Walk and Live in the Spirit

Lord you want to partner with us, our prayers, Your answers. Our works Your grace. Our possessions your blessing. Our obedience your call. Our weakness, Your strength. This is a great mystery. I pray help us to make this sacred partnership more seamless and flowing, reciprocal, intimate, and natural.
In the same way, Jesus could do nothing without the Father; we can do nothing without the Holy Spirit. Jesus could do nothing without Him seeing the Father do it (John 5:19-20, 30), only doing His will (John 6:38), do only what the Father taught (Joh 8:28), according to what the Father commands (John 12:49). In order for us to live and move by the way of the Spirit, or as ap Paul put it: “walk in the Spirit” (Gal 5:16) we must learn to be holy devoted and depended on the Holy Spirit. We literally can do nothing without Him!

In the OT, people lived by the Law, in the NT believers live by the Holy Spirit.

It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. (Zech 4:6)


Know God by the Spirit: No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:11)
Walk according to the Spirit and not gratify the desires of the flesh. It is the power of the Spirit life, that free you from the gravitational downward pull of the flesh and sin. (Rom 8:2-4; Gal 5:16) A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. The Message: (Ro 8:2).
Set your mind on the things of the Spirit (Rom 8:5-8).
Put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit (Rom 8:13).
The main characteristic of being a child of God is being led by the Spirit. (Rom 8:14)
Know the Fatherhood of God and subsequent sonship by the Spirit (Rom 8:15-17).
Hope in the Spirit (Rom 8:23-25).
Pray in the Spirit (Rom 8:26-27). In other passages Paul mentions — (Jude 20)
Be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18).
Serve in the Spirit (Rom 7:6; 15:16).
Love by the Spirit (Rom 15:30; Gal 5:22-23; Col 1:8).
Know one-another by the spirit. The way of the spirit is more accurate and also quicker! Jesus knew the heart of Nathaniel even before he had met him. (John 1:47) Similarly, the Lord revealed to Ananias not only the change in Saul (Paul) but also his destiny before he met him. (Acts 9:10) Phillip was divinely led to meet the servant of the court of Ethiopia. (Acts 8:26) Jesus knew what was in the Pharisees’ hearts. He knew the woman at the well in the spirit. (John 4) Imagine a church where people know each other in the spirit, where everyone knows their place and function, and naturally work together without complaining and strife because they do not feel threatened by one another.
We are taught by that what the Holy Spirit teaches. (1 John 2:27; 1 Cor 1:13)
People err, in interpreting the Bible without the Spirit. (2 Cor 3:6)
We can only know God, by the Spirit, because He is Spirit. 1 Cor 2:10-12)
We cannot be regenerated and born again without the work of the Spirit. (Tit 3:5)
The Eternal spirit through the Blood of Christ, cleanse you from an evil conscience. Heb 9:14
Help me to walk, live and have my being in the spirit alone.
Let me be able to say like Jesus, I do nothing unless the Spirit, I say nothing unless the spirit.
It is only in the spirit that we are safe. It is only in the Spirit, that we cannot be deceived and misled. (1 John 4:1; John 16:13) Words and deeds done in the spirit, (1 Cor 2:13) He will defend. In the Spirit we are accurate. In the Spirit we are holy and perfect. (John 17:17) In the Spirit we are righteous. In the Spirit we will know the way in the Holy of holies. (Heb 9:8) In the Spirit there is liberty. (2 Cor 3:17) In the Spirit we are whole, and able to speak the whole gospel. In the Spirit we have access to all things, gifts of the Spirit, (1 Cor 12:7-10) fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:21-22). In the Spirit we are seated in heavenly places and will have authority. (Eph 2:6) In the Spirit we know all things, and intentions of the heart. (1 Cor 2:10) In the spirit we will know how to rightly divide and speak the truth. In the Spirit, the dead are made alive! It is by the Spirit that we are unified and become one like the God-head. It is by the Spirit that we are convicted, regenerated, filled, sanctified, justified and glorified. We have no life, existence or substance outside of the spirit. All spiritual life is by definition in the Spirit.
Life in the spirit is a decided, conscious, intentional, aware, and awakening partnership, not a possession. A yielding, not an overpowering control. An awakening, not an unconscious, senseless, paralysed, cold, inert, insensate, insensible, lethargic, numb, passed out, stupefied, tranced state of being. Those are characteristics of being possessed by demons. Satan makes you like a zombie!
The Spirit gives life and unlocks supernatural inert abilities that God has all-ready birthed in us. By the Spirit, we are united in the divine!
We miss out on the spirit-life because of:
Self: Ego, pride, insecurities, flesh. The way of the carnality and fleshly thinking is enmity to the Spirit. (Rom 8:5) There is no middle ground, no compromise.
The Holy Spirit is Jesus who walks in our streets today. He is a person. He does the same work as Jesus has come to do. (Joh 14:15)
The people treat Him the same as they treated Jesus. Who crucified Jesus? The religious and so-called clergy of that time. The Holy Spirit wants to work through us; He wants to use us and let His gifts work through us and lead us to the Father. He wants to reveal Christ to us so that He will become a reality in our lives. He wants to make us His disciples. He wants to lead us into deeper dimensions in the Spirit.
Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and grieved his Holy Spirit;
Asab: A verb meaning to hurt, to pain, grieve, to shape to fashion.
Mat 12: 31-32 Therefore I say unto you, Every sin and blasphemy shall men be forgiven; but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven of men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; But whosoever speaketh against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him in this age, nor in the coming.
blasphēmía: Blasphemy, verbal abuse against someone which denotes the very worst type of slander mentioned in Matt. 15:19 with false witnesses; wounding someone’s reputation by evil reports, evil speaking.
Acts 5: 3,9 Then Peter said, Ananias, why did Satan fulfill your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep the price of the land? Then Peter said to her, Why did you agree to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who bury your man are at the door, and they will carry you out.
pseúdomai; fut. pseúsomai, mid. deponent of pseúdō (n.f.), to cheat, defraud, falsify. To lie, to speak falsely or deceitfully
Acts 7:51 You stubborn and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit; just as your fathers, so also you.
antipíptō; fut. antipesoúmai, from antí (G0473), against, and píptō (G4098), to fall. To fall or rush against or upon in a hostile manner, assault, resist by force and violence, fall or strive against (Acts 7:51;
Acts 8: 18-22 And when Simon saw that by the laying of the apostles the Holy Ghost was given, he offered their money 19 And said, Give me this power also, that whosoever shall lay my hands upon the Holy Ghost can receive. 20 But Peter said to him, Let your money go away with you, because you thought to receive the gift of God through money. 21 You have no part or fate in this matter, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent therefore of this evil from you, and pray to God, whether the mind of your heart may be forgiven you.
1 Thess 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit
Sbénnumi: To quench, extinguish
Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
lupéṓ̄: to grieve, afflict with sorrow; to be grieved, sad, sorrowful, to offend

Being most connected and in tune, in the spirit, enables you to connect on a higher level with people, and being really present in their deep hidden needs, wants, desires, and motives.
Being connected in the Spirit first, then he will connect you with man, but on a higher level, so that you can pull them up, and not be pulled down by man’s devices.
Being in the spirit does not disconnect you with man, becoming ascetic, it connects you to man, on a deeper divine spiritual level. People are most carnal, and do not understand the ways of the spirit. It is foolishness and strange to them. There are very few people who live and abide in the spirit. Life in the spirit is living like by the natural law of helium, where the way of carnality cannot escape the natural law of gravity. So people not living in the spirit, will always pull you down. They do not even realise it, but they do.
The WORD and the Spirit is one. Sword of the Spirit is the Word. Eph 6:17
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (Joh 6:63)
The language of the spirit is the Word of God. Every single word we speak in the Spirit is based and founded on scripture. It is like someone who has memorised all of scripture and had understanding and insight into the whole of scripture. Your spiritual vocabulary is Word-based. They only speak from the Word. (Josh 1:8) The Spirit gives life to the Word. The Word becomes flesh in us by the Spirit.
You cannot be like Jesus without the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who resurrects, reveals, and manifests Christ in us. Only the Spirit reveals Jesus in us.
It is simply not in man, to be like Christ, and any attempt is of the spirit of the anti-christ.
The way of the Spirit is holy and sacred. Life in the spirit is holy, consecrated, sanctified, precise, accurate, on the mark – Jesus.
In the spirit is the only way to sin-less. It is He who works it in us; and draw us closer, into a more holy consecrated lifestyle.
Oh God may we walk in the spirit continually. Help us to remain and abide in the spirit. Help us to find our complete habitation in the Holy Spirit. Work done in the Spirit is worship and glorifies God. Work can be done in the Spirit, for daily labour is not ungodly, secular, or sinful. (Exo 31:3,5; 35:31) Work is part of our creational purpose, subdue, and multiply. (Gen 1:28) When we work by the Spirit it will not be laborious, it will be innovative, precise and intentional. In the Spirit, you will be able to focus and accomplish. Your work will be a blessing! Your work will be a sermon, an extension of His grace and character in you. You work will reveal God, the same way His creation reveals Him. Your work will be excellent, and spectacular, rich in precise detail, order and creative. Believers being in the spirit has done many new inventions.
Work in the spirit makes this world better because it resonates heaven! (Mat 6:10)
When living in the spirit, our constant focus and attention are on His ability, not ours. His strength, power, fruit, gifts, testimony, and riches. We are dead to our capabilities, efforts, methods, trying, and achievements. Our confidence is in Him. Our default is Christ. We have died to self, our dreams and ambitions. We have died to our mistakes, failures, inabilities and incompetence. Thy life we now live we live in the Son.


Jesus the fulfilment of the OT Jubilee.

Good Friday’s Message in English (Deeper Study)

The Tri-Sabbatical Jubilee of restoration for Mankind and the Earth fulfilled in Christ’s resurrection.

I am so grateful that throughout scripture we always see God having a plan, a better plan for doing things and living, a plumbline and a measure of living by which all of mankind can thrive if we will only listen and obey. We do not have to anxiously run around trying to make our own plans. “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” (2 Pet 1:3).

From all over the world, we hear about the positive effect that global lockdown is having on the ecology. From cleaner air to liberated wildlife, coronavirus lockdowns across the world appear to have had a number of positive effects on the environment.[1]

Seeing the impact that rest has on nature and the environment made me think of the biblical Jubilee. The tri-sabbatical rest: The seventh day, the seventh year, and after seven cycles, the 49th year Jubilee is a divine rhythm instituted by God for the benefit of man and nature. God knows humankind, how work and profit can consume us, how we do not know when to stop and rest. The end result is; work gets a bad name and what is intended to be a blessing becomes a curse. The truth is; however, work is good for us. All mankind should work and earn a living through their skill and contribution to each other. 

God’s intention and the reason why He instituted the Jubilee, was to build and heal a nation who were trapped in inhumane slavery for 400 years. Never again may people who were created in the image of God be treated as slaves.

Since the abolition of slavery, human rights, labour unions, and strict workplace codes of conduct, we do not see this kind of slavery anymore. It has been reduced to secret sweatshops and sex trafficking. Today the biggest form of slavery is how unequal our world has become, in a South Africa, the GINI poverty-wealth index is 63. 100 is a most unequal, 0 is a perfectly equal society. In RSA, 36% of the population lives on R36 per day. But more concerning is our high levels of debt. Fortunately, our country has strict lending criteria and credit rating measures. But with employment in the late thirties’ percentile, the coronavirus could not have come at a worse time.  

People’s greatest fear in SA is not our health, the virus, or death. The greatest question in people’s mind is; ‘how are we going to survive financially?!’ Many people’s income has been affected by the lockdown. However, it is in times like this, where people are willing to take drastic measures, not because they want to, but because they have to. If the virus is making us focus on the essentials, what are the Biblical essentials where God would have us focus on. What is God’s blueprint for getting us out of this mess? How has mankind lost its way? 

According to the Bible, poverty is a systematic problem of the heart. Poverty comes to those who are lazy or greedy. Poverty is man-made.

“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made, and it can be overcome and eradicated by the action of human beings.”

Nelson Mandela

When a part of the population has opulent wealth, but the other part knows abject poverty, then there is an error in the financial model. Over the last decade, many writers and economists have started speaking out regarding the growing inequality of the economy. For the first time in history, a University book written from Harvard Press became a best seller. Thomas Piketty, an economist and mathematician, revealed how the current profit-driven capitalist economy is no longer sustainable. Roche and Jakub try to heal capitalism with their more Biblical-based proposed economy of mutuality: Their hypothesis is going to become a reality sooner than they could ever have estimated because of the virus. Most sustainable businesses are the ones who integrate their investment in economic, human, social and environmental capital. [2] 

The ultimate test of any religion, ideology or worldview is the benefits it ultimately brings to the poor, the marginalised and oppressed. If we say we are Christians, we have to take poverty seriously.

LandSummit – Thinktank[3]

But long before modern economists came up with some clever solutions, for the great wealth-poverty gap, God had a solution. This solution may seem impossible to implement, yet it reveals the heart of God for mankind. 

Jubilee was the Jewish declaration of war to never duplicate the inhumane system of the Egyptian pharaoh. It describes their battle of social justice for their people to keep them liberated, where each citizen remains the brother of the other, ensuring the future of the common whole. Remember, the poor person I ignore today can become tomorrow’s thief. When I purchase property that is returned after 49 years and I write off debtors after 7 years, I continue to remain in contact with my debtors to ensure they can make good on their promise in the given time. In so doing, society will not fall victim to accumulative debt. (Deut 15:1-5) The Jubilee created a society of givers, where greed-based capitalism created a society of debtors. Our biggest concern at this time is, how are we going to pay our debt? 

Sabbath is a form of emancipation, release, quitting, letting go. I give and liberate my body with which I perform work, to rest. In so doing, I also give the ground and animals who produce for me, a time of rest. I do this in humble faith in God that ultimately He is my provider, not my body, nor the land that I farm. 

For one day in the week, master and servant are equal. The servant does not serve his master, and he does not get served. Both are works of God’s creation created in His image who enjoy His grace with thankfulness. Therefore, Sabbath is a celebratory meal. The poor person saves during the week in order to at least enjoy fresh bread with butter, honey and salt; a king’s meal at Shabbat! The master is no longer in control of his servant’s body. During Jubilee, the master also surrenders his property. The principle of reviving the soil is to handle the ground in the same way as we would the human body; the crust of the earth is like the skin of the body, that must not be disturbed. Today, fresh produce has lost its nutritional value—I wonder if we could rest the soil for a year if the earth will not repair and restore the flavour and nutritional value of the fruit? Dr James Blignaut heads up the “restory” initiative to curb further land-people-degradation. [3] His restorative land movement publicise no-tillage, mulching, composting and rotation farming best practise.[4] 

The biggest consequence of modern western capitalism is, its total disrespect for anything sacred. In modern capitalism nothing is considered holy, sacred, or spiritual. Pharaoh did not want to release the people to go and worship for three days. (Ex. 5:1-2). Pharaoh typifies the inhumane industrialist who needs to make profit at all costs. The pharaoh constructed bigger storehouses, to profit the gains when harvests are poor, and prices fluctuate. He turned Joseph’s divine storage solution during the 7th year drought into a system to gain people’s land who cannot pay and eventually making them his slaves. Owning land is dignity; it is God’s provision for every man to remain free. This is why the word Adam, and Adama stems from the same root word – earth. The pharaoh’s greed is how the wealthy Jewish families, who started off as recipients through Joseph of the best land (Gen 47:5) became landless slaves. Joseph instituted that one 5th of the produce be given to Pharoah (Gen 47:20-25), but eventually the pharaoh who did not know Joseph wanted it all. (Exo 1:8-11) 

When God delivered His people, He wanted them to not think of themselves as slaves anymore. Through the Jubilee, each person become a type of Moses deliverer and kingly father that emancipates his people from slavery. One day a week, and each seventh-year people are freed from pyramid type hierarchies of positional imperialism and domination. Everybody gets delivered from systemic Egypt, the place of slavery. In the following verses, you can clearly see, God’s heart towards slaves. 

And if one of your brethren who dwells by you becomes poor, and sells himself to you, you shall not compel him to serve as a slave. (Lev. 25:39)

For they are My servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as slaves. You shall not rule over him with rigor, but you shall fear your God. (Lev. 25:42-43).

And you may take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them as a possession; they shall be your permanent slaves. But regarding your brethren, the children of Israel, you shall not rule over one another with rigor. (Lev 25:46)

He shall be with him as a yearly hired servant, and he shall not rule with rigor over him in your sight. (Lev. 25:53)

For years there has been criticism of the two monotheistic religions Jews and Christians, that we have ruled the earth and animals, at the expense of the earth and the ecology. Obviously, with the Jubilee, both the ground and the human being comes to rest. Both are important before God, and a provision for the other.

“You shall not pervert the judgment of your poor in his dispute. 7 Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked. 8 And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the discerning and perverts the words of the righteous. 9 “Also you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the heart of a stranger, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 10 “Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, 11 but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave, the beasts of the field may eat. In like manner you shall do with your vineyard and your olive grove. 12 Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed. Exodus 23:6–12.

“Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a sabbath to the Lord. 3 Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; 4 but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the Lord. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard. 5 What grows of its own accord of your harvest you shall not reap, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine, for it is a year of rest for the land. 6 And the sabbath produce of the land shall be food for you: for you, your male and female servants, your hired man, and the stranger who dwells with you.” (Leviticus 25:2–6

He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. (Leviticus 23:11

The Sabbath rest literally means giving up control, releasing your grip, giving up your control. 

The rhythm of rest is the rhythm of giving. We work hard and create tension; the tension then gets released like breathing through the tri-sabbatical Jubilee. God’s system is natural and mutually beneficial. 

The highlight of the Jubilee is after 49 years, the ownership of the land is restored to the original owner (Lev 25: 23-28, 54). This giveaway prevents owners from becoming magnates and super moguls who gain more than they need. Through this act, we are all reminded that everyone is stewards of God’s land. 

In Lev. 26:35 ground that did not rest due to disobedience will rest indeed in the time of punishment. 2 Chron. 36:21 explicitly connect Jeremiah’s figure of 70 to Lev. 26:34.35. “Those who survived the sword, God exiled to Babylon … in fulfilment of the word of Adonai spoken by Jeremiah’ until the land has repaid its Sabbaths, as long as it lay desolate it kept its Sabbath until seventy years were complete.” Then, in the Book of Daniel the 70 years became “seventy ‘weeks'” = 70 x 7 = 490 years. Only with the passage of that period would the sin that caused the exile to be fully expiated (Daniel 9:24). [5]

What is the connection between Jubilee and Good Friday, Easter and Jesus?

Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. He is our tri-sabbatical rest. 

