ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

The subject of Salvation is one of the cardinal parts of the Christian faith; but an attempt to explain the experience has brought more controversies than clarity.

My personal story wasn’t any different.

I received Jesus into my heart, after reading Goodmorning Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn, in Lagos. Then when I began to attend church, there was always this contemplation of whether I still needed to go for an altar call or not.

This plague bedeviled me for a long while as I tried HARD to please God. I quit certain habits, stopped wearing certain kinds of clothes, food etc…because I didn’t want Him to leave me.

This is why I can relate so well with people with a singular goal on earth; to live right in order to make Heaven. Truth is, if we know better, we will act better.

WHAT IS SALVATION?

Salvation in the New Testament of Scripture is gotten from a Hebrew word; soteria which means deliverance, health, defence.

In English, salvation is gotten from save. The same word “save” (sozo) is used all through the New Testament to mean the same thing. That is, to heal, preserve and make whole.

This means the kind of Salvation given by God is in totality. It includes preservation, healing and wholeness. God never does anything incompletely.

It is finished! Jesus did it all for us.

It should be driven into our subconscious minds that everything is whole and finished in Christ; regardless of our individual input and perception.

WHO REALLY GETS SAVED?

Ephesians 2:5 KJV
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

I’m totally in love with this Scripture. Our salvation was completed, we were raised up in Christ, even while we were sinners.

Being quickened in Christ has nothing to do with our works. Let’s see more!

Ephesians 2:8 KJV
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

You can never gain Salvation; it is freely given.

A dear mentor and friend put it like this: “why think you can lose a thing you never gained?”

Controversial right? Let me explain further.

Romans 5:8-10 KJV
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. [9] Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. [10] For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Romans 5:8-11 (MSG)

We can under­stand some­one dying for a per­son worth dying for, and we can under­stand how some­one good and no­ble could in­spire us to self­less sac­ri­fice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sac­ri­ficial death while we were of no use what­ev­er to him.

Now that

we are set right with God by means of this sac­ri­ficial death, the consum­mate blood sac­ri­fice, there is no longer a question of be­ing at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sac­ri­ficial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his res­urrection life!

HOW DO YOU BECOME SAVED?

Romans 10:9-10 KJV
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

You are saved by grace, through faith. Faith is the foundational basis of our work in God; and it works by love. We remain safely assured in His love for us.

We never merited or will merit his love; so why think your works would keep Him with you?

BUT WHY THEN DO PEOPLE GO TO HELL?

Hebrews 2:3 KJV
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him ;

People don’t go to hell because God is necessarily mad at them. What/who shall separate us from the love of God?

The singular reason why people go to hell is Negligence.

They neglect the saving grace of God. It is the lack of knowledge that keeps men away from God, not God away from man (Ouch!)

Let’s get more illustrative:

Whenever you commit an act that is considered sinful, you get convicted. When it is repeated, you feel guilty and lost your face before God. You would be unable to pray and confidently do God.

Conviction is good, and is proof that God’s Spirit is within.

Condemnation and Guilt are not.

Romans 8:1 KJV
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

As you feel guilty and condemned, you get self absorbed. The focus shifts from Jesus to you, and all your unworthiness. That’s never the plan.

Galatians 2:20 KJV
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

We would never be perfect, except in Christ.

HOW TO BE FREE FROM THE FEAR OF SIN (ASSURANCE OF SALVATION)

1 John 4:18 KJV
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Love is, and would always be the key. Our love for God constrains us, not fear of condemnation. It is the love of God in us that makes us seek Him and do all for His pleasure (as we were created)

Revelation 4:11 KJV
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Pleasing the King is why we are in this Kingdom. It is all unto Christ.

God is not mad at you. He loves with with an everlasting love, and calls you by name. He is always concerned about you. This is the strength of our confidence in Him.

Approach God from a perspective of love.

Galatians 5:6 KJV
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Hebrews 11:6 KJV
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 them that diligently seek him.

