Saturday, August 3, 2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019
By Odon Bulamba
Today is another new day so I praise God for that. I was looking at the song sheets and I was touched by the songs. “Mighty to Save”, “Here I am to Worship”, and “Remembrance”. “Everyone needs compassion, a love that never fails”. Who doesn’t need compassion in their life? We all need it.
Today we are going to talk about Mathew 24:22 and the very interesting thing about this verse is that it is just the warning that God found would be good for humanity to know so that one day we cannot say that God has surprised us. Mathew 24 was given in order for us to know in advance that something is coming, and we have to get ready.
Surprises happen in our lives. I don’t know the day I will die or the day that Jesus will come back to take us with Him but because our spiritual life is the most important, God wanted us to know the signs to prepare ourselves. The Bible says that unless those days were shortened, no lives would be saved so for the sake of the elect, the days will be shortened. All of us would perish without the days being shortened and we wouldn’t enter His Kingdom. A very interesting and challenging verse.
Some people will concentrate on what the days mean but that is not very important without also thinking about your soul. Will your soul be there in those days and if so, what will happen to your soul? Christians should ask themselves, am I among those elected? If not, where are you? If Rebekah says I am a child of Angela and Angela says, “No, some among you are not mine”, what will Rebekah do? Even if a child believes they belong to you, they may ask, “Am I yours?”
At the last supper Jesus said, “One of you will betray me”. All the 12 apostles knew Jesus and Jesus knew all of them but it was time to ask themselves is, “Is it me who will betray God?” Have you asked God, “Am I among those that are elected? Is it me God? Am I among those selected by you God?” If you don’t, then you don’t care enough to be among the elected.
If you open the Bible in Genesis 1:1, everything was dark. But although darkness was there, the Spirit of God was moving in the darkness. You may be going through darkness and don’t know where you stand in your faith in relation to God but God continues to move in the darkness of your life. Then God said, let the light be. Then the darkness took off. Things that were hidden could be seen. God who is at the beginning is showing us that God can change the darkness to light and all can be seen clearly.
It is possible that some that are not elected will knock and it will be opened. It is time for us to ask God to open the door because we want to be among those chosen. For the past 10-15 years, this movie Shrek has taught me a lot, especially Donkey. When the Donkey talks it sounds funny but you learn a lot from that animal.
When it was the time for Shrek to choose someone to travel with him, he asked, who wants to come with me? Everyone was quiet except Donkey who was jumping me, but Shrek was asking, “Anyone else”, and Donkey kept shouting, “Me, me”. Later Donkey didn’t wanted Shrek to die because he knew if Shrek died, he would perish. At some stage Donkey was kicked out of the house of Shrek. He was sad but didn’t go anywhere.
You can sometimes feel far from God and He can sometimes push you away from Him but don’t go far away, come back to God and tell Him you have no where else to go, “Where you go God, take me” like Donkey who wanted to be with Shrek at all times. It was evening when Donkey was kicked out. How often do you make your way to come back to God to be among those that are elected?
On the day of the feast, invitations were sent but many didn’t come then Jesus said call anyone to come. Meaning that among those that are elected, some will not come back to the table of the Lord and if you are not invited and the call is for you and me, please quickly come back. If it is a matter of having a uniform, ask for one, this is the time.
Before we were born, where were we? We were somewhere. God acts in darkness, He put me in my mum’s womb in darkness for several months and there He was making me to change and grow and become a baby. Then after finishing his job inside that darkness where His Spirit was moving, He then breathed in my nostrils and I had life. I was born and for the first time saw and felt the light.
Then my mother knew she had a son. Although I struggled to open my eyes for the first few days to see the light, the light was there until I could open my eyes. I was already elected to be in this world and since then, I am here. God has a plan for you. Although things don’t work and the situation you are crossing is tough and your spiritual life is weak tell God, “I know You work in darkness, please I want to see the light”.
Saul decided to work for the church to go and kill Christians. Imagine a priest, a believer, to persecute believers. In our days, those that kill the Spirit of God are Christians themselves. Those that persecute are Christians, especially leaders of the church. They will teach us how to hate other Christians that don’t belong to the same church. You can’t marry a Jehovah witness unless you are a Jehovah Witness. In some religions you can’t even eat with others.
When we were organising the funeral of Guillaume, we asked a pastor to pray for the family but he said no because his faith doesn’t allow him. I told him, Jesus went to the tomb of Lazarus who was dead. He a answered, “For me and my faith, I can’t talk about someone who is passed away”. That type of Christianity shocks the world. Mormons, Baptists will tell you something else and then many will be deceived and say that is better for me to not be a Christian.
Saul’s job was to kill and he would leave his house to persecute Christians. That was his ministry in his church. How much hatred or lack of respect or bad things do you teach yourself or others? For those that are elected, the Lord is always there for them.
That day Saul went to Damascus, someone stopped him and he said, “I am the Lord, why are you persecuting me?” He wasn’t persecuting Jesus, he was persecuting human beings but Jesus said, “You are persecuting Me”. Whoever will touch you as an elected, is touching God. Whoever makes your life tough, God will be present to say, you are making my life hard too. The battle belongs to the Lord.
Everything that happens in your life, God gets involved. God intervenes. When someone has a plan against you, God intervenes. God did not let Saul reach his destination and stopped him. Many things are coming to your life and God stops them before they reach you. Many plans are made to destroy your faith, belief, love, family (if you are one who loves God) and Jesus will stop them before they reach you.
