Confessions

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Numbers 13: 26-32

  • All explored the land and gave the facts
  • 2 had a right confession
  • 10 had a wrong confession

Your confessions are your possessions!

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58 Responses to “Confessions”

  1. Lemme just say first of all that I love how you get permission to use people’s stories during the sermon. Never lose that.
    Second,the skit was terribly funny but halfway through the sermon,it wasn’t so funny in retrospect. Thanks for the Word you gave today

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  2. Christine Says:

    Great sermon, pastor simon life altering!” May God of the universe bless you and your family in abundance.

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  3. Thanks pastor s,

    I experienced Gods grace this week after talking to someone so harshly belittling them in he process…..I’m now reminded that we are all equal in Gods eyes…the short of the long is that i asked God for forgiveness after apologising to my colleague who happens to be my surbodinate..we prayed together(in the office) and experienced Gods healing.Praise be to GOD.

    peter.

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  4. Pastor s! You just took it home today. Don’t know what to expect from the last sermon of the series,coz this was like the landing of the plane! Wow! You know i love the words,’ speak the things that were not as though they were’,and i have confessed them,but something God has taught me is that even while i can recite the promises eloquently,there is another factor to it and this is faith. Ever heard of the expression talk is cheap? I think without faith in the promise then it can become cheap talk! I loved the sermon,and i will not only confess what i want to possess in the lord,i will do it in faith.

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  5. I was deeply humbled by God during by the events before your sermon. My sister gave her life to Christ during the first service (I came for the second). She had gone for the Mizizi retreat and i had expectation that she would give her life to Christ. However when i texted her at around Midnight she had not, she said she felt convicted but didn’t stand up. I then told her time had come and how God had lead me to pray for her salvation, so I said if the opportunity arises during the service she should go for it(confession). By me saying it was time i was agreeing with what God had already planned so your sermon was moving to see it happen practically.
    I thank the life group for praying over my sisters salvation. Thank you Pastor S for being used to lead my sister to Christ and for the Sermon.

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  6. a traveller Says:

    Hi
    I have prayed for as long as I can remember to find a church whereby I can take the sermon with me, to last with me not for the week ahead but where the teachings would minister to me and these life lessons would impact me and the people in my life. I have found this in mavuno. I pray that the people like me out there will find their way to mavuno and be blessed like I have been. The teachings of Pastor S these three weeks have been life changing. They have touched the very core of my heart. I was a person who never spoke anything positive into my life. This came about after constant and repetitive declarations from my mother that I would never amount to anything, that she wished that she had aborted me and that the education I so passionately persued would not be of any benefit to me or my children. So I went through life with these convictions, from one bad relationship to another one even worse, from abuse to more. On 9/9/2007 out of desperation I gave my life to Christ. I didnt become a committed Chriatian untill I visited Mavuno in end of May .Afetr the ministering of both you and Pastor S changed my life. My story is long. I listened to you speak about Confessions. though I have been trying to do it, I will now speak positively into my life,that I am blessed , that I am a child of the most High and that He calls me friend. Thank you and may God bless you and all the pastors of Mavuno and all the mavunites.

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  7. Raymond Says:

    I have no words psta S u are foR sure a man of God thru this month all you say points at us directly My wife and i are so blessd thank you and my God continue using u and cograts you babaie GOD BLESS YOU

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  8. Catherine Says:

    Pastor S…..wow. I’m in awe at God’s word. Truly you’re used of God. My spirit was so excited as I listened to your sermon on confessions. You preached just what God has been teaching me for some time now. I had even written a note about it on face book so you can imagine my delight to hear you speak of the same things and I thought….wow….God is just confirming to me that what I was hearing were not my own thoughts but God’s. I’m now more than encouraged to continue confessing the truth into my life even when the facts say otherwise. And I commit myself to spend time in God’s word because that’s where it all begins. God bless you and expand your territory….yours and your family’s.

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  9. sometimes when i look in the mirror, there is a voice that tells me, u r ugly, it repeats that till i get off the morrior, other times i look and smile at me and see beauty,..i finally know what to tell that voice, i know that i am beautiful, if you have a problem with that ask the manufacturer, if my God sees me pretty, all the others don really matter,.. i can finally wait for my spouse knowing that God made me beautiful, o! what a promise, what an assurance,..

    thanks pastor S for letting God use u to save this soul that was slowly dying

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  10. Great sermon Pst. S. I’ve been feeling tired for a long time now, close to a year, hardly able to get much done esp late afternoons and evenings. I got an AHA moment as you preached, surely my confession has been my possesion: I keep saying I’m tired and just need a few days rest, and since it has not been possible, I am always tired until people say it shows on my face. During the sermon I resolved to change my confession to: – “I’m fresh and alert and able to accomplish much today as all things are possible through Him who gives me strength”. It’s almost lunch time and I’m fresh and alert…..my confession is my possesion. This will be an awesome week for me.

