TABLE OF CONTENTS
Bond of Destiny
The Vital Rule of life
Running with your Vision
Turing Failure to Success
Failure is not Final
This book is dedicated to Almighty God, for his love and kindness that is my propelling force.
I would like to dedicate this book to my lovely wife Late Mrs Bliss Ahalachi Okwudinro Victor of blessed memory and master Virtue Chisimdi Chibuihem Victor you are the best I could ask for. I have become the person I am today because you both. Thank you for all the positive words of encouragement that you have so kindly spoken to me my entire life….. I was always listening! I have benefited not only from all that you have given me, but also from all that you could not. I love you both!
To my beloved wife Late Mrs. Bliss Ahalachi Okwudinro Victor thank you for being so supportive of me in my many endeavors over the years. I appreciate you sticking with me through the good times and bad. I love you dearly! Continue to rest in peace in the bosom of the Lord till we see to part no more.
Knowledge they say is wealth. No one acquires wealth from birth. So it is with knowledge; it has to be acquired through experiencing and experience is normally a function of time.
I must not forget to express my sincere gratitude to my parents Elder Chima and Mrs. Grace Okereke for their enormous contributions.
Others worthy of notes
GREATNESS: Great men are, but cite-si-zed. Most of them, indeed, are rather short.
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.
It is often more convenient to poise the ashes of great men than to posses the men themselves during their life time. Man is only truly great when acts from the passions, something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater. We must not measure greatness from the man down, but from the manger up.
Where the character is not great, there is no great man….never mind success.
It is a question of being great, not seeing it.
KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge is proud that he has learn’d so much.
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. Wisdom is something I would never
expect from freud . cleverness, certainly, but not wisdom (detailed in chapter
BOND OF DESTINY
BOND OF DESTINY
(E – H – L – E – H – C – D)
E- EAR: the hearing and seeing eye, the Lord has made them both.
H-HEART: the heart of the righteous study how to answer. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. The spirit of a man is the inner depths of his heart. Blows that hurt, cleans away evil as to strips the inner depths of the heart.
Are you a king? The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; he turns it where every he wishes (Prov. 21:1).
Who can say “ I have made my heart clean, I am pure from sin”.
L-LEG: A man’s steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand his own way? (Prov. 20:24).
Do you have a strong understanding of your purpose on this eath from God’s vantage point? We are predestined (planned before hand) (Jere. 1:5; Rom. 8:29).
We aren’t some puppets on a string with no choice in life. So our greatest mission in life is not to establish our own dreams (ambition) and work til they come to pass; but to seek God, find His plan and purpose for our lives and then go for it with all that is within us. Nothing is more motivating than having a keen sence f your God-given destiny.
E-EYE: Do not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you will be satisfied with bread.
H-HAND: A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
C-CHARACTER: A person whose existence origmats from a functional work or performance.
D_DESTINY: This refers to a predetermined course of events. It may be convinced as a predetermined future, whether in general or of an individual. It is a concept based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to the universe.
LOCATED BY THE WORD
“And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate…”
(2 Kings 7: 3)
That is the Focal Scripture
When Elisha prophesied about the abundance that would happen in Samaria, he declared that it would happen at the city gate. At the gate of the city, there were four lepers. In Old Testament times, lepers lived outside the city. So leprosy pushed these men out of the city. People around them may have joined to push them out too.
Elisha’s prophecy was to be fulfilled in the location where the lepers were pushed out to. God’s word located the lepers at the gate. Those who pushed them out of the city had no idea that God’s word was about to locate them. Those who pushed them out had no idea that they would become the first beneficiaries of God’s promise.
Friend, are there people/policies that are working hard to push you out of your place in destiny? Are there people who are using your misfortunes and disadvantaged circumstances to work against you? Are there situations that have made you lose your preferred positions and locations?
Hear God’s prophetic word: when men push you out, you will be located by God’s word. When they chase you out of where you are now, they will push you closer to where God’s word will locate and favour you. Those who hate to see you in the ‘city’ will end up pushing you to where you will control the resources that the city needs. When they fight for your place, don’t despair, God’s word is hovering around, waiting to locate you.
Don’t break your head on account of those who pushed you out; they may have been working against you, but they have no idea that they just did you immense favours. Don’t begrudge those who jilted, disappointed, and abandoned you; they left you so that God’s word will locate you.
Pray With Me: Lord, when men push me out, let Your word locate me and favour me, in Jesus’ name!
WHY SIT WE HERE TILL WE DIE
“ye have compassed this mountain long enough; turn you northward”. Deut. 2:3.
Destiny is somebody’s preordained future. There is a correlation between you decisions and your destiny. You can miss your opportunities if you refuse to make decisions on time. Hear the lepers, “why sit we here until we die” (2Kings 7:3). These four men, being lepers were forever cast out of society, destined to live out their years in solitude with other lepers outside the city (Leviticus 13:45-45, Num. 5:1-4).
In destiny there is no standing still or you will be doomed. If you don’t decide to go forward, your life will be going round in a circle (Deut. 1:6;2:3). But the options available for the lepers to reach their destiny, was to go straight on the serial encampment(2Kings 7:5), like Esther, their slogan was, “IF WE PERISH, WE PERISH” (Esther 4:16).
- Why are you afraid to make bold steps that will move your life forward? (Num. 13:23-28).
- How has fear stopped you from doing a particular task or assignment God had asked you to do? (Neh. 2:2-8).
LESSONS FROM HE FOUR LEPERS RELEVANCE FOR OUR LIVES TODAY
- Don’t dwell on your past (Phil 3:13-14; Isaiah 43:18-19) – the lepers didn’t linger in the city, the place of their past where nothing but death awaited them. They get up and maximized (made best use of) that moment! (2kings 7:3-5).
- Going forward involves risk: “if they kill us, we’ll be as dead as we would if we would if we keep sitting here. If they don’t kill us, then we’ll live” (2kings 7:4). Reaching your destiny involves risk (Ecc. 11:4). It’s always a risk not to take a risk. Remember, there is danger in making no decision – indecision is a decision.
- Opportunities abound when you make a decision to go forward- the lepers were standing in the midst of all the wealth of the Syrians and were of course destitute. They didn’t know that God has scared everyone of those Syrian soldiers right out of their beds the night before (2kings 7:1-6; Num 13:23-28; Luke 5:3-7; Eph. 1:3; Col. 2:10, 2peter 1:3).
