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87. Vision received on 22 April

On Saturday 22 April during the prayer meeting in Bloemfontein, God showed me the following:

He showed me thousands upon thousands of men and women standing up for Him. He showed me how their clothing changed into royal robes. The men were transformed into kings and the ladies into queens. They shone forth the radiance of God Himself. This happened the moment they let go of reigning in their own lives and giving God first place.

All around the masses of people were a whirling wind, just like a massive tornado, yet it stood still all around the people. It didn't move from side to side, but stood stationery with its forceful wind. This whirling wind protected the people from the onslaughts of the evil ones. All their weapons came to naught. It was similar to the wall of fire that protected the Israelites from the Egyptians in front of the Red Sea. The enemy forces coming against Christians in South Africa were thrown into absolute turmoil and confusion. Anarchy reigned amongst them; they were totally overwhelmed by the power displayed by God and His people uniting together.

Then I saw a massive golden shield appearing in the sky hovering over the event. I knew that this shield was to provide protection for all. It also symbolised the faith of all the people gathered together there. I saw Angus lifting his hands up high and I saw millions of black birds arising behind him for a final onslaught against this event and Christians all over in our land, but all the birds flew against the golden shield and disintegrated into nothingness. In their stead I saw thousands upon thousands of white doves being released from within the people's hearts. These doves were like racing doves sent out with messages all over the country. It was the prayers of the people being blessed by God and sent out to accomplish their purpose.

I then saw flickering lights, flickering the whole time. And I realised that it was the gifts of God raining down on the people in answer to their prayers. I saw this twice, as if God wanted to emphasize this. I also saw a soft mist of God's presence raining down on the people. I saw how it softly penetrated the skin of the people. I saw how this presence, this life of God, brought healing to the people and enveloped them with love.

Then the farm Wilde Als (where the meeting was held) began spinning and the ground started to form circles just like the Olympic circles and I realised that this meeting, these blessings were not just for South Africa, but for the whole world. All of creation is waiting and groaning for the manifestation of the sons of God, for the sons of God to stand up! (For all of creation waits eagerly for the children of God to be revealed. All of creation will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. Romans 8:19, 21)

Then an amazing thing happened. I saw a whole army arise all around the people there. I saw angels of fire standing on chariots being led by horses of fire. Just like the army Elisha saw (2 Kings 6:17). It was a glorious sight! I got goose bumps when I realised the following: They were waiting for orders from the kings and queens. As the kings and queens prayed to God, orders were given from Heaven and they were sent out, legion after legion. I cannot tell you the power and the majesty being unleashed! It is unprecedented and all because people humbled themselves and prayed to their God.

Then I saw a whirlwind like wind blowing over all the kings and queens holding hands and I saw them disappearing into the wind. I saw that the wind was Jesus standing above the stage and blowing His life over all. All the kings and queens in the whirlwind were transformed into one figure. Emerging from this wind Jesus' bride appeared, towering over all the landscape, beautiful and radiant. She stood tall and stately as the pinnacle of His creation. She was the epitome of loveliness and grace, filled with the peace and authority given to her by Jesus. But even more glorious than she was (I do not have the words to describe) was Jesus. He stood tall in all His majesty and Shekinah glory and He extended His hand towards His bride. He had a soft smile on His face, a smile of satisfaction, a smile of deeply grounded love. His eyes conveyed how proud He was of her, how deep His adoration for her was. She took His hand and glory upon glory cascaded into a kaleidoscope of colours and brilliance. It was the highlight of the day and all of Heaven was standing in awe. All of a sudden it wasn't just about South Africa, but about God's redemptive plan for the world. It was all about God living within man. It was about God uniting with mankind and being one with him. It was about God living and breathing within man. It was about God loving mankind and walking with them in the cool of the day.

It was the most beautiful sight to see and one that will stay with me forever. And I knew that everything will be just fine. All anxiety, all fear, all worries disintegrate in the presence of Greatness. God's love truly conquers all.

I saw Jesus leaving, walking hand in hand with His bride, leading her to change her community, to change her country, to change the world. He will show her the way, He will give her instructions and He will help her. She will never be alone, left to fend for herself. All she needs to do is to stay close to Him, to listen to His voice and to continue walking hand in hand. Then all will be well, all will be well.

