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Why You Should Have More PSPs This New Year!

Yes. You deserve the very best this new year! And you’ve got to have this best more often, and as much as possible!

This is because you are a regular reader here!

Okay, that was a joke.

It is because you need it (or them).

You should have more PSPs, yes, and because you need them! YOU NEED MORE OF THEM!

PLENTY.

But why…?
Every new year comes with its new troubles. Every new season is equipped with its new challenges. And, of course, for some folks, every new year is a new opportunity to make new resolutions. Keeping to resolutions are actually part of the challenges (or, for others, troubles) of the new year.

However, there’s something people rarely plan to do every new year.

ENJOY!

It is NOT a crime to make plans for entertainment in the coming year. In fact, you should only plan to enjoy yourself every year!

So, here’s how to ENJOY 2015, by having more PSPs, and why too:

1. MORE PRAYERS
Most people probably don’t want to hear this. But I ask, what other way is there to better enjoy the year (any year) than conversing with divinity? Here in Nigeria, most people know this… But sadly, not all who know it, understand it.

In Nigeria (which, by God’s Grace, is one of the most religious nations in the world), people pray at the start of every year. But they do this in groups. As I write this blog post, thousands of churches and religious groups across Nigeria have already started their annual fast programme. This happens in January every year.

But…

Really, how many of us remember to pray again after this collective exercise? So, what I’m talking about here is not a coming together. I’m talking about raising and maintaining your own altar.
Read about this Champion:
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35).

This truth will NEVER change: the spiritual realm creates and controls the physical. And here’s another truth which carries same unchanging power: you can NEVER grow bigger than your prayer life! People struggle with growth yearly, because they struggle with prayer yearly. Jesus knew that prayer commanded his results. See verse 34: “And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.” So, for these works to continue, He refuelled daily.

To succeed everyday this year, you must pray everyday this year.

2. MORE STUDY
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
-1 Timothy 4:13

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
-2 Timothy 2:15

“In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.”
-Daniel 9:2

“When you come, bring the coat I left with Carpus in the city of Troas. Bring the books and for sure do not forget the writings written on sheepskin.”
-2 Timothy 4:13

Can we…

…pay attention to study?

Ever heard of the saying: readers are leaders? Commit a reasonable amount of time to study for those projects this year. Carry out researches. Make findings. Grow your knowledge base. As a student, don’t you think it’s early enough to start studying? Wanna be something in the nearest future? Here’s ma question: how much of that thing do you know? Maybe it’s your dream to pursue medicine in the university. Then, it’s time you got prepared for it and stopped failing the science subjects in high school.

I understand that you have ambitions. You that have a gift, have you honed it yet? You enjoy public speaking, right? How many books have you read on the subject yet? Do you know that you can be taught by the world’s greatest minds: Albert Einstein, Mother Theresa, Benjamin Franklin, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, John Maxwell, Billy Graham, Kenneth Hagin, Joyce Meyer, John Piper, Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Paula White, Bishop David Oyedepo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and of course, me, Prince Godfrey… Haha!? All you need to do is purchase and read their books, subscribe to email updates from them, visit and follow their blogs, read their quotes, like their pages and suck out knowledge from them.

Christain, how often do you read your Bible? How much of God do you know? If His Word is the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17), how strong and sharp is your sword? Are you prepared for the battles this year has got in it?

Check those who soar; they are those who study!

3. MORE PRATICE
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
-James 1:22

For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
-Romans 2:13

This year, as is the case every other year, thousands (if not millions) of resolutions will not be kept. Fact.

Change happens when we do. Not when we say we’ll do. Change itself is a ‘doing’ word, an action word.

Knowledge is not power; applied knowledge is! It is time you stopped deciding to change and just change! This part is not easy. But it is simple. God’s grace is available, and sufficient too.

