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EXCLUSIVE: You Cannot Get By Prayer What You Should Get By Good Character and Obedience

A man’s character is his fate. US President Tom Jefferson once said: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from ach...

A man’s character is his fate.

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US President Tom Jefferson once said: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”.

Many people sabotage themselves by seeking spiritual solutions to character-deficit problems. They look around at everybody as a suspect for their predicament when their greatest enemies lurk within them – lack of character.

What we often call our destiny is truly our character, and since that character can change, then destiny can be altered.

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Is prayer actually everything? Many people would begin to argue back and forth on this intriguing question. Arguments don’t really improve the validity of a ‘truth’. They only determine how long it would take before you realise it.

Most people believe that they can pray themselves to success and get away with murder. The brutal truth is that there is no amount of spiritual connection that can substitute character. If you check closely, you will realise that most of your troubles right now are linked to character deficiency either by design or by default.

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Dutch Sheets said: “Prayer is not a cheque request asking for things from God; it is a deposit slip that deposits God’s character into our bankrupt souls”.

What would ultimately destroy a man going to high places in life is not really the enemies that are waiting for him there, but the character deficiency that follows him up there.

Without taking anything away from a prayerful life, but the problem is most people have become prayerfully in sync but neglecting the importance of good character in shaping their destinies and relationships.

For instance, even if you are a prayer warrior you must learn to treat people with courtesy and dignity for you to gain something positive from them. The Shunammite woman must have been praying for a child for a long time. But by being hospitable to a man of God, she eventually got her much-awaited miracle. It wasn’t prayer that opened the door for her; it was her good character. Assuming she wasn’t hospitable, she would have missed a critical miracle.

Many times, we pray, fast and bind demons that don’t exist when our real demons are just our greatly flawed character.

Many have insulted people that were divinely placed and orchestrated to help them fulfil their destiny.

Many people are keeping malice with their destiny helpers.

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Treat people with respect.

Treat strangers with courtesy.

Never look down on anybody. God can use anyone to change your story.

Abigail Van Buren said: “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Thomas Macaulay once said: “The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out".

You can easily judge the character of a person by how he treats those who can’t do nothing for him. The way we treat people we think can’t help or hurt us, like housekeepers, waiters, personal drivers, secretaries and assistants, tells more about our character than how we treat people we think are important. How do you treat people?

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I want to emphatically say that character is not optional. It is sacrosanct to the future that God has planned for you. No matter where you place prayers, character matters.

May God help us shape good characters!

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