His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
In your circle of friends, circle of influence and society at large you are the ‘It’ parent. People admire the relationship you have with your children. You proudly talk about your children everywhere you go and the relationship you have with them. As far as you are concerned, you are the SI Unit of parenthood. You silently wonder why the parenthood awards are taking so long to fall into your lap, after all you are the greatest parent that ever lived. And the relationship you have build with your children is rock solid, to be emulated by all.
You look at your parents and wonder what world they live in. You wonder if they have a sight problem. As far as you are concerned anytime the charade relationship they claim to have with you will crumble, scratch that, you actively pray that the charade be exposed. You live a double life. The smiley you with your parents. Talking only what they want to hear. Then the real you with people who accept you for you. Anytime you are with your parents requires an extra ounce of strength and patience, to maintain the ‘look’.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, 4 who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
A couple of years ago (2011) I had my second miscarriage. To say that I was devastated is an understatement: I was a wreck, emotionally and physically. I had fought so hard to keep that baby and still lost. Walked in the hospital pregnant, left unpregnant (is that even an English word) and without a child ???
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:9-13)
I call Him Father, I call God Father.
The revolution, the peace, the joy this privilege has caused in my life is one I will talk about and live out as long as I breath.
God is amazing in many ways, but one of His most outstanding and lavish gifts to mankind in my experience is the gift of being a Father. Every time I muse over this reality, I am blown away. I find myself just smiling and having a warm fuzzy feeling inside. I feel settled, I feel encompassed by love, I feel known ( weaknesses and all) yet accepted. I feel that I belong.
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Fornication and adultery are sexual sins within the church that continue to go unaddressed as the same Christians all turn in one voice (ok most Christians) to condemn the LGBT movement and its adherents. Can we first pick off, remove the log in our own eyes to help us see better the sins of unbelievers? And what exactly do we expect to be the lifestyle and code of conduct of unbelievers if not sin and sinning?
The rise of single and sexually active people in the church is worrying. I feel that it is even becoming trendy, the in-thing. Am talking about living with your boy/girlfriend before marriage and engaging in sex while at it; as well as having multiple sexual partners while married; and engaging in sex after divorce with anyone other than your living spouse.
This evening there are three lessons I feel the Lord would have us learn regarding relationships from the passages we just read.
Lets us start at the beginning.
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to thy word.
With my whole heart I seek thee;
let me not wander from thy commandments!
I have laid up thy word in my heart,
that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:9-11)
The Psalmist asks this pertinent question in Psalm 119:9a. This is a question of all time significance and especially for us today as young people. Young people living in this age, the age of entertainment; and the highest paying forms of entertainment today revolve around sex and violence! In this generation that is bombarded from every side by evil and wickedness, cushioned by a lukewarm and sleeping church, patted by busy parents and the disintegration of the traditional child raising ‘village’: How can a young man keep his way pure?
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but test everything; hold fast what is good, abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-22)
O God of all creation, fill our hearts with thanksgiving. This is the last line of the Kenyan National Anthem, the beautiful prayer that we sing many a times without paying much attention to the words therein. The glory of Kenya, the fruit of our labour fill every heart with thanksgiving. Are our hearts as Kenyans filled with thanksgiving? Are we rejoicing always? Are we praying constantly?
Are we holding fast to what is good? Are we quenching the Spirit? Are we despising prophesy? Are we holding fast to what is good? Are we abstaining every from of evil?
It’s reflection time Kenyans, especially those of the household of faith. As we sing the Kenya National Anthem, let us never forget that we are praying to our God, the God of all creation. And every line we utter, every word in this anthem is directed to Him. He hears, He answers and may He fill our hearts with thanksgiving in all circumstances.
O God of all creation, thank you for the land of Kenya. Thank you for the people of Kenya. Thank you for the heritage of Kenya. Thank you Father for your mercy and kindness that you have continued to show to us despite our continued failure, outright disobedience and distancing from you. Father, have mercy on us and in that mercy through your Son Jesus Christ draw us back to Yourself. In Jesus Name, Amen!
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:7-10)
O God of all creation, thank you for the strength to labour for the glory of Kenya. We reap what we sow, that is a Biblical principle proved true in our daily lives. The irony is, regardless of the insurmountable amount of evidence showing that you reap what you sow, human beings throughout the ages somehow still think you can plant evil and reap good. The Word of God is very clear, God is not mocked: what you sow you will definitely reap.
The glory of our homeland of Kenya is the people of Kenya: their culture, their values, their beauty, their faith. All these virtues do not just randomly begin to manifest in a population, someone has to consciously laboriously invest and sow seed to bring fr such fruit. The children of light in this nation can no longer sit on the sidelines and complain about the increasing prevalence of evil, they must set forth to sow seeds of righteousness in our children, in our families, in the workplace: wherever it is God has put you so righteousness and in due course you will reap the fruit thereof.
O God of all creation, arise and let you enemies be scattered. Father, arise and let you children arise with you. Cause us to arise from complacency and complaining, apathy and withdrawal; from perpetuating evil through our silence and fear. Father, speak to each one of us individually and collectively as the Body of Christ in this nation and cause us to begin and continue to sow seeds of righteousness henceforth. In Jesus Name, Amen
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And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John 1:14)
O God of all creation thank you for the people of Kenya, the glory of this nation. Kenya is known worldwide for athletics: there is no moment Kenyans are united as when they are supporting our athletes. The nation stands still as we cheer our men and women on the tracks and in the fields, its amazing. Not once have I found myself literally standing next to the Television, sometimes even touching it, as I urge my countrymen and women to finish and win the race.
The Only Begotten Son of God became flesh and dwelt amongst us. John writes that they beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son of God. It doesn’t mean Jesus was always shining or glaring in light but His life and speech exuded majesty, beauty, and honor. He was different, He represented a different Kingdom: and with every breathe He was true to His calling. We the people of the nation of Kenya are the glory of Kenya: not just by our mere existence but by own allegiance, our life, out conduct, our speech. When these are in line with honoring God who gave us this nation then we epitomize the meaning of this prayer line in the Kenya National Anthem.
O God of all creation, thank you for the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ. In Him and through Him we learn and are enabled to live honorably. We learn and are enabled to be the glory of the land of Kenya. We learn and are enabled to propagate honor. Father, help us to appropriate these and other benefits that flow from the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ. In Jesus Name, Amen!
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