The rewards of practice cannot be over-emphasized. Think about it. What if you put into practice all the truths from the books you have read? What if you did all the things instructed by the Bible? That life would definitely be glowing right now! Practice is the crown (glory) of learning (knowledge). Anyone who does not what he knows, the same is regarded as he who knows not! The only difference between those who know and those who don’t is seen in their actions. Actions are proofs of knowledge.

You need more PSPs this year. And here’s to having lots and lots of them.

From us @ Jikmatas,
|Happy, PSP-filled New Year|

Falling, Yet Joyful!

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
– James 1:2-4

It’s very crazy to say, “Congratulations!” to someone who’s going through a lot in life. You’d be termed wicked and heartless. You may even be accused of being the brain behind their problems. But our text here gives us a serious reason to believe that you wouldn’t be wrong if you said that to a Christian.

Patience in trying times is what makes us “perfect and entire, wanting nothing”. Growth in the Christian race ain’t possible outside experience. My experience, which James called “works” in 2:17 of his letter, is what gives life to my faith. Work means acting out my faith! If we, as Christians, must grow, we must get patience. And that virtue, my dear, is not honed in your comfort zone.

Be glad when you are tempted. Rejoice when you suffer setbacks and neglect despite your best efforts.

Share with me this post from Amazing Facts “dot” org:

AN AMAZING FACT: It’s hard to make heads or tails of the oyster. For starters, it has no head or tail. Yet in spite of the fact that it lacks a brain, the oyster has extremely acute chemical and tactile senses and other resources that enable it to survive even though it seems one of the most defenseless creatures in the sea. The oyster has a small heart that pumps colorless blood and a pair of kidneys. But it has no brain! It draws oxygen from the water through gills, similar to fish. The oyster “eats” by using an intricate pumping system coupled with a filtering system that sifts food from up to eight gallons of water per hour. Some oysters can even alternate their gender, male one year, female the next! And they can release over one million eggs in a season, but only a few of these eggs will likely survive to maturity. The oyster has a powerful central adductor muscle that can open or shut its shell very rapidly. It also has a “catch” inside that can keep the shell closed for a long time, apparently without getting tired. One of the most amazing achievements of an oyster is how it makes a pearl. This brainless wonder creates a perfectly formed iridescent jewel from an irritating grain of sand. Oysters evidently used to be much bigger. A few years ago geologists found some enormous fossilized oysters that measured up to 10 feet across and weighed 650 pounds. What’s even more amazing is where they were found—high in the Andes Mountains! About 500 gigantic fossilized oysters were discovered 13,000 feet above sea level in a province approximately 250 miles southeast of Lima, Peru. Can you imagine the pearl that might come from one of these monster oysters?

In describing the New Jerusalem,
John saw something fascinating that boggles our minds. “The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl” (Revelation 21:21). Notice, each gate was not made of thousands of pearls, but of “one” pearl. How could that be? There must be gigantic oysters in heaven! But perhaps there is a deeper message for us to learn. If pearls are made through “trials” that come into the oyster’s life, through little irritating bits of life that are made into something beautiful, then perhaps we too will enter the gates of heaven because we have persevered with the trials that have been our lot.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

– Matthew 13:45-46.

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Using Time

time should be invested

time should be invested

Everything eventually stops working at one point in time or another… Something, however, doesn’t.

TIME!!!

Time cannot be stopped. Any attempt to pause or stop time is an attempt to disrupt life. Why? A wise man once hinted that time is the stuff life is made of! So, yes. You’ll not be wrong if you rename this article, “Using Life”!

A lot, and enough too, has been said about the need for young fellows to be time conscious. With every second, ageing takes place. With every day, our graves draw closer (whether we want to hear it or not).

