Morning Message of Motivation – Notable Sacrifices 14

Morning Message of Motivation

Notable Sacrifices 14
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

After Abraham defeated four kings and rescued his nephew Lot, two kings came to meet him as he returned from his only war.
Genesis 14:18 NKJV
“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.”

He came to bless Abraham and serve him with communion.
Genesis 14:19 NKJV
“And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;”

After him came the king of Sodom.
Genesis 14:21 NKJV
“Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.”

He came to trick Abraham to receive a gift so he could take credit for Abraham’s wealth.
Abraham rejected the gift because the motive behind it was evil.
Genesis 14:23 NIV
“That I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’”

After the encounters with these two kings, God appeared to Abraham.
Genesis 15:1 NKJV
“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

Despite these reassuring words, Abraham had problems.
Abraham was troubled because he had no son at that time.
Genesis 15:2 NKJV
“But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”

God reassured Abraham with a promise.
Genesis 15:5 NKJV
“Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

Abraham believed God.
Genesis 15:6 NKJV
“And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”

Abraham’s other challenge would lead to a covenant and a sacrifice.

May you win all your battles.
May you receive generational blessings, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Notable Sacrifices 15

Morning Message of Motivation

Notable Sacrifices 15
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Abraham believed God’s promise to give him a son to be his heir, and God counted his faith as righteousness. Faith is specific.
You can only believe according to, what God has spoken.
Romans 4:18 NIV
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Abraham believed God’s word concerning his descendants.
Abraham however couldn’t easily believe God’s next promise.
Strong faith in one area does not automatically translate into strong faith in another area.
For example, Moses’ faith is praised in the area of courage to forsake Egypt.
Hebrews 11:27 NKJV
“By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”

In another area, God says Moses didn’t believe Him.
Numbers 20:12 NKJV
“Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

Abraham also struggled to believe he would inherit the land of Canaan, though he readily believed for a son.
Genesis 15:7 NKJV
“Then He said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”

Abraham asked God how he could be sure he would inherit it.
Genesis 15:8 NKJV
“And he said, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?”

God entered into a covenant with Abraham to reassure him that he would inherit the land.
God asked him to present five sacrifices.
Genesis 15:9 NKJV
“So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”

God responded to Abraham’s sacrifices with a covenant.

May the Lord answer all your questions and give you full assurance.
May you have excellent faith in all areas, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Notable Sacrifices 13

Morning Message of Motivation
Notable Sacrifices 13
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi 
The sacrifices of Noah, Cain, Abel and Solomon were all voluntary. 
Abraham made some sacrifices, that are notable because they were demanded by God. 
Genesis 15:9 NIV 
“So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”
Abraham’s sacrifice seems to be the first one commanded by God. 
Every one of the five sacrifices that God ordered Abraham to bring, were living flesh and blood animals or birds. 
The Old Testament sacrifices were of flesh and blood animals because they were a pointer to the coming sacrifice of Jesus Christ. 
John 1:36 NKJV 
“And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
Christ offered Himself unto God as a spotless sacrifice. 
Hebrews 9:14 NKJV 
“how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Cain’s sacrifice of his crops failed to point to the coming sacrifice of Christ. 
Christ’s blood is the key portion of His sacrifice. 
1 Peter 1:18a NKJV 
“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold”
We are redeemed by Christ’s blood. 
1 Peter 1:19 NKJV 
“but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
Cain’s crops contained no blood, so they could not typify Christ’s sacrifice. 
Jesus Christ had to take on flesh and blood to be able to save us. 
Hebrews 2:14 NKJV 
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,”
God asked Abraham to provide the sacrifices as part of an elaborate ceremony to establish the Abrahamic covenant. 
May you have the ability to hear God’s commands and orders. 
May you access great generational blessings as you obey, in Jesus’ name.

Sunday Pulpit Series – The Power of Truth 15

Sunday Pulpit Series

The Power of Truth 15
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

The Abrahamic covenant operated by special favour upon chosen sons.
One of the sons of the founding fathers, would be chosen to be the next leader of the family.
He would also become Jehovah’s covenant partner for his generation. This favour was invested in the birthright.
A birthright is simply a right or privilege that one is entitled to have, by virtue of being born first in the family.
Genesis 25:31 NKJV
“But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”

The birthright was a highly coveted possession.
It was of immense value and benefit.
Esau, however despised his birthright and became a reproach.
Genesis 25:32 NKJV
“And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”

Esau claimed to be at death’s door.
Genesis 25:29-30a NKJV
“Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.”

Jacob wanted Esau’s birthright.
He was ready to buy it.
Esau was ready to sell it cheaply.
Hebrews 12:16 NKJV
“Lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.”

We are warned not to be like Esau.
Esau failed because of four things.

