Brethren’s Gathering – 16th November, 2016

Brethren’s Gathering – 16th November, 2016

Spiritual Gifts

“Break forth into joy O my soul” - you are free in the Lord Jesus. The Scripture speaks of men, who was once deaf and blind, and Jesus touched them – put His fingers on their eyes and in their ears – and they were healed. They gave thanks to Jesus.

We have a glorious gift within us from God and God has loosed our tongue in order to express the gift that is within us and so allow this joy to break forth from our souls. 

 - Craig Geel - (Interpretation of tongues)

As the children of Israel were to cross the River Jordan, the priests had to step in to the water first and only until the priests went, could the children of Israel follow.

Peter in the boat out at sea in the storm, heard the call of Jesus, but he had to respond to Jesus by stepping out on the water. Jesus can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think, we just need to step out and walk. We are the men with Ministries and we need to step out in faith and, until we are willing to do that, the other believers can’t step out of the boat with the gift – the Ministry – in order to take the bride where she needs to go.

- Dave Rencken - (Interpretation of tongues)

God’s calling and election is sure. There is a way that seems right to man, but God has called us to walk above the standards and the wisdom of the world. He has called us to walk by faith.

When the axe-head in 2 Kings fell into the water and sank, it was able to float because God is the God of the impossible - it is impossible for man, but possible with God. In our thinking and believing, we need to decrease so that He might increase.

- Clinton Hutton - (Prophecy)

The rocks cried out, in and out of Jordan, as a testimony of God’s miraculous undertaking and keeping. We have been hewn out of the rock Christ Jesus. We need to cry out and speak – do not hold silent, God wants His voice heard by those who would not normally hear.

- Gerald Hawyes - (Prophesy) 


Peter Hawyes - (Intro)

(2 Peter 1v8-15) 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. 15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

God is calling us to be fruitful, to not forget what the Lord has said, to not be negligent with the things we have received, but to be stirred up and to be diligent and to make our calling and election sure.

Gerald Hawyes - (Ministry) 

We did not need to drink the cup of shame, sorrow or death. We drink from the cup of Salvation. Jesus drank the other cup on our behalf – He drank it willingly because He loves us. We often look back at our past and disqualify ourselves, but Jesus drank that cup for us. We need to constantly drink of the cup of Salvation.

Jacob had to give up Benjamin in order to know Joseph. Joseph didn’t reveal himself to his brethren until the right moment, until Jacob gave up Benjamin. Sometimes God asks us things that we feel we feel that we “shouldn’t have to give up”. God knows and we are in His hands, it is right in His eyes, maybe not in ours. Don’t question the things that happen to us because we don’t know why – “We will talk it over in the by and by”. When we release the Benjamin, we get the Joseph back as well, so let go and allow God to work in the way that He sees fit.

Riley Schwab - (Ministry)

God’s wrath was in the cup that Jesus drank. Jesus demonstrated His love to me. How well do I demonstrate my love to Him. We are the bride of Christ, we do not belong to another, we belong to Him. Love is not just a word or an emotion, it is an action and a demonstration. Faith without works is dead. We have been well equipped, do not drop the Sword. As it is recorded in Judges as Gideon, in the most impossible situation, where God whittled down the army to 300, God is able to work – because it is in the little that God works.

Martin Baker - (Ministry)

Jesus is building His Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. If God be for us, who can be against us.

In Numbers 13, the spies went in to spy out Canaan – 2 of them came back with a good report and 10 with an evil report as they saw themselves as “grasshoppers” in the sight of the enemy. We cannot become complacent with what we have, we have to allow Jesus to be outworked in us with Holy Ghost boldness. It is time to step out of our comfort zones. Do not neglect so great a Salvation, be like lights for the Lord Jesus.

Mike Muller - (Ministry)

We cannot just “use” God’s grace to help us in our circumstances. We cannot just ask God for grace to keep on ploughing (just as Elisha was ploughing) when in fact He has put a “mantle” and an anointing on us. “Of His fullness we have received”. His grace allows us to shine. (John 1)
In the early Church, it is recorded in the book of Acts that “Great grace was upon them all” and that we have received grace for grace. This double-edged grace to help in the everyday difficulties, but there is another edge to take the fullness of Christ to the world.

Jesus came full of grace and truth. We have received this grace and now we take the truth. No man has seen God at any time – the world is blind to God – Let Jesus shine.

1 Corinthian 15: 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Mike Short - (Ministry)

Jesus partook of the cup of wrath. In John 18 – Jesus tells Peter to put His sword away after he had cut the ear of the soldier, but Jesus then says: “The cup that God has given me, shall I not drink it”. Jesus had resolved to submit Himself to the will of God and to drink the cup of wrath. Jesus says: “I have finished the work that you called me to do”. On the cross He said: “It is FINISHED!”. The cup had been drunk by Him. We have now partaken of the cup of the New Testament – full of Jesus and the Holy Ghost. He has given us all things that pertain unto life and Godliness. In 2 Timothy, Paul says: “I have finished my race” - he has drunk that cup. 2Ti 4:7 : I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Acts 20v22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: 23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. 24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

He had a desire to complete and finish the cup that God had given him to drink.
2 Corinthians 6v6 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; 9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

We have a cup to drink, we are workers together with Him, we receive not the grace of God in vain. We need to have the heart of saying: “I need your grace, Lord, to be seen in me and sharing the Gift that you have given me. Not my will, Father, but yours be done.” So we are given the grace to drink the cup.

