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The Heart of a Prayer Warrior

If you are a person who thinks you may not have what it takes to be a prayer warrior, or if you are concerned that being a prayer warrior is too difficult, or if you believe you don't have time for it, let me ask you you following questions:

Do you see people suffering and it bothers you?  If so, then you have the heart of a prayer warrior. 

Do you recognize evil proliferating in the world?  If so, then you have the heart of a prayer warrior.

Do you experience any injustice in your life or can you identify it in the lives of others?   If so, then you have the heart of a prayer warrior.

Do you observe wrong things happening around you and you want to right them?   If so, then you have the heart of a prayer warrior.

Do you ever have a certain person heavy on your heart and it concerns you, but you are not sure why?   If so, then you have the heart of a prayer warrior.

Do you observe tragic situations happening to people and feel helpless to do anything to stop them?          If so, then you have the heart of a prayer warrior.

Do you become grieved in your spirit when you see blatant disregard for God and His ways?   If so, then you have the heart of a prayer warrior.

--- In fact, if you said yes to any of the questions above, then you have the heart of a prayer warrior. Becoming a prayer warrior begins in the heart, sometimes without your even being aware of it. 

A prayer warrior has a heart of compassion for suffering people and bad situations, and desires to do something to make a difference.

When you tell God you are reporting for service as His prayer warrior, He will put specific people or situations on your heart that He wants you to pray about. You don't have to go searching for them - unless you feel led to do so - because those needs will be quickly made known to you.

As prayer warriors, we must remember that no matter how hopeless a situation may appear to us, God gives us power in prayer to do something about it. We may be overwhelmed by it, but God is not. We may not see a way out, but God can. Because of Him, we can make a difference!

- Taken from "Prayer Warrior" by Stormie Omartian pages 15-17


Prayer - A Conversation with God


Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

 What is prayer? Is there a specific way to pray? Is there a right and wrong time? What if I am doing it wrong? Am I worthy to talk to God? Will God really listen?

 These are some of the questions we might have when we think about prayer. These questions might cause anxiety, fear of failure, guilt and even shame. I think the biggest problem is that we over think prayer. We over complicate something that was meant to be as easy as talking and sharing with a friend or loved one. Just with added benefits!! Think about it for a moment...when your child approaches you, how do they do it? Do they first take a moment to think about their opening sentence? Do they contemplate which would be the most suitable title to address you by? Do they show anxiety, are they scared to come to you?

 Jesus revealed God as our Father or Parent and He came to show us the relationship that we can have with our Father. Look at this verse: "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him." (Matthew 6:6-8 NIV) 

 BUT: "What if I was taught to pray in a specific way, a specific order, using specific words and phrases? Is it wrong if I don't do it like this?"

 OK..imagine you are talking to someone in your life and every time that you see them you tell them the exact same thing, in the exact same way, in the exact same will that benefit the relationship? How will you get to know each other? Get to share your thoughts and feelings? How long would it take before the person you communicate with in this way becomes bored? Jesus didn't die for us to have religion, but relationship! Religion has rules and regulations, ways to do things in the correct way and it brings guilt, shame and condemnation if you do something wrong. Relationship is a heart touching a heart. Religion looks at what is wrong with you, while relationship looks at what is right with you! Look at Jesus' example of how He related to the Father. Was it structured by rules and executed in an organized way? No, it was heartfelt, full of joy and sincerity. In Matthew 11, Jesus spoke to a crowd and in verse 25 He just broke out in a prayer to His Father: "At that time Jesus said: " I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth...". This is only one example. Jesus showed us that it is OK to talk to our Father in this way. At any time, any place and saying anything that is on our hearts. That is relationship! It is not your words and the order of them that impress God, it is the motive of your heart and your believe in God that gets God's attention.

 BUT: Will God really hear me when I just talk to God like that?  

 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5:14, 15 NIV)

 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22 NIV)

 BUT: How do I know God's will so that I can ask according to it?

 The answer, once again, is relationship! Get to know God through His Word, learn about God through reading, listening to sermons and teachings; and taking part in discussions in fellowship groups. Get to know God's heart and share your heart with God in prayer. That is relationship and conversation with God!

 I want to challenge you today to remix the way you pray. Remix the way you think about prayer! From now on approach God through relationship. Be honest, open and sincere in your talks with God. God is not looking for a perfect rhyme, but for an honest expression of our broken hearts. Let God in! 

~~Pastor Liezl van Schalkwyk~~

©Adonai Fellowship 2013     

Anything that is between you and God is an idol.


