Scripture reading: Ezekiel 29:1-6 “1 In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt. 3 Speak, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Pharaoh king of Egypt, O great monster who lies in the midst of his rivers, Who has said, ‘My River is my own; I have made it for myself.’ 4 But I will put hooks in your jaws, And cause the fish of your rivers to stick to your scales; I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers, And all the fish in your rivers will stick to your scales. 5 I will leave you in the wilderness, You and all the fish of your rivers; You shall fall on the open field; You shall not be picked up or gathered.  I have given you as food To the beasts of the field And to the birds of the heavens. 6 “Then all the inhabitants of Egypt Shall know that I am the Lord, Because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.” NKJV.

 Ezekiel my son, turn your face towards Pharaoh. I am against him and I want you to tell him now that the Lord of hosts is against you Pharaoh.

Ezekiel was never afraid, he is the same man that God visited and said to him: “Do you believe that these bones can speak, that they can have life again?” It is the same Ezekiel that God sent to tell Pharaoh “I am against you Pharaoh.”

Verse 3 “3 Speak, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Pharaoh king of Egypt,”.

I am here today because God told me that the children of Mphambo are in bondage. A yoke is something that you can’t carry by yourself. It is put upon you by somebody else. It is not something that you go and buy at the shop. You don’t ask for it. It is put on you without your choice.

In the olden days the farmers would put a yoke on a cow when they go to plough. A yoke means oppression, pressed down. It means you are oppressed wherever you go. That is why I said you can’t buy the yoke.

A yoke is heavy. It is not nice.

 Let me tell you about the yoke of a human being, it’s when a human being is oppressed. Just like the children of Israel when they were in Egypt. They were working very hard, serious hard labour.

Today I am going to speak about the yoke in your life. God is moved in heaven with every yoke that is on a human being. God never created a human being to be yoked. Yoke is brought by the devil. Yoke is the opposition of God, it is the devil telling God “I have them” insulting God.

God saw the pain His children were going under in Egypt that is why He said to Moses, I am disturbed by the yoke on my children. By the boasting man like Pharaoh, who says the Nile is mine, when he claims that the fish is his. God cannot keep quiet when you are suffering. He can’t allow the yoke to stay upon you forever

He will send a man, just like He has sent me to help you. God is saying “It is enough! go and help my children the witches and wizards are afflicting my children.”

Prophet Ezekiel go and tell Pharaoh “I hate you”. “You kingdom of Mphambo I hate you, release my children.” My children should pass at school, they must be healthy, they must get jobs etc

“4 But I will put hooks in your jaws, And cause the fish of your rivers to stick to your scales; I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers, And all the fish in your rivers will stick to your scales”

I will fish you out of the river like a fish. This is when God is furious. You are the children of God; you are not the children of the demons, witches and wizards. The reason God gave you oxygen to breath, is that He has a good plan for your life. Some of you will be evangelists, teachers, pastors but the devil wants to stop you and turn you into sangomas.

Today we are here to say to the kingdom of Mphambo, the witches and wizards of Mphambo, “Your power is being is destroyed tonight!”

There is a situation when you will find a witch pretending that he or she owns an area and they act like kings of that area.

You have been given power to tell those witches and wizards “My God will arise in this place!” You find children not passing at school. From primary level the child was performing well and then later he gets dull and stupid in school. The witch says “I will show them. He won’t finish school, no ways!”

Jesus is here at Mphambo, those witches and wizards here, you are a loser. The children will pass and go and find work. The yoke is put upon your life by the witches and wizards. A clever boy / girl going to drink beer? With a solid mind? Do you think that thing is normal? The child gets a distinction in science and maths and then goes and sit in the bottle store to drink beer. That is a yoke of the devil.

When you go to the tavern you go and drink older people. Check as to when this beer was brewed. If it was brewed say in 1895, where were you when it was brewed? That beer will kick you. That is why the devil sends these children to the tavern; they are going to drink their grannies. You find a teenager drunk walking like a very old man, they are drinking old people.

It is important as a child to hide your life in the church. We get some of the yokes from home. Some of the parents don’t want their children to go to church. This then means the parents put the yoke on you. When you go to kneel down at the ancestral worship altar you are putting your life in danger. Your parents are selling your life. It is time to get out.

Prophet Ezekiel tell Pharaoh my children are suffering. The same message Moses had to tell Pharaoh. Go and tell Pharaoh to release my children otherwise He will see who I am God.

If they don’t want to release you, those witches and wizards, they will see who God is. Raise your head up, your eyes will open and you will see that Jesus wants you. Jesus rose up to saved the souls, the afflicted and the oppressed. He rose to release the annointing that breaks the yoke.

Isa 10:27 “27 And it shall be in that day that the burden of [the Assyrian] shall depart from your shoulders, and his yoke from your neck. The yoke shall be destroyed because of fatness [which prevents it from going around your neck]. [Deut 32:15.]” AMP.

