Morning Message of Motivation – The Compassion of Christ: 14

Morning Message of Motivation

The Compassion of Christ: 14
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

We need a proper knowledge of God’s will, before we can receive the things He has provided for us. We cannot guess the will of God, from the things that are happening or not happening.
James 4:2 NKJV
“You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.”

Apostle James, in his letter reveals some reasons why some Believers could not obtain certain promised blessings.
•Excessive dependence on carnal methods
To try to get the things they wanted, some Believers were lusting, fighting, and coveting.
Romans 8:6 NKJV
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

James even accused them of “murder.” The apostle was referring to hatred among the brethren. Bitter infighting breeds hatred.
1 John 3:15 NKJV
“Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

•The Believers had stopped praying.
They had quit praying and trusting God for their needs. God couldn’t give them anything because they did not ask God for anything. They didn’t have because they didn’t ask.
Matthew 7:7-8a NKJV
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives,”

God’s word is true. God is a God of faith.
Human fathers give good gifts to their children who ask them.
Matthew 7:9-10 NKJV
“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?”

Our Heavenly Father is better than all human fathers.
Matthew 7:11 NKJV
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

God does not just give good things to those that need them. God rather gives good things to those who ask Him. If you fail to ask God for your needs, God will not supply them.
Not even one of the Israelite lepers asked God to heal them, but Naaman the Syrian came to Israel asking for his healing, and he got it.

May you have a clear revelation of the channels of ministry that almighty God has provided for you. May you not miss your visitation, in Jesus’s name.

Sunday Pulpit Series – From the Cross to the Throne: 3

Sunday Pulpit Series

From the Cross to the Throne: 3

Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

 

The cross represents Christ’s crucifixion. Christ’s crucifixion represents His humiliation, reproach and shame.

Acts 8:33 NKJV

“In His humiliation His justice was taken away,

And who will declare His generation?

For His life is taken from the earth.”

 

The Ethiopian eunuch was reading this scripture when evangelist Philip stopped his chariot. An angel had instructed Philip to leave the revival in Samaria, and go stand by the Gaza roadside.

Acts 8:26 NKJV

“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert.”

 

The Early Church abounded in supernatural guidance. The apostles and disciples, commonly had divine instructions from angels, the Holy Spirit, visions and dreams.

The angel didn’t tell Philip the reason why he had to to leave a great revival in a city, and go and stand in the desert, but Philip obeyed. Obedience is more important to God than explanation. God had a plan.

Acts 8:27 NKJV

“So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,”

 

The Ethiopian eunuch had traveled a very great distance of about 1,600 miles, to come and worship Jehovah.

He was returning home without the religious experience, that he sought at such a great cost. The cost of his journey was threefold.

•Time: This journey would take several weeks, one way.

•Money: The Ethiopian eunuch would have to travel with a large convoy, meaning he would be catering for a large company for several weeks.

•Physical stress: Such a journey was very stressful and physically taxing on the body.

The Ethiopian paid the price, because he wanted a spiritual encounter with Jehovah.

Isaiah 55:6 NKJV

“Seek the Lord while He may be found,

Call upon Him while He is near.”

 

May you have a fulfilling encounter with the Lord, as you go to church.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Compassion of Christ: 11 Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Morning Message of Motivation

The Compassion of Christ: 11
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Christ’s compassion was demonstrated most strikingly through His healing ministry. It is through His healing ministry that people could personally feel His love and compassion.
A leper came up to Christ and worshipped Him.
Mark 1:40 NKJV
“Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

The leper was fully assured of Christ’s power to heal leprosy. He just wasn’t so sure about Christ’s willingness to heal him in particular. Most people rightly believe that God is omnipotent, and that He can do all things.
Mark 10:27 NKJV
“But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

The challenge many people like this leper face, is to believe that God is willing to intervene in their own personal issues and difficulties.
They believe in God’s power, but they have doubts concerning His love and compassion, towards them.
Jesus responded immediately to dispel this leper’s doubts.
Mark 1:41 NKJV
“Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”

Our Lord Jesus lovingly settled the doubts of this man. His words were a powerful reassurance of His love and compassion for all mankind, in any kind of need.
Jesus didn’t criticise the man for his uncertainty. The man simply lacked knowledge and wisdom, concerning Christ’s compassion.
James 1:5 NKJV
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Our Heavenly Father, graciously invites us to ask Him for wisdom, in any area we are lacking. The leper asked Christ to enlighten him, about God’s willingness to heal a poor leper. Christ assured him that God was willing to heal him.

May Christ’s compassion and love, minister solutions to all the challenges you may face. May you have a clear revelation of God’s love and compassion, in Jesus name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Compassion of Christ: 10

Morning Message of Motivation

The Compassion of Christ: 10
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Compassion is a vital factor in conflict resolution. Christ gave the parable of the Good Samaritan, to answer a question posed to Him by a religious lawyer.
Luke 10:29 NKJV
“But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Our Lord Jesus answered with a parable that should lead the Jews to change their attitude towards their Samaritan neighbours. The Jews lived side by side with the Samaritans, but had no dealings with them because they were prejudiced against them. The Jews saw nothing good in the Samaritans because of their mixed blood and their wrong worship.
1 Timothy 1:15 NKJV
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”

Jesus in His compassion wanted to save all sinners, including Samaritans. Christ used this parable to show the Jews that, the despised Samaritans, could be better friends than even some Jews.
The conduct of the Jewish priest and Levite, shows us that your neighbour is not necessarily the person of the same ethnicity, tribe or religion. Christ was trying to change the dogmatic dislike that the Jews had for the Samaritans. He wanted the Jews to see that there was goodness in the Samaritans also.
•Lesson one: Even people we don’t like can possess some good qualities.
•Lesson two: God can use anyone to bless you and that includes even your enemies.
•Lesson three: Stereotyping and judging a whole group of people is wrong.
Both Jews and Samaritans were guilty of flouting the three laws stated above. The “Woman by the well” and her entire town almost missed a soul-saving encounter with the Messiah, because of prejudice.
This Samaritan town finally received Jesus better than Nazareth, Jesus’s own hometown.
Mark 6:1 NKJV
“Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him.”

He began teaching in the synagogue.
Mark 6:2a NKJV
“And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue.”

They became offended.
Mark 6:3 NKJV
“Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.”

The men of Nazareth chased Jesus out of their town, but the men of the Samaritan town begged Jesus to stay with them.
John 4:40 NKJV
“So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.”

May you display a higher mentality and operate at a superior level. May you rise higher than the expectations of men. May you overcome all quarrels, in Jesus’s name.