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Steinbach, Manitoba Meeting Report

Sunday, March 5

Bro. Jeremiah Estrada preached a powerful message titled According to the Prophecies. This is the first time since the time of Paul that the gift of government and apostleship is fully restored. God is setting the judges in order for one last great move before He returns.

1 Timothy 1:18. “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightiest war a good warfare…”

Revelation 19:11–16. “…And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Paul committed a charge to Timothy according to the prophecies. There is a real connection between our hearts and the Word of God. The burden of the whole Word of God has been toward this last move of God before He returns. Our Lord is no longer a baby in the manger or dying on the hill, but He is a conquering Savior. We are the army on the white horses. The Lord is going to move like He has never moved before. We are going to see things happen such as we have never seen before! MANY people will flow in.

If there ever was a time to pray, it is now! Stop praying for yourself and your family and start praying for the work of God. When you pray understanding the prophecies, the place will be shaken. Preachers, now is best time to preach! Get over your intimidations! People see enough dead religion; they need to see people filled with the Spirit! If you really believe the prophecies you won’t just sit in your pew waiting for people to get saved. You will do things out of the ordinary!

After the message Bro. Hargrave took the pulpit and exhorted us on Acts 14:8–10. There is no way that somebody, saved or unsaved, can sit under the anointing and not be deeply moved. Do NOT let the anointing pass you by! Have faith to grasp hold of the prophecies.

As soon as Bro. Hargrave ended, many people flocked to the front. The voice of prayer resounded for a considerable length of time. At the close of the service a number testified of having prayed through to salvation or entire sanctification. Truly the Lord’s presence has been manifested in our midst this week.

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Saturday, March 4, Morning Service

Bro. Jeremiah Estrada preached the message, God of the Valleys.

1 Kings 20:23-28. “…Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.”

Exodus 14:13. “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”

God is not just God when things go well, but He is God when you’re in grief and when things go wrong. Your personal struggles can be overwhelming to the point where they almost blind your vision. Your troubles are not the most important thing going on. There is a battle going on between the gates of hell and the church that is far more important than your personal battles and accusations. The devil would like to get you so preoccupied that you forget about the real battle. Everything against the truth has been conglomerated into one enemy encompassing the saints. We are all gathered in one great last battle, and the devil is serious about destroying us. We are like the “two little flocks of kids,” in verse 27, and the enemy fills the country. But God is God in the Valley! He is going to move like He has never moved before in history, and all we need to do is stand still and not be sidetracked by our own little things. The Egyptians whom we have seen today, we shall soon “see them again no more!” The time from now until the Lord’s return will be a showdown, and God has chosen you to be His instrument in His last showdown.

Saturday, March 4, Evening Service

Bro Stephen Hargrave delivered a wonderful message titled, The Kingdoms Become God’s Kingdom.

John 8:12. “Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

If you do not follow Jesus, you will and you are walking in darkness. As Jesus is the light, the church that He has built is also the light. People do not have a problem when we say Jesus is the light, however there is a little more of a problem when we say that the church is the light. But when we say there is only one church that is the light; we are blaspheming in the people’s minds. When you get saved, you, by a miracle, get placed inside of Christ.

Ephesians 2:19-22. “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God…”

Revelation 1:12, 13. “And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man…”

There is a house that holds the people of God in Jesus–held not contrary to our will but by the love of Jesus. When the world sees God’s people united as one in Christ, they will believe. The reason people do not believe is because all they see is the religious mess. Jesus is not just in the midst of His people in the sense that He is in the middle, but Revelation 1:12-13 means that He is a part of His people, inseparable from them.

The church is to illuminate the world’s path. All men will know how great God is when they look at all He has done in His church. The church of God is an open display of the power and wisdom and might of God. It is still God’s plan, just as it was in the New Testament time, to show the light through His church.

Friday, March 3

Bro. Stephen Hargrave got up tonight with a continuation of last night’s message, The Raging Heathen.

1 Corinthians 3:11-13. “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Christ Jesus. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”

Your own personal thoughts are sinking sand. The way you think things need to be done does not mean anything because God never asked you. There are laws that govern the way you live. If you try to change things you have no control over, you are in rebellion against God. To give God the proper honour you must acknowledge that His plan is always right. There is no such thing as a church of your own choice. We do not have a choice and we do not have a church. It is too late in time to not tell these things openly.

The Spirit of God never told you anything that is not in The Word of God. The reason why people do not want to come this way is that they see the sea of glass mingled with fire and know they will not be able to retain their wood, hay, and stubble. It is wicked to refuse to allow God to mold you and shape you into what He wants you to be. The very thing that draws people to the church is to see those who allow God to work in them. As much as we allow God to work in us is as much as we will be able to affect the atmosphere around us. What draws a person is to see someone going upward in a world where everything is going downward. If you really want to do something for God, allow Him to work in your life to the maximum capacity.

2 Peter 2:9-10. “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: but chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.”

Despising government is refusing to allow God to govern one’s life. It is a miserable life to be in rebellion against God’s government. The only true happiness is to give up all your ideas and submit yourself under the rod of God’s government. We need to be afraid to do wrong, to think our own thoughts, to not give God what He deserves from our lives.

