Myths vs truth 1: Is the church building the house house of God?

Thabiso Mona

I remember it very well. It was winter, summer, spring and autumn, when I was always being told to go to the house of God. My granny really meant it, and my grandpa was really pushing it. He said, I quote “The bishop has prayed over this place, so we can fellowship here. This is the house of God and it needs to be respected”. For most of the time, I believed it, until I decided to visit the black book myself at least. I am going to say with every embellience that I could possibly master. 

Did you notice that Jesus said He is the temple? Now, that’s a huge shift from the temple in Jerusalem, to the walking temple called Jesus. The Jewish temple was known for: worship, prayer, sacrifices and atonements, sanctifying new borns and bringing tithes. Jesus comes and says he is the temple, when he referred to his body. Meaning worship is done through him, prayer in his Name, he is the sufficient sacrifice and atonement, he is sanctification, he is the high priest and he is THE tithe of all man: By the obedience of one, many have been sanctified and justified. 

It gets even more super when we start to realize that we are his temple because we are the new creation after the resurrection of Christ. What??? Yes, the temple was the dwelling of God. Where He dwelled by his Spirit. “Do you not know that your bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” 1 Corinthians 6:19 

So let me put this clear, individually we are the temples of the Holy Spirit. 

That building you go to every Sunday is not a church nor temple, you are the temple and the church. You are built by God for his dwelling.

The building as the church is a myth…

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God’s visions needs God’s interpretations: Episode 2

Thabiso Mona

The dream is certain and it’s interpretation is trueDaniel 2:45


Nebuchadnezzar saw a statue that was broken into pieces by a stone cut out without hands, which grew into a GREAT mountain And FILLED the whole earth.

Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar that the statue is four kingdoms. Babylon is the first kingdom, after Babylon is Medes and Persia, followed by Greece lead by Alexander the Great and the last one was the Roman Empire, which was divided but so harsh. 

The Stone is Christ and the Kingdom of God. He crushed every kingdom until the Kingdom grew bigger and filled the whole planet. Matthew 13: 31-32 records Jesus talking about the growing kingdom that fills the whole earth.
We will continue next time…

God’s visions need God’s interpretation: Episode 1

Thabiso Mona

I always wondered why every denomination on the planet has its roots in the bible. Saying what the bible says is not enough. We need to also mean what it means. This requires a contextual study of the bible. I suggest we start off with the difficult scriptures everybody is afraid of.

Example, Genesis 28 talks about a vision that wasn’t given an interpretation for years until Christ. But in John 1:50, Jesus gives it interpretation and continues to do so through out the book of John. Jesus is the ladder in Genesis 28 connecting heaven and earth.

The bible is clear, it just needs us to study the language that is used, together with its poetic language, symbols and its historical background.

See you in the next episode

LORD I AM TAKING YOU AT YOUR WORD AS I GIVE

Sbheko Cele

It is the mark of a true Christian to both give and trust in the Lord’s provision. It is imperative for us as women-as we grow in the knowledge our saviour Jesus Christ-to receive a revelation of God being our ultimate source of provision (Gen 22:14). We must also freely give out of obedience to the Father as the Word of God instructs us too in many scriptures of the bible. Our giving should be preceded by love; we see this in God Himself in how He gave His son the sacrificial Lamb of God because of His immeasurable love for us (John 3:16).

Do Not Be Conformed To The Standards of This World

It is heart breaking to say that we live in a world where women are ignorant to the truth of God being the divine provider of all things. This lack of knowledge about the provision and security of God results in women perishing in prostitution, gold-digging, sugar daddies (also known as blessers) which truthfully speaking blurs the vision of God’s provisions for our lives. All these ungodly sinful alternatives that women utilize for “making ends meet” or living lustfully desired fancy lifestyle are vain meaningless toiling and are self-seeking fruitless works. God wants us His daughters to keep ourselves free from the love of money and be content with what we have (Hebrews 13:5-6) as we strive to enter His rest (Hebrews 4:1-11).

