How To Get Out Of Trouble Fast 2


Getting out of trouble fast–when you get in– is something many, many Christians fail to do, simply because of a failure to recognize due process that is a character of the spirit realm. 

Isaiah 38 tells a story about Prophet Isaiah informing Hezekiah, then the King of the nation of Judah, to put his affairs in order, in preparation for his imminent demise. He was going to die and this counsel was as certain as God being on the throne. But Hezekiah didn’t accept it. And what he did was very instructive. 

The Bible says, Hezekiah turn his face to the wall. He turned from men and all their machinations. And all he could see at that time, was God. Put away all your rationalization for a solution and turn to God. Only He can get you out of trouble. 

Next, the King of Judah put God to rememberance. He said: ‘Remember how I walked before You in truth, and with a perfect heart.’  And then, Hezekiah wept sore before the Lord.

The story goes that in moments, God instructed Isaiah to return to Hezekiah and announce his healing;  give him a special confirmation of his healing and add fifteen more years to his life. Hezekiah beat the ailment and beat death in one fell swoop.

Through prayer, Hezekiah altered his destiny and so can you. And it wasn’t just the content of his prayer but the approach.

What approach?

God says, ‘Put me in remembrance, let us plead together; rehearse thine own cause, that thou mayest be justified.’(Isaiah 43;26)

The implication is that God–as the righteous judge that He is–wants us to rehearse our own cause before Him because we have an enemy who does not sleep but daily accuses us in the realm of the spirit as to why certain provisions that are ours by right should not be ours vitally. It is this due process that requires that you put Him in remembrance of His word by rehearsing your cause.

For instance, a Christian isn’t supposed to be unemployed. Ephesians 4:28 says this. It is your right to have work. But if you don’t know it, the accuser of the brethren, the devil will use your ignorance to rob you of many great paying jobs or business opportunities in the court of God.

God again says, ‘Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.’ (Isaiah 41:21)

Your responsibility is to produce your cause. You are suppose to be in health; produce your cause. You are suppose to be debt-free; produce your cause. You are supposed enjoy marital bliss; produce your cause. A cause is an overriding  conviction based on God’s will for you. Produce it in the place of prayer.

Next, He says, bring forth your strong reasons. These are the reasons why you should be healthy; why you should be debt-free; why you should live void of defeat. And no reasons are as strong as the reasons God himself has given us in His word. Search out the reasons for your cause and bring them forth as you pray to the Jugde of all the earth; the King of Jacob.

You know, Jacob earned the name, Israel, meaning, Prince of God, because according to Genesis 32: 24-28, he wrestled with God’s Angel and prevailed. But Hosea explains how Jacob’s wrestle story was an allegory; about how he prayed and prevailed.

The Prophet says, ‘Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;’ (Hosea 12:4)

He wept and made supplication. That was how Jacob prevailed. That was how Hezekiah too, prevailed. And this is how you too must prevail. The Bible says, He found God in Bethel, the house of God and there God spoke. 

Today, if you are born again, you are the house of God and right where you are, the Judge of the earth waits for you to present your case to Him so that He too can pronounce  His judgements on your matter. Enough of letting Satan speak and wreak havoc in your life. It is time to get out of trouble fast.

It is time to pray…a prayer of petition!

Shalom

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Low Birthrate, Robotization and the Case for Test Tube Babies


Malthusians have been correct for quite a while now. Low birthrate trends in the developed world have shown no sign of abating, going by statistics.

While countries like Canada have turned to immigration to solve potential demographic problems of an ageing workforce and weak taxation, Japan is turning to robotics because of its desire to remain a homogenous society.  But other homogenous first world countries seem to be caught in a dilemma with many playing the proverbial ostrich; holding out on diversity and economic growth.

Finland for example, like most of its neighbours, has been experiencing lower birthrates on a consistent basis.  It response: state incentives for mothers; the kind that would almost certainly make it a lucrative business to have children in other climes, but no. 

2016 birthrate figures show that Finland recorded its lowest number of babies born in 150 years. Statistics Finland, the country’s team of statisticians, projected birthrate figures for last year to be a worrisome 1.57.

Be that as it may, this kind of problems could eventually lead to the rise of gestational surrogacy as a solution…with a new kind of migrant worker–the surrogate mother from the third world.

Gestational surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman just carries and delivers a baby for another person or couple. She has no biological relationship with the baby because the sperm and egg are cultured in a test tube via the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and placed in her womb to carry it to term. The woman who carries the baby is the gestational surrogate, or gestational carrier.

