Be Careful, Your action affects others

Be Careful, Your action affects others

Some of the things we face or experience in life are a result of the actions some of us or others took knowingly or unknowingly.

Years ago, I was traveling by a particular bus company from Lagos to Owerri, the driver because of reasons best known to him took a decision that later affected all the passengers.
He left the route he was supposed to ply to get out of Lagos and enter the main and took another route, even when many passengers told him that route is not the right one,
And that single decision caused us to spend an additional 4hrs on the way and we ended up getting to Owerri very late.
Remember this, every decision you make has either a positive or negative consequence.
That is why we have laws.
Laws restrain us from doing things that have consequences in the future(depending on what your future is).
Before taking any action or deciding not to take any, first weigh the effect it will have on you and others.
That’s why I love the ‘Golden Rule‘.
Part of what the Golden Rule teaches us is that if we think about the consequences of our actions first, we will have a rethink and avoid being selfish in our decisions.
Think about it.
When you don’t t pay the price to succeed in life as a parent, it will affect your children negatively.
No wonder the Bible said that a good man leaves an inheritance for his grandchildren, imagine, not just children but grandchildren.
When you don’t bring up your children in the ways of God, they will become a menace in society.
When you don’t pray well and consistently with understanding, you will have a weak spiritual life and cannot have spiritual oversight over those under you.
When you don’t pay the price for success, your family will not enjoy the ‘good’ things of life.
When you don’t develop your mind through reading and skill improvement, you will not be a good example or pattern for others to follow.
As a leader, when you don’t lead well by having goals and visions and communicating your vision clearly, your team will suffer for it because everything rises and falls on leadership.
Before you take any decision, and then the action that will follow it, first ask yourself, are there people that will suffer if I take this decision and action?
Sit down, count the cost, and consider the future effect.
Gehazi brought a curse upon his generation because of a few minutes of decision and action.
Joseph saved his family and the nation because he refused to yield to a moment of pleasure.
Jesus gave up himself because it will bring salvation to the world.
Will your decision and actions bring a blessing or a curse to others?
Think about it.
The Secret to Solomon’s Wealth and How It can Help you

The Secret to Solomon’s Wealth and How It can Help you

Solomon is the richest man who ever lived and there is a secret to his wealth.

He got a divine key to wealth when God gave him a blank cheque to ask for whatever he wants.

Solomon wasn’t a type of today’s Christian because the answer he gave to God for the request kind of ‘surprised’ God, why?

God told us why.

Solomon didn’t ask for riches and honor

Solomon did not ask for long life

Solomon did not ask for his enemies to be killed.

A careful look at the prayers of most Christians today shows it is centered around these 3 points.

So because Solomon was concerned about all these, and he had an understanding of Matt 6:33 that if you seek the kingdom first, other things will be added to you.

God fulfilled that promise to Solomon by giving him wealth which was an addition to the wisdom Solomon asked for.

Now the question is, how did that pronouncement to Solomon that he will be the richest man that ever lived translate to material or tangible wealth.

We all understand that God doesn’t send money down to anyone from heaven.

His  way of doing that is by giving us the power to get wealth- Deut 8:18

So, that was what was given to Solomon and that is what is given to us today.

So God has played his part and we must play our part.

But first, what is that power to get wealth?

To understand it well, we must look at the abilities that help one to make create wealth in the marketplace- they are business skills like negotiation, closing sales, marketing, sales, leadership, communication skills, etc. 

So in this contest,  power here means a lot of things, some of them are, strength, grace, ability, courage, boldness, determination, favor, etc.
It then means you need grace, strength, and ability boldness to acquire these skills mentioned above because only then can you dominate in your industry.

So how did Solomon turn the pronouncement and promise God made to him into tangible wealth?

  1. He was a king, and as it’s a custom, you do not visit a king without a gift. So he was receiving gifts on a regular basis. An example was the Queen of Sheeba that paid him a visit.
    Remember you are also a king and you must work out your kingship in your own field and where the word of a king is, there is power.
  2. He became an investor and an importer- He invested in buying of gold, silver, ivory, etc. and he had a fleet of sheep bringing returns to him every 3 years. 2 Chronicles 9:28
  3. He was a consultant- Different people including high profile men and women like Queen of Sheeba came to consult him on different issues and he was paid for the counsel and advice he was giving to them to solve their problems. – 2 Chron 9:22-23
  4. He was a project manager- With this powerful skill, he managed and coordinated the building and construction of the temple until it was successfully completed.

So before you keep hoping that the promises God made to you will just happen without your effort, learn from the life of Solomon.

Don’t stop at claiming how you will be the richest man in your village, but go out there and acquire skills and abilities that will make it happen.

Learn high-paying skills

Develop yourself mentally

Learn how to network and communicate well

Learn how to market and sell

Pray, Claim the promises, and then Work to make it happen.

That is how to create wealth.

How to overcome Selfishness

How to overcome Selfishness

Selfishness or self-centeredness is engraved deep in the heart of every human being.

