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UNDERSTANDING YOUR HABITAT; THE BLESSEDNESS OF STAYING IN YOUR HABITAT

UNDERSTANDING YOUR HABITAT; THE BLESSEDNESS OF STAYING IN YOUR HABITAT
THE ANACONDA
With an average length of 6 m (20 ft.) and a top length of 8.8 m (29 ft.) the green anaconda is one of the longest snakes in the world. The green anaconda, with a girth of nearly 30 cm (12 in.) and a weight of 227 kg (550 lb.), is the heaviest of all snakes.
The green anaconda is native to South America, making its home in swamps, marshes and streams. Their enormous size makes it much easier for green anacondas to swim in the water than to slither slowly on land. Their eyes and nostrils are on the top of their head allowing them to see and breathe while most of their body is under water.
Most of their time is spent in the water hunting. Although they use both sight and smell to hunt, they also have the ability to sense heat emitted by potential prey.
Green anacondas prey on a variety of animals including fish, birds, tapirs, wild pigs, capybaras, and caimans (reptiles similar to alligators). Theyve even been known to eat jaguars.
Anacondas are not venomous; they use constriction instead to subdue their prey.
Once an anaconda sights its target, it will grab the animal in its jaws, locking it in with its teeth. Once firmly grasped, the anaconda will coil around the prey and squeeze it until it dies of crushing or suffocation. It will then consume the carcass whole. For larger prey, the green anaconda can unhinge its jaw to stretch its mouth around the body. After a big meal, anacondas can go weeks without eating again.
Green anacondas have also been known to partake in cannibalism. Females, the larger of the sexes, have been reported to eat smaller male anacondas.
Green anacondas spend most of their time alone. However, between April and May, males seek out females for the opportunity to mate. Often times, multiple males will pursue the same female. This results in breeding balls of up to a dozen males wrapped around a single female, all attempting to mate. The breeding ball can last up to 4 weeks.

THE EAGLE
The Eagle is one of the largest predatory birds in all of Caelereth , and is greatly admired and revered for its fierce manner and majestic appearance. The Eagle has commonly become a symbol of strength and might, but also of freedom and justice.
These great birds have large, broad wings and sharp talons that they use to seize their prey of rodents, lizards, fish, and other such animals. They build nests, or eyries, in tall trees or on cliffs where they will fiercely protect their young.

APPEARANCE .
Most Eagles are about 70 to 90 nails breadths long from the tip of their bill to the end of their tail and weigh 8 to 13 ods, though some may be much bigger are far smaller. Most Eagles have a wingspan of 2 fores, but some can have wingspans far larger. Females are usually a little larger than the males, but all Eagles are exceptionally strong, sometimes able to catch and carry prey that weighs nearly as much as they do.
The Eagle’s feathered head is large and contains two large eyes on either side of it. Despite the location of these eyes, however, the Eagle can see straight ahead. Eagles have some of the keenest sight of any animal, believed to be even keener than an elfs. Despite this, though, most Eagles fly close to the ground when hunting to better spot and catch prey. They sometimes catch their prey using their large, strong beaks which have a hook at the tip to tear prey. The beak is usually between 5 to 7 nailsbreadths in length, but can be even larger than that.
Eagles have strong, broad wings that make them look clumsy when they are on the ground. However, these enormous wings are what allow them to so elegantly fly and they help to support the Eagles heafty, muscular body. Eagles can glide for incredible distances by merely holding their wings out firmly. The long wing feathers are stiff and strong and are shaped in a way that lets air flow efficiently over the wings surface. When an Eagle flies, the wings almost appear like hands with finger-like feathers protruding from an elongated palm. The feathers tend to turn upward slightly as the Eagle flies. Despite their strength, the wings are not used to fight, though some Eagles have been seen using their wings to beat prey.
Most Eagles are colored in deep browns and blacks, but many will have white areas on their body, such as their heads, their tails, their bellies, their legs, or sometimes even the tips of their wing-feathers. Baby Eagles, called Eaglets, tend to have different feather coloration than their parents. They are typically grayish-white and are very soft. As the Eaglets mature, they will gain the feather coloration of their parent.
Eagles have very strong feet and legs. The feet are typically a bright or golden yellow and scaled, while the legs are feathered in white, brown, or black. The dangerously sharp talons are used to seize and carry pray. These talon are long and curved, and come to a jet-black point.

