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Self-love


In this scripture reading the part that stood out for me was love your neighbour as yourself. We all struggle with self-love, we all struggle with complementing ourselves and others. This is such a broad topic, and a number of things find their root in not loving yourself. What comes to your mind when God tells you to love yourself? Here are just a few things that come to mind when this question comes up.


. We always think we’re not good enough.
. We always compare ourself with others.
. We always think we can do better.
. We always feel that there is something that we must change about ourself.

We are all made in the image of God. He perfectly formed us in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). In God’s eyes we are perfect and nothing needs to change to compare ourselves to the world. When the Holy Spirit comes upon us our character and image in Him is developed, but when we don’t know who we are we struggle with self-love.

I just want to ask you, when we look in the mirror are we able to say to ourself: Well you look very nice today, or are we looking at the image in the mirror intending to put ourself down. It is not pride to give yourself a compliment because God says love yourself to love your neighbour. If you don’t have self-love how can you love your neighbour. This means that the love that you share will be compromised because it will have a condition attached to it. Perfect love comes from God through His Holy Spirit and perfect love cast out all fear. 


The world today lacks self-love because most of us struggle with this in relationships. We want someone else to love us unconditionally and for who we are, but we cannot even love ourselves that way. How can you expect somebody else to love you the way you want to be love but you cannot love yourself? This is one of the biggest problems in our world today, people sitting with self-love issues and expecting the neighbour, the government, the church to solve the problem. We can only solve our problem when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour and when we allow Him free rein in our life. Only then will God transform us into the image of Christ.


Without Jesus Christ helping us, we will always look for love in the wrong places. Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result, it will never happen.We will always find the problem with someone else, it will never be us. If you are the common denominator in every situation or every problem, then the problem lies with you. When we feel judgment and jealousy coming up in us, we must do the opposite of what we feel and compliment the person and the more we do it the more the love of God will grow inside of us. 


God wants to say to all of us today we are made in His image, we are enough and we don’t have to compare ourself with somebody else.


Prayer: Father in the mighty name of Jesus Christ I bring my brothers and sisters before Your throne of grace and I ask that Your Holy Spirit will work in our heart. So when we look at people that we will see You, God. I also pray for those that don’t know you Lord that they will repent and call on the name of Jesus Christ and turn to you to save them. Thank you for your grace and your mercy in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

Positive versus Negative

Somebody once told me that they will never become a Christian because we are so negative and more afraid of the COVID19 virus than people that don’t serve the Lord.

When we are negative it is a weapon that we use on ourselves and people around us see the effect it has on our lives. They say that 80% of all our thought are negative, and 40 to 60% of the time the negative thoughts will materialise in our lives. Negative thinking will change our whole outlook on life, and the way we respond to people.

Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

When we speak out the negative thoughts, over time those thoughts will manifest itself in our lives. We can have a negative thought, but shouldn’t speak it. We should use positive affirmations and declarations to change our thought pattern. 

People will always be drawn to positive thinkers because they know that they will be encouraged, uplifted and motivated when they leave. Our mind must be made up to stay positive no matter what we see around us. A changed mind is a powerful thing, it can influence our health, our way of thinking, our behaviour and our character. Luke 15 speaks of the prodigal son. When he decided to go back to his father’s house, he did not think about what his father and brother was going to say and do. His mind was made up to change this situation and he focused on positive things. When we are negative we “eat with the pigs” and we don’t see a way out.   

What we feed our mind determines our attitude. Negative thoughts are like weed it grows anywhere without watering. But positive thoughts we need to feed and nurture with water (the word of the Lord), we need to make declarations and surround ourselves with positive people.  The world finds itself in a crisis with this pandemic and many people have lost their job, people have lost loved ones to this virus. People are sitting in abusive and toxic relationships that they don’t know how to handle.  It starts by the renewal of our minds and making a decision to stay positive and change our situation.

If we don’t have a positive attitude the negative thoughts will consume every area of our lives. We will experience sickness in our body and in most cases people will walk out of our life because of our negative energy.  God cannot move when we stay put, we need to have a positive outlook and allow God to show us the way forward. 

