Understanding God: How to Become a Hotcake

Understanding God: How to Become a Hotcake

How to Become a Hotcake

O You who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come.
– Psalm 65:2

In life, business and other pursuits, the value you bring to the table is proportionate to the patronage you enjoy, which in turn determines your greatness as an individual, or profitability as an organisation. No one exists for him/herself alone; we are all made for each other. The same way no company is set up to cater to its own needs alone. Each firm has the consumers in mind, and most of its activities are geared toward soliciting or retaining the customers.

The greatness of an individual is determined by the number of persons he is able to influence, the same way a corporate institution derives its relevance from the number of clientele it is able to serve satisfactorily.

Now let’s bring this home by considering God, the Creator of the universe and everything therein. As of today, the world’s population is estimated to be over seven billion people. And considering that a large percentage of that population acknowledges the supremacy of God and professes allegiance to Him, that means God must be big!

But, mind you, God is not sought for His own sake alone. If anything, most of us seek God because of what we can get from Him, as against what we can give to Him. The Psalmist lends credence to this verity by saying that all flesh comes to God because He hears prayers. We seek God because He is able to meet our expectations. That is why He is much sought after by the seconds all over.

This is a lesson for us. You have to add value to people for them to seek you. The more people you are able to create value for, the more patronage you will get, the more your spheres of influence will increase, and the more prosperous you will become.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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What to Do When Confused and Perplexed (3)

What to Do When Confused and Perplexed (3)

This is the final instalment of our meditation on what to do when confused and perplexed.

In continuation of our exhortation on the value of having a forward-looking mindset in the midst of challenges and discouragements, rather than capitulating and turning back, let’s consider this interesting story below:

One day a young lady was driving along with her father. They came upon a storm, and the young lady asked her father, “What should I do?”

“Keep driving.” He said.

Cars began to pull over to the side, the storm was getting worse. “What should I do?” The young lady asked?

“Keep driving,” her father replied.

Up a few feet more, she observed that 18 wheelers were also pulling over. She told her dad, “I must pull over, I can barely see ahead. It is terrible, and everyone is pulling over!”

Her father told her, “Don’t give up, just keep driving!”

Now the storm was terrible, but she never stopped driving, and soon she could see a little more clearly. After a couple of miles she was again on dry land, and the sun came out.

Her father said, “Now you can pull over and get out.”

She said, “But why now?”

He said, “When you get out, look back at all the people that gave up and are still in the storm. Because you never gave up your storm is now over.”

Just because everyone else, even the strongest, gives up doesn’t mean that you too have to. If you keep going and do not allow the raging storm to stop you, soon your storm will be over and the Sun will shine upon your face again.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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What to Do When Confused and Perplexed (2)

What to Do When Confused and Perplexed (2)

Today, we will continue our meditation on what to do when confused and perplexed.

Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we will die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.
-2 Kings 7:3-4

You may even find yourself in a situation with the prospect of danger looming in all corners. If the potential consequences of all options look alike, with danger ahead or behind, then forward is still the best course to take.

This was the scenario the four lepers cited above found themselves on this fateful day. They were between a famine-ravaged country and the camps of the enemies. Advancing either way meant death, but the possibility of one seemed stronger than the other. So they took a calculated risk by advancing toward the direction whose consequence they can at least control. They went forward because they didn’t know all that was out there for them. They disregarded the saying that the devil known is better than an unknown angel. They went forward.

And those steps of faith they took toward the Syrians’ camps was all God needed to do a great thing. Their wobbly movements were amplified by God such that the Syrians heard the noise of many chariots, horses and of a great army advancing toward them. Fear crept into the Syrians and they fled their camps, leaving behind all their supplies and treasures.

That is a lesson in living. To the lepers, the prospect of going forward wasn’t particularly enthralling, as they smelled danger ahead; but forward they went all the same. Secondly, for them, the movement wasn’t all that fun either, remember they were lepers. But they kept going laboriously, and as they took those painful steps, God used their steps to wreak a great deliverance. The enemies took to their heels, the coast became clear and the lepers got there only to behold a miracle and take the spoil.

It’s your turn to move!

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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What to Do When Confused and Perplexed (1)

What to Do When Confused and Perplexed (1)

Our meditation today shall be on a biblical prescription as to what to do when confused and perplexed.

And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. – Exodus 14:15

Sometimes the pursuits of our aspirations land us at unexpected intersections and dead-ends, which leave us wondering what to do, where to go and how to proceed. This was where the Israelites found themselves one fateful day, on their way to the land of freedom after hundreds of years in servitude.

