BREAKTHROUGH @ CHRISTMAS TIME

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Christmas time again!!!!

For many, a time of looking at advertising brochures (especially the children looking at the gifts they want), a time of spending more money than we intended, a time of eating more than we should (the main culprits usually been the Christmas mince pies, Christmas cake, Christmas puddings and the ever guilty Christmas lunch), and for some a time of rushing and working long and tiring hours.

But for us as Christians, our spiritual association of Christmas is with the Birth of Jesus

(forget about if it is the right or wrong date, that is not the debate here) (refer to my blog post: It is Christmas Time).

As Christians, during this season, we take time out to reflect on the Birth of Jesus as the Miracle of the Christmas.

Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus

See Luke 1:26-35

But as is true with the entire Bible, there are multiple revelations of one event, everyone revealing a new truth in God and His Word.

God recently showed me a revelational side of Christmas I had never in the 22 years of being saved, ever discovered.

This key can be found in Luke 1 v 34:

“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”

We have read this line so many times over the years of Christmas and never connected Christmas with the key to breakthrough in our lives.

We know Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, and in our minds, we immediately jump to v 35:

Luke 1 v 35

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

And we miss the importance of “how shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”

Having had a year where God told us we needed to “break every chain” in the Spirit, we’ve had to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us during every meeting, on every camp, for every conference, in every situation we found ourselves in to be able to find the Godly key to breaking that particular stronghold we found ourselves in at that time.

God told me many people are trusting God for a Breakthrough in certain areas of their lives. But they are looking in the natural as to where the door is going to open. Or more accurately, they are looking for the “right” person, or the “right” connection or the “right” network to open doors for them. And that their breakthrough is not going to come through the “right”. Jer 17 v 5 tells us if we are not looking to God to bring about our breakthrough, but we are looking to the “right” to bring about our breakthrough, we actually open ourselves to a curse.

Jer 17 v 5

5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his strength and whose heart departs from the LORD (NKJV)

Your breakthrough is only going to come through the “Godly solution” of “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee”

God is saying:

“Your breakthrough is only coming through My Spirit. I will open the doors for you in ways you have not been able to reason out. Be faithful and trust Me. I will bring the breakthrough you need by My Spirit”.

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Encouraging Scriptures

James 4 v 10

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Zec  4 v 6

6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.

Ps 75 v 6+7

6  For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south.

7  But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.

Is 43 v 19

19  Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

We wish all of you a Wonderful Blessed Christmas and may your time with your Family and Friends be blessed!

Remember: It is the Goodness of God that leads people to repentance. So let’s share the goodness of God in this season that is focussed on the Birth of His Son.

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Deliverance from a Fiery Furnace?

Daniel 3 is our storyline.

We all know the story of Shadrach, Meshack and Abed-nego and the fiery furnace, so I am not going to retell the story. The part that fascinates me whenever I think of this story is the part that follows after King Nebuchadnezzar, full of fury commands the furnace to be made seven times hotter! (v19)

After the King commands his “most mighty men” (v20) to cast our 3 friends into the burning furnace, the King’s “most mighty men” are all killed by the heat of the furnace (v22).

Time to stop and ponder: our 3 friends were bound hand and foot (v21), so they had to be helped/carried/assisted to the edge of the furnace. Our 3 friends were the only ones left standing close to the furnace after watching these “most mighty men” fall down dead around them from the heat.

Now if it was me, this would be going through my mind:

“Oh yeah King! You see! I told you my God would deliver me!”

(v17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace , and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king)

At that point, I would have summarised the situation very quickly and realised, not one of the Kings other men would have come close to me to throw me into the furnace, their friends were lying dead at my feet! If I decided to at this particular point, to actually plead my case with the King, he would probably have listened because he would not want to die throwing me in the furnace. He knew at that particular point, he was in a very negotiable position as to making him look really powerful or really powerless before his entire nation.

Me, I would have thought that God had started opening the door for my deliverance with the guards dying, because at that point, the 3 friends were in a position of power.

