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THE 5Cs THAT MADE YOU UNFULFILLED THIS Year BY OLAWADE DAVID

After running an evaluation in my heart about past events, achievements, mistakes and plans, I wondered how fulfilled I am at the end of the year. Many may say, “I am fulfilled this year.” Of course you can be fulfilled but if you truly look deep into your heart, you will definitely discover some gray areas.

Thank God for the resolutions we made before the year began; checking back to see how far we have gone will be a pointer to those gray areas. As we plan goals for the new year, let us learn from the 5Cs that made us incapable of achieving some plans for the year just gone by.

 
While I was meditating on this, I found out reasons why I left some things undone during the year. These reasons will help all and sundry in being more productive in the coming year. Let us journey through these lessons together.

1. CAPACITY

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

There is an expected end to the sum total of what we do on earth, and God desires that we should be conscious of it. The true capacity of a product is determined by the manufacturer not by the user. Ever y product we have and use on earth such as our gifts, talents, expertise, wit, dexterity and potentials is given to us by our manufacturer, God.

We are privileged to be users of these products and the ability to use them has been given to us. By His words we know this and by grace we can achieve this. The best a product can do is determined not by the user but by the manufacturer. This requires that we have good knowledge of what God wants us to do per time and also to know how far we have been able to fulfill this.

 
Quite often, our capacity has been limited by our opinion, experiences and even people’s opinions. Our experiences have made us think that the best we can do is what we experienced some time ago as a result of people’s opinion. Our environment dictates to us the limit of our capacity whereas God has given us an exploit beyond our immediate environment.

 
The reason why a user does not get the best use of a product is because the user refuses to get necessary information for its use from the manufacturer through the manual. As believers, our manual is the word of God gotten either from Scriptures or directly from the Holy Spirit. Take for instance, you can have a LCD television but think that its only use is to view movies with it. If you desire to behold the capacity of the LCD television, refer to the maual where you will see more features like recording, HD display ad so on.

 
Many times we are quick to use a product without referring to the manufacturer’s instructional manual and this results in not getting the full capacity of such product. In the same vein, our potentials are not maximized as a result of not going to God to enquire about the capacity He has given to us. As a user of a television set would prefer to go to his neighbours to make enquiries about the use of a TV set without referring to the TV manual, same applies to us. Many times, we do this consciously.

We limit our capacity by the opinion of others and how they go about using their potentials, thus denying the fact that we were created by God to fulfill different purposes.

Every product used without adhering to the instruction of the manufacturer cannot function at its peak. Every product used by the opinion of people will be limited in its capacity. Enlarge your capacity today as you meet up to the expected end of your purpose.

2. COMFORT
Some time ago, I came across this piece which has helped me overcome my comfort zone. I made it a song:
I used to have a comfort zone
Where I knew I couldn’t fail;
The same four walls of busy work
Were really more like jail
I longed so much to do the things
I had never done before,
But I stayed inside my comfort zone
And paced the same old floor.
I said it didn’t matter,
That I wasn’t doing much,
I said I didn’t care for things
Like dreams, goals and such.
I claimed to be so busy
With the things inside my zone,
But deep inside me I longed for
Something special of my own.
I couldn’t let my life go by,
Just watching others win.
I held my breath and stepped outside
And let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength
I’d ever felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone “goodbye”
And closed and locked the door.”

If you are in a comfort zone and afraid to venture out, remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt. A step of faith and the word of God can make your dreams come true. Greet your future with a smile, success is there for you!

 
Some have made their laptops a comfort zone. They have turned it into a cinema centre. To some, the internet is a comfort zone. All their daily activities are done online without any fruitful result. Remember, time is passing by. What is your comfort zone? What is giving you the comfort that robs you of progress in what you ought to do? Identify them and bid them farewell in this new season.

3. COMPARISON

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves are not wise.” 2 Cor. 10:12

Another factor that hinders a man from maximally fulfilling destiny is comparison. The Scripture above has confirmed that those who compare themselves with others are not wise. We exhibit folly by comparison.

Why measure your life by the progress of others? Why do you feel satisfied with what you have done because those around you haven’t attained your mark? You were limited in achievements because you subscribed to comparison with the people that surround you. You identified the things you do at every point in time by picturing some of your friends who are still down and settled for less.

 
I was once lost in that valley. I thought I could examine my progress by using what I have done compared to what others have not done. This made me limited, and my pace in doing more was reduced.
Comparison will always leave you falsely satisfied because there is always something you think you have done that others haven’t or something you possess that others don’t. Get rid of thoughts of comparison. Pace yourself like never before and be all that you can be by the effectual working of the grace of God.

 
Apostle Paul, despite the success he recorded above other apostles, never compared himself with others. He kept pressing for more. He said, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace which was bestowed upon me wasn’t in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was upon me.” 1 Cor. 15:10.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Phil. 3:13.

 
Apostle Paul realized the need of pressing forward. Don’t look back at the things you have achieved, press on for more. The grace to labour abundantly is upon you.

True success is not measured by how much you have done or accomplished compared to what others have done or accomplished; true success is what you have done compared to what you could have done. In other words, living to the maximum is competing with oneself. Success is satisfying your own personal passion and the pursuit of personal excellence.” Myles Munroe

When you start comparing yourself to the people around you, it signals that progress is about to end.

4. COMMITMENT

“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fail.” 2 Peter 1:10

How you will go is proportional to how you will act on the reality of your conquest. The Bible says that a man that is faithfully committed ad diligent to his work will stand before kings and not mean men (paraphrased, Prov. 22:29).

Give diligence to your work. Lack of commitment can hinder the effective manifestation and development of one’s gifts, talents, abilities, skills, etc. and in the long run, success cannot be achieved; thus leading to lack of fulfillment.

