Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Why today’s Churches are busy but not blessed—Dr. Tobe Momah, MD


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Dr. Tobe Momah, MD, Author, Stay-IN-Touch

“Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost though care my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me” (Luke 10:40)
Our world today is fraught with deadlines, pressures, and ultimatums. The average working-class individual has a life that is so restrained and curtailing that family freedom and real rest has become elusive. The major culprit in my view, is the busy-ness of life that keeps individuals always on the move.

This busy bug syndrome has turned the Church from waiting on the Lord, to pursuing men, money, and material possessions in our quest for things. The Prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 30:15, “In returning and rest shall you be saved; and in quietness and confidence shall be your strength”.
The GDA meets Dr. Tobe Momah on a recent trip to Abuja, Nigeria
The ancient tenets of waiting upon the Lord to renew strength and mounting up with wings as eagles (Isaiah 40:31) is losing its appeal among today’s instant-minded generation. There must be a re-emphasis in the body of Christ, on waiting upon the Lord and a rebuttal to the flawed notion of instant gratification that has so pervaded our generation.
Jesus did not leave a flawed church on his departure. Before He chose her first leaders, He “went out into a mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God”, (Luke 6:12). If the Son of God could halt His saturated schedule to seek the face of God for His Church, the church today has no excuse for not seeking Him.
Busy but not blessed…
Dr. Tobe Momah, MD

Mary and Martha were ardent supporters of Jesus’ ministry. When Jesus passed through Judea, He called at their home regularly. While He was there, Martha criticized Mary’s nonchalant attitude to household chores (Luke 10:40) asking Jesus, “Lord, dost thou not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?”
Martha, not stopping for a moment to hear the Master’s instruction but, nonetheless working full steam for Him, represents the busy but not blessed church. She was busy but not blessed; a worker but not a worshiper.
Mary, on the other hand, sat at Jesus’ feet to hear the Word of God (Luke 10:39) and was blessed eternally. Jesus said “Mary hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42)
The Book "Stay IN Tune" by Dr. Tobe Momah, MD
Martha “was cumbered about (with) much serving (Luke 10:40) and missed her blessing. The Greek interpretation of the word ‘cumbered’ means to drag around excessive weight or be disgraced.
Too many believers are sucked into or distracted by their environment instead of focusing on the will of God for them. They fail not for lack of vision, but for multiplication of visions or slackness in accomplishing His will for their life. If we can stay focused and finish, we will see the blessings flow into and from our lives.
Social Media or Spiritual Menace?
The Doctor & the GDA display some of his books
The Millennials’ (as this younger generation have been called) are very social-savvy. They send an average of sixty to one hundred texts a day and have downloaded millions of songs since the turn of the century.
More than 85% of them are on Facebook, about 90% spend more than four hours a day watching television and an average of 93% have an internet account. Unfortunately, Facebook, twitter, and the internet cannot replace face-to-face time with God. God still speaks directly to His people, and does not usually use social media to communicate with them.
The Bible says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Dr. Tobe Momah explaining a spiritual point to blogger Gbenga Dan Asabe during a recent encounter in Nigeria
A church without spiritual solitude, but versed in social media, will eventually become an out-of-touch social club, instead of a spiritual house. The church must be a culture shock to the world if the strange works of God are to start happening midst her again.
It (social media) has its advantages, but without discipline it could become a spiritual menace that attacks everything good placed in us by God. We still need a face-to-face time with God to stay connected to Him because no amount of social media can change our world.
Super Natural Information Fast For Freedom (S.N.I.F.F.)
Dr. Tobe Momah explains the glory of God through shutting out of worldly activities
Gary Whetstone and his church, Victory Christian Fellowship, Delaware went on a forty days fast from all forms of secular entertainment, conversations or interactions with people who take them away from focusing on the presence of God.
Out of that fast came marriages, ministries, and miraculous money. New businesses were started, and vision was accentuated because of this supernatural information fast (fasting).
Bishop David Oyedepo also testified to the power of an information fast. As the Pastor of the largest physical church building in the world called Faith Tabernacle in Otta, Nigeria, he said he stopped reading newspapers or watching the television in 1989 when God sent him to Lagos.
During the first two years, the church saw a meteoric rise from 2,500 members to more than 12,000 members at the former church site in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos (Raji Oba Street) This growth necessitated a move to the current church location in Otta, Ogun State—Nigeria called Canaan Land.
Dr. Tobe Momah, MD
On this same site, David Oyedepo ministries started the second fully accredited Christian University in Nigeria called Covenant University. He banned all students from owning cell phones or tablets devices and has superintendent Covenant University’s rise to the top of private universities in the country.
Smith Wiggleworth, the great healing evangelist, also banned newspapers in his home. He told Lester Sumral, when he tried to bring newspaper into his home in the early 1930s, that they were custodians of false information and only truth was allowed to enter his premises.
Back of the Book
It takes a believer with a Super Natural Information Fast for Freedom (S.N.I.F.F.) mentally, to embrace revelation and eject counterfeit information. Psalm 19:7 says “the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple”.    
(Excerpts from the Book “Stay In Tune” (S.I.T.) by Dr. Tobe Momah MD, FAAFP. Dr. Momah is a family physician working in Monroe, Louisiana where he currently serves as the Medical Director of the largest Federally qualified Health Center in Louisiana. Prior to working in Monroe, he served as staff physician at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. He has more than 20 scientific publications and 14 books in print at present. Dr. Momah is the vision coordinator of Faith and Power Ministries with emphasis on missions, medicine and ministry. He lives with his wonderful wife, Rita, in West Monroe, Louisiana)

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