“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile and I ‘ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”

Topic — John Newton: Adversity Is The Mother Of Prosperity [Sunday 6 August, 2017]

(2 Corinthians 4: 10-18).

“I was born in 1752, died 1807. The only godly influence I can remember was my mother, whom I had for only seven years. When she left my life through death, I was virtually an orphan. My Father remarried and sent me to a strict military school, where the severity of discipline almost broke my back. I could not stand it anymore, so I fled in rebellion at the age of ten. I joined a ship going to Africa. There, I stole rum and was always drunk. I made up my mind to sin to my fill without restraint. Once in the ship as I was drinking, the sailor ( Captain of the ship) beat me and threw me down below within the ship cabinet. I lived only on stale bread for weeks. I lived with a scar on my side, big enough for me to put my fist into. In the midst of all these, to keep the ship afloat, I worked along as a servant of the slaves that were being transported.

There, bruised and confused, bleeding and degraded, I remembered the words of my mother. I cried out to God for His grace and His mercy. God heard me and changed my life. When the ship landed, I married a childhood sweetheart and entered the ministry. Crowds often gathered just to hear my testimony of salvation. I was led of God just before my death to put my story in words/a hymn.

My name is John Newton. The song is: “Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound.” Goodness! Can you imagine that such a popular / powerful song that has blessed billions of souls was born from adversity and pain? The lesson for a user of today’s devotional is that God is able to bring great good through the difficult seasons of your life. Oh! I remembered being set up, lied against and blackmailed by a syndicate that demanded for money and a house from me, early this year! I was shocked and angry and determined to fight for revenge, but God exonerated me in a mysterious way that is now a great testimony!

But why God allow His people to pass through agony as a route to their glory land? Ah! Hear LOU HOLTZ: “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile and I ‘ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” Great good will come out of any allowed difficulty around your life/ ministry! Hold on to God. Hold on to hope against hope!

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Prayer Points: Take Song 1: Stand up for Jesus……….

1. Lord, turn whatever the enemy meant for bad or good now, in Jesus Christ name. Worship God for His amazing grace.

2. Pray about any problem affecting your peace and declare that it will lead to your good. Receive grace! Receive Peace! now, in Jesus Christ name (Pray it very well).

3. Pray the morning, afternoon and evening devotional prayers.

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By Bishop (Dr) Chris E. Kwakpovwe (Cek)
Publisher/Writer Of ODM And

Rev (Mrs) Flora E. Kwakpovwe (Fek)
Co-Publisher/Writer Of ODM.

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