THE ROAD NOT TAKEN…

I wonder if the ANC will now take a page out of Zanu-PF in Zimbabwe’s book and get rid of the rot that has not only been destroying their own movement, but the fortunes of the nation as well.

And I agree, that President Zuma is not the only corrupt individual in government on all levels, but he is the head and therefore he enables corruption during his tenure.

In church circle’s we loosely quote a Biblical principle that the “anointing always flows from the top down.” This means that if the team consistently performs badly there has to be a problem with the head, and not just the coach, but the managing bodies and executive officials who interfere as well.

And we obviously cannot ask our military to do what Zimbabwe’s military has done – I honestly do not believe that we have the same restraint that Zimbabwe’s military and their people have shown since the military moved into Harare.

But the “sane” in the ANC need to take their stand now, during this season, culminating at the ANC elective conference. They have to unseat Jacob Zuma as party president and the incumbent leadership should recall him as President of SA immediately thereafter.

Removing Jacob Zuma as president of the Republic is priority now for the future hopes of South Africa.

I think that I’d be safe to say that this is the national sentiment, and that it would be in the interest of the public and the poor in our nation for the man to relinquish the highest office of the land.

The call for Zuma to step down is not a campaign of “White Monopoly Capital” – it is the call of South Africans, including myself.

Let Jacob Zuma step down and let him face the consequences of his corrupt actions as president, and before, in a court of law.

I pray for the salvation of his soul, but I also pray for him to be removed from office. As a man, he needs Jesus, but as our president he needs to step down.

Perhaps, like the poet, if the ANC does not act now, they will one day look back at the road not taken and regret the season when they had lost their party and the country, simply because there were no heroes left in their liberation movement.

Prayer of Repentance: Racism in RSA

Prayer of Repentance by Anneke Rabe tabled at SACLI Anti-Racism Coalition Meeting held at GracePoint Church in Johannesburg on Thursday, 28 September 2017.

Father, I submit this afternoon before You and ask that You will help me to pray this prayer of repentance. I stand before You and every Black, Coloured, Khoi,San and Indian person of SA. I stand in the gap as a White Afrikaner woman. I stand for all White people in SA – both Afrikaans and English. I stand for the White people of the past, present and future generations. I also stand in the gap for those White people of SA whose hearts are hard and who will never say sorry.

 I want to ask forgiveness today to all my fellow Black, Coloured, Khoi ,San and Indian South Africans. We, as White people have sinned against you, over and over again. Today we want to repent unconditionally.

I want to ask forgiveness today here in __________ for the land act of 1913. I want to ask forgiveness for the many broken covenants because of that act and the many acts of segregation and Apartheid that came after that. I want to ask forgiveness that because of that Act we as Whites have deprived you and your ancestors from owning the right to own land in your own country.

I want to ask your forgiveness for the major socio-economic repercussions that that act had. I ask forgiveness that because of that act we turned your people from independent people to dependent people. I ask forgiveness for the ruthless manner in which the Land Act was imposed. I ask forgiveness for the many evictions and for the way we abused your people through this Act to get cheap forced labour.

I ask forgiveness that my people made your people feel like outcasts in their own country.

I ask forgiveness for the oppressive legislation.

I ask forgiveness for the cattle culling

I ask forgiveness for the loss of 87% of the land 

I want to ask forgiveness for the way we treated you. I repent of the pride of the white people. I repent that we thought that we are better than you. It is a sin. I repent for the way that we shamed, humiliated and oppressed you, your mothers, your fathers, your brothers, your sisters, your uncles and your aunts.

I ask forgiveness for the killings, for the people who died under the evil system of Apartheid. I ask forgiveness for the people that died in Sharpeville, Soweto and many other places. I especially ask forgiveness for the death of the children who died in Sharpeville, Soweto and many other places.

I repent for the inferior education that you received under apartheid. I repent that our people forced you to be educated in Afrikaans. I repent that we robbed you of a proper education.

I ask forgiveness for the pain, anguish, the fear and shock that you had to endure under apartheid. I ask forgiveness for our ignorance. I ask forgiveness for the pass laws. I ask forgiveness for the detentions. I ask forgiveness for the imprisonments. I ask forgiveness for the tortures. I ask forgiveness for the violence.

As a woman and a mother, I want to repent on behalf of all white women that influenced our husbands and children to be racist and to treat you harshly.