2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from anything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God


God spoke very strongly to me recently, and He pointed out how easily it is for layers to be formed between Him and us. These layers can be anything from jobs, sleep, finances, (lack or surplus) relationships, gadgets, and ourselves. When Jesus rose, He broke the wall that was separating God and us. Now we have free access, yet we still choose, like the Israelites, time and time again to fall into the patterns of the world, and by so doing, push God further back on our list of priorities.

I feel that one of the worst idols that has crept into the church is routine. We get so caught up in the what we think should be done, and how, and that we need to rush home so we are checking the time, that is a form of an idol, as we are placing other things before The Sovereign Lord! Where is the room for Holy Spirit to move, if we place other things between God & us?

Is God your number one? Or have you slipped into a form of idol worship? The awesome thing about God, is that He is ever faithful, Jeremiah 31:3 tells us, “The Lord appeared to us saying, I have Loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.”

There is a wonderful song with the words “You wear the Victor’s crown” (Zschech, Houghton & Jobe, 2013) & I realized that Jesus has done everything that nobody else in HIStory has ever done, He suffered a horrible death, but rose from that, conquered death, sin and the grave, He has given us free and eternal access, by His perfect work, to the Almighty God. Doesn’t that make Him worthy of being the number one in your life? I can barely change a tyre, let alone rise from the dead. I want Him on the throne of my life, nothing else matters, nothing else even comes close as far as I’m concerned? How about you?

--Pastor Rochelle Lubbe

©Adonai Fellowship 2013


By Joyce Meyer

Copyright © 2004, 2006 Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.


I. What Is Offense?

A. Offense (defined) – The name of the part of the trap on which the bait hung that lured the animal into the trap/a hindrance or a stumbling block.


Satan uses offenses as bait to lure us into a life-time of bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, and even hatred. When we allow the spirit of offense to come in, it becomes a hindrance and a stumbling block to us. It causes us to stumble in our walk with God. Actually, many things offend us; and we are offended far too easily and too often. We cannot pray or worship properly with offense in our hearts. We must walk in love for our prayers of faith to be answered. We must forgive! (Mark 11:22-26). Forgive others for prayer to work. (Matthew 6:9-15). Leave your gift at the altar and make peace with your brother (Matthew 5:23-24). Offense turns into deeper problems - Resentment, unforgiveness, bitterness (which makes the entire life and person bitter), and hatred.


People easily offended are:

1. Selfish – Anytime they don’t get their way, they get offended.

2. Insecure – Their love tank is empty; and when they don’t get their way, they feel rejected.

3. Negative – They believe the worst and should believe the best.

4. An easy mark for Satan – he baits the trap, and they take the bait every time.

5. Miserable – Being offended makes you more miserable than the other person.

6. Hindering God’s plan for their lives – they cannot go forward with wrong things in their hearts.

7. Unwise – Any time God tells us in His Word not to do something and we do it anyway, it is unwise.

8. Not free – forgiveness is freeing.


Satan has launched an aggressive attack to keep us offended. Each individual may have hundreds of opportunities each week.


Things People Are Easily Offended By:

A. Rejection

B. Not being included or forgotten

1. Examples: You did not invite me, forgot my birthday or anniversary, etc.

C. Having our opinion ignored or rejected; people not agreeing with us

D. Not getting our own way

E. Having to wait

F. Grouchy people

G. People who are not like us

H. Church services that are longer than we think they should be

I. People who interrupt us when we are talking


Be determined to live without offense.

Refuse offense every time it is offered.

Treat it like the plague!


 - Shortened by Pastor Liezl van Schalkwyk 

Are you a Spiritual Vagabond?


Have you found yourself wondering around from church to church, or not having a place that you call a spiritual home? God wants us all to be planted, so that we can flourish. (Psalm 92:13)

The following article will really get you thinking in this regard, it is adapted from John Bevere, Bait of Satan- “How Spiritual Vagabonds are Born.”

If you have any questions about this topic, finding a church family, or the article below, please feel free to contact me.

Blessings~~ Pastor Roch


Churches Aren’t Cafeterias

Today men and women leave churches so readily if they see something wrong in the leadership. Perhaps it is the way the pastor takes offerings. Maybe it is the way the money is spent. If they don’t like what the pastor preaches, they leave. He is either not approachable, or he is too familiar. This list doesn’t end. Rather than face the difficulties and maintain hope, they run to where there appears to be no conflict. 

Lets face it: Jesus is the only perfect pastor. So why do we run from difficulties in America instead of facing them and working through them? When we don’t hit these conflicts head on, we usually leave offended. Sometimes we say our prophetic ministry just was not received. We then go from church to church looking for a place with flawless leadership.

