Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Anger Management: Self-Help Techniques It is important to recognise when you feel angry or experience feelings that may lead to anger. You should not try to suppress your anger but instead try to understand it and act in a positive way to alleviate negative aspects of your anger. Take Regular Exercise and Keep Fit The hormones that we release when we are angry - mainly cortisol and adrenaline - are similar to those produced when we are stressed to help us to escape from danger. The release of these hormones is an evolutionary trait, useful if you are trying to run away from a mammoth but maybe less important in modern life where, for most of us, such life-threatening situations do not occur regularly. When you exercise regularly your body learns how to regulate your adrenaline and cortisol levels more effectively. People who are physically fit have more optimum levels of endorphins; endorphins are hormones that make you feel good and therefore less likely to feel angry. Sleep Sleep is an important part of life and good quality sleep can help combat many physical, mental and emotional problems, including anger. When we sleep, the body and mind rest and rebuild damaged cells and neural pathways. We all know that people often feel better after a good night’s sleep. The optimum level of good quality sleep is about 7 hours a night, however everybody is different and you may need more or less than this. Plan ‘Difficult’ Conversations If you are worried about having a conversation that may leave you feeling angry then try to take control of the situation. Make notes beforehand, planning what you want to say in a calm and assertive way. You are less likely to get side-tracked during your conversation if you can refer to your notes. Solutions Are More Important Than Problems It can be helpful to identify what made you angry in the first place. However, it is more important to focus on a way to resolve problems so that they don’t arise again in the future. Express Yourself Wait until you have calmed down from your anger and then express yourself in a calm and collected way. You need to be assertive without being aggressive. Don't Hold Grudges We all need to accept that everybody is different and that we cannot control the feelings, beliefs or behaviours of others.Try to be realistic and accept that people are the way they are, not how we would like them to be. Being resentful or holding a grudge against somebody will increase your anger and make it more difficult to control. You cannot change how other people behave or think but you can change how you deal with others but working on a positive attitude. Pick Your Time Avoid conversations that may make you angry when you are feeling tired, distracted or stressed. We are more likely to feel and behave in an angry way when there are other worries on our minds. Humour It is easy to use inappropriate sarcasm when angry; resist the temptation to do this and instead work on introducing some good humour into potentially difficult conversations. If you can introduce some humour then resentment will be reduced and your mood lifted.The simple act of laughing can go along way to reduce anger, especially over the longer term. See our page on Laughter Therapy for more information. Be aware that although laughing can help you feel better you need to make sure there is no danger of misinterpretation. Breathe Slowly and Relax Try to reverse the physical symptoms of anger by practising some simple breathing exercises. Breathing exercises can help you to relax and slow your heart rate to more normal levels. When you start to feel tense and angry, try to isolate yourself for 15 minutes and concentrate on relaxing and calm, steady breathing:Inhale and exhale deeply 3 or 4 times in a row.Count slowly to four as you inhale.Count slowly to eight as you exhale.Focus on feeling the air move in and out of your lungs.Concentrate and feel your ribs slowly rise and fall as you repeat the exercise.Stop and revert to normal breathing if you start to feel dizzy at any time. Anger Management Therapy
Monday, 29 August 2016
Anger is a feeling that affects us all. Things that can make us feel angry include a threat to us or people close to us, a blow to our self-esteem or social standing in a group, being interrupted when we’re pursuing a goal, being treated unfairly and feeling unable to change this, being verbally or physically assaulted, or someone going against a principle we feel is important. Anger is an important emotion, according to Celia Richardson of the Mental Health Foundation. “It’s the one that tells us we need to take action to put something right,” she says. “Anger is a problem-solving emotion. It gives us strength and energy, and motivates us to act.”But for some, anger can get out of control and cause problems with relationships, work and even the law. Physical signs of anger Everyone has a physical response to anger. Our body releases the hormone adrenalin, making our heart beat faster and making us breathe quicker and sweat more.This allows us to focus on the threat and react quickly, but it can also mean we don’t think straight, and maybe react in ways we might regret later on. “One person in five has ended a relationship because of the way the other person dealt with anger,” says Celia.