What we need to fast and pray for as believers..

Dear #church, the day we will fast and pray about our pride, selfishness, worry, anger, bitterness, lust, greed, jealousy, lack of love, lack of concern for others and such like things. Like the scripture says:

[ESV] Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
[ESV] Galatians 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
[ESV] Galatians 5:21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

This is the day we will gain true and genuine victory as a church. How does it benefit you to testify about a job promotion, a lucrative business deal, a car etc that many are really focussed on in our day but still struggling and overwhelmed with the above sins? I don’t dispute God provides above as He wills to His children for His glory(Luke 16).

Truth is you can have all these material things and miss out on heaven. Unbelievers have the above in plenty, much more than believers but don’t have the love of God in them(Psalm 10, Psalm 73).

There is nowhere the bible says someone went to hell because they lacked material things or were broke. That should show us what is really important. It however says;

[ESV] 1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
[ESV] 1 Corinthians 6:10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Isn’t it the high time we focussed our prayers on the things that may hinder us from getting to heaven? Shouldn’t we repent and cry to God about these sins that are hindering us and entangling us as Hebrews 12:1-3 affirms as we focus on Christ?

Oh how glorious when the testimonies we seek for will be centred on victory over sin. More like I used to be selfish but God transforming me to be loving as Christ is, used to struggle with faithfulness in my marriage but God helped me, used to enjoy gossiping but God is changing me and transforming me day by day, used to have pride but God is teaching me humility, used to be lazy but God is teaching me to be hardworking on what glorifies Him, used to justify telling so called white lies but God is teaching me to be truthful, used to be addicted to masturbation and pornography but God is giving me victory in my walk with Him and keeping me faithful, used to compare myself and was envious and jealous of brother so or sister so, but now God is teaching me contentment, was very bitter and was struggling to forgive but God helped me. Hope you get the drift. Oh how glorious that will be. Oh how I pray for these now more than ever by God’s grace! #TeamukweLi #maranatha

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God will always satisfy those who hunger and thirst for Him!

Have you ever wondered why some people, or even yourself never seem to grow in God and His word? Some never seem to desire truth(John 17:17) at all, as much as they are bombarded and surrounded by it?

There is an amazing story in Acts 8:26-40 that will hopefully answer the question above. We see Philip who God had used mightily in a revival in Samaria(Acts 8:4-7) being sent to an Ethiopian eunuch who had gone to Jerusalem to worship. God sees the hunger in the him and sends His servant Philip to share the gospel with him.

The Holy Spirit directs Philip to go to the chariot that the eunuch was driving in. Philip hears him reading Isaiah 53. Philip as on cue asks the eunuch if he gets the message from the word. The eunuch is honest that he needs someone to explain it to him. Philip does the necessary and beginning with that passage he explains the gospel of Christ to him(Scripture is always about Christ Luke 24:27). The eunuch then believes the gospel and is baptised. The eunuch rejoices since Christ has found him and Philip is taken away to other towns spread the good news.

What is the lesson from the passage above? God promises and guarantees several times in scripture that those who seek Him will find Him(Isaiah 55:6-8), if only they seek Him with all their hearts (Jeremiah 29:13). God saw that the eunuch was searching and he sent him help and found Christ. It doesn’t matter who and where you are, God sees your heart and if you seeking Him, you will find Him one way or another. God is never limited nor hindered by our surrounding or whatever else!

Let’s change how we pray friends. Let’s pray that we and those we seek to disciple will have a hunger and a thirst for God always so that God will fill us. This is the qualification for all who desire to know Christ. Each of us must have a hunger and thirst for the word that comes only comes from God(Romans 10:15-17). Let’s pray that God will give us the hunger and thirst for His #truth always. Lets pray that the hunger and thirst will always remain(1 Peter 2:2-3) so that He keeps satisfying us and refreshing us always! Check Psalm 107:9, Matthew 5:6, John 7:37-39, Revelation 22:17). Are you hungry? Are you thirsty?

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DAVID’S EXAMPLE OF HUMILITY

[ESV] 1 Samuel 18:23 And Saul’s servants spoke those words in the ears of David. And David said, “Does it seem to you a little thing to become the king’s son-in-law, since I am a poor man and have no reputation?”

If I was to randomly ask a number of us what they loved about David in the bible, i doubt many would single out his Humility. Interestingly as I was reading 1 Samuel 18 David’s humility really stood out like never before. It is very humbling(pun intended) to see what David thought of himself! If this is not humility, I don’t know what is! No wonder God says of David that He was a man after His own heart. Humility and a heart for God go hand in hand and can’t be separated. Mat 5:5 clearly affirms blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 1 Peter 5:5, also affirms that God rejects the proud, but gives grace to the humble. It is no wonder God used David!

