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Be Hospitable, even to Strangers

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (15)
Hebrews 13 New International Version (NIV)

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Prejudice against strangers is not a new thing in our world; this probably came from the dark ages when a wrong association with a stranger may result in you losing you livelihood or even your life. It’s therefore a common instruction to young ones not to talk to strangers and judging by some horrible stories in the news even in recent times, it’s probably not a superfluous instruction.

It’s however noteworthy that not all strangers are evil and not all those perpetuating the horrific practices are strangers. There is good and bad in every community. We are secretly afraid of things or people we don’t understand, let love and interest drive you not ignorance and fear. There is no fear in love; but perfect love drives out fear.

Majority of strangers are just people like us, they love, they hurt and they want to express themselves and be of help in any way possible. Some of the strangers we shut out are actually human angels sent by God into our lives.

As we find with people fleeing from waring countries and those displaced by the recent natural disasters, there’s no telling when you might become a stranger yourself.

Make today a turning point, open the windows of your heart and look outside with interest, it might surprise you what you’ll see. God bless.

Beware of TTT (thorn, tares & toxins)

Posted on March 28, 2015 at 8:07 PM Comments comments (29)
Matthew 13:24-30 (NIV)
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
“‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

There are various types of TTT, we’ll take time to discuss a few of them and how we may encounter or relate to them in our day to day lives.

Controlling TTT: they strive with everyone and they strive with you for everything, if it was possible they’ll like to take your seed from you. They’ll rubbish your seed unless they can get some recognition. Isaac was being weaned with a party which was customary at that time but Ishmael couldn’t stand his brother being celebrated, hence God sent him out into the wilderness.  Genesis 21:8&9 (NIV)The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking….

Volcano TTT: You have to tiptoe around them like pent-up damn ready to burst any moment; they are overly sensitive and can’t handle your dream. Only small people despise your big dreams, great people know you can be great too. The brothers of Joseph in the Bible were ready to kill him for his dream. They’ll rather see him dead than see his dream come true. Genesis 37:19 (NIV) Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”

Bully TTT: They have a strong need to feel better than the people around them; they need to bring others down to feel good in themselves.  The story of David and Goliath is one of the most popular Sunday school classic, however it nearly wasn’t written. David’s older brother Eliab would have bullied him into silence, but David wasn’t a boy to keep quiet when there is a reason to talk, he had too much fire in him. 1 Samuel 17:28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

Negative TTT: Rarely say anything positive about you or your contribution and always critical of your progress. They always have reasons why things won’t work. They can always spot a patch of cloud on a bright day and they always see the glass half empty never half full. These perpetually negative should not be confused with the logical realist. There’s a need to have a balanced and accurate approach sometimes; there are people with this unique gift. Without them our castles will remain in the air or crash into the earth, they help to build the necessary foundations to it. On the contrary, the negative TTT is not helpful, they are the ones who’ll stop us from moving unless all the lights ahead are green and since all the lights are never green, they prevent us from moving altogether. Account of the release of the Holy Spirit lead to a unique manifestation. People from various nations of the world were in Jerusalem, these visitors were so amazed to see the local disciples glorifying God in the various languages of the world. As spectacular as this sign was, some cynics were still negative about it. Acts 2:13 …Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Planted by the Waters

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 8:16 PM Comments comments (8)
Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the
Lord
,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

1 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

A seed is always small in comparison to the plant; every great thing starts with a seed. A small insignificant but potent seed will always deliver true to its type. Your seed may come in form of a small idea. Ideas don’t come roaring into your head all of the time sometimes it may come visiting first, flapping its delicate wings like a gentle butterfly, it perches on your head looking for a home. If entertained, it takes root in your mind and can grow to any size depending on how you feed it. The other day I read of simple ideas that became household names, the list will surprise you, from flip-flop to Kellogg’s cornflakes. One item on the list that I was naturally attracted to was Post-It. I have used tons of those over the years; however it was nice to know that this very practical product only occurred as a product of two accidents over a period of about 9 years, even then it didn’t become a successful product until about 5 years later.

Every seed before it can produce has to go through a process of death. This is a period when it looks like nothing is working, instead of growth; it looks more like the seed is decaying. This is probably similar to the story of Spencer Silver’s attempt of creating a supper adhesive for use in the aerospace industry but all he managed to produce was an incredibly weak one. At the time it looks like all efforts was wasted, after promoting it for about five years it was more or less shelved.

