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December 29, 2016

The box of Righteousness (New Year message)

The year as we know it, has reached the end of its course. And as we are often accustomed, the passage from December to January is also a temporary moment of 'excitement frenzy' where most people make wishlist's and resolutions.

Do you know that there is a system of doing things that belongs to the unbeliever, and there is also another system  called the system of 'Light' and which belongs to the children of Light?

Jesus once said at the end of one his parables in Luke 16:8
' ...The children of this world in this their generation are wiser than the children of light.”

(Aramaic Bible in plain English version)

' ...for the sons of this age are in their generation more prudent than the sons of light.'
(Jubilee Bible 2000 version)

'...for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.'
(King James 2000 version)

Interestingly Jesus contrasts the children of the world against the children of the Light. Notice that Jesus does not mention the word 'Lights' but he said :'Light', as a reminder that we are children of One Light (not many). 

Jesus took the time to observe the successful unbelievers and He notices that unbelievers have a certain way to do and achieve their goals. They use a worldly wisdom filled with principles which in many cases contrast against the 'system of Light'.

Simply because someone is successful, does not mean he/she is a believer. You don't always need God to become a millionaire or to marry that super model or to have that six-pack body or to be famous...Jesus was aware of  the possibility of being successful while not knowing God. This is why He even said that it would be pointless for a man or woman to win the world and lose his soul.

Matthew 16:26 reads:

'And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?'

By stating the above question, Jesus implied that it is possible for anyone to be successful while not even knowing God. And I am pretty sure you know a lot of famous people who have money,cars,the latest fashion wear,fame,sex, anything they want...but do not even believe in God.

Success is great, but here are two things you need to remember:

1. Do not adapt your definition of success to the world standard. The world sees success as having money,women, hunks,looks and mostly material signs. Though it is a tangible version of the word, it fails to explain why so many rich people relay on drugs, are unhappy , are addicted, and sometimes even kill themselves...It proves that something is missing.

2. Do not make 'world standard success' your number one priority.  If you are driven by success according to world standard', you are more likely to do anything including compromising yourselves , going in debt order to get the stuff  you crave for. As a matter of fact, as time goes on, people around will be more likely to smell the perfume of materialistic love from you. This is the problem many churches are facing in America where people are running away from assemblies because their number one priority is into preaching signs of material success, world coaching, world principles and so on...

So what should be a great definition of success for us children of the Light?

If a man wins the world and all its riches but get sent to hell on Judgement day, then he would have been a FOOL. And going to hell is definitely not a great definition of success...

According to me, success  starts with salvation of your soul and it continues with your willingness and obedience  to live the life that God has required from you. So that on Judgement Day, you will not look behind and regret but on the contrary, you will be excited by the compliment of the Master saying: 'Well done, good and faithful servant'.

If you are saved and are living in obedience to God, then you are successful regardless of your celebrity or materialistic status.

Someone might be doubting my statement, then if it is the case, I strongly refer you to read Saul and Solomon stories who were both Kings, famous, with money, horses, women,sex and everything but their unwillingness to obey God , has turned them into failures sitting on pots of gold...

 The world offers many ways of getting  things such as principles,sometimes crooked ways, the law of attraction, astral journeys, silent meditation, etc...And it works in many cases. But those ways don't lead any close to God, on the contrary, history has proven that they tend to turn people into total inward self-reliance and pride rather than turning them into trusting God.

For the upcoming year, you do not need the 1000 principles of world coaching to succeed.

Right now, at the moment of my writing, everybody is excited about the 1 of January but as we reach the 2 of January, the same excitement will turn into worries to pay off credits cards, to avoid calls from the bank, to send the kids to school, to achieve new goals, to get food, to find a life partner, to get a baby...Those worries amass themselves to the point where some of us feel like exploding.

I have good news for you: 'there is a box where all your needs have already been answered!'

In Matthew 6:33 ,Jesus reveals the box where all our problems are solved and He said:

'Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.'
 (New Living Translation)

'But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.'
(GOD'S WORD Translation)

'Seek first [Be concerned above all else with] God’s kingdom and ·what God wants [his righteousness]. Then all ·your other needs will be met as well [these things will be given to you].
(Expanded Bible Version)

'Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.'
(Good News Translation)

'The thing you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you.'
(International Children Bible)

'But put God’s kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you.'
(New International Reader Version)

I have inserted several simple versions to help you understand what 'righteousness' is. As we grew in the church, so many of us had the unfortunate experience of not being completely explained what Jesus meant by righteousness.
The Kingdom of God is a territory where the sole constitution is the will of God. In the Kingdom of God, there is no democracy. Anyone willing to do the will of God, is living right or righteously.

Righteousness is a gift we can not buy or deserve and is given through faith in Jesus Christ when we believe (Ref Romans 3:22). But from the moment we become righteous through Jesus, the remaining of our lives must step into acting and doing the right things. What is the right thing? The right thing is the will of God for our lives.

The box that contains the solutions to your lives, the answer to your dreams and needs, is into doing the will of God (doing what He requires of you) without second guessing.

Enough of postponing the will of God, enough of second guessing, enough of minimizing personal revelations from Heaven, enough of ignoring the call upon of our lives! Let's get on our feet and do what God wants us to do, because this is what the righteous does! And this is how you will step into the new year!

In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus encourages us to differ from the pagans who prioritize to find material stuff. And I totally feel for  people trying to supply their needs...Seek the will of God for your life and  it will happen.

This year, on God's command I have moved from Richards Bay to Johannesburg. It was a brand new challenge, but I have never lacked a thing. And I am not saying that I became a millionaire because I am not. I am only saying that I have never lacked food, friends, jobs, opportunities to offer services as a result to do what God required from me. God always required me to do something and when I was faced with a challenge, His Word (and I mean His personal revelation to me) contained a solution. But that solution was only activated through my obedience.

There are more than 50 promises and blessings for the righteous included in the book of Proverbs and even more in the rest of the Bible. Do you know that if you live according to God's requirements, you can claim those promises! Come on, this is so exciting!

I love the will of God. And I encourage you to do the same.

When God calls you to ministry, get started, even small, but get started.
When God gives you a business idea, follow through. That's what the righteous does.
When God tells you to relocate, just obey. Your reward is in the city where God has called you...
Seek his will and He has promised that He will respond in Jeremiah 33:3. God responded to me in 1999. He can do it for you as well.

Whatever God tells you to do, do it  even if  His will does not seem attractive, just do it. Stop questioning, just do it.

The Lord is convincing me to tell someone that he/she should print this message and stick it at the door of his/her bedroom for the remaining of the new  year 2017. And as he/she follows through this message, he/she will be a great success according to God Standard.

If you have been following my messages for years, months or weeks and if you are looking forward to receive more from my ministry, then I am at liberty to proclaim this year at the City of David, at  as :

'The year of the Righteous'

And as we are joined together, I declare a spreading of the anointing God has placed on me, to come on you as well in Jesus Name.

I love you all. Happy New Year.

Maurice Kande