Encouragement

You need faith!

 

 

Hello friends,

To be a disciple of Jesus, faith is not an option. From Hebrews 11 we see that:

  • You need faith to obtain a good report
  • You need faith to understand
  • You need faith to offer unto God a more excellent offering.
  • You need faith to be translated
  • You need faith to please God
  • You need faith to be prepared for things to come
  • You need faith to obey and follow God and go not knowing where you are going
  • You need faith to conceive seed when you are past the age of having children
  • You need faith to see the dead raised back to life
  • You need faith to bless  your children concerning things to come
  • You  need faith to prophesy of future events
  • You need faith to choose to suffer affliction with the people of God than to have the pleasures of sin for  a season
  • You need faith to esteem the reproach of Christ greater riches than the  treasures of the world
  • You  need faith to endure
  • You need faith to see miracles, signs and wonders
  • You need faith to see the walls of wickedness come down
  • You need faith  to subdue kingdoms, work righteousness, obtain promises, quench the violence of fire, stop the mouth of lions, wax valiant in fight, put to flight the enemies of the aliens, out of weaknesses be made strong, see the dead raised back to life again, endure persecution. In a nutshell, life is only life when it is a life of faith. So go after it. Read every verse in the bible about faith, pray and fast over them, meditate upon them, take your time and go over them again and again until this kind of faith becomes your portion in  Jesus name. Amen.

 

Encouragement

Milk,meat and strong meat!

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Hello friends,

The word of God gives us three types of food  to feast upon for our growth as children of God. There is first the milk of the word for new born again believers, then we have meat for maturing believers and finally strong meat for mature believers(those who are of age as the bible puts it). Understanding this simple truth will save you lots of headache. Many people have called certain teachings erroneous not necessarily because they were but because they were either supposed to be drinking milk and they took it upon themselves to eat meat or strong meat and it choked them. So when they choked, the reaction was that the teaching was wrong. Friends, do you  see why we ought to depend so much on the Holy Spirit our chief teacher? Jesus himself told his disciples that he couldn’t  tell them everything he wanted to tell them because they couldn’t handle them but he said that when the Holy Spirit would come, he would lead us into all truth. Paul also said that they spoke the wisdom of God to those who were perfect, mature and none else. You see a carrot is very nutritious and even more nutritious when fresh out of the ground. Yet, we all know that if you give it to a baby who is still breastfeeding, he will choke on it and cause some serious injuries. Now, was the carrot bad? No, it was simply served in the wrong season of life. This is why the bible says that the scripture is of no private interpretation. The epistle to the Hebrews is  considered  one of the deepest  books of the bible, yet in it , the writer lamented the fact that he couldn’t feed his audience meat (let alone strong meat) because they were dull of hearing. As I finish, the bible says that strong meat belong to those of age who have exercised their senses to discern between good and evil. The Lord’s great desire is discipleship where all his children can move from a baby stage drinking milk, to a maturing stage eating meat and arrive to a perfect,mature stage eating strong meat. Father we pray for the grace to depend on your Spirit  to teach all things and guide into all truth, in Jesus name we pray and believe. Amen.

Encouragement

But Money answers all things!

 

Hello friends,

Money is the only competitor God has. The bible says that you cannot serve two masters, you will either love one and hate the other and then it says you CAN NOT serve  God and money. If we are ignorant of it and how to properly handle it, we will be ruled by it. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. That is why you see in the school system there is no course that teach you how to budget money, how to spend it properly, how to keep money under your feet. Reason why most wealthy people are drop outs. That is why a person can make a $ 150,000 and yet every month has to rely on a credit card to survive. Teach a child in the way he should go and when he grows up he will not depart from it and the next verse says the rich rules over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender. If you will teach your children biblical finances of not robbing God in tithes and offerings and teach them the value of giving and teach them to be dangerous and cheerful givers, you are setting them up to be ruled by God and not money and they will never depart from it. God loves a cheerful giver. Nothing makes you look like God as much as when you are a sacrificial giver. God gave sacrificially. He gave to the world Jesus, His only begotten son and as if that was not enough, He turned and gave to His children (those who receive Jesus as their savior) His Spirit. He is constantly giving.Solomon loved the Lord and gave 1000 offerings. Giving reveals your heart, that is why Jesus in Matthew 6, placed giving before prayer and fasting. To pray is to pour out your heart to God. Therefore, if where your treasure is, is where your heart will be; if your pocket book cannot produce receipts that your heart is in the kingdom of God , it doesn’t matter how much you pray and try to convince God that you love Him, He can see that your heart is  not with Him and He will say that you honor Him with your lips but your heart is far from Him. The bible  says that: ” Honor the Lord with your substance”.  It is very plain from  scripture that Satan is not the other master, money is. Ecclesiastes 10:19 the last part of it says:”But money answers all things”. Friends, it is not so much what we think but what the scripture says; and here the  bible is saying: But, but , but money answers all things(Selah).  To be continued….

