Time Management and Success – SecureWords

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Time Management and Success

Greetings in the name of the Lord

Brethren, the way we handle our time is always a major determinant of our level of success. Most time we pray on being too busy to handle situation until they become issues in our lives and hurt us badly in the long run. Humans are limited by time and space. There is no way we can be in multiple points and do several things at the same time. But given proper time management skills we could try to achieve several things at the same time.

As leaders in Church, our homes and at work place, Christians are always divided between satisfying the need of God in our lives and balancing with the need to be at the best in our works. Several leaders in the Bible had faced the same issues. While several worked out a way to harness it; several failed in balancing their time between works and families responsibilities that their names were eliminated in the records of the Bible.

Aaron was the de facto second-in-command and the head of communication to Moses. He was the voice of the Israel revolution in Egypt and appointed by God. Moses works, planning, challenges and triumphs were shared by Aaron. Aron failed as a leader when Moses left him for the first time to meet with God on Mount Sinai; delegating leadership of the people to this great talker became the first great error of Moses Apostleship. Aaron’s lack of understanding of his role as a leader, who must take decisions and protect his people wards committed the greatest sin to God. He accented to the people’s call for a symbolic god and created a “Golden Calf” for Israelites to worship in place of Yahweh (Exodus 32: 4; Deuteronomy 9:9‑21). Aaron life works was negated by this sole action, his name and those of his siblings were never mentioned again in the Bible history. A great man gone down merely because he refused to take a good decision at the right time.

Success is limited by where you start from. Your start point is supposed to make your testimonies even more unbelievable. Not every leaders could have the prompting of the Palace background as Moses did. But remember Moses’s life was filled with up and down before becoming the icon of Israel’s exodus from Egypt and thereafter. Moses was born of average Jewish family before he was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter and brought to the Palace. Moses later had to escape to Midian and become a hired shepherd. He was lucky to find favour with his boss and married the bosses’ daughter and thereafter became the leader of Israelites revolution in Egypt. Moses’s life was successful because he was never willing to completely rest on his oars. He was a great man with zeal to conquer and change the status quo. He worked against the palace of Pharaoh despite being a prince of Egypt (Exodus 2: 11-15).

With all of Moses understanding of his roles as a leader, and leading the whole clan of Israel, it took the intervention of Jethro, the Midianite and Moses’s father-in-law to teach him about time management and delegation. Moses was over worked and have no time for his family as a leader of the people. This job took all his time and he neglected all things at the same time working himself out on daily basis (Exodus 18). Your success will surely lead to hurting your very own folks if and when you refused to manage your time properly.

Your success is a measure of how people around you perceive you. Most of us are always too busy to break bread with the brethren, help our friends and even to call and bring a smile to our siblings (Prov. 22: 6-7). Crave and allure for money have turned us all into slaves of money. Money have succeeded in splitting our attention from God. Our faith is in tatters. We justifies all on the altar of the end justifying, every means. Money by any means possible. The devil then come calling to hurt us and we cry back to the same God we forsake to run after mundane things. The church is really affected today by lukewarm Christians. We only attend services whenever it doesn’t affect our daily chores. We chose and pick which of the commandments to follow. We are stemmed in the need to win earthly basics for success. We always forget that our justification is assured only through our faith in Him. God Grace gives all riches and bestows honour (John 6: 63); John 3: 31-33; John 1: 4-5).

Our faith in God and our time for His works limits our successes (Matt. 9: 21) our belief in His words are the basis of our faith, our faith in God is the ladder to our calling. God Calls only who have faith in Him and whom He calls; he surely Justify and anyone who is justified by God enjoy Glorification. Our success is embedded in His work (1 Corinthians 6: 17). If we are one with God our thought, actions and processes will be the best and our success is already assured (1Corinthians 3; 16-17). We carry the divine power of God and can only release these power when we work with Him and do His work in perfect understanding of the need for perfect balance of time and processes.

Conclusively, a reading of Roman 10: 1-13 explain our qualification for success. He called us to His righteousness and whomever He calls, he justifies and give His righteousness to excel at all things. We are successful through allowing Him to manage our lives for us as our live is completely embedded in His.

Prayers: God help me to always remember that my time belonged to you and only you can manage my life in a successful way. Come and partner with me in my life endeavours because I know you are a winner always, and working with You; is an assurance of my Success.

God Bless you all.

