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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.

 

 

 

 

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

Reigning Daily With Christ-Pastor Jide Ogunsakin

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Friday April, 13

LET IT TAKE YOU UP

MEMORY VERSE:

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:3).

JIDE OGUNSAKIN

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

TEXT: Joel 1:12, Isaiah 12:1-6

We live in a world of endless desires. We want the best cars to drive, best houses to live in, best jobs and best everything. Unfortunately, not many people know the right and easiest way to getting the best out of life. Praise is the ladder to greatness. Your many years of labour cannot give you what a day of praiseful life can give you. Nothing greases life like praise. Just like when a car engine lacks grease, it begins to crack noise and struggles in motion so also will any life which is void of praise struggle endlessly and you know what? If you allow that engine to continue like that, it will definitely crash. Praise is the antidote to the crashing of the engine of man’s destiny. That is why I have mentioned at some point in this devotional that if you are not praiseful you will be grounded. Praiseful people can never head for the crash because God is always there piloting all their endeavours. I pray for you today, whatever is working negatively against your destiny trying to make your life crash receives instant judgment from heaven today. You shall not crash but go forward in Jesus name.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Praiseful people can’t be stranded in life so go forward.

PRAYER:

Father, let it be well with me and all that concerns me. By virtue of Your presence with me may I go forward and not backward in Jesus name.

READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

Deuteronomy 19,   20     Luke 15:1-32     Psalms 45:1-9

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

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JIDE OGUNSAKIN

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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Wednesday April, 11

PRAISE CAN HANDLE THE ODDS

MEMORY VERSE:

For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods (Psalms 96:4).

JIDE OGUNSAKIN

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

TEXT:

Psalms 33:1-12

Obstacles are real but more real is the ability of God to put them where they belong. Praise is so powerful and effectual in subduing all obstacles of life. It will interest you to know that praise is much more effectual than the longest fast anyone can engage in. Your greatest obstacle in life will never require more than praise to become a miracle. If through the weapon of praise the wall of Jericho came down flat then through your praise every wall standing on your way to your high places must crumble for your sake. The problem of believers is not lack of solution but either ignorance or refusal to engage the force that will bring their solution their way. Praise is that force that no other force under heaven has the ability to resist. Prayer is good and potent but no matter how fervent it may be it cannot compete with the power of praise. If you want results in all you do then give God praise. If you want results cheaply, praise. If you want life to be sweet for you – you must make life sweet for God through praise. Praise is God’s delight.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Whatever God can handle is what praise can handle.

 PRAYER:

Father, I know my circumstances are not bigger than You, as I praise You today, meet me at the point of my very need in Jesus name.

READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

Deuteronomy 15, 16:1-20   Luke 13:31-35, 14:1-14 Psalms 44:1-12

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Reigning Daily With Christ -Pastor Jide Ogunsakin New Kingdom Church, Abuja

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JIDE OGUNSAKIN

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

Friday April, 6

GIVE GOD HIS DELIGHT

MEMORY VERSE:

…therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name (Habakkuk 13:15).

TEXT:

Psalms 34:1-10

The only thing that keeps God on His toes is praise. God can’t see quality praise and remain seated, NEVER! Each time God sees quality praise He goes into action immediately. God is super active and most dangerous at the verge of quality praise. Remember the bible says: “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11). Do you want to experience the glory of God? Do you want God to show Himself fearful in the camp of your adversaries? Do you want God to do wondrous things in your life even today? Then give Him heartfelt Praise!!!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Praise is a go-getter. You can pray amiss but you can never praise amiss.

PRAYER:

Father, show Yourself fearful in my favour today.

READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

Deuteronomy 4:15-49,   5     Luke 11:5-32     Proverbs 8:32-36

Christian Leaders Reject Buhari’s Second Term Bid- Checkpointcharley

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BuhariA religious group United Christian Leaders Eagle Eye Forum (UCLEEF) has rejected calls in some quarters especially from the Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), urging President Muhammadu Buhari to run for a second term.

