The Seven Cross Words of Jesus

Christians around the world celebrate Passover, which is the foundation of our faith.  God, as his Son, Jesus (Yeshua), came to give his life for us all, so that we may have eternal Life.  This is the biggest act of Love that has even been done.

Why?  Because the God, who created heaven and earth did not reject the first couple (Adam and Eve), when they were disobedient and fell into separation from the Perfect Holy One. So I hope to let you know a bit of the Character that King Jesus has, and how gentle and loving He really is.  Well, no words of a human could ever describe Him, because we just cannot comprehend how He really is.  We can only experience His love in an ongoing relationship.

First Words: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Just imagine if you were in His shoes.  This teeny weeny little planet with the tiny nation of the Jews, His people, had the audacity to reject him; for the pharisees to think they were better than Him.  He taught them, He performed miracles and He showed love and yet their own God was not welcome.  Instead, they put Him through the most horrible death experience that was ever invented – crucifixion.  Yet, the first thing He said on the cross, was to release forgiveness.

For the child of God, we know that this is the way to deal with others who have done us harm.  We have to forgive.  Note that in Matthew 6 Jesus said that if we do not forgive we will not be forgiven.  No matter what people did to you, they have done far worse to the Innocent Man on the Cross.

Second:  “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”

When the criminals were hanging next to Him, the one had a bitter heart and the other acknowledge his guilt.  Nowhere did Jesus condemn them, but He showed mercy to the one who came and humbled himself.  “Lord, I am guilty, I sinned, I deserve death.  You are the Innocent One who die for me.”  This was his attitude.

King Jesus, the Love Himself, always responds positively to a humbled heart who comes to Him.  I think that the humbled criminal had been watching Jesus from a distance.  Not knowing how to get out of this wrong lifestyle he ended up being caught and convicted.  He knew that life was over for him and that he will go to hell.  Yet, he discovered that God’s grace was sufficient and that the helping Hand would not drop him.

Third:  “Woman, behold your son.  Son, behold your mother”

Even on the cross, King Jesus was putting things in place.  Even in agony, He did what was right, by giving John to his mother.

If we were there, we would have asked Jesus three days before whether He had His last will and testament in order.  But, God does things according to his timeline.  He knew He would be crucified, but this last step He did at the right time.  You see, after you ask for forgiveness, God will put things in order in your life.

Fourth:  “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?”

There was a moment when Father God could not bare the sight of his Son on the cross and turned His head away, crying.  As He is God turning his back released all his anger and judgement on the Perfect One, so that the job would be complete.

Jesus took the full price for you and me.  No one can come to Father God without the Cross.

Fifth: “I thirst”

To take the sin of mankind He had to become mankind.  As one of us He took all of the weight for us.  He knows what it is to feel pain, to feel your anguish and to heartsore.  Isaiah 53 came into fullfilment.

This is why you and I can climb on our Daddy’s lap and tell us of our day.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  He is compassionate and understands everything you are going through.

Sixth: “It is finished”

The job has been completed.  The fullness of his pain and suffering, and every scripture written about Him in advance, had come into fulfillment.  The bible is complete.  The Faith has been established.  No one can change it hereafter.

There is one one God who can bring Eternal Life.  Will you accept Him today?

Seventh: “Into Your hands I comment My Spirit”

I always wondered by Jesus said this, after He said it was finished, until He revealed to me that these were the words of the Resurrection.  It was the end, but it was also the beginning.  The resurrection of Christ is what counts, a new Life is how the story goes on.  The crucifixion was the end, but the resurrection is our beginning.

Now, please pray, where you are and ask King Jesus into your heart.  So that you can also have a new beginning.  It is worth it.

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SA! God’s says, “I’ve got this!”

On a day of a turning point in SA, we need to remember that He is still in control.

“God’s rhema is always simple. In Isaiah 55:8 I say that My ways are not your ways and My thoughts are not your thoughts. None of you have any idea how big My plans are.

You can survive the coming times, but you need to be Spirit-filled. JHWH wants you to be careful of not giving up, to keep on believing. Therefore, you need to be careful and fear God in everything we do.

