What ‘stubborn faith’ can do for you too

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When I left all like the early disciples and followed the Lord (Mark 10:38), He told me He had imparted to me the gift of faith and in His own words described it as stubborn faith. He said the opposition was going to be tough and this was what would keep me going. So in my mind I used to ask myself what stubborn faith meant. But I used to give myself this simple answer that stubborn faith meant stubborn faith.

But when I eventually googled the word stubborn, what I found was; adjective; 1. having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good reasons to do so.2. difficult to move, remove, or cure. And I also found the following synonyms; indelible, permanent, lingering, persistent, tenacious, fast, resistant. Many are familiar with the phrase “stubborn stains”. They are very difficult to clean and remove. They are tough.I also checked for the adjective dogged at yourdictionary.com and this is what I found; the definition of dogged is stubborn, persistent and not giving up easily.

So stubborn faith is a level of faith in God that is difficult, if not impossible to change and remove by common sense explanation and challenges; it is indelible, permanent, lingering, persistent, tenacious, fast, and resistant. It is a faith impossible to overcome by odds.

Can you imagine what this level of faith in God can do for you? So why will my Master Jesus give me this kind of faith? And for what? To enable me achieve His purpose for my generation. I said wow is this what the Lord has given to me? How did I qualify for this? And the Lord said this was what He made me for and He made the decision before I entered my mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). So am I so special? Yes. And everyone is special to God; you are not a duplicate of anyone. You are special to God to achieve a certain purpose in your family, community, nation and the world at large. No one is here by mistake.

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So it is a faith without which odds, people’s opinions, afflictions, hardships, rejections, deprivations, deliberate wickedness against me, and deliberate connivance to deny me even what is legally mine, all targeted at frustrating my discipleship of the Lord in pursuit of my life assignment would have stopped me long ago. I saw outright condemnations that my calling was untenable, was unreasonable and devoid of common sense etc. Some friends and close relatively claimed they knew the Bible more than me and they knew better how God should call people and assign them work. Further some presented me with a list of reasons why I am not qualified for this special attention and assignment by the Lord.  Some pointed to me great men and women of God at work in Ghana and asked me who would listen to me.

But I have learned by experience that God does not call anyone by mistake. So when men disqualify you based on your academic qualifications they are wasting their efforts because it is a work of grace. You are called and ordained before you were born and you are given a message. It is no competition at all. One day the Lord asked me to go and preach in a particular secondary school and when I did, one of the chaplains from that school was moved and went to arrange other preaching appointments for me in another school. But amazingly, that particular chaplain missed out on my preaching and only heard eye witnesses reports from his colleague teachers and students. What a favour!

So I was subjected to emotional, physical and relational violence. In fact these are issues that would no doubt, stop the average Christian workman from pursuing his divine calling. I once met a young man with a great calling at one of our team preachings who has been going back and forth whether to fully give his all to the Lord or not. He once gave all his time and skills and efforts to the Lord and took it back because of financial hardships. Lord Jesus I pray that you rescue this young man by sending him special help so he can stand for you so he does not miss your purpose for his life.

Have you thought about what challenges the early disciples faced with families and friends when they left all and followed the Lord? Do you think they had a better treatment from friends and family than I? I suspect Simon Peter was called lazy and advised to go back to his fishing work, and Levi (Matthew) asked to go back to his customs employment. I have experienced the reality of all these.

But in the face of all these afflictions, thanks be to God the Father, and His Son and the Holy Ghost for the gift of stubborn faith in particular and the other special graces lavished on me. Oh God is good and His goodness is real to me personally. I still preach the word of my Master with joy and with power. I preach everywhere and anywhere He sends me; markets, Tema harbour, fishing harbour, train terminals, secondary schools, prison and on buses. After handing over my functional vehicle which I was used to for almost then years, I now walk and preach long distances and sometimes my feet rebel against my preaching schedules and appointments and threaten to carry me there. And I often plead with them to be as stubborn as my heart, mind, and soul and they are cooperating well.

Some loved ones told me the change in my social status was an embarrassment to them and they would rather keep away from me not wanting to be identified with the ‘embarrassment’ and I say ok. Indeed faith works by love (Galatians 5:6), my love for the Lord helps my faith to endure every hardship I suffer because of Him. If you claim to have faith in God without loving God deeply, that faith is not from the heart it is mental faith  and is easily washed away when storms come. I shall ultimately preach to great congregations in stadia even in different countries in Jesus name.

