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Your life is a Ministry, People Are Watching You Whether You Know It or Not: Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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Sunday Sermon Date: October 31, 2021

Speaker: Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Today’s Message: Your life is a Ministry, People Are Watching You Whether You Know It or Not

Time: 9am – 11 am

Scripture references

·        Romans 5:5

“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”

·        1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV

“If I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing”

·        Jeremiah 31:3

The Lord has appeared to us from the past saying, “I have loved you with perpetual

love, Therefore I have drawn you with kindness.

·        Colossians 3:17 NIV

“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through him”

Sermon Notes’˙✓ ,Š‘f)

Love Is a Choice. Love is not a feeling. Love is a choice. Even when you don’t feel

like it, you can choose to do it anyway.

I once spoke with a young mother who felt overwhelmed and was battling with depression. It seemed like her schedule and the demands on her life were too much to handle. She felt like all she did was nag her kids and scold them relentlessly. When she looked at herself, she saw a failure. In her despair, she cried out to the Lord.

As she spent more time reading the Bible, she found the answer in 1 Corinthians 13. Five words in particular leaped out to her: “Without love, I am nothing.” So, she wrote out these words and placed the notes all over her house on her refrigerator door and on the dashboard of her “sport utility vehicles” at the top of her calendar.

“I realized the single most important thing I could do was love my family,” she said. “So, I began to live my life through love. I began to run my home through love. It was as transforming as when I accepted Christ into my life. It brought the happiness back into my life and my home.”

What made the difference for this young mom? She made a choice. It was not always an easy choice, but it changed the whole dynamic of her home, the way she saw herself as a mother and as God’s child.

Acting in love when you don’t feel like it is actually a greater expression of love, than when you do feel like it. Love is getting up in the middle of the night to help a sick kid after you’ve already had a long day and went to bed late. Love is being patient with your spouse when they are irritable. Love is giving a person what they need, not what they deserve.

It’s easier to act your way into a feeling than feel your way into an action. If you act in a loving way, eventually the feelings will follow. That’s important to remember when you are trying to love people who seem unlovable.

Remember the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verse 4 reads, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.”

When you love irrespective of your feelings, that is called loving by faith. It doesn’t just change the next person. It changes you too, and makes you more like Jesus Christ.

Your life is a Ministry. People are watching you whether you know it or not.

Mr. Smith Wigglesworth was a great preacher. But before he was a preacher, he was a plumber who wasn’t a Christian nor a very nice man. Fortunately for him, he had a godly wife. He didn’t want her to go to church, but she Went there anyway. When she did, he’d lock her out of the house, and when she came home, she would have to sleep on the back porch. In the morning he would unlock the door and she would come in and say,” Good morning, Smithy! and make breakfast  Ç •?•s for him. She was a godly example for him. She was a sensible soul wife, she prayed for him and God gave her the grace to be good to him in spite of his rude behavior. Because she continued to be so good to him, he eventually came to know the Lord Jesus Christ and was radically changed. As a result, he became one of the greatest preachers who ever lived.

Whatever You Do, Do It as a Ministry!

God has called you to be a minister. Maybe you’ll never preach a sermon. Maybe you’ll never officiate a wedding or a funeral. Maybe you’ll never lead a church. But make no mistake about it. If you’re a follower of Jesus, you’re a minister.

God has called you to be a bi-vocational minister. What does that mean? Think of the word “bifocal.” Those are the glasses that allow someone to see two things at the same time both far away and nearby with clarity.

When you follow Jesus, you do everything for two reasons and not one, to help others and to honor God. That makes you a bi-vocational minister, whether you’re a truck driver, an attorney, a builder, or a stay-at-home parent. You have a job, but in that job, you work to help others and to honor God.

The Bible says it like this in Colossians 3:17: “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” NIV.

