THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Monday, September 17, 2018|
Cameron, Texas, USA
any souls on earth, including some born-again Christians, are oblivious of their purpose on earth. We have written copiously on this spiritual issue of knowing your purpose on earth. Life has no meaning, if you do not know why you are here in the first place. A guest of ours here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center, Texas and I were engaged in discussion on the tragic death of that celebrated CNN journalist; Anthony Bourdian , who recently committed suicide. He was worth $16m and you wonder how rich celebrities like him and numerous others such as the vivacious actress; Marilyn Monroe (worth $27m even half a century after death); the celebrated American novelist, author and Nobel Laureate; Ernest Hemingway (worth millions during and after his suicide); the baritone and sexy Don Cornelius worth $15m and several others so-called successful men and women of the world we look at greenly but took their own lives.
The first sign in a well-diagnosed spiritual DNA is a purpose-driven life. Apostle Paul left this epitaph for us as a template: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Apostle Peter knew his eternal destination: "I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me" (2 Peter 1:13-14). From Genesis to Revelation, every soul that discovered their purpose on earth also knew their final eternal destination. If you do not know the reason for your existence, your life will have no meaning. And if your life has no meaning, you are only existing but not living. It is possible to be rich, have plenty of money as we saw in the lives of those above who took their lives, even though were rich and still lived a dolorous and meaningless life.
The second sign or attribute of those who have well-diagnosed spiritual DNA is Peace. The commonest ailment diagnosed in ninety-percent of rich, famous and so-called powerful people who ended it all on their own was depression. There is no peace outside the Peacemaker-the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the truth! "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives" (John 14:27). There is this lie in the world that, with status, money, power, sex, wealth, material riches and acquisition etc, you will have peace of mind. I asked a colleague of the situation of a former friend of ours in those days and was told, the young man is always traveling and junketing all over the place. "He doesn't stay in one place, at a time," I was told. Why? I was told, he stole some money from a political leader he was hobnobbing with and that former governor has put a bounty on his head. "He's always afraid to stay in one place. He has no peace, because of the money he has stolen from his principal." There is nowhere and in no thing or place on earth that the Peace that surpasses all understanding can be found (Philippians 4:7) outside of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your existential voyage of discovery confers peace on here and hereafter.
Joy has no attachment to anything, except that you know how it will finally pan out. While others are losing their heads, the Joy that comes from the Giver of All Good Things stabilizes you. As the Maker Himself declared: "There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked." (Isaiah 48:22). Our Lord Jesus Christ shouted to the Jews of His Day and He does the same today to you and me, indeed the whole human race: "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." (John 7:38). And what did the King mean by rivers of living water? "He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.…" (John 7:39). Jesus Christ doesn't give us happiness; because happiness is tied to events and circumstances; but His Joy is beyond understanding, because the latter is tied to the One above situations and circumstances; Hallelujah! For examples, Jesus Christ would not stop the raging fire; rather He would ensure it doesn't burn you. Ask the Three Hebrew Brothers of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3). Jesus Christ would not calm the flood of vicissitudes of life, but would raise a standard against it so that you would know that He is the Only One who can calm those tempestuous moments of life and thus onerously entitles to the Glory. This is what is called Joy. It doesn't exist anywhere, but in the Holy Spirit.
I told my children and those who are privileged to associate with me that I am a light that shouldn't be ignored or tampered with for whatsoever. Those who run away from me run into darkness, period! Is that an empty boast? Read this, if you know who you are: "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16). They said there was an aunt of ours who was a witch and no one could confront her. Everybody in my paternal family was running away from her until I showed up. I visited her and told her to go and prepare the best meal for me to eat. She looked at me and asked as I sat comfortably in her living room: "Aren't you afraid to eat my meal? Haven't you been told that I am a witch and I would poison you?" I looked at her quirkily and replied: "The witch that would poison me is yet to be born and not only will I eat your food today, I will be coming back month-end for a three-course?" She entered the kitchen and prepared a sumptuous meal which I began to eat in her presence. Then my uncle came in and saw me eating and asked who prepared the meal. I told him it was his wife seated opposite me as I did "justice" to the pounded yam and egusi soup. "Mama… prepared food for you?" my uncle asked bewilderedly considering that was my first encounter with his wife. "She doesn't prepare food for me her husband." I looked at my uncle and told him, she was his wife, but I was (and am still) different as a child of the King.
