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For many churches across the earth the celebration of Christmas has become the highlight of their calendar year. But how did the celebration of Christmas and its associated customs come to occupy center stage in the life of the Church?

What is the origin of Christmas? Where did it come from? Where did “Santa Claus” come from? And the “Christmas tree”? Is it wrong to celebrate “Christmas”? What is the truth behind this popular and widespread holiday?

There is a long history of Christmas, and the holiday as Christians practice today actually came about through an evolutionary process. While gift-giving, singing carols, and Santa Claus are long-time Christmas symbols and traditions, they have not always been a part of the holiday celebration. In fact, there was a period when Christmas celebrations were banned by the church. So, how did the Christmas we know today come to be?

The Purpose of the Church

Mar 30, 2017   //   by Nel Sewraj   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Why did God set up His Church in the earth? Many pastors differ in their opinions, and most Christians have no clue. In the 90’s Rick Warren’s book “Purpose-Driven Church” relegated the purpose of the Church to evangelism, fellowship, prayer, worship, ministry, discipleship and so forth. But these are the functions of the Church – not the purpose. Purpose is different from function. Purpose is what God made the Church for. It is the original plan of God for His Church. Function, on the other hand, is what something is used for. It is the activities assigned to the Church.

Satan is always out to hijack the purposes of God. Right from the beginning in the Garden, he thwarted the nature of man to hijack God’s purpose for him. Now Satan is doing the same with the church. He has convinced man to use the Church to serve himself. Megachurches and megastar pastors have become the icons of modern Christendom. The Church today is more about the people than God. We must return God’s Church back to Him and restore God’s purpose back to His Church.

So here are the 10 original purposes of God for His Church:

1. To reveal the government of heaven (or God) on the earth

The Church is called to pray in this manner: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matt.6:10) because the Church is a glimpse of God’s government in the heavens. The Church is called to make God’s government in the heavens visible on the earth. The Church first establishes God’s government within the people and through them into every domain of society.

God’s Church must be portrayed as regal and royal in the eyes of society. Society must admire our order, ranks and authority as the Church. That’s why rebellion, lawlessness & anarchy in the Church has to cease. The world is full of dishonour, disorder and breaking of ranks. So believers cannot perpetuate the same. Everything we do must be governed and ordered well. So, have a well-ordered life, family and marriage. Order the way you think, speak and carry yourself in your dealings and associations.

2. To reveal Christ as the standard and measure of all things

Christ is the standard & measure of all things (Col.1:15-16; John 1:1-4). All “success” must be measured against Christ. His standards are the only valid standards. He is the measurement of all things because He is the cornerstone.

Accordingly, His Body which is the Church, is the standard for everything that takes place in the earth. The Church is the standard-bearer for the non-Christian world (1 Cor.14:24-25 “But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all…And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth”). When non-Christians look at our lives, families, how we manage & use our resources/ finances & so forth, they must feel so deficient that they will say: “Let’s go up to Zion & there learn the ways of God.” (Isa.2:3)

3. To be the voice of God in the earth.

The Church is the conscience of society. Therefore we must speak up & throw light on everything happening around us. The Church should never shrink back, barricade itself off or refuse to be a voice in society. What God is saying to you and your Church must get out.

We must hear what the Lord is saying & go and tell them: “This is what the Lord told us…” Tell the non-Christians too; many will turn to God when we do. The Church must be able to speak into people’s lives at any time and in any place. After all Christ came to give people life in abundance and not salvation only. The Church is all about being God’s voice in the earth.

4. To extend and expand God’s kingdom into every domain of society

The Church is called to invade every domain & penetrate every strata of society. In Daniel 2:34-35, 44 we read about the stone that was cut out by the hand of God. It struck the statue and became a great mountain that filled all the earth. In 1 Peter 2:6 the stone is laid in Zion, which is the Church. The purpose of the Church is to strike every other kingdom and fill the whole earth with God’s Kingdom.

We should never limit Kingdom expansion to the four walls of the local Church. It goes beyond. Our members must get out into every domain of society and change the world. They must be trained to take over in the domains where God has positioned them, whether in education, business, politics and so forth.

5. To manifest the manifold wisdom of God against principalities and powers

Eph. 3:10“to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places”

Eph.6:11 speaks of the “schemes of the enemy”. Verse 16 speaks about “the fiery darts of the enemy.” The wisdom of God that proceeds from the Church has the power to override and shut down the schemes & fiery darts of the enemy.

Church members must be trained to win battles in the spirit world and not in the natural. In the natural the enemy has power over them. But in the spirit, they have power far above all principalities & powers. Therefore, they must take their problems to the spirit world & deal with them there. This approach provides permanent answers and will eliminate the need for draining counselling sessions.

6. To become the dwelling place of God

1 Tim.3:15 says that the Church is the house or dwelling of God. The Church is not built for our gatherings, programmes & services. It is built for God. So, He must descend when we gather. When we meet, He manifests among us and moves freely in our midst. God must descend from the heavens and dwell among us. The God-factor is essential. He must be there. Or else it is only us, and that is not enough.

The Church is God’s dwelling place. “Dwelling” means to make a place home; to live and express oneself freely & with no restrictions. We cannot put God under house arrest in His own house! Is He able to manifest in any way He wants in your Church? Can He express Himself freely? If He can then we have built the Church accurately.

7. To break dividing walls between peoples, tribes and nations.

The Church is not a melting pot of cultures. The Church is where every culture is broken & only Kingdom culture prevails. Christians must learn to break everything that is outside heavenly culture. We cannot act or think like an American, African, European, Indian, upper class, low caste and so forth. In Acts 6:1, the Grecian Christians & Jewish Christians began to measure themselves against one another. This is not Kingdom behaviour.

The Church should not be dominated by one single culture for this divides the Church (Eph.2:14“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation”). Neither should the prevailing culture of the city or environment (e.g. the socio-economic conditions) be dominant in the Church. Only the culture of the Kingdom must be present.

Kingdom culture is the dominant culture and we must work towards that culture alone. We are not a multi-cultural or multi-racial Church. We are a heavenly Church. The Church is created by Him & He is heavenly. The culture of the Church is therefore a heavenly culture (i.e. Kingdom culture). We need to raise a Church that understands that every dividing wall is broken: culture, age, gender, status and class.

8. To fulfil the pledge of the Father to the Son

Acts 2:34-35 – The Father’s pledge to the Son was that He would make all His enemies His footstool. This is mentioned in Psalm 110:1: “Sit at my right hand…until I make your enemies your footstool”. But how will God do this? Through His Church. “The LORD will send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!” (Ps 110:2).

God is using us, His Church, to fulfil this pledge to bring every enemy under total subjection to Christ. The purpose of the Church then is to complete & finish Christ’s final battles with His enemies (e.g. sin, sickness, satan, wickedness). The Church will also deal with, and destroy, the final enemy of Christ: death! That’s why the Church cannot become preoccupied with fighting its own personal, internal or domestic battles. Members must rise above their personal battles so they can take on the enemies of God.

9. To express the covenant relationship between God and man.

Abraham walked in such a level of covenant with God that God worked with Him as a “friend of God” (James 2:23; 2 Chron.20:7; Isa.41:8). He was God’s friend and ally. The Church must manifest this dimension of life and covenant with God.

God moves on our behalf when we walk in covenant with Him. He attests to our covenant with Him with signs, wonders & miracles. God will manifest and reveal that He is present with us when we keep covenant with Him, just as He did with Elijah on Mt Carmel.

Even the witchdoctors, diviners and sorcerers in the world manifest supernatural powers because they choose to covenant with demonic spirits. In the same way, when God manifests in His Church, everybody will recognise that we are His friend, ally & partner.

10. To sum up all things in Christ, both in heaven and on earth.

Eph. 1:9-11 “having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself…that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him…In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”

God’s ultimate goal is to gather all things in heaven and earth together in Christ. Through His Church God will bring everything in subjection to the Christ. The Church is called to pull everything and align it to Christ. If the Church is called to align all things to Christ, it must itself be accurately built and aligned to the head of the Church.

