LET OUR WALK MATCH OUR TALK — PROPHET TONY MATHIAS

Someone said – I’m doing pretty good under the circumstances.

Another said: – “I believe circumstances are like the mattress of a bed. You’re supposed to be over not under.” – Yes, we live in an age of adversity with all kinds of circumstances swirling around disturbing and depressing.

Job said: “Man born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.” Job 14: 1

Jesus said: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Only Jesus can turn the tide and calm the angry sea and make a way where there is no way! John 16: 33

Paul said amidst his trials, negative situations, adversity said: ‘…thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ.’ 2 Corinthians 2: 14

Be encouraged we shall prevail and overcome. For He has called us heirs, joint-heirs and overcomers.

Judgment has begun with the house of the Lord!
Jesus is coming soon are we ready?

Children, let us not love with words but with action and truth
1 John 3: 18

Talk is cheap: “Actions speak louder than words.” ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

Those in Leadership who seek minimum accountability for themselves and demand accountability from others and get away with it. ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

Those in Leadership who see almost everyone else as inferior to themselves criticizing other leaders while building their own-selves up. ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

Those in Leadership who show favouritism to a favoured few marginalizing the rest – ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

Those in Leadership who lie, saying one thing to some, but different things to others. – ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

Those in Leadership who seek to dismiss or marginalize people seeing them as projects, not God’s people that need mentoring and developing. Using them as a means to their ends, – ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

Those in Leadership who are manipulative, lack transparency to get their way – who marginalize and victimize those that disagree with them ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

Those in Leadership who surround themselves with ‘yes men.’ ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

Those in Leadership who pile burdens on people’s shoulders and won’t lift a finger to help. Matthew 23: 14– ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 1 John 4: 20
‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

Let us show our love to our family, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ by the way we live and what we do for each other – ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

Many make promises but seldom keep them. God always keeps His Word so should we. Jeremiah 1: 12. He holds us accountable for breaking or promises
‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

Many Christians do not walk with honesty and integrity doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching. ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

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.

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 say: I will call you back tomorrow.” – You don’t call back or call much later with excuses – You lied!

Broken promises lead to broken trust, broken relationships.

A broken promise is a sin! God hates it!

How can you be trusted if you don’t keep your word? ‘Let Our Walk Match Our Talk.’

If God doesn’t keep his word He is no good! But He always keeps his word.

If you 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?
If you keep your word people will respect you and follow your lead. Matthew 5: 37

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.

Let me end with this scriptural reference:
Psalm 15: 2-6

He who walks with integrity and strength of character, and works righteousness, and speaks and holds truth in his heart.

He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbour, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

In his eyes an evil person is despised; But he honours those who fear the LORD He keeps his word even to his own disadvantage and does not change it for his own benefit]; He does not put out his money at interest [to a fellow Israelite],
And does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

So help us, dear God, to walk in integrity and in the fear of You.

Let Our Walk Match Our Talk in Jesus’ Name!

IS YOUR ROOM BIG ENOUGH FOR BLESSING? — PROPHET TONY MATHIAS

“Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep {me} from harm that {it} may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4: 10

Many are familiar with the prayer of ‘Jabez.’ They practice it but are unsuccessful since they have not understood the principle behind it. They need to practice the principle.

And what is the principle? – Preparation Precedes Blessing.

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Dig ditches all over this dry stream bed. Even though you will not see any rain or wind, this stream bed will be filled with water, and you, and your livestock and your pack animals will have plenty to drink”…The next morning at the time of the morning sacrifice water came flowing from the direction of Edom and covered the ground. 2 Kings 3: 16-17, 20

– No water until the ditches were dug!

Then he said: “Go to your neighbours and borrow as many empty jars as you can,” Elisha told her. Then you and your sons go into the house, close the door, and start pouring oil into the jars. Set each one aside as soon as it is full…When they had filled all the jars, she asked if there were any more, “That was the last one,” one of her sons answered. And the olive oil stopped flowing. 2 Kings 4: 3-4, 6

– No multiplication of oil, until the vessels were gathered!

From 1 Chronicles 4: 10 we can glean two important ingredients to a supernatural life of abundance –‘Asking and Ability.’ We need to petition (ask) God for His blessing and avail of His ability (grace) to handle them just like Jabez did for he knew he was unable to handle them in the natural and God granted him his request.

God blesses those who have prepared themselves to be blessed. Preparing for your blessings speaks of your faith-in-action. God never gives you something you are not ready for. You may have asked God to pour out abundant blessing but find you only have a cup full. Do you have the capacity to handle or properly manage those blessings? If God gave you what you asked for how much of it would be wasted? You can’t build a barn big enough to hold God blessings. Only God knows the measure and dependability of that container needed to possess His blessings and integrity. And you are that container. On the other hand, many may be preparing to be blessed to be a blessing but have forgotten God in their preparation.

God told Abraham that He was going to multiply and bless him abundantly and for that to happen God told him to move away from his family to a place He would show him. The reason why he had to move was to get rid of pagan influences and make room for God’s blessing. God blessed Abraham but also gave him the means and ability to
possess and care for his blessing.

Have you asked God for anything in life? Do you believe He will answer you? Have you made sufficient preparation in line with your request including Him in your preparations?

Believe God will bless you. Be prepared for your blessing before they manifest.

STIR UP YOUR GIFT — Prophet Tony Mathias

2 Timothy 1: 6. “…I remind you to stir up the gift of God in you.”
God gave you a gift. You need to discover it and stir it up. No one else can do it for you. You must do it yourself.

Proverbs 17: 8. “A gift is like a precious stone in the eyes of the one who has it – wherever it turns it prospers.”

When you use your gift it will prosper you.

Many work for money which is an inferior reason. They need to work for the vision within them. Why be jealous of the gifts of others, stir up your own.

God used people who may be termed as ‘old eagles’ – Abraham & Sarah; Elizabeth & Zechariah; Wigglesworth beyond their retirement age – they were ‘retired and re-fired.’

You stir up your gift by discovering it, developing it and using it. Your gift will make you young again brimming with vitality and health. You will cease talking about dying and start talking about living.

Ecclesiastes 9: 10. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…”

Proverbs 18:16. “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.”

God intended you to be super-normal not get lost in the crowd. Among 6 billion on this planet earth no two individuals are alike. God created all originals, but we continue to be imitators, copying others trying to fit in and not stand-out. But do not forget you are unique God’s workmanship! – So be yourself! Be original! Live life to the full till there is nothing left for you to do because you have become all you were created to be, done all you were designed to do; given all you were sent to give. Be satisfied with nothing less than your best.

John 4: 34. “My food,” said Jesus “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

God dreamed about you. He put potential and ability within you to fulfil that dream. Many are aware of this but limited by past fears and negative influences. You alone are responsible to use what God has put in you. Make sure you complete your assignment when you leave the earth.

Deuteronomy 33: 11-12. “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions. The Lord alone leads you.”

2 Corinthians 8: 11. “Now finish the work so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it according to your means.”

We cannot become what we were born to be remaining what we are. Just like the mother eagle removes the comforts of her feathery nest to disturb her young eaglets into flying so our creator moves us beyond our comfort zones and forces us to fly. An eagle that does not fly does not fulfil its purpose. Your life will lack purpose and focus until you discover your wings [gifts] develop and use them.

