WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM PASTOR NOMTHI @ THURSDAY SHOWERS
While admonishing the worshipers at the June 15 Thursday Showers service on the need for patience in order to fully access God’s blessings, Pastor Nomthi said that His children’s blessings are found and can be fully accessed in the place where He has placed or planted them. Leaving the place therefore because of temporary adversity or lack of patience, according to her, could result in totally missing out on those blessings.
She corroborated this with the story of Ruth who, despite her challenges and the little blessings she enjoyed then, did not leave Naomi or Boaz’s farm but obediently and patiently stayed where she had been placed, as advised, and got the full blessings, physically and eternally. (Ruth 2:18-23)
Pastor Nomthi noted that any believer who leaves God’s presence, whatever the excuse, always does so to his or her own detriment. “God’s blessings are given in layers, stay where He has placed you. Don’t listen to the devil’s advice to leave your place of destiny,” she advised.
PASTOR NOMTHI’S WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT @SUNDAY SERVICE
Admonishing the congregation during the Sunday services of June 15, Pastor Nomthi said that the word of God is both a believer’s sword and shield against the arrows of the enemy. According to her, once a believer understands that God is loving and can be trusted, it will be easy for him or her to believe His promises and then appropriate them.
She further said that the devil will try to instil fear in believers so as to hinder them from fulfilling their purposes. This, she said, he achieves by distracting them from reading and applying God’s word. She added that when God’s children know that their God will never leave them, as He promised in Psalm 91:3&4, they will refuse to be distracted by the devil. “The devil will throw doubts at you so that you will run away and leave your place of destiny, but you don’t need to fear him because he has been paralysed by the victory Jesus gave you. So focus on and apply the word of God for your victory and success,” she admonished.
Words of encouragement from Pastor Nomthi @ Sunday Service
Taking the promise for the week from Ruth 2:12, Pastor Nomthi Odukoya reminded the church at the June 11 Sunday service that every child of God will be rewarded in full by their heavenly Father, as long as they remain faithful in their calling. Ruth, she said, was not expecting a reward for working on Boaz’s field but because of her faithfulness God rewarded her beyond her expectation.
She further noted that though some people who work for their earthly employers are poorly paid or not paid at all, those who trust in Jesus will not be disappointed as His reward for their services in His vineyard will be much better than what they get from their secular jobs. “When you serve in a department in church, you may not get anything tangible, but because you are doing it for God, He will pay you much more than you can imagine. This is a seed and your seed will never get lost,” she said.
Our faithful service, she said, has come to the ‘mouth’ of our full reward. “Don’t look where you sowed so that you don’t feel cheated. Your reward can come from anywhere – after all, you have cast your bread upon many waters. The reward will only come from the Lord, not man,” she added.
Taking the promise for the week in Psalm 27:1, Pastor Nomthi Odukoya described a certain type of tree that when it grows tall is bound together to prevent it from breaking or bending over. This she used as an analogy of how God holds us together to prevent same from happening to us.
She told the congregation of a time in her childhood when she ran into the woods for fear of being punished by her grandmother for something she did wrong. With persuasion from her cousin, she returned from the woods with the hope that she had escaped being disciplined; unfortunately, that was not the case. The moral of the story, she said, is that God is still in the business of bringing His children out of difficult situations, which the woods symbolised.
She noted that even when we are weak or face a frightening situation, we must always remember that God is our strength and so should never be afraid.
The Word of God has not changed; it is only what the devil does that changes, and he throws things at you to make you shift your focus to what he does rather than on the Word of God. Ignore the devil and focus on the Word. These were the words of Pastor Nomthi Odukoya as she took the promise for the week at the May 28 Sunday service.
Reading from Luke 11:9-10, she urged the congregation to lay their burdens at the feet of Jesus, even as they stay focused on asking, seeking and knocking at heaven’s door. By so doing, she said, God will provide all they are seeking and asking for.
She stated that the doorbell to heaven is forever available and does not irritate God, quite unlike the typical doorbell to a home, which is expected to be pressed just once in order not to disturb its occupants. (more…)
Words of encouragement from Pastor Nomthi @ Thursday Showers
Sharing briefly from Exodus 16:15-21, Pastor Nomthi at the May 18 Thursday Showers service, admonished the congregation to be expectant and be sensitive to answers to prayers, noting that sometimes, when believers ask God for something, they do not recognise the answers to their prayers. This, she said, was the case with the children of Israel in the above scripture. But just as God used Moses to show the children of Israel that what was before them was their answered prayers, God will send people to show us when we seem not to know, she said.