There is a direct spiritual link between this message and the SA Day of Remembrance, 21 April 2017 (Referring to It’s Time event, organized by Uncle Angus Buchan).

You must speak up. My children, you must recognize all things for their spiritual nature. When I instruct you to do something at BREAKPOINT, you must act.

You need to decide to think those things above and not on the earth. Decide no compromises from now on!

I love you,
You father, Jesus”

For the full message please click on the sermons page and read the sermon released today, which was given 12 March 2017 in our church, Beulah Ministries Touching Jesus in Uitenhage.

People for Your Future

One of the most known facts in the bible is how David and Jonathan loved each other.  Right after David won the battle with Goliath the bible speaks about their relationship.

Read 1 Sam 18, 1 Sam 19:2-6, 1 Sam 20:41-42.

Today some has suggested that they had a homosexual relationship, but this is not the case, because God would not say in some scriptures that He is against homosexual sex and in another scripture point out the same as being good.  God is holy, He is consistent and He is royal.

Jonathan was a gift God gave David to prepare him for his kingship.  David was about 15 years old and Jonathan was 42. They were more like father and son.

Remember that when Samuel had to annoint a new king Jesse didn’t bother to call David to the meeting? (1 Sam 16)  David also wrote in Psalm 27 that his parents left him. This was the only thing he ever said about their relationship. Jonathan loved David as his own and the latter really appreciated the fatherly attention he never got.

Jonathan recognized that David had it in him to be the next king, something that the nation needed. Jonathan was sharp in the spirit and a real child of God, which is why he loved David like his own son and prepared him for his future.

For 14 years Jonathan trained David daily guidance in how to act in the royal court and how to fight.

Surely David fought Goliath with a slingshot, but there was a time to grow up and take the sword. Jonathan trained David with his own sword he gave him.

You and I have Jonathans in our lives, the spiritual parents, brothers and sisters to let us grow up. When God gave Jonathan to David as a gift he grabbed his gift with open arms and committed without restraint. David was eager to commit with a covenant, because a loving prince has picked him up and drew him in.

Jonathan protected David, vouched for him. He guided him, gave him advice and strengthened him.

God has given you Jonathans too, so do you commit to them? Are you obedient or do you complain and be naughty behind their backs?  Do you listen to the authority God gave you as a gift?

Read 1 Cor 4:6-16.

Every parent knows that you need to make many sacrifices for your children, that it often goes unnoticed, unrewarded. Just like the apostle Paul did Jonathan as the senior one pay a big price to let those under them grow and advance. Jonathan was supposed to be the next king, yet he did not hate David for receiving the kingship from God.  Jonathan submitted to God and did his best to help God’s nation to get what they needed.

The ultimate price, the biggest one by far, was paid by the One who had to sacrifice the most, King Jesus.   He gave it all so that we could live, could excel and let others be saved too.

God gave a prince to David to teach him with intense love.  King Jesus gives his children, princes and princesses to you and me to let us grow into victory and to rule in our day and age. We are to rule over nature, over the spiritual and also in the natural. Yes, we are to rule in our communities, our city and our nation.  It starts in the spiritual and flows over to the natural.

We want God to bless us, but we often do not see that God’s way of living is the opposite of the world. The world models after Satan, which is try to take what is not yours and coerce, manipulate, lie, steal, kill and destroy. John 10:10.

If we want to grow, we need to grow up as well. 1 Pet 5:1-8. 1 Joh 2:12-14.

When we grow up we need to become the fathers and mothers to others. Like a natural parent this also comes with sacrifices, sometimes unnoticed and without reward.

David was very thankful for the man God put in his life to teach and love him. We need to have the gratitude like David. We can only be successful if we are obedient. Remember the 5th commandment, because this applies to your spiritual parents and all other authority God placed over you.

To honour your physical and spiritual parents are both requirements for prosperity, to enter into your promised land. This is the promise for possession, freedom, peace and multiplication.

God wants us to prosper, it is all over the bible. You can read a favourite here, Jer 29:11.  Let us stand up and take our stance as children of God, as obedient sons and daughters of the house.

