Actually, this article is not being typed at my usual desk, but from Richard and Mary Frame’s table in their home on top of a bluff in Napier, New Zealand. From where I am typing this letter, I have an amazing view of the ocean and downtown Napier. Richard is a retired farmer, well known as an evangelist, active with the FGBMFI here, and has in the past served on the board of FGBMFI in NZ. He is a keen shofar enthusiast, well known for regularly blowing his shofar over the city of Napier, and extending the trumpet calls throughout the spiritual realm to all nations. Over the next two days, he is teaching me about proclamations and blowing the shofar over the city of Canberra, to impact on the National and ACT Parliaments.
I have shared my testimony with members, wives and their friends at five chapter meetings in the South Island - Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin/Mosgiel, Alexandra and Invercargill and am now travelling through the North Island, having spoken in Stratford, Feilding, Carterton and North Wellington. I have five more chapters to speak to before returning home. Tonight I will be speaking at Graham Eagle’s (the National President) home chapter.
My testimony has been very well received so far, and there has been much much ministry at every venue, but only one salvation, at the last place I spoke. This one came after much prayer earlier in the day, crying out “JUST ONE SOUL TONIGHT LORD”. Tonight, my cry is TWO SALVATIONS AND SEVERAL NEW MEMBERS as I have been told there will be quite a few guests there.
Just as in Australia, everyone here comments about how much harder it is to win souls to the Lord. The membership numbers continue to dwindle here, with the vast majority in the 60+ age group. The average age at some meetings were over 70 years. I even had a couple of ladies over 90 years old coming forward for prayer to be allowed release from their rest homes to go to coffee shops and talk about Jesus.
There is no doubt the devil has managed to gain legal rights to disrupt the FGB activities in many countries through the courts of heaven. The devil is allowed to block prayers for souls and to discourage members from inviting guests and guest from accepting invitations to attend. I woke up early this morning with quite a burden for the FGB both in Australia and New Zealand. I sensed we had been conducting our spiritual warfare in the battlefields without first seeking judgments in the courts of heaven such that we could have strong and lasting victories in the battlefield. Revelation 19:11 says that Jesus, who is faithful and true, judges in righteousness and makes war. This verse shows that Jesus first judges, then makes war.
I believe the Lord is calling us to have Satan’s legal rights overturned and the judgments thrown out of the courts. Thus we need to come into the courts of heaven, ask for Satan’s legal rights overturned, remind the courts of God’s plan and purposes for the FGB and for favourable judgments so that we can have victories in the spiritual battlefields. So I would appreciate prayerful support in this arena.
It is not long till the next national summit in Melbourne, so I look forward to meeting many of you there to see what God has for our next step of preparation in fulfilling His vision for the FGBA.
In the meantime, shalom and every blessings to you all.
In His love
Full Gospel Business Australia
I was talking with a gentleman at church recently who said that he found Christianity had been hard for him. I heard myself say, “I have found it easy.” After making this statement I re-checked myself, in the Lord. Is this a scriptural declaration?
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Jesus said that if we take on His yoke and burden that we would find it to be easy and light and that we would find rest for our souls. He will teach us personally from His gentle and lowly heart. Psalm 23 says that the Lord is my shepherd, I will not want (or be in lack) and that He makes me to lie down in green pastures and lead me by the still waters – Jesus Himself will refresh and inspire us!
Am I prepared to take upon myself Christ’s ‘yoke’ and am I prepared to take His ‘burden’ upon myself? Setting time aside to ‘take hold of God’ in prayer and worship (Isaiah 64:7) is not something my flesh wants to do. Being yoked to Christ or abiding in Him is a restriction to my natural desires. Yet again we have the promise, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:12). In John 10:10 Jesus also said” I have come that they may have life and that more abundantly.” How much do I want to experience, ‘the peace of God that passes all understanding’, or ‘the love of Christ which passes knowledge?’ Is it true that, “in the presence of God there is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forever more?”
Satan and our natural mind (our flesh) have lied to us for too long; Did God say….? People might say, “I have tried praying and reading God’s Word but it didn’t produce the results I was looking for. God will test our hearts! Jesus was tested by the Father as well as being tempted by the devil. I can tell you by my own experience, but more importantly by the Word of God, that ‘He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.’ Are we reading His Word and waiting in His presence until we experience His loving kindness? Remind the Lord, “Lord your Word declares, “If we draw near to you then You will draw near to us.” Remind yourself, in His presence, “Thank you Lord that all that You are, You are within me.” Persistence and expectancy that God will meet with you, based on His Word, is key.