But I must also say that leaving it all to disciple and please the Lord means a big sacrifice of my family’s comfort and convenience which they are used to and rightly deserve. It also means my family is also paying a huge price. I have learnt from personal experience that to move from the ordinary to extraordinary is a huge cost. And if you hold on to the ordinary because you want to maintain comfort and convenience, you will miss out on the extraordinary which is God’s ultimate purpose for you. If the Lord calls you to come and friends say stay, who do you obey? And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household (Matthew 10:36).

And I got the understanding that if you always place personal and family comfort and convinience above pleasing God, it an easy way to miss God’s purpose for your life.

But when you please God He gives you all things and many will be possibly affected and they will celebrate with you. Today, the early disciples are heroes of faith not only to their family and friends and Jews but globally. But if they had missed that first step of leaving it all for the Lord, they would have died ordinary fishermen and tax collectors with no possibility of you and me hearing their names.

So stubborn faith in God moves ordinary persons from ordinary into stardom. You please God and as your faith honours Him, He honours you.

Stubborn faith is a permanent believe in God and His word and promise to you. It lends itself to no bargain or re-negotiation. If only we can believe God, He is ready to do the great things He has done with father of faith Abraham, the disciples, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Can you believe Him?

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What extraordinary faith did the disciples have?

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Do you believe God in the morning but in the evening you doubt Him?

Do you always or sometimes believe God and His promise to you?

Do you believe God today and tomorrow you don’t?

Well, whatever your answers are in your heart to all or some of these questions, this is what God wants you to know today about your trust in Him; your faith in God must be a permanent lifestyle, not a fluctuating way of life, not a part time commitment! Walking by faith is a fulltime, lifelong enrolment.

Whatever you lack or desire, ask the Lord who gives liberally, generously beyond what you ask, or think or desire and you shall receive (James 1:5). God has more than enough of whatever any one will dare to ask Him. He does not lack anything; be it wisdom, riches, healing, power, honour, fame, promotion, blessing etc.

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed”  (James 1:6). It’s only with faith that you can download the riches and blessings in the warehouse of God. Establish your faith in God, ‘permanize’ it (make it permanent), cast it in stone, not on the beach sand which is washed away by the waves in seconds. Do not waver in your trust on the ability and abundance of God; shun every uncertainty about His willingness to give you.

“For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord” (James 1:7). Which man? The man with the wavering, fluctuating, part time faith. A doubting man never pleases God, in fact our doubts in God provokes God’s anger against us.

When the unbelieving Israelites provoked God by their wavering faith, God spoke these  dreadful words; “So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest”  (Hebrews 3:11) And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?  (Hebrews 3:18).

Let us avoid every double-mindedness; believing for a time and not believing for another time. Believing in the morning and doubting in the evening. Believing God’s ability and willingness today and doubting Him tomorrow. Believing and doubting God is double-mindedness, it demonstrates instability. This is how the Disciple James captures this truth, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8).

When you permanently believe in God no matter what, you speak like this, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up” (Daniel 3:17-18).

Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego are still heroes today after thousands of years have passed when they demonstrated that unwavering and permanent faith in God. And the faith of the Disciples of Christ could not be stampeded or quenched by the Romans, Pharisees, Scribes and teachers of the law and all the threats and actual atrocities against them. Their faith lasted till they received what they believed and the mission of establishing the church was accomplished. They all died holding onto what they believed; the resurrected Jesus in Whom there is salvation for all!  And this is one of their rewards that wherever faith is preached, their example is worthy of mention. Do not forget that the three Hebrew boys instantly received what they believed God for i.e. their God, our God, saved them from the fiery furnace alleluia! Indeed, receiving is the end of believing. Receiving is the outcome of faith. “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:9).

One insight the Holy Ghost gave me about faith is that the believe in your heart must be unanimously and always manifested by your tongue, your heart and your mind; none should contradict the other.

When the Lord Jesus called me to “Disciple Him and make Him Disciples”, He gave me many gifts and one of them is (He called it) ‘stubborn faith“. It simply means stubborn faith, I cannot explain it more. Do you too not need this kind of faith? you know what to do (James 1:5).