- Success and wealth is in distribution:- This is in contract with when people have access to success or opportunity they ignore others. But the lepers weren’t selfish, they told people about it. (2kings 7:9; 1Corn.n10:24; Rom. 14:17).
If you must be wealthy, you must change and standout in your thinking (Rom. 12:2). You must be rich within, before you are rich without. The beginning of wealth is in the heart (Prov. 4:23). Jesus said, “No one puts new wine into old bottles” (Matt. 9:17). Heaven is ready to pour those things which are yours (1Cro. 3:21) into your hearts, if only you will synchronize (bring into line) you thoughts with God’s thought (Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 43;26).
The first law of success is first within, then without. It is not physical labour that will bring wealth, where the labour is, is the changing of your thinking. Labour for the word (John 6:27; Heb.4:11,12), and line up your thinking with the Bible and you can never be poor.
- Is your current professional career the one best suited to you of which it will give you an opportunity to best express and explore the abilities God has given you?
- If you had to do over, what career do you think you would purse? (would you have taken a different course of student in school?)
- What reasons do you have for continuing to do what you don’t find fulfilling or enjoyable? Are those reases valid? What would happen if you did give up those things now and purse your God designed destiny?
TEN WAYS TO DICOVER YOUR DESTINY IN GOD
- Think about the desires of your heart that have refused to go away. I don’t mean what someone else wants you to do or fleeting (short-lived) fantasies of your mind (Psalm 37:3-4).
- Determine what stirs up your pass ion, drive and zeal that is Godly (John 2:15-17; Ps. 59:9).
- Know what gifts and talents that flow naturally through you (prov. 17:8;18:16).
- Listen to the witness of the Holy Spirit in your spirit (Rom. 8:14;16).
- What do mature Christians see in you? Seek counsel from mature Christian friends and leaders (Prov. 11:14;18:1).
- What career or ministry do you feel the peace of God about pursuing (Col. 3:15; Prov. 37:37; 85:8).
- To what can you give 100 percent of yourself for the rest of your life (Ecc. 9:10; 2Tim. 4:7).
- Know what bring forth fruits and produces good result in your life (Matt. 12:33).
- What thoughts, visions or dreams are impossible to put out of your mind (Acts 2;17; Prov 20:27).
- What do people want to gather around and help you accomplish (Acts 16:10; 18:1-3).
Your destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. You are where you are today because you’ve chosen to be there. Destiny is lived in the here and now. The steps we take on our destined paths build off the past and carry us to the future. We’ve either in the rut of rewind or fast forward. Your choice is very important. You cannot afford to fail. To fail, you must quit first. To quit you’ve decided not to continue. But decide now to go up at once and take possession of the “Land”, for you can certainly do it” (Number 13:30 NIV). SEE YOU AT THE TOP.
TEN REASONS TO BELIEVE THAT YOUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT AND YOU CAN ACHIEVE GREATNESS
- If you trust, rely on, and acknowledge God, he will direct your life.
- Go after the things God talks about, and God will take care of your needs.
- God has created a wondrous place in heaven for those who believe in him.
- God created you with a purpose – you can discover and achieve it.
- You are never too young to fill your days with meaning and purpose.
- God loves you unconditionally!
- If you make mistake you can start over.
- Jesus said he would never leave you or abandon you.
- Each day is new and fresh. You can make the most of each one!
- God has promised you keep on working in you and with you.
‘NOW MY EYES SEE YOU, LORD!’
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.
You may have heard of God from a friend or colleague. Perhaps you continue to hear of Him in church services on Sundays. Like Job, you say to God, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear.” But God also wants you to be able to say to Him, “But now my eye sees You.”
When Job told the Lord, “My eye sees You,” he was not saying that he saw God physically. He was referring to the moment when he had a personal revelation of God.
Why was it so important for Job to have a personal revelation of God? You see, God wanted Job to know that without a personal revelation of Him, the devil could easily steal from him. But from the moment that Job had a personal revelation of God, things got a lot better for him, with God restoring to him double of everything that he had lost. (Job 42:10–16)
My friend, when you are reading your Bible or hearing God’s Word being preached, and suddenly you exclaim, “I see it, Lord!” that is when your personal revelation of God has come. And you are now in a position to receive all that He has for you!
When you have a personal revelation of God, you are in a position to receive all that He has for you!
Memorize 2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Although God is sovereign, all powerful, and can do anything He desires, it pleases Him to partner with us. In this partnership, God plays a part and He also expects us to play ours. Our passage today like several others in the scripture points to the fact that we have work to do for God’s purposes to fully materialize in our lives. The battle strategy that God used to defeat Jericho has never been used before then; and since then in human history, no one has dared to use that strategy. During that time, God decided that this was how He was going to give Israel the victory. A similar situation was when Israel fought the Amalekites, and Moses’ hands were kept up for Israel to win the victory. If anyone wants to apply those strategies today, they must expressly hear from God.
One of the conditions He wants us to meet to constantly win the battle against the force of darkness is to simply abide in Him. That involves walking in holiness, always dwelling in His presence, living above reproach, etc.
As you read through today’s passage, and our memory verse, ask yourself what conditions God is expecting you to meet for the breakthrough. May be it is not the devil but you who are sitting on your breakthrough by not meeting God’s conditions for your breakthrough.
Making it Personal:
What is one specific truth God is teaching now?
How can I apply what God is teaching right now?
What do I want to share with God concerning what He has taught me?
BUILD THESE PRINCIPLES IN YOUR LIFE
- Decide what you want. But first consult God. Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the God’s purpose that prevaits (Prov. 19:21).
- Think on paper. Writing your goals down gives them a sense of permanency, plus it energizes you. “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity… wishing –washing objectives won’t get you where you want to go.
- Establish a deadline without a definite beginning and ending it’s easy to procrastinate and get nowhere.
- Make a gist of what you need to do keep it before you at all times; it will give you a track to run on.
- Convert your list to a plan. Decide what you need to do first and what you can do first and what you can do later. An organized plan is always better than trying to carry stuff around in your head.
- Act immediately. “be very careful, then how you live not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…. (Eph. 5:15-16). Do something! A mediocre plan that’s implemented beats a brilliant one that’s not.
