Jer 12:5

If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?

The word of God says, If you have run with footmen and they made you tired and frustrated, how will you be able to contend with horses?   if in the land of peace where there is no trouble you are so frustrated ,what will happen at the time of the swelling of Jordan ?

In today’s devotional, we are comparing footmen and horses, land of peace and the swelling of Jordan.

Now what does these mean? These are metaphors.

Footmen can be likened to  little evils, little challenges, little trials or little temptations that  comes against you,  if things like these are already getting you tired  and worn out ,what will you do when bigger challenges,  trials and temptation comes your way  ? Think about that for a while. .

In our world today, I see trials and temptations but I believe we have not seen anything yet!

We know ten years ago, it was easier to be holy and righteous in our world than to be holy and righteous today; what we see on TV these days, twenty years ago we could not see them on television.

Today, If the little things that we are seeing around can’t permit you to be holy, what about if the temptation increases in intensity? Because the bible says evil men shall wax more and more and we have seen nothing yet in terms of temptation !

Someone mays say ” Oh pastor,  ladies are tempting me , what about if the level of temptation and moral depravity in the land get to the level where  it is right now in Europe  what will you do ? Nigeria compared to Europe in moral decadence is like heaven and hell!  so if you can’t be holy in Nigeria, I don’t know what will happen if moral decadence reaches the level that which is being experienced in Europe right now !

If you cannot resist , manipulating , exploiting and stealing the money of a 100 members church as a pastor ,what about if you now have a congregation of about 1000 members ?  You will literarily become an armed robber!

Keep this in your spirit ……….If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses?

Ladies and gentlemen we better kill temptation today, we better overcome footmen today because the time of horsemen sin and challenges is around the corner and sin will only get worse and worse ;darkness will get worse and worse and  we better overcome temptations now, we better overcome sin now , we better overcome trials and challenges  at the level which they are now because if we can’t handle what we are dealing with now , we won’t be able to handle when  things get worse !

If you have run with footmen (little temptation) and they have wearied you, how can you contend with horses ?( high level onslaught of temptation)

Furthermore, Footmen refers to nations whose military setting was mainly infantry; nations like  Egypt , the likes of  the Edomites , their armies were mainly infantry . If you have not be able to deal with them , what about if you start dealing with the  Chaldeans or  the Babylonian armies who have chariots  and horses  what are you going to do ?  If philistine’s footmen , If  Edomite’s  footmen are getting you tired easily   ,what about if you are to confront the Chaldeans and the Babylonians on horses?

If you have run with footmen (little temptation) and they have wearied you, how can you contend with horses?

You have not been able to deal with ancestral curses, what about if witchcraft, occultism, magic and high level sorcery begin to manifest itself, what will you do?

The church right now is contending with rudimentary and elementary elements what about if principalities and powers begin to come against us?

If you can’t deal with demons right now what about if principalities over cities begins to come against you ?

The bible says in Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

If flesh and blood ( footmen ) are getting you exhausted and  tired, what about if principalities are unleashed against you ?

Some will say ”  Oh pastor, I can’t handle this problem it is too much for me what about if the worst one comes ?

‘My child is sick I can’t come to church ‘what about if the worst happens ?

Beloved , God  is looking a believer today who will say it does not matter what we have to face and whatever happens , even though he slays me , I will yet trust him !  God is looking for a believer who will say nay, in all these things, we are more than conqueror through him that loved us !

Some will say, Pastor, my husband is persecuting me , my wife is persecuting me , so I can’t come to church on Sunday  what about if we are in a nation where there is sharia law  and there is no freedom of worship for Christians ?

Some will say ,my boss is preventing me from worshipping Jesus , he is stopping  me from serving God and because of your daily bread , you stop coming to church; What about if you are in a nation with stringent  sharia law what will you do ?

If you have run with footmen (little temptation, trials and adversity ) and they have wearied you, how can you contend with horses?