    Also loved your point that we have to know God’s Word so we can confess it at the appropriate times. Thanks Pst. M for re-emphasizing it at the end. Truly it’s the God of the Universe who enables it all.

    God bless you all at Mavuno

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  11. thekenyannutcase Says:

    no more kung’ang’ana

    i am blessed and highly favoured.that’s my faith statement hence forth

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  12. Forgiven and Freed Says:

    Hi. The last two sermons have been describing my life. I led a miserable child hood, feeling unloved and rejected, because of a lot of emotional and physical abuse by my parent. The teacher that taught me from class 1 to 3 made it worse by giving me a terrible nickname, that made me feel more foolish, and subjected me to a lot of ridicule from my peers. I grew up timid, feeling inferior, making myself invisible and voiceless. This went on into my career life. Although highly intelligent, I always felt like I would not make it, and kept hammering negative messages into my head, calling myself a useless idiot . My self-image was getting worse by the day. When Pastor M asked us to write two things that had potential to destroy us, top on my list was my low-self image. By this time, it had already cost me my job, having been fired.

    I did Mizizi in this last season, and before the retreat, I told God that I wanted Him to deal with my past. I told God, that I was tired of doing it on my own: Going for counseling, taking public speaking classes, reading books and materials on confidence and assertiveness. I surrendered all my feelings of worthlessness to Him and asked Him to do His thing.
    During the retreat, I was filled with the Holy Spirit, and God said to me, “It is finished, it is all gone”, and a feeling of relief, confidence and peace came upon me. I now believe that I am more than a conquorer in Christ Jesus.
    Its amazing how God dealt with something I have struggled with all my life in just one night. Yet I have spent years doing it by myself.

    God is now calling me to change the way children are viewed, and the way children view themselves because of what their parents, teachers and society is hammering in their heads.

    For sure, life and death lie in the power of the toungue.

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  13. Hi God’s people, i totally testify that what we confess is what we possess both good and bad. I distinctively remember having a conversation with a friend of mine in 2006 after she had bought her first car and she was asking me when i planned to get my own. I told her that i was not planning to buy one any time soon until the KBA chucked(she had gotten a KAX). I thought this would take me 2 years to get there, after all there was AY and AZ to go through. It happened sooner that i expected and guess what it was a KBA!!!iI have also self loathed and talked negatively about myself to myself and to others and this too has has come to pass. I have told myself that something must be wrong with me because noone seems to notice me and true to my word, i could meet people and seem like an electricity post..you see it but you don’t really see. I am now learning self love and speaking postive about myself to myself and to others. God bless you Pastor S.

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  14. hey pastor s,
    great word!could you please post up the verses that u read towards the end of the sermon? so that i can speak those promises into my life everyday?
    thanks.

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  15. mamananii Says:

    What stood out for me yesterday is the statement: The fact is that (insert name of problem) but the truth is that (insert what God’s word says about the issue). Then I came across this quote today, attributed to Maya Angelou – ‘There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.’
    Sad how many times we cannot see the truth because the facts are in our face!
    Thanks Pastor S for allowing God to speak to us through you. I have been struggling at work – so many issues, what to do? There have been too many ‘facts’ in my face. So many that I had forgotten the truth and was about to give up, tired of fighting the good fight. But yesterday I came away from church re-energized and KNOWING why God has put me here for now. I am here to make a mark for Him and change the face of the organisation, starting with me.

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  16. hi mavuno, like the other bloggers, you have fearlessly influenced my life. Pastor S, i came to learn from yerterday’s sermon that i ve been my own enemy. i confessed to tune the righ channel at all times coz this God is in control. Thanks good people of God coz i ve been wondering how much i missed when i used to spend sundays lazing around in the house before salvation. keep the good message!
    thanks a heap n God bless mavuno!

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  17. Muhadara Says:

    Thanks Pst Simon for the well presented sermon!

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  18. hi all

    sundays sermon was such a blessing to me. wah! your kitchen testimony was great! what do i say – god bless you pastor s and may he see you through as you take us thro’ this series and in all your ways.
    today – am so excited. what a blessed day, full of success and blessings. this were my words in the morning and now its around 3.30 and god is showing me the power of confession. the day is really full of blesssings. i got up at 5 in the morning and read my constitution. i have already started from the old testament and i pray that god will reveal himself as i try to understand my rights.

    thanks to pastor s.
    may god give us all a great week.