“Reports show that anger problems are as common as depression and anxiety, but people don’t often see it as a problem, or don’t realise there are ways to tackle it.” Individual reactions to being angry How people react to feeling angry depends on many things including the situation, their family history, cultural background, gender and general stress levels. People can express anger verbally, by shouting. Sometimes this can be aggressive, involving swearing, threats or name-calling. Some people react violently and lash out physically, hitting other people, pushing them or breaking things. Other people might hide their anger or turn it against themselves. They can be very angry on the inside but feel unable to let it out. It’s important to deal with anger in a healthy way that doesn’t harm you or anyone else. Intense and unresolved anger is linked to health conditions such as high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and heart disease. It can also affect your relationships and your work, and get you into trouble with the law. Dealing with anger in a healthy way includes: recognising when you get angry taking time to cool down reducing the amount of stress in your life Anger management is a psycho-therapeutic program for anger prevention and control. It has been described as deploying anger successfully. Anger is frequently a result of frustration, or of feeling blocked or thwarted from something we feel to be important. Anger can also be a defensive response to underlying fear or feelings of vulnerability or powerlessness. Anger management programs consider anger to be a motivation caused by an identifiable reason which can be logically analyzed, and if suitable worked toward. "We all experience anger; anger only becomes a serious concern when an individual is angry too frequently, too intensely, and for too long." - Raymond W. Novaco, 1984 Anger management is a term used to describe the skills you need to recognise that you, or someone else, is becoming angry and take appropriate action to deal with the situation in a positive way. Anger is a perfectly normal human emotion and, when dealt with appropriately, can even be considered a healthy emotion. We all feel angry from time to time, yet this feeling can lead us to say or do things that we later regret. Anger can reduce our inhibitions and make us act inappropriately. Anger management concerns recognising the triggers for anger as early as possible and expressing these feelings and frustrations in a cool, calm and collected way. We often have learnt-behaviours as to how to deal with strong emotions, so anger management is about unlearning ineffective coping mechanisms and re-learning more positive ways to deal with the problems and frustrations associated with anger. There are many anger management techniques that you can learn and practise by yourself or teach to others. However if you, or someone you know, experiences a lot of regular anger or very strong anger (rage) then seeking help, usually in the form of a counsellor, can be more effective. You should seek professional help if anger is having a long-term negative impact on your relationships, is making you unhappy, or is resulting in any dangerous or violent behaviour. Do You Need Professional Help with Anger? If you answer yes to any of these questions then you may need professional help to manage your anger. Your behaviour has led to any sort of criminal or civil wrongdoing. You are violent towards your partner, children or other people. You threaten violence to people or property. You have outbursts of rage which involve deliberately breaking things. You have constant arguments with people close to you, your spouse/partner, parents, children, colleagues or friends. You feel angry frequently but internalise the emotion. You think that you may need professional help with your anger. All what you need is Anger Management Therapy. Also, pray through.
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
God has given you the power to create your own prosperity, wealth, and success. This sermon article contains 5 very powerful spiritual laws of wealth plus several keys to divine prosperity. Your prosperity and wealth is important to God. I’ll say that again. Your prosperity and wealth is important to God. “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” (Psalm 35:27) So, God has pleasure in your prosperity. In other words, when you are prosperous, He is happy. Think about that. Actually, one reason I want to prosper, and enjoy divine prosperity and wealth is because it brings pleasure to God. Here’s another verse showing God’s attitude towards the prosperity of His children. Again, carefully note my emphasis: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 1:2) I always paraphrase the above verse thus, “Beloved, there