***POST UPDATE: The Testifier’s name is actually Chisom NOT Amaka. The mix up came as a result of the email of the testimony she sent me. The name there was AMAKA so I thought that was her first name, She later clarified that she mailed me from her momma’s email addy that night so… I have decided to change the Blog title but everywhere you see Amaka in the body of this Post, feel free to insert Chisom in your mind. Or best still let us just rename her CHISOMAMAKA LOL. Please enjoy…***
So I already mentioned in this post here that I was going to start sharing some testimonies right here on my Blog. Enjoy this one from my friend and blog reader Amaka.
I knew I totally had to share this testimony to encourage (someone or many someones as the case may be) to STAND IN FAITH till you get a VICTORY ON THE WORD.
I met Amaka in Abuja earlier this year and I knew when she had to resign and move back to Lagos. I saw Amaka stand in faith and I am so happy at a VICTORY ON THE WORD…
For me, it is the ‘testing of her faith’ in this sort of thing that builds our faith for even bigger things so AMAKA, I CELEBRATE YOU jare…
Ok I have edited what she sent to me without of course losing the essence, and interjected relevant scriptures but the body of the message is all hers. It is a long read but well worth it…
Here we go… In Amaka’s words…
I finished from Unilag in 2009 with excellent grades, convocation in Jan 2012 and NYSC June 2010 to July 2011 and I had high expectations of getting a job immediately. But God has His ways sha.
After NYSC I started applying to different places and I was called for aptitude tests and interviews, and I kept failing sometimes at the final stage of recruitment, because I trusted more in my own ‘smartness’ and less in the help of God.
Psalms 20:7 Some trust in horses and others in chariots…
I repented and started praying and holding on to God’s word but things seemed to get worse. My friends kept getting jobs and I was so ashamed when they asked me
‘Oh Amaka where do u work?’
The only thing that kept me going was God’s word and I made sure I never missed church service because I was certain that a word would come for me.
The pressure from home wasn’t funny at all as my family started suggesting meeting so, so and so for prayers or so, so and so with connections. I had been plenty disappointed in the past so I didn’t succumb.
I had crying days sha… Kai. And all night tears too. But in the midst of all that, I still trusted that God had a plan and that thought brought me increasing peace despite…
‘…You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you… Isaiah 26:3
In the meantime, I kept my self busy doing my professional exams and improving on my cooking skills, while yet attending interviews still from Aug 2011 to Feb 2012.
THE TESTIMONY? OR NOT?
By March 2012, I got a mail from STANBIC IBTC PENSION MANAGERS for an aptitude test. Long story short, I got the job.
Finally. But the issue was that it was in Abuja and I didn’t wanna relocate but I did. In Abuja, I joined a very good church that helped me grow and stay focused in the faith… My love for the Word grew daily.
‘Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is…’ Heb 10:25a
I started work but after a little while I realized that I wasn’t fulfilled with the job role and gradually found myself dreading going to work. Plus my boss didn’t even seem to see anything good with what I did even though I was working hard and giving my best. Six months went by and I wasn’t confirmed. I was writing my final ACCA exams then and I wasn’t even given time off to study.
With all the issues I had at work, I made sure I never missed midweek service and I just kept rolling it over to God. 9months went by still no confirmation. I was led to talk to someone in HR about it . Holy Ghost move I say…
‘…but the Lord takes His upright into His confidence. His secret is with the righteous…’ Prov 3:32b
I was then told that my confirmation wasn’t approved by my boss and the company had decided to layoff and I was advised to resign voluntarily before then.
I felt like my life was falling apart and was confused so I took to prayers and felt peace in my spirit and so I sent in my resignation, to take effect in Jan 2013. That period coincided with the January Fasting and Praying program in my church which I heartily participated in and I also kept sowing seeds in faith for a new job.
I sowed to the extent that I didn’t even have money to travel back to Lagos to my family. My friends and I also organized some charity visits even in my ‘broke state’ to a hospital where we shared the Word and some material stuff with them and also prayed for them.
THE WAIT AGAIN???!!!
It took courage for me to move back to the all-familiar Lagos where almost all my friends had jobs and here I was returning with nothing. It was NOT the coolest thing to admit that I was still looking for a job… But I kept believing and confessing.
My favorite confessions at the time, among others were
Prov 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.…
Isa 50:7 For the Lord GOD helps Me, Therefore, I am not disgraced; Therefore, I have set My face like flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.
Isa 48:21 They were not thirsty when he led them through the desert. He divided the rock, and water gushed out for them to drink.
