You can succeed even in difficult times – Cleric assures




Rev. William Okoye, the General Overseer, All Christians Fellowship Mission (ACFM) says it is possible to succeed even at difficult times.

Okoye gave the assurance in his message on Sunday in Abuja, as churches resume worship following the Federal Government’s directive on religious gatherings.

The cleric said that it was imperative to know that one would succeed in spite of difficult times, especially as COVID-19 pandemic had rendered many people poor and adversely affected economies of the world.

The cleric in his message titled: “How to succeed in difficult times” took his texts from 1 Peter 5: 8-11 and 1 Cor. 10: 13.

He said that times were indeed hard, adding that nothing that happened to a genuine Christian that God was not aware of even before it occurred.

“Before we were conceived in our mother’s womb, God knew everything about us; both the good and bad as well as the ugly, and he had a plan already to take care of us provided we love and serve him.

“It doesn’t matter whatever situation we find ourselves; that’s why the Bible says in Romans 8: 12 that ‘all things works together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them’.

“So, the question is not about what you are going through but do you really love God? If you love him, then whatever it is you face in life will ultimately work out with God’s plan and purpose for your life.

“We see the two scriptures from our texts all talking about the activities of the devil. Most of the challenges we face directly or indirectly are usually linked to the devil.

“This is because his ministry is to make life miserable as possible for us all. Jesus Christ said in John 10:10, “the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I come that they may have life and have it abundantly.

“1 Peter 5: 8-11 also speaks of everyone around the world going through the same difficult challenges; both Christians and people of other faiths alike,” he said.

Okoye, however, said that in every crisis, there were  always two things involved; danger and opportunities.

“An author once said that every problem contains a seed of its own solution and that is the truth which is also highlighted in 1 Cor. 10: 13.

“All these point to the fact that even in the midst of this pandemic, there are opportunities in which one can take advantage of to advance in life.

“So that what the enemy meant for evil, you will use it as an opportunity to rise,” he said.

Okoye listed out 12 ways in which one could succeed in difficult times as follows: “Having faith in God, spending time in prayers and study of the word of God and totally yielding oneself to the Holy Spirit for inspiration and direction.’’

Others are “good planning of one’s life, using what you have to achieve what you want, staying informed, working hard and smart as well as partnership with others.’’

The cleric said that one must be able to manage his or her resources properly, give generously, be contented and never give up.

“A lot of good things in life do not come easy and as fast as we usually want them to but if we are patient and persevere, whatever God has planned and purposed for your life will come to pass.

“In these very difficult and challenging times that we are in and may face in the future, I want to assure you that God has already gone ahead of us.

“If we know these things and do them, He will see us through and give us testimonies in the midst of all our various challenges,” he said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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