In Deut 28 there are blessings and curses and we need to take note of both, because we do not preach a prosperity gospel.  Yet, for today, I release the positive over you, so go read these blessing now over yourself and take your life on with a renewed positive attitude.

Bold like Daniel

In Daniel 1 we read about the Southern state of Juda being captured and then that the young noble men and boys were taken to serve a foreign pagan king.

Can you imagine how it must have felt to lose everything, to be taken away from your country to a foreign place of despicable acts and defilement?  Can you image families being torn apart, beaten, people tied together and having to walk in the scorching heat with blistering heels, hungry, thirsty and not sure if they would last another day?

Yet, what we read about Daniel trying to persuade his new masters not to eat unholy food, was a young man with sober thoughts.  He could have sunk sulking about his losses, about God rejecting him, but such is not mentioned.  Today many people would have blamed God for actually carrying out the judgement He prophesied, yet Daniel’s heart was right with God.  He was a principled young man, who was not bothered about being politically correct, not living in fear and also not quitting after his request was first denied.

Even though He knew that God had punished Israel he did not sulk saying God had left them, his actions actually showed that of someone who was very confident in God’s protection and blessings.  It was like this whole thing of losing his promised land didn’t get to him.  He was taken from his parents, yet showed no hatred towards the Babylonians.

Surely his peers were putting pressure on him to comply, to be obedient, to forget about Israel and just to fit in, not to be killed or having all of them punished for his so-called resistance to change.

We only need to think a bit what it would have been like to realize how amazing this young man was, but if Daniel didn’t have this attitude there would not have been a book about him in the bible.  Instead, three other young men came to him and joined in a common cause of honouring God despite all else.

We know how that story ends – God honoured them in return and gave them more wisdom, knowledge and insight above all else.  Surely some of their peers were jealous of them.

There is a Daniel 3, that followed the earlier victory of Daniel 1.  Here beloved brother Daniel was probably not around as only Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego has been challenged.  These young men were greatly envied, for the respect they have received from the court, for the financial benefits they enjoyed and the status in society.  Yet, the tale shows exactly the same integrity as children of the Living God, as it was earlier.

Surely they were warned once again by their fellow citizens not to go against the king, to be politically correct for the sake of society and the remaining Jews.  Can you imagine the shock it sent through the civil service that these young men were refusing to honour the king?  Boldly they told Nebuchadnezzar that they would not worship him, that even if they would be killed it would not make a difference.

And again God honoured them and bestowed more power onto them and honouring their God as the supreme Being in the universe.

The problem today is that we are not taught to be bold for our faith, to stand firm on biblical principles.  “You can worship God quietly”, or “Do not preach this or that”.  Will the preachers of today stand like this?  Would the church members have more guts than the board or preacher perhaps?

In our country, South Africa, the judges are addressed as “Your worship”, which was part of the communistic agenda.  I think this is blasphemy – against the 1st Commandment. How about preaching against topics like false religions, of warped morals and speak out against evil?  Is it so important to be politically correct that the church became useless to protect the new generation against the daily attacks? Why are our churches full of broken homes even more than the world?  Why are Christians sometimes being branded as bad for business, instead of people having reverence for the children of God being Unashamedly Ethical?

What about speaking against injustice and judgement, about repentance and submission, about taking up your cross?

Young people do not want political correctness from the previous generation, they need something to believe in.  They are not stupid and can figure out who has substance and who not.  They need us to show the way, how to fear God, to be strong and courageous.

It starts with a decision today, perhaps a repentance of past mistakes. It is OK to be scared, but vital to fear God more.

In recent times every time the enemy attacked and stole from me God has given me back more. Daniel 1, 3 and the whole book of Job is there to show you it has always been his way.  So, you don’t have to fear. Even if you would be killed for your faith, nothing in this earth can every compare to eternity in God’s presence.  May God make us strong like those four youngsters in the book of Daniel!

Like Elijah, Ahab and the Baal priests…

South Africa is at cross roads.

