The other day, I heard someone remarked that if you keep mentioning the exploits you did on campus, then you are not making progress. While, I see what he said as an encouragement to press into greater things, I also see, in that statement, a subtle strategy of the devil to make people forget where they are coming from.

Friend, your success is in your story. If you are quick to forget where you are coming from and how God has been faithful to you in the past, you would be running away from the Goliath that you should be running towards (1 Samuel 17:32-37). This was the secret of David. He knew where he was coming from. He recounted his past success with God. He remembered the strategy. He had learned the principle.

“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). David knew that platforms and problems may change, but principles remain the same. What worked then would still work now if you know how to work it. What have you learnt in and with God? How have you faced previous financial challenges? How did you overcome obstacles in the past?

“Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto has the LORD helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12). This is a Kingdom of memorials. There must be some “Ebenezer Stones” in your journey of destiny that reminds you of pervious divine helps. If God helped you then, He would sure help you now (Psalms 46:1). Don’t discard old principles because of new problems.

God is a God of patterns (Exodus 25:9). What pattern has He established with you? What were your past experiences with Him like? Don’t put off the microphone; share your story. In your story lies your strength and confidence. In your story lies the tool to mesmerize the devil (Philippians 1:28). In your story lies your credibility. You need to have a reference point for you to be a reference.

Don’t be ashamed to share your story. If it worked in the prison, it would work in the palace (Genesis 41:16). If it worked in the desert, it would work in the city (1 Samuel 17:37). If it worked on campus, it would work outside campus. The problem is that people go through life without learning. Every blessing comes with a lesson; enjoy the blessing but learn the lesson. When you do this, the blessing can be repeated.

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