By Funmi Komolafe
Brethren, it’s another week, we give God all the glory keeping us alive.
This is an era of many strange events. People tend to relate more with what is seen in the physical but because they find it difficult to understand the spiritual, the spiritual is often dismissed as illogical or unscientific.
As a Christian are you aware that the Spiritual controls the physical? If you don’t believe, then you need to be tutored about this.
However, these are days that you need to find out more details about your spiritual leader. Our Lord Jesus cautioned in Matthew 24 verses 4 and 5 during a private discussion with his disciples. “ And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many “.
In verse 11 of the same chapter, the Lord Jesus warned, “ And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many”.
Brethren, you need to know the source of anointing that you subject yourself to.
Once a man or woman who called himself a servant of God, begins to give you bills for deliverance services, or ask you to bath by a river side, you need to be watchful.
Ask yourself, is this written in the Holy Bible? Once you cannot find a Bible passage that confirms this, just know you are in the wrong place.
Let me share with you the experience of a woman who was waiting on the Lord for children. She was taken to a prophetess somewhere in Lagos who was in the habit of ‘treating’ pregnant women and women believing God for children.
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This ‘prophetess’ gave her ‘patients’, water to drink. Though, the particular water brings out the smell of a fish, her desperate clients, drank without questioning.
One day, a lady who was led there by a cousin, asked to use the rest room, she was directed to the back of the uncompleted building. On her way, God Almighty, the one who knows the hearts of all men, opened her eyes; she saw a big hole almost like a pond with a big catfish inside.
She thought nothing of it and went her way. On her way back, she looked for the man made pond but found nothing.
It was then she realized that it was God that showed her the source of the ‘power’ of this so-called prophetess. Needless to say, that was the last day, she visited the so-called prophetess.
Many have fallen into the hands of false prophets and prophetess out of desperation.
Brethren, if indeed you are a true Christian and a true Believer in Christ, you will know that God is a miracle worker and not a magician.
A pastor can guide you in prayer but you must be able to pray yourself. For as long as you depend on others to pray for you without you saying a word of prayer, for so long would you live with that challenge that has held you down.
Many people out of desperation to overcome health challenges, barrenness, poverty, stagnation and others have fallen victims of false prophets who have compounded their problems spiritually and physically. How can a prophet that bows down to idols in his inner closet free you from sorrow or pains which are the trade marks of the forces of darkness?
Brethren if you fail to pray, you will become a prey of the forces of darkness.
When someone begins to offer you soap to bathe so that you can be promoted in your office and you comply, you may by yourself be sinking your destiny.
Who is our God? Isaiah 66 vs. 1&2 , “ Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD; but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word”.
Can you see how mighty our God is? He is not like an idol made by man that can be caged in a room.
Psalm 135 vs. 5 states “ For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods”. Brethren, make up your mind to overcome challenges, do not allow challenges to crush you.
See what God says of idols in Psalm 135 vs. 15-18 “ The idols of the heathen are sliver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them”.
You may say, but I don’t know what the ‘ man of God’ or ‘woman of God’ does in his or her inner room. You have a duty to be watchful.
As Christians we are taught to watch and pray. We are told to watch out not only for enemies but also those who claim to be Christian leaders.
Romans 16 vs. 17 & 18 also cautions Christians “ Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple”.
We are assured in verse 20 of the same chapter “ And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Brethren we are assured that there is no challenge that we cannot overcome once we are in one accord with Christ.
Why do you believe that the health challenge you have now will shorten your life. With Christ in you and you in Christ, you will see the end of that challenge. The challenge will not terminate your life.
I’ll share with you a testimony. A woman waited for 18 years to have a child. She had a son. On the boy’s first birthday, relations and friends visited.
Shortly after, this only child died. His parents were devastated. The Holy Spirit revealed that it was one of the father’s relations that took one of the boy’s clothes to an herbalist. By the time the boy died, the mother was pregnant. The Lord visited one of her friends in a dream and showed her a basket of beautiful flowers. The Holy Spirit told her to ask her friend why she was so sad, when he had prepared this for her.
The friend narrated the dream to the bereaved mother. It was then she disclosed to her friend that she was expecting multiple babies.
To the glory of God, she had a set of triplets, two boys and a girl with one of the boys looking exactly like the late son.
The enemies thought they had silenced her forever with the death of that son but see how God showed up.
Today as I write, the woman who lost a son now has five children. She had a set of twins, a boy and a girl after the triplets.
No one asked the relations not to visit again but they could not because God has put them into permanent shame.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, do you have full knowledge of your spiritual leader?
If indeed, you are serving the living God, you will triumph over all challenges.
May I remind us to pray that God comforts families who lost their children and loved ones in collapsed buildings or violent elections in our country.
The Peace of the Lord be with you in Jesus name.