Governments like Finland’s, concerned about keeping their populations homogenious while improving the number of future taxer payers may jolly well consider incentivizing healthy surrogate mothers from abroad to come and help create its own Finnish baby boom. 

But that’s only the beginning. Artificially boosting the number of babies born could pose new problems like higher foster care costs and even, human right violations. This is why government cannot approach the problem of low birthrate without carefully making laws and planting a pro-family message in its citizenry by way of national orientation to help encourage adoption and healthy families.

Robotization may be Japan’s way of dealing with its ambitions to sustain a homogenous society and sustain economic growth. But the rise of ‘test tubers’ could answers the demographic questions that face the most of developed world in the years to come.

How To Get Out Of Trouble Fast


If you are somewhere in your life right now, caught in a storm; or a pit; or a dark place, don’t fret. God has you. 

Even if it is divorce, debt or disappointment. Remember, God has you!

John Wesley, once said that it appears God would do nothing except we pray. In reality, he  was just echoing Jesus in Luke 18:1. We were designed to pray.

So we pray; not with mumblings of our muffled mouths that punctuate with ‘Amen’. Or the ‘moments of silence’ that we often rationalize with, ‘God knows my heart.’ We pray; reeling out of scriptures with some degree of in-depth preparedness; like a  well-researched lawyer in the middle of a nationally televised case.

‘Please your case’ the Lord says, ‘put me in rememberance of my word so that I may acquit you.’ But no, Isaiah 43:26 goes unbelieved…and undone. And that’s why many remain in trouble for so long.

‘Take with you words’ the Prophet Hosea says. Gather all the verses of scritpure that pertain to fixing the matter you are facing and pray them without ceasing.  

It works. It worked for the Apostles when they were threatened by the Sahendrin. It worked for Peter when he was imprisoned by Herod. It can work with you.

There’s is a Bible story in Genesis 32 about Jacob wrestling with God after which, he received  the name, Israel. It was an allegory about prevailing in prayer. 

How do I know this?

Hosea 12:4-5 says,

‘Indeed, he struggled with the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made petition to him. He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with him, even the LORD, the God of hosts; The LORD is his name of renown.’

He petitioned God and prevailed. 

“Put forward your case!” says the LORD. “Submit your arguments!” says Jacob’s King. (Isaiah 41:21)

If you want to get out of trouble fast, this is the way!

The Rapture Of The Church


We share a common destiny–if you are born again. But this isn’t about religion as it is about faith. 
Faith to accept the truth. Faith by definition, is acting in line with the message of the Bible; seeing things with the tunnel vision that may often seem parochial and not altering your stance at the possibility of apparent failure.
It was so with Noah about the flood. And though many people do not think that it really happened, the Mayans, a tribe in South America that kept accounts of this floods. Evidence by archaeologist, Robert Ballard support the occurrence of  a global flood around 5000BC. 

But then, Noah was probably deemed crazy when he began building the Ark and warning about the flood to come that God had told him to prepare for. 

It may be the exact same way today, when we talk about Jesus and the Rapture of the Church. So let it be known that one day–soon, this unimaginable event will occur and it will be reported across World media for what it was. It will mark the beginning of unrestrained wickedness across the earth, far beyond the proportions we see today in the forms of human trafficking, murder, wars, lechery and greed. 

The Church will be raptured someday soon. Better prepare!

Remember King Asa


Starting something is never as important as finishing particularly, if what you start has some serious merit.

King Asa was a great king of Judah who began his reign with the zeal of a newbee. He was a master at fellowshipping with the Lord and leading his nation to do same. Unlike many in his class of kings, Asa prayed some of the most profound prayers of any kings before and after him. 

One time he faced an army of a million Eithopians and defeated them with divine help. Another time he instituted laws that made it a crime not to pray to the Lord across the whole country. Asa even deposed his own mother for worshipping idols. 

And by His thirty-fifth year as king, there was peace, absolute peace across his domain. Complacence set in.

Then Baasha of Israel laid siege on Judah by  building a blockade that would cut the flow of supplies to Judah. This was a smaller problem than the Eithopian war and Asa was seduced to thinking he could just pay an ally some money to disrupt the incursions of Israel, which he did. He didn’t pray and he didn’t seek the Lord. He didn’t recognize that maybe the problem had come from not being in constant fellowship with the Lord and Israel had been allowed to move against Judah because God thought it would bring Him back to the prayer place.

Wars returned to Judah and within four years Asa the Great King and Reformer died. What is striking is that he didn’t die from the slash of a sword in battle but from a crippling generative disease in his feet that he again, refused to talk to the Lord about. 