Lean Not To Your Own Understanding

When we read in the bible 1 Kings 17:8-24 we see that the widow didn’t think that what she had was much, I mean logically all she saw was a handful of flour in a jar and little oil in a jug. She even thought it was just enough for her to eat with her son and die. Which is what we do when we focus on our circumstances and not God, we are unable to have a spiritual vision and see what God sees but rather we contemplate with failing human reasoning. When the widow obeyed God and the Word of God was spoken by Elijah over what she had and saw as nothing, both the jar of flour and jug of oil didn’t run out (1 Kings 17:26). Through her obedience in giving and trusting the Lord she even received a miracle for her son who came back to life and after this she was surely convinced that indeed the Word of the Lord in Elijah’s mouth was truth. We also learn about the Lord’s endless provision from the widow in 2 Kings 4:1-7 who needed to pay her debts. This woman also was not aware that the jar of oil she had was more than enough to be used to pay her creditors and for her sons to live on. Both these women were widows and before God revealed Himself to them they were burdened in deceptive hopelessness but when they knew Him as Jehovah Jireh they were redeemed.

Giving Our Hearts To God

We as women should not rely on men neither be dependent on them as our source of provision because by doing this we are idolizing them and expecting from them only what the Father can give us. Whether we are single or married God is the only true provider who provides exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask for or imagine. Everything comes from Him. We must pray for God to open up our eyes of understanding so that we can be faithful with what He has already given us and give Him our first fruits as He opens up the windows of heaven for us (Malachi 3:8-10). We must also ask God to deal with our hearts that we may not chase after the lavish way of living of this world that seeks after material things, but rather that we set our minds on things above and not on things that are on earth (Colossians 3:2). Let us lay up our treasures in heaven and not serve money but seek God’s kingdom first and not worry about anything for He knows more than we do what we need even before we ask for it (Matthew 6:19-34).

The mysteries of God: Can God be seen?

Papi Seopa

Why could;Moses (Exodus 33:11, Deutoronomy 34:10) and Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1) see God but yet God says, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live” (Exodus 33:20).

1. God is Spirit, invisible to the human eye. When God says “you cannot see my face,” He doesn’t mean He won’t allow us to see Him or that we haven’t learnt how to see Him yet. He means we are incapable of seeing Him. 

2. So how did Moses et al see Him? Let’s turn to Colossians 1:15, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” By reading the whole of Col 1, we see that this image is Jesus Christ. See, Jesus is not just an extension of God, or His righthand man, or a prophet sent to save the world. He is God’s image; by this I mean Jesus is a seeable version of God. If you said to God today, show me your face, He would show you Jesus. Hypothetically, if God (a Spirit) were to stand in front of a mirror, and you took a look into that mirror, you would see Jesus. 

My hope is that we begin to see the splendor and majesty of Jesus. That He came to the world once before. God put on flesh and walked this earth, and we spat in his face. He rose from the grave nonetheless and emerged victorious. I don’t know about this nonsense that he went to Hell, there’s no such thing in the Bible. One day God will come back, and by the might of his voice and glory of his apppearance, we will all want to be like him. So yes, God can be seen. He is Jesus. That’s who Moses saw. The very one who boldly said “before Abraham was, I am”.

I love God. And till the day I finish my race, I will show of His greatness and how much He loves the world. Let’s get back to expositions about he mysteries of God. What will heaven look like? If God is all good, where does evil come from? What is the trinity really? Angels? Lucifer? If every knee will bow down in the end does that mean there’s actually no Hell? 

PURIFY ME OH LORD, I WANT TO WORSHIP YOU WITH ALL OF ME

Sbheko Cele

Wash my heart, wash my hands,

Because I want to worship You.

I want to worship You.

Here we are, here I stand.

So make me new, make me new, say. (Mali Music – Make Me New)
The lyrics of Mali’s song are truly convicting as they speaking of repentance and the cleansing of all unrighteousness before we can worship God with pure hearts. We have been declared forgiven and justified by the blood of Jesus that cleanses, heals and restores us into becoming free unbound worshippers that worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. Mali in his song shares the same plea that David cried out as per Psalm 51 and we also see in James 4:8 that the Word of God instructs us to wash our hands and hearts. We ought to ask the Father always to purify and cleanse our hearts so that we maybe vessels of honour being moulded in the Great Potter’s hands for His glory.

Living Sacrifices

Our bodies should be presented as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God which is our spiritual worship (Rom 12:1). The Lord instructs us to be holy as He is holy for we as children of God are a set apart nation called forth to proclaim His excellencies in word and deed. So no impurity has a dwelling place in our bodies which are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).

