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The Commandment Of Faith

  • Apostle Grace Lubega

    1 Timothy 6:12-14 (KJV); Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    We are the offspring of faith and as such God requires that we fight the good fight of faith and lay hold of eternal life. 

    When Paul commits this instruction to his son Timothy, he vehemently admonishes him to “keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Timothy 6:14). 

    That means that every child of God is mandated to live a life that fully demonstrates the Spirit of faith. 

    Sadly, many Christians have religiously adhered to the Law of the old covenant, and have ignored the law of present truth, the good fight of faith. 

    The Bible says in Hebrews 10:38, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” That means that we, the righteous live and walk by faith. (2 Corinthians 5:7).  Without faith, we stumble and perish. 

    The Word of God has shown us that the patriarchs and men of old obtained a good report by faith (Hebrews 11:1-2). 

    How much more we who are new creatures in Christ and begotten of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God?

    Faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). In every circumstance, hold fast your profession of faith! 

    Let faith define your conversation, life, ministry, career and everything around you. Your story is one of faith. Glory to God! 

    FURTHER STUDY: Romans 4:12-22, Hebrews 11:1-2 

    GOLDEN NUGGET:
    Every child of God is mandated to live a life that fully demonstrates the Spirit of faith. 

    PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I thank you for this great commandment of faith and for giving me the God-kind of faith. Your word says that you have dealt to me the measure of faith, and that by it I live and walk. Thank you for that substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. It works in me mightily to do great exploits and to shake this world for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • Apôtre Grace Lubega

    1 Timothée 6:12-14 (KJV) Combats le bon combat de la foi, saisis la vie éternelle, à laquelle tu es aussi appelé, et qui as professé une bonne profession devant de nombreux témoins. Je te livre aux yeux de Dieu, qui vivifie toutes choses, et devant le Christ Jésus qui, devant Ponce Pilate, a été témoin d’une bonne confession ; Que tu gardes ce commandement sans tache, irrépréhensible, jusqu’à l’apparition de notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ.

    Nous sommes la progéniture de la foi et en tant que tel Dieu exige que nous combattions le bon combat de la foi et que nous nous saisissions de la vie éternelle.

    Lorsque Paul confie cette instruction à son fils Timothée, il l’exhorte avec véhémence à « garder ce commandement sans tache, irrépréhensible, jusqu’à l’apparition de notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ » (1 Timothée 6:14).

    Cela signifie que chaque enfant de Dieu est mandaté pour vivre une vie qui démontre pleinement l’Esprit de la foi.

    Malheureusement, beaucoup de chrétiens ont religieusement adhéré à la Loi de l’ancienne alliance, et ont ignoré la loi de la vérité présente, le bon combat de la foi.

    La Bible dit dans Hébreux 10:38 : « Maintenant, les justes vivront par la foi : mais si quelqu’un se retire, mon âme n’aura aucun plaisir en lui. » Cela signifie que nous, les justes, vivons et marchons par la foi. (2 Corinthiens 5:7). Sans foi, nous trébuchons et périssons.

    La Parole de Dieu nous a montré que les patriarches et les hommes d’autrefois ont obtenu un bon rapport par la foi (Hébreux 11:1-2).

    Combien plus nous qui sommes de nouvelles créatures en Christ et engendrées de la semence incorruptible de la Parole de Dieu ?

    La foi est la victoire qui triomphe du monde (1 Jean 5:4). En toute circonstance, tenez ferme votre profession de foi !

    Laissez la foi définir votre conversation, votre vie, votre ministère, votre carrière et tout ce qui vous entoure. Votre histoire est celle de la foi. Gloire à Dieu !

    ÉTUDE COMPLÉMENTAIRE : Romains 4:12-22, Hébreux 11:1-2

    PÉPITE D’OR : Chaque enfant de Dieu est mandaté pour vivre une vie qui démontre pleinement l’Esprit de la foi.

    PRIÈRE : Père céleste, je te remercie pour ce grand commandement de la foi et pour m’avoir donné la foi de Dieu. Ta parole dit que tu m’as traité la mesure de la foi, et que par elle je vis et marche. Merci pour cette substance des choses espérées et l’évidence des choses non vues. Cela fonctionne en moi puissamment pour faire de grands exploits et secouer ce monde pour ta gloire. Au nom de Jésus. Amen.