Jesus walks by you. Your prayer every time is to tell God, elect me. What does election mean? It means to choose someone to play a role and do something somewhere. We don’t elect without tasks to be done. We elect someone who will do a role somewhere. When we elect someone, we look at criteria. We need someone who can do this or that. We choose a person and trust they will do the job for the whole community.
The election of God is similar. Before to be elected, many people become candidates. You must be ready to be elected. You must be ready to play the role. For God, He looks for those who have the desire, not only faith but also desire to do the job and once you have the desire, it is simple to take actions. Your faith without actions is a dead faith. If you want to be among those who are elected you must the desire to be elected and also to serve. Once elected, the days of tribulation will be shortened because of you and me because we will continue to work, to pray for others and God will have mercy on us and reduce the days of troubles.
If you don’t work, then it is useless. To become a God worker there are three things, love, hope and faith. Among the three, the biggest is love. Are you ready to work for God? What do you hope to get from that work? Do you have faith you will reach the destination with the people you work for? Do you love them?
How can I love this person, we are different races, different cultures? We decide whether to love a person or not. How can we tell God we love Him if we don’t love others? We must love others as we love ourselves. If I stretch it feels good but when others stretch, I will be annoyed. If someone blows their cup of tea, someone gets annoyed. Do you really love that person?
I was given puha and watercress by Maori but European’s reject it and prefer sandwiches. The food is different, so we lower them in our minds. E.g. if they eat with their hands instead of a knife and fork they must be lower than me. If you don’t live with others, how will you lead them to Jesus.
I went to a country where there was chilli rolled in naan bread with tomato sauce. They take the bread and put in your mouth to chew and eat. That is special for their visitors. Because of that chilli I spent 10 days in hospital. Will you say no? They will feel awkward. Some may lie and say, I am fasting or I am feeling sick today so they sin by lying.
You can have faith but your actions are more important. What type of actions do you have? Do you measure your actions? Were they good or bad to yourself, others, God? We have this sickness where we ask God for forgiveness at end of day quickly but we don’t count our actions and let God know at the end of the day how our day was. Yet, we can tell our bosses at work when we have done something and what we have achieved.
It’s time to fight and tell God, “Did you see what I achieved today?” You will feel God is happy with you. How happy is your father with your actions? Find your place among the elected. Don’t continue to fight for the gifts to become a prophet or evangelist? The joy in your heart is more important than your good singing. Make a joyful noise to the Lord.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
By Odon Bulamba
Word of God is not simply words but food for our lives. In this verse, it says that there will be great distress, a big suffering that the world has never known and this sign that Jesus has given to us is happening now. In our physical life, if you look around you can see how much people suffer. Not only physical suffering but also mental, moral, psychological and spiritual suffering.
Physical suffering: you will see people on the streets begging for help. Sometimes you wonder why they beg. They look strong and they can work but they are on the streets begging. Others judge them and say, “you are capable of working, why are you begging?” It is the end of time and suffering will be seen so this is the accomplishment of the Word of God.
You will see young people who say they need food but when you give them money, they buy marijuana instead. Why? They are suffering in their mind and in their spirit which proves that drugs is more important in their lives. They can kill, steal and abuse to have the drugs. They suffer a lot. Their bodies shake when they don’t get drugs. Some can even urinate in their bed. Others can’t control themselves and this is suffering.
We can feel our bodies aching when we wake up. Why do we have more pains in our bodies than 20 years ago? We used to only see a small number of sick people a few years ago but now there is more and more sick even though medicine is getting more knowledge. We continue to suffer regardless of this knowledge. All because this sign has to be fulfilled. No matter the effort we put into not suffering, we will still suffer.
Stress wasn’t common 30 years ago but today, everyone is stressed. Even children today can feel stressed. What stresses us? Something inside and sometimes it’s outside of us.
I used to leave my house at 6am and play and then come back at 6pm and my parents never wondered where I was but today if the child is gone for 2 minutes, you will fear. Psychologically we suffer because fear is increasing every day. We try to find solutions with counsellors or GPs or friends but forget that this is the sign of the end of time to remind us that Jesus is coming back soon.
Sickness that existed a few years ago now exist. Today, any person can get cancer. Immunisation was rare in Africa and we used to live and eat whatever we wanted without washing our hands and we were ok but today if you see an ant in your food or a fly in your food you won’t eat it, it is dirty. For me, I will put the fly aside and continue to eat.
If you want to be extremely clean and everything has to be perfect then you will suffer in your mind and body. The cold will come (winter is coming as I said last time). Winter can come and light can still be there but the temperature will drop. Today in the church the temperature is dropping. Yesterday people used to pray with Holy Spirit but today if you are filled with Holy Spirit, people will look at you, who is this person speaking in tongues? Today many limit what the Holy Spirit wants to do in us. I went to one church and I wasn’t allowed to pray loudly.
The church is becoming sicker because we try to live according to the human principles. If music is loud, we can’t play that kind of music. Churches have debates over what can and can’t be done. The church suffers.
We start to put aside the Word of God and start to live based on how we feel. Pastors today bless gay marriage and any evil thing that the Bible says no to and say, “This was the time of the Corinthians but we are living in 20th Century”. Then the church is transformed to the world. One day a pastor was wearing singlet and shorts and preached. At break time, he had a cigarette and continued with preaching.
Sometimes I ask myself, do we mock God, do we understand what we are doing? All of that can prove the church is suffering. When someone suffers, what do they do? Some express their feelings to inform others. Others try to find solution. Others try to ignore it. As the cold is coming, the leaves are falling from the trees and our actions start to die and we start to act like people who have never known Jesus and act like those that live in the world or even worse. On Sunday we praise God in church and then go back to our own way of living that does not reflect God’s lifestyle.
