Strengthened in the Valley of the Shadow of Life

Senior Pastor Georges is flanked by his wife Lady Pastor Ntemi and Pastor Jean Paul Ntap.

The Senior Pastor of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l, Pastor Georges-William Ntemi returned to his routine duty on Sunday with renewed rigor and revitalization after a 10-day hiatus, the result of his annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

The blessed man of God paid a profound gratitude to the Lord for safely bringing him and the rest of the pilgrims back safely. He noted that the pilgrimage this year was different to the extent that one of the pilgrims felt so blessed that he has started speaking Hebrew while another pilgrim unleashed a talent hitherto not noticed by anybody.

Pastor Georges’s hyperbolic discourse sent the congregation into an appreciative laughter. He then noted, “The more you read the word of God, the fresher the anointing you receive. There is always something new you discover, no matter the number of times you read a chapter or a book in the Bible, it always comes with something fresh you never thought of before.”

 

After the preamble to his sermon, he continued with his series on the Gates of Jerusalem, which he is figuratively sermonizing as important and necessary in rebuilding Christian lives. The topic of Sunday’s sequel was “The Importance of the Valley Gate.” The foundation text is Nehemiah 3: 13; it reads, “Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the Valley Gate. They built and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars; and they repaired 1,000 cubits of the wall as far as the Gate of the Ash Heap (Dung Gate).”

Pastor Georges noted that when Nehemiah was told that the walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed, he wept. He stated: “When you have disaster in your life, you have to cry and remember that the Lord is the Lilly of the Valley. The Valley Gate is an important Gate because it is the Gate that will help you mature in your Christian life. Don’t think because you are a Christian, everything would be uphill for you; don’t think you won’t have a problem, because the Lord will thrust you into the Valley so that you experience a situation.”

According to the blessed man of God, Hanun means a man with grace, someone who is blessed, but Zanoah means rejected. He added that Hanun left a group of rejects in the valley to go and rebuild the Valley Gate. “Your attitude will keep you in the valley of rejects until you know who God really is. With guidance from the Lord, the man of God can help you rebuild your life, your marriage, your employment.

“In the Valley, you’re confronted daily with fear, trepidation, intimidation, uncertainty, and disillusionment until you know and appreciate who God really is. In the Valley, you realize that He is the only one who can save you. He is our Lord and fortress who never fails. . . . He is our shield and buckler,” asserted the apostle of God.

The blessed man of God affirmed that just like any of the congregation members in the sanctuary, he has had his fair share of problems in the Valley, but by the grace of the Lord, he overcame them. “In this world, you will have problems, but as you go through the trials and tribulations, know that the Lord your savior also went through similar problems, so He can save you. In fact, the deeper the valley, the higher the mountain you will climb on the totem pole of success,” assured the man of God.

He expounded that if your faith in the Lord goads you to believe that if you ask him to give you a million dollars, he will give, he will give it to you all right, but he will first ask you to solve a million-dollar problem. “Nothing from the Lord is free,” he added emphatically.

“In the Valley, the ones with the right attitude enjoy. In the Valley, you are broken and taught humility. Your character is put before a smoke-screen and examined. For, when there is a problem, you see the true character of people. Faith in God helps you know the suffering of others,” noted the apostle of God.

In Romans, Apostle Paul tells us to rejoice in our suffering because it produces perseverance, perseverance produces character and character will give you hope, a glorious flame that burns brightly to dismantle the walls of suffering.

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you can enjoy. When you are facing problems in your life, do you run away from them or face them? When you are suffering, be grateful to God because your blessings are on the way, your promotion is coming.

“Trouble makes you stronger to enable you to control the pain and learn wisdom from it. Remember that you will experience some valleys that are important because they will define your success. Joseph, Moses and David all experienced their important valleys,” said Senior Pastor Georges.

The blessed man of God noted that just like David destroyed the lion, the bear, and Goliath to pave the way for him to become the king of Israel, the valleys of fornication, adultery, homosexuality, alcoholism, blatant wickedness, and callousness must be destroyed in one’s life for success. If David hadn’t killed the monsters he battled against, they would have killed him. “If you don’t destroy your valleys of alcoholism, drug addiction, adultery, homosexuality, and fornication, they would destroy you,” admonished the apostle of God.

He said that those who create the pain of today don’t control the glory of tomorrow. “God has called you for a special purpose, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Injustice is only powerful and disconcerting as the memory of those who internalize it. In other words, injustice is as powerful as the memory of it. Don’t meditate on things of no value.”

Isaiah 43: 18-19 says, “Do not remember the former things. And do not dwell on the past. ‘Lord I am doing something new.’ Even now it is springing up. Do you not recognize it? I will make a way through the wilderness. And rivers through the desert.”

Pastor Georges continued, “The Lord said He is making a way for you in the wilderness. Why do you focus on the old and refuse to see the new thing the Lord has for you?”

In conclusion, Senior Pastor Georges told the congregation that he doesn’t preach what he doesn’t believe in because he’s been victimized by loved ones and friends, but through it all, the Lord remained the tower of his strength and fortress. In a powerful concluding message, he said, “In your weeping, do good, for the Lord is your strength and shield. Because the Lord is your shepherd, you shall not want in the name of Jesus Christ.”

In another development, the Virtuous Women of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l are celebrating their first anniversary this week. Toward that end, they will have a debate on Wednesday in the sanctuary with a focus on the topic “Love, Sex, and Marriage.” Lady Pastor Mildred Ntemi will lead the discussion and on Sunday, she will ascend the podium of transfiguration to preach. The Church is tremendously blessed to have her to lead the women. Come and be a witness on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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).