Archbishop Benson Idahosa said he once went to America to minister. While he was lodged in the hotel, a group of 16 pastors from an African Country came to visit him
They told him they were in America on a fundraising mission
They wanted to build a cathedral and felt their help
would come from abroad
He said he listened to them as they pleaded with him not onl;y to support their project but to put in a good word for them with the white folks who invited him to minister in the USA
He said he did the best he could to help them and wished them well
After a
week he returned to Nigeria to continue his work
He forgot all about the 16 preachers who were soliciting for funds
He said at the time his calendar was booked up for over two years
He had to travel to several nations preaching the gospel
The more he ministered in power, the
more he increased in influence
Every currency of the world flowed into his ministry
He built cathedrals, sponsored the education of thousands of orphans and prospered on every side
Two years later, the same church invited him to minister again in the USA
He said as soon as he got
there he saw the 16 pastors again
They walked up to him after the service to greet him
He asked them why they were still in America and they told him they were still soliciting funds to build their cathedral
They had sworn not to return home empty-handed They had written letters
to every Christian organization, they could think of in the hope of catching a break
The little money they raised in the past two years since he met them had been spent on their upkeep and general welfare
They were literally as empty-handed as they were the first time he met with
He said He looked at them and said "You have been in this country for the last two years, yet the country remains cold
Nobody felt your impact in any way and you're begging for money
How many dead people did you raise?
How many sick people did you heal?
How many signs and wonders
did you do?
You sat here cap in hand begging for help while you sat on the most dynamic power given unto mankind by Jesus to empower his church
Why do you think Jesus told his disciples not to travel with their money belts?
Jesus didn't want them to get distracted
Jesus knew that
material blessings will follow the trail of those working in miracles, signs, and wonders
People are compelled to bless them
The blind that regained his sight will insist on saying thank you, the lame that walked will offer a roof
Everyone will desire to host the presence of God
or at least be a blessing to the carriers of such a presence
The same principle worked in the life of Obed Edom
The Ark of Covenant showed up at Kiriath Jearim after several months in exile
The Ark, led by the Spirit of God, was dragged into town by some cows
The noise spread
abroad about the return of the Ark
The Ark was lost the day Saul died and it was returning after David had become the King of Israel
While guarding the ark back to Jerusalem, one of the the Oxen carrying it stumbled and Uzzah stretched his hand out to help
He was struck dead for
his effort
The death of Uzzah made David realized that they had done something wrong
They decided to put the ark in the house of the closest levite
This Levite happened to be Obed Edom
That was how he became the custodian of the presence of God
People living in that community and
its environs began to throng to the House of Obed Edom
They wanted to see the Ark of Covenant
They wanted to pray where the Ark of covenant was located
They wanted to experience the presence of God
And they didn't go to the house of Obed Edom Empty handed
They took gifts of cash
and kind
They knew that giving to God or to those who were keeping His presence was a blessing
Obed Edom became rich
He became so rich within three months that the news of his riches got to King David in Jerusalem
Arrangements were made thereafter to move the Ark back to the
capital city
You cannot carry the presence of God and be a beggar
You cannot carry the presence of God and remain at the mercy of people
You cannot carry the presence of God and remain in one spot for two years
Unless you have the presence and you don't know how to walk in its
reality or perhaps you dont carry that presence at all!
The Archbishop left the USA a few days later and within a month of his return started a University, the 16 beggars were still in America, soliciting for funds
They never built the cathedral because they didn't understand
their positioning in Christ.
I listened to the message where the story was told sometime in 2018
I was working somewhere in Anthony village at the time as a P.A to a pastor
I was drafting letters for this pastor
All sorts of letters soliciting fro help and support
That was what
Ironically, it was in his library that I saw the message
I listened to it while drafting such letters
I gained a lot of knowledge from the message
I carry the presence of God
I do not have to beg for anything
Royalty does not beg either tacitly or blatantly
I listened to
another minister of the gospel sharing about the day the rent of his church was due
He was supposed to pay
The landlord was waiting by the door
He was lying down on the couch in his house, meditating
Suddenly a stranger walked in
A member of another church
He said "I will like to
see the pastor
The pastor welcomed him
He told the pastor he was on his way to his church when the Holy Spirit told him to come and drop some money for the pastor
It was the exact amount the pastor needed for rent
That said he had learned how to wait on God and grow with God
I also learned a lot from that
The third thing I learned was at a workers training in 2011
The pastor told us to open the scripture to Romans 13:8, it says "Owe nothing to anyone..."
I said Okay
No more buying Indomie and eggs from mallam to pay later
I have lived by these great
principles over the year
The only time I bought a car with a loan, the car was stolen four months later and I paid the loan for a whole year
I remember crying bitterly at the time and asking the Holy Spirit what happened
He said "You're living my a principle that does not befit
your status"
I was supposed to finish paying the loan in December
A better car was brought to me in October that year
It had been 90% paid for
I paid the remaining 10% which was for the guys that sold the car and some papers a month later
I have never written a "beggy beggy"
letter for anything in my life
I have come to understand the principles of the Kingdom and I walk in it daily
I am a giver
I give out all things including land and cars
I am a blessing to the Kingdom of His won dear son
This is my mindset
This is also the mindset of those I train
Royalty does not breed beggars
It breeds givers and blessers
We all must learn from this and put the word of God to practice
As church leaders and ministry leaders, we have the option of begging or blessing
Whatever reality you're walking in is your choice
Raising Royalty -… You sat here cap in hand begging for
help while you sat on the most
dynamic power that was given unto
mankind by Jesus to empower his
Why do you think Jesus told his
disciples not to travel with their
money belts?

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