By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). Ms. Ephresia Fondo rounded out the teachings on the prayer line commemorating Women’s Week of the Women’s Ministry of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l on Friday with a call on Christian women to fervently and perpetually pray for their families, the Church, society, and themselves to make the world a better place.
Sister Ephresia continued the sustained excellence of the virtuous women with a passionate plea to the women to refrain from saying derogatory things about themselves and others and avoid cursing all together because of the inherent power of the tongue.
“If we have to do it as unto the Lord, then we must look at the example of Mary Magdalene and pray all the time. We should never say never because in all things, Jehovah has the final say. Above all, let us control our tongues because the Bible says the power of life and death lies in the tongue,” noted Ms. Fondo.
Her frame of reference was Ruth, one of the most virtuous and noble women in the Bible, whose flawless and venerable demeanor led to her marriage to Boaz and became the great grandmother of King David. She read Ruth 1: 1-13 and dissected the life of Naomi, who after losing her husband and two sons in Moab, where she and the family had fled from famine in Judah, adopted a negative attitude to life because she apparently lost her faith and trust in the Lord.
“Naomi thought her life was over after losing her husband and two sons in Moab, where they should not have gone in the first place because it was a town built out of incest. The tongue is one of the smallest organs in the body, but it is the most powerful, so be careful of the way you use it. Don’t say negative things about yourself that others can use against you,” noted Sister Ephresia.
According to Ms. Fondo, the devil can’t read our mind unless we disclose it to him, so saying detrimental things about ourselves give him the opportunity to use them against us. “Don’t say, ‘I am sick; I am childless; I am poor,’ because if you did, you would be claiming those negative things when you should be dismissing them out of your life. The Bible says, ‘Our bodies are the temple of God.’ I don’t think God will like to share anything with the devil. God can’t be sick so why declare sickness on your body,” she pointed out.
Ms. Fondo asserted that using the possessive pronoun “my” to describe sickness, childlessness, or poverty is an acclamation of the devil’s willful design on your life. “There is always time for God to bless us and grant us our needs. In life, there are times when you will feel like God has deserted you, but always remember that when you find your back to the wall and you seem to have lost all hope, that’s when God will move to take you to your next level of glory. Every tragic situation in the life of a believer is a set up by God for some future greatness,” said Sister Ephresia.
In the words of Ms. Fondo, Bethlehem in Judah means house of bread; Elimelech (Naomi’s husband) means God is king, and Naomi means pleasant. “The Moabites were the descendants of Lot’s children who gave their father alcohol to become inebriated and committed incest with him. So, why did they go there? When Naomi returned to Bethlehem, little did she know that something great would happen in her life. At one point, Naomi was so bitter that she wanted to change her name to Mara, which means bitterness because she thought God had inflicted her life with bitterness,” reasoned Ms. Fondo.
She stated that compassion, determination, and diligence are part of the identity of the virtuous woman, “so be at peace with yourselves. Ask God first in all things through prayer. The Holy spirit in us is always there to whisper to us. Remember, God is always there to pick us up from where we have fallen or gone astray. When Adam and Eve fell, He picked them up and asked them to go and multiply and prosper. The same God of Adam is our God,” said Ms. Fondo.
She asked participants to be spiritually matured and wait upon the Lord with prayer and meditation and “He will direct us to make things beautiful in our lives,” said Ms. Fondo who also read Luke 10: 19 in support of her assertions. The Bazaar is today, and it ends at 5 p.m. For more information, call 240-764-6468.