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92. Let go and let God

Let go and let God. Haven't we all heard that statement a number of times? I have heard it so often that it has lost its impact for me. It becomes one of those mundane things you hear. For me it became a cliché.

But I heard it loud and clear again this week. I heard it in my spirit. Let go and let God. And I want you to hear it this week too. What does it practically mean to let go and to let God? Does it mean we must look the other way and pretend that nothing was wrong? Should we hide our face in the ground like an ostrich and pretend that everything is okay? Should we sit back and expect things to fall into our laps? Should we stop doing our part and just trust that all will fall into place?

I think through the questions I asked you probably answered the questions for yourself.

No, you shouldn't sit back and do nothing. And no, by letting go you are not saying that your problems don't exist.  By letting go you are acknowledging them, but you are choosing to not let your problems get under your skin. You are in fact saying: 'Yes, I see you, you are there, but I have a God much stronger and more capable than you. I have a God of more than enough as My Father. I have a Father Who can see the future, Who knows the best for me and Who will not allow evil to befall me.'

You see I realized again that we are children of the Most High God. Princes of the King of kings and Lord of lords. We are the kings and lords that He is King and Lord over. And if we truly realize that we are, then what do we have to worry about?

Have you ever seen the Queen of England worrying about her finances? No, of course not, she is a billionaire. Can you also ever imagine her looking after her own safety, checking if all the doors of Buckingham Palace are locked? No, of course not, she has a whole team of safety specialists looking after her safety.

And so I can go on, but you get the point. Now why are we any different? Our Father is infinitely richer than she will ever dream to be and He has all the 'safety specialists' lined up to protect us. So why are we so worried? Why are we so stressed out? Well, the answer really is because we trust more in what we can see around us than in the living God. We trust more in the news we receive than in the Bible. And that is why we are frantic and stressed out. If His Kingdom and all it entails was more of a reality to us than this world, we will be relaxed, filled with all His goodness and His Shalom peace.

We need to learn to look up, to follow Him and to trust Him above all else. Trust in a God that is good and wants only the best for you. Expect good rather than evil to befall you. Let go of all the stress you are holding on to. Let go of all the junk wearing you down. Rather surround yourself with the surreal experience of walking hand in hand with God, following Him wherever He goes. He knows best.

Let go and let God. Acknowledge the issue, then do your best in all situations, give it to Him and go on with your life, knowing that He will work out all things for your good (Romans 8:28).

Father please help us to live a 'let go' life. Help us to look up to You and not our problems. We give it all to You and trust You to help us and to show us the way. We love You. Amen

 

91. God is NOT angry with Cape Town

I read an article yesterday that a known preacher in South Africa told a reporter that God is angry with Cape Town and that is why it is not raining there. And if they do not repent, then the rain won't come. I was shocked when I read this, as I had a lot of respect for this preacher. But what he is saying is not true at all.

Let us begin on a practical level without even going to the Bible first. If it is true what he is saying, then why is it raining in Johannesburg for example? Why does Gauteng have more than enough water and Cape Town doesn't? Is he then in actual fact saying that people living in Cape Town has more sin than people living in Johannesburg? But that cannot be. Any Christian will agree that this is not true. So why is God then punishing Cape Town and not Johannesburg with drought?

Or let us go even further than that. The Scandinavian countries and Switzerland for example are countries known to be mostly atheists. So if God were to judge a country, wouldn't it be one of them? And yet they are so blessed in many instances.  According to the world happiness report, they are every year amongst the happiest people in the world. So wouldn't God be unfair to single out Cape Town and strike them with a drought, but bless countries that have no regard for Him? It just doesn't sound like the God I love and it certainly isn't.