SPECIAL ABILITIES.
Eagles are incredibly strong creatures, capable of carrying prey that is nearly as heavy as themselves. An Eagle is very strong and quite powerful, and is very respected for its abilities. But its strength is not the only way in which this noble animal stands out among the animal kingdom. It has very keen sight, though it typically hunts low to the ground. Eagles are also fairly smart, sure to avoid danger whenever possible and usually staying out of the way of humans , elves, or other sentient beings.

THE CLASH OF THE EAGLE AND ANACONDA SNAKE; THE HABITAT STRATEGY
From documentary viewed on NatGeoWorld, the battle between the eagle and the anaconda snake has been one of the most challenging because the winner varies. Any of both animal can emerge the winner by killing the other, depending on which of them gets its tactics right first. This battle takes a minimum of one hour before a winner emerges.
What is the tactic? The strategy employed by both animals, considering their strengths as earlier discussed, is the Habitat Strategy. The winner is not determined by strength but by habitat. Both animals understand that as long as it remains in its habitat, it remains undefeatable. The Eagle tries to pick the anaconda snake up from the ground and up into the sky while the Anaconda snake tries to get the eagle pinned down to the earth by striking at the eagles feathers. Victory emerges from one of the animals when either one is taken away from its habitat.
This poses a very interesting point that: Lifes battles are not battles of strength. Where is your habitat? Our true habitat is the spirit and not the flesh. Wherever we find conducive and thus spend most of our time defines our habitat. This is a call for us to become occupants in the Spirit and visitors in the flesh. Our flesh offers us comfort but our spirit offers us rest and security.

STAY IN YOUR HABITAT
The Archenemy of man, that is the devil, understands the strategy of battle between the eagle and the anaconda. He knows that as long as men remain in their true habitat (the spirit), they remain untouchable and undefeatable. The devils goal has been to steal man away from his habitat which makes man vulnerable to the devils attacks which are diverse: temptations, discouragement, fear, and so on. The devil presents diverse bouts to attract man from leaving the spirit to the flesh.
When Jesus was tempted, the three temptations were for Him to leave the Spirit and into the flesh. The devil offered Him bread for the flesh, jumping an exercise by the flesh and bowing for other things. The devil wanted Jesus to leave the Spirit realm so he (the devil) can be able to send other attacks to Him when He (Christ) is in the flesh.
God has given the devil the leverage to attack men when they live in the wrong habitat which is the flesh because His genuine habitat created for man is the Spirit. Fight every distraction, relationship, engagement and job that drags you out of the Spirit. In his epistles, Apostle Paul admonished us that we should know no man after the flesh. This brings us to the consciousness of spirit-defined relationships with people and not carnal-oriented relationships. Examine the kind of people that surround you. Every relationship that is carnally oriented will be spiritually deficient.
Do your involvements take you away from your habitat or do they make you remain there? To some people, their jobs have been the entities that take them to the flesh, as they are instructed to do things that their habitat does not permit. As we know, any animal that leaves its habitat is treading the fastlane of error. Imagine a goat that is always going to the river. One day, it will sink and get lost in it. Dont wait until you sink before finding a job that pleases your habitat. To another, distractions from the things of the Spirit like prayer and study of the word are substituted with chatting on social media and their quiet time is substituted for public engagements. Examine your habitat today.

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

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AM I A MASCULIST PART 3; MY OFFSPRINGS IN VIEW.

