The sin of ‘unconcern’ among the children of God!

I Don’t know what comes to your mind when you read these verses!
[NIV] Ezekiel 16:49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
[NLT] Matthew 25:41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.
[NLT] Matthew 25:42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink.
[NLT] Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
[NLT] Matthew 25:44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
[ESV] Matthew 25:45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
Friends, it has now become common place among believers to simply focus on themselves, till we forget about other believers.  What is this that is so important in this world that makes us forget to check on each other as believers? What sort of Christianity is this? A believer is (sick or their loved one) and we know of it and can’t even check on them? Someone is newly saved, we don’t even check on them/disciple them and walk with them? A believer is going through a rough time, we are not even concerned? It is good to pray for them, but also the bible is clear and commands us to;
[ESV] Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
The above is clearly an active rather than passive command. It is a lifestyle; day to day thing. It is good to Pray for each other, but also as far as depends on us,  let’s reach out to each other as often as we can. We are family of believers. Family is about being there for each other, in good and bad times! Surely,  how will the world see the love of Christ among believers(John 13:34-35) if we aren’t practically living it out? It is not enough to just meet once a week as a formality and that’s it? This is simply not right brethren. Let’s repent and do what Christ expects of us. If we don’t do this, then we are deceiving ourselves brethren(yours truly included). Let’s search our hearts and check if we are really in the faith(2 Corinthians 13:5). The truth remains;
[NLT] 1 John 4:11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
[NLT] 1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
[ESV] 1 John 4:20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
[NLT] 1 John 3:18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
[NLT] Philippians 2:4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

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Never put your trust in man, nor in yourself!

I will confess there is a time I used to put my trust in the connections I thought I had. I was comfortable that I knew people in all the right places, or I knew someone who could connect me to the right people in the right places. I used to believe my help was just a call way! 
Not anymore! God taught me the hard way. He ensured all the connections i thought I had didn’t work. He ensured I got disappointed by the people I thought were my connection to the next stage of life. 
This story is not unique to yours truly. If one is on a journey to know God, you will truly testify to the above. Human beings are just that, flesh and blood. As much as God uses them, He categorically commands us not to put out trust in them, nor in ourselves! God wants us to put out trust in Him alone. The sooner we learn that the better. We will avoid so many pitfalls and disappointments! There is no short cut. God is man’s only help!
[ESV] Zechariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.
[NLT] Psalms 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people.
[NLT] Psalms 118:9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
[NIV] Proverbs 28:26 Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
[NLT] Jeremiah 17:5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
[NLT] Jeremiah 17:7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
[NLT] Jeremiah 17:8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

[NLT] Isaiah 30:1 “What sorrow awaits my rebellious children,” says the Lord. “You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins.
[NLT] Isaiah 30:2 For without consulting me, you have gone down to Egypt for help. You have put your trust in Pharaoh’s protection. You have tried to hide in his shade.
[NLT] Isaiah 30:3 But by trusting Pharaoh, you will be humiliated, and by depending on him, you will be disgraced.
[NLT] Isaiah 30:5 all who trust in him will be ashamed. He will not help you. Instead, he will disgrace you.”

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Hospitality is a command from God to all believers in Jesus Christ. 

It is very true that hosting people in our homes for one reason or another is not easy. It demands a lot! It requires sacrifice. You are actually welcoming people to your living space. More often than not you will have to spend resources to feed them, not to mention the cleaning after among other reasons. Granted; it is also very tiring!
This is why some believers would rather not host visitors. Some even admit how they detest hosting people in their homes. If you have to meet them, anywhere else but not in their house. It is just too demanding and intrusive they add! Is that even right biblically speaking? What does the bible say about hospitality? Will get to that briefly.
On the flip side, there are enormous benefits of hospitality, especially for believers. People more often than not have meaningful fellowship in a home setting as they share a meal or even water together. Believers get to bond and no each other in a more intimate setting. Hospitality one way or another helps in combatting selfishness. It encourages selflessness as Phil 2:3-4 encourages us. It helps us appreciate and value the children of God and helps believers open up easily. This is why the early Church modelled this perfectly(Acts 2:42-47). God really worked in and through them. We can learn so much from them. Did you also know that hospitality is actually a command to all believers, more so bishops, elders, deacons?
[NLT] Romans 12:13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
[NLT] 1 Timothy 3:2 So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach.
[ESV] 1 Peter 4:9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
[ESV] Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

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[NLT] Psalms 49:20 People who boast of their wealth don’t understand; they will die, just like animals!

How does flaunting your material riches really glorify and Honor Jesus Christ?

