By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.
Dear readers, this week I am giving you a list of concrete qualities that differentiates a personality from ordinary mortals. It is my hope that you will join the league of men and women who are tired of living a mediocre lifestyle and upgrade yourself into the company of history makers – PERSONALITIES
10. A PERSONALITY IS WILLING TO DIE FOR HIS BELIEFS
As said by martin Luther king Jr. “If you’ve Got Nothing worth Dying For, You’ve got nothing worth Living For”
The people who live great lives, the real personalities of this world are those who are no more afraid of dying. Only those who are ready to die, make a difference in their world. They might be criticized, loved or hated, but they leave their mark in the sand of history.
Personalities don’t just have beliefs, they are obsessed with their beliefs. They belief in it so much that they would rather give their lives in exchange for it, rather than suffer a failure of their ideals. It is when people are ready to die for something that they actually get to live. Those who on the other hand afraid of losing their lives, eventually lose it. Jesus says whenever you are ready to sacrifice something for his purposes, you keep it but when you are too stingy to let go, you lose it.
“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” – Stephen King
Death – the fear of death is the most horrible of all fears. It is this fear that more than anything else keeps most people from daring. It is this fear that has created the most paralysis in our world. This fear controls the biggest prison yard where it keeps its captives. It is only due to this fear that we don’t have more and more personalities on a daily basis.
“What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.”-
True personalities have lost the fear of death, as a result, when you are ready to die, you can no more be afraid. Actually, the most important key to overcoming the fear of death is dying to self.
As is commonly said every problem carries in itself a solution. When we die every day to our will and wishes then we can no longer be afraid of death because we are already dead.
If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve. – Lao Tzu
Ladies and gentlemen, I would advise you to count yourself as dead, thereby setting yourself free from the clutches of its fear. So you can be free to do more exploits for God and his kingdom.
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Phil 1:21
11. PERSONALITIES CREATE LEVERAGES BY WHICH THEY MOVE THEIR WORLD.
The famous quotation by the ancient mathematician Archimedes, best describes the modus operandi of personalities. Most personalities are strategic in their line of thinking and actions. They don’t just run about trying to change the world without adequate preparations. Real personalities create a leverage point for themselves, from where they change their world and the world around them.
“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”- Archimedes
The people who change the world don’t just rely on their charismas and their petty gift, they take their time to build and construct a long enough lever which later provides the necessary leverage to accomplish their goals. Moreover, they first invest themselves in establishing fulcrums which they could later fall back on when the going gets tough. They make enough preparations not to give themselves any excuse or chances of failure.
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” – Sun Tze
If you ladies and gentlemen choose to become a personality that makes a difference in your world, you might want to listen to the advice of Archimedes. Develop some of your gifts to the point that they will become your footholds. Become so good in something, so much that even your enemies would acknowledge your expertise. Create for yourself a pivotal point, better still several, from where you could impose your ideals on your generation.
Unfortunately, ordinary men and women are too preoccupied with their daily survival to think about Archimedes principle.
In some cases your foothold could be a large support base that is so large and strong that you become indestructible. That is where God has helped me in Ukraine, because our church has become so large and influential that it is almost impossible to stop it.
In other cases, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) could be spread all over the nation, so due to their activities, you would be able to wield incredible amount of authority. People are always the best pivotal points. A strong financial base could become a leverage point through which the world can be touched. Political influence could be helpful in some cases. Fame is also a form of influence that could become a pivotal point.
All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. – Sun Tze
There are so many ways that you could fortify yourself through your pivotal point to be able to move the world as said by Archimedes. Unfortunately, ordinary mortals don’t think about these things, to them they are like rocket science just like calculus mathematics that was designed by Archimedes.
12. PERSONALITIES ARE PEOPLE OF ZEAL.
Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow. – Khalil Gibran
Personalities are people of unquenchable zeal. Their passion is crazy. It is this zeal that propels them into more and more ventures. It is thanks to this zeal that they cannot sit idle. It is the zeal that makes them to be unable to be indifferent. It is due to this zeal that they cannot afford to be wasted. This zeal equates life. Without it life itself losses meaning. The reason why many people in our world today are groaning in depression is because they lack this revolutionary zeal of personalities.
“The volume of your impacts is measured by the direction of your movements, the passion with which you inspire and the attitudes by which you make an influence!” ― Israelmore Ayivor
Ladies and gentlemen why don’t you consider rather sacrificing yourself, but live a fulfilled life than being in a state of depression and unfulfillment. Even Jesus accomplished his feat on the earth only thanks to the zeal he had.
“And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’s.” Oba. 1:21
Zeal gives birth to saviors according to this verse above. It is zeal that gives birth to personalities and personalities become a form of savior to their generations. Even our lord Jesus Christ was only able to become the savior he was born to be thanks to that same virtue – ZEAL
“Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.” Isa. 9:7
“One person with a divine purpose, passion and power is better than 99 people who are merely interested. Passion is stronger than interest.” ― Israelmore Ayivor,
Ladies and gentlemen, let us rekindle our zeal for the things of the lord. Without this zeal no one accomplishes much on the earth. It is only with zeal we could affect the world and make it a better place.
“’I know your deeds that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” Rev. 3:15-16
Unfortunately many people prefer just to have a quiet and peaceful life. Because of that, they are afraid of getting involved in anything that would disrupt their family. We need to be hot to gain the approval of the Lord Jesus Christ. Lukewarmness is a sign of death in this kingdom.
Dear friends, here we are coming to the end of this rather long article. It is due to my passion to see personalities raised up in the kingdom of God. Please excuse me for the indulgence. I thought I should give you the best I have got to help equip you and release you for the heavenly mandate, that is upon your life. It is my prayers that this article would contribute into you becoming all that God has ever dreamed for you to become.
Thank you for joining us on this highly informative and life transforming series. We would be starting another amazing one tomorrow. Please don’t miss it!
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.