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You Are Eternal

  • Apostle Grace Lubega

    Ecclesiastes 3:11(AMP); He has made everything beautiful in it’s time. HE ALSO HAS PLANTED ETERNITY IN MEN’S HEARTS AND MINDS [A DIVINELY IMPLANTED SENSE OF A PURPOSE WORKING THROUGH THE AGES WHICH NOTHING UNDER THE SUN BUT GOD ALONE CAN SATISFY], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

    God has placed ETERNITY in your heart. What you carry within you (the Word) is of eternal substance. It lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23).

    The Lord did not intend to put INFINITE things in a FINITE body without an INFINITE purpose that transcends our finite existence.

    The Word of God at work in you is going to have an effect even in heaven. That is why we store up treasure in heaven (Luke 12:33).

    We invest IN eternity, FOR eternity!

    Don’t be deceived child of God. The knowledge of God you receive on the earth does not cease to have relevance simply because you are no longer existent in the flesh.

    That is why it is eternal life to know God, why we look to higher and deeper truths that are timeless in application, why we persistently search the bottomless depths of God. Hallelujah!

    FURTHER STUDY: 1 Peter 1:23, Luke 12:33

    GOLDEN NUGGET:

    We invest IN eternity, FOR eternity!

    PRAYER: Father, your Word is great and mighty. It was in the beginning and it shall never pass away. Thank you that I am begotten of this very word. It is deeply rooted in me and I in it. By it I do things that echo through eternity. To the glory of your name. Amen.

  • Apôtre Grace Lubega

    Ecclésiastes 3:11(AMP); Il a tout rendu beau dans son temps. IL A AUSSI PLANTÉ L’ETERNITÉ DANS LES CŒURS ET LES ESPRITS DES HOMMES [UN SENS DIVINEMENT IMPLIQUÉ DE TRAVAILLER À TRAVERS LES ÂGES QUI RIEN NE SOIENT SOUS LE SOLEIL MAIS DIEU SEULE PEUT SATISFAIRE], mais pour que les hommes ne puissent découvrir ce que Dieu a fait depuis le début jusqu’à fin.

    Dieu a placé l’ÉTERNITÉ dans votre cœur. Ce que vous portez en vous (la Parole) est de substance éternelle. Il vit et demeure éternellement (1 Pierre 1:23).

    Le Seigneur n’avait pas l’intention de mettre des choses INFINIES dans un corps INFINI sans un but INFINI qui transcende notre existence finie.

    La Parole de Dieu qui agit en vous aura un effet même au ciel. C’est pourquoi nous conservons des trésors dans les cieux (Luc 12:33).

    Nous investissons DANS l’éternité, POUR l’éternité !

    Ne soyez pas trompé enfant de Dieu. La connaissance de Dieu que vous recevez sur la terre ne cesse pas d’avoir de la pertinence simplement parce que vous n’êtes plus existant dans la chair.

    C’est pourquoi c’est la vie éternelle de connaître Dieu, pourquoi nous regardons vers des vérités plus élevées et plus intemporelles dans l’application, pourquoi nous cherchons constamment les profondeurs sans fond de Dieu. Alléluia !

    ÉTUDE COMPLÉMENTAIRE : 1 Pierre 1:23, Luc 12:33

    PÉPITE D’OR : Nous investissons DANS l’éternité, POUR l’éternité !

    PRIÈRE : Père, ta Parole est grande et puissante. C’était au commencement et cela ne passera jamais. Merci que je sois engendré de cette parole. Elle est profondément enracinée en moi et moi en elle. Par cela je fais des choses qui résonnent à travers l’éternité. Pour la gloire de ton nom. Amen.

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Of Spiritual Ranks

Apostle Grace Lubega

John 1:30 (AMP); This is He of Whom I said, After me comes a Man Who has priority over me [Who takes rank above me] because He was before me and existed before I did.

The spiritual world is ranked.

There are people whom God has set ahead of you in the things of the spirit, those who are at the same level with you and those who are below you.

Our theme scripture reveals that Jesus Christ was ranked above John the Baptist.

Even if John was older in the physical body than Christ, Jesus was preferred and considered as being priority over John because He was before him in the things of the spirit.

Spiritual ranks are not dependent on physical age but rather on spiritual experiences.

In this case, the scriptures consider Jesus as the ancient of days (Daniel 7:9), He who existed in the spirit even before He was physically manifested on the earth.

This informs how we ought to treat spiritual authority.

