The following is the Prophet’s interpretation and sensing in the spirit – open to the Guild of Prophets for confirmation or contradiction.
I sense the Year 2018 – a year of new beginnings for many ready for change.
I hear the Lord say: “This is the year of the ‘Open Door.’ Hands off to what I am about to do for you where you have no part to play except to be a joyful and thankful receiver”.
God is opening new doors in your life that no one can shut.
Some of the closed doors you have been knocking on are opening – in answer to prayer.
Unexpected doors for your good are also flying open. This is your season 0f break-through. – A year of divine favor. Your good is coming to you in surprising ways. Decree it and receive it!
The Lord says:
“I am building My Church; I am birthing a rapid-fire prophetic people in these days; a people of power, a people of praise who will move through this land by My Spirit and will glorify My Name” – This is the year of the Joshua’s.
“I am winding up the old, and ushering in the new; replacing old methods, with new ones. My ways are higher than your ways and thoughts higher than your thoughts.
“As you come in agreement with others in prayer for the vision-prophecies directions I give you, you will bring it to birth quickly and not like a pregnant mother awaiting delivery nine months later. ‘…before you call I will answer and while you are yet speaking I will listen.’”
“The most important doors I am opening are doors to revival. Therefore pray for revival, your leaders, Church, cities and families.”
“I am about to start something new afresh this year with new beginnings.”
As Elisha received a double portion get ready this double portion anointing is coming upon you – be glad. ‘He is causing the rain to come down for you the former and latter rain.’
There has been a pursuit in one direction, now there is going to be a reversal to apostolic times, apostolic power and yet greater glory. ‘For the glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former house.’
Prayer – position yourself like Prophet Elijah to hear the sound of the abundance of rain. It is not just beginning to rain but there is coming a downpour, hear my Father saying…‘Whosoever will let him drink of this water. I will pour out My Spirit on your sons and your daughters. If you’re thirsty and dry lift your hands to the sky its beginning to pour.’
– There is coming a great visitation to the earth, unseen, unheard of before.
I hear the Lord saying:
“I am visiting My people. I am awakening My people from their slumber at this midnight hour and saying to them – run as a herald and declare that I the King of Glory am coming, make way for Me – This great visitation will bring Me Glory as well as bring judgment in the ‘pulpits and pews’ as I cleanse My house to make it a glorious bride and a ‘house of prayer.’
“Arise repent and seek My face. It’s the year of My visitation. Arise draw your sword against the enemy of your soul.”
I hear the Lord saying that He will visit places that would include Hollywood, Dens, Covens, Hideouts, and make His appearance even in other religious places as well, in response to prayer and preaching of the gospel by His faithful ones – and they will hear His voice and respond for has He not said: ‘The gospel the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes?’
I see a flight of eagles backed by larger eagles in transit across the globe – would you be one of those to take the Gospel of the Kingdom and the soon coming return of the Lord to the ends of the earth?
Eagles in the prophetic world are symbolic of a prophetic generation.
This is the time of release for ‘Young Eagles’ that have been in training, waiting patiently to spread their wings and fly. They have the fire of the Lord upon them, and are ready for the battle at hand.
This is the time for ‘Old Eagles’ faithful to their call to take up their position as backup advisory generals with eagle vision to support these ‘Young Eagles,’ who have God’s heart and seek His glory.
I hear the Lord saying:
“Arise! Spread your wings for the wind of My Spirit comes to lift you up into the heavens.”
I sense it is time for you to leave your nest and enter into the service of the Lord being empowered as you move into His purposes.
At this grim hour, there will be an overwhelming influence of prophets worldwide endeavoring to put things in order in the lives of God’s people as they herald the coming of the Lord.
‘Behold He comes riding on the clouds shining like the sun at the trumpet’s call; lift your voice it’s the year of jubilee, out of Zion’s Hill salvation comes.’
I see storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and the like – wars, earthquakes that have been prophesied earlier, on their destructive wake – a world in chaos, disorder despite technological advances with the demise of countless.
He says: “For My people who walk with Me and long for My return there will be a detour – a thousand may fall at their side, ten thousand at their right hand…no evil shall befall them and no plague come nigh their dwelling; tragedies will by-pass them; though in this world they will have tribulation yet they will overcome.”
