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2 Kings 4:1-7 “4 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” 2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors — empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. 6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”” 2 Kings 4:1-7, NKJV.

Here God was showing that He helps those who help themselves. He blesses those who want to be blessed. We need to plant seeds into the kingdom of God so that God can release our blessings.

Let’s close all the loopholes of the devil into our lives especially the one of money (offerings, tithes etc)

Eph 4:27-28 “27 nor give place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.” Eph 4:27-28, NKJV.

Praise and Worship: Pastor Martina Rathiyaya
Ps 121:1-3 “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.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.” Psalm 121:NKJV.

MESSAGE OF THE DAY:

“Crossing over” by Pastor Mboneni Rathiyaya, Sunday Service, the 4th of November 2012.

Scripture reading:
Josh 3:1-5 “Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they crossed over. 2 So it was, after three days, that the officers went through the camp; 3 and they commanded the people, saying,”When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.” 5 And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”” NKJV.

Ex 19:10-11 “10 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes.
11 And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.” NKJV.

You may be asking yourself crossing over for what?

Let’s examine what was happening to the Israelites. The bible says they crossed over the Jordan River. It was their way that God has set for them, they had to cross over to the land God promised to their forefathers. It was a land full of milk and honey.

You’ll remember that even Joshua sent the spies to check out the land and they brought back a positive report, that it is a land full of milk and honey.

Before they could get to Jericho, they had to cross the Jordan River. The message says crossing over. You have to cross over. Because there is a place that God has predestined for you, things that God has predestined for you. You need to prepare yourself before you can cross over.

What is your Promised Land? You need to know what to do to be able to cross over your Red Sea. The bible says after the Israelites left Egypt God said stay here in the dessert. In front of them was the Red Sea, for them to escape from the Egyptians, they had to cross the Red Sea. You need to cross over. The question is how to cross over?

Who are your enemies? Everybody knows their enemies. You know what you are running away from. You know the witches and wizards that are behind you. You need to cross over.

I want to talk about preparation for cross over. You need to know what your problem is and what is troubling you. For some people their Red Sea is sicknesses and diseases, unemployment, curses etc. Some are employed but they can’t see where their money is going. What is your Red Sea?

The Israelites knew their Red Sea and they enquired from God on how to cross over their Red Sea.

For some people, your Red Sea is sicknesses and diseases, curses, lack, poverty Etc. Some people are so cursed that they can’t get married and even if they get married, it is so terrible that they end up going home.

Today you need to know how to walk through that curse, or through that Red Sea.

The Israelites knew their Red Sea, which was stopping them to enter their Jericho. What is stopping you to enter your Jericho? What is your Jericho?

The bible says Joshua stood up and spoke to the children of Israel. The bible tells us that they didn’t just enter the water; they spent three days on the other side before they could cross over. What were they waiting for? They were preparing themselves against their enemies.

Josh 3:3 “5 And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”” NKJV.

What does this mean? For you and I to be able to cross over to our Promised Land we need to sanctify ourselves. We want to cross over but we are not sanctifying ourselves, not preparing ourselves. We want what is beyond Jordan River but we haven’t sanctified ourselves.

Josh 3:3 “3 and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.” NKJV.

“you shall set out from your place and go after it.” And follow the priests. How do you remove yourself if you have not sanctified yourself? You need to sanctify yourself and then stand up and follow. You need to remove yourself, stand up and sanctify yourself and follow.

Many a time we find people come to the prayer altar saying, “Please pray for me, I am sick, I need a job etc” but these people are not removing themselves, they are not following, they haven’t sanctified themselves.

The word of God says you must stand up and follow the priests. Joshua says when you see the high priest carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, you must follow him, you must follow him, but you must sanctify yourself first.

If you follow them into the water without pulling up your trousers, you’ll get wet. This is for people who will stand up and say, “I don’t want to die with this thing: sicknesses and diseases, curse etc”.

After you have sanctified yourself you must follow.

How do you follow: with your heart. My heart is in this place. If you don’t follow by faith, you will be prayed for, your CV will be prayed for until it is torn apart. You must have faith in your heart, that I am healed, I am employed, I am married. The most important things is that you must follow in faith.

Verse 14; After the Israelites had believed, sanctified themselves and followed, “14 So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,” Josh 3:14, NKJV.

Josh 3:14-17 “14 So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), 16 that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.” NKJV.

I want to tell you how to cross over your Jordan River, Red Sea.

If you read in Exodus, God says to Moses, tell the children of Israel to wash their clothes, what does this mean? That God knows that we are wearing dirty clothes. We are wearing dirty clothes.

God says I want to come down to Mount Sinai, I want to see the children of Israel face to face but they need to wash themselves. Our God is not a dirty God, He is a holy God. People refuse to remove their own things, like ancestral worship. If you don’t throw these things away, you can’t cross over the Jordan River, take it all off, wash your clothes, and sanctify yourself.

