I recently attended a leadership meeting in Chicago, filled with pleasantries and small talk. And then the bomb dropped. A lady who sat at the table said to finish out a statement: "I held out for leadership". A seemingly innocent statement, but one I could not get out of my mind. She was saying that in other for her to be in the exalted position she was in today, she had to say no to other opportunities. She had to say No first, so she could eventually say Yes to her dream. Joseph held out for leadership by saying No to Potiphar's wife. Moses said No to Pharaoh's palace, choosing to suffer instead with his brethren, and ultimately leading them towards the promised land. Jesus said No to the enticement [...]
You are still here. You are standing and have accomplished more than you give yourself credit for. You've learned a lot and you've grown a lot because internal growth comes from hardships. Your presence alone means you are winning. I am so proud of you and excited to see the exploits the good Lord will wrought through you next year. Keep the faith. Don't stop here, keep going, and execute the plan. When you can't run, walk, and when you can't walk, crawl. Keep going. All that the enemy stole from you this year, the Lord will restore next year in double portion, I pray and declare. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Have a merry Christmas and a restorative new year - you and your precious family. [...]
I've had numerous emails coming in about folks getting promoted left and right. It will continue. If you haven't received yours yet, continue to be expectant, and pray. And when you do, don't forget to testify by simply replying to this email or sending an email to email@example.com. Yet, I must caution, getting a promotion does not mean everything in life will be great. No. There still will be hard times. Life is not fair. It's not true what they told us, that you get out of what you put in life. Many times so, but sometimes, you may put your all and get little in return. The Role of Bitterness The key here is not to get bitter. Particularly if you'd like to keep your promotion. You can't always [...]
This is my first letter to you this year. I hope you have already started getting your promotion. A better job, better relationships, buying new things you've always prayed for, and new doors opening left and right. This truly is your year of promotion. Believe that. Really, believe that. I will keep today's letter short and sweet as the Lord asked me to send this out before the month runs out. You don't have to go looking for agony. It will find you if you live long enough. In dry places, be observant of who God uses to irrigate you. Like He used the widow of Zaraphath to water Elijah. Understand child of God, that the dry season will end. When God provides the rain, which He will, don't forget [...]
This week is Thanksgiving holiday in the United States so let me be the first to wish you and your wonderful family, a happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for you, and your journey, and how that you remain steadfast in Christ Jesus, through thick and thin. I recently led a Pastors Conference in India via Zoom, and I talked about Service. You know, to minister means to serve, so as ministers, we are essentially servants. Many these days want to become masters, and nobody wants to serve. Better still, many want to be masters without serving first. Forgetting that even Jesus, master of all, didn't come to this world to be served, but to serve. Jesus said, every high mountain shall be brought low, and every valley shall be exalted. [...]
I like this saying: He who has had an experience with God is never at the mercy of someone with an argument. Oh, you know what you know. You know what you've experienced. You remember when God came through for you when no one else was there - no one else, I say. You remember the times He brought you through the darkest nights.
I truly wish I knew then, what I know now, about the opposition you will face when you begin to rise. In school, we are taught that if we apply ourselves fully, that success is inevitable. What we are not told is that the success will bring forth opposition as you've never experienced before. Enough opposition to make you wish, sometimes, that you were not successful, to begin with. Jesus as a carpenter didn't run afoul with the law. But the moment he started healing the sick, teaching with authority, and drawing large crowds, the Pharisees would not let him be. They tried to suffocate him. Extinguish him even, but ended up making him the Greatest of All Time (GOAT). Occasionally, Jesus would hit back, calling them hypocrites. Other times [...]