The Inspection Gate and the Preamble to a Breakthrough Year

Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi prepares to ordain Evangelist Walters Asah and his wife Rose. Supporting the Senior Pastor is Pastor Jean Paul Ntap.

Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi came to the end of his 10-gate series on Sunday, but to ensure that congregants have a belief system on which to rely after hearing the sermons on the gates, he gave them seven recommendations that if strictly adhered to, the Lord would open the floodgates to our blessings in 2018.

The Blessed Man of God stated that the seven recommendations were informed by Isaiah 43: 18-19, “ ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’ This is the foundational scripture for this year, and your breakthrough for 2018 will be met with great success if you follow these recommendations,” said Pastor George.

The Blessed Man of God’s seven steps to a breakthrough year are as follows: 1).  Take time to hide away with the Lord. Allow a separation between you and the rest of the world so that you can have a quiet time with God. Prioritize God in your life. James 4: 8 says, ‘Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners and purify your hearts, you double-minded.’

2). Establish an audacious prayer life. Seek wisdom from God. Start your day by glorifying the name of Jesus Christ and end your day with His praises, and you will have a peaceful night. Proverbs 19: 8 says, ‘The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.’

3). Start over. Ask God to restore every lost promise that has been buried or forgotten. 2 Corinthians 5: 17 says, ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone; the new is here.’ Proverbs 21: 21 states, ‘Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.’

4). Let go. Clean out yesterday’s hurt, disappointment, and pain. It’s time to forget and forgive. Proverbs 27: 19 states, ‘As water reflects the face so one’s life reflects the heart.’

5). Change your language. Declare a new thing for your life every day. Proverbs 18: 21 notes, ‘The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.’

6). Sit down and write the things in your life that you want the Lord to restore. Post it where you can see it everyday as you call on the Lord. Habakkuk 2: 2-3 declare, ‘Then the Lord replied: Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and not delay.’

7). Be a giver. It is my source of my blessing. Don’t wait to get before you give. Giving rebukes the devourer even as the Lord replenishes and protects the giver. It is a seed that will produce its harvest. 2 Corinthians 9: 6 declares, ‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor so that you through his poverty might become rich.’

With prayer shawls placed around their necks and shoulders, they lined up to be ordained.

The Inspection Gate

On the completion of his preamble, Pastor Georges stated that he had come to the completion of his series with the last gate being the Inspection Gate. As he is wont to doing, he mentioned the previous gates that informed his series as the Sheep Gate, the Fish Gate, the Old Gate, the Valley Gate, the Dung or the Refuse Gate, the Fountain Gate, the Water Gate, the Horse Gate, and the East Gate.

“Today our topic is the Inspection Gate. The Inspection Gate speaks of the judgment of God. Nehemiah 3: 31 reads, ‘Next to him, Malkijah one of the goldsmiths made repairs as far as the house of servants and merchants, opposite the inspection gate and as far as the room above the corner.’ Malkijah means Yahweh is King,” said the Blessed Man of God.

The Apostle of God noted emphatically that during the olden days, some passed through the inspection gate to the temple to worship the Lord while others went to worship mammon. Far above, however, was the seat of Christ waiting for the day of Judgment when He will come as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and the Mighty Warrior to judge the world.

He revealed that during the days of King David, he sat at the inspection gate where his warriors came and gave accounts of the war to him, and he congratulated them on their victories. “The same place will be the sitting place of Christ to judge those who have blatantly and arrogantly failed to acknowledge Him as the King of Kings,” said Pastor Georges.

He cited Hebrew 9: 27-28, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time not to bear sin but to bring salvation unto those who are waiting for it.”

According to Pastor George, many are afraid to die but death is inevitable, and the reality is that it is better to die with the Lord than to be in the firm grips of Satan that would lead to eternal damnation.

As Apostle Paul points out in Romans 14: 12, “‘So then each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.’ Know that there will be judgment day. Know that how you spend your life, how you spend your time, the decisions you make in the House of God will all be accounted for on Judgment Day. You will account for your life. You can’t hide from God,” said the Blessed Man of God.

He stated that some deceive themselves with what they see rather than what’s in their hearts. “It’s good to listen to your heart because it speaks of wisdom and the need to decide between good and evil. He admonished thieves, fornicators, and adulterers and reminded them to change their ways before Judgment Day comes.

He mentioned the story of Ananias and Saphira, who after selling a piece of land, decided to keep part of the proceeds to themselves and lied about it to Peter. The Lord wasted no time striking them down dead. “If your heart is deceitful, it’s evil. For, if the righteous scarcely be saved, what would be the fate of the wicked,” said the Consul of God.

According to Pastor Georges, the antichrist will reveal himself as a man of the people. “He will sign a peace treaty with Israel, but he will break the peace accord after two-and-a-half years. His intention will be to create a one-world with his mark as a symbol of his fellowship. He will engender the development of one currency so as to put people in debt and in bondage in a system, where people will only be identified by numerical numbers of which social security number is an example.

“Furthermore, they will install his temple in Jerusalem, where he will proclaim himself as God who must be worshiped willy-nilly. If you refuse to worship him, they would kill you. But after that, he will turn into a monster, and he will be more vicious than Hitler. So, I ask you, ‘On whose side do you want to be? On the side of the antichrist or on the side of Christ, the Almighty King and Warrior? The choice should be obvious,” said the Consul of God who cited Daniel 7, Rev. 6: 9, Rev. 19: 11 to concretize his sermon on the first Sunday of 2018.

After the sermon, Pastor Georges ordained Evangelist Walters Asah and his wife Rose officially as ministers of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l. Others were ordained as deacons and deaconesses for their excellent service to the Church and to God. Among them were Mr. Cedric Kamwa, Ms. Euphrasia Fondo, Mrs. Maurelle Kamwa, Sister Jane, Sister Ann Christel, Mama Christine, and Sister Bernice Abanke

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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).