They followed in faith even though the Jordan River was full. When the high priest reached the river banks, he put his feet into the water and the bible says when the water felt the feet of the high priest which was mixed with the faith of the Israelites, the water separated and gave them a guard of honour.

You need to walk through your problem, your sicknesses and diseases etc

The bible says when the high priests put their feet into the water; followed by the children of God who were full of faith it separated the water. Your faith plus the feet of the high priest must move that Jordan River, that Red Sea that is hindering your success.

The bible says the water stood in a heap. You need faith for this. The bible says you need to sanctify yourself. The high priest will not only use his feet.

The bible says you have already been told that your Promised Land is flowing with milk and honey. What is left is for you to have faith, so that when the high priest lays his hands on you, that Red Sea, that Jordan River must vanish.

Let me give you a testimony: Whilst I was in Johannesburg, my brother phoned and told me “Brother, I am dying, my colleagues are carrying me to hospital but I can feel that I am dying.” I drove from Roodepoort and when I got to the hospital the doctors said we are still busy with X-rays. I then sent a message to some of my prayer partners on what’s up. Let me tell you what’s up saved my brother’s life. My prayer partners started to intercede.

Later the doctors said they had eliminated everything and said “We think he is suffering from appendicitis”. My prayer partners on what’s up continued praying. When I informed them of the doctors’ diagnosis their response was “No operation, if they operate your brother will die!” My younger brother is a boy who believes in God. I was still waiting for (high priest) Tshifhe to come back from the mountain. That was my understanding that he was on the mountain.

Finally I got hold of the high priest; the boy was on the bed from morning until after past four because he could not move. When he moved he would scream as he was feeling a lot of pain.

The high priest said “Let me talk to him, I will pray for him”. I don’t know what the high priest said to him, all I could hear from behind me was a huge scream “Thank you Jesus, I am healed” When he was doing this he was not lying on the bed, he was jumping up and down, thanking God “Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus, I won’t be operated on”

He told me “When the high priest was praying for me, I felt something hit the top of my head and it went down my body straight to where the pain was and I was instantly healed. This is the God of Israel.”

The problem is that we are still mixing ourselves up: when faced with problems we go to our neighbour: Go and tell God. We talk too much. Tell God; “Circumcise my tongue, so that I can only speak life.”

What is your Promised Land? My Promised Land is good health, success, what I touch with my hand must become successful, what I touch with my hand must become gold. No sicknesses and diseases, no poverty, no broken marriages in the Promised Land. We have been promised all the good things.

Sanctify yourself, wash it all away: jealousy, talking too much, take it off and follow in faith.

Now you know why you are not getting healed, no breakthrough, why you don’t get what you desire, because you have not sanctified yourself.

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Scripture reading:
Genesis12:1-3 “Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”” NKJV.

“Leave” means to get out and go somewhere, it is a word that can be told to somebody to take action. God visited Abraham and told him to leave his country and his people. When I check the scripture I think God was saying to Abraham, “I know that you are living in this land but leave your country and your people.”

Maybe God might be talking to you just like He did to Abraham. God might be telling you to leave your country and your people. Maybe the environment that you’re staying in is not suitable for your blessing; maybe the people that are surrounding you are the ones blocking your blessings. God wants you to leave the place you are sitting in, God wants you to leave your tradition and go to a place He want you to be because that is where He will bless you.

God told Abraham to leave his country and his father`s possessions and go to a Promised Land and God promised him that if he went to the Promised Land, God would bless him and make him father of the nations.

When God blesses you it means that whatsoever you touch will be well and all your wishes will come true. God promised Abraham that He will make his name great and he will be known all over. When your name is great it means you will be recognised all over. If you leave your father`s land and your country you will be a blessing and people will come to you because your life will be a blessing. Jesus Christ was a blessing to all of us that is why even today when we communicate with God we communicate through him. God is saying that if you leave the land that you are living in and go to the Promised Land God will bless you; if you bless the man of God, God will also bless you, the bible further says that I will bless those who bless you and curse all those who curse you.

This promise was given to Abraham when he was told to leave his people, his country, and his father`s house

The qualities that God considers when He wants to bless you:

1 A Pure heart.
1 Sam 16:12 “12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”” NKJV.

God wants to bless you but He needs a pure heart. A person who had a pure heart was David the son of Jesse. God wanted a person who would replace King Saul but when He looked around He found that there was David. He was the only man who had a pure heart.

You may be young in your family like David, you may be young in terms of your pocket, you maybe young in years but maybe God wants to bless you today. When God blesses He doesn’t care about your possession. He doesn’t care whether you are rich or poor but He considers a pure heart. The question is do you have that pure heart? Can God bless you when He looks at your heart?

2. Upright in the side of God.
Luke 1:5-6 “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”
NKJV.

Zachariah was a priest but without children but when God looked at him He found that he qualified to be blessed because he was upright and he was blameless before God. When you are blessed it means that everything that you touch is also blessed. God blessed Zachariah with a son called John. The very same John the Baptist.