Looks like the Son of God in the Fire (v25)

And our 3 friends? They decided to throw themselves into the fire without the help of the “most mighty men” of the king or without any further assistance! (v23)  The end result we know, they walk around in the fire with Jesus.

When we go through “fiery situations”, we are inclined to expect God’s deliverance before the flames reach us, but sometimes God has a bigger picture in mind than our immediate comfort zone.

A New Testament version of  this Old Testament story.

Read John 18:1-6

Judas is coming out to betray Jesus into the hands of the Pharisees with a band of men, soldiers and weapons.

(v 6) As soon then as Jesus had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

At that particular point, Jesus was free to escape as all who had come out to take Him captive, where lying on the ground, out under the power that came on Jesus when He took up His full authority by saying “I am He!”

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In both stories, God had a bigger plan of redemption in place than the individuals involved’s deliverance out of that particular situation.

In the 1st story a nation got to know a new God, and in the 2nd story, all the nations were freed from the curse of the law of sin and death through the death of Jesus on the cross.

Going through our trials and our own “fiery furnaces”, when we get to that point where there seems to be a deliverance from our immediate circumstances and we can walk away almost “justified” or “redeemed” or “vindicated”, we need to be very sensitive to the Holy Spirit and listen what God’s perfect purpose is for the situation. Sometimes the battles we fight are not just designed to bring us into freedom, but also the people around us. If we walk away at the 2nd best deliverance, we might miss God’s best for our lives and the lives of others.

God always gives us the choice. We can stay and go through the trail, or at a point, we can walk away. Walking away frees us and no one else. But going through, potential frees the entire body of Christ with the new truth you have learnt.

At what point in your fiery trail, do you consider yourself “delivered”?

BREAKTHROUGH – BY CHANGING THE SEED YOU SOW!

Hi Guys!!!

This is a 20 minute message I shared at a recent Breakthrough Fire Conference we hosted!

Many of us are repeatedly reaping cycles in our lives that we do not enjoy, such as anger, bitterness, resentments, judgments, strife and division. If you do not like what you are reaping, change your seed. If you do not like what you are reaping, change your seed.

I look forward to hearing some positive testimonies from the change of fruit in your life!

Father’s Day….

Well, straight off I need to apologize for not posting in the last month. My Windows crashed and it took a month to be repaired, naturally, I was able to practice all the fruits of the spirit on a daily basis 😀

When I finally got my computer back, with less than 5 days before Father’s Day, it put pressure on the us as the FYI Gang where really hyped to do a Father’s Day video as they enjoyed doing the Mother’s Day video so much.

The FYI gang came up with most of these ideas and we were able to pull them all together!  FYI presents has really found its little niche somewhere as for the last week the recorded views went up by over 2500 views in a week.  The concept behind it is to bring home a truth in a format that is fun to look at and that makes you think a little bit different. This Father’s Day video went down very well with especially the unsaved Fathers as the idea was not to hit them with the Gospel, but just to plant the seed that their kids really appreciate been loved by them!

I promise: No children were hurt in the filming of this video 😀

Have two blog posts lined up for you: one on weight loss and one on the only thing the devil needs to do to make me ineffective. They are already written, I just need to copy and paste and find some pretty pictures and then you will have some more reading material.

Stay blessed and remember to always Praise the Lord!

GO TELL…

Mat 28 v 7:

Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead;…

Points that are special to me today (on this Resurrection Sunday): 

  • The disciples had to be told that their Jesus was alive … because in the natural they saw him die and be buried in a grave. Speak death to your ungodly situations! They need to be told to die so that the Resurrection power that Jesus brings can bring your situations in line with God’s will for us!
  • Let’s go Tell in such a manner that our lives reflect Jesus is alive.  Let’s live:
    • In Health – because He overcame sickness (Is 53 v 5)
    • In Peace – because where there is unity, God commands a Blessing (Ps 133)
    • In Victory – He took back the keys to Death & Hades (Rev 1 v 18)
    • In Reigning: we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus In Freedom (Eph 2 v 6)
    • In Sonship – because God adopted us as His sons through the spirit of adoption (Rom 8 v 15)
    • In Love – because Perfect Love casts out Fear & I am free from Fear because Jesus overcame and broke the stronghold by unselfishly dying for me so I can accept the Love of God which drives out fear (1 John 4 v 18)
  • And you are welcome to add many more!!!!!