As I write this book, I have been a member at only two churches in two different states in the last fourteen years. I have had more than two -- in fact, numerous -- opportunities to become offended with the leadership over me (most of which, I might add, stemmed from my own fault or immaturity). I had the chance to become critical and judgmental with leadership; but leaving was not the answer. In the midst of a very trying circumstance, one day the Lord spoke to me through a Scripture verse and said, “This is the way I want you to leave a church”:

For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace. ~ Isaiah 55:12

Most do not leave this way. They think churches are like cafeterias; they can pick and choose what they like! They feel the freedom to stay as long as there are no problems. But this does not agree at all with what the Bible teaches. You are not the one who chooses where you go to church. God does! The Bible does not say, “God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as ‘they’ please.” Rather is says, “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as ‘He’ pleased” (1 Cor. 12:18. Emphasis added).

Remember that, if youre in the place where God wants you, the devil will try to offend you to get you out. He wants to uproot men and women from the place where God plants them. If he can get you out, he has been successful. If you will not budge, even in the midst of great conflict, you will spoil his plans. 

The Planted Flourish

The Bible says in Psalm 92:13, “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.”

Notice that those who flourish are planted in the house of the Lord. What happens to a plant if you transplant it every three weeks? Most of you know that its root system will diminish, and it will not blossom or prosper. If you keep transplanting it, the plant will die of shock!

Many people go from church to church, ministry team to ministry team, trying to develop their ministry. If God puts them in a place where they are not recognized and encouraged, they are easily offended. If they don’t agree with the way something is done, they are offended and go. They then leave, blaming the leadership. They are blind to any of their own character flaws and do not realize God wanted to refine and mature them through the pressure they were under.

Let’s learn from the examples God gives with plants and trees. When a fruit tree is put in the ground it has to face rainstorms, hot sun, and wind. If a young tree could talk, it might say, “Please get me out of here! Put me in a place where there is no sweltering heat or windy storms!”

If the gardener listened to the tree, he would actually harm it. Trees endure the hot sun and rainstorms by sending their roots down deeper. The adversity they face is eventually the source of great stability. The harshness of the elements surrounding them causes them to seek another source of life. They will one day come to the place that even the greatest of windstorms cannot affect their ability to produce fruit.

I live in Florida, a citrus capital. Most Floridians know that the colder the winter is for the trees, the sweeter the oranges. If we did not run so fast from spiritual resistance, our root systems would have a chance to become stronger and deeper, and our fruit would be plentiful and sweeter in the eyes of God and more palatable to His people! We would be mature trees that the Lord delights in, rather than ones uprooted for their lack of fruit (Luke 13:6-9). We should not resist the very thing God sends to mature us.

The psalmist David, inspired by the Holy Ghost, made a powerful connection between offense, the law of God and our spiritual growth. He wrote in Psalm 1:

Blessed is the man [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law he meditates day and night (1:1-2).

Then in Psalm 119:165 he gave us more insight into people who love Gods laws.

Great peace have they which love [or delight in] thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Verse 3 of Psalm 1 finally describes the destiny of such a person.

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

In other words, a believer who chooses to delight in the Word of God in the midst of adversity will avoid being offended. That person will be like a tree whose roots search deep to where the Spirit provides strength and nourishment. He will draw from the well of God deep within his spirit. This will mature him to the point where adversity will now be the catalyst for fruit. Hallelujah!

Now we gain insight into Jesus’ interpretation of the parable of the sower.

And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. ~ Mark 4:16-17.

Once you leave the place God has chosen for you, your root system begins to dwarf. The next time it will be easier for you to flee from adversity because you have been careful not to root yourself too deeply. You end up coming to the place where you have little or no strength to endure hardship or persecution.

You then become a spiritual vagabond, wandering from place to place, suspicious and afraid that others will mistreat you. Crippled and hindered in your ability to produce true spiritual fruit, you struggle in a self-centered life, eating the remains of the fruit of others.

Look at Cain and Abel, the first sons of Adam. Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the works of his own hands, the fruit of his vineyard. It was brought forth with much toil. He had to clear the ground of rocks, stumps, and other debris. He had to plow and cultivate the soil. He had to plant, water, fertilize, and protect his crops. He put much effort in his service toward God. But it was his own sacrifice rather than obedience toward God’s way. It symbolized the worship of God by one’s own strength and ability rather than by God’s grace.

 Abel, on the other hand, brought an offering of obedience, the choice firstborn of his flock and their fat. He did not labor as Cain did to bring this forth, but it was dear to him. Both brothers would have heard how their mother and father had attempted to cover their nakedness with fig leaves which represented their own works to cover their sin. But God demonstrated acceptable sacrifice by covering Adam and Eve with the skin of an innocent animal. Adam and Eve were ignorant of this unacceptable covering of their sin. But having been shown God’s way they were no longer ignorant, nor were their children.