My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the Light of the world: "Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."(John 8:12). My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the Light, and I am light too. I was visiting a governor friend of mine in an African nation and was told that all visitors would be taken to a nearby hotel, because the Government House was full of VIPs. I looked at the Protocol Officer and told him I don't stay in hotels and what should we do? He said there was nothing he could do again, but had to lodge me and my PA in the most expensive hotel in town. I told him to go and check the Presidential Lodge and a chalet had just opened up for me. He said, the place was full sir and no opening. I repeated what our Lord Jesus Christ told Peter and his co-fishermen near the Sea and told the Protocol Officer to go back again as a chalet had just been vacated for me. He was surprised to find out just as I said and when he came back he looked at me and asked: "You are Dr So and So…I will come and see you later sir." When Light appears, Darkness vamooses. Every born-again child of the Living God is a light with varying degrees: candle light, lantern light, kerosene light, petrol light, gas light or inferno. Which one are you? You won't know until you know your spiritual DNA.
The Good Lord has so blessed us here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center in beautiful Cameron TX that those directed by the Holy Spirit do not go back the way they came. So I told a visiting retired military general and his family what to expect as revealed by the Holy Spirit after spending the most fulfilling three-day spiritual retreat here to His Glory. Then 48 hours later they called to confirm what the Holy Spirit said we should tell him and his family. "Dr, it has happened just as you said" and we started praising the Lord of lords and King of kings, Hallelujah! When you know your spiritual DNA as revealed to you by your Creator, this promise by the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is discernible: "What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways" (Job 22:28); "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Matthew 21:22).
No one will ever return to a restaurant where the customer service is shambolic and the meal is bad. No matter how good you're as a chef, salt is a must and so in any home. Like water is necessary for human existence, we cannot do without salt. Do you know that we, who are born-again Christians, are the salt of the earth? "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot" (Matthew 5:13). Any human being that the Lord God Almighty has brought me in contact with always sees changes in his or her life; because I am the salt of the Lord God Almighty in everything I do and in every one I encounter. I could still remember as if it were yesterday when my former wife was boasting that she would make sure I amounted to nothing, threatening she would prove to me she is an Ijebu woman (from southwest Nigeria) and threatened to kybosh and torpedo my destiny. She proceeded with all her African voodoo and unleashed them against me here in the United States. I told her, she was messing with the wrong person. I went unto the Lord of lords and King of kings and the spiritual warfare began. First, I told her that her biological mother way back in Nigeria, who was her enabler and dabbler would be the first casualty. That was exactly what happened; that very year, her mother died. She remarried, but soon divorced. She is still in the number one spot that I left her almost one and half decade ago. Friends, when the True Lord God Almighty warned: "Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm"(Psalm 105:15); He meant it. I am the salt that adds value to people's lives and those connected to me by Divine Arrangements notice it first hand; this is not a boast, it is true. Dr Gloria Espinosa is a professor at Dominican University at River Forest near Chicago Illinois and a close family friend. She looked at my wife one day and remarked; "Dr Margie, I'm happy for you and Dr Moshood. Since your marriage, things have been progressing and you two have achieved a lot and touching people's lives. It's amazing!?" I told her no one could have done all those things, but the Lord Jesus Christ. There is nothing like luck in life my friend! Without the Lord Jesus Christ, nothing, absolutely nothing is possible! Embrace Him, worship Him; give your life to Him and see where He will take you. I didn't read that, I am a living witness to His Awesomeness and Power to change lives; Hallelujah!
The Psalmist knows the awesome powers of the Lord God Almighty and His innumerable blessings and so began his spiritual anthology thus: "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way of sinners; take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-whatever they do prospers" (Psalm 1:1-3). No one is like you and no one will ever be like you again on this planet earth. This is the truth and that is why you are distinct. Your distinction creates your difference and it is your difference that will make you stand out on earth. I was just 12 years old when my late father sent me to Mr. Salu, the then headmaster of Government Primary School, Owo in the 1970s. I got to Mr. Salu and introduced myself. Much later when my father came from Lagos to Owo, Mr. Salu came to Iloro to visit us and he and my father were discussing me. "That your son is different from the rest," Mr. Salu told my father at the balcony. "Why is he different, you know they're many," my father replied. "I don't know, but somehow he's different. Which one of your wife bore him for you?" Mr. Salu pressed on. My father told Mr. Salu my mother was his second wife from Balgoun Family and anon, my father dismissed me. Fast forward to Lagos a decade later, my siblings and I lived with our uncle at Oworonsoki after my father's death in 1980 and Tobi, my younger half-brother next to Tayo Fayemiwo looked at me one day and said; "Brother Moshood, you know people normally say you're different from us." I looked at him and we both laughed. Yes, I am different. The moment you discovered your spiritual DNA, you know your difference from others.
