God Provides Us With Everything For Our ENJOYMENT

My point in this post is to challenge us to unsubscribe from the philosophy of struggling and suffering through life. And instead subscribe to the message of divine favour and abundance. God help us all.

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our ENJOYMENT.” ~1 Timothy 6:17 NIV

Did you see that? God provides us with everything for our ENJOYMENT. Enjoyment is the will of God for you and me. He designed life on earth to be ENJOYED, not endured.

Therefore, let all struggles that breed frustrations in our lives be cleared away immediately! In Jesus name!!! 🔥🔥🔥

Now, chillax 😊

Hierarchy In God

“If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
~ 2 Timothy 2:21

A wise leader would normally avoid ‘Oh Yes’ men—people who unquestioningly follow his instructions without any form of resistance or challenge. The reason for this is simple: no human is perfect; no human knows it all; no human has the infinite breath of experience and capabilities to execute flawlessly in every circumstance.

A wise leader, therefore, would hierarchise his followers on the basis of multiple qualities such as, loyalty, character, and competence.

But…,

What if the Leader were All-Knowing, All-Powerful, and Ever-Present? What if the Leader were flawless in knowledge and judgement, and infinitely talented and competent enough to do all things? What would be His ultimate requirement in a follower?

Then, the character and competence of the follower would become completely irrelevant to the Leader’s agenda. After all, the Leader knows everything, is beyond mistakes, and can do all things.

In this case, the only thing that would matter to the Leader would be the ability of the follower to pose zero resistance or challenge to His will; in other words, the follower’s absolute and unquestioning loyalty—a blank slate on which the Leader could write or erase anything at will.

Right…?

Now, dear consecrated one, please ponder this carefully…

As far as God goes, your morality, reputation, and competence are worthless filthy rags. What matters to Him—and thus determines your position in His supreme hierarchy— is this:

A purified heartthat is, an undivided allegiance to Jesus Christ; a wholehearted devotion and submission to God.

And that, my beloved, is the most esteemed virtue among the consecrated ones: it is the ultimate value in our culture.

All That The Father Gives You

To develop and express the life of God within you, fulfill your mission, and complete your journey here and hereafter, you need your own true family—Fellow consecrated ones chosen and joined with you by God before time, designed by Him to be your journey-mates through this region of time and space, and equipped to be your co-fruiters in His will.

In this message, you will see four important things about your own true family. You will also be inspired to trust God to give and draw your own true family to you, rather than resorting to coercion, gimmickry and manipulation to persuade people to join you.

Consecration does not necessarily imply companionless

A lot of consecrated ones struggle with being open to other people. This is due to a misconception of consecration that often leads many of us to equate consecration with aloneness. I’ve personally wrestled with this issue most of my life. Consecrated ones tend to be lone rangers more or less; quite introverted by nature and inclination—making the allure of aloneness very strong.

However, you must once and for all come to terms with this truth: consecration does not necessarily imply companionless. Aloneness does not fit into God’s pattern for your life as you can see in the following scriptures. 

18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 
~ Genesis 2:18

6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
~ Psalm 68:6

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
~ Ecclesiastes 4:9

Clearly, without your own true family, you will be unable to fulfill the call of God in your life. However—and this is one of the most important points in this message— membership in this family I describe here must not be open to everyone. Not everyone belongs in it.

4 important things about your own true family

I’d like you to ponder the following already stated definition of your own true family. 

Your own true family refers to your most intimate circle: Fellow consecrated ones chosen and joined with you by God before time, designed by Him to be your journey-mates through this region of time and space, and equipped to be your co-fruiters in His will.

  1. They are fellow consecrated ones.
  2. They are chosen and joined with you by God before time.
  3. They are designed by God to be your journey-mates through this region of time and space.
  4. They are equipped to be your co-fruiters in God’s will.

Jesus Christ wraps it up in a wonderfully succinct, but complete, way:

  37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
~John 6:37

Essentially, they are given by God and come from Him.  

How to draw them

How do you attract and draw them into your intimate circle? 
Jesus Christ Himself, our perfect model, had this to say about His own true family:

  37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 44 “No-one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
~ John 6:37,44,45

Essentially, Jesus trusted His Father to give and draw His own true family to Him.

You should do the same.

You would be making a very fatal mistake if you attempt to lure people into your intimate circle without sound spiritual witness that they were given and drawn to you by God. In spiritual matters, there are no provisions for gray areas. Things are either black, or white; yes or no; from God or from Satan. For instance, Jesus declared that if you are not with Him you are against Him. In other words, you don’t have to oppose Him to be regarded as His enemy. The mere fact of your not being with Him, pitches you against Him. That means that there are no neutral grounds here.

So, if the people in your intimate circle were not given and drawn to you by God, where did they come from? The truth is: Regardless of how nice and helpful those people in your intimate circle are, if the Father did not give and draw them to you by Himself, they will eventually poison the well of your life and destiny. Furthermore, as the wiseman wrote, you would be letting “your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares.”

Don’t succumb to this

Of course, our consecration does not mean that we’re exempted from the weaknesses of our humanity. Like everyone else we struggle with the need to be accepted, applauded, and validated by others. We’re scared of being alone, of being rejected.

And this human tendency will often tempt you to cling to people you are not sent to; people God did not give and draw to you; people that may even be toxic to you.

If you are not careful, you may sink to the low of evaluating your self-worth on the basis of the size of your crowd and the number of people that like you.

Eventually, you may even be tempted to resort to coercive tactics to lure people into joining you. And this is not just gross, it makes you a victim of Satan’s blackmail; a victim of the worldliness virus.

And don’t squander your time

Because of the great amount of time required to cultivate and nurture solid and highly fruitful relationships, it’s extremely important to ensure that you’re committing to the right people from the onset. Otherwise, your true family becomes the opportunity cost for hanging out with the unholy crowd.

Better one person that the Father has given you, than a million others that came on their own, or in response to your own neediness and manipulative maneuvers.

And, as a reminder, this message is neither for the world, nor for worldly believers; it is strictly for the consecrated ones. If you’re one, you’ll definitely understand exactly what I’m saying. Your spirit will bear witness within you, because I’m convinced that you’ve been taught by the Father.

