By Funmi Komolafe
It’s Easter Sunday. The day we celebrate the victory of our Lord Jesus over death and grave. Easter is the essence of Christianity. Today, I pray that the power of the risen Christ will bring back to life every good thing that is dead in our lives in the name of Jesus.
Since our Lord has risen above all challenges, brethren, we shall surely overcome. Let me remind us of the words of Pastor J.T. Kalejaiye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, “ What God has finished cannot finish you”. In other words, because Jesus has overcome every challenge, no challenge can finish you.
Today, I’m starting on a joyful note. I witnessed the testimony of a couple at last Sunday’s Laughter Foundation day during which a couple whom I will simply refer to as Mr. and Mrs. O. presented for dedication a baby girl that God gave them after 23 years of waiting.
The mother of the child was so overwhelmed with joy that all she said was “I thank God for making me a mother, giving me the grace to travel to the U.S. to deliver this baby and deliver the baby by myself at my age”.
The couple got married on June 19, 1993 and the baby girl was born in December 2016.
Please mark her words “ at my age”. Do you understand her? Even though she didn’t mention her age, if she got married at age 27, she is 50 years but I can tell you that the woman I saw is over 50 years. At this age, medical science would have written her off. We are told most women reach menopause at 45.
Note that she delivered without Caesarean section.
Brethren, are you still thinking that God has forgotten you? What is that challenge that seems to have overwhelmed you? Be assured that God has not forgotten you. He has not written you off but please don’t write yourself off.
Let’s consider the story of King David the warrior and the attack of the Amalekites who took away the wives and children of David and his men and burnt down their houses. At this point for them, all was lost(I Samuel 30 vs. 1-9) . Verse 6 :“ And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons, and for his daughters; but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God”.
Verses 8 and 9 “ And David inquired of the LORD saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? Shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all”.
Are you a leader and your followers are full of expectation but you are limited. What do you do? Take your case to the Lord who is unlimited.
Had David joined his men to weep, they would have stoned him to death.
Are you confronted with a health challenge? Think about the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years. Matthew 9 vs. 20-22 “ And behold, a woman which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the helm of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole . But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole that hour”.
Brethren, what are you saying within yourself? Do you really believe you can over come that health challenge? Yes you can. All you need do is encourage yourself in the Lord.
Claim the victory of our Lord Jesus over sickness and you will be healed in the name of Jesus.
Imagine what Mrs. O. must have gone through. Many people must have mocked her. Her siblings are likely to have stopped child bearing yet she continued to encourage herself in the Lord and because our God never fails, today she is a mother. She simply encouraged herself in the Lord.
According to the General Overseer of Laughter Foundation Ministry, Pastor Gbenga Oso, the woman kept coming to church and obeyed all instructions that included the use of anointed handkerchiefs and she broke through.
You too can breakthrough. You can have breakthrough over unemployment, barrenness and fruitless efforts. All you need do is encourage yourself in the Lord.
Do you have a child who has been jobless for years? Inquire from the Lord like David and start something. That business that you start with a little capital will receive the touch of the Lord and it will grow beyond your imagination in Jesus name. Bear in mind that every big business started small.
Is your case that of stagnation at work? Don’t be discouraged. Encourage yourself in the Lord. Put in your best and trust God to promote you. In this country, we have seen a messenger become a chief executive of a company. A factory worker has risen to be a governor. A prisoner rose to become a president. Be strong in the Lord. Your destiny is not the in hands of other people, it is in the hands of God.
Brethren, you have a duty to also encourage not just yourself, encourage others too. Help save souls. As you encourage others, you will be saving this nation from loss of lives. We all have a duty to stop others from committing suicide. Suicide is never an option. It never gives the solution to any challenge.
People begin to think of suicide when they have given up and when hopelessness overtakes hope.
Whatever you may be passing through, always remember it has an expiry date.
Let’s remember others when we pray. It’s one sure way of having our prayers answered. The man of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye once told the congregation that we need not be selfish with our prayers. We should always make it a point of duty to pray for others.
As we celebrate Easter, let’s not lose focus of the larger vision of the salvation of our souls.
Many churches have special programmes this season. Let’s find time to attend some of these programmes.Time invested in prayers and fellowship will always bring in bountiful harvest.
Some of the programmes include Kingsway International Christian Centre ( KICC) of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo , titled Supernatural Life” from April 28 to May 1st.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God also holds “ Let’s Go A Fishing” during the Easter season.
Deeper Life also has a special programme about this time.
Laughter Foundation – TSQ – This Second Quarter- It runs from April to June. All Sundays. Special deliverance services during which all yokes are expected to be broken.
On a final note, let’s remember the pains that our Lord Jesus Christ went through for our sake and resolve to live holy.
Fear not, Christ is risen. Jesus is alive.
If the Lord tarries we shall mark more Easters on earth in Jesus name.