Cain had tried to win Gods acceptance apart from His counsel. God responded by showing He would accept those who came to Him under His parameters of grace (Abels sacrifice) and would reject what was attempted under the domain of the “knowledge of good and evil” (Cain’s religious works). He then instructed Cain that if he would do good, he’d be accepted; but if he would not choose life, then sin would master him.

Cain was offended with the Lord. Rather than repent and do what was right, allowing this situation to strengthen his character, he vented on Abel his anger and offense with God. He murdered Abel. God said to Cain:So now you are cursed from the earth, which had opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth. ~ Genesis 4:11-12

The thing Cain feared most, to be rejected by God, he brought as a judgment on himself. The very medium through which he tried to win God’s approval was now cursed by his own hand. The bloodshed now brought a curse. The ground would no longer give up its strength to him. Fruit would come only through great effort.

Offended Christians also cut off their own ability to produce fruit. Jesus compared the heart with soil in the parable of the sower. Just as Cain’s fields were barren, the soil of an offended heart is barren, poisoned by bitterness. Offended people still may experience miracles, words of utterance, strong preaching, and healing in their lives. But these are gifts of the Spirit, not fruits. We will be judged according to fruit, not gifting. A gift is given. Fruit is cultivated.

 Notice that God said Cain would become a fugitive and a vagabond as a result of his actions. There are numerous spiritual fugitives and vagabonds in our churches today. Their gifts of singing, preaching, prophesying, and so on are not received by the leadership in their previous church, so off they go. They are running aimlessly and carry an offense, looking for that perfect church that will receive their gift and heal their hurts.

They feel beat up and persecuted. They feel as if they are modern-day Jeremiahs. It is just them and God, with everyone else out to get them. They become unteachable. They get what I call a persecution complex: “Everyone is out to get me.” They comfort themselves that they are just a persecuted saint or prophet of God. They are suspicious of everyone. This is exactly what happened to Cain. Look what he says:

I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me. ~ Genesis 4:14

Consider that Cain had the persecution complex -- everyone was out to get him! It is the same today. Offended people believe everyone is out to get them. With this attitude it is difficult for them to see areas in their own lives that need change. They isolate themselves and conduct themselves in such a manner that invites abuse.

A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment. ~ Proverbs 18:1

God never created us to live separately and independently of each other. He likes it when His children care for and nurture each other. He is frustrated when we sulk and feel sorry for ourselves, making everyone else responsible for our happiness. He wants us to be active members of the family. He wants us to get our life from Him. An isolated person seeks only his own desire, not God’s. He receives no counsel and sets himself up for deception. 

I am not talking about seasons in which God calls individuals apart to equip and refresh them. Im describing those who have imprisoned themselves. They wander from church to church, relationship to relationship, and isolate themselves in their own world. They think that all who do not agree with them are wrong and are against them. They protect themselves in their isolation and feel safe in the controlled environment they have set up for themselves. They no longer have to confront their own character flaws. Rather than facing the difficulties, they try to escape the test. The character development that comes only as they work through conflicts with others is lost as the cycle of offense begins again.




~~Pastor Rochelle Lubbe~~


Time and time again, over the past few weeks God keeps showing me similarities between the lives of the Israelites in Egypt and the lives of so many people now.

Firstly, the people were slaves. They lived a life of hard bondage, of daily toil and misery. (Exodus 1:11) Their lives revolved around making bricks and making cities, which were a sign of wealth for the pharaoh of the day. They spent many hours of the day in the mud pits, trudging mud and straw into the clay that was needed for the bricks.

God keeps showing me the image of the people in the mud pits. These people are not looking up, they cannot lift their heads, they have no reason to, their lives are filled with so much oppression and heaviness they feel no need to look up.

BUT, their misery did not last forever, because God sent the deliverer in the form of Moses to free the people, not just from a life of slavery, but from a life of hopelessness, and oppression, a life that was crushing them under the yoke of captivity, of their Egyptian task masters, a life of mud and persecution.  

Fast-forward a couple of thousand years to now. Who or what is your Egyptian taskmaster? What is the mud that you are trudging in everyday; to the point where you feel that you cant look up?

Look up, because the cross is bare and The Son is risen, and His glory shines on all the earth.