 
Don’t be tossed about by every wind of activity. Stay committed to your God-given visions and goals, being open to the dynamic leading of the Spirit of God per time. “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Anon. The Bible says, “…write the vision, make it plain…that he may RUN with it…” Ha 2:2

 
A committed person runs doggedly with his visions and goals. An athlete does not run haphazardly to the finish line. Discipline yourself to be on the right track in the new year. Despite temptations to give in and give up, stay committed.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,  forasmuch as ye know your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Cor. 15:58.

It’s not just enough to have a long list of resolutions. Resolutions are like babies crying in the church- they need to be carried out.

5. COMPLAIN

Complaining and grumbling prevent you from seeing the blessings in a situation. Most times, blessings are not disguised but self-centred, egoistic, pessimists refuse to maximize opportunities in which the blessings are contained. The Bible says, “Do everything without complaining or grumbling.”

Many people will spend a great part of 2016 complaining about failures and insufficiencies of 2015 and even years far gone without moving ahead into the brilliant future 2016 holds for us.
A complainant is an ingrate. A complainant refuses to count the blessings of God. Refuse to be a complainant.

Time spent complaining should be used in thanksgiving, praise and worship to our God, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Complaints are usually borne out of insatiability and insatiability leads to covetousness.

 
In the new year, make up your mind to be appreciative of even the tiniest good things people do. People function more effectively when their efforts are appreciated. Stop complaining about the wrong things people are doing and be gracious to them about the things they are getting right.

Relationships slowly fade away when you are always complaining of one thing or the other. And we all know we need one another to live successful lives. People want you to see the best they’ve got. So why not stop complaining and start praising the good in others.

Don’t just love the work people do for you. Love the people who get the work done. Let people know they are loved. Appreciate their sacrifices and most importantly, try to understand their actions before casting the stone of complaints at them.

 
Like stained glass, our different personalities reflect God’s light in many colours and patterns. And if I may add, do yourself a whole lot of good and spare yourself the stress of nagging. A joyful heart is a healthy heart.

HAVE A BLESSED 2016 full of God’s love and blessings.
for the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
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AM I A MASCULIST? PART 1 BY OLAWADE DAVID

I count it a great privilege to write the follow up series of the article “Are you a feminist?” by my beloved kingdom friend, Dr. Bien Sufficient. I have discovered over time that Dr. Bien Sufficient is one of the great gifts of transformation God blessed this generation with.
The question “are you a Masculist?” has never been a direct question addressed to me but has been presented to me in numerous way as I take a cursory look at the subject. Masculism or Masculinism may refer to an approach that is focused on male superiority or dominance to the exclusion of women (Blackwell Dictionary of western philosophy). Maybe I was a masculist before the effectual working of the Holy Spirit in me. As a growing up lad, I saw no need of associating with the opposite sex. Many a times, I turned down exchange of pleasantries that involved handshakes and hugs. I believed “why smell what you won’t end up eating”. I believed my focus as at then was my ambition, career and expertise.
As a secondary school student, sitting on the same chair with the opposite sex made me silent during class activities. I believed that no female was permitted to get any grade better than I do. I kept on with this notion and it became part of my motivation of being the overall best student all through my secondary school. I had the best result which later became a record in the school. I had 93.7% overall exams aggregate as a result of a competitive mindset I had towards a female class mate who was the best student in her previous school before joining my school. This attitude persisted as I continued in my quest of making a difference and being an agent of transformation.
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism and sexism. And that’s how I operate my life”- Oprah Winfrey.
After my encounter with the spirit of God, I understood that everyone born of the spirit has equal privileges in Christ. The same spirit of excellence that works in a male also works in a female. It is not a matter of the container (body), it’s as a result of the content (Spirit). I have seen and observed the spirit of excellence at work in the life of females whose lives have been examples to many even to males. At competitions and events, I have met young ladies of my peer group who had more understanding than in some areas of academics and life than I had. I have read about young ladies doing more than what I could think of. Apologies to men who think that only men can be “superman”: we also have super women. The factor we should consider is what makes a person “super”? we have read about wonderful women from the scriptures. The likes of Elizabeth, Mary, Dorcas, Esther, Deborah, Mary and so on.
MY MARRIAGE IN DEFINITION
Recently, I had a discussion with some of my colleagues. They were analyzing my personality. They said we have seen ministerial attitude and a fatherly attitude in you but we haven’t seen the nature of a husband in you. I smiled. I pondered on it and asked them what they actually meant. They said, “we haven’t seen you demonstrate visible affection for the opposite sex in your conversations and attitude”. I said, “There is a part of me that is meant for my spouse and my spouse alone”. If I am loaning it out to someone who does not deserve it, then it’s not worth it.
By God’s grace, I have made up my mind that the only lady I will propose to, after knowing who I am in Christ, will be my wife. Many reading this article will be surprised at my approach to marriage. People have repeatedly asked me, “are you even planning to get married at all because we can’t see the traces in you?”. I have shunned guess work over time. I am depending solely on the spirit of God. I am seeking first the kingdom of God. My focus is God and God alone. Good marriage is my inheritance.
So many books have been written. Marriage quotations have been made by different authors. Theories have been postulated. My goal and focus is different. Going hook, line and sinker with some one’s principle about marriage might not be totally correct on how to manage my own. Thank God for the understanding that, in our kingdom as believers, we don’t do “dating”. We court. May God also forgive our sisters and brothers who have made courtship a “secret cult” where many things are done behind the scene.
Courtship shouldn’t be a “trial by error” procedure to marriage. Courtship should be a tested and trusted procedure. Often times I had of people say “God said so and so will be my wife or husband” but at the end of the day, they end up settling with the fourth day they proposed to. This keeps me thinking of “when as God become liar or a talkative?” and I affirm “let God be true and every man a liar”. The renowned Dag Heward Mills said and I quote “there are over sixteen (16) voices speaking to a man on different matter but we are to discern the voice of the spirit so as to avoid being led by the voice of the flesh”. The quote “a broken courtship is better than a broken marriage” has helped many make right choices but has also given some the leverage of approaching courtship as a “trial by error” stage to marriage.
Every lady has her self-image and self-respect which I appreciate as a man. I have made up my mind as a man to marry a lady that will deserve me and not someone who demands me. I think ladies should make such affirmation too so we can have more breeds of great couples in this generation. I stumbled on a quote some time ago which says “men are looking for ladies to marry but ladies are looking for successful men to marry”. Actually we worry about things at the wrong time. Imagine someone who hasn’t discovered purpose thinking of marriage.
Many times, when I am privileged to counsel young people about courtship, the first question I asked is “what is your plan for your life?” and what have you done in fulfilling it?”. Some are still on the verge of knowing who they are yet they are thinking of knowing somebody else. Many don’t know who they will be or who they are planning to be yet they want to know what their spouse will be.
Every day in every way, I keep working on myself consciously and consistently with my focus on the presence of God to be the best kind of man to the best kind of woman. I want to make a difference with people that want to make a difference in this generation, my spouse inclusive. I have resolved that I want to live up to the status my wife and children would challenge and desire my wife to do the same. I don’t want to use any man or woman under heaven as an example of greatness to my wife or children. I want to be an epitome of greatness and success they can ever think of.
AM I AMBITIOUS AND DOGMATIC?
Many a times, people say to me, “you are too ambitious and dogmatic. Take it easy”. I say to myself, “it can never be easy for those who takes everything easy”. I have to do more to get more. I need to do much to get far in life. I have discovered that those who do less remain commoners. Many times, some so called friends have been the reason why many people remain commoners. They tell reasons why you can’t achieve a goal rather than seeing reasons for the feasibility of it. Growing up in the faith, when God gives me ideas, to confirm its reality, I will share it with the people around me. To know whether it’s a divine plan, when I ask people and discover more discouragements, then I believe in its reality. “FOR WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE”.
Many out of envy and jealousy will tell you can’t achieve some things. When you tell them the plans you are thinking of executing, they begin to withdraw from you. From the scriptures, after David was anointed in his family house for divine assignment, his brothers withdrew from him till he got to the throne and after his reign. Count it all joy. Joseph’s brothers hated him because of his dreams. I Thank God for blessing me with wonderful people whose lives have been a motivation to me. The test of a true friend is being happy when you see your associate progressing.
I have realized over time that it is good when people encourage us, it is better when we encourage ourselves and God’s encouragement to us is the best.
To be continued on ………….
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WAITING OR Wasting? Co-authored by Olawade David and Pastor Andriy Kuksenko

