I know what I can do so it doesn’t bother me what other people think or their opinion on the situation – Usain Bolt.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.Thomas Edison.
We all hate failure. I hate failing, you do too. However, failure is just a stepping stone to success. Every successful person has once encountered failure.
Perseverance: Making efforts till the goal is achieved or the task is accomplished. In simple terms, perseverance is doing WHATEVER DECENT THING IT TAKES to succeed. Emphasis is being placed on the ‘decent’ because nowadays, most people think perseverance is doing anything to achieve a particular goal. We see people on several social media platforms, losing their shame just to chase vanity.
Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb has been a motivation for so many people and is known for the saying “I didn’t fail 10,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 10,000 steps”.
One thing we should all note in life is that if we don’t chase our dreams, someone else will. You aren’t the only one dreaming. For example, we see several politicians aiming for the presidential post but just one candidate wins!
Let’s look at some biblical examples of those who persevered.
You can read about his perseverance in the book of Genesis 29 and 30. I will only give a summary. Jacob loved Rachel( his cousin) and wanted to get married to Rachel (This was allowed as at that time). However, he had to serve Rachel’s father; his uncle, Laban for seven years. He was deceived by his covetous uncle who could have told Jacob that he cannot marry Rachel until Leah, Rachel’s elder sister got married.
Also read, the secret to overcoming fear (And God Said!) here.
Jacob had to get married to Leah but he still had his goal in mind ( getting married to Rachel). He decided to serve for another seven years to get married to Rachel. He didn’t give up on his goal. He did WHATEVER IT TOOK HIM to get married to Rachel. Jacob worked for a total of fourteen years( seven years at first for Leah then another seven years for Rachel) before his goal was achieved.
Job was a man who feared God to the extent that God boasted about him to the devil. The bible referred him as a perfect and upright man ( perfection is attainable. Stop saying “nobody is perfect”).
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. KJV
Job was a wealthy man. The devil argued that Job is good to God only because he is rich. God permitted the devil to tempt him to test the devil’s claim but the devil was not allowed to take his life in the process.
Before I continue, permit me to digress from the topic for discussion.
Job didn’t lose his wife because his wife was his life. The bible says in Genesis 2:24
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. KJV
If the devil had tampered with the life of Job’s wife, he would have tampered with Job’s life at the same time.
Back to the post now, Job lost everything he owned. He lost his properties, his children, his animals, every single thing . However, he persevered even after losing everything. His friends even advised him negatively but he held on to the fear he had for God. You can study the book of Job for better understanding.
Jesus persevered although His life on earth. He lived a sinless and blameless life. He was once human too. It wasn’t easy. When His mates were having fun, He was preaching at the temple at an early age. He didn’t allow Himself to be tempted by the devil after fasting for forty days and nights. He was so hungry. Anyone would give up in that case but He didn’t. Thank you Sir.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.Thomas Edison.
There is reward for perseverance. For Jacob, he got married to Rachel and was greatly blessed too. For Job, he got double portions of everything he lost. For Jesus, He is an Overcomer.
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now- Alan Lakin.
Welcome back to my blog! Christmas is in the air already. Merry Christmas to you all!
To plan according to the Oxford Dictionary of Current English is to decide on and arrange for something in advance.
You cannot begin to plan for a battle when you are already in the midst of the battlePastor E.A Adeboye from the devotional “Open Heavens “
There are so many benefits of planning. Planning:
- Helps you execute projects
- Helps you fulfil visions
- Improves your performance and organization: You experience less stress when you plan and you become more effective.
- Creates time for revising and updating the plan: A student who has planned ahead will have more time to revise.
- Helps you become proactive: When one plans properly, one responds to challenges better.
- Enables you overcome procrastination: A purpose driven person becomes motivated when he/she plans ahead.
- Reduces anxiety
- Makes one disciplined.
Lastly, if it’s going to be, it’s up to you. A goal without a plan is like going to the sea without compass and a plan without action is worthless.
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Candour means the quality of saying what you think openly and honestly.
Diplomacy is a skill in dealing with people in difficult situations without upsetting or offending them.
I am not against anyone of them but I feel being candid is better than being diplomatic. When you are candid, you do things frankly without sugarcoating your words but when you are diplomatic, you tend to tiptoe around the truth more often. You use your tact while talking, your heart does the processing instead of your mind. Although, I do not like tactless people but in applying tactics, you should be candid.
You should be of nonconformity than of sensitivity. You should be frank because when you tiptoe around the truth, you tend to tell lies too.
Before you approach any issue, you should realise that your diplomacy should be juxtaposed with your frankness so you wouldn’t end up hurting anyone and you wouldn’t tell lies.
Happy new year to you all! Last year, 3rd January 2020, I wrote a blog post “Don’t be eliminated ” as the theme of the year. If you can read this present post, you weren’t eliminated by grace.
This year, I was writing a post and I got the theme “A new beginning”. I started writing then the theme changed to “A better ending”.
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.Ecclesiastes 7:8 KJV
Usain Bolt quoted “There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher“. When you look at the beginning of things, it’s easy to say “it’s a waste of time”, “I don’t know why I’m doing this”, “Will this turn out well?” .
