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How Faith Works – Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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Sunday Sermon Date: January 02, 2022

Speaker: Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Today’s Message: How Faith Works.

Time: 9am – 11 am

Scripture references

·         Romans 10:17

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

·         Romans 1:17 (KJV)

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, thee just shall live by faith.”

·         Ephesians 2:8-9 (English Standard Version)

“8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

·         1 Timothy 6:12

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

·         James 4:7 (NIV)

“Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

·         Mark 16:17 (KJV)

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

·         Luke 10:19 (KJV)

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

·         1 John 5:4

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

·         Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”

Seasons greetings

Happy new year, In His Presence Ministry International!

I’m praying for you and believing with you, that this will be your best year yet!

As you start this new year going after your 2022 goals, remember this: You have the mind of Christ. All things are possible to him who believes.

You are a child of the most-high and when things look impossible, when dreams and goals seem so far out of reach, when times get tough, YOU have someone you can call on.

You have an unfair advantage and His name is Jesus.

I can’t wait to hear about what God does in your life this year. I’m cheering you on!

Analytical Recap

  1. How Faith Works
  2. Walking by Faith

Remember you have made it happen for the past 6 years. We as a church celebrate 7 years in ministry.

The year 2022 is the year of Jubilee

  • Refer to the book of Leviticus 25-1-7

2022 is a year of rest and year of worship

We appreciate your loyalty to stay with us and enjoy the presence of God as we teach and enlighten our community, please visit our previous Broadcast @MLM Channel.

The 2021 Channel Analytics by Faith have reached 24 400 souls with watch top counties for channel views being South Africa, United States and Botswana.

Sermon Notes:

Ever Increasing Faith

Welcome to Ever Increasing Faith, Remember these words from the book of Romans chapter 10 verse 17 “So faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God well praise God for another day and for another opportunity to share with you the word of the Living God.” You must know how to see beyond your present circumstances, how to live by faith, and how to be the winner that God called you to be. Living a life of faith will be one of your greatest adventures, nothing is impossible with God!

The book of Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. The Word of God is the substance, tangibility, materiality, of things hoped for the evidence or proof of things not perceived by the senses.”

Your confidence in God’s Word will cause you to step into God’s realm. God confirms His Word with signs following. When you speak His Word onto a situation, it is the evidence of things hoped for. Confessing the circumstances will never bring about the change you desire. But God has promised to honor His Word. When you put His Word forth you give Him something to confirm in your life. God will change your circumstances because He is faithful to honor His Word.

Turn in your Bibles now to the book of Romans chapter 1:17(King James Version)

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” We read a passage of scripture that will be a part of the ground work for the lesson that we’re going to be dealing with today, and in subsequent weeks because we’re going to be teaching a series called How Faith works this is the salient principle to the operation of the God Kind of Faith that moves the Hand of God there are principles involved in the operation of Faith and in order to be a successful participant or recipient in the things of God.

Don’t get or don’t allow anyone to deceive you, don’t get caught up in winds of doctrine.

  • What is your doctrine?

According to the Dictionary. A doctrine is a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church.

In simple words Doctrine Is Faith. People would ask you what faith are you established in, be it the ZCC, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Methodist we’re not talking about it from that standpoint we’re talking about the kind of thing that pleases the Almighty God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (English Standard Version)

“8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Notice what it says, it says for by grace we are saved through faith. This then means that our whole salvation is predicated on faith. Our salvation is based on faith. It says for by grace that God unmerited favor and underserved favor. Grace means something that’s given to you gratis, you don’t deserve it you can’t earn it you can’t buy it but it’s given to you free of charge it says for by grace of God’s unmerited favor are we saved. We see that those who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior the Bible says they are saved by grace through faith, that makes it very important.

Let’s look at another passage from the book of 1 Timothy 6:12

12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made, the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Fight the good fight of faith.

Whether you’re aware of it or not that is the only fight that the Christian is called upon to fight is a Faith fight that’s the only one. In 2022 You’re not to fight preachers, you’re not supposed to fight denominations, churches, you’re not even supposed to fight Satan or his fallen demons. You are wasting time because that’s a useless endeavor. I mean you’re no match for any demon you couldn’t defeat a baby demon with both of his eyes blindfolded his right ear stopped up his left arm in a swing and both legs in cast you still couldn’t beat one baby demon, you know why because no physical being is any match for a spirit being you couldn’t defeat a spirit.

