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17 September, 2018: The value of a gift
"He said, "I tell you that this poor widow put in more than all the others"" (Luke 21:3, GNV)
When it comes to God, the value of a gift is not measured by how much it cost to acquire it but by how much it cost to part with it. God does not look at the size of the gift given to determine its value. He looks at what is left to determine the true value of what has been given. It is actually quite simple, realistic and very understandable. God has everything, and we can't make Him any richer by whatever we may give. We can't impress Him with gifts. At a time He told David, I own every beast of the forest, every cattle on a thousand hills. I have no need of bulls. (Psalm 50:9-10). All the money in the world, the earth and its fullness belongs to our heavenly Father, so we couldn't give Him anything that didn't already own. Hence,it follows that what moves God is not the gift but the attitude of the giver. It was the same reason He valued Abel's gift above that of Cain. ... continue reading »
16 September, 2018: This is not a praying matter
"The LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to go forward." (Exodus 14:15)
Prayer is a wonderful Christian tool. It is the secret of our walk with God. It is the source of our strength. It is indispensable. It is undeniably a powerful exercise. But not every problem can be solved by prayer alone. Pray, you must, but action must follow. And one of such problem is the problem of poverty or lack of money because money does not flow to prayers, it flows to solutions. The only way to get money is to receive it as a reward for solution provided to someone's problem. God is not going to give you money. Stop praying for money. God has already deposited in you the power to get wealth, use that power. Understanding the principle behind every issue of life is important for enjoying the fullness of life. it is what Jesus meant when He said, "you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free". There is a truth behind every issue in life. Learning this truth will liberate you from ignorance and superstitions. And when it comes to getting money, the truth about it is buried in various passages of the scripture. Take for your reading pleasure the following passages: 2 Kings 4: 1-11; Deut 8:18; Col 3:23; I Thess 4:10; 2 Thess 3:6-10. I will also want for you to download and listen to my sermon "Activating Your Wealth Power". I have added the download link at the end of this lesson.... continue reading »
14 September, 2018: Your wealth power
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone." (Mattm25:14, NLT)
There isn't a single person alive today who does not possess the ability to make it in life. No one; not even the less privileged, the paralysed, the blind, the crippled. History abounds with testimonies, stories, examples of people who have against all odds, made it in life. Everyone according to the scriptures have been given a certain ability. There is a resident power within each of us to make it in life. The problem usually arise when we fail to put this power to work. The word power refers to ability. And to have the ability to do something is to possess the skill or competence to do that. Now, this simply means that God gives us the skills, the talents, the natural wherewithal to make money. The health He gives us, the sound mind, the natural talent all comes together to constitute the ability or power that God has given us to make money. God will not throw down wealth from heaven no matter how much you sit back and pray for that to happen. He will not do that simply because it is against the principles He has put in place for wealth acquisition. Contrary to what most people believe, God is very much interested in wealth acquisition: He Himself being a very wealthy God! ... continue reading »
11 September, 2018: We are created to create!
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..." (Gen 1:26)
God created us to become creator. That is why all the things that God created were merely raw materials. If you can understand this, you are taking the first right step to getting wealth and enjoying the overflowing wealth that God is promising us this month. Now let's go back to the beginning of everything in Genesis chapter 1. Let's go back to the Garden of Eden - to the very beginning of the human history. Everything God created as shown in Genesis chapter 1 except man were all raw materials. The earth, the light, the trees, the fishes, the sun, the moon, and every other thing were all raw materials. When it came time to create man, because God didn't want man to be another raw material, he took one of the raw materials He already created - the sand - and molded man. If you recall everything else that God created whatever they are, He called them out from nothing. Did you ever wonder why? And why God did not call man out of nothing? Was it beyond His power? No, of course not. Why did He have to get His hands dirty and pick the sand to mold man?
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7 September, 2018: What do you have?
"And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil." (2 Kings 4:2)
The journey to self actualization begins with self discovery. To become what you are destined to be you must first discover what exactly it is you are destined to be. I have come to realize that success is not usually as a result of the lack of dreams. Most people have dreams - big dreams at that! But failure, frustration and lack set in when people fail to discover how they can actualize their dreams. The truth of the matter is that we all have something! God has not created anybody without depositing a unique gift or talent in them. To become successful in life we must look back into ourselves and answer the rhetorical question, "What do I have?". At this moment, at this instant, at this point in my life; what do I have? Not tomorrow, not in five years time. Now! What exactly do I have right now to start pursuing my dreams? What exactly do I have now to begin with? Everybody has something. You have something! It might not be as big or attractive or as fanciful as the other person's; but you definitely have something. And guess what, what you have is enough. If you can take it up and decide to put it to work, you will be marveled at the result.... continue reading »
4 September, 2018: Be the salt
"Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another." (Mark 9:50)
I am always amazed at what a little spoonful of salt can do to a whole pot of soup. The salt isn't the costliest food item neither is it the most attractive or the most desirable. Do you know that on its own, the salt isn't even delicious. Try licking a spoon of salt and see what happens to your tongue. Consuming a large quantity of the salt can even constitute a health hazard! Yet, you could spend thousands of naira to buy food commodities (like fish, vegetables, oil, meat, stockfish, etc) and prepare what should be a delicious and appetizing pot of soup, only to find out that it is completely tasteless because you forgot to put in just something common and seemingly negligible as ten naira worth of salt! The salt is small, common and cheap yet its absence is always noticed. People will lose their appetite if they cannot get a taste of the salt in their food. Jesus must have taken the time to study the salt before He giving this amazing teaching in our text. Jesus told the disciples that salt is good but only as good as it retains its saltiness.... continue reading »
31 August, 2018: Laws of expansion (law 5) - be flexible and adaptive to changes
"If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct." (Eccl 10:10)
It has been an exciting journey exploring the five laws of expansion. The Spirit of God really granted me some amazing revelation on expansion, and it has been my pleasure sharing them with you. Coincidentally, today marks the end of August, 2018 the month of our total expansion, and we are also sharing the last law of expansion today. The expansion that God has given will last our life time and even continue with our children long after we are gone, especially as we continue to apply these principles studied.