Encouragement

The courtship of God

 

This morning I would like to share on how God designed a way to bring us back to Him. When Adam sinned, the Lord had to put him out of the garden, away from Him. Yet right away He started to devise a plan to bring man back in fellowship with Him. The Bible says in 2 Samuel 14:14 : ” yet He devises means so that the banished be not expelled from Him”. We see right away in the Old Testament the Father as God who was above us, who had to come to the patriarchs and to Israel through the prophets courting them but from afar. This is like a man who is interested in a virgin and he starts to send letters through his friends to her showing interest. It can also be seen as a long distance relationship where it is by email or phone only. Next we see this relationship go to the next level, where we see God with us (Emmanuel) coming near to live among us and sympathize with us and be born of a woman and grow like us and walk the dusty roads and be tempted in all  things as we. This is like the man taking the relationship to the next level. Now they are allowed to see each other face to face and talk more. Jesus as God with us and God in the flesh came to have face to face talks with man and to convince him by infallible proofs that He still loved him. So what does He do but to go on the cross and die for him to show His love not just in word but also in deed. Next we move to the next stage, where we see the virgin moved  by the actions of the man, mankind moved by the action of their maker, that He should die for them and so they now open the door for Him to come back for good in fellowship with them. This is where we see God’s last stage, where as the Holy Spirit, He is God in us, we are convinced of His love and care for us and we want Him in, we open the door to Him and invite Him to come and dine with us. Hopefully this will help you see the Bible with a new set of eyes and see that God has been after you all along. Father we pray that you will open our eyes today to see you as you are and welcome you in our lives in Jesus name. Amen.

Pitana

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The name of Jesus

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Hello Friends,

I want to magnify the name of Jesus for the great wonders He has done for my family time and time again.Paul the apostle said in Colossians 3:17, ‘whatever you do, in word or in deed, do it ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus.’ My family learned first hand the power in the name  of Jesus. Some years ago, one night, one of our sons went to bed fine and an hour or so after, my wife and I were going to go to bed and as the regular routine we check on the children and to our shock, our son’s eyes were still open. So as I approached, I found out that he could not talk or do anything no matter what we did, he was just looking at us without speech struck dumb. In such a moment all the eloquence in your prayers leaves you and we called our pastor at the time and left him a message to pray for us and we just started to say JESUS, JESUS, JESUS and the song that the Lord gave to us in that moment was the song : Jesus your name is power, Jesus your name is might, Jesus your name will break every stronghold, Jesus your name is might. In the middle of singing the song, the Spirit of God said to my wife, command the devil to let go of  your son and she said, “in the name of Jesus, devil, I command you to let go of  my son.” That very moment our son started to cry and was able to respond to us and talk again. If you think you don’t have an enemy, you are joking. Yet people ask why did evil happen to such and such a good person? Don’t you know that the Bible says that the afflictions(troubles) of the righteous are many but the Lord delivers him out of them ALL? Yet there are people who don’t believe that Jesus also said, “that in my name you shall cast out devils.” The most powerful prayer I have seen is to say JESUS, JESUS, JESUS and keep saying it until you receive your deliverance. The Bible says that whosoever (not some) shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered. Friends, there are moments of despair when you don’t know what to say, how to say it, how to formulate cute prayers, the only thing that can come out your mouth is this precious name of Jesus and my,my, does it work wonders! I could write not just a book but books of many wonders, deliverances, healings and miracles we have seen as we cried the name of  Jesus. The name of Jesus is the threat to the enemy. Apostles of old were threatened not to teach or preach in the name of Jesus. People will converse freely with you about God but if you mention the name of Jesus, you will know their true colors. The name of Jesus is like an envelope where you put your prayers and anything you send to God the father. If the envelope doesn’t have the name of Jesus on it, you can count on it, you have wasted your time, it will not be received! The bible says: Put on the Lord Jesus. Why do you need to do that? Because unless God the father sees His son upon you, covering you, by yourself you have nothing whatsoever to offer.  “What shall I do to be saved?” you ask: Believe in the Lord Jesus and YOU SHALL BE SAVED.