Hallelujah! All glory on High! The Prince of Peace is alive and He loves us and leads us beside still waters. He will bring us to green pastures and will prepare a table for us in the presence of our enemies. He will anoint our heads with oil. Our cup will run over and we will be blessed in His house forever.

"Because He has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My Name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation." Psalm 91:14-16

PS God clearly told me that this vision applies to all Christians throughout the country that has a heart for Him, that prays to Him and who walks with Him, not only to those who were physically present in Bloemfontein, though they are symbolic of what happened right throughout the country.

86. Message for South Africa 2017

Just breathe. Breathe in My life, My peace. Drink in My life-giving waters ready to infiltrate your soul. Allow all stress to be washed out, all worries and cares to be eliminated from your system. Allow Me to be your anti-oxidant, washing you clean with My Spirit and regenerating your cells for what is to come. You need to breathe Me in, to take Me in. Without Me you will be like a boat lost at sea, swaying around with every wind and wave coming your way. That is not the abundant life that I came to give you. It is not. I came so that you can walk on water, way above the calamities of this life. I came so that you can have peace and joy. I came to free you from this world's system.

So why are you so worried about South Africa? Why are you in such a stressed and frantic state? Are you not a citizen of Heaven? Are you not part of My family? Are you not an heir of all that I have? Am I not your Good Shepherd leading you beside still waters? Do I not prepare a banquet for you whilst your enemies look upon all your blessings? Am I not to be trusted? I am the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords, the Alpha and Omega. What I say happens and what I decree will come to pass. No one can stop Me or stand in My way. I defeated all the powers of the enemy at the cross. He was stripped of his powers. I am the Almighty, standing with the Universe in My hands.

Therefore I ask again, why are you so worried about South Africa? Come to Me and I will give you rest. Come to Me and allow Me to take first place in your life. I am mightier than all demonic powers put together and multiplied by forever. They don't stand a chance. And because I live within you, because you are part of My body, they are under your feet too. Stand up in the authority that you have as part of Me and declare South Africa free from all bondage. Declare My Kingdom over this beautiful land. Take a stand and blow My life into every area of this country. Blow the trumpets and resound My victory over this land.

I move through you and the time has come for miracles to happen. Breathe My child, breathe. Proclaim My Word over this land and show My love to all. You see love conquers all. And when My love is displayed, strongholds are broken and the captives set free. Love your enemies, love those who hate you, love. Stop all talks of hatred and racism. I will not have it. My Kingdom is filled with love and unity and you are part of My Kingdom already. Now live out the principles of My Kingdom in this world. Live it out and bring more souls into My Kingdom through your example.

Rejoice! This marks a new season. A season of My children standing up in who they are in Me. A season where I will be moving mightily through them. A season where worldly influences will fall away and where My children will be the spiritual giants they are supposed to be. When all My children truly stand up in who they are in Me and believe My Word to be true, this world will never be the same. Stand up in who you are in Me, act on My Word and stand amazed. All will be talking of My miraculous power.

South Africa, come together and repent. Not repent as you have learned from religion, but just come as you are with your sin and all and come and lay it at My feet. I have already forgiven you and already paid the price. My blood proclaims your forgiveness before My Father day and night. As My beloved, you are already forgiven and deeply loved. Come and soak in My love and allow Me to flow through.

Come and spend time with Me. In My presence lie all the gifts, all the blessings, all the love. Come and spend time with love. True repentance is not beating yourself up or pointing fingers to others that need to repent, no, true repentance is accepting what I have done at the cross for you and loving Me for it, praising Me because of it. True repentance is coming to the end of yourself, not by degrading yourself, but by realising who you are in Me. A man standing in front of Me, stripped of this world and filled with My light has a profound impact on this world.

Now go out and be this profound impact. I command you to go and preach the Gospel wherever you are. But more than that, LIVE the Gospel, BE the Good News people so desperately need. Do not blend in with this world and complain like the rest, you will have zero impact. Rather flow with My Spirit and be like Me in this world, in South Africa. Your country needs spiritual warriors. They need to see Me. An army of My followers need to arise and show the world Who I really am. Are you ready to sign up? You won't be sorry.

85. Easter 2017

This Easter I am overwhelmed again by the love of God. I realise once again what He came to do for us. At the cross the penalty for our sins was borne, so that we can be free from the bondage of sin. And when we are free, we can truly live for God.