Today God has sent somebody to Mphambo to remove the yoke. It doesn’t matter how strong the yoke is, how long it has been there. The yoke must move today. The yoke must move tonight, it must be taken away, it must be destroyed. When the yoke is taken away you will become fat. When you are in trouble you can’t become fat.

If the yoke is upon you, you can’t become fat. Those cows, which were in the yoke everyday at the farm never gained weight. A yoke is a way of making people to slim even without their choice. The only person qualified to take away the yoke is the son of God, in the name of Jesus who arose on the 3rd day. With His resurrected we will be fat. Why? His resurrection removes the yoke. He will remove the yoke from those who believe in Him. Those who don’t, they will continue to carry the yoke.

If you see a person going to the tavern, know that that person has decided to carry the yoke. If you as a youth decide to go to there, then you are taking the yoke upon you. Sometimes people take back the yoke that was removed back into their life.

Those who are used to the yoke, stand next to the yoke even when they have been released.

We you have a yoke you will even be tired to pray, even to pray for somebody else, but when the yoke is gone you will rise in prayer and fight, even for the others.

Jesus Christ said I am the way, the truth and the life; no one can come to the Father, except through me. That is why I am here to release you.

That is the reason I sing and shout because Jesus Christ came down and lifted me up. Nobody can shut you up, that is the reason I worship Him, that is the reason I praise His good name. That is the reason I won’t stop to praise and worship Him. If He had failed to resurrect up, we would be in trouble.

We thank Jesus the son of God, who is the son of the living God, carrying annointing, the annointing that breaks the yoke. There is no power that can break the yoke. Who do you think can break the yoke? Remember the devil is the one who put it there and will not remove it, he still wants it there. Except Jesus there is no other.

Do you think that old sangoma can remove it? No.

Prayer: God remove the yoke upon my life. That yoke of sicknesses and diseases, bad luck, flying at night must be removed now in Jesus’ name.

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Day 01 of Crusade: “The annointing breaks the yoke!” At Mphambo Village.

Host: Future Hope Christian Center under the leadership of Ps P.E Masinge, daily at 18h00pm.

“To be an ambassador” by Pastor Patricia Mavhandu, Wednesday Service, the 20th of March 2013.  

Scripture reading: Ruth 1:11: “11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters, go — for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, 13 would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!” 14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 15 And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” 18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.” NKJV.

How can you be an ambassador when you still allow the spirit of heaviness to control you?  You cannot be an ambassador if you are still controlled by the world.

There is a word called, discouragement, if you and I allow ourselves to be discouraged we will no longer arrive where God want us to go. If this discouragement is within you it will steal all what God has prepared for you and you won’t make it. 

In this book of Ruth, this old lady Naomi had sons who were married but when her sons died she decided to go back to her family. She requested her daughters-in-law to go to their families because she, no longer had sons who could marry them and she was too old; she could no longer get married and so according to her, it was better for them to go to back to their own families.  The bible says Ruth didn’t listen to what Naomi was saying. The bible says Ruth told Naomi “Wherever you go I will go with you and where you die I will die with you.”

 What does this tell us? These tells us that we have to invite God into our lives and wherever we go, we must go with Him and in whatever we do we must let Him be the Savior and the Provider. It doesn’t matter what the witches and wizards have planned with your life but if you ask God to be with you nothing can harm you.  You might be sick, things might be bad on your side but you need to stand firm and say “Wherever I go Jesus is with me.”

 As a youth you might think things are going very wrong, even if people are talking bad about you, whether people are giving you different names but you can declare “Jesus is Lord!” even if you are facing changes.  The bible says a good ambassador does not allow himself / herself to be discouraged, a good ambassador is the one who always stands firm with God. No matter what people might be saying about you but just stand firm and always say “God, it is well with my soul!”.  When David defeated Goliath there was a Spirit within him, a Spirit without measure, a Spirit that gives life and power, we can also invite that Spirit and let God to take over in our situations.

When trials and troubles come just stand firm and always declare that “Jesus is Lord and He has died for my sins and He will provide a way for me.”

It is said that there are days that are set for us, and because we do not know how long our lives are supposed to be or how long will we live we need to work fully and hard because we do not know what tomorrow brings.  Maybe you are in the house of the Lord serving, the bible says people will come and discourage you; the devil will try by all means to discourage you. He may bring death or sickness in your family so that you can think that there is no God but what I can tell you is that do not allow yourself to be discouraged; stand firm and know that He is God.

Hebrews 6:12 “12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” NKJV.

The word of God says we must not be lazy but be servants who serve the Lord so that we can inherit the kingdom of heaven. The question might be “How do I inherit the kingdom of heaven?” We inherit the kingdom of heaven by serving and being a great ambassador of the kingdom of God and in everything that we engage ourselves in, we must represent God Almighty and He will bless us.

