Raising the Standard

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14

When Paul was put in prison towards the end of his life he just said,  “I wish I could know Him more”.

Yet when you are just denied school tuition, you want to renounce your salvation and go back to religion!

Some people even lower their standards further. They say: “As long as the man prays ‘through Jesus Christ our Lord’, I will marry that one”. No! We are taking it higher. If that man or woman is not yet broken by God, they will break you when you marry them.

Remember, a man who doesn’t speak in tongues is a man running on flesh life. This is a nature thing. If you don’t speak in tongues don’t think I am offending you.

You need to be filled with the Holy Spirit and then you yourself will give a name to what you were before you spoke in tongues. I know what I am talking about.

Excerpt from sermon: ‘Amazing Grace II’ – Bishop Isaiah Mbuga, 17-02-16

Prayer
I thank You Father for the standard that is raised in my life today. I refuse to be conformed to the worldly way of living. I declare that I live by the Holy Spirit and by the Word, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Scriptures: Phil 3:10-14
Topics: Trial, Marriage, Tongues

God’s Secret Place

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
For you to have lasting results you must have a relationship with God. Gifts don’t last.

The Bible tells us that ‘whether they be prophesies they will cease; whether there are tongues they will stop’ but no one will be able to remove from you the power of God that you got while you were communing with Him. The Bible says, ‘he who does the will of God will live forever’.

Some of you forsake living forever because you don’t do the will of God.

Your sermons die with you; your songs die with you, ministry dies when you die, and you stop there. But show me a man who prays and I will show you a man who is established. We need to learn to pray in the Spirit.

Excerpt from Afrostone Fellowship Opening – Bishop Isaiah Mbuga, August 2015

Prayer:
Gracious Father, this life I have in You is a never-ending life. I lift my heart from anything that is temporal to You Who Are eternal. As I pray in the Spirit, may this life burn brighter and brighter in me. Thank You Jesus…

Scriptures: Ps 91:1, 1 John 2:17, Jude v. 20, Eph 6:18
Topics: Relationship, Gifts, Prayer

News Makers

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. [ 1 Corinthians 12:7 ]

Tongues are a wonderful spiritual language but they are not an excuse for us to pray with our minds absent.

That is why I encourage you: when you are praying in tongues, pray in another language as well.
Let us not enter into a room just to fulfil a routine of prayer.

Pray out of a relationship with your God. We should not simply focus on ourselves as we pray; let us focus on others as well.
When you are building yourself up it doesn’t make news. What truly makes news is when you begin to build other men.

Excerpt from sermon: ‘Amazing Grace’ – Bishop Isaiah Mbuga, 16-02-16

Prayer
Thank you Father God for the gift of the prayer language of tongues; may I never use it as a routine. As I build myself up speaking this language, may others be built up to the glory of Your grace. Amen.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 13:1, 1 Cor 14:15, Jude v.20
Topics: Tongues, Prayer

A Steward of True Riches

If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? Luke 16:11 NLT

The other day a certain young man came and told me: “Papa, I want your anointing.”  I told him: “You don’t understand. It is alright for you to have it, but you may not be able to use it.”

The Bible asks us: “If you are not able to handle physical money, who can entrust you with true riches?” Anointing is the true riches. But if you cannot manage your normal time as a person, if you cannot keep your body from fornicating, who is going to trust you with true riches?

This is not about speech. Paul says, “I didn’t come to you with many words”. Who will entrust you with true riches if you only have a basic android phone and it keeps you from reading your Bible? Who will entrust you with true riches? When you begin to understand these things, there is new way you will see things.

Excerpt from Afrostone Fellowship Opening – Bishop Isaiah Mbuga, August 2015

Prayer:
O Lord my God, thank you for this word. Grant me mercy and grace to walk as a faithful steward; may the way that I handle worldly wealth and the true riches of your anointing bring glory and praise to your Name. Amen.

