The importance of the OFFERING and its regular practice
Similar to the people of Israel during their exodus from Egypt, we can observe that one who recognizes they are pursued by a curse should make offerings and sacrifices in favor of their Church and pastor, as well as provide alms to the needy. I reiterate that in African tradition, forgiveness from one’s forefathers is attained through the gift of a present. This action results in the cessation of anger and the nullification of curse words uttered by those who were offended.
N.B. Know that God is a Father to His Church. They said,
The God of the Hebrews has appeared to us. Let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword. (Exodus 5:3)
If offerings are used to cancel a curse in our lives, their continuous practice is a means of protection against potential attacks from the powers of darkness. It is true that through His death, Jesus resolved the issue of forgiveness at the Father’s level. However, human beings, due to their weakness, remain actors in sin, exposing themselves to open doors. These doors provide an opportunity for the enemies of the night to strike us.
So, the regular practice of offerings, in all our worship, conferences, seminars, and discussions with a minister of worship, builds a protective wall. In Psalm 27, the psalmist declares:
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord. (Psalms 27:6)
Offerings and sacrifices invite divine forces to take a stand on our behalf in the face of adversity. In the laws that govern the world of spirits, offerings are an attraction for supernatural forces. Anyone desiring to meet a spirit (God is Spirit) or gain their favor must first give or present an offering. As it is written:
…and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering.(Genesis 4:4)
Likewise, it is written:
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power. (James 5:14-16)
This text is an excerpt from the book “The Mysteries of Worship” written by François RABENKOGO.