By Funmi Komolafe

Greetings, in  the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I pray that whatever you set out to do this week, the Lord will guide you and you shall testify.

Brethren, today, the month of March 2019 rolls away, it will not roll away with our blessings in Jesus name.

Today, we are focusing on human induced challenges and how to cope with them.

Why do human beings afflict one another?  The Holy Bible tells us the answer in the book of Galatians 5 vs. 19-21: “ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the king of God”.

Many of the challenges we have today are inflicted on us by human beings most of the time for no good reason or no reason at all.

Do you know that for dressing well, you may have enemies?  Colleagues at work whose minds have been taken over by evil thoughts could begin to say in their heart, “ but we earn the same salary, how come she dresses better than us”.

Meanwhile the subject of their discussion has probably never asked any one of them for a loan.  She probably just knows where to get things at a cheaper rate.

These enemies within would never reason that way.   For them, her good dressing is their headache simply because she has an edge over them.

Perhaps the most common of these enemies within are found in our families.

This is one reason why couples in marriage should learn to tolerate each other.  Pray together and stop seeking alternative wife or husband that often brings everlasting sorrow into marriages and the lives of children.

Brethren, your wife or husband certainly has short- comings, as Christians, the solution can never be found in that alternative wife.  Rather, discuss the issues and pray together.  More importantly, one person must be humble enough to concede to the other.

First let’s look at what the Holy Bible tells us about conflicts in the home and enemies within. Micah  7 vs. 6 “  For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law  against her  mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own household”.

This passage is a confirmation to us that conflicts in the home didn’t start with your family.    However, it is more common in polygamous homes where the man of the house has gone to seek alternative wives many times for pleasure.  Often times, their envisaged pleasure usually ends in perpetual sorrow. Why is this so?  Whereas, the man simply considers the other woman for his pleasure, he can never tell what the wife or the alternative woman is capable of doing.

I’ll share with you the story of a family.   A man barely educated but richly blessed by God so that he began to own a lot of property in a commercial city.

Suddenly, he decided to take another wife for reasons best known to him. He took wife no 2 and took wife no.3.

Once a man takes a second wife, he is capable of taking uncountable number of wives.

When this man took the second wife, her first target was to push the first wife out of the man’s heart and push her out of the home. Since, she couldn’t do this physically, she began to consult herbalists and witchdoctors.   Her action can be said to be borne out of jealousy that the Holy Bible warned us against.

In the process of her ungodly journey, she sought the powers of the forces of darkness to afflict her husband’s first son.  This was her own way of unsettling the first wife, and eventually pushing her out of the husband’s heart.  She had calculated that the man would get fed up with the first wife and her troubles.

Mrs. Second wife succeeded as the first son of the family suddenly went berserk in the university where he was schooling.  Unknown to Mrs. Second wife, in the process of her journey she had been initiated into witchcraft.

Even the first wife, while seeking solutions to her son’s health challenge also consulted herbalists.  No relief came her way.   At a later stage, she met some Christians who told her the source of the boy’s health challenge.  She told her husband who instantly dismissed it and cautioned her against causing problems in the home.

After a while, with intense prayers and fasting in company of good Christians, the boy got cured to the displeasure of Mrs. Second wife.

Her next target was her husband. Since she had used her influence to secure enough for herself and her children, she decided to impoverish the man.

Suddenly, a man who was once rich began to sink financially.  He sank so badly that Mrs. Second wife left him saying she could not be associated with poverty.

By the mercy of God, the man met true Christians who prayed with him and the yoke was broken.  While praying, the source of his problem was revealed and he began to pick up again but the years of suffering had really battered his life and his family.

Brethren, we have a duty to avoid self -inflicted challenges.  The effect could be so sorrowful or even fatal.

The Holy Bible proffers solutions to such challenges.   Micah 7 vs. 7&8 is our point of reference.  It states: “ Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.    Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me”.

As truthful as the word of God is, we must avoid afflicting ourselves with challenges.  When others afflict, we cry unto the Lord for help but when you are the source of your affliction, it is unlikely that relief will come without genuine repentance.

Many times, afflictions that we bring upon ourselves are as a result of the type of friends or confidants that we keep. Many of those we call friends especially the ungodly ones are actually enemies.

Where the affliction is from unprovoked enemies, be sure that the Lord will fight for you provided you are in an accord with Him. Verse 10 of Micah 7 states: “ The she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God?  mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets”. Brethren, we need to be careful with the kind of friends we keep.

As for relations, you are not in a position to read their minds but relate with everyone with the love of God even when they antagonize you physically.

Remain calm and focused.

Take your complaints about that relation to God and watch how he will fight for you.

In the name of Jesus every plan of the enemy against you and your family will fail in Jesus name. Be confident in the Lord, refrain from seeking any alternative.

God is able to turn sorrow to Joy.  He has been resolving challenges before you were born and he is still doing so.

Just have your eyes fixed on the Lord, ask in faith, believe his word and you’ll be amazed what God will do for you.

Remember, we are still in the period of Lent, be a part of it and God will reward you in Jesus name. The month of April shall be a month of multiple blessings in Jesus name.

Shalom.

 

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