(October 10, 2016). The theme of Senior Pastor Georges William Ntemi’s sermon delivered on Sunday was feelings of diffidence that lead to discouragement. Preaching to an attentive and appreciative congregation, the man of God extolled the congregation to focus steadfastly any time they set goals to achieve while being wary of discouragement that can enervate them in attempts to distract them.
He told the congregation never to listen to their inner voices of darkness attempting to discourage and distract them from their stated goals but must remain focused and persevere, and success will be theirs because “destiny is not in the hands of man but in the hands of the almighty God,” said Pastor Ntemi.
“Sometimes the Lord gives us vision, but we place the vision aside because of other factors. Discouragement is a disease that kills our dreams of marching forward. Succumbing to discouragement can destroy our families and everything around us.”
“Discouragement is a deadly disease that can derail our lives and fill us with hopelessness instead of hope, fear instead of courage, and retrogression instead of progress,” said the man of God.
Pastor Ntemi’s sermon was informed by Nehemiah 4:1,3,4,7, and 10-12 and Hebrew 12:1. He told the story of Nehemiah, who on hearing that the Ammonites had dismantled the walls of Jerusalem prayed to God in the palace of Shushana to touch the king’s heart to allow him to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. The Lord heard his prayers and when he went rebuilding the wall with his men, they were taunted and mocked by Sanballat, whose name means secret enemy or a hypocrite and his cohorts.
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However, when they persevered and finished, Sanballat became infuriated and joined forces with Tobias, the Ammonites, the Arabs, and the Ashdodites with the intention of destroying the wall again and killing the Jews. But the Lord was with Nehemiah and the Jews, and He saved them from the enemies of progress.
In a figurative language of grace, the pastor metaphorically noted that the dismantling and erection of the wall, the mockery and jeering of Nehemiah and his men by Sanballat and Tobias, while they were rebuilding the wall, and the tenacity of Nehemiah, is life as we live it.
In an analysis of discouragement, Pastor Ntemi said that “discouragement comes in two forms: external and internal. Sanballat and his group laughing at Nehemiah are the external forces of retrogression, who will go to great lengths to discourage you from your goals. They are the enemies of progress. Don’t listen to them.”
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“Internally, you may hear voices of discouragement trying to create digressions from your goals. Don’t listen to those voices. They are the enemies of disintegration. Everything is possible in the sight of God. There are many Sanballats out there. Don’t listen to them. The Lord is in charge; therefore, don’t get discouraged. Rise up and stride majestically toward your destiny. You’re an emblem of success, so don’t let anybody or anything distract you from succeeding, for discouragement is not in God’s vocabulary.”
Amazing Love Church Ministry International is a bi-lingual church, where the senior pastor’s sermons are translated into French by Ms. Michelle Tchatat. Pastor Ntemi also advised congregation members still struggling with English to take advantage of the free English and TOEFL classes offered by the church and stop listening to the Sanballat of English language lessons that tells them to go for instant gratification instead of postponing the gratification to the future and improve their English now for a better and permanent gratification. Among the congregation members was evangelist, Mrs. Mildred Ntemi.
By Samuel O. Doku