Temptation Central

Q: Why would God give permission to have Job tempted?

A: Heeeyyy … cool down. The scriptures are complete and unbreakable. What happened with Job is what happened with Jesus and what happens with us daily.

Understand that when God speaks, he speaks across all time; past present and future since they are all the same to Him. And He speaks across all space; visible and invisible, in the heavens, on the earth and beneath the earth.

So,
In the beginning the earth was without form … It was chaotic both in the physical and in the spirit. And when God started with light and brought order to things he also brought order to the realm of the spirit. Why? He was about to make man and man was to be in charge of all, including spirits.

The fall of the first Adam was a breach of that order. The man had to *fall* for something else to be in charge. The devil had no power to ascend the throne of earth unless it was abdicated and left empty.

If you look well, you will see it is the same principle Jesus said demons use in possessing people. So even the devil has no new tricks.

Now God is the same past, present and future. He is not improving, he is not learning anything so He has not changed His principles of operation. The spiritual workings of Job’s temptation are therefore the same as Adam’s, same as Jesus’ temptation as well as ours.

Look at Adam’s account:
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man *in our image, after our likeness*: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27 *So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.*
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and *ye shall be as gods*, knowing good and evil.

Look at Job’s account:

Job 1:8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 1:12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath [is] in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

Look at Jesus’ account:

Mt 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mt 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Mt 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness *to be tempted of the devil.*

Study and compare and see this pattern. The subject has a connection with God, God boasts of and affirms the subject, Satan moves in to test that claim.

Look at our scenario:
Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted *like as we are*, yet without sin.

Mk 4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
Mk 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when *affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake,* immediately they are offended.

It’s been the same pattern since the beginning and it will remain. The devil has nothing to tempt a man over until God has spoken something to, for, or about the man. Satan has no original ideas.

Job’s case was not an experiment that God was conducting. God simply pulled back the curtain so that those who would read the scriptures would see what really happens in the realm of spirits and see that He is in charge and in control and he will not let us be hurt where it really matters – in our inner man.

1Cor 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Thankfully we see through the life of Job as well as Jesus’ life that the faithful God compensates us well for every trouble we take as soldiers of the kingdom for the praise of His name.

Job 42:12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning.

Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
Php 2:11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

What God did for them He will surely do for us.

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UNITY OF THE FAITH

The concept of the unity of the faith is quite simple, I think but with the misconceptions around christian sectarianism we tend to think it refers to something else and so we often wonder whether it is possible.

We think unity of the faith means we all believe and teach the same thing as Christians and in view of our numerous denominations coupled with the infighting amongst us, one tends to wonder if it is ever going to happen?

Can we ever get to a point where we all agree on everything, teach the same thing and believe everything the same way? If we look well at that thought, scripturally, we should see that’s not ever going to happen.

We know in part and we prophecy in part. This means as we grow in knowledge, our prophetic output will also increase and, since we ideally keep learning till we eventually die, it means we will continue to increase in knowledge till we draw our last breath. No two persons are the same stage of growth or even following the same pattern of growth, so in essence there will always be a disparity in knowledge amongst us and consequently we will never agree on all things.

Unity of faith does not refer to unity of knowledge and understanding of doctrines.

Looking at the next lines of that scripture, we will see what the reference is to.

Unity of the faith refers to the coming into maturity of the body of Christ in terms measuring up to the fullness of what we are supposed to be in Christ as a body corporate. Remember that the body is not one part or one type of tissue.

1Cor 12:4-6 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

So also the body of Christ is not one doctrine but all combined and connected and functioning together to bring the fullness out and bring it to bear on the earth. Since no one of us can understand it all, it means we need what each person has in order to live in this realm.

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

It means coming to the point where the body of Christ is not tossed about, confused by, or misled by any doctrine that comes along our way but in spite of our varying levels of understanding, we remain glued to each other and to the one Christ as our head and take our orders from him.