 

 

 

 

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Day 17 of 30 Days of Breakthrough — She Dances Over Graves

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If you’ve ever suffered the loss of someone dear to you, you know how deep and dark the journey of grief can be. But here is a young woman who pressed through that deep darkness until she found treasure, which she has brought back to share with all of us…

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Spring/Summer 2018 Beauty Trends -Jasmine Beauty

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Popsugar is always a great site for checking out the latest trends in beauty, hair and make-up – and it provided the goods once again with their top picks for S/S2018. We’ve seen lots of these trends before – some coming up from the 90s and some have never really gone away and some of these looks are a bit strong for everyday use. But I’ve picked the looks that will be easy to mimic at home, with little-to-no expense, because that’s half the fun of fashion. Anyone can looks amazing with a big spend – but it’s so much more fun to pull off a new look by rummaging around in your make-up and accessories boxes and bringing back to life some old favourites.

Flower embellishments – Even if you never jumped on the flower-crown bandwagon, you can’t deny how pretty these blooms look as hair accessories. Hair stylists placed them individually in updos or behind the ears. Debut this look when the Spring music festivals come along, or even try it at a formal event.

Brushstroke liner – Consider this makeup trend a grown-up version of finger painting. Take an electric color like red or blue, or even basic black, and swipe it on liberally. There’s no precision required for this artsy look best suited for a night out.

Accent Stripe – Minimalist manicures were popular at New York Fashion Week. Instead of just keeping nails bare with flesh-toned polish, however, they sported a little touch of nail art in the form of skinny stripes. Worn on a single nail, it’s beautifully subtle (not to mention incredibly easy to re-create at home).

Glossy Lips – Lip gloss, everyone’s favorite ’90s beauty product, is back in a big way for Spring. Considering supermatte lips have taken over Instagram for a while now, it’s refreshing to see neutral, high-shine pouts on their way up.

Fancy Tails – This Spring, a simple black elastic won’t do. We saw countless fresh takes on the ponytail, from being wrapped in neon bungees to braids to artful layering. The sporty hairstyle has never been chicer.

Reimagined French Manicure – Classic French manicures bring back memories of the early aughts and have, for the most part, been left behind. New ways of doing the look, however — say, “upside down” (with the strip at the cuticle of the nail) or with metallic or striped tips instead of white — hint at a major comeback for the retro mani this Spring.

Musing: Another Day Gone….

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criticalthinking.pngDo you know that feeling, that deep feeling that permeates your being when you know deep down in you that everything is going wrong. That unease hangs over you as you walk down the corridor expecting something bad to just happen. even when all the signs are positive and everybody relates so cordial and nice. You feel it, sense it and know it…. hmmm. 

its all life you say, who is here should rejoice not neither the strong should celebrate yet. All things are ethereal we are all strong for a season, great for another but alas! weak we all must eventually be. if you feel weak today, sense negativism now and know that all is going away from you, if you cant help change things just let it go….life is for the living, the weak and the strong are only counted when alive. you are alive today will end and another day will come as surely today is gone!!!! Have a lovely day people…..

Why don’t we like to talk about sex? — raynotbradbury

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Based on the article of Glenn McDonald, ‘Science’ magazine Let’s start with some numbers. According to the government’s most recent major survey of sexual behaviour in USA: 94% of women and 92% of men ( ages 18-44) have engaged in heterosexual intercourse in their lives; 87% (both genders) have engaged in oral sex; 17% of […]

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THIS IS WHO YOU ARE – Reigning Daily With Christ by Jide Ogunsakin

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Tuesday April, 17

THIS IS WHO YOU ARE

MEMORY VERSE:

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture (Psalms 100:3).

TEXT: Psalms 100:1-5

JIDE OGUNSAKIN

PASTOR JIDE OGUNSAKIN Senior Pastor, New Kingdom Church, Pameec Plaza, Wuye, Abuja, Nigeria +234 806 313 4845

The bible made us to understand that Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5). In Hebrews 2:11, the bible says that Jesus was not ashamed to call us brethren. Moreover, in Romans 8:17, the bible calls us heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus. This affirms that we are truly Jesus’ brethren. Since Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, as His brethren we are of the tribe of Judah. Now, Judah is praise so any time we engage in the lifestyle of praise, we are only exhibiting our nature.

So, if you are not praising God then you are denying your identity. Are you ashamed of who you are? If no then you must live a praiseful life. Until you live a praiseful life, you don’t know who you are yet and if you don’t know who you are you will miss out of the blessings ordained for you. May you not miss your blessings in Jesus name. Every descendant of Judah must be praiseful and until you are praiseful you can’t attract God. As you chose to praise God today, may you attract God. May you enjoy every blessing that is ordained for praiseful people in Jesus name. Remain blessed forever more.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Until you live a praiseful life you can’t attract God.