Jesus took all the wrath of God that was intended for us. He took all the punishment so that we will never be punished by God. And as the curtain tore in the Temple the way was opened for us to enter into the Holy of Holies. The way was opened for us to enter into God's presence and be part of His family.

Jesus also freed us from the bondage of death, that whoever believes in Him now, will never die, but live forever in His presence. That is the secret to this life. Kingdom living is at hand, He came to give us the Kingdom. And when we start to live in His Kingdom, to breathe in His Kingdom, to strive for His Kingdom, then when our earthly life comes to an end, we will just continue walking on the golden pathway in His Kingdom. We will just continue to live the life we have been living on earth all along. We will continue with our reign as royalty, as part of God's family.

Isn't that wonderful? Jesus came to give us so much. He died and took our penalty and then He opened up the way and came to live within us. Jesus in all His fullness and glory lives within us. Do you fully realise what that means? All of heaven is within you. All that is good, holy and true live within you. You are one spirit with Him and therefore all that He has and all that He is lives within you. Grab hold of this truth this Easter and be changed forevermore.

You are now sons of God due to what Jesus came to do for you. You are co-heirs with Christ, you inherit all things. You can walk with authority here on earth with the anointing given to you from Above. Meditate on this this Easter and realise the truth about yourself. And then go out and live this truth. Your whole perspective on life will change. God's Spirit will sweep through you and use you mightily for His Kingdom. That is true success. Success is moving into all that God has for you and using it for His glory.

Are you doing that? Are you moving where He wants you to be? Are you dedicated and really inspired to do His work? At the end of the day that is your calling. Stand up this Easter and say 'yes' to all that God is planning for you. Say 'yes' to be used by Him and thank Him for all that He came to give you. Stand up in the privileged position that you have. Then this will be your best Easter yet and all the Shekinah glory of God will descend on you, changing the course of your life forever. Are you ready?

Thank you Father for sending Your Son. Thank you for all that He accomplished for us. We take the privilege of being Your sons seriously and we declare that we will start walking in it to the glory of Your Kingdom. Hallelujah! You are God and You are good forever. Amen

 

84. Jesus is our Hero

I have my own prayer closet where I put up all my prayer requests. I write them on a paper and I put them up on the inside door of the closet. Now yesterday when I opened the closet, I saw that my son took a sticker - 'Jesus is my Hero' and he stuck it over some of my prayer requests so that I couldn't see them anymore. For a split second I was annoyed by this, but then it struck me. If Jesus is my Hero (and He is), then He is mightier and more powerful than all the things that I am praying for. He has them all under control. It gave me so much peace.

Then I watched a programme by Joseph Prince and he also spoke of Jesus as our Hero. He referred to the following verse:

"For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us. And the government will rest on His shoulders. These will be His royal titles: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

He said that in Hebrew, for the Jews, the Name - Mighty God - means Hero. I had a look at the Hebrew lexicon and I saw that the word 'Mighty' is 'Gibbowr' and it means 'strong, mighty, brave' and according to Strong's it can also mean 'hero'.

Now what do you see in your mind's eye when you hear the word 'hero'? Do you see superman saving some innocent child, do you see spiderman saving the day, do you see Usain Bolt winning the 100m in record time or do you see men like Nelson Mandela rising up and bringing peace in unstable circumstances? What do you see? I had a look at Thesaurus and I saw that the synonyms for 'hero' are brave man, superman, champion, conqueror, star etc. For me personally I see a hero as someone with integrity, someone that can be trusted, someone that will protect you, someone that has your best interest in mind, someone to look up to. I see a hero as someone you can go to and know without a shadow of a doubt that he will help and above all that he has the power to help.

So if we say that Jesus is our Hero, what are we saying? We are saying that He has the power to help and the ability to do so. We are saying that He has our best interest in mind and we are saying that He can protect us from all harm. He is our Champion, our Conqueror, our brave Super Hero! We are also saying that we look up to Him and He inspires us to be like Him.

Sit back and think of Him as your Hero. Think of Him, the One that can do the impossible. Isn't it just awesome to know that we have a Super Hero that Marvel Comics can only dream of creating? We have a Super Hero that is above all, above every Name. He can never ever be defeated by the villain. He can never be destroyed and He is always available to us, always. And even more than that, He loves us, really loves us. The Hero doesn't need to fall in love with the one He rescues, He loves everyone already.

