The topic of the sermon at Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l on Sunday was “A New Door is Opened” to signify the period of new grace that is bestowed on the children of God . It is a period of new grace because Christ willfully shed his precious blood to atone for the sins of humanity`.
The preacher who delivered the sermon was Pastor Jean Paul Ntap. After briefly reviewing Pastor Georges Ntemi’s series on the rebuilding of life symbolized by the Gates of Jerusalem, Pastor Jean Paul noted that his sermon would also be on the door as an access point and titled it “A New Door is Opened.”
“A door is an access point that allows one to get in and out, but sometimes, the entrance can be blocked by your enemy to prevent you from entering. The Lord has put his heart in the new gate,” said the man of God.
Pastor Jean Paul grounded his sermon in 2 Kings 7: 1-3, “Then Elisha said, ‘Hear ye the word of the Lord. This said the Lord, ‘Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
‘Then a lord whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thine be? And he said, Behold thou shall see it with thine eyes but shall not of it thereof.
‘And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate; and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?’”
Pastor Jean Paul explained that there was famine that led to oppression in Samaria. “The door can identify who you are. The four lepers could not go in so they decided to get up and go and try their luck somewhere else. If some doors don’t allow us to go in, there are some doors that don’t allow us to go out because the entrance has been blocked by enemies.”
Interestingly, the man of God lamented that some Christians adopt a fatalistic attitude to life and accept whatever comes their way as normal. “When you find yourself in a difficult situation, the enemy tries to prevent from you coming out. With Christ however, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance.
“Christ declared He’s the door. Christ came to free you and open the door to new chapters in your life.
“We are looking for new doors to open in our lives, but we must first close the old doors of greed, immorality, wickedness, and deviousness for the new doors of blessings and righteousness to open for us,” said Pastor Jean Paul, as he made reference to Acts 12: 6-10.
“1 Corinthians 16: 9 says, For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries,” read the man of God. “Christ came to transform the door of death to the door of life. He came to give us new opportunities in life. But, who or what are the adversaries?”
Pastor Jean Paul noted that sometimes, we can be our own adversaries in the form of contentment, jealousy, and pride. “When one has seemingly succeeded, that’s when one needs Christ the most. As the Lord warned Cain when he was about to be ostracized, the devil will always be lurking around to find trouble for you, so outwit him,” said man of God.
He told of the parable in Matthew 27 where a rich who was about to embark on a journey left money to his three servants without telling them anything. The first and second servants invested their money and were able to double their investments. However, the third servant who had the least decided to save the master’s money because apparently the third servant didn’t trust his master. Because of jealousy, Saul wanted to kill David but the Lord didn’t allow him
The result of the third servant’s ingratitude was that the master collected the money he gave him and fired him. “When God is at the door, everything you do becomes a huge blessing, so it multiplies.
Jealousy is another problem that is profoundly confronting humanity and needs to be battered. “Out of jealousy and envy, Cain killed his brother Abel. Come to Church because you know God loves you. Don’t depend on the love of others before coming to Church; that’s manipulation. Don’t compromise yourself for things of this world, for He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world,” noted Pastor Jean Paul.
Psalm 34: 19 says, “Let not them that are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me; neither let them wink with the eye that hates without a cause. After the Lord has opened the door of opportunity for you, he allows the enemy to become aware of it to put him or her into pain. He allows the enemy to pip through the door to see how well you are doing.”
Pastor Jean Paul emphasized, “After God has given you a new chapter, he ensures the enemy is informed. When God gives a new opportunity, He will protect the door.”
In another development, the Virtuous Women under the leadership of Lady Evangelist, Mrs. Mildred Ntemi will celebrate theeir first anniversary on November 12. And, there will be a Thanksgiving concert at the Church on November 22. Performing will be The Choir, The Voice of the Cherubim. It starts at 7 p.m.