By Funmi Komolafe
Are you still keeping your faith strong?
I begin this column this week with reference to Pastor E.A. Adeboye’s Open Heavens of September 8, 2015 titled, “ Demons Hinder Destinies “.
The key point in this, to me, which we shall elaborate on later in this write up, is the fact that the influence of demonic forces are real, but the good news is that our God has unlimited power to render demonic forces impotent.
Pastor Adeboye wrote: “As a believer in Christ, one of the traits that should differentiate you from an ordinary fellow is the ability to cast out demons.”.
He made reference to Mark 16 vs 17.
The man of God added: “ However, if demons are tormenting you and you fail to do something about them, don’t expect God to do anything either”.
Now, this is the key message, if you fail to do something about them, don’t expect God to do anything either.
How do you tackle demonic forces?
You will recall that in one of the early editions of Joyful Homes, I stated that one important way of noting the influence of demonic forces is by paying attention to dreams. The point was made that most of the things that delay our progress, in almost every aspect of life, happens in the spiritual realm.
This is not to say that some are not physical.
For instance , Pastor Gbenga Oso, General Overseer of the Laughter Foundation Christian Ministry, cited the case of a young lady who, on her wedding day, was embraced by a guest. Immediately, she felt like a rope had been tied around her waist.
The consequence was that the lady experienced a long delay in child-bearing. I’ll return to how she got her break through later.
Having identified an attack, the next step is to resolve to get the yoke broken and be set free.
Pastor Adeboye, in the passage earlier quoted, asked: “Are you still allowing demons to hinder your destiny? It is time to confront them today!.”
He wrote, “ Jesus wants to set you free. You just need to cooperate with him”.
Steps to take-
How do you cooperate with Jesus ? Seek the Lord Jesus.
How? Don’t be tired of praying, worship God , serve him and fulfill your obligations as a believer.
Hold on to the fact that God can fight for you.
Pray until something happens.
Pastor Bamidele Olawale, the leader of the praying team of RCCG in a sermon on the ability of God to fight for us, made reference to Exodus 14 vs 15 and 2 Kings: 4 vs 8-37. He said, “ No matter the storm, always remember there is a next line of action into victory”.
He suggested a prayer point, “ Father , if there is an action to be taken, please direct me”.
It is also important to focus on the solution and not on the challenge. Seek information. Don’t be tired of attending church programmes where issues related to your challenge are being addressed.
Apart from this, put your total trust in the Almighty God with whom nothing is impossible.
Knowledgeable pastors suggest that we should pray and not grumble or complain.
Pray with thanksgiving. As you pray, let your mind focus on what the day of your celebration will look like.
The yoke can be broken
Let me refer to the story of the lady who was embraced on her wedding day. The challenge of delay in child-bearing took her from one church to another. Finally, she attended a programme at Laughter Foundation and, as told by the pastor, the lady, in one of those services, took holy communion.
How? It was said that when she took the communion, she felt the spiritual rope around her waist loosened.
The yoke was broken. She soon got pregnant and today she has two children.
May I also state that most of the miracles that lead to breakthrough in child-bearing are not instant miracles.
You may have been praying for some time, yet, physically, you don’t see any result.
The truth is that God is working on your behalf.
Pastor Olawale ‘s prayer point is recommended, “ Father, enough is enough. I am your child, make me fruitful”.
Step of Faith
Besides praying, it is important to take a step of faith and, by this, I mean do something unusual. Give the child you are expecting a name. Buy baby things in anticipation of the birth of the baby. Remember, the woman with the issue of blood took an unusual step of faith. She touched the garment of Lord Jesus.
May God lead you to the step to be taken.
As usual, I end the column this week with a testimony given at the monthly Holy Ghost Service of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Mrs. Iyabode said she waited for 15 years to get married but finally got married when she was about 40 years old.
Taking physical steps, she had operations on ovarian cyst, fibroid which produced no result, but, believing she would be a mother one day, she bought baby things.
Then God directed her step. She attended a naming ceremony of a woman who had also waited to have children. The naming, according to her, was held in an RCCG parish which the wife of the General Overseer, Pastor Mrs. Foluso Adeboye, attended.
She took the photograph she had with Mrs. Folu Adeboye, popularly called Mummy G.O., and began to pray with it .
The point to be noted here is that she used the new baby who came from a closed womb and the photograph of Mrs. Adeboye as points of contact.
Secondly, she said she went ahead to purchase baby items for a set of twins.
Finally, the yoke was broken. She had a set of twins: a boy and a girl.
She told the congregation that the birth of the twins was a fulfillment of a prophesy of her pastor-husband who had told her she would have twins.
Please note the attitude of the husband. He was positive. He was hopeful and that should be attitude of any husband.
Let’s end the column today with a prayer point from Pastor Adeboye: “Father, send your fire to chase out the presence and manipulating effect of demons in my life, my family, ministry, etc”.
Whatever is the challenge, remember that God is able to make you overcome.
It is well in Jesus name.