Sunday, May 28, 2023
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"As the Scriptures say, "People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. 25 But the word of the Lord remains forever." And that word is the Good News that was preached to you."1 Peter 1:24-25,

he Bible says, people are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades"! Hash word but real, all men shall wither. The positions you hold today shall wither. Marriage withers. What the Holy Spirit is saying this morning is �Prepare for your wither season!"

What does it mean to wither- become dry and shrivelled. Fall into decay or decline.Diminish dwindle,shrink, lessen,fade,ebb (away),wane, weaken, languish, evaporate, melt away. disappear.

I am writing this piece from Bogota, Colombia, as we start the first leg of International Gathering of Eagles in 2023, if I belong to the category of people that withers I am not an exception no matter how you wish you are an exception, I am telling you no one will be an exception.

To wither means to die!

People, human beings in all their glory, majesty, wisdom, beauty, power, knowledge , creativity,they are like grass that withers!

Men with all the glamour, their political will and position, technological advancement, socialization, aspiration, ambition, transformation, great institutions, great architectural developments are like grass that withers.

I can list the classification from now till eternity. All human beings are fortunately unfortunately under the Almighty �Wither" No one will be spared. Do you know how many people died in this month of May - sorry- withered!

Sadly, where is that child of yours , he/she has withered, that loving husband/ wife has withered and rendered you a widow/widower don�t worry, your wither season is still ahead too! Where is that your parent(s), grandparent , great grandparent, the wicked/loving boss, , where is that your sin mate, where is that corrupt politician, that stole the collective wealth of his/her nation, if s/he has not withered it is a matter of time. Where is that beautiful girl and handsome man of yesterday s/he has withered. People are as grass, the grass withers!

I read a news item on the outgoing Nigerian President - 8 years remains 8 days for President Buhari. Meaning his 8 years in office has withered.

Excited as the President- elect Bola Tinubu could be about inauguration on May 29,2023, he should expect that the years will wither also. I pray he will govern well!

Where I sat in the breakfast room of the hotel I see every one in that prism. The Holy Spirit taught me you can make good of that experience if it is inevitable. Yes we shall all suffer what the Holy Spirit coined in my vocabulary as the �Witherism Syndrome"

Make the best of that witherism syndrome.

The best way to make use of that syndrome is to leave this world with the right legacy and most importantly make heaven. How do you make that happen ?

1. Get born again . Stay born again.

2. Live a life of intergrity, holiness , generosity, sinlessness, a life that will pave way for a generous positive legacy when (not if) you wither.

3. Do whatever you can to ensure your name is written in the book of life. �And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Meaning if you must wither , then wither well. Let the new government in Nigeria govern well. I thought Colombia was a jungle as painted by the media I was shocked by the level of development.

4. Billy Graham tells a story about Albert Einstein, who was going on a train to an out-of-town engagement. The conductor stopped to punch his ticket. The great scientist, preoccupied with his work, with embarrassment rummaged through his coat pockets and briefcase to no avail. He could not find his ticket. The conductor graciously declared, �We all know who you are, Dr. Einstein. I�m sure you bought a ticket. Don�t worry about it. Everything is okay." The conductor walked on down the aisle punching other tickets. Before he moved to the next car he looked back and saw Dr. Einstein down on his hands and knees looking under his seat trying to find his ticket. He came back and said, �Dr. Einstein, please don�t worry about it. I know who you are." At which the great Einstein looked up and said, �I, too, know who I am. What I don�t know is where I�m going."Like Dr Einstein you know you must �wither� what happens to you when you wither should be your concern.

5. In conclusion, The coming of thy Lord is near. Jesus will soon appear in the sky. Even if he does not appear , the day you die is the day you die. Therefore as you suffer the witherism syndrome while he tarries, ensure you wither well!

6. If we don�t meet on earth may we meet at the glorious place where people will no more be like grass, that withers ,but like angels. This mortal body would�ve given rise to immortality!