Monthly Archives: September 2014


28th September 2014

For the past four Sundays, the church has been doing a series dubbed Heroes. We have covered heroes from a very interesting angle having Julie Gichuru as a speaker to one. The heroes we covered were very different and unique. They are people who are less talked about in our Sunday schools and sermons but they are heroes nonetheless.

the words on the projection say it all

the words on the projection say it all

There are people in your life who are heroes. In most cases these people are either taken for granted and not appreciated for who they are. When was the last time you saw your dad as a hero? Think of all the times he did unfathomable things for you. Your mother? That stranger?

This week’s hero was no different and the speaker for the day was, the all funny and downright honest Carol Kiama. She kicked off with a definition of heroes as defined by Wikipedia.

Pastor Carol Kiama

Pastor Carol Kiama

a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Her story of how her father rescued her from being a snack to an otherwise grizzly beast of a dog, after the taste of her blood, struck a nerve. She had defied rules set out not to go near the dogs but she choose to jumped over into the dogs kennel. Just like most of us, when we did not deserve the ‘saving’ the hero came through and made sure that you realized how near disaster you were.

The scripture reading came from 2 Kings 5:1-15

Naaman’s Leprosy Healed

Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”

Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”

So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,

Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.

And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”

So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”

Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 12 Are not the Abanah[a] and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.

The hero in this case was the slave girl. She was definitely in a place of honor and power as she was allowed to talk to her ‘owner’. She had served faithfully though it was not in her place to serve as such. She had been captured and her life destroyed by those that she was serving. And the commander of the army at that point was the Man in whose house she served. We therefore expect resentment and anger but it does not look like this was the case.

From her we learn that to be used of the Lord, we need to:

Change our attitude.

We need to change our attitude about where we are at and what we are doing there. We have been placed there for the purpose that we are to fulfill. The moment you look at things from a positive angle, you become confident in what you are doing.

Be faithful where you are

In whatever you are doing and wherever you are placed. You are asked to be faithful with the little. Do beyond what is expected of you. Go the extra mile and show the value in whatever you are doing. It is not for your glory but for the glory of the one who lives in you.

Speak out

We all have great talents within which should be used. Whenever we shy away from saying what we think and what we believe is right, we will end up not believing in ourselves. The biggest problem with this is, the solution that you were to offer that might have changed lives will never be realized.

There is no Gain without pain

Whenever you feel as though Christ has departed from you and has left you to your own devices, whenever you think that is the worst pain you will ever go through, remember that God is instilling in you powers that will take you to greater heights. He is fixing you with wings that will allow you to fly above eagles.

Change focus and look at the Lord.

The Lord knows the bigger picture. You might be focusing on the now, but God sees the bigger frame, the light that’s invisibly to you. Focus on him and you will be sure not to get side tracked by sideshows.

In addition, just as the slave girl, whose name we don’t know, gave Naaman a new lease of life, she brought more people to the realization of the God of Israel. She influenced nations and kings through speaking out.

Whenever two people look at the same thing, they see different results. Be the one who sees through God’s eyes. Step into your destiny and arise!

the MCs for the week have fun with a Reggae tune

the MCs for the week have fun with a Reggae tune

What did you take away from the sermon?

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By The Grace Of God

It has been ages since I penned down content for this page. Through the years, I have noticed that this avenue was a very helpful way for me and many others to remember what was taught in the services and how the things we live for intertwine with our day-to-day lives.

It was not until yesterday that I decided to revive this page and do my best to keep it on the float with all that I have. I was watching a YouTube video of a demon manifestation and casting on and what it said before it was cast away is what drove me back to this path.

The video reminded me of what had been talked about during Ministry Sunday, I think 3 weeks ago. The event that stands out in my mind is when the guys of the high school ministry went to a school and had to free a girl possessed by an evil spirit.

“The spirits are real and they are among us. We are in a spiritual warfare when we become Christians.” She said, “Will you just be seated there, or will you choose to join in the battle and be a part of the team?” to loosely paraphrase here in reference to joining a ministry or connect group.

In the video the demon speaks of the various ways, that they have dimmed the light of the people God has chosen. The avenues they use to pull away Christians and what has been used to stop them from doing their work. Some of them include:

Through corrupting their morals

This is the easiest way to kill the light within you. Once you start questioning yourself as a Christian, then everything else can easily be thrown out of proportion. How many times have you been in prayer and the thoughts of a sin you committed start playing in your head? You get where I’m going with this. There is no greater sin, sin is sin. Ask for forgiveness and you will be redeemed.

Pains and affliction

Whenever one falls n to the pit of loath and self-pity everything else on earth becomes distasteful and negative. The more negative you tend to be the angrier you become of yourself and of God. At this point, you lose the belief that things will be ok and you start to build the thought of what will never go right. Where is faith in this point of your life?

Bestowing power upon them thus pride follows

This is where I got caught up at. As soon as this blog begun getting readership and impact, I got ‘busy’. Still in university at that time, I ended up getting a radio show to run, a ministry to assist running, an internship that pays, new events to attend and review, etc. before I knew it, I hardly had time to even attend the services that I was supposed to be writing about. I became an influencer and pride took over.

 Other demons

There are numerous types of demons that are roaming and trying to influence us away from the light. From Anger, lust, laziness, lies… It is up to us to constantly be in touch with the source of the light in order to overcome these.

How are the influences expressed?

The demon mentioned the media, the friends we keep, the internet and dreams as some of the channels of influence.

How to conquer this?

Being in communion with the father and allowing for the Holy spirit to reign over your life is the easiest way to be above the influence of darkness, for the light does not mix with the dark. There is power in the name of Jesus.

Take an assessment of your life and make a mental note of how you want to conquer the chains that are holding you down. It is very possible to be free and free indeed.