Use this filter

Now, who are these ones that the Father has given you—your own true family? And how do you identify them?

Your own true family—the only individuals you should allow into your most intimate circle—are God’s chosen companions for your life’s journey. They are your true brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, and friends.

To ensure that only genuine members of your true family gain access to your intimate circle , you need to employ a very important filter: God’s will for your life—that is, the specific reason God sent you into this world.

Unless you know why you were born, and the purpose God sent you here to accomplish, you will squander your earthly journey with dogs and pigs. So it is important to discover yourself; to know exactly why God sent you into this world.

And if you already know who you are—what you were sent here to do—then, use it to filter people in and out of your life. They may have passed through the same womb as you to come into this region of time and space, but if they are not called by the same God, into the same assignment as you, they are definitely not members of your true family.

If on the other hand you neither know who you are, nor why you were sent into this world, do not panic. God sent His Holy Spirit into this world to help you discover who you really are. But you must invest quality time in praying, fasting, and Holy Spirit-guided bible meditations.

To make it successfully through your earthly life time, you must simplify your life, and travel light; you must lay aside every weight and the sin that easily entangles. And you must de-clutter your relationships to make room only for all that the Father gives you.

Conserving The Consecrated Ones

Not very long ago, I was on my way home from a meeting when I heard the clear voice of the Holy Spirit. “Your kind,” He said, “is a critically endangered species on earth.”

“There’s just a few of you left and they’re dying out fast,” He continued.

I knew exactly who He was referring to: Our kind is any New Creation disciple of Jesus Christ, who wholeheartedly loves God as the only treasure of his or her life, and diligently walks the single-eyed way of life. We are consecrated ones.

And I understood exactly what He meant: Our way of life—the Single Eyed Way of Life—is hated by both the people of this world, and those that honor Jesus Christ only in talk. This world’s values, priorities, and choices are hostile to ours. Subtly—and these days quite obviously—the human agents of Satan and worldliness are constantly laboring to eradicate the consecrated ones from the earth.

Those words from the Holy Spirit instantaneously sent a stab of cold scorn through me; a fiery feeling of downright disgust at the pathetic priorities of this wretched world. Permeating every fiber of my being, they struck a chord of calm resolve at the very core of my will: a defiant determination to swim against the current of everything that is highly valued among men.

For a while afterwards—and in spite of the resentment raging within me— I found rest in His assurance that I belonged to this extremely rare species of individuals that sought and valued God as the only treasure of their lives.

But then came the Wildfire Retreats; then the ‘Consecrated Ones’; and finally, the realization that God was actually calling me to work with Him in conserving the consecrated ones: to protect, stabilize, and multiply our kind on earth in these last days before the end of time.

Are you a New Creation disciple of Jesus Christ, who wholeheartedly loves God as the only treasure of your life, and diligently walks the single-eyed way of life? Then, you are a consecrated one, and this message is definitely for you.

First of all, you are a critically endangered specie.

Did you hear that?

I repeat: You are a critically endangered specie.

Yes,   your kind is not yet extinct on earth; but your race is disappearing really fast.

Secondly, the times you live in demand that you relentlessly seek the help of the Holy Spirit to walk in your consecration, distinction, and sacredness.

Thirdly, as a consecrated one, you must do all you can in submission to the Holy Spirit to find, protect, and nurture your fellow consecrated ones.

What I’m saying is this: In addition to diligently walking the single-eyed way of life in your own life, you must get to work to protect, stabilize and multiply your kind on earth, and help all of us thrive in a world that is completely hostile to our way of life.

Got it?

No doubts, the challenge before us is quite daunting; the task is great. Yet, know that in spite of the critically endangered state of our kind, coupled with the mammoth mission of conserving the consecrated ones on earth, Jesus Christ Himself emphatically declares that we ultimately win!

“… I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
~Matthew 16:18

The message, To The Consecrated Ones, clearly describes the true audience of this blog. Please study it carefully, again and again, to determine whether or not the message and mission of this website is for you. We really do not encourage anyone to subscribe to this blog, or even contact us, unless they are truly  convinced and have persuasive evidence that they are Consecrated Ones.

If you sincerely believe that the article ‘To The Consecrated Ones’ describes you, and are willing to be contacted and followed up by a Wildfire Missionary, you may contact us here.

To The Consecrated Ones

simplify-your-lifeDuring our month-long fasting exercise in February this year, a few weeks before our Spring 2015 US Mission Tour, Jesus Christ Himself appeared to me and told me to declutter and simplify my life; starting from my closet!

Since then, I’ve already given out most of my clothes; restricting myself to just about three pairs of clothing; and aiming at fitting all of my earthly belongings into a normal-sized carryon bag. I have also given away all the books in my library, except four that still hold significant relevance to my journey.

The Lord told me that every material thing in my possession —clothing, jewelry, electronic device, automobile, and so on—has a weight, and occupies space; not just in my physical environment, but also in my emotional and heart space. And in the later space each of those items could constitute a poison and spiritual weight that could hinder my spiritual growth and ascent.

And I can see that now; because, ever since I began to give away my personal belongings, I have felt so refreshingly light; an amazing floating lightness of inner relief and relaxation. And even as I write, I’m still reeling under the blissful euphoria of emotional weightlessness.

I can also see that many today that groan under the torment of sadness, depression and stress, may not know how much of those are due to the emotional weights they are lugging around in their daily lives as a result of all the material possessions they’re hoarding in their rooms, closets, garages, and shelves. If they could only lay aside every weight and simplify their lives, they would find the peace and lightness of possessing nothing.


a-life-of-simple-focusEmptying my closet and library is just a beginning; because I understand that the counsel to simplify my life extends into every aspect of my life: finances, ministry, relationships, and so on. So I wasn’t really surprised when the Lord just recently showed me His own life of simple focus and instructed me to concentrate my ministry efforts on those He has sent me to.

