The Youth Ministry Director of The Church Of Pentecost, Apostle Ebenezer Hagan, has advised Christians to keep the word of God in their hearts in order to build personal and intimate relationship with Him.
He gave this advice on the second day of the maiden edition of on ongoing “ABIDEDOES Conference” being organised by the Women’s Ministry of The Church Of Pentecost.
Drawing inspiration from sacred scriptures, specifically Genesis 3:8 and John 14:23, Apostle Hagan shed light on the timeless journey of communion between humanity and God, as witnessed in the Garden of Eden.
Apostle Hagan reaffirmed that the divine connection between God and humanity, as experienced in the Garden of Eden, endures to this day.
“Just as God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the Garden of Eden, He continues His work of drawing near to those who seek Him earnestly. This enduring invitation to communion remains an eternal beacon for nurturing personal intimacy with the Creator”, he asserted.
Apostle Hagan expounded on John 14:23, highlighting its profound message: obedience to God’s commands engenders a relationship of love between the individual and the Divine.
“As believers obey God’s precepts, they discover a reciprocated love from their Creator. This mutual love invites believers to extend the same love to one another, fostering harmonious relationships”, he said.
The Youth Director urged believers to set aside regular, dedicated time for personal devotions, emphasizing the importance of seeking God’s presence and understanding.
Quoting Psalm 5:3, he encouraged believers to prioritize moments of solitude with the Divine, allowing their friendship with God to flourish day by day.
Citing Jeremiah 33:3, he stressed the significance of daily seeking God and advised having a dedicated time to meet with God, ideally every day.
He aslo encouraged Christians to engage with God through His Word, meditating on His teachings, as exemplified in Joshua 1:8.
Apostle Hagan underscored the need for meticulous attention to the word of God, highlighting that God communicates with His children through His teachings.
“Building personal intimacy with God requires active engagement with His word, attentive listening to His voice, and a commitment to obeying His commandments”, he expounded.
Apostle Ebenezer Hagan encouraged believers to embrace the Word as a personal guide, recommending that they take notes during sermons to minimize distractions.
He also advised them to strive for holiness and purity in their daily lives, refraining from sinful practices.
“Building personal intimacy with God goes beyond dedicating time to Him; it encompasses living in personal purity”, the Youth Director added.
He reminded them that even when faced with desires like marriage, adhering to God’s plan ultimately leads to fulfillment.
Citing Psalm 119:10, Apostle Hagan stressed that living in purity involves walking in accordance with the Word of God and following His commandments faithfully.
Apostle Hagan concluded by reiterating the importance of grounding one’s Christian journey in the Word of God, as emphasized in Hebrews 12:14-15.
He reminded believers that living in alignment with the Word not only strengthens their relationship with God but also guides them to live lives marked by integrity, purity, and obedience to God’s divine will.
The “ABIDEDOES Conference” being organised by the Women’s Ministry of The Church Of Pentecost began yesterday, September 14, 2023 and is expected to end tomorrow, September 16, 2023.