There are, however, three ways people use their time. [This was told me by my father.] These would be explained to us here:

1. SOME WASTE IT
Beholding young folks who live as though there is no other life beyond this is no more a surprising sight. Sometimes you see certain things done by these ‘leaders’ of tomorrow so-called, and you begin to wonder, “leaders over who/what exactly?” Some of the achievements of these fellows include (but is not limited to): laziness, fornication, drunkenness, idleness, drug addiction, arrogance, stupidity… Some of this youths actually become consciously unaware of the fact that the clock never stops ticking. Anything goes for them. You find them living their lives, but at the mercy of chance. Among these are thieves (armed or not), prostitutes, smokers, drug addicts, cultists, thugs, playboys/playgirls, etc. Never try to correct them, or you get mocked at (and that is if heaven says you shouldn’t get beaten up physically). When they finally realise what’s going on, it’s already late. They then turn out to become: drivers, janitors, housemaids, baby sitters, truck pushers, hawkers, cleaners, messengers, etc, having their lives totally dependent on others or events.
These ones only exist in life.

2. SOME SPEND IT
This set of folks go about their daily routine. Yes. That’s just about the only thing they know and do. They hunt after the ‘normal’ things of life. They come to a place and just join the race, without knowing what it is all about. This category of time-users do it the way others do it or think it should be done. Here’s their goals list:

  • go to school
  • read and pass exams
  • graduate
  • get a job
  • work your way up through the ranks
  • get married (for some, however, this comes before graduation)
  • get babies
  • train them

…and the cycle continues. Although they become doctors, engineers, tailors, mechanics, teachers, lawyers, bankers,etc, they have little to show for their sweat. For them, life is only what happens between when they wake up and when they go back to bed. Nothing new. Nothing adventurous. Nothing daring.
These ones only struggle with life.

3. SOME INVEST IT
“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.”
-1 Chronicles 12:32.

See that, people! They ruled because they understood time. Understanding time teaches you what you “ought to do”, not what you want to do. Now that, is INVESTMENT! Fulfilment comes when you do what you should, not what you could. The people in this category NEVER have a ‘free time’. They rest when it’s time for it; not just because they want to. These people turn out to be: professors, chancellors, SANs, medical directors, CEOs, business owners, employers of labour, etc. They command results, and have the people in the other two categories working their heads off to bring these results.
These ones don’t just live life; they thrive in it!

Currently, you are living your life in one of the categories listed above. I don’t know which exactly. But I think that’s your question to answer. Ensure you check to be sure.

Until we greet again, STAY GOD’s!!!

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Life Is A Choice (Part 2)

The first part of this piece was clear to state that the choices we make determine our lives. But how is that so?

When we make a wrong choice in life, we change the whole set of options that comes next. Remember that in the first part of this piece, we agreed that life is a two-road junction, in which each of both roads carry in themselves many other two-road junctions. Now, let’s see an instance.

When in high school, options were set before you:
SCIENCE. ARTS. SECRETARIAL.

Any choice you made determined the next array of options you could choose from. Now, let’s go further.

If you selected a Science class, thou wouldest miss Accounting, Literature-in-English, History, Commerce and Government in thy next array of options.

In a tertiary institution, the department of your choice determined what courses were elective and compulsory for you. The day you signed up for a particular field, ALL other options before you were re-arranged. This is because you must keep choosing, and immediately too.

You cannot choose a smoker for a friend and still choose not to perceive the odour from cigarettes. It’s NOT possible. Because both options are NOT in the same column.

Now, if we say that life is a choice; and if we agree that we keep choosing as long as we keep living, then our choices determine our lives [for they determine what we choose next].

CHOICES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Your right to choose is yours entirely. What you don’t get back is the choice you have already made. This is because the arrangement of options cannot be reversed! Why?

Simple.

Time is the stuff life is made of, and time itself cannot be reversed!

So, nobody tampers with your right to choose again. But nobody gives you back a choice that has already been made. In life, you continue choosing but you NEVER get to re-choose! And so, we have the line: you can’t eat your cake and have it.

DON’T LEAVE YOUR LIFE TO LIFE!!!
Many of us are guilty of this.
Some people just move around life as if it were a museum or a park; they are just here for sight-seeing. They live for others. These are the people who easily get heart-broken anytime they are disappointed by others.

