It is normal for young ministers to have older mentors, who they look up to for advice and prayers. They are supposed to have the grace of their fathers, and they are supposed to succeed just like their fathers have succeeded.
Bishop David Oyedepo has narrated how one of his sons in the Lord failed in ministry. He said this during his sermon at the midweek communion service today, as he preached a sermon on the person and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
He explained that when the Holy Spirit leads a believer, he would not make mistakes. He said the Holy Spirit is a gift from God to the believer, so he can be helped in life.
He narrated that this son was a graduate from Bible school, and he started a church. He and a couple of other great men of God were excited about this ministry because it had potential. However, the church closed down.
The Bishop said he invited this man to see him, and asked him what he would do next, and this man replied that he wanted to start teaching other ministers in a minister's conference. The Bishop told him not to do it because he was not ready.
"The Bible says when you are converted, strengthen your brethren. I told him you are not converted yet. What do you want to teach other ministers? Is it how to close down their churches?"
According to the Bishop, this young minister refused to listen to him, and today, he doesn't know where he is today, because he has refused to tell him what he is doing with his life now.
"This was not 20 years ago. This was not 29 years ago. Till today, I don't know where he is," he said.
The Bishop explained that it is OK for a child of God to fall, but it is not OK if he doesn't rise up again. He illustrated this with wrestling, how a champion might fall many times, but he still stands up to continue the fight.
He ended by saying that godly counsel is one way the Holy Spirit can speak to you, but it is your choice to take it.
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If you want to hear the Bishop's exact words, skip to 26 minutes of the video below. Be blessed.