The sports publishing business that my wife and I started in October 1981 was facing great odds at the time, principally because I knew so little about business management and marketing and not because, as I was saying to those who cared to listen to me back then, we lacked sufficient capital.
This was early 1986 or thereabout and we were so cash-strapped that we needed someone to bail us out urgently. It was so bad I had to tell my wife that if I returned from Ibadan where my friend,
Chief Segun Odegbami, was at the time, and I couldn't get help from him, I would discontinue the publishing business.
Thankfully, Chief Odegbami gave me N5, OOO on the occasion. It was a lifeline. And I'm still grateful to him until this day that he was able to render that assistance to me.
But the reason I'm repeating this story (and I'm never tired of telling it over and over again) is not because of the timely assistance I got from him. What I want to draw your attention to is my stupidity in coming to the conclusion that if I went to another man - a flesh and blood like me-and he didn't help me, I would give up the dream - call it a vision if you like - that GOD gave me.
Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? And did you act foolishly as I did on the occasion? If you did, that's okay. That is because you didn't know better.
But from this day forward, you'll never have reason to tread that path again. I'm going to show you your true SOURCE. Once you know HIM and stick to HIM, you'll never again lack anything good. Yes, you'll not. But you must be prepared to pay the price.
Who is this SOURCE that I've been talking about?
Yes, you guessed right. It's my Father in heaven. The Almighty GOD, who created heaven and earth and everything that is in them, including you and me.
Were you a little bit disappointed that it was GOD that I was referring to all along? I can understand. Many people feel that way. After all, who doesn't know GOD? We all 'know' HIM. And we've always known HIM, haven’t we?
If you felt disappointed that the SOURCE I was referring to is GOD, then that is the incontrovertible evidence that you don't know HIM as much as you thought you did. Let me give you another example.
If someone walks in through your front door and tells you that he had been blind for several years and that he recently regained his sight miraculously, and you doubted the person even slightly, that is also an evidence that even though you may claim that you know GOD, the truth is that you don't know who HE is at all.
What has this got to do with your bank account being filled with cash by the Invisible Paymaster? It has a lot to do with it, my dear friend. A whole lot!
This is NOT about religion. This is about the truth that will set you free and make you financially free forever. If you are patient with me and you pay attention as I show you your true SOURCE, then living a life of quiet desperation will be a thing of the past for you.
Are you ready for that?
Okay, let's dive into it. Would you feel offended if I told you that you don't know the way to the house you live in? I mean, you've just returned to the same house from wherever it was you went to, and here am I saying that you don't know the way to the house. Wouldn't you think I was crazy or something?
Great! Now, suppose you described the way to the same house to a friend, showing him landmarks and other objects that will make it easy for him to locate the building, and your friend still fails to find it, would that change the fact that the house is where you live and that the way you described for him leads to the place?
The answer, obviously; is "No!" Okay, now that I was able to get you to agree with me on both points, then let me tell you an amazing story. This event took place in 1974. Prior to the time it happened, I was flat broke. The reason I was broke would not surprise you. I was engaged in a hopeless venture.
To cut a long story short, I didn't make any money. Instead, I got deeper and deeper into debt. It got so bad that the only way I could feed my family within three days of receiving my pay was to borrow money or beg the women selling provisions in the barracks to sell to me on credit.
This was the case until one Friday in April of that year when I found my way to a place of worship.
And it happened. The minister of GOD made an altar call. I stepped forward. I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. And things began to happen.
I started to study the Bible.
Then I found Matthew Chapter Six. When I got to the 21st verse and started to read from there all the way to the end, what the Author of the Book was saying to me was pure music to my ears.
It reads: "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink ...." When I got to this place, I had to pause. Did He just say I shouldn't worry about what I would eat? I had to read that sentence again and again to be sure I read it correctly.
"Oh well," I said. "That's what I do every day, worrying about nothing else but what I and my family would eat. So are you going to provide it? And if you say, 'Yes,' how would it happen?"
As I continued reading, I found the answer in verses 31-33: "Therefore do not worry, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?’ or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of GOD and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
"Wonderful!" I exclaimed. "Here, at last, is the answer to the question that had been tormenting me."
But it took me time before the promise could be delivered to me. No, the delay was not from the One who promised it. I was the one getting in His way. I was too anxious. And I hadn't learnt to heed one of His instructions that says I should be anxious for nothing.
So I was anxious. And when you're anxious, your faith is not in place. But gradually I learnt to trust Him. I learnt to believe that whatever He said, He would do. He's not a man that He would lie.
That took place 40 years ago. And in all the years between 1974 and now, I have never gone to bed one night and had reason to worry or even think about what my family and I would eat the next day. The Author of the Bible, who made that promise that I believed, has never failed to fulfill His promise even once.
The Author of the Bible, the one I encountered in 1974 the Living WORD, is the SOURCE of everything that is. This is how Colossians 1:16-17 reveals Him:”For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist."
And the Gospel according to John confirms it: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. 11/1 things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the like was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not," (John 1:1-5).
Yes, that is your SOURCE! If you have an encounter with Him today, I guarantee it will last you a lifetime. Just think about it: 1974-2014. And I'm still counting! And He has not failed me. Even when I went astray, He was still faithful, patiently waiting for me to come to my senses like the Prodigal Son.
And guess what? He is not a respecter of persons.
Whatever He does for one person He would do for another, provided that person does the same thing the other person has done to provoke His favour [Acts of Apostles Chapter 10 verse 34]·
Do you already doubt my story; that He was not responsible for my testimony; that what live just shared with you is not true?
That is because you don't know GOD as much as you thought you knew Him. Anyone who truly knows Him, who has had genuine encounter with Him, will not doubt my story. And even if you persist in doubting my story, that does not change the fact that I know for a truth that what I've just shared is the truth and nothing but the truth.
It's like me trying to dispute the fact that you know the way to the house you're living in. Come on now! Okay, now that you know Who the SOURCE is, how do you connect with Him and stay connected'! That is what I will be sharing with you next week. Till then remain blessed and have a pleasant week.
Culled from: successdigestonline