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  19. Hallo, i was inspired by the confessions sermon from Pastor S on sunday. Am not a strong church goer as no has church ever given me that conviction to go back the next sunday. i have been looking for a church that talks to me, and this sermon did with BANG, i connected with every phrase. the sermon was like a wake up call, it was like a VOICE telling me that am who am, because of what i turn myself into, letting my negative thoughts/confessions determine my destiny. after the service i called all my friends & family to tell them about the sermon and called out a few confessions that they use on a daily basis. today am still telling more friends and i would like to get a CD or link on where i can access the sermon. see you next sunday. L

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  20. Pessimist Says:

    Hi,

    i was not there for the sermon on Sunday, but seeing from the blog comments i get that it was about speaking positive things into ones life.
    well, i do quite the contrary and not anything serious like what others talk about, but im just the type of person who rather believe the negative will happen so that i have nothing to loose with whatever the outcome.
    i am however scared that this attitude has led to having very short-term relationships. i have seen people close to me get hurt in their relationships and although my parents had the best of marriages i stil think that doesnt exist anymore.
    so my question is…is my thinkin ruining my relationships or is it just a coincidence? for s’one who wishes for the happily ever after with all my heart, i dont seem to believe it anymore…WHAT TO DO???

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  21. i beleve that watever i believe in on the insyd about myself ends up on the outsyd..am a self hater n i got to understand y my negative vybes affect my progress in life..i smelled the coffee literally on sunday n now am a self believer..cant wait for the final part..

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  22. Negative-no-more Says:

    Yaani Pastor S, your sermon could not have come at a better time for me.

    I am a very negative person, I tend to focus on the negative aspects of everything, from relationships to my workplace, such that if they fail, I can say I saw it coming. I have been trying to get a new job, and even succeeded in landing a few interviews, but since I told myself that those companies wouldn’t hire me, I am STILL at my old job. Yes, my confession truly has been my possession. I have also done the same with relationships, I always tell myself that they will not work, and yes, they haven’t.

    So, after applying for several jobs and not getting them, I decided to be still and let God do His work. A week after this resolve, my manager tells me that my job description has changed, and I learn that I am being trusted with one of the hardest tasks in the organization. And what was my first thought? “If the person before me failed at this and was even demoted, si the same thing will happen to me?” But your sermon completely changed my outlook on life. I now know that I can do anything with God’s help, and even succeed where others have failed. And for real, it makes a world of difference, from little things, like finding lost keys to learning new tasks. And also, I am in a relationship that I was about to sabotage with my negative thinking…but my attitude toward that has changed as well.

    Thanks a lot Pastor S. Yes sir!

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  23. Pessimist,
    you probably need to change your name to optimist.
    And Oh yes, if you believe that good marriages don’t exist anymore then chances are that your marriage will not work out BUT if you go into this with a positve attitude and believe that it will work, then it will work.
    Remember that God calls into existence things that were not as if they were.
    Be blessed.

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  24. Blossom Says:

    Hi,
    For a very long time I have been looking for a church where I can freely worship God, my first day in Mavuno and I knew that this is what I have been looking for. There is a way in which God is using Mavuno to bless people and remind them on how important it is to dedicate our lives to God. My former classmate came to mavuno and on the first visit she got saved. last sunday I came with my friend from Kisumu, She also gave her life to christ. I could not believe it and actually thought that probably she did not hear what the pastor had said I decided not to ask her. But in the evening while she was talking to a pal on phone she was talking of how she gave her life to christ that morning! She actully knew what she was doing these are two people that I know very well and what is amazing is that for both of them it was their first time in mavuno. God is trully using Mavuno to change ordinary people into fearless influencers. I love your sermons, I always share waht I learn and I always look foward to sundays.

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  25. Catherine Says:

    @Blossom…wow….what a great testimony. Truly the greatest miracle is when hearts are turned to Christ. May the Holy Spirit complete the good work He has began in your friends’ lives.

