We are already aware that here in south auckland, the spirit of religion, as in so many other places, is seeming to do more damage in peoples lives here than nearly anything else. With churches and religious clubs filling up every available building, hall and room - and still as yet seemingly no out-of-church-building evangelistic work being done, nor thus far life-changing Biblical discipleship being practiced, though we are very hopeful to discover some - it seems so many lives are "religious" but completely unchanged when it comes to true faith, love and power!!!
As we were knocked back for building after building, with several other religious groups already using them, we began to pray - "Lord, every building is filled... if those churches filling them are not loving and obeying your Word, but are compromised and backslidden - Cause them to fall on their faces and REPENT and COME BACK TO YOUR WORD!!!!! OR SHUT THEM DOWN AND KICK THEM OUT, so that true Scriptural, Holy Ghost driven churches and ministries can replace them and actually see this area fully evangelised and discipled!!!
Well the Word of God tells us in James 5:16 that 'the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much'! We called a building back late last week to see if they were at least available for a mid-week timeslot... and were told their building was now suddenly available from Sundays 2pm-10pm at only $11per 3 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So PRAISE GOD -we have a building 'Te Whare Awhina - Community Services Centre' Manurewa and our first service kicks off 6pm January 9th 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It turns out a church had been there using it up until that week... they were a group who had seperated themselves from their movement and oversight for no Scriptural reason, and without being Biblically released, and were a self-appointed ministry. This group reported that they had had a number of people coming to the services, but "all of a sudden, in the last few weeks" the people disappeared and they had no people to fill the building.
God will move for those who will be faithful! Not to their own self-appointed agenda... but faithful to His Word! And God will resist the proud, convicting them to repent or removing them if they refuse.
We visited another local church today and left sad. From the pulpit, the preacher quoted a fellow Christian saying "God put me in this wheelchair!... now THAT IS FAITH!!!".... the hairs on the backs of our necks stood up at such blasphemous teaching against our loving Father! He went on encouraging the congregation to make such declarations of faith for the (demonic) attacks and situations we might find ourselves in i.e 'God gave me this sickness, God gave me this cancer!!!!!!..."
After just having another testimony of Jesus victory over cancer and healing power, our zeal for God's Word was overpowering. At the close of the service, we spoke to the preacher alone, asking him for ONE Scriptural example where Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, EVER left someone sick or diseased, telling them "God gave you this...."? He proceeded to quote ONE Old Testament Scripture to the order of "not every leper in Israel was healed"... We then poured out Scripture after Scripture, proving without doubt that it is AWAYS God's will to heal...
Amazing how such a courteous minister, can become such a spiteful opposer, looking to catch you out...
He then began to ask "why then was so'n'so (Christian invalid quoted in his sermon) not healed??", we again clarified from numerous Scriptures, that the ONLY reason for failure of healing is UNBELIEF (on behalf of the administer, recipient or both)... The preacher moved on saying Jesus didn't heal everyone in Israel... We replied, He healed all who came to Him, only those who would not come because of their unbelief remained in their sickness, quoting Scripture. He went on, Yes but He didn't heal everyone because He didnt get to everyone (smirk), are you going to heal everyone in Clendon??? (His sarcasm became evident)
He brought forward no more Scriptures, only snide remarks and mannerisms...
All of us are proved by our response to His Word!!! All those who are more zealous to protect their pet doctrines, their traditions, their excuses and their devils, than they are to humble themselves under the authority of His Word - prove themselves to be children of their father the devil!
We must ever be ready and open to being challenged from the Word of God regarding everything we say and do... and we MUST be HUMBLE and WILLING to go and study those things out in His Word and be corrected where necessary and change - THANKING THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL AND FEARLESS TO DECLARE TO US THE TRUTH!
I thank God that years ago, after being falsely indoctrinated that "its not always God's will to heal", someone had the guts to ask me to show them somewhere, ANYWHERE in the BIble where Jesus Christ refused to heal someone saying it was not His will.
