The itinerary of Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo took him to the Volta North Apostle Area from 26th to 28th March 2021. Two divine services were on the agenda; first at our congregation at Borae No. 2 (Krachi / Bimbilla District) on 27th March, 2021 and another at the Ve-Koloenu congregation (Likpe District).
The Lead Apostle’s trip to Borae No. 2, required the crossing of the Oti River at Dambai via a ferry. Accompanying the Lead Apostle, were Apostle Timothy Akubia (host) and District Rectors Eric Arhin (Accra West) and Peter Akai (Krachi /Bimbilla).
The divine service at Borae No. 2 on Saturday, March 27, 2021 was based on a text from Jeremiah 17:7-8, ‘Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.’
Trusting the Lord
Elaborating on the bible word, the Lead Apostle explained that, many tend to believe in God but fail to trust in Him. “To trust in God means, to completely put our hopes in Him and Him alone. Having the confidence that He alone is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. That He is able to do more abundantly, far and above our imaginations”. Trust means, longsuffering with the Lord; to go the full length with God, ensuring full reliance on Him and hoping for Him in patience without doubt. Those who possess this attribute, are blessed by the Lord in the end! stressed the Lead Apostle. Why do we trust in God? He quizzed. “Because we know we do not have the strength to do anything for our ourselves! he emphasized.
In whom do we trust?
The Lead Apostle stated that, many are those who today put their trust in chariots, wealth, power, strength and status. “Let me remind us that all these are transitory; they pass away like the flash of light”. While some trust in chariots and horses, we those of the household of faith trust in:
* the word and promises of the Lord
* the activity of the Holy spirit
* the Apostolate
The Lead Apostle advised members to eschew living a life of double standards. “If we want to serve the Lord, then we trust Him too, for He does not fail.”
The effect of trust
Apart from blessings, they that trust in the Lord gain a firm grounding. They are able to withstand the storms of life. “Their roots are well grounded and nourished in the word of God. They bear the fruits of the spirit and radiate the heavenly nature in their environment” the Lead Apostle averred. “To this end” he continued, “they that trust in the Lord are secured under the protective arms of our Heavenly Father, and then, the snares of the evil one, the difficulties of this world, the hardships and persecutions do not influence their relationship with God. They grow with the certainty that God is always near them, just as a tree planted near a river always has access to water”
Concluding the sermon, the Lead Apostle entreated members to trust and have confidence in God. “We want to go into the future with trust; eliminating all forms of doubt and double standards. We want our roots to stretch forth into the living waters of the word, then we shall remain steadfast in the face of the heat of this world – sin and difficulties – thereby, we remain worthy for the day of the Lord.”
The Lead Apostle was assisted by Apostle Timothy Akubia, District Rector Peter Akai, District Rector Eric Arhin and Deputy District Rector Jacob Tiburum. A total of 153 members participated in the service.