' One day, there was a man named Oliver*, who was constantly struggling in his life. He had a hard time to find a job, his financial life was in total disarray. Oliver* was in his early thirties, and most of his prayers were never answered.
Believe it or not, he held a degree in accounting, which should make him very employable but in spite of his qualifications, he would never find a job. There were times where he would spend days without food....life was tough for Oliver*.
And one day, he got so upset about his situation that he started seeking for prayers and counselling. Oliver visited several churches, he even visited seriously anointed christian prophets to seek solutions to his ordeal. But nothing changed until he met with a christian counselor gifted with wisdom, and named, Joseph*.
While Oliver* was talking about his issues, he made sure to complain about his life while blaming Satan, the president, the government, the economy and even God.
People love to blame others, but Joseph was not buying into Oliver* story...after listening to his concerns, the discerning Joseph started asking Oliver some very personal questions about his life.
(Dear readers and friends, note that problems don't always erect from thin air...In most cases there are sources which need to be known and dealt with.)
Through their discussion, Joseph discovered something that Oliver never wanted to mention in his complaints:
'Oliver had a girlfriend with whom he had broken up 12 years ago. Oliver broke up with his girlfriend when she told him that she was pregnant...In a moment of panic and denial, Oliver denied the pregnancy and accused his girlfriend of cheating and eventually dumped her'
Suddenly, after digging out that confession to Joseph, Oliver did not look holy anymore as he enjoyed presenting himself in his previous counselling sessions.
Joseph commanded him to track down his ex-girlfriend and go for a paternity test and if the result proved to be positive, he should ask for forgiveness and come back for a 'breakthrough prayer'. In the beginning Oliver resisted the idea but later on , he went on tracking down his ex-girlfriend, named Emma*. When Emma saw him, she was shocked but she gave herself time to listen to Oliver who kindly requested for a blood test.
During 12 years since their break up, Emma raised their daughter alone and even managed to have a brilliant career in the banking industry as an executive director for a local bank.
The paternity test came out positive...Oliver was the father of the baby and for 12 long years, he never even once tried to get in touch with his daughter...
Oliver felt so bad about it and begged for forgiveness from both Emma and their daughter...fortunately for him Emma forgave him. From that moment Oliver decided to become a better man...he understood that many of his blessings were blocked because of the grudge Emma and his daughter held against him. He needed heart reconciliation.
Oliver came back to Joseph for prayers and a week later, Emma decided to connect Oliver to an entry level job in a bank. She really forgave him....
Today Oliver is a better man, he sees his daughter regularly, unfortunately him and Emma are not together as a couple but remain friends.'
End of the story.
What is the moral of the story?
'Sometimes we ask for blessings and breakthrough or relief from God but we forget some trespasses we have caused to others. There are many men who are in the same situation as Oliver. There are many people who are suffering not because of the economy,not because of the government,not even because of Satan but simply because of those grudges,trespasses they have caused.
Jesus recommended reconciliation before expecting the realization of a prayer (Matthew 5:24). We can move from one prophet to another, from one church to another in order to find a solution but we also need to check ourselves.
Oliver confessed his wrongdoing and his life turned around, just like the Bible says:
'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)
Let's forgive and ask for forgiveness. It is very healthy.