By Samuel O. Doku, Washington, DC). The Men’s Week at Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l came to a successful end Sunday with Pastor Georges-William Ntemi delivering a potent homily on the need for men to take a stand in the affairs of life so that we are not led astray by wily Satan. Before his closing sermon, however, Pastor Jean Paul Ntap preached to the men on Friday, and Evangelist Walters Asah addressed us on Saturday.
Pastor Jean Paul based his delivery on the story of Samson and Delilah, and how Delilah became a predecessor of Judas Iscariot by betraying Samson to the Philistines for 1,100 pieces of silver in Judges 16.
“There are three important points we can take from the Samson and Delilah story: 1) Don’t go where you are not supposed to be; 2) Don’t work with people you should not be working with; 3). Don’t do what you shouldn’t be doing. If you put yourself in a position without God, you would be in a mess. God is a God of principles; when God establishes his covenant with you, he delivers,” stated Pastor Jean Paul.
Analyzing Samson’s predicament informed by his three points of exposition, Pastor Jean Paul asserted that God established a covenant with Samson, but he broke that covenant by going to places he was not supposed to go, eating things that were unclean, and sleeping with women he was not supposed to be sleeping with.
In the end, he rejected the woman of God’s choice and went with one controlled by a demonic spirit, who ended up betraying him to his enemies as a result of which he lost his life. “If you are blinded by love, you can’t see clearly. Samson was supposed to be the salt of the earth for the Israelites, but he sold his honor, his dignity, his respect, and his sense of worth to Delilah, and he paid the price dearly for it,” noted the man of God.
The man of God pointed out that as men of honor, our authority could be reduced to nothing if we mingle with the Delilah’s of the world in our families and places of work. “Samson lost his dignity through inebriation and visiting whore houses. You are blessed so don’t be visiting night clubs and drinking alcohol. Don’t be like Samson and be ungrateful to God. If you do that, you would lose your taste as salt of the earth. Let others see the glory of God in you through your actions.”
After realizing that Delilah was a hypocrite who didn’t love him, Samson wished he was dead than alive, so he became fed up with her insistence and revealed the secret to her. Scripture says in Judges 16, verses 16-17: “And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him so that his soul was vexed unto death;
“that he told her all his heart, and said unto her, ‘There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite from my mother’s womb; if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.’”
Pastor Jean Paul stated that the Philistines used Delilah as the point of destruction for Samson’s life. “The Bible says in 1 Corin. 6 that everything is permissible but not everything is helpful. When you want to do something, take the test of faith and ask yourself if that is helpful to you as a child of God. Your body is the Lord’s temple, so you need to ask yourself if drinking and smoking are good for you. Some say things they don’t do; be role models for your children,” said the man of God.
The good news in the tragic story of Samson is that he prayed to God, who restored his strength and with a push of the two pillars holding the building he occupied with the leaders, elders, and the Philistines, he killed more Philistines in that one moment of God’s power and might than he did in the twenty years that he served Israel as its judge.
“As Christians, you need to give testimonies to glorify the Lord. That is what will help convert unbelievers into Christianity. Let others know of your encounters with the Lord. For, you can’t take others to where you have not been before,” said the man of God. Pastor Jean Paul also cited Ephesians 2: 8 and read 1 Corinthians 6: 12-18.
Pastor Georges gave the closing remarks in which he called on the men of honor to dedicate themselves completely to the Lord to see the wonders of God in their lives. “Take a stand in his kingdom. As men of the Church, you must come together and unite toward a common cause of commitment to the Lord and the Church,” said the blessed man of God.