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    'DARE TO BE PREGNANT' by Ajayi Joshua M.

    Dare to be Pregnant!
    In the Yoruba culture, a barren woman is not welcome at all. If she was mistakenly welcome, she would later be forced to leave or be replaced by another woman who can conceive. Being able to conceive is one thing, delivering (having children) is another thing and what is delivered is another thing entirely. To everyone who professes to be a Christian and cares to know, as it is in the physical, so it is in the spiritual pari passu. But you are strongly advised that if you cannot father or mother a child, do not dare to be pregnant. This article is aimed at achieving good success in personal evangelism. To achieve this aim, the writer entreats every reader to dare to be pregnant and then, carefully consider the following stages:
    1.      Conception Stage
    2.      Pre-natal Stage
    3.      Delivery Stage
    4.      Post natal Stage
    Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations in this article are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

    Conception Stage
    Conception is the fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon. First thing first; are you a bride of the Christ? If yes; congratulations. If not, too bad; because Christ isn’t an adulterer. He wants more and more children but not bastards. The Holy Ghost is the spermatozoon and he doesn’t just fertilize any ovum, else there would be massive reproduction of bastards. The ovum is your faith, without which it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). In the movie, ‘War Room’, by Alex and Stephen (2015), Clara Williams earnestly prayed for conception and she was blessed with Elizabeth Jordan. Apostle Peter didn’t just visit Cornelius nor did he just visit Macedonia without conception. Deacon Philip didn’t just go to the Ethiopian Eunuch without conception. These men and many others in the Bible had ovum which was fertilized by the Holy Ghost. Hence, they conceived. In personal evangelism, conception is very vital and the spermatozoon (Holy Ghost) is a sine qua non.

    Pre-Natal Stage
    At this stage, you visit the doctor for antenatal care. You mind what you eat, drink and the drugs you take. Exercise is also an important thing to note. But as a personal evangelist, it is pertinent to note that bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come (1 Tim. 4:8). The physically pregnant woman needs physical exercise. Likewise, the spiritually pregnant evangelist needs spiritual exercise and it’s called ‘godliness’. Your physical doctor says, ‘Prevention is better than cure’. Your spiritual doctor says, ‘Obedience is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams’ (1 Sam. 15:22). W.F. Kumuyi queries, ‘Why not cultivate health instead of treating disease’?  So you have to pray for the embryo you are carrying. You have to fast for him. You have to commit him into the hands of the Lord. You have to be conscious that you are carrying the fruit of the womb which is a reward from God. The Good News version of the Holy Bible says, “…they are a real blessing”. To avoid miscarriage, you are strongly advised to pay close attention to what the great Physician is telling you to do for your antenatal.

    Delivery Stage
    Prov. 21:31 says, “The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.” The day of delivery is a battle day of which the mother may lose the baby, her own life or both lives may go for it. At this stage, a soul becomes born again; you bring him from darkness into light and from bondage into freedom and the devil, your adversary is not happy with it at all. So, he either goes for you, your baby or both of you. Again, by divine arrangement, this may be your prospective convert’s last chance to hear the message of repentance before he dies or your own last chance to preach to him before you go home to lay down your sword. Besides, see what the Holy Bible says about a woman, “She was pregnant and she cried out in her birth pangs, in the anguish of her delivery (Rev. 12:2, AMP). At the delivery stage, the foetus that you want to bring from the womb to the world will make you cry and feel the pain of delivery. For the spiritual delivery, as an evangelist, you may be insulted, assaulted, and dejected. Because of these, you may want to back out and give up. Let me ask you a question soldier, “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5). Satan will use anyone to get in your way so as to stop you. Beware; if he has to, he will use your unborn baby against you if he discovers a loophole. Do not forget that he fought against that pregnant woman in Rev. 12. He fought against Michael and his angels when they tried to help the woman. Can you imagine a serpent bringing out water from his mouth just because he needed to stop a woman from been delivered of her child? But the Holy Bible affirmed that ‘The earth helped the woman.’ Romans 8:37 says, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us”. But recall that, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Rev. 12:11).

    Post Natal Stage
    This is the period following the birth of a child. The first care to give the newborn baby is baptism. The baby needs a thorough washing and cleansing from the filthiness of the old life. According to Jesus’ instructions, we are to baptize these babies in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matt. 28:19). Recall that every new child is tested for irritability to see if he possesses the property of living organisms that permits them to react to stimuli. Does your new convert react to sin or act against it? Does he flee every youthful lust or pitches in with it? As little as this test may seem, checking it is very imperative. Do a thorough check for irritability and be certain that sin irritates him. Another important care for your new baby is feeding. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby (1 Pet. 2:2). He needs milk and you seriously don’t want to joke with this because babies generally need it to grow.
    In addition, do not make the mistake of trying to win the heart of this newborn babe to yourself but to God because you can’t handle it. Don’t let him crave for church buildings but the unadulterated milk of the word of God. It is also pertinent to note that your spiritual babe is ignorant. After he is been weaned, he wants to eat everything, including feces. He goes to every church on invitation. He listens to every preacher. He reads every spiritual book and this act may be disastrous to his spiritual health. You cannot always be with him because you are not omnipresent; but there is something you can do for him… give him immunity. You immunize him by praying for him, fasting for him, soaking him in the blood of Jesus, and electroplating him with the Holy Ghost fire. Nevertheless, immunization is not a license for anyone to do just anything he wants to do. Thus, teaching him does not stop because of immunization. You are therefore advise according to 2 Tim. 4:2, to preach the word to him the more, be instant in season and out of season to reprove him, rebuke him and exhort him with all longsuffering and doctrine. Do each of the above in love else, you end up as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. Till I come (your way again), give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine (1 Tim. 4:13), and dare to be pregnant.
    Ajayi Joshua Morakinyo

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