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THE TRUTH, WITH OJONE AKUBO

INTRODUCTION

I am Akubo Ojone, popularly called OJay.

I am from Dekina Local Government in Kogi state. I’m the third of six children and the first girl of the house.

I am a Business Entrepreneur, Baker, Violinist, and a would be Philantropist.

Oh, my love for baking!

I’m passionate about cake designing and I derive absolute joy packaging beautiful hampers and gifts.

EARLY LIFE

My early life was rather quiet and some what boring because I had two elder brothers who insisted I behave like a lady that I was; you know, they wouldn’t let me hangout nor play football with them boys and at that time I didn’t have a sister and we were not allowed to go play with other kids most of the times.

I must confess; it wasn’t such an easy time for me. My most dreaded moments were those long vacations until I discovered it was OK to demand my own attention. And yes!! It’s okay to spend time with my personhood.

That was a major turning point in my life. We had this banana tree in our compound then, where I had my little chair and other gadgets (empty milk tins, small plates,rubber dolls, small stones of varying sizes and smoothness (hehehehe I was an archaeologist then).

I would sit there all day playing (this was when I discovered I was good with my hands), daydreaming, talking to myself and singing. It was really fun.

With time, I got to even have my crew of play mates. There were days I would sneak out just to go and play. It was becoming so much fun until time and age exited me out of that phase.

In high school, there was no more time to play only. We were compounded with assignments, tests and exams. Then in JSS 3, while most of my friends picked up Business Studies as electives, I chose Home Economics.

I saw how attached I got to flour and my excitement every time we were asked to bake.

I remember trying what I was taught at home; many times it didn’t turn out well. My cakes sank in the middle and came out really hard. I wasn’t happy about the outcome, but I didn’t stop.

My advantage was, I learned early enough that I was good with my hands. Those early days under my banana tree were my discovery days. I engaged my mind and created things with my hands. That was how I knew the right elective for me was Home economics, this is how I know that my assignment would necessarily require my mind and my hands.

While Hobbies are simply that activity you enjoy doing in your leisure time for relaxation and it focuses on you and most times blesses you and probably few others. Purpose is the reason why a thing was created and it goes beyond you to generations. Hobbies most times, should be a tool to discovering purpose.

ON WEALTH AND ABUNDANCE

Personally for me, wealth is a mandate.

It is a part of my life’s assignment, and I take it as such not just because of my encounters but also because of my personal revelation of this Scripture.

God’s agenda is capital intensive.

Wealth is first a mindset

By and large, wealth is first a mindset. With a wealthy mindset, your life would be too in a matter of time.

A wealthy mindset is a mindset that sees possibilities, thinks positivity and takes responsibility. A thinking that sees challenges as stepping stones.

Wealth is an Anointing

Getting Wealth is also an anointing (the power to get wealth). It can come upon you and what you do, causing your life to turn around.

SALES DEMYSTIFIED

Money leaves you when you buy but comes to you when you sell (Sir Ejimi Adegbeye).

So you see already that if you keep buying and never sell anything, you’ll soon be poor.

Learn to sell.

The role of sales in wealth can not be overemphasized at all.

Question

What should you actually be selling?

Overtime, I’ve learnt not to just sell my PRODUCTS but to sell my VALUE (my skills, abilities and competencies).

For instance here is what I mean. At Dainty cakes, we don’t just sell cakes /pastries and hampers, we sell an experience which comes in form of pleasant surprises, convenience and zest.

The higher the actual or perceived value of what you sell, the more your wealth grows.

CREATIVITY

First of all, there is a Spirit responsible for creativity in everything, INVOKE.

Secondly, engage your mind in meditative thinking. In cases of sales, pay attention to your clients and their needs. Personally, I not only observe situations around but I also take a ride into my client’s minds and think with and for them. You’ll draw a lot of inspiration when you pay attention to even very little things.

Also, be proactive. Get to a point where you suggest things that your clients don’t even know they need… then, show them why they need it.

