Rest …

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                                                   … in His works!

God does the works,
… and in faith, by believing,
… we enter the result of His works.

      And it is in His rest,
      … where His works are manifest,
      where what God has (already) done – is!

      for in Him we live and move and have our being
      Acts 17 28

So also Jesus (God manifest on earth) did the works,
… the works on the cross.

      and as we believe and in faith receive
      … what Jesus has (already) done,
      we live because of His works,
      … and in His works!

      I am the way, the truth, and the life.
      John 14 6

God also gave us the Holy Spirit,
… as our comforter, our helper, our teacher, our guide.

      And as our guide, He leads us into the fullness of God’s works,
      … into the fullness of that rest in His righteousness
      because of the works of God.

      Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest,
      lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
      Hebrews 4 11

 

Projects update – Changing lives

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TOUCHING LIVES – BUILDING PEOPLE – IMPACTING COMMUNITIES

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Changing Lives in Trans Nzoia County, Kenya

Three years ago, we were approached by the
Trans Nzoia County to train up 1000 local pastors
as part of their social development program.
We have since trained over 700 pastors & leaders,
and this past Saturday graduated another 65 pastors.

Graduation, Endebess, Trans Nzoia County, Kenya

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Testimonies from Trans Nzoia County, Kenya

Pastor Protus, leader of the Kwanza Kidsworld Centre,
proudly showing what living God’s principles is all about
– an abundant harvest –
whilst others are complaining about having poor harvests!

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Kwanza Kidsworld Centre
– Street children schooling and care –

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Ask anything

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                                                     … in My name!

      And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do,
      that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
      If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
      John 14 13-14

We all have had the idea
… that Jesus was referring to our wants, desires or needs,
… and that if we ask anything in His name, He will do it.
However we have also found out that
… this is not how it works!
Why not?
Because even in the natural that does not work.

      Can someone for instance
      … simply come and ask anything in my name,
      and expect that I will do it
      … when what is being asked for is not my will?
      No!
      Because I will not do it,
      … no matter how often you ask!

      By the same token,
      … how can you ask anything in Jesus’ name,
      … that He has not specifically told you He will do,
      and actually expect Him to do it?

Of course Jesus wants to do things in our lives.
However, it is not about my will according to His word,
… but it is about His Word according to His Will.

      If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,

      you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
      John 15 7

      His words (rhema) that He speaks to you,
      … that is His will that He will do.
      Ask that and He will do it for you!

 

God help …

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                                                               I need… !

God wants to be our source,
… and when we ask God for help, He wants to help.
But what are we expecting God to do?

      Sure we can ask for help for anything,
      … even about something we keep doing that we should not,
      … or about a need that we have, financial or otherwise.
      However… what is it that God will or can do about it?

If it is about our lives or our health, of course He will help.
In fact, He has already taken care of that for us,
… and all we need do is to receive what has already been done.

If it is about a bad habit,
… God cannot stop you from doing what is wrong,
but will HELP by reminding you when you miss it,
… and of your decision to change.
But it is up to you to respond and to change!

If it is about a need,
… God cannot throw money from heaven,
but He can and will tell you how to get to where your answer is,
… but you need to use your freewill and follow his direction.

God helps us by being there for us, and by giving us direction.
We have to respond to God’s prompting
… and use our freewill to follow His direction,
and as we act on His instruction and His direction,
… He WILL help us and He WILL bless us.

      Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God,
      to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today,
      that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
      And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you,
      because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
      Deuteronomy 28 1-2

 

Go to the Source

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                                     … and follow instructions

We are all visionaries
… and we are all creative,
but do not forget to consider the source
… where it all comes from!

      Having a potential to succeed,
      … and accomplishing something successfully

      is not the same thing.

      You may think you know and are able to do it,
      … but do you really know what you think you know?

So often we think we know it all,
… truth is however, no one does!

      And if anyone thinks that he knows anything,
      he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
      1 Cor 8 2

If you want to be successful,
If you want to achieve your best,
… and be that visionary and creative being that you are,
then simply follow instructions!

      ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you,
      and show you great and mighty things,
      which you do not know.’
      Jer 33 3

      Consider this…
      An inquiring mind … inquires!

 

Living in

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                                                 … the blessing!

God does not simply bless us
… because He said that He would bless us,
… or because we pray great prayers,
God blesses us because we are His children.

We don’t walk in God’s blessings
… because of the promises in His Word.
We walk in God’s blessings
… because we are living according to His will,
… because we are obeying His Word.

      And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you,
      because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
      Deuteronomy 20 2

In fact it is all about the heart.
Jesus, in the parable of the prodigal son, made this comparison,

      The prodigal son was not blessed
      … because he asked the Father to bless him,
      but he was blessed because he came home to the Father.

      The older brother, although the blessing was his,
      … thought he would be blessed because of what he did,
      thus never walked in the blessings that were his,
      … because he never knew the heart of the Father,

As Jesus told His disciple.
It is not about the promises and what you can do

      But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
      and all these things shall be added to you.
      Matthew 6 33

 

I don’t care

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                                                       … He does!

