There I was in 2012, lost in thoughts and wondering what next to do to get out of the situation I suddenly found myself wallowing in! The Ministry was epileptic, not that it was standing in a specific location; what I found myself doing was more of getting divine messages for people and either visiting them or relating it on phone to them. It was as if God was testing me to see the level of submission and obedience to his word. For the last two quarters of 2011, I was on regular errands for my Father in Heaven. There was this particular elderly man who had cheated me out of a transaction that was to accelerate me to a princely nine figure sum. His promise to make up for his actions in another transaction did not materialize, so I erased him out of my subconscious to ease my pain. Just when I thought this elderly man was no longer a part of me, God in heaven gave me a message to him. The night I text some scriptures the Lord had placed in my heart to him, coincided with his arrival from India from a spinal cord operation; he had spent two months on post operational recovery. On his returned call, he expressed shock and surprised how my text message was the first to enter his mobile phone on his arrival that night.
He invited me over to his house to give him the message, the Almighty God had for him. By the time the word was delivered to him with a description of his country house in his native home State. The man was dumbfounded that God could go that length to save him from the impending disaster that awaited him in his hometown. I had delivered God’s message to him, but deep inside of me I remembered this is the same man that made me loss a lot of money early that year. I was confused! Why did God send me to the same man of all the people that are in Abuja city? His wife was not aware of the trouble the husband had caused me previously and I kept mum. The entire family regarded me as their pastor and I was deeply humbled. A year after, the elderly man called me suddenly because the spirit of death was on him. Initially I resisted honouring the call to go and pray for him, fortunately for him I was on a personal fast. Upon the prompting of the Spirit, I went to see him and prayed with the whole family. Immediately I finished ministering the prayers, the voice of God told me that those evil spirits from his village are angry with me and they have set an accident trap before me as I drive out of that district. Upon this revelation I covered myself and my car with the blood of Jesus, and drove enroute to my house. Barely five minutes drive through the city centre, another car hit my rear tyre and I found myself spinning in a circle, but the shout of Jesus halted the car instantly. The Holy Spirit had already prepared me for the impending accident, so I came out unscratched.
However, the more I prayed for favour and breakthrough the worst the challenges became. Nothing was linked to any of the previous errands, but to my foundation. There were times I felt like abandoning the call of God and venturing into business. At least, if I had established a church, my salary will be from there and my family will not be traumatized to the point of stagnation in education. Why is God not answering me? What am I not doing right that others are doing and are having great success? Are these demons or evil spirits from my foundation more powerful than my creator? God forbid! I pleaded with the Holy Spirit to give me a scripture that will rekindle my zeal for the things of God. Open to Jeremiah 20: 7-18, wow! There were times the great Prophet went through challenges that made him to regret the very day he was born. He felt abandoned by God, because he had petitioned his problems and the answer was not forthcoming. Those persecuting were stronger than him and wanted to subdue him so that his ministry will be no more. Such is the evil attack on those who are genuinely called by God into ministry. Hear him, “For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.” The devil comes to steal, to kill and to destroy that is all the purpose of his existence. A man called by God would experience the following found in verse 9 “ Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.” A messenger can never hold back the message from his master, because the words in the message need to be pass on not withheld. The words become fire looking for an outlet. Isaiah 55:11 “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
The keywords to depend on and rely upon when the situation is unbearable is Jeremiah 29:11-13 “ For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you, you will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart,” We should rise above the tormenting antics of the devil who does not want us to see anything good from God. At God’s own time, the night that was full of sorry will turn into a morning of joy, peace and fulfillment. It is not how long it takes us to get to the Throne, but what we will do when on the throne! God answers as He wills and gives according to the measure He believes you can handle in order not to miss the Kingdom. Glory be to His name forever and ever. Amen