Register your presence in their subconscious such that anytime they think of that value, they’ll first think of you. Also, don’t forget to add pictures, because of the power of imagination. We think in pictures.

ONE MORE THING!!!

Mentors! They are very important. They shorten your route. Do you know you could be guided not to make some mistakes they made?

Experience they say is the best teacher, but it doesn’t have to be your own personal experience. You could learn from someone elses’

They’ve been through the same journey; their knowledge and advice would go a long way in helping you arrive your destination.

I’m a product of good mentorship (Special appreciation to Mrs Anthony and Mrs Hope Ejimi).

If you want to rise, then follow them who through faith and patience have obtained the promise…

IF I WAS 10YEARS YOUNGER…

Pheww!

If I were 10 years younger, I’d have started my process of mental and personal development more deliberately.

I also would have chosen a different course of study in the University.

CLOSING REMARKS

The problem you solve determines your reward (Apostle Joshua Selman).

You’re either solving a problem or creating one.

Become a master problem solver and you’ll be wealthy.

TO GCB!!

Thank you so much for having me here, I enjoyed my session.

You’re doing an amazing work; more grace and inspiration for you.

CONTACT ADDRESS
Facebook: Ojone Akubo

Instagram: daintycakes.ng

Email address: ojayrutiee@yahoo.com

THE SCRIBE

Matthew 2:4 KJV
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

WHO IS A SCRIBE?

Three meanings were connected with the root word of Scribe in Hebrew, Sopherim; to mean:

-To write (out the law)

-To set in order (classify and arrange the precepts of God)

-To count (to identify every word and letter, no matter how minute).

BRIEF HISTORY

Scribes were considered part of the Royal court in Ancient times. They were not conscripted into the army, did not pay taxes and were exempted from heavy labor required of the lower class.

The scribal profession involved working with painters and artisans who decorated reliefs and other buildings with scenes, personages and hieroglyphic text.

Scribes had to carefully cut streets of parchment, make the ink, write the script, bind the pages, and create a cover to protect the script.

These were accomplished in a monastic writing room called a scriptorium which was kept very quiet so scribes could maintain concentration.

PURPOSE OF SCRIBES

In Ancient times, the primary purpose of scribes was to promote the ideas of the Christian Church, so they mostly wrote religious and classical works, in diverse languages.

They held important offices in the public affairs of the nation. They acted as secretaries of the state whose business was to prepare and issue decrees in the name of the King.

The office of a Scribe is so delicate that it helps to convey the patterns and principles of God.

It seemed like nothing important would happen on earth without the knowledge of God’s prophets and the scribes.

As Moses was asked to record the instructions of God that formed the basis of the law, millions of people were largely dependent on his meticulous obedience to that instruction for life’s guidance.

The importance of history is that it records the past and gives the opportunity to envision the future.

Scribes were relevant because of the prophetic nature of their writings. The consistency in being able to document the distinct moves of God poses as a map to peep into futuristic events, and interpret them.

PRESENT DAY REALITY

A major reason why we seem lost in present moves of God is because of an inaccurate presentation of God’s dealings with man over time.

There has to be a measure of intention and deliberation exerted when you desire to communicate and compel a change.

Writers have to realize that writing is beyond a gift or skill. It has consequences. Any form of misrepresentation or inaccuracy has adverse effects on people.

Our response and actions to life are based on a mindset built over time as a result of the words, teachings and writings presented to us.

Highly sensitize every information you believe is worthy to be passed across because its effects are transgenerational.

In summary, we should permit the future generation to look upon our works and see an accurate representation of God; because, contrary to public opinion, the ministry of Scribes remains.

More than ever before, we will rejoice that everyone has total understanding of his place in God’s agenda and synergizes his work to complete the big picture.

BEHIND THE SCENE (Jumoke Adenowo)

Olajumoke Olufunmilola Adenowo, born in 1968, October 16, is an award winning architect, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Also a speaker, radio host and best selling author.

