LAME BUT STILL USEFUL
By Pastor Favour Onoja
“And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth” (2 Samuel 4:4)
It does not matter what you have gone through in life, everyone of us is born to achieve his or her purpose. There is an anointing on your head for the completion of your assignment.
If you have been dropped through association, marriage, friends, business and the society, you can stand up again. Maybe you made an attempt to succeed, marry and you fail; Brethren, you can still rise again in the name of Jesus, Amen. The Bible said “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branches thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof was old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; yet through the scent of water it will bud and bring forth boughs like a plant … if a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come“(Job14:7-9,14).
Get ready, God is going to move you to your next level where you shall matter and become a voice in your generation. For you to make any significant success, you got to know who dropped you and where you were dropped. A problem is best solved when you analyze the source. Have you been dropped through a wrong relationship, association, circumstances of life, sickness or the society? There is hope for you.
“And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years” (John 5:5). This man was at one spot for thirty eight years. His heart was so much conditioned that when help finally came, he could not recognize it.
Jephthah was dropped by his own brethren. Can you imagine, his own brethren dropped him, just like they did to Joseph. “They thrust him out, and said unto him, “Thou shall not inherit out father’s house, for thou art the son of a strange woman” (Judges 11:2). It does not matter where they thrust you to. They may have thrust you into the wilderness of life, but the kind of wilderness you go through is determined by the kind of Ministry God will give to you. Wherever they thrust you to, just regroup and make a comeback and fully your Ministry.
He went to the land of Tob to prepare himself. Just prepare yourself for greater things ahead. Do not entertain pity party. God will create an opportunity for your comeback. I don’t know how long Jephthah dwelt in the land of Tob, but the Bible said “It came to pass in process of time, that the children of Ammon made war against Isreal, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob”. (Judges 11:5) Brethren, it won’t be long, God will orchestrate a situation for your to be remembered in Jesus name, Amen!.
The greatest limitation that can keep you where you have been dropped is the captivity of the mind. When your mind is rendered captive, you can’t rise above where you are. Recently, an experiment was carried out on an insect, whereby, the insect was cultured for two weeks, and covered in a jar with a lead. The insect will then fly to the top of the jar, the head hits the jar cover and then goes back. It continued, got used to it until after two weeks that the jar was opened, it could not fly above that level, not knowing that it can now fly to any height.
It does not matter where you have been dropped, if you can work on your mind through diligent study, change is inevitable. The result you produce in life is determined by the amount of light you receive or information available to you. Intercession is enhanced when information is on ground. You cannot have information and not have motion; you cannot have motion and not cause waves; you cannot cause waves and not make news. Information bails you out of frustration. What you hear determined you drive and direction.
“For she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited his people by giving them bread (Ruth 1:6). Ruth clung to her mother in-law through what she heard. What are you hearing in that mess you are in now?
And Elijah said unto Ahab, “Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain (1 Kings 18:41). The type of sound you hear will anchor your faith in whatever mess you are going through.
Sometimes, you got to be dropped to think your way through. Until you are dropped, you don’t see reasons to advance or go forward. You cannot appreciate the mercies of God until you have been dropped.
The Samaritan woman was dropped through marriage and tradition. There is nothing that hinders the flow of the anointing like tradition. Tradition can stop you. She had five husbands and Jesus exposed her nakedness, her wounds; and poured His healing oil on her.
Wherever you have been dropped, Jesus will reach you right on time. His hands are long enough to reach you where you are.
Juanita Bynum, an American Preacher said “Don’t get off the train, enroute to your destiny”. Wherever you are now is a bus stop. Don’t accept the alternative for the real thing. The Samaritan woman had five bus-stops, courtesy of marriage. She was not fulfilled. She might have wanted to smile, but there are wounds inside of her cover, but Jesus reached her situation and picked her up. He said to her, you have been at Five Bus Stops, but this train is a different one. It is a train that carries destitute, those cast down, those afflicted and He took them to the Kings table where every provision for their restoration is packaged. The train is on a mission and its direction is to the King’s table. It is orchestrated for your recovery.
Mephibosheth was dropped for 20 years. He dwelt in the land of 10 – debar, a land of no communication. He could not fulfill his destiny, call and the assignment over his life. He could not even afford an accommodation of his own, even though, by destiny, he was to be in the Palace yet he was dropped (2 Sam9:1-13).
It does not matter where you have been dropped, your placement is at the King’s table. Even our failures are our success! They represent the miracle you and I survived. No matter how wounded you are, no matter how handicapped you have become, no matter how far you are from where you could have and should have been – you will still make it to the Palace and sit at the table with the rest of the Kings’s kids! Yes, even though you still have a problem tucked under the table cloth that other people cannot see, you still belong to the Kings’s table. It is the command of the King!
He was a Prince among Princes. That was his position, and hidden under the table was his condition. His return to the Palace was goodness. His return to the Palace was goodness. Your position can overcome your condition.
Mephibosheth got a kingly invitation that changed his life forever. Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords is also extending His invitation to you to come. He said in Math.11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lonely in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.
As you honour this invitation, he will give you rest from that hopeless situation, divorce, stagnation, unfulfilled life in Jesus name, Amen!.
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