Satan and demons are the enemy in the sense that they are the entities or fallen beings that are challenging us, but they don’t come against us physically blow to blow but they come against our faith they’re trying to steal our faith. If Satan and demons can ever extract your faith from you, then they’ve got you on your back flat out. Apostle Paul clearly delineates the battle line. He says fight the good fight of faith- Don’t fight demons, don’t fight preachers, don’t fight people or denominations, don’t fight churches. Fight the good fight of faith and that’s the only fight that you have.

The Bible says in the book of James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” The Bible didn’t say fight it says resist the devil and he will flee from you resist him.

Jesus said in Mark 16:17 (King James Version)

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Luke 10:19 (King James Version) says, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Praise the Heavenly Father in name of Jesus. We don’t have to fight Satan because Jesus already fought him at Calvary and beaten him for us. The 21st century Christians have given up the Christian life and don’t even go to church buildings anymore why? Because they haven’t learned how to exercise their faith, they’ve tried to do something and then when they tried it, they did not succeed. We intend to win.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, says the book of Hebrews 11:1. This verse is very important to us. I like to think of Hebrews 11:1 as the classical, scriptural, technical definition of faith. It’s one thing to have a definition; it’s something else again to understand what that definition means to us personally. To be able to memorize and quote it is wonderful and certainly appropriate. But if we don’t know what we have memorized and how it affects us personally, then it’s of no real value.

So, let’s drop the word now and make faith the first word of Hebrews 11:1. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Now we have another situation. When we say, “Faith is,” it is different from saying, “Faith was” or “Faith will be.” We are still presented with a time reference, a point in time. You see, faith has to be at a certain time. So, we need to find out when faith is or when it was or when it shall be. Is faith yesterday, today, or tomorrow? That’s very important. The Time of Faith is important.

Physicists define time as the progression of events from the past to the present into the future.

If God is “going to” (which is future tense), that means He hasn’t done it yet. If He has already done it, then He wouldn’t have to. They say, “I know God is going to heal me.” Well, if He’s “going to” (future tense), then He hasn’t. If He hasn’t, then He lied to us because His Word says that with Jesus’ stripes, we were healed. (1 Pet. 2:24.) Where it is said in past tense. That means we already are healed according to God. Yet we say, “He’s going to.” That’s a contradiction of terms and that’s why it never happens. That’s why multitudes of Christians who love God die premature deaths from all kinds of disease and illnesses. They think that it’s God’s will because He let it happen.

Christians be careful of the tenses you utilize when speaking words upon your life, because like the book of Proverbs 18:21 says, Death and Life is in the power of the tongue.

But there is a time when faith is faith and when Faith is not. I could say that, “Faith is the substance,” or “Faith was the substance,” or “Faith will be the substance.” If I say, “Faith will be the substance,” that’s future tense. “Faith was” has to be past tense. “Faith is” has to be present tense. I can’t say, “Faith was,” and it be present tense. I can’t say, “Faith will be,” and it be present tense because will be and shall be are future tenses. If we say, “Faith is,” we still have it in the present tense, and that’s when faith is faith. Faith has to be now. The time frame of Faith is always present tense. We could turn it around and say, “Now faith is.” Even though the word now doesn’t appear originally, we could put it there without adding to or taking from the original statement, “Faith is.”

That is the present tense. To say “Now faith is” simply compounds and reinforces it. So, we have the time of faith. Faith is now. If it’s not now, it’s not faith. Why? Because faith is. “Faith is now.” “Now faith is.” That is one of the most important things you will ever learn about Faith. Faith is always present tense. Faith is always now. No matter how sincere you are or how desperate you may be, if you are not operating in the present tense—now—you aren’t operating in faith. There is no guarantee that what you desire will come to pass because God is not obligated to operate on anything other than faith. God is a Faith God. He demands faith. Everything He does is by faith.

When you say, “I know God is going to do something,” you’re not in faith. You are sincere, but you are not operating in Faith because Faith has to be now. You can’t say, “God is going to heal me.” You have to say, “I believe I’m healed.” I may not feel healed or look healed. All the tests may say that I’m not healed, but I have a choice between what the tests say and what God says. Since God is the designer, constructor, and maintainer of the building I live in (my body), He ought to know more about it than anyone else.

