Many of us are currently experiencing challenges and are being tested on levels that we haven’t had before. Marelize looks at Bible scriptures where the feeling of being surrounded by rolling waves, stormy waters, or deep waters and miry clay, are described – times in which God is surrounding us with His mercy, and with songs of salvation.
As Christians we must learn how to fight the spiritual war, just like soldiers must learn how to fight in the physical war. Part of this, is to learn how and when God reveals Himself as the One who fights for us.
Marelize looks at times in the Bible when God revealed Himself as the Commander of the Heavenly Army, or as the Lord of hosts, or as Lord of Sabaoth. It was usually during big battles, like with Joshua at Jericho, or with the bursting forth of a new season, like with the young prophet Samuel, or when an evil leader’s reign had to end, like with king Ahab.
Prayer strategy is shared on how to work with the One who is fighting for us, to conquer when the battle is on, or to bring to an end the influence, injustice and corruption of an evil leader or ex-leader.
Marelize shares her story about when she had Covid 19, about the rotten smell that she had, and how the Lord used that to make her aware of His fragrance of life, and the awareness of life, versus smell of death, and the awareness of death in our present world. The experience and isolation of someone who tested positive for the virus, is compared to those who had leprosy in Bible times who also had to isolate. But the time frame in which we are, is not only about physical death, but death also on many other areas of life. The focus in this presentation is on death to hopes and aspirations, death to finances, death to certain relationships, as well as some guidelines on how to pray in this time.
Luke 17:12 Jer.20 Gen.9 Ps.127:3 Eph.4:3 Ps.133 Ps.35 Ps.6:45 John 10:10 Ps.23
When Jesus told His disciples about the troubled times awaiting the world before He returns to earth, He said to them that when the branch of the fig tree is tender and the leaves are appearing, that summer is upon them, and that the time of His coming is near.
Marelize explains the seasons of the fig tree, of when the branches are tender and the leaves are budding, which brings a greater understanding, of what Jesus meant.
The fig tree produces different types of figs during its different seasons. That sets it apart from other fruit trees. Then the passage in Song of Solomon, about the bridegroom calling his bride to arise, when the winter is gone and the green figs appears, becomes clear, as a call by Jesus as Bridegroom, for His Bride, to get ready.
Jesus also calls His disciples to prepare for His return. One of the ways in which we need to prepare, is to bear fruit, especially in this time of the Covid 19 Pandemic. An example of this, is the barren fig tree that Jesus encountered, in a time when He needed it, to bear fruit.
Jesus once said that to love the Lord with all of your heart, your soul, your mind and your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is what will cause you to truly live. Marelize shares what it means to love God in each of these areas, and how our love for God can grow, and can cause us to feel at peace in this time of fear, in the midst of the Corona Virus Pandemic. She also shares about Jesus’ restoration of Simon Peter’s love relationship with Him, after he had denied that he had known Jesus.
Luke 10:27 Deut.6:5 Lev.19:18 Zeph.3:17 Rev.12:11 Ps.18 John 21:15-19 John 14:15-21 1 John 4:7-20 Eph.3:16
While we are in the time of the Covid Pandemic, God wants reveal Himself as healer not only of our physical bodies, but also of our emotional brokenness and woundedness. Marelize shares about God’s heart for the brokenhearted and how He wants to heal, by likening His process of healing to how olive oil was used in Bible times on wounds, to bring soothing and healing.
Ps. 147:2 Luke 10:34 Song 1:3 Luke 4:18 Isa. 1:6 Ps. 34:18 Isa. 41:10 Isa. 57:15 Ps. 51:17
Marelize shares about her experience of being infected with the Covid 19 virus, how the Lord prepared her for this journey, and about Jesus’ nature and power to save, to heal and to deliver from pestilence.
She shares from the book of Luke the different ways in which Jesus healed the sick, and in particular what happened when the woman with the flow of blood touched the hem of His garment. This woman was someone who had an understanding of His power, or as it is called in Greek, His ‘dunamis’, and she therefore had an expectation that she would be healed.
To understand the depth of His power, we need to understand the meaning of Jesus’ name, that He would save, or as it is called in Greek, that He would ‘sozo’, which also means heal, or deliver, His people from their sin and from the effects of sin.
May all who need His healing, experience His power and nature, to heal, and to deliver, especially in this time of the Covid Pandemic.
Luke 8:43 Lev.15:19 Mark 5 Matt.1 Luke 4:14-18 Luke 6:47-49 John 16:23 Phil.2:9-11 Heb.4:14-16
On the last day of 2020 Marelize shares about looking back over the past year, and assessing your growth in your relationship with God. She uses the plants (Pomegranate, Henna, Myrrh, Spikenard, Saffron, Calamus, Cinnamon, Frankincense & Aloe) in the garden of the bride, who was ready to meet her bridegroom in Song of Solomon, as yardsticks of measuring our growth in the different areas of our spiritual lives. Some of these examples are – growth in intimacy with God, growth in protecting and advancing His kingdom, growth in the knowledge of His word, in speaking His word, and in living according to His word. Matt.24 Song 4:9-14 Jer.23:5-6 Eph.4:22-24 Isa.61:10 Rom.12:10 Song 1:12-13 Isa.11:1-3 Song 7:12 Jam.4:9 Heb.10:19-22 2 Cor.3:16 Isa.9:6 Joh.17:17-19 Rom.12:1-2 Eph.6:13 2 Tim.2:21
The tree called the cedar of Lebanon has many lessons for us as Christians, with its exceptional height, and breadth and root system.
The Bible says that the righteous shall grow like the cedar of Lebanon. This includes growing to become a vessel of gold, useful for God our Master and prepared for every good work. This is crucial at this time of the Covid 19 Pandemic.
2 Tim 2:19-21 Ps 92:12-14 Eze 31 John 4:14 John 7:38 Num 24:6 Col 2:6-7 Eph 4:14 1 Pet 1:6-16
God reveled Himself as the God who heals, as Yahweh Rapha, for the first time when He healed the bitter waters of Mara so that weary people could be refreshed and restored. His heart is to heal us. Why do we then often suffer because of sickness? Marelize shares some personal testimonies and also shares about the different reasons why we get sick, and different ways in which God may choose to heal us. Ps 30 2 Chron 21:18 Numb 12 John 9 Luke 13:11-13 Jam 5:14-16 Isa 53:3-5 Ps 103:1-5