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon- possession.” 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” 25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
~
Matthew 15:21-28

Did you notice that Jesus paid zero attention to the woman? He did not answer a word. He ignored her and responded strictly to His disciples, telling them that He was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. Finally, He referred to her as a dog! Now, how mean and ‘heartless’ can one get? In reality, however, Jesus wasn’t being mean or heartless here; He was simply being focused. That woman was outside the people group to whom His Father sent Him.

Eventually, Jesus attended to her. Yet, notice that He didn’t go looking for her; He never tried to get her to believe; He never tried to convince her—as a matter of fact, He basically ignored her and called her a dog. It was entirely up to that woman to press through Jesus’ snub, and apparently insulting remarks, to get what she wanted; and she got it only because she persisted and gave Jesus a valid reason to attend to her.

For me, the lesson here is crystal clear: To strictly focus my ministry efforts only on the people group to whom I’m sent; to pay zero attention to those outside this group.

This does not mean that those outside my area of assignment cannot receive from me; just that it’s up to them to break through the barrier; to overcome whatever obstacles on their way in order to get whatever they need from me.

Like Jesus, the Apostles were also focused..

“James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews.”
~Galatians 2:9

Each person knew who they were sent to: James, Peter and John to the Jews; Paul and Barnabas to the Gentiles. They didn’t spread themselves thin trying to reach ‘the whole world’. Instead, they sharply defined their respective people groups and focused their ministry efforts accordingly. Of course, as history has shown, the ministries of those apostles, in spite of their respective focus on specific people groups, ultimately touched the whole world and changed the course of human history.

The highly focused nature of the ministry of Jesus Christ and His apostles inspires me to sharply define the people group to whom I’m sent, and focus my ministry efforts on them. And I believe that the Lord is dealing with me in this area in order for me to be very effective and productive.


concentrate-on-those

It’s been a long road; winding down through nearly two decades of ministering to all kinds of people: in churches; in university campuses; via multimedia channels. And from my very first steps in this journey, there’s never really been any vagueness in my mind regarding the essence of the wildfire message that God gave me to deliver to mankind. But as far as the exact people group that this message is meant for, I’ve always struggled; because, somewhere down that rigorous stretch, I had become aware of something: I’m not sent to everyone.

Since then I’ve borne the burden of that awareness; I just didn’t know exactly what to do with it.

Thankfully, that struggle has now come to an end. Through His own example of simplicity and focus in ministry, a direct command spoken to me by His Holy Spirit, and a revelation that leapt to me from the scriptures, the Lord has given me a very clear picture of the people group I’m sent to.

5 “Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice…14 Sacrifice thank-offerings to God, fulfil your vows to the Most High,”
~ Psalm 50:5,14

“Wildfire,” He said to me, “The message I’ve given to you is for the consecrated ones; people who have entered into a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

Consequently, today I understand that I am sent to the Consecrated Ones; to challenge, inspire, and support them to fulfill their vows to the Most High God; to walk in their consecration; to walk in their distinction; to be exclusively devoted to Him. And He has commanded me to concentrate my ministry efforts on them. Such a clear picture of the people group I’m sent to is a very powerful and liberating awareness.

As my first name reveals, I’ve always known that God sent me primarily to His church to be a messenger of fire; but this complete realization that I’m not sent to the entire church just happened. In retrospect, though, —considering the overall thrust of my teachings, what I’ve consistently emphasized, things I’ve said in meetings, in our services, in our events, in discipleship classes and training programs—I can perceive that my spirit has always known what my conscious mind is just now coming to terms with: that I’m sent to the called ones; to the priests; to the consecrated ones. Reflecting on some of the most dominant themes in my teaching—such as, ‘we are citizens of God’s Kingdom’, ‘walking in the realities of the New Creation’, ‘the Single-Eyed Way Of Life’, ‘intimacy with God’, and ‘Can God be Lonely?’—it becomes easy to see that my spirit had always known whom I was sent to. That knowledge has always been down there in my spirit. But because my conscious mind had not clearly grasped it in full, I inadvertently tried to rope every Dick and Harry into it.


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So, who are these concentrated ones?

The consecrated ones are distinguished from everyone else by their scale of preference; by their absolute and unwavering devotion to God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ.

So, the consecrated ones are those members of the Body of Christ whose hearts have been inflamed by an all-consuming love for God. Their loyalty to Jesus Christ is unalloyed and undivided. They are wholly submitted to God. And they demonstrate these fruits down to the minutest choices and decisions of every moment of their lives.

Fortunately, identifying a consecrated one is pretty easy for me. Trust me when I say that I can always tell; because, I believe I’ve been gifted with the instinctive spiritual discernment to smell a consecrated one from a million miles away. But also because it’s easy to tell from their values, priorities, unconscious choices, and default preferences; I can tell just by observing their lifestyle. It’s a heart thing, but it’s demonstrated in the choices they make. The consecrated ones consistently sacrifice things that are highly valued among men in order to be devoted and pleasing to God. God is always first and only in their daily pursuits. This isn’t something that can be faked on a consistent basis. So it’s pretty easy for me to pick out the consecrated ones in any crowd.

Unfortunately, while it may be true that the consecrated ones are not yet extinct on earth, they are a seriously endangered species; a dying breed on the surface of the earth. This makes it imperative that I hunt them down and help them thrive in a world that is completely hostile to their way of life.

Are you one of the consecrated ones? That is, do you by default prefer God and His ways to everyone and everything else’s—wholeheartedly and absolutely submitted to Him in all of the daily choices and decisions of your life? Then this message is for you.

I am sent to you.


it-cannot-be-taught

For twenty four years now, I’ve planted and pastored multiple churches, taught thousands of discipleship classes, and held hundreds of live worship events; I’ve challenged church folks to put the Lord first, to submit to Him, to sacrifice their lives for Him. And through these twenty four years of ministry, this has become clear to me: not everyone―and I’m referring to church folks―is willing to absolutely consecrate and dedicate themselves to the Lord; and there’s nothing any of us can do about it. Consecration is like falling in love; it cannot be taught.