But most of all:

Let’s GO TELL others that

Jesus Is Alive!

so we can bring RESURRECTION LIFE to their situations as well!

It’s Christmas time!

Not sure if it is spiritually correct to celebrate Christmas anymore?

Is Christ still in Christmas?

Was Jesus really born on the 25 December?

Is decorating a Christmas tree part of a pagan tradition?

Our family celebrate Christmas for the following reasons:

   1. Father Christmas’s is the very personification of Christmas, bringing gifts and wishes of LOVE, JOY and PEACE.  Father Christmas always knows exactly what we want and he always brings the right gift! Why do we not take the time to share with children the story of Jesus and the perfect gifts of His promise: “I shall never need”. Christ is the persona of  LOVE, JOY and PEACE and goodwill to all mankind. Let’s share the source of the LOVE, JOY and PEACE!

2. God instructed Israel to have certain feasts (not Christmas) where they had to be Happy, which suggests we do not know how to be happy. Too many Christians are depressed and focussed on the negative. I was shocked to find out how many people I know are on antidepressants. By default that says to me “we as people don’t know how to be happy anymore, even in the core of our heart”. We do not understand “in His presence is fullness of joy” or “the joy of the Lord is my strength”.  Lets use this time to focus on been joyful.

3. If I don’t celebrate the birth of Jesus, how can I celebrate His death? If the accuracy of the date is a stumbling block for you, you need to question your entire calendar, as Jesus was not born in the year 00 either, which by default messes up all our BC and AD dates!

4. Easter, Christmas, weddings and funerals are the only times you really get people into church who will never enter church at other times. Only catch: some minister/rev/bishop/pastor’s don’t see it as an opportunity to preach the gospel in its power to attract the unsaved. I’ve found the Gospel preached in power has never offended people. Christians make it an offense. One of the spiritually most influential people in my life got saved on Christmas day. He only went to church because it was the “right” thing to do with his family. Today he is sharing the gospel wherever he goes.  Always find a reason in world system to turn people’s focus to salvation, because that is why Jesus died!

5. Decorating a Christmas tree stems from a pagan tradition according to Jeremiah. Worldwide people recognise 25 December as the day of Jesus birth.   Putting up lights, trees etc are all part of the pagan tradition I agree, but so is 80% of what we do and have in our churches, starting with the church building, finance, number of people and believe it or not, even the pulpit! Having worship in a church and not bringing in God’s presence is also pagan worship. But you don’t see the religious folks moaning about those pagan traditions. Most Christians are not even aware that some of what I have mentioned are pagan traditions. Most of them strive after more of all those points including pulpit time which to them is a form of “success” only because they don’t understand God’s “success” is actually prosperity in the purest form.

Solution: substitute the christmas tree for a nativity scene.

If we cannot celebrate and decorate for Jesus, do we have a right to put up balloons, banners, cakes, have theme parties for us and our children on our birthdays? (If your issue is the validity of the date, no historian or theologian have been able to determine the exact date of Jesus Birth)

6.  I understand it is a season that many feel pressured into giving bigger and better gifts, going into credit and thus going into bondage, but in our home, it is a season of growing your faith and blessing people. We believe we are blessed to be a blessing for every good work (2 Cor 9v8: abundance for every good work). We decide which needs we would like to fulfill and we faith in the need on behalf of that family. We don’t have an abundance of cash, but we do bless with what we have so we can be a testimony to people who are believing God for a miracle. I haven’t had a phone for 8 months and the weekend I got blessed with a BB 9700. When I share this testimony with people especially teenagers (cause they all want a BB), I tell them I faithed mine in while they have to pay R1500 for theirs! They respond to the faith message, because they have seen it in action! It is a testimony that grips them and I am suddenly in a position to teach them about God’s faithfulness when you sowing. They actually listen when they see the reaping!