3. Be blameless and walk before God
Gen17:1 “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him,”I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.” NKJV.

Abraham was blessed when he was ninety nine years old. John the Baptist was blessed before he was born so age is not a limit to your blessings. When God blesses you He does not consider age. God is talking to someone here, have you thrown the towel in? Maybe at this stage you have already given up, maybe people are laughing at you, maybe you are old but don’t give up because even if they don’t listen to you there is someone who listens to you and He is looking for your pure heart.

Are you sure that what you are today God wants you to be like that? If God says “Yes” who can say “No!” God works with an appointed times. Do not rush, be blameless and walk before God, God will bless you and if God says “Yes!” We can’t say “No!”

God is saying to you today that what you have today is not enough, what you are going through is not final about your life, don’t give up because God is about to release your blessings. God says that what you have today is not what God wants you to have; there are things that are hidden in the darkness and He is about to release them. If God says “Yes” with your life, who can say “No!” It is not about the age or your physical appearance but the important thing is who is inside you.

David was anointed and that is the reason he faced Goliath; when he fought Goliath he didn’t do it on his own but he went with the name, the name of Jesus; the name that is above all things. The bible says that those who are with us are greater than those who are fighting against us. If God is with you who can be against you?

Think of giants like Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego, they were arrested by the king for not worshiping his gods but they stood on the name of Jesus and when they were thrown into the fire nothing happened because they were having a God who blesses by fire. Who are you walking with in your life?

“Judgment Day Separation” by Rev Samuel Mametsa, Sunday Service, the 21st of October 2012.

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Scripture reading:
Matt 25:31-44 “31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand,’Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’” Matt 25:31-44, NKJV.

This is the word of God from the master Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is giving us a glimpse of what will happen on Judgment Day. The bible says in verse 31, that when the Son of man come in glory, meaning He won’t come in the physical form; He will come carrying the annointing
from heaven.

That is why the bible says “When the Son of Man comes in His glory,” [Matt 25:31, NKJV] which means further that He will be equipped with glory, He will be equipped with glory anger and He will be equipped with glory fury. This means we won’t talk about grace, we won’t talk about mercy, and we won’t talk about compassion because the glory He will be carrying is for judgment.

The bible says when “…and all the holy angels with Him,…” [Matt 25:31
NKJV]. This means the angels will be equipped with glory for holiness. They can’t go with him without the holiness

The bible says “…then He will sit on the throne of His glory.” Matt 25:31, NKJV. He will be seated, He will be honored. God the Creator in heaven will step down from His throne. Yes, God in heaven will step down. When Jesus is in glory Jesus Christ will be given the chair of the Creator. On that day God the Creator will step down. God the creator, who created everything will vacate his chair and say “My son, you are worthy, judge. You know those who call upon your name. I don’t know them, that is why I respect you. You are worthy. Yes I didn’t make a mistake. When you were dying I said this is my beloved son in whom I am pleased. Now this is your reward. Now sit. You know them. Those who were serving you properly, judge them.”

In verse 32, “32 All the nations will be gathered before Him” Matt 25:32, NKJV. I don’t know who you are today, Venda, Shangaan, Zulu, Xhosa, Muslim etc but the bible says all the nations shall gather before the throne. Jesus Christ was giving a glimpse. All nations, all life, good or bad, rich, fancy, poor etc. The bible says all life shall gather before Jesus Christ after He is given the throne.

In verse 32 , the bible never says the nations will be begged. The bible says all nations will be gathered, I don’t know by whom, they shall be forced. They shall know that they must come and stand before the throne to receive judgment.

There is this song which says “The home that we so desire, we can see it from far”.

I ask myself “Do the people understand this song when they sing the song, do they understand the home, or the house that they are talking about?” The song says “We can see this home, the hills also” My worry is that people sing it but they can’t see the home yet.

There is another song that people sing which pains me a lot “We lay our lives before you. Oh how much we love You” Do you understand this song? This song was sung by Jesus Christ, when He was dying, He said “I lay my life before You God.” If you sing that song and you don’t live what the song says, then you are lying. Because the life you are living outside of church is different It is not the life which had been laid down. You are preaching something you can’t live.

If you really meant that song, if you were living that song, He will prove it to us on His throne. You can sign a song, and say “The home that we so desire, we can see it from far” and really sing it and see the home spiritually and end up not making it there. Don’t sing, speak or preach what you can’t do. This song will reprimand you.

The song says “The happiness where we will meet;” it is not all who will experience it. The song says those who will be elected will experience the happiness. The song says on Judgment Day when the Master is seating in front of us wiping off the sweat from His face, so that He can see His mark on the people properly. The bible says “all nations”, all churches will be gathered, all witches and wizards will be gathered, all false prophets, all crippled people, and everybody will be gathered. And all those people will be singing, “Happiness there in front, we will meet there”. They will be singing. This song doesn’t care if you are a Christian or not, you can sing it. What matter is not that you sing the song but that moment when you stand before the throne and Jesus judges.