As FGBA Gatekeepers we are preparing for our kingdom assignments and for a new anointing; an impartation of divine grace and power to be more effective to impact our families, cities and nations. As a child of God and because of the blood of Christ, we all qualify – God is no respecter of persons!
If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired of principalities and powers then it is time to take action. Firstly let us surrender ourselves afresh to the lordship of Christ, repent, if we need to, and come humbly before the one who truly loves us and allow Him to minister His peace, joy and loving kindness to our hearts, in Jesus wonderful Name. He alone can raise us up, for He is the author and finisher of our faith.
FGBA NSW/ACT National Director
FGBA National Director for Pastoral Care of Leadership
SITTING AT THE GATES
Where I work in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources here in Canberra, I sit at the “master” national gate, believing that God is bringing His influence, especially His righteousness, into managing the imports of animals and animal products into this nation through the various national border gates with God-inspired policies. I am not the CEO, SES or anyone high up in the government mountain, but it is very apparent that the Lord, through me, brings His righteousness into the situation. It’s not who you are or whether you are in a position of influence in the mountain, but whose you are, knowing that He has called you to be within the mountain and this is where God has placed you. This is not about being a person of influence within the mountain, but serving the God who does the influencing (Proverbs 21:1). This is not always about being a person with spiritual authority, but often about being an instrument of God’s righteousness. Religion teaches us that we are statues of God’s righteousness (a position), but faith in God inspires us that we are His powerful rods of righteousness, with His righteousness transforming outcomes in the mountain. Not everything in the mountain is about casting out demons and such, exercising spiritual authority. Much is about bringing the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all His righteousness into the workplace.
I share some testimonies of this …
Some years ago, back in 2001, the Lord had placed me within a hard-working team tasked with proving Australia’s freedom from BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), commonly known as mad-cow disease, to our trading partners. The team had been struggling with this task for a few years and desperately needed a breakthrough on a crucial issue. Australia had imported many live cattle from the United Kingdom during the critical years and, because of the scale of the outbreak in the UK, there was a risk of an infected imported animal, dead or alive somewhere in Australia. Although Australia had closed the gate to imports of live cattle and at-risk cattle products, this could be a case of shutting the door after the horse had bolted. My task was to help finding out if the horse had indeed bolted, that is, if we had imported an infected animal. A break through was needed and God delivered miraculously and I was involved in these miracles, too numerous to describe here. But many of you have already heard my testimony. The outcome of the team effort, because there were many factors to cover, was Australia being amongst the first country in the world recognised as officially free from BSE, all because of God’s intervention with His truth and righteousness.
Several years later, around the time I retired from government work for a while, the Lord placed me in a very strategic position within a legal team representing the Australian Government in a class action case. At the beginning, the outlook was very bleak with many believing the government would have to pay several hundred million dollars in damages. God led me to the truth of what actually happened, much to the disbelief of many experts, and the legal team used this truth to bring about a dramatic closure to the class action. It was never contested in open court. Again this was because of God’s intervention with His truth and righteousness.
Since returning to work part-time a couple of years ago, I have drafted policies for importing semen and embryos of cattle, sheep and goats, and now assisting a team with finishing policies for importing fresh beef from USA, Japan the Netherlands, New Zealand and Vanuatu, to protect Australia from incursions of exotic and unwanted diseases. The latter is a very controversial issue, one which is being closely observed by the cattle industry here in Australia. In the past, teams involved in this type of work were under severe stress. Before I came on the beef team, people wanted to get off. Some left work, some transferred to other tasks. There were around six at the start. When I came on, there were only two left. Now I’m on the team, there is much less stress and nobody else has left. However, I believe that if I had the confidence of an open heaven above me with well-developed spiritual senses, I believe could have done much more. This work is now drawing to a close.
All these experiences showed me that God loves this nation including its primary producers, and wants to protect His creation, the cattle, sheep and goats, from the ravages of the exotic diseases that destroys livestock in many other nations.
The amazing thing about being God’s instrument of righteousness was that it did not come about by spending time in prayer, but by simply meditating on the fact the I have absolutely no righteousness in me, only His righteousness that He gave me. If I was to pick a bible passage that guided me in all these episodes, it would be Proverbs 3:1-8.
My blueprint was that I was to keep His commands, to love Him, my workmates and myself. I was to pursue the truth of what had happened or is happening or could happen. I was not to pursue fuzzy logic as a friend of mine would say, which is the way of the world, but pursue the truth and not only for His sake or mine, but also for the sake of my workmates and the nation, to see them blessed. It with this attitude that I found favour and esteem in the sight of God and man.
