Thursday, 15 March 2018

A Journey to Delta State: Lesson 2 (You Don't Need Advertisement)

These were the words of an elderly man who sat close to me. It cuts deep into the fabrics of my soul as I pondered on it.
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When our vehicle broke down, shortly after Berger bus stop, we had to come down while the driver, a hard faced looking man was trying his stunts to make the bus work. He wasn't smiling at all even when I asked him why he couldn't tell us what happened to the vehicle. 
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"If I tell you, wetin you go do", he said with a grim look.
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"But at least, you'll let your passengers know their fate", I said apologetically. 
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While waiting hopelessly, the elderly man, in his mid-fifties who sat close to me, sparked up a conversation and we got talking. He was from the southeastern part of Nigeria, a typical Ibo man. Since our discussion was on God, we flowed like we've known each other for long. He told me his experience about life. 
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"If you have God, you don't need advertisement". These was his words I ruminated over and over.
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What does that mean?
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"They that know their God shall be strong and do exploit" (Dan. 11:32b). Do you know God? Do you have God?
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He narrated his ordeals about life, how challenges from his foundation hasn't been favorable, coupled with issues that arose when he married and the likes. But because he knew God, he was exempted, although he paid the price. He later told me how people sought for him when they saw he conquered his household battles. 
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Do you know God? 
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Going to church doesn't mean you know God; it's only when you're genuinely born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. 
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Today, people have resorted to advertisements to make their brands and businesses known; that may be good for the secular world. But Daniel as a leading political figure never advertised himself. The God factor and the excellent spirit in him made him to be sought-after. He outlived many kings during his time.
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Dear man of God or young minister of the gospel, you don't need worldly gimmicks to do God's work. Spending huge sums of money for advertising your program or packaging isn't God's blueprint for awareness and success. 
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Jesus never used any public address system or means to propagate the gospel, yet, history had it that His fame went abroad. And till today, His work still speaks.
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Are you trusting in God for the right partner? You don't need to announce yourself or project yourself to people before the right man sees you.
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When you have God and His spirit fully residing in you, His gift in you will announce you and would bring you before great men. It is God you need and not the extra or over makeup you do.
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John the Baptist did not leave the wilderness until the time of his showing forth, yet all kinds of people travel far into the wilderness to hear him speak. Why? Because he had something that was uncommon in his generation. 
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Daniel did not lobby to be promoted, he was referred to kings because he has the spirit of the gods in him. "There is a man in your kingdom", was always the statement that brought him before men.
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I challenge myself and everyone reading this to thirst more for God. The level of proximity you are to God determines the level of influence you command in your generation. 
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Young ministers, when you have God, you won't beg to perform or minister in programs. It is the lack of the anointing that makes people announce themselves or their programs. 
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In the Era of the Apostles, they were known to be men who did notable miracles, men who turned their world upside down and men, though unlearned, yet they spoke with boldness and their wisdom could not be gainsay.
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If you have God dwelling in you, not a religious confession of "I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus", you don't need advertisement! 
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© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi 

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