To take hold of the powers of the air and change your city, the Church must be built strong. Nothing in your environment can change until the church is built accurately, enabling it to rise to a position of power. This is God’s purpose for His Church: that your entire city and nation be changed and adjusted to the measure of Christ.

Concluding Remarks

Whatever God wants to do in your city and nation, He is going to do it through His Church. This is the reason why the Church needs to be built accurately and aligned to God’s original purposes for it. When such a Church is built God will shift the dynamics of the entire city around it.

Do you want to see the transformation of your city? Are you ready to lead your city into the destiny God has for it?   Then build the Church according to God’s original purpose.


(This is an adaptation of a discourse by Dr Jonathan David)

How to Keep Yourself Under an Open Heaven

Jan 20, 2017   //   by Nel Sewraj   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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These 10 indispensable practices will give you the spiritual stature required to access the presence of Almighty God. They will ensure that the oil in your lamp never runs out. They will provide you the momentum you need to accelerate your progress in the earth.


1. Find new ways to access God

Approaching God must become easier and less laborious. Unfortunately, over time we become familiar with the old ways of accessing God. Thus, our communion with God gets relegated to nothing more than religious ritual and routine, and the intensity and intimacy we once enjoyed dies down. When this happens, our devotional times become a breeding ground for familiar spirits and the carnal mind.

Elijah operated as a powerful prophet in Israel. But when God wanted to speak to him about his next assignment (raising a successor), God had to remove him from his familiar environment. God orchestrated Elijah’s flight and brought him to a mountain in Horeb. The principle is simple. Your environment must change if you want to experience God in a new way. Change the way your pray. Change the way you engage the Word.


2. Do not neglect the heavenly language

Speaking in tongues has various benefits for the believer. Well-known Christian author and preacher, Dr Bill Hamon, wrote a book called “70 Reasons for Speaking in Tongues”. I will give you seven:

  1. Tongues is a gift of the Spirit & the initial sign of His infilling in your life (Acts 2)

  2. God speaks to us through Tongues (Isaiah 28:11 “For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people …”)

  3. We speak to God through Tongues (“For he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not to man, but to God” – 1 Corinthians 14:2)

  4. We build up ourselves through Tongues (“He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself” – 1 Corinthians 14:4)

  5. Our spirit prays through Tongues (“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays” – 1 Corinthians 14:14)

  6. Tongues keeps us continually aware of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence.

  7. Tongues eliminates the possibility of selfishness entering your prayer life. We pray in accordance with the will of God.

3. Begin to hear God’s voice again

As a little boy in the Temple, Samuel would sleep in the same vicinity as the Ark of God. His infatuation with God’s presence enabled him to hear God’s voice. Samuel was the first to hear Him. We need the Samuel factor today. The Samuel factor is about increasing our proximity to the Ark to pick up the sounds of heaven. If we are going to hear God’s voice again then we must be found in His presence. Communication from God is not possible apart from engagement with God.

Begin to engage God daily and receive His daily bread for your life as Isaiah 50:4 says, “He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.” Let Him speak to you again.


4. Walk in explicit obedience

Jesus instructed the demon-possessed man at Gadara to go and tell all his colleagues about the grace of God (Mark 5:19-20). He however took Jesus’ mandate a step further. He went and told ten cities (Decapolis means ten cities). That’s extreme obedience! In another incident, after teaching His disciples everything, Jesus tells them in John 13:17: “If you know these things, blessed are you if you DO them.”

Make this your season of implementation and execution. We cannot be hearers only; we must become doers. When you hear His Word, JUST DO IT! It seems that the Nike slogan is required more for God’s Kingdom than the sports field. Your spiritual growth & maturity is not measured by your anointing or your ministry abilities; it is measured by your obedience. That’s why, the announcement “This is my beloved Son” came after Jesus’ act of obedience (water baptism is an act of obedience).


5. Use your words to recreate your world

Hebrews 10:3 says that “…the worlds were framed by the Word of God…”. In the creation account darkness was removed when God said, “Let there be light.” God’s Word now lives in us and has been put into our mouths (Isaiah 59:21). By speaking His Word, we can expel the darkness and recreate the world around us. Don’t accept your world as it is. Use God’s Word to restore His order and design into your world and the world around you. Speak His Word into every area of your life. Speak life into your family, marriage, finances and business/ workplace and so on.


6. Return to the original Word that God spoke to you

From time to time people, work & the cares of life cause us to drift from what God has called us to do. They can cause us to forget our destiny when they change our course and keep us preoccupied with side attractions for a time. Before long we find ourselves returning to God all over again to find out what He wants us to do.

God wants to you get back to what He has asked you to originally do. Call to mind the revelations given to you at former times. Remind yourself about the things God spoke to you in the past. Get back to it, continue with it, and complete it. Most of the time, when we resurrect God’s original Word or calling to us, we can expect progressive revelation to follow.


7. Position yourself properly under the chain of command

This principle is the antidote to most of your problems, weaknesses, challenges. When you connect accurately with authority, you can access authority in your own life. To have authority, you must be under authority. Jesus exemplified this principle as He coordinated His activities in line with His Father’s will.

In the same token, you as a saint of God must recognize those God has placed over you. You must relate honourably with them, whether in your thoughts, words and or life. Learn more about Authority in the Local Church.


8. Go back to being strict & disciplined with yourself

We sometimes become too flexible and accommodating with ourselves. We negotiate our good habits and choices, and sometimes compromise on our lifestyles. Learn to check and reset your values and priorities to its default settings. Review your health & nutrition habits, your time management, your spiritual disciplines, your personal development goals and so forth.


9. Find your partners in destiny

From the beginning, God made one thing very clear: “It is not good that man should be alone” (Gen.2:18). Unfortunately sin nature crept in and Man became self-centred. High levels of individualism, independence and isolation have become the order of the day. These are nonetheless the seeds of the serpent. They expose us to the enemy and bring us under his attack. Individualism creates disharmony in the spiritual world.

Seek to destroy this spirit in your own heart. Value collective identity higher than personal identity. Pursue corporate destiny instead of individual success. Find your covenant partners in destiny soon, even if it’s just one or two persons.


10. Become selective in your hearing

Daniel purposed in his heart what he would eat (1:12) and what he wouldn’t (1:8). You need to have the same discipline about the food that enters your soul. Do not waver at and be carried away by every teaching, no matter how anointed the preacher or how many signs and wonders follow. Allow the Holy Spirit to teach you and bear witness of the truth. He will lead you to authentic fathers in the faith who carry true apostolic doctrine and the grace to form Christ in your life.

In 2 Timothy 1:13 Paul instructs his spiritual son Timothy to selectively choose his own teachings over others: “Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me.” So, don’t be gullible to digest every Christian teaching from now onward. That is prodigal behaviour. When you find accurate fathers, you will automatically honour and listen to them as your primary source. You will say “there’s bread enough to spare in my father’s house,” and you will no longer need to scavenge for pods in the pigsty.

May you choose to drink uncontaminated waters from pure streams in the days ahead. If you do, believe me, you will keep the heavens opened over your life and make remarkable progress.


Authority in the Local Church

Nov 28, 2016   //   by Nel Sewraj   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Every saint must understand the chain of command in the local church. It is critical for accurate Kingdom living. In fact, aligning to the authority chain in the church is the antidote for most problems, weaknesses, challenges and disappointments in the life of the Christian.

You may have received Christ as Lord, and you may be a long-standing member of a church. But how is it that you still experience lack, bondage, areas of undoneness, sickness and sin habits in your life? Mere church attendance and religious disciplines are insufficient to sort these out. You require divine authority and power to destroy these cycles of defeat in your life.



God has made His authority available for you within His church. When you connect to His authority structure in the local church you will literally set yourself free for the rest of your life.

The following diagram illustrates how authority flows in God’s Kingdom:

There are different opinions, as there different denominations, about the authority structure of the local church. But the Bible is clear. There is only ONE authority structure in the local church. The senior minister or pastor (the father of the house) is the source of divine authority in the local church. Authority flows from God to the senior pastor. The senior pastor delegates this authority to others (lay-leaders or sons). The following diagram illustrates this dynamic:


Every person has an authority in life that he submits to as a subordinate. And this not by constraint but by conviction. God has created humans to live under His authority (as illustrated above). But when they choose to live under a different rule, they sin and consequently expose themselves to demonic infiltration.