Scriptures: Luke 16:11, 1 Cor 2:1, 1 Cor 4:2

Topics: Anointing, Stewardship, Sanctification

The Art of War

These are the nations that God left there. He did it to train the descendants of Israel, the ones who had no battle experience, in the art of war. [Judges 3:1-3]

There are things that will go when we pray and believe. There are other things that will go when we pray and resist.
One of those things is the devil. In the book of James, the Bible says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

It doesn’t say, “Speak to the devil”; it says resist. It doesn’t say, “Confess”; it says resist. It doesn’t say, “Smile”; it says resist. Resisting is a form of spiritual warfare. Rest is another form of warfare. Hebrews 4:11 says, “Strive to enter the rest”.

If I am supposed to rest the moment I enter Christ, why does He tell me to strive to enter? These are hard questions which must be answered by each of us.

We have to get into certain disciplines such as the discipline of prayer.

Excerpt from sermon: ‘Amazing Grace’ – Bishop Isaiah Mbuga, 16-02-16

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You for this wisdom of spiritual warfare imparted to me today.
I resist the devil because I have entered into the rest. Oh! Thank You for the victory that I have daily in whatever situation in Christ Jesus! Praises be to Your Name. Amen.

Scriptures: Heb 4:11, Jas 4:7, Judges 3:1-3
Topics: Warfare

Quiet Time

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him. Genesis 17:3

Let me tell you child of God, you must read the Word of God personally and you must also pray personally.

You cannot provoke God in public unless you had a meeting with Him in private. Remember that it is the grace of God that works in you; not because you have prayed and not because you have fasted.

However, the presence of His grace does not remove the need for you to have quiet time for prayer before God.
Isn’t it the Bible that says,
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles and they shall walk and not faint” ?

There is truly a place that is reserved for men who seek God.

Excerpt from Afrostone Fellowship Opening – Bishop Isaiah Mbuga, August 2015

Prayer:
My God and my Father, I am before You now. Speak to me in the quietness of Your Word.
Let me enjoy Your Presence. It is only You I long for. Thank You Father! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Scriptures: 1 Thess 5:17, Matt 6:6, Is 40:31, Gen 17:3
Topics: Waiting on God, Relationship, Solitude

A Burning Devotion

A Sermon Extract By Bishop Isaiah Mbuga
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Psalm 27:4
 
Your life is your time and your time can make you money.
God is more interested in your devotion than in your money because your devotion will lead you to put your hands in your pocket.
Have you ever gone out for tea or dinner with someone and they are on their toy called a phone? What would be your complaint? 
“You did not give me time!” 
“But I sat with you and we ate the fish.” 
It was not the food you wanted; it was the time, but sadly this person was too into their machine. Their body was present with you but their mind was far away. 
Likewise, God is interested in your devotion, not your money. So don’t tell God what you can do for Him; be with Him. That is more important. 
 
Excerpt from sermon: ‘Accountability’ – Bishop Isaiah Mbuga, August 2013
 
Prayer: 
Dear Lord Jesus, You have my devotion. I choose You today. Though I am surrounded with many things which can easily distract me, Your grace has never failed me. I turn my eyes upon You. Amen.
 
Scriptures: Ps 27:4, 2 Cor 12:14, Rev 4:11
Topics: Devotion, Relationship, Money

Steward of Time

A Sermon Extract by Bishop Isaiah Mbuga

Making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. Ephesians 5:16 AMP

Time is you. Your life is your time. If you say you are serving God but you do not spend your time on the things of God, you are lying to yourself.
Again I tell you: your life is your time. When you die, time ceases to work on you. If you still have your time and you use it for God, you are truly serving God. But if you are having all this holy anointing, yet on a daily basis you don’t share Christ with any person, you are not serving God.
Examine yourself.
Excerpt from sermon: ‘Accountability’ – Bishop Isaiah Mbuga, August 2013
Prayer
Heavenly Father, I am thankful for the time that You have given me to live.
May every day that I live have greater meaning because I live for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scriptures: Col 4:5, Eph 5:16
Topics: Service