PRAYER: Father, may I not lose my identity in You. Give me the grace to live a fulfilled life in Jesus name.

READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

Deuteronomy 28:15-68     Luke 18:1-30     Psalms 47:1-9

Exercise make you a joyful person –

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Exercise make you a joyful person –

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Brisk walking, gardening or weightlifting help you lose weight. But did you know that exercise can also make you a joyful person?

According to a new study, the frequency and volume of physical activities undertaken may actually boost your level of happiness.

The team of researchers noted that the youth who engaged in physical activity once a week compared to none had 1.4 times the odds of being happy if they were normal weight, and 1.5 times the odds if overweight.

Physical exercises also increased positive mental health in the same way as it cured negative mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

“Our findings suggest the physical activity frequency and volume are essential factors in the relationship between physical activity and happiness,” said Weiyun Chen, associate professor at the University of Michigan.

“More importantly, even a small change of physical activity makes a difference in happiness,” Chen added, in a paper published in the Journal of Happiness Studies.

The meta-analysis of 15 observational studies revealed that, compared to inactive people, the odds ratio of being happy was 20, 29 and 52 per cent higher for people who were insufficiently active, sufficiently active, or very active, respectively.

In children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, physical activity predicted happiness level, and among drug abusers, the number of weekly exercise sessions, regardless of intensity, was slightly associated with happiness.

They also found an association between happiness and physical activities in older adults.

In addition, meeting the weekly target of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity was significantly associated with higher happiness level among ovarian cancer survivors, the researchers said.

SecureWatch: The Shiites, Police Attack on Abuja

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 Shiites and police Violent engagement increased tension and put residents life at risk in Abuja, Nigeria –

Abuja Nigeria has been known as the melting pot for Nigerians. The mixture of Nigerian elites from all regions of the country in a peaceful mix have led to the growth of commercial activities in Abuja metropolis and satellite towns. Political activities even failed to divide this tranquil town until recent actions suddenly broke the camel’s back and unleashed mayhem on Abuja streets.

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Most residents of Abuja have in recent weeks decry the never ending engagement between the followers of the state imprisoned Shiite Leader  El-Zakzaki and the Nigeria Police. The escalation in violence gathered momentum over the past few months, starting with daily sit out by the Shiites at the Unity Fountain Abuja. All hell were let loose last last Friday when the Shiites blocked most major roads in the Central Business  Districts calling for the release of their leader by  the government.

The police reacted with Force and banned all protests and unlawful gatherings in Abuja metropolitan area. But clearly undeterred, the Shiites have continued their sit tight protest. Their protesters have literally turned Abuja into a city of  occupation and litters. Despite police use of its personnel to cordon and arrest the protesters. Protesters numbers had burgeoned and activities escalated, leading to fear and trepidation for inhabitants of Asokoro, Maitama, Wuse and Garki communities in Abuja.

Current situation this morning Monday was reported as tense. Reports of rockets and gun shots being heard in an around central Abuja as the situation degenerate into  direct use of force by the police to dislodge the protesters. several reports on social media monitored a few minutes ago warned residents to stay.indoors and avoid driving around Maitama Abuja as violence between police and protesters reaches breaking points. We shall continue to monitor situation and give updates on this platform, please be save.

Our Take:

Increasing tension in Abuja in these period of heightened insecurity in Nigeria leaves a little to be desired. While we are never going to indulged in the politics of Islam tenets and the insinuation of biased treatment of the Shiites Leaders -which is really a matter in the court- what we aimed at is the need for the public to be protected from the unwarranted threat to most residents going about their business in a legal manner. Why would  a nation with security issues arising from religious radicalism continue to court another crises based on challenges of religious belief of over 5 million youth? This are issues to be handled professionally and we are looking forward to a more professional look at our response to these protests.

 

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IF NOT FOR HIS MERCIES- Reigning daily with Christ

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Monday April, 16

IF NOT FOR HIS MERCIES

MEMORY VERSE:

We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped (Psalms 124:7, NIV).

JIDE OGUNSAKIN

PASTOR JIDE OGUNSAKIN Senior Pastor, New Kingdom Church, Pameec Plaza, Wuye, Abuja, Nigeria +234 806 313 4845

TEXT: Psalms 124:1-8

Gratitude always takes people above the ground but ingratitude often take people below the ground (which is the grave). If you are not grateful you will be grounded. You are not better than the people that have been grounded so give God praise. Hope you know some of your age mates are living under the bridge hopeless and helpless. A lot more are insane. Many more are dead but you are alive to the glory of God. Only fools don’t see reasons to praise God. The bible says: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not” (Lamentation 3:22). Every man is consumable if not for the mercies of the Lord. It is the desire of the devil for you to be long dead but God’s mercies kept you. Remember the bible says: “The thief (devil) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). That has always been the mission of the devil against your life but God won’t let him have his way rather the Spirit of God (The Power of God) is always raising His standard against the devil for your sake and the voice of God is always saying; “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm (Psalms 105:15). Hallelujah!!! See how much the mercy of God is fighting for you because God loves you.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Gratitude takes people above the ground but ingratitude takes people below the ground.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for all You have done for me and my entire family. May Your mercies keep defending us so we won’t be grounded in Jesus name.

READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

Deuteronomy 26,   27,   28:1-14     Luke 17:11-37     Psalms 46:1-11

Love of You…

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declaration-of-love_23-2147517078Love of you….                                                                                                                                   Oh God! The smell of you                                                                                                    sweet smell of thy presence                                                                                                     the glory of your essence                                                                                                      holding me captive always

 

Sweet, smell of you                                                                                                              Sweet catchy and intoxicating,                                                                                             aroma, strong and overpowering                                                                             powerful, gentle and submerging                                                                                Holding me captive always

 

Dreams, Memories of you                                                                                               alluring, unforgettable and overwhelming                                                                        your presence always with me                                                                                                   Day and night, my thought                                                                                                    held captive in you

SATIRE SATURDAY: How to scam Nigerian job seekers ahead of 2019 (1) by Oladeinde Olawoyin

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FILE PHOTO: Thousands of young Nigerians jostled for 11 job positions in UNTH Enugu, South East Nigeria

SATIRE SATURDAY moves back to Lagos this weekend, after about three weeks in Abuja. Of course, the numero uno himself has moved away from the seat of power to London anyway, making the job of social criticism quite uninteresting for wailers, both online and elsewhere.

And talking about job, there have been talks about Nigeria’s unemployment figures and the zillions of jobs created by this government in the last few months, with many of such discussions throwing up controversies. From claims by the Agriculture minister, Audu Ogbe, to Chris Ngige of the Labour ministry and, ultimately, to Lai Mohammed, the figures churned out have largely been dismissed as unverifiable half-truths. As we move towards the elections, there will be more and more of such “job-creation” claims and therein lies the goldmine for smart Nigerian entrepreneurs.

Of course, even before elections, a few smart unemployed Nigerians especially in Lagos have devised an escape route away from the nation’s perennial problem of unemployment, by creating employment for themselves out of the unemployment crisis. In the spirit of sharing, SATIRE SATURDAY will highlight a few tips detailing how anyone could emulate these ingenious guys, quit lamentation and create a job for himself out of no job: by simply fleecing Nigerian job seekers in Lagos and elsewhere.

If you move through Ikeja, Ikoyi and Victoria Island, there are tons of “consulting” companies purportedly recruiting for oil majors, banks and other blue-chip companies. Due to their experience, many fresh NYSC members and other experienced members of the Association of Nigerian job seekers think they are scam but it doesn’t matter. The branding and the returns are the essentials. And that’s exactly where the goldmine lies. So if you yourself do not have a job, you may want to explore this job consulting job (never mind the repetition).

First, if you are thinking of embracing this money-spinning ‘start-up’ (deceiving and fleecing unemployed Nigerians), you must know that the government is a strong ally. So you must pray that Nigerians continue to get the same kind of government they have always had for decades; the kind of government that creates jobs ONLY on the pages of the newspaper. That, frankly, remains the only way your ministry can grow and you’d be assured of more clients. As we move into the election year proper, as my explanation will show, you’d be moving into your own equivalent of “oil boom” era.

Two, morality is no virtue in this entrepreneural journey. Those who run the institution that would provide you the strongest support––the government–– don’t do morality. So it is important that there is a synergy between both parties, you and government; hence there may be miscommunication.

Three, to successfully scam Nigerian job seekers, one would need to work RELIGIOUSLY with the government memo. Since you do not originally have any job as the CEO of a job consultancy firm and there is a government that promises and delivers jobs ONLY in newspapers, which citizens may not be discerning enough not to believe, there is a perfect match here. But you have to ensure that there is no breakdown in communication so your clients––Nigeria’s teeming unemployed population––don’t identify you as the thieving scam artist that you are.

Having settled the corporate governance aspect of this scamming entrepreneurial project, let’s look into the daily operations.

There are a few details that may damage your hustle like the location of your company, the way you word your messages to clients (read: unemployed youths), the entire design of your office, the name of your (thieving) consulting firm, among others. These are very important optics. They could determine the difference between a billionaire ‘job’ consulting firm CEO and a poverty-stricken CEO. These, I presume, are tiny details that you wouldn’t want to miss next week, no?

