Preacher: Elder Wamagata Kairu wa Njeri
Message: Move On – Don’t give Up
Readings: Deuteronomy 1:6-8, Philippians 3: 12-14
Inspiring stories of moving on
In the Barcelona Olympic……..
In the Barcelona Olympic of 1982, Derek Redmond was favoured to win the gold medal in the 400 meters race. 150 meters into the race Derek felt pain in his leg, in agony he fell to the ground with a torn hamstring. Not willing to give up, and determined to finish the race, he stood up and started limping towards the finish line. A man broke through the security from the crowd and rushed towards him trying to stop Derek from proceeding with the race. It was his father. ‘You don’t have to do this’, he told his son. ‘Yes I do’, replied Derek. ‘Well then, we are going to finish this together’ replied the father. And both walked towards the finish line. Shortly before the finish line, Derek’s father let him go to complete his race. Derek received a standing ovation from a crowd of about 65,000. When you don’t give up, you cannot fail. Though he didn’t win the race, he finished the race.
In 2008, Heather Dorniden………
In 2008, Heather Dorniden, was leading the pack during the final heat of the women 600 meters race at the Big Ten Indoor Tracks Championship in Minnesota USA. With about 200 meters to go, she tripped and fell flat on her tummy. Amazingly, she quickly stood up and was able to overtake the three competitors who were ahead of her and win the race. She finished the race and won the race.
Both these stories illustrate people who decided to move on as opposed to giving up.
In the first reading,
We see Moses talking to the Israelites and reminding them what God had done and what he wanted them to do.
God had delivered the Israelites from Egypt and was leading them to the Promised Land.
However, when they came to Horeb, they stayed there for quite a while.
God spoke to Moses and told him that they had stayed long enough in that mountain and were therefore required to break camp and advance.
God told them to go to the hill country of the Amorites, the neighbouring people of Arabah, in the mountains, western foothills, in the Negev, along the coast to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon and the great river Euphrates
God was telling them about the opportunities they had by moving on.
God reminded them that he had given them the land and they were required to go in and possess the land that God swore to give to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and to their descendants after them
This meant that the Israelites were required to be on the move to their finish line, possession of the Promised Land.
In the second reading,
We see Paul who was a man mightily used by God. Most of the letters in the New Testament were written by him.
In 2 Corinthians 12: 2, Paul talks of knowing of a man who had been caught up to the third heaven. This was 14 years earlier than when he was writing the letter. This is just an indicator of the many things that Paul had experienced while serving God.
In Philippians 1:10 Paul talks for his desire to know Jesus and the power of his resurrection.
Paul tells the Philippians that he did not consider himself yet to have achieved or been made perfect but he was pressing on towards the goal.
Life is never a straight line. Even in medicine a straight line means there is no life while an oscillation means there is life.This therefore teaches us that in life we face up and downs.
Words such as disappointments, setbacks, failures, hurt exist to show us that life is not all that which we would desire it to be.
We have also words that depict success and the good side of life.
The negative things are our downs while the positive things are our ups.
Circumstances exist in life that would make us give up.
Each one of us here has had circumstances that we would want to forget in our lives – because of the negative things they remind us.
I was Once Beaten by……..
For instance I was once beaten by a girl in primary school and as you know one was considered a weakling if he would be beaten by a lady. Imagine of the same was to have happened in a digital age. It would have been the talk of the social media. There are circumstances which we would want to re-live because they are such a success and remind us of good times.
There was a time i………
For instance, there was a time I was the best student in the country in a national professional examination. Such is what I would want to re-live . However, the aim should be to always move on hoping and trusting God for a better tomorrow.
The opposite of not moving on is giving up.
At times people give up when they are almost achieving their goals.
Things that hinder us from moving on
1. Dwelling in the past.
Failures – Failures though deterrent in nature, should be taken as stepping stones to success.
Success – Success ought to serve as a motivator to move on. It can however make some people complacent and thus fail to move on.
2. Fear – Many fail to progress because of fear of the unknown including fear of failure or how to deal with success .
3. Sin – The Israelites spend 40years in the wilderness because of their sins. We could be in our wilderness because of sin.
Ways to enable us move forward
1. Be right with God through repentance
1 John 1:9. God is always willing to forgive us our sins even where we have greatly sinned against him
Isaiah 1: 18. The only sin not forgivable is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit
2. Forget the past
Isaiah 43:18. This relates to your past which acts as a hindrance and not your past which acts as a motivator to move on.
3. Feed your mind positively
Proverbs 23:7, you are what you think. Think about progress and you will achieve it.
People are known to be more violent if they keep on watching violent programme such as wrestling.
Similarly, watching soap operas whose main theme is infidelity is encouraging such in our midst.
Therefore, feed your mind with positive things such as the word of God to enable you move on towards the goal of eternal life.
6 The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.
7 Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon,as far as the great river, the Euphrates.
8 See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”
Philippians 3: 12-14
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
14 I press ontoward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Date : 7th August 2016
Venue : Pcea Thome Parish Church
Credits to: Elder Wamagata Kairu wa Njeri (Writer) and James Kamoche K. (Publisher)