She encouraged the church to adopt an attitude of thanksgiving, selflessness and contentment with what God has blessed us with. As it was recorded, those who took less or more had just enough for their household. “Whatever God has provided for us is enough for us. It is in the attitude, especially how we look at the things God has given us; this will determine how satisfied we are,” she said.
She noted that sometimes, when we look at other people and see they have much, we think we do not have; whereas God can actually expand and increase the little we have according to our attitude of thanksgiving.
Pastor Nomthi at the Thursday Showers service of May 4 admonished the congregation from Psalm 18:36-39, saying that when a believer sets his or her faith in God, he or she gets the power to defeat his or her enemies. According to her, anything that wants to stop a child of God from achieving purpose in life is an enemy, but victory is always for His own.
She implored all never to joke with the Word of God because that is the best weapon for waging war against the enemy and be certain of overcoming. “Though the enemy strikes, it will not touch you because you are a child of God empowered with the Word with which to fight the enemy. So, inflict injury on your enemy with your mouth,” she enjoined.
PASTOR NOMTHI’S WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT @THURSDAY SHOWERS
Dwelling on the account of the three Hebrew children and the fiery king with his fiery furnace recorded in Daniel 3:25 at the April 20 Thursday Showers service, Pastor Nomthi said that no believer should allow the challenges of the world change their sonship, positive mindset and faith in Jesus Christ as these are what will reveal to the world the greatness and delivering power of Jesus Christ just as it happened for the Hebrew children.
According to her, just as King Nebuchadnezzar and those around him recognised Jesus in the furnace, so shall the world see and recognise Jesus in the lives of believers if they remain steadfast. “If only you would trust and hold on to Him whatever you are going through in life, the Fourth Man will do wonders for you and you will not be hurt just like He did for the Hebrew children,” she said.
Taking the promise of the week from Amos 9:13, Pastor Nomthi at the April 16 Sunday service emphasised that blessings are part of the daily life of every Christian.
She prophesied, according to the scripture, that things would happen so fast for them this week that everyone’s head would swim.
She then urged the congregation to be full of hope and expectation of God’s blessings everywhere they turn.
Admonishing the congregation at the April 9 Sunday service from the promise of the week, which was taken from Luke 1:45, Pastor Nomthi said that every child of God ought always to be expectant of God’s miracle which could happen anytime.
She illustrated this with the story of a man who would always walk about with a spoon in his pocket, even though he was not sure if he would be invited for a meal. Of course, when an opportunity presented itself, he quickly brought out his spoon because he was ready.
“Always be expectant because blessed is he or she who believes for there shall be a performance of those things which were told him or her from the Lord,” she said.
PASTOR NOMTHI’S WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT @ THURSDAY SHOWERS
Reading from Matthew 20:9-16, Pastor Nomthi Odukoya at the April 6 Thursday Showers admonished the worshipers against being presumptuous and jealous of others whom they think are more blessed than they are as this may result in bitterness and complaining. According to her, Jesus loves all His children and He alone knows how to bless them, and He does that in His own way, hence none of His children should be envious of another’s prosperity. “If you have the spirit of assumption, you will complain when things don’t go the way you want them to go,” she said.
She encouraged the congregation to rather see it as a privilege to be called (hired) to serve in God’s vineyard, irrespective of where He has placed them. “It doesn’t matter where God has placed you; what matters is what you do with where He has placed you,” she stated.
She urged the church to always see the best in people even if they do not get positive feedback from such. “Hold your peace and ask God for grace to be quiet in the midst of their ‘storm’ which can be gossip, jealousy and backbiting. God will fight for you because the battle is His,” she noted.
While admonishing the congregation from Daniel 11:32, which is the promise for the week, Pastor Nomthi at the April 2 Sunday service stated that those who know their God will be strong and do exploits, while those who do not know their God and do not walk according to the covenant that God has given to them shall be given to corruption and be flattered by the enemy.
She stated that once someone has given his or her life to Christ, there has to be a transformation to show that God is at work in such a believer’s life; and this is achieved, not by works, but by the working of the Holy Spirit. This transformation, according to her, will ultimately become evident to all, especially those who do not know God.
She then urged every believer to make Jesus attractive to those in the dark through their conducts as this will witness to them. “We are in an era where those who are against the word of God are being celebrated, while those who stand by the word of God are being looked down upon. So you have to make Jesus attractive to the world and thereby win their souls for Him,” she said.