SERIOUSLY SPEAKING: Rogue SARS and the worthlessness of Nigerian life

If there was anything that exemplified the worthlessness of the Nigerian life this week, it would be the depressing detail of the ordeal of James Ibe-Anyanwu, that Lagos writer-businessman who was forced to hide inside a bank toilet by some rogue SARS officers in Okota. The bribe-seeking officers, who have been identified by the police, almost snuffed life out of the poor man in a hide-and-seek game that lasted for hours. Many commentators on the cyber space said many Nigerians have been shot and branded ‘thieves’ in similar circumstances, especially in hidden places. Depressing.

While it is commendable that the police have identified the rogue officers, the matter must not for any reason be swept under the carpet as is typical of such cases in Nigeria. They must be dealt with severely if found guilty, to serve as deterrent to other rogue security operatives.

The incident brings to mind the legitimacy of the #EndSARS campaign launched by Nigerians a couple of months ago. Yet it is sad that a section of the nation’s security apparatus would become a deadly monster and be considered more dangerous that actual robbers among Nigerians at a time people are being killed in sporadic shootings and, ironically, officers in the Police Force are considered inadequate for proper policing. Sad details.

Reining Daily With Christ- Pastor Jide Ogunsakin

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Saturday April, 14

 IT IS THE SUREST ROUTE TO GLORY

JIDE OGUNSAKIN

PASTOR JIDE OGUNSAKIN Senior Pastor, New Kingdom Church, Pameec Plaza, Wuye, Abuja, Nigeria +234 806 313 4845

MEMORY VERSE:

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us (Psalms 67:5-6).

TEXT:

2nd Chronicles 5:11-14

Praise in the mouth of the believer is powerful. Praise has the capacity to turn everyone’s mess into miracle, morning into dancing and confrontation into congratulations. It doesn’t matter what you are going through, if only you will praise God today, I can assure you that your life will never remain the same again. We saw in out text how the glory of God took over the house at the instance of praise.

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Praise is therefore, the easiest route to glory. As you make up your mind to give God quality praise today and always, may God turn your morning into dancing, your shame into fame, and your disgrace into amazing grace. I see God turning your misery into ministry, your frustration into liberty, and your pressure into pleasure in Jesus mighty name. Whatever man has tagged impossible in your life, may God turn it into great possibility for you. You are blessed forever!!!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Anything can happen in the midst of praise.

PRAYER:

Father, I know there is no impossibility with You. Oh Lord show up in my matter today.

READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

Deuteronomy 21,   22     Luke 16:1-18     Proverbs 9:13-18

Between 50 and death.

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Between 50 and death.
olderIt’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it.  Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Warning: This is also a bad time for investments, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor, do tests even when you’re feeling well. Stay informed.

Don’t stress over the little things. You’ve already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love yourself, your life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.” Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.

Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There’s nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You’ve developed your own sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are. ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet. Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future, and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today.

Never use the phrase: “In my time.” Your time is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you feel older and harder to be around. Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a kitchen  garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a park. Get out there. Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to.

Try to accept situations as they are. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the life. If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone – apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn’t matter who was right. Someone once said: “Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Don’t take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life. Laugh. Laugh away your worries  Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did.

May God be praised
Now is the time to be at peace and as happy as you can be! May you live long and prosper in good health.

Reigning Daily With Christ – New Kingdom Church, Wuye, Abuja

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PASTOR JIDE OGUNSAKIN Senior Pastor, New Kingdom Church, Pameec Plaza, Wuye, Abuja, Nigeria +234 806 313 4845

Thursday April, 12

PRAISE GOD WITH YOUR ALL

MEMORY VERSE:

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name (Psalms 103:1).

TEXT: Psalms 108:1-5

Until you praise God with your all you may never get His all and until you praise Him with your all you may never be made whole. Wholeness is majorly a product of praise that is why only the one leper who returned to give God praise out of the ten was made whole (Luke 17:11-19). Until you praise God spirit, soul and body your praise is not complete. David said: “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” By the way, are your hands within you? Then praise God with them. Are your legs within you? Then praise God with them even in a dance. Is your mouth within you? Then sing songs of praise unto Him. Everything that you have is given to you by God so use them to praise this God that has done you well. The faithfulness of God in your life is enough to attract your wholehearted praises. Don’t forget that God does fearful things in praises (Exodus 15:14). This gives us the assurance that praise is profitable. It will profit you in Jesus name. I don’t care what that challenge of your life may be, as you praise God today, God who only can do fearful things will attend to it in Jesus name.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

God is interested in your praise and He deserves it. Use all you’ve got to praise Him.

