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In Bungoma, Kenya, flooding has caused severe damage in many of the town’s business and residential areas. Among those hit was Gospel Believers Fellowship, a long-time Ministry Partner of Living Sacrifice Ministries. Shown in these photos is just a small bit of the damage done to the structures of the church’s main office, its orphanage, and other buildings.If you are interested in knowing how to help GBF, you can contact them directly at http://gbfchurchministries.webs.com/ for more information.
This is a new blog by a new friend and partner of our ministry who has been instrumental in the most recent steps of our development. Thank you Hilary.
It is a hard reality for many to face, but we are all far from perfect. Countless people make it their life’s mission, whether consciously or otherwise, to hide their imperfections from the world and even themselves. Trust me, I speak from experience on this. The truth is, this world is comprised of flawed individuals, including you and I. The good news is this is not where the story ends. Despite our frail human nature, there is a limitless source of love and joy to be had by all if we intentionally tap into the pipeline.
I will be the first person to tell you I am far from perfect, but I am sure I won’t be the last. I have lived a lot of life in my short time on this planet, making a multitude of mistakes along the way. When I sit back and honestly evaluate those unpleasant…
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By Dr. Charles Stanley
How does the Holy Spirit guide us? How much does He control our actions? Does He still speak to believers, or was personal communication only for Biblical times?
God does not want us to be confused about this vital area. In talking to His disciples about the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:13, emphasis added).
Let’s consider four key truths about the leadership of the Holy Spirit:
1. The Holy Spirit will guide us.
Jesus doesn’t promise that the Holy Spirit will control us. He says He will guide us.
Granted, there are times when I wish the Holy Spirit would control me. For instance, when I am tempted. Or when I become so task oriented that I become insensitive. Or when it’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon and I need to study, but everything in me wants to grab my camera and head for the mountains. Life would be much easier if the Holy Spirit would take control of me.
But He is our guide, not our controller. We never lose our ability to choose to follow His leading. As a result, we are always responsible for our words and actions.
2. The Holy Spirit is a trustworthy guide.
The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, helps believers discern between what is true and what is not; what is wise and what is foolish; what is best and what is simply OK. Each day is full of decisions. Most of our decisions concern issues not clearly spelled out in the Scriptures, for example, where to attend school, whether to hire a particular applicant, how much to budget for vacation, on and on it goes.
As you are inundated with the details of everyday living, the Holy Spirit will guide you. He will give you that extra on-the-spot sense of discernment you need to make both big and small decisions. As you develop a greater sensitivity to His guidance, you will worry much less about the decisions you make. Why? Because the Holy Spirit is a trustworthy guide.
3. The Holy Spirit is God’s mouthpiece to believers.
The Holy Spirit does not speak on His own. Like Christ, this member of the Trinity has willingly submitted to the authority of the Father. Everything He communicates to us is directly from the Father: “He will not speak on His own initiative” (John 16:13).
Our heavenly Father has chosen to communicate to His children through the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:12). He is God’s mouthpiece to believers. When the Father chooses to speak directly to you, it will be through the Holy Spirit.
When you think about it, this really makes perfect sense. After all, where does the Holy Spirit reside? In you! And in me! Therefore, He is the perfect candidate for communicating God’s will to Christians. Living inside us, He has direct access to our minds, emotions, and consciences.
4. The Holy Spirit speaks.
The question of whether God still speaks today is one that has spawned numerous books, articles, and lectures. It is not my purpose to present a tightly woven argument about why I believe He still speaks today. Suffice it to say, I do believe God, through the Holy Spirit, communicates directly with believers. No, I don’t write these revelations in the back of my Bible and call them inspired. Neither do I run around telling everybody what “God told me.”
My experience is that the Holy Spirit, at the prompting of the heavenly Father, still communicates with believers today. How does He do that? The Holy Spirit indwells me. He doesn’t need my ears. What He needs is a listening heart and a renewed mind.
The book of Acts records several occasions when the Holy Spirit spoke to Paul and Peter (11:12; 13:2; 16:6; 20:23). It can’t be denied that those men had a special gift and call on their lives. But the same Holy Spirit who indwelt those men indwells every believer. Just as they needed divine direction at critical times in their lives, we need it today.