Our country is in a spiritual and moral disaray as never seen before.  Our government is divided, our cabinet in turmoil.  Rape, murder and lawlessness is part of daily life.  There is no milk and honey for the large poor majority, and people do not know what will come of them.

This is the result of liberal and self-centered forces that has eroded our Christian heritage.  What these arrogant decision makers forget is that without God we are nothing.  Prosperity was not stolen from anyone 300, 400 years ago – it was by grace of God: hard work and unified obedience to God and country that brought it around.

It is simple – the blessings and curses are stated in Deut 28-30.  Ancient Israel has given us a biblical record of how to and how not to do it.  God has put the bible there for our own good.

Now, today we find ourselves where King Jesus is his abundant grace has set out a special day for the Christians in South Africa (and all others) to attend a day of atonement.  It is in Bloemfontein, the geographical center of the country.  It is exactly 5×40 days after Rosh Hashanna, His New Year.  It is facilitated with the greatest evangelist, uncle Angus.

It is like Elijah, king Ahab and the Baal priests at Mount Carmel.

Please be there, because this is the most important day in modern times for our country.

http://angusbuchan.co.za/its-time/

B. Armoury of God

(You need to read A. Armour of God first.  Just scroll down past this post.)

We have a number of weapons as children of God.  Each one is powerful and just like in the natural world you would use a weapon for a specific situation.  The only way to know exactly what to use is to be totally Spirit-filled.  This means that when you enter a situation of conflict, either natural or spiritual (e.g. prayer, intercession), then you first need to get into a state where you focus on God, open up your heart to the Holy Spirit and to submit to his gentle love and care.

“My people perish for a lack of knowledge”.  Hosea 4:6 – we all know this and know it is true.  You ask what knowledge and what must I do?  Here is part of the answer.  Please study and equip yourself.  Let others know too.

In no particular order, let us look at some weapons.  Please remember that the spiritual realm can be very different from the natural realm, so some things can be a powerful weapon in the spiritual, but otherwise seem illogical as a weapon in the natural.  One example is Love.

