Gifts of Inspiration (Prophecy)

12th October, 2014

Rev. Mark Ballosingh

Prophecy comes by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The book of Isaiah speaks about the Messiah. Isaiah 53:5 – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Prophecy in the Bible was not personalized. Judgment is personalized. When one has the gift of prophecy, one has to do it to edify, exalt and comfort. God is to be given the glory. You must be careful how you deal with the things of the Lord. For instance, 1 Corinthians 11:28-28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

We are living prophetically in the world, leading to the Anti-Christ, according to Revelation.

Talking in tongues is inspiration from God.

Isaiah 28:11 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people.

Mark 16:17 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:2 –For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

Reference scriptures – Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-7, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

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Spirits assigned to the Saints (Is your name on your gift?)

28th September, 2014

Rev. Mark Ballosingh

Believer, your name is on your gift!

1 Corinthians 12:1-12 – 1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

When people identify their gifts, they are able to find their place in the Kingdom. Just as God gives His people gifts, the devil also gives his people gifts. Natural ability and gifting is different. To stand in an office in the Church, you must have a gift.

To know what gift is in you, you need to have an encounter by the Holy Spirit. When you come into your gifting you will know. God will put you in a situation that you will know is not your natural ability. If you want to know your purpose, find your gifting. All believers should seek after their gifts. The purpose of your gifts is that people around you will know Jesus. Apostle Paul said (1 Thessalonians 4:13) – 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

Know the difference between natural ability and gifting through the Holy Spirit. Coming to the truth, revolutionary knowledge comes. Paul and Jesus were not persecuted for their miracles but for their gifting. The Bible says that people will be persecuted for preaching God’s Word. The gifting is not for yourself but of Christ that liveth in you.

 Purpose of the gift:

  •  Draw men to Christ
  • Confirmation of the Word of God
  • Growth of the Church

 Categories of Gifts:

  1.  Revelation
  2. Inspiration
  3. Power
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To be a leader through Christ

21st September, 2014

Rev. Mark Ballosingh

To be a leader through Christ:

  • Preach it and Live it – Live the life you preach about. “By their fruits you will recognize them”. Fruitfulness has it place in the kingdom of God. John 14:12 – 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 5:30 – 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
  • Witness to others – John 4 – And he must needs go through Samaria. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again.

Jesus had a purpose in Samaria. Go and meet folks that no one else will.

  • Make time for prayer – Jesus always replenished himself by going to the Prayer Mountain. You have to spend time in the presence of God. Mark 1:35 – 35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
  • Deny self – Mark 8:36 – 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
  • Leadership understands authority – Reference scripture – Mark 11:27-33.
  • Leadership by creditability – Reference scripture – Luke 5:12-15.
  • Leadership understands successorship – Leaders mentor and make place for a better leaders to come. Every good success has a greater successor. Jesus rose from the dead, left and made room for the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is coming soon, time to get involved and become a leader through Christ.

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Answering the call to Kenya (Missionary Work)

14th September, 2014

Rev. Mark Ballosingh

Acts 16:9-15 – 9-10 That night Paul had a dream: A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” The dream gave Paul his map. We went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans.

11-12 Putting out from the harbor at Troas, we made a straight run for Samothrace. The next day we tied up at New City and walked from there to Philippi, the main city in that part of Macedonia and, even more importantly, a Roman colony. We lingered there several days.

13-14 On the Sabbath, we left the city and went down along the river where we had heard there was to be a prayer meeting. We took our place with the women who had gathered there and talked with them. One woman, Lydia, was from Thyatira and a dealer in expensive textiles, known to be a God-fearing woman. As she listened with intensity to what was being said, the Master gave her a trusting heart—and she believed!

15 After she was baptized, along with everyone in her household, she said in a surge of hospitality, “If you’re confident that I’m in this with you and believe in the Master truly, come home with me and be my guests.” We hesitated, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Apostle Paul had a vision. Paul was travelling and called to visit Macedonia. There was pagan worship and no one welcomed him there. Sometimes we go places where the only thing that keeps us going is God’s faith. Missions start with a call.

City Sanctuary is sowing a spiritual seed and physical need into Kenya. Paul obeys the call immediately. Similarly, when we received the call about Kenya and everyone came together.

 Matthew 28:7 – And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

We are all commissioned by God to go and tell. If the Church fails to evangelize, we will fossilize. The great commission is the lifeline of the Church. We as believers are supposed to be blessings to others. Reference scripture – Matthew 25:34-46.

What is missionary work? “A missionary is someone who leaves their family for a short period of time so that others may be with their families for eternity”.

To be a missionary:

1) One has to deny himself – Matthew 16:24 – Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

2) You must have a heart filled with love – James 2:15-If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

 3) You must have faith – James 2:14-26 – 14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

 We all have to do part to fulfill the Great Commission.

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Relationship with Christ

10th August, 2014

Pastor Jay Harrynarine

Mark 8:27-29 – 27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? 28 And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets. 29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

We need to have a relationship with Christ. Jesus is the only way. Make Jesus your Savior. Learn about Jesus; get to know Him. When everyone fails, He will never fail. Give God an opportunity in your life today. God is your Jehovah Jirah, your provider and your supplier.

