God is a sure-fire god!

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Shanna Kaye Mon­teih Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

IT WAS the ‘fi­nal night of the feast’ and the saints of God were in high spir­its. Whether a tod­dler or el­derly, hands and voices were lifted in praise. The True Churches of the Apos­tolic Faith Inc cel­e­brated their Fall Con­fer­ence last week­end. The two-day three-night event was held at the Greater Beth­le­hem Tem­ple in Unity Vale Close, Stony Hill, and saw saints vis­it­ing from across the United States.

The con­fer­ence was held un­der the theme ‘If God be for us who can be against us’ (Ro­mans 8:31), and saints who at­tended tes­ti­fied that their souls were thor­oughly blessed through­out its du­ra­tion.

The fi­nal night ser­vice also brought tes­ti­monies of heal­ing and de­liv­er­ance.

One Chris­tian, who was among those vis­it­ing from the US, bore wit­ness of a strug­gle that she had over­come to be among the wor­ship­pers in Ja­maica.

“I was trou­bled with some­thing re­ally bad, and my fam­ily was en­cour­ag­ing me to sit this one out, but when I en­quired of God, I heard a voice that said: ‘Go pack your suit­case.’ I obeyed and to­day I can say I do not re­gret com­ing here,” she tes­ti­fied.

The speaker for the night was in­tro­duced as District El­der Vin­cent Jones of Rochester, New York.

As the man of God humbly ap­proached the podium, he asked that the con­gre­ga­tion turn in their Bi­bles to the pop­u­lar scrip­ture Psalms 46.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trou­ble. There­fore will not we fear, though the earth be re­moved, and though the moun­tains be car­ried into the midst of the sea; Though the wa­ters thereof roar and be trou­bled, though the moun­tains shake with the swelling thereof.”

And with the read­ing of the verse, Jones made a dec­la­ra­tion of power, de­liv­er­ance, and vic­tory over the con­gre­ga­tion.

PUTTING THE PIECES TO­GETHER

“Any­body go­ing through some­thing right now? Don’t you worry, don’t be dis­cour­aged, don’t you be afraid. God is a present help in times of trou­ble. God is set­ting some­thing up for you. God will do it. He will de­liver you just as He de­liv­ered Es­ther. I can see God work­ing it out. He is putting the pieces to­gether. Don’t give up or give in. All we have to do is wait and be pa­tient,” he preached.

And as he made his way down to the aisle in the style fa­mous to most pas­tors, Jones de­clared:

“It doesn’t mat­ter what the com­man­der says, or the pres­i­dent, what leader or what devil. If God be for you.” he asked as the faith­ful con­gre­ga­tion fin­ished his sen­tence with ‘“ho can be against you?”. A some­what anointed Jones con­tin­ued: “I’m go­ing to bor­row from the Ja­maicans and say that He (God) is a sure fire! He can’t miss, no mat­ter what hap­pens. He’s sure! Ev­ery time He goes out, He comes back vic­to­ri­ous!”

By this time, the church was in what seemed like a spir­i­tual frenzy.

Shouts of ‘“Hal­lelu­jah!” and ‘“Je­sus!” danced off the walls of the holy place of wor­ship and trav­elled up and down its aisles.

And as if tak­ing on the man­tle, house pas­tor Bishop Er­rol Thomp­son con­tin­ued to ex­press how vic­to­ri­ous God was.

Mak­ing ref­er­ences to fa­mous Bi­ble sto­ries of tri­umph such as those of Moses and the Is­raelites at the Red Sea and David and Go­liath Thomp­son, he en­cour­aged the peo­ple of God to con­tinue fight­ing end­ing with the con­fer­ence’s theme: ‘If God be for us who can be against’.

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