On the Path of Winners
By Bayo Ogunmupe
Doing the will of God
DOING the will of God in order to gain fulfillment is the forgotten secret of success. Jesus said, “my meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work,”Jn 4:34. Hardwork isn’t what determines how great you become. Neither does persistence bring automatic success. It takes your doing the will of Jehovah for you to succeed. Increase comes after planting and watering. The pursuit of your purpose and persistence in that pursuit is planting. What then does watering mean? The watering stage in the pursuit of happiness is where we often miss the point.
But until you plant and water, it is then that God can give you the increase desired. “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God concerning you,” Thessalonians 5:18, Doing the will of God through thanksgiving grants you access to success in life. You don’t gain greatness until you are grateful to God. You cannot gain outstanding success unless you penetrate the mystery of thanksgiving.
Ingratitude stops the finger of God which brings success to you. “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise,” Hebrew 10:36. Here, we are told we can only receive the promise after we have done the will of the Almighty. And what is the will of God? It is in everything you must give thanks, until the will of God is done, you cannot obtain the promise.
So, every pursuit in your life must culminate in thanksgiving, for it to end up in success. If there was no sale yesterday, thank God there was no robbery attack also. For today, thank Jehovah for being divested of fraudsters or that there was no fire outbreak in home and shop. Thus, if you want to receive the hand of God, then lift up your hands in thanksgiving to Him. You may be valiant in the pursuit of your purpose, you may even be very persistent in that pursuit, but nothing will work until you are genuinely thankful to Allah. Divine presence is the ultimate in your clarion for recognition.
God’s presence is your guarantee for the accomplishment of your goals. His presence renders your enemies helpless, paving way for the establishment of your goal.
There are many workaholics who died in penury, because of the missing God’s presence. Thus, it isn’t enough to have a goal and the persistence to pursue it. The answer is that you strive to carry God’s presence and praises creates a conducive atmosphere for His presence.
Until you Praise Allah, you are not worthy to carry His presence. Until you register in the school of thanksgiving, you will never be successful. No one ever gets anywhere with complaints. Never complain to God, ask Him what you want; “For no good thing would He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
Great success is the heritage of the thankful. The ones full of praise for Jehovah and the joyful are those that can provoke the hand of God to produce results. You reign by working. You cannot substitute work with prayer. Life does not reward wishers, it rewards workers. Work strengthens you while laziness wears you out. Hardwork is the secret of success. It provokes God to help you. You cannot succeed alone. Stay connected to God, rely on Him. Envy no one.
Know what you want and be ready to give it whatever it takes. Work hard and work smart. The use of your senses is what enhances your results. Always get persuaded by available facts. Then get to work on your field of interest where you wish to excel. Believe in facts and information. Do everything to acquire them, for they will give quality to your reasoning and planning. When facts are applied in your decision making, you come out with excellent results.
Work is a commandment from heaven. Prayers are spiritual wishes, and if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. You reign by working, Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day, the night cometh, when no man can work, John 9:4. “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before Kings, he shall not stand before mean men, Proverbs 22:29. Diligent in his business, not diligent in prayers. Jehovah God works. Work authenticates faith (James 2:18). Life doesn’t answer wishers, it only rewards workers. The harder you work the more profit you gain. Moreover, hardwork keeps you healthy.
Our champion for today is Frantz Omar Fanon, the Martinique-born Algerian and French Psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary. He was a writer whose works are influential in post-colonial studies, critical theory and Marxism. As an intellectual Fanon was a radical and humanist concerning colonialism and the cultural consequences of decolonization.
In the course of his work as a physician and psychiatrist, Fanon supported the Algerian war of independence from France. He was a member of the Algerian National Liberation Front and for four decades, the life and works of Fanon have inspired anti-colonial liberation movements in Palestine, Sri, Lanka and the United State States.
Frantz Omar Fanon was born on the Caribbean Island of Martinique, then a French Colony but now a French county. His father was of African descent, his mother was of Indian and European descent, whose White ancestors came from Strasbourg in Alsace, France. Fanon was born in July 1925 and died in December 1961. After France fell to Germany in1940, at the age of 18, Fanon fled Martinique to the British Dominica to join the Free French Army. He enlisted in the French army and joined an Allied convoy that was stationed in Casablanca, Morocco.
When the Nazis was defeated by the Allied forces, Fanon was among the Allied forces that crossed the Rhine into Germany. Then he returned to Martinique in 1945 but didn’t stay long. He then left for France where he studied medicine and psychiatry. In 1952, Fanon wrote Black Skin, White Masks, reflecting his service in the Army. Later he published. The Wretched of The Earth and Toward the African Revolution. There, Fanon revealed himself as a war strategist. Still later, A Dying Colonialism he published before dying as Algerian ambassador to Ghana in 1961.