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You have the power to get wealth




I want to explore these few words I read in the Book saying 'But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant.......'.  It refers to you first. The power is within because the creator dwells within us if we have the faith to believe he does. The beginning of the verse actually mentions remembering him. We need to be in communion with the one that dwells inside us then the rest of the words makes sense.  We all like to quote the highlighted bit and forget it comes first. Everything we receive from above is by faith and this is very difficult for many to accept.  Faith involves taking action, faith without works is dead.

Why do we need faith?  We need it because He gives you the power so that you have the resources to make a difference in the world. We need it to fulfill our purpose on earth. We are blessed to be a blessing. As we bless others, our lives are enriched. You will be receiving power from someone you cannot see. That takes faith. Faith takes the first step even though it cannot see the whole staircase according to  Martin Luther King Jr. Proverbs 3:6 encourages us to remember God in everything we do and He will direct our ways.Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

In defining wealth you need to be comparing yourself to those who have less than you. Am I saying here, ‘don’t aspire for greatness by looking at the people wealthier than you’.  I’m simply saying by comparing yourself to people less privileged, you have the opportunity to continually give praises to your Creator who is always willing to endow you with more.  Look at the needs all over the world. where do you place yourself? This article helps to put things in perspective. It has some shocking statistics.
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5 ways to get rid of fear

Fear is real.  It is sometimes disguised as excuses.  It is defined as False Evidence Appearing Real. ‘Fear not’ appears 365 times in the bible some say.It doesn’t  appear exactly as quoted but could be ‘be courageous’. It is a destiny robber. It is the creator of many identified and unidentified diseases. Fear and doubt are twins. It is crippling. Fear if not dealt with can lead to health issues, especially mental ones like anger, hate and the list going on.

Fear can come in dressed in many attires:

  • Fear of failure (caution)
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of success (always disguised in false humility)
  • Fear of anything technical
  • Fear of people
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of Loss
  • Fear of rejection

Naomi has a high powered job with a big firm. She was recently challenged to start her own business having heard a preacher for so long. She considered the big salary she would loose but against this is the children she never knew because they were being cared for by house help. domestic life had greatly suffered. One day she summed up courage and resigned from her job to start her own business. Six months later she reported, ‘my income in six months has superseded my income in one year’.  We need to face our fears. Continue reading 5 ways to get rid of fear

Count it all Joy

‘Count  it  all joy when you fall into various trials or temptations, knowing that the testing handof your faith produces patience’. James 1:2 It  goes on to state that patience produces maturity and contentment.

This is another challenging verse. Our natural reaction is to be angry, disturbed, upset when bad situations arise.

If I lose my job, I should count it all joy? This requires a high level of thinking or maturity. Loosing your job is not the end of the world. It may be an opportunity to regroup and enter a different industry or take on another challenge. Opportunities abound in many difficulties only if we have the eyes to see it. Rejoicing in the midst of adversity may be the key that just unlocks the opportunities

I thought I’m supposed to avoid difficult situations or curse people who bring such situations into my life. The answer is not avoiding situations or feeling bad when they occur but in asking for the grace to accept such situations as opportunity for growth and development of character.

Why should I count it all joy when going through a difficult time? Joy comes from within regardless of the circumstances I see AROUND ME. On the other hand, happiness is induced by what we see happening around us and can be temporary. It can also be based on how we feel whereas Joy is dependent on who is the author of your faith.’When they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil… rejoice in that day; and leap for joy…” (Luke 6:22-23) Continue reading Count it all Joy

As they went.

Leprosy island-526613_640As I read another part of the Book I am convicted of the many times I have procastinated or ignored an inner desire to do or start something. Most of us like to wait for perfect conditions  before we progress with ideas.

Ten lepers, standing at a distance approached Jesus and called out ‘Jesus, master have mercy on us’.  Jesus replied ‘ Go, show yourselves to the high priest’. ‘As they went‘,  things happened.

Few  things to learn from this story:

Leprosy is contagious hence they stood at a distance.  Some of our conditions though not visible like leprosy does make us stand aloft. Some of these could be rejection, fear, anxiety, depression, past failures.

They recognised their condition and asked for help. This is where some have boldly taken the bull by the horn and gone in search of solution. This could be available in numerous ways.

Jesus told them to show themselves to the priest. ‘This doesn’t make sense, he knows we are not allowed to that by law’ they must have  reasoned but proceeded. We rationalise a lot today if instructions fail to meet our standards.