What I’ve seen among church folks is something Jesus pointed out among the religious folks of His day:

“…These people honor me with their lips, but their heart are far from me.”
~Mark 7:5

Most people that come before the Lord have their own personal agenda, and selfish ambitions; they really don’t want to put the Lord first and submit to His ways; they just want to use Him as a means to their own ends. So they come before Him, but not really to seek Him as the only treasure of their lives; they’re rather there because they can sense His power and they hope it’s something that can help them achieve their own personal goals; in other words, they want to be in His good graces, but just so He can help them get whatever it is that they want. And it’s so easy to mistake all this for devotion to God. In reality, they’re there merely to capitalize on God’s presence and power to get at their own ends.

Over these twenty four years I’ve seen people come before the Lord, try to con Him with lip worship in order to get whatever they can from the Lord, and then move on after getting what they came for—or because they failed to get it.

They are just like the rich young ruler that came to Jesus seeking to receive eternal life. Jesus said to him, “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21. The guy, however, wasn’t ready to let go of his riches at all; so he went away sad.

Most church folks today are just like that. They deceive themselves into thinking that they really love the Lord, whereas all they actually want is to use Him to serve their selfish ends. How many church folks today are willing to give up everything in order to become absolutely consecrated to the Lord?

But note this: Jesus never tried to persuade that guy to abandon his preference for worldly wealth.

I wish I’d followed His example years ago; because most of the pain I’ve had in my discipleship efforts has come from trying to persuade the rich young rulers of this age to abandon their preference for this world; to seek the Lord as the only treasure of their lives. And how did that work out for me? In my misguided and foolish zeal to get everyone to seek God as the only treasure of their lives, I only succeeded in plaguing my life with unnecessary misery and frustration.

Actually, the problem really wasn’t in the lifestyle I’ve been advocating―a life that seeks God as the only treasure; it was in the fact that I tried to rope everyone into that lifestyle; instead of, like Jesus, focusing my efforts only on those I’m sent to.

Having finally learnt my lesson the hard way, I think I’m now ready and resolved to take the Wildfire Message of the Single Eyed Way of Life only to the consecrated ones.


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I see two things in the Lord’s recent command to concentrate my ministry efforts on those He has sent me to:

The first is a sharp definition. To clarify and sharpen the definition of the people group that I’m sent to; in my heart, and in my mind. But also, to become deliberately conscious of the fact that I’m sent to a specific group of people. For Jesus it was the lost sheep of Israel― a sharply defined people group; distinct from any other people group; and He was acutely aware of that specification. That’s the first of the two things that stand out clearly to me from what the Lord is telling me.

The second is to become more focused. To make a conscious and continuous effort to pay zero ministerial attention to anyone outside the specific people group that I’ve have been sent to. This calls for the severest form of discipline to not get distracted by any other group seeking my attention; but rather to be disciplined enough like Jesus to focus all of my ministry to the people group that I’m sent to.

Consequently, I’ve resolved to focus exclusively on the people group I’m sent to. In my ministry efforts― writing, teaching, retreats, tours, and other ministry services that I render―I’m fully committed to focus, without wavering, on the people group I’m sent to. And in doing this, Jesus Christ remains my perfect model. He wouldn’t respond to anybody that He wasn’t sent to, no matter how much they cried out to get His attention. They literally had to push through to even get at him! Now, that’s focus. And I want to be as focused as that on the people that I’m sent to.

And who am I sent to?

The consecrated ones.

Are you one of the consecrated ones? That is, do you by default prefer God and His ways to everyone and everything else’s—wholeheartedly and absolutely submitted to Him in all of the daily choices and decisions of your life? Then know this: I am sent to you.

In practical terms, for instance, it means that henceforth, I’ll focus my posts on this blog towards reaching and helping only the consecrated ones scattered around the world. I don’t think this necessarily implies that the content and theme of my posts here will change. I think they’ll remain essentially the same. But how I present the content and who I specifically address my message to will definitely change. I also think that this shift will allow me to connect even more personally with my audience than I’ve done previously.

I’ll also apply this focus to the audience of my weekly Wildfire Lectures here in Nigeria and in the UK; whittling it down to strictly a gathering of the consecrated ones. This means that our weekly Wildfire Lectures ―hitherto a day of fasting, praying, and deep scriptural meditations―will now be restricted to the consecrated ones; those that in their daily lives consistently demonstrate a preference for God, devoid of pretense or compulsion; people who out of their own volition and passion for God prefer Him and go out of their way to make sacrifices to please Him.

The seasonal Wildfire Retreats and Tours that hold predominantly in the United States, but which I hope to introduce soon to Nigeria, will also be affected by Jesus’ ‘simplify your life’ command to me. And so will our global Home and Congregational Church support outreaches.

One thing is clear: I’ve resolved to invest the rest of my life in reaching out only to those I’m sent to; focusing on them; not wasting my efforts on those I’m not sent to.

Of course, this is not going to be easy at all. Just look at the case of Jesus’ encounter with the Syro-Phoenician woman. She was crying out to Jesus, and it was well within His power to help her; but His focus was intense and absolute; so much that He did not answer even a word to her! He kept His focus fixed; He kept His priorities right; He knew who He was sent to. And His is the model I intend to follow. As I move on in my journey and a lot of folks outside my sphere of assignment begin to clamor for my ministerial attention, will I have the discipline to not be drawn into territories the Lord has not assigned me? Will I have the discipline to keep focused on the people group I’m sent to?

The fact, my friend, is that you don’t have forever; your time is limited; your energy is limited. Neither you nor I have been given unlimited time or energy. Everything we have received in this earthly life ― time, money, energy, and so on―is given to us in limited measures. So, we just have to optimize and maximize them. And so instead of trying to get at everybody, I’d rather find out exactly who I’m assigned to and then focus all of my efforts in taking the message and ministry to these particular people.

I believe that God sent me into this world to deliver the Wildfire Message to the consecrated ones: people who, like me have been called and chosen, and have also chosen to devote themselves and their lives exclusively to the Lord. And I believe that when I’m able to focus my efforts on them, those I’m not even sent to will also receive from my work and eventually be blessed.

The message, To The Consecrated Ones, clearly describes the true audience of this blog. Please study it carefully, again and again, to determine whether or not the message and mission of this website is for you. We really do not encourage anyone to subscribe to this blog, or even contact us, unless they are truly  convinced and have persuasive evidence that they are Consecrated Ones.

