By Funmi Komolafe
Brethren, the year 2017 is unfolding. As individuals, we have our aspirations and expectations but, as Christians, we should always remember that these dreams would not become a reality when we exclude the divine touch. What do I mean? With you on the side of God and God on your side, your little efforts will produce amazing testimonies. You will definitely have pleasant surprises.
In 2016, you prayed, fasted, evangelized , worshipped yet you didn’t receive your desired miracle. Are you beginning to think God has forgotten you? God has not forgotten you and your prayers are not in vain. Just keep praying.
Let’s hear the Lord Jesus as recorded in the Gospel according to St. Luke 18 vs.1: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not to faint”.
Resolve to dwell more on the Word this year. You must find time to study the Word and draw up prayer points peculiar to your situation.
Why is the Word so important?
Our authority is in the Gospel according to St. John 1 vs.1 King James Version:
“ In the beginning was the Word , and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.
New Living Translation Version puts it this way : “ In the beginning, the Word already existed. The Word was with God and the Word was God”.
Let’s also consider the Word in Genesis 1 vs. 1-3: “ In the beginning God created the heaven and earth . And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”.
Verse 3: “ And God said , Let there be light and there was light”. God spoke. He made a pronouncement. Now, set yourself free from that bondage. Say something to yourself and your story will change .
Do you still have any doubt about the Word? Let’s consider the conversation of our Lord Jesus with disciple Peter as recorded in Matthew 16 vs. 19. Jesus said: “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
Brothers and sisters, it is time to use the Word to set yourself free from the bondage of unemployment, loneliness, barrenness of any kind, financial stagnation, etc.
The Lord Jesus repeated the importance of the Word in Matthew 18 vs. 18:
“ Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
For the Lord Jesus to repeat this, it means he places so much emphasis on it.
You must speak the Word to yourself and use it to set yourself free. For pleasant surprises to be your portion this year, you must wake up and use the Word to your benefit. Remember, “ the Word was with God and God was the Word”. Even now, God is still the Word.
Whatever is the challenge that still remains unresolved, the solution is not to worry and get depressed. Depression cannot work alongside faith. Faith must override depression.
Hebrew 11 vs. 1-3 states “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.”.
Verse 3 and this is my emphasis “ Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”.
What other evidence do we need that the spiritual controls the physical? .
Therefore, you must say yourself, “ In the name of Jesus, this year, I free myself from the bondage of barrenness. I set myself free from unemployment. God has promised me a life partner, I connect with the bone of my bone in the name of Jesus.
Say it to yourself with the words that the Holy Spirit gives you.
Are you worried about the business that recorded slow or no growth last year? Take it to the Lord in prayer. This year, in the name of Jesus, you will experience a turn around for the best .
Brethren, make up your mind to rise above the challenge. Take note of the word of God in Isaiah 60 vs.1 “Arise, shine; for the light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee”.
When the light comes into your situation, every form of darkness must give way.
In the name of Jesus every challenge that has confronted you will give way sooner than you expect.
I’ll share with you, this prayer point by Pastor Samson Ajetunmobi “ Father, give me understanding of my situation and show me the way forward”.
Regular prayers with a prayer point like this will definitely produce results that will change your life.
Testimony- Let me share with you this testimony titled “ The Word Works”, given by Mr. L. Olaide on his encounter with Pastor Banji Adesanmi .
The testifier wrote, “Word of prophesy released into my life is still very much working. Sometimes in 2001 I stopped by in your former office along Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja with my wife just to greet you like Elisha asked Gehazi, you asked us where we were coming from. I responded that I went to submit a letter of application in a school that pays about times two and a half of what I was currently earning then. You ( Pastor Banji Adesanmi) spoke straight to me that I should not leave my present teaching job yet as my glory is still there. Though physically speaking then, there was nothing glorious in my being there but I believed, stayed and didn’t bother looking for a better work again. To the glory of God, four years later, God began to open strange but glorious doors. He gave me great wisdom in doing some projects and the school backed me up. My income was extremely multiplied that what I now have, and the several countries, I had been privileged to be invited and visited ( all expenses paid ) were all beyond my imaginations and qualifications.
All I can say is glory be to God.
Those employed in that school I was aiming had all been sacked .
God used you to mould and direct my life”.
Brethren, how are you making use of the Word of Knowledge spoken into your life? Use the Word and it will manifest physically.
Before I end this column, let’s share this cheering news of Janet Jackson; the American actress who is pregnant at 50. You may have heard about it but let’s reflect on that entertainment story.
Ordinarily, women at 45 according to medical science have very slim chances of having babies but to the glory of God, a number of women are having babies at 50 and above.
Things are getting better. Brethren, what other evidence do you need that yours is possible? How long have your been waiting? Your age isn’t a barrier. Be hopeful and expect the Lord’s pleasant surprises this year.