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GVGM now on YouTube July 29, 2016

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Now, no matter where you are on planet earth, God’s Vision God’s Mission teachings are available to you via our YouTube channel.

I have uploaded the first video.  God’s Vision God’s Mission – Lesson 1 of 10 – The Mystery (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfPlNov1FAU)

I will upload the rest of the series over the next few weeks/months.

Try to make time to watch the video, share the link with your friends and leave a comment.

Each video is approximately 2 hours in duration, so unfortunately the file is quite large.

As you watch this video…

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know and understand the hope of His calling, and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come…

Be blessed!

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You can also download the GVGM Booklet in Pdf format right here –> GVGM Booklet

 

Student or Learner November 6, 2014

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Today we have the opportunity to help train 17 Congolese church leaders. They are attending a month long course on cross-cultural missions and we are helping them to understand the finer details of language and culture acquisition.

One of the main points in acquiring a new language is your approach. The best method is the same way you learned your mother tongue when you were a child. Not studying a language through books and audio, but rather acquiring the language, by being immersed in the culture. There is a big difference between a student and a learner. For example, a student studies from books, but the learner learns from the people. The student studies the rules of the language, while the learner learns to speak what he hears. Often a student studies to pass an exam, but the learner learns to communicate. It is the difference between an academic exercise and a social experience. Gathering knowledge or building relationships.

How many of us have approached life as students instead of learners, gathering information instead of experience. Trying to live according to the rules of life, we sometimes miss the experience of life. Think about the theologian who knows about God, but does not know God.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)

We are called to follow Jesus. To be disciples. The correct translation of the word ‘disciple’ from the original language is ‘learner’. We are to be learners, spending time with Him, learning from Him, but Jesus also commanded us to make disciples. As the Father sent Jesus, so Jesus sent us. People must be able to learn from us. Not just by what we say, but by our whole lives. How often do we see congregations full of students instead of disciples.

“Lord, I want to be a tree of life, not a tree of knowledge!”

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WARFARE!! November 2, 2014

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A few years ago I was reading, but not understanding, the book of Revelation.   Being confused and entangled in all the different interpretations and opinions about this book, I boldly explained to the Lord that If He would teach me the correct meaning of this book, I will teach it to the whole world.  I spent hours reading, rereading and speaking to the Lord.  Then God spoke.  He showed me a picture, a vision of two armies fighting for position.

 

I could see it clearly.  The soldiers were dressed in dirty grey uniforms on the one side, while on the other they were clothed in blue.  The air was blotted with smoke.  Everywhere soldiers were fighting in close combat.  Rifles blazed and bayonets ripped through the grey and blue uniforms.  As soon as one army drove the other back and gained ground, the victorious army would erect a flag.  Quickly, they would arrange themselves to protect the flag.  More and more soldiers stood around the flag, rifles and bayonets facing outwards…

 

“Lord, what are you saying to me?”

 

“This is your mind.”

 

Then I understood.  The dirty grey soldiers represented the Army of Lies, while the soldiers in blue represented the Army of Truth.  Whenever I received a thought or an idea, no matter what it was, it joined one of the two armies.  Any type of information that enters my mind is automatically screened by my existing worldview.  Many thoughts are immediately rejected, whether they are truth or lies.  On the other hand, certain thoughts are accepted, whether they are truth or lies.  These thoughts are unknowingly recruited into one or the other army.

 

For example: If a boy hears his father saying: “You’re stupid! You’ll never amount to anything!” and he accepts that thought, it will be recruited to the Army of Lies.  It is a lie, but he received it and believed it as though it is truth.  When a school teacher then says something similar to the boy, the Army of lies is reinforced.  Eventually, a flag is raised and a stronghold is established in his mind:  he believes that he will never amount to anything.  Not every word has the same effect.  An insult from a stranger will not carry the same weight as even a casual comment from someone in authority like a parent, a teacher or a pastor.  A pastor or teacher who is in a position of authority, but misinterprets Scripture, even if he means well, will be propagating doctrine that reinforces the Army of Lies.

 

Sometimes entire families, groups of people or even cultures are held captive by the Army of Lies.  Unbiblical doctrine, false religions, fatalistic poverty mentalities, racism, superiority and inferiority complexes are all strategies used by the Army of Lies.  These strongholds and high places must be destroyed.

 

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

 

In order to bring these strongholds down, it is not possible to just command them from the outside to fall.  Our weapons are mighty, but they are designed to cast down imaginations and to bring into captivity every thought.  These are the weapons of the Word and the Spirit, weapons of truth designed to work internally, strengthening and reinforcing the Army of Truth.  As the spoken word of God pierces the heart and the mind, legions of truth soldiers reinforce the Army of Truth.  The Army of Truth defeats the army of Lies and strongholds are brought down.  It is this intimate knowing of the truth that sets us free.

 

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

 

Our task is not just to pray for those in bondage to lies.  Jesus sent us to proclaim the good news.  Teaching the nations, discipling the people and renewing their minds.  Building relationships, learning their language, and coming close enough to them so that we can share the truth, will turn them from darkness to light.

