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A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT

Robert Siakimotu

Robert Siakimotu

One of the very strong and important challenges that I believe GOD impressed clearly in my heart in the past few years and specifically in the recent 12-24 months is ‘Preaching His Word’ by Faith and doing it Faithfully. Paul instructed Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2 to ‘Preach the word, be prepared in season and out of season…’ (NIV) This same instruction is for us today. We must preach the Word of GOD in every opportunity that we have today. We must prepare well to preach the Word of GOD at any given time. We are living in a time where so many things are changing every day and very fast, but we must remain true in our faith in GOD who never changes and remain faithful in preaching the Word of GOD. We must continue to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to a world that is changing in terms of their thinking and values. The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ (the Living Word of GOD) is for the young and the old and for people from every nation, language and culture. It is the only message that brings hope to a hopeless society and life to dying people. As I continue to read and study the book of Ezekiel there are two very important points that stand out in relation to what I mentioned above, and they are (1) ‘The word of the LORD came to me’ and (2) ‘Son of man prophesy’…(speak, preach). My simple understanding of what GOD said to Ezekiel is this, his message came directly from GOD, and he was clearly commanded by GOD to prophesy or preach His Word to the people of Israel. I strongly believe that this is what we need today. We must hear directly from the LORD and receive directly our message from Him, and we must obey without hesitation His command to preach/prophesy His CHRIST-centred and life-related message to the lost people of today. GOD has already promised that His Word will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). my fellow preachers, get to know GOD’S message by reading, meditating and studying the Bible; take a step of faith and obey His command to us all to preach/prophesy His Word (gospel) faithfully.

May the LORD bless you as you obey His command and preach His message where He has placed you. Preach faithfully even though you may not see open and direct results from your preaching. We obey the LORD by preaching His Word, and He will take care of the results and fruit.

Robert M Siakimotu

OACI President.

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