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24Jan
Make up your mind!
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Romans 16:25 – Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past

A man/woman without conviction is like someone giving life an extremely limp wristed handshake. 

I love the conviction of Paul in the bible. He was so convinced of who He was that He would often write about himself ” Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God (Colossians 1:1, 2 Timothy 1:1, Ephesians 1:1). And with regards to his messages, He boldly refers to it as “MY GOSPEL”…notice how unapologetic he was! 

I think people who do significant things with their lives are people of great conviction. They are people who are clear about what they believe and who they are. Paul still has critics today, but i believe that it is this clarity about who he had become by the grace of God that sets him head and shoulders above his peers. No one can take away the product of his conviction – 2/3rds of the best selling book of all time! 

Everyone – critics & cheerleaders alike – has an opinion about who you are and where you are headed. I think most people spend their lives living out what others think about them. I reckon that’s a one way route to destination mediocre, because you will always be dancing to the tune of the opinion poles and you never get the chance to be yourself long enough to be good at being you! 

One of the things I love about being a person of faith is that I can find out who I am FROM MY MAKER! So can you!

Whatever you do, there’s always going to be someone who has an opinion of who you are and who you should be…and you will wear yourself out if you live to prove them wrong or prove them right. It’s like being tossed around by every wind of doctrine! (Ephesians 4:14)

Find out who you are. Be clear about you are. People should confirm who you are not tell you who you are. Honestly, regularly & truthfully review your beliefs, and stay true to them. 

In order to get good at being you, you’ll have to spend your life being you. I believe that everything that God has for you is reserved for the real you, not the you that everyone thinks you are or should be. 

Spend your life being you! 

Have a brilliant weekend

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29Nov
DON’T MIND THE “EXPERTS”. WORK YOUR “LITTLE” GIFT!!
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I recently came across some people having a conversation about somebody who has (in my opinion) a God given platform to speak to millions of people every day. Typically it was a conversation around how in their “expert” opinion, this person was shallow and didn’t know enough about what he supposedly represents. It always cracks me up when I see people with little or no results pontificating about someone who has achieved more than these “experts”) could ever dream about with all their knowledge! 

The truth in many ways concerning this preacher in question, is that there is not a lot of substance in what they preach. But here is another amazing truth: this guys and his team ARE WORKING THE LITTLE THEY HAVE!! They are WORKING IT with everything they have! The thing that annoys these “experts” is that the more they criticize this dude, the more his platform expands. 

A lot of times, life is not about how much you know, it about what you do with what you know! Jesus’ parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 highlights this point. The “experts” are like the 5 talent guy, but instead of working what they have like the guy in the parable does, they are busy analysing how little the gift of the 2 talent guy is. Meanwhile the 2 talent guy is busy WORKING HIS 2 TALENTS!! 

Don’t pay attention to those who think little of your gift. Don’t mind those who think you don’t qualify because of something in your past, your education, your background, your style, your weaknesses or even your personality. Yield the little you know to the Grace of God. You might be the least in your field, but God’s grace can empower you to “Labour more than them all” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

You were not called for the audience of the “experts”. God called you to a life lived for the AUDIENCE OF ONE (Jesus). The “Little” you have been given is what makes your life worth it. 

DON’T MIND THE “EXPERTS”. WORK YOUR “LITTLE” GIFT!!

 

 

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06Nov
PUT ON YOUR FIGHTING FACE!
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(MY FIGHTING FACE!)

People who train you in health and safety often advice that before you lift a load, you need to first evaluate the load to see if you can lift it by yourself or if you need help. In life we always face various situations in which we are consciously or unconsciously evaluating what we face and trying to make a decision on whether we are able to tackle the situation by our strength or if we will need help.

Fear sets in when upon evaluation of the load that HAS to move, you find that you don’t have strength equal to the task ahead. This is where you still need a job, but feel you can’t stand another rejection! You still need to be made well, but you can’t stand hoping for a better report this time. You still want a good relationship, but you don’t have the strength to be vulnerable enough to trust again. You want a first class degree but you can’t stand the possibility of failing your exams.

At this point, you can either step sideways or backwards onto another load that you feel your strength can handle, or you step up to the task ahead of you in spite of the disparity between your strength and the strength of what you face. I recommend the later, because the former is a GUARANTEED PATH TO MEDIOCRITY! I recommend you put on your fighting face…not the cute one…the ugly one that comes by default when you mean business…Yeah that one…put it on and step up to the plate!

I believe in God. If you are willing to consider that He is God, He has made some pretty awesome promises to be your helper. He even backed this promise up with a covenant! Check out the following passages from the bible:

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. (Isaiah 40:28, 29 NKJV)

Not only is He the God who gives you strength when you are weakened by what you face, He has also promised to always be with you ; Hebrews 13:5 – Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Today, you can step up to the plate, put on your fighting face and say BOLDLY “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6 NKJV)

STEP UP! WITH GOD, THERE IS NOTHING MEDIOCRE ABOUT YOU. WALK TOWARDS THAT THING KNOWING THAT THE LORD IS YOUR HELLPER!

