In a message filled with biblical allusions, the speaker on this morning’s Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l prayer line affirmed the supremacy of the Lord as the Jehovah of Second Chances.
Mr. Derick Mimba predicated his message on Jesus Christ’s sermon on Mount Olive and read Jn. 8: 1-11. He noted that the same fashion in which Jesus had compassion on the adulterous woman who had been condemned to be stoned to death by the holier-than-thou Pharisees, the Lord can always forgive you and give you an opportunity for a second chance to rectify past misdeeds, because he is an unchanging God, who was the same yesterday, the same today, and will be the same forever.
In an omniscient point-of-view musing, Brother Derick asked introspectively, “Have you ever been in a situation where something didn’t work out for you, and thought if you had another chance, you would do things differently? Have you ever made some bad choices and thought to yourself that if you had a second chance, you would do things in a different way?
“I am here to assure you that making mistakes and making bad choices don’t mean your life is over. With God, there are always second chances because he is powerful; he is a mighty God. He is the only one who can make new beings out of you. He alone can give us new starts in life. The future is not determined by your past; it is determined by the Christ in you. What God has done for others, he can do for you,” said Brother Derick.
He reiterated that the adulterous woman found herself in a hopeless situation, but Christ gave her a second chance and said, “Go and sin no more, woman.”
The speaker then noted, “May be, someone has failed in an aspect of his or her life. Don’t worry; rely on God and he will restore you. May be, you turned your back on God because you didn’t believe in the salvation of Christ and the peace of mind associated with trusting in him, but don’t worry; he can give you a second chance if you put your trust in him.”
Brother Derick alluded to Queen Jezebel and her execution of the prophets of God during her time, as a result of which Elijah had to flee from her because he was scared, but God gave him a second chance and asked him to return to do what he had to do. In the end, Jezebel became her own victim of defenestration and was eaten by wild dogs after falling from the window. “Get up and shake the dust of doubt of God from you, and he will give you a second chance like he did for Elijah.”
He mentioned the story of Sampson, who as chief judge in Israel was adjudged the king because Israel had no king at the time, but his hedonistic tendency led to lust for Delilah, a harlot, as a result of which he fell into the hands of the Philistines. After being brutally tortured, because Delilah had tricked him to reveal to her, the source of his enormous strength, Sampson requested a second chance from God for the last time.
God granted his request and returned his strength to him with which he dismantled the building in which he was being held captive and in the process, he killed more Philistines than ever before. “Sampson disappointed God with his actions and fell into the hands of the Philistines, sworn enemies of Israel, but God gave him a second chance. Seek the face of God, and you will get your second chance. Similarly, God gave Jonah who was in the belly of a whale for three days, but God rescued him. Peter who denied Jesus Christ three times before cockcrow was also given a second chance when Christ resurrected,” Mr. Mimba reminded participants.
He referred to these biblical allusions as evidence of God’s eternal glory that will always shine on and through you if you accept Christ as your savior.
“No matter the situation in which you find yourself, don’t turn away from God. Don’t feel defeated; don’t feel discouraged because you can’t hit a home run or score a touchdown if you leave the playing field. Your hope should neither depend on your bank account nor on man; your hope should depend on Jesus Christ, for God mends broken hearts,“ said Mr. Mimba in an anaphora.
Moderated by Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi and his surrogate, Assistant Pastor Jean Paul Ntap, the latter responded by asking for the help of God for humankind to understand and acknowledge that the only way to salvation is through Christ. “Through the love Christ has for us, he showed compassion on the adulterous woman . . . . If you ask for God’s forgiveness, he gives it to you,” said Pastor Ntap.
He read Ps. 145: 8-9 and noted: “The confession of God is over everything he has created. It’s not over for you to seek God’s glory. God does things because he wants his name to be glorified through you. God loves you and no one can destroy you. You are a chosen generation. Don’t curse your life. Be like Job who refused his wife’s advice to curse God and die and in the end, God rewarded him ten-fold. God knows your situation, and he will come to your aid if you trust in him.”
In his usual vivifying and exciting mood, the senior pastor asked for the celebration of the Holy Name of Christ. “Bless us not for what we used to be, but for what we are now. You created us, so you know everything in our hearts. You bury the past in the deepest part of the sea so that you won’t remember it. We thank you for the second chances to glorify your name,” the consul of God prayed.
Senior Pastor Ntemi also invoked God’s favor and blessings on whatever jobs, businesses, and education participants are engaged in on this morning’s prayer line that attracted 43 participants, five more than yesterday’s 38.
The number to dial to be blessed on the prayer line is 1-302-202-1108 with access code 165038 from 5 to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. And also, at the same time on Saturday but it is conducted in French.
Samuel O. Doku