Obedience to the Lord’s Commandments Comes with Peace of Mind and Success

Elder Joseph Ngatchou (second from left) in a blue smock with white envelope in hand reiterated the importance of obedience in his teaching.

By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). The Men of Honor continued with their teachings on the prayer line this Thursday morning with yet another important theme that directs the affairs of humanity, “Obedience.” Elder Joseph Ngatchou presented the message and it neatly commiserated with the earlier themes of humility, love, and integrity.

After expressing his profound admiration of the Church’s teaching and growth in its barely two years of existence, Elder Ngatchou thanked the leadership of the Church in the expectation that in a year from now, Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l will improve on its growth and expand even more.

He began by reading Joshua 1: 7-8, “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

“Obedience,” said Elder Ngatchou, “leads to success. Moses obeyed God all the time, for the most. Obey everything God has said in the Bible. Our attitudes and behaviors should send a message to our neighbors that we obey God’s laws.”

Indeed, in all his dealings with God, Moses disobeyed God once and that was when out of anger, he cast the Holy of Holies, the tablet on which the ten commandments were inscribed on the golden calf the Israelites were worshiping in his absence.

For that, the Lord barred him from reaching the land flowing with milk and honey, and he appointed Joshua to succeed him before he died. It was the price Moses paid for his disobedience, leading to his death at the age of 110.

Elder Ngatchou, however, took his foundational text from Deut. 28: 1-14. The Elder placed particular emphasis on verses 12 to 14: “And the Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand; and thou shall lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

“And the Lord shalt make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them, and thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.”

Elder Ngatchou expressed his gratitude to God and to the Church whose teachings have made him become a better Christian. To that end, he felt consecrated. “I feel blessed because of the zeal and the teaching by the leaders of the Church. God used Joseph to reveal his plans for Israel. Today, our Joseph is Jesus, according to the preaching we heard on Sunday. God was good yesterday; He is good today, and He will be good forever,” said Elder Joseph as he proclaimed the enduring goodness of the Lord, symbolized by the unleashing of Christ’s salvation unto the world because of His love for us. Elder Ngatchou also read Deut. 5: 2.

Brother Derick Mimba moderated the prayer session, but Pastor Jean Paul Ntap responded to Elder Ngatchou’s teaching. If the morning’s teaching focused on obedience to God’s laws, Pastor Jean Paul’s response mostly concentrated on the consequences of disobedience. “The worst enemy of humankind is disobedience. You are more than a conqueror when you obey, disobedience opens doors to your enemies. Obedience comes with blessings, but disobedience comes with curses,” said the man of God.

Pastor Jean Paul noted that there are rules in God’s kingdom to guide us, so one cannot worship God and idols at the same time. “You can’t be on both sides; you are either for God or the devil. The standards of God are set in the Bible, and they provide us with faith to live by. Don’t disobey; be strong and surrender yourselves to God. Remember, Adam failed because of disobedience,” said Pastor Jean Paul.

Shifting his attention to obedience to conclude his response, he said, “Obeying God’s law brings peace of mind, joy in the heart, and a firm conviction that you are a child of God. It makes you successful in all things. Know who God is.”

The Men of Honor’s weeklong celebration continues tomorrow with Pastor Jean Paul presenting from 7 to 9 p.m.

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About Dr. Sam Doku
Dr. Samuel O. Doku is a professor and a writer. He earned his Ph.D. in English with concentration in African American Literature from Howard University. He is a W.E.B. Du Bois scholar whose book is titled Cosmopolitanism in the Fictive Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward the Realization of a Revolutionary Art. His articles have been published on Google Scholar, in the International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, and College English Association Magazine (CEAMAG).