happily and all of them looking up the sky. I moved my eyes up and saw what they were looking at. A white cloud was coming down and inside the cloud was Jesus. I woke up at this point.

This dream plus other four on the end times moved me to think seriously about salvation, which eventually I received. After accepting Christ is the time I reflected on these revelations and understood their meaning.

This dream can be interpreted as showing that the rapture of the church is real. Jesus Christ is coming back soon to take away the church.
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NKJV Bible)

Since I was a Catholic, I hadn’t surrendered my life to Christ and that is why I was in a range, far and across where the church was receiving the Lord Jesus. Just as there was a great chasm between the biblical rich man and Lazarus, so is the gap between those in the kingdom of God here on earth and those who have not given their lives to Christ, viewed from a spiritual perspective.
26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.

(Luke 16:26 NKJV Bible)

The two kingdoms are definitely not on the same side. They are far apart. Upon receiving Christ as your savior, you move from the kingdom of the devil to the kingdom of God
39 But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. 40 For he who is not against us is on our side.

(Mark 9:39 NKJV Bible)

It’s also good to note that the kingdom of God is also on the earth. When the believer receives Christ, He comes in to his or her heart together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Trinity does not operate in isolation, they work together in unity.
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

(John 14:9 NKJV Bible)

While here on this earth, we are the temple of God
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

(1 Corinthians 3:16-17

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Paul urges the Corinthians not to be yoked with unbelievers but be separate (2 Corinthians 6:16-17)

There are only two kingdoms in existence; the Kingdom of God and that of the devil. Upon receiving Christ, the believer is required to surrender to the sanctification by the Holy Spirit so as to be fully separated from the evil of the previous kingdom where he or she dwelt when he was an unbeliever.

When all this cleansing work of the Holy Spirit is completed, Christ will rupture the church and after judgment, God will create a new heaven and a new earth. God will be our temple in the new earth as we shall be holy like Him,
17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

(Isaiah 65:17)
22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord,
“So shall your descendants and your name remain.
Isaiah 66:22
13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

2 Peter 3:13
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

(Revelations 21:1 NKJV Bible)

Therefore on this earth, we house God who consecrates us through His Spirit, and when we get fully righteous, God will house us. In Revelation 21:22-27 , the Glory of the New Jerusalem is described,
22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

(Revelation 21:22-27 NKJV Bible)

When you accept Christ, your name is also erased from the book of death and written in the book of life.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

(Revelation 20:12 NKJV Bible)

In the above dream, though I wasn’t saved, I was able to see Jesus descending, but I couldn’t participate in that glorious event. When Christ comes back in the air, all will see Him but only the righteous will go with Him.
For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.

(Luke 17:24 NKJV Bible)

Let us therefore accept Christ, allow the Holy Spirit to consecrate us, do the work God called us to do, and when He comes, we shall be bold to meet Him in the air. Amen.

Judgment is real

Your Calling and the Spirit of Anti Christ

Feed my sheep

God will give you a Sign

HIS WAYS HIS WORKS

After today’s sermon, I have developed a deeper desire to know God’s ways. Yeah not just to see His works but to know His ways.

Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known” (Psalms 77:19).

God walks on the water, but you will never see His footprints there.

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GLORY POWER

My Declarations!!

I don’t want provision and protection without Your presence.

I’m not going to settle for any blessing without the Blesser.

I don’t want the land without the Lord.

I desire to know Him.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,” “neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.”

Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking God’s ways are like your ways or God’s thoughts like your thoughts.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Your thoughts are never going to reveal to you God’s ways. God’s ways are always mysterious.
Yeah, if we are not to rely on our thoughts or ways then this calls for intimacy.

An intimate relationship with God does not come by observation, like seeing God part the Red Sea. It does not come by interrogation or reasoning. It comes by spending time face to face with God.

INFORMATION OR INTIMACY

You cannot love a person until you know their ways, and you cannot know their ways until you spend time with that person. When we learn to seek His face and not His hand, we will know His ways and find rest for our souls.

When you know God intimately, there is serenity. Peace comes into your life. God gives you rest. There is stability. There is sufficiency. And you learn, no matter how bad the problem, not only is God necessary; God is enough.
I desire to get there👌👌

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Great Faith

Matthew 15:21- 28
21 And Jesus went out thence and withdrew into the parts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanitish woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a demon. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 But she came and [i]worshiped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 And he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s [j]bread and cast it to the dogs. 27 But she said Yea, Lord: for even the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it done unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was healed

Jesus reaction to the Canaanite woman:
1. He answered her not a word; Silence treatment.
Sometimes when you are waiting for an answer to your prayers, people may mistake your waiting time as denial. The disciples thought because Jesus answered her not that it was ok for her to be sent away.
@Opened a door for the disciples to request she be sent away.
@ They labeled her a wailer crying after them.
People may even give you a nickname associated with your actions as you continue to persist. I have heard people say that all they know is pray, pray why isn’t God answering. They may think you are crazy, but brethren keep praying. Delay is not Denial!

