A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

Facing the giant, March 25, 2020

We just received this testimony from our coordinator in east Uganda.

     “We had organized a 3 day conference and crusade from Marc 19-21 which we were stopped on the first day however we have encouraged ourselves in the Lord and we are now on house to house evangelism. The world is fighting against the spread of coronavirus and the devil is also fighting against the spread of the gospel but we have to preach the gospel in season and out of season using door to door evangelism, interpersonal evangelism and media. It is time to bring more souls to the kingdom now than ever before. Satan is a liar. (Pr Titus)
 
I chatted with Pr. Martin in Kampala, Uganda yesterday. He said our community is millions living in poverty with no medical, clean water or government assistance or essential business. The truth is that those of us that are saved are the only ones that can bring real, guaranteed hope to others.

     God’s Word tells us that in the last days people will be lovers of themselves, having a form of godliness but denying its power. The clarion call of religion and the flesh is simple – “Save yourself and your family”. Assuming that were possible, then Jesus died for nothing. The nature of sin is that we can distinguish good from evil and will only do what benefits us. When the sin nature is put to the death the resurrected life of Christ is within us and His mission is to bring light into the darkness and not put a basket over the light so we can stay warm and not have to “see” the least of these. We are predestined to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ (Ro 8:29) who came to seek and save that which was lost (Lk 19:10). Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did (1 Jn 2:6). Our attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus, doing nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than ourselves (Phi 2:1-11).

    “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Phi 3:12-14).    


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Satan said – I will come back at a better time, March 25, 2020

    After Satan had tempted Jesus in the wilderness, angels came and attended Him, but Satan left Him to come back at a more opportune time.

    Prophetically, the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem in the days of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1-6) represent the coming of our Savior, Lord and King, Jesus Christ. The enemy has continued to come against the Body of Christ in the same pattern as He did in those days. But after much opposition and constant threats and attacks of the enemy the wall was completed.

“When the wall was completed, all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized this work had been done with the help of our God.” (Nehemiah 6:15-16)

    The last attempt to sabotage the completion of the wall is found in Nehemiah 6:10-13.

“One day I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut in at his home. He said, ‘Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you.’ But I said, ‘Should a man like me run away? Or should one like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!’ I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.”   

    Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

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Good fruit or bad fruit, March 22, 2020

Jesus plants a ‘seed’ of faith  in each one that enters His rest.  

 “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32)

Jesus said: “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:18-21)

What types of birds are perched in your tree?

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth.”

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or about your body what you will wear.”

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”

“Deny yourself, pick up your cross daily and follow Me.”

“Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

“They did not love their lives so much as too shrink from death.”

Satan plants a seed of fear in our self-centeredness.

It also has birds that come and perch in it.

“Store up for yourselves treasures on earth.”

“Worry about your life, what you will eat and drink and about your body what you will wear.”

“The world is falling apart and I am worried about my family, health, money, possessions.”

“Deny yourself nothing.”

“Take care of yourself.”

“At all costs, make sure that you don’t die.”

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“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is not longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.  You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)

 


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