- Guard the heart against Pride
Dear friends last month I wrote about Who is my neighbour?
I would just like to add a short note to this subject before continuing on with this month’s subject which is How to Guard the heart.
We are told to love our neighbour as ourselves and the conclusion of the previous letter is that our enemy is the sinful nature that is in all of us. If we can teach our fellow human being what sin is and how to deal with it we are fulfilling the second commandment.
The word “love” is a verb. That means we are working for our neighbour, if we can, by example self-control. We can teach others that this is the way to guard the heart so that God can bless us.
To self-control completely is impossible, to live above our sinful nature is our greatest challenge, but we can help each other guard the heart against the wickedness of the personal lower nature.
I have personally experienced how I lost God’s blessing when I lost my temper. After a long time of praying and fasting God taught me to die to anger. He taught me that this bad thing is inside me and that it is for me to rule over it. He taught me to crucify what I look like when I am angry, I learnt to use my imagination and to follow Jesus daily, by laying down this lower life of self at the cross. It changed my life! I teach it to everyone I meet. This is the way I love my neighbour.
- Who is my neighbour?
Who is my neighbour?
All other commandments hang on the first two commandments.
Mat 22:37-39: “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
We guard our hearts against the things of the flesh so that we may love God only, with all of our heart, soul and mind. We do this by laying down our lives daily. We also do introspection daily, to see which things of the flesh may have come into the heart and then we die to it in the same way Jesus did. We use communion, the heart is now sanctified, the conscience is clear and we are ready to do God’s works by faith.
- Being a living sacrificeHere at The Shoe Ministries, we preach the Cross. We do so because it is where we lay down all of our life in order to have a clear conscience. To have a clear conscience is to have a heavenly life here in the earth. With a clear conscience, we can expect to receive instruction and ...Continue Reading…
- Faith without works is dead
Monthly letter from Ron – September 2021
The understanding of the authority we have in Christ Jesus should be our ultimate goal as believers.
We always ask people if they agree that if we should lose everything we have and own right now, but still have faith, we would still be the richest people on earth? They always agree.
Then how could it be that so many people are worried about what is happening in SA right now?
Then I should say that we should be working on our faith.
Luke 17:5-6: “And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamore tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”
- The Armour of God -August 2021
The Armour of God
I would like to lay to rest the question of the Armour of God in Ephesians 6. How do you put it on and do you take it off?
Putting on the Armour is putting on Jesus!
Romans 13:14: “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
Do I ever take off Jesus? No, most certainly not. The only reason why I keep putting on Christ daily is because I have to die daily. The war of the mind is a continuous one. Sometimes we wake up in the morning feeling strong and in contact with God then somewhere during the day you realize that someone said something and the smallest bit of fear enters to make you uncomfortable. Our closest friends are dying of Covid and we begin to ask inner questions.
- The Power of Speech – July 2021To set out and do the things your hands find to do is a great adventure if only you can keep fear or worry out of the equation. How do you keep negative thoughts at bay?Continue Reading…
- You’ve already got it! June 2021
June 2021 – You’ve already got it!
In Col 1:27 God had made known to us the riches of the glory the mystery of Christ in us.
The mystery of the will of God for man is that Christ should live inside people here on earth. Every time I read this verse I know that it is God’s will that Christ lives in me, yet, it is as if my natural mind does not fully comprehend it. As I read this verse continually I know that revelation comes to my soul of who I am in Christ. It as if layers of the veil have to be removed from my understanding.
Point is that if I fully understood this verse I would do the same works Jesus did in the earth. Heal the sick, raise the dead multiply food and walk on water. From reading 1 Pet 1:20 I understand that it was God’s will that Christ would be crucified before the foundations of the earth was laid so that mankind could do what Jesus did.
From Eph 1:17 It is God’s will that we have the revelation of the knowledge of the power that we possess in Christ.
- May 2021
Watch your Words!
Some people that I know have turned talking nonsense into an art form. These same people are the ones who are not getting their basics needs met. They say they pray and believe but when they meet up with their old friends they talk a lot of nonsense, cancelling out every life-giving word they spoke before. Did you know the Bible says we will be held accountable for every idle word we speak. It also says that the angels of the Lord listens to the voice of God’s Word. Did you know that God created the world with His world. When we give our hearts to God heaven is listening to our words to bring to pass the things we have need of. If we say something long enough it gets into the heart. The heart, being like soil, will bring forth the things we sow into it. If you say it long enough it will be the way you say. I believe even the angels are so frustrated with the way we speak that they must ignore us until we actually believe the things we say. I had an experience where the Holy Spirit was teaching me about the city of God. The building itself was too big to describe, but the part I saw had steps leading up to a great door. The door had a porch over it and I knew there were chambers in the same way Ezekiel describes it inside.
- April 2021 – Agreement
When doing a building job or new project on our property, I have to know if the Lord is in it. Secondly, I need agreement from my family. Many years ago we learned the power of agreement because of Mathew 18:19.
Mat 18:19 “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
We took this scripture to heart and wrote a physical contract of agreement. At the top, we write Mat 18:19 and then begin to write down the things we need to accomplish the task. Our first contract had basic things like our own property. A truck to transport wood out of the mountain, Yvonne needed curtains and the children had some needs. Michell was unhappy because they did not choose her for athletics and wanted to run and win the 80 and 60 meters. I remember it was a long list that we as a family agreed on as we had communion together and anointed each other with oil. Each of us gets a copy to take to our quiet time after everybody had signed it. It is a document of agreement. Do not come and tell me it is not going to happen this time! I will hold that document before you and show you where you agreed with everyone.
- March 2021 – Hearing God’s voiceHow to hear God’s voice Many people have asked me how to hear God’s voice. I think that they expect it to be an audible voice of command accompanied by a feeling or at least goose bumps.In fact God speaks through thoughts. It is a knowing that you know, you know God has spoken in your ...Continue Reading…
- February 2021 – The Heart
The Heart referred to in the Bible is not the Physical heart.
I have been making a study of the word heart in the Bible. The word is used seven hundred and sixty five times in the Bible. As far as I can make out it always refers to the spirit heart and not the physical. We must remember that the Bible is a spiritual book that must be discerned spiritually. This is the reason that the carnal intellect does not understand the Bible. When intellectuals try to explain the Bible it makes no sense to anyone. This is the reason that there are so many interpretations of the word of God. I believe that the Holy Scriptures are written is such a way that it remains a mystery to all people until the Spirit of God interprets.
This being said there is one truth that must be applied to understanding the word, that all things that are physical are also spiritual.
- January 2021
The Kingdom of God is within
A New year letter from the Shoe Ministries.
The great commission to all believers is to preach the Kingdom of God.
It has come to my attention that most people don’t know where the Kingdom of God is. “The Kingdom of God is within”. Jesus stood on earth and said he was in heaven.
Ephesians 2:4 says we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. In Hebrews 12:22 “We are citizens of heaven”. Just to name a few scriptural examples. How can this be? Some say heaven is to the north of the earth and others that we will someday live in heaven but we are in hell right now. So many traditions and religions that make the word of God of none effect.
“But the kingdom of God belongs to children” (Luke 18:16).
When God came to earth in Genesis 65, He saw that the imaginations and thoughts of men’s hearts were continually evil.. For this same reason, He gave Noah the task of building the ark so that only he and his family would be saved as the flood commenced and wiped out the entire population of the earth. These three words describe that most important part of man where God should live, inside man. In the imaginations (1) and thoughts(2) of the heart(3). This shows that the physical heart is only a pump while the heart is where imaginations and thoughts abide that are of such importance to God.