THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 3, No. 43 – Monday, 22nd October, 2018
THE MAD FELLOW AND HIS EPILEPTIC FRIEND
It was a story told many years ago about two very close friends. Their friendship as well as their closeness was such an uncommon one. None of the two ever took on himself anything of his. All things between the two were simply shared in common and in friendly fellowship.
What an awesome friendship you would say! But one unforgettable day, an event of a serious melodrama took place. These two friends were on a journey. Suddenly, the epileptic friend began his seizure moments. He soon fell down on the ground foaming so badly from his mouth.
On seeing his friend, the mad fellow bragged saying ‘how lucky am I? I am certainly not like this most disgraceful friend of mine. The mad fellow quickly moved onto the other side of the road in the avoidance of his most shameful friend.
After a while, the epileptic friend regained consciousness. Feeling so depressed, he lamented to God in silence. ‘God, why am I not like this other fellow?’ After a short walk, there was another sudden twist of events. The mad fellow suddenly tore his own clothes and began with a most ridiculous display of insanity in full glare of every member of the public.
Like his friend, the epileptic quickly retorted and said ‘God, I thank you because I am not like this insane fellow’.
See how men compare themselves not knowing the ordeals of A or B. They forget that every man has his own form of aberration. One aberration may be so neatly packaged that it thrives under the guise of the beautiful cloth being put on. The other aberration is obvious to all and can be easily commented about yet another aberration is like a malignant disease in the mind covered up by a painful quiet life.
Another story was told about two unrelated men in friendship, family affinity or colleagues. What was a form of commonality between these two was the fact that they lived in the same building: one downstairs and the other upstairs. The man downstairs was always full of pomp and pageantry. But the man living upstairs, a pastor was often in sorrow, lack and penury.
One day, the pastor said to himself, ‘what is this life all about. This man downstairs, I am going to inquire from him how to make it no matter how. Even if it meant going the devil’s way, he was determined to satisfy whatever the condition been demanded of him.
With this pastor’s compromised conviction and a thought ready to get wealth at any cost, he made his way down the stairs to have a word with his neighbour. At about the same time of his compromised thought, the man downstairs, although so wealth, yet was not a happy man within. To him, the pastor was by far better than himself. He therefore made up his mind to forsake armed robbery and rather accept the God being preached by the pastor living upstairs.
As a result, the man downstairs equally made his way up the stairs to be prayed for by the pastor. Unfortunately, there was sudden power outage. As such, the man ascending the stairs had a head-on collision with the pastor who was descending the stairs. They both died instantly.
Take a pause for a moment and ask yourself whether you have compared yourself with someone else in the past. Well, I dare tell you that you are best created by God for a specific mission here on earth and for a defined purpose. Listen dearly beloved, 2018 is not around the corner: it is already a forgone year. But not with God. For your miracle can still happen not just at the eleventh hour but very shortly before the twelfth.
To what extent are you comparing your marriage with that of another? Comparing oneself with someone else or other people does you no good. Those friends of yours may be shining today simply because it is their time and turn. But understand, wouldn’t your time and turn eventually come?
IN THE END, WHATEVER A MAN TALKS OR THINKS ABOUT HIMSELF IS WHAT THAT MAN WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME.
Question and Answer Section:
Question: Which name in the Bible has the highest number of English alphabets?
Answer: 18 alphabets: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.
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Backslidden – living in sin – needing fresh recommitment (say):
Christ Jesus, You are the Anointed One of the Most High. I come to you today as I am. In your mercy, help me out of my situation. Heal my soul, my spirit, my body, my life and my destiny. I acknowledge you as the only true lover of my soul. Please, deliver me on every side and save me through and through. I promise from the depth of my soul to be yours from henceforth, in Jesus name. Help me now O God. Be my Lord, my Saviour and my all in all from this day. Thank you Lord (read Ps.54 in closing and pray more).
HYMN: Count Your Blessings
1. Pray fervently for Express Image Glory Ministries.
2. Every evil word, spirit or thoughts controlling my life, collide against the power of God.
3. I shall not be used as sacrifice in this tail end of 2018.
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