Faith is now. It’s always present tense. If you say, “I’m expecting God to do something at such a time,” you’re not operating in faith. You have to say, “I believe I’m healed now. I believe all my needs are met now.” I said that, even when I had no money, when my bills were not paid. You may think I was lying, but I wasn’t. I never said my bills were paid. I said, “I believe my bills are paid. I believe I’m healed.” Why believe it? Because my heavenly Father told me I was healed with Jesus’ stripes. I believe what my Father says, my confession is: “I believe I’m healed.

“If I want God’s power to work in my behalf, I have to say what He says. I have to confess what He says about me because what He says must be the truth. If I’m not who He says I am, then He lied to me. If He says I’m healed, but I’m not, then He lied to me. If He says I’m the righteousness of God in Christ, but I’m not, He lied to me. If He says I’m a new creature in Christ Jesus, but I’m not, He lied. If He said He would supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, but He doesn’t, He lied to me. If He says, “Ask and you shall receive,” but I don’t receive because He didn’t come across with what I asked Him for, He lied.

You know, it’s a terrible thing to accuse God of lying, especially when His Word says that it’s impossible for Him to lie. God can’t lie, so what He says is the truth! Faith Is the Substance of Things Hoped for According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is the substance or things hoped for. If faith is the substance of things hoped for, then it is obvious that hope without faith has no substance.

What does substance mean?

Substance is that which can be perceived or contacted by your senses, your basic five bodily senses. You can smell it, see it, touch it, taste it, or hear it. In other words, substance is something which makes an impression upon your sensory mechanisms. In place of substance, we could use the words tangibility or materiality. Faith is the substance— the materiality, the tangibility of things hoped for. This tells us that hope doesn’t have tangibility or materiality. Hope doesn’t have anything that our senses can perceive unless we add faith to it. That’s why hope won’t do anything for us. Hope is a goal setter.

I might say, “Praise God, I hope that one of these days I’ll be able to pay off all my bills and have money left over. I hope to pay off the mortgage on my house. I hope to be able to put my kids through school. I hope one day to be financially independent of the circumstances.” That’s a good hope. But you can have hope like that and be poor the rest of your life, never able to pay all your bills. Hope doesn’t have any substance. Hope is like a dream. Dreams can be so real. Do you know why your dream went poof? Because dreams have no substance, no tangibility. When you awaken, the dream is like a bubble that bursts. Suddenly, it’s gone! Hope is like a dream unless you put faith to it. Learn to put Faith in your dream, because by putting faith with your hope, you give it substance. So, faith is important. Hope sets the goal.

Faith is the substance (tangibility, materiality) of things hoped for. Faith Is the Evidence of Things Not Seen What is evidence? I think the best word you can use to describe evidence is proof. But what is proof? Proof is that which substantiates or validates the existence of something you don’t presently have. Simply: Proof says that something exists that you don’t presently have. Proof takes the place of something tangibly believable until that thing arrives on the scene. Once that thing arrives, you no longer need proof of it. You don’t need evidence if you already have it. That lets you know that faith is a temporary thing in any given spiritual transaction in your life.

Faith is only temporary for that transaction until the transaction comes to pass. When it does, faith moves on to another challenge, then another, and another. You no longer need faith for this because it has come to pass. Therefore, I submit to you that the word seen in Hebrews 11:1 does not mean visual perception, but rather sensory perception. Things seen are in the physical realm; things unseen are in the realm of God, the spirit realm, or we could say in the realm of faith. With this in mind, let’s say it this way. Faith is the evidence or proof of things not perceived by the senses. This immediately alerts us to the fact that if we intend to walk by faith and be successful in that walk, we have to leave the realm of the senses. We can no longer look to the physical body to find out where we are with God.

According to God’s Word, by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned (Matt. 12:37). Your words, basically, are inspired by what you hear. Again, Jesus said to take heed or be careful about what you hear or how you hear. Why? Because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So, faith and the Word go hand in hand. If the Word is going forth, faith will go forth. If the Word isn’t going forth, there won’t be any faith. Faith and the Word of God are synonymous terms. We could use them interchangeably. Faith and the Word are like the wet with the water. If you get the water, you get the wet. You may ask a waiter for “a hamburger, hold the onions,” but you can’t say, “Bring me a glass of water, hold the wet.” Wet is a characteristic of water. It’s automatic: if you get into the water, you get the wet.

