Jere 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.
The eight number signifies a new beginning and I pray that this shall be your season of glorious new beginning in Jesus name. To have a glorious new beginning means to have the unpleasant old terminated. I also pray that every old unpleasantness is terminated in Jesus name.
But why is the old remaining despite God’s promise. The answer is in In Jere 13:23. “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil”? Here, the scripture likened the “adaptation to do evil” of some people to the black skin of an African, which is practically unchangeable. That is, some people are well-adapted to evil so much that doing well or experiencing good is not just difficult but virtually impossible.
Ethiopian Black skin is also a feature that appears as soon as the African child is born and will not fade out until old age. It is because the Ethiopian’s black skin is an inborn trait and a genetic issue. Scientifically, a person’s skin colour is the result of genetics that is, a heredity from one’s biological parents’ genetic makeup, and to a smaller extent, the person’s exposure to the sun. When a trait is genetic, it is inseparable and indissoluble.
Thus, the scriptural comparison of the results of some people’s lives with skin colour is also telling us why negativities (whether bad behaviours like anger and drunkenness or bad experiences like failure and poverty) stick to some people from cradle to the grave. No counselling or rehabilitation would be able to help their addictions, no hard work or schooling could terminate their poverty. It means problems can be inborn and indissoluble. just as the skin colour.
Are you experiencing the same challenges your parents faced? Is there a particular sickness or failure common to people in your family? When failure, poverty and foolishness are genetic/ hereditary/inborn, then pain and sorrow become life-long. Prov 27:22 “Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him”. It means inherited foolishness cannot be corrected by rebukes.
But the good news is that genetic problems may be difficult problems but they are not impossible problems. Even scientifically, a lot of advancement has been made in the areas of genetic modification. For example, a gene can be taken from one species and implanted in another so as to create a desirable trait. As a result of such efforts, many crops have been genetically modified for improved yield while livestock has been bred to grow up to 300 percent faster!
If scientists can reverse an undesirable trait through genetic engineering, how much more will the almighty God modify your gene and plant his seed in your DNA so that you can be a glorious new person. When the almighty visit your foundation and recreate your formation, your Ethiopia will change his skin, and long-term negativity will give way for positive transformation.
God’s genetic engineering particularly transcend the physical to the spirit and soul, so that both explainable and unexplainable errors can be corrected. Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh”. This is a promise of a modification of your mentality and spirituality so that every foolish stubbornness will be rooted out and God’s seed of obedience and success will be implanted into your gene.
A good example of God’s work of foundational alteration is Jabez, a man, whose named condemned to a lifetime of sorrow. “Now Jabez was MORE honourable than his brothers…” (1 Chro 4:9). Note the word “more” which also mean above. Put differently, the brethren of Jabez are less or below. Probably, smallness is a spiritual genetic factor in the family of Jabez, none of his brethren was outstanding. But Jabez determined to break free from perpetual poverty and smallness of his father’s house, however common.
Jabez prayed to God “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and ENLARGE my territory…” (1 Chro 4:9-10). By praying for enlargement even when everyone around him was small, Jabez is asking God for genetic modification and a foundational repair that will make greatness possible for him. And he got it because God heard his prayers. God will not say no to a request that will make you a better version of you.
You can also reject the smallness in your DNA that never allow your ideas and efforts to attract good success… but this you can only achieve violent prayers. “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matt 11:12). I will like you to pray these prayers:
O Lord I thank you for your power to give me a new beginning in Jesus name
Every hereditary deformation making greatness impossible for me, be repaired in Jesus name
Every negative inherited trait of laziness, drunkenness, fornication, lying and other character weakness of my ancestors in my gene, be removed by the blood of Jesus
I refuse to be small. Every smallness in the formation of my life that makes greatness impossible for me, die in the name of Jesus.
Every seed of smallness, weakness, sickness, poverty and failure in my gene, die in Jesus name
Every foundation that cannot carry international breakthrough, be destroyed in Jesus name.
O Lord destroy in my formation every limitation of my father’s house
O Lord, reform my life to carry a new glory in Jesus name
O Lord reform my children’s life to reject the ancestral failure and to reflect God’s glory
By the power in the blood of Jesus, my gene is modified to shine, to be favoured, to be
I pray for you that you shall not be small, you shall not be limited. Enter your season of a glorious beginning in Jesus name. Amen
By Adejumo-Ayibiowu Damola PhD