BE WISE! LEARN FROM OTHERS

The Bible recommends that you follow those who have obtained what you are striving for. These people are examples whom you respect and have received the testimonies you desire. The Bible says: “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). One major way of being “followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:12) is through their biographies. These could be a book, or an audio or video recording. 

A biography is the life story of a person written by someone else. As a wife, it is important for you to study the biographies of wives who have excelled and have thus inherited the promises. Biographies provide examples to learn from because the secrets of men are in their stories. You must understand the secret of learning from examples if you want to get to God’s destination for your life. History has a way of always repeating itself, either negatively or positively. There are biblical and contemporary biographies for you to learn from. The Bible is full of stories of those who lost out of their destinies and those who made full proof of it. 

A few of them include – Gehazi, Elisha’s servant and heir apparent to the great unction and anointing upon Elisha’s life and ministry, who unfortunately lost it all to covetousness (2 Kings 5:20-27). Instead of becoming an anointed minister, he ended up as a notable leper. Judas was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, and like the others, he walked and dined with the Lord, but ended up betraying him due to covetousness (Matthew 26:14-16). He did not only end up becoming a loser on earth, but he will also spend eternity in hell because he did not repent before taking his life. He ended in shame. Delilah, a lady who could have married God’s servant and probably become one of the most referenced wives in the Bible, gave in to covetousness and sexual sin (Judges 16:1-21).  She became an instrument in the hands of the devil and was not spared. She died alongside those that sent her. David, the man after God’s heart, who “with his whole heart he danced for the Lord” (2 Samuel 6:14).  He was a generous giver, who solely provided all that was needed for the building of the temple. His constant enquiry from God caused him to win all his battles. And when he was caught up in sin, he cried out for help and was forgiven (2 Samuel 12:13). He maintained his position in the heart of God, and God established his throne forever (2 Samuel 7:16).

When you study the lives of those who have gone ahead of you, you will be able to learn from them and avoid their pitfalls. In our contemporary world today, there are examples of men and women worth emulating. Find out about successful ministries and the wives behind them, look out for their secrets, follow them and you will become the next success story. You can’t become a story until you acquaint yourself with the stories of others who have obtained a good report. “Those who don’t have references, never become a reference.” This is true! One tree never makes a forest. Every man that is now a reference has had to identify with several references of men at some point. The Bible says, “Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him” (Isaiah 51:1-2). As you look unto God, the Rock from whence ye are hewn, you are also to look unto your father Abraham. You are not to look only unto God but also unto the fathers who have gone ahead of you in the race. As you look at their lives, you are able to interpret the scriptures correctly and see further. Wisdom demands that you stand on the shoulders of those who have gone ahead of you, and their stories are invaluable assets in achieving yours. Your place will only be secured by the degree of illumination you carry. Time is precious and irrecoverable. Instructions are the pathways of wisdom. As you study the lives of those who have already inherited the promises, it becomes easy to wisely avoid the mistakes they made and pick instructions from what they did right. 

However, be aware that you must be discreet enough not to take everything you read or hear hook, line and sinker, but rather apply wisdom in knowing what to learn and what to unlearn by avoiding their mistakes. I take delight in reading biographies of ministers and ministers’ wives, especially those who have been in full-time pulpit preaching ministry. For instance, I have read biographies and other books written by great men and women of God such as Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye and late Pastor (Mrs.) Bimbo Odukoya. Remember, for you to see brighter, you need the shoulders of those who have gone before you. One major way of doing this is by reading their biographies. You can take advantage of this truth.

PREVAILING PRAYERS

(Psalm 5:1-12)

To prevail means to overcome, to overpower, to conquer, to defeat, to have victory, and to win. Prevailing prayers usher in seasons of rest, glory and testimonies. One of the three areas that prevailing prayers must address in your life is THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR LIFE (Psalm 11:3). 

