Saturday, February 13, 2010

Preparing to Fast (Part VI – Authority)

By Odon Bulamba

Now is the time to fly. When God tells you to fly and if you don’t do it He’ll put pressure on you. You know the story of Jonah. On his journey God visited him. God allowed him to be free for a time but then put his foot down, “You must go back to where you came from”. Jonah was not able to tell the captain of the ship to turn back. The navigators probably thought Jonah was crazy to ask them to turn back the ship because of him. So God took back Jonah in a way that nobody could believe, to be in the belly of a whale is not easy, it is better to die. This is what happens when God takes you by force when He wants to use you for something.

So it is to accept rather than for God to use force. If you wait the situation will be worse. There was a king in the Bible called Nebuchadnezzar. Because he didn’t accept what God said God called him in a way which I appreciate a lot. He spent seven years in the forest eating grass. The Bible says he was like an animal. Imagine if he was your husband. People will laugh at you a lot. When you refuse to do God’s will it is not only you that suffer but also your family members. They will be shocked because of what you are doing.

When God told Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go, Pharaoh said no. The Bible testifies that God put a spirit of unbelief in him. Pharaoh did not accept anything and the consequences were on all Egypt. All the Egyptians cried and ended up going against Pharaoh, “why do we suffer because of your pride?”

We have to struggle and fly. If God calls us we have to accept and serve Him according to His will. Don’t hesitate, don’t think you are a spiritual baby, forget that. You have to tell others about the glory of God. Don’t think you’ll not good enough, whether it be praying or reading the Bible, no! God is able to help you. Timothy was young but he led thousands of people. So be prepared.

Matthew 4:10, Jesus said to him, “Away with you Satan for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve.”

Satan doesn’t have any room here, Satan doesn’t have any room in the people we have prayed for and Satan doesn’t have any room in the activities for the glory of God. The authority has been given to us to cast out the devil and the devil respects this. He respects us because he knows we are stronger than him and he knows we have more authority than him, so he must respect us.

If you are leading something for the glory of God you must be well prepared and have authority. What you are doing is what Moses did when he lead the people of Israel. You must know they are people you lead and that God wants their souls.

If you make one mistake everything will be on you. This is what it means to be a leader. You must pray before you start, whether in your room or not, ask God to help you have the ability to lead His people. Maybe some will come because they are curious, maybe they’ll be there to judge, but ask God to help you. Use the Bible when you pray. For example in Matthew it says, “When two or three people agree on something and get together, all that they ask the Father will be given. “This is why we pray to You Lord to help us lead Your people. May Your strength be with us and may it not be us leading but Your good spirit. Thank you God for the presence of each person”. Commit everything into God’s hands.

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