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People are ready to sacrifice for promotion but in God’s agenda, obedience is better than sacrifice- Cleric

Pastor Doyin Adeyemi


By ' Gbenga Bankole

The Zonal Superintendent of Christ Apostolic Church, Light of the World Zone, Ikorodu, Pastor Doyin Adeyemi has said that people are seriously ready to sacrifice for promotion but in God’s agenda, obedience is better than sacrifice, saying that Jesus was obedient before God could exalt him.


Studying from Deuteronomy 28:1-14, the Cleric said one will see that God invests much on people who obey his instructions, stating that whoever wants to be promoted must be obedient to God, be obedient to constituted authority, and be obedient to parents both spiritual and biological because your promotion is in your obedience.



Pastor Adeyemi stated this in his massage titled "God’s Yardstick for Promoting People" posted on his website www.doyinadeyemi.com.



According to him, people are eager to be promoted, some lobbied for it, some prayed for it, some struggled for it, some even killed for it, people do lots of things to get to the next level, noting that the reality of life remains in the statement of Jesus in John 3:27 that “a man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven."



He said people indeed pursue it desperately but the fact remains, "it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth but of God that sheweth mercy (Roman 9:16)," and some personalities are qualified in man’s presence but are not approved of God.



"In 1Samuel 16:1-13. God intends to appoint a King from Jesse family, based on human qualification, the first seven sons of Jesse came out but God did not approve any of them. Truly,  by human standard, they were qualified especially the first son Eliab. He was at the ripe age to become the king. He was an experienced warrior. He has the physical, and other human qualifications to the extent that when the prophet (Samuel) saw him, he almost anointed him as king but God said no because according to divine yardstick he was disqualified.The question that comes to the mind of everyone is what disqualified Eliab? What disqualified him has also disqualified many people today. Since God was so specific in his yardstick for appointments," Pastor Adeyemi said.



While commenting on "Things to know about promotion" Pastor Adeyemi said: "Promotion comes with responsibilities: I have heard people passionately prayed for promotion, quoting many Bible passages to support their prayer points but I have often asked myself if these people know the implication of the answer to their prayers. When someone is promoted, people rush out to celebrate him but the fact remains that he has moved to a higher position. And being in a higher position there are higher responsibilities to carry out."


"Promotion comes with opportunities: another thing we need to understand about promotion is that it exposes one to greater opportunities. When you move to your new level, that level comes with new opportunities. You meet new people, you learn from them, you go to places you have not been before, and you receive gifts and remuneration greater than your former level and so many other benefits and opportunities."


"Promotion comes with exposure: when a man is promoted he is exposed to a wider range of things, you are exposed to new ideas, you have new ways of doing things, you know secrets you have not known before."


"Promotion comes with expectation: when you are promoted there are expectations from you. You are expected to be more mature, you are expected to be more composed, you are expected to be skilled enough to handle the task at hand, you are expected to rightly discharge your duties, you are expected to have outgrown your former position. Even God is expecting you to fulfill his original purpose in that new office he has placed you. So you can’t afford to disappoint him."


"Promotion comes with challenges: life is in levels and every level has its devil. When you move to the next level, you will also face the next devil. Each position has its challenges, sometimes you will discover that people are not whom you think they are. The work becomes more tedious. People expect you to find solutions to tougher situations. So when you are promoted you should prepare for more challenges."


He noted that God’s prerequisites for promoting people are readiness to fulfill God’s purpose, a serving spirit, diligence, faithfulness, humility, readiness to surrender all and obedience.

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