Sometimes life really sucks, and when I say really sucks, I mean really sucks: you know, those moments when you mess up things so bad that you wish you could just turn back the hands of time. Yep! That’s what I am talking about. So I went through one of those moments—I have actually been there many times, but this time around, after losing it and acting irrationally I sat down to reflect on my life and to talk to God; that was when this thought or message came to me.
You have probably read this verse a couple of times, “….the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8);” I have as well, but upon reflecting on it, I actually realised how much God has always been there for me through all the ups and downs of my life: He always made a way when all seemed hopeless: he always provided a solution whenever I stopped focusing on the problem and set my mind on His bigger picture for my life and this universe. He is a great God, but before I share any of my testimonies with you; this is what came to me as I pondered on His word.
We are told in Revelation 13:8 that, the lamb (Jesus Christ, The Word of God) was slain before the foundation of this world: He was slain for our sins: that is, the sins we were yet to commit: the problems we were yet to have. God provided a solution because He knew the future even before we were formed in the wombs of our mothers.
In Jeremiah 1:5, God tells us that before we were formed in the wombs of our mothers He knew us. The question is: so did God know you were going to indulge in pornography? Did He know you will fail in school? Did He know that you will loose your temper and say things to hurt the people you love? Yes He did, He knows your weaknesses and flaws and knows the end from the beginning. But then again He tells us this, the lamb that takes away the sin of the world was slain before the foundations of this world. Are you getting it? Before the world was formed; before sin entered our world; before you even knew the difference between right and wrong; before you made the mistakes you now regret, a solution was provided to turn everything around in your favour.
So someone might be wondering what this has got to do with our current societal problems: you know, family divisions, broken relationships, financial hardships and more? Everything! You see, no matter how dark the journey of life gets as we wrestle not with flesh and blood but with principalities, powers etc; no matter how much our flesh causes us to sin against God and the people we love, God wants us to know that He has already provided a solution—even before we came into this world.
Think about it! No matter how bad the situation is, God has already provided a solution; Even before you had your kids, before you got into your relationship which is now bitter, before you discovered your purpose, God provided a solution to every wrong turn you will make; He is God and loves you just as He loves His Son and this is the message for you today.
You know that verse that says if the devil had known that killing Jesus would have led to his defeat he wouldn’t have killed Him?
“Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:8).”
Now imagine this, the lamb had been slain before the foundation of this world, in the spirit—the unseen realm—and all God needed was a man in the natural to die (and conquer death by His power) in order to bring salvation to many. Jesus had to die, He had to experience our pain, He needed to go through all the pain and sorrows man goes through in order to conquer and provide one solution to all our pain and sorrows. This is epic! All our solutions are in this one man Jesus: all our solutions are provided in that one sacrifice made by Christ. For He was slain, so we receive glory, riches, wisdom and more.
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing (Revelation 5:12).
One prayer one revelation
In Jeremiah 33:3, God says: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Call unto Him in your darkest moment and He will show you great and mighty things (solutions, breakthroughs, inventions) that thou knowest not. Many of the solutions to our problems were provided in the natural years before our problems began. The life of Joseph is a perfect example. God can use anything; many times we walk through places or attend schools, conferences, workshops and more; not knowing that these places and sometimes even the people we meet there, are all a part of God’s plan for our deliverance many years later. Many times God prompts us to be loving to people—to send a caring text, to place a call and so forth; you might text them because they came to your mind and well you just thought to say hello, but sometimes it’s all God working behind the scenes to block an attack the devil might want to bring into your life or theirs.
In other cases the only thing that’s going to help you in ‘those moments when you really mess up’ is a vow you’ve made with God. Many a time we open our lives up to attacks of the enemy because we aren’t fulfilling our side of a covenant we made with God; and like Jonah in the boat, we find our self being beaten by the storms of life. In times like this, all you have to do is to remind Him of your vow…and not just promise to fulfil your part but like Jonah rise up and go to Nineveh. And as long as you fulfil your part of the bargain; God has nothing else to do but to honour His word, for even when the devil feels he has a case against you—thereby giving him a legal right to attack you, your vow with God can save you; for the devil can never override a covenant you have with God. This is why Samson for example with all his flaws and issues could not be defeated by his numerous enemies; till he broke the Nazarite vow made by his parents not to cut his hair (See Judges 13-16:30). His strength, however, was restored as his hair grew back. As I was reading the book of Judges I stumbled upon something profound in the story of Samson. Ponder on this:
But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death (Judges 13:7).
Do you realise that the angel said that he would be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death? And do you remember that it was after his hair began to grow that his strength came back to Him? His hair signalling that the vow had been restored; it was after this that he could finally kill the Philistines the way he did, not as a mere man but as a Nazarite (under an oath) to God. This is powerful! This was just by the way but I had to bring it in; God knew his beginning and his end; even when He had fallen God knew that his hair would be restored and that after his hair had been restored he—Samson—will still rise up to do what he was born to do: to deliver the people of Israel from the hands of the Philistines. One final profound thing is that the Bible says he killed more Philistines in the time of his death than any other time: he truly delivered the people of Israel from the hands of the Philistines after the vow was restored.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39).