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  26. thoroughly blessed.. Says:

    Pastr S, Thank you, and thank you so so much..this week has been a turning pont in my life. Your sermons have oened my mind and i am working towards changing my ways. am working on my lies, am working on gossip which aki is 2 Juicy most of the time..(by the way dudes gossip more than ladies), However Pastr S, i need your guidance, i don’t knw if its only me or it happens to others..When i confess somethng with my mouth like “i will do xyz which wil benefit me in this way” it doesnt happen..if anythng, the exact opposite happens.it has happened so so many times before that i begun to notice, but when i say that will not happen …then it happens, so over a period of time i have been saying the exact opposite with my lips (secretly wishin for the corect to happen) and most of the times it does happen. S i hav been in thi game from way back in primary,”am in the list of noise makers” then am not! Walaah! then i act al surprised. am now 30, still saying, tht promotion isnt mine the take another then it happens..Aki so now comes Pstr S. “your tongues’ confessions are your possesions” enyewe ..nita make…
    i feel blessed being part of God’s Chosen.

    FYI when i got saved in October last yr i said “i accept Christ as my personal savior, and will work and live in his ways” lest you get cheecky ideas.

    regards,

    Blessed chap

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  27. Hi y’all Sundays sermon was really my heartbeat. No wonder God told Joshua in Joahua 1:8 that “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth…” I took some time to find precious bible promises that we should pray and talk over and into our lives and memorize and hide God’s word in our hearts.

    “He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee” (Deuteronomy 7:13).

    “The LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime” (Psalm 42:8).
    “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (Psalm 23:6).

    “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
    “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

    “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:3-5).

    “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely” (Hosea 14:4).

    “The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover him all the day long” (Deuteronomy 33:12).

    “When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet” (Proverbs 3:24).

    “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).

    “Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17).

    “I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).

    “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour” (Isaiah 43:2, 3).

    “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37:23).

    “Thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee” (Psalm 128:2).

    “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them” (Isaiah 65:21-23).

    “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” (Psalm 18:2).

    “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalm 32:8).

    “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

    “I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul” (Jeremiah 32:41).

    “I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full” (Deuteronomy 11:14, 15).

    “The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow” (Deuteronomy 28:12).

    “Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited” (Isaiah 54:1-3).

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  28. all i can say is that God is good. On sunday i raised my hand to be prayed for, my business and employment. Today i just confirmed that my employment status will be changed from contract to permanent, after 5years of service. this will now enable me to secure a loan that i urgently needed for my business. thank you mavuno for your prayers. thank you JESUS

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  29. i recognize God’s voice now. i can feel His presence every waking second. i realize Him coz its no longer i but He. i recognize God’s voice now, telling me how much He loves me.
    for He formed my inward parts; He knitted me together in my mother’s womb. such wonderful knowledge cannot be mine alone to enjoy. i desire for all people to know the voice of God, to believe we no longer have to live but instead He. Pastor S…God is calling me

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  30. thanks pastor M, for these series on crimes of the tongue. when this was announced in church last month i wondered how it will apply to me!! can you imagine such ignorance? but once you started i realised i had alot of cleaning up to do. what has really sunk in my spiriit is the way i usually doubt Gods word even when it is clear that He has spoken. when you spoke on our confessions are our possessions i realised that God has been so gracious that even when i have doubted Him and confessed wrong he has been faithful.. how i need to confess right in order to give life to HIS WORD – I LOVEd the story of the kitchen and the way it obeyed your spoken word of out of faith!! i want to walk in the supernatureal with God and i have to learn to start by confessions His word and aligning myself to it. awesome pasi. God bless you and keep you focused to help us become the church he wants and the fearless influencers he requires to be.

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  31. Guilty As Charged!!!!! Says:

    Hi
    Yani its like you’ve big brothered me the whole time
    I feel that this is one of those sermons direct for me…
    Well, the funny thing is that I was one of those who yappppppppppped and yappppppppped then after your sermons I stopped.
    Cause I figured the less I said then the less hurtful things I would say.
    So now i’m almost nil by mouth-anti social you could say.
    Its even got the people around me literally bugging me to tell them whats going on…
    Man, and that is irritating.
    So now that I decided to retreat, how do I deal with those around me.
    I dont really want to spend too much time talking about stuff…

    I’m thinking this is between me and God.So by me changing my behaviour.You should see me at the office now, all i need is my ipod and the computer and I’m good to go.
    But the thing is I was the life of the party………….
    Now i’m the boring one…….
    What to do!!!!!!!

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  32. Hi Pator S, the whole Mavuno stfaf team and bloggers,

    The series CRIMES OF THE TONGUE (till CONFESSIONS) for me was those ones for.. me I don’t like to lie so hey, I don’t even gossip, mpaka i told my neighbours when we were told to come up with rumors ati i can’t even come up with one coz i don’t know how to.. I think all the while God was looking at me and saying wait you child claiming righteousness i will show you.

