Life is like a spring, with concentric circle of good and bad, distress and pleasure on its way up or down. Good and bad, distress and pleasure is a normal circle of life whether you are on your up in life or on your way down. If you haven't had a distress, wait it will come.
As long as the earth remains seed time and harvest, day and night shall not cease, a concentric circle of life, moving up, never stopping. The spring can continue, until you cut it, never stopping, never ending.
The Way to Good
God designed that sometimes the way to good is through the seemingly bad. Diamonds are always found in the rough, Gold always purified through fire. In the concentric circle of life, the way to pleasure is distress and the way to distress is pleasure, a combination of both brings out the greater good. Would you call it bad when a child falls while learning to walk? To the child it may be bad, but to you with the positional advantage of hindsight, you know that falling is an inescapable path to walking. Yes sometimes it is intended for evil, but God is a master at turning it to good
When we realize that the way to greater good is sometimes through seeming distresses, then the way we perceive distress will change. There is always a diamond in that rough, there is a gold in that dirt, there is a Usain Bolt in that toddler who is keeps falling, there is a ministry in that your misery.
I know a friend of mine who came to Lagos for his youth service in 2000 and worked with a Corporate Promotion outfit. After his youth service, the company would not regularize his appointment. He struggled, prayed, lobbied, but eventual had to leave the employment of the Firm. He also began to apply to other places and did not get any job. Meanwhile he had been making handmade cards from his secondary school and also read Fine Arts in the University, and haven worked for this corporate promotion company, he decided he would start soliciting for Corporate gift businesses. He put together some gift samples he had and began to make presentations around companies in Lagos he also registered his business and focused on it. Soon he was awarded his first contract and the rest is history. As at 2009 he had travelled to UAE, Kenya and the UK both on holiday and business and is currently on his way to China. He is married and has a lovely baby. His name is Diamond - Lanre Ajayi.
I cannot even begin to tell the story of one of the foremost female speakers in the world - Joyce Meyer. She told stories of her abusive childhood. Yes it was intended for evil, but when she turned to God, God used it for good. Do you think the Joyce Meyer Ministries would have been touching lives like it is doing today had she not gone through those days?
Jesus. Imagine if he was not betrayed by his friend Judas, hated by his cousins and crucified by the people he fed , how could we have come to glory. His death was by all means intended for evil, orchestrated by hell, meant to silence him, slay him, thwart God's purpose for him, but he stayed with God and God had other plan, had the devil known, he would not have crucified the Lord of Glory. God knew that by his death, he would bring many sons to Glory; His blood would speak for our redemption. He will be an effective high priest because he would have been touched with the feeling of our infirmities. What was intended for extreme evil, God planned for good.
Can I preach to you? You are currently going through your worst experience right now. Things are tough and bad, so bad that you haven't stopped crying all night. But if you stay with God, God would work all for your good. It is time to begin to rejoice, because even though the enemy intends to destroy you by it, But God has another plan. What was meant for evil, God will use to accomplish his goodness in your life. There is a ministry in that misery; there is a gain in that pain. God spoke me in 2003 and said " Azubike, if you will come to me I will come to you, those that come to me I will not cast out. no matter how bad or how tough, if you come to me I will come to you."
Remember Joseph, You know he would never have gone to Jail had Potiphar's wife not lied on him. He would not have been lied on had he not been sold to Potiphar by the Ismealite. He would never had been in the custody of the Ismealite had he not been in the pit. He would never had been in the pit had he not been hated by his brother. Now his brother hated him. They did not sell him to accomplish God's will, they intended it for evil. But he stayed with God, learnt from him a dozen things and no matter how bad it got, he came out on top. Now imagine if all this evil never happened, he would never have met Pharaoh’s butler and baker, never have interpreted their dreams, never have been privy to the King's issues and had the opportunity of solving them, and never had become the 2nd in Command. He will never have preserved Israel and accomplished God's will and promise to Abraham. He told his brothers "What you intended for evil, God planned to good". He stayed with God and saw the good!
All things, life, death, evil, good all work to accomplish God's plan for our lives and that plan will be accomplish if we do a dozen things we will discuss later.
