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God is a sure-fire god!

Published:Saturday | November 12, 2016 | 11:10 AMShanna kaye Monteih

 

It was the 'final night of the feast' and the saints of God were in high spirits.

Whether toddler or elderly, hands and voices were lifted in praise.

The True Churches of the Apostolic Faith Inc. celebrated their Fall Conference last weekend. The two-day three-night event was held at the Greater Bethlehem Temple in Unity Vale Close, Stony Hill and saw saints visiting from across the United States.

The conference was held under the theme: 'If God be for us who can be against us' (Romans 8:31) and saints who attended testified that their souls were thoroughly blessed throughout its duration.

The final night service also bore testimonies of healing and deliverance.

One Christian, who was among those visiting from the US, bore witness of a struggle that she had overcome to be amongst the worshippers in Jamaica.

"I was troubled with something really bad and my family were encouraging me to sit this one out, but I when I enquired of God I heard a voice that said: 'Go pack your suitcase'. I obeyed and today I can say I do not regret coming here," she testified.

The speaker for the night was introduced as District Elder Vincent Jones of Rochester, New York.

As the man of God humbly approached the podium, he asked that the congregation turn their Bibles to the popular scripture: Psalms 46.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof."

And with the reading of the verse, Jones made a declaration of power, deliverance and victory over the congregation.

"Anybody going through something right now? Don't you worry, don't be discouraged, don't you be afraid. God is a present help in times of trouble. God is setting something up for you. God will do it; He will deliver you just as He delivered Esther. I can see God working it out. He is putting the pieces together. Don't give up or give in. All we have to do is wait and be patient," he preached.

And as he made his way down to the aisle in the style famous to most pastors, Jones declared:

"It doesn't matter what the commander says, or the president, what leader or what devil; If God be for you?" he asked as the faithful congregation finished his sentence with 'who can be against you?'.

A somewhat anointed Jones continued:

"I'm going to borrow from the Jamaicans and say that He (God) is a Sure Fire! He can't miss, no matter what happens. He's sure! Every time He goes out He comes back victorious!"

By this time the church was in what seemed like a spiritual frenzy.

Shouts of 'Hallelujah' and 'Jesus' danced off the walls of the holy place of worship and travelled up and down its aisles.

And as if taking on the mantle, house pastor Bishop Errol Thompson continued to express how victorious God is.

Making references to famous Bible stories of triumph such as those of Moses and the Israelites at the Red Sea and David and Goliath Thompson, encouraged the people of God to continue fighting ending with the conference's theme: If God be for us who can be against.

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