Shooting our wounded

There was an excellent movie released recently called, “Hacksaw Ridge”. Based on the true story of a medic during World War 2, who refused to carry or fire a gun, but ended up saving the lives of over 70 men in a single battle. It really is an amazing movie and I highly recommend watching it.

The medic acted in love of his fellow man, as well as in love for God. He kept wanting to carry out the will of God through His job as a soldier, going so far as to save wounded men on the enemy’s side. What kind of love is this? Well, it’s a love that only God can give. …Continue Reading

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Objection! Part 2

As we come out into the new year, and out of the Christmas season, I’ve noticed a rising trend among the Church that states that to celebrate Christmas is sinful or wrong.

Now I’ve celebrated Christmas my whole life as the birth of Jesus Christ, never once bringing worship to Santa Claus or to the tree we’ve set up and decorated, so this idea of Christmas being a sin came as a surprise to me.

But what does the Bible say about it? Let’s have a look

I’d like to just add a disclaimer here that if you are of the conviction that you and your family will not celebrate Christmas and you have biblical basis for your conviction, all blessings to you! There is nothing wrong with that and in fact is quite biblical. This post is meant for those who intend to look down on the Christians who do celebrate Christmas, or try to impose their beliefs on other people. …Continue Reading

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Objection!

The Bible is an amazing miracle of God. 66 different books, 40 different authors, but a single coherant theme – Jesus.

But humanity seems to have a major issue with the bible. More and more pastors and preachers are taking the scriptures and twisting them. We’re seeing so many leaders in the church using the Bible for their own means, or using it to mislead the people, and we’re also seeing many people in church simply accepting what the pastors say as Gospel, and not challenging them as we ought to.

This is a big interest of mine, seeing the misguided teachings of famous pastors and preachers, and matching them up to what the Bible teaches.

The first one I’d like to tackle is a teaching by many of the word of faith ministers, namely people like Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, etc.

The teaching is that when Jesus died, His spirit went to hell where He was tortured by Satan and His demons for three days and three nights, and was the first man to be born again. I will place references at the bottom of this post. …Continue Reading

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The Mission – Saints Sanctified (Part 2)

In my last post, I said that we are living in very uncertain times. And then the United States had their election, and things became only more uncertain. Not many people predicted what would happen, and nobody really knows how the outcome is going to affect the world.

Again I ask, what is the church to do?

To quote Kyle Idleman, “A lot of people are looking right, others are looking left, but we as the church should be looking up.”

So what is our mission as the church?

  1. Souls saved
  2. Saints sanctified
  3. The church strengthened.

As shown in part 1, the primary goal of every believer is to show the lost the way to Jesus. But we also have a biblical responsibility to stay close to Jesus and walk with Him. We have to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling”. (Phillipians 2:12) …Continue Reading

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The Mission – Souls Saved (Part 1)

We are living in very uncertain times. An age where good is seen as evil, evil is seen as good, war is waged over the smallest of grievances, and a man was given an award for being woman of the year.

In this sort of environment, what are we as the church to do? Is there anything we can do? How are we to react to things that happen around us?

Well, I believe in a three fold mission that the church has in this time. We need to remember that we are at war:

“And the dragon was angry at the woman and declared war against the rest of her children – all those who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus.” – Revelation 12:17 …Continue Reading

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Divine Healing – #2

2. JESUS HEALS US AND SETS US FREE

Jesus Christ heals all our diseases.

NB! Prayer is the highest exercise of Jesus Christ’s royal prerogative as Priest-King upon the throne.

  • God has willed that the working of His Spirit will follow the prayer of His people.
  • We have the legal right to pray effectively in His name, based on the victory of the cross. He is the origin of the prayers we pray and He has given Jesus and the Holy Spirit to us who heal all our diseases among everything else we pray for. Wait on God and then pray, ‘By His Spirit.’  (Matthew 8: 17.)

God waits for our intercession. Is your heart prepared to show to what extent you are ready to yield to the Holy Spirit’s control? Practice listening and get ready. Listen and do!

God rules the world and His Church through the prayers of His people. Yes, through you and me!