    Confessions hit me hard, really hard, Sometimes i do it subconsciously regarding matters like school and work but am all out with it when it comes to relationships.. I dated a certain character for 8 years and then he decides to leave me after i had thought.. marriage bliss..LOL!!!!! I have now met this really nice God fearing guy whom i like and who likes me but i keep thinking and saying to myself that he’s just playing and someone better will come along and he’ll leave me. I keep thinking that I will have a repeat of the 8 years saga. As a result he’s yet to ask me out and i now believe that this is because of my confessions. I am choosing to change this now and believe that this man will be God’s chosen for me..

    I am reading God’s word more now and can’t wait for the time i will have enough ammo to tell myself, the world and the devil that I am God’s and nothing you can do will change that.

    Thanks Pastor S and the whole of Mavuno for grooming me to be a FEARLESS INFLUENCER

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  33. It’s Wednesday and I’m back. Just had to share. I confess each morning when I wake up that I will be energised all day, productive and nore slouching on the coach and guess what I’m so glad to say I’m so productive I’ve accomplished a lot of work I’d shelved for the last few months, i’ve taken up a new hobby to replace the sofa nap, I’m in the process of scheduling my days as I have so much to do and so little time-seems i lost alot of it tired and slleping on the sofa. God is so good. I’ve had fantastic talks with my kids as I’m alert in the evning. I could go on and on, for now I’ll just give God all the glory and say ‘My Confession truly is my Possesion’
    God bless you all.

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  34. thanks rennje for putting up those verses!i needed them!

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  35. Desert Kid Says:

    Your confessions are your possessions! what a catchy phrase to take away from this sermon.

    I once abandoned a budding career in a Top 10 Kenyan company to pursue some dreams in the Middle East. My team was very sad to see me leave and threw a big party in my honour.
    Nothing could have prepared me for the life changing experience in the Middle East. Soon my hopes and dreams were scortched by the desert sun. My new employer never honoured any of the promises that lured me to the land of Oil. Soon it turned to be the land of tears. I even went without a salary for 2 months! I used to sit by the swimming pool every evening and make my confessions amidst tears.
    “My Old Job was good. I wish I could get another chance.” And every day I kept remembering all the good times from my Old Job. Soon it was smiles instead of tears.

    Then one day I got a one Liner from the Boss of my former Boss saying: “Hi Mate. Would you be interested in working for us again?”

    And the rest as they say is History.

    Thanks Pastor S for reminding us that our confessions are indeed our possessions!

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  36. forgiven sinner Says:

    pastor S. am so amazed at the ways God used you last Sunday to drive the point home for me. i have not been confessing with my tongue negatively about myself but deep inside me i have always been feeling inadequate and therefore i have been ‘speechlessly’ confessing negatively about me. i have seen God’s miracles time and time again but i tend to brush them aside and just say i was lucky or any other reason that helps me be ‘practical’. during your sermon last week, i heard God saying to me that he has forgiven me and that i should believe in Him more and not limit Him anymore. i have started seeing changes in my life and believe if i cant die for God, then i better not be alive and definitely not my tongue nor my feelings will keep me from serving God. good work and God bless. sadly though, i have been posted outside Nairobi and i cant be able to follow the sermons keenly but i believe God wants me to influence the part of Kenya that i am in, in a mighty way. am praying that he gives me the provision for His vision since i have the vision already. YES HE CAN is my positive confession

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  37. Hmmm…Pastor S, that sermon was fresh from Heaven’s kitchen. From the skit, to your kitchen story to the sermon….I have been put in check.

    I feel like I am under the spotlight in an interogation room. I have been telling myself guilty as charged but I feel its about time I changed to ‘forgiven and innocent’. This crime of the tongue series has really exposed me big time. I have reached a point where I even told my fiancee to keep me in check by asking me if I have lied to anyone during my interactions.

    The sage who came up with ‘kikulacho ki nguoni mwako’ was spot on. I am my own worst enemy by my confessions. On sunday, I was so convicted ….I still I’m convicted. I have had various opportunities to confess negative. I have strived (sp) to be positive. This week I have managed to talk the word of God to myself and the conditions around me. the word is alive and its in my mouth. My possessions (or lack of them) are tied to what I confess indeed.

    The highlight of the sermon was the scripture that God granted them their confessions..this really blew me up.. I have had enough ‘ooops moments’ lest I end up wallowing in the miasma of my confessions. Indeed Life and death is in the power of the tongue….

