Welcome to Friday Apostles - Johane Masowe.
We are Friday Apostles, a Congregation that follows the Holy Spirit. We are based in the United Kingdom and have three Congregations. Our main branch is in Sheffield and the other two are in London and Manchester.
END OF YEAR  MESSAGE.
It was a great joy that we were all gathered in Preston - Manchester on New Year’s Eve. All congregations, London, Sheffield and Manchester were fully represented. We entered 2014 with a great jubilation. It was a night of prayer. We thank the Lord.
The Parable of the King and his prophets. The Holy Spirit spoke to us, and as usual, started with a parable. Once upon a time, there was a king whose army was facing a big battle. The king was so much worried and wanted to know the outcome of the impending battle. He had one hundred prophets in his kingdom. He consulted ninety-nine prophets he trusted, for they always said things he loved to hear. The ninety-nine prophets prophesied and told the king that victory was certain.
However, there was one prophet the king was reluctant to consult because he would say the truth as it is. Due to the nature of the battle he was facing, he had no option, but to consult him. The last prophet was called to face the king. On arrival, the other prophets ridiculed him. The king ordered the last prophet to give his prophecy.
The out of favour prophet bowed in front of the king and said, “Oh King, victory is yours, you are going to conquer.” The king said, “Prophet, tell me the truth, and the truth only.” The prophet replied, “Oh King, because I fear my Lord in Heaven, the living God, this is the outcome of this impending battle. Listen carefully.” Everyone in the palace stopped talking, there was a great silence. The prophet said, “Oh King, your days are numbered, in this battle you are going to perish. You are going to be beheaded.” A deafening silence followed and the king was petrified; he knew that this prophet will never say things to merely please him. This was the truth. True to the words of the prophet, the king’s army lost the battle and his head was chopped off in the battle.
The Holy Spirit used this parable to remind apostles that the word of God, when delivered by prophets, will not select favourites. The Holy Spirit can speak on any one, even your enemy. The Holy Spirit loves us all. This includes worshipers, non- worshippers, sinners, murderers, robbers, prostitutes, revellers etc.
Therefore, apostles are encouraged to do what the Holy Spirit says, not what the prophets do. We should not be judgemental and must trust to leave the work of the Holy Spirit to the Holy Spirit.
The Parable of the Lion and Rabbit. The Holy Spirit continued with his teachings. He told us another parable. A hungry lion had gone for three days without food. The lion prayed, and prayed, and prayed again and again for food to be provided. On the third day, the hungry and now weak lion opened its eyes, and behold, a few meters away, a rabbit was nibbling at some grass. As the lion was getting ready to pounce on the now hapless prey, the rabbit saw the predator. Fear paralyzed the rabbit and it started praying to God for deliverance. The Holy Spirit asked the congregants,“ if you were God, will you allow the lion to kill the prey, or enable the rabbit to escape?”
Similarly to the Lion and Rabbit parable, the devil is the lion and we are likened to the rabbit. Satan will ask God for permission to torment us. Even when Satan tormented Job, he asked God’s permission first. The prophecies we are given by the Holy Spirit will not come to pass if we only kneel on our knees and ask the Almighty Lord for his deliverance without acting upon the prophecy. For instance, one has to get out of bed to be able to get food on the table. Similarly to a farmer, he has to till the fields, plant seeds, water and add manure to the crops as they grow. If the farmer does not attend to his crops, despite him kneeling down and asking God for food, he will not harvest anything.
Some of the prophecies given to apostles do not come to pass as we fail to act upon them. Instead, we will resort to blaming the Holy Spirit and the prophets who delivered the prophecies. Yes, apostles cannot be stopped from blaming their prophets, but, they should never ever blame the Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit is holy; He is the Spirit of truth and you must never blame him. No one has seen the Holy Spirit. Even Moses could only see a burning bush...Whoever abides by the Ten Commandments is the one the Holy Spirit loves. The Holy Spirit is our comforter, counselor, a helper, an intercessor, an advocate, and a strengthener.
The Holy Spirit reminded apostles of the three commandments they struggled to maintain in 2013. Viz:
- You shall have no other Gods before Me. Many apostles are now worshipping idols as they are getting attached to worldly materials.
- Honour your father and mother, that your days may be long.
- You shall not commit adultery.
The Lord said, “You shall have no other gods before me.” The Holy Spirit is encouraging apostles to pray to their God. There are so many objects on this earth we can worship without realising that we have made them idols. If one sets a mobile phone alarm to wake him or her up for the three hourly interval prayers, he or she is making an idol out of that mobile phone. The three hourly interval prayers should be in your conscience, even in the middle of the night; wake up and pray. Apostles often get prayers stones from their prophets. Instead of worshipping our Lord, they will worship the prayer stone. Others will resort to worshipping certain prophets within their congregations and the church at large. Apostles must have a relationship with their God. Build and nurture that relationship. Daniel was not afraid of the lions because he had faith in his God. He had built a relationship with God.
The Holy Spirit has seen all sorts of illnesses affecting the apostles in 2014, especially heart and leg problems. Apostles are encouraged to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit before visiting the hospitals. Families must maintain peace within their families. The Holy Spirit will be amongst the apostles as long as there is peace within them. The Holy Spirit will live within and amongst the apostles.
27 December 2013. Last Friday of 2013. The Parable of the farmer and his cattle. End of year  teachings were delivered in the form of a parable by the Holy Spirit. A farmer who owns a herd of cattle will do everything he can to ensure their safety. He feeds and waters them every day. At dusk, he makes sure they are safely protected in their cattle pens. The farmer is the one who knows the right time to take them out of the cattle pen grazing. The farmer is in control and the cattle have got little or no free reign. To some extent, they have got no independence. Even when they go astray, the farmer will fetch and herd them to the paddocks of his choice.
Similarly to the short parable above, the moment we become apostles and surrender our freedom to the Holy Spirit, we are guided and taken care of us. We may go astray, become stubborn, attempt to hide, the Holy Spirit will still look after us and continue to show us its affection. Some of us could be committing adultery, not honouring our mother and father, worshipping idols, still, like a devoted farmer to his cattle, the Holy Spirit keep watching. The gist of the parable is, allow the Holy Spirit to take care of you. Submit wholly to the Holy Spirit. Accept the Holy Spirit into your life. Follow the Holy Spirit and allow him to guide you.
As apostles, we are encouraged to live with Jesus Christ and he will live within us. The Holy Spirit, given to us by God through his son Jesus Christ, will not stay with us, but live within us. The Holy Spirit emphasised the term LIVE, because by living with and within us, Jesus Christ is with us forever and ever.
The latter part of the teachings focused on the dangers of worshipping idols. Apostles were discouraged from getting too much attached to material things, such as cars, houses and other worldly things. Instead, apostles are encouraged to get attached to The Holy Spirit. We were born naked and shall return to earth naked, but The Holy Spirit knew us even before we were born.
Upcoming Journey of the Holy Spirit. Rome (The Vatican) 31st July 2014 to 7th August 2014.
Below are images of apostles who visited Israel in 2013.