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EARLY WILL I SEEK THEE Daily Deliberation Written by Olusesan Oshat
DAY ONE JESUS OR BARABBAS Matthew 27:15-22SO WHEN THE CROWD HAD GATHERED , PILATE ASKED THEM , “WHICH ONE DO YOU WANT ME TO RELEASE TO YOU ; BARABBAS OR JESUS WHO IS CALLED THE CHRIST ”. ( VERSE 17)On the eve of my eleventh birthday my sister whom I usually call Mum gave me a task of choicemaking that affected my reasoning till date.”Do you want a car or money?” she said, I becomeperplexed on which of the items to choose, while she was waiting for my response, I quickly thoughtwithin me, I will spend the money quickly but I will prefer a car that will boost my status among mypeers so, I said „a car‟, but to my utmost disappointment she handed over to me a picture frame ofLamborghini, throughout that night I was so sad and mad at my choice. Years later after knowledgehas increased I asked myself, what I want a car for at that age if not greedy and the thought ofimmediate gratification. I then analysed the dynamics of choice making and come these conclusion:there are two factors that affects our decision making per time(I) EXTERNAL FACTORS: (a) how people influence our actions and behaviour: Ouractions revolve round how we are been manipulated, intimidated or motivated to get things done. Weeasily do things charismatic speakers, good analysts or creative negotiators who comes our wayconvince us to do (b) the vogue mentality: most of our behaviours are not too far from fashion orstyle of the moment, (c) what people say about me: We like to impress people around who mostlydo not like us but will still want to be in their good book. John Maxwell once said „We borrow themoney we do not have to buy things we do not need to impress the people who do not like us‟ (d) PeerPressure: Actions and responses of people is centred around complying with “everybody is doing itsyndrome” come join us. About 75% people hooked on drugs in Nigeria, is traceable to peer pressure(II) INTERNAL FACTORS; (a) My Value System: Making choice is informed by our beliefsystem (b) My Self Worth: Self esteem goes a long way in affecting the quality of decision made.There is need to create an inner image of who you are not what people say you are. (c) Greed: Mostpeople make hasty decision due to impulse, most of this group of people regret they actions later inlife. We are seldom given task of choice in our daily life, but when we make the wrong choice, we feelbad, knowing that we hastily made those choices without taking a deep thought on the outcome of ourchoices. Any choice to be made based on advice should be well considered. Bishop Thomas Aremuonce said “Your choice will determine your chance in life”. Most people in the crowd shouted infavour of the release of Barabbas who does not really know the implication of their choice, they madetheir choice based on external factor and not based on internal factor.PRAYER: Lord, help me to inquire of you before making any choice in my life. (AMEN).
DAY TWO WOMAN Judges 16:15-21Her Children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her... Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. (Prov.31:28 & 31)The main reason God created a woman was to be a help meet, the word Help Meet is not byaccident but to fulfil God‟s purpose of covering up a man‟s weakness, but some women areno more WOnder unto their Man but a Woe untO their MAN. A woman hasthe ability/power to build up or to destroy her man or her home. There have been great storiesof how women added values to their families while some tear theirs down. There was a timeAdebukola told me to give her all my fragments (N5 and N10) of all balance I collect aftertransactions or purchases but I decided to give up to (N5, N10, N20 and N50) of all balance Icollected as balance from vendors, 3 months later she loaned me three times the amount Irequested for from her, I was curious about the excess, she told me the amount she gave mewas my fragment savings.The Bible describes a disgraceful woman as decay in her man‟s bone Proverbs 12:4unrealistic women kill a man faster than a plague. When some woman discovers their beautyand it gets into their head such women tends to be proud and snobbish believing in theirbeauty. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting Proverbs 31:3, the most important duty of awoman is to strengthen her man and home. The God given power and ability of women havenot all be totally harnessed due to gender discrimination and segregation in our society led bymen. Woman, the joy of the married and the sorrow of the unmarried, the divine one who sails her man to shore of peace, an evil spirit who torments her man as with sweet wine. A mysterious one who has the ability to either makes or mars a man‟s destiny, an enchanter full of seductive words and figure of enticement.A saint who with tenderness and prayers guides her man to the HAVEN OF JOY, a devil incarnate that serially tame to the SNARE OF DEATH. A man without thee is both happy but incomplete, the terrible one who can bring God‟s wrath on her man, the sacred one that brings God‟s peace and love upon her man.The sacred one that can invoke GOD‟s peace and Blessings on Her man the double faced being of good and bad.Prayer:Women: Dear Lord Make me a Wonder unto my man not a woe unto my man.Men: Dear Lord Make my wife a Wonder unto me not a woe unto me.
DAY THREE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS Hebrew 11:4-40 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised (Verse 39) NIVIt is part of human nature to grow weary when God‟s promises for our live lingers. We areoften impatient and want things to happen almost immediately, forgetting the fact that “God isnot a timed God but he is the God of time that lives outside of time”. According to the recordsin the book of Hebrews 11 men of old did not receive the promise of God on time. If I mayask, what will your reactions be if God‟s promise is not forth coming? Will you remainfaithfully or otherwise? Faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we donot see”. Faith can also be defined as Full Assurance In The Lord of Host.The men of old never had the privileges we have today yet they remain faithful unto death.Men of this generation are often impatient, hasty and self-centred, we want Magic rather thanMiracle, faithful is he who is able to stand the test of time. Men of old are individual withflesh and blood like us but through faith they commanded Sun to stand still and the moon tostop Joshua 10:12-13 and by faith stopped the rain for three years I king 17:1,18:1, by faithprophesy of the future event Psalm 24:7-10, Isaiah 53:11-12, Daniel 12:1-13 andRevelation19:1-21The faith of our fathers in faith looks crazy to this generation but God wants the faith of thisgeneration to be greater compare to theirs. Do you want the divine habitation of God and hispower in you today then come to him and believe in him and do not help him, only yield tohim this hour, Jesus is calling and waiting for you. Have a FAITH filled day, Shalom.PRAYER: I belief in you Lord, Help my faith to totally trust in you and wait for your leading.Dear Lord, release unto me the grace to increase my faith in you (AMEN).
