Just recently, someone who has known me way back from campus days called me. After mentioning his name, he asked, “Sir, can you still remember me?” I responded, “very well!” I then went ahead to give a brief run down of what I know about him. He responded, “wow! I thought since you are high up there you won’t remember people like us again, you dazed me sir.”

Friend, don’t be a victim of Success Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Saul was so established on the throne that he forgot where God took him from. He presumed that since he’s high up there he could do what feels right to him; he fell for the STD of disobedience (1 Samuel 15:17-19). David felt he has trained enough people in warfare that he needed not to go to the battle field at the time kings go for war (2 Samuel 11:1-5). He fell for the STD of presumption; he delegated warfare (prayer) at the wrong time. This led to the major dent in his walk with God.

Perhaps, Joseph understood how to handle success more than anyone else. He had the opportunity to use his position to revenge on his brothers, but he took the high road of forgiveness. He did not harbour bitterness. He saw his placement in life as the sheer grace of God that he must not take credit for; he was quick to forgive (Genesis 50:19-21).

You are truly a successful man or woman if you can handle Wealth, Wisdom and Strength correctly. This is why wealthy, wise and strong people are ready victim of STDs if not properly discipled. You must learn to glory in your walk with the Lord, not in your acquisition in life (Jeremiah 9:23-24). You must pursue the Giver and not the gift. You must prove yourself qualified and ready for the next level of God’s blessings.

You must give God the liberty to bless and lift you without losing you. For a lot of people, it is not the devil keeping them small, it is God waiting for them to come to a place in heart and posture where He can safely lift them up. God will always test you before he promotes you (Genesis 22:1-18). When you pass your tests with God, you will have your testimony.

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria