YOUR HATERS WILL BOW DOWN TO YOU LIKE IN THE CASE OF JOSEPH.

From the Scripture referred on Genesis 47:13-27, we continue to draw lessons from the story of Joseph. Sometimes in our lives God engineers problems to prepare you for the leadership role that has been ordained you for. Our countries needs God fearing leaders and as Christians, we are being raised to lead this country into godliness. The world is waiting for me and you. My brethren, a reverent fear for God will ensure your success.

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LIKE JOSEPH, HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS EVEN WHEN YOUR LIFE LOOKS HOPELESS

From the story of Joseph, we learned so much about perseverence and focusing on our destinies. Joseph started dreaming at a tender age of 17, but he only occupied the seat as a prime minister of Egypt at the age 30 (Genesis 41:46). This means that he had to endure many years of suffering before occupying the high seat. After so many challenges, Joseph could have made an excuse to give up on his dream, but he did not.

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THERE IS A CONNECTION BETWEEN BLESSINGS AND OBEDIENCE

Scripture Reading: John 5:1-9 “Sometime later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.

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THERE IS A CONNECTION BETWEEN BLESSINGS AND OBEDIENCE

The Lord will bless you when you obey His commands. Yet you shall be cursed when you disobey because curses are connected to disobedience. When you obey the Lord you stand in a position to be blessed for you are a spiritual descendants of Abraham. The word blessed is not an ordinary word, but it is a spiritual word for the children of God. When you are blessed it means you are empowered to succeed in all areas of your life.

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THERE IS A CONNECTION BETWEEN BLESSINGS AND OBEDIENCE

The Lord will bless you when you obey His commands. Yet you shall be cursed when you disobey because curses are connected to disobedience. When you obey the Lord you stand in a position to be blessed for you are a spiritual descendants of Abraham. The word blessed is not an ordinary word, but it is a spiritual word for the children of God. When you are blessed it means you are empowered to succeed in all areas of your life.

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YOU ARE EMPOWERED TO TAKE OVER THE GATES OF YOUR ENEMIES

Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.

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EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO THE NAME OF JESUS

You should know the power that is in the name of Jesus, and then you will not go around apologising for being a Christian. Know what you are given and be proud of it. Some people go to church, but they do not want it to be known that they attend church. They would rather lie if they are asked where they are coming from. They are ashamed of something good and wonderful.

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LIKE SHADRACH, MESHACH AND ABEDNEGO, THE FIRE WILL NOT TOUCH YOU!

As Christians we are commanded to go to all nations. It is this commission that is making many Christians to move around doing missionary work and winning souls to the Kingdom of God. We are saved today because somebody shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ to us. We are therefore commissioned to go and preach the Gospel of Jesus to others. When you have received the Good News, you are supposed to share it.

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THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues, they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people and they will get well.

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THE LORD SHALL DO A NEW THING IN YOUR LIFE!

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honour me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland

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NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

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YOU HAVE THE POWER TO DEMOLISH STRONGHOLDS

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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THE LORD IS WITH YOU TODAY!

He said in Isaiah 41:10-16 that: ‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’

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HAPPY PALM SUNDAY

Scripture reading: John 12:12-16 "The next day, when the large crowd who had come to the Passover feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took branches of palm trees [in homage to Him as King] and went out to meet Him, and they began shouting and kept shouting “Hosanna! Blessed (celebrated, praised) is He who comes in the name of the Lord , even the King of Israel!”

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COMMAND THOSE TROUBLES OUT OF YOUR LIFE

Mark 16:17-18" And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

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THE POWER OF SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

Scripture references: Acts 27:21-25

From the referred Scripture above, we learn about Apostle Paul who was a prisoner at that time. He was travelling to Rome with other prisoners. At the beginning of the voyage in Acts 27:10, Apostle Paul warned of the dangers ahead, saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.” (KJV).

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THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH HAS TRIUMPHED

Come let us sing like the Angels saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

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NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD

With God on your side, nothing shall be impossible. You might have been waiting on God for a while now, but your answer will surely come one day. God’s time is always the best. God is never too early to answer your prayers and God is never late to deliver your answers. Keep waiting on the Lord. He is aware of your situation right now.

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CONTEND TO KEEP YOUR FAITH

We are told in the book of Jude that there are men amongst us whose condemnation was written a long time ago. These men, are doomed for death. They will not change and they are there to make sure that even others lose their salvation. They however do not appear to us like people who are there to destroy us. They secretly join the church of Christ or they start churches in the name of Christ.