You can sing it consoling yourself “We will meet there!” Who told you? According to the word of God the throne, is not in that house (home). The throne where Jesus is seated at is not that house, because it would mean that Jesus will give happiness to those who are not supposed to enter the home. You may refuse to go out after tasting this happiness. So He won’t make this mistake. The throne is before the home. There will be a place, where you will stand, you can even sing the song but the matter is that after judgment, can you still sing this song? That is my question. Will we still have the energy to sing this song?

“32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another,” Matt 25:32, NKJV. This is where problem will start. The throne will be taking authority, separating them from one another. Your friend will go this way, your cousin that way, your uncle that side. He will separate them. Do you know separation? You know the separation of people who were married. In such a case, if you involve the pastor they may be united again. The separation the bible is talking about cannot be reversed. It is the separation on the throne.

“…as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” Matt 25:32, NKJV. A shepherd knows how to separate donkeys, cows and goats. The bible says Jesus seated on the throne will separate the people. The One who has been given power to separate eternally.

“33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.” Matt 25:33, NKJV. Please understand this wisdom. Why are the sheep taken to the left whilst the goats are on the right? The bible says before Jesus Christ is given power on the throne He is seated on the right hand, meaning the sheep represent Jesus Christ whilst the goats represent satan.

The bible says He will separate the goat from the sheep. He can’t take the sheep to the left whilst He is seating on the right.

“34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” Matt 25:34, NKJV. It means those on the right are the ones who will start singing “Happiness we will meet there.” When people are told to go to the right, they will start to dance because they will seat on the right of the Father. When you are told to go the left, you will lose the tune of the song. Even if you wanted to sing the song, that tune will die from you for good. The bible says Jesus will separate us like sheep and goat.

When you live in this world make sure your life is like that of the sheep.

Let’s talk about the goats. Do you want to be a sheep or goat? Some of the goats will be saying “But I was going to Pastor Mametsa’s church?” Going to a particular church doesn’t help if you are not living the right life. The bible says there will be a lot of complaints. They will raise their hands trying to catch the attention of Jesus saying “Sorry Master Jesus, you have made a mistake. I am supposed to be on the other side.” He will check His books. Because He has glory, He won’t make any mistakes. If you hear you are supposed to go to the left, don’t complain, just fall down and roll towards that side.

The bible says people will complain, some will plead for their lives.

The bible says the glory given, has no compassion, has no mercy. Even if you plead, there will be no mercy. Your time of mercy, pleading is now, whilst you are still alive on earth.

We are talking about the time of Judgment. The time to say sorry is now. The bible says that at that time He would not have been given the spirit of mercy. Those who will be raising their hands will ask “Lord, why do you take us to the left?” The bible says Jesus will say “35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food;” Matt 25:35, NKJV. He will be talking to the goats. Jesus Christ is hungry, it’s up to you if you give Him food or not. But He will get you. People are so greedy. You can buy food for them but they will cook it and tell you there is no food. Jesus Christ gives you food but you don’t give it back to Him, the owner.

“I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?” Matt 25:35-37, NKJV.

Let me explain what I mean by this. You are not going to see Jesus Christ with your naked eyes. You can’t greet Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ will prove what God says. God says “I created you in my own image.” This means that every person that you meet is Jesus Christ. That poor person staying next to you is Jesus Christ, the one who sleeps without eating food. That poverty stricken family, who puts on the same shoe throughout the whole year and you see it with your naked eyes. That child that sleeps without blankets is Jesus Christ. That child that is in hospital, that you don’t visit because they are poor. The problem is that with some people when God shows them something they must do, they first go to somebody else. Why go to somebody else, because God has shown you, He is saying to you “Do something!”

You are staying next to a child who is struggling and you say “This child will fend for herself.” This child is Jesus, the one that He says I showed you this person and you did nothing. You will be accountable for this when Jesus Christ takes on the throne. “That child next to you, who I heard, died of hunger? Where were you?”

Let me give you an example: When a retarded person comes to your house, with saliva dripping from the house and says “Please can I have some water.” What comes to your mind? “Who will use this cup after this person he drinks from it?” You may now want to get a cup specially for this person. The bible says the eyes of God are watching. You want to give the water but the problem is the cup and God is looking at you. When this mentally retarded person is coming, there is this other handsome man who also comes and says “Please give me some water to drink” and you go and take that sealed cup that is waiting for Christmas. You feel that Christmas is delaying; “This one is not worthy to drink from this cup”. You start by giving the rich man and the mentally retarded man is watching you. You even kneel down for the rich man, and the mentally retarded men comes near “I am next” and he is surprised as he will be getting water in a steel cup and told “Here, drink fast!”. Jesus Christ says I am watching, a record is being captured of this event.

