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Only God is our true defender

By Funmi Komolafe

Brethren it’s the last Sunday in July, the seventh month of the year.  It is commonly called the month of perfection. Whatever needs to be perfected in your life, the Lord will perfect sooner than you expect in Jesus name.

For many of us, the journey of life is not a smooth ride.  We are daily confronted with all sorts of challenges.  Some have difficulties paying bills, some do not even have any means of livelihood, several marriages are undergoing various degrees of stress yet many are looking for life partners to settle down and establish a home while others are confronted with health challenges. Brethren, even the rich have their own challenges too. Some parents are saddened by the conduct of their children who have taken to drugs or other vices.

One can go on and on but as Christians we need not break down. The solution to any challenge is not to break down.  Rather, it is to stand up and crush that challenge with your faith in Christ armed with the Word of God.

Our assurance that we can overcome any challenge with God on our side is found in Psalm  84 vs. 11 & 12  “ For the LORD God is  a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace  and glory: no good thing  will he withhold  from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee”.

If the Lord will not withhold any good thing from you, then it is certain that you will not die childless.  It is your assurance that you will not depart this world a wretched man or woman.  The word of God assures you that those good things you so much desire, you will have them.  Only if you believe in him and you have faith that God is capable of granting your heart’s desires.

Let me share with you a part of the sermon of Pastor Kunle Taiwo of RCCG, Magodo on the last day of the 21 days fasting. He said, “ Grace comes with the unction of the Holy Spirit but Glory comes with manifestation. Grace is to move from one step to another while Glory is the manifestation beyond man’s understanding”.

Woman, are you the subject of gossip and discussion because you are yet to have children in your marriage?  Refuse to pay attention to your mockers.  Pay attention to God.  Your mockers will soon see the glory of God in your life when you conceive and give birth to a child.

Have you ever witnessed a situation where even doctors are surprised that someone they have written off becomes a mother?  There are several testimonies in this area.

Or have you not seen a medical doctor with all the knowledge of science at his or her disposal remained barren?

Why?  You want to ask, this is because science has no solution to spiritual challenges but God has the solution to all challenges. This is why he is referred to as the “ Incomparable God”.

Isaiah 40 vs. 28-31 “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; as they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and shall walk, and not faint”.

So, if God does not get weary, if he does not faint, why should you?  Nothing should make you give up.   When you submit to a challenge, it crushes you when you stand up and confront it, you overcome. The choice is yours.  It is not your Pastor’s choice.  It is yours. Wearing mournful looks because you have a challenge   will never bring in the solution. What will make you overcome is your determination to hold on to God who is your ever-present help.

A certain woman had a troubled marriage. She is a born-again Christian but the husband is not. Somehow, she got to know of a woman who has been in the life of her husband for some time.  First, she broke down and started crying.  Her cry for days stopped nothing.  The stranger in her marriage remained there.

At a point she summoned courage and desired to fight the battle spiritually. She went into prayers and fasting. God told her to be calm and trust in him. The Holy Spirit gave her prayer points in her dream.  She used it and God that wins battles without firing a gun intervened. Her husband discovered certain things about this strange woman and broke up with her. The man came home and told the wife everything about this strange woman and asked for her forgiveness.

The couple made it up and their marriage was renewed.  She who had been enduring became one who was enjoying her marriage.

In the name of Jesus, every evil stranger in your life, in your marriage, your business, your family that is holding you down, will run away in the mighty name of Jesus.

Evil strangers come in different forms but we must be determined to chase them out.

I’ll share with you the testimony of a lady who had a baby girl and hired a nanny. Somehow, she found out that this nanny was not taking adequate care of the child, so she sent her away. The nanny turned back and told her, “ I will see how you will have another child”.

The woman who is a banker dismissed the statement as an empty threat. She was proved wrong. She soon realized that another baby wasn’t forthcoming in spite of all her efforts. No one needed to tell her that only God could neutralize the words spoken by her wicked nanny. Fortunately, she was led to a living church where she prayed and God answered her prayers and she had another child.

Isaiah 46 vs. 5 states of our God, “ To whom will ye liken me,  and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?”. Can we really compare our God with anyone?  No.  He can do all things. Therefore, we must always bear in mind that we have a defender in the Lord. A defender that never loses a battle or a war.

The Holy Bible further confirms who our God is in Psalm 98 vs. 6-9 “ For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?   God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence of all them that is about him. O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? Thou rulest the raging of the sea when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them”.

Brethren, are you still in doubt who our God is? Wipe your tears, move your spirit from that mournful   state, cheer up.  Begin to worship the Lord and very soon, you will see the manifestation of his power in your life.

By the grace of God, you will see the end of that challenge very soon.

Shalom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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