In pursuing the truth, I was to always leave my heart open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He took me to places where I could find the truth. I was to trust Him always, not to worry about details as He would bring the details to me. Because of my deafness, I had a tendency to worry about missing out on some important details. But God took care of all that. When we are weak, He is strong within us. We are not to be afraid of being weak. We are not to lean on our understanding but to trust Him in ALL His ways. I did not have to plan anything, apart from booking my flights and accommodation during my investigations and such, but to simply trust Him that He had a plan.
YET THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN ABOUT SITTING AT THE GATES
As I mentioned above, I wasn’t confident of an open heaven above me where I worked. I wasn’t confident with my spiritual senses. I believe there is so much more about sitting at the gates that I have hardly scratched the surface. This was confirmed for me in one of my prayer time. I had sensed a challenging question “Do you know where all the gates and walls are in your personal life, in your home, in your neighbourhood and workplace, and in your nation? CAN YOU SEE THEM?”.
The last sentence hit me hard. This set me of on a journey seeking His answers, because I really wasn’t very sure. I certainly wasn’t seeing the gates as such. I was never taught that I should have good spiritual senses. Yet the bible says amongst many other relevant passages:
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).
Seeking involve searching out with all your spiritual senses. If we set our minds on the things of the world, we use our physical senses. Thus, to me, setting our minds on things above requires us to employ our spiritual senses.
I sensed this is a critical part of the Lord’s call to us to Get Ready, Get Set. Once we’re on the blocks, ready to go, we need all our faculties brought into operation, all spirit senses, soul senses and physical senses to be His gatekeepers at the gates. In other words, we need heaven here on earth, with all its unlimited resources and we need to know how to use them.
Many doubt their call to be His gatekeepers, and many are failing to hear that call. Some who hear the call instead go looking for people of influence to be His gatekeepers, but, no, we are His gatekeepers. We are to lift Jesus in all that we do, and He will draw all men to Himself.
Being His gatekeepers is our inheritance from Abraham, as emphasised in Genesis 22:15-18
“Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
and Galatians 3:29
“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
At the next National Summit in Melbourne, I will share what the Lord has been revealing about developing our spiritual senses. I am excited by what the Lord is going to do with the FGBA. Prophecies are pouring in about the Lord bringing His fire to Australia and the FGBA will be a part of it. FIRE GOD BRINGS to AUSTRALIA. I hope to see you all there in Melbourne on 27th to 29th October. Already there is strong interest from unexpected sources!
Fear not and hold fast!! Do not look to the past, do not be dismayed by the present, look to the future!! Hold fast!! Hold fast!! A whole new dimension is coming as heaven invades earth. My kingdom is here and will come in increasing glory. Heaven is here and will come in increasing glory!! Get ready!! Get set!! It won’t be long before I say GO!! Time is short!!
For a little over three weeks, from 11th September to Wednesday 4th October, I will be in New Zealand visiting some 17 towns/chapters in both north and south islands, ministering salvation to lost souls. I would appreciate prayers as my desire is that signs and wonders follow as I lift Jesus up with the sharing of my testimony of Christ.
Shalom and every blessing to all,
FGBA National Chairman
Comment by FGBA Victoria Director Bill Sgro:
This would be the most powerful example of a gate keeper I have heard and read to date. This does not sound like another church message our Christian contacts would get on a Sunday somewhere.
It inspires you at the core to stand in the place of your work place and be his powerful rods of righteousness.
I love that thought and concept of being in that place standing for Him as the Authority and not you being the authority. It somehow takes the pressure off, your expectation to do or say anything, and you are just standing in that place as a watchman. Not an immediate threat to anyone, but they know they are not free to do as they please because there being watched, and know somehow that they will be held accountable for their actions, deeds and words.
Can’t wait to get the final draft to email this out to our Monday night attendees and many others on my email list for inspiration, Whether they believe there gatekeepers or not.
Bless you mate.
My business career in Financial Services spanned over 35 years and as I say in my personal testimony, I would not have survived and prospered if it wasn’t for God’s hand on my life and His Call for me to bring His Kingdom into His business world.
But I have to say, that there were many seasons when I found life and business was very tough. In fact, there were many times of struggles, when economic conditions downturned, or when we had to achieve unrealistic corporate expectations with limited resources, or simply when things just went wrong and didn’t go to plan.
So what do you do when things in your life, ministry or business simply don’t go to plan?
Well, one of the important lessons that God taught me is that sometimes I have to “take the brave pill”. Joshua 1:6-9 says:
"6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
For the tough times in my life and business, I found this scripture really helpful. Look at some of the keys:
- “Be strong and courageous” – God has an inheritance for us. I found that it was helpful to go back to the Vision and Mission that God gave me for my business and then get into prayer to build up my faith to push forward during tough times.
