By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). Faith is the vehicle that leads Christians to God’s blessings and helps us operate as powerful healers, gifted preachers, excellent teachers, and geniuses in understanding and interpreting the word of God. A person with faith is a true believer in the salvation and redeeming powers of Christ.
Indeed, faith was such an important concept in the teachings and parables of Christ that he consistently rebuked his disciples for lacking in it. Mr. Cedric Kamwa’s message on Wednesday morning was predicated on faith, because as he put it, “Christians need to be reminded perennially on the importance of faith for us to be good exponents of the word of God.”
Paul beautifully defines faith in Hebrews 11: 1-3, and Mr. Kamwa read it at the beginning of his teaching. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
After his reading, Brother Cedric asked, “How do we apply faith to our lives? If we have faith and believe that we are the children of God, we can accomplish all things. Without faith, our life is riddled with doubt, fear, and depression. Faith can be the principal driver that guides our lives. We should approach everything with faith and by faith,” said Brother Cedric, flag-bearer to Pastor Jean Paul Ntap.
He noted that sometimes it’s when individuals are successful in life that they feel like worshipping God, but that shouldn’t be the case, because it was the pretext Satan used in demanding permission from God to test the faith of Job. Satan felt that Job was eternally faithful to the Lord because of his wealth.
“Sometimes, we worship God only when we feel everything good in life is going in our favor. As Senior Pastor Georges preached on Sunday, citing the lamentation of Moses in Psalm 90, our life on earth is short, but it is full of troubles and sorrows, so we should not wait until we feel we are all right in life before worshipping the Lord. When you face difficulties, strengthen your code of ethics and belief in the saving grace of the Lord, and worship him with all your heart and soul,” said Mr. Kamwa.
He noted that the level of a Christian’s prayer is synonymous with the profundity of his worshipping, so “we need to worship God with our mind, body and soul. Through prayer and worship and obeying his word, we will realize that God’s will is in harmony with ours because we have submitted ourselves to his word,” said Brother Cedric.
Brother Cedric, almost always in a thoughtful mood, noted that the church has existed for centuries, and the followers of Christ have faced persecution as long as the church has existed, so a steep faith in God is always required to overcome the evil designs of Satan and his legion.
He cited Romans 12: 3 and asserted that some Christians are intoxicated with outside influence, noting, “how do you see yourself and how are you perceived by your colleagues and friends? God has given each one of us a measure of faith. How deep is your faith? Faith is increased by your knowledge in God’s word. How often do you read the Bible?”
Brother Cedric stated that Christians must stop complaining unnecessarily about issues confronting them and rather deepen their faith in God because the Lord has endowed us with the power to overcome any challenges or adversities we are confronted with, since he has given each of us the measure of faith we need to overcome our situations.
Again, he read the scriptures according to 1 Corinthians 10: 12-13, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful not to fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And, God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Pastor Ntap’s flag-bearer observed that some Christians attend church on regular basis, but they have no faith, so that makes them seat warmers. “The primary reason for going to church is to hear the word of God and practice it. With every problem, God has already provided a solution. Believe with the innocence of a child and let your faith be everything,” concluded Mr. Cedric Kamwa.
Pastor Ntap reiterated the salience of strengthening our faith in God as Christians for God’s favor to be bestowed on us. He called for blessings on participants with the laws of Joshua and counseled anyone lacking in faith to pray fervently for it.
In the meantime, Senior Pastor Georges has gone to excellent and blessed ends to pray for every individual on the prayer line this week, mentioning names and accordingly, praying for the Lord’s direction in the lives of participants. Those are moments of anointing cherished and relished by all of God’s children on the line.
Tomorrow, Friday, January 27, 2017 is the last Friday of the month, an all-night time at Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l. The praying and worshipping vigil begins at 10 p.m. However, before the vigil, the usual prayer line session comes on from 5-6 a.m. The number to dial is 1-302-202-1108 with access code 165038. For more information, call the office at 240-764-6468.