RUNNING THE RACE March 2013
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1
H O P E A N D FA I T H These two are the daughters of many Christians. Indeed many Christians give their children names that denote Christian virtues in the hope that perhaps the child with turn out to be just like her name. While giving our children Christian names is of great value, that is not our topic in this issue of our BBI Newsletter. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’ In this issue we will talk about hope and faith. We will talk about love, which is the greatest, in a subsequent issue. The Bible was originally written in the Greek language, and then translated into various languages. The Greek language renders the two words, “Expectation and Belief .” We are going to see how these two important words apply in the deliverance ministry.
IN THIS ISSUE Hope and Faith
The Founder’s message
The Book Stand
INSPIRATIONAL VERSE Hebrews 11:11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age – and Sarah herself was barren – was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise
There are a lot of people who attend many deliverance teachings and sessions but whose lives don’t seem to change. In fact some people have said that after their ‘deliverance’, they started to struggle even more. What could be the problem with people like these? Who is responsible for the ‘success’ of a deliverance session? Is it the person doing the deliverance or is it the person receiving deliverance? I believe that answers to these questions will throw much needed light on the issue of ‘success’ or ‘failure.’ Let us start with hope, which the original language it was written in calls, EXPECTATION. Unfortunately many Christians often go to meetings from curiosity. They have heard much about a particular person’s teaching so they do not want to
be the one ‘left out’. They arrive at the meeting and immediately their minds click on the ‘analysing mode’. They may start judging the worship team, the speaker’s dressing, and how people are behaving when they are going through deliverance. This person goes home untouched by the teaching or the deliverance session. They live in disappointment convinced that nothing happened to them – and indeed nothing happened to them! Their expectation was low, and it produced no results. Then there are those who come to a deliverance teaching expecting something great to happen to them. They have heard a testimony from somebody whose life has been turned around after going through deliverance. They can hardly wait for the meeting to start! They come early and wait
expectantly. Romans 5:5 tells us, ‘And hope (expectation) does not disappoint us . . .” When we expect God to do something great in our lives, we will not be disappointed. Romans 8:24 says, “ . . .But hope (expectation) that is seen is no hope (expectation) at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope (expect) for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” This verse is exhorting us to wait for what we do not yet have, patiently. I remember praying with a lady in Nairobi. We broke the generational curses and commanded migraines that had afflicted her for 38 years to leave. She was healed instantly! Another BBI team member took a lady through deliverance and she got a job the very next week! However this is not the testimony of everybody that goes through deliverance. For some people their breakthrough has come months or a year later. Why do some healings manifest immediately while others take time? I believe that God allows some people to grow in the discipline of waiting in expectation, until the answer comes. Let us not give up if our answer has not yet manifested. Let us continue to wait in expectation, and the word of God assures us that we will not be disappointed. God has already answered and the manifestation of it will soon show. How does faith work in deliverance? The original word in Greek for faith is translated BELIEF. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith (belief) is being sure of what we hope (expect) for and certain of what we do not see.” Let me put this in a story form. I have invited Uncle Jim and his wife to come for dinner at 7pm. How do I show that I am expecting them? I do this by cooking and setting the table. If my children ask me why I am cooking chicken, which has not been cooked in our home for one month, I tell them that I am expecting visitors. “But what if they don’t come?” my child asks me. That is not the voice of faith or belief. Belief does not entertain “What if it does not happen?” Belief says, “I am certain that uncle Jim and his wife are coming. I know they are coming!” It gets to 9pm – I know they are coming! It gets to 9.45pm – I know they are coming! Five minutes later the bell rings and my guests walk in looking down. Why was I so sure that they were coming? It is because I know their character. Every time I have invited them, they have come late or have called to say that they cannot come. They have never left me in doubt. They have faithfully let me know if they are not coming.