– Get intimate with God and walk in holiness.
This year the world will be tested with a potential threat of nuclear war. Could this be the beginnings of World War 3?
Hear you nations of the earth opposing the Lord of Glory.
“Oh kings and rulers of the earth listen while there is time – serve with reverent fear; rejoice with trembling. Fall down before His Son and kiss His feet before His anger is roused and you perish. I am warning you – His wrath will soon begin but oh the joys of those who trust him.”
You need to exercise your governmental authority more than ever with the high praises of God and the two-edged sword in your mouth – God’s Word.
The Lord says:
“Yes I am shaking the heavens and the earth as well – people who are in and out of churches. My judgment has fallen on My house for those who have made it a den of thieves, a marketplace. Repent or perish! –
“Lukewarm churches will be extinct for I spew them out of My mouth.”
“Pastoral leadership I have called you to feed My people with the truth of My Word and cause them to be the light and salt of the earth and walk in My ways, if not beware I will remove your candlesticks. I demand that My Son takes His rightful place in your assemblies, for My Church is not called to be a ‘play church’ but a ‘house of prayer. Therefore repent!”
A call to fast and pray in preparedness for His appearance; prepare, prepare, prepare!
The good news is that there is going to be a return of a number of backslidden because of the prayers of the saints.
The Lord welcomes the repentant and contrite of heart and exhorts the humble and prayerful.
The Lord says:
“If my people that are called by name shall humble themselves, gather in prayer seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven forgive their sins and heal their land.”
The Lord says:
“For My people who walk with Me and trust Me, you will be plenteous in goods distributing to the needy – even during seasons of scarcity.”
– There is going to be a number of debt cancellations
Further, in the coming future – I sense a number of global occurrences;
Extra-ordinary phenomena with much angelic activity, angelic appearances on the rise.
Extra-ordinary miracles will become naturally supernatural.
Translocations – reports of people appearing and disappearing from one place to another will be more apparent.
Heavenly portals opening at various places; shutting down of demonic ones.
Mumbai City becoming an avenue for portals; an influx of prophets – keep praying and decreeing.
Unexpected doors opening for people to minister in countries apart from their own.
Supernatural wealth transfer.
Open heavens at many geographical points including cities.
I see windmills in Gujarat, Orissa symbolizing winds of the Spirit doing a new spiritual work – nourishment from the Lord and revival fires.
I see United States 0f America acknowledging the sovereignty of God, though experiencing a tunneling – cocoon experience at the onset but eventually emerging like a magnificent multi-colored butterfly, a blazing trail, coalition…
Revival in Israel – New Year 5778, open door, new beginnings, manifest presence, manifest sons, double blessing…
New creative methodology for speeding up the spread of the gospel and collection of harvest; His ways are ingenious His methods are sure and certain!
The curse and decree against your destiny is being reversed by the ‘Courts of Heaven.’
A move towards intercontinental travel via passports – visas obsolete.
A whole island will submerge and other islands emerge.
Cancer-cure discovery, economical not astronomical.
A further tipping of the earth’s axis.
Snowfall at places where there was none.
Sowing in the past will bring a reaping of bountiful returns this year.
Skeletal remains of giants of bygone years unearthed.
Demise of the head of a large denominational Church causing church splits forming free churches – departure from organizational structures to form free churches.
Reports of children in prayer acquainted with God causing mighty results in Prayer.
A blessing extended to all the nations of the earth
God Almighty May your kingdom Come and Will be Done!
Jesus Christ Is Lord Now And Forever!
Prophet Rev Dr. Tony Mathias “Eagle Vision School 0f Prophets International” India
People may doubt the existence of angels, but God’s Word is clear about their existence. There are heavenly beings assigned to Believers waiting for them to give them daily assignments. Hebrews 1:14 says angels are “ministering” spirits sent to minister to the heirs of salvation. Who are these heirs? You and me! Angels are part of God’s covenant promise of divine protection for us who believe in Him; however, it takes faith to activate angelic power in your life. I am a witness to the realm of angels, one of them being, receiving a mandate from the Lord through the Angel 0f Prophets to begin the school of the prophets – which gave birth to the ‘Eagle Vision School 0f Prophets International.’