A precious soul called us from France requesting for prayers. As most people who have dealt with us know by now, we just don't pray for people on the phone. We want to know what ails you first before we pray, because if the amounts of prayers are all that are needed to obviate sundry issues, challenges and problems assailing souls and nations around the world, we shall all be living in peace. So I asked the usual spiritual preliminaries and as we proceeded to the heavy part, the Holy Spirit said he should leave France. He listened and moved to another nation where his destiny would be fulfilled. Every person was relocating to Egypt in the day of Isaac, because of famine. Isaac was about to emigrate, but the Lord God Almighty told him to stay in that land for his blessing (Gen 26:1-12). Isaac obeyed and in that year, he reaped 100% of his investments amid famine, depression and desertification. You do not belong just anywhere, you belong to a place. That was why God told Abraham to leave the Land of Chaldeans and go to a land He would show him. Know your spiritual DNA and you'll know the place the Lord God Almighty wants to use you. It was not by accident the Lord God Almighty told Margie and I to leave Chicago and move to Texas.
No one can bless you until you're available. You need access to the right people, the right atmosphere and spiritual destiny connectors and the Lord God Almighty usually arranges our destiny connectors in the most unusual ways and methods. You have read here in the past where I disclosed that; I relocated to the United States with my entire family without passports and visas. It is the absolute truth! You ask; is it possible? Yes, it is possible when the Almighty God is the One behind it all ("For with God, nothing shall be impossible"-Luke 1:37). Prior to my relocation to the United States from Nigeria nearly 20 years ago, I had never applied for a Visa to any nation in my life, including the US. Of course, many of the embassy officials were my friends and I knew some of the ambassadors, but I had never asked to be issued a traveling visa. As a matter of fact, as at the time I was coming here, the Abacha military regime had seized my traveling passport so how could I travel out of Nigeria without passport? But the Lord God Almighty showed me a way; one letter was what I wrote and it changed everything and do you know where the idea came from? A Jewish man detained with me at the FIIB, Alagbon Close at Ikoyi during the Abacha dictatorship gave me the "secret" and the rest is now history. Friend, the Almighty God is unsearchable and His powers and methods are far above and beyond our human reasoning and comprehension. When Joseph was inside the prison, many thought he was a goner, but it was from inside that dungeon that the Almighty God catapulted him from prison to palace. Many Egyptians and his kinsfolk thought it was all over for Moses when he went into exile in the Land of Midian at age 40 but 40 years later, the Almighty God brought the Deliverer back to free His people. You may be in the hospital convalescing right now; in the prison abandoned, or in any intractable jinx where all hope is lost and gone and people have counted you out; but if you can reach out to this Awesome God, He will pull you out and through. That is His specialty and I didn't read that, I am a living example of what the Almighty God is capable of doing when all hope is lost and you've your back to the walls.
If you do not know your spiritual DNA, how can you know who you should co-habit and fraternize with and associate in your day-to-day human relationship? In the giddy years of Sani Abacha when most of us in the progressive movement in Nigeria went into exile, the mole who betrayed and sold me to the goons of Sani Abacha in the Republic of Benin was a close friend whom I thought I knew and trusted. When King Duncan was informed in that Shakespearean tragedy; Macbeth, that the Thane of Cawdor had been executed for treason; Duncan exclaimed: "There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face" (Act 1, Scene IV). Over and over again, the Book of Life tells us that those that do not want us succeed in life are close associates, family members and members of our own household. Who sold Joseph into slavery? His own blood and relations! Who betrayed our Lord Jesus Christ? One of the Inner 12! Who hatched and carried out the first wholesale rebellion against Moses in the Wilderness? Korah, Dathan and Abiram (Numbers 16:1-22); who were members of his tribe; the Levites! The Lord God Almighty looked at the heart of human beings and rendered a damning verdict thusy: "The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time." (Genesis 6:5). Know what your spiritual DNA is so that you will know those who belong to your life and those to hang around with and those to avoid like plagues. Even in the vital and life-defining matter of marriage, you cannot know who your true spouse is-husband or wife-until you know your spiritual identity.
NEXT WEEK: We will look at the distinguishing characteristics between spiritual Boys and Spiritual Men in this column next week. I have seen biologically old people that are spiritual boys, yet they do not know they are boys, spiritually speaking. The Holy Bible delineates features of spiritual boys from spiritual men and we shall examine those differences here next week.
ILERI-OLUWA AND THE CONTINUITY TRAIN UNDER GOV. ISIAKA GBOYEGA OYETOLA IN STATE OF OSUN, NIGERIA
Did you watch the gubernatorial debate of the State of Osun organized by Channels TV over the weekend? I watched excerpts here in Texas with some visiting alumni of the University of Lagos in the United States and we all laughed. We expected the Dancing Senator of the PDP; Ademola Adeleke to participate and weren't surprised of his No-Show against the backdrop of his court palaver and WASC forgery certificate. Mr. Iyiola Omisore was something else, especially with those new English words. We are still searching the English Dictionary for the meaning of those words from the SDP flag-bearer. Moshood Adeoti looked dumb and as I have state earlier on in this column, not only is Adeoti over-exaggerated and over-rated; it will take him years to be politically relevant in the politics of Osun after this coming Saturday. Our man; Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola of the APC drubbed the rest and came on top. The Great Akokite is the next helmsman in the Land of Omoluabi and the jury is out; with Oyetola on the saddle through the affirmation of the collective voice of the electorate come this Saturday December 22, 2018, the Continuity Train sails on via the Ileri-Oluwa Train to the Glory of the Lord God Almighty, Amen.
