Tuesday, 25 June 2013

There is Life After Every Mistake

THERE IS LIFE AFTER EVERY MISTAKE!
(Part 4 of 4)

For ALL did sin,and are come short of the glory of God.
(Romans 3:23 YLT)

It is "wilful" sin that we find hard to deal with. If we think that someone has hurt us by mistake, then somehow it's easier to handle, but what about the premeditated stuff? What about the character assassination attempts, the slander that damages our hard earned credibility and the betrayal that takes place? "A whisperer separateth chief friends" (Proverbs 16:28 KJV)

Perverse people stir up contention; gossip makes best friends into enemies.
(Proverbs 16:28 The Voice)

Hard as it may be, we are obligated to forgive this too. How about our own wilfulness? All those times we knew better and those times we didn't? However I am here to say that THERE IS LIFE AFTER EVERY MISTAKE.

Again how about those prominent TV personalities who have fallen from grace in spectacular fashion and in the midst of great controversy? What of them? Do we judge crudely like so many have, with no advanced knowledge of their circumstances? In my last article I mentioned Todd Bentley and the process of being restored back into the ministry. It took a great deal of repentance and forgiveness on all sides. However what I did not share in the last article was how he disclosed that Christians [YES! Christians] sent him shocking hate mail and even death threats! This is hard to believe and there is little that surprises me these days!

Romans 3:23 says, "All have sinned and fallen short." ALL means ALL in scripture, there is none who escapes no matter how good they think they have been. We were born into sin. Not a day goes by without some kind of mishap or other. Yet one vital prerequisite prevails which Jesus taught this in the famous formula He gave to His disciples:

FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE ALSO HAVE FORGIVEN(left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors... For IF you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. BUT IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE OTHERS THEIR TRESPASSES [THEIR RECKLESS AND WILLFUL SINS, LEAVING THEM, LETTING THEM GO, AND GIVING UP RESENTMENT], NEITHER WILL YOUR FATHER FORGIVE YOU YOUR TRESPASSES.
(Matthew 6:9-16 AMP)

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP
In this context I want to conclude this short series on forgiveness with the fact that our individual and personal relationship with God is ABSOLUTLEY EVERYTHING! I even want to suggest that it is only through our relationship with God, that we can overcome in any area of our lives, especially unforgiveness. Our RELATIONSHIP with God should be the axis on which everything in our lives spins. He is the security under which we operate. And without a personal relationship with God we have a dead religion. Once we have received the revelation of Gods love for us and that we have been forgiven, it is much easier to express our love for God and forgiveness towards others. When we loose sight of what we have been forgiven, we harden towards God and towards others.

This woman has been forgiven much, and she is showing much love. But the person who has shown little love shows how little forgiveness he has received.
(Luke 7:47-48 The Voice)

Our worship must centre on HIM, not on anything else and not just what we can GET out of Him. "We love Him, because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19 AMP). Our relationship can not just be about what we can accumulate.

Our whole lives must be an expression of our love towards Him. Not just about how well we sing in church or how gifted we are in a specific area, but how well we treat others for example. Every motivation must be to bring Him glory. "Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God"(1 Corinthians 10:31NIV).

Lastly this scripture shows just how God holds us TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE to walk in forgiveness towards others.

[Now having received the Holy Spirit, and being led and directed by Him] if you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained.
(John 20:23 AMP)

PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father thank You for Your forgiveness in and through my life. Don't ever let me loose touch with the reality of Your forgiveness, so that I can walk in that same forgiveness towards others. Just as I have been forgiven, I want to freely forgive. I want to walk and live in a right spirit at all times. Help me daily in Jesus name. Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
I am governed by God's Spirit. I walk willingly in a Spirit of Forgiveness. I live at harmony with my brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. I live at peace with those around me on a daily basis. My mouth is not a place of curse but blessing. My heart and my mouth belong to the Lord. I walk by the Spirit and His fruits define my behaviour today and every day of my life in Jesus name.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

This is a New Day!

THIS IS A NEW DAY!
(Part 3 of 4)

I will erase their sins and wicked acts out of  My memory as though they had never existed. When there is forgiveness such as this, there is no longer any need to make an offering for sin
(Hebrews 10:17-18 - The Voice)

In the King James Version of the bible, verse 18 uses the word remission instead of forgiveness as used above. REMISSION refers to the “cancellation of the penalty” as can be seen in the Amplified Version. However let’s go straight to the Greek by using the Strong’s Concordance and see what it says about REMISSION.