Knowing the character of the person we are dealing with strengthens our faith or belief. Hebrews 10:23, says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope (expectation) we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Unswervingly, means that nothing whatsoever moves me from that position. The reason why we believe is because of the character of the person who promised. In this case it is God. The Bible tells us that without faith (belief) it is impossible to please God. It is faith that brings results. I know, that I know, that I know that it is coming! So expectation kicks in. I start preparing for what is coming. Is it a job that is coming? What preparations are you making? Is it a baby? What preparations are you making? I think you can now see that we cannot separate hope (expectation) from faith (belief). In Acts 14 we are told that when Paul the apostle was in Lystra there sat a man who was crippled in both feet and had never walked since he was born. The Bible tells us that he listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him and saw that he had faith to be healed. How did Paul see faith? It must have been in how the man was acting. May be he suddenly threw away his stick. May be he started removing the things that were in front of him that could have hindered his standing up. When Paul said, “Stand up on your feet!” the man jumped up and began to walk. Hallelujah! The Bible says that faith without deeds is dead (James 2:20). This man did not stand up because of dead faith. There must have been something that he did to show that he had faith (belief). Have you broken generational curses? Have you seen a change in your life? Have you gotten what you were expecting? If it has not yet manifested, know that you know, that you know, that is it definitely on its way!
In His vineyard, Pastor Nellie Shani CEO and Founder, BBI
TESTIMONIES 15th August 2011 Hi Nellie We live in Edmonton Alberta Canada together with my wife. We want to let you know that we read your book and it really blessed us. I know that God has yet to bless us with a child but reading your book has brought spiritual level regarding curses to a new level. We believe that something has happened since we read and prayed about curses. We have been trying to get a baby for 8 years but our faith is getting stronger daily. Please remember us and if you can pray together with us as we wait on God. (Pregnancy four months later)
…..and in 2013…… 11th March 2013 We now have a son - 7 months old. Thanks for your reply. We just found the book info online. Our son's name is Moses (not his real name) We had been married for 13 years before we got him. He is an answer to many prayers. After we read your book “Hope For The Childless” & prayed together- we left everything at the altar of God and suddenly it happened! Praise the Lord! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nellie, While we were in Botswana, a former colleague of yours from High School, referred a Motswana lady to us . We ministered to her by praying for deliverance and then praying for a job for her. One week later she wrote with the news that she got a job the week after we left! Its just amazing how Saints progress once barriers are broken! David.
THE FOUNDER’S MESSAGE
Pastor Nellie Shani
The Holy Spirit has recently challenged, and taught me about faith in God. What really is faith? Is it just belief? The Bible tells us that even demons believe and shudder (James 2:19). It is not just our belief, but what we do as a result of our belief. My sister recently decided to take her son off anti-seizure medicines although her doctor advised her to keep him on it. The doctor told her that as soon as he was taken off his medication he would go into seizures, which would damage his brain. The Lord had distinctly told her to take that step of faith. Was she going to believe God or let fear take over? She decided to take the step of faith. A month later he has not has a single seizure! What was it that showed her faith? It was the step that she took in obedience to God. The Bible tells us that faith without works is dead. Dead faith cannot produce anything. What step of faith has the Lord asked you to take recently? Without faith it is truly impossible to please God! 3
THE BOOK STAND
BREAKING INVISIBLE BARRIERS
VISION Every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is set free from the invisible barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their purpose and achieving their potential
Many Christians today are living a life of constant struggle and failure no matter what they do to try and improve their lot in life. They are fighting something they do not understand. This book explores these invisible barriers and how to break them by the Power of the Cross.
MISSION BBI is a Christian Organization inspired by the Holy Spirit to equip believers in Jesus Christ to live victoriously and fulfill their purpose in the world.
OBJECTIVES 1. To teach Biblical truths concerning spiritual warfare and deliverance. 2. To help believers in Jesus Christ, identify and break generational curses. 3. To enable believers in Jesus Christ know how to sustain their deliverance. 4. To counsel believers in Jesus Christ who may need specialized help beyond the teaching and prayer seminars. 5. To identify and train workers in spiritual warfare and deliverance ministry.
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