A call to spiritual perseverance as a child of God
BY: PETER AND IMMACULATE AGABA 31/01/2018
This morning the lord is affirming to us in his word ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ (psalms 46:10)
Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen.
Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered.
There is a call to spiritual perseverance, a call not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately ,knowing with certainty that God Will never be defeated.
Let us have hope in him ,
If your hope seems to be experiencing disappointments right now ,it simply means that they a being purified. Every hope or dream of the human mind will be fulfilled if it is noble and of God.
The lord is able to bring fulfillment and the one thing we need to do is to keep his command to perseverance .(Rev.3:10)”Because you have kept my command to persevere.. ”
Let us continue to persevere spiritually .let us keep at his feet and let us be still and know that he is God.
God bless you
PERSONAL TESTIMONY– TEACHERS STOP TAKING ADVANTAGE OF YOUNG GIRLS.
BY: SHALLON 30/01/2018
I was born from a poor background and I was this girl who wanted to study so much because I couldn’t see any way I could come out and survive given our family poverty, apart from working hard in education. So I worked so had all through my primary education that I couldn’t exceed the 3rd position throughout my primary education. Being a bright child, teachers around my village would fight for me to take me to their schools.
This one teacher came home with his wife, requested my parents that they take me to the school the man was teaching and stay with them. They were to cater for my school needs as well and the school was a bit far from home. My parents trusted them and I went with them.
It didn’t take long; this very man (teacher/guardian) started using me whenever the wife wasn’t around. I couldn’t refuse then because I feared he would kill me or hurt me. It’s unfortunate that their family wasn’t able to stand divorce due to childlessness and they ended up separating. I went back home and the man continued assisting in my o’ level education but I couldn’t disclose this to anyone even my mum because I feared him and also I knew I would stop school. Definitely I wasn’t happy about my situation but my parents couldn’t afford even books. Therefore this man took advantage of that and kept providing everything while using me.
After s.4 this teacher told me how he already had plans to make me his wife. This is a man that almost doubled my age like 20 years older than me. I pleaded with him to leave me and marry people of his age besides I needed to continue with my career but he refused. But good thing I had started knowing how to pray. I could pray, cry and ask God many questions until I had to tell my mum but she couldn’t help it. We tried asking for help in relatives to help me for further education but no one could help.
After failure to get help, I had no option but to let the man continue paying fees. My ‘A’ level education was the most miserable, full of tears and painful part of my academic life. I thank God I finish high school and I was admitted at Makerere University.
My turning point.
Through my friends, I was introduced into KAAYM fellowship at Makerere University, we went for a retreat in seguuku at a prayer mountain. That day they had invited Uncle Jimrex Byamugisha to preach. As he preached, I found myself standing confessing salvation without waiting for an altar call.
From there, a strong spiritual battle started, but I thank God my spiritual eyes opened, I realized I was in sin with someone’s husband because they had wedded. I sought counseling from some church elders but somehow wasn’t much help full. Many times I would be in Kaaym fellowship and I could become peaceless always being reminded how sinful I was and therefore not worthy to be in such a fellowship. Many times it could be so strong that I could just move out of fellowship crying. But the good thing I would come back for next fellowship.
I decided to disclose my salvation to that teacher and how I never wanted to sleep with him again. Of course he couldn’t believe me instead he thought I had gotten other men in Kampala. So he instead opted to threatening my life. Knowing how tough and risky the situation was, I decided to stop going home during holidays. Remember I had no relative or any person to stay with in Kampala. This man would send help at times but this time I felt I could no longer live in this sin. I was determined to let go what may even if it meant stopping education.
I went for further counseling from Reverend Onesmus Asiimwe (Uncle Onney) and by God’s grace I was helped out and got intern placement with the Province of the Church of Uganda. With this intern I got some money that helped me pay my rent. With counsel and prayers from Uncle Onney, I was able to overcome even the evil thoughts that used to torture me. He also helped me to start serious prayer life through fasting.
I thank God that through prayer people back home started looking at me as a mad person. I was told that one day this man went to the witch doctor, and he was told that a giant man was always besides me and therefore the witch doctor couldn’t manage me. Yes indeed GOD WAS WITH ME.
As I reached my final year, things were tough with no help, no tuition, no rent, but God was faithful. I applied for help at St. Francis Chapel and by God’s grace St.Francis Chapel accepted to pay for me the final year tuition. Definitely I had no up keep like food and rent. The small money I had, I decided to use it for trade. I would buy clothes, yogurt, and sell them around the church and campus and there I was able to finish my third year.
Friends God is faithful. Many times I would go without food ( forced fasting). I remember one morning I woke up and God was telling me to read psalm 27:10 ‘When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.’ And Psalm 16:4 ‘Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.’ Since then I was able to overcome witchcraft. Mum one day came to Kampala, She thought I was married to another man but found me in my hostel with my fellowship friends.