- Do something every day to move you forward. Build it into your schedule. For example, read systematically through your Bible, call a specific number of clients, engage in physical activity for a given time.
- Have a goal you are willing to devote your life to. And keep your eye on that goal at all times. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12 NIV).
THE VITAL RULES OF LIVE
Life is not fair – get used to it.
The question for each man to settle down is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and advantages, but what he will do with the thing he has.
Your concern should not be what you have lost, but what you have left.
No matter how your past has been or how much you have lost, you have not and can never lost everything, there is always something left for God to use.
Both success and failure are costly, but like Thomas Watson said “The price of success is much lower than price of failure.
“Eye that look are common, eyes that see are vave”. Determine to be among those that see in your generation.
Tribulation is the door to triumph. It is the valley that leads to the open high way of celebration and nothing worthy of motion has ever been accomplished on planet earth without the unsavory aroma of tribulation.
The steps that leads to thrones are strained with spattered of blood; you must drive the giants from the Cannan you wish to posses.
The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is merely the will to try it and faith to believe that it is possible.
The world won’t care about your self-esteem the world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.
You will not make 40 thousand a year right out of high school nor be a vice president with car phone, until you earn both.
Flipping burgers are not beneath your dignity; your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping, they called it (opportunity).
If you mess up, it’s not your parents fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Be nice to nerds. Chances are that you will end up working for one.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have done.
good listener is not popular everywhere, after a while he knows something.
RUNNING WITH YOUR VISION (HABAKUK 2:1-3)
THE DYNAMICS OF VISION
Where am I going? Who is going with me? What will I do with the rest of my life? If you don’t ask and answer these questions, you are in serious trouble. Knowing where you are going helps you get there. Vision is a God inspired idea; hope and expectation planted in the heart of a man or woman, made real in their imagination by the Holy Spirit. It can also be defined as the unfolding of divine plan and purpose.
Vision is powerful. It is the ability to see into the future. What do you see ahead of you? (Jere. 1:11). It is only what you see that God is committed to perform (Jere. 1:12; Gen. 13:14-15). “Where there is no vision, the people perish but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Prov. 29:18). When you have no vision of where you want to go with your life, you’ll be miserable and fail to achieve a better life.
- Differentiate between ambition and vision
- Do you have a vision? Have you written it down and planned how you are going to accomplish it? (Isaiah 8:1; 30:7-8).
- What are you going to be, doing and have in 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, in 5 years, in 10 years, in 20 years etc?
Vision is the picture of your future
Vision attracts provision
Vision brings partnership
Vision brings protection
Vision brings direction
Vision creates activities
Your vision is a ticket to your future.
EXPLORING THE DYNAMICS OF VISION IN HABAKUK 2:1-3
- DISCOVER THE SET PLAN OF YOUR LIFE FROM GOD (Hab. 2:1; Jere. 29:11): you have to stand upon our watch to see or receive that plan from God, having supernatural insight to your placement in life.
- WRITE DOWN THE VISION (Hab. 2:2; Isaiah 8:1;30:7-8): have a vision and a mission statement. Write it down in great detail. It is far easier to hit a target you can see than to hit one you cannot see.
- MAKE IT PLAN (Hab. 2:2; Jere. 1:11-12; Phil. 3:14). Have a goal, once you specifically define your vision- you better life. You should establish goals and the realization of your worthy dreams or vision.
- RUN WITH THE VISION (Hab. 2:2; 1 Cor. 9:24;26) –not to sleep with the vision but to run with it people of vision are runners. People who run with zeal and enthusiasm with the prize.
- AN APPOINTED TIME (Hab. 2:3; Eccl. 3:1-3; 3:11; Acts 7:22, 23,30):- Place your goals within the bound of time. Don’t give birth to your vision prematurely. Specify the date and time to lunch out.
- AT THE END IT SHALL SPEAK (Ecl. 7:8, Job 8:7)- Learn to persist, because “It the end” the vision shall speak. It therefore means vision has a voice and nothing can dare silence it.
- THOUGH IT TARRY, WAIT FOR IT; BECAUSE IT WILL SURELY COME (Hab. 2:1-2; Luke 1:80). Remember and be encouraged by the visionaries before you. They (Joseph, Moses, David, Jesus) did wait for their vision and it came to pass. Time proved their vision. All you have is time, all you need is time. When you have no clearly defined vision, you would find that life is like a rapidly rushing river, if you don’t make a decision, the river would make one for you. Vision requires that you have a crystal clear picture in your mind of what you want to be, do and have. When this picture is fully internalized through your senses, it begins to manifest in your life experience.
…. UNTIL CHRIST IS FORMED IN YOU (GALA 4:19).
There are three stages of spiritual growth.
- Conception: it results from intimacy between two people. God’s love for you is clear and compelling; the question is, how much do you love Him? (John 21:15).
- Forming: Paul writes’ my little children for whom I labour in birth again until Christ is formed in you (gala. 4:19). God knows the experiences required to produce in us the character of Christ and He’ll do what ever it takes to bring it about.
- Pushing: When you commit to bringing forth what God has placed within you, you’ll have to bring it out, but it’s up to you to push. In fact, it may but happen if you don’t. you’ll have to push against Satanic attacks in all their debilitating forms such as bad memories, low self –esteem and feelings of worthlessness. The devil may have spent years pushing you aside, pulling you back and putting you down, but today God is saying to you, ‘I want to open you up, I want to empower you to give birth to what I’ve placed within you’
a baby is born everything in the family changes. The same is true for you. When
you give birth to what God’ s place within you, everything in your life will be
affected. God’s blessing is an overflowing blessing that will touch every area
of your existence. A mother knows when she’s pregnant; the same is true in the
spiritual realm. So don’t fail to give birth to what God has put within you.
Now is the time for you to bring it forth! (Psalm 140, Pro. 16:3).
HOW TO GET EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF LIFE
(VISUALISING YOUR DREAM)
In visualizing your dream, “only those who can see the invisible can accomplish the first thing a man should do to bring what he wants of life. To set you free, you must develop faith in yourself and believe in your visions like never before. I challenge you to develop your own o visualization skills and see in your mind,, your biggest dreams because, when thinking of our future, we need to learn to walk by faith, not by sight! Most people think that vision is something that you exclusively do with your eye balls. I believe that vision is also something that you can do with your heart.