- “Obey all the Laws” – this was really calling me out to look at myself and check for “sin” both intentional and unintentional. Was I trying to do things my way or God’s way? This would lead to continual reflection and repentance.
- “Meditate on God’s Laws day and night” – for me, this was a call to go beyond praying; to really “press in and seek” God’s blueprint, plans and purposes for my life and business.
- “Then you will be prosperous and successful”- this is a promise from God
- “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – again God is reminding me to be strong and courageous, not to be discouraged and that He will be with me.
So what are your life, ministry or business challenges at the moment?
Do you need to go back to the Vision and Mission God has given to you and then “take the brave pill” and seek God’s plans, so that you can cross into His promises for your life and business.
Director, Business and Finance
YOU CANNOT REMAIN COMPLETELY SILENT
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Many of us recognise the latter part of the verse, revealing that we were born to come into the Kingdom of God for such a time as this. But many ignore the first part – “If you remain completely silent at this time”.
Thus there are society issues that I cannot remain silent on. Now is the time for us to discuss the full truths about important and controversial topics, not part truths.
For example, homosexuality or even intersexuality. Yes, God’s plan is that we be born male and female. But we were born in sin, subjected to generational curses, curses uttered through witchcraft, and/or curses brought about by dysfunctional family upbringing, that has impacted on our sexuality, the impact, and hence the consequences, ranging from indiscernible to extreme. If babes can be born with two heads attached to the one body, then other gross deformities can occur, as with hermaphrodites. Some of these people are so lacking in sexual identity that they are hurting and in so much emotional pain that they react with violence. To be called bullies by Christians can only add to their pain. I personally believe no amount of change in laws in either direction (that is, either towards Christian values or to LGBTI values) will resolve this situation. Only the transforming power of Jesus Christ can resolve this, hence our priority to lift Him up, so that He can draw them to himself. There are plenty of testimonies of Jesus miraculously restoring them, even hermaphrodites, to their God-given sexuality and identity. Some such testimonies are available on YouTube.
As a veterinarian, I have encountered animals so mismanaged or even brutalised by their owners that they react in many ways, ranging from cowering in the most abject and pitiful fashion to lashing out in the most ferocious and fearsome manner. It was only through love, patience, and exhibiting other fruits of the spirit that they could be won over and ministered to, and become as God has purposed them to be at creation, not to be fearful of man. Not by cursing them with names, but by blessing them as God’s very own.
So too we need to see those lacking in their God-given sexual identity as God’s very own.
Similarly, for marriage. Yes, God’s plan is as described in Genesis 2:23-24 and Matthew 19:3-6. But having been born in sin, many have married in sin with marriages impacted by curses as described earlier, with union lasting from moments (leading to annulments) to months or even years, leading to divorces. Many men and women married due to ungodly parental pressures and the ungodly expectations of society and culture with regards to marriage, and so they had married as man and woman because it was the right thing to do. Society expects people to be married because of so-called advantages of being married. Those lacking in their God-given sexual identity do not want to miss out on society’s expectations. Again, no change of laws in either direction (that is, either towards Christian values or to LGBTI values) will resolve this situation. Again, only the transforming power of Jesus Christ can resolve this. Again, our priority is to lift Him up, so that He can draw them to himself. There are testimonies of Jesus miraculously transforming the most horrific of marriages between man and woman to their God-given purposes and of bringing those so lacking in their God-given sexuality to a clear identity and a marriage union so blessed by God.
The challenge is for us gatekeepers to lift Jesus in such a loving manner that enables Jesus to draw them ALL to Himself. I believe the only way we can do this is through a desire for evangelism in the power of the Holy Spirit. And to teach them to abide and remain in His love by making disciples whose life, living and livelihood are in Christ. An example is in John 4, which showed how Jesus drew the woman at the well to Himself. He didn’t succeed in getting a drink of water from her, but He certainly succeeded in winning her heart to Himself. For those who want to study further on this example, I suggest reading David Pawson’s commentary of the Gospel of John (The Story of the bad Samaritan). If you google “pawson story bad Samaritan”, you can find this interesting easy-to-read teaching.
