Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). When Ms. Nahodia Wese shared God’s word on the prayer line on Monday morning, she couldn’t help but affirm the importance and wisdom in Pastor George’s message of persistence that informed his thematic framework last week.
Ms. Wese titled her message “Pushing Through” and read Nehemiah 4: 1-14, drawing from Nehemiah’s perseverance in overcoming forces of retrogression in his helping to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem. “In everything, no matter how difficult the problem confronting you is, you must push through until success crowns your effort. You have to push through, because sometimes, to affirm God’s greatness, you have to overcome obstacles,” said Ms. Wese.
In an analogy, Ms. Wese narrated the diligence and perseverance of marathon runners, who have to train assiduously before a race and during the race, they have to keep going, even in the midst of exhaustion, to finish it.
“Pushing through comes with diligence, patience, and love. Love of what you do will keep you pushing through, regardless until you are victorious. In all this, however, you must focus on the Lord because he is a mighty warrior. Fix your heart, mind, and soul on the Lord and surround yourself with people with positive attitudes. To succeed, you must be in the company of successful people and people who like you,” noted Nahodia.
She intimated that there is the tendency for people to give up too easily because they are surrounded by people without confidence, trust, and hope in the Lord, so they give negative instead of positive energy; they debase instead of encourage, and they malign instead of praise.
She pointed out, “Don’t give up out of frustration. Don’t allow people who always look at the negative side of life to discourage you. Be guided by the Holy Spirit. No matter the difficulty of your situation, always remember that God is more powerful than any problem you may encounter. Be it a problem of sickness, job, school, scholarship, or marriage, God is always by your side.”
Nahodia was quick to add that having the blessings and favor of God bestowed on you means you must obey God’s word. “If the word says love your neighbor as yourself, you have to do it to push through to success. Know that God is your creator. Trust in God’s plan for you because it’s mysterious and unconventional, but the key thing is to trust, no matter what.”
She also noted that believing and trusting in God doesn’t mean you wouldn’t have problems. “As Pastor George always says, ‘the bigger the problem for you to solve , the greater the blessings.’ Sometimes, God can ask you to do things you think are impossible, but do them anyway. Don’t question Him,” advised Ms. Wese. In addition to Neh. 4: 1-14, she also read Proverbs 19: 21, which says, “The human mind may establish many plans but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.” and Exodus 19: 5: “Now therefore if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine.”
Pastor Jean Paul Ntap, in his response, corroborated Nahodia’s motivational message and accentuated that servants of the Lord invariably know that God will fight for us because if God is for us, who can be against us.
He noted that if you are a student studying diligently to pass your exams, you have to push through; if you an upstart entrepreneur working for your business to succeed, you have to push through; if your marriage is not on solid grounds, you have to push through for stability. “By God’s grace, we are more than conquerors. Enemies will be there to discourage you; they will say negative things about you; they will gossip about you, but you need to remain focused, for the Lord is with you,” said Pastor Ntap.
The man of God also encouraged participants to surround themselves with the right people because the wrong people will always indulge in debasing attitudes to lower your morale. “Sometimes, even the attitudes of Christians can be discouraging if they think they are better than you and don’t want you to rise to their level.
“You must know that people will talk but God speaks. When He speaks, it is final because it will come to pass. Focus on the Lord; you are a child of God, and He will always protect you,” said the blessed man of God, who had earlier cited Deut. 1: 11 and Deut. 31: 10 in his deliberations.