Make the Word of God your in­struc­tion book

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Chris­tians’ wealth cre­ation

Itai Cha­punza

WE are peo­ple. The great­est of all of God’s cre­ation but we have let the devil use dif­fer­ent things to tell us we are less. For some it may have been a teacher, for oth­ers a par­ent, guardian or friend that told them they are dull, or not gifted. Truth is, this is a lie from the pit of hell. We are great be­yond you can com­pre­hend, if only you would make the word of God your in­struc­tion book.

What the word does is un­veil what God has de­posited deep in your spirit. This is your gift­ing or your call­ing. If the world pop­u­la­tion swelled up to a tril­lion peo­ple to­day, God will have a tril­lion gifts to give out. In fact, for each per­son born, God has a gift specif­i­cally for them. He does not end there.

If you are a good stew­ard to the first gift, He adds more gifts to you be­cause He says if you are faith­ful with lit­tle, He will en­trust you with more. More­over you are free to ask for more gift­ing from the Lord. But in ask­ing from God ex­pect one of three an­swers. Yes, no and wait.

The first gift that you are born with is your task in the world. It is what God cre­ated you for. None of us is born just to eat, sleep and wait to die. We are born for a far greater pur­pose that we only come to know from God. No one’s birth is a mis­take. It may have been a mis­take to your par­ents, but with God noth­ing is an ac­ci­dent. Re­gard­less of the cir­cum­stances of your birth, it is not a mis­take.

You are born at the ap­pointed time, in the ap­pointed place, to the ap­pointed mother, in the ap­pointed na­tion. All the de­tails of your birth are care­fully cho­sen by God. They are struc­tured to best na­ture the pur­pose of your birth and ex­is­tence on earth. What then makes the big dif­fer­ence in each in­di­vid­ual is whether you choose to walk in God’s will for you or you be­lieve the devil’s lie that you are good for noth­ing. The choice is yours. God will not vi­o­late free will.

The day Man­dela came to un­der­stand that he is not just a lawyer to free a few peo­ple one at a time in courts his life changed. He be­gan to see him­self as one that could free an en­tire na­tion. He be­came a Moses of his gen­er­a­tion. Take your­self more se­ri­ously, you are rare on this earth, there is no one else like you. Ro­mans 8 verse 19 The cre­ation waits in ea­ger ex­pec­ta­tion for the sons of God to be re­vealed.

The world is ea­ger for the sons of the Most High to be re­viled for two rea­sons. The first is for their light to shine and their salt to give the world flavour. I say this be­cause the Bi­ble says we are the light and salt of the world. A child of God ex­plores his gift to the max­i­mum. It is ac­tu­ally do­ing the world a dis­ser­vice when you sit on your tal­ents and do noth­ing about them. The world ea­gerly awaits you to re­alise who you are.

We fight for the gifts in us to man­i­fest and at the time they do, the mark left on the world is great. If there is one thing we must learn very quickly it’s that no one can read the Bi­ble on your be­half. No one can seek a re­la­tion­ship with God on your be­half. You have to do it your­self. Be­cause we chil­dren of God ideally should not sit on our call­ings and gifts, the world waits in ea­ger an­tic­i­pa­tion for the sons of God to be re­vealed. Ne­hemiah 4 verse 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the of­fi­cials and the rest of the peo­ple, “Don’t be afraid of them. Re­mem­ber the Lord, who is great and awe­some, and fights for your broth­ers, your sons and your daugh­ters, your wives and your homes.”

Ne­hemiah is faced with a very com­mon type of prob­lem in this par­tic­u­lar in­stance. King­doms sur­round­ing Jerusalem are threat­en­ing to at­tack them for build­ing the wall. It wor­ries them to see a na­tion get­ting back on its feet after such a great fall. In cases where neg­a­tive words of fail­ure have been drilled deep into our minds by peo­ple, we tend to be our own en­emy.

Like the other na­tions around Ne­hemiah felt threat­ened by the man­i­fes­ta­tion of God’s will in Jerusalem, we too threaten our in­stilled na­ture by be­ing what God says you are. This fight nor­mally starts in our minds as four sim­ple words. Those words are “what will peo­ple say”.

When­ever you think of be­ing your­self and show­cas­ing your unique gift, you think of how it will re­flect on what peo­ple know about you. Most of what peo­ple know about you is your in­stilled na­ture. I call it in­stilled na­ture be­cause it is what you have al­lowed so­ci­ety to in­stil in you. You have be­come that way not be­cause it is re­ally what you are, but be­cause you have set aside who you are and have be­come what is con­ve­nient and at­trac­tive at the time. Some­times in­stilled na­ture is what you get from those you as­so­ciate with and what you as­pire to be.

