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I once read that during the Civil war in America, President Abraham Lincoln told one of his friends that, “I knelt down with the conviction that I had nowhere else to turn but God!” War definitely is a period that results into destruction of property and loss of lives; a time of havoc and wreck and I believe there are nations and communities right now that are almost at a brink of war. However, I am also aware that there are millions of people across the globe that have war raging through their hearts.

The Apostle Peter wrote, “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in this world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11). And James further notes that, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you” (James 4:1)? There’s war going on in the hearts of many and as a result the world is in chaos. The bomb is not the problem of our world but the man with the remote that triggers the bomb into explosion. The hearts of men are restless world over! St. Augustine expressed this in the words, “Lord, our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

As many people wrestle in their hearts with depression, anxiety, hatred, fear and worry, I believe there’s an anchor that is able to hold us through when we trust in Him. One of ancient Israel’s greatest kings, King David wrote, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). When we are uncertain of what tomorrow will be like; what schools to take our children to in the wake of the moral landslide in our education system, and when consumed by the fear of the unknown, we have the cross to turn to. While exiled at St. Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte remarked that, “Jesus Christ is not man, He is God!” He is able to take us through the storms of life that rage in our economy as a nation and in our individual lives. He is mightier than our foes and the problems that seem so hard to surmount.

What are we to do when faced with trouble? James 5:13 tells us to pray. And when we do that earnestly and with sincerity, we will be able to say like the Psalmist, “I call on the Lord in my distress and He answers me” (Psalm 120:1). God stretches out His hand of salvation freely and if we can only respond through prayer, we will be anchored and not be swept away by the immoral, economic and political storms that are sweeping across the world in our generation.

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The Apostle Peter wrote to the Christians who at the time were undergoing untold persecution reminding them that they were pilgrims, people that are going through this world and soon they would be in glory with their Lord! In times of persecution and trouble, it is possible for one to lose sight of who they are leading to an identity crisis and so Peter likewise reminded them of who they were in Christ; a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God (1 Peter 2:9-10). As sojourners in this word, I would like to share insights on how we can make a lasting impact in the communities where God has placed us (Acts 17:26).

Clear vision for where we are going: For everyone who has taken a flight before knows that before takeoff there’s flight information that is given to the passengers. Actually one is able to know the distance, time to be taken, temperature and even altitude at which the plane will be flying. I believe this is done to prepare everyone on board for where they are going. I believe if we are going to have tremendous impact in our communities and generation at large we need to have clarity of vision for the Bible says in Hosea 4:6, “…my people perish for lack of vision.”

Concern and burden for our communities: Many times when I speak to youth I ask them, “What keeps us awake?” I am aware that many of our youth spend countless hours on things that do not necessarily benefit them or those around them. They might be fun and promise temporary pleasure, but they do not lead to positive impact in their lives and in their communities. The Bible points out that Jesus, “… had compassion on them and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14). Are we moved by the state of our families and communities? The Apostle Paul was grieved and filled with sorrow about the state of Israel and desired that they be saved (Romans 9:2-5 and 10:1), God said to Moses that He had seen and heard the misery of Israel (Exodus 3:7), John Knox knelt in prayer and cried out to God, “Give me Scotland or I die!” For instance are we moved when we learn that 16 women die in Uganda while giving birth or when we read that an estimated 14 million people in our nation have only one meal a day?  What concerns us; do we have the burden and conviction to change things?

Creativity (Thinking outside the box): I believe that as Christians, the Great Commission given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ points us to a global cause that we have; for we are to “go out into all the nations…” It was C.S. Lewis that remarked, “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” His was a challenge to think anew and create solutions to problems in our communities. Most times when people quote Deuteronomy 28:13, they merely think of being number one in exams, business or the best person in a given field. However, I believe God was looking at something beyond that. The head is where the brain (thinking for nations), the eyes (seeing for nations), ears (hearing for nations) and the mouth (speaking for nations) are located. The challenge of our day is that most of our youth have alienated themselves from the art of thinking. The Bible tells us that transformation comes as a result of the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). This is where transformation starts!

Utilizing the available resources: The bible tells us in Ephesians 5:15-16, “not to live as unwise, but as wise; making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.” I believe we need to make use of what we have to create what we do not have. In Matthew 14:13 Jesus used a boy’s lunch of two fish and five loaves of bread and fed more than 5,000 people; when God responded to the cries of the people of Israel, He asked Moses, “What do you have in your hand” (Exodus 4:2)? If we are to make a lasting impact in our communities, we must use that which God has given us to go to the next level. What do you have in your hand?

Stronger partnerships: Over the years, I have come to learn the fact that we are all uniquely gifted and as a result each one of us has something to contribute to the national grid of power and influence. Luke 5:5-7 is one of those portions of scripture where we see the profound results of partnership; Simon had caught a great harvest at the word of Jesus however, he didn’t have enough capacity to make sense of this harvest and he signaled to his partners! In 2016, Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote (Africa’s richest man) signed a $100m partnership to address hunger in Nigeria. Such partnership undoubtedly will transform the community and help improve the livelihood of people.

Being intentional and having a mindset of long-term impact: I believe if we are to impact our communities, we have to look at building processes against events. Why would it take Jesus, the Son of God, to start ministry at 30 years of age? Why would God take Moses through the desert for 40 years before he could embark on his mission? Why would Jesus invest 3 years of training and equipping the 12 disciples before He could entrust them with a global mission of evangelism? I believe all this has to do with process. The tragedy of our time is that most of us are so event minded – doing things for now without thinking beyond today – and this has made us ineffective. To produce fruit that lasts (John 15:16), we must focus on processes that will build and empower the youth to get to the level where God has called them to be.

