General News of Thursday, 17 May 2018
Pastor Mensa Otabil has spoken prophetic words into the life of Ghana, saying the nation, just as the biblical valley of bones story in which Ezekiel prophesied life back into a vanquished army of dry bones, will also rise from the ashes into a whole army that will be restored to glory and fullness.
In his third series of his teaching about the Power of Words, the founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) told his congregation on Sunday, 13 May – Mothers’ Day, that: “I believe totally that Ghana is coming back to life, Ghana is going to experience full growth, full restoration in every aspect of our national life because we need it for our future”.
According to him, “We cannot be a nation that keeps going from crisis to crisis, from difficulty to difficulty; we cannot just say this is the story, it used to be but we are going to rise up, we are going to be an army and we are going to move forward again”.
On the previous Sunday, Pastor Otabil asked Ghanaian Christians, especially those in his church, to be bubbly about Ghana’s prospects and speak positive things into the life of the nation rather than have a complaining and self-defeating attitude.
“Words can be self-defeating, you lose the battle with your words before the fight even begins”, he said.
He, thus, urged Ghanaians to shun the spirit of complaint and rather speak good things into Ghana’s life.
“The spirit of complaint: ‘We’re not able’, ‘we can’t do it’; I’m here to declare: That Ghana is prosperous, that Ghana will make it, that the people of Ghana will prosper, the people of Ghana will be on top, I see millionaires, I see billionaires, I see businesses expanding, I see new doors opening to you, I see a flourishing economy, I see an abundant economy, I see money flowing in this country, I see industries flowing, I see tourism booming, I see God showing favour to this nation, that is my nation.
“I don’t know which Ghana you live in, whether it’s the wilderness, it’s up to you but this is my land, flowing with milk and honey. There’s honey here, there’s milk here.
“But somebody [may] say: ‘Pastor face the fact’. Which fact? My facts are not based on the economy, my facts are based on the promises of God. As long as I live here, I am blessed; as long as this is my land, I am blessed. If I were in the desert, I’d be blessed; if I were born in Mauritania, it will be blessed; if I’m born in China, it will be blessed; if I’m in Niger, it will be blessed; wherever, if it’s Western Sahara, it will be blessed; it doesn’t matter which nation because I am here, because you are here, because you are a servant of God, because God has given you His word, and God has given you His Promise, you will not fail, you will prosper, you will abound and don’t ever look at what the challenge is and say: ‘I’m a Grasshopper’; don’t ever look at the giants in the land and say: ‘We’re not able’.
“I came here to announce to somebody: ‘You’re well-able. The Lord will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies. Those who said you are finished, they’ll watch and see you living in the overflow. Words have got power, words are powerful. What you say, God hears. If you want life, speak life, if you want favour, speak favour.
“You have to determine in this nation that every word that you speak will affirm your confidence in what God will do in your life. Your words will affirm your confidence in what you believe God will do in your life. You’re not going down, I said you are not going down, you will prosper, you will increase, you will grow, you will flourish, you will bear fruit, God will answer your prayer, God will show you favour, God will scatter your enemy, God will give you victory on every side, in every battle, you are not [among] those who go to battle and come in tears, you go into a battle and come with a shout, you go into a battle and come with victory, the battle will be strong but your God is stronger, your enemy is mighty, but your God is almighty, your problem is high but you serve the Most High God. I came here to announce to somebody, ‘You are going over, you are prospering, you are increasing, it is well with you, you will not die in the wilderness, you are not going back to Egypt, you are in the Promised Land and you are living in the Promised Land”, Dr Otabil prayed.
He said as far as he is concerned, “I’m in a good place, the land is good for me, Ghana is good for me”.