If you sincerely believe that the article ‘To The Consecrated Ones’ describes you, and are willing to be contacted and followed up by a Wildfire Missionary, you may contact us here.

Congratulations Nigeria!

First of all, I acknowledge the sacrifices of all those who were killed by evil forces as they tried to exercise their civil rights in our just concluded 2015 presidential election. They are the true heroes of this election. May God bring comfort and healing to the bereaved families.

Losing can be very painful. But for the ruling PDP in my home country Nigeria, it’s about time. Complacency, taking the populace for granted, blatant corruption, and sheer ineptitude is completely unacceptable in a modern and intelligent society.

I am deeply grateful today that the majority of Nigerians—in spite of the most humiliating and terrifying conditions—turned out en masse to overwhelmingly reject a corrupt, grossly inefficient, and visionless leadership.

I must however, congratulate the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan, for making history. He enabled the most independent electoral body in Nigeria’s history, presided over the most transparent and credible election in Nigerian history, and has become the first sitting Nigerian president to concede defeat and congratulate the winning candidate of another party.

Now, let the healing begin—particularly for sincere supporters of this failed administration; but also for a nation that has been plundered by pathetic and disgusting leadership.

May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Blissfully You!

The most common reason people do all that they do in this life this: bliss. Thus it’s the ultimate experience of the human soul. The deepest craving of all human souls is to attain a permanent state of bliss. In this post, using very simple illustrations, as well as more intricate concepts, I have attempted a fairly comprehensive description of bliss. I also tried to highlight some very simple guidelines for attaining this extremely elusive state. My goal here is quite straightforward: To help make your earthly journey a blissful experience.

This is a very long post. 3000 words. It is dense and intense stuff. But I have broken it into multiple sections for easier perusal and assimilation. Nevertheless, you may want to first browse through it. Read as far as you can. Then bookmark it for later reading. Eventually, you may also want to share it with your family and friends, as well as leave your comments at the end. You are welcome to do so.


Here’s a physical taste of bliss

FREE_IMAGE_Woman-Drinking-Water-from-BottleYou have been trekking now for three hot days; along a long winding dirt road; through waterless, sun-scorched terrain. The sun has been merciless and unrelenting in the daytime; no trees or mountain shades anywhere. In the night, the heat has been unbearable. The last time your parched tongue tasted water was three distant days ago. Your entire body is shivering, withering and weakening due to the intense thirst.

Suddenly, you think you heard a rumbling sound behind you. Turning, you see dust clouds floating up far behind: a truck is speeding towards you. Hope flares up within; and summoning every ounce of strength left in you, you start to wave hard at the fast approaching truck. You are lucky. The truck slows down and stops, about the same time you finally slump to the ground.

The two men in the car ask you where you are going.

“Water, water, water,” you croak.

The passenger quickly comes down with a glistening bottle of cold crystal clear water. You grab at it with both hands and gulp greedily down. As the silvery liquid courses down your throat, time stands still, nothing else matters, and waves of indescribable pleasure rush through your body: Bliss.

As the silvery liquid courses down your throat, time stands still, nothing else matters, and waves of indescribable pleasure rush through your body: Bliss.

To a sun-scorched, travel-weary, parched and thirsty tongue, the taste of fresh cold crystal clear water is pure pleasure; refreshing; invigorating—a physical taste of bliss. But this taste is merely an illustration of something that happens at higher planes of being. For the true reality of bliss occurs at the spiritual and emotional realms: an all-consuming surge of ecstasy that suspends time, dispelling every sense of anxiety and fear in one sweet sensation of pure pleasure.


Blissful is successful

I have already asserted that the deepest craving of all human souls is to attain a permanent state of bliss; but this is also true with regards to success―everyone wants to be successful. Does this then infer a connection between bliss and success? Absolutely. There is a very strong connection between bliss, and personal success. Genuine personal success and bliss are inextricably linked; you can’t have the one without the other.

In fact, blissful is successful. Bliss and personal success mean the same thing; they are synonymous terms. Both are feelings; both are inward; and both are intensely personal. Genuine personal success, apart from bliss, is an illusion.

When how you feel about yourself, other people, and the world around you can be described by the word, bliss, you have attained genuine personal success.

Just like bliss, true personal success cannot be quantified in measurable terms; simply because it is a very spiritual and emotional experience. Yes, success is both spiritual and emotional. It is also an intensely personal and inward feeling.

Today we all tend to evaluate success mainly on the basis of stocks, shares, bonds, and the balance sheet; on the basis of cars, yachts, mansions, and private jets; on the basis of fame, political power, and academic attainments. This is so wrong, because success is not a matter of material possessions.

FREE_IMAGE_Happy_girlSuccess is a subjective reality. Yes, it’s an emotional experience. It refers to how you feel about yourself, how you feel towards other people, and how you feel about the world around you. When how you feel about yourself, other people, and the world around you can be described by the word, bliss, you have attained genuine personal success.

It is common knowledge that the mere ownership of much material possessions does not automatically make a person happier. As a matter of fact, a lot of times, the path to acquiring material possessions is littered with betrayed trust, broken relationships, and compromises that warp the soul into a miserable wretch.

Of course, this is not always obvious. The powerful but miserable cash kings usually wear facial smiles for public consumption. Outward expressions can easily be faked. Misery and wretchedness can be colorfully cloaked with gorgeous smiles and throaty laughter. But when you look beyond the masks, they are merely rotten masses of putrefaction. Apparently, they have gained the whole world. In reality, they are lost souls.

Apart from inner bliss, of what value is the possession of much material wealth?


Bliss in relief

Bliss is a spiritual, mental, emotional, and even physical experience. It’s power is within and cannot be faked.

Bliss is contentment. It is daily gratitude.

Bliss is the complete absence of anxiety regarding tomorrow.

Bliss is a feeling of affection and kindness towards all men. It is the dominance of compassion within the heart.

Bliss is a state of not being threatened by the weaknesses and strengths of others.

Bliss is an inner assurance that all is well, regardless of outward circumstances.

This is bliss. And this is what it means to be truly successful.