“At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!” 3 But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? 6 Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. 7 But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord [b]even of the Sabbath.” – Matthew 12:1-8

Christ Jesus’ death on the cross, His guidance, His sacrifice of obedience was the eternal, and greatest “reset” of all time! In Christ, everything and everyone in harmony with God and each other is reconciled. 

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. (I Cor. 15:22)

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Cor. 5:18)

When Jesus stood up in his home-town and declared these words, He announced the rest, reset, restoration, liberty, healing that will manifest through believing in Him.  

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-29) On the great day of Pentecost, when the new covenant was sanctioned, a Spiritual Jubilee took place. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. (Acts 2:44) It is our testimony that when people truly turn to God and become full of the Holy Spirit, they relinquish ownership of their own bodies and possessions.  

The Advantages of Christ-centred Jubilee

§ Jubilee is a form of “reset” for your body, the soil, and society. Like a computer or mobile phone that “hangs” needs a hard reset at times. All of humanity needs to return to Jesus’ value system and guidelines, the measure of the best life to live. Being born again, and receiving His righteousness is supernatural “reset” of our being. (2 Cor 5:17) 

§ In the Jubilee, both the working class and the master are equated, to give, and to place themselves under God’s rule. Jesus also gave His body to die on the cross to remove the middle wall of separation between slave and owner, and between race-superiority. (Eph 2:14-18) 

§ Everyone should work, and everyone should rest. In the current Western capitalist model, people want to make enough money, have so-called passive income and stop working. Retirement is not a biblical concept.  He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide.  (Proverbs 18:9 AMP) Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. (Eph 4:28) 

A consumer-driven society becomes a creative, working, goodwill, benevolent driven society. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God created a new social eco-system, called His body, bride and church where we take care of another. (Col 2:19; 3:15; Eph 1:22; 4:4; 5:30; Rom 12:5) 

§ Both the soil and the human body can produce more optimally if we follow strict rest measures. We can only work harder, if we also maintain good rest! True rest is found in the rest of faith. (Rom 15:13)

§ The gap between rich and poor is drastically reduced, as we all take our responsibility of fraternity to one another seriously, to say, “I want to be my brother’s keeper.” The biggest systemic challenge of poverty is disconnection, exclusion, stigmatisation, distance in relationships. (1 John 3:17) 

A government as a Welfare State is replaced by a social system of decentralised localised interdependence, co-accountability which morph-develop from the ground up. These Jubilee changes will not be implemented from the top-down by the State. It will be implemented at ground-zero, the most local level, where authentic existing Farther-type leaders are gathering a Christ-centred value-based, new order of Social Covenant and mutual trust.[6] 

Our Agricultural Think Tank predicts that we will see Post-Covid19 a new form of financial collateral emerging: Currently, banks are only financing land value, and tradable shares. In the future, we will need to set up Development Banks, in order to see production as a collateral. Community banks, and community lending such as Stokvel will become mainstream. Communities will move closer with “social compacts” and “collaboratives”. We will see a new emphasis on localisation.[7] 

What is the Heart of Jubilee? GIVE, GIVE, GIVE!

God gave His only begotten son (John 3:16).

As we give, we become free from fear! 

As we open our hands, God is busy resetting us towards His purpose! 

As we receive Christ individually and collectively, we will see a new social order, and subsequent new economy develops God’s way.  

The biblical way to break through the uncertainty is to give up the fear of the future. Tobias and Dr Ruben Richards are currently leading an initiative whereby each Citrus producer in the OlifantsRiverValley will give a 10th of their local market earmarked oranges for the Western Cape Government to be part of the distribution of 50,000 food parcels a day for the winter season.

Beginning Tuesday, Wena Botha will be training the poor in Work4aLiving; to the community-led provision to 28 homeless people with a roof over their heads, daily meals. As a church, we are monitoring our people in the congregation’s situation, providing help through our apostolic fund so that everyone has food eat and is cared for.

In the weeks to come, we will give, even more, help and support, work for reconciliation, make peace, build bridges, the complete healing of the whole person. Because the Great Jubilee is abiding within us! 

  [1] Piketty, T. and Goldhammer, A., n.d. Capital In The Twenty-First Century.

 Roche, B. and Jakub, J., n.d. Completing Capitalism

[2] Piketty, T. and Goldhammer, A., n.d. Capital In The Twenty-First Century.

 Roche, B. and Jakub, J., n.d. Completing Capitalism



[5] The Triple Shabbat and its Implications for Poverty, Accumulation of Wealth, and Human Freedom. Noam Zion, Hartman Institute, – excerpted from: Jewish Giving in Comparative Perspectives: History and Story, Law and Theology, Anthropology and Psychology. Book One: From Each According to One’s Ability: Duties to Poor People from the Bible to the Welfare State and Tikkun Olam. 


[7] Tim du Plessis 


Elke dag met Jesus is soos om geskenke oop te maak.

Elke dag met Jesus is ‘n verjaarsdag! Elke Dag Met Jesus is soos Kersfees! Wie hou nie van geskenke ontvang nie? Ons almal waardeer ‘n mooi geskenk. Sommige ontvang moeilik, en ander vat sonder om te vra. Alles in die Nuwe verbond is ‘n geskenk, en kan net as ‘n geskenk ontvang word.

1. Goddelike Berou is ‘n geskenk: Hy werk die ware goddelike berou in ons. (1 Cor 7:8-11)

2. Die Heilige Gees is ‘n geskenk: en julle sal die gawe van die Heilige Gees ontvang. (Acts 2:38)

3. Heiligmaking is ‘n geskenk: En mag Hy, die God van die vrede, julle volkome heilig maak, en mag julle gees en siel en liggaam geheel en al onberispelik bewaar word by die wederkoms van onse Here Jesus Christus! (1 Thes 5:23) Die lewe in die Gees, is soos om elke dag ‘n nuwe geskenk oop te maak. Elke dag is ‘n geskenk. (Ps 118:24)

In hierdie studie gaan ons kyk na redding as ‘n geskenk. Die geskenk van reg lewe!

Rom 5:17“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (NKJV) – “For if because of one man’s trespass death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive overflowing grace and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ.” (Ampl).Want as ten gevolge van die misdaad van die één die dood geheers het deur die één, veel meer sal hulle wat die oorvloed van die genade en van die gawe van die geregtigheid ontvang, in die lewe heers deur die Één, Jesus Christus. (AOV) Jesus se geregtigheid kan nie verdien word nie, dit is ‘n geskenk. Ons kan dit net ontvang as ‘n geskenk, en dit dan ons eie maak. (Joh 1:12) Almal van ons worstel met sonde. Maar waarom worstel kinders van die Here so met sonde? Ons kan tog nie deur ons dade en werke God behaag nie. Dis die “dooie werke”, een van die eerste fondasie stene waarvan Paulus praat in Heb 6:1-2.Die werke wat God behaag is dat ons in Hom Glo. (Joh 6:28-29) Die enigste werk dus wat God van ons verwag is om te glo in Sy Seun. Hy wil die werke in ons werk! Hy wil Sy goddelike Natuur in ons werk!! Ons kan dit nie uit ons eie vermag nie. 1 Pet 2:3-11“Sy Goddelike krag het ons alles geskenk wat ons nodig het om te lewe en Hom te dien. Dit kom deurdat ons Hom ken wat ons geroep het deur sy heerlikheid en mag. Deur dit te doen, het Hy ons die kosbaarste en allergrootste gawes geskenk wat Hy belowe het. Daardeur kan julle die verderf ontvlug wat deur begeerlikheid in die wêreld werksaam is, en deel kry aan die Goddelike natuur…….” Verskeie Ou Testamentiese figure staan bekend as “regverdige manne” soos byvoorbeeld Noag, Moses en Abraham…. want hulle het reg geleef. Ons ontvang die vermoë om reg te leef van God self wat dit deur Sy Woord en Gees in ons werk. (Phil 1:13; Heb 13:21) Therefore we are His workmanship! (Eph 2:10)Dit is ʼn geskenk, soos enige ander geskenk van God, neem Hy dit nie terug nie en kan ons dit ook nie verloor nie. Ons verloor die gawe alleenlik as ons Christus verloën, en van Hom af wegval. (Apostasy) Sien Heb 6:4-6 Hy is die gawe!

Wat is die ware betekenis van “neem die koninkryk deur geweld?

Maar van die dae van Johannes die Doper af tot nou toe word die koninkryk van die hemele bestorm, en bestormers gryp dit met geweld. (Mat 11:12) (AOV) Sedert die dae van Johannes die Doper tot nou toe breek die koninkryk van die hemel vir homself ‘n pad oop, en mense wat hulle kragtig inspan, kry dit in besit. (NV)“Vandat Johannes die Doper begin preek het tot vandag toe is die nuwe ryk waarin God regeer, besig om deur elke weerstand te breek, en mense wat al hulle kragte daarop konsentreer, maak dit hulle eie. (NLV) (Matt 11:12) (Luke 16:16)βιαστής biastḗs; gen. biastoú, masc. selfstandige naamwoord uit biázō (971), om geweld te ly, maar ook om in te haal of in te druk sonder behoorlike gedagtes en berou. ‘N Geweldige persoon, een wat geweld gebruik, maar ook iemand wat haas om iets wat goed lyk, aan te gryp sonder om die gevolge van so ‘n aksie te meet.ἁρπάζω harpázō; fut. harpásō, aor. slaag. hērpásthēn, 2d aor. slaag. hērpágēn. Om te gryp, bederf, vlug weg. Dit dui op ‘n oop daad van geweld in teenstelling met slinkse en geheime steel. wat geweld beteken om te gryp, weg te steek of vir jouself te neem”Maar vir wat sal ek hierdie geslag vergelyk?” Sien Mat 11: 16-19. Praat van kinders wat nie kan dink nie, watter liedjie om te sing en watter spel om te speel.Nie een van Johannes of Jesus kon hulle kry om ‘n besluit te neem nie. Die een vas, die ander nie. Die dinge herinner Johannes se prediking van oordeel en strawwe lewensstyl, die rou van sy roeping tot bekering (3: 2). Die speel van die fluit staan ​​vir Jesus se verkondiging van die evangelie, die dans van die vreugde wat sy boodskap bring. Maar in werklikheid “hierdie geslag” verwerp beide Johannes en Jesus (verse 18-19a).JOHANNES 1:12 Die goddelikheid moet opgeraap word, ontvang as ‘n geskenk, gou vinnig wanneer dit kom. (Rom 13:11; 2 Cor 6: 2) Dus kan Felix ook nie sy gedagtes uitmaak nie. (Acts 24: 22-27) Toe het Agrippa aan Paulus gesê: “Jy het my amper oorreed om ‘n Christen te word.” (Acts 26:28)Voorwaar Ek sê vir julle, onder die wat uit vroue gebore is, het daar nie een opgestaan wat groter is as Johannes die Doper nie; maar die kleinste in die koninkryk van die hemele is groter as hy. (Mat 11:11) Hoe is dit moontlik dat die geringste groter as Johannes die doper, die grootste in die OT kan wees? Dit is ‘n geskenk!! Ons kan dit nie in werk, wedywering, probeer slae, en pogings regkry nie. Jy kan dit net ontvang. Soos iemand wat visvang, jy wag, en wag en op die regte oomblik ruk jy die lyn, en jy vang die vis. ‘n geskenk! God se voorsiening!

Jesus verander water in wyn – die geskenk van wedergeboorte

Jesus se eerste wonderwerk en ook die begin van Sy bediening aan die mens moes betekenisvol wees. Jesus het immers nie sommer bloot dinge gedoen nie. (Joh 5:19-20, 30; 8:28; 14:30; 12:49) Waarom water in wyn? Dan nog die beste kwaliteit wyn? Tot wie se voordeel was die wonderwerk? Die gaste was sekerlik baie bly… maar die gevolglike moontlike dronkenskap? Hoe kan dit geestelik regverdig word. Sommige sê dat dit druiwesap was; is daar egter so ʼn groot verskil in die kwaliteit en smaak van druiwesap? Hoe ook al sy; Jesus het die proses van druiwe pluk, dit pars, die skeiding van die doppe en pitte, gisting, verheldering en veroudering alles in een oomblik vermag. Wat is die betekenis van hierdie wonderteken? Die ses kruike wat gebruik is vir van die Joodse reinigings rituele spreek van die ou leë rituele wat mense uitwendig reinig maar nie by magte was om mense se innerlike te vernuwe nie. Die getal ses is die getal van die mens. Hulle moes dit volmaak, en hulle het dit tot bo gevul. Elke kan het tussen 90 en 100 liter water gehou dus altesaam ongeveer 600 liter wyn! Die 1ste plaag wat Moses verrig het was water in bloed. (Eks 7:14-24) Die bloed van offers was egter nie genoegsaam om die natuur van die mens te verander nie. Jesus verander water in wyn! Wyn spreek van oorvloed, guns, vreugde en die werk van die Heilige Gees. Paulus vermaan die gemeente om nie dronk te word van wyn nie, maar om vol te wees van die Heilige Gees. (Efe 5:18) Diegene wat die Heilige Gees ontvang het tydens Pinkster is as dronkaards uitgekryt (Hand 2:13) Johannes se evangelie word saamgestel in sewe primêre fases waar daar van ʼn spesifieke wonderwerk vertel word en dan volg die verduidelik en vergeesteliking van spesifieke gebeurtenis. In hierdie geval volg die verhaal van die besoek van Nikodemus die Fariseer en Jesus se lang verduideliking van wedergeboorte. Wat gebeur tydens wedergeboorte? Ons menswees word verander en vernuwe, ons DNA word oorgeskryf. Ons word volgens Paulus ‘nuwe skepsels’. (2 Kor 5:17) Jesus verander die DNA van water en dit wat jare neem om te gebeur doen Hy in een oomblik. Die wonderteken in Kana dui op die omvang en krag van Jesus se bediening en werk. Hy het gekom nie net om ons te kom genees of aan te raak nie, Hy het gekom om ons te verlos van ons sondige natuur en ons nuwe mense in Hom te maak! Ons probeer soms so hard om beter mense te wees. Ons werk aan onsself. Ons volg hierdie plan en lees daardie boek. Ons dissiplineer onsself tot die hou van sekere reëls en die volg van sekere doelwitte. Ons vermy sekere temptasies en probeer ʼn reguit pad loop om God se guns en aanvaarding te bekom. Jesus doen dit alles in een oomblik! Hy verander ons geestelike DNA. Ons word Sy kinders! (1 Pet 1:23) en volgens Johannes kan ons nie meer sondig nie, want ons is uit God gebore. (1John 3:9) Ons menslik pogings tot heiligheid en goddelike karakter is futiel. Die nuwe verbond wat Jesus vir ons beseël het belowe ʼn innerlike begrip en verstaan van God se hart en wil. (Jer 31:31-34) Hy skryf sy wette in ons hart. Goddelike karaktertrekke word ‘vrug’ en nie ‘werke’ nie. (Gal 5:22-23) Ons ontvang Sy gedagtes en sinne. (1 Kor 1:16) Dis die wonder van ware redding, dat Hy dit in ons werk om Sy wil te doen. (Phil 2:13) Ons geur verander van die reuk van die dood na die geur van Sy kennis en heerlikheid. (2Cor 2:14-16) Ons ontvang Sy lig en word Sy lig. (Eph 5:8) Sonder om te probeer is ons Sy lig, wanneer Hy in ons kom woon deur Sy Gees. Ons word die tempel en heiligdom van God waardeur Hy Sy heerlikheid laat skyn (1Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor 6:16) HY maak ons ook vol, tot bo. Vol is ʼn oorvloedsbegrip, geen halwe mates nie! So ‘vul’ hy ons met Sy persoon! Alles in een oomblik!!!

Wat moet ons doen om Hom te ontvang?

Eers niks… Hy was genooi na die bruilof. Hy kom na jou toe. Niemand kan na die Vader kom as Hy ons nie trek nie (Joh 6:44) God se verlossingsplan begin deurdat Hy ʼn boodskapper na ons wêreld stuur, wat die Woord aan ons verkondig. Ons hoor en verstaan die Woord en geloof word in ons harte opgewek. Ons roep Hom aan en redding word in ons harte uitgestort. (Rom 10:14-15) Dis die wonder van God se liefde wat elkeen van ons op Sy unieke manier trek en bedien. Tweedens ons moet in Hom glo. Die gaste het almal Jesus by die bruilof gesien maar Maria het in Hom geglo. Sy het geglo dat Hy enigiets sal kan doen. Sy het nie ander planne gemaak om wyn te kry nie, sy het in Hom die vermoë gesien tot ʼn oplossing. Derdens moet jy reageer en gehoorsaam wees aan dit wat Hy jou sê. Sy gaan in aksie oor en sê aan die slawe om presies te doen wat hy sê. (v5) Hulle gehoorsaamheid aktiveer die wonderwerk van God. Die wonderwerk gebeur nie toe hulle die water in die bakke gegooi het nie, maar toe hulle die water na die seremoniemeester toe vat. Hy kon hulle wegjaag en afdank omdat hulle gewaag het om bloot water na hom toe te bring. Hulle het geweet dit is net water, maar toe die wonderwerk, die beste wyn! Wanneer ons glo in Sy Woord en daarop reageer om as nuwe mense te begin leef al voel ons nog niks, gebeur daar iewers iets bonatuurlik met ons. Hy maak ons nuut! God is by magte om in ʼn oomblik die vuilste sondaar te verander in ʼn koningskind. Daardie sonde waaroor jy net nie oorwinning kry nie, Hy kan jou verlos in ʼn sekonde! Jy het al soveel keer bely, maar val elke keer terug. Jy oorwin nie sonde deur net te bely nie, maar deur ook te glo dat Hy jou gaan help om dit nooit weer te doen nie. Jy is ʼn nuwe mens! Kyk al die ou dinge het verby gegaan, alles het nuut geword. As Hy water in wyn kan verander, dan kan Hy jou verander!


Waar kry jy jou krag vandaan?

Sessie 3 van Heilige Gees seminaar: Jesus is ‘n permanente ewige volhoubare kragbron wat nooit load-shed en ‘depleted’ raak nie!

What makes you bold, strong, gives you strength? Where do you draw power from? Some people draw power from their personality, status, possessions, knowledge, influence, abilities or success. One can also draw strength from food, chemical stimulants, alcohol and psychedelic drugs. It is a known fact that survivors can also draw strength from positive sources like, family and loved ones, higher purpose, and meaning. Religious people draw strength from their traditions and methods. Ultimately Jesus is inviting us to come to Him and learn to draw power, boldness and strength from the Spirit and the Word!

Jesus promoted another more natural source of power.

Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 pDo not labor for the food which perishes, but qfor the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, rbecause God the Father has set His seal on Him.” (John 6:26–27) Jesus is a permanent source of power, and strength. The power that man seeks, is for self-preservation. The power that Jesus gives, is a power to heal. His power is to be given away, to free people, heal people and save people. When we live our creational purpose, His power will flow naturally. We are tired, disillusioned, broken, sick, disconnected, powerless because we seek our own rule, apart from God. The iron man superhero found an internal self-sustainable power source! When the power goes down, we need to charge all our devices. Load-shedding is happening because of an unreliable source! All these things mentioned has some power, to empower you for a while, but then you need to come back and reload, while the core is really diminishing and with every charge becomes weaker until depleted.

Jesus contained an inner supernatural, spiritual power:

Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit (Luk 4:14) Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. (Matt. 22:29; Mark 12:24) And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. (Luk 5:17)Power that left Him (Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19; 8:46)And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all. (Luk 6:19) He was a power source Himself! People could connect, touch Him and receive power.

1411. δύναμις dúnamis; gen. dunámeōs, fem. noun from dúnamai (G1410), to be able. Power, especially achieving power. All the words derived from the stem dúna- have the meaning of being able, capable. It may even mean to will. Contrast ischús (G2479) which stresses the factuality of the ability, not necessarily the accomplishment.(I) Spoken of intrinsic power, either physical or moral, as in the verb dúnamai.(A) Of the body (1 Cor. 15:43, “in power” stands in opposition to “in weakness”; Heb. 11:11; Sept.: Job 39:19, dúnamis; Job 40:11, ischús; Ps. 29:4, ischús [G2479], strength).(B) Generally (Matt. 25:15; Acts 6:8; 1 Cor. 15:56; 2 Tim. 1:7) a spirit of strength, meaning manly vigor in opposition to a spirit of cowardice (deilías [G1167]) (Heb. 1:3, “His powerful word” [a.t.]; 7:16; 11:34; Rev. 1:16; Sept.: 2 Kgs. 18:20; 1 Chr. 13:8; 29:2; Ezra 2:69; 10:13; Job 12:13). Also in various constructions with katá (G2596), according to one’s strength, meaning as far as one can (2 Cor. 8:3). With hupér (G5228), beyond, above one’s strength (2 Cor. 1:8; 8:3). With en (G1722), in, and the dat. dunámei meaning with power or powerfully, mightily (Col. 1:29; 2 Thess. 1:11). With the dat. only (Acts 4:33). In Eph. 3:16; Col. 1:11, the dat. dunámei means with power.(C) Spoken of God, the Messiah, the great power of God, meaning His almighty energy (Matt. 22:29; Mark 12:24; Luke 1:35; 5:17; Rom. 1:20; 9:17; 1 Cor. 6:14; 2 Cor. 4:7; 13:4; Eph. 1:19; 3:7, 20; 2 Tim. 1:8; 1 Pet. 1:5; 2 Pet. 1:3). Joined with dóxa (G1391), glory, it implies the greatness, omnipotence, and majesty of God (Rev. 15:8. See Matt. 26:64; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:69, “on the right hand of the power of God”; Heb. 1:3, “on the right hand of the Majesty”). By metonymy spoken of a person or thing in whom the power of God is manifested, i.e., the manifestation of the power of God (Acts 8:10; see Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:18, 24). With the gen. phrase “of God” it expresses the source, i.e., power imparted from God (1 Cor. 2:5; 2 Cor. 6:7). Spoken of Jesus as exercising the power to heal (Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19; 8:46; 2 Cor. 12:9). In Rom. 1:4, “in power [en dunámei]” (a.t.) stands for the gen. toú dunatoú, the Son of God, the powerful One. In the sense of power, omnipotent majesty (Matt. 24:30; Mark 9:1; 13:26; Luke 21:27, “with power and great glory”; 2 Thess. 1:7, “with angels of His power” [a.t.] means the angels who are the attendants of His majesty; 2 Pet. 1:16); as spoken of the power of the Spirit meaning the power imparted by the Spirit (Luke 4:14; Rom. 15:13, 19); of prophets and apostles as empowered by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:17; 24:49; Acts 1:8 [cf. Acts 2:4]).(D) Spoken of miraculous power, “the mighty power of signs and wonders” (a.t.) means the power of working miracles (Rom. 15:19, explained by the power of the Spirit in the next clause; see Acts 10:38; 1 Cor. 2:4; 2 Cor. 12:12; 2 Thess. 2:9). By metonymy of effect for cause, the pl. dunámeis, powers, is often used for mighty deeds, miracles (Matt. 7:22; 11:20, 21, 23; 13:54, 58; 14:2; Mark 6:2, 5, 14; Luke 10:13; 19:37; Acts 2:22; 8:13; 19:11; 1 Cor. 12:10; 2 Cor. 12:12; Gal. 3:5; Heb. 2:4; Sept.: Job 37:14; Ps. 106:2). The abstract for the concrete, meaning a worker of miracles (1 Cor. 12:28, 29).(E) Spoken of the essential power, true nature or reality of something (Phil. 3:10, “the power of his resurrection”; 2 Tim. 3:5). As opposed to lógos (G3056), speech (1 Cor. 4:19, 20; 1 Thess. 1:5). Metaphorically of language, the power of a word, i.e., meaning, significance (1 Cor. 14:11, “the power of the voice” [a.t.]).(II) Spoken of power as resulting from external sources and circumstances:(A) Power, authority, might (Luke 4:36; 9:1; Acts 3:12; 2 Pet. 2:11; Rev. 13:2; 17:13). Spoken of omnipotent sovereignty as due to God, e.g., in ascriptions (Matt. 6:13; Rev. 4:11; 5:12; 7:12; 11:17; 12:10; 19:1; Sept.: 1 Chr. 29:11). Joined with ónoma (G3686), name (Acts 4:7; 1 Cor. 5:4, meaning warrant). In Rom. 8:38 “powers” stands for persons in authority, the mighty, the powerful ones (see 1 Cor. 15:24; Eph. 1:21; 1 Pet. 3:22; Sept.: Esth. 2:18).(B) With the meaning of number, quantity, abundance, wealth (in Rev. 3:8, a small number of members or perhaps true believers [cf. Rev. 18:3]). Metaphorically for enjoyment, happiness (Heb. 6:5).(C) Of warlike power, meaning force, i.e., host, army (Luke 10:19, over the whole host of Satan [see Luke 10:20]; Sept.: Ex. 14:28; 15:4; 2 Sam. 10:7; 17:25; 20:23). The powers of the heavens means the hosts of heaven, i.e., the sun, moon, and stars (Matt. 24:29; Mark 13:25; Luke 21:26 [cf. Rev. 6:13; Sept.: Is. 34:4; Dan. 8:10]).Deriv.: dunamóō (G1412), to strengthen.Syn.: ischús (G2479), strength, ability, force, somewhat stronger than dúnamis; krátos (G2904), dominion, enduring strength; exousía (G1849), authority; archḗ (G0746), rule, power; megaleiótēs (G3168), majesty; with the meaning of miracle: sēmeíon (G4592), sign, token; téras (G5059), something strange, a marvel, wonder; megaleíon (G3167), a great work; éndoxon (G1741), a glorious work; parádoxon (G3861), a strange work; thaumásion (G2297), a marvelous work; thaúma (G2295), a wonder, marvel; érgon (G2041), work when referring to Christ’s work.Ant.: asthéneia (G0769), feebleness, infirmity, disease.

Jesus want to unlock His power in us too:

Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luk 24:49) But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Apostolic NT Church examples of this power revealed in His church:

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Cor 2:4-5) Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 15:13) in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. (Rom 15:19)

What did Jesus seek?

Luk 19:10 Seek and save the Lost John 5:30 Jesus did not seek His own will, But God’s Will be done. John 8:50 Jesus did not seek His own glory

What not to seek.

do not seek a sign Mark 8:12do not seek what the gentiles seek Mat 6:32; Luk 12:29 Do not seek the fame of men Gal 1:10 Do not seek the glory of men 1 Thes 2:6

Should we seek His power?

He gave us power to trample over the enemy Luk 10:19; He is the power unto salvation Rom 1:6, the greatest power is the power unto godliness. 2 Pet 1:3 p Matt. 6:19q John 4:14; [Eph. 2:8, 9]r Ps. 2:7; Is. 42:1; Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Mark 1:11; 9:7; Luke 3:22; 9:35; John 5:37; Acts 2:22; 2 Pet. 1:17


Die verskil tussen ‘n ‘pigeon’ en ‘n ‘dove’ lewenstyl.

Sessie 2 van Heilige Gees seminaar: Die Heilige Gees is sensitief en opreg soos ‘n duif, moet Hom nie bedroef nie.

As mense vol van die Heilige Gees, dra ons die vrug van sagmoedigheid, vredeliewendheid onpartydigheid, sensitief ingestel om Sy fluistering.

Jesus is toe gedoop en het dadelik daarna uit die water gekom. Meteens het die hemel bokant Hom oopgegaan, en Hy het die Gees van God soos ‘n duif sien neerdaal en op Hom kom. Daar was ook ‘n stem uit die hemel wat gesê het: “Dit is my geliefde Seun. Oor Hom verheug Ek My.” Mat 3:16 

Verder het Johannes getuig: “Ek het duidelik die Gees soos ‘n duif uit die hemel sien kom, en Hy het op Hom gebly. Joh 1:32-33 

As sy nie ‘n lam kan bekostig nie, moet sy twee tortelduiwe of twee ander duiwe bring, die een as brandoffer en die ander as sondeoffer, sodat die priester vir haar versoening kan doen en sy rein kan wees.” Lev 12:8 

H8449. תּוֹר tôr, תֹּר tōr: A masculine noun meaning a dove, a turtledove. It refers to wild doves known for their cooing and their affectionate ways of behaving toward each other. It was a sacrificial animal in Israel, especially for the poor (Lev. 1:14; 5:7, 11; 12:6, 8; 14:22, 30; 15:14, 29). It is used charmingly of the psalmist or of Israel being the Lord’s turtledove (Ps. 74:19). It was a harbinger of spring (Song 2:12); and had its built-in homing instincts (Jer. 8:7).

H3123. יוֹנָה yônāh: A feminine noun denoting a pigeon or dove. It was the bird used by Noah to test the conditions after the flood waters began to abate (Gen. 8:8-12). Its cooing sounds were compared to the moaning of a sick, suffering person (Isa. 38:14; 59:11; Ezek. 7:16). Its wings would glisten as gold or appear as gilded with silver, a symbol of a woman dwelling at home in safety (Ps. 68:13[14]). It was used as an endearing expression about one’s beloved (Song 2:14; 4:1; 5:2, 12). It is used in many more figurative expressions: of Ephraim like a silly dove (Hos. 7:11); of the exiles eagerly returning as doves (Hos. 11:11); of ships with white sails (Isa. 60:8) and many more. Dove’s dung was a last resort as food in a time of famine (2 Kgs. 6:25). A young dove or pigeon could be offered to the Lord (Lev. 1:14; 5:7, 11; 12:6, 8; Num. 6:10). The psalmist wished he had wings as a dove by which to escape his troubles (Ps. 55:6[7]).

1.  Turtledoves never fight; pigeons fight with each other all the time. Peter told me that the turtledoves he raises are always peaceful and quiet. Their soft cooing is very beautiful and reassuring. On the other hand, pigeons are belligerent, noisy and anything but tranquil.

2. Turtledoves can’t stand noise; pigeons don’t mind noise.

3. Turtledoves are afraid of humans; pigeons aren’t afraid of people.

4. Turtledoves are not territorial, that is, they do not defend a particular location; pigeons are very territorial and will even bully one another for a special place to perch.

5. Turtledoves cannot be trained or domesticated; pigeons, having a homing instinct, can be trained. Peter assured me, “I could put a red box in the center of New York City and train a pigeon to come to that box.”

6. Once let out of a cage, turtledoves will never return unless there is no other source of food. Pete told me, “I once released fifty white turtledoves, thinking they would at least return for food.

Excerpt from: “Sensitivity Of The Spirit: Learning to Stay in the Flow of God’s Direction” by R.T. Kendall. 

Dove did not return after it found food. (Gen 8:9, 11-12 

Onthou: Ek stuur julle soos skape tussen wolwe in. Wees dus versigtig soos slange en opreg soos duiwe. Mat 10:16 

185. ἀκέραιος akéraios; gen. akeraíou, masc.-fem., neut. akéraion, adj. from the priv. a (G0001), without, and keránnumi (G2767), to mix. Without any mixture of deceit, without any defiling material (Matt. 10:16; Rom. 16:19; Phil. 2:15). 

“gentleness” Gal 5:23; Phil 4:5) 

“Kom na My toe, almal wat uitgeput en oorlaai is, en Ek sal julle rus gee. Neem my juk op julle en leer van My, want Ek is sagmoedig en nederig van hart, en julle sal rus kry vir julle gemoed. My juk is sag en my las is lig.” Mat 11:28 

‘n Riet wat geknak is, sal Hy nie afbreek nie en ‘n lamppit wat rook, nie uitdoof nie; Hy sal die wil van God laat seëvier. En op Hom sal die nasies hulle hoop vestig.” Mat 12:20 

Maar die wysheid wat van Bo kom, is allereers sonder bybedoelings, en verder is dit vredeliewend, inskiklik, bedagsaam, vol medelye en goeie vrugte, onpartydig, opreg. James 3:17 

Alhoewel die Heilige Gees ook met Wind, Water, Olie of Vuur vergelyk word, is die Duif vergelyking nie beperkend tot Sy persoon nie. 


Maar hulle het in opstand gekom en het sy Heilige Gees bedroef, daarom het die Here vir hulle ‘n vyand geword Isa 63:10  

Asab: ‘n werkwoord beteken om seer, tot pyn, te treur, om te vorm tot mode.  

“Daarom sê Ek vir julle: Elke sonde en lastering kan die mense vergewe word, maar die lastering teen die Heilige Gees kan nie vergewe word nie. As iemand iets teen die Seun van die mens sê, kan dit hom vergewe word; maar as iemand iets teen die Heilige Gees sê, kan dit hom nie vergewe word nie, nie in hierdie bedeling nie en ook nie in die toekomstige nie.” Matt 12: 31-32 

Petrus sê toe vir hom: “Ananias, hoekom het jy jou deur die Satan laat omhaal om vir die Heilige Gees te lieg en van die verkoopprys van die grond vir jouself agter te hou? Acts 5: 3,9 

pseúdomai; fut. pseúsomai, mid. persoon van pseúdō (n.f.), om te bedrieg, bedrieglik, sal. Om te lieg, om te praat valslik of deceitfully 

“Julle hardkoppiges! Julle is heidens in julle harte. Julle is doof vir die woord van God. Julle weerstaan altyd die Heilige Gees. Soos julle voorvaders gemaak het, maak julle ook Acts 7:51 

antipíptō; fut. antipesoúmai, vanaf antí (G0473), teen, en píptō (G4098), om te val. Om te val of jaag teen of op ‘n vyandige wyse, aanranding, weerstaan deur krag en geweld, val of strewe teen (handelinge 7:51;

“Gaan na die verderf met jou geld en al! Dink jy jy kan die gawe van God met geld koop? In hierdie werk is daar vir jou geen plek nie, want jou gesindheid teenoor God is nie reg nie. Bekeer jou van hierdie dwaling en bid tot die Here: miskien sal Hy jou hierdie gesindheid van jou hart vergewe. Acts 8: 18-22 

Moenie die werking van die Heilige Gees teenstaan nie. 1 Thess 5:19 

Sbénnumi: Om te blus, blus

En moenie die Heilige Gees van God bedroef nie, Eph 4:30 

lupéṓ̄: om te treur, verdruk met verdriet; om te wees grieved, hartseer, bedroef, te beledig


Die krag van stilte.

Sessie 1 van Heilige Gees seminaar: Stilwees en luister is voedsel vir jou Gees.

“Kom buitekant toe en gaan staan voor My op die berg,” sê die HERE vir hom. Terwyl Elia daar staan, het die HERE by hom verbygegaan en ’n geweldige rukwind het die berg uitmekaargeruk en die rotse gebreek voor die HERE. Tog was die HERE nie in die wind nie. Na die wind was daar ’n aardbewing, maar die HERE was nie in die aardbewing nie. Na die aardbewing was daar ’n vuur, maar die HERE was nie in die vuur nie. Na die vuur was daar die geluid van ’n sagte fluistering. (1 Ki 19:11–12). NLV

Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. (1 Ki 19:11–12) AMPL

“a delicate whispering voice”

0db is called the zero crossing, or average pressure, equilibrium, or resting position, and all sound vibrates in amplitude above or rarefaction below.

I believe this position is critical to achieving perfect pitch, Christ pitch, resonating heaven. Silence and stillness should be our constant starting-point before we say something, act or do something. Stillness is the default position for someone living in the Spirit.

Think about music for a moment. If every note or chord were played at the same time, you wouldn’t have music. You’d have noise. Music occurs when sounds are contrasted against silence. Varying the pattern of sound and silence creates rhythm and melody. Without silence, there is no music.

The negative space of the canvas is just as important as the positive elements that we place on the canvas. The clean empty space greats emphasis for the object of the painting.

It is the stillness of water mass like lakes, that mirror the heavens best. Creating seamless photographs of heaven touching earth.

“Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally. When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spiritual peace that comes from being perfectly at one with his true self, his life is always miserable and exhausting. For he cannot go on happily for long unless he is in contact with the springs of spiritual life which are hidden in the depths of his own soul. If a man is constantly exiled from his own home, locked out of his own spiritual solitude, he ceases to be a true person. He no longer lives as a man.” —Thomas Merton

“Solitude is more a state of mind and heart than it is a place. There is a solitude of the heart that can be maintained at all times. Crowds, or the lack of them, have little to do with this inward attentiveness.” Richard Foster (Celebration of Discipline)

A time for silence and a time to speak Eccl 3:7

“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest awhile.” —Mark 6:31

Be still and know that I am God Ps 46:10

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14

Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Psalm 4:4

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:37

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

In silence and solitude, you “sharpen the saw,” restoring the edge you need to continue cutting through life’s problems.

“Do not flee to solitude from the community. Find God first in the community, then He will lead you to solitude.” —Thomas Merton
“Let him who cannot be alone beware of community. . . . Let him who is not in community beware of being alone. . . . Each by itself has profound pitfalls and perils. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss of vanity, self-infatuation, and despair.” Thomas Emmerson

Learn these following skills and master them.

1) Google your spirit, learn to listen
2) Hold a technology sabbath regularly
3) Be at peace with God, self and others
4) Contemplate, meditate, focus and concentrate your attention on one thing.
5) Create space, silence.

We are primary spiritual beings. Our spirit is eternal. By becoming silent and still, turning off the voices of the temporary, we discover our core, our centre, heaven inside and God’s throne the holiest place. The OT temple holy place was pitch black dark. There was nothing but the ark of the covenant. I’m sure it was almost a soundproof, room, of silence. Here the high priest had to wait to hear the delicate whispering voice of God. The centre of our universe.