Popularly known as the face of Architecture in Nigeria, she is the founder of the boutique architecture and interior design firm; AD Consulting, based in Lagos, Nigeria.

She also owns an oil and gas furnace, and a property management firm; Advantage Energy. As at 2017, her net worth was said to be about $1.9 billion.

Born to two professors; her dad being a professor in History and mum in Criminology, she has always been exceptional and exhibited advanced skills.

She attended Federal Government Girls College, Oyo state from 1978 to 1983, emerging the overall best student.

At age 14, she gained admission into University of Ife to study Architecture. She obtained a distinction in her MSc Architecture degree (an all A average) making history in the University.

Having graduated at an early age, she picked up work at Femi Majekodunmi Associates architectural firm. This opened up huge opportunities for her. It wasn’t long before she was asked to create the Federal Ministry of lands in Abuja at age 23.

She said she wasn’t ready for that task, but prepared her way through. She would go to the office and stay as late as 11pm, even on Sundays. That was how she was given a chance.

Adenowo decided to start her own company, AD Consulting at 25. This was a big risk at that time. But after two decades, it has made its way to being one of Nigeria’s most successful company.

UPCLOSE AND PERSONAL!

ARCHITECTURE

Noted for her ability to speak on Architecture with a passion and clarity that is infectious to wide audiences, Jumoke believes that architecture is beyond building.

Her passion for Architecture was honed by Ariel Sharon, Israel’s top architect. Part of her success can be attributed to the fact that she has a holistic attention to detail, only a few Architects exhibit.

To be successful in anything, you need an extraordinary strategy. For architecture, I had to understand history, sociology, physics, culture and chemistry.

LIFE AND PURPOSE

I am passionate about engendering a bright future for Nigeria by empowering youths to lead of process of change that the nation clearly needs.

We need to find out quickly, Why am I here on earth? I looked hard and realized my life would be worthwhile at the end of the day when I make investments in someone else.

My goal is to affect the greatest number of people maximally.

CAREER

It was a big risk to start my company at age 25, especially since I had nothing to begin with. But here’s what I’ll tell you:

Push yourself beyond your limits. Volunteering for jobs might seem like a fool’s business but you’re gaining experience and building your portfolio.

Take time to discover purpose very early and define your destination. Give your very best to your work. Own every task assigned to you and act as if it would be your last.

The only time you live is when you are willing to die for something you believe in.

ON WOMEN

I was never made conscious of the fact that I am a woman. I didn’t realize that there were certain things considered gender sensitive (thank God, my parents forgot to warn me).

My father never told me that there were any boundaries or limits because I am a female. So primarily, nuclear family affects you. Especially for a woman, it’s very important who fathers you.

My father always ensured I was allowed to speak and contribute. I was never bullied or shouted down.

This is why I find time to mentor women. In 1999, I started Awesome Treasure Foundation to inspire and mentor women.

Leadership is the greatest need in Africa, and her foundation is helping women take ownership of their businesses.

LOVE RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILY LIFE

I will begin with my personal story. I left the University, starting my business. Then, I met my husband through friends. He was my first real boyfriend. Others asked me but I wasn’t in love with them.

When he proposed, I didn’t say a “yes” immediately. I had to ensure we both counted the cost, so I gave him few days to “stew”. It was very important for me because I knew I couldn’t deal with unfaithfulness and its likes.

Make sure you marry someone who understands the demands and pressures of your profession, and the sacrifice and patience it involves before rewards come. I am married to my best friend, and we have two delightful sons.

A man is a hunter. Even in marriage, don’t be predictable. Don’t be boring. You have a purpose in life that is beyond your husband. Once a man becomes the centre of your gravity, you are finished.

Define your relationships. Don’t overwhelm a man and vice versa. Have a purpose in life that is beyond your significant half.

For the singles, the fact that you are not dating at the moment doesn’t make you unaware of the fact that marriage is important. It just means you do not want to do trial and error. Be yourself while you’re waiting to be married.

