The Assin Foso Area Head of The Church of Pentecost and Executive Council Member-elect, Apostle Sylvester Arhin, has called on Christians to make every effort to overcome the voice of intimidation to be victorious and excel in life. He said this in a sermon he preached on Assin Foso-based Nkwa 88.1 FM on Sunday, August 9, 2020.
Reading from 1 Samuel 17:1-9, he explained that although the Philistines were defeated by the Israelites in a previous battle, they made a bold comeback to revenge. Unfortunately, the Israelites could not find their feet in the second battle due to the intimidating words from only one person – Goliath.
He said that Satan, like the Philistines, never gives up although he has been defeated by Jesus Christ so many years ago. He, therefore, advised Christians to continue to trust God for the victory given them through the vicarious death of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross.
According to Apostle Arhin, people hear many voices in their daily lives. However, most of the voices come from the devil with the intention to cause people to do things that are contrary to the ways of God. Those who find it difficult to overcome the voice of intimidation become so desperate and frustrated that some of them even end up committing suicide, he said.
“When people want to intimidate you, they make you feel inferior to what God says you are. They negatively address you just to make you confuse in life. Although the Israelites were the people of God, Goliath gave them a wrong identity just to humiliate them. Instead of calling them the people of God, he called them the servants of Saul, and that alone caused fear and panic among the Israelites for 40 days. Thank God at long last, David came to the battlefield to rescue the Israelites from the hands of Goliath and the Philistines,” he said.
Apostle Sylvester Arhin ended the sermon by calling on believers to remain faithful to God and believe in what God says they are, since that alone is enough for them to be victorious. He also appealed to those who have not given their lives to Jesus Christ to do so to enable them to share in His victory over the devil on the cross.
Report by Joseph Smiles Adu.