ECWA Weekly Spiritual Digest: Why Problems Should Not Overwhelm Us

by Rev. Sunday Bwanhot |The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zeph. 3:17.

Job rightly pointed out that: “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” Job 14:1. Jesus Christ concurred that in John 16:33: “In this world you will have trouble...” We individually have our share of troubles and some of us are going through the worst of it now. If you live a little longer you will yet face more problems.

ECWA Weekly Spiritual Digest

Here is a short verse with five big promises affirming that you will not only survive your troubles but thrive in spite of them. “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zeph. 3:17.

  1. God is with you. Jesus promised that He is with us to the very end of time. The Holy Spirit lives in us and will not depart. Don’t let your tears blind you from seeing God right beside you, walking you through your situation.
  2. Mighty to save. This is not just a confirmation that God can save; it does imply that He is actively engaged in saving you even right now.
  3. God delights in you. If we believe this fact, we will surrender all to God and not become overly anxious over our troubles.
  4. Quiet you with His love. Like a nursing mother, God will rock you to sleep while handling your troubles at the same time.
  5. Rejoice over you. Can you even begin to imagine God celebrating you with singing and even dancing? Be encouraged today dear friend. God is with you!

When faced with an enormous obstacle, it’s easy to fall into despair believing that the obstacle may be too big to solve. Regardless, we must have faith that nothing is too big or difficult for the Alpha and the Omega of our life to overcome.

Rev. Sunday BwanhotRev. Sunday Bwanhot is EMS/SIM Missionary. He serves as Team leader of SIM Culture Connexions; Pastors of ECWA Chicago.



ECWA Weekly Spiritual Digest: Lost Opportunity

by Rev. Sunday Bwanhot | The number 1 loser is Judas Iscariot. One of the twelve disciples who walked with Jesus for over 3 years, preached and performed miracles. He was even Treasurer of their organization. He betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, but lost his opportunity by refusing to repent.

The first Easter, like the volatile Stock Market closed with some big-time losers and winners. This week, we will focus on the losers picking 3 to start with. The number 3 loser is Pilate. As Governor he personally tried Jesus Christ and heard the truth from Him. He refused to take his wife’s warning not to do anything with that righteous Man. He asked a good question: What is Truth? but did not wait to hear the answer. He washed his hands saying he was innocent of the blood of Jesus. Sadly, he violated his conscience and handed Jesus over to be crucified.

The number 2 loser is Caiaphas. He was the High Priest that year.  His errors were many: He was more concerned about peace than truth. He loved his position and did not want the Romans to sack him or let him go to use today’s terminology. He rightly prophesied that one person will die for the people (John 11:50) but that did not help him. Bottom line is that he was envious of Jesus and missed the opportunity to be saved.

The number 1 loser is Judas Iscariot. One of the twelve disciples who walked with Jesus for over 3 years, preached and performed miracles. He was even Treasurer of their organization. He betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, but lost his opportunity by refusing to repent. He hanged himself. There were other big-time losers like Herod, Satan, etc.

Since we all learn from past mistakes, my prayer is that no one living today should repeat the errors discussed in this digest and miss the opportunity of coming to Christ to be saved. Jesus was raised from the grave, paving the way for us to have a new life with Him. HAPPY EASTER!

Rev. Sunday BwanhotRev. Sunday Bwanhot is EMS/SIM Missionary. He serves as Team leader of SIM Culture Connexions; Pastors of ECWA Chicago.



Weekly Spiritual Digest: How Can a Loving God Send Anyone to Hell?

by Rev. Sunday Bwanhot | God is the very definition of love and therefore He cannot do anything that is unloving. The Scripture tells us that God IS love; hence, everything He does is an expression of that perfect love. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

God did not create HELL for human beings but for Satan and the fallen angels. However, anyone who buys into Satan’s ways chooses to voluntarily follow Satan to Hell. Heaven and Hell are two eternal destinations, and everyone gets to choose where he/she will spend eternity. The choice may or may not be expressed verbally but it is lived out daily.

  • God does not want anyone to go to Hell and He has done everything possible to accomplish this objective without infringing on our free will to choose (Deut. 30:19).
  • He gave His Son as a substitute to die in our place so we will not have to go to Hell. (Rom. 6:23).
  • He has delayed His return to earth to judge the world giving us plenty of time to repent (1Pt. 3:9).
  • God continues to warn us about hell (Mk 9:43-38).
  • He once destroyed all sinners by flood and only Noah and his family were saved. God also destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and only Lot and his family were saved (Jude 7).
  • All the Israelites 20 years and older that left Egypt for the Promised land died in the desert for their sins except Caleb and Joshua (Num. 32:11-13). God is not only a God of love but also a Holy, Righteous, and Just God who judges people in fairness.

What will He say to those He has already judged and condemn? God does not send people to Hell; people choose to go to Hell on their own. He loves you and you do not have to go to HELL.

Rev. Sunday BwanhotRev. Sunday Bwanhot is EMS/SIM Missionary. He serves as Team leader of SIM Culture Connexions; Pastors of ECWA Chicago.



Weekly Spiritual Digest: Can I Know God Personally?

by Rev. Sunday Bwanhot | Jesus came so that each of us could know and understand God in a personal way. Jesus alone can bring meaning and purpose to life.

We have all tried to do good things so that God will accept us and tried to stop doing bad things so that God will be happy with us; but we failed woefully and still cannot connect with God. All our righteous acts are like filthy rags, Is. 64:6.

All religions are the futile attempts of man to connect with God; but in Christ, God seeks out man and connects with him. Here are just three aspects of the Good News.