The Sacred Veil that was made for the Temple of Solomon, according to rabbinic sources was actually made by using layering many sheets of linen until there was a curtain thickness of over three feet. On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest, when he entered the Most Holy Place, he had to blindly navigate through this maze with the censor with smoking incense in one hand and the blood in the bowl in the other hand. As his world became darker and darker, he soon found himself standing in the presence of the Lord in complete darkness. Without any sensory sight to help him, standing in the presence of the Lord would have been very disorientating. He had to lean on faith and trust explicitly on the Lord to shield and protect him, for to touch the ark of the Lord would mean instant death. This was very much like the spiritual maze of the mystic whose mind ascends mentally to the throne of the Lord.


Who Will Save?

Blogpost by Apostle André Pelser

Who can save us?

In Egypt, the 10 Plagues destroyed a nation to free another. God did signs and wonders to give Pharaoh a chance to repent and release the Jews to go and serve God, but he bluntly refused. There are many theories of how the plagues could have happened, like at a certain time of the year the red reeds in the Nile let off a substance that changes the color of the water to red, like how the plague of insects caused the plague of frogs, like how the Red Sea gets shallow at certain times, but the only true explanation is the plagues were supernatural. It was not a rare disease that killed the firstborn during the last plague, but the Angel of Death that flew over the homes of the Jews because they covered their doorposts with blood of a spotless lamb.

Revelation speaks of plagues that will come over the earth in the last days just like they did in the time of Egypt. According to Revelation, one-third of the earth’s population would die.

The Coronavirus has spread to over 27 nations from China where over 2 000 people have already died, and tens of thousands of Chinese are affected as a result of the virus. They have not found a cure for it yet. Wherever you travel you get confronted with a corona testing gun at customs and all officials wear masks. The epidemic has affected air and sea travel and passengers are stuck.

Chinese eat about everything. The coronavirus was transferred from animal meat to humans.

The SARS virus, also from China, has also struck fear in the hearts of people, as did the Ebola virus from West Africa.

One-third of Australia’s forests have been burned to the ground and many people died and others lost their homes. Then great hailstones the size of golf balls hit Australia and people had no answer.

Floods devastate many countries and heavy snowfalls cause havoc.

There are wars all over the world and cities look like ruins. People flee their own countries to seek refuge elsewhere. It is crisis upon crisis. The world leaders regularly meet to find answers, but they have none.

The world has become a fearful place and there is no safe place anymore.

Unless God protects us in these days, we have no protection at all. Unless the Lord protects the house, those who try to protect it do so in vain. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who try to build it will not succeed.

The answer is: only God. Only God can save us – no one else. The safest place is in the will of God for your life.

There are life-threatening diseases all over the world, malaria, yellow fever, hepatitis B and scores of other dangerous maladies. Inoculations help to prevent some of it, but unless the Lord protects us, we have no defense against the onslaught of evil infections.

Crime and violence have increased at a drastic rate, fraud and corruption bring nations to their knees, governments are dishonest and can no longer be trusted. Many nations are bankrupt in the world, and some that seem to be going strong is merely avoiding the collapse.

Paul said, in the last days terrifying times will come because of 3 causes: men will be lovers of money, lovers of self and lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Greed is a result of the love of money; selfish interest is the result of self-love and lust results in loving pleasure. Europe speaks of a post-Christian era and no longer even believe in God. Young people everywhere are taught that Christianity is old-fashioned and religious.

Paul explained in the first chapter of the book of Romans that people who do not want to retain God in their thinking will be handed over to their own pleasures such as men doing unseemly things with men and women with women. The result of rejecting God is the cause of all the immorality, homosexuality and lesbianism in the world. God has handed them over to their own designs and lusts because they put God out of their minds.

Peter assures us that we can escape the corruption that is in the world through the great and precious promises of God in His Word, but people regard the Bible as outdated and no longer meditate in the Word. They have gone astray like sheep, because they do not heed the voice of the Great Shepherd. Most Churches in the world have rejected the Bible and priests and preachers give self-motivation lessons instead of preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

And yet, amidst the chaos in the world, the Spirit of God is still brooding like it did right at the beginning of creation when God created everything out of dark chaos.

Out of the chaos in the world God is creating a new nation, a holy nation, a kingdom of priests and a peculiar people who show forth the praises of God in the earth, people who know how to worship God in spirit and in truth, the way God desires it.

Only God can save us and protect us from all the terrible things that is coming over the earth. He protects us in several ways.

He protects us through dreams and visions. He directed Joseph the husband of Mary, through dreams of Angels appearing to him and telling him where to go and when to go. God has protected us as a family through many dreams that Nola, my wife, had.

He protects us by His Holy Spirit that leads and guides us into all truth and even shows us things to come. The Holy Spirit gives an inner conviction what to do and what not to do, where to go and where not to go and what to say and what not to say. He nudges us with promptings to do the will of God. Hilton, our youngest son, was in Sri Lanka when the Holy Spirit prompted him to get up and leave immediately. Later, the same day, a revolution broke out with much violence and they closed down the trains, busses and airports. If he did not head the voice of the Holy Spirit, he would have been stuck for a long time.

Jesus promised those who believe in His Name that they would not be harmed even if they drank deadly things. Twice I have been poisoned in Africa, but survived by the grace of God. The second time the doctors announced twice that I was going to die. My heart actually stopped beating and all my vital organs stopped functioning and I couldn’t breathe. But Nola blew into my mouth and said, ‘Ruach!’ which is the Hebrew word for ‘Breath of God’. God saved me and brought me back to life again.

God has given men & women knowledge in medical science to create vaccines to immunize people against deadly diseases such as polio, malaria, yellow fever, influenza and measles. Penicillin brought relief to many sufferers, blood transfusion saved lives and heart transplants lengthen the lives of many.

God uses the wisdom of the elderly to give advice to the young ones, if they listen, they will be safe. Going to Church is probably the best advice to give to anyone, because that is where you hear the Word of the Lord. His Word upholds all things in creation.

His Word brings health to all your being. His Word guides you along your life’s path. His Word sustains you. His Word corrects you. His Word warns you of what is to come. God told Joshua to meditate in the Word day and night and then he would have good success and make his way prosperous. He needed wisdom to lead the Jewish nations into the Promised Land. Solomon desired wisdom above everything else and because he did that God also gave him fame and fortune. He had to govern a great nation after David, his father, passed away.

As God saved the Jews and brought them out of Egypt through the dry bed of the Red Sea after He made a miraculous way for them, so God will save those who trust in Him in these last days when Jesus returns to take His bride away from this earth. We are to encourage and comfort each other with these words. We have a blessed hope in Christ. We are not hopeless or helpless in this world. We have Savior in Jesus Christ. He will save us. We are to keep our eyes on Him, trust in Him and live for Him.

God will save us.


Rediscover Our Healing Mandate

Why HRCO does what we do?

What is the foundational motive that drives us to do what we do?

I want to suggest it’s HEALING!

Michael Jr, the famous comedian says: “Give a man a fish and you have fed him for a day, teach a man how to catch fish and feed him for a lifetime.” According to Michael this is quite complicated, because then you have to have a fishing rod , license, boat and a place where fish are, to be able to teach the man. So what if you teach him why he needs fishing, that makes it his job to teach himself? Michael Jr’s ‘ Why ‘ is to inspire people through humor to live their creation goal.  Since he discovered his ‘why’, the ‘what’ he does is no longer so important, because everything flows from his ‘why’.[1]

Simon Sinek explains a simple, yet powerful model for how leaders inspire action, on the basis of a golden circle and the question “Why?” as the core point. His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King and the Wright brothers-and as a counterpoint Tivo, who struggles. 

The Golden Circle’s core is, why? How? And then what? The above three examples of business enterprises are individuals who market themselves and are driven from the core “why”.  Apple always markets themselves first as innovators who have produced among other computers. According to Simon, the “Why” we do things is the most basic ingredient that we present to each other. We are obviously grouping around people with the same “why”.[2]

This brings me to the core question about our congregation: Why do we exist? The answer came suddenly one day in my spirit, and suddenly everything fell into place. As an adopted 13-year-old son, my quest for acceptance became an identity. With my encounter with Jesus 35 years ago, He took me on a journey to discover His identity. The more I get to know Him, and do as He leads, the more I discover my true identity. Since then, I have experienced healing as a person in so many levels and have begun to strive to make the world a healed place ~ healthy people, relationships, communities, workplaces, and economy.

In 1989 I saw Dr Andre Pelser perform “Miracle Man”, a one-man stage production based on the conduct of John G Lake’s life. I was deeply stirred and inspired to seek healing for the entire human being.  Nearly 10 years later, in 1998 I became part of Harvester, and increasingly began to see God heal people completely in spirit, soul and body. Jesus heals and recovers first our broken relationship with God. Then He takes us on a journey of self-denial, to renew our minds by His word. As a result, we treat people differently, and He teaches us to walk in peace with all people, without compromise. By making ourselves accountable to His family – the Body, the congregation challenges our behavior.  Ultimately, we each find our function in the Body, and we become His instruments of healing, while still maintaining healing in us. 

For several years, the Holy Spirit has led us to make Jesus Christ our vision and mission. In 2019 we focused on an awakening to His righteousness. Systematically, the Lord led us deeper and deeper to discover His great “why.”  Jesus is our focus, but why Jesus? Why did Jesus become man, die for our sins, rise from the dead – all wrought for our salvation? The answer is now obvious.

Jesus wants to heal, reconcile, repair, restore, reshape, liberate and enable us to live His creation purpose to the fullest.


A tree was made to bear tasty fruit. Likewise, God created man in His image to bear divine good fruit. Sin has misformed us, to sow destruction. Because of man’s disobedience and mistaken identity, our World has become more and more broken.  Sickness, infirmity, pain, discomfort, and their restrictions prevent us from being able to live God’s creation goal. Our cry is therefore for healing! We are all looking for sustainable, real, profound, complete healing! 

Illness is an obstruction, inhibition or limiting of our natural capabilities.  A healthy baby has a definite functionality regarding movement, abilities, and intellect. Illness or disease puts a limit on this functionality. This is why Jesus said: The Kingdom belongs to a child. (Mark 10:15) A child is innocent, uninhibited, free, love easily, forgives quickly, playful, innovative, appetite to learn new things, non-judgmental, and dependent. We often say when a baby is born: ‘it’s perfect!’ 

Why are we sick? What makes us sick?

There are many libraries filled with information about the causes of disease. I only mention a few: some diseases have a genetic cause or are virally transferable, and thus exist due to external causes. Psychologists suggest that 85% of all diseases have an emotional, psychosomatic cause.  Lifestyle choices, in terms of diet and exercise also play a huge role in regard to our overall health.  In addition, a misrelated identity, and consequential convictions, can lead our worldview into dramatic constraints.   Sin is disobedience to God, to decide against His will, and rather do your own thing leads to death and distraction. People living outside of His design, instructions, laws will never find complete health and wholeness. 

Dr Paul Carlin developed the “belief therapy” program after twenty year’s work in a Texas prison, because he said: “People do what they do because they believe what they believe”. Ultimately, these beliefs become a religious tradition, and a culture that keeps people stuck, limiting them to never reach their natural potential. Think how in certain religions, how the role of the woman and the child is still marginalized. 

Right now, we are experiencing a radical information revolution. There are 3.5 billion Google searches per day. About 1.3 billion people are registered on YouTube, uploading nearly 300 hours of video per minute. Most of these searches and information are directed around health and self-improvement.  There are currently more than 250000 apps available to monitor your health. New Smart Watches measure all kinds of aspects of your physical health: sleep patterns, heart rate, blood pressure, sugar levels, and heart rhythm ~ information that can help your doctor make a more accurate diagnosis. New online websites like ‘Hello Dr’ can bring you into instant contact with medical professional’s advice.[3]

People are therefore physically healthier. People are generally living longer! But how healthy are we really? While we are being healed of one thing, we are getting sick again of something else. Health is, however, not merely a physical aspect. We are all becoming older, and so our bodies are not functioning optimally. When you speak with the caregivers in old age homes, they will soon say to you: “difficult youngsters become dramatically more difficult old people.” Health also cannot become a selfish looking-out-for-myself-only survival attitude. Healthy people also need to use their healthy lives to heal others. 

That total human being consists of:

  • Spirit — connection, consciousness.
  • Emotions – feelings.
  • Intellect – thought patterns, values, worldview.
  • Behavior – habits.
  • Social interaction – relationships.
  • Physically – physiologically.
  • Identity – the Self- the I.

In our journey with Jesus we discovered that health is not only the healing of a specific physical illness or condition, but a complete comprehensive healthy lifestyle of the total human being.

Thousands of hours’ diets, supplements, wonder agents, therapy and operations may be effective, but they all only deal with one aspect of our health. You can physically be 100% healthy but emotionally battered due to broken relationships. You can be a good person, with countless achievements and still feel something missing in your life because you haven’t yet made peace with God.   You can physically be healthy, intellectually brilliant, but if you are still broken within yourself, egoistic, self-directed, selfish and on a quest for self-determination, you are miserable and regressing. Think about the self-centeredness of a Hitler, and a yoga guru like Bikram Choudhury who deceived their followers.  

Jesus is Our Healing

Total healing is to be found only in Jesus Christ. Jesus is healing and health! When we awoke to the reality of His person, values, thinking, habits and way of living, we discovered the central core point of all medicine. Without Jesus there is not sustainable health and wellness. For, He does not only heal one aspect of our humanity. He stretches out His hand, asking us to follow Him. As we follow Him, doing what He says, we are responding to a life far healthier at every level, to help others to be healed. After all, there is no disease in heaven. Therefore, Jesus’ heart is His why, to see us healthy. 

Becoming like Jesus is the key to a fulfilled and happy life. You will then be the best spouse, the best business leader, and the best worker for any business enterprise. You will also be the best friend and the best parent. The mature character, values, mindset, ethics, habits, attitude and lifestyle of Christ are like a standard, a pacesetter, a directional standard to live the perfect life. We are the most beautiful people when we live most like Christ.  In other words, we are the best people if we are most like Him, if we do as He does right, follow His ethical and moral example, pursue His unspotted character and dedicate our lives to serving humanity. Living like Jesus is the best way of living! The Jesus-Life is a universal truth, a premise, a blueprint and basis for life. Christ is perfect, blameless, the right standard and median of morality. 

In our journey with Jesus, we also discover His divine paradoxical values: justice and kindness, impartiality and respect for all people, non-reactionary creativity, revolutionary pacifism, servant leadership, supernatural humanity, separated team-player, and so much more!

The moment we receive His life and start living accordingly, everything changes. Our relationships, thinking, work and lifestyle are healthy and healing to others.

Why does Supernatural Healing Has a Bad Name?

Any form of medicine has a certain success factor.  Why does supernatural healing have such an irregular success factor? Why do only some churches and minstries have reasonable success? How enduring is this success?  Someone who is sick is desperate for a solution, for any reasonable chance, even is satisfied with a 50/50 that will give a desperate sufferer new hope. But a form of medicine with such a poor success, will and must be rejected. Even natural medications have a much more significant conversion factor.  To pray for people for healing and describe it as God’s love is problematic, because why are some healthy and others not?

The question is not whether God heals people, but rather why He does not heal everyone.

From various questionnaires, most people, as well as doctors believe that prayer is beneficial to sick people. There are many recorded records of medically verifiable divine healings. The same question was asked of a panel of faith-based physicians and the answer was: to preserve the integrity and the heart of the gospel. Healing doesn’t happen to all but if there are healings, they never happen in the same way, nor by the same person. [4] The reason: when a certain person or method is 100% successful in healing every infirmity, humans will worship the person and the method and will capitalize the method without realizing the wonder and depth of God. It is also much easier for people to try any miracle cure or remedy without the hard work of behavioural change.  Often it is our very behaviour that caused the disease.

To ascribe healing to our faith, or its failure is also problematic, because although faith has played a part in most healings, the Lord has healed some without any faith on their part.  If faith alone is the solution, can’t we then just heal ourselves? Should we then also save ourselves too? Understand that salvation is a gift, and that our faith in God ultimately does work salvation. Yet there are many who truly believe, and truly are actively believing, and still have not received healing.  Therefore, praying from the knowledge that God always wants to heal is truly difficult if it does not happen. So, why not? Is it Satan? Too little faith? Dis you not kept the faith? We then have a problem. It brings little comfort, especially if you’ve mustered up all your faith praying for healing for someone you love. Although we believed, it didn’t work. Although we had compassion, it seemed not enough. Although we received promises from the Word and prophecy, it is not fulfilled. Where does this leave us? 


Healing is inherent who God is, the Earth and creation has a self-healing ability. This is precisely the wonder of creation, the medicinal natural drugs that are locked up in nature.   God created us to heal and be healthy.  “For I am the Lord who heals you” (Exo 15:26) Jehovah-Rapha – The Lord Who Heals. (Psalm 103:3; Psalm 147:3; 1 Peter 2:24) God is love, this means He is never not love. The same applies to Healing – God is the healer. This means, He is never not healing. Healing is part of who He is. Remember, we are not physically sick! Disease and illness are symptomatic not only regarding our bodies. Our economy is sick. We’re emotionally sick. We are relationally sick as a society. We are spiritually sick. The world is morally sick. Illness is symptomatic of an entire society that has been removed from God.  If all of society serves the Lord, be true to be doing what He says, appropriating everything He has made available to us, and then as Jesus bringing wellness to all people around us, should there be any more illness?

Illness’ Origin:

  1. Sin:
    1. Wrong habits and behavior: Miriam (Num 12:10); Gehasi (2 Kings 5:27); Uzziah (2 Chron 26:16-23) and Elymas (Acts 13:11). “Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.” (Prov 3:8 NOT).
    1. Your words: The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (Prov 18:21 NLT).  “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” (Prov 16:24 NLT)
    1. Unforgiveness ~ makes a person bitter and diseased, as if tortured. (1 Cor 11:28-30; Mat 6:21-35)
    1. Your thinking: “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. (Proverbs 14:30 – NLT).  “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” (Proverbs 17:22 – NLT)
    1. Not all sickness is due to sin. (Job 42:7-8)
  2. The Devil: 
    1. Demons: Mat 17:18 to 9:25, 42; to 4:35; 4:39
    1. Oppressed by the Devil: “And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)
    1. Spirit of infirmity: Luke 13:11, 16
  3. The Lord, God is sovereign: “Look now; I myself am he! There is no other god but me. I am the one who kills and gives life; I am the one who wounds and heals; no one can be rescued from my powerful hand!”. (Deuteronomy 32:39),  Gen 12:17, Ex 4:11, 15:25, 1 Sam 25; 37-38; 2 Sam 12:15, Deut 28:15-68, 32:39, 2 Chron 15:5, 2 Chron 21:18, 19, 26:20-2; Acts 12:22, 23; 13:8-12 as well as Job 5:18.
  4. Indirectly, by other people: A person can be infected by someone else through bacterial infections ~ a battle where innocent people become victims.  Therefore, another person’s sin and transgression can sometimes be the cause of your sickness and disease.
  5. The fallen nature: “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” (Romans 8:18-22 NLT). Heat waves, plagues, drought, Tsunamis, etc. Sometimes life just happens like breaking an arm by stumbling and falling. 

