True Gospel with SAVIOUS-PARKER KWINIKA
HAVE you ever been exposed to abject poverty to the level of contemplating suicide?
Ever slept on an empty stomach and realised how the adage that a hungry man is an angry man rings true?
Have you ever, in business, denied contracts or opportunities which you so strongly believe you deserved?
Ever been marginalised in any sphere of life, whether it is at work, business or sports, simply because of your race, tribe, colour, nationality or creed? Maybe because you annoy the status quo?
If your answer to the above is in the positive, I have the panacea to those crises the next time they revisit you.
Before I delve into this week’s True Gospel, which Jehovah God has given me to share with you folk, allow me to bring recent story of a football-crazy Ghanaian, Awal Suleman, who invaded Cape Coast Stadium during South Africa – Ghana Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier match.
The reason behind Suleman’s invasion was an insatiable need to take a selfie with his idol, Thomas Partey, who plays international football at Atletico Madrid in Spain and represents his native Ghana.
A determined Suleman would never be deterred by the watertight security at the venue in his quest to have that dream selfie accomplished.
To him, it was written in the stars that eventually, his will stand next to his idol Partey, hence he would not allow any odds stacked against him achieving that derail him.
When one is in that desperate situation of getting what they so cherish, they become fearless, lionhearted and indomitable.
Nobody would ever stop such a desperate or hungry person from getting what they want most.
Now, in the case of Suleman, he saw no reason at all to be afraid of the so-called security agents manning the stadium as he outpaced them all charging towards his idol.
His mission was not to harm the international midfield maestro. It was to get that selfie picture with his idol. This is where the spirit of fierceness comes into picture.
He had been denied that opportunity when the Ghana national team bus made stoppages in the city to meet and greet fans ahead of their crucial match against South Africa (Ghana eventually won 2-0 to cap off a good day for Suleman).
Now, going back to a similar biblical analogy, let me equate Suleman’s case with that of the tax collector called Zacchaeus.
This True Gospel is collaborated in the book of Luke 19:1-10 of the New International Version.
It states: “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He (Zacchaeus) wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.
“So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus’, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
The story of Zacchaeus the tax collector and that of Ghanaian pitch invader Suleman correspond.
Here are two men that are eager to be near their idols but are denied that opportunity, in Suleman’s case, he is denied by security personnel and in Zacchaeus’ scenario, Jesus’ disciples are deterring him.
In both comparisons, there are huge crowd that prevent both men the opportunity.
Interestingly, both do the unthinkable to get closer to their idols.
Reader, cautiously study the bible and analyse the situation at the Cape Coast Stadium.
In the bible, note how disciples and the crowds muttered, complained, grumbled and found fault against Zacchaeus. Check how beefy security used their military might to stop Suleman.
That is what human beings indeed do to you whenever you are about to realise your dream.
They either pull you down or find fault on your action to hinder you from achieving your ambition.
In Luke 7:19, there are complaints made to deter Jesus.
“He (Jesus) has gone to be the guest of a sinner (Zacchaeus).”
This is because Jesus showed love and compassion towards Zacchaeus, who was widely believed to be a sinner.
Similarly in the case of Suleman, police found fault at the student nurse for reaching out to his favourite football idol.
Check the developments around Suleman’s pitch invasion. He intruded while the match was temporarily stopped due to a foul. He did not interfere with play.
Jesus’ response to Zacchaeus’ endurances was, “Today salvation has come to this (Zacchaeus’) house because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
I thus strongly believe during that stoppage moment, Partey would have given his fan, Suleman a selfie without any hiccups.
Another biblical example is that of Jacob, who wrestled with the angel of Jehovah God in order to get blessings.
In real life, some of the challenges we face require us to rise up and pull the bull by its horns.
An earthly example is the issue of the land in South Africa.
Threats make locals scared of reclaiming the land the minority disposed their ancestors.
No amount of rule of law, democracy, human rights or property rights should ever supersede the expropriation of South African land without compensation.
Land was forcibly taken from its rightful owners.
The moment one starts raising this emotive topic of repossessing South African land without expropriation, one gets maligned.
There are even threats of court action.
Those are clear works and signs of the devil.
My dear brethren in Christ, this True Gospel is to empower you so that when the devil tries to pounce, you are equipped.
Remember the verse of John 10:10 of the New Living Translation. It confirms this True Gospel: “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
Those that are denying you your wealth are devils and demons in the spiritual realm.
But if you take the devil by his horns, he will flee.
James 4:7 of the English Standard Version supports this True Gospel: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Another biblical example is that of a woman who had suffered haemorrhage for twelve years and wanted Jesus’ powers cure her.
After suffering for a dozen solid years, the woman could no longer be intimidated or threatened by anybody.
She set out to defy the rule book that requires doing things politely.
This is because her commitment to do things by the book worked against her.
So she shed this ‘Miss Nice’ tag.
Thus, she grabbed Jesus’ cloak fiercely in order to get healed.
So my brethren, if you are tired of suffering because of poverty, segregation, unemployment, taken advantage of, racism, tribalism or xenophobia, it is high time, you took the bull by its horns.
Matthew 9:20-22 of New International Version states: “Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
Your suffering today, be it economically, socially, politically or whatever reason, tell yourself enough is enough. Take the bull by its horns.
Also in the bible, a blind man called Bartimaeus did the same to have his sight restored.
This is another example how the leaders of local and international establishment will always block you from realising your dream.
It is entirely upon you to take the bull by its horns.
If the Ghanaian football fan Suleman can do it, so can you.
Those who believe in this True Gospel, say, “Amen”, or to put in Suleman’s language, “ɛnyɛ hɔ.”
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