A couple of years ago, I needed money that week. I was really encumbered with bills. Interestingly, I went visiting someone. As we talked, I noticed a pile of Naira notes on his drawer.
I was shocked when the thought came to take some of the money (at least it is so much and this person will not even know).
Now, friends, this is not something that happened when I just got born again. I was already a Pastor.
Thanks to God. I laughed and perished that thought. I have come too far to turn back. My worst day trusting God is far better than my best days leaning on myself.
Paul has these words for us:
So beware if you think it could never happen to you, lest your pride becomes your downfall. We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being.
But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it.
And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 TPT
Friend, you are not bigger than temptation. You will be tempted with sex, money, power and all sorts. Temptation is not a sin. Jesus was tempted too.
But friend, do not assume. Get rid of temptations fast. Talk to someone you trust. Do not let it thrive. Uproot it. Do not open the door to it.
If you are tempted with it, it is because you have what it takes to overcome it.
Finally, one major key to a fruitful life in God is Contentment. Be contented. Refuse greed. Do not covet. Appreciate where you are. Celebrate where you are going.
To all young pastors, stay focused on God. Stay contented and be committed. Work hard. Keep the pasture green. Preach Christ and do not be pressured by circumstances.
To all Fathers who stand strong and represent Christ values to their family amidst pressures to compromise, the Lord give you a sure reward and bless you in ways beyond your imagination.