It is said that when waves come there is only one person who can calm them down and that person is the Lord our master, who is able to do all; what we need to do is to just invite Him and tell Him “On our own we cannot make it but we need You on our side” He will be there and will strengthen and empower you to make it.

Be a great ambassador who represents the kingdom of God and refuse to be taken down by the devil.

PRAYER POINTS (20/03/2013)

By: Mr M.K Ramapela

1.     For Spiritual Growth

Hebrews 5:12 “ In fact, through by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!

  • Father Lord, make me be fruitful in every good work, in Jesus’ name

2.     Pray to have unconditional love

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 3.     Believe the word of God

John 4:49-50 “49 the royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”50”Go” Jesus replied, “Your son will live. “The man took Jesus at his word and departed.

 4.     Pray against the spirit of fear

Job 3:25 “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened tome

  • Everything I have feared will not come upon me, in Jesus name.

5.     Lets pray to dissolve plans for separation and divorce

Mark 10:7-9 “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and unite to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two will, but one flesh.9 therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

 

6.     Attacking the enemy of your calling

2 Timothy 4:5 “But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry.

 

7.     Deliverance of the tongue

Proverbs 18:21”Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

  • Lord, heal me of all diseases of the tongue.

 

8.     Using the blood of Jesus as a weapon

Revelation 12:11”And they overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

  • I overcome you Satan by the blood of the Lamb

 

9.     Cutting the evil linkage

Romans 12:2”Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

 

10.       Lets pray against the spirit of boasting

 

11.        Pray against the spirit of jealousy

 

12.            Spirit of unforgiveness

Mark 11:26”But if you do not forgive, neither will your father in heaven forgive your trespasses.

 

13.          The holy spirit to live in us

 

14.        Pray for our youth

15.       Safeguarding your home

Ecclesia’s 10:8”Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.

  • All power conspiring with anyone to destroy our home/marriage lose your hold, in the name of Jesus.

 16.  I refuse to lose

Proverbs 23:7 “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he. “If you think you are a failure then you are a failure. If you believe you are a winner, you are a winner.

 17.   Reversing hidden curses

2 Samuel 22:45-46”Foreigners cower before me, as soon as they hear of me, they obey me; 46 they all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.

 18.      Praying for leadership

1 Timothy 2:1-2”I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made, 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

 19.       Praying for our Pastor and his family

 20.          Pray for the church building

 

 

  1. 21.                        Thanks giving

Aside  —  Posted: 28/03/2013 in Uncategorized

Last week, we spoke about the inner person, who is in you? During the week we heard about John 1:42 “42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).” NKJV.

Last week muddy people didn’t come to church. If you are a mud person, God can’t build the church on you. He needs the stone.

In 1 John 4:4-7 the bible says greater is the one in you. not you. This means that there is somebody in you. There is somebody great in you.

David says “Praise the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me.” He doesn’t say “Praise the Lord, oh me.” He knows that the body is the least important of all, that the body is always too tired to serve the Lord.

When it is raining the body will say, “Ah, it is raining! I am not going to church” He knew the body, which is why he encouraged the spirit. “Praise the Lord, oh my soul.” He knew that greater is the one in me, not me. The bible says Ps 103:1 “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!” NKJV.

The problem is God didn’t want you to be the greater one because you would boast but that the one in you must be greater. The one who will reprimand you to go to church, rain or no rain, tired or not tired is the greater one. If you can’t listen to your inner One, then you have a problem. If you offend the Holy Spirit you will not be forgiven. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in you.

Scripture reading:
1 Kings 18:20-33 “Elijah’s Mount Carmel Victory 20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said,”How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people,”I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. 24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.” 25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.” 26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made. 27 And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them. 29 And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention. 30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying,”Israel shall be your name.” 32 Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.”” NKJV.

1 Kings 18:36-38 “6 And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.” NKJV.

1 Kings 18:39 “39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”” NKJV.

Let’s speak about the man, Prophet Elijah, who never wanted to suppress the inner One. It was not Prophet Elijah who was doing all these things. It was the inner One, who was in operation. King Ahab you have killed all the prophets of God and I alone am left but I am not afraid of you. Now you can kill me but call all the prophets of Baal, all the prophets of Asherah and all the children of Israel.”

In this text the bible tells us that Prophet Elijah challenged King Ahab, knowing very well that the inner One in him would operate. Church it is time to let the inner One to work.

“Now Prophet Elijah you are the king, unless you turn around unto the Lord, I want to prove to you that it will not rain. The one in me will stop the rain” and indeed the rain stopped.

He wanted to do, what he wanted to do, in front of all of them, “I am not afraid. There is someone in me, who is greater than the one in the world.” He challenged the king in front of his people, and he challenged all the king’s prophets in front of the nation.

It is time that you don’t do some of the things but allow the One in you to operate and do them.