PRAYER:

Father, help me to give You acceptable praises today and forever.

READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

Deuteronomy 16:21-22,   17,   18   Luke 14:15-35   Psalms 44:13-26

REIGNING DAILY WITH CHRIST- Pastor Jide Ogunsakin

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Thursday April, 5

HUMILIATE YOUR ADVERSARIES

MEMORY VERSE:

Who art thou, O great mountain? BeforeZerubbabel thou shalt become a plain… (Zechariah 4:7).

TEXT: 1st Samuel 17:45-47

Genuine praise givers are praiseful not because they don’t have challenges, but because they know that their challenges are nothing before their God. Amazingly, the more they praise, the more their challenges are being humiliated. The devil is always trembling before praise givers because he cannot predict or understand them.

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There was a story of a man who was given a sack letter in the office. The devil thought he had succeeded in stealing his joy but surprisingly, the man rushed down home, gathered his family members and said, “let’s celebrated God I have just been promoted.” They all dance and danced praising God until they got exhausted after which he handed over the sack letter to the wife to her astonishment. Not too long after, he was called upon and was offered a better, bigger and much juicier job. Wow!!!The devil couldn’t stop the praise in his mouth so he couldn’t hinder the blessing in God’s hand from getting to him.

I pray for you today, whatever the devil has stolen from you, it shall be restored unto you hundred folds as you praise God wholeheartedly today. God has never failed, He won’t start with you! Be blessed!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

The wall of Jericho crumbled at the appearance of praise and every other wall can still fall thereby.

PRAYER:

Father, thank You for being there for me. Oh Lord, turn around my captivity today and give me a new song to sing in Jesus name.

READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

Deuteronomy 2:24-37, 3, 4:1-14 Luke 10:25-42,11:1-4 Psalms 41:7-13

 

POWER OF PERSISTENT PRAYER

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  POWER OF PERSISTENT PRAYER-                                                                                       Pastor Jide Ogunsakin  

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Power of Persistent by Pastor Jide Ogunsakin – +2348063134845

 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Luke 11: 9-10)

Max Lucado told of a church in Scotland back in the 1940s that was  struggling to keep its doors open. A couple of its members were older   ladies who were invalids and couldn’t get out for worship any longer. But these ladies refused to allow their infirmities to get in the way of serving their God. They became convinced that their community needed Jesus desperately and they were going to do something about it. The resolved they were going to pray.

They determined to make their house a house of prayer. Around the clock they prayed for God to do something powerful. Then came one day, one of the ladies became convinced that God wanted a revivalist by the name of Campbell to come and hold meetings at their church. They talked to their preacher and he contacted the evangelist Campbell, but Campbell was unavailable. He was booked around the period.

IMG-20180403-WA0010#1.pngHowever, these women refused to give up on their prayers and it was not long before oddly enough some of Campbell’s other revival dates were cancelled and he eventually decided to accept the invitation of the small church. Upon arrival at the church, Campbell held 5 weeks of meetings in the areas.

The revival was so well received that hundreds showed up each night and lives were so touched that many local taverns had to close shop due to lack of patrons. One might think it was the powerful teachings by the renowned revivalist, but in reality it was due to faithfulness of two invalid old ladies who dedicated themselves to a live of prayers for the church.

Prayer simply defined is a conversation between God and man, -a kind of dialogue where both parties communicate –. In this kind of encounter, requests are made based on belief in God and He guarantees supplies. Petitions are tendered and swift and appropriate justices are dispensed. Questions are asked and answers are provided. In prayer, God is the bigger partner; the benefactor, while the person who prays, is the beneficiary.

Prayers take different forms; this is determined by the situation of the person involved and his/her circumstances. In other words, the pattern or approach to praying is predicated on the nature of a person’s situation. When a man is in a desperate need for divine intervention, persistent  praying become his natural option to succeed. He must indulge in “Pray until something happens”. Some people call this approach “Operation PUSH” an acronym for “Pray Until Something Happens”. In the words of E. M. Bounds, “He who does not push his plea does not pray at all. Cold prayers have no claim on heaven and no hearing in the courts above”. Until our prayer becomes forceful and “pushful” it might have no guarantee of  answers.

Jesus declared that “… from the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heavens suffers violence, and the violence takes it by force!” (Matt.11: 12). Nothing describes persistent prayer more aptly than this statement from the lips of Jesus. In its simplest form; it implies that from the time of John the Baptist, the kingdom of heaven have been experiencing forceful advancement. People who believe have been doing their bits to take the things that belong to them.