When  Jesus appeared to john the beloved on the island of Patmos, he testified of one brother Antipas his faithful martyr who was slain in a place which the Lord himself called the seat of satan :

Revelation 2:12-13 (KJV)

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

When the revival broke out in Jerusalem after the outpouring, that revival came under an intense persecution. The persecution suffered by the early brethren is yet unparalleled in history . There had been pockets of charismatic persecution across several centuries of the church since inception but the one suffered by the early church brethren is still in a class of its own. They were thrown alive to hungry packs of lions in the mini theatre: some were beheaded as well as crucified upside down: some were sawn asunder, some were thrown into hot pots of oil and banished to lonely islands; some were imprisoned for a long period and more.

One of the seven churches of Asia , the church in pergamos was located right in a place known as the seat of satan . It was the hotbed of Christian persecution. Beheading, cruxfiction, flogging and imprisonment and martyrdom was the order of the day ;there were pockets of persecution in other cities but at pergamos, satan had a seat !  Yet in a place where satan dwelleth, a brother called Antipas was found faithful unto death !

He was the only name Jesus mentioned out of the seven churches of Asia, he was the only one and the only thing the lord boast about gleefully in the book of revelation as MY FAITHFUL martyr.

Some may say, Pastor ,I can’t serve God things are difficult In Nigeria , I can’t do the work of the  ministry here , it is hard but  what if God send you to Afghanistan one of Satan’s seat in the world to start a work ?

You can’t serve God in Lagos what if you are posted to maiduguri where the book haram sect have an heavy presence and are entrenched?

You can’t survive here, You can’t breakthrough here, You can’t find a job in Lagos what about if you are living in the upper north? 

Some will say “Pastor I can’t concentrate, I can’t worship God, there are temptations everywhere in the city, what if it get worse than this?

If in the land of peace, around this season, in this climate you can’t survive, What about in the swelling of Jordan?

The swelling of Jordan is the period  of time during harvest when the river Jordan becomes so flooded and overflows its bank and drive out wild animals like  lions ,hyena ,wolves and wild beast out their covens and hiding places and they go straight  to town and begin to tear up children and slay people .

If in the time of peace when the wild beast are still hiding in their covens and the water current has not driven them out of their holes, what about if when river Jordan swells and drive them out and they are present in  town to tear people what will you do ?

Suicide bombers are not yet in the city where you live, the climate is still peaceful and yet you are struggling to serve God; you are so lukewarm with your Christianity, what will you do if they invade the town or the city where you live?

If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?

If the economy crisis can discourage you from serving God what about if you are in the prison awaiting being beheaded like a disciple in the early church ?

If members of the church are criticizing you  and it is getting deep into you ,what about if you are awaiting crucifixion ?

If footmen challenges, (little trials, little evil, little opposition ) made you tired easily ,what about if horsemen level challenges , trials, adversities and temptation appears ?

If in a land full of peace you are so trouble ,If you can’t serve God in Nigeria , how will you serve him in Iraq ?

By the way you are going now, please ask yourself an honest question; Could you have been a believer there ?

See how you are complaining? Your cars can’t drive  on the highway, you are complaining of pot holes what about if you are to drive in the forest ?

Some are praying  “I need a bigger anointing and if two gossips in the church can discourage you so much that you can’t pray  if gossip is stopping you from praying, what will imprisonment do to you?

Look at Paul’s story:

2 Corinthians 11:24-27 (KJV)

24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

Yet he said :

Romans 8:37 (KJV)

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Richard Femi Bolaji is an endtime prophet /teacher and a vessel of real Holy Ghost revival privileged to have ministered across major denominations of the body of Christ in Africa and other parts of the globe .
Dr Bolaji’s ministry is thrilling , lively ,and tremendously encouraging and impactful .He has been anointed by God this hour to bring to the body of Christ ,one of the most important, one of the most anointed, and timely prophetic revelations and truth .
His inspirational teachings and ministrations imparts fresh faith , courage , hope and strength and they also attack spiritual forces and break through spiritual barriers. Atmosphere shifts, The spiritual Climate changes , things changes, And growth comes .Comments

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