God doesn't judge countries any more. Yes, He did it in the Old Testament. God's judgment came in the form of wars, droughts, famines and plagues. There are so many examples, but believe me when I tell you. When you page through the Old Testament that is what happened when people lived sinful lifestyles and not followed the Law as God prescribed. Go and read about all the curses in Deuteronomy 28:15-68 and you will see that there were dire consequences directly orchestrated by God to turn people back to Him. For example verse 23, 24:

"The sky above your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. The Lord will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder."

Sounds like the drought now in Cape Town doesn't it? That is how God judged people in the Old Testament. But thanks be to God for our Lord Jesus Christ! He came and bore all these curses upon Himself - Galatians 3:13:

"But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."

Jesus took all the curses upon Himself, including the curse of 'no rain'. He took it so that it never has to come on us from God ever again. God judged all sin on the cross. And because Jesus bore our sin we can boldly come to the throne room of grace and have communion with God. If what the preacher says is true, then our sins are still unforgiven and because it is we cannot come into God's presence. What was the point of the cross then? If what the preacher says is true, then I see God as a stern unfair Father, punishing certain people and not others. If what he says is true, then it pushes me away from God in fear of unfair punishment, instead of drawing me closer. That is not the God I know. The God I know stands with open arms, waiting for us to turn to Him in love. He will clothe us with a robe and give us His ring of honour. Our punishment today is when we turn our backs on Him and rather go and sit in the mud with the pigs. Our punishment is then self inflicted and not from Him. So yes, sin has consequences, but the consequences are due to our own choices and not direct punishment from God.

You see Jesus came to take the punishment for our sins so that forgiveness is ours. Let us have a look at a couple of Scriptures:

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." Ephesians 1:7

"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13, 14

"And you, being dead in your trespass and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses." Colossians 2:13

"I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His Name's sake." 1 John 2:12

Can you see? The Bible clearly tells us that our sins have been forgiven us. All our trespasses have been forgiven, past tense. It is not something that must happen on a regular basis, but something that HAS happened already. Jesus took all the penalty of our sins on Him. He took it all. He took it all upon Himself that we do not have to bear it. That is grace. That is unearned, unmerited favour that He has bestowed upon us and all we need to do is to believe on Him.

We are now one with Jesus Christ. We are His body on earth. When God looks at us today He sees Jesus, He sees the body armour of righteousness that has been given to us as a gift. He doesn't look at us and search for our faults and close the windows of Heaven when we sin too much. And He doesn't stand in Heaven with folded arms until we have prayed long and hard enough to His liking. No! He isn't like that at all!!

It truly grieves me that My loving God is portrayed like that! We live in a fallen world. We live with people that do not look after our planet. We live with global warming and changing weather patterns. So yes, we live in a world with natural disasters, and indirectly it is a consequence of the sin of the whole human race, not looking after the planet as God had intended. Remember God gave humankind all authority over the world in Genesis 1:26-28, He made them rulers over the world. And we haven't been good stewards. So when natural disasters come, that doesn't mean that those people afflicted were more sinful than others. No, our world operates in a fallen state.

But remember one thing, as Christians we needn't fear. God is with us and He will look after us despite all the evil prevalent around us, despite all the disasters. We are His children, part of His new Kingdom. We will inherit all that is His. He will look after us and care for us. We need to stand up in all that we are in Him. That is what I have been teaching for eight months now with my weekly devotions, please go and read who we are in His Kingdom as I cannot go into further detail in this devotion alone.

We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Despite living in a fallen world, we can still rejoice in a loving Father looking after us. The closer we draw to Him, the more of Him will manifest in our lives and the more our environment and living circumstances around us will be changed. The more we realise who we are in Him, the more we will stand up in our authority given to us from Above. The more we allow His Spirit to work through us, the more Jesus can manifest. And when Jesus manifests through us, blessings will come raining down, because that is God's loving heart for us all!!