We were told not to despise little beginnings in Zechariah 4:10. We aren’t able to know how something will end by the way it started but we can be rest assured that God who knows the end from the beginning will give us a better ending this year.
Trust the process, believe in the outcome, hope for a better ending. Happy new year once again. If it’s your first time here, welcome to the family!
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The Bible ( King James Version)
Genesis 1:28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. KJV
Genesis 1:28And God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it; you are masters of the fish and birds and all the animals. The Living Bible (Paraphrased).
Note please: The devil hates good things hence he will try to discourage you by the length of this post but just neglect him. He is just a squeaking rat!
Welcome back to my blog. The previous post was the second post on The Overcomers series. If you haven’t read it, you can read it now.
Back to this post, let’s analyse the verse above especially the highlighted words there, “And God Said”. In the book of Genesis 1:3, the very first thing God said was “let there be light!”.
Genesis 1:3 KJV
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Did you notice something up there? If you didn’t let me help you out. Whenever God says something, it will surely happen. That is why the Numbers 23: 19 says God is not a man that He should lie….hallelujah! One funny thing is that we usually forget that God actually said something. We act upon what other people say or what we say not what God has said. Let me give a simple illustration. You want ice cream and God has said there is ice cream in the fridge then you asked your friend whether there is ice cream in the fridge and he/she said no or let’s say you asked your friend for money to even buy ice cream; ice cream that you already have. If that didn’t make sense to you, let’s use this other illustration. You have an examination and you are asking yourself whether you are ready for the exam or whether you will pass when God has already said in Deuteronomy 28:13b that
The Lord shall make thee the head and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath…. KJV
It’s just like having money in the bank and not spending it. You are sick and you are scared that you might not make it when God has given us the power in Matthew 10: 1b
He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of diseases. KJV
He even told us in Luke 10:19
Behold I give unto you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Are you scared that when you die after getting soooooo old ( we will not die young in Jesus’ name. Amen. )you might not make it to heaven when God has said in Luke 10:20b
But rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. KJV.
Are you afraid of anything when the Bible already said in the book of 2nd Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Are you scared of your future when God has said in Jeremiah 29:11
I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the LORD; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. Common English Bible.
God has said a lot of things to us. The problem is we are not listening or we cannot hear. The two points above are similar, what’s the essence of ears that aren’t listening. It’s same as being deaf.
Reasons why you are not listening to what God is saying to you.
1. You cannot differentiate between The Truth and the false.
Suppose you are given two plates of jollof rice; one plate is actually white rice that is stale but it has been mixed thoroughly with stew and covered up then heated properly and served with grilled chicken accompanied with fried plantain and a fermented wine mixed with flavouring and colouring while the other plate is a fresh jollof rice but what you can see there is just fried chicken with water. You will actually go for the one with grilled chicken and the rest of the accompaniments because it looks more appealing whereas the other plate is actually better. Do you know why? The answer is that you don’t know the Truth. That is why we see so many people doing all sort of shady businesses just to get money. They do not know that heaven is actually better than earth because they are looking at earth the same way you will look at the plate of rice with grilled chicken. The bible says in John 8:32
32 And ye shall know The Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.
The question now is
what WHO is the Truth? I don’t have the answer but John 14:6 says
Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
In essence, friends, Jesus is The Truth. When you don’t know the Truth, you get deceived hence you make choices that are false (just like picking the plate of rice with grilled chicken and drinking the fermented wine. You will actually get drunk and do stupid things then when you come back to your senses you begin to regret and you might probably spend the rest of your night in the convenience because of the stale rice.)
2. You do not know The Word. This point depends on the first because if you do not know The Truth, you cannot know The Word. Remember John 1:1 says
In the beginning was The Word and the Word was with God and The Word was God. KJV
If The truth =Jesus
The Word= Jesus
Then The Truth = The Word= Jesus. ( Am I communicating?)
This post is becoming long.
In conclusion, you cannot know what God says about you when you don’t even know the sayer of The Word (does this make sense? I hope it does). If you do not know the sayer of The Word then The Word cannot apply to you. Meaning if you have an account ( The Word) filled with money ( but you do not know you have the account) and you need to buy something. You cannot buy the thing because you do not know you have that account in the first place. That is, if you are scared of failure, you wouldn’t even know that God has said you will be above only and not below when you do not know God hence that Word doesn’t apply to you.
You need the Word, you need the Truth, you need Jesus. You can just go to Him quickly by saying the prayer by crosswalk. com
The Sinner’s Prayer (by Dr. Ray Pritchard)
Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.
Or we can use the one from the Scriptures
Sinner’s Prayer From Scripture – (Psalm 51, King David)
“Have mercy on me, O God,
according to Your unfailing love;
according to Your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in Your sight,
so that You are proved right when You speak
and justified when You judge.
Surely I have been a sinner from birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me…
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me and I will be whiter than snow…
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
Then will I teach transgressors Your ways,
and sinners will turn back to You.
NOTE: J.D Greerer explains it well – “It’s not the prayer that saves; it’s the repentance and faith behind the prayer that lays hold of salvation.
Congratulations!!!! You have the Word and anytime trouble comes, you can proudly say “And God said….”
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The Bible (King James Version, The Living Bible (Paraphrased), New International Version, Common English Bible)