I am in debt to you my dear friend, partner and co-worker. What a joy to be at your door again and thank you for the privilege. I just returned from the great continent of Africa. Jesus is definitely also Lord of this great continent. The more I embrace the African people, the more I intend to do it again. You cannot help but to love them dearly.
Being back on US soil, I had the same feeling for Africa. Naomi and I both felt a strong call as we touched down days ago. God is about to do something for the American people. I have a fresh awareness over me that He is about to touch many in our upcoming meetings.
A NEW EXCITEMENT IN AMERICAN CHURCHES
Yes, since I wrote the above paragraph; it happened. It’s here! Awareness that He is watching us is overwhelming in the meetings. I love the words of John the Baptist in John 1:26 – 27 when he said, “… there stands One among you whom you do not know … whose sandal straps I am not worthy to lose.” Can you imagine the excitement amongst those who stood in that group? Someone among us whose sandal straps we are not worthy to lose. This is a thought to rethink. This is what is happening in the meetings. Jesus is watching the crowds and without any push, healing after healing starts to occur. I invite you to go out of your way to attend one of these meetings. It is going into a new level of excitement and joy with a freedom amongst the people that is electrifying. Young people that were cutting themselves are being delivered.
7 MORE MILES
I ministered recently on the two men on the road to Emmaus. Apart from all the great revelations that came out of this chapter in Luke 24, this one truth remains with me as I came back from South Africa. When the two men arrived in Emmaus on their journey from Jerusalem Luke 24:30 – 31, it says the following.
Now it came to pass as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened…
Since they ate this bread coming from His hands, they rose up in verse 33 and returned to Jerusalem. What was in this bread that made them turn around and walk the seven miles back to a place they literally left the same day in sadness? Why could they not stay overnight and then go back? What happened with the sadness and the tiredness they had in their bodies? These are all questions we may ask.
MISSION NOT COMPLETED IN EMMAUS
The key truth I feel the Holy Spirit wants me to share with you is that many of our perceptions of where we are in life will change once we spend quality time in His presence. What they thought was a 7 mile journey became a 14 mile journey. What they thought would end in sadness ended in gladness. Running away from a city called Jerusalem that was emerged in confusion became their new mission and destiny. Eating bread from His hands can set us up for many more years of purpose.
Are you at the end of what you think is the end? Did you arrive at what you think is the end of the road? One piece of divine bread will open your eyes and reset you for a new journey. Let us not settle for retirement now. Let us not come to conclusions that were born out of our frustrations and misconceptions. Let us not call Emmaus our destiny when our destiny lies in bigger places. Let us not settle for valleys when He promised us mountain tops.
ANGELS FOOD ON THE MENU WILL DETERMINE YOUR DESTINY
They ate bread blessed by Jesus. Do not allow the food and nourishments of this world to fill your plate. Do not allow the enemy to fill your plate with food that will harm you. The same manna that God rained over the two million Jews in the Old Testament and rescued them from a disaster was also criticized by others. In Numbers 21: 5, some called the manna “worthless bread”. The King James Bible refers to this verse and calls it light bread or bread with little value. Needless to say, it was the same bread that David calls “angel’s food”. Those who ate the bread had no feeble amongst them and all of their swollen feet were healed.
Be careful to bad mouth the bread that David called “Angel’s Food”, for it could be the bread that set you up for destiny. The moment Jesus served them bread in their village became a destiny moment. Depression will make you end in a valley of sadness. Eating divine bread in your moment of depression will make that place the departing place of purpose and destiny.
I DECREE, THIS IS YOUR DAY
Let us discern the hour. Let us take captive the moment. God is extending the lives of many believers. Your time is not over. Your end is not in sight. Your funeral is not in the making. Your sickness is not gravely. Your best moment has arrived. Eat His Revelation bread, let your eyes be opened and see your future. Jerusalem is your mission and your mandate. It is time to serve notice on the enemy that what he intended for confusion is seasonal. Remember they left Jerusalem confused, but they returned with this revelation Jesus is alive.
Take one more bite of His bread and move forward for your best season has just begun. Can someone praise Him out there?
MEET PASTOR GLADYS HLONGWANE
This is a dynamic woman of God. The moment I met Gladys, I knew the Lord had given her incredible authority. She is a powerful voice of God in her region, and she deserves all the help she can possibly get. Pastor Gladys is one of our next church plants we intend to support. Thank you for praying for Gladys.
NEW BEGINNINGS CENTER
This center has become the breeding ground of new hope for torn apart people. This is a center where new hope and new dreams are birthed with the help of the Holy Spirit and Pastor Stephan du Plessis. Can you imagine what it takes to coordinate approximately 1,100 people every day with all their personal addictions and hurts? This is a massive undertaking. Ex murderers, prostitutes, drug addicts etc. are all dependent from the vision one man had for such people.
Amongst all this brokenness, many children need to be taken care of. Every morning, a few hundred Africans line up on the outside of this facility for bread. Who can turn a blind eye? Who can ignore such hurt? Who can imagine the pain and rejection of these people? These are dear human beings Jesus died for. On that Cross of Calvary 2000 years ago, Jesus thought of these people. Let us be the hands of Jesus. Let us be the feet of Jesus. Let us be that voice of comfort and help. Send your seed to our ministry office ASAP. I will fly out to this rescue center again in July this year and extend our help. There is a new beginning for all who seek that new beginning. His word declares; He will do a new thing.
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Faith Community Assembly of God
June 10-June 12
Newport Assembly of God
June 17 – June19
First Assembly of God
June 24 – June 26
Lancaster First Assembly of God
NUGGETS FOR MEN (SEE NAOMI’S ARTICLE FOR WOMEN)
Some people reach the top of the ladder of success only to find it is leaning against the wrong wall. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” Matthew 6:33
God has a history of using the insignificant to accomplish the impossible. “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible” Mark 10:27
Only when we have knelt before God, can we stand before men. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. 1 Peter 5:6
You, I and our God together, are a winning team.
Andre van Zyl
GOOD NEWS TO THE NATIONS