This was the kind of faith that all the Disciples of Jesus Christ demonstrated after their Master ascended to heaven and left them with the charge to make disciples of all nations and establish the church everywhere. And a permanent subscription to believe God no matter what, was what got the church established in the face of the fiercest opposition one can imagine.

I challenge you to let your faith in God be your permanent way of life then you too can achieve what the Disciples of Jesus Christ and the other generals of faith throughout history accomplished.

By faith we judge God faithful

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Do you believe everything God says?

Do you believe and therefore bang your hope on all of the scriptures.

Does God tell small lies at times and at other times He tells the truth?

Are some scriptures true and others not true?

Jesus Christ did not say sometime times I am the way, sometimes I am the truth, and sometimes I am the life, He says “I am the way, and the truth, and the life…John 14:6.

When we trust all of God’s promises to us, even if they do not appeal to commonsense and science, and therefore do not attract popular applause, we judge God faithful. Conversely, selective faith is an insult to God as it calls God unfaithful.

Are you waiting for God’s ways and promises to meet the standards of popular sense before you believe? Then you would have missed Abraham’s type of great destiny if God promised you like He did promise Abraham and Sarah.

At age 75 God commanded Abraham out of his comfort zone; from his father’s house and kindred to a land that God would appoint? At age 75?  By common sense approach, is this a wise move? That Sarah would give birth from her own dying and shrinking womb at age 90? Will the gynecologists agree? They would have stopped her at age 45! That Abraham himself at 100 years can still naturally demonstrate the energy through one full round and fertilize her wife Sarah’s eggs; without artificial insemination? What will my doctor say today?

“Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).

Through faith, though at 100, Abraham impregnated his wife who was 90.

Through faith they truly became the father of many nations. By their faith, they obtained all the promises of God.

Do you practice wholesale or selective faith? ie believe God on wholesale basis or you pick and choose to believe those promises that make sense to your little mind? 

Whether your faith is wholesale or selective determines how much of God’s plan and promises become realities in your life; it determines what God can do in your life; for, God deals with us according to our faith. “… According to your faith be it unto you.  (Matthew 9:29)

May you throw away selective faith from today and cease from approaching God by common sense, let it be by faith, wholesale faith. May the Lord give you the grace to deal with Him by wholesale faith Amen!

Why Only God’s Timing is Perfect!

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I believe we are all familiar with the statement that “God’s time is the best” but not many truly appreciate the wisdom in it. Perhaps we have lost its meaning.

Today we all struggle to meet our own deadlines in the areas of marriage, business, education, employment, promotion, childbirth, breakthrough etc.

Recently, a fellow servant of God shared with me the testimony of a 45 year old woman in Ashaiman, a suburb of Accra, Ghana who got married earlier this year and got pregnant. These became breaking news in and around the community and everyone (Christians and non Christians) are all virtually saying “it’s the doing of the Lord and its marvellous in our eyes” Hurray!

What if this lady had gotten married at age 24 or 25 and started bearing children, it clearly would have been a normal occurrence and not have attracted any attention and special praise to God.

Therefore the mileage of praise, thankfulness and glory it generated and the lifting up of the faith of the inhabitants and all who hear it is overwhelming. Indeed, there is no better timing than God’s timing. His glory matters to Him above our selfish conveniences.

This is the message the Lord gave me for today John 9: 1-3. The disciples asked why the man was born blind. Was it due to his own sins (before he was born blind) or was it due to the sins of his parents? Jesus said in vs. 3 that neither of those reasons were correct, rather,

“that the works of God should be made manifest in his life”

This means that God made him blind from birth with the sole aim of affording God to bag some glory and praise and increase the faith of onlookers when the power of God heals this blind man one day.

And it happened from vs. 6&7 Jesus did that amazing miracle with his saliva mixed with sand applied to the eyes and asked the man to wash. He did wash and got healed!

As God purposed it way back before the man was born, the power of God manifested in this man’s life and God got huge glory and praise. This was after the scepticism and denial and questioning by the Pharisees of Jesus’ authority and genuineness.

But in all, the point was clearly made that the power of God had healed the popular blind beggar that everyone knew in the city as he had been around for long and he was then a man, not a boy. He has grown in the begging business.

