We greet you in Jesus Precious Name.
Do we love Him for Himself, or do we love Him for what He is able to do for us?
Early this morning while having my quiet time the Lord impressed upon me again the importance of good character. We really need to exercise a character of control, peace, purpose and most of all vision. Proverbs 29:18 (NKJV) “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint…” Our vision will see us through hard times in this world and when everything seems to be coming apart at the seams, it will be the men and women of vision that will succeed. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NKJV), “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.”
Once our vision is focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, then we can face anything because we know that Romans 8:28 (NKJV) says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” So therefore, let the Lord bless and keep us as we focus entirely upon Him.
As I write this newsletter it is almost on the eve of probably the greatest test in my life, when we as a Nation will come before Almighty God on the 22 April and ask the Lord to undertake for us in every area, as we pray together for peace in our Nation.
Remember my dear friend, charity (love) starts at home. Before we try and tell other people how to live we need to have our lives consecrated before God and we need to find peace in our own families first. I know it is not always easy, but we need to do this first before we try and intercede on behalf of the Nation.
It has been indeed a very tough time in South Africa, where everything seems to be shaken that can be shaken, but the Scriptures did warn us and only those who have put their trust in the Lord will stand. So, like never before, as it gets darker so our light should shine brighter. You and I need to stand on The Word of God and keep the vision that God has given to us. We must strive to fulfil it and people will come to us saying: “Give us what you have.” It is commitment that the Lord is looking for.
I have just been reading a book by E.M. Bounds on prayer. He says: “Prayer without faith is not prayer at all. Prayer needs to put its trust in God.” Our trust is not even in the prayer, but it’s in God. If we can trust our Father to see us through these tough times, then by faith, as we pray we will see every single one of our prayers answered.
I am starting to understand the value and importance of prayer, maybe because we are organizing a huge prayer meeting. My wife, Jill, as you know, is an intercessor and I am a prayer warrior. Intercession is a very specialized ministry and people are called by God to be intercessors. However, everyone is called to be prayer warriors and I’m realizing more than ever before that when we do anything, even to see our very vision realised, we need to soak it in prayer and its prayer that moves the hand of God. Not good ideas, or good works, or even our efforts, but the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16). This is the verse we have used for the It’s Time event.
Less than a week after this gigantic prayer meeting we are having a big Mighty Men Conference in Middleburg, Karoo. I cannot wait to get there, because it is the last one on Jannie Moolman’s farm and I believe it will be the biggest and the best. Please support it with everything you have and remembering that revival is “a people saturated with God.” We are firmly believing that the overflow from the ‘It’s Time’ prayer meeting will fill the Mighty Men Karoo Conference. Is it not wonderful that people everywhere are talking about Jesus in these last days?
I was very honoured to be invited to the launching of two huge buildings built by a man of God and he asked me to be part of the dedication service. I can honestly tell you I am so confident in Africa. These men and women spoke about Jesus Christ from the beginning of the event right to the end. The introduction, the speakers, the beautiful meal, the conducted tour of the new buildings were exceptional, and they gave honour to the giants of God – men and woman who have walked before us. I came home that day and told my dear wife Jill, that there is hope for our beloved South Africa, because people are talking everywhere about Jesus.
May the Lord continue to bless you as keep the vision, run the race and remembering that your conduct, your attitude and your outlook towards your fellowman is crucial. Jesus has got great expectations over all of us, and all we need to do is to fulfil it, to use what He has given us and He will do the rest. Continue to stand tall for the Lord in these dark times and my prayer is that many souls will come to Christ through your conduct and your character as they see the peace of Jesus Christ portrayed through you.
Angus and Jill and all at Shalom.