INSPIRATION: FAITH Filled by Melanie Voigt

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Faith Filled

I love hearing stories about faith. I’m amazed at testimonies of healings and miracles. I read passages of the Bible and am inspired by men like Noah and Abraham. I read through Hebrews 11 and am encouraged by all the people who put their faith in God and saw Him do awesome things in and through them. These wonderful stories of faith all start out with a person who trusts God for the impossible and takes Him at His word, and end with an amazing demonstration of His power.

Over the last few months, I've been asking the question: how can I increase my faith? I wanted to learn how to be faith filled (filled with faith.) It’s been an amazing journey of God reminding me who He is and how I can trust Him in all circumstances.

What I soon realised in my quest to become faith filled, was that I was already faith filled. As human beings, we all put our faith in so many things every day. We have faith that when the traffic robot goes green that it’s safe for us to drive. We have faith that the meal that we get from a take away restaurant hasn't been poisoned – or even that our favourite chair won’t collapse underneath us when we sit on it. People of different religions have faith – they perform certain rituals because they believe it will honour their god. Atheists even have faith (it takes great faith to believe that life was just a giant cosmic accident when all evidence points to a loving Creator.) We put our faith in so many things every day yet sometimes we don’t put our faith in God.

What is the difference between other forms of faith and our faith as Christians? It’s who we put our faith in. We know that we can trust and rely on our Father God. We know that He is all powerful and is capable of doing ‘immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us’ (Ephesians 3:20.) Traffic robots may let us down, chairs may let us down, people may let us down but God will never let us down.

In 1 Kings 18:24-38 Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to get him to set fire to a sacrificial bull. The prophets spent hours calling out to Baal – shouting and slashing themselves with swords and spears – but nothing happened. When Elijah called out to God, He burned up the sacrifice and the altar (even though it had been soaked in water three times.) Even though the prophets of Baal had a lot of faith in their god, he had no power. We can put our faith in God knowing that in Him there is power and that He’ll always come through for us.

In Matthew 17 Jesus’ disciples questioned him about why they couldn’t drive out a demon. In Matthew 17: 20 Jesus says: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” All we need is mustard seed sized faith to move mountains. It doesn’t matter how much faith we have – it’s who we put our faith in that makes the difference.

So how do we tap into this faith that we are filled with? We get to know the One who we put our faith in. We read the Bible and see how He proves His faithfulness over and over again; we spend time praying and asking Him to reveal more of who He is to us. We listen to other people’s testimonies of how God did amazing things in their lives and we share the amazing things that God has done in our lives with them.

I was scrolling through my Facebook page the other day and a picture that a friend posted caught my attention. The caption said: ‘And then I realised how great Jesus is’ and showed a cartoon image of a man lying on his back in a puddle of tears with a look of awe on his face. It really made me smile because I know how as soon as we spend time getting to know God better, we are left in awe of who He is.

The better you know God, the more trust you’ll put in Him. You’ll know His voice and will know when to take steps of faith. You will know when He is calling you to pray for someone or start a ministry or tell someone about Him. You will know His promises and accept them as truth in your life.

So friends, we are all already faith filled. It’s just time that we put that faith in the right thing. Seek God more and you’ll soon see that ‘the one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.’ (Thessalonians 5:24)


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Faith Daily: God Is Your Helper

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Isaiah 41:13-14 (NIV): “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

 

Do not remain fearful in the midst of crises and negative reports; turn that fear into courage. God is right there to help and guide you all the way to your victory. He is your Helper!


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Faith Daily: God is with Us

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John 14:18 (AMP) “ I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.”

What a promise we have from God, a promise of security and peace of mind in times when we feel lonely. Get rid of all thoughts of negativity and loneliness, and open your mind to the reality of God’s presence with you Right Now.

 


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Biography

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On the 28th May 1969, Andre Roebert was born into a loving family to Bernard and Hazel Roebert, this 3rd generation child at a young age followed the call of God much like his grandparents and parents had done. In the summer of 1979, though Aunty Sunny Blundell), Andre gave his life to the Lord. From that day on he never looked back and served in both the Sunday School; Youth Group and church throughout his young years. Although education was never his strength he showed leadership qualities in both secular school and the church. Andre actively participated in his local youth group; Scripture Union; team sports and individual sports for which he received colours.

