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Bishop Oparah unfolds God’s mandate for men … Lists ingredients to accomplish divine task as AAMA conference ends

Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, PhD, JP, has unfolded the universal mandate handed down to all men from God.
In his Presidential Address delivered at the Sixth Biennial Diocesan Conference of the All Anglican men’s Association (AAMA) in Owerri, yesterday, the bishop also listed ingredients that will help men to accomplish the divine task.
According to him, the mandate, embedded in Matt. 28:19-20, says “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age”.
The Prelate, who expounded the theme of the conference, “Watch and Pray: A Universal Call for all Men to Accomplish God’s Work (Matt. 26:40-41), also told men the essential ingredients to accomplish the divine task.
He said that the implications of the theme to individuals, the church and the society were that we are in the midst of the enemy that we might not physically see but exists and looking for who to destroy.
According to him, it is also a call for men to “be careful, vigilant and prayerful” so that they do not fall into the trappings of the enemy.
Among others, the theme, he said informs us that our weapons in the fight against the enemy are not carnal and that the battle is not ours but the Lord’s; that we should put all trust in God and never to entangle ourselves with the things of the world.
The secret of victory over sin and the devil, he declared, is to watch and pray.
Bishop Oparah listed attributes men must possess to answer the universal call, saying that we must be a Christian in behavior in our church stations and communities, be spiritually mined and humble in heart, be a believer in prayer as well as be hungry and thirsty after God’s will.
He said men are also required to be knowledgeable in God’s word and needs of the church, be visionary in prayer and, above all, be born again.
He said that spiritual watching, coupled with fervent prayer, gives one the strength to survive difficult situations in the world full of temptations.
“It is an enabler for us not to make wrong choices; our strength to do what is right and in accordance with our master’s will, and to be awake to righteousness. The times are evil and dreadful; it becomes very imperative that we must watch and pray to overcome the evil days and time, he said.
He reminded them that time is of essence, and that they should not “watch the word only like a picture but to study and meditate on it” and strive to be good instruments of God in propagating the gospel of Christ.
The conference which started on Thursday….ends today with a thanksgiving service at the venue, St, James Church, Uzii Mission Compound, Owerri Imo State.

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