WAITING OR WASTING; THE BLESSEDNESS OF KINGDOM RESPONSIBILITY BY  ANDRIY KUKSENKO (NEW TIME CHRISTIAN CENTRE, UKRAINE)

 
The truth of the Kingdom!
The most interesting thing, I have noticed for my almost 40 years, is:
Most people want to achieve success, but, in reality, more of them NEVER reach it…
Sad, isn’t it?

 
In this article I would like to express one side of my understanding of this issue. So, I would start with one of my top Bible passages:
1 Tim. 4:12(a)
Let no one despise or think less of you because of your youth…

 
I still remember the night when I first got the revelation of this verse from God. At that time, I was about 20 and I was on fire for God and His Kingdom. But, honestly, I knew almost nothing about ministry and how to do it. I was a leader of a small cell group in the church with about 6 people and as most leaders I was dreaming and praying about God’s promotion and grace for growth on me. It was taking most of my prayer time and was serious about it so much, so I was praying and fasting constantly. But, that night, after the revelation I got, my actions turned upside down. As I read that passage, I started to ask myself questions and I knew and felt it was from the Holy Spirit:

 

What does God want to reveal to me in this verse?
What is it in this verse I did not know or see before?
What does God want to teach me in this verse?

 
God started to lead me word by word through the verse…
Your youth – what is it? What does it mean?

 
Youth – is the stage of your life, when your skills, your experience, your knowledge are mostly on a very low level, so you are not able to compete. It is not about age only, mostly, it is about your level in the life and the labour you do. That moment I realized: it is all about me! I am that YOUNG, I am the one, who knows nothing about success in the ministry and growth. I knew the verse was for me!!!

 
Despise – it is the act of deprivation (disqualifying) of someone, because of its low-level skills. I knew it was about me, because, it seemed I had no skills for the growth in the ministry yet, but I had such a great desire.

 
No one – that was the key that night that changed my perception of ministry, success and life itself.
Most people, reading this verse would start thinking about people, who neglect or disqualified them, because of their inability to do something. But, these words – NO ONE – does it include you as well?

 

For me this understanding was shocking at that moment, because I realized: I was the one, who was disqualifying myself from being successful in my ministry, just because I was deeply in thoughts about my youth and impossibilities I had.

 
Thank God for that night and that prayer! Me, the one I am now with God was born at that secret room! I realized how much time, possibilities and potentials I had wasted, just because I never saw myself through that revelation.

 
So, I want to address today same words to you and speak it over your life:

 

DO NOT WASTE GOD’S BLESSINGS OVER YOUR LIFE BY SEEING YOURSELF AS SOMEONE, WHO IS NOT WORTHY OR STILL NOT AS GOOD AS OTHERS!
DO NOT EVEN COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS: THEY ARE NOT LIKE YOU AND YOU ARE NOT LIKE THEM!

 
That one revelation has changed my life so much, so, 6 month after that out of my one small church cell group I was able to start another 18 cell group and after that I never had less than 25 people at my cell group. In less than 1 year we grew up to 500 people. Some of those new leaders, which were born as a result of that revelation, are successful pastors now, some successful businessmen etc., but majority of them are TRUE CHRISTIANS, who truly love God and still serve Him!