Why does the Bible encourage us to …
      casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
      1 Peter 5:7

Because what you care about is what occupies you,
… is what you are putting all your efforts into,
… is what holds your attention and steals your peace.
Holding you and your entire being captive!

But how is casting my cares on Him going to free me and benefit me?
Very simply …
      casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
      1 Peter 5:7

Letting go and letting GOD care for you,
means that you are then at the centre of HIS thoughts,
… of HIS attention and of HIS care!
That is exactly where God wants us to be,
… in that place where He can truly do what He promised,
where He can manifest His strength and supply in our lives.

      Need proof?
      Peter, the disciple who tried to do everything in his own strength,
      … was also the disciple that ended up denying Jesus.
      What was Jesus’ response afterwards to Peter,
      … and what did He say to Peter when Peter asked about John?

      Jesus said to him, ‘If I will that he remain till I come,
      what is that to you? You follow Me.
      John 21:22

In other words,
Jesus admonished Peter to STOP being concerned
… and distracted with what others do,
but to follow Him.

      Cast your cares upon Me
      so that I can be your source, your strength, your life!

 

Impacting Lives in Mount Elgon, Kenya

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After having completed the Covenant Disciples Bible Course, Pastor Timothy went
to Khalwenge in the Endebess district of Mount Elgon in Kenya, with the specific
intention of starting a Covenant Disciples Bible Training class for pastors there.

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Testimonies from Khalwenge

In the beginning it was very difficult for pastor Timothy as the
pastors were all from different denominations and church groups,
and were all rather suspicious. But after finding that the Covenant
Courses are purely about God’s Word and not doctrine,
they slowly started to join the Training Courses …

This past Sunday, of the 42 candidates that graduated, 32 were pastors.
Now you may well ask, why on a Sunday?
Simply because one of the pastors who graduated is a Seventh Day
Adventist who believes one should not work on the Sabbath, so all
the other pastors agreed to a graduation ceremony on Sunday!

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Khalwenge Pastors’ Testimonies
Before the Covenant Bible School started, pastors never used to walk or work
together, as they felt they had nothing in common and thought that they were
in competition with each other, refusing to visit each other. But once the Bible
class began, and they started to join, they slowly forgot their differences, and
even began to visit each other because their lives were being changed.
The Bible courses brought unity
They were learning together what love really is and began to practically apply it.
Every lesson ended with a practical part which gave them an opportunity to
put into practice what they learnt. Little by little, relationships began forming
amongst them to where they have began supporting each other, preaching
in each other’s church and have also started a pastors’ fellowship
through which they also look after each other’s welfare and needs.

They truly believe that the Covenant Courses or Bible school was God sent
and that today the right biblical doctrine is being taught in their churches.
The pastors are confident of what they teach and the people in the village
are now growing as a result of being taught right. They also believe
that they are now able to identify a false teaching because of
the foundation they have through the Covenant courses.
Khalwenge Pastors

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Finally, a special congratulations to Ruth Nanjala Wekesa
our first blind student to successfully complete the course!

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Why does God

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                                     … do what He does?

Why does God do in our lives what He does?
Because He loves us!

      The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,
      but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish
      but that all should come to repentance.
      2 Peter 3:9

Why does God do that?
Because He loves us!

      For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us,
      that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
      2 Corinthians 5 21

Why did God do that?
Because He loves us!

      Love has been perfected among us in this:
      that we may have boldness in the day of judgment;
      because as He is, so are we in this world.
      1 John 4:17

Why did God do that?
Because He wants us to love like Him!

      So that we love others like Him,
      … bless others like He does.
      and manifest His glory on the earth!

      Arise, shine; For your light has come!
      And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
      Isaiah 60:1

 

Partakers

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                                     … of His divine nature!

 
      as His divine power has given to us all things
      that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge
      of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have
      been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises,
      2 Peter 1 3

Why did God not just fix everything that is wrong in our lives,
… when we made Jesus Lord of our lives?
Because for anything to be real in our lives,
… we have to choose to, and actively live it!
Like Jesus said …

      I have come that they may have life…
      John 10:10

Jesus did not say He was coming to live our life for us,
… but to make it possible for us to live in His fullness!
That is why Paul wrote …

      work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
      Philippians 2 12

God’s plan is not that He empty us of all evil,
… because our will is involved,
but His secret is that we fill ourselves up with Him,
… so when the evil comes we are not empty,
but filled with God, filled with Jesus and with the Holy Spirit.
So that every attribute of God is in us, because He dwells in us,

      by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises
      that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature,
      having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
      2 Peter 1 4

As we take hold of, and live what God has prepared for us,
… partaking of His divine nature,
we will live that abundant life Jesus came that we may have.

      Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ,
      2 Corinthians 2:14