It is imperative for every saint to discover the structure of authority in the church and submit their life, gifts & talents to it before any opportunity for ministry can be made available for them. Why is this protocol proper and necessary? In his book Apostolic Strategies Affecting Nations, Dr Jonathan David says:

A person who has not submitted to the apostolic structure of authority has already violated God’s authority chain and that person is now ministering without a spiritual covering of protection.

When Christians Operate Outside

The Chain of Authority

1. They will override the senior pastor’s authority, vision & burden for the church.

They side-line the divine flow of authority that flows from the senior pastor or spiritual father. Thus they contaminate and confuse the frequency of the house and the rest of the members.


2. They allow the enemy to come into the work of the Lord.

Because they are disconnected from the spiritual father or senior pastor, they are outside his authority & covering. They are subject to “another” rule. That’s why they become an access point to the enemy opening the church to demonic attacks. One must submit to the local church authority when ministering within a local church. Though your giftings and callings carry with them an authority from God, yet you need to be under the authority of the local church pastor to function within the local church that he/ she oversees.


3. They open their own lives and families to demonic attacks.

 Why? Because they choose to be outside “covering” and spiritual protection.

Spiritual covering is a mantle of God’s protection & presence over a person’s life because he is submitted to God’s chain of command & authority. This protects him from demonic attacks, deception and diseases.

(Dr Jonathan David – Apostolic Strategies Affecting Nations)

4. They diminish the strength of their own gifts & ministry.

Christ showed that to have authority one must be under authority (Luke 7:7-8). When saints do not subject themselves to the divine flow of authority, they themselves will lack authority for ministry and personal breakthrough. They will be like fully functional appliances that are unfortunately unplugged. Remember the prodigal; after disconnecting from his father he lost his inheritance, albeit after some time.

The senior pastor is that source of divine authority in the local church. Without submitting to his authority, you do not carry any spiritual authority in your ministry. So every minister & ministry in the local church derives their spiritual authority from the senior pastor. Every ministry or leadership in the house must be delegated by him. The first thing you need in order to function effectively in your ministry is to receive the senior pastor and his headship authority over your life. Proper relating and living in accountability to him is the key. Your gifts, grace and ministry must assist the spiritual father fulfill God’s call and vision in his life.


5. They become victims of their environment (& negative experiences).

In Genesis 35:16-18 Rachel, agonizing in the aftermath of labour pains, names her son “Benoni” which means “son of my sorrow”. The child became a victim of negative circumstances. Rachel’s husband, Jacob, was away on a journey. However upon his return, Jacob reversed this curse upon the child when he renamed his son “Benjamin” which means “son of my right hand”. In the same token, spiritual fathers have the grace and authority to reverse adversity in the lives of the saints.

The book of 1 Corinthians introduces us to a church that became a victim of its environment. Corinth was a major first century city in Greece. It was known for its moral corruption.The church at Corinth faced numerous problems because of the culture with which it had to contend. Consider the fornication (5:1), the infighting & factionalism (3:3-4), the spiritual immaturity and  worldliness (3:1), the carnality and selfishness (11:17), the abuse of spiritual gifts (12 & 14) and so on. But a closer look at the Corinthian Church reveals that the real problem of the church was fatherlessness. This church had a problem when it came to connecting and relating to the one who begot them, Paul (1 Cor. 4:14-17). They failed to recognize the grace and authority that Paul carried for their lives.

6. They cut short the wealth and increase due to them.

 Lot prospered as long as he stayed connected and related to Abraham. The prodigal son had more than enough as long as he operated within his father’s house and estate. In the same way your accurate connection to spiritual grace carriers has the potential to unlock wealth increase and financial resources in your life.

Deut.8:18 says:

But you shall remember the LORD your God: for it is he that gives you power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your fathers.


The reason God gives you the power to get wealth is so that He can continue the covenant he swore to your father. Unfortunately many Christians are fatherless. This is one of the reason why many in the church are in financial dire straits.


7. They squander their grace and forfeit their destiny.

Spiritual fathers have the ability to consolidate your grace and accelerate your destiny. They enable you to go further. It is said that Elijah did 16 miracles while Elisha did 32. David took weak and distressed men under his wing, and as they remained connected to David they evolved into mighty men. The senior pastor in the church carries the same grace from God. He is the coach and catalyst you need to accelerate towards your God-given destiny.  However when you despise those in authority in the local church and you downplay their significance in your life, you derail your life and remove yourself from purpose.

Access the Power to Make Wealth

Oct 26, 2016   //   by Nel Sewraj   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Many Christians incorrectly think that wealth increase comes solely through personal effort, competence and hard work. So let me clarify this for you.

One of the core values you must subscribe to as a Christian is that Almighty God is the source of all your supply. You must know that it is Him who blesses you with wealth increase.

Accessing the Power to Make Wealth

Wealth does not come to you just because:

1. You are smart or have the academics qualifications, certificates or credentials. 

Consider countries like Japan(and Korea), where the majority of people are educated, yet one million educated and qualified people remain unemployed.

2. You have a good job.

All financial gurus will tell you that it virtually impossible to build wealth simply by being an employee. Tunde Bakare, a Nigerian statesman and preacher, simply but aptly states: “You cannot accumulate wealth working for another person”. As a child of you must know that God wants to bless the work of your own hands (Job 1:10), and not those of your bosses.

3. You maintain a budget, and you save.

Personal financial planning has its place and most people do it. However you need wisdom to make accurate decisions to navigate through market forces, or invest in the right places, and get the best returns on your investments. Such wisdom is found in God alone and must be accessed from Him. After all the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God.

4. You glean information from financial books and other sources.

While there is nothing wrong with doing this, it is not enough. There are too many books written around financial planning and making money. Every author has their own experiences, opinions and theories about how to do it. With so many differing opinions on the subject, the more financial books you read the more confused you can become.

5. You work hard.

Such is unfortunately the philosophy of work for many, Christians included. Some people work extra hours. Others have an open door work policy. Most employees bring their work home. In many parts of the world people work two to three jobs at a time just to sustain their lifestyles. If you are in Christ, you should not be working “by the sweat of your brow”. Not at all. Remember Christ broke this Adamic curse over your life when He became a curse for you on the cross.

So I hope you realize that the power to make wealth comes from God alone. It does not come from yourself or from others.

Deuteronomy 8:18 : “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day”.

The power to make wealth comes from God – not from anywhere else. He gives us the wisdom, ability & capacity to make wealth. Also God has given us this capacity to make wealth to keep His covenant and promise with us. This is the real reason why God wants to bless us, increase us and give us wealth. Such was God’s promise to His own from the beginning of creation. Genesis 1:28 says, “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” It is very interesting to note that God blessed Adam before he fell into sin. So Adam did not need to work by the sweat of his brow to enjoy the blessings. This was God’s original plan and covenant promise. God always wanted to “bless” us without our own hard work and labour. God does not need our hard work & labour to bless us. In fact hard work is an Adamic curse and the consequence of sin.

Proverbs 10:22 “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it”.             

Riches and wealth are what the Lord blesses us with. Such things proceed from Him. We need not succumb to the efforts and schemings of the world’s systems to attain them. Moreover the word “blessing” here does not refer to “things” or possessions. It speaks of the conferring of blessing, grace or favour onto someone. Therefore the secret behind true wealth in not the need for hard work & labour but the need for God to bless and impart to us the capacity that attracts wealth.

Malachi 3:10 tells us that it is the initiative of God to bless. He says “I will open the windows and pour …blessings”. The prophet Zechariah confirms this truth when he declared that it is “Not by might nor power but by My Spirit…” (Zech.4:6). Even in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul tells the church in the city of Philippi: “My God shall supply all your need” (Phil.4:19).

The conclusion of the matter then is that God blesses us! He wants to bless us. He will bless us. This is His promise. If we can only believe it! Romans 4:18-22 provides us with an incredible example of such faith in God’s promises. It says that Abraham…

“…contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken…And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness”.”

