Our Senior Pastor – Pastor Eddie shared a sad story on Sunday of a young girl who fell a victim of what was in her environment; he used it to teach us the fact that we don’t know what’s in our environment and the effect such things can have on us if we’re unaware. 

The story is of a nine year old girl who died of an asthma attack in 2013. The story was in the news recently because the girl’s mum decided to get to the bottom of why her little girl developed severe respiratory problems which led to her death.

The young girl lived on South circular road in Lewisham, a highly populated area which has since been discovered by the government investigators as highly polluted. The pollution therefore led to the young girl’s death and an inquest was set up to investigate the matter. The inquest cannot bring the girl back, but can ensure things are put in place so no other child or person has to go through what this little girl went through.

As I read the article and heard my pastor refer to it over the cause of last weekend, I thought about things that can affect us even when we don’t see them. The family of this young girl would have been very happy when they got the property they moved into which was in a prime area of London. Unfortunately, this location had unseen problems attached to it that eventually led to her death.

There are many unseen forces that can impact our lives, but as spiritual beings we should not be ignorant of them. As he talked about this issue, my pastor then mentioned that while on flights, sometimes the planes go through pockets of air and the plane experiences turbulence, particularly the ones called Clear Air Turbulence (CAT). They are unexplainable rocking that the passengers must have to sit through and the plane go through. Nothing can be done about them, but for the passengers to be aware of them. 

As I thought of this matter, I remember the scripture that says that we as Christians have some spiritual battles to fight and need to be aware of them. 

‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.’ Ephesians 6:12

The above scripture makes it clear that there are things that affect us that we may not see so we need to position ourselves as spiritual beings to fight them. Our job is to wrestle against such in the place of prayers with an understanding of the victory that has been won for us by Jesus.

So if you are going through unseen/spiritual battles, never forget what the word of God said, that ‘those who are with you are more than those against you’ 2 kings 6:16 and the scripture in 1John 4:4 which says ‘ little children, do not worry because you have overcome. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world’

Irrespective of the things in the climate, be assured of God’s presence, help, support and victory is yours in Jesus name.

God is on your side! 


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