That scripture reminds us that anything we do can be a ministry and a blessing if we honor God and help others through it. Whatever you do, do it in the name of Jesus, i.e., Taking out the garbage, changing a dirty diaper, and cleaning the living room etc. can all be ministries. As long as your motivation is right, the Bible says that whatever you do can become a ministry. That means menial tasks become meaningful tasks when you do them out of love for God.

When you look at life from this perspective, everything you do becomes significant.

Pep talk

  • How can you learn to love more like Jesus so that it is easier to choose to love someone who is unlovable?
  • How does the Bible challenge the way our culture portrays romantic love?
  • When people don’t respond to your love the way you expect, what is a

Christlike way to react?

  • How does the Bible’s teachings on doing everything for the Lord change your perspective on tasks you might otherwise consider insignificant?
  • How does your calling as a bi-vocational minister impact how you look at your work?
  • What’s a task in your life that you struggle to think about in terms of helping

others and honoring God? Why do you think that’s so?

Many Thanks, I love you and I’m praying for you!

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Whenever You Have A Need, Plant A Seed – Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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Sunday Sermon
Date: November 28, 2021
Speaker: Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe
Today’s Message: Whenever You Have a Need, Plant A Seed.
Time: 9am – 11 am

Scripture references

•John 12:24 NIV

“Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds”

•Proverbs 3:28

Do not say to your neighbour, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you, when you already have it with you.

•Proverbs 15:10

“It’s a school of hard knocks for those who leave God’s path, a dead-end Steet for those who hate God’s rules.”

•Genesis 1:11

“Let the land produce vegetation seed-bearing plants and trees on the land bear in it, according to their various kinds.”

Sermon Notes:

God Is Waiting for You to Plant a Seed.

What does a farmer do when he has a barren field that is producing no income? He doesn’t complain about it. He doesn’t even have to pray about it! He just goes out and starts planting some seed, because nothing is going to happen until he plants the seed. He can pray all he wants, but it’s not going to produce any crop. He must plant some seed in the field.

Maybe you think you’re waiting on God. You think you’re waiting on God for that job. You think you’re waiting on God for a spouse. You think you’re waiting on God for the windfall. God says, “You think you’re waiting on me? I’m waiting on you! I’m waiting for you to plant a seed.”

Everything in life starts as a seed: a relationship, a marriage, a business, a career, a church. Nothing happens until the seed is planted.

Why does God require us to plant a seed? Because planting is an act of faith. You take what you’ve
got, and you give it away. That takes an act of faith! And it brings glory to God.

Jesus described this principle of sowing and reaping when he was trying to explain why he came to Earth to die on the cross. In John 12:24 Jesus said, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (NIV). Jesus was saying, “People will be saved and go to heaven because of my death and Resurrection. I’m going to plant a seed, and the seed is going to be my life.”

Here’s the principle of sowing and reaping: Whenever you have a need, you plant a seed. Whatever the need may be, be it; more time, more energy, more money, more support, more relationships, more wisdom. All you need to do is just plant a seed. If you need more time, give more time to your kids. If you need more money, give it away to someone who needs it. If you need more wisdom, share the wisdom you have with others. Give yourself away!

It may not make sense to you to just give away something that you need more of it, but that is exactly the kind of attitude that God wants to bless and that will produce fruit in your life. When you have a need, don’t gripe about it, don’t wish about it, and you don’t even have to pray about it; just plant a seed!

Ask yourself these questions:

•What need have you been waiting on God to provide?
•What do you think God might be waiting on you to do about that need? What seed can you plant today?
•What kind of effects do you see in yourself and others when you plant a seed and give of yourself?

•How is God building your character through this?

Plant Your Seeds Wisely

“Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed
in it, according to their various kinds.” (Genesis 1:11 NIV)

Everything starts as a seed. That’s the first law of a harvest.

Every achievement started as a dream seed. South Africa started as an idea of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness seed. In His Presence Ministry International [IHPMI] Church started as a seed. Your life started as a seed, from when your father’s seed was connected with your mother’s egg, your life began. Literally everything that’s living on planet Earth came from a seed.