Prophet Elijah in 1 Kings confronted the prophets of baal to prove whether baal or Jehovah was the true God. After much prayer and dancing the prophets of baal had no results. Then Elijah called on the Lord God and fire fell and consumed the sacrifice. He then commanded the people to kill the prophets of baal and it was done. Queen Jezebel a worshipper of baal heard the news and sent a life-threatening message to Elijah. He was now on the run with great fear wanting to die but God intervened and showed Elijah that there was much more left to be done before his full potential and purpose was maximized. If Elijah died when he wanted to quit, his successor Elisha who performed twice the miracles as Elijah would not have discovered his purpose and fulfilled his potential.

Can you imagine what the world would have lost if you were not born? What the world would lack if you failed to live out your potential? – Would you commit the music, songs, books, videos, inventions, cures, discoveries…to your grave? Ponder over how you can bless others while you are alive.

Stir up the gift of God in you. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Be yourself! Be original. Complete your assignment!

THE CALL

What on earth am I here for? Have you ever asked this question? It’s one of the greatest questions you could ever ask. It could put you on the path to finding God’s Will for your life. It will bring you great joy once you find and accomplish it. And a greater joy to hear the Master say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant…”

In the story of Mary and Martha, the Lord commends Mary for having found it.
Luke10: 42. “And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Paul found and accomplished it too.
Galatians 1: 15-16. “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles…”

2 Timothy 4: 6-7. “…the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Lord Jesus found and finished the work his Father gave him to do.

Hebrews 10: 7. ‘Behold, I have come—In the volume of the book it is written of Me—to do Your will, O God.”

Luke 4: 18. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind; to set at liberty those who are oppressed…”

John 4: 34. “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.

John 9: 4. “I must work the works of Him who sent Me…”

John 17: 4. “I have glorified You on earth. I have finished the work You gave me… “

John 19: 30. “It is finished!”

What does God want me to do?

Believe in Jesus and bear fruit.
John 6: 28-29. Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

John 15: 8. “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

Have you heard some say, “It’s my life, I’ll live it the way I want to!”
Where is God in it? Is Jesus Lord of my life? – God called us to finish our assignment and spend eternity with him.

There are two aspects of your call, one eternal and one temporal.
In the eternal aspect you are called to spend eternity with him, and your testing ground is here on earth where you relate in love with him and his family, and 1 Corinthians 13 is the standard.

In the temporal aspect, you don’t need stars to foretell or a fortune-teller which are both an abomination in God’s sight. What we need is His Word and promises. You are special. He will guide and prepare you according to His Word.

Jeremiah 29: 11. “I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster plans to give you a future filled with hope.”

Psalms 32: 8. The LORD says, “I will instruct you. I will teach you the way that you should go. I will advise you as my eyes watch over you.”

We need to find His blueprint, plan, meditate on it and obey it the way He tells you to, by spending much time with Him and with His Word.

He has given us His Spirit to show us things to come.
John 16: 13. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

Proverbs 15: 22. He has given us godly counsellors in tune with him to assist in guiding us.

Finally, trust the Lord to complete the work he began in you.

Philippians 1: 6. “…He who has begun a good work in you will complete it…”

AWAKEN YOUR PROPHETIC DESTINY — Prophet Tony Mathias

You may be holding on to prophetic words decreed over your life over the years that have still not come to pass.

You need to know how to make them come true.

Prophetic words are ‘Keys.’

They could also be called Keys of Revelation, Keys of the Kingdom or Rhema. They all mean the same thing. Matthew 16: 17-19.

When God says something about you, or you receive a prophetic word through a prophet, dream, reading of scriptures, television broadcast he is giving you a ‘prophetic key’ to unlock heaven and release your destiny.

In fact, God builds his Kingdom, his Church on revelation.

Simon Peter received a ‘Prophetic Key’ from heaven when Jesus asked his disciples a personal question: “Who do you say I am?”

He replied: “You are the Messiah the Son of the living God” Matthew 16: 15.

When Jesus heard this He told him of four things.

1. God the Father had revealed this truth to him.
2. His name would be called Peter, ‘a rock’ which means revelation.
3. Jesus would build his Church on revelation.
4. He would give him Keys of the Kingdom.

This prophetic word needs to be birthed. If it is not birthed it will not come to pass. Did Peter birth this prophetic word given to him? Yes, he did. How do we know?

He received the Father’s revelation; he changed his name to Peter in obedience; he received further prophetic keys of revelation that prompted him to write:

2 Peter 1: 19. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; to which you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place…”

To make prophetic words come to pass you need to take four steps.

A. “Receive the Prophetic Word” 2 Chronicles 20: 20.
“…Believe in the Lord and you will be established; Believe his prophets and you will succeed.” – You receive only when you believe it and speak it forth as Peter did! God builds his Kingdom through you through prophetic words.

B. Send Out Warrior Angels to War Psalms 34: 7; Psalms 103: 20; Jeremiah 1: 10.
On your behalf in the Name of the Lord with specific instructions regarding the word you have received.

C. Bind the Enemy – Matthew 18: 18.
Bind, pull-down and uproot whatever opposes the fulfilment of the word you received.

D. Loose or Release Your Prophetic Destiny Psalms 39: 3.
Daniel birthed God’s Prophetic Word given to him while reading the Book of Jeremiah – to release the Babylonian captives. He meditated, prayed and declared this word. In fact, Christianity is called Our Great Confession.

So Release Your Prophetic Destiny With These Four Vital Steps in Faith.

RESURRECTION POWER (RESURRECTION DAY SERMON) — Prophet Tony Mathias

Hello Church – This is Prophet Tony and also Senior Pastor of Kingdom Seekers International Mumbai India. I am going to speak to you today Resurrection Sunday April 12, 2020 – my topic Resurrection Power appropriate for this day.

Hallelujah, Jesus is Alive!
Death has lost its victory
And the grave has been denied
Jesus lives forever,
He’s Alive! He’s Alive!
He’s the Alpha and Omega
The first and last is He
The Curse of sin is broken
And we have perfect liberty
The Lamb of God has risen
He’s Alive! He’s Alive!
Jesus is Alive!

He is the one who died to cleanse us and clear our record of all sin, then sat down in the place of highest honour beside the Great God Of Heaven.

Someone said:
Christianity is based on the law of forgiveness and an empty tomb – How True!

Calvary expresses the ‘Love of God,’
Resurrection explains the ‘Power of God.’

Resurrection is the greatest event that draws the line between Christianity and all other Religions.

Jesus rose from the dead; His tomb is empty. Hallelujah!

Christianity is our Great Confession.
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Christ Jesus the Apostle and High Priest of our Confession. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrew 3: 1; 4: 16.
“That I may know Him and the power of His Resurrection!” Paul writes in Philippians 3:10.

There are four important interconnects that believers should take note of:

  1. Calvary
  2. Resurrection
  3. Power 0f the Resurrection
  4. Return

CALVARY – The most completed historical event depicting the ‘death of Jesus’ on Calvary’s Cross – God left nothing undone at Calvary by the substitutionary death of Jesus His Son.

