GOD’S WILL

Pr. James Victor Lubwama

1 John 5:14 (NKJV)
“…………….if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us”

Many people have unanswered questions. We have prayed, fasted and sowed in God’s ministry but our lives are not progressing? Is God too far? Is he silent? Or are my issues too big for him?

Every person was created different from the other. God does not duplicate things, even identical twins are different. One thing about God is that; He does not support things that aren’t his own. He does not finish what he didn’t start. He loves His own things! If a venture or plan or activity or relationship is not in his will or according to his plan, he will be silent and inactive about it - He appears as if he has no idea about it yet he is all knowing. If you make prayers which are not in his will, he doesn’t work – he becomes silent on that issue. He doesn’t answer selfish and vengeful prayers! The bible says in James 4:3(AMP) that; You ask [God for something] and do not receive it, because you ask with wrong motives [out of selfishness or with an unrighteous agenda]" 

God’s nature is that whatever is not in his will, he neither considers nor supports it. He does not bless it and does not invest time and resources in it, but according to your limited understanding it appears as if that issue you are pursuing is impossible for him yet he is the source of power – He is the God of all mankind there is nothing impossible before him (Jeremiah 32:27)
When God sends you on a mission, he directs and gives you the resources needed. For anything started by him there is divine provision and enablement. At times the task assigned might supersede your understanding, human resource and financial ability but if he is the Alpha, he will give the wisdom, grace and add unto you the right people to support that which he planned. 

Jonah 1:1-3 (NKJV)
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

In the scriptures above, God had commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh – that was according to God’s will but instead Jonah diverted from God’s will and went to Tarshish – which wasn’t according to God’s will and plan. Because it wasn’t according to God’s plan for Jonah to descend to Tarshish, the ship encountered a storm and Jonah was thrown off the boat. One thing I know that whenever you are not doing something according to God’s will and plan, you will pay the fare. Jonah 1:3 “……He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare” Whenever you do something not according to God’s will, you will pay the price for that thing – there will be no divine provision. If you are pursuing something not according to the will of God you will find struggles, resistance and lack, and the opposite is true for anything in his will. Had Jonah boarded a ship going to Nineveh in the first place, he wouldn’t have paid the fare because God finances and supports his missions.

There are certain things God doesn’t bless or support not because he can’t but in his nature, he only supports and blesses those according to his will. That’s him and for those serving God, you only follow him – you don’t move before he does lest you struggle and fail. And if he commands you to do something, you don’t look at the limitations because whatever he plans and purposes comes to pass.

We thank God for giving us the Holy Spirit because he informs us in advance whether a particular thing you are about to do at a particular time is either in the father’s will or not. The bible may even be in support of that thing you are planning to do but it may not be in God’s perfect will at that time. For you to move without struggles or not to hit dead-ends, you have got to know God’s will. And what reveals to you God’s plan or will or desires at a certain time? It’s the heart of God which is the Holy Spirit.

For example, do you think Jesus didn’t have the power to heal the lame man at the beautiful gate? That’s the same temple where both Jesus and Peter fellowshipped, and Jesus always passed by that gate but he didn’t heal him, however, later his disciple - Peter healed him. There were many lame people in Jerusalem but he didn’t heal all of them yet he has all the power and authority but He only chose to heal those according to his will for the glory of his name.

When is God powerful? He is almighty when what you are doing is according to his will and plan!

WATCHING OVER YOUR DREAMS

Pr. James Victor Lubwama
Dreams are formed from promises, prophesies, admiration, or status we envisage to obtain. The dictionary defines a dream or vision as a cherished aspiration, ambition or ideal.
People have dreams which have not yet come to pass, but God promises to grant us our dreams - for he gives us our hearts’ desires. Psalm 37:4 (NKJV) says; "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” 

