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.
Dwelling on the promise for the week in 2 Chronicles 1:12, Pastor Nomthi at the March 12 Sunday service said that wisdom is the principal thing every child of God should have and therefore should not be ashamed to ask Him for. This, according to her, would help them handle issues in life. “God will give you the wisdom to deal with matters when situations are presented to you. Don’t be rigid, always ask God to give you grace to be flexible in applying His wisdom in any situation in your way,” she said.
Pastor Nomthi at the March 5 Sunday service said that God’s love towards His children is forever and it is a life-covered insurance policy. She said this as she encouraged the congregation from the promise of the week in Deuteronomy 7:9. “Everything you need is in Him. So you cannot lack anything if you have this God as your God and Father,” she said.
She noted that it is a powerful thing for Christians to know that God loves them and that this He will never turn His back on them. This should make them rejoice in Him always, she stated. She also said that their divine blessings will be passed on to their children and generations after them, hence they need to be taught the love of God for anyone who trusts Him, just like Abraham did to his children and those around him.
Pastor Nomthi has urged all Christians to cultivate the habit of giving thanks to God irrespective of their situation. She said this at the February 26 Sunday service while exhorting the congregation from 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which is the promise of the week. “In everything always give thanks, for this is the will of God concerning you,” she said.
According to her, no circumstance or situation should hinder a child of God from giving thanks to God. The enemy, she said, would always come to disturb and distract them but the understanding of the Word of God to make all things work together for the good of those who believe in Him should inspire them not to give the devil any foothold. “If you are threatened or confused in life by any situation, just give thanks and get into the Word which will give you the victory,” she said.
Dwelling on the promise for the week in Amos 9:13, Pastor Nomthi at the February 19 Sunday service said that God’s miracles are always jaw-dropping and unexplainable to humans. And when such miracles are wrought in a life, such automatically becomes amazing and sweet. “God will bring sweetness out of every difficult situation so much so that everything sweet will flow your way and your middle name will become ‘Sweet,’” she said.
She noted that miracles are usually God’s intervention when man’s efforts have failed, adding that faith is the channel for receiving His miracles. “God’s miracle will launch you from obscurity to the limelight,” she stated.
She therefore urged them to always believe God’s Word as that is the assurance of its fulfillment if they do not faint. “God is doing new things for us by opening new doors; the whole world will hear about it and glorify Him on our behalf,” she said.