When your seed is sown, you don’t see it, in fact occasionally others may even walk over your ‘bare’ field to get into their own prospering field. At such time it may look like your seed is buried but not so, it’s only planted.

One main difference between a mango seed and a mango tree is water. Sometime, you are in a position to water your own seed and at other times you are at the expense of somebody else or even nature itself. It is your responsibility to abide by the waters. You may not be able to influence the rainfall in its frequency or intensity, however when the rain comes, make sure your seed is planted. When it was time for Post-It to be invented, Silver’s adhesive was already on the shelve waiting for Art Fry’s stroke of genius to use the adhesive to help keep his slips of paper in the hymnal and therefore preventing him from losing his page while singing in the choir. The rest is history today, I saw a report that the product generated $1b in 2012 and it is sold in over 100 countries.

 The rain profits you nothing unless your seed has been planted. Planting by faith should precede the waters otherwise the water profits you nothing.

Give your Seed Enough Reasons to Thrive II

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 2:23 AM Comments comments (16)

Stick with it
Gen 26:2 And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

It might have been great for Abraham to move from place to place because God said to him ‘walk through the land’. When it’s time for establishment and stability, you need to stay in one place, and be rooted. Depending on what your situation is, training, business or even relationship, you’ll need to find something or someone you can commit to and stay with it. Of course there will be times to take stock and possibly stop certain activities but you don’t jump and leave at every sight of opposition, defeat or even failure. Unless you stick to it long enough, most endeavours don’t yield any profit. Similar to the story of R. U. Darby as narrated by Napoleon Hill in his classic Think and Grow Rich, a lot of people still stop 'three feet from gold' today. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts –Winston Churchill


Deal with fear & Stay True

Gen.26:7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

Fear is a part of everyday for everybody, you lock your doors at night for the fear of a break-in, you drive safe and within the speed limit for the fear of causing harm to yourself or other road users or simply for the fear of the consequence of getting caught by the police, you indulge in personal hygiene for the fear catching illnesses or perhaps the fear of making people feel uncomfortable around you, the list is endless; to think fear is non-existent or irrelevant will be naïve.  There’s the fear that keeps you alive by making sure you don’t put yourself or others in harm’s way unnecessarily. While there is the real legitimate fear that has helped preserve communities for generations, there is also the fear that stops you in your tracks like a deer or rabbit in the headlights. There are the fears to walk or even run away from, but certain fears must be confronted. Every fear that seems to defy your identity and your values must be confronted at all cost. This usually is the fear that makes you want to conform to situations against your true judgment or simply succumb to peer pressure. Examine your worries and concerns and see if there’s any substance to them, chances are you’ll find for most worries, there isn’t.

There are certain prevalent cultures in some trades that are sustained by the power of number in spite of the fact that such practices are inherently wrong.  A good example of this is probably the politics at the top of most if not all organisations. The dog-eat-dog attitude of partisan politics has nothing to do with nation running most of the time. You must examine the culture you have adopted and see if it’s in line with your values. It’s like stepping out of the line every now and then a wise man said; see if the queue is going where you want to go, what use is it climbing to the top of a ladder to then find out it was leaning on the wrong wall.


Connect deeper

Gen. 25:25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there:

This is probably easier for people of faith; faith in God, family, community, nation etc. Everyone is like a drifting dinghy until they connect to something bigger and deeper than themselves. This probably determines a lot about your core values, there are things you don’t do not only because they are not good but also because of values you hold sacred due to your connection. Every now and then we all get to a point when we are tested by life or circumstances to the peak of our strength, what keeps most from falling, giving in or failing at such time is a value from within much greater than individual desire for pleasure or personal glory.


It will work

Gen 26:32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.

Isaac was pushed out of from the city of Gerar because the Philistines envied his success. He moved to the valley of Gerar where he founded a place called Beersheba.

Beersheba today is referred to as the capital of the Negev and the seventh largest city in Israel. This goes to prove that if you do things right and persist, it will work out well.

Many of the great businesses of today began small many years ago. Whatever it is you chose to do, make it the best you can make it, don’t cut corners and don't settle for acceptable. I once read an account of Michelangelo's painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling which I haven’t been able to confirm. The story narrates how the painter took time to reveal every little detail on the wings of the angels; at one point he was dissuaded by his assistant who said to the great artist, “no one is going to see it there”. The artist made it the best he could regardless though he had to work under very challenging situations and with the artificial light of the time, probably candles. Today, over 500 years later, the whole place is illuminated and tourists queue round the block daily to see it. “Make every day your masterpiece” –John Wooden

Give your Seed Enough Reasons to Thrive

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 12:09 PM Comments comments (7)

Genesis 26:1-4&12 (KJV) And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.

