Serving God

Preacher: Rev David Murage Ikinya
Message: Serving God
Readings: Psalm 92:1-15, Galatians 5:16-26

It is good to know we are in this world but we are not of this world.
Whatever we do let us do it in accordance with the will of God knowing that God will go with us if we obey him.
 Each one of us has a talent and gift from God and therefore we ought to be use these in serving God to achieve more.
 We are all important in the church and service of God.
 Therefore, if you have anything you know or feel that can assist the church, please always ensure you communicate the same to the church leaders.
 If we don’t move together we may get to a point where we may have challenges moving on.
Together we achieve more.
 We should be like Nehemiah who stood and rebuild the house of the Lord.
      From Psalm 90 to 146, is a prayer that was dedicated to Moses because of those who were against Moses due to their selfish pursuits.
      Psalm 92 shows how God gives us strength as we work even as we meditate on what we have done and what we intend to do.
 There are times we feel very weak and it is important to know that it is God who gives us strength to soldier on and achieve more.
God is the source of all the good things that you may require.
 God helps us to serve Him with joy and peace in unity with each other.
 The grace of God leads us to doing what God wants .
 God will never leave us but will always be with us to the end.
 As we serve God we will meet both good and bad things .
 Psalm 92:12 says those who walk together with God are like a plam tree planted by the water side.
 We should therefore serve God knowing that God will give us peace and grace as we do so.
 The leaders and those being led ought to know that we all belong to the same fellowship.
 It’s would be unfortunate for any of us to think that they are indispensable.
 Let us serve God in humility, respect and in unity to achieve more.
 As you grow, it is good to evaluate yourself, to see how you ought to be in the ministry of serving God.
 We have achieved all we have because of the love of God.
It is also important to know that even as we serve God, there are instances of disagreement that may arise which may make us become angry. However, we ought to remember who has called us and who we are before in God,

A buffalo…..
 A buffalo is a symbol of strength. It is good to know that just like a buffalo gets its strength from God, we too get our strength from God.
 A buffalo walks in different strides at times walking in pride because of its strength.  We too ought to be proud for the strength that God gives us.

A camel…
 A camel has a hump where is stores oil which helps it to survive during the dry spell.
 God has called us to serve Him and his word will always lead us.
 When we encounter challenges, let us surrender them to God.

A bus…..
 A bus carries varies types of passengers. There are those who are joyous as they travel,  those intending to steal, those going to visit etc. A bus may be full as it leaves it’s station or may pick passengers along the way.
 Some passengers are known to be very noisy. Similarly, in the service of God, there are also those who make noise at every single thing that is mentioned or being done. These are perennial complaints.
 In the service of God, there are those who are committed to serving even in the midst of dangers just like the way the fire brigadiers respond to emergencies.

The giraffe…..
 The giraffe is an unique animal, it does not look forward as it walks, it does not walk alone, it eats difficult leaves, it is the tallest animal, they take care of each other among its other attributes.
 Let us follow the example of the giraffe as we service God.
 We will encounter much in our lives and without God we cannot achieve much.
 Let us take care of each other either as leaders or those being led.
 Let us subordinate our egos to the service of God and remain united.
 Let us forget the past that has been a hinderance to us and focus forward in serving God.
Let us know that we are still on a journey to eternity and thus let us serve God respecting each other.
 No one is superior to the other in the ministry of serving God.

Psalm 92:1-15,

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
    and the melody of the harp.

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
    I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
How great are your works, Lord,
    how profound your thoughts!
Senseless people do not know,
    fools do not understand,
that though the wicked spring up like grass
    and all evildoers flourish,
    they will be destroyed forever.

But you, Lord, are forever exalted.

For surely your enemies, Lord,
    surely your enemies will perish;
    all evildoers will be scattered.
10 You have exalted my horn[b] like that of a wild ox;
    fine oils have been poured on me.
11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
    my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
    they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
    they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
    they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
    he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

Galatians 5:16-26

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;

20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions

21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

26 Let us not become conceited,provoking and envying each other.

Credits to: Elder Wamagata (Writer) and Kamoche (Publisher)

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