By Bishop David Oyedepo
Welcome to your regular column. Last week, I taught on Â Â Â divine ideas as one of the ways through which God blesses a person. Ideas are mental virtues accessible mainly by thinkers.
They donâ€™t just drop on your laps from the sky; they are captured thoughts aimed at specific solutions. I also gave some examples of those who enjoyed divine visitations through divine ideas.
This week, I will show you how to access divine idea. You have learnt how divine ideas can make you enjoy divine visitations. The question now is: How do we tap into divine idea? The Word of God says: “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.” (Genesis 24:63).
Meditation is one of the vital breeding grounds for inspiration. That is why we see Isaac go out to the field to meditate. Understanding does not just drop on people; it comes through the conscious process of meditation. Meditation is staying mentally focused on an issue, until the nitty gritty of it is unfolded to you. It is time for us in the developing nations to become the toast of the world. But this can only happen when we trigger the potential in us by the insight communicated through the Spirit of God. Insight about facts of life relevant to our individual and collective pursuit is what makes all the difference.
It is time to change our orientation as this is the only way to enhance the beauty of our destination. We cannot stay with tradition, else we will become victims of stagnation. It is time to move and take steps in the right direction. You will soon lose relevance except you become a contributor to the society you live in. You will soon become a nuisance, except you are adding value to your community. Remember when you are a child of God, you are the light of the world and salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14). You are to endeavour to influence the society where you are, through divine ideas.
Investing time: Time is the principal raw material needed in the factory of ideas. Ideas answer to only those who have time for it. Without setting time apart to reason, your rising is not in view. Jesus, during His earthly ministry, went to the mountain top and just sat down there. He was not praying, but reasoning (Matthew 15:29). If you donâ€™t have time to reason, it is not your turn for a change, as time is where it begins. Ideas are the products of reasoning, with the evidence of added value. Time, therefore, is of utmost essence in the school of ideas. There is a separation required for illuminat-ion. Having separated himself, a wise man begins to seek and reason out a solution. â€œThere must be a way out here,â€ he tells himself.
Everyone is equally allotted 24 hours daily. Time is, therefore, an asset of universal equality. No matter how busy you are, you are not entitled to more than 24 hours in a single day, no matter who you are. Therefore, no one person has more time than the other. The difference is that while some are spending their time, others are investing theirs. You donâ€™t know true investment until you learn time investment. The more time you have for reasoning, the more insight you gain, and the greater results you command. The mobile phones you carry about most of the time are working against you. When an idea is coming, they ring. By the time you finish answering the calls, the idea had flown away.
Time is an invaluable asset. Unfortunately, most people are abusers of time. The West has no more time than the East, neither has the South more time than the North; but one is wiser in his investment of time than the other. We must begin to redeem our time from traditional pollution, cultural bastardization and from unrelated issues scrambling for our time during business hours. That is the only way to get moving. When you go out for eight hours, you must be accountable for at least six hours. So, stop spending time, start investing it! Every time investor invariably ends up an inventor.
The top is open and free, but you have to make your way there. If you want to be a partaker of this outpouring of divine ideas, you need to set time apart to calmly sit down and calculate your options, and chart a course towards a destination. Organize ways of getting to where you are going, and programme for results. Re-organize your office hours to include a reasoning time. Call it, â€œPlanning timeâ€ or whatever you may wish to call it. When you organize your time this way, it will make you think better. Thinkers invent things that bring improvement. So, every time you are committed to thinking, what you are actually doing is programming for improvement.
Friend, the power for quality meditation and time investment is the preserve of those who are connected to God. Are you connected? You get connected by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are set for it, please say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!”
I will continue this teaching next week. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, the covenant home of winners. Our midweek services hold on Wednesdays between 6.00 and 8.00 p.m. We have two services on Sundays between 7.00 and 9.30 a.m., and between 10.00 a.m and 12.30 p.m.