Speaking from 1 Samuel 12:16 which is the promise for the week, Pastor Nomthi at the May 5 Sunday service encouraged the congregation to always have a living hope in God because He will yet do great things in their lives. “You should not run helter-skelter but stand firm and see what He will do in your life because His mercies are new every morning,” she said.
The devil, she stated, is always wrong when it comes to God’s children. She then admonished them to believe God to settle them in whatever area they have been trusting Him. In her words, “God is going to score a goal in that area of your life, so always celebrate Him for what He is doing and will do. You might not know how it’s going to happen but it will happen because your King and God will make it happen.”
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM PASTOR NOMTHI ODUKOYA
Reading from Mark 8:34, Pastor Nomthi Odukoya urged worshippers at the May 2 Showers service not to be ashamed to proclaim Jesus Christ through both words and actions. According to her, just as Christ experienced challenges and trials while on earth, so also would believers experience challenges in their journey of faith. She urged them never to give up on their purpose and on God just as Jesus did not give up until He accomplished His assignment. “When your mind is about to give up, think of what Christ went through and how He denied Himself in order to redeem humanity, and that must be our attitude towards the gospel,” she said.
Pastor Nomthi noted that believers’ ears must be deaf to criticism, eyes blind to distractions, hands numb to touching things that can pollute them and minds focused on God. These qualities, she said, will proudly showcase them as God’s children. “Your focus must also be on God, allowing Him to fight your battles and, with His clean winning records, provide you with all that you will ever need.”
She then implored them never to do in private what they would not be proud to do in public as Christians.