7. With the world removing Jesus out of everything, it is a wonderful reminder to people to actually “be nice & giving” to each other. A message the world doesn’t spread, but which is a reflection of God’s heart. It is a time of year where people are more generous to charities, domestics, workers, poor etc. (Give to the poor and the Lord will repay, Look after widows and orphans, have an abundance to bless every good work)

I think we as God-fearing believers should celebrate and spread the real reason for Christmas by been a true reflection of God’s heart by giving and been joyful!

It’s not about running up debt by buying unaffordable gifts to impress, it’s a time where we can stretch our faith to help others, that way we a testimony of “blessed to be a blessing”. Freely I’ve received, freely I give.

GOD REJECTED JESUS TO LOVE ME!

Well, what a week it has been! From glory to glory and all I can say is ” Thank you Jesus that you love me enough to die for me and make available to me all the benefits of your resurrection power”

I’ve been sitting under the anointing in the “Days of Glory” conference in East London.

On Saturday night, Apostle Maldonaldo taught on “Fathers“. I had a blessing as a Father, but knowing God can do anything if you open your heart, I said to God, deal with whatever you want to. I just want your presence!

I fell to my knees and started sobbing the presence of God was so strong!

I’ve been battling with a relationship in my life where I have been blatantly rejected repeatedly over and over. Every couple of months I have an outburst and then I bring it back to the cross and ask God to take care of it. This time He did.

After writing the post “It is Finished”, I’ve been bringing a lot of areas to closure in my life and this was one of the areas I’d asked God to deal with because it was just to big for me to deal with.

That Saturday night, He gave me “revelational” knowledge about what happened on the cross. He told me He rejected Jesus when He turned away from looking at him. And my heart cried “Why?” And He said because Jesus was covered in sins, and sin cannot stand in God’s presence! I mentally knew all this, but it was still a reality that I was rejected, and now, so was Jesus, and at that point, in my perspective, we were both STILL rejected! I still missed Gods point!

But the picture changed as fast as the thoughts were going through my mind and I saw God turning His face away from Jesus on the cross, and in slow motion, the space that He was looking towards started been illuminated and I saw God looking at me.

It took a couple of minutes and God said to me, “I rejected my Son because I chose to accept you” and once again the reality that I got chosen above Jesus in that day, just broke me, and healed me in the same instant.

I got up off the floor and I knew the Spirit of Rejection was broken over me forever. Never to ever raise its head again because God rejected His Son to accept ME!

Now I’m not just healed, I am made whole!

Thank you Jesus!

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TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS….

A statement heard too often by leaders. After salvation, all the Christians ever speak of is…I want to be more like Jesus… but what does it mean to be more like Jesus?

The answer to this is found when Paul says

1 Cor 11:1
1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
(NKJ)

That raises the question: “What is Christ doing that I need to imitate?

We all have this wonderful picture of Jesus sitting on His GOLD throne, in a GOLD throne room on a sea of glass, with all the millions of angels singing and a rainbow over the throne.

The truth is: Jesus is in heaven, in the throne room, working! But the Bible says His work was done on the Cross. Yes it was. But now He is working for you and me! He is working so that I can get saved and … get this, He is praying so I can STAY saved!

Heb 7:25
25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
 NKJV

KJV read it like this: because he continueth ever…

Jesus did pay the price for me! And wow He is interceding so that I will accept His price and make His deliverance my own through salvation.

So if I want to be more like Jesus, all I need to do is accept Jesus as my Saviour and start interceding. But who do I pray for?

1 Tim 2:1-3

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.
(The Message)

Child Praying

If Jesus as the only person to overcome the devil, sin and death, can pray for ALL to get saved, why do I think it is not important enough for me to pray for others?