AM I A MASCULIST PART 3; MY OFFSPRINGS IN VIEW.
“Ask me not who my grandfather was, for I am more concerned about who my grandson would be”- Abraham Lincoln.
The Bible recorded that Levi had been blessed in Abraham (his grandfather). Levi had a covenant with the presence of God which transcended to his descendants.   The Levites were the only group of people permitted to sing while transporting the ark of covenant and minister in the temple. All these inheritances started from Abraham.
There are some virtues in me that would be transferred to my descendants if the coming of Christ tarries. I need to guard these jealously. The Bible also records that Abraham was great, Isaac was greater and Jacob was exceeding great. There is a trans-generational greatness I desire to initiate.
I overheard the interview of the children of Myles Munroe of blessed memory after his death. They said one of the challenges they have is replicating the personality of their parents in wisdom, marriage, ministry and career.
Each time I am privileged to be under the ministration of Pastor David Oyedepo (Jr.), I see wisdom personified and a greater replica of the glory of his father, Bishop David Oyedepo.
I have learnt from experience that children learn best by examples. Our parents often motivate us to do what they couldn’t achieve. They told us to be the best in what we do and fulfill destiny maximally using somebody somewhere as an example. They desire that we be the correction of their errors. They want us to be all they dreamt to be. That is why they show concern in virtually all that concerns us especially while we were children. They sent us to the best schools, they could afford and so on.
I have come to realize that the best way to get what we desire from people is to demonstrate it to them. Using my experience as a child in the primary school, each time I came in the first position in my class, my dad will buy me a gift. Though I was motivated to keep reading my books but the best motivation I got from my dad was that glorious day when he told me he wanted to discuss with me. Right in his room, he told me the challenges he had as an orphan who never saw his parents except from pictures. He said despite the hardship, he ended up being the best student in the class. He showed me his school records and I confirmed it. This gave me a sense of responsibility as I thought, “if an orphan who fended for himself and was not always punctual in school could survive and do excellently well, then I don’t have an excuse”. I was challenged. The little comfort he provided for me as a boy launched me to a tireless pursuit of academic excellence.
The principle of teaching by example I imbibed from my father helped me to discover the academic strength of my younger sister. I discovered initially as a junior secondary school student that she was either in the second or third position in her class repeatedly. I spoke to her and encouraged her but I didn’t see the change I expected. I trusted God for wisdom and remembered part of the motivation I had in time past. I called her to my room and gave her my secondary school report card to go through. After going through it she was amazed at my scores and I told her to do same. She had been complaining that she had been putting in her best. I told her no one is permitted to be better than her except she permits it because she is exposed to the same learning condition and processes with others. I told her from what she saw, “is there any term I was in the second or third position?”, she said, “no”. I repeated, “do the same”. After that, she was promoted to the senior secondary school and has been the overall best student in her class.
At an event some time ago with my younger sister in attendance, some people including my younger sister were asked to something about me. She said something I took note of, “my brother has been a mentor to me both academically and spiritually”.
I am obliged to be an example to my offspring be as it may. Every day and in every way, I am building capacity to be the best kind of person God wants me to be.
Parents have been sending punishment signals to their children by telling them to do what they haven’t done. I imagined the reason why toddlers cry while bathing in the morning. I think of the reason why children find it difficult to read. I have come to realize that the failure of parents to demonstrate what they want to see their children do accounts for the weeping of their children. A child will presume that his/her parent is wicked when they ask him/her to bath when they haven’t. They ask their children to read when the children have never seen them on the table.
Having written the series of these articles, I leave my beloved readers to the answer to the question of this caption, “Am I a Masculist?”
I sincerely appreciate my beloved kingdom friend and sister in the faith “Dr. Bien Sufficient” for granting me the privilege to write this as a follow up series of her article “Are you a Feminist”. I also appreciate all and sundry who spent part of their time to follow this series.
Love you all…………….

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

AM I A MASCULIST PART 2; SPEND TIME WITH THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU.

