The Letter That Kills…
When it became public knowledge that ‘Motivational Speakers’ were making a fortune from what many see as ‘just talking’, the proliferation of the enterprise went wild. Every Ebuka, Bola, and Ali who could memorise a few lines of ‘quotable quotes’ became a ‘Motivational speaker’.
With the growing number of these impostors, the respect, recognition and high regard for those who are in that field started to wean. On more than one occasion, I have been tagged on social media platforms when a sarcastic post is made against ‘Motivational speakers’. One of the vastly used lines utilized to make jest of them are; “Aspire to acquire what you require, and when you perspire, never retire, but refire”.
What those who saw Motivational speaking as a meal ticket, just to put food on the table, fail to realise is that there is a spirit that inspires those who are truly in the profession. It guides them in speaking the right words to the right person/ audience. Unlike the belle-hunters, who use one size fits all, by memorizing a script for all purposes, thereby making a shipwreck of their profession.
Just as it happened to the ‘Motivational/ Public Speaking’ profession, the Apostolic calling is also facing the same challenge. Men and women who want to make merchandise of the sacred collar profession, go about reading the Letter, without the spirit that puts life into those letters.
These are the set of people Paul the Apostle was warning us about when he said “the Letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth Life”.
When Elijah said to the widowed woman to go and prepare bread for him, declaring that the flour and the oil will not fail until the famine cones to an end, the woman would have died of starvation if those words were empty rhetoric!
But they were not empty rhetoric, neither were they the words he had memorised as used by another preacher.
When a minister or pastor is struggling with his ministry, it is mainly because he is still operating in the realm of the letter….and that can only lead to one thing, which is Death! And if you are under a ministry operating in the realm of the letters, you are dying gradually too.
Prophetic declaration without results is those that were made from the leading to the letters. It is mechanical, psychologically controlled to manipulate the hearers, but when it comes from the Spirit, it cannot fail. His words cannot return to him void….
Refrain from clinging to the letters, dig deeper, and get to the realm of the Spirit, for there you will enjoy true fellowship with the Trinity!
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.