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BEWARE OF THE WOLVES CLOTHED IN SHEEPSKINS

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:15-20.

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LIKE ABRAHAM, STAND FIRM ON YOUR FAITH IN GOD

It does not matter how long you have to wait. Continue to wait on the Lord. If Abraham could wait for his son Isaac, you also must wait on the Lord. Be full of faith. Be unshaken. Do not doubt God's timing for your breakthrough. He shall surely 'break through' for you. Do not go around saying, “God if you can just talk to me, I can believe.” Rely on what God said in His Word about your life. Believe in His promises.
Why not believe in the Word of the One who calls things as if they are there and come to existence? Believe in what God says about your life because He is the same God who said, “Let there be light” and there was light, “let there be division between light and darkness” and it happened. He just said, “Let there be” and it happened.

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LIKE DANIEL, REFUSE TO DEFILE YOURSELF

Daniel was living in a foreign land, surrounded by people who did not know God. They were corrupted unrighteous people, which was a direct opposite to what Daniel was. Daniel therefore became a threat to them as he was going to expose their evil works.
Despite it all Daniel did not allow the situation to discourage him to stand for what he believed in. He excelled and distinguished himself amongst them. This all happened because he had an excellent spirit inside him. The spirit inside him determined what he did and directed how he did things. He did not allow the surrounding circumstances to control his way of living.

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WHEN JESUS SAYS 'YES', NOBODY CAN SAY 'NO'

Scripture reading: Exodus 14: 23-25
"And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the Lord looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.” NKJV

From the verses above, we read about how the Egyptians pursued the Israelites after they came out of Egypt but they could not stop them. The Lord troubled the Egyptians on behalf of the Israelites. The Lord fought for His people. The Egyptians had to acknowledge that the Israelites were protected by a greater God. My brethren, even in your case, those who have been following you to destroy you are too late as they cannot prevail over your life. They will acknowledge that your God is greater than theirs. Just watch and see the hand of God fighting your battles.
This is your time to move out of your Egypt. You shall move by the power of God. Nobody will stop you. When God says 'Yes' it is time to get out of Egypt, nobody can say 'No', not even your slave master. What God has purposed in your life, no one can block, for you are destined to live in Canaan and enjoy the blessings of Canaan throughout your life. Nothing of the enemy shall prevail against your life for you are now covered by the blood of Jesus.
So we say with confidence today that: when Jesus says 'Yes' nobody can say 'No'!

 

LIKE RUTH, STICK TO YOUR NAOMI!

Scripture reading: Ruth 1:14-17
"Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” NKJV.
My brethren, if you want God to overtake you with His blessings, stick to your Naomi. Be committed like Ruth. Your commitment to the Lord will be reflected in your commitment to the servant of God who has been appointed by God to oversee and shepherd your life. Your 'Boaz' can only come through your obedience to the Naomi in your life.
Today we have very few Ruth’s in the Church, but many Orpahs that are just moving up and down. Don’t be a fair-weather Christian. I urge you to be like Ruth because commitment is crucial in the House of God. We should not worship God only when it suits us, we should not only fellowship when the weather is suitable, but through it all, we need to be able to depend upon His Word.
May the Almighty God fill you with the spirit of Ruth, the unwavering commitment! 

 

BE COMMITTED TO THE CHURCH OF GOD!

Scripture reading:
Isaiah 4:1 "In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, "We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!"
Marriage is a commitment where the husband is the provider of the family. The seven women in Isaiah 4:1 were not interested in this commitment, they just wanted a surname. This is not the way God intended for marriage. Many people today are afraid of commitment. This lack of commitment has crept into the church and now people are not prepared to give themselves over to the church.
Many people like to co-habit or fornicate in the house of God. They are not willing to sign any church membership. They do not want to commit themselves in the house of God. They just want to be in a "partial" relationship with God. Such are fornicators. Such are prostitutes. Some have been visiting the church for the past few months but not willing to belong anywhere, because they are not willing to be accountable.
This kind of people label themselves as permanent visitors, because they do not want to pay their tithes. They even choose what to obey and what not to obey from the Word of God. The Lord is not happy about such people.
As a child of God, you should be resolved within you that you want to be sold out to Jesus Christ. Have an unwavering commitment. When the enemy comes to your counter, he should find you sold out to Jesus Christ. When you say that you are committed to the Word of God, be fully committed.
In the world today, you don’t find such commitment often. People like to co-habit for a while and stay together without a legal commitment of marriage for a while, so they can be free to move on. “No commitment, no marriage covenant!”
You are the Church of Christ, the Bride of Christ, be committed to Him. Don’t be like the people of this world who are not genuine, they lack commitment. The devil likes people who lack commitment. People come to church for a little while and they backslide. When you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, be completely sold out to Him; don’t be double-minded. Remember, we serve a jealous God! (Exodus 20:5).

