By Samuel O. Doku, Washington, DC). From the beginning of time to the middle of the 20th century, the continent of Africa was labeled a dark continent because of its designation as a mysterious continent with many hidden secrets. Back then, it was a continent unknown and unexplored because of its undulating terrains that made navigation to every nook and corner almost impossible.
However, the advent of airplanes facilitated accessibility on the continent, so today, Africa harbors hardly any secrets except for superficial reasons of sticking to idol worshipping and believing in dated superstition. The Holy Book is there to serve as a guideline to all of humanity that there is nothing new happening under the glaring sun. Whatever is happening now is history repeating itself.
In a fiery sermon on Sunday at Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l, Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi grounded his preaching in Proverbs 3 and 9 and in the process, chastised Africans who still cling to outdated customs to guide their lives instead of believing and trusting in the ONE and only TRUE God of salvation and mercy.
“There are some Africans today, who still believe in worshipping idols, so they don’t mind taking the little money they have to a ‘Voodoo’ man to predict the future on their behalf. They are so superstitious that when they wake up in the morning, they predict how their day will go based on the leg that first steps on the floor when they get out of bed. These are useless practices, and they must stop,” the apostle of God powerfully stated.
The thrust of his sermon interestingly was on King Solomon’s seven pillars of wisdom to serve as a useful guide for our lives. I put in the adverb “interestingly” because Solomon, like some of today’s Africans, worshipped God, switched to idol worshipping, and saw the power, might, and mercy of the Lord, so he made a U-turn to worship God again.
For that reason, Solomon became the wisest man that ever came out of a woman’s womb, because he saw the difference between lesser gods made of Satan and the ultimate, supreme God. Let the Africans who have ears listen to the apostle of God, Pastor Georges and refrain from their errant ways.
As the consul of God invariably proclaims, “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. It is always good to serve the Lord, Jehovah God, creator of the earth and the Heavens, the Alpha and the Omega, the Lord who sent his only begotten son to come and save us, the Lion of Judah, the Lord who holds the seven seas in his palm. The fear of the Lord is absolute.” So, let idol worshipping and superstitious Africa hear.
After a meticulous review of his sermon last week in which he dealt with the first three pillars of Solomon, he concluded the sermon on the pillars by completing the final four on Sunday. He began by first reading Proverbs 9:1, “Wisdom has built her house, and she has hewn her seven pillars.”
He then read Proverbs 3: 13-18: “Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
“Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy.”
He pointed out that the fourth pillar is “Money Management.” Proverbs 3: 9 says that “honor God with your wealth.” Pay your tithes. Do you know how to manage your finances? Giving to God should be unconditional, but some people decide to choose when to give to God. There are some who only want to receive all the time without giving. If you have that habit, stop it because it’s from the devil.
Malachi 3: 10 affirms the importance of giving to the Church of the Lord, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the window of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.”
The message in Malachi is clear; if you bless the Church with your tithe, the Lord will pour his blessing upon you like a waterfall flowing down from a hill. “The devil is there to steal. The devil will be deceiving you not to pay your tithe because you have bills to pay, but do you want to be on the side of the devil or on the side of the Lord? Brothers and sisters, it’s important to pay tithe,” said the apostle of God.
Still on how to manage your money and be rewarded in return, the apostle of God lamented that some are so stingy that they find giving troubling. “When you have money and a brother or a sister is in need and he or she comes asking, don’t say, ‘Let’s pray over it.’ The Lord will replenish a hundred-fold whatever you give,” said the blessed man of God.
Truth be told, the Senior Pastor is one of the most generous pastors in the country. His heart is full of compassion for the plight of others, so when members of his Church approach him with any financial problem, he’s ever willing and invariably ready to help them. He is blessed because he gives. He asserts: “I am a giver and a receiver. You don’t go to school for that. You have to give to receive. Our Church is a blessed church because it gives. When it stops giving, it would no longer be in existence.
“More income means more expenses for the foolish. Don’t spend what you don’t have. When you complain you don’t have money when you’ve just been paid, you’re being dishonest to God. It’s the spirit of the Mammon directing you. Get rid of the Mammon before he destroys your family, your life, and your soul. Set yourself free and be happy,” the apostle of God admonished.
The fifth pillar is “Happiness.” God is happiness. “Do you wake up in the morning with superstition or you wake up with the glory of God pouring on you? Blessed are those who find wisdom; happiness is given by God. Start your day with joy and you will end it with joy. Be joyful that the Lord has blessed you.”
The sixth pillar is “Confidence.” “Are you confident?” he asked. Proverb 3: 26 says, ‘For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.’ Don’t be fearful of sudden disasters because God is holding your life; therefore, hold your head straight and walk like a child of God. Don’t feel intimidated by a huge crowd. He who gives everything to God doesn’t have the spirit of fear.”
The seventh pillar is “Grace.” “Grace is like a mighty Ocean. It’s so big and wide we can’t understand it. Proverbs 3: 21 says, “My child, do not let these escape from your sight; keep sound wisdom and prudence, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.’ You walk with full confidence when the favor of God is on you, like an adornment on your neck.
“Don’t worry about your what your situation looks like. If you decide that the Lord is your savior, you have become a new creature. We must act not by own deeds or actions but through the blood of Jesus Christ. We owe everything to the blood that He shed on Calvary for us,” said the apostle of God as he completed his seven pillars of wisdom that lead to prosperity, peace, joy, love, and salvation.