Category Archives: Inspirational Christian Stories

Problem or difficulty never cease from facing humankind as long as he/she remains on the surface of this earth. Problem or difficulty has no regard of persons. This means that social status; race, gender, age, or other human statement of a person cannot affect or prevent a person from having it. Some problems are short lived, while some lingered. Whichever form your problem may be; both require solution. Some are short lived because the solutions are within the reach and capability of man. However, there are many problems, which linger because the solutions are not within the reach of man or man is not capable of finding solutions to them.

A lingering problem is a problem, which does not get immediate solution to it and may remain as long as the solution is not attainable. Lingering problems are of different nature, some are physical, spiritual, natural, material, emotional or mental. Approach to solving those problems takes different channels and means. Most of the time, solutions to these lingering problems are beyond man’s capability, they require divine intervention. Not all lingering problems can be solved by man expertise, but all can be solved divinely.

I want to appreciate the fact that God had endowed men/women of diverse profession with the spirit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding to proffer solution to problems that face man on earth.

I remember when I was young, whenever anybody had an ailment, that person could easily get a curing medicine to buy on the counter: or, a doctor would diagnose and prescribe drugs, which one could easily get to buy on the counter without having to go through a designated drug store that is linked with an insurance company. The job that one doctor would do effectively in those days is now being done by twenty doctors. A patient today will have to go through the twenty doctors before he/she could get a drug prescription. Pharmaceutical companies are no more producing medicines that can cure but only the ones that would relieve so that you can quickly come back to buy another. In addition, if you will ever get the ones to cure, you will have to spend your life savings to the doctors before you get such prescription.

God Almighty has the solution to all problems and He has distributed these solutions through His representatives on earth, namely, the ministers in the house of God and professionals in diverse fields.

Biblical examples of a lingering infirmity that receives solution

In the book of 2kings chapter 5, we read about Naaman, the commander of the army of the king ofSyria. He was a great man of honorable position in those days and relatively, the same to the present day. However, he was a leper. Imagine a man of his caliber, of whom we can say money would not be his problem to take care of his predicament. However, money cannot solve most problems. Uncountable rich men/women in our society today are suffering with one infirmity or the other covered under their garment.

Naaman was informed by his maid of the possibility of being healed in Israel. He shared the information with his wife and never hesitated to go to Israel without minding the consequence that may happen to him in the camp of his enemy. The Bible declared that “Therefore, do not cast away your confidence (boldness) which has great reward” (Heb. 10:35). He was healed by obeying the directive given to him by Elisha, the prophet, even though it was a reluctant obedience.

In the book of Mark, chapter 5 verses 25-34, we read about the woman with hemorrhage (issue of blood). She would probably be a rich woman or someone from a rich family. For twelve years, she was going from one physician to another. She did not get any cure until she touched the helm of Jesus’ garment. Again, money will not solve most problems. The woman heard about Jesus and she came behind Him, believing that if she could touch Jesus’ cloth, she would be healed.

What does the two recipients of the healing have in common, faith in Jesus Christ. Then, they followed up with action without any procrastination. A minute delaymay cost them their miracles.

Recent example

Recently, my wife was having pains in part of the body and her blood pressure was shooting up. We went to our family doctor who prescribed some drugs that will help to, at least reduce the blood pressure. After a while, the blood pressure persists and the next observation was that my wife started having part of her body swollen up. The doctor changed her prescription. The next observation was that my wife could not sleep in the night. More drugs were prescribed. The problem did not abate. My wife started receiving some heat from her forearm and her tight.

My children were a little worried concerning my wife’s health condition. One of them advised that my wife should go to the emergency section so that she can be diagnosed properly. After diagnosing, nothing was found. My son consulted one of his doctor friends who condemned some of the early treatments. She gave her own prescription, which we bought: but never gave a better result; problem persists.

All along, we have been praying for divine intervention for healing. Haven tried these two doctors; I concluded that other doctors would not do better. What we have to do is to intensify our prayer. We went into seven days fasting and prayer, rebuking whatever may be behind the unabated sickness by placing the Bible on every parts of the body that were affected; and claiming the word of God upon them through the name of Jesus Christ. Just by the time we were rounding up the prayer on the seventh day, she started having an unbelievable relief. A few days later, all the pains were gone. The Holy Spirit ministered to us that she should let off  anxieties and resentment from her mind, which she did by the help of the Holy Spirit. She has been feeling fine since the divine intervention.

