By Funmi Komolafe

Brethren it’s another edition of Joyful homes.    Whatever we are passing through right now the Lord will give us unspeakable joy in the end. First, I wish to remind you that the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s 64th  Annual Conference holds from August 1 to August 7 at the Redemption Camp on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.    It is a prayer soaked programme, which is open to all believers irrespective of denomination.    Endeavour to attend and the Lord will visit you with your miracle in Jesus name.

The Essence of the Word

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Let’s get down to our topic of today which is the importance of the word in our lives.  The word here means the word of God. Studying the word of God is a catalyst to spiritual elevation.    It is also our strength.      The word is alive when we are asleep. The level of the word that we have taken during meditation becomes our weapon against any form of spiritual attack. It helps us to live a holy life. A life devoid of sins. Ephesians 6 verse 10 says: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might”. We cannot be strong in the Lord without taking time to meditate on His word.

Why do we need the word, our authority is found in verses 11 and 12 of Ephesians 6 which states: “Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able    to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”. Without any doubt, verse 12 informs us that there are people who represent darkness and they visit their evil deeds on other human beings most times for no just reason. Do you doubt this? I’ll share with you the story of a young man who lived in Britain, got married and had two sons. Suddenly, without any quarrel he told his wife he was coming to Nigeria.    His wife asked him, why now? Why at a time that you are processing your resident permit which should be out soon.

He refused to listen to her and left for Nigeria. Unknown to his wife, during his last visit to Nigeria, his friends arranged some women for him and he had intercourse with a lady. The lady became pregnant and vowed that she would do everything to bring him back, because according to her, he never told her he was married. To cut the story short, he came to Nigeria, moved in with this lady and within a short time, squandered the money he brought back from London.

Barely two months after he left London, his long awaited resident permit was released by the British Home office, but he could not receive it. He just wasn’t there to receive it. By the grace of God you will not miss your miracle in Jesus name. The unfortunate aspect of this true-life story is that since he returned to Nigeria, he has been living like a pauper.    No job, no good friends. In actual fact, he has become a househusband courtesy of this strange woman. Once in a while he begs his real wife to send him money to feed. Now, there is a big lesson here for men and women. It’s up to you to reflect deeply on this.

The word is our strength

Let me share with you the sermon of Pastor Peter Balogun of The Citizens Church, Abuja, titled “ The Lion in Judah”.    The Lion here means “ The Word” and Judah represents you.  The Lion in Judah means, the word in you.

Making reference to the story of Rachael and Leah as wives of Jacob, he reminded us  that Leah was not loved by Jacob because she was not his true love. Rachael on the other hand also hated her because she had taken her husband. Though none of this was Leah’s fault. It was Laban; father of the two ladies who decided that Leah must be married before Rachael. He did not reckon with the fact that Jacob would work for him for another seven years just to have Rachael. Leah must have Jesus as her true friend by taking all her complaints to Him in prayer.

God compensated Leah for this hatred by making her have a lot of children while Rachael’s womb was closed. Pastor Balogun said,“That you are hated by people does not mean nothing good can come out of your life”.      What is more important he suggested is our closeness to God.  This we can do by meditating on the word of God. He said as Christians, we cannot be timid.    Yes, there are challenges but he said, “God is not glorified when you exhibit timidity”. This means that you need not wear a mournful look because you are waiting on the Lord for children, promotion,an improvement in your finances or even a marriage partner.

As Christians, we must radiate the joy of the Lord. Pastor Balogun charges Christians “to be bold and exhibit strength that the world cannot comprehend”. He said we must show determination and diligence in our relationship with our God.    With our faith lifted up, we would become as bold as a Lion. As a lion, you will never be in need. You will have the best of whatever is available and not the left over.

The key to all of these is the word. Fill your life with the word and get your desired miracle.    This is definitely not an easy task but with determination, we can increase the level of the word in our lives.

Baby after 26 years – I like to share with readers , the story of Mr. Kayode Davies and his wife as reported by soft sell magazine City People.

According to the report, Mr. Kayode Davies and his wife just had a baby girl after about 26 years of marriage. Mr. Davies, a civil servant with Lagos State is a church worker at Methodist Church, Akowonjo in Lagos.      What is remarkable about their story ( and this is what Joyful homes emphasizes) is that the husband stood by his wife. He saw it as a joint challenge. No doubt there would have been pressures from all quarters urging him to take another wife but he stood firmly with his wife both trusting that God is able and God has proved Himself in their lives.

How long have you been waiting? Are you about to succumb to pressure? Remember  that giving in to pressure to take steps contrary to the will of God is a sure way to a sinful life.

When we are faced with challenges such as this, we are not expected to give in to pressure especially from supposed friends or relations. Are you under pressure to marry secretly another lady because your wife has only daughters? Please reflect deeply. Of what use is it to your life to go and marry another woman secretly,  because you want a son.      From the experience of many people , in most cases, the son that is given to the man is not truly his biological son but a product of another relationship with another man.

Or which is better, train your daughters in a joyful home and see them become accomplished professionals or have a son from a strange woman who ends up a drug addict. Dear believer, you have a choice , live by the word, live a holy life and get a miracle or bow to pressure, live a sinful life with its unpleasant consequences. Remember, our God still answers prayers. Our time isn’t His time.

God is never late.

Let me end this article with a special congratulations to Mr. Kayode and Mrs. Bolanle Davies for the birth of the baby girl. Don’t just read this article, use the birth of the baby as a contact to whatever miracle you need and God that surprised the Davies family will visit you with your miracle.

Have a blessed week.

 

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