So my prayer is this:
“Lord, we thank You for Your Word. We thank you for bringing us into Your Kingdom for such a time as this and for us not to be silent on issues that will bring relief and deliverance, not only to Your people already in Your Kingdom, but also to all those You have called and who have not yet entered and inherited Your Kingdom. We thank You for all Your creation around us, including all those who hate us and persecute us. Fill us and empower us, Lord, with the transforming power of your Holy Spirit that we, as your humble servants, as your specially prepared people, lovingly lift You up in the homes, marketplaces, cities and nations, so that You, according to Your Word, draw ALL men (and women) to Yourself so that you can restore them to their God-given identity, inheritance and imperatives. Also, Lord, we ask that you continue to equip and guide us so that we disciple these people into living out their life, living and livelihood in Christ, so that none shall perish, but all will come into eternal life, in Jesus name. Amen.”
Shalom and every blessings to all,
FGBA National Chairman
TRANSFORMATION – WHAT IS IT?
Our Vision Statement says - Full Gospel Business Australia is a body of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit to transform the culture of nations through discipling men and women for the work of the Kingdom of God.
What do we mean by transform? The Greek word used in the bible is metamorphóō. The following four bible verses use this same Greek word:
Matthew 17:1-3 - “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.”
Mark 9:2 - “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them.”
Romans 12:2 - “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
2 Corinthians 3:18 - “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
As we know, this Greek word gave rise to the English word – metamorphosis which according to a dictionary means:
•(Biology) a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.
•a complete change of form, structure, or substance, as transformation by magic or witchcraft.
•any complete change in appearance, character, circumstances, etc.
Because of the complete change wrought by metamorphosis, can our pre-transformed mind know or even grasp what will result from complete transformation? We know that for transformation to occur at a personal level, we must die to self, die to our old life, to be buried with Christ so that it is no longer we who live but Christ who lives in us.
So how do we apply this principle to transforming the culture of nations?
One thing the bible tells us is that when God’s city, Jerusalem, or even God’s nation, Israel, lived in sin, the city and the nation had to be destroyed and the people scattered. Transition did not work. Yes, when the Israelites were brought back to Jerusalem, they restored the temple, brought back the sacrifices and the reading and preaching of the Word. But it was their response to the Word that determined their destiny. The Word was to be received with trembling by those with a broken and contrite heart (Isaiah 66:2). Many in Israel, and, of course, all those outside Israel, ridiculed, even persecuted and hated those who took the Word too seriously. But because of the prevailing poor attitude of many Israelites to the Word, off went Israel back to their sinful old ways again.
Transformation occurs when we take His Word most seriously, believed it, studied it, meditated on it, even trembled at it, letting it strike home sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of our souls and spirits, and let it be a discerner of our thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). If we are to become like Jesus, who Himself said “My Words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63), speaking or even prophesying words of life, then we must first let His Word have its way to the very core of our being, bringing His life into every part of us. We cannot speak life if we do not have His Word and life in us. True disciples are those whose life, living and livelihood are in the Word.
Smith Wigglesworth is right when He shared his life principles:
1- Read the Word of God
2- Consume the Word of God until it consumes you
3- Believe the Word of God
4- Act on the Word of God
Thus it seems to me that transformation of the culture of marketplaces, cities and nations can only occur when the people of these places takes His Word most seriously. But what we are seeing today are nations ridiculing His word, even churches neglecting His Word, the opposite of what should be happening. Thus our task is not just to bring people back to God through the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom of God, but also to instill in them a love and passion for His Word in their lives, living and livelihood through the making of disciples in all nations.
Proverbs 4:20-22 - 20 - My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t “lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.”
Matthew 4:4 - “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
So my prayer is this, that we proclaim over ourselves, family, workplaces and nation daily:
“Lord, we thank You for Your word. We thank You also for our new hearts which You gave us when we gave our lives to You, hearts that love every word that proceeds from mouth of God and that brings life and healing to our whole body, and also brings transformation to the marketplaces, cities and nations, in Jesus name. Amen.”
Shalom and every blessings to all,
FGBA National Chairman
As a business person, have you ever wondered about the conflict between making a lot of money and Mammon?
The King James Dictionary defines Mammon as “Earthly goods, property and riches”.
In Matthew 6:24, Jesus says, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (NKJV).
Furthermore, scriptures like 1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”. (NKJV)
Interestingly, as a Christian in the Corporate sector, I was paid to achieve revenue targets within strict expense budgets, to ensure a bottom line profit was paid to shareholders. It was a fact that the higher the profits of my division, the more I was paid. So I ask myself this question… to what extent does Mammon (earthly goods, property, and riches) divert our decisions away from God’s plans for us and how we run our businesses?
To answer this question, I think we can go back to the scriptures for some guidance. Matthew 6:19-20 says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (NKJV).
