|"Manna for Ministry" Communication - August 2002|
Greetings from the Regional Office!
Many of you may have read Casey Treat's book titled "Fulfilling Your God Given Destiny". I would like to encourage you to try and get a copy - you will be blessed! Brother Casey gives numerous "Destiny Keys" in the book, one of which is:
YOU WILL BE WHO GOD SAYS YOU CAN BE,
YOU WILL HAVE WHAT GOD SAYS YOU CAN HAVE,
AND YOU WILL DO WHAT GOD SAYS YOU CAN DO.
YOU WILL FULFILL YOUR DESTINY!
God says to Gideon in the Book of Judges "You're going to save Israel." Judges 6:14 - "Go in the strength you have, and you shall save Israel ...... am I not sending you?". Gideon was just going about trying to make a loaf of bread, he wasn't even thinking about saving Israel. Sometimes we can be like Gideon, just going about our daily chores and business, even just trying to get to the office on time! And God is saying to us, "I have so much more for your life .... you can rise to greatness. What a destiny I have for you! God is saying, "Come on my child, you can change your family, you can change your village, you can change your town and city! You can change your nation! You can change your world! Gideon thought he was weak and furthermore said, "I'm the least in my father's house" (he thought he was the weakest of the weak!). But the Angel said, "On the contrary, Gideon. You are a mighty man of valor!"
Through a series of events, Gideon began to change his way of thinking. He rallied the troops of Israel and subdued the Midianites. The man who started out weak, poor and scared, rose to be one of the greatest judges and leaders in the history of Israel. He fulfilled his destiny!
Lessons from Gideon's life that we can learn from:
A deceiver - to 'father" the Israelite nation (Genesis 27)
A slave - to save his family (Genesis 39)
Shepherd in exile and a murderer - to lead Israel out of bondage to the promised land (Exodus 3)
A housewife - to be the mother of Samuel (1 Samuel )
A scribe - to lead the return to Judah and to write some of the Bible (Ezra, Nehemiah)
A slave girl - to save her people from massacre (Esther)
A peasant girl - to be the mother of Christ (Luke 1:27-38)
A fisherman - to be an apostle, a leader of the early Church and a writer of two N.T. letters (Matthew 4:18-20)
Let's see ourselves as God sees us! "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). Remember Paul? After he was beaten and mocked, he just kept getting up and heading after his destiny!
THE CHURCH NEEDS COMMITMENT sent to us from brother Paul Landrey USA - This is an excellent 1-page study and I would like you to share it with your team.
We (our SA and the US team led by Richard Smith) were blessed with tremendous conferences in Swaziland and Mozambique the past 2 weeks. God has "birthed" a new vision into the hearts of the key pastors and leaders who participated in the conferences in these two nations, and "ignited" them with 'enthusiasm' to run with our program and strategies to reach every home with the Gospel. I will share details about our trip with you in our September newsletter. We give God all the glory!
Please share with your focus leaders, workers and pioneer missionaries how we value them, as "ordinary people" who are committed and available to be "extra ordinary" vessels for the Lord to flow through.
Thank you for being F.A.T. (faithful, available and teachable) for our Region!
Hennie Hanekom and the Regional Team