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16 Months:

16 months

Gosh, our precious boy is getting so big!  It feels like we can see him grow.  Here are his measurements on 30 April 2013:

Weight:  10.41 kg

Length:  80 cm

Head circumference:  48.5 cm

His personality is really showing now, he is really a little chatterbox who talks all the time!  I can see at the crèche when I drop him off or pick him up that the other little ones in his class don’t say much, but Baby G doesn’t shut up for a minute!  Everyone at the crèche absolutely adores him, and he gets away with things that the other kids don’t!  He sure has a way of charming people into doing what he wants!  For instance, the other kids need to sleep in the camp cots at specific times, but Baby G never sleeps in his.  It’s used for storage of chairs and toys.  Baby G plays all day in the class room or outside, depending on the weather, and the other day when I went to fetch him 2 bigger boys were competing for his attention, both wanting to play with him.

Sleeping:  It’s only on a rare occasion that Baby G naps at the crèche.  Most days he naps from about 13h30 or 14h00 for the first time, but then he will sleep easily for 2-3 hours, but he does wake up 2-3 times in that time, so it’s not continuous.  It’s happened that we’ve had to wake him up at about 17h30, to feed him and bathe him, so that he can go to sleep again at 19h00.  This is a routine that works well for me, because if he does nap at school he often falls asleep after 12h00 and then I have to wake him at 13h00 to take him home.  If that happens he will not nap again for the day, and he is often cranky and tired by 16h00 or so.

Night time sleeping is so much better!  He’s had a lot of nights where he either slept through or woke up for the first time around 5h00 or just before.  That is the time that DH gets up for work, so I think it’s his routine that causes this, but we are also seeing improvement in this habit lately.  If he does wake in the early hours of the morning baby G will often talk a bit by himself and fall asleep again soon after.  I’m really glad about this because it is starting to get cold at night and it’s not been very pleasant to get up and nurse him.  Last winter I moved baby G in bed with us, but that meant that I really did not sleep very well at all, because baby G would wake up or cry out numerous times during the night and I don’t want that again this winter, so I’m hoping that he will start to sleep through every night now in his own cot.

Eating:  Baby G eats really well at the crèche, it’s only on the odd occasion that they tell me that he did not eat well.  The porridge he eats in the morning is more than what he used to eat all day here at home, and then he eats another bowl of veggies for lunch, so we are really pleased with that.  Dinner time is still a bit of a struggle, but I think that is because baby G nurses a lot in the late afternoons and early evenings.  That is the time of day that he still drinks the most breast milk.  We give him fruit, cheese or yogurt to snack on and he loves to feed himself now, and most of the time he doesn’t mess a lot either.

Teeth:  For 4 months baby G did not get any new teeth but this past month he made up for it.  He’s had quite a lot of teething symptoms, you know the toxic poo’s and nappy rash that comes with it especially, and I could at first not understand why the teeth are not coming through.  Until last week when I noticed that he has 2 molars at the top already, and we just could not see them!  He also cut one lateral incisor at the bottom last week and it seems there is another canine at the top that is almost ready to cut.

Favourites:  Baby G has a new obsession – shoes.  At first he loved to try and walk with his one foot in one of DH’s or my shoes.  Then when it got colder we bought him a pair of sho shoes and he loves his own shoes now.  (He also  has a pair of crocs.)  If I ask him; “where are your shoes?” he will run and fetch them for me to put on.  He calls them “koete”, which is I think a combination of the words “voete” (feet) and “skoene” (shoes).  This morning when I dressed him, he got his shoes out first and he was holding them saying the word koete over and over again.  So I said, skoe-ne, skoe-ne… and he would repeat koe-te, koe-te, after me and it was so cute! He would show me the shoes when he said koe-te, and press them against his feet, showing me that they need to go there.

Another favourite is to shower with daddy every night.  If DH asks him if he wants to shower he will drop everything and he will run to the bathroom, often times he’ll pull on his clothes, to try and get them off.  Yesterday morning DH wanted to shower and I was still in bed with baby G nursing him, and when he heard the shower he stopped immediately, got off the bed and ran to the bathroom.  Nursing is still one of the best things for baby G, so if showering ranks higher than that then he must really love it! (The next picture looks the way it does because of the steam in the shower)

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Milestones:  Baby G loves to run, and he especially loves to run away from us.  He also thought up a game – he would bring the TV remote to DH and ask; “Ta?” and when DH wants to take it he will pull it away and run away, screaming with laughter.  He sure has a sense of humour.

He is more and more affectionate – about 2 months ago he started to give hugs and last week I got a kiss for the first time.  Last night I showed him twice how to blow a kiss to his daddy when it was time to go to bed and after the second time he pressed the back of his hand against his mouth and then blew on it.  So cute!  Daddy was really impressed!

Baby G has figured out how to pull and push our dining room chairs around and then climb on them to get to high places he cannot reach.  A few weeks ago I walked into the kitchen and there he was on the chair pressing the buttons on the microwave.  He must have moved the chair at least 4-5 metres by himself, around the breakfast nook in the kitchen, because I did not move the chair there and neither did DH.

I’ve noticed that baby G is starting to interact when I read him his books.  He shows me pictures and then says things like; “mamma,” if there is a picture of a mommy with a baby, or he says ha-ha-ha, when he sees an elephant, because of the rhyme, “Oom Olifant”, where I say ha-ha-ha in the rhyme.  He loves his books and often times he will pick one up and bring it to me to read to him.