DAY FOUR GREAT CHANGE Luke 19:1-10 “But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “look Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount”. (Verse 8)The first thing usually noticed in the life of a new convert is change, from the change peoplewill know that such individual has abandoned his/her old ways of life. Zacchaeus displayed anunusual character not common with the rich converts of his time. Sam Adeyemi listed threecharacteristics of rich men during the time of Zacchaeus as follows; (a) Rich men do not runbut hire people to run for them. I believe with this stance he was willing and desperate forchange of life style (b) Rich men do not climb trees but hire people to climb for them. Willand determination is not enough but active determination he displayed demonstrate how muchhe wanted the change (c) Rich men do not want to part with their riches. The young rich rulerwent back all because he could not part with his wealth.The moment Christ saw the determination of Zacchaeus he announce his salvation. If you arewilling and ready to move from your present spiritual ghetto to a new realm in Christ, all youhave to do is to call on Jesus today and make your declaration for him today and allow thegreat change become your portion. Decamping to the side of Jesus culminates into new levelof experience and Positive transform as against the negative life style. Christ give Joy, Hopeand unlimited breakthrough in him.PRAYER: Lord I come to you today; I give you my life, and confess with my mouth that youare the Lord of my life. Come into my life to rule. Thank you for the change of salvation in mylife (AMEN).
DAY FIVE A BETTER ALTERNATIVE Genesis 3:7-21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God made coats of skins, and clothed them. (Verse 16-17)When Adam and his wife Eve ate the forbidden fruit their eyes were opened and theyimmediately made fig leaves as their covering. From this it can be presumed that the firstwisdom man sought after was faulty due to the fact that the first product of man after thatwisdom was full of imperfections, the Bible said they sewed fig leaves to cover theirnakedness. The devil deceived them into believing that they are lesser than God and the fruitwill upgrade them to God‟s level, they took the fruit all to discover that the purported wisdomwas after all foolishness, the devil kept the part when God said “And God said, Let us makeman in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, andover the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creepingthing that creepeth upon the earth” Genesis 1:26. Form Adam and his wife. Usually this iswhat the devil do to keep man from God‟s original plan.When God came down to chat with them, he found them in a much lesser state compared towhat they used to be. God himself then provided a better alternative of covering by making agarment from skin. Has it ever occurred to us that no man has ever been able to successfullymake clothing or covering of leaves that will last? But man has been able to improve on skin(Leather). Have you tried dressing up with leaves before? Have you been dressed up in leavesall your life? Then come to the master designer for an alternative covering, Jesus is callingyou to leave that Ghetto life and mentality and move to the Guest mansion today, listen to thecall. There were many flaws in the first product of man after he sinned which are; (1) Leaveswill dry up and wither in a matter of days while Leather lasts for years (the older the stronger)(2) Leaves are rough and an imperfect form of covering but Leather is smooth and neat (3)Leaves takes time to be converted into clothing and ends up a waste after a few weeks butLeather lasts longer and is useful. (4)Leaves cannot protect man from cold weather but it is aknown fact that the commonly used material against cold is Leather clothing. (5) Leaves aretime/season bound but Leather can be gotten any time of the season.MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 3:15 “Trust in the LORD with all your Heart and lean not onyour own understanding” PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to lean on you all the days of mylife for your divine instructions and leading. (AMEN)
DAY SIX TURNING POINT John6:60-70SIMON PETER ANSWERED HIM , “LORD TO WHOM WE SHALL GO? YOU HAVE THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE . WE BELIEVE AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE HOLY ONE OF GOD”. (VERSE 68-69)According to Rita Mae Brown “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over andover again and expecting different results”. There are times we need to turn a new leaf of lifeand attitude, from this passage many of Jesus‟ disciples left him while the twelve rather thanliving him turned to Jesus to re-establish their faith and stand in him. We need to leave ourpresent state for the next level. There are some ways we have walked that we need not walkagain. When we examine our life style and relationship with God, we will see that it is not inaccordance with God‟s permissive will, plan and purpose for our life, it is then time toreadjust and realign our life and ways with God‟s. God never change but man does, God hasever been faithful to his words and to man. RIVER JABBOK was Jacob‟s turning point; therehe wrestled with God (Genesis 32:24-30), Moses‟ turning point was at MOUNT HOREB;there he saw God in the burning bush that was not consumed (Exodus 3:1-6), Joshua‟s turningpoint was near JERICHO; there he saw the commander of the Lord‟s army (Joshua 5:13-15),and Paul‟s turning point was on his way to DAMASCUS; there he heard Jesus‟ voice (Act9:2-7) my beloved where is your own turning point? Blessed is the life that turns to God and turn your back on short term pleasure andgratification, your life is precious to God do not spend it in eternal doom. The Lord is gentlycalling you today hear him do not delay, and hand your life over to him. Turn to God todayfor your eternity‟s certainty. “What will it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose hisown soul”?PRAYER: I give you my life for direction and guidance, dear Lord teach, me your ways so Ican be happy and useful for your glory. (AMEN).
DAY SEVEN DIVINE SECURITY II Kings 6:8-23“Don’t be afraid “, the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them”. And Elisha prayed “O LORD,open his eyes so that he may see”. Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (Verse 16-17)As Christians we most time do not really know our worth both in physical and spiritual wise. My sister onceshared a testimony of her maids‟ confession. "My maid said she was possessed with evil spirit and was sent toeither break my marriage or to kill me but in her words she said “any time I enter your room to execute my partof the plan especially when you are asleep at night fire comes from your belly and burn me and my cohortswaiting for me outside your room. We try to know the source of the fire all to discover that it was a resultanteffect of God‟s divine protection upon your life”God has given us authority over principalities and power when he said „No weapon forged against you willprevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you, Isaiah 54:17 CEV, They lost heart; they cometrembling from their stronghold Psalm18:45, The LORD will grant that the enemies who raise up against youwill be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. Deut 28:7.God‟s plan for man is not destruction but divine direction and life eternal. Whenever problem comes our way, we are to call up to God as recorded in Jeremiah 33:3. We are his heirand an heir has free access to his/her father‟s presence and servants without inhibition. It is worthy of note thatGod‟s angels are always at your command, do not let the problem worry you but you are to worry yourproblems. Bishop David Abioye once said “everybody trembles before a king, but no matter how kingly the kingis, when his children appears before him there is cheerfulness. Every recruit must carry a stone face before thegeneral or his superior officer, but when the general gets home, he knows his children and he puts a smile onhis face.God is God to all creatures, but He is Father to us and we are His own children. I‟d like to help you see thedifference between relating with God as God and relating with Him as your Father.If for instance you receive news at 11 a.m. that there has been some tragedy in your child‟s school and as youare on your way rushing to get there, your neighbor is frantically saying to you, Remember my child also o!?You will tell him, „I have heard.‟ Now, no matter how kind you are, when you get to the scene and you find overone hundred children crying for help, I tell you, you cannot but recognize the voice of your own child. And assoon you hear his cry, you will dive into the place and rescue him first. It is after you have gotten your child tosafety, as you about going, then you suddenly remember your neighbor‟s child, and if danger has not engulfedthe place, you go back and get him out, but before then, your child first. That is how you also are on God‟spriority list because He is your Father. He said, A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy righthand; but it shall not come nigh thee? (Ps 91:7). God would rather allow eleven thousand others to die in yourplace than let evil come near you”.PRAYER: Thank you Lord for greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world (AMEN).
