SOARING TO THE TOP ON THE WING OF DETERMINATION Part 3 (Olawale Ojewumi)

To attain true greatness, you must be determined to live a sacrificial life, to do what is not convenience for others to do, and that is the best way to be ahead in life.

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SUBTOPIC: WHAT IS DETERMINATION? Part 2

To be determined is to overlook limiting factors to pursue your dream of greatness, to back up your desires and decisions with corresponded actions. GREATNESS CANNOT ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY PROCLAMATION, CONFESSIONS AND CATCHING OF BLESSINGS, IT IS A PRODUCT OF DECISIONS THAT IS BACKED UP WITH ACTIONS. Many of us are used to catching blessings, that’s good. But I want to tell you that true blessings don’t need to be pursue, they will surely pursue and overtake you on the altar of sacrifice – which could be prayers, fasting, giving, honour, extra efforts and the likes. Immediately the woman was done with her analysis, Orpah decided to return and lived on the blessings that she has pronounced on them but mind you, things doesn’t walk that way. If it does, there would have be continuity in the story of Orpah else where in the bible, but after this passage, nothing was said of her again. It is your level of sacrifice that determines your height of relevance. The workings of God depends on following His principle. No matter your years of salvation, if you neglect God’s principle, people that obeyed those principles will surely overtake you.

Let me quickly share what I read about Aliko Dangote’s prophetic link with Benson Idahosa and T.L Osborn in “The African Apostles ” authored by Leke Beecroft with you.

Born on April 10, 1957 in the then Northern Region (Kano State) Aliko Dangote was born to Mohammed Dangote and Mariya Sanusi Dantata. An ethnic Hausa from Kano State, he showed his love for business by selling sweets even in primary school.
As a teenager, he began to work for his uncle, Sani Dangote and it was said of him that he served diligently. Sometime in 1977 and after his 20th birthday, he approached his uncle and master and told him about his plan to establish a business outfit which would trade in cement, sugar, rice, pasta, salt, cotton, millet, vegetable oil and other products. His uncle provided a loan of N500,000 but gave a caveat to Aliko to return the loan within a deadline of three-months(this was the practice at the time).
Dangote first of all relocated to Lagos in June 1977, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, also, he then began to travel around Nigeria to develop a strong distribution channel for the quick and efficient delivery of his products.
A few years earlier, the Benin Airport had been constructed. This served as one of his routes to the Niger-Delta or South-South area of Nigeria.

Benin, formerly known as the City of Blood was then experiencing a great revival through 39 year old Benson Andrew Idahosa, a Bini man, who was established as a young Christian in the Assemblies of God and now pastored the Church of God Mission. Idahosa who had recently returned from a missionary school in America had established strong links with a number of pastors such as Gordon Lindsay, Jim Bakker and T.L Osborn among others.

Tommy Lee Osborn, one of the greatest evangelists in modern times had first responded to Benson Idahosa’s letters in 1962. Subsequently, a solid relationship was established over the years resulting in Osborn’s visits with his wife, Daisy to Benin on a few occasions, either for his crusades or specifically to Idahosa’s Church.