They must have felt elated when Pharaoh eventually granted them freedom. There must have been springs under their feet as they marched to the Promised Land. But, alas, after some hours of journeying, they came face to face with a mass of water, the Red Sea, and there was no skirting it to the right or left.

Immediately their joy turned to gloom. As if that wasn’t enough, they saw Pharaoh and his army advancing ferociously toward them. Their gloom became loud wailing. They were in a big fix: the Red Sea sprawled ominously before them and the Egyptian army closing in on them by the minutes. That seemed to be the end of it all for them.

They cried out at Moses, who in turn called upon God, and guess what the LORD said? “Go forward!” Moses must have wondered if he heard God correctly, go forward? March into the raging ocean? How? Why? Isn’t that sure death in itself?

But God told him in clear term to look nowhere, but march forward. So, with his rod lifted up, forward they went. Then guess what? The Red Sea parted for them!

That is often the case with some of us. There is always a tendency to want to side-step or turn back when we get stuck or find ourselves in a conundrum in the course of pursuing our goals. But that often do not prove to be a wise move. The best course to take is to go forward, not sideway or backward. Forward you go until you breakthrough; forward you go unto victory. Greatness, success and significance are always ahead, but you have to press onward tirelessly before you can hit them. So, when confusion sets in or you get perplexed with the size of what you have to do, don’t stop and don’t drop it, simply go forward!

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Sustain Prosperity and Success (Part 2)

How to Sustain Prosperity and Success (Part 2)

Today is the final part of the series on how to sustain prosperity and success.

He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
2 Chronicles 26:5

Conversely, it means whenever Uzziah lost sight of God, maybe because he got sucked up in the pressures and demands of his office and time seemed too little in between to maintain a fellowship with God, he must have struggled and failed miserably.

This is the secret of sustaining greatness, prosperity, success, wealth and other privileges of life. You have to seek God in them. It takes God to keep what God gives. Many people have lost their endowments after some time because they substituted such privileges for God and started to worship the gifts rather than the Giver. Without a doubt, that is a sure route to losing it all. God does not take kindly to being replaced with His blessing. Doing so is a shortcut to being stripped of them.

So, the key to sustaining your blessings and other privileges is not to relegate God to the background with the excuse of no time. You must continue to seek Him. That dreamed job that you finally landed must not drive you away from your fellowship with God, you must make time for Him.

That massive business opportunity that you have been believing God must not alienate you from your Maker, you must still stay connected to your ultimate Benefactor. That dream spouse that you finally tied the nuptial knot with should not drop God in your hierarchy of priorities; the same way the child(ren) that He blessed you with should not reduce your commitment to God.

How do you stay connected to God? By constant prayers, intercession for others, Bible study, ministering God to others, maintaining fellowship with the brethren, commitment in your local church, among others. Of course, time is a limited resource and you might feel there isn’t enough of it to do all of these and still be on top of your game in your career or business.

Remember, God made the time and it is to the extent that He allows that you can do whatever you do in time. So, it won’t be a bad idea to block some more time in your schedule for Him in addition to the Sunday rote, It could be your lifeline to keeping them all.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Sustain Success and Prosperity (Part 1)

How to Sustain Success and Prosperity (Part 1)

Today, we will begin the second part of how to sustain anything series, this time we shall look at how to sustain success.

He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
2 Chronicles 26:5

We know it takes a lot of hard work and concentration to achieve success. Also, it is a generally accepted fact that success is easier attained than maintained. Once success is achieved, it requires a lot more efforts and resources to keep and grow it than what was expended in the process of acquiring it.

There are two fundamental ways to go about achieving one’s aim in life – God’s way or the world’s way. We have devoted a number of editions of this devotional to exploring the various ways one can attain success the God’s way. And there are still more to come because God is very interested in the success of His children.

Meanwhile, even as He is very particular about their achieving success, God is also very keen that their success is maintained and grown, rather than it flittering away with the years. The passage above tells us what it takes to maintain success. It was culled from the story of Uzziah, a man that was made a king at age 16. Not knowing what to do, he decided to seek the counsel of God through His prophet, Zachariah. And the Bible tells us that as long as Uzziah sought God in his new calling, he was prosperous and was able to cope pretty well with the massive responsibility thrust on him at such a young age.

Conversely, it means whenever Uzziah lost sight of God, maybe because he got sucked up in the pressures and demands of his office and time seemed too little in between to maintain his fellowship with God or seek His counsel on the matters of state, he must have struggled and failed miserably.

To be continued…

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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