How to Keep Focus of Your Dreams or Vision

  • You have to plainly state your dreams and keep track of them. Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NLT) says; ‘And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.’ People will identify with and support you if they realise you are focused on your vision 
  •  You should be specific. Know what you want to become, where you want to be and how to get there, and slowly, the dream will mould into shape. God told Abraham to identify the land he wanted, likewise you will receive what you see and believe is yours. God will do unto you according to your perception and measure of faith. Genesis 13:14-15(NKJV) And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.” 
  • Disconnect yourself from incompatible friends. That's how you will overcome and last. When you come to God, you become a new creature, the old is no more. Get identical friends who think, believe and do alike.
  •  Know your weaknesses and work on them. Don’t just talk about them, be about them until you have eradicated them from your life
  • Accept help from those who have achieved, overcome and experienced what you are going through 
  • Be yourself everyone else is taken. Don’t compromise, don’t live under false pretense.
  • Live within your means lest you eat up your future. Don't give in to pride 
  • Learn from yours and other people’s mistakes and faults


Reasons Why Dreams Don't Come To Pass

  • Not being consistent in prayer. Changing goal posts or prayer lines and never being sure or doubting what you envision. Many times situations bombard and you drift from your dreams. Don’t drift compromise or contradict. Be specific and above all, have faith. Matthew 9:29 (NIV) "According to your faith, will it be done to you."
  • Refusing to obey the conviction of the Holy Spirit in his instructions to; give or pray. 1 Samuel 18:26(NLT) “…………Since you have rejected the Lord’s command, he has rejected you as king of Israel.”
  • Prayerlessness. We have to keep mentioning your dreams to God. Pray your dream! Persistence and repetition will get you there. Isaiah 62:6-7(NLT) “O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work.”
  • Backsliding & forsaking God. When you turn away from God, you lose everything including the progress made towards your dreams and prophesies, and when you turn back to Christ again, you go back to square one. When you became born again, God started afresh on you and made all things new. When you have a dream, don't dare backslide.
  • Quarrelsomeness and Anger. Ask God to create in you a clean heart (Psalms 51:10). Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV) says; “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
  • The motive behind your dreams. People are so intrigant; they do things with wrong motives specifically to trap others. James 4:3 (NIV) says; “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives….….”
  • Deceitfulness. Many people operate in lies
  • Pride. Proud people never speak the truth. Pride puffs up people. They brag and become boastful. Proverbs 16:5 (NIV) says; “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.”
  • Not having a spiritual home or local church. Having a spiritual home and father who speaks in your life is crucial to seeing your dream come to reality. Being a spiritual vagabond will not lead you anywhere.



    PRAYING RIGHTFULLY


    Pr. James Victor Lubwama


    Matthew 7:8 (NKJV) 
    "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” 


    Prayer is an appeal of the things you need unto the Lord; it is a mode of communication by which you speak to God - dialogue between man and God. Prayer is the power that propels you to your desired destination; it's the fuel that drives your life forth. In salvation, if a person cannot pray, then that person cannot receive; it is only after you ask that you receive. 




    Anyone who doesn't pray is food for the devil! A prayer-less Christian is limited in achievement in any of his or her ventures; his or her life is stifled and a strain, there is no breakthrough and everything just drags with a lot of struggles. A family that doesn't pray together disintegrates but a family that prays together is cohesive!


    Prayer is very vital in every Christian’s life, if there is one thing the devil hates, it is called Prayer.  Before he robs you of anything, he first robs you of your zeal to pray. You must therefore guard your prayer life jealously. Prayer in a family is the weapon that guards us against the enemy, and when the devil wants to weaken you, he disarms you and takes your weapon.  

    Authentic prayer is communication between your heart and God! Until your heart has spoken, you won't have prayed genuinely because God dwells in and checks the heart. Praying is a heart matter not logic matter - God honours prayers that emanate from the heart not from your mind.

    Who QUALIFIES to pray?
    Mathew 6:9 (NIV) 
    “This, then is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven......."
    In the book of Mathew, Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, but at the beginning He mentioned who we refer to in prayer – Father. For anyone to pray and the requests are granted, there should be an existing relationship between the person praying and the one being prayed to! This implies that there must be a relationship i.e Father-Child relationship. It is only a child (son or daughter) who can pray or claim anything from his or her father. Its only a son or daughter who has unlimited access to a parent; it's only sons and daughters with the right to inherit wealth from their father not friends, not admirers or neighbours.

    Prayer is a language of a family; a medium of communicating unto the father. Your requests through prayer may not be granted if you are not a child, but will be granted if they are presented to the Lord by a son or daughter because a child has unlimited access to the father. 