 

What does all of this have to do with the book of Revelation?

Maybe a lot more than you think, but I’ll explain that at a later time.

Division or Vision October 29, 2014

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Vision has the ability to unite…yet when we look at modern day christianity, we find countless denominations and mission agencies with many different interpretations of God’s Vision.

According to the ‘Status of Global Mission 2014’, there are currently about 45 000 denominations in the world. This has increased from only 500 denominations in 1800.

Denominations are formed when people align themselves with the teaching of a specific person or group. They may say “I follow Luther” or “I follow Wesley” or “I follow Paul”.  I think sometimes denominations are formed when a pioneer pursues the things of God, hears His voice, proclaims the good news and attracts followers who want to have what he has.  They receive his teachings, maybe even put it into practice, but instead of going on with the Lord to deeper understanding and greater works, they stagnate.  Settling for yesterday’s revelation instead of the fresh word which proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.  God’s voice is moving (Gen 3:8) not settling, always leading us and uniting us towards His vision. We are not meant to make people follow us, but rather help them to hear God’s voice and follow Him.

READ:
1 Corinthians 1:10-12
1 Corinthians 3:1
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1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Ephesians 4:4
Psalm 133

How did Paul react to reports of division in the early church?
What does 1 Corinthians 3:1-4 tell us about the global maturity of the church?
How are local churches contributing to unity or division?
In what way can we promote unity in the body of Christ?
What role does vision play in uniting the church?
Whose vision can we promote?

Where there is no Vision October 27, 2014

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Where there is no vision, the people perish: Proverbs 29:18a (KJV)

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint (NIV)

A nation without God’s guidance is a nation without order (GNB)

When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild (NLT)

Without a Vision is a people made naked (YLT) (See also footnote in KJV)

Notice how various Bible translations show the consequences of a people without vision…perish, cast off restraint, without order, run wild, made naked.

Without the knowledge of the prize or the treasure, there will be no careful searching. If we do not see or know about the ultimate goal in life, then what is the point? Without God’s vision people will cast off restraint, be stripped of all dignity and run wild. Without understanding God’s purpose people will join the disillusioned and say: “let us eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die!”

BACKGROUND:
In the days of Eli and his sons we find a very similar description of a people without vision. At this point in her history, the people of Israel have already come out of bondage. They have passed through the wilderness and have entered into the promised land of Canaan. The tabernacle of Moses has been set up in a place called Shiloh and for approximately 400 years the nation has been led by a number of Judges. Eli was the high priest and one of the last judges of Israel. His sons, Hophni and Phinehas, operated as priests in the tabernacle and the prophet Samuel was still a young child who served God before Eli.

READ: 1 Samuel 1-4(KJV)
Especially: 1 Sam 3:1-3 (No vision)
1 Sam 3:11-13 (No restraint)
1 Sam 2:12-17 (Running wild)
1 Sam 2:22-25 (Running wild)
1 Sam 4:1-20 (Perish/death)
1 Sam 4:21-22 (Made naked/stripped)
Proverbs 14:12

QUESTIONS:
How did Eli’s lack of vision directly affect his sons and the nation?
What could Eli have done differently?
Discuss the consequences for his family and for the nation.
Man was designed to follow God’s path and pursue God’s vision. Our purpose is found in His purpose. Our vision is found in His vision.

READ: Gen 3:1-7(KJV)

QUESTIONS:
What was man’s focus before eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
What was desirable about the tree of knowledge?
If man was originally designed to pursue God’s vision, how did this change when they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
When their eyes opened to worldly wisdom, what did their eyes close to?
In light of the 5 translations of Proverbs 29:18, discuss the consequences for Adam’s family/descendants.

Where there is no vision from God the people will always wander down a purposeless path that meanders through the emptiness of self gratification and eventually lead to destruction. By departing from God’s way and God’s design mankind has stripped himself of who he is meant to be and is no longer clothed in God’s glory, but naked and shameful.

Where there is no vision the people perish, but were there is vision, God’s vision, there is life. Abundant life, just as God originally intended! It is God’s desire that we should see His vision, be clothed in glory, be led by His Spirit and enjoy abundant life.

See the teaching: https://gvgm.wordpress.com/teachings-and-articles/where-there-is-a-vision/

The Treasure in the Field October 14, 2014

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Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Matthew 13:44

Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven as like unto a treasure hidden in a field or in the following verse, a pearl of great price. I have heard many different explanations of this parable. Let’s see if you can see the same as what I saw here.

First, let’s take a closer look at the field.
Read:
Matthew 13:1-23 especially verse 15 and 19
2 Corinthians 4: 6-7
1 Corinthians 3:9
Luke 17:21
Colossians 1:27

Try answering the following questions:
What is the field?
Where is the treasure hidden?

Now, let’s look at the man who for the joy thereof sold all he had and bought that field.
Read:
Hebrews 12:2
Acts 20:28
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
1 Peter 1:18-19
Hebrews 9:12

Can you identify the man?
What was the price of the field?

