By Funmi Komolafe
It’s the last Sunday in the month of October, we are grateful to God who has kept us alive.
Gradually, we are moving to the end of the year. By the grace of God, you will not end this year empty handed in the name of Jesus.
At this time we need to be extra careful. It is a period that you need to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Why? We need to move closer to God. This is necessary for us not to take the wrong steps or engage in activities that could lead to lamentation.
It is also a period that we need a lot of patience. You have been praying and you are hopeful that an answer will come. What you do not know is when and how the answer will come.
Romans 8 vs. 14-16 “ For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”.
When we are led by the Spirit of God, we are safe. We are protected from any form of danger provided we obey completely.
Obedience is the key to receiving our blessing especially when we have the privilege of hearing the Holy Spirit.
What exactly am I saying? I give an example. A lady received a message from one of her clients to invite a colleague for a job. She knew that the job would fetch the man good money. So, she was happy for the guy. She was to deliver the message the following day.
While having dinner in her house, she made the television she was watching inaudible. She was alone at home. Suddenly, she heard a voice that whispered to her not to deliver the message.
As a baby Christian, she didn’t know it was the Holy Spirit that spoke. Rather, she began to argue with herself, saying, “ why shouldn’t I give him the message? Why should I deny him the money he will make? So, she went ahead to deliver the message. Brethren, that journey for the man became a journey of no return as he died in a ghastly motor accident.
It was then it dawned on this sister that she could have saved his life. In other words, had she not argued with the Holy Spirit, had she OBEYED, her colleague would have lived. The Holy Spirit knew something terrible had been programmed by Satan.
Till date, the lady feels a sense of guilt.
Brethren, as the year winds down, your life and that of your family members will not wind down with it in Jesus name.
You will not go on a journey of no return in the remaining days of this year in Jesus name.
As we pray, we must be conscious that there are enemies who can hinder us from receiving answers.
Such enemies use various methods to stop our blessings; one of which is anger.
What does the Bible say about anger? Ecclesiastes 7 vs. 9 “ Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools”.
Anger is a major obstacle to our breakthrough. It limits progress and many times it leads to lamentation. It is the surest way to submit to the devil.
Many have lost marriage partners as a result of anger. Some have suffered miscarriages due to anger. Several people have missed promotions as a result of inability to control emotion. Whichever way one looks at the result of anger, it is always associated with pain and sometimes-irreversible damage.
It is anger that makes one to keep malice with another person. It is malice that makes one vow to shun church attendance because his or her prayers are yet to receive the expected answer.
Those who choose to shun church services because of delayed answers to prayers indirectly submit themselves to spiritual bondage of the challenge they are going through. They hardly ever record a break through.
As a believer in Christ that type of attitude must be avoided.
Anger creates distance between God and us.
Brethren, we must make conscious efforts to control anger. We all get angry at some point but it is the ability to control it that shows that the Spirit of God dwells in us.
In Proverbs 14 vs17 &18 “ He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly; and a man of wicked devices is hated. The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge”.
We are advised not only to learn to control our anger but to also keep away from people who get angry at the slightest provocation. This is because in their moment of anger, even people they call friends may become victims of their anger. Anger is blind to everything including friendship. It is the garment of the devil and his agents.
The best way to deal with anger is to learn to control the tongue. In other words, learn to be quite when provoked.
Let’s see what the Holy Bibles tells us. Proverbs 22 vs. 24 “ Make no friendship with an angry man: and with a furious man thou shall not go”.
I’ll share with you the story of a woman who lost her joy to anger.
This couple resident in Lagos blessed with children and a good home. By all standards, they were comfortable.
One morning, an argument sprang up, husband and wife were yelling at each other. The woman who usually drove the children to school vowed she would not do so that morning.
An angry husband rushed to the bathroom to have his shower to take the children to school. He slipped and hit his head on the bathtub, was rushed to the hospital and he died. Of course, the woman was full of regret that both of them allowed anger to rule their lives but regrets didn’t bring her husband back to life.
Relations swooped in after his burial and they moved the woman who was living in her husband’s duplex to the boys quarters with her two children with an allowance of a paltry 50,000 a month. Not only that, she was told that should she attempt to marry anyone, she would lose all.
Need I say more? You can imagine what this woman and her children are going through.
Anger turned their joy to sorrow.
By the grace of God, the spirit of anger will not dominate your life in Jesus name.
Whatever challenge we are going through, we should bear in mind that someone has been through a similar challenge and recorded a breakthrough, therefore, let your spirit focus on your miracle.
At this time, families are under pressure to meet their needs for end of year celebrations. Women need to be more patient. Rather than put your spouses under unnecessary pressure, you should manage the home in a manner that the children are able to make the best of what is available.
By the grace of God, you will have more reasons to celebrate in Jesus name.
Be strong in the Lord. Hebrews 10 vs. 35 and 36 “ Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”.
Brethren, the message is very clear. You need patience, try to do the will of God and receive the promise of God. The promise is his blessing. The promise is your miracle.
Let not anger stand as an obstacle to your miracle.
As we look towards the end of the year, let’s resolve to control anger so that we do not miss our miracles.
May the Lord abide with us in Jesus name?