Psalms 103:20 says, “Bless the Lord, ye his angels that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his that do his pleasure.” One of the keys to releasing angels in your life is to speak the Word of God because they hearken to the voice of God’s Word. They will not work on your behalf until you speak the Word of God.
The Bible says in Psalms 91:11, 12 “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” God has made provision for your divine protection. It is part of your covenantal right as a Christian. All you have to do is: receive it by faith and instruct your angels on a daily basis.
In Daniel 3, God sent angels to rescue three young men from a fiery furnace—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—because they trusted God and refused to bow down to another god. Because of their faith in God and His protection, the eyes of their persecutors were opened, and the king of the land had no option but acknowledge the God of Israel. Daniel 3:28 God sends angels to protect His servants. Here are some keys to activate angelic protection.
TRUST: When you are truly committed, your trust is empowered. When you trust God despite prevailing troubling circumstances, you demonstrate that commitment to Him. And that kind of trust will enable you to release your angels with confidence Psalms 34:7. God, on the other hand, is committed to those who believe His Word Luke 1:45, Matthew 18:10. You have to believe God will protect you and angels will carry out this aspect of your salvation at your command.
SERVICE: Being in service to God and His Kingdom motivates angelic protection Psalms 91:11
PRAYER: Prayer will release angels on your behalf Matthew 26:51-53. Jesus said God would have sent twelve legions of angels to His rescue had He prayed for them.
NAME OF JESUS: Angels will hearken to us when we call upon His Name Hebrews 1:6
COMMAND (Instruct) – You have to instruct your angels and give them assignments before they can work for you. You will receive their assistance when you speak the Word of God Psalms 103:20 – for they hearken to the voice of His Word upon our lips.
Get your angels involved in your protection and walk free from all kinds of fear daily.
Psalm 51:16-17: ‘You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.’ In this scripture, David the psalmist tells us here is that firstly God is not interested in externals. Although sacrifices and offerings are necessary He does not want them to be first and foremost. If external practices of religion are all we have in our lives then God takes no pleasure in them. They are only superficial. He looks below the surface at the heart, motive, and attitude.
He tells us that the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: “A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”What is this ‘broken spirit’ that God desires? He does not want to crush us, beat us down or humiliate us. If we have a broken spirit it means we have come to the end of all our independence, self-will and self-righteousness; the end of our own resources, a place where we have no hope but in God; we turn to Him for His mercy and faithfulness, clinging only to Him not our own merits.
There are many experiences in life that can break our hearts such as disappointments, deaths, hurts, failures, and so on. At such times we may feel lonely and forsaken. The wonderful promise is that the Lord is close to those who are ‘broken hearted and crushed in their spirit.’ The Lord Jesus is close to us at such times. We must allow him to heal our broken hearts.
What does scripture tell us? Psalms 34:18: Isaiah 57:15 – “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted saves the crushed in spirit” Matthew 5:2. – “Blessed are those who mourn…” Psalms 147:3 – “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”The Lord heals our broken hearts and wants us to minister to others who are likewise experiencing the same. Whenever we experience brokenness in life, we are in a position to be used by the Lord to minister healing and restoration to the broken hearted. The wounds of Jesus minister healing into our lives and through our brokenness into the lives of others if we allow Him. Instead of mourning over heart breaking experiences, we must see the possibility of using them as a channel of healing to others with the compassion and love of Jesus.
Matthew 9:1-8. Jesus told the man to do what he could not; He obeyed, dared to do the impossible and received his miracle! We ought to be like him – after hearing God speak to us in our situation, dare to do the impossible!
Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today!
John Osteen, the Father of Joel Osteen, commanded the blind to see, deaf to hear and cripples to walk and they got their miracle! Why? – Like the paralytic who got healed, they dared to do the impossible – “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Luke 5:5. Jesus commanded Peter to let down his nets for a catch, he hesitated at first because he had caught nothing then he changed his mind: “Nevertheless at thy Word I will let down the net.”– He got results when dared to do the impossible.