One of the saddest occurences in this world is when anyone misuses the bible to advance their own selfish desires. This is always as a result of interpreting the scriptures out of context. Taking scriptures out of context is responsible for all sorts of sins and falsehoods in the past, present and even in the future; ranging from Killing innocent people, to advancing all kinds of false doctrines; all in the name of the bible says(of course as a result of twisting scriptures). Let scripture say what it Says at all times, never make it say what you want it to say. The word of God is life(Deuteronomy 32:47, John 6:63, Acts 5:20). This is the only way we will fully appreciate its power.
If you are in Kenya(especially on social media), you must have an idea of the back and forth individuals have been advancing, oh yes even bishops and pastors that God is pleased when we show off/boast about our material riches to the masses. They don’t even blush when they so confidently misquote(as they often do with other scriptures to their own peril) 1 Corinthians 1:31 that says; “Let him who boast, boast in the Lord.” Really? Have you even read the whole chapter to see what Paul was really talking about? Paul was simply asking us to boast in what Jesus Christ did by choosing us to know Him! Nothing to do with material riches.
If you are still wondering what the big deal, let me further remind you of the harm this individuals are bringing to the Christian Faith. We make Christianity look like a joke to many out there. The name of Christ is blasphemed among the unbelievers because of such shameful ways/shameful individuals(Romans 2:24, 2 Peter 2 ). How we may clearly affirm and shout to everyone who will hear us that our Lord and Jesus Christ is not pleased with such behaviours. This should not be said of a genuine disciple/follower of Jesus Christ; not in the past, not now, neither in the future!
The purpose of wealth just like everything else in this life is to give glory and honor to God(1 Corinthians 10:31). You want to know how we can use material riches? Allow me to quote verses that will address the above and show us how exactly our material riches can be used to glorify God, rather than making a name for ourselves as it has become common place in this day and age even among believers in Jesus Christ.

[ESV] Matthew 6:19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,

[ESV] Matthew 6:20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

[ESV] Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

[NLT] Psalms 49:10 Those who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind.

[NLT] Psalms 49:11 The grave is their eternal home, where they will stay forever. They may name their estates after themselves,

[ESV] Psalms 49:12 Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish.

[ESV] Psalms 49:13 This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah

[NLT] Psalms 49:14 Like sheep, they are led to the grave, where death will be their shepherd. In the morning the godly will rule over them. Their bodies will rot in the grave, far from their grand estates.

[NLT] Psalms 49:16 So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become ever more splendid.

[NLT] Psalms 49:17 For when they die, they take nothing with them. Their wealth will not follow them into the grave.

[ESV] Psalms 49:18 For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed —and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—

[NLT] Psalms 49:19 But they will die like all before them and never again see the light of day.

[NLT] Psalms 49:20 People who boast of their wealth don’t understand; they will die, just like animals.

So how can our wealth be used to glorify God, you ask? Check what scripture says;

[NLT] Luke 16:9 Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.

[ESV] Acts 4:34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold

[NLT] Acts 4:35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.

[NLT] 2 Corinthians 8:5 They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.

[NLT] 2 Corinthians 8:6 So we have urged Titus, who encouraged your giving in the first place, to return to you and encourage you to finish this ministry of giving.

[NIV] 2 Corinthians 8:7 But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

[NIV] 1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

[NLT] 1 Timothy 6:18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.

[ESV] 1 Timothy 6:19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

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My reflections about Social Media in view of scripture from my hiatus from Facebook