The group through its National Chairman, Pastor Aminchi Habu, rejected the calls on Thursday during a press conference/inauguration of an Advisory Board for the group in Abuja.

Habu said the APC led-government has failed Nigerians going by its inability to solve the security challenges, youth unemployment issue, stabilize the economy and reduce poverty in the country.

According to him, it is time for northern leaders and their counterparts in the south to unite and present a formidable candidate that will take over from the present government.

“We are calling on prominent Nigerians like Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), Gen. Abdusalami Abubarkar (rtd), and Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd), to team up and work together towards presenting a formidable candidate who will be accepted by all Nigerians in the 2019 Presidential Election.

“Prof. Jerry Gana, Sen. Ibrahim Mantu, Gen. Theophilous Danjuma (rtd); Emir of Zazzua, Dr Shehu Idris; the Northern Elders Forum (NEF); the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF); leaders of Northern Youths Organizations and other prominent Nigerians are not left out in this call,” Habu said.

He urged the youths to actively participate in the political process by obtaining their PVCs so as to wrestle power from the “old brigade politicians” who have ran out of ideas.

He also urged the youths not to mortgage their future for the peanuts they get from the current political elite who have taken the country several steps backwards.

“Just like PDP failed Nigerians before the 2015 election, APC as a party has also failed Nigerians ahead of 2019 election.

“All we see within the ruling party is disunity, and the party is good at blaming PDP for their incompetence to bring solution to Nigeria’s problem.

“And it is also a shame that the party members are fighting themselves in almost all the states of the country.

“If they can’t coordinate themselves, then, how can they coordinate Nigeria; so, on this point, I am saying that PDP and APC have failed Nigeria and we can’t allow them to rule us again.

“In 2015, Nigerians where looking for a saviour to bring them out of hardship, and APC promised us a bright future under the change mantra if elected; the result is this present hardship,” Habu added.

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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

 

Senator Bukar Mustapha is Dead

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Bukar Mustapha, the senator representing Katsina North, is dead.

Mr. Mustapha was President Muhammadu Buhari’s senator as he represented the president’s senatorial district.

He died after a brief illness on Wednesday, Securewatch gathered from reliable sources learnt.

The News Agency of Nigeria quotes Mr. Bukar’s younger brother, Kanta Bukar, as confirming the news.

Mr. Bukar’s death is coming less than a week after the deputy majority leader of the House of Representatives, Umar Jibril, died after a protracted illness.

It also came about two weeks after another senator, Ali Wakili, passed away.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Conflict Management 101

Easter

To be able to live peacefully in any environment, we need to understand the fact that; Conflicts are inevitable and might not be totally avoidable. Regardless of our nature and personality traits, we tend to have issues with other people. Dealing with conflict isn’t easy; natural order of things has made scarcity of resources and time major challenges to humanity. As a leader, as a human being, you can be sure that you’ll face relational conflicts. No leadership model exists that will totally eliminate disagreements or clashes of personality. In fact, the tension that comes from conflict can be healthy and beneficial to growth if dealt with correctly. Life’s most important question isn’t “Will I face conflicts?” but “How can I best manage conflicts when they arise?”

The only Christ supported key to dealing with conflict is to follow God’s word and respond obediently and these are:

Eliminate Need to Retaliate: Understanding the others are important in handling conflicts. We need to listen more and be attentive to the inner pains being expressed by the others always. As Christians we should always learn to emphasize through active listening. Don’t totally avoid discussions. Don’t ignore underlining concern and covert interests that are instrumental to position of the other parties. Ignore the; insults, accusations and curses, they are all expressions of hurt. Emotions cannot be controlled by many people during quarrels, look beyond the tones, the pains and frustrations, concentrate on the issues at all time. Conflicts challenge our unity as a body of Christ. Our unity always poses a threat to the devil that will use every opportunity to take advantage of unresolved issues, especially those involving anger, bitterness, self-pity, and envy to bring us down (see Prov. 26:20)

