16th April, 2014
Last Sunday Senior Pastor Dr. Anny engaged the congregation at Agape Life Church and ATN viewers with an inspiring teaching about Palm Sunday. Citing various scriptures from the Bible pastor Dr. Anny said Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy week and commemorates Jesus’ entering to Jerusalem with victory.
She further said the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem while sat on colt took place to fulfill what was prophesied in Zechariah 9:9. She said for Jesus to sit on the colt that had never been used by anyone else symbolizes the cleanness and purity of God and God wants the best.
Upon entering Jerusalem Jesus entered the temple and drove out all people that were doing business there. He overturned their tables and said to them ‘it is written my house will be called a house of prayer’. She asked the congregation what Jesus would find in His temple if He would come today, as our hearts are His temple.
She said nowadays Christians go to church as hobby and it was time for the church to be cleaned up. “What is holding you back?” she asked, adding is it lust, stilling, bitterness or any other kind of unclean spirit? The time has come to overturn those tables, 'the thief should stop stilling today,' she said.
Senior pastor Anny further said God is hungry and wants us to worship Him, citing the scripture in Mathew 21: 18 when Jesus hungered and went to a fig tree hoping to get fruits to eat but ended up cursing the tree after he realized there were no fruits. Jesus wants us to worship him because he is After preaching Dr Anny prayed for the sick and many received their healing and deliverance. For testimonies .
What is Worship?
Last Sunday, Agape church members and all ATN viewers across the continent were blessed by a Heavenly message from senior pastor Dr. Anny. The message focused on what God means by the word 'WORSHIP' and how God wants us to worship Him. Senior Pastor said worship is declaring the worthy of God. She said we do not worship God in order to get something from Him, but to give God the honor that is due to Him.
She said if we really knew God loves us we would automatically love and worship Him as worship is an encounter with God. Worship does not lead to meeting God but it is an encounter with Him.
Backed by a proof text from Jeremiah 33:3, she said when we worship God we must have one agenda, that is to meet with God. God too has an agenda which is to meet with us.
She asked the congregation about what their agenda would be if they were given an opportunity to meet with God? She said what we ask for, says a lot about ourselves.
She gave an example from the Bible about Moses that he had an opportunity to ask for anything from God, but he did not ask for silver or gold like what most of us would ask. But Because Moses had a desire for something eternal, spiritual and far deeper he requested for 'A hunger for God' (Exodus 33:13)
Moses asked God to Teach him his ways. He wanted to walk into eternity with God. He wanted to experience God in every day of his life. He realized that there was nothing on Earth to compare to the experience of being with God.
She said most of us do not have the relationship with God.She said most of Christians say they are born again but are still struggling, murmur and complain. They have not experienced God. They use their own mind to solve their problems instead of depending on God.
She said our churches are full of people who think they know God but they really don’t know Him and do not worship Him. She said we worship our problems instead of God.She said we too should develop the desire to experience God just like Moses.If we want to see the presence of god we should stop living in sin and come before him with clean heart and he will give us strength. (Romans 6:11)
When you worship him, his presence will consume everything that is not of God.Amen
God Does not depend on Leftovers
Last Sunday we received a message from Apostle Vernon titled “God Does not Depend on Leftovers”. He preached that God does not depend on anything we have to make us what he wants us to become. He cited the story of Abraham when God told him get out of his father’s house. Abraham obeyed God and left everything behind and upon his arrival in the promised land God made him the richest man of his time.
Using a scripture in Genesis 29 as a proof text, he further said that when Jacob ran from Esau, he did not carry anything with him and upon his arrival to Laban, he did not ask for free money, but rather he worshiped God, and God blessed him.
Apostle Vernon said, although Jacob had two wives, the one he loved most could not bear a child until he worshiped God. God answered his prayer and gave him a child Joseph.
Joseph’s brothers did not like him and sold him into slavery, but while in a foreign land he worshiped God and God blessed him and made him become prime minister of Egypt (Genesis 37:18-36). Therefore, for us to be blessed we all need to worship God in Spirit and truth because God Himself is Spirit. He said the blessings of God make one rich and does not have sorrow.
He insisted that we should not depend on anybody for God does not depend on leftovers. We should not live on our salaries as God has big plans for us. He insisted by demonstrating how we should get on our knees and worship God in Spirit and truth. He cited the good example of Job, that he did not curse God but he worshiped him and God restored to him all what he had lost (Job 2:10).
He concluded by saying that all we need to do is to believe in God and worship Him. He said when you begin your way to worship, it will develop into fellowship. Where there is fellowship there is dicovership. Where there is discovership there is restoration. Where there is restoration there is double blessing.