On the contrary, we find He, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, saying still, as He said to the leper who asked if He was willing, "I WILL, be thou clean"!!!! PRAISE JESUS!!!!
God has sent us here to preach His UNCOMPROMISED Word without fear!! We will NOT be quiet, timid or hold our peace in anyway! The time has come for the Truth of God's Word to be DECLARED from the rooftops and for the sick to be healed, the captives to be set free and the lost to be saved!!!!
Pray for us to see the destruction of the spirit of religion in this area, and the arise and domination of the powerful, fearless, Word-faithful Church of God in this area!
We are praying for faithful churches to be emboldened all across this area and stand up for the Truth, and that every religious church REPENT or SHUT DOWN in JESUS NAME!!!
Keep fighting the good fight of faith!!!
Make sure you check out our http://www.advancinghiskingdomministries.com/miracles.html page to read the brief testimony of AHKM team member Barb Hockley’s testimony over cancer! JESUS IS LORD!!!!!!
Thankyou for your faithful prayers for Barb. We praise God for His constant VICTORY in Christ Jesus!!! Please continue to pray for the team as they come into their final fortnight in Australia before fully relocating to life in South Auckland NZ.
We have been very busy finalising our Ministry Constitution and submitting our application for Incorporation in NZ! Praise God our application is now fully underway!
We have also been on the hunt for a building to use for our first AHK church in the area God has told us to plant in. AMAZINGLY – after contacting EVERY (no exaggeration) school hall, public hall, community centre, sports and rec centres, conference rooms, meeting rooms etc etc, ALL (no exaggeration) are booked to the HILT with other churches!!!!!
Why, one must ask, has God sent us here!!!???!!!
Well consider this, we have been living in within 10mins of these churches for the past 4 weeks, and have made a point to almost daily walk the streets, visit the malls, go through shops, check out the parks, enjoy maccas of course, and even stop in at the pools - and we have not seen ONE CHRISTIAN out preaching the Gospel here, not one handing out tracts, praying for people, knocking on doors or ANYTHING! We're looking very much forward to discovering some, but as yet, we have not heard ONE mention of the Gospel on the streets here…. Yet we are hearing of violence, gangs, substance abuse, suicide, teenage pregnancies, we constantly here sirens and police helicopters, and security here is maxed out…
It’s clear why God sent us here… to PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE Mark 16:15!!!
Surely there must be some, but so far, in the numerous churches we’ve visited since being here, we are yet to see Biblical Discipleship practiced anywhere….
I say it again, it’s clear why we are here!!! The Gospel MUST be preached and DISCIPLES must be made!
Religion is running rampant with zealous church attendance , but unchanged, powerless lives!!
Every nation, every culture, every people –need the TRUE UNCOMPROMISED WORD OF GOD PREACHED TO THEM AND BIBLICAL DISCIPLESHIP PRACTICED WITH THEM – IN ORDER TO RISE TO THEIR STATURE IN CHRIST AND FULFILL THEIR CALL.
Help us do you proud Lord!
Satan continues to try and throw spanners in the works – our Australian centrelink payments WOULD NOT stop (despite having been cancelled by us before we left, and having made 5 international calls once in NZ) due to a “technical issue” and now has resulted in an outstanding dept and Australian appeal process to pursue… our Australian removalists accidently packed some items belonging to our previous rental property. After collaborating with our OZ realestate agent, he agreed that if we sent the items to him, he could release our bond money without breaking into it (resulting in a bad credit record). We sent the items via NZ post… and they “got lost” in the post!!!! We are now in the process of sorting out an NZ post investigation regarding the package and possible compensation for the items if not recovered…. Meanwhile our Australian bond awaits us…
We could go on… but who cares!! Each one will become another mighty testimony of God's goodness and power! We care that JESUS is Lord and His KINGDOM IS ADVANCED throughout the earth!!!
Lets do it!!! Bless you all!!
According to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20; Advancing His Kingdom Ministries Inc. exists to plant Biblical Christian Churches and Ministries across the earth, seeking to Evangelize and Disciple every individual whilst demonstrating the supernatural power of God.