In Ethiopia, a colleague came with me to church and when I introduced my friend the people of the church were shocked to see him. They could not believe the man next to me was a Christian because his actions were worse, he could steal and torture people and instead of improving the lives of refugees, he was making their lives harder. He was ashamed and apologised.
A courageous lady said to him, “You should also apologise to God,” which was true. How often does the church accept to repent and ask for forgiveness from people and God? How often do people wonder if you are really a Christian? Do people really see light in you or are you like one of those that have light in you but no oil? A lamp that can’t be turned on. That is the suffering of the church.
If you compare the church from a few years ago, we are going downhill. Many churches today are just like social clubs to meet, enjoy and catch up. it’s not a place of worship anymore. Those who used to pray before us, although they were sinners and could not respect God, they were trying to worship God with truth and open mind and heart and repentance. You can read in your Bible that the Israelites would do something against God but they would all come together with a pure goal to reconcile with God.
Today we don’t want to repent sincerely anymore and reconciliate with God. When was the last time that you knelt down and repented sincerely, “I need you to rescue me God”. Very often we pray quickly like someone singing a song without thinking. Our repentance has no meaning or understanding.
Most of our prayers and way of repentance is meaningless. We believe we are forgiven. We know what repentance means but we don’t have time to practice it. You can know how to drive a car but if you don’t practice, you will never drive a car.
At 6 years old, my dad brought me a toy car. I played with it. I was the driver, the engine and instead of the car carrying me, I was pushing it around. I would pick it up and keep it somewhere. If I saw a danger, I would pick it up and hide it. We walk with God like that. We have made Him a toy car. “God come here,” and we try to lead God in the direction we want to go, to do what we want when we want.
God wonders if He is a toy and you’re God. What is your relationship with your God? Don’t you see that you have been suffering a long time. The church has transformed God to be their child or their friend. When God created everything He said it looked good. Although the sea looks beautiful, it is dangerous and can kill you. Many things that look beautiful are harmful. God is good but He can sometimes become angry. We believe God is a nice guy but He is the judge, the punisher, the creator and more than our physical fathers.
What the church is fighting for today is for the consumer rights. We try to apply our rights in the Word of God. This is my right to do this. We complain when events happen in our lives and when God doesn’t respond as we wanted. It’s my right and I have been praying for 15 years but He doesn’t fulfil it. When God gives us something, we don’t like it and we want it to be better than that.
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit but we use our bodies to please our rights rather than to please our Creator. The church is mentally sick. The body God gave to you, you want to use it in the wrong way every time.
One of the opposition leaders who passed away two years ago, his body remained in Belgium. His son became president in Congo so decided to bring back that body to Congo. It cost $17M US to prepare the arrival of that dead body. People gathered. They brought the body down with honour, people were crying and worshiping him. I asked myself, how we can cry for someone who passed away 2 years ago and can spend money for someone who doesn’t even exist anymore instead of taking care of and supporting those who are raped, children, or those in hospital.
In the same way, we can see in the church today, we want to invest in dead actions rather than investing in God. We prefer to spend our $20 to please someone such as beer for someone rather than asking God what to do with that $20. How can I use this $20 for Your Name to be glorified? We make our own decisions without asking God because it is our own right.
The president of Congo has spent hundreds of millions of US dollars in 4 months which is needed for 2 years. He is a bad leader. Sometimes we want to do things on our own. God gives us the Holy Spirit to guide us, but we don’t want to be governed by Holy Spirit. I have seen from the Bible that Abraham did the same. He went to the mountain and told the workers to stay there. How often do we limit God, you stay here and I will do what I want.
We are suffering with superiority in the church. Selfishness has taken over. The church today is very selfish which is a terrible sickness in life. Jesus gave us this message so that in the end of the time that suffering will be so terrible more than what has been seen. Hitler killed Jews and the world knows that that man was not a good man. In some countries today the persecuted are being killed and the world knows.
What we do against God in secret is worse. Our way of behaving shakes the heavens. Maybe God asks if that is His son or daughter who can do that. The whole heaven is shocked. When one soul is saved there is a party and when one soul is lost, the heaven is shaken, more than people crying for the dead.
One time I was a child and I asked my mum why did Jesus cry for Jerusalem. We are welcoming Him and He is crying. Imagine Tyrone crying now. We will wonder what is wrong. God cries when we disappoint Him, when we go far from Him, when we reject Him, and when we go through the suffering but no one comes close to God to ask why is He crying. If we ask, we will get an answer. But if we don’t ask God, maybe we think of God as being annoying now, we are sick of God talking to us.
Christians start to say, I’m not feeling like going to church today. We are really sick and we need to be seen by a doctor. The church is suffering. Jesus is the healer. Be careful my brothers and sisters and understand we are living in the end of time. All the signs are there that Jesus is coming back soon, are you ready or are you going to say you didn’t see the signs? Signs are there but we pretend not to see them or not to think about them. We can think about birthday parties but we forget to think about the end of the time.
My father wrote a Will before he died with a feather but all that he owned was taken by the government. All was ceased. The beautifully written Will written by a lawyer was useless because the government took it all because he was talking against the government. You can have promises from God but if you don’t look after yourself, it is possible for God to waive those promises.
