Institute of Love

ARE YOU A TRUE FOLLOWER OF JESUS?

By Edwin Christiaan | January 15, 2020

“Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”1. John 2:6 NLT

Therefore,

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians‬ ‭2:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This means,

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” ‬‬Philippians‬ ‭2:3-4‬ ‭NLT

Yes, just like Jesus, you should be humble and submissive,

“Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” ‬‬Philippians‬ ‭2:6-8‬ ‭NLT

Otherwise you would be like people who claim to know God, but deny Him by the way you live. You would not be obeying God and therefore you would be worthless for doing anything good. (See Titus 1:16)

By Edwin Christiaan | January 11, 2020 

“But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His.”  2. Timothy‬ ‭2:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“They are the ones God has chosen for His purpose, and He has always known who His chosen ones would be. He had decided to let them become like His own Son, so His Son would be the first of many children. God then accepted the people He had already decided to choose, and He has shared His glory with them.” Romans‬ ‭8:28-30‬ ‭CEV‬‬

He directs their steps and delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. (See Psalms‬ ‭37:23-24‬)

God also causes everything to work together for the good for them, because they love Him and are called according to His purpose. (See Romans‬ ‭8:28‬)

HAVING NOTHING AND YET HAVING EVERYTHING?

By Edwin Christiaan | January 7, 2020

The apostle Paul testified saying, 

“We own nothing, and yet we have everything.” 2. Corinthians‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭NLT‬

How is that possible? It is because Paul knew that having Jesus Christ, who is a miracle working God, as His Lord and Savior, he would have everything thing he needs.

That is why Paul wrote,

“You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, His generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.” Philippians‬ ‭4:19 MSG‬‬

HAVING THE GRACE THAT KEEPS ON SINNING?

By Edwin Christiaan | January 5, 2020

“I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives.” ‬‬Jude‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭NLT

There are many so-called Christian leaders and their followers, who say that they are under God’s grace and yet they continue unrepentantly to live in the sin of fornication, homosexuality, drunkenness, hatred, unforgivenesses, worshipping idols, greediness, cheating, stealing, and abusing others. ( See 1. Corinthians 6:9-10)

But the Bible clearly states,

“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In other words, sin loses it’s control over you when Jesus Christ becomes your Master, who empowers you to experience victory over sin.

In the story of the woman caught in adultery, Jesus told her,

“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”  John 8:10 NKJV

Jesus extended His grace, which is His undeserved, unmerited, unearned favor to the woman by giving her the gift of no condemnation first, and in doing so, He empowered her to “go [...]

NEW SERIES COMING SOON: TELL IT LIKE IT IS

By Edwin Christiaan | January 3, 2020

“Tell it like it is!” is the title of a new series, where we will address many of the seriously dysfunctional demonic issues we have experienced and seen in churches for the last 14 years of our traveling ministry.

We write about these experiences to warn about those who want to lead you astray, just like one of the apostles did in the Bible,

“I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray.”‭‭1. John‬ ‭2:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

JESUS WILL ALWAYS PROVIDE FOR DOING HIS THING

By Edwin Christiaan | January 3, 2020

After Jesus sent His disciples out to preach the Good News, He asked them:

“When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, Nothing.” Luke‬ ‭22:35‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In other words, if it is Jesus who tells you to go and do something for Him, He in turn will always provide what you need to accomplish His mission.

It is for this reason that the apostle Paul wrote,

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

IT’S ALL ABOUT DOING GOD’S WILL AND NOT YOURS

By Edwin Christiaan | January 1, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. once said,

“I just want to do God’s will.”

He understood what Jesus meant when He said,

“Not everyone who calls out to Me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of My Father in heaven will enter.” Matthew‬ ‭7:21‬ ‭NLT

BLESSED 2020

By Edwin Christiaan | December 31, 2019

It is no different than any other year. In this coming year 2020 we say the same thing:

“If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” ‬‬James‬ ‭4:15‬ ‭NLT

2020 – THE YEAR OF THE BOOMERANG EFFECT

By Edwin Christiaan | December 15, 2019

The wrong expected to destroy you, will instead result in disadvantage or harm for the person or persons saying it or doing it.

As the Bible says,

“Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done.” 2. Peter‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We will see the boomerang effect manifest itself in every area of society. On the presidential, political, media, entertainment, educational, family and religious level. It will be massive and undeniable!

For those who belong to God their testimony will be like that of Joseph who, before being appointed second in command of Egypt, was setup by his own brothers to be killed. He said to them,

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.” Genesis‬ ‭50:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

FROM THE PROPHETIC DESK

By Edwin Christiaan | December 14, 2019

I came to give you life, says the Lord! Yes, and that you might have it more abundantly. That is why I am able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask for. What you have been facing will be no more! Seven days from now the whole amount will be transferred to you and you will proclaim My faithfulness and how you abound in the fullness of My joy and how I have strengthened your mind, body and soul. See, everything will rapidly change for the very good, says the Lord!!!