Whatever has a beginning must surely come to an end! No condition is permanent!! The downfall of a man is not the end of his life!!! At last, the year 2017, the year of recession, the year of economic meltdown, the year of political agitations, the year of python dance, the year of insurgencies, and even the year of fuel scarcity, has finally come to an end.
Thank God, you are still alive to see the end of 2017. You are alive to see the end of all your problems. You will be alive to see the end of your enemies. You will be alive to see the end of all the charges your enemies are brining against you. As this year did not see your end, nothing, not even the ugliest situation in your life, will see your end. Your painful situation is over!
The leaders in Nigeria declared the year 2017 a year of economic recession. Cost of living become so high. Most workers were denied their monthly salaries. Pensioners could not receive their pensions. So many people could not even afford their daily bread. Some even died of hunger; while few other who could not cope with the situation committed suicide by jumping in lagoon. Young people started trooping out of Nigeria through Libya were they were even enslaved. Lucky ones among them are being deported back to Nigeria. Few weeks ago, a litter of fuel that was sold at forty five Naira was sold at the rate of three hundred to four Hundred Naira per liter, here in Nigeria, one of the largest oil producing countries in the world. It was horrible!
The ugly situation of things in Nigeria has become a global issue, so much so that during his Christmas message, the Holy Father, Pope Francis mentioned Nigeria as one of the suffering countries in the world: “We see Jesus in the children of Africa, especially those who are suffering in South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Nigeria. We see Jesus in the children worldwide wherever peace and security are threatened by the danger of tensions and new conflicts.” Imagine, the so called giant of Africa has become a pitiable country. It’s a pity!
Nigeria is gradually become a nation of ridicule. Last Saturday, the New York Times reported that the United States’ President Donald Trump described Nigerians as people living in huts which they would not want to return to whenever they visit America. Although Nigeria is not yet included in the list of countries whose nationals were banned from entering America, yet the President of America’s statement amounts to describing Nigerians as ‘good intruders.’ What exactly is chasing Nigerians out of their countries?
The situation of things in Nigeria went so low that even the ruling party admitted that Nigeria went into economic recession. But thank God, with the end of 2017, I believe, it is all over! As the year 2017 comes to an end, all forms of recession, be it economic recession, marital recession, intellectual recession, religious recession, political recession, cultural recession, social recession, emotional recession, mental recession and even spiritual recession – is all over !
The era of injustice is over! The era of awaiting trial and denial of justice is over. The era of inter-tribal clashes is over! The era of inter-religious clashes is over! The era of illegal migration and immigrant slavery is over! The era of kidnapping and assassination is over! The era of indebtedness in over! The era of insecurity and insincerity is over. The era of privatization of public assets is over! The era of power failures is over. The era of potholes and bad roads is over.
As 2017 is coming to an end, the era of insurgencies is over. The era of unemployment is over. The era of war and political agitations is over! The era of tribal oppression and marginalization is over. The era of intimidations is over! The era of python dance and even crocodile smile is over. The era of fuel scarcity is over. The era of molding and remolding of idol statues is over! Even our so-called mumu – is over! All the ugly situations you found yourself in the year 2017 is all over!
As the Israelites were about to cross over into the Promised Land, the Lord God assured them through His servant, Moses, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see no more. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still” (Exodus 14:13-14). Child of God, this message is for you! The Lord will surely fight for you. You will see the salvation of the Lord.
By the way, who are the Egyptian in your land? Who is that wicked Pharaoh who is blocking your way to your promised land? Who are those enemies who have vowed that you will never make it? Who is blocking your womb? Who is that wicked man or woman that is seating on your promotion? Whoever is blocking the door to your destiny will soon end up in the red sea. What happened to Pharaoh will soon happen to your wicked enemies. Nobody can stop you!
As you match forward into the New Year 2018, all the ugly things you experienced in the year 2017 will not follow you into 2018. The sickness you saw in 2017, you shall see no more! The barrenness you saw in 2017, you shall see no more! The setback you experienced in 2017, you shall see no more! The failure and disappointments you recorded in 2017, you shall see no more! Even the economic recession you saw in 2017, you shall see no more!!!
As you match forward into the New Year 2018, you are matching forward into the year of financial breakthrough. You are matching into the year of open doors. You are matching into the year of divine prosperity. You are matching forward into the year of divine fruitfulness. You are matching into the year of unmerited favour. Indeed, you are matching into the year of abundant blessings.
The coming year will be a victorious year for you. As you match into the New Year, your victory is assured. You are not matching alone: “For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory” (Deuteronomy 20:4). Child of God, your enemies will not see your back. The Lord will surely frustrate all their evil plans. He will fight those who fight against you. Those who try to destroy you shall be destroyed. No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. Throughout this New Year you will be victorious! God will grant you victory in all your battles. He will grant you success in your academics. And He will give answer to all your prayers and supplications.
2018 shall be a year of blessing for you! All the curses you inherited in the year 2017 are cancelled in Jesus name! Your ancestral curses are cancelled! Your parental curses are cancelled in Jesus name! From today, you are no longer under curses. Anything you lay your hands in this New Year shall be blessed. Your family is blessed! Your academics is blessed! Your business centre is blessed. Your office is blessed! Your marital life is blessed. Your vocation is blessed! Your dreams, your visions, your friends and well-wishers are all blessed in Jesus name – Amen!
In the words of the Holy Father, Pope Francis I wish you, my dear reader, a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year celebration: “May the birth of Christ the Saviour renew your heart, awaken the desire to build a future of greater fraternity and solidarity, and bring joy and hope to everyone.” So shall it be for all of us in Jesus name – Amen!
In the gospel of Matthew 18:18 our Lord Jesus Christ declares, “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Child of God, as this year comes to an end, I bind every yoke of failure and disappointment in your life. I bind the spirit of poverty and setbacks in your life. I bind the yoke of barrenness and infertility in your marital life. I loose from every evil altar! I leave you from the hands of your enemies! I lose you from the pit of darkness. I declare you free, in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – Amen!