As a child of the Most High God know that God is the source of all your supply. Rest from your labours. Joyfully place your hope in Him. Relinquish any dependence on your own knowledge and efforts and put your trust in Him. God has plans to prosper you and to give you a hope and a future.



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How to Become a Better Husband

Oct 20, 2016   //   by Nel Sewraj   //   Blog  //  No Comments


Husbands, you can overcome the seasons of tension in marriage.

All married couples will agree that marriage has its “seasons”. We enjoy it when it is “in season”. These are times of understanding, forbearance, friendship and contribution. But there are the odd times when marriage seems to go “out of season”. These are times of misunderstanding, intolerance, unmet expectations and tension, unfortunately. All marriages will encounter such bumpy patches, and some more than others. These are unavoidable. But what matters is how soon we resolve our marital differences and return to the “in season” mode again. And our attitudes play an important role in our response and ability to resolve marital issues.

When we come into the Kingdom, our attitudes must be adjusted, if not overhauled. One of the ways we as husbands can minimize or even avoid conflict with our wives is to heed the biblical advice found in 1 Peter 3:7 which says: “Husbands, likewise dwell with them with understanding.” This is where most husbands lose the plot. They fail to “understand” their wives. And where understanding is absent misunderstanding will be present. To dwell with our wives with understanding is more than being patient, kind and tolerant. The word “understanding” refers to divine understanding. It is about understanding things from God’s perspective. For a husband to dwell with his wife with understanding, he must view her through the lens of the Almighty. Husbands are the priests of their homes and ultimately responsible for keeping their marriages within the design of God.

So, husbands, here are some golden rules from the Scriptures to assist you:

Rule 1:   HONOUR your wife – even in your thoughts   

To ‘honour’ your wife means that you think no evil of her. It means that you have to maintain her dignity at all times, especially in your mind. When you do encounter a bumpy road make sure you don’t confuse the problem with the person. It may seem hard to distinguish between the two but you must do it. When you do, her person will still be esteemed and held in high regard. If you don’t, you will violate her in your mind and assassinate her character. In so doing, you will be adding more fuel to the fire instead of putting it out.

So husbands, don’t devalue the biblical truths about your marriage or your wife. The Bible presents some powerful principles, truths and imageries about marriage. For example, marriage is a symbol of Christ’s union with His church (Eph.5:25-33). Such truths must become part of your core values. Keep them at the forefront of your mind.

Rule 2:   Grit your teeth but LOVE your wife! (Eph. 5:25-33)

Be committed to your wife no matter what. Don’t be too quick to throw in the towel. There is a solution and you must find it. Also, make a concerted effort to seek her highest good at all times. We all fail dismally in this regard. But we can at least try. Don’t deceive yourself: You are in no danger of loving your wife too much. Consider how Christ continues to love & cherish the church unfailingly. Likewise, give all of yourself over for her wellbeing (“And He gave Himself for her…”).

Rule 3:   Understand that she is ONE with you

True. This is what the Bible says. This is the vow you took on your wedding day…unless you were lying. Interestingly, it is also the only way to promote your own wellbeing & happiness (v. 33 “He that loves his wife loves himself”). And be assured that your loving-kindness towards her will be more than repaid.
Being one flesh with your wife means that your destiny is intertwined with hers. Your purpose, breakthroughs, successes are all locked up in her. ThIs means that you can never be fulfilled or attain your successes apart from cooperating with her. 1 Peter 3:7b says that we are heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayer be not hindered”.

Rule 4:   Settle it in your heart that she is the WEAKER VESSEL (1 Peter:3:7)

Like most Christian husbands you may have formulated your own expectations about what a “helpmeet” should be. But your bubble is burst when she fails to live up to your expectations. You must understand that, although she is your helpmeet, she is still the “weaker vessel” in comparison to you (no offence to wives intended). Marriage is not supposed to be an equal effort relationship as you may have thought, expected or wanted. But you say: “I give 50% & she gives 50%”. That is a myth. The reality is that she is weaker than you so she is definitely expected to contribute lesser (perhaps about 1/3, while you contribute more, maybe about 2/3). So you cannot set unrealistic expectations for your wife, and it will be unfair if you do.
Her weakness is not only physiological but emotional, mental & spiritual as well. It seems that we are not just ‘heads’ of our households but ‘ahead’ in almost every regard! Please note also that this in no way makes your wife inferior in her person, mental endowments or contribution. It just means that she is tenderer & delicate, more prone to infirmity and weakness, and less capable of enduring rougher conditions than you are. You must understand this. She must be treated more delicately, with special kindness and extra attention, like a beloved child.

Rule 5:    Avoid all opportunities of being bitter towards them (Col.3:19)

You are bitter towards her when you become ill-tempered and confrontational. It is hypocritical for us to be polite with other females but rude and bitter towards our own wives especially within the confines of your homes. As husbands we must make every effort not to be bitter towards our wives nor relate with them unkindly. Harsh language or treatment is a no, no. From today resolve to be kinder and more obliging towards your wife. Remember, emotionally she is designed to be weak & fragile. This is how God designed her. You should not subject her to your “over-manly” spirit, headstrong attitudes, brute nature, aloof moods or harsh speech. You must tread cautiously & sensitively.



Man is not the originator of marriage. God is. As the original designer of the marriage covenant He also holds the blueprints to an ideal marriage. So husbands, to become BETTER HUSBANDS, we must position ourselves at His feet and glean accurate patterns to proactively build our marriages.



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Did you know that God is involved in Government?

Oct 3, 2016   //   by Nel Sewraj   //   Blog  //  No Comments

The following five points are fundamental when we correlate God and government:

1. God rules over every government on the face of the earth

2 Chronicles 20:6 confirms this fact when it asks a vey pertinent question to God: “Do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?“. Equally interesting in this verse is the word “nation”.  The word refes to the heathen, Gentiles, or foreign nations (i.e. non-Jewish nations). This indicates that God sovereignly rules over every nation and people on the face of the earth ultimately. There is no government on the face of the earth that can withstand or resist Him or His will.

2. God leads & directs the decisions of presidents & rulers of nations

Proverbs 21:1 is profound. It states that “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; like the rivers of water, He turns it wherever He wishes.” This means that no president nor ruler of any nation is outside of God’s influence and control. Whether that ruler makes good or bad decisions, he does so by the sovereign hand of Almighty God.

3. Every government is sovereignly appointed by God Himself

Romans 13:1 is clear about this when it states that “there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God”. When the Bible refers to governors it speaks of them as “those who are sent by Him” (for example,1 Peter 2:14). Jesus Himself recognised that the Father alone bestows authority on political rulers when He told Pilate: “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11). The reality is that even wicked governments are appointed by God to do His will, and His will sometimes includes the judgement of a nation or chastening of the saints. The fact that governments are appointed by the Lord has powerful repercussions. The outcome of a national election, for instance, becomes the prerogative of the Lord.


4. Sons of God must reject & resist the ungodly laws of their government

Some Christians may have a problem with this, but it is biblical nonetheless. Let’s look at an incident from the Book of Daniel. “There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up…But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated” (Daniel 3:12, 18-19).

Nebuchadnezzer was the king of Babylon. He represents the government or regime of the day. In this incident Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to comply with Nebuchadnezzar’s ungodly laws & national prescriptions. Their defiance infuriated the king. We need to emulate their example. We should be confronting our government when righteousness is at stake.

Many Christians believe that they should not confront governments. They quote Romans 13:1 which calls Christians to be “subject to governing authorities” (Romans 13:1). However to submit to a government does not mean we blindly consent to their ungodly laws. God will hold us responsible if we do. So, while we obey Romans 13:1 by recognising & respecting the authority of the current government, we also obey the Book of Daniel which calls to confront, resist and protest against their ungodly laws.

5. The role of government is to be a terror to evil

This was an accepted fact in the New Testament church. The apostle Peter described governors as “those who are sent by Him for the punishment of evildoers” (1 Peter 2:14). Likewise the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 13:3 that “rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil.” According to Paul the government of the day is “God’s minister to you for good”. Government bears the sword to strike terror in the hearts of those who practice evil. The role of government in the nations of the world is to “execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:4).

