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.

Look on the asset side

The balance sheet is one of the first concepts you learn in basic accounting. It shows a snapshot of the assets, liabilities and equity of an entity at a specific date. The balance sheet indicates health and determines what is possible. An entity with little cash, huge liabilities and low equity is not likely to go on a shopping spree. They will exercise caution, until their assets increase over liabilities, which increases equity or net assets. The net assets indicate what you can play with, what is truly yours.

Since reality is first spiritual, I see a spiritual parallel. I have an invisible balance sheet, as everyone else, which I hold in my heart. My assets are my resources and strengths. My liabilities are my needs, desires, wants, challenges or responsibilities. If on taking a snapshot of my life, I perceive that my liabilities far outweigh my assets, I could panic, be sad, get depressed or give up on life. Economics further blinds one to the truth, as it is based on this faulty premise: human wants far exceed available resources.

I have chosen to see that God is my asset. He said something truly amazing to Abraham – “I am your shield and your reward”, which He also says to everyone in Christ and invites everyone without Christ to partake in. King David said, “God is the strength of my life.” He also said something mind staggering, “God is my inheritance.” Jesus said something I cannot get over, “The kingdom of God shall be in you.” God is my asset, my strength and my inheritance. Anyone in Christ needs to see that God is on the asset side, meaning all is well and nothing is impossible. Why? Remove your needs, wants and challenges from God, you still have God, undiminished.

Mathematics expresses this truth. Infinity – x = Infinity, where x is any number.

Being in Christ is not religion. It is God becoming your strength, for any need, want or challenge. The good news is that spiritual strength translates into visible realities. Otherwise, God is a fraud or merely a fable, and He is not. I am thankful that the invisible word of God enters our world, becoming tangible and visible, just as Jesus Christ, the word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. I am grateful that likewise, my invisible reality can become visible, with my input.

As 2011 comes to a close, if you focus on your remaining liabilities, you may not be full of gratitude but if you focus on the asset side, you will soon be singing and dancing. Even if you have liabilities going into 2012, your equity is still Almighty God, and that is worth singing, dancing and celebrating about, all through 2012.

Merry Christmas.