Why You Must GrowUp!• 2 Peter 3:18• 18 But grow in grace, and inthe knowledge of our Lordand Saviour Jesus Christ. Tohim be glory both now andfor ever. Amen.•“There’s a diﬀerencebetween knowingt h e p a t h a n dwalking the path” –Morpheus, The Matrix
Why do we have suchdisparity between people.•There are certainthings even inChristianity thatnobody can do foryou!• We really do not knowhow we are going to reactin certain circumstancesbecause there is a lot oftheory in our heads.
Decisions!Teaching andpreachings bringus to a point ofdecision - JohnMaxwellT h e r e i s a b i gdiﬀerence betweentraining and teaching.
Romans 12• Be ye transformed by therenewing of your mind• B e t r a n s f o r m e d b yrenewing & retraining yourmind• Be changed by training • We are not going tochange if we dontchange our minds
STORY ABOUT THEWOMAN WITH 2 KIDS• Its your husband faultbut who suﬀers?• The Children and theWife• What should youwork on? • Him or yourself • Get your act together
TRUTH• The person that needsto change is you!• Yo u h a v e b l a m e d y o u rhusband, father, mother,employer, RICH UNCLE ETCfor everything that happenedto you.• And to prove to the world youare right you allowed thath u s b a n d s b e h a v i o r t odetermine the destiny of yourchildren and the way your lifehad turned out.
THATS NOT RIGHT!• Yet it should be in spiteof ll your husbandsnonentity your life andhe life of your childrenis great and successful • My boss did not like me but....• My uncle could not help mebut..• My husband left me but...• Mrs Adeboye of Jesus Embassy
BUT!!!!• We h a v e t h i sinerrant capacityt o b l a m eeverybody elseexcept our selves • Most of our lives • For example becausemy father did not helpme I am useless.
BUT!!!!• We have this greatcapacity to ﬁnd areason to justifywhere we are and putt h e b l a m e o nsomebody else.• In other words webelieve somebodyelse is responsible forwhere we are now!
YOU!• The person who isresponsible for whereyou are now is theperson you see in themirror everyday!• 2 Samuel 12:7• 7 And Nathan said to David,Thou art the man. Thus saiththe Lord God of Israel, Ianointed thee king overIsrael, and I delivered theeout of the hand of Saul;
OPRAHS FAVORITEGUEST• What of if at anystage of her dreamsshe stopped and gaveup.• She then chose toblame her father andhusband • What of she said Ihave children now mydream is not possible
OPRAHS FAVORITEGUEST• If she gave up shewould have stopped notonly herself but the4,000 other people whowould have beneﬁttedfrom the dream• She would never haveattracted $1.5 MillionUS dollars & probablymay never have earnedit in her lifetime, (400Million Naira)
WHAT ABOUT YOU?• Have you stopped?• A n d h a v e y o uallowed what othersdid to stop you?• How many are notdoing what they aresupposed to becauseof what others did ordid not do?
WHAT ABOUT YOU?• I t h u r t s w h e nsomeone steps orhurts you but dontlet what others dodetermine youractions• J e s u s n e v e rreacted He actednot like David didsometimes!
THINK THINGSTHROUGH!• Have you sat downlong enough to thinkthings through!• Can your situationb e w o r s e t h a nTererais?• T h e S p h e r e o fConcern vs. TheSphere of Inﬂuence
THINK THINGSTHROUGH!• What are youg o i n g t h o u g hthat others haven o t g o n ethrough?• W h a t d o y o un e e d t h a tsomeone heredoesnt have?
COMMON TO MAN!• 1 Corinthians 10:13• 13 There hath notemptation taken youb u t s u c h a s i scommon to man: butGod is faithful, whowill not suﬀer you tobe tempted abovethat ye are able; butwill with the temptation alsomake a way to escape, thatye may be able to bear it.
Marianne Williamson• Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. • Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyondmeasure. • Its our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. • We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,talented and fabulous? • Actually, who are you not to be? • You are a child of God.
Marianne Williamson• Your playing small does not serve the world. • There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that otherpeople wont feel insecure around you. • We are all meant to shine, as children do. • We were born to make manifest the glory of God that iswithin us. • Its not just in some of us; its in everyone. • And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously giveother people permission to do the same. • As we are liberated from our own fear, our presenceautomatically liberates others.
EVAN ALMIGHTY• God: Let me ask yousomething. • If someone prays forpatience, you think Godgives them patience?• Or does he give them theopportunity to be patient?• If he prayed for courage,d o e s G o d g i v e h i mcourage, or does he givehim opportunities to becourageous?
EVAN ALMIGHTY• If someone prayed forthe family to be closer,do you think God zapsthem with warm fuzzyfeelings, or does hegive them opportunitiesto love each other?• We know scriptures somuch but those whocame from Moses Lakemarvel at how much weknow yet they do more!
LIFE & ChoicesQuotes• Our lives are a sum totalof the choices we havemade. ~ Dr Wayne Dyer• ~ Life is a series ofchoices that are made inthe present moment.~ Darren Main• ~ Life is change. Growthis optional. Choosewisely. ~ Karen KaiserClark
LIFE & ChoicesQuotes• ~ Its choice - notc h a n c e - t h a td e t e r m i n e s y o u rdestiny. ~ Jean Nidetch• ~ Life is a sum of allyour choices. ~ AlbertCamus• TERERAI IS A SUMT O T A L O F H E RCHOICES NOT HERFATHER OR HUSBAND,
TIME TO REFLECT• If you keep blamingothers • I t s n o t w h a thappens to youthat defeats you itshow you respondand your attitude • Its time to takeresponsibility
Reality vs Theory• Its not marriageits the purposeof marriage thatwe need to getright!• Excuses are lieswe tell ourselves1st service
GOD DOES NOT ANSWERYOUR PRAYERS• He answers His Prayers• That we may come untothe knowledge of thetruth!• 1 Timothy 2:3-4• 3 For this is good andacceptable in the sight ofGod our Saviour; 4 Whowill have all men to besaved, and to come untothe knowledge of thetruth.