    Pastor S …Yes sir and thank you Sir..Pastor M and the entire staff team, may the Lord increase the place of your tents and your boundaries. May He cause his face to shine upon you and may your barns be filled… I call you blessed and highly favoured…

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  38. Pastor S continue the God’s good work you are doing to sinners who are learning to follow Go’s ways day by day. My tongue was used to confessing negative always and am realizing that its the cause of all i faced in life including Loose of job and vain in getting one. Since Sunday am reminded by conscious to avoid negatives for i have learn how powerful our tongues can mean to be in either destroying us or improving us from dust to success.
    I cant wait to be in the Dome on Sunday to get my mouth washed for greasing of the parts for moving on with pleasing life.
    I don’t regret Knowing Mavuno,Ps M,Ps S,Ps Land others.

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  39. Wow! Thanks to you all for sharing your lives and the kind comments. I pray that God will change your lives ‘for good’, and that many others around you will take the cue. Its very encouraging to read all these stories.

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  40. I am rarely one to post comments or get interactive..hope that’s not a bad confession. i have plagued myself with negative words and thoughts, this impacting on my self esteem. This has only proved to be destructive to me in that inspite of having very supportive family and friends, skills and knowledge in what I do, my negativity has cultured fear in me. I feel (fed by thoughts of failure) that I can’t accomplish much in life. This week was one of those weeks plagued by fear and negative thoughts, but I kept reminding myself that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, God has not given me the Spirit of fear but that of power, love and a sound mind. My challenge then is faith, but I will believe in the truth of God’s word and even when my faith falters, He yet remains faithful. Thank you Pastor S for sharing God’s truth through this series, my life and I believe the lives of many others are changing through God’s Word. God bless.

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  41. Reclaimed Says:

    Been around since the club trying to find myself.I’m almost in tears and scared stiff of any attention as i share this.
    I think i’ve been wallowing between self pity,tears and despair the last 10 years thanks to the fact that i failed (did not get an A)so i was pushed into the next best career that i feel nothing about though i passed all my professional exams and are termed as qualified……… I quit my job 2 years ago as i believed i would go into what i had a passion for;but it hasn’t worked out yet……
    It reaches a point i stop dreaming and since all my family n friends(who i avoid like the plague) have been on my case i am a busy body helping everyone else achieve their dreams and looking the part.At one point i prayed that God would just take me away bila drama coz the disgrace was eating me up big time.
    I think i’ve read all self help books to no avail;now i will confess that i am passionate and all those plans i have drawn up shall be funded!
    Do pray with me.
    I love you guys and will keep praying for you.

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  42. Pastor M Says:

    Wah! Have been blessed reading this week’s comments. Many are for sure applying God’s word in their lives at Mavuno. @ Reclaimed, is it possible that your not getting an A ten years ago was God preparation for your purpose? Is it possible that the qualifications you obtained have been His subsequently leading you in His direction? Is it possible that the challenges you have faced have been a rehearsal for a life of overcoming? Is it possible that you’re at Mavuno to bring it all together and launch you into a life of God’s purpose?

    I was blessed by Pastor S’ message on Sunday! And this week have been memorizing Rom.8:1-22 which so connects with it, and which I shall now proceed to type from memory 🙂 …

    Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘so shall your offspring be’. Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old – and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised. This is why it was ‘credited to him as righteousness’.

    I’m learning to as Pastor S put it, ‘confront the facts with the truth’, which is God’s word.

    God bless!

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  43. Yes we can!!!

    Perhaps what has come to be known as the best campaign slogan in a very long time (at least since I was born).
    Watching the way the election campaigns were carried out, it was almost obvious which way they would end up.
    Just like Caleb in the Old Testament (Numbers 13:30 & Joshua 14:6-15) believed what God had promised His chosen people.
    God had said to them that He would lead them into the land of milk and honey; which in the New Testament it is referred to as the Spirit-filled life.
    The only difference with this now famous slogan and what Caleb said was that Caleb understood that it was only possible with God. It had nothing to do with Caleb’s articulation. Caleb believed what God said in His word (Bible), and because of that, God honored him.
    The thing is that God is very faithful to keep His word to each and every person who will choose to believe what God says in His word.
    In the New Testament, Paul says, “I can do all things through Him (God) who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13. Jesus also said to His disciples, “Without Me, you can do nothing.” – John 15:5.
    When we do anything that God has called us to do, whether we know it or not or whether we are born-again or not, it is safe for me to say that “With God, all things are possible.” I got that in the Bible as well. The Bible also says that without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He is, and He is the rewarder of those that believe.” – Hebrews 11:6
    Even as we claim that ‘Yes we can!’, we should also remember that that statement is incomplete by itself because we need to say, “With God, yes we can!”
    I hope you will realize that none of us can do anything by ourselves, but with God, yes I can and so can you.
    I have to tell you that the only way you and I will be able now to enter into the Promised Land i.e. the Spirit-filled life, is by receiving Jesus Christ. God already has declared, “Yes! You can!!”
    God bless you.
    Martin.