Just think of the wonderful prayer life we will have if we approach Him like the Hero that He is! We can approach Him with confidence that He has the power, the ability and the intense love to help us. He can be trusted and He has our best interest in mind. We don't need to beg Him as if He doesn't want to help, or even worse, cannot help us. He CAN and He WANTS to. Our prayer life should be one of victory, one of celebration with the One Who conquered all. With the One who has defeated the enemy. The Word tells us that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Why? Because the Super Hero of all time is by our side, Jesus Christ. Even more than that, we are part of His body here on earth. For the rest of the year I want us to have a look at what is true of us because we are part of His body, part of His Kinddom. Next week we will start with that. But in the mean time rejoice, He is with you, the Mighty God - Gibbowr El!

Thank you Father that we have Your Son as our Super Hero! Thank you that we can pray and know that all things are possible with You. You are our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father and we rejoice in the privilege of being able to call You that. Thank you for walking with us step by step. You are wonderful and amazing and we love You. Amen

83. God provides for us

I would like to use the instance of the multiplication of the loaves of bread and fishes for a last time. I find it very interesting that the same food were used in both multiplications. When the 5,000 men were fed Jesus used 5 loaves and two fishes and when the 4,000 men were fed He used 7 loaves and a few fishes. Now I know that is what most of them ate in the Mediterranean in those days, but there were many other things they ate as well like dates, nuts, olives etc. But Jesus used on both occasions loaves of bread and fishes. Last time we looked at the significance of the numbers, but today I want us to look at the significance of what He fed them with.

First of all let us look at the loaves of bread. Jesus refers to Himself as the bread of life. We read the following in John 6:33 and 6:51:

"For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

"I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."

Jesus came down from heaven and He gives life to the world. If we partake of Him, we shall live forever. He is our true life.

Secondly let us have a look at the fish. In the first century of Christianity (and still today) the symbol of Christianity is a fish. Why? Because Jesus said He will make us fishers of men. Also interestingly fish in Greek is Ichthus which translates into English as "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour".

So with the bread and with the fish Jesus was referring to Himself. He was feeding the people with Himself. He was giving them life. He was giving the fullness of life to them by giving of Himself to them. Isn't that just amazing? And in both instances it was recorded that there were baskets of food left over. Why was this recorded? To prove to us that when Jesus gives of Himself, He gives liberally. He satisfied their needs to the fullness until it overflowed. Jesus never gives sparingly or just enough, no, He gives more than enough. He is the God of more than enough, the God of plenty. His storehouse of love is full, filled to capacity, ready to burst over you.

We need to realise that Jesus in all His fullness lives within us (Ephesians 3:19). I will repeat again, Jesus in all His fullness lives within us. What can we lack? What need could we possibly have that He cannot fulfil for us? Why do we stress about the future and run around as if there is no hope when He lives within us?

Jesus is standing with open arms. He is within your spirit, waiting for you to open up your soul and allow Him to flow through in all His fullness and to provide for you. Allow Him to. He is a Gentleman and will never force Himself on you. Give Him free access, give over and see how He multiplies the loaves and the fishes in your life.

Thank you Jesus for providing for us. We rejoice that You live in Your fullness within us. We rejoice that we have a Saviour, a Mighty God to look after us. Hallelujah! We give our lives fully into Your hands and we praise and honour You. In Jesus' Name. Amen

82. Walk in God's Grace in 2017

Seeing that I was in the Accounting profession, I love to look at numbers. Now no number in the Bible is there by accident! No number is just arbitrary. No, numbers are there for a reason. So today I would like us to have a look at two similar incidents, with different numbers and see what we can glean from them. I have a prophetic numbers dictionary of Martin van der Merwe, so I will use that to see what these numbers mean in the Biblical sense. Okay, are you ready?

Last year we looked at where Jesus multiplied the loaves of bread and we learned that we should trust Jesus and allow Him to perform miracles in our lives. Now I would like us to have a look at the same instances from a different angle. Matthew 14 from verse 15 conveys this event for us. It says that the number of men present was 5,000. Jesus fed them with 5 loaves of bread and with two fishes. And after everyone had eaten there were twelve baskets of food left over.