At the root of bliss

Of course, it’s not easy to attain inner bliss in your earthly journey. It’s so hard, in fact, that it’s attained by just a few. But it is possible; it is within your reach; and you can attain it here—provided you properly nurture the two vital relationships that lie at the root of bliss:

  • Your personal relationship with yourself, and
  • Your personal relationship with your Source.
How you relate with yourself, plus how you relate with your Source, decide your own personal attainment of bliss.

These two relationships determine whether your journey will be blissful, or miserable. And at the intersection of these two relationships is one person: You.

So, essentially, bliss is really not just a matter of action, but of position; position as defined by two vital coordinates: Self, and Source.

How you relate with yourself, plus how you relate with your Source, decide your own personal attainment of bliss:

  • With yourself, you must cultivate acceptance; unconditional self-acceptance.
  • With your source you must practice alignment; that is, unqualified submission.

Accept yourself

Unconditional self-acceptance should be easy, right? Unfortunately, no. Everywhere I look I see people living in disappointments, pain, and frustration, because they loathe and reject themselves.

“The finest gift you can give to yourself is the gift of unconditional self-acceptance. It is also the best gift you can give to anyone.”

Souls that are unable to accept themselves unconditionally, become miserable and ultimately wither away; a condition that, sadly, describes the journey of most people.

Rejection can be a very terrible ordeal; and self-rejection is the very worst form of it.

The proper way to relate with yourself is to accept yourself unconditionally. Accept your strengths and your weaknesses. Accept your virtues and your vices. Do it with humility. Do it with gratitude.

And stubbornly refuse to compare yourself with any other person.

When you can practice unconditional self-acceptance, with humility and gratitude, you will be rewarded with bliss.

The most blissful hearts on earth are those souls whose relationships with themselves are described by unconditional self-acceptance.

To enjoy bliss, learn to stop lying to yourself. Learn to accept yourself with complete openness; in a non-judgmental, non-condemning manner. Let unconditional self-acceptance define your personal relationship with yourself.

The finest gift you can give to yourself is the gift of unconditional self-acceptance. It is also the best gift you can give to anyone. But, make no mistake about it, it’s not an easy gift to give. And you will never be able to give it to others until you first give it to yourself.


Two simple self-acceptance exercises

Here are two simple actions you can take right away to practice unconditional self-acceptance:

#1. Spend more quality time with yourself

When was the last time you got alone with yourself, and had a heart to heart conversation with you?

Personally, I spend a huge amount of time with myself, compared to what I spend with others. A lot of that time is heavily invested in gaining more self-awareness: Who am I? What do I really want? Why do I do what I do? What are my deepest values? What are my enduring preferences? What do I really believe? And on and on and on. It may be tedious; and boring; but I think it’s a profitable activity.

“When was the last time you got alone with yourself, and had a heart to heart conversation with you?”

The investment of time towards a better understanding of you, is a helpful baby step along the path of unconditional self-acceptance. A better awareness and understanding of self eliminates conflicts with self, and paves the way for a harmonious relationship with self. This in turn leads to bliss.

As a result of the large volume of high quality time I regularly spend with myself, I understand myself very well. And so today I am a very happy man. I am doing the things I love to do. I am living my life strictly by design. And I am enjoying it. I have no regrets. Most excitingly, I’m much happier today than I have ever been at any previous phase of my life; the older I get , the happier I am―so I’m actually looking forward to getting older. This sense of bliss is rooted in the harmonious relationship I enjoy with myself; a relationship that is aided by the large volume of high quality time I spend regularly with myself.

I’m certain that if you can start today to spend more quality time with yourself, you will definitely gain greater self-awareness, your relationship with yourself will become more harmonious, and you will start to enjoy more bliss in your earthly journey.

#2. Value your own personal views and opinions

Another simple but very powerful step you can take immediately towards greater self-acceptance, is to value your own personal views and opinions. They are not inferior to those of any other person.

The interesting thing about this is that you experience pure bliss to the extent that you can accept, value, and dare to express what you really think, and how you really feel. They don’t have to be accurate or lofty thoughts; in fact, they maybe outrightly’ silly’; but if they are yours, and you can dare to accept, value, and even express them, you gain tremendous capacity for bliss.

Unfortunately, in a world that is ruled by fear and hate, that strives daily to squeeze you into its mould, this simple step may turn out to be just so hard.

So you should be ready to fight even harder. Your desire to be accepted and to fit in, coupled with your fear of rejection and pain, can intimidate you into ceding your God-given power, freedom, and happiness to others. Don’t let that happen to you. Don’t be a miserable slave! Don’t succumb to the fear tactics of your external world. Drill deep into the very core of your being; establish a vital connection with your God Himself—and draw the courage to be blissfully you. 


Align with your Source

The other relationship that determines whether your journey will be blissful, or miserable, is the one you have with your Source.

“For the parched tongue bliss comes from fresh water. For the restless heart, it comes from a perfect alignment with the Source?”

The term Source is really huge for me. It is my personally preferred way of referring to God; my own God. I am absolutely convinced about the reality of God. This is one of the very few core beliefs and convictions that I have. The reason I refer to God as my Source is that I experience Him that way. I believe that I came from Him. I feel Him within me. I hear His voice within me, guiding me. I feel His presence and power deep within me, undergirding and strengthening me.

There are those who pretend not to believe in the existence of a personal God. That is their privilege, and I don’t think their pretensions pose any threat to God. Contrary to the position of ignorant religious bigots, the God I know and express is not an insecure deity that is threatened by the very freedom He gave to freethinking souls. The way I perceive Him, I think He’s really cool about Himself. I do not think He’d lose a moment’s sleep just because some speck of dust, on a speck of rock, somewhere in an infinite universe, opines that He doesn’t exist.

In any case, regardless of your preferred position on the matter, the nature of the relationship You have with your Source—referring now to the uniqueness of your design, plus the universal laws governing all human interactions—decide your own personal attainment of bliss. With your Source you must practice alignment; unqualified submission.

inner-peaceThe most blissful hearts on earth are those souls whose relationships with their Source are described by unqualified submission.

