By Funmi Komolafe
Were you part of the 50-day-fasting of the Redeemed Christian Church of God? If you did, then believe the word of Daddy G.O. that great testimonies will be your portion very soon.
Also Laughter Foundation Ministries International, Lagos ( Jesus Baby Factory ) marks its 19th anniversary this month. To mark the anniversary, the church has commenced a weekly programme, holding February 27 to March 28, during which, according to the G.O. of the church, Pastor Gbenga Oso, God will release babies to expectant couples.
Find time to attend the five-week programme.
The issue we are about to discuss today has become necessary as a result of the challenges in some homes.
Note that what I am about to share with you are true stories.
A lady was visited by her friend. The host prepared a meal for her visitor and served it. The visitor took the meal and had a left over.
After she left, her friend decided not to waste the ‘special meal’ and ate the left over. Unknown to her, the visitor had poisoned the food. Of course, the host became ill such that no doctor could diagnose the ailment. So, a spiritual battle began to save her life.
Many would say, why should she eat the left over food? We may be quick to dismiss her, but we have done it at one time or the other.
Another instance is the case of a couple trusting God for the fruit of the womb.
This couple was so ‘nice’ that they allowed any relation to visit and spend the night in their home.
The couple was regular in the church and prayerful.In one of the services they attended, they were asked to sprinkle their home with the blood of Jesus. While carrying out this assignment, they had to move the chairs in their sitting room.
Suddenly, they found a fetish object placed at the back of one of the chairs.One called the attention of the other and they began to ask questions , ‘Who did this?’ . Of course, they got no answers.
Whoever did it had done something sinister to stop their progress.The two cases I mentioned are a signal to us that, even as we want to be hospitable, we need not be too trusting.
As Pastor J.T. Kalejaiye of RCCG would say, Matthew 10 verse 36 is my witness.It states, “ And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household”.
You don’t believe it?
Let me share another story with you.
A young couple, blessed with children, was visited by the mother of the husband.The woman was in the habit of bringing pepper from the village to Lagos to cook a native food for her son. The man and wife are from different ethnic groups in Nigeria.
To the wife, she didn’t see anything wrong with mama cooking for her son and, in many cases, she was not allowed to eat out of it.
Within a short time, the mother became the husband’s preferred cook.
Is her conduct in line with the word of God according to Matthew 19 : 4-6 which states: “ And for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother , and shall cleave to his wife: and the twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain but one flesh . What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder”.
Meanwhile, anytime the old woman left the home, joy also left the couple. The couple would begin to disagree and even engage in physical combat.
To cut a long story short, things got so bad that the couple, that were good church going Christians, were forced to separate.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I have not said that mothers-in- law should not visit their sons because, in any case, the wife of today hopes to become a mother-in-law someday too.
It was not until they were separated that the wife, who had been cautioned by her own mother, realized that the pepper and food ingredients that the mother-in-law brought to cook for her son were from the forces of darkness.
Why would a mother want to destabilize her son’s home?
That is the question you would ask.
The answer was found when the man began to make progress and his mother left her own husband and her other children to take charge of her son’s home .
She became the treasurer and financial secretary of the home. Do you now know why? Simple, she wanted to control his destiny; indeed his finances.
Please let’s understand the point I am making clearly.
I’m not saying we should not be hospitable, but, in doing so, we need to be watchful and not be too trusting.
Again my witness is recorded in Micah 7 verses 5 and 6: “ Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide; keep the doors of they mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth against her mother, the daughter- in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house”.
My emphasis here is in the latter part of verse 6: “ A man’s enemies are the men of his own house”..
Watch the company you keep. Don’t be too trusting.
Even as a I write today, the couple I mentioned remain separated and, of course, the children are the victims.
My prayer is that the Lord of restoration will restore joy into that home and others who may have similar challenges in the name of Jesus.
As I conclude the column, this week, I remember the story of a woman who had a son after 18 years of waiting. On the day of the boy’s first birthday, relations of the husband refused to eat.
No one knew they had their own plans. One of them sneaked into the baby’s room, took his clothes and went to consult the forces of darkness.
To shorten the story, the baby died a few months after.
The point is that, even while celebrating, we must remain vigilant.
The good news is that the light of God overshadowed the forces of darkness and, before it was a year that the boy died, his mother had a set of triplets.
God shut the mouth of the enemies permanently. These relations were so stunned, some of them refused to congratulate the couple.
It didn’t matter.
For the couple, they had learnt a lesson not to be too trusting.
Please note that I am not saying that only in-laws can be fetish or evil, even your own relations too can be.
Remain prayerful and the Lord will give you wisdom to relate with such people. On your part, watch the company you keep and remain steadfast with the Lord.
It is well with you in Jesus name.