DAY Eight TRADE BY BARTER John 3:14-18 “For God so love the world that he gave his only son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. (Verse 16)I created a story of about a man name Adio and his uncle Aremo who lived a reckless live from his early daysand at mid age he could not live up to expectation and had to join a group of gang stars who lived on extortion,but as time went by their extortion could not sustain their life style of riotous living, so they went into stealingfrom stealing to robbery but while Adio was involved in all these his uncle kept encouraging him how he canmake something meaningful out of his live but he would not listen to advice. One afternoon Aremo called Adioand told him he will give him half of his estate but they must go into contract, Adio jumped at the offer but wasdisappointed at the terms of his uncle which was “drop your riotous life and be like me”. Adio left in anger butkept pondering on the wealth he walked out on. Three days later he walked up to his uncle Aremo and told himhe was ready to abide by the terms with the aim of conning his uncle, but his uncle took him through series oftests and training that changed his life and three years later his uncle gave him the whole estate when hesincerely dropped his bad habit. But to his greatest surprise his uncle told him the wealth belongs to Adio whilehe is only a care taker of the wealth. At creation God‟s plan for man was to live and praise God and ultimately rein for eternity, but sin causedman‟s eternity to be to be limited years (Job 14:1a), and without the shedding of blood there can‟t be remissionof sin. From the third chapter of Genesis God‟s plan and purpose for man was altered by sin, so man had to shedblood of animals for his sins. The law of sin states “the soul that sin shall die” but a meeting was held in heavento nullify this law and the only way to achieve this is to pay the price of man‟s sin by a sacrificial ransom and theson of God volunteered himself for the pain no mortal and heavenly being was willing to pay. The death of Jesus Christ paid all the debt owed due to sin, thereby setting aside the law of sin and its rein onman. The most precious blood was shed as an atonement for mans to be at peace with God, for man to be freefrom sin there must be an exchange with something of greater value which was the death of Jesus as the ransomfor man‟s soul and freedom. Friends no matter how deep you have gotten yourself into sin, thinking there is noway out, I have good news for you according to the 17th verse of our text “For God did not send his son into theworld to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”.Call the Lord today and confess your sins ask him to forgive you your entire misdeed and renounce any cultismyou might have been involved in. He is a true father that loves the return of his childrenPRAYER: Thank you Lord for giving your only son for my ransom, I appreciate your gift of salvation (AMEN).
DAY Nine YOU HAVE ALL HE NEEDS Matthew 15:29-39 “How many loaves do you have? “ Jesus asked “Seven” They replied, “and a few small fish”. (Verse 34)We most times give ourselves heartache and dissolution ourselves with what we think we donot have to make through life‟s journey, but have not taken time to think of things we havethat God can use. Most times we bug our heart with, “What to do”, “How to do it”, and“When to do it” to be successful in life, not reminding ourselves of what we have and howGod will multiply it.Some times in 2011 someone sent these words to me “Imagine a person who has never known anymodern technology (for example someone living in the heart of a dense jungle). One day this person is given aradio tuned in to a very precise radio station and he finds it suddenly extraordinary to be able to listen to musicthrough what is essentially a small box. He is told that to listen to this music he need only press the on buttonwithout having to do anything else to listen to this music. This person thinks this radio is a wonderful inventionand then spends a number of years listening to this radio and to the same program as the radio stays on thesame station all of the time. And then one day someone else comes along and shows him that there are amultitude of other stations and frequencies to listen to with many other programs that can be as interesting asthe first.... You are in the position of this person Oluwasesan and your potential can be compared to this radio.Your potential is not yet fully exploited and you are not yet aware of certain of your hidden talents. I find myselfin the place of the person whos duty is to show you exactly how you can tune in to these new frequencies. This isa metaphorical example but it demonstrates clearly the situation in which you find yourself at this time”.We all have all we need to make it through in life‟s journey but have to make extra effort indiscovering our unique qualities (potential) God wants to use.PRAYER: I know I have all you need for my situation, please dear Lord reveal to me all Ineed to know to make it through (AMEN).
DAY ten TREASURES IN THE WORD OF GOD Psalm 2:1-6“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Verse 2-3)To be informed is to be reformed but a man not informed will be deformed in the scheme ofsuccess/ life. We most times get information on how to use any electronics, automobile, toolsor equipments we purchase from its manual, the manual serves as the guide to effectiveutilisation of these equipments. Myles Munroe once said “When purpose is unknown, abuse isinevitable”. We live as the day goes by with little trial by error success, believing we havearrived. To be successful we have to be wise, to be wise we need to apply knowledge and toapply knowledge we need information and to get informed we must research or gather rawfacts. For journey of life to become stress free the word of God is the compass required togetting to the shore of peace. The word of God delivers to us his plan, purpose and intentionsfor us in destiny and we can only take delivery of these by digging deep into the word of Godregularly.The treasures embedded in the word can NEVER be fully harnessed in a one off flip through.Treasures are hidden in sure and least expected places and it takes searching and researchingto find them, pirates make use of information and maps to find old hidden treasures, in theirquest to finding the treasures pirates are highly sensitive and take to consideration anything onthe way very seriously as they could be a lead. To access the treasures in the Word of God wehave to be highly sensitive to the rhema and the Logos in our search quest as God mostlycommune with us through these mediums, and we have to always a) read the word Isa 34:16,b) Study the word 2Tim 2:15, c) Meditate on the word Psla1:2 and d) declare the word Psalm2:7. By doing this we find Wisdom Psalm 119:99, Divine Direction Pro 3:6 (CEV) AuthorityGen 1:28, Matt 18:18, Revelation Daniel 10:1 and Prosperity Joshua 1:8 PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the Treasures you have in stock for me (AMEN).
