ON THE SIDE OF THE DESPISED

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"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed, - Luke 4:18

Robert Tannehill, a Professor of the Bible in Ohio observed, "In his ministry Jesus intervenes on the side of the oppressed and excluded, assuring them that they share in God's salvation and defending them against others who want to maintain their own superiority at the expense of such people." This submission aligns with Jesus' mission to preach the good tidings to the poor, to set at liberty those who are downtrodden and to recover the sight of those who are blind at the revelation of the mandate of God including physical recovery of sights. It is characteristic of Jesus to intervene on the side of those who are victims of the forces of darkness. Are you going through the seamy side of life? Are you walking through the valley of the shadow of death and it seems as if there wouldn't be light at the end of the tunnel? Don't throw in the towel because Jesus would certainly intervene on your side, to LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE.

It is also noteworthy that when Jesus is on your side, He springs up to your defense to FIGHT FOR YOU. He intervenes on your side to defend you against others who want to maintain their own superiority at your expense. On top of this, He upsets the efforts of the forces of darkness that might be asserting their authority and superiority over your life. However, with your knowledge and faith in the Lord, all your enemies cannot have the upper hand if they decide to proceed against you. With the Lord on your side, every battle that is up against you becomes His battle. And of course, in the end, you would have reasons to sing triumphantly for taking the victory lap.

Ultimately, Jesus is poised to take your side, because He wants to rescue you from the horrible side of eternity. This is why you shouldn't flirt with the decision to live for Jesus from henceforth. You can't be playing fast and lose with God and become a spiritual giant that is capable of upsetting the plans of the devil. The devil's mission is to lure you to lose sight of eternal life and also to incite you to barter your destiny for offers of momentary pleasure, which leaves the sons of men in limbo. With Jesus on your side, His presence is purposed to GIVE YOU LIFE AND WRITE YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE. As you let Him into your life today, may you transition from being despised to being dignified as God's royal priesthood in Jesus name.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.

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