The Journey of Faith
by Ayo Oboro
It's been said that once you give your lives to Jesus Christ, you become spiritually connected to God and all the promises in the bible now belong to you. We are told to appropriate the promises and we do. We call those things that are not as though they are. We make declarations, confessions and our lives are transformed.
So take a walk with me down memory lane. You and I were in Egypt, in the world, in slavery. We were serving wicked taskmasters, suffering and smiling. We made some measure of progress and some of us were happy, content but some of us wanted more. We wanted a change, we wanted to be set free. Those of us that needed a change called out to the God we didn't know, a God we were not serving, a God we had only heard about from our parents, friends and perhaps the bible or other religious books that we had read at one point or the other in our lives. We called out to Him and He sent us a friend, a relation, or even a pastor on television. Just like in the bible days when Moses first showed up, they rejected him because they were looking for a giant of a man with superhuman strength that would enter Pharaoh's palace and kill him.They thought that Moses would come with a mighty army and take on the army of Egypt. In the same way, we often look for a Moses in full armor that would take us out of Egypt, swishing his sword. We are not prepared for the "still small voice", the tug on our hearts, that 'thing' in us saying we should surrender. We did not believe but as God continued to speak and we started seeing signs and wonders, we decided to give this voice a chance and we surrendered.
There was no fanfare, no trumpets blasting, no clashing swords but we knew something had changed. We followed with excitement when we heard about the promised land, a land flowing with milk and honey. We rejoiced and danced because we had been set free and we promised to serve this God for ever. Then as we journeyed, following Moses, we saw the Red Sea in front and heard the Egyptian soldiers coming from behind. "Moses! Dear God! I didn't sign up for this. Is this how you're going to get me to the Promised Land?" "Can't you see the sea before me? Can you hear the sound of the soldiers coming behind me? You have come to kill me in this place,you wicked man." We shouted, we cried but it did not occur to us to pray through instead we ran to this Pastor and that Minister who gave us prayer points. The sea parted and the soldiers perished, rejoicing we resumed our journey. Our journey to the promised land started when we gave our lives to Jesus Christ, when we surrendered to him and asked him to lead us. He promised and he will fulfill his promises because the Bible says His promise are yea and amen. As you embark on this journey of faith... Beware, Be vigilant, Be wise. The Red Sea and the Egyptian soldiers are just a few of what you will face. The walls of Jericho stands before you, the people of Moab, Amon and Mount Seir are waiting. The king of Edom will refuse to let you pass, Amalek will attack when you are weak. Be aware that at some point in your journey there will be scarcity of water, food and perhaps no meat and you may be tempted to look back as you remember the leeks and onions you 'enjoyed' in Egypt. Egypt will look attractive when the people of Ai who you felt you could deal handle with eyes closed defeat you. Our promise land is heaven and all the challenges that we face and we will face should not deter us. It is very easy to forget the slavery, pains and all other things that we suffered in Egypt. Though we have embarked on the journey to the promised land Egypt is waiting for us to come back. Hebrews 6:4-6 - "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift,and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the son of God afresh and put him to an open shame."
Written by Ayo Oboro for The Kingdom TV