Baby G also loves to entertain us – most nights just before bed time he climbs onto the coffee table and starts to dance and sing for us.  He is a bit shy so he dances and sings a bit, then  he gets shy, and we have to encourage him to go on, which he usually does.  I must see if one of the videos we took of him is good enough quality to post on Yo.u Tu.be so that you all can see.

Firsts:  There was a photographer at the crèche this month, so we got our first school pictures.

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I love this Dai.ly Gra.ce Inspi.ration from Jo.seph Prin.ce I received today.  Is once again on righteousness, and I want to share it with you:

Song Of Solomon 4:7
7You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.

Jesus tells us His bride, “You are all fair, My love, and there is no spot in you.” But our reply to Him tends to be, “Me? All fair and no spot? You don’t know me, Lord!”
Do you really think that God doesn’t know you?
God sees reality like no one else sees it. He sees the perfection of His Son’s finished work in your life. By one offering of Himself at the cross, Jesus has perfected you forever! (Hebrews 10:14) You have been made the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21) And you will never find any spot in this righteousness that Jesus died to give you.
So God wants you to see yourself righteous—all fair and spotless in Christ. Every day, be conscious of your righteousness in Christ. Say, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ. There is no spot in me whom He has perfected with His blood.” When you do that, you are honoring Jesus and His finished work.
If you are conscious of your sins, then you are not honoring the work of Christ. You may think that you are being humble or holy by being sin-conscious. But do you know that the Bible calls sin-consciousness an “evil conscience”?
Hebrews 10:21–22 tells us that since we have Jesus as our High Priest, “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience”. What does the writer of Hebrews mean by “an evil conscience”? If you read the beginning of the same chapter, you will find that he is talking about a “consciousness of sins”. (Hebrews 10:2) Paul calls it a “conscience seared with a hot iron”. (1 Timothy 4:2) The Greek word for “seared” here is kauteriazo, and it means to carry about with you a perpetual consciousness of sin.
So don’t carry with you an evil or seared conscience. Your lifetime of sins has already been punished fully in the body of Jesus at the cross. Be conscious, instead, of your perfection and righteousness in Christ. Because of what Jesus has done for you, you can boldly declare, “I am all fair. There is no spot in me!””

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I said in my last post that there are some awesome messages that I want to share with you.  Here is the first one on righteousness by Jo.seph Prin.ce, sermon # 26 Enjoy Abraham’s Blessings in your life:

“The other day I was reading about the covenant that we are under – the New Covenant, in the book of Hebrews and I came to this particular verse that says; “A covenant is not enforced until the death of the testator,” the covenant victim, right?

You know your grandfather could be a multi millionaire, let’s say he puts something to your name in his will, you will receive nothing, even though your name is there, until he dies.  Right?  So the Bible says a covenant is in force, or we can say enforced in your life, only when there is a death.  So every time you partake of the Lord’s Supper, the Bible says you proclaim what?  The Lord’s death.  So in actuality you are saying to the powers that be that the covenant is in force in my life.  You are declaring to heaven as well, that the covenant is in force in my life.  So the covenant of God includes healing, wholeness, prosperity and well being for your entire family!  Praise the Lord!

We want to take off on where left off not too long ago when I preached on 2 Corinthians 5:17, so let’s look at this passage right now, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21:  17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  Once you believe in Christ you are a brand new creation – smile to your neighbour and say; “New creation, are you?”  Look at somebody else on the other side and say; “I am a brand new creation, how about you?” Do you all still remember the sharing on the new creation? 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,” Not condemnation.  19 that is that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the Word of reconciliation.”

Do you know something; the world has not heard Christian preachers as a whole telling them; “God is not mad at you, God is not angry with you, God is not counting your sins against you!  God sent His Son to die for you.  It was while you were still a sinner that Christ died for you.  God loved you when He saw you at your worst – God sent His Son while you were still a sinner.  God is very clear – He has given us the ministry of reconciliation, not condemnation, and the word is this:  God is not imputing their trespasses to them.  God is not counting their sins against them.  Now they are not saved, your relatives are not saved, those that don’t believe in Christ, those that don’t know about  the wonderful gospel that we believe in, the wonderful good news from heaven, they do not know Jesus, they are not saved, but God is not counting their sins against them.  You know something; they need to hear us telling them, God is not counting your sins against you.  Come home, come home.  Why settle for pig food, swine food, when the father’s house have bread enough and to spare!  Amen?  Why settle for people who love you for what you can give them, the moment you have nothing to give them they also leave.  Come back to the Father’s house where his love is unconditional, He will hug you while you still smell like pigs.  He will embrace you; He will lavish you with all His goodness and grace because His love for you is unconditional.  Nothing you do can make God love you more; nothing you do can make God love you less!  God loves you unconditionally.  Hallelujah!  Amen?  And the word we have for the world is that God is not counting your sins against you!  Amen?  Yet, you hardly hear that, but it’s Bible!  “God is not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us:  we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”  God is not mad at you so why are you mad at God?  God is not holding anything against you, what are you holding against God?  Come home, the Father is waiting for you.  Praise the name of Jesus. It does not matter how much you have failed, you don’t know how much He still wants to give to you, how much He wants to lavish on you, how much He wants to pour His love on you.  God loves you folks!  We need to tell the people in the world; “look the good news is that God is not counting your sins against you, the death of His Son is a declaration that God loves you, instead of punishing you for your sins, God took your sins and put it on Jesus Christ and God punished His Son for your sins, so that God will never punish you for your sins, because sin cannot be punished twice.  The law of double jeopardy, any crime cannot be tried twice in a court of law, Amen?  Praise the Lord!

