Know Who You Are

How do we remain focused on God’s agenda for our lives in the daily pressure to compete? How do we make sure that we don’t adapt our agenda to suit the environment? How do we become the kind of people who have such clear values that we remain focused?

Your performance is based on your preparation.

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  • Scripture

Read Matthew 3:16 – 4:11. We see Jesus face and overcome the temptation to be spectacular and do something that will earn Him great applause. What was really at stake was His ability to focus on his mission. And the only way He was able to stay focused was because He understood who He was and what He valued.

  • Observation
  1. Jesus had just been baptized by John. He had just gone through a powerful experience where He became aware in an incredible way that He was being anointed with the Spirit of God. He heard God’s voice addressing Him as son and setting Him apart for a special task.
  2. The devil comes to tempt Him in order to derail Him right on the heels of this call to change the world.
  3. Jesus was hungry! Temptations appealed to legitimate needs and desires for physical satisfaction, relevance and to be powerful.
  4. Jesus knew the Scriptures. He quotes from Deuteronomy 8:3
  5. Twice the devil tries to call into question Jesus’  identity. The devil’s standard operating procedure is to challenge every thing that God is calling us to do and be.
  6. The devil also knows the scripture.

  • Application

We can precondition ourselves so that our values and standards are so ingrained in us that everything the world brings on us is filtered through our standards and values then the size of calamity that presents itself doesn’t matter.

There is nothing wrong with ambition, or a desire to progress. But had  Jesus given in to the temptation to prove He was the son of God, He would have relinquished His right to set the agenda. It was a good idea, but not God’s idea. If Jesus had taken up the devil’s offer, He would have been relinquishing His authority by letting Satan determine the agenda. For Jesus, it was a refusal to let anything or anyone else drive His agenda.

We live from our heart; our life now and in the future is a result of what we have become in the depths of our being. The life we live in our moments, hours, days and years, wells from the depths of our being. Those with a well-kept heart are persons who are prepared for and capable of responding to situations of life in ways that are right and good.

Proverbs  4:23
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life

The knowledge of God’s Word that you store in your spirit will determine whether you stand or fall. Jesus responded by saying: Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. The Word of God is at least as important as eating food. This Word must work for you and in you. It must be fire in you. You must read and understand it for yourself. Three times Jesus said to Satan, it is written. What do you say when trouble and temptation comes? When success and opportunity come you must be able to keep your agenda.

  • Prayer

One, many of us have been side tracked and need to take back the authority to set the agenda and two, those who want to recommit to God’s agenda to change the world need to recommit to plowing into God’s Word.

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13 Responses to “Know Who You Are”

  1. Just a powerful sermon – the Archimedes principle was so real…. i was greatly blessed.. God bls you pastor L.

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  2. “Romeo take me to your castle…” hehehe!! I absolutely loved church yesterday!! Loved the sermon, very relevant, very simple, and very FUNNY!!

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  3. Simply lovely. This was real bread & meat. Archimede’s principle ilinibamba sana. I was being reminded of some of my personal best psalms as you spoke

    Psalm 19:7-11
    The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
    the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
    the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
    the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
    the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
    the rules [4] of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
    More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
    sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
    Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

    Psalm 119 is my best psalm. 
    Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.

    Psalm 119:97-100
    Oh how I love your law!
    It is my meditation all the day.
    Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
    for it is ever with me.
    I have more understanding than all my teachers,
    for your testimonies are my meditation.
    I understand more than the aged, [8]
    for I keep your precepts.

    Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!

    Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light to my path.

    Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it imparts understanding to the simple.

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  4. I was reading the same text concerning Jesus temptation in the book of Luke… I found it interesting that it says immediately Jesus was baptized “*the Spirit* led him into t:e desert to be tempted’.

    I believe sometimes God will allow the enemy to test us so that we can either learn something or be strengthened in some way. God doesn’t want to destroy you, he’s refining you.

    1 Peter 1:7 – These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

    Proverbs 17:3 – The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.

    Psalm 66:10 – For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver.

