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“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12 (NIV))
Recently, I remembered a man who towards the end of his training in the Medical School, suffered a serious spiritual attack, which left him effectively helpless. As expected, his family took him everywhere for care, all to no avail. Soon, his academic performance began to nosedive, and he faced the danger of being asked to withdraw from the University.
One day, he appraised his situation carefully and concluded that he could no longer cope. He, therefore, opted to abandon his studies altogether. But, before he left school, he went to the ward where he was posted to say goodbye to his patients. And along the line, he narrated his troubles and decisions to one of them who advised him ‘not to give up, but, to press on’ regardless.
She also assured him that his battles (troubles) were the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15) and that He would help him come what may (Isaiah 41:13). The man was so stunned by her comments that he reversed his decision to abandon his studies immediately. After that, he worked very hard on his studies, stepped up his prayer life, and trusted God to deliver him.
Before long, God delivered him, and he went on to enjoy good health, passed all his examinations, and graduated on time with his classmates. Today, he is a Senior Medical Doctor and a minister of God, preaching Jesus Christ everywhere. He did not ‘give up; he pressed on’!
Friends, are you on the verge of giving up on a situation? If you are, please press on! For instance, do not give up on your rebellious child; just press on with your prayers concerning his or her situation, and the Lord will save him or her (Isaiah 49:25). Likewise, do not give up on your failing health, instead, press on with your prayer to God to heal you, and He will (Psalm 41:3).
Are you stagnant at work and promotion seems out of your reach? If you are, please do not give up on praying to God about your situation; He will engineer your promotion at the most appropriate time (Psalm 75:6). Is your business doing badly lately? If it is, please do not give up; press on doing your best and praying to God about it. He will bless it someday (Deuteronomy 28:12)!
Please do not give up on your reputation, which seems to be in ruins at the moment. Rather, press on with your prayer to God to fix it for you, and He will shortly (Isaiah 62:2). Also, do not give up on your salvation, despite all your failed efforts to become born again. Just press on confessing the Lordship of Jesus Christ with your mouth, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
In a nutshell, please don’t give up on any situation that is troubling you presently, on the other hand, press on with your prayer to God concerning it (Philippians 4:6), and believe that He will reward your diligence at some point (Hebrews 11:6). In the meantime, keep doing whatever you can to ease your situation (James 2:17), and you will have good reasons to rejoice in the end, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so” (Proverb 3:27).
Shortly after I started working as a newly qualified medical doctor, an unemployed male nurse approached and begged me to get him a job in the government hospital. A few vacant positions were up for grabs at that time, and several thousands of nurses all over applied for it. He was one of them!
Meanwhile, in our setting, things are generally not done on merit, but on a connection. The nurse felt I had an enormous connection to fix him up, being a medical doctor. I told him I had no such connection since I was very green in the system. He did not believe me, and he continued to beg me ad-infinitum, till I caved in. I did not know what step I should take next!
The following day, I went to the office responsible for hiring health workers, and I pleaded with an elderly man I saw there to help me out. I wasn’t close to him, but, he told me 95% of the advertised vacancies had been grabbed by the few greedy politicians in charge, leaving just 5% for the rest of the populace. Nonetheless, he promised to put in a good word for my candidate if he did well at the interview.
Immediately, I started to coach my candidate for several hours daily till he went for the interview. In addition, I worked hard on his mind, assuring him each time that he would get the job if he remained positive. I prayed with him too, though I was not a Christian then.
The interview went well, and my candidate performed brilliantly in it, and the kind man lived up to his promise of putting in a good word for him, and he was given one of the few positions left. Today, he is doing great to the glory of God. I dared to do something good for him!
Friends, today, you too can dare do something good for someone out there. Put in a good word for him or her, do something on his or her bill or school fees within the limits of your resources. Visit that lonely old man or woman down your street. Moreover, rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).
Please, call or write to congratulate someone on his or her new appointment, birthday, promotion, success at school, etc. Your smile and warmth can equally make somebody’s day, so, use them liberally. It is okay to pray for people as well; remember, prayer is a very potent Christian weapon (James 5:16).
Yes, some people might have taken advantage of you in the past, kindly don’t stop doing good for that reason, and you will reap good rewards someday (Galatians 6:9). Remember, you will reap whatever you sow (Galatians 6:7), and whatever you do for anyone now, you do for God also, and He will reward you lavishly in the end (Matthew 25:31-40), in Jesus name. Amen.