The foundation is the basis for breakthrough and deliverance to take place, and the righteous can have a faulty foundation (Psalm 11:3). Examples of men with faulty foundations:

  1. Jabez, whose foundation was sorrowful (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).
  2. Jephthah, who was born to a harlot (Judges 11:1-2).
  3. Reuben, who was cursed for committing adultery (Genesis 49:3-4) and his descendants were also affected (Numbers 26:7, 32:1-5, Deuteronomy 27:1-13).
  4. Eli, who was cursed alongside his generation by God (1 Samuel 2:30-36).
  5. Gehazi, who was cursed alongside his generation by Elisha (2 Kings 5:27).

However, there is hope for anyone with a faulty foundation as seen in Reuben’s case where his descendants were delivered by the prophet, Moses (Deuteronomy 33:1-6). It is the joy of the Lord for you to succeed in life and to make it to heaven (13 people gave their lives to Christ, while 35 people were attending for the first time).

PRAYER POINTS

  1. Lord, please disconnect my destiny from the spirit of death, failure, disaster and tragedy in the Name of Jesus (Jeremiah 15:15,21).
  2. (One of the strategies of the evil foundation is to put an evil mark on the affected, therefore say,) Father! By the Blood of Jesus, blot out, remove every evil mark upon me, my spouse and children in the Name of Jesus.
  3. O evil mark! I address you by the Spirit of God and the Blood of Jesus, leave me by fire!
  4. Father! Every evil fire that the enemy has ignited in my life, let it quench now in Jesus Name.

POWER OF DOMINION

Genesis 1:25-31

I welcome you very specially to June, the month of Man (male and female) and Dominion according to the order of creation. I pray that this month of June shall be a great month for you, and the Lord will grant you and yours dominion over the battle of life this month in the Mighty Name of Jesus.

The Bible says in the text that God made man in His image and after His likeness, and He gave them dominion over every other creature of His Hands. Dominion means power, success, greatness, victory, promotion and everlasting joy. All these shall be your portion this month in Jesus Name.

In other words, we are replicas of who God is, both in nature, grace and ability. God must have had something in mind when He decided to create us just exactly like Himself, and you will agree with me that whatever God does or says is exactly what He means. Therefore, we can easily conclude that we are to put on the nature and mind of God according to Philippians 2:15. It is my prayer for you this month that in whatever area of your life where you have fallen short of the glory of God, there shall be full restoration for you in Jesus Mighty Name.

The Lord expects us to activate the ability He created in us to be like Him this month of June, and what are they?

  1. Victory in All Areas of Life (Psalm 98:1): 1 John 5:4, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” God has never lost a battle and as a matter of fact, He is the Lord of Hosts, and when He decides to fight for you, at the end of the matter you will pity your enemies because God fights until nothing is left. I, therefore, pray for you that your enemies shall never see your end and you shall be victorious as the Lord fights your battle this month in Jesus Name.
  2. Holiness and Purity: Leviticus 11:45, “For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” This is an essential characteristic of God that all of us must be conformed to and see as a way of life. It is only then that we would be entitled to the glorious promises of God for our lives.
  3. Divine Blessings and Prosperity (Psalm 24:1): It is common knowledge that God owns everything you will ever need to make life pleasurable for you. He says “silver is mine and gold is mine” (Haggai 2:8) which means as a child of God, you are entitled to whatever God owns in His majesty. You will never be hungry or lack any good thing throughout this month in Jesus Name.

I, therefore, implore you to continuously pray for grace this month for you to be whom God has created you to be in life. It is my prayer for you that you shall be victorious in all your ways this month in Jesus Name.

Prayer Points:

  1. Thank God and praise His Holy Name for giving you the privilege to see another month in peace of mind and good health.
  2. Father, please give me grace this month to be whom You have created me to be in life.
  3. Father, because You are my God and Father, and You possess everything I need to make life pleasurable for me; please remove poverty from my life beginning from today in Jesus Name.
  4. Father, please do not allow my faith in You to waiver in Jesus Name.
  5. Father, throughout this year, make me succeed in all good things I lay my hands upon in Jesus Name.

Shalom!