ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.

asking the right question

The story is told about a newcomer in a certain village who wanted to know the folks in the vicinity. He shuffled across to the town square and met an old, wrinkled man walking slowly with a pet dog – a mean looking German shepherd.
Gleefully he asked the old man, “Does your dog bite?” The old man replied pronto, “Nope.” So the newcomer reached out to pet the dog and it practically lunged at his reaching arm, almost ripping it off. Tending his wounds with his coat, the newcomer in a whimper asked the oldie, “I thought you said your dog don’t bite man!” The old man answered dryly “that ain’t my dog.”
I remember the first day I read this story, I laughed and laughed at the incident that ensued. Then, reflecting on it later, I realized the immense lesson from the anecdote. Namely, that when we fail to ask the right questions we are liable to get not only a flimsy answer but we can even get ourselves hurt in the process. I also realized I was guilty of asking unnecessary questions often. Before reading this story, I never took a serious approach to asking the right questions, but now I’m learning to think well and ask only questions that will truly make sense and elicit useful responses.
This is a lesson we can apply to every aspect of life. In our society where most things and most people prefer to move on a fast lane, it’s hard for many to slow down and think things through before acting. We can take a slice from this story and bring ourselves to slow down and think things through, pray things through before moving ahead. It will indeed save us a great deal of trouble when we do so. I’m sure the newcomer’s story won’t have been so fatal if he’d thought better and asked just one vital question first – “Sir, is this your dog?” Asking this question would have changed his lot drastically, for the better.
We can ask God from now to give us minds that are sharp and active yet very thoughtful so we do not make careless, hapless mistakes we could have avoided and so we can ask the right questions and pray the right prayers. Again, we have the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Let’s not waste any of God’s gifts to us.
God bless you.

A Friend.

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ACTION TIME….

Action Movies are one of my favorite collections. They ignite the feeling of satisfaction and fun because things happen. As believers, we also have not been called to a PASSIVE Faith but an ACTIVE one. Our Faith should make things happen.

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Many times I’m amazed by the words of Jesus. In Mark 9:23b, we are told of how God has greatly enriched us through faith to do the
impossible. “All things are possible to him that believes”. In other words, there is no limit to the extent of exploits we can do as believers, in our generation.
But according to James 2:17-18, it is not enough to know that we can do all things, we must also take the necessary steps. “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone”.
Nehemiah was a Man with a Great Vision, who had faith in God and
followed his vision through to execution. Prov. 16:3 encourages us to
commit our works unto the Lord, so that our thoughts can be established.
God expects us to
empower our faith through our actions, in order to unlock several doors of possibilities. So whenever we refuse to take action, those doors remain closed.
Another lesson from Nehemiah was his ability to maintain good relationships. He knew how to
convey the vision in his heart to those who were to support him. We also need relationships based on the right attitude to achieve those great plans God has placed in our hearts.
In conclusion, now is the time to step-out and empower your FAITH with your WORKS. Don’t sit still. It’s not enough to say you just believe, Take Action Now!

ALABI, Kehinde Temidayo.

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LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR…2

This post is a sequel to what I wrote almost a year ago: Loving your Neighbor…1. To sum it up, you need to first love yourself (in the light of God’s word) in order to love your Neighbor (appropriately). Remember that Love is patient, kind, truthful, humble, hopeful and forgiving. When we apply these to ourselves, it’s easier to extend to our neighbors. Therefore,

-be PATIENT with yourself, you are still a Work-In-Progress..

-be KIND to yourself, you’re Valuable in God’s eyes..

-be TRUTHFUL to yourself, change what is not right..

-be HUMBLE in your thoughts, the way UP is DOWN..

-be HOPEFUL about your future, there’s a light at the tunnel’s end..

-be FORGIVING towards yourself, God has already forgiven you..

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Here’s the NEXT PART>>>

There are several practical ways to show love to one’s neighbor. But here is a summary based on the story of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35). In order to love effectively, we have to learn to SEE, SERVE, and SHARE with others.

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  1. SEE:  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he SAW him, he had compassion on him. (Verse 33). The first step, is to see a need that is to be met. A compassionate heart is then inclined to help. It’s important that we ask God to open our eyes to see the sincere needs of those around us. 
  2. SERVE:  And WENT to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. (Verse 34). The next step, is to meet the need. It is true that there are several needs in our world today, but when we trust God for direction, he’ll lead us to meet specific needs in specific people. Service requires humility and selflessness. And the more we serve, the more we acquire both.
  3. SHARE: And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and GAVE them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. (Verse 35). The final step, is to sow a seed. Depending on the scenario, Sharing may precede or accompany Serving. Sharing in this context means Giving or Spending. Giving to others is the climax of showing Love. “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving”. (Amy Carmichael). There are several resources at your disposal to meet the needs around you: Time, Money, Experience, Intellect, Skill and perhaps the most effective is Intercession. Whenever you see a need that appears too overwhelming for you to meet there and then, simply sow a word of prayer. God can inspire a more equipped vessel to meet that need in due time. To every need, there is a means.