His prayerlessness was an act of pride; choosing to depend solely on human efforts and not on God. But I wonder where it all started, since he didn’t begin his reign this way. It must have been a slow fade.

Asa is a warning not to heady about the crippling issues we are faced with in your life right now but to pray about them. 

Remember King Asa!

Pray Through To Victory!


If you study 1 Kings 18:41-46 and I think you should. You would notice that Elijah prayed seven times before He was able to effect the change. 
Sometimes, God may speak a word to your heart or a prophecy may even be given, but until we tarry in prayer, to the point of receiving a note of victory, God’s mandate in heaven will not be a reality on the earth . In essence, prayer is labour. It is conversing with God in a manner that is heartfelt and persistent until what He has said comes to pass in the earth.
In the coming weeks, I see a lot of climate issues still to come; social upheavals and unprecedented catastrophe across the world. God reveals these things, not because they are inevitable, but because He wants us to pray. 

Our prayers must not cease . In Acts 16:25, Paul and Silas didn’t just pray and sing,  they prayed until they sang. And here’s the difference: their singing was their note of victory if you noticed what happened thereafter. 

1 John 5:14-15 tells us there can be no unanswered prayers when we pray according to God’s will. He wills that our prayers be heartfelt and unceasing until we take delivery of destiny.

When the creator said men ought always to pray and not to quit (in Luke 18:1), He who constituted mankind and became a man himself, was admonishing us about how to live successfully. The prayers should not cease until victory is physically apparent.
God has a verdict on your situation. You just have to find it in the Bible and pray through to victory.

Leadership By Affiong Ene-Obong 


Leadership is about YOU. It’s about the responsibility you have towards yourself; the legal right and moral obligation to engage in a task without recognition, reward or applause. When there are no expectations, reward or applause and your goal can be achieved with and for others, you are a leader.Leadership is characterized by your attitude- your perception to life and lives of others which has absolutely nothing to do with your position in your environs or the society at large.

A man is not just a male or human being, one who displays the qualities of strength, courage, valor, husband, father, boyfriend or any other attribute peculiar to the gender as leadership isn’t associated with gender, leadership is solely dependent on responsibility.

A leadership trait can be discovered in a person through the behavior-Its behavior that determines if the person can execute tasks (responsibility) that would shape the lives of others not the desire to be powerful or famous.

Leadership revolves around four components:

• Person – the individual who is determined to take up responsibility based on the legal rights and moral obligations without fear or favor which largely depends on behavior (actions or inactions) and perception.

• People- the humans making up a group who have common interest play a vital role in our quest to engage in a task. They watch the individual to ensure he or she engages in the task effectively to produce an end result. A leader must be prepared for criticisms, appraisal from time to time as he climbs the leadership ladder.

• Process- a leader must evolve and enjoy every step as he climbs the leadership ladder

• Performance- a leader must execute his actions taking cognizance of his actions and inactions at every stage. Failure and risks are inevitable but perseverance and believe are key.

A leader must have the heart of a dove; display meekness in every way even when people criticize or spite the individual. However, the leader should apply wisdom and tact when executing his or her responsibilities. A leader must have the skin of a rhinoceros; thick skinned and not a leopard that changes its skin.

Energy management should be a leader’s primary task; He or she should be able to multi-task to execute what he believes could shape lives and change the world.

No one is born great. We strive to be better based on our believes and experiences

One true fact remains; there are no great leaders, there are great principles

One question we should ask ourselves is, ‘’If you are leader, would you want to follow yourself?’’

Affiong Ene-Obong is a lawyer, writer, poet and artist. She holds a Law degree from Babcock University. She is member of the Association of Nigerian Authors; Rivers State chapter, a member of the Sea View Poetry Club and member of Sisters’ Interact Network; an NGO aimed at helping women actualize themselves.

Her first book, ‘A Life Called Forever’ is a collection of inspirational poetry beautifully written to inspire, impact and transform lives. She spends her free time reading, writing, researching, learning new skills.

Her articles have been published in The Redeemed Christian Church of God magazine and B.A.B.E.S. Redefined Magazine; an insightful magazine which focuses on addressing the wholeness of women and by extension, the men who value and respect them.

Her poems have also been published on various blogs and websites. She is a polyglot, polymath and purpose driven. She is currently working on her second book; a novel which is centred on giving children with special needs love, roots and wings. She writes flash fictions, essays, short stories and poems.

Her works which centre on courage, hope, strength and encouragement has been described as inspirational.

She earnestly desires to inspire, impact and transform lives, fulfilling God’s purpose.

Affiong Ene-Obong resides in Nigeria with her family.