 Luke quoted Jesus as saying; “ the law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the Kingdom of God has been preached and everyone is pressing into it” (Luke 16:16). This smacks off persistence, insistence, and consistence, until what is promised by God is obtained. This is the reason for the imperative of persistence in prayers in the lives of all Christians today as it has always been in the days of the Apostles.

Why should Prayers Be Persistent?

Prayers should be persistent whenever a situation is desperate and without obvious solutions. Two examples given by our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ when He walked the face of this earth might shed more lights on our understanding of the need for persistence in our prayer lives. These two parables explain what it really means to be persistent in our prayers to God.

The first account is found in the books of Luke 11: 5-8. A man had an august visitor who arrived at past midnight hours. Can you imagine an unexpected important visitor coming to visit after midnight that you just have to entertain while you have the misfortune of having nothing in the house to set before this guest, and given the timing, almost all places to make purchases are closed. But to show his hospitality, this host must do something to save his dear guest from sleeping in hunger. Lacking many options, he remembered his old friend who was most courteous to always have extra bread in case of emergencies like this.

Without much delay he headed for his friend’s house. The situation was desperate and as they say, “Desperate situations require desperate measures”. In this instance his friend was the only person known with supply he urgently needed at that time. On his part, he was determined to do all he could to have this need met. Jesus continued, “this man went to his friend who was already fast asleep and his children well tucked in bed and began to knock at the door”.

Imagine the knocks of a man in utter desperate situation. He pounded loudly on the door until the man who was fast asleep (or so he thought), suddenly woke up and wryly inquired, “who is at the door?” This was the opportunity this desperate friend was waiting for. He longed for a response from within while he knocked unceasingly. Now when the opportunity presented itself, he seized it with both hands.

His answer to the question “who is at the door” was succinct, clear, precise and straight to the point. There was no room for ambiguities. He reeled out his need to the man who had the capacity to meet them. Here is what he said: “will you kindly lend me some loaves of bread? A friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him. Please save me from this embarrassment.”

Remember he did not go to just anyone, he knew that a friend loves at all time, hence he could get some respite from this his friend in his moment of his need. But did he get the expected answers to his request immediately? No; not without some serious persistence at his request. His rind answered him from his bed but the response was not encouraging. It was blunt: “Do not disturb me. I am already asleep and my children are also asleep. I will not be able to get up and give any bread”.

Here is a point; he had some bread right in his pantry, but the trouble was the stress to get up and give the bread to him. The friend was happy to be doubly sure that there was indeed bread to be had in the locked house, so what needed to be done was anything to compel his friend to come out of his bed and grant his request. The secret was to persist in knocking at his door.

As he refused to let off on his knocks, he succeeded in knocking sleep off the eyes of his sleep loving-friend. Eventually, the man reluctantly stood up and gave him as many bread, as he needed. Jesus maintained that: “Though he will not rise and give him bread because they were friends but because of his importunity, he rose and gave him as he needed”

The power of persistency is really unstoppable. Even people who are heartless, unloving, uncaring and wicked will normally yield to persistent requests, let alone God who is caring, loving, and righteous. He will always answer us speedily.

The second example of persistence in supplication that Jesus taught is found in Luke 18: 1-8. In this beautiful passage Jesus expressed the purpose of the parable in the very first verse: “… men ought to pray and not faint, or lose heart or give up”. Prayer is the only means by which mortal men communicate with immortal God. It is the process by which the       visible talk to the invisible; divinity answers humanity; and problems that look as if they defy normal solutions receives prompt attention and are solved. Jesus was thus emphatic on the need for unbroken prayer chain, which should never give rooms for doubt that might abort the conversation.

Jesus cited the example of a poor widow in illustrating the power of persistence in request. He noted that the poor and hapless woman was facing an impossible situation with this judge sitting over her case. The judge antecedent was indeed quite overwhelming and depressing. He was reputed to neither fear God nor regard men. She knew this judge well and was aware of what she was up against.

Determined to face all consequences squarely and banking on help of God’s providence, she prayed for a positive outcome at the end. She was optimistic that she will have a win at the end of her trial and have the last laugh. Did she really achieve this? The end of the story assured us that her prayers were not in vain, as she did won the case against her. She had gone to the judge with only one request: ”Avenge me of my adversary!” That summed it all up in a short, precise and direct request.

Her adversary was probably making life difficult for her and possibly her children. Her unfavourable condition of being a widow made her vulnerable in the society. She needed and requested protections from her adversaries who were threatening her life. This judge was the only who could meet her need, though the most callous she could find.