They all came running: the lying prophets. When they came, he called them by their titles; “You Baal prophets! Stand this side, Asherah prophets that side.”

He says to them, “Choose today, which god you serve. Whether the one in heaven or your gods.” He was tired of the people who went to church during the day but at night were serving Baal.

He wanted to show off the living God, Lord God Almighty. “You have blasphemed my God enough; Today let’s prove which God is alive.”

His spirit was stirred up.

“Set your altar. Because you are many, start, I am just alone. You are eight hundred. Take the bull and put it on the altar and call upon your fire and upon your god.” They said “You are a small boy, you are foolish boy! We can do that even before the sun sets.” They were quick and cut the bull and put it on the altar. They started praying; that day the fire was sleeping. They called, “Baal! Baal! Answer by Fire!” over and over but there was no positive response.

Baal was quite. Prophet Elijah said “Maybe the fire cannot come because of my presence, let me leave.” They called the fire, but the fire was scared, they called on the fire but the fire refused.

They said “Baal cannot hear this ordinary prayer, let’s change and do something else” and they started to cut themselves. “Baal, answer by fire!”

When Prophet Elijah came back, he was surprised “Why is there now blood? We spoke about fire not about blood. No! No! Don’t kill yourself. Maybe Baal is still asleep. Send somebody to wake him up, maybe he is still sleeping.”

Prophet Elijah left them alone again. When he came back they now looked like skeletons about to die. It was because they were cutting themselves and bleeding too much.

There are people who would rather die even when they can see that there is no life. You will see them persisting with the useless things.

Prophet Elijah then came and said “I want you to see my God. I want you to see the One in me” he took the bull, cut it and put it on the altar.

Remember the nation was there, seeing the skeletons bleeding about to kill themselves, “No no, I can see you are dying. I don’t you want you to die! I want you to see the One in me.”

People must see The One in you through you. Through the miracles that He is performing in your life.

Prophet Elijah asked them to pour water on the altar. He did not pour paraffin. Yes, because the One in him is powerful, He (God) is the one who changed the water into paraffin.

After the water was poured Prophet Elijah raised his hands and prayed “God, I know you are powerful, I want you to show this people that you sent me, I want this people to see that you are a powerful God.”

Remember that the skeletons were watching, the nations were watching.

The fire came down, consumed the bull, the water and even the soil.

The God who lives answered by fire and all the people fell on their faces and said “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!” They said “We are going to serve the God of Prophet Elijah.” The bible says Prophet Elijah was alone but after the fire, he commanded the people “Arrest these skeletons, then go and kill them.”

He was ordering people who didn’t know him, people who were behind Baal.

There are a lot of people who are blind out there, who are waiting to see your God, they are waiting to see the one who is in you. They are waiting for Him to perform miracles in and through you.

He said to them “Arrest them!” Supposing it was today and we instruct you “Go and arrest that powerful witch and kill him” What would you do?

Even King Ahab realised “Yes, I have made a mess.” The bible says he went back to Mount Carmel and he released the rain. He released the rain and sent somebody “Tell King Ahab to rush and go home for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” The One in him released the power.

The power in you must be released. Start to deal with the state of fear in you. If your God is afraid, the inner one in you is not afraid. Why don’t you allow the inner one to work?

If the bible says the greater One in you, it means that He is great. Don’t compare Him to your weight; what He wants from you is that you allow Him to work. Allow the One in you to work. Don’t allow yourself to speak, allow the One in you to speak. Maybe He is quite in you because you want to speak and you don’t give him the chance to speak.

Today you can see if you want to see. We need to revive the one who is in you.

He wants to work, he is not here to relax, He is here to work, to prove to this world thru you “I am a different person, because there is Christ in me and I know that Jesus Christ says He will build a church on me.

Rom 7:21-25 “1 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 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. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God — through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” NKJV.

The wrong things in me, I don’t want to do, but at the end I do them but those I want to do, I don’t do.

The same Paul says I destroyed them, those who force me, to do the wrong instead of the right. That is why David says “Praise the Lord oh my soul”. If he had opened his mouth and said “Praise the Lord my body,” he would have created a problem for himself. The One who is great is the One in us, allow him to work. He will deal with the wrong in us that make us do wrong things.

We know the right that we want to do and we know the right things, some of the things we do purposefully. It is important to search ourselves. The problem is that if you continue to suppress the inner One in you, God will move Him out. Remember King Saul who continuously suppressed the inner One, who allowed the Inner one to be quenched; God took Him away.

God will not continue to allow the One in you to be continuously suppressed. That is why it will be difficult for you to serve God. You won’t even enjoy being in church. For many we just see their bodies inside the church, the inner one is already gone. They can’t even hear the word of God.

Let’s call unto God to be merciful unto us. Maybe the time for the inner one in you is already over, ask God for forgiveness. Maybe you were supposed to have already done some things but you have already failed God. Ask Him to reconcile Him unto you.