Our bodies belong to God

In the same chapter of 1 Corinthians 6:12-19 we are taught about how we should flee from sexual immorality because our bodies are not our own, they belong to God for we have been bought by the blood of the Holy Lamb of God to glorify God in our bodies. In the community of women it is seemingly the hardest to be open and honest about the battle of sexual purity since there is a notion that men are the ones that have sexually immoral intentions. There are many women who are struggling with sexual sin alone in silence because of shame and guilt to be open about it to other women. Women should stand together as sisters in the Lord in laying aside every weight and sin that so easily entangles concerning the pursuit of sexual purity.

Intercession Sisters

Let us bear one another’s burdens when fellow sisters are caught in transgression and so fulfil the law of Christ (Gal 6:1) by unceasingly interceding in accordance to the will of God. We should be edifying and encouraging one another as the daughters of the King of kings instead of passing condemning judgement to each other. Let our request to our Father be for Him to create in us clean hearts and purify them as blessed women so that we may see God (Matt 5:8). We are Kingdom daughters that refuse to let anything or anyone distract us from the pursuit of righteousness, faith, love and peace as we call upon the Lord from a pure heart. We truly sing, “To worship You I live”.

BY FAITH I LIVE POWERFULLY, PRAYING THE WORD OF GOD

Sbheko Cele

“I want to be a woman who overcomes obstacles by tackling them in faith instead of tiptoeing around them in fear” _ Renee Swope
The desire to live a supernatural life by faith should be in the heart of every woman of God. When we are saved we no longer live but Christ lives in us and the life we live in the flesh we live by faith in the Son of God (Gal 2:20). Faith is a gift bestowed on us (Ephe 2:8) when we come to the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The justified people of God live by faith (Rom 1:17) and anything that we do that does not proceed from faith is sin (Rom 14: 23). So everything we do as children of God is by faith in God since it requires faith to be both hearers and doers of the Word.

By faith I live

We the ones that believe that Jesus is the Son of God are overcomers and more than conquerors in Him for the victory belongs to Jesus Christ who reigns and has overcome the world (1 John 5:1-5). Daughters of the Kingdom of God are not moved by anything or anyone for we know and believe that Christ leads us in triumphal procession (2 Cor 2:14), no situation or soul is above The Great I Am in whom all things are possible and whose name rules and knows no bounds. Hebrews 11 teaches us about the significance of faith and the fruit of applying faith in all that we do for without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). God is moved by faith and His power is released through it, we see this in the woman with the issue of blood who stood out in the midst of the crowds before Jesus simply because of her faith (Mark 5:25-34). Throughout scripture from the Old Testament to the New Testament we learn of people of God who by faith broke boundaries and lived beyond limitations. We should be mountain moving women that fear nothing but stand firm in faith looking to Jesus who is the author and perfector of our faith.

The only God whose power none can contend

In receiving the power of God in our lives it takes for us to come to the acknowledgement that He is God Almighty who holds the ultimate power over all and is able to do exceedingly and more abundantly than all that we could ask or imagine according to the power at work in us (Ephe 3:20). Our Lord Jesus performs unfathomable miracles and wonders and we His people stand in awe of His great majesty. The same resurrection power that rose Jesus from the dead lives in us (Rom 8:11). To experience this power in our lives as His beloved daughters we must pray that the eyes our hearts may be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which He has called us and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power towards us who believe (Eph 1:18-20).

Praying in the full armour of God

Be a prayerful woman that prays in the Spirit unceasingly in all occasions whatever battle comes your way. Knowing that you wrestle against the evil one in the spiritual realms not against flesh and blood and take up the whole armour of God that you may be able to take your stand against the devils schemes (Ephe 6:10-18). 

Powerful woman, be a good soldier that is strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus and patiently endures all things (2 Tim 2:1).

FATHER TEACH YOUR DAUGHTER HOW TO LOVE

Sbheko Cele 
Love is at the core of the life in Christ Jesus. The greatest commandments given to us are to love the Lord with all of our hearts, minds, soul and strength as well as to love our neighbours as we love ourselves (Matt 22:37-40). God is love defined and love only comes from Him, we as children of God love because He first loved us (1 John 4:7-21). So apart from God we do not have the ability to love neither do we know what love is, the Father pours His love that surpasses all knowledge on us so that our lives may be an outpouring of His love. Love is also a fruit of the Spirit that sealed upon us when we are rebirthed in Jesus Christ (Gal 5:22).

Lay down your life

Women of God are ought to lay down their lives for each other as this is what love is (1 John 3:16) and this is the work of a true disciple that we deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus who is love Himself. True disciples of Jesus Christ are identified by how they love one another (John 13:34-35). When unbelieving women look at the relationship between sisters in Christ they should see the extension of God’s love between us as we uphold the biblical principles of sister-hood.

