How to Make your Sayings Sure (1)

We shall devote the next two devotionals to exploring a topic on how to make your sayings and utterances sure, backed with the seal of heaven.

Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees.
1 Kings 18:41-42

The test of a prophecy is its accomplishment. Talk is cheap; anyone can say “thus sayeth the Lord” or mouth any such sweet-to-hear words to his or her listeners and receive a chorus of “Amen!” without anything to show for it afterward. When prophecies are released without commensurable performance, the prophet’s credibility is called to question and with each unfulfilled prophecy goes his/her popularity and, possibly, following.

Meanwhile, every individual, particularly someone in Christ, has the power to decree what he/she wants to be into his/her own life or that of another and expect a performance. After all, the tongue has the power of life and death, as well as the power to create and to destroy.

There are two ways to ensure that your professions and decrees are not just empty words that fall into thin air with no effect, but are words of substance which accomplish the objective for which they are sent forth. The first way to make your profession effective is to ensure that such affirmations are in line with the will or counsel of God concerning you or the person you are saying them to. Nothing makes one a liar faster than mouthing things that are contrary to the will of God. In the same vein, your words are as watery to the extent that they express your whims, and not the counsel of God. If God doesn’t will it, it won’t come to pass. And if it is not His counsel, it will have no effect.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Plant Four Rows

Plant Four Rows

Plant four rows of peas:

Prayer

Penitence

Patience

Preparation

Plant four rows of squash:

Squash gossip

Squash indifference

Squash criticism

Squash negative thinking

Plant four rows of turnips:

Turn up for Church

Turn up whenever needed

Turn up with a friendly smile

Turn up with determination to be a better person

Plant four rows of lettuce:

Let us soar to new heights

Let us come together in harmony

Let us share God’s love, and

Let us practice forgiveness

Enjoy the harvest!

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:14

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. – Ephesians 5:8-10

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:5-8

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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10 Little Christians

10 Little Christians

Ten little Christians standing in a line,

One disliked the pastor, then there were nine.

Nine little Christians stayed up very late,

One slept in on Sunday, then there were eight.

Eight little Christians on their way to heaven,

One took the low road, then there were seven.

Seven little Christians chirping like chicks,

One disliked the music, then there were six.

Six little Christians seemed very much alive,

But one lost his interest, then there were five.

Five little Christians pulling for Heaven’s shore,

But one stopped to rest, then there were four.

Four little Christians, each busy as a bee,

One got her feelings hurt, then there were three.

Three little Christians knew what to do,

One joined the sports crowd, then there were two.

Two little Christians, our rhyme is nearly done,

Differed with each other, then there was one.

One little Christian can’t do much ’tis true;

Brought his friend to Bible study, then there were two.

Two earnest Christians, each won one more,

That doubled their number, then there were four.

Four sincere Christians worked early and late,

Each won another, then there were eight.

Eight little Christians, if they doubled as before,

In just a few short weeks, we’d have 1,024.

In this little jingle, there’s a lesson true,

You belong to the building, or the wrecking crew.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good worksHebrews 10:24

We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. – Hebrews 6:11

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:23

he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. – Romans 12:8

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Become Influential

How to Become Influential

Our meditation today shall centre on how to become influential, such that you control things and events.

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
– James 5:17-18

There is one secret to possessing the power to influence people, circumstances and events; it is the power of prayer. Prayer is a communication from human to God. It is the greatest source of power available to man when backed by the name of Jesus.

Prayer offers us the leverage to control the attitude and disposition of fellow humans as well as dictate the direction of events and circumstances. With prayer, we can court the favour of God and man, we can institute what we want to be or nullify what don’t want. Prayer is the inroad to the supernatural. It gives you access to divine help and abilities.

A vibrant prayer life sets one apart from those who only pray occasionally or do not pray at all. Oftentimes, those who can pray soar while those who do not pray struggle; those who pray win while those who don’t pray are known to whine; prayer makes one prevail over all situations, while prayerlessness makes one a ready prey.

The passage above talks about Elijah, who decreed that there would be no rain in the land of Israel for a number of years, except he decreed otherwise, and it was so. And when he was ready to release rain upon the land, he also prayed fervently and rain fell after a period of drought. That is a testimony to the power of prayer. It makes you a dictator of a sort.

There are innumerable examples in the Bible and contemporary times of people who have prevailed over unfavourable circumstances by praying. Majority of the frustrations and failures we see around can be traced to prayerlessness. A popular maxim says, ‘Those who kneel before God can stand up to anything.’

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Achieving Greatness (2)

Achieving Greatness (2)

Today we will conclude the meditation we started yesterday on achieving greatness.

Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty man on the earth.
1 Chronicles 1:10

Nimrod had even more excuses to blend with the crowd because in his days there was nothing like electricity, no vehicular transportation, all movements were done on barefoot, all the tools they had then were crude and probably made from stone. But Nimrod ignored all these restricting environmental factors and began to do what he set his mind to do. He did not settle for less. He began to do, and when the people around him saw that he was doing, they joined him and this afforded him the leverage to do more.

Many people are waiting for encouragement from others before they could start something, it may never come. When you encourage yourself to start, then others may team up with you or support you one way or another. But you have to first start.

Another reason people never start is due to procrastination; they are waiting for a perfect time. A wise man once said, “instead of waiting for a perfect time, make the time perfect;” there is no better time to do what you desire to do than now (2 Corinthians 6:2). Nimrod defied all the odds against him to start and he became great in his time. The same way most of the great people in our times had to discipline themselves to start what we celebrate them for today. If they hadn’t started, there won’t have been anything to anchor their renown on.

If you too must make a name for yourself, you have to exercise the discipline of making the right choices and then starting what you have set to do without delay. And when you start, don’t stop or look back.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Achieving Greatness (1)

Achieving Greatness (1)

Our meditation today shall be on what to do to achieve greatness in life.

Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty man on the earth.
1 Chronicles 1:10

Before this passage, all the preceding verses are mere genealogy, stating who gave birth to who and in what order. But, in verse 10, there is a break from the routine of “A” gave birth to “B”; in this verse, we read about Nimrod, who was not just given birth to, but went ahead to do what most of his forbears did not do; he began to exert and work on himself until he became a mighty man and left his footprints on the sands of time. This is how to achieve greatness.

From Nimrod’s story, we can deduce two disciplines that set one on the path of greatness: choices and self-application. He definitely did some things differently from the other people whom we read about in verses 1-9 and 11-54. Apart from the fact that he must have made certain painful choices and decisions; how he managed his time, what he would do and not do, when he would sleep and wake, what and when he would eat, where he would go and not go, and so forth – his decisions and choices must have been very unpopular as those things that make for greatness are rarely done by most people.

And having made a choice about what he wanted to do or be, the Bible records that “he began” to do it. That is the second discipline to greatness – beginning. Many people have brilliant ideas of what they want to do. But most of those ideas never see the light of day, as the conceivers never get to execute them for various reasons, including procrastination, over-analysing the idea, or trumping up excuses as to why they cannot start. Nimrod had, even more, excuses to blend with the crowd, because in his days there was nothing like electricity, no vehicular transportation, all movements were done on barefoot, all the tools they had then were crude and probably made from stone.

To continue tomorrow…

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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