Outgoing Governor Rauf Areggesola has laid the Progressive Path in eight years and Oyetola's work is already cut out for him. The education revolution that Ogbeni started should not be allowed to die. The quality of schools in Osun is comparable to anywhere in the Western World and the Oyetola Administration should take this revolution to the next level. I love the way he replied to Omisore's sophistry on Opon-Imo Project. Omisore's chintzy remarks and characterization of Ogbeni's educational revolution in 8 years is at variance with newspaper reports thus:-"The United? Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has approached the government of the state of Osun seeking to adopt the e-learning device created by the Rauf Aregbesola administration, Opon Imo (Tablet of Knowledge). UNESCO, in a letter dated November 15, 2014 to the Osun Commissioner for Education and signed by Prof. Hassana Alidou, Director and Representative UNESCO's Regional Office in Abuja said the organization is impressed by the components of the Osun e-learning project. UNESCO also requested permission to reproduce and adapt the educational learning resource material and content of Opon-Imo to promote its educational programs in Nigeria." (https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/ssouth-west/176252-unesco-seeks-osuns-permission-adopt-reproduce-opon-imo.html).
Osogbo is now wearing a new look and a city befitting a real state capital, thanks to the monumental strides of the outgoing Aregbeosola Administration. Needless to plead that the in-coming Oyetola Administration should take this infrastructural facelift further and spread round the state, and as he disclosed during the televised debate, he has been with Ogbeni for eight years and we expect him to do us proud as a Great Akokite! You cannot give what you do not have; Oyetola's political tutelage dwarfs the rest and there is no gainsaying the obvious that Osun under him in the next four years will witness continuous superlative growth and developmental transformation.
The State of Osun has the arable land, the manpower and experts to turn it into the food basket of the defunct Western Region and also notch up its IGR via exports. The new rice "Ofada Osun Rice" unveiled by Ogbeni Aregbesola last year should be popularized both within and outside the state. The in-coming Gov. Oyetola Administration should increase the loans granted to Osun farmers to make food and cash crops chic in the state so that the teeming youths looking for worthwhile projects to do can go back to the farm. The Oyetola Administration should not forget the Train Ride Project initiated by his predecessor. That program is very popular among Osun indigenes residing outside the state, and if possible, it should be extended nationwide.
Economic transformation should go hand-in-hand with the establishments of cottage industries and advancing loans to SMEs in the state by partnering with the Bank of Industry and other financial institutions. The in-coming Oyetola Administration should partner with the various higher institutions in the state toward establishing synergistic frameworks with multi-national companies to berth in the Land of Virtue. Graduating students of the state's educational institutions do not need to relocate to Ibadan or Lagos after completing their academic degrees looking for jobs. The State of Osun has all it takes to serve as alternatives to Lagos and Ibadan; all that is needed is inviting stakeholders both at home and abroad for workable blueprints to make this happen. It is gratifying that Oyetoal was able to explain the nature of the modulated salary arrangement between the Aregbesola Administration and the state's labor unions, because the issue has been twisted by a section of the media. The labor leaders cannot eat and have their cakes at the same time and Moshood Adeoti, as former secretary to the state government should have known this reality. Osun cannot maintain its status as a chiefly agrarian state and a civil service state without shoring up its IGR while maintaining its current labor force. Both are unsustainable and the state would either let go some workers in the state civil service or device other ways to increase its IGR. The federal allocation is miniscule compared to the infrastructural development projects on the table and other commitments. The outgoing Aregbesola Administration was the most prudent in the history of the state and the figures are there to prove this assertion. Home truths are necessary as soon as the Oyetoal Administration come on board on Saturday September 22, 2018. Osun a dara o, Amin! Link to the Channels TV Debate on Face book: https://www.facebook.com/channelsforum/videos/1621524234621032/
OMOLUABI BIOGRAPHY NOW AVAILABLE AT WALMART
The largest and most reputable grocery and retail chain in the world; Wal-Mart now sells the book: Omoluabi; the Biography of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Gov State of Osun, Nigeria with Special Forward by His Royal Highness Alaiyeluwa Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Alaafin of Oyo Nigeria. Here is the link to the book product on Wal-Mart website: : https://www.walmart.com/ip/OMOLUABI/193640180