TYPES OF MARRIAGES

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 6:9
"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites," NKJV.
In South Africa we have different types of marriage regimes:
1. The "Lobola" or Customary marriage
2. The Civil marriage which has the:
(2A) In Community of Property and
(2B) the Out of Community of Property

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You are called to blessings and prosperity

Many people today are fighting against preachers of the Word of God. They say they are preaching the gospel of prosperity. When I read my Bible, I find that blessings and prosperity are part of what God calls people to. However, there is a tendency by certain people to read and interpret the bible selectively. We cannot add our own views to the Word of God simply because it is fashionable to do so or simply to adapt it to our situations. If we do so we shall be sinning against God. If we do not tell people what their salvation package includes, we will be robbing them of what God wants them to have. God calls us to eternal life which we receive through accepting the Lord Jesus Christ. The new life that we receive in Christ includes blessings and prosperity. 

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Fight for your faith, stand against deception


When you become a Christian, you join the army of Christ. You become a soldier. The salvation you have received is something the devil and his demons will never allow you to enjoy. Satan does not want you to follow Christ and enjoy life. He wants you to lose your salvation and then perish. He will send you his own army to come and wrestle with you so that you lose what you have. Jesus says in Revelation 3:11, "I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one will take your crown”. There is some holding on to be done and there is also some wrestling to be done in order to maintain one's faith. 

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A call for your salvation

Do you know where you stand with God? If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life, then you are separated from God by sin. You are the reason God sent Jesus to the cross. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son for you. Second Corinthians 5:21 says that God made Jesus, who knew no sin, to be sin for us. Jesus was the spotless Son of God. He knew no sin, but God made Him to be sin for us. Sin was the reason Jesus came to earth. He died on the Cross and went to hell for one reason: to pay the price for sin. Once that price was paid, Jesus was raised from the dead, triumphant over Satan; and the sin problem was taken care of. God does not hold your sin against you. The only thing keeping you from becoming a child of God is failure to turn from your present world and your present God, Satan, and make Jesus the Lord over your life.

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Important Words: Your sins are forgiven

Key Scripture: Mark 2:1-12 1. A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

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The choices we make: Young person look out!

It was during the Youth service of 2015 when Pastor Mukhuba taught the youth about making choices. Young people are faced with challenges that they need to overcome and they have to make choices. When you wake up in the morning you are faced with choices that you need to make. You have to decide whether to get out of bed or not. If you do get out of bed, you decide whether to brush your teeth or not and whether to take a bath or not. The pastor addressed some of the challenges that young people face and advised the youth to make good decisions based on the commandments of God. Regardless of the challenges that they face, they must choose a life in Christ and live according to His ways.

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The Altar Destroyers and Altar Builders

Altars are raised places where there is a communion between the physical and the spiritual beings. These are places where humans communicate with the spirit world. Sacrifices are offered at these places. The altar areas may be visible or invisible. At the altar of God, blessings and goodness are released, but at the altars of the devil, curses, bad things, diseases, etc., are released. At the altars of the witches, people’s progress, success and peace are blocked. Many people are suffering today because of altars of the devil that are raised in their nation and their families by their leaders or by themselves.

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Youth Corner

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. God loves young people. He cares about them very much. They are not left behind in the word of God. If you are a young person know that the plans of God for your life are good. He has plans to prosper you and to provide you with a good future.

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Get out of Lo Debar!

2 Samuel 4:4 (NIV) onathan, son of Saul, had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth.

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Be sold out to Jesus Christ!

Pastor Mukhuba gave us a detailed background of the story of Ruth and Naomi. This story which happened during the time that Chosen people of God were no longer following God wholeheartedly. This book of Ruth gives us a glimpse into the lives of a few people who loved God and serve as a bright shining light in the midst of the darkness of this period of history. It might seem like nobody around you is following God, but you can be sure that he is active, even if you don’t see it at first.

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The Lord is Coming Soon

While we’re still here on earth, we shouldn’t forget that the life we live has been given to us by God. Some people live as though they own their lives, and many do not care how they conduct themselves. God is the Maker of man. He made man in His own image. We are to serve Him, and dedicate ourselves to His purposes. Some people utter words like: “It is my life, I can do as I wish with it”. The truth is, the life that you have can be demanded back from you at any time.

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