 Thursday, March 2

Brother Hargrave took the pulpit tonight with a message entitled The Raging Heathen.

Psalm 2:1-6. “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”

This is an emphatic question. Raging here gives the sense of a tumultuous gathering together to attack. People tried to prevent prophecy from happening. These people sat down and deliberately meditated plans to stop the advance of Christianity. There are “Christians” who would fight Christianity if they were presented with it. People want to call themselves Christians to avoid the reproach of not being a Christian; but they fight and try to root out the bands of Christianity.

Jeremiah 1:10. “See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”

God set Jeremiah above all the nations. The order of operations here is correct. Jeremiah was “to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.” Things have to be destroyed before anything can be built up. These people in Psalm 2 had it right that something did need to be broken up; but they wanted to break up the wrong thing. They want to uproot the foundation of God’s people. It is very unwise to fight God because it is a fight that you can’t win. What’s wrong with believing in a holy life? What does it hurt you if we believe it? If we are deceived, we are much happier in our delusion than you are in your reality.

Acts 4:23, 25.  The apostles were giving a report of what had happened when the Jewish leaders had commanded them to stop what they were doing. So here, in Acts, the apostles are quoting a portion of Psalm 2, and calling the Jewish hierarchy “heathens”. Now that Jesus was gone from the earth, the Jewish leaders were not fighting against the Messiah Himself, but against these people who claimed to be God’s only people. What many people don’t understand is that you cannot separate Jesus from His Church.

Psalm 2:4–5, 7–9. “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord will have them in derision.”

Laughing in this context brings out mocking, making sport, making fun of, and speaking unintelligibly as in mocking a foreigner’s speech. After God is done mocking, He will speak to the heathens in His wrath. The heathen are vexed when God speaks to them because they don’t want to submit. The Jews were saying, as people still say today, that we should stop spreading our “diabolical” beliefs that make us and the people who accept them so happy. If you want to turn someone into a beast, preach the true Word of God. People don’t want God. As the Word goes forth, you will see them turn into beasts. God told Jesus to ask for the heathen for His inheritance. Jesus asked for us. We were changed from raging heathens into Jesus’ inheritance. People don’t want to come under. Jesus will break them with the rod of iron.

Wednesday, March 1

We are deeply grateful to the Lord for continuing to so richly bless the meeting in Steinbach! Words really fail to describe how wonderful it really is to worship the Lord “in spirit and in truth” together with His saints. The saints had a good time in congregational singing once again this evening as we sang “A Song of Joy” followed by “Salvation Is the Sweetest Thing.” The next song, “My Savior’s Love,” moved the congregation, and the majority were on their feet with uplifted hands as we sang the words, “How marvellous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!”

Following a season of prayer, the special singers sang “Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone.”

Bro. Hargrave then once again took the pulpit and brought forth a heart-searching, Holy Ghost-filled message titled Being Turned Into Another Man. We must remain definable, consistent, and predictable in a sense. People of this world need to know what you are going to do in regard to serving the Lord. We must endeavor to live in such a way that it can be said of us, “I know them; they will be faithful.”

He then read his text from 1 Samuel 10:6. We have weaknesses that make us predictable as to what we will do in certain situations. There are areas in your life where you need to become another man, become unrecognizable, so you can no longer be identified by that weak point. Be intolerant of your needs. By the Holy Ghost, you need to become another man, not another person, but a more glorious, new you. Become unrecognizable in your testifying, in your praying, in raising your hands in song. We need noticeable Holy Ghost improvements. Students, become less of what you have been and become more cooperative, uplifting, and spiritual. Parents should not be able to recognize their children anymore because they are becoming more gentle with their siblings, more uplifting in the home, more obedient and sweet. You can determine to stop being a certain way. We do not want the world to be hindered by seeing the same needs in us that we had two years ago. The world needs to see victory. You must have convictions of your own more than just following rules.

Hebrews 12:12-13. It says lift up those hands that hang down. YOU do it. We have a cloud of witnesses showing us this can be done because it has been done over and over again. There is enough glory to change you into the very thing you are looking at. We get New Testament messages to turn us into the messages we receive. It is not a matter of what you say but a matter of what you become. I have come too far to not get everything that God wants me to have! If you believe, it will be seen by what you become; the world will see it in your new behavior. As you grow in God, you become ruined for the world.

The message deeply stirred the saints, and the prayer bench was flooded after the message. A number of songs were sung while many lifted up their voices in prayer for higher ground. At the end of the service, a young brother got up and testified of having prayed through to salvation. Thank the Lord!

Tuesday, February 28

Thank the Lord for blessing us with another good service. In congregational singing the saints were much encouraged about going to heaven as we sang the songs, “That Verdant Summer Land,” “When We All Get to Heaven,” “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder,” and “The Last Amen.” The saints rejoiced as we repeatedly sang the words, “’Twill all be gladness at the last amen.” Several saints testified about how glorious it will be to reach heaven.