For the parched tongue bliss comes from fresh water. For the restless heart, it comes from a perfect alignment with the Source.

An ancient prophetic verse phrases it so beautifully:

You have made known to me the path of life;

You will fill me with joy in your presence,

With eternal pleasures at your right hand.

~Psalms 16:11

Using the very beautiful terms, ‘in your presence’, and ‘at your right hand’, he paints a fine picture of perfect alignment with the Source of your uniqueness; with the Source of all universal laws. And he describes the result of this alignment in equally beautiful terms: joy and eternal pleasures.

To align means to fall in line.

First there is a reference object or point. Then there is another object that you are trying to line up with the reference object. The reference object could be static or dynamic; but it’s shape, position, or motion serves as the standard for the other object.

To line up the second object with the reference object, you continuously adjust the second object until it falls in line with the reference object; that is, until you achieve congruence. When this happens, the second object is said to be in alignment with the reference object.

In your personal passage through this region of time and space, your Source is the only valid reference for you. To attain the state of bliss here, you must constantly adjust your positions to achieve congruence with your Source. Your degree of bliss at any time is directly proportional to the congruence of your alignment with your Source.


Two simple alignment exercises

Here are two simple actions you can take right away to practice alignment with your Source:

#1. Carefully observe the natural world around you

The simplest and most basic step towards practicing alignment, is to carefully observe the natural world around you; for nature expresses the paradigm of her Source. The rising and setting of the sun each day; the sprouting of a plant from a seed in the ground; the variety of colors, species, and shapes in the visible world —all say something about how the Source thinks and feels.

Your aim here should be to understand how nature works. Then listen to the message she tells. An understanding of the way nature works is fundamental to natural and spiritual alignment.

Then, in each moment of your journey, strive to adjust your thinking, preferences, and conscious decisions to line up with the paradigm of your Source.

#2. Carefully observe and learn from yourself
“An understanding of the way nature works is fundamental to natural and spiritual alignment.”

Another simple but very powerful step you can take immediately towards better alignment with your source, is to tune in to your own uniqueness. Observe yourself. Look back at your journey so far. Examine your present.

What are the things that have worked for you? What do other people enjoy the most about you? What brings the most people to you? What do you love the most about yourself? In what have you achieved maximum success with the least effort? What makes you happy? What do you enjoy doing? What makes you cry? What pisses you off?

Take time to ponder these thoughts and listen deeply in order to gain a more accurate understanding of how you were designed. Then, in all that you do, never violate yourself. Instead, think, speak, and act in line with your own unique design.

You experience pure bliss whenever you can think, speak, and act in line with your own unique design.


Bliss is the ultimate experience.

It feels like fresh cold crystal clear water to a sun-scorched, travel-weary, parched and thirsty tongue: an experience of pure pleasure that suspends time, and dispels every sense of anxiety .

Unfortunately, though all souls crave this experience, it eludes most; it is attained by just a few —because as a result of ignorance, indolence, and timidity, most people have compromised their uniqueness.

Yet, the path to this ultimate spiritual experience is available to all that dare to unconditionally accept themselves, and congruently align with their Source in unqualified submission.

Enjoy a blissful month!

The Bespectacled Eagle

As a world traveller and spiritual teacher, I would be the first to acknowledge that teaching is definitely a powerful means of trans-forming people. However —and this is one of the key points of this post — teaching’s potency can be rather exaggerated. For instance, can the eagle teach the horse to mount up on wings and soar high over the mountain peaks? Flip that around:  Can the horse teach the eagle to charge into the fray with tremendous strength and stamina across open country, eating up the ground in frenzied excitement?

One reason teaching is limited is this: nature matters. Nature confers possibilities, and potentials; but also limitations. There are clear limits to what any nature can do: A shark cannot walk on dry ground; a tiger will never be able to give birth to a crocodile; a tree will never be able to invent a smartphone—because nature matters. And because nature confers limits, some things cannot be taught by one nature to another. Thus, as potent as teaching is in transforming persons, it must be held within pragmatic bounds.

The Bespectacled EagleSeveral years ago, as I was getting set to give a lecture at our Success Academy, this picture popped up in my mind: On the stage, in a large lecture hall filled with horses, lions, deer, raccoons, alligators and anacondas, stood a bespectacled eagle. The title of its lecture was displayed on a huge screen behind it: How To Fly Like An Eagle.

Instantly, I intuited that the picture had everything to do with my efforts then at the academy. Like the eagle, I was wasting my time trying to do the stupid: giving lectures to horses on how to fly like eagles.

The horses might take note; they may nod their heads in agreement; they may even regurgitate the bullet points successfully in a oral and written examinations—but when push comes to shove, and they are pushed off the edge of a mountain cliff, nature will have the last scoff at their presumptions.

You don’t have much time to spend in this region of time and space we call existence. Don’t be stupid. Don’t waste your life in the folly of trying to learn to do what you were never built to do; to be what you were never designed to be. For the same reasons, don’t waste the precious moments of others by trying to force them into moulds they were never designed to fit.

I shared my story of the bespectacled eagle late last year with my seat neighbour on a flight from New Orleans to Houston; a bubbly lady from Vancouver that had just finished participating in a global conference of therapists, and was on her way back home. Leaning forward, her eyes gleaming with excitement, she marvelled, “Wow! That was exactly what our conference was all about.”

Of course, I probed her for more.

“We were taught at our conference,” she continued, “that the patient, not the therapist, is the real expert. You are the expert on you.”

“The first and most important duty of the therapist,” she went on, ” is to understand the patient.”

Referring to the bespectacled eagle, she concluded: “Rather than try to teach the horse to mount up on wings, the eagle should learn from the horse what it means to be a horse. Then try to show it the best way to do what the horse was built to do.”

Smiling at her, I replied, “That’s really cool.”

She helped me clarify the lesson in my vision of the bespectacled eagle: The best ‘teaching’ I can give to my world is to understand and accept their uniqueness;  then help them excel at being themselves.