And how do we get there?

Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:

By sharing what we each know as an expression of our love for Christ and for one another. The real deal is walking in love like Christ did in such a way as to look like him in all we do.

Remember the words of Jesus,

Jn 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

1Cor 12:31; 13:1-13 … I show unto you a more excellent way … LOVE

This is what I understand.

The Lady, the promise and the Lord.

Q: There’s a lady I like and she likes me too. We e are both Christians and friends. I didn’t ask God or dream any dream about her ooo. I just like her and will want her to be my wife. I have gone ahead to propose to her. Not sure if she prayed about it but she accepted. We are now in a relationship of which I have given my words that no matter what, I will not break her heart. I told her I have been hearing about men breaking sisters’ heart, that mine will be an exception etc….

Years have gone…

I now have a better understanding that I need to hear God as to the partner He himself prepared for me.

If peradventure I found help to hear God and I SINCERELY did, how do I handle her and my promise?

A:

God is always good.

Well sir. Unfortunately, your case is like all of ours as children when we first encountered Superman. We thought it was tying a wrapper on his neck that made him fly and some of us ended up breaking some bones.

Understanding grows with us. Your girl should know that much.

Your promise is still there but you have to bring her to the understanding that you have now gained with the passing of time.

If handled with wisdom, she will see you’re only trying to apply what you’re learning about your life and God. If handled wrongly, she might think you have found someone else and you’re using Christian brother style to break up with her.

I counsel that you speak to whoever is your pastor/mentor/coach about your dilemma. He might see the wisdom in taking her under his wing also and counselling her till she comes to the understanding you now have. Alternatively, he might counsel you together to each go and check with God before proceeding.

No matter how far you’ve gone down the wrong road, you can always make a legal U-turn.

Don’t hold on to a mistake just because you spent a long time making it.

Did God Choose A Wife For Adam?

Q:

Is marriage a spiritual contract or social contrast? Apart from Adam, did God choose wife for any other man in the bible?

A: Social Contrast?

What is that?

I will assume it is a typographical error and the intended word is contract.
Marriage is the Union between two adults for the purpose of sharing life together. 

The world uses the term “contract” but in the kingdom, we recognise marriage as a covenant. The difference is that with a contract, your partner fulfills terms to keep you committed failing which you walk out but with a covenant, you love unconditionally as Christ loves.

As to the other question, it is incomplete understanding that makes us think God chose or gave Adam a wife. All the spinoff preachings and teachings we have had from that foundational error are therefore inherently wrong.

Popular example is that we say God gave Adam a wife then when sin came, Adam blamed God and since then God said he who finds a wife finds a good thing so in other words, we’re on our own.

This belief is flawed in so many ways.

1. It presumes that God learned His lesson and decided to adjust protocol. 

If the one you call God is still learning lessons, then He is not fit to be called God. It means his role as God is subject to overthrow by someone else comes up with stuff He is unable to learn.

Elohim, the one we serve has neither made any single discovery nor learnt anything not has He improved in anyway. I Am is a steady state description and not transitory. He is who He is in the past, who He is in the present, and who He is in the future. I know the grammar in that sentence is not correct but our languages fail to fully describe God because even we, the handlers of the languages, fail to comprehend Him and neither indeed can we.

He is the same yesterday, today and forever means He is not capable of learning anything.

God did not learn anything in that Garden, Adam did. He learned he was irresponsible and afraid and he learned that sin has killed him. He also learned that God is full of mercy otherwise He should have erased both himself and his wife on the spot, rather, He announced His salvation plan. A plan that had been prepared from before the foundations of the world and the lamb already slain before the earth was formed. 

Do you still think God was taken by surprise?

2. Second faulty premise is the presumption that God gave Adam a wife. 
Gen 2:22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

God doesn’t force things on people. He made us with a will and the capacity to choose. God brought a woman to Adam just as he had brought other creatures before but Adam chose Eve. Read the preceding verses. You will see that the reason God brought all the animals to Adam was not because they needed to be named but because Adam needed to name one of them to be his companion. 
Gen 2:18 And the Lord God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Gen 2:19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.