Prayer:
God, in the name of Jesus, forgive me, if the spirit in me; is already surprised, it is because of my blindness. Today I can see that I have done wrongs. Forgive me, oh Lord, I want to work, I want the inner me to operate as per your will.

Please oh Lord, forgive me if I have suppressed the spirit that is in me.
Forgive me.

God, in the name of Jesus, thank you for your forgiveness I am going to work. I know that the spirit in me will start to work according to your will.

God, in the name of Jesus, I am not going to die before my time, I am going to work for the Lord. I am going to proclaim the glory of my Lord.

God, in the name of Jesus I proclaim my prosperity for the year 2013. I said before Christmas that 2013 shall be my year. All doors that are closed I declare them opened in Jesus’ name.

God, in the name of Jesus, all my enemies I pray for them, forgive them, forgive all my enemies, even those who are planning negative things for me, I forgive them in Jesus’ name.

“Where do you put your trust?” by Pastor Johanna Mukhavhuli, Wednesday Service, the 23rd of January 2013.

Scripture reading: Isaiah 43:1-4 “1 But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. 4 Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you; Therefore I will give men for you, And people for your life.”
NKJV.

Where do you put your trust? We heard the word of God from the book of Isaiah. The bible says the God of Israel, the creator of heaven and earth is saying to us that he is the one who delivered the Israelites from the hand of the Egyptians. God is saying that we need not to be afraid because He is the one who delivered the Israelites and He knows us and He even knows our names.

God knows Israel and He knows Jacob, He knows them by their names He is saying that He is the one who saved them from the Egyptians. The bible says that when the Israelites where with Moses in the wilderness they started to grumble and to complain that it would have been better if Moses had left them to starve and die in Egypt rather than letting them to suffer in the wilderness.

The bible says Moses asked them to be still and he told them that they should no fear evil because the Lord is with them. The bible says Moses told the Israelites that they must not be afraid because the Egyptians they were seeing were not gonna come no more.

So many people are so afraid and they forget that they have God in their lives and He is the Savior and Healer. When people hear strange things in their homes at night they get scared and consult the prophets and sangomas for protection, forgetting that they have God inside them and He is the master of everything.

God knows us and He even knows our names. Even though you are committing a sin He is seeing you and He knows all your plans. So what you need to know is that when you are committing sin it hurts God and God is seeing whatsoever that you are doing even though the pastor or church members do not see it but God himself sees everything that it is happening on earth.

God is telling us powerful and wonderful words tonight: if we trust in Him and put all our trust unto the Lord, He will deliver us and He will save us from whatsoever that we are coming across. There were these three men in the bible, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego and the bible says these men committed themselves and they made a vow that they will not bow to any gods and they would only serve the living God.

A time came when the king heard that these men were not following his instructions and that they were not worshiping his idols. He asked his servants to put these men into the consuming fire but because these men had trust in the Lord they offered their lives for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and God saved them.

Nowadays there are many people who are living to please people rather than please God. Daniel was delivered from the den of the lions because he had trust in the Lord and Gideon defeated the Midianites with the army of three hundred because he had the living God on his side. God was with him and He saved him and his army. If only you could put your trust in the Lord He will deliver you and He will set you free irrespective of whatsoever that you might be going through. We need men and women who can stand in the gap for their families and say “Even if our neighbours are always quarreling with us, we will stand still and know that we have the God of Israel on our side.”

Free yourself so that you can enter in the kingdom of God. Call unto Him and tell Him that irrespective of the situations you are facing, you will stand still and proclaim His name. God is saying “Do not be afraid but stand up and take a decision of worshiping Him”. It doesn’t matter that your family is worshiping idols but you can stand up and trust in the Lord and God will use you to deliver your family from the bondage of the devil.

God says “Do not be afraid for He is your God and He chose you, He knows you and He even knows the number of your hairs.” God will never forsake nor leave you; it is you who might turn away from Him but He is always faithful and His mercy endures forever and He is the omnipresent God.

God can chase your enemies away for your sake and He will fight every spiritual fight for you for the sake of your life. He redeemed us by the blood of His only begotten son for the sake of our lives to be free because He saw us and He saw that we deserve good things that is why He sent his son to set us free.

He says “Come morning, I don’t remember the bad things you have done” but He always blesses us and sees us as good people, so let us not pervert ourselves because God is pleased by those who are holy and righteous.

God is looking for people who are willing and obedient who will put their trust unto the Lord, put Him first in everything they do or have including their possessions and He will save them. Do not be afraid.

Prayer Points: Pastor MJ Lishivha

1. Repentance of Sins
Psalm 32:5 “5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah” NKJV

2. Ask for the spirit to be strong like a rock
John 1:42 “42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).” NKJV.

Matt 16:18 “18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” NKJV.