I believe God is revealing to us the connection between “Mammon”, “Treasures on Earth” and “Treasures in Heaven”. This helped me to understand my motivation for whom I really serve. God Calls us into the Business Mountain to serve Him, to be Light and Salt (Matthew 5:13-15) to those around us and to do His Will, so that His Kingdom would come from Heaven to Earth, right into the middle of our business life.
For me, I discovered, that when I shifted my mind from focusing on the corporate revenue targets, to focusing on God’s Will and Purposes in my business, then He provided the results I had to achieve and subsequently I was well paid.
Mammon’s goal is to move us from serving God to serving ourselves and if we get just a small degree off course for long enough, then we will can end up a long way off course.
Let’s be guided by Romans 12:2, to renew our minds and make right choices, so that Mammon has no hold over us.
FGBA National Director, Business and Finance
We know the scripture that says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21) From this scripture alone we are challenged to choose death or life simply by employing our tongue wisely. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36, 37, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it on the day of judgement. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” How confronting is that – at least we can’t say we haven’t been warned.
These scriptures fly in the face of teaching that says words aren’t important, it’s how we conduct our lives that count. It is true that if we are living godly lives that mainly good words will proceed from our heart and mouth. Praise God for that!
What I am saying is there is a biblical Kingdom key that has been given to us to unlock ‘stubborn doors’ – mountains of obstructions. As we align our words with the Word of God and declare, “It is written…………..” sin is defeated, and sickness and Satan have to flee - the Holy Spirit backs us up as we honour God’s Word and speak it forth.
A week ago I was very encouraged by a prophetic Pastor who used to belong to the FGB North Canberra Gate. He is currently a Pastor who has a church in Sydney and he phoned me. He shared with me for more than an hour his challenges and said that he has never been able to find the same depth of fellowship that he experienced with our gatekeepers, and that was quite some years ago. He said he loved the way we lovingly spoke into his life and that every word we spoke over him he has become. He re-iterated, “I am today what you guys spoke into my life.” “Death and life are in the power of our tongue.” As we read and meditate on God’s Word the Holy Spirit can select the ‘living Word’ which He wants us to speak into situations, people’s lives, break satanic strongholds and declare, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
I don’t need to remind you that apart from Jesus we can do nothing – I am not advocating a formula. It is out of union with Christ; as we worship Him and wait on Him, that life comes forth. His quickened Word produces faith and faith spoken removes the ‘mountain’ that appeared immovable. God has indeed given us powerful weapons for our spiritual warfare.
Your Brother in Christ,
FGBA NSW/ACT National Director
FGBA National Director for Pastoral Care of Leadership
Here are some photos that were taken at the Canberra Leaders Summit:
Worshipping with Ruth Chai-Njino
Apostle John Alley and Pastor Jimmy Njino
Bishop Harry Westcott
John and Susan Vong with Dr George Perry
Pastor Jimmy Njino
Spiritual Father and Son: Bishop Harry Westcott and Dr George Perry
That void that hole inside
Whatever shape you're in
Whatever shapes your world
Square pegs for round holes
There's a hole in my bucket
There's a hole
That no shape can fill
Be filled with the Holy Spirit
And be made whole!
By Barbara Perry
22 May 2017
© Copyright Barbara Anne Perry,
Shalom and blessings to all Gatekeepers.
Just a short letter this week though what a week I've had, with all that happened at National Summit and since! I had told my wife I would have a complete break from work etc on this trip, but I believe it was important that I write to you first.
Last weekend was the National Summit. I have already written to you about that. I am hoping several others will contribute their experiences to this newsletter. We even had a miracle healing there. Charles Lewis from North Canberra had been battling digestive problems for many years. Whenever there was an FGB event involving a meal, he always ate at home and came after the meal. When I saw him at the Summit banquet, I thought how nice of him to join us, but wasn't expecting him to eat. But when I saw him bringing a plate loaded with food with a huge smile on his face, I was stunned. He had been prayed for by Jimmy Njino and the Lord healed him!! Praise the Lord!!
But what I do want to emphasise is the clear message from the Summit about getting set to do our Kingdom assignments, the FGB discipling strategy. GO MAKE DISCIPLES TO ALL NATIONS. Many are still holding the old FGBMFI outreach meetings, but trying to bring about a TRANSITION by adding a marketplace flavour. This is not our mandates. The Lord has made it abundantly clear. The old has gone, the new has come. It is time for TRANSFORMATION. We are about making Kingdom disciples. We are not to be concerned whether existing gatekeepers are educated or trained enough to handle discipleship. After all, it was said in Acts 4:13 -
"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were UNEDUCATED and UNTRAINED men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus."