God calls for intercessors; in His grace He has made His work dependent on us. He waits for our prayers.

Relevant Scriptures; Isaiah 59:16; Isaiah 64:7; Ezekiel 22:30-31;

Note that had there been an intercessor, God would have given deliverance; but in this case without an intercessor, His judgements came down. God waits for us to pray!

God will answer your prayers, prayed ‘in Jesus name,’ (according to His nature and will!)

How is this possible? At the cross Jesus took the curse of the law upon himself as the New Covenant, replacing the old covenant as its fulfillment in Him, as the New Testament.

Forget about myths and stories based on human philosophies and traditions (Colossians 2: 8,9, 10-15). In faith follow the Holy Spirit’s direction. Yes, dump all that new age, occult and superstitious garbage. e.g. Sickness and suffering come from God! ‘God makes me sick, He punishes me with sickness.’ Never!

Jesus paid the full price for all sin, sickness and suffering, once and for all time! We bring it on ourselves.

Remember that Jesus did not come to earth to do His own thing, (John 6: 38.) He came ‘… to bring us life and life abundantly.’ John 10: 10.

God does not cause our troubles

If we think He does, we are accusing Him of being corrupt because He contradicts what He said in the Bible. Read what Jesus said in John 17:21-23 ‘… that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in us … to let the world know that you sent Me and have loved them even as you have loved Me.”

The only suffering that we will need to endure on earth should be for the Name of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4: 12-19).

This is a mindset… develop it

Start praying as an overcomer  over your situation and offer Him praise and worship with thanks for the victory He gained for you at the cross on Calvary.

Start today to speak His victory over your situation. Speak life and not death and watch what happens!

Jesus is our Example

Jesus is our example and we need to follow His example to be overcomers! He faced and dealt with the following scenarios which we need to be aware of:

  1.  Faith and sickness
  2.   Sin and sickness
  3.   Devils (evil and spiritual oppression) driven out
  4.   Curses and bondage broken over lives
  5.   Jesus healed everyone who came to Him

As a believer, you are inhabited by Jesus who set the example for us to follow and you need to be filled with His Holy Spirit to will and to do the work of the Father in this present world. ‘Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.’ Ephesians 5:1.

Is it possible for us to follow His example and effectively do what Jesus did?

‘I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father… And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever-the Spirit of truth”
John 14: 12,13,16.

What have you done and what are you doing by His Holy Spirit?

He raised dead people to life; the blind had their sight restored; the deaf received their hearing; the cripples got up and walked; and the oppressed were liberated.

This is also possible for you to do by the power of His Spirit and so bring glory to God the Father!

God meets you where you are and how you are. Do not doubt His love for you.

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ Romans 5: 8.

Decide to walk along with the risen Saviour of the world who has paid the price for you for all time, but do not delay because you never know when your time to join the Lord in heaven will come.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”  John 3: 17.

God bless you!                                                                                                                                                       BERNIE VOS

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Divine Healing

by Bernie Vos

I will be sharing six approaches to divine healing distilled from Dalene and my experience and study over the last 30 years of serving the Lord in ministry.

I have personally been divinely healed from an incurable Post-viral Syndrome in 1988 whilst studying for the ministry and then 10 years later from recurrent Glandular fever caused by the Epstein Barre (Yuppie flu) incurable virus in 1998. Therefore I speak in these posts with considerable personal conviction about the issue of healing at the hand of Jesus when the medical fraternity were on both occasions unable to do anything more for me.

I firmly believe we should never cease to believe for healing.  This is not a case of getting our hopes up but a case of consolidating our faith and belief that God’s will is for us to pray without ceasing!

Part One: JESUS CHRIST HEALS ALL OUR DISEASES

God bless you through Jesus who healed everyone who came to Him.

 ‘… Peter’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever. He touched her and the fever left her, … when evening came, many who were demon possessed were brought to Him, He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:’

“He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases” – Matthew 8: 14 – 17; Isaiah 53: 4. Yes, even the incurable ones!

Misconceived ideas; ‘It is not God’s will that I should be healed.’