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from us, along with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31). Conflict remains one major challenge to our prayers to the Lord. Jesus insisted that we love our neighbours as ourselves and that we should always promptly settle all quarrels with our brothers before coming for prayers (John 13:34: Romans 12:10). He specifically taught us to always express undying love to one another and tries to live in peace and harmony with our neighbours and brothers (Romans 15:5). Jesus commanded Christians to ensue: patience, kindness and tenderness of heart in dealing with each other always (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Discuss issues as they arise and acknowledge the other’s emotions: Jesus enjoined us to settle our differences among ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:11). Jesus was direct in His instructions about transgressions between brothers. “Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him” (Luke 17:3-4). Christians should learn the spirit of Jesus and the most essential part of conflict resolution process are; understanding the feelings of others and forgiving them.

We are taught to be long-suffering and tenderhearted toward one another. Good Christians will always consider others feelings and pains before theirs at all times (Philippians 2:3). We are to refrain from pre-judging issues and listen carefully to issues before we comment. In quarrels we should look beyond the explicit to the covert innuendoes in all statements. Interests determine people’s positions and as Christians we should always be conscious not to be selfish and over bearing in our attitude. Saint Paul admonishes us to always “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2:3–4).

Manage Emotions:

Uncontrolled emotional outbursts are the reasons for most arguments turning violent. We should always learn to appreciate the others standpoint and appreciates their emotions. Be emphatic at all times; listen attentively to what the others are saying. Never presuppose anything. Learn to be patient and see beyond the hurt and thoughtless argument of the other. Try walking away from argument when emotions can’t be controlled. We should always be the barometers of arguments, when it gets too hot to be reasonable walking away is a great option. We might not be able to solve any issue when tempers are flaring, hence when we are reaching our breaking point, please endeavours to move away for sometime for temper to cool down.

We are supposed to be strong and be the pillar for our friends and rejoice in finding solution to issues (Ephesians 4:2; 1 Corinthians 13:6). Always understand the role of emotion and ego in conflicts, as Christians; we should never aim at hurting others back, because of what they said during a quarrel. Learn to be more understanding and see beyond the hurt and thoughtlessness in other’s speech. Walk away, cool down and look for another way of addressing issues and not emotion later in a more mutually beneficial and rational way later (Coll. 3:120

Learn how to apologise:

 As peacemaker and Christian, we should learn how to diffuse tension with golden statements like ‘I am so sorry dear” “Please forgive me, if I in any way hurt you” even when you are not wrong! Disarm violent response with positive statements. Look beyond the hurt intended by the speech, learn to see the underlining tone and deal with issues while ignoring their position. Always be careful to craft your response at all time. Avoid deteriorating already fry nerves by saying the wrong things. Be smart to always ignore areas of disagreements and concentrate on points of agreements. This reduces argument from start and encourages better concentration by the other parties. You don’t drop a fish suddenly in a new tank; you do it slowly and gently. Arguments are not for winning; it’s about smoothing patches and designing better relationships. Hence you don’t throw cautions to the wind and attack the other parties relentlessly with violent words (Prov. 6:3; Coll. 3:13; Prov. 12:20).

Learn how to elicit underlining interests.

Clarify issues by asking open-ended questions thereby slowing down argument. These allow your opponent to pause and think out a response. People plan quarrel out in their minds before meeting the other parties. You should always throw a spanner in their meticulous plans by asking pertinent and clarifying questions such as:

  • “Please tell me, why is this so important to you..”?
  • “If I can understand you and rephrase that statement, what you are trying to say is that you are not being appreciated for all your hard works here, right”?
  • “Please tell me again, why is this so important right now”?
  • “Thanks for your complete honesty with me, but what do you think we can do right now, please”?

