HI guys. I am not one for sharing personal stories but one of my themes for July to December is “Let’s go there “? , and go there we shall.
Definition of turning point
: a point at which a significant change occurs
So I have had exact moments in time when my life changed for the better and things turned around. I call these turning points because without them, life as I knew it would not have changed.
I have had instances of total and incredulous change in my life as a result of these turning points and I would like to share why these were turning points and what led to it.
You see, growing up I lived a very charmed life. Not like we were rich but I didn’t have any financial, physical or spiritual issues. Life was cool and I had fun. I spent like four years in primary school because I got double promotion, got admission easily into a Federal Govt College, by 15 I was through with Secondary school, passed Jamb on first try but waited a year extra because of that nasty Mathematics ?.
I wrote a second Jamb and my admission letter was posted to me. I collected it in our post office box (no lobbying or anything). What about Uni, I was one of those annoying people who watch TV a day to exams and still gets good grades, you would hardly find me reading but I always passed. Of course I read, but I never sweated it.
However, even though I have never had academic troubles except peharps mathematics lol, at a point in the University I started seeing LIFE (this is best interpreted in Yoruba to mean “aiye”). And boy did I see “Life”. Suddenly I was made aware of spiritual battles. Me that hardly went to Church, with a Muslim background. Attacks intensified, I was getting strange revelations and bad dreams. I don’t think I had a single good dream this period and if I did, I can’t remember. Evil dreams that needed no pastor to tell me they were bad but that would still leave me calling my pastor even at midnight out of fear and need for prayers.
Of course I knew something was wrong. Right from the University I had started praying and seeking spiritual solutions. But some of those solutions were from wrong channels and those battles only intensified. Plus my life didn’t exactly change, all I just wanted was SOLUTION. That realisation made me to start reading psalms, praying seriously, doing vigils etc. However I still wasn’t a serious Christian nor born again and I only sought God because I was tired of bad dreams , oppression and problems.
There was a few more years of this stuff, of oppression and fear, of the worst dreams ever, of powerlessness, of applying for jobs and passing but nothing ever happened. I used to dream of thieves, sometimes with guns, who always took my belongings forcefully especially my phone. They had specific interest in that phone and it manifested physically because the jobs never came. Even when I aced the interviews, got the job and was told to come and resume but somehow that resumption never happened.
So let’s talk turning points.
Looking back now , My first turning point was meeting my Pastor Lucia in my University days. Meeting her was a divine encounter and God used her to guide me and teach me the rudiments of what my mind could grasp at that point. I loved her from the first moment I saw her and even though University grooving blood was still in my veins, she stuck with me and was patient enough to allow God work on me and not judge me or try to shove Christ down my throat. Eventually (years later) I calmed down and was able to relate to the Christ in her. After the calming down, stuff started happening.
The first of these was abstaining from sex.
And it came as a warning and I would summarize it as “lock it up”. I am sharing this here so we can know how important God takes sex. Sex is for married people y’all. God takes it seriously.
So I reluctantly agreed to the abstinent warning from God and few months later I had a major turning point. I had an encounter with God at a place where I went with pastor Lucia to pray yet another round of countless prayers. She just never gave up, lol. For the first time in my life I had a vision. Then the Holy Spirit spoke to me for the first time and told me two things that led to other turning points.
1) “Change your Church” .
God was right to say this. I didn’t like the Church I attended, I didn’t connect and did not learn anything. My spiritual life was zero and I had no knowledge or understanding.
2) “Get to know me better”.
This was easier to understand but thankfully God helped me. And I tell you, that process of knowing God is still going on till now. It’s a never ending one.
Let me stop here for now and gist you about turning points and THE turning point later.
P. S… I still don’t like sharing personal stuff and I am tempted to edit and delete some of this stuff but let me just post it and console myself with the fact this is written by the direction of the Holy Spirit, this will inspire somebody and that I can edit anytime ?.
P. P. S…. Yes! We are back in business as you can see lol. Did you miss me?