So, when you have raised your complaint with Jesus Christ on the throne, He won’t respond. He will just replay the record. He knows that the goats, who belong to satan are very argumentative. He will just say “Sunday, such and such a date, play the record” and all the nations will see your life of sinfulness, of a goat.

The bible says some are suffering, with no clothes but you have lot of clothes, some don’t fit you anymore but there is somebody who has one dress, she must wash that dress and wait for it to dry and then put it back on. The bible says Jesus will replay your life back to you and say “Were you serving Me?”

Sometimes God will show you something, only you, expecting you to act. Don’t shift the blame. Do it, He can’t show you and not give you the grace to fulfill it.

Even when you have given that water in that broken cup, you haven’t given Him anything because the rich man drank from a nicer glass. There are people who don’t share their food especially when they have cooked nice food.

Ask yourself Am I a goat or sheep?

“40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Matt 25:37, NKJV.
I don’t know what you are doing to another person but you must know that you are doing it to Jesus. Maybe you are doing something to somebody, just close your eyes and do. “…the least…” Matt 25:40, NKJV “…the least…” are those dis-advantaged people.

When people arrange functions and parties they judge the people that they will invite. They invite people who will bring presents, they even rate the families. I want you to know that Jesus Christ is watching. Don’t undermine people because of their financial position. Jesus Christ is saying don’t undermine people. Why is it that God doesn’t undermine people? It doesn’t rain on rich people only. The sun doesn’t shine on rich people only. One day those people will be restored by God and be much better than you.

I heard a story about a rich man who used to undermine other people. He used to refuse to give lifts to poor people saying they will infest me with their poverty. Then God judged Him from above and he became so poor and ended up a pedestrian. One day it was raining so hard and he was walking on foot and this one man felt pity for him and stopped to give him a lift. Out of embarrassment, the ex-rich man refused to situation in front inside the car but opted to sit at the back, even when it was still raining. It was because he could remember his own words about other people.

The bible says God, uses people; they become the earthly angels. God uses human beings as earthly angels. God can use people to be earthly angels. That is why Jesus says “Take care of everybody because you will chase angels from your home.”

It once happened to me whilst I was still saying in Diepkloof. I was with Pastor Mukwevho. It happened when I was accompanying him back to Meadowlands between Diepkloof and Orland. I saw two old ladies, around 80 years old. It was after midnight. They could not see clearly. They used the sticks to stop me for a lift. I said to myself “These old ladies, at this time.” I wanted to pass thinking maybe criminals are using them as bait. I ended up hitting dead brakes. Pastor Mukwevho asked “What are you doing so late at night?” “Another car left us here, we are going to this hospital”. I knew the hospital they were talking about and I said “Let’s go with them.” We turned to accommodate them. The good thing was that the hospital is located next to the main road. I drove there and parked next to the hospital gate, there was bright light and security. Pastor Mukwevho opened the door and those two old ladies said “Thanks!” whilst going. I drove a little bit, but the car stuck a very short distance from them. We looked back but those two ladies had disappeared. We had a serious problem “Who had we given a lift to?” We started to pray, God said “Don’t worry, you were carrying angels, I was testing you, they are gone.” This is not a story, it happened to me, it may have happened to you many why times. God said to me. If you had not lifted them, you would have known me.

God may place somebody in your way in order to test you but because you expect only the good and best He will bring the least of the people to test you. You need discernment. Do you think God can just bring useless things in this world? He wants to check when you say “Jesus!”, Jesus do you really mean it.

Verse 40: “40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Matt 25:40, NKJV.

How many people have gone to prison just to visit prisoners? Or maybe go there to pray with them? Be careful you don’t become a goat! If you have never been in prison, how do you know Jesus is not there?

Your next door child is Jesus Christ.

“46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”” Matt 25:46, NKJV.

The goats will suffer forever. The sheep will have everlasting joy. Your challenge is: is your life that of a sheep or goat? Answer the question yourself. Do a self-introspection of your life, is my life that of a goat or sheep? You need to ask God, in the spirit, closing your eyes.
Sometimes we are given power by God to operate in a certain level but because you are still operating as a goat you can’t operate. As this thing is preventing you to start serving God, Do a self-introspection.

Ask God pleading: I don’t want to argue with you. I heard that on your throne there are no argument, now, I ask you, show me my life, if my life makes you happy, it will make me happy. But if my life doesn’t make you happy, help me to see the things that I am doing wrong so I can change. It is only the Holy Spirit; who can show me my life. Yes, I see everything is well, but I don’t want to find myself being separated as a goat.

Scripture reading: “1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month. The Prophet Is Called 4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. 8 Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. 9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.” 11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” 13 And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.” 14 Then the Lord said to me: “Out of the north calamity shall break forth On all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For behold, I am calling All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord; “They shall come and each one set his throne At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, Against all its walls all around, And against all the cities of Judah. 16 I will utter My judgments Against them concerning all their wickedness, Because they have forsaken Me, Burned incense to other gods, And worshiped the works of their own hands. 17 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them. 18 For behold, I have made you this day A fortified city and an iron pillar, And bronze walls against the whole land — Against the kings of Judah, Against its princes, Against its priests, And against the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”” Jeremiah 1:1-19, NKJV.