Citizens pay taxes to government to be a terror and dread to evil doers. This is made clear in Romans 13:6. Our taxes are supposed to ensure our safety and security as citizens. Even Paul enjoyed protection because of his Roman citizenship. Unfortunately today many governments across the nations have abdicated this responsibility. Criminals have been given excessive rights and privileges and nations are becoming more and more lawless.



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Five Types of People in the Church – by Dr Jonathan David

Sep 12, 2016   //   by admin   //   Blog  //  No Comments

1. The Believer

i. He is only interested in his relationship with Christ.

Everything outside of that holds no interest for him.  He is not even interested in church life.  His mind is set as a believer no matter how long he has been in the church.  He could be your elder or someone holding responsible position in the church.  He could be pastor in the city.  He will do only what he believes or feels that God has told him to do, regardless of your direction or advice.  No clue about corporate life just them and God. They have only personal relationship with God.  They could not see the whole picture.  You pray that God touch my heart so I can give.  Whatever you say to them must be confirmed by the Lord as being of the Lord by them before they can receive it.

ii. He enjoys the benefits of salvations but refuses the responsibility of salvation.

“Come and everyone will receive a prophesy”, and they will come.  They are interested in what they can get out of it.  They think about whatever they will benefit from and that is the basis for their guidance and direction.

iii. His perspective and interpretation of the Bible is personal.

Many of the promises in the Bible are collective body and refer to the church or a collective community versus an individual.  No gates of the enemy will prevail against the church.  I give you the keys of the Kingdom – God is talking about a collective community.  He is talking to the church.  God cannot give all the keys to an individual.  The outpouring is not on an individual but on the 120.  All of them were filled with the Spirit.  If you are a 44-gallon then you received 44 gallons and you are full.  If you add greed into the creed then you cannot see clearly for your eyes are filled with yourself.  In OT you are looking from outside to the Holy of Holies but in the NT you are looking from the place where you are sitting with Him in the heavenly place from inside out.  Traditions are formed because of mindset.  We must be in the spirit all the time and not with opening prayer and closing prayer.  Can we give God without thinking of being blessed?  Many people focus on self-perspective.  Giving is always taught about receiving in return.  Can we give because we love?  We add our greed into the creed.  God is looking outward and for the future but our perspective is always inward and for the now and for self.

iv. All his prayer and efforts centers around his own personal breakthroughs.

He lives in a survival mentality.  All he prays is for his own safety and protection.  E.g. when he gives thanks for the food.  More than half of the prayer is re-cooking the food or for the homeless and the hungry.  He is adding religion.  Everything is about themselves.

v. His mentality is established on personal edification and personal achievement.

He does not see how the whole church can be established.  He listens and draws out only what he wants and needs, or hears with an ear of offense.  Everything is personalized and he takes everything subjective.  Churches are full of believers.  That’s why we don’t have church.  You don’t have a church if you don’t have disciples.

2. The Member

i. He has discovered that the church is his home and not just God’s house.  

He now has an address.  He can go anywhere but will come “home” on Sunday.  He is no longer an individual but has come home into a family.  He is no longer alone with God.  He is not a street kid.  God, him and the church.  The mentality has changed from a believer to a member of the “house”.  Many don’t emphasize on local church but only emphasize on salvation.  All babies are born into family.  You are born into a family.  Many few evangelists emphasize this.  This earth is where we are supposed to live out His will.

ii. He understands that he must embrace corporate lifestyle and he is prepared to make adjustments to fit into it.  

He comes early from work to join the meetings.  He reschedules his life around the activities of the house.  Realizes that the need inside the church is his need and the corporate life affects his personal life and he is willing to make adjustments.  Some have risen up into ministry in great measure and still struggle with greed and covetousness and lust inside the heart.  The system in the church is not accurate.

iii. He is prepared to make sacrifices to fulfill a common destiny.

He is prepared to agree and walk together making the necessary sacrifices and commitment to go on the journey of the church together.  Their minds are in agreement to stay on the same course as the house.  Church life begins to take more prominence than his personal life.

iv. He learns to respect authority in the house and is prepared to live a life with accountability. 

For the first time they understand that someone is “above” them.  They ask for counsel and advice.  There is now a proper spiritual covering over their lives.  A believer mentality is he decides and then tells you to bless his decision.   Laying on of hands is not a style of ministry but a doctrine.  Who is laying hands on you?  Apostolic ministry will provide spiritual covering when we come under the covering.  It’s a personal relationship.  You can never sleep together if you don’t ask for the hand of marriage.  Spiritual covering is an official thing and not an assumed thing.  So many people in church but not covered.  It’s something that you desire and allow to happen in your life.  Make very clear communication and response.

v. He has chosen a common identity with the people he’s associating with. 

This is called family characteristics.  They talk a certain way, they dress a certain way, they sing a certain way.  They have a certain kind of music e.g. Hosanna Integrity or the Hillsongs.  We must carry the message of God whether we dress in 3-piece suit or dress casual.  A family flavor.  The words, the language becomes normal for them and anything outside of this is abnormal.  This becomes a trademark.  They have certain distinctives.  Disciple is the minimum starting point where church starts.

