Whenever you get blessed after an encounter with someone or something, endeavour to note details. Of what happened. How it happened. And to where it happened.
My very first encounter with Metropolitan Pastor Paul Adefarasin, was in May 5, 2017.
On a Wednesday, midweek service.
When I stepped in, he was already teaching on the topic he titled: Destiny belongs to the dogs.
“God is not interested in history, but in destiny. Destiny should be your business.”
That brings the message to his person in the past, your current ugly situation that you feel that can’t be fixed, and to what was disturbing my heart. Him-me-you.
It was important. I needed to hear something. I just think there is something about my life that I feel that it can only take God’s word to redirect, console and push me out of.
What did I mean by that? I doubt if there is any moment in my life where it took the consolation of any man to help me retrieve my peace.
It takes God’s word and His promises for me to be at peace with whatever that disturbs my heart.
“Don’t be one of those who used to be glorious. Remain in glory.”
I stopped feeling less of myself. I stopped imagining life in the past. What’s gone remains in the past. You owe it a duty to utilize the new day ahead of you.
“Be careful who you say God cannot use. Be careful who you say God cannot bless.”
It means anytime can be anyone’s morning in God’s agenda, no matter how condemned you feel the person is.
“The size of your temptation is the size of your glory.”
What I was going through when I met him (Pastor Paul) was so necessary because it came to expand my heart’s capacity for what I was to be trusted with by God.
“The devil is after your identity.”
You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. If God made you out of His own image, you deserve a life of God. Don’t lose your identity in God to the devil. You have everything. And, everything is possible.
“Look out for people with a terrible past.”
He made emphasis with himself, to how God called him – a drug addict. If God can call Him, change his story, and trusts him with House on the Rock, He too owes you a better life.
“Familiarity has a way of contaminating one’s faith.”
Certainly, majority of the people in church that very day didn’t understand his message. Maybe. They hear him speak every day. They may have gotten used to that very message. Though Pastor Paul is one of those you can’t “see finish.” That message was for me. I’m sure.
“Some of us are pregnant with purpose, prophecy and destiny, yet we don’t know. Maybe we need someone to remind us.”
And it took him that evening to remind me that in spite of the challenges around me, giving up must never be an option. That I carry purpose and destiny that are yet to happen. That moment, it seemed like I was running under a promise. I came alive again.
Due to time, I wanted to share principles he listed for you to totally overcome. Anyway, you can find it at the end of this piece.
Someone needs it. I don’t know.
Anyway, permit me in joining the world to celebrate a man who God uses to constantly remind us of the future and promises ahead of us. In spite of Nigeria, God used him to instill faith and entrepreneurial spirit in us.
We run a multi-million naira company today, all from an encounter with him. It doesn’t matter how delayed it could be for an investment plan to be sorted out. Or to even how it could be for a delay in cash flow, there is a promise. I can’t go backward. Not with this level of success and favour around me.
It may get shaky, but we gonna stand here. Just like too-perfect-people not having any business finding God, so pushy and weary that life may endanger our will, we will still stand knowing how assuring the future is.
To you Pastor Paul, I wish you a very Special Happy Birthday. In a time as this, we understand how much you cherish hearing from us. This is where you draw your joy from, and it’s as important we take time to explain how impactful it’s been since you took on the call to serve in God’s kingdom.
As an advertorial to what God is able to do, we see you, we get more endeared to the promises of He that called you. I have Faith. And, we love you!
Principles as listed:-
– The company you keep; Run with people who can only see possibility. Don’t be with anything that is stalked with yesterday.
– Don’t allow the fear of people around you to void your faith; Let God choose your friends.
– Don’t be around fearful people.
– Don’t be with greedy and pre-occupied people.
– Fire that is like enthusiasm based on the promises of God. You need it!
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