AM I A MASCULIST PART 2; SPEND TIME WITH THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU.
The other entity I value apart from the Trinity is time. We are all aware that time is life. Time is money. Time is this and that. Time is so precious to me because I have discovered that our life span can only accommodate divine plans. Other things we are entangled with are mere distractions. Having known this, there is also a necessity for us to share part of our time with the people around us. We don’t own our time. God is the custodian of time. He gave fragments of it to us to live with. If God the custodian of time, could share it with you to live on earth to the extent of sharing His own time with you when you call upon Him in prayer, why can’t you do the same to the people around you?
Jesus, our pattern and role model, while on earth, He never had the time of His own. It is recorded that He withdrew Himself to pray and do other things, but He majorly used His time to speak with people irrespective of who they were. He visited Zaccheus, He attended to the adulteress. He spoke with the Pharisees. He attended to the needs of the disciples and so on.
I was asked this question sometimes ago, “What has been your weakness?” I replied by saying, “God has helped me overcome so many things by His grace, but I find it difficult to share my time with people”. Since then, I have been making notable adjustments. When I get up in the morning to begin my day, thoughts of; I want to pray, I have books to read, I want to write articles and so on. I think we should start adding this to our schedule for the day “I will speak to someone today”.
Many relationships, ministries and organizations are in crisis because of time sharing strategy. Spouses deny each other time together. Some pastors choose not to spend time with their members but they complain about church growth. Some parents don’t sit and fellowship with their children but are always complaining about their children’s waywardness. Some bosses in organizations are too busy to be approached on making low profit when the staffs around them are endowed with  initiatives that could improve the profit of the organization.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Ministry
Privilege to pastor a church; I observed in the early stage of my ministerial assignment that I wasn’t getting the results I desired.
I preached powerful sermons by the help of the Holy Spirit. I was punctual. I dressed corporately. I prepared for each service by fasting and praying but I didn’t get the conviction I wanted. The attention of the congregation to church service wasn’t revived. The church attendance wasn’t increasing. This begs the question, “what am I doing wrong?”
After days of pondering, the Holy Spirit brought to my knowledge as He said to me, “how often do you spend time with these people? How many of them do you know personally? Do you visit them?” instantly, I conferred not to flesh and blood. I repented and I understood where I was getting it wrong. I started making necessary adjustments. I smiled at the people, waited after services to discuss with members, created a teenager and youth forum, visited some members at home to fellowship with their families and so on. From my practice of those acts, I noticed a tremendous change. The response of the people to church activities changed. Punctuality rested upon them. Their hunger and thirst for the word came alive and the attendance multiplied like never before in all services, including mid-week services. Glory to God.

Family
I always appreciate God for blessing me with a wonderful family. Growing up in the faith, I had challenges with my family members as I found it difficult to share my time with them. They complained that I show little or no concern about them (especially my younger sister).
I spend much time reading and praying alone in the room. After saying good morning to them, they no longer had my attention throughout the day. Often times, my younger sister brings her assignment to me but I complain “can’t you see am busy?, I have a lot to read and write, come back later”.
On a particular day, my younger sister said to me, “each time you are around, I don’t benefit anything profitable from you because you are too concern about yourself”. I almost broke down that day. Then, I saw the need for adjustment.
More so, I also realized that it’s not only the gifts or money we give to people that they always need. Many people value our attention more than the millions we can give them. By the grace of God, I now share my time with my younger sister like never before. Take strolls around with her, discuss with her, help her with her assignments and ever since then, our relationship has been wonderful. 
To be continued…….

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

WORD-LOGUE; VALIDATION OF THE CALL BY OLAWADE DAVID B.

WORD-LOGUE; VALIDATION OF THE CALL BY OLAWADE DAVID B.
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace: To reveal his son in me that I might preach him among the heathen, immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood”- Galatians 1:15-16.
“I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet”- Rev. 1:10.
“And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee- And the Spirit entered into me when he spake with unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake with me”- Ezekiel 2:1,2.