All the time, however small an infirmity may be, either lingering or not, as a Christian we must pray and have faith that God is able to heal our infirmity.

Does this mean that the doctors cannot heal this ailment? Not at all. God had given medical practitioners the knowledge and ability to cure all sicknesses and diseases. However, many have misused and abused this endowment. The whole world is now living at the mercy of the pharmaceutical companies, failing to produce a curing medicine: and has giving opportunity for the insurance companies to exploit and extorting patients through their connections with dubious practices of many hospitals and doctors.

Many Christians are wandering with their lingering problems, looking for a deliverer outside the church, looking for solution somewhere while the solution is hanging on them. Does this mean that healing or solution to problem is found only in the church? No. as I have mentioned earlier, the society is so corrupt that you don’t even know who is a genuine solution provider.

The first thing to do when battling a lingering problem is to present your case before the Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient God, who knows all about your situation. Pray for divine intervention and receive a divine directive where to get a good solution provider. How He will do it, is not your business. His ways are different from ours. However, by coming to Him (Matt. 11:28-30), have faith in Him (Heb. 11:11-12), believing in Him (Mk. 9:23-24) and obeying (2Ki. 5:9-14) his directive, are the four cardinals to solving a lingering infirmity or problem.

What is the nature of your lingering problem that needs solution, is it spiritual, physical, emotional, material or mental; come, believe and have faith in God through our Lord Jesus, solution to your lingering problem is today; not tomorrow.

By Lawrence Abitogun


“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.  Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’  And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man,  yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)

I was posted as a security officer to a company for two days. One of my assignments is to monitor six security system-monitoring screens. Each of the monitoring screens except one has 16 cameras attached to it. The remaining one screen is the central, which shows a close-up of all the cameras from any of the other 5 screens. There is a system controller, which connects to all the monitoring screens; it controls the whole security system.

The first day I worked at this company, the central monitor was working normally and was responding to the controller. Two hours after I had resumed for duty, I lost control of the security system; the central screen was not responding to the controller. I did not know what was wrong, whether I mistakenly press a wrong button, I cannot just figure out. I tried all could by pressing all the buttons on the controller, but there was no response.

At the end of my shift, my reliever who is a regular worker at that site took over from me. I reported the problem I encountered with the security system to him. Unfortunately, he has no knowledge of how to put the system in order. Two officers changed shift before I resume for duty the second day, still none of them was able to rectify the problem.

When I resume for duty the second day, I began to work on how to put this system to work. If there had been a manual for the system in the site, I would have been able to read through and probably get the solution to rectify the problem. After much trial, cracking my brain and putting ideas together, I was able to rectify the problem and got the system working normally.

The Bible says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). The problem was caused by pressing a wrong button on the controller. The solution also came by pressing a button, which I have no clue to what button I pressed.

 

Lesson to learn

The whole idea thought me a lesson, ‘never to give up’. I did not give up in try to find a solution to a problem. The fact that those officer attached to that site, who worked every day at that site did not know how to rectify the problem with the system should not put me off.

The fact that many people are not successful in certain undertakings does not mean you will not make it in that same undertaking. The fact that not many people passed in an examination is not an indices that you will not pass it. The fact that something is hard does not mean you cannot have a breakthrough. It all depends on the individual to decide whether to say ‘I will make it’ or ‘I cannot make it’. Your choice will attract you.

What really matters as far as achieving something in life is concern is determination to embark, pursue and not giving up.

I was curious not only to rectify the problem, but also to know and gain more knowledge. I want to understand the system. Who knows, finding a solution to the problem might earn me a promotion.

 

It is not finish until it is finished

Do not give up when you are finding a solution to a problem until you think you have gotten to the end of the road. The Lord said to Joshua concern the Israelites, “there remained very much land yet to be possessed” (Jos. 13:1). What the Lord was telling Joshua here is that, you must keep on fighting and possess more land until you have finish conquering. It also means you should not assumed you have accomplished when there are still more areas to cover.