GOD DOES NOT ANSWERYOUR PRAYERS• Purpose of theprayer is meantfor us to come tothe knowledge ofthe truth• Maturity of thet r u t h a n dresponsible notcrusades
THE KNOWLEDGEOF THE TRUTH• U n t i l w e c o m e t o t h eknowledge of the truth aboutour life then we are ready tochange.• Until we face the realityof the truth of our livesand face the things wehave been blaming forwhere you are now• Choices not based on whatother people do to us butbased on our values
AGAINST GOD NOTMAN• Psalms 119:11• 11 Thy word have I hid inmine heart, that I mightnot sin against thee.• Notice not that I may not sinagainst my wife brother father orfriend but against God!• Acts 9:4• 4 And he fell to the earth,and heard a voice sayingunto him, Saul, Saul, whypersecutest thou me?
Psalm 61: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.• 1 Hear my cry, O God; attend untomy prayer. 2 From the end of theearth will I cry unto thee, when myheart is overwhelmed: lead me tothe rock that is higher than I. 3 Forthou hast been a shelter for me, and astrong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abidein thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in thecovert of thy wings. Selah.
John 5:1-16•1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; andJesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is atJerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which iscalled in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, havingﬁve porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude ofimpotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waitingfor the moving of the water. 4 For an angel wentdown at a certain season into the pool, andtroubled the water: whosoever then ﬁrst afterthe troubling of the water stepped in was madewhole of whatsoever disease he had.
John 5:1-16• 5 And a certain man was there, which had aninﬁrmity thirty and eight years. 6 When Jesus saw himlie, and knew that he had been now a long time inthat case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be madewhole? 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, Ihave no man, when the water is troubled, to put meinto the pool: but while I am coming, anothersteppeth down before me. 8 Jesus saith unto him,Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediatelythe man was made whole, and took up his bed, andwalked: and on the same day was the sabbath
WOULD YOU BEMADE WHOLE?• My brother, my uncle , theChurch, the economy etc• Would you be made whole?• Thats the question, notwhat is stopping youfrom being whole orw h a t a r e t h echallenges you are arefacing!• Would You Be Made Whole?• No more excuses!
NO MORE EXCUSES• no one to help me, tocarry me into the water.....• 5 porches full of sickpeople yet God sent Jesusto him or now To YOU!• Jesus knew the manssituation as He does yoursand He is asking you & I • 38 years of waitingand blaming someone else
NOticeIMMEDIATELY!• God does not need anybodysapprove to help you • God does not need any manto bless you• "the Man who made mewhole"• God did not ﬁx his excuses tohelp • God does not need a betternation or city or people tohelp, bless or make us whole• We must grow up!
John 5:1-16• 10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is thesabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. 11 Heanswered them, He that made me whole, the same said untome, Take up thy bed, and walk. 12 Then asked they him, Whatman is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? 13And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus hadconveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. 14Afterward Jesus ﬁndeth him in the temple, and said unto him,Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest aworse thing come unto thee. 15 The man departed, andtold the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. 16And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slayhim, because he had done these things on the sabbath day
THE MAN AT THEPOOL• 14 Afterward Jesus ﬁndeth himin the temple, and said unto him,Behold, thou art made whole: sinno more, lest a worse thingcome unto thee.• What Sin? Just a thought, • Could be the in that causedhim to be ill in the ﬁrstplace 38 years ago OR It oldalso be the sin that kepthim there blaming and complaining about nothaving help for the 38 yearssince
TERERAI TRENT•Te r e r a i Tr e n tdidnt allow thatsin that someoneelse did stop herf r o m m o v i n gforward and usingit as an excusefor not becomingall she could be.
WHO ARE YOUBLAMING• Jonathan Goodluck,y o u r f a m i l y, t h eChurch, or Me • This aﬀects the wholecountry as we mustalways ﬁnd someoneto blame• I HAVE A PROBLEM• WE HAVE A PROBLEM
LORD OPEN OUREYES• AS A NATION & As aPEOPLE• THE SOLUTION TO THISCOUNTRYs PROBLEMHAS TO COME FROMUS INSPIRED BY GOD• WE MUST CHALLENGETHE STATUS QUO • LETS TELL GOD WEARE READY TO MOVEFORWARD
Be Responsible!• We must acceptresponsibility andidentify with it.• We are looking toheaven for help andnot man• We w o u l d s t o pblaming people,complaining andmurmuring
Be Responsible!• G o d k n o w swhat you needin your life • G o d a l w a y suses what youHave not whaty o u d o n o thave!
1 Thessalonians3:10-13• 10 night and dayp r a y i n gexceedingly thatwe may see yourface and perfectwhat is lacking inyour faith? 11 Nowmay our God and FatherHimself, and our LordJesus Christ, direct ourway to you.
Imagine the Impact!• Psalm 121, A Song of degrees.• 1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whencecometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, whichmade heaven and earth. 3 He will not suﬀer thy foot tobe moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber norsleep. 5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shadeupon thy right hand. 6 The sun shall not smite thee byday, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord shall preservethee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8 The Lordshall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from thistime forth, and even for evermore.