3. The Disciple

This is the minimum starting point.  The great commission is not just to go out everywhere and share the gospel.  Evangelists try to run from one nation to another nation before Jesus comes back.   And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)   After Jesus finished the work on the cross of Calvary and ascended into Heaven and the Holy Spirit descended on earth and caused the church to be filled with His presence and His power.  Something happened on earth.  God came on an assignment to make sure all the enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ will become a footstool for His feet.  One of the assignments of the Holy Spirit and the church and the Father is to bring every enemy to become the footstool for the Lord Jesus Christ.   Pentecost is not speaking in tongues or Pentecostal.  Book of Acts is not Pentecostal.  It’s called Pentecost.  The purpose of Pentecost is power equation.  We have all the talk but no power.  We have all the preachers but powerless.   We make disciples.  I am the apostle and I make disciples.  I am supposed to teach them to observe everything God has commanded me and not teaching them “disciples’ teachings” or Heb 6 on foundations or discipleship course or the tenets of your church.   You are to teach disciples to observe all things God has commanded “You”.  You are a man sent with an assignment.  God told you to do something and you are soliciting a company of people called disciples.  You make disciples out of them so they can become partners with you to finish the course for what God has called you.   So what am I doing when I am traveling to the nations of the world?  Preaching? No?  I am making disciples.  I am making men in every nation who will observe what God has commanded me.  I know apostolic work.  I am not there just to collect offerings.  That’s not my livelihood.  If God wanted me to make money He would have given me another job.  He wanted me to make disciples, to make people.  What am I supposed to do?  I make them, I teach them, I train them to observe everything God has commanded me and they will do what God has commanded me in their nations.  I train disciples everywhere to do what God has instructed me here in Muar on this earth.  This is apostolic work.  I am not going to bless them with a message.  Why am I going to the nations of the world?  Just to have an audience?  To speak so that people are encouraged and bless?  I am there to make lives.  Make men and women so that they will be like me on planet earth who will hear the same instructions, have the same grace, have the same power to reproduce to fulfill the very commission of Gen. 1.   God spoke to Adam, be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth, subdue, have dominion, take charge, take territories.  So my job is to be fruitful and multiply myself.  I teach them all the things that God has taught me.  I impart to them all that God has given to me, the grace that God has given to me.  When I leave the country I left myself there.  Everywhere I turn one instruction, whole company of people.    He was baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Your interpretation is getting them water baptize.  It wasn’t what it meant.  To baptize means to immerse – “baptizo” – so that all that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit wanted to do will manifest through these people you raise up.   Gen 1 – let Us (Father, Son & the Holy Spirit) make man in Our own likeness, in Our own image.  We are to make them so that they will be fruitful.  What fruit are they going to carry?  They are going to carry us because we made them.  We must our likeness, our image, our nature, our desire, our passion, our longing into them.  They are to become fruitful.  They are to multiply.  They are to fill the whole earth with us.  God didn’t make man so that man can enjoy life or man can have his needs met.  God made man for Himself, for His own pleasure.  Man carries the nature of His Spirit, the Father and the Son.  We have the 3 dimensions of the Godhead in us as one.  We carry the 3 dimensions of the Godhead in one body.  When God finished making man there was 3-dimension of the Godhead in one body – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit manifesting in one life.  The triune God was manifesting in man.  It’s so simple and yet so profound.  Man was the replica of three.  The essence of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit mixed together and God made man.  We carry the 3 dimensions and we can work with the three and we can connect with the Father, with the Son and with the Holy Spirit any time any day. We are the only creations that have the power to work with all three.  We are so far away from Christianity that God has for us.  Most of us have embraced paganism from the dark ages.  You think God sent us into the world to do water baptism?  When God made man God said very good.  God said now We have a partner in Our team.  Man is the fourth part of the Godhead.  Man was supposed to carry God ward, God’s will here on earth.  What God has made has the capacity to take over.  In the midst of chaos God made man to take charge.  It was our destiny to push all the powers of darkness out.  God made man and put man in the midst of confusion where 1/3 of fallen angels are and made man capable to take over.  The devil is no match for God.  God is so confident of us because God has put Himself in us.  We were created and inserted into the chaos of darkness and rebellion to overcome it on God’s behalf.  We are created to be as God here in this world.  Any generation who fulfills this call will have the presence of God forever.   The problem with us is instead of starting in Gen 1 we are starting in Gen 3.  All our gospel is established on Gen 3 – man sinned, God became the Lamb.  Man had a need and God has to meet the need.  All the names of Jehovah are given so that God can fulfill His responsibility to man’s need.  Jehovah Rapha – God is my Healer.  Jehovah Jireh – God is my provider.  Jehovah Shammah – God is my Peace, Righteousness.  Man became the center and God became the subservient.  God took the role to serve man.  Man was never there for God.  From then man became the very purpose of creation and not God.  All our presentation is man is very important.  God always play the second fiddle.  In church man’s ministry is more important than God’s purpose.  Many don’t know what they are created for.  Their fulfillment is more important.  They will fight and divide the church is they cannot find fulfillment.  The whole gospel of man is centered around man.  That substandard gospel will not be able to raise the church.  All we have is a company of self-centered people.  God has to baby sit them.  We continue to get God to do things for us.  We don’t want to change because God is our Healer.  We are sick He got to heal us.   If a minister said you got to lose weight that’s why you are sick.  Come back in 2 weeks’ time and lose 10 kgs.  That minister will be cursed.  Don’t ask how I became sick.  Your job is to heal me.   A man is in financial need and you are not supposed to ask why he is in financial need.  You are supposed to pray and God will provide.   We push it in faith and when God has done we said our faith has done this great thing.  We cornered God to do His job faster.  We use all the faith and the Scripture for God to do His job well.  Most Christians are pagans.  We use our faith to name it and claim it.   If we use faith to get the material things that the heathens get without God then what is our faith?  Only we can sit in church and boast because we are ignorant.  The non-Christians have served idolatry and serve sin and fly in 1st class.  Is faith just to get things?  In Heb 11 faith has nothing to do with getting things.  This doctrine came from materialism.  Name it and claim it and crawl to get it.  Our gospel starts in Gen 3 and God became the servant to man.  Man always getting into trouble and God always help man out of trouble.   God brought His Son and raised up a true Man to fulfill Gen 1.   To make man is more than speaking word.  You have to form them, you have to shape them.   Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you baptizing them in the name of the Father (into the nature of the Father), the Son (into the nature of the Son) and the Holy Spirit (into the nature of the Holy Spirit) and I will be with you until the end of the age.  There is an age which we have to carry this assignment.  I will stay with you until you finish the course.  I will not leave you or forsake you.   It’s impossible to understand if we just stay in the gospel where Jesus came to heal, to bless, to deliver to set free.  All that is to meet man’s needs.  All that He did was the mercy of God.   Go therefore and make disciples – we start a new heaven and new earth.  We start a new creation – the generation of Jesus Christ.  A new race called the holy race.  God was recreating man one more time.  We are the new creation after the order of Jesus.   Many times we struggle with His will.  His will, your will.  His desire, your desire.  God has to convince you to do His will.  God has to deal and corner you to do His will.  Though we knew all along what we need to do but we give testimonies of our rebellion.  This is the state of the church.  They want God to run after them.  The Bible said they play harlot.  What is the difference of the present day church and Israel of the past?  No difference.  We are as wicked as they were.   We must change.  We must go back to the original patterns.  God lives in Christ in bodily form.  The Spirit of the Lord and God is living in Jesus.  Col 2:9, 1:19, Is 61 – The Spirit of the Lord and God is upon Me (The Holy Spirit and the Father is upon Jesus).  After Jesus finished His task, the 3 want to live in disciples.  The disciples were called apostles.  Matt 10:1-4.  If there is discipleship how are we going to go into ministry?  The people who go into ministry have no foundation of discipleship.  It’s pseudo false ministry that people are living on.  Did I not heal the sick in Your Name?  Did I not cast out devils in Your Name?  Did I not prophesy in Your Name?  Jesus said I do not know you workers of iniquity.  You work with anointing and gifting but don’t work with Me.  You have eliminated Me and excluded Me in all your work.   There are many ministries that God has nothing to do with it.  That false church will continue to exist.  The true church will emerge.  The separation of the true church and the false church will become very obvious.  It’s going to be very scary.   It’s not about the sin of the church.  It’s about the church today is not church.  If it is church He would have come to live in it.  It will be so powerful to take back the earth.  In Acts the outpouring carried on for 200 years.  The church became a threat to the world during that time.  Today to be born again is an in thing, a fashion.     Acts 2 is not Pentecostal; it’s not about speaking in tongues only.   We must not sell our soul to paganism.  We continue to live in the old way and hope that God will come through.  We are so blinded that after Jesus has arrived we are still looking for a Messiah.  Where did He arrive?  Right in Jerusalem.  What were they looking for?  A Messiah.  God has to give us clarity.   The gospel of Judas – God was trapped in the body of Jesus and He want to come out but could not.  Only Judas can understand Jesus and only he could get Jesus on the cross and when He died He could escape from the body.  So Judas wasn’t a traitor but a savior of Jesus.  This is perversion of devil.  There are so many voices we will hear in the days ahead.  We must hear the voice of the true Shepherd.   Characteristics of the disciples:   The 3 now live within the 1 – the disciple is the 4th part of the Godhead.

i. A disciple is willing to embrace the truth you are teaching and live it out as a lifestyle.  

He is a doer of the word and not just a hearer.  One of the strongest characteristics of a disciple is embracing the truth and lives according to it.  Most members in the church fail because they obey whatever benefited them.  He will want to pattern everything you’re teaching in his life.  One of the strongest examples is from the field of Chinese martial arts like Shaolin.  He learns and practices everything so that he can be like the master.  The western mindset has very little understanding on discipleship – they only have coaching and mentoring program.

ii. He is willing to change his thinking patterns according to the fresh truth he is receiving.  

There is a difference between a devotee and a disciple.  A devotee learns once and practices it to the dot e.g. in fasting once a week.  A devotee fights anything new.  The teachers, the Scribes and the Pharisees in Jesus’ days were devotees.  They made law out of the existed law.  Many teachings today add on to what is not there to accommodate what is there.  There are many theories, which are not there.  You have added weight to the people.   A disciple is able to hear the new and follow progressive revelation quickly.  His mind is not locked to the past.  His mind is opened for anything new.  He is willing to change and move on.  A devotee is stuck with the old and produces rituals and traditions.  A disciple doesn’t follow traditions but follow progressive revelations.  He is willing to discard everything for something new that God is revealing in the now.  A devotee has trouble Moses spoke about this Abraham spoke about that and when Jesus arrived he has problem.   In Acts 2 it was a loud noise like a mighty rushing wind.  It was not a mighty rushing wind.   If you teach anything new people react.  You teach about apostles people react.  Because they are not disciples.  You have to convince them with many sermons.

iii. He has a leader that he is drawing the source of truth from.  

