As I walk the streets of Lagos, South West Nigeria, I see quite a lot of people who are involved in lottery hoping to “hit” some big money. These lottery houses are now attracting all manner of people, including; old and young, male and female. When I was much younger, what was prevalent then was “Pool” and almost all their customers where old men, but times have changed. Young people who should be putting their minds to productive use are the main customers to these lottery houses these days. I read a report in the UK some years ago which stated that almost everybody that won big money in jackpot has gone bankrupt.

Even in our churches today, you see some Pastors give the brethren the impression that they can just confess and possess all things, without doing anything. It doesn’t work that way. A typical example is the story of Joseph; people believe that Joseph got a 24 hour miracle from prison to palace, but I beg to disagree. The manifestation of the miracle may be overnight, but the processes that led to the miracle were never overnight. Do you know the steps Joseph took to get to the palace? Let us see what led to the miracle as written in Genesis chapters 37-41;

• The dreams
• The Pit
• Potiphar’s House
• The prison
• The palace

Our marriages are not left out. Today we are seeing this enemy called luck manifesting. People get married hoping that things will just work out on its own. No proper plan/commitment and that is one of the major reasons that the divorce rate is rising by the day. It is equally easy for someone to say that a marriage that is working today is because the people involved are lucky. Please don’t buy into that idea. Only lazy people depend on luck for success. If you desire good marriage, you must take deliberate painstaking steps to achieve that.

Is it not also sad that some parents give birth to children these days without adequate plan to cater for them? Some even believe that since the children are gifts from God that somehow the children will be catered for. What happened to family planning?

Friends, if you are not married, start planning/working for a successful marriage. If you are married and things are not going well, start asking the right questions, and be ready to take the right steps. There is no “free lunch”, even in Freetown. You are created for the top, and so don’t settle for less. Remember:

• Proverbs 12v24 “ The hand of the diligent bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute
• Proverbs 21:25 “The desire of the slothful killed him; for his hands refuse to labour
• Proverbs 22 v 29 “seeth thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men
• 2 Chronicles 27 v 6 “ So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God”

To overcome the enemy called luck in your marriage/home the following among other things are very important, namely;
• Continually remind yourself that you are not a product of accident. God created you for a purpose.
• Ask God your creator to show you the purpose for your life
• Be ready to take steps in fulfilling the purpose as revealed by God.

We shall surely overcome indeed.

Remain ever blessed.

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