When we stay positive in bad situations we can see the hand of God moving on our behalf, we can see how God is bringing us into alignment with HIM. Our intimate relationship with God and our focus on the things that are important is restored. Our light must be the brightest it has ever been, we are God’s vessel and the beacon of hope in this dark world. We as children of God are called for a time like this to step up and step into the light of Christ.

Prayer: Father in the name of Jesus, we stand in a place of humility before YOU, and we answer the call of hope in this dark world. Use us Lord, keep our hearts pure before YOU because we carry the vessel of the Lord.

Narrow Door

People have their own opinion about the Covid19 virus and why it is happening. Nothing that happens on earth is hidden from the Lord. He speaks in various ways to get the world to see Him and to recognize Him, but so many of us ignore the signs, ignore the warning that has gone out and even what the earth is showing us.

Enforced measurements

The Lord spoke to me about enforced measurements. He is forcing His people to seek His face, to take a closer look at their spiritual lives and make Him a priority again. Our lives have become a priority without Him and He is saying I am your first priority, I will bring the world to a standstill to get my people’s attention and for them to see ME. I will no longer be satisfied with being second in our churches and in the lives of My people.

The government might have put the lock down in place, but it is orchestrated by God to force His people to turn back to Him and seek His face and let go of the world’s business. To make Him their 1st priority and not the things of the world.
God wants to get our attention to reveal the deep secrets of his heart. Only a pure heart and a humble servant will be able to receive the revelation and the secrets of his heart. This is God’s time, the business of the world has come to a standstill, what will you be busy with? Are you using the time wisely? God wants to meet us in his secret place.

Daniel fasted for 21 days and during those days he built his spiritual relationship with the Lord even though a war was raging in the spiritual realm. We as children of God must not fear because fear is not from the Lord. We need to stand up in the spirit and make declarations over this virus.

Luke 13: 22 – 30 speaks of the narrow door.

What does the scripture mean?

● We must strive to stay on the road of salvation by honouring God and not
neglect our relationship with Him.
● Our lives must reflect a relationship with Jesus Christ, because He is
the narrow door and we must make every effort to enter through His door.
● The Lord knows the condition of our heart and we cannot hide it from
Him.

We need to use this time to restore our individual relationship with the Lord so that we will not be turned away when we knock. We have been given a second opportunity to bring our lives in line with God’s purpose and His will.

Prayer: Lord we stand before you today as an empty vessel that needs to be restored, that needs forgiveness of our sin, that are turning back to you Lord. Create in me a clear heart oh Lord and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Fight the good fight

 

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)

The question that came up in my spirit one afternoon was: When confronted with a boxing match, which tactic are you using to fight your opponent?

I immediately thought about what comes out of one’s mouth when confronted in an argument. Then the Lord took me to a boxing match and showed me that when boxers prepare for their fights, they study each other’s strengths and weaknesses – each one of them wants to win the fight. The preparation and the fitness of the boxer will determine the outcome. When we are in a fight with a colleague, family member or even spouse, they are our opponent, but which tactic are we using to win our fight? Are we in the fight to bombard our opponent with his or her weaknesses in the aim to win the fight? Are we in the fight to always have the last say and always walk away as the winner (pride)?

Most of the time when we are involved in an argument, we know the other person’s weaknesses. Are we using that to our advantage to control the situation or are we making use of the persons strength to win the fight? We are Christians and children of a living God and it might sound strange to the world that we use the person’s strength to win the fight, but our fight or argument is different to the worlds. We still need to win that person for the Lord, and we cannot operate in the same manner the world does. The scripture says, “we have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses”. The world looks at us and can use our confessions against us if it is not in line with the word of God. We are God’s witnesses to the world, and we must stay true to His guidelines.

How should we use our opponent’s strength to win the fight?