 
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU TODAY:

 
DO NOT WAIT WHILE YOU ARE PERFECT AND MATURED WITH GOD, DOING THIS YOU CAN BE WASTING GOD’S IDEA OF YOUR LIFE!
Yes, you will make mistakes!
Yes, You will fail sometimes!
Yes, you not achieve everything!
BUT, YOU WILL GO FORTH WITH GOD AND WILL SPREAD HIS GLORY OVER THE EARTH!

 
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WAITING AND WASTNG; THE BLESSEDNESS OF TIME MASTERY BY OLAWADE DAVID.

 
I count it a great privilege to write this article with my father in the faith, and Kingdom friend, whose life has been a motivation to me. I sincerely appreciate the contribution of Pastor Andriy Kuksenko on this article.

 

This article expounds the words and principles I have learnt from my mentor, Pastor Sunday Adelaja, over the years.

 
Let me start by asking: How long have you been writing goals and visions without seeing any signal of its fulfillment? How long have you been making plans to start that business and birth that idea? How long has complacency and negligence robbed you of fulfilling God’s plans for your life? How long will you fold your hands as time passes by?

 

“The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, “Ye have dwelt LONG ENOUGH in this mount.” –Deut. 1:6
“Ye have compassed this mountain LONG ENOUGH; turn you northward.” –Deut. 2:3

 
How long have you been on the mountain of stagnation? Let us journey together on this article from the mountain of complacence to the mountain of responsibility.

 
From the above scriptures, God was talking to His people about dwelling too long on the mount. He had given them the instruction to dwell on the mount and they obeyed but, they failed by spending more time than expected on fulfilling God’s plan. God has spoken to you about those visions and dreams you have but He is bringing you, this moment, to stand tall to it.

 
You have spent more time than expected on the mount of distraction, negligence and complacence. God expects you to be on the mount of preparation temporarily but you are building on it as if you will be residing permanently. You are on it with a bed, sleeping away your time, saying, “I am waiting on You, O God.” While God is saying, “Stop waiting on me, for I am waiting on you.” You are crying, “Where is the God of Elijah?” and daily, God is saying “Where are the Elijahs of God? I need you to be one for me.” Will you continue on this mount? It is time for you to migrate.

 
…TURN YOU NORTHWARD.”

 
It is time to change your bearing. Check what is on your GPS. Where does it point? My father in the Lord, Pastor Peter Olaniyan once taught me about the agenda of God. He said, “If God asks you to move to a location, He has left where He spoke and is waiting for you where He desires you to be.”

 

For God to give the people the instruction of turning northward, He must have been waiting for them in the North. An additional second they would spend on the mount where he met them is a waste of time. In the North, instructions are changed to responsibility; commission is transformed to commitment and negligence to diligence. Will you turn northward?

 
UNDERSTANDING THE TIME

 
History is made only by people who know times and seasons. History makers honour time.
History cannot exist without people who can make great impact and influence in the course of the event.” –Pastor Sunday Adelaja

 
I have realized over time that time is the most wasteful available resource known to man. After receiving the call of God upon my life, I was in the wilderness for two (2) years. I told God I wanted Him and Him alone. I never wanted to know any man save the Spirit of God. I fasted, prayed and studied the Scriptures. I enjoyed my quiet time alone with God on mountains I could visit and also in secluded areas. As I continued to seek Him, He showed up and gave me instructions which I have been running with over the years.

 
As at then, I understood the time. I turned down many offers and engaged every moment in seeking Him. I remember the first invitation I ever got to minister. The ministration was slated to hold at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun Nigeria. I turned down their invitation by saying, “My time hasn’t come. I am on training. Maybe some other time.” After the wilderness experience for two years, God asked me to move from preparation to responsibility of Kingdom assignments, even though He is still preparing me daily for bigger assignments.

 

Doeth thou loveth life? Then do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.”
–Benjamin Franklin

 
The value we place on time determines the value we get from life. Everything is meaningless if it is not done in time. You may work a lot and run fast, but if you do not run in time, you may never become a champion in life (Eccl. 9:11).

 

 

Considering a sprint race, what makes the difference between the winner and the loser is the time of arrival at the finish line. The difference between the snail and the lion going into Noah’s ark is time. The difference between a ripe fruit and an unripe fruit is time.

 

Also, considering great men that have heralded this generation positively, what makes them difference form a commoner is their ability to harness their potential at a specific time. The same 24 hours the day offers Bill Gates is the same 24 hours the day offers the poorest man on earth.

 
NEVER UNEMPLOY A MOMENT

 
I learnt time mastery over the years from the statement: “Never unengaged a second.” –Jonathan Edwards. This gave me a sense of responsibility of what I do per moment. Time evaluates everything. Time influences all aspect of man’s activity. A man’s life is an opportunity to fulfil God’s plan.

 

“I will prepare myself. One day, opportunity will come.” –Abraham Lincoln

 
Time always works for a man who is prepared. Opportunity or luck, as we often call it, comes to well prepared and diligent people. If you can manage your time to its fullest, you are maximizing your potential. If you do not waste your time, you are living your life correctly.

 
VALUE YOUR TIME

 

“We must use time as a tool not as a couch.” –John F. Kennedy.

 
Our purpose in life is time bound and time determinant. A man that is focused on purpose always values his time. He values it because it is very important for him to fulfil or accomplish his purpose. If we understand our responsibility for the life that God gave us, we will realize how precious time is to us.

 

People that are able to value their time are persistent in pursuing goals. They are certain of what they want to achieve and do not hesitate to make decisions. Such people cannot let themselves relax because they know well the price of time and have a desire to use it to the utmost. They are radical for God, ready to take risks and sacrifice absolutely everything for Him.

 
Many have mistaken wasted time and moment for faith. When a man misses God’s timing and commandment, he does not only lose his chances and opportunities, but the devil takes over his life and brings different negative experiences to him. Remember David’s action with Beersheba due to unengaged moment. Esau stayed a little while longer if not, he would have met Jacob when his father was blessing him.

