By Funmi Komolafe
It’s the beginning of another week and we give God all the glory for his guidance in our journey of life.
As Christians we are expected to worship God, appreciate his goodness to family members and ourselves and make our supplications to him in prayer.
However, one may be a regular church member yet be distanced from God. How do I mean? If for instance you are going to church to please your spouse or your parents, what it means is that you appear physically close to God but you are spiritually distanced from him. Whereas, it is more important that we are closer to God spiritually.
So how does one get closer to God? Knowledgeable men of God say that one of the ways to familiarize yourself with God is to appreciate him and give him thanks for every thing he does. This is the reason why we are told that the first miracle that we have as human beings is that of life. That God has chosen to keep you alive is for a purpose. Just for a moment think. From January till now, you have been sleeping and waking up in good health. No one has disrupted your sleep. You have not been taking sedative to be able to sleep. You never had cause to rush any family member to the hospital. Aren’t these enough reasons to thank God?
Another step is to find time to study the word of God. Many of us think that this activity is meant for professional pastors alone. Not at all. When we study the word of God, we are putting in place an armory of defense against the enemy.
Psalm 1 vs. 1&2 “ Blessed is the man walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”.
Verse 2 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditate day and night”.
Take note of verse two. To meditate according to the dictionary means “ think intently and at length , as for spiritual purposes”. We must realize that to study the Bible , we need to create time for it. As students, we created time to write our exams because we desire to record a pass but how many of us create time to study the Holy Bible?
A third step that has been suggested by many men of God is to sing praises to him. Call him his names. Sing aloud unto the Lord and if you are in a position to dance, go ahead and dance. When this is done especially in your private room, where no one is watching , God has seen you and even when you do not expect, you will soon be dancing publicly with people rejoicing with you because the challenge is over.
Another significant step is to meet your financial obligation to the church of God. God has blessed you. Are you using a part of the blessing to promote his work? If you haven’t been doing so, please begin to do so. It is one of the surest way to receive a miracle.A man of God often says, when you attend to the needs of God, God will attend to your needs too. Mind you, even if you don’t God can meet his needs.
Remember, the word of God according to Luke 6 vs. 38 “Give , and it shall be given unto you ; good measure, pressed down and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again”.
Of course one step that we all are familiar with is prayer. Prayers is crucial because it a direct channel of communication with our creator.
However, it is important to take a critical look at how we pray. Many times, when we pray, we do not pray intensely. We allow the worries of life to creep into your minds and when we do this we are distracted.
When we pray we must pray with a positive mind. We must have faith that what we have asked for is do- able. In other words, we must see ourselves receiving the answers to our prayers.
Mark 11 vs. 24 “ Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”.
Let me share this testimony. I was in a church service at Laughter Foundation Ministry. Seated behind me was a lady who has daughter but wanted more children. When the General Overseer, Pastor Gbenga Oso asked people who were trusting God to pray, she prayed so intensely that she began to weep. I was disturbed by her cries and almost told her to stop crying but the Spirit of God held me back . So, I said nothing. Barely five minutes, after the G.O. brought the prayer to a halt, he said “ The Holy said, there is a woman here. You have only a daughter and you want more children, the Lord said I should tell you, he will give you twin boys”.
I knew immediately that the word of knowledge was for her. Within me , I said thank God , I didn’t tell her to stop crying. I looked back and told her that the Word was for her. Of course she knew.
Brethren, what I am saying is that our God sometimes answers our prayers instantly.
What no one can tell is when the word will manifest but what is certain is that it will manifest provided we hold on to the word, reminding God of his word when we prays.
What do we stand to gain when we move closer to God?
Psalm 1 vs. 3 gives us the answer to this question? “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper”.
This Bible passage simply assures us that when we mover nearer to God and he is nearer to us, every challenge will be over. We shall have a peaceful and pleasant life. The journey of life will be easy for us.Let me share this testimony given by Brother Emmanuel, a provisional pastor at Winners Chapel .
His testimony, “I left satellite on Friday, I went to Ikorodu to collect orders for my products supply. When I reached Ikorodu last bus stop, I said let me quickly share the flyers I have with me . As I finished sharing, I saw a Sienna car moving in my direction with a call to passengers. I boarded it but immediately I noticed an unusual movement, I sent an SMS to my wife to join me in prayers. Within 5 minutes, the kidnappers collected our phones and we found ourselves in a deep bush. Here people were queued for for killing.
I remembered the words of Bishop Oyedepo that one million demons cannot hurt me. Quickly, I told the people with me that we should not cry but pray for God’s intervention. I quickly asked those with me ( the people I gave flyers to ) to give their lives to Christ if they had not done so.
I was the first person they called. Right before me, I saw them behead five people. They put a ring round the person’s neck, he or she becomes weak and they behead. They put the ring on my neck but I stood firm and laughed . They did this to the other four persons with me and the result was the same.
All the while they kept communicating with my wife asking for a million.
Suddenly, they became confused. One of them said they should throw us into the river so that we die but God confused them and they dropped us off somewhere. We were to discover that it was a bush in Delta State”.
The church prayed for his release and behold he walked into the church service on a Sunday leaping for joy.
What if he hadn’t prayed? What if he hadn’t decided to do the work of God by giving out the flyers? By now, his life would have been cut short.
As the Lord lives, your testimony will appear when you least expected .
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.