And He said;
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations”- Jeremiah 1:5.
“In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee and will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages”- Isaiah 49:8.
“……., it is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the ends of the earth”- Isaiah 49:6.
“And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by name, am the God of Israel”- Isaiah 45:3.
“I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand , and keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light to the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house”- Isaiah 42:6-7.
“Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession”- Psalm 2:8.
“…….., Ask of me of things to come concerning my sons and concerning the works of my hands command ye me”- Isaiah 45:11.
“But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in which I will appear unto thee- To open their eyes , and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me”- Acts 26:16, 18.
“Arise, shine; for thy light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee; For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people: But the shall arise upon thee, and his glory seen upon thee: And the gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising”- Isaiah 60:1-3.
“…, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth: see, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build up, and to plant”- Jeremiah 1:9-10.
“Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees: Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with recompense, he will come and save you: Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped: Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert”- Isaiah 35:3-6.

And I said;
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken ye people; from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name- And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me”- Isaiah 49:1-2.
“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet please men; I should not be the servant of Christ”- Galatians 1:10.
“The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned- The Lord hath opened mine ear and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back”- Isaiah 50:5, 6.
“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God, I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever- I will praise thee forever, because thou hast done it and I will wait on thy name, for it is good before thy saints”- Isaiah 52:8, 9.
“By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee- I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge”- Psalm 71:6, 7.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound”- Isaiah 61:1.

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

SPEAK TO THE DRY BONES BY OLAWADE DAVID

SPEAK TO THE DRY BONES BY OLAWADE DAVID
The HAND OF THE LORD WAS UPON ME, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord and SET ME DOWN IN THE SPIRIT OF THE VALLEY WHICH WAS FULL OF BONES”- Ezekiel 37:1.
Oh we all desire the hand of the Lord upon us. We have made it our prayer point over time. We have read the story of Elijah, how the hand of the Lord came upon him and he outran the chariots of Ahab (2 Kings 18:46). The hand of the Lord gave Elijah divine acceleration. The hand if the Lord was upon Paul (Acts 13:11) and it enabled him give instant judgment to the sorcerer. 
From different accounts of the scriptures, the hand of the Lord came upon great men and woman which enabled them do what they could not humanly do. The question that comes to mind is; what is the true significance of the hand of the hand of the Lord upon a man? Is it only for divine speed? Is it for boldness alone? Is it to preach powerful sermons in churches on Sundays? Is a seldom occurrence in this dispensation of grace? I have realized that the hand of the Lord is the anointing, the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. It is what turns an ordinary man to an extraordinary man, a natural man to a supernatural man.

MANY IN THE VALLEY
“…set me down in the mist of valley of dry bones”
“And caused me to pass by them round about: and behold, there were VERY MANY in the open valley; and, lo, they were VERY DRY” – Ezekiel 37:2.
The hand of the Lord did not take Ezekiel to the best of places he would have desired. The spirit did not carry him to the temple, it took him to the valley of dry bones. When the anointing came upon where did you go? What came to your mind? Did you picture that congregation of men that are worldly blessed so they can bless you too? Did you see the praises of men being offered to you? Did you think of being on the pulpit to show people that it is upon you?. Many a time, God has withheld His hand from coming upon us because of where we had on mind to take His hand to. The anointing is not genuinely defined in comfortable places, its true identity is in the valley of dry bones where many had sunk.