 

“And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51

 
Jesus valued time. He immediately He discerned that it was time for Him to be received in Jerusalem, He moved there. Christ was going to meet the events. He was not catching up with them. Remember the account of the sick man at the pool of Bethesda who had a delay in his miracle due to time.

 

“For an angel went at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then FIRST after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.” John 5:4

 
History forgets the names of those people that cannot recognize times and seasons but it always remembers the names of those people that, by knowing Gods’ time, stand in the gap for countries and nations. Only one who has the understanding of time will be ready to give an account to the Lord for what he did on this earth.

 
If a man does not have a program for his life and has not clearly identified his goals, other people will use him to fulfil their own plans. We are either fulfilling our goals or helping other fulfil theirs either consciously or unconsciously.

 
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To be continued on “Every day is a plus: Engage Every Moment”………

Captive to your mission in life: Contentment Syndrome co-authored by Olawade David and Jedidah Moses

CAPTIVE TO YOUR MISSION IN LIFE BY OLAWADE DAVID.

“You are not truly free until you’ve been made captive by your mission in life” -William Cowper.

As children, we all craved for freedom. A teenager wants to be free from the dictates of his/her parents. Some say, “I just want to be eighteen (18) years old so I can live the way I want.” An undergraduate will clamour for freedom so he can neglect educational processes, forgetting the fact that learning is a life process.

We should be responsible for the fulfilment of our goals. My flesh desires is to enjoy the pleasures of this world but my goals restrict me. My assignment on earth sieves the friends that surround me, the thought that runs through my mind and the environment I find myself.

CONVERT YOUR “I AM” TO “I MUST”.

Our “I am” is our identity in what we do and who we are. Paul the apostle said, “I am what I am by the grace of God”. Scriptures confirms us as sons of God. We say, “We are the righteousness of God”, “I can do all things through Christ”. This continues as we say, “We are educated”, “We are talented”, “We are rich”, “We possess virtues” and so on. Jesus repeatedly declared His identity by saying “I am the son of God”. I declare many times “I am fulfilling destiny-no guilt in life”.

I realized later that this is a mere identity, as I continue telling people that I am a writer, a preacher, a publisher and so on. There is a thin line between our “I am” and “I must”. I now have the understanding of not only saying I am fulfilling destiny, I must fulfil destiny maximally. I am not only a writer, I must write. I am not only a preacher, I must preach.

“I AM the good shepherd and I know my sheep and am known of mine.
As the father knoweth me, even so I know the father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
And other sheep I have, which are not of the fold: them also I MUST bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd”- John 10:14-15.

Jesus converted His “’I am”’ to “’I must’’ from His identity to His purpose and from being to doing. At age 12, he told His parents, “I MUST be about doing my Father’s business.” He transcended from convenience to conviction. Hear this:

But He said to them, I MUST preach the kingdom of God to other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” Luke 4:43.

Your “I must” gives you a sense of responsibility. It compels you to your mission and assignment on earth. It makes you understand the necessity of priority. There is an intermediate determinant between your “I am” and “I must” which is “I want”. Many times, we remain in the level of “I want”. We say, “I want to achieve this and that.”

Any vision that remains in the level of “I want to…”cannot be fulfilled. We should take our dreams further to the level of “I must”.
I have included some things in my “I must” list permanently. They are guides on how I live my life. Your “I want to…” list may contain a lot of things but your “I must” list must be filtered. I say to myself repeatedly, “I must study my Bible and pray.” I don’t say, “I want to study my Bible and pray.” Sometimes, my flesh wants so many things but I only act according to my “I must” list.

There are times I desire food and sleep but I must fast and invest my time in prayers. My “I must” drives me daily. My flesh desires comfort and pleasures but my spirit desires righteousness and success in all that I do. These battles have been occurring over time but my “I must” has been the armour by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

YOUR “I must” DETERMINES WHERE YOU GO

“And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him and said unto him, “Zaccheus, make haste and come down for today, I MUST abide at thy house.” Luke 19:5
“After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I MUST see Rome.” Acts 19:21

My convocation ceremony held last weekend. I wanted to attend it but I considered my “I must” and it said to me, “You must go to Zenke village, Benue state, Nigeria, to reach out to the unsaved.” I wanted to attend my convocation ceremony but my “I must” denied me that opportunity. I want to celebrate Christmas with my beloved family but there are other needs where I am presently that I must attend to.  There are some things that we want that we must not do at the moment.

Paul, the Apostle had to visit a town while Prophet Agabus prophesied of dangers ahead. Paul understood his “I must” and went on ahead to preach (Acts 21:10-11). Learn to weigh your decisions and actions by considering the level of its necessity.

YOUR “I must” DETERMINES WHAT YOU DO

“Saying, The son of man MUST suffer many things, and be rejected of the Elders and Chief Priests and Scribes, and be slain and be raised the third day.” Luke 9:22.
“Nevertheless I MUST work today and tomorrow and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.” Luke 13:33.

We desire to do many things but we all end up doing something. Consider your “I must” before doing anything.

Joshua told the sun and the moon to stand still because he had to finish what he was doing. He was compelled by his “I must”.

Jacob wrestled with the angel because he wanted to be blessed. I believe he must have said to himself, “I must be blessed today.”

The woman with the issue of blood must have resolved to get her healing and so, she did all she could to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.

YOUR “I must” DETERMINES WHO YOU BECOME

As children, we all had aspirations of what to become in the future. However, we will discover we are far from it. There are people reading this and something is telling you, you must be a minister of the Gospel, a medical doctor, an entrepreneur, etc. It may look impossible but do not settle for less. Don’t want that career. Follow God’s plan for your life.

As an undergraduate, I wanted BSc. God gave me BSc by His word when He called me. He said, “Be Strong and Courageous.” At my present age, my dream is to have started PHD but God offered me PHD freely. He said, “Preach the Gospel, Heal my people and Deliver the oppressed.”

