President Bill Clinton in his treatise at the inaugural lecture of the Nelson Mandela Foundation said: ‘’My Bible says, “All the Law is fulfilled in one word even this, love thy neighbour as thyself”. The Koran says, “Requite evil with good and he who is your enemy will become your dearest friend”. The Talmud says, “That man is a hero who can make a friend out of a foe”; in the Dhammapada the Buddhist says, “Never does hatred by hatred cease but by love alone”. Easy to say, hard to do.
I first listened to this very deep message under the ministrations of Dr. DK Olukoya, General Overseer, Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries Worldwide and Reverend Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church. I consider the message very interesting and useful for the training of our young ones who will eventually take over from this generation. And this comes under the auspices of our FAMILY VALUES campaign. I feel sure it will bless you. Can anyone imagine what would have happened had Jesus Christ not been betrayed by Judas; if David never met Goliath; if Joseph never met Potiphar’s wife; if Pastor EA Adeboye had missed Baba Josiah Akindayomi; if Queen Esther missed King Ahasuerus. And if Bishop Francis Wale Oke had missed Pastor E.A. Adeboye and Pastor William Kumuyi at the University of Lagos and if VP Yemi Osinbajo had missed Pastor Adeboye and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; and if Dr. Yemi Farounbi and his TYT friends had missed Chief Bola Ige. All human beings have helpers of destinies dotted along their paths through Planet Earth. You get to a point in life where you must part, by divine arrangement, in order to move further to fulfil God’s plans. Abraham and Lot had to separate in line with the plan of God; but not on a sour note. That is the most important factor.
MY WITNESS I must share this testimony because I have told God I will always return every glory to him, the Giver and Taker of life. We (self &wife) were going to attend the last edition of the Power Must Change Hands of the MFM, Abuja. We parked to help some people who were trekking to the church. A few seconds after we left the spot where we parked, a Totota Corolla saloon car with a KWL number started tumbling from the top of the road – an expressway – and seemed destined to land on our car that was passing through the road that could be described as an alley. The car was up, we were down in the alley. The car tumbled four times and landed on its wheels a few feet behind us. I said to myself – that was an angelic intervention. The first of such angelic interventions I ever had occurred in 1984 on our way back from Ile-Ife about 8.0pm. God had no obligation to protect me then because I wasn’t born again and never belonged to Him. But His mercy prevailed. As we approached Egbeda at top speed, a huge log of wood was lying across the road. Somehow, we found ourselves (self and wife) again on the other side. We were shivering and never knew how God did it. It is not a case of ‘’abere looo ki ona okun to di’’ – the needle escaped before the opening on a cloth closed up. NO! It was simply the mercy of God. And only God can do that. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Elijah & Elisha, whom we serve. The God of Joseph Ayo Babalola and the God of DK Olukoya.
MY GREATEST JOY — BE PATIENT: As I wrote about this incident, I recalled Primate Peter Jasper Akinola’s assertion: “It is quite possible for some people around you to succeed without God’s backing. “Nevertheless, be aware that it is temporary success. ‘’It cannot be compared to what you get when you rely on God for lifting, promotion, riches, favour, fruit of the womb and other needs. ”God is able to give you all the good things of life. It is a matter of time. “God’s solution may seem to take a longer process from human perception, yet, it is the best. It is worth waiting for. “The wisest man in the world said in one of his proverbs that “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and He (God) adds no trouble to it” – Proverbs 10: 22. What exactly is the need that you think God cannot adequately meet in your wildest imagination? Talk of wealth and riches. ‘’He can offer you durable affluence crowned with long life”. Why am I appreciating God in this piece? In the year 2007 at the approach of the governorship elections in Osun State, I had the mandate of contacting priests of the Most High God as we sought the Face of Jesus Christ for prayers for peace – unknown to many people who never saw me on the campaign trail and never regarded people like me a politician.
A mother in a million, and a blessed daughter of God who will forever be blessed identified simply as Mama Adura of Osun State coordinated the exercise from her safe official haven. But God deserves all praises and adoration for an encounter that will forever be remembered by me. Baba Timothy Obadare’s personal assistant brought a letter of goodwill to my office with instructions to his aide to tell me: ‘’You will make Heaven’’ Which prayer could be greater than that – going successfully on the narrow path! I thanked God for the message. I am always convinced about the power of prayers as the prophets of old installed kings in Israel on God’s instructions.