Gen 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; *but* for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

Then God made a female version of Adam and brought her to him and again Adam named her as well only this time, he chose to cleave to her.

It was after his choice to cleave to her she became a wife to him. 
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
And when trouble came, Adam said,

Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

He didn’t say the wife you gave to be with me.

God did the same with Isaac. He led Abraham’s servant to Rebecca and she was brought to Isaac but it was when Isaac took her that she became his wife. 

Truth is, we don’t really look for wives, we look for good women to make our wives. 

Prov 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies.

You don’t go around looking for finished product, the wife you get is the wife you made from the woman you choose. 

Prov 18:22 [Whoso] findeth a wife findeth a good [thing], and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

You find a good wife in a virtuous woman. Choose wisely.
Now in choosing wisely is where the work is for us. What is the basis of your wisdom in choosing? Your preference or the will of God? 

Here is one way I know someone who is Christian, born again but has a very poor relationship with God. Such people, the will of God scares them. They say God is love but don’t think He understands what love means or feels like and therefore cannot possibly understand what it means to be in love and so He will lead them to someone they cannot love. 

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Prov 2:6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.

If you are afraid to ask God to lead you to whom you should pick to be your wife, then you are like a child who is scared that Daddy is sending him to school because he doesn’t want his child around him and thinks he knows better than that so he fights to stay at home.

Prov 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

If you have ever allowed God to lead you on other issues before the matter of choosing a spouse, you would have tasted and seen that The Lord is good. It is in getting God involved in your life that you build a relationship with Him. 

If you are yet to discover the goodness of the will of God, it means you’re still thinking like the world and living like the world. The Bible says in Romans 12:1-2 

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Choose wisely, but before choosing a woman to become your wife, choose first to have your mind renewed so you can discern the will of God which is infinitely good in intention, acceptable on presentation and perfect in its execution.

God go with you.

TWO LUNG SURGERIES, A LUNG TRANSPLANT AND DOUBLE LEG AMPUTATION LATER

TWO LUNG SURGERIES, A LUNG TRANSPLANT AND DOUBLE LEG AMPUTATION LATER
An Interview With The Fabulous Dr. Irene Olumese, Founder of The Feet of Grace Foundation

About me…
My name is Dr. Irene Olumese, wife of Dr. Peter Olumese and mother of Peter and David. I am a Christian, I believe in God, I love Him passionately, and it is nothing compared to the way He loves me! I worked with United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) for 15 years in three countries; Nigeria, Ghana, and Egypt. I love to read and sing – I call myself a one-woman bathroom choir.

My story…
I got married in 1992 and was expecting a baby and in January 1993, but I lost my baby at 32 weeks. This stillbirth was traumatic, but the word of God comforted me. 2 weeks later, I got appointed into UNICEF, and then I went for training with officers in Kaduna, Nigeria; it was Easter 1993. At the training, I started coughing. I remember vividly that we were in the training hall on Good Friday, and this cough just went on and on. I came back to Lagos and treated it, but it just wouldn’t go.

After a couple of months of using one antibiotic after the other without any improvement, my doctors wanted a full work up, and the X-ray showed a shadow in my chest. My doctors began to investigate further and realized that I needed to have surgery. In June 1993, I had a cardiothoracic surgery to remove a cyst the size of my fist, the doctors said. So when that came out, we felt that was the end of the cough. No, the cough didn’t stop, it continued, and it got worse. I had my first son in 1994; then I saw there were other symptoms that were coming up. I was having allergies of unknown origin; my eyelids just dropped, my pupils fully diluted and the doctors said this looked like a myasthenic syndrome – a degenerative disease of the neuromuscular junction and it causes a weakling of the muscles. My facial muscles were weak; my eyes were drooping and all that. However, no matter what the doctors said, as soon as we stepped out of the doctor’s office, my husband would ask “who’s report do you believe?” and I would answer “I believe in the report of the Lord’. We just used the scripture to counter everything said. In the course of these events, I had my second child in 1997 while I was working to finish my doctorate.