Jesus informs us that this judge initially paid little attention to her or to her requests. He openly despised, ignored and bluntly refused to do what she was asking him to do for her, leaving her to her fate. Yet she never quit, never give up and retreat to face her fate alone. She continued to insist on the need for the judge to answer her and avenge her of her adversary. Her need justified her continuous supplication and actions. To her desperate issues must be met with desperate measures. As afar as she was concerned, the judge was her only hope of surviving in the land, and she cared less about his personality or moods, either he was good natured or heartless, all she wanted was justice.

Her undying persistence finally wore out the judge’s resistance; he gave in. Her refusal to give up her petitions, gave him no option but to hear and accede to them. She won a hard fought battle and had the last laugh. Jesus noted that the judge did not give up without seriously rebuffing this hapless widow. He discovered to his chagrin that this widow was no push over, – a woman that cannot be ignored- His resistance was waned down by her persistence.

The judge realizing the need to achieve a win-win situation; –for him to have peace and rest of mind he must address the widow’s pleas- he was pressured to finally listen to her pleas and attend to her needs. He acceded unto her supplications and she was satisfied and     happily left him to his other duties. So both won in the end; the judge his peace of mind from the pestering widow and the widow won her case in his court.

Our attention was drawn by Jesus to a statement credited to the judge when he thought aloud: “Even though I do not fear God nor regard men but because this woman keeps troubling me, I will avenge her lest by her continuous coming she wears me out”. Jesus commented, “Hear what the unjust judge said, and shall not God avenge his own elect who cry out to him day and night even though he bear long with them? I tell you He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes shall He find faith in the earth?” The lesson Jesus was teaching us here is that God is not wicked and heartless to keep ignoring our prayers like the unjust judge did.

Jesus assured us that: “God will hear speedily, as many as cry to Him day and Night”. Persistent prayer is a powerful prayer tool that we must use consistently; and God is ever there to answer us speedily.

Another good example of persistence in prayer in the Bible was demonstrated by Prophet Elijah (1 Kings 18:41-45). Prophet Elijah and King Ahab needed rain after three years of continuous drought in Israel. Elijah bent down on the ground putting his face between his knees. Elijah prayed and asked his servant to go out and look towards the sea for cloud and a sign of rain as answer to his supplication. The servant returned and reported that there was no sign at all.

Elijah was not dissuaded by this setback, but kept on praying with expectation. He sent his servant again and again until he got a favourable answer to his fervent prayers. Finally, his servant looked towards the sea seven times before the rain clouds were sighted. Elijah never waivered in his prayers, he would not give up and doubt his beliefs hence he got the answer to his persistent prayers. Without doubts in his heart, his total expectation and confidence in the Almighty God provoked the desired results at the end.

I will love to close this chapter with a testimony of a sister as shared with my father in the Lord, Pastor E. A. Adeboye:

This sister and her blind mother lived in a rented apartment. One fateful day, the landlord came and threatened to throw them out of the house due to the fact that they owed him huge some of money as rent. The landlord there and then gave them an ultimatum to either pay up what they owe by 12 noon the following day or be violently thrown out of the house. The sister cried unto God in clear terms, saying, “O Lord, where will I go with my blind mother? O god, you have until 12 noon tomorrow to send us help’. She prayed fervently and later dropped off to sleep that night. She was woken the next morning by an aroma coming from the directions of the kitchen, wondering who could be cooking in her kitchen since she lived alone with her mother who was blind and could not cook in her condition.

To her utmost surprised when she made her way into the kitchen, she     discovered her mother was the person preparing their breakfast. Her blind mother has been miraculously healed during the night by God, and could now see. Their mouths were filled with joy. In that great mood, they sat down to eat with their faith renewed, strengthened and broadened. Before she started eating, he said a quick prayer: “God, if you could open the eyes of my mother, then I know that the money with which we shall pay the rent will arrive before 12noon”.

Shortly before they finished their meal, the doorbell rang, and it was the postman who had come to deliver a letter. She received the letter and when she opened it she discovered miracle number two: in the envelope was a cheque; and the amount on the cheques was not only enough to clear their backlog of rent but enough to actually buy off the house.

Things to Remember:

  • When a man is in a desperate need for divine intervention, persistent prayer becomes his natural option.
  • He who does not push his plea does not pray at all. Cold prayers have no claim on heaven and no hearing in the courts above.
  • The prayer of persistence is imperative in the life of the Christian today as it has always been.
  • The power of persistency is unstoppable. It does not take no for an answer.
  • Even a man that is heartless, unloving, uncaring and wicked will yield to persistence, let alone God who is caring, loving, and righteous.