DAY eleven BLACKBERRY VERSUS BIBLE Psalm 16:4Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer,nor take up their names into my lips.We live in a generation where we have substituted God with our Information communicationTechnology gadgets, automobiles, Yachts, Jewelleries, fashion to mention a few. But allthese really does not bring true joy to man, true joy comes from Yahweh.Have you ever wondered what would happen if we treated our Bible just like we treat ourBlackBerry? What if we carried it around in our purse or pocket? What if we flipped through it several times a day? What if we turned back to get it if we forgot it? What if we used it to receive messages from the text? (Psalm 1: 2-3) What if we treated it like we couldnt live without it? (Psalm 119:103, 105) What if we gave it to kids as gifts? What if we used it when we travelled? What if we used it in case of an emergency? This is something to make you go...hmm...wheres my Bible Instead of where is my BB (BlackBerry)? And unlike our Blackberry, we dont have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus Christ had already paid the bill. 93% OF THE PEOPLE READING THIS WRITE UP WONT THINK AND ACT ON IT. So are you among the 7% that will PRAYER: Dear Lord, empower me to take things of your kingdom with all seriousness.
DAY twelve CRAZY ASSIGNMENT Genesis 22:1-3And he said, Take now thy son, thy only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (Verse 2)We seldom qualify people who cannot give a convincing or reasonable account of what theyare doing as mad or crazy. God told Abraham in Gen 12:1 to leave his home town to a placehe will be shown. The implication of this is Guy leave your comfort zone to a place I wantyou to go (you will have to work hard before it becomes your home/comfort zone) isn‟t thatwired? Whenever God wants to establish his supremacy, the human mind and brain calls orthinks it‟s crazy. God commanded Noah to build and ark, in his days had never been rain yethe foolishly obeyed, God also told him to select all animals male and female crazy it soundisn‟t it or you may call it NOAH‟S NAT GEO WILD PROJECT but Noah completely obeyedGod‟s instructions (Gen 6:9-22).Crazy it looks when God commanded Hosea to go marry a prostitute; this was done in otherto drive home a practical point to Israelites of their unfaithfulness to God Hosea 1:1-11. Crazyit was for Joseph to take marry as his wife, whose pregnancy is not for him, but by crazy faithhe did obeyed Matthew 1:18-25. Moses received instruction to lead the children of Israel outof Egypt to the land of Canaan, how can a single man face a nation, with a revolutionarymessage to the minority. God told Abraham to leave a land where he is comfort to a land hewill be shown, though it seems crazy but the end of his obedience PRAYER: I need the grace to obey all your instructions dear Lord (AMEN).
DAY thirteen SELF DISCOVERY AND SELF COMMUNICATION Luke 15:17-18(The Message Bible)17 "That brought him to his senses. He said, All those farm hands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. 18 I’m going back to my father. Ill say to him, Father, Ive sinned against God, Ive sinned before you; Discovering where you are at the moment against where you ought to be now is the first step to Self Discovery; however you need to communicate your discovery and strategies to your tripartite being (Spirit, Soul and Body) for a true turnaround from your current status. I love to say no man was created a failure; however man became a failure by the virtue of success/failure mentality he is carrying. Self communication is stronger than self discovery itself. When self communication is done in right order such individual is able to self counsel him/herself out of any negative situation. Self communication allows you to empower yourself in making informed decisions. What you communicate to yourself determines what your destiny will be, wrong communication corrupt your heart and ultimately condemn your destiny.This is a new day, dont just sit there making excuses for failing or praising yourself for that localized success, remember do not localize your dream but globalize it . Shalom PRAYER: Lord, empower me with the grace to search out my purpose in live and runwith it, with all zeal (AMEN).
DAY Fourteen BECOMING A BETTER MINISTER Joshua 1:1-3 1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.Joshua was referred to in this verse as the "MINISTER" of Moses, as a minister his workincludes but not limited to the following; to give service, care, or aid; attend, as to wants ornecessities.: to minister to the needs of Moses Gods servant.Being a servant is not a convenient work, there are so many time he will want to do things heis convinced that are Gods will but will not be authorized to do such by his master, but thisverse record God called Joshua after the death of his master Moses. You may have beenunder a master or situations and circumstance that seem your skills, wisdom, abilities andanointing is subdued, friends I have good news for you your time to bring forth is here nowPsalm 105:19-22.When you are serving a master it is a time to understudy such leader and to develop, increaseand learn how to use your potentials, serving is the best and fastest way to leadership.ShalomMoral: Always Look, Listen and Learn when you are to minister under authorityPrayer: Lord, make me an instrument in your hand
DAY fifteen POWER AS OF OLD Joshua 10:1 Now it came to pass, when Adoni–zedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai,and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them;I cannot but wonder at the level of faithlessness and spiritual laziness of this generation,Joshua was so confident of his God that he commanded the Sun and the Moon to stand stilland today it is reflected in our lunar system (Calendar year and Leap year). Power of at workin the time of old is same as today but the difference is our level of rugged faith in God thisgeneration is not the same as our fathers in faith. God has made available to us that samepower, all we need is to access it, Arch Bishop Benson Idahosa accessed this same power andhe stopped the World witches from meeting in Benin City, Nigeria. In response to therepresentative of the world witches on a Television programme he said Jesus does not need tobe here to halt the meeting that is why I am here as his representative.When Bukola was pregnant with Olufemi, a pastor friend told me that there was a spiritualconspiracy for both of them to die which I already know. I then engage the spiritual weaponof prayer and praise and today they both are alive. If they used the power you can also use ittoday. ShalomPrayer: Lord Use me for your glorious agenda
DAY sixteen COUPLE LOVE YOURSELVES Eph. 5:25Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.Loving one‟s partner goes beyond sex, figure, seize, intelligence, ability, romance, and orbrilliance of your partner, it involves revolving of care, understanding, loving andresponsibility between the two parties involved. Most marriages and homes around the worldhad and is undergoing endurance not enjoyment as it should be and many will still face thesame challenge if the core value of marriage is not pursue.It takes a failed husband to raise a failed home or family. A failed home is first a reflectionof the leadership in such homes before the help mate is considered as a failure. Husbands it ishigh time we started living up to our name (Humble Unabated Standard of Building anAbode for Nurturing Dependable Saints). God did not create destructive men, he createdconstructive men. Hear this, your job, career, passion and or vision is not of additionalimportance than your home. Most men will do anything to become public heroes, sure theyend up becoming public heroes but they are failure in their own homes at the same time.We must first build our homes before the master builder can build us up, any home not builton the standard of unity can never stand the test of time (Matt 12:25). One of the major rolesof the husbands is to Nurture their home and until that is done such home cannot becomemature and without maturity good fruition should not be expected. Success is not onlymeasured by the achievements a man has attained in public, rather true success is the positiveimpact made within their home. Be a pillar not a caterpillar. Women you are also notexempted. Jesus Is Lord.Prayer: Dear Lord, give me the grace to totally love my home and work to build a home toyour glory (Amen).
