Morning Message of Motivation – Gifts and Callings: 22

Morning Message of Motivation

Gifts and Callings: 22
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

The wilderness journey was full of spiritual dangers for all who came out of Egypt. Unfortunately, the Israelites were only aware of the natural dangers of the desert.
Deuteronomy 8:15 NKJV
“who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock;”

They feared food shortage, water shortage, giants, scorpions and the fiery serpents in the desert.
Exodus 17:3 NKJV
“And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”

They complained about food supplies.
Psalms 78:19-20 NIV
“They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness? True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out,
streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?”

None of the physical threats and dangers was able to destroy them. Not even a single one of them, died of thirst or hunger. Not even one of them was killed by a giant. They feared the wrong thing.
Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

They were focused on unnecessary enemies, so their real enemies were free to destroy them. Their real enemies were spiritual.
1 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV
“But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.”

•They were destroyed by evil lusts.
1 Corinthians 10:6 NKJV
“Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.”

May you have spiritual discernment to identify the true and relevant enemies of your destiny. May you possess the grace to overcome all enemies, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Gifts and Callings: 21

Morning Message of Motivation

Gifts and Callings: 21
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

The short journey from the Red Sea to Canaan, took 40 years instead of a few weeks, because of the spiritual pitfalls.
Moses took a census of all adult men (20+years) to collect a levy of half a shekel of silver to build God’s tabernacle.
Exodus 38:25 NIV
“The silver obtained from those of the community who were counted in the census was 100 talents and 1,775 shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel—“

Over 600,000 adult men (20+years) were counted in the census.
Exodus 38:26 NIV
“one beka per person, that is, half a shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, from everyone who had crossed over to those counted, twenty years old or more, a total of 603,550 men.”

Only two of the 603,550 adult men counted in the census entered the land.
Numbers 14:29 NIV
“In this wilderness your bodies will fall —every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me.”

Only Joshua and Caleb were exempted.
Numbers 14:30 NIV
“Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.”

No physical power stopped them. No human beings stopped them, not even the giants. They wandered for 40 years and died without the promise of God, because of they flouted spiritual principles.
Most adults understand natural laws. Adults understand the law of gravity, so they don’t jump from high buildings.
Our Lord Jesus said the Jews understood natural things.
Luke 12:54-55 NIV
“He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is.”

However, Jesus rebuked them for failing to understand spiritual things.
Luke 12:56 NIV
“Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?”

May you successfully navigate through all the spiritual snares and pitfalls that arise along your way. May you be crowned with your prophetic leadership, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Gifts and Callings: 18

Morning Message of Motivation

Gifts and Callings: 18
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Joshua was extremely loyal to Moses, and he was even more extremely faithful to God.
Exodus 33:11 NKJV
“So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.”

Joshua loved to remain in the presence of God around the tabernacle. This attitude prevented him from following his ten unbelieving colleagues.
Exodus 23:2 NKJV
“You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.”

Joshua was ready to defy his peers to please God.
Numbers 14:6 NKJV
“But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;”

They tore their clothes as a sign of protest against the evil report of their ten colleagues.
Joshua and Caleb spoke contrary to their colleagues.
Numbers 14:7-8 NKJV
“and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey.’”

Their words of faith enraged the disbelievers.
Numbers 14:10a NKJV
“And all the congregation said to stone them with stones.”

Joshua was a leader with conviction. No amount of intimidation could sway him.
He refused to back down.
This stance he took, enabled him to be the next leader after Moses. Joshua’s closeness to God and Moses, delivered him from many evils.

May you stick closely to almighty God and to godly companions. May you have grace to be a person of deep convictions. May you uphold your right principles always, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Gifts and Callings: 15

*Morning Message of Motivation*

*Gifts and Callings: 15*
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Moses himself records his early interactions with Joshua, in the book of Numbers. Joshua began as one of Moses’s young assistants who was extremely zealous for Moses. Joshua didn’t worry about 68 people prophesying at the tabernacle, because the tabernacle was placed far from the people.
Numbers 2:2 NKJV
“Everyone of the children of Israel shall camp by his own standard, beside the emblems of his father’s house; they shall camp some distance from the tabernacle of meeting.”

Joshua was troubled by 2 people prophesying in the camp, because the people would see that other people apart from Moses could also become anointed prophets. Joshua urged Moses to stop the prophetic move in the camp. Joshua was being jealous on behalf of his leader. This is a problem of followers who don’t want anybody to shine as brightly as their leader.
Numbers 11:29 ESV
“But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”

Joshua had a teachable spirit, so he accepted the correction of Moses.
2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,”

We receive correction from human fathers and we should also receive God’s correction through spiritual fathers also.
Hebrews 12:9 NKJV
“Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?”