“People who are successful in all areas of life. In their families, business, academic, sports. Share a common trait”. “The ability to look into the future and visualize what they want to accomplish here on earth is what St. Augustine had to say about visualization”. “Faith is believing what you do not see, the reward of faith is to see what we believe.
In visualizing your dreams, one way I have found that will help us is creating a personal mission statement. This means, in one paragraph, describe what it is that you want to “do” have on earth during your life time. What you want to focus your effort on; be remembered for? Work forward.
SIMILAR QUESTIONS TO ASK IN PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT
- What do you want to be remembered for in life?
- What do you believe in?
- What do you work?
- What do you want your grandchildren to think or about you?
- What is your calling in life?
- What changes do you need to make?
- What is your vision?
- What are your dreams?
- What is your destiny?
In visualizing your dreams, you should be able to determine your destination know what you want to accomplish, you can begin to take specific steps to make your dreams and destiny a reality. And in this case, visualization gives your mind the ability to chart out your destination in advance.
Visualization (the ability to see the invisible) is what allows you to live out your dreams and become fulfilled in life. Lack of visualization steers you down course where you are not in control and a place where resentment is sure to set on because you have ended up somewhere you never wanted to go.
This reminds me of one of my favorite quote from an unknown source “The Road to Somewhere Leads to a Place Called Nowhere”.I challenge you to take action now and live by personal mission statementyou have created on a daily basis. Note the emphasis. Anyone can create a mission statement and do nothing to make it a reality or a vision that never becomes real because no action is taken. Successful people know that action on a daily basis must happen to make your vision become a reality.
Life! “when your dreams direct your life, your life reflects your dreams” simply ask yourself what was it that you want to become or achieve as a child. Once you recall this memory, then ask yourself if your heart still wants this out live. If so, dream big and purse this passion with all your heart! Is not so, search for your new beginning then purse your current passion with all your energy and don’t let anyone, ignorance and negative altitude stop you from seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
“When an idea is born, God that gives the idea is the same God that gives seed to the sower. He will finance the idea. The Spirit of God in you is coming upon that idea to lift up your destiny and affect your generation”
Nothing good comes casually; no man is handsome until he is successful. Don’t go for beauty go for potential and be a man of great mind.
Great Mind: A great mind initiates ideas and has purpose.
Average Mind: An average mind discuses ideas and has wishes.
Lower mind: A lower mind discuses people, it has wishes.
The soul is made up of three components; mind will and emotion.
MIND: The mental activities and memory of a person. The mind includes both conscious thoughts and unconscious activity such as dreaming. The human identity can be viewed as being made of mind and body. Many philosophies and religious also recognize another aspect of identity, the soul.
This can also be seen as the center of consciousness that generates thoughts, Feelings, Ideas and perceptions and stores knowledge and memories.
WILL: The part of mind that makes decisions, power to decide, determination, desire or inclination, altitude toward somebody else.
THE WILL COMPRISES:
- THE WILL OF GOD:
GOD: In his will is our peace
PERFECTION: the pursuit of perfection then is the pursuit of sweetness and light. He who works for sweetness and light united, works to make reason and the will of God prevail.
- THE WILL OF PEOPLE:
Constitution: The people made the constitution, and the people can unmake it. It is the creature of their own will, and lives only by their will.
Democracy: The voice of people is the voice of God.
Judgment: The general will is always straight but the judgment that guides it is not always enlightened.
Peace: No barriers can stand against the mightiest river of all the people’s in flood tide throughout the word.
- THE WILL TO LIVE:
Life and death: I believe that the struggle against death, the unconditional and self-wicked determination to life is the motive power behind the lives and activities of the outstanding men.
A good will is good not because of what is effects or accomplishes nor because of its fitness to attain some proposed end; it is good only thoughts its willing, i.e. it is good in itself there is no possibility of thinking of anything at all in the world or even of it, which can be regarded as good without qualification, except a good will.
Emotions memory and the brain researches are clearly observing learning ad memory at work.
My work has focused on the cerebral roots of learning fear.
The full realization of vision or destiny goes with time and experience. My destiny shall not be aborted.
Vision has the potential of transforming your life, putting you to task and waking the giant that has been lying dormant in you. Jesus is the rose of Sharon; he has all it takes to see you through in life.
- Vision keeps you where others fail.
- Vision encourages you in the time of frustration.
- Vision direct your movement and imagination, i.e. tells you what to do and what not to do.
- Vision will always tell you “with Jesus I will make it” so prepare for tomorrow today, do not wait until tomorrow to prepare for it.
- Always have this saying at your mind. “I am a divine project an not to be abandoned, am a contract to Jesus, he will never abandon me until he finishes his contract in my life.
- One who deviate from his mission and goal is one without focus and wisdom.
- Life is not all about you, it is all about God. God does not do things because you fast or cry but because your sacrifice. Don’t make statement based on knowledge, but make a statement based on sacrifice. (Jer. 22:15).
- God vindicated power releasers; the objection of great men with you is an injection to greatness. There are deliberations against a star.
5 Types of People You Should Limit Your Time With When Chasing Your Dreams
Everybody has that person that they spend too much time with. That person that stops us from following our dreams or talks us out of taking a risk. Now more than ever, it’s extremely important to consciously choose who we spend time with because ultimately who we hang around with has an influence on the decisions we make in life whether we realize it or not.
One of my favorite quotes is from Jim Rohn, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. This quote was an eye opener for me. I looked around the people I spent the most time with and realized there were a few that I needed to limit my time with.
Here are 5 types of people you should limit spending your time with:
1. The complainers
The complainers are the people that are always complaining about how bad their life is or how bad their job is. They constantly complain about everything but never do anything about it. Being around the constant complainer can eventually take a toll on you and you will start to join in on the complaints and before you know it you have just adopted the same way of thinking as the negative friend. If you have one of these types of people in your life, make sure you cut back on the time spent around this individual.
2. The entitled
The entitlement mindset has become increasingly common. These are the people that feel as if they are entitled to certain things in life. They feel they do not have to work for anything and feel that the Government or anyone around them owes them something. They will be the ones to try and talk you out of following your dreams.
They will tell you that the Government won’t allow you to be successful and they will take all of your money. This mindset can be deadly to a person trying to be successful. This mindset completely halts your determination and can kill your success in a heartbeat. We are not entitled to anything at all. If we want a good life we have to create a good life.
