(By Samuel O. Doku, Washington, DC). Deaconess Sandrine Tankeu’s mission on the prayer line on the morning of Jan. 30 was to encourage Christians to be brave and courageous in their prayers to ask God to thwart efforts of enemies, both visible and invisible, in their attempts to mortify and wreak havoc in the lives of people devoted to worshipping the Lord.
King David, in his life time, faced both physical and invisible enemies. The visible ones like Saul, he overcame through clever acts of evasion that resulted in his feigning madness at some point to avoid being arrested until God took Saul’s life. But, the invisible ones, David left in the hands of the Almighty God to fight and shame them on his behalf.
Psalm 27 is a psalm David wrote to affirm his faith in God that with Him as his salvation, light, and citadel of strength, he would neither fear nor be afraid of the wicked enemies. Psalm 27 informed Deaconess Sandrine’s message of faith, courage, hope, and salvation in Jehovah God.
She delivered her message under the theme of “building a loyal heart.” “Psalm 27 speaks to our relationship with the Lord. Everything is determined from the heart. We are called to solve problems from the heart. We are called to be warriors of faith from the heart. As believers, we face constant opposition; that’s why we have to pray without ceasing because the enemy is trying to bring us down. The enemy attacks in every way possible and imaginable. He attacks our faith, our talent, our passion, and our drive, but with the heart of a warrior, the enemy will always be defeated,” stated Deaconess Tankeu.
King David is a good example of a man whose faith in God was unshak able. “Verse one of Psalm 27 is suggestive of placing our purpose in life in God’s hands without fear, for he is our fortress. Whether in sickness, separation, wealth, or need, remember he is your fortress, so you can’t be afraid of anything,” said Dr. Tankeu.
Deaconess Sandrine gave the assurance that when problems come your way, no matter how serious they are, pray unceasingly, focusing on God as your rampart, and because you know who he is and how great he is, he would solve it for you. “Have the confidence and focus on what the Lord means to us. He is the greatest, so you can’t fear anybody. No spirit can overcome you because the Lord is our salvation,” said Dr. Tankeu.
She noted that verses two and three denote confidence in God, in his power, in his faithfulness, and having him as the tower of our strength in our lives would result in the enemy being defeated soundly. Verse four, she said, calls for fellowship with him consistently the rest of our lives. “Develop a sound and powerful relationship with him. Be intimate with the Lord. Verse five tells of what to do in times of trouble. When you have a problem, you can go to the pastors to pray together. The Lord will protect you because you are faithful to him,” noted Deanconess Tankeu.
She added that for one to be intimate with God and have confidence in him, one has to prepare one’s self for that divine encounter. She used a sport analogy to explain that one cannot just get up to go and participate in a marathon race. It takes months of preparation to enable one to participate and make an impact. In the same way, having an intimate relationship with God is like a marathon that requires preparation.
“Attending church regularly, praying, connecting on the prayer line, and participation in all-night prayers, and reading the Bible are all part of the preparation to help you become intimate with the Lord,” said Deaconess Sandrine.
King David was a great warrior who constantly worshipped God. You need to ask yourself if your relationship with God is lackadaisical or strong. “Worshipping God should be your priority. Do you have a warrior’s heart like David? Cultivate a relationship with God and be intimate with him and victory will be yours in all the battles against the enemy,” concluded Deaconess Sandrine.
In his corollary, Pastor Jean Paul Ntap stated that it’s important to understand that we live by faith. “You can’t build a spiritual life if you don’t know you are a warrior. To overcome the enemy, you need the heart of a warrior. The will of God is known through reading and hearing his word,” said the man of God.
He observed that sometimes Christians perish not because of sickness, disease, or death but because they lack knowledge. “Faith must come first. Remember Joshua was able to enter Jericho and win the battle because he knew God was on his side. Jesus spoke to his disciples about signs of the end times in Matt. 24. There is a lot of bad news in the world today, but trust that our God is able.,” said the man of God.
He went on, “In Pastor Georges’s sermon, he preached about the things that could kill your passion. Remember them and have the heart of a champion. You can’t be a warrior if you don’t know that the one who lives in you is greater than any spirit. Don’t be afraid; you are a child of God; you will overcome,” the man of God assured, to end the morning’s activity on the prayer line.