Jesus is the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Resurrection and the Life.

Matthew 11:28-30 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

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Steadfast and Unmovable

27th July, 2014

Apostle Selma Ballosingh

1 Corinthians 15:58 – 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

We as Christians must be steadfast and unmovable saints. How do we become steadfast and unmovable?

  • Peace with God – the unsaved does not know anything about peace. We get peace through the Christ merit of his blood. Romans 5:1 – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Reference scriptures : John 6.
  • Follow Jesus – 2 Timothy 1:12 12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
  • You must have the discernment of spirits and abide in Christ. John 15:I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
  • The Holy Spirit witnesses in your life – 1 John 3:24 – 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
  • Avoid Church divisions – This is contrary to Christ the Lord. Matthew 12:25 25And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.
  • Know how to deal with temptation – Matthew 6:30, 26:41. Proverbs 4:14-15 – Proverbs 4:14-14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
  • Do not be influenced by false teachers – Acts 20:30, Proverbs 26:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:18, Jeremiah 23:16

Jeremiah 29:8 – For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.

As a steadfast and unmovable people, we have to hold fast to the promises of the Word of God.

 

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Purpose of the Church (Story of Samson – Strength)

13th July, 2014

Rev. Mark Ballosingh

God always has a purpose for us.

Samson was a strong man. The shaking came upon him which was the anointing where he became supernaturally strong. The devil knows our daily routine and the moment we do something different, he knows. Sometimes, you need to shake off some stuff. We are called to engage the enemy.  Be strong. Tell the devil “This week is my week!”

The Philistines wanted to find Samson’s weakness. He left Israel and started to look for Philistine women. He then fell in love with a harlot who was then paid by the Philistines to find out more about him. Samson told the woman he got his supernatural strength from his hair. Samson lost his strength and the anointing because he found himself in the wrong place.

This is a lesson for us in the church. As a Church, we can’t step outside of righteousness, we would lose our strength.

How do we remain under the anointing –

  • Listening to the instruction of God
  • Get Wisdom
  • Being humble

Reference Scriptures – Judges 16, Proverbs 1

 

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Purpose of the Church

1st June, 2014

Rev. Mark Ballosingh

Purpose starts with decision and end with destiny. When you are saved, you now have purpose. Believers must be purpose driven and destiny focused.

 The purpose of the Church –

  •  Preach, teach and baptize in the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Reference – Matthew 28.
  • Warn folks about sin and judgment and to tell them to turn to Christ.
  • Prepare the saints of God for the coming of Christ. Luke 21:2828 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 What prevents us from achieving our purpose in God –

  •  Jealousy – Numbers 5: 11–14 11 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 12 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man’s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him, 13 And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither mshe be taken with the manner14 And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled.
  • Envy – Proverbs 10:12 12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

 Love was extended to Joseph by his father and his brothers became jealous. Jealously turns into hate. The brothers formed a conspiracy against the servant of God. Joseph’s father gave him a coat. The coat represented the father’s love for Joseph.

 A man of purpose (Joseph) went through hardships. Even though he was place in the pit, his destiny was to be in the palace.

Whatever hardships you are going through, once your purpose in life is of God, God will see you through. 

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Special Anointing of the Holy Spirit

Rev. Mark Ballosingh
Sunday 2nd February, 2014

Isaiah 61
61 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.
8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Faith brings us to a place of revelation. Faith moves you to a next level so you can understand where God wants to take you. Isaiah was in a place where God was ready to bring revelation to him.

Believers of faith do not just have faith for today. Each step they know that the Savior will show them the way. God is holding our tomorrow. Do not worry about tomorrow. God is in control.

Faith and the anointing will help us to step out in boldness. This will make you let people know that Jesus cares about them. Jesus came to preach, to help the meek, broken-hearted and distressed.

You need to start declaring victory upon your life. You need to proclaim it. What is done for you by faith, share it with someone else. We as believers need to spread the word of God and let people know about Jesus. Jesus saves. We as Christians need to stop comprising and stand up for things that are in accordance to God.

When there is a Special Anointing of the Holy Spirit upon you, you will hear from God. The Holy Spirit will counsel you, guide you, command you, speak to you, show you your path, give you peace, show you things about others. When the Special Anointing comes upon you, you must obey.

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Praise Rally – Having Faith in God

Rev. Mark Ballosingh
Sunday 26th January, 2014

Matthew 21:22 – 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

1 John 5:1-4 – 5 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

The Bible says that the devil is the prince of this world. You need to know Jesus. The world wants you to fail. The Lord has given the power for victory and to overcome. Declare that God is in control in your life.

When Adam disobeyed God, he turned over ownership to the devil. If you love the world, the love of the Lord cannot be in you. Mark 8:36 – 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Romans 12:2 – 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Faith assists us in overcoming the world. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. When you reach out to God, God will reach out to you. Your faith will reach out and He will heal you and deliver you.

Isaiah 54:17- 17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper

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