Any man above you in the spirit must enjoy a level of priority over you.

There is a higher level of honour and respect that you ought to accord them.

For example, this is reflected in the most basic actions of human life in how we ought to treat elders. Allow them your seat, if they have none. Attend to them first if they need your attention on a matter. Treat their demands as a priority because of their age.

Even so in the church of Jesus Christ, it is required to give honour relating with the anointing and with anointed of God.

However, this should not be an occasion for the anointed to abuse by demanding that people do very demeaning acts or worship to the individual as their god.

FURTHER STUDY: 1 Timothy 5:17, Hebrews 13:17

GOLDEN NUGGET:

Any man above you in the spirit must enjoy a level of priority over you. There is a higher level of honour and respect that you ought to accord them.

PRAYER: My father, I thank you for those that you have placed in my life as spiritual authorities. I know that it is for my sake that they have gone ahead, like Jesus our forerunner went into the Holy of Holies. Their patterns are my lessons. Thank you for the grace to relate with them in revelation, understanding and to never conflict the ranks. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Things That Make Ministers: The Word

Apostle Grace Lubega

Acts 19:20(KJV); So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

I have been a minister of the gospel long enough to see some men of God craftily handle the Word of God because they have not given themselves to the intent study of it.

For example, a pastor may stand before a congregation, open the Bible and land on a scripture that starts with “And Jesus went…” And from that, he builds his sermon.

“Because Jesus went, you are also going somewhere… you are going to your next job, you are going to your next business deal, you are going to your marriage… you are going…!”

Sometimes, the church would get so excited but with no proper understanding of where they were going or how to get there. They were merely excited but without revelation.

Some ministers do not understand the most basic writings of the New Testament, what Paul calls the elementary or first principles of the oracles (Hebrews 5:12).

Thus, we live in a generation where what people are fed on is not even the SINCERE milk of the Word of God but the semantics of crafty preachers.

It begs the question, how much of the teachings on our pulpits reveal the person of Christ?

How many accurately demystify the mystery of Melchizedek, of the true minister of the sanctuary and go past Peter’s revelation of Him being the Christ of God? How many teachings are truly building on the foundation that Paul laid, to “raise walls, windows and doors” of the great structure that is the Church?

The deception is because some men of God can demonstrate the Spirit, and so people assume that they know God and His Word.

Our theme scripture says that in Ephesus, the Word of God mightily grew and prevailed.

The Church of Christ is steadily and continuously advancing against the gates of hell but it is because of the Word that those gates cannot stand our attacks.

The Word of God is bigger than any demonstration of the spirit recorded in history, it is life!

Perhaps, we are not seeing God like we ought, because we are not teaching the truth.

When the Christ is lifted up, He draws men unto himself (John 12:32). When the fruit of your mouth reveals Christ, your ministry will not fail. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY: Hebrews 5:12, John 12:32

GOLDEN NUGGET:
The Church of Christ is steadily and continuously advancing against the gates of hell but it is because of the Word that those gates cannot stand our attacks. The Word of God is bigger than any demonstration of the spirit recorded in history, it is the life of God.

PRAYER: My Lord, your Word is great. It prevails over circumstances and it is the power with which we advance against the gates of hell. I have victory in this word and walk triumphantly in its glory. I choose to give myself to the Word knowing that it makes men, that it is the source of testimony and that by it I have overcome. By your word I am taking over territories to the glory of your name. Amen.

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Things That Make Ministers: The Arm Of Flesh

Apostle Grace Lubega

John 2:24-25(AMP); But Jesus [for His part] did not trust Himself to them, because He knew all [men]; And He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man [needed no evidence from anyone about men], for He Himself knew what was in human nature. [He could read men’s hearts.]

Every minister ought to understand that it is by God’s sufficiency that he [the minister] pays the ultimate price for his ministry; he ought not to expect other men to do so for him on their own.

Yes, God will use men, but it will not be in the ability of those men, but His faithfulness and love toward the minister.

I have seen pastors whose ministries are dependent on their richest members in material terms.

Some even hand over decision making power in the ministry to such individuals while others lean heavily on politicians in their congregations for favour and a source of continuity.

The Bible says that Jesus did not commit Himself to men because He knew what was in them: He did not submit Himself to their influence [even when they believed in Him) because He knew that men are fickle by nature.

In fact, He was proved right by the events leading up to His death on the cross.

Multitudes used to follow Him.