Greek ♯0859. αφεσισ aphesis; from 863; freedom; (figuratively) pardon: deliverance, forgiveness, liberty, and remission. AV (17)- remission 9, forgiveness 6, deliverance 1, liberty 1; release from bondage or imprisonment, forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty Greek ♯0860.

“release from bondage… Pardon of sins (Letting them go as if they had never been committed).” Thank God such a condition exists. We could never achieve this status alone! If we take this to heart we can say: “I am justified… just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned… whoop!” Which is worthy of a party right there. What could be better! This is why we worship Jesus Christ in all of His glory so vehemently and forever! 

In keeping with our text I want to say, that it is not possible to express just how important forgiveness is, in 4 short articles. But we can try! Many times, we find ourselves in some form of spiritual warfare or another. However I firmly believe that much of the “fight” would swiftly diminish with the simple act of repentance (with this I am also implying on a daily basis).

Today some camps exist who would deplore this idea, as being “sin conscious” and would argue that we aught to be more “righteous conscious.” Absolutely! However when the day arrives where we no longer “repent” simply because we are trying to be “oh-so-righteous-conscious” (when some folks can’t even say it, let alone live it!) then error has already crept into the Church. There never has or ever will be an adequate replacement for repentance.

YES Jesus’ work on the cross was not inept; it was a complete and finished work of perfection. Even so, repentance was never done away with. Sophisticates in the church today may want us to demean repentance and forgiveness – but they are both vital keys that unlock doors of bondage in all of our lives. We should never stumble at such truths but run to them gladly and with humility.

If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
(1 John 1:9 AMP)

Once a person has sincerely repented they MUST move on, free of all condemnation:

Therefore, now no condemnation awaits those who are living in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, because when you live in the Anointed One, Jesus, a new law takes effect. The law of the Spirit of life breathes into you and liberates you from the law of sin and death.
 (Romans 8:1-2 The Voice)

To stay in the realm of condemnation, when you know Christ has forgiven you, is really willful unbelief! Instead we must allow the CONVICTION of the Holy Spirit to prick our hearts; this leads us to repentance, (where condemnation only leads us to depression!) Conviction is not the same as condemnation. It’s vital to recognize the difference between the two. It’s equally as vital to know that the Holy Spirit NEVER condemns anyone. He convicts only. The devil on the other hand never stops accusing and condemning, (especially believers). “The accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night…(Revelation 12:10)

Once again, if we are aware of this, we must never operate on any common ground with the devil. We must remember that ANY TIME WE ACCUSE OUR BROTHERS IN CHRIST, WE ARE STANDING ON THE SAME SIDE AS THE DEVIL. We must take sides with God and with His righteousness. We must be careful who we side-with! There is never a right time to accuse anyone. Especially other believers,  “the brethren.”

Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
(1 Chronicles 16:22 KJV)

Let not then your good be evil spoken of (slander)…
(Romans 14:16-18 NKJV)

I’ve heard this particular statement (and similar versions of it) branded around for many years, it goes something like this: “I love God and will never quit believing in Him, but I’ve already given up on the Church.” Now all of us would understand a statement like this. However, we must not be enticed into speaking badly about the Body of Christ, not matter how angry we get or how much injustice we have witness behind her walls.

Some folks are angry with the leadership, others are angry with the worship team, and others with the children’s ministry. But Jesus has not given up on His Bride yet and nor should we! He is coming back for her, without spoke or wrinkle. She is going to have to go through a refining process to reach that stage of beauty. In the meantime we must not speak bad of the Church. We must not take sides with the “accuser of the brethren,” no matter how tempting this can be at times! We are not a mouth piece for the accuser – we are a mouth pieace for God AND HIS TRUTH. Nor are we self-appointed mouthpieces for our own opinions! We should only speak when God directs. 

The Root of Bitterness

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many
(Hebrews 12: 15 NIV)

In my book called “Deliverance a Present Reality,” which was written many years ago now, I brought out about the role that bitterness plays along with its crippling effect on the lives of so many people. We can be free of its influence BUT only through the power of forgiveness.