Jeremiah was a person who used to talk to God, God called Jeremiah when he was still young but Jeremiah refused and told God that he was still young. God promised him that He will be with him and will lead him, God showed him a house which was on top of the mountain; symbolizing that a house which is on top of the mountain is not hidden. A house that is on top of the mountain can be seen by every person. This is about you and me because everyone is chosen. It is not about Jeremiah only who was chosen; all of us are called.

Do not be afraid, do not have fear and say “I cannot…” (Jer 1:6, NKJV) because God will guide you and show you the way. I believe that this iron pillar which is on the house that is not of the mountain is placed there to strengthen that house. You and I have a pillar which is the Holy Spirit, the one who guide us and shows us the way. That is why I am saying that you and I should not move away from our glory, when we face situations do not go back to the wilderness stay there and see the salvation God will bring to you.

When you are faced with challenges just call the name of God and ask God to help you, do not give up. You were made with a purpose and your purpose can be revealed only if you stay on the mountain and do not go back to the wilderness because God wants to see your commitment. Then God will show you what He wants you to do.

When God says “Stay on the mountain” He is talking about your heart, you need to talk to your heart and let your heart serve God. Do not be afraid but stand firm and listen to what God is saying to you, there will be a lot of things that will scare you and make you feel afraid but what I can tell you is that, do not allow those things to make you depart from God. It doesn’t matter what you are going through but do not allow yourself to step down from your glory.

Stand firm and say that these situations need Jesus and call Him and He will be the solution to what you are going through. Just know that you have the Holy Spirit in you so whatsoever challenges you, don’t let it make you depart from the glory.

Prayer Points: Pastor Ramuhuyu

01. Ask God for forgiveness
“1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. 3 For your hands are defiled with blood, And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered perversity.” Isa 59:1-3, NKJV.

I want you to understand why sometimes when you pray there is nothing that you receive. Maybe it has been long you have been asking God to bless you but nothing is happening. Maybe you even fasted, went to the mountain to pray but still nothing is happening. So I just want you to know why this is happening to you.

The bible says it is your inequities that separate you from God`s presence, sometimes when you pray you might think that God is in the same place where you are but find out that in fact He is not there at all. “2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God;…” Isa 59:2, NKJV.

When you have sinned or you have hurt someone it means that your hands are full of blood. “3 For your hands are defiled with blood,…” Isa 59:3, NKJV. I want us to pray this prayer points and remove this veil that is stopping our prayers to reach Jesus.

“Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered perversity.” Isa 59:3, NKJV. God doesn’t love gossipers so when you talk to God and you want Him to hear, you need to forsake gossiping and start to pray. It is not all the prayers that when we pray God will hear them or respond to them.

02. Ask God to grow spiritually
“30 He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30, NKJV.

You know Christians of these days like to boost and we like to have the status but God is speaking to us he is saying stop to boost and you must humble yourself and let God to increase and his glory to be magnified and his precious name to be worshiped.

03. Ask God to open doors for our prosperity
“7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens””: Rev 3:7, NKJV.

Sometimes when you pray do not to what people are saying just focus to your God because he is the one holding the key of your prosperity, and when he has opened no one will be able to close and if he close no one will open. The Vail that was preventing God to hear your prayer is removed so you are talking to God face to face.

04. Blessing the man of God
“8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”” 1 Kings 17:8-9, NKJV.

When the man of God approached this widow she was lacking. If you read further the bible will tell you that she was left with little to eat and was going to die but the man of God asked her to give that very little to him.

“14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.'”” 1 Kings 17:14, NKJV.

The reason why we are suffering is because we are greedy and we don’t want to give, especially to the man of God. That is not what God wants from us. God wants us to give so we need to give first. Sometimes when you don’t give you are preventing good things to come to you.

05. Ask God to give us the grace to finish building this church
“1 Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” Psalm127:1, NKJV.

06 let us pray for the pastor`s appreciation
Scheduled for the 11th of November 2012.

07 Let us pray for the chief

08. Thanksgiving
Let’s thank God for these prayers and the answers that He has released.

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Scripture reading: 2 Chronicles 1:7-127 On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” 8 And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, O Lord God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?” 11 Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life — but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king —  12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”2 Chron 1:7-12, NKJV.
Let me tell you about this man Solomon. You know about him and have heard a lot about him. According to the ways of this world, he is the illegitimate child of King David.
According to God’s eyes, he was not an illegitimate child. The Illegitimate people were his mom and dad, not him. I mean in the eyes and the wisdom of God. When God wants to use you, He doesn’t check who is your mom, dad or your background. It doesn’t matter to God, whether people call you an illegitimate child, it is not so with God.