Esau did not know the value of what he had.
Children, in some countries, have been known to exchange rough diamonds for bottles of coke.
The kids didn’t know the value of their diamonds, because uncut diamonds look like stones.

Esau exaggerated his problems.
He claimed to be dying when he was actually simply hungry and tired.

Esau made a permanent decision based on temporary circumstances.
He permanently relinquished his birthright because of temporary hunger.

Esau valued carnal, physical things above spiritual things.
A perverted value system leads to perverted decisions.
You will not be like Esau, in Jesus’ name.
May you enjoy your rights and privileges as you go to church.

Morning Message of Motivation – Notable Sacrifices 12

Morning Message of Motivation
Notable Sacrifices 12
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Joab, the army commander and Abiathar the priest, helped Adonijah to stage his palace coup.
1 Kings 1:7 NKJV
“Then he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they followed and helped Adonijah.”

Prophet Nathan and some of David’s loyalists refused to join the coup plot.
1 Kings 1:8 NKJV
“But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David were not with Adonijah.”

Adonijah held a feast to celebrate his self-coronation.
1 Kings 1:9 NKJV
“And Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fattened cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En Rogel; he also invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants.”

He invited all his brothers and everyone in Judah to his coronation feast.
Adonijah, however didn’t invite Solomon, Benaiah and Nathan.
1 Kings 1:10 NKJV
“But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, or Solomon his brother.”

Prophet Nathan immediately knew that Solomon’s life was in danger.
If Adonijah’s coup succeeded, he would kill Solomon and all David’s loyalists.
Nathan immediately went to solicit the help of Bathsheba to defeat the coup.
1 Kings 1:11 NKJV
“So Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, “Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith has become king, and David our lord does not know it?”

Nathan warned Bathsheba that she had to act to save Solomon’s life as well as her own life.
1 Kings 1:12 NKJV
“Come, please, let me now give you advice, that you may save your own life and the life of your son Solomon.”

Bathsheba followed Nathan’s advice and Adonijah’s coup was foiled.
David commanded Solomon rather to be crowned that day.
1 Kings 1:33 NKJV
“The king also said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon.”

Prophet Nathan and Zadok, the loyal priest, were to anoint Solomon as king.
1 Kings 1:34 NKJV
“There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’”

May the Lord turn the tables in your favour.
May you escape all plots of the enemy.
May your promise be fulfilled speedily, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Notable Sacrifices 11

Morning Message of Motivation
Notable Sacrifices 11
By Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Solomon’s sacrifice was birthed from a heart of gratitude for God’s deliverances.
Psalms 124:2-3 NKJV
“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, When men rose up against us, Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their wrath was kindled against us”
David’s choice of Solomon to be his successor angered some people, especially Adonijah.
Adonijah was David’s fourth born son.
2 Samuel 3:4 KJV
“And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital.”
Absalom, the third born of David, had killed Amnon, the eldest son of David.
Absalom too had died in a war with his father David.
Not much is known about Chileab the second son of David.
Adonijah, seemed to be the oldest living son of David.
He felt he deserved to be king.
Adonijah rebelled after David announced that Solomon would be the next king.
David was now old and virtually bedridden.
1 Kings 1:1 NIV
“When King David was very old, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him.”
Adonijah knowing David was old and weak decided to crown himself as king.
1 Kings 1:5 NKJV
“Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.”
The aged and weak, king David, said nothing.
1 Kings 1:6a NKJV
(And his father had not rebuked him at any time by saying, “Why have you done so?”)
Adonijah had won some very powerful men in the kingdom to his side.
1 Kings 1:7 NKJV
“Then he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they followed and helped Adonijah.”
Almighty God, however was on Solomon’s side, therefore Adonijah’s plot ultimately failed.
May you come out victoriously in every battle.
May every satanic plot against your lifting and promotion, be destroyed, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Notable Sacrifices 10

Morning Message of Motivation
Notable Sacrifices 10
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi 
The greater our mercy, the greater our love. 
Jesus asked Simon the Pharisee a question. 
Luke 7:41-42 NIV 
“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Simon the Pharisee answered promptly. 
Luke 7:43 NIV 
“Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.”
Solomon received great mercy from God, compared to his elder brother from the same father and mother. 
Bathsheba became pregnant after her adultery with king David. 
She informed David. 
David tried some schemes to get Uriah to take responsibility for the pregnancy. 
Uriah, however was too dedicated to go and sleep with his wife, while his fellow soldiers were on the battlefield. 
David then sank lower into sin and depravity. 
He ordered for the murder of Uriah and married Bathsheba. 
Bathsheba delivered her firstborn son and Immediately God struck the boy. 
2 Samuel 12:15 NIV 
“After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill.”
David fasted and prayed for mercy for Solomon’s elder brother, but God refused to hear. 
2 Samuel 12:16 NIV 
“David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground.”
Nevertheless Solomon’s brother died. 
2 Samuel 12:18a NIV 
“On the seventh day the child died.” 
Solomon’s story was totally different from his brother’s story. 
2 Samuel 12:24 NKJV 
Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. *Now the Lord loved him,*”
God loves you. 
May your story be different. 
May you be promoted and lifted, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Notable Sacrifices 9