In the book of Corinthians 5:7 we find a further revelation which says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” What is sight? It is the same as see. What is see? The sense realm. What did we say that faith was? The Word of God. What did we say that sight means? The senses. So, we could say, “For we walk by the Word of God, not by the senses.” God has made it so simple. We don’t deny the senses; we just don’t let them dictate us. We let God’s Word dictate us, and that’s what changes the senses relative to our personal and individual existence. There is a time when we use the senses, when we operate in the sense world or the sense realm and deal with sensory things.

People say, “I am not healed; I can still see the tumor,” or “I am not healed; I still have the pain.” Though they are very sincere, they are sincerely wrong and are not operating in faith. You see, God can only confirm His Word. He is up in heaven, saying to His children, “Take My Word. Give Me something to confirm. I can only confirm My Word. I’ve designed the system to work that way.” Instead of believing what the Word says, His Children are down here saying, “Oh, God, please heal me.” They should be saying, “Praise the Lord! I believe that I’m healed according to God’s Word!” That gives God something to work with in their lives.

Remember This: God doesn’t confirm our begging or crying or pain. He only confirms His Word with signs following. I’m not saying that Christians don’t have pain. I’ve been there. I know it hurts. But confessing the circumstances is not going to change anything. You have to confess the Word. You have to start putting the Word out. When you do that, you put your faith to work and give our Father something to confirm in your life. Yes, your faith will change the circumstances when you operate on the Word.

Many Thanks, I love you and I’m praying for you!

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Sermon Script Writer: Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe                                                  

Church Editor: Ms Bawinile Mahlangu

Address :Chiawelo Ext3, Soweto, South Africa

Ministry: IHPMI,

© 2021 Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe                                                  

Pastor Lekgetho Morgan Mogagabe travels to many countries spreading the word of God. He is a Facilitator of Pastors of Grace under Dr Creflo Dollar Ministries.

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Commit to Jesus and His Family – Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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Sunday Sermon

Date: April 03, 2022

Speaker: Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Today’s Message: Commit to Jesus and His family.

Time: 9am – 11 am

Scripture references

Luke 23:46 (English Standard Version)

“Jesus said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.”

John 17-4-5 (English Standard Version)

“Now I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”

Numbers 30:2 (KJV)

“If a man vows a vow unto the Lord or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.”

1 Corinthians 12:12 (NIT)

“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So, it is with the body of Christ.

Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

2 Peter 3:11 (TLB)

“Since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives we should be living!”

 

Sermon Notes:

God never meant for you to go through life on your own. He wants you to be part of his family the church. In fact, the church has been God’s plan from the very beginning.

Some people think of the church as a building, an institution, or an event you attend. The church isn’t any of those things. It’s a family you belong to. Maturity is when you live your life by your commitments, not by your feelings.

When you’re part of the church, two things are true of you: You’re committed to Jesus, and you’re committed to the people in your church family. The Bible says in 2 Corinthian 8:5, “First they gave themselves to the Lord; and then, by God’s will they gave themselves to us as well” (GNT).

You give yourself to the Lord, and then you give yourself to a group of people in God’s family. The first choice makes you a Christian. The second choice connects you with other believers. I’m not the church. You’re not the church. But together, we are the church the body of Christ.

What does it mean to be part of the body of Christ? The Bible says, “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12 NLT).

To understand how the church operates, look at the way God designed your body. Your hand, nose, spleen, and liver are all parts of your body. They all have separate functions, but together they make up one physical body just like God’s church makes up one spiritual body.

That’s why you are such a necessary part of your church family. You can’t say, “My part my talents and abilities isn’t needed.”  There are no unnecessary parts. We are all dependent on each other, and each of us has a different role to play.

God’s intention “from the very beginning of time” is that we live our lives together in his family. “Blood is thicker than water” ” That’s true! But Grace is thicker than genetics. 

Make a Commitment

Success in ministry is not about the size of the achievement but the level of your commitment to the talent you were given, and the increase that the Master has allowed. So no matter  how small your Achievement is present it to God with a big Heart By Rev MVK Kotu 

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24 ESV).

Biblical fellowship is being as committed to each other as we are to Jesus Christ. This is the kind of sacrificial love God expects you to show other believers — a willingness to love them in the same way Jesus loves you.

God expects us to be people of commitment. God is a God of commitment, is faithful to His word, and always delivers what He promises. In our culture, we have become used to making promises and not keeping them. We have learned to treat our word casually and lack of follow-through has become normal. If we, as Christians, are to imitate Jesus in all we do, fulfilling our commitments and promises is essential to our success.