So my message today to all living in Cape Town is this: You are not more sinful than other people. Realise that God has forgiven you all your sins through Jesus Christ. Draw closer to Him and spend time with Him. Allow Him to become more and more in your life and then allow Him free access in your life to change the world around you into a better place. The more you begin to live and breathe like Him, the more you allow Him to manifest through you, the more changes you will see. A life on fire for God, a life inspired and influenced by Him is a miracle working life. Then look up and see the miraculous manifesting and give Him all the glory!!!

Thank you Father for Your loving kindness. Thank you for loving us and helping us on a daily basis. We want to draw closer and closer to You. We want You to grow in fullness and stature within us. We want to become less and less and You more and more. You are living within us and desperately want to manifest. Take my hands and feet and work through me Lord. Use me as Your vessel, only then can true change come. Jesus changed the whole world in three and a half years of ministry, how wonderful wouldn't it be if He can work through all Christians in fullness for millennia! How different the world will be. Thank you that it is possible. We are open vessels. Use us for the change You want to see in this world. Thank you Father, thank you Jesus and thank you Holy Spirit. Amen

 

 

 

90. Christmas 2017

This is an excerpt from my latest weekly devotional book - God Breathes:

I came to set the prisoners free. Do you realise what this means? You were a prisoner, trapped in a cage of sin and yet I came to open up the cage and set you free. You are now free to roam this earth, not in bondage anymore, but in the glorious liberty as My dearly Beloved.

The moment I came light entered the world again. A star proclaimed My birth and lit the way for those hungry for more. A whole host of angelic beings illuminated the shepherd's field, pronouncing that a new day has been born. A new beginning has dawned on the human race. Gold, frankincense and myrrh greeted Me. It proclaimed Who I was. And today I want to share it with you.

The gold presented to Me proclaimed My Divinity. It announced the arrival of a King to the world. Even though all the gold in the world was at My fingertips, this gold was symbolic of Who I really am. It represented to the world that their King has arrived.

The frankincense was highly fragrant and used in worship as a pleasant offering to My Father. It represented holiness and righteousness, exactly who I am. It proclaimed to the world that I will become a pleasant offering to My Father; My death will be an acceptable fragrance to Him. I am righteous and holy, the perfect sacrifice.

The myrrh was a spice used for embalming. It represented bitterness and suffering. It proclaimed to the world exactly what I came to do. I came to suffer, to die; I came to set you free.

This week as you celebrate My birth, remember the gold, the frankincense and the myrrh. Remember that I came to suffer to free you, to liberate you. I came as the righteous fragrance of God in order to pass it on to you. I came to invite you to be part of My Father's royal family, to walk on streets paved with gold, as the king and lord that you are. Remember all of that this week and walk in the fullness of it.

My whole ministry is summed up by these three elements. My suffering freed you from sin, gave you righteousness as a gift and crowned you as king, part of My royal family. That is the Good News. You are dead to sin and free to walk with My robe of righteousness as royalty. What more could you want?

Live in that reality today. Make this revelation one that lifts you up on another level. Nothing can come against you if you make these three elements part of your daily walk. Do not be deceived to wander off this path ordained for you. Walk on it and keep your eyes on Me. See Me waiting for you with open arms, ready to celebrate the fullness of life with you. You are destined for greatness, ordained for so much more to this life. I have made it all possible for you.

Come and take My hand. Allow Me to walk on this path strewn with roses with you. Allow Me to be your best friend, your lover, your advisor, your boss, your counsellor, your doctor, your God. I have so much to show you, so much to teach you. Be open to receive My bouquet of flowers, ready to allure you into My arms of grace. Because when you come, the world will be your oyster, the galaxies your playground and Me your Husband, your Protector and Provider. Walk in the fullness of this today, it is My gift to you.