HE LED ME TO THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES.
God caused Ezekiel to pass by it round about and he observed the multitudes and intensity of the dryness of the bones. The hand of the Lord is upon me as He took me to motels where I see my sisters who are supposed to be ushers in our churches are now ushering people into sex daily. He took me to bars where I see my brothers who are supposed to be high and filled with the Holy Ghost but they are getting high on alcohol and hard drugs. He took me to low places where I saw my cousins in casinos gambling with their God given resources. He took me to those rooms where I see my nieces and nephews watching pornography instead of watching things that will edify there spirit man. He took me to that secret place where I see my cousin teenagers all over the world masturbating with no hope for change. He took me to that desolate place where I see my virgin sisters being sold for sex trafficking. He took me to that place where I saw my brothers in nations who are to be prayer and word addict but are drug addict. He took me online where I saw my brothers and sisters deceiving one another as they told me this is called internet fraud, the fastest way to make money. He took me to that stage where I saw my brother who is supposed to be singing “unto to Jesus I surrender” but what he was singing was “I sold my soul to the devil”. He took me to orphanages where I saw my family who has lost their biological parents kept in those empty rooms waiting daily for the hope of survival. And God asked me;

CAN THESE BONES LIVE?
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest”- Ezekiel 37:3
God asked Ezekiel this question even though He had plans for the dry bones. He asked to get the commitment of Ezekiel to make the dry bones live. The same thing God is telling you are I today, can these bones live? Will you use that your gift, dexterity, wealth, resources to save lives? What would be your contribution to bring men from this valley? God has given you the ability to make them live as they surround us with no hope of where to go? What to do? and how to live?

SPEAK TO THESE BONES
Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord”- Ezekiel 37:4.
God did not tell Ezekiel to tell him about the dry bones, he was instructed to speak to them. Many a times, we have told God about the conditions of the dry bones around us. He have complained and lamented about the status of these bones to the extent that we condemned them but God is saying “speak to these dry bones”. The responsibility God gave to us is to speak and this speaking can be done in diverse ways. For some dry bones around us, we have to speak to them by our words, smiles, attentions and love. To others we have to speak to them by our resources and finance. For example, seeing around you an orphan with little or nothing to live on, the best way to speak in addition to your words is by also speaking by giving in monetary terms. There are teenagers and youths around you who can’t afford to go to school, be there life speaker!
Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live”- Ezekiel 37:5
God is ever ready to cause these bones to live but He desires our commitment of speaking to them. Don’t be the barrier that will hinder God from giving lives to the less privileged.

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

UNDERSTANDING GOALS AND PRIORITY BY OLAWADE QUEEN IBUKUNOLUWA

Goal is that which is laid down or set to be achieved. Priority is based on preference, bringing forth desires that matter to you the most.
About goals and priorities; some goals we set for ourselves at some points in our lives might not even be necessary, because they’d be self-induced. They’ll come true as a result of earlier sweat. It’s came to my notice that, when you say to people, “dream big”, “aim high”, they only envision great dreams, expecting some miracle to bring them to reality. Or even build castles in the air. I once witnessed a dialog between two University graduates: one is into a well-paid job and the other has nothing doing. “I see a very bright future. I see myself in Dangote’s position”, He said.
He has nothing doing at hand, he’s not willing to change that, and neglecting the economy of the nation, he has failed to realize that little effort can amount to great success. Why don’t you awake from your slumber?
Think of that which is feasible. Go by Economics- scale of preference. We’ve been taught to list our needs and acquire them from the most required to the least. So also do I entreat you to work towards productive goals and several other things will be added unto you.
Queen Ibukunoluwa Olawade Victoria

Olawade David.
For the love of Revival, Spiritual Re-awakening and Global Revolution.
Masterpiece Publishing House.