Consider these questions;

  1. Could it be that you have not yet received that answered prayer, say in the area of your health, marriage, business, financials, ministry because it is not yet God’s appointed time?
  2. Could it be if this particular request was granted at your time, God would have missed out on the mileage of glory and praise He has planned for Himself?
  3. Could it be that if God gives you the financial success you are asking for according to your timing, it would draw you away from God? And He would lose out on the profit/glory on you? Think about it.

Man’s timing is based on very limited factors, our personal convenience which is often powered by selfishness, and peer pressure i.e. to meet social acceptance. If we don’t wean ourselves of depending on and enforcing our own timing for God, disappointments, frustrations, heartbreaks and eventually giving up on our faith is inevitable. God’s timing is perfect, it takes care of the immediate, medium, long and very long term factors including those factors we cannot see. Above all, it takes care of the ultimate i.e. God’s glory and praise which He will not bargain and or share with anyone!

To conclude, I urge you to also align yourself to God’s timing; because it builds our patience, endurance, prayer life and faith. An additional benefit of learning to go along with the Master’s clock is that it makes you avoid stress and depression and anxiety with their attendant health problems. It also gives you a good sleep as you trust that the Lord will give you His best deal. God’s time is indeed the only perfect time. Let this wisdom disperse your stress and depression today and on a continuous basis for a better and victorious Christian life.

Scripture reading John 9 vs. 1-41

What Common sense Cannot Do

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What is common sense? It is the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way.

By common sense, I can do the ordinary, the average, that which everyone is doing or able to do. Perhaps I can keep up things as they are, the family tradition; I can maintain my place among the crowd and be counted with the crowd.

However, the thing with common sense is that it is too common and can only do that which is common, average, that which many have done already.

There is something far above common sense. It connects you to that which is above the usual, above average, above that which is common to everyone. Walking by common sense limits you to what all others have done or will do in a given situation. Yet still, commonsense is good. But there is that which is far better than common sense. It is the best; it is FAITH.

What Can Faith Do?

No great discovery, innovation, achievement, that which was never done before was ever accomplished without faith. Faith makes you do that which has never been done before in history, or by your peers, or in your family, or in your generation, or in your nation. Faith gives you an extra eye that sees beyond the physical eye which everyone has. Faith exposes that which is hidden to all to you alone, it reveals the intangible and causes you to handle, touch, see, and appreciate it in the higher realms. Faith makes one to re-write history.

Faith makes you soar when others are crawling, walking or at best running. Faith makes you please God. Faith puts you in the realms of God. By faith you do the extraordinary, above excellent, the mind-boggling. By faith you stand right with God. By faith you obtain righteousness; i.e. right standing with God.

Abraham is still distinguished from the crowed by his action which was not driven by common sense but driven by faith. By faith Solomon sacrificed the unprecedented offering to God and God was more than pleased; that same night He issued a blank check to Solomon. Solomon, what do you want me to do for you? By faith, Noah built the ark on a dry ground far from the sea to save his household from flood, which had never happened to humanity before. This could not appeal to popular common sense hence they scolded him, mocked and insulted him. By this action, he condemned the world of sin and disobedience and lack of faith.

Acting by faith is doing what common sense will not do because it does not appeal to the common evaluation of all or receive the approval of the majority. Abraham at 75, barren, still living with his wife in his father’s house and deciding to sojourn because God asked him to, does not make commonsense, even to me. Common sense says, you seek greener pastures when you are strong and energetic. Leaving that which you have lived with all your life and comfortable with at 75 does not make sense to the common sense.

        Not living by common sense is not the same as not 
        being wise. It is actually not succumbing to the 
    expectations of everyone or not doing what everyone 
        else will do in a particular situation.

My definition if faith.

    And now faith is seeing the hidden, imminent, thing that the 
    common eye cannot see and making decisions based on what you 
    see and hear which all others cannot see or hear. 
    Faith is connecting to and walking in the supernatural; 
    the realm above the natural. It takes faith to unnerve that 
    which you sense inside you.

What do I need now?

What I need now is not the obvious common sense but something better and higher.

It does not appeal to common sense, including me, that, at 41, to be taken away from all you have been holding on to all your life. Nice and award winning sales career, built over 13 years, nice, enviable family, leading, managing a great team of people, some more qualified than I but leading and appraising them year after year by grace, driving brand new vehicles for years.

