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Why Not Now?

 

Psalm 118:25

Save NOW, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send NOW prosperity.

Everyone in the earth has a dream or goal or some type of a hope or objective that they are reaching for in life. For us in the 21st century church we call it a vision. Vision is simply your concept or idea of your future. It is your subjective desired end state of your life. It is the, what you want to be in the future or the what is the picture of your future.

Due to the fact that vision is about the future, many of us get caught up in the mistake of leaving it to time and chance for it to happen. We lack the element of being deliberate about making vision come to pass. God expects us to be aggressive in taking the necessary steps to see our dreams come to pass. It’s a divine partnership. He will do His part, but He will not do our part.

The question I want to ask you today is, why not now? If you could have your vision come to pass 10 years from now or today, which would you prefer? I am sure you want it to happen right now. Today I want to challenge you to put pressure on the heavens and yourself to make your dream happen right now. I want to challenge you, to shift your mind from postponing your destiny to the future and start believing for it to happen right now.

3 keys to make it happen right now

  1. Decide. Decide right now that you want to see your vision come to pass right now. Not next year, not 10 years from now but it must start happening right now. Your decision to see it happen right now will actually accelerate its manifestation.
  2. Declare. Every prophetic declaration you make in this season must be about the aspects of your vision you want to see happen right now. The tenses you pray in become the key. Declare in present tenses like “I am rich” as opposed to future tense, “I will be rich.”
  3. Dominate. On this level, aggressive action must become  the order of the day. You are not called to simply  chase your dreams, you are called to dominate them. It takes aggressive action to do that. Refuse to postpone your dreams. Make them happen now!

Break Envy Based Motivation

 

Ecclesiastes 4:4 Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless–like chasing the wind.

Social media has created a space in which we all have filtered windows into each others lives. I have to stress the fact that the windows are filtered because, everyone  projects their best  features and conceals their worst. We see each others HIGH-lights while we conceal our LOW-lights.

Many people now have an underlying fear of being left behind by their social media peers, in terms of highlights so many people over compensate and over exaggerate their progress. Envy is now driving people to project progress while they are stagnant or worse regressing. As a child of God, envy must not be your motivation. Faith must be the only fuel that drives you. Here are five ways to break envy based motivation.

  1. Focus on your purpose

You are created by God for a reason. Make that reason your sole focus everyday. There is nothing more liberating than making your everyday, a purpose pursuit day. Anything that is not getting you closer to your purpose, must be ignored.

2. Focus on your gifts

We have all been given gifts by God. We have a daily duty to work on mastering our craft. God expects us to put the work in, to get better in our gifts. Everyday must be used to improve ourselves.

3. Focus on your joy

A key question you must answer for a happier life is “What brings me joy?” What activities bring you to a place of joy everyday? What are your joy activators? For some it’s reading a book, others its jogging, cooking, writing, or conversing with a friend over coffee. Make sure you identify your joy activators and focus on them.

4. Focus on your inner circle 

Everyone has an inner circle of close friends and family who they love and trust. Everyone needs an inner circle to share ideas, hopes and struggles with. Your inner circle must also be given to prayer. When you are down you need them to pray with you and encourage you.

5. Focus on your prayer-life

There is no substitute in the world for prayer. Prayer is a source of power and strength you cannot live without. When you walk in prayer-lessness, you enter a world of weakness. Prayer gives us inner strength to deal with whatever challenges come. Be strong in the Lord and Pray everyday!

 

 

God bless you!

 

Pastor Israel Phiri

5 Mistakes To Avoid 2017

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1. Being Prayer-less

In 2017, nothing in the earth is going to move until you move something in the heavens. This is a year where the prayer-less shall run out of steam early and the prayerful shall flourish. The enemy s going to be working night and day to kill any prayer momentum you develop. Guard your personal prayer time jealously.

2. Being low on the word

The biggest threat to the church in the 21st century is believers who do not develop the discipline of studying the word privately. With all the bizarre practices in the name of prophecy and miracles, we have seen occur in the church, we can only conclude that people are not reading the bible for themselves. In 2017 read the word without ceasing! May your time in the word be greater than your time on Facebook.