Isaac named his settlement Beersheba, the word which has been translated by some scholars to mean or imply 7 wells believed to have been dug by Isaac. While I’m trying to avoid allegory as much as possible, I’m conscious of the fact that ‘multiple streams of income’ enthusiasts can pick on this and ague that you need a minimum of seven sources of income, an idea that I’ve probably taught in the past. Perhaps I need to state here that I’ve got nothing against multiple streams of income, as long as they are streams. The problem is I look around and all I see sometimes are puddles; make sure it is a stream before you go to the next one.  

My take on the seven wells is very simple; you must give yourself at least 7 reasons to thrive in anything you’re doing. Don’t be deceived, the world is quite complicated and can be extremely challenging; the more reasons you have to thrive the more likely it is that you will.  
There is a remarkable difference between Isaac and Abraham; Abraham kept livestock principally, Isaac sowed in the land and kept livestock. The implication of this is their needs are different. Abraham can get up and go at any time, he was migratory, Isaac had to be sedentary. Their risks are different, Isaac’s risks are more from the elements of nature, Abraham’s most significant risk is from thieves and plunderers which were prevalent at that time. 

In the middle ages, the only lasting settlements were created by farming communities. Adam Smith asserts in ‘Wealth of Nations’ that displacing the Native Americans was probably possible because at the time, they were mainly hunting communities. They had no reasons to want to stay and fight for their lands. However it was a different story in western Africa because the natives had no alternative but to fight back, their land was their livelihood.  


You’re a choice seed: you must understand that your seed is significant. It’s not uncommon for individuals to look down on their own ideas. This perhaps is a product of past experiences of being pushed down, held back and castigated for many years. It is almost like the popular ‘flea in a Jar’ story. As the story goes a scientist placed a number of fleas in a glass jar. They quickly jumped out. He then put the fleas back into the jar and placed a glass lid over the top. The fleas began jumping and hitting the glass lid, falling back down into the jar. After a while, the fleas were conditioned to the presence of the glass lid. The scientist then removed the glass lid as it was no longer needed to keep the fleas in the jar.  A while back I had an experience where I was in between jobs for a year and half, even though I sent out and average of 50 responses to job adverts a week, it still took that long to get another job. Unless you’ve been through it, you can only imagine the effect of such prolonged experience on someone’s moral. No matter how long yours has lasted for, you must start believing in yourself and your abilities again. You are Choice seed and capable of great things.


Prepare your field: The seed does well only in the right place; you must find the right field for your seed. This has to do with finding the right location, not all seeds will survive in all weathers. Kenya, Columbia and Brazil seem to rank highest among coffee growing countries. You must find the climate that’s best for your seed.  This could mean finding locations where your service is required in terms of business venture or identifying areas where you can make a difference.  After identifying the right location, you need to do all you can to make it ready for your seed; this is similar to breaking up the ground to make the soil loose to allow adequate air and water into the ground. You must find or create opportunities to meet and mingle with your prospects. In other to achieve this, sometimes, it might be necessary to learn new skills or acquire necessary tools.

Matthew 13:8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
Jeremiah 4:3 This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem: “Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.


Plant your seed: No matter how good a seed is, if it must grow at all, it must be sowed. Sometimes even after doing all you can you still feel inadequate this may be for more reasons than simply being unprepared. There are some inertial that won’t leave you till you start the process. I once read the account of a couple’s first attempt at sky diving, they were so uptight and apprehensive before the jump but according to them all the fears disappeared the moment they jumped out of the aeroplane. At such times you must remember this phrase I saw on the TV the other day, I think it was  from a Virgin advert, ‘An idea is not an idea till you make it happen; life doesn’t come to you, you’ll have to go to it’.

Matt. 13:3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.


Protect your Seed: Seeds are attractive to devourers. Your seed is your investment; it must be protected at all cost. You can’t possibly anticipate every risk but you must do all you can to mitigate every risk you can anticipate. The risks may come in various ways, some apparent others not so obvious. Some may even come as unsolicited advises from some well-meaning friends or loved ones.

Mark 4:4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
Revelation 12:1-5 (NLT) 12 Then I witnessed in heaven an event of great significance. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant, and she cried out because of her labor pains and the agony of giving birth. Then I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky, and he threw them to the earth. He stood in front of the woman as she was about to give birth, ready to devour her baby as soon as it was born. She gave birth to a son who was to rule all nations with an iron rod. And her child was snatched away from the dragon and was caught up to God and to his throne.