Fulfill your promises—every one of them—and follow through in all your commitments. Be a woman of your word. This is a serious matter to God, and you must make the necessary changes to follow His example. Being a person of your word may be the only witness of Jesus some people will ever see.

Good relationships don’t happen by accident. They take cultivation, work, and a lot of time. That requires commitment!

I cannot count the number of times that my calling and I have felt like walking out of my calling, particularly in the early years. There were so many times I  thought, “This is not worth it. Maybe it is your marriage. We’re so different.  Maybe you are saying,  this marriage will never work.”

Don’t  walk out. Why? Because you both made a commitment. You both took a vow—“Till death do us part”—not just to each other but also to God. You are going to keep this commitment even if it kills us.There have been times in  my life that the only thing keeping me going is  commitment

My unsolicited advice  to married couples is  love or interest but simply the commitment you  made to God. I am so glad that I  did not give up my calling.  Your  wife  must be your best friend, and  imagine your  life without her.

The Bible says in Proverbs 18:24, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (ESV).

Did you know that socializing can keep you from having deep relationships? You can be so busy networking, contacting, and making acquaintances that you never invest the time and energy and effort it takes to cultivate the deep, satisfying intimacy of a good friend or a good spouse.

It’s not wrong to have a lot of acquaintances, but they can keep you so busy that you don’t develop any vital, close relationships. You don’t need a lot of friends to make it in this world, but you do need a few good ones. Focus on quality, not quantity. Your acquaintances—your hundreds of Facebook “friends” and Instagram followers—aren’t necessarily going to be there when you need them. But the friends you are truly connected and committed to will be there.

Every important, close connection begins with a commitment. If you want to get beyond shallow, superficial relationships, you’ve got to be willing to stick with it.

Your Commitments Shape Your Life

“Since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives we should be living!”

2 Peter 3:11 (TLB)

Your commitments shape your life more than anything else. Your commitments can develop you—or they can destroy you. But either way,they will define you. Three enemies that will weaken your ministry over time: Self-indulgence, bitterness, and carelessness. Strong people discipline their desires, restrain their reactions, and keep their commitments.

A great commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will grow a great church.

The Bible says, “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us. And he did this because he wanted to!” (Ephesians 1:5 TLB)

Tell me what you’re committed to, and I’ll tell you what your life will look like in 20 years. You become whatever you’re committed to.

It’s around the idea of commitment where most people miss God’s purpose for their lives. Many people are afraid to commit to anything, so they just drift through life. Others make half-hearted commitments to competing values, which leads to frustration and mediocrity. Others make a full commitment to worldly goals, such as becoming wealthy or famous, and they end up disappointed and bitter.

Every choice has eternal consequences, so you need to choose wisely:“Since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives we should be living!”(2 Peter 3:11 TLB).  

The first wise decision you need to make is to follow Jesus. You don’t have to understand all the implications of that decision when you make it. You simply need to respond to his invitation and make a commitment to follow him.

Then, as you follow Jesus, commit to the things that build a holy, godly life. Christlikeness will come from making Christlike commitments.

 Ask Yourself these questions?

  • In what ways have you approached the church as a place you go instead of a place you belong?
  • How can you use your talents and abilities to love and care for other believers?
  • How does not using your unique talents and abilities have a negative effect on other believers?
  • Based on your commitments, what might people assume about you?
  • What keeps you from committing to things that will help you develop Christlikeness?
  • How can the urgency of 2 Peter 3:11 affect the way you make your commitments?

Many Thanks, I love you and I’m praying for you!

CREDITS

Sermon Script Writer: Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Church Editor: Ms Bawinile Mahlangu

Ministry: IHPMI

Address :Chiawelo Ext3, Soweto

© 2022 Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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What Happens When You Run from God – Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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Date: 27 March 2022

Today’s Message: What Happens When You Run from God

Speaker: Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Time: 9am till 11am

Scripture reference

Jonah immediately tried to run away from the LORD by going to Tarshish – Jonah 1:3 (GW) 

“Always remember what is written in the Book of the Teachings: Study it day and night to be sure to obey everything that is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything

The Bible says, “The LORD spoke his word to Jonah son of Amittai: ‘Get up, go to the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it, because I see the evil things they do’” (Jonah 1:1-2 NCV).

