By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). On Sunday, the senior pastor of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l, Pastor Georges William Ntemi walked on to the podium dressed casually without his patented tie and coat, but nobody prefigured that he wouldn’t deliver the sermon.
He gave a testimony on how the Almighty God had delivered him from the snare of the fowler in Cameroon, where he had traveled. In addition to his sickness, as a result of which he could not complete the tasks for which he traveled to Africa, his return flight encountered difficulties that delayed the flight for a number of hours.
When the flight tardily arrived in Paris, the connecting flight to New York had already departed, but by the grace of God, he was put on another flight that arrived in New York at 1:00 a.m. Sunday. With sickness and everything, he rented a car to Maryland to enable him to be in Church.
Because of what the Lord did for him on that occasion and has done for him throughout his life, he said, “If your heart is not unto the Lord, you have a serious problem. We need to glorify and gratify the name of the Lord all the time. I have not been feeling well all week, so Pastor Jean Paul will deliver the sermon today,” revealed the blessed man of God.
Pastor Jean Paul Ntap mounted the podium of transfiguration and preached in French, with Ms. Michelle Tchatat as the interpreter. He titled his sermon, “Call on Jesus in the Midst of the Storm”, a title informed by Mark 4: 35-41. The verses tell of how Christ commanded the sea and the wind to obey after the ship on which he and the disciples were traveling was engulfed in a storm. The situation intimidated the disciples out of their wits, but the power of Jesus Christ prevailed over the storm.
“Each has been called by God to fulfill a particular purpose or destiny. In Genesis 12, when God called Abraham, he asked him to move from one place to another. In Exodus 3, God called Moses to move from the town of Midianite back to Egypt to deliver the Israelites from slavery. Jesus himself had to move from Jerusalem to Capernaum to preach the gospel and perform his miracles,” said Pastor Jean Paul.
The man of God noted that after healing the sick, Jesus told his disciples, “Let’s go to the other side. There is somewhere God wants to take you to fulfill your destiny. God can call you to take you somewhere through a job, a business venture, a family reason, education, or even the lottery where God brings some to America. There is always something that will make you cross over, but there is no promise without a test,” stated Pastor Jean Paul.
Pastor Jean Paul observed that some erroneously think that because they are Christians who worship God devoutly, their lives would be smooth-sailing. “Sometimes when we go through persecutions, we get discouraged and we start asking, ‘Am I truly a child of God?’ What we learn from difficult experiences teach us what the word doesn’t teach us.”
The man of God reiterated the familiar wisdom story of Job where the Almighty God Himself was involved in the difficulties Job encountered to prove to Satan that Job’s faith was indeed genuine. “When Job was tested, he didn’t fall short. Job had to go through trials to reach his destiny. Through his difficulties, Job saw the glory of God. A storm doesn’t mean God is absent. His name is Emmanuel. He can’t abandon us because He so much loved the world that He gave his only begotten son to die for us so that we would have eternal life,” noted Pastor Jean Paul.
The man of God also averred that trials, adversities and troubles only allow people to see those who really love them as distinguished from charlatans, who only profess their love because of the benefits.
On a comic but serious note, Pastor Jean Paul state that people worry about a lot of things, from how to constantly make their beautiful wives happy, sustain their businesses, or to make their families happy.
“When we see a man with a beautiful wife, we don’t know what he’s going through to make her happy. Some worry about their next promotion while others simply cry over the growth of their business. The reality is that when you find yourself in a difficult situation and you know there is someone there to help you, it gives you hope.
“As Christians, the someone you should rely on is God. When you have a problem and you pray, you would know God is there to help you. Unfortunately, there are millionaires who commit suicide when they encounter difficulties. They commit suicide because God is lacking in their lives. For, what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?” reasoned the man of God.
Pastor Jean Paul emphasized that millionaires who commit suicide don’t love God. “They commit suicide because the love of God is missing in their lives. We live by faith, not by sight. Living by faith means you can do all things through the Lord.
“Peter and most of the disciples on the ship during the storm were fishermen, yet they were afraid. The ship had a captain, but he was afraid. Christ slept because he knew His Father would be in control. Who is the captain of your ship?” queried Pastor Jean Paul.
He reminded the congregation of the 2011 ship disaster in Italy where the captain of the ship was distracted by a woman in his cabinet and when the ship was grounded, he jumped into one of the life boats and fled, leaving the passengers to their fate.
“The captain of the sinking ship in Italy abandoned the passengers. When you are going through trials, some of your so-called friends and even family members will disconnect their phones. Family can let you down, friends can let you down, but Christ will never forsake you; He will always be with you,” stated the man of God, citing Matt. 28: 20.
He reminded the congregation that Christ is omnipresent and those who believe in Him will receive salvation. He quoted Jeremiah 33: 3, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
“There are things you don’t know. You have to call on God to know. The disciples didn’t know what to do in the midst of the storm, so they called on Christ. In the midst of your problems, if you call on him, He would answer you. Unfortunately, there some that question the intentions of Christ. But what is that God can’t do?”
The Almighty God parted the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites to cross over; He brought manna from Heaven to feed the Israelites in the wilderness; He turned a quinine well into fresh water to satiate the thirst of the Israelites. What is it that Christ can’t do?
“Whether your marriage is in shambles, your business is struggling, your family life is messy, I am here to tell you that your cry has awakened Christ; He has heard you and will answer you. I decree and declare the destinies of everyone here present this morning to be fulfilled through the blood of Jesus,” proclaimed the man of God.
He mentioned Christ’s raising of Lazarus from the dead to affirm the power of God. Psalm 33: 9 says, “For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” And John 1: 3 notes, “All things were made by him; and without him was anything made that was made.”
He noted that there are some like Jonah, who are rebellious before finally seeing the light. “Some of you have been called by God but you are rebellious. God will never call you without giving you a provision. Any trials or situations you are going through today are part of the journey.
“Before Joseph arrived in the palace of Pharaoh and became prime minister of Egypt, he went through many trials and situations. No matter what your storm is, believe in God. The storm is opening the way to your destiny,” said the man of God.
Pastor Georges praised Pastor Jean Paul for a wonderful sermon and blessed him to continue to grow in his ministry. This week is a special week of prayer and fasting for members of Amazing Love. There will be a concert by the Choir on Saturday, July 1, followed by a bible trivia from 7 to 9 p.m.