In his letters to the Christians in Rome and Galatia, the Apostle Paul refers to believers as “led by the Spirit” (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18). If we are going to be led by the Holy Spirit, we can only assume that He is willing (and able) to communicate with us.
How does God communicate with us today? The Lord speaks through the voice of His Spirit, who resides within us. We may have to seek His face for a season; other times, we can sense His direction immediately. No matter what, the Holy Spirit is a trustworthy guide.
Adapted from “The Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life,” by Charles F. Stanley, 1992.
I recently received an email from a Christian Brother in Uganda who, a year ago, lost his 17 year old son. As devastating as this is, I want you to read the letter he sent out to his ministry partners. This exemplifies that the Apostle Paul wrote in 1Thessalonians 5:16-20 when he said, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances.”
How often, when things don’t go the way we think they should, do we not only want to feel angry, but feel sorry for ourselves? We want to blame somebody. After all, there MUST be someone to blame, and God is as good as anyone else, right? He could have stopped it! Except that this isn’t Scriptural. Entire messages could be, and have been, delivered on this, books written, and years of therapy spent with people who are still seeking the person or persons responsible.
In truth, we are a fallen people, and it is only because of God’s love, grace, and mercy, that we do not get what we really do deserve.
Serving Him through Serving Others,
Dear Praying friends and Partners in Mission,
Exactly one year yesterday, our 17 year old Son Edgar went to be with the Lord. It has not been an easy journey for us, but God’s strength and Grace has carried us through many difficult times. THANK YOU FATHER! We thank you for your prayers
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain”. John 12:24
We thank God for giving us many more children in the Impact Orphanage with whom we can continue to help fulfil their God – given dreams.
Edgar is rejoicing in heaven. Even in death, God is glorified and His kingdom is spread.
We thank God for bringing you into our lives, family and Ministry.
The Lord bless you.
Patrick & Christine Okabe
Impact Ministries Uganda
I believe God is blessing you while keeping you in his perfect peace, I am glad to write to you about the revelation that God has given me through this time dwelling in his presence confident that He is the author and the finisher of my faith.
As I shared last time God gave me a verse in <st1:bcv_smarttag_s_13>Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. And other prophecies concerning Causing A Lasting Solution https://www.wepay.com/donations/lastingsolution
I thought all the strength of this prophesy is in Open door until few days when God revealed this also to me and this verse is becoming more real to me. God says I know thy works: and then he said Behold, the same word used tosee or observe. I believe the church Philadelphia was not blind physically or in sleep and I believe the kind of seeing used here is not with these natural eyes.
This has opened my heart to look into <st1:bcv_smarttag_s_13>Genesis 13:5-17 Abram and Lot they were related biologically but I believe also they were related spiritually Lot also was righteous which means he was a man of faith, I did not considered this until I read II PETER 2:7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man,
There was an agreement between Lot’s shepherds and Abram’s Shepherds and before this in <st1:bcv_smarttag_s_13>Genesis 13:6 they could not dwell together because of the great substance, I agree that it was hard for both of these great patriarchs of faith to dwell together but Lot’s decision to separate was not godly I mean was not out of faith, it was not God directing him to go, as some time it happens to some of us today, when you are not a sinner but you lose God’s guidance and you lean on your own understanding.
Listen to this question to Lot <st1:bcv_smarttag_s_13>GENESIS 13:9 Is not the whole land before you? I believe this was the beginning of Lot’s error which resulted into losing his family and his life almost. Lot was available for the whole land; he was able to do whatever pleased him.