 When he completed his formal education in 1985 at the age of 17, he headed off to do 2 years of compulsory national service for his country. It was here that the call of God became a stronger reality for Him. After his basic training in which he once again excelled, Andre was quietly sitting alone when the voice of God spoke and he obeyed. Enrolling himself into Bible College at the Hatfield Bible Training Academy, Andre started studying and preparing himself for what would be the ride to his life.

 At 18, Andre met Jenny, the love of his life and together they served in their local church. They shared the same passion for their faith and began following the call of God on their lives both individually and jointly.

When meeting Andre, Jenny had been in their local youth leadership and was one of the integral leaders of her school’s Student Christian Association at the age of 16. She too was born into a Christian home and was also finding herself as a Third Generation Leader called of God to continue her Grandfathers legacy.

 After serving in his uncle’s church, ‘Hatfield Christian Church’ in the sound and television departments; the music team; technical and administrational department as well as being an assistant to the Youth Pastor, Andre financed himself through business and commerce where much of the experience he has today was received.

 While serving God as a ‘Tent maker’ from 1990 in business and ministry, Andre accepted the call to give up pursuing a business career for the full time ministry. In 1991 he joined a growing community church in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape. Andre married Jenny in March 1992 and together they served this church in the capacity of Youth Pastors. Later they become Regional Pastors and within 4 years found themselves as assistants to the Senior Pastor and his wife. By this time the church began to explode and had a significant impact in the town and surrounding areas.

 In 1996 God started to birth in both Andre and Jenny a deep desire for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, they were both significantly touched through Dr. Rodney Browne’s ministry and the need to spread the fires of revival to the small towns and villages across Southern Africa compelled them to take a team and travel extensively from village to village. After seeing thousands saved; set free and set on fire for God, Andre and Jenny followed the Lord’s call to begin what would fast became a structure to touch their nation in many ways – in 1998 The River Church was birthed.

 Just two years later God led them into the first of many business ventures to come, enabling them to many business ventures to come, enabling them to finance the ministry and vision God had given them to quicken the body of Christ and bring in the end time harvest of souls. A 600 000 square foot building was purchased and would become RIVER HEAD Quarters in just 10 years.

 Today Pastor Andre and Jenny are the CEO’s of the River Group, comprising of 44 different companies and ministries, touching the entire African continent with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 With a multi million rand turn over annually, they have been able to stay focussed to the call of God as the primary purpose of all they do. Today the group has over 500 staff and is operational in many business centres around the nation. A national network of churches has been established and daily television broadcasts reach millions of homes every day. Through these broadcasts, a partnership following of multiple thousands around the continent as well as several web broadcasts are now taking the gospel literally to the ends of the earth. In 2009, Andre and Jenny were instrumental, as part of the team, to see over 18 000 souls come to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. With the groups own Print Company, Bookshop, Media Centre, Multiple Churches, River Air Charter Service, Two Satellite Channels, Broadcast and Recording Centre, Multiple Building Investments, A Satellite Radio Broadcast Channel, The River Hotel Group, multiple associated ministries and a Humanitarian Aid Division in full operation, they are able to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ both effectively across the nations of the world.


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A&J Daily: Passion for a Supernatural Gospel

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Nahum 3:12 – “All your strongholds are fig trees with ripened figs; If they are shaken they fall into the mouth of the eater.”

Today we believe that You will add thousands of souls who will remain strong in the church of Christ. We believe for supernatural finances, a refreshing in the body of Christ, a greater anointing and the number of services each week to increase.


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A&J Daily: The Power of His Word

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Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Lord, open wide our spiritual eyes so we can discern what areas in our lives we need to change. Place in our mouths genuine words that come from Your heart to the heart of men and women, and let this Word be seasoned with Your grace.


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A&J Daily: For it is Written…

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Matthew 4:10-11 "Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him"

Lord, may nothing separate us from Your commandments; because our seed is called to continue stepping on Satan, his works, and manipulations.


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A&J Daily: God’s Will

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Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Holy Spirit, increase my discernment to understand Your will. I am willing to renounce all and yield to Your will so that Your will can be done in my life.


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A&J Daily: Praise makes Way

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Psalm 42:5 "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance."

Where praise and worship abounds, there is no fear. David walked in the desert where serpents, bears, lions and other beasts dwelled. In the midst of your crisis, the presence of God will descend.


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