By Sam Eyoboka
THE General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi has urged Nigerians not to despair in the face of economic hardship the country was currently facing.
Rather, the man of God argued that Nigerians must reflect on the significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in all their dealings and keep faith with God believing that these are trials aimed at srengthening our re-solve to confront challenges.
The cleric who noted with dismay why so many Nigerians are already losing hope, counseled that suicide was not the way out of the present economic hard-ship.
“We should not give up, we should not lose hope…people are taking their lives…and they don’t need to do that, because it is darkest before the dawn,” he told newsmen recently at the church 3-day Easter retreat at the Deeper Life Conference Centre on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway entitled: “Conquering with the Crucified King.”
Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do.
Continuing, Kumuyi said: “When the light breaks and someone has taken his life how would he enjoy what the Lord is going to do for the nation.
“I want to encourage everyone, we should hope in the Lord. Things are going to turn positive-ly around,” the revered cleric maintained, reminding Christ-ians to purge themselves of things that have impeded our progress as a nation.
Kumuyi then assured Christians that the current economic re-cession and security challenges presently facing the country will soon be a thing of the past, urging Christians to intensify their prayers for peace, stability and development of Nigeria.
He called on all Nigerians to show more love to one another and live in peace irrespective of religious, tribal and political differences.
According to him, “we should live in peace with one another; if there is no peace there is not much we can do as a nation.
“Every section of the society should embrace peace so that the nation can move forward, and with our faith in the Lord things will turn around and things will change for the better,” he said.
In a similar development, the founder/General Overseer of the The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry, Pastor Lazarus Muoka urged Nigerians to take advantage of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and give their lives to the Lord Jesus and be born again, and then go on to live lives full of righteous-ness and peace.
In an interview with Religious Correspondents, Muoka argued that when Nigerians embrace the saving grace of Jesus Christ, “you will see progress and corruption and all the wicked-ness going on will be things of the past.
“So I want to appeal to all Nigerians to give their lives to Christ and be born again and then go ahead to live lives in accordance with the will of God, and then the prosperity of the nation will sprout,” he noted.
Outlining the significance of Easter, Muoka said the season is a period “when believers cele-brate the victory that Jesus Christ brought for us at the Cross of Calvary as a result of re-surrection and that enabled us to have salvation today and be blessed. That is why we celebrate Easter.”
According to him, the death of Christ on Calvary Cross is what gave rise to this covenant of blessing…that coming to Jesus Christ, the death and resurrect-ion brought abundance of life.
“We talk about all the blessing of God, which is why in a day like this we reflect in that covenant because of the death and re-surrection of Jesus that makes that covenant a reality.
“At Easter, we reflect on it and we still go before God and make sure we keep to that covenant by ensuring that nothing stands between us and God, and then ensure we live righteous lives, and when we do that, we continue to enjoy the covenant of blessing,” he stated.
“My message for Nigerians is that they should all return to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. What he has done for us, about 2,000 years ago, through His resurrection, he brought salvation of mankind,” he said.
“We can only say, what makes Easter special is what is happening all over the world. Every Easter calls for us to remember that the coming of Jesus Christ is near,” Muoka re-minded the Christian commu-nity.