The Aflao Area of The Church of Pentecost, led by Apostle Michael Agyen Brefo, has organised a residential retreat for ministers and their wives in the Area.
The two-day retreat dubbed, “The Mountain-Top Experience” was held at Agbevekope, from September 27-28, 2022.
The ministers and their wives were taken through sessions of teachings, prayer, and discussions on the new strategic vision for the Area and the church’s Vision 2023.
Speaking at the opening session on the theme, “Anointing for your divine assignment” (Ephesians 6:10, Acts 10:38, 1 John 2:20, 27, Luke 4:1-18, 1 Samuel 10:1-9), Apostle Agyen Brefo charged ministers and their wives to seek the anointing zealously since it is God’s seal of approval for executing their divine assignments on earth.
He stated: “Many ministers work hard but unfortunately leave the anointing behind.”
He further explained that anointing is the most paramount gift that God bestows on those who earnestly seek him.
Apostle Agyen Brefo revealed that King Saul was anointed for God’s inheritance (Israel). In relating it to this present time, he indicated that God anoints leaders not only for the exploits in the Kingdom of God but also to shepherd his flock which is the church.
“It is imperative that the anointing is sought earnestly through obedience, faith, prayer and holy living,” he said, adding, “As servants of God, one does not need to be mechanical in divine service. We can accomplish more when we have the anointing upon us that using our own strength and efforts” he stressed.
He added that the Lord who calls his people anoints them ahead of time. Using Moses as an example, he stated that God prepared Moses through the latter’s experiences in the desert when he was attending to the flock of his father-in-law (Exodus 3:1-7; 4:1-16). He stressed that God equipped Moses through the same shepherd’s staff he was carrying. He also gave Moses evidence that he was with him at Mount Horeb. These experiences assured Moses that God’s enabling grace and anointing would help him exceed the divine expectations of his call.
Since it is God who makes his servants stand firm through the anointing, Apostle Agyen Brefo admonished God’s servants to “grow the anointing through righteousness and love of God” (Psalm 45:7; Hebrew 1:8-9).
“You must continually depend on the Lord as your source (Acts 4:23-31), stay connected to him in prayer, praying in tongues, in the singing of spiritual songs, in Bible study and in fasting, and your anointing will grow,” he said.
The other sessions were interspersed with devotions, issues of concern and intercessory prayer for the Church and the nation.
The ministers expressed great joy in the presence of the Lord and confessed that they have been refreshed by the Lord through the various ministrations.
Report by Pastor Francis Lamptey (Aflao Area Reporter).