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.
I would like to share my personal testimony with you. It is about Growing in the knowledge and Wisdom of Jesus Christ.
I am always reading up on other preachers and listening to them on Youtube because I am always trying to find people who preach the same things we do here at The Shoe Ministries. I was reading a book by Kenneth Hagin and he was telling about how he was pastoring at a small church and had no place to study the bible, so he would go to the Church to be with the Lord. He told how he would lie down on the floor in front of the altar and repeat these three scriptures to himself as often as he could:
We cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12:
Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Kenneth Hagin continued to write that after he was praying these three scriptures over himself for several months there suddenly came over him a rush of revelation on the Word of God and the Knowledge of Jesus Christ. He said he told his wife one night: What was I preaching before? I can’t believe I did not have this revelation before.
Kenneth Hagin is known for his faith preaching. He also taught people to say it, hear it, and believe it. It is God’s will for us to have the full understanding of who we are in Christ. It was also the Apostle’s desire for people to gain knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ. By speaking these words he started gaining.
So guess what I did?
Yes, you guessed right. I wrote these scriptures down and put them up on my wall. I started praying these prayers over myself. Declaring that I have the knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ. That the eyes of my understanding were enlightened… I am the good pleasure of His goodness and the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is glorified in me….I have the spirit of the wisdom and revelation of Jesus Christ…etc…
It has been about 4 months now since I have been doing it and suddenly I am experiencing a rush of new revelation and knowledge coming into my spirit.
It has been coming through different channels. Not only my own personal study but also by listening to other preachers who emphasized my new understanding.
I want to encourage every reader to take action!
Start speaking the word of God into your own life and over the lives of your loved ones.
Even Jesus had to grow.
Jesus answered his parents after they found him in the temple in Luke 2:49
“Do you not know I must be about my Father’s business?” and verse 52 says: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
God desires to reveal Himself to his children.
If you are wondering who to listen to and help you grow in your walk with God then here is a list of people you can listen to. These are links to their Youtube videos. You can also search their names on Youtube.
Chris Blackeby has been such a blessing to be over the past few months. I found him as a guest on the Wow Church’s Platform, which was suggested to me by my aunt. Chris has managed to preach our entire cave in one session.
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.
The subject of our monthly letters is guarding the heart.
Pro 4:23: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
This scripture is saying that all things pertaining to everything that happens in our lives is subject to the state of the heart. The heart is the conscience; it is where the Spirit of God resides right inside our spirit. The heart is where we pray and see in the imaginations and thoughts of the heart. In Genesis 6:5 – God saw that the imaginations and thoughts of the hearts of all the people on earth were continually evil. For this reason this evil generation was destroyed by the flood. In the New Testament this is a type of spiritual death.
Many of us are struggling to hear God’s voice and receive revelation from God because we do not make the state of the heart our first priority. Some people are tired of waiting on God to answer prayers but do not realize that hearing God only happens if the heart belongs to God. If we take part in daily sanctification of the heart we can confidently be everything the Bible says we are. The Bible says we are sons of God, but is it really possible to be sons of God if the heart is full of worry for instance?