What should I do when my senoir Apostles tell me that an impending danger awaits me back at home? Is there anything that can be done about such a situation or should I not worry as this may be unverified information?on May 22 in Uncategorized, growth and maturity, hearing God, prophecy/prophetic ministry tagged by qatranscripts
Question: Abel (South Africa) – Dear Pastor, after a visit back home in Zimbabwe, I was notified by some of the Apostles that a disaster awaited me back here in South Africa and I should take action; they went on to preach of the book of Ezekiel on the need to warn someone of impending danger. Is there anything that can be done about such a situation or should I not worry as this may be unverified information?
Answer: In 1 Corinthians 9:2, Paul said to the Corinthians, “…If I be not an Apostle to others, I am an Apostle to you”. The question is whether these Apostles are Apostles to you. It’s important that we recognize a man of God that’s sent to us. It’s not every minister that’s sent to you. That is important, and I don’t know the relationship you have with these ministers that you’re talking about and I shouldn’t say to you whether they are right or wrong; what is important is whether they are sent to you and whether you have the obligation to follow their instruction. If they are sent to you, you’ve got to listen but if they are not, then that’s not a problem, because in the Bible, we have a very simple case where the old prophet sent the young prophet to his death. Now it wasn’t because the old prophet was a bad prophet, it was because he was never sent to the young man. God gave him (the young prophet) some instructions and told him what to do and expected him to follow His instructions and the old prophet had learnt about this young prophet and said, “I want to find out whether he’s a true prophet or not”. And then he lied to the young prophet and the young prophet not knowing that he (the old prophet) was lying to him followed him (the old prophet) and died. So that’s just one of the many lessons in the Bible as to who we are supposed to be listening to and who we shouldn’t be listening to.
So I cannot tell you about this particular one; if they are your Apostles, then why are you refusing to listen to their instructions now? Or if they are not sent to you, then you don’t have a problem; you just don’t follow it.
How can I handle my 14 year old who looked into my eyes and said to me after I scolded him, “You’re just angry because you know I’m not scared of you”. He’s been in church but since his 13 year, he stared to change and do opposite. He is threatening to leave church. What shall I do?on May 19 in Christian family, Christian living, Church, Uncategorized tagged by qatranscripts
Question: Flora (UK) – How can I handle my 14 year old who looked into my eyes and said to me after I scolded him, “You’re just angry because you know I’m not scared of you”. I was so angry at this, as this is just like saying I don’t regard or respect you. For this reason, I plan sending him to Africa where I’ll leave him to learn some respect. This boy was dedicated and baptized in church all his life. He’s been in church but since his 13 year, he stared to change and do opposite. He is threatening to leave church. What shall I do?
Answer: Well when you have a situation like this, there are no definite things that must be done for every case that is like this because children are different; circumstances are different, and even the way you relate with your son will be different from how everybody else will relate with their son. But you can trust God, you can trust God’s word; God’s word was given to us for every situation irrespective of who it concerns. So what you’re going to do is continue to express love. Just reading this, I can’t see his facial expression or the tone of his voice and how he said it; if we go with the words alone, there’s nothing wrong with that because he shouldn’t be scared of you and maybe you were shouting and getting angry because you’re trying to make him afraid and he’s saying, “I’m not scared about your shouting” and you really don’t control children by shouting. So think about it again; maybe your methods are what you need to review. Don’t send him to Africa to learn respect; they don’t learn respect in any country or continent.
Children can learn to respect you from love and sometimes some kids could be a bit difficult for a time because they get influenced also from outside and from televisions and other things even in the books they read but he’s too young, you can pray from him and expect God’s love to flow through you and also directly at him.
In Matthew 16:1-4, what does Jesus mean when He said, “You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky but you can’t interpret the signs of the times” ?on May 15 in Science and Christianity, Uncategorized, rapture, salvation, second-coming of Christ tagged by qatranscripts
Question: Victor (Nigeria) – Dear Pastor, reading from Matthew 16 verse 1-4, what does Jesus mean when He said, “You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky but you can’t interpret the signs of the times”. Secondly, what does the sign of Jonah mean?
Answer: Reading from Matthew 16 verse 1, it says, “The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, when it is evening, ye say, it will be fair weather; for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign: and there shall no sign be given unto them, but the sign of the prophet Jonas and he left then and departed”. Here he (Jesus) was letting them know that they could discern the signs of times, meaning that they are using their minds but so many things they can’t discern because they don’t have the ability to do that. Then for that of Prophet Jonah, it was talking about the way Jonah stayed in the belly of the fish for three days, therefore typifying what Christ did by staying in the grave for three days.
Reading from verse 1 again, it says, “The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven…” What Jesus was saying is that the Pharisees and Sadducees are looking for something special to confirm the ministry of Jesus. And then also Jesus told them you can read the signs of times, you can read the sky, you can predict the weather and He’s reminding them that a lot of things have been said about Him in the scriptures; that they can go back and refer to portions that prophesied about these times; they can read the signs of times from the prophets because the books are there, the laws are there but these people don’t want to read the book; they are waiting for something outside the scriptures; for Jesus Christ to confirm whether He’s the prophet from God and so He referred them to Jonas because He could immediately pick that one to remind them of what happened to Jonah; that as Jonah was in the whale’s belly which is a sign given to them, and if you read from Matthew 12 verse 38, it says, “Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign of prophet Jonas; for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”. So, He has already told them but they were still desiring something outside the scripture and He was not ready to confirm that for them; they can go to the scriptures and know that this was the time the messiah should come.