The Bible says we should keep asking until our joy is full. In the days of David, the Israelites warred against Benjamin and Gibeah. Israelites fell two times before Benjamin, despite the fact that they inquired of the Lord. However, they did not give up. They went the third time to enquire of the Lord and they defeated the Benjamites.

I attended a middle school function “Kids and Cadets” at Hubbard Middle School, Plainfield NJ. The function was packed with interesting activities, among which are, armed Trick Demonstration, Poetry recitation, Lift Ev’ry voice and sing, “Hip-Hop” dancing and among others.

However, the one which interest me most was a student who came to the stage to recite her poem. Her recitation was smooth and dramatic, which caught the attention of everybody. But before she finished, she forgot the last sentence of her poem and she became nervous. However, because of her early brilliant performance, there was a round of applause for her.

That applause does not go well with her teacher; she was not certified with that performance, so she told the student to recite her poem all over again. The student did not get it right until the fourth attempt when she cooled down and started all over again. Finally, she recited the poem smoothly like the first time she was on the stage.

Surprisingly, despite her mistake, her last performance was more impressing. She won the prize for that function. Don’t give up. Do it again until you get it right.

 

By Lawrence Abitogun

 


A renowned king, powerful and highly respected in my country, unto him many kings and highly dignitaries would go to seek for supernatural power for safety and political pursuits. A powerful king who belongs to the circles of what the Bible described as principalities, powers, ruler of the darkness of this age and spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Many years back, he gave his life to Christ, the King of kings and became a born-again Christian. He renounced membership to these entire demonic groups which he once belonged. He burned all instruments of demonic power which he possessed or in his custody. He surrendered all for Christ.

Customarily, when a king goes to the church or attends a Christian gathering, he removes his crown and leaves a cap to cover his head. This is to designate his position as a king from others. In the case of this king, he removes both the crown and the cap, and leaves his head uncovered to dishonor himself, but to honor God whose honor is due; the Lord King of kings.

He is not ashamed to dissociate himself from other kings who feel that they are above all and found it difficult to stand up to praise God or to kneel down to pray to God. His submission did not reduce the respect that is accorded a king or his popularity. Rather, he became more popular as an evangelist who goes around giving testimony in many Christian gatherings.

Undignified David

This is the kind of undignified and humility found in David when he was bringing the Ark of covenant back to Jerusalem. Without minding his position as king, or his personality as the head of all Israel, he emptied himself before the living God, dancing and praising God with all his might. What a joyful moment that would be.

However, while he was dancing, his wife, Micah, despised him, rebuking the king for lowering his prestige before his subjects and dancing. But David response was amazing, he said

“…And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honor” (2Sam.6:14-23).

No matter how highly placed you may be, when coming to the presence of God, you must empty yourself. Whatever you are, you are not above Him. A Christian who cannot humble him/her self before Him is clothed with pride. A proud person, God abhorred. Whatever a man becomes is not without the knowledge of God. God told David that He brought him out of sheepfold to become a king. David demonstrated how a Christian should humble and put aside any form of earthly glory or pride before God.

As Christian, your focus should be on how to please God. People may despise you as Micah did to David, your contemporaries will spite you for lowering your prestige; however, do whatever is necessary to worship God.

Humbled and exalted Jesus

Our Lord Jesus is another example we must emulate when it comes to humbling ourselves before the Lord. He being in the form of God made himself of no reputation but bowed to God the Father by doing according to His will, obedient unto Him to the point of a humiliating death on the cross.

In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus emptied himself totally to the will of God. He said,

“…O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39).

When a man undignified and humbles himself before God, He rewards him greatly, by promoting and exalting him above all. No wonder, David was giving the lineage of the kingship of Israel.

Likewise, the Bible says concerning our Lord Jesus

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phi. 2:9-11).

There is no how a believer humbles himself that he will not be exalted. Our Lord demonstrated this and is worth emulating. People may spite us, despise us, and bruise us or doing all sorts of humiliation to us for Christ sake; yet, we must remain focused on the Lord.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the (Heb. 12:2) throne of God”.

 

By Lawrence Abitogun

 






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