2. Jesus said he wasn’t sent to help her a gentile but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Jesus made sure that she understood that she was not worthy of his help. Yes, she was a Canaanite a gentile not worthy to be treated with preferential treatments, but she continued, unwavering.
3. He insisted on her status. It is not meet to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.
Why did Jesus compare her with a dog? Because she was a gentile and that’s how the Jews treated Gentiles. Allow me to remind you the foundation of Canaan. In – Genesis 9:20–2720 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine and was drunken, and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father, and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem, and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem, and Canaan shall be his servant.
Canaan was the son of Ham, and he was cursed due to his father’s behavior. I don’t want to talk more about why this happened, but I just want to put out the curse of Canaan was that he would be A SERVANT OF SERVANT. In my culture, as well as Jewish culture, dogs were treated as servants. They slept outside, were allowed to grab the crumbs that fell from the table while the master is dining.
4., O woman, great is thy faith: be it done unto thee even as thou wilt.
This Canaanite mother persisted and overcame all the obstacles. Her name is not known, but we are aware her faith was great. Jesus declared it, and an instant miracle happened.
Let us learn from this woman her reaction to everything she encountered in pursuit of her daughter’s healing.
The woman reactions that qualified her as having great faith.
• She came out
• She cried out
• She continued crying out for help
• She changed her cry into worship
Take action now because Faith without works is dead. Do you have faith in Jesus cry out for help and don’t stop even if you have been labeled a wailer, Keep going turn your Wailing into worship and see the manifestation of His glorious power18768310_1910543555891580_660291680241027224_o?
Amen.

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Psalm 8:2American Standard Version (ASV)

 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings, hast thou established strength,
Because of thine adversaries,
That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Understanding the power of praise will advance our levels and discipline of Praise.
Join us as we Praise through for our breakthroughs. Join us for the perfected praise summit as we learn about the power of praise and levels of praise.

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ALL GLORY BELONGS TO GOD

It should be encouraging that even the heroes of the faith expressed their own misgivings about their abilities. Moses certainly did, and yet of the billions of people who have walked this earth, God chose Him to spotlight for generations to come. In the Bible, we see time and again how God worked through imperfect vessels to accomplish His great glory. As one book perfectly summed up, God plus nothing still equals everything.

The flip side of that is that because He’s the One doing the work, it’s not something we can take credit for, no matter how tempting it may be to do so. Have you ever seen God move so powerfully when someone sings a particular song or preaches an individual message, and then the person adds that outcome to their resumé? It becomes like a ‘Big Fish’ story, except the fish in this story, is the person. He works through weak vessels to receive His proper glory. So we give it to Him. The assurance from His Word is that He’s going to overshadow our shortcomings and accomplish the outcome He desires if we follow His lead. Weakness only serves to underscore His power. We can rest, knowing that it’s nothing we can conjure up or manipulate. His Spirit will be at work.

You may feel burdened for a ministry that you’re not prepared for. You don’t feel comfortable in that role. Your ability or lack of it is pronounced and very obvious to all around. If so, you’re in good company. God only expects for you to be obedient, regardless of your comfort level. He’s got this. Rest in His power.
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The Presence Of God

I. Introduction

 The Presence of God is the most important thing in the life of man.

 God intended man to have it always. In the Garden of Eden, God came to visit man every day in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8)

 The Presence of God was lost when man sinned and was chased out of the Garden

 God has been trying to restore His Presence in the life of man ever since

II. The Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25)

 It was a sacred chest

 God instructed Moses to built it to house the two tablets containing the ten commandments

 It represented the Presence of God

III. In the Tabernacle (Exodus 25:22)

 During their time in the desert, the Ark was placed in the Tabernacle and carried from one location to another by Priests

 The Tabernacle was a portable/temporary place of worship

 It means ―Tent of Meeting‖

 It was the dwelling place of God while the Israelites were in the wilderness

IV. In the Temple (1 Kings 8:10-11)

 In the Temple, the Holy of Holies was prepared to receive and house the Ark (1 Kings 6:19); when the Temple was dedicated, the Ark, containing the original tablets of the Ten Commandments, was placed therein (1 Kings 8:6-9). When the priests emerged from the holy place after putting the Ark there, the Temple was filled with a cloud, “for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord” (1 Kings 8:10-11; 2 Chron. 5:13, 14)

 Only the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies once a year (Hebrews 9:7)

 The Temple was God’s dwelling place when the Israelites got into Canaan (the Promised Land)
V. Jesus’ Ministry

 Jesus embodied the Presence of God

 He was God (John 1) and brought God’s Presence to man.

 His name is Emmanuel – God with us (Matthew 1:23) VI. Today (In our Lives)

 Jesus taught that if anyone obeyed his word, the Father would send him a Helper who will be IN him
15 ―If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you (John 14:15-17).
 When Jesus died, the curtain of the Temple was torn into two, giving everyone access to the Presence of God
37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, ―Surely this man was the Son of God!‖ (Mark 15:38)

 We are the Temples of the Holy Spirit, vsco_071816and He dwells in us
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
VII. Conclusion – Revelation 3:20
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
 God wants to come into our hearts.

 He wants us to have His Presence.

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