Believers are OK for the work of the church, but not for the work of the kingdom. It is disciples who do the work of the kingdom. The Lord has given many of us who went to Singapore the revelations and impartations provided by the Boot Camp, since improved and now known as MDN1. We are to activate this. We must return to our first love with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength for the work of the kingdom, to transform the culture of the nation. I believe God will grow the FGBA if we follow His kingdom mandates. The devil knows this as this is why he is trying to block the believers from becoming kingdom disciples. You only need to read the news where there are efforts to stop believers from participating in debates on SSM and LGBTIQ issues.
Many may doubt that this strategy will work. I am reminded of Hebrews 11:33-34
"who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens."
If the men and women of the Old Testament could do all these mighty feats, how much more we, who are in Christ, and Christ in us, can do, through the power of God!
I ask all gatekeepers to discuss doing the MDN1 with their Gate Leaders. If they are not getting a satisfactory response, then to please contact the National Director for their State/Territory.
Shalom and every blessings
DR GEORGE PERRY
Full Gospel Business Australia
Dear Chairman and Bro George,
Shalom! John and I are back in Singapore, caught up with rest and now back to the routine of a busy, hectic but fulfilling work.
First and foremost, thank you for having John and I to be part of the FGBA Leaders Summit at Canberra recently. It was an awesome weekend for both of us and we are so fired up, stirred up and excited to know that indeed God has already begun the new work - calling the Apostles into position. By having Bishop Harry Westcott signing up as a Gatekeeper only confirms that FGBA is going the right path and fulfilling the mandate, vision and the mission of FGBA. I am looking forward to "GET SET" in Oct.
Let me share some thoughts and downloads from the Holy Spirit which I received before the Summit started. The Holy Spirit led me to 2 Kings 13: 15 - 21
1. The miracles of Elisha. Even the bones of Elisha were able to resurrect the dead bandit, whose corpse fell into Elisha tomb (2 Kings 13:20)..... The Lord will use every Leader at the Summit for these miracles to happen, to His glory.
2. Get a bow and some arrows (2 Kings 13: 15-17)… “Open the eastern window and shoot - the arrow of VICTORY”… At the Council meeting, a vision on the arrow and also Bishop saw an arrow hitting the target (2 Kings 13: 15-17).
I am so blessed to be there to listen, see and witness the move of the Holy Spirit in all the sessions. FGBA has the mandate from the Holy Spirit.
Thank you bros Bill and Rod for enduring the race and the many sacrifices you Lorna and Joy have been through in being part of the new shift. The costs, tears, persecution and attacks on you and family has been enormous. You have fought a good fight of faith to keep FGBA fulfilling the Vision Intensifies.
Appreciation to Bros George and Stefan, Steve and Anthony as well for being part of the Leadership and believing in the call of FGBA.
John and I have been very blessed by this Summit!
God bless you,
Director, Gatekeepers Discipling
FGB Gatekeepers Singapore
In "A New Wave of Revival-The Vision Intensified" Demos shared that God had spoken to him afresh about the ongoing vision of the FGB. His strong emphasis was on reminding us that it was only by the power of the Holy Spirit that the FGBMFI was dramatically used by God to bring tens of millions of people into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The power of God swept through whole denominations as Christians were empowered through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Multitudes were healed, finances restored, and demons were cast out of the oppressed.
Thirty six years after the original vision, God challenged Demos to actually increase and intensify his service as a spiritual leader in His new wave of revival (The Vision Intensified Page 17). After being challenged by God for a few years, Demos started seeking God in the middle of the night and found a new deeper love for Jesus and a fresh release of the miraculous. We need this too. It's what drives us as true sons of God to see His kingdom come. It is this supreme love for Jesus that brings us into an abiding-in-Him life, the oneness-with-Him, and empowers us with a fresh anointing to be sent out into the marketplace daily, seeing peoples' lives set free.
I want to remind us of one of our mandates for the ongoing work of FGBA:
Demos said, "It is time for us to go into the hospitals, lay hands on the sick, let God perform a miracle, and get those hospital beds empty! That's part of the unfolding Vision. That's part of the new wave of God's Glory, the new wave of revival that will permeate this earth."(Pg 17).
Another mandate that we have been given is to become perfectly one with Jesus so that we can function as true sons of God. The fruit of that is that we are able to let our light shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. True kingdom identity produces faith in our hearts, which in turn empowers us to 'overcome the world.'(1 John 5:4-5)
Demos wrote a booklet in 1990 called The Ultimate Dimension' - words not from himself, but from God, for us. Here are some words from this booklet:
"The ultimate dimension is.... a oneness-with-Jesus, a total unity with God.