  1.  Love is a powerful weapon and let me explain why:  When there are demons provoking someone to do you harm, or to hurt a relationship, then it is expected that you would react in a certain way based on anger.  Within seconds the situation escalates and a fight breaks out.  You might think that when this is between two people that they are just immature, but do not forget that provokation and reaction is equally rampant in politics and during war.  Do not shrug this off – people can die!  Each one that dies and goes to hell is a gain for satan and a loss to the Kingdom.  Each one that gets killed in a rage leaves suffering loved ones behind.  Each victim of emotional hurt may be driven away from a loving God.  So, Love can deescalate a situation quickly.  Love can also lift up a broken spirit, e.g. preventing someone from suicide.
  2. The Word of God – the sword of the spirit it is called in Eph 6.  The Word of God can stop a lie in its tracks.  A word of the Holy Spirit can calm the nerves, i.e. to drive out fear and to bring courage. You can surely think of many more examples.  The important thing here to remember is that it is not about head knowledge, but to be filled with the Spirit, so that you would know exactly which bible verse to refer to in which situation.  You can only get this 100% correct if you are filled by God’s Spirit, otherwise your answers will be religious.  Religion brings bondage, but the Spirit-filled Word of God brings life into a being.
  3. Truth – The truth shall surely set you free.   The truth never needs to explain itself, it is either accepted or rejected.  When you bring truth and it is not accepted you can surely explain how it all works if you wish, but most importantly is just to mention what the consequences are should the person not listen.  I believe that every person knows when they hear the truth, that it is the truth, whether they choose to accept or reject it.  So, do not explain the truth, it speaks for itself.  The disobedient will find out the hard way and the wise will quickly learn that they have escaped calamity in time.
  4. The Name of Jesus, the Christ.  Everything we command is in the Name of King Jesus.  There is only one Name that is above all else and every demon has to bend his knee before this Name.  Deliverance can only ever work by using the precious Name of Jesus.  As his children God allows us to drive out demons and to command change in the spiritual and natural in the Name of Jesus the Christ.   All power and might was given to Him as he rose from the dead, ref. Matt 28:18 and Mark 16:17.
  5. Faith:  Like Love, Faith may not be obvious as a weapon, but it is a great neutralizer for the effects of fear and doubt.  Doubt and lies are still the enemy’s strongest weapons and faith works like a neutralizing spray getting rid of bad odours.  At the end you only smell the roses of the neutralizing spray. 🙂  Fear and doubt just disappears before the cloud of faith.  This is why you need to build up your faith with a cloud of witnesses in the Kingdom.
  6. Prayer:  This one is the enemy’s biggest fear.  You as a child of God can pray anything, as long as it is in the will of God.  As we enjoy freedom the opportunities are vast.  True that some prayers are more effective than others and here is where you need to grow in your relationship with the King. As you get closed to Him your prayers will get closer to the target until they are usually spot on.  To pray is to ask, to plead and to do intercession.  Eze 22:30-31 explains how a just God was looking for an intercessor to stand in the gap for Israel, but there was nobody.  You and I need to take things seriously!  You praying may be like an attorney standing in the Courtroom before a Consuming Fire and your intercession may save lives from destruction and a community from being thrown into the sea of forgetfulness. Your intercession may change God’s mind, like what Abraham did in Gen 18:20-33.  Tread carefully, but do not neglect your responsibility!
  7. Action (Acts of Faith): Have you seen a bad situation and then one day someone does something seemingly small which snowballs into a major liberation?  This is not that uncommon.  To look at the big things is memorial, like Martin Luther starting the Reformation by hammering his 95 thesis against the Wittenberg Castle Church 500 years ago.  This act was like a bomb exploding in the spiritual.  Think of Martin Luther King in America and the Mighty Mens Conferences here in South Africa.  An Act of Faith is like dropping a bomb – it releases tremendous power in a short time.  A good biblical example was when David walked onto the battle field to face Goliath.  It started with his decision to address what is wrong.  Then he got filled by the Holy Spirit with supernatural courage and strength and whilst hardened soldiers almost wet their pants from fear a boy walked out to fight with no fear at all.  It always starts with that decision of doing the right thing ignoring scary consequences should things go wrong.  Sometimes it also mean of changing a bad situation or speaking a change of direction.  Speaking in Jesus Name is not prayer, it is taking an action on behalf of the Living God.  David made a habit of this and God loved him for that. I once stated to a dear young man “On behalf of..(his late father)..I apologize for…” and as I said it I saw an explosion in the spiritual.  For a split second my eyes opened and I could see angels and demons there on the beach and all of them looked at me for that moment being startled.  It was an explosion of God’s power.  Instead of criticism, complaining and speaking death, change your thinking and speak life into the situation and over the guilty party.  Speak it such as if you are creating a new reality.  God has created the universe with speech and we as his children can also do this, to a level of power in the tongue each one can be trusted with.

This post was long, but please study this as with the knowledge of God and his Word you can save many lives and prevent much spiritual decay.

A. Armour of God

As soldiers of God we cannot speak out on what is going on in the battle field in the heat of the battle, hence sometimes I won’t publish posts on this blog.  So, it actually mean that much is going on when I am quiet here.

I had to learn that the hard way – if you talk too much you can open up doors to the enemy and end up in unnecessary conflict or spiritual battles.  Even worse, if you speak out about an outcome or change in circumstances your words can help the devil to prevent or delay your victory.  How this works is that your words release a situation, a revelation or just exposes you in the spiritual realm with its numerous dimensions.  God has placed these dimensions to protect you and a big mouth causes you harm.  this is why mature Christians will speak less about situations and only address things as necessary.

Likewise God has given us the instruction to add an armour to ourselves for protection.  If you do not pray for your own protection you will be affected more with each attack.  You can find yourself for example reacting with anger to someone pushing your buttons, whereas you would have responded better if you had your armour on and being in a spiritual mindset.

Yes, this is correct, the armour of God we read about in Ephesians 6 is a model of what to do.  This is a well-known passage Eph 6:10-18 and you need to do this every day.

We need to understand that the armour does not work on its own, because verse 10 states “be strong”.  Can I add “…and of good courage”?  We ought to grow and get closer to God, so that we become stronger and gain confidence and courage.