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  Now the next verse tells us something very powerful of when Jesus hung on the cross: “for God made Jesus who knew no sin…”  How many of you know that Jesus knew no sin, and not only that but Peter says He did no sin, John says in Him is no sin, so:  He knew no sin, He did no sin and in Him is no sin, but the Bible says that He who knew no sin, God made to be sin for us, where?  At the cross.  “… so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  Now, I want to tell you something about righteousness, when you see in the Bible Paul talks about justification by faith… those who are of faith…Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness… all this speaks off faith righteousness, not works righteousness.  Allright?  In the Old Testament you must obey God and obey God in everything, all the 10 Commandments, for you to be righteous.  Allright?  There is none who can do that!  They can’t do it outwardly, they can’t do it in their mind, mentally, or inwardly in their hearts.  Then in the New Covenant that Jesus established for us, you believe what Jesus has done and God counts you righteous.  God says you are holy; you are blameless in my eyes.  Under the Old Covenant, Old Testament prophets will call your sins to your remembrance, but in the New Covenant, the New Covenant prophets call your righteousness in Christ to remembrance.  Amen?  Under the law God says; “I will by no means forget your sins, I will visit your sins to the third and fourth generation,” but under the New Covenant because of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection there is a New Covenant, and God says; “I will by no means remember your sins…” Good news!

We are dealing with a God who is not holding our sins against us, let alone remember them.  Amen?  Somehow good news doesn’t sound like very good news nowadays; it’s very hard to hear good news – the good news of the gospel is this – That God counts you righteous in His eyes, counts you deserving of all His best blessings, counts you worthy off all that He has to give and the abundant life.  Amen?  I know you don’t consider yourself so- you ask yourself the question, but how can I be righteous Pastor Prince?  How can I be righteous if I haven’t done anything righteous?  So we go back to this verse once again – how did Jesus become sin?  Did He do sin to become sin?  No, He did no sin, so how did Jesus become sin?  He received sin at the cross, so how do you and I become righteous?  By doing righteousness?  No, we receive His righteousness.  Amen?  When Jesus received our sin, did God curse Him?  Yes, God did not say; “I know you are my son, you are just carrying their sins, I will not curse you.  No!  The Bible says that Jesus became a curse for us (Gal 3:13), so even though He was carrying our sins, He received our sins, God cursed Him.  By the same token, now that we have received His righteousness, will God bless us?  Or does God say; “Well this is my Son’s righteousness, it’s not your righteousness, I won’t bless you…”  No, no, no.  God will treat you as if you are what you have received.  As Christ was cursed, as sure as He was cursed, I am blessed.  You are blessed.  So we see the divine exchange at the cross is a glorious exchange.  Once you are right with God, then this “righteousness of God in Him,” is a gift, not a reward.  The bible says in Romans 5:17, “if you receive this gift of righteousness, you will reign in life!”  Over sin, over poverty, over disease, over death!  In life, not in death, you will reign in life!  You will be full of life, you will reign in life!  The amplified Bible says; “reign as kings in life.”  I love that.  Amen?  So righteousness is a gift, it’s not a reward for your good performance.  Learn to receive this gift.  How many of you believe you’ve received the gift righteousness?  How many of you are acting like you’ve received the gift of righteousness?

How many of you are acting, you know, when I pray God hears, because why?  I am the righteousness of God in Christ; I have received the gift of righteousness, amen?  When I’m sick, I expect to be healed.  When there is a problem I expect God to see me through.  Some people say, “why do you expect good things to happen to you, there are so many people in Singapore…”  I expect good things to happen to me!  I expect bad things not to happen to me, why?  I am the righteousness of God in Christ!  So it’s one thing to receive it, but do you act like it?  You ought to feel special child of God!  Because God has made you special!  You are not just an ordinary person walking down Orchard Road.  You are a child of God, washed by the blood of Jesus, made righteous in Him, all right?  Qualified to receive the inheritance and you are now a joint heir with Christ, enjoying all the promises and blessings of God.  Amen church?  Its one thing to know and say amen, but it’s another thing to act like it, to ask yourself do I really treat myself like that?  Like I am a righteous person in Christ, or am I still busy trying to make myself righteous?  Am I still trying to earn the blessings of God?

I want to share with you something that I think is very, very powerful because one thing that hinders our righteousness consciousness is sin consciousness.  It seems to me that in many places, one of the things that preachers think is good for the people is that if we can preach sin to the people and make them sin conscious.  People will realise their sin and then they will turn away from their sin.  Nothing can be further from the truth.  To preach sin to the people and to create sin consciousness is the very opposite of what the New Covenant is all about.  The New Covenant is for you to be conscious of your righteousness in Christ.  The apostle Paul to whom God revealed ¾ of the New Testament and the whole gospel of grace, the apostle Paul says I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, or the good news of Christ, for it is the power of God!  The, definite article, the one and only, THE POWER OF GOD unto your salvation, unto your wholeness, unto your prosperity, unto your wellness, unto your wellbeing.  Amen?  In the gospel.  But what is the gospel that Paul preached?  For in that Gospel is the righteousness of God revealed.  It is not the sinfulness of man revealed.  It is the righteousness of God revealed as a gift to you.  Are we hearing that?  We are not hearing the true gospel that Paul preached.