“Be humble, be hungry and always be the hardest worker in the room.” – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
3. The conformers
Unfortunately, the conformers are the most popular of all. They are the ones that conform to the limits set on them. They do not have any dreams they are chasing after and they are not doing something that goes against the status quo.
They are simple living like robots; waking up, working 40 hours a week at a job they hate, and going home and sleeping. There are many people who are content with this and that is perfectly fine. But a person that is following their dreams simply cannot conform to the average lifestyle.
I believe, the best way to go about this is, while working that full time job, put in the extra effort on the side to start building towards something that is in line with your dreams. Then eventually you will be able to leave that full time job and pursue your passion.
4. The party animals
The party animal in your group is usually the one that wants to go out drinking every night. Usually these types of people can break your focus on your dreams. I believe that you do have to take some time to relax and clear your head so you can refocus but going bar hopping every single night is not going to get you the life you are after. It is more of a distraction than anything. Limit your time with the person that always wants to go out because if you don’t you will lose focus of everything you are trying to achieve.
5. The doubters
These types of people can be downers. They will listen to your big dreams but they will be the first ones to tell you they don’t think it is a good idea or they will tell you not to get your hopes up. They are the ones that believe you have to be somebody in order to do something extravagant. As somebody who is chasing their dreams, this can be very discouraging.
You don’t want to hear someone that you spend a lot of time with say something that can kill your spirit. It is extremely important to keep people around you that encourage you and lift your spirits when you are losing motivation. Identifying the doubters in the group that you spend the most time with will be beneficial to you and your success in the future.
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
It is vital to your success to surround yourself with people that will encourage you to chase your dreams. They will be your biggest support team through the good and the bad. Surrounding yourself with the right people can ultimately play a huge role in your success.
Which one of these people do you
think is most important to stay away from and why? I would love to hear your thoughts
in the comment section below!
TURNING FAILURE TO SUCCESS
Now we are children of God, and we have not yet been shown what we will be in the future. (1 John 3:2).
The surest way to get discouraged is to compare yourself with others. The bible says. ‘Don’t compare yourself (Galatians 6:4), because some people will like they’re doing a better job you will get disheartened, while others won’t be as effective and you will become proud. ‘Concentrate on doing your best (2 Timothy 2:5) . That way, you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and won’t need to compare yourself. All the apples on a tree don’t ripen at the same time. Paul says ‘knowledge and understanding take time (Phili. 1:9-10). One successful author says, ‘When I began writing, found my Fumbling with that part of myself. ‘I want to be a writer, ‘I’d think, ‘but I have to get this number of books published and this number of good reviews first. It can take years and many successes in any new area before we can confidently say to ourselves and others, ‘I am what has God called you to do? Don’t wait until you’re successful, start now by saying you are what you want to become, yes, you have much to learn and you may not be an expert but you don’t have to be, to say those two little words. I am John writes. Now we are children of God, and we have not yet been shown what we will be in the future. God uses crooked sticks to draw straight lines and in perfect people to do his perfect will. So push ahead, cut yourself some slack and remember you are a WIP a work-in-progress.
Life is indeed a school you will learn many lessons as your journey through life to correct the mistake early enough than to fail in adulthood when it might be too late to correct it.
To remove God from one’s ambition is to pump oneself into dismay and failure.
Underestimate, complacency, sin, casual planning and monarchic of ones challenges cause failure.
Laziness and excessive sleep cause failure (Proverb 24:30-34; 20:4, 13; 24:13-16).
Success is the product of hard work. Rest and sleep are recommended on the bible, the abuse of these two God-given privileges has led to an alarming rate of failure (Leviticus 23:3, Psalm 127:2, Proverb 6:4-9).
On should realize himself and take determination (Luke 15:15).
Determination is the key to success. To determine to do something is to leave ones mind firmly made up for that task. The success story begins with a clear vision backed by a strong determination. Your humidity today before God and man is a sign of your future upliftment (1 kings 21:27-28, 2chro 7:14, Luke 14:8-11, 1 peter 5:5-6).
AMBITION: The pursuit of a vision. It is strong dream or aspiration that is not accomplished by ambition, can never be realized. An ambitions person shows great effort in doing something very difficult, he does not wish to appear the best but to be it.
A genuine ambition will not be like absolom’s own, who wanted to overflow his father and God was against him lack of ambition makes potential lie dormant, unexploited and unused.
ABILITY: ability is nothing without opportunity. It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the ground that one can do it well, if you think you can or think you can’t you are probably right.
Intelligent quickness to apprehend a district from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended. The best than an individual can do is to concentrate on what he or she can do in the course of burning effort to do it better.
The difficult we do at once; the impossible takes a bit longer. The order I get the more I admire and gave competence just simple competence in any field from adultery to zoology. There are limits to feats of skill, beyond which lie the realms of nonsense. Everything is quite difficult enough as it is and what is simple actually comes hardest. We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it, yet had fuming not possessed immense knowledge an unremitting gift of observation he might not have observed the effect of the hyssop mould. “Fortune”, remarked pasteur ‘favours the prepared mind.’
Take my assets but leave me my organization and five years I will have it all back.
ADVERTISING: A logo is like a man’s name. When I mention a certain man you know well, everything about that man jumps into your mind. A logo does the same thing for a product. We don’t know how to sell products based on performance. Everything we sell, we sell on image.
ARTS: Could we teach taste of genius by rule, they would be no longer taste and genius. The excellence of every art is it’s intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate, from their being in close relationship with beauty and truth. There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
BEHAVIOUR: Perfect behaviour is born of a complete indifference. A multitude of evilly disposed people stir up strife, just as a crowd of mosquitoes can make a noise like thunder. Anybody can shock a baby, or a television audience. But its too easy, and the effect is disproportionate to effort. Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something which you have to be all the time, which isn’t easy. But one day, one cold winter’s day he screamed out. ‘Take the soup away’. Extreme busyness, whether at school or college, kirk or market, is a symptom of difficult vitality.
I say that moral judgments are prescriptive because in their typical uses they are intended to guide out conduct; to accept one is to be committed to a certain line of action or to prescribing it to somebody else.
I signed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.
Its wiser being good than bad;
It’s safer being same than fierce;
It’s fitter being sam e than mad
My hope is a sun will pierce
The thickest chord earth ever stretched
That after last returns the first,
Through a wide compass round be fetched;
That what god blessed once prove accurst.
