Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, the Presiding Archbishop and General Overseer of the Action Chapel International Ministry, has urged Christians to zealously protect and guard their relationship with God.
He noted that Satan was trying to disengage or disconnect Christians from God; saying “when that happens we are in trouble”.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams gave the advice in his sermon on Sunday at the Prayer Cathedral of the Action Chapel International in Accra.
Drawing lessons from life of Job in the Bible, the Archbishop said the Devil wasn’t interested in Job’s children; declaring that his target was neither Job’s children nor Job’s riches or money.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams said what the Devil wanted was Job’s relationship with God.
“If you look at the scriptures carefully, when he destroyed Job’s children, wiped them all out, he didn’t stop there, so he went for all his wealth. He wasn’t satisfied. He went for his health, he didn’t stop there. Then he went for the final target, his wife.
And said to the wife, tell him to curse God and die. Then as soon as she said that, Job got a revelation and said; ‘woman you talk like one of those silly women. I know that my redeemer liveth’,” the Archbishop stated.
“In all of the things we are going through, and in all of the things that confronts us, in these difficult times of history of humanity; for you and I as believers, what Satan is interested in most is our relationship God.”
Archbishop Duncan-Williams noted that Satan was not interested in the believer’s health, children, marriage or money; adding that “he is interested in your relationship with God, because he knows if he can break your relationship with God, you have nothing else; you are finished”.
This, he said, was because whether it was health or money, children or whatever people had, but not everybody had a relationship with God.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams said the Devil knows that if the believer’s relationship with God was intact, the believer could bounce back into glory.
“He (the Devil) knows that with your relationship with God intact, you can bounce back, because Job bounced back and had twice as much as he had before; everything doubled because of his relationship with God,” Archbishop Duncan-Williams said.
“If there is anything else that you must guard and protect; it is your relationship with God. Because it doesn’t matter what comes your way, as long as your relationship with God is intact, you will surely bounce back. Your latter would be greater than your past. Your come back would be greater than your setbacks. Protect and guard your relationship with God.”
Speaking on the topic “Being Courageous”, the Archbishop said courage was the ability to confront fear and danger.
Quoting from the Bible, Archbishop Duncan-Williams said “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might”.
He said if there had ever been a time in the history of humanity where courage was needed than ever before, it was now; explaining that it was because the days were evil.
“It (The Bible) didn’t say be strong in your mind, in your emotions, in your logic, in your philosophies or in your arguments. It said be strong in him, for it is in him that we move and have our beings.”
He said Christians needed to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might; declaring that “let not anything come in between us and our relationship with God, because if we have ever needed him it is now”.
He said Christians needed to be strong in the Lord because they live in evil times.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams, who urged Christians not to put their hope and confidence in the things of the world, also appealed to them to be vigilant and sober, because their advisory, the Devil, as a roaring lion was walking about seeking whom he might devour.
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