  1. Curse was broken Galatians 3: 13
  2. Sins washed away by His blood 1 John 1: 7
  3. Power of sin broken Romans 6: 10
  4. Sickness borne 1 Peter 2: 24
  5. Poverty annulled 2 Corinthians 8: 9
  6. Abundant life given John 10: 10

RESURRECTION

  • Jesus rose from the dead on the 3rd day
  • Defeated Satan (hell and the grave, the empty tomb proves it)
  • Lives forever 2 Corinthians 5: 15

No other religion has a resurrection!

RETURN
The disciples gazed at his ascension while He promised He would return
The angel reassured them He would come back again Acts 1: 1
Jesus assured us He would return and take us to our heavenly home.
The Prophets and Sons of the Prophets are busy heralding His return.

POWER OF THE RESURRECTION
Now what are at a time between the ‘Resurrection and Return’ of Jesus – what are we supposed to do?
‘Know Him and Show’ Him to the world.

How? – By the Power of the Resurrection – The Holy Ghost Power – The same Holy Ghost who brought Jesus into the womb of Mary, raised him from the dead, and that power and person of the Holy Spirit dwells in us believers –
“He is able to do exceeding…Ephesians 3: 20

“Call those things that are not as though they already were” Romans 4: 17
We have ‘Resurrection Power’ to cancel and expel this virus and its effects from planet earth and much more… “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8: 19 – through the power of ‘praise and worship’, ‘intercession,’ ‘groaning’ and ‘decree’ and this virus shall cease to exist. It is time!
Something worth remembering!

Prophet Elisha the great miracle worker in 2 Kings worked miracles when he was alive and the unfading power after his death even raised one from the dead.
Elisha was in constant touch with God and that is why he was always able to bring life out of dead situations wherever he went
And it was the same with Apostle Paul where people came to him with their problems and needs.

What about you and the Resurrection Power in you?
Do you feel or sense it?
Are you in constant touch with the Lord and His Word?

Only then can you expect Him to use you increasingly and effectively!
And we can do nothing except with the Holy Spirit who came down with power after the resurrection. – Didn’t he say?

Acts 1: 8. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

I tell you that the time of the ‘Lone-Rangers’ is over – DON’T resurrect them, DON’T hero-worship them! although you must honour and esteem them for labouring in God’s Kingdom, and practice godly principles you learned from them. Don’t go back, but go forward into your excellent prophetic future!

Revelations 22: 9. But he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book. Worship only God!”

The God of the now, expects you to move with power because you’ve got the Holy Ghost on the inside of you and scriptures beside you, with God’s Generals behind you to assist you since you know you belong to Jesus! God does everything beautiful in His time! Ecclesiastes 3

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2: 14.
It’s a new day, it’s a new hour, it’s a new visitation in a brand new way – Revealing the Father exalting the Son, God’s Holy Spirit is making us one!

Rick Joyner says:
The kingdom of God is coming, and it cannot be stopped or slowed, but it can be hastened! We are told that we should be “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God. 2 Peter 3: 12.
What could we do to help bring His kingdom faster? We can do this by building our lives on His kingdom now and preaching the good news of His kingdom everywhere we go.

I believe the Tsunami wave of revival the greatest move of God of all time is breaking upon us globally despite the corona-viral pandemic and its horrors, from Christians in retreat to Christians in advancement! – The prophets and the sons of prophets are giving a wake-up call for preparing the bride for the soon coming return of – the heavenly bridegroom.

The heavenly Bridegroom soon will come,
To claim His bride, and take her home,
To dwell with Him on high.

Trim your lamps and be ready; for the Bridegroom’s nigh.
The Bridegroom comes, let no man doubt;
Alas, for those whose lamps are out!
They’ll find no oil to buy.

Who ready are shall enter in;
The marriage feast will then begin;
And every tear be dry.

The righteous, saved forevermore;
Their God shall ceaselessly adore,
In bliss beyond the sky.

O sinner! ere it be too late;
Flee now to mercy’s open gate,
And join Christ’s waiting band.
(Echoes Of Grace Hymn book)

GOOD FRIDAY: CROWNED OR CRUCIFIED?

His Name is not Henry! – His Name is not Henry! His Name is Jesus!

Story told by Dr. Larry Lea

– He ran around the psychiatric ward of a hospital, depressed and bewildered with a collection of crucifixes in his hand gazing at the Latin inscription INRI, with the sisters close at heels – his muttering was amplified for all to hear; “His Name is not Henry His Name is Jesus.” – He fell on his knees weeping saying Jesus! Jesus! Merciful Jesus! over and over again.

Several days later he heard an inner voice speak to his spirit – “Now you are My son you will take this message to this generation You will be My mouth and My minister – then the voice said get up and go home.” – He says Jesus came through the locked doors and barred windows walked right into his heart placed a call upon his life to serve his generation.

This is the testimony of Dr. Larry Lea, mega-church founder – author of the book, “Could You Not Tarry One Hour” – the Book that changed the prayer life of multitudes and my life as well resulting in the printing of my first book, “Prayer Mantle.”

How true! – He who calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved, healed, delivered!

INRI – Jesus Of Nazareth King Of the Jews – Hail King Of the Jews!

In the cold, black night of Christ’s betrayal, His disciples could not tarry one hour with Him in prayer. In the Garden of Gethsemane, while Jesus earnestly prayed in such agony of spirit that His sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground, His disciples, oblivious of the eternity-shaping events about to transpire, slept. Jesus, heavy and sorrowful in spirit, awakened His sleeping disciples and asked:

‘Could ye not watch with me one hour?’

Jesus was flogged, spat upon, insulted; The soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee and mocked him, saying ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’

Though Jesus was sinless He was led to His crucifixion – nailed to the cross after he had been condemned to death. Through His crown of thorns, Jesus removed from our foreheads, the curse and badge of sin, and brought us blessings of God.

Jesus was assassinated! We call it Good Friday because of the good results.

Dying, He destroyed our death, and rising He restored our life.

And here is another so-called king that so many are talking about globally, Corona-Virus – Corona means crown in Greek and Latin. They mocked Jesus with a Crown of Thorns in the sight of people, He was crucified, died on the cross, was buried and rose again. A crown of global-mockery just before the return of Jesus, the King of Glory.

This virus shall never be crowned with its false crown and false robe – as the world unites in its expulsion.  And there shall be an exit of this virus soon as the people continue to intercede, thank, praise and worship the living God – the strategy of God!

Panic-driven, fearmongering, pandemic pandemonium of massacre, distancing, lockdowns, indescribable suffering. We know that governments of the world, doctors, nurses, hospitals, police-force and others in positions of responsibility and authority are doing their best to combat and eradicate this dreadful virus. This is a wake-up call to pray and praise – stand in the gap – a historical repeat of the sleeping disciples!

Mirrored in this tragic scene is the plight of the church today. Jesus, our Intercessor High Priest, is praying; His disciples are sleeping; It would be difficult to list failures, defeats, broken relationships, broken homes, tragedies and now this virus that could have been averted if believers prayed. However it is not too late!

2 Chronicles 7: 14: If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – It would be impossible to measure the destruction that could have been turned and the judgment averted if only God’s people took time to pray – God’s people are responsible!