Through all this I developed bitterness and unforgiveness to my parents. I struggled forgiving my parents but by God’s grace I forgave them. I had hatred for all men but God delivered me through the counseling I got from Reverend Onesmus. Actually I had thought I would never get married but God does miracles. Indeed men would come and propose marriage but I was convicted by the Holyspirit never to hide my history from my husband. So whenever, I could disclose my life to any man who proposed, they would not come back.
I thank God, for my husband. Surprisingly when I told him everything, the reply was “I have loved and trusted you the more just because of your sincerity”. I only thanked God and we are now happily married.
Even today, I still receive intimidation messages from that man telling me how he will kill me but I am confident that God who has helped me through witch-doctors, he will surely protect me and my family.
I thank God for the new life he has given me in Christ. I’m not ashamed to confess that Jesus Christ restored all my life and gave me a good family. And it’s never too late to let God redesign your life.
My appeal to fellow girls, you do not have to die in such sexual sin, come out and talk. If I had not shared it out, I wouldn’t have gotten help from Church through Reverend Onesmus, may be I would be still in sin with that man. Girls come out and report those teachers that keep destroying our destinies.
I appeal to parents to work hard and look after your children. No one will ever take care of your child better than yourself. Also to ‘good Samaritans’ if you offer help, it’s very bad and not godly to take advantage of the vulnerability of the child you are taking care of.
I appeal to the government and other NGOs, many vulnerable girl children are being abused sexually especially in government primary schools as it was with my case. I was introduced to sex by a teacher I respected.
SUBMITTING TO GOD’S PURPOSE
BY: PETER AND IMMACULATE AGABA 30/01/2018
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit (John.15.16).
Keep these words as a wonderful reminder in your life. It is not that you have gotten God but that he has gotten you. God is at work bending, breaking and molding each of us exactly as he chooses.
why is God doing it? He is doing it for only one purpose- that we may suit in his divine purpose why He created us. That is to bring Him glory and he may be able to say, this is my Child.
We have to be in God’s hand so that he can place others on the rock, Jesus Christ, just as he has placed us.
Therefore let us not choose to be like a careless worker, but once God has placed his call upon us, woe be to us if we turn aside, to the right or the left forsaking the divine call upon our lives .(Deut.28.14).
When we become obedient, he is a faithful God. He will bless you and do with you great things what he never did before He called you, and he will do with you what he has not done with any other people.
Therefore As His obedient children of light, let us submit to his purpose, Lordship, Authority, leadership and control.
May God bless you as you submit to God’s purpose for your life.
DESPITE GOD KNOWING OUR SINFULNESS, HE LOVES US AND DIED FOR US
By: Nicholas and Olivias Tugume 27/01/2018
When Adam sinned, man was cast out of God’s fellowship. Therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. (Gen 3:23-24)
Adam’s sin left man with two major consequences i.e guilt and inability to do good (inclination to sin).
a) Guilt/ Debt/penalty. Man is born indebted of sin. This debt can only be paid by death sentence and ONLY if you died willingly and a sinless death (without a blemish). You shall offer at your own will a male without blemish (Leviticus 22:19, cr Exodus 12:5,). Therefore it is impossible for any living person to meet this condition unless you accept Jesus Christ the Lamb of God without blemish who willingly died for the sins of the whole world.
Jesus offered his life willingly and therefore can satisfy our sin penalty. His blood washes away every sin. John 10:17 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”
1 Peter 1:18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life you inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or spot. 20He was known before the foundation of the world, but was revealed in the last times for your sake.
b) Inclination to sin. Despite mans efforts to please God, all turned into sin. St. Paul best describes the man’s sinful inclination to sin in Romans 7:15″ I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do Instead, I do what I hate.” Most of people who sin, they don’t like it, that’s why you need Jesus Christ to release the power of the Holyspirit to break the soul ties of addiction that keep pulling you into sin. We too suffered but Jesus set us free.
Therefore no matter how good we may be with out Jesus Christ, we are all condemned to hell fire. But through the gift of God (acceptance of Jesus Christ), we are justified to be children of God and to receive eternal life. St. paul writes in Romans 3:22-24 And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
God has saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).
Therefore the blood of Jesus Christ shed at Calvary, makes the full atonement for man’s sin and makes the whole bible promises complete. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23).
I invite you to this free gift of God by saying this prayer. Even if you are renewing your salvation, no matter the sins you have committed, just come to Him, He is calling you back today.
Prayer: Father LORD creator of heaven and earth I thank you for paying our full atonement for our sins through the death of Jesus Christ. I’m are sorry for all my disobedience, but from today I repent and make a decision to follow you. Forgive me and write my names in the book of life for I accept to be your Child in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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