HOLDING ON TO THE TRUTH: In this discourse by Dr. D.K. Olukoya, two words “truth” and “wavering” stand out. They need to be addressed first in order to drive home the real message in today’s topic. According to dictionary meaning, the word “truth” implies the real fact about a situation. However, a seasoned writer described truth as a “prayerful entity”. He further likens truth to an oil which will always rise to the surface. It is an indestructible fact that will remain constant no matter how long it takes to cover it. That is why the Bible instructs in Proverbs 23:23, “Buy the truth and sell it not.”
On the other hand, the word “waver” symbolises to lose strength, determination or purpose, especially temporarily. In this context, therefore, without wavering is the exact opposite. It is to stand firm and be resolute. The Bible equates a person who wavers to a wave of sea driven with wind and tossed. Such a person cannot receive anything from the Lord because he is double-minded and unstable in his mind (James 1:8). Curiously, the leader in a gathering might not detect those people easily. In some other cases, God might reveal this and command the pastor to pray for them because the Creator is a long suffering God Who gives ample room for repentance. Whoever goes before a higher authority, destroys relationships and attempts to destroy the innocent has destruction waiting at his/her doorposts. God is not mocked for He sees all our actions and inactions.
YOUNG ONES – BE DETERMINED & RESOLUTE – THERE ARE ROUGH EDGES ON YOUR PATHS BUT GOD WILL NOT GET YOU TEMPTED MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD: Truth is God permits ‘’rough edges’’ so we would not equate ourselves with Him. And these church leaders in spite of walking with the Holy Spirit every second might not know everything because they are not God! A case of ”Who is as blind as my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send; Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the LORD? ” (Isaiah 42:19) I acknowledge the fact that I was picked up in a filthy garment by God who located me by His grace. I am full of praises to Him and the Psalmist’s assertion: “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side…..Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us….” (Psalms 124:1-3) comes to my mind every so often. If the Lord opens our eyes to our environment and we are able to see deadly creatures on the prowl, we will most probably faint at the sight of those agents of Satan. I am always conscious of the fact that the greatest challenge facing humanity is getting to their places of focus. The most important relationship we have is with God. Therefore, the only plan that will work out right is the one God gives. And the power needed to fulfil that plan comes from Him alone.
INTRIGUES A lot of politicking and intrigues go on behind the scene in all human settings from which a respectable personality with conscience would keep a distance. Even within family units, there is politics orchestrated by the husband and wife to manage the home responsibly. Gossiping and backbiting should normally be expected to be part of the features, usually occasioned by envy and feelings of complex on the part of Satanic people who operate as if they can hide from God. Except these people are helped to turn to God, they will continue in that manner because they might have been brought up in settings where intrigues thrive. Therefore, they are unhappy if they cannot engage in intrigues and speak ill-advisedly about other people.” It takes prayers, hard work and divine intervention for people, particularly those at the topmost strata to be able to survive where intrigues thrive. The most dangerous battles are fought when the enemy is already inside — but they are no match for God.
ACCUSERS & THEIR MISSION According to Dr. D.K. Olukoya, General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries Worldwide, ‘’Accusers are fault-finders, meaning that they always look for an opportunity to see a fault in their victim for the victim to be accused. Being a Christian, being alive, being well-positioned and blessed are enough threat to the enemies called accusers to begin to operate or carry out their evil activities. Accusation is a form of persecution. Esther, Mordecai and the Jews in our Fire Scripture were accused and were to be persecuted just for doing well in the strange land, but glory be to God of Israel who came into their situation to deliver them.
Joel Osteen says: But Jesus said, “Bless those that curse you. ”Do good to those that hurt you. Pray for those that mistreat you”. Is being good to people that have not been good to us. Everything in you will say, “Hold a grudge. Talk about them. Look for ways to get even. ‘’But your job is not to pay people back, your job is to bless your enemies. God will take care of your enemies. When it says to pray for those that have done you wrong, that doesn’t mean pray that they’ll go bankrupt. Pray that God will bless them.’’
