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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The Story of Soul

The Story of Soul

There once was a man named Soul who was walking in a garden. He was whistling a real sweet tune for he was saved and had the joy of the Lord, but he was a baby Christian. As he was walking, a beautiful and seductive woman came out from behind a tree.

Startled, he said, “Hello, I’m Soul, what is your name?”

She replied, “I am Temptation, I have what you want.”

“What do I want?”

“You want to do all things which are of the flesh,” said Temptation.

Soul replied, “O.K., lead me.”

So he and Temptation went off and fulfilled the desires of the flesh. When Soul returned to the garden, he met a man named Condemnation. Condemnation said, “Hey, I see you have met my friend, Temptation.”

He said, “Yes, who are you?”

“I am Condemnation, I come after Temptation. We work hand-in-hand.” Then Condemnation jumped on Soul’s back and began to beat him. He hit him in the face and kicked him when he was down. This went on for several days.

On about the third day, a man named Mercy came running and said, “I command you, Condemnation, to stop beating Soul.”

Condemnation snickered, “Make me.”

So Mercy unsheathed his sword and cut Condemnation in two.

As Soul watched in astonished pain, he was overtaken by the power of Mercy. Mercy walked up to him and said, “I have dealt with Condemnation before. He should not show up around you anymore.”

Soul replied, “How can I ever thank you?”

“Well,” replied Mercy, “I was sent here by God and He told me to introduce you to a dear friend of mine. His name is Redemption.”

Redemption walked up and said, “Hello Soul, I see that you are not doing well.”

Soul replied, “Not until Mercy came along. It is a pleasure to meet you Redemption.”

“Well”, said Redemption,” I am glad to meet you. Are you ready to accept me?”

“What do you mean?” asked Soul.

Redemption said, “Well, when you accepted Jesus and decided to walk with Him, then you chose to accept the things of Him and His love. I am a part of Jesus’ love. I help you feel forgiven. You will never have to deal with Condemnation again. Temptation may come around, but I have someone I would like for you to meet who can help you with that. His name is Grace.”

Grace walked up to Soul and said, “Hello Soul, I have been waiting for you. In fact, all three of us have been waiting to meet you. I will help you take the way out of Temptation that God gives you as it comes up. The last person we want you to meet is Faith.”

“Hi Soul, I am Faith, and I will help you stay strong and keep your beliefs strong,” said Faith.

Soul began to cry. When he began to cry Redemption said, “This is what we were here for. Jesus redeemed you, saved you by Grace through Faith and gives you His Mercy. Jesus loves you Soul.”

Soul said, “I love you, Jesus.”

— Author Unknown

Meditation: But Israel shall be saved by the Lord With an everlasting salvation; You shall not be ashamed or disgraced Forever and ever.Isaiah 45:17

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Insights From Psalm 23

Insights From Psalm 23

Our meditation today shall be a line-by-line exposition of 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 well being);

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).

The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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What the Bible Means

What the Bible Means

A father was approached by his small son, who told him proudly, “I know what the Bible means!”

His father smiled and replied, “What do you mean, you ‘know’ the Bible?”

The son replied, “I do know!”

“Okay,” said his father. “So, Son, what does the Bible mean?”

“That’s easy, Daddy. It stands for ‘Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.'”

— Author Unknown

Meditation: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Hebrews 4:12

“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. – Proverbs 30:5

This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. – Luke 8:11

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” – Luke 11:28

So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. – Acts 6:2

Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:2

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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Two Things that Have No Benefit

Two Things that Have No Benefit

Two things that have no benefit:

  1. Living a life without God
  2. Running alone in your life race

Two things that entrench love:

  1. Good habits
  2. Honesty

Two things that destroy a man:

  1. Living a life of pretence
  2. Lack of focus

Two things that destroy a woman:

  1. Love for materialism
  2. Imitation or comparison

Two things that destroy friendship:

  1. Lies
  2. Distrust

Two things that enhance charisma:

  1. Trustworthiness
  2. Steadfastness in serving God

Two things that bring about misery:

  1. Disrespect for elders
  2. False accusation

Two things that bring about happiness:

  1. Doing good deeds
  2. Patience

Two things that bring one close to God:

  1. Studying the Bible
  2. Abiding by God’s instructions

Two things that make the devil to keep away from one:

  1. Be God-fearing
  2. Avoiding selfishness

Two things that aid answers to prayers:

  1. Fasting
  2. Thanksgiving

Two things that God loves:

  1. Giving
  2. Winning souls

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die):Proverbs 30:7

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—Psalm 103:2

Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves. – Proverbs 11:17

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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