Two chewies (my word for having to chew on, meditate on, think over something till I’ve got it in my spirit) worthy of mentioning regarding praying for others:

Chewie 1:
Job 42:10
10 And the LORD restored Job’s losses when Job prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Chewie 2:
I was listening to Benny Hinn teach on the 12 Names of God. I want to focus on 3 and 4 (Adonai and El Shaddai). Benny Hinn clearly specified that you have to get to know God in this order as they are revealed in the Bible:
1. Elohim – I only know God’s power and God’s creation
2. Jehovah – The Lord God, always connected to covenant, where I understand God’s love towards me.
3. Adonai – In Adonai, I get to know God as my Lord.
Gen 18:17
17 And the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing,
(NKJ)

God wanted to share with Abraham that He was on His way to destroy
Sodom and Gomorrah, and Abraham interceded by pleading with God.

In Adonai, we learn to become prophetic and intercessory. God starts sharing things with us regarding His plan for others. In Adonai, there is nothing hidden anymore.
4. El Shaddai – The All Sufficient One
In Hebrew it means the multi breasted one, one who is more than sufficient.

Is it not awesome to know that even in the order that God’s names are revealed in the Bible, we first have to start interceding and praying for other people before God starts turning our own situation around.

He only turned Job’s situation around when Job started praying for his friends. Not only does God turn our situation around, but He also restores double.

So in becoming more like Jesus, all we need to do is spend more time in prayer for the people.

This is a step I have failed at miserably over the last four months…so I’m off to go find a victim…I mean a Friend that I can pray for!

OUR INHERITANCE

Jesus says “In my Father’s House are many mansions…” John 14v2

Have you ever considered your Inheritance in heaven before? Many times because of our natural world we loose sight of the fact that our Spiritual Inheritance is different to our natural inheritance. When we are left an inheritance in the natural, it is divided according to the wishes of the Deceased, so all mentioned in the (dreaded) WILL have the portion allocated to them as the Deceased indicated.

Jesus say in His Father’s House are many mansions…yeah, how does that affect me?

With God, our inheritance is MULTIPLIED, not DIVIDED! Everyone gets a mansion. No selling this mansion to split the money to avoid one getting more than another!
With this inheritance, we each get our God inheritance. No dividing, no fighting for “more incase I loose out here” concept…

Is this not enough reason to share Jesus with more people as it does not limit God’s inheritance to me! They get exactly the same as me!

Continue reading “OUR INHERITANCE”

MY HEART WILL GO ON….DEDICATED TO US WHO HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE…

This is for all those that have family and friends near and dear that have lost a loved one….

Yesterday someone very near and dear to me received possibly the worst news ever.

I remember receiving my news and not been able to control my tears, they just ran freely. No matter how big my sunglasses were, they could not hid them.

Even though the Bible says Man is appointed to die once…its still a shock when news comes…even if we were expecting it. Mine came at a time when I had no airtime to phone, no car to travel to go visit them, no money to travel to get there, no emotional energy left inside of me to physically even be able to care for someone else. I felt cheated!

But God is faithful, He helped me with all my emotions in that area too.

I was listen to John Paul Jackson minister on “3 Keys to understanding the Interaction between Heaven and Earth”. He was explaining how God was not in time, but time was in God.

Yes we know that. But do we comprehend that?

God speaks to my Great Great Grandfather, to my Great Grandfather, my Grandfather, my Father, Me, my Children,(from this point forward – not yet born) my Grandchildren, my Great grandchildren and their Children and their Children ALL at the SAME TIME!

Time separates me from my loved ones, but in God they are near me! Now I ask God to tell them that I love them and miss them. Now that concept of “not here, the gap left” is filled with God’s Spirit because He is with ME and with THEM all at the same time!

Narrows the time gap for us and makes us realise we still have our loved ones with us wherever God is and that is EVERYWHERE!

In the words of Celine Dion’s theme song from the movie Titanic: “my heart will go on” …. and you will always be in it!

Be Blessed and be Strong in Spirit!
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