    How do we become CHILDREN of God?
    We become children when we get born again. John 1:12-13 (NLT) says; “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of GOD. 13 They are re-born not with a physical birth resulting from Human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” 
    Everyone was created by God but everyone is not a child of God! You therefore need to establish a relationship between you and your creator because prayers are only meant for God's children.  

    HOW do we pray?
    The directions on how to pray are broken down in Mathew 6:5-8 (NLT) below;
    “And now about prayer. When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who pretend piety by praying publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. Truly, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, all alone, and shut the door behind you and pray to your Father secretly, and your Father, who knows your secrets, will reward you. 7-8 “Don’t recite the same prayer over and over as the heathen do, who think prayers are answered only by repeating them again and again. Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

    What HINDERS our prayers?
    Rebellion brings about miscommunication between a father and a child, and it eventually takes away God’s presenceYou may ask yourself, why is life so difficult? Why are my prayers not answered? The answer is summed up in one word - rebellion. We all rebel against God and choose to do our own things. Isaiah 53:6 (NLT) says; “All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s path to follow our own paths.” Rebellion against God falls into these three categories. 

    •      Sin unintentional rebellion. The word “sin” is an archery term that means missing the mark or falling short. Romans 3:23 (NIV) says; “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” We sin when we fall short and don’t measure up to God’s standard and when that happens, He departs from us i.e. we become hollow because the Holy Spirit is no longer in us.
    •      Transgression intentional rebellion. Transgression is the opposite of falling short. It means to go beyond the boundary of something, or to be deliberately disobedient. We commit a transgression when we deliberately choose to break God’s command or law.
    •         Iniquity intentional disobedience intended to harm. It is caused by anger, resentment, envy, hatred, pride, or bitterness that creates a need for revenge or a need to intentionally hurt someone. It is hateful rebellion.

    David used all three terms when he made this confession to God in Psalm 32:5 (NIV) that; “I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not cover up my iniquity. I confessed my transgressions and you forgave my guilt” He committed all the above in 2 Samuel 11 when he slept with Bathsheba and then after conspired to kill her husband - Uriah. Like David, we have broken God’s laws in all three of these ways which takes away God's presence. But find hope in this; no matter which one it is, whether you don’t measure up, or you intentionally went beyond the law, or you deliberately hurt someone, God will still forgive you if you confess to Him and repent

    For God to be referred to as our father means that He has responsibility and authority over us! Just like how any earthly father cares and provides for his children, God too caters for his children with a great measure more than a human father. Matthew 7:11(TLB) teaches; And if you hard-hearted, sinful men know how to give good gifts to your children, won’t your Father in heaven even more certainly give good gifts to those who ask him for them?  
    God is not limited by time, season or economic instability. He is an all round father; He has an obligation towards human kind and his responsibility is evidenced in His names that bring out his responsibility to us His Children.

    i) JEHOVAH-JIREH 'THE LORD WILL PROVIDE' (Genesis 22:14) He provided a sacrificial lamb to Abraham as a substitute for Isaac.  It is a name that assures us that our Heavenly Father is able to provide any need we have. Trust Him for that!


    ii) JEHOVAH - RAPHA 'THE LORD WHO HEALS' (Exodus 15:22-26) He restores, he heals the physical and emotional needs of his people .Exodus 15:26 says “...I the Lord Am Your Healer." Literally, I am Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord Who makes bitter things sweet. We live in a stressful world and society. Every day new problems confront us and we bend under the load of seemingly unsolvable problems, then Jehovah-Rapha brings healing to a sick world. 


    iii) JEHOVAH NISSI 'THE LORD MY BANNER' (EXODUS 17:8-16) The Banner under which Israel defeated the Amelekites. This name has to do with warfare. In this instance, the warfare involved God's very own. Our Father is willing to wage warfare on our behalf. One area of great battle has to do with our carnal nature. The Lord Our Banner desires to give us victory.


    iv) JEHOVAH –RAAH 'THE LORD MY SHEPHERD' (Psalms 23), The Lord my Friend, the God who reveals himself unceasingly, feeds or leads his flock to pastures


    v) JEHOVAH –SHAMMAH  'THE LORD IS THERE' (Ezekiel 48:35). The Name indicates that God has not abandoned Jerusalem, leaving it in ruins but that there will be a restoration


      Guard your life with prayer!


