The Designer Woman’s User Guide
I read in one of our local Nigerian newspapers of a business woman who lost millions of naira to a self- acclaimed “prophet” who maintained that he had powers to heal her of a chronic ailment. In the process he ripped her of seventy million naira, a duplex, two five bedroom bungalows, two luxurious cars amongst other things. At the end of the day she was still as sick as ever. A lot of women on my side of the world are held in bondage by self acclaimed “men of God” who claim to have special powers and revelation from God. They replace God with these so called ” men of God” ( and I use this term irrespective of gender.” ) and replace the Bible which is our User’s Guide with their so- called prophesies. Instead of spending time in God’s word they go all over the place in search of a word from these charlatans.
I am reminded of Rasputin, a twentieth century figure from A- level history. Without any formal education, he eventually controlled the entire Russian court through the wife of the Czar because he claimed he had supernatural powers to cure her son’s disease. By this singular fact he was able to pocket the entire Russian royalty. A similar event nearer home is that of a prominent woman who eventually married her chauffeur because he had “spiritual and prophetic powers.” She was under his dominion for years and would not take any decision without first consulting him. It was not until her son died and the man had no premonition of it that she became free.She was shocked and told everyone who would care to listen that if he was such a clairvoyant he should have been able to predict her sons death.
The Bible says God’s people perish because of a lack of knowledge. We go into captivity because of ignorance of how our Designer wants us to function. In order to escape such snares , we need to get our entire theology correct. We must know what and Who we believe in. The Bible is our Manufacturer’s guide and contains everything we need for life and godliness. Without adequate attention to it, we fall into all kinds of error and we become prone to all kinds of abuse. We become like those women Paul was describing in 2 Tim 3:6, who become ensnared by people ” who make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals ..people who smooth talk themselves into the homes of unstable and needy women and take advantage of them. Then we become women who depressed by…sinfulness, take up with every religious fad that calls itself ‘truth and get exploited everytime and never learn ( MESSAGE).
The antidote to this is to spend time reading, studying, meditating and following the instructions in our User’s Guide.That,s the only way we won’t be deceived and tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. We’ll be able to to stay on God’s track.