But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! In these days there is a return of many of God’s people, backslidden as well, unbelievers, the world at large crying out for God’s help against this pandemic with its aura of horror, deaths and global- suffering. Will He not hear? –Yes He the God who answers prayer!

Church of the living God cheer up! We shall rise triumphantly!

Isaiah 62: 3-4. “You will also be a crown of beauty in Yahweh’s hand and a royal diadem in your God’s hand. You will not be called forsaken anymore, nor will your land be called desolate anymore…”

I am reminded of a beautiful song extolling the Lord:

Father in heaven how we love you; We lift your name in all the earth; May your kingdom be established in our praises; As your people declare your mighty works.

Blessed be the Lord, God Almighty; Who was and is and is to come; Blessed be the Lord, God Almighty; Who reigns forever more

A Word to the Church – Many attend Lenten services; see movies on Good Friday like ‘Passion of Christ’ dealing with His sufferings. That is fine but not good enough. It will do us good when we meditate on His suffering and imitate him. Then we become like Him in His death.; – He was silent Isaiah 53: 7; Matthew 27: 12-13. Many are quick to retaliate, hit back or take revenge at the right moment.

Philippians 3:10-11. “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.”

Paul spoke of two interconnects: “Resurrection Power & Suffering.”

Resurrection powermakes dead situations alive

Sufferingis the key to release that power.

Paul wanted to become like Jesus in his death.

Now we may have suffered but do we look like Christ in His suffering?

Do others see it?  – If we “become like Him” in His suffering, we will become like Him in His resurrection power.

“Father, forgive them, they do not know what they do.”

“Pastor it is so hard to forgive! – God’s love nature in a born-again helps forgive!

“Pastor, people are not sorry for what they did to me.”

Jesus forgave without waiting for others to repent.

He forgave the Sanhedrin, Scribes, Pharisees, Pilate – He forgave all.

He didn’t tell the crowd to repent for yelling ‘Crucify him’ then He would forgive them.

He didn’t tell the soldiers to repent and change their lives then He would forgive.

Forgiveness has the quality of love as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13.

Love does not demand its own way,

Love does not hold grudges;

Love is not irritable or touchy

Love hardly notices when others do it wrong;

We have all missed it!

If we are bitter, unforgiving, can we say we’re suffering with Christ living a resurrected life?

 Simon Carried the Cross.”

Jesus was humble He allowed Simon to carry his cross.

You hear of addicts often turning away from help:

“Leave me alone, I can stop when I want to.”

We need “Simons” to help us.


The Women wept for Jesus

He said to them “Do not weep for me.”

Many try tears;

Many suffer with self-pity to be noticed. Self-pity is pride. It blocks God’s help or grace.

“Can’t people see what I am going through?” – They want applause for suffering endured.

That was not how Christ suffered – He had no self-pity. He was humble so should we!

Repentance and Confession of sins are seldom spoken of;

We need to return to this Truth. God demands both.

We know of sins mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21 – those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Let us ask the Holy Spirit to expose areas of sin in us and then repent!

Richard Lovelace – “Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.”

Many are enclosed in their self-made prisons – Jesus set them free but they like to remain within with prison doors open – Jesus had to die this shameful death to be our perfect substitute in all areas of life

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross;
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best;
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross; Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross; And exchange it someday for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world;  Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above; To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine; A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died; To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true; Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away; Where His glory forever I’ll share.

Please read Isaiah 53.

There may be someone reading this message who has never been able to connect with God and wants to, here are three simple steps to God:

God loves you and He wants you to be His child John 3: 16; John 1: 12

God sent His One and Only Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins. He lived a sinless life, died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins and rose from the dead.

He offers you the gift to live with Him forever in heaven.

If you believe this with your heart you can take the third step – accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord Romans 5: 8; John 14: 6

Say this prayer aloud:

Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. You died on the cross for my sins. And rose again from the dead. I repent and turn away from my sinful life and turn to you

Lord Jesus Christ come into my heart, I make you my Saviour and Lord.

Thank you for saving me, forgiving me and giving me eternal life.

Almighty God I thank you for making me your child. I will serve you all the days of my life.

God Bess You All.

THE SECRET PLACE OF PRAYER — Prophet Tony Mathias

“When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6: 6

Where is this secret place of prayer?
In – the shadow of the Almighty Psalms 91: 1; heavenly places Ephesians 2: 6; God’s presence. Psalms 31: 20

For no particular earthly reason, you may find yourself praying for a city, nation, person, or unknown situation. When this happens you need to understand that God has raised you by His Spirit into the heavenly places, the secret place of prayer.

Here we hear and pray the prayer of Jesus as He intercedes for us, praying in line with His will.

Praying in the secret place moves us beyond what we know naturally into the revelation of what He knows supernaturally. This is often the ‘beyond words’ prayer of travail and moaning given to us by the Spirit.

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8: 26

You might have been praying about some things and suddenly the Spirit of God began to work within you and you found yourself interceding for someone you never intended to pray for. That is the intercessory ministry of the Holy Spirit being carried out through you a believer. Not knowing what to pray, for whom to pray, when and how to pray is no problem at all. The Holy Spirit knows it all. We need to yield to Him and let Him pray through us.

Praying in the secret place releases miracles, makes provision to those in desperate need, health to the sick and much more to those we may never have met or known, until we step into life eternal. It would take us into doing His work. John 14: 12.

However, we don’t always have to wait for his prompting before we pray for others. As believers, we are called to pray for others whether inspired or not at the moment of prayer. When we intercede for others in this way and in line with God’s Word, God also hears it.

Finally, you need to know that the prayer of intercession is always on behalf of someone else which needs persistence.

You don’t stop praying until you sense a note of victory in your spirit being certain of receiving what you asked for.

CIRCLES OF INTIMACY — Prophet Tony Mathias

Among His early followers Jesus chose seventy and sent them out two by two to preach for Him.

He chose a circle of twelve after a night of prayer, to be with Him to learn of His ways and absorb His Spirit.

Within those twelve, there emerged an inner circle of three: Peter, James, John with whom Jesus became more intimate, closer to Him than any of the others.

Now within the circle of three, there was one, John who received a special place at Jesus’ breast.

Wonder which group would we be found – Seventy, twelve, three, or one?

The deciding factor is that each of His disciples could be as close to Jesus as he chose to be. Because, Jesus the Son of God had no favorites. John 3: 25

It is recorded that on four special occasions, his inner circle of three learnt valuable lessons from their experiences with him.

On one occasion they had a foretaste of the Lord’s mastery over death in the raising of Jairus’ daughter back to life. Luke 8: 51.

On another occasion at the mount of transfiguration, they gained clearer insight into His impending death, and a preview of His glory and majesty Mattew 17: 1; Luke 18: 34. John 1: 14; 2 Peter 1: 16.

On the Mount of Olives, He shared with them the coming future, divine purposes and some secrets of God. Mark 13: 3

In the Garden of Gethsemane, they witnessed in part His sufferings, His agony, the cost of their salvation; although they were unable understand fully. Matthew 26: 37.

Why couldn’t any of the twelve be in that favored inner circle since there is no favoritism with Him?