In the first part of this article (read it here), we observed that it is not possible to live without choices. We also upheld that not choosing is, indeed, a choice. This is because if you don’t choose, then you have chosen to be chosen for! Now, that is a disastrous choice to make.

How?

Anyone who chooses not has decided to allow life choose for them. When you refuse to choose [or select] from life’s offers (see Part 1), you get anything it (life) hands down to you. So, it is right if we develop this into a line thus:
If you fail to choose something, you have succeeded in choosing ANYTHING!

But why? Why would you leave your life at the mercy of life?

Life comes with good and rude offers, lovely and ugly presents, the nice and the lies… Life unreservedly pours them down at you. But it doesn’t force you to accept any.

Imagine all that heavy mixture of the sweet and the sour rain down on you, just because you refuse to choose. So, you must choose. At least, if you claim that you love your life. If truly you do, then don’t leave it to life!

If you are not afraid to teach others, comment below and share with us how one choice (right/wrong) you made affected your life.

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Life Is A Choice (Part 1)

Everything you get is eventually what you wanted. In life, something always happens. Something always comes. But not everything that comes, stays! Why?

You.

You decide which stays and which do not. You decide whether or not to accept whatever life naturally brings your way. Every great man you ever heard of actually selected from life’s offers. They didn’t blame life for being cruel; they decided rather not to be affected by life’s cruelty.

LIFE IS LIFE
And no one can- not even you- can change it! Life just happens. It is natural. Life is NOT a one-way journey filled with only lots of goodies; it is a junction of 2 roads. And in each road, there abound many other two-road junctions.

You cannot change the ‘life’ of life. You cannot alter its nature. Because anything that is divine, lasts. Life doesn’t- and will not- change for you or anybody else. Accepting life’s good is embracing its evil too. It’s like the case of a rose- you get the flower and the thorn. So, really, there’s nothing you can do about it.

Oh, there’s one- live!

TO LIVE IS CHOSEN
Yes. We all choose to live. If you must live, you must choose to. Mere existence, however, is not a choice. People don’t choose to enter into this world, but they choose to continue in it. You’ve probably heard about the word ‘suicide’. The victims (or who-be victims) choose to end their lives, and then do it.

Life is a choice. Hence, every gift (good or bad) of life brings with it a choice. Name it: marriage, spouse, career, business, faith, friends, and even enemies! At every point of our lives, we choose.

I hear someone thinking, “But I didn’t choose to become this”. My question then is, “Did you choose to become that?”

CHOICES MUST BE MADE
In life, you must choose. Life (or living) is not possible without choice (or choosing). If you must live, then you must choose. The thing is, you cannot not choose. It is not possible not to choose. In life, it is not possible to be without choice. Okay, here is the bomb: In life, NOT CHOOSING IS A CHOICE!

If you don’t choose, then you have chosen to be chosen for. And guess what? Life itself will do the choosing here.

There are two categories of people walking the earth. The first category choose things- by themselves- for themselves. They always make choices. They know that they have to make choices. The second category choose things- not by themselves- for themselves. They let things, people or events choose for them. Their lives are affected by whatever happens around them.

YOUR CHOICES DETERMINE YOUR LIFE
Yes. That simple. Life hand you things; you choose which of them to accept; your selections determine what else happens in your life. In other words, what you choose today will determine what you will choose from tomorrow. Until you make the right choice today, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll never have the right options tomorrow.

So, what are you going to do? If I were you, I’d decide to start choosing henceforth. Why? Because whatever you choose becomes your lot. It’s the greatest power God has given to every human: the Power of Choice.

Whatever is happening in your life today is what you chose yesterday. Whatever happens in your life tomorrow will be a function of what you choose today.

Choose. Choose now. Choose wisely.

How do you think the choices we make affect our lives?
Feel free to share your commments below.

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Face it!!!

