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22nd MAY 2023

“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” – James 1:13-17

Even though God’s ways are often incomprehensible and mysterious, He does not contradict His revealed will or moral nature. To believe that God deliberately causes us harm, or allows the enemy to overcome us, is to betray God and diminish His sovereign power over life generally. Yes, God can permit painful trials on His saints to refine their faith. For instance, Job was innocent (but certainly not sinless), yet God chose to permit his suffering to prove His point to the devil that Job is good and obedient. However, Job was fully restored eventually. Therefore, when we go through the trial of faith, God will heal and restore us ultimately. 

 When God heals, He leaves no scar behind; though we may remember the past, such remembrance always gives us the cause to give glory to God for His power and might to transform the human spirit and to perfect our lives in line with His plans for us. Generally, God controls all things, BUT it is not His will for us to suffer calamity or losses without justification. We suffer due to our wrong choices and disobedience to the principles and laws of God. 

 When we disobey God and act against His divine nature, it is only wise that divine justice brings us back on track. Therefore, whether as an individual, a country or a church, we are bound to suffer someday for our wrongdoings, and such suffering will continue until we change our style of living. 

 Even when God tries our faith, such tests and trials come in areas of our weaknesses. Whether we are undergoing a test of faith or suffering due to a wrong choice, there is justification for what we are passing through. The tests of faith will continue until we learn the lesson God has for us. Also, calamity will cease when we change and mend our ways for good and in obedience to God’s Word. 

 The word of God is telling us today to live in obedience to God’s command to avoid evil and suffering. God loves us but does not control our actions. Our wrong choices are the reason we suffer calamities. God permits disaster, misfortune, or unpleasant circumstances when we make bad choices. That is very important in order that His divine purposes will be accomplished. But God is certainly not the author of evil. Starting today, restructure your lifestyle along the path of obedience and good work. Seek the face of God in all your actions. Let your life be a positive example to others. If we all change, our country will be good, our families will be great, and the church will be a safe place!


Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, today, I renounce every spirit of disobedience and lust. Lord, I believe your nature is to bestow favor and honour on your children, and you withhold no good thing from those who walk uprightly. Therefore, I declare your favour and love upon my life from this day onward, and the works of my hands are established forever. AMEN


Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi was born in Nigeria to Patrick Abuda Obeakemhe and Juliana Fatimatu Obeakemhe, both from Ogbona Town. With a master’s degree in law, she was called to the bar at the age of twenty-two, and she is currently the principle partner of the law firm Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi & Associates. She is also the founder of two philanthropic organizations: the Living Waters Mission and the Rose Croix Foundation. In addition to law, Lawrence-Dokpesi was drawn to spiritual pursuits at an early age, having begun studying philosophy, theology, chaplaincy, and spirit therapy by the age of eighteen. Inspired by her spiritual calling, she has produced ten intensively researched manuscripts on spiritual matters. Although Understanding the Spiritual was the last to be written, it is the first to be published. Lawrence-Dokpesi is a mother and a wife living in the city of Abuja, Nigeria.

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