3. Having unwritten goals

The prophet Habakuk told us to write the vision and make it plain. One master-key for success is, to write down your goals. But do not just write them and out them away, write them and read them everyday. Writing is just the first part meditating on them is the next part. Write your goals and meditate on them on too.

4. Being over-excited in January

I love January, because there is an energy which comes upon us all to get up again and try to achieve greatness. But the problem is our January excitement doesn’t seem to extend t0 the other 11 months. In January gyms are full, but by the end of January they are back to empty. After the excitement of saying Happy New Year, you have to transition to daily discipline.

5. Inconsistent church attendance

Everything you are working on and believing God for is going to need a place of consistent replenishment and renewal. In 2017 you need to have a safe place, where you can go and receive spiritual power to keep going for your dreams and goals. You cannot achieve a great 2017 in a vacuum. Church is the place where you shall find, strength, direction and inspiration when the going gets tough.

I pray that God blesses your 2017 and that you achieve all that you set out to achieve!

 

Pastor Israel

How To Avoid Facebook/Twitter Fights

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PROVERBS 28:25

An arrogant man stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.

The internet is an invention, that has changed the world. If you  choose to ignore it, you’re going to miss out on a great opportunity to reach  more people.  Social Media, another invention within the internet, has changed the world even more. We as the church have to harness it, for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

One of the key things  I have observed, in the Social Media age is, people are hypersensitive, and can get easily worked up  over small things. Conversely there are a lot of people, this platform to hurl insults and negativity at you, and  as a believer, you need to always take the high road,  or you will find yourself in an unnecessary fights  with people in the cyberspace.

This is a guide on how to avoid Facebook / twitter fights

1.Do not crave internet validation.  There are people who look for a sense of personal value from Social Media. The “LIKES” and the “SHARES” give them a sense of self-esteem.  “If people do not like my selfie, I don’t feel good about myself.” If that is you simply exit that mindset.

2.Do not respond to people you do not know in real life.  Draw the line between cyber-friends and real life friends. If you don’t know them in real life, do not waste your energy battling with them.  Their context of what you posted is very limited because they do not know you personally.

3.If you have to explain your position more than once, its not worth it.  I’ve seen people go back and forth in the comments section, arguing with someone who has misunderstood them. That is a chasing of the wind. If they don’t get you on one explanation, more lengthy explaining will not remedy that.

4.Understand you are not omniscient.  Your  personal views are not holy scriptures.  You are human. You are not infallible.  Do not be too defensive when it comes to what you post, sometimes you do  get things wrong.

5.Understand that, there are people who do not see the world, the same way you do.  Why are there people who vote for the political party you don’t like? Why are there people, who will support a different sports team from you? Simply because people, see the world differently from you, and guess what? It is fine.

6.Understand that people have the right to state a view that is different from yours. It is a public platform, and people have the right to state different views. As long as it doesn’t amount to hate speech nor to insulting you, you have got to be able to absorb a different view without taking it personal.

7.Insults must be rewarded with a swift block or unfriend.  There are some psychopaths, who do not know how to disagree intelligently. Instead of stating their opposing argument, they will throw insults at you. Some insults will include racist statements and “F” language. The block and unfriend button were created for such. man-shouting-at-computer

8. The bigger you get the less you must read the comments section.  The more your social media following grows,  the less you must read your comments section.  There are people who are building a career called “trolling”,  they find joy in attacking anything and everything you post for no reason at all. Their main joy is getting a reaction from you, ignore them.

9.Going back and forth with a stranger who has nothing to lose always makes you lose.  Do not fight any battle without a reward.  Facebook and twitter battles have never paid anyone’s bills.

10.Just chill. Don’t clap back.  Here is the most powerful reply you can give to someone who is antagonising you on social media… “                     “.  Silence is a weapon which no man can counter.

 

 

God Bless You!

 

 

7 Pitfalls of Platform Ministry

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Serving on the ministry platform /stage /altar is big responsibility. When you are called to do anything on the platform, be it announcements, be it prayer, be it singing playing an instrument or preach, you have been entrusted with a huge responsibility. Here are 7 things you should know about the platform in your church and how you must behave on it.