As we walk in that dimension, we will ... know His will, possess His faith, manifest His love, mirror His nature, and operate in His power. To achieve that ultimate dimension demands .... our willingness to yield everything to Him, to suffer and sacrifice for His plans, not at some time in the future, but now"!
(The Ultimate Dimension Pg 10)
Why was Jesus so effective in the marketplace? Wherever He went the Kingdom of God was there. What was He carrying and how did He obtain it? In John 17 Jesus reveals His secret - the Ultimate Dimension - oneness with His Father! He then prayed to the Father that we might become one - He in us, the Father in Him so that the world would know God has sent the Son - the kingdom of darkness being swept aside as the knowledge of Jesus and the Father captures the hearts and minds of the populace.
I have only shared a fraction of what God is stirring in my heart. Our FGBA seven mountains mandate is wonderful but let's continue to allow God to have 'outlets for His infinite variety'. Our great passion is to see God's kingdom come, His will being done on earth, as it is in heaven.
FGBA National Director for Pastoral Care of Leadership
FGBA NSW/ACT National Director
First i would like to comment on the FGBA leadership summit in Canberra, it was awesome to say the least a very productive and encouraging time .
It was awesome for two reasons:
1. We met as a body of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit to transform the culture of nations for the work of the Kingdom of God. This Vision Statement went from words on a page into the hearts of all that attended the summit. We became a body of believers that are now all in one accord, with the Vision and mandate. I am so much looking forward to seeing what the Holy Spirit will do in the next two booked in summits, in Melbourne and Adelaide.
2. For me it was seeing the fresh vision of the Vision Intensifies with all the challenges of the past, with all the prayers of the faithful coming into reality. Seeing others that the Holy Spirit has called and chosen in to FGBA who are now in leadership and are developing through their own style and Godly gifted innovative ways of training and discipling our nation that is conducive to our Australian culture.
The Vision Intensifies' is aligned with Jesus' mandates and the importance of preaching the gospel of the Kingdom as well as to make disciples and not converts ONLY. "We are citizens and ambassadors of the Kingdom called to advance His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Our mandate is to see Australia come under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to see our Australian culture become a Kingdom of God culture, based on the Lord's Prayer, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." Each Gate and each State will have a different God given strategy quickened by the Holy Spirit to establish God's rule and reign through intercession and faith, meeting with politicians and business people, revival and whatever the Holy Spirit inspires our leadership to do.
Through Demos in the Vision Intensified book, God has declared to us, "I will not take two men or two Cities the same way; give me outlets for my infinite variety."
In our new gates with no or very little knowledge of past and how the FGB had been used to evangelise the greater part of the world in the last fifty plus years. The emphasis is on recognising that in this modern world we live in, every nation’s culture and society is dominated by the seven gates/mountains. As we attend our local gate and put ourselves aside to be Discipled for the Kingdom work within our city, state, and nation, we choose to live out a Holy Spirit directed life through Jesus Christ.
National Director for Victoria
What a refreshing summit! I went to the summit with an open heart and God did not disappoint. He was indeed in the midst of us and spoke clearly to us of our Kingdom Assignment.
Thoroughly enjoyed all the sessions. It was so encouraging to see brother Stefan deliver his session (adapted from Singapore MDN) in such an anointed manner. I have attended the MDN in Singapore many times but when Stefan shared, it spoke to me so refreshingly.
I am imparting the same message to my fellow gatekeepers here in Victoria. Looking forward to attending the October Summit with my wife and children.
Doncaster East Gate
The Leaders Summit in Canberra was first and foremost a huge success because God was not only present but was permitted to work. To Him be all the glory.
Secondly, the organisation of the entire summit was without exaggeration excellent. Thanks to our leaders and wonderful hosts in Canberra.
The atmosphere was generally warm and loving. There was Liberty.
Thirdly, each of our speakers gave a good account of God's anointing on their lives. They imparted God's Grace and gifts to us in powerful ways.
I was reminded that I am a "sent out one" (apostolic) to declare God's counsel (Prophetic) in my gates.
By God's grace we shall henceforth be His Ambassadors to the Nations and possess the gate of His enemies.
Perth South Gate
- From the Desk of the National Chairman September 2017
- Is Christianity Hard? by Anthony Connell
- From the Desk of the National Chairman August 2017 by Dr George Perry
- Taking the Brave Pill by Stefan Horvath
- From the Desk of the National Chairman July 2017 by Dr George Perry
- From the Desk of the National Chairman June 2017 by Dr George Perry
- Mammon In Our Business Lives by Stefan Horvath
- The Power of Our Words by Anthony Connell
- Canberra Leaders Summit Photo Gallery
- A Poem by Barbara Perry