Yours truly was blessed to be the purveyor on this morning’s prayer line. Below is his message whose thematic framework is “Integrity.”
Before I delve into the message, I will be remiss if I don’t take this opportunity to express the gratitude of the Men’s Ministry to God, Pastor Georges-William for the foresight and the vision to establish the Ministry, and Lady Evangelist Mildred for her inspiring leadership of the Women’s Ministry that compelled her husband to establish a similar ministry for the men, all to the glory of God. For that reason, the president of the men’s ministry and all the men of honor sincerely thank the senior pastor and his better half for their vision. We also thank Pastor Jean Paul Ntap for his devotion and dedication to the vision of the Church.
I took the main text for my message from Gen. 20: 2-12. It is a story about Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech in which for fear of being persecuted, Abraham told everyone who cared to listen that his beautiful Sarah was his sister, not his wife. Sarah was then taken to King Abimelech, as was the custom in Philistine, but because of his integrity, God touched his heart, so he didn’t lie with Sarah. After God had revealed to him that Sarah was Abraham’s wife, he returned her to her husband and rewarded them. In the meantime, God also rewarded Abimelech with children after the encounter with Abraham and Sarah.
To have a sense of integrity then means you occupy an important place in God’s kingdom. Consequently, men of integrity hate lies, shy away from dishonesty, and frown on rumor-mongering. To paraphrase Pastor Georges-William, liars are the most dangerous people that can be around you because they can tarnish your reputation. In other words, liars have no sense of integrity. From the basis of that, the topic of my message this Wednesday morning is “manning up to reclaim our purpose with a sense of integrity through the power of one man, one woman.”
Proverbs 10: 11 proclaims that “the mouth of a righteous man is a well of life, but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.” Psalm 9: 1-3 read, “Blessed are the undefiled in the Way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies and that seek him with the whole heart.”
In Genesis, Adam’s lack of integrity made him eat of the forbidden fruit, and when God came and asked him why He disobeyed Him, instead of being repentant and ask for forgiveness, rather he said, “The woman that thou gave me made me eat of the fruit.” That singular moment of ingratitude resulted in Adam putting the entire world on a permanently sinful and evil footing. In like father like son manner, Cain also fell short of God’s glory when he killed his brother Abel out of envy, and when God came to ask him about his brother’s whereabouts, because Cain lacked any sense of integrity, What was his response? Am I my brother’s keeper? This led to his banishment.
Lack of integrity led Jacob to rob Esau of his rightful birthright as the firstborn. The result was that Jacob whose meaning is supplanter, among other meanings, was made to serve his uncle Laban for 14 years instead of seven before he could marry Rachel, the woman with whom he was in love. After wrestling with the angel and doing well by holding the angel to bless him or he wouldn’t let him go, God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, meaning Prince of God. Jacob, like his father and grandfather went on to become one of the patriarchs of Israel.
Lack of integrity and jealousy led the ten brothers of Joseph to sell him into slavery in Egypt. Because of the famine and the fleeing of many Israelites to Egypt, they became so many that the Egyptians turned them into their slaves. They ended up spending 430 years in servitude until Moses delivered them. On a national level, lack of integrity led the Israelites to worship idols resulting in their captivity in Babylon, Persia, Assyria and many other places. It also led to their late arrival in Israel, where God had blessed the land of the Canaanites, Hivites, Jebusites, Ammorites, Hittites and Perizzites, as the land flowing with milk and honey. A journey that was originally supposed to, in the words of Pastor Georges-William to take 12 days, took 40 years.
And besides, all the original Israelites that left Egypt with Moses died on the way except Joshua and Caleb. They led the multitude to the the land flowing with milk and honey. Children of God, we realize that for every action we unleash as a result of lack of integrity, there is a consequence.
Does this mean God does not forgive the sins we commit out of lack of integrity? He does because He says in Isaiah that he would forgive our past sins and bury them under the deep sea. However, we don’t escape the consequences of our actions. God allows us to be responsible for our actions and inactions so that we could learn from the consequences to make us become better human beings.
But, it takes one individual to exhibit a profound sense of integrity from which great things can be accomplished. Every great phenomenon begins with one person with a great sense of integrity. When God created the world and decided to populate it, although he could have spoken massive populations into existence, he didn’t; what he did was to start with one man, by creating Adam. From Adam, he created woman who became the source of family, and family became the source of civilization. The power of one man, one woman is an enigma.
When Saul’s battalions were harassed, mesmerized, and killed by Goliath, it took one man, David to conquer him to restore Israel to its glory. It takes one man. It took one man, Zerubbaba to rescue Israel from the first captivity in Babylon. Ezra, the scribe led the second mission from captivity in Babylon, and Nehemiah mobilized the Israelites to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and rescue it from its enemies in the third captivity, in spite of the fruitless efforts of Sanballat and Tobiah. It takes one man. It took one man, Jeremiah to pour out his tears to the Lord as he prayed for Israel’s redemption when they returned to worshiping idols.
It took one woman. It took one woman, Ruth to display her sense of integrity in Boaz’s house to become his wife and later the great grandmother of David and a forbear of our Lord Jesus Christ. It took one woman. It took one woman Esther to save the Israelites from annihilation and destruction from an enraged Haman in Persia. It took the sense of integrity of one woman, Mary to be anointed the mother of Jesus who became the one Son of man who saved the entire world from our sins. He was scourged, scorned at, whipped, mutilated, bruised, and perforated so that we would be healed, have peace of mind, and be saved, only if we believe in Him as our Lord and Savior.
Romans 8: 1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit.” Let us reach deeply into our individualities and reclaim our purpose of one man, one woman through a sense of integrity by living out the fruit of the spirit in love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, gentleness, temperance, and self-control to manifest the glory of God in our lives.
Let’s remember that God blinded the Israelites to open the floodgates of opportunity for us to become a chosen people, belonging to a royal priesthood, and a peculiar people to enable us to shower praises on God who has called us out of the darkness of dishonesty and insincerity into the merciful light of love, kindness, and goodness. This morning’s prayer line was excellently moderated by Brother Derick Mimba, who together with Pastor Jean Paul prayed for the Lord to shower his blessings on the leaders, the Church, and participants.
This evening, the Men of Honor of the Men’s Ministry will participate in a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Elder Donny Kamwa. who has been married for over three decades to the same woman, Min. Louis-Pierre Wese, who is married but currently playing the role of a single parent to her three daughters; Brother Cedric Kamwa who has been married for nearly three years and has one son, and Brother Junior Ateufack Mekontchou, who is married to a lady prayer warrior and also has one child, will be in attendance. The panel discussion will be moderated by Evangelist Walters Asah and Samuel O. Doku will be the master of ceremony.
After today, the celebration will continue on Friday with a two-day conference. Pastor Jean Paul Ntap will present on a theme of his choice on Friday and Evangelist Walters will present on Saturday. Sunday will be coronation Sunday and the apostle of God, Pastor Georges-William will preside with what is expected to be one of his best ever. Don’t miss it!
By Samuel O. Doku