“No! I can’t. I’ve tried severally, i just can’t.”
Most people are victims of the above declaration. It’s responsible for the heap of shattered ideas and dreams around you. Most of us put off till tomorrow what we can finish today. I’m not talking about procastination, i’m talking about fear.

This enemy is a dream-killer.

First, it starts from the mind: you see the obstacle and begin to think it unbeatable. Big things they say, start small.

Then, it grows into believing, because whatever you’ve not accepted, u can’t believe- acceptance came when u thought of it. Words are spirits and it’s the spiritual dat controls the physical. Now, the mind is abstract(not seen, so, easily connects to the spirit). Whatever you say comes from your mind. No matter how dull, everyone says only what he/she thinks, consciously or not. You thought that problem to be without solution, you accepted that “your fact”, so you’ll say it(kinda affirmation) almost always.
Your mind now knows you can’t, so ur spirit will not give it support when it’s time to get things done.
Your mind will now only present negative reports as regards that situation.

Since you let it in, only you too can let it out.

Start this way:

  • Always assure and reassure yourself you’re gonna do it(remember the lizard’s lesson).
  • Don’t just say it, try it! Face any problem(I call it ‘challenge’) with the aim of solving it. One thing worthy of note is, you’ll never get to a new level if you don’t defeat “The Boss” of your current level.
  • Talk to people. I always tell people that relationship matters. You may be soaked in a mess and someone next door has that answer. But just because you’re on your own,…
    Many people have gone through that hell you’re seeing for the first time; they might show you the way through or walk you through themselves only when you relate.
  • Get information. Yes, alot. Most especially those linking to your answers.
  • Use information. He who doesn’t use information is same as he who doesn’t have information. Put into practise the information you get from the internet, reading books, attending seminars and etc.
  • Pray. You’ve got to. There’re certain things you just don’t understand. You’ve kept all these rules yet you’re not seeing results, then you need to pray. Look, you need a mysterious approach to avoid a mysterious reproach. Prayers are spiritual and can repair anything spiritual. Don’t forget that the spiritual controls the physical.

Please be serious in carrying out these. Remember that nothing will change until you do.

Good luck.

Steps to Blessedness

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” (Psalm 1:1).

What is your view of a BLESSED man? How do you say this man is blessed and the other man is not? What is your definition of the line, “being blessed”? For very many of us, it means having money…you know, being in riches. Before I go further, let me chip this in:

Prosperity is NOT exactly equal to Blessing!

Now, let’s continue…

What is “Being Blessed“?
Being blessed is simply SUPERNATURALLY LIVING BEYOND YOUR NATURAL MEANS!

Yes

Some people work every week to get paid. Day in, day out… They just work. They zoom off very early in the mornings and land back home at nights. They work for money. If you become very rich by means of this, you are rich, not blessed!

Some other guys, however, do not depend on their salaries. They work for the fun of it! They’d still be working long after you’ve stopped paying…yet they are NEVER hungry.

Yeah.

Right.

That’s a BLESSED man!

Quickly, these are the things you must know about being blessed:

  • Being blessed eases you of struggles
  • Being blessed erases worries. A blessed man is always relaxed!
  • You work for the blessing; it doesn’t fly to you
  • For a very good knowledge on how
    obedience can earn you a blessing, visit here!!!

    Or download the full pdf here:

    Obedience is Key!

    So, there.

    Let me quickly stress the BIGGEST truth about being blessed:

    IT AFFECTS OTHERS!!!

    Check it out:
    Gen. 13:5-6

    Now let’s look at the steps.
    I think the Bible gives us 5 progressive steps to blessedness! I have decided to call it the RADDS formula! If you check out the life of any man that is blessed of God, you’ll definitely see that he is no new student to the RADDS formula.

    What is RADDS?
    It is a combination of all the necessary ingredients in the ‘cooking’ of a BLESSED MAN! Not just a combination, but also in the right order.