Now here is the last but not the least law. It has been demonstrated that the strength of the bond holding the particles of the matter together determines how much, it will expand. That is to say, the weaker the bond, the greater the expansion. This brings us to the fifth law of expansion, "Be flexible". If there is one thing we learn in life, it is culture and habits and traditions. As we grow up, we get accustomed to a certain lifestyle and way of doing things which if care is not taken can be our greatest undoing. ... continue reading »
30 August, 2018: Laws of expansion (law 4) - know your limits, then extend them
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor" (Eccl 4:9)
"One shall chase a thousand, and two shall put ten thousand to flight" (Hebrew proverb)
We learnt yesterday how different matters expands differently when subjected to the same amount of heat. Science has proven that subjected to the same amount of heat, gold will expand differently than silver. This is because the property that determines how a matter expands is constant and based on its atomic makeup. This brings us to the fourth law of expansion, "know your own limits, then extend them". You see we all have a limit. This limits are placed on us by our natural abilities and some inherent features that try what we may we cannot do anything to change them. They are just there and they limit us. Expansion and elasticity share similar behaviour in that both bring about a seemingly increase in the size of the object; and they are both guided by a limit. When an object extends due to elasticity, it has a breaking point at which it breaks, and any attempt to extend the object beyond its breaking point results in break and tear and loss. Now this happens in expansion, no matter how much you try to heat it, on its own a particular metal will always expand to a certain extent based on its composition as it is ruled by a constant known as the coefficient of expansivity. This constant places a natural limit on every matter which the only way to overcome it is by creating alloys especially for metals. An alloy is a chemical mixture of two or more metals to form one. This mixture allows the newly formed metal to possess the properties of the comprising metals.... continue reading »
29 August, 2018: Laws of expansions (part 3) - study the variables
"And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief." (Matt 13:58)
There is an amazing thing that happens with matters in nature. When you heat two different matters with the same amount of heat or to the same amount of rise in temperature, they do not expand equally. You will notice that each of them will expand to its own features. Simply put, when subjected to the same amount of heat, different matters expand differently. This leads us to the third law of expansion, "Study the variables". A variable is any property that has the ability to vary or change. The truth is our variables are never the same. What constitutes your variables may not be what constitutes my variable; and as such it will be unwise to expect both of us to experience the same amount of expansion over the same period of time or by applying the same effort. In business, life, school, ministry variables abound. These variables can include brand popularity, strength of staff, location, environmental factors, etc. As you apply yourself to expand, study your variables and see the effects they are having on your outcome. If one variable seem to exert more control over the total outcome, then direct more of the heat towards that variable. Jesus while He was on earth was a great miracle worker. No sickness was left unhealed at the touch of His hand or by the command of His spoken word. Yet, the Bible said that He could not do much miracles in His hometown because of some variables. The problem was not with Jesus.
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28 August, 2018: Laws of expansion (law 2) - expand only where necessary
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
When expansion occurs, it is always dimensional. If expansion occurs in length, it is said to be linear or one dimensional. If it occurs in length and width, it is said to be superficial or two dimensional; and if it occurs in length, width and breadth, it is said to be cubic or three dimensional. This concept brings about the second law of expansion which says "Expand only where necessary". While it is always attractive and attention-catching to undergo a drastic change in a positive direction, it is mostly wise to undergo not "drastic", but gradual change. In that way, you are able to monitor the effects and respond appropriately. Even after the heat has started, even as you feel the desire burning in your heart, don't make a drastic overturn of your life. Let's say you have got that great idea that you are convinced beyond every reasonable doubt that it will make you a millionaire, and you are feeling the burning scorch to pursue your dream of enterpreneurship. The second law of expansion says don't quit your job just yet. Hold on to your day job and try floating your great idea as a part time endeavour and monitor the changes that it brings to your life, schedule and finances. A lot of persons have practically shot themselves in the foot by simply attempting to do just a little too many at a time. And take it from someone who does so many things, it is an excruciating thing if not wisely undertaken. The trick is to expand gradually starting with just where it is needed at a time. The key to multitasking is to do just one thing with all your heart within the time you have allocated to it. Discipline is the word here.
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