Just in the next chapter Matthew 15 the same miracle was demonstrated, this time there were 4,000 men, seven loaves of bread and a few fishes and seven baskets of food were left over.

So let us have a look at these two instances and see what God wants us to learn from them. Let us take the first instance. The number 5 represents the number of grace and the number 1,000 represents maturity. Therefore we can say that 5,000 represents that God wanted them to mature in His grace. He wanted them to see His unmerited favour and to experience it firsthand. The five loaves is once again the number of His grace, and two the number of agreement. He thus wanted them to agree with His grace, to see it and to experience it. And the twelve baskets left over refer to governmental perfection, seen in the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve disciples of God. In other words, Jesus wanted them to mature and agree with His grace given freely unto them. When His grace flows there will be governmental perfection and things will flow out of His Kingdom and provide to those in need. He wanted His disciples to see that and to realise who He was and what He came to do for them. He was opening the gates to the Kingdom of God for them and there nothing was impossible.

In the second instance, the number 4,000 refers to the maturity of materialism, in other words Jesus wanted them to mature and not rely on material things anymore. He used seven loaves to feed them, and seven means perfection. Seven can also symbolically refer to a 'Man of God'. And interestingly enough, seven baskets were left over too. Thus in this instance the numbers portray that Jesus wanted them to be free from materialism and to walk in perfection with Him, the Man of God.

What we can learn from these two instances is a clear representation of the whole Bible. God wants us free from the materialism of this world; He wants us to start walking in His Divine grace, His unmerited favour in order for His perfection and His perfect government to reign in our lives and in this world through us.

Are you ready to let go of the material things you consider 'precious'? Are you ready to step out and to trust Him that He would provide for you? Are you ready to take the hand of the 'Man of God' and to walk with Him in His perfect government? Are you ready to make yourself available to be used in a mighty way by Him? I hope so, because then 2017 can be a year of breakthroughs and substantial spiritual growth for you. Doing the Will of God and allowing Him to work through you is the meat that will help you grow into a mature son of His, ready to be used in a mighty way.

Thank you Father for Your grace displayed towards us. Thank you for opening the way for us. We love You and look forward to this year with You. We want to let go of all material things in our lives and learn to trust only in You. You know best and we take Your hand. Please lead the way. In Jesus' Name Amen

 

81. New Year Message 2017

A new year has dawned and has been birthed from the throne room of God. Some of us might look upon this coming year with dread, and some of us might look upon this year with excitement. Now even though the future is a mystery to us all, we are privileged to know the One with the future in His hands. So whether you are excited, scared, or indifferent, your future is within His hands and we need to abide with Him. This made me think of Psalm 91. Let's read verse 1 together:

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."

If you read the rest of the Psalm it speaks of God's protection, His provision and His abounding favour. Please go and read the rest of the Psalm yourself, it is really inspiring for 2017. But remember verse one. We need to dwell and abide with Him. Now I pondered what this could mean, and the Lord reminded me of Ephesians 2:6 which tell us that we have been raised up with Christ and that we are sitting with Him in heavenly places. He also reminded me of Colossians 3:1 that tells us that Christ sits at God's right hand, and therefore as part of His body we sit there too.

So what am I saying? God wants you to sit and abide with Him this year. He wants you to realise your position in Christ and sit alongside Him in His place of honour. Now your following question might be; But what does 'sit' mean? Should I not do anything and simply say God must do everything? Or what does it mean? Let us go back to Psalm 91:1.

The Names of God, namely 'Most High' and 'Almighty' appears in Psalm 91:1. The first time the Name 'Most High' is used in the Bible is Genesis 14 and the first time the Name 'Almighty' is used in the Bible is Genesis 17. And in the middle is Genesis 15 and 16. And interestingly our answer lies there. Genesis 15 tells us of what God will do for Abraham if he sits with Him. He will bless Him abundantly, He will give him descendants as the stars in the heaven and He will be his Shield and his great reward (Genesis 15:1). And in Genesis 16 Abraham and Sarah decided not to 'sit' with God in His presence, but to take matters into their own hands and in the process Ishmael was born. And the fact that they didn't 'sit' with God brought them untold heartache and pain.

