These days, it is common to hear people, even some Christians say things like, ‘things are bad’, or ‘business is not moving’ or even there is recession’ and even now as you read, you may even be saying, ‘pastor is it not true?’ or ‘isn’t it obvious?’ In response to that, there is a lesser part of me that wants to say ‘yes’ but there is the greater part of me, the god-me that does not just want to say ‘NO!’ but will continue to say ‘NO!’ no matter what happens. It is a continuous battle but by the Spirit of God at work in me, I keep letting the devil know that I am done with his poison. I am done with letting me accept his messages of discomfort, disease and failure because it is the ‘reality.’ I have seen a greater reality in Christ. “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:” (Job 19: 25-26) and as long as I see God, the devil and all his works must fade away.
This is because I have encountered the word of God and it has changed how I look at and see things. The word has affected and is affecting how I hear things. In Mark 4: 24, Jesus says, “…, Take heed what ye hear:” and in Luke 8: 18, he also says, “Take heed therefore how ye hear:” In both places, Jesus was re-establishing Proverbs 4: 23 – “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” He was telling them and is telling us now to be careful of what we open our hearts to knowing that what we say is a product of the things we have accumulated in our hearts (Matthew 12: 34) and indeed, a man shall unfailingly have whatsoever he says (mark 11: 23).
In times like these, our hearts must be like the road side hearts, not towards the word of God but towards the words that does not tally with the will of God for man talk less of His children of which you are one. Every word that spells sin, sickness, untimely and unexplainable sudden death, poverty, failure, stagnation must only be allowed to touch the surface of your heart as a football kicked hard by Amokachi or Kanu will hit a concrete wall. It has to bounce back. It must not stay.
These are times that the word of God may sound to many like fables and stories we use to give ourselves temporary comfort but if you must excel, you must allow the word of God to impact your heart and your entire being like a farmer’s hoe would the farm in the days of sowing. Such a soil becomes able to host a seed that will bring forth a great harvest.
We have to stop looking for the latest news on how the Naira is battling against the Dollar. We have to stop standing where people are wounding their hearts, talking about corrupt leaders in government. We have to stop looking for explanations as to why things are happening the way they are. We are being distracted from our source. We are being led into despair and tension is increasing in the land because we have given our attention to the devil’s media houses.
We have to turn our gaze back to God. They looked to him says the Psalmist and were lightened and their faces were not ashamed (Ps. 34: 5). In Psalms 107:6, he says again, “Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses”. This God has not changed. If we can pray, He will heal. If we can humble ourselves, He will lift us up again.
And as His beloved children He says “Let the weak say ‘I am strong’”. He says, “When others are saying there is a casting down, things are not good”, we must say, ‘there is a lifting, things are getting better’. We must realise that we are not of this world so we must not be afraid of what they are afraid of. In fact The Living Bible renders Isaiah 8: 13- 14 thus: “Don’t fear anything except the Lord of the armies of heaven! If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.”
I see you excelling in Jesus name. A philosopher said that ‘tough times do not last but tough people do’. You are a tough person because you have the indefatigable Holy Spirit of God working in you. You will not die like them. You will not fail like them. You will not go down like them for God has made a special; provision for you in this special season. I need you to agree with Luke 1: 38, “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word”, and I see you taking a delivery of a conspicuous miracle today and every day of this week in Jesus name. Amen.