During the triumphant entry, these same multitudes sang praises to Him and hailed Him as He entered Jerusalem (Matthew 21).

But where did they all go when He was arrested and crucified?

Even the twelve that previously went everywhere with Him disappeared at his hour of crisis (Matthew 26:56).

Never trust a man for what God can do. Never put your trust in the arm of flesh. If you do, the scriptures reveal that it will surely fail you (Jeremiah 17:5-6).

As a minister, people are not the reason why you stand, God is! He is your source and will uphold, sustain, increase and multiply you. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 26:56, Jeremiah 17:5-6

GOLDEN NUGGET:

Never trust a man for what God can do. Never put your trust in the arm of flesh. As a minister, people are not the reason why you stand, God is! He is your source and will uphold, sustain, increase and multiply you.

PRAYER: My loving father, you are my source and sustenance. I lean on you with all my heart. My trust can never be in myself or even in other men. Like you were the inheritance of the Levite, I know that you are my portion and inheritance. My favour, increase, glory and honour are from you. I know that I am called of you. Lord you cannot call a man and not sustain him. You cannot call a man and not keep him. You cannot call a man and not uphold him. I look to you always, knowing that I am in capable hands. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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He Counts Us Faithful

Apostle Grace Lubega

1 Timothy 1:12-14 (KJV); And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Faithfulness in the things of God is key.

But what is faithfulness in the mind of God?

Paul reveals that God COUNTED him faithful; He did not FIND him faithful but considered him faithful.

The Lord did not base this on the fact that Paul was doing the things that faithful people do.

He was looked at as faithful even when he was still a persecutor, blasphemous and injurious to the body of Christ.

Our faithfulness is not primarily because we do things that demonstrate faithfulness.

Even before we do any such things, God COUNTS us faithful.
Paul says that God separated him from his mother’s womb and called him by His grace (Galatians 1:15).

Like Paul, when you reflect on your life before salvation, you were not the most trust worthy person for that calling with which now you serve God.

You probably used to despise born again Christians and considered them a nuisance; most likely, you hated church and the idea of praying.

But God looked past all this and still saw the apostle, pastor, prophet, teacher or evangelist in you.

Even in your mischief, God still saw the master soul winner in you.

He consecrated, separated, called and presented you as a worthy minister and counted you faithful. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY: Galatians 1:15, Romans 8:30

GOLDEN NUGGET:
Our faithfulness is not primarily because we do things that demonstrate faithfulness. Even before we do any such things, God counts us faithful.

PRAYER: Father, I thank you for your grace. Your Word says that even while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; you loved us before we ever loved you and you counted us faithful before we ever did anything to demonstrate that we are. You impute precious righteousness on us every day, calling the things that are not as though they were. We are who we are because of what you say and not because of who we try to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Dreamer

Apostle Grace Lubega

Genesis‬ 37:9-11 (KJV)‬; And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

Joseph was what some may call an ordinary child. He was neither the first born nor the mightiest of all the children of Israel.

However, one day, something happened that changed the course of his destiny and the entire direction of his life.

JOSEPH HAD A DREAM!

His dreams earned him the hatred of his brothers and the change in his father’s countenance toward him.

Understand that Joseph did not pray for such a dream or its implications.

He did not spend days seeking God for a time when his family would bow to him. This blessing found him. Praise God!

The sequence of events that followed was not because Joseph had “a spirit of rejection” but because he was a dreamer.

His own brothers staged his early “death” and he was sold into slavery. He was then taken to prison for years, all because he was a dreamer.

You may identify with Joseph’s story.

It might be that people have rejected you; your own family looks at you as though you are the scum of the earth. But do not despair!

Some of these tests follow a dreamer.
Hold onto the things God has revealed to you and the convictions that He has placed in your spirit.

Keep your eyes on the prize and not the afflictions that seem to deter you from the vision God has set before you.

Your friends may abandon you in crisis, your family may barter you to the highest bidder, and yourself-worth might feel like it’s at rock bottom but never forget that you are a dreamer!

Surely, you will live to see the goodness of God in the land of the living (Psalms 27:13). Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY: Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11

GOLDEN NUGGET:

Your friends may abandon you in crisis, your family may barter you to the highest bidder and your self-worth might feel like it’s at rock bottom but never forget that you are a dreamer! Surely, you will live to see the goodness of God in the land of the living.