By 1998, I was working as a full-time officer in UNICEF, I was nursing a child, and working on Ph.D. which I finished that year. One day in October, I had a complete relapse again. While washing my baby, my hands just went flaccid; and my baby just dropped into the bowl of water, my chest became heavy. This was already five years of non – stop coughing. It was the kind of coughing where you cough so hard that your bladder threatens to open up. The cough was so bad that I ended up in the intensive care unit that month. That was when the doctors concluded that the diagnosis was bronchiectasis. This is a disease in which the walls of the airways become damaged resulting in accumulation of secretions in the lungs and recurrent chest infection. When they told me I said no, I wasn’t ready to accept that.

I went to the US for a second opinion, but the doctors there also confirmed exactly what my doctors in Nigeria said and even added more. This is because the respiratory disease is now combined with the myasthenia, a degenerative disease,was progressively debilitating. They said within 5 – 10 years I would be wheelchair-bound because the disease just leaves every muscle so weak that the individual is not able to do things by themselves. I refused to accept that prognosis. So I started the medications, and the medication was pretty expensive. While worrying and complaining, a dear sister of mine said to me, ‘why don’t you thank God that you have a job that can pay for the drugs and medical insurance?’. So that was how we were able to manage the problem. Shortly after I returned to Nigeria, I had to move from Ibadan to Lagos to work while still dealing with the problem.

In 2002, I got posted to Tamale, Ghana but had to be in Accra once a month. Hence, I did a lot of traveling back and forth; it was pretty hectic and stressful. The weather was also not kind to me, but I was able to manage it for two years until one day when both of my lungs collapsed suddenly while in Tamale. The medical facilities available could not manage the problem. My office called Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso but they also did not have the required medical facilities for this purpose. They could not fly me down to Accra because of my compromised respiratory condition. I was taken down from Tamale to Accra in an ambulance without an air conditioner, without oxygen and it was such a long journey. We only stopped to refuel in Kumasi, and at this point, I asked myself ‘will I make it to Accra?’

We eventually got to Accra where I spent six weeks at the 37 Military Hospital. They tried to drain my chest, but the situation wasn’t improving. I was in and out of the high dependency ward. At that point in time, my office decided that I should be evacuated as an international staff; they were not ready to take further risk. The point of evacuation was to South Africa because I’m an African, but because my husband worked in Switzerland, he insisted that I should be evacuated to Switzerland. In June 2003 exactly ten years after the first cardiothoracic surgery, I had to have another cardiothoracic surgery to clean out my lungs after all that had happened. At that point, I had to make a decision about my work; I decided to go on a special leave without pay.

I settled my children down in Switzerland because they had been with me in Ghana. Later in November 2003, I returned to Ghana to pack my things without finishing my contract. The next few years were really tough years. Financially it was difficult because I had taken a loan to buy a house with my husband, secured by our two jobs and all of a sudden, we only had one source of income that had to pay for my huge medical bills, children’s international school fees, house and the loan. I did everything I could; I sold Mary Kay makeup, I sold pots and did whatever was possible for me to do but I could not get a professional job. The money did not even come near what we needed, but at least I had a sense of making some contribution.