I am not ashamed of who I am. I am a Minister of the Gospel. I have put my hands to the plough. I can’t look back. I will declare the Gospel all over the nations of the earth. I am behaving like it, appearing like it everywhere I go and I say it aloud. This will I do till see Him in glory.

YOUR “I must” DETERMINES WHAT YOU SAY

Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name. But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones and I was weary with forbearing and I could not stay.” Jer. 20:9

The word of God was irresistible to Jeremiah. He could not but speak. In the same vein, our “I must” propels us with regard to what we say. Jesus preached in all towns and villages. When we come across people speaking abnormalities against Christianity, your “I must” propels you to speak the life of Jesus.

Always remember: Let all your choices be centred on your “I must”. Many people fail in purpose because they allow their “I want” take over their “I must”. Passion is what converts your “I am” and “I want” to “I must”.

CONTENTMENT SYMDRONE BY JEDIDAH MOSES

The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt enough in this mount:” -Deuteronomy 1:6
“Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them” -Deuteronomy 1:8

God has given everyone an equal opportunity to have a fulfilled life, but life’s fulfilment is solely dependent on man’s obedience to God’s leadings and continuous strive for growth and development.

From the scripture above we can see that God predestined the Children of Israel to have in possession a particular land, but the responsibility for possession depended on them; He said “go in and possess the land”, meaning they were in a state of rest, enjoyment and contentment (Ye have dwelt enough in this mount), I can also term it as state of “we have arrived”.

A man who feels he has arrived or has achieved all he can as pertaining God’s purpose can never break new grounds; until he comes to the understanding that there should be continuous growth he will remain a local champion.

The bible says in Proverbs 4: 18 – “But the path of the just is as a shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day”; there can never be a more upon another more if complacency is the other of the day. If you are contented with reading your bible for 30minutes daily, praying 10 minutes daily, having just a degree when you need to have more, having just one kiosk when you need a plot of land et cetera, the scripture is not being fulfilled. There should always be an improvement on the previous; that is when we can now say our lights are shining more and more.

Everyone predestined by God has a high calling, a mission and vision to actualize, but most times this high calling is not actualized because of complacency i.e. enjoying the crib of our comfort zone even when God is calling out for more. Contentment with present glory has made several individuals dormant and without continuous influence.

Late Myles Munroe once quipped that “the grave is the wealthiest place because several people die with their God given talents and gifts” (paraphrased). Several people are complacent for different reasons: fear of the unknown, timidity, little knowledge of our place in Christ, little knowledge of the word of God and what it says about our growth and development in all facets of life.

This short piece is just a wakeup call for each and every one to wake up from our sleep and slumber and press forward to actualizing God plans and purpose for our lives with His help. Paul said in Philippians 3:13-14 – “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”;

I would always say, “several people are tied to your aprons, if you don’t rise up to your call they will continue to die in their misery.”  The Bible says I searched for a man who will intercede on behalf of the land that I might not destroy it but I found none; I guess everyone was tired and sleepy to pray. Any field we find ourselves as servant, it is expected of us to move from our comfort Zone and keep blazing the trail, finding more paths and setting more paces.

Be a life speaker: Speak to a life today co-authored by Olawade David and Dr. Bien Sufficient

SPEAK TO A LIFE TODAY BY DR. BIEN SUFFICIENT

 
In life, true fulfillment does not come from how much wealth you have acquired, what you own or what you do not own. Your property or acquisitions are not a true definition of success in life. As a matter of fact, you are not a successful person if everyone around you is a failure. You are not wealthy if everyone around you is poor. The beauty of life is in reaching out to the down and out and making life beautiful for everyone around you, as much as it lies in your power to do so.

 
True fulfillment in life can only come from how many lives you have touched. How many people can say, “Thank God I met you”? How many people’s life has been changed for the better since they met you? This is what gives satisfaction and fulfillment in life. Actions, they say, speak louder than words. Your act of kindness to a person might just be the turning point to a better life for that person.

 
We are so used to the phrase “speak to a life” such that we have made it a religious quotation. We think it’s all about speaking forth some prophetic words, saying some popular religious words like “it is well with you” to a person that you can see nothing is well with.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not in any way talking down on faith or prophetic statements. Rather, we should not use it religiously as a way of discharging those who are in sincere need of our help. Why should you tell a hungry person, “It is well with you my brother or sister”. The Lord bless you. Go in peace.”? When you are buoyant enough to provide them a meal. Let’s stop this hypocrisy and face the facts before us.

 

 

People are tired of hearing empty phrases from us. It is high time we stopped talking and start acting; thereby impacting every life that cross our way for good, better and best.

 
It will be easy for someone to forget everything you said but no one can easily forget acts of kindness. So for us to really be able to speak to a life and live lasting impact, we have to speak through our actions and not just mere words.

 
Anyone can say anything; it does not cost anything to talk. Words are cheap. But when it comes to action, I mean acts of kindness to our fellow humans; it takes people of integrity to carry that out.

 
You really do not need to have the whole world to able to speak to a life through your acts of kindness. Everything is not money. There are people whose greatest need is who to talk to, they just need someone to listen to them, they need companionship. Will you lend such a person a listening ear, or you will be too busy to spend few minutes of your time to sincerely listen to them.

 
It might be just a smile, going out of your way to asking someone else how they are doing, encouraging someone, praying with them, meeting their basic needs and sharing what you have with another person in need.

 
It might just be a plate of food to a hungry person, cloths, shoes, financial assistance on any level, a hug, care, love, domestic assistance etc. There are so many things you can do to speak to a life.

 

 

These little acts of kindness can speak volumes than mere words.
So let’s make it our responsibility today to speak to a life but this time, not just through mere words rather through our acts of kindness. As we celebrate in this season of Christmas, let’s endeavor to show love to everyone around us.