So what is the biggest problem in the body of Christ?  Sin consciousness.  The Bible says the law, let me show you this verse:  Hebrews 10:1-2 (KJV):  1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things,  can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.”  See the law is not the good thing to come; the law is a shadow of good things to come.  You know my wife; she loves the idea that I’m carrying her picture with me all the time.  I have a picture with me all the time.  (He takes a picture out of his wallet.)  I have two ladies, this is a beautiful picture of my wife and my daughter, but do you know something?  This is a shadow, this is a picture.  (He kisses the picture.)  Actually what I kiss is paper, right?  Nothing like the real thing.

You know the shadow can never really minister fulfilment to you.  If you are hungry and I put Ken.tucky Fr.ied Chic.ken in a barrel and the light hits the food and you see a shadow on the wall, and I say; ‘help yourself to the shadow while I eat this…”  Trust me, I’ll end up full and you will end up empty and still hungry, right?  So the law is a shadow of good things to come.  Jesus is the substance – so the law and the 10 Commandments are shadows, yet we are preaching the shadows when we actually should preach the substance.  2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered?  Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.”  Your New King James says; “…no more consciousness of sins.”  So what it is saying is this:  If the sacrifices of bulls and goats and lambs in the Old Testament, which typified Christ as the substance – these are just shadows – if these Old Testament sacrifices, if they had worked, the worshipers would not have had sin consciousness.  Now let me ask you – the final sacrifice has come – His name is Jesus Christ – did His sacrifice work?  Drop down to verse 11, same chapter, 11 and every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:”  Every day they offer a sin offering, a goat, every day which can never take ways sins.  You know it’s one thing to hide sin, let me tell you this; if my shirt is dirty, if there is a spot on here, a ink blot or whatever, and I cover it with my jacket – that is called atonement, the Bible uses the word covering, the word atonement means covering.  Now in the Old Testament their sins were atoned by the blood of bulls and goats, but the blood of Jesus in the New has removed…  Nothing like the blood of Jesus and it’s free…  Hallelujah, praise the Lord!  It does not cover, it removes.  Can I have a good amen?  So the Bible says that all the sacrifices can never take away, it only covers…  Cover, cover, cover…  Until Jesus came to take away by His death at the cross.  12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;”    But this Man – capital M – after He had offered – how many?  ONE sacrifice! For sins FOREVER!  Sat down at the right hand of God…  Now, why do you sit down?  Because your work is finished.  Now go back to the previous verse again; “…every priest stands daily…” Can you see standing daily?  Do you know why the Old Testament priests never sat down?  Their work is never finished.  They offer repeatedly – “…daily ministering and offering oftentimes…” or repeatedly, but Jesus “…offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down…”  His work is finished.

Now, according to Hebrews 10 verse 2; “For then would they not have ceased to be offered?  Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more consciousness of sins.”  So why is it that we are sin conscious?  Sin consciousness robs you of faith, it robs you of initiative, it robs you of feeling that you are favoured by God; it robs you of the good life that Jesus came to give you!  And yet there are many people that think that the purpose of preaching is to make people sin conscious.    No!  It is to make people Jesus conscious!  So where did this sin consciousness come from?  The gospel is the answer – unfortunately people are thinking of the gospel as a revelation of their sins.  No, no, no – Old Testament prophets call your sins to your remembrance – New Testament prophets calls your righteousness in Christ into your remembrance…  Into your consciousness if you would.  Good news?  Very good news!  We have to live like it, act like it child of God!  Expect when you go outside, that the sun is shining especially for you.  Because I’m telling you everything in the universe moves around the righteous man, the righteous woman.  It says clearly in the book of James that “the effectual and fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  That is you, that is you!  Your prayers avail much.

So Jesus Himself, listen carefully, He came to be the sacrifice – He didn’t come to be a new law giver.  He came to die for our sins, that one sacrifice for sins forever.  Ok?  So when you’re sin conscious, let me tell you this, you are not where you are supposed to be.  Hello!  You are not where you are supposed to be in God!  God does not want you sin conscious, God wants you Jesus conscious.   God wants you righteousness conscious!”

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Remember this post?  Well, it seems that the Holy Spirit just won’t let me stop thinking about this.  I think so often on how easy it is to fall back into unbelief and even though I know the scriptures and the promises in the Bible, if one doesn’t meditate on them and speak them out loud every day, even frequently a day, it’s so easy to just start to doubt if it will happen.  Yesterday, when I was giving myself a bit of a pep talk, I just “got it” again, and I want to share this with you, so that hopefully other people will also “get it” whether it is for the first time or a reminder just like I had to get again.

I think a lot of people have trouble believing that a lot of the scriptures in the Bible are promises for them.  I know for a long time I thought that one just cannot claim a specific scripture for yourself.  I thought that God’s will was different for every individual.  For example:  I thought that it was God’s will for some people to have children and that it was also his will for other people to never have children, and that we would never know on this earth why He would will it for some and not for others.