Always refrain from shouting and striking the others. Learn not to use words that can be deemed insulting, sarcastic and demeaning to others during quarrels. Abstain from raising your hand to strike others when temper flares. It’s barbaric and termed childish in all culture. Never use final words that leave your opponents with no choices. Statements like “ If you walk out, don’t ever come back here again”, “You are a bastard if you don’t do it” “Strike me if you are a man” “I hate you”. Reconciliations are made difficult by words spoken during quarrels. Many could forget the source of the quarrel, but what you say during the quarrel is etched in memories forever. You can’t unsay words, so be careful what you say during conflicts. Quarrels are to rework relationship processes not to end it. We lose great friends by being too excited and not watching our utterances.

Understanding the Lessons of Easter

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Understanding the Lessons of Easter

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3)

The very purpose of this Easter weekend reminds us, no matter what we face today, what we’ve been through, or what uncertainties tomorrow may hold, Christ is our Hope. He conquered death; He makes all things new. The death of Jesus on the cross at Calgary was a culmination of challenges thrown at our Lord and Saviour towards denying us of His great deliverance and assurances for everlasting life with God.

Today one challenge or the other bows down many Christians. They have continued to lose hope and fail in their works in the church. I say this to you; Buckle up! Christ never assured us of an easy life. He maintained that we have to work hard and defeat the devil and his demons to get the glory of heaven. We are not Christians because it’s easy and fashionable to be, but because we are called to fight the good fight of faith.

Distinguished fellows, an analytical look at His life and the main lesson of Easter I bring to you today. Easter become the basis of our faith in Christ since Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected over a Glorious Easter weekend 2000 years ago. Looking back in history, Jesus’s crucifixion was treated as a routine issue by Roman Governor of Jerusalem, Julius Caesar and his court clerks that not even a records of His death was found in Roman official records of the period.   Yet, within a hundred years of His resurrection, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Government.

Jesus impressive life of great provision was filled with mysteries and these started from conception. His mother was a virgin. A virgin getting pregnant was seen as confirmation of fornication, which should have been treated with utmost dispatch. The culprit stoned to death. But surprisingly not even a stain was recorded on Mary during the course of this pregnancy. Challenge at point of deliver, led the young couple on the way to Jerusalem to opt for the stables by the roadside. And without any complications, the most popular and most used name in world history was born.

Even when King Herod in his Imperial jealousy wanted Jesus killed, our Lord escaped his snares and become more popular than the Kind when he appeared in the Temple at thirteen to the delight of the elders and scribes Christ travail was amplified immediately after His baptism by John the Baptist at River Jordan. He came face to face with the Devil after forty days and nights fast in the wilderness. At the point of His weakness after a long fast, the devil approached Him with several tests that tried Jesus knowledge of the Word “as written”. Jesus without breaking sweats won the temptations of the Devil.

In almost four years of ministry, Jesus Christ was never recorded to have had to run away from any challenge. He took the Pharisees and the Scribes on, on matter of the laws and sin; fed over 5,000 men –not counting women and children- with five loaves and two fishes; turned water into wine at wedding in Canaan; rose the dead; and walked upon the sea.

Jesus handled His last days with respect, utmost dignity with head held high. He never for once showed trepidation and allow the Satan a space for triumph. Jesus said, “It is finished”, meaning all our challenges are over in this world. Yet many of us still worry over issues and challenges bordering on living.

“That you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Eph. 1:18-21).

The real lesson of His death and resurrection is captured in the challenges posed by the manner of His burial. Jesus was buried and His grave covered with a large big boulder, and guards were posted round the clock; the supposed coupe de grace. The enemies have also read the scriptures and are also aware of the fact that Jesus was to rise after three days in the bowel of the earth. To prevent this, proper efforts were made to thwart any efforts to steal His body, thereby proving that Christ is the “messiah”.

His resurrection regardless of the challenge showed us that nothing could really stop us from realizing our dreams. Challenges are just stepping-stones to our greatness. Understanding the basis that Jesus ended all our challenges on the cross was the basis for unqualified success. Christian living have qualified us for His Grace and forever absolve us from any attempt of the devil and its demon on our lives.