      THE PRICE OF OBEDIENCE

      Pr. James Victor Lubwama

      John 10:27 (AMP)
      “The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me.”

      One of the questions we have in our lives is: Why do some Christians remain in a state similar to that of unbelievers to the extent that even those around them start to query the power of Salvation?
      When we ask God for something, he does not necessarily respond immediately because he has a set time in which he works; even when he has confirmed that he has given you what you asked for, you still need to wait a while for it to mature. For instance a cheque only matures after you have banked it, that’s when you can receive money - the earthly things should teach you a lot about heavenly things. Jesus says in John 3:12 (NKJV) that; If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” Likewise two people saying a prayer at the same time does not mean they get a response at the same time, because God’s plan towards us is unique. Therefore as you wait for what God promised, you need to stand on the word and in faith claim that promise.

       
      Whenever you receive a word from God, the enemy will endeavor to attack you. He will use those around and your thoughts as well. Just like God uses people, also the devil uses people. Some people complain that God has not yet blessed them and, God is saying that indeed I have not yet done so since I have not yet given you a word. The word that causes God to act is that which proceeds from his mouth. This Rhema word should agree with the written word as the two cannot be separated. The bible says in 1 John 5:7 (NKJV) “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.” The word prophesied unto you by a servant of God or the Holy Spirit is the word that will not return void. God assures us in Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV) that; “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." That word from God is a sign of his commitment because if he said it, he will also do it (Isaiah 46:11)
      When God gives you a prophesy or promises you something, do whatever you can to ensure that you fight the negative spirits that seek to hinder your promise; and if God asks you to give or offer, you should give cheerfully because God loves a cheerful giver and a tearful giver. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts us to give and whenever you feel the urge to give, know that God is pushing you to sow a seed which will bring fruits in your life. The bible teaches in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (MSG) “Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. 7 I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.”


      God paid a high price for our redemption and the bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:20 (NLT) that; For God bought you with a high price…..” He purchased us at a price just like the way we sacrifice to acquire valuable items - you cannot take something valuable without offering a price for it.  Matthew 20:20-22 (EXB) says; 
      Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee [ James and John] came to Jesus with her sons. She ·bowed [knelt] before him and asked ·him to do something for her [a favor of him]. 21 Jesus asked, “What do you want?” She said, “·Promise [Grant; Declare; Say] that one of my sons will sit at your right ·side [hand] and the other will sit at your left side in your kingdom [C the positions of highest authority beside the king].” 22 But Jesus said, “You don’t understand what you are asking. ·Can you [Are you able to] drink the cup [symbolizing suffering, and perhaps God’s judgment experienced by Jesus on the cross; Jer. 25:15–29] that I am about to drink?”

      We all need to sacrifice a lot which is a price we pay for what we desire. If God had not bought us at a price, he would not have claimed us even though we are his.

      Obedience is a Price!

      Whatever you need, God can give you but you have to pay a price in order to take that possession? When do you pay the price and who decides? It is God the creator himself.  The bible says in Psalms 24:1 (NIV) The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; God is in our hearts and he is able to sit there according to Luke 17:21 (AMP); “For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].” Because he dwells in our heart, he speaks with a small still voice and at times he burdens our hearts.
      You have not received what you desire because you have not yet paid a price and you do not know the price to pay because you do not have a relationship with the one who sets the price - the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is in you, he will be able to communicate with you. You have no relationship with the Holy Spirit because you have no fellowship with Him; there is no fellowship because you are not yet in agreement with him. The scripture says in John 10:27 (AMP) that; “The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me………”


