Christians should always follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ, Rev. Joe Amanfu, the National Field Director of Assemblies of God Church in Italy (African Community), has said.
He made the statement while preaching before a big congregation of the Church at an Easter Convention in Dueville, Vicenza.
The Church with over 24 branches in Italy enjoyed the day with songs of praise, worship and the Word of God. The celebration followed a two-day retreat of Pastors, Deacons and Departmental Leaders of the
Church which involved fasting, prayers and teaching sessions conducted by Rev. Robert Hughes, Lazio Regional Superintendent.
Rev. Amanfu also urged the congregation to fix their eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. “There is a price for being identified with Jesus,” he said.
He cited Apostle Paul who said that along with the great treasures the Christian must face hardships and discouragement. “It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture, however, we are not alone; there’s a helper. Suffering is the training ground for Christian maturity, it develops our patience and makes our final victory sweet,” Rev. Amanfu said.
He advised Christians to always notice the purpose of the Holy Spirit in their lives. “The ‘fire’ of God is very important in our lives, it shows and proves to us that God’s purpose is real,” he said.
What distinguishes the follower of Christ from an unbeliever, he said, is the Holy Spirit. “If the Holy Spirit is not there, there’s no God. Never be afraid of the enemy and his plans because you have a God that is always on your side,” he told the congregation.
Rev. Amanfu cautioned Christians against confronting the enemy with emptiness. Pray intensively to change situations, he said. “What can replace the fire in you (the Holy Spirit) is fear,” he said, adding that “the fire of God is what the enemy cannot counterfeit. God has given us the fire to confront situations we face. Fireless prayers will not save anybody, any soul or turn situations around.”
An Easter message from Rev. Paul Frimpong Manso, the General Superintendent of A. G. Church in Ghana, was read to the congregation.
By Reggie Tagoe