Two weeks remaining and Mizizi is about to come to an end. My reaction?
Its been an awesome time meeting new friends, connecting and starting a new family in Christ. And looking forward as we start off as a LifeGroup (LG) after Mizizi. The past 8 weeks has been life changing and God has used this gift to change my perspective of Him, life and how I live to serve others for His purpose.
Some videos I came across that speak about the increase in false teachers and their spread of the prosperity gospel. A disease that is festering the city of Nairobi but something that we shouldn’t surprise since God mentioned in His Word that such characters will be around to skew His teachings.
The Bible is full of faithful affirmations centering on God, not self. When scripture speaks of self, it usually commends self-denial and self-control and condemns self-worship. Self love is acceptable and encouraged as long as its understood within its proper context (Mathew 22:39; self-regard).
Galatians 6:14: “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”
1 Corinthians 15:9-10:”For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I Continue reading Centering on God, not self
Children are the foundation to any society as I had learnt at a Saturday retreat for my church’s children ministry. The future of the society depends on how they are brought up. Instilling values that are godly brings hope to the society but if the children do not learn theses values then the society is doomed.
These days kids are very smart and knowledgeable for their ages. Yesterday, I saw one of the kids (10 years old) I teach using an Android smart phone. I got my first mobile phone at the age of 18. And no, it wasn’t a smart phone. Simple enough to text and call and it had a mono-chromatic screen (no colours). They know so much that you can actually discuss current political issues with them. In fact yesterday I was sharing about the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) with them and the story basically teaches us that a neighbour is one who’s in need of help and that we shouldn’t discriminate others because they belong to another tribe since here in Kenya, our societal problems stem from tribal issues, nepotism, political party loyalty alignment and Continue reading Our Foundation, Our Future
How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.
We struggle to comprehend God not remembering that He’s sovereign.
Just sharing an interesting sermon I watched today evening, targeting men and how they ought to relate with God. Its by Pastor Miles McPherson of Rock Church, San Diego, USA. It was a blessing to me and I hope it will bless you too. Oh! And a quote that caught my hear, from the sermon 🙂
Adapted from Leading Transformation in Africa by Delanyo Adadevoh.
To know the mind of Christ is to know the will of God. The will of God is in constant pace with His nature and character of God and has been revealed to humankind through the person of Jesus Christ.
If anyone is new in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold new things have come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)
Same Script, Different actors; we find ourselves seeing things from the worldly perspective. We have relied for too long on a mindset that is not only godless but has no positive lasting impact. But God sent His Son so that we may know His will for us the lost sheep.
Characteristics of the mind of Christ
The mind of Christ:
Seeks to honour God – John 5:19-20
Is a humble mind – Philippians 2:1-9
Seeks the abundant life – John 10:10
Is a productive time – Mathew 25:14-30
Values the human above the material – Mathew 16:26
Values the eternal above the temporal – Mathew 10:28
Values godliness over external religious performances – Mark 7:20-22
Is spiritual – 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Loves all without partiality – Luke 10:25-37; John 4:4-26; Mathew 19:14
Is sacrificial – Mathew 20:28
Seeks the salvation of the lost – Luke 19:10
Is a kingdom mind
So, lets all start seeing things in God’s perspective. Its all starts with prayer 🙂
When we are struggling with sin, when we are faced with tempation, do we just pray passively. John Piper says that we should fight our mind battles with all our might. Faith without works is useless. He encourages us to have a very detailed image of Christ’s crucifixion as described below. This is an excerpt from the article, “A passion for purity vs. Passive Prayers”, from Desiring God website:
Demand of your mind to fix its gaze on Christ on the cross. Use all your fantasizing power to see his lacerated back. Thirty-nine lashes left little flesh intact. He heaves with his breath up and down against the rough vertical beam of the cross. Each breath puts splinters into the lacerations. The Lord gasps. From time to time he screams out with intolerable pain. He tries to pull away from the wood and the massive spokes through his wrist rip into the nerve endings and he screams again with agony and pushes up with his feet to give some relief to his wrists. But the bones and nerves in his pierced feet crush against each other with anguish and he screams again. There is no relief. His throat is raw from screaming and thirst. He loses his breath and thinks he is suffocating, and suddenly his body involuntarily gasps for air and all the injuries unite in pain. In torment, he forgets about the crown of two-inch thorns and throws his head back in desperation, only to hit one of the thorns perpendicular against the cross beam and drive it half an inch into his skull. His voice reaches a soprano pitch of pain and sobs break over his pain-wracked body as every cry brings more and more pain.