Isaiah 48:17 NIV
This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.
*It is dangerous to build a theology on a second hand experience...
Many people like to use an example or testimony of others as a road map towards your own success. There is nothing wrong with admiring another person's God given success, as the success of the devil is not true success, but a set up. However, testimonies and examples are meant to fire up your own faith and broaden your mind towards the array of possibilities that God can have for you. Better yet, they are meant to show the power of His capabilities, and direct you towards asking God HOW to achieve your own blessings and miracles. However, testimonies are not necessarily meant for u to copy the efforts of another individual. You have to ask yourself what is your motive behind that? Seeking God first (Matt. 6:33) leads to receiving all things, not copying someone else to obtain the same effects. After all, we are not copies of each other. We are made in His image (2 Cor. 5:17); therefore, wouldn't you want to seek discernment and success from the one who created you and uniquely designed your purpose? Otherwise, your sacrifice and efforts from copying someone else is thoughtless and meaningless because you were meant to experience things differently for edification purposes of your own, unique ministry. Now, that's not to say don't seek counsel from Godly advisors that God leads to you, but make sure they were led to you and ask God HOW to apply the information to your own, unique situation. Get fired up regarding the fact that if God can make a way for them, He can definitely do it for u and perhaps greater bc you are seeking Him authentically...God is a CREATOR; therefore there is no room for imitation and duplication when He wants you to have your own, unique story to tell as you grow in your ministry. Even if you go through the same situation as someone else, it is still being experienced differently bc of your unique qualities and mindset.