It usu­ally has noth­ing to do with your God-given gift. If you are known for be­ing a big spender in a par­tic­u­lar bar ev­ery week­end, it threat­ens this in­stilled na­ture when the gift in you says “sit down and write a book” on a day you are ex­pected to be spend­ing big bucks in a bar.

Your mind im­me­di­ately be­gins to show you rea­sons why you must go. It could say some­thing like “peo­ple will think you are broke”. So what scares you most is the man­i­fes­ta­tion of your gift be­cause of what peo­ple will say. This fear of be­ing dif­fer­ent has killed many gifts.

For fear of be­ing them­selves, most peo­ple have then searched of some­one else’s race that looks in­ter­est­ing and made it theirs. So peo­ple are busy try­ing to be other peo­ple. That is why ev­ery­one is try­ing to be Bill Gates, oth­ers are try­ing to be Mark Zucker­berg, a good chunk of be­liev­ers are try­ing to be their pas­tor. In a bid to be these peo­ple we read mo­ti­va­tional books that give us steps to be­ing this and that and ne­glect the Word of God that will un­cover who you truly are.

So many peo­ple are try­ing to re­pro­duce an­other suc­cess­ful per­son’s life in their own yet they are to­tally dif­fer­ent from them. Even after years of read­ing books of how to be a rich per­son in steps you still can’t pay rent on time and have no clear pic­ture of where you must be. All this is be­cause we have not al­lowed the word to teach us who we are.

We are still try­ing to be the suc­cess­ful per­son we see on tele­vi­sion. In all this ef­fort we at­tract more and more fail­ure be­cause we are busy do­ing what we were never cre­ated to do. That is why it all seems too hard. Run your own race, fight your own bat­tles, you are not your friend. You are you.

If your friend mar­ried at twenty seven, it does not mean you too should do the same. You do what you are called for. Oth­ers are haunted by their school mates seem­ingly do­ing bet­ter than them in what­ever thing, but they for­get one thing. Shar­ing a class does not mean­ing shar­ing a des­tiny with some­one. We are anointed and gifted to do dif­fer­ent things.

If we are in­deed the body of Christ, would it make sense if then the whole body was just the hand. It is a fight you will def­i­nitely lose if you try and be some­one else. This I can guar­an­tee you. If you do suc­ceed, it is nor­mally with ex­treme dif­fi­culty and there is no in­ter­nal drive to keep go­ing.

Peo­ple ask me why my teach­ings are not like of those of other peo­ple. Most of them seek to ad­vise me to teach like this or that par­tic­u­lar per­son. I al­ways say I’m not other peo­ple, I am me. Thus I don’t work like them. I work like me. If you ask any of the peo­ple I went to school with, they will tell you I have al­ways had my own agenda.

I never found it fair that I had to fit into a cer­tain ex­pected stan­dard of be­hav­iour. This of­ten caused other students to sin­gle me out. A lot of peo­ple made fun of me, but one thing I al­ways wanted was to be my­self. I never dated out of pres­sure from any­one. I’m not mar­ry­ing out of pres­sure from any­one.

I do things at my pace and ac­cord­ing to my call­ing and abil­i­ties. It is good to ad­mire ac­com­plished peo­ple and read widely about them, but it is wrong to try and be them. You are not them, you are your­self. You can be a great per­son in your way.

Ev­ery great thing comes at a price. Try and be your­self for a while. Drop things you have been forc­ing your­self to do be­cause of so­ci­ety ex­pec­ta­tions. Drop what­ever you are truly not in­ter­ested in.

Seek out what you love do­ing, seek out the gift of God in you. Go after that. When you do this, ex­pect two things. The first is ridicule. Peo­ple will laugh, mock, and try and ad­vise you to come back to your senses.

What they mean by come back to your senses is, con­form to so­ci­ety ex­pec­ta­tions and don’t dig into your spirit to ex­hume the gift God has given you. Sec­ondly ex­pect to en­joy your­self. The joy that comes with ex­plor­ing your gift is un­matched by any­thing. It is thrilling. This is why I can work for hours with no prob­lem be­cause I’m do­ing what the Lord has or­dained me to do. Be a good stew­ard to the gift God has given you. Stay blessed.

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