The only reason could be the result of their own choice. The three were deeply intimate with Jesus because of their deep response to His love and training. They understood that intimacy with Him was a privilege which carried responsibility. He had told them that “whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.” We too are as close to Christ as we choose to be. Mark 3:35.

Jesus loved all his disciples. Beyond this inner circle we find John alone got the title “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”

If Jesus loved John more, it was because John loved Him more!

Mutual love and confidence are the keys to intimacy.

If we wish to enter the inner circle of intimacy with God, we must first and foremost have a deep desire to be in that circle and secondly sacrifice our all for intimacy.

We can only be as intimate with God as we choose to be.

TITLE OR TESTIMONY? — Prophet Tony Mathias

Acts 11: 24 Barnabas was a good man full of faith though like Paul, he didn’t do things that made him outstanding.

Barnabas didn’t earn a number of titles, but he produced many testimonies!

In fact, he is mentioned only thrice and that too in the Book of Acts.

The Bible says: “The memory of the righteous is blessed” Proverbs 10: 7 because in God’s eyes it’s not what society considers important that counts.

Barnabas is mentioned thrice in the book of Acts, concerning selling his land to help finance God’s work; Vouching for Paul’s character; Giving John Mark another chance.

A pastor at college graduates recognition day stood up and said: “One day you are going to die. When they lay you in the grave, are people going to recite the titles you earned, or will they talk about what a blessing you have been? Will you leave a mortuary card behind of how ‘important’ you were, or about people grieving the loss of the best friend they ever had?

Titles are good, but if it does come down to a choice between a title and a testimony – go for the testimony!

Pharaoh had the title, Moses had the testimony.
Nebuchadnezzar had the title, Daniel had the testimony.
Jezebel had the title, Elijah had the testimony.
Pilate had the title, but Jesus had the testimony.

It’s easy to have write-ups on Who’s Who, which will soon be forgotten, but loving acts you do that will be remembered.

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past…only what’s done for Christ will last!”

Jesus Calms The Storm — Prophet Tony Mathias

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Matthew 8: 23 to 27Luke 8: 22- 25 One day He and His disciples got in a boat. “Let’s cross the lake,” He said. And off they went. It was smooth sailing, and He fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize.

They woke Jesus: “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

Getting to His feet, He told the wind, “Silence!” and the waves, “Quiet down!” They did it. The lake became smooth as glass.

Then He said to his disciples, “Why can’t you trust me?”

They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering, “Who is this, anyway?

He calls out to the winds and sea, and they do what He tells them!”

Whether saved or unsaved, everyone encounters storms in life on this sin-cursed earth. No one is immune from storms.

The Question isIs Jesus in Your Boat? Make sure He is!

What kind 0f Storms Do We Face in Life?
Stock market, property problems, in-law, tax problems; health issues, job loss, financial lack; children out of control; divorce…Perhaps your marriage is crashing. Or, you lost someone close to you, a health problem or addiction…

Just because we’re followers of Jesus doesn’t mean we Will Not have storms in lives.

“In this world you will have tribulation…

“Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble Job 14:1.

There is a miracle in the storm and beyond!

Jesus has a purpose and a strategy in every storm. He wants us to get into the boat where He is, to go to the other side.

If you don’t set sail, you’ll never know what treasures lie beyond on the other side.

It might look difficult nay impossible.

But there’s an answer awaiting you on the other side.

There is a miracle on the other side of the mess you are in.

The miracle happens when you turn the page and enter a new, unfamiliar chapter.

Believe that and push forward.

It may be that God has directed us right into the middle of the storm, which is right where He wants us along our life journey.

You holler! Where are You, God? You just don’t care – He does! He is in our boat! He says I am with you all the days of your life.

He is the Stiller of the Storm! He works in every storm for our good if we trust Him and praise Him Romans 8: 28! – Praise is accepting the present as part of His overall plan for us which is for good and not for evil, to give us the future we hope for.

The Question is – Is Jesus in Your Boat? Make sure He is!

Three specific places for us to ponder over – Before the Storm; During the Storm and After the Storm.

Before The Storm

Four Things to Remember:

  1. Make Sure Jesus Is in Your Boat The disciples survived because Jesus was in the boat with them. He will never leave you once He is in your boat.
  1. Make Sure 0f Your Calling and Election Are you saved, sins forgiven, possess eternal life; Is Jesus your Lord & Saviour?
  1. Make Sure to Call 0n Him Call on Me and I will answer you… He who calls on the Name of the Lord shall be Saved, Healed, Delivered.
  1. Make Sure You Have the God-kind 0f Faith – faith in your words Mark11: 22-23 When Jesus said, “Let us cross over to the other side,” – He believed His words. The disciples expected to go to the other side too.

Jesus slept peacefully without anxiety. He knew they were going to the other side no matter what.… So should we – As He is, so are we, in this world…We will go to the other side!

Unfortunately, the disciples expected to go to the other side without opposition. When the storm arose, they became fearful, don’t we? That is our plight too.

We can’t focus on Jesus thinking about waves and storms around us. That is what the devil wants. He comes to kill, steal and destroy us John 10: 10. The devil is the storm-maker, Lord Jesus is the storm-silencer. No matter how stormy the seas, rough the winds in our lives He will never leave us He does not jump out of our boat whenever we face a storm.

During the Storm

When we are in the midst of a storm, some of us look to family and friends, intellect, ability, money to discover that we are not equipped to handle these storms and change our situation. But there is 0ne and 0nly – Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit who is able to do exceeding, abundantly above … Ephesians 3: 20.

Four Lessons to Learn from Jesus Calming the Storm.

  1. Follow Jesus The Disciples Followed Jesus when He got into the boat. Followers 0f Jesus had problems so would we. But in the midst of problems we will have peace following Jesus. Following Jesus faithfully not only helps us stop worrying, but gets us to heaven!
  2. Focus 0n Jesus If we focus on the storm, we’ll empower doubt. If we focus on Jesus, we’ll empower our faith. We are given divine power to shift our focus. Ephesians 3: 20
  1. Fear Not! He was asleep in the boat, but in control of the situation. We are not to panic even If Jesus Is Silent or it seems He has deserted you. Fear not, He is right beside you!
  2. Cry Out for Help The disciples asked Jesus to help them. Worry is useless, prayer is always effective. We will get what we need. Don’t jump ship when the storm whips.

If you want to make it through the storm, then you need to take God at His Word.”

It takes a storm to know that God is healer, deliverer, refuge and strength.

It takes a storm to answer the question about who God really is.

You already have inside you what you need to handle any storm – the Greater One.

After The Storm

Psalms 107: 29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.

One Lesson to Learn.
TestifyLook What the Lord Has Done!

After Jesus calmed the storm, “the men marvelled” Matthew 8: 27

Recall the many times Jesus helped you.

That will increase your faith and help you deal with future problems.

Imitating the disciples at sea is a great idea.

Let us give it a try and see what happens!

 

SONG
He can turn the tides and calm the angry sea
He alone decides who writes a symphony

He lights every star that makes our darkness bright
He keeps watch all through each long and lonely night

He still finds the time to hear a child’s first prayer
Saint or sinner call and always find Him there

And though it makes Him sad to see the way we live
He’ll always say, “I forgive”.

He can grant a wish or make a dream come true.
He can paint the clouds and turn the grey to blue.

