THEREFORE RUN…

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“Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.”” (2Kgs.4.22)

“Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.” (Hab.2.2)

“Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.”

(1Cor.9.26) (All Emphasis mine)

Therefore run! This is what God expects of us, once we catch the fire of a vision, especially one from heaven.

This is the ultimate desired outcome of this book.

This particular section of the book will address three very important issues: one, answers to questions about the authenticity of this book and the writer; two, circumstances leading to the writing of this book, showcasing its importance; and three, the crucial next steps for the readers. 

Why should you believe this message?

As I stated earlier, I’m not a well-known preacher (I’m not even one, at all), evangelist or founder of a large church. So, why should anyone think twice about the claims I made in this book?

Well, because it is true. Absolutely true. And God can bear me witness on that!

The strongest reasonable point I can make in my own defense is this: I’m not the pastor/founder of a church or any religious organization. I’m not looking for a crowd of followers or financial contributors. I therefore have no reason to waste my time trying to share a difficult, unlikely message like this one. If money or fame was the goal, I can write sensational masterpieces with great market appeal. And there are other, easier ways of making money too; I have no need to create a false message or deceive people.

But, the things of God are beyond reason. They don’t always make sense in the human mind. And that is made deliberately so by God. After all, it is written: “At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.” (Matt.11.25). Babes are those who accept the things of God like a child, with humility and childlike trust and excitement. In the heart; not with the mind.

Also: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1Cor.2.14)

And: “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2Cor.11.3).

So, I beseech you, to make time to pray to God to confirm the genuineness of this message, and to humble yourself enough to receive the true answer from the Holy Spirit. If you are convinced in your spirit to accept it; do. But if not, you can ignore and discard it. Not everyone is called or chosen; and there is no message of God that is meant for all people. I have no doubt that those for whom the Lord has prepared this will surely receive it and run with it.

I have held this truth in my heart for more than seven years now, and its fire still burns brightly. I know that God will not let me rest until the work is done.

Please do not throw this away as a lie, simply because of past experiences or whatever your mind tells you. Confirm its authenticity and prepare to run with it. The prosperity of our land is important to our fulfillment as God’s people. We have been crying for a better nation and better Africa all this while. If God has decided to finally answer us and move us forward, should we then miss the opportunity simply because we do not believe the messenger and reject the message when it comes?

20 Do not despise prophecies.

21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.

(1Thess 5:20-21)

Why this book is written

I was in the wilderness for seven years; I stated this earlier. But it was not just in my personal life; my divine assignment was also affected. Because the vision was for an appointed time. And until that time comes, everything will seem like a fruitless struggle.

Since the calling in 2013, I’ve visited secondary schools with proposals to speak to their students to inspire and motivate them; I’ve started a free blog and then moved it to my own registered domain and website – twice. I submitted proposals to churches for free speaking engagements with their youths; I’ve attempted to organize meetings, seminars and conferences for young people. I even attempted a community-wide training with a trainer-pastor on wealth creation, with at least decent publicity. Then I tried to do the work with books.

All failed!

At a time, I literally felt God must have hated me and only assigned me the work just to punish and humiliate me. Thank God I was wrong.

I was experiencing the same struggle in my personal life. I didn’t expect this. Because after I returned to God and recommitted my life to Him, the experience was very pleasant. God was quick to accept me and gave me flight spiritually.

First, the Holy Spirit illuminated me while studying the bible one morning. I was reading about Abraham from Genesis when the Holy Spirit in a sweet whisper said to me: “You are the seed of Abraham; you are a prophet like Abraham your father.”

Of course, I argued. I was just being restored from years of being a wandering Christian. How can I be a prophet? This cannot be. I’m not even an ordained church worker.

But the Holy Spirit assured me. He explained that Abraham was neither a priest (the equivalent of pastor in those days), but a livestock farmer, yet he was the first person that God called a prophet in the bible. “Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet…” (Gen.20:7). To further prove how Abraham was far from being a priest, He told me that Melchizedek (called a priest forever) was sent to collect tithes from him as Abraham was not qualified to receive them. He also taught me that while pastors work specifically in churches, a prophet can be called by God from any field: David, a king; Joseph, a politician; Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, farmers; some pastors also double as prophets. The common quality was that a prophet has a special, unique assignment to carry out for God. Prophets are like God’s tools to enforce specific purposes of His on earth.

And so, I was a prophet, ordained by the Holy Spirit Himself.