Winter is coming and we can’t feel the warmth of God anymore because we are not being by His side but prefer to guide our own lives. My father was extremely rich. Around 1964 he had more than $50M in a Belgium bank account. If it were today, it would be billions of dollars but that bank account was frozen and the bank took the money. In those days, men would not associate their wives in their bank accounts. My mum was not associated with the bank account.
Who is associated with your gifts? Who do you pass on your gifts? If I’m a singer, do I teach others how to sing? If I’m a teacher, do I teach others how to teach? Instruct others and show them how gifts function.
The prophets in the Bible used to open schools for prophets. Teach others. Today, we have our children and friends and we have no idea what their gifts are. If we could share with them what we have, it could help them to teach, sing, preach etc. We have to plant these seeds under the soil.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
By Odon Bulamba
Today we are going to talk about winter and summer. Pray your flight won’t be in the winter or the summer. In this verse, God is commanding us to pray so that whenever we fly, it shouldn’t be winter or summer.
What is winter? Cold and dark. The sun doesn’t appear as many hours in winter as in other seasons. Before winter comes we see signs and today we are going to talk about those signs. Jesus is a tree and we are branches in Jesus. Branches are the part of the tree that hold fruit and leaves. When winter is on its way, we see the leaves falling from the tree. You will see green leaves turning colour and losing leaves.
We are branches in Jesus and when this dangerous season is coming, we start to lose leaves. What do leaves represent? Leaves represent our good actions, things that people see through you, your behaviour, attitudes and all that you do. When winter comes, when this power comes, it will shake you like the wind it will make you move to and fro and you will start to lose your actions, “I’m fed up with this situation, I can’t bear this anymore”.
Even if you had the gift of patience, because of pressure you feel sick of the situation and don’t have patience anymore, “I must take control of my own life and I don’t want your input in my life anymore” and then I decide to put my good actions aside and act like someone who isn’t a Christian
When someone slaps your right side, give your left side too. God is not giving you more power to overcome sin. There is a season for everything. We have just been through the season where the Spirit will be seen and that time is finishing because we are now facing winter.
People run from cold to seek refuge where it is warm. I wear a jersey to protect myself from cold, some use heaters and others use blankets to keep warm. These are artificial means of heating. By putting on my jersey, it is not natural warmth but produced by man to keep warm. Because of that reason, we are living in the cold in the gospel now.
Many preachers created a warmth which is not from God but from their own mind. They preach about God’s love but it doesn’t come from God, “No matter what you do, God loves you,” instead of telling you to repent and come close to God. They tell you, “God understands, it is alright”. No, God doesn’t work like that. He follows what He promised. This will happen and it must happen. We can’t tell God, “You will understand because I don’t have time to read my Bible anymore”.
Here God is telling us to pray and pray that your flight may not be in winter. Normally, when we are down, that is the time that we seek God’s face. When we are crossing a problem, that is when we come close to God and pray for God to take away our problem. That is when we feel that we need God but when the problem is finished, we sometimes forget about God.
God is reminding us that you had summer, the time when you felt His warmth. The sun rises early in summer and goes down around 9pm. God represents the sun, He is the light in our lives and warms our spirit and lives. When you feel the heat, you don’t wear your jersey but wear light clothing. When God overwhelms you with his Spirit, you feel that it is too much and you tell God to cut it down to what we can handle.
How much power of God do you have in you? How much warmth do you get from God each day? We are living in the end times and heading towards a time when we won’t find the Word of God anymore. After summer comes autumn when you feel the temperature change and decrease. Once the heat decreases we feel like something is going wrong. We say, autumn is coming. Spiritually it is the same. People go to church and don’t have time for their Bibles, to pray, or to listen to the Bible or do good things. We start to lose the desire to do good things for God. we lose the desire to sing and worship God.
After autumn is winter. It is a big work to pick up leaves. When leaves start to fall, it is a big job to collect the leaves and find a place to store them. If you don’t pick up the leaves, they will cover the lawn and if you are not careful, they will become rotten and produce other things. The church is living a situation where the actions of the people in the church are dying and they are falling. They are all on the ground and producing something bad.
The leaves don’t have life anymore, they are dead leaves. Most of our actions don’t reflect Jesus through us. People will know Jesus through our actions. We know a person is a good person through their actions. When someone who doesn’t believe acts, their actions speak. Today the church’s actions are just on the ground. You meet someone on the street and you can’t tell that they are a Christian. You may only recognise them at church and you will be surprised that they are Christian because they are two different people. I’ve met true Christians but their actions make me wonder if they are truly a son of God.
When winter comes, tree don’t have protection and you feel like God is far away from everything. Many today pray not to be saved but to see miracles because we can’t see God or feel Him anymore so we start to seek God through miracles only. People think that when someone tells them about a miracle, then they know Jesus is there. We can only accept God when a miracle is performed. If there is no miracle, we won’t know God exists because we feel God is far from us.
As we are heading towards winter, we don’t see as much sun or the warmth from the sun anymore. We feel cold. Do you feel spiritually cold? How do you warm yourself? With the artificial way? Do you cover yourself with the fake message. My body can be protected but what about my soul. We sons of God need to remember and pray. There is no other thing. It’s not about meeting with pastors, listening to prophets or to have miracles but to pray that we won’t flee in summer or winter.
When a danger comes we flee to God to get support. How do you flee toward God when satan visits you? How do you go towards God? Pray to God, “Lord help me, intervene, listen to me”.
When winter comes, many Christians don’t have the time to pray but instead see a person and choose to speak to individuals and flee our problems and find refuge in human beings and ask them to pray for us. We sometimes think their prayers are more powerful than our own. Someone won’t pray for you with the same power, effort, or time as you will pray for yourself.
