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We need to ask ourselves why our finger prints are never the same, and why is our DNA never the same? It inferred that each person uniquely possesses what it takes to be successful in life. You don’t need to borrow another man’s weapon to win your own battle. When David wanted to fight Goliath, the Bible states,

 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him” (1Sam. 17:38-39).

 The armor, the brass helmet and the coat of mail that were put on David became an encumbrance to him. In the first place, David never uses these gadgets of war before; secondly, it was a borrowed weapon of war – this was not his own divine endowed weapon. Not until he removes the gadgets, David could not move. It was then he uses what he knows how to use – sling shot, to kill Goliath; and then he was able to rush on the giant and cut of his head.

In spiritual practices, it is important to bear in mind that individual is different. what gift individual  has is not the same; some are good in prayer; some are good in the word of God; some are good in evangelizing; and many are blessed with different spiritual gifts: What works for one person may not work for another. There are infinite numbers of ways by which we can communicate to our God; there are many ministries today by which people try to get to our God. However, the surest way by which individual can get to our God is through our Lord Jesus Christ; the straight line and the shortest distance between us and Him. Since each person is different and is of different faith level, the same spiritual practices cannot be the same for all; but each of us is unique across some bounds.

Many Christians today dressed themselves in borrowed robes or covet other people’s ideas, strategies, gifts, etc.; even the ministers of God envies one another, and covets titles (bishop, overseer, pastor, evangelist, apostle, teacher and prophet) because they don’t know their calling or have no calling at all.

What it takes to be successful

God has given what it takes for every human being to be successful in life. But we need to lean on God to discover this. The Bible states that

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me” (Jn. 15:4).

Only in God through our Lord Jesus we can discover who we are and what our potential is. What then does it take to know what it takes to have success?

True success in life cannot occur apart from knowing and doing the will of God. Success or victory depends more on spiritual state and the degree of obedience to God’s plan for your life than leaning, copying or imitating others or man’s wisdom. Does it mean that others and man’s wisdom is not worth emulating? Not so; however, in order not to trail anyone, you must build and improve on any existing man’s wisdom.

Let me say this, nothing is wrong in doing what others are doing; however, a fight is not won on the amount of weapon one has or upon one’s strength, but by the backing of our omnipotent God. Moreover, no one has a breakthrough in business based on the amount of money or energy invested; neither is it based on the qualification or the technical know-how: But God in His power of abundance empowers us to tap into His wealth.

The Bible states,

“So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase” (1Cor.3:7).

Our effort is our responsibility; but success belongs to our God, and He gives liberally without partiality. However, our success is guaranteed if we lean on God.

For forty years, Moses had been going around with a rod, tending the flocks of his father in-law; but he did not know that his rod could become an instrument that will perform many miracles. When God breath into anything, that thing receives life and becomes a useful vessel. When you lean on God, you will receive revelation for your own potential; your know-how will be blessed for success; your effort in the right undertaking will be blessed with success. If you are a minister of God, if you work in you calling without being slothful, God will bless your work with success.

Everyone has with him/her what it takes to become successful in life; if you know it, lean on God for success; if you don’t know it, lean on God for revelation and work in it for success. Do not belittle whatever you know or what you have; when God breath into it, it becomes an instrument of success in your favor. God can use anything to demonstrate His power to favor you.

The Bible states,

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones” (Pro. 3:5-8)

By Lawrence Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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