Glory of God Prayer Group, St. Cecilia Parish, Wa Diocese, Ghana - Let Your Light Shine

Saint of the Day

Improve yourself by other men's wri…

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. Socrates

All things unholy

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone. Francis of Assisi

He that is jealous is not in love

He that is jealous is not in love. Saint Augustine

Forgive those who hurt you

One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him. Socrates

How to find God

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa

unwanted, unloved

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. Mother Teresa

Education without values

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. C. S. Lewis

Importance of Christianity

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. C. S. Lewis

Truth

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. C. S. Lewis

Suffering of God's son

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering. Saint Augustine

Faith

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. Saint Augustine

The cause makes the martyr

It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr. Saint Augustine

Men should wonder at themselves

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering. Saint Augustine

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again. Saint Augustine

if you love until it hurts

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. Mother Teresa

Do not serve with a gloomy face

It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. Francis of Assisi

We do it to God

There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible. Mother Teresa

What does love look like?

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. Saint Augustine

Come unto me all ye that labor

I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden. Saint Augustine

Fear vs reverence

Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence. Socrates

Three days fasting and prayers - Wednesday, 26th November, 2008
Teacher: Felix Dordaa Mahama
Text: 1 Peter 4:1-6

“When you go to Rome, do what the Romans do”

Once we want something from a certain place, we have to identify ourselves with that place and live like the people there (“When you go to Rome, do what the Romans do”).

Once we change our state of life, we have to change the things that we do or the way we used to do them. In our Christian journey, this change of state of life comes when we make a decision (which we have to frequently do) to change our lives for the better. Probably, we were not with the Lord but have made the decision to come to the Him (some of us may not be here because of God but because of a man, a woman or a specific problem, only waiting for it to be solved and we will disappear; we are not with the Lord and we need to make a decision to come to Him). We may also have made the decision to move a step closer to the Lord.

There is no success without suffering

The very things that we do, places we go, things we say and think are what make us imperfect. As we move closer towards perfection, we have to change these things one after the other, and each change requires us to let go of something.

Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen, but when they made the decision to follow Jesus, they had to leave their fathers, the nets, the fish, the boats, the water and their daily source of living. So, a lot of things about us have to change once we begin to live a new life. We cannot continue to hold on to the old things. Jesus said we can’t put new wine into old wine skins.

  •  Matthew was a tax collector, and this was where he got his daily bread, but he let go of all the money he was making Matthew 9:9.
  • Zacchaeus let go of large amounts of money to do reparation because he had found a new life in Christ – Luke 19:1-8.

Close and personal

  • I had to change my plans when I rediscovered Christ.
    In 2005 when I was about completing university, my plan was to do my national service in one of the most endowed regions in the country where I would have access to classes and study materials to enable me prepare and sit GRE. This was to enable me apply for scholarship to further my education outside the country, preferably US or UK. I was subsequently posted to Kumasi metropolis of the Ashanti region, the second region of Ghana (Kumasi metropolis is the metropolis of the capital of the region. How convenient!). But after completion, when I returned home, I rediscovered Christ in a way that made me know that, as Theodore Roosevelt put it, “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” I realized that whatever action that I would take then would jeopardize my spiritual life greatly if I did not progress in this new life to a certain point.

    What then did I do? In order to be with the people from whom I rediscovered Christ, I transferred my national service from Kumasi metropolis to Wa municipality, of the Upper West region, one of the poorest, if not the poorest, regions in the country, where I reside. Also, since I became committed to evangelization and other services to the Lord, I suspended my plans to further my education abroad, as this would greatly jeopardize my work in the Lord’s vineyard.

Change of route

Our daily routine will have to change from

Home – work – pito (beer) bar – home
to
Home – prayer – work – prayer meeting – home – prayer – eat – bed

If we really want to live in a changed life, we first have to change our thinking; that there are certain things God has told us to do that are impossible (There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the one who gives me strength – Philippians 14:13); that we can find an effortless way of overcoming problems and temptation. Once we accept the facts as they are, we gain the mental strength to tackle them squarely. When we do this, we are ready to live our lives by God’s will and power, and not by human weakness.

Battle with the past

We must also be aware that once we start a new life, we will not find it easy with members of the old life. People will jeer at us. Even Renewal members who would not have reached the level we have entered into might turn against us. They may make comments like; won’t you also take some rest from your meetings? Don’t you get tired of praying all the time? But we are told that the first Christians were committed to the communal prayers and the breaking of bread.

Be realistic

For example,

  • I cannot refuse to study scriptures and pray all the time, and yet want to give inspiring teachings.
  • I cannot have certain habits I want to overcome and yet stay away from spiritual activities.
  • I cannot want to speak with the wisdom of Jesus and also want to seek the power of the devil.
  • I cannot want to pray to move mountains and yet vow not to love.
  • I cannot want to discern and cast out demons and yet choose not to fast and pray.
  • I cannot want to enter heaven and yet not bothered about my indecent, lustful, drunken, adulterous, idolatrous, cheating, etc. lifestyle
  • I cannot want to be a faithful follower of Christ and yet want to do things simply because others are doing them irrespective of whether Christ is pleased or not.

Living in new life often calls for a change of identity (Jesus’ mother and brothers – Luke 8:19-21).

We often have to learn how to live the new life from others, and this requires that we humble ourselves before them.

Prayer points

  • Higher mental strength (that is, against fear of change)
  • Examine our conscience (what changes do we have to make to overcome our problems?)
  • Increase in capacity
  • Grace to stand the test of the change
  • Prayer ability
  • Humility
  • Change in our homes, church, work places, etc

 

 

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