Participants on the prayer line of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l this morning were reminded of the importance of obeying the scriptures as proclaimed in Matt. 6: 33 where Jesus Christ unequivocally declares, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things shall be added on to you.”
The speaker began his message with an anecdote of a young man who seemingly was experiencing pain all over his body and when he went to see his doctor, he asked him to touch parts of his body but wherever he touched, he said he felt a sharp pang of pain. On hearing that the doctor told him he had a broken finger and that was what was causing the pain. The speaker noted that the cause of the young man’s pain was his dislocated finger but because he didn’t know, he thought he was having bodily pains.
The speaker, Mr. Elton Kamwa, likened that to some Christians missing the centerpiece of worshipping God, which is seeking his kingdom and his righteousness first before anything else. “You see, the operative word here is ‘first’. God wants you to seek him first, not second, not third, in all things because he is a jealous God and a God of order, and he doesn’t want anything to come ahead of him. The key to kingdom success and kingdom living is ‘first’ because God wants to be the first in your life,” he surmised.
He observed that sometimes Christians have unnecessary anxiety and angst and worry about things beyond their power and control instead of leaving those things to God to take care of. “In situations like that, consult God first through prayers and reading your bible before consulting anyone else. Whatever God has promised, he will fulfill; just obey him and seek him first. Take for instance the story of Job, whose devout faith in God was tested by the devil, but he didn’t yield to the temptation of denying and cursing God. He remained faithful until the end and God rewarded him abundantly,” said the speaker.
He was concerned that Christians worry about a lot of things that are insignificant in the eyes of God. Rather they should first worry about God and God would worry about them. In the end, he took Christians to task: “I challenge you all to put God first in your lives, and you will see the results. I have experienced it, so you try it too and see the wonders and miracles of God,” said Elton. For his message, he cited verses from Matt. 6: 33, 25,31, and 32; and Gen. 1: 6.
In his response, Pastor Jean Paul Ntap added that God is our fortifier and through him we can do all things, so it is crucial to put him first. He cited the example of Daniel who put God first in all things and when King Darius in his frenetic rage put Daniel in the den of lions to be devoured, they could not touch him because of his faith in God. “Just like the lions wanted to destroy Daniel,” the pastor reminded participants, “in life, your enemies are the lions out there wanting to devastate you.
“The enemy comes in many forms—from those closest to you to outsiders. There are a lot of lions that want to destroy you just like they wanted to destroy Daniel. Daniel was faithful and loyal, so his co-workers wanted to destroy him. The devil uses unbelievers to destroy the lives of believers, so be careful wherever you find yourselves, be it at the workplace, among family members, or among friends,” Pastor Ntap advised.
On Sunday, November 20, the church will honor its pastors with a celebration, and on November 23, there will be a lively concert at the church from 8 to 10 p.m. Come and witness the soul-mollifying gospel music of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l Choir led by Mr. Chapo. Endeavor to join the prayer line every day from 5 to 6 a.m. The number to dial is 1-302-202-1108 with access code 165038. For more information, call 240-764 6468. And, bible studies are held every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at 3600 East West Highway, Hyattsville, MD. Come and know how to give a God first treatment to your life. See you there!
Samuel O. Doku