Morning Message of Motivation – The Compassion of Christ: 36

Morning Message of Motivation

The Compassion of Christ: 36
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Christ demonstrated His great compassion fo sinners, when He told the “Parable of the Prodigal Son.” Jesus’s compassion attracted sinners to hear Him. His messages were not condemnatory.
John 3:17 NKJV
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

The Jewish religious leaders ostracised and shunned sinners. On the contrary, Jesus shared fellowship with sinners.
Luke 15:1 NKJV
“Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.”

This created a conflict. The Pharisees complained loudly that Jesus was eating with sinners.
Luke 15:2 NKJV
“And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”

Jesus responded to their criticism with three parables. The first was the Parable of the Lost Sheep, the second was, the Parable of the Lost Coin, and the final one was the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

•The purpose of the parable of the Prodigal Son.
Christ’s purpose for giving this parable was to explain His mission on earth to save sinners.
Luke 19:10 NKJV
“for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

•The main characters of this parable.
The “Parable of the Prodigal Son” has three main characters, the father, the elder son and the younger son who became the Prodigal son.

To err is human, and everyone who has ever made a mistake appreciates the opportunity for a “Second chance.”

May you have the divine opportunity to repair all past damages and mistakes. May you boldly declare your total redemption in Jesus’s name.

NB:
2nd Fresh Oil Conference of 2019
Dates:- Sun. June 9th – Tues. June 11, 2019.
Venue:-A.M.A New Head Office, Opposite Kimbu SHS, Accra Central.
Time:- 6pm prompt.
Speaker:-Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

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.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Compassion of Christ: 8

Morning Message of Motivation

The Compassion of Christ: 8
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

The “Good Samaritan” broke through three major barriers to help the wounded Jewish man.
*•Ethnic/Tribal barrier*
The Samaritans were of a mixed race, though they dwelt in Israel territory. After the death of king Solomon, Israel was divided into two nations. The “Northern kingdom” was called Israel and its capital was Samaria.
The “Southern kingdom” was called Judah and its capital was Jerusalem.
God’s judgement came upon the “Northern kingdom” because of continuous idolatry, and they were conquered by the Assyrians and taken into exile.
2 Kings 17:6 NIV
“In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria. He settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in the towns of the Medes.”

Some of the Jews however remained in Samaria. The Assyrians sent Gentiles to replace the exiled Jews in the land of Samaria.
2 Kings 17:24
“The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Kuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns.”

The remnant Jews and these Gentile settlers intermarried over the years, and this mixed race of people became the Samaritans.
*•Religious barrier*
The “Woman by the well” asked Jesus about a major religious dispute between the Jews and the Samaritans.
John 4:19-20 NIV
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

The Samaritans worshipped mountain gods.
John 4:22 NKJV
“You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.”

*•Social barriers*
The Jews and the Samaritans had never had a good relationship. The Jews believed that the Samaritans were impure because they were a mixture of Gentile and Jewish blood.
John 4:9 NKJV
“Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.”

The Good Samaritan, overcame all these three barriers, because of compassion.

May you be empowered to break through all barriers and limitations. May all negative generational tendencies, be broken, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Compassion of Christ: 1

Morning Message of Motivation

The Compassion of Christ: 1
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Jesus Christ was in every way tempted just as we are, yet He never sinned.
Hebrews 4:15 NIV
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin.”

Christ can feel what we feel. Jesus could understand human suffering and He was also ready to do something about it.
•Christ fed the multitude because of His compassion.
Mark 8:1 NKJV
“In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them,”

Great multitudes gathered to hear Christ preaching. The revival euphoria was so great that they even forgot about food. The meetings had continued for three days. Christ felt pity for the crowd because some of them hadn’t eaten in days.
Mark 8:2-3 NKJV
“I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.”

Jesus Christ indeed was remarkably compassionate. Christ cared about whether the crowd would be able to make it home safely. Jesus cared about their return journey, especially those who had come from faraway places. Jesus knew there was a strong possibility that those who hadn’t eaten would faint during the long trek home. He cared enough to do something about it.
Mark 8:6 NKJV
“So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.”

Jesus blessed some seven loaves and a few fishes and fed four thousand men.
Mark 8:7-8 NKJV
“They also had a few small fish; and having blessed them, He said to set them also before them. So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments.”

True compassion flows from true love.