People may have told you that you won’t get well. Doctors may have given up on you. And you may have given up on yourself in other areas too – saying: “Maybe I’m destined to remain single I will have to get used to it…I’ve been brought up in a poor family let me content to stay the way I am.”
You have the power to change these facts with the truth of God’s Word when you dare to do the impossible “Nevertheless at Thy Word I Will Act?” – Believing God’s Word is acting on it – James 2:20– “Faith without works—is dead.”
– Your choice determines your destiny
Saying you believe and not acting like you do is dead faith – Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible. Faith brings God in the picture. Act As If It Was Impossible to Fail – Be a History Maker and a World Shaker
Let us do an exercise:
Substitute the word ‘believe’ with ‘act.’
“And these signs shall follow them that ACT [believe] on my word.” Mark 16:17
“He that ACTS [believes] on my word, the works I do shall he do and…” John 14:12
“Now faith is!”…“Now is the appointed time the time of God’s favor!” Hebrews 11:1, 2 Corinthians 6:2
Faith is to be acted in the present. Acting on the Word brings it to pass now! Hoping keeps your blessings in the future.
Noah believed Hebrews 11.
How do we know?
He built the ark acting as though God told him the truth about the flood and safety.
The Paralytic believed.
How do we know?
Jesus said, “Arise!” – He acted like he could and found he was healed!
Has God spoken to you? – Find His word in your situation, act like it is true and receive your miracle.
There is a story told of an old lady in Texas badly afflicted with arthritis, could hardly walk. The preacher commanded the demon of arthritis to leave her and it did. But she seemed no better. She still hobbled – Three days later she came for prayers, the preacher told her to go back as she was healed. A little later people saw her running around. Why? – Because she dared to do the impossible. She acted on God’s Word and God kept His Word.
Many have lived for years with fears. The devil may have told that you cannot live a normal life, you will continue to be sick, you cannot get married; you cannot have children; you will always be poor– do not believe his lies, rebuke him! Act on what God spoke to you personally dare to do the impossible! “God always watches over His word to perform it.” Jeremiah 1:12
Impossible only means that you haven’t found the solution yet.
Another story – A dog had the habit of chasing cars. His master decided to chain him to the tree. Every time a car sped along he leaped but was limited by the collar and the chain. Finally, he gave up. When his master found he had improved he unbuckled the collar of the chain so he could easily move out of it. He was surprised to find that even though cars sped along his dog was unable to run after them because he still felt the collar and did not realize his master had loosened it.
Jesus came all the way to destroy the works of the devil and set the oppressed free. 1 John 3:8; Acts 10:38. He loosed everyone’s collar. Act like you are free do the impossible.
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”
A young boy of fifteen afflicted with club feet from birth, walked painfully on the side of his ankles for years. He heard the gospel preached about the Master coming to set the captives free. He believed, acted out his faith, dared to do the impossible. His feet went flat on the ground; he discovered Jesus had set him free!
Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail!
You can get anything you desire in life – Marriage Church Growth, Business or whatever
Three Famous 3Ds you ought to remember to do the impossible. Dream [thought]; Declare [word]; Do [act]
Here is an example of what singles desiring marriage could do.
DREAM…your marriage children home. Keep that picture vivid and alive in your imagination. Your marriage mate in love with you, a worshipper, financially well off, children successful walking in God’s ways! Conquer your past by focusing on your future – First dream your painting then paint your dream – How big would you dream if you knew you couldn’t fail?
DECLARE The Prophet may have said, “I see a door opening and the right man…ring on your finger.” God may have assured you of marriage by His word.
SAY [accordingly]: “My ‘divine select’ has come to present me with his wedding ring. Thanks be to God my matchmaker. I am no longer single but married to God’s choice, the joy of my life with a home of my own. We are one – no one can separate what God has joined 2 Chronicles 20:20, Genesis 2:18, Psalms 68:6, Matthew 19:6”.
DO…Put your faith in action. Show you believe God as though he told you the truth. For – “He who acts on God’s Word hath.” Buy a special ring, wedding veil, silver shoes, bow-tie, suit… as a reminder!
Be a history maker and a world shaker!
Be Grateful, for gratitude is a magnet for favor – In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Put this teaching in practice daily! Dare to do the impossible.