Two things happened to these two people of faith in this chapter they both lifted up their eyes, LOT: <st1:bcv_smarttag_s_13>GENESIS 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
ABRAM: <st1:bcv_smarttag_s_13>GENESIS 13:14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
The difference is Lot lifted his eyes after Abram spoke to him and Abram lifted his eyes when God said. Although Lot’s choice was like a good choice because the place was watered well but verses 13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. It was a wicked place Lot remained righteous but his natural blind choices blocked God’s plan for his life and family II PETER 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds);
According to the verse above Lot dwelling were he chosen continued to bring grief to his righteous soul from day to day, finally he lost his dear wife due to the same problem of choosing what she felt like to be good at seeing and even his two daughters where affected later in <st1:bcv_smarttag_s_13>Genesis 19:30
Back to Abram here is the command Lift up your eyes now from where you are: <st1:bcv_smarttag_s_13>GENESIS 13:14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
I believe God was not telling Abram to lift up his head but to use his heart and see after God’s word. Note; whenever it was impossible physically in the life of Jesus he did lifted up his eyes, this was looking beyond the natural into the spiritual world: <st1:bcv_smarttag_s_13>MATTHEW 14:19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and broke, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
<st1:bcv_smarttag_s_13>JOHN 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
God is no unjust to command Abram to do something which was impossible for him to do; it was possible for Abram to lift his eyes from where he was to see what God wanted him to see. I believe all faith is God’s given ability to see what God has already done by his grace and respond to it.
When you believe it is the highest reality in the spiritual world, you are identified by faith only in the spiritual world.
From any grave or any impossibility you can see God’s plan for your life and ministry, it is not about you but God who enables you to see and to do what created you to be.
You can receive whatever you are able to see with your heart.
I am praying for you daily
Your brother in Christ
Pastor Hassan Mubiru (www.dcfuganda.org)
Pastor Ruhasha Fresiano Dickson
In a country already torn by strife and attempting to assist warring neighbors DC Congo and Rwanda, Uganda is now being faced with loss of aid by its own allies amid accusations of political corruption. Unfortunately, those hit hardest are the children, the ones furthest from being responsible for any of this, and the most hopeless when it comes to caring for themselves.
Even worse, are the large number of orphans the country sees. Fortunately, the ministry of Friends Orphanage Project, under the leadership of Pastor Ruhasha Fresiano Dickson has been caring for as many children as the Lord will send their way since they opened their doors.
Here is just a small bit of what Pastor Dickson says on the Friends Orphanage web site, which can be found at http://www.christianfriendsorphanage.8k.com/index.html. “Uganda is an East African country and one of the poorest nations in Africa. AIDS has killed lots of the Adult guardians and parents living the Infant children in tears on the streets of kampala.
80% of Ugandan families are hit by the Aids Epidemic and 48% of uganda’s children have been witnessed eating Trush on Dust – Bins of kampala strets.
Christian friends orphanage by 22/6/2000 could not contain all tat was happening within the streets of Kampala. By this period, it had began a church mother care center , however due to the increasing tn orphans that could come for accomodation and food at cornerstone miracle/Revival Church, this led us to begin the christian friends orphanage which could take care of these children’s perishing lives.
Pastor Ruhasha fresian Dickson is currently the Director of the Orphanage. He oversees the orphanage in all it’s dimensions
Church pastors helped by other members founded the orphanage.
Apostle/ Pastor Ruhasha Fresian DicksonPastor Florence TuhaiseSister Allen – the school Head teacher presently.
Sister Naluyimba Advisor and Arts Teacher Sister. Mary Sophie Osaya – Director of Prison Fellowship Uganda.
Please partner with me in praying for Pastor Dickson, his staff, and the children. Friends Orphanage Project can be reached at the following:
Friends Orphanage Project .
P.o Box 34191
or Send a Mail to:
Serving Him through Serving Others,
Use the above hyper-link to get to “Answering the Mysteries of Jesus Christ”, then type the subject in the search box for Dr. Stanley’s article. When Jesus went through Samaria, had He used a GPS, He would have found that He had gone the shortest route. (In fact, no doubt everyone with Him knew it was anyway). However, as a Jew, to travel through the land of the despised Samaritans was unheard of, and it was logical in the eyes of a “righteous” Jew to go around. None the less, Jesus had a mission in the form of the woman He would meet.
How willing are we to break with our routines, the norms of our lives, in order to serve? When was the last time you told someone in need about God’s Living Water? Let me challenge you to do it this week, even if you make it a regular practice. Write a comment on this post to share what happened when you did.
Serving Him through Serving Others,