His humility is more evident if we look at what happens in 1 Samuel 17. David backed by God kills Goliath the proud Philistine and number one enemy of Israel with one smooth stone. If it were in this day and age David would be trending in all the social media sites and in all the news headlines all over the world. This act clearly didn’t change him. What people thought of him didn’t puff him up. He didn’t think of himself as great. He still thought of himself as of no reputation. Wow. What do you mean David? Are you for real? haven’t you heard how the women are singing and heaping praises about you? They are not even shy to compare you with King Saul. They are saying he has only killed thousands and you have killed tens of thousands? Man, how can you say you have no reputation? You must be kidding me bro! Take advantage and use that fame to propel you to great places man. Don’t you want to build your brand David? David wasn’t moved by the accolades of men one bit. David desired to do God’s will. King Saul even tries to kill him twice but he still honors him as king. Don’t forget he had already been anointed to be king of Israel by Samuel! Wow!

It is no wonder David is in the lineage of The Lord Jesus Christ. David as much as He had his issues like every other human being, is truly a picture of humility of the most humble person who ever lived the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:5-11 captures Christ’s humility so well. Humility is actually a quality and a command for anyone who desires to be like Christ. Unlike the world, the greatest in God’s kingdom are those who want to serve others(Mat 20:27-28). We are commanded to consider others to be better than ourselves (Phil 2:3-4). We should never think that we are standing lest we will fall(1 Cor 10:12). We should not deceive ourselves by thinking we are something and we are not(Gal 6:3). Only Christ is everything friends. Apart from Him we are nothing (John 15:5). Let’s learn from the example of David and ultimately of Christ. God will always work in and through those who desire to be humble. May we desire to be humble. Whenever we compare ourselves to Christ we can never be proud. We will always yearn to be humble as Christ is!

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In God’s economy there is always enough for our need!

I just want to encourage each and every person who is in Christ and believes in Christ. You need not worry(Matthew 6:25-34), nor be anxious of anything(Philippians 4:6-7) nor compare yourself or even envy others(Proverbs 23:17, 2 Corinthians 10:12). God knows what you need. He is always there to provide what you NEED! Find contentment(Philippians 4:11-13) in Him alone! Check this out;

[NLT] Exodus 16:17 So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. [NLT] Exodus 16:18 But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed. [NLT] Exodus 16:19 Then Moses told them, “Do not keep any of it until morning.” When we resort to greed of any form and try to selfishly amass more than we need, this is the result;

[NLT] Exodus 16:20 But some of them didn’t listen and kept some of it until morning. But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them.

This is how Apostle Paul quoted and applied the verses above. Check it out..

[NLT] 2 Corinthians 8:12 Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. [NLT] 2 Corinthians 8:13 Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. [NLT] 2 Corinthians 8:14 Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal. [ESV] 2 Corinthians 8:15 As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

This is my earnest prayer for each and every child of God, yours truly included. Shalom.

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Let’s focus on the ‘Why’ and ‘What’ of God, rather than the ‘who/whom’ of God in all things!

One of the greatest and most liberating truths in this life is to know ‘why’ God does or allows anything to happen in this life(good or bad in our eyes)! God does everything for His glory and His own end (Psalm 115:3, Prov 16:4, Romans 11:36, 1 Cor 10:31). He is sovereign over all, it is all about Him! He does no wrong/He only is perfect (Deut 32). It is all about Him. The bible is all about Christ(Luke 24:44-45). All the parables in the gospels are about Jesus Christ. For example the popular parable of the prodigal son(Luke 15:11-32), the main character is the loving Father (God), not the prodigal son as often taught! It is all about Christ and His supremacy(Col 1:15-23). He is the ‘why’.

The ‘What’ of God on the other hand, may not always be clear. What is God really doing through this situation? If you are a believer in Christ; God may be testing you and the devil tempting you(Job, James 1:12-17) , God could be disciplining you (Heb 12:5-12), God may be using that trial to strengthen your faith(James 1:2-5), it may also part of life’s difficulties/troubled as Christ said the world would be(John 16:33). It could be a punishment/consequence of sin, It could be a combination of many of these things. All in all, what God desires is we seek Him(Jer 29:13) and trust Him fully(Mat 11:28-30), look to Him alone(Heb 12:1-3), obey Him(John 14:15), Deny ourselves/Die to ourselves (Luke 9:23, Gal 2:20-21), Make us like Him(2 Cor 3:18). For those who don’t know Christ, the ‘what’ of God is that they may repent and know Christ as Lord( Luke 13:1-5, Acts 17:24-30). Very crucial we remember this as we share the gospel(2 Cor 5:16-21, 1 Tim 2:1-4) !