Ask for the spirit to be strong like a rock.

3. Ask for the spirit of discernment
John 2:24 “24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men,” NKJV.

4.Pray to have unconditional love
John 3:16 “16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” NKJV.

The grace to love all unconditionally.

5. God make us people who love the light
John 3:21 “21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”” NKJV.

5. Believe the word of God
John 4:49-50 “49 The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.”
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We are here not because all is well but to worship God. When we are here the devil whispers into our ears and brings doubt into our hearts so that we will not believe in the deliverance and healing we were believing we will get.

Just like in the story in this text: Jesus Christ says go your way, your son has been healed. Same with you, believe that it is well with you.

6. God helps to do better
Titus 3:5 “5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,” NKJV.
We are here not because we are righteous or because we have done good works, it is by His grace. Oh Lord give us more of your Give us the grace.

God, empower us to do more and better and to serve you better.

Paul says I forget the past and I press on, I regard the past as vain and useless. We need more of your grace oh God.

7. Against the spirit of fear
2 Tim 1:7 “7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” NKJV.

Pray against the spirit of fear especially in our children as they go to the different schools and institutions.

8. Heal our land
2 Chron 7:14 “14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” NKJV.

Let’s cry unto God to heal our land. Let’s humble ourselves before God and ask Him to reveal the secrets behind our problem what are the things we need to do in our lives, families, schools, work etc

We humble ourselves before the Lord God Almighty and we ask for divine intervention into our lives, our land, and the body of Christ in Jesus’ name.

9. Thank God for his forgiveness
Luke 7:42 “42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”” NKJV.

Some people know they have really transgressed before the Lord but the devil then whispers to them: your sins are way too much, you don’t deserve mercy. They then they start to doubt the forgiveness of God.

It’s not about how much you have sinned but about whether you humble yourself and repent be the Lord.
Let’s pray and thank God because He has forgiven us our sins, that were red as scarlet.

10. Unstable marriages
There are marriages that are in trouble because they are under attack. God, we ask that you will bring restoration to these marriages in Jesus’ name. The plans of the enemy shall not prevail in Jesus’ name.

11. To put fire in the wombs
Those wombs that the devil has declared will not conceive and bring forth birth. Set them on fire.

Let everything that the devil planted in those wombs catch fire in Jesus’ name.

12. Set whatever the enemy threw into our yards on fire
There are those who wait for you to go to church and then plant or throw things in your yards. Let’s set these things on fire now.

13. Praying for the leadership training
This Saturday we are having leadership training. Let’s pray for the success thereof.

14. Praying for unity and maturity
When I was young I spoke like a child, when I was an orphan I spoke like an orphan. Refuse to be an orphan and grow up.
1 Peter 2:2 “2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” NKJV.

Let’s pray for unity so we can do the will of God, and to grow up spiritually so that our lives will be pleasing unto You God.

15. Thanks giving
Let’s thank God for these prayers and the answers that He has released.

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You need to ask yourself the question: “who is in you?” If you don’t know who is in you will fail to know the power of God that is in you. It is important for you to understand who is in you. It is a problem when you don’t know who is in you. If you do understand who is in you then you will serve this God very well and you will praise this God very well. If you do understand who is in you then you will listen to Him and once you listen to Him you will do what He wants you to do. It is important for you to understand who is in you.

f there is somebody in you, what is His function in you? What must He do in your life?

Scripture reading: 1 John 4:4-7 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Knowing God Through Love (cf. John 3:16) 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” NKJV.

This book was written by John, a man who loved God very much. He says you are of God. So who is of God? You are already in God. You are different from the people of this world, you are of God. You are already in the books of God. John is trying to tell us something here. You are of God. God chose you.

No matter the situation, you are of God. You are not conformed to this world. You must draw a distinction. If you are of God, what can do what to you? Nothing.

John says and have overcome them, which means that those in God overcome. This means that you are more than a conqueror in Christ. The people in this world can’t do anything to you.

The bible says you He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

There is something less than the greater. Something “greater” is something big, meaning there are smaller, medium and greater things. This means that great is bigger than all.  The bible says He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. This means that because of God there is something big that has been put in you. Because you are in God there is bigger thing that is in you. That is why He says He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Greater is the one in you, not you. Not you but the one in you.

He says He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world, not greater is you. If it is you, you will become proud. There would be boasting. He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. You are not the greater one. The one who is greater is the one in you.

What does this mean? John says He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

The one in you, the inner you must serve God by using your body. It is not you who will serve God but the one in you. The devil cannot attack the inner you, he attacks the carrier of the inner part. That is why the spirit is willing but the flesh fails. The spirit was created “to will” but the flesh, which lacks power, is the one that betrays the spirit. This means you can conquer anything. No matter what the witches and wizards are doing the inner you, has been empowered to prevail. Which is why the bible says we are more than a conquerors. The bible says we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us Rom 8:37, NKJV.