Observe how nature works. Note her flow of life. Feel the energy of your Source —the One you came from; that Inner Power that designed, built, and is still building you. Accept and celebrate your uniqueness. But you must also do the same for the world around you: accept and celebrate other people’s uniqueness, especially in those ways that they differ from you. This is vital to your inner peace, happiness and fulfilment in this brief journey of yours. This is also how to attract abundance into your personal journey.

So, here’s the deal: I’ll accept you just the way you are and not try to ‘fix’ you; as long as you accept me just the way I am and not try to ‘fix’ me. Be you and let me be me; there’s enough room to accommodate our differences.

Deal?

Have a blissful week!

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Break New Grounds and Experience More Bliss!

It’s 2015 and I’m excited to get on with my journey! I hope you are as well. And I hope we will be able to share them together.

Last year was good; really good. I pushed the limits in my personal journey, especially with regards to exploring myself. I journeyed deep within me to discover, capture, experience, and enjoy my own bliss. So— though I also took baby steps in the aspect of not judging others, and letting them be themselves—the orientation of last year’s journey was primarily inward; self-exploratory, revolving around the concepts of personal acceptance, personal freedom, and personal happiness. I discovered a lot; I learned a lot; and I was tremendously satiated with exhilarating bliss.

This year, while I fully intend to continue my inward drilling, my journey will assume a more outward thrust. I will push myself more in the direction of enlarging the place of my tent, and stretching my tent curtains wide to accommodate more people—especially those that speak a different ‘language’ from me. I know that this will demand that I lengthen my cords, and strengthen my stakes; but I’m open to the challenge, and I’m excited to confront it.

My journey this year will proceed along the core themes of accepting others unconditionally, sharing my life with courage, expressing my thoughts with authenticity, and supporting other people’s quest for happiness. In other words: acceptance, sharing, authenticity, and love. By sharing all I’ve learned so far, I intend to help as many people as I can to explore their own selves, discover their unique paths, and walk it with courage. I plan to help more people discover themselves, experience greater personal freedom and happiness.

And as a result of this I expect to experience greater abundance in my life this year than ever before. Seriously; I feel very strongly about this. I really believe that this year will be one of overflowing abundance for me, and for you as well if you can believe and work towards it.

Yes. Work. Because, though I’m very sure that my God has willed tremendous abundance for me this year, I perceive that my personal capacity for selfless love will decide how much bliss and abundance I get to experience this year. So, compelled by that awareness, I urge you to challenge yourself this year to push your own limits and boundaries. Move out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself in new ways. Resolve and strive to reach new heights and create new experiences you’ve never had before.

And along that path, I’d like you to know that I plan to support you as much as I can. I already have several exciting programs lined up to that effect.

Wildfire Tours, Retreats, and Lectures

2014-10-10 10.58.04Last year I did a few personal tours; and I was deeply moved by them. For one, I realized that every one of earth’s natural wonders, and each of mankind’s historical monuments, tell a unique story, teach vital lessons, and impart extraordinary passion to open minds. So this year, I will be expanding and extending my tours. In other words, whereas so far I’ve only toured within the US, and strictly with key missions team members, this year the Wildfire Tours will be open to more people, and will visit destinations in other countries like Nigeria and the UK.

Similarly, whereas the two Wildfire Retreats we held in the US last year were restricted to our missions team and their close family members, this year they will be open to the public as spiritual getaways for all that desire to experience the bliss of self-discovery and personal freedom.

I also plan to deliver public and private lectures, as well as hold multiple discussions in several venues around the US, Nigeria, and the UK.

All of my tours, retreats, lectures, and conversations this year will be aimed at helping as many people as I can to break new grounds and experience more happiness in their lives. If you are interested in traveling with me and participating in these tours, discussions, lectures, and retreats, you may want to visit here for more details.

Methinks this will be an exciting year. Do you agree?

Have a blissful new year!

Watch Your Back!

Have you ever experienced a dizzying level of success, only to watch it all suddenly fizzle into thin air, while you plunge again into the abyss of failure and sadness? Could the reason for this painful reversal of fortune be that while you were on top you took things for granted and failed to watch your back?

Let’s see.

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
~ Ephesians 19:11,12

Paul’s missionary ventures in Ephesus were attended by phenomenal success. He was preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ephesus; breaking Satan’s yoke off people and setting the captives free. He wasn’t hurting anyone.

Or, was he?

Well, listen to Demetrius.

“… And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshipped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”
~ Acts 19:26,27

Aha!

Paul’s missionary successes were coming at the expense of someone else. His glorious soul-winning campaign was hurting the bottom line of Ephesus’ leading idol maker: Demetrius. The more souls Paul harvested, the more customers Demetrius lost. Paul was well-intentioned; no doubts. He was serving The Lord; of course. However, that was neither here nor there; the more he succeeded, the more some others got hurt.

See: Regardless of how well-intentioned you are, and how nicely you play, your so-called helpful and ‘harmless’ actions will always pose a threat to someone else.

Here’s a photo that popped into my newsfeed recently. It got me thinking. See if you can sense any envy seething right there in the background.

photo credit: Blayze Splash News

No matter how hard you try, your most significant successes will come at the expense of another. I know… I know…

But, vicious and uncomfortable as this might sound, the fact is that someone will go down in order for you to rise. Win win is good in theory. In real life, however, your win means someone lost. Period. Just think about the just concluded world cup tournament.

Your success will always have unintended and undesirable consequences on another person’s prospects.

Here’s why: There may be enough room for all the stars in the sky. Yet, no one can look at more than one star at a time. Attention is a very scarce resource. Thus, in order to pay attention to one star, you have to at least temporary withdraw attention from another.

It’s just what it is; there’s nothing you can do about it.

So, one slides into obscurity in order for another to bask in the limelight. And since there’s little point shining when there’s no one to watch, it helps to be aware that the neglect of another might be a cost of your rising.

It may not be your fault that God has chosen to favour you; or that the immutable laws of nature have rewarded your wise choices. It’s up to you, however, to ensure that you don’t get so caught up in the glamour and euphoria of present accolades that you become blinded to the envious stares of those who feel diminished and condemned by your fortune.

So, as you rise, watch your back; because someone is helplessly watching your rising with growing resentment.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
~ 1 Peter 5:8

Have a blissful week!