We give thanks to God for a new day – the beginning of the 2nd week in this New Year.
Those who are experts in numerology teach us that the number 8 stands for a new beginning, a fresh start, a new dawn. Yesterday in Ghana, our newly-elected President was sworn in and that signified a new dawn for our country, at least in terms of leadership.
Significantly, today probably is marking the dawning of a new day in my own life and ministry. This morning, at the Shiashie Campus of the Calvary Baptist Church, Accra, a send-off service will take place for my family and myself. It will mark my retirement from the pastoral ministry with Calvary Baptist Church.
As the heading of my message for today seems to say, I am stepping aside from the leadership of the Teens and Youth Chapel and also from any pastoral work within Calvary Baptist Church so I can devote the rest of my life and energy to what I believe the Lord has called me to do.
In 1999, at the period I was battling with a strange sickness, the Lord spoke to me through a prophet and assured me that I would be healed. The prophecy also added that the Lord was going to gift me with insight to teach his word. It ended that at the right time, we would leave Calvary Baptist Church to start our ministry.
You can see that I have sat on this prophecy for about 17 years. Within that period, the Lord used us in 2004 to start the then Mandela Mission (a satellite church of the Calvary Baptist Church, Accra) which I pastored for 8 years. After that, we moved to Shiashie where I took over the Teens & Youth Chapel and served as the pastor for another 4 years.
Lately, the Lord has been speaking to me through several prophets, calling on me to commence the ministry. Out of that call, I felt led to start KINGDOM TRUTH TEACHING MINISTRY (KTTM). What you have been reading daily for at least 18 months now (KINGDOM TRUTH FOR TODAY) is just one facet of the ministry.
In order to devote undivided attention to this ministry – KTTM, I have tended in a letter of retirement from the pastoral ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. It must be explained that I have not as yet attained the compulsory retirement age (65) of the Ghana Baptist Convention, our denomination. I am stepping aside VOLUNTARILY from pastoring in Calvary Baptist Church so that I can concentrate on this new ministry which I believe is my own race that I have to run.
In a way, the Lord has been talking to my own self in the messages I have shared in the last 2 days – “BEING OCCUPIED WITH MY FATHER’S BUSINESS” and *”NO TIME TO WASTE””.
Kingdom Truth For Today is taking a break from tomorrow, 9th January as I engage myself in what we used to jokingly refer to in our student days as “A RETREAT AS WELL AN ADVANCE”.I need to retreat and be with the Lord in order to receive a clear instruction of my marching orders.
A Latin proverb says “NEMO DAT QUOD NON HABET”. Bringing that into English, “NO ONE GIVES WHAT HE DOES NOT HAVE”.
Apostle Paul in the defence of his apostleship wrote to the Galatians
“But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles. When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being. Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia, and later I returned to the city of Damascus.” (Galatians 1:15-17)
I believe, like Apostle Paul, I need to go to my own Arabia to consult with the Lord before I return to commence this new ministry
Again, Paul wrote to the Corinthians
“For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself.” (I Corinthians 11:23)
If I am going to be successful in teaching the word of God, I can only pass on to my hearers what I have also received and will receive from the Lord.
The retreat will also allow me to formulate the strategies to be deployed in prosecuting the call to be a teacher.
So I will be away for some time. But more importantly, I seriously covet your prayers. As Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 4:3 “Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ.”
Again, he wrote to the Ephesians in Ephesians 6:19 “And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.”
When you pray, pray on these areas as well
I want to thank you all who have been reading the messages in Facebook and/or Whatsapp. I thank those who have given me some feedback. I will pray on your feedback and ask the Lord to show me how I can serve you and continue to be a blessing to you.
Your best is yet to come
Teacher eTse Amable
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