Grace Over Effort

In every story of success there is the place of effort. Effort is the contribution of man to his own success story. However not all efforts will lead to success because some efforts are channeled towards the wrong end. Some efforts will also not meet with opportunities. While some efforts are not backed up with the right motives. 
Effort is good and should be expended in every endeavours, but there is a superior way, the way of Grace. Grace is the contribution of divinity to humanity’s efforts. It is that which magnifies a man’s effort so much that what seems like a big deal for others look likes a walkover for another. It is a when gift and diligence meet. Gift is divine and diligence is human. 
When you apply effort to that which comes to you with ease, it becomes grace and you will have astounding result. Diligence alone can only take you as far as your strength can go. Grace will take you as far as you can imagine. 
Find your grace and find Grace. 
Great week ahead. Cheers! 

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Vanities of Life

It is amazing how many of us exert a lot of energy and put ourselves under so much pressure over vanities of life. I mean people kill themselves over plain vanities. I see people struggling to outdo themselves in who has the best wardrobe, who wears the most expensive wristwatches, the most expensive phone, the most expensive car, the biggest mansion, the list goes on. 
You cannot amount to anything acquiring everything to yourself. Your life is not measured by how much you possess financially or materially or even intellectually. A man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things he possesses. Your true worth is in the depth and reach of your influence on others. How many lives have been touched positively by you? Who have you affected positively either directly or indirectly? This is the real essence of life. 

Whenever I read about the latest acquisitions of some fancy luxuries by some of our leaders, I often wonder if they understand life at all. When the leveller eventually levels you to ground zero, you will only be remembered by your good deeds. I am not advocating for a cheap life, no, you should aim to live a rich life, but a rich life is not in wealth alone, it is in the use of that wealth for the improvement of humanity. 

Vanity is when you place materiality above the interest of humanity. 

Check your life today, are you on the vanity run? 
Good morning and have a great day. 

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Be Open to Changes

Success is a journey and not a destination, and there are many routes on the way. Sometimes you will have to make a detour, other times you will have to even change the route, or even change the vehicle. 

One of the reasons for failure in life is being fixated with an idea to the point of becoming insensitive to divine nudgings. The truth is that more often than not, our plans are usually different from what God has in stock for us. His plans and thoughts are far higher than ours. 

Even when we think we know His plans, we may not not the way. This is why it is important to be opened to changes and be ready to glide with the wind of change. I am not talking about change that takes us from the moral path, I am referring to those changes in career paths, business choices or ventures, even locations. 

No wonder John 3:8 says “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” 

For us to enjoy our race on this side of the divide, we must learn to trust the guiding hands of God, even when we don’t understand where He is leading us. This doesn’t in any way mean you shouldn’t have to plan or goal. On the contrary, you should draw up your plan but be ready to readjust when necessary. 
Remember that the steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord because He delights in His ways. 
Good morning and remain blessed. 
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The Road to Damascus (5)

As we round up this series, we will close with the challenges and weapons required on the road to Damascus successfully. 
A major challenge on the road is criticism or rejection that you may have to suffer. Many will question your choices and try to convince you that you are confused or you don’t know what you are doing anymore. 
You will sometimes have to do it all alone and ignore the voices telling you otherwise. You will have to trust God wholly to take you through and take you to an expected end. 
You will also have to trust Him that His plans are far better than yours. Even when you don’t understand how it will end or when you can’t see beyond your nose, you must trust God that it will end well. 
Major weapons to travel successfully on the Road to Damascus are:
1. Your faith 

2. The Word of God 

3. Prayerful Life

4. Life of Worship
If you arm yourself with these weapons, you are guaranteed to end well. 
My prayer for that person out there who is already on his or her ‘Road to Damascus’, is that you will end well. 
Have a great week ahead and stay blessed. 
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The Road to Damascus (4)

In this part of the series we will be looking at signs of the road to Damascus. The signs vary from person to person and from circumstance to circumstance, but the end result is a state of brokenness and total surrender to the will of God. 
But before we proceed, it is important to say that not everyone will be privileged to travel down this road, and not everyone who travel on the Road to Damascus will end the journey with the desired results. Damascus experience is for the elected, the predestined and those who have found God’s mercy. Does this mean you have no part to play? Yes you do, your role is to submit to His will. 
Going back to our text, Saul set out on a self-assigned journey but ended up with God assigned journey. One major sign of being on the road to Damascus is when your plans are taken over by factors beyond your control. At such times the more you try to pursue your plans, the more you are taken off track, but such times are usually accompanied with a sense of quiet leading of God.  

Apostle Paul needed his sight to accomplish his set objectives, and God knew as long as he has his sight he will get to Damascus. His sight had to be taken for him to come to realisation of his ignorance. Paul’s sight is similar to man’s vision. This is why God sometimes takes your vision so that you can see His own vision and run with it. 

When you feel frustrated in the pursuit of your vision, you need to find out if it is God or other forces at work. Not all frustrations are from the devil or wicked forces, sometimes God himself will frustrate you to bring you to the centre of His will. He did so for Jonah. He kept the fishes away from Peter all night such that when he caught a great multitude of fishes during the day, Peter had no choice than to accept to follow Jesus. 

When God frustrates, He does so out of love and Mercy. Don’t despair when His hands press you sore, your lemon will produce lemonade. 
Till we meet again, stay blessed and Happy New Month. 
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