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02Jul
Death can be the best time of your life!
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Death can be the best time of your life!

In the last week there have been a few reports of people who died, and it has been quite interesting to see how we respond to death.

To a lot of people death is the worst thing that can ever happen to them or to any other person. This is because most of us (Including some christians) are uncertain about what happens after death! This uncertainty is the reason we try to live life with one goal…not dying! (Even though the whole point of life is death…we’ll have to look at that another time)

Unfortunately the person who is afraid of death is the one that is open to all kinds of manipulation. The terrorists can only terorise someone who is afraid of dying! The quack preacher can only con someone who is full of the fear of death. What you fear the most has the greatest potential to control & manipulate you.

Check out what the bible says about JESUS, and what He did when He came a few thousand years ago…

HEBREWS 2:14-15 (MSG) Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.

Jesus offers an alternative to living life full of the fear of death! He embraced death so that we don’t have to be afraid of death. He makes a bold promise that anyone who simply chooses to BELIEVE in HIM will never die (John 3:16). You don’t need to do enough good things to buy that security of receiving that promise, you simply need to TRULY believe! Right living will eventually follow right believing.

If I die, please cry only because you will miss me…I think it’ll be plain rude not to cry if i die! But be extremely happy for me because I believe in Jesus that Man from Galilee. Just like Paul in the bible, I love being here, I love life, but I am fully convinced that the best part of my life only begins when my body dies. I get to walk on streets on Gold. I get to speak with Jesus face to face! I get a glorified body! I am fully convinced that the best part of living is dying. If you know anyone who died believing in Jesus, I understand that you miss them, and I pray that the Spirit of God Himself will confort you. But I the truth, the highest form of reality is that their life just got soooooooooooooo good!

Today you can get that same assurance of life after death. Simply choose to believe that Jesus is the Son of God & that He came to save you from sin. Which means you’ll have to acknowlege that you are a sinner, not because of what you’ve done/are doing, but because you are human! Accroding to the bible because of what Adam did, we are now born into sin. If you choose to believe these things and you are bold enough to say it out loud with your mouth to God, today, you can have the same assurance of faith!

If you already believe in Jesus and you have confessed Him as your Lord, like John says in 1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. Don’t live iife afraid of death! Death is the best thing that could ever happen to you!

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27Jun
Let God.
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Let go & Let God

…that’s probably one of the cheesiest advice you can give/receive. However if applied, it’s also one of the most prominent reasons we get to see the end of our faith!

God always gives us dreams that are bigger than our current station. Dreams that have so many unknowns. We don’t like unknowns because we can’t control unknowns! However if your dreams will go past being just a dream, then we need to learn to be comfortable with ambiguity.

I pray that you find the courage in God to step into the “unknown”. That you will recognise that the everything that is unknown to you is known God. I pray that we learn trust God with our “unknowns” and remain faithful in that which we do know.

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11Jun
Have you become a storm expert?
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When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! ” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really yo

u, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. (Matthew 14:26-30 NLT)

One thing that is constant in life is storms. Rich, poor, tall, short, skinny, bigbonned, black, white, Pink, green, whoever you are, wherever you come from, storms are inevitable!

Here is another inevitable truth, at some point, irrespective of your religious persuasion or your background, Jesus will be presented to you as the saviour walking on water, right above the storms! A some point you will hear that Jesus is a healer, that He is able to give you real peace about what happens in the after life, that He is also able to give you wisdom for what you are facing today. I pray that when Jesus is presented to you, like Peter, you’ll be bold enough to take Jesus at His Word…I believe you will find that He is who He said He is if you dared to believe Him.

For those who have already believed like Peter and have experienced “walking on water”…i.e. you’re experiencing the peace of knowing that your eternity is secure, you have/are experiencing His provision, Healing etc…storms still rage in our lives. The beauty of being a believer is that we have a saviour for life! A saviour we can simply call out to, just like Peter did!

Unfortunately most of us have become STORM EXPERTS! We reckon, it can’t be as simple as calling out to Jesus…this is a storm we’re talking about! So we opt for reading books about managing the storm of depression, poverty, addiction. We compare notes on storm managements. We attend conferences on overcoming demonic storms, sin storms. We write blogs about people who, by our “intelligent” estimation are not good storm managers and write off those who are sinking or even those who we also “intelligently” estimate to have sunk!

Now I believe in teaching about practical things to do with relationships, money, business etc, because some of the problems believers face have nothing to do with the devil or demonic attacks. It could just be a case of ignorance or a lack of common sense in that particular area. The health problems we could be facing might not have anything to do with the prince of Persia trying to stop your purpose & destiny!! It might just be that 3 spoons of sugar in each of the 12 cups of tea/coffee you have a day is not exactly God’s best for you!…I digress…

Here is where I’m going, Storm Management cannot be a substitute for the simple act of calling out to Jesus! Being saved from whatever you need saving from, need not be as complicated as we make it out to be. Never elevate anything, any teaching above the simple act of looking to Jesus to help you to start doing the impossible, and to bring you back to the top when it appears that you’re sinking!