 Some of us have been able to cut down self-centredness to a certain level while some have it to a very large degree.

 Self-centeredness is actually putting the needs and concerns of yourself before the needs of others.

 The reason for the lying, cheating, or killings that we are experiencing is deep-rooted in self-centeredness.

 The cure for it starts from the heart because everything originates from the heart.

 Remember, Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, so everything starts from the heart.

 And the only way to cure self-centeredness is to change from the inside and that change from the inside is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 And that is what Jesus came to show us how to do.

 So we are going to look at four different ways that we can use to overcome self-centeredness by looking at the life of Jesus Christ who is our perfect example.

1.  We must agree with each other and love one another.

 You must learn to agree with other people’s views,  see things from their own point of view or from their own perspective and show genuine love to people because true love cares for the needs of other people.

2.  Don’t push your way to the front or sweet-talk your way to the top.

 Everyone wants to get noticed, everyone is struggling to be seen.  And as a result,  they say things that are false or have truth to get their way to the top.  And this can be seen in the areas of seeking promotion, making more money or in every other daily activity that we engage in. So we must learn to put ourselves aside so that we don’t bring other people down.

This is also seen mostly in a work environment, some people will go ahead and pass false information to their bosses or to their leaders or their managers in order to bring their fellow colleagues down. But the question you need to ask yourself is this, if I succeed in getting this person out of the way in the office will I earn his or her salary.

3.  Forget yourself long enough to lend a helping hand.

 You may be thinking that you have the greatest problem in the world but until you hear other people’s stories, you will have a rethink.

 We must keep our problems and side and see how to help someone lacking in the area you have already succeeded, that is the right way to live because many people are facing challenges or difficulties in the area in which you have already overcome, to them, those are difficult issues in their life but to you, it is so elementary that you think it doesn’t mean anything.

 And in helping other people solve their problems, you will find out that you are actually solving your own problem indirectly, it may not be obvious immediately, but later on, you will understand that it is at the point of solving a problem for the other person you will be able to solve your own problem.

4.  Think about the way Jesus taught.

How did he think that is a great question how did Jesus think or how is he thinking? The Bible made us understand that even though Jesus has kind of equal status with God as in he has direct access to God yet he belittled himself he became an ordinary man. He served many people, helped many people, he prayed for many people healed many people, and worst of it all he died a selfless obedient death.

 He humbled himself came down to the level of a normal human being and that is the only way he was able to help humanity so that is what we need to do. We must also learn to humble ourselves, come down to the level of others no matter our status, then put ourselves in other people should see what they feel and experience they are problems.

 In conclusion,  when we do all this four for points that are listed above, will begin to see that the roots of self-centeredness or selfishness will gradually die off completely and the like the way Jesus was honored by God because He humbled himself, the same way God will honor us when we humble ourselves in order to help other people achieve success in life.

 Today, make it a point of duty that you are going to kill the root of self-centeredness from your life by asking God to help you through the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome every spirit of selfishness or self-centeredness that is still operating in your life, and when you do this God will be so glad and you will experience a new type of peace.

That Challenge is for your greatness,don’t quit on the way

That Challenge is for your greatness,don’t quit on the way

Life is full of challenges. And if we face it as it should, we will enjoy the benefits.

Jesus didn’t promise us an easy life.

In fact, He said, in this world, we will have tribulations and tests, but we shouldn’t lose faith because He has overcome the world.

In Hebrews 12:5-11, we were actually told that if we don’t face challenges, it’s a signal that our sonship is questionable.
It is painful to pass through challenges, but the result it produces far outweighs the test.

James equally admonishes us to rejoice when we face difficulties in life. James 1:4 (MSG) said we should not try to get out anything prematurely.

But is it what we see in our society today?

Many have been taught that once they ‘come’ to Jesus, all their problems are over. This is a half-truth or even false teaching.  This is the reason for the half-baked believers we have today.

Jesus, Himself had to endure many tests for Him to become our perfect example.

Imagine if He stopped on the way?

This mindset becomes obvious in how we pray when difficulties come our way.

The way we pray virtually for everything, imagine if some people were praying for Joseph to be delivered from prison, or he himself praying to be delivered from Potiphar’s house, would he have become the deliverer of God’s people?

You must be sensitive enough to know the reason for the test you are facing like Joseph.

Ask, What has this got to teach me.

Sometimes, when we move far away from God, He may allow a test to come so He can get our attention back to him.

Like David in Psalm 119:71, he said his troubles were good for him, for they forced him to learn from God’s word.

Be sure the type of deliverance prayer you are praying to be delivered from has completed its job so that you won’t cut short God’s work on His molding process for you.

Joseph was tested and molded.

All things work together for those who love God. If you love God, be sure everything is working FOR and NOT against you. Rom 8:28

Gold goes into the fire before it becomes a precious metal, you must be tested before you become great.

And your challenges are a pointer to how great you will become.

No pain, No Gain.

You will come out successful in Jesus’s name.