Bro. Stanley took prayer requests. He said how much he looked forward to being where there would be no more “doubtings or despair.” The special singers got up to sing after prayer. They sang, “Just to Hear the Trumpet Sound,” and “That’s When Faith Steps In.”

Bro. Hargrave got up and preached an excellent message titled Drawing Virtue. He started with the scripture in Mark 5:25-30. The woman knew that her physical connection with Jesus would be the guarantee of her victory and her relief. The virtue, strength, wealth, and valor of Jesus belonged to her because she chose to press through. Someone that is desperate in the perfect will of God cannot be stopped. If you are serious, God will cause an opportunity to arise for you to be able to execute your plan.

Christ Himself is in the midst of His people. You cannot separate Jesus and the church. (Zechariah 8:20-23) The scripture is speaking of someone taking hold of someone who has taken hold of Someone to get their help. When the people see the people “taking hold of the skirts…” and getting their help, they will do it too. No one can go to heaven alone. We need the saints. “You can be what you want to be” is a gross error of the day that drags people into the sea of independence. You cannot just be whatever you dream up to be. You cannot even be what you should be without someone helping you reach your full potential. We need to grab hold of the skirts of the saints and get a hold of the virtue in their lives. No one will ever be strong in everything by themselves. There are certain things you will never be able to do without the saints.

We only increase as we are connected, and we are to receive our help from the joints that God has connected us to. If the whole body were you, where would be your victory? 1 Corinthians 12:13-16. Where would you be alone? Lost, lost, lost! You can never make it to heaven on your own. You independently are not as special as you collectively.

Our help is not in theory but in pressing through and getting a hold of the saints. Anything to maintain my connection and my virtue! To be close to the Lord Jesus Christ is to be close to His people. Your personal devotional time will be better if you keep your connection to the saints live and vital. Some long-standing needs will never be met without this connection. “What affects one directly affects another indirectly.”- Martin Luther King, Jr. There are things in you that can only be brought out by your connection to the people of God. You cannot find yourself, you cannot know who you are without the saints.

The message came forth with much clarity and the saints were richly fed.

Monday, February 27

We are happy to report to you of a wonderful start to our meeting. The service began with the congregational song, “How Firm a Foundation.” The Holy Ghost took over in a wonderful way in the continuance of congregational singing, particularly while singing the song, “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” After this song, Bro. Mikey Tinoco, a young minister, took the pulpit with a fervent testimony before prayer. Many young people and others were on their feet shouting as he testified about the day he made the BEST decision in his life. “Young people need all sorts of things to be ‘happy.’ But I found my true joy in salvation. This is not a joy that lasts for only a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days; but this joy has lasted me for three years already!”

Following a short season of prayer, the special singers sang “Over and Over, Again and Again God is Faithful” and “Jesus Never Fails.” There was much rejoicing as the singers sang, “You might as well get thee behind me, Satan, you cannot prevail, because Jesus never fails.”

At the beginning of the message, Bro. Stephen Hargrave asked the congregation to stand as he read his text to us from Matthew 9:35-38. He titled the message, Have Mercy on Me.

Jesus had been going about helping the people, healing the sick; and before He mentioned the plenteous harvest and need for labourers, He was moved with compassion. He was moved by the multitude, which means He was moved with compassion for us because we were a part of the multitude. He was moved even when we were not asking Him for mercy. Will we have mercy on others like He had mercy on us?

Mercy is an element that one can feel. People do not always ask for mercy, some do not think they even need mercy, but we need to hear the cry of their hearts – the cry, “Have mercy on me!” We must remember the compassion that it takes to reach out to them. Along with the judgment that needs to be laid, comes a mercy that people can feel. Judgment and mercy are inseparable. We cannot always fault people for the way that they are. We do not know what they have been through. People turn to atheism for a reason. Some faced tragedies that we are not aware of, and there was no one to help them; they decided to blame God. Others look at the mess in the religious world and decide there could be no God. We must have a disposition of heart that conveys a compassion to these souls. If we do not have mercy on these people, nobody will. Everyone deserves human dignity, but beyond that, they must feel God’s love. People must feel the love we have for them at the same time as the judgment against the sin in their lives. Some people feel or wonder whether they are too dirty to come to our services. Are they welcome just as they are? The answer, of course, is yes. But it must be more than a “theological yes”; it must be a compassionate YES! It was God who had mercy on us, and how can we not extend that same mercy to others?!

Bro. Hargrave then said he was going to go on to the second part of the message. You can have mercy on the person coming in, but can you have mercy on your brother? If you fear the Lord, you are a recipient of God’s love. “He knoweth our frame…”(Psalm 103:13–14). We are not here because we were so grand, so wonderful, so talented. The Lord remembered that we were dust. We must remember that our brother or sister is dust. Young people, can you have mercy on your parents? Students, have mercy on your teachers. They could be out there, but they are here, praying for you by name, giving their life for you.

If we can have mercy on each other, surely we can have mercy on the world. We want mercy, so let’s have mercy on one another. The congregation was moved by the message and it brought many to their knees at the end of the service.

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