Pastor Kumuyi mounted the podium around 6 p.m., amidst expectation from the crowd. The man of God announced the topic of his sermon, which is ‘The wonder of turning bitterness to better.’
Painting a gory picture of the state of the nation, Kumuyi came up with a message of hope and betterment for all – if they would only put their trust and confidence in God.
“In our city, there is lamentation everywhere and life is bitter. In the family, community, life is bitter and there is poverty everywhere,” Kumuyi said, drawing his analogy from the book of Lamentation in the Bible; but the man of God immediately quoted another scripture from the book of Ezekiel to proffer hope for man as God promised to pour his blessings upon man.
“God will do something in people’s lives today. He is going to turn our crying to laughter and suffering to joy. When people lament, they are sorrowful, they will see life as bitterness. They will see the community, economy as bitter. All the bitterness everywhere will change for the better,” he said.
Kumuyi said substituting the ‘I’ in ‘bitterness’ with ‘E’ will bring about ‘better,’ saying that individuals would need to take a decision to substitute the ‘I’ with ‘E’ so that their lives could be better. “God will turn your ‘I’ to ‘E’. The ‘E’ represents Emmanuel, which is Jesus Christ. Jesus will turn your bitterness to better. Tonight, you will need to move the ‘I’ out of the way.”
The man of God emphasised the need for the worshipers to make up their minds to reject suffering and bitterness by returning unto the Lord as God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. He stressed that sin, bad luck and evil were connected, challenging the congregation to cast away their transgression.
“There are people who rushed unto death. When you drink alcohol, you are killing yourself gradually; these are part of bitterness. The ‘I’ that fights, fornicate, drink, commit adultery and violence; if you drop it, things will be better. The ‘I’ in you will have to submit and we need to leave evil, idolatry and magic behind; that renunciation will bring restoration to our lives,” he pronounced.
Kumuyi emphasised that new things would surely come for members of the congregation who would surrender their lives to Jesus. “The Lord is calling you out of all the oppression of Satan, out of sins. Life is bitter without you having Jesus Christ in your life. The Lord is calling you into repentance and turn to Jesus as your Saviour.
“If you come to Jesus and make covenant with him, he said, he will in no way cast you out. He is the altar of covenant, he is the covenant of pardon, he is the covenant of peace, he is the covenant of protection, he is the covenant of purity and also the covenant of power,” the preacher said.
God is calling you out of all the oppression of Satan, out of sins. Life is bitter without you having Jesus Christ in your life. The Lord is calling you into repentance and turn to Jesus as your Saviour. If you come to Jesus and make covenant with him, he said he will in no way cast you out