Secondly, verse 18 reminds us to pray all time.  If you can pray with a humble heart it will be easy to kneel down – that special condition of power and esteem in the Kingdom of God – yeh, on your knees!

Then, one more thing.  To put the armour on according to this model is about being practical, not a ritual.  And to prove this is to see that in 1 Thes 5 Paul actually changed the outfit.  So, yes, if the Holy Spirit leads you to change something it is OK.  God cannot be put in a box.

Since we as children of God are not religious we still put on the armour everyday because we are responsible and practical.  We also do this out of obedience because Daddy said so and He will always wants the best for us.

So, here is the armour I put on everyday, which King Jesus told me to put on.  I give this to you, so that you can look at this with new eyes and think broader than the same old rhetoric you heard in the past:

Belt of Truth (King Jesus is the Truth for me);   Breastplate of Righteousness;   Boots of Willingness;  Leg Guards called Goodness (left) and Mercy (right);  Arm guards of the Fruit of the Spirit;  Gloves of Holiness;  Helmet of Salvation;  Shield of Faith.

And then the first line weapon of choice is still the Sword of the Spirit (Word of God).

Yes, the Lord has shown me what this all look like and I was surprised that it was not like an old Roman outfit, but that I rather looked dressed like a modern day soldier. The colour was shiny charcoal, except for the sword, which has a fancy golden handle and glowing fiery silver blade.  I would guess the blade is about 90cm long.

It is not an issue if you have not seen yourself all dressed up, one day you will.  What is more important is what you do with it all.

One would have been enough…

…but we are thousands praying.

One thing we can do right in South Africa is having prayer chains. This must be one of the devil’s biggest headaches.
So we received this message about a satanic event and Saturday morning I jumped out of bed, ready to fight with intercession. I just started my intro and King Jesus stopped me.

“Don’t fight,” He said calm. “You can cancel everything afterwards. Just pray protection over the innocent people now.”

He showed me a few people through a vision. I see an angry teen and his heart broken mother, somewhere in Johannesburg.  Another few people flashed by as well. So I did. Then I had to wait for Monday evening.

It was very cold tonight and raining, but I had a duty. I know, even if I was praying alone it would have been sufficient, because your prayers are directly linked to your faith. Elijah was a man just like us and prayed ernestly and it did not rain for three years, so says James 5:17; the full story being in 1 Kings 17.  I had to stand strong.

Elijah lived holy, consecrated to God, stood for righteousness and applied faith. You can pray even when you are scared, but say out loud what you ought to! Life and death lies in your tongue.

The battle was not against any human, but against demonic forces alone. (Eph 6) Their plans of great victory and influence were canceled.

I saw angels in a vision flying to Johannesburg, each with a long lance with a big fiery ball at the front end of it. With that they went to bewilder the demons, burn their strongholds and prevent newcomers from entering through the new demonic portal.

I prayed restoration for that boy and his mother. God is there too.

And then it dawned on me: I am not alone. Thousands of my brothers and sisters are doing the same. (I didn’t realize so many were praying before the revelation!)

One would have been enough, two can take ten thousand, thousands of us stand behind millions of these fighting angels.

We’re an army.

Farm Murders – Pray!

It was only one minute I listened to the radio news today… 

I normally never listen or watch secular news. It is too negative and makes me negative too. If I cannot make a difference I don’t want to see this stuff everyday. But, today King Jesus decided I needed to listen to that station at that specific time.

In that minute the lady was reporting on farm murders in Souh Africa. This is a senseless killing spree going on for decades now, purely fueled by racism, revolutionary hate and self righteousness. (Funny how people can always rationalise their evildoing.)

“You need to intercede for this.”

I know that God will only ever ask me to do something deliberately for a good reason. It is almost election time and the violence is getting worse. This means the workers of unrighteousness plan more attacks.

In a way I feel hopeless, being a citizen of a city by the sea. I don’t have to live with this threat.

