As a young undergraduate, I listened to our senior friends come to speak to us about life after campus. I always felt uncomfortable when I hear words like; “When you leave campus, you would face reality out there.” I assured myself that what I’m facing then on campus is reality. I only need to transpose the experience to life after campus.

Friend, when it comes to the journey of Faith, your experiences are very important. Most times, we forget what God has done in the past so we cannot believe Him for the present. This is why we are commanded to “forget not”. Apart from this helping us to thank God correctly, it is also to stir up our faith (Psalms 103:2).

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalms 103:2). The truth of the matter is, no matter who you are and where you are, the Lord has been good to you before. Don’t allow the bigness of the present challenges to rob you of your remembrance of past victories. Since God has done it before, He would sure do it again. Testimonies are powerful weapons of victory (Revelation 12:11).

“David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine…”(1 Samuel 17:37). What has God delivered you from? What has God done for you in the past? Every experience you have had with God is already a seed for future experiences; to waste the experience is to waste the seed and truncate the future.

Don’t waste your experiences. Don’t listen to those who want to talk you out of your experiences (1 Samuel 17:33). You need to own your experiences with God. You need to appreciate, celebrate and use them. It may appear little to others but it must not be little in your eyes. If God ever made a way in the past, leverage that for the present. If He ever provided for you in the past, you can believe Him to do it again.

“He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel” (Psalms 103:7).
In life, there are blessings and there are lessons. Behind every blessing is a lesson; you need to take the lessons while you enjoy the blessings. It is those who learn the lesson around the blessing that can repeat the blessing. The lessons are the ways of God while the blessings are the acts of God (Psalms 103:7).

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