But the Lord Himself has wiped away all in one breath and offering me instead, the opportunity to disciple Him and make Him disciples in every nation. I now share Jesus Christ to every one I meet on public transport, train stations, market places and globally by this blog. The joy is truly much better.

After all this, the Lord now demands all of me; all of my time, efforts, skills, experiences, faculties. Well, it will not make sense to onlookers and even challenge myself, my common sense. But the others are not witnesses to what God has prepared for me before I was born. They were not there when I was told a bit of it for the first time in 2010. They were not there when He showed me many things in dreams and visions of the night. Onlookers were not there when He asked for my full time commitment and availability on 19th June 2015 and confirmed it  with specific instructions and timelines on 22nd July 2015, how can they believe, even my wife?

   O Lord, reveal a glimpse to those who must know because 
     they have a role to play in all of this, even my wife.

I was not there when God instructed Abraham, Noah, Moses, Sara, Mary, Joseph, Joshua, Paul etc. so only they could develop (or needed) the necessary faith for what God told them.

      Faith is generated by what you hear, not what others hear.

Only faith can move me to the next level, to lay hold of what the Lord is saying. My welfare, assurance, security, crown, my reward, my comfort, my joy, my peace, my inheritance is in the word that the Lord spoke to me clearly, not in a foreign language. I know that the Lord does not say what He cannot do, He doesn’t make empty promises. His track record is there throughout the ages.

Great blessings dwelling in my home, great unusual ministry unseen before in my family, unique in my generation, impacting lives, families, nations, continents, the body of Christ and the world as a whole is what I see just ahead. It is solid, though at the intangible state, I can touch it in the realms by faith.

Lord, I believe your specific instructions to me. Help my unbelief.

How to embrace greatness

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I remember this favourite quote pasted in a childhood friend’s photo album “do not be afraid of greatness, some people are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them”, William Shakespeare. As a child, I sensed inside me that I was born great but it was not evident at that moment. I always wondered how the Creator, created me and my family the way He did. We simply lacked many things. This always caused me to trouble my parents with a lot of probing questions. Such as;

  1. Why are we living in a village whilst there were towns and cities around us? As a child, we walked about 45 minutes to get to town for school, church service, market etc.
  2. Why were we farmers when there were many noble professions around us? Note that in Ghana, even today, farming is not viewed by many as an honourable profession compared to say banking, politics, trading etc. though it pays.
  3. Why do we suffer lack and want whilst people had more than enough of what they needed? As a child, I admired some families who always brought candies to church for their children and they enjoyed it whilst church service was on-going.
  4. “Do you know that we are serving God very well and God is pleased with us”? I believe till now that flesh and blood did not reveal this to me as a teenager when I made this comment to mum and my siblings. She didn’t know what to say till date and my siblings often remind me of this statement after almost three decades.

I never had the luxury of kindergarten or nursery education. I started primary school at age eleven (11) together with a step sister (now deceased “Mawukoenya” in our Ewe language meaning “only God knows”) and a nephew, Isaac, alive and living at Kasoa, a suburb of Accra, Ghana. I was blessed as my elder siblings and neighbourhood friends taught me how to write my name, how to read and write ABCD…Z and a few other things before I started school. It was one bright and sunny Tuesday morning in 1982 when we started school. And as usual my mother also came to market with our farm produce to sell and buy basic necessities like soap, fish, kerosene, salt and matches for the family. Our big brother took us to the popular schools in town in search of admission but to our surprise, we were told there were no vacancies. After matching round all the schools in the town in futility, we were left with only one last option which was Kadjebi L.A Primary “B” School (aka Zongo School, aka Allotey). It was as if it was not the first choice or second choice or even third choice of any parent in the town. Good thing was that we were gladly welcomed and admitted there. And looking back today, I am proud of my alma mater since this was where my journey to greatness all began.