In 2006, God provoked a recommendation on my behalf, and I was able to go back to work again. This time in Cairo, Egypt. I stayed there for three weekends and came home on the 4th weekend every month. During that period, Cairo was very hot and dusty; it was not good for the respiratory system (all this while I was still coughing and medicating). It got quite severe one day while I was traveling from Cairo to Geneva, and I had a relapse on the plane. I just couldn’t breathe. I came out of the plane and had to be taken in an ambulance to get to the Airport Clinic. Later I went to my doctors for a check-up. At that point, my doctors told me that my lung functional capacity is depressed, and therefore, I needed to have supplemental oxygen. It meant that I needed to have oxygen supplied by an external source, in my house, at work and wherever I was. They felt that it was not right for me to go back to work in Cairo. The project I was working on in Cairo was already challenged by so many problems, and I felt that I couldn’t abandon them in the middle of it. So I asked if I could be allowed just to go and finish that particular project and then come back. They insisted that I must ensure that there was an oxygen cylinder in my office, an oxygen concentrator at home and one that I can spray on in between the house and the office before they allowed me to return to Cairo to finish the project.

I trusted God for favor, and our family friends in Cairo just took it upon themselves to make sure everything was in place. We finished that project at the end of December to the glory of God, and I returned to Switzerland. I got back to Switzerland January 2008 and went from a ‘26-hour’ day agenda to a snow-white agenda. I had nothing else that I could do with myself except to medicate and nebulize to keep my lungs clear of infection and to cough and cough all day long. Just taking care of my health was a full-time job, and because we didn’t want to bring somebody else in to care for me. It was just my husband, sons and me for the next couple of years.

By 2010, the situation had become so bad that at this point the doctors said there were no more medical options and that I needed to be on the ventilator in my own home. They said that in the night because the lungs will become so weak, I may forget to breathe while sleeping, so I had a ventilator at home to breathe for me at night. I lost weight – from 83kg to about 50kg thereabout. The doctors told me the only option I had left was to have a lung transplant. Of course, lung transplant meant somebody was going to have to die for me to live, and I struggled with that. I didn’t know how to pray for somebody to die so I could live. I went before the Lord and said, ‘this is too much.’ His word comforted me, but I asked for one request, ‘Lord whoever this person is going to be, let him/her know You and have a relationship with You, so that I can see him/her in heaven.”

After three years of waiting, I got a call on a Saturday that they had found a suitable donor and I went in for the surgery. I didn’t wake up until five weeks later. Apparently, after the surgery, I developed post-surgical complications, and my system started shutting down, so they had to induce a medical coma. When I woke up from the coma, I was very confused; I had a lot of frightening experiences while I was in a coma. I couldn’t vocalize because I had a tube in my throat attached to a machine that was breathing for me. I didn’t know they were not hearing me. I got so angry because they were not answering my questions.

The doctors came to me, and my husband told me “You had very good lungs, they have stayed. Your body didn’t reject them.” But, because of the complications I had during the surgery, there was poor blood circulation to my hands and legs. This meant the death of the tissues had occurred and they would need to amputate both my legs and my hands. At that point, I had had enough. I just said ‘Lord, just take me home.’ I was not going to be a burden to my family, without hands and legs. What was the point of lungs anyway?

In those two weeks, a friend of ours gave us a word that ‘God will give me the feet of grace that will take me to places my natural feet cannot take me, places beyond my imagination.’ Two weeks after I came out of the coma, I was back in the theatre again, and at the end of May, my two legs were amputated below the knee. To the glory of God, I recovered the use of my hands, life came back to it, and I began to learn to write again. For three months, I was still going to clinics to have the dead tissues, evacuated from the wounds.

I asked God what next? I survived a lung transplant. I am an amputee, what was I going to do next? He impressed on my heart that I am to inspire hope and by taking my story everywhere He would open the door to me. I knew my assignment was clear. And since He had told me long ago that He had called me be an Inspirational Speaker, I knew years later; this was where it was going to be.

The other part was to enrich lives. I wondered what I was supposed to do to enrich lives? While I was going through my rehabilitation, I began to wonder how amputees in poor communities managed. Because to date, we had spent $35,000.00 on mine. I began to make investigations on who supports amputees in the poor communities in Nigeria where I had influence. By the end of that year, I knew I had to have something to do with this.

