My name is Peter Taire. I was born in Lagos in the 70s into a Roman Catholic family. I grew up in Lagos all my life with my parent even though I moved out later. I grew up in Shomolu, Palm-Groove area to be precise. Life wasn’t that good but it was okay. We didn’t have so much but the little we had, we enjoyed. My dad, who is late now, wasn’t born again initially but he gave his life to Christ before I was even born.
So even though I was born into a Christian family, I wasn’t really going to church then. I could remember the only times I went to church then was during Bazzar Harvest where I would go to gamble; on Christmas day, Easter, New Year. So I attended church 4 times in a year. And ofcourse, my parent really won’t know. We don’t go to church together. So I would say I’m going to church but I wouldn’t get to church.
I had these set of friends then that we go to flex, drink, and smoke. But I wasn’t the smoking type and I didn’t womanize but I was the drinking type.
Then, I left my parent and started staying with an aunt who also lived in the same area with my parent and also a Christian. She was Miss Adeite Taiwo at that time and was attending the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and that was how I started attending Redeemed with her; not because I was yet convinced but just to please her. However, I noticed the difference from the Roman Catholic Church I grew up in. but even though I was going to church, the word wasn’t finding its root in my heart because my mind was not still there.
I kept doing that until LEKKI ’98 at the Holy Ghost Congress tagged “Visitation.” I can remember vividly the sermon and after the sermon, I knew something must change from that point if I want to be someone in life. Something just then spoke within me that it is only God that can actually help me to be that someone and in order for me to get there, I first needed to align myself to His will. So that was how I accepted Christ. I went for the altar call and that was it.
Then I began my journey as a baby Christian and things were not that easy for me. Because there are things you have been practicing that couldn’t just be dropped; it has to be a gradual process. You have to make a conscious effort and it is this willingness that God will see and He will embrace you. But at some point I would still find myself moving with the folks I used to move with before.
So, I made up my mind to be listening to the word of God and was going to church deliberately and not just to please my aunt anymore. I did that for several months before an aunt also invited me to the fountain of life church in 2002. As a lover of music, when I saw the way the praise and worship session at the fountain went, I fell in love with the church. So I started moving. I was still staying at the other side then with my other aunt.
So instead of going to Redeemed, I would cross and come to Fountain and go home but after a while as God would have it as He knows this is where He wanted me to be I relocated to Ilupeju in 2003 and that was how Fountain became my home but I didn’t do my believers’ class till 2006. I believe that was the time God wanted me to do it.
I wouldn’t say I’m deep in the word yet or that I’ve gotten there but I’m no longer where I used to be. I am still growing and life has been wonderful with God.
In spite of everything when you tend to give your all to God and you trust Him; He would always show up for you and even when He doesn’t come through at the time you expect Him to, He knows best and when He is going to come through, He comes bigger. I can tell you that.
Seriously, there were times I felt I should give up and go back to the former lifestyle but because I made a deliberate decision never to return because I have tasted the other side and I know there is nothing there. All those things are just for a while. It is only Christ that keeps you out of crisis but outside of Christ you will only remain in crises. Even when you think you are enjoying. The enjoyment is going to lead to destruction. So when those challenging times come, I say to myself, “you’ve come too far to go back.”
And just like the bible says that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. So if you are still neither here nor there, I tell you, you are only short changing yourself because God has greater plans and a lot better plans for you so you can’t afford to sit on the fence because if you do like it says in the book of Revelations, those are the people that Christ is going to say to them on the last day depart from me you evil workers I don’t know you because you can’t afford to be cold or hot. It is better for you if you are holding on to Christ, hold onto Him all the way.
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