In 1Timothy 3:1-10 we read of the qualifications necessary for an
overseer and deacon in the church, that they are to be above reproach. It is also written
that men must lift up holy hands without anger (1Tim 2:8). Husbands must also live in
wisdom with their wives (1Pet 3:7).
We should examine ourselves whether we live according to this
standard, that we don't have anger in our lives.
In the Hebrides revival young men came together to pray for God to
work. But for three months God did not work. Then a young man stood up and said, "men
we can pray as long as we want but unless we're in line with God's word as found in Ps 24
God will not work".
We read in Matthew that that which comes out of a person is what
defiles him, for out of the heart proceeds all evil things, 'blasphemy, pride, murder
etc.' (Matthew 15:19).
Are your hands clean? Have you stolen from someone else?
There's a new drug, krokodil, that causes the body to rot while
you're alive, it's like hell starting on earth already.
We must part from sin, even if we're tempted by satan. God's
judgment comes upon those that rebel. God shows us that the whole world belongs to Him.
One finds children that are cheeky to their parents. Satan has
taken hold of them while they are small.
The word of God says, keep the promises you've made (Deut
Mandla Nkosi was a young man that told Rev Stegen that he would
one day preach the Gospel together with him, once he had finished school. But his dad was
a hard man that didn't want anything to do with the Gospel. He would beat his wife
mercilessly. When Mandla had finished school, his dad wouldn't let him preach the Gospel
but took him to Durban to work and earn money. Soon Mandla got involved with a gang and
they went around robbing people. Once they used Mandla's knife and stabbed and robbed
people, of whom two died. The gang was caught and sentenced to death by hanging. They were
taken to jail in Pretoria. Mandla asked for Rev Stegen, and Rev Waldemar Engelbrecht went
to visit him in prison. He repented thoroughly, so that even some of the others repented
too. He also wrote a heart-rending letter to Rev Stegen, which included Deut 23:21-22, "When thou shalt vow a vow unto Jehovah thy God, thou
shalt not be slack to pay it: for Jehovah thy God will surely require it of thee; and it
would be sin in thee. 22 But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in
thee." He also asked that Rev Stegen would tell his story wherever he preached
as a warning to others not make a promise to God and break it afterwards.
Have you made a promise to God that you haven't kept?
As you are seated here, can you ascend the hill of the Lord? Woe
to you if you want to ascend the hill of the Lord, but your hands are not clean, your
heart is not pure or you swear deceitfully.
May there not be one who despises the Word of the Lord.
Have your lips been speaking evil things or your heart thinking
evil thoughts? Get right with God, otherwise your end will be terrible.
May it not be that one day Mandla Nkosi would testify against you
because his life warned you but you still did not keep your promise.