In Genesis 1:11 God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the
land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds” (NIV).

A seed is anything valuable that you give away. When you give away praise, there’s value in that. When you give away good advice, there’s value in that. When you give away your time, there’s value in that. When you give away your money, there’s value in that. When you share your experience to help other people, there’s value in that. When you give your love away, there’s great value in that.

It all starts as a seed, whether it’s your time, money, appreciation, wisdom, or energy.

Your words can also be seeds that you plant in people’s minds. They grow, and they bear fruit. So, you need to choose your words wisely, especially when you’re talking with people that you love, like your children, your husband, your wife, and your friends.

Let me ask you this: What kind of seeds are you planting in your relationships? Are you planting seeds of trust, or are your planting seeds of distrust? Are you planting seeds of kindness, or are you planting seeds of crankiness? Are you planting seeds that build up, or are you planting seeds that tear down? Remember: You will reap whatever you sow.

•How have you seen the seeds that you’ve planted in your children or family or friends grow
and produce fruit?
•What kind of seeds do you want to plant in your relationships?
•Why do you think God wants us to learn to plant in small ways to reap larger benefits?

Many Thanks, I love you and I’m praying for you!

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Sermon Script Writer: Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Church Editor: Ms Bawinile Mahlangu

Ministry: IHPMI

Address: Chiawelo Extension 3,

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Jesus, Why Is This Happening To Me? – Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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Sunday Sermon

Date: November 21, 2021

Speaker: Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Today’s Message: Jesus, Why Is This Happening To Me? 

Time: 9am – 11 am

Scripture references

  • 2 Corinthians 4: 7-8-9 

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed but not in despair. Persecuted, but not forsaken, cast down, but not destroy. Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that, the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” 

  • 1 Corinthians 13:9, 12  

“We don’t know everything, and our prophecies are not complete . . . Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.” 

  • Job 3:20  

In his pain and despair, Job asked a lot of legitimate questions: “Why let people go on living in misery? Why give light to those in grief”

Sermon Notes:

 

This “why” question is human nature, and we all ask it. We have this misconception that if we understand the reason behind our pain, then it will make the pain easier. 

Here’s the truth. You don’t need an explanation, you need strength. You don’t need an explanation; you need a saviour. You don’t need an explanation; you need comfort and support. 

However, as people, we are always seeking for an explanation. We ask questions like:

Why did that person walk out of my life?

Why did he make a promise to me and then break it?

Why did he hurt me?

Why did I lose my job?

Why did she die?

Why did I get sick? 

There are things which happen to you which may prompt you to want to ask the question: Jesus, Why Is This Happening To Me? In all this, all I want to tell you is that, more than an explanation; you need a Saviour to give you the strength, comfort and support to pull you through.

For example, as I stand in front of you today preaching, my heart is wounded because we had a break-in at home. I am wounded as a Pastor because very early in the morning, at around 4am, I woke up to go to the Soweto Hotel to do a live broadcast of a sermon for the Soweto FM Radio station.

In the middle of that broadcast service, my mother called me. She was crying and devastated because there were thieves on the roof of the house trying to break-in. I had to stop the sermon and rush home to attend to my mother who was going through such a traumatic experience.

More-so, in a separate incident, not long ago, we had the wall on our premises vandalised, with some palisades having been stolen and I reported the matter to the police. Without any arrests made, after some time, I was told that the case has been closed.

Now, with all that and what happened today, I could have chosen to quickly go to the police station again and report this break-in but I decided to come and preach here first and as I am preaching to you, I am getting to feel better than I was in the first place.

This in itself shows that in this community of Chiawelo and Mapetla specifically and Soweto in general, more than an answer to the question Why is This Happening To Me, we need our Saviour, Jesus Christ to give us strength and comfort to sustain us in what we are going through.