TO THE YOUTHS

Quit asking what the nation can do for you. Think about what you can give to her. No one was born by accident, so do not live under a mirage.

In Awesome, we teach patriotism, diligence and entrepreneurship. We teach the youth to love their country and believe in themselves.

It is mediocre people who learn from experience. Bright people learn from people’s experiences. Get a mentor. Your mentor doesn’t have to know or meet you physically. Read books of people that you value their lives and achievements.

Believe in yourself so much that you make decisions for tomorrow. Those decisions taken today, will make you tomorrow.

ABOUT GOD

My only leverage in life is God. It’s only your Creator that reveals to you what you’re meant for.

So remain in cordial and mutual relationship with Him.

FINAL REMARKS

I am not resting in my quest until I’ve succeeded in creating magnificent landmarks around the country.

I wouldn’t stop, neither should you!

You can make contacts with Jumoke Adenowo via

Twitter: @JumokeAdenowo

Email address: adconsultinglimited.com awesometreasuresfoundation.org

Instagram: jumokeadenowo

And don’t forget to drop your comments and subscribe. Thank you!!

SERVICE IN GOD’S HOUSE.

There are several things that attract men into the house of God. Sometimes, we get cajoled, or have nothing else to do, or yet other times, we just try to keep up a tradition.

So because of our unclear motives, talks about working or serving in God’s house is often treated with much displeasure and non chalance.

Regardless, the truth remains that the decision to stay in God’s house is often with plenteous benefits, that may not be gotten elsewhere. Some of them include:

Service in God’s house is an avenue to get your motives right before God.

2 Timothy 2:20 KJV
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

There are numerous vessels in God’s house. There are vessels of honor that would challenge and motivate you into giving your all unto God.

An example of such for me is a dear friend, Marcilina.

In one of our services in church, she stumbled upon a #1000 note in between her writing book. She tried to recall who could possibly put it in there, but to no avail. Meanwhile, I was so excited for her and the blessing of favor upon her life.

Because of my proactive nature, I had already created a list of immediate needs the money would solve in my head, and was waiting to tell her.

But with great shock, I watched her package the money since she didn’t know how it came, and gave it out as an offering unto God. It taught me how to remain detached to material resources and to maintain a posture of surrender at all times.

However, there are yet others (sometimes I could be one), who like I like to say, are present in God’s house to help you prove the presence of the fruit of the Spirit in you. Because of our differences as humans, you might need in some occasions to maintain certain posture like tolerance, patience and forgiveness to be at peace with all men.

Sometimes, these people might be in highly placed positions and you’d have to learn to serve in love regardless.

At such points, you’d have to deliberately remind yourself that you are serving in God’s house, primarily because you love Him. And all things are for His glory.

Service in God’s house helps you discover, refine and deploy your gifts.

The media department is probably the last place I’d have thought I’d function maximally in. My journey into the world of Online Media can be said to be a coincidence.

After being advised by a mentor who discovered my love for writing book reviews, she encouraged me to apply to the Media department in my church (E.N.I Koinonia). I did, but wished I hadn’t almost immediately.

I was so sure it was a mistake that I didn’t bother to go for the meeting held in honor of the applicants. But even at that, I was eventually reached out to, and asked to come for an interview.

Thereafter, I was absorbed and my online media journey began. This blog is a product of the numerous trainings and experiences I have acquired, and still am by reason of my involvement in the department.

In God’s house, you get the opportunity to make forgivable mistakes that would otherwise be costly, because allowance has been created for them.

Your potentials are harnessed, and refined until you are ready to be showcased to the world.

Service in God’s house has spiritual rewards.

1 Timothy 5:18 KJV
For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Every worker earns the right to be paid and God is no man’s debtor. He pays in measures we do not expect.

You experience favor, honor, access to the hearts of men amongst other things.

Service in God’s house gives you a platform to be endorsed.