Although it is important to know the cause of illness, the more important question is how do I become healthy? Ultimately, it is by God’s heart that we will live healthily (Deut. 11:26).

What is God’s Heart for Healing?


Ever wondered why Jesus often had a firm admonishment to people not to tell of their healing? Was it not the point, that all would believe in Him?

Jesus never did any healing in the same way, but for Him healing was more than simply the healing of the symptoms. He always wanted to heal the root cause, and the whole man. This is why the leper man was asked to go to the priest, so that the quarantine could be lifted, and he was allowed again to be part of the community.  “Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainsideSuddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.  Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.” (Matt 8:1-5)

“But Jesus knew what they were planning. So he left that area, and many people followed him. He healed all the sick among them, but he warned them not to reveal who he was.” (Matt 12:15-16). Here Jesus healed a crowd of people, yet He does not capitalize on the supernatural to draw even more people. It is clear as explained earlier: Jesus is not just a miracle guru, magician who heals all the sick! For then we would use Him to receive healing without the cause being revealed, the why we became ill in the first place. 


Jesus asked His disciples; “who do you say I am?” After Peter declared openly, admitting that He is the Messiah, they were commanded not to tell anybody about it!  Is it not the goal that people will know He is the Messiah? That’s what salvation is all about, that every man will believe He is the Christ? “Then Jesus instructed his disciples to tell no one that he is the Christ.” (Matt 16:20). Isn’t this an ever- deepening mystery! The principle is this: Jesus doesn’t just want us to worship him! He wants us to follow Him. It is our obedient pursuit of the person Jesus Christ, who brings healing to the total human being. 

Jesus’ transfiguration on the mount is a sheer proof of His divinity. People are natural doubters.  Why just allow a few disciples to experience it? Would the Pharisees, and all His enemies not come to repentance, if they saw for themselves what was happening there? “As they went back down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” (Matt 17:9).  Jesus did not capitalize on the moment of His divine transfiguration and disclosure to man. Think of people who have been together in places of divine phenomena throughout the centuries, worshiping the phenomenon like robots. 

One of the most spectacular miracles Jesus did was the healing of the deaf and dumb man.  The man not only received society’s reintegration, but God restored his speech in one moment.  If someone’s hearing would be healed, it would take a speech therapist months to help the person speak correctly.     “Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!  Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news.” (Mark 7:36). Here is one of the most spectacular miracles, one which if happened today would bring about through today’s marketing techniques, undeniable evidence ensuring a faithful following. Yet Jesus did this miracle in privacy.  


Many people wondered about Jesus, but the demons knew exactly who He was. Is there no greater evidence of His ministry and authenticity than the demons recognizing him?  “But Jesus reprimanded him. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered.” (Mark 1:25 – NLT).  Yet He did not allow them to speak.

Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. The healing transpired in secret, and then again “barred from telling it to someone else.” (Mark 8:26, 30)

The authenticity of the Gospel writers’ testimony is the seemingly useless information that is not omitted. The fact that Jesus instructs them to give the child something to eat, has seemingly no purpose. Yet it makes the stories, genuine and credible.  Once again a perfect opportunity to convince people. Jesus is not using an extravaganza to impress people.  Her parents were dumb with astonishment, and Jesus forbid them to tell someone what had happened. (Luke 8:56)

The climax of Jesus’ popularity is when He multiplies the food to the crowd. When the people saw the miracle sign Jesus did, they said: “He is truly the prophet, the one who had to come to the world.” When Jesus saw that they would come to make him king with violence, he went on to the mountain, he alone.” (John 6:14-15)


Again, Jesus is fleeing the elevation of people, the worship of men.  He wants to make us aware that there is something deeper than healing, miracles, and food supply.  All of these things are temporary, but there’s more that God wants to give us. These signs and wonders are just that, signs. It is like road signs, direction givers to a greater reality. Miracles are indeed important.  “And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.” (1 Cor 2:4-5- NLT)

What is the greater reality that Jesus wanted them to see? Jesus said to them: “Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”  They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:26-29) Jesus is the gift of healing, not only the event of healing. So, if I receive Jesus, I am healthy because I know the Doctor!  

He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”  (Exodus 15:26).  


Jesus wants to restore, heal, reformat, reshape and reconcile us to our creation purpose: to represent God, the divine, the good; uplifting, positive and fruitful.  Worshippers who have been worshipping to encounter a divine phenomenon have not yet realized their own divine-expressing purpose in God. They wait and beg for a miracle from above. They don’t realize the miracle is Christ, that He will come to dwell in us, and do so by the miracle of His living and doing right in us.

The healing Christ who is working in us is also more than just the physical healing. He wants to heal our entire humanity. He wants God’s creation purpose for us, in our restoration process.  “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”  (Romans 8:29 – NLT). In all these stories where Jesus admonished people not to tell of the healings for they were amazed and impressed with Jesus. So, they wanted to worship Him, but He disallowed it. He seeks more than our worship; He seeks our faith-filled obedience!

There are two accounts where Jesus was impressed: the one was the healing of the officer’s slave (Mat 8:5-13; Lk. 7:1-10; John. 4:43-54). This man also came to seek healing from Jesus, but when he saw Him, he greeted Him as Lord ~ he saw Jesus as a man with authority like him. So, he asked Jesus to only say the word. Jesus’ response was: “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matt 8:10-12)

Read this verse thoroughly. Jesus is making a historical, watershed statement! “…many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven…”  God rejects the religious establishment of the day, favouring people who rightfully see Him. For those who see Him, truly see! People of every nation and language who sees Jesus for who He really is, who don’t just see Him as an “architype”, an impersonal machine makes people healthy.  

The other story is of the Canaanite woman who Jesus initially refused to help.   “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.” (Mat 15:28). She didn’t accept Jesus’ refusal, and continued to believe.  

We see that Jesus also wanted His disciples to really see Him, understand Him. Isn’t this the quest of any teacher, leader, or predecessor? Some people are there only for the money, the fame, the position, the healing, the miracle. Jesus finally wanted them to do what He was doing. They had to perform miracles just as He did in faith. (Luke 10:19; Mat 10:8)

Three miracles where Jesus shows His frustration of disciples that do not see:

  1. Jesus calming the storm. “Why are you afraid? Have ye not faith? “ (Mark 4:40)
  2. The multiplication of the bread. “You give them something to eat.” (Mark 6:37)
  3. Peter is the first disciple to understand / see. Then Peter said to him: “Lord, if it really is you, command me to come to you on the water.” “Come!” he said. (Mat 14:28-29) Yet he quickly began to doubt when he looked at the waves. Immediately, Jesus stretched out his hand, grabbed him, and said to him, “Little, why did you begin to doubt?” (Mat 14:31)

“The purpose of Jesus is not only to save men from their sins, but by the grace of God to begin in the souls of men that marvelous development in the nature and mind and understanding of God our Father, until by the grace of God we are able to take our place and our part in the kingdom of Jesus Christ and bear our share of responsibility.”

― John G. Lake,

The Healthiest People Believe Right

“But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.”(Rom. 14:23) “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Heb. 11:6) How many of our decisions, choices, habits, are grounded in our convictions? How we see the products we buy? Why do we buy them? Where we live, and work is all grounded in what we believe about ourselves, God and the future.  

Jesus became man, physically demonstrated by what He preached, and finally died for our sin, to reconcile us to God. He rose from the dead, ascended and sat down at the right hand of God, and when the Holy Spirit was sent, He was to reign in us! What are we waiting for? What more on earth does God have to do? He has accomplished everything for us to be in Him, it is through His grace that we are empowered to live through Christ in every place He calls us!

So, if we see right, really see, we see what He did, who He is! If we believe it, with conviction, we suddenly see the world in a whole different light. While we continue to do exactly what He commands us to do, this life changes completely for us. We will have an entirely opposite perspective and have a new attitude toward life, things and people! We are healed, in body, soul and spirit.

Jesus Cures the Entire Man

John G. Lake believed that Jesus’ healing work is threefold: (1) He frees us from evil, so that we may be spiritually healthy, and full of the Holy Ghost. We communicate and experience connectedness with God through our spirit. (2)  The Lord heals our soul and so our connection with people. Because we have made peace with God, the Lord heals our soul. Our soul is how we are connected with mankind around us.  (3) Soul-peace and peace with self and the people around me is healing!

Jesus was always holistically concerned about all human beings and not just the symptoms of disease.  He often first handled the spiritual aspects.  His conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well, focused on the basic conflicts in her personality.  For Jesus, health is more than just the absence of physical and mental illnesses — it is about the entire person.

God wants to heal us, but more: He wants us to heal others through our being healed! “Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”  (Ez. 47:12)

“I said, “Lord, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” (Ps. 41:4)

Jesus Heals in Different Ways

God not only cares about the healing of our bodies. He also wants us to learn a authentic, healthy lifestyle.  You yourself is responsible for your health.  

  1. Confess your sin (James 5:16)
  2. Elders anoint with oil (James 5:14-15)
  3. Doctors are for the sick (Mat 9:12; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:31) is referred to Luke as the “beloved Healer” (Col 4:14)
  4. Medical care:  The compassionate Samaritan connects with the man and anoints his wounds. (Luke 10:33 – 34)
  5. Alternative medicine: “Use a little wine for the stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.” (1 Timothy 5:23)
  6. Our presence brings healing: The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the Nations (Revelation 22:2; Psalm 1:2-3; Eze 47:12; Jeremiah 17:8)
  7. The Word of God heals. (Luk 4:4)
  8. When Jesus saw their faith: (Mar 2:5; Mat 9:29a)
  9. Forgiveness: (Mat 18:34-35)
  10. Associate by the sacrament of His suffering: (1 Cor. 11:28 – 30)
  11. Praise: “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.”(Psalm 103:1 – 3 – NLT)
  12. Cloths and hankies were anointed: (Acts 19:11-12)
  13. Laying on of Hands: (Mar 6:5, 13; 16:15, 17–18)
  14. Casting out Devils: (Mar 9:14-29; Matt. 17:14-20; Lk. 9:37-43)
  15. Serve the Lord and avoid what is evil: “Then you will have healing for your body  and strength for your bones.”(Proverbs 3:8)

The Conclusion is: Christ is Health. 

When we are most like Jesus, we are the healthiest people on the planet!

It is also possible to live a healthy life:

  • When my relationship with God, self, people and nature is healthy and holy.
  • When I regularly exercise, sleep well, and follow a balanced healthy diet.
  • When my work is healing and in harmony with nature. 
  • When my thinking is like a garden, what I plant determines my decisions, how I think, and how I live.
  • When I help, give and serve others.
  • When I become like a child, having healthy fun is a miracle cure!
  • When I am hospitable to prepare wonderful meals for others. 
  • When I become a peacemaker working reconciliation among people.

God’s Gift of Healing to The Nations is His Healed Church

Our Meetings create an atmosphere for healing:


We believe church has something to do with a healing garden, the restoration of Eden. Everything we do, in sacred diversity, complex simplicity, interdependence, creates a healing habitat, where people can be healed on every level.  

The Bible gives us no time indicative of exactly when believers have come together. We regularly read about ‘ daily ‘, ‘ first day of the week ‘, communal meals.  That is to say: Church-be happening in the side! We like to be together! We enjoy each other’s company, and to become profound spirit Fellows in our relationships! We therefore hold several gatherings, for children, adults, men, women, all-over, for Afrikaans but also English people, for old people and young people, for business people and farmers, for all who are in a married day! The list just goes on and on!

We hold all kinds of gatherings for all kinds of people, so that everyone can discover and learn Jesus to follow him!

Meeting Elements:

  1. Our meetings focus on scripture based, doctrinal balanced, accurate Jesus-centered preaching.
  2. Our meetings are spiritual, but space is given for spiritual and supernatural events, where we pray for the sick and lay hands on, and cast out devils, and flourish in the application of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Our meetings focus on praise and worship that pleases God.
  4. Our meetings make room for testimonies, mutual constructive inputs.
  5. Our meetings have participation as part of our nature.
  6. Our meetings are surprising, relevant, and creative.
  7. We make room in our meetings for prayer, meditation, and listening to what God wants to say.
  8. We commemorate the Lord’s sacrament as often as we can.
  9. We regularly offer people the opportunity to give as the Lord lays it on their hearts.
Healing For Relationships


We believe in great gatherings that impact, but also in relationships that grow deeper not only in the small group. Our home groups must be close enough so that there can be real support in times of need. Therefore, we want to offer house churches in every town in the Olifantsvallei and Matsikama surroundings. The house church is your spiritual family, caring group. Here is where we learn to develop our spiritual gifts. Discipleship, accountability, and discipline happen in the loving intimacy of the smaller family. 

Home Group Leaders

  1. Jan & Celna Genis (Clanwilliam/County water)
  2. Willie & Wena Botha (Clanwilliam)
  3. Audrey & Dave Botes (Clanwilliam) 
  4. Dirkie & Lezel Mouton (Clanwilliam)
  5. Francois & Bertina Engelbrecht (Lamberts Bay)
  6. WP & Karien VD Merwe (Citrusdal)
  7. Tom & Haneke Ferreira (Citrusdal)
  8. Owen & Cherisse Burger (Citrusdal) 
  9. Neil & Olivia Hall (Citrusdal) 
  10. Van Rhynsdorp
  11. Vredendal
  12. Lutzville  
  13. Eendekuil
  14. Graafwater
Healing Our Thinking


“For as he thinketh in his soul, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7). Jesus constantly confronted and challenged people’s ways of thinking. The word of God is a framework, and platform, a guideline to learn to think right and sober. 

In a recent study done by the “Bible Engagement Centre” with 40000 people, it was found that people who study and read the Bible intently twice a week were remarkably healthier. Our “Miracle Bible Training Centre” curriculum is thus focused on working systematically through the Bible and understanding the Bible in the light of Christ. [5]    We also offer a wide range of practical subjects.  The most important course that everyone in the congregation should go through in the beginning is the foundation course that focuses on the six-part foundational doctrines of Hebrews 6, including: Discerning God’s Voice, Praise & Worship, Prayer, Five-fold Ministry, Discipleship, and Offerings.  The Bible School is not for some people. It is for everyone! This is because it is the primary method to work healing in people’s lives.  

The goal is to get Bible/Word fit. Therefore, the Bible School is not only a one-way communication, there are assignments, question-and-answer time, and homework  is involved  so that everyone can understand the Word for him or herself.  

Healing our Work and the Workplace


We offer specific apps to help people who own their own businesses, to organise their business so that the people who work there can also be healed by their work engagement! 

Secondly, we also help the specific worker, to become a better worker, and in doing so also work on healing in the workplace.  The expectation and perception of many people about work is that it is carnal, earthly, secular, opposite-to-spiritual, a punishment, and cursing. Yet when people retire and don’t have to work, they work more than ever!  When we die, we say “rest in peace” as if the person is never going to work in eternity.

As we follow Jesus, He teaches us his way and principles to live. He grants us His grace, and works the fruit of the Spirit in our character. Our moral compass changes direction: Faithfulness, honesty, truth, integral, pay everyone’s due, be a good steward, etc.  ~ the new work way.  We begin to reign! Romans 5:17:  “Reign in this life” ~ we overcome our weaknesses, bad habits, wrong temper, addictions.  We interact with each other in the Body, to do business together, for each other. 

While we work together, shady spots are revealed in all of us, things that do not honor the Lord are brought to light.  For so many years in the church people have hidden their wrong lifestyle, because we can be one man in the church on Sundays, but Mondays in the workplace we are somebody else. For us, work is part of our worship.

Heal All nations/ethos/culture


The Jesus-life is simple: wait on the Lord and spend time in prayer, meditating with an open Bible, getting a revelation and instruction for your life, and then going walk it out.

Communion- Commission-Commission



Father-Son-Holy Spirit.

This means that everyone in the congregation has a divine calling to fulfill.  That everyone knows what to do, not because they have been told by an organization to do it, we’re motivated and ratified by the Holy Spirit. 

It also means practically making disciples. We multiply. 

We give and share what we have received.  The congregation therefore makes an impact on the culture of the community.  

For each one functions and brings healing, restoration and reconciliation into the 5 primary government sectors: Government, economics, education, health, and Law & Order. 

But we also make a difference by the merging catalysts such as: Sport, the arts, recreation etc.  

We are salt and light! We bring healing and reconciliation to every nation, and ethos in our society where he sends us to.







Herontdek Ons Genesing Mandaat

Hoekom doen HRCO wat ons doen? 

Wat is die grondliggende motief wat ons dryf om te doen wat ons doen? 

Ek wil voorstel dit is GENESING!  

Michael Jr, die bekende komediant vertel hoe daar gesê word: “Gee ‘n man ‘n vis en jy het hom vir ‘n dag gevoed, leer ‘n man hoe om vis te vang en jy voed hom vir ‘n leeftyd” Volgens Michael is dit maar bra ingewikkeld, want dan moet jy ‘n visstok, lisensie, boot en plek met visse soek, om die man te leer. Wat daarvan as jy hom leer, waarom hy moet visvang, en hy maak dit sy werk om self te leer? Michael Jr se ‘waarom’ is om mense deur middel van humor te inspireer om hulle skeppingsdoel te leef.  Vandat hy sy ‘waarom’ ontdek het, is dit ‘wat’ hy doen nie meer so belangrik nie, want dit vloei alles uit sy ‘waarom’ uit.[1]  

Simon Sinek verduidelik ‘n eenvoudige, maar kragtige model vir hoe leiers optrede inspireer, aan die hand van ‘n goue sirkel en die vraag “waarom?” as die kernpunt. Sy voorbeelde sluit in Apple, Martin Luther King en die Wright-broers – en as ‘n kontrapunt Tivo, wat sukkel. Die goue sirkel se kern is, Waarom? Hoe? en dan Wat? Die bogenoemde 3 voorbeelde van sake ondernemings is individue wat hulleself bemark en dryf vanuit die kern “waarom”. Apple bemark hulleself altyd eerstens as innoveerders wat onder andere rekenaars vervaardig. Volgens Simon is die “waarom” ons dinge doen, die mees basiese bestanddeel wat ons na mekaar toe aantrek. Ons groepeer natuurlik rondom mense met die selfde “waarom”.[2]

Dit bring my by die kern vraag rakende ons gemeente: Waarom bestaan ons? Die antwoord het onverwags een dag in my gees op gekom, en skielik het alles in hulle plek geval. As aangenome valerige identiteitsoekende 13 jarige seun, was my soeke na aanvaarding. Met my ontmoeting met Jesus 35 jaar gelede, het Hy my op reis geneem om Sy identiteit te ontdek. Hoe meer ek Hom leer ken, en doen soos Hy lei, hoe meer ontdek ek my identiteit. Sedertdien het ek, genesing as persoon op soveel vlakke beleef, en myself begin beywer om die wêreld om my gesond te maak. Gesonde mense, verhoudings, gemeenskappe, werksplekke, en ekonomie.

