Capping the Year (3)

​As we round up this series, let us examine the type of plans we should have in place for the coming year. 

You should have plans along the following lines:

Spiritual 

Financial

Material 

Relationship 

Career/Business
The headings may not be limited to the above, this is just a guide. Now, along these lines, some of your plans may be short term, medium term or long term. 
Your Short Term plans may be weekly, for instance under Spiritual line, you may plan to have one vigil every week or fast once a week or read a book of the Bible every week. It could also be a monthly plan, like saving an amount every month towards a project or investment. 
Your medium term plans are those with time line of up to two to three years. For instance, you may have a plan to move to your own house in the next two years. This plan will definitely dovetail into your short term plan or monthly plan of saving and doing some parts of the project. 
Long term plans are those above three years. You may plan to become a professor in five years time, depending on your qualification now. It means you must build up short and medium term plans to achieve this goal. 
In summary, as the year ends, draw up your plans now and set measurements indices. Don’t set too much plans. Make your plans SMART. Simple, Measurable, Articulate, Realistic and Time bound. 
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance. 
We will be having a break on the broadcast and will resume on 9th January 2017 by His Grace. See you there! Shalom! 

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Earthly Treasure Attracts Earthly Pressure

Permit me to interrupt our series on ‘Capping the Year’, with this subject. During our family devotion this morning, I learnt about putting our treasures in heaven where moth and thieves cannot enter. Specifically Matthew 6:19-20 says

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

What exactly does it mean to lay up treasure in heaven?

It means sowing into kingdom matters, this includes giving to the needy, helping the widows, helping the poor and the destitute, sowing towards the propagation of the gospel, and being rich towards genuine kingdom projects or ministers of God. In comparison, just as we maintain bank accounts here on earth and save or invest to earn a return, Jesus advised that we lay up more of our treasures in heaven’s bank, because we also have individual accounts in heaven. Heaven’s returns are way higher than earth’s returns. And you can only draw what you deposit, so if you don’t lay treasures in heaven, you can’t get treasures from heaven.

Another insight is that, your earthly treasures can be stolen or looted. The bank you are using can even be liquidated, and you loss some or all your money. Heaven’s bank is untouchable by thieves or economic forces.

To the main thrust, most of the pressures we experience in life is as a result of pursuit of earthly treasures. Most of the time, we run our lives pursuing material possessions and thereby put ourselves under immense pressure. When you buy a new car, you are under the pressure of insurance, protecting it, licensing, etc. When you change apartment, you are under the pressure of equipping the apartment. When we run our lives pursuing earthly treasures, we end up putting ourselves under earthly pressures.

Are you under pressure? Could it be that you are too focused on earthly treasures?

Stay blessed and Merry Christmas in advance.

 

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Capping the Year (2)

​The first step you need to take before planning for next year is to review or take stock of the current year. Even if you didn’t plan at the beginning of the year, you still need to review your year. 

Finding sincere answers to the following questions will help you to review the year :
1. Where am I now? 

2. Where did I set out to be? 

3. What is the gap between where I planned to be and where I am? 

4. What are the factors responsible for the gap? 

5. How can I mitigate these factors in the coming year? 

If you answer these questions objectively, you would have laid a proper foundation for planning for next year. 
We will continue tomorrow by looking at how to plan and types of plan. 
Have a refreshing night and stay blessed. 
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Capping the Year

In another twelve days, the year 2016 will be over and we will begin another year. We will start greeting one another ‘Happy New Year’ and make ‘New Year Resolutions’, which are mostly lip-serviced and never realised. By February or March, most people would have forgotten their resolutions and plans. Before we know it, another December will roll in and the year is gone without any tangible achievement. 
A major reason for failure in life is poor planning or not planning or not working to plan. Many of us struggle with keeping to our plans in the course of the year and this limits our achievement during the year. It is not just enough to plan, it is important that you plan early, set measurable plans,  put timelines and evaluate your progress from time to time. 
It is for this reason I deem it necessary to have this series, and I am hoping it will be helpful for at least some. I therefore enjoin you to follow this series to the end. 
We will lay the proper groundwork in the next broadcast. 
Good morning and stay blessed. 
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Are you Grounded? 