 

1. The platform is not a place to be sexy. Be sexy at home not on the platform of the church. Dress with  discretion. You are a vessel of the Holy Spirit, make the focus be on Jesus and not the vessel.

 

2.The platform is not a place to make mistakes. When you are called to do any function on the platform, make sure you have prepared and practiced thoroughly. Eliminate all your mistakes in your preparations and serve with excellence.

 

3.The platform is not a place for disorder. God is not a God of disorder, make sure that when you are on the platform you serve in order. Be open to spontaneous manifestations of the Holy Spirit, but discern when to exit the platform for the next part of the order of service.

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4.The platform is not a for sadness. When you come to serve on the platform understand that if you are sad, don’t bring it to the platform and transfer your personal sadness to the whole house. The house of God is a house of joy, save put your sadness aside and serve with joy.

 

5.The platform is not a apace to be distracted. When you are ministering on the platform you have to be extremely focussed to be effective. Do not allow your mind to wander. Focus on God and the task at hand only.

 

6.The platform is not a a place for self. Once you get up to serve on the platform you have to die to self. You are not up there for you, you are up there for the people who have come to church. Put all your personal issues aside and serve the people of God.

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7.The platform is not a place to find your spouse in the crowd. When you are on the platform, do not allow your eyes to scan the crowd to in search of a potential date or spouse. You are not up there to look for a romantic partner in the crowd, you are there to minister period.

 

 

God bless you,

 

 

Pastor Israel

10 Signs of A Prosperity Gospel That Actually Makes You Poor

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I will preface this blog by stating that prosperity is an innate state of being God has placed in all human life. God has got no problem with us prospering at all, indeed and in fact He rejoices in seeing us prosper. This blog is simply designed to bring prosperity into perspective and highlight moments, teachings and practices which may not lead you to a place of prosperity.

1.When it dominates the pulpit at the expense of Christocentric preaching. This is a major challenge with 21st century preaching, Christ is being pushed further and further back and ideas and concepts of how to get rich are taking centre stage. The word is clear, “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, and all things shall be added” (Matt 6:33). Prosperity preaching that is devoid of Christ is simply poverty disguised as gospel.

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2.  When it is used as a big stick to keep you in line. A reality with money is, that it gives you influence and a voice, in any setting. The one with the deepest pockets usually has the final say. In the church world however it becomes dangerous when the personal wealth of a pastor is now used as a tool to keep people in line. When you hear statements like “that’s why you are broke” as  a justification of what the preacher is saying or doing it is very problematic.

3. When money is a ticket for promotion or preferential treatment in ministry. Ministry is a calling from God and needs to be handled in a manner that is spirit led. In Acts 14:23 , Paul and Barnabas were promoted after much prayer and fasting. In 21st century church, you can give your way into lofty places in leadership. We must be careful not to use ministry positions as a membership retention strategy. Riches must not accelerate the processes of how an individual is raised or promoted in the ministry.

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4. When it creates a keeping up with Joneses spirit. When we prosper we must safeguard against boasting disguised as testifying. People must be taught to stay in their lane and believe God without looking to outdo their neighbour. There can be an unholy spirit of competition that emerges in a church, where the rich want to outdo each other and the not so rich want to look rich at the expense of building up their finances steadily.

5. When it has no financial strategy beyond ‘Just Give”… It goes without saying that, giving must be an inherent value and attitude of a Christian. The premise of the Gospel is the deep love of God for us, that made Him act out on that love, by giving His only begotten son. My concern is that most prosperity preaching centres around giving without teaching anything on productivity, fiscal discipline, investing, entrepreneurship, markets or on financial literacy. The thinking is just give and you will be rich.

6. When it creates man of God dependancy. This is one is a hot topic because one of the principles we see and hear leans towards making the pastor the source of blessings and not the conduit or vessel. God is the source not the pastor. Depend and totally rely on God for your blessing not the pastor.

