Kia Ora everybody from Horowhenua! We here in Levin are loving being with Jesus as we learn what it is to take up our cross daily, dying to our old life and taking up the life that Jesus has for us! We are seeing the truth of God’s Word walked out as we continue to stay true to Jesus and He remains ever faithful to us! Our God is an AWESOME God!!!
It has been ages since we updated you all on the happenings in Levin, so much to say ... and where to start ... :)
In August two disciples made an outward declaration of their inward change, and got baptized. After hearing a thorough teaching on what the BIBLE says about water baptism, they realized their need to walk out this obedience to the Word of God! Praise Jesus for His example, His Word and obedience!!!
November brought us a visit from one of the Ministers and a disciple of AHKC Gisborne! We were mightily blessed to have them both here stirring up the faith among the disciples and encouraging us to be content wherever it is that God has placed us. It’s always awesome to hear from other soldiers of Jesus who, although you can’t see them, are fighting the good fight of faith with you! Striving TOGETHER for the GOSPEL!! We have unity when we’re all doing our best to be on the Word. And where there’s unity, God commands a blessing!
Speaking of unity, December saw AHKC Levin convoy up to Otara, South Auckland for our combined church conference with Pastor Dave and Prophetess Michelle from MCC Australia! We all learnt a Haka – some learning for the first time ever – in our respective towns and then performed it all together. It was our AHKM NZ welcome to our visitors from MCC AUS!! It was pretty amazing to see everyone from different towns, learn the same thing and then perform it all together as though we had been practicing all together all along. (little bit like Biblical discipleship really…) It really was fantastic to be stirred up by the fellowship of the brethren! An AWESOME time was had by all!! Some received break-through in areas they’d been hiding most of their life. Some realized the need to soldier up, quit themselves like men and stand fast, and some awoke to the reality that we’re living in – to gather in the lost, raise up disciples, and send them out to do the same. (The harvest is plenteous but the laborers are few).
To start with we were super stoaked to vest up another disciple as a Gospel Force soldier here in Levin last month. We take being a witness for Jesus very seriously and don’t hand out our high-viz GF vests to just anybody. You must be found faithful, diligent to be preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ uncompromised, and be striving to submit yourself to the Word of God in all things! It’s exciting to have another vested soldier on the streets! Look out Levin, here we come!!
Hebrews 4:12 says that the truth of God’s Word is like a two-edged sword and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, and we have seen much of this take place as the gospel of Jesus Christ continues to be preached uncompromised. Many souls have been pricked and prodded by the Word, some making decisions to lay their lives down for Jesus (or lay them down even more…) and others not wanting to count the cost that Jesus requires (Luke 14). Seed of the Word continues to be sown though, despite what we see with our natural eyes – we are driven by obedience and we walk by faith not by sight!!
Two ladies met while out evangelizing have been coming along to our meetings fairly regularly. As the Word of God continues to be established in their lives, it will be what either drives them closer to Jesus and obedience to His Word, or, what drives them from Him – to a mediocre Christianity…
Another lady was met in town who professed, ‘I’m so glad we walked this way and met with you!’ (Go Holy Ghost!!) She came along to Church and made a decision for Jesus and as she walks out her new found freedom, the spiritual battle is so evident as she fights against her old desires and presses into Jesus! It’s only Jesus Christ that can turn lives around for the better, and we pray always that these ones will hold fast to HIM!
We still fight against religion in our area. With so many ‘churches’ around, we continually meet people with a distorted view of what a Church should look like – according to the Bible, and what it means to follow the Jesus Christ of this Bible! Many of them have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5). Praise be to Jesus Christ though, this is exactly what He has saved the disciples of AHKC Levin from, and so it is now our privilege to go out and exhort and convince the gainsayers (Titus 1:9)!! - all for the KING!!!
Many that we have met while out evangelizing have come along to one, or maybe even two, of our meetings, but for whatever reason have chosen not to stay around. The Bible says; “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” And it is narrow. And it does seem like it’s restricting when we lay our own lives down and choose to take up the life of Jesus Christ, and become a Biblical disciple. This life is not for the faint-hearted! Yet so many hearts are too faint! Who will rise up and show this world what living for Jesus Christ is TRULY like!?!? This world needs more sold-out disciples of JESUS CHRIST!!
"God’s continual provision is pretty amazing! I was taken to court in February 2014. After a year the case finally closed. I was expecting a bill from my lawyer in the tens of thousands, instead I found it was a manageable amount of 2,475.95, and an amount of 5,661.42 had already been paid!! Woop-woop that’s our AWESOME JESUS!!!!"
"I have had a lot of fears in my life, and been so bound in them. God’s Word is true – John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”!"
"I had a fear of being fat and I’m now 8kg heavier amazing, I’m still loved!! The devil was lying to me!"
"I had a fear of the dark. Now I pray in the dark, I walk around the house in the dark and all the lights go off at night!!"
"I had a fear of being alone (because I had a fear of the dark) and when I’m by myself it’s freaking marvelous, I love it!!! Three nights a week it’s me and Jesus, the best time EVER!!!"
"Discipleship works! As parents of 6 we have often not been able to cope, especially out in public, with the children running around, touching and climbing on things they shouldn’t, being noisy etc (they are very boisterous boys!!) And then we got born again! and started to learn, through Biblical discipleship, how to walk out the Word of God. Now there’s no stress, calmly talking to the kids, asking them to do - or not do - things and more often than not, getting first time obedience (which is super helpful when we’re walking through a carpark, or if they run on the road to get their ball...) The other day we had to take our son for an appointment which lasted about 1 and a half hours. All of the children (except the oldest who was at school) had to sit in the waiting room for that whole time, and as we were collecting all our things to leave the receptionist came over with a lollipop for all the children because they were ‘such a pleasure to have here’ All glory to Jesus!! That’s His Word at work in our lives!!"
"Our son has been fighting really bad eczema on his hands for quite some time now and at one of our Bible study nights we all laid hands on him (Mark 16:18) and prayed for him to be healed in Jesus name! Within a week his hands were the best we’d seen them in ages!! Jesus Christ, mighty to heal!!!"
And then others who after coming to church and hearing the Word being preached about a topic they’re struggling with, walk away knowing that this church actually cares about them! Who hear the prophetic words and know GOD is speaking to them! It is AWESOME serving the King of Kings!!!
We pray your hearts are stirred up mightily to serve and love Jesus harder than you’ve ever loved Him before!!
God-speed from all of us at AHKC Levin
Be blessed in Jesus Mighty name!!!