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January 6, 2019

Be prepared for a new beginning

Be prepared for a new beginning

By Funmi Komolafe

To the glory of God, we have successfully crossed over to 2019.  Happy New Year.  I wish you all a happy and prosperous new year.Without asking, I am sure many of us made resolutions but resolutions do not become manifestation if we do nothing about it.

For instance, a lady desires to get married but she goes on putting up a snobbish attitude to young men all because she would rather go for a man who has arrived.

Brethren, if she prays from January 1 to December 31 of 2019, she may not attain that goal.  Why?  It is simply because she has failed to play her own part.

What exactly am I driving at?  It is simply that our resolutions need to be backed by activities in line with the word of God.

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It is important that “ For with God nothing shall be impossible  “ as recorded in Luke 1 vs. 37 is not for everybody.   It is for those who take the right steps. For instance, a lady I am familiar with now in her 50s took a decision to stop praying.   She said, if God would give her a husband, why hasn’t he done it all these years.   She stopped praying and up till the time, I sent in this column, she remains unmarried. Whereas, another lady in a similar situation, who continued to pray, got married in 2018.

Brethren, the point being made here is that if you don’t stop asking, you will receive.  It is so simple. Continue to pray.  Move closer to God daily and play the part that is expected of you as a human being.

A good example is found in Mark 2 verses 1-13.  For this purpose we shall look at verses 1-4 “ And again he ( Jesus) entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door; and he preached the word unto them.

And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.  And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was:  and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay”.

Note what Jesus was doing in Capernaum.   He preached the word.  Have you decided to devote more time to listening to the word?

It should   also be noted that the friends of the man sick with palsy did not give up because of the crowd and their inability to enter the venue through the door.  Neither did the patient stop them from taking him in through the roof.

The lesson here is that the man sick with palsy and his friends were determined to get the attention of Jesus. They decided to rise above the limitation.

See the reaction of our Lord Jesus to the unusual step taken on behalf of the man sick with palsy.  Verse 5 of the same chapter: “ When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven thee”.

What about you?  Have you resolved to get his attention this year?  If so, the next thing for you is to do is to take steps to actualize your goal.

The consequence of the action they took is found in Mark 2 vs. 11 and 12 “ I say unto thee, Arise, and take up they bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion”.

Brethren, from this passage, it is clear that our action can provoke our miracle.

Ecclesiastes 3 vs. 1&3 tells us “ To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up:”

You may read the entire chapter on your own.  For this purpose, our focus here is “ a time to plant, and a time to pluck that which is planted”.

If a couple waiting on the Lord for children, engages in quarrels that keep them apart most of the time, how can they have children?     Couples that spend more time quarrelling over little things, have allowed themselves to be subjected to pressures associated with delay in childbearing and it is unlikely that they would have a break through.

What they need to do is to get closer physically and move closer to God in prayer.

Had Hannah been busy fighting her husband over a portion allocated to her to take to Shiloh or fighting Peninnah who indeed was an adversary, she would never have thought of  making a vow while asking God for a child.

Ist Samuel 1 vs. 2-11. For this article we’ll consider verses 4-6 “ And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Penninah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions: But to Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah but the Lord had shut her womb.  And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut her womb”.

Rather, than fight Penninah, Hannah continuously wept and did not eat.

Let’s see Elkanah’s  reaction. Verse 8 “ Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest  thou?  and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am I not  better to thee than ten sons?

Brethren, the questions of Elkanah  could have provoked Hannah but she remained calm.

Notwithstanding the provocation from Penninah and even her husband, Hannah’s close association, made the Holy Spirit lead her to take an unusual step.

Verses 10 & 11 give us the details.  It states,  “And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.  And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine hand-maid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head”.

This very month, the Holy Spirit will guide you to take the steps needed to bring in your miracle in the name of Jesus.

If Hannah had been quarrelsome, she would not have been close to God enough to be guided by the Holy Spirit.

I do not know what you have resolved to do this year but you must be prepared physically and spiritually to attain that goal. For someone out there, you have made up your mind to put an end to your status as a perpetual tenant. What then do you do?

Psalm 127 vs. 1 “ Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain”.

It should be clear to you that you cannot build that house without the help of God.  So, the first thing to do is to ask God to make a way for you. Brethren, the Holy Spirit is capable of showing you the location but it is your duty to begin to save for it.  Put an end to unnecessary expenses and before your realize it, God will send help to you and by December 31 of this year, you will move into your own house.

With God all things are possible but we too must be prepared to play our part.

I wish all our readers, a happy and fruitful 2019 in Jesus name.