PRAYER: Father in the name of Jesus, I thank you for this word. I thank you because you set me up. I can never be rejected. The dream you have set before me can never die. It does not matter what I face. My eyes are set on you and not on my circumstances. I know you have a good plan for my life, to prosper me and not to harm me. All things are working for my good. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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The God Dream

The God Dream

Apostle Grace Lubega

Ephesians 3:20(Amp); Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,

You many have your personal dreams but what is God’s dream for you?

The treasure that the Lord has placed in you is greater than anything you could ever ask or think, that is the God dream.

When God looks at you, His dream is to do something higher than your highest prayer and beyond your greatest desire, that when you look back, you will know you could not have done it without Him.

What God wants to achieve through you is beyond your wildest and greatest imaginations.

The apostle Paul says, “For if we are beside ourselves [mad, as some say], it is for God and concerns Him; if we are in our right mind, it is for your benefit, (2 Corinthians 5:13 AMP).

It means that any dreams outside ordinary human thinking and capability are orchestrated by God.

Yes, you want to be the richest man on the face of the earth; God says He wants to do exceeding abundantly above that.

Yes, you want the world for your inheritance, God says He wants to do exceedingly abundantly above that. Dream Big! Dream God!

FURTHER STUDY: 2 Corinthians 5:13, Matthew 19:26

GOLDEN NUGGET:

The treasure that the Lord has placed in you is greater than anything you could ever ask or think. That is the God dream.

PRAYER: My great Lord I thank you for the great thoughts and plans that you have toward me. Thank you because what you desire for me is beyond what I can ever think or imagine. In me is the seed of greatness. I can never dream small. The world marvels at the great wonders you do through me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Why We Preach The Grace: The Power Within

Apostle Grace Lubega

Jeremiah 10:23(AMP); O Lord [pleads Jeremiah in the name of the people], I know that [the determination of] the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man [even in a strong man or in a man at his best] to direct his [own] steps.

Our theme scripture reveals that it is not in the power of a man to direct his way.

This means that every man is under the influence of a higher power.

This can either be God or the devil, there is no middle ground.

Indeed, the Lord has given us free will and this guarantees our ability to make the choice of either life or death, light or darkness.

However, this free will allows you to choose the spirit under whose influence you will be but not your way once you are under the influence of any such spirit.When you yield to either the Spirit of God or that of the devil, either of them determines your way.

It is not in a man to pray, fast,by his own volition or choice.

It is because of this very truth that we Christians deeply respect the Spirit of grace that directs our steps.

This conviction continually reminds us that it is God working in us both to will and to do according to His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

When we worship, pray or give, we do not do so by our own leading. Our ways are ordered by the Lord. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY: Philippians 2:13, Psalms 37:23

GOLDEN NUGGET:
When we worship, pray or give, we do not do so by our own leading. Our ways are ordered by the Lord.

PRAYER: My loving father, I thank you for your Word. Thank you for the assurance that you order my steps. It is you at work in me both to will and to do according to your good pleasure. I yield to the leading of your Spirit and to the power of your grace. My life finds direction in and by you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Authority Of The Church Of Christ

Apostle Grace Lubega

Joshua 6:2(KJV); And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.

When the Lord assured Joshua of his victory over Jericho, He told him that he had given him that nation and its king.
Kings are subject to men of God.

It should be a GREATER blessing for the king to meet a man or woman of God. The kings of this world ought to know the value of the anointing!

Indeed, we ought to give our leaders honour as is required of us by God.
However, it is a biblical truth that heavenly offices are greater than earthly offices.

Sadly, we live in a time when men of God are struggling to meet kings.

This is not the order of the scriptures. In the Bible, kings always sought for the men of God.

Kings should come to your rising because you are a bright and shining light (Isaiah 60:3).

God has elevated you to a place where the leaders of this world will seek you; a place where they will feel blessed to meet and confer with you. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY: Isaiah 60:3, Revelation 1:6

GOLDEN NUGGET:

Kings should come to your rising because you are a bright and shining light. God has elevated you to a place where the leaders of this world will seek you; a place where they will feel blessed to meet and confer with you.

PRAYER: Great and loving father, I thank you for the privilege of being your child. Thank you because you have crowned me with glory and I carry influence in the spirit. Kings come to my rising because I am shining. Wise and great men seek me for counsel. Before the presidents of this world make policies, they seek me for wisdom. Before prime ministers make decisions they seek my advice. To the glory of your name! Amen.

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