Then one day I started to learn the truth.  That God’s will is the same for every person on earth, and that God only wants all that is good for all of us, and that He wants to give us the desires of our hearts (if they are good desires off course).  I learnt that God has no favourites, and that it is not a case of that some people are getting blessings and others don’t. (Acts 10:34 (NIV): 34 Then Peter began to speak: I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism.” Romans 2:11 (NIV): 11 For God does not show favouritism.”)  God treats us all the same and He wants to give all of us the same blessings.  If I got fewer blessings than others it was not God’s fault, because He made it all available to me, but the problem was with me for not receiving it.

When God speaks there is incredible power in His words.  For example – In Genesis we see that God spoke everything into creation.  Genesis 1:3, 6, 9 (AMP):  “3 And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.  6 And God said, Let there be a firmament [the expanse of the sky] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters [below] from the waters [above].  9 And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be collected into one place [of standing], and let the dry land appear. And it was so.” 

All it took was God’s words and everything in the whole cosmos was created.  And not only that but God’s Words cannot return to Him void, (Isaiah 55:11 (KJV): 11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”) and that means that once God has said it, it cannot go back to Him until everything is accomplished of what it had to accomplish.  (To get a better understanding of this read this post.)  So for instance if the Bible says in Exodus 23:26 (NIV):  26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span,” then God’s word cannot return to Him until there is no more infertility or miscarriages on this earth. 

Then there is the importance of the covenants in the Bible.  They were like binding contracts, but those contracts were made by the spilling of blood.  In the Old Testament there is an example of one where God made a covenant with Abraham.

Genesis 15: 1-12 & 17-21 (NIV): “God’s Covenant With Abram: 1 After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. 2 But Abram said, O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir. 4 Then the word of the LORD came to him: This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir. 5 He took him outside and said, Look up at the heavens and count the stars— if indeed you can count them. Then he said to him, So shall your offspring be. 6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. 7 He also said to him, I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it. 8 But Abram said, O Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I shall gain possession of it?

9 So the LORD said to him, Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon. 10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. 12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.

17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking brazier with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”

Abraham had trouble believing the promises of God so the fourth time God promised him an heir and land God made a covenant with him, and the way to do it was by cutting animals in half and arranging them opposite each other on the ground.  That was the custom of the day, but the custom was for the lesser, or younger party to walk between the sacrificed animals and to do that meant that the person was willing to be cut in half, just like the animals, if he could not keep his part of the covenant.  In this case God was the one who moved in between the animals, even though he was NOT the lesser party, just so that Abraham could believe that His promise would come to pass.  Well, we know off course that God’s promises all came true and that Abraham was richly blessed not only with his promised son, but also other children, lots of land and incredible wealth. 

Galatians 3: 6-9 (NIV): 6 Consider Abraham: He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. 7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. 8 The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: All nations will be blessed through you. 9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”

Paul says here that everybody that believes in God is a child of Abraham, and because we believe we will be blessed just like Abraham.  But do you know what?  We have something that is even better than the blessings of Abraham, even though they are awesome enough as it is.

We have the New Covenant that God made with us.  How did he make this Covenant?  By giving His Son, Jesus Christ, as the sacrifice, by shedding the precious blood of Jesus, so that we can believe His promises for us.  Now think on this.  If Abraham was so richly blessed because of the covenant that God made with him, and there the sacrifice was a heifer, a goat, a ram, a dove and a pigeon, how much more shouldn’t we be blessed because HE GAVE HIS SON – JESUS CHRIST as the sacrifice, as a promise that He will keep His word.

I remember, every time when I read the story where God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, I thought – how can he do that?  He waited so long for his son, but even if he never waited, it must be impossible to give up your child!  Now that we have baby G, I still cannot fathom how Abraham could have gone out, ready to sacrifice his son.  To think what God did for us is so much more than what He asked of Abraham, because Jesus 1. WAS sacrificed and 2. the full wrath of God, all the punishment for every human being of all time, came down on Him.

Yesterday I realized that Jesus’ sacrifice was too high.  God gave more than what was necessary, so that we can have his promise, better than a promise, a covenant, a contract, bought with the blood of Jesus, that He will keep His Word, and that we will get what He promised us.  There is no reason why God would not want to give all His promises to us.  The price was too high!  Just try to imagine – He gave up everything for us, why wouldn’t He then give us all He has promised?  Imagine if you had to make a huge sacrifice for someone and for some reason that person did not receive what you gave them?  You certainly would not want to with hold whatever you were going to give, after you’ve already made that huge sacrifice!

Can you see how much God loves you? How much He has sacrificed for you?

Please understand God wants you to have every single promise He has made in His word.  I want to post some more posts in the next few weeks that explain how we are made righteous in God’s eyes, even though it might not feel that way and that we may think we don’t deserve His blessings, that God is gracious towards us, and that means that we get undeserved, unmerited favour from Him, and how to actually receive from God.

I hope this will bless someone.

