The 3rd Online English Service of the Church of Pentecost was observed with Aps Dr. Alfred Koduah; the Area head for Teague-Nungua ministering to the church and the world at large. He said; in these times of the pandemic, it is expedient that as Christians, we know that the Lord has not forgotten us and that His plans are still in motion for us.
He ministered on the topic; ‘Don’t give up, the Lord has not forgotten you.’ He ministered, using the life of Ezekiel in exile as his case study to let us know the extent to which God takes care of us, even in trying times. He pointed out, amongst others that;
*The Lord will not forget us in times like this.
*The prophecy given by Isaiah was in times of difficulties for the people of Israel as is the case in our times.
*The people of Judah who were taken into captivity by the King Nebuchadnezzar were constantly mocked by their oppressors who consistently asked for a song of the Lord from Zion.
*The same thoughts of intimidation that Ezekiel faced in the land of Babylon are the same thoughts that face us in these times of the pandemic. But assuredly, as God was in control, He still is in control.
*Ezekiel, against hope remained in captivity even as at the time of his priestly ordination.
*The God of hope will continue to give us hope, even as He gave hope to Ezekiel; when all hope was lost.
*In times of pandemic, the Lord will open the heavens and we will see visions of God.
*We ought to be Christ-conscious and not demon conscious.
*The person and manifestation of God is not geographically limited.
*The hand of the Lord came upon Ezekiel which enabled him to speak to situations.
*Ezekiel was ordained as both a priest and a prophet. This would not have been the case if he were in Judah.
*Difficult times come with double portions.
*In times of mere hopelessness, God will directly visit us and give us a double portion of what we have lost.
*God will do a new thing in this pandemic.
*As we wait upon the Lord, He will visit us in a spectacular manner.
*It is important to be where God wants you to be. God will use you wherever He wants you to be.
A detailed description was given with respect to the names of the people of Judah, and it’s implications and meaning, from Jeremiah 39;
*The name ‘Nabu or Nebu’- was after the god of the Babylonians- the god of science. This he said, has a historical briefing to the message he preached.
With the life of Ezekiel, he mentioned that it is key to note what happened to Ezekiel even as he was in captivity and all hope seemed lost,
1. The heavens were opened. (Ezekiel 1:1)
2. He saw visions of God. (Ezekiel 1:1)
3. The word of the Lord came expressly to him. (Ezekiel 1:2-3)
4. The hand of the Lord was upon him. (Ezekiel 1:3)
5. He saw the Glory of the Lord (Ezekiel 1:28)
6. The Lord spoke to him. (Ezekiel 2:1; Ezekiel 3:1)
7. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him. (Ezekiel 2:2; Ezekiel 3:12)
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He said, without doubt, the Christian ought to know that the person and manifestation of God’s power is without limits, irrespective of the situation one finds him or herself. With that assurance, we ought to know that God is able to restore all that has been lost; as such there is hope and He has not forgotten us.
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