​Are you grounded and running out of fuel? Tired of living? Frustrated with life and everybody? Seems like life has been most unfair to you? Nothing is working in your favour, in fact it seems you are always getting the short end of the stick. 
Giving the current economic downturn, the rising cost of living, and the attendant effects on every aspect of life, one is bound to be frustrated and be on the edge. Businesses are struggling to make it and families are feeling the crunch. The government is struggling and seems befuddled. 
The natural reactions to all these should be venting out, frustration, and anger, but all these can’t solve any problem. Suicide is not the solution, lashing out at your spouse or children will only aggravate the situation. If you also keep looking up to the government for solutions, you will add to your disappointment. 
So where do we look up to? This is the time to look up more than ever. This is the time to look up to God. I am not asking you to look up to your Pastors or Imams or other Spiritual leaders. A number of them are as perplexed as you are, so they may not be of help. 
 We are in the season when spiritual antennas must be very sensitive to the leading of God. It is the time to vent your feelings out to God and seek Him earnestly. It is not time to give up because this phase will surely pass, and God will raise new leaders and influences during this storm. 
Rather than give up or do something drastic, connect to heaven’s wavelengths, God is unleashing uncommon transformational ideas and He is looking for tested and trusted hands to trust with end time resources. 
So if you are grounded, it may actually be to your own advantage. Planes need the runway to take off into the sky, likewise being grounded gives you the opportunity to reconnect with heaven. Don’t give up, look up and be encouraged. 
Be on the lookout for a series on Capping the Year. 
Good morning and Stay blessed! 
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Don’t Cast Your Pearls to Dogs

No matter how nice you are to some people, they will never be nice to you. Some relationships are just not worth it and will never be worth it. Some just can’t place value on anything valuable, and will always abuse what others would pay premium to have. Except for marriage relationships that might need counselling, prayers and working out, any other relationship in which one party suffers abuse, should not be tolerated. 
Don’t give your valuable resources to people who don’t know your value. Not all that glitters is gold. Some only carry face value, beyond the make-up, they are empty. Some are just opportunists, they only surface when the going gets good. Some are plain parasites, always asking and never giving. Get rid of them. Stop wasting your time and resources on such people. Some assume you will always be there and take you for granted, move away from them, let them appreciate your absence. 
Be wise in dealing with people. Don’t assume about the other person, check him out before committing to him. The rule of thumb is Check/Test before Committing. Be guided.
Stay blessed and happy night rest. 
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Don’t Keep Quiet in the Face of Evil

​We were rudely awakened to the reality of the rot in our nation, when a church structure collapsed in Uyo leaving scores dead. Unfortunately, headlines in dailies focused mainly on the fact that the Governor of Akwa Ibom escaped death in the collapse,  as if the faceless scores who lost their lives are of no value. 
Just maybe if the Governor had been one of the casualties, the reaction may have been different. Maybe the Presidency would have ordered a probe by now. Maybe heads would have been rolling. Maybe the Pastor of the church would have been in police custody. Maybe a national or state mourning would have been declared. Maybe… 
But the reality is that the Governor didn’t die so it can be business as usual. The bereaved families can bear their loss and bury their dead. They can bury their deads without suing the church and the construction company. The church is untouchable so they can convene another crusade few months down the line, just like it happened with the Synagogue. 
Until we begin to speak against perpetrators of evil, regardless of their position, whether  in the church or government, we will continue to witness such calamitous spectacles. Followers still throng to Synagogue after the building collapse and faithfuls will still continue to throng to the Uyo Church. 
May we wake up to call evil what it is regardless of the cloak it puts on. 
May the souls of the departed find rest with their Maker. 
Happy Eid-El Maulud. 
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Keeping Your Eyes on the Mark

​We often lose sight of our main dream while in pursuit of the milestones in between. We get carried away with the attractions by the way side and shift our gaze from the ultimate goal. For instance, many people have forgotten their talents and they are lost in the corporate world. Some have sacrificed their dreams on the altar of attractive and juicy job offerings. 
This is a trap we all so easily fall into and we must do all we can to keep our gaze and focus on our dream. Nothing wrong in white collar jobs and aiming to build a career in your profession. However it will amount to a waste of time and heaven’s resources if you ignore your dream, talent and purpose in pursuit of building a career. If you can make a career of your dream or purpose, you would have achieved what only a few dare to attain. 
Here are some guides to keeping your focus on your dream:

