By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). Teachers on the prayer line of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l from Monday to Thursday graced their messages with themes of kindness, love, fortitude, and the supremacy of the Lord in the affairs Christians.
Ms. Mary Nives Nsamenka who taught on Monday echoed Apostle Paul in Galatians 6, when she called on Christians not to renege on doing good, especially to other Christians, by giving, giving, and giving to those in need. She began by reading Prov. 28: 27, “He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack, but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.”
She unpacked the verse and stated that those who have must give freely and willingly without any strings attached and they would be rewarded. “Give with all your heart without expecting anything back and the Lord who knows your heart will recompense you,” said Sister Mary.
Using the story of the rich fool that Jesus narrated to his disciples in Luke 12: 13-21, in which Christ admonishes against covetousness and avarice, Sister Mary stated, “Christ rebuked the rich man who showed no compassion and wanted to store his wealth all for himself without consideration to the poor. God shows compassion on those who are compassionate; He shows mercy to those who are merciful.
“The wisdom in this story is that with all that wealth, today, if you are called by the Lord, you would be gone, leaving it all behind. It will belong to someone else. Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness because after death, the opportunity is lost. Your time is now to read and study the Bible. No amount of money can save you after death. Wealth is temporary but his word is forever. God is touched when you reach out to the poor,” noted Ms. Nsamenka.
She read Psalm 41: 1-2, “Blessed is he that considereth the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth; and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.”
She concluded her message by asking participants to learn from Christ. “Don’t worry about your challenges; God will take care of them, if you believe and trust Him. Reach out to ordinary folk in need and help them. Christ sought ordinary people, and he healed them; he fed them, and he blessed them. Give without expecting anything in return,” noted Sister Mary.
Ms. Bernice Abanke was the purveyor of the word on Tuesday. Sister Bernice predicated her message on the faith and fortitude of blind Bartemeus, who in spite of being blind, when Jesus went to Jericho, he exhibited unbelievable faith and asked Jesus to heal him. (Mark 10: 46: 52).
The multitude was great and when they heard Bartimeus shouting “thou Son of David, have mercy on me,” the people became exasperated and asked him to shut up. But, Bartimeus was persistent and undaunted and he shouted the more until Christ heard him. Whereupon, Christ asked that Bartemeus be summoned to him. Chris healed Bartemeus by saying simply, “Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Sister Bernice proclaimed that Bartemeus was a righteous blind man, and although he was limited by his condition of being born blind as a result of which begging became his profession, he didn’t allow that to prevent him from learning. She stated: “Bartemeus was looked down upon; he was debased.
“But the reality is that without blindness, Bartemeus could have been a shepherd or even a Pharisee. When situations come our way, we should not neglect the fact that God is bigger and more powerful than any problems we might be facing, so rise above any problem or circumstance and leave it in the hands of God.”
She read Isaiah 55: 8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
She continued: “Many a time, we bring God down to our level of thinking. When things are not going the way we want, we should give everything to God. Proverbs 15: 15 says, ‘All the days of the afflicted are evil; but he that is of merry heart hath a continual feast.’”
Sister Bernice observed that God is the only ONE with a guaranteed answer to our problems. “Our circumstances can change; society can change; our community can change, but the word of God never changes. He says in Malachi, “I am the Lord thy God; I changeth not.” Hebrew 13: 8 says, “Christ is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow.”
She also cited 1 Samuel 9: 16 and 1 Peter 5: 9, and emphasized that it’s important to give our problems to God. “Cast it all upon Him. It’s time for spiritual transformation; it’s time for change.”
On Wednesday, Ms. Euphresia Fombo’s thematic framework was centered on the fortitude needed to scale over daunting Goliaths in our lives that come in the form of sickness, financial problems, marital problems, friendship problems, and even educational problems. Her frame of reference was the David and Goliath story found in 1 Samuel 17: 4-11.
She reminded participants of Pastor Georges Ntemi’s sermon on Sunday in which he told the congregation that devil is constantly fishing for followers of Christ because he detests us, but Christ being on our side, he flees from us.
“You are a champion in Christ so no matter the Goliath in your life, be it fear, torment, doubt, insecurity, cancer, HIV, don’t worry, for nothing is too difficult for the Lord. In situations, we should always remember to magnify the name of the Father who is able and capable than giving in to the situation,” said Sister Euphresia.
“Is there anything too difficult for the Lord?” she asked. “Psalm 91: 3 reads, “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence.” Don’t allow your Goliath to intimidate you into submission. Like David, believe and have the trust that, with the Lord on your side, He will deliver you from any situation or problem.
Last but not least, participants heard from Ms. Emelie Sophie Koagne on Thursday in a message that seemingly rounded out the preceding messages with the title “It’s all about God.”
Sister Sophie uniquely prefaced her teaching by singing “It is well with my soul” and provided a brief history of the song. She told of how Horatio Spafford came up with the lyrics that were informed by the adversity he was confronted with on the death of his two sons.
She read Isaiah 45: 9-11: “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? Or thy work. He hath no hands. Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou?
“or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth? Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.”
Sister Sophie added that our relationship with the Lord is that of creator and servant. “Because he created everything, he controls everything, so everything should be about him. We were created to serve him, have fellowship with him, and worship him. Today we are here, but tomorrow we are gone. We deserve to be joyful in him; we deserve to be happy; we deserve to be glad in him.”
She revealed that after graduating from a university in Russia, where she studied for six years, she returned to look for a job without any success. Her disappointment turned into sadness and frustration until she understood that it’s not about her; it’s all about God, so she surrendered. After that, she felt at peace with herself.
“You can’t question the ways of God. Just pray for him to have his way in your life. Romans 9: 20 says, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed him, Why hast thou made me thus?” stated Sister Sophie.
Pastor Jean Paul Ntap aptly responded brilliantly to all the teachings but particularly poignant was his revelation on the prayer line that some members of the Church have started maligning the Church. “Christ is the bride of the Church. The Church is there for your blessings, so be careful when you go around condemning the very medium that is there to bless you,” said Pastor Jean Paul.
He continued: “Speaking evil against the Church comes from the spirit of witchcraft and sorcery. Don’t indulge in it. Avoid it,” stated the man of God with impassioned zeal.