Incidentally, the signs He (Jesus) gave them was not something they could immediately lay their hands on; they will still need to believe because these signs will only be fulfilled after He had risen. So in everything, He’s pointing them to the Word and to faith; that there is not going to be anything given you that you can look upon; it’s still going to be living the Word of God. Jesus called them hypocrites! He said, you look at the signs, you take time to consider the times and say, “Oh! It’s going to rain today, it’s going to be a dry weather”; so He said, you take the time to look through details, now you are pretending that you don’t have the information; that’s why He called them hypocrites because they knew the scriptures but they didn’t want to look at the scriptures to consider whether this Jesus is the Christ.
If you happen to realize that there is some form of hatred, anger, self-will, covetousness, bitterness, jealousy and pride in your heart, how do you get rid of it?on May 12 in Christian living, God's will and purpose, Uncategorized, addictions and habits, growth and maturity tagged by qatranscripts
Question: Jay (Botswana) – In the book of 1 Peter 2:1, He tells us to rid ourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander etc. My question is; if you happen to realize that there is some form of hatred, anger, self-will, covetousness, bitterness, jealousy and pride in your heart, how do I get rid of it? Do I confess? What exactly should I say? Do I pray to God to take them away? Please enlighten me further on this.
Answer: To get rid of anger, jealousy and all these things, you’ll find out that they are not out of someone that has the spirit of love in Him. The Bible says, “ …the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” and when you look at John chapter 1 verse 4 and 5, it says, “In him was the light and the life was the light of men; the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not”. So the love of God that we have by itself has a power to kill these things if you yield yourself to it. The Bible says, “…reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God”. So you don’t recognize those things; just know that you are a love person and you will find out that you will be consistent with who you are and you won’t have hatred, anger or malice in you. The Bible says in Galatians chapter 5 verse 19, “…the works of the flesh are made manifest”, these are works of the flesh and in Romans 8 verse 13, it says, “if you through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the flesh”, so through the spirit, that is, through the word, she can put to death these things and have the life of the spirit within her spring forth.
God didn’t tell us to pray about malice in our lives or that we should tell him to take it away. If you have hatred, malice, jealousy, self-will, covetousness and pride, you can pray and pray and it will never go because the Bible doesn’t say that we should pray for God to take them away, he tells us to put them off. It’s your job! He didn’t say pray them away, he says put them off. Now, you might be thinking “I can’t do it”; that’s an accusation against God; you’re saying that God is asking you to do something you couldn’t do. You can if you will! Jesus has given you a new kind of life. When you were born again, you were born with the nature of God in your heart, you have the life of God in you, you have the love of God in your heart, you are a new creation. You are a new person. These things are not in your spirit; they are called the things of the flesh; you shouldn’t have them. The Bible says, “If you walk in the spirit, we shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”. How do you walk in the spirit? By walking in consistency with the word of God; walking in the light; God’s word is light. So you walk in the light of his word. As a Christian, the Bible tells us that we should renew our minds; have a new way of thinking and the most important of all these is let the love of Christ dominate you. Make a decision to walk in love, otherwise these things will take you to hell. Why would you allow anger in your heart? It’s towards someone else. Why would you have hatred? Hatred is towards someone else. Your self-will is actually self-worship. It means you exalt yourself above others and above God’s word. Humility and love will cure these. And then covetousness, the Bible says, if you trust God that He supplies everything that we ever require, we will not walk in covetousness. So walk in God’s word believing that He gives you all things freely. And then bitterness; maybe because someone said something to you or against you or acted ugly towards you and now you are bitter, ask yourself what does it really matter? No matter what they say to you or about you, they can’t win. It doesn’t make any difference. Jesus Christ is Lord of your life, he has honoured you and if He had, nobody can dishonour you no matter how they try, so why do you care? Don’t get bitter! And then jealousy! Why would you be jealous? Your heavenly father has everything and he loves you, and you are unique, you are different and he chose you, you are one of a kind. There’s no need to be jealous. Finally, pride! You should never let it into your heart. God has demonstrated the kind of life that we should have. He sent Jesus who humbled himself unto death even the death on the cross. The Bible says, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him”. So if you humble yourself, God will exalt you; no need to exalt yourself, you don’t need that. Humble yourself! The Bible says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time”. If you meditate on the scriptures, the scriptures are able to make you wise unto salvation. Meditate on the scriptures! When you hear the word of God, receive it into your heart. Always receive the word of God for yourself to change your life, to get better and better. Don’t hope the other guy is hearing because he did something against you, otherwise, the pride will stop you from advancing. So reject all these things. You may say “from where I am now, how do I start?” Start with your mouth because your mouth is the rod that controls your life. So you say, In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I have decided from this moment that Jesus Christ will run my life, Jesus Christ is Lord of my life and I will walk in love. And after saying that, Satan is going to tempt you, but you say no because you’re changed!
Why did Jesus tell Nicodemus that he should be born again since it was impossible during that time because He hasn’t yet ascended?on Apr 21 in Beliefs, New Testament, Uncategorized, salvation tagged by qatranscripts
Question: Shipu (Botswana) - From the word I understand that no one was born again during Jesus ministry here on earth, in fact, no one could because the Holy Spirit was not yet released, even Jesus was born again. So my question is if no one could be born again, why did Jesus tell Nicodemus that he should be born again? I thought it was impossible during that time because He hasn’t yet ascended.
Answer: Yeah! He (Jesus) told Nicodemus that he must be born again but he didn’t say he should be born again. Jesus said to him, you must be born again: in other words, it’s a condition; something has to happen but he’s not saying go and get it done because it couldn’t be done then. So your answer is in the question. You already got it! Jesus didn’t say the man should go ahead and do it, he only told him the necessity; man must be born again. And so Nicodemus said, “How can that happen? I don’t know what to do” and Jesus told him what to do. So, he already gave us his life and he’s made it possible but at that time it was not possible until Jesus Christ made it possible.