Mike Geel - (Ministry)
We are living in a time of rest – which is a picture of the Sabbath. We have received the manna. We do not need anything “new” with regards to revelation. We have received so much.
The two spies that were hidden by Rahab – her question was “What is going to happen when God comes?” She changed the purpose of that Scarlet Thread that she had – which was once to advertise “her business”, but now hanging that Scarlet Thread out of the window was her Salvation.
When Jesus goes into Simon’s house and Mary comes in and cries and washes Jesus’ feet with her tears and dries them with her hair, Jesus knew who she was, and He did not reject her. But now for us the time for crying and wiping His feet is over – it is time to now break the alabaster box and with brokenness comes the grace for the purposes of God.

Nigel Harris - (Ministry)
Is it hard to keep quiet? Sometimes we have to. The Lord said to Joshua that Jericho was theirs – God gives them this tremendous revelation, but they were not to say anything. They were to walk around the wall and not to talk until God told them to.
We need to talk when God calls us and tells us to, but the first day, the second day, the third day – all the way to the seventh day, they did not say anything as they walked around the wall, and on the seventh day and at the seventh time of walking around, God says to them SHOUT. The revelation had built up in their hearts – so it was not a “long sermon”, but it was one that was ordained by God for a purpose and the walls of Jericho came crashing down.
So we need to ensure that our hearts are right with the Lord and to speak when God tells us to.

Clinton Hutton - (Ministry) Numbers 16v2:
And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:

We stand as these men “princes of the assembly”. We cannot look at “I” and place our confidence in ourselves – just like Lucifer, in pride his heart was lifted up before the Lord. In this Scripture they were 250 men with the wrong heart, they presumed they were Holy - they were lifting up themselves to take over. The Lord will show who is His and who is Holy. God has called us to serve, not to usurp above our measure or to “prove” ourselves.

Moses had a heart for His people, God wants us to have a heart for people, not that we are better than them.

Claiton Divano - (Ministry) Isaiah 43v18:
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.Sometimes we need to say – You are God in Heaven - let my words be few. We often remember the former things (the Benjamins). There is always a remembrance of old things (the past). But the Lord says: “Behold, I will do a new thing” – we have access through the veil into His presence. “Shall you not know it”. – Old things have passed away and all things have become new – because we are new creatures.

Acts 17v21: (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)

Those folk were given to nothing else, but to try and hear some new thing all the time – that is such a picture of the world today, but we have received the newness of the Spirit. His mercies are new every morning – Old things are gone, all things new. We have it, it’s not “old hat”.

Verse 28: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

So as God moves in us and He lives in us, there is a newness and a freshness in our relationship with Him. The foundation that we have is immovable, but we have received the Spirit that moves. We do not stand still and stagnate.

Des Rothman - (Ministry)

Psalm 23
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

“He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake”. He loves righteousness and hates iniquity. “He has prepared a table for me in the presence of my enemies”. There are efforts by the enemy to silence the Word of God and the true Gospel which we preach. The cup of the world is there to drink from. But He anoints my head with oil. That which comes from above and my cup overflows.

The early church and the disciples suffered persecution. They had enemies but they said: “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard”. They prayed to the Lord and said: “Behold their threatening” and we need to pray this prayer, we need to be seen as those who are standing and not bowing down to this world, but they asked the Lord to grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they might be able to speak the Word and Great grace was upon them.

In Acts 5 they were commanded to not teach the name of Jesus and they said: “We ought to obey God rather than men”. We have a message to preach the Word in season and out of season, when it is easy and when there is opposition and when we are faced with adversity and persecution. The enemy desires to silence the voice of God, but we preach not ourselves, we preach Christ. There is a new Bill in South Africa regarding hate speech, which will come against the Word of God. Our message may seem to be intolerant and, according to this Bill, would be regarded as “hate speech”, but we need to stand for what we believe.

Only the Truth will make us free. The walk of Jesus is not an easy walk. We take our cross, we deny ourselves and we follow Him.

Craig Geel - (Ministry)
Luke 22v42: Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

The things of the world would endeavour to hinder us in preaching the Truth, but it is not my will that needs to be done, but the Lord’s will needs to be done.

Revelations 19v7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 

His bride has made herself ready – so it is not my will but thy will be done in making myself ready. She was arrayed in fine linen, which is the righteousness of the Saints.

Hosea 2:23
And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

We weren’t His people, but now we are able to be called His people and He is our God because we are His bride – she was making herself ready.

Dave Rencken - (Ministry)
I have to make conscious decisions to walk in obedience to the Word of God and to the will of God. Jacob said “Joseph my son is dead” and then he lived as though Joseph was dead even though, the truth is, he was not.
The two spies made a decision to obey and believe the Word of God. The other ten made a different decision – their decision was based on what they could see and understand with their intellect.

Matthew 25 speaks of the five wise and the five foolish virgins – the five foolish took lamps, but NO OIL and their decision had severe consequences. The wise virgins took oil because they had lamps that needed to burn.
We have these “filters” in our minds to either allow God’s Word to be real in our lives or to believe those things that we see and hear naturally. This affects us in our actions, in our Ministries. We need to be living in the Promised Land. That is where God wants us to be. The two spies had evidence of the promises of God. If they all had chosen to believe, they would have been living in the Promised Land. The sheep will go where there are led – what is leading us? God wants us to walk in the liberty of the sons of God. We need to repent of those mindsets and lay aside the weights and the sins that so easily beset us. The believing in God’s Word alters the decisions we make and the way that we love.

Peter Hawyes - (Conclusion) 

We live in the Victory. The walls of Jericho have already come down. Goliath has already been defeated. We are those who are able to enjoy the spoils of the Victory that Jesus has won, because He has risen. We are no longer those who live in fear, but we have overcome and we can arise in the power of His might and in the Holy Ghost.

There is a caution in Matthew 13 : 24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

We cannot afford to sleep – God wake us up.  Arise and shine – Thy light has come – the Glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.