 I thank God and you for staying true to the gospel of Jesus Christ in these terrible times of apartheid. Above all I want to repent today of the way the Church condoned Apartheid and because of that many turned away from God.

 Lord please quiet the blood that is calling out over our nation, that was spilt during the Apartheid years. Lord please turn the tide and heal our land. Your kingdom come, Your will be done for South Africa.

I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ!

Amen.

Prophetic Direction – Final Quarter of 2017

There is a definite move of the Spirit to unite the church during this season.

The Biblical theology of revival requires believers to be “in one accord” and “in one place,” (Acts 2:1).

I believe that it is God’s plan to see the body of Christ come together in different places around the world to enable and see the manifestation of His Glory in earth! As the Scripture says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea,” (Hab.2:14).

Let the church of God in the earth arise. This is our moment. God wants to show the world His power at work in the lives of people. Not another great program or strategy. Just simply the demonstration of the Spirit and power (1 Cor.2:4).

Can we open ourselves up to what God is up to? Can we find out what God is doing and align ourselves with that? Can we submit ourselves to God’s program and God’s activity?

 

The Move of God We Need in Port Elizabeth

God is still in the business of taking cities!

Acts 8:5-8
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.

It is important to note that God has a divine agenda for whole cities! It, therefore, needs to become the deliberate and intentional desire and venture of the church to take the city for Jesus!

And the move of God we need in Port Elizabeth and in the broader Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is the same as the move of God in Samaria so many years ago:
– God had a vessel (Philip)
– God honoured the deliberate work of Philip in and to the       city (preaching)
– God moved beyond Philip’s plan
– The city changed because the people accepted Jesus

The way we will take Port Elizabeth is if all the Christians everywhere in the city, begin to understand and know that we are all God’s ministers where we work and live in the world, and specifically in the city.

The move of God we need in the city is an explosion of Holy Spirit power and demonstration through salvation of souls and miracles, including salvation of leaders in key leadership position in the local government structures, in education, in law enforcement, in the judiciary, in social development, in arts and culture, and in business.

Not only do we need the salvation of key leaders but we need Christians in all areas of the marketplace in Port Elizabeth to soak their areas of responsibilities with prayer and declarations of blessing that they will not only spark the move of God in their workplace but also become mentors for those leaders around them who will find salvation through the move of God.

And any move of God in the city must be born – like the church on the Day of Pentecost – from God’s response to our consistent and intentional prayers! The 120 spent ten days in prayer (Acts 1:14) before the Spirit infilled them on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).

The move of God we need in the city, will start with united and intentional prayer for the city in all domains and social spheres!

1 Timothy 2:1-4
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

This united prayer must involve people leaving their egos behind! For the name of the vessel God uses is important only to a degree, but it’s not the reason for the move of God – the cause of Christ is the reason for the move!

The warning to Esther was that if she did not act at that time, that help would come for the nation of Israel from somewhere else! (Esther 4:14). So church leaders should not be concerned about who gets the credit nor should any seek to see their own name in lights. The move of God must focus attention on God and His power through the Name of Jesus!

And here is the clincher: the fruit and effect of the move of God is the improvement of the quality of life of all who live in the city, and as Ed Silvoso puts it, the eradication of systemic poverty in our region!

I pray that God raise up prayer warriors and ministers from among his people to declare God’s power in Jesus in every sphere of power and influence in this city, that it may usher in a move of God, the likes of which was not experienced in this city before, and that God will save key leaders in the city in the process so that the move of God will not end with one wave but that it will be maintained into the future to ensure God’s kingdom come and stay in Port Elizabeth and the surrounds!

The Church Can Do More…

It is my passion to see the kingdom of God come to whole cities, especially to Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, and to the nation.

The current political instability in The Nelson Mandela Metro and in our national government is symptomatic of the fact that we have become spiritually paralyzed. The church had lost her voice. But this is increasingly changing for the better.

The people of the land, and the civil society groups, including the church, are uniting against a very deliberate onslaught of corruption and disregard for the national good on the part of the government. Various platforms of church leaders have found their voice and raised it against the current corrupt regime in our country.

But it is also true, and we need to acknowledge that truth, that more can be done. We can do more…

The natural and political climate of our country can change. And only the One True Living God in the church can do it. It is time to wage this battle on all fronts and see the salvation of the Lord!

When We Pray!

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

 

1 Timothy 2:1-4

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

Psalm 65:2

O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.