Month: March 2017

WHAT EXACTLY IS SUCCESS?

I will attempt to do something far beyond me, and that is to define SUCCESS. What really is success? What really would we see in our lives and then say confidently that we are successful? What would we see in others and say they are successful? A house in the village? Plots of land at Lagos and Abuja? A company of one’s own? A highly paying job? A powerful, wonderful car? Fame and worldwide recognition? What exactly is success? When Nelson Mandela died, people from far and wide, presidents and prime ministers came for his burial. I was highly intrigued and impressed by the retinue of people that attended his burial. Silently in my heart, I started wishing that I will make such impact in the world that when I die, US president, UK prime minister, and of course CNN and BBC will attend my burial ceremony. While the thought was going on in my heart, the Holy Spirit began to rebuke me. How many great men attended the burial ceremony of Apostle Paul? When Robert Hyslop of Bassa died, how many prime ministers attended his burial. When Pa G. Elton or Mary Slessor were being buried, how many awards did they acquire, and how many news media covered their burial ceremony? It got me thinking. What is life really all about? What will I do with my life that when I look back from my death bed or scene, I will say with such air of fulfillment like Paul, “I have finished the race”? And as I see how my world reasons, and even in the church, I watch as Mammon reigns. He sits enthroned as lord on our altars, while we keep on singing that only Jesus is Lord. What is Mammon? It is not just the ‘god…

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THE PATHWAY OF HAPPINESS pt. 2

In post on THE PATHWAY OF HAPPINESS, I insinuated that there is that which leads to unfading happiness and joy in life, and I called it “contentment”. Permit me here to reiterate a few things. Contentment is not a philosophical matter. It is not to say, “I have enough, so what else do I need?” It is a consciousness on the inside of you that your life is in God’s hands. As a result, you believe that everyday God is planning for you, scheming for you, orchestrating life to your favour. So, you are never under crushing pressure; though you may have a lot of burden on you, but there is this “knowing” inside of you that God sees, God knows and God will provide. This is the real meaning of being contented. It does not mean that you will not work, set goals, exercise yourself, etc, but that in all your labours, you do not forget that God is Judge- He lifts up one and brings down another. Permit me to belabour that matter a little. Do you know that promotion comes from God? Today, as I sat down in my church at Deeper Life, and I was just looking at Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, I imagined the number of people who are under his ministry (Deeper Life Bible Church), then I began to ask myself, “what did this man do to get this amount of people to sit under him in just about 44 years of ministry?” If you have ever been involved in grassroots church building (i.e to build an entirely new ministry/church from the scratch), you will know that you can preach, fast, pray and decree for 20 years and your entire church will be just about 100 people (off and on). What did these men…

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THE PATHWAY TO TRUE HAPPINESS

I have not fully been following news of late. Anyways, I’m not a fan of news that much, as I’d rather be on a message, than be up by early morning listening to news of this and that. However, one headline that has caused a buzz of late (apart from Big Brother Naija) had been the issue of a doctor who fell into a lagoon (or sea, or ocean, in fact, a water body) and killed himself. The issue that caused the matter to baffle many was the fact that this guy was a medical doctor (I mean you need to know that to be a medical doctor is not a day’s job), he had a car of his own (having been more than 5 years now as a graduate, and having seen life, bros, if you see anyone with car, please respect that person, -it is not easy to own a car in life o, even a beetle), he even had a driver! (My God, only God knows the decade I will get a driver in this life), yet he killed himself. Now, many people have started a “call-a-friend’ revolution, and I thank God for that. However, I want to present another side to the story. Why would he kill himself? He had a well-paying and secure job, he had his own car and driver, I mean, by all the dreams of an average young man, he was successful. I know that many of us look at our lives today and we are sad, unhappy, unfulfilled, discontent, and hoping that one day when we have made money, gotten a well-paying job, graduated from university, bought a car, married the woman of our dreams, and built the house of our dreams, we will be happy. Right now, we seem to…

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RELATING APPROPRIATELY TO CHRISTIAN ELDERS pt. 2

I’m still pressed to further stress the matter I raised in my last post. What bothers my heart is not that I feel that our elders are ‘gods’ and hence cannot be critically appraised and discussed in order that we may draw some lessons from their lives and doctrine. However, what bothers me is the kind of spirit I found amongst young ones like us who look with disdain on pastors and spiritual leaders of denominations as ‘fleecers of the flock, hypocrites, etc. We may even have a particular man of God that we honour above all else. So, anything coming from others will be critically looked into and poked holes, but anything from our man of God will be swallowed hook, line and sinker. Now I must commence with the witness of scriptures. 1 Corinthians 3vs.21 said, “Therefore let no man glory in men”. Paul here insists that though we should celebrate the men God has given us, we should not unduly glory in them, i.e. feel proud that we are their followers or members of their denominations. No, let him that must glory do so in the Lord. Your pastor is fulfilling his place in God’s mandate, and so are others. Let no man glory in men. Rather let us glory in God who has given such grace and apostleship to men. See vs. 22, “whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas,…; all are yours” Did you see that. Whether Kumuyi, Adeboye, Oyakhilome, Adefarasin, Oyedepo, Gwamna, Ogbueli, etc, all are yours! They are all God’s gift to you, yes you! That is to say, God looks at you and decides that there are lessons He needs to teach you in life, so he sends you men. It is not for you to sit down and start analyzing every move…

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RELATING APPROPRIATELY TO CHRISTIAN ELDERS

My heart is indicting a matter, and though I might not have spent many years on the earth, but I believe I speak with a wisdom that is divine, and not earthy. I want to address a matter that I see spreading as a cancer among the Christian community and the world at large, especially young people. This has to do with the way we view, think of and discuss our elders in the faith, especially those who have pioneered different labours, ministries and churches. By the grace of God, I have listened to most of them, ranging from the so-called conservatives like W. F. Kumuyi, to the so-called liberals like Chris Oyakhilome, and I have come to certain understandings that I would like to share with my fellow Christians hoping that our attitude towards our elders in the faith can be properly moderated- not on the extreme of uncensored, unquestioning followership, nor to the other extreme of critical, insulting and rebellious independence. First of all, no one is really ‘conservative’ nor ‘liberal’ as we all think. Sometimes, our views of these men are shaped by social media discussions and peer friends who discuss these men without actually listening to them. After reading “Non-essential Church Traditions” by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, and listening to such messages as “Maintaining a perfect heart”, “The Priestly Ministry of the believer”, and other messages by Rev. Chris Oyakhilome, I came to understand that these men are walking with God, and He is leading them in His way. You might not like their style (and you must not like everyone’s style), and they might not fit into your mould (carved by years of sitting under a particular ministry), but if you will open your heart and listen to them, you will learn a lot from…

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