A little child had a vivid but frightful dream one night. She woke up weeping. Mama! Mama! Mama! It is very dark. The mother put on the lights and picked her up. Still, she cried out – it is very dark! Her mother consoled her and told her it was only a dream. She then asked her to explain herself – The little child said that she was playing in the garden in bright sunlight.
Suddenly she was overshadowed with a very large dark cloud that covered the sunlight totally. Her mother encouraged her with a song to let the light of Jesus shine through her and dispel the darkness.
…This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine…”
This world is in darkness brought by the Prince of darkness, the evil one who comes to kill, steal and destroy John 10 – sin, sickness, spiritual death, demonic activity negative thinking… in the neighborhood, families, and churches as well.
Those that are sensitive in the spirit can sense heaviness or lightness in the atmosphere amidst people or homes. People do carry that kind of atmosphere – negative, positive or in-between. Homes, towns, villages, cities carry atmospheres.
A Church can be vibrant or passive – depending on the atmosphere the pastor and congregation carry. No spray, scent, orderliness, screen exhibits or even thought-provoking sermons or organization can change the spiritual atmosphere – but there is good news. Dull heavy atmospheres can be changed! As a glory carrier, you can bring in the holy presence of God – that changes lives and atmospheres.
How will you do that? Isaiah 60:1 “Arise shine for your light has come!” – How will you let the light of God within you shine? – Be a moving light not static!
Encourage, exhort, comfort and build.
Preach the gospel the good news to all around at every opportunity you get, it will change the atmosphere. Romans 1:16; John 6:63 – God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.. You were once darkness, now you are light…Live as children of light.’ Ephesians 5:8.
You have power to turn on the light.
Why sit in darkness? – You have power to turn on the light and see darkness flee. Be conscious of God’s presence all the time with you –read & speak the word. Be an oracle, a spokesman for God.
Jesus is the light and the Word of God is light. You are a child of the light…When you focus on Jesus and His Word, darkness will flee.
The city of Samaria, bound in deception and sorcery, heard the Gospel and there was joy in the city. Acts 8:8
Decree prophetic words of blessing – Many love to be doomsday prophets, they like to prophesy a critical atmosphere instead of an encouraging atmosphere. They say they have discerning of spirits. But all you find is a ‘fault-finding-ministry.’ The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.’ Proverbs 18:21 – You create your atmosphere with your words – Be a New Testament Prophet!
You need to decree prophetic life-giving words that would transform the atmosphere. Declare what the Lord is doing instead of what the enemy is doing.
Genesis 1 tells us that the earth atmosphere was dark and empty. God then spoke a ‘let there be’ word, the atmosphere changed and there was – Light and Life.
Jesus said, ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ John 10:10. When we speak in agreement with what Father is speaking, creative power is released to fulfill His plans. No word from God will ever fail. Luke 1:37
There will be a shift in the atmosphere when we declare the goodness and purposes of God. When we decree blessing over people, situations and over ourselves there will be a life-giving impact. Even in the natural watch how situations change when you decree blessings on someone saying – You are blessed and highly favored; May you experience a big breakthrough in your business and so on. You need to declare what the Lord is doing instead of what the enemy is doing
We ought to learn to pray with praise and thanksgiving 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6
Let the people praise thee O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase and God even our own God shall bless us…and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him. Psalms 67:5-7
What will you do?
You can shift the atmosphere from darkness to light so that there is joy in the world around you. All you have to do is…‘‘This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine…”
Let Us Pray Father may I be a prophetic voice to the Church and to the Nations declaring your goodness and purposes, prophesying ‘atmosphere–transforming’ life changing words. May I let Your light shine through me that people may see the good works I do and praise and glorify You! In Jesus’ Name!
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
Both words ‘Arise’ and ‘Shine’ indicate a positive change in line with Jeremiah’s prophetic word – “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” [Jeremiah 1:5; 3 John 2]
Acts 12 Peter’s chains fell off prison doors opened when the Angel walked in…
Jesus is alive, He rose from the dead. If you received Him and are born-again, He is the light that shines within you. You may be overwhelmed, feel imprisoned with problems and difficulties, but turn your eyes upon Jesus who lives within you and your face will shine. You certainly will not be put to shame. Psalms 34:5.