He doesn’t draw from anywhere or anyone.  He is clear who his leader is.  He is a disciple of one.  We draw from the primary source.  We got to be committed for life.  This is what marriage is.  Trusting each other to such an extent that you only live for one another – covenant walk.  Acts 19 – disciples of Apollos – he was reproduced into his disciples.

iv. A disciple observes and duplicates the life of the master while he is still a disciple.

In martial arts, he observes his master and practices because he wants to be like him.  He wants to imitate and become like him.  There is an innate nature in us to be like Christ.

v. He enters into the same ministry and primary task that God has given to the leader.

Joshua took over where Moses left off.  Elisha took over where Elijah left off.  Timothy took over where Paul left off.  The apostles took over where Jesus left off.   Every major discipleship movement became a reproduction of the generation who started it.  There is no discipleship if there is no continuity to the legacy.   If you have believers and members you only have bricks but you don’t have a house.  You only have a construction site.

4. The Minister

i. A minister is one who functions and contributes his grace and gifts to the overall edification of the church. 

He uses all that God has given to him to make certain that everyone is blessed.  He who prophesies edifies the whole body.  Others turn it around for self-elevation and self-promotion. If someone is given ministry without having been a disciple it becomes destructive and gets used for self or self-promotion.  They will use the position against one another to consolidate their place.  They are not accountable.  They are not following anybody whom they can pattern after.  If you give a believer a ministry he will turn the ministry for himself.  If you give a member a ministry he will rise in the ministry and discover he can do better in another church and he will leave.  But a disciple is connected to you and to the house.

ii. He is defined by his function and not by his position.  

Song leading is not a position but a function. We can change song leader but you are not demoted.  Singers, musicians, ushers are not a position but function.  We have problems when we make it a position and we cannot move the people.  There are only few permanent positions in the house.  The Senior Pastors, the elders and the deacons – these are appointed positions.  All other positions are dissolvable.   The stage is not a marketable position.  The whole team of musicians is only a ministry of help.  But we make it a main ministry of the church.  Imagine the Senior Pastor is a prophet and apostle and submits himself and the church to the song leader who is of lower level of anointing.  And then the Senior Pastor has to bring it up to where he is to start all over again.  Just like all the cars have to follow one who is a learner. It frustrates those who want to move on.  After the 70s praise and worship became the in thing.  Before the 70s the word was the in things.  Due to the charismatic movement music and songs became important.  The church has evolved because of what the people want.  We practice for many days because of 1 hour of praise & worship on Sunday.  Many people fight to be on the stage.  Before the 70s the preaching was long.  After the 70s the preaching is short. The song leading ministry has a shelf life.  Only in US song leading can become a ministry.   If there are so many commercialize in the church then put an axe to the root and make quick changes.  What is important is God’s presence comes down so strongly no matter who is song leading.  Song leading and worship department must not be idolatry in God’s house.   Ask: What is important?  Can you bring down God’s presence?  Can the Holy Spirit fill the whole house?  Can the people enter into a good time of God-encounter? We are creating monument that we cannot bring down.  The music department spends many hours just to get one song right.  It’s not about excellent but we have misplaced priority.  Our job is to sing a God-song to bring down the presence of God.  We don’t have to commercialize music that only the best can be on the stage and everyone is striving.  We must be not polishing the songs until we exhaust the songs.  For e.g. we practice for hours on the songs for one Sunday and the next Sunday another 5 different songs.  I would prefer them to pray more.   We must give God to people and not our performance or our skill.  Abraham and Isaac went to the mountain to worship.  Abraham did not carry a guitar neither Isaac carried a keyboard.  They carried wood fire.  The place of worship must not be stolen by music, musicians or singers.  The place of worship is for worshippers only, for those whose hearts are tender and fear to tread where angels feared to tread, for those whose hands are clean and know how to bring a sacrifice to God and bring God down.  We must learn to bring the presence of God down without trying to sir up unnecessary things of this world.  There is an appropriate place for musicians and singers.   There must be equalization of the spirit of worship between the music team and the congregation so everyone is functioning and laboring to lay hold of the presence of God.  Don’t pattern it to the concert pattern.  The devil came from the worship department.  Judas came from the finance department.  We must keep worship clean.   Lamech took to himself two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other, Zillah. Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe. As for Zillah, she also gave birth to Tubal-cain, the forger of all implements of bronze and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. (Genesis 4:19-22)   Cain murdered Abel who was a first worshipper.  The offspring of Cain was a counterfeit one.  Abel was the righteous one.  After Abel came Seth and then Enosh.  The offspring went on to take on livestock and tents because livestock is for sacrifice and God lives in tent.  They knew in the future these would be part of worship.  They contaminated immediately what will be used in the future for worshipping.   Jabal was the father who played the lyre and the pipe.  What did they capture the musical instruments because that is also part of worship.  Tubal capture the craftsmen of bronze and iron to expand territory to kill and murder another fellow human being.  The counterfeit knew what would happen in the future worship.  The devil is very interested in worship.  We must have the right people who have the right offspring, who carry the spirit of true worship.  We must keep worship clean so God can come down and manifest Himself.  Don’t keep people too long in a position or else they will profit from the system when they know the system and become corrupted.  The sons of Zeruiah became to David.  We don’t want people to play politics.  We must not give any leeway knowing what is in men.   Positional ministry will always create a counterfeit ministry.  A true ministry will be functional.

iii. He is required to move in a spirit of excellence to provide maximum contribution.

If he is a minister of the word then he must be sharp and accurate.  If he is minister in singing then he must learn to tune himself and his voice to sing accurate.  A minister must be one step above the rest.  They must do well in whatever they are doing.  They must excel in every good thing.  If they are average train them until they excel.

iv. He functions under authority and lives in total accountability to the leaders whom he represents.

They must be accountable to the leader above them.  Should freely be able to receive without defensiveness.  It’s dangerous to raise up people who want to do anything without answer to the leader above them.  There must be freedom but within the boundary.

v. He must desire to capture the heart of the owner of the ministry and he will be given an opportunity to inherit the ministry in the future.

“And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? (Luke 16:12)   The translation is that if you have not been faithful in the use of what is another’s ministry who will give you the ownership of it.  Charismatic translation is if you have been faithful to another man’s ministry God will give you a ministry of your own.   If you are faithful in another man’s ministry, God will give you power to own what you served.  Elisha owned what he served in Elijah.  Timothy owned what he served in Paul.  Joshua owned what he served in Moses.  The apostles owned what they served in Jesus.  You serve a man’s ministry faithfully, one day God will give you power to own it and handle it as though it is your own.  Don’t add your greed into your creed.  Many are serving the Pastor with the motive of having a ministry of their own and leave the church to start their own ministry like hyenas.

5.  The Son in the House

Sons have inheritance and the Son is living in us both male and female.

i.  Sons are connected to the father and not just to the meetings.

He enjoys the relationship and not just the sharing of responsibilities.  The strength of your ministry is in proportionate to the strength of your relationship with the father.  You are connected to his heart.  You are not doing things for him.  Personal relationship with the father.  You are not representing him in responsibility.  You are representing him as a person.  Many don’t have relationship with the father.  They don’t know the father.  They don’t communicate with the father.  Loose connection will have short circuit.  Most of our leaders don’t know us they only share our work.  Sons must be directly connected to your heart.

ii. They must be connected to the people of the house as they are their father’s other sons.  

The way I love the church is how my sons need to love the church.  How to have true sons when they hate other sons?  There will be sibling rivalry in the church.  True son will love the other sons as the father loves them or else the son will misrepresent the father.

iii. The son is connected to the purpose and vision of the house.

He doesn’t have a vision of his own.  He discovers the vision and walks in the vision that is already there.  A son continues the vision of the father and doesn’t hijack the vision.  The son pursues exactly what the father pursues.  It’s dangerous to have leaders who move the church into another direction.  Every message you preach you must preach as though it is the only last message and God will know how to balance it.  Some leaders try to balance it and they will divide the congregation and create confusion and chaos.  All leaders must be so one with the father as Peter stood up the rest stood with him.

iv. Sons will provide for the vision of the house.

