Lesson on character that will shape your destiny

Develop your character and sharpen your work ethic in this season. You cannot get by prayer what you should get by character and obedience because a man’s character is his fate. Your ability to diligently execute and the development of your character is in your hands.
Whether you’re in business, or in government, media, education or in any other arena, God wants to give you the promise but it’s up to you to steward the character of your heart and the diligent work of your hands.
Heraclitus Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States (US), 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.”
People self-sabotage themselves by seeking spiritual solutions to character-deficit issues. They look around at everybody as suspects for their predicaments when their greatest demons lurks within them – their character.
What we often call our destiny is truly our character, and since that character can change, then destiny can be altered.
Character is destiny
Most people believe that we can pray ourselves to success and get away with virtually anything if we stick to some prayer routines. There is no amount of spiritual penance that can substitute for character. Sometimes, you need character, not prayer.
Dutch Sheets said: *“Prayer is not a check request asking for things from God; it is a deposit slip- a way of depositing 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 that followed him there.
I want to emphatically underline the fact that this write-up is not meant to trivialise prayers in any way. I have observed that many people take character for granted, while overzealously tuning on into their spiritual mode.
We have become so spiritually in tune through prayers that we neglect the place of character and our relationship with people. Many are actually ‘heavenly’ bound, but with no earthly relevance.
You can speak with spiritual eloquence, pray in public and maintain a holy appearance, but it is your behavior and character that will actually trigger the manifestation of all that God has for you.
 *You must learn to treat people with courtesy* .
The Shunammite woman must have been praying for a child all through her life. 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 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 fulfill their destiny. Some people are keeping malice with their destiny helpers.
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.”
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. The way we treat people we can’t help or hurt us, like housekeepers, waiters, and secretaries, tells more about our character than how we treat people we think are important. How do you treat people?
The Chinese realised much later that the best defence against the enemy is not a fortified wall, but a fortified character. Thus, the building of human character comes before building of anything else.
*Prayer is not everything.* Build relationships, and don’t ever forget that God will always use man. Be mindful of your words and how you speak to people. Work seriously on your character and attitude towards life.
I want to say emphatically 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. *The greatest fraud in life is religion without character.* A man without character is recklessly alive.
William Shakespeare captured it succinctly when he said: *“The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves* .”
 Each gives what he has. You can only give what you have. What do you have inside of you?
Is it *hate* or *love* ?  *Violence* or *peace* ?  *Death* or *life* ? *Capacity to build* or *capacity to destroy* ?
What have you acquired over the years? *Team spirit or pull down spirit*
Please give out the good in you always. *Don’t treat people as bad as they are but treat them as good as you are*. Mother Theresa.
Everlasting Father, give us the grace to amend our character deficits to enable us give out the good in us always in Jesus name.
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