Jesus told the parable of the man who built his house on the rock. he said "when the storm came and the wind blew, it beat vehemently against the house, but the house stood because it was founded on the rock. Notice that Jesus used the word "When" which is adverb of time depicting certainty, and he did not say "if" adverb of probability. Certainly the wind will come, one day, definitely, without fail. so it is a normal cycle of the life. But also notice that intrinsic in the parable is the fact that the storm was not permanent, it ended. No matter the distress, it will end. It must end, it can never be permanent because that is not it normal abode.
God didn't say there won't be trouble, but he promised to get us out of it. Psalm 91 "I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. . ." the eyes of the Lord runs to and fro the earth to show himself strong on the behalf of those that love him.
You don't prepare for war in he time of war, winners prepare for war in the time of peace. The story of the Ants comes readily to mind. The Ant prepares for winter in summertime. The book of Proverbs instructs: "Go to the ants, consider its ways and be wise". Your outcome in life is a product of the things you pay attention to. You need to know a dozen things to do ever before the winter comes. If you are already in distress, then reading this material implies that you know at least to come to God, look for solutions and learn from Him a dozen things to do to pass through your current situation.
A Dozen Things:
1. Keep a positive /faith attitude
2. Keep yourself in good spirit; clean up, dress well, smile and don’t cry too long.
3. Eschew all forms of bitterness: the root of bitter grows up to cause trouble. Love people, and don’t add to the trouble.
4. Forgive everyone who has hurt you.
a. Forgiveness is an act of faith. You take that position “I have forgiven and that is it. I refuse to hurt anymore; I sow my hurt as a seed, and stay with the forgiveness”. When issue come up again, you say, “no, I have forgiven, I have taken that position and I am not moving away from to the left or to the right, I have taken that position”. That is the act of faith. That is how to forgive by faith!
b. You know we talk about forgiving and forgetting, and so we find it hard to stay in forgiveness because we never really forget, but what God says is forgive and be healed. Don’t forgive and forget, forgive and be healed. You may remember afterwards but you have forgiven. You believe you have forgiven and you stay there. Forgiveness is an act of faith.
c. The bible talks about faith being in our mouth and in our heart, so to walk by faith then we have a combination of believing in our heart and then confessing with our mouth what we believe, lining up our thoughts with what we believe, and speaking it everywhere and all time whether we feel like it or not, in and out of season. You also know that to walk by faith we have to stay with it, and when any thought come into your mind contrary to the truth you believe, we pick up the word you are standing on in your mouth. This is the same way we walk in forgiveness. You have stand in faith taking hold of God’s word and speaking it, thinking it etc.
5. Forgive yourself also and ask God to forgive you. Sometimes the distress you are going through may be as a result of what you actually did wrong. Yes you made that mistake whatever it is, but you must ask God for forgiveness and you must forgive yourself. God is faithful and just to forgive you your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. And then, he justifies you.
6. Stay in faith all the time. Create imaginations and reasonings in line with the truth (God’s word), and the result you are expecting.
A. Listen to tapes, read books, pray, really pray, believe, watch videos that speak to you, keep the word going in and out of your mouth. Summarily, just create an atmosphere of God’s presence around you.
B. Speak to yourself often and affirm your believe out of your own mouth.
7. Release your love for and to others.
a. Don’t stay closed up, give! Give your time, money and comfort to God and to others.
b. Develop an out-flowing personality. Stay in friendship.
8. Humbly analyze all the things that you can connect and start reprogramming yourself for your victory.
- Make decisions like deciding to pray and give, loving your family and friends.
- Change, really change.
9. Go out and find a new beginning. Trust God, don’t be discouraged or afraid. Remember God is with you. He said “I will be with you in trouble, I will help you. I will not give you up neither will I lose my grip on you” (Hebrews 13)
10. Keep a thankful and thanksgiving attitude for whatever progress you’ve made. Don’t fret. Remember Philippians 4: 6-7 “Don’t fret or be anxious for anything but in all things with prayer supplication and thanksgiving, make your request known to God and the peace of God. . .”
11. Call your mum. I mean, keep in touch with everyone whose love and friendship your value. Don’t disappear.
12. When it is ended, turn your misery to ministry. Turn your problem to a platform. Realize that there are several people who are also going through your same situation and be a blessing to them.