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Sermon #105: Pursue, Overtake, Recover!

It struck me one day.

Here I was, walking down the street, when suddenly my mind’s voice encouraged me with these words: “Phanuel, you must understand that you have never lost out on anything in life.”

I stopped and asked myself, “So what has been happening?” The voice said, “You have been gaining, gaining, gaining. All the things that you thought you had missed out on are actually in a ‘bank’ account from which you are free to withdraw both the principal sum plus compound interest.”

This to me was like a breath of fresh, fragrant air! Quite inspiring a message - a totally transformed way to look at life and living. What I thought was gone was not actually gone? Everything is dependent on what one chooses to believe about their life?

I used to think in terms of spilled milk and water that's gone down the drain; but this paradigm had completely changed my lenses.

I had spent a number of years thinking I was losing out. When I failed to get the job that I desired, I thought I had lost out. When a project that I started failed mid-way, I thought I had lost out. When I fell sick, I thought I had lost out on health. I just thought I had lost out.

But here I was, being lectured on the correct perspective to the issues of life. The voice said, “You have never lost out on anything in life.”

I had to make a choice after I heard the voice. I either had to believe the voice, or ignore it, and each of the choices was going to have far-reaching consequences on my life.

I chose to believe the voice. “So what has been happening?” I asked. “You’ve been gaining.” Oh how excited I was! It was like I was awakening from some kind of sleep only to discover that a new day had dawned.

I have been gaining? I have been banking? I have never lost out on anything? I am free to withdraw not only the principal sum, but also the compound interest? Glory to God! I truly love this.

I have learnt this great lesson; the state of a person’s life is strongly dependent on how they view their past, present and future. It is a function of how one defines the things that happen to them, the things that don't happen to them, the circumstances that befall them, the circumstances that don't befall them, the doors that open before them, the doors that remain shut before them, or any other developments in their environment.

It is also a function of the ingredients of one's vocabulary.

For example, whenever I thought and said, “I lost out,” I really felt that way and lived that way, and my life was badly affected by this kind of attitude. Just the thought made me weak and unambitious.

But now that I believe I have never lost out on anything, and that I can never lose anything, I am like a brand new person. I now think that it’s bad to continue using the same kind of vocabulary. I also think it’s evil to even entertain similar thoughts.

As a Christian, I have the ability to pursue, overtake and recover. That's the foundation of my mindset. One's view of life must be based on something; mine is based on Christ the Rock.

If I fail to use my ability, I will live like one who never had the ability. If I fail to use my wisdom, I will be considered to be one without it.

It is also possible to miss something that one thought was great, for something that indeed is far much better! When God protects you from yourself, that becomes a profitable loss!

I am a child of God. Whatever belongs to my Father belongs to me. My Father has never lost out on anything. In fact, He cannot lose out. He is the Creator. The Creator cannot lose out on anything that He created, because if it were to happen He would simply create a trillion of the same kind.

Do you now see how the principal sum and the compound interest come into being? Do you believe that one can reap in multiples during a year of drought?

Satan is a liar and an enemy of everything good; he is against every form of progress. Satan fights against a positive frame of mind and godly positions. In reality, the Satan-induced thoughts result in false positions.

You've got to be careful where you draw your inspiration and information from. You either go with God or go with Another. God’s positions are directly opposite those of the devil. God’s training is totally different. The fruits that one obtains from associating with God are totally different from those obtained from associating with the devil. In God you get ‘day’. In the devil it is a ‘night of pitch darkness’ always.

From today, never say, “I lost out on money-making opportunities.” Never say, “I lost out on good health.” Don’t say, “I do not think I can salvage my relationship with my parents.” Never say, "I lost out on education".

Never entertain the thought that your relationship with God has been irreparably damaged, or that God will never accept you as His child after all that you've been up to. Never entertain such ideas! You need to embrace the mindset of pursuing, overtaking and recovering everything that is of benefit to you.

The important thing is that you've got an opportunity to complete a withdrawal slip - to take appropriate and well-calculated action towards achieving your life goals. That's the key.

On the slip you should write something like:
  • Nothing can separate me from God.
  • I claim all outstanding opportunities with interest.
  • I take back 200% control over my health and wealth.
  • Even though we now do not see eye to eye, my parents and I are going to have the best relations of our lives.
After this you've got to sign the withdrawal slip and hand it to the 'bank teller'.

But you need to be sure of your ground. You need the right attitude if you are to turn your desires into reality. If you doubt, you certainly will fall short.

Take charge of your spiritual life. Take charge of your health. Take charge of your wealth. Take charge of your relations. Take charge of your present and future, at the same time drawing lessons from your past.

It's time to withdraw the principal sum plus the compound interest. Are you ready?

You need to turn that situation around, to the glory of God the Father!

God bless!