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  44. Hellllllppp before i lie further Says:

    This month’s series, and especially last Sunday’s is truly truly life changing.
    Qn: how do you say no to people who want to borrow money from you without lying? I do lend money to friends with emergencies but there are times when I find that some of my friends have put themselves in self made emergencies e.g. expensive wedding with expenses that must be cleared like today, a car whose duty must be paid for today, a trip to Mara coz the migration cannot be post poned etc etc etc Is it even financially wise to be funding people’s luxuries – even if I can afford to?

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  45. Talking of Abraham, he was blessed with Exhaltation, prosperity, reproductiveness, good health , victory and favour.As a descendant of Abraham, and by faith in Gods promise to bless his generations, I recieve these blessings and promises in my life and in my family’s life.

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  46. Thank you Pastor S,

    Indeed, this has been one of the most sobering sermon series we have had at Mavuno and we thank God that He is transforming us. Transformation is usually uncomfortable but at the end, it produces desirable results.God bless you abundantly and Pastor M & Pastor Linda. God has used you so much to bless our lives and empower us.

    On another note, the praise and worship on Sunday was extremely, extremely awesome!!! I could feel the amazing presence of God!! I cried throughout the service. And Pastor Gowi is annoited!! Please keep up the worship, it ushers us right into Gods prescence. I must admit the other dances that we do sometimes , just dont augur well with me but as a leader in mavuno, I decided to give that away for the benefit of the peolple that we are reaching.

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  47. freshiah Says:

    wasup pastor S,
    yaani sundays sermon was on point i really thank God 4 using u to speak to us! for me, it was just more than my expectations! by the way pasy ur storo 4 the kitchen was hot!! whenever i think about it , just feel like everything is possible!! av been confessing good things ths wik and i must say……GOD has been so faithful! cant wait 4 sundays sermon…..frm the topic i clearly cnt tel hw its gona be bt am waiting……….!! baraka sana pasy S!!

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  48. I had given up on me and church had been skipped for 4 months but i still prayed and i continued believing God was working in me. come sunday i came into my fathers house and i started worshipping wept and my heart felt lighter. next the sermon came in for the main course and wrrr it finally hit me that i have a father who has given me the power to ask and he will give it to me as long as it is in line with the manual(bible). am at a point where i have no job, am behind rent with two months, bills billsand guess what i know God will sort me now like never before. pastor S as you gave your testimony about your house hold conversation(to the kitchen) i started it and God is taking care of me.

    same sunday i went home and wrote bible verse and stuck them on my doors, fridge hata kwa wallet and its a constant reminder the devil has no space in my life and God loves more than i know.

    same sunday my fiance gave his life to the lord.pray with me for God to continue working in him.

    my life has never been the same since sunday. am making the right confessions and my helping my pals realize the power of the tongue.

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  49. I am grateful that the Lord used you to speak to us and especially to me.

    The message has enabled me to look at my life critically and see the changes that I can make .

    Thanks and Baraka

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  50. Hahaha ha!

    I almost can’t believe it! Every time I have a doubt, he comes through! It has been a tough monht, but after last week’s sermon, I decided to claim God’s promises for me and apply MY CONFESSIONS ARE MY POSSESSIONS. I had 150 bob mbele na nyuma in the morning, I decided to fuel for 100bob and contribute 50bob for a certain charity. I prayed to God and told him, “Lord you see my situation… I have nothing in my pocket, but I’m trusting you to fill it today. The whole day went by with nothing… I even got caught up with work and forgot all about my situation. Around 9pm (I was still in the office) a client called and said he had some work for me to do, he showed up with 5k! Man do I believe! God answers prayer!

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  51. Hahaha ha!

