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SUNDAY TONIC; THE ROUGH EDGES: WHY GOD SPARES NOBODY FROM HAVING CHALLENGES

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Have you ever wondered why nobody goes through this world without having challenges? Not even Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour succeeded in going unimpeded in His eventful 33year sojourn of Planet Earth; after which He returned gloriously to seat on the right hand of His Father in Heaven. It is good to imagine life without challenges. But if that happens, human beings will equate themselves with God and nobody will worship or obey spiritual instructions. All through the Holy Bible, it could be discovered that those who had the greatest challenges were those who served the Lord and became apostles; with many of them dying violent deaths. The truth is nothing is unknown to God Who does whatever He likes. Examine the case of Daniel in Daniel Chapter Six; and the case of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who refused to bow to smaller Gods and prevailed by their faith in God. Daniel 3:16-18. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are figures from chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel, three Hebrew men thrown into a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, when they refuse to bow down to the king’s image. God preserved them from harm and Nebuchadnezzar saw the four men walking in the flames. That was the plan of God Almighty to show His majesty. If servants of God experience rough edges all of the time, it only means that the Lord wants them to pray harder and for them not to believe that they can do anything without the assistance of the Lord. Why must all pray ceaselessly? Bishop Chris Kwakpovwe in his Daily Devotional ‘Our Daily Manna’ once pointed out the seemingly incredible: “Some of your secret enemies declare evil fasting programmes just to turn your life into a hard, barren and dry ground! There are secret powers that want you to weep! Others want you to suffer shame, stagnation and demotion.”  But why? The answer, as provided by Kwakpovwe is that God has programmed the world such that “If there are no battles to fight, nobody will make heaven!”  For those who belong to God, especially carriers of the covenant, divine protection is assured as God would always move to defend those who belong to Him. (Job 5:19-27 and Daniel 3). Also Rev (Mrs) Abimbola Adetuberu, has warned that spiritual negligence could be very costly. According to her, “The throne is actually a comfort zone,…

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