He alone knows where to find the rainbow’s end.
He alone can see what lies beyond the bend.
He can touch a tree and turn the leaves to gold.
He knows every lie that you and I have told.

Though it makes him sad to see the way we live.
He’ll always say, “I forgive.”

The McGuire Sisters / Richard Mullen / Jack Richard

Is Jesus in your boat – then fear not!
There is a miracle awaiting you on either sides of the other side.
May Christ within you now rebuke the winds and the waves and bring great calm.

In the matchless Name of Jesus Christ, the Storm-Stiller!

Burden Bearer — Prophet Tony Mathias

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A story is told of a man tall and strong. His job was to carry people across the river and receive money from them in return. He was proud and very confident about his strength he felt he needed no one’s help not even God’s help. He was not a Christian.

One day a beautiful child came to the bank of the river.

As the man bent down to allow the child to climb on his back, the young child said, “Are you sure you can bear my weight?”

The man laughed. He said – I have carried men across the river. You, little one, you are as light as a feather.

“Very well,” said the boy. “But I must warn you. I am heavier than I look.”

The man laughed again and raised the child on his big shoulders and stepped out into the river. But the weight on his back grew more and more heavy and he was surprised. Soon he was struggling and with great difficulty landed on the other side of the river where he put the child.

He asked the child “How can you be so heavy?” “Who are you?”

The child replied – “I am Jesus Christ of Nazareth I carry the burdens of the world on my shoulders. Let me carry your burdens too.” – This man became a Christian and a powerful testimony following this incidence.

This story reminds us that we don’t have to struggle every day on our own. There is One stronger than us. He is the Great Burden-bearer. He carries our burden if we will give it to him.

Burden Bearer
People are bearing all kinds of burdens today which opposes what God says in His Word that they should not be doing so and that includes us.

Prison Doors Open
People are in all kinds of prisons today, often prisons of their own making – trapped in fear, worry, cares, sin, sickness, failure, joblessness, lack, poverty…

They say: Does God care about meDoes he know what I go through?
Yes, He does. Could that be you?

Jesus Your Burden Bearer
The good news is that Jesus the Son of God paid the price by his blood to open the prison doors and set everyone absolutely free. We have been sent to preach the gospel the good news to tell others that the prison doors are open (although many choose to stay in – unaware or refuse to live in freedom).

Jesus said:
Matthew 11:28 – “Come to me, all of you who are tired and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

1 Peter 5:7 – “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares for you.”

Psalms 55:22 – “Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you.”

Philippians 4:6-7 – “In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”

Many are in prisons of fear, worry, sin, sickness – 25% of the world depressed. The Good News is that God has already opened your prison door and you are free. You need to know how to come out! Carrying your burden will leave you in prison.

Once you carry your burden you have a problem. You try to solve it yourself – you tell others, they will talk about it to others and your problem gets bigger.

If you carry your burden the Lord doesn’t have it. If He has it, you don’t.
And when He has it and He will solve it – miraculously all by himself; through you or others by His leading.

‘Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us’Ephesians 3:20.

But you first need to first cast your burden on the Lord then He will take care of it.

How Do You Cast Your Burden?

Three Steps:

Say – Believe – Do

Step No.1SAY
Mark 11:23 Say with your mouth you are casting the burden on him.

Step No. 2BELIEVE
Hebrews 3:1 Believe with your heart that you have done without being anxious.

Step No. 3DO
James 2:17, 26 Faith-in-action – Ask the Lord if you need to do anything about the same, then do it.

Ask the Lord if you need to do anything about the same, then do it. Keep praising and thanking the Lord in advance that the problem is solved.

That all sums up your faith in action, showing you have believed.

Once again – How Do You Cast Your Burden?

Say something like this:

Lord Jesus Christ You are my Savior, my Lord my burden bearer.
I cast this burden on You and I go free.
Without You I can do nothing. With You I can do all things.
Let me know if there is anything for me to do in this situation.
I will follow Your lead.
Thank you Lord!

Now DO as led by the Lord.
If you do this, you will have peace and assurance your problem is solved.
He will not fail you nor forsake you.

Conclusion:
Let us summarize in brief what we have learnt.

You have a Burden?
Cast it on Jesus, He is your burden-bearer. He told you to do so.

Cast your burden on Him in three steps.

  1. SAY with your mouth that you have cast the burden on him.
  2. BELIEVE in your heart that you have done so.
  3. DO something – faith in action, obeying his leading, praising and thanksgiving.

Next, He will solve your problem in at least three ways: – Either, or a combination of all three:

  • Miraculously by Himself
  • By leading you
  • Through others

What happens next?
Your problem is solved! You tell others ‘Look what the Lord has done!’
He gets the glory!

अपनी दुनिया को बदलो – पास्टर स्टीफ़न पिंटो

परमेश्वर के वचन पर आदरित हम वचन के अनुसार सकारात्मक बोलने से हमारी उन्नति होती है ,सिर्फ हमारी ही नहीं लेखिन सुननेवाले परबि इसका असर होता है ,क्योकि यीशु ने कहा ” मेरा वचन आत्मा और जीवन है” 1

जीवन और मरण हमारी ज़बानो पर होता हैं ,और जो इसे आज़माते हैं उसी तरह का फल लेकर आते हैं 1 जो हम अपने मन में सोचते हैं वही हम बनते भी हैं 1 इसीलिए बोलने से पहले सोचे की हम क्या बोलने जा रहें हैं 1

 

Household Salvation — Prophet Tony Mathias

There is only one way to salvation and that is through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation only comes through an individual believing in Christ. It is not something a father can do for his son or daughter. There is no guarantee that if one member of a family believes the rest will do so. Matthew 7:13-14; John 6:67-68; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8.

Jesus Himself indicates that the Gospel often divides families. Also, God elects individuals to salvation and the elect believe and are saved. This indicates that both ‘election and salvation’ are more individual in nature than corporate although God does have a family plan. Matthew 10:34-36; 24:24,31; Mark 13:20; Romans 9:16-18.

If salvation is an individual action, how are we to understand passages in the Bible that seem to promise of household salvation? Let us consider a few examples.

Cornelius’ Household
Acts 10: 33; 11: 14-18; Romans 1: 16

A promise was given to Cornelius that his household would be saved. This does not mean it applies universally to all households. It was a specific promise to a specific person at a specific time.

Cornelius and his household gathered to hear Peter commanded by the Lord speak. They were in a position to hear the Gospel which “is the power of God to salvation.”

Hearing Peter preach the Gospel Cornelius’s entire household believed and were baptized. So, they were saved was according to God’s plan of salvation, the preaching of the Gospel. They were saved because they believed not because Cornelius did.

The Philippian Jailer
Acts 16:30-33

The jailer asks “Sirs what must I do to be saved.” Paul and Silas responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.” Again this promise is given to a specific individual in specific context yet universal in nature unlike the promise to Cornelius. The promise is not one of household salvation but is entirely consistent with every other verse in the Bible that speaks of salvation – believe in the Lord Jesus “you shall be saved.”

Again we see that salvation came as the result of hearing the Word of God and responding in faith which is also consistent with every other verse in the Bible concerning salvation. They were not saved because they were part of the jailers household, instead they were saved because they believed the Gospel message and responded in faith. – Individual people hear the gospel, respond in faith and are saved.

However, God’s plan is also a family plan. All of the beautiful ties of home and family are meant to be eternal. We may not understand how God can accomplish a family relationship in heaven. His desire is that none should perish but all be saved. It is impossible to understand his methods. Romans 11:33

Rahab saved the spies who went into Jericho. The spies, inspired by God, said, asked Rahab, to bring her family here into the house and they would all be saved. Rahab did so and her family was saved. Joshua 6:17-25

God showed his keen interest in families by forming the home before he made the church. He wants that same wonderful unity, and recognition of himself, which people expect to feel in the church, to also be in the home.

Many Christians have been praying for the unsaved loved ones in their families. “Does this mean they are already ALL saved?” “No, God will not violate the free will, but it means that he is going to do everything necessary to bring people to the point where it will be easy for them to make the choice to serve him. And yet they could reject his offer.

If you have laid your loved ones before him in sincerity and in faith you can start praising God right now. He is on the job, and has released forces to bring about circumstances which would make it hard for these people to resist God. The Holy Spirit is preaching to them along with his angels on errands. God desires none to perish but all to be saved. He really loves people!

Catch The Fire — Prophet Tony Mathias

The God of purpose works through history by means of revivals, – sudden, mighty moves of the Holy Spirit, counteracting spiritual decline and creating spiritual momentum. God’s specialists have appeared on the scene of the Church decline, especially during the six global great awakenings. Who could forget God’s specialists like Evans Roberts, William J. Seymour, John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Finney, Smith Wigglesworth, and many others in the hall of fame? God poured out His Holy Spirit, in a big way, reviving the church and saving the lost. The Holy Spirit visits both the Church and the street in the renewal and awakening movements. He has done it repeatedly.

The last wave in our days is gaining momentum globally, which will culminate in the Rapture. The flame that has been kindled is being fanned. The great flames are spreading worldwide through many who are enflamed. Have you caught the fire?

The Holy Spirit-inspired prophets of today have prophesied an identical message of revival spreading globally in this last great awakening. Ministries that have even quit amidst trial and tribulation will suddenly come alive with a revival message. Prayers and tears of saints will now reap an abundant harvest. Churches are coming together today in a revival and ecumenical unity, to an extent that has never been seen before. Seeds of youth that have been stifled at an early age will bear fruit. The prodigals are coming back to the Father’s house. Drunkards, gamblers and drifters are hearing the sounds of revival and are returning. They are discovering seeds of revival in deserts of despair.

Seeds of revival that lay dormant for decades and even centuries are finding their way to the surface, pushing through the fallow ground of religion and rocks of tradition, breaking forth with much fruit. These are seeds planted through prayer and watered by tears that are breaking out in full view with much fruit.

It would be fitting to recall a few of the revivalists of today: Oral Roberts; Benny Hinn; Rynehard Bonnke; Charles & Frances Hunter; Carlos Anacondia; Claudio Friedzon; Rodney Howard Browne; Todd Bentley…the list goes on and on. As we surrender our lives to Him and seek Him and His anointing, He will fill us with fresh fire and whatever needs to be revived, including Prayer and the Word. Have you caught the fire?

Revival is the return of the Christian from backsliding with a renewed conviction of sin and repentance followed with an intense desire to walk in the fear of God. Revival begins with individual and corporate repentance and confession, of sins. There will be no revival in the Church without genuine repentance and desire for personal holiness. It is God’s visitation to the backslidden Church, brought about with his people praying in the season of Revival. His sovereign move brings conviction, repentance and reconciliation. His methodology may be Pentecostal, Evangelistic, Charismatic or all of them combined but always through a total and utter dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit. – A deeper passion for the lost.

Revival tarries because we lack urgency in prayer, for prayer is the key to revival. Revival always seems to bring with it a return to apostolic Christianity, with an awesome powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. Some of the signposts to revival are prayer, humility, brokenness, conviction of sin, and repentance. Miracles are commonplace in the presence of the Lord. The world is waiting for a new demonstration of power of the Gospel. The specialists God uses hold holiness and consecration of prime importance. How important it is to walk in the fear of the Lord?

The ‘fire catchers’ of the new millennium having experienced transformed lives in a short span of time are excitedly setting others aflame worldwide. It is happening all over. The time for completely deliverance of God’s people from the hand of ‘Pharaoh’ [Evil one] has arrived. Global revival continues till today with a specific purpose to strengthen faith, prepare for a Spirit-filled-led life, so that God’s Kingdom Come and Will be Done in their lives as the age draws to a close. The Holy Spirit in this present move desires us to surrender ourselves totally to Him, hold nothing
back and seek to be filled with His fire. Have you caught the fire?

1 Peter 4: 17, we need revival because the time has come that judgment must begin at the house of God. We need to be revived because of sin. Backsliding is the result of sin. We need to read God’s Word and pray regularly. When revival comes, people have a deep sense of the presence of God, deep sense of sin, conversion of sinners, few are backslidden etc.

This is God’s timing for another great move of his Spirit as the masses are being trained to go out and minister on a one-to-one basis. Bible colleges and schools of ministry have sprung up all over as a hungry world says, “Teach us how to operate in the supernatural the way the original disciples did.” God is going to give the world a demonstration in the last hour as the world has never known. Before the fire spreads globally, this inward fire will burn with great intensity and set our entire course of life ablaze. This fire could be likened to the fire of the burning bush that Moses faced, a fire that cannot be quenched.

Revival brings a deep sense of the presence of God, deep sense of sin, walking in the fear of God, conversion of sinners, and so on. Revival will break the power of the world and of sin over Christians, bring backslidden
Christians to repentance, and get their faith renewed. When Churches are awakened reformation and salvation of sinners follows. Revival can be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival.

God has always had His Specialists whose chief concern has been the moral breakdown, the decline in the spiritual health of the nation or the church. Such men were Elijah, Jeremiah, Malachi and others of their kind who had appeared at critical moments in history to reprove, rebuke and exhort in the name of God and righteousness. When the people of God go astray from the paths of truth, these kind of people we call revivalists appear almost out of nowhere. This is all God’s doing. They may seem radical extreme fanatical, and negative, shocking some, frightening others, but they are called by the Lord on a mission of holiness.

Revival consists of the return of the church from her backslidings and conversion of sinners. God sends revival to reverse backsliding. He also sends revival to increase missionary work. He sends revival to create spiritual momentum in the work of God which will cause the gospel to spread to the unreached Isaiah 59: 19. Church growth occurs when
miraculous events take place. God continues to speak from heaven. When we turn a deaf ear to the Lord, Hebrews 12: 25 it implies that our hearts are hardened. They need to be softened again.

Those revived will be filled with tender and burning love for souls. They will have a longing desire for the salvation of the whole world. They will be in an agony for individuals whom they want to be saved–their friends, relations, and enemies. They will not only be urging them to give their hearts to God, but they will carry them to God in the arms of faith, and with strong crying and tears beseech God to have mercy on them.