DAY seventeen KNOWING THE GOD OF THE HOUSE 1 Samuel 3:1-101-2 Samuel served the LORD by helping Eli the priest, who was by that time almost blind. In thosedays, the LORD hardly ever spoke directly to people, and he did not appear to them in dreams veryoften. But one night, Eli was asleep in his room, 3 and Samuel was sleeping on a mat near thesacred chest in the LORDs house. They had not been asleep very long 4 when the LORD called outSamuels name.“Here I am!” Samuel answered. 5 Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. What doyou want?”“I didnt call you,” Eli answered. “Go back to bed.”Samuel went back. 6 Again the LORDcalled out Samuels name. Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “What do youwant?”Eli told him, “Son, I didnt call you. Go back to sleep.”7 The LORD had not spoken to Samuelbefore, and Samuel did not recognize the voice. 8 When the LORD called out his name for the thirdtime, Samuel went to Eli again and said, “Here I am. What do you want?”Eli finally realized that itwas the LORD who was speaking to Samuel. 9 So he said, “Go back and lie down! If someonespeaks to you again, answer, ‘Im listening, LORD. What do you want me to do?’ ”Once againSamuel went back and lay down.10 The LORD then stood beside Samuel and called out as he haddone before, “Samuel! Samuel!”“Im listening,” Samuel answered. “What do you want me to do?”Until you have a profiting relationship with God all your activities in the house of God willend up as religious ceremonious formal procedure – Olusesan Oshat.Most Christians today are simply carrying out religious rites (A rite can be described as anestablished, “ceremonious” religious act). When our Practices and services are not inconsonance with divine instructions whatever is done can simply be regarded as carrying outcourteous religious activities. Though Samuel was living in God‟s house and serving in thesanctuary, and even grew up in the house of God yet he does not have a profiting in-depthknowledge of who God is, and how awesome he is. Christianity is not a sect, rather it is apersonal walk with God the creator.The greatest tragedy that can befall a man is for such person not to know where he is headedfor, and how to get there. The rate of church attendees that does not know what it means to bea Christian is and what is expected of a Christian on earth is becoming alarming. There istherefore need to constantly a) Thirst for God: committed and Continual search to know theGod better Psalm 42:1, Phil 3:10. b) Hear from God: for direction and guidance Deut 5:27c) Obey God’s directives: God is the all knowing one that will teach guide us into all truth.John 2:5 Joshua 24:24 d) have spiritual Father: Our life‟s journey becomes easy when ourspiritual father is always guiding us in the right path to toll. 2 Kings 2:12 1 Samuel 3:5-6 Jesus Is Lord.Prayer: Lord, release unto me the spirit that thirst for you daily (Amen).
DAY Eighteen THE BLESSEDNESS OF HARD WORK DEUTRONOMY 28: 1-2 1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.God‟s blessing is always with hard working people, God works and that make him a lover ofdiligent worker. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forthhis fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosperPsalm 1:3, Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall notstand before mean men Proverbs 22:29, And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your ownbusiness, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you 1 Thess 4:11In year 2000 I volunteered to be part of the (EYC) ECWA Youth Camp official, a yearlyECWA church youth camp programme held at Eye nkorin, I was to be part of the campsecurity for the period of camping. On appointment I remembered that some years back Ionce was just a camper but that year it was my turn to be a leader and I reminded myself ofhow I used to call camp officials names and made fun of them though never disobeyed noronce rude to anyone of them. I started out as an ordinary camp official carrying out myassigned duties but I ended up working in most of the units and making things work, I was sothorough to the extent that I personally followed through with other officials‟ assignment justto make sure there was no flaw in all those activities assigned to them. In some cases I will goto all other posts to check on the others and sometimes serve guests ministers their meal as atwhen due and go back to pick up the plates after meals. These two guest ministers wherewatching my thorough activities throughout their stay and on the last day I was summonedinto their chalet and after asking me some questions I later got to know that One of the guestministers was my immediately elders brother‟s friend while in the university while the secondwas my eldest brother‟s spiritual son. They both laid hands on and blessed me. The seniorguest minister went to my with the news of how I was a blessing and he also blessed me andthose blessings have being following me.Prayer: Anoint with the grace of hard work, so I can qualify for the blessings of hard work(Amen).Memory Verse for meditation: Proverbs22:29 Show me someone who does a good job, and I will show you someone who is better than most and worthy of the company of kings. (GNT)
DAY Nineteen YOUR TRUE VICTORY For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.There are no limitations except those you acknowledge. Whatever you can conceive andbelieve, you can achieve, Napoleon Hill.The number of times a man failed is his intangible history however the number of times hegot victory is his tangible future in the making. For a just man falleth seven times, and risethup again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief - Proverbs 24:16. Your current victory isyour permanent victory because Christ DIED for MAN to LIVE and HE ROSE for MAN toREIN 1Corinthians 6:14, 2 Corinthians 4:14. Mans true Victory is guaranty in the death andresurrection of Jesus Christ. We need to understand as Christian that; a) Failure ChangesPeople: Failure will never leave you the same; it either leaves you flat on the ground orbecomes your stepping stone to greatness. b) Failure is an Event: Event is past or presentoccurrence caused by man directly or indirectly. Man has power to influence how eventhappen and form of its occurrence. c) Failure is an Experience: It is often said thatexperience is the best tutor; failure should help man learn from his/her actions. d) FAILUREis Success in Disguise: The spring board to man‟s success is Failure. Isaiah 61:7, Isaiah 9: 10e) Failure is Never Final Micah 7:8: Failing should never be your Full stop to life but yourfull start in life. „Successful people are Ex-losers who got tired of losing and simply shiftedground‟ – Olusesan Oshat.Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for winning the battle for me at Calvary and for granting methe enablement to bask in you divine victory for my life. (AMEN).Memory Verse for meditation: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: butthe wicked shall fall into mischief - Proverbs 24:16.
