Monthly Archives: October 2014

Masks Off with Robert Burale : From The Strip Club To The Pulpit

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Sufficient grace to make us whole

October 12th 2014

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You are sited thinking about what has just happened. It’s not the first time you have faulted this way. Both of you had agreed never to let this happen again. You were going to avoid it, you had promised. She has failed you, you have failed too. You were sure you heard a voice saying, “don’t do it. It’s not good.”

Guilt torments your veins. You can’t pray, you are stained. He can’t lead the prayers at the CG, he is not worthy. They look at each other; they both know what the other is thinking. Will it ever come to light? What will they think of me when they know what I have been up to?

We all sin in the various aspects of our lives. The above scenario might be what plays out after anything, a bribe being given, a sexual sin being committed, a lie being told, name it, the feeling is always the same afterwards. Guilt.  If that which you are ashamed of is ever reviled, will you ever have the courage to stand and face the people you interact with?

The speaker of the day, Wambua Nzaku defined Grace as unmerited favor. One that we did not deserve but are having it either way.

Wambua Nzaku

Wambua Nzaku

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

We do not deserve this form of grace but we have been given either way. We are perpetual sinners and if it were not for the grace of God, we would not be where we are today. Though we are sinful in nature, the word of God has a way to make us better and more steadfast in obeying God. The saddest truth is that we always plan to sin. We pre-meditate upon it and set plans on how to go about it, leading to the question,…

Psalms 130:3

3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

In John 3:16, God gave and He gave of his son, that we may have life and life in eternal. It’s up to us to accept this and make it a reality in our lives. Through Jesus we receive grace and mercy as stated in 1 Timothy 1:15-16

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

We need to remember that it’s not through our might that we are the way we are. God has great plans for our lives and we need to constantly seek Him. Do not be quick to judge yourself. Self-pity and loath are not products of our Father, He will not hate you for what you did. Repent and he will take you in a heartbeat.

1 Corinthians 15:10

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

God has you in mind. It is never laborious to obey Him and follow His teaching. Either way, if you fall, He is there to pick you up with sufficient grace. Romans 5:20-25 says,

20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

As you go through life remember, in the Lord’s prayer, we start by worshiping God and asking for forgiveness way later. It is not about us, it’s about our merciful and all gracious God. Put your focus on God as you pray and live and everything else will be as easy as never before.

The drama team did a very good job with the announcements. That was very hilarious.

The drama team doing announcements.

The drama team doing announcements.

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‘Cha-Baba’ With The Holy Spirit (Playing House)

5th October 2014

Most of us have passed through a phase where we played house. In the place I grew up in it was called ‘Cha-baba na Cha-mama” loosely translated as ‘being father and mother’. At this point, I was always the youngest with my role being the kid to whatever family I fell into. The families were autonomous and functional, with everyone playing their role for the good of the family.

The worship leader

The worship leader

When the praise and worship was underway, you could feel the heavy presence of the Lord, releasing people from bondage and strongholds. You could feel light being restored to those who were lost to darkness and relationship with the father being mended. God is trinity, and through his Holy Spirit, He was there.

Every first Sunday of the month is Extended worship Sundays, a time to dwell in the awesome presence of God. This was no different, the Worship team did a great job with songs that spoke to our hearts and souls.

Lifting our hands in surrender

Lifting our hands in surrender

During the worship period, there Spirit led one of the ladies to affirming a few things to the church. She read from Acts 3:1-10. It talks about the Lame man who was healed by Peter and John. The lame man had been lame all his life and would be brought to the Temple’s gates to borrow every day. But by mere words from the men of God, he was healed.

Her message was, Stop trying. Through Jesus, we have been made able! Stop trying to do what the bible decrees of you to do, just do it. Stop trying to be a good Christian, through Christ, we have been made whole. Stop trying to be the best in your field, through Jesus you have been made the best in that field all you have to do is tap into the powers provided by the Holy Spirit and soar with wings like eagles. God has already made you who He intends you to be, just take charge and start living as He has intended for you.

Brian Bukachi was the speaker of the day and his words complemented what had been said. God speaks with us every day through numerous avenues. The Holy Spirit is ever-present in our lives and situations, even if we haven’t accepted Christ. He is the one who convicts us to the acceptance of Christ. Once we accept and welcome Him in, we are connected to the trinity through the helper that is on earth, the Holy Spirit. It’s up to us to give Him the roles he deserves.

Brian Bukachi on the message for the day

Brian Bukachi on the message for the day

Whenever we listen to worship songs, we are always drawn to the realization that they are songs of release and acceptance, we have to release our hold of our lives to the Holy Spirit for Him to take charge. Similarly to the ‘Cha-baba, Cha-mama’ situation, what role have we given the Holy Spirit in our lives? Is He a guest who is limited to just certain areas of our lives and blocked to others? Is He a host in the house and has access to every room that we have in us?

It is never easy to let the Holy Spirit take charge of our lives but we should learn how to stop trying and realize that it can be done.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

To help us raise the Status of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we should learn how to:

Praise Him

That which you spend time talking about excites you more. Praise God in everything you do, with your whole being. The more time you spend thinking and speaking of God the higher a priority He takes in your life.

Restore Him

You need to allow the Holy Spirit host status in your life. He will take charge and steer you to the direction that is best for you and the purpose you are created for. Be ready to be used as a vessel. You also need to create a link with God through reading his word and being in communication with Him.

Awaken

You should be alert to the calling and directing of the Holy Spirit. Train yourself to listen to the calls of the Holy Spirit.

Yearn more from Him

Ask the Holy Spirit to use you and be more in you. Be alert to God’s teachings and hunger to know more of Him.

Once you accept Christ, the Holy Spirit takes over your life and you begin a life of transformation. Let the Holy Spirit take charge, give Him the Host status in your life. How far have you let the Holy Spirit to take charge of your life?

We danced for the Lord

We danced for the Lord