Christ never, never prayed that you should accept your situation and circumstance because it is God’s will for you to suffer! Jesus Christ healed everyone! Isaiah 53: 4-5.

Christ’s victory is a complete victory; over death, sin , sickness and suffering; absolutely no exceptions! He came to set everyone free!

‘Ah, but what about my phobias, fears, habits and hang-ups, all my infirmities and after all, my family all suffer from…? Anxiety, hyper tension, worries, cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, even some with AIDS, and then there is ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and the social ills, chemical dependencies, alcohol… it is never ending!’

‘What a wretched man I am! Who can rescue me from this body of death?’ Romans 7: 24.

Intercession

Before Christ left the world, He imparted the right of intercession to His disciples and Jesus invites us seven times in His farewell discourse (John 14 to 16) that whatever we, (His people) ask in His name, He will do for us! Jesus healed unbelievers, sceptics, faithful believers, and all who came to Him.

  1. John 14:13 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.”
  2. John 14:14 “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
  3.  John 15:7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”
  4. John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. The Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
  5. John 16:23 “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
  6.  John 16:24 “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
  7.  John 16:26 “In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”

Jesus Christ, God’s Son ascended to heaven and took His place at His Father’s right-hand on the throne to intercede to the Father for us to be able to know His will, so that we could pray “In His Name.”

This ensures that the work of the extension of His kingdom; conversions, healings and other miracles, breaking bondages, strongholds and impossible situations, satanic oppression, etc., would be carried out by us with His Holy Spirit imparting the power of God to do the work.

Jesus ever lives to pray at His Father’s side to direct and support the work we must do in His name.

God answers your prayers, prayed in Jesus name!

God bless you as you seek His fullness; Numbers 6: 24-26

BERNIE  VOS

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This World of Ours

An old couple were lying in bed one day when the husband turned to his wife and said, “Honey, I think I’m dead.”

“Don’t be silly. How can you be dead? You’re speaking to me right now!” She replied.

“No, no, no I’m definitely dead. I’m absolutely convinced”.

So naturally she took her husband to some psychologists to try and convince him that he was wrong. They spent hours upon hours trying to convince him, but with no success.

So they instead took him to a group of medical doctors to try and convince him of one thing; that only living people bleed. They brought out graphs, medical papers and professors. They brought every bit of evidence they could find to convince this man that only living people bleed.

Finally he raises his hands and says, “Fine. Yes I believe you. I am absolutely convinced that only living people bleed.”, at which point one of the doctors pulled out a pin and plunged into the man’s arm, causing the blood to come out.

The man looks at his arm and proclaims, “Great Scott!! It looks like dead people bleed too!”

The problem people have with God is not with their intelligence or with the lack of evidence, the problem people have with God is a moral one. …Continue Reading

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Did you Know?

The Universe is incredible. It’s one of my favourite subjects to learn about since we have no idea how much is out there that we haven’t discovered yet, and most likely will never discover, and I found some interesting facts to show you:

Our sun is roughly 330 000 times the size of Earth. And it’s not even the biggest star in our galaxy.

The largest star discovered so far is named VY Canis Majoris, which is around 2.800.000.000km in diameter. In other words, if you were travelling in an aircraft at 900 km per hour, you would take 1100 years to go all the way around it. It’s gigantic. It’s almost impossible to imagine something that size.

Did you know that the known universe is around 92 billion light years in diameter? That means it would take 92 billion years for a beam of light to travel across the known universe. It’s mind boggling! …Continue Reading

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Leaders of Men

At the pearly gates, St. Peter greeted a minister and politician and gave them their room assignments.

“Pastor, here are the keys to one of our nicest efficiency units. And for you, Mr. Politician, the keys to our finest penthouse suite.”

“This is unfair!” cried the minister.

“Listen,” St. Peter said, “ministers are a dime a dozen up here, but this is the first politician we’ve ever seen.”

 

The world is in desperate need of good leaders, and the church is no different. Church leaders these days are leading so many souls astray instead of pointing them to Jesus, and down the narrow way to eternal life.

 

So how do we know what a good leader should be like? Do we, as the church, have any sort of guidelines for what we should look out for? …Continue Reading

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