DAY twenty CONNECTING ANCESTRAL BLESSINGS Genesis 12:1-3“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from thy father’shouse, unto a land that I will show thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, andmake thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him thatcurseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed (Verse 1-3)I was to speak in one of our Tuesday power house prayer meetings which fell in the month that ourtheme for the month was “Outstanding Success is my Birthright”. While preparing, the topic“Connecting the Ancestral Blessings of Abraham” came to my mind and as I was preparing theteaching I noticed that in this part of the world “Ancestral, Generational, and or Territorial Curses arewords believer mostly magnify and talk of to a new convert or when a believer is challenged. Manybelievers now blame everything not in the right order in their live on Ancestral, Generational, and orTerritorial Curses even when natural mistakes are made. Yes Ancestral, Generational, and orTerritorial Curses exist but God has given us power over them through salvation 1 John 5:4, Mark16:18 Ish. 54:17God‟s blessings are always with obedient children (Isaiah 1:19: If ye be willing and obedient, ye shalleat the good of the land), God‟s standard is sure and will never change for he will never bless thedisobedient at the expense of the obedient. To access God‟s blessings in any area of our life, we mustbe willing to pay the price of carrying out his set instructions to letter. Been blessed of the Lordrequires knowing God‟s principles for blessing mankind. Ancestral blessings are 1) Inherited divinehelp for a man‟s destiny that will bring about surprise to others around him passed from one generation toanother (What You did not work for) 2) Are blessings that releases divine approval to beautify destiny andgenerations to come. 3) Heaven sanctioned protection on a man and his family passed down from onegeneration to another. 4) It is reaping dividend of the good works our spiritual or biological parents havestocked up for us. How can we connect ancestral blessings? It is worthy of note that to receive the blessings of Abraham, wemust be willing to have the faith of Abraham and also pay the price he paid. 1) Have a Relationship with God(Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be addedunto you). No man can contest to be included in another man‟s will when he is not part of the family, the samegoes for unbelievers will not have access to partake of the blessings of salvation. Until you have a relationshipwith God you cannot enjoy the benefit of redemption. 2) Hearing God‟s Instructions (Isaiah 30: 21 Andthine ear shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, Walk ye in it, when ye turn to theright hand, and when ye turn to the left. Joshua 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, thatthou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turnnot from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.) 3)Observing And Diligently Carrying Out God‟s Instructions, we often are not observant to instructionsfrom the throne of grace and that is the major reason many fail, when we obey God‟s instruction itdelivers us from destruction. (Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; butthou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that iswritten therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of theLORD thy God, to observe)Some of the effects of ancestral blessings 1) wealth are inevitable Deuteronomy 8:18: God will directwealth and riches towards you with peace to enjoy them. 2) You are blessed in every area of lifeGenesis 24:1: God will bless you with all that is required to make life worth living for you and he willmake you a new definition of blessing. 3) God‟s blessings and favour is transfer to your generation:Abraham‟s blessings were transferred to Isaac is sons Genesis 26:13 & Jacob enjoyed the dividends ofAbraham and Isaac‟s labour of faith Genesis 30:43. Your generation shall never want blessings inwhatever form. 4) Curses are averted from you Numbers 23:23 ancestral blessings wade off curses(generational and or territorial) from you and your generation. 4) Divine protection becomes yourheritage Isaiah 57:14: God‟s blessings comes with the protection of the most high to keep you fromharm and danger Psalm 91:2-14PRAYER: Lord, deliver into my hands all outstanding balance of my ancestral blessings.
DAY twenty ONE REDEMPTION Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves andcause you to come up out of your graves, O My people; and I will bring you [back home] to the land of Israel. Ezek 37: 12 AMPAt creation, God‟s original intent for man was to be his representative here on earth and toworship him continually. But this plan was truncated when man fell in the Garden of Edenand it had to take a priceless blood sacrifice to redeem man from the power and clutches ofsin. God according to Genesis 1:26 created man in his own image and likeness to be in controlof everything on earth. Hear this according to God‟s original intention it is an aberration to becontrolled by what you should be controlling here on earth. Man was in the perfect will ofGod until the forbidden fruit was eaten and man lost it all.God in his wisdom designed a temporary way out for man‟s redemption from the law of sinand death through sacrifice and priests but God‟s last card was the priceless blood of his onlyson that is potent, effective, and efficient enough to pay the ransom for the remission of man‟ssins and to restore him back to his original state. The ransom plan includes a) TO OPENMAN‟S GRAVES by granting free access and passage out of satanic and demonic prison andslavery, it also connotes liberation or freedom from the clutch of satanic agents and hiscohorts. Psalm 107: 16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron insunder. b) TO COME UP OUT: This is triumphant exit from satanic and demonic slavery orprison. This can be termed as spiritual freedom of movement, where there are no constrictionsto where you can or cannot go. c) TO BRING MAN BACK HOME: This is restoring manback to his original domain. Bishop Oyedepo got his mandate after he had an 18 hour visionof beaten, battered, and buffeted people wailing and crying for help, he asked God "But whyLord" God responded and said "but in the beginning it was not so. And now the hour hascome to liberate man from all oppressions of the devil through the preaching the word of faithand I am sending to undertake this task”. Matthew 15:13 But he answered and said, everyplant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Matthew 3:12 whosefan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner;but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.God is still in the business of redeeming men and women who calls on him to be saved fromthe path of death and destruction. Call his toll free line to date for your salvation and he willsurely save you. Prayer: Thank you dear blessed father for your redemptive plan for me. (AMEN).
