Change of fortune

money-515058_640Numbers 33:3: And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.

The children of Israel experienced sudden change. If can also happen to you. There is nothing God cannot do. You can go from unrecognised to eating with the king in a day, as it happened to Mephibosheth (2Samuel 9); from starving to death to superabundance, as it was in Samaria in the time of Elisha (2Kings 7:1-3); from barren to having children like it happened to Hannah (1Samuel 1); you can come from slavery to freedom in a way as it happened to the millions of the children of Israel as they moved from Egypt. You can move from starving to having free food for years, like the widow of Zeraphath (1Kings 17:8-16).

God is in the business of changing fortunes, and there is a coming grand change of fortune: when in the twinkling of an eye we will be changed, mortality will swallow up immortality at the final trumpet (1Corinthians 15:53-53).

We will suddenly appear before the Lord, and we are full of hope for that to happen. It is been the most highly anticipated event of all time (1John 3:1-3). It will be the grandest change of fortune. While now we live in the wilderness of this world, we will soon be in the “paradise” of heaven, leaving the limitation of the flesh behind to leap fully into the supernatural, with a changed body (2Corinthians 15:49-58). And when we get our final rewards from God for what we have done in the flesh, some will rule with Christ even if they came from a humble background on the earth (Revelation 1:6).

Jesus is now made Lord, given a name that is above every other (Philippians 2:5-11). That was a change of fortune for him though he had to pass through death to get there.

Dead for Jesus had a double meaning. Though he went down he also came up. With his death, he experienced a change of fortune in his spiritual impact. He said except a grain of seed falls to the ground and dies it abides alone, but when it dies it brings forth many like itself (John 12:24).

Jesus is now us the author of salvation for those who trust him (Hebrews 5:9). While he was on earth his impact hardly crossed the boundary of the nation of Israel, now as a life-giving Spirit, his impact in worldwide, nay universal (1Corinthians 15:45).

Because he humbled himself to the death on the cross, he was given a name that is above every other name and at the name of Jesus every knee bows and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.  That did not happen before he hung on the cross, so what was supposed to end him only increased his influence.

Jesus comes with the promise of change of life. He told Peter: follow me and I will make you a fisher of men. That happened in a most spectacular way, as the Holy Spirit came down. But Peter didn’t look like someone who will do much in life talk less of being an instrument of a powerful change in the world, becoming the number one person leading the church after the departure of Jesus.

He wielded so much influence though from a lowly background. God lifted him up and he shone as light in his generation. A similar change of fortune happened to David, who from following sheep was elevated to become King in Israel though he also had to pass through a wilderness experience.

There was a time Peter personally experienced a change of fortune in his business while he was a fisherman (Luke 5:1-7).

He and his crew which included his brother had laboured all night seeking to catch something to take home, but it was all in vain. He was so despondent that they were packing up at dawn but Jesus said they should cast their net again in the sea, and they caught so much fish to everyone’s amazement.

They caught so much fish that their net started to break. Because Peter obeyed the words of Jesus to cast his net in the sea, he experienced a radical change of fortune at that time.

In a wedding which was held in Cana of Galilee, the ceremony was about to flop, but Jesus stepped in and supernaturally provided wine. But it happened as some servants obeyed the words of Jesus (John 2).

Change of fortune is about great transformation. The Christian experience delivers a complete change of fortune. We move from death to life. The bible says that those who believe in Jesus have passed from death to live, and that if we believe in Jesus we will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16, 5:24).

In the first chapters of the bible we saw how the fortune or humanity really dipped, but now the line has fallen for us in pleasant places, we have a good heritage, we have a new portion in Jesus, the portion of life (Psalm 16:6).

We have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3), we have been redeemed (Revelation 5:9), our lot has changed, we were once darkness, but now we have received light through Jesus (Ephesians 5:8). Our weakness is replaced with his strength. That was what Jesus told Paul: he said my grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness (2Corinthians 12:9).

Our change of fortune affects us inwardly, and externally and in what lies in our future. Internally we become new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17). We are saved, and as time goes on we experience change in our thinking process.

As are engaged in the renewing of our minds, we are changed in the spirit of our mind, in the influences that are cast over our thinking process, as we move from wrong thinking to right thinking.

When we experience the power of the Holy Spirit, we are changed. Jesus told his disciples, that they will receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon them.

Before then they were a bunch of ragtag Galileans, feeling out of their depths in the cosmopolitan city of Jerusalem, but after the Holy Spirit came, they started taking over the place doing miracles and teaching with great boldness, rubbing off badly on the religious leaders who wanted to get rid of them who threatened to harm them. But instead of being cowed, they shifted to an higher gear in spiritual impact after as they prayed together (Acts 1-4).

Prayer is a tool for a change of fortune. That was the gateway for Hannah to experience change of fortune, and that was how Jabez experienced his own change of fortune (1Chronicles 4:9-10). His name meant pain, but he does not want them to continue experiencing negativity but chose to pray to God rather than be resigned to his situation, God answered him.

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