    Now we shall be taking a look at all these steps, or should I say LAWS, of attaining the state of being blessed (divinely favoured).

    They are listed below:

    1. Refuse ungodly counsel
    2. You see, many folks today are where they are because of the wrong choices they’ve made. I do tell people that life is a choice. And so, all the things that life is made of are choices! Most people don’t agree with me there, anyway. But that’s aside.
      We all make choices. Some good, some bad. But we make them. Often after we’ve reaped the consequences of a right/wrong choice, our minds are forced to trace the source of that choice. For young fellows like us, about 60% (in my opinion) of choices are made because of someone said to make them. We (young folks) are mostly influenced by what people say or think about us. So, we kinda act to please others (regardless of how hard we try to deny it).

      Think:

      • When was the last time you went to a place uninvited?
      • When last did you wear a clothing because you liked it, and not because you wanted to impress someone or show off?
      • Haven’t you given up your hobbies before in the past, just because your friends were not comfortable with them?

      So you see, people influence us a great deal. Wether we are aware or not, we receive counsel from people.
      In 2 Sam. 13, the Bible spoke of a young man named Amnon. This man got an evil advice from his friend, and it did cost him his life!
      1 Kings 12:13-16 further tells us about the consequences of wrong advice.

      Be very careful where you get your advice from!

      Bad counsel comes from people. Right. But it can also come from things (events, circumstances, media, feelings, places, etc).

      Getting away from evil influences, however, still remains one of the almost-impossible things in the life of young people. Yes. Because of some benefit (which is temporal in most cases), some folks would rather they enjoy the rubbish they get from the wrong places. You know, that should-do-what-he/she-says-because-they-do-this-for-me kinda attitude. Well, don’t know about you but no matter the sacrifices there are to make, I’d never be foolish enough to trade my destiny for a temporal gain.

      If you must be a success, then you must shun bad counsel.

      Here’s how to:

      1. Stay away from evil company
      2. This is the best natural way of avoiding bad advice. The Bible warns that “evil communication corrupts good manners”. To be free from bad advice, you must be free from their source.

        • don’t associate with bad people
        • don’t go to bad places
        • don’t watch bad things
        • don’t listen to bad stories
        • don’t engage in bad conversations
      3. Seek God first
      4. Once faced with a challenge, seek the face of God before acting out a plan. Read the Scriptures. Pray. Find out the mind of God over every matter. God cares so much about you and will NOT lead you to the wrong places/people.

      5. Love yourself
      6. If you always remind yourself of how much you’re loved by you, you won’t be in a haste to make any kind of decision. If you value your future, you won’t be looking for answers in the wrong place.

      I pray, in the Name of JESUS CHRIST, every evil counsel over and against your life be destroyed by fire!!!

    3. Avoid hypocrisy
    4. “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
      (James 1:8).

      “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.”
      (Matthew 6:1).

      God will NOT bless a hypocrite!
      Yeah, that’s right. God is a blameless God. His ways are just and pure. EVERYTHING about God is just. He would NOT spoil that name for anything. In Matt. 5:16, Scriptures tell us that our light’s shine should be bring glory to God.

      God has not blessed you, if people can’t find HIM in your blessing

      For you to continue carrying- and potraying- that legacy of blamelessness on the earth, you MUST be proven to be blameless! According to Matt. 6:5, we already receive our reward [from men] anytime we work hypocritically. Focus on God alone!

      Hypocrisy is a deadly eater! Hypocrisy has swallowed up many in churches, ministries, marriages, relationships, businesses, etc.

      From a search I made on the internet, hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense. So, hypocrisy is simply NOT BEING YOU!

      Jer. 48:10 tells us that, instead of a blessing, a curse follows whoever does God’s work deceitfully. What is your stand? Do you preach what you do, or are you just a movie star when it comes to your integrity.