As you consistently serve your gift, your influence grows within that sphere and it becomes notable.

Excellence is self marketing. The amazing part is, as you become more proficient, you get more endorsements, and the people still count it a privilege to do so.

Service in God’s house brings you in contact with healthy relationships.

One of the needs of men is companionship and understanding.

Amos 3:3 KJV
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

You meet people with similar interests and perspectives in the same unit/department which is an added advantage in reaching your goals.

Service afforded me the platform to relate with diverse kinds of people, cutting across different cultures, class and social strata.

It becomes easy to share your dreams, and discover those who will be extremely helpful in getting there.

The benefits of service in God’s house are so much more than we can perceive naturally. I’m a testament of God’s grace, and I’ve watched numerous life threatening situations, come to an end on account of genuine service given unto God.

Most importantly, service is motivated by love for God. It pays to serve God!

QUICK TIPS ON MANAGING YOUR ONLINE REPUTATION.

You’d always be rewarded for offering value. But that hasn’t helped so many people, as we see extremely talented and gifted men who are unknown by so many.

As I learned from one of my mentors, Mr. Olufukejimi Adegbeye, what brings rewards to you is the ability to make sales. The ability to specifically target your value to a market where it’s needed. The ball game changes when you make an offer.

The concept is simple: Money leaves you when you buy things. Money comes to you when you make sales (sell).

However, I’ve seen how this isn’t always as simple as it sounds. How much valuable sales offer still get turned down, even when in need.

I realized, the main reasons why your sales get rejected is because people only buy from you when you’ve established a bond of friendship, and a proven track record. It has to be crystallized that you care about them, and want what is best for them.

This brings us to the concept of Reputation.

DO YOU KNOW…

That 86% of people would pay to a service provider with higher ratings and positive reviews?

That unhappy customers will tell their friends and followers, but may never tell you?

That loyal customers are worth 10 times as much as their first purchase on average?

Hmmm! Reputation is the core of publicity indeed.

Without any clients and customers, no business would exist. Keeping them happy is a major key running a successful, profitable business.

Because in Online Marketing, you’re not only responsible for what you say, you’re also responsible for what is perceived and interpreted by your content; Reputation Management is influencing and controlling perceptions towards your brand.

However, this will be centered on managing post update crisis online, as applicable to us all.

Have you ever been in a situation where your post was misinterpreted and you couldn’t place your hands on how best to manage it?

Here are 5 simple steps to take!

1. First, examine the root of the problem by reading the message, post or response carefully.

2. Avoid deleting responses as first reaction (except responses made were derogatory or in complete contrast with your core values). Ensure you remain transparent with your audience.

3. Respond! It’s advised to begin with an apology, then proffer a solution.
This is your opportunity to turn the tables around; your dissatisfied client can become your primary evangelistic tool.

4. Remain active online. Follow up to give your customers or followers a satisfactory answer when required.

5. Reread your final response. Ask yourself if you would feel comfortable if it was said to you, and if you can say it to your client/customer/followers’ face.

At the end, monitor to track any activity that happens after you’ve done your part.

Although, customer service should be your main priority in business, never get trapped between opinions of people. Ascertain your modus operandi and core values, and build your business around it. It will attract clients just as you are!

I am confident this helped you…please Subscribe, and share to as many.

Thank you!

THE TRUTH, WITH PST. RAMPY

INTRODUCTION

My name is Israel Rampyal Kparwang, popularly called Pastor Rampy.

I’m from Plateau state, Lantang North Local Government, and I’m Taroh(k) by tribe.

EARLY LIFE.

I was born on 1st May, 1989,/at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), to the family of Timmap (late) and Mrs Mary Kparwang.

I’m the first born of 5 children. My siblings are; Deiya, Nimyen, Nandar and Nantim.

I had my Primary School Learning Certificate from ABU Staff School, BZ Annex in 2000; and my Senior School Certificate from Demonstration Secondary School, ABU Zaria in 2007.