As for me, in this church, In His Presence Ministry International, I’ve been studying the “why” question for years, and here’s my educated answer: I don’t know and I’m never going to know because I’m not God and neither are you! We’re just never going to understand some things until we get to heaven. Then it’s all going to become clear. 

Only Jesus knows the answer to your “why.” If you don’t get his answer right off the bat, you might as well stop asking because you’re simply prolonging the pain. 

Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is God’s privilege to conceal things” God is a God of revelation. He reveals himself through nature, circumstances, and scripture. The only reason you know anything about God is because he has chosen to reveal himself. 

But the Bible says, God doesn’t only reveal, God also conceals and sometimes God intentionally hides his face from you. Why? So, you’ll learn to trust him and to live by faith rather than by your feelings. 

God doesn’t owe you an explanation for anything. God doesn’t have to check in with you before he does something. God doesn’t have to get your permission before he allows things to happen in life. God is God, and you’re not always going to understand why some things happen. 

The Bible says, “We don’t know everything, and our prophecies are not complete. Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us” 1 Corinthians 13:9, 12  

One day, everything will be made clear and will make sense. You’ll be able to say, “So that’s why God allowed that in my life!” Until then, God wants you to trust him. 

These are some of the questions you need to put in;

  • What will I ask God when I get to heaven?
  • How does letting go of your “why” questions increase your faith? 
  • How can you encourage someone today who has been questioning God and wondering why God allowed something to happen in their life? 
  • The post God, Why Is This Happening to Me?  

Many Thanks, I love you and I’m praying for you!

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Sermon Script Writer: Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Church Editor: Ms Bawinile Mahlangu

Address :Chiawelo Ext3, Soweto

Ministry: IHPMI © 2021 Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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Face the Problem and Be a Doer of the Word, Not a Hearer Only – Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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Sunday Sermon

Date: November 14, 2021

Speaker: Pastor Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

Today’s Message: Face the Problem and Be a Doer of the

Word, Not a Hearer Only, Deceiving Yourselves.  

Time: 9am – 11 am

Scripture references

 

·         Psalm 55:5-6 NKJV)

“My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. So, I said, Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.”

·         Colossians 3:8 (NIV)

“Now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

·         Psalm 119:71-72 (Msg)

“My troubles turned out all for the best. They forced me to learn from your textbook. Truth from your mouth means more to me than striking it rich in a gold mine.”

·         James 1:22-25

 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

 

·         John 8:31

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.”

Sermon Notes:

God has kept me, no matter what the situation looked like, He was there. Mercy said did you know that I slept in my car for two months? here’s what happened to me, I used to spend the night in garage parking lots, new show house’s. I would ask the security just to park the car because I didn’t have nowhere to stay, so I lived in the car. I’m still alive and well enough to speak about it today. I was homelessness for two months, I remembered to stretch my hips, shoulders, legs, arms, neck, face and spine every morning or over time, to avoid stiffness.

God is always on time, he’s never too late. The Lord said to me “If you get up, I am going take you places you have never been. I will open doors for you that no man can close. “Don’t quit”.  Tears just came down my face. See, in your life, everyone has a turn back moment. You have a moment where you could go forward or you can give up, but the thing you have to keep in mind, before you give up is that, if you give up, the guarantee is it will never happen. That’s the guarantee of quitting. That it will never happen, no way under the sun. The only way the possibility remains that it can happen is if you never give up no matter what. Because Jesus is always coming. He’s never too late, He’s never too early, He is always right on time. At your worst moments, look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God, Hebrews 12:2. That was my moment to face the problem of never giving up. That’s when I first learned that faith was everything and that you have to remain faithful. Lord, I thank you for how you brought me;

How you brought me through the night.

Lord, you kept me and you never left me,

You stood by my side.

God’s grace I’m still standing. 

How did I make it all these years?

How did I make it this far?

Through the valleys and over the hills,

I know it had to be God.

How did I make it through the storm?

How did I make it through the rain?