      From the scripture above, let’s look at the meaning of the key words – hear and listen.
      1-  Hear – to perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something). Your spiritual ears must be fine-tuned – right standing to be able to hear from your creator. It’s only the sheep – God’s children that can hear from him; those in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
      2-  Listen – to take notice of and act on what someone says; respond to advice or a request. When you hear, you have got to act as instructed not as you please – that’s obedience.
      Disobedience hinders fellowship with the Holy Spirit; you may think you have not sinned because you have not committed murder, but also unforgiveness, and jealousy are equivalent to all other sins; what looks minor to you is sin in the eyes of God – it keeps you from having fellowship with the Holy Spirit and once that fellowship is lacking, you will never know the price and that is why some believers will die without receiving what was prophesied unto them. The bible says in Hebrews 11:13 (AMP) that; “All these died in faith [guided and sustained by it], without receiving the [tangible fulfillment of God’s] promises, only having seen (anticipated) them and having welcomed them from a distance……..”
      Some believers think that doing religious practices is the same as paying the price which is wrong - giving does not necessarily mean you are paying a price, however, when you feel convicted and give or offer painfully, you are paying a price. Looking at the example of the widow in Luke 21:3-4 (ESV), Jesus said; “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.  3 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Jesus recognized the widow’s offering because she had given painfully. However the rich man did not give painfully and his giving was not sacrificial. The scripture says in Genesis 3:16 that; in pain will you bring forth children, and it also says in Psalms 126:6 (AMP) that; “He who goes back and forth weeping, carrying his bag of seed [for planting], will indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.” You may question why you are not getting what you desire, but it is because you have not yet given painfully.

      Respect the Anointing
      The anointing you respect is the anointing that will transform and bless you, until you respect the anointing in the church, you will never get anything! Our spiritual fathers are custodians of the things of God here on earth and if they are pleased they can release a blessing, for us as the bible says in Matthew 18:18 (ESV) that; “…..whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Once a man with God is satisfied, he releases a blessing.
      According to the book of Isaiah 1:20 (ESV) it is written; “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.” You will never eat good things until you have obeyed. God is seeking your obedience.
      Abraham paid the price when he hosted and fed the angels of God. Once the angels had eaten and were satisfied and pleased, they prophesied that Sarah would have a son. These three men were a manifestation of the trinity (God the father, Son and Holy Spirit). The price Abraham paid ushered him into his promise of being a father of many nations (Genesis 17:4).God had made a covenant with Abraham that he will make him a father of many nations but he was old and without child, so in order for him to enter into his promises, he paid a price as seen in Genesis 18:1-10 (NLV) below;
      “The Lord showed Himself to Abraham by the oak trees of Mamre, as he sat at the tent door in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them. He put his face to the ground 3 and said, “My lord, if I have found favor in your eyes, please do not pass by your servant. 4 Let us have a little water brought to wash your feet. Rest yourselves under the tree. 5 And I will get a piece of bread so you may eat and get strength. After that you may go on your way, since you have come to your servant.” The men said, “Do as you have said.” 6 So Abraham ran into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Hurry and get three pails of fine flour, mix it well, and make bread.” 7 Then Abraham ran to the cattle and took out a young and good calf. He gave it to the servant to make it ready in a hurry. 8 He took milk and cheese and the meat which he had made ready, and set it in front of them. He stood by them under the tree while they ate. 9 Then they said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There in the tent.” 10 The Lord said, “I will be sure to return to you at this time next year. And your wife Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.” 
      Faith – God’s word activated
      You need to learn to activate your faith because God likes people who are doers not hearers of the word. You will never cross over to your Canaan until you walk on water – act in faith, i.e. hear, obey and act the word. The bible says in Romans 10:17 (NKJV) that; So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” As we said earlier, before God works, he speaks first; and thus before you act, you have got to first hear from the mouth of God. Faith comes into play when you hear and act; but you need to be cautious because faith is not a risk undertaking but it comes by hearing from God – you hear and then act, for faith is God’s word activated.
      Do not take a risk unless you have heard the voice of God telling you to get out of the boat and walk on the water. Peter needing confirmation, asked Jesus, in Matthew 14:28 (ESV) “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Once you get onto the water keep your eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. But we read a head in Matthew 14:30 (ESV) that; “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” As soon as Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. Do not take your eyes off the anointing and the word. Do not look at the contradictory circumstances, but unto God, because if he said it, he will surely do it.
      He who decides the price is seated in your heart and will guide you. For whatever you want, remember that you need to pay the price and it doesn’t imply that it has got to be financial. We were bought at a price - purchased with the blood of God’s only son. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and comply with the instructions given – obey because in doing so you are paying the price. Do what you have never done for God and he will like wise do the same for you. Pay a price you have never paid before and God will pay you back. Paying the price by the obeying God ensures that your prayers will not go unanswered.
      Obedience unlocks doors!

       

            The Lighthouse       

      Holiness in Heaven is Righteousness on Earth