A GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF GOD’S KINGDOM SOCIETY (GKS) – The Church of The Living God, BROTHER GODWIN O. IFEACHO TO THE GKS YOUTH FELLOWSHIP CONFERENCE HOLDING IN SALEM CITY, WARRI ON FRIDAY, 25th MARCH, 2016
Dearly Beloved Youths in Christ,
HAIL JEHOVAH AND JESUS CHRIST!
On behalf of the children of God in His Holy Organization, GKS, I give glory and praises to the King of Kings and Lord of lords, Whose holy name is JEHOVAH, for the grace we have to be present in this year’s edition of the GKS Youths National Conference by His grace.
This being the first national youth conference to be presided over by the new leadership of the youths after your inauguration last year, I believe that you have by now settled down to your duties and adjusted yourselves to the demands of your offices. While I place on record my commendation to the youths who have been active in the Branches as Bible readers, discoursers, ushers, Sunday School class instructors, leaders of various groups and as our main foot soldiers in the organising of lectures, distribution of handbills and so on, I have noticed that some who are within the youths age bracket in some Branches prefer to be observers in youth activities, thereby depleting the manpower available to strengthen the youths bodies at state and national levels.
Also, some of the youths are not participating in the activities of the students’ fellowship in their schools. Rather than identifying with the Church, some of the youths seek refuge with some groups in higher institutions, whose aims and objectives are inconsistent with the will of God, just because of the prospects for getting jobs after graduation or even of passing examinations while in school. I appeal to all those who are meeting up or dragging their feet to roll up their sleeves so as to be counted among the youths of Christ by the grace of God. Those who join groups of dubious character or credibility for reasons of economic and social mobility should know that their peace, well being, and salvation cannot be bought with money. The reports of clashes among various cult groups in some parts of the country, resulting in loss of lives and property, should teach such ones not to go near them. Those who will not work patiently to gradually climb the ladder of success stand the risk of being like the proverbial rolling stone that gathers no moss or of losing everything sooner or later. Scripture says, “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.” - Proverbs 13:11.
Let me use also this opportunity to advise the youths to be very careful and restrained as far as their involvement in politics is concerned. You should avoid being involved in the rigging of elections at whatever level and whatever form. It is patently unjust to deny someone of his due. Scripture says, “He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.” (Psalms 101:7. See also Leviticus 19:11; Deuteronomy 16:20) Remember that it was with the brazen lie of attaining super human heights overnight that satan used to convince Eve to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – and this brought disasters to the human race. See Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:1-19.
I therefore charge you all to do the righteousness of God at all times. It was Azariah the prophet who declared, to wit, “Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.” (2 Chronicles 15:7) Those who are eating the bread of idleness literally and spiritually should take to heart the admonition of King Solomon to wit, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. ...Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.” - Proverbs 6:6-11.
On this wise therefore, you should always remember the theme of your conference, “BE YE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND”. (Romans 12:2) The fact is that when people know God by worshipping Him in truth, they develop an incredible sense of self-worth, which are foundations for turning their lives around and which enables them to do extra-ordinary things for God, by His grace. The achievements of the founding instrument of the Church and other pioneers who followed him are priceless legacies and remain inspirations for us all. They are testaments to the fact that the youths have the potentials to succeed in the way of God if they apply themselves properly. We must practise what we preach, if not we would be making a fool of ourselves. St. Paul exhorted: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” - Romans 12:2.
I understand that the Youth Officers Committee is working hard at economic empowerment of the youths in various Branches of the Church. This is a highly laudable effort that should be encouraged. The material transformation should support the spiritual. One does not need any empirical research to know that Nigeria is one of the hardest places for a young person to grow up. They need to be given hope and encouragement, practical skills and training to believe in themselves and provide for themselves, contribute to their families, the church and the wider communities. We hope to know your projections in this direction and shall support you wholeheartedly.
Dearly beloved brothers and sisters, we should pray to be renewed in our resolve of presenting our bodies a living sacrifice so as to be holy and acceptable unto God for our blessings by His grace. - Romans 12:1
I pray God to direct your deliberations so that the conference will end successfully to His glory through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Godwin O. Ifeacho,
Chairman, Executive Board, GKS
Dated at Salem City, Warri, Delta State this 25th day of March 25, 2016
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