Morning Message of Motivation – The Shift 14

By Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Some things about father Abraham stretch across both the Old Covenant and the New Covenant.
Abraham, of course lived many hundreds of years before the giving of the Law through Moses.
God made a first covenant with Abraham before making another covenant with his descendants several centuries later.
Genesis 15:18 NKJV
“On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates—”
The Abrahamic covenant required Abraham to obey every instruction God gave to him.
The first instruction was to leave his relatives and his hometown and go to a new land.
Genesis 12:1 NKJV
“Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.”
Then God gave Abraham some unique promises and blessings.
Genesis 12:2 NKJV
“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.”
God promised to make a great nation out of Abraham and make his name great.
He would be blessed and become a source of blessing to multitudes.
Genesis 12:3 NKJV
“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
God promised to bless anybody who blessed Abraham and curse anybody who cursed Abraham.
No enemy could oppose Abraham successfully.
This blessing of Abraham was transferred upon his descendants through the Old Covenant.
Deuteronomy 28:7 NKJV
“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”
Israel would be invincible.
Every enemy of Israel would be scattered.
May every enemy arrayed against you also be scattered.
May every attempt to curse you, backfire and fail totally.
May you win every battle, in Jesus’ name

Morning Message of Motivation – The Shift 13

By Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Compliance with God’s instructions requires self discipline.
Israel would need national discipline to follow God’s laws fully.
God’s blessings were a motivation to Israel to exercise the required discipline.
Proverbs 29:18 ESV
“Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.”
Respect for the reward is a great motivator.
Hebrews 11:26 ESV
“He (Moses) regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.”
David fought Goliath after he was motivated by the reward offered by king Saul.
1 Samuel 17:25 ESV
“And the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man (Goliath) who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel. And the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father’s house free in Israel.”
David asked for the confirmation of the reward and then committed himself to the battle.
1 Samuel 17:26 ESV
“And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
The men confirmed that the rumors that David had heard were in fact true. David’s eldest brother tried to discourage him with criticisms, but David turned away from him and focused on the reward.
1 Samuel 17:30
“And he turned away from him toward another, and spoke in the same way, and the people answered him again as before.”
David turned from Eliab and again asked about the reward on offer.
The men confirmed the reward again as before.
After that David committed himself to fight the giant.
1 Samuel 17:32 ESV
“And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
May God’s rewards always be before you.
May every Goliath standing between you and your reward fall, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation- The Shift 12

By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Moses laid out both the blessing for obedience to the Law, and the curse for disobedience to the Law.
Moses also set out clearly God’s Law.
Obedience would guarantee to Israel, God’s blessings.
Disobedience would incur the curse of the Law.
Deuteronomy 30:15 NKJV
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil”
God wanted the best for His people.
He counseled His people to choose life and blessing.
Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;”
It’s wonderful to realize that you have a choice in the direction that your life goes.
You can choose to steer your life into blessings.
Your children will benefit from the right choices you make.
When you choose the path of blessing and life, you and your descendants will enjoy blessings and life.
1 Peter 3:9 NIV
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
In the New Testament also God reveals His plan for a good life, for all who will follow.
The plan is so simple that many miss it.
Don’t repay evil with evil.
Romans 12:19 ESV
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Don’t insult those who insult you.
Proverbs 24:29 NIV
“Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”
Rather bless those that curse you.
Luke 6:28 NKJV
“…bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”
These principles from God. may appear too simple but they are God’s principles to enable you have a great life.
1 Peter 3:10 NKJV
“For He who would love life , and see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.”
May you be lifted by these principles.
May you choose life and blessing always, in Jesus name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Shift 11

By Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Thanks be to Christ Jesus for His matchless sacrifice that has enabled us to receive Abraham’s blessings. Understanding the specifics of the blessing will enable us to focus our faith properly.
Christ has paid the price to enable us to enjoy the blessing of Abraham.
The price paid was very high.
Christ had to hang on the cross.
He died to release the blessing into your life.
Galatians 3:13-14a NKJV
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus,”
Moses laid out the blessing in great detail in the 28th chapter of the book of Deuteronomy.
We have previously studied the first two blessings.
The third blessing for God’s people was an abundance of food.
Deuteronomy 28:5 NKJV
“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.”
The reapers in those days carried baskets on their backs to collect the harvest from the field.
This blessing guaranteed that their baskets that carried their foodstuffs would always be filled with the best of of all plant life – vegetables, herbs and spices.
Also the women in those days would knead their dough to make bread in special kneading bowls.
This blessing guaranteed they would always have an abundance of bread. They would never lack the necessities of life.
Deuteronomy 28:6 NKJV
“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.”
This blessing is a sweet one.
Wherever you go and whatever you do shall be successful.
Sometimes Israel had to go out to war. They would be blessed and come back victoriously with booty.
Six days of the week they went out to work.
Their work was blessed.
They would go out blessed with strength and wisdom and come back with the fruit of their labour.
May you enjoy the blessings of fruitful labour.
May you enjoy the blessings of abundant supplies of every need.
May your storehouse be filled abundantly in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Shift 10

By Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
The blessing of Abraham extended to his descendants.
All the promises of God to Abraham were also to his seed.
God said to Abraham in
Genesis 12:3b KJV
“And in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
God confers the same promise on his descendants in
Genesis 22:18 KJV
“And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”
Israel received Abraham’s blessing because of who they were.
They were Abraham’s natural descendants through Isaac.
However it was not automatic.
Israel had to fulfill God’s Law to actually benefit from the blessing. Israel was blessed by a combination of “who they were” and also by “what they did.”
If Israel rejected God’s Law, they would rather be cursed.
Deuteronomy 28:15 NIV
“However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:”
These promised curses for disobedience were termed,
“The Curse of the Law.”
A study of Israel’s history reveals they spent more time enduring the “Curse of the Law” than enjoying the blessings of Abraham.
That is simply because their sinful nature, most often caused them to rebel against God’s Law.
Romans 10:21 NIV
But concerning Israel he says,
“All day long I have held out my hands
to a disobedient and obstinate people.”
Christ came to solve the problem of our sinful nature, and the “Curse of the Law.”
Galatians 3:13 NKJV
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)
Christ hang on the cross to remove our curses and enable us to receive the blessings.
Galatians 3:14a NKJV
“That the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus”
Christ has redeemed you from the “Curse of the law.”
May you walk continuously in the blessings of Abraham, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation(The Shift 9)

By Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

The promises that God gave to Israel were actually an extension, and amplification of the promises that God gave to Abraham.
These promises were systematically set out by Moses in the book of Deuteronomy.
Israel had to meet some conditions, before God would manifest these blessings in their lives.
Deuteronomy 28:1 NIV
“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.”

If Israel fulfilled the condition of total obedience to God’s Law, then God would promote them to become the greatest nation on earth.
God would also release 12 specific blessings upon the nation of Israel.
Deuteronomy 28:2 NIV
“All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:”

The word “Bless” means to empower to prosper and succeed.
Deuteronomy 28:3 NIV
“You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.”

The first blessing was a general empowerment to always succeed everywhere, at all times and in every endeavour.
They would be blessed at home, in the city and also at work in the fields.
This blessing filled God’s people with confidence.
It gave them a positive mentality in life. They believed they could do anything they set themselves to do.
Deuteronomy 28:4 NIV
“The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.”

The second blessing was upon everything they produced.
The fruit of their womb meaning “Their children” would be blessed.
Their crops and harvests would be blessed.
Even the young of their cattle, sheep and goats would be blessed.
They would be empowered to grow fat and healthy, and reproduce themselves abundantly.

May God’s specific and relevant blessings come upon you and overtake you.
May you enjoy abundance everywhere and at every time and in every way, in Jesus’ name.