He showed me what people are going through. I saw a farmer’s wife, long flat hair, overweight with an 8 year old boy with blond curly hair. They are hiding behind a wall, she hugs him, terified. I could feel her terror and it shocked me. Where is her husband? On the field? Gunned down already? Trying to protect his family during night watch? She is scared for his safety as well.

What do I pray? I have to find a way. Pray practical! Think! Think! He wouldn’t ask me if I could not make a difference. I may not fail. 

This is what intercession is about and it is life or death matters.

Speak life, speak protection, speak divine intervention. I am crying for my country.  I speak protection over innocent people in Jesus’ Name.

I speak a de-escalation over violence. But this is not all. He showed me people inflaming others to do these hate crimes. I speak over them that they will be cut off, to pay for spilling innocemt blood with their sin on heir own heads (unless of King Jesus will show mercy to certain individuals.) Yes, this is harsh, but it cannot carry on like this. The ones inflaming others are carriers of a disease of hate and lies.

I ask the angels for a certain raid againsy the enemy (demons) in a certain place. I stretch out my hand towards the Northern areas and speak a difference.

I enter into JHWH’s court and brought my plea. The scripture says that He protects the innocent. He hears me, but I don’t stay for a verdict. I leave it in his hands.

I found it awkward to have to write this on my blog, it was His idea. Normally it is better to keep quiet as exposure on he battle field is not wise. Whatever the reason the King knows what He is doing. 

Most Christians are too wimpy to engaged into such battles. Others don’t have the faith to even think it can be real. Think whatever you will. I’ll rather be obedient, even if it puts my life in danger. I am God’s property, so I don’t fear harm. I experience God’s protection, despite ongoing attacks.

But, if you do have the faith that prayer makes a difference, even only a little bit, please pray. Try your faith, stretch it and pray for protection for innocent blood to be spared. Ask if you don’t know what to speak otherwise. 

Pray for the peace of South Africa.

Please!

My Passover Lamb

It was the other day. I felt sheepish going to meet King Jesus at our regular spot in my garden. Hardly was I there when I spilled the beans:

I had an argument with a colleague and lately it has been difficult in the office. I did not act the way I think a Christian should act. I told Him what I did wrong and how I am so inadequate. I thought of his promises and realized that I am incompetent as a person, because people would expect more from me. But even now I think one or two have been disappointed, so I disappointed myself and thought “I must have disappointed God equally; surely He thinks bad of me”.

One thing I learnt years ago, was that the best and quickest way to get rid of the guilt and bad feeling was to come to Jesus, to humble my heart and to ask for forgiveness after my confession. God is holy and our sin separates us from Him. There is nothing we can do to cross that bridge, only He can. His terms are the only ones legal in the Universe, because the King is holy.

Jesus stood next to me, because I could sense Him in my spirit. He was there as my Daddy, my Saviour and my First Love.

As soon as I finished my sentence asking for forgiveness, the guilt and shame disappeared from my soul. One second of grace meant his blood washed every part of my spirit and soul clean. I was startled. Yes, I have done this before many times, but what struck me is that Jesus didn’t say anything until after He cleansed me.

I quickly collected a picnic blanket and pillow from the house and lay down. Then His words came to me, in a gentle loving manor:
“You lack nothing. Psalm 23”.

I looked it up.

“Read it aloud, for yourself.”

I did, but at first I felt the words stood against me in accusation. But, God did give this, which means He does not accuse me. This was grace, hence it would be wrong of me to continue with negative thoughts against me if He just forgave me. So, I made the decision to accept it, in obedience to the King, and read it aloud.

This was a declaration over myself, not new at all, but so that my mind can catch up with what He has already done. Now, if the King of the Universe gives grace the rest of us just need to catch up.

The accuser knows this disconnect between our lack of understanding God’s grace. He exploits it. We just need to ignore human understanding sometimes and accept what God gives.

At Passover He became the perfect sacrifice. The price for sin is paid in full and nothing else is needed.

Will you now take part and feast in the victory over sin and eternal death? Come as you are, humble your heart unto the King of Love. Let Him wash your guilt away.

There is then no more condemnation. We all have fallen short, but once you have Jesus standing in the gap, you will lack nothing just as that Psalm 23 says.