Men are rewarded and punished not for what they do, but rather for how their acts are defined. This is why men are more interested in better behaving themselves.
My father used to say; the son of the mannequin makeer explained with pride, ‘that above all, we must pay attention to the gestures that make us who we are; people aren’t inconsistent, but their behaviour is perfect behaviour is born of complete indifference.
There is a particular altitude, call the ‘Four Armour’. When you go on the road you throw up an armour around yourself, you almost go into a trance. There is an unseemily exposure of the mind, as well as of the body, when it comes to interpreting other people’s behaviour, human beings invariably make the mistake of overestimating the importance of fundamental character traits and underestimated the importance of the situation and context. We will always reach for a dispositional’ explaination for events, as opposed to a contextual explanation.
You have put me in here a cub, but will come out roaring like a lion and I will make a hell how:
BEHAVIOUR COMPRISES THE FOUR LISTED CHARACTERISTICS
i. ASTINENCE: To obtain from taking lite; to obtain from taking what is not given; to obtain from sensuous misconduct; to obtain from false speech; to obtain from intoxicants as tending to cloud the mind.
ii. ACHIEVEMENT: The strategists methods challenge the prevailing assumptions with a single question: why? And to put the question relentlessly to those responsible for the current way of doing things until they are sick of it.
iii. ACTION: For better it is dare mighty things to win glorius triumphs, even thought characterd by failure, than to take rank with poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer muuch, because they lie in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. We do not in fact step out of things, ask ‘what am I to do? And having obtained an answer, step in again. All our acting, all our question and answering, are of the movement of things. When a given act is followed closely by a reinforcer, the organism tends to increase the frequency of that act under the same or similar conditions.
Iv. ARROGANCE: With their arrogant manner, they fill up the road; the horses they ride glisten in the dust.
CHARACTER: The seven constituents of emotional make-up are: Joy, anger, sorrow, fear, love, hatred and desire. A man of superior emotional make-up will display these emotions in an balanced manner.
The three grades of character are superior, medium and inferior: the superior of development either in an upward or a downward direction and the inferior is just well.
Charm: Beauties in vain their pretty many roll;
Charm is a product of unexpected charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul
Charm is deceitful, beauty is vain, but any woman who fears the Lord shall be praised (proverb 31:30)
DETERMINATION: ( firmness of purpose, will or intention), there is no such thing as great talent without will power. It is not by spectacular achievements that man can be transformed, but by will.
If I can conceieve it and believe it, it’s not my aptitude but my attitude that will determine my attitude with a hittce intentional for titude! The world belongs to the man with guts! God helps him!
GOD IS WITH YOU UPHOLDING YOU
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
It is easy to say, “Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!” when times are good. It is easy to believe that God loves you when you are on the mountain top enjoying the sunshine. But what happens when you are down in the dark valley surrounded by your enemies?
Perhaps today, you are in the valley of marital, financial or bodily trouble, and you are asking, “Where is God?”
My friend, He is right there with you. The God of the valleys says to you, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
When King Jehoshaphat was surrounded and outnumbered by his enemies, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel and he said to the king, “Don’t be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you. Don’t fear or be dismayed. Tomorrow, go out against them for the Lord is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:14–17)
What King Jehoshaphat did next was brilliant. He acted with wisdom from on high. Instead of putting his commandos in front, he put worshipers in front! What did the worshipers sing? They sang of God’s love for them—“Praise the Lord for His love endures forever!” And God utterly destroyed their enemies! (2 Chronicles 20:21–23, NIV)
Beloved, it is not the trials that make us strong, but our responses in those trials. The devil wants us to respond by asking, “Where is God?” But God wants us to respond with faith in His love for us. We are more than conquerors not because of our love for Him, but through Him who loves us. (Romans 8:37)
So whatever valley you are in today, don’t be afraid. God is t here with you strengthening and upholding you. Just sing of His love for you and let Him fight your battles for you!
It is how we respond during trials—with faith in God’s love for us—that makes us strong.
DUTY: I tried in the footsteps of illustrious men…In receiving from the people the sacred trust twice confined to my illustrious predecessors, but in the quietness of thought:
Do the duty which lies nearest thee, which thou knowest to be a duty! The duty will already have become clearer. Do your duty, and history will do you justice, do your duty, and leave the rest to the creationist. Duty can be contrasted with pleasure, nor work with play when duty is pleasure, when work is play, and the person doing his duty and being virteous id simultaneously seeking his pleasure and being happy I believe it is my duty to make money and still more money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the distates of my conscience.
I stand have before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people, your hireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to put this book, I therefore place the remaining in the hands of that is up and down the hills (GOD).
EXCELLENCE: By different methods different men excel but where is he who can do all things well?
Even if the company is not an exciting one, we observe pockets of excellence. Excellence is what you, the supervisor (or vice president), create on your turf. One of those men reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward saviours of anh-climax. The danger cliefly lies in acting well. There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first vatt executive there is only one real sin, and that is persuade oneself that the second best is anything but the second best. Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s follow-through who excel. To be alone is the fate of all great minds. Afate deplored at times, but still always chosen as the less grievous of two evils. Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
HUMANKIND: That man who is the noblest of all creatures may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet demed him the little. A man who reads, who thinks, or who calculates, belongs to the opecies and not to the sex: in his better moments,hw even escapes being human.
A ruler has to examine the dark side of human life and understand that man belong to that darkness, a starcit ora mooncit dome disdains, the furyand the mire of human veins. After all, for mankind as a whole there are no explorts, we did not start developing by obtaining foreign exchange from mars or moon. Mankind is a closed society.
Almost everyone is born a genius and buried an idiot. Atoms for peace, man is still the greatest miracle and the greatest problem or thus earth. Glory to man in highest! For he is the master of things, heaven has its season; earth has its resources; man has its government. This means that man is capable of forming a trinity with the other twon
Human beigns are like tivid punctuation marks sprinkled among the in comprehensible sentence of life.
INTELLIGENCE: A common core of personaland social abilities has proven to be the key in gradient in peoples success; emotional intelligence, things much more emerges as a leader. If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it, in short, the activity of intelligence consists in indentifying the apparently unlike, and in discriminating the apparanthy like! No tool is more ignorance, the difference between intelligence and education will make you good living
The test of a first vate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. What we need today… is not a new theory concept or framework. But people who can think strategically.