Guard against the weeds: There are good seeds and bad seeds, the weed in this instance are unnecessary clusters that might be competing with the legitimate crop. Competition may arise regarding space, nourishment or time. Not all competition appears bad at the beginning, some may even look like a worthwhile venture but you’ll need to shelve them to make room for your legitimate goal. Some people are very good at focusing on the task at hand no matter what and seeing it through to completion, while others are easily confused or distracted with the number of the available options. It’s a bit like going shopping for toothpaste in a big store, your options are endless these days but you only need one.


Matt. 13:24&25 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.



My life; a Seed

Posted on February 7, 2015 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (11)

Genesis 26:4 (KJV) And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven….While this refers to the proverbial seed meaning the fruit of the body; we are also looking at the literal interpretation of this promise.

Mark 4:26-28 (KJV)
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.


One Seed - by Rosemary Phillips

There once was a seed that decided to grow
While others laughed and teased,
But that seed just wouldn’t say “No”,
In itself it truly believed.

The seed took root and grew real tall
While others laughed and teased,
“You won’t last long, you’ll only fall.”
Yet the seed became a tree.


Now that tree is fully grown
Now it’s making seeds
Strong enough – it won’t be long
As they grow up into trees.

Next time that you’re seeking shade
You’ll find it under a tree
Remember that seed and the risk it made
How it grew for you and me.

Chorus Twice:
It took one seed to make a difference
It took one seed to grow up tall
It took one seed to have the courage
One seed that’s all.


Every seed has Potentials & Capabilities ·        


  • Potentials: this is exactly what it says, potentials. By definition it is latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness. It is not what is but what can be, it refers to the ability of the seed based on its condition and inherent genetic codes. In the same way we all carry a unique seed hidden within our DNA by God the creator. Unveiling this seed is called self-discovery; it only happens though a critical process of self-examination.·        



  • Capabilities: this refers to the ability of the seed to yield its potentials. Here is a definition I like ‘A capability is the ability to perform or achieve certain actions or outcomes through a set of controllable and measurable faculties, features, functions, processes…’-Wikipedia. While all mango seeds can grow into a mango tree, not all mango trees yield fruits at the same level. The final performance of every seed is a function of many factors, intrinsic and extrinsic.  



  • Be true and honest to yourself :The seed is preprogrammed and can only deliver to type. The treasures you can express are the treasures you carry. You can’t bring out what’s not in you. While you can be encouraged by another person’s performance in their own area of strength, you must find your own area of strength and develop it

     
  • Value your seed: The seed sometimes looks ordinary, but you must value it, believing that though it might be small, it is significant. Chances are if you don’t value it, you won’t appreciate it. You only invest into things you appreciate e.g. relationship, ideas, skills etc.


  • Seed is always faithful: A seed responds regardless, because it is programed to. When you appreciate your seed and invest into it, the seed responds to your appreciation by increasing in value. All things being equal, your seed responds faithfully to you faithfulness. If you diligently concentrate on your talent and invest the right amount of effort, you can build it to the level that’ll yield you enormous returns.

  • Freedom from other unhelpful materials: There are things you must keep your seed from if it must deliver; Heat, Pests, naysayers and so on. Intense temperature: Heat is required for your seed to grow; it remains dormant if the heat is inadequate. Sometimes you the right amount of heat in your life to bring out the best in you. Make room: you must make room for your seed to thrive, this means concentrating on your seed and servicing its needs.



…to be continued



See it Through

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 12:44 AM Comments comments (9)

Genesis 26:16-22 (NIV)
Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.

Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”


Plan every aspect of your goal: Goal setting involves establishing specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-targeted (S.M.A.R.T) goals.


Secure your Critical path: Ring-fence your critical supplies first. Water is critical to life, you simply can’t survive without it. You must find out what represents water to you or your business activities. To somebody, it’s probably nearness to the public; you need to be on the high street or other places where the foot count is very high while to another person the further away from the public the better.


Easy wins: Before digging new wells, Isaac reopened existing wells; don’t be in a hurry to reinvent the wheel. Start yourself up with some easy wins; this will help release the feel good hormones dopamine which among other things is very important for the emotional wellbeing.