We are becoming lazy and we are losing the action of praying and coming close to God so we stay far away. This is not the right time to flee. Flee to God when the sun is here.
We should not flee on the sabbath. The time when we don’t do activity but only worship God. One time I was hungry and I went to a restaurant but I was told, “We are closing now”. There was food but they were closing, “Everything has been cleaned and no one is able to serve you”. This is the time of sabbath. We are living the last minute of our lives where everything is shutting down. We can move from one church to anther to find the truth in the Word of God but you won’t find it. Preachings are like stories today.
Some churches will only use jokes to make Christians feel happy but forget to tell people about the gospel of the end of the time and that we are living in the dangerous time of our lives. Are you preparing yourself for the last time of your life.
In some places we see snow in winter. Snow falls and when it falls it doesn’t fall like a big rock, it is a very small dust falling without stopping and after some time the dust doesn’t penetrate the ground but builds up and becomes big and the more there is, the harder it becomes when it used to be soft.
Today churches, we neglect to see the signs of danger, we see it just like dust and it won’t harm us but once it touches our bodies, souls and minds, it will harm us. Someone can break their bones by falling on the snow. Many people go to hospital because of the cold of snow and many die. Many souls in church today are dying because they don’t protect themselves with Jesus.
I see Anna, she looks nice but it is cold. For other people we must wear two pairs of socks to feel comfortable. In church today, we all want to look physically beautiful but we don’t protect ourselves spiritually for the coming winter. Satan has given this power to push us to test us to tempt us to the point that today we find sin as being normal. Things we used to find wrong is normal today.
In the church today, we don’t worry about sin anymore because God loves sinners. We take it lightly. It is time for you to pray. We have seen the signs of the end times and we see our hearts becoming colder because Jesus is coming back soon. How will we run towards Jesus if we are cold?
In other countries you wear different shoes in winter you can’t wear the shoes we wear in New Zealand. What shoes are you going to wear to meet Jesus while in winter? Jesus is not coming into the church anymore, He is calling us to follow Him to carry your cross. The church is telling us that Jesus is coming to you, stay where you are. Regardless of your weakness, come close to Jesus.
The prodigal son left everything and decided to come back to his father. Maybe you are also far from your Lord, maybe you have lost your gifts, maybe your actions are walking without faith or your faith is without actions. Ask God for good actions, new actions that allow you to live as a good Christian. Our actions will accompany us when Jesus comes back. What actions are you going to present to Jesus on that day?
The Lord is calling us to be on our feet to start this new journey. Pray that God will not allow us to go through winter. In other countries, people leave their place in winter to go to another warm country. When you see winter coming, leave your place and go to where the sun is, light is and strength and ask God for a new life.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
We must remember who Jesus is for us and what he did for us and why he did it. Why did Jesus die for me? Who am I to deserve what Jesus did for me? He left heaven to come down here looking for someone like me. He sacrificed everything including His glory for us to find Him but we still disappoint Him in one way or another. He died for us without us even asking Him for it or even asking for help and once He save us we are the first to turn our back on Him and find that God is like a burden for us, “we are tired of you, give us some space”.
Luke 10:25, the good Samaritan story. The road was called the road of blood because every day someone was killed leaving Jerusalem to go to Jericho. Everybody was scared to walk on that road. This man was beaten and all that he had was taken from him and he was left half dead. He was a Jew. A priest came and looked but decided to cross the road and carry on. A Levite came and also walked passed. A Samaritan who was a stranger, a foreigner, came and found the beaten man and knelt down beside him, applied oil on his wounds, picked him up on the donkey and took him to an inn. He said, “Look after the person, treat him, here is some money and when I come back I will pay the difference”.
The lawyer asked how to get into the Kingdom of God. Pharisees were lawyers and knew the law very well but they didn’t apply law correctly. To answer that question, Jesus said, “Who is a good neighbour among these three people?” Samaritan and Jews were enemies. A Samaritan helped the Jew. Jesus is the Samaritan in your life. Sometimes we see Jesus as our enemy and His word as our enemy because He fights against our will. It is against our action.
Have you hated someone for no reason? I was in a hotel recently and at the reception, I was asked, “Where are you from”. “I’m your customer”. How come? “Because I booked a room”. She said, “Are you serious, give me your passport…I don’t think there is vacancy here, you should go somewhere else”. This was a French lady. “I think my colleagues made a mistake”. I said, “No I booked a room and I have already paid”.
We were talking to English and then she spoke to another in French and said, “This guy is rude he doesn’t listen”. The man said, “He should go to another hotel”. That were talking like that because the hotel is for high rank and they didn’t consider a black person could be of high rank.
Jesus is coming to your life to secure you without you inviting him like the Jew who was half dead. The Samaritan picked him up and carried him to look after him. As sinners we were in the weakest position and Jesus wants to look after us. Do you want to be looked after forever or only when you are in problems and when the problems are over you say, “It’s enough now I don’t need you anymore”.
The Bible doesn’t say what the Samaritan said, it doesn’t say he said thank you and I will pay you back. This is a picture of the church. Once we recover from our problems, we push Jesus aside, “I am strong now, let me do my own stuff”.
I spoke to the lady at the hotel in French, “I am not going to the next hotel, I belong here”. They were shocked, “You speak French?” I told them not to do that, we must consider people as people.
Jesus is telling us now, “Because you forget every time, take communion to remember. You must remember me and what I did for you”. Once upon a time I was walking on the street, I was beaten by the devil and Jesus saved me and I must be careful not to go again to the road of blood because satan might catch me again. We have intelligence to think about the dangers in front of us. We must protect our soul from being beaten by the evil ones.