 
Put smiles on the faces of people; let them see Jesus through you. Forget about yourself and think of how best you can express the love of God which Jesus brought to everyone around you and remember that Jesus is the reason for this season.

 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON!!!

 

 

BE A LIFE SPEAKER; SPEAK TO A LIFE TODAY BY OLAWADE DAVID

 

 

The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel”- Isaiah 9:8.

 
It was a word the Lord sent to Jacob that made him a generational impact maker. We are where we are today because a transforming word was ministered to us either directly by God or someone whom He sent to us.

 

 

You can also be that medium of communication by ministering a word to someone. You don’t need to wait until you have the opportunity to minister to a congregation or invited as a speaker at an event. Make everywhere your event and everyone your congregation. There are people in the bus you board, on the street you live and at your place of work.

 
Invest in the success of others. When you help someone up a mountain, you will find yourself close to the summit as well. If you want others to improve, let them know areas you desire them to improve.

 

 

Say to yourself and affirm this: “I will leave people around me better than the way I found them”. To the degree that God manifests Himself to you, to the same degree you will be required to tell other people about Him (Matthew 28:19-20).

 
I recall some years ago as I returned home as an undergraduate on holiday. I met a friend who was my junior in the secondary school. He decided to chat with me. He asked me how I was able to strive in the challenges I faced in the earlier stage of my life. After narrating my story to him, he opened up to me.

 

 

He told me about how he lost his admission and what his family was going through. He explained how he has been moving around to get things done but was repeatedly turned down. I was bewildered that he was exposed to hardship as a teenager back then. I encouraged him and he ended the discussion with a statement “if you didn’t speak to me today, I had been thinking of committing suicide because it is as if the whole world is crashing on me”.

 

 
There are many people that surround us that are in crossroads of making chronic decisions that will either make or mar them. They surround us like ants surround sugar. Don’t always wait for people to come to you; go to them.

 

 

The teenagers and youths on your street that are lonely and depressed, spend time with them. Ask them how they are doing. Ask them about their plan for the future. Some of the internet fraudsters you see on your street may be carrying the seed of change in the information and communication sector. However, they haven’t lived in the reality of this because there was no one to direct them in the earlier stage of their life.

 
MULTITUDES IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION.

 

 

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision”- Joel 3:14.

 
The above scripture made emphasis twice on multitudes in the valley of decision. Many have been lost in it; some have been drowned in it. They need a life saver who can get them out of the valley. It has been proven that we are all products of our decisions.

 

 

The totality of our lives is predicated by the decisions we made, the decisions we are about to make and the decisions we will make. Almost all our thoughts constitute decisions on the premise of; what should I do? What have I done? Why did I do this or that? What will I do?

 

 

Thank God for the work of the Holy Spirit who is always ready to guide and direct us. But remember, some people around you do not have this privilege. You are reading this article as a result of the decision you made some moments ago to go through it. In the same vein, someone somewhere around you is about to make a decision that might destroy his or her destiny.

 
Do not be carried away by the outward look of people around you. There are vacuum in many that requires words of encouragement to be filled. Some people have presented themselves as unapproachable. People can’t just come close to you and you are celebrating it by saying, “I am a no-nonsense person.”

 

 

When God requires you to speak sense to the nonsense of people around you. I say a big thank you to my very good friends who taught me how to accommodate people irrespective of my status. I discovered then that people couldn’t come close to me in my department, hostel, fellowship and even some of my family members. I was always thinking of improving myself without considering others around me who felt I could be of help in making them better people. In the long run, I discovered the missing axe-head as some people whose names I would love to mention but I know they will be reading this. They took their time to bring this to my knowledge.

 

 

Later in the university, what gave me joy wasn‘t my results but the testimony of the people I was privileged to affect their lives positively through my words and time I spent with them.

 
TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW; DON’T BE SILENCE GUILTY

 
Many parents are raising prostitutes, fraudsters, drug addicts, gamblers, etc. due to the fact that they didn’t frown at some things they observed while their children were growing up. Some pastors are quiet while members of their congregation are wallowing in sin day-by-day.

 

 

I believe many of the societal miscreants have parents that attend churches. Remember, parents will give account of how they raised their children and pastors how they grew their congregation. Some parents are aware of their twelve year old daughter flirting around but yet remain quiet. Some would say “I don’t want to offend them.”

 

 

Many think they are nice for not hitting the nail on the head. Remember, “Open rebuke is better than secret love.” (Prov. 27:5). What makes us good is the truth.

 
Some years ago, I was interacting with my younger sister and I told her we should talk about sex.  She was amazed and shy. Many times, parents don’t discuss this matter with their child that is why many teenagers are defiled day-by-day because of lack of understanding. I also peg my parents guilty of this because they never told me about premarital sex and abstinence. I discussed this with my sister and got books about dating, sex and relationship so that she can be aware and not deceived. What came to my mind was, “If I don’t tell her the truth about it, someone somewhere might tell her a lie about it that might lead to her damnation.”

 

 

The truth you refuse to tell people makes them vulnerable to lies you don’t want them to know. As a parent if a boy tells your daughter that he loves her who does she tell first? Her friends or you? It is also necessary that you have a good rapport with your loved ones.

 

 

A friend was sharing with me some time ago about his encounter with a young teenager in his church. He said that the girl was asking him about the effects of relationship and sex. The young girl could approach him because he was approachable and she believed she needed counsel. He took his time to explain everything to the girl. She exclaimed and wondered why her mother couldn’t tell her about it. She said that her mother kept telling her, “Don’t have sex with anyone.” And that was all. Her mother never gave her reasons for abstinence. We should learn how to counsel with godly reasons and not just “DON’TS”.
To be continued…………..

Who will go with you when you say, “follow me”?

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Who will go with you when you say, “follow me”?

