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.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 26

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 26
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Laban was ready to do anything to keep Jacob because he had experienced great material and financial blessings since Jacob arrived. Uncle Laban showed no pity or sentimentality for his nephew, Jacob. It was all business for uncle Laban. Laban asked Jacob to name his wages.
Genesis 30:28 NKJV
“Then he said, “Name me your wages, and I will give it.”

Jacob had never previously worked for wages. He had contracted to work seven years to get his beloved Rachel as a wife. By Laban’s trickery, he had to work another seven years for Leah, as well as the seven years for Rachel.
By the time of Joseph’s birth, Jacob had served Laban for 14 years. Laban had gotten very rich, but Jacob was broke and poor. Jacob reminded Laban of these facts.
Genesis 30:30 NKJV
“For what you had before I came was little, and it has increased to a great amount; the Lord has blessed you since my coming. And now, when shall I also provide for my own house?”

After Joseph’s birth, Jacob awoke to the reality of his circumstances. He had four wives and eleven sons, without any proper means of livelihood.
Fourteen years ago, Jacob was so much in love with Rachel that he willingly offered himself for seven years of slave labour as her dowry. When Laban substituted Leah for Rachel, Jacob readily contracted to serve an extra seven years to get Rachel.
At that time, Jacob’s whole world was revolving around Rachel. Now after the birth of Joseph, Jacob had come back to himself.
Jacob was now concerned about, how he would provide for his own household also.
Laban insisted that Jacob should name his price.
Genesis 30:31a NKJV
“So he said, “What shall I give you?”

Jacob was gaining an upper hand in the new negotiations.

May you have another chance to negotiate better terms for your life and mission. May God give you wisdom to operate under the best conditions possible, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 23

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 23
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Leah’s prolific childbearing led to the first quarrel between Rachel and Jacob. Rachel was envious of Leah.
Genesis 30:1 NKJV
“Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!”

Rachel poured her frustration on Jacob, somehow blaming him for her childlessness. Jacob reacted angrily.
Genesis 30:2 NKJV
“And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”

Jacob felt Rachel’s pressure on him was unjustified. Rachel however was setting Jacob up for her special solution. She proposed that Jacob use her maid as a surrogate mother.
Genesis 30:3 NKJV
“So she said, “Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her.”

So Jacob agreed to marry Rachel’s maid, Bilhah.
Jacob had wanted to marry only one woman, Rachel, but now he had three wives by circumstances beyond his control.
Genesis 30:4-5 NKJV
“Then she gave him Bilhah her maid as wife, and Jacob went in to her. And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.”

Rachel considered her maid’s son as her own son. It was the custom of those days that the children of a slave belonged to the master or mistress of the slave.
Genesis 30:6
“Then Rachel said, “God has judged my case; and He has also heard my voice and given me a son.” Therefore she called his name Dan.”

So Jacob now had 5 sons. Bilhah conceived again and bore another son. Rachel considered this a personal victory for her.
Genesis 30:8 NKJV
“Then Rachel said, “With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and indeed I have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali.”

May Almighty God work all things together for your good. May God’s grace abound over your life and family. May God’s grace protect you and your family, in Jesus’s name.

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Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 22

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 22
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Leah was disliked and treated as an intruder into the wonderful love between Jacob and Rachel. Almighty God however had great sympathy for Leah.
Genesis 29:31 KJV
“And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.”

When God saw the plight of Leah, He compensated her with children. Rachel however was barren. All the beloved wives of the patriarchs, Sarah, Rebekah and Rachel also battled against barrenness.
Genesis 29:32 NKJV
“So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, “The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me.”

Leah hoped she could win Jacob’s love by producing a son for him but nothing changed. Leah was still hated.
Genesis 29:33 KJV
“And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon”

An epic struggle was going on between the sisters for the affection of Jacob.
Genesis 29:34 NKJV
“And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.”

Leah named her first three sons according to her struggle with her sister. She gave them names that expressed her hope that Jacob would love her. It didn’t work, but Leah became pregnant again.
Genesis 29:35 NKJV
“And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.”

