An associate Pastor at the Calvary Charismatic Center (CCC), Pastor Joshua Obeng has encouraged Christians to strive to exemplify the character and traits of Christ by living balanced lives.
According to him, rather than copying Christ the right way many Christians had strayed off by substituting the time of work for prayer.
Speaking at last Sunday’s church service at Ayigya, a suburb of Kumasi on the topic ‘Ten Things That Deprive Christians from Receiving What God has for Them’, Pastor Obeng said rather than working during office hours, many Christians have had to leave work to join prayer sessions just because they feel that is more spiritual.
This, he stressed is a wrong idea because God often used the work his children do to bless and uplift them.
According to the youthful preacher, many Christians have and continue to miss their time of visitation from the Lord through disobedient tendencies and behaviors.
Others, he explained had also made the offences some friends, family and church members committed against them to become a stumbling block between their blessings and God.
”Sometimes it is hard to let go an offence a brother or a sister has committed against you but be sure that you will lose your blessing by holding on to it because God deals with what is in the hearts of men”, Pastor Obeng posited.
He recalled some personal but bitter experiences he had to endure after becoming a Pastor, adding that the determination to let go and the decision by him to move on with God had enabled him to come thus far in life.
Rather than simply obeying God by applying their hearts to the Word of God and abiding in prayer, some Christians chose the easier and wrongful part by doing their own thing their own way.
Many, he said had also been ensnared by their desire to get rich at all cost and had resorted to consulting mediums and prophets who he said could easily pass off as lotto fore-casters.
”God has never desired that we as Christians become poor because poor people and preachers alike find it difficult to tell the truth since they fear they might miss their bread which comes from the table of the rich and mighty in the society”, Pastor Obeng noted.
He, therefore, urged the church to give off their best in the work they do at the offices they occupy and also build a stronger relationship with Christ outside working hours so as to become balanced human beings.