Of all the visits however, one specific visit in the late 1970s was very unique. T.L and Daisy Osborn had stayed late ministering at the Miracle Centre of Church of God Mission just opposite the Airport. They therefore went late to catch their flight to Lagos which was supposed to be a connecting flight from Johannesburg to France, England and then the USA.
By the time Idahosa took his guests to the airport, they were told that the last flight for the day was overbooked. Not one seat was available, the passengers had boarded and the flight about to take off.
Not only that, the jetliner had begun to taxi towards the runway. Benson Idahosa’s new mercedes sped towards the tarmac and screeched to a halt in front of the plane. Benson Idahosa came out and waved at the pilot frantically.
The plane stopped and the steps were lowered as the pilot came down to know what the issue was. Idahosa began “I have two of God’s important servants who must go to Lagos”. “But we are loaded to capacity. Every seat is full” said the captain. “Never mind.
Let me on board. They all know me; they see ‘Redemption Hour’ (Idahosa’s TV program).
Let me talk to them”. Idahosa obliged, climbed into the plane and walked down the crowded aisles. The passengers were annoyed. He prayed silently as he returned to the front. He turned round, facing the passengers and started “Excuse me friends, I have two of God’s special servants in my car. They must go to Lagos today on this plane. Two of you will get off now so God’s servants can board. God bless you. He waited a minute, no one moved. The silence showed annoyance by the impatient passengers. Some pretended to be asleep and others it seemed were praying. Idahosa slowly walked the aisle again. As he approached the rear, a young man rose from the back of the plane and asked the person sitting next to him to get up. Yes, said Idahosa pointing, you can go tomorrow. You can travel later he said, pointing to the other man. They both gathered their belongings and proceeded from the plane.
Benson Idahosa stopped the first man in the aisle of the plane. He asked him, “Young man, what is your name and what do you do?”
“My name is Aliko Dangote and this is my assistant” the young man replied. “I am a trader, a businessman”. Impressed. Benson Idahosa responded, “The World will get up for you” the mostly Christian passengers responded “Amen”. “My God will bless you! God will take you and your business beyond Africa and bless you beyond measure”.
Just before descending the steps, Idahosa turned and raised his hands with tears in his eyes, praised the Lord and blessed the remaining passengers for their patience. They all broke out in spontaneous clapping. See you on ‘Redemption Hour’ this Sunday evening he said. They clapped as T.L and Daisy Osborn boarded for the subsequent flight.
The world has since stood up for that twenty something year old man.
(EXTRACTED FROM – The African Apostles:Volume 1 by Leke Beecroft (Patriarchs and Pacesetters))

To attain true greatness, you must be determined to live a sacrificial life, to do what is not convenience for others to do, and that is the best way to be ahead in life. To some, the sacrifice to pay is to add discipline to their prayer life, to some it is to add fasting. To some, it is to sow financial seed and the likes. So Ruth decided to sacrifice all her personal ambition, family ties and;
“ clave unto her. 15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. 16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: {Intreat…: or, Be not against me} 17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. 18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her. {was…: Heb. strengthened herself}” Ruth.1:14c-18

To live a determined life is to move out of your comfort zone. The reason why many had not become better than they are, is because of laziness and love for pleasure. Ruth was determined to let go of her pleasure, comfort, value and everything to pursue the vision of making global impact. Don’t forget that Ruth has a mother, relatives and probably siblings because she did not appear frustrated at any point but she let go of everything. However, she forsake all this to follow a woman who does not appear to have any hope, no wonder why she made it to God’s guiness book of record.

May be you don’t know what it means for Ruth to be named among the ancestors of Jesus Christ along with great people like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon and the likes. Let me quickly remind you something about Ruth, she was a Moabites and as a Moabitess; two significant things were standing against her, the first things is that her ancestor was a product of incest,
“And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.”Gen.19:30 – 37.
The second thing is that they were forbidden from entering into the camp of the children of Isreal, not to talk of courting covenant with them,

“3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever: 4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee.” Deut.23:3-4.

But her determination changed the equation, by the time we get to the book of Matt.1:5, we saw “ And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;”Matt.1:5

I pray for you this day, you will break record positively in your generation. God will use your life to rewrite your family history in the name of Jesus.
…to be continued in the next edition.

Hope you have been blessed by this teaching, join me in the next edition. God bless you.
(THIS MESSAGE IS CULLED OUT FROM OLAWALE OJEWUMI’S BOOK TITLED– THE POWER OF DETERMINATION )
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Olawale Ojewumi is an insightful and seasoned teacher of God’s word. He is called of God into ministry with a commission to raise generational leaders that will do things in God’s way for global influence and transformation. By the special grace of God, he has served in several leadership capacities and these include the State President of the Redeemed Christian Corper’s Fellowship (RCCF) Taraba State chapter during his NYSC year. He is an ordained minister with the Redeemed Christian Church of God where he currently serves as pastor in charge of a youth church and the Assistant Provincial Youth Pastor in charge of community and social responsibility ( APYP CSR). As a dynamic leader, olawale ojewumi is committed to practical christianity that affords everyone who has a link with him the opportunity to discover, develop and maximize their life and potential to be a positive influence in all walks of life. He is also the convener of DOMINION GATHERING; an interdenominational programme designed by God to raise believers who will not bow to circumstances, modernization, natural limitations or demonic forces to live lesser than their God ordained destiny. He is happily married to Olutayo Ojewumi and they are blessed with wonderful children.

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