After conceding to the Women’s Ministry’s request to take over last week Sunday that ended with Mrs. Mildred Ntemi delivering a soul-propitiating sermon couched in the discourse of feminism, Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi returned to the podium yesterday at Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l to address one of the most problematic of humanity’s weaknesses, “FEAR.”
The biblical figure that informed Pastor Ntemi’s sermon was David and his flight from Saul as a result of anonymous and amorphous fear. Based on 1 Samuel 21 and 22, the man of God noted that when David heard that Saul wanted to destroy him, he became afraid and decided to go to Ahimelech, the chief priest who gave him hallowed bread and the sword of Goliath, whom David had killed earlier in the battle against the Philistines to take with on his flight to Gath.
Pastor Ntemi surmised that fear emasculates people, rendering them incapable of thinking or acting correctly because they have thrown rationality to the devil and taken the emotion of fear from him.
“In Gath, David pretended to be insane, so the king drove him out. He went and hid in the cave of Adullam. In the cave, David was joined by 400 men, each with his own problem. You see, God didn’t send David 400 angels; he sent him 400 men who were flawed in one way or the other to become his army because he wanted David to appreciate his glory more after he had saved him from the threats of Saul,” said Pastor Ntemi.
The man of God went on, “Your unbelief will put an obstacle between you and God, but your faith will provide a solution from God to you. David attests to this in Psalm 34: 1-7. Don’t allow anyone to destabilize your spirit with a desultory and frowned face. You are the head, not the tail so don’t allow midget spirits to drag you down. You have the spirit of the Lord, so why should you fear. Your faith is your belief. Bring your problem before the Lord,” said Pastor Ntemi.
The senior pastor observed that for the most part, many people allow themselves to be unhinged and destroyed by negative thoughts. Citing statistical data, he said research shows that 77 percent of the time, our thoughts focus on negativity, but the research also says that if people can focus on only 7 percent of positive thoughts, amazingly, the seven percent can overcome the 77 percent of negative thoughts.”
He told the story of David’s destruction of a lion and a bear in the wilderness to illustrate that without fear, any accomplishment at all is possible. “Take everything that happens in your life as an opportunity for success. Every setback in your life is a set-up for success. Drive away those around you with negative thoughts to discourage you. They are from the devil. Trust in the Lord; trust in the Lord, and you will see what he will do in your life.
In fact, Pastor Ntemi’s topic for his sermon brings to mind President Roosevelt’s inaugural address when he said among other things, “This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror, which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance,” said FDR in 1932.
The theme of FDR’s address reigned supreme in Pastor Ntemi’s sermon. “If you are still alive, it means there is hope. Look up to God, the author and finisher of your faith. Change your life; change your situation; don’t sleep. Put your strength and faith in God only and he will answer you.”
Reading from Isaiah 41: 9-14, the man of God encouraged the congregation not to feel dejected and rejected because God doesn’t look at the circumstances of his people. Don’t put your trust in man and rely on him for justification, for man can disappoint you. Jesus Christ shed his blood for us, so he won’t disappoint you. Put your trust in him,” said Pastor Ntemi.
He reminded the congregation of Abraham’s faith and trust in God that led him to willingly take his son, Isaac to sacrifice to God after the Lord had asked him to do so. “He didn’t complain to the boy’s mom, Sarah, but he secretly took him to the mountain in obedience to God. But when he got there and was ready to deal the fatal blow, the Lord drew his attention to a lamb that he had been tethered for the sacrifice. If you believe in him, anything is possible.”
“As the scripture says in Isaiah, God calls Jacob a worm because of his vulnerability, but God said ‘I will help you and disgrace your enemies and put them to shame.’ So, in the midst of your problem, rejoice. Shout and say, ‘Lord, I know you are in control, so you will take care of my problems,’” said Pastor Ntemi in his sermon of encouragement and assurance.
Services at Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l are held on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at 3600 East-West Highway in Hyattsville, MD. On Wednesday, Thanksgiving eve, there will be a live concert by the freshly named Voice of Cherubim Choir with intensive praise and worship. Voice of Cherubim Choir is under the leadership of Mr. Chapo. Senior Pastor Georges-William Ntemi will host the live concert that will be from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
Samuel O. Doku