I grew up with pit bulls. My brother Mayode loves dogs eh. Infact my mum loves dogs too. We always had dogs in our house. We started off with Mongrels but as we became teens, my brother Mayode had pit bulls and then Boerboels. I’ll never forget our dog “Malcolm”. What a beautiful dog. We would take him for walks in our neighborhood in GRA Ikeja. In those days, pit bulls weren’t popular and so you should have seen the reaction of people when they saw the dog. They would move to the other side of the road whenever they saw us coming.
Some people thought it was a “lion” etc. Malcolm was such a friendly and beautiful dog. Such a stunner and beauty, bold and confident. One thing about the pitbull is that you don’t want to mess with the dog or get into a fight. They are so powerful and strong and a profound thing is that they go straight for the jugular in a fight or in an attack and then it locks its jaws. Once it locks it’s jaws, nothing and no one can remove the teeth. Unless ofcourse you break the head (at least that was what I was told as a kid). This morning I remembered this when I was reading Romans 8.
The Bible in verse 3-4 in the Message version says “God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.”
Wowwwwwww He wasn’t playing at all! It was fight to finish. All or nothing.
HE WENT FOR THE JUGULAR!
Let that sink in. Nothing and no one can undo what God has done for us through His son, Jesus.
I love the last part of the verse which says “The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.” This means so much to me and is such a relief because very recently God revealed to me that I had a fear of rejection when it came to Him.
I was always afraid that if I did something wrong, He would choose someone else for the purpose He has for me. I was afraid of being like “Saul”who was replaced by David. It was a real fear and I noticed I began to feel insecure whenever I saw God using someone in the same line of work as me. The devil would put thoughts in my head like , ”you are no longer chosen”, ”You have failed Him and so He would choose someone else”. It got so bad ….. I’m doing an inner healing course called Bethel sozo and God revealed to me the root cause of this “lie” that I believed. The first miracle is the fact that I realized I had this issue. God showed me that it had to do with my child hood. The fear of my dad leaving us for another family if we misbehaved. It was a real fear and this affected my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
In the course, I have learnt that the way you relate with your earthly father or your experiences with your earthly father determines how you relate with your Heavenly Father and it can affect it. The earthly father provides identity, protection and provision and if you had any issues in these areas with your earthly father, it would cause strongholds and inner wounds that need to be healed. Your experiences with your Father, Mother and siblings affects your relationship with the Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus respectively. It’s deep sha. So anyway, this morning during my quiet time, God used this scripture to show me that I can’t want His love and there is nothing I can do that will separate me from His love. He is not a man that should lie and He won’t leave me or forsake me or choose someone else because of my shortcomings.
He loves us all equally and the sky is big enough for us all to fly.