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I actually wanted to post this message of Dr Cref.lo Dol.lar (Because of your Unbelief Pt 2) the other day, but I couldn’t find it in between all the other recordings I have, and like I said then I felt compelled to share that other message. Well, yesterday I wanted to look for this message again, but once more I had no idea where to look for it. I just thought to myself; let’s start at the message we recorded on the first of March. Guess what? That was the message I was looking for! The very first message I opened, was the one I couldn’t find earlier this week. It can only be the Holy Spirit’s guidance that led me first to the message of Walking in the Supernatural and now this one:

“Go to Romans chapter 4. I want to show you something that … I don’t know, I never thought about this before, not in this perspective since I’ve read this scripture. Verse 19: “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:” Now we know the story, God told him that he was going to have a son, he is a hundred years old, his wife is old, everybody is old, everything is dead, and here is one word that I never… watch this, watch me use this word – I never considered – and it’s the word consider.

Let me give you the definition of this word and then you will understand what he did to not have unbelief. This word consider means; “to think carefully about, especially in order to make a decision.” To consider something means I’m thinking carefully about this, especially in order to make a decision. Here is another definition I like; it means; “to bear it in your mind…” To bear it in your mind. You’ve heard people say, “now, bear in mind, now…” Consider means to bear in mind, it means to contemplate. When you are contemplating something it means you are reflecting on it, it’s what I was doing with that polyp. Now, now watch this, this is so awesome…

So why is it that a hundred year old guy and a ninety year old woman, how is it that they can get together and give birth to an impossibility? I’ll tell you how, because Abraham would not contemplate, or would not bear in his mind, or would not think about the deadness of his body! He would not bear in mind; he would not contemplate, reflect on or think about the deadness of Sarah’s womb! He only thought and contemplated and reflected on what God promised. When he refused to consider the deadness of his body and when he refused to consider the deadness of his wife’s womb it kept unbelief out of the equation. And when unbelief is successfully kept out of the equation, mustard seed faith can go to work, and give birth to impossibilities.

I believe this year God wants to give birth to some impossibilities in your life. But He is not going to able to do it until we refuse to bear in mind the contradiction. We can’t think about the contradiction. We can’t think about the thing that goes against the promise. Here is what God is saying; “I need my people to only think about my promise. I need my people to only reflect on my promise. I need my people to only bear in their mind what I promise.”

So what the devil’s saying? The devil is trying to play the same trick on us that he did on Adam and Eve. They were only God conscious, they only contemplated God, they only reflected on God, and he shows up in the garden one day with the contradiction to what God said; “hath God said…?” And that was enough to get their thinking on what he said and get their thinking off what God said and what happened? The presence of unbelief began to short circuit their faith that had given them just the total, complete immersion in the presence of God.

See, it’s not that we are trying to be deep when we say; “you might not need to be around this, you might not need to listen to this, you might not want to look at that…” Why? Because the introduction of the contradiction is going to and could bring in the presence of unbelief.

If you find yourself – and this is what’s so wrong with the church – you see people wanting to put the scriptures in a certain place – “we are in church now and I don’t want to hear that.” Do you see the problem here? “We are in church and I don’t want to hear no scripture now.” You know what they are doing? Instead of hearing the scripture they are probably entertaining, contemplating, and bearing in mind the contrary to the scripture. You need to hear some scripture when you are acting crazy. Because what we are trying to do is stop the presence of unbelief.

Abraham focussed, listen… If you read Abraham’s life, if you read Romans chapter 4, Abraham looked like a perfect person, but if you go back to Genesis then you will see… You’ll try to figure how did they write that about Abraham? Because God is not recording a bunch of mistakes in heaven. You understand what I’m saying? So He is not trying to talk about all Abraham’s mistakes. Everything that it said in Romans chapter 4 about Abraham, it seems to contradict itself in Genesis. This man of faith – was not a man of faith at all in Genesis! They were laughing at God when He made promises, all of that stuff – you wonder where do they get that from. But this guy finally got it. I am only going to consider what God promised.

And you know what? In this economic time, don’t consider the decisions they made in Washington DC. You only consider what God says in His word; “You give and it will be given unto you, I’ll supply all your needs according to His riches in glory,” that’s what you consider. You don’t consider how much you make, you don’t consider how much your pay check is going to be, you’re not going to consider how much lesser your pay check is going to be.

You only consider what God said, you know what, when you consider what God says, and that is what you are contemplating, and that is what you are meditating on then that is what you are going to get! You will give birth to an impossibility! But that can’t happen, that can’t happen if you’re believing that God will supply all my needs and at the same time; “O, God is going to take care of me financially” but at the same time; “O dear God, did you hear how much my taxes are going to be…”Real Christians who want results are going to have to be willing to become more diligent about thinking and contemplating and reflecting on the promises of God ONLY.

That is why Jesus said, when Jairus’ daughter was on her death bed and a servant from Jairus’ house came in Mark chapter 5 and said; “your daughter is dead, why trouble the Master any longer,” and the Bible says that when Jesus heard that, immediately He said; “be not afraid, only believe.” Or another way is He said; “believe only.” In other words, don’t let an outside report distract you from where you are going. “You believe Me enough to come and find Me, to bring Me back to your daughter, and you are so focussed on I know…” This is what he told him, he says, “I know if You come and lay hands on my daughter she will be healed and she will live.” That is what he believed and then in the midst of him being focussed on that and contemplating and thinking that, there is somebody that came from his house and said; “She is dead. Don’t worry about it anymore…” And Jesus said, “wait a minute, if you just only believe, and not let this fear come in, you can have what we started working on before we met that woman with the issue of blood, she had it…”

There are too many miracles that we are reading about in the Bible for us to not know what we need to do to experience those things right now! How come we can’t experience it right now? I’ll tell you how come, because we keep letting the contrary come and counteract what we ought to be focussed on. I would rather have this many people as a member of Wor.ld Chan.gers Minis.try believe in God, than have 40 000 of them who don’t. I want to raise up some people who want to believe God, some people who will say; “You know, I know what you just told me, but I’m just trusting God!”

