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Hold on to God

Cheryl Harewood

Hold on to God

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The Lord is our Shepherd; we shall not want.
When Sister Norma Kellman stood behind the rostrum at Rhema Wesleyan Holiness Church two Sundays ago to deliver the sermon, she quickly admitted that she was not the scheduled speaker for the day.
Who would have known the difference?
With the no-show of the scheduled speaker and the early departure of Reverend Anthony Worrell, head of the church and district superintendent of the Wesleyan Holiness Church, for a preaching engagement, Kellman delivered a timely message for the hour.
She sought to bring home the truth that Jehovah Jireh – God our provider – would provide for the needs of His children.
“There is nothing that you need that He won’t provide,” she preached.
“We want and require a lot of things – including house, land, a husband or a wife, but God is saying this morning, we shall not want for anything, for God is our Shepherd, who looks after us. He is Lord God Almighty and we can pass any care unto Him.”
Kellman told the congregation that God would deliver them, if only they would trust and exhibit faith in Him.
“God will make every crooked path straight, and no weapon formed against you shall prosper,” she added.
“We can tell God anything at any time, and we must trust Him to come through for us.”
She stressed that just as a shepherd goes after lost sheep, God – The Good Shepherd – “is always willing to go after His sheep when they go astray”.
“He is not willing that any shall perish. The devil’s business is to steal, kill and destroy, but God has come that we may have life and have it more abundantly.
“I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging for bread. When you follow God, you cannot go wrong,” Kellman further emphasized.
She reiterated that “when we love God and go to Him for our needs, He will supply”.
“He will not disappoint us and He has never failed us yet.”
She also reminded her listeners that when they sin, they have an advocate in the person of Jesus – to whom they can run.
Kellman warned, however, that believers should not let down their guard and easily slip into sin. Rather, she noted, they must hold on tight to the things of God and never let go.
She said that just as God promised to lead us beside still water, restore our souls and guide us into paths of righteousness, we should hold our heads upright, redeem the times, and fear no evil.
During the special youth service, five new members were received into fellowship; prayers were made on behalf of member Julianne Austin, and Reverend Worrell presided over the installation of the executive members of the Olga Miller Nursery School.
All in all, it was a glorious time of praise and worship, accompanied with dance at this Six Roads, St Philip church.