    I almost can’t believe it! Every time I have a doubt, he comes through! It has been a tough month, but after last week’s sermon, I decided to claim God’s promises for me and apply MY CONFESSIONS ARE MY POSSESSIONS. I had 150 bob mbele na nyuma in the morning, I decided to fuel for 100bob and contribute 50bob for a certain charity. I prayed to God and told him, “Lord you see my situation… I have nothing in my pocket, but I’m trusting you to fill it today. The whole day went by with nothing… I even got caught up with work and forgot all about my situation. Around 9pm (I was still in the office) a client called and said he had some work for me to do, he showed up with 5k! Man do I believe! God answers prayer!

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  52. Hi Pst S,
    Thanks for your sermon last sunday, indeed God uses you to encourage his people.

    I have been going through some really tough times in all the areas of my life and I’ve been wondering where God has been in the past couple of months. Prayer has been a challenge all I seemed to do was cry a lot

    Last saturday was really the lowest of the low, I couldnt get out of bed all I wanted to do was die. I mentally went through all the things in my house that would help me end my life and realized that nothing would be able to effectively do it nor do I have the money to buy anything. So I got up and went about my day like everything was ok, talking and laughing but hiding my tears.

    To be honest, I didnt want to come to church last sunday, but had to due to committments. As I came to church, I told God that I couldnt make it another, I needed His strenght. I told him that He needed to encourage me because I have nothing left. I dont know if I can make it through.

    Then you started to preach and you spoke to me directly, I for sure I’m one of those who would confess really negative things about myself. In a nutshell, I’m my worst critic worse than anything nasty anyone has ever said about me…. which they have even at Mavuno.

    I listened with tears in my eyes, because God was telling me exactly what I needed to hear, exactly when I needed to hear it. He used you, Pst S to encourage me. The Lord of the universe used you to speak to me and tell me that I’m not forgotten.

    I can safely say, I’m not where I was a week ago and I do believe that He has used others to speak to me this last couple of days and I feel encouraged to keep up the fight.

    Jeremiah 31: 3-4 Says…. I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again, you will be rebuilt…… that is my promise.

    Thanks for letting Him use you to speak to us.
    God bless….

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  53. Again am grateful to God that he is transforming our lives thro this series.
    @Karimi, here are some of the verses I used:
    Need: Psalm 23:1; Philippians 4:19
    Sickness: Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:5
    Weak: Phil 4:13
    Under attack: Romans 8:37; Isaiah 54:17
    In fear: 2 Timothy 1:7
    Low self-esteem: Psalm 139:14
    Death thoughts & threats: Psalm 23:4;
    Among others…

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  54. I just had to throw this in, now that we have learnt that our confessions are our possessions, perhaps it’s time for some bloggers to reconsider their screen names???

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  55. forgiven sinner Says:

    tomorrow is a Sunday and for the first time am in Mombasa and i feeling like an orphan bila mavuno. i will the sermons and the people.i was even a life group leader and God just decided to post me to Mombasa for my first job, i just say ‘yes sir’. i have been with mavuno since inception but i do know God has my best interests at heart. all life group leaders graduating tomorrow do so with me in heart. i will be graduating with you in absentia

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  56. mavunite Says:

    Hi forgiven sinner, all the best as God establishes you in Mombasa! I recommend you visit ICC Mombasa. A young church that meets on the top floor of Castle hotel. I’m sure there are also other good churches there. God bless as you fearlessly influence in your new city as the newest Mavunite in Diaspora!

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  57. Heartfelt Says:

    I relocated a few months ago and wanted to say that I have trully missed Mavuno. I follow the sermons and read the blogs but it’s nothing like being in the dome. I used to catch 2 mathrees and walk a good bit to get there, but as I’ve heard…”A church alive is worth the drive” (or walk)! God brought me to Mavuno when I had nothing and no one left to turn to, and y’all gave me a reason to keep going week after week, cos’ now I had church to look forward to. I never stayed long enough to make a friend, or become part of ministry, but I thank you.

    To the Mavunites, recognize and honor the gifts that you have in your midst, Pastors M, S…and all the others. Find your place in helping them minister and stay plugged in.

    I love you all and pray that God will allow me the priviledge to come and be with you again soon.

    Heartfelt.

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  58. @heartfelt, am so happy for you. you don’t know where mavuno got me from, i was at the bottom of my life, now i am among the pioneer members of mavuno, served in mediashout ministry for 2 years, currently a life group leader and God decided i should relocate to msa. i miss the dome and my family (life group) but i know God wanted me to live apart from mavuno for sometime so that i appreciate some things. i now have a passion to read the bible and know that every time we are in mavuno we are being sharpened to influence the world, not to remain there. i feel you about your nostalgia for mavuno and i think you should thank God for the short time you were there. believe me you will be back and when you do, serve in as many ministries ad you can

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