I had always desired to study Medicine as a young child. But all that changed when I noticed my inability to comprehend Chemistry, and my indifference about Biology.

I also noticed my high perception about lines and symmetry. I was good in Fine Arts and Technical Drawing; so I ended up studying Building I’m ABU; U07 set.

After which I served in Lafia, Nassarawa state in 2013.

I grew up in New Extension, Samaru Zaria. Anyone who is familiar with that environment would know that it is dominated by Hausa people. So my primary means of communication naturally became Hausa language.

I couldn’t read in English, neither could I speak the language fluently, till I was about 10 years old. All thanks to our morning devotions.

My father would always insist that everyone of us reads at least one verse of the Bible everyday. No matter how hard we struggled with a word, he would patiently wait till we figured it out.

HELLO JESUS.

I got born again sometime in 2005. It was at a Sendforth Program organised by my secondary school. I came there without any intention of experiencing anything spiritual.

Quite frankly, the concept of God was just a religious idea to me.

Just like yesterday, I vividly remember that day. I sat down at back of the hall when I heard the moderator call up the Preacher. I was surprised to discover it was my French teacher.

I was expecting to hear the same kind of sermons I always heard from my family church. But a few minutes into his message, I noticed something different. All of a sudden, I focused all my attention on the preacher that I lost consciousness of my environment.

I still don’t remember what be preaches, but my heart burned at every word he said.

When he made an altar call, my heart sank in fear because I knew that I had to make that decision. But before my rational mind could comprehend what was happening, I found myself in front of the pulpit along with many other people.

We were all led out of the main auditorium and prayer was said over us. After that, we were instructed to return to school and meet with one of our English teachers.

The next morning, I went to the office and guess what? I was the only one who turned up. I felt disappointed and almost regretted why I came back for follow up. But my teacher said one thing that changed my life forever; “Rampyal, God doesn’t need too many people to do great things. He just needs at least one man who can agree with Him”.

Those words sank deep down my heart, but mentally, I wasn’t sure God was going to use someone like me.

IT WAS NEVER MINISTRY!

Interestingly, I never had any pointers to ministry as it were. Or I probably did, but never discerned it.

To begin with, I never envisioned myself as someone who could ever have the calling of God upon his life…no way! I was just too wayward and whimsical about life to ever see that coming.

But it happened anyways.

Looking back now, I can see certain character traits that could serve as pointers:

-I had a profound compassion for sick people, and the needy too. It always broke my heart when I saw such persons in neighborhood, especially when I didn’t have the means to reach out.

-I noticed that being around people always energised me.

Although, I didn’t have the charisma, I always had a way of dominating a conversation among my friends, with my loud voice and overbearing drama. It always felt satisfying.

-I had a curious desire to learn, and simultaneously I had the drive to teach too.

It always hit me hard when I hear my peers discussing about a thing I have no idea about. And I ensured it never happened twice.

STRUGGLES BEGIN!

I was ordained a Pastor in Rhema Chapel International Churches, Zaria on the 23rd of August 2009. I was 20 years old then, with no experience of ever handling any leadership position.

There was no training, and as such I wasn’t prepared for what was ahead of me.

That same year, I lost my dad on the 16th of November. It was a notable heat for em, because I had to find myself in two strategic leadership positions that I wasn’t ready for; both in church and my household.

It was a very tough season for me and my family, because my Dad was actually the breadwinner. It took the wisdom of God for us to surmount certain challenges, especially finances.

About my inner struggles, I was a very insecure person. I never has confidence in myself. I grew up not hearing words of affirmation nor encouragements, especially from the ones I ought to hear it from.

This inner struggle forced me to be in a position where I always sought for people’s approval, and I desperately wanted to please others. It didn’t take me too long, as an ordained pastor to know that it was an impossible mission.

Secondly, I struggled with Guilt and condemnation for a very long time. This is because, in my childhood, I got exposed to a pornographic video. There were no immediate effect then, but as I grew up, my sexual desires began to tingle.

