Joyful Homes, this week, shares with readers what I describe as the “star testimony “ of a couple at the last Laughter Day of Laughter Foundation Christian Ministry, Lagos.
I am aware that God gives us testimonies every day. Whether we acknowledge it or not, there are testimonies and it is good to express them because it is written in Revelation 12 verse 11: “And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;……”.
Men and women of God in the ministry of Christ counsel us on why we must testify. One of the reasons is that such a testimony would be permanent. It is also to glorify the name of the Lord and also lift the faith of others.
The star testimony I mentioned earlier is that of Mr. and Mrs. Bassey. The wife is a senior nursing sister and we were informed that the couple, who got married in November 1995, had done everything medically possible to have children . Each time she took in, the joy would last a few months and she would lose the pregnancy.
Spiritual influence on the physical
As narrated by her husband, he had a dream in which he saw himself in a church where children were being distributed and he was on the queue . With just two persons ahead of him to receive babies, someone came and scattered the queue. Another queue was formed and he found himself second to the last. He woke up and knew immediately that there were forces determined to stop him from having children.
According to him, he watched the television and saw the programme of Laughter Foundation International Ministry. His wife who was at work also saw it and both resolved to worship in the church.
They persisted in their worship. Then the wife got pregnant again . They kept the news to themselves; then someone with a hidden number sent an sms: “You are happy because your wife is pregnant, you will soon cry”.
The couple never told anyone, but some one was monitoring the couple spiritually. True to the person’s words, the wife lost the pregnancy .
The lesson here is that we should always pray against monitoring spirits. My prayer is that the fire of the Holy Ghost will destroy all instruments being used to monitor your life in Jesus name.
When we have such experience, we should always bear in mind the word of God according to 1st Timothy 1 verse 7: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love , and of a sound mind”. The point here is that, as believers in Christ, we must not succumb to the forces of darkness. Fear is one way we unconsciously submit to those forces. We must, therefore, do away with fear. This particular couple had five miscarriages.
While speaking to the congregation, the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Gbenga Oso, said, “ Spiritual battles can be long, but in the end, you will win”. Yes, you will win if you remain on the side of the Lord of Hosts; the one who has never lost a battle.
Acts of Faith
According to Mr. Bassey, one day, he stood at the corner of the altar of the church and said a quiet prayer: “Lord, you said the stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone. My wife and I have been rejected, please let us become the corner stone”.
Both continued to pray for twins and attended their prayer meetings regularly. Suddenly again, she got pregnant and another SMS was sent from an unknown source which simply stated, “ You have met a man of God; keep to that”. Still the sender remained unknown and they didn’t take any extra step to find out. Rather, they remained focused .
Earlier, the husband said he took another step of faith by going to the Human Resource ( HR) Department of his company to list his next of kins as his wife and his twins; a boy and a girl and he gave their names. Yet at this time, the couple had no child.
This time around, inspite of the frightening dreams, the pregnancy remained stable.
The good news is that the couple, who got married November 1995, had a set of twins in November 2015.
20 years of delay was over. Years of weeping, mockety ended and joy, joy unspeakable came into their marriage.
According to the husband, as large as his extended family is, they were the first to have a set of twins; a boy and a girl.
Brethren, how long have you been waiting? The period of waiting is a time for you to demonstrate your faith and confidence in God.
Anytime your spirit is low, rather than issuing God a query on why he has not answered your prayer, remember the word of God as recorded in Hebrews 10 verses 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”. You will receive His promise in Jesus name.
The promise of God is that we shall not be barren. Deuteronomy 7 verse 14:” Thou shall be blessed above all people; there shall not be male or female barren among you , or your cattle”. It is your duty to stand up and reject the spirit of barreness in any form. It could be a case of you working so hard without anything to show for it.
To have a break through, your prayer point must include the rejection of barreness . Ensure you remain steadfast with God and, very soon, God will replace those tears of sorrow with joy unspeakable.
May I use this opportunity to congratulate all ministers and members and allies of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) who have been on a 40 day fasting which ends tomorrow; February 29. This exercise shall not be in vain in Jesus name.
I also join other Christians and members of RCCG to congratulate the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, who turns 74 on March 2, 2016. Daddy G.O,. may God continue to uphold you, strengthen you and use you for His glory in Jesus name.