This might be of help to someone here…
I have been in ministry for over three decades. I came into ministry at an early age of 17 and I was never exposed to affluence, in fact, I got used to not having at all from day to day, week to week and month to month.
Hunger became a pattern that, as I scarcely knew when I was fasting and not fasting….
I didn’t know why I was suffering, yet preaching The Gospel with every joy within me.
All I wanted was to see people come to The Knowledge of Our Lord Jesus Christ alone!
Going on Crusades in rural areas was so challenging, because of little or no funding at all. I have been insulted, assaulted, embarrassed and disgraced by a man of God whom I saw as a father figure, because some of the brethren in his assembly gave us some offerings for our interior missions. He collected the money and told me we were operating with zeal without knowledge.
I died a thousand time in a few minutes….. as poverty made preaching The Gospel a very near impossible task.
Less than a decade ago, someone sent me a form and asked me to fill it and return it back to him. Looking at the form, I observed it was an invitation to join the Illuminati!
Without thinking it twice, I returned the form and told the handler that he will die and split hell wide open.
Few months later, another person came up with this same suggestion, wanting to link me up with someone who could give me all I need and introduce me to some “bishops”in Abuja.
To me, this wasn’t a temptation in any way. I did t know The LORD had used my sufferings to toughen me….
Then, one day I heard The LORD say, “A man cannot be tempted by what he has no desire for!”
Allow God work in you, and don’t give up on Him — neither give up on yourself either — because of rising needs or economic hardship biting hard!
Like a dream, even this will also pass!
~ Mark Cyril
Author, teacher, motivational and conference speaker, Pastor Mark Cyril is the international President of CYRIL MARK WORLD EVANGELISM – an independent ministry taking the message of the cross across the Nations turning many in their numbers to salvation through Jesus Christ. He is also the Senior Pastor of Revelation Apostolic Community; an apostolic and Prophetic Word based ministry in Abuja the capital city of Nigeria – West Africa.