Who then is my Neighbor, you may ask…from your loving family, to your amazing circle of friends, to your smiling next-door-neighbor, to the homeless at the street-corner, to that unfriendly colleague, to your snobbish boss and to the Vendor-in-the Market….the list is endless, you’re commanded to love them all. How? by seeing (the need), serving (or meeting the need) and sowing (to the need). Love is more than the thought, love is both a decision and an action. 

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God bless you.

Requ1ne.

PURPOSE

This is another awesome write-up from my Mentor. From what I know, being useful and meeting needs are sure ways of discovering purpose. This post will give you more insight on finding and fulfilling your PURPOSE. Have a great read!

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I will start with a quote by Dr Mike Murdock, he said “All problems in life are essentially the same but differently packaged“. And another quote I heard from Philip YanceyIn every correctly stated problem lies the solution” and I will add my interpretation that “In every properly asked question lies the answer”. Life is full of questions, only those who ask questions get answers.

When the Vision is unclear
The question of purpose is One pertinent matter;severally asked and severally unanswered. But, the question always comes simple- “what is my purpose?”. I am not about to tell you your purpose, I understand that is a task each of us must undertake alone, what I am however about to do is to tell of tips that suggest purpose.
The story goes like this of a Man who at the beginning of his life was given all the wealth he will ever have in his life time and was also given a task, he would not be allowed to touch that wealth until he accomplishes the task and his task was to find what brings him joy and fulfillment and to do it. Actually that story was never told because the man still lives till today and he is you and I. Only one thing brings joy and fulfillment, it is purpose and its appropriation.
While your essence is you living, you live to fulfill a purpose, a purpose you must find out. Without finding it out , its fulfillment is ofcourse impossible.
Talking from the creationist point of view, God is the Author of all things genuinely good;purpose is His reason for our existence while plan is how that reason is justified as preordained by Him, these too are good. To appreciate this fact however we must realize some things very cogent about what purpose is about or otherwise.
1. Our giftings and talents, or in lighter words, the things we find easier to do than others and those abilities peculiar to us, are strongly connected to our purpose. Nature is not so lavish as to give you what is not of relevance to your existence.
2. Our purpose is only realizable in Giving. It is almost impossible that we realize (or fulfill) our purpose without a lifestyle of giving. Purpose has a three-way tie with fulfillment and fulfillment will never be achieved by taking but by giving.
3. It is possible to miss purpose, that is what occasioned this piece. Purpose can be missed but the grand plan, though distorted, will not be destroyed. We can only miss purpose, we cannot destroy it. It thus means that purpose is preserved even if the one for which it was meant fails in it. It is passed to another.
4. Purpose often begins as a process. Your purpose will most likely not come as a fire burning maximally from the beginning. Usually with purpose comes process – a build up process. And, the success of every process resides in its progress. Purpose then should be a process that is progressive.
5. Your purpose is for 2 main reasons- to glorify God and better humanity. It is not your purpose (And by that I mean the purpose is not God-given) if it does not make other lives better.
6. No disability or handicap is strong enough to make purpose accomplishment impossible,actually there are just a few forces on earth more powerful.
I will say there should be a sequel to this. I will call it “Purpose Plan Interaction“.

Mosope.

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See you next weekend>>>

WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

The Parable of the Weeds…Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. Read & be blessed.

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I was blessed by this sermon and I hope you will be blessed too.

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A TARE is any of several weeds that grows in a grain field. It is unwanted, troublesome and worthless to the Husbandman (Farmer). A WHEAT on the other hand, is a type of grain that is grown for food. It is desirable because it serves purpose.
In the early stages of growth, it is very difficult to differentiate a wheat from a tare and so any action to get rid of the tare will endanger the wheat. In short, the wheat will have to grow together with the tare sharing sunlight, water and necessary nutrients with it.

tare or wheat
But the husbandman being wise will let this be until the-harvest time; when he will command the wheats to be harvested and tares be gathered, separated and burned.
Now the TARES are the Sinners, the WHEATS are the Children of God and the Husbandman is God Himself. He has made the world’s resources available to both the Righteous and the Wicked but on the day of harvest, there will be a separation.

The Question is: WHICH ONE ARE YOU? A WHEAT TO BE HARVESTED OR A TARE TO BE BURNT? Think about it.
Shalom.

OLUWATOYIN.