Morning Message of Motivation
Notable Sacrifices 9
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Solomon’s sacrifice came from a heart of deep gratitude.
Solomon had major reasons to be grateful to God.
Indeed, it was only by the special mercies of God that Solomon would be able to succeed David on the throne.
1 Chronicles 28:5 NKJV
“And of all my sons (for the Lord has given me many sons) He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel.”

King David had many sons and some were possibly more than twenty years older than Solomon.
2 Samuel 3:2 NKJV
“Sons were born to David in Hebron: His firstborn was Amnon by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;”

God bypassed all these older brothers and chose Solomon.
Even more interesting was the serious question marks that surrounded the mother of Solomon.
Bathsheba was a very controversial woman and David’s relationship with her was by far the blackest mark that stained David’s record.
2 Samuel 12:10 NKJV
“Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’”

Bathsheba, was the wife of Uriah the Hittite.
Uriah was one of David’s mighty men who formed a part of his personal bodyguard.
David, walking on his rooftop, saw Bathsheba bathing.
She was very beautiful.
2 Samuel 11:3 KJV
“And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

It should have ended there, but sadly lustful feelings overcame David’s better judgment.
2 Samuel 11:4 NIV
“Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home.”

Solomon, being the second son of the controversial Bathsheba, made him a very unlikely candidate for kingship.
Solomon became king by grace and mercy.
May grace and mercy elevate and promote you highly.
Nothing in your background will be able to hinder you, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Notable Sacrifices 8

Morning Message of Motivation
Notable Sacrifices 8
By Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Almighty God responded to Solomon’s sacrifice that same night.
God also visited Solomon in Gibeon, the city where he offered the sacrifices.
Solomon’s sacrifice was so effective because it was inspired by certain factors that please God .
Solomon loved God.
Solomon’s sacrifice was inspired by his great love for God.
1 Kings 3:3a NKJV
“And Solomon loved the Lord”
Solomon walked in obedience to his father David’s godly instructions.
1 Kings 3:3b NKJV
“And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David”

Solomon desired to know God and have personal encounters with Him.
2 Chronicles 1:3a NKJV
“Then Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for the tabernacle of meeting with God was there”

Solomon’s sacrifice was purely to honour and thank God.
Solomon went to Gibeon purposely because the “Tabernacle of meeting with God” was there.
He went to the place purposely built and dedicated by Moses for divine meetings.
2 Chronicles 1:6-7 NKJV
“And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
Almighty God did not disappoint Solomon.
God appeared to Solomon in Gibeon on the very night of his sacrifice.
Solomon had offered his extraordinary sacrifice of 1,000 cattle, totally and simply to honour God.
He didn’t ask for anything.
It was an acceptable sacrifice that greatly moved the heart of God.
God Himself demanded that Solomon should make a request.
May God be attentive to your requests.
May God do more than you can ask or think, in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Notable Sacrifices 7

Morning Message of Motivation
Notable Sacrifices 7
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

King Solomon in the early years of his reign offered a very significant sacrifice.
Solomon’s sacrifice was notable because it resulted directly in a divine visitation.
This divine visitation was the secret behind the extraordinary reign of Solomon.
1 Kings 3:4 NKJV
“Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.”

Solomon offered his sacrifice in Gibeon because he had not yet built and dedicated the temple of God in Jerusalem.
He started building the temple in the fourth year of his reign.
1 Kings 6:37 NIV
“The foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv.”

Solomon took seven years to build the temple.
1 Kings 6:38 NIV
“In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.”

Before the temple was built the Jews offered sacrifices in “high places.”
The “high places” were earthen altars specially built on hills and mountains to offer sacrifices to God.
Solomon chose Gibeon because it had a very big altar.
It could accommodate the extraordinary number of cattle, that Solomon had decided to sacrifice to God.
Solomon offered one thousand burnt offerings to God at one time.
His extraordinary sacrifice produced an extraordinary response from God.
1 Kings 3:5 NIV
“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

What an awesome blessing!
Gibeon, the place of Solomon’s sacrifice became the place of his divine visitation.
God responded to Solomon’s sacrifice by offering him a blank cheque, to ask for anything he wanted.

May the Lord respond to your sacrifices and offerings.
May God’s blessing manifest in your life promptly and speedily, in Jesus’ name.

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