Bishop Walter O. Andhoga-FPFK General Secretary
GOD IN YOUR MERCY TRANSFORM US TODAY
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40: 30-31 NIV).
THE SOCIETY TODAY
Beloved, we live in challenging times today. We have seen many people of great repute falling by the way side. Those who we depended upon as our mentors and role models are increasingly becoming rare. The society is fast losing its taste. The values that we held onto are fast disappearing. As the Pentecostal family, we are in danger of losing taste and heritage as we water down the gospel by allowing some individuals with tricks to infiltrate the ministry. Our dailies and social media are awash with scandals some of which are even threatening to break the fabric of our society. There is infighting within leadership and some of these are to do with temporal goods. Some of the people we trusted to steward our resources are busy searching for ways to loot. The moral fabric of our society is slowly breaking down bringing a lot of worries as our youths are becoming desperate as days go by. This calls for the prophetic voice of the Church to be raised so as to give direction to our Society.
REKINDLING THE SPIRIT OF REVIVAL
What transforms us today and drives the movement spirit? How come that churches and parachurch organizations that were started with strength and vitality are either showing signs of weakening or just extinct? The last five years alone, we have had the opportunity to work with a number of churches and para church organizations and we have often posed similar questions. How come that men and women of great faith have lost the first love, energy and drive and are now moving on in their own strength. How comes even the best of organizations can lose their vision. Bureaucracy and red tape step in. Our Pentecostal fire needs to be rekindled to give us the vibrancy we all long for.
It is in this context that the prophet Isaiah rises and reminds us of the fact that even the strong can grow weary and worn out. Even those considering themselves as strong can become weak and weary and lose their strength. But in the midst of all this, we serve a God who is able to renew our strengths. We can still rise up and go the cross of Jesus Christ for forgiveness. Yes, please join hands with me as I say God in your mercy remember us and transform us today. Let me reflect briefly on how together within the FPFK we can be and remain transformed
people practice true repentance. Revival dies without repentance. This is not God’s will. Repentance is the key to living in the sustained, lasting fruit of spiritual outpouring.