FAITHFULNESS HURTS ACCUSERS — WHY YOU MUST LEAVE ALL FOR GOD Many Christians today are victims of wrong accusations and as long as you want to live for Christ, be ready for accusations because accusers are everywhere in offices, family units, extended families, schools, business places, and so on. They speak scornfully. So, if you’re good in whatever you are doing, be ready for accusation. Accusers do not want to hear anything good about you, especially advancement in your career; so, they are always happy when people are sad. Beloved, the moment you make your choice of being faithful to God, you begin to have accusers. We were told the story of a man who sharpened his knife for his son for going to MFM. Although the boy escaped death but the father changed his will to disfavour the son.”
Olukoya continues: He accused his son of disobedience but the boy prayed and the father was struck down and later confessed on the sick bed that he got the power to kill the boy which backfired against him. The father later confessed Jesus as his Lord and Saviour and the boy later got all he lost. Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were victims of accusation. So also were Joseph and Jesus, but God proved Himself faithful in their lives. ”I pray for you that the arrows of the accuser shall not locate you, in Jesus’ name. Beloved, look unto Jesus, no matter the accusation today and see God in your situation to disgrace your accusers, change every negative attitude in you, develop hatred for sin and serve God wholeheartedly.” One fact I got to know in the recent past that most of those who engage in demonic activities are sponsored from the kingdom of darkness. When they misbehave, we are taught, it is the power behind them you attack to die, not the physical shell of the human being who could be made to repent.
THE WORLD PERISHES NOT FROM BANDITS AND FIRES, BUT FROM HATRED, WRONG ACCUSATIONS, HOSTILITY AND ALL PETTY SQUABBLES You don’t have to offend people for them to hate you. So it is not a question of what have I done? All carriers of God’s glory must be attacked. What did Jesus do such that they started gunning for His life at birth until He was crucified? What did Daniel do? What did Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego do? What did David do to king Saul? And what did Joseph do? Success attracts enemies as nobody fights a failure. Most times, God arranges situations such that the attack of your accusers will be the avenue for your lifting. Anybody who wishes to must rise to stardom would always encounter accusers. Joseph would never have become the Prime Minister of Egypt, the then most powerful nation on earth without Potiphar’s wife who falsely accused of having assaulted her, and he sent to prison. Indeed, you must meet several enemies on the path of your success. Pray for them and leave all in the hands of the Creator Who knows the beginning till the end. They wouldn’t have been positioned there without the knowledge of the God of Elijah; the Consuming Fire. Osteen says: ‘’When you do good to those that have done you wrong, it may feel like you’re being weak, you’re letting them take advantage of you. ”The truth is that’s putting coals on their head. And that doesn’t mean they’re going to burn up. Some of you are thinking, “I know what to do now”. It means that is more effective than trying to pay people back.‘’
JOSEPH WOULD NEVER HAVE FULFILLED DESTINY WITHOUT POTIPHAR’S WIFE ”Most of us would be thinking about payback, but the reason God could promote Joseph, the reason he could give him incredible influence and favour is God knew he could trust Joseph to handle the power correctly. Joseph had proved he would do the right thing and be good to people that had done him harm. ‘’Joseph looked at his brothers. Instead of getting revenge, the scripture says he threw his arms around them and wept, kissing and embracing them. He invited them into the palace and served them dinner. He had them go home and bring their father and the rest of the family. He gave them land and a place to live where he could watch over them.’’
It is written in Genesis 6:5 that God created us human beings in his own image and regretted: “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Why? “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9. There is no resisting, nor escaping God’s anger. Sin provokes God to anger. And those not humbled by lesser judgement, must expect greater. Alas! how many professed Christians are blind as the benighted heathen! While the Lord is well-pleased in saving sinners through the righteousness of Christ, He will also glorify his justice, by punishing all proud despisers.
BE CONSISTENT: No matter how you try, accusers must always strike because they are pushed by the devil and dark powers that manipulate them. Any willing soul could be manipulated; even deacons and elders and Alhajis, as what Satan requires is mere cooperation. Jesus would never have fulfilled the purpose of God without Judas the betrayer. Some may not change or repent because they are destined to end up in the hottest part of hell. Next, we treat the issue of speaking the truth: Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). That’s a wonderful promise that can be taken seriously, especially when you feel somehow injured; whether the difficulty is injury, illness, financial hardship, a troubled relationship.