“No bitter root should be allowed to grow within our lives, but the fact is that many of us at some time have been bruised. We had the experience of falling from a tree like an apple, at first the shock of bouncing to the ground was deflected, shaken off. But some days or months later the bruise began to show, like an apple we begin to rot with bitterness. We poison ourselves and everyone who surrounds us, because our attitudes and the things that we begin to say.

Others pick up the bitterness that we have and then they too become polluted. We want to blame other people because we have become bitter. The bitterness then becomes hatred. This then is the opening that Satan uses to afflict us with evil spirits and diseases. For those who have been bitter over the years, sometimes that bitterness expresses itself in crippling arthritis. Forgiveness towards those who have hurt us, for whatever reason, needs to take place. Then healing can be brought about.

Forgiveness is the key to release bitterness, resentments and other negative emotions. We need not judge or condemn others for in so doing we will not be condemned. “Forgive and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37).

If we are not willing to forgive, forgiveness will not come our way. We have been forgiven of sin; our debt has been cancelled; yet we find it hard to forgive others (Matthew 18:27). We need to release our brothers and sisters from whatever they have done towards us. If we do not forgive we will become like them. The end result of unforgiveness is that we will be turned over to the jailer to be tortured (Matthew 18:34).

Forgiveness is the attitude of God and the example that we must follow. We might not feel like forgiving, but then we cannot go on feelings, we need to be obedient to the Word of God. Forgiveness then becomes an act of our will, we choose to forgive: “If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV).”
(Pateman, 135-136)

Now notice in the each case where the scriptures below mention forgiveness, it directly connects forgiveness with the heart.  Forgiveness is always a heart issue. We must therefore, “guard our hearts above all else” (Proverbs 4:23).

In wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (the jailers), till he should pay all that he owed. So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.
(Matthew 18:34-35 AMP)

His master’s heart was moved with compassion, and he released him and forgave him [cancelling] the debt.
(Matthew 18:27 AMP)

I am not finished mentioning about the heart. I want to revisit the scripture that was briefly mentioned above, this time pointing out the heart-mouth connection. The heart-mouth connection is also a major part of forgiveness. Here I have taken various translations and allowed them to speak for themselves:


Above all else, watch over your heart; diligently guard it because from a sincere and pure heart come the good and noble things of life. Do away with any talk that twists and distorts the truth; have nothing to do with any verbal trickery.
(Proverbs 4:23-24 The Voice)

Above every charge keep thy heart, for out of it [are] the outgoings of life.
(Proverbs 4:23 YLT)

Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth…
(Proverbs 4:23 MSG)

It’s the same with people. A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart pours out evil things. The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart.
(Luke 6:45 The Voice)


PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Thank You Father that You willingly FORGET my sin. Help me do the same for others, that no root of bitterness spring up in me and defile many. Help me when in the recesses of my mind, memories try to resurface. I need your help to forget just as You forget my mistakes. In Jesus name, Amen.


CONFESSION OF THE DAY
I choose to walk moment by moment in the pathways of forgiveness. Just as I have been forgiven, I gladly forgive, relent and let go of any offence carried out against me. It’s not easy, but it is necessary and I will not be dictated to by my feelings and emotions. I want the spiritual release that forgiveness brings. I can’t get by without it. I trust the living Word of God on this subject and willing self adjust.

Friday, 14 June 2013

The Holy Spirit Holds No Vendettas

THE HOLY SPIRIT HOLDS NO VENDETTAS
(Part 2 of 4)

The fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].
(Galatians 5:22-25 AMP)

Spiritual warfare could not be more real! We have all come under fire in one-way or another. In fact entire Churches, it’s lay people and especially its leaders, all get “hit” at times. Some sadly never recover. YET it’s the very heart of God that we do recover, “…and they will RECOVER” (Mark 16:18).

The Holy Spirit has no vendettas. Where there might be the wrath of the Lamb and of Almighty God, nowhere in scripture does it speak of the wrath of the Spirit. His fruits are, love, joy, peace, kindness etc. He has FIRE and POWER – but not wrath. Instead none other that the Holy Spirit places God’s love in our hearts.

Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.
(Romans 5:5 AMP)

The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source… love.
(2 Timothy 1:7 ERV)

With this in mind it is vital we “know of what sort of Spirit we are!” (Satan is the accuser of the brethren who steals, kills and destroys. We must avoid common ground with any such negatives and line our thinking up with God’s).

