The Road To Damascus (1)

​I believe many of us are familiar with the story of Saul who later became Apostle Paul in the Bible. His journey on the way to Damascus, after being harmed with letters from the High Priests, was suddenly highjacked and he became a transformed man. The account can be found in the book of Acts of the Apostle Chapter 9.

This series will place emphasis on verse 3 of that chapter which says,  “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven” (KJV). 

The objective for Saul on the road to Damascus was to arrest those claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ and bring them to Jerusalem for prosecution. It was a journey borne out of zeal, albeit ignorant zeal and passion, but ended with true revelation. It was a journey that turned out to be a  transformational journey. 
There are many people currently on the ‘Road to Damascus’ and who are wondering how they got so far away from their initial objectives. Apostle Paul couldn’t have in his wildest imagination seen himself preaching the same Jesus he had spent his passion opposing. 
Are you somewhere that looks like the very antithesis of what you initially believed and stood for? You might be on the ‘Road to Damascus’. Or maybe you suddenly find yourself defending what you have been criticising all your life and people are wondering what has come over you, maybe you are on your ‘Road to Damascus’. 
In the next broadcast in this series, we will look closely at the ‘Road to Damascus’ before proceeding to discuss the signs of being on the road, the challenges of the road, and how to travel successfully on the road. I am trusting that this series will help someone out there to understand his or her current situation. 
Stay tuned and remain blessed. Good morning. 
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Balancing Spirituality with Secularity (3)

There were two men in the scripture who lived different lives while alive but both made heaven. One lived as a wealthy man, highly influential and well respected, and a God fearing man whom God testified about. The second was a beggarly poor man who was comfortable eating from the crumbs that fell from the table of a cruel rich man. 
Ironically both Abraham and Lazarus made heaven, but if all believers were to live Lazarus lifestyle, then following God would make no meaning and His promise of adding other things would have been an empty promise. It is therefore instructive to note that any form of Spirituality that cedes or abandons secular responsibilities is the highest form of spiritual malady. 
If we are called to be the Salt of the earth and we keep denying the existence of the earth by continuing to leave earthly affairs in the hands of slaves, then we should not complain when we are being treated like slaves in our father’s house. 
The time is thus ripe for us to take both our heavenly position and occupy our earthly thrones so that our sojourn here on earth before departing for our heavenly home can be impactful and meaningful. The Lord is not coming for a body that is cowering under the oppression of the servants. He is coming for a glorious body, a strong and powerful followers. 
Balancing your Spirituality with Secularity is therefore necessary for a change in the present composition of the world order. I pray that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. Eph.1:18
Have a great day and remain blessed. 

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Balancing Spirituality with Secularity (2)

In continuation of our discussion, we will anchor our discussion on Matthew 6:33 which says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness ; and all these things shall be added unto you.” This is perhaps one verse of the scripture that has been used more than ever by believers and yet the least understood. 
The first part addresses the Spirituality side of man. ‘Seek you first the Kingdom of God’, meaning seeking God and His kingdom should be man’s first priority. Man should seek to maintain his relationship with God, strive to get his fellow men to also have and maintain that relationship with God, and by so doing the kingdom of God on earth will be established. 
The second part ‘and His righteousness’, addresses man’s code of conduct in his earthly affairs. While the third part ‘and these things shall be added unto you’, addresses the secular part of man’s mandate. The other things include career, business pursuit, material possession, wealth and riches. 
However, somewhere in between this verse is something many of us have been missing for a long time. This is in the word ‘First’. The first part that says ‘seek ye first’ means let God be your priority, and you can then seek other things. This is where many of us have been wrong for years. We have been seeking God while leaving other things which include governance, business pursuit and others untouched. This is the reason why we have left the political field for people who have no business being in government. 
Unfortunately, every decision made by these people have immediate and far reaching effect on all of us and even our unborn children, mindless of the fact that we are seeking God. In seeking God first, you must necessarily seek other things because you are to have dominion and subdue the earth. God has promised to add those other things to you, but they will not just drop on your laps, you will work towards them be added to you.

 
This is why ‘sowing seed’  without finding gainful employment will only lead to frustration. It is also why the business you labour hard to build will become the victim of multiple taxation in the hands of heartless government officials who have lost touch with God. 
Seek God first, then seek other things, including political office and participation in government. If we continue to hide, we will continue to be victims of wrong policies. How do you live a righteous life in a system that is perversely corrupt? Sadly, the perversion will continue to increase because we keep allowing more of the perverts to rule over us. It is time to say No. 
Stay tuned for the third part of this series in the next broadcast. 
Have a great day and stay blessed. 

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Balancing Spirituality with Secularity (1)

We are spiritual beings on assignment on Earth and with a body that has time limit. While still on earth, we must be spiritually conscious of our permanent home, which is in heaven, and at the same, we must be physically responsible to make an impact in the world. 
In other words, we must be heavenly conscious but also earthly responsible. Striking the balance between these two has been a challenge for many, and it is one of the major reasons why things are not working as they should. Some are overly conscious of Heaven but completely irresponsible towards their earthly obligations, while for some, it is the other way round. 
This series is therefore conceived to help us strike the right balance so that we can be a success reference both in the spiritual and secular realm. I am hoping that it will be helpful for many. 
To start with, let us define the man and man’s mission. Man is a being created in the image of God with the five fold objectives of being fruitful, multiplying, subduing, replenishing and having dominion in the earth, while also maintaining constant fellowship with God whom we will return back to later. 
The tragedy is that some have lost that connection and relationship with God in the quest to fulfil the five fold objectives. Worse still some are still in connection with God but have ceded their rights to even have dominion on the earth. These two tragedies form the crux of all human travails. Striking the right balance will lead to the emergence of the sons and daughters of God, as well as the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth. 
Join me in the second part of the series in the next series. 
Have a great day and remain blessed. 
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It is a Journey not a Setback

We often find ourselves in situations that look like setbacks, like we don’t belong where we are and like we should have gone further than this. Today I was reflecting on certain things I have experienced and I heard these words in  my spirit man clearly,  “It is a Journey and not a setback.” In my career, I have worked in certain places before and there were times I felt working in those places were career mistakes. Looking back today, it is clear to me that God got me exactly where He wanted me to be when I thought I should not be there. 
I am also passing the same message to you today. It is a Journey and not a Setback, and God has got you exactly where He wants you to be. If you are not where you are today, you can’t get to that place you desire tomorrow. With God and His children, there is no mistake. Every mistake, every misstep and error we think we have made are instruments in His hands for the journey to your destination. Stop thinking you have missed it, your journey doesn’t end where you are, unless you end it yourself.
If the Biblical Samson had requested for strength to pull down the building upon his enemies and still live, God would have granted his request, but he chose to die with his enemies. Don’t die in pity, don’t die in that position, you have not exhausted God’s Grace or Mercy, He has got you exactly where He wants you. 
Joseph chose to be positive in spite of all his setbacks, and those setbacks proved to be rungs on the ladder to fulfilling destiny. I therefore say to you today, “You are heading towards destiny, stay strong because it is a setup for a comeback and not a setback.” 
Have a great night and stay blessed. 
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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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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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