 

89. Make a difference in South Africa (1)

I have been earnestly praying for our country for decades now and so have many thousands of Christians. I have become excited as I see God move and then I became despondent again when I see the dismal state of our country. Everyone was so excited when 400 000 men attended the mighty men conference and everyone thought, this is it, South Africa is going to just get better from here. But it didn't. Then Loftus and many stadiums were filled around the country and again everyone thought that South Africa is just going to rise from here, but sadly our country only got worse. Then there were 22 April 2017 when 1 000 000 people got together and prayed, and everyone was excited to see the change in South Africa, but things still worsened. Weekly I get prayer requests, I get forwarded messages that we should plead God's forgiveness and plead that He must help us like He helped the Israelites. Times are set to pray, time and time again and yet no difference can be seen on the surface. What is happening? Why is this so?

Then God spoke clearly to me, and the answer was so simple. We need to realise that we live under a new covenant. We shouldn't beg God for forgiveness. We shouldn't go down on our knees and beg Him to heal our land. We shouldn't beg Him to intervene.

No, we are under a new covenant. We HAVE been forgiven already. Our sins have been cleansed by Jesus' blood (please read my devotion of last week with all the Scripture references). We needn't beg God for it. We shouldn't beg God to heal our land and to intervene either. Why? Because He lives within us already. Do you realise the significance of that? The mighty, awesome, almighty God lives WITHIN us and wants to work through us! Let me give you a few Scripture references for you to go and read:

Christ lives in me - Colossians 1:27, 3:11

I live through Christ - 1 John 4:9

God abides in me and I in Him - 1 John 4:15, John 6:56

I am in Christ Jesus  - 1 Corinthians 1:30, Galatians 3:28, 1 John 2:5

Christ dwells in my heart - Ephesians 3:17

Israel had to beg God to heal their land and to work on their behalf, because He wasn't living in them. Once they repented, He could work on their behalf. But that is not how the New Covenant works. We need to realise who we are in Christ. We need to stand up in the authority that we've been given from above and walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6). We need to act and talk like Him, because He lives within us.

In other words, we cannot pray and wait for God to act like Israel did. No, we need to pray, stand up and ALLOW God to work through us. We need to ALLOW Him to flow through and perform miracles THROUGH us. But when we pray and simply wait for Him to act, we are going to wait forever.

The time is now like never before to DO something. Pray and ask God to show you how and where you can make a difference. Even if it is just to be friendly to a passersby or to stop talking along racial divides and criticising the government which is contrary to God's Word. Jesus will never speak that way and He lives within you. Don't you think the time has come to speak only what He would have spoken? To act like He would have acted? You have the strength and ability to do that, because you have Holy Spirit to help you, your Paracletos, your Helper.

Realise who you are. You are not some helpless sinner who is doomed. NO, you are a son of the Almighty God with the power to change the world. He has given you the ability, now go out and use it.  Stop begging Him for forgiveness and waiting for Him to act and go out and actually do something!

We as Christians are part of God's Nation, His holy people, set apart for Him. You must realise that you are a citizen of Heaven merely living in South Africa. You were placed here with a purpose - to make a difference for His Kingdom, to exalt His Name and to draw others closer to Him. Stand up as the holy nation that you are. Stand up with God's mighty power and BE the difference everyone so desperately seeks. Please read again the vision I received on 22 April 2017 (/2017/4/24/87-vision-received-on-22-april.aspx) , in hindsight you will understand it better, as did I. All Christians are part of Jesus' Bride, walking as one with Him. And He is within us, giving us the strength and the power to be the difference this country and the world needs.

Father thank you very much for Your amazing love. Thank you that You have already forgiven us through the blood of Jesus. Thank you that Jesus lives within us now and that we can be part of Your Kingdom now already. Thank you for all the power and might that is flowing through our veins. Thank you for new DNA, thank you for the power to make a difference. Thank you for Your Spirit that assists us in making a difference in South Africa. We boldly take a stand for You and proclaim Your Word over all situations. We glorify Your Name. We speak life over the areas in our country where death reigned. We proclaim the Name of Jesus over all farms, schools, houses, businesses and over the government. We proclaim Jesus as King over all. Please grant us the wisdom on how to handle different situations that may arise and thank you for the courage that You have given us to stand strong. We praise Your Name. Amen