He sent messengers before Him; and they reached and entered a Samaritan village to make [things] ready for Him; But [the people] would not welcome or receive or accept Him… when His disciples James and John observed this, they said, Lord, do You wish us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elijah did? But He turned and rebuked and severely censured them. He said, You do not know of what sort of spirit you are, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them [from the penalty of eternal death].
(Luke 9:40-60 AMP)

This is such a vital point. Where there is zero forgiveness, it is impossible for a right spirit to be in operation. We are “known” by our fruits the bible states, so un-forgiveness and bitterness should never be used to define Born Again, Spirit Filled Believers. (Oh how we have all fallen short on this one!)

Master, we saw a man driving out demons in Your name and we commanded him to stop it, for he does not follow along with us. But Jesus told him, Do not forbid [such people]; for whoever is not against you is for you”
(Luke 9:49-50 AMP)

This scripture in Luke strikes at the very heart of “competitiveness” in the ministry! I discovered long ago that being-right-is-highly-over-rated! In fact if being right is all that interests us, we have sadly developed spiritual pride!

Now I want to address our opening scripture from PART ONE, in Luke chapter 6 once again, using the Amplified version this time. Interestingly if we follow on a little and read the subsequent verse 38, it directly connects the concept of forgiveness with generosity and the release of plenty in our lives! Obviously then, forgiveness lifts blockades in more ways than one!

Let me say, for those experiencing such “blockages” in various areas of their lives and ministry, that it is crucial they understand that no amount of “RELEASE” will happen without first addressing this major area of forgiveness. And let me add, that it is all too easy teaching about forgiveness when it remains a BLIND SPOT in our own lives!

 Having judgmental attitudes, making negative remarks about others and un-forgiveness can cause a strangle hold that no amount of spiritual warfare or prayer can unlock. Sin in our own hearts cannot be prayed against. It requires repentance. In fact sometimes the quickest way to experience a release or a breakthrough, in any area, is via repentance.


THE BOOMERANG EFFECT

Going through the motions using spiritual-rhetoric is also quite easy and we seem to get away with it at first! But if we truly want to have impact and power operating through our lives, then we must follow biblical principles and instructions: Leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:24 ESV). In other words, out gifts and service are a complete waste of time when un-forgiveness is present.  

Negative attitudes and comments are always corrosive. We must clean-up-the-spout, publically and privately. Salt water and spring cannot flow out of the same place. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be” (James 3:10 KJV)

Judge not [neither pronouncing judgment nor subjecting to censure], and you will not be judged; do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty; acquit and forgive and release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted and forgiven and released.
(Luke 6:37 AMP)

Verse 38 reads, “Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed, and shaken, and running over, they shall give into your bosom; for with that measure with which ye measure, it shall be measured to you again(YLT). An undeniable fact then that our, dealings with others, (the measure that we use) will rebound - in time. For good or bad, big or small. In other words, we don’t GET away with anything! Nothing we do goes unnoticed by heaven (Malachi 3:16). Whether word or deed, whether generous or stingy, behaviors good or bad (ouch!) The only thing that can break such a cycle is repentance.

In keeping with this particular article, lets say it this way: We simply cannot disengage from “forgiveness” and still hope to function successfully. There is simply no biblical pretext for it.

The Message bible uses the word “boomerang” quite aptly:

Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
(Luke 6:37-38 MSG)

PRAYER OF THE DAY
Father help me to walk in forgiveness today. I want to please you not only with my attitude of faith but also in how I treat others on a daily basis. I have no problem loving You Father or accepting that You love me. But sometimes I fall short in loving others. Help me today, to overcome this weakness, in Jesus name. Amen

CONFESSION FOR THE DAY
Today I have made a fresh commitment to walk in love and forgiveness.
I am empowered by the Holy Spirit to overcome in this life.
My behaviour towards others is non-negotiable. I can’t talk myself out of this responsibility to treat others correctly. Regardless of how others behave, my behaviour MUST remain Christ like.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Forgiveness Precedes Your Next Level

FORGIVENESS PRECEDES YOUR NEXT LEVEL
(Part 1 of 4)

Unless You Release others You won’t be Released
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
(Luke 6:37 NIV)

It is always good starting a brand new article! We enjoy them so much and they have caused such a positive upsurge throughout this ministry and into the lives of others. Today I want to focus on the all-important subject of forgiveness (including repentance). My trigger for this was something that I came across recently via the Internet, a joint interview (back in January 2013) between Todd Bentley and the Founders of the God Channel, Rory and Wendy Alec. It was totally unpredictable that I would be moved by such an interview, because I had previously been quite indifferent. However to my surprise it stirred something in me, regardless of any prior misgivings about the Lakeland revival and its controversy.  

