Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Faith ~ African Style

It is true, Holy Spirit is no respecter of persons, as He is God; but interestingly the yielded receive so much more from Him, than the mistrustful. As any physics demonstration will reveal open containers (vessel) can be filled, whereas capped ones have what was intended for them, spill over their closed lids. This seems to be the way in many Western nations. Whereas in Africa (at least in some countries), being yielded is like breathing. Expectation to receive is like certainty and hope is assured. Wherein lies the difference?

So many have claimed (many of those claimants have never visited these countries), that Africa’s openness to God and His provision is due to their stark lack in material prosperity. But in fact, that is not the driving force that motivates their trust in His faithfulness. What assures them, what emboldens them to believe God is true to His word, is simple…..mustard seed faith; the cornerstone of all Christianity. It is what we are saved by (Eph.2:8) and what we live by Faith (Rom.1:17).

When Westerners return from such places, developing/third world nations, they often comment how easily healings and/or miracles occurred; how  responsive the people were to the message of the Gospel and how open their hearts. What has been planted in their hearts before the foundation of the world, if shared could change the face of Christianity. This is their greatest contribution to the Body of Christ; Holy Spirit is set free in those locations. He is unhindered, unfettered and uncontrolled. He does what He pleases and what He pleases is to set the captives free; whether by healing, revelation, salvation or manifestation. He is unrestrained in these environments.

There is a liberty He is planning and purposing for Africa and those that are responsive will find themselves catapulted into His glory, grace and liberty. The rumblings have already begun….with revelation of the Gospel and His grace that emanates from it being embraced by even ministers who were once avid proponents of keeping the law.

Unfortunately, pride runs deep in Western society. Self-reliance is its own god and offense plays a close second. In some African nations, personal offense other than for theft is unrecognized. People are more concerned with caring for others than nursing their own wounds. This allows relationships between God’s children to flourish. In a word, in many third world nations, Christians are dead to themselves, accepting they were crucified with Him and alive to Christ. When so yielded, He is free to live in them. What is called richness in the West is poverty in Africa. Hearts open to GOD is the greatest riches any man can have or share.

Bwana Asifiwe (Praise the Lord)

 

My love affair with the Lord began on a small island off of Australia. He revealed the depth of His love. Opened my heart to what the Cross actually achieved and what He had to pay to accomplish such a final solution. Separating  Himself from Himself for me (on the Cross). I fell in love in that instant  and I was finished…finished looking for God, finished fighting Him, finished listening to any other possibility. Radically saved, I have never been the same….much like Paul, I was chief of sinners and forgiven much I have only one choice, to love much.

He has taken me all over the world and continues to do so…from Africa to Asia and many as yet, untravelled places. My ministry is all Spirit led, even to the point of giving Him my mouth to use as He sees fit, moment by moment. Whether teaching or preaching, He determines what is said, what is needed by the hearer and what will move their heart, heal their bodies and give them liberty. He has had me write articles, e-journals (on knowing Holy Spirit personally) and present weekly live Skype teachings on the subject of His (Holy Spirit’s) choice. Healing has been another area He has had me focus upon.

My online live and in person healing ministry has produced such amazing miracles, (from malaria to cancer being healed), I sometimes wonder if I was even involved. But that is the greatness of our God. Teaching other believers their birthright in healing has also been a privilege. So whether I am in a Western country or the rural areas of Africa, believers  learn about Holy Spirit and is essential role in their lives as a Person, the truth about grace and the Gospel and how to minister healing to their own families and neighbours. It is a full life and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

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One Response to “Faith ~ African Style”
  1. Nancy Conner Coons says:

    What a powerful article. You wrote:

    “Unfortunately, pride runs deep in Western society. Self-reliance is its own god and offense plays a close second.”

    This is something God has been teaching me throughout the past two years. I have often mentioned to others why is it that the Holy Spirit seems to manifest so profoundly in third-world countries. I always felt it was their child-like faith (mustard seed) that opened the door.

    Thank you for this article.

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