Charis Bible College Heidelberg (WC), South Africa held its annual Open Week from 2 Feb – 6 Feb 2015. Our guest speakers were Daniel Amstutz and Steve Olivier. Daniel is the director of Charis Bible College Colorado’s School of Worship and School of Healing.
Steve is the senior pastor at the Vineyard Church in Knysna.
“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. (Revelation 2:2-4 NKJV)
We spend so much of our time on “what” we can do for God. The church has been on performance foundation just like Martha.
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. (John 5:19 NKJV)
Daniel shared that we can only demonstrate what we have already seen in the place of intimacy with the Lord (John 16:14). In these last days God wants to raise up the tabernacle of David i.e. all people – not just a select few – worshipping in His presence. In His presence is power and His presence abides and goes with us.
God has so much more to give us. Fruit is produced out of this place of intimacy. We don’t stay forever in the place of intimacy but what He shares with us in this place, we are to shout at the house tops. We don’t work for God in our power but we learn how to release His presence. The problem is not the harvest but the labourers that have not spent time in that place of intimacy.
We are in a time of perpetual harvest and sowing, and this is a time of rejoicing.
Daniel also shared at the healing school.
Chronic exposure to stress is the number one killer disease today. Our evening news are filled with news of doom and gloom about the economy, politics, safety and security, and so on. But what does the word of God say? Steve shared on how to live fearlessly.
He shared that fear distorts reality and makes us act irrationally. Anything bad that ever happened to each of us was not from God. We tend to explain why God is good to others. God’s love for us is not defined by what we have done, has been done to us or what we have done to others.
The first step in living fearless lives is to understand that God is good and He is good to me.
Steve also shared on how to confront our fears. One example he gave was when David faced Goliath. He ran towards Goliath. Just like David, we need to face our fears head on. We also need to develop a strong confidence in the word of God. The doctor/ banker might be saying it’s over but what does the word of God say? When we believe His word it produces life.
“If going through tribulation, keep going” – Steve Olivier.
Both Daniel and Steve shared must hear messages.
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John_14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.