DAY twenty TWO BLANK CHEQUE LUKE 18: 35-43 “What do you want me to do?...........” (Verse 41a)A wise man once said “it takes a wise mind to see and utilize opportunity” I once workedwith three interesting people when I was in working in a rehab center in Lagos. This threealways had issues with me whenever there is need to make request. My office assistantalways goes round his request believing I will guess his need, yes I may but will probe untilhe specifically mention the particular need, one of my security guys does not really knowswhat he really wanted while my cook will always dwell on the less important than the mostexpedient and urgent. The first two does not like coming to my for any reason as they believeuntil you specifically as the boss he will keep asking so what do you want.This is not the same story with blind bartimaeus that Jesus met on his way to Jericho, blindbartimaeus was seated by the road side, though physically impaired but mentally alert tapedinto once in a life time opportunity by crying Christ to crush his crisis. When he was tapinginto his golden opportunity he got discouraging comments, advice and was even yelled at yethe wouldn‟t get discouraged but was more determined to receive his sight. Though thesituation seems unrealistic for him but he believed he can get something out of nothing. His determination prompted Jesus to give him a blank cheque by asking him “What doyou want me to do for you”. For an average man in desperate need, the first thing they do iscommence detail history of how their problem has lingered and caused pain. But this manasked for what was of paramount importance to him at that specific time.Prayer: Dear Lord, give me the grace to pray aright and not amiss in the prayer room (Amen).Memory Verses for meditation: Matthew 7:8 Everyone who asks will receive. Everyone whosearches will find. And the door will be opened for everyone who knocks (CEV)2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not giving us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and of asound mind. (KJV)
DAY twenty THREE WHAT IS IN YOUR HAND EXODUS 4: 2-4 Then the LORD said to him, “what is that in your hand?” A staff”, he replied. (Verse 2)No man can lay claim to have created creativity as it has always been part of him, all mencan only lay claim to have discovered their areas of creativity – Olusesan OshatimehinMost people always pray that God should bless and use them for his glory, but God will notbless a vacuum. God blesses men and women with useful tools in their hands. God askedMoses what he had in his hand, and his response moved him to the next level in God‟s planfor him. To be used by God, what you have in your hand goes along way. We also need toput into use that which is in our hands, we must not rest on the fact that we‟ve got somethingthat God can bless. Proverbs 22:29 says “do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; hewill not serve before obscured men. God is ready to use you but there are some things youmust do, you must have or hold what is not abominable to God, it must be identifiable withGod. You must hold what God can use to his glory in your life. There something that areuseful to God‟s glory in your life but not in others‟ life. Finally you need to inquire of Godwhat tools you need to have in your hand.Remember what you have in your hand will take you to where you have to be in destiny,holding the wrong tools will take you to the wrong destination in destiny. Consciouslydiscover the right tool for your life‟s journey to be stress free.Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to identify the tools you want me to have in other to fulfil the taskyou have for me (Amen).
DAY twenty FOUR KNOWING THE GOD OF THE HOUSE PART 2 Act 17:23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, “TO THEUNKNOWN GOD”. Whom wherefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.When I was growing up one of my favourite time was the family devotion time where it waslike a church service and my Dad will break the word down to everyone‟s comprehension. Iespecially love it when it was my turn to share the word; I will search the bible and networkscriptures to make sure I try my little best then to impress my Dad and everyone at themeeting. Though the primary motive then was to “Impress” little did I know that I wasbuilding my spiritual muscles for the battles ahead and that was the beginning of my knowingGod. From wanting to impress man during family devotion, I ended up knowing the livingGod during my search for scriptures. My search led me through wonderful discoveries andinspirations that helped me later in life: a) a relationship with God: the scriptures led me tofinally give my life to Christ John 3:3&16 b) more search: I kept studying the word and thatmade me fell in love with the book of revelation. Most of the notes I took when I wassearching is put together in my daily deliberation Dan 9:2, 2 Tim 2:15, 2 Tim 3:15 c) I alwayslove to be with believers: I noticed I enjoy myself when I am with the saints of God and theinspiration flows greatly Matth. 18:20, Heb. 10:25 d) more mind blowing insight andrevelation: the more I study the word and other Christian literatures the more understanding Iget and the inspiration flows. John 14:26 e) divine empowerment: the deeper I reach into thescripture the more I become empowered. I noticed in every organization I work I get any ofthese the nickname Pastor, Bishop, Young Bishop or spiritual head of the family, as a result ofGod‟s power Act 10:38.Knowing God of the house requires diligence, consistence, commitment, and persistence, it isnot a one off exercise, and this should be as natural to us as breathing. Knowing God is likeblind men told to describe an elephant by touching some part of an elephant, after first mantouch touched the tusk he said an elephant is a short hard curved metal, another said anelephant has four short hard stump after touching the Legs, the next said an elephant is like ahouse because he felt the stomach and the legs. These men cannot really describe the realelephant until they go “regularly” to touch the elephant and have someone explain what theyhave touched, this will give them better understanding. 1 Corinthians 13:9Prayer: Lord, give me more appetite for your word in my daily life. (Amen)
DAY twenty FIVE AT THE STREAM OF CHANGE Then the man said, “From now on, your name will no longer be Jacob. You will be called Israel, because you have wrestled with God and with men, and you have won. (Verse 28) CEVSuccess is more than putting one‟s best in a quest but not giving up even when you are weakand tired. Jacob wrestled with God from dusk till daybreak without letting go of God until hewas blessed. We need to know that during confusion, isolation, dejection, rejection,depression and failure we ought to struggle in altar of prayer to prevail. Do not allowcircumstance and situation subject you to fate rather struggle by faith surely you shallovercome. Jacob is a good example to that situation facing you to today in the sense that, behindJacob was Laban who is not at peace with Jacob and ahead was Esau who was coming withmen of war to kill Jacob, his sides are foreign land who have hostile attitude to foreigners.That was not the time to wrestle with any unknown person but despite his trouble, he knewwhen to dive into a worthwhile venture, though all looked hopeless and tiring, he did not givein to distraction. Jacob knew what he wanted. He wanted a way out and he got it because herecognized the opportunity to his way out. Wrestle tirelessly with your situation today by notgiving up and I can assure you of victory at last.PRAYER: Oh Lord, lead me to my place of change and grant me the wisdom to recognise my placeof change. (AMEN).
DAY twenty SIX ESSENTIAL COMMODITY“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in afield. When a man found it, he hid it again, andthen in his joy, went and sold all he had and bought the field.” (Verse 44)Men and women who know and value treasures will go the extra mile to own some whilesome go for loans while some will sell their possessions, while some increase their incomejust to own a valuable treasure. Unto some people treasure is life while to some it is wealth, ifwell harnessed. There is one treasure to valuable and costless to own, the kingdom of God.Usually after a period of time earthly treasures experience fall in value but there is one whosevalue appreciates daily, it is always available. Man has a need for a commodity of great and essential value to him/her and that is thekingdom of God, the bible says, “seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness andall others shall be added.” God‟s kingdom does not experience fall in value, but appreciatesdaily. I will urge you to take a bold step of faith and set yourself on the path to heaven.Investors always invest their money on a flourishing organization and not on a failing one,invest today into the kingdom of heaven by selling those attitudes and practices unworthy ofthe kingdom of God. God is waiting for you today for your investment into eternity. Are you in a fix of the value of this treasure? I am telling you that this treasure isinexhaustible and it daily appreciates. There are some rules to owning this treasure whichare:- Confess Jesus as your lord and savior, Believe in the lord Jesus today and know his plansfor your daily living by studying his word and communing with him in prayer. PRAYER:- Lord God let me be qualified for this eternal treasure to spend my eternity in tourkingdom.