PERFECTION: A memory of yesterday’s pleasure, a tear of tomorrow’s dangers, a straw under my knee, a noise in mine ear, a light in mine eye, and anything, a nothing a fancy, a chimera in my brain, troubles me in my prayer all is for the best of all possible words. Only perfection was good enough for him, and on the rare occasions he encountered it’s he received it with astonished supision.
VIRTUE: We must touch his weakness with a dedicate hand. There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence, that we can scare need out the fault without eradicating the virtue.
WORK: People forget how fast you did a job-but they remember how well you do it
BIBLE: keep the tongue from evil and thy lips from speaking guill. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace, and pursue it, (Psalms 34:13-14).
WHAT PARENTS CAN DO
Parents are the pride of their children(proverb 17:6 NIV)
Parents can play a very important role in helping children deal with success and failure, here are some guideline for parents to follow
- Love your children or child unconditionally make sure that your child knows that youlove him or her regardless of how he or she does. Do not ever lie, your love for your child to success or failure in accomplishing a task.
- Develop an understanding of what your child is developmentally capable of learning. Learn more about child development and what children as different ages are able to accomplish.
- Have performance expectations concerning your child’s performance, parents should not set usually high or low standards. Know what your child is capable of achieving and set goals on what is appreciate for your child.
- Provide guidance for your children, they need to know that success and failure are a part of life. Knowing how to get back up and try again after a failure is an important lesson.
- Celebrate and discuses successes. Help your child see what he or she has done to enable particular success.
- Be a role model for your child. Let your child observe you experiencing success and failure. Through these observations your child will learn how to handle the emotions that accompany success and failure.
- Provide an environment at home that has some structure and order. Structure and order. Structure and organization help children learn that life goes on after things have not gone well. The daily routine can be both comforting and reassuring.
- Help your child learn how to deal with his or her emotions. Children may experience joy, pride, guiet, shame, sadness, or a host of other feelings and emotions. Children need to take about feelings and emotions. Parts can help children learn to express their emotions in a society acceptable way.
- Help your child to develop positive social relationship that can provide support when things go wrong, other caring adults and friends can also provide guidance and direction in a childlife. They can serve as race of models. Your child can observe how they respond to success and failure.
7 values parents must teach their children
If we as parents will stay focused on doing the right things and teaching the right lessons, we’ll also be much less likely to make those mistakes.
After looking at everything the Bible (the world’s greatest parenting manual) has to say about parenthood and borrowing wisdom from some parents who are much wiser than me, I’ve put together a list of the seven most important lessons every parent must teach their children. If you consistently teach these values, you’ll be raising future world-changers!
Read: The most important lesson a parent can teach a child
Take responsibility for teaching these lessons to your kids. It’s not the government’s job, it’s not the school teacher’s job and it’s not even the church’s job. You can’t delegate the responsibility of parenting. God entrusted these kids to YOU. It’s your great privilege and your sacred duty to impart these timeless values to your children.
(In no particular order)
1. Tell the truth
Honesty is the value which fortifies a solid foundation for all other values. Your kids need to know that lying is unacceptable. Make “Truth” a central value in your home and you’ll be building a lifelong bond of trust with your children.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4
2. Honor your parents
If your kids don’t learn to have respect for you, they’ll struggle to ever have respect for anyone or anything. They don’t always have to agree with you or like what you’re saying, but they always have to respect and honor you.
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
3. Love each other
For a family to work, you don’t always have to like each other, but you always have to love each other. Your children must know that they are loved completely and unconditionally and they must give that same unconditional love to their siblings and parents.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
4. Do your best
While love should never be conditional upon performance, your kids still need to know that excellence matters. It honors God, inspires people and helps your children reach their full potential. Even the smallest acts (cleaning their room, doing homework, etc.) should be seen as an opportunity to give their best effort.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for people.” Colossians 3:23
5. Be patient
Delayed gratification isn’t often modeled or valued in our culture, but it’s still vital to a healthy, balanced life.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”Ephesians 4:2
6. Be thankful
In a culture of entitlement and materialism, genuine gratitude shines like stars in the night sky. Teach your kids to be grateful and thankful in all circumstances. No matter how bad things might get, there are always reasons to be thankful.
Read: Parenting the fearless child
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
7. Never give up
In a world of quitters, teach your children to persevere.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
In conclusion children learn about success and failure as they grow and develop. Parent can help children learn more about how to cope with both success and failure by providing guidance, support and Love.
FAILURE IS NOT FINAL
Failure: The inability of an individual or organization to attain specified goals or fulfill a vision. It is a disappointment, or a dashing of dream of shattering of vision. (Proverbs 24 : 16, Michal 7 : 8).
A fundamental cause of failure is wied living. That is pleasure giving activities like drinking, ballroom dacing, sexual urgies and smoking e.t.c
The will of god will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you. Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time; life is not a having and getting, but being and a belonging
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
My life is not made by the dreams, dream, but by the choices I make. Half ther worry in the now is carsed by people trying to make decisions before they have sufficient knowledge on which to base a decision. There is no more miserable human in habitual but indecision.
God is delighted at performing miracles for people, who see themselves as part of his programme; who view their circumstances as part of his appointment and who live to his will.
WISDOM: (Proverb 4:7) I see wisdom as Good sense; the ability to make sensible decisions and judgments based on personal knowledge and experience.
Wise decision; good sense shown in a way of thinking, judgment or action.
Accumulated learning; Accumulated knowledge of life or of a spere of activity that has been gained through experience.
Opinion widely held; an opinion that almost everyone seems to share or express.
Saying; Ancient teaching or saying (understanding, knowledge, sense, insight, astuteness, intelligence, acumen, prudence, sagacity).
Every man his own destiny. The only imperative is to follow it to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
When was the last time somebody praised you for taking advice well? In the advice game we all would rather be perceived as the one dispensing wisdom rather than seeking it.
EXPERIENCE: Experience is what makes a young man do what an older man says is impossible. Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes; true influence over another comes not from a moment’s eloquence nor from any happily chosen word, but from the accumulation of a life time’s thoughts stored up in the eyes.
HUMILITY: Therefore hold to the things which are reliable. Look to simplicity; embrace purity cessen the self; diminish desire.