In an argument we must boost the person’s strength, for example when we have a person who always wants to be in control of situations and always wants to run everything, look at the gift that person has, is it a management gift that is not yet developed or maybe that person does not yet know how to use it. So, we must be able to discern between a controlling spirit or someone that has an actual gift for management. We need to change our tactics to win the person for the Lord.

An argument is not always there to break us down; it can show us our weaknesses that we need to develop and things we still need to work at. Being quiet in a fight might seem to the world that you have lost the fight, but in the spirit, God is fighting on your behalf. Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent”.

Keeping silent is not a weakness it is a strength. We must not allow our tongue to be like a wild fire that destroys everything in its path, but we must allow it to be under the power and the control of the Holy Spirit. We are unable to tame our own tongue, but we need Godly intervention.

James 3:10 says, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sister, this should not be.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father let our light shine in your Kingdom, let us put a guide before our mouths and allow the Holy Spirit to have total control over our tongue in Jesus name. Let our confession be the true confession of our faith in You in Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

There is cleansing in the pain

 

My mom passed away almost two months ago. She had a stroke in December and her health just went downhill from there. We as children had to step up and help take care of her. We did all we could do for her, but she has gone to be with the Lord.

 

In our weakness and time of pain it feels like we have lost our peace, it feels as if the Lord is not near, it feels like we have lost our way, but we know that just the opposite is the true. He is always near the broken-hearted and to those that fear Him.

 

Pain is a form of cleansing. Because of the pain we investigate all areas of our lives to find our way back to having peace with God. In pain we will find areas of our lives that still need healing and areas that we still need to repent of. We will find areas that was still hidden from within ourselves and God takes that pain to make us even better than what we have been before.

 

Peace is only found in God and no worldly resource can heal emotional pain, no other source will do. Each one of us deal with pain in a different way and sometimes it is difficult to define and treat that pain.

 

We deal with pain in our natural body by consulting a doctor to find the problem and to work out a treatment plan. Emotional pain can be long-term or short-term and you as a born-again child of God must determine the treatment plan. We can consult with our heavenly father daily to give us treatment or we can reject the treatment and sit with that pain for a lifetime.  Emotional pain is never there to destroy us, it is there to show us an area that still needs to be touched by God’s hand and to take our relationship with Him deeper and more intimate.

 

Many who don’t know the Lord will have many questions and will miss the mark completely because they cannot see themselves pass their pain. Many who are not at peace has this internal battle with themselves daily, that battle makes many feel so tired that they would want to give up and throw in the towel. But God’s plan is sovereign and above all that we can think and can ask. We need to submit ourselves and our pain under His mighty hand and we will see Him manifest Himself in our situation.

 

We need to find rest in God and allow Him to use our painful situation for His Glory. Pain moulds us, pain makes us stronger and pain gives us compassion for others. The devil might think that it is going to destroy us, but God uses that pain to make us strong warriors of His kingdom. Isaiah 43 says: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

 

Prayer – Lord our pain is the moulding process where You can manifest Yourself in us. This cleansing process is to Glorify You Lord in Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

We wage war against spirits

The word says in 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 New King James Version (NKJV): “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

I can understand that people who are not saved will act differently to the people of God, but when we see God’s people walking in the same way as the world, it shows that there are still things or issues in that person’s life that were not dealt with.

We are very good at quoting the scripture, but we do not apply it to our lives. If someone steps on our toes we just go off and give them a bit of our mind. Yes, our first instinct is to become angry, but don’t stay angry, ask God to calm your flesh and start to pray in the spirit. We cannot fight the kingdom of darkness with their weapons. The Word says that our warfare is not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. Not mighty in us, but in God. When we understand that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, we don’t wrestle against the person that did us wrong but against the spirit that is within him or her.