The Bible says about Abraham; “he considered not his body being dead nor the deadness of Sarah’s womb,” so what happened? As a result of Him not considering the contrary, notice what happened: “He did not stagger after the promise,” next verse, “he did not stagger after the promise in unbelief.” He did not stagger in unbelief; he did not stagger in unbelief! Why? Because he put a guard over his thinking – be careful how you think. Be careful what you hear. He put a guard over his thinking, and he refused to think anything except what the Word had promised him…

This is how we are going to get ahead ladies and gentlemen. It’s not much information, but its knowing how to practically function and operate in this information.”

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Exactly 2 years ago we received our miracle. I cannot tell you how it felt when I saw that very feint second line on the pregnancy test. I tested 4 days early and there it was – the positive we’ve been dreaming of for 11.5 years! I remember the very first thing that went through my mind was, Thank you Lord! Then I burst out in tears of gratitude. Then I felt shivers go up and down my spine because I realized this is it! This is the moment where we receive what we have been hoping, praying and believing for. One of the best days of my life, let me tell you – the first day I knew we received our miracle…

Even now I am still in awe of God’s grace and how good He is to us. How much He has blessed us and especially how much He has blessed baby G.

God is so good! Hallelujah! Thank you Lord! All the praise and all the glory must all go to our almighty Lord!

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I have so many messages I want to share with you, and I must say I got a bit behind with this task.  At first I was not sure where to start, but once again I got the same message from different sources, so I think the Holy Spirit is guiding me towards this from Dr Cref.lo Dol.lar (Prac.tical Ho.liness Part 1):

Numbers 21:5 “And the people spake against God and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness for there is no bread, neither is there any water, and our soul loatheth this light bread.” Its manna they are talking about.

6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.”  I guess they shouldn’t have complained about the food.

7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said; We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee, pray unto the Lord, that He take away the serpents from among us, and Moses prayed for the people.”  Right, how is God going to deliver them?

8 And the Lord said unto Moses, make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole:  and it shall come to pass that everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.”  Did you see that?  In the wilderness they were snake bitten and God said look away from your wounds and look towards the serpent on the pole and you will be healed.  Now off course we know that that is a foreshadowing of the fact that Jesus took on all of our sins and was that serpent on the cross, but there was a principle here that I want you to get and the principle is this:  If you want to be delivered you have to look away from your wounds and you have got to look to something else.  You’ve got to behold the Lamb!  The key to all deliverance is, and I don’t hesitate to say that, all deliverance, to all deliverance is to get your eyes off yourself and onto Him.

That is why your prayer is answered a lot quicker when you start to pray for someone else instead of you.  You can always find something to pray about for yourself, but find somebody, when you pray for somebody else, and you will get your eyes off you, and deliverance can come to you.  Holiness does not consist of feelings or experiences, it consists of beholding Christ – holiness consists of beholding Christ.

Let me give you another illustration:  Go to Matthew 14.  It’s not enough for me to come and say:  Well, you know, get your eyes off yourself, behold Jesus and you will be delivered.  No, I need to hammer this in.

Matthew 14:22(KJV)  All right, this is Jesus walking on the water.  “And straight away Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.  23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray:  and when the evening was come, he was there alone.  24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.  25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.  26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, it’s a spirit; and they cried out of fear.” The word spirit here is the word phantom and basically they said, “It’s a ghost”.

27 But straightaway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; It is I; be not afraid.  28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” Now he just put Jesus’ back against the wall, because what was Jesus supposed to do? “If it be not me?” He said, “If it is you, let me come on the water.”  Now watch this, because listen, a natural man cannot walk on the water.  You all know that right?  Listen to me, I tried it.  I ain’t playing, I tried it.  Natural man can’t walk on water.

How do you deliver this man from the natural to the supernatural?  You’ve got to get your eyes off you and you’ve got to get your eyes on Jesus and that is what he did!  He got out the boat, looking onto Jesus and as long as he was looking at Jesus he was in the supernatural.  He beheld Jesus and he became what he beheld.  See Jesus wasn’t on the boat, Jesus I must remind you, was standing on the water in the supernatural telling this man to join Him in the supernatural.  So when you behold supernatural things, you become what you behold.

Watch this now:  But while he was in the supernatural, watching the supernatural, natural things started taking place around him.  Look at this “29 And He said, Come.  And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.”  He a natural man did a supernatural thing – he walked on the water to go to Jesus.  30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately  Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, o thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And then when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.  33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him saying, of a truth thou art the Son of God.” Hey man, you are the son of God – look at what you did! You’re the Son of God!