Maintain Peace: Always follow peace and even if you need to move on, do so peacefully. I’m particularly fascinated by the way Isaac dealt with the issues around the wells taken from him. This is more of interest to me because of this phrase from the story; ‘…And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we’. The significance of this is, the man along with his great servants could insist on fighting for their right. This could result into violence which Isaac probably will win but that will not have been anyway comparable to the peaceful victory he got. By the way I can understand there will inevitably be times to fight for rights, however it is a lot more difficult to achieve a win-win. It’s nearly impossible to build and fight a war at the same time. The cost of fighting is enormous, Human, morale, finance and otherwise. The First World War ended nearly 100 years ago. Great Britain still has an outstanding debt of £2bilion to pay from the loans taken to fight it let alone the subsequent wars since then. War is a costly business.


Remember Murphy’s Law: if anything can go wrong, chances are it will. Plan against attacks along the journey, if you have anything of value, expect it to be attacked, make your position unassailable rather live in hope that the enemy won’t come.


Be intentional about your growth and development: Galatians 4:1-2 (KJV) 4 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.


Be intentional about your company/right partner; there are people you can’t spend time with and there are people you must spend time with. Some will enhance your journey while other will draw you away and distract you.

Numbers 10:29 (KJV) And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses' father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the Lord said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the Lord hath spoken good concerning Israel.

Exodus 12:38 And a mixedmultitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

Numbers 11:4 (KJV) And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?


Persistence; this is an interesting concept because until your breakthrough sometimes, you might not have any physical sign. Persistence only comes into play after you’re tired, it says, ‘try one more time’

Isaac kept digging in spite of opposition, another side of the story is we don’t know how many times they dug without finding water.
Moses kept going back to Pharaoh with the same message, ‘let my people go’
Luke 18:2-5 (KJV)Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

Be expectant: It has been said many times, expectation enhances manifestation, you need to expect things to turn out good and most of the time they will.

Matthew 17:19-20 (KJV)Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Right Beginning is half done

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 7:17 PM Comments comments (5)

Genesis 26:1&2(NIV) Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.

The patriarch Isaac was instructed to stay in the land of famine and he obeyed. Because of his obedience, God blessed him and made him so great that the natives pushed him away out of envy. He left to settle in the valley, I guess he was allowed to stay in the valley because it’s probably a waste land that nobody wants. In this waste land, he started digging for wells because he had no choice. Water is one of the basic needs for survival if not the ultimate need. Sometimes adversity has a way of bringing out the best in you which sometimes you never knew was there. “Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.” -Johnathan Swift  

You just need the right pressure to bring out the real you; there is a gift you carry which should be a solution to your world. The natives kept taking the well probably not because they wanted so much to frustrate him but because they needed the water as well. You have a unique wisdom which must find expression this year.   

Home Depot is one of the great American companies today with revenue of nearly $79bilion in 2014. It give the impression of the great American dream, however Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank the co-founders only started it in 1978 because they got fired from Handy Dan another home improvement company that has since gone out of business. While this is not an encouragement to leave your job or get yourself fire, it’s a proof that with the right plan, contact and effort something really good can come out of every bad situation.


Right /wrong destination; the first question to ask on this subject is, 'how do you make you decisions' this will be so vital in getting the question of destination night. This isn't so much about how quickly you make your decisions but the mechanisms involved. There are books written on the subject of decision making. From one that I read a while back the author explains that we make decisions using two components of our brains, one controls our emotions while the other deals with our logic. Some experiences from our past enhance a positive decision while others, negative. The good times we put in our pockets, the bad times we save in our hearts a wise man said. It follows therefore that all the decisions we make have a combination of these two; feelings and reasons. How else do you explain the urge to do various silly things and even some things that are harmful to your health?


A lot of people make decisions by default; a good example of this is when you get time sensitive information that requires an action, due to your inactivity, sometime a decision could be made on your behalf rightly or wrongly.


Another way we decide is by proxy, this is applicable when we sometimes allow other people to make decisions for us.


Some other times we simply make no decision at all but simply follow the crowd and if the crowd we are following happen to be going the right way for us, great! It's probably important to sound a note of caution here; sometimes you'll need to empower others to make certain decisions on your behalf for various reasons.


This year, whatever you do make sure it’s what you want to do and whichever way it turns out, take responsibility for the result.