7. When it has a “If you leave me you lose your blessing” clause. Anytime you hear preaching that states “If you leave me, or leave this church, you will lose your blessings or worse you are cursed”, it’s excessive control and very problematic. Pastors and churches do not have unlimited power and authority to control the destinies of man. If you leave a particular church or pastor, it’s not the end of the world and now you shall be swallowed by the earth and be a pauper for life. What is important is when you leave a church, leave honourably and respectfully.

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8. When it never talks about education. Education is a powerful key for empowerment and needs to be promoted and encouraged in the house of God. Most ministries are silent on the need for education and some go as far as mocking or deriding education altogether. Which is a fatal error. Child of God education yourself!

9. When it has a freebies mentality. One of the common phrases we hear in the house of God is “so and so just blessed me with a phone” or “so and so blessed me with a car”. Sometimes the thinking becomes “the blessing means I must expect to get given material things for free.” It is possible for God to impress on someone’s house to give you a thing, but you cannot live your life waiting on divine handouts. The mentality we need is how to increase your buying power, or your ability to buy the things you need. The blessing of God positions you to buy and not spend your life waiting for miraculous handouts.

10. When it has a narrow definition of prosperity. Our definition of prosperity in the church, is copious amounts of luxury goods. Prosperity is broader than just the things you have. Prosperity is manifesting the full potential what God has placed in you, prosperity is having enough to fulfil your purpose, prosperity is peace with God and man, prosperity is knowing who you are in Christ, prosperity is a healthy relationship with Christ, prosperity is using your gifts and talents to finance your life, prosperity is enduring struggle and still believing God, prosperity is being a faithful servant, prosperity is building a business, prosperity is being a great employee, prosperity is passing your school exams, prosperity is failing your school exams and getting up and trying again, prosperity is every new day that God gives you, prosperity is believing God regardless of your negative circumstances, prosperity is wider and deeper than just luxury goods.

 

God bless you,

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Pastor Israel

10 Things Exceptional People Do (2016 Vision)

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Matthew 5: 41: And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

In Africa there is a crisis and pandemic of mediocrity. From our governments, to schools, to businesses, to entertainment and even to our churches. It is very rare to find individuals, families, organisations and nations with an unyielding desire and push to be extraordinarily excellent.

This mindset of mediocrity is what is holding us back from fulfilling our potential. As a Church we are making a commitment to be exceptional in 2016. We want to be unusually excellent in all that we do.

We want to be a two mile church in a one mile world. We refuse to move at the same pace, same work rate, same level of faith as a the typical man, we want to be an uncommon breed in everything that we do. To be exceptional comes with a price-tag, which is total commitment to the vision and philosophy of exceptional.

10 Things Exceptional people will do in 2016

  1. Pray. To be exceptional in 2016, the one place you have to commit without fail is in your private personal prayer life. You are not going to be exceptional in the absence of dwelling in the secret place of the most high.
  2. Read the word. Exceptional people are bible based people. The habit and discipline of DAILY quiet time immersed in the word of God has to be restored in your life.
  3. Set, WRITE and Review Goals. You will be shocked how many christians walk around in life with ZERO written goals. in 2016, Set some goals WRITE them and review them DAILY!!
  4. Journal. AT the beginning and at the end of the day you need to take time to journal your day.
  5. Exercise. This one is very important not just for physical fitness, but for mental toughness. You have to engage in DAILY physical activity, to develop the kind of mental toughness to be successful.
  6. Eat Healthy. I cannot begin to stress this part, many people are eating their way to an early grave. Cut down on junk food and greasy food, and begin to raise the quality of food you eat.
  7. Fast. Fasting is going to be a habit that takes you higher in 2016. Exceptional people harness the power of fasting not to get things from God, but to get a greater sensitivity to God. Fasting subdues the flesh and aligns your spirit to receive from God.
  8. Read books. Exceptional people are exceptional readers. One of your goals must be to read a book a week. that is 4 books a month. That would mean in 2016 you should read 208 books!
  9. Consistent Church Attendance. Exceptional people do not pick and chose, which church services to attend, they are always in the house of God every week. In 2016 be in church consistently!
  10. Organised routine. Exceptional people do not live their lives haphazardly. They build and work in an organised routine. This is the year where you need to get your life back by building a system of routine living.