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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

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