are so many things that I wish for you, but above them all I wish that you prosper and be in health.” It matters to God that you, as His child, be prosperous. Your groveling in the dust, worried about how to pay the bills, barely managing to get by, and feeding from hand to mouth does not pleasure God at all. Your prosperity and wealth is important to God.” The anointing of God that came on Jesus Christ is a poverty-killer Did you know that the first category of people targeted by the Messiah’s anointing were the poor? Well, read it for yourself below: “”The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. “” (Luke 4:18-19) As you can see from my emphasis in the above verses, four people groups are listed as targets for emancipation by the anointing on Jesus Christ: The poor The prisoners The blind The oppressed But observe also that the poor were listed first! The first enemy marked for destruction by that anointing was poverty. This is no coincidence. If God delights in the prosperity of His servants, He must be grieved by their poverty. God loves the poor, but He sure hates their poverty and wretchedness! The anointing of God that came on Jesus Christ is a poverty-killer. If you are a child of God, if Jesus Christ is Saviour and Lord in your life, then you have absolutely no business with lack and wretchedness.” You have the power to create prosperity for yourself The anointing of God within you – that is, the presence of the Holy Spirit of God in you – means that you have the POWER (potential and capacity) to break free from the yoke of poverty and soar to new heights of refreshing divine supernatural prosperity and wealth. This is because an important result of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life is POWER – that is, your ability to transform your circumstances! “But you will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes on you…”” (Acts 1:8a) When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you don’t receive religion, emotionalism, or empty gibberish. You receive POWER!!! And one of the purposes of divine power is to get wealth. “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee POWER TO GET WEALTH…” (Deuteronomy 8:18) God has deposited His power within you for many reasons, one of which is to GET WEALTH. Within you lies the POWER TO GET WEALTH, to create your own prosperity . You have the POWER to transform your circumstances. That power is within your inner man. You are not a victim, so for God’s sake quit thinking and whining like one! From the following verse, we note that prosperity is a cardinal function of the anointing. “…You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (Psalms 23:5b) Because my head is anointed with oil – a symbol of the Holy Spirit, the presence of God – my cup overflows. An overflowing cup symbolizes abundant prosperity and wealth. It is the opposite of being in lack, wallowing in the despair and frustration of being continuously broke and in debt. Yes, God wants your cup to overflow. He wants you to enjoy His prosperity and wealth in your life; that’s why He anoints your head with oil. So, why are so many cups empty in the among God’s children? Why do many of God’s children, who have the Holy Spirit, and thus the power to get wealth, live in abject poverty and wretchedness? Why is it that many whose heads have been anointed with oil have empty cups? The answer is simply because of the violation of the following vital spiritual principles.” 5 of the most powerful spiritual keys to create your own prosperity and wealth. “Spiritual Key #1: Submit to God “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” (Job 22:21) God is the absolute Ruler of this Universe. If you claim to be His child and yet consistently flout His natural and universal laws, you deceive yourself. To submit to God has very little to do with the various rituals and ceremonies with which the religious masses deceive themselves into thinking they are worshipping God. True submission to God can only happen when you learn, understand, and master His natural and spiritual laws. When you submit to divine laws, you are submitting to God, thereby ATTRACTING PROSPERITY AND WEALTH. God is inseparable from His WORD (laws). There are natural laws governing the creation and attraction of prosperity and wealth. You have the power to obey and apply these laws, but you must know what they are! Spiritual Key #2: Delight yourself in the Lord “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalms 37:4) TO delight yourself in the LORD refers to a love affair with Him! It means ‘fall in love with the Lord.’ This has to do with fellowship and intimacy with the Lord. You see, when you are in love with the Lord, it will lead to intimacy with Him, then spiritual intercourse. And guess what? Something beautiful happens… He gives you the desires of your heart! Actually, this doesn’t mean that He’ll give you the things that you desire, such as money and stuff. It rather means that He’ll place desires in your heart. He’ll plant dreams, goals, and visions in your heart! When you delight yourself in the Lord, it means that you are in love with Him. This will ultimately lead to intimacy and intercourse wherein He plants divine sperm (dreams and visions) within you. Wow! But eventually, you will need the ‘know-how’ to translate these dreams and visions into realities, which is why you need the third spiritual key. Spiritual Key #3: Tune into the inspiration of God within you “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” (Job 32:8) The inspiration of God lies within you. You must learn to tune into it for guidance and breakthrough ideas. Whereas many religious folks have mastered how to make their requests known to God through religious prayers and rituals, only very few have learnt how to hear God’s ideas (wisdom) within them. This is not surprising as majority of human beings are too busy blindly and lazily following the manipulative ideas of others, that they have no room for the voice of God within their own spirits. When you delight yourself in the Lord, he places dreams and visions in your heart. But you must learn to tune into His inspiration within you for ideas, plans and strategies to translate those dreams and visions into realities. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it. “” (Isaiah 30:21) Many have dreams and visions but are groping in the darkness of ignorance and foolishness, all in the name of trying to achieve their dreams. The result is disappointment and frustration. But when you learn to tune into the inspiration of God within your spirit, you discern the way to make your dreams happen. I heard someone tell recently of how he took time to get quiet and listen to the inspiration within. “I got an idea that gave me four million dollars in just one hour,” he said. Think about it. One breakthrough idea is more than enough to give you the life of your dreams. However, every genuine inspiration from God will create the need to apply the fourth spiritual key. Spiritual Key#4: Give! “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “” (Luke 6:38) The above instruction, of course, comes from Jesus Christ Himself. According to Jesus Christ, prosperity and wealth – the kind I’m writing about here – are not measured in terms of how much you possess, but rather in terms of how much you give. The presence of Jesus Christ within you means that you have a lot to offer your world. Don’t expect to prosper if all you know to do is take and take and take, without giving anything in return. If I may ask, what are your unique contributions and gifts to the human family? A lot of people are on welfare, living off the labour and sweat of other hardworking persons. If you want to release your prosperity genius, you must switch from the mindset of consumption, to that of contribution. When I say contributions, I mean the products and services that emerge from your talents and skills. These should be deployed towards the benefit of your fellow human beings if you must attract prosperity. To give means to put your skills, talents, and abilities to work to create beneficial products and services for others. Prosperity will ultimately come to you if and when you invest time and energy, plus other resources, to translate your talents and abilities into products and services for the welfare of the human family. That’s how it works. Whatever you use your talents, skills, etc. to do for others is a product. However, you must be consistent and organized in the creating and delivering of your numerous products. So, you already have products and services, but: Are they organized? Are they being delivered consistently and diligently? Are you constantly improving the quality of the content and delivery of these products and services? At the end of the day, you need the fifth spiritual key as the glue that binds them all together. #5. Be thankful Don’t become blind to your present blessings. You are already prosperous. There are so many blessings of God in your life for which you should be thankful. “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.” (John 6:11) Jesus had only 5 loaves and two fishes to feed a crowd of over 5000 starving men, women, and children. Yet He didn’t complain about His meager resources. He rather looked up to heaven and gave thanks to God. Thanksgiving is a great multiplier of resources. You will easily attract prosperity and wealth into your life if you maintain a constant attitude of genuine and sincere gratitude. Give thanks to God for the life you have, for your family, and for the beauty of His creation that surrounds you. Give thanks to God for your job or business even if the income isn’t yet at the level you desire. Beloved, the anointing of God within you – the presence of the Holy Spirit of God in you – means that you have the POWER (potential and capacity) to break free from the yoke of poverty and soar to new heights of refreshing divine supernatural prosperity and wealth. I encourage you to carefully master and diligently apply the 5 spiritual keys I’ve shared here in order to create your own prosperity and wealth. God bless you.