DAY twenty SEVEN HELP MATE OR HELL MATE Genesis 2:18-25 And the LORD GOD said it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. (Verse 18)At creation God created a helpmate (woman) for Adam to be his companion, friend and ashoulder to lean on. When the man saw her he said “this is the bone of my bones and the fleshof my flesh”. Looking at the female, from the concept of creation, they are meant to be helpmates to the male, to encourage, motivate, assist, support and be strong where her partner isweak, to correct him when he is wrong. As time went on, the helpmate turned hell mate whenshe was deceived (tricked) by the devil. It is sad to see couples these days fighting, gettingdivorced, misunderstanding and hating each other, deviating from God‟s original plan formarriage.I have had opportunities of interacting with couples and taken time to study their relationshipand interactions, a lot of couple are public actors and family martial artists (they know all therules of attack and self defense). All these fight, divorce, misunderstanding and hate in thehome are traceable to; a) Faulty communication: a lot of relationships fail due to faultycommunication flow b) Misunderstanding: There is need for lovers to have in-depthcomprehension of one another from spoken word, body language, mood change, and gesturesAmos 3:3 c) Doubt: a good relationship must move through the process of compliance,internalization and identification by believing in each other (having the same passion for yourfamily vision and living it together) d) Inappropriate Love: love is being responsible,commitment, and being faithful to your partner.Prayer: Lord, give me the grace to be more loving and responsible to my spouse (Amen)
DAY twenty Eight MY SEASON OF REST1 Kings 5:4But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.Biblically rest is not limited to relaxation, refreshing, or inactivity it also means freedom fromchallenging situations, and or peaceful establishment of God‟s promises. It is a naturalphenomenon for man to go through harsh situations and affliction in his quest through life‟sjourney while it is God‟s nature to intervene and make a way out (solution) to any situationnot in his plan for his blood bought children John 16:33. God ordained rest is characterizedby; a) a relationship with Christ: to benefit from a family inheritance there must be a memberof such family and that is applicable to the kingdom of God, you must be born again and thatis your passport to enjoying rest 1 john 5:4. b) Services with joyful heart Psalm 100:1-2: Ajoyful heart come from a grateful mind which grants access to divine rewards c) A teachableheart Isaiah 1:19: success always comes the way of people who pay particular attention toinstructions but those who despise instructions suffer the pain of disobedience.Rest is not a time for us to hang our diligence by mentally, physically, creatively andspiritually lazing around, it is a time to keep doing something out of the ordinary such assetting and breaking records in kingdom stewardship. David had few rest and he used the littlehe had to organize a mobile concert of choral group that set Guinness world record till date asrecorded in 1 chronicles 15:16-28. Solomon had rest and he built a magnificent temple for theLord and also sacrificed four thousand offerings to the Lord 1 Kings 3:4, 1 Chronicles 29:21.Implication: When records are set and or broken in kingdom stewardship, it moves God andwhen he is moved he showers you with his blessings and favour to show that whatever is donefor God is not lost.Prayer: Dear Lord, help me convert my rest to a worthwhile time to serve you faithfully(Amen).
DAY twenty NINE TREASURES IN THE WORD OF GOD PART II Joshua 1:8 Study this book of the law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.God‟s word is ever fresh, potent and powerful. It is the only word that has been consistentlycurrent, correct and powerful for over two thousand years.The treasures embedded in the word can NEVER be fully harnessed in a one off flip through.Treasures are hidden in sure and least expected places and it takes searching and researchingto find them, pirates make use of information and maps to find old hidden treasures, in theirquest to finding the treasures pirates are highly sensitive and take to consideration anything onthe way very seriously as they could be a lead. To access the treasures in the Word of God wehave to be highly sensitive to the rhema and the Logos in our search quest as God mostlycommune with us through these mediums, and we have to always a) Empowerment mark 6:7,12&13 Digging deep into the scriptures gives access to divine strength and constant renewalof strength b) Supernatural Victory Eph 6:17 CEV c) Sanctification Eph 5:26 d) Re-enforcement of Faith Rom 10:26. e) By doing this we find Wisdom Psalm 119:99, DivineDirection Pro 3:6 (CEV) Authority Gen 1:28, Matt 18:18, Revelation Daniel 10:1 andProsperity Joshua 1:8 PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the Treasures you have in stock for me (AMEN).
DAY Thirty WORK PLAN Habakkuk 2:2 Yahweh answered me, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he who runs may read it.Work plan sometimes called project plan, is a document that, at a minimum, describes theprogram, defines the program objectives, and goals by outlining our goals through objectives.I have worked in the Not-for-profit sector for about eleven years and can unequivocally saythat, the most important key to the success of any Not-for-profit organization is “Work Plan”Having aspirations, yearning and hopes for 2013 is never enough you must write them downand you “MUST” work it out with your devised SMART strategies and remember to have asecond opinion along with a back up strategy, Of course, with only 358 days left, a few thingsare important: 1) Define your goals and objectives: What goals will you have achieved beforethe year ends. Make sure they are SMART! 2) Maintain your focus: You will need to prioritiseand give 80% of your time & resources to the top 20% of your goals. Avoid distractions. 3)Get Knowledge: You cant do things the same way and expect a different result. Askquestions, get information. 4) Go for it! This simple step separates the wishers fromachievers. 5) Demonstrate the spirit of love Isaiah 58:5-7: Give to the poor, your parents(biological and or spiritual), the aged, widows and the fatherless also visit and pray for thesick.PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to package the right work plan for this year (AMEN).
DAY Thirty-ONE NO CHARGE John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.I received a broadcast on my BlackBerry of a man who reached 70 years and was affected bya disease which made him unable to urinate. The doctors told him he will need a surgery tocorrect the disorder. He agreed to do the surgery as the disorder had given him severe pain fordays. After the surgery he was given his a bill which covered all the costs. After lookingthrough his medical bill, tears were rolling down his checks. Upon seeing this, the doctor said"If the cost is too high then we could make some other arrangements for you." The old manreplied, "I am not crying because of the money but I am crying because God let me urinate for70 years and He never sent me a bill!"John 3:16 records for God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son….. God is stillin the business of dishing out free services to mankind while mankind is not appreciating hisservices since it is free. God‟s love to man is at no charge and he is never going to ask us topay all he wants from us is to carry out his will which is love your neighbor as yourself.PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your free and unending love (AMEN).