At least it was a good feeling that, at last Albert has started school. But sadly there were no furniture in the classroom, neither was the floor cemented, so it was dusty. The dust was brown, I still remember the colour. As if that was not enough there were no doors in place hence we daily carried our mothers’ kitchen stool to and from school (don’t know how to explain what a kitchen stool is to those of you who are reading in America, Europe, Australia, Asia and even parts of Africa etc. who do not know it, but it is a stool used by our mothers in the kitchen) .This lack of doors placed the school pupils, the teachers and everyone at the mercy of the bad boys in the community who took over the school in the nights and smoked there leaving behind the cigarette butt. They even often left behind “human droppings” and would cover it with the loose brown sand and stuck the butt into it for us to clean the following morning before we could use the place. It was smelly and nauseating. I remember one time our headmaster had to call a strike as a protest against the bad behaviour of those boys.

When I told my children that I started school barefooted and without school uniform, they exclaimed and asked “Papa is it true?” Of course it is true. I agree the contrast between my life those days and my life today is sharp. Today my children go to school with lunch packs, nice clean uniforms, one set of uniform and shoes per day, Mummy or Papa or Nanny drops and picks them from school, they never went to school empty stomach, they are never sacked from school for non-payment of school fees, so indeed my situation is changed and is still changing. I am getting hold of greatness, bit by bit.

I wore school uniform for the first time at class five. That was five long years of looking odd and enduring it.

Looking around us at that time, and looking at our lives, I saw no visible advantages or nothing to write home about. Nothing made me proud about life except our hope in the Creator. In the midst of all that, I knew I was much more blessed more than most people. In my primary, I was always first in class, when we progressed to Junior Secondary School Kadjebi LA J.S.S; I was second or third as the competition grew stronger. I also remember my hand writing was always praised and teachers would ask me to write on the blackboard or chalkboard (I know most of you use something Formica board or even projectors in your classrooms) for the rest of the class to copy.

At the Basic Certificate Examination (BECE) I had aggregate ten just as I asked God a year earlier to enable me to obtain. I was among the best in my school.

Though I excelled in the BECE, my dad was scared by the cost of Senior Secondary education so he advised me to learn a vocation just as he advised my elder brother who refused and persevered through school and he is now in the military and serving in Lebanon. Like he did, I flatly rejected the idea, knowing my life’s dreams. My mummy did everything possible and saw me through secondary school. In the first year I won the Best Student in Economics and I was entitled to a package which never was because I was not present at the Speech and Prize Giving Day event which was held on a Saturday. When I came to school two days later and went to the Headmaster’s office to claim my award, he told me because I failed to present myself at the event, he would not give me the parcel. I believe I have received my well deserved parcel in another form, yes that is my believe till date. As a matter of fact, I decided to spend that Saturday to go to farm to harvest palm fruits for sale to supplement my parents’ efforts to pay my school fees and this was the opportunity cost for me. I remember in my senior secondary school days it was particularly very difficult for us to pay my fees hence there was hardly any term that I was not sacked from school for overdue school fees. Sad to say that despite this proactive step I took and the huge opportunity cost I paid, something urgent pressed my father and he borrowed the little resources I was able to raise towards my fees so I eventually sacked from school that term for overdue fees.

But the Lord saw me through it all and the suffering and deprivation could not stop my pursuit of my dream. One of my discoveries is that you can see far with your heart than your physical eyes can see. I passed my final exams at the Senior Secondary Certificate Exams (SSSCE) in 1994 to enter the university. I was the first person in my family to achieve this feat. Family friends said university was too much for me as no one in my mother and father’s families has been to the university before. It came with a lot of struggles. It took three long years before I finally got admission in 1997 to further my studies. At the peak of my trials, I remember one Sunday I got very drunk with alcohol together with other struggling friends. I felt so bad and thankfully, that was the worst I ever got with alcohol. Glory to God, since 21st June 2009, I have not tasted alcohol and I don’t intend to ever do so. I now fellowship with the Holy Ghost on daily basis.

At this point, my late father made the greatest sacrifice for my education that very few fathers can make; he sold one of his farmlands to pay my admission fees and that I never forget. But he passed on without even sitting in my car. I remember the day I drive my car to the village, it drew tears from all over the community. Oh your father did not live to see this! Tears! Tears!! And I also join in the wailing.

Though my mummy worked very hard, she was overwhelmed by the sheer number of children to take care of. A dozen children from her alone to my father is no joke you would agree with me and I am the 8th baby for my mother and father. My late father often travelled out to seek greener pastures but he never actually procured a decent livelihood for us. One of my prayer points is that Lord; do not let me face the financial lack and want that my late dad suffered all his life. And the Lord has granted me this.