 
I have come to realize that there is a personality attraction that emanates from our character and attitude. We are answers to the questions of people and solutions to the problems of men.

 

We are either leading men into fulfilling destiny or taking them away from the road of success. We live in a community of great minds despite the decadence that surrounds us. We can only be identified with these rounds if we also have the mind of greatness.

Many times, I have been asked, “why are you surrounded by great people?” This gives me only one answer: I am on the route of greatness. Some years ago, I made an open declaration to my friends that in fifteen years, when names of young minds that would herald Nigeria positively would be mentioned, I am sure that about 50% of them will be people I know. I can see some of them around me making daily efforts and paying the price momentarily.

 

WHO WE FOLLOW DETERMINES WHO FOLLOWS US.

 

 

“We that walk with the wise will be wise; the company of fools will be destroyed.”(Prov. 13:20-paraphrased)

I remember some months back in the NCCF State Family House at Benue. With my little ability of having some folks around me who have similar passion and desire to learn one thing or the other from me, I also attracted some great minds from NYSC Batch A whom I learned many things from.

 

I met two (2) brothers specifically one day. In the course of our conversation, we discussed our perspectives about life. Later, I found out that they were First Class students of Physics and Physics Engineering from University of Ibadan and O.A.U respectively. We discussed about young minds with academic exploits and then I mentioned a friend that finished from the same school with distinction some years back. To my amazement, they had met the guy too some time ago.

I pondered on this a while as I imagined the cycle and the attraction. They shared wonderful testimony about him and discovered that we are truly replicating the people around us unconsciously.

 
Being privileged to serve in the prayer unit of the NCCF in the Orientation Camp, I was surrounded by prayer addicts. I began to imagine why is that most of the people I met in the camp are passionate about prayers for the lost and had burdens for souls. To my amazement, on passing out from the camp, some of them came to me and gave some testimonies. They said, “Since you came to camp, we have been watching you from afar- how you pray and your desire to separate yourself to pray. That was what attracted us to be your friend.”

I was also privileged to preach to corps members during an early morning devotion on the topic: “loving righteousness and hating iniquity without loss of identity”. After the ministration, many corps members met me and explained that they wished they had met me or someone who could have spoken same words earlier when they came to camp. They needed company that could stir up their thirst for God, but they ended up in the wrong hands.

 
Where will we go? To whom shall we go?

“Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

 

Peter and the disciples could not leave Jesus even when others did. They realized the fact that all they needed could be given to them by their master. As a spiritual leader, can your sheep access you? Jesus told Peter that one of the ways he could demonstrate His love towards Him is to feed His sheep. The feeding is not only in material possessions or monetary terms but also with advice, time and counsel.

With my experience interacting with people over the years, I have come to realize that there are vacuums in the heart of people. People are in desperate need. These needs are not only material needs but attentional needs. Many are downcast and brokenhearted. They desire to share their burdens and relate their issues. Their heart cry is, “To whom shall we go?” I understood the necessity of making myself available and accessible to folks around me whether old or young.

I was speaking to a young folk some years back as an undergraduate on holiday. He told me a story about losing his admission due to some challenges he had. I encouraged him and gave him some practical experience I had as a growing up lad. He made a statement I took note of. He said, “If not for this conversation, I was thinking of committing suicide. I wish while I was going through these challenges, I had someone to speak with. Maybe the issues wouldn’t have turned out this way.”

Many of us are in strategic positions to help others, but we deny people from getting close. We place unnecessary character road blocks and attitudinal out-of-bound around us.

 

At a church program, I was privileged to minister deliverance to a boy. After minutes of manifestation, the demons in him said, “We know he will be great so we possessed him.” After he got delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit he said, “For about a year I knew I was possessed. Many times, the demon spoke to me. Telling me what to do and I would do them, but there was nobody I could share it with.” The statement struck my heart as I wondered the duties of his spiritual leaders. Even the demons knew he will be great but his inability to assess his spiritual leaders due to unavailability would have robbed him of his glorious destiny.

Even many parents are not accessible. Imagine a child going to another parent for counseling when his/her parents are alive. Such parents are the cause of their children’s misbehaviors. Many teachers are the obstacles to the academic success of their students. Many bosses are the reason why their workers are corrupt. Many pastors are the reason why members of their congregation are wallowing in sin.

An account is given by the renowned Dr. David Yonggi Cho from his experience while counseling a young lady. The wayward lady who ended up as a prostitute sleeping in motels ended up that way as a result of her parents’ lack of love and attention towards her. She said most times when she returned home, she wanted them to correct her in love because she could not help herself but what they offered her was loneliness.

 

I recall my presence at a program at RCCG some years ago.  The program was tagged: “Pastors’ seed forum” for all offsprings of pastors nationwide. At an interactive session during the program, a young lady came out and said, “I am going through hell because my parents are pastors.” She never had the attention she craved. Her parents are not accessible.

Statistics have revealed that a large percentage of societal miscreants are from either broken homes or are people who couldn’t get the attention of their parents. Marriages are collapsing today because couples don’t offer attention to each other.

Jesus, our perfect role model, during His earthly ministry was accessible to all: the Pharisees, fornicators, Scribes, disciples, etc. He ate with sinners and even the tax collectors knew Him. Some of us shield ourselves from them “to Christ.” Paul said, “…I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some.”(1 Cor. 9:22b)

 
THOU HAST—-Expressed Worth.

The reason why the disciples could not leave Jesus as others did from the passage in John 6:68 was because they discovered He had something they needed. People will only follow us when they discover that we are in possession of their needs. What do you have as a solution to the problems of the people around you?

 

I HAVE REALIZED OVER TIME THAT THE MEMBERS OF A SOCIETY UNDER HAVOC ARE THE PROBLEMS OF THE SOCIETY. As it has been said, every individual will be remembered for either the problem they solved or the problems they created.” The need of humanity is increasing at a geometric progression day by day. What do you have to offer?