THE EPIC: GOING BACK DOES NOT MEAN LOOKING BACK CO-AUTHORED BY OLAWADE DAVID AND ARICHOKE SUSAN

THE EPIC: LOOKING BACK DOES NOT MEAN GOING BACK BY ARICHOKE SUSAN.
“How industrious is Satan served. I was formerly one of his active undertemptors and had my influence been equal to my wishes i would have carried all the human race with me. A common drunkard or profligate is a petty sinner to what i was”
                                                                           John Newton, 1778
In writing, it is not necessarily required that you are perfectly honest, that’s why we have different genres of writing. Like movies it can be based on a true life story or absolute fiction. But our lives isn’t a movie. Its real. To narrate who I was before without Christ and after will be one controversial yet liberating essay. This is because it will require deep excavation rather than surface searching. Before joining the fold, I was like David conceived in sin, delivered, learnt how to crawl, stand and walk in sin. I have lied, cheated, stole, fornicated, murdered and even blasphemed. As I wrote the previous line, I struggled because I thought ‘it is not politically correct to share your past with strangers, especially on social media’. Well thank God this is not the United States, so there’s no such thing as politically correct or incorrect. Now as I have come to accept the saving grace of Jesus Christ, my life has changed. Who I am now is better experienced than explained. Or how much can I write concerning God’s everyday grace and mercies?
Sometimes I envy those folks who have lived victoriously almost all of their lives shielded from worldliness and sin. Most of us have not had that kind of life. We just weren’t privileged to. But praise God who uses the weak things of this world to confuse the wise. The longing of the soul for a divine connection with God is the result of numerous religions. This God has provided in the sacrificed of his son, Jesus Christ. I have received love and forgiveness. Not only that but i have also received double portion for all my shame. Ministry starts with our very lives not the signpost of our denomination. I just ministered my testimony, narrating who I was before and who I am now. Like John Newton, we cannot truly know the sound of amazing grace without admitting the wretch that we are. I look back but I’m sure not going back.

THE EPIC; LOOKING BACK DOES NOT MEAN GOING BACK BY OLAWADE DAVID B.
Writing this article gives me sense of responsibility in answering the questions of many who feel they have made mistakes in the past that can’t be corrected. To those who wish they never did what they had done in the past. To many who say “Where do I go from here?”, can I be righteous despite my filthiness? Can God use me? Can my sins be forgiven? Can I forget my past? Can I have a new life?
In this article, I will be sharing my personal practical experience from the mairy clay to the right hand of the Lord. I am sorry if this would disappoint some people who probably believe that I was born a righteous man. I am not a superman, I just enjoyed the grace of a super God. There is no superman anywhere, even the one that claims to be is dead.
Often times, I have been privileged to counsel some folks on personal development and having a new life in God. I took note of this mindset that has diffused into the thoughts of men and made them think they are too dirty to be cleansed. I realized that the potency of a soap can be observed better by the high intensity of dirt available. Some people say to me, “you can’t understand, I have done this and I have done that….”
Recently, I was opportune to counsel a lady who told me of her struggle and inability to live the kind of life she desires. She said, “you know God loves you and He has helped you overcome some things in the past that is why you could survive many youthful exuberances”. During the conversation, I remembered the kind of person I used to be before mercy cleaned up my mess. I knew I never had any righteousness of my own. I remembered I was a chronic sinner as lies, deceit, drunkenness were my partners as a growing up teenager. I remembered those secret sins I committed even beyond what some people shared with me. I thought of the unfailing love of Christ had for me, to love me a wretched sinner. I understood that when I was a sinner He loved me and gave His life for me {1 Peter 2:24}.
Brother, what have you done that makes you think you can’t access God? Sister, what have you become that makes you feel you can’t have a new life?
For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin”- Heb. 2:15.
“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him”- Ephesians 3:12.
I will love to start this epic from that precious day, after about two years I had declared the Lord as my saviour. I realized I was still struggling to live a righteous life. I sought a beloved brother in the faith for prayers after I had the conviction of the call of the Lord upon me. To my amazement, he didn’t pray with me. He only gave me instructions which I held on to as he said, “The kingdom of God and darkness are at war over your life, if you choose to live for God, you will make a positive impact beyond comprehension but if you choose the other way round you will be known negatively too. Decide who you want to follow”. I went back alone to my room as I examined and evaluated my previous life of clubbing, deceit, lies and drunkenness and it still seemed that I couldn’t help myself. I later done on me that inside of me is the awesome life I desired. I wanted peace, joy and to do the right thing every moment of my life. I made the decision that day for Him and Him alone. I made the decision and the decision made me who I am today. It is the same war that goes on in the life of every man either to be for God or against Him. We are either glorying God or the devil in anything we do. Make your decision today!