    I was intrigued to find that when you want to refine gold into it’s purest form, even silver is an impurity to the gold (http://www.ehow.com/how_4545930_refining-gold.html) i.e. some things may seem good and they may be good as Pst. Linda was talking about being competitively concerned about things other than God’s agenda, (she said there was nothing really wrong with Jesus’ turning rocks to bread or one having ‘success’) – but ‘good’ is not always ‘right’.

    So if u really are praying for God to set u apart and use you etc etc be warned, you’ll lose some ‘silver’ in the process… but then again, what’s the value of pure gold?… Me thinks it’s worth it! 😉

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  5. The illustration using the Archimedes principle was deep! It so agrees with Paul’s message in Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” One’s performance is definitely influenced by their preparation. God bless you Pastor Linda.

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  6. dota of zion Says:

    Pst.Linda.
    Be blessed.

    In this age of Instant everything we have to do our part in developing our relationship with God and in shunning evil.I agree with you ,even after being laid hands on ,and receiving prophesies/word from mighty men of God we have to practice SOAP.The laying of hands works but is more effective if reinforced by SOAP.The spoken word has to be consistent with the written word and how do we tell whether it is if we do not study the word of God.

    There is no short cut,if we have to have a tight relationship with God then we must realize that its as costly as any other relationship.Fortunately when this is right,everything else falls into place.vice versa is also true.When we realize that God is all we need ,we will be willing to what it takes to spend time with him in SOAP.

    God bless you Pst L. I love the way you present the word in an homourous way .

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  7. Prity lady Says:

    Hey Pastor L. Thanx 4 th preachn on sunday.it spoke to me as am in a tempting atmosphere especially tht u said bout dating an unsaved man. I hv a guy who’s hitting on me.he is great n all tht bt he wants a sexual rshp.am no virgin bt i wld rather party n drink bt not have sex.tht is a smthn i dnt want ever agen. i hv bn convicted of tht sin by smthn within me hence y am nt up 4 it.The prblm s tht i dnt want to luz hm or tl hm tht i cnt date hm cz of th sex issue. it wl break hs hurt n al b luzn a gr8 man.he is rich n am scared tht if i let hm go al nt have th life av always desired.plz help.

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    • @ Prity lady,

      I thank God for convicting you and giving you the courage to stand up against sex. It is not worth giving yourself away just because the guy wants it..in fact he is not worthy of you!

      But you know what prity lady, you have made this guy to be your “god”. You have looked up to him as the one who will guarantee you the life you have always wanted. This is not true! Only God can give you the best life he has planned for you! Don’t put your hopes on this guy. After he gotten the sex or feeling frustrated because you wont give in he will walk way..This guy is just a man!The Bible says “Cursed is he who trusts in man..” Jeremiah 17:5

      Put your trust in God alone. He is the only one who can sort you out. There is no way that you can stand against sin without Jesus. Trying to keep away from the temptation of sex by your own strength is zero.
      Please invite Jesus in your heart if you have not done so..Ask him to lead you to a life that he has planned for you.

      I pray that God will see you through. Please come to the prayer tent on sunday and speak to any of our Prayer Counsellors. You will withstand this i promise, because God has a good plan for you.

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  8. I am so so so so absolutely blessed by the sermons this month… I am stepping up to change my yesterday through prayer and my today in this word…. if I ingest the word and live the principles then I will have what it takes to live to become a man of influence who goes against the norm because I am on the GOD team.

    I learnt first week to die to self and be alive in CHRIST- the army example killed it for me

    This week niko na Archimedes

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  9. I simply loved the sermon,It was simple but deep;the archimedes principle..so true.I also loved the part for It is written!God bless you Pastor Linda

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  10. Pastor Linda, God Bless you.
    I am personally one of those who thought reading the Bible was just too hard.You have put it so simply yet firmly that there is no short cut to this…….we have to make effort.I tried “praying myself” into reading the Bible but I now realise outsourcing prayer and Bible reading just does not make sense.Wa!I also liked the Archimedes Pinciple illustration.I have shared it with quite a number of my friends.Im now reading the Psalms….lagging behind but Im trying.I trust that reading the Bible for me will not be a one-off stunt this time but a lifestyle.

