“Forgiveness,” “Optimism,” and “Gratitude” were some of the themes that informed the messages of Brother Derick Mimba, Deaconess Samdrine Tankeu, and Sister Michelle Tchatat in the past few days. These virtues make the lives of Christians worth-living, worry-free, and worthy of praise. On this Thanksgiving Day morning, Deaconess Mary Ribama reminded us of the apocalyptic vision, and warned of complacency in times of victory because of the omnipresence of Satan, who is ever ready to catch Christians off-guard and wreak havoc.
“After you are victorious in any undertaking, be careful because that’s when the devil can strike to spoil your happiness. Be alert. Keep the word of God in your heart, not in your mouth. Don’t speak in your mouth what’s not worthy of praise, and let God know that you can’t do anything without him,” said Deaconess Mary.
Grounding her message in Joshua 17: 1-13, a chapter with the themes of war and inheritance ringing prominently in it, the Deaconess seemed to have the hymnal, “Onward Christian Soldiers” in mind as she asked participants to put on their battle armor and be ready to fight the common foe, Satan. “The Christian battle is not yet over. A soldier always has his armor ready for battle. We are soldiers of the Lord, so we must be ready at all times to fight the devil,” said Deaconess Mary.
She affirmed that during the waning moments of Moses’s life, he anointed Joshua to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, where they were involved in battles to reclaim their land that God had given to Abraham. “God fought for his people to fulfill his promise to Abraham. He can fight your battles for you so be witnesses to what he has done in your lives.
“Glorify his name and continue working like a mighty army because sometimes, after experiencing something good in our lives, the tendency is for us to slow down, but I urge you not to let your guards down,” she said.
She went on to remind Christians of the need to give thanks to the Lord on this Thanksgiving Day, a day primordially the Pilgrims who arrived here in the early 17th century dedicated to the Native Americans who provided them with turkeys to save them from starvation.
Deaconess Mary spoke of David’s army, comprising of 400 men with various kinds of weaknesses that the Lord fortified into a powerful army to help King David defeat his enemies. She spoke of God’s anointing of Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jericho after the walls had been dismantled by the enemy.
Still, on the need to stay alert at all times by immersing ourselves in the richness and sanctifying spirit that come with obeying God’s word, the Deaconess noted: “Sometimes, when things are going well for us can be a trap that the devil has set for us. So, be careful. Watch and pray when you find yourself to be in a situation you may think to be a good-life situation.” Deaconess Mary Ribama ended her Thanksgiving Day message with a citation from 2 Corinthians 6.
In view of the fact that forgetfulness is another problematic flaw that torments humanity, hence, the need for Christians invariably to stay alert, Assistant Pastor Jean Paul Ntap and Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi equally responded to the Deaconess’s message on the importance of spiritual battle-readiness to conquer the devil.
Pastor Ntap substantiated the Deaconess’s message and asked participants to stay alert at all times and must always remember that God can strengthen us to do great things, so we should give him the glory. “Sometimes, we forget we are the children of God, but the devil is always around. Focus on worshipping God through the reading of the Bible and praying. Keep the word of God in your heart, and we must confess the glory of God all the time because the devil doesn’t play,” said Pastor Ntap.
He enjoined the 26 people that dialed in this morning, fewer than the 38 of yesterday, to do good things in their lives and “you will see the glory of God and his greatness in your lives. There will be joy, happiness, and good news in your families,” said Pastor Ntap. Earlier on the prayer line, he noted the importance of singing the praises God, with a quotation from Psalm 98.
Senior Pastor Ntemi also accentuated the necessity of Christians perpetually remembering Christ in our lives and the fact that he shed his blood on the cross so that we might live. “Be careful. You must always have your eyes on Christ for guidance, for protection so that he can take you to where you need to be to receive heavenly blessings,” said the senior pastor.
He expressed his gratitude to the Lord for all he has done in our lives and continue to do, saying with assured finality, “Let manner fall from heaven to fill our spiritual bowls for health, success, joy and salvation.”
Samuel O. Doku