On the 28th of March, 2021 an awesome guest speaker who’s personable and outstanding personality. He’s a finance Officer. He loves the Youth. He’s also the Youth President in his adorable local church, Assemblies of God. He’s a speaker and also a music lover. He is Paul Issifu.
Your favourite host, Achiba Gascony got into his world and explored his hidden life principles to his success in life. What he said will blow your mind.
Let’s get into the interview.
Achiba: Sir, today was a great day. Did you enjoy your day?
Paul: By the grace of God.
Achiba: We thank God and I know you’re really kicking. Sir please before we begin to explore your world, who’s actually Paul Issifu?
Paul: I think you have answered this already in your introduction. However my name is Paul. An apostle of God by calling and Finance Officer by profession. To some, I’m known as a singer, another a prophet, to others a leader and the list goes on. So I just like to be referred as Paul.
Achiba: Apostle! Wow. That’s wonderful. So, what’s the most important thing we should know about you?
Paul: I don’t copy that please.
Achiba: Okay sir. So sir, why Jesus? Why should you accept Jesus at this age?
Paul: Alright! Now, all we need to understand is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the creator, giver and sustainer of life. Whether you’re an atheist or a believer, you were created by this Jesus. The fundamental principle is that, we’re living in a wretched world polluted and contaminated by sin. This isn’t the world God created so the agenda of Jesus coming on earth is to restore the dominion mandate unto man. You see. And the reason why people trivialise the salvation of Jesus Christ is because they haven’t had any revelation of who Jesus is. And the thing is, you don’t have life without Christ. The Bible says, “He who hath the Son hath life; he who does not have the Son does not have life.
There’s nothing more regretting than getting into an old age where you sit down and you realised that you haven’t done anything proper with your life. There’s a story of a man who was very rich, he had everything and was 90 years old, that’s when he had an encounter with Christ. He became born again. This is what he said, “When I die (he died at 96) you people should write the year I received Christ to the year I died because those are the only years I lived on earth.” What he was trying to say is that they should recall that he only lived for 6 years. All the 90 years he lived on earth was wasted years.
Youth, it is important to seek Jesus now. This is the time serving God is sweet because now you’re strong and active. Don’t wait to wish you could do something. This is the right time.
Achiba: Wow sir. This is wonderful! I’m really blessed with this word. Thank you sir.
Sir, they say people who love this Jesus thing don’t take education seriously. Is that true?
Paul: It’s not true. As a young boy, I grew up in a Christian family. I’ve always been a Christian when I was young. Serving God didn’t mean that I wasn’t taking my studies serious. You can ask about me and you’ll realise that I wasn’t dumb. But sometimes it’s because of how we Christians behave; we don’t study. The fact that you’re serving God doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn. Take your academics serious. You should be intelligent that people will come to you for help. That will serve as an opportunity to win souls.
People shouldn’t understand you if you’re a Christian. When you sit by your book, speak in tongues. See, I can’t fail because I study with the Spirit of God. Education came from the church and it’s very important. So the fact that you’re Christian doesn’t mean you don’t take education seriously.
Achiba: Speaking in tongues? I don’t really believe it. Do you think it’s very necessary?
Paul: You don’t need to believe it. What I tell people is to do what they believe in. I’ve told you what works for me. If you think sleeping to see questions in your dreams works for you, you do it.
Achiba: Do what you believe! Wow sir. Interesting.
Finance Officer. Why did you choose this career?
Paul: Well, I didn’t plan of becoming a Finance Officer. I studied Business Administration in school but I came out and there was opportunity in the finance field. So I decided to take it. I didn’t really plan to be, I just saw an opportunity and grabbed it.
Achiba: Interesting. So sir, what’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Paul: Under the PVC pipeline. That’s; Purpose, Vision and Career. Discover your purpose and the vision God has entrusted to you. Make sure your career is in line with that and you’ll enjoy your career. I’ve been working with NGOs after National Service because my purpose and vision are in line with what they do.
Achiba: I was really expecting this. So sir, how do you seek opportunities?
Paul: I won’t say we seek opportunities but you prepare for them. That’s why it’s an opportunity. That’s why people say, “Opportunity comes but once.” I don’t entirely agree with that cliché. There are a lot of opportunities out there, all you have to do is to change your mentality.
Achiba: Nice one sir. So sir, what are you currently reading?
Paul: A lot of things. Every month I learn something related to my career or not related to my career.
Achiba: Sir, What’s your favourite book?
Paul: I have never thought of that. I read quality materials from good authors. So I don’t really have a favourite book.
Achiba: Sir, what’s the most useless talent you have?
Paul: I don’t have. That’s why it’s a talent. If a talent is useless then it’s not a talent. Talents are gifts from God and every gifts from God is perfect. There are no useless talents. Your talents is to help you work with ease.
Achiba: Last question sir. Who are your biggest influence in life?
Paul: My family especially my mother and my big brother.
Achiba: That’s nice. Any word for the Youth?
Paul: I will encourage everyone to keep pursuing God. When you pursue God, the thing that men pursue will pursue you. When you make God first in your life, He’ll make you first in every good thing. When you make God the head of your life, He’ll make you a headline. Thank you and I love you’ll.
Achiba: Sir I’m very honoured for having you here. You’re so humble, loving and very kind. I really appreciate you sir.
Paul: Thank you too. I will like to thank the leadership of this great commission. I see this going far and see this initiative touching lives, touching nations and going beyond the walls of this country. Thank you for having me.
Achiba: Amen sir.
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