Thankfulness Makes for Peace

Thankfulness Makes for Peace

Thankfulness Makes for Peace

How can we feel thankful when so much is wrong, so much is difficult, so much is not the way we’d like it to be? In today’s Gospel passage, we see Jesus crying. We know this same sorrow. We have felt the pain of crying for others, grieving over the harm that they are doing to themselves by remaining in sin or addictions or bad decisions, mourning also because of the harm that they are doing to us and to others. When we have felt this way, we have felt HIS pain, Christ’s own pain.

As he came within sight of Jerusalem while making his way down the Mount of Olives, Jesus stopped to look across the narrow valley and gaze into the soul of the city. He longed to give his peace to all those who lived there. Don’t you sometimes feel the same way toward some of the people you know? United to Jesus, we can say: “If you only knew what makes for peace, but you have completely lost it from view!” We see how darkness surrounds them and how sin is infiltrating their walls. We’re aware that if they had heeded our warnings or followed our advice, they would not be doing so poorly.

Crying because you care about someone who’s rejecting the saving power of God is a great blessing to Jesus who cries with you.

But, what about the ways WE reject God help? How can we feel thankful when it’s us who have lost peace? Jesus has cried for you, too. Do you have any turmoil or stress within you? Jesus yearns to give you his peace.

Whatever is disturbing us, if we expect it be resolved the way WE want it fixed and as fast as WE demand it, we shall meet with disappointment and failure and hopelessness. We can’t see the good that God is doing while we’re focused on our miseries and our own so-called solutions to the problems.

Stuck in our limited perspectives, we fail to recognize the time of Christ’s visitation. So we reject what he offers us and we fail to notice that he is right here in front of us offering us a greater good than what we think we need. We fail to recognize how he’s trying to bless our lives. Stuck in our frustrations, we reject what he offers, and thus we blunder deeper into the disasters that we’re desperately trying to avoid.

The way out of this mess is to remember that we don’t know everything and we really don’t understand what’s best for us. We don’t know how God, in his great love for us, is already turning our problems into blessings — and that’s okay!

The way out of the mess is to thank God for whatever he is doing, even if we can’t see it yet, trusting that of course his plans are good and that his timing is perfect. Thankfulness is what makes for peace.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How To Build A Sustainable Entity – Building the God’s Way (3)

How To Build A Sustainable Entity – Building the God’s Way (3)

Wisdom

Through wisdom a house is built. And by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. – Proverbs 24:3-4

To build a sustainable entity you need wisdom, and wisdom comes from God alone. That is why you cannot take the God factor away from whatever you are doing. James 1:5 attests that wisdom indeed comes from God: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

When building, the foundation is important; the higher a structure is, the deeper the foundation must be. The foundation includes rigorous thinking, meticulous planning, sound decision making and right choices. In business terms, these are your self-audit to determine what line of business you are best suited for, your business plan which usually covers knowledge of industry, knowledge of the market, knowledge of competition, knowledge of your processes, operations, legal and regulatory environment, etc.

When planning, the destination you see will help you in preparing appropriately. It is true that the depth of your preparation most times determines the heights of your manifestation. You must prepare mentally, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Mental preparation is done by ingesting all information related to your field. Emotional preparation revolves around your ability to think through what you want to do from point A to Z. You have to think things through; you should have the end, the destination, or the outcome in mind. The 3Ps Planning, Preparation and Prayer are very vital to laying the foundation of an entity that will last.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How To Build A Sustainable Entity – Building The God’s Way (2)

How To Build A Sustainable Entity – Building The God’s Way (2)

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; by His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew. – Proverbs 3:19-20

Science tells us that the universe has been in existence for billions of years, the earth has been in existence long before God populated it with life – humans, animals and plants. Let’s even assume that the earth has been existing for 6,000 years, is there any business or empire that has lasted that long?

The truth is empires rise and fall, civilisations come and go, but the entities that God created have survived all manners of circumstances. This implies there are certain things that God got right that human beings are still grappling with. in the next few days, we shall unravel some of those principles that God used in building His own entities with the mind of helping you to build likewise.

So how does God build? The Bible tells us that the Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; by His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew. (Proverbs 3:19-20)

This scripture gives us an insight into how the biggest and oldest empire was constructed. In founding the earth, God deployed three principal tools: wisdom, understanding and knowledge. These are the resources used in building planet earth, an entity that has outlived zillions of lives, species and generations, yet it keeps getting better by the day.

We will treat in detail each of these fundamentals in relation to creating an entity – be it business, ministry, home, etc. – that will stand the test of time.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Building Sustainably: Learning From God (Part 1)

Building Sustainably: Learning From God (Part 1)

Building Sustainably: Learning From God

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. – Genesis 1:3-5

This passage offers us an unusual insight into the creative strategy of God. After having created the structure (the heavens and earth) as the base for His operations, He thereafter proceeded to create light, a system of illumination, so He could appreciate His projects.

He also created Day and Night, a measuring system, with which He could track His own progress, rather than leave it all to chance or whims. He that really has no one to report to still instituted a system of accountability that would help Him not only to derive encouragement from the development of His work, but one that would also aid the evaluation of His progress within the confines of time.

That is why the concluding part of the passage introduced a new phrase, a measuring phrase, “So the evening and the morning were the first day.”

If you desire to build a sustainable entity, then you need to learn from the way God builds His own.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Portals of Destiny (4)

Portals of Destiny (4)

You saw me before I was born. The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began. How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast in number they are! – Psalms 139:16-17

God’s purpose for your life predates your existence. And every experience you’ve had until now has been preparing you for that grand purpose because God is always at work in you to make you willing and able to obey His own purpose (Philippians 2:13). Your responsibility is to align yourself with what God is doing by having a personal revelation of His plan for your life.

Long before you were born, God already planned your destiny and He has wrapped it up in His thoughts, which are expressed in His Word. He expects you to search it out by the ministry of the Word and the Spirit. The Spirit dives into the depths of God and brings out what God planned all along (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

Without a conscious operational knowledge of your destiny, you are like a ghost worker; your access to divine resources will be grossly limited. Your destiny is your identity in the realm of the spirit. In the physical realm, people are recognised by biometrics (face shape, fingerprints, etc). In the spirit realm, people are recognised by destiny. That is why the wise men saw a mighty king in Jesus while he was still a helpless baby in swaddling clothes.

Your destiny is your face in the spirit realm. Just like you need to look into a physical mirror to see what your physical face looks like, you need to look into the spiritual mirror of God’s Word to see what your spiritual face looks like. God’s Word is a mirror that helps us discover who we really are. You cannot discover your destiny outside God’s Word.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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