REQUITE EVIL WITH GOOD: As a true believer, you must have absolute faith in God before you can please Him. No wonder the Bible affirms, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him” (Hebrews 6:11). Therefore, stand for truth and fear not, because it is only the truth you know and apply that can help you in the hour of need or save you in times of trouble. In his lecture at the first edition of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Lecture series, President Bill Clinton stated that: ”My Bible says, “All the Law is fulfilled in one word even this, love thy neighbour as thyself”. The Koran says, “Requite evil with good and he who is your enemy will become your dearest friend”. The Talmud says, “That man is a hero who can make a friend out of a foe”’ in the Dhammapada, the Buddhist says, “Never does hatred by hatred cease but by love alone”. Easy to say, hard to do. But we live in a world without walls and we cannot own the future of that world unless we share it.”
GOD IS LOOKING AT YOU: Begin to examine yourself today. Have you been truthful to your customers, your colleagues, your superiors and juniors? Are you the type that wavers or vacillates when you are supposed to declare the truth, due to selfish interest? Today, make up your mind because it is the truth you know and you practise that can set you free.” Dr Olukoya writes: God warns: Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall’’ Apostle Paul in his writing to the Romans (6:23) warns that ‘’the wages of sin is death.’’ Whoever reads and meditates on Psalm 64: 2-8 will fear God and desist from evil:
WAVERING BEFORE THE TRUTH IS A DISASTER THAT WILL MAKE YOU TO SEE YOUR PROBLEM AS YOUR GOD.– TAKE HEED: Joel Osteen writes: ‘’We see this same quality in David. When he defeated Goliath, king Saul loved him, so much so he brought him to the palace. David would play the harp for Saul when he wasn’t feeling well. But David began to get so much recognition, so much popularity that Saul became jealous of David. And one day, while he was playing the harp, Saul took a barely missed him. This happened time and time again. ‘’Saul was wrong. He was jealous, but you will never read where David tried to pay him back. Despite Saul trying to kill him, what did David do? Played the harp for him, tried to make his life even better. Fast forward years later, Saul had been killed in a David had been the king and won many victories, had incredible success. Now, he was later in his life, not out fighting battles, but enjoying the blessings and favour that God had given him. One night, sitting around the palace, David said to his men, “Is anyone still alive from the house of Saul that I can be good to”? I can imagine his men saying, “Excuse me, David, are you feeling okay? Do you remember Saul was trying to kill you? He chased you through the desert, made your life miserable, threw spears at you when you were being good to him”. David said in effect, “Yes, I know who he was, but I want to bless my enemies. I want to do something good for his family despite what he tried to do to me”.
KING DAVID…. A MAN AFTER GOD’S HEART — REWARDED SAUL’S GRANDSON! Joel Osteen continued: David found Saul’s grandson. He was crippled. They brought him to the palace. David gave him all the land that belonged to his grandfather. He said to him, “From now on, you will sit at my table and have dinner with me every night”. You imagine having the grandson of the man that tried to kill you eating dinner with you every night, that takes a big man. ”That takes somebody of great character. And you may have had people do you wrong, we all have. Don’t be bitter, be a David. Overcome the evil with good.”
Seeing God has poured out his wrath on his once-favoured people, because of their sins, let us fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of us should be found to come short of it. Great man of God, Pastor E.A Adeboye warned that “Jesus used a very stern language to warn mankind that hell is real. Jesus, he said, “spoke about them that are on the left hand” and who shall be told to “depart…into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”. (Matthew 25:41) May we never find ourselves in that horrible place after our sojourn on earth. Amen.
BETTER TO BE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD If there is anybody out there who feels offended by my actions at any point in time, I tender this public apology because the Lord says ‘’If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. (Romans 12:18) Awolowo once wrote: ”A man whose personality is fully developed never fears anything; he cringes not, and never feels inferior to anyone; His breadth of mind enables him to exercise his freedom in such a manner as not to endanger the interests and freedom of others. He is a citizen of the world – free from narrow prejudices. He is what he is because the three main constituents of his entity – his body, brain, and mind – are fully developed.” Mens Sana in Corpore Sano!” – Voice of Reason (1981)
Let us continue to do good with the fear of the Lord.
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