The only Person that will be praised on another anniversary of my birth is God Almighty Whom I owe ALL. I acknowledge the fact that I was picked up in a filthy garment by God who located me by His grace. At all times, I am full of praises to Him and the Psalmist’s assertion: “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side…’’Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us….” (Psalms 124:1-3) comes to my mind every so often. And I must praise and worship God every minute of my life for His unqualified and unquantifiable mercies and grace. Where do I start? Is it from worshipping God for the daily miracle of waking me up; or the grace of divine protection, favour or provision? Just like Biblical David reasoned, I have pondered every now and again over the issue: “Who Am I that it has pleased God to lead me this far?”
I must testify to the fact that God is a Perfect Arranger. Whoever knows me well would attest to the fact that ordinarily, I should not be counted among the living today because of my innumerable journeys through the valley of the shadow of death. But God has always spared me by His mercies. So many occurrences in my life, as reflected in my testimonies attest to this very salient fact. But the Creator has, instead of allowing the abrupt termination of my life granted me unqualified favours. I am always conscious of the fact that the greatest challenge facing humanity is getting to their places of focus. The most important relationship that people should have, is with God. Therefore, the only plan that will work out right is the one God gives. And the power needed to fulfil that plan comes from Him alone.
The immediate-past head of the Church of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion) The Most Rev. Peter Jasper Akinola, whom I hold in the highest esteem once wrote on God’s obligations to man, and asserted that: “It is quite possible for some people around you to succeed without God’s backing. “Nevertheless, be aware that it is temporary success. ‘’It cannot be compared to what you get when you rely on God for lifting, promotion, riches, favour, fruit of the womb and other needs. ‘’God is able to give you all the good things of life. ‘’It is a matter of time”. He went further: “God’s solution may seem to take a longer process from human perception, yet, it is the best. ‘’It is worth waiting for.’’ I am also extremely grateful to all those who have been my spiritual counsellors over the years and facilitated my getting closer to God Almighty, as well as my helpers of destiny and numerous friends. I also salute my unknown enemies and adversaries; because there is nobody going through this world unchallenged, not even those top prophets of God; as all of us require our adversaries to get into our places in destiny.
Surviving three different violent robbery attacks, during which guns were pointed on my stomach, and at me at very close range is no joke. But God halted them from pulling the triggers. What about threats of elimination and assassination for no reason other than my performing my duties to the best of my ability? Isaiah 59:19King James Version (KJV) ‘’So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.’’ All who wish to rejoice with me today are enjoined to please spare a minute to give glory to God on my behalf. For decades, I have not had a birthday party because I prefer to be alone with God on those milestones. No food or drinks for those who have, and wish to visit to celebrate with me. I mark my birthdays in a different manner that disqualifies those who can afford from participating. It behooves us to always live to please God everywhere and every time. Methinks we should start to learn how to shun ostentatious display of wealth and extravagance in situations where starvation and relative lack of welfare services are staring Africans in the face.
All I request from my friends and well wishers today: Please appreciate the Lord of lords for His immeasurable grace and mercies that I have savoured so far in my journey through life. I am a bundle of testimonies and I will share the stories of the mercies of God bestowed on me. TO GOD ALONE BE ALL THE GLORY. Taste Jesus Christ TODAY and feel how sweet He is