Friday, 19 August 2016
1.You need to have a God given dream: Joseph succeeded because he had a God given dream. Numbers 23:19 tells us that “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” and Habbakuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”. To live a life of accomplishment, you need to have a God given dream. 2.You need to have a God based relationship Psalms 146:8 “the LORD loveth the righteous:”, James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you”. Dwelling in the will of God is one way of attracting God’s intervention in every area of your life. Joseph feared God and hence things went well for him. Genesis 39:2-3 “And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man;, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand”. 3. You need to know who you are: Identifying who you are is vital to fulfilling your God given dream/ vision. Joseph identified and realised his natural ability for administration at an early age. He also knew he could by God’s enablement interpret dreams. This became a stepping-stone for him. What makes you different from others? Take time to find it. 4. You need help from God For any God given dream, you cannot rely on the human flesh to fulfil it. You need help from God. James 4:10 “ Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up”. Genesis 41:16 “And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace ”. When you get help from God, you get astounding results. When Joseph got help through God’s counsel and direction, his promotion was inevitable. Genesis 41:37-38 “And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?” 5. You need to acquire training, skill and experience You need to build momentum. From feeding the flocks, Joseph gathered the skill, training and experience he needed the climb upwards to higher positions to Potiphar’s house, to the King’s Prison and then the Palace. The earlier you learn to use the sling stone, the easier it is to kill Goliath. The earlier you discover and maximise your God given abilities and skills and make the best of them through training and gathering experience, the closer you are to the Palace!!! 6. You need to have and maintain purposeful relationships There are certain people that God has placed in your life to be a springboard for your accomplishing your God given dream/ vision. Joseph’s father observed Joseph’s sayings and took note of them. Consciously or unconsciously he gave Joseph instructions that took him into the place of purpose. Genesis 37;13-14 “And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I. And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem” It was obedience to this instruction that saw Joseph exported to Egypt. Recognising God based relationships is a platform for fulfilling a God given dream/ vision. Recognise those that are playing a God sent role in your life and hold fast to them. 7. Get help from others Do not be too proud to ask for help. Joseph asked for help. Genesis 37:15-16 “And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.” For him to get the passport into Egypt, he needed to fulfil his father’s assignment. When he faced challenges in doing this, he asked for help and got back on track. You do not know it all. If Moses, the anointed prophet of God received wise counsel from Jethro, his non-prophet father in law how much more you? (Exodus 18:13-26) 8. Take action and seize initiative It is one thing to have a God given dream, it’s another thing to work towards it. Joseph took initiative. We were not told that God appeared to Joseph and told him to ask the butler and the baker why they were sad. He took initiative. Pharoah’s selection of Joseph as Prime Minister came because of this trait- He only asked Joseph to interpret his dreams but Joseph took initiative, went a step ahead and also gave him God inspired counsel. You market yourself by taking initiative. Pharoah did not know before then that Joseph was the wisest man in Egypt until Joseph gave him the wise counsel. Don’t wait to be told, do what you know is right! Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” 9. Be a Problem Solver The size of your reward depends on the size of the problem you solve. Joseph interpreted the dream of Pharaoh and became his second in command. He gave counsel useful for a whole nation and became a Prime Minister. As Joseph solved more problems the higher he went up in life. Genesis 40:8 “And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you”. 10. Be committed to serve Most people want to hit it big by starting big. If you want to be a Master, you first have to serve. For one no matter how talented, anointed and skilled you are, your path to success can be cut short if you do not respect God’s ordained and constituted authority. Joseph obeyed his father’s instructions and got a passport to the land of his assignment- Egypt. He served God and God made things in his hand to flourish when he served under Potiphar. Because he served God and God honours those who serve Him, Joseph’s denial of Potiphar’s wife carnal desires gave him a passport into the prison. When Joseph served the Captain of the Guard and attended to the butler and the baker as he was assigned, he drew nearer to his greatness. The pathway to greatness is first by way of service. Matthew 20: 26-27 “but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:” 11. Don’t ever, ever , ever give up Galatians 6:9 “ And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”. Joseph faced opposition from his brethren but he did not give up. He faced opposition from his environment but he still did not give up. He faced opposition from challenging circumstances and situations but he still did not give up. Giving up can cut off the joy of harvest. Learn to make the best of every situation. Adverse Circumstances are platforms for you to experience the grace of God. It only began to be mentioned that God was with Joseph when he started to suffer- in Potiphar’s house and in the prison. Falling into sin, submitting to temptation, loosing faith in God are all signs of giving up. People who accomplish are people who overcome. Proverbs 24:10 “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small”. Hold on to your belief. Hold on to your values. Don’t loose faith for even in the darkest night joy cometh in the morning!! John 11:40 “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” See you in the Palace!!!
