Under the instruction of her father in the Lord, Prophet Abraham Richard Bisaso, Minister Mbabazi John took position at the pulpit to deliver the message of the day titled, “Your situation.”
With reference from the book of Luke 8:22-24: 22One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into the boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. 24The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. (NIV)
Referring to the scripture, the minister said that the disciples of Christ Jesus while in the boat, were afraid of the storm and they forgot that their master Christ Jesus was with them. Whatever happened to them is exactly what happens to Christians today, when hit by a challenge we get so afraid that we act contrally to what we confess in our good times.
Minister John paused a question, “How do you respond to your challenge, how do you react?” This is because our response speaks volumes about who we truly are in Christ Jesus. Christians, we must be very careful of how we respond and pray in times of challenges.
The fact that Jesus saves us from challenges does not mean that He is pleased with us. He can save us but be very disappointed. Meaning, we ought to be careful of what we say because the truth is that in whatever challenge we are going through, Jesus is with us. However, the heat of temptation is too great before us and the moment we give in, it will control us.
Not only will it control us but it will also push us into praying fearfully, grumbling, blaming others and complaining against God. Yet we know that where fear is, there is no faith. Fear does not please God; it is only faith that pleases Him. Citing the examples of men of true faith; Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the book of Daniel 3.
She said that in their time of challenge, they did not grumble, all they did was surrender to the Lord Almighty. She advised every Christian to borrow a leaf from them. Let us learn to guard and take hold of our hearts amidst challenging times. Learn to give God glory when in a terrible situation.
As Christians, we have no right to grumble before the Lord when faced with a challenge. It is at that time that we are supposed to surrender to His Way, Will and ask for His Mercy. We do not decide our paths, God sets our paths and we have no reason to grumble.
Minister John noted that for Children of God challenges only draw them closer to God like Jesus and Daniel. Let whatever challenge we are going through lead us to seek God more, draw closer and have faith in Him.
She remarked that always meditate upon the testimonies that He has given us in times of challenges, this will give us faith and satan will not have room to divert us. Learn to talk to the Holy Spirit (build a relationship) for it is inner strength that we need to go through our situation. This way, the Holy Spirit will comfort us, give us hope and peace.
Summing up this truthful message, the minister said that, when situations overwhelm us, we should try to guard our hearts and meditate upon what God has done for us in the past. “Confess Christ Jesus even when everything has turned against you and surrender to Him.”
Prayer: LORD have mercy upon me, I surrender to your Way, your Will in this challenge before me.