Since Jesus came into my heart, Floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll
Acts 14 When Paul said to the impotent man “Arise!” he leaped and walked. John 5:7-8 A sick impotent man was healed by Jesus at the Pool of Bethesda. The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me – Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. – “It’s not whether you get knocked down it’s whether you get up.”
Your prison doors were opened, your chains fell off the day Jesus walked in. Though your finance, business, marriage or health may be down, there is hope, for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever Hebrews 13:8. And you can be assured that the plans He has for you are for good and not evil, to give you a wonderful future.
Trust in the Lord and not in your own understanding; acknowledge Him and He will direct your path into that glorious future He has for you.
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
Therefore fix your gaze on Lord Jesus and his Word, come out of those prisons and be blessed. All you need to do is believe and declare it! Tell others they are free too! “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
Light up your world for Jesus said – You are the light of the world Matthew 5:14-15. And we know that our light is from His light.
If you traveled by air at night, you would see darkness through the window. But as the plane descends to land, you would see flickers of light of cars and houses. One light can make a difference in a dark world. No wonder Jesus said you are like the city on a hill which cannot be hidden. Child of God you cannot be hidden. Your light is shining. Let it shine brightly. Why? – Because “Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your radiance.” Isaiah 60:3. Unbelievers, influential people, celebrities will come to you because God’s glory is shining through you. You will draw them to Jesus! So light up your world.
Shine, Jesus, shine Fill this land with the Father’s glory Send forth Your Word, Lord And let there be light
Do the works of Jesus, for Jesus said: “…he who believes in me the works I do he will do and greater works too. And he will do anything you ask [demand] in his Name. John 14:12-14. When we use Jesus’ Name, He Himself does the work. Peter demanded the cripple at the temple to be healed in Jesus’ Name and he got healed Acts 3. He was, in fact, demanding the devil to leave him. All power and authority are in Jesus’ Name.
You as God’s child are valuable. You as a believer have a ministry to Encourage; Exhort; Comfort; Build; Reconcile; Deliver; Heal by the laying on of hands.
Say: The Name of Jesus belongs to me. Whatsoever I demand in His Name according to His Word He will do it. So in the Name of Jesus I will Encourage, Exhort, Comfort, Build, Reconcile, Deliver and Heal by the laying on of hands. I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.
I read a beautiful example of Kindness which I would like to narrate.
“Leaving a store, I returned to my car only to find I had locked my keys and cell phone inside. A teenager riding his bike saw me kick a tire and say a few choice words.
“What’s wrong? He asked – I explained my situation.
“I said even if I could call my wife she can’t bring me her car key since it’s our only car.”
He handed me his cell phone – “Call your wife tell her I’m coming to get her key.”
“Well, that’s seven miles round trip” I replied
“Don’t worry about it” he said.
An hour later, he returned with the key. I offered him money, but he refused.
He said let’s just say I needed the exercise”
What was that? – Kindness!
The Fruit of the Spirit is our testimony before men that we are spiritual beings it is the proof of spiritual maturity. God expects His fruit to manifest in all seasons. The fruit is God-given and God driven. The attitude of a believer towards his neighbor must manifest the fruit of the Spirit even in tough times. Tough times, by the way, do not last, tough people do.
Kindness is a lifestyle – the medium through which the love of Jesus becomes tangible. Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and blind can see.
A primary school said this – Kindness is like a garden, kind thoughts are roots, kind words are blossoms kind deeds are fruits.
Our world is full of people who insult those around them, don’t open doors for old people and people with groceries, laugh at the misfortunes of others and try to show their superiority by dragging others down. – Yet there are also many people who let others go ahead of them in line, compliment those around them, hurry to open doors for people, sympathize with others’ in their misfortune and show willingness to serve others.
It’s easy to pick out the people who are showing kindness!
Proverbs 20:28 “Mercy and truth preserve the king, and by loving kindness he upholds his throne” – That is the kind of quality God wants of a leader.
What is kindness?
It is a mind-set well described in Philippians 2:3-4: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for that of others.”