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All things!

Hello friends

I invite you today to be like a child for a moment as we look into God’s word. The faith of a child believes the word of God because it is the Word and because we know that it is impossible for God to lie(Hebrews 6:18). The bible says also that let God be true but let every man be a liar (Romans 3:4). All things means all things isn’t it. The bible says that the Spirit of truth, when He comes, He will lead you into all truth(John 16:13) and in another passage it says that the Helper, the Holy Spirit, He will teach you all things. (John 14:26)  Now I beg of you, pause for a moment and think about those words. Have a selah moment. Has the Spirit of truth come to you? If not, take this minute and ask Him to come. This scripture like the rest of God’s word changed my life, it removed every limitation I placed on God and myself. He can teach me all things??? There is no limit of what i can ask him, what i can learn from him. That is heaven on earth. I think sometimes we read the bible too fast and we don’t stop to think about some statements that it makes. Let us look at another one. The bible says that you have an anointing from the Holy one and you know all things.(1 John 2:20)  Now if i told that to my children, they would just believe it. And the bible said that blessed is she that believed because there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.(Luke 1:45) The proof of true faith is that there is a performance of those things that we believed when God said them. I pray this day that the Lord will give all us faith that of a child which is not crowded with doctrines and commandments of men; faith that sings that old hymn which says: “God said it, I believe and that settles it for me.” With this I can assure you that your knowledge of God himself and his word will grow exponentially, when you decide to keep it simple as a little child. Father give us the grace to believe your word in Jesus name. Amen.

Pitana

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All flesh shall come!

Hello friends,

All flesh shall come! I am sure you have heard that verse before, it comes from the book of psalms 65:2 which says: “O You that answers prayer, unto you shall all flesh come.” My encouragement to you to day beloved is that all nations are waiting to hear that our God answers prayer and it will draw them to Him. You see, everywhere people are looking for answers. This is the reason Jesus said that His house shall be called the house of prayer for ALL nations. Everything begins with us who already have been saved. When prayer gets back its preeminence (first priority)  among us and prayer meeting is as attended as Sunday Service, we will see ALL flesh come to the Lord.It is by prayer and intercession, that the veil is destroyed and people are able to see the light of the gospel of Christ. Hebrew 7:25 says that He is ABLE also to save to the uttermost seeing He ever lives to make intercession. If our master retired from his earthly ministry to be an intercessor how much are we to do it? Of course the reason why prayer meeting is not as attended as the potluck or Sunday service is because people don’t believe that God hears and answers their prayers. My prayer today is that we all will believe the word that says that” Everyone who asks receives and also ask and you shall receive”. When you believe it, even when your experience with prayer has not been positive, that’s when you will start to see a world of answered prayers.The tragedy of our time has been that we have allowed our experiences with God to define what scriptures mean, but scripture says that the truth can not be bound (not by the outcome of our experiences or anything else) truth is truth by itself and remains truth, even when our experience has been different.This is what Jesus upbraided(rebuked) the pharisees with, saying that they had made the word of God of none effect by their traditions (their daily experiences had become the truth and had put God’s word aside). Friends, may the Lord help us to believe his word no matter what. May He help us to walk by faith and not by sight. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Are you attending a prayer meeting at your church, if not, why not start this week? If not how about starting a prayer meeting yourself? we can help!!

Pitana.

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Frequently asked questions-part 1

As we travel, there are 2 main questions we get asked almost everywhere we go. One of those is that of our children’s education.

People want to know what we do for the education of our children since we travel a lot. Our answer is, “we homeschool.’ To some people that’s a foreign concept; they have never heard of it. But in North America, homeschooling is becoming  more and more common.

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Although, we travel a lot, our journey of homeschooling began long before we ever knew we would become missionaries. Before we had our first born, the Lord laid it on our hearts to teach our children. Deutoronomy 6:7 spoke to us a lot and we desired to teach our children about our God throughout the day. Back then, we only knew one family that had ever homeschooled and most of their children were out of high school.