S top evaluating friendships based on who shares, loves, likes your posts and photos more; Your genuine friends may never do any of the above but will be there for you and walk with you in times of need, away from the prying eyes. In fact,  they may not even be on social media in the first place.
O rganize, rather than edit thoughts, not to please men and have a certain image(hypocrisy) before men, but to please God alone who never changes, unlike man(John 5:41-44, Gal 1:10, 1 Thess 2:4)
C ultivate genuine relationships away from social media as far as it depends on you. Nothing beats good old face to face meet ups and fellowship(3 John 1:14). There is meaningful life outside the interwebs without a doubt.
I t is never that serious! Don’t base(evaluate/measure) your life on what people say about you on social media(positive or negative). As much as there may be some truth in it, seeking to know God’s voice through His Word and what He says about you is what is most important and counts when all is said and done(Luke 12:4-5).
A lways  allow for divergent views from yours, as long as you purpose to base all things in the foundation of the bible(2 Tim 3:16-17). God can use anyone to teach you and make you wiser. Oh yes, even on social media!
L isten more and more. Don’t be on the defensive when someone disagrees with you. Not every post out there is against you or about you. Relax, not everyone wants to fight you/ desires the worst for you. Some genuinely desire God’s best for you! They actually love you, however tough they may appear to be(Proverbs 27:5; 28:23)
M editate, mediate, mentor, memorize scripture at all costs. Let everything we do, say, think, act be centred on scripture friends(Psalm 119, Phil 4:8). Surely, what else in this life has value apart from God or His word? Let’s be deliberate and unapologetic when it comes this. Now more that ever the world needs to know Jesus(The Word) is The only Way, truth and Life(John 14:6).
E ncourage always in view of what scripture says. It is important to note, the understanding of encouragement in view of scripture, is a little different from the dictionary definition of encouragement. Check Hebrews 12:5-11 to see what I mean. 
D ecipher the situations in the world today and seek to give prescriptions based on scripture alone. The problems in the world today are all as a result of Sin(Gen 3, Romans 3). The heart of man is deceitful(Gen 6:5, Jer 17:9, Mark 7:21-23). The only solution for sin/heart of man is Jesus Christ(Mat 1:21, John 3). Scripture has given us a leakage about the times we are living in. Check Mat 24, 2 Tim 3 for example. Amazing!
I nitiate as God leads forums where people are encouraged to build each other face to face away from social media. Purpose to meet in person with that brother or sister you have shared with online but never met face to face. Ironically, we are more connected than ever before courtesy of social media, but more distant than ever before since we no longer know how to engage away from our gadgets. This is sad.(3 John 1:14)
A lways seek for opportunities to be practical in your Christianity as God enables. There are people on social media who may be sleeping hungry for example, going through difficult times and God could use you to be of help one way or another(James 1:27). Be sensitive to the leading of The Holy Spirit(Isaiah 50:4). Many are silently hurting and don’t know how to reach out. They are hiding behind the gadgets. Be available to help. You will be amazed how the labor is plentiful. Where are the laborers? Praying that you will be one of the laborers that God sends, to help that soul that is suffering out there and lead them to the master Jesus Christ(2 Corinthians 5:16-21).

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What a privilege to Have The Holy Spirit indwell us through Faith in Christ!

Hey. Have you ever thought of how privileged we are in this day and age that we have The Holy Spirit live in us, courtesy of faith in Jesus Christ?  Check this out;

[NLT] Numbers 11:16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather before me seventy men who are recognized as elders and leaders of Israel. Bring them to the Tabernacle to stand there with you.

[NIV] Numbers 11:17 I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.

[NLT] Numbers 11:18 “And say to the people, ‘Purify yourselves, for tomorrow you will have meat to eat. You were whining, and the Lord heard you when you cried, “Oh, for some meat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will have to eat it.

[NLT] Numbers 11:19 And it won’t be for just a day or two, or for five or ten or even twenty.

[NLT] Numbers 11:20 You will eat it for a whole month until you gag and are sick of it. For you have rejected the Lord, who is here among you, and you have whined to him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’”

[NLT] Numbers 11:21 But Moses responded to the Lord, “There are 600,000 foot soldiers here with me, and yet you say, ‘I will give them meat for a whole month!’

[NLT] Numbers 11:22 Even if we butchered all our flocks and herds, would that satisfy them? Even if we caught all the fish in the sea, would that be enough?”

[ESV] Numbers 11:23 And the Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”

[NLT] Numbers 11:24 So Moses went out and reported the Lord’s words to the people. He gathered the seventy elders and stationed them around the Tabernacle.

[NLT] Numbers 11:25 And the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Then he gave the seventy elders the same Spirit that was upon Moses. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But this never happened again.

[NLT] Numbers 11:26 Two men, Eldad and Medad, had stayed behind in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but they had not gone out to the Tabernacle. Yet the Spirit rested upon them as well, so they prophesied there in the camp.

[NLT] Numbers 11:27 A young man ran and reported to Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!”

[NLT] Numbers 11:28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ assistant since his youth, protested, “Moses, my master, make them stop!”

[NLT] Numbers 11:29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them all!”

If only Moses in verse 29 above knew He was actually prophesying about these days? Now that you have The Holy Spirit dwelling in you, are you prophesying? Are you speaking and living out God’s word?

[NLT] Acts 2:17 ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.

[NLT] Acts 2:18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike— and they will prophesy.

[NLT] 1 Corinthians 14:1 Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.

[NLT] Revelation 19:10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.”

How I pray that we may witness Christ. The world needs Jesus brothers and sisters. He remains our only Hope! John 14:6. 🙏🏿

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Always flee from sin, don’t dare entertain it, it can cost you everything!

Dear brethren, let’s be very categorical about sin(anything that is not pleasing to God; lawlessness 1 John 3:4).
We shouldn’t entertain it in any way, nor give sin leeway even for a moment. It may look attractive, even deceitfully rewarding and best thing in that moment, but it always tends to rob us of what is most important(God’s grace), unless we repent of it(1 John 1:9). It may also weigh as down, till it’s too late for repentance. The best/prescribed way to deal with sin is by fleeing from it, towards righteousness in and through Christ alone. 🙏🏿

[ESV] Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;

[NLT] Hebrews 12:16 Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal.

[ESV] Hebrews 12:17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.

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