“He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” (Luke 24:6-7)

 “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” (Matt. 28:6)

Easter is the confirmation of our never finishing, never failing, and never ending Grace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Because Jesus has and will never fail; any praying Christian is endowed with all these Grace inherent to our Saviour. Praying solves all things. Jesus left us with just a way to solve all problems in our life, he asked us never to succumb to the will of the devil. Our only solution is to Pray:

“If you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. If you believe, you will receive” whatever you ask in prayer”. (Matt. 21: 22)

You too Can Conquer Giant Problems

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You too Can Conquer Giant Problems- By Don Michael Adeniji

In every day business we are always faced with thousands of challenges, deadlines and harsh decisions. Major challenges to our operations occur when we are faced with erratic, bloated ego and obviously bigger negotiating partner standing in our ways to achieving our goals.

Whenever I am faced with this kind of situation the Biblical story of David and Goliath always come to mind. Given modern world economic system, most of us are always squaring up against opponents that looks gigantic and insurmountable which aware of its strength always try to use power negotiation tactics to have his ways at all time. I have personally experience this situation and I will tell you, “its never easy challenging the giant problems”.

The religious side of the story of David has always entailed a greater emphasis on the Miracle in the Valley of Elah. Just like in most religious histories, the morale and sequence of actions are always martyred. After several look at First Book of Samuel Chapter 16 and 17 I am convinced that for you to enjoy David’s Miracle you have to understand the five (5) basic principles of David- adopted today by Super deal makers and professional negotiators.

Determine your areas of competencies and Practise your Talent – Don’t wait till the next challenge before you start preparing for eventualities, even the none obvious one. David did not start Practising slinging at the camp in Ella. Though a shepherd, he qualified himself as a musician and a soldier of repute (I Sam. 16 V 18).

Always Celebrate Your Achievements: People will only know about your prowess if they are notified of them. Your witness and qualification to seat at the table with giants at all should be obvious to all. Other parties and your colleagues should respect and be ready to recommend you for challenges. You cant lead a team without proper experience. David’s Resume was long as a professional slinger and Saul was convinced after several testimonies to put the fate of a whole country on the teenager’s shoulders (see I Sam 16 V 21, I Sam 17 V 32-38).

Research, Brainstorm and Decide on a Game plan. Always find out qualitative information about the opponents. The underlying concerns, interests and values that culminated in current positions should be properly analyzed. David asked questions before attempting to fight Goliath, he watched him move and saw the weight he carried. He analyzed the chances available for him, his point of approach, the kind of stones he needed for his attack and all. Surprisingly, only few historians acknowledged the fact that slingers have always had upper hands against the ancient infantry. The infantry were loaded down with chain mails, swords, shields and spears, they tends to be sluggish and slow in reactions while the slingers were the snipers of that era (see I Sam 17 V 38-39).

Prepare: Using the proper equipment is important when faced with one in a lifetime options as David was. David knew he only has a chance with his sling before the giant consumes him. So he went down to the stream and choose five smooth stones for his sling. Many have never bothered to ask why David had to go all the way to the stream for his stones. David understood the risk he was taking, he factored his chances, BATNA and chances of success of getting it right the first time. So the type of stone matters, smooth stones are easily maneuvered in the slings hence delivers better accuracies. Preparation is essential for success of any decision maker. Without proper preparation you may miss important factors in the whole exercise (see I Sam 17 V. 40).

Deal with emotions: Several emotions come to play in every challenges, each parties emotions determines the way they will respond at the table. Most negotiations are lost through lack of basic understanding of the values, feelings and orientations of the other party. The challenge for a deal maker is the ability to balance his own emotion and manage without hurting the emotions of the other parties successfully during the process. Active listening, prompt reactions to undertones and covered overtures are important in achieving success. Goliath’s emotion betrayed him and made him loose focus at the most important time in the challenge. He was so angered t the puny sight of David, he never noticed the sling in his hand until it was two late.

