By Funmi Komolafe
Today is Palm Sunday; the significance of which is the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Mark 11 vs. 7 &9 “ And they brought the colt to Jesus and cast their garments on him; and sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way ; and others cut down branches off the trees, and strewed them in the way. And they went before , and they that followed, cried, saying , hosannah ; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord”.
This season, in the name of Jesus, you will triumph over all challenges .
Palm Sunday is indeed the beginning of the Passion week that brings the 40-day lenting season to an end.
Brethren, you may have fasted, you may not have fasted due to health challenges but you have no excuse for not praying. This is the time to step up our faith. For “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”- Hebrew 11 vs. 6.
This is the time to say to yourself, “ I must prevail”. This is a statement that must be made with total confidence in the ability of God Almighty to lift you above all challenges.
Are you ready to prevail over that ugly situation in your life? If so, then step up your faith and you will prevail.
Let’s look at some of those who prevailed over challenges in the Holy Bible. Goliath was a great threat to Israelites under King Saul but he was brought down not by David’s physical strength but by the power of God; indeed the name Jesus. Bible scholars say the five stones that David picked represent the name Jesus.
As recorded in Ist Samuel 17 vs. 45 “ Then said David to the Philistine , Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom thou hast defied”.
A confident young David said in verse 47 “ And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s and he will give you into our hands”.
Whatever is stopping you from fulfilling your destiny represents a Goliath. Therefore, the earlier you realize it is a battle your cannot win by might, the better. Hand over every battle, every challenge, every obstacle in your life to the Almighty God and he will fight for you.
However, you must have faith that he can fight for you and once he fights for you, victory is assured. This is one of the reasons why a true Christian should not engage in any fight or abusive argument with anybody.
Sometimes,God deliberately shows you the other side of the person you call a friend, so that you will know how to relate with him or her. If however, you allow anger or disappointment to block you spiritual vision, you may sink deeper into problems.
Let’s take this example, two young ladies , Lady A and Lady B work in an agency. Both are known to be good friends . Suddenly, a post became vacant and one of them was seen as a potential head of that department.
Unknown to her bosom friend, Lady A told her bosses that once she becomes head of the department, she would want her friend, Lady B transferred to another department.
Somehow, the secret meeting Lady A held with her bosses filtered to her friend who was shocked but refused to draw her into any argument. Lady B took it calmly saying , Let God’s will be done.
Within a month, management took a decision and decided to by pass Lady A and gave the job to Lady B. Not only was Lady A shocked, she was transferred to another department entirely.
These are some of the issues that come up in our lives. Most of the time, those we put so much trust in often fail us.
I don’t know what you are going through in your office or marriage. Don’t waste your time visiting herbalists or talking to people you should not talk to. The only one that can fight for you is the Almighty God. Take your case to him.
As you must have realized in the situation I referred to, God is an impartial judge. He is a just God but you also must be righteous when dealing with God. You must stay away from all forms of sins and have confidence in God.
Our assurance that God will answer our prayers is found in Numbers 14 vs. 28 “ Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you”.
What you ask from God is what you get provided you live your life in accordance with his word.
Hannah struggled with barrenness and she prevailed. To triumph over all challenges, we need divine assistance.
We cannot prevail in many battles of life without divine assistance.
That is why we must have on our lips all the time, the words of Psalm 121 vs. 1&2 “ I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD which made heaven and earth”.
Once your spirit man picks these words and you intensify your prayers. Divine assistance will come your way.
Brethren, I don’t know what you may be going through. Financial stress, marital stress, idleness, loneliness or whatever, you can only overcome with divine assistance. Please don’t be deceived. If you don’t believe that God can help you, who can?
Or is your case that of frustration in your office and you are thinking of quitting in annoyance? That could be a costly mistake. Why not wait on the Lord? You may still become the most important person in that organization only if you wait on the Lord.
Avoid taking hasty decisions. Many have done so and have had cause to regret. Rather, be calm and cry unto the Lord privately and he will answer you.
A major problem with us is that we assume that God will answer in a particular way but God may choose several other ways of responding to our prayers.
As we look forward to Easter, which symbolizes the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, let’s forgive all those who have offended us in one way or the other even when you may redefine your relationship with such persons. Sometimes it is wisdom to do so.
Last week we prayed that God should set the Dapchi girls free and many are now free though some of the girls are reported dead and other girls are still held by their abductors.
Brethren let’s intensify prayers . Even when what we see physically does not in anyway reflect our expectation, we must continue to believe God and trust in him.
Let’s ask God to release every one of us from any form of bondage in name of Jesus.
Make up your mind to prevail, step up your faith and you will be set free.