 

Our arguments and fighting are not going to stop the attack

 

It will not stop the attack, because the spirit in that person is controlling the situation not the person himself. That person might have opened themselves up to anger, fear, hatred or even unforgiveness and that is the spirit that is coming against us. They think that they are free, but we can see in their behaviour that they are not. Sometimes we need to be still and look at the situation from a spiritual aspect. It is not carnal. Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV) says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

 

Once we understand that our fight is not against the person, we will pray more and read the Word of God more so that our spiritual sense can be developed. One of the senses that is very important for warfare is discernment of spirits. When our discernment of spirits is developed, we will pick up immediately what spirit is coming against us.

 

This can only happen by studying and reading the word more and more. Soak yourself in the Word. Many people want these gifts, but don’t want to study the Word or don’t want to obey God’s rules and that can cause us to open ourselves up to familiar spirits. Be careful not to walk outside of God’s rules. The Word of God is truth and only the Word can sanctify and restore. We do not rebuke the person, but we rebuke the spirit.

1 John 4 (NKJV): “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.”

 

Prayer: Father in the name of Jesus, create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit with in me. I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Warning against prosperity teachings

Prosperity teachings are being proclaimed in the Name of Jesus Christ. The Lord never initiated this kind of teachings. These teachings are for the enrichment of the preachers or the prophets themselves and not to build God’s kingdom.

 

Isaiah 30:1 says, “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin; and Deuteronomy 4: 2 says, “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

 

Prosperity teaching is about getting the churches full, it is about the number and not people. It is about a bigger income for the church and people’s souls are not being fed with the true gospel of Jesus Christ. It leaves our churches with wounded people and they start resenting the gospel.

Jeremiah 29: 8-9 says, “For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.  For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the Lord.”

 

When somebody prophecies over you, make sure it is in line with the destiny God has for your life. Even when you have received scriptures from him or her, test the word against what God has already given you, ask the Holy Spirit to confirm whether it is in line or if you need to reject the word. Not every prophet is a prophet sent by God.

 

Yes, God wants to prosper us, but when it comes down to having to sow a seed to receive a blessing or to sow a seed to activate a message this is a red flag. Deuteronomy 28 verse 1 says, “If you obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands He will give you today He the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2.All these blessing will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.”

 

Nowhere in the scripture does God say first sow a seed and blessing will come over you. That is man’s doctrine not God’s. Nowhere in the word does Jesus say first sow a seed and then I will heal you, and then I will bless you, He did it freely. According to Matthew 10: 7-9 we receive the gifts freely, so you should give them to others freely, they are not for sale. When we accept money for using our spiritual gifts we allow a curse on us.

2 Kings 5 tells the story of Naaman that had leprosy and Elisha told him to go dip in the Jordan River 7 times and he was healed. Naaman wanted to pay Elisha for the healing, but Elisha did not want to take money from him. His servant, however, was greedy and went behind Elisha’s back and collected money. Elisha confronted him, and a curse came on him and he was struck with leprosy and died.

It is immoral to ask people to sow a seed to receive a blessing. You are blessed because you are the child of a living God and are obeying His word.  God says “blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

 

I am not saying that we must not pay our tithes and make offerings to our churches and ministry. Our churches have expenses and monthly bills that need to be paid.

What I am saying is that we should ask the Lord and His Holy Spirit will lead us into sowing. We must give because we are fed the true gospel and growing spiritually from the ministry and not because we feel we are going to miss God if we don’t sow, that is fear. God doesn’t want us to accrue debt to be able to sow.

 

Prayer: Lord Your word brings life and has never lost its power. Please help us to study Your

Scripture so that we can truly understand what you are revealing to us. Help us to truly discern when we are being deceived in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

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More reading: Deuteronomy 28; Ezekiel 13; Matthew 10:7-9: Acts 8

 

Judge Not

The word judgment basically means two things, namely the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions, or a misfortune or calamity viewed as a divine punishment.

 

As human beings we want to be the judge and the jury. We associate people’s sins with the person.We feel disgusted and show our disapproval of the person when we look at the sin.

 

This week standing in my kitchen the Lord started speaking to me about not judging – words that we speak so easily. I DON’T WANT TO JUDGE, but. Just by mentioning the word but shows that we have already judged. We must treat people with LOVE and RESPECT and as if they have never sinned.  We should hate the sin and not the person.