In 1989 het ek Dr Andre Pelser gesien die “Miracle Man” een-man verhoogstuk opvoer van John G Lake se lewe. Ek was diep ontroer en geïnspireer om genesing vir die totale mens te soek.  Bykans 10 Jaar later in 1998 het ek deel geword van Harvester, en al hoe meer begin sien hoe God mense volkome na gees, siel en liggaam genees. Jesus genees en herstel eerstens ons gebroke verhouding met God. Dan neem Hy ons op ‘n reis van self-verloëning, om ons gedagtes te vernuwe deur Sy Woord. Gevolglik hanteer ons mense anders, en leer Hy ons om met vrede met alle mense te lewe, sonder om te kompromeer. Deur onsself verantwoordbaar aan Sy familie-liggaam-gemeente te maak, word ons gedrag, en gewoontes hervorm.  Uiteindelik vind ons elkeen ons funksie in die liggaam, en word ons Sy instrumente van genesing, terwyl hy nog steeds genesing in ons bly bewerk. 

Vir ‘n paar jaar, het die Heilige Gees ons gelei om Jesus Christus ons visie en missie te maak. In 2019 het ons gefokus op ‘n ontwaking tot Sy geregtigheid. Stelselmatig het die Here ons dieper en dieper gelei om Sy groot “waarom” te ontdek.  Jesus is ons fokus, maar waarom Jesus? Waarom het Jesus mens geword, vir ons sonde gesterf, opgestaan uit die dood en vir ons redding bewerk? Die antwoord is nou voor die hand-liggend. 

Jesus wil ons genees, versoen, herstel, restoureer, hervorm en bevry om weer Sy skeppingsdoel voluit te kan leef. 

‘n Boom is gemaak om smaakvolle vrugte te dra. So het God die mens geskape in Sy beeld om goddelike goeie vrug te dra. Sonde het ons misvorm, om verwoesting te saai. As gevolg van die mens se ongehoorsaamheid en misrekende identiteit het ons wêreld al hoe meer stukkend en gebroke geraak.  Siekte, krankheid, ongesteldheid, onvolkomenheid, pyn, ongemak, en beperkings verhoed ons om Sy skeppingsdoel te kan uitleef.  Ons uitroep is dus vir genesing! Ons is almal op soek na volhoubare, werklike, diepgaande, volkome genesing! 

Siekte is ‘n obstruksie, inhibisie of beperking van ons natuurlike vermoëns.  ‘n Gesonde baba het ‘n bepaalde funksionaliteit m.b.t. beweging, vermoëns, en intellek. Siekte of krankheid plaas ‘n beperking op hierdie funksionaliteit.  Dis dalk hoekom, Jesus verklaar dat ons moet soos kinders word om die Koninkryk te beërwe. (Mark 10:15) ‘n Kind is onskuldig, reken geen wraak toe nie, is nie selfbewus nie, het nie vooraf opgestelde beoordeling van mense nie, het onvoorwaardelik lief, is ongekunsteld, het ‘n onversadigbare begeerte om nuwe dinge te leer en te ontdek.  Hierdie is alles eienskappe wat ons met geestelike volwassenheid vergelyk.  Ons kyk na ‘n nuutgebore baba, en noem hom of haar perfek! 

Hoekom is ons siek? Wat maak ons siek? 

Daar is al biblioteke vol geskryf oor die oorsake van siekte, ek noem net ‘n paar: Sommige siektes toestande is geneties of viriel oordraagbaar, en dus as gevolg van eksterne oorsake. Sielkundiges suggereer dat 85% van alle siektes ‘n emosionele, psigosomatiese oorsaak het.  Lewenstyl keuses, in terme van dieet en oefening speel ook ‘n groot rol ten opsigte van ons algehele gesondheid.  ‘n Misrekende identiteit, en gevolglike geloofsoortuigings, wat ons wêreldbeskouing vorm kan lei tot dramatiese beperkings.  Dr Paul Carlin het na 20 jr se werk in die Texas gevangenis die “belief therapy” program ontwikkel, want volgens hom: “Mense doen wat hulle doen omdat hulle glo wat hulle glo”. Uiteindelik raak hierdie oortuigings ‘n godsdiens-tradisie, en ‘n kultuur wat mense vasgevang hou en inperk om nie hulle natuurlike potensiaal te bereik nie. Dink maar aan godsdienste, wat die rol van die vrou en die kind inperk en marginaliseer.  Uiteindelik is sonde direkte  ongehoorsaamheid aan die Woord en wil van God.  God se Woord is soos ouerlike beskerming, leiding en rigting om ons te weerhou van seerkry, ongeluk en verdriet, maar die mens wil sy of haar eie koers inslaan, en self besluit wat reg of verkeerd is.  

Tans beleef ons ‘n radikale inligting-revolusie. Daar vind 3.5 Biljoen Google soektogte per dag plaas. Omtrent 1,3 Biljoen mense is op YouTube geregistreer en word daar bykans 300 ure se videomateriaal per minuut gelaai. Die meeste van hierdie soektogte en inligting is gerig rondom gesondheid en self-verbetering. Daar is tans meer as 250000 toep applikasies beskikbaar om jou gesondheid te monitor. Nuwe slim horlosies meet allerhande aspekte van jou fisiese gesondheid: Slaap patrone, hartklop, bloeddruk, suikervlak, en hartritme inligting kan jou dokter help om ‘n baie meer akkurate diagnose te maak. Nuwe aanlyn webtuistes soos ‘Hello Dr” kan jou in ‘n oomblik in kontak bring met mediese professionele raad.[3]  

Mense is dus gevolglik fisies gesonder. Mense leef in die algemeen langer! Maar is ons werklik gesond? Ons word van die een ding gesond gemaak, en oormore is ons weer siek van iets anders. Gesondheid is tog nie net bloot ‘n fisiese aspek nie. Ons word almal ouer, en dus funksioneer ons liggame nie meer optimaal nie. Wanneer jy met die versorgers in ouetehuise praat sal hulle jou gou sê: “Moeilike jongmense raak dramaties moeiliker ou-mense.”  Gesondheid kan ook nie ‘n selfsugtige net-na-myself-kyk oorlewing wees nie. Gesonde mense, wil ook graag ander gesond maak.  

Die totale mensewees bestaan uit: 

  • Gees – Konneksie, bewussyn. 
  • Emosies – Gevoelens. 
  • Intellek – Denk Patrone, waardes, wêreldbeskouing.
  • Gedrag – Gewoontes.
  • Sosiale interaksie – Verhoudinge.
  • Liggaamlik – Fisiologies.
  • Identiteit – Eie-Ek. 

In ons reis met Jesus het ons uitgevind, gesondheid is nie net die genesing van ‘n spesifieke fisiese siekte toestand nie, maar ‘n algehele omvattende gesonde lewenstyl van die totale mens. 

Derduisende kure, diëte, aanvullings, wondermiddels, terapie en operasies mag dalk doeltreffend wees, maar dit deel almal net met een aspek van ons gesondheid. Jy kan fisies 100% gesond wees, maar sielsongelukkig as gevolg van stukkende verhoudings. Jy kan ‘n goeie mens wees, met talle prestasies en nog steeds voel daar kort iets in jou lewe, want jy het nog nie met God vrede gemaak nie.  Jy kan fisies gesond wees, intellektueel briljant, maar as jy nog genees is van die eie-ek, die egoïstiese, self-gerigte selfsug en soeke na selfbeskikking nie, is jy bedremmeld en betreurenswaardig. Dink maar aan die eie-waan van ‘n Hitler, en yoga ghoeroes soos Bikram Choudhury wat sy volgelinge mislei het.  

Jesus Is Ons Genesing

Totale genesing is net in Jesus Christus te vind. Jesus is genesing en gesondheid! Toe ons ontwaak tot die realiteit van Sy persoon, waardes, denke, gewoontes en manier van leef, het ons die sentripetale kernpunt van alle geneeskunde ontdek. Sonder Jesus is daar nie volhoubare gesondheid en welstand nie. Want, Hy maak nie net een aspek van ons menswees gesond nie. Hy steek Sy hand uit, en vra ons om Hom te volg. Terwyl ons Hom volg, en doen wat Hy sê, word ons tree vir tree meer gesond, op elke vlak, om ook ander te help om gesond te word.  Daar is immers geen siekte in die hemel nie. Daarom is Jesus se hart, Sy waarom, om ons gesond te sien. 

Om soos Jesus te word is die sleutel tot ʼn vervulde en gelukkig lewe. Jy sal dan die beste huweliksmaat wees, die beste sakeleier, en die beste werker wees vir enige sakeonderneming, ook die beste tipe vriend en die beste ouer. Die volwasse karakter, waardes, ingesteldheid, etiek, gewoontes, houding en lewenstyl van Christus is soos ’n standaard, ’n toonaangewer, ’n rigtinggewer om die volmaakte lewe te leef. Ons is die mooiste mense wanneer ons die meeste soos Christus leef.  Met ander woorde, ons is die beste mense as ons die meeste soos Hy is, as ons soos Hy doen wat reg is, Sy etiese en morele voorbeeld volg, Sy onbevlekte karakter nastreef en ons lewens daaraan wy om die mensdom te dien. Om soos Jesus te leef is die beste manier van leef! Die Jesus-lewe is ’n universele waarheid, ’n uitgangspunt, ’n bloudruk en basis vir lewe. Christus is volmaak, blaamloos, die regte standaard en mediaan van moraliteit. 

In ons reis saam met Jesus, ontdek ons Sy goddelike paradoksale waardes: Geregtigheid en billikheid, onpartydigheid en respek vir alle mense, nie-reaksionêre kreatiwiteit, revolusionêre pasifisme, diensbare leierskap, bonatuurlike mens-mens-wees, alleen-groep-mens, en nog soveel meer! 

Die oomblik wat ons Sy lewe ontvang en daarvolgens begin leef, verander alles. Ons verhoudings, denkwyses, werk en leefstyl word gesond, en genesend tot ander.  

Hoekom het Geloofsgenesing ‘n Slegte Naam?

Enige vorm van geneeskunde het ‘n sekere bepaalde sukses faktor presentasie.  Waarom het geloofsgenesing so ‘n onreëlmatige sukses faktor? Waarom het net sommige individue redelike sukses? Hoe blywend is hierdie sukses? Iemand wat siek is, is desperaat vir ‘n oplossing enige redelike kans selfs 50/50, sal ‘n desperate lyer nuwe hoop gee. Maar ‘n vorm van geneeskunde met so ‘n swak sukses, sal en moet mos verwerp word.  Selfs natuurlike medikasie het ‘n baie meer beduidende sukses faktor.  Om vir mense te bid vir genesing en dit as God se liefde te beskryf is problematies, want hoekom word sommige gesond en ander nie? 

Die vraag is nie óf God mense genees nie, maar eerder hoekom Hy nie almal genees nie.  

In verskeie vraelyste is bepaal dat die meeste mense, sowel as doktors glo dat gebed voordelig is vir siek mense. Daar is talle opgetekende, lyste van mediese verifieerbare goddelike genesings. Die vraag was ook gevra vir ‘n paneel van geloof-geneeshere, die antwoord was: Om die integriteit en die hart van die Evangelie te bewaar word almal nie gesond nie, die wat gesond word gebeur nooit op dieselfde manier nie, en ook nie deur dieselfde persoon nie.[4]  Die rede: Wanneer ‘n sekere persoon of metode 100% suksesvol is om elke moontlike siekte gesond te maak, is dit in die mens dat ons die persoon en die metode sal aanbid, dit sal kapitaliseer, sonder om die wonder en diepte van God te besef. Dit is baie makliker vir die mens om enige wonderkuur of middel te probeer, sonder die harde werk van gedragsverandering.  Dikwels is dit ons gedrag wat die siekte veroorsaak het. 

Om genesing toe te skryf aan ons geloof, of tekort daarvan is ook problematies, want alhoewel geloof ‘n rol gespeel het by die meeste genesings, het die Here sommige genees sonder enige geloof van hulle kant af.  As geloof die redding bring, genees ons mos onsself? Moet ons onsself dan red ook? Ek verstaan dat redding ‘n geskenk is, en dat ons geloof in God uiteindelik redding meewerk. Tog is daar baie mense wat werklik glo, en werklik in geloof selfs tot ‘n aksie oorgegaan het, en nog steeds nie genesing ontvang het nie.   Om te bid vanuit die wete dat God wil altyd genees is voorwaar moeilik as dit wel nie gebeur nie. Hoekom nie? Satan? Te min geloof? Nie aangehou nie? Dan is óns die probleem. Dit bring min troos, veral as jy al jou geloof, gebede, opgebruik het om genesing te bid vir iemand vir wie jy lief is. Alhoewel ons moet glo, het dit nie gewerk nie. Alhoewel ons deernis moet hê, was dit skynbaar nie genoeg nie. Alhoewel ons beloftes uit die woord en profesie ontvang het, is dit nie vervul nie. Waar laat dit ons? 

Genesing is inherent wie God is, die aarde en die skepping het ‘n self-genesing vermoë.  Dis juis die wonder van die skepping, die medisinale natuurlike middels wat in die natuur opgesluit lê.  God het ons geskape om gesond te maak, en gesond te wees.  

Siekte en krankheid is simptomaties nie net m.b.t. ons liggame nie. Ons ekonomie is siek. Die wêreld is moreel siek. Siekte is simptomaties van ‘n hele samelewing wat van God verwyder is.  As die hele samelewing die Here waaragtig dien deur te doen wat Hy sê, en alles toeëien wat Hy vir ons beskikbaar gestel het, en dan soos Jesus goed doen aan die mense om ons. Sal daar nog siekte wees? 

Siekte se oorsprong is: 

  1. Sonde
    • Verkeerde gewoontes en gedrag: Mirjam (Num 12:10), Gehasi (2 Kon 5:27), Ussia (2 Kron 26:16-23) en Elimas (Hand 13:11). “dien die Here en vermy wat sleg is: dit is die geneesmiddel vir jou, die verkwikking vir jou liggaam.” (Spr 3:8) 
    • Jou woorde: “Die tong het mag oor dood en lewe” (Spr 18:21).  “Aangename woorde is heuning, soet en geneeskragtig vir die mens.” (Spr 16:24) 
    • Onvergifnis maak mens bitter en sieklik, soos iemand wat gefolter word. (1 Kor 11:28-30; Matt 18:21-35) 
    • Jou denke:  “’n Kalm gemoed hou die liggaam gesond; hartstog vreet ‘n mens op.” (Spr 14:30) “’n Vrolike mens is ‘n gesonde mens.” (Prov 17:22)
    • Nie alle siekte is a.g.v. sonde nie. (Job 42:7-8)
  2. Die duiwel 
    • Demone:  Matt 17:18; Matt 9:25, 42; Matt 4:35; 4:39
    • Mag van die Duiwel:  “Julle weet van Jesus van Nasaret, dat God Hom met die Heilige Gees gesalf en met krag toegerus het. Hy het rondgegaan, oral goeie werke gedoen en almal gesond gemaak wat in die mag van die duiwel was, want God was by Hom”. (Hand. 10:38)
    • Gees van krankheid (Luk 13:11, 16)
  3. Die Here, God is soewerein: “Besef dit tog: Ek, Ek is die Here! Naas My is daar geen ander God nie. Ek maak dood en Ek gee lewe. Ek maak siek en Ek maak gesond. Uit my mag word niemand bevry nie.” (Deut 32:39) Gen 12:17, Exo 4:11, 15:25, 1 Sam 25;37-38; 2 Sam 12:15, Deut 28:15-68, 32:39, 2 Kon 15:5, 2 Kron 21:18, 19, 26:20-21 Hand 12:22, 23; 13:8-12 asook Job 5:18. 
  4. Indirek ander mense: Dit is duidelik dat ek kan deur iemand aangesteek word, bakteriese infeksies, ‘n bakleiery waar onskuldige mense slagoffers word.  Iemand anders se sonde en oortreding kan dus ook soms die oorsaak wees van siekte en krankheid. 
  5. Die gebroke natuur: “Want die skepping is aan die nietigheid onderworpe — nie gewillig nie, maar ter wille van Hom wat dit onderwerp het…” (Rom 8:18-22) Hittegolwe, plae, droogte, tsunami’s, ens. Soms gebeur daar bloot dinge, ek struikel en val, en breek my arm. 

Alhoewel dit belangrik is om die oorsaak van siekte weet, is die meer belangrike vraag hoe word ek gesond? Uiteindelik is dit God se hart dat ons gesond sal lewe: Deut 11:26. 

God se Hart Agter Genesing

Al ooit gewonder hoekom het Jesus dikwels mens ferm vermaan om nie te gaan vertel wat met hulle gebeur het nie? Was dit dan nie die punt, dat almal in Hom sal glo nie?

Jesus het nooit enige genesing op dieselfde manier gedoen nie, maar vir Hom was genesing meer as bloot die gesondmaking van die simptome. HY wou altyd deel met die oorsaak. Daarom word die melaatse man gevra om na die priester toe te gaan, sodat die kwarantyn opgehef kon word, en hy weer toegelaat word om deel van die gemeenskap te wees.  “Toe steek Jesus sy hand uit, raak hom aan en sê: “Ek wil. Word gesond!” En sy melaatsheid was onmiddellik weg. Jesus sê toe vir hom: “Jy moet dit vir niemand vertel nie, maar gaan wys jou vir die priester en bring die offer wat Moses voorgeskryf het.”  (Matt 8:1-5)

“Baie mense het saam met Hom gegaan, en Hy het hulle almal gesond gemaak, maar hulle belet om in die openbaar oor Hom te praat.”  (Matt 12:16) Hier het Jesus ‘n skare mense genees, tog kapitaliseer Hy nie op die bonatuurlike om nog meer mense te trek nie.  Dit is duidelik soos vroeër verduidelik: Jesus is nie net ‘n wondermiddel of wonderpersoon wat alle siekes genees nie! Want dan sou ons hom gebruik om gesond te word, sonder om te deel met die oorsake van hoekom ons siek geword het in die eerste plek. 

Jesus vra Sy dissipels, wie sê julle is ek? Nadat Petrus openlik verklaar en erken dat Hy die Messias is, word hulle beveel om dit nie oor te vertel nie.  Is dit dan nie die doel dat mense sal weet dat Hy die Messias is nie? Dis tog waaroor redding gaan, dat elke mens sal glo dat hy die Christus is? Toe het Jesus sy dissipels beveel om vir niemand te sê dat Hy die Christus is nie.  (Matt 16:20) Die raaisel verdiep nie waar nie? Die beginsel is: Jesus wil nie net hê ons moet Hom aanbid nie! Hy wil hê ons moet Hom volg. Dis ons gehoorsame navolging van die persoon Jesus Christus, wat genesing bring vir die totale mens. 

