Let him hear what the Spirit says to the deceitful:
Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says the Lord: “I remember you,
the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal, when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown. Israel was holiness to the Lord, the firstfruits of His increase. All that devour him will offend; disaster will come upon them… What injustice have your fathers found in Me, that they have gone far from Me? Jeremiah 2.2-5
The number of ex-assistants, ex-pastors, ex-bishops, ex-pastor’s wives, ex-faithful servants of the Lord Jesus who have migrated throughout the world worries me.
These exes are like the Israelites, who turned away from the honor of being the firstborn, the firstfruits and the tithes of the Almighty God to become the leftovers of the world.
Why did they reject the honored position given to them by the Lord? Such as Esau, for example. What is their reason?
A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the Lord’s work! A curse on anyone who keeps their sword from bloodshed. Jeremiah 48.10 (NIV)
Perhaps, while exercising their prior functions in the Kingdom of God, for some reason they began to slack. Instead of giving their best to the afflicted, they neglected them.
Those who keep their sword from bloodshed, regards those who do the Work of God based on emotions, instead of faith. Those who are born from these emotions are like straw: any small breeze can carry them far away.
Those who try to do the Work of God based on emotions prefer to receive a dishonest kiss instead of a slap of truth.
As a result, they have also suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. And today, they wander around like zombies. They know the Word of God very well, but subject themselves to the word of the devil. And worst of all, they try to drag others down along with them.
I say this to warn those who are new in the faith. Be careful with the old prophets! They look, dress and act like pastors but inside, they are like ravenous wolves.
Jesus warns His followers:
Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Matthew 10.16
I’ve always been full of doubts and very emotional. I’ve been in the UCKG for 9 years, and I’ve been an assistant for 6 years. Nevertheless, I carried loads of doubts, traumas and fears. The worst part is that it made me look to my past and fall into temptation, watching pornography and other lusts of the flesh. My soul would be in pain and I’d ask for forgiveness. I wore my uniform, but deep down I knew about my spiritual leprosy. I did all the Fasts of Daniel, and because I was sentimental, I always thought I’d given my “best”, but the truth is I never had a real encounter with God.
In this Fast, I decided to put a stop to all this. I couldn’t stand to look at myself in the mirror, and live a life of lies and deceit. It was very hard to put on that mask every day, and fool everyone but myself. During every message of faith I listened to, I surrendered my life, humbled myself and asked God for mercy. I began to meditate on the Word of God and my eyes were opened. I saw just how lost I really was, like the lost coin, inside the Church but completely apart from God.
Today, something interesting happened. I was at the university where I’m studying for my masters and I began seeing all the youths laughing, joking around and I felt a sharp pain in my chest because I asked myself, “How many of these youths are saved? Who is going to speak to them about God? They all think they’re so smart, have a bunch of titles, but how is God going to reach their hearts?”
At that very moment, I lowered my head and began seeking the Holy Spirit. I didn’t care if they were going to laugh at me or not; I covered my face with my hands, bowed my head and asked God for the Holy Spirit! I wanted to be the one to bring the Word to these youths! I wanted Him to make me capable of preaching to this generation so that I could save these souls! I wanted His presence so that I could be the man of God that He always wanted me to be.
Bishop, I was praying and as the words come out of my mouth, images of my life flashed through my mind, images of everything I did wrong, images of the disgusting things I lived through and what God was doing in my life during this Fast, where I have truly surrendered my life. Then, without feeling absolutely anything, I was sure! I was certain of God’s forgiveness and that He was with me! I was certain that I was no longer alone and that my life was going to change! I didn’t laugh, I didn’t cry, nothing! But there was a tremendous assurance that everything would be different!
I thank God for this purpose and for all your messages, because they have opened my eyes and brought me closer to God!
I am firmly going to continue the Fast until the 11th of October, and I am sure that I will be able to shout to the four corners of the Earth “Oh, what a Day!”
I’m embarrassed to say this, but I’ve been a member of the Church for 27 years and I’m still not baptized with the Holy Spirit. I was sick and being very humiliated when I first came to Church. I prioritized my finances, fighting for my husband and I to prosper, but I always felt frustrated. It wasn’t because of a lack of teachings. When the pastors said we should first seek the Kingdom of Heaven, I heard them but I didn’t understand. In my heart, there was a great revolt, thinking that by prospering the humiliation would end. I was always seeking God’s blessing in my finances. Tired of suffering with depression, empty and full of resentment, I delve into the Fast of Daniel. During the first couple of days, I began to understand the importance of surrendering our life to God and with each passing day, my thirst grew to receive the Holy Spirit. My priority now is to receive the Holy Spirit, please my Lord and obey Him. I am very happy. I am going to participate in the Israel Challenge wholeheartedly and, for the first time, my prayer request is going to be solely spiritual. I want to have an encounter with my God and be sealed with the Holy Spirit. Thank you my God for having patience with me and never letting me give up. I love the Universal family very much, and you are our father of faith.
My daughter, forget the past and delve deep into this faith. Quench your thirst in this Well, while it can still be found.
Bishop Macedo, my soul is filled with joy because of the revelation the Holy Spirit has given you. “The thirsty invited by the Lord are simple people, handpicked by the Holy Spirit”. Allow me to complete this revelation, in the name of Jesus Christ.
…Blessed is the man You choose, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, of Your holy temple. Psalm 65.4
The Fast finishes in one week and I’m already missing the Fast of Daniel. Yes, a thousand times, yes! In the faith of the Fast of Daniel! May God bless you in the name of Jesus.