May your heart be filled with an abundance of Christ’s compassion. May you become an instrument in God’s Hand to of help many people, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Gifts and Callings: 41

Morning Message of Motivation

Gifts and Callings: 41
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Christ described one of the future judgments, in which the sheep will be separated from the goats.
Matthew 25:31-32 NKJV
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.”

Some bible scholars believe this judgment, is a judgment of the Gentile nations in regard to their attitude towards Israel during the future “Great Tribulation.”
However, apart from the eschatological interpretation, we can also learn a couple of lessons from the literal meaning of Christ’s words.
•The “goats” on the Lord’s left hand were cursed because of a lack of understanding of a divine principle.
They were not really wicked people, as such.
Matthew 25:41 NKJV
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:”

The Lord will accuse the “goats” on His left hand of failing to minister to Him when He was in desperate need.
Matthew 25:42-43 NKJV
“for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’”

The “goats” protested vehemently. They said they had never seen the Lord in need. If they had ever seen Him in need, they would have come to His aid.
They were willing to help great people like the Lord, but could not be bothered by poor, ordinary folks. They didn’t know that the Lord places great value on ordinary, poor people.
Matthew 25:45 NKJV
“Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’”

Indeed, the Lord identifies Himself with the downtrodden in society. Most lords identify and associate themselves with other lords, but our Lord Jesus does the opposite.

May you discern and identify the people that God loves. May you have the grace to treat people with the same care that God has for them, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Gifts and Callings: 39

Morning Message of Motivation

Gifts and Callings: 39
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Jesus often gave donations directly to the poor. When Judas rose from the Last Supper, to go and betray Christ, the other disciples thought Christ had sent him to give money to the poor. Judas was Christ’s treasurer.
John 13:29 NKJV
“For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.”

Judas’s most common duties as treasurer were,
1. To buy food supplies,
2. To give financial donations to the poor
The other disciples believed Judas was going to do one of these two things, because he did both things constantly.
Our Lord Jesus also explained the basis for the judgment of nations.
Matthew 25:31-32 NKJV
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.”

Jesus will put some people on His right hand and others on His left hand.
Matthew 25:34 NKJV
“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:”

Some people inherited the kingdom because of their attitude of helping the poor.
Matthew 25:35-36 NKJV
“for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’”

The righteous were surprised because they had never seen Jesus physically in any trouble.
Matthew 25:37 NKJV
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?”

The Lord’s answer was astonishing.
Matthew 25:40 NKJV
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”

Any good deed performed for Believers is actually done unto the Lord.

May God fill your cup with blessings. May you minister to the poor and needy brethren of Christ and gather heavenly rewards, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – Gifts and Callings: 39

Morning Message of Motivation

Gifts and Callings: 39
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Almighty God set out special labour laws to protect the poor in Israel.
Deuteronomy 24:14 NKJV
“You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether one of your brethren or one of the aliens who is in your land within your gates.”

There was to be no discrimination. These laws were to protect equally both Israelite and non-Israelite poor workers.
Deuteronomy 24:15 NKJV
“Each day you shall give him his wages, and not let the sun go down on it, for he is poor and has set his heart on it; lest he cry out against you to the Lord, and it be sin to you.”

Daily wages were to be paid to the poor before sunset. The poor folks lived from “hand to mouth.” Their whole hope was in their daily wage. Any delay in payment would disrupt all their financial projections.
The Lord warned the business owners of spiritual repercussions, if the poor labourers prayed against them from a wounded heart.
•Jesus campaigned for rich men to invite the poor to their feasts.
Luke 14:13 NKJV
“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.”

Our Lord Jesus wanted the rich folks to favour the poor and to invite them into their company and to give them a taste of the bountiful life. This instruction contained a double opportunity to lift the poor.
•Association with the rich would give the poor access to the wisdom of the rich.
Proverbs 13:20 NKJV
“He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.”

•The invitation to dine with the rich would give the poor folks a taste of the “other side of life” and develop in them a desire for improvement in their lives.
Proverbs 24:13 NKJV
“My son, eat honey because it is good,
And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;”

However, primarily Christ gave this instruction to encourage the rich to seek the heavenly rewards, that come from helping the poor. Instead the rich folks were circulating their blessings among themselves.
Luke 14:12 NKJV
“Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid.”

May you be lifted to lift others. May God grant you promotions that will pave the way for the promotion of many other people also, in Jesus’s name.