Kindness is humbly giving of ourselves in love and mercy to others who may not be able to give us anything back, who sometimes don’t deserve it, and who frequently don’t thank us for it. It is a mindset that leads us to do good to others
Why does God want us to demonstrate kindness? Ephesians 4:31-32
We are tools to extend God’s loving kindness and mercy and compassion to the world. We are His family so we are to become like Him!
How do we demonstrate more kindness?
Sometimes it’s the little things that mean a lot. For example:
Complimenting others to help brighten their day
Interacting wisely with strangers instead of by-passing them – smiling, helping…
Talk with people who appear lonely
Being kind and even changing routine if possible to make time for others
Being a good giver
Grab every opportunity you get to be kind – they often come around several times a day.
Kindness is not a selfish attempt to get something for ourselves. It is a show of mercy and love to other human beings with no thought of reward.
The Holy Spirit is waiting to release this fruit of kindness through us.
Let us allow Him to help us demonstrate kindness to others.
May we all develop the same type of love and kindness God has for us
Let us pray:
Holy Spirit, I have understood that kindness is Your fruit which You desire to manifest through me. You are my helper – help me to grab every opportunity I get to show kindness and make it my lifestyle. In Jesus’ Name!
How would you feel if someone broke his promise to you? How would the other feel if you did the same? How would God feel if you broke your promise to Him? – Even the world does not respect people who break promises.
Jeremiah 1:12. God always keeps His Word. So we too should.
Because…“As He is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17. God hears every promise we make and He will hold us accountable for our promises Luke 12:3. Matthew 12:36.
Many Christians do not walk with honesty and integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching. For example: If someone walked out of a store with an article and forgot to pay for it, he should go back and pay for it if he is a person of integrity. – God honors the man who keeps his word. Psalms 12:2-4.
Here are some forms of lying God hates! – You say you will come to church on time and reach late or don’t show up. You say, I’ll meet you at the station at a certain time and you don’t show up. You tell your neighbor you stopped by to get some sugar, but the reason was to see the visitors in her home. You got the sugar and saw the visitors too! Telling a person a partial truth is a lie.
“I will call you back tomorrow.” – You don’t call back at the appointed time or call much later date with excuses – You lied. God hates it! – A broken promise is a sin judged by the Lord. Numbers 30:1-2: Leviticus 27:9; Ecclesiastes 5:4; Matthew 5:33-37.
It amounts to a broken trust and relationship. How can we ever be trusted if we don’t keep our word? God expects us to keep our word to the “best of our ability.”
If God doesn’t keep His word He is no good! If we don’t keep our word, we are no good! You are as good or as bad as your word. You are identified by your words! When people of the world look at you as a Christian do they find the difference?
Broken promises hurt and amount to lying. Repent!
Jesus always kept His Word. God still keeps His Word and is faithful to keep every promise He makes in the Bible. That is why He is reliable and we can trust Him. We are called to be like Him. -Lying causes hurt, disappointment, and disharmony in the body of Christ. It makes people lose respect, creates conflicts destroys relationships.
Matthew 5:37 – If you keep your word, people will respect you and follow your lead.
Tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If you value your word, you will be careful to keep it. When circumstances out of control – apologize, make facts known in advance.
Two main reasons we lie are ‘Fear’ of consequences; and ‘Pride,’ man’s approval. What others think of us?
Are Christians guilty of lying? – Very much!
What happens when people make it a habit to lie? Lake of Fire Revelation 21:8.
Is there hope? Yes! Repent!
Ask God to help you keep your word; be determined to keep your word. When circumstances are out of control – apologize, make facts known in advance.
Conclusion: – God always keeps His Word so must we. Breaking our promise to God or to another would amount to broken trust and relationship. It makes people lose respect, creates conflicts and destroys relationships. You are as good as your Word. Two main reasons we lie are ‘Fear’ of consequences; and ‘Pride,’ man’s approval. – What others think of us?
Ask God to help you keep your word; be determined to keep your word. When circumstances out of control – apologize, make facts known in advance.
Let us pray – Father, forgive me for lying at times. Help me never to break my promises to You and to others. Help me to keep my word. And whenever I am unable to, apologize and make the facts known in advance. In Jesus Name!
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