By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). In Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi’s final sequel delivered with a spirit of effervescence on Sunday, he proclaimed that the application of wisdom to one’s success is the greatest gift one can bestow on one’s self because it comes with enduring joy and peace of mind. Wisdom became the final theme in his sermonic trilogy with self-esteem and persistence being the first duo.
Delivering his sermon from his usual mountain of transfiguration on the podium, he chose Proverbs 3 to inform his preaching. “You have to know the wisdom of God. Wisdom is not knowledge. Knowledge is knowing a fact; wisdom is knowing what to do with that fact,” said the blessed man of God.
After reading Proverbs 3: 13-18 and telling women jokingly that they would be better off wearing wisdom rather than expensive jewels, he outlined ten axioms that when adhered to could lead to a life of joy, peace, and prosperity.
Axiom 1: The problem you think will overwhelm you or put you down is the problem God is giving you to solve. 2) What you are willing to walk away from could be what God will use to bring you success. 3) When you want something you never had, be willing to do something you haven’t done before. 5) Give a person what he or she cannot find anywhere else, and he or she will return to you.
The sixth axiom says winners are willing to do things they hate today for things they want tomorrow. After the sixth axiom, he interjected with the supposition that God never consults one’s past to determine one’s future. “The past is past and gone.” He warned rumor mongers and gossipers to refrain from their bad and nefarious habits because they are evil and antagonistic to God’s ways.
“I like to call them gossip collectors because they always have people’s past in their minds. They forget about their own past that could be messier than the person they are gossiping about and dwell on a past that God has buried under the sea and has long forgotten. God focusses on your future and takes you through any problems you might encounter. You only have to trust and obey,” said the apostle of God.
The seventh axiom states that power is the ability to walk away from something you desire in order to gain and protect something you love. 8) Individuals decide their habits, and their habits decide their future. Positive habits equate to a bright future. 9) One cannot correct what one is not willing to confront. 10) Losers focus on what they are going through but winners focus on what they are going to.
The consul of God observed that matching success with wisdom is one of the pillars in King Solomon’s testament to God’s glory. Jesus Christ spoke about wisdom of life in Matt. 7: 23-27. “Building a house is a metaphor for life. Are you building wisely or foolishly? The quality of your life can only be determined after it’s been tested by the storm.
“The quality of the Church will be determined when the storm comes. The quality of our Christian life will be determined by the storm. When the storm comes, will you be able to say ‘the storm is nothing; I won’t give up; I won’t surrender; I won’t capitulate; I won’t give up? Therefore, I will keep fighting,” said the blessed man of God.
Pastor Georges then mentioned three pillars King Solomon gave as vanguards of wisdom. The first pillar is the fear of God, which is the beginning of wisdom. “Do we fear the Lord? Do we honor him with obedience to his word or we spend time gossiping? Do we come to Church every Sunday? Remember, the habit you create determines your future,” he noted.
He reminded the congregation of the famous story of Job, whose fear of the Lord resulted in his ability to withstand the devil’s temptations to the point where he lost his ten children and all his cattle in one day, but he persevered in his reverence of God Almighty.
After he had been through Satan’s test of character successfully, God rewarded him with a double portion of anointing, and He doubled what Job used to have, and he lived 140 more years. “Job lost everything, but he still kneeled and praised the Lord. That is a true mark of wisdom,” said Pastor Georges.
The second pillar of King Solomon as symbolic of wisdom is mercy. “Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord my whole life long,” said Pastor Georges, quoting Psalm 23: 6. He continued, “Mercy spares me from things I don’t deserve, and goodness brings me things I deserve.”
He dwelt a little longer on mercy because of the pernicious, even callous attitudes of others who have no mercy toward their fellow human beings. “We are judgmental toward others; we demean them by saying negative things about them. We gossip about others. The Greek word for mercy is ‘elias.’ It means compassion for those in pain by doing everything to appease their situation.
“We have the spiritual and moral obligation to be of benefit to people in pain. If not, we should not exist. If we don’t do it, we don’t deserve to be here. The Church is not looking for who we put out; we are looking for who we bring in; we’re not looking for who we bring down; we’re looking for who we bring up. If you have mercy, it should be manifest in your life. We must be willing to go the extra mile to put smiles on the faces of others,” said the apostle of God sternly.
There are some whose feeble-and shallow-mindedness makes them forget that God blesses both saints and harlots in the Bible, so Pastor Georges narrated an instance, where a young woman with a horrifying past found love, but judgmental naysayers with toxic mouths went and revealed her past to the would-be husband, and the man decided against marrying her.
“If you don’t have mercy, you’re lost. It is important to love one another, for blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy,” stated Pastor Georges.
The third pillar emblematic of wisdom is trust. “Relationships are held together due to trust. Our relationship with God is based on trust. I became a Christian because of my trust in God.” After mentioning a series of anaphora to substantiate his trust in God, the blessed man of God asked, “Can we trust one another? Where there is no trust, there is no functionality.”
He lamented that there are some who don’t mind destroying others for them to gain success, but in the end, their success becomes useless because destruction awaits those who destroy to succeed.
“Wisdom is the key to success and of life. A wise person is great because he or she laments about problems of others to find out how best to help. We can kill dreams of others because of our actions. Everything we do is based on trust. Every relationship we build is based on trust.
“I trust in the Lord because he is all that I need. I hope in Him because He is the giver of hope. I have confidence in Him because He is my provider. We cannot vindicate God; all that we have to do is to trust in Him, and He will fulfill our needs,” surmised the blessed man of God.