- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On July 22, 2018
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I woke up this morning feeling a strong urge to be in church very early, It was about 6 a.m. so I decided to worship at the nearest church to my house. There is a branch of Dunamis International Gospel Centre adjacent to my house, so I went there for the first service.
It was my second time of worshipping there and the service from the headquarters of the church, with the Senior Pastor, Dr. Paul Enenche ministering, was telecast to us. The message centred on dedication to God, same as when I was there a few Sundays ago. The man of God has been expounding on various ways our dedication to God can be manifested. Today, using the example of Abraham from Genesis 22 where he went to Mt. Moriah to offer up his son, Isaac, to God, Enenche reminded us that giving is an important way of showing our dedication to God.
While giving to God for the work of His kingdom is important, he explained, giving to our fellow human beings is equally vital, just as the greatest commandments in the Scriptures are to love God with all our hearts, souls and might, and to love our neighbours as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40).
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Enenche also identified another crucial dimension of dedication to God as defending the cause of God. Drawing from Nigeria’s current situation with Islamisation allegations against the ruling party and persistent killings in the Middle Belt approximating ethnic cleansing with no sanctions against the perpetrators, he said anyone who really loves God cannot be silent. That is why he and some other ministers of the gospel are speaking out against these evils and will not be cowed. He gave the example of Elijah, the prophet, who stood against King Ahab and his wife, Jezebel, for giving over the land of Israel to Baal worship (1 Kings 17).
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Enenche read a letter from the Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church, with which Dunamis is affiliated, Dr. David Oyedepo, in which he declared a seven-day prayer programme from tomorrow to enable these and other sister churches further address the dire situation in Nigeria. While the various churches have been praying individually (Dunamis declared a seven-day fasting and prayer programme for Nigeria the last time I worshipped there), this is a concerted effort in the spirit of Isaiah 62:7, to give the Lord no rest till He restores peace to Nigeria and establishes her as a praise among the nations.
After the sermon, Enenche began to sing a song that brought a mighty wave of God’s presence and power into the service. The refrain (I think it was) went this way:
With You Lord I can be naked and not ashamed
With You Lord I can be open and not afraid
For I have found in You a Friend that I can trust
That is why You will remain my Great Physician
The song also thanked God, among other things, for not being judged by one’s past, for the freedom to come to Him for strength, to admit one’s need and not be mocked. In short, it was a song of affirmation of God’s love and acceptance of the believer. It struck such a strong chord with worshippers that many were crying as they belted out the lines and some were rolling on the ground. When the man of God said healings were taking place, I was certain of it. And although many testified of some physical healings, I believe that much more happened on the mental and emotional level. The validation cum freedom from the inspired words and beautiful music is in my view priceless.
(You can watch an earlier performance of the song that I found online here🙂
The man of God followed it up with a song, “Lord, I appreciate You” and it elicited a similarly strong, but more joyous reaction. Understandable as it was a song of thanksgiving for what the Lord had done.
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Did I tell you that the songs I’ve referred to were written by Pastor Enenche as received from the Lord? Well, they were. It was during my first visit to the church that I learnt that Enenche is musically gifted. On that occasion, the choir performed a complex and most rousing worship song similar to Handel’s “Messiah”. The ICT team credited the song to Enenche. But he explained that on his birthday, he had asked the Lord for two songs. He received only one and was wondering why only to have his wife, Becky, wake up early the next morning to announce she had received the second song he had asked from the Lord. She had recorded it on her phone and it was forwarded to the choir to interprete.
That is how many of the songs used in Dunamis services come: received straight from the Throne Room. That is why like other divinely-inspired songs, whenever they are sung, an instant connection is made to heaven and chains are loosed.
Music is a very important part of worship. King David, the man after God’s heart, played the lyre and ministered to God through music. Many of his songs have been shared with us in the Psalms. Those songs are so relatable and help us convey our deepest love, gratitude, petitions and fears to Him. The best form of worship, the one that brings heaven down to man fastest, is the one that taps from the heart of God. I mean where our words and actions are received from above. It all starts in the heart of God, it is revealed to us, we offer it back to God and He pours a rain of blessing on us.
I came back from service feeling thus drenched and I felt I must share my experience with you. Hope you have been blessed by this.
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