In the last Sunday service of 2008, Pastor Prince said that God's message for NCC for 2009 was that it would be the dektos year of the Lord, a year when His salvation and free favours profusely abound on us (I blogged about this here).
Last Sunday, the last Sunday service of 2009, before Pastor Prince came out to preach, a video was shown chronicling the dektos year of NCC eg. average attendance increased by 10% to 19,000 and over 3,000 salvations received. Excerpts of some members' testimonies of healing, career and financial breakthroughs were also highlighted.
As I sat there watching the video, I was thankful that God greatly blessed NCC's ministry and broke through for those NCC members whose testimonies were highlighted but I couldn't help feeling a touch of envy; I was thinking "What about me, Lord?" Yes, I did receive some favours for which I am grateful eg. my sisters and mum helped sponsor two trips to Bangkok for my family, and my wife's brother recently gave us two LCD TVs but the major financial breakthrough I was hoping for has not materialized yet and my ex-landlord "opened" another dessert stall again after the last one went bust.
After the video, Pastor Prince stepped out to preach and he opened his sermon by saying that he especially want to address those of us who felt left out of God's 2008 promise. I immediately perked up and listened intently. He said that generally we know how to thank God when we see ourselves being rescued from disasters or bad events or when we receive good things and we thus see ourselves having received favour from God. However, we are not conscious of the bad things which God prevented from happening to us; this is also God's favour.
Pastor Prince also showed us from the story of Jacob that even though we may see that nothing seems to be happening or maybe things look bad, we should trust God that He is doing His work, preparing something good for us which will manifest in due time. Jacob, for over 10 years, thought that his favoured son, Joseph, was dead but all this while, while Jacob was mourning the loss of Joseph, God was using Joseph in Egypt to prepare the blessings for Jacob in his time of greatest need, a time of famine.
I am thankful that Pastor Prince was sensitive to the prompting of the Lord and preached a rhema word to me. I needed that assurance from the Lord, to be reminded once again that while we are many, Daddy God remembers each and every single one of us. I trust that He is preparing something good for me (and you) in 2010.