After learning some of the things that are taught in schools that are contrary to our faith, we could not justify allowing such input in our children. We knew that we will one day stand before the One who entrusted us with the children and give an account as to how we cared for them; so, we had no peace in placing them in the care of others for a majority of the day, week after week, and year after year.

Though we barely knew any one that had done so, we made a decision to homeschool. We have since met many families; attended conferences etc and found out that homeschooling has been around and legal for many years. We continue to learn and grow in this area but it has greatly enriched our family and we thank God for this opportunity.

A common assumption is that we homeschool because we are missionaries but the fact is, that we are missionaries because we homeschool. And travelling has added many benefits to our classroom.

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In Ontario where we are now, christian parents are in great distress. The government has announced that starting September, it is introducing unbiblical sex education to primary grade levels.

Our encouragement is to consider homeschooling. Don’t just push it aside, research it. Find homeschoolers, shadow them and observe. Pray and then make a decision that you know you can live with.

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Running the race!

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Hello friends,

I am thinking this morning how personal our walk with God is. In Hebrew, the twelve chapter we are admonished to run our race looking unto Jesus who both authored and perfected our faith. It is hard to both look at Jesus and look at other things as well. I am hoping to talk today though about the weight and especially the sin that so easily beset us because this verse is the prerequisite of running our race. The weight of course is anything that drags us so we are not fit to run but what is more on my heart is the sin. Sin means missing the mark. To hit the mark means not to sin and that is why God designed our walk to be so personal because He wants us to hit the mark. If Satan will not keep a person from running their race, he will bring distractions to delay them or get them out of the race. The bible says that if you have faith, have it to yourself before God(Romans 14:22), if you have wisdom, have it to yourself(Proverbs 9:1). Faith itself means steadfastness, to be unyielding, not turning to the right or to the  left, not looking back like Lot’s wife. Paul said it this way: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus(Philippians 3:14). As we have traveled in many places, I have been amazed to see how people are not focused on running their race and finish their course. They are distracted by trying to discern whether Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn and many others who may not have good search results on Google, whether they are servants of God. Friends, can’t you see that this is a distraction, don’t you have enough on your plate. The bible says in Romans that every servant stands or falls before his Master(Romans 14:4). We are encouraged also to study to be quiet (1 Thessalonians 4:11) Peter had just received his own calling and commission from Jesus and yet he still wanted to know what John was to do. To this Jesus answered and said:” What is that to thee, follow thou me”John 21:22. In the natural it takes a great deal of focus to run and obtain the prize, my prayer today is that you will not be distracted from first knowing  your calling and running your race as to obtain the prize . Father, give us the grace to stay focused to the task you have given us and to not give in to manifold distractions set in our path. In Jesus name I pray and believe. Amen.

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But what saith the scripture!

Hello friends,

I just want to share a quick story which I think has a huge lesson in it. There was preacher who really loved the word of God and one time Jesus(the resurrected Christ) appeared to him and was talking to him about something. Now this is what the preacher answered: Jesus, even though I see you face to face, I will not accept what you are saying unless you give me scripture to prove it. Jesus did not get angry and say how dare you question my theology but actually smiled and told him that even though in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses every word is to be established(2 Cor. 13:1), He was going to give him 4 of them to prove his point and He did.  The bible says that let God be true and every man be a liar (Romans 3:4) and also that therefore I esteem thy precepts right concerning everything (Psalm 119:128). Would you like to be a noble man or woman? The bible says that the people of Berea were more nobles because they searched the scriptures to see if the things preached were so (Acts 17:11). We are also admonished to speak as the oracles of God 1 Peter 4:11). We have got to  read the bible until our vocabulary is so influenced by the word, until we become walking, talking bibles. People who open their mouth and the scriptures leap out. John the baptist of whom it was said that there was none greater than him among those that are born of women, looking at Jesus (the word) said I MUST decrease and He must increase. Friends,we must esteem highly what the bible says over the doctrines and traditions men. If God’s people will read the word as they ought all the controversies will disappear. BUT what saith the scripture: Should I dance to the Lord? should i speak in tongues? should I prophesy? should I homeschool ?  and the list goes on. Let me encourage you to search the scriptures and all the doubts will be no more. Father we are in need of you, come to our help we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Pitana

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