Joshua’s teachableness helped him overcome his mistake and also make progress.
When Moses needed 12 leaders to spy out Canaan, he readily chose Joshua also.
Numbers 13:1-2 NKJV
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”

May you and you children make great progress in the shortest possible time. May you be teachable. May your promotion come quickly, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Gifts and Callings: 14

Morning Message of Motivation

Gifts and Callings: 14
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Joshua began serving Moses in his youth. In the book of Numbers, we first hear of Joshua when, Moses became frustrated because Israel demanded meat.
Numbers 11:13-14 NKJV
“Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep all over me, saying, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me.”

The Lord asked Moses to select 70 elders and bring them before the tabernacle, which was pitched away from the Israelite camp.
Numbers 11:16 NKJV
“So the Lord said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you.”

The Lord took some of Moses’s anointing and placed it upon the seventy.
Numbers 11:25 NKJV
“Then the Lord came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again.”

Two elders didn’t go out to the tabernacle but God still anointed them.
Numbers 11:26 NKJV
“But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle; yet they prophesied in the camp.”

It was reported to Moses that Eldad and Medad were prophesying in the camp.
Numbers 11:27 NKJV
“And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”

Joshua asked Moses to stop them.
Numbers 11:28 NKJV
“So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, “Moses my lord, forbid them!”

Joshua was overzealous for Moses. He wanted Moses to be the only prophet in Israel.
He asked Moses to stop Eldad and Medad from prophesying in the camp.
Moses corrected his wrong zeal.
Numbers 11:29 NKJV
“Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”

Moses wanted everyone to be anointed and gifted.

May the Lord’s anointing rest upon you. May you be selected to support your leadership at all levels. May the gifts of the Spirit manifest in your life, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Gifts and Callings: 13

Morning Message of Motivation

Gifts and Callings: 13
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Joshua, Elisha and Timothy were raised into ministry as they served and understudied their illustrious mentors, Moses, Elijah and Paul.
Joshua, Elisha and Timothy did not have any spectacular calling but their greatness is connected to servanthood.
Matthew 23:11 NKJV
“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.”

Christ’s disciples were disputing among themselves about who was the greatest. Christ supernaturally knew what they had discussed in His absence.
Mark 9:33 NKJV
“Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?”

The disciples kept quiet because they were embarrassed.
Mark 9:34 NKJV
“But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest.”

Christ extolled the virtue of servanthood.
Mark 9:35 NKJV
“And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

Christ Himself was exalted through servanthood.
Philippians 2:6 NIV
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;”

He took on the form of a servant.
Philippians 2:7 NIV
“rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

As a servant, Jesus became totally obedient.
Philippians 2:8 NIV
“And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!”

His servanthood led to His exaltation.
Philippians 2:9 NIV
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,”

May you serve the Lord God faithfully all the days of your life. May you be totally obedient to God. May God promote and lift you up, in Jesus’s name.

Sunday Pulpit Series – The Travails and Triumphs of Paul: 10

Sunday Pulpit Series

The Travails and Triumphs of Paul: 10
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Saul’s transformation was immediate and dramatic. He became as radical for Christ as he had been for the devil. Saul’s zeal was legendary from the onset. Here are some remarkable events in Saul’s life as a new convert.
•Saul immediately embarked on a three day total fast. He ate no food and drank no water.
Acts 9:8-9 NKJV
“Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.”

•Saul immediately began praying fervently. Jesus told Ananias that Saul was praying.
Acts 9:11 NKJV
“So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.”

•Saul immediately began preaching.
Acts 9:20 NKJV
“Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.”

•Saul immediately began to see accurate visions.
Christ Jesus told Ananias that Saul had seen a vision.
Acts 9:12 NKJV
“And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”

Saul’s vision was filled with amazing details.
He saw a man. He received the name of the man. The man was called Ananias. He saw the man lay his hands on him. Finally, he saw himself able to see again.
Saul had never met Ananias before. The vision was more amazing because Ananias had no desire to pray for Saul. In fact Ananias basically refused to go and pray for Saul.
However, Jesus ordered Ananias to go.
Acts 9:15 NKJV
“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.”

Ananias went to pray Saul and Saul’s remarkable vision was totally fulfilled.

May your greatest dreams be fulfilled as you go to church.