Joshua 1:8 (NCV) says, “Always remember what is written in the Book of the Teachings. Study it day and night to be sure to obey everything that is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything” (NCV).

Sermon Notes:

God gives every one of us a unique mission and he gives us a choice as to whether or not we fulfil that mission.

God gave Jonah a mission: to warn the people of Nineveh that judgment was coming. But “Jonah immediately tried to run away from the Lord by going to Tarshish” (Jonah 1:3 GW).

Jonah faced consequences for his decision, the same kind of consequences you may encounter if you run away from God’s mission for your life.

The Bible says that when Jonah boarded a ship to get away from his mission, God sent a powerful wind to push the boat back (Jonah 1:4).

Why did God do that? Because he loved Jonah and wanted him to make a good decision that would give him a life of purpose and fulfillment. God sends opposition our way to encourage us to make better decisions.

Jonah’s disobedience also threatened the lives of everyone on the boat to Tarshish. When you run away from God, innocent people, including those you care about, can get hurt.

Maybe it’s your spouse, your kids, your grandkids, or your friends. Sometimes it’s people you don’t even know. People can get hurt because of your disobedience.

Jonah shows that when you run from God, your life starts a downward trajectory. Your disobedience will cost you financially, physically, and relationally.

Nineveh was more than 550 miles away, but Jonah tried running to Tarshish, which was 2,500 miles away in the opposite direction.

The truth is that you can’t run away from God for the rest of your life. He’s everywhere and he knows everything but he gives you choices because he wants you to love him and follow him voluntarily.

Where to Find Your Life Mission

“Always remember what is written in the Book of the Teachings. Study it day and night to be sure to obey everything that is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything.” – Joshua 1:8 (NCV)

Everyone wants something to live for but many of us look for it in the wrong places.

You can’t find your mission in a magazine, on social media, or by watching TV with friends. You can’t just guess what it is either. You can only find God’s mission for your life in one place: God’s Word.

Studies show that each of us has 600 to 700 talents, but we never use most of them. When you embrace God’s mission for your life, though, you’ll find that he can use all the gifts and talents he’s given you.

Jonah, one of God’s prophets in the Bible, received his life mission from God. The Bible says, “The LORD spoke his word to Jonah son of Amittai: ‘Get up, go to the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it, because I see the evil things they do’” (Jonah 1:1-2 NCV).

God gave Jonah his mission. He will give you one too as you read his Word. The more you dig into the Bible, the more you will understand your mission for life.

God uses many different ways to get his Word into your life. Sometimes you sit down to read it.

Other times, you may hear someone preach it. And on other days you’ll read sermon notes like this one.

If the only time you open your Bible is when you are in church, you likely will never discover God’s mission for your life. Instead, make the Bible a regular part of your life.

Spend time with God every day, even if it’s just a few minutes. Put it in your schedule, write it on your calendar, or set a daily alert on your phone.

Joshua 1:8 says, “Always remember what is written in the Book of the Teachings. Study it day and night to be sure to obey everything that is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything” (NCV).

If you want to be successful in God’s mission for your life, stop looking for a vision and start looking for a verse. God won’t write your mission in the sky. He has already written it in his Word.

Ask yourselves these questions

  • Why would God want us to have the choice to love and follow him?
  • Are you running away from something God has told you to do? Why do you think you’re resisting?
  • What kind of consequences have you experienced when you’ve put yourself in opposition to God?
  • How might knowing God is for you and not against you change your willingness to obey God?
  • What are some ways you have tried and failed to find your life purpose?
  • What can you do to become more consistent in your Bible reading?
  • What are the most effective ways for you to engage with God’s Word? Reading it from a physical Bible? Reading it online? Listening to an audio version? Listening to a sermon? Reading a devotional? Why do you believe these are most effective for you?’

©️2022 Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Many Thanks, I love you and I’m praying for you!

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The Bible Exhorts Us Not To Be Ignorant – Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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Sunday Sermon

Date: 20 March 2022

Today’s Message: The Bible Exhorts Us Not To Be Ignorant 

Speaker: Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Time:8am till 11am

Scripture Reference:

Hosea 4:69 – My people are destroyed for lack knowledge.

Ephesians 4:27-30 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption – King James Version

1 John 4:4 Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. 

Romans 6:13 (TLB)“Give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus envelope our minds as your church in the name of Jesus. I pray that envelope me with the power of the living God in the name of Jesus. I declare our victory right now. 

