Preached by Apostle André Pelser in Cape Town, South Africa.
‘As we draw near to God continually, He strengthens us to believe that our weaknesses will be turned into strength and our unbelief into strong faith. The dew of His presence and the power of His love will cause the change in us by His powerful Word.’ (Smith Wigglesworth)
Nehemiah’s prayerful obedience to the Word of the Lord and his skillful leadership together with Ezra’s spiritual uplifting of the people, finished the building! Nehemiah constantly prayed that God would strengthen their hands and that God would remember them for good, for the work they did for Him. May God remember all the people who will help us, in one way or another, to finish the building of our Church. May God strengthen our hands today and stir up our hearts to complete the building of the Church. I decree that today! May those who despise or ignore the work that we are doing, be forgotten.
God is a Spirit and has to be worshipped in spirit and truth. He showed us what He is like by sending Jesus in the form of a man. Jesus left the splendor of heaven to take on an earthly form so that He could understand us and also give His life as a ransom for all our sins. The life of Jesus illustrates the form of God to us. Godliness is Godlikeness. We grow in Godliness as Christ is formed within us.
Break through into the realm of faith where you actually believe you are right with God, by faith in Christ Jesus. You can approach the throne of grace boldly, you can enter the new and living way through the veil, which is His body (the Church today). The forces of heaven are behind you, Satan’s plans against you are already defeated. You are a conqueror in this life through Christ. You are an overcomer in this life. You are justified through faith. Confess these things to appropriate them. You break sin through righteousness. You enjoy the promises of God through righteousness. Righteousness is a gift given to those who believe in Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17) You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (II Corinthians 5:21)
God will perfect that which concerns you. The good work God has started He will complete. He will form Christ in you so that it will be manifested on the outside – effortlessly! His grace is sufficient for you. His plan for your life is perfect. He will also do it. He is faithful and can be trusted completely.
Be filled with the Spirit… A command that changed people’s lives. Don’t be filled with wine. It causes dissipation (scatters energy, over-indulgence) but be filled with the Spirit. It makes you single-minded. You can focus on what you have to do.