  1. God came down to look for you.
    Before the fall, man had uninterrupted fellowship with God. At the fall, Adam and Eve hid themselves from the Lord and the Lord had to come searching for them. God activated the plan for the salvation and reconciliation of man to Himself by coming in the form of man. Is. 7:14, Gal. 4:4.
  2. You can know God personally.
    Jesus wants to reveal the Father to you. Matt. 11:27. He is knocking and waiting at the door of your heart because He wants to come in and dine with you. Rev. 3:20
  3. You can have a real relationship with God.
    When you receive and believe in Jesus Christ you automatically become adopted into the family God, John 1:12. God is your Father, Jesus is your brother, Heb. 2:11. Jesus also relates with you as a friend,  John 15:15.

We cannot earn or contribute to this process. All we can do is to respond by accepting what God has done for us. What is the evidence that you know God personally and not just know about Him? Have you accepted His offer? Do you love Him and delight in His ways?

Rev. Sunday BwanhotRev. Sunday Bwanhot is EMS/SIM Missionary. He serves as Team leader of SIM Culture Connexions; Pastors of ECWA Chicago.



Weekly Spiritual Digest: Does Life Have A Purpose?

by Rev. Sunday Bwanhot | “God said to Jeremiah that even before He formed him in his mother’s womb, he set him apart and had plans for him. Jer. 1:5, 29:11.

At age 16, I reasoned that religion was man-made ideology so people could live in peace with one another. I thought I could find the purpose for my life elsewhere and not in Christ. But I was wrong. My guess is that you have been there as well. This question is still troubling today and some of us have not honestly confronted it for several reasons. Ignorance is not an option. As writing by E. Hemingway, “Life is just a dirty trick, a short journey from nothingness to nothingness.” Is it vanity as king Solomon wrote? Are we products of random chance as some scientists want us to believe? Then where did we get order and morality and why should any person restrain himself from doing whatever he feels like doing?

Apostle Paul wrote if life has no purpose beyond this earthly existence then “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” – meaning: live as wild as you can with no consideration of any consequences. But the fact is this: God created us, and for a purpose. He said to Jeremiah that even before He formed him in his mother’s womb, he set him apart and had plans for him. Jer. 1:5, 29:11. God created us for His own pleasure – to be in fellowship with Him (Rev. 4:11 & Col. 1:16). When God is satisfied with you, your purpose for existence will be fulfilled. Nothing you attain in life will fulfill you, only God can. The implication of knowing this fact is that we must stop living as practical atheists. People who believe in God but live as if He does not exist. “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?” Lk 6:46

Rev. Sunday BwanhotRev. Sunday Bwanhot is EMS/SIM Missionary. He serves as Team leader of SIM Culture Connexions; Pastors of ECWA Chicago.



Weekly Spiritual Digest: Who is the God of this World?

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Rev. 11:15b

Gen. 1:1, John 1:3 and Col. 1:16 confirm that God, through Jesus Christ created the world and everything in it – the angels, Satan, demons, human beings, etc. Every creature does God’s will – yes, even Satan. At creation, God gave Adam and Eve the responsibility to rule over the earth and everything in it. Satan mischievously deceived Eve and brought Adam and Eve under his control thereby assuming the rulership of this world.

In Luke 4:6 Satan asked Jesus to worship him and he will give him the whole world since it has been given to him. Jesus did not call him out as a liar. Three times in John 12:31, 14:30 and 16:11 Jesus affirmed that Satan is the ruler of this world. Paul declared same in 2 Corinthian. 4:4. God owns the world, but Satan is the ruler currently as evidenced by the prevalence of sin. One encouraging note is that Satan cannot do anything outside what God allows him to do. God has boundaries for him as Job’s story confirms. We do not need to lose faith due to Satan’s misrule. The world is waiting for the day when it will be finally declared: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Rev. 11:15b. Why not start the celebration now?

Rev. Sunday BwanhotRev. Sunday Bwanhot is EMS/SIM Missionary. He serves as Team leader of SIM Culture Connexions; Pastors of ECWA Chicago.



Weekly Spiritual Digest: The Best New Year Resolution

by Rev. Sunday Bwanhot | When you have met with the Lord early, then you can go on your way all day and Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isa. 30:21.

January 8, 2019.
We all want a blessed, peaceful and prosperous New Year, but the recipe many are trying is bogus and sure to fail within the first or second month of this year. Here is a time-tested recipe from God Himself: “Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway”. Pro. 8:34. This recipe is simple: LISTEN TO THE LORD! How? Two simple steps: 1. Keep watch daily at my doors. Doors are meant to go in and out, so you must go daily to meet with the Lord. 2.  Wait at my doorway.

When you come into the presence of the Lord, don’t be in a hurry to get out until He has spoken, and you heard Him clearly. The Bible is where you will encounter God and He will speak to you as you read it reverently with an open heart to understand and obey His instructions. Jesus Christ used this recipe all the time: Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed”. Mark 1:35. When you have met with the Lord early, then you can go on your way all day and Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isa. 30:21. Blessings and success are guaranteed.

Rev. Sunday Bwanhotby Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is EMS/SIM Missionary. He serves as Team leader of SIM Culture Connexions; Pastors of ECWA Chicago.



Weekly Spiritual Digest

by Rev. Sunday Bwanhot | Congratulations that you are among the chosen by God to see this New Year!

January 1, 2019
2018 has come and gone with its mixed baggage of good, neutral and bad experiences. 2019 is here! Congratulations that you are among the chosen by God to see this New Year. What will make 2019 a better year for you than 2018 is having the goal that Paul had and living out life as he did.

Goal
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”

How to live
“I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phil 3:8-14.

Have a blessed 2019!

Rev. Sunday Bwanhotby Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is EMS/SIM Missionary. He serves as Team leader of SIM Culture Connexions; Pastors of ECWA Chicago.