Remember what Jesus did for you the first time. He died for us once, we were saved once and we don’t have to expect Jesus to rescue us again. When we think that we can steal and Jesus will forgive or we can lie and Jesus will forgive, we become luke warm. We are neither hot nor cold and at that point, He will vomit us out.
“This is my body, bread, eat it”. He broke the bread. Imagine someone breaking your body, how will you feel? Pain. When He broke it, He didn’t keep it as two pieces but said to share it. In a country in Africa when they want to punish someone they will eat you alive. Every member of the community will bite flesh from you and eat it. That is a type of punishment. You feel pain and you scream and cry and no one will stop and there will be blood everywhere. Jesus says, “Here is my body and each of you take a piece. It is painful for Me but it is a sacrifice I do for you. When you eat the bread remember that I went through pain for you. Blood, wine, drink it to remember me”.
Have you stopped to think about the gift of forgiveness? This is for you to make you clean, to be forgiven you need this blood. Do you know the value of blood? Without blood in your body, you die. If you stab someone, the whole country will be against you because of the blood. The blood of Abel woke up God, “The blood of your brother is crying to me”. The power in the blood was screaming to God.
The power in blood is so big. Jesus has given us his blood, drink it to remember him. Think about the blood of Jesus. What does it mean to you?
Sunday, April 7, 2019
By Odon Bulamba
This verse from the Bible says, “Woe to mothers who love children, or who are in the middle of breast feeding their babies”. Whoever is holding a baby, people will try to help that mother. People will stand up in the bus, train or plane because a mother is holding a baby. Somehow you are morally entitled to be given a priority. People feel sorry for you when you are holding a baby but from this verse, it is a different story. Here, I’m sorry for you if you are holding your baby, you will miss out something important.
Who is a baby for you? You can have a dog or a cat but you can never compare them to your child. You can love yourself but most of the time parents give more love to children than themselves. I prefer to not eat so my child can eat. I can get wet with rain but I will cover my baby so they won’t get wet. Those who are adults, they try to protect the little ones.
How many times this morning did you kiss your children? When they were babies, you would kiss them every second minute but now that they are older you don’t kiss them as much. Why that change? The more they grow, the more there is detachment from the parent and they become more independent and at some stage they tell their parents, “This is my life, I don’t care what you did for me, I am now free”.
Some children will engage in discussion with their parents, “This is a new world,” and they mock us. A child can use the smartphone better than us parents and we must ask for their help. Children will take the place of parents. But in this context, in the verse, when the mother is so attached to his child while babies, that is when to be careful because the time is coming and woe for you.
It is a matter of jealousy. Is God jealous to see the way the mother is attached to the child? Your love for your child may be greater than your love for God. When your child doesn’t come home in time you will panic if you can’t get hold of them, you will alert the neighbours, the police: you will worry. Your child can be 16 years old but you will still worry. Yet, when God is absent from your life, do you really worry? Sometimes, we don’t even care.
God as a parent used to say to Adam, “Where are you?” It was not for Adam to seek for God, he was just doing his own stuff. Now God is telling us as a parent, “You care for your baby, but do you remember that you are living your last time on earth”. This verse is about the end of the time. He told the men of the field to leave their coat and run to save their lives. The church is the symbol of the woman.
Once a woman has a baby, how much do they care for that child? Many mums take maternity leave. They stop working. I have never seen a boss tell a mum to come back to work one day after giving birth. They will have compassion and congratulate you and tell you to rest. They express their joy by bringing gifts, flowers, cards etc. People congratulate you because you endured something hard and now you have a new responsibility to take care of the baby from morning to morning.
Whenever the baby is sick, it is your responsibility to know when it has a fever. Some babies don’t accept to be breast fed so you must find a way to feed them or they will die. Some careless and lazy fathers run away from the bedroom and sleep in another room because the baby will cry during the night and the dad wants to sleep. When the baby cries, the dad will say, “Care for the baby, it’s your job”. Some men can’t even know how to hold the baby.
Once the children grow up, don’t be surprised that they love their fathers more than their mothers and push the mother away. Many churches today because of the love of the new born Christians, they forget about Jesus.
What do you love most in your life? Some love clothes, shoes, children, house, car, pets etc but in the Bible, what book do you love most? You must think about it, have you even read all the books of the Bible? More than 90% of Christians under the sun have never read the whole Bible. They don’t even know what the book of Ezekiel is about and they don’t even care. Many don’t know which book they love.
The first commandment is to love your God with all your heart, mind, and strength. Jesus is the Word of God, do you love it? You can care for you baby and sacrifice your life for your baby but what about the Word of God? At home in Congo, this lady gave birth to twins and while they were sleeping during the night, rebels put fire on the house. People were sleeping inside, and the lady didn’t know what to do, “My children”. She rushed to pick up her 6-month-old children. There was fire at the door. She broke the window. By the time the babies were outside, she collapsed and accepted to die for the lives of those babies.
Do you sacrifice your own life so someone else can be saved? One weapon used in Congo is to collect all the women (all ages no matter how old 2 years old or 80 years old) and in front of their husbands, they will rape them. Some will stand up and accept to be killed rather than see what is happening. Some women will accept to stand up and not allow the child to go through that and they die for it.
