I used to work and live in a town located in the potentially prosperous, but, criminally neglected oil and gas producing Niger Delta region of Nigeria. One of the things I first noticed when I got there, was its disturbing high rate of crime. At a time, almost everyone I knew there, had been robbed at least once, and all of them had very frightening tales to tell.
The general consensus then, was that we would be robbed someday too. But, no one knew when and how it would happen. Eventually, a gang of about ten (10) fully armed, fierce looking, marijuana smoking, and very noisy robbers, invaded our compound around 1.30am one day. Definitely, they came to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
All we could do on sighting the gangsters, was to say a short prayer! But, before we did, I remembered Jesus Christ (John 11:1-44), Daniel (Daniel 6:1-28), and Jonah (Jonah 1-2) in quick succession. I remembered before God did great miracles through them, they gave thanks to Him first.
Straight away, I believed God wanted us to demonstrate our trust in Him, in prayer and thanksgiving. So, I held my wife’s hands, and prayed thus: “Father, we thank you for each time we call on you, you answer us. Please, deliver us from these armed robbers, and let this siege end right now, in Jesus name. Amen.”
After saying the prayer above, we held our peace, and trusted God to save us. I even toyed with the idea of taking a nap at some point.
Before long, one of the armed robbers spoke in a subdued, but, clear and determined voice that he was no longer interested in the robbery operation, because according to him, he could sense a powerful force around our house, which he was not ready to confront. Please, remember we are talking about very dangerous criminals who were high on drugs here!
Some members of the gang soon backed him, and an argument erupted among them. Suddenly, they fled our compound in disarray, leaving their leader behind. Eventually, he (i.e. their leader), took a hard, but, disappointing look at our house, shook his head, jumped over our fence, and melted into the darkness.
And instantly, Acts 2:21 zoomed into my mind. It says: “And it shall come to pass, that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” The hasty retreat of the armed robbers from our compound, also brought Deuteronomy 28:7 to life in my mind. It says: “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”
My wife and I trusted God; we called on His name, and He saved us from those dangerous armed robbers. This same God is interested in saving you today as well (Isaiah 35:4). Without a shred of doubt, you are safe under Him!
Your life is safe under Him (Psalm 91:11-15), your children are safe under Him (Isaiah 49:25), your household is safe under Him (Acts 16:31), your health is safe under Him (Isaiah 58:8), your business is safe under Him (Deuteronomy 28:12), your reputation is safe under Him (Isaiah 61:7), your land is safe under Him (Deuteronomy 11:10-12), etc.
Guess what? Your dream of attaining Heaven is even safe under Him. But, you must give your life to Christ to begin with. That is, you must be born again! It is when this is settled, that you stand the best chance of attaining Heaven; the Kingdom of God (John 3:3).
Friend, are you born again? Congratulations, if you are! But, if you are not, then, this is a good opportunity for you to do so. Please give your life to Jesus Christ today, and it shall be well with you, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies