REFRESH CHALLENGE: HOW YOU SEE DETERMINES WHO YOU BECOME

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , on February 14, 2016 by mavunite

How is it that different people interpret the same circumstances so differently?

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Picture this, it’s Valentine’s Day and since you’re such an expert on the subject of love, your single and searching friend comes to you with a dilemma. There is this lady he has spotted and really likes but he has never gotten the courage to ask out. Last week however, he decided to send a WhatsApp text, “hi. Just checking up on you to see how you are doing. XOXO.” He noticed that she was online, and she had started typing. His heart jumped for joy. Then she stopped. Nothing came through. Ten min, thirty min, an hour, three hours. No response. He checked to confirm the two blue ticks. He was even in a joint estate WhatsApp group and she had posted a forward there. But for him…nothing! He’s wondering what to do. What would you advise him? Would you tell him

  1. a)      “Relax man, maybe she didn’t get it. Just send a follow-up message!”
  2. b)     “Why in the world did you do that? Man, you should never have sent it. Now she thinks you’re desperate!”
  3. c)     “She did what? She obviously wasn’t for you! Forget her; there are many other fish in the sea”!

How is it that different people interpret the same circumstances so differently? Some people tend to be so optimistic and dreamy while other people are so self-protective. It might have something to do with our past history with relationships.

Your experiences shape your perception. Your perception defines your attitude. Your attitude directs your actions. Your actions determine your destiny. Simply put, how you see determines who you become. 

Read Luke 19:11-27.

In this reading, we see three employees working in the same condition. One gives 1000% return, the second creates 500% return but the third doesn’t even attempt. What distinguishes the last worker from the first two?

Each of these employees had a perception of their boss that determined their actions. The first two saw a man who was entrusting them with an amazing responsibility to do something significant. As a result, they exerted themselves and worked to the best of their ability. The third one saw a harsh, demanding and unfair man who was out to take advantage of him. And so did nothing.

Perceptions are powerful. They have the power to control our lives by dictating to us not just what we think, but how we act. How you see determines who you become.

The perception shapers that determine our actions are:

  1. Broken authority figures

Many people come from difficult family backgrounds and broken homes; fathers or mothers who were highly critical, abandoned and abused them, victims of harsh teachers or unfair bosses. We thus see God as a critical, demanding parent, who expects perfection from us and takes failures personally.

  1. Negative past experiences

There are people who have gone through some pretty rough times. We lost our parents, grew up in poverty, were victims of accidents or violence, business failed or we prayed for a desperate situation and nothing happened. Many Christians see God as a harsh policeman, meting out punishment to unsuspecting motorists and pedestrians

We live in a broken world. We are broken in many ways:

Spiritually – there is a sense in all humans that there is a vacuum; something bigger than us and that we are disconnected from it.

Psychologically – we suffer from shame, low self-esteem, addictions and so on.

Emotionally – our relationships are in a mess with humans violently hurting other humans, whether physically or emotionally.

Physically – for humans, we suffer with sickness and death.

Environmentally – we have destroyed our planet and we all suffer as a result.

Every one of us has been created for purpose. Mark Twain said, ‘the two most important days in a person’s life are the day you are born and the day you discover why’.

Many of us would like to discover our purpose. God wants you to know your purpose even more than you do. The key to living a life of purpose is to begin with the assignment God has given you. As we are faithful with the little that we have been entrusted with, then we create the space to be entrusted with more.

How you see determines who you become.

 It’s time we stop allowing our circumstances and experiences to determine who God is and what He desires for us. Whether you are abandoned, unable to trust or un-forgiven it’s time that you commit to understanding the heart of our heavenly Father and allow Him to share it with you.

Other readings: Isaiah 49:15-16, Psalms 27:14, Romans 8:28, Psalms 9:9-10, Psalms 103:10-11, Ephesians 2:10

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REFRESH CHALLENGE: THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , on February 7, 2016 by mavunite

If you were able to get your hands on a newspaper dated December 2017 or two 2 years from today, what is the first section you would like to read?

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Would you read the sections on politics, lifestyle, sports or perhaps you would read the stocks pages to know where you should invest. Given a chance, many of us would select the stocks section. This could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Who in their right mind would pass up a guaranteed opportunity at success?

As we start a new year, some are optimistic that this is the year they get their big break. There are those who are rather pessimistic – they’ve gotten tired or cynical of waiting for their big break. Then, there are pragmatists who believe there is no such thing as opportunity. It’s up to me to make things happen in my life!