CONFESSION OVERCOMES TEMPTATIONS…

Watch & Pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak“. (Matthew 26:41)

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OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS

Just at the dawn of a new day while I was busy trying to set the course for the day, the Holy Spirit called
my attention to this great truth, “Confession Overcomes Temptations“. What prompted
that still small voice? I was bothered with some ungodly thoughts and I found myself keeping
quiet and gradually losing my strength.
Afterwards, the Holy Spirit made me realize that the problem was not the ungodly thoughts
suggested by the devil but the quietness on my part. He also
reminded me that, At first the enemy brings to the mind simple suggestions, then strong imaginations,
afterwards pleasure, evil affection, assent…till he gains total entrance into a man’s heart. And the longer a man delays resisting him, the stronger the enemy’s hold gets.

So to overcome any temptation that comes my way, I must
learn to talk the devil out of my life by confessing God’s WORD.

Take up the weapons
of the Lord Jesus Christ and stop paying attention to your sinful nature and satisfying its desire.” –
Rom 13:14 (GNV).

The devil awakens the desires of the sinful nature in us through various temptations, but by our confession of God’s WORD, we put on the ‘spiritual weapons’ needed to resist such sinful desires.
In conclusion, do not stop confessing the WORD because by it you become an over-comer. Temptations will surely come but we have victory through the power in God’s WORD.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong
holds,; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ...” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

So like Jesus did, let us resist any form of temptation from the devil by confessing God’s WORD, “it is written…”.

And now, brethren I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified“. (ACTS 20:32).

ALABI, Kehinde Temidayo.

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MONEY: USING IT TO GOD’S GLORY!

So this is the first post for this weekend. The writer (in Anonymity), shares how we can make better use of the financial resources God has committed to our care. It’s not enough to desire more money, we must also know how to manage what we already have. Read and be blessed.

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If there exists any great issue between the Church, individuals and the world today, among others, it is about the use of money. In the Church, we hear many preachers talk about prosperity and success (mostly in financial terms) but connect little with the benefits of using money wisely. I believe there have been men with money, who were not happy; there have been those in power, with the command of vast territories, who were not happy; but we have never seen, and will never see, the individual who has Jesus in Him, that is not happy. How do these all fit in? How as Christians should we view and practice the use of money in ways that glorify God when we make, save and invest it?

On July 6th, 1865, Charles Spurgeon in a message remarked, “No man ever loses anything by counting the cost, knowing his own expenditure, and keeping his debtor and creditor pretty closely up; but many men have been ruined by attempts which have been suggested by a spirit of speculation, and fostered by a negligence of their own concerns, combined with absolute ignorance of their real financial position.” This statement still rings true in the world of finance today where many are on a ‘Gold Rush’, finding ways to make and make, spend and spend, hustle and hustle, but thinking little of what to do once the money comes, if it does come. But we cannot do well with money, when we don’t see it first as a great resource bestowed by God for good purposes to the one who counts the cost of what he does with it.

Consider Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25:14-30. In the story, the master goes away for a while, and gives varying amounts of money to three of his most trusted servants to invest while he is away. One servant received five talents, another received three talents and the last received one talent. The story tells us that the amounts of money were decided based upon the ability of each of the servants to handle the money properly. As the story progresses, the servant with five talents of money and the servant with three, both invest their portion and generate a return for the master. The servant who was given only one talent hid it so that it would not be lost or stolen. He was very afraid of what the master’s reaction would be if any of the money were lost. After the master returned, the first two servants each returned to the master what he had originally given them along with whatever profit they generated while the master was away. The last servant, however, dug up the one talent he had hidden and returned it to the master bragging that he did not lose any of it. The master was pleased with the servants who had invested, but became very angry with the servant who had done nothing but hidden the one talent with which he was entrusted. The master told the servant that, at the very least, he should have put it in the bank so it would earn some interest.

Generally, we believe the parable to be communicating spiritual lessons. But we have practical lessons to glean from it too. First, I believe the keyword describing the work of the two servants who doubled what they were given is Investment. We must keep our minds on working honestly, and then when God gives us reward for it, we invest – even before saving. The tithes and offerings we give for example for God’s Work, are forms of investment. Based on the parable, I believe our natural order with money should be:

  1. Earn,
  2. Invest,
  3. Save,
  4. Spend (wisely) and
  5. Repeat.

Sometimes we can interchange nos. 2 and 3 but the general pattern remains the same. It’s impossible to become overwhelmed loving, pursuing or wasting money when we commit ourselves to using it this way for God’s glory.

I cannot give a detailed treatise on how we can make and invest money, to save space. Ultimately, we must recognize that money is not an evil or something to be disdained. It is a great blessing and resource from God which when used for His glory makes a lot of difference for us, and for many who benefit from our wise investments.

In the end, let us keep this in mind: “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭5‬ NASB).
– God bless you.