  1. Listen to God: God is always willing to speak as long as we are willing to listen. Ask God specific question and it will amaze you that He’ll respond. Sometime the response may come as information, inspiration and some other times as an instruction. He may answer you directly or indirectly like when he speaks to you though other people or circumstances.
  2. Situation Analysis: What is motivating the need for a decision? What would happen if no decision is made? Who will the decision impact (both directly and indirectly)? What data, analytics, research, or supporting information do you have to validate the inclinations driving your decision?
  3. Subject your Decision to Scrutiny: Nearly every decision we make has an impact on somebody else, directly or indirectly. While some decisions are only trivial with no serious consequence for getting it wrong, others are so important that it can change the course of your life or sometimes an entire family. I call such destiny decisions. A good example is the question of who to get married to, what career to go into and so on. When you subject such decisions to scrutiny, a trusted friend, Spouse or mentor will come with two new pair of eyes and will usually see things you didn’t. This small exercise can save you a lot of heart ache in the future.
  4. Count the Cost/Benefit: Like a good investment, a good decision will usually have a price tag to it; however, the value far outweighs the cost. If you decide to lose weight for instance, it will cost you in many ways. A decision to back to college will cost you not only in money but effort. A decision to be closer to God will cost you immensely, you’ll have to make time to commune with Him, you will lose your interest and taste for some things. You’ll need to cultivate His presence which could reduce the time you spend on some other activities or relationships. Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV) Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

God is doing a New thing

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Scriptural References; 1 Chronicles 4:9-10(NIV)Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Genesis 26:16-20 (NIV)Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him.

God is able and wants to do a new thing with us, in us and through us in any situation we may be in. It makes no difference whether we are in the valley, plain or mountain top, God wants to start with us wherever we are. We must be willing, courageous and persistent. As powerful as God is, He can do nothing without our willingness.

Courage is only relevant in the face of opposition, from the story above, Isaac kept moving and digging until his adversaries gave up. ‘Success is like wrestling a Gorilla,’ a wise man asserts, ‘you don’t quit when you’re tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired’.

‘Victory belongs to the most persevering’ -Napoleon Bonaparte. When embarking on any worthy cause, there will always be many reasons to want to quit. Some of such reasons are simply personal reaction to pressure, you’ll soon overcome these by your determination to continue. Some other ones are more real and extremely difficult to confront such as opposition in the line of pursuit or sometimes even health issues that seem to defy all treatment. At such times you must persevere, the darkest hour of the night is only about one hour to morning.

Victory is usually nearer than you think.

In addition anything we do, there’s a well we must do all we can to keep flowing… John 7:38 (KJV) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. This is like the proverbial water coming out from under the threshold of the door of the temple in the book of Ezekiel 47. Flowing eastwards and bringing healing wherever it goes, as we tend it, this water must grow into a river imparting life to every dead place we go.  

Get ready to fight back

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Pastor Wale 11/09/11
2Timothy 4:7, Heb.11:30-40
No matter what fights you've been involved with, the biggest fight yet is with yourself.
The greatest fighters of all time are usually revealed by opportunities, extraordinary challenges in an ordinary day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
7 Reasons why people don't fight back
 
  1. Indecision; it's okay to grief or be sad when the unexpected happen but beyond that make a decision; fight or flight is always going to be a conscious choice
  2. Abandonment or letting things drift; in this case nothing moves forward, things get worse. Take control, even if all you can do is to prepare yourself ahead of time before the next opportunity shows up. Be sensitive about what's all around you.
  3. The fear and shame of failure; Among other factors, this is one of the most dangerous and common attributes of an unsuccessful life, try many times if you have to chances are you wouldn’t have tried as much as Thomas Edison in the invention of the light bulb; When Thomas Edison was interviewed by a young reporter who boldly asked Mr. Edison if he felt like a failure and if he thought he should just give up by now. Perplexed, Edison replied, "Young man, why would I feel like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp." And shortly after that, and over 10,000 attempts, Edison invented the light bulb.
  4. Bottle neck executive syndrome; Established systems are good but there are times when you've got to think out of the box and (within principle)do what you've got to do. Esther the queen had to go in to see the king contrary to....
  5. Re-assignment; passing on your responsibility, this goes alongside taking responsibility. You cannot delegate your legitimate responsibility
  6. Lack of cooperation; when everyone decides to go solo rather than synergize as the saying goes ‘none of us is ever as good as all of us’
  7. Lack of bigger picture; if all you can see are personal benefits, you surely don’t have the big picture. The chances are you won’t be able to achieve anything significant or muster the energy to fight back unless you begin to look beyond yourself.
 
 
 
There's a hero story inside every one of us irrespective of our present situation, of course there are sacrifices that'll need to be paid. Until you fight back, you don't know what victory awaits you. It’s time to fight back Start NOW!
 
 
 
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