      Remember: while people are busy judging your reputation, God looks at your integrity!
      Study: Mt. 23:13-15, 23-24; Mt. 7:3-5; Lk. 11:39; Isaiah 29:13-14; Mt. 15:7-9.

    5. Dodge bad company
    6. Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are!

      “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”
      (1 Corinthians 15:33).

      People influence us daily. Most of the things we catch ourselves doing sometimes is a result of what we had copied (unconsciously) from those around us.

      Sit back and think; most of the things you have as habits now were probably picked from some childhood friends.

      What surrounds us is what is
      within us.

      -T.F. Hodge

      Hey, look around you, the people you see around you determines your destination. If you must be blessed, mingle ONLY with blessed people.

      See this again:
      “And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.”
      (Genesis 13:5).

    7. Desire God’s Word
    8. Study it!

    5 Practices of Would-be Failures

    It is very common to see people make efforts to better their lives. They read books, visit the gym, make resolutions and try to keep them, pursue a cause, influence and grow others,etc. They practise many things and yearn for additional knowledge.

    Everybody has a story.
    In that story are contained ‘laws’. Laws which they applied to their lives. Some of these laws worked out, others didn’t. All these laws made their success or failure.

    Enough has been said about going up. Very few [if any] persons talk about going down. Yet if you look closely at the building, you’ll find out that there are more people at its base. At the floor of the building are more persons…yeah, more. More than those in the elevator, and definitely more than those upstairs.

    But why?

    Simple.

    People like going down.

    And why so?

    Yeah, I’ll still tell ya.

    ‘Cos going down is easy!

    Think of it. Whenever you ascend a staircase, you make use of more energy than you’d require to descend a staircase.
    Going down ain’t stressful.
    It’s easy.
    It’s cheap.
    It’s less demanding.
    …And it’s ‘fun’.

    [Hey, you know the kinda fun I mean up there, right?]

    Quickly there! Let’s take a look at 5 proven ways to ruin a life. Let’s see the habits of ruined folks. I tell you, these habits are what make for failure in academics, finance, relationships, ministry, life, and destiny! Any youth possessing these attributes will have a successfully ruined life! And since going down is easy, these things cost nothing to do.

    Here they come…

    1. Laziness and total dependence on others
    2. One very important ingredient in the cooking of a failure is laziness! some young fellows don’t even see it as a problem. At about 9am, a boy/girl still in their twenty-somethings have not left the bed. The prospective failure gets breakfast before bath every morning. Sometimes, they’d even need a formal written request to wash their own clothes! That’s it. Do this, and you’ll be smiling from the bottom of the success ladder.

      Recently, you hear a lot of young folks tell you, “I’m looking for a job”. But that’s a lie. Someone your age cannot continue to ‘look for a job’ for months and even years. I once told a friend of mine that these people just don’t want to work. Instead of getting something, anything legal, and start doing it, they want luxury for a job. You know what I mean… That kinda job that pays you heavily for your very little effort- you have all the benefits for nothing. That’s what they want. And when they don’t see it coming, they blame the government.

      Go out! Get something doing.
      Lazy folks don’t wanna try anything. You know, I once heard that the dictionary is the only place in the whole world where you get to see ‘success’ before ‘work’!

      That’s true.

      At 21, these would-be successful failure still depends on daddy and mummy for every bread and butter. That is not a life. They CAN’T fend for themselves! They use the biggest mobile phones and wear expensive clothes, but they are unemployed, lazy and dependent. They still enjoy being called ‘Junior’.

      They hardly read books. They have no time to study. They rarely do assignments and will always neglect personal practice.

      Singers will hardly practise, believing that this ever-changing world still need their ancient tones. Preachers and teachers will never study, always depending on the lessons of their mentors.

      Some even have what they call ‘shortcuts’. These routes will eventually cut short their lives, and leave their destinies amputated, right before their eyes. They would prefer to copy someone’s work on an assignment, rather than enjoy the sweetness that comes from personally acquired knowledge and the confidence it brings with it.