MY TWO YEARS IN OBSCURITY AND DARKNESS.
I had been a moralist as a child and I practiced self-righteousness. I never wanted to deny the instruction of my parents and lessons from Bible classes. I knew the difference between good and bad. I loved good character and behavior but sometimes I found myself misbehaving despite my principles and resolutions. I later realized that it is not resolutions I need but revelations of the kind of life I desire.
“Not by the works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus our saviour.
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life”- Titus 3:5-7.
After series of trials and errors, I found myself again on the floor. My family was struck with a challenge that affected virtually all that concerns us. I had the leverage to do what I wanted. After leaving the secondary school, I fell into wrong hands. I began to enjoy worldliness and pleasures. I enjoyed worldly music and the act of drunkenness as I desired going out with my friends to beer parlours. I loved partying. I remember sneaking out of the house to clubs to enjoy the nights. My focus and values changed. I preferred to live as a gangster than a goal getter. My colleagues addressed me as a responsible thug and I appreciated it. I was taught so many things as I gave excuse of the challenge of my family. I loved the life to the extent that I almost started desiring being a cultist and started mingling with some.
Internet fraud was beckoning on me as I also desired to get rich quickly as I saw my peer group enjoying its luxury. I lost my identity from good to bad. I was involved in street violence at carnivals. I thought that was the best way to live as majority that surrounded me were also enjoying the rhythm. Some beloved people who believed in my dreams tried to call me to order but they latter gave up on me. This became a profession. I remember those days of gambling with cards. Many approached me and said, “David, this is not you” but I couldn’t help myself. I remember a night at my cousin’s place as the desire of clubbing drove me to scale the fence at mid-night to chill with my friends (smiles).
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ”- Philippians 3:7-8.
A moment of decision came as I realized I had lost my focus and values. I realized my goals I left behind. I knew I can’t last on earth continuing in the act of ungodliness. I realized I was on the high way of destruction. I understood the necessity of saying good bye to my past. In the long run, I stumbled on the book by Bob Gass titled “Forgetting Your Past” and it made a turning point in my life. I learnt the principles and saw the possibility of living the kind of life I desired. I came to the consciousness that it is not too late to start over with God and recapture my dreams.
Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me”- Micah 7:8
I shut out the companies I kept. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and personal saviour. I discovered that if God could still use Moses the murderer, Paul the persecutor, David the adulterer, Jacob the deceiver and so on. He can and has made me worthy of His promises in spite of who I was.
It does not matter what you have done; begin with God today.

MY TWO YEARS OF WILDERNESS SEEKING GOD.
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
To reveal his son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen, immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood”- Gal. 1:15-16
As I continued growing in His grace in prayers, study of His words and fellowship with the brethren in church, there was I didn’t go to church for 365 days because my dad restricted initially from going to the Redeemed Christian Church of God. After my dad allowed me to follow my desire, I went into a tireless pursuit of God. It was in this early stage I was offered admission into the university.
The Lord took me by the hand through the wilderness. I sought Him in desperate prayer, study and fasting for two years. I told Him I don’t want to know any man except Him. Read an average of 15 chapters of the Bible daily as I changed bibles every three months after writing and highlighting the lines with pen. I read volumes of spiritual books. It was this period I was baptized in the Holy Ghost. God took away my weaknesses by His grace. He gave me purpose, joy, peace, hope and love. It was as if all happened in the past never did ever since then, I have been burning for Him without compromise……
As be continued on “THE EPIC PART 2; FROM GRASS TO GRACE”..
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Olawade David.
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