And then, there was the anointing; the spirit of prayer and righteousness; unusual insight into the word of God; visions; unusual love for God, His kingdom, work and people. Fears were dispelled until I practically feared nothing. My prayers got speedy, almost instant, answers all the time. The Holy Spirit talked to me everywhere – during prayers, in the bathroom, on the road, everywhere. And the spirit of giving also came on me. I loved God so much I took everything of value that I had and sacrificed all to Him. I honestly mean all! – TVs, laptops, phones, money; as He asked, I gave with great joy.

Until the night of Monday, 23rd December, 2013 when, in a vision, God gave me an irreversible blessing. This was precisely 12 days after the visitation that I discussed earlier, where my divine purpose was delivered to me. This was after I was instructed to sacrifice something that I had considered would open the door to my breakthrough (remember I said I had returned to God broke, broken and battered?). That instruction was painful to obey, but by the grace of God, I obeyed.

And that night, God gave me an encounter again. I’ll spare you the details, but the bottom line is, God blessed me and told me that that day, He had brought me into a realm of great men of God, “where everything you lay your hands upon shall prosper and all the desires of your heart shall be granted.”

That sounded like the breakthrough I’d been expecting. I was certain that in a matter of days, the world would witness the manifestation of a man truly blessed by God. But, even though I didn’t know it at the time, that vision was also for an appointed time. You can imagine the confusion as days turned to weeks, to months and then years. I waited but waiting got more difficult with time, especially as the financial challenge seemed only to get worse, and all I was getting from God were promises. I experienced discouragement and frustration.

This caused a major problem for me at a time between 2018-2020. It was the most challenging period for me as a Christian and servant of God. I almost gave up. And it wasn’t until late 2020 that God began to reveal to me that that wilderness experience would last for seven years. It was also during that time, that I began to get direction again as to what to do with my calling.

I started a podcast called “Rebuild Africa,” to promote a book with the same title. The book would reveal to God’s people what we must do to rebuild the continent of Africa, as God has granted me grace to understand. Since that time, I’ve only been playing around with the book; I just didn’t feel so excited about writing it.

Fast-forward to 2021 November. Even though I’m not where God promised to take me, I was finally leaving the wilderness for my promised land.

In the morning of the 9th of November, I had asked God to open to me the next chapter of His assignment for me. I had made the calling my life’s purpose, and it would make no sense for me to go forward personally while the work He sent me to do was lagging.

And while I was in the midst of praise and worship, I heard clearly the words: “God’s Vision for Africa”. I have never thought of that phrase before, not in relation to the assignment. I’ve always thought of my assignment as involving God’s instructions and wisdom, and the people’s obedience and responsibility, but not as a vision in God’s heart.

          Just moments before this experience, I’d been studying the bible. Since God had revealed to me that it was time that He was taking me into my promised land, I had decided to study the journey of the Israelites, to know what I was expected to do. And then I discovered that the children of Israel (who eventually perished in the wilderness) mostly did not obey God’s directives to possess the lands He had given them because they did not believe Him.

“Likewise, when the LORD sent you from Kadesh Barnea, saying, “Go up and possess the land which I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and you did not believe Him nor obey His voice.” (Deut.923) (Emphasis mine)    

That passage revealed to me the importance of faith in walking with God to possess one’s promised land. The generation of Israelites that left Egypt could not enter the promised land because they were afraid of the strong and mighty warriors of the land they were to possess – they did not believe God to give them victory and so they refused to obey His instructions to contend for the lands. No man would obey the instruction to fight a man stronger than he, unless he has the assurance (believes) that the one backing him can protect or deliver him.

So, when these words were given to me (and revealed that they were to be the title of a new book) the Holy Spirit linked this with the bible passage I just read about the children of Israel, and all of a sudden, it began to make sense. My hesitation at writing the book “Rebuild Africa” was because I wasn’t sure how the people would receive it. Would they believe me and take the instructions in the book seriously? Do people even still care enough about the land to be willing to follow God’s wisdom and instructions that the book would be discussing? This uncertainty is what had caused my delay and lack of excitement about writing the book.

And so, I believe, this new book is to be the precursor to “Rebuild Africa”. When the breakthrough and subsequent greatness of Africa is revealed as a vision in God’s heart, then those who accept that message would be more welcoming of another book with information on the things to do in the pursuit of that vision.

In other words, those who read this book “God’s Vision for Africa” and accept its message by faith and through confirmation by the Holy Spirit, would be much more receptive of “Rebuild Africa” when it eventually comes out. It’s important that the people understand and receive God’s vision for Africa first, before they would accept His wisdom and obey His instructions for pursuing that vision. When a people realize that they, by their works and sacrifices, would be aligning with God’s vision (which cannot fail), then their hope for the rebuilding and prosperity of Africa will be rekindled.

