The Key to Personal Freedom

The Key to Personal Freedom

The Key to Personal Freedom

Then Jesus said…“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 8:31-32

The Genevan philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, once wrote, ‘Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.’

When we were born, we all came to earth with no worries. Even as toddlers, we had very little cares outside our toys. But, as we grew older and began to have a sense of identity, we started building barriers in our minds and define our capacity based on what we experienced, saw, heard, learnt or read. Some people are more fortunate in term of life exposures, which helped them to develop a healthy sense of being; some are not as lucky and were mostly exposed to the demoralizing sides of life, which set limits on their worldview.

There is also a tendency for man to want to control others by forceful or subtle means as a way of self-actualization. Some of the means of controls used are denial, deception, or dogma – an opinion of man portrayed as the truth of God.

Irrespective of which describes your situation, it may interest you to know that God did not create us with any chain or limit. He created us in His own very image and likeness; now that should count for something. If you are experiencing limitations in any area of life, it means you either don’t know or have not imbibed the will of God concerning that matter. He wants us to conduct our lives and go about our life pursuits by His own instructions, which are accessible in the Bible.

And regardless of your challenge – finance, childbirth, marriage, etc – there are instructions in the Bible to help you approach these matters the God’s way. It is your responsibility to seek this truth and abide by them, so you can be free.

Life can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. How much of the truth of life you imbibe is proportional to the freedom you experience in life. Knowledge breeds confidence, so any area of life you feel inadequate is the area you do not have the truth. Remember, the truth is in your Bible. Read it every day.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Become Affiliated with the Greatest (Part 2)

How to Become Affiliated with the Greatest (Part 2)

Today’s dew is a conclusion of How to Become Affiliated with the Greatest published on Friday.

And it was told Him by some, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.” But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

– Luke 8:20-21

“Jesus is God spelling Himself out in language that men can understand.”

— S.D. Gordon, Speaker and Author

“As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet.”

— Historian Kenneth Scott Latourette

“I believe there is no one deeper, lovelier, more sympathetic and more perfect than Jesus – not only is there no one else like him, there never could be anyone like him.”

— Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russian novelist (1821-81)

“Even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardour of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ…”

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian Author

“I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-mongers, however artful. No man can read the gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. Theseus and other heroes of his type lack the authentic vitality of Jesus.”

— Albert Einstein, Scientist and Mathematician

“Whatever may be the surprises of the future, Jesus will never be surpassed… The greatest among the sons of men. His suffering will melt the noblest hearts and bring forth tears from innumerable eyes.”

— Ernest Renan, great French, Oriental linguist scholar who once, prior to the quotes above, tried to tear the Bible to pieces.

And Jesus is telling us, ‘those who can claim affinity with me, are those “hear the word of God and do it.”’ I want that a lot. Don’t you?

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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The 7 Ups of Life

The 7 Ups of Life

The seven ups of life is not the carbonized lemon-lime soft drink, but a perspective on life. As we approach the end of the year, remember being up isn’t difficult, but it does require a conscious effort on our part. So here are the 7 Ups:

  1. Wake-Up! Decide to have a good day and wake up to the realization that we have been given the gift of another day.
  1. Dress-Up! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
  1. Shut-Up! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.
  1. Stand-up for what you believe in. Stand up for something or you will fall for anything.
  1. Look-Up to the Lord, for your every need, or every problem.
  1. Reach-Up for something higher. When everything else fails, we know we can depend on Him!
  1. Lift-Up! Our prayers to him, not just all of our burdens and cares, but also our gratitude for what He has done and will do for us.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…Ephesians 6:13-14

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Become Affiliated with the Greatest (Part 2)

How to Become Affiliated with the Greatest (Part 1)

How to Become Affiliated with the Greatest

And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.” But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

Luke 8:20-21

Let’s consider what some notable persons have said about Jesus Christ:

“I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world, there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander (the Great), Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.”

— Napoleon (French General, Politician and Emperor, 1769-1821)

“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”

— Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political leader (1869-1948).

“I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very centre of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.”

— H.G. Wells, British author (1866-1946)

These tell us that the greatest person, dead or alive, is not the president of the most powerful nation in the world, or the number one person on the Forbes list. Jesus Christ remains the greatest.

Don’t we all love the bragging right of having a relationship with the greats in the land? But none of those can match Jesus in eminence. And, in the passage above, He generously gave us a tip on what we need to do to claim affinity with Him. He said His relatives are those “who hear the word of God and do it.” Now, don’t you want that bragging right? Then do as He says.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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The Sure Route to Personal Enhancement and Development (Part 2)

The Sure Route to Personal Enhancement and Development (Part 2)

Today we will meditate on the second part of the topic The Sure Route to Personal Enhancement and Development…

So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to… give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified

Acts 20:32

In contrast to self-help books, the Bible is not just able to build you up in whatever area you need to develop – mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, financially, academically, relationships, etc – it is also able to get you qualified for life after death as well as offer you an inheritance among the saints of God. No other book around can afford you such a massive reward.

The more you study your Bible, the more acquainted you become with the thoughts, perspectives, practices and will of God. And, let’s not deceive ourselves, there is no one alive who has a higher standard or better taste than God. He is the Ultimate. Therefore, knowing and applying His principles will help you become godlier with each application. And godliness “has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8, NIV).

The Bible is your guide to godliness, among other things. Ensure you read it every day and apply its wisdom in your daily activities.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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The Sure Route to Personal Development and Enhancement (Part 1)

The Sure Route to Personal Development and Enhancement (Part 1)

Today, we will meditate on a Bible-based strategy on how to achieve personal development and enhancement…

So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up…

– Acts 20:32

The late Jim Rohn once wrote: ‘if you want to be wealthy and happy…learn to work harder on yourself than on your job…What you become is far more important than what you get. The important question to ask on the job is not, “What am I getting?” Instead, you should ask, “What am I becoming? “ Getting and becoming are like Siamese twins: what you have today you have attracted by becoming the person you are today….Income rarely exceeds personal development. Sometimes income takes a lucky jump, but unless you learn to handle the responsibilities that come with it, it will usually shrink back to the amount you can handle….It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development.’

This underlines the importance of developing oneself in the process of becoming a high flyer. The truth about birth is that it is two-fold: the one that happens through a biological process in the labour ward, and the one that each individual does to his/herself through a process of re-creation, not necessarily physically, but in the covert realm of the mind, in the way of reasoning or looking at things, in a change in attitude and behavioural patterns.

The second birth process is usually done consciously and with as equal, if not physical, pain as the first one. In the first mode, the woman in labour bears the pain physically; in the second, the person undergoing a process of rebirth experiences the inner pain of tearing off old habits and modes of doing things.

But the fact remains to be all that you can be in life, you have to take the painful decision of pursuing self-development. It is to the extent that you master the self and steer it in noble directions that your greatness is manifested. It is all in the knowledge, analysis and management of the self.

From the passage above, the Bible is a blueprint you need to achieve self-development. Following its various instructions, albeit how inconvenient they may seem, is a big step in disciplining yourself to make a better choice contrary to the dictates of your flesh, societal or peer pressures. Virtually all the self-help books around are expositions of Biblical tenets. Why not make it your own companion henceforth, so that it can build you up and make your life a worthy testimony for people to read?

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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