Have you come across a situation where you accept to die for someone? Have you accepted a situation where you sacrifice your life so someone can be saved? For many, to kneel down to pray for their child’s salvation is a problem. We love our children but when it is time to pray, we can’t do it for even five minutes. We need to kneel down everyday to pray for our children’s salvation. That is love, that is dying for your own children, your husband, for yourself and others. Whoever wants to follow me should carry his own cross.
To carry your own cross means you have your own responsibilities that you have to handle. If you don’t love your neighbour, you can’t love Jesus. To love doesn’t mean to say the words. God looks at the soul of your neighbour, how much do you love their soul, who much do you contribute towards the love of the soul of others?
The church forgets this. For those women that just have babies in their hands to the point they can’t run from the danger, I am sorry. The last words on the cross Jesus said, “In your hands, I surrender my soul”. Not his body, blood, or sin but his soul was surrendered. The most important thing that we can imagine. Once we take care of a person’s soul, that is when God knows if we love that person.
Which is your baby verse from the Bible that you love so much? Some people can love a song, a musician but when asked which book from the Bible do you love the most, they don’t know. We can have love, hope and faith but most important is love. You can hope that God will save your child, or your father and God will say hope is good. I can say that I have faith and God will say, “Faith is good but it’s not enough, I want to see love”.
The love you give to your bosses compared to the love you give to your children is different. There are different types of love. If your boss dies, you will be sad but you will turn the page. However, if your child dies, the pain will be different. People mourn for weeks and years when they lose their children. I lost my father when I was 10 years old but even now whenever it’s the 21 April, I remember. We try to push it aside but we are attached to each other. Are you attached to others and if so, what kind of attachment? Is it just physical or is it spiritual too?
God wants to see love. John 3:16, God took His only Son to the earth for love of the world. What sacrifice do you do to love your family? Maybe you do nothing. That is what God is telling us in this verse. I will ask that He have pity on me because I was holding a baby but God will say no if you loved that child you would remember to pray for them and to not only feed them physical food but also spiritual food.
Mum’s do everything for their babies and do a lot for their children and they work so hard for things that are short. Life is short. They try to do a lot in that time but they sometimes forget eternity. We need to feed our children for eternity and prepare them for a long life. We will be happy to see them in the Kingdom of God.
That is where God is saying, I will give you a crown of victory for saving souls. To give birth to someone takes time and determination. Love is kind; are you kind to your family and yourself and to their souls and to the kingdom we are called to inherit?
One day I had a dream and we went to Valentines restaurant. Being a food lover, I picked up a big plate and served myself. Those who were coming after me couldn’t get food because I took it all. Finally, I had everything on my plate and then I started to eat but the more I ate, the more the food was increasing on my plate. Then Lebon (my son) asked for food but I told him to go and collect his own. Lebon replied, “There is no food there, you took all of it”. I answered, “Because you were all lazy to stand up when food was there”.
This woman told me that I was selfish and I should share with others.
Am I really selfish? I felt bad and I started to defend myself and I couldn’t remember being selfish in my life. The night before going to bed I had a small block of chocolate and that day I asked Bertila do you want some but then I ate it all because it was too small to share. I told Bertila, I didn’t share chocolate with you and she said, I know, I thought about how bad you were. Sometimes these are big lessons for us.
When you pray for yourself to be in the Kingdom of God, remember to pray for others too. We can take care of our house but forget to take care of others’ souls. We pray for two seconds, that is all. Can you tell God to feed your daughter and God will feed her? No, you must take actions. Let us pray together as a family, let’s read a verse together. Send a txt, Jesus loves you, take care of your soul.
Pray to God to teach us to know how to love the souls of others.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
By Odon Bulamba
It’s a privilege to be here this morning and I thank God for being alive. First, I would like to say that life is something precious for those who live. It was sad on Friday, what happened in Christchurch. Innocent people were killed and lost their lives without any issue or problem. They left their houses to pray and some were just on the roads and victims of that attack.
How often do we think about how precious is our life and your presence in this world? Have you thought about that anything can happen to you without your consent? Have you thought about seeing someone who is being attacked? It’s so deep and so sad when we see those we know losing their lives. In this country people have been crying for those on Friday.
Imagine if one of those victims was your mother or brother or sister? Such things happen all over the world where an evil-minded person hates you for no reason and attacks you and destroys you for your property.
Satan does the same job, he tries to murder you without reason. Are we crying with those in Christchurch or are we stopping to watch the news because its enough or do we stop to think in case such a thing happens, what shall we do? What will you do if someone steps in here with a gun? What will be your first action? Will you protect the person next to you or find the exit? We call this an emergency situation. If you are not prepared, you will act foolishly.
I’ve had someone point a gun at my head. He knocked on my door, I opened it and there was a revolver on my forehead, “Give money”. I didn’t know how to react. He took me to my room, “I need money”. I didn’t have enough money. I had $3,000 but they said it wasn’t enough. One of them took a syringe with blood, “This blood contains HIV, keep your money and buy your own coffin start to prepare yourself to death”. I panicked and collapsed.
Regardless of being the most protected person in Ghana at that time (I had four soldiers at my gate but those men fell asleep) those people walked in my house. Satan comes to your life, regardless of those around you. Normally, people as human beings, we put our trust in other people rather than God.
Today, I am going to share with you Mathew 24:18, if in the field you must not turn back…
Jesus was saying, “The time is coming and you have to think carefully”. This is one of the signs of God’s return. In Africa, we usually go to the field early. You go around 4am. Much like farmers here, they go before the sun is up. It is a bit cold so you take your coat and tools and walk to the field. In Africa, we don’t have light or torches but you walk by instinct. Some people have been bitten by snakes or insects because it is too dark to see them.