Many of us get it twisted in the ‘who’ of God! The who/whom of God is simply the instrument/vessel God uses to do His will. The ‘who, should never be the focus friends. When you eat a good meal, how many refer to the fire or cooking pot that cooked the meal? When a place is thoroughly clean how many praise the mop or the broom? When a painting is so beautiful, how many exalt the brush and acrylic? When a picture is so beautiful, how many credit the camera? Granted; The tools are important to do all these things, but should never be the main focus. The main actor in the above is the chef, painter or person who did the above, not necessarily the tools used! The fact that God chooses to use us is a privilege. It is all about Him. Let’s quit focussing on the ‘who’. We miss the big picture. The big picture is the why and what, never the who! So if you are going through a hard time or a good time don’t focus on yourself. Don’t keep asking why you or why not you? Kindly remember the ‘what’ and the ‘why’. Trust God to help you appreciate the big picture! Trust God to give you the grace you need (2 Cor 12:9), even when it doesn’t make sense. He remains faithful! Check Psalm 86:11.

Finally, even in matters national elections. God deciding to use person x, like King Cyrus(Isaiah 45), or even Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4) or any other king or president for that matter. It is not about the ‘who’, but the ‘why’ and ‘what!’ God is King above all kings(Isaiah 33:22). The heart of the king is in the hand of God, He directs it like a watercourse(Prov 21:1).

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Biblical guidelines to help us discern and understand prophecy; Is the prophecy really from God or not!

In the next 10 days or so(God willing), on 8/8/2017 Kenya will be going into one of the most hotly contested elections to date! There are 8 presidential candidates, but the polls are clearly showing the battle is between the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime minister Raila Odinga!

With the above in mind, it is obvious that even among Christians the above has created a huge interest. Who should Christians vote for? Who has God appointed to lead Kenya? Does God have a preferred candidate? These are some of the questions being asked.

Sadly, as on many other things there are divisions among Christians on the above. Some are clearly biased towards a presidential candidate from their tribe and hope that God will help their candidate win, sadly! During elections we forget that Christ is a unifier. There is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female(Gal 3:26-28). This should never be a factor, more so among believers on who should lead us in my view. In fact, it shouldn’t be a factor on anything! Sorry I digress…

The main aim for the post above is to help to discern prophecy in view of scripture. I know there are some believers who hold on to the view that gifts like prophecy, speaking in tongues etc with Apostles ceased(cessationists). For those like yours truly who believe the gifts of the Spirit are still in place, this may help us know how to discern prophecy. How do I know the prophecy is from God?

In the case of the Kenyan elections, I have heard different prophecies from well meaning Christians and also known false prophets declaring who will win the elections come 9/8/2017 God willing. According to some the incumbent(Uhuru Kenyatta) will win, others insist it is time for the opposition leader; Raila Odinga. All are quoting God. So, who is right? Who is wrong? What should a christian do? Then many of these prophecies are so vague and ambiguous on what God apparently desires for Kenya. Does God even view nations geographically as we do(post for another day God willing).

Will try and list some biblical guidelines to help us know what God expects of us in view of scripture; not only about elections but on all matters prophecy!

1. All prophecy must find basis on the word of God. If it ain’t in scripture, kindly reject it.

[ESV] Isaiah 8:20 To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.

[ESV] Acts 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

[ESV] Jeremiah 23:28 Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord.

[ESV] Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

2. The bible commands us; not to despise prophecy and at the same time test prophecy.

[ESV] 1 Thessalonians 5:20 Do not despise prophecies, [NLT] 1 Thessalonians 5:21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. [ESV] 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil.

3. Has the prophecy/prophecies come to pass? Prophecy from God must come to pass!

[ESV] Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ [NLT] Deuteronomy 18:21 “But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the Lord?’ [ESV] Deuteronomy 18:22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

4. A prophecy might come to pass, but God is using it as a test for us. Are we going to trust God or the prophet? Sadly, some use accuracy of prophecy to draw people to themselves, rather than God. Prophecy must exalt God, never the prophet or messenger! Take heed friends!

[ESV] Deuteronomy 13:1 “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, [NLT] Deuteronomy 13:2 and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’—gods you have not known before— [ESV] Deuteronomy 13:3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. [ESV] Deuteronomy 13:4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.

5. Prophecy seeks to build up, exhort, comfort, encourage God’s people.

[ESV] 1 Corinthians 14:3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their up building and encouragement and consolation. [NLT] 1 Corinthians 14:4 A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.

6. The whole purpose of prophecy like all else in life is to draw people to Jesus Christ. Prophecy must be centred on Jesus Christ. It is all about Him. God’s main agenda is that people know Christ and believe in Him as Lord.

[ESV] Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

[ESV] Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [NLT] Colossians 1:17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. [NLT] Colossians 1:18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. [NLT] Colossians 1:19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, [NLT] Colossians 1:20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

[ESV] Revelation 19:10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

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