By Samuel O. Doku (Washington Journal). The Church of God, like any human organization. may have its own fair share of problems and misunderstandings, but what separates the Church from other human institutions is that the Church has Christ as its rock and foundation. From that perspective, whenever a problem rears its discomforting head, the love of God, coupled with the humility and compassion of Christ results—for the most part—in an amicable resolution.
On the basis of that, Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l celebrated its second anniversary from December 7-10 with pomp, humility, and glory but without the usual pageantry associated with many celebrations. As Psalm 127: 1 says, “Unless Jehovah God builds the House, it is in vain that its builders work hard on it. Unless Jehovah God guards the city, it is in vain that the guard stays awake.”
As a result, Senior Pastor Georges William Ntemi, fully conscious of the way the Almighty God revealed and led him to establish the Church, profusely pays homage to the Lord all the time, acknowledging Him for His supremacy, primacy, and authority.
When Pastor Georges delivered the sermon to round out the modest celebration on Sunday, a sermon grounded in the thematic framework of “From Glory to Glory,” he informed his preaching with Haggai 2: 7-10, “And I will shake all the nations and the precious things of all the nations will come in, and I will fill this house with glory,” says Jehovah of armies.
“The silver is mine and the gold is mine,” declares Jehovah of armies. “The future glory of this house will be greater than the former,” says Jehovah of armies. “And in this place, I will grant peace,” declares Jehovah of armies.
The blessed man of God minced no words in declaring that the verses reveal the salience in Christ’s injunction in Matthew 6: 33 that Christians should first seek the Kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all things shall be added on to it, because the Almighty God says that ‘silver and gold are his.’
The apostle of God noted, “There is a difference between when a human being says something and when God says it. God says the silver and gold are His, yet we run around everyday to fill our pockets. For your peace, seek Him first because everything belongs to Him.”
He expressed hope in the assurance that the Lord will grant peace to every member of the Church because the greatest blessings the Lord bestows on His children are health, peace, and joy.
After the blessed man of God’s preamble, he unabashedly gave all the glory to the Almighty God before he delved into a bit of Hebraic history. He noted that 70 years after Nebuchadnnezer and the Babylonians invaded Israel and destroyed the magnificent edifice Solomon built for the Lord, the Israelis returned from captivity. They attempted to build a new temple in replacement of the Temple of Solomon, but it was no match in splendor and magnificence to Solomon’s, who splashed his enormous wealth into the building and put 563 pounds of pure, unadulterated gold in the building that took seven years to build.
According to the senior pastor, when some of the elders of Israel returned from captivity and saw the new building that was being erected, they wept for they knew that the Temple Solomon built for God could never be matched in magnificence and sheer beauty, no matter how diligently they tried. But still, others shouted for joy because they were exhilarated that they had at least a place they could go and worship God.
“I was reading Haggai 2: 5, and I had this Divine revelation that when you are doing something and people criticize, even ridicule you, you should not allow that to discourage you, because what God can see is far beyond the vision of any human being. We are doing things that don’t seem normal to carnal minds,” said the apostle of God.
He noted that Moses’s deliverance of Jews from slavery in Egypt and David’s killing a lion and a bear with his bare hands and his killing of Goliath with a sling and a pebble were not normal to carnal minds, because God guided Moses and David to accomplish those impossible feats.
“David was only 17 but when he went to Saul to seek permission from him to go and face Goliath, he already had an impressive resume of killing a lion and a bear with his hands. Moses had only his staff when he faced Pharaoh to let his people leave Egypt for Israel. God’s hand was in all those great deeds. Moses and David lived by faith and not by sight, so the enormity of the situation did not intimidate them because God was on their side,” noted the apostle of God.
The blessed man of God stated that when God wants to use his children for magnificent and marvelous deeds, He separates them. “Abraham had to be separated from Lot to receive his blessings. Moses left Egypt and went and lived in the land of the Midianites. Jacob had to leave his parents’ house to go and live with his uncle, Laban for 20 years, and David left his father’s house into the employment of Saul as a musician. You see, there has to be separation before God blesses you,” said the apostle of God.
In glorification of work, Pastor Georges told of a dying laborer who told his two sons that he had buried a great treasure on a land he left for them. With great diligence, the sons started digging but couldn’t find the treasure. After digging for some time, they realized that they had covered a great deal of land, so they decided to plant crops on the land and wait until after harvesting the crop to return to digging.
The following year, they went back to digging, but still they could not find anything. They planted again and again in the subsequent years and harvested, and they became wealthy from tilling the land.
“The treasure was in working the land,” said Pastor Georges. “It is only in the dictionary that success comes before work. Everywhere else, work comes before success because there is dignity in work.”
He chastised Uzzah for his arrogance that led him to step onto the threshing floor and touched the Ark of God, and as a result, God struck him dead immediately. “God resists the proud, so whatever you do, do it with a humble heart. Let the glory come from God because His glory endures forever,” said Pastor Georges.
After reading Haggai 2: 7, “The blessed man of God also prophesied that 2018 would be a glorious year. The threshing floor is also a place of separation, a place where good is separated from evil. If we find ourselves on the threshing floor, we should be part of the grain, not the chaff.
The symbolism of the threshing floor brought Pastor Georges into a reflective mode where he reiterated that affliction got him closer to God. “I have suffered a lot so when I see others suffering, I know what they are going through because I have been there, so I know how it feels like.
“I sat down and cried and sought Him. I fasted for 21 days until the Lord told me He had heard my cry and supplication. People who have and refuse to help others don’t know what suffering is. They haven’t experienced pain and suffering before,” concluded the apostle of God.
The Church’s upcoming events include a Christmas recital for children on December 24, while the cross over night on December 31 will feature Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi, Pastor Jean Paul Ntap, and Evangelist Walters Asah.