Now, look what happens here – His eyes are beholding what Jesus was doing in the supernatural.  As long as his eyes were on Jesus, he now became what he was beholding and now he began to walk on the water, because he is beholding Jesus walking on the water, but then natural things started happening around him and he took his eyes off Jesus and started beholding the natural and he became natural again.

As he saw the Lord, he became as the Lord, but when he took his eyes off Jesus, he was no longer supernatural.  He is now natural and natural man can’t walk on water.  Why did you doubt?  Why did you take your eyes off Jesus?

Every pressure that you go through is to get you to take your eyes off Jesus!  Every bill that comes through your house is to get you to take your eyes off Jesus! Every irritation you have in your marriage is to get you to take your eyes off Jesus, but when you take your eyes off Jesus, listen!  You are no longer going to walk in the supernatural!  Turn to your neighbour and say, “It’s time to behold the Lamb!”

See some people teach that you are responsible for keeping yourself from falling – you’ve heard that!  You are responsible from keeping yourself from falling, but that is not what my Bible says in the book of Jude.  It says in verse 24-25 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.”  See ladies and gentlemen you’ve got to understand, it is not you that will keep you from falling, it’s when you behold Jesus, He is able to keep you from falling, He is able to keep you from sinking, He is able to keep you from being put out, He is able to keep you from dying an early death, He is able…  Now unto Him who is able!  So I look to Him to keep me from falling, but if I quit looking to Him and start looking to myself, and start looking to all the natural things going on around me, I’m going to fall.

The Law demands self effort, the law demands works, the law says, “Thou shall not, thou shall not, thou shall not…”  The focus is on me, the focus is on my effort, that’s what the law demands.  It demands my efforts and demands me to do the works.  The law demands from man holiness and they can’t produce that, they can’t exert of give because man is bankrupt as a sinner.  We cannot change ourselves by our efforts.  So if we can’t change ourselves by our efforts – how can we change?  Get that transformation of what Jesus did?

Go to 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 “And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;” The amplified says:  “Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgements or to claim or count anything as coming from us, but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God.”  My power and my ability and my sufficiency is from God!  It’s from God!

When people want to give you credit, let them know, no, no, no!  That is from God!  No, what you see is from God, what you experience is from God.  The wisdom – that’s from God.  Get that – it’s not from me!  My sufficiency is not from me!  My ability to get results is not from me!  It’s from God!  It’s from God!  In Him we move, in Him we breathe, in Him we have our very being.

Ok, listen to me.  Right now he is talking about; “don’t give yourself credit,” you’re not looking to yourself, you are looking to Him for your ability, for your power, for your sufficiency.  You are looking to Him, you are looking to Him, you are looking to Him…

You think about it:  any area where you are still stuck is the area where you are looking to yourself!  Your eyes are still focussed on you…

2 Corinthians 3:6-7 (KJV):  6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.  7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones,”  He is talking about the 10 commandments, “was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:  So he says even dealing with the law, which was the government of death, the ministration of death, but yet glory was on the face of Moses to the point that you couldn’t stand to look at him, because the glory was on his face, because of this ministration…
“8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?”  He said now if the glory was on the face of Moses as a result of the ministration of death, as a result of the 10 commandments, he says, how much more should the glory shine in our lives as a result of the Spirit?

 “9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.” So even the ministration of condemnation, the law, was given to bring man to an end of themselves, even that ministration had glory, man, the ministration of the righteousness should exceed, way exceed in glory.

 “11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.” So the law has been done away with, but now we are led by the spirit – we are sons and daughters of God and led by the Spirit, he said, that’s got to be even more glorious.

12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:” Now watch this:  “13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:Now all my life I thought that the veil was to cover his face because people could not look at him steadfastly.  No the veil was put on his face because the glory that they had a hard time looking at was vanishing and he didn’t want the Israelites to see the glory vanishing or they may question his leadership.  See how we need to read our Bible?  He put the veil over his face to cover up the vanishing glory – the glory was leaving and he didn’t want them to see it.

If you go to Exodus you’ll find that when he would go before God he would remove the veil but when he come before the people he would put it back over his face.  So he did that several times.  But this is to indicate that the veil was over the old covenant, even to this day if you read the Old Testament you can’t see the glory, but if you come to the New Testament and you see Jesus, you can look at Jesus face to face and behold the glory.

“14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; which veil is done away in Christ.  15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.  16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.” Watch this:  17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”  There is emancipation from bondage where the Spirit of the Lord is.  Now watch this:  18 But we all, with open face,” doing what? “beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  Who is going to be responsible for the change?  Will it be you?  No!  You are going to be changed by the Spirit of the Lord!  Listen to what he is saying; as you behold Jesus, the Spirit of God has accepted responsibility for you being transformed into what you behold.  He is only going to change you into the image of Jesus, He loves changing you into the image of Jesus, the image of deliverance, the image of healing.  He loves doing that, the Spirit of God is going to do this!  Praise God, Bless His Holy name!

The first Pentecost was at Mount Sinai and 3000 people died the day the law was given.  In the book of Acts it says at the day of Pentecost, the second Pentecost took place at Mount Zion, and 3000 souls were saved.  Here is the Word of the Lord:  God is going to bless you out of Mount Zion and not Mount Sinai.  The law cannot produce holiness, only Christ can produce holiness.  What is my part?  My part is not by my effort, but by beholding Him, by reading the Word of God.

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