Sisters in love

Love is very much misunderstood and one of the most loosely misused words in this world since love according to the ways of the world is reduced to just being a set of confused emotions. This ignorance to what love truly is results to broken relationships between women where we find ourselves competing and comparing each other. We also fall into the sin of envy, jealousy and anger because of undealt with issues of bitterness, self-pity and insecurities embedded in our hearts as opposed to the love of Jesus Christ reigning in our hearts so that we can be sisters humbly united in love.

Break me to love Lord

We should pray for God to break us and rebuild us into becoming ever-flowing fountains of love because we owe no one anything, except to love each other (Rom 13:8). In the Bible when we read 1 Corinthians 13 we are taught about the way we should love and what the manifestation of love is in our lives. Yes indeed we the just shall live by faith and be powerful tongue speaking prayer warriors, but even that means nothing if we do not have love (1 Cor 13: 1-3).

Love even when it hurts

So dear beautiful woman who is fearfully and wonderfully made let all of you be consumed with the love of God for He loves us, we love Him, we love ourselves, we love our neighbours and we also love our enemies (Matt 5:43-48). We must selflessly love our way through life no matter what response we get and without expecting anything in return (Luke 6:27-36). Let us pray to have that same Spirit that was in Jonathan and David (1 Sam 18:1-5) so that we can love each other as women and be true sisters who are the embodiment of love. We women who are immersed in the loving grace of God should resolve to walk in love and influence the nations to govern in love that covers a multitude of sins (1 Pet 4:8).

Is division a solution to agreement?

Thabiso Mona

I was born in the rural settlement of Ga-Mogashoa ,Sekhukhune, in the Limpopo province. There were separations and divisions in the settlement to a point where you couldn’t jump to each other’s territory. As I look back, I wonder what was the reason behind the separation. Why did we desire to divide and separate?

Right there we have one problem that has spread more than any cancer-Division. He cannot be with us nor fellowship with us because he is not one of us. Our believes, visions and hierarchy seems to matter more than all of us. We embrace ideas, believes and vision more than people. My church wears purple and white, and yours wears gold and black, therefore we cannot fellowship. Have you ever been to a crèche? This is what you will find: Kids of different religion, believes and background, playing together and excited. Today they fight and tomorrow they are back playing together again. The secret here is not just perseverance, but enjoying each other’s presence and value. There’s something about kids that is really interesting: Kids long for one another. I personally will confess that sometimes I don’t miss anyone, but just me and what I wanna do. But I believe the kids’ way is the best. Kids cry when a person leaves. They are actually saying: stay a little longer; lets continue fellowshipping; do not leave. 

Paul puts down the mystery of Christ in this: God reconciled man to man and man to God in the broken body and shed blood of his Son. He continues to say that God’s purpose was to create in Christ, one new humanity. This is illustrated in his letter to the Ephesians 2. Obviously you know that this comes from the bible. However, it is amazing how the same bible is used to separate and divide God’s people. Surely, most of us who preach to follow Jesus have forgotten what Christ stood for. He attended parties and showed love to outcasts. He showed us that worth is not found in religion and church buildings and uniforms, but in us. Who we are is greater than all that we ever invent and institute.

Our division doesn’t help our disagreement, but gladly gives it nutrients. Our differences should be solved in unity, not in islands. If we disagreement leads to separation, then we will never agree and reconciliation will become hard. 

Today the world is crowded with many denominations, simply because division was chosen instead of union and communion. Someone came up with a different idea which another saw as heresy, but instead of discussion and constructive dissection of the matter, both individuals got nervous of being wrong at the end of the discussion. In the end each individual became a party and gathered a certain number of followers, propagating the leaders’ idea and opinion. Seems like we came to settle the fact that where there’s unity, there are no different opinions. But that’s not always the case. Unity should encourage constructive discussion which leads to constructive decision making and settling of some imperative facts. 

We might disagree, but we can still be fellas. We can still fellowship. Love advocates peace and joy. Paul in his letter to the Romans, wrote that the kingdom of God is about Joy, peace and righteousness. Isaiah prophesied that a child will play with a snake and Lion will lay down with an antelope. What does this mean? This means unity among people from different backgrounds and believes. We can be white and others black, but our grey region is love. It is in the universe of love where love and peace are.

Let love reign!