1. Set targets and time lines for yourself. If you are employed and your job is not along your dream or purpose, then it is important that you set targets of when to quit and pursue your dreams. You can equally set things to achieve within the set time. 
2. Have a mentor and submit yourself for evaluation from time to time. Discuss your dreams with your mentor and be guided on how to manage your time better. 
3. Try and fuse your dream into your job. When passion mix with job, then your job becomes pleasurable. Find a way of bringing your passion into your job or business. 
These guides will help to prevent you from losing focus and forgetting what you set out to do. 
Stay blessed and great day ahead! 
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Noon Reflection – Watch Your Tongue

The tongue is one of the smallest parts of the body, yet it possesses the power to set the entire world on fire. In August this year, a boy was reported to have blaspheme against Prophet Mohammed  in Zamfara and this led to the death of eight students Abdu Gusau Polytechnic. One tongue sent eight people to early grave. When God began the work of creation, he employed the use of His tongue and spoke, “let there be…” and there was.

 

The tongue carries so much immense power and can cause both positive and negative change. “Life and death are in the power of the tongue, they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”- Proverbs 18:21. If you know how to use your tongue well, it can lead to life for you, if you also abuse the use of tongue,  it can cause death. It is therefore important that we master and control our tongue.

 

The following are important points to note about our tongue:

  1. Your tongue carries power to bring to pass what it utters, so watch what proceeds from your mouth. Avoid negative utterances. Confess positively.
  2. Your tongue can be used to build others through encouraging words. If you use it well as a leader, you will raise strong successors. If you misuse it, you will only have weak followers, which in effect makes you weak as a leader. Build up with your words and stop tearing others down
  3. Your tongue can be the difference between peace and war. Don’t ignite fire of war with your words. Avoid flaming words, words that create dissension and division should be avoided, whether in workplace, home or government. We have too many leaders with uncouth tongue. They speak without restrain and with little or no concern about consequence. Many civil wars were results of uncouth tongues
  4. Your tongue can be controlled. There is a time to speak and there is a time to remain silent. You don’t reply every word or everybody. You must learn the art of tongue control. Proverbs 26: 4 says “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.” The very next verse goes on to say“Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.” This shows the need for tongue control.

 

The more you master your tongue, the less trouble you will have, the less information the enemies will have to work against you. Start taming your tongue today.

Stay blessed and enjoy the rest of the day!

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Night Reflections – Be Sensitive

​In a bid to reach some of my followers who may not be able to read my morning broadcasts due to their busy schedules, I will be alternating my broadcast between mornings and nights. 
Let me share my experience on our way home tonight. As I and my wife were approaching the beginning of Berger long bridge on Lagos exit, we noticed a Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Officer who kept pointing to us to take the alternative route. I was hesitant because I don’t like taking the route for two reasons, one it is dusty, two the bridge itself has always been having less traffic since they opened the alternative routes. 
Anyway I was about ignoring him, but I felt it is unusual for an FRSC officer to be directing a particular vehicle to take alternative route. I wound the glass down and asked him if the bridge is blocked, he answered but I didn’t hear jack from what he said. I followed his leading anyway and we took the route. 
We ended up spending less than 15mins on the alternative route before we came out at Wawa exit. In all, our journey from Berger to Mowe took less than 50mins. While we were on the alternative route, we noticed that the bridge wasn’t moving as it used to. 
My point is that we need to be sensitive to divine leadings. The officer was the angel God used to direct us away from traffic. If we had ignored him, we might still be in traffic now. God can use anything and anyone to lead us, we however need to sharpen our spirit man to recognize His leadings. Don’t despise His leadings whatever shape it takes. 
As the year draws to a close, you will not be misled in Jesus name. You will always hear a voice behind you leading you right at all times. You won’t miss your time and season in Jesus name. Amen. 
Have a restful night and stay blessed. 
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