I confessed them daily and believed that they would soon find expressions in my life…
‘…This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success…’ Joshua 1:8
Finally a friend of my submitted my Resume for a job test at STANBIC IBTC bank, which is a subsidiary of where I had resigned. Of course, I was reluctant about it but I kept praying still and trusting that He would perfect all that concerns me. All through the process, I felt PEACE… Before the, I had interviewed with an Oil servicing firm and I was dropped at the last stage
I bawled my eyes off eh lol.
Anyways, I got a mail for my final interview at STANBIC IBTC and gbam, I got the job with no help or influence of man as my friend who submitted my CV is a Trainee and could not influence shishi.
On getting the job, I had to go to training school for 5weeks prior to starting. I struck a covenant with God that I wanted to be…
THE BEST GRADUATING STUDENT IN MY SET.
‘…Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it…’ Hab 2:2
I also wrote it down. I kept tying seeds to that prayer point too and I kept praying using Eziaha as my point of contact.
***Err, Editor’s note here (lol): Eziaha was the BEST graduating student too ooo after she had once FAILED out of one department and ported to another in the same school. Read a little here. Btw, why didn’t you sow into my life you this girl…??? Hiss. YOU OWE ME your second salary COLDSTONE ICE CREAM AND PIZZA OR ELSE…***
Anyways, during the training I fell ill and being the Best Student seemed impossible as I couldn’t write much during exams.
***(E’s note; Sweetie, I think you HAD to fall sick. So that our Jehovah can take ALL THE GLORY just as he did with an old aged Abraham and a VERY barren Sarah)***
I kept believing and speaking God’s word that says
‘…For my own sake I would I will do it for how should my name be profaned? And I will not give my glory to another…’ Isaiah 48:11
Our induction ceremony was for days and before then we had heard the results that I was the 2nd best student I was excited about that. The graduation was on Friday September 25, 2013 and to my surprise I was called out as the BEST GRADUATING STUDENT.
That shocked everybody and I realized that God doesn’t do ordinary things, He does the extraordinary. He is a covenant keeping God.
I also got posted to the best unit of the bank which all my other colleagues wanted but God gave it to his special daughter me lol.
‘…No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said…’ Psalms 89:34
The highlight of the testimony happened on Monday September 30 when my picture and name was in The Punch Newspapers as I received the award for the OVERALL BEST GRADUATING STUDENT for STANBIC IBTC GRADUATE TRAINEE PROGRAM OF SEPTEMBER 2013.
I got calls and pings from people who never remembered me before. My former colleagues and bosses also started calling to congratulate me.
‘…And Sarah Amaka said, God has made me laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me…’ Gen 21:6
I testify that we serve an amazing God who does only amazing things. He has fulfilled His Word to me which says for your shame I would give you double. I realize that God didn’t let me get the other jobs I wanted because he wanted to show forth his glory through me IN THE SAME PLACE. i end this testimony with one of my favorite scriptures…
Isaiah 50:7 – For The Lord God will help me, therefore I have set my face like a flint and I know that I will not be ashamed.
Now you see why I had to absolutely share this yeah? I mean, I had goosebumps all over again as I was editing this story. Our God has the final say, He is a JUST Judge and HE IS FAITHFUL…
Amaka, now you are DOUBLY ACCOUNTABLE. You have to constantly give your best and shine as LIGHT there and I am too sure that there would be even more testimonies, AMEN
Feel free to share your testimonies wherever and whenever.
Don’t keep it. If you wanna share with me too so I run it here either anon or not, please do, I am all ears. It does three things at least…
1. It glorifies God. Thanking Him for what He has done.
2. It encourages the Faith of others. The testimony of one is the possibility/prophecy of others.
Sometimes, we are all the Bible that people need to read and believe.
3. It establishes your victory. I mean, the devil can’t steal it not after you have testified before God’s people. You decree a thing and it is ESTABLISHED (Job 22:28)
I will end this with one of my own favorite scriptures.
…Instead of your former shame, dishonor and reproach, you shall have a twofold recompense, DOUBLE HONOR in the same land. Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, your inheritance in THE SAME LAND would be doubled and your joy would go on forever…” Isaiah 61; 7 (E’s mix version)
Love and Peace…
E’… Powered by God
In the SAME place http://eziaha.com/2013/06/26/in-the-same-place/
Holier than thou? http://eziaha.com/2013/09/10/3267/
Guard your heart… http://eziaha.com/2013/09/18/e-guard-your-heart/