Weekly word: Divine turnaround 2

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By Pastor Tope Banso

Glory be to God! I’m glad to bring you the concluding part of this message. If you missed the first part, you may please request for it.

As you begin a new week, the Lord shall give you a divine turnaround in any area of your life you need it.

I‘ll like to remind you that our main text for this message is Luke 7:11-17 – the story of how Jesus restored to life the only son of the widow of Nain.

Jesus brought a turnaround into the life of this widow. The Bible says in verse 15 “And Jesus gave him back to his mother.” This season, Jesus will give back to you that which you’ve lost. He’ll give back to you that over which you’ve lost hope. He’ll bring back to you that which you consider dead and is about to be buried. Even if it is already buried like Lazarus who had been buried for four days and was already stinking, the Lord will restore it to you (John 11:38-44).

If Lazarus who had been buried for four days could experience a turnaround, it is not yet over for you! He was already smelling terribly; his sister, Martha, confirmed that, yet he was restored to life.

By the power that is in the name of the Lord Jesus, I declare that it is not over for you! Receive back what you’ve lost.

Receive your restoration. As the angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone at the door of the grave of Jesus and sat on it, so shall every barrier against your progress and fulfillment of your destiny be rolled away in Jesus’ name. I declare that every good thing that has died in your life will come back to life in Jesus’ name.

It was not only the dead son of the widow of Nain that people had given up on. It was not even only Lazarus. Even Jesus Christ after he died, the enemy thought it was over for him, after all, Jesus had said on the cross, “It is finished.” May be the devil and the human enemies of Jesus thought he said, “I am finished!” They must have had a hearing problem!

Pilate released his corpse to Joseph of Arimathea to bury. He, together with Nicodemus, buried Jesus and rolled a big stone against the entrance of the tomb to secure it as it was the custom (John 19:38-42). However, at the request of the leading priests and the Pharisees, Pilate approved that Jesus’ tomb be sealed and guards be posted to protect his body from being stolen by his disciples who would then lie that he had resurrected as Jesus had said prior to his death (Matthew 27:62-66).

However, the disciples had no such plan. What a feeble plot by these religious leaders against their Saviour! But God who sits in the heavens must have been laughing at them (Psalm 2:4).

So after Jesus had been buried, his enemies concluded it was over for him. But they were wrong! Jesus rose from the dead by the power of God. Death could not hold him captive. He experienced an unprecedented turnaround, the first born of the dead! “Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint” (Matthew 28:2-4 New Living Translation). What a turnaround!

Any satanic seal on your life is destroyed in Jesus’ name. Every demon that is monitoring and supervising your life is bound in Jesus’ name. As it happened to those guards posted to guard the grave of Jesus, so shall it happen to all the human agents who will not let you go. If they don’t repent, they shall be shaken by the power of God; they shall be afraid and fall into a dead faint in Jesus’ name.

This is your time

It doesn’t matter for how long life you’ve been wallowing in that problem. This season shall be your turnaround. You’ll come out of your ‘grave’ in the name of Jesus. The woman with the issue of blood was in a mess for twelve years, but one day she experienced her turnaround (Matthew 9:20-22). I see the Lord turn around your life, your home, your business, your career as you touch him by faith just like that woman did.

By the mercy of the Lord, that man by the pool of Bethesda was healed by Jesus after thirty-eight years in his affliction. I’m not sure your problem is up to thirty-eight years, but even if it is, Jesus will give you a turnaround this season. “One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, ‘Would you like to get well?’ ‘I can’t, sir,’ the sick man said, ‘for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.’ Jesus told him, ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!’ Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath” (John 5:5-9 New Living Translation). Without anyone to help this sick man, Jesus gave him a turnaround. Jesus is all you need and he is coming your way right now. You’ll not miss your turnaround in Jesus’ name.

Do I need to mention the case of that woman who was crippled by the devil for eighteen years? (Luke 13:11-17) She was bent and could not lift up her head for eighteen years! Just try to bend down for eighteen seconds and see how enjoyable it is! This woman was not bent for eighteen seconds. Not eighteen minutes. Not eighteen hours. Not eighteen days. Not eighteen weeks. Not even eighteen months. But she was bent for eighteen years. When all hopes were already lost, Jesus gave her a turnaround. Jesus will give you your own turnaround. Glory to God!

Have faith in God

All you have to do is believe. Jesus said, “Anything is possible if a person believes” (Mark 9:23 NLT). In Mark 11:22-24, Jesus said, “Have faith in God. I assure you that you can say to this mountain, ‘May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it” (NLT). Did you see that again? Jesus is telling you now to have faith in God, make your request in faith and not doubt. He adds in verse 25 that you should forgive anyone you have a grudge against. If you can do that, you’ll surely experience your turnaround in Jesus’ name.

I pray for you in the name of Jesus, receive that turnaround in your life, marriage, family, business, career, etc, in Jesus’ name. Just have faith in God, doubt not, forgive, and patiently wait for your miracle! You shall testify.

But in case you’re not yet born again, the first turnaround you need is to give your life to Jesus. It’s the best thing that can happen to you and should happen to you now.

TAKE ACTION!

If you’re not born again, kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent and confess my sins. Forgive me Lord. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God.”

I believe you’ve said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You’ll need to join a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church in your area where you’ll be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things becoming all God wants you to be. I’ll be glad to hear from you. Do have a very blessed week.

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●●BANSO heads CEDAR MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL, Abuja, Nigeria.
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