Lastly, we have to be firmly decisive and focused on our assignment: We have got to decide on what future we want for ourselves, our children and their children’s children. I read a story of Christopher Columbus and his team of explorers , that when they arrived at what we today call America, they looked back at where they had come from and also looked at where they had come and they chose to burn their boats. They did that to avoid the temptation of ever going back to where they had come from. I believe we must decide to let go of our sins, immorality, pain, misery and mediocrity and choose not to go back to the very things that held us captives. Hebrews 11:25 tells us that, “Moses chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.”

On February 21st 2018, the world learnt of the transitioning of one of history’s most prominent christian figures of all time – the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham. I call it “transitioning” because earlier in his ministry, Dr. Graham had remarked that, “One day you will hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t believe such a thing as that because I will be more alive than I am now.” He firmly believed that death was simply a change of address. This is the hope of every christian that truly believes in Jesus Christ and the price He paid at Calvary. And so when I think about the power of influence that the gospel of Jesus Christ can have in and through any life that is wholly surrendered to God, I can’t think much further than one of the most humble servants of the most High God.

Dr. Billy Graham’s life and ministry had and continues to have a great impact on the lives of millions of people across the world. My life is equally not spared of the influence of one of the most humble yet courageous ministers of the gospel the world has ever known. Through his ministry, Dr. Graham is said to have preached to more than 200 million people in live audience than any one in history.

At 12 years of age, President Clinton attended his first Billy Graham crusade. When President Donald Trump was 16 years, his father took him to Yankee Stadium to listen to Dr. Graham preach. President George Bush Jr. also observed that when he was 18 years old, he met Dr. Graham as he often conducted Bible study sessions at his grandmother’s house. From President Truman to George Bush, Billy was a personal counselor to 11 U.S presidents. A generation of presidents was profoundly counseled by one that was wholly anointed by God and some of the toughest decisions they made were greatly influenced by the influence of such a man. He was called America’s pastor!

Grant Wacker writes that by the mid-1960s, he had become the “Great Legitimator”: “By then his presence conferred status on presidents, acceptability on wars, shame on racial prejudice, desirability on decency, dishonor on indecency, and prestige on civic events”. What profound influence this was!

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Peter Dusabe speaking to student ministry leaders at University Baptist Church Mbarara in 2017

As I continue to serve the Lord through the outreach and evangelistic ministry of Pacesetters’ Initiative for Africa, I hold the confidence that God is shaping the future of leaders in family, government, culture and education as our ministry team yields to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Our nation is in need of a moral and spiritual renewal and I believe this will be made possible when men and women of obedience to God are well placed in the spheres of influence.

 

A people belonging to God!

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” 1 Peter 2:9-10 NIV).

Written in AD 66 shortly after Paul’s martyrdom, Peter wrote this epistle to encourage the Christians not to think it strange that they suffer, reminding them of the example of Jesus Christ. They had been persecuted before by local authorities and now the great Roman Empire was at it; it was a world persecution of the church (5:9). It was as if the end had come! Persecution of the church was at its peak and the devil as a roaring lion had charged to devour the church.

The word church comes from a Greek word, Ecclesia, which means the called out ones. Like a man (groom) who marries a girl out of the many girls in his circle, so Christ has called us (His bride) out of the world. And in such a time like ours, are we really living like we are called out of the things of this world?  We are not to conform to the standards (styles, fashions) of this world (Rom. 12:2). We are called out of darkness into His light; “the fruit of light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth” (Eph.5:9).

The apostle Paul further warns, “But among you there must not be even {a hint} of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” (Eph.5:3). Unfortunately we live in a generation where many people live double standard lives largely owing to the fact that the preaching of the gospel of Christ has been diluted by emotions, self interest and lust! Unless we come to that place of knowledge and understanding that we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood and a holy nation, we will never be effective in declaring the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. It did happen to ancient Israel when many people had one foot in the world and the other in God until Joshua challenged them to, “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…” ( Joshua 24:15, NIV). And I am more than convinced that God is calling us a nation and as individuals to choose whom we are going to live for; whether for God and our country, or for our own pursuits and desires. The latter has simply driven our lives and nation down the drain as our hearts have been rested on things that are merely temporary and passing (Jeremiah 17:5) instead of trusting in and looking to the God with whom all things are possible (Luke 1:37).

As people that God has redeemed and now calls His own, let us not forget how far He has brought us (1 Corinth. 1:26-28) especially as we prepare and look forward to the new year. Knowing who and whose we are will help guide our daily living and the choices we make not only in the new year but for the years to come. We need not forget that we live before a watching world (Luke 14:1) and I have come to learn that not only does the Christian follow Christ and learn of Him, He must also act. The world judges the Christian by his life and not by his belief.

As we continue to sojourn in this life, it is important to always remember that  God empowers us to witness and live for Christ, so it is not in our own power or might (2 Corinth.3:5, Acts 1:8, Philippians 2:13).

Beloved, you belong to God!

I had the opportunity to speak to over 500 students at St. Lawrence London College campus in their Sunday service. I did share on the aspect of trusting God in every situation. Our youth turn to drugs, illicit sex and other habits that lead them to self-distract largely because there is a vacuum inside of them that, I believe, can only be filled by God!

Great thanks to God who works in us both to will and to do according to His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13)!

Inspirational Quote

“If we are going to make a difference for Christ in our time, then we must build capacity!”

 

What concerns you?

When you wake up every day of your life, what concerns you? Are you doing something that is helping make a difference in the life of another? This video by Pacesetters’ Initiative for Africa calls us to a place of responsibility and urgency to be a voice and  blessing to those in our community. As you watch this clip What concerns you?, please sign up to be a Pacesetters Global Partner today and be a part of this cause that is making a difference in the lives of youth in our nation!

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