By David Oyedepo
Dear Reader, welcome to your regular column. This week, as I conclude this first series I brought you this new year, I will do a recap of the main points raised in the four teachings we have had earlier on.
During the first week, I asked a vital question, the answer of which will set the foundation for the kind of success and breakthrough you will experience in your business or career this year: What thoughts or forms of imagination do you have for your business, career or home for the new year 2012? In that teaching, I defined what imagination means.
It involves the formation of a mental image of something that is neither perceived as real nor considered present as to the senses. Imagination is fundamental to success because, according to Scriptures, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
During the second week, I taught on how you can renew your mind. If you are to experience success in your business and joy, peace and love in your home this year, it would be necessary to deprogramme your mind from all negative orientations and perspectives. You must appreciate the fact it is God’s desire that you work and do your business.
The authentic instrument for renewing the mind to that of Christ is the Word of God. Will power, psychology, strength of character etc, will not do it. Only God’s Word is capable of renewing the mind of anybody from the negative patterns of this world.
In the third week, I showed you how wise company factor can enhance your thoughts and consequently your imagination. Having wise friends, walking with wise people and connecting with wise associates enhance your mental development. Enhanced mental faculty enables you to take good and quality decisions in matters affecting your business, career, home, etc.
The Word of God says: “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20). It is time to disconnect from those negative and fruitless association corrupting your business or home.
It will help you to experience the glory that God has in store for you this year. Remember that friendship is not by force, but by choice. This new year is not a time for you to mingle with crooks, miscreants and derelicts in the society. Be wise!
During the fourth week, I showed you inspiration as a factor that can enhance your thoughts and imagination. Inspiration is an important factor in your quest for success and breakthrough in this new year. When you get inspiration from someone, you get new ideas from him, which make you enthusiastic and encourage you to do something positive.
Inspiration is a major factor in your quest for success in life. Isaac Newton is qouted as saying: “If I have seen any farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of them who have gone before me.” Every wise builder naturally looks out for references.
The Bible shows King Solomon as the wisest man on earth at his time. Many people travelled from far and near, just to see him and draw inspiration from him (I Kings 4:29-34). No matter your profession, you need this key to succeed in life. Are you a pastor, sailor, banker, soldier, teacher, estate agent, insurance broker, journalist or doctor? You need inspiration to make a mark in your career.
My greatest inspiration in the school of prosperity is the Copeland family. I saw sincerity and integrity in them and desired it also. Kenneth Hagin remains my greatest inspiration in the school of faith, whereas Smith Wigglesworth is my inspiration in the school of healing. He fired me up in the school of raw faith for raw healing!
Watch out for any man or woman who has made a mark somewhere; he or she has a human reference from where he or she draws inspiration. Likewise, you need to have someone or people to inspire you.