All of us as believers should be interested in what God is doing in the earth today, how He is doing it and who He is doing it through. On a personal level, I am willing to lay down any preconceived notions about anything, especially if I can see God moving. Regardless of what has gone before. I refuse to be trapped by my comfort zone, which keeps me from seeing or hearing God. If any leader/believer is more loyal to his comfort zone, than to God, he/she will always feel on the outside looking in.

I learnt early on in my ministry that controversy was the rule rather than the exception. I accepted this once I realised that Jesus’ ministry was never free of controversy - then or now. The loss of reputation is not rare to the ministry nor is being misunderstood or misrepresented, it comes with the territory.  

However there is a spiritual law that cannot be revoked anymore than gravity and that is the law of forgiveness. Scripture is absolute when it comes to forgiveness. IF we forgive, THEN we are forgiven. It’s that simple but no one said it was easy! Nonetheless, forgiveness can be likened to a spiritual key that unlocks spiritual doors and opportunities! “He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens” (Revelation 3:7 NKJV). Or as one other translation puts it: “The One who possesses the key of David, which opens the possibilities so that no one can shut them. The One who closes all options so that no one can open.”

When we forgive, a RELEASE takes place that can catapult us into our future and our destiny. But vice versa is also true. All of us remain in bondage when we refuse to forgive. We self injure and self-destruct when we choose not to forgive.

After Lakeland, most folks could not hear of Todd Bentley anymore, his tattoos or anything else for that matter! Putting such things aside, I found myself being moved by the Spirit after seeing Todd, Rory and Wendy openly discuss, repent and forgive one another before the entire Body of Christ during that interview. The “conviction” that I was left with was that God was definitely in that interview and was doing something new with them all, including the God TV.

Such repentance will affect a lot of people globally and usher in a new revival. Today Todd Bentley is being used in revival once again, this time in Pretoria South Africa and God is certainly moving, plus Todd has added maturity and wisdom these days.

In the same way we too can experience a personal revival in all that God has promised for us, as words that have brought curses are broken. We must never underestimate the significance of forgiveness. There is a release of power when forgiveness takes place, both corporately and individually.

On the other hand precious people all over the world, remain in bondage today, because of the words of their own mouths, spoken negatively over themselves or others. The truth is they will never experience personal revival, all the while they are not willing to forgive.


THE GOLDEN RULE

In his book “The Secret Kingdom” Pat Robertson wrote about the Law of Reciprocity:

One simple declaration by Jesus revealed a law that will change the world: “Give, and it will be given to you.” Eight words, they form a spiritual principle that touches every relationships, every condition of man, whether spiritual or physical. They are pivotal in any hope we have… Jesus expanded the universality of this theme throughout His ministry, varying subject matter and application. His point was so encompassing that it demanded many illustrations. In the discourse from which we get the eight words, we find this expansion: “just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way.” And from that, of course, came what the world describes as the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Jesus went on, putting a frame around the eight key words in this manner:

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. And do not pass judgement and you shall not be judged: and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap, For whatever measure you deal out to others, it will be dealt to you in return.

By putting this together with the world’s greatest teaching on love, repeated from the Old Testament by Jesus as the heart of God’s will, we establish the perfect “law” for conduct: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”


THE ANOINTING FLOWS DOWN NOT UP!

It has been 5 years since Lakeland collapsed and a genuine restoration process began. Yet this public show of humility was a good example to set before the Body. Leaders are obligated to lead by example and from personal experience I can verify just how effective such a time of open repentance and forgiveness can help to lift spiritual blockades that develop over time - due to sin, division, hurts, burn-out, wrong heart motives and more.  

God can’t move in any place where there is sin in the camp (where there is no repentance) or unforgiveness at the helm. “Precious oil poured on the head running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe” (Psalm 133:2 NIV).

Notice how the anointing runs “down” not up! The same is true for the Church. The anointing is first poured on the HEAD. This denotes Christ, but also leadership, then to the rest of the Body. So if the leadership do not have their acts together, so that the anointing can flow, this will cut off the flow for the rest of the Body. In vice versa if those in leadership are right with God, then everyone else benefits from the anointing that flows down. I can never be the lay people’s fault that the anointing is not flowing as it should. The responsibility rests with leadership. Needless to say, when leaders are restored, it’s in the best interest of everyone! We must never resist RESTORATION.