I remember at about age thirteen, I told my mum when I grew up, I would live in a city and would not be a farmer like she and my father. She would tell me to learn hard in school and that my dream was possible. She recognises my potentials and dream.

After graduation, I chose to teach during my national service ( national youth service as some call it) to enhance my communication skills and general engagement with people as I knew I was shy and reserved and knew that was a setback for me as a marketer.

The next thing was that a friend who was selling insurance products then as a Sales and Marketing Executive arranged for me to join his work and we worked on the same team selling life insurance products across many regions of Ghana for three years.

After three years of tremendous success on this job, my confidence, persuasive and communication skills were further bolstered. From there, what I never dreamt of happened in my life i.e. I landed a sales job in a multinational Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company. Insurance sales people believe that if you are able to sell life insurance products, then you can sell any other commodity. From there I was given a vehicle, and ever since, it had been one brand new vehicle to another. In fact since 2010 I have been driving a new vehicle each year with the current year’s number plate and the aging one is passed on to my team members or lower ranks. With my Postgraduate Certificate at hand, I just realised I still have more to study than I have studied so far, all in sharpening myself for the assignment God has for me. One thing I always wonder is, what is it that people study in Philosophy, Science etc. that make them think that they created themselves, they do not need God or there is no God? But I know that science only studies physical things and is helpless when it comes to spiritual or supernatural things. (I will deal with the helplessness of science when it comes to issues of the Spirit or the supernatural in another post).

I must say it’s been the favour of God after another. I have led teams for over ten years with some members having achieved greater academic qualifications than I. I have appraised them each year and promoted the deserving ones and even exited some.

The Lord also blessed me with a wonderful woman for a wife and we are blessed with three extraordinary children, with great destinies. The Lord told me they would do much more than I. My children are greater than I.

In 2009, I learnt for the first time that the Lord has an assignment for me. I was shocked. I said, O Lord, what trouble are you starting like this? Wouldn’t you allow me live my life? There are many servants of God already, why me too? And the Lord began to work on me day by day. He was revealing the assignment to me stage by stage. He told me about the international dimension of the assignment (symbolized by the 7 colours of the rainbow) Speaking, teaching and writing the word of salvation! I admire God’s gift of wisdom to Solomon and David in the Bible. That is why they were able to write so much and impact Christianity so much with the Proverbs, Song of Songs and the Psalms.

And now my formula for embracing greatness is;

Step 1: Catch a vision of God’s purpose for your life. Before you were borne, He knew you and decided on your purpose and recorded it in His book. Find it. Your heart sees farther beyond where your physical eyes cannot. Engage the power of vision. What you see, you possess, you become.

Step 2: Be passionate and unstoppable about your vision. Execute the vision with all your heart, with all of your mind, with all of your might and move with zeal. You then become unstoppable.

Step 3: Work diligently at it. Prepare, sharpen your skills and be smart at the vision.

Step 4: Don’t quit in the face of odds. Our Lord Jesus is my example. He excelled in keeping His eyes on the crown waiting Him so the heavy sufferings could not stop Him. Once I didn’t quit on what I saw as a child, I have become and I am still becoming.

Steps 1-4 make you achieve your God-given vision and this delivers true greatness into your hands.

Achieving God’s purpose for your life is true greatness, nothing greater than this. Every truly great person is an achiever of God’s purpose for his life. “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. Acts 13:36 (NIV)

I now know I was born great though my environment and circumstances contradicted this truth at the beginning. But “Believe you can and you’re halfway there”Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919). But for the seed of greatness God has put in me at creation, my poor parents would have stopped me with the obvious excuse of “we don’t have the Ghana cedi or kwacha”, my disadvantaged geographical location would have stopped me, the Zongo school environment and all the odds I scaled would have stopped me but NO! NO! I am born with greatness in my makeup and so are you. So don’t be afraid of greatness, embrace it. This is how to become great.

Wise quote for the world

King David

Achieving God’s purpose for your life is true greatness, nothing greater than this. Every truly great person is an achiever of God’s purpose for his life, for his family, for his generation, for his nation, and so on…Albert Etornam Dogbe (29th May 2015)

 “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. Acts 13:36 (NIV)