They obeyed the instruction and went. ‘As they went, they were healed’. Great things happen when we act  on information or leadings and do not rationalise ourselves out of it. Taking action and at the right time is key to success. Miracles happened as ‘they went’. Luke 17:12-17

The action they took was not normal. They needed to go through some rituals before pressenting themselves to the priest but as the High Priest ordered, they obeyed. They acted in faith not waiting to see diminishing symptoms.

Thanksgiving was also an important lesson from the story. Out of the ten healed , one returned to give thanks. ‘Where are the remaining’ asked Jesus. By returning to give thanks, he did not only get physical healing, he got spiritual healing too when Jesus declared, ‘Your faith has made you whole’. Whole in body, whole in spirit.

Taking action to see results is important although it may be partial to start with. Have you started a business and wondered when the money will start rolling in. Never give up your dreams, take those small steps and see the full picture unfold.

Those ideas and hunches you shelved, why don’t you revisit them today.

 

 

 

 

 

Sound of abundance

What is abundance?  Abundance is having plenty, having more than enough such that you are  in a position to give away. It is having a large quantity of something. Somebody recently commented that the reason we re  blessed is that we can bless others after our own needs have been met. The book refers to blessing so you can be a blessing. You receive so that you stretch your hands out to the needy and less privileged. The word abundance doesn’t only refer to money but one could also have an abundance of joy, faith, hope, goodness, love to mention a few.

We are designed to live in abundance. It is our right but what can stop it?. We can stop it. Why you ask, ‘abundance is a choice’. We all have a free will. God will never force His will on us. Whatever man imagines he can do’. What are you imagining? What are you asking for?. Who is speaking into your life on a daily basis?. Are you giving the creator chance to speak into your life daily?.

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As I pen this post I am reminded of a story in the Book about one of the prophets. Elijah the prophet declared ‘ As the Lord liveth, there shall be no dew or rain these years’ He spoke out of great confidence in the creator of the universe although sometimes when people speak like that people say it’s pride. I think here we also realise the power of declaration, according to my word. Surely according to his word, the famine lasted 3 years. Did he cause the rains to stop, no but the creator did because of his displeasure and judgement on the people for putting their trust in false gods. He had previously warned and nobody was heading the warnings.

There was a famine in the land. This is a physical manifestation of a spiritual famine. We may not believe in God or a higher power but what are the false images (gods) we’ve spiritually erected for ourselves. Anything can be god to us. Our jobs may become our god to the extent that we ignore families and other more important things like our health.

The story changed when the people Elijah challenged the four hundred false prophets of the time. ‘Let’s have a contest’ he asked. ‘Make your altar and I will make mine and let’s our God’ he continued. He expected them to withdraw but they were very confident of success. ‘Call your god and I will call mine’. They called their god but he never replied, Elijah called his and He did reply. The prophets were eventually destroyed. There are implications of listening to the wrong voice. Who is speaking into your life?

 

Elijah repaired the altar in 1 Kings18, and fire came down. God proved Himself as the only true and living God that answers prayers. In verse 41 the bible reads,  “And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink for there is a sound of abundance of rain” How did he hear the sound? Prior to this the situation was so bad that people had resulted to cannibalism.

What really intrigued me further is the process it took for the Rain to appear and the famine to end.
He sent his servant three times to observe the weather. I learned a big lesson here. Elijah believed the promises of God in 2Chronicles 7:13, 14 ‘“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people. If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Although he had lot’s of experience walking with God, he still needed to pray to see fulfillment of his declaration. The book continues, ‘Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. (praying). Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

In conclusion I wondered, what would have happened if he had not continued to pray. Although a man of faith he did not just pray once and left the matter. He PUSHed (prayed until something happened). before giving Ahab the King instructions. We must never give up on our dreams. Keep hope alive and work towards your dreams. Stay far away from negativity, believing the vision will surely come to pass.

 

 

 

 

Miracles happens in times of rest.

Jesus and the loaves multiplication. Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when he asked the people to rest, Luke 9:16. It is a well known fact that we are more creative when fully rested and not when we are are striving. It is the reason many people love taking regular holidays. Endless busyness doesn’t always translate into productivity and can be very unhealthy. We are not programmed for work without end. We are meant to have periods of rest.