Jesus is the your saviour from the storms! I pray that as you begin to look to Him like you once did, you will experience the storm calming, faith building power found in the person of Jesus!

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30Mar
Some things are more important than being understood
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The high priests, along with the religion scholars and leaders, were right there mixing it up with the rest of them, having a great time poking fun at him: “He saved others—he can’t save himself! King of Israel, is he? Then let him get down from that cross. We’ll all become believers then! He was so sure of God—well, let him rescue his ‘Son’ now—if he wants him! He did claim to be God’s Son, didn’t he?” Even the two criminals crucified next to him joined in the mockery. (Matthew 27:41-44 MSG)

On the Friday, Saturday & even the Sunday of the first “Easter”, whilst Jesus hung on the cross & whilst He was in the grave, doing the very thing He was born to do, He was probably misunderstood the most! Those He was born to lead into new realms of limitless possibilities, completely misunderstood Him! Check out some of the things they said in the passage above.

When Jesus was in the grave, even those who walked with him for the last 3 years went into hiding. I’d like to say that if I was there, I wouldn’t have gone into hiding…but as I imagine what must have been going through the minds of the disciples, I’m not too sure what I would have done ((honest people say hoooHa). They would have been asking, how could He die, He was the messiah, He preached great messages of faith & hope, we even used His power to cast out demons, He even raised the dead…How could he allow mere men to treat Him like a common criminal? Are there no armies that could defend Him in this kingdom He always talked about? At this point in time, the events would have been really difficult to understand…

Ground breaking pioneers are often misunderstood in their generation. Leaders who are truly creating new realities are often misunderstood by those they lead. I believe that Jesus was misunderstood the most at the height of fulfilling His destiny. I am so relieved that He didn’t take instruction from those who didn’t understand what He was about.

Great leaders are those who have embraced being misunderstood. Great leaders are those who refuse to be instructed by the reaction, comments and actions of those who misunderstand them. Great leaders are those who have developed confidence that their vision, calling or destiny will vindicate them.

Stay focused, don’t be mad at those who misunderstand you, don’t make it your mission to make everyone understand you. Every God given vision or destiny will vindicate you when it is fully manifested. Focus your energy on fulfilling your purpose…on the 3rd day of your “Easter” weekend, when the fullness of your purpose has been manifested, your vision will speak, loudly & clearly! Jesus’ life was explained fully in His death & resurrection.

The purpose of God in you is more important and more valuable than being understood.

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12Feb
Children of the Promise
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Galatians 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.

Who is a child of promise? Here are some answers put in different ways.

A child of the promise is one who knows that Everything they achieve is not according to their personal effort, it is according the promise we received from God! Our boldness to stand before God comes only as a result of our confidence or faith in the promise He made to us by grace.

Children of the promise are those who are only confident that the promises of God for our lives, our callings, our generation, our families will happen in our lives simply because God has chosen to do things in spite of our short comings and not because of our perfection!

Children of promise are those whose only confidence is that God will do something they don’t deserve in their life!

Children of promise are those who believe that the only reason anything manifests on your life is because of the promise that God made to us out of His own good will and not because we did anything to deserve it!

I am a child of promise! All I have is the promise! I am empowered by the promise!

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25Jan
Thank God for Ishmael, but Ishmael is NOT Isaac!
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There are always options that apparently look like alternatives to what God said to you. These options often sound logical and even reasonable. But the truth is that nothing compares to God’s Word to you.

God’s Word to Abraham was that he & Sarah would have a son. Having a son with Hagar seems logical, reasonable & even produces an Ishmael, a son who was also mightily blessed by God. But no matter how blessed Ishmael is, he will never be an Isaac!

So many of us are rejoicing in & testifying about our Ishmaels, when God had promised you Isaac! Is that you today?

I don’t know about you, I want my Isaac!

Lets make a decision to stick to the Word God gave you. Don’t settle for less than what His Word says about you & your circumstance. As you hold on to the Word of God, you are literally investing in truth…John 17:17 tells is that God’s Word is truth…the highest form of reality! Investments in the truth will ALWAYS yield great dividends!

Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Hebrews 10:35 – So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded 

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14Jan
What you see now is not all that there is!
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Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. (Acts 12:7 NLT)

This year don’t despair because the judgement has been passed…don’t reach a conclusion about your future on the basis of the chains around your wrists! Don’t be scared because you can see that sickness eating away at you…don’t despair because you can see your children appearing to go deeper and deeper into drugs…at the right time God will equip you with a fresh Word! When you are equipped with a Word, nothing will stop you! Chains will fall off you on account of God’s Word! Doors open on account of God’s Word!

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