Well, yesterday I shared what the Lord taught me in his word from the book of Ephesians 6:10-12. (Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes, for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms).
And the devil heard me loud and clear. As I write this I want to tell you, sometimes it is good to preach what you know you will stand on and not just preach water and drink wine. What am I talking about here?
After a very powerful revelation from the Lord the devil felt very bad and he wanted to test me and see if what I was really confessing is real in me or I just wanted to please the world and take the praise that the Lord can speak to me. I want to say here today what I will share about my encounter yesterday evening. This is not for boasting or for making myself look like a queen or a perfect person, but to encourage you my friend whom the devil is targeting because he knows what you are looking for and the only person who can give you what you want is no one else but Jesus Christ our Saviour. Look here, it is not about you, but about what God wants you to be for his glory and use in his Kingdom.
Yesterday, evening I rushed to a class that I mentioned about earlier (OMBI) a class I am taking from my church programmes that is really teaching me a lot. Well, I arrived home on time and I had to share what I shared yesterday on my blog with my classmates too (life group members). I could not wait to share it and I remembered yesterday’s verse of the weak was based on Ephesians 6:10-12. I had read it before I read the other pages of the readings that I was to do that day and the Lord revealed to me what I shared with you. Little did I know that the Lord was revealing to me what I shared like an overview of what was intensely in the lessons that I was to read in preparation to my lesson session. After I went through the lessons, that is when I realized the power behind praying and fasting. We have all the power from God to do his work, but the devil has made us so busy with the things of this world and we are just lost in the businesses of this world that have entangled us from reading the word of God and hearing from Him. I am not saying we should not work or do the business we do on our daily bases, but I want to remind ourselves that we should have some time to read the world of God and listen from Him.
Anyway, I shared with my friends and to be honest they were like, what? Rose, even if we closed our books and went home, your sharing was just what we are reading today. All the same we had to do the lessons since it was more intense and I was just giving a nut shell of what we were to do and the class was very interesting from my highlight and my friends’ encounters too. It was such an awesome class and all of us after the class went home with a lot of joy and power in ourselves and we thanked God for his mercies and love for us.
Time to go home came and we had to part ways but I remembered as usual I usually drop my friends home since they live far. I took my car and to be honest my Car Insurance expired on 17th October 2011 and my Driving License in August. I have been trusting God that I will renew them in the course of the month but I got some delays that have caused me this embarrassment but I still thank God in the situation that I am in. In any case I do not use my car to drive to town, I took advantage that it was at night and no one will spot us because I had done it before and the Lord took care of us. I took my friends and funny enough yesterday I did not carry my pass nor my Driving License. In any case I knew even if I carried it, it was already expired so there was no difference anyway with leaving it. One of us who usually does not go with us also wanted to accompany me to drop our friends and it was fun going together and I thank God she did because we were all tempted and we all witnessed our Victory.
We never remembered to use the route that has no police checks and we remembered just when we got there and let me tell you, the hell broke loose. It was not an easy time for us because I had shared with my friends my Driving License was expired and the Insurance. You can imagine the scenario. So, the policeman stopped us and he asked for my Driving License and I told him I left it home. He asked me then, why are you driving without the Driving License? I repeated myself and told him am sorry I left it home and that is a mistake for sure but I pleaded with him to forgive me and he did. Little did he know I had even I bigger offence than that and he went and checked my Car Insurance. What I heard him say was just come out of the car and give me your car keys. He took the keys and asked me can you read this insurance cover of yours? I told him yes Sir. When is it expiring? I told him it expired on 17th October 2011 he asked me, surely even if I had to forgive you, can I really forgive you when you know very well you are carrying 5 souls in your car without an insurance cover? I told him Sir, to be very honest I am very sorry I did a big bladder but I thought I was saving a situation because it was late at night and raining. Now this reminded me what Paul was saying in Romans 7:15-25 (I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the Law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do- this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work; when I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s Law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the lay of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am: who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind on a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave of the law of sin.
My dear friends, I will not tell you; now that you are saved you will not sin. But I will tell you when you sin please do not justify yourself because I really justified my sin because I was expecting some money from somewhere, but it delayed and that is why I had not renewed my license but the fact here was I was wrong.
I tried pleading with him but he could not really know if I was sincere with what I was saying but I kept on pleading with him because I knew I was true to him and God himself knew I was honest and I did not stop pleading with him. That was a side of humility that I had that time that I never had before and the Lord is teaching me to have humility.
Let me tell you, when you are saying the truth remember it is only God who can tell that you are saying the truth, but the Policeman could not believe me and he decided for me to get away with that case I just buy him Nyama “meat” in (other words a bribe) which he said so lightly because he is used to be bought Nyama. I told him I did not carry my wallet so I could not buy him nyama and he insisted I should ask my friends to contribute we buy him nyama. I pretended that I am going to ask them and when I reached to them I told them I am not ready to bribe let them charge me but I do the right thing since I knew what we profess and we should do what we confess and preach “not to take bribes”. My friends supported me but it was not easy to convince him to let us go and also bearing in mind of the offences that I had committed but we trusted on God and continued pleading. We adamantly refused to bribe.
But deep down inside my heart I had the peace that surpasses all understanding and I knew that there is nothing that is impossible with my God and this is the time I should be strong in the Lord and in His Mighty Powers. I stood firm because the Bible reminded me that if I put on the armor of God I will be able to stand the tests of the schemes of the evil one. When they realized we were not cooperative they decided to gossip us in their mother tongue and it was also my mother tongue and that is where I got my breakthrough. Immediately he finished saying what he said, I commented in that mother tongue and I asked them, Surely, we are all human beings and we find ourselves sinning or doing wrong, can’t you forgive me even on the grounds that you are my brothers since we come from the same place and we are talking the same language and trust me that I will renew my car License immediately I get the cash?
To be honest, I can’t tell whether it is because I talked my mother tongue or because he finally trusted what I told him, but what I know it was my strength in my Lord that he is mighty and has all the powers to rescue me from all my shortcomings because that is why he brought His Son Jesus Christ to die for me once and for all for all my sins and to win all my battles.
My friend, how would you have reacted in such a scenario? Would you have given the “bribe” since you knew you were wrong and cover that sin instead of standing firm with the armor of God and fight against the schemes of the evil one because he also knows that we are bound to sin? I know very well, the devil, was saying, today, she will see us. You see how powerful she is because she is on God’s side, we will show her that she cannot leave our territory just like that she has to face us and know she will never have peace as long as we are here (devils schemes). Today, it is my prayer that I will always be alert so that I will win my battles because they are not through flesh and blood but against the powers of this dark world and his other evil schemes that are meant to destroy me but I am confessing today, my Lord is Mighty and Powerful to fight for me.
Be encouraged and stand firm to the faith that you have been called for and the Lord will fight all your battles. Walk also in the spirit and truth of the Word of God and you will not be ashamed to walk in freedom and peace that the Lord has called us to walk in.
God bless you and keep you! Amen!