'Sitting' with God therefore means to trust Him, to believe what His Word says, to live in heavenly places with Him even though your body is still on earth. Sitting with Him means to walk with the Spirit and to follow His leading in everything that you do. Sitting with Him means to go on with your life, to do what you can do to the best of your ability, and then to give over to Him and to rest in His presence. And in His presence you cannot be stressed, you cannot be anxious and you cannot be lacking. In His presence is abundance of everything!

Decide for 2017 to come and sit in His presence. Decide to abide with Him. Decide that Psalm 91 is true and for you today. Do not go out and have your own 'Ishmaels'. That is not God's best for you. You will only make your own life miserable with unnecessary complications. Rather give over to God and believe what He had promised. Stand on His promises and make them your own. Print Psalm 91 out and read it regularly, even by putting it up all over your house. God wants the best for you, but are you willing to abide with Him? All the promises of God in Jesus are Yes and Amen to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20). Grab hold of it and walk in the fullness of all that He came to give you.

Thank you Father for a new year. Thank you for new beginnings. We declare that we will abide and sit with You this year. Because we know that You know best. We look forward to see all that You have planned for us. We hold on to all Your glorious promises. In Jesus Name. Amen

80. Christmas 2016

Christmas is around the corner again and what a wonderful time of year it is! It is a time to reflect and a time to be around loved ones. Christmas is a joyous time, filled with God's love and splendour. It is also a time to ponder the wonderful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I know a lot has been written about His coming and a lot has been said. So I know we can become sort of numb to all the messages and not really hear the essence of it anymore.

But today I want you to sit still and really think about what Jesus came to do for us. Close your eyes and really think about Him. He was living in Heaven in His glorified state, Master of the Universe, with millions of angels at His beck and call and the Universe at His feet. But His heart was yearning for us, He wanted us free from the bondage of sin, He wanted us free from the sting of death, He wanted us to be able to fellowship with Him and to walk in His Kingdom as part of His family. He wanted so much for us. He wanted us free from the grip of His enemy. And in His glorified state, He agreed to become small, He agreed to become a helpless baby; He agreed to walk a road of pain and suffering in order to have us with Him.

Isn't that just glorious? Isn't that true love? We think we know what love is, but we don't have a clue. His love is all-consuming, all-encompassing, and all-enveloping. His love is higher than the highest mountain and deeper than the oceans' deep. And when He came, He showed us the extent of His love. Every step that He took was with compassion and a caring heart. He WAS love.

And He accomplished His goal as you all know. He freed us from the grip of sin and death, He freed us from the enemy's rule in our lives, He gave us access into His Kingdom and He welcomed us as part of His family. And the pinnacle of all that He did was to come and live inside of us through His Spirit. So today, the fullness of who He was on earth and of who He still is, is working mightily within you. Love made perfect, is therefore within you in full measure. Love in its purest form is within your spirit.

This Christmas walk in this love available to you. All Christians are filled with this love, the question is just what are you going to do with it? Christ gave His love to you freely; He is in fact showering the fullness of who He is on you daily. But are you open to let it flow through your soul into the physical realm? Or are you too focused on your own world, too focused on the material world to allow His love to flow through? Within His love lie the answers to all of life's problems. If you can get a revelation of the fullness of what is available to you in Christ, your life will never be the same. Allow God to work through you this Christmas season, and going forward. Allow Him to flow in mighty torrents through you to those in desperate need. Allow Him to change you from a cowering human being, into a glorious son of the living God. That is His purpose for you, His destiny, and His dream. Allow Him to take over and to walk with you, hand in hand, in love.

Thank you Jesus that You came to save us. Thank you that You opened the way for us into Your glorious Kingdom. We declare that we want to walk with You in love and reach out to a broken world. We want to become love just like You demonstrated on earth. Thank you that You have already given us all things that pertain to this life and godliness. We praise Your mighty Name. Amen

79. You are God's son

As I was reading through the New Testament, one thing stood out for me more than most other statements, and that is that we are God's sons. This is a profound statement and one that has the ability to change your life, once you truly understand what this means. Come and allow me to show you a couple of Scriptures:

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God." Romans 8:14, 15

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:26

"I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:18

You are God's son. Sit still for a moment and say that aloud to yourself. You are God's son, His heir, created in His image. Do you realise the privilege that you have? Do you realise the infinite wisdom and power that you have available? Sit back and truly realise who you are. You are not just somebody roaming this earth, no, in fact you are royalty walking with God's authority as His son. You are like the son of the richest man on earth, a multi billionaire. People jump and almost stand to attention when you come past. They listen when you speak and they respect you for your standing in society. In the same way you have the authority as God's son to change this world.

