Hand Over Your “Battles” To God

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She’s 28. She is light complexioned “beauty queen.” She has a very good job. Life is really good for her. She has a very reliable fiance, with whom they have already concluded plans to go and say “I do, I do”. She would pass for anything you would call a happy and lucky lady.

In the middle of all these “good news” is a very sad aspect of her life – her boss is making life miserable for her. According to her, he insist on sleeping with her if she wants to continue working in the bank. She’s confused. She loves her job. She does not want to be a prostitute by exchanging her body for job security. She does not want to cheat on her fiance. What should she do?

There are similar battles everywhere – home, school, office, place of residence and even in the church. There are some battles that are hard to fight. This particular one is one of them. The tendency is for the lady to consider the good job and scarcity of such jobs and therefore want to give in.

The good news is that there is no battle that God cannot make the “strong men” appear like a human beings without skeletons. He has shown His awesome power in the most unimaginable situations. Hallelujah !!!

I call Exodus 14 “My Comforter.” This chapter often brings tears to my eyes every time I read it (even as I do this post). It’s a familiar story – a story of “hopelessness turned into testimony.” With the Red Sea in front and thousands of Egyptian warriors behind, God told Moses to tell the seemingly hopeless Isrealites : “Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward..”(Exodus 14:15). That really sounds stupid, with the reality on ground. But “…the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses.”(Exo 14:30-31)

Goliath was another oppressor who thought that size, power and weapons were more potent than the word and power of God. Everybody doubted David’s ability to confront, let alone destroy the giant. But David said “…moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Sam17:37) God did !!!

This is basis of my recommendation – God has shown His awesome wisdom and power in my “battles” in the past and so I can confidently tell the lady here to hand over her battles to God and enjoy the last laugh !!!

Because God fought for the Israelites and David, their stories ended up with testimonies. I have many to share myself. So, when “oppression” shows its ugly face, take up David’s attitude :

“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. ” (1 Sam 17:45)

Looking forward to reading your testimonies.

Thanks for your time.

 

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Girls And Greed !!!

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I just received this joke on my blackberry messenger : Maths Gone Wrong!!!  A bank manager confused with his maths, asked his secretary to help out: “I have N23,000,000. What will you take off to get 25%?”

She replied “Sir, honestly I will take off my blouse, my skirt, my bra even my panties” 🙂 :).  It sounds funny, but it brings to the fore a very serious societal/global problem – GREED !!!

Greed cuts across gender, race, location and forms. But the one I really want to address here is greed among girls/ladies.

Recently, we read about the horrible story of three female undergraduates. Weather real or imaginary, one cannot overlook the alarming rate of greed among girls these days. Gory news have ceased to scare or deter these die-hard girls from their “runs.” Pastors and high-handedness of some parents have equally failed to stem theses escapades. University campuses have been turned to business centers where we have alarming cases of sex-for-money, sex-for-material things or sex-for-grades.

No wonder I once worked with an accounting graduate who could not draw up a simple Trading Account. No wonder, a medical doctor cannot handle a simple malaria case. No wonder a mechanical engineer does not know the difference between a brake pedal and a clutch pedal. No wonder a teacher cannot teach unless she reads a written material and then and explains what she has read. No wonder a lawyer cannot argue cases successfully in court. No wonder…No wonder..

This sad trend transcends the campuses into the larger society. The craze to “belong” and to be a “big babe” has reduced girls to cheap prostitutes. To make matters worse, secondary school girls have been bitten by the bug. Soon, they will “graduate” to the next level when they enter the university.

It is an open secret that girls use the best of phones, especially the blackberry, most of which are “payments for services rendered.” One opened up that she did not buy her Blackberry Torch with her own money – as if I did not know.

The most interesting aspect of all these is the contribution of parents! Why would my daughter live beyond my provisions and I appear unconcerned? Why should a parent actually send their daughter to go and collect money from one “money-bag” that they hardly know? Why would a parent be unconcerned about the kind of friends that their daughters keep. Why do parents shy away from paying their children, especially the girls, surprise visits on their campuses?

Levi 19: 29 says : “Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a shore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.” “For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.” (Prov 23:27-28).

As these “big babes” forge ahead with their “trade”, they persuade their friends and onlookers, directly or indirectly, to join their “runs.” They flaunt their “rewards” before all that care to look and give you dozens of reasons to justify their actions. Prov 7: 25-27 says : “Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”

One thing greed usually does is to “blind’ its victims and equally make them ‘deaf ‘to words that would pull the off its firm claws. In the end, when catastrophe strikes, the victim is left all alone to be comforted, in most cases, by regrets, blames and sorrow. However, in some cases, the victim never has the opportunity to tell her story.

Right now, the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) has been on the trail of human traffikers, who have succeeded in traffiking many greedy Nigerian girls into prostitution abroad. Sadly, some of these girls may never see their families again!

Even though my post could just be like dropping a pin in a very busy market, I leave you with the words of God : “The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul…”(Prov 15:31-32)

A word is enough for the wise !

Thanks for your time and have a blissful Easter.

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