UNDERSTANDING: I do not seek to understand so that I may believe but I believe so that I may understand.
VIRTUE: This is the habit of acting according to wisdom. It is necessary that practice accompany knowledge.
Your success and happiness lies in you. External conditions are the accidents of life. “The root of dignity in man is his creative labour, his ability to interact with and transform nature to suit his needs.
High institution is not bread winning, education determines whether a man becomes the firmest or the wildest animal on earth. If a man lacks education, he is the most savage of beast. “in life as a football you won’t go far unless you know where the goal post are”. The indispensable first step of getting the things you want out of life is this, decide what you want.
One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven’t and don’t .
I will prepare and someday my chance will come.
DON’T BE DUST-CONSCIOUS
And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.
Imagine being bowed over for 18 years. All you would see is the dust on the ground. That was the predicament of the woman in Luke 13. Dust was all her eyes fell on, all the time, everywhere she went, until she became dust-conscious. Thank God she finally saw the beautiful feet of Jesus, who brought her good news and raised her up.
Now, dust is the devil’s food. The Bible tells us that God cursed the devil to eat dust all the days of his life. (Genesis 3:14) Dust represents death. (Genesis 3:19) The devil wants you to be like him—to fall flat on your belly, crawl and eat dust. To eat dust is to feed on your shortcomings and lack, until you constantly feel that there is so much in your life that you need to clean up. You may not be physically bowed over, but like the woman, you become dust-conscious and life every day is a struggle.
Having a dust-consciousness also affects the way you see others. You look at people’s faults all the time. You point out their shortcomings and rake up their past failures. When you are dust-conscious, you find your relationships robbed of peace and joy.
And if you, like the woman, keep looking at the dust, before long, that inward position of dust-consciousness becomes so entrenched that you become the devil’s food because dust is what he eats. God’s Word describes him as being like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
If you don’t want to be devoured by him, then lift your eyes above the dust! Instead of looking at your failures, look to Christ who has delivered you from every defeat. See yourself the way God sees you—righteous and holy in Christ. (Colossians 3:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21) You are not dust because you are not in and of the flesh—you are in and of the Spirit. (Romans 8:9)
My friend, the more you realize who you are in Christ, the more you will straighten up and walk the way God sees you—a new creation with His authority, power and overcoming Spirit!
Instead of looking at your failures, look to Christ who has delivered you from every defeat.
THE FORCE OF RESOLUTION
This is the ability to get up. I am going somewhere for who will separate me from the love of God of creativity?
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom; for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk upright; He guards the paths of Justice, and preserves the way of His saints when wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you, understanding will keep you, To deliver you from the way of failure.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct your path (prov. 2:5-6).
Don’t look at your failure, for failure is not a person. Many people fail, but champions rise. Life is a risk and a battle, your best is still in you because you are a star.
“ALL BLESSING IS NOT A FACTOR OF HARD WORK, SOME OF IT IS ATTRACTED BY THOSE AROUND THE BLESSED.”
GOD WILL GIVE YOU
DON’T GO BACK
“If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there…”
(2 Kings 7: 4)
That is the Focal Scripture
The lepers in our Focal Scripture were faced with the options of staying back at the city gate, going back into Samaria, or going into the Syrians’ camp. Samaria was in a famine that turned things upside down; Samaria had no value to offer the lepers. Going back to Samaria was no progress.
The lepers elected not to go back to Samaria, preferring to go into the Syrians’ camp. They decided not to have anything to do with the unproductive land of Samaria. Going back to Samaria was like going backwards, and they refused to go back.
Friend, hear God’s warning: don’t go back. Don’t go back to places that won’t improve you or add any positive value to you; don’t go back to relationships and associations that will not take you higher or make you better; don’t go back to sins that tied you down in time past; don’t go back to past mistakes and unproductive attitudes that messed you up in the past; don’t go back; refuse to depreciate.
Instead of going back, the lepers moved forward and entered the camp of the Syrians where they found food and other valuables. They refused to go backwards, and they made more progress than they ever imagined. God says, if you refuse to back, you will move forward. If you refuse to go back to your unproductive past, you will enter into the zone of abundance.
Forget the pains, shame, disappointments, mistakes, rejections, failures, bad luck, losses, etc of the past. Forget what went wrong in the past and face the future. To go back is to depreciate; going forward is your best bet. Move forward and refuse to go back.
Luke 9 vs. 62 says: “…No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Pray With Me: Lord, I refuse to go back, in Jesus’ name!
I care not whether a man is good or evil; all that I care is whether he is a wise man or a fool.
Go! Put off self and put on intellect”
Logical consequences are the scarecrows of tools and the beacons of wise men. Many have been the wise speeches of fools, though not so many as the foolish speeches of wise men.
The arrows of a wise man make your rule, rather than the perfections of a fool. And yet the wiser mind mourns less what age takes away than what it leaves behind.
Differ not till to-morrow to be wise, to-morrow’s sun t thee may never rise.
Don’t let your shortcomings discourage you and determine the course of your life. Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2Cor 12:9). When you depend on the Lord’s unmerited favor, His undeserved grace will turn you into a champion for His glory!
About The Author
PASTOR ENGR. VICTOR CHERECHI IZUCHI OKEREKE
Hails from Imo State, and was born when his mates were born .
Sometime Jan. 9th 198……..
He grew up became a graduate in 2009 as an Electrical/Electronics Engineer from Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, Imo State.
He served his nation in Ogun State.
Precisely Imeko/Afon L.G.A
Pastor Victor met his lovely wife (THE BEST) IN 2009
Late Mrs Bliss Ahalachi Okwudinro Victor
(Of Blessed Memory)
Proposed to her on the 16th of June 2009
Got married to her on the 7th Dec. 2013 and the marriage was blessed with a MIRACLE CHILD (MASTER VIRTUE CHISIMDI CHIBUIHEM CHINWENMERI VICTOR)
who died and came back to life .
Was ordained as a pastor in Praise Centre Church on the 16th of March 2013
Where he served for 3years and 9months
And resigned voluntarily on the 15th of November 2017.
According to the instruction of God.
That he should go into his music carrier and edify lives.
Who loves obeying the mandate of God upon his life went to the studio and released the songs given to him by God, and they are blessings to lives.
Is an edifier to people who have come close to him.
He is a passionate singer, a preacher, a teacher, a man who believes that God can do everything and finally a business man