By Funmi Komolafe

New things are happening in this season and the right thing for us to do as Christians is to key into it once it is according to the word of God and get our miracles.

In one of the previous editions of Joyful Homes, I    mentioned that we try to refrain from    making reference to medical science made ‘miracles’.    However, since    science is a reality and the discoveries    could not have been made without the approval of our Creator, God, I      decided to share with readers a story that    should      lift up our faith.

The Bible states in Hosea 4 verse 6: “ My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because thou hast    rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee…”.

To receive our breakthroughs, we need to persistently take certain steps.

These include      prayer,    thanksgiving, praise worship    , soul winning, etc

Pray to achieve

As Christians, we cannot be tired of praying.    However, certain steps need to be taken while praying so that we can achieve the desired results.

First is that while praying, we need to allow the Spirit  to focus on the issue we are praying about.    In    other words, don’t let your mind run riot while praying.    Prayer time is not the time to stray into other physical issues that need our attention.

Anyone praying must have at the    back of his    or her mind  the word of God, as recorded in Mark 11 verses 23 and 24 which states : “ For, verily I say unto you, whosoever shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed and    be    thou cast into the sea’; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that    those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith”.

We are given further assurance in verse 24: “ Therefore, I say unto you, what things soever    ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”.

Do you believe that you will receive what you have    been praying    about?

Erase doubts

Doubt is a major factor    that can distance a believer from his or her breakthrough.      Whatever  the challenge, be it    stagnation at work, loneliness, waiting for the fruits of the womb, etc, it is important that the one praying must have no doubt that the answer will physically manifest.

Pastor Samson Ajetunmobi, a regular minister at Harken Unto Me O Lord, in Magodo, often says, “ Nothing encourages a man like answers to prayer.    When he prays and the answer comes, he likes to pray more”.

In prayer, we must be clear in our minds what exactly we want. At the same time, we must not forget that the salvation of our soul is the most important, but because we need certain things in this life , which are beyond our capacity as human beings, we need to turn to God.

Pastor Gbenga Oso of Laughter Foundation International Ministry suggests that a  quick way to get an answer to prayer is to “ find Bible passages that promise you want you want from the Lord”.

This cannot be done without one’s familiarity with the word of God.    This is one reason  we need to find time to study the word.

Here are a few examples. Waiting on the Lord for children: Genesis 1 vs 28, Deuteronomy 7 vs 14. One can pray with these and begin to declare himself  fruitful.    For women who taken in but regularly lose the pregnancy to miscarriage or stillbirth, Exodus 23 verse 26 is very clear on this. Pray with it and declare that you will carry the baby in your  own hands.

For prayer against stagnation, Psalm 75 verses    6 and 7 are relevant. Several other passages are available to meet our needs.

It is    your duty to find the one that suits your situation and pray earnestly with it.

Rise against the devil

With the word of God in our hands, we are empowered to overcome challenges.

Learn to use the word of God against the forces of darkness.      Once    you pray with the appropriate    Bible quotation, it will be a matter of time before the devil and his agents are defeated and    your breakthrough manifests.

Let’s look at the word of God in Isaiah 49 verses 25 and 26: “ But thus says the LORD, ‘Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away , and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.    And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood , as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer , the mighty One of Jacob’”.

This assures us that we have a God that can fight    and win all our battles.

Avoid bitterness

When we pray, we must avoid bitterness against anybody.    It’s important that    couples do everything to reduce tension.      Why?      This is because anger is a weapon of the enemy to steal our blessings.      There are several cases of people who lost their    miracles      as a result of anger, which led to violent struggles or bitterness.

Season of miracles

RCCG has declared this month the month of Grace, Laughter Foundation calls it month of Mercy. Many other churches have similar declarations. What is important is how you key into it and get your miracle.

I like to share with readers this popular story of a couple that gave birth to their first baby after 46 years of marriage. The couple are both over 70 years.

The story, which has been on internet, teaches us some lessons. This informed my decision to share the story with readers. It was reported with pictures.

“An Indian woman in her 70s has given birth to her first child after she and her husband, who have been married for 46 years, underwent IVF treatment,”the report said.

It continues: “Daljinder Kaur, who believes she is 70-years-old, had two years of treatment at the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre in Hisar, in the north of India. They have named their son Arman, who is said to be a    healthy baby weighing 4.4lb.

“Mrs. Kaur and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill had started the treatment after seeing an advert for the IVF clinic. Mrs. Kaur told  AFP  she had always wanted a baby of her own and her life “feels complete now” that she does. “I am looking after the baby all by myself. I feel so full of energy. My husband is also very caring and helps me as much as he can.”

Her real age cannot be confirmed as she does not have her birth certificate, which is common in India, but Mrs. Kaur said she is between five and seven years younger than her husband, who was born in 1937.

“Anurag Bishnoi, who runs the IVF clinic, said  Mrs. Kaur could be as old as 72. He  said  the couple had suffered stigmatism for not having children and that  a person who is infertile is not given a piece of land or property by his father.”

Whether we admit it or not, this is miracle. Several couples have gone for IVF    with the assistance of the best doctors, yet it failed.

Brethren, how long have you been waiting? You may or may not receive your own through IVF. Whichever, way you are to receive yours, the Lord will lead you there.

Shed your garment of despair and trust in the Lord. Your testimony will be better than    Mrs. Kaur’s in the mighty name of Jesus.

The oldest woman to give birth naturally recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records is Maria del Carmen Bousada Lara, who, after being refused IVF treatment in Spain, lied about her age to a clinic in America. She

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