Die verheerliking op die berg, is ‘n klinkklare bewys van Sy goddelikheid. Mense is natuurlike twyfelaars.  Hoekom net ‘n paar dissipels toelaat om dit te beleef? Sou die Fariseërs, en al sy vyande nie dan tot inkeer kom, as hulle sou sien wat hier gebeur het nie? Terwyl hulle van die berg afkom, het Jesus hulle beveel: “Wat julle gesien het, moet julle vir niemand vertel voordat die Seun van die mens uit die dood opgewek is nie.” (Matt 17:9) Jesus kapitaliseer nie op die oomblik van Sy goddelike verheerliking en openbaarmaking nie. Dink aan mense wat al deur die eeue by plekke van goddelike verskynsels bymekaar kom, en die verskynsel soos robotte aanbid. 

Een van die mees skouspelagtige wonderwerke wat Jesus gedoen het was die genesing van die doofstom man.  Die man het nie net sy gehoor ontvang nie, maar God het sy spraak in een oomblik herstel.  Al sou iemand se gehoor herstel, sou dit ‘n spraak terapeut maande neem om die persoon te help om korrek te praat.  “Sy ore het dadelik oopgegaan, die belemmering van sy spraak het verdwyn, en hy het reg gepraat. Jesus het die mense belet om dit vir iemand anders te vertel, maar hoe meer Hy hulle belet het, hoe meer het hulle dit verkondig.”  (Mark 7:36) Hier is een van die mees sprekende wonderwerke, wat as jy vandag se bemarking tegnieke van getuienis oorvertel gebruik, ‘n getroue navolging verseker. Jesus doen hierdie wonder in privaatheid.  

Baie mense het gewonder oor Jesus, maar die duiwels het presies geweet wie Hy was. Is daar nie ‘n groter bewys van Sy bediening en egtheid as dat die duiwels Hom herken nie? Maar Jesus het hom skerp aangespreek: “Bly stil en gaan uit hom uit.”  (Mark 1:25). Tog laat Hy hulle nie toe om te spreek nie. 

Jesus het die blinde man aan die hand gevat en hom uit die dorp uit gelei. Die genesing in die geheim verrig, en toe boonop vir hom “belet om dit vir iemand anders te vertel.”.  (Mark 8:26, 30)

Die egtheid van die evangelie skrywers se getuienis, is die nuttelose inligting wat nie weggelaat is nie. Die feit dat Jesus vir hulle opdrag gee om vir die kind iets te ete te gee, het geen doel nie. Tog maak dit die stories, eg en geloofwaardig.  Weereens ‘n perfekte geleentheid om mense te oortuig. Jesus maak nie gebruik om met grootheidswaan, mense te beïndruk nie.  “Haar ouers was stom van verbasing, en Jesus het hulle verbied om vir iemand te vertel wat gebeur het.”  (Luke 8:56)

Die klimaks van Jesus se populariteit is toe Hy die skare kos gee. “Toe die mense die wonderteken sien wat Jesus gedoen het, het hulle gesê: “Hy is werklik die Profeet, die Een wat na die wêreld toe moes kom.” Toe Jesus merk dat hulle Hom met geweld wil kom koning maak, het Hy verder die berg op gegaan, Hy alleen.” (Joh 6:14-15)

Weereens vlug Jesus van die aanstelling van mense, die aanbidding van mense.  Hy wil ons bewus maak dat daar iets dieper is as genesing, wonderwerke, en voedselvoorsiening.  Al hierdie dinge is tydelik, maar daar is meer wat God ons wil gee. Hierdie tekens en wonders is presies dit, tekens. Dit is soos padwysers, rigtingewers na ‘n groter realiteit. Wonderwerke is inderdaad belangrik. “Die boodskap wat ek verkondig, het julle oortuig, nie deur geleerdheid en welsprekendheid nie, maar deur die kragtige werking van die Gees. Dus is julle geloof nie op die wysheid van mense gegrond nie, maar op die krag van God.” (1 Kor 2:4-5) 

Wat is die groter realiteit wat Jesus wou hê hulle moes raaksien? Jesus antwoord hulle: “Dít verseker Ek julle: Julle soek My, nie omdat julle die wondertekens gesien het nie, maar omdat julle van die brood geëet en versadig gewordhet. Julle moet nie werk vir die voedsel wat vergaan nie, maar vir die voedsel wat nie vergaan nie en wat ewige lewe gee. Dit sal die Seun van die mens vir julle gee, want God die Vader het Hom die mag daartoe verleen.” Hulle vra Hom toe: “Wat moet ons doen om te doen wat God van ons verlang?” En Jesus antwoord hulle: “Wat God van julle verlang, is dat julle moet glo in Hom wat Hy gestuur het. (Joh 6:26-29)  Jesus is die geskenk van genesing, nie die genesing op sig self nie. As ek dus Jesus ontvang is ek gesond, want ek het die Geneesheer ontvang! “…want dit is Ek, die Here, wat julle gesond hou.” (Exo 15:26).  

Jesus wil ons herstel, genees, hervorm, restoureer, versoen met ons skeppingsdoel: Om soos God, goddelike, goeie, opbouende, positiewe, vrug te dra.  Die aanbidders wat met waserige oë ‘n goddelike verskynsel aanbid, besef nog nie hulle eie goddelikke skeppingsdoel van godsvrugtigheid nie. Hulle wag en smeek vir ‘n wonderwerk van bo af. Hulle besef nie die wonderwerk Christus, wil in ons kom woon, en deur ons wonderdade en regdoen verrig nie. 

Die genesing wat Christus in ons wil werk is ook meer as net die fisiese genesing. Hy wil ons hele menswees genees. Hy wil God se skeppingsdoel vir ons, in ons restoureer.  “Dié wat Hy lank tevore verkies het, het Hy ook bestem om gelykvormig te wees aan die beeld van sy Seun” (Rom. 8:29) In al hierdie verhale waar Jesus mense vermaan het om nie oor te vertel nie, was die mense verbaas, verstom en beïndruk met Jesus. Hulle wou Hom dus aanbid, maar Hy het dit nie toegelaat nie, Hy soek meer as ons aanbidding, Hy soek ons geloofsgehoorsaamheid! 

Daar is 2 verhale waar Jesus beïndruk was. Die een was die genesing van die offisier se slaaf (Matt. 8:5-13; Luk. 7:1-10; Joh. 4:43-54). Hierdie man het ook genesing kom soek by Jesus, maar hy het Jesus gesien. Hy noem Jesus Here. Hy sien Jesus is ‘n man van gesag soos hy. Daarom vra Jesus om net ‘n woord te spreek. Jesus se reaksie is: Jesus was verwonderd toe Hy dit hoor, en Hy sê vir die mense wat agter Hom aan gekom het: “Dit verseker Ek julle: Ek het nog by niemand in Israel so ‘n groot geloof teëgekom nie. Ek sê vir julle: Baie sal van die ooste en die weste af kom en saam met Abraham, Isak en Jakob aan tafel gaan in die koninkryk van die hemel. Maar mense vir wie die koninkryk bedoel is, sal in die diepste duisternis daarbuite gegooi word, waar hulle sal huil en op hulle tande sal kners.” (Matt 8:10-12). Lees hierdie vers deeglik deur. Jesus maak ‘n geskiedkundige, waterskeiding, omkeer verklaring! “Baie sal van die ooste en die weste af kom en saam met Abraham, Isak en Jakob aan tafel gaan in die koninkryk van die hemel” Van wie praat Jesus hier? Van diegene, wat Hom sien, waarlik sien! Mense van elke volk en nasie en taal wat Jesus sien vir wie Hy werklik is, nie hom nie net sien as ‘n ‘argetipe’ onpersoonlike masjien wat mense gesond maak nie.  Die ander verhaal is van die Kanaänitiese vrou. Wie Jesus eers nie wou help nie.  “Mevrou,” sê Jesus vir haar, “jou geloof is groot. Jou wens word vervul.” Van daardie oomblik af was die dogter gesond.” (Matt. 15:28). Sy het nie Jesus se weiering aanvaar nie, en aanhou glo.  

Ons sien dat Jesus ook graag wou hê Sy dissipels moes Hom regtig sien, Hom verstaan. Is dit nie die soeke van enige leermeester, leier, of voorganger nie? Sommige is daar net vir die aansien, die geld, die roem, die posisie, die genesing, die wonderwerk.   Jesus wou uiteindelik hê dat hulle moes doen wat Hy doen. Hulle moes net soos Hy in die geloof wonderwerke verrig. (Luk 10:19; Mat 10:8) 

Drie wonderwerke waar Jesus Sy frustrasie met die dissipels wys, dat hulle nog nie sien nie: 

  1. Jesus maak die storm stil. “Waarom is julle bang? Het julle dan nie geloof nie?” (Mark 4:40) 
  2. Die vermeerdering van die brood. “Gee julle vir hulle iets om te eet.” (Mark 6:37) 
  3. Petrus is die eerste dissipel wat iets begin sien. Toe sê Petrus vir Hom: “Here, as dit regtig U is, beveel my om op die water na U toe te kom.” “Kom!” sê Hy. (Matt 14:28-29) Tog begin hy vinnig twyfel toe hy na die branders kyk. Dadelik het Jesus sy hand uitgesteek, hom gegryp en vir hom gesê: “Kleingelowige, waarom het jy begin twyfel?” (Matt 14:31) 

“The purpose of Jesus is not only to save men from their sins, but by the grace of God to begin in the souls of men that marvelous development in the nature and mind and understanding of God our Father, until by the grace of God we are able to take our place and our part in the kingdom of Jesus Christ and bear our share of responsibility.” ― John G. Lake,

Die Mees Gesondste Mense Glo Reg 

“…enigiets wat ‘n mens nie uit geloofsoortuiging doen nie, is sonde.” (Rom 14:23) “As ‘n mens nie glo nie, is dit onmoontlik om te doen wat God wil. Wie tot God nader, moet glo dat Hy bestaan en dat Hy dié wat Hom soek, beloon.” (Heb 11:6) 

Hoeveel van ons besluite, keuses, gewoontes, is gegrondves in ‘n geloofsoortuiging? Hoe ons die wêreld sien, wat ons koop? Hoekom ons koop? Waar ons bly, en werk is alles gegrondves in wat ons glo oor onsself, God en die toekoms. 

Jesus het mens geword, fisies gedemonstreer wat Hy gepreek het, en uiteindelik gesterwe vir ons sonde, om ons met God te versoen, opgestaan uit die dood, opgevaar en gaan sit aan die regterhand van God, en toe die Heilige Gees gestuur om in ons te regeer! Waarvoor wag ons? Wat op aarde moet God nog doen? Hy het alles volbring sodat ons deur Hom, dit is deur Sy bekragtiging Christus te leef in elke plek waar Hy ons roep!  

As ons dus reg sien! Werklik sien! Sien wat Hy gedoen het! Wie Hy is! As ons dit daadwerklik, met oortuiging glo, sien ons die wêreld skielik in ‘n hele ander lig. Terwyl ons aanhou om presies te doen wat HY ons beveel om dit te doen, verander die lewe heeltemal vir ons. Ons sal ‘n heeltemal ander perspektief hê en ‘n nuwe houding teenoor die lewe, dinge en mense hê! Ons is gesond, na liggaam, siel en gees. 

Jesus Genees die Hele Mens 

John G. Lake het geglo dat Jesus se genesingswerk drieledig is: Hy bevry ons van boosheid, sodat ons geestelik gesond, en vol kan wees van die Heilige Gees. Ons kommunikeer en beleef verbondenheid met God deur ons gees. Tweedens, genees die Here ons siel, ons konneksie met mense. Omdat ons vrede met God gemaak het, genees die Here ons siel. Ons siel is hoe ons verbind is met die mensdom om ons.  Sielsus en vrede met self en die mense om my, is genesing! 

Jesus was altyd bekommerd oor die hele mens en nie net die simptome van siekte nie.  Hy het dikwels eers die geestelike aspekte hanteer.  Sy gesprek met die Samaritaanse vrou by die put het gefokus op die basiese konflikte in haar persoonlikheid.  Vir Jesus is gesondheid meer as net die afwesigheid van fisiese en geestelike siektes – dit gaan oor die hele mens. 

God wil ons genees, maar meer nog: Hy wil ons moet ander genees! “En by die stroom sal aan altwee kante allerhande bome groei om van te eet, waarvan die blare nie sal verdor en die vrugte nie sal opraak nie; elke maand sal hulle nuwe vrugte dra; want die waters waar hulle aan staan—uit die heiligdom stroom hulle; en hulle vrugte sal wees om te eet en hulle blare om te genees. (Eze 47:12)

“Die Here sal hom bystaan in sy siekte. As hy siek is, sal U hom genees.”  (Ps 41:4) 

Jesus Genees op Verskillende Maniere 

God nie net besorg oor die genesing van ons liggame nie. Hy wil ook hê dat ons ’n sekere regte gesonde lewenswyse aanleer.  Jy self is verantwoordelik vir jou gesondheid.  Van die 35 wondertekens wat Jesus gedoen het, was 26 genesings.  In 6 gevalle is bose geeste uitgedryf.  

  1. Bely julle sonde: (James 5:16) 
  2. Ouderlinge salf met olie: (James 5:14-15)
  3. Dokters: Geneeshere is vir die siekes (Mat 9:12; Mark 2:17; Luk 5:31) Daar word na Lukas verwys as die “geliefde geneesheer” (Col 4:14)
  4. Mediese versorging: die barmhartige samaritaan verbind die man, en salf sy wonde. (Lukas 10:33–34)
  5. Alternatiewe geneeskunde: Gebruik bietjie wyn vir die ontsteldheid met die maag. (1 Tim 5:23) 
  6. Ons teenwoordigheid bring genesing: Die blare van die boom is tot genesing van die nasies’ (Openbaring 22:2; Ps 1:2-3; Eze 47:12; Jer 17:8)
  7. Die Woord van God genees. (Luk 4:4)
  8. Toe Jesus hulle geloof sien: (Mar 2:5; Mat 9:29)
  9. Vergifnis: (Mat 18:34-35)
  10. Vereenselwig deur die Nagmaal met Sy lyding:  (1 Kor 11:28–30)
  11. Lofprysing: “Loof die Here, o my siel, en alles wat binne-in my is, sy heilige Naam! Loof die Here, o my siel, en vergeet geeneen van sy weldade nie! Wat al jou ongeregtigheid vergewe, wat al jou krankhede genees”. (Psalm 103:1–3)
  12. Lappies en doeke wat gesalf is: (Acts 19:11-12)
  13. Hande Oplegging: (Mar 6:5, 13; 16:15, 17–18)
  14. Duiwels uitgedryf: (Mar 9:14-29; Matt. 17:14-20; Luk. 9:37-43)
  15. Dien die Here en vermy wat sleg is: dit is die geneesmiddel vir jou, die verkwikking vir jou liggaam. (Spr 3:8) 

Die slotsom is: Christus is gesondheid. Wanneer ons die meeste soos Jesus is, is ons die mees gesondste mense op die planeet! 

Dit is ook moontlik om ‘n gesonde lewe te lei: 

  1. Wanneer al my verhoudings met God, self, mense en die natuur gesond en heilsaam is. 
  2. Ek gereeld oefen, slaap, en ‘n gebalanseerde gesonde dieet volg. 
  3. Werk kan genesend, en stimulerend van aard wees. 
  4. My denke is soos ‘n tuin, wat ek plant, bepaal hoe ek dink, en hoe ek lewe. 
  5. Om vir ander te gee, te help en te dien is genesend.  
  6. Om soos ‘n kind te wees, en sommer net lekker gesonde pret te hê is ‘n wonderkuur! 
  7. Deur gasvry te wees, en vir mense lekker kos te maak is genesend! 
  8. Deur ‘n vredemaker te wees, en versoening te bewerk tussen mense bring genesing. 

God Se Geskenk Van Genesing Aan Die Wêreld Is Sy Gesonde Liggaam die Kerk 


Samekomste skep atmosfeer vir genesing: 

Ons glo gemeente wees, het iets te doen met ‘n helende tuin, die herstel van Eden. Alles wat ons doen, in heilige diversiteit, komplekse eenvoud, interafhanklikheid, skep ‘n genesende habitat, waar mense kan gesond word op elke vlak.  Die Bybel gee ons geen tyd aanduiding van presies wanneer gelowiges bymekaar gekom het nie. Ons lees gereeld van ‘daagliks’, ‘eerste dag van die week’, gemeenskaplike maaltye.  Dit wil sê: Kerk-wees gebeur in die saamwees! Ons hou van saamwees! Ons geniet mekaar se geselskap, en om in ons verhoudinge diepgaande geesgenote te word! Ons hou dus verskeie byeenkomste, vir kinders, volwassenes, mans, vrouens, geskeides, vir Afrikaanse maar ook Engelse mense, vir ou mense en jong mense, vir sakemense en boere, vir geskeides maar ook getroudes! Die lys gaan net aan en aan! 

Ons hou allerhande tipe byeenkomste vir alle soorte mense, sodat elkeen Jesus kan ontdek en leer om hom te volg! 

Ons fokus dat al ons byeenkomste die volgende elemente bevat: 

  1. Ons byeenkomste fokus op skrifgebaseerde, leerstellige gebalanseerde, akkurate Jesus-gesentreerde prediking. 
  2. Ons byeenkomste is spiritueel en maar ruimte vir geestelike en bonatuurlike gebeure, waar ons vir siekes bid en hulle die hande op lê, en duiwels uitdryf, en floreer in die toepassing van die gawes van die Heilige Gees. 
  3. Ons byeenkomste fokus op lofprysing en aanbidding wat God behaag.  
  4. Ons byeenkomste maak ruimte vir getuienisse, wedersydse opbouende insette. 
  5. Ons byeenkomste is deelnemend van aard. 
  6. Ons byeenkomste is verrassend, relevant, en kreatief. 
  7. Ons maak ruimte in ons byeenkomste vir gebed, meditasie en saam-luister wat God wil sê. 
  8. Ons herdenk die Here se nagmaal so gereeld as wat ons kan.  
  9. Ons bied gereeld vir mense die geleentheid om te gee soos die Here dit op hulle harte lê. 
Genees ons verhoudinge


Ons glo in groot byeenkomste wat impak maak, maar verhoudinge groei dieper alleenlik in die kleingroep. Ons huiskerke moet naby genoeg wees, sodat daar werklike ondersteuning kan wees in tye van nood. Daarom wil ons huiskerke aanbied in elke dorp in die Olifantsvallei en Matsikama omgewing. Die huiskerk is jou geestelike familie, omgee groep. Dis hier waar ons leer om ons geestelike gawes te ontwikkel. Dissipelskap, verantwoordbaarheid, en dissipline gebeur in die liefdevolle intimiteit van die kleingroep familie.  