Part of the (Really) Good News of The Word is that the deliverer has come, and His name is Jesus, and that we have no need to be buckled over in the pits of slavery. God freed the people all those thousands of years ago and  the final act before their release was the instruction to put lamb’s blood on the door post of their homes. Your belief in Jesus means that you are covered in The Lamb’s blood, which like the Israelites back then signaled a new life, a life of freedom, a life where God provides for your every need, whether is was Manna from heaven, or making sure that you have your daily bread, you have completeness of healing and wellbeing, where you have a life of prosperity and peace.

Yes everybody, I am free!!! You are free!!! There is no need for you to go back to Egypt, or to be fooled into thinking that you never left! “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

Rise up, and live like one who is free, like one who was supernaturally freed from a life of slavery, and live like one who is an heir, a child of The Most High God.



© Adonai Fellowship 2013


Get out of the comfort zone and get into the God zone!

A comfort zone is a place where you have settled, where you have become stagnant and you pitched your tent, now living there. A comfort zone doesn't help you to grow, it is rather a death zone where u can get stuck for years on end. It is not to say that a comfort zone is a happy place or a "comfortable" place, but it is a place where you have become familiar with the surroundings, expectations and outcomes. You feel like you are in control. There are no surprises, you know what you're going to get, even if it is bad. Somehow it has become your reality and you know it well, that makes it a comfort to you. You can have a comfort zone of illness, depression, loneliness, marital problems, a particular job, financial situation or just a contentment with where you are at. But God calls you out of that and invites you to be where He is - the God zone or the kingdom of God. In the God zone there will always be life, movement and growth. You have to step out of your comfort zone to get into the God zone. Sometimes people complain for years and years about the situation they find themselves in but they aren't willing to do anything about it.   

Read: John 5:1-15
Jesus asked this man a simply question. Do you want to get well. This man had been in the same situation for 38 years! An easy "yes" or "no" type of question, right? How did the man reply? With excuses... We also do this often. We complain about the place we're in, but we're unwilling to change that comfort zone so we just stay there. Miserable, complaining, stagnant. Stagnant water stinks! Nothing can live in it.
If you are tired of your situation, stop making it your comfort zone and get moving to where God wants you to be. Just outside of your comfort zone is a God zone where things are happening! Where there is joy, peace, love and happiness. It's your choice how long it will take you to realize this and get into line with the Kingdom of God. Every person is called by God for something. How do I know this? Because God made you and you're still alive! You can't get into this calling or purpose while you still hold onto your comfort zone. You will only ever find true fulfillment once you start aligning yourself with Gods purposes. Not aligning God with yours, but surrendering to God and His control. The definition of sin is missing the mark; missing the purpose that you were created for. 

In Matthew 6 Jesus taught us how to pray and He said in verse 10 "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." My prayer for you is that you will step out of your comfort zone, whatever it might be, and get into the God zone. Get into the flow of God's things. Seek Him first (Mat 6:33). Answer a definite and convincing "Yes!" to the question He is asking you today: "Will you leave your kingdom, your comfort zone, and just follow Me?"
"More than anything else, I found that when I came to the end of myself, I came to the beginning of God." - Mike Pilavachi from "Soul Survivor"

~~Pastor Liezl van Schalkwyk~~

©Adonai Fellowship 2013   

5 Stones – by Pastor Rochelle Lubbe


“Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached Goliath.” - 1 Samuel 17:40


David had 5 stones in his pouch that could have represented the following:

  1. The Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 16:13)
  2. Past experiences (1 Samuel 17:34-37)
  3. Relationship with God – Bible and Prayer (Psalm 63)
  4. Faith (Psalm 23; 1 Samuel 17:32-37)
  5. Declare (1 Samuel 17:45-47)


Are you facing a Goliath? Maybe a couple of Goliaths??

Follow David’s example!


1. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and live through His leading, strength, wisdom and power (Acts 1:8). Don’t try to do anything in your own human abilities. You cannot fight spiritual problems with human, physical weapons.

2. Never forget what God did for you in the past. If He has come through for you before, He WILL come through for you again! If He has delivered and helped you in the past, He WILL do it again! Keep a journal of God’s faithfulness and miracles in your life.

3. Work on your relationship with God, daily! Not because you have to, but because you need to! How will you know what God can do if you don’t know Him? Go through Psalms and check out David’s relationship with God.

4. Activate your faith, knowing that God is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do. That will never change! Don’t base your life on facts, base it on Truth! It’s not what you feel, it’s what you know.

5. Declare; speak out God’s promises over your life. The more you say it, the more you’ll hear it, the more you’ll believe it and the more it will become the new reality in your life! It is not “seeing is believing”, no! It is: I walk by faith and not by sight! (2 Cor 5:7) Declare it over and over and over, until you start seeing it!


Keep your 5 stones where you can see them.


©Adonai Fellowship 2013