In this text the bible tells us that God says to the so called illegitimate child “Ask, what I will give to you.” To this very same illegitimate child! What do you say? God says, Solomon, you illegitimate child, “Ask, what I will give to you.” Don’t allow your circumstances to prevent you from the call of God, or the purposes of God. If God has called you for something, do that which he has called you for. Don’t allow the situation to tell you that you are not worthy. Many undermine themselves; I can’t do this and that because I come from such and such a family: poor, sinful etc name it. Not to God, God looks at you. It doesn’t matter if you are an illegitimate child or not. God doesn’t see you as the world sees you. He says “Ask, what I will give to you.”  
Let me tell you about Solomon: King David killed somebody’s husband so that he can take his wife and after this the two of them bore Solomon. In your mind you may be saying “What’s wrong with this God? How can He use this illegitimate child, born out of this kind of marriage?” I want you to understand this God. He doesn’t care what you are doing. He is more concerned about your heart: what it says and thinks about Him. King Solomon is known to have married 700 wives and 300 concubines. When you add them, he had a total of 1000 women in his life.

God proceeded to say to this man: “Ask, what I will give to you.”   This man with so many wives, so many concubines: fornicating etc What does it mean? The God that we worship, checks our hearts. What is in your heart?

Amongst all the children of Israel, God decided to choose Solomon. Why? His heart’s desire was to build the house of God. He wanted to please the Lord even if his ways were crooked. He wanted to make sure that he house of God should be built.

Let me ask you this question? Why did God choose to continue to bless him, even if he was sinning with so many women? God still goes to him and say to him “Ask, what I will give to you.”  The reason why God was forced to bless King Solomon was that King Solomon inherited the sin from his father king David. He continued in the sinful bloodline of his father. King David is the one who started with the adultery. This made God not to look at these many other things that King Solomon was doing. Your foundation is the destiny of your children. That is why you find people saying to children “Yes, you take this bad habit from your dad.” Why do you say this? To inherit doesn’t mean God will be forced to find you guilty. The question is how are you going to live? King Solomon’s heart wanted God but his blood (body, flesh) followed after his father’s sinfulness. Heritage can force you to sin against God.
Many of us have grown with a background of ancestral worship and many are not able to come out of this. God sees this and will say: I can see your heart but I can see that the devil is using your inherited sins to hold you back. When you work for God you must understand God. In this text the bible (in verse 7) says King Solomon was surprised when God came to speak to him. King Solomon knew he was living in sin.
In verse 8, King Solomon didn’t respond to God. Some people do this. They don’t answer when you ask them questions. “8 And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place.” 2 Chron 1:8, NKJV. God asked him “Ask, what I will give to you.”   He was just supposed to have said: I want this and that. But instead he is telling God things that God already knows.

Even in verse 9 he still hasn’t answered the question. He continues to say to God “9 Now, O Lord God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.2 Chron 1:12, NKJV. This is still not an answer. If God, says “Ask, what I will give to you.  You are not supposed to tell God stories but what you want. It is only in verse 10, that King Solomon responds: “10 Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”2 Chron 1:10, NKJV. This request is from an illegitimate child. He says to God, give me wisdom. He says to God “This is what is in my heart.” Have you ever asked God, for wisdom in your prayers?
God had put something in Solomon, God knew something in Solomon.
You can’t become rich unless you have wisdom. People that are wealthy are wise. God knew that this one is too clever. In this world you can’t survive unless you are wise. King Solomon knew that the wealth of this world is wisdom. Supposing somebody who has two legs, two eyes, but no wisdom sits at home, day in, day out. At the end of the day this person says “This life is boring. I am just a poor person.”
I am talking about somebody who has a healthy body, two hands, and two eyes but because of lack of wisdom he just sits all day for days, weeks, months and years. There may also be another person with two hands, two eyes, etc every morning, he wakes up and makes a plan. The one with wisdom looks at his yard and realises that it is very big and decides to plant a million cabbages and sells them. At the end of the day, that person is now a millionaire. The one with wisdom doesn’t check what other people are doing. A cabbage, only takes about 3 months. So, if you plant a million cabbages in your yard, and sell them at R1 per cabbage. How much do you have? I am talking about wisdom. I am talking about what King Solomon asked for. Not about a bag that will fall from heaven or something that you will rob somebody for etc.

In any event today, you can’t find a cabbage of R1 it is about R7 to R15. Just do the calculations: you would be a multimillionaire by the end of the 3 months.

In verse 11 God answers Solomon “11 Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies,” 2 Chron 1:11, NKJV. Many would have asked for riches. Many fast long fasts to become rich. They want to be filthy rich. Let me tell you this, wisdom is wealth. Listen to God: I will give you your heart’s desire. “…or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life…” 2 Chron 1:11, NKJV.
There are people who are praying for the death of their enemies. “…wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor,…” 2 Chron 1:12, NKJV. It means that we are not supposed to ask for riches, God knows that we need the riches and wealth. In other words God is saying: wisdom and riches go hand in hand with wisdom. It comes as a package and I can’t separate them.

