“It is very precious for a child of God to be faithful and to be determined because it got to a stage that I backslid during my N. Y. S. C. due to an influence before I got married. I was not used to wearing trousers, jewellery and beads even in the C.A.C doctrine, suddenly, I started wearing trousers, all thanks to the influence of being a youth-corper and had it been it was only the uniform, it would have been better, stylishly, I was buying trousers, jewelries etc” – Evangelist Rachael Oluwashoga
I'm evangelist Rachael Oluwashoga Ojuade a.k.a OLOGODIDAN. I was born and bred in Osi Ekiti in Kwara State and I was born into the family of Mr and Mrs Adebayo in April 26th, 1981. I was trained from a Christian family background where I started my career. I was baptized in 1993 in C.A.C Osi at the age of twelve. I began to receive Holy Communion and the teaching of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God (Bible).
I grew up gradually after giving my life to Christ. I was among the choir members before I later became choir mistress of a junior choir in C.A.C. I proceeded to the senior choir and later furthered my education into the higher institution at Kwara State Polytechnic. During my school days, I worship in C.A.C Temidayo Apata Yakuba Ilorin, I served as choir mistress for good seven years in this particular church before I graduated, yet I was unable to compromise because it was very difficult for me to mingle with the worldly friends even during and after my school days.
Furthermore, it is very precious for a child of God to be faithful and to be determined because it got to a stage that I backslid during my N. Y. S. C. due to an influence before I got married. I was not used to wearing trousers, jewellery and beads even in the C.A.C doctrine. I usually minister in song in different churches, I do early morning preaching as well as instructed by God. Suddenly, I started wearing trousers, all thanks to the influence of being a youth-corper and had it been it was only the uniform, it would have been better, stylishly, I was buying trousers, jewellery etc.
I remember a day I was going alone in the street, I met one of the people I have preached to in the past and you could tell by her facial expression, it was all over her, she was wondering in disgust why I was dressed in that manner as a minister. She didn’t even stop at that, she went on to talk to me and preached against what I wore, saying she was disappointed in me despite all what I have preached through the song ministration. I was ashamed of myself because we are the Bible the world is reading. I was disturbed because of that woman's reaction. To the glory of God, people used to give their lives to Christ immediately through my songs. Majorly, I was called as a salvation minister but when my mode of dressing changed, people were no longer interested in listening to my music, you could tell by the rejection.
Further still, I was passing by again on another day, still wearing trousers and putting on my jewelry, the same woman saw me and she called me, I was fortunate to answer her and she talked to me to the extent that I couldn't resist her message, it was as if God Himself was the one speaking. On that fateful day, I was highly disappointed for one of the fans to counsel me in this way, she laid emphasis on the last song I ministered in their church, that had it been I put on trousers and jewellery, people will not be moved/saved that much. That day, I told the woman that I will change and on getting home, I prayed to God for the forgiveness of sin and I was forgiven. Ever since then, I stopped to be influenced by something because if I disobey, a punishment follows immediately because I have totally surrendered unto Jesus.
One day, worldly things shall surely go with the world, our dressing must not be like the world, we should dress in a godly way, using jewellery or not, is not an issue but if you are genuinely born again, your spirit will lead and teach you. Even when I’m wrong, I will easily amend my way, that's the sign of the Holy Spirit. Even since then, because I obey His Word, my life changed totally ministerially and in all aspects. The Bible says, "seek ye the kingdom of God and it's righteousness, any other thing shall be added unto you, riches shall be added, wealth, cars, mansions, fame and everything shall be added. It's normal for a born-again Christian to backslide but an amendment is very important in the Christian race because we are in the sinful world. We are bound to commit sin.
By the grace of God, I thank God for the Holy Spirit in my life, when I’m wrong, He will call me back, even when am about to go astray, He will sensitize me, but if I disallowed, He will punish me. And although in the journey of my music career, I don't usually bill or charge, I allow my spirit to guide me, over that, at times when I was forced to say something, I do tell them to pay what they can afford because God told me not to commercialize His gift upon my life, so I decided to leave everything to God. He knows how He will cater to me and my ministry.
However, I have been experiencing lots of thing in the field, I was invited to a particular church in Lagos that I will not mention the name, I was invited to sing at their convention, I went there with two jeeps with my band members, I actually came from Ilorin to Lagos to minister that faithful day and because I did not bill them or charge, after the ministration, I was given twenty thousand naira. I used the money for fuel alone, it wasn’t even enough to fuel both cars, I had to settle all my band members myself, not great long, God compensated me beyond my expectation.
My parting shot to all the Ministers out there and those working towards the growth of the Kingdom, although we will pass through trials and temptations, God will never forsake us. If He has sent you, He will guide your footsteps and provide all that you need. And to everyone out there, God loves you, surrender your life totally to Him and watch Him give you beauty for ashes. God bless you all
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