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Summary: Spiritual significance of November, the eleventh (11th) month of a year in the affairs of men.

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Anchor Scripture: Matthew Chapter 20: Verse 6: “And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith to them, ‘Why stand ye here all the day idle?’”

Every year, my family celebrates the eleventh month as the month of mercy and favour, based on the scriptures quoted above. It is like a 100-metre race where the principal subject was helplessly and hopelessly found at the starting block when the race was about to end in some split-seconds.

About this same time last year we traded the mystery of the eleventh hour in my new found career on the web. The explosive results that followed that spiritual adventure cushioned us for the rest of the year, and began a superlative new year with an income of over four hundred thousand Naira (about U$D 4,000.00), in the first month January 2008 alone! That was just the beginning of enlargement of our coast.

In the race of life, 80% of the people found themselves at the last tail. After great hopes and goal-setting resolutions at the beginning of a year, many found that their accomplishments are pitiably little or nothing. Those are the ‘idle-all-day’ people that Jesus came to rescue from stagnation and decadent paralysis. I read with pleasure what we wrote last year on this same subject of God’s divine intervention at the 11th hour on our telenovela blog.

The Bible says: ‘Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof’ (Ecclesiastes 7:8). It is the mercy factor in God’s agenda that turns failure into success, and raised up the poor out of the dust, and lifted up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory (1 Samuel 2:8).

I am calling on all who have suffered one form of failure or the other since this year began to join us in turning back to God, to pray and ask for His rescuing mercy to deliver us from circumstances and situations and personalities and principalities which are too strong for us. The call is not for the satiated and contented, it is a call to the hungry and thirsty, who are desirous of the Bread of life and the Living water. (Remember that song? … “Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, come and quench the thirsting of my soul, Bread of Heaven, fill me till I thirst no more, …”)

If you want to recover and overtake whatever the ‘chief thief’ (satan) and his agents have stolen from you since January, then you must first turn to the God of the eleventh hour. Nothing is too late for Him, He can bring you up from the deepest pit and carry you with electrifying speed to the highest peak, if you can cry for His mercy and for His forgiveness.

Even if you are a businessman or woman, and you need speed to accomplish impossible targets before the end of the year, this message is for you. If you have been an applicant looking for fruitful employment or engagement, this message and prayers are also for you.

Just go before God and ask Him to forgive you for allowing the devil to steal your precious time and goals in the better part of the year. Ask Him to pardon your carelessness that gave the devil an edge and led to your present unpalatable situation. Ask Him to come and turn your defeat into miraculous victory. Ask Him to restore your lost opportunities and favour you.


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