Rest doesn’t always mean cessation of activity. It also means ability to share your workload with someone more capable. This is the reason Christ said ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light’ Matt 28:28-30. The yoke or problem does not reduce the burden, it makes it easy to bear knowing that someone more capable is carrying it too. Abiding in Him equates to rest. He will surely give you rest from your labour, Trust Him!sunbathing-813102__180
During times of rest, the brain has time to be quiet provided you are resting in a peaceful environment. Noise kills genius, according to Ron Holland. You need Silence, Stillness and Solitude in order to receive anything meaningful into your subconscious. During this time of rest, listen more and think less. The mind is more creative when less active. What do you do during this time of solitude. Learn to meditate.

The act of meditation is not only resigned to doing Yoga or transcendental Mediation. Both of which I do not believe in. Meditation does not have to involve practices you do not believe in. You can allow your mind to dwell on portions of scripture while thinking of nothing else. The secret is not trying to think. Mediation is also an antidote to stress. It is not surprising then that one of the beautiful scriptures in the big book says ‘Come unto me all they that are heavy laden and I will give you rest.’ I love this quote from one of the greatest poets that ever lived ‘A solitude is the audience-chamber of God’. -Walter Savage Landor

Failure is an ally

animeHow could failure be a friend or ally when it proves you couldn’t achieve, you ask?. The seed for success lies in the failure you think you passed through and makes you feel less than you should be. Are you lying in the dust because of your failures? Rise up to the challenge of finding a different method of doing the same thing you failed at. You only failed because you did not apply the right method or process. Continue reading Failure is an ally

‘If life gives you lemons,

make lemonades’

I have sometimes wondered what this means. Lemons are not sweet but lemonade is sweet. Life can be sometimes bitter, unpleasant experiences through people, circumstances can make us feel rejected and fed up.  If we allow the process from lemon to lemonade to take place, we can grow from and become a better person from that biter experience. The key is not allowing the negative experience take over our lives.

There is a beautiful story in the bible in the book of Ruth that illustrates this principle so well. ‘Do not call me Naomi (pleasant) but call me ‘Mara’ (Bitter) as life has dealt with me.’ Naomi cried, pulling the cloth over her face with aggression. ‘ I started with abundance but I am now destitute’ she continued. Naomi had lost her husband and 2 sons to famine. Life had become unbearable. She is now left with two daughters-in-law Continue reading ‘If life gives you lemons,

I am

‘ I am who I AM’ said the Creator to Moses in response to his question: ‘who should I say sent me’? tell them  ‘I am  sent  you’. he continued. He has no beginning and no end. God is saying to Moses, I am what you want me to be. I am your adequacy.  He was to remember that at all times, when he feels he can’t do ‘it’, all the power of the universe is with him to fulfill his given assignment. This is my name forever – Exodus 3;13-15

I am whatever you want me to be. What is it you want God to be to you? Do you feel you lack courage to carry on your life purpose, do you feel overwhelmed? He is supernatural. As beings  created in His image, we can be supernatural too. We can do extraordinary things by staying linked and in regular communion with our Creator. He has no limits.

Those who know His name put their trust in Him says the psalmist.

What do you want the Creator to be in your life?

Do you want Him to be

hands up

  • provider
  • financier
  • a guide
  • a shield
  • you everlasting arm
  • Wisdom

 

Ingratitude vaccine

A man woke up one wet morning  tired and still half awake, he tries to remember the dream. In the dream, ‘he was being inoculated’. ‘ A shot of gratitude for thanksgiving and gratefulness which will inoculate you against many diseases’ , diseases:

  •  Greed
  • Anger
  • Pride
  • Unforgiveness
  • Entitlement
  • Suspicion
  • Bitterness
  • Conceit
  • Resentment
  • Competition

When we learn to be grateful, we loose our sense of entitlement. It is hard to be in competition with something or someone  you are thankful for. It is hard to be suspicious or bitter about something you have thanked your Creator for. Thankfulness will set us free from so many vices and help to live a more fulfilled live. ‘So what if you were sidelined’, be grateful as there might be an hidden blessing in the event.

It is difficult to be anxious when thankful and I think this is why the scripture :

Philippians 4:6-7 With thanksgiving, make your request  known.  If you’ve already thanked for the answer, you cannot be subject to some of the diseases mentioned above. Thankfulness means you got something you did not deserve.

to be continued