By Samuel O. Doku, Washington, DC). Germaine brothers Cedric and Elton Kamwa were on the prayer line of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l on alternate days (Tuesday and Wednesday). The messages they delivered had different tones but had the same intention and meaning.
While Cedric encouraged Christians to renew our minds for God’s purpose to be realized in our lives, Elton called for an elevation of our expectations from the Lord to attain the fullness of his glory in our lives. Cedric chose Ephesians 4: 20-24 to inform his message.
“That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught with regard to your former way of life to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Pastor Jean Paul Ntap’s torchbearer, Cedric, noted that Christians need to turn away from spurious and lustful yearnings that defile the body through a renewal of mind and heart in order to become new beings in the likeness and true image of God, leading to a holy and righteous life.
Cedric asserted that the only thing that could bring joy into the life of a Christian should be the performance of right acts in the spirit of Jesus Christ. “Change your ways,” Cedric said. “You can’t be what you used to be. Turn from the bad, old ways of doing things to a new life that will shine light on the glory of God. Trying to change from the old way of doing things might be difficult, but it’s a necessity. God who knows your heart and thought will direct you.”
Cedric stated the obvious when he observed that as Christians, temptations would come our ways all the time, so we need to commit strongly to things that are of God and align ourselves with positive thinkers so that in all things, we would make right choices. “The human condition is fallible, so we need to stay with brothers who can help us overcome temptations,” said the torchbearer.
In order for Christians not to fall prey to the foibles of the secular world, Cedric cited Paul’s advice in Romans 12: 2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then, you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
He added: “Don’t conform; establish yourself in the culture of God by reading the Bible and praying so that you can change your ways for you to grow spiritually. With God, there is nothing you can’t accomplish, if you make him the center of your life. Your knowledge of God will grow by hearing and reading the word of God and coming to church and actually, doing what is right and just. You can’t grow spiritually by yourself,” noted Cedric.
Elton based his delivery on Acts 3, the story of a man born lame, whose routine was to go to the temple to beg for alms. One day, he was on his alms-begging mission when Peter and John came to the temple to pray. At the gate called Beautiful, the paraplegic asked them for money, whereupon Peter told him, “Gold or silver I don’t have to give you but this is what I have to give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. Peter and John went and held the man’s hand and he started walking. The man, who was lame from birth was healed instantly, and he went into the temple to testify to the glory of the Lord.
Akin to the aphorism that says, “Shoot for the moon so that when you fall, you’d land among the stars,”Elton, president of the Youth Ministry, told participants that they should always elevate their expectations from God. “My topic this morning is great expectations, which simply is an attitude to expect more from God. Some have been trained in life to lower their expectations, so they assume much more should not be expected.”
He then related Acts 3 to the spiritual empowerment of the church because it is the house of God, and the house of God is the house of prayer. “When we pray collectively in church, the spirit of God is magnified. Peter and Paul were going to the temple because it is the house of prayer. You go to church to experience great things from God. When you go to church, don’t lower your expectations,” said Elton.
He stated that low expectations come with minimum results while great expectations come with excellent results. The beggar expected money from Peter and John. But in an act of righteousness, Peter proved to the paraplegic that money is important and helpful; however, it cannot solve all our problems. Instead of money, which would have been short-lived, he was given a life-line through healing,” said Elton.
Furthermore, he said, “Some of us are spiritually crippled today because we ask for wrong things. We’re beggars today because we interact with the wrong people. If you want to be smart, you interact with intelligent people. If you want to succeed, interact with people who would motivate you. What you need is more important than what you want. The cripple’s expectation was money, but what he really needed was a miracle. Sometimes, in life you need people to hold your hand to tell you, “Walk”?
In conclusion, Elton stated that Christians should not limit God in their expectations. “Raise your standards when you are dealing with God. And, when he comes through for you, you would be amazed. Expect much more from God by putting him on the highest pedestal. The beggar started praising God to the amazement of all when he was healed. You will praise him exceedingly when he fulfills your great expectations,” said the president of the Youth Ministry.
Pastor Jean Paul Ntap commented that Christians should take their spiritual destiny into their own hands so that they wouldn’t walk into the house of prayer expecting someone else to bless them instead of God. “When you walk into the house of God with the expectation that someone else should bless you, you would receive less. If you put God first, he would glorify his name in your life,” said the man of God.
He noted: “Don’t depend on man; he can disappoint or destroy you. Put your faith in God and expect your blessings from him. When he has blessed you, no one can destroy you. Elton’s message is a wonderful teaching; If you want a miracle, let your expectations from God be higher.”