My life now…
We set up a foundation called “The Feet of Grace Foundation,” and this is the third year of its operation. We do an Annual Charity Walk, every April – commemorating my second chance at life and in memory of my unknown benefactor. By the end of 2017, we have provided support to 20 amputees in the form of prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, scholarship and seed funds to women to restart their businesses.

I also started learning how to bead while I was in the hospital as I recovered the use of my hands. I just wanted to able to contribute something no matter how little to the family income considering how much my medical expenses had depleted our finances. My husband never complained, but I just didn’t feel happy not being a contributing partner. My book also got finished in the process, it is the story of my life, and it is called, “Grace in the Storms” ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/9785279073/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1521740297&sr=8-2&keywords=Grace+In+the+storms also available in Challenge Bookshops in Ghana). It was written to do exactly what I do; to inspire hope and encourage people who are going through life challenges. I speak at women conferences and churches as well.

My advice to women…
Never give up on hope. You see if you give up on hope, it’s a death sentence. Don’t let the enemy have the last laugh. God has to have the last laugh. Jump on adversity like a springboard, and it will take you to the next level. Thank you.

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Interview by: Ama Duncan, Corporate Trainer and Founder of The Fabulous Woman Network
Source: The Fabulous Woman Network Facebook page

YARNS OF INSPIRATION

The Black Panther after Christ

The most recent Hollywood bomb is the movie, the Black Panther. There were a few well known faces like Forrest Whittaker and Angela Bassett. And Lupita Nyong’o who seems to have become a rising sensation.

And then there is Shuri … played by Letitia Wright.

I’d never heard of before though she has been on screen for a while now, after her role in the Black Panther, she is now referred to as a breakout star. Everybody knows Shuri now.

According to her, she almost missed out on the role after hitting a crisis in her life, dumping acting and going on a search for God.

“I needed to take a break from acting because I really idolized it. So I came off from it and I went on a journey to discover my relationship with God, and I became a Christian. It really just gave me so much love and light within myself. I felt secure, like I didn’t need validation from anyone else, or from getting a part. My happiness wasn’t dependent on that, it was dependent on my relationship with God.”

At the very depths of her depression, the British actress ended up coming to Christ after attending a London actors’ Bible study. In her passionate pursuit of her newfound faith wanting to put God first, she turned down an acting role that would have given her the opportunity to work along some major actors.

“I remember God was like, to me, ‘Give up the job,’ I can give you more than that; I just need you right now. Give up the job.”

Then, after laying down her own ambition and looking to the Lord, she was offered this gigantic role in Black Panther. She is now a major star of her own right and if the buzz is true, Shuri will show up again and again in more Marvel Comic movies. Comic readers already know Shuri became the Black Panther at some point after T’Chala so we might see Letitia again if Marvel Comics decides to pursue the thought.

Letitia also explained how many of those in the entertainment are coming to know Jesus, and that the Christian community in Hollywood is an extremely supportive one.

“There’s a reason there are so many Christians in the limelight. A lot of young people who are in the creative industry are finding an avenue toward God now,” she said. “We’re all in the same path, we’re all in the same thing. But we all support each other, and love each other, and keep each other grounded, and keep each other positive.”

Now an international sensation and with a glittering career ahead of her, Wright just wants to be used as a “vessel” for the Lord. “Where I go, where He takes me, that’s where I need to spread the love of God,” she said in an interview. “Because people’s souls are dying. My soul was dying, and He saved me. So I can’t keep this to myself I fell in love with Jesus and I’m still in love. Amen.”

She’s also quoted to have said,
“I’m not perfect. As a Christian, you’re not perfect, you know, but you’re walking everyday and trying to stay connected. I’m really grateful. I’m centered in who I am.”

Letitia wants to be an inspiration to young girls. I think she’s already a hero to a lot of people.

People think by becoming a Christian, you are losing something. The story of Letitia Wright is just one of the many that prove that faith in Christ and success and fame are not mutually exclusive.