Sermon Notes

Suicide is norm in South Africa 2022.  The world wants us as born-again Christian to take suicide as something that is usual.

The Bible is clear on the issue of Saul’s death: he committed suicide: “So Saul took his own sword and fell upon it . . . So Saul died” (1 Samuel 31:3, 6).

When anything bad happens in your life, you have a choice to either run to God or run away from God.

You’re not alone. God is with you and God loves you, and that’s why we can have peace even when life doesn’t make sense.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you pass through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned up. It will not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2, NLT).

What is Suicide and what does it mean?

Suicide is defined as the intentional taking of one’s own life. It could be a technique for people to escape sadness or misery. Each suicide, on the other hand, is a tragic event that affects entire families, communities, towns and nations, as well as those who are left behind. 

Suicide can be motivated by various factors such as.

1.Bullying – bullying is a form of human abuse.

2.A breakup in a partnership – it is very hard.

3.Separation from your spouse.

4.Unemployment, early retirement, age, or homelessness are that might lead to homelessness.

What is the Suicide Rate based on suicides this year 2022 Live? – Approximately 700 000 persons commit suicide each year, which is anticipated to grow by 2022.

According to the World Population Review website, countries with high suicide rates are Lesotho, Eswatini, Guyana, South Korea and South Africa which is on number 10 under the World Total Suicide Rate. 

The highest rate is 72.2 per 1000 people with the male suicide rates being higher than that of females.

Suicide Rate by Country 2022

* Rates are per 100,000 people

CountryTotal Suicide Rate Male RateFemale Rate2022 Population
Lesotho72.411630.12,175,699
Guyana40.36317.4794,045
Eswatini29.455.14.71,184,817
South Korea28.640.216.951,329,899
Kiribati28.348.68.7123,419
Micronesia28.243.212.7117,489
Lithuania26.145.49.62,661,708
Suriname25.438.811.8596,831
Russia25.143.69.1145,805,947
South Africa23.537.69.860,756,135
Ukraine21.639.26.543,192,122

Two versions of suicide deaths in the Bible: Saul and Judas Iscariot. Saul’s self-stabbing is suicide. Judas’ hanging is suicide 

Matthew 27:6-7 – NIV 6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.

Acts 1:18 NIV 18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.

Daily Maverick Article

Satanism has a history in South Africa. In the 1980s and 90s, towards the end of Apartheid, white South Africa was gripped by paranoia and Satanism fell into the racially based fears characterised the era. Satanism was racialised.

Kirsty Theologo October 2011 – Drugged, Bound, Doused with Petrol and Set Alight – Participator turned state witness Lester Moody who admitted to using drugs heavily, said the group decided Theologo was Johannesburg ”great prostitute during a game where one ask questions and burns tissue paper with matches to see the answer.

Common Denominators

  • Youth  
  • Use of alcohol and drugs 
  • Involvement in the occult
  • Noticeable change of behavior.
  • Don’t allow   children to drink alcohol in the house.

Let us not allow the devil (Satan) to takes his chances on us by always being vigilant. The Bible Exhorts us not to be Ignorant – 2 Cor 2:11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 

We are not ignorant of his schemes – New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Satan uses these entry points – Sins of the flesh- anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, sexual immorality, Occult, drugs, and alcohol. Galatians 5:19 

Afterward Jesus found him in temple and said to him, See, you are well. Sin no more that nothing worse may happen to you – John 5:14

Galatians 5:19 NASB

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions factions.

Galatians 5:21 – Envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Carousing – the activity of drinking alcohol, enjoying oneself with others in a noisy wildly party. They start sleeping around with everybody without boundaries. 

Ladies, if you don’t want a husband and you only interested in having a child, you won’t know that you are creating a monster. You must always remember that a child needs both parents. There are certain levels and freedoms you will never receive without them.  

How to close the Door

1. Let Jesus Christ be Lord – God must not only be relevant to you when you are in trouble 2. Ask for God’s forgiveness Psalm 103:12 – He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. 3. Renounce all practices and contact with the occult. 4. Close the door of the flesh 5. Get established in the Word of God.

Conclusion – Do not be ignorant 

2 Corinthians 2:11. 

Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil – King James Version

All to Jesus I surrender, all to him I freely give; I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily I live.

©️2022 Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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