      Some of them have goals. But they are lazy.

      You want the world to hear you? How many of the world’s greatest speakers have you studied? Maybe you wanna write. Have you started something, or you just keep dreaming?

      Dreams WON’T work unless you do!!!

      Go to work. Do something. Get involved. If it is to be, it is up to you. Even God won’t help you if you ain’t ready to work. Scriptures say God will bless the work of our hands. God did not promise to bless our hands, but their works.

      • Is your hand working?
      • What are you working on?
      • Are you ready to push further, hence harder?

      If you must do something to elude failure, you must WORK HARD!!!

    Your Connection Determines Your Collection!!!

    Yeah, that’s right!
    Who is a friend anyway? Did I hear you mention ‘interest’ or ‘common’?
    You see? There’s this thing that holds you both. Without it, no relationship. Ever noticed that there is this behaviour you do carry, and sometimes you portray it unconsciously? The not-so-obvious fact is that since your friend behaves that way too, a kind of ‘sharing’ took place.
    Now, lets restate clearly that no relationship can thrive without that word ‘sharing’. Need I repeat to you that it is the major purpose of any union? In a relationship, no matter how unbalanced, ‘things’ are shared. Name them: advice, knowledge, company, feelings…even material things like money, properties,etc; then fame, reputation… We probably won’t get to the end of this article if we continue that list. Note that you ‘collect’ attributes from your associations, knowingly or not. It is not so popular but true that you(a non-smoker) can be friends with a smoker for very long time without even tasting tobacco. It is also not so popular but true that you can ‘collect’ his reputation as a smoker, or at least, share from it. Assumption could be the lowest level of wisdom, but even the wise assumes. Remember, “show me your friend, and I will tell…”, “a friend of a thief is…” Even when you don’t collect their character, you collect their reputation.
    Who are your friends? Who are those associations? Where do you go often? Yeah, someone is asking, “associations, go?” And I say yes! You associate when yo do as little as talk to someone. You definitely won’t go to a beer parlour to read; even the blind man knows about the library. In my country Nigeria, one could get malt drinks in a beer parlour. But the fact is, as long as you are sitting there, you are a drunk to all who pass by. Develop something out of that in your mind. Now, no matter how dull you are, everybody starts asking you mathematical questions once you’re spotted with Isaac Newton. Think about that too.
    Now you are there.
    But I am not saying, “shout ‘em off your back”. I am saying don’t ‘live’ with them. How? What if they come to you?
    ¤ Define your goals, then interests: If know where you’re headed, it will be easier to know what you’ll need. What kind of person are you? It is a result of where you are going. It is your goal that defines your interests. If you want to become a president, you don’t choose NOVELS over HISTORY! What do you want out of life? It will determine what you do and where you go to get it. Ponder about this; your friend(your mind) has more for you.
    ¤ Act on them: Now you know what you should be doing. It is ‘applied’ knowledge, not just knowledge, that is power! Once you start doing these things, your kind of friends will come to you. Plus on your way to get there(the goal you’ve set), you’ll be meeting with some ‘fellow travellers’.
    ¤ Don’t stray: Watch the places you visit. If you hate the sight of aquatic animals, don’t live in an island!
    ¤Pray: If God is your friend, ungodly people won’t be!
    These are just four points. But only to shallow minds. If you want the best out of these points, ‘PONDER’ is the key. Write down your thoughts, go over them REGULARLY, recite them together with the points by heart. Remember, what you have started saying, you most possibly will start doing.
    See you up there!

    Your Time, Your Life

    Time is what make up life!
    I know somebody is wondering, “yeah, I know that already”. Well, there’s more to what you know.
    My father once told me, there are three things one could do with their life:
    *Waste it!
    *Spend it!
    *Invest it!
    The way you treat your time determines to which category you belong!
    Ponder on these. . .while you prepare your mind for something divinely true, that God would have us look at when I come around next time.
    Shalom