HOW TO OVERCOME NEGATIVE THOUGHTS, preached by Chris. Taking his reading from Matthew 9:1-8. He noted that negative thoughts would often show up in our hearts but we have a duty to repel them and speak positivity into our situation. Arguing that “the battles on the outside are simply an extension of the battles on the inside,” Chris admonished the church to avoid entertaining thoughts from satan, the enemy of our soul. If we avoid feeding our negative thoughts, he added, they will not translate into words and actions that portray us as people putting on a camouflage, rather than true Christians. Pushing home his point, Chris stated “harbouring negative thoughts is like holding a bomb” that we must quickly drop before it explodes. Furthermore, Chris described reality as truth and asserted that “there is no reality outside of Christ.” He also reminded the congregation to cast their burdens on Jesus and leave vengeance to Him since God Himself is our Judge. To sum up his message, he cited the story of Joseph who, in Genesis 50:20, forgave his treacherous brothers while assuring them that their supposed evil actions had in fact been God’s way of leading him to his destiny as a man of substance and influence in a foreign land.
Surely, it was a Spirit-filled day at The Arena of Liberty as many received deliverance, healing and breakthrough in the all-conquering name of Jesus Christ. Below are the faith-building testimonies shared during the service.
Prophet Racine spoke on “The Power of Faith”, asking the church to acknowledge God’s grace in their lives – in songs, words and purpose. With his proof text taken from Romans 10: 6-17, Prophet Racine stated that faith must be seen as a spiritual issue, a force that grows in man’s spirit, with all Christians having the capacity to activate the power in Jesus’ name through faith confessions, as recorded in Luke 10: 19. The reason, he noted, why some Christians don’t receive from God is that it is possible for one to be “a man of prayer but perhaps not a man of faith.” He added, “Prayer is not right if it doesn’t spring from faith.” Failure to release love and forgiveness to our neighbours, Prophet Racine further noted, will short-circuit the power of faith in our lives (Galatians 5:6). Summing up the connection between love and faith, he said: “We service our faith by loving those around us.”
In a message titled TAKE HEART, Prophet Racine quoted Exodus 14: 13 and other biblical passages to back up his teaching on the need to overcome fear. Prophet Racine told the congregation to realise that “fear is a thief of faith and hope” that “paralyses our potential by weakening our determination and willpower, preventing us from taking important decisions.” Before ending the sermon, Prophet Racine called for a faith-building song interlude, after which he told the congregation on the need to develop their relationship with the Holy Spirit. Thereafter, he went into the healing session and the Lord showed Himself mightily in the lives of worshippers.