By Funmi Komolafe
This week, we will share the stories of some of our readers who wrote to Joyful Home. The essence is to build our confidence and further assure ourselves that our God is able.
In a recent sermon, Rev. Dr. Moses Iloh, of Soul Winning Chapel, reminds us of how to worship the Lord. He made reference to John 4 verse 24, which states, “ God is a Spirit : and they that worship Him must worship him in spirit and in truth”.
In other words, we must worship Him with the totality of our being.
Of course we know that those who have chosen to serve the Lord must do so fully. It is God alone and nothing else.
It is indeed true that some of us have challenges that have shaken our faith. Often times, the one who is troubled is tempted to ask, “Am I not serving God? Why have I not had my prayers answered?.” This, among others, is the question that props up when one is low in spirit, but those questions hardly bring solution to our challenges.
The holy Bible admonishes us to remain confident.
Rev. Iloh made reference to Hebrews 10 verse 35 and 36, “ Cast not away, therefore, your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward . For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”.
Iloh ‘s emphasis is that we must be confident and expectant of our reward.
The one who has lost his home cannot be expectant. People facing one challenge or the other must remain confident and that confidence must necessarily be based on the assurance of God.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, in his daily devotion manual, Open Heavens, of October 26, emphazised the importance of hope .
He referred to Ecclesiastes 9 verse 4, “ For to Him that is joined to all the living, there is hope: for a living dog, is better than a dead lion”.
Pastor Adeboye ended the lesson, titled, “ Help after losing hope,” with an action point,” Don’t lose your hope for any reason: but if you do, look up to God and He will restore it”.
From our mail bag
For obvious reasons, names and telephone numbers of the writers are protected.
Lady S. wrote:
“ I read your column with intense interest. What really got me is that every article seems to be a reflection of me! Sorry for asking, have you had a personal experience of all you’ve been writing so far?
Well , if you have not, you would not truly understand that these things exist and they are mind blowing. I have enough of all what is going on in my life and I truly don’t know anymore what to do. I have done every thing but am inclined to think that my problem is more spiritual than what the eyes can see. I am going in cycles right now, and truly want to know you and hope to be able to open up to the right person.
For now keep writing way out for people like us. What do we need to do because the pain of being denied the joy of motherhood is beyond understanding. Thank you.”
Seek God the more
Dear Lady S, I understand what you are going through. I went through it for over 20 years and the Lord gave me a breakthrough. He is still able. Just remain focused, seek God intensely. The word of the Lord reminds us to seek and we shall find; it says we should ask and we shall be given. No matter how long you have been waiting, there is still hope. I have seen a woman who had a baby after 30 years of waiting.
Please, keep hope and faith alive. Don’t lose your confidence.
Mr. Andy wrote:
“I’m a regular reader of your column. I thank the Almighty God for using you as a vessel of joy in our homes. Please, how do I get in touch with Pastor Oso of Laughter Foundation?”
Mr Andy, I have published the address of Laughter Foundation but may I state that several churches also have special programmes of women trusting God for the fruit of the womb.
I’m aware that RCCG has Shiloh Hour for such women apart from regular services.
However, for Laughter Foundation, every service addresses this issue.
But may I make it loud and clear that it is God Almighty that does miracles.I remind you of Pastor J.T. Kalejaye’s popular saying, “ There is nothing any man of God can do without the God of man”.
Mr. P, wrote: “ Hi. I am a Christian and 23 years old. Ma, what do I do to overcome sexual urge. Do I really need deliverance?”
Mr P, Yes you need some form of deliverance but you can begin it yourself.
How? Find time to fill your life with the word of God. I mean create time to read and study the holy Bible. As you do this, you are bringing yourself closer to the Holy Spirit and, within a short time, you will discover that your sexual urge is reduced .
Re- God is beyond science
Remi A. wrote: “I was moved by your story on the above subject matter.
I was actually going through related pain and confusion when I stumbled on your story.
Please I will like to talk to you if possible. I hope you don’t mind giving me your telephone number”.
Sister Remi, I still maintain that God is beyond science and that is why miracles cannot be explained by the logic of science.
How do we explain that women considered barren, who were directed to touch the garment in a church, became pregnant and became mothers.
However, being a believer does not mean that scientific efforts should be discarded.
The point one is making is that, no one should allow medical science to write him or her off.
Let me share an experience. A young lady had her womb removed after a surgical operation and doctors told her she would never have children.
True to the word of her doctors, she began to experience delays in having children.
The lady then made up her mind that since she was created by God and not doctors, she held on to the Lord in a very determined way just like Hannah. God had mercy on her and she not only had a child but a set of twins.
The physical explanation is that another womb grew in he, and the truth is that only God had the answer.
If this woman could make it, you too can. Let me remind us of a quote of Pastor Adeboye during one the services held at the RCCG headquarters at Ebute- Metta.
He told the congregation, “A house is not a home, until it has children”.
At all times, we must always remember that is God that gives children.
Psalm 127 verse 3 -5 says, “ Lo , children are an heritage of the Lord ; and the fruit of the womb is his reward . As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them : they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate”.
Let’s continue to remain hopeful even as we take the necessary physical and spiritual steps.
Editor’s note – Let’s share your experience to encourage others. Send yours to us via firstname.lastname@example.org.