The bible says the people of the world do the things of the world. Because you are different, you do as the spirit tells you. If the spirit tells you of the above you have to do as the spirit tells you and therefore you will differ from the people of this world.

When the people of the world go this way, you will go that way.

John repeats again and says 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; they will know you because of the inner spirit. Christians must know each other. If they don’t know each other then somebody is lying. John says we are of God and he who comes from God knows us. A Christian must no confuse us and must click with us. The bible says that those who know God know us.

The bible says because we are of God

1 John 4:6 “By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”  NKJV.

If there is somebody in you , He is the one who will determine the truth and also determine the wrong. That is why the bible says that the false prophet has been defeated. Why? Because of the one in us. Not because of the power in us, we have never had the power to defeat them. The one in us is the one who will determine what is true and what is false. That is why the bible says we have defeated the false prophet because of the spirit which is in us.

It is the one in us who helps us to discern between right and wrong therefore we are not supposed to fall into the traps of the devil because of the spirit in us.

1 John 4:6 “7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” NKJV.

If you don’t have love for others, it means that the spirit that is in you has been quenched because it is the spirit in you who will stir up love and you won’t have hatred. The one that is in you doesn’t know hatred. The spirit that is in you knows that He has been brought to you to love.

God is love. He that loves is of God. How can you serve the God of love when you don’t have love. When we say we serve God were must be full of love, we must be baptised in love. Don’t hate people, don’t kill people. Let tell you about hatred. God can use an ordinary person to be your angel and you find that you hate that person. Sometimes God can use an individual to bring your blessings and use a person who is not well off, and you continue to despise that person because of the low class of that person. You will continue to despise that person not knowing that that person is carrying your blessings. The word of God is encouraging us to love all. Whether the person is a Christian or not a Christian.

You don’t know how that person can be used by God. Imagine there is somebody that you don’t talk to and God touches that person and says I want you to become a prophet and he comes to church and repents. He comes to church and repents. Will you start to talk to the person in church?

Why can’t we see that I hate this person and then change from that kind of lifestyle? There are people who pretend to love. They will laugh with you. The love God is talking about is not the visible love; it must come from your heart. When it comes from your heart, it will be visible to the person you are directing the love to.

You can’t lie to people. The bible says the ones who know God will know the other Christians. Some of the people will be able to discern that you are pretending to love them.

1 John 4:6 “7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” NKJV the opposite is the truth. Those who don’t love are born of the devil.

What I have seen is that people don’t want to be called they are of the devil, even if what they are doing is not of God. The trouble comes, when you fail to repent. If you know that I am not of God, then you will start to repent now.

Our lives are sometimes wrong. Sometime ago I was at the graveyard and I asked the people “Let me see all the people who are members of a burial society”, nobody raised hands, “…or who is contributing to a burial society?”, nobody raised their hands, “…is there anybody who is not a member of a burial society?” Still nobody raised their hands. They just responded and said “Pastor, we are members.”

People want to be buried but the devil will make them forget that they don’t have a burial society for their spirit. Even if you are buried in a R20 million rands casket, the worms will still get you. The question is “Where is your spirit going?” the inner you is not made for the grave, he is not meant to be buried.

You hear “he or she was buried well” “Yes we saw it” but we have not seen the burial of the spirit.  Go and check that expensive casket after six months and see what is there. It is in tatters, why? God doesn’t care about your body. That is why John says there is someone in you, the one who listens very much to God. If God takes him out, we will just see you drop down to die.

Make sure that you take care of where your spirit will go when you die, don’t worry about what will happen to your body.  Even if you die and they don’t bury you, they won’t find anything after 6 months. They will see bones. The worms will eat the flesh. After about 2 years the bones will be mixed with the soil. This means the important part of you is the inner you. Make sure you pay the society for your spirit.

The bible warns that greater is the one in you. Get the one in you a greater burial society. When you pay for your society you must tell them “this money is for the body, this one is for the spirit.” This won’t help; you must say “I want to join the society of heaven. I want the inner one in me to know you God.” Come to Jesus. “I want to be your child Jesus.”

1 John 4:4, NKJV  “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” but not you. He who is in you.

18 November 2012 Sun Rev S Mametsa I WILL LIFT MINE EYES UNTO THE LORD

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Scripture reading: Daniel 4:28-37 “28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of the twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. 30 The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” 31 While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! 32 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” 33 That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws. Nebuchadnezzar Praises God 34 And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. 35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him,”What have You done?” 36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.” Daniel 4:28-37, NKJV.

God wants us to know about this man King Nebuchadnezzar who was a king. It is important for us to know how important and miraculous our God is, the king that we are talking about was a powerful king and he was the one who built Babylon. The bible says he moved around in Babylon and he looked around all the corners of Babylon and he started boasting about what he has done. He said “…”Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” Dan 4:30, NKJV.

