Praise God in that situation – Part 3
Job 1:1-3, and 13-19 says, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. 13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.”
Job was the greatest man in his days, but when Satan visited him, he lost everything in one day and was left with nothing. This man, who was fabulously rich, became very poor overnight. It was not that he lost his reasoning of or desired to be poor, but he was overpowered by a situation beyond his control.
If the above condition is what you are going through, and everything about you seems to be in disarray or destroyed in one day, I want to counsel you not to worry, because no matter the sudden ugly situation, nothing is hidden before God. Don’t forget what Job went through, but at the end, he overcame. As long as you are a child of God, that situation you are passing through is working for your good. Remember the Bible says nothing shall separate us from God’s love. The present situation should not be allowed to separate you from God, regardless of what you are going through. Rather, it should be an instrument to draw you closer to God.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
All things, including that ugly situation, are working for your good. Everything is working for your good, so let nothing separate you from God’s love or makes you to turn your back on God.
Romans 8:35 says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
I pray that your problems shall never separate you from God’s love. No matter what you are going through, hold your peace, don’t murmur or speak evil because God will see you through. I want to let you know that when you do the right thing, you will see God in action. There is no need to speak against God, your pastor, doctor, to panic or become faithless. It is not right to offend God and forget about all His wonders, murmur or complain. Just believe this God and you will see wonders. I assure you that when you do the right thing, you shall see Him in action. Never think that God has abandoned you and thus become faithless, murmur, or forget what He has done before. When you start believing God in all situations, He will surely do wonders in your life. So, refrain from murmuring or complaining and remember that the Bible says nothing shall separate us from God’s love. We are created for God’s pleasure alone, and in all condition, we must put Him first, if you want Him to sustain you.
Even if you are praising Him and discovered you have pain, He will take it away today, as you praise Him in all situations. God will put you in order, bless and heal your sickness, diseases and poverty, for He is more than your problems. God is more than the demons troubling or working against you.
Job 1:20 says, “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped.”
In the midst of the terrible situation, Job did not murmur or complain. Rather, he fell down and worshipped God, even though the children, the cattle and everything had gone, he still praised God. The man who understands God is that man, who knows that everything he has was from God.
Job 1:21-22 says, “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”
In the above Scriptural context, Job did the right confession and God gave him everything he lost and he said blessed be the name of the Lord if you follow the example of what I am teaching you here today, your problems shall be over.
After 10 Years Of Chain-smoking, Sis Ngozi Turns A New Leaf
MY name is Sister Ngozi Ndukamma. I want to share the testimony of my salvation, so that others will through it turn a new leaf. I was before now a captive or a slave to sin, serving and obeying the dictates of an evil heart and the promptings of an evil nature. But the Scripture says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. (Jn 8: 32). This means that the knowledge of God’s Word makes one free from the slavery of evil passions, corrupt propensities, and grovelling views.
I became a smoker five years before I ventured into beer business. I graduated into a chain-smoker, as soon as the beer business started. I could smoke three packets of cigarette a day. But one fateful day, a woman that lived on the street where I had the beer business invited me to their church.
When I asked to know the name of her church, she told me, “The Lord’s Chosen.” Meanwhile, at that time, I was attending a particular church in Sango-Otta. The sister said God specifically sent her to invite me to The Lord’s Chosen. I didn’t believe her and as such, turned down the invitation.
However, she was undaunted, as she kept coming daily to the beer parlour to preach to me. On a particular visit, she made a statement to the effect that she would not leave me, until she takes me to The Lord’s Chosen. I asked her why, and she said she was sent by God and left. But as soon as she left, I became restless and was seriously disturbed. At that time, I did not have a single dress. I was always in trousers. So, I told her that since the Lord’s Chosen members don’t wear trousers, I would not be comfortable in their midst. The woman said if I came to The Lord’s Chosen, I would see what God would do for me. I asked her if I could wear trousers and come since I had no gown, she said yes that God would still do His work on me. So, I promised that I would be at their programme.
After closing for the day, I still went home as usual with three packets of cigarette. Before then, she had directed me to where I would board their Free Church bus. But as I did not wake up on time, I thought the church bus must have gone. So, I resolved to seek alternative means, as I was determined to be in that Church that day. That also afforded me the opportunity to go to my sister to borrow a dress for the service. Before my sister gave me her gown, she asked where I was going with the gown, because she had been telling me to wear dresses, but I always insisted on wearing trousers. I told her that a Chosen sister had invited me to her church. My sister raised her hands and began to praise God on my behalf because I had been putting on trousers from youth. Fortunately, as I got to the bus-stop, I saw one of the buses of The Lord’s Chosen conveying people to the Church and joined them.
We got to the Church, when the Pastor was preaching. During the ministration, he made a prophetic utterance and said, “That woman who is into chain-smoking that came here for the first time, I command that yoke of chain-smoking to break in Jesus name” and immediately, I felt something left my body. Then my whole body started shaking uncontrollably from my head to toe. Continuing his ministration and referring to the Book of Deuteronomy 22: 5 which says, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God,” the Pastor said those women wearing trousers should know that they are into sin and are abomination unto the Lord.
Frankly, I had been hearing the Word of God, but none had touched me like that. Suddenly, I felt convicted and became remorseful for all my sins. The Pastor didn’t stop at that, he continued mentioning other sins by their names: fornication, adultery, smoking, abortion, lying, hatred, fraud, murder, having two spouses and idolatry, among others, and urging those involved to repent and give their lives to Christ, so that it shall be well with them. At the end of the ministration, the Pastor prayed for us, and it was like a big load was lifted off me. From that moment, I gave my life to Christ and renounced my evil ways. Today, I am a new person and by God’s grace, will never return to anything sinful.
Indeed, the God that saves one from sin is the true God. I have discovered the true God. He broke the yoke of 10 years of smoking in my life. Even in the village, they know I was into smoking, because whenever I wanted to smoke, I would hide. However, when I came out, they would still know that I had gone to smoke. I didn’t believe that smoking is a sin, but now I know better. Now, the yoke is broken. Moreover, the God of Chosen has changed my business. I am very happy to be a Chosen. Praise the Lord!
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