Monday 31 December 2018

Preparing for Transformation

Photo by Erik Eastman on Unsplash

Glory to God!

As we come to the end of this year, we praise God for His faithfulness and for His continuous revelation for us to know Him, become like Him and live for Him. These past three Sundays, God has been speaking to us about rebuilding walls of spiritual protection, building an altar of atonement and preparing for transformation in 2019.

In his message entitled, "Restoring hedges of spiritual protection," Alexander showed us how to establish spiritual walls of protection against the strategies of the enemy by building spiritual hedges through prayer (Job 1:1-5,10,20), establishing core values, honouring spiritual leadership (Ezekiel 22:30; 1 Pet 5:1,2), inviting angelic protection (Ps 34:7) and keeping the unity of the Spirit.

Looking at the account of Christ's birth in Matthew 2:1-12, Richard shared a message entitled, "Three gifts," in which we noted the significance of the three treasures that the Magi presented to Jesus. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh reflect the life of Jesus: Christ our glorious King, Christ our great High Priest and Christ the Sacrificial Lamb of God. The three treasures also signify Christ as our Altar of Atonement: the altar overlaid with gold was put in place before the Holy of Holies where incense was to be burnt continuously and an annual sacrifice was to be made to atone for the sins of God's people (see Exodus 30:1-10). We also recognised that the three gifts are significant for believers in that they symbolise what we offer God with our lives: Gold represents giving our best to God as we serve Him; Frankincense represents a life-style of prayer and God-consciousness and Myrrh represents our lives, lived as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.

On Sunday, after another powerful time of worship, we spent time giving thanks to God as many came forward to testify about God's faithfulness and love. Richard then shared a message entitled, "Transforming faith," in which he showed us that God is looking for a people of faith who believe in His presence, His power and His purposes (see Lk 18:8). As we looked at the truth of God's presence, power and purposes, Richard challenged us to see whether there is evidence of our faith in our lives (Jam 2:17). We believe that 2019 will be a year of transformation as we have faith in God's presence (Heb 11:6; Jam 4:8; Mt 18:20), in God's power (Eph 3:2; 6:10; Col 2:12; 1 Cor 4:20), and in God's purposes (Col 1:15-18; Is 9:6,7; Mt 6:25-34; Rom 8:28). We praise God that as we reflect God's glory (His presence, power and purposes) with our lives by faith that we will be transformed from glory to glory by the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 3:18)! Hallelujah!

We pray God's richest blessings on your life and that 2019 will be a year of glorious transformation in every area of your life!


07.01 - 28.01 - 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

16.01 - Joint prayer meeting as part of the Allianz Gebetswoche at CZF
01.02 - 03.02 - Prophetic Encounter with AndrĂ© Bronkhorst
14.06 - 16.06 - Experiencing the Holy Spirit with Edgar Mayer

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