The Harvest Is Ripe!
"He will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner"
(by Bro. Julius Adewumi).
A chorus we usually sing says:
"He sets me free, Oh he sets me free
He broke the bars of prison for me
In glory I see Jesus my savior
Glory to God, Oh he sets me free."
This next testimony is about another highlight in my life. If the Lord has really done a marvelous thing in your life, the above song will mean a lot to you, as it means to me in my testimony below. If you have ever been in the verge of death, when the doctors have given up on you, and Jesus brought you back to life, then indeed, he sets you free. I will like to narrate my testimony to make people see that when we say God is the deliverer, yes, God is the only deliverer. In fact this testimony is to say: just as we have heard some medical doctors confessed, even the witch doctors confessed it too, that only God can do some things. This happened to me after graduating from high school and not yet a Christian.
Immediately when I finished high school and got a job, in 1970, my daddy, also not a Christian, told me I ought now to be equipped with voodoo protection, and he took me to his friend, a voodoo vendor, who gave me some portions and lotions to protect me from the devils. During that time, though I was using the voodoo, I was also going to church, still seeking the true Savior. But the devil still attacked me with a disease, which means the voodoo didn't protect me at all. This attack from the devil is what I want to narrate in this testimony.
I was 19 year old. When the devil attacked, I was just getting lean and dry without feeling it. I was getting lean and skinny. In fact, nobody around me noticed that I was losing weight, until an in-law who had not seen me for a long time ran into me on the road. That was normal. If you see someone everyday, you may not notice a gradual change in the person. Since I was not lying down sick, no one noticed. When the in-law saw me on the road, he asked seriously, "What is wrong with you?"
I said, "Nothing!"
He said, "Something is wrong; you are sick. This was not how you looked when I saw you last. Go see the doctor, or go to your parents and let them look you over. Something is wrong."
I tried to ignore his concern, saying to myself there was nothing wrong. However, the man went to my big sister who lived nearby, and reported what he saw in me. I lived very close to my sister and we saw each other daily, but she did not notice anything wrong until that day when my in-law told her to look again. She came to look at me at home and remarked that indeed I was lean and she had not noticed it. She was now scared. I did not realize that I was sick until that day. Whereas some of my friends had realized it for a while, but they rather avoided me, perhaps they thought I just lost my pretty stature and I was no more presentable.
During this time I was a member of an apostolic church, but I was still a sinner who had not been born again. I didn't know God, but I knew the church. My sister who had been introduced to one doctor in her quest for childbearing compelled me to come with her to visit one woman, a doctor.
Witchdoctor confessed God as Almighty:
This woman was not a medical doctor but a witch doctor. They may call themselves herbalists, but they are witch-doctors. She boasted that she had a "supernatural being" who was at her command. This woman boasted that she was not part of the witchcraft gang of the area and that she did not welcome those neighborhood witches and she had her own medium. She said even medical doctors come to her for treatment when their medicine failed. After all the boasting, she looked into her divination and exclaimed that it was too late. She said I should have come earlier. She said she saw where the devils hanged the symbol of my blood to dry up and it was already dried up. She said if I had come earlier, she would have sent her own "supernatural being" to go and bring back the hanged blood.
"It is too late" she said. "Only God can reverse it" She confessed! "Go and be praying".
"We do pray!" replied my sister pathetically, almost like to cry. "We are even attending one apostolic church".
The woman said "If I want to deceive you, I will just take your money, give you something which I know will not change your situation. But I tell you the truth, only God can reverse this. I will try my best and give you this and that, but go and meet those "preachers" and cry unto God."
Yea, even those given to the devil know that God is Almighty! They know when things are out of human hands. In fact the bible recorded that the magicians of Pharaoh in Egypt knew how far they could go in magic and they confessed before Moses to Pharaoh that "this is the finger of God!". (Exo.8:19). God is the only deliverer.
God answers prayers:
That night, I did not tell anyone, but I made up my mind to go sleep in the church and to cry unto God. I knew that there were sick folks who always sleep in the church and pray all night for their cause. I have never done that before, nor ever since. It was a life or death situation to me on that day. I went to the church and joined the band of sick and afflicted folks who practically lived on the church ground. The pastors took turns to come at midnight and two times before dawn to lead these folks in prayer and night vigil every day. Throughout the night, I did not sleep. I was singing psalms and praying to God all night. I also made a vow to the Lord to pay a sizeable money to the apostolic church when healed. The Lord reversed the evil. Gradually my stature was restored.
Just like the witchdoctor gave up on my case, medical doctors are also known to give up on their patients when they could do no more for the sick. Some of those medical doctors will not acknowledge the Almighty God like that witchdoctor did. However, this testimony should make everyone to know that God is the only Savior and the true Deliverer.
"Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who can let it?"
"Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour." (Isa.43:10,11,13).
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved!
(Continuation of the exert from Jacob Boehme; 1600's)
"He that has Ears to HEAR, let him HEAR."
Bro. Julius Adewumi
Gospel Distribution Ministry
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