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  11. Kenya’s 2nd birthday has been and gone. The skies were overcast; the balloons didn’t fly, some doves returned! Omar al Bashir gate-crashed and the Air-Force fly past were cancelled yet nothing could dampen our enthusiasm. Patriots turned out in large numbers to witness the birth of our 2nd Republic. As one who was fortunate to witness the birth of our 1st Republic albeit through the eyes of a six (6) year old, I couldn’t help comparing the two events. There was a restlessness and unusual joy and excitement in the adult population in our rural Tigania close to Kianjai Market. I lived at the Chief’s camp which was the epicenter of local the celebrations. There was song and dance and shouts of Uhuru not to mention the feasting consisting of “nyama choma, chapatti” and rice which were rare delicacies consumed only at Christmas. Even the normally restrained and cautious Administration Police (or was it Tribal Police?) threw caution to the wind and sung “tufunge Safari” not to the Command or “Amri” of the Queen/(K.A.R.) but to Jomo Kenyatta. Then came the moment when the Union Jack was lowered and replaced with our colorful flag amidst chants of “Kenyatta aheisha bendera”. Shortly thereafter I was disconcerted when the portrait of a beautiful lady wearing a crown and accompanied a dashing young gentleman in resplendent military attire (in later life I learnt it was Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip) was removed from the wall and replaced with one of a shaggy bearded man in a beaded cap (who I later learnt was Jomo Kenyatta.) All the entreaties from the adults that Kenyatta was the hero and that the lovely couple were our oppressors failed to impress my young mind. How could it be? The couple looked so civil and gracious and the African gentleman looked… kind of grizzly! But then again for the first time in my fragile innocent mind the adults seemed “to have lost their marbles!” I would henceforth have to handle them with caution until the “Uhuru” madness passed then perhaps they would regain their senses.
    As I surveyed the events of the re-birth of the 2nd Republic from the comfort of my lounge I am dismayed to state that the high energy and vibes were not as palpable as in 1963. It took the wisdom and discernment of Pastor Linda Adolwa of Mavuno Church at Belle Vue to bring to my consciousness that I may have been afflicted by the disease of the middle-class……the comfort zone. According to Pastor Linda the middle class watch historic national events from the comfort of their homes in a box named television. The energy or vibe of any event cannot be exquisitely captured in a box! Positive development rarely takes place from the comfort of the couch.
    To the Pastor they are a detached lot who have abdicated their national responsibility to political leaders and others. Uhuru Park to them is “so yesterday” not to mention the fear of pickpockets, poor crowd control in event of stampedes whether caused by bees or some other phobias. Then there was the bomb….one bomb in 47years has provided the perfect excuse to avoid National functions! Who is fooling who? They don’t even enjoy chapatti and rice as they are within their daily reach!
    The middle class must arise and take control of their own destiny. Their abdication of duty and lack of courage to make hard choices has left them in an impotent comfort zone yet they are the cogs and wheels that turn industry and run the economy. A nation deserves the leaders it elects and for as long as the middle class takes a detached back seat in national affairs this nation will remain stuck in a rut of incompetence, corruption and poor political leadership. Our new Constitution only lays down a framework for good governance and development. It is but a foundation. The body or the meat of the Constitution must come from the citizens. The middle-class by virtue of their education and experience now has a wonderful opportunity to lead and drive the process. They must grab this God-given opportunity with both hands and seize the moment to indelibly write their contribution in the book(s) of history. Anything short of this would amount to a betrayal. In the words of Pastor Linda Adolwa, “to change the World we must set things in motion against all odds.” We must be pro-active and move out of our comfort zones to enable us to succeed in the new Republic. As one who had the privilege of watching the birth of the 1st Republic through the lens of a peasant and the birth of the 2nd Republic supposedly through the eye(s) of the middle class there is certainly something wrong with the current picture! It is not only myopic but unrealistic and out of touch with the hopes and aspirations of the people of Kenya.
    DAUDI MWENDA.P.O.BOX 24943-00502 NAIROBI.CELL:0722154722

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