Oct30WedOctober 30, 2019
Sharon and I have been in Uganda for the last 10 days and are just at the halfway point of our visit here. We have had the incredible joy to serve along Pastor Grace and My People Ministries in Entebee participating and being involved in a conference and an evening crusade here. There have been many here who have been praying and fasting for 14 days prior to us coming… it’s humbling. At the conference I was able to speak on the Father heart of God. It was a powerful opportunity for me to break off the orphan spirit for a fatherless generation and focus on receiving the Spirit of sonship into the Father’s family. (see my blog from last month). At the crusade, we have been told that over 75 people came to faith in Jesus Christ during our time there. A number of people were healed as well and we also dealt with demonic spirits and that brought intense deliverance ministry as well. It was so encouraging to hear reports of the incredible freedom and release that people experienced afterwards. We brought over 500 Bibles and were able to distribute them. We met with the mayor and city council to pray over them and I was able to share a devotional on seeking God for wisdom and decision making from James 1. We did a number of church visits and the passion and worship is like I’ve never seen before! There is such a hunger and thirst after God here and it is so obvious. We also participated in a graduation of students into their secondary school program at My People Ministries orphanage/ school that is home to over 600 students.
Yesterday we switched gears and made our way up to Kampala and we have been spending time with Jeslor Ssozi, the head of our Manor ministries mission partner, Trust Future Uganda. TFU is a school to over 200 students of which 40 live in the orphanage there. I have already had the opportunity to teach here, play sports, hug so many children and just lavish the Father’s love on them. I’m adjusting to showers from a bucket and squatting over a pit latrine!
Ok, on now to a devotional reflecting on what I’m discovering here…
Revelation 21:6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
It has often been said that when you go on missions trip that you are changed more by going than the people you minister to and I certainly agree. I am humbled and in awe of the people that we serve with here and the way that they go after the LORD. We even feel like what possibly could we say to people with such great faith, but as was shared with us, some believe that making it to our part of the world is the biggest miracle. We were there to say that even in our world there is incredible brokenness and dissatisfaction and how we even more need to desperately seek His presence in our life amidst all of distractions.
The real water, the rivers of living water are the power of the Holy Spirit and it is undeniable here. I have just finished reading Revelation and some of the inspiration at the end of the book is what I have shared here.
Jesus is the beginning, the “arche” where we get our word architecture. Jesus is the pattern for everything in our lives and the lives of others. Creativity, design, initiation all has their source in the Alpha, our Jesus!
He is also our end, the “telos” meaning He is the inherent destiny of every human being. May we fully rest our plans, purposes in the hands of the one who holds the keys to us fulfilling our destiny!
Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
The Morning Star as I have been reading appears when the night has reached it greatest degree of darkness. The Morning Star appears between 2-3am, some say closer to 3am and when you see it, you know that the night has been defeated!! The Morning Star pulls the morning behind it and likewise Jesus pulls the kingdom in behind HIM!
It is that very reason that we don’t have to fear the night. There were times in the prayer ministry following the services that the demonic oppression that people were experiencing was really intense. They were flailing about and slithering around and it took incredible effort to hold them down and then to pray for their deliverance in the name of Jesus and by His blood shed on the cross! However the deliverance came, eyes were opened and freedom came flooding in! I was so blessed to be a part of it.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to:
- Embrace the agenda of the day
- Resist the agenda of the night
Here’s a prayer to keep our focus.
Jesus, you are my very beginning and end. Cleanse me and make me clean in your righteousness alone. Thank you for your living presence and keep me from straying from this place of intimacy where my joy, purpose and passion is found. Draw me closer, deeper. I want to know your heart for the people that you will place in my path today.