Servants labor for wages or rewards but sons labor for inheritance.  Servants do whatever they can.  The sons do more than they should.  Their giving capacity toward the house and the vision is superb because they are investing that one day they will have a future and an inheritance in the house.  They will go beyond measure.  They see the house as their future.  This is my father’s house.  I must be about my father’s business.  Their heart is attached to the work.

v. Sons will become fathers and carry the legacy to new heights. 

You can sit back and listen to your words and heart coming through another human life.  They say what you want to say.  They do what you want to do.  They carry the heart of yours.  This is the old man’s dream becoming a reality.  The father captured the dreams of heaven and the sons will carry the dreams into the nations of the world.  Sons and daughters can carry on your dreams


3 Steps to Secure Your Child’s Destiny

Sep 6, 2016   //   by Nel Sewraj   //   Blog  //  No Comments

God set Jeremiah’s purpose and destiny before he was born. This is clear from Jeremiah 1:5 when God tells him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” 

This is true for us too. Before we were born, God set a prophetic destiny for each of us. Even our children have set destinies in God. Your child has a pre-ordained purpose to fulfill in this lifetime. The onus is upon you as the parent to ensure that your child attains to their God-given purpose. Here are three steps to help you do just that:



Parents cannot abdicate this responsibility. They must learn how to receive the Word of the Lord for their children. God is more willing to speak to you about your child than you are willing to hear Him. In 1 Chronicles 17:11-15 God speaks very specifically to David concerning Solomon’s purpose and destiny.

That’s why parents must be connected to God themselves. Parents must close the gap of proximity between God and themselves if they want to pick up the sound of heaven for their children. Before John the Baptist was born God, through a divine encounter, spoke to his father Zachariah about his arrival (read Luke 1:5-17). For the record, Zachariah was a priest who officiated in God’s temple. It was definitely his close proximity and regular interaction with the divine that resulted in this God-encounter. So parents must be found in God’s house and presence if they want to hear His voice. Only then will they be able to answer the following two questions:

  • What has God spoken to me about my child?
  • What is the Word of the Lord over my child’s life?



In the previous step we said that God spoke to David about Solomon’s destiny. But it is interesting to see how David subsequently acted on God’s Word concerning his son. For starters, David did not keep the Word to himself. While Solomon was still young, David made known to him the Word concerning his destiny and purpose (read 1 Chronicles 22:6-13).

Proverbs 22:6 tells us to, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This text confirms how necessary it is for  your child to be trained and mentored into his or her purpose and destiny (which is the “way he should go”).

Psalm 127:4 says “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.” Two analogies are made here: the warrior and the parents, and the arrow and children. Ancients warriors were meticulous with their weaponry. They took time to craft every part of each arrow carefully: the shaft, the feathers, the nook, the arrowhead. They kept their arrows safe in their quivers. In the time of battle a warrior would carefully position the arrow in his bow and release it with maximum power & forward thrust.

Are you meticulously grooming your child for his/ her God assignment? How seriously have you taken the Word or promises of God spoken over your child’s life? Have you written these Words? Do you remind your child about them? Do you pray with your child concerning their Word and future?



This is exactly what David did. From the time God spoke to him about Solomon and the temple Solomon would build, David prepared all the materials and supplies that would Solomon require (read 1 Chronicles 22:2-5, 14-17). He began when Solomon was young and continued till he died. Thus David dedicated his entire life to making preparations for Solomon.

Hannah did the same (read 1 Samuel 1:21-24; 2:18-19). She took time to nurture and suckle Samuel. She also made the effort of preparing a priestly robe for little Samuel every year. The robe was a powerful prophetic gesture on her part. It was her contribution to keep his heart focused on his prophetic future and destiny.

Parents must provide all the right resources and assist their children to connect to their destiny and purpose in God. Provide the necessary tools, resources, values, examples, education, influences, friends, people, environment, nutrition, routines, systems, structures, discipline and so on.


Final note:

There is no greater reward for a parent than to see their child fulfilling their God-given assignment in the earth.

David’s final word to Solomon is found in 1 Chronicles 22:19:

“Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God. Therefore arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy articles of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the LORD.”

When your child sets his or her heart to do what God has commanded, they attract God’s presence (the Ark). And where the God’s presence (the Ark) is, there is also extraordinary favour, success, blessing, stature, protection and much more. This is every parent’s dream for their children.




The Esau Complex

Aug 29, 2016   //   by Nel Sewraj   //   Blog  //  No Comments

All of us are familiar with the incident of Genesis 25:29-34. Here Esau sells his birthright to his brother Jacob for a pot of red stew. At the center of this incident is something called a ‘birthright’. What was this? Why was it important?

What is the Birthright? 

The birthright was ordained by God under the Mosaic Law. It basically pertained to the ‘inheritance’ that the firstborn son received from his father:

  1. The firstborn sons inherited a double portion of his father’s estate, possessions and wealth.
  2. The firstborn son inherited the covenant rights to continue the lineage of his father and God’s purpose for his family or tribe.
  3. The firstborn son inherited headship. He was bestowed with the authority over his father’s household.

But what has this to do with us?

The birthright was only for the ‘firstborn’. Colossians 1:15 and 18 says that Jesus is the “firstborn” Which means that Jesus inherits all the rights over the Father’s Kingdom.

What’s more is that Romans 8:17 says that we who are children of God are “joint-heirs/co-heirs” with Christ! So we too have the rights of the firstborn in our Father’s Kingdom! Think about the ramifications:

  1. We inherit the earth, the Kingdom of God, spiritual & material blessings and so on.
  2. We carry-over & continue God’s covenant. We become the fulfillment generation, the finishing generation that brings all things to culmination.
  3. We are the kings and priests that will rule & reign with Christ.



Esau unfortunately sold his birthright for a pot of stew. His shoddy treatment of his birthright is not unlike so many in the Church today.  Many Christians are suffering from the same complex, the Esau Complex. It occurs when they unknowingly & unsuspectingly relinquish their spiritual blessings and God-given privileges for immediate gratification and material needs. In their desperation to indulge the flesh, they squander their spiritual legacy and destiny in God.

In every generation, God’s people have shown symptoms of the Esau Complex. There are numerous examples in the Bible. Some include:

  • Adam & Eve – They ate the forbidden fruit and were excommunicated from the Garden.
  • The people of Noah’s day – They gave themselves to sensuality & forfeited their chances of divine deliverance from the impending floods.
  • Moses – He succumb to the murmurings of the people, became angry and sinned by hitting the rock instead of speaking to it. As a result he lost the privilege of entering the Promised Land.



1. The inability to make present sacrifices to gain future success.

  • Esau was unable to make present sacrifices. He preferred a temporary, immediate satisfaction (a quick –fix) – instead of lasting success and benefits. Moreover Esau did not consider the long-term consequences of his decision.

2. A priority complex

  • Esau had deficient value systems. He placed more value on his physical and fleshly need. Most believers are guilty of pursuing material needs and things pertaining to this life more than the betterment of their spiritual condition.

3. Spiritual myopia (shortsightedness)

  • Esau saw no immediate benefit for his birthright. Neither could not envision the future benefits of his birthright. When believers experience no immediate benefits of living the Kingdom life they become disheartened, discontent & frustrated. Refuse to live without foresight into your destiny in God.

4. The absence of God in one’s decision making process.

  • The birthright was a God-given privilege. Esau’s decision shows that he had no concern for relationship with God. He devalued God. Also Esau had become familiar with his birthright. He took it for granted.



In Matthew 4:8-9 Jesus endures hunger & relinquishes Satan’s offer to fame. He placed higher value on His spiritual purpose & destiny. He had foresight & faith-sight to believe that God would bless him in the future. He shows us how to always bring God and his Word into the opportunities offered to us.

Similarly Jacob (who becomes the ancestor of Christ) placed higher value on spiritual promises and blessings. The the things of heaven mattered to Jacob. Unlike Esau, Jacob placed higher value on God and Kingdom realities.



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