Paul said all things are lawful but not all things are expedient. This simply means we should be disciplined enough to avoid certain opportunities even if we seem deem fit to enjoy it. It means eat every food we see even if we have enough money to buy it.
My people said we don’t consume salt in large volume because it’s affordable. If you really want to finish strong, you must have accountability partner. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo once said “You can not know the true nature of man until after he had been tested with MONEY, POWER AND WOMEN.
Talk is cheap. God gave gifts unto men but don’t forget GIFTS of the Spirit is not the same as the FRUITS of the Spirit. Unfortunately many get carried away and hence they throw caution to the wind at the expense of the fruits.
As we daily climb the ladder of success, we should not forget the higher you climb, the more exposed you become. Nobody cares much when a man in the crowd stumbles and fumbled. But all eyes see you when you fall like Humpty Dumpty from up the ladder.
The higher people praise you, the more careful you must become especially if you have declared your identity to the world as a child of God. The children of the devil have mastered how to cover up each other’s nakedness but not so with God’s children.
My dear brother, your brethren are looking for the next big news of who fell. You don’t need to hate them but rather love them. Most importantly, BE CAREFUL. BE WATCHFUL. NEVER LOSE YOUR GUARDS.
As you strive for mastery. As you go about your hustles. As you begin to see financial results and you begin to shine. When you don’t need hands me down gifts again. Please note, those who used to give you used clothes, shoes, bags and foodstuffs becomes angry just because of the Adamic nature in them.
Be careful. Keep your head up but your shoulders down. Maintain a low profile. The richer you become, the more disciplined you must become. Money, power and women are very strong forces. If you don’t have a predetermined culture of self discipline, you will surely crash.
Stop arguing. Stop bragging. Share your testimonies with tact and wisdom. Help people anonymously and promote God’s kingdom without public announcement. I was shocked when I saw a man who donated N1b for a kingdom project in Redemption Camp.
I was shocked to see Dangote with heavy security protocols like our politicians. He came down from his private jet carrying his briefcase into a car waiting for him outside. No noise. No “GRA GRA”. I stood and asked someone: “is that Dangote? Is that the man building the one of the biggest refineries in the world at the whooping cost of over $25billion?”
“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real”. Thomas Merton.
LET ME LEAVE YOU WITH THIS THREE ADVICE IF YOU REALLY WANT TO AVOID PRESSURE THAT MAY DRIVE YOU INTO PLEASURES THAT MAY TAKE AWAY YOUR TREASURES.
1: ALWAYS INTENTIONALLY TAKE YOURSELF AWAY FROM THE CENTER SPOTS.
You see, some people just like being the baby in the naming ceremonies, bride at weddings and the corpse in funerals. Each time they attend any function, they always wish to be the celebrant.
It’s a huge temptation from satan. 🏃🏾♂️ Run from that attitude. Learn to hide especially as your two plus two starts giving you four. As your hustles begin to add up, be careful.
2: HELP PEOPLE WHO CAN NOT PAY YOU BACK MORE THAN THOSE WHO CAN:
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their maker, but WHOEVER IS KIND TO THE NEEDY HONOURS GOD. Proverbs:14:31.
Sadly, the white man knows this better than the blacks. The whites use NGOs to help the poor indeed while the blacks use it to take from the poor. I have no confidence in any black man’s NGO. He is looking for white donors to deceive.
That’s why Carnegie Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and many others will never run out of resources. It’s laid on the principles helping the needy in deed.
3: WATCH YOUR APPETITE EVEN IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT MANY TIMES OVER.
The very time to be careful is when you can afford any sin. Sin is sin. It’s sweet but it kills. It’s appealing but it has grave consequences. There is a level a man gets to which it’s not the girl that is the temptation but YOU.
When YOU become your own temptation, be careful. James:1:13 says
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.
© JFK Abiona