A very present help in trouble

Yesterday morning, I was awoken from sleep by a phone call from Busayo, my youngest brother saying my brother Tobi had just been abducted from his house by four armed men.

His life was in the balance.

In order for the day not to be turned into a day of mourning for his pregnant wife, his 2-year old daughter and the rest of us, something needed to happen, quickly.

Theoretical knowledge of God fails at such times. When confronted with the fragility of existence and life hangs in the balance, you need a very present help in trouble.

I was tempted to despair but we all chose to declare words of life, safety and deliverance. I asked that there be neither fear nor panic but confident declarations.

Ronke, myself, my parents, the whole family and close believers within and outside Nigeria swung into action, spiritually. Bunmi my sister, alerted the police. We made quick calls of faith, not fear among ourselves.

We invoked the blood of Jesus and employed praise, acknowledging the One fearful in praises, whose mercies endure forever. Tobi had also been invoking the blood amidst his captors.

In less than 2 hours after the abduction, I called Busayo, to say we should switch to praise, only to be told Tobi had just called! He was safe. He had to be. Victory celebration erupted in the house of Ilesanmi.

The details of the deliverance spelt divine intervention.

The abductors had taken him away in a new car, which got demobilized on the way and they told him they will kill him if the car does not start after the count of 5. Before they finished counting, stray policemen showed up! The armed robbers fled.

The police began to beat him up and handcuff him, thinking he was one of the robbers. Before they could “waste” him, another set of policemen which Bunmi had alerted, came to his rescue.

This is not my first time of proving God a very present help in trouble.

I want deliverance not only for my family but for my nation. A system that encourages indiscriminate wastage of life in pursuit of daily bread needs urgent attention.

I will be working actively in concert with others to turn around the destiny of Nigeria. Without necessarily raising our voices in the streets, we will replace the system that breeds robbers with one that encourages industry and service. In union with Christ, we will quietly Renew Nigeria.

Details will emerge soon…

If you are Nigerian, I hope you get involved – as this incident showed, spiritual, not physical presence, counts the most. If you are not Nigerian, please follow the progression of a nation from trouble to peace, with the help of the very present help in trouble.

19 thoughts on “A very present help in trouble

  1. Psalm 44:1-8….1 We have heard it with our ears, O God;
       our ancestors have told us
    what you did in their days,
       in days long ago.
    2 With your hand you drove out the nations
       and planted our ancestors;
    you crushed the peoples
       and made our ancestors flourish.
    3 It was not by their sword that they won the land,
       nor did their arm bring them victory;
    it was your right hand, your arm,
       and the light of your face, for you loved them.  4 You are my King and my God,    who decrees victories for Jacob. 5 Through you we push back our enemies;    through your name we trample our foes. 6 I put no trust in my bow,    my sword does not bring me victory; 7 but you give us victory over our enemies,    you put our adversaries to shame. 8 In God we make our boast all day long,    and we will praise your name forever.

  2. 1God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,3though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. “Selah”4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most Highdwells.5God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.7The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. “Selah”8Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth.9He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.10″Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”11The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. “Selah”HALLELUJAH

  3. I am glad that this all turned out well for you and your family…and yes in times of crisis being spiritual is not always what people want to hear but being logical is what is also needed. And that’s what you did when you advised that the police be called immediately.

    The rest is just as important as praying with conviction not fear as you all did then leaving things in God’s hands…”all you have to do is STAND!” And well God answered, like he always does and the rest is history!!!

    • I believe God uses human beings even in miraculous situations and He will not do for you what you can do for yourself. Spirituality does not suspend our minds, it elevates it. All that can be done needs to be done, while trusting only in God.

      Thanks for your contribution.

  4. Wherever your FAITH stops is where your MIRACLE stops? It is a triumph of faith and testimony of glory. Violent faith is not a stagnant faith, it is a moving faith. God finally moved us all to a NEW LEVEL of FAITH (Higher Faith). Faith is putting God’s word to work thereby committing God’s integrity to perform. Until God sees your faith he does not move into your affairs. Faith is God’s invitation card. Thank God for FAITH and His WORD.  His Word’s also work WONDERS. 

  5. Really, truly a very present help. I love that you “chose to declare words of life, safety and deliverance”. I will follow Renew Nigeria. Powerful declarations. ‘…with God all things are possible.’ Mathew 19:26 Because… God doesn’t just tell you what to do, He gives you the power to do it.

  6. Thank God for His faithfulness to us. What the enemy intended for evil, He used as a tool to take your family into a deeper experiential knowledge of who He is. Nigeria must be renewed. It has no choice given that God already promised to give His Son the nations as an inheritance. We will be transformed one testimony at a time. Yesterday it was the house of Ilesanmi. Tomorrow it could be mine or anyone else’s. The key will always be responding in faith to a God who we have known intimately in the secret place. Thank you for sharing this bro. Take care and God bless.

    • We will be transformed one family at a time. Amen.

      I love this: “The key will always be responding in faith to a God we have known intimately in the secret place.” Profound.

      It is what transforms heart knowledge into experiential knowledge, which makes us through witnesses and not mere “believers”.

  7. Thank God for a happy ending. Tolu, I cant imagine how you all felt at the time. Thank God for a family of believers. Praise is more than praising God; its a very powerful weapon. Times when I am overwhelmed and cant find the right words, all i can do is praise God. It works every time.  

    This is very encouraging, that no matter what God’s got us covered. 

    • “No matter what, God’s got us covered.”

      My brothers and I have this thing among ourselves called “actor concept” which implies that the main actor in a movie usually never dies. Incidentally, he told me that when he was abducted, he thought of the “actor concept” and just knew he would not die, even if he got shot.

      With God, we are more than actors – we are more than conquerors.

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