By Funmi Komolafe

Brethren, we are gradually moving to the end of the year, Christmas is less than 100 days to go.   Whether the enemy likes it or not, this year, God will give you something to celebrate.

When we celebrate, we are marking victory over a challenge. Or simply renewing our joy in something that we cherish.

In many countries, by October, we begin to see decorations on the streets and   in homes basically designed to remind us that we are moving closer to Christmas and the end of the year.

With what do you want to end this year?  A baby, babies, promotion or you wish to spend your Christmas in your matrimonial home.   For you it is to have Christmas and New Year in your own building.

For others it is to experience a boom in business.  There are several other issues that we want to put behind us to move to the level of celebration.

By the grace of the Almighty God, you will get a divine gift that will put laughter in your home this season in the mighty name of Jesus.

Even as believers in Christ, we still have challenges.  There are issues that make us unhappy.  Some of these issues, we are unable to trace the source and others we are able to trace the source but lack the ability to resolve them.   Therefore, we need the help of the Helper; the Lord Jesus.

I’ll share with you the story of a young couple that got married after their university education. Both were Christians in the real sense of the word. The lady was a virgin when she got married but then five years into the marriage, there was no child. Both were anxious and so were their parents.

They   consulted doctors but the doctors said there was nothing wrong with both of them medically speaking.  They were told to relax and worry less about the challenge.

Their parents knew the result but  as human beings, it was difficult for them not to worry.

Why would a virgin without issues of hormonal imbalance not conceive?  Why would a man who does not have zero level sperm count be unable to impregnate his wife?

Brethren, if we are unable to find the answer physically,   the source could be spiritual.

Why didn’t Sarah have children?  The Holy Bible did not tell us that God closed her womb.  Rather God had said to Abram in Genesis 15 vs. 5 “ And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward  heaven and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be”.

Yet, we know that God is not a man that tells a lie.

Let’s consider   Elkanah and his two wives with emphasis on Hannah  .   Ist Samuel 1 vs. 5 “ But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion, for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb”.  Who shut her womb?  The Lord.  Reason not stated.

A second person to consider was Rachael the beloved wife of Jacob.  Genesis 29 vs. 31 is our authority. It states, “ And the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachael was barren”.  Clearly we know who opened Leah’s womb but the Holy Bible remains silent on why Rachael’s was shut and who shut it.

In her desperation for the fruit of the womb, Rachael said as recorded  in Genesis 30 vs. 1&2 “ And when Rachael saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachael envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachael: and he said, am I in God’s stead, which hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?

Jacob simply told his wife that it is only God that can open her womb.  He, as a human being was not in a position to do that.

Sister, have you become so desperate that you are considering a divorce, are you in a condition that you believe you cannot be healed?   For you sister, you are worried that with your achievements in the society, you are still single and this has been giving you sleepless nights.    Or you have failed all your exams and you are therefore secretly thinking of suicide.

Learn a lesson, man is limited but God is unlimited.  He can do all things.

All these challenges are curses of the law but Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.   Galatians 3 vs. 13 & 14 “ Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

That the blessings of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”.

Brethren the message is quite clear.  Move to Christ with that challenge.  Cry unto him and not unto man.  What is the result?  You will receive the blessings of Abraham   through the manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit.

However, there is a condition.  You must have faith.  You must believe that the challenge can be turned to a testimony.

Let the word of the Lord in Galatians 3 vs. 11 especially the last sentence ring in you ears all the time.  Believe it, act it.   It states, “ But no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident ; for,     The just shall live by faith”.

Faith sometimes makes you look foolish to other people.

For instance,  a woman who is waiting on  the Lord for children buys a baby cot, places it in her room and everyday she wakes up, she looks up to God and says “ By your mercy O Lord, my baby or babies will sleep in this cot”.   Or she goes to buy baby clothes and daily she declares, “ O God you said I should go to the world and multiply, O God, manifest your power and let my babies from my own body put on these clothes.  I will never give these clothes out to anybody”.

Brethren, I have seen people do this and what followed was a flood of testimonies. A couple can do it or the woman does it alone.    People who see a baby cot in your room or see baby clothes there, are likely to go behind you to mock you but very soon, because the Lord is on the throne, because he still does miracles, those mockers will soon come to rejoice with you in the name of Jesus.

You must however live righteously.

Before, I bring this column to an end, I wish to share   with you a word of knowledge that God revealed through  Pastor Gbenga Oso, General Overseer of Laughter Foundation Christian Ministry.   During prayers, the Holy Spirit revealed that there was  a woman in the congregation whose delay in child bearing is as a result of the evil act of someone who took away her menstrual pad.  The Spirit of God revealed that this object that she disposed carelessly was picked up by somebody and taken to an herbalist.  This particular object, the Holy Spirit revealed is what is being used to monitor her ovulation period and used to prevent her from getting pregnant.  Is it possible for medical science to address that?   Your guess is as good as mine.

But the power of the Almighty God set her free with the Word and soon, we shall hear her testimony.

Mothers, there is a lesson to learn here.  Let’s advise our daughters and sons not be careless with their under wears.  Some of the children they meet in school are deep cult members.  Let’s teach our children not to be too trusting.

By the grace of God their lives will not bring us sorrow in Jesus name.

Brethren, cheer up, there is hope for you even before this year ends, God is available to turn our tears of sorrow to tears of joy.

As the Lord lives, this season, we shall be redeemed from all curses in the mighty name of Jesus.

Shalom!

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