As I was experiencing the transition from puberty to adulthood, the desired intensified. Then, I got addicted to pornography.

When I got born again, I thought the addiction would break automatically, but no, it never happened.

When I was ordained a pastor, I thought the addiction would stop, but yet again, it never did. Then I began to learn how to call upon the Name of the Lord and ask for His help.

That’s when God began to walk me through it. The first thing He told me was “…the power of sin is secrecy!”

I had to expose this addiction. Then gradually, He began to make me see that the addiction didn’t have the capacity to stop Him from loving me. I broke down in tears, as I couldn’t comprehend how God could still embrace me in my filth.

Another thing He taught me was, the addiction was the fruit. I needed to deal with the root. It surprised me to discover that depression was a major trigger. God taught me, amongst many other things that it wasn’t the gadgets at hand, but the mindsets I had.

Gradually, the chains of sexual addiction broke off. There were days I fell back into the act, but I quickly recovered because it was no longer an addiction. Today, I’m totally delivered!

ABOUT GOD’S LOVE.

God’s love is incomprehensible, yet so tangible. His love is the embodiment of His character. It is who He is, and why He exists. Everything He does is predicated upon His love.

I wasn’t searching for Him, yet His love found me. If God’s love was conditional, I would never be able to keep up with His standards. This is why gratitude always fills my heart (even as I write this) whenever I ponder on His love.

SELF CONFIDENCE, PREDICATED UPON GOD’S LOVE.

Self confidence is the belief in one’s ability. The greatest way to access self confidence is to have faith in the ability of the One who created you.

You can’t truly be confident in yourself, unless that confidence is coming from that which is greater than you.

As long as we keep fixing our gaze on ourselves, we would keep seeing our frailties and inadequacies, and the consequence is lack of self confidence. But when we yield ourselves to God, His excellence will manifest through us.

We will literally becoming living wonders!

MAJOR STAKEHOLDERS IN MY LIFE.

Pastor Yusuf T. Whyte

He was my first pastor. It was under his pastoral grace I got ordained. I overcame certain limitations because he believed in me.

I grew in grace and discovered my unique Anointing because he guided me through and through. My life took a major course ever since our paths crossed. I’m eternally grateful to him.

Apostle Joshua Selman

I met AJS in 2010 in one of our meetings in Rhema Chapel.

When he mounted the pulpit and lifted up his voice to sing, the entire atmosphere changed! It felt like we were somewhere else, even though we were physically in the same place.

But beyond his teachings, my personal encounters with him has always been life transforming.

Apostle Kolawole Obaseye

I met Pst. Kay in 2010 at an annual retreat on campus. My encounter with him was the first time I felt the tangible effect of the Anointing upon my body.

When he laid his hands on me, it felt like 300volts of electricity went through my hands.

From that day till date, a desire for the manifestation of the glory of God in my life came upon me.

Apostle Jemimah Mbaya

This is my prelate, my senior pastor and spiritual cover. She’s one of the most phenomenal women I’ve ever met.

Her understanding of Kingdom financial principles in priceless. She’s such a woman who has a selfless heart towards God’s people. I earnestly covet the grace of God operating upon her life.

CLOSING REMARKS

We serve a mighty God! There’s nothing too hard for Him to do. Most importantly, God is not withholding Himself; neither is He keeping away anything from us.

If you’re not born again and you’re reading this, I believe it’s God wanting to reach out to you like He did to me. Give Him the benefit of doubt and surrender your life to Him today. It will amaze you what He’d make out of it.

APPRECIATION

I’m grateful to God, without whom I’d be lost and hopeless.

To all my mentors, may the Lord continue to uphold you with His mighty hand.

To Kingdom ambassadors who are sold out to the work of the Lord, may your Zeal never die.

And to this wonderful blogger, Grace…

You just tapped into a realm of wisdom. Like the scribes, the Lord will use your writings to deliver His counsel to the nation’s. Brace yourself for impact!

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