God says: “…wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor,…” 2 Chron 1:12, NKJV. These things are a package: a rich person is well respected. Let me say: wisdom brings wealth and riches, wealth and riches bring respect and honour. It is a package. People check what you have and the more you have the more they respect and honour you.

Just check when you enter into a parking lot especially when there is a bigger, luxurious car entering the parking lot at the same time with you. The rich guy will receive more respect and more attention. People that are wise are rich and dignified.

God says: 2 Chron 1:12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; but God says I will add “…and I will give you riches and wealth and honor,…” NKJV. Let’s stop pestering God for riches and wealth.  It doesn’t mean that if he had asked for riches God would not have given him but God was impressed. It also follows that if Solomon could ask for wisdom and knowledge then already he is a wise man. “16 Now two women who were harlots came to the king, and stood before him. 17 And one woman said, “O my lord, this woman and I dwell in the same house; and I gave birth while she was in the house. 18 Then it happened, the third day after I had given birth, that this woman also gave birth. And we were together; no one was with us in the house, except the two of us in the house. 19 And this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on him. 20 So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. 21 And when I rose in the morning to nurse my son, there he was, dead. But when I had examined him in the morning, indeed, he was not my son whom I had borne.” 22 Then the other woman said, “No! But the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” And the first woman said, “No! But the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king. 23 And the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son, who lives, and your son is the dead one’; and the other says, ‘No! But your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.'” 24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king. 25 And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other.” 26 Then the woman whose son was living spoke to the king, for she yearned with compassion for her son; and she said, “O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him!” But the other said, “Let him be neither mine nor yours, but divide him.” 27 So the king answered and said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him; she is his mother.”” 1 Kings 3: 16-27, NKJV.
I want you to see wisdom. Solomon knew he was to face a mammoth task. To be a king is to receive something big. The challenges and the problems are also bigger. You are also hated by the people. That is why King Solomon said “Thank you for making me a king, it is hard to lead people, I would rather be poor but give me wisdom to lead your people.” If you ask God for wisdom you are able to face the challenges that come to your house / family. God had already granted him wisdom. It was like God was testing this man.

The bible says two prostitutes came. Why is the bible emphasizing on the fact that they were both prostitutes? The bible says they were fighting for one child.  But the bible emphasizes the fact that they were prostitutes. The bible wants us to be aware that these children had no fathers as their mothers were prostitutes. It means these women were not married: how else would she go drinking with a husband. No husband would wait for her? These two women were good friends. The one got drunk and slept on her baby and killed the baby. The trouble started because of the liquor: When you sleep being drunk you are no longer yourself. How does one sleep on top of a baby, until it dies? Obviously the child cried in pain but the mom was snoring away. It means the baby cried until it died. The liquor was doing its work. The mom was snoring like a frog. The child didn’t ask to be born.
In the morning, the mom wakes up with a hang-over and shakes the child only to find the baby is dead. The other woman was also still sleeping, snoring. It is better because her child was still alive. The one, who killed her child, took her dead baby and swopped them. The live baby was suckling on the breast and because she was pulled away, the baby cried until the mom woke up and now they started to fight for the babies.

Obviously these babies could not have looked alike. Their mothers did not look the same. They argued all the way to the king’s palace. The king was watching them. They continued to argue in front of the king. The king was stuck but asked them to explain the problem and they both told their sides of the story. It is not easy to be a ruler. But the king said “I asked for wisdom from God. God I fear you because you are God. Please let that wisdom work for me now. Then he called and said bring a sword so we can cut this baby in half.” The one who killed her baby says “Yes, kill this baby; it mustn’t be mine or hers.” The king said to the other woman: “What do you say?” She replied “Don’t kill the baby, give her the baby.” And the king said “Give this woman this baby.” The kind said to the woman who had killed her baby “What kind of a woman are you? The one who says this is my baby but at the same time you are saying this baby should be killed? What kind of mother are you? Go and bury your dead child.” If the king was not wise he would have killed the baby.

6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6, NKJV. God is a generous God. If you have a problem, ask God for wisdom, don’t go and challenge the problem. If you have no wisdom, ask God for wisdom. The bible says we live by wisdom, and we become wealth through wisdom. When we are wise, we won’t just seat around waiting. We will devise means. We can’t seat and wait for grants. Grants will come to an end. The bible says the one who doesn’t work must not eat.
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f you see three cripple people: one without hands and the one without eyes, and the one without legs:  The one would say “If I had hands I would not be poor.” The other would say “If I had eyes I would not be poor.” The other would say “If I had legs I would not be poor.” Why do you allow yourself to suffer when you are whole? Some of you even say “I can’t go to church without shoes.” If you seat down and fold your arms nothing will happen and you will end up blaming God, blaming other people for your condition.

 

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