 

You too Can Conquer Giant Problems

Easter

You too Can Conquer Giant Problems – Don Michael Adeniji

In every day business we are always faced with thousands of challenges, deadlines and harsh decisions. Major challenges to our operations occur when we are faced with erratic, bloated ego and obviously bigger negotiating partner standing in our ways to achieving our goals.

Whenever I am faced with this kind of situation the Biblical story of David and Goliath always come to mind. Given modern world economic system, most of us are always squaring up against opponents that looks gigantic and insurmountable which aware of its strength always try to use power negotiation tactics to have his ways at all time. I have personally experience this situation and I will tell you, “its never easy challenging the giant problems”.

The religious side of the story of David has always entailed a greater emphasis on the Miracle in the Valley of Elah. Just like in most religious histories, the morale and sequence of actions are always martyred. After several look at First Book of Samuel Chapter 16 and 17 I am convinced that for you to enjoy David’s Miracle you have to understand the five (5) basic principles of David- adopted today by Super deal makers and professional negotiators.

Determine your areas of competencies and Practise your Talent – Don’t wait till the next challenge before you start preparing for eventualities, even the none obvious one. David did not start Practising slinging at the camp in Ella. Though a shepherd, he qualified himself as a musician and a soldier of repute (I Sam. 16 V 18).

Always Celebrate Your Achievements: People will only know about your prowess if they are notified of them. Your witness and qualification to seat at the table with giants at all should be obvious to all. Other parties and your colleagues should respect and be ready to recommend you for challenges. You cant lead a team without proper experience. David’s Resume was long as a professional slinger and Saul was convinced after several testimonies to put the fate of a whole country on the teenager’s shoulders (see I Sam 16 V 21, I Sam 17 V 32-38).

Research, Brainstorm and Decide on a Game plan. Always find out qualitative information about the opponents. The underlying concerns, interests and values that culminated in current positions should be properly analyzed. David asked questions before attempting to fight Goliath, he watched him move and saw the weight he carried. He analyzed the chances available for him, his point of approach, the kind of stones he needed for his attack and all. Surprisingly, only few historians acknowledged the fact that slingers have always had upper hands against the ancient infantry. The infantry were loaded down with chain mails, swords, shields and spears, they tends to be sluggish and slow in reactions while the slingers were the snipers of that era (see I Sam 17 V 38-39).

Prepare: Using the proper equipment is important when faced with one in a lifetime options as David was. David knew he only has a chance with his sling before the giant consumes him. So he went down to the stream and choose five smooth stones for his sling. Many have never bothered to ask why David had to go all the way to the stream for his stones. David understood the risk he was taking, he factored his chances, BATNA and chances of success of getting it right the first time. So the type of stone matters, smooth stones are easily maneuvered in the slings hence delivers better accuracies. Preparation is essential for success of any winner. Without proper preparation you may miss important factors in the whole exercise (see I Sam 17 V. 40).

Deal with emotions: Several emotions come to play in every challenges, each parties emotions determines the way they will respond at the table. Most negotiations are lost through lack of basic understanding of the values, feelings and orientations of the other party. The challenge for a deal maker is the ability to balance his own emotion and manage without hurting the emotions of the other parties successfully during the process. Active listening, prompt reactions to undertones and covered overtures are important in achieving success. Goliath’s emotion betrayed him and made him loose focus at the most important time in the challenge. He was so angered t the puny sight of David, he never noticed the sling in his hand until it was two late.

Happy Easter and God Bless Us.

He Is Risen

Easter

he is Risen

It is finished,
He screamed
Then, darkness fell
Thunder loudly capped
His Enemies scattered
Friends, disciples departed
His Body; they entombed
Boulder blocked His Tomb
Fearing the End, Mary wept
Disciples mourned
Yet, they hear not
Nature, counting
The order of days
Morning, afternoon then night
Three days, He promised
To stay in
The bowel of earth
If the stone cannot
Stop His resurrection
Men cannot stop
Your edification
For in His Resurrection is your divine restoration
Congratulations
Happy Easter
He has risen
Our Saviour is alive!!!!