Following this interview anyhow, I found myself for the rest of that day (with the leading of the Holy Spirit) pouring over hours of research. Going through old and new footage, listening to more interviews and much more; praying, thinking and contemplating my previous stance, and seeking God. I concluded with a renewed sense of humility towards all that the Holy Spirit is doing in the earth today, particularly through the prophetic and apostolic moves. I am fully convinced that such a mood of repentance and forgiveness is necessary and relevant right now for the entire Body of Christ.

So much restoration is needed, in so many different quarters, right across the board. We simply won’t get by without it, corporately or individually. And for such leaders to openly repent, globally, not only in front of select viewers but the entire Body of Christ, was a very healthy new beginning and makes way for the Latter Rain. In other words, THE BEST IS YET TO COME! And this is not limited to what the God Channel or Todd Bentley are doing, but all about what God is doing. It just so happens that God, is using them to reach millions of souls for Christ and this end time harvest needs its labourers. The destroyer comes, but God rebukes the devourer and restoration takes place. Only the Body must not turn against the head (leadership) and refuse restoration. This would be detrimental.

The adversary capitalizes on our ignorance, which is why so many of God’s people perish for the lack of knowledge.My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6 KJV). What is the knowledge they lack? It is the knowledge of God Himself! (His person, His agenda – what He is doing in the earth and how He is doing it).

My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.
(Hosea 4:6 NLT)


Restoration RELEASES NEW HOPE

I also came away with a renewed respect for Rory and Wendy Alec. I am not so much interested in the opinions of others, as I am with God’s WILL on this subject! HIS WILL IS ALWAYS ONE OF “RESTORATION.” We must never lose sight of the fact that the working of the Holy Spirit includes the ministry of reconciliation and restoration. In fact in many ways this is the lifeblood of the Body of Christ, without it, we cannot corporately move forwards in any real or sustainable way, regardless of what has gone-on before - we are all the wiser for it!

Benny Hinn recently reunited with his ex-wife. Lots of “debate and chatter” flies around such events. Whether approval or disapproval, judgmental or critical – and it spreads right across the global Internet like a contagious-virus! Even still, I am utterly convinced that people still want to see the power of restoration in demonstration, despite their doubts. It gives them hope in their own situations. Most people would be willing for the time it takes for restoration to be fully effected, so long as restoration takes place and restoration takes TIME. But during such TIME God can do many mighty things!

I have learnt and re-learnt in my own ministry, that when nothing seems to be happening, often that’s when most is happening! Like Hosea 4 told us, we must KNOW our God. We must know how His Holy Spirit is on the job 24/7 and technically there is never a time when God is not working, moving, hovering, brooding, fixing, answering... but it is only as we trust Him that RESTORATION can take place and His perfect will fulfilled in our lives, (see Psalm 125:1; Isa 40:31; Jer 17:7-8; Pro 28:25). The only people who qualify for all the promises of the Bible are those who actively TRUST God everyday of their lives. WE ONLY QUALIFY IF WE HAVE A LIVING TRUST IN GOD.

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
(Psalm 91:2 AMP)

My refuge, and my bulwark, my God, I trust in Him.
(Psalm 91:2 YLT)

The message of restoration is all powerful because it totally rebuffs hopelessness, which is very important since hopelessness can cause heart-sickness; “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Pro 13:12 KJV). Restoration sends out the unmistakable message that God is bigger than all the circumstances, the opinions of men, EVERY spiritual opposition and hopelessness. A message worth preaching! We MUST therefore be willing to see people properly restored, (with accountability and with much wisdom). The following scripture reveals the exact attitude that God wants us to have towards RESTORATION:

Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.
(Galatians 6:1 AMP)


PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Father thank You that I can walk in forgiveness today. That I have the power to choose and I choose to treat others the same way I would want them to treat me. Through Christ I have freely received choose to freely give. Father help me by Your Spirit this day, to walk in unbroken forgiveness, in Jesus mighty name. Amen

CONFESSION OF THE DAY:
The law of reciprocity exists just like gravity. As I measure out to others, it’s measured back to me. Mercy was given to me and is mine to give. I do that today in Jesus name.