The king forgot that God is above his authority; he boasted and angered God. God said addressed Him that “Oh King Nebuchadnezzar at this very hour your kingship is taken away from you.” The bible says Dan 4:31 “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!” NKJV. God respected king Nebuchadnezzar and when He visited him He addressed king. What made God angry with him was when the king boasted about his own power forgetting that it is not by his power but that it was God who enabled him.

Many people are failing to receive blessings because they are boasting about their power forgetting that the power comes from God. They speak about their power and about the power of God. To me King Nebuchadnezzar blasphemed the Lord. In whatever that the Lord has given to you, whatever it may be, you have no right to stand up and say “It is mine!” When you born you came out like a child with nothing in your hand, so you are in no positions to say “This is mine!” You are facing God to respond and He will respond. The voice came from heaven “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!” Dan 4:31, NKJV.

The bible says “…”God resists the proud,” James 4:6, NKJV. When you boast you are forcing God to respond and God will respond. Why did God take away King Nebuchadnezzar‘s kingship?

God wanted to prove to him that whatever that he had achieved in Babylon was from God and that it was up to God to take it from him. King Nebuchadnezzar was full of proud words and the bible says when he was still boasting the words came from heaven and said “Oh king, all your kingship is taken away.” “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!” Dan 4:31, NKJV. And according to my understanding I think the king was happy when he heard the voice from heaven talking to him because he didn’t know what that voice was going to say to him. The voice started by giving him respect as a king. The word of God didn’t say the kingdom is “Going to be taken away” but God said right now “The kingdom has been taken away”. The voice was very clear saying that the kingdom had been taken away.

The bible says “You king Nebuchadnezzar, with that kingship in you; you will become the king of the animals.” The bible tells us that voice told the king that he will be driven out. The question today is “Where is your kingdom?” “Has your kingdom been taken away?” Some people`s kingdoms have been taken away from them. The bible says God cursed the king for seven years. So even you if God is to curse you He won’t curse you forever but He will put a certain time to give you time to repent.

There are some people who are rich, who have everything but they forget that there is someone who has all the riches; they boast about what they have. God resists the pride that is why king Nebuchadnezzar was made to live like animals. The bible says immediately after the voice came from above he started to eat like a cow. God proved to the king that even with all your riches and possessions I can control them because they are from Me.

When God came down all things that were owned by the king started to obey the orders from heaven. Why did God allow the dew to cover the king? He did not make it rain but He allowed the dew to cover the king. God allowed dew to cover him so that his hairs could grow. If God didn’t allow the hair to grow quickly he would have not survived the weather out there so his skin needed to be changed to that of animals. God wanted to prove to the king that all authority belongs to Him.

What pleases me is that the bible says that at the end of seven years king Nebuchadnezzar lifted his eyes to heaven. You can do whatever that you do but, the time will come when you will lift up your eyes to the right person at the right place, the one who is above everything. The king was tired of living like animals then he chooses to look unto the person who created everything the one who is in heaven. Nebuchadnezzar knew that someone supernatural is up there. Psalm121:1 “I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm121:1, NKJV.

If you have lost something and “you look” up your understanding and senses will come back. Maybe you are delayed to prophesy because you are looking down; the time is now that you need to lift up your eyes to heaven. When you are looking up you can say “God, you are holy”, you cannot say God is holy when you are facing down. King Nebuchadnezzar lifted his eyes to heaven and exalted God, giving Him praises. There are people who take time to prophesy, there are some people who are waiting for their situations to force them to prophesy.

God wants to show us that we are all equal and that He is the only one sited in the throne. The bible says humble yourself and God will lift you up, if you are full of pride God will resist you. “12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.” Prov 18:12, NKJV. Nebuchadnezzar prophesied to God because he received the wisdom so that he could realise that he had to look up. Our God is full of mercy, He can punish you but He will be merciful. At the end of seven years the king realised that he was fighting the wrong person.

No kingdom that fights God and remain standing or last for a long time because that same kingdom has no wisdom. There is no one who can question God or who can stop God from doing what He is doing. When God wants to do something He doesn’t first ask for people`s opinions; He does it His own way and no one on earth can stop Him.

After the king realised and acknowledged that it is only God who is above all, all his possessions were restored back to him and he was made king again. If you are boastful God will pull you down like what happened to the king Nebuchadnezzar. I don’t know which kingdom you are belonging to, but what I can assure you is that if that kingdom is lacking God it is going to fall. It doesn’t matter how powerful your kingdom may be but if it is without God it is going to fall. What God is trying to show us is that even people who are rich like king Nebuchadnezzar can be brought down; He wants to show that everything belong to Him.

Everything that you are having does not belong to you; they belong to God. If you want God to protect you, you must obey Him and follow His commandments.

When Nebuchadnezzar was praising God, God was restoring and increasing what belonged to him.