Leah stopped using her children to fight her battles. She named her fourth son “Judah” which means praise. She decided to praise God, whether her husband loved her or not.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Leah turned the battle for Jacob’s love, into the hands of the Lord.
Colossians 3:15 NKJV
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

May the peace of God that passes all understanding rule in your heart. May every power of unrest, stress and disturbance against you be destroyed in Jesus’ name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 19

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 19
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Jacob’s first mission was to get to a place of safety. He was now safe. The second part of his mission was to secure a godly wife. Meanwhile, his uncle Laban wanted to bind Jacob to a proper employment contract.
Genesis 29:15 NKJV
“Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what should your wages be?”

Jacob saw an opportunity to get married. Choosing a life partner was relatively easy for Jacob, he had to choose between only two ladies. Isaac had commanded him to marry one of Laban’s daughters.
Genesis 28:2 NKJV
“Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.”

Laban had only two daughters, so Jacob didn’t have much problem selecting a wife. His wife had to be one of Laban’s two girls. The man of today, typically may have so many women to choose from, that he sometimes gets confused.
Genesis 29:16 NKJV
“Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.”

The two girls were very different in attractiveness.
Genesis 29:17 NIV
“Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.”

Leah was cross eyed. Rachel however was stunningly beautiful like a model. Jacob went for the good looks. Jacob had met Rachel first and it was love at first sight.
Jacob offered to work for Laban for seven years as a dowry for Rachel.
Genesis 29:18 NKJV
“Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.”

Laban agreed to the marital contract terms proposed by Jacob.

May God bless your marriage and family. May almighty God bless you with significant partnerships that will advance your mission in life, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 18

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 18
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Rachel was Laban’s daughter and she was a shepherdess.
She was also under the power of the men who had monopolized the well.
Jacob sprang into action when he saw her.
Genesis 29:10 NKJV
“And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.”

She must have been amazed at the kindness of this stranger. Then Jacob revealed who he was.
Genesis 29:12 NKJV
“And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s relative and that he was Rebekah’s son. So she ran and told her father.”

Rachel was overjoyed.
She ran home and broke the news.
Laban was equally excited and ran to meet Jacob.
Genesis 29:13 NKJV
“Then it came to pass, when Laban heard the report about Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. So he told Laban all these things.”

Jacob told Laban the reasons for his sudden appearance in Padan Aram. Laban received him wholeheartedly.
Genesis 29:14 NKJV
“And Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh.” And he stayed with him for a month.”

Jacob had fled successfully for sanctuary from Esau.
He was now separated by more than 500 miles from Esau.
He also had a new job.
Jacob had taken over from Rachel and become Laban’s shepherd.
It was a voluntary and unpaid position.
Laban recognized Jacob’s expertise in the shepherding field and he wanted to pay him to secure his services permanently.
God was working.
Jacob decided to exchange his services, as a dowry for Laban’s daughter, Rachel.
Jacob was totally in love with Rachel and would do anything to have her as his wife.

May God continue to grant opportunities for the fulfillment of your life’s mission.
May your personal diligence and expertise in various fields begin to open doors for you, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Family of Israel: 17

Morning Message of Motivation

The Family of Israel: 17
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Jacob immediately analyzed the problems of the shepherding business in Padan Aram, and he created solutions for them. This paved the way for him to become very wealthy in the future. Years later, Jacob reminded Laban of how few sheep he had, when Jacob arrived.
Genesis 30:30a NKJV
“For what you had before I came was little, and it has increased to a great amount; the Lord has blessed you since my coming.”

The problems were simple.
They all used one well, but some people had taken control of the well.
Water was their essential resource but their access to the well water was limited by the huge stone rolled over the mouth of the well. They could only access the water when those guys chose to roll away the stone.
It was a major waste of the shepherds’ time
The system disadvantaged many shepherds and multitudes of sheep.
*Jacob proposed solutions.
Genesis 29:7 NIV
“Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

They refused his advice.
Genesis 29:8 NKJV
“But they said, “We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and they have rolled the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.”

Their wrong dependence on others to roll away the stone was costing them much time and productivity. Don’t over depend on others to do for you, what you can do yourself.
Genesis 29:9 NKJV
“Now while he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess.”

Jacob alone rolled away the stone.
Genesis 29:10 NKJV
“And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.”

Jacob ignored the “Stone rollers.” By rolling away the stone, Jacob broke their control of the well.

May you overcome every limitation and barrier to your prosperity and increase. May every bottleneck that hinders the full manifestation of your glory, be broken in Jesus’s name.