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He can set you free from bondage

By Funmi Komolafe

Happy Sunday!  May the Lord make this week fruitful for all of us.  Every fruitless effort will produce results that will astonish your friends and enemies in Jesus name.

Brethren, we   are moving towards the end of the month of a new beginning. Has he started something new in your life?   Have  you also started something new in your service to him by prayer, worship, seed sowing or help to fellow Christians?   If you haven’t,  it’s not too late.    Your contributions   could load the cloud and God in his mercy will open heavens unto you  with showers of blessings in a new dimension.

However comfortable we may be at this time, there is still a better level that God can take us to.  Do you know that with the peace of the Lord, there’ll be no worries over health, status,  children, spouse or any other issue,  for the peace of the Lord passeth all understanding.

By the grace of the Almighty God, we shall all experience the peace of the Lord  in Jesus name.

Brethren,  you only need to take a visit to a hospital or a diagnostic center for you appreciate the goodness of the Lord to you.  Why?  There you will find people who can hardly do anything on their own.  Some people need to be assisted with oxygen to breathe and this is something that you and I take for granted.  We don’t even remember to say thank you Lord for keeping us alive. But our Father is merciful.  Should he decide to punish us for every sin we commit, I doubt if anyone would be alive.

Today, I’m taking a brief look at spiritual bondage.   Spiritual bondage comes  in  many forms.  Mostly, they are unseen but the effect is visible. How do I mean?   For instance, you are working in an office, everyone knows you are hardworking and deserves to be promoted but someone vows that you will remain where you are until his daughter or son who is your  age mate catches up with you.   So, he or she puts a mark on   your head.  No one will see that mark but the effect will be seen.  The effect is that you will never be considered for promotion.

Or let’s take a look at the case of a   man who is of a marriageable age.  As I write today, he is 60 years old, unmarried and without children.  Brethren, this is a true-life story.  He lives somewhere in Europe.    While in Nigeria, he invited a supposed girl friend into his home for the night.   Had carnal knowledge of the lady and when it was morning, he sent her away in a shameful manner. There was an argument between the two of them.  I think he promised her some money but he didn’t give her a dime.

While the lady was leaving she stood at the door of the family house, turned back and said to him that no woman will ever  be in his life.  In other words, he will never get married or have children.  No one took this seriously but today, those words have manifested in the life of this man.

Jesus can set free – Brethren there are more issues than the examples I just gave . Or what do you say of a mother-in-law who vowed that her first son would never have a child until he has trained all her own children. The wife was attacked severally though  mother in-law appears friendly   when they meet.  The instrument of the attack remains invisible but the consequence of bareness is so visible for every one to see.    It was so bad that this woman  while undergoing treatment,  went  for artificial insemination, which appeared successful.   She, her doctor and her husband  saw  all the signs of pregnancy but on examination, the doctor declared that he couldn’t see anything let alone a baby implanted in her womb.  Brethren again this is a true-life story.

But there is God that can set free. How do I know?  The Holy Bible presents us with   wicked steps that human beings can take against one another but gives us the solution to all such evil plans.

My authority  is found in Jeremiah 15 vs 20 “ And I will make thee unto this  people a fenced brazen wall: and they shall fight  against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee out the hand of the wicked, and I will  redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible”. Brethren, take a few minutes to reflect on this. Note these words, “brazen wall, wicked and terrible”.

Our assurance of overcoming these challenges is very clear.  The Lord said  he will “ deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible”.  The hand is not that of a ghost but of a human being using the powers of the forces of darkness to afflict another person.

In Jeremiah 16 vs. 16-21, we have assurance that these forces will also see the hands of the Lord and then they will realize that  there is a superior force.   For this purpose, we’ll consider verses  17 and 21 . Verse 17 “ For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes”.

Verse  21 “ Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD”.

Let me conclude the story of this  woman  who was childless but insisted on waiting on the Lord. After series of prayers, it was found out that it was not only her mother in-law that was behind her problem, her own mother too was involved.   Her mother never wanted her to get married but since she got married,  she   must not have children so that she would spend all her resources taking care of her ( mother).  Now, this two-aged woman never met physically but they connected spiritually.   Their connection was invisible but the effect of the evil deed was visible.

After the experience with the gynecologist, who out of frustration declared that this seems strange to him, the woman realized that the  source of her bareness was spiritual. So, she became a more serious Christian.  To shorten the story, she went for a monthly vigil in a  popular Pentecostal church  and as she was about to enter her room, she felt a double force behind her but another force pushed them back. She felt it physically but didn’t fully understand what happened.

That night, she dreamt, she saw two human beings faced downward.  Again, she didn’t understand what it meant.  She called her Pastor  who explained to her  that some forces had surrendered.

Testimony –

That month, the woman took in  and  later gave birth to a baby boy.   Even the birth of the baby didn’t come without challenges. They attacked her and the baby severally. Such that today she would appear pregnant, tomorrow she would not   but in the end  God took all the glory. Her miracle became an inspiration to others.

Those who used that baby as a point of contact to ask God for theirs, had babies too.   To the glory of God the baby is still alive and now has siblings from the same womb that  household enemy thought they had closed permanently.

Brethren, what are you going  through?  Do you now know that only God has the final say.  Your mockers, attackers or unfriendly friends do not have the final say over your life.  Only trust in him fully.  Win the battle over doubts in your life and the Lord will visit you in a special way.

My prayer for you is that as the Lord gives us the grace to witness the ember months, you will not end this year empty handed in Jesus name.

That desired miracle will manifest sooner than you expect.

Have a blessed week.

 

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