Saturday, 13 August 2016
You’ve heard the saying, “The sky’s the limit.” It’s meant to indicate that you can achieve anything; that humans can reach beyond the bounds of planet Earth and enjoy limitless success. I think it’s an antiquated term. I prefer to believe that the sky is definitely NOT the limit. Why be limited by anything? Strictly speaking, the sky is the space over the Earth where the sun, moon, stars, and clouds appear. But there’s an entire unexplored cosmic universe out there that is beckoning us—a limitless universe that sets new sights and new standards for goal-setting. Why shoot for the sky when you can shoot for the outer reaches of the vast celestial cosmos? Be fearless! Dream big! BeLimitless! Man’s potential goes way beyond the sky. You can achieve whatever you want to achieve. With the right character, with determined confidence, and with innovative ideas that count you can rise from nothing to the highest levels of society. If you can think it, you can do it. It’s up to you. How does that last statement make you feel? For many, turning thoughts into deeds, and taking the germ of an idea and creating a business employing hundreds or thousands of people, are immensely challenging hurdles. The first time around it’s taking a step into the unknown. And it can be scary. But once you get beyond the fear there awaits a wondrous world of excitement, of achievement, and of satisfaction. Marianne Williamson once put it this way: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” The mind of man is limitless. Look at history. Look at today’s world. The pace of innovation and invention in all aspects of our lives continues at an astonishing pace. High-tech. Medicine. Communications. Science. Some futurists even predict that we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century—it will be more like 20,000 years of progress. Dramatic changes…amazing scientific and technological breakthroughs…they can seemingly materialize out of nowhere and disrupt the world as we know it. So where do you fit in? The answer is…where do you want to fit in? What can you do? What can you contribute? What’s your potential? What do you want to do? Hopefully, you have an inner voice that’s talking to you and encouraging you to recognize your true potential and shake it awake. Don’t make excuses. That’s the easy way out. We can all find reasons why we should not do something. It’s harder to take action and do it. Just know that when you invest your heart and soul in a project it’s a magical, life-energizing, transformative experience. Go ahead and discover that for yourself. Don’t limit your thinking. Don’t limit your do-ing. Challenge yourself to achieve greatness. Find your passion. Share it with others. Collaborate. Shake off any shackles that have been holding you down. Find individuals with whom you can work who share your passion; good people who share your values and your mission. People you can trust. Ignore the naysayers and the critics. Ignore the people who are envious. Especially ignore those who wish you ill. Don’t be ordinary. Be extraordinary. The sky is not the limit—unless you allow it to be. As one great athlete said, “Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Greatness means the quality of being great, distinguished. It also means unusual largeness in size or extent or number. Greatness is the property possessed by something or someone of outstanding importance or eminence. We are great because God has made us great. We need to however walk in some principles to ensure we are all God wants us to be. Greatness because of our inheritance Ephesians 1:17-20 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. Our new birth has engrafted us into greatness because of the supernatural life of God in us through Jesus Christ. We must realise that we are not trying to be great; we already are because of the precious blood of the lamb. Greatness is our inheritance because we are joint heirs with Christ. Romans 8:17 ‘And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together’. We have become partakers of the greatness that is in Christ. We need to have revelation to enjoy eternal greatness. A lot of people think they are great because of their physical possessions, some others think they are not great because of their family backgrounds, exposure, race, location etc. Some even leave greatness to chance, saying they aren’t lucky to be great. The Word of God (Psalm 71:21) says he would increase your greatness on every side. This clearly shows you are already great and can only keep increasing in greatness. The principle of Honour. We need to understand that honour precedes greatness. When a Man honours God and all men, God will in turn honour him. Solomon honoured God and he became great. 1 Kings 3:3; 11-12 3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. 11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. God told Solomon there would be none like him before and after him. He became so great that the queen of Sheba almost lost her breadth at his greatness. 3.The principle of the Seed. Isaac: He sowed and reaped a hundred fold and he became exceedingly great Genesis 26:12-14 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. 13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: 14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. The bible records that Isaac became exceedingly great. We keep growing and waxing greater when we respect the principle of sowing. We need to sow in God’s kingdom. We cannot under estimate the principle of sowing, tithes, offerings, seeds of sacrifices, giving to the poor, giving our time, talent all ensure that we walk in the greatness of God for our lives. For Further Study 1 kings 10:5, Psalm 71:21 Personal declaration for the day My new life in Christ has engrafted me into a life of all round greatness and I consciously walk in my greatness. Questions for you to reflect on Do you know there is greatness within you? What principles of greatness are you walking in?
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# Her Birth and Early Childhood Irene Nawila was born on the 1st January, 1982 in Mbala in the Northern Province of Zambia, to Methodi...
Struck by the constant news of suffering, poverty and ill health in Africa, Kerry and three of her mates decided that they should t...