Hello, Bishop. I have been in Church for a long time but I never had an encounter with God until today. Like many, I was deceived by my own thoughts. All I was doing was warming the Church pews. But I no longer accepted this situation and began the Fast of Daniel with all my strength. In the early morning, I was baptized with the Holy Spirit. My day has finally come. Oh, what a day! It was marvelous; I was fasting and seeking Him. Then, an immense joy came over me and I haven’t been able to praise and glorify the name of our God. I have an immense desire to speak of our God to others. A new army of the Living God is rising up. Hallelujah, thank you Bishop, may God continue using you!!!!
Bishop Macedo, may the peace of the Lord be with you my friend.
I say this because I have the power to bless you. It was because of your message today that I am a soldier of Faith! I could take up several lines telling you about my life before the Faith, but as you have said before, it’s a waste of time to remember the works of the devil?! Especially, when what we have now is the joy of the Holy Spirit! Bishop, everything becomes small when we become like a burning coal. I have the conviction that the power of God is over my family and this gives me peace, joy and even more desire to annihilate the enemy. I’m disgusted, apprehensive and repudiated by this cowardly destroyer called Satan. And I have something to tell you Bishop! It was God Himself who inspired me to tell you: Continue with your messages of faith because there are millions of people who thirst for the Holy Spirit but don’t know where to find Him. Continue dissipating and inspiring people with the Faith of Abraham, the father of Faith. My friend, my life is being transformed by listening to your blessed message, along with your anointed thoughts, which make me feel the joy of the Holy Spirit. Glories to my God! What I feel is incomparable and unexplainable. Bishop, today I am forming a friendship with God! How wonderful is that bishop? I don’t know how to repay you in this lifetime for the good you’ve done for me, except by being a soldier of the Faith! I will bless you in the name of the Lord Jesus! Say Amen my friend!
Bishop, I know you will read my testimony and will post it on your blog or YouTube channel. I know that I’ll hear you speak about me and the power of our beloved Father, the Lord Jesus!
My name is Miguel Praxedes, and I am from Mossoró/RN. I am a business administrator and a law student. And I’ve determined that I will be a magistrate to serve the justice system of men, but with the righteous love of God!
Hello, Bishop. I’m here to tell you that I was visited by the Holy Spirit. During your prayer, I was overcome with the joy, peace and conviction of the Holy Spirit. This Fast of Daniel has helped me very much. I am certain that on October 11th, I will be baptized by the Holy Spirit and covered by the whole Armor of God.
I was a rebellious, addicted to pornography and my life was completely tied up. When the Fast of Daniel was announced, automatically a thought came to my head that I didn’t need to participate. But, on Sunday, the pastor asked us who wanted to be filled with the presence of God and that’s when I decided to have a true commitment with God, dissociating myself from the world and taking the Holy Spirit as my Husband in this Fast of Daniel. This is the Faith I’m living during the Fast, and I want the Holy Spirit as my Husband.
Good morning, Bishop!
I want to tell you a little bit about what is afflicting me at this moment. During this Fast, I have been seeking the confirmation of the Holy Spirit, because I have noticed that those who receive Him, also have all the areas of their lives transformed. I have seen a change in my life, I am a completely different person, born again. Those who are closest to me and have accompanied me in this journey have seen and can see a difference. Except, I haven’t achieved a complete transformation. For example, my finances are nowhere where they should be. I still have unpaid debts. And I know the Holy Spirit is not going to come down and pay my bills, since they are consequences, fruit of what I planted when I was an unbeliever. But there has to be a difference! I asked God for direction, and He said that something is wrong and the problem is within me. I realized that my spirit was weak (not the Spirit of God, but rather my spirit). So I revolted against this situation in search for change, because I’m tired of someone having to tell me what to do. Up until now, that’s how things have been, but from here on out, I’m putting into practice an idea He gave me. Through the pastor, God spoke to me again, “Something is still missing!” I didn’t know what else I needed to do so I asked Him to show me. I noticed that the problem of debts continues, and worse, I don’t want to be the same way with God. I have made vows with God in almost every meeting. What ends up happening is, I believe and I want to participate, so I remain in the faith that I’ll be able to fulfill my vow, but then I end up with several vows that I’m unable to pay. Without an abundance in my life, without a difference in my finances… I want to help, I want to give, but I end up promising more than what I have. Is this because of an emotion? Is this an exaggerated faith? I don’t know. All I know is that I am sinning when it comes to this, because the bible says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Tiago4.8 This Word was given to us on the Mount, I took for myself and I am in sin when it comes to this. But the beginning of the verse says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”, so I know there is still time for me to come to God. The direction that came to mind was to put everything together and place it at the foot of the Altar. I’m going to present God an offering of forgiveness, and move on without committing the same mistake. I did this before but I returned the empty envelopes without an offering asking God for forgiveness. I believe I was forgiven, but I acted indifferently, and now I find myself in the same situation. I want to fix this and never do the same things again. I want to receive the Holy Spirit, I’m tired of living like this. Please help me Bishop. Later in the verse, it says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4.10 I want to humble myself. I am going to humble myself!
I’ll wait for your answer, Bishop.
God bless you!!
An intelligent faith act without thinking. Return your envelopes of broken promises and, as of now, do not make any promises to God that you cannot keep. Certainly, you made these promises based on an emotional faith, that’s why you weren’t able to fulfill your vows.
Forget about the past and start using your faith wisely. Sow…