Isaiah prophesied: “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you, and his glory appears over you.” Isaiah 60: 2. Peter’s first sermon in Acts 2 was for the beginning of the Church Age, but his second sermon in Acts 3 was for the End. In his second sermon, he said, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and that he may send the Christ who has been appointed for you – even Jesus.” Acts 3:19-20. Peter associated times of refreshing (Revival) with the second coming of Christ. Peter taught us times of refreshing would come from the presence of the Lord in the time of the Lord’s return. He shall send Jesus Christ unto you, whom the heaven must retain “…until the time comes for God to restore everything….Acts 3: 21. Peter taught that just before the Lord’s second coming, times of refreshing and times of restoration of the power and authority and character of Christ would be manifest. God’s end-time plan includes restoration of His glory, power, presence, gifts and ministries to the church. In addition, the following and more will be restored – marriages, family-relationships, spotless bride of Christ, healing and health, spiritual leadership in the church, spiritual authority, the nation Israel and so on. Revival is for Our Day!

When we talk about God’s people, we are talking about Israel as a nation and we as the Israel of God. God’s people are His signboard, which speaks of Israel and His church. 1 Thessalonians 5: 1; Galatians 3:29.

Apart from Israel and the church, another important sign of the wave of revival, is mirrored usually, changes in the leadership. When God is getting ready to do a fresh work, there is usually a shake-up in leadership. In every generation, it seems that God uses three things as signboards to convey His message – Israel, the church, and leadership. We have embarked on another fresh, great and dynamic move of the Spirit of God with worldwide consequences for the church.

Revival comes as a result of praying, in God’s seasons. Acts 3: 19; Zechariah 10: 1. It is God working with us that produces revival. God’s people give birth to His Will through prayer. Romans 8: 26-27. God finds the people who, knowing His will, and His time, set themselves to pray. The Lord Jesus came as God’s revival wave to Israel Luke 19: 41-44. The Jews failed to acknowledge His ministry, rejected and crucified Him. They didn’t know the time of God’s visitation. Judgment resulted. This is God’s season for revival.

Is it possible for God to send a great revival and for us not to know it? Yes. We can be right in the middle of an area where God is moving by His Spirit and if there’s no spiritual hunger and thirst, perception and awareness, we will miss it. Spiritual appetite is necessary. The Lord fills only the hungry Matthew 5: 6; P. Religious people are most prone to miss the revival. Religious training did not prepare the Pharisees and Sadducees for God’s visitation. Anna the prophetess recognized God’s visitation because of her spiritual sensitivity, so was Daniel Luke 2: 38; Daniel 9: 3, 10: 3. We also need to prepare by righteous devotion like Simeon Luke 2: 25. He was sensitive to the Holy Spirit. He knew that the little babe brought in swaddling clothes was God’s salvation because the Spirit gave him revelation and understanding. A visitation of the Spirit of God is recognized only as the Holy Spirit enables you to see it. We need to prepare by a perfect heart 2 Chronicles 16; 9; Isaiah 66: 2. If our hearts are right towards God we will participate in the revival wave and not be just spectators. 2 Corinthians 3: 16 tells us that that when a heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. We also prepare by knowing God’s plans Amos 3: 7.

We are going to see a revival that brings so many converts into the churches that we may not be able to cope with the explosive growth. The churches will sink under the impact of all the converts who begin pouring in. There needs to be spiritual fathers and mothers prepared to nurture, help and encourage the new born-again to grow up in Christ in this great revival. As we catch the fire, let us fan its flames and spread it far and wide. There’s never been a day like this day, nor an hour like this hour!

Good Things Do Happen — Prophet Tony Mathias

A Church member who was a businessman dreaded his frequent business trips away from his loving family because he viewed ‘pornography’ secretly in his hotel room. He tried his best to break this habit but he couldn’t stop. This led to guilt and condemnation. He finally broke this dreadful habit when he got a revelation that he is as righteous as Jesus by God’s grace which he received at salvation.

Good Things Happen
To Those Who Believe the Good News!

Romans 5:17 –“…those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life by Jesus Christ.” – This is the ‘Gospel of Grace’ which is God’s power to bring salvation, deliverance, preservation, healing, health to all who believe.” Romans 1:16.

The First Secret: ‘Secret to Freedom from Bondage’
Romans 6:14; 1 Corinthians 15:34

When you know you are Righteous and have abundance of Grace.

“Sin will not have dominion…you are not under the law but under grace.” This happens when you: “Awake to righteousness.” [Then you sin not].

The Second Secret: ‘Secret to the Supernatural’
‘Hear the good news- all your sins are forgiven because of the Cross.’

Apostle Paul preached forgiveness people got healed as they listened. The man lame from birth leaped & walked the first time in his life! A person deaf in one ear got healed while hearing this message! Good things happen to those who fully depend on the grace of God. The more we hear good news the more miracles & breakthroughs we see. When you believe you’re forgiven and made righteous: You will be Healed, Prospered and Blessed!

Good Things Happen
To Those Who Believe God Loves Them!

Psalms 103: 1-5 – “…Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all his benefits: Who forgives all…who heals all your diseases” – Forgiveness comes before healing. Once you know you are forgiven of all your sins, healing follows!

Many suffer guilt and condemnation which destroys life and perpetuates the cycle of sin resulting in sickness – The good news? – His grace, righteousness and blood has set you absolutely free from sin.

The power to overcome sin is found in the gift of ‘no condemnation.’ And you are given this gift!

Jesus says to the woman caught in adultery. “Neither do I condemn you…go sin no more.”

The Third Secret: “Secret to be filled with the fullness of God”
When you know God loves you.

Paul prayed for the Church of Ephesus the most spiritual Church of his time. He prayed that they would understand ‘the width, length, breadth, depth and height of the love of Christ,’ well portrayed by the Cross of Jesus Christ. He prayed that they would be filled with the fullness of God.

When you know God loves you, you will be filled with the fullness of God!

The Fourth Secret: “Secret of Abundance”
When you know God loves you – think big and ask big.

He went on to say: “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding…” Ephesians 3:20. God becomes big in your life when you know his love.

Think and ask big. God still exceeds your demands because He loves you.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world….” He loved you so much that he did not withhold his only Son whom he loved for you.

That is why “good things happen even to bad people.” Jesus received all our ‘bad’ and we took all his ‘good.’ This is the gospel of Jesus Christ based on grace.

God has accepted you in the Beloved. He is well pleased with you because you are in Christ. You are God’s beloved Child and he says to you: ‘You are my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

Once you know you’re God’s beloved despite your sinning and failing

– Satan’s attacks against you will fail.
– Sin will not dominate you
– Temptation will not succeed
– Sickness will fade away
– Your giants will come tumbling down
– There will be no room for sin & sickness, no room for gloom
– You will prosper in every way
– You are highly blessed and highly favored!

Remember:
Good things happen to those who believe the Good News!
Good things happen to those who believe God loves them!

The Four secrets revealed to you are:

1. ‘Secret to Freedom from Bondage’
When you know you are Righteous and have an abundance of Grace.

2. ‘Secret to the Supernatural’
When you hear and believe the good news that all your sins are forgiven because of the Cross of Jesus Christ.’

3. “Secret to be filled with the fullness of God
When you know God loves you.

4. “Secret of Abundance” When you know God loves you
You are God’s favorite!

God loves you!
Begin to say this week many times:
God loves me and witness the miraculous!