How to Thrive During A Recession (3)

How to Thrive During A Recession (3)

Today is the conclusion of our meditation on how to thrive and prosper during a recession.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep….I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”John 10:10,14

The third fundamental you need to know that will ensure you prosper in the face of geographical or universal recession is to

Know What the Shepherd Has Done for You
The passage above starts with Jesus introducing Himself as a good Shepherd who lays his life for His sheep. Now, ‘He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?’ (Romans 8:32) It was this assurance David had that made him make bold claims about what the Shepherd did for him. Let us consider that psalm in detail:

Psalm 23
The Lord is my Shepherd [Who purchased me at a very high price – the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son. As a sheep, I know nothing of myself, nor can take any independent action on my own that will do me much good (Psalm 95:7, 100:3). Therefore, as my Shepherd, He is the One responsible for my feeding, guidance, protection and general wellbeing.];

I shall not want [Because my Shepherd, Who is the Owner of the heavens, the earth and all its fullness, ‘supplies all my needs, as they arise from time to time, according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:13)].

He makes me to lie down in green pastures [He locates and establishes me in conducive environments – in my house, my business, my school, my company, my church, my ministry, and my world in general);

He leads me beside the still waters [He gives me restful means of sustenance that are without stress, pain or any trouble to draw from].

He restores my soul [He renews and refreshes my spirit, soul and body with all the good things they need for health and maximum performance).

He leads me in the paths of righteousness [(Psalm 78:52) So that I do not stray from the right course in my exuberance or ignorance, not because I merit it, but]

For His name’s sake [Because He has the reputation of being The Good Shepherd, who can never abscond His responsibilities nor change His nature from good to bad (John 14:1). That is the reason I am assured that I am in a good hand and that…]

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death [Even when I find myself in dangerous or life-threatening situations that portend evil or great calamity] I will fear no evil [Why?]

For You are with me [Since I am not leading myself anyway, but I am a protégé of The Good Shepherd].

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me [Instead of beating and intimidating me, even when I get presumptuous and behave wrongly as I tend to do from time to time, You only use Your shepherd’s rod to gently guide me back to the right course, without any mark of harm or injury on my body].

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies [Without them being able to do anything to stop me from enjoying the delicacies. Why? Because you are right there watching over me to ensure that I’m safe. While my enemies are only confined to a distance, glaring at me morosely without their being able to do anything to harm me. And they dare not move near, otherwise they will have to contend with You, the Mighty Man in battle].

You anoint my head with oil [of gladness and ability to do all that you have nurtured me to do],

My cup runs over [Because you simply did not stop pouring on me until I am overflowed with the abundance of your goodness].

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me [Not sorrow, not sadness, not disaster, not mourning, not fear, not evil, not grief, not poverty, not frustration, not failure, nor pain, but goodness and mercy shall be my experience]

All the days of my life [that is all the Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays that I live!],

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord [Since that is where He will always lead me to for rest. For He will never leave me in the house of a stranger. Therefore, I am certain of always being in His pleasurable presence during the day (Psalm 16:11) and the secret place of His fortress in the night (Psalm 31:20)]

Forever [and ever. That is as long as I am here on earth, and even when I transit to heaven above. Amen].

There goes all the assurance you need that all will be well with you and yours during this period, as ‘you shall laugh at destruction and famine; and you shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth.’ (Job 5:22).

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How To Thrive During A Recession (2)

How To Thrive During A Recession (2)

Today we will serve the second instalment on how to thrive during a recession.

Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.Psalm 100:3

To soar above the tides of economic depression and thrive to boot, the next fundamental you need to learn after knowing your God is:

Know Who You Are
It is not enough to know that you have a God who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent; to whom the whole earth and all its fullness belong. You also need to know who you are in relation to this God.

The passage above captures this perfectly, God is God and not too many people doubt His eminence. However, there are more people who do not know who they are in relation to this Almighty God, and that is why they do not get more than His basic handouts. Even among those who religiously profess Him, not too many have a knowledge-based relationship with Him to warrant them calling Him ‘Abba, Father.’

To prosper in the midst of raging financial storms, you must come to know God in another dimension – as a Shepherd, and yourself as the sheep of His pasture. This is not derogatory or demeaning in any way; if it were so David would not so proudly declare the LORD as his Shepherd in his popular psalm.

Truly knowing God as your shepherd, and yourself as His sheep, avails you a mental shift that redefines your relationship with Him. A strong consciousness of this reality lifts a lot of burdens off your shoulders and shifts them to God. After all, what does a sheep do?

A sheep owes most of the initiatives around it to the shepherd. A sheep is fed from pastures it doesn’t grow, nurtured with facilities it doesn’t provide, tended with the care it doesn’t control, protected with resources it doesn’t work for, and sheltered in a house it didn’t build. That is the summation of the existence of a sheep. Those who see themselves as sheep of God’s pasture enjoy more.

Mind you, this is not an easy mindset to adopt, because an average human wants to hustle and control his/her destiny. But, while a paradigm shift to Shepherd-sheep relationship doesn’t necessarily make one indolent, it offers a serenity that only comes from the assurance of good guidance and changes entire perception of life. Those who have successfully completed the mental migration are the ones spoken about in Hebrews 4:10: For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

To be concluded tomorrow…

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Thrive During A Recession (1)

How to Thrive During A Recession (1)

We shall be meditating on ways to thrive in the midst of recession for the next three days.

Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.Daniel 11:32

It is no news that there is yet another economic recession hitting the world, wreaking great havoc on institutions, homes and individuals across the globe. As with every period of recession, this meltdown will see many go bankrupt and under, never to rise again; it will also witness the birth of a new set of millionaires who will benefit from the transfer of wealth.

There are three simple principles that will position you at the receiving end of the resources that will change hands during this economic upheaval and establish you amongst those who will emerge wealthy or wealthier by the time the crisis had blown out. Here is the first:

Know Your God

The passage above establishes that those who know their God shall enjoy two benefits: they shall be strong and then carry out exploits. Not that they will not feel the heat or be shaken by the crisis, but they shall remain resilient in the face of hardships that are blowing others out of place; and building on that resilience, they will perform great feats that will make them the go-to of their time. But, to achieve this, you must first know your God.

In case the God you know is not Jesus, the Creator of heaven and earth, permit me to introduce Him to you:

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:16-18)

‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. (Haggai 2:8)

I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. (Isaiah 45:3)

But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him. Then he was driven from the sons of men, his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. They fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses. (Daniel 5:20-21)

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)

If Jesus is the God you know, then you are on track to thriving during this global economic crisis. However, if you don’t know Him yet, you need to make with Him immediately by calling on Him and confessing Him as your Lord and Saviour.

If you want to know God, you need to accept Jesus Christ, His Son as your Lord and personal saviour. To do that, please say the following prayer:

Heavenly Father, I confess that I am a sinner. I know I cannot exercise dominion over the works of Your hand if I do not surrender to You. Today I ask that You forgive me my sins. Cleanse me and fill me with Your Spirit. Restore to me the power to exercise dominion as You intended at creation. Thank You, Lord, for making me Your child. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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After A Flash of Inspiration, What’s Next? (4)

After A Flash of Inspiration, What’s Next? (4)

Today we will look at the final part of 14 questions that will help you clarify your steps after having a flash of inspiration.

For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery. – Ecclesiastes 8:6

12. Who are my partners?

Taking time to answer all the questions above will also help to determine the kind of people you would need as partners or running mates. Knowing your own areas of strengths and weaknesses is a critical factor in determining whom you seek to partner with you and what skills set you require to deliver on the assignment.

13. What preparations are required?

You will also need to determine the kind of preparation you would need in order to deliver effectively on your assignment. What skills you need to acquire, what training you need to subscribe for, what habit you need to acquire/shed etc, etc.

14. What knowledge is required?

Acquisition of relevant knowledge is an aspect of preparation. But it deserves to be treated as an independent factor so that it is not abandoned altogether. You need to know the range of information you will require to execute your assignment successfully. You also need to know where you can access this information, whether they are formal or informal settings. What are those things you need to know even before you start? What are the ones you need to acquire on the go?

All these are questions you would have to answer verifiably to insure your inspiration and ensure that it does not end as “one of those ideas” we all have and don’t give attention to until we see someone else running and thriving with it.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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After A Flash of Inspiration, What’s Next? (3)

After A Flash of Inspiration, What’s Next? (3)

Below is the third instalment of the series on 14 questions that will help you clarify your steps after having a flash of inspiration.

For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery. – Ecclesiastes 8:6

  1. When is the time?

Timing is a strategic factor in all endeavours that can either make or mar its outcome. Knowing the time to start, the time to move, the time to charge, the time to pause, the time to withdraw, the time to quit, etc, requires more than an average thinking.

  1. What is my source?

Knowing what gives you inspiration, energy and drive will help you know what to do or where to go whenever you are running dry and need to replenish. So you need to identify your source of creative energy before launching out, so as not to get bewildered and cut off in midway. You should also be able to identify how best you access your source of creative energy.

  1. What are the resources?

Knowing the resources that are needed to effectively perform your tasks helps you to know what to look for and what to spend on. By having a holistic inventory of all you need to fulfil your assignment, you are better positioned to kick off on a sure footing. Even if you don’t have all of them at the moment, you know when you would need what and what you can do to improvise along the way.

  1. Who are my mentors?

A careful consideration of all the factors above would help you to identify who you should seek for counsel in your assignment. You would have also determined what you need to take them on so that you don’t get there and start rambling on irrelevances, wasting both their time and yours in the process. It is always advisable to have highlighted all the other factors before rushing to mentors.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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After A Flash of Inspiration, What’s Next? (2)

After A Flash of Inspiration, What’s Next? (2)

Here is the second part of the series on 14 questions that will help you clarify your steps after having a flash of inspiration.

For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery. – Ecclesiastes 8:6

  1. Who are the targets?

You must be able to define your audience, your market or the class of people whom your assignment (campaign, products, and services) will benefit. This is very critical because the success/failure of your offering, nay your fulfilment/frustration as a pioneer, are largely dependent on identifying the group of people who need your idea or would benefit from your assignment, and then taking your campaign to them.

  1. What is the scope?

Knowing the scope of your assignment will also save you a lot of stress and frustration. The scope of your offering may be within your locality, it may also be within your state, region, nation, or continent. Knowing this will help you to plan your move and your scale of operations.

  1. What is the platform?

The platform is the means/channel through which you want to execute your action or pass your message to your audience, target, market etc. You need to determine what platform is most suitable to reach your target. And you can’t determine this until you have taken time to study your audience very well such that you know their tastes and preferences.

  1. What are the modus?

You need also to take time to plan your modus operandi. How do you intend to pass your message across in a way that it would be effectively understood? How would you deliver your offering so that it would be warmly received by your target? How…? How…? How…? The modus questions help you to take care of all matters pertaining to impact in your delivery.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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