READ Matthew 13:44 

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” 

Each of us is on the verge of a great opportunity that has the potential to change our lives forever. However, the problem is that it’s easy to be sitting on an opportunity and not even realize it. Often times, opportunities look mundane, unattractive, or even boring. It is very easy to miss out on the life that God intended for you. It’s easy to be a Christian and still live a life of regrets and missed opportunities. In order to take advantage of the opportunities that God has for you, something has to change about the way you live.

In investment language, they say ‘low risk, low reward; high risk, high reward’. There’s one rule that is true in the financial world and just as true in the spiritual world – no risk, no reward! 

As we embark on the #RefreshChallenge, what are you willing to let go of in order for God to get a hold of you? What are you willing to sacrifice in order for God to give you a fresh passion, strengthen your faith and take your impact to a whole new level?

There are a number of things each of us must be willing to give up and let go of:

  1. Time. The next 12 weeks will demand time to meet, time to pray, and time for events. Are you willing to sacrifice your time so that you can achieve the greatest treasure?
  2. Money: We have highly subsidised the programme so that those doing it in Life Groups will invest Ksh. 500/= in addition to the book, and those in groups meeting at Hill City will require only Ksh. 1,000/= and a copy of the book. Are you willing to sacrifice your money so that you can achieve the greatest treasure?
  3. Relational energy– You need to engage fully and share openly with those in your group. For some of us, this is not an easy thing to do. Are you willing to engage relationally so that you can achieve the greatest treasure?

Remember, no risk, no reward! 

Read Luke 18:29-30

What’s the reward behind taking the #RefreshChallenge?

  1. You will have an increased level of brokenness, immediacy and realness in your relationship with God.
  2. You will experience a powerful sense of real community within the small group you will be in and completely reignite your faith.
  3. You will get greater clarity on your God-assignment and thus step out with power and authority to impact our city, nation and beyond.

Would you take the risk, to gain the greatest reward?

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Refresh – Refresh Your Heart;Fueling Your Passion

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , on January 24, 2016 by mavunite

How do we fuel our passion when life inevitably happens?

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One thing I love about the New Year is the passion that surrounds it. We are passionate to overcome the limitations of the past. We are passionate to finish what we began. We are passionate to start afresh and Continue reading

Refresh – Refresh Your Body; Leading From Rest

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2016 by mavunite

Have you ever wondered why God would consider rest so important that it would even come before honoring parents, or murder, or adultery or stealing?

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Read: Exodus 20:8-11

Why is our taking a day of rest so important to God? Three things…

  1. It aligns us to the correct reference point –

Part of the reason we don’t like to rest is that we’re afraid things might fall apart without our intervention. By setting aside one day out of every seven and dedicating it to God, the Israelites were symbolizing that God was the source of all that they had. When we neglect to stop and rest, then we’re saying Continue reading

Refresh – Refresh Your Mind

Posted in Mavuno Sermons with tags , , , , , , , on January 10, 2016 by mavunite

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All of us have faced some hard decisions. But have you noticed that decisions only get more complex the older you get? With each passing year, we are faced with harder and harder choices.

Fortunately for us, God’s word addresses this issue many times. One such time is in the case of Continue reading

Mavuno Live – Thanksgiving Service 2016

Posted in Mavuno Sermons on January 3, 2016 by mavunite

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, and His love endures forever.

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THE GIRL AND THE BAG OF COOKIES

One afternoon a shopper at the local mall felt the need for a coffee break.  She bought herself a little bag of cookies and put them in her shopping bag.  She then got in line for coffee, found a place to sit at one of the crowded tables, and then taking the lid off her coffee and taking out a magazine she began to sip her coffee and read.  Across the table from her a man sat reading a newspaper. After a minute or two she reached out and took a cookie.  As she did, the man seated across the table reached out and took one too.  This put her off, but she did not say anything.

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Scandal! Every Family Has One – The Promise Keeper

Posted in Mavuno Sermons on December 27, 2015 by mavunite

 

During the Christmas week, tables and living rooms across the world, families gathered. Christmas eve. Christmas morning. Christmas dinner. Then they gather in the long, lazy day after Christmas sitting together sharing stories, gifts, and great food. At least this is what we want, right? Some families have this experience. Some don’t. Some of us wish we had people to be with. Some of us get to be around people.

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At Christmas, some feel joy because they are together with people they loved. Others feel sadness because they aren’t, or don’t get to be with people they love because of one reason or another.  In the Christmas season, almost everyone responds to a deep desire in our hearts. What is that desire?

To be together. To belong. To be known, embraced, accepted. Whether we find this in our Christmas celebration or not, most of our hearts are responding to this desire, like a compass needle to a loadstone. Embedded deep in our hearts is a need to be together, to be included, to be seen and known and loved.

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