Also have a look at the message I received from God in April too. It correlates beautifully with this. May God bless you all - /2017/4/20/86-message-for-south-africa-2017.aspx

 

88. God's Grace

I am the God of Grace. Do you truly realize what that means? If you did, you will stop trying so hard and give over to Me. Grace flows when you stop trying. Grace is what I give to you, without you deserving it, it is My unmerited favour. None of you deserve by your own merit to enter into the Kingdom of God, but through grace I made it possible for you. Your sinful nature made it impossible for you to enter into My glorious Presence, but I made it all possible for you, through the death of My Son, Jesus Christ. That is why He is the only way, the truth and the life, without Him there is no access. Your sinful nature cannot make it on its own, but Jesus came and took the punishment for your sins, so that you can live in the newness of life that comes from Him and Him alone. And in that new life, there is plenty of grace and you can enter into My Presence without spot or blemish.

I have always been full of grace towards mankind. I could have wiped out the whole human race from the face of the earth with the flood, but in My grace I saved eight people and would have saved more if the others repented in the years that I gave them before the flood. By My grace I saved Lot and his family from the fire raining down on Sodom and Gomorrah, and I would have saved more if they had listened to Lot's plea. By My grace I didn't destroy the whole Jewish nation when they rebelled against Me in the wilderness, I continued to love them and care for them. By My grace I allowed a remnant to return to Jerusalem after their exile into captivity, I helped them to rebuild the Temple and I helped them to settle in their city once again. And My biggest act of grace was when I opened up the doors to heaven for all to enter in, through the death of My Son.

Grace is what I am blessing you with. I am giving you in abundance what you do not deserve, but I give it to you because I love you. Hold on to My grace. Stop trying to earn your way into heaven. Stop trying to do good deeds simply to get into 'My good books'. Stop thinking that I am punishing you for your sins, stop feeling guilty of sins you have done in the past. When you feel this way you do not understand how grace works. Grace loves all and forgives all. Grace flows in abundance and is there to overwhelm you. Grace is free and without prescribed actions. I am filled with grace.

Grace was My master plan for the human race filled with the tendency to sin. Without grace you would have been lost forever, doomed to die. Without grace there would have been no hope. Your sinful nature could never keep My Law, you couldn't even come close. My Law showed you how desperate your situation truly is. My Law showed how far away you have ventured from My perfect nature. No human being could ever keep My Law, inside and out. However, in My grace I provided a way for the Israelites, My people, to atone for their sins through sacrifices at the altar. I provided a way for them to be forgiven. I showed them the sacrifice of My Son; I showed them the way out of this sinful world. But even that provision My people threw back in My face. They became religious and never truly repented. My perfect Law therefore signed their death sentence, as no judge can let anyone free due to their trespasses of My Law. But the Judge of all judges came and He came to sign off on the Law and to free all who believe in Him. He came to rescue all trapped in sin and He gave them a new nature, a spirit connected with Mine, free from this world, belonging to Me.

Therefore live in this grace. Get up in the mornings and praise Me that I freed you from sin's death door. No matter what is going on in your life, be full of song and praise that you are free. You are free to live in grace, free to be part of a new world, where love and grace abides.

Stop trying, and get to the end of yourself. Because when you get to the end of yourself, you can finally let go and allow Me to take over. That is the point where true life starts. That is the point where you become who you truly are. That is the point where My Spirit takes over and leads you into everlasting life. Then you start transforming your mind, from being carnal to being Spiritual. And when you start living your life being controlled by the Spirit, you will find that you please Me in every way. You will find righteousness as your robe and My works in you become complete. Surrender My child and give Me your all. I want the fullness of who I am to flow through you and to touch a world, hungry for Me.

Extract from Ilze's latest book - God Breathes. To order please email info@ilzehenderson.co.za

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