Plus remember always that God wants the best for you. Think of a good father here on earth. A good father wants his children to excel, a good father wants his children to be healthy, to be happy, to make the most of their life. A good father will discipline where necessary and will withhold certain things until the child is ripe and ready to receive it. A good father is always there and will protect his child. He will never allow someone to hurt his child unnecessarily. And the same is true of our Father in Heaven. He wants the best for you, He wants you to excel, He wants you to be healthy, to be happy and to be the best 'you' you can be. He will discipline you into growing into His likeness, because He wants you to be a perfect representation of Him. And once you are, the sky is the limit. You can become like your Father. Romans 8:29 tells us that God predestined us to be conformed into the image of His Son. And Jesus was just like His Father. He represented Him in every way. And today this is your chance. God's master plan was that He left His Son's body here on earth to continue with His work. Jesus in effect never left the earth, because He sent His Spirit to live on the inside of us, so that we can be His body.

Stand up in who you are and go and make a difference in this world. Your body might still be part of this world, but your born again spirit is not from this world anymore, but part of God's Kingdom. Therefore go out and bring God's Kingdom into this world and make a difference right there where you are. You are destined for greatness, far above what you can imagine.

Thank you Father that You are a good Father. You want the best for us and You know the best. Thank you that we can be Your sons here on earth. Help us to walk in the fullness of who we are and to exalt You in the process. Thank you Jesus that you opened the way for us, we are eternally grateful. Amen

78. Heaven rejoices over all sinners

This morning I went for a walk in the Estate where we live. We have lovely parks with some of the natural vegetation left by the developers. Now this morning I saw amongst the thorn trees a small deer. It was the most lovely thing in the early morning sun. I was so excited and couldn't wait to tell my two boys about it. But then I stopped to think about it. Why was I so excited? I mean I have seen probably thousands of deer in my life. I can simply go to a zoo and see a lot of them. Why am I so excited then? Then I realized it is because he is free. He is free to roam as he wishes and to go where he pleases unlike the animals in the zoo that are bound to one area, whether they want to or not. I was privileged to see him this morning, but when I see them in the zoo I don't even glance at them, because it doesn't feel special. They don't have a choice.

The same is true for us. The Lord didn't make us robots that have to follow His Will with no choice in the matter. We are not caged in with no choice but to stay there. No, God gave us freedom. He gave us the freedom of choice. And that is why there is so much excitement in heaven when one of us decides to give our lives to Him, to turn to Him out of free will. And the main excitement comes from He, He truly loves us all dearly.

Jesus also taught several parables and a lot of them are about something being lost. Like the sheep that was lost, the son that was lost, the coin that was lost etc etc. And He spoke about the rejoicing in Heaven when what was lost is found again.

I remember a day when I went shopping and my two boys were still small. They were all around me whilst I shopped, playing around. Now as it happens I was busy looking at something and when I looked up they were gone. I immediately started searching, my heart pounding and my mind racing as to where they could be. To cut a long story short, I found them hiding from me between the clothes and I was so relieved to see them (they did get a hiding though and some stern words, but I was immensely relieved). That night I gave them each a special hug, which I wouldn't have done if they weren't 'lost'. There is much rejoicing when lost things and especially lost people are found.

Heaven rejoices over those that make the choice not to be lost anymore, but to be part of His Kingdom. It is like seeing a cheetah in the wild walking over the road right in front of your car with small cubs, except the rejoicing is a 10 000 000 times more intense. And as much as Heaven is rejoicing about you, they are rejoicing about each person you bring in as well. Remember that next time you share the Good News with someone. Remember that too if you don't feel like sharing the Good News. God loves that person with an infinite love. He desperately wants that person to come to Him as well. And He gave that responsibility of telling them in your hands. Are you up to the task? The harvest is waiting and the workers are few. Stand up in who you are and lead the lost to Him. He is a loving Father and an amazing God.

Lord thank you for giving us a free will. We freely choose to follow You. We love You and we long to be with You one day. Please give us the courage and the opportunities to lead others to You as well. Amen