Even though you have eyes, you can’t see in darkness. You need light to see. Once at the field, you take off your coat so you can work properly. This is the same situation for the people of Jerusalem. Before to work, they take off their coat to cultivate the soil. Jesus is saying, “You won’t have time to collect your coat to flee. You won’t have time to think about what is important to you before you go, once you are in the field”.
Today we are in the field where we are working for the Lord, don’t look back but look forward and run to save your life. Many people after being saved, they try to look back to get their coat. Something that was important to me yesterday, I want to grab again. Maybe you have things that are important to you, your house, job, cat. You might decide not to go to church because your cat is sick. Jesus will tell you, “Leave it alone, come and follow Me”. Many will say, today I have a meeting and I can go for the Word of God but I have something important I used to do 10 years ago and I have to go back to that because I loved it.
This is related Lot’s wife. God told Lot and family not to look back. Lot’s wife started to think about what she left behind, it is so valuable to her and she needed it so she looked back. What is most important to you? Here Jesus wants to tell us that your life is far more important than anything else. Those who went to the mosque on Friday, what was
important to them on that day? It was their lives.
Your life is the most important thing. One time I had millions of dollars but now I have nothing. As long as I am alive, that is most important. I had a friend who killed himself because someone stole $4 million from him. The most important thing is not money, it’s your life. When there is a choice between your life and something else, what do you choose? We must choose our lives first.
There are several examples in the Bible of coats. One is Isaac. When he became old, he couldn’t see. He wanted to bless his son Esau. Jacob’s mum prepared a coat for Jacob because the blessing was supposed to be given to Esau. With that coat, Isaac was deceived when he touched it and blessed the younger one.
Another example of a coat is Joseph in the house of Potiphar. He ran and left his coat behind which was used as evidence to say he did something wrong by Potiphar’s wife and was put in jail.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is among the richest countries in the world but we are the poorest. This is not because we are not clever but because we don’t know how to manage that wealth and many will come to Congo. You can give someone $10 and they will kill everyone in the place of Ngaruawahia and they can do it without thinking and will do it less than an hour. Those that need the gold will now have access to Ngaruawahia.
I’ve seen people in Congo visit a witch to become rich and they are told to give the witch bodies of babies under the age of six months and they will slaughter the children. Parents are there crying and then they take the bodies to the witch and then what they ask them won’t be fulfilled. People can do bad against others because they need money, glory or to be known. They are fighting for success. I have been complaining a lot to our authorities in Congo over such things.
I have been in New Zealand for a long time now. I see people go to elections but in Congo, it doesn’t work like that. The new president of Congo bribed the former one to get there. People try to look back and bring the coat they had or they heard someone had something and now they want it. What do you gain to lose your soul so you can earn what you want in this world? We all want to have a nice life, cars, houses but we often forget under the sun, there will never be a better life, you will never be satisfied 100%. You can buy a big mansion somewhere but it won’t be enough. our bodies will never be satisfied. For that reason, Jesus advises us to choose life first.
What is life for you? Is it just breathing in and out? Is it going to the movies, travelling? I personally travel a lot and have been to around 94 countries but when you fly you feel tired. Once you are in the new country, everything is strange and some people will like you but others will hate you. What is life for you? For God is about giving yourself, heart and everything to Him. Do you want to live? Then accept to die. If you want to live in the Lord, then accept to give up everything for Him. Even if I don’t get the house that I wanted, thanks to God, the essential is that I obey His commands. Even if I don’t get what I want, praise God because I continue to follow the Lord and do what He recommends me.
We invest a lot. Some in houses, shares, farms, why? To earn more so we don’t have to be called poor, so we can have enough tomorrow. That is fine to invest but in Jesus, what are you investing? How much do you have in your bank account for Jesus where you respect His Word of God and do all that He asks of you? Look at yourself, introspection, how good am I towards myself? Do you love yourself? If yes, how? Some are good to their body but they are ugly inside, they don’t work hard to please their God.
Once I was a child and my mum told me, two things in the world are most important (1) win (2) lose and up to you to choose. If you want to be the winner then practise and respect the rules. If you don’t want to practise, don’t be surprised when you lose.
Last week I sat a test after reading all the course material. One hour before the test, the lecturer posted the powerpoint slides. I decided not to read these. When I opened the test, I knew nothing. When the lecturer talks, I can’t understand what she is saying. I laughed when I opened my test because I didn’t understand how my lecturer can ask questions.
You can read your Bible, and other books but try to understand who Jesus is for you. Many will say, I know my children or my husband will never do that. You can defend them because you know them. Do you know Jesus, God your creator or not? If not, if you don’t understand who Jesus is and what He wants and what is a test for you, you will fail.
On the day of judgement, He will tell many people, “Go away I don’t know you”. Many will say, “But I served you,” and He will say, “I don’t know you, get out”. Imagine if that is you. You went to church every Sunday and read your Bible but you didn’t know Jesus.
Jesus wants you to live in unity with Him. Try to understand who Jesus is for you. Pray to Him and ask Jesus to teach you. If you don’t know, you may be confused. Different preachers can give different interpretations and you can get confused. Only those that have the Holy Spirit as a teacher will understand the Word of God and meet with Him. If you are not filled and sealed with the Holy Spirit, even if you read the Bible all day, what you are doing will not help you.
We fear to die physically but we forget about spiritual death. Let’s get ready, “Jesus when you come back to collect your church, don’t forget me I want to be in heaven, don’t forget your people”.