By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). Ms. Mary Nives Nsamenka’s teaching on the prayer line on Wednesday morning centered around the topic of what Christians have to do to win Divine Favor. In the words of Ms. Nsamenka, divine favor is the providential spring that pours God’s blessings on his children.
She began her message with Psalm 30: 5: “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life; weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.”
Sister Mary analogized that a classic example in the Bible, where the presence of favor results in an everlasting life is found in the resurrection story of Lazarus. “When Lazarus died, some of his family members didn’t have any hope that he would return from the dead to live again. But Mary and Martha hoped and had the Divine Favor of Christ, so Christ came and commanded Lazarus to wake up from the dead. In Christ, there is eternal life,” stated Sister Mary.
She also read Proverbs 13: 15-16: “Good understanding giveth favor but the way of transgressors is hard. Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge, but a fool layeth upon his folly.”
Sister Mary observed that lack of knowledge or ignorance can easily destroy one’ s life. “Through God’s favor, we realize our destinies. Therefore, we must always be filled with the desire to win God’s favor. It takes favor to unify people; it takes favor for success in life; it takes favor for prosperity, and it takes favor for great health,” said Ms. Nsamenka amaphorically.
According to her, virtues that define God’s favor in our lives are obedience, kindness, fasting, evangelism, prayer, ceaseless praising of God, fear of God, and thanksgiving.
“In the case of obedience, Abraham is a good example. When God asked him to leave his father’s house in Ur, although he had no idea where he was going, he obeyed and God blessed him and made him the father of many nations. Many lives are destroyed today because of disobedience. Obeying God wins for us His Divine Favor.”
“Another thing we have to do to find favor with God is to be kind. We have to be quick to respond to the needs of others. As the Bible says, he that giveth shall never lack. Look for someone to help and God will pour his favor on you.”
“Evangelism activates God’s favor in our lives. Train yourself to have the courage to always talk to someone about God. For if you are able to win the soul of one sinner for God, there would be rejoicing in Heaven. Nothing moves God more than winning souls for Him.”
“Learn to pray at night. Praying at night is very important because that’s when witches and principalities operate. When you pray, especially after midnight, you ward off the demons wanting to prey on you, and God protects you from principalities of the earthly realm. Pray without ceasing.”
At this juncture, Sister Mary read Philippians 2: 12-13, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his will and to do of his good pleasure.”
She noted that for all that God does for us, the only thing we can do to glorify Him while we are still alive is to praise and thank Him. “Praise God continually for all He has done for you and continue to do for you. God can’t praise Himself, so you earn His favor for praising Him. And after gaining His favor, don’t forget to thank Him,” said Sister Mary, while also mentioning that being God-fearing and having a God-fearing partner are all the result of God’s favor in one’s life.
The unmistakable voice of Dr. Sandrine Tankeu has not been heard on the line for some time now, but she returned on Friday morning with a message as potent as the messages that were delivered all week.
To begin with, Deaconess Sandrine read Hebrews 10: 32-39. Verses 35 and 36 particularly read, “Cast not away therefore your confidence which have great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
She titled her message “Storm Be Gone” and asserted that facing trials and tribulations are part of the lives of Christians because Christ suffered for our salvation. “He chose us and because he chose us, he loves us, and because he loves us, he died for us to give us salvation. Understand that Christianity is not all about living peaceful and prudent lives. He overcame the world.”
Deaconess Sandrine emphasized that Christ is the source of our encouragement and comfort, who provides us with the confidence to confront the tribulations in our lives with courage. “What you must always remember is that confidence comes from the strength given to you by Christ.
“The only ONE you need to please is God because he never forgets you. Remember that he is powerful, and he can make a way for you in every situation. In times of difficulty, he will be there for you. All you have to do is to have confidence in Him.
“Remember when you were about to buy a house and you were experiencing all sorts of difficulties but he came through for you. Remember when you were looking for a job and couldn’t speak English, but he came through for you. Remember when you were sick and the doctor said your chances of recovery were small but he came through for you. God is the ultimate doctor. When He says ‘Yes,’ no one can say ‘No.’”
Deaconess Sandrine asked Christians to rejoice in their hardships because behind every misfortune, there is a blessing. “The word of God is true. Be patient and wait for Him to respond to your needs; patience is about endurance; endurance is about confidence in Christ. Being in Christ means we are blind and being led by the Spirit.
“Therefore, your faith will be tested; your endurance will be tested; your character will be tested but after the tests come the recompense of reward,” said Deaconess Sandrine, among many things.
Pastor Jean Paul Ntap and Mama Rose Tchuinkeu served as moderators for the week and Min. Louis-Pierre Wese taught in French.