Harvester Huiskerk Leiers:

  1. Jan & Celna Genis (Clanwilliam/Graafwater) 
  2. Willie & Wena Botha (Clanwilliam)
  3. Audrey & Dave Botes (Clanwilliam) 
  4. Dirkie & Lezel Mouton (Clanwilliam) 
  5. Francois & Bertina Engelbrecht (Lambertsbaai) 
  6. WP & Karien vd Merwe (Citrusdal) 
  7. Tom & Haneke Ferreira (Citrusdal) 
  8. Owen & Cherisse Burger (Citrusdal) 
  9. Neil & Olivia Hall (Citrusdal) 
  10. Van Rhynsdorp
  11. Vredendal
  12. Lutzville  
  13. Eendekuil
  14. Graafwater
Genees ons denke 


“Want soos hy in sy siel bereken, so is hy.” (Spreuke 23:7) Jesus het mense se manier van dink, gedurig gekonfronteer en uitgedaag. Die Woord van God is ‘n raamwerk, en platvorm, ‘n riglyn om te leer om reg en nugter te dink. In ‘n onlangse studie wat deur die “Bible Engagement Centre” gedoen is met 40000 mense, is bevind dat mense wat die Bybel aandagtig vier keer per week bestudeer en lees, merkwaardig meer gesond is.[5] Ons “Miracle Bible Training Centre” kurrikulum is dan gefokus om sistematies deur die Bybel te werk, en die Bybel in die lig van Christus reg te verstaan.  Ons bied ook ‘n wye verskeidenheid praktiese vakke aan.  

Die mees belangrike kursus wat elkeen in die gemeente deurgaan in die begin is die Fondasie kursus wat fokus op die ses fondasie leerstellinge in Hebreers 6 asook: Onderskei God se stem, Lofprysing & aanbidding, Gebed, Vyfvoudbediening, Dissipelskap, en Offergawes.  Die Bybelskool is nie vir sommige mense nie. Dit is vir almal! Want dit is die primêre metode om genesing in mense se lewens te werk.  Die doel is om jou Bybel/woord fiks te maak. Daarom is die bybelskool nie eenrigting kommunikasie nie, daar is deelname, vrae-vrae tyd, en huiswerk betrokke sodat elkeen die Woord vir hom of haarself kan verstaan.  

Genees ons werk en gedrag


Ons bied spesifieke programme aan om mense wat hulle eie besighede besit, te help om hulle besigheid so te organiseer dat die mense wat daar werk deur hulle werk betrokkenheid ook gesond kan word! Tweedens help ons ook die spesifieke werker, om ‘n beter werker te word en sodoende ook genesing in die werksplek te werk.  Die verwagting en persepsie van baie mense oor werk is dat dit vleeslik, aards, sekulêr, teenoor-geestelik, ‘n straf, en vloek is. Tog wanneer mense aftree en nie hoef te werk nie, dan werk hulle meer as ooit.  Wanneer ons sterf dan sê ons “rus in vrede” asof die persoon nooit in die ewigheid gaan werk nie.  

Soos ons Jesus volg, leer Hy ons Sy manier en beginsels om te leef. Hy skenk ons Sy genade, en werk die vrug van die Gees in ons karakter. Ons morele kompas verander rigting: getrouheid, eerlikheid, waarheid, hou by jou woord, betaal elkeen wat hy toekom, wees ’n goeie rentmeester ensovoorts word die nuwe werkswyse.  Ons begin regeer! Rom 5:17 “reign in this life” Ons oorwin ons swakhede, slegte gewoontes, verkeerde humeur, verslawings.  Ons interaksie met mekaar in die liggaam, saam besigheid doen, vir mekaar werk het skadukolle geopenbaar in almal van ons. Werkswyses wat nie die Here eer bring nie is aan die lig gebring.  Mense het vir jare in die kerk hulle verkeerde leefstyl weggesteek, want ons kan in die kerk Sondag een mens wees, maar Maandae in die werk is ons iemand anders. Vir ons is werk deel van ons aanbidding. 

Genees alle nasies/etos 


Die Jesus lewe is eintlik eenvoudig: Wag op die Here en spandeer tyd in gebed, mediteer met ‘n oop Bybel, kry ‘n openbaring en instruksie vir jou lewe, en gaan voer dit dan uit.  

Communion- Commission-Commission



Father-Son-Holy Spirit.

Dit beteken dat elkeen in die gemeente ‘n goddelike roeping het om te vervul.  Dat elkeen weet wat om te doen, nie omdat hulle aangesê is deur ‘n organisasie om te doen nie, waar deur die Heilige Gees gemotiveer en bekragtig. Dit beteken ook prakties, ons maak dissipels. Ons vermenigvuldig. Ons gee en deel wat ons ontvang het.  Die gemeente maak dus gesamentlik ‘n impak op die kultuur van die gemeenskap.  Want elkeen funksioneer en bring genesing, herstel en versoening in die 5 primêre regering sektore: Regering, Ekonomie, Opvoeding, Gesondheid, en Wet & Orde. Maar ons maak ook ‘n verskil deur die saambindende katalisators soos: Sport, die Kunste, Rekreasie ens.  Ons is sout en lig! Ons bring genesing en versoening na elke nasie, en etos in ons samelewing waar Hy ons na toe stuur.  







Herdefinieer ‘WERK’ volgens Bybelse Grondslag

Hoe het die wêreld gelyk waarin Jesus Hom bevind het? Wie was die mense wat in sy gehore gesit het? 

Die Romeine het die Wêreld regeer, deur militêre magsoorname. Hulle stel een geldeenheid in, banke, en hoë belastings. Hulle ontwikkel infrastruktuur, paaie, hawens, indrukwekkende poorte, en pilaargange, arenas, markpleine waarvan daar van Engeland tot Europa vandag nog sigbare oorblyfsels is.  Met om en by 50 – 70 Miljoen mense rondom die Mediterreense See, is Rome die hoofstad, Galilea en Judea het om en by 600000 inwoners is een van die provinsies wat deur Herodus geregeer word.  

Die wêreld is deur ryk en magtige families beheer. As jy nie in daardie familie gebore is nie, is dit jou lot, jy kan nie jouself opwerk nie. Die gewone mens het nie ‘n stem of invloed nie. Daar word nie gestem oor besluite nie. Die klein Joodse groepering, het hulle reg tot selfbeskikking verloor toe Julius Caesar in 40nC deur Militêre gesag die opper hand kry. Julius word deur sy eie senaat vermoor, en Augustus word die nuwe prokonsul, wat deur ‘n fyn balans van militêre en ekonomiese mag die wêreld beheer. 

Die vergrieksing of hellenisme van die Wêreld is op sy kruin, waardeur die Griekse wysbegeerte, taal, kuns, wiskunde, wetenskap die kultuur en wêreldbeskouing van die wêreld bepaal.  

Die ekonomiese demografie van die mense in Galilea lyk soos volg. 

1. Keiserlike Elite: vorm 0.04% van die populasie. 

2. Streek-of-Distrik elite: 1%): Sommige Militêre regeerders, en afgetrede offisiere. Soos die romeinse offisier. (Luk 7:1-10) 

3. Munisipale Elite 1.76%: Welgestelde hoofde en bestuurders van koningshuise, soos Johanna die vrou van Gusa, ‘n hoë amptenaar van Herodes. Hierdie vroue het uit eie middele vir Jesus en die twaalf gesorg (Luk 8:3) 

4. Handelaars en ambagsmanne, belasting gaarders, soldate: ongeveer 7% van die bevolking

5. Gereelde loonverdieners, ambagsmanne, groot winkeleienaars, vissermanne: beraamde 22% van die bevolking. 

6. Kleinboerfamilies, arbeiders (geskoolde en ongeskoolde), ambagsmanne (veral dié wat in diens van ander is), loonarbeiders. Onder oorlewing armoede merk: 40% van die bevolking. 

7. Armes: 28 % van die samelewing. Onverbonde weduwees, weeskinders, bedelaars, gestremdes, ongeskoolde dagarbeiders en gevangenes.[1]

Volgens beramings het 9 uit 10 persone naby die bestaansvlak of onder dit gewoon. Daar was geen middelklas nie. Die staat het nie veel kommer vir die armes getoon nie. Die vermoë om ‘n mens se sosiale status te verbeter, was gebaseer op met wie jy assosieer. Geen persoon kon op hulle eie, van klas verander en opskuif in die sosiale leer nie. Daarom Herodus se gesteldheid om die Keiser in Rome te ondersteun, en te alle tye sy magbasis te behou deur militêre geweld, interne vennootskappe met die Sanhedrin en geestelike leiers van die tyd. 

Daar was, vanuit ’n sosio-ekonomiese oogpunt bekyk, eintlik net twee “klasse” mense: die klein groepie aristokrate (sowat 2 na 3 persent van die totale bevolking) en die groot massa kleinboere (sowat 80- 85 persent van die bevolking). ’n Kleinerige groepie mense (± 8 persent) kan ons beskryf as die “ondersteunersklas” – dit is nou mense soos priesters, skrifgeleerdes, handelaars, belastinggaarders, weermagoffisiere, en so meer. 

Die grootste dilemma was egter dat kleinboere vasgevang was in ’n onbreekbare siklus van arbeid, belasting en skuld. Die aristokratiese en hiërargiese waardestelsel van die destydse kulture (en spesifiek dan van die situasie in Romeinse Palestina) het noodwendig veroorsaak dat klein-boere geëksploiteer moes word – dikwels tot op die uiterste van hulle vermoëns. Hierdie mense was oorwegend moeg en honger, en al te bewus van die onontkombaarheid van skuld, van die voortdurende druk om te werk vir die voordeel van ander. Die algehele gemoed van die mense was een van magteloosheid, en vrees.  

Die eerste-eeuse Galilea was dus hoofsaaklik landboukundig, met ‘n geringe visserybedryf, en die bevolking daarvan was ekonomies grootliks afhanklik van die welgestelde elite, waarvan die meerderheid in die enigste 3 stede Jerusalem, Sepphoris en Tiberias gewoon het, waarvan Jerusalem die grootste, die godsdienstige en wetgewende hoofstad. Die elite het geleef deur die landelike bevolking van Galilië te belas, sonder ‘n direkte verband met die gewone mense. Hulle agente het belasting verhaal. Soms het die inwoners die geleentheid gehad om self in die plaaslike gemeentes, die sinagoges, kleiner wettige sake self te hanteer. [2]

Handelaars sal onmiddellik herkenbaar wees deur die simbole wat hulle gedra het. Skrynwerkers het houtspaanders agter hul ore vasgesit, naalde in hul tunieke vasgemaak, en kleremakers het gekleurde vodde gedra.

Die armoede in Galilea word ook weerspieël deur die feit dat byna geen oorblyfsels van opbergingsgeboue vir graan of ander produkte by argeologiese opgrawings in Galilea gevind is nie en hoegenaamd geen winkels gehad het nie. Die Galileërs het skynbaar alles wat hulle geproduseer het, verteer. Na die huur, belasting, leningsvrystelling en rente was daar eenvoudig niks om mee te handel nie.

Hedendaagse lande met ‘n BBP per capita gelykstaande aan die Romeinse Ryk in Jesus se tyd, sluit Tsjad, Haïti, Madagaskar, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, Tanzanië en Zimbabwe in.[3]

Bybelse Ekonomiese Uitkoms:

Daar is 500 teksverse oor gebed, minder as 500 oor geloof, maar 2350 verse oor geld en besittings; in die 4 Evangelies handel een uit elke tien verse (288) direk oor geld; 16 van die 38 gelykenisse wat Jesus vertel het, handel oor die regte aanwending van geld en besittings. Naas die Koninkryk van God, is die “onderwerp” waaroor Jesus die meeste gepraat het, dié van geld en besittings. In die Bybel is geld en die regte gebruik daarvan baie belangrik.

Die grootste frustrasie van die mense was, dat die geestelike leiers van hulle tyd, kop in een mus was met die regering van die dag. Die fariseërs wat probeer het om die volk terug te bring na hulle Bybelse wettiese oorsprong het nog meer wette en reëls voorgestel en af geforseer, in die naam van vrymaking! Hulle het geglo, deur al hierdie wette getrou na te kom, sal die Here die volk verlos. 

Een van die aspekte wat die Evangelie van Jesus Christus onderskei van al onder gelowe en spiritualiteit is die manier hoe Jesus handel met die realiteite van die lewe: Jesus bedien die grootste deel van sy tyd, in die kleinere dorpies, en vermy die stede soos Tiberius en Sepphoris. Hy woon selfs eerder tydens sy besoeke aan Jerusalem in Bethanie ‘n klein dorpie buite Jerusalem. 

Kom ons lees nou hierdie gedeelte, waar die inhoud van Johannes se prediking in een paragraaf opgesom word. 

Lees: Luk 3:7-15 

  1. Ware bekering met gepaardgaande vrug.

Die realiteit is: as mense hulle nie gaan bekeer van hulle verkeerde wee, gaan niks verander nie. Owerspel het verwoestende gevolge vir almal, buiten die twee skuldiges wat dit nie raaksien nie.  Drankmisbruik het ook negatiewe nagevolge, maar die een wat hierin vasgevang is, sien dit nie. Godsdienspleging het gevolge!  Ongehoorsaamheid het gevolge! Dink net hoe uitgelewer en magteloos kwaad voel jy, as iemand jou besittings gesteel het. Sonde het gevolge! Dit bring verwoesting en pyn! Daarom Johannes se oproep. Bekeer julle! Julle gaan nie die oordeel van God vryspring nie!  So het ons ook in SA, ‘n “Transformational Revival en Moral Regeneration” nodig. 

Nou is die vraag: Wat as mense hulle bekeer het? God bring die hartsverandering, werk die vrug van die Gees in ons as ons nuwe natuur, vul ons met Sy Gees en krag. Wat het ons dan nou nog nodig? Toe die rykes, tollenaars en soldate hom vra: “Wat moet ons nou doen?” Is Johannes se antwoord verrassend. Hy gee hulle duidelike instruksies om die Lewe van Christus te demonstreer in die manier hoe hulle gee, en reg doen! 

2) Ewige Nou is die nuwe permanent.

God se koninkryk leefstyl en bedryfstelsel transendeer tyd, en tydelikheid van politiek en ekonomie.  Julle moet nie ontsteld wees nie. Glo in God; glo ook in My. In die huis van my Vader is daar baie woonplek (Joh 14:1-2) Die koninkryk van God is onwankelbaar, terwyl alles wat geskud kan word, geskud word. (Heb 12:28-29) Johannes se antwoorde is betekenisvol want sy opdrag aan hierdie mense is om nie van beroep te verander nie. Hulle hoef ook nie iets geestelik te gaan doen, om God se guns te verwerf nie. Hulle hoef geen godsdiens rituele te gaan uitvoer nie. Hulle moet bloot soos Christus gee wat hulle in oorvloed het, en nie geld op oneerlike manier verdien nie.  

3) Ware familie van koninkryksburgers, in denke en sinne.

Familie besighede is volgens verskeie ekonomiese studies, die mees volhoubare manier om jou welvaart te groei.  Onthou rykes, tollenaars en soldate word deur die meeste mense van daardie tyd met negatiwiteit bejeën. Hier sluit Johannes hulle in, God se familie deur te gaan en reg te doen! Vandag nog kan ons ‘n lokale kollektief verkry in ons gemeenskappe, wanneer almal begin gee, en reg doen.  Hierdie opdrag transendeer 2000 jaar se geskiedenis, en menslike ontwikkeling, en is vandag nog steeds net so relevant as toe die woorde uit Johannes se mond gekom het. Wanneer versuur ‘n vennootskap? Wanneer een nie gelyk sy kant bring nie. Wanneer baklei kinders wanneer hulle ‘n taak saam moet verrig? Wanneer een nie sy kant bring nie, en lyf wegsteek.  So het ons nodig as ‘n samelewing om almal ons kant te bring! 

4) Goddelike karakter Bybelse monetêre geldeenheid. 

Dit is net in Christus waar vertroue herstel kan word, en verdien word deur ‘n lewe toegewy aan Hom. As geld die oorwegende motief is, versuur dit die verhoudinge en verwagtinge. Die geld eenheid waarin God die wêreld regeer is goddelike karakter.  Wanneer ons werk met integriteit, presiesheid, kundigheid, en uitnemendheid maak dit vir ons deure oop. Word ‘n spesialis op jou gebied. Doen wat jy doen met eerlikheid, insig en wysheid, sonder om iemand ooit te na te kom, en jy sal voorspoedig wees.  

5) Behou jou posisie en gebruik jou invloed.

Die feit dat die persone teruggestuur word in hulle betrokke beroepe, is vreemd. Tollenaars neem mense se hard verdiende geld vir belasting. Soldate werk vir die Romeine? Is dit die werk van ‘n Christen, om vir ‘n heidense regeerder wet en orde te handhaaf? Ja dit is presies wat Johannes benadruk, behou jou posisie, maar gebruik jou invloed om reg te doen. 

“A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Prov 10:4)

Werk is bevredigend wanneer jy goed daarin is, jy skeppend is en iets doen goed. 

God het die aarde geskep en gesê dit is goed. Die 3rde dag toe God grond en water skei… Dis is goed! Die wêreld toon onbeperkte begeertes, maar met beperkte hulpbronne. Ons kan alleenlik ons begeertes vervul deur goeie rentmeesters te wees van die hulpbronne wat God ons gegee het in die skepping. Ons kan alleenlik ons drome vervul, deur hard te werk. 

Dis interessant dat die goud in Genesis ook deur God goed genoem is: And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. (Gen 1:12)  Good: “An adjective meaning good, well-pleasing, fruitful, morally correct, proper, convenient.” 

Die gelykenisse van die ponde en talente versterk ook die gedagte van werk, vermeerdering van wat jy ontvang deur daarmee te woeker. Die antwoord vir ‘n gesonde mensdom, is wanneer almal werk en produktief is. Ons moet herbesin oor hoe ons dink oor werk. Werk is goed. Werk is God se voorsiening aan die mens. Werk as dit Bybels reg gedoen word, volgens God se ritme van elke 7de dag rus, is vervullend. 

[1] Häkkinen, S. (2016). Poverty in the first-century Galilee. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 72(4).

[2] Lausanne Movement. (2019). Wealth Creation: Biblical Views and Perspectives – Lausanne Movement. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 Nov. 2019].

[3] Based on data published in Groningen Growth and Development Centre, ‘The Maddison-Project,’ Accessed August 30, 2017,, 2013 version.