The Holy Spirit was so excited to give me this message that I couldn’t continue with the praise and worship. I had to take my journal and write down the thoughts and instructions on this book.

And I’m as excited as the Holy Spirit to get this book to print and into the readers’ hands.

Please, again, confirm the authenticity of the message of this book through prayer. I hope that you believe this vision of God for our land and receive the grace to run with it. It is the hope that we have of rebuilding Africa and making her a land that we, and our children, will be proud to call home. 

The crucial next steps

The breakthrough and prosperity of Africa is a vision in the heart of God, and so He wants it more than even you and I, because His purpose must be done. All that is required of us is just to cooperate with Him by playing our roles as necessary.  

                After asking God in prayer for about two weeks, how He would use motivational speaking to transform Africa and what exactly I was supposed to do to impact the people and create social change as a motivational speaker, the Holy Spirit instructed me one afternoon to take a bible and open it. He led me to Isaiah 61:

1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,

3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

(Isa 61:1-3)

Those verses of Scriptures above have become the terms of reference for my divine assignment. But the Holy Spirit also used that bible passage to assure me that my work as a motivational speaker was not to speak to make people feel good (as some people perceive motivational speaking) but to use the truths of Scripture to inspire God’s people and motivate them into godly actions. Thousands of years before, God gave the prophet Isaiah those words of motivation for His people Israel; and the same are words of prophecy concerning the coming Saviour – Jesus.

It is not the title of a speaker that matters (i.e., pastor, evangelist, motivational speaker, lawyer, or even titleless) but one, the source of their words; and two, the Spirit of God in the speaker, which determines the power backing their words. The transformative power in the word of God will work in the mouth of anyone who discovers them regardless of their title, if the Spirit of God is at work there – especially if such is sent.

I was called and sent to use the truth, wisdom and power in the word of God to raise an army of God’s people who will rise and bring about the transformation of Africa.

I remember, after having those words of scriptures showing me what I was expected to do, I still did not fully understand how the big change for Africa would happen. So, I returned to asking God. Again, the Holy Spirit referred me back to the same passage, only this time, I read further down the passage.

You know how if feels when you read a bible passage that you’ve read before, but now it seems to open up a whole new world of meaning to you? That was the feeling I got. Reading verses 1-3 of that passage earlier had shown me that my work has the potential to transform lives and change people. But just one verse further down the line, I was blown away by the awesomeness of God. How He can hide something in plain sight until He decides to reveal it.

“And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.” (Isa.61.4)

Did you read that right? Please read again.

If that is not a word for Africaold ruins, former desolations, ruined cities, desolations of many generations; all to be rebuiltthen what is? 

Reading that passage again assured me that If I do what I was called to do as written in verses 1-3, the Spirit of God will Himself raise, equip, and empower a generation of God’s people who will rebuild Africa.

What a great assurance: Knowing that God purposes it and that His Spirit will commit to fulfilling it!

Our work then is just to believe. The work may seem overwhelming and insurmountable. And it is, if we have to do it by ourselves. (This is why many have resorted to joining them since they cannot beat them). But it is the almighty God Who will do it. And with Him, all things are possible.

Specific instructions from God and the wisdom of God required to get His people in Africa to the promised land are contained in the book “Rebuild Africa” and this would, by the grace of God, be available soon. But a people that will obey the instructions of God – some of them scary (as it requires slaying of giants) and painful (as it might require personal sacrifices) – and submit to His wisdom, must first believe in the willingness of that God to help them.

And this is the ultimate purpose behind the writing of this book. God is not only willing to help us; He also desires that we do the work. A great and prosperous Africa is not just the desire of Africans; it is the vision of God that must come to pass. “God’s Vision for Africa” is therefore a forerunner for the coming instructions. Believe this vision, pray for its fulfillment, but very importantly, prepare your heart to receive and run with the instructions when they come.

“Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the LORD; “and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the LORD, “and work; for I am with you,’ says the LORD of hosts.” (Hag.2.4)

6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. (Zech 4:6)

If you truly love God, then you will take the message of this book seriously. Not minding the level of degradation in the land, you will cease to be among those who speak negatively about our continent, or your particular country, but rather speak life and prophesy change and prosperity to the land. You will also start living and conducting your affairs in a way that shows your new-found faith and vision for the land. Things may appear in the contrary now, but remember, it’s neither by sight nor according to our abilities, but by faith and the limitless ability of our God.

Let your love for God and country be your anchor.

“(Love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

(1Cor 13:7)

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