If you want to know, just how I got here, it’s so easy to explain.

It was God’s grace

I made it this far.

You must however remember that even in your breakthrough, the devil still wants to bring you down and so you must always be vigilant and faithful. During the time of my homelessness, a certain pastor and his wife took me in to live with them. I was treated very well. I ate well, I slept well and everything was just amazing. It was a great relief from the trouble that I was facing.

However, while I was still staying with this couple, my integrity was put to a test because of a temptation through their daughter. One night, she came naked into the room that I was given to sleep in. When I looked at her, I rebuked and ordered her out of the room. Later on, I spoke about the incident to her parents who were very understanding and they reprimanded her.

If I had succumbed to that temptation, I would not have become a pastor that I have come to be. God doesn’t want you to run away from any situation in defeat. Victory is always His plan for you.

Running away from problems and troubles is always society’s mentality: “Oh, if I could just leave this place. If I could just get in the car and go.” Looking for the easy way out of trouble and misery doesn’t work. Running from the problem that causes those feelings won’t do any good. If you avoid dealing with the issue now, it will be even more difficult to stand and face it later.

People often quit their job because of someone they work with, only to end up working with someone worse at their next place of employment. God wants you to learn to face your problems and overcome them by applying His Word. He wants you to learn to work with unpleasant coworkers by overcoming evil with good. When they blame you for something you didn’t do, bless them and help them.

 

Being a doer of the Word isn’t always easy, but it always works.

“Although David wanted to fly away and be at rest, he changed his speech and declared a few lines later “As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me” Psalm 55:16

God doesn’t want you to leave any situation in defeat. If it is God’s time to move you on, He won’t use negative circumstances to lead you. Instead of running from the problem, overcome it. And then move on.

Fix the Problem, Not the Blame

You only have a certain amount of emotional energy. When you’re trying to resolve conflict, you can use that energy either to fix the blame or to fix the problem. You don’t have enough energy to do both. So, you need to ask yourself what’s more important to blame the other person or to resolve the conflict.

Choose to fix the problem, not the blame.

When it comes to solving problems, you should decide ahead of time that you’re going to fight fair. Within your marriage or family, set ground rules for words you’ll never use words that serve as weapons of mass destruction.

Relationships often have weapons of mass destruction too. When you use those weapons, you fix blame—but you never fix problems. In marriages, for example, those weapons include things like threatening divorce or bringing up each other’s parents. You have to agree, no matter how upset you are, those words are off limits. Those are words of mutually assured destruction they destroy a relationship by tearing down trust.

The Bible is very specific about what’s out of bounds in a relationship. Colossians 3:8 says, “Now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips” (NIV).

Those are the weapons of mass destruction. They’re used to fix blame. And when you fix blame, you’re judging and only God has the right to judge. Instead, set aside destructive weapons and use your energy for what matters. Fix the problem.

God’s Purpose Behind Your Problems

Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities. The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you – depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.

 

Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:

1. God uses problems to DIRECT you – Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.” Pr. 20:30

2. God uses problems to INSPECT you – People are like teabags if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot water! Has God ever tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you?

When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. James 1:2-3,

3. God uses problems to CORRECT you – Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something – health, money, a relationship – by losing it.

It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws. Ps. 119:71-72,

4. God uses problems to PROTECT you – A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend of mine was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem – but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when his boss actions were uncovered.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good. Genesis 50:20

5. God uses problems to PERFECT you. – Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity.

We can rejoice when we run into problems, they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Rom. 5:3-4,

Confession: I choose to face the problems before me today. I will apply the Word of God to them, and I will overcome them. I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me.

Many Thanks, I love you and I’m praying for you!

CREDITS
Sermon Script Writer: Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe
Church Editor: Ms Bawinile Mahlangu
Ministry: IHPMI
Address :Chiawelo Ext3, Soweto
© 2021 Morgan Lekgetho Mogagabe

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