God’s Vision God’s Mission at Lake Tanganyika October 5, 2014

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South Africa, Zambia and UK met in Burundi on the Northern shore of Lake Tanganyika, not far from the place where Stanley met Livingstone. We had a wonderful GVGM class in Bujumbura… Looking forward to the next time! God bless Africa!!

The Mystery February 21, 2014

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treasue mapThroughout the world people of every culture communicate with stories and riddles.  The more mysterious and intriguing it is, the better the story.  I suspect that most people enjoy a good mystery story.  Perhaps we are designed to solve mysteries and puzzles, but with a greater mystery in mind.

 

Some years ago, when my daughter Aimée was little, I decided to hide one of her Christmas presents away and make a trail of clues pointing the way to where it was hidden.  I only gave her the first clue which then sent her running off to find the second which left her puzzling over the third, until after a long while she eventually arrived at the end goal and received her gift.  It was an instant hit!  From then on the treasure hunt was almost a holiday routine.  The fun was not only in finding the prize, but also in the searching for it.

 

Each time I gave Aimée a treasure hunt, I walked with her.  I never told her directly where the next clue was, but my presence was enough.  She could quickly recognise my body language if she was off track.  It was such fun, watching her discover the clues, realise the answers and take another step closer to the prize.  Everything she needed was in the clues, but we had to do it together.  This is exactly how our heavenly Father guides us towards His vision.  He enjoys the treasure hunt just as much as we enjoy searching for the treasure!

 

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2)

 

God is not hiding anything from us, but rather He has hidden things for us.  He has given us all the clues we need and He is present with us to guide and protect us on the journey.  He is so excited for us to find the next clue and draw closer to His ultimate purpose.

 

I love the analogy of a treasure hunt.  There is the treasure which is the ultimate goal (the vision) and there is a trail of clues or pathway (the mission) that leads to the prize.

 

If you are in Pretoria, come walk with us as we follow the clues from our Father.  God’s Vision God’s Mission classes are designed to help you understand God’s way, discover who you are in His eyes, realize that you are part of His dream and catapult you towards your destiny.

Do you know your purpose? November 4, 2013

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Do you know our Father's purpose? Do you know your purpose?

Do you know our Father’s purpose?
Do you know your purpose?

We watched the movie “Hugo” over the weekend…I love this quote about purpose.

Isabelle: I wonder what my purpose is…

Hugo: Everything has a purpose, clocks tell you the time, trains takes you to places. I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine… I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jzLeNYe46g

Our Father has a purpose for each one of us. Sin has broken us, but Jesus came to reverse what sin did and bring us back to our original purpose and design.

No one is a mistake! We all have a purpose in God’s plan.

No “brokenness” (from sin, sickness, poverty or even death) is from God or is His will. He designed creation to be good – very good!  When man turned away from God’s original intention and followed his own twisted purpose, man applied himself to something for which he was not designed. Man broke, but God entered our brokenness and took our brokenness away.

When we understand His purpose, we will also understand our purpose!

When we walk in His way, the way of original design, we find purpose and true fulfillment.

Do you know your purpose?

Since the foundation of the world… October 14, 2012

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We all know the creation story of how God created everything in six days and then rested on the seventh.  Many theologians have taught Genesis two as an explanation of Genesis one, the two chapters rolled into one story. Perhaps if we have a better understanding of these first two chapters we will also understand God’s original intention and His ultimate goal.

In Genesis one God created all things.  His work being finished after six days, He then rested from His labours. Think about it! Everything was created in those first six days and then God rested.

“…the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” Heb 4:3b

When we come to Genesis 2 all of God’s works were finished, but there were not yet any plants in the field or men to till the ground.  Everything was already created, but everything was not yet manifested. The plants were created in Genesis 1:11, but only manifested in Genesis 2. Man was created in Genesis 1:27, but only manifested in Genesis 2:7 when God formed man from the dust of the earth and brought forth that which was already created.  This is not difficult to understand.  Think about it, when were you created? And when were you manifested or revealed?  I was created in Genesis one, but only revealed in 1968 AD.  Look at the trees outside. When were they created and when were they revealed?  Jesus Himself was foreordained before the foundation of the world and then manifested later when the Word became flesh.

“Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” 1 Pet 1:20

Genesis two is the beginning of the unfolding of everything that was created in Genesis one.  Man being created last in Genesis one, but being manifested early in Genesis two so that man can share God’s joy and participate in His process of revelation.

Genesis one is the complete and perfect, original and final creation of God.  This is God’s original intention and ultimate goal.  The end declared at the beginning.

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Is 46:10

It is in Genesis one that God foreknew us and predestined us.

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate…”  Rom 8:29

It is in Genesis one that God chose us in Christ.

 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…” Eph 1:4a

Genesis one is the declaration of God’s perfect vision.  Genesis two is the first steps of the unfolding of His vision. After the fall of man we do not look forward to being restored to what Adam had in Genesis two, but rather to be restored to God’s original vision of Genesis one!  God’s vision, His original intention, which was kept secret since the foundation of the world, has been fulfilled and is now revealed in Christ!

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