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Topic: Mystery of Time & Chance( 1)

Text: Ecclesiastes 9 vs 11,  Psalm 102 vs 13.


The Lord shall arise, and have mercy upon me: for the time to favour me, yea, the set time is come.


Ecclesiastes 9 vs 11 declares this truth thus: " I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, not yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all".  In this scripture,  five basic things are pointed out: race; battle; bread; riches and favour.  These are the elements of  success or failure in everything in this world. Paradoxically enough, all of these are functions of time and chance!

Race: The Bible says that the race is not to the swift! This is a mystery because elementary wisdom teaches us that, the early bird catches the worm. But God says this is not necessarily so! The first building in a city may not be the most beautiful! 1 Corinthians 9:4 helps us further to say that: " ....in a race, all the runners run, but only one wins the prize! So, speed is not enough for success, time and chance determine who ultimately succeeds.

Battle: There are battles everywhere! However, the winner may not necessarily be the strongest- remember David and Goliath! David says in Psalm 118 vs 10: "All nations compassed  me about: but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them". So, it is not strength, not even intelligence, time and chance determine who ultimately wins!

Bread: Wisdom does not guarantee bread and it does not make anyone a breadwinner! It is not hard work either and it is not brain work- time and chance determine who gets bread!
Riches: Understanding is not enough to make anyone rich. Cunning and craftiness are a terrible waste of efforts just as influence peddling and eye service are not anyway potent means of getting wealth- time and chance determine who gets riches!

Favour: Skills are not automatic magnets of favour. Even good character may not be  enough nor hard work a guarantee of favour- time and chance determine who is favoured!  Now, you may want to ask this question: what is time and chance? The answer, in the light of the scripture, is the Almighty God!  Time goes beyond an item on the calendar; it is not just a geographical construct; nor a division of the day or measure of progression of season. God is the time of man, He is also the chance of all His creatures. He determines all things and those who know Him, and serve Him,  have all the elements of success working for them.

In any race; God determines who lifts the trophy( Psalm 18 vs 33);  In every battle, God determines the winner, because every battle confronting a child of God,  is God's battle and God cannot fail( 2 Chronicles 20 vs 15). Jesus is the bread of life( John 6:35) and it is God that gives men power to make wealth( riches). Favour comes from God and it is God that determines the set time for it( Psalm 102 vs 13). What all of these indicate is that, if you are positioned in God, you will be able to access any position of glory in this world and in heaven.   We need not go through life seeking opportune time and right chance; seek God and you will have all good things. Solomon sums it up this way: " Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man".


Praise & Worship

1. Blessed be  the Lord of all flesh who is the lifter up of my head in Jesus' name.
2. Lord, I thank you because you have given me all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus in Jesus' name.
3. Lord, replace the worn and ill-fitting dress of my destiny with brand new ones  in Jesus' name.
4. Break the foothold of Satan before it becomes a stronghold in my life in Jesus' name.
5. King of glory, terminate the rivalry of darkness against your light in my life in Jesus' name.
6. Fumigate my home and office with divine disinfectants in Jesus' name.
7.  Powers holding my benefits and bonuses, die in Jesus' name.
8.  Father, don't allow Satan to close the door of your mercy against me in Jesus' name.
9. Lord, let your angels run the race of my destiny for me in Jesus' name.
10.  Strangers assigned to build my walls, locate me now in Jesus' name.
11. Let time and chance come together for the sake of my prosperity in Jesus' name.
12.  Let heaven and earth agree about my manifestation in Jesus' name.
13. Powers of exclusion from success, die in Jesus' name.
14. Lord, place me on your ladder of daily ascent in Jesus' name.
15. I shall not fish in a dry river in Jesus' name.
16.  Powers of evil summon, fail in Jesus' name.
17. My favour will not turn to labour in Jesus' name.
18. Holy ghost, raise a standard against enemies that rise against me like flood in Jesus' name.
19. I shall not sleep on a bed of afflictions in Jesus' name.
20. Lord, let your deposits in my life be greater than my withdrawals in Jesus' name.
21. Thank you Lord for commanding time and chance to unite for my glory in Jesus' name.

Hallelujah! Pls pray and share and share. Pastor Dele Oyewale( June 9th, 2014).





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