 

We are confronted with situations every day where the person’s lifestyle is in complete opposite of what the Word says or what we believe. In most cases our first response is judgment before we even know the whole story.

 

The sins of people must be addressed and dealt with according to the Word of God and we as Christians cannot compromise on the Word. We need to tell the person that we don’t agree with the sin, but that our love for them will never change. Don’t allow that sin into your home.

Address the sin with the person and leave it at the feet of Jesus Christ – address the spirit behind the sin in your intimate time with the Lord. If we allow the sin in our home, we agree that it is okay, and we are compromising on the truth of God’s Word. Sins that we have not repented of will have consequences in our life and will bring about a spiralling of events. Unrepented sin always has a spirit behind it.

 

Why is it so difficult for us to separate the sin from the person?

 

The love of God has not yet fully manifested in us, that’s why we struggle to separate sin from the person. God’s compassion is not fully developed, and we judge from within ourselves and out of pride.

 

When we listen to people’s problems and the amount of trials people have been facing at the start of this year, I know that the devil’s time is running out. The devil will use everything in his power to get to us and it will never stop.

 

What advice are we giving to people when they reach out to us? We cannot condemn people because they don’t have the same Christian beliefs. We must speak the truth of the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to call out to them. Allow the Holy Spirit to work within them.

Judgement belongs to God, we cannot play judge and jury with people’s lives. We need to apply agape love.

 

Agape love is the kind of love that enables us to forgive, to reconcile and to pray for our enemies and for those who despitefully use us, abuse us, and persecute us.” (Dr. Bruce Cook, Elijah listing)

 

Prayer: Lord we repent of our judgemental spirit in Jesus Name. Lord help us to get to a place where we can apply agape Love in every situation we face. Have mercy upon us on this journey to please You in Jesus Name.

What is your vision for 2019?

We are nearing the end of 2018, and what a challenging year it has been for me. Having to face various trials in almost every area of my life, but by the grace of God I am still standing. What the devil thought will take me out, I will use for God’s glory.
We must leave behind all the trials of 2018 and walk into the fullness of God’s glory and the plan He has for us in 2019. No regrets, no condemnation, and no distraction will keep us back from walking into the victory that lies ahead. In 2018 the enemy distracted us in order not to spend time with the Lord. Turn the tables on the enemy and use the lessons learned for God’s Glory.
In the distractions we have lost our ear to hear and our vision to see. The question God asked Jeremiah was “what do you see”. God called Jeremiah as a prophet to the nations, in his mother’s womb God knew him; God consecrated him – read Jeremiah 1:4-10.

Jeremiah had a lot of excuses, for example he thought he was too young, he thought he lacked training and also thought that he was not the right person, but God saw his potential and refused to allow Jeremiah to focus on his excuses, fears or failures.
When God asked Jeremiah what he saw, Jeremiah replied and said I see the branch of an almond tree that is blossoming. The interpretation that I received was very plain and simple to understand – we died like the branch or rod of the almond tree and when we accepted the calling from God we started blossoming (using the Word) and God was watching over His Word to perform it in us and through us (Jeremiah 1:11-12). Jeremiah’s eyes were tuned into the vision that God gave and God was pleased with his answer.

What vision have you lost or taken your eyes off that God has given you? Are you still hearing God?
In 2019 God wants to take His people from Glory to Glory, He wants to breathe new life into that vision and ignite it with His power and provision. Are our eyes on the doom and gloom of the world or are your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ that will not accept our excuses. New alignments will take place and a shift of the true worshippers will be evident for all to see.
Those whose vision